HEXA FOOD Brings AI to Spice Production

Malaysia is a multi-ethnic, multi-cultural land with Malays, Chinese, Indians, and Orang Asli (the indigenous peoples). The culture of Malaysia draws on the varied cultures of the different people of Malaysia. Malaysia is known as "the kingdom of spices" as hundreds of spices play important roles in the Malaysians diet. Colorful, aromatic, and tasty chili powder is indispensable in many Malaysian delicacies.

HUAWEI CLOUD brings the following business values to HEXA FOOD

  • Intelligent AI-powered sorting eliminates errors in manual sorting and improves the efficiency by 50%.

  • Developers with little coding or model development experience can conduct one-stop AI development on ModelArts with the auto-learning capability.

  • AI-powered Atlas 500 can simultaneously process 16 video streams at the edge and efficiently analyze the chili appearance and quality. Additionally, Atlas 500 integrates multiple data interfaces and can achieve edge-cloud synergy with HUAWEI CLOUD. The training models are sent from the cloud and updated at the edge on a real-time basis.

Business Challenges

HEXA FOOD has been producing herbs, spices, and seasoning products since 2007. Their workers spend a lot of time trying to differentiate between the good and bad chilies and sorting out only good chilies for producing spice blends. Manual chili sorting requires a lot of manpower and time, and different sorting standards result in inconsistent quality.

AI-Assisted Chili Sorting

HEXA FOOD won the second place award in the Enterprise 50 (E50) organized by SME Corp. Malaysia. In order to remain competitive, HEXA FOOD has embarked on a journey of digital transformation. HEXA FOOD set up an online concept store and established an IoT team to study how to apply AI, big data, and IoT technologies to intelligent production. This IoT team builds and trains a chili identification model on HUAWEI CLOUD ModelArts. This trained model was then deployed on the intelligent device Atlas 500 at the edge. The image recognition technology of Atlas 500 quickly and accurately identifies the quality of chilies and intelligently distinguishes the good chilies from the bad, improving the production efficiency and quality of the spices.



ModelArts is a one-stop development platform for AI developers. With data preprocessing, semi-automated data labeling, distributed training, automated model building, and model deployment on the device, edge, and cloud, ModelArts helps AI developers build models quickly and manage the lifecycle of AI development.

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