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1. WO2017019775 - AUTOMATED STRAWBERRY ORIENTING AND CAPPING MACHINE

Publication Number WO/2017/019775
Publication Date 02.02.2017
International Application No. PCT/US2016/044275
International Filing Date 27.07.2016
IPC
A23N 15/04 2006.01
AHUMAN NECESSITIES
23FOODS OR FOODSTUFFS; THEIR TREATMENT, NOT COVERED BY OTHER CLASSES
NMACHINES OR APPARATUS FOR TREATING HARVESTED FRUIT, VEGETABLES, OR FLOWER BULBS IN BULK, NOT OTHERWISE PROVIDED FOR; PEELING VEGETABLES OR FRUIT IN BULK; APPARATUS FOR PREPARING ANIMAL FEEDING-STUFFS
15Machines or apparatus for other treatment of fruits or vegetables for human purposes; Machines or apparatus for topping or skinning flower bulbs
04Devices for topping fruit or vegetables
A23N 15/02 2006.01
AHUMAN NECESSITIES
23FOODS OR FOODSTUFFS; THEIR TREATMENT, NOT COVERED BY OTHER CLASSES
NMACHINES OR APPARATUS FOR TREATING HARVESTED FRUIT, VEGETABLES, OR FLOWER BULBS IN BULK, NOT OTHERWISE PROVIDED FOR; PEELING VEGETABLES OR FRUIT IN BULK; APPARATUS FOR PREPARING ANIMAL FEEDING-STUFFS
15Machines or apparatus for other treatment of fruits or vegetables for human purposes; Machines or apparatus for topping or skinning flower bulbs
02for stemming, piercing or stripping fruit; Removing sprouts of potatoes
CPC
A23N 15/02
AHUMAN NECESSITIES
23FOODS OR FOODSTUFFS; TREATMENT THEREOF, NOT COVERED BY OTHER CLASSES
NMACHINES OR APPARATUS FOR TREATING HARVESTED FRUIT, VEGETABLES OR FLOWER BULBS IN BULK, NOT OTHERWISE PROVIDED FOR; PEELING VEGETABLES OR FRUIT IN BULK; APPARATUS FOR PREPARING ANIMAL FEEDING- STUFFS
15Machines or apparatus for other treatment of fruits or vegetables for human purposes; Machines or apparatus for topping or skinning flower bulbs
02for stemming, piercing, or stripping fruit
A23N 15/04
AHUMAN NECESSITIES
23FOODS OR FOODSTUFFS; TREATMENT THEREOF, NOT COVERED BY OTHER CLASSES
NMACHINES OR APPARATUS FOR TREATING HARVESTED FRUIT, VEGETABLES OR FLOWER BULBS IN BULK, NOT OTHERWISE PROVIDED FOR; PEELING VEGETABLES OR FRUIT IN BULK; APPARATUS FOR PREPARING ANIMAL FEEDING- STUFFS
15Machines or apparatus for other treatment of fruits or vegetables for human purposes; Machines or apparatus for topping or skinning flower bulbs
04Devices for topping fruit or vegetables
B26D 2007/0018
BPERFORMING OPERATIONS; TRANSPORTING
26HAND CUTTING TOOLS; CUTTING; SEVERING
DCUTTING; DETAILS COMMON TO MACHINES FOR PERFORATING, PUNCHING, CUTTING-OUT, STAMPING-OUT OR SEVERING
7Details of apparatus for cutting, cutting-out, stamping-out, punching, perforating, or severing by means other than cutting
0012Details, accessories or auxiliary or special operations not otherwise provided for
0018Trays, reservoirs for waste, chips or cut products
B26D 2210/02
BPERFORMING OPERATIONS; TRANSPORTING
26HAND CUTTING TOOLS; CUTTING; SEVERING
DCUTTING; DETAILS COMMON TO MACHINES FOR PERFORATING, PUNCHING, CUTTING-OUT, STAMPING-OUT OR SEVERING
2210Machines or methods used for cutting special materials
02for cutting food products, e.g. food slicers
B26D 3/26
BPERFORMING OPERATIONS; TRANSPORTING
26HAND CUTTING TOOLS; CUTTING; SEVERING
DCUTTING; DETAILS COMMON TO MACHINES FOR PERFORATING, PUNCHING, CUTTING-OUT, STAMPING-OUT OR SEVERING
3Cutting work characterised by the nature of the cut made; Apparatus therefor
24to obtain segments other than slices, e.g. cutting pies
26specially adapted for cutting fruit or vegetables, e.g. for onions
B26D 5/007
BPERFORMING OPERATIONS; TRANSPORTING
26HAND CUTTING TOOLS; CUTTING; SEVERING
DCUTTING; DETAILS COMMON TO MACHINES FOR PERFORATING, PUNCHING, CUTTING-OUT, STAMPING-OUT OR SEVERING
5Arrangements for operating and controlling machines or devices for cutting, cutting-out, stamping-out, punching, perforating, or severing by means other than cutting
007Control means comprising cameras, vision or image processing systems
Applicants
  • THE REGENTS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA [US]/[US]
Inventors
  • VOUGIOUKAS, Stavros
  • SLAUGHTER, David
  • SADOWSKI, Dennis
  • HE, Long
  • DURAND-PETITEVILLE, Adrien
Agents
  • O'BANION, John
Priority Data
62/198,22129.07.2015US
Publication Language English (EN)
Filing Language English (EN)
Designated States
Title
(EN) AUTOMATED STRAWBERRY ORIENTING AND CAPPING MACHINE
(FR) MACHINE DE CAPSULAGE D'ORIENTATION AUTOMATISÉE DE FRAISES
Abstract
(EN)
An automated apparatus for removing the tops (calyx) of strawberries as they move along a conveyor belt having a plurality of concave-shaped slotted rollers which operate to orient the calyx of each strawberry for being cut. Images are captured and processed for locating the calyx of each strawberry and determining an optimal cutting plane. In response to the image processing a control system actuates a blade in a cutting apparatus to pass through the produce item and into one of the slots in a roller, or rollers, to separate the calyx from the body of the strawberry.
(FR)
La présente invention concerne un appareil automatisé permettant de retirer les parties supérieures (calyx) de fraises à mesure qu'elles se déplacent le long d'une courroie transporteuse présentant une pluralité de rouleaux à fente de forme concave qui fonctionnent pour orienter le calyx de chaque fraise pour qu'il soit coupé. Des images sont saisies et traitées pour la localisation du calyx de chaque fraise et la détermination d'un plan de coupe optimal. En réponse à un traitement d'image, un système de commande actionne une lame dans un appareil de coupe pour traverser l'article produit et dans l'une des fentes dans un rouleau, pour séparer le calyx du corps de la fraise.
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