Patents Examined by Joseph C Rodriguez
  • Patent number: 12005460
    Abstract: Apparatus uses engineered collection media to recover mineral particles in a mineral extraction process, e.g., for processing a tailings stream at the end of a flotation separation process. The engineered collection media are added to slurry/tailings containing the mineral particles. The engineered collection media have collection surfaces coated with a chemical selected for attracting the mineral particles to the collection surfaces so the engineered collection media becomes mineral laden media in the slurry/tailings in a loading stage. The apparatus include three stages: removing unwanted material from mineral laden media; using a stripping agent to strip the mineral particles from the mineral laden media; and separating the engineered collection media from the mineral particles and the stripping agent. The stripping agent is reused for stripping, and the engineered collection media are returned to the loading stage. The engineered collection media can have a smooth or foam-like surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2022
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2024
    Inventors: Paul J. Rothman, Mark R. Fernald, Peter A. Amelunxen, Paul Dolan, Timothy Bailey, Michael Ryan
  • Patent number: 12005485
    Abstract: Embodiments relate to one or more techniques that may be employed alone or in combination, in the refurbishment or recycling of used solar modules. In certain approaches, a (heated) wire may be used to cut through one or more layers (e.g., front encapsulant, back encapsulant, both front and back encapsulant, backsheet) of a solar module that is being recycled or refurbished. Some approaches may employ testing of a used solar module, alone or in combination with information (e.g., as part of a received package) regarding parameters of a used solar module such as panel size, width, length, height, thickness of glass, or others. According to specific embodiments, used solar modules may be subjected to various cleaning processes at one or more points during refurbishment/recycling.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2023
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2024
    Assignee: SOLARCYCLE, Inc.
    Inventors: Pablo Ribeiro Dias, Suvi Sharma
  • Patent number: 11998951
    Abstract: A dispersion feeder for distributing a product stream to a plurality of receiving devices arranged about the periphery of the dispersion feeder, the dispersion feeder comprising a dispersion table; wherein the dispersion table comprises: a product receiving region at the centre of the dispersion table configured to receive a product stream comprising product and slack, and a product dispensing region surrounding the product receiving region; wherein the dispersion table is configured to transfer the product radially from the product receiving region to the product dispensing region; characterised in that the dispersion table further comprises: one or more apertures extending through the dispersion table, the one or more apertures being positioned between the product receiving region and the product dispensing region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2024
    Inventor: Kevin Young
  • Patent number: 11992821
    Abstract: Aggregate material processing systems, methods, and apparatus are described. In some embodiments, one or more components have a transport configuration and an operational configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2024
    Assignee: Superior Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Matt Esson, Luke Hogan
  • Patent number: 11986839
    Abstract: An electrostatic separator separates conductive particles from raw materials includes: a container with a raw material layer; a gas dispersion plate at the bottom of the raw material layer; at least one vibrating body in the raw material layer flush with the gas dispersion plate or above it; a fluidization gas supplier introduced from the container bottom into the raw material layer flows upward through the gas dispersion plate; an upper electrode above the raw material layer; a lower electrode in the raw material layer, the lower electrode being flush with the gas dispersion plate or above it; a power supply applies a voltage between the upper and lower electrode wherein one becomes a negative electrode, the other becomes a positive electrode, and an electric field is generated between them; and a capturer captures conductive particles that have flown out of the raw material layer surface toward the upper electrode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2024
    Inventors: Takayuki Ihara, Koki Ikeda, Naoya Ogiyama, Yusuke Iida, Manabu Masamoto, Koji Fukumoto, Gen Kiyotaki, Keiichi Mashio, Tomoyuki Suzuki, Ryoma Yamamoto
  • Patent number: 11986860
    Abstract: Systems and methods for sorting recyclable items and other materials are provided. In one embodiment, a system for sorting objects comprises: at least one imaging sensor; a controller comprising a processor and memory storage, wherein the controller receives image data captured by the image sensor; and at least one pusher device coupled to the controller, wherein the at least one pusher device is configured to receive an actuation signal from the controller. The processor is configured to detect objects travelling on a conveyor device and recognize at least one target item traveling on a conveyor device by processing the image data and to determine an expected time when the at least one target item will be located within a diversion path of the pusher device. The controller selectively generates the actuation signal based on whether a sensed object detected in the image data comprise the at least one target item.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2022
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2024
    Assignee: AMP Robotics Corporation
    Inventors: Matanya B. Horowitz, James A. Bailey, John C. McCoy, Jr.
  • Patent number: 11982611
    Abstract: A method includes providing a cartridge and the cartridge includes a slot for receiving a microfluidic chip having a set of first channels. The cartridge also includes a set of second channels and each channel of the set of second channels is coupleable to a different channel of the set of first channels during use with the microfluidic chip. The cartridge also includes an indent configured for engagement and alignment of the cartridge during use. The method also includes inserting the cartridge into a device, such that the cartridge engages a first biasing member of the device configured for alignment of the cartridge in a first direction. The first biasing member is configured to bias movement of the cartridge into locking position with a notch of the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2024
    Inventors: Sunghwan Cho, Jose Manuel Morachis, Ivan Gagne, Rick Segil, William Arthur Alaynick, Zhe Mei, Sean Phillips, Chien-Chun Yang, Dongseob Yun, Michael Jerome Benchimol, Manna Doud, Nicholas Sullivan, Constance Ardila
  • Patent number: 11969758
    Abstract: An object-sorting apparatus includes a housing that extends from a top end to a bottom end, at least one vibration element, and a plurality of stages arranged in a vertical sequence in the housing between the top end and the bottom end. At least one of the stages includes a sorting base that at least partially defines a floor of the at least one stage. The sorting base is coupled to the at least one vibration element, and is configured to receive thereon a mixture of objects having different sizes, including a target size associated with the at least one stage. The stage also includes apertures defined in and extending through the sorting base and into flow communication with a next lower stage. The apertures are sized to receive therethrough, from the mixture, objects having a size smaller than the target size associated with the at least one stage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2023
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2024
    Inventor: Jay Hirshberg
  • Patent number: 11964303
    Abstract: The invention provides a method for cargo sorting, configured to control an end effector with a package placement platform to sort the cargo, and the method includes: moving the package placement platform to a package obtaining position and obtaining the cargo to be sorted that enters into the package placement platform; moving the package placement platform to a package storage location; and exerting a first force to push the cargo into a package storage unit. With the help of the package placement platform, the method of the invention can receive the packages of different types or different sizes or different material so as to sort and transport all kinds of packages.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2021
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2024
    Inventors: Qiyang Liu, Guillaume Crabé, Hailiang Zhang, Ilia Vasilev, Hongbin Liao, Shimin Xia, Kaixiang Wang, Xinghao Liang, Yuan Li, Jie Shen, Yun Zhao
  • Patent number: 11958076
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a separator (100) and method of separating a waste stream (120) comprising liquid constituents, small-sized solid constituents and large-sized solid constituents into a first waste stream (121) substantially comprising the large-sized solid constituents and a second waste stream (122) substantially comprising a mixture of liquid and the small-sized solid constituents. The present disclosure also relates to a waste handling system (1) comprising such separator (100).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2024
    Assignee: Stichting IP & Know How Pharmafilter
    Inventors: Alex Hol, Eduardo Alexander Van Den Berg
  • Patent number: 11958081
    Abstract: Sorting device and method for sorting objects. The device includes a chute on which objects are movable in a conveying direction by an acting gravitational force. The chute has a cutout measuring area and a LIBS laser is positioned adjacent the cutout for spectroscopic measurement of objects moving through the cutout. A discharger for sorting out a first fraction of objects is provided along a discharge direction and below the chute and/or an imaginary extension of the chute. A control device is provided for controlling the discharger depending on measurement results of the LIBS laser. A further discharger is provided for sorting out a second fraction of objects along a further discharge direction. The further discharger is arranged above the chute and/or the imaginary extension of the chute and the control device controls the further discharger depending on the measurement results of the LIBS laser.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2023
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2024
    Assignee: Binder + Co AG
    Inventors: Reinhard Taucher, Daniel Kreimer, Philipp Kober
  • Patent number: 11952714
    Abstract: A process (1, 101, 201) for separating a fibrous target component (21) from textile waste (2, 5) is shown, said textile waste (2, 5) containing the target component (21) and at least one ancillary component (22), whereby the target component (21) consists of water-swellable textile fibers (51) with a density higher than the density of water, the process (1, 101, 201) comprising the steps: a) dispersing the comminuted textile waste (5) in an aqueous solution (7) to obtain a suspension (8) containing the textile waste (5), and b) separating the dispersed textile waste (5) into a high-density target fraction (81) comprising the target component (21), and a low-density residual fraction (82) comprising the at least one ancillary component (22), according to the respective density of said components (21, 22).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2024
    Inventors: Christoph Klaus-Nietrost, Richard Herchl, Christian Weilach
  • Patent number: 11952209
    Abstract: A 3 in 1 reverse vending machine. A vending machine that is solar powered and accepts bottles and cans made of plastic, aluminum, and glass. The machine includes a conveyor system, barcode reader and cleaning system, this prepares the bottle and cans to be shredded and then granulated into small pieces. The machine houses a delivery system that carries the smaller pieces of processed material to its predetermined receptacle for storage. Each bottle and can has a monetary value once received by the machine that will be issued to the user once all bottles and cans are received and calculated per user per transaction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2024
    Inventors: Kareem Casadyrell Dowdell, Shirley Robena Baker, Roosevelt Dowdell, Jr.
  • Patent number: 11945003
    Abstract: An object processing system within a trailer for a tracker trailer is discloses. The object processing system includes an input area of the trailer at which objects to be processed may be presented, a perception system for providing perception data regarding objects to be processed, and a primary transport system for providing transport of each object in one of at least two primary transport directions within the trailer based on the perception data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2022
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2024
    Assignee: Berkshire Grey Operating Company, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas Wagner, Kevin Ahearn, Benjamin Cohen, Michael Dawson-Haggerty, Christopher Geyer, Thomas Koletschka, Kyle Maroney, Matthew T. Mason, Gene Temple Price, Joseph Romano, Daniel Smith, Siddhartha Srinivasa, Prasanna Velagapudi, Thomas Allen
  • Patent number: 11944979
    Abstract: The invention relates to a magnet apparatus for generating a magnetic field, the magnet apparatus comprising: at least three coils arranged besides each other along a first axis in a first plane, wherein each coil comprises a conductor comprising a material having superconducting properties at an operating temperature, the coils further comprise two legs and two bent end sections in the first plane, wherein a first and a second leg are arranged parallel to each other along a second axis in the first plane transverse to the first axis, and the two bent sections are arranged opposite to each other; and a controller arranged to control currents through the respective coils to obtain a current distribution in the first plane, wherein a current direction of the current distribution is alternating between opposite directions parallel to the second axis, with a period ? along the first axis. The invention also related to a magnetic density separation apparatus comprising the magnet apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2021
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2024
    Inventors: Marc Maria Jozef Dhallé, Jaap Jeroen Kosse
  • Patent number: 11945002
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to an automatic metal sorting system using laser induced breakdown spectroscopy. The system may include: a conveyer configured to move waste metals at a constant speed; a shape measurer configured to measure a position and a shape of at least one waste metal on the conveyer; a laser induced breakdown spectroscopic device configured to determine the kind of the waste metal by emitting a laser to the waste metal and receiving and analyzing a plasma spectrum signal generated by the emitted laser; and a discharger configured to separate and discharge the waste metal in accordance with the determined kind of the waste metal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2022
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2024
    Assignee: GIST(Gwangju Institute of Science and Technology)
    Inventors: Sung Ho Jeong, Sung Ho Shin, Young Min Moon, Jae Pil Lee
  • Patent number: 11911776
    Abstract: A method for integrated processing of finely dispersed metal-containing waste, wherein the method includes mixing metal-containing waste with magnetic field activated water into a pulp, subjecting the pulp in a reaction chamber to a rotating magnetic field generated by rotating ferromagnetic elements, carried out in a vortex layer with a rotation speed of the ferromagnetic elements being at least 2800 rpm, until a magnetostriction effect and subsequent reduction of metal oxides occurs, and carrying out hydrocyclone separation of the metal oxides.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2024
    Inventors: Johann Eirich, Vitali Welmann
  • Patent number: 11913867
    Abstract: An optofluidic device includes: a housing having an inlet port coupled to an inlet side and an outlet port coupled to an outlet side; and a microlens disposed within the housing between the inlet side and the outlet side. A fluid having a plurality of particles flows from the inlet side through the microlens to the outlet side. The optofluidic device further includes a light source configured to emit a light beam in a direction opposite flow direction of the fluid, the light beam defining an optical axis that is perpendicular to the microlens.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2022
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2024
    Assignee: The Regents of the University of California
    Inventors: Ahmet Ali Yanik, Xiangchao Zhu, Yixiang Li
  • Patent number: 11911802
    Abstract: Methods and devices for sorting cottonseeds. Methods include the use of an optical sorter to sort cottonseed by color. Additionally, methods include sorting cottonseed using a gravity table to collect high-density seed (“accepts”) and mid-density seed (“middlings”), followed by sorting the mid-density, and optionally, the high-density seed using an optical sorter to collect dark cottonseed, thereby providing high-quality cottonseed for packaging. Devices and systems comprising one or more gravity tables and one or more optical sorters are provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2022
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2024
    Assignee: BASF Agricultural Solutions Seed US LLC
    Inventors: Sebastian Ulrich Schmidt, Jeff Ratliff, Benno Franz Ulfik, Fatma Alexia Van Winssen, Tonya Crossland, Hartmut Huebner
  • Patent number: 11905111
    Abstract: Devices, systems, and methods of garbage sorting and processing to encourage proper waste disposal are disclosed. An embodiments of the waste management and sorting system comprises a smart waste machine configured to receive waste from a user and place the waste in proper storage containers having first identifiers, a mobile application configured to run on a user device and communicatively coupled to the smart waste machine and/or the server device, and a conveyor system configured to sort and/or process waste once it is removed from the storage containers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2023
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2024
    Inventor: Stanislav Kulyk