Quickly obtain food microstructures’ properties from your imaging data.

3D imaging techniques, such as X-ray micro-computed tomography (micro-CT), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), provide insights into food structure and how it changes in various situations, including processing operations.

Thermo Scientific Avizo Software is an all-in-one image analysis platform that allows the visualization, processing, and quantification of food and seed structures acquired with a variety of imaging modalities. The microstructural characterization and the relation of microstructure to properties needed in food engineering, chemistry, microbiology, and safety are easily made possible by Avizo Software's comprehensive analysis toolset.

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Automation

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Customization

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Use cases


Techniques

Food engineering

Food engineering helps advance product quality, improving food properties for more cost-effective production and commercialization. Avizo Software helps food engineers understand the relation between microstructure and product properties with 3D visualization, processing, and analysis of MRI and microCT images of food. Time-series analysis of the evolution of food is also possible with Avizo Software, further contributing to improvements in the longevity and other aspects of food. Unilever uses Avizo Software to visualize and clarify food structures.

 

Product quality and safety

Providing safe, high-quality food is a mandatory requirement that protects consumers from illness and injury. The combination of microCT images and Avizo Software allows for analysis and control of biological, chemical, and physical elements of the finished food product.

For example, during the analysis of a random chocolate candy, the end of the production chain is tasked with checking both the food quality (in terms of quantity of ingredients) and the food safety (presence of undesired materials). The composition of the candy (volume amount of each ingredient) is precisely measured, as well as the porosity.

 

Bubble analysis

Bubbles in food create an aerated structure that enhances the product appearance and its properties (smoothness, creaminess, crispness, etc.). Avizo Software provides efficient methods to segment the bubbles and quantify both their attributes and size distribution. Avizo Software's Pore Network Modeling allows the creation of an equivalent network model of the porous distribution for advanced analysis of the bubbles' interconnections and properties.

 

Powder flowability

Physical properties, such as particle size and spatial distribution, shape factors, packing density, and surface area, play a key role in powder flow. Powder flowability can be fully characterized with Avizo Software's advanced and extensive quantification and analysis toolset.

For example, agglomerates in baby powder milk can be segmented and classified based on size and spatial distribution to quantify their effect on powder flowability.

 

Seed analysis

3D structural analysis of seeds is critical in many aspects of seed technology. Avizo Software's advanced characterization toolset allows for quality control of coated seeds. Seed coat thickness, volume, sphericity, and roughness can be evaluated. Measurements of internal and external seed structures, including volume and surface areas, allow for the quantification of seed properties such as resistance and germination potential. Nondestructive testing visualization and analysis of seeds is also made possible based on Avizo Software's high-quality 3D volume rendering techniques. GEVES uses Avizo Software to study and control plant seeds.

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Food engineering

Food engineering helps advance product quality, improving food properties for more cost-effective production and commercialization. Avizo Software helps food engineers understand the relation between microstructure and product properties with 3D visualization, processing, and analysis of MRI and microCT images of food. Time-series analysis of the evolution of food is also possible with Avizo Software, further contributing to improvements in the longevity and other aspects of food. Unilever uses Avizo Software to visualize and clarify food structures.

 

Product quality and safety

Providing safe, high-quality food is a mandatory requirement that protects consumers from illness and injury. The combination of microCT images and Avizo Software allows for analysis and control of biological, chemical, and physical elements of the finished food product.

For example, during the analysis of a random chocolate candy, the end of the production chain is tasked with checking both the food quality (in terms of quantity of ingredients) and the food safety (presence of undesired materials). The composition of the candy (volume amount of each ingredient) is precisely measured, as well as the porosity.

 

Bubble analysis

Bubbles in food create an aerated structure that enhances the product appearance and its properties (smoothness, creaminess, crispness, etc.). Avizo Software provides efficient methods to segment the bubbles and quantify both their attributes and size distribution. Avizo Software's Pore Network Modeling allows the creation of an equivalent network model of the porous distribution for advanced analysis of the bubbles' interconnections and properties.

 

Powder flowability

Physical properties, such as particle size and spatial distribution, shape factors, packing density, and surface area, play a key role in powder flow. Powder flowability can be fully characterized with Avizo Software's advanced and extensive quantification and analysis toolset.

For example, agglomerates in baby powder milk can be segmented and classified based on size and spatial distribution to quantify their effect on powder flowability.

 

Seed analysis

3D structural analysis of seeds is critical in many aspects of seed technology. Avizo Software's advanced characterization toolset allows for quality control of coated seeds. Seed coat thickness, volume, sphericity, and roughness can be evaluated. Measurements of internal and external seed structures, including volume and surface areas, allow for the quantification of seed properties such as resistance and germination potential. Nondestructive testing visualization and analysis of seeds is also made possible based on Avizo Software's high-quality 3D volume rendering techniques. GEVES uses Avizo Software to study and control plant seeds.

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Services

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Introductory training

Shorten your learning curve and maximize your investment with this introductory training specifically designed for new users of Avizo Software.

The course consists of a lecture with hands-on sessions. The training material highlights the basic features and functionalities of Avizo Software.

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Advanced training

Maximize your investment and reduce your time-to-results with this advanced training specifically designed for existing users of Avizo Software.

The course consists of a lecture with hands-on sessions. The training material highlights advanced features and functionalities of Avizo Software.

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Custom development

With over 25 years of experience in 3D and image processing and hundreds of custom projects delivered to organizations small and large, Thermo Fisher Scientific can provide you with a solution tailored to fit your specific needs.

We can customize and expand our software solutions at various levels.


Resources

Porosity in hazelnut chocolate

Avizo fiber fertilizer influence on root growth

Quantification of insect damage in Faba bean seeds

Quality assessment of coated sugar beet seeds

Porosity in hazelnut chocolate

Avizo fiber fertilizer influence on root growth

Quantification of insect damage in Faba bean seeds

Quality assessment of coated sugar beet seeds

Features

Import and process your imaging data

    • Handle any modality, at any scale, of any size:

    - X-ray tomography: CT, micro-/nanoCT
    - Electron microscopy
    - Synchrotron

    • Support for multi-data/multi-view, multi-channel, time series, very large data
    • Scaling, calibration, conversion, re-sampling
    • Image enhancement, comprehensive filtering and convolution, Fourier frequency transforms
    • Artifact reduction algorithms
    • Advanced multi-mode 2D/3D automatic registration
    • Image stack alignment, arithmetic, correlation, fusion

    Easily segment your imaging data

    • Thresholding and auto-segmentation, object separation, automatic labeling
    • Region growing, snakes, interpolation, wrapping, smoothing
    • Morphological processing, including watershed and basins
    • Machine Learning-based segmentation
    • Automatic tracing of individual fibers and filaments
    • Skeletonization and filament network extraction
    • 3D surface reconstruction
    • Grid generation for FEA/CFD

    Image-to-simulation workflows

    • 3D image-based meshing for Finite Element and CFD
    • Porosity/pore connectivity analysis and skeletonization for Pore Network Modeling
    • Direct 3D image-based simulation: absolute permeability, molecular diffusivity, electrical resistivity, and thermal conductivity computation

    Export your analysis and visualization work to seamlessly publish and present it

    • Animation and video generation
    • Advanced key frame and object animation
    • Mix images, geometric models, measurements and simulations
    • Annotations, measures legends, histograms and curve plots
    • Export spreadsheets, 3D models, high-quality images

    Visualize and explore your imaging data

    • Interactive high-quality volume
    • Orthogonal, oblique, cylindrical and curved slicing
    • Contouring and iso-surface extraction
    • Maximum Intensity or other types of projections
    • Vector and tensor visualization

    Analyze your imaging data and obtain quantitative information

    • Intuitive recipe creation, customization, automated replay
    • Built-in measurements, including counts, volumes, areas, perimeters, aspect ratios and orientations
    • User-defined measures
    • Results viewer with spreadsheet tool and charting
    • Automatic individual feature measurements, 3D localization and spreadsheet selection
    • Automated statistics, distribution graphs
    • Feature filtering using any measurement criterion
    • Data registration, deformation, comparison and measurements
    • Porosity detection and measurement
    • Fiber analysis
    • Pre-processing for structural and flow simulations
    • Import of CAD models for actual/nominal comparison

    Easily and quickly adapt Avizo Software to your specific needs

    • Custom C++ modules development
    • MATLAB™ bridge
    • Python scripting API
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