CEERI Centre, Chennai, is a pioneering institution in developing indigenous technologies for the automation of Indian process industries. As the regional centre of Central Electronics Engineering Research Institute, Pilani, the Centre had a humble beginning in 1974 and got transformed into a full fledged R&D Centre in 1979. The Centre has developed many novel automation systems using stat-of-art techniques for pulp & paper, food, leather, chemical and plastic industries. Later, the Centre has ventured into the development of machine vision systems for societal needs. The designs adopt the latest advancements in specialized areas such as the image processing, fiber-optic and near infrared instrumentation towards better quality management and value addition to Indian industrial produce.
The Centre has a well equipped optics laboratory for the development of electro optical systems, DSP and FPGA lab and rapid prototyping environment for the development of electronic systems hardware and firmware, latest high resolution CCD cameras & workstations with advanced imaging and computing software/hardware to develop machine vision technologies for on-line inspection and grading.
Real time systems require that decisions be taken quickly, which mean data & signal processing are carried out in faster time frames. The Centre is hence setting up facilities for embedded system development, under the above supra-institutional project with funding from CSIR. The program aims at developing image processing based smart systems for sorting and grading of fruits, plastic waste and bakery products. Apart from the four activities of 1) Trials and industrial demonstration of prototype for apple sorting/grading machine, 2) Development of sorting and grading machine for mango, citrus, etc.