KPM acquires AI technology company

KPM Analytics announced recently it has acquired Smart Vision Works an artificial intelligence (AI) technology company providing computer vision systems for agriculture and food industries.

With over a decade of industry experience, Smart Vision Works has proven its proprietary machine learning algorithms can overcome challenging machine vision problems and deliver high quality solutions for customers. By specialising in sorting and foreign material detection, the AI technology can be leveraged by food companies to streamline efficiency and enhance overall quality during production.

According to KPM Analytics, the acquisition demonstrates its commitment to the food and agriculture industries, as it continues to invest in vision technologies to help its customers protect their brand and produce the highest product quality possible.

“With this acquisition, KPM Analytics has significantly enhanced our vision inspection portfolio with new AI technologies,” explained Brian Mitchell, CEO, KPM Analytics. “The addition of Smart Vision Works to our existing Sightline Process Controls and Eye Pro System machine vision businesses allows us to provide additional data and technologies for our customers to leverage in their production processes. We strongly believe that the advanced AI capabilities within Smart Vision Works will advance our offerings across all of the end markets we serve.”

Smart Vision Works systems quickly and automatically sort products by size and defect, allowing defective items to be removed from the production line. Using artificial intelligence, the foreign material detector is engineered for finding things that simply don’t belong. Once trained, the system can detect a range of foreign materials whether this is plastic, cardboard, metal, or even hair. This is an essential part of food companies to ensure they are preventing contamination and reducing the risk of recalls.

“Since 2012, we have worked to fulfill our mission of creating artificial intelligence powered vision control systems that improve quality and production for our customers,” added Chris Bryant, President of Smart Vision Works. “We are excited to join KPM Analytics. KPM’s commitment to advance the entire food production process from seed to table through technology, aligns perfectly with our own vision and mission. The global resources and reach of KPM will allow us the opportunity to bring Smart Vision Works technologies to customers all over the world and to leverage our solutions in new and innovative ways.”

Smart Vision Works is well known for its AI and edge computing technologies, used to sort products and detect foreign materials in the food production processes.

By adding Smart Vision Works technology to its portfolio, KPM is able to offer more options for food quality analysis solutions and plans to integrate the Smart Vision Works products into its existing portfolio of vision inspection systems serving the bakery, dairy and protein markets.

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