iXeed DataCollector

The measurement of seeds with multiple measurement devices. Capture and analyse big data of seeds. Optionally use it as a versatile lab sorting machine as well!



The DataCollector is a versatile, modular seed measurement & analysis platform. The hardware comprises a seed feeder to separate and dose seeds, multiple measurement modules to characterize the seeds and optionally a sowing device. The sowing device can be used to sow the seeds in micro-titer plates or custom sowing trays/seed carriers.

All seeds are measured and tracked individually, resulting in a large dataset for each single seed. In case of a sowing device, the data of each seed is linked to the sowing coordinate. This provides the opportunity to link germination data or traits of the resulting seedling to the measurement data of the originating seed.

 As an option, the DataCollector machine can be used as a versatile seed sorter as well. Use recorded seed data to select sorting criteria and split your seed lot in two fractions!


  • Modular system
  • Multiple measurement modules
  • Several sowing options
  • Big data analysis tools
  • > 1000 seeds/hour

All seeds ranging in size from approximately 1mm .. 20mm

System overview Microtiter

Module options:

The DataCollector platform consists of a base frame with conveyor, seed feeder and control/data collection unit. To this platform, several different modules can be added to obtain the desired functionality. Data export is based on CSV formatted data and accompanying images if standard TIF/BMP/BIP format. For scoring germination or traits, an Excel sheet generator is available.

Standard modules:

  • Color imaging: providing color, shape (20+ parameters) and texture data
  • X-Ray imaging: providing X-Ray absorption (filling degree) and internal morphology data
  • Chlorophyll fluorescene imaging (CF)
  • Hyperspectral imaging VNIR (400nm .. 1000nm in app. 200 bands)
  • Hyperspectral imaging NIR (950 nm .. 1650nm in app. 200 bands)
  • Maximum height profile measurement (0.01mm accuracy)
  • Weighing system (0.05mg accuracy / single seed)
  • Micro-titer sowing stage: Sowing in 24, 48 or 96 wells micro-titer plates
  • Automatic micro-titer stacking / destacking module (up to 25 plates, more on request)


New modules to be released:

  • Anthocyanide fluorescence
  • Green fluorescence protein imaging (GFP)

Optional data analysis software modules:

For labeling the seeds with germination or other data like specific traits of the seedlings, the DataCollector produces Excel sheets for importing and linking this data.

  • Multi-tool suite (based on classical pattern recognition)
  • SVM (support vector machine) pattern recognition
  • Sorting recipe generation (to use the DataCollector as sorting machine)
  • Deep-learning based analysis (in development)

For custom designed modules or sowing options, please contact us: ...contact