Spectral imaging and agriculture seems to be a perfect match. Technologies and techniques such as hyperspectral in-line inspection and Raman imaging instrumentation are well suited to very high-speed processing environments such as those found in agricultural processing plants for meat, poultry, and specialty crops.
Headwall recently had the opportunity to meet with USDA Deputy Secretary Kathleen Merrigan at the Washington DC offices of the USDA. As stated by Dr. Merrigan, a very high priority for the USDA are issues pertaining to improved food safety and quality all within an environment of challenging fiscal alternatives. Given the introduction of the Food Safety Modernization Act and USDA-led initiatives such as the HAACP-Based Inspection Pilot (also known as HIMP), there is an ever-growing industry requirement for high-speed machine vision instruments that are capable of supporting food safety and food quality standards accurately and cost-effectively.
Headwall has a unique research and development relationship with the USDA whereby Headwall develops hyperspectral instrumentation specifically for in-line inspection in agriculture applications. These represent very harsh environments, and having a stable spectral imaging platform that addresses multiple spectral ranges is very important for critical processing and inspection applications. One of these is Hyperspec Inspector (shown), which is a complete hyperspectral imaging solution meant precisely for this kind of industrial environment. Strong collaboration and joint research with the USDA has strongly positioned Headwall’s technology as a proven and cost-effective alternative for food processors.