One step closer to the Food Scanner

Everything fresh? - A near-infrared sensor detects the condition of food

Physics Journal / January 2019

A consortium of two Fraunhofer Institutes and two Bavarian universities has developed a scanner to determine the freshness of food, because millions of tons of food end up in the rubbish every year, even though they are not spoiled.

11th Fraunhofer Vision Technology Day

Jena / 17-18 October 2018

The Fraunhofer Technology Day offers an overview of the spectrum of practice-relevant technologies in image processing and optical measurement systems and reflects the current state of the art. In addition, realised applications are described and emerging future perspectives are highlighted. Target groups: The Technology Day is aimed at people interested in the topic of image processing from almost all sectors who are looking for information on the practical use of these technologies in an industrial environment and also at representatives in the field of research and development. The accompanying trade exhibition is a sought-after forum for deepening the dialogue with the experts and for establishing new cooperations. Information offers: Short lectures, accompanying trade exhibition, exchange of experiences with the experts. We will be there with a presentation on "Hyperspectral Imaging for Food Sorting" and the exhibit "Multispectral Scanner for Food Inspection".

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The maturity test

Food Newspaper / 20 July 2018

Hard, just right or almost mush? The Food Scanner looks inside the fruit and knows for sure. The device is designed to help retailers optimise the flow of goods and avoid food waste. There are also innovative approaches for the quality assessment of fresh meat. As project partner, Fraunhofer IOSB developed the technologies for the FoodScanner and the app.


Specialist congress "Saving food 4.0 - innovative processes to reduce food losses"

Munich / 16 May 2018

Dr Robin Gruna (Fraunhofer IOSB) shows the prototype of a food scanner together with Dr Peter Muranyi (Fraunhofer IVV) and Dr Robert Hable (Deggendorf University of Applied Sciences) at the congress "Lebensmittel retten 4.0". With this innovation, Minister of Food Michaela Kaniber wants to reduce food waste. Linked to a smartphone app, the handy device opens up completely new possibilities for consumers, processors and retailers to use food sparingly and with foresight. Here is the project flyer. The technologies for the scanner and the app are from Fraunhofer IOSB. More info


Fair Anuga FoodTec "FoodInSpector: Inline-capable sensor technology for the inspection of packaged food"

Cologne / 20-23 March 2018

Contamination of food, e.g. by plastics and glass, repeatedly causes costly recalls. The Fraunhofer Institutes IOSB and FHR are developing multi-sensor concepts for detecting foreign bodies in products. FoodInSpector uses millimetre waves that can shine through the product. In future, this will make it possible to detect impurities as well as fluctuations in the production process. The technology is suitable for the inspection of frozen products, baked goods and hollow as well as filled products.

A spectral measurement does not yet yield useful information

IOSB Karlsruhe / 5 April 2017

Sensors, including spectral ones, are getting smaller and cheaper. Moreover, they are now freely available to the end user in certain applications. While in the conventional, usually elaborate industrial application, a sensor gives an answer to a specific question, in the broad application, different questions for different places should be answered at the same time...
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Food lab in a mobile phone

IPMS Dresden

The topic of "Food Scanner" is becoming increasingly important. The European Commission has also recognised the topic as important and is promoting the development of corresponding technologies. As a leading institution for applied research in Europe, the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft is also involved in the field of food research. For almost 10 years, the Fraunhofer Food Chain Management Alliance has also been active in the field of spectroscopic food analysis. As part of the Alliance, the Fraunhofer Institute for Photonic Microsystems IPMS in Dresden has applied for a patent for an idea that makes it possible not only to analyse food with a smartphone, but also to measure it and calculate its nutritional value...
Go to the full report on the Fraunhofer Food Chain Management Alliance page.

Misleading food scanners can put allergy sufferers at risk

IOSB Karlsruhe / 29. November 2016

The IOSB is one of a few research institutes dealing with the comparability of the values determined by food scanners. After test series with sugar, flour and milk powder, the Karlsruhe scientists came to shocking results. In a nutshell, the conclusion is: from one type to another, even from one sensor to another of identical construction, the test devices of different manufacturers delivered differently accurate and not always comparable data.

With the kind permission of the Badische Neueste Nachrichten.

Lie detector for food

IOSB Karlsruhe / 29 July 2016

IOSB experts on the current state of research: WirtschaftsWoche reports on the technical status of food scanners and the billion-dollar business in the topic area of "healthy nutrition". Robin Gruna and Henning Schulte of the Fraunhofer IOSB of the Inspection and Visual Inspection business unit comment on the latest development

The full article as PDF can be found here with kind permission of WirtschaftsWoche, issue 31.