What is it?
- A capability of the G6 Version 1.8 Operating System Software, enabled by application specific KeyWare® (which holds the key to “turning it on”).
- Data (time, date and image) which customer is responsible for integrating into their own process.
- Images of anything seen by the sorter that falls outside of a pre-defined color space OR a sort parameter that has been identified as known “FM” (e.g. anything blue in a flow of corn on a white belt).
How does it work?
- FMAlert™ KeyWare® has a specific parameter designated, typically “FM” or “Other”, which will trigger a frame grab, thereby creating an image with a corresponding time and date stamp in the file name.
- The image files are stored on the UI computer hard drive for access at a later time or for archival purposes.
- It must operate within a customer-designed and operated “process” of image management. The feature only provides data.
What is the value to a customer?
- Customers can now track FM or other critical events as identified by the sorter.
- Data from individual lots or batches can be objectively qualified/quantified.
- Possible verification of actual targeting and ejection of FM (match the image to FM found in the reject stream).
Which applications does it work for?
- Initially available on Raptor Laser Sorters only or specially selected applications.
- Where FM events are typically low to medium frequency (too frequent of FM events points to other process problems).
High Frequency: > 100 events/8 hr shift (~ 12/hr)
Medium Frequency: 4 – 100 events/8 hr shift
Low Frequency: < 4 events/8 hr shift
- Green Beans and Tenderleaf (Spring mix and baby spinach) have been tested and shown promising results. Any G6 KeyWare® can be evolved to include the FMAlert™ feature.
- It works best in those applications where there is consistent segmentation and stability in the sensor performance.
- Contaminated optical surfaces and high-moisture applications will be more difficult to implement.
- Ideal for those applications that have exceptional contrast between good product and potential FM (e.g. FluoRaptor™).
When is it available for sale?
- It is available for sale now to customers with existing equipment.
- For new systems, FMAlert™ can be included as part of the original quoteas an option. .
What does the customer need to do to get it working on their sorter?
- Have a dialogue with Key’s applications engineers with respect to current KeyWare® and application details.
- A very clear understanding of what they want to accomplish.
- A process for implementation that includes FM definition and a specific “image-management” plan, i.e. how often images will be reviewed, how/where they will be reviewed, image disposition, action requirements, etc.
- A well segmented and maintained sorter.
- Version 1.8 of G6 software.
- FMAlert™ enabled Keyware.
How is it delivered?
- Usually via CD. Other methods are possible, e.g. e-mail.
What’s it take to operate it?
- A process needs to be put in place by the customer for the definition, operation, and review of results.
- There is an on-off “switch” that activates the feature.
What should a customer be aware of?
- FMAlert™ provides data only; it is up to the customer to manage it.
- There will be false images (triggered by a variety of issues).
- Poor segmentation or obscured optical surfaces will cause problems.
- You may learn more about your sorter and current sorter management practices than you want to know.
- Plan to start slow to work through issues that the implementation of this feature will expose.