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Beef and Lamb OCM with CT in situ further development
MLA and AMPC collaborated with the purchase of a medical Computed Axial Tomographic Imager CAT/CT scanner which was installed into a purpose-built room situated in a beef and lamb processing facility. A range of red meat industry applications were then evaluated to understand how the technology fits into the industry's automation and objective carcase measurement sensing framework, and the device remains available for long term research activities and calibration of other sensing and imaging devices.
CT technology offers an opportunity for tasks requiring the 3D information that can't be found with standard x-ray imaging. This involved initial trials of lamb, beef and viscera, before focussing on beef grading and automation. These trials investigated a number of different scanning protocols to understand what would be required from an industrial, on-line CT scanner. This presents a possible value proposition in CT's ability to grade along the entire length of a muscle. Algorithms were also written for a number of beef automation tasks.
The knowledge obtained in this project will now be used to inform the specifications for an on-line CT scanner capable of operating in an abattoir. CT presents a significant opportunity to the red meat industry and can be seen as a 'quantum leap' improvement over currently available sensing technologies. This project has demonstrated this and provided a key stepping stone towards commercial implementation.
This page was last updated on 23/08/2017
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