Morphious V1

Morphious V1 Size & Shape Analyzer

Morphious V1 Size & Shape Analyzer
The Morphious V1 Pellet Size & Shape Distribution system is a top of the line analyzer system to determine in real time the morphometry of granules. The system uses a hopper to collect the samples on a vibration table where the granules are dispersed and prepared for a free fall. During the free fall a CCD camera system catches all (morphometry) details of the granules.

With software the Critical to Quality (CTQ) parameters are displayed to the operator. The user can define all sorts of criteria which are useful for the characterization of the granules for a specific application. The system allows to inspect an equivalent of 50 kg per hour with all granules captured. This means that a great deal of computer capacity is needed for such analysis.
The data is stored in databases and can be retrieved in an easy way. The user can define all sorts of recipes relevant for a quality control application. Infinite graphical possibilities are offered to characterize the quality of the granules.

All sorts of defects can be visualized and quantified in a simple manner through 2 dimensional morphometric plots. This procedure appears  to be very useful in characterizing tails (noses, clusters, smears, sheets, chunks, junk), clusters of Neatly Cut Pellets (sticking pellets, marriages, doublets, triplets), melt fracture (shark skin, fines), partially frozen orifice holes  (noodles, macaroni, dog bones, smalls, fines).  In the graphs some examples are given:

Distribution plots show the consistency of the granules. In comparison with the old sieving method much more detail is provided, allowing the producer to get more insight in the quality and also to build on improvement process to get better and consistent granules.

Perfomance Characteristics

Modular architecture - Possibility of extension, easy adaptation and upgrade
Utilisation  -  Windows interface and easy customisation
Optimal lighting techniques - Use of a special lighting technique to avoid colour related troubles during the pellet analysis
Real-time image analysis - Fast evaluation, analysis and representation of the measured results in different formats: table with size classifications, time evolution, mosaic view, histogram, distribution
Table view - Results displayed in table according to the shape, size, diameter, elongation, roundness, roughness, and/or convexity
Mosaic view - Continuous display in real picture of the variations
Graphic of the characteristics - Graphical display of the repartition by size, shape, etc.
Time evolution - Graphical display of the repartition of the characteristic according to the time evolution
Process synchronisation - Interconnections between the inspection system and external instruments
Interface for external applications - Alarm interface, digital balance, etc.
Open database - The data from the protocol can be easily converted into the entire common database format (MS Access, Excel, etc.)

Technical Data

Camera - CCD Line Scan Sensor 4096 Pixel 160 MHz
Lighting - High frequency synchronised fluorescent lamp white light spectrum; Power consumption: 32 W
Computer - Industrial Intel®Core™ 2 Duo Up-to-date technology
Software - Operating System Windows XP Special Image Processing
Physical interfaces - Ethernet 10/100 M Base T, USB, RS 485, RS 232, digital & analogue I/0, Fieldbus
Communication protocol - MODBUS RTU, MODBUS TCP/IP, OPC, SQL,  file transfer (customized), PROFIBUS  Implementation to other Fieldbus-Systems  possible
Remote control - Extender max. 100 m Service remote control
Size dimension - (l,w,h) 100 x 50 x 50 cm; Weight approx. 60 kg
Throughput - Up to 50 kg/h
Power supply - 230V AC/115V AC, 50/60 Hz
Temperature - 10 – 40°C