12 April 1996

High-tech batch check

NEW technology means grain buyers can now automatically check batches for unwanted species , damaged grains and pest and disease attack.

The GrainCheck uses a sophisticated video-based system produced in Sweden. It is claimed to be the worlds first commercial image analyser for grain.

Samples are conveyed past a video camera which sends pictures to a computer for analysis. Specialist software checks the result and displays the grain on a TV monitor. Up to 100 samples can be checked at a time, taking just a few minutes.

So far 10 machines have been sold by developer AgroVision.

e company which developed the system in Sweden. International analytical specialist Tecator recently took a stake in the company, including distribution and licensing rights to the GrainCheck. It expects interest from the grain trade, flour mills and maltsters.