USDA Deputy Secretary Merrigan Discusses Food Safety & Quality Initiatives With Headwall CEO

Headwall In-Line Spectral Inspection Technology Has Applications for Improved Food Safety & Enhanced Food Quality

Fitchburg, Massachusetts, May 7, 2012 - Headwall Photonics, a leading designer and manufacturer of hyperspectral imaging sensors, announced that Headwall CEO David Bannon USDArecently met with USDA Deputy Secretary Kathleen Merrigan to discuss Headwall sensor technology developed through close collaboration with the USDA Agricultural Research Service organization.
The success of recent USDA and FDA initiatives such as the Food Safety Modernization Act and expansion of the HACCP Based Inspection Models Project (HIMP) are in part dependent upon the incorporation of new techniques, protocols, and instrumentation that are consistent with food safety regulations and enhanced food quality objectives and provide US food producers with increased competitive capabilities.
hyperspectral poultry inspection resized 600For a number of years, Headwall Photonics has worked closely with researchers and scientists at the USDA Agricultural Research Service, the agency's chief scientific research organization, to develop spectral imaging instruments for high speed, in-line inspection of food and agriculture products. These spectral vision systems utilize a specialized processing algorithm that is tailored to the specific product or agricultural inspection algorithm.
"Through ongoing collaboration with USDA researchers, Headwall continues to develop cost-effective, compelling spectral solutions that support improvements in food safety inspection and food quality while meeting the need of food processors for high throughput inspection," offered David Bannon, CEO of Headwall Photonics. "Our hyperspectral sensor platform has been specifically designed for these critical applications."
Hyperspec INSPECTORHeadwall's hyperspectral in-line imaging instruments represent a critical inspection technology that allows food processors and agricultural researchers to identify product characteristics within the field of view of the sensor based on the sample's chemical 'fingerprint' or spectral signature rather than relying solely on visual appearance. Based on a patented sensor design, Headwall's Hyperspec Inspector™ sensors are specifically designed for high spectral and spatial imaging in very harsh operating environments such as required within food processing centers. Headwall's hyperspectral imaging platforms have been optimized for reliable, cost-effective performance based on years of deployment within military and defense organizations.
The following Headwall Hyperspec® sensors are COTS products and are available as optimized sensors for the following spectral regions:

UV 250 - 600nm
VNIR 380 - 1000nm
Extended VNIR 550 - 1700nm
NIR 900 - 1700nm
SWIR 950 - 2500nm




About Headwall Photonics
Headwall Photonics is a leading designer and manufacturer of hyperspectral imaging spectrometers and spectral instrumentation for industrial, commercial, and government markets. Headwall's high performance instruments have been selected by military/defense departments, OEMs, and end-user customers around the world for use in critical application environments. Headwall enjoys a market leadership position through the design and manufacture of spectral instrumentation that is customized for application-specific performance.

For information contact:
Mr. Chris Van Veen, Headwall Photonics, Inc.     
Tel: +1 978-353-4051       

About USDA Agricultural Research Service
The Agricultural Research Service is the U.S. Department of Agriculture's chief scientific in-house research agency. Our job is finding solutions to agricultural problems that affect Americans every day, from field to table. Here are a few numbers to illustrate the scope of our organization:  

  • 800 research projects within 18 National Programs  
  • 2,200 scientists and post docs
  • 6,200 other employees
  • 90+ research locations, including overseas laboratories $1.1 billion fiscal year budget  

For information contact:
Sandy Miller Hays
US Department of Agriculture
4555 Overlook Ave. S.W.
Washington, DC 20375
Tel: +1 301 504 1636

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