I was just sittin' here wondering if a day would ever come when...
face recognition technology could cost effectively be modified to read pellet shape and size.Imagine laying down 10 or a dozen pellets with a standard, and snapping a couple of pictures.Then in a couple of moments your computer tells you what the head,and skirt sizes are, and the percentage of conformity to the standard shape.Then you chuck each pellet into the proper "sorted"tin,and set down some more pellets.If you lay a pellet down on a flat side,the system would fail to see that;so you would still have to pay attention to what you were doing.But it could be a whole lot easier and faster for people who need ,or want ,precision.---Pipe dream?
I should think that something like the OnTarget software could be adapted for such use with relevant parameters programmed in.
Was reading a blog post about the testing regime of the Tenex competition pellets from Eley the other day, it mentions contactless laser measuring for precise pellet dimensions, would like to see such a rig in action.
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I took a semi-serious look at an automation approach to feeding, measuring, and sorting pellets. My estimate is that it could be done in the $30-50K range after development expenditure of $100K. Bar code scanning technology and vibratory bowl feeders are the basis considered. I was told by a very knowledgeable expert that it was already being done in Germany. There are a LOT of caveats. Use some basic geometry, and calculate the size of the flat "ding" in the edge of the pellet that would result in a variance of 0.01 mm diametrically. It's tiny. To scan the entire circumference, and determine the average diameter, complexity is far greater It is very difficult to improve upon the simple approach of a precise round aperture in a thin sheet to gage the pellet.
The concensus of opinion seems to be that the cost would be prohibitive.I am excited that in this day and age,it is possible.Maybe it's only cost effective for a manufacturing facility where labor is too costly to allow for hand sorting,and volume is high.But as time goes on maybe cost will come down and clubs could afford it. Unfortunately the call for it may never br very high.-But one can hope.