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Flexible real-time cost-effective high-throughput inspection system for pharmaceutical capsules

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Anthony C. Karloff

University of Windsor, Windsor, Ontario, N9B3P4, Canada

Neil E. Scott

University of Windsor, Windsor, Ontario, N9B3P4, Canada

Roberto Muscedere

University of Windsor, Windsor, Ontario, N9B3P4, Canada

J. Electron. Imaging. 18(1), 013006 (February 19, 2009). doi:10.1117/1.3081415
History: Received June 19, 2008; Revised November 10, 2008; Accepted December 12, 2008; Published February 19, 2009
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To reduce the cost of a machine-vision system for pharmaceutical capsule inspection, a custom approach is explored. In order to minimize cost while maintain high data throughput, the USB 2.0 interface is used. By developing custom USB 2.0 cameras with minimal hardware and using conventional PCs to perform the image processing algorithms, a low-cost yet versatile real-time system is developed. We discusses the development of a custom USB 2.0 camera and its associated hardware, the use of PCs to acquire image data and perform inspection algorithms, and a custom system controller that synchronizes system signals and manages passed and failed capsules in real time.

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Anthony C. Karloff ; Neil E. Scott and Roberto Muscedere
"Flexible real-time cost-effective high-throughput inspection system for pharmaceutical capsules", J. Electron. Imaging. 18(1), 013006 (February 19, 2009). ; http://dx.doi.org/10.1117/1.3081415


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