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1. (WO2017035324) CAPSULE OBJECT INSPECTION SYSTEM AND ASSOCIATED METHOD

Pub. No.:    WO/2017/035324    International Application No.:    PCT/US2016/048619
Publication Date: Fri Mar 03 00:59:59 CET 2017 International Filing Date: Fri Aug 26 01:59:59 CEST 2016
IPC: G01N 21/95
B07C 5/342
Applicants: R. J. REYNOLDS TOBACCO COMPANY
Inventors: ADEME, Balager
Title: CAPSULE OBJECT INSPECTION SYSTEM AND ASSOCIATED METHOD
Abstract:
An inspection system (20) configured to inspect a plurality of capsule objects (10) is provided. The system includes an imaging device (30) for capturing an image of the capsule object's exterior and a weighing device (60) for measuring the capsule object's weight. The system also includes an analysis unit (80) configured to analyze the captured images and the measured weights of the capsule objects. The analysis unit is configured to execute an edge detection tool that determines the capsule object's dimensions and whether the capsule object is defective based at least in part on the measured dimensions. The analysis unit is also configured to execute a weight analysis tool configured to determine whether the capsule object is defective based on the capsule object's weight.