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PRE-COMPETITIVE AUTOMATED VISUAL INSPECTION APPLIED TO STONE PROCESS

Objective

The project addresses the problem of automated visual in-process inspection and mensuration of dimension stones during manufacturing.
The research effort is considering the characterisation of dimension, stone colour, texture and physical fractures. The inspection and measurement technique developed is being implemented in software and incorporated in a prototype hardware to carry out on site extensive evaluation of the novel technological tools.

Inside the project an image archiving database with high compression coding methods is created. This database contains stone images of blocks and slabs currently in stock, together with the associated inspection and measurements. Samples of stone (polished slabs) are also included for reference and training purposes.
The research effort will consider the characterization of dimension, stone colour, texture and physical fractures. The inspection and measurement technique developed will be implemented in software and incorporated in a prototype hardware to carry out on-site extensive evaluation of the novel technological tools.

Inside the project an image archiving database with high compression coding methods will be created. This database will contain stone images of blocks and slabs currently in stock, together with the associated inspection and measurements. Samples of stone (polished slabs) will be also included for reference and training purposes.

The system will play a fundamental role in advancing productivity and quality of dimension stone manufacturing process for maintaining the leadership position of EEC countries, but also an important social benefit by improving the working environment of the personnel employed in the industry (i.e. by avoiding noise and dust aspects).

Coordinator

Technostone SpA
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Viale Xx Settembre 118
54033 Carrara
Italy

Participants (2)

Computer Recognition Systems Ltd
United Kingdom
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Fishponds Close
RG11 2QA Wokingham
UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI GENOVA
Italy
Address
Via Opera Pia 11 A
16145 Genova