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Machine vision system for ore sizing
Author(s): Christopher L. Eichelberger; Steven M. Blair; Brij M. Khorana
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Paper Abstract

A machine vision systelu has been developed to size and count ore as it passes down a conveyor belt. The imaging system consists of a line scan camera a zoom lens and a structured lighting arrangenient. The structured lighting produces a line of light which is projected onto the conveyor belt at an angle with respect to the caniera. When a piece of ore is present the line of light covering the piece is displaced out of the field of view of the camera. This method is used to overcome the poor contrast between the ore and the conveyor belt. Iniages are acquired using an iiaage processor which performs real-tiiae thresholding of the iraage before it is passed to a frame buffer. A coniputer progrant locates the ore pieces in the image and identifies the boundaries between those pieces which are touching. Chords corresponding to the approximate major and minor axes of each piece are calculated. Using these measurements the size distribution for a population of ore is determined. 1.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 March 1991
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 1396, Applications of Optical Engineering: Proceedings of OE/Midwest '90, (1 March 1991); doi: 10.1117/12.25872
Show Author Affiliations
Christopher L. Eichelberger, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology (United States)
Steven M. Blair, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology (United States)
Brij M. Khorana, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1396:
Applications of Optical Engineering: Proceedings of OE/Midwest '90

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