Patents Examined by Jessica L Burkman
  • Patent number: 11311911
    Abstract: A separating device for separating different material fractions out of a feed-material mixture having a flow channel, which has a slope, extends in parallel with the direction of gravity in particular in its main longitudinal extension direction and comprises an inner chamber. The separating device has a first end region, a second end region, a material inlet region intended for feeding the feed-material mixture into the inner chamber of the flow channel, an outlet through which an air stream containing a lightweight material can exit the flow channel, at least one conveying means that conveys air through the flow channel, and a cross-flow device that has a separation chamber and an air intake that leads into said chamber and through which the cross-flow device can introduce air into the separation chamber in a flow direction extending at an angle to the main longitudinal extension direction of the flow channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2022
    Assignee: Kompoferm GmbH
    Inventor: Karlgünter Eggersmann
  • Patent number: 11311913
    Abstract: An installation for sorting articles comprises a carousel sorting conveyor having transport bins, an article feed magazine in which articles stored loosely are put into series and then injected one-by-one into the transport bins of the conveyor by an injection device, and a monitoring and control unit that acts on the bins so as to open each of them over a receptacle that corresponds to a delivery address of the article, the injection device comprising piston pushers and a system of sensors being provided to generate data representative of an outline of the article seen in plan so as to enable the data processing unit to detect inappropriate positioning of the article before it is injected into a bin, and, in such a situation, direct the improperly positioned article towards a reject receptacle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2022
    Assignee: SOLYSTIC
    Inventors: Wilfrid Beaugrand, Jean-Michel Reboul
  • Patent number: 11305314
    Abstract: An axle useable in a disc or star separator screen for waste includes a rotation shaft defining a longitudinal axis, a plurality of discs or stars integrally coupled with the rotation shaft, and a plurality of anti-clogging sleeves mounted idle on the rotation shaft, each of the anti-clogging sleeves being interposed between a respective pair of consecutive discs or stars. Each anti-clogging sleeve has a first rotating element and a second rotating element arranged adjacent to each other, at least one of which is a tubular body. The rotating elements are mounted idle on the rotation shaft so as to rotate independently with respect to each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2022
    Inventor: Antonio Tazzoli
  • Patent number: 11291756
    Abstract: A method for separating cells in a biofluid includes pretreating the biofluid by introducing an additive comprising a cell activator, flowing the pretreated biofluid through a microfluidic separation channel, and applying acoustic energy to the microfluidic separation channel to accumulate target cells in a primary stream and non-target cells in a secondary stream. A system for microfluidic cell separation capable of separating target cells from non-target cells in a biofluid includes at least one microfluidic separation channel, a source of biofluid, a source of additive comprising a cell activator, and at least one acoustic transducer coupled to the microfluidic separation channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2022
    Assignee: THE CHARLES STARK DRAPER LABORATORY, INC.
    Inventors: Jason O. Fiering, Kenneth T. Kotz, Nathan Francis Moore
  • Patent number: 11273452
    Abstract: A classifier device for separating heavy materials from a stream of water and lighter materials includes an upper deck above lower deck, each deck having entrance and exit sides. The exit side of the lower deck terminates in a plurality of apertures. An exit plate is disposed adjacent the exit side of the upper deck and elevated relative thereto. A trap compartment is disposed below the exit plate and receives a removable trap that has an open top side and a plurality of pipes that each have at least one fluidizing aperture and that are aligned with one of the apertures of the lower deck. A classification plate is included between the exit side of the upper deck and the exit plate for directing the larger light materials up and over the exit plate back into the stream of water. Smaller materials drop through the classification plate into the trap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2022
    Inventor: Joseph John Maranville
  • Patent number: 11275075
    Abstract: Collection systems for flow cytometrically sorted samples are provided. Aspects of the collection systems include: a collection container having a sort tube configured to be in droplet receiving relationship with a sort block of a flow cytometer; and a sample output operatively coupling a cell collection location of the collection container to a mating connection for a receiving container, such as an evacuated receiving container. Also provided are methods using the collection systems, as well as assemblies and kits including components of the systems.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2022
    Assignee: BECTON, DICKINSON AND COMPANY
    Inventor: Kyle Dembski
  • Patent number: 11247243
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for rejection of defective mineral fibre slabs in a continuous production process of mineral fibre slabs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 15, 2022
    Assignee: Rockwool International A/S
    Inventors: Hans Kløverpris, Peter Nørgård
  • Patent number: 11248666
    Abstract: A system is configured to control a clutch that connects a first rotating body and a second rotating body. The system includes a biasing portion, an actuator, an energization device, and a control unit. The biasing portion permanently biases the clutch in a connecting direction. The actuator drives the clutch in a disconnecting direction. The energization device energizes the actuator. The control unit controls the energization device. The energization device outputs a first current value to the actuator when a connection of the clutch is detected even if a condition for permitting a disconnection is satisfied. The energization device outputs a second current value lower than the first current value when the condition for permitting the disconnection is satisfied and a disconnection of the clutch is detected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 15, 2022
    Assignee: GKN Automotive Limited
    Inventor: Takahiro Nagaoka
  • Patent number: 11242899
    Abstract: A fluid distribution apparatus for an axle assembly, the fluid distribution apparatus including a cylindrical portion rotatably disposed about a bearing race. A conical portion is coupled with the cylindrical portion, and a retaining portion is coupled with the conical portion. A plurality of circumferentially spaced tubes are coupled with the retaining portion, wherein the tubes are at least partially disposed through a rotating component of a clutch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 8, 2022
    Assignee: Dana Automotive Systems Group, LLC
    Inventors: Nicholas C. Billmaier, Thomas L. Nahrwold
  • Patent number: 11241697
    Abstract: Classifying tanks, related systems and methods of operating the same are described. Some classifying tank embodiments facilitate the use of a control system and methods to perform one or more of the following tracking the product discharged, performing optimization routines, and determining new settings for a plurality of stations of the classifying tank.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 8, 2022
    Assignee: Superior Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: John Bennington, Frank Squires
  • Patent number: 11235353
    Abstract: There is provided a projection instruction device that generates a projection image to be projected on a parcel based on a reading result of parcel identification information included in a label attached to the parcel, the device including: a processor; and a memory, in which by cooperating with the memory, the processor detects occurrence of an error, and moves the parcel to upstream in a case where the occurrence of the error is detected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 1, 2022
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Thilmee Baduge
  • Patent number: 11227672
    Abstract: A cell sorting system that automatically generates a sorting strategy based on examples of target events provided by an operator. The target events can be selected using measurements ranging from traditional flow cytometry measurements to derived measurements that are computationally expensive to complex measurements such as images.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 18, 2022
    Assignee: BECTON, DICKINSON AND COMPANY
    Inventors: Jonathan Lin, Joseph Trotter, Keegan Owsley
  • Patent number: 11219924
    Abstract: The sorting installation (1) of the invention includes sorting outlets (2) aligned along a sorting conveyor (3), each outlet having a recess (4) for receiving a tray (5) in which sorted mailpieces (6) are stored, and also a tray conveyor (8) that extends under the sorting outlets for moving full trays. The installation further includes a shuttle robot (9) provided with a chute (14) having a bottom end (14a) that is slidingly attached to a guide rail (10) extending along the tray conveyor, the shuttle robot being designed to extract a tray full of mail automatically from a recess in a sorting outlet and to drop it onto the top portion of the chute in such a manner that, on reaching the bottom of the chute, the tray is injected onto the tray conveyor under the effect of gravity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 11, 2022
    Assignee: SOLYSTIC
    Inventors: Patrick Tetaz-Receveur, Laurent Pellegrin
  • Patent number: 11179729
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for washing and separating pieces of plastics material from contaminating material that also includes metal elements includes a stirring device having a plurality of blades which are driven in a washing fluid to generate a turbulent stirring action to mechanically remove part of the contaminating material from the plastics material. The tilt of the blades and the rotation speed of the stirring device are chosen carefully to generate an upward thrusting action to maintain the plastics material with a specific weight that is greater than the specific weight of the fluid in a floating condition. The plastics material is retained inside the container for sufficient time to obtain a desired degree of purity and decontamination for the plastics material, after which it is evacuated by controlled overflow.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 23, 2021
    Inventor: Flavio Previero
  • Patent number: 11173522
    Abstract: A device for sorting objects, such as used beverage or food containers, that are conveyed on a conveyor. The device includes a first guiding member which is pivotable about a first pivot axis and configured to, when the sorting device is situated in a first sorting position, guide containers in a first sorting direction, a second guiding member which is pivotable about a second pivot axis, a rotatable drive member, a first cam mechanism interconnecting the rotatable drive member with the first guiding member, and a second cam mechanism interconnecting the rotatable drive member with the second guiding member, wherein the device is configured to, upon rotation of the drive member, be actuated between the first sorting position and a second sorting position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 16, 2021
    Assignee: TOMRA SYSTEMS ASA
    Inventor: Oddvar Martinsen
  • Patent number: 11167589
    Abstract: A bicycle hub structure has a hub member, a clutch set, a driving base and a sleeve. The thread angle of the outer threaded section of the driving base is greater than the thread angle of the inner threaded section of the driving central shaft, so that the driving central shaft and the external toothed coupling collar have a coupling state instantly which greatly reduces the actuation stroke of the clutch set, improves the smoothness of driving and the sensitivity of the hub member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 9, 2021
    Assignee: CHOSEN CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Ching-Shu Chen
  • Patent number: 11161151
    Abstract: A screen assembly for vibratory separation includes a screen having a plurality of raised screen components formed therein, with each of the raised screen components defining a face oriented to oppose a flow direction of the screen assembly. In examples, a screen of the screen assembly is assembled from a plurality of metal cloth layers bonded together. Bonding of the metal cloth layers may be accomplished by a sintering process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 2, 2021
    Assignee: National Oilwell Varco, L.P.
    Inventor: Eric Landon Scott
  • Patent number: 11149831
    Abstract: A lock-up device for a torque converter is disclosed. The lock-up device includes a clutch part, first and second rotary members, a plurality of elastic members and a stopper mechanism. The clutch part is provided between a front cover and a turbine, and transmits the torque inputted to the front cover to the turbine. The first rotary member is disposed between the clutch part and the turbine. The second rotary member is rotatable relative to the first rotary member. The elastic members elastically couple an outer peripheral part of the first rotary member and an outer peripheral part of the second rotary member in a rotational direction. The stopper mechanism is disposed axially between the elastic members and an outer peripheral part of a turbine shell. The stopper mechanism includes an engaging portion restricting an angular range of relative rotation between the first rotary member and the second rotary member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 19, 2021
    Assignee: EXEDY CORPORATION
    Inventor: Satoru Matsuda
  • Patent number: 11148171
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for the dry separation of bulk particulate material, especially coarse particles, is provided. The apparatus comprises a chamber, a screen adjacent the chamber and a fluidising device fluidly connected to the chamber. The screen has a screen surface, a plurality of apertures and an opening larger in size than the aperture. A mixture of the coarse particles and a fine particulate medium is fed into the chamber. The fluidising device directs a fluidising fluid to fluidise a fine particulate medium and create a fluidised bed directed towards the screen. The fine particulate medium and the coarse particles pass from the chamber through the openings. The fine particulate medium passes back through the apertures to the chamber. Relatively high density coarse particles also pass back through the openings to the chamber. Relatively low density coarse particles are retained on the screen surface. Vibrations may also be used.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 19, 2021
    Assignee: The University of Newcastle
    Inventor: Kevin Patrick Galvin
  • Patent number: 11130642
    Abstract: A device and a method for the separation of elongated parts (long parts) from bulk materials. The device comprises a conveying device (1), a deflecting device (2) and a rake with webs (4) being oriented longitudinally to the conveying direction. According to the method, the bulk material is transported on the conveying device (1), and then long parts (10) are oriented by means of a deflecting device (2) transversely to the conveying direction. After passing through the deflecting device (2), the transversely oriented long parts are transferred to the rake (4) and discharged as coarse materials (7). Compact parts (11) fall through this rake and thus end up in the fine material (6).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 28, 2021
    Assignee: OST—OSTSCHWEIZER FACHHOCHSCHULE
    Inventor: Rainer Bunge