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Title:
IMAGING SYSTEM FOR SORTING POULTRY MEAT WITH WOODEN BREAST MYOPATHY
Document Type and Number:
WIPO Patent Application WO/2018/213535
Kind Code:
A3
Abstract:
The image sorting system sorts normal chicken breast meat fillets from chicken fillets that exhibit wooden breast myopathy (i.e. WB fillets). In the preferred embodiment, a camera and associated controller gather data and construct a digital image of a chicken breast fillet as it travels on a conveyer belt. The digital image is used to calculate a centroid (i.e. center of mass) of the fillet. As the fillet moves over a nose of the conveyor belt and free-falls to a lower conveyor belt, the controller determines the distance between the fillet centroid and a reference point (preferably the conveyer belt axis of rotation). If the distance exceeds a predetermined minimum distance, the fillet is designated a WB fillet.

Inventors:
YOON, Seung C. (U.S. National Poultry Research Center, 950 College Station Roa, Athens Georgia, 30605, US)
BOWKER, Brian C. (U.S. National Poultry Research Center, 950 College Station Roa, Athens Georgia, 30605, US)
ZHUANG, Hong (U.S. National Poultry Research Center, 950 College Station Roa, Athens Georgia, 30605, US)
LAWRENCE, Kurt C. (U.S. National Poultry Research Center, 950 College Station Roa, Athens Georgia, 30605, US)
HEITSCHMIDT, Gerald W. (U.S. National Poultry Research Center, 950 College Station Roa, Athens Georgia, 30605, US)
SHIN, Tae Sung (U.S. National Poultry Research Center, 950 College Station Roa, Athens Georgia, 30605, US)
Application Number:
US2018/033114
Publication Date:
March 07, 2019
Filing Date:
May 17, 2018
Export Citation:
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Assignee:
THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, AS REPRESENTED BY THE SECRETARY OF AGRICULTURE (1400 Independence Ave. S.W, Washington, District of Columbia, 20250, US)
International Classes:
A22C21/00
Foreign References:
JP4020659B22007-12-12
JP2002281891A2002-10-02
US20040028777A12004-02-12
KR101678488B12016-11-22
KR100889487B12009-03-19
Attorney, Agent or Firm:
GOLDBERG, Joshua B. (Nath, Goldberg & Meyer112 S. West Stree, Alexandria Virginia, 22314, US)
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