Technical Solutions

We offer automated, conveyor-driven imaging lines for herbarium sheets and pinned insects. The lines will be assembled from industrial strength components available on the market and will be configured according to the needs of the customers.

These are turn-key solutions that fit for medium and large collections that want to keep up with digitizing new accessions, and do not want to out-source digitization.

Conveyor-driven imaging lines

Systems for herbarium sheets

The performance of the herbarium line is 400-600 samples per hour, translating to 2,500 – 4,200 sheets in a working day. For operating the line, 1-3 people will be needed.  See the videos of Digitarium on YouTube.

We offer both circular and linear set-ups of conveyors. The circular set-up measures 7×7 meters and can be operated by one person only.  The linear set-up measures 9×2 meters and requires two operators.  In addition, one more operator to bring material in/out and to alternate on the line will speed up things.

Here is the video of the operation of our latest system for herbarium sheets!  Built in June-August 2018 by Bioshare Digitization for an international customer.

Systems for pinned insects

Individual insects will be carried through the imaging line on custom pallets produced with 3D printer.

The performance depends very much whether labels of individual insects need to be handled.  This is necessary for large-winged orders, such as Lepidoptera.  Typical performance here is 70 specimens / hour.  If labels can be left intact and photographed diagonally, performance can be much higher.

Here is a large-winged moth.  The labels were removed from the pin and placed on the pallet next to the specimen.



Here is a queue of pallets carrying beetle specimens. Two shots will be made: one of the beetle from above and another from a diagonally placed camera of the beetle and the labels left intact on the pin. Underside of the labels is captured through a mirror on the pallet, and flipped to normal view in post-processing of the image. Only the unique ID with QR-code (at right) needs to be attached after the imaging.