Patents Examined by Michael McCullough
  • Patent number: 11513054
    Abstract: Disclosed herein include systems, devices, and methods for determining a gating strategy. An acquisition system can cause a particle analyzer to collect parameter measurements of some particles of a sample. An analysis system can receive the parameter measurements and determine a gating strategy from the parameter measurements. The acquisition can collect measurements of some or all of the remaining particles of the sample using the gating strategy determined by the analysis system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2022
    Assignee: Becton, Dickinson and Company
    Inventors: Joseph T. Trotter, Allison Irvine, Nikolay Samusik
  • Patent number: 11508023
    Abstract: A computer controlled mail piece assembly and wrapping system discloses a process for culling candidate mail pieces from bulk mail pieces, a mail piece feeder, a mail piece reader coupled to the feeder that identifies suitable candidate mail pieces, a collator coupled to the feeder for collating multiple identified mail pieces, a buffer coupled to the collator for regulating the delivery rate of the multiple mail pieces exiting to a wrap inserter, a wrap inserter coupled to the buffer for wrapping mail pieces and selected inserts into a mailing container, a printer interfaced with the wrap inserter for printing information onto the mailing container; an outstacker coupled to the wrap inserter for transferring envelope wrapped mail pieces and selected inserts to a desired location, and a computer with suitable programming for operating the system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2022
    Assignee: Broadridge Output Solutions, Inc.
    Inventors: Frank Delfer, Marc Fagan, Brett Flickner, Daniel Saldana, Charles Preston, Matthew Leettola, Chris Pettigrew, Khi Lam, Christopher Codde, Randy Franklin, Paul Rudolph
  • Patent number: 11504745
    Abstract: Provided is an item sorting system and method. The system includes: a supply end configured to provide a to-be-sorted item in the first area; a moving transport apparatus configured to transport the to-be-sorted item in a second area; and an item receiving apparatus configured to receive the to-be-sorted item in a third area. The second area and the third are arranged in order without overlapping with each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2022
    Assignee: BEIJING GEEKPLUS TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Hongbo Li
  • Patent number: 11491488
    Abstract: The present invention provides a sperm sorting chip and a method for sorting sperm using the same. Said sperm sorting chip includes: a flow channel structure sequentially configured with a gradually diverging flow field region, a main flow channel, and a gradually converging main flow channel intercommunicated with each other from a first side end to a second side end; a fluid injection port, a semen injection port, and a semen extraction port separately located at the first side end and communicated with a main input channel of the gradual diverging flow field region; and a waste fluid outlet located at the second side end and communicated with the gradually converging main flow channel. The gradually diverging flow field region further includes a plurality of sub-input channels derived from the main input channel and converged into the main flow channel, and the plurality of sub-input channels have a gradually widening channel width at the junction with the main flow channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2022
    Assignee: iPreg Inc.
    Inventors: Bor-Ran Li, Chung-Hsien Huang
  • Patent number: 11491492
    Abstract: A separation apparatus and method for separating ore is provided. The separation apparatus (10) includes a separation chamber (12) and is configured to be utilised with a fluid pulsing mechanism (32) for operatively pulsating a fluid through ore deposited in the chamber resulting in the migration of generally lighter ore particles toward an upper region (25) of the chamber and for generally heavier particles to migrate toward a bottom region (14) of the chamber (12). The ore is deposited by means of a chute (38) in the bottom region (14) of the chamber (12) and the lighter ore particles may then be extracted from the chamber through a first chamber outlet (24) while the heavier particles may be extracted through a second chamber outlet (28).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2022
    Assignee: PULSATING JIGS INTERNATIONAL (PTY) LTD
    Inventor: Johannes Jacobus Vermeulen
  • Patent number: 11491512
    Abstract: An apparatus may include: a shaker body; a shaker screen disposed within the shaker body; and one or more air nozzles disposed within the shaker body, wherein the one or more air nozzles is positioned below the shaker screen, and wherein the one or more air nozzles is operable to deliver a pressurized stream of air to at least a portion of a bottom of the shaker screen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2022
    Assignee: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Brice Aaron Jackson, Andrew David Vos, Daniel Reynold Robichaud
  • Patent number: 11484915
    Abstract: Provided is a package sorting method, a sorting area layout, a sorting system, and a path optimization method. The package sorting method includes: dividing a sorting area into at least a first logical partition close to a first item collecting area and a second logical partition close to a second item collecting area, where the first logical partition includes a first item dropping area, and the second logical partition includes a second item dropping area. By this method, a total path of package delivery is reduced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2022
    Assignee: BEIJING GEEKPLUS TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Hao Han
  • Patent number: 11484057
    Abstract: This system is for implementing a method for feeding of a granulated substance, and is provided with: a feeding path through which cut tobacco is fed toward a tobacco band in a cigarette manufacturing machine; a separation device for separating, by winnowing, the cut tobacco into good products and sub-standard products that are heavier than the good products, in the process of feeding the cut tobacco; an adjustment device that is capable of directly and/or indirectly adjusting the velocity of a current of air used for separation through winnowing; a transfer path which receives and transfers the sub-standard products discharged from the separation device; a weighing device which takes a sample of the sub-standard products being transferred on the transfer path and measures the weight of the sampled sub-standard products and outputs the weighing result; and a controller which, on the basis of the weighing result, controls the operation of the adjustment device so as to bring the sampling weight equal to a targ
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2022
    Assignee: JAPAN TOBACCO INC.
    Inventors: Toru Iwano, Katsuyuki Tsuboi, Kazuyoshi Ono, Tatsuya Iwao
  • Patent number: 11480508
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are systems and methods capable of identifying, tracking, and sorting particles or droplets flowing in a channel, for example, a microfluidic channel having a fluid medium. The channel and the fluid medium can have a similar refractive index such that they appear translucent or transparent when illuminated by electromagnetic radiation. The particles or droplets can have a refractive index substantially different from that of the channel and the medium, such that the particles or droplets interfere with the electromagnetic radiation. A sensor can be disposed adjacent to the channel to record the electromagnetic radiation. The sensor can be attached to a system for identifying, tracking, and sorting the droplets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2022
    Assignee: VERILY LIFE SCIENCES LLC
    Inventors: Saurabh Vyawahare, Supriyo Sinha, Andrew Homyk, Michael Gutierrez
  • Patent number: 11478826
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method and to a device for sorting particles of a material flow into at least two fractions, the particles in the material flow being observed by means of at least one detector, particles being subjected to acoustic pressure on the basis of the properties determined by the detector so that they are supplied to different fractions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2022
    Assignee: Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft zur Förderung der angewandten Forschung e.V.
    Inventor: Robin Gruna
  • Patent number: 11471916
    Abstract: A material sorting system sorts materials utilizing a vision system that implements a machine learning system in order to identify or classify each of the materials, which are then sorted into separate groups based on such an identification or classification determining that the materials are composed of either wrought aluminum, extruded aluminum, or cast aluminum.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2022
    Assignee: SORTERA ALLOYS, INC.
    Inventors: Nalin Kumar, Manuel Gerardo Garcia, Jr., Isha Kamleshbhai Maun
  • Patent number: 11472737
    Abstract: A non-conforming (or barely conforming) fly ash is converted into conforming (or better conforming) fly ash by: (1) obtaining an initial fly ash with at least one non-conforming (or barely conforming) characteristic selected from excess carbon content, low strength activity index, or low SAF as defined by ASTM C-618 and having a D10, D50 and D90; (2) classifying the initial fly ash using one or more air classifiers to produce at least two separate fly ash streams, including fine fly ash and coarse fly ash; (3) collecting the fine fly ash and the coarse fly ash, the fine fly ash having a D90 less than the D90 of the initial fly ash; (4) combining the fine fly ash with an aluminosilicate source to form a modified fly ash having a conforming carbon content, a conforming reactivity index, and a conforming SAF as defined by ASTM C-618.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2021
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2022
    Assignee: ROMAN CEMENT, LLC
    Inventor: John M. Guynn
  • Patent number: 11465860
    Abstract: A steel plate suspension conveying device and method thereof, includes an initial suspension module, an intermediate transfer module and a tail end unloading module that are respectively provided with a plurality of electromagnets, wherein the electromagnets (5-6) of the initial suspension module controls the steel plate for suspension, the electromagnets (7-14) of the intermediate transfer module controls the motion of the steel plate toward the tail end unloading module, and the electromagnets (15-17) of the tail end unloading module controls the landing of the steel plate; sensor modules (18) installed on the electromagnets, and are capable of detecting the position, speed and temperature information of the steel plate conveyed by the electromagnets; a central processing unit (4) receiving the information sent by the sensor modules (18) and adjusts the magnitude of a current/voltage flowing into the electromagnets, thereby adjusting the magnitude of the electromagnet attraction applied by the electromagnet
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2022
    Assignee: JIANGXI UNIVERSITY OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY
    Inventors: Yongfang Deng, Weichao Zhang, Jie Yang, Bin Deng
  • Patent number: 11466933
    Abstract: A dewatering device for aggregate product can be used to retro-fit existing aggregate product dewatering facilities in order to more efficiently capture product. The dewatering device can be movable to allow for the portability of the device relative to existing dewatering facilities. The device is adapted to receive a slurry of aggregate product and water and to vibrate to dry the aggregate product. A recycle system is included to receive any fines that may otherwise be lost by the system. The recycle system captures the fines and redirects them back towards the vibrating process of the vibrating device to direct them towards an exit of the vibrating device in order to use said fines as well as the other dewatered aggregate product. The portability of the device allows the device to be used with the existing facilities without the need to completely replace existing components for dewatering aggregate product.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2021
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2022
    Assignee: SUPERIOR INDUSTRIES, INC.
    Inventors: Frank Squires, Jeremy Brown, Chris Afrank
  • Patent number: 11465158
    Abstract: A sorting apparatus is provided for sorting selected magnetically attractable articles from a stream of articles including non-selected magnetically attractable articles. The apparatus may include a conveyor for conveying the stream of articles. The conveyor may include a conveyor belt formed in an endless loop including a discharge end configured to launch the stream of articles off the conveyor. A conveyor guide may be located inside of the endless loop adjacent the discharge end. The conveyor guide may be configured to support the conveyor belt such that the conveyor belt slides on the conveyor guide along a downwardly curved path. An array of magnets may be arranged inside of the endless loop for interacting with the stream of articles as the stream of articles passes off the discharge end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2022
    Assignee: MSS, Inc.
    Inventors: Felix A. Hottenstein, Arthur G. Doak, Caleb H. Blackwell
  • Patent number: 11465710
    Abstract: A bicycle rear sprocket assembly comprises a first sprocket and a second sprocket. The first sprocket includes a first torque-transmitting profile disposed around a first sprocket opening. The second sprocket includes a second torque-transmitting profile disposed around a second sprocket opening. The first torque-transmitting profile is configured to engage with the second torque-transmitting profile in the mounted state. The first sprocket includes an axial abutment surface configured to axially abut against the second sprocket for axially positioning the first sprocket and the second sprocket relative to each other in the mounted state. The axial abutment surface is disposed farther from an axial center plane of the bicycle rear hub assembly than the first torque-transmitting profile in the mounted state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2022
    Assignee: SHIMANO INC.
    Inventors: Tsuyoshi Fukumori, Tomonari Oka
  • Patent number: 11458505
    Abstract: Deblinding apparatuses and deblinding methods are provided. A deblinding apparatus may include a support frame including a grid structure and multiple compartments. Multiple compartments may be formed by a respective portion of the grid structure and a respective set of support members. Further, multiple scattering members may be disposed within a compartment. Scattering members be removably affixed to a portion of the grid structure that forms a part of a compartment. Multiple unsecured objects may be placed within a compartment. When attached to a screen and in response to movement of support frame, at least one unsecured object of the multiple unsecured objects may collide with a first scattering member and with a surface of the screen to thereby cause deblinding of the screen. Sizes, shapes, masses, and morphologies of unsecured objects may be designed to optimize collision rates of unsecured objects with scattering members and with the screen assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2022
    Assignee: DERRICK CORPORATION
    Inventor: Anthony J. Lipa
  • Patent number: 11458508
    Abstract: A separation apparatus, comprising an identifier arranged to identify the particles in a group of particles that have a specific property, an affinity modifier arranged to modify an affinity of the identified particles relative to that affinity of non-identified particles in an group, and a separator arranged to separate the particles in the group based on their difference in the affinity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2022
    Assignee: URBAN MINING CORP B.V.
    Inventors: Peter Carlo Rem, Martinus Cornelis Maria Bakker, Simon Petrus Maria Berkhout
  • Patent number: 11458509
    Abstract: The invention concerns a sorter having a base element that can be swiveled around a horizontal swivel axis with a number of support surfaces uniformly arranged about the swivel axis. Each of the support surfaces can be swiveled into a conveyor for conveying a product along a product stream and swiveled out of the conveyor for ejection of a product from the product stream.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2022
    Assignee: Wipotec GmbH
    Inventors: Alexander Schulzki, Matthias Joachim
  • Patent number: 11459188
    Abstract: The present invention relates to the field of using different sensing and detection methods to determine parcel flow density 1D lineal, 2D area or 3D volumetrically on a selected section of a feed conveyor and receiving conveyor and adjusting conveyor speed ratios proportioned according to ratio of desired density to current density to increase the density or volume of parcels in a selected area of the receiving conveyor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2021
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2022
    Assignee: Fives Intralogistics Corp.
    Inventors: Steven Vann Schroader, Gus Nowotny