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HathiTrust Digital Library | Millions of books online Study on an automatic sorting system for Date fruits Abstract In the present study, a machine vision based, online sorting system was developed, the aim being to sort Date fruits (Berhee CV.) based at different stages of maturity, namely Khalal, Rotab and Tamar to meet consumers’ demands. The system comprises a conveying unit, illumination and capturing unit, and sorting unit. Keywords Date fruit; Image processing; Khalal; Maturity; Sorting; Rotab and Tamar 1. Date is one of the non-oil export products of Iran that can play an important role in the country’s economy. Ripening process of the Date includes four principle stages, namely; Kimri (immature), Khalal (changing color, not mature), Rotab (mature) and Tamar (ripe) stages. In the present article, a new color space for grading Date fruit is proposed based on maturity stages. i. Grading Dates according to consumer desire, ii. separating Khalal from other Date fruits to avoid its deterioration due to the enzymatic activity of Khalal, and iii. 2. 2.1. 2.2. 2.3. 2.4. 2.5. 3. Table 1. Table 2.

WorldWideScience Robot co-active learning adjusts to context-driven user preferences Researchers at the Cornell University created an algorithm which enables robots to “coactively learn” from humans and make adjustments while an action is in progress. Their approach relies on a combination of machine learning, object and user association, and trajectory adjustment could allow robots to operate more reliably when it comes to object manipulation and safety during human-robot interaction. Assembly lines relying on robots usually have many marks and warnings in assembly areas to increase the safety of people that might be inside them while robots are working. However, most of these robots perform their tasks in memorized routines and accidents do occur. Aside safety, robots being developed to serve as aid in our homes have another set of problems, ranging from handling objects according to their properties, to safety when it comes to their movement or tool handling. The researchers used their algorithm on a Baxter robot from Rethink Robotics.

PLoS: Publication List The range of PLOS titles is expanding and now includes a number of new websites. Below, we describe the role of each group of products and how they fit together to support our mission of leading a transformation in research communication. Original Content These titles vary in the speed of publication, the nature of the peer review and selection process that takes place ahead of publication, and the breadth and nature of content that is published. The PLOS Suite of Journals: - PLOS Biology - PLOS Medicine - PLOS Genetics - PLOS Computational Biology - PLOS Pathogens - PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases PLOS Currents PLOS Blogs Organization of Content We are also exploring new ways to organize content after publication with PLOS Collections.

Industry 4.0: Agility in production? | Bosch ConnectedWorld Blog Industry 4.0 is paving the way for a social and technological revolution that will drastically change the entire industrial landscape. Why 4.0? As since the 18th century, when the first Industrial Revolution began, it is the fourth wave of major technological changes. There is brand new video footage available from the German Engineering Association VDMA featuring different Industry 4.0 projects of players such as the German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence, Bosch, SAP, Siemens as well as Wittenstein. What this video shows: Industry 4.0 is a sophisticated approach changing the entire global value chain: communication, planning, logistics and production. Actually, Industry 4.0 is a paradigm shift. Direct link to the video “Industry 4.0 – The Technological Revolution continues!” The video brings up some good points and challenges for industry: How can humans get better support for their work in the factory? What does Industry 4.0 mean for Bosch?

Open Science and Crowd Science: Selected Sites and Resources Open Science and Crowd Science: Selected Sites and Resources Diane (DeDe) Dawson Natural Sciences Liaison Librarian University of Saskatchewan Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Copyright 2012, Diane (DeDe) Dawson. Used with permission. Table of Contents IntroductionOpen ScienceCrowd ScienceMethods and ScopeOpen Science - Definitions and PrinciplesOpen Science - Open Lab Notebooks of Individuals and Lab GroupsOpen Science - BlogsCrowd Science - Projects for Individuals or Small TeamsCrowd Science - Volunteer Distributed Computing ProjectsThe Main SoftwareOrganizationsSelected ProjectsFurther Sources for ProjectsSelected Examples of Collaborative Science Sites for SpecialistsMain Software & Online Tools for Open ScienceOpen Science Conferences and CommunityConferencesFurther Reading/ViewingVideosDeclarations, Reports and White PapersOpen e-BooksSelected Essays, Articles, and InterviewsReferences Introduction Open Science Crowd Science Methods and Scope Open Science - Blogs

GE to facilitate manufacturing transformation with software suite | Manufacturers Monthly GE Intelligent Platforms has released significant updates to its suite of Proficy Manufacturing software. These solutions have been designed specifically to meet the strategic objectives of manufacturers as they transform their operations to meet the new realities of business potential enabled by the Industrial Internet. According to a recent poll by LNS Research, manufacturing executives pegged the following imperatives as strategic: 66% said consistent quality 56% said responsiveness to customer demands 49% said increasing production capacity and capabilities Proficy Manufacturing applications help manufacturers have better visibility across the business/plant floor, accroding to Don Busiek, General Manager Manufacturing Software for GE Intelligent Platforms. “The transformation of the manufacturing process today is driven by the explosion of data from today’s connected machines, enabled by the Industrial Internet,” said Busiek. [Image courtesy: GE Intelligent Platforms]

Online Materials Information Resource - MatWeb Aluminium manufacturing company: transformation, research & innovation At Constellium, aluminium is more than a metal. It is the material that takes the shape of our ideas - so that our ideas may shape the world. At the forefront of industry A global leader in aluminium transformation, Constellium designs and manufactures innovative and high value-added aluminium products and components. Our technologically advanced solutions serve a broad range of applications around the world. Ideas, materialized From window frames to railcars, auto bodies and aircrafts, and from solar reflectors to perfume containers and beverage cans, aluminium products are used throughout daily life. We draw on a full complement of aluminium processing techniques, including casting, rolling and extrusions. From raw material, unlimited innovation Research & Development for aluminium sustainability Innovation is the cornerstone of our activities. Key-fact Constellium has around 8,200 employees working mainly in Europe, China and the United States.

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Internet of Things Gains Real World Traction Manufacturing is the sector most primed for the value proposition of the Internet of Things (IoT). Why? Because of all the data that’s been captured and is constantly being captured by industry. More than many other such pronouncements, this statement, made by Jim Robinson of Intel’s Internet of Things Group, during a panel discussion at National Instruments' NI Week 2014, clarifies why the IoT has moved from being the next big idea to the next big way of doing business in manufacturing. As Robinson pointed out in his comments during the panel discussion, there’s been a focus on the general IoT concept for more than 30 years now, though its gone by many different names (most famously in the manufacturing space—machine to machine or M2M). “It’s an evolution of the computer infrastructure development that’s been going on for decades,” he said. Manufacturing is the sector most primed for the value proposition of the Internet of Things.