APPARATUS FOR ACQUIRING AND ANALYSING PRODUCT-SPECIFIC DATA FOR PRODUCTS OF THE FOOD PROCESSING INDUSTRY AS WELL AS A SYSTEM COMPRISING SUCH AN APPARATUS AND A METHOD FOR PROCESSING PRODUCTS OF THE FOOD PROCESSING INDUSTRY

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15394208

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The invention relates to an apparatus (10), designed and configured to acquire and analyse product-specific data for products (12) of the food processing industry, comprising a conveyor (11), which is gap-free in the transport plane, for transporting separated products (12) in transport direction T from an intake end to a discharge end, an X-ray unit (13) having at least one X-ray source (14) and at least one X-ray camera (15) for acquiring product-specific data, wherein X-ray source (14) and X-ray camera (15) are assigned to the conveyor (11) in such a manner that the products (12) can be guided along between the X-ray source (14) and the X-ray camera (15), as well as a control unit (16) which is connected to the X-ray unit (13) and is designed and configured to receive and analyse the product-specific data, forming a first data set, acquired by said X-ray unit (13), which is characterised in that at least one optical camera (17) is assigned to the same conveyor (11) between its intake end and discharge end, by means of which, in addition to the X-ray unit (13), product-specific data of the products (12) transported on said conveyor (11) can be acquired, wherein the optical camera (17) is connected to a control unit (18) which is designed and configured to receive and analyse the product-specific data, forming a second data set, acquired by the optical camera (17). The invention also relates to a system (29) comprising such an apparatus (10) as well as a method for processing products (12) of the food processing industry.

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JOHN BEAN TECHNOLOGIES CORPORATION70 WEST MADISON STREET SUITE 4400 CHICAGO IL 60602
NORDISCHER MASCHINENBAU RUD BAADER GMBH + CO KG23560 LÜBECK

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Blaine, George R Lake Stevens, US 21 59
Hocker, Jon A Bothell, US 18 54
Steffens, Alexander Lübeck, DE 5 28

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