Patents Examined by Terrell Matthews
  • Patent number: 9895719
    Abstract: The invention relates to a sorting element for a sorting device. The sorting element comprises a substrate from which a multitude of fingers project. The fingers are arranged on the substrate along a first helical line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2018
    Inventor: Markus Wess
  • Patent number: 9895720
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus of producing collectible cards are disclosed. An example method includes producing a first stack of cards including a first card type and a second card type from a single substrate sheet, separating the first stack of cards into a first sub-stack and a second sub-stack. The first sub-stack includes the first card type and the second sub-stack includes the second card type. The example method includes comparing a first top card of the first sub-stack to a first reference card and, based on the first top card being substantially similar to the first reference card, automatically transferring the first sub-stack to a first tray designated to receive the first card type.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2018
    Inventors: David Eastwood, Harold Aldridge Benson, Joe Cholewinski
  • Patent number: 9884344
    Abstract: Screening members, screening assemblies, methods for fabricating screening members and assemblies and methods for screening materials are provided for vibratory screening machines that incorporate the use of injection molded materials. Use of injection molded screen elements provide, inter alia, for: varying screening surface configurations; fast and relatively simple screen assembly fabrication; and a combination of outstanding screen assembly mechanical and electrical properties, including toughness, wear and chemical resistance. Embodiments of the present invention use a thermoplastic injection molded material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2018
    Assignee: Derrick Corporation
    Inventor: Keith F. Wojciechowski
  • Patent number: 9886631
    Abstract: A method for removing foreign matter from an agricultural product stream of a manufacturing process. The method includes conveying a product stream past an inspection station; scanning a region of the agricultural product stream as it passes the inspection station using at least one light source of a single or different wavelengths; generating hyperspectral images from the scanned region; determining a spectral fingerprint for the agricultural product stream from the hyperspectral images; comparing the spectral fingerprint obtained in step (c) to a spectral fingerprint database containing a plurality of fingerprints using a computer processor to determine whether foreign matter is present and, if present, generating a signal in response thereto; and removing a portion of the conveyed product stream in response to the signal. A system for detecting foreign matter within a agricultural product stream is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2018
    Inventors: Henry M. Dante, Samuel Timothy Henry, Seetharama C. Deevi
  • Patent number: 9884345
    Abstract: A screening machine includes wall members, screen assembly guide members, a screen assembly and a compression assembly. The screen assembly includes a frame with a plurality of side members and a screen supported by the frame. The compression assembly is attached to at least one wall member and forms the screen assembly into a concave shape.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2018
    Assignee: Derrick Corporation
    Inventors: Keith Wojcieshowski, Christian Newman
  • Patent number: 9862005
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method and apparatus for sorting plant material units (101), such as seedlings. The plant material units are arranged in a supply tray and distributed over a plurality of further trays, each further tray being dedicated to plant material units with a specific classification value assigned to it. In the method, first, the supply tray (105) is provided. An image of the plant material units in the supply tray is obtained, and on the basis of the obtained image, a classification value is assigned to each of the plant material units. Finally, the plant material units are sorted on the basis of the assigned classification value by transferring plant material units with the same assigned classification value by means of a robot directly from the supply tray to the corresponding further tray.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2018
    Assignee: IG SPECIALS B.V.
    Inventors: Wim Struijk, Wim Van der El
  • Patent number: 9861989
    Abstract: A sluice including an upper channel that includes a material deck and a tilted classification screen. Below the classification screen is a lower cavity located between two longitudinally aligned plenums located under the upper channel. Each plenum includes a front opening and a rear opening and an interior sidewall. Extending between the plenums is a floor plate. Fluidization holes are formed on each interior sidewall. During use, the sluice is positioned in a stream so water flows simultaneously over the upper channel and the through the front openings of the plenums. Water flowing over the upper channel separates mined material placed on the material deck so that small particles fall through the classification screen. The water entering the front openings of the two plenums flows through the plenums and partially exits through the fluidization holes and sprays over the small particles deposited in the lower cavity further separating the fine gold particles from the small particles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2018
    Inventor: Kevin P Bell
  • Patent number: 9857286
    Abstract: A particle fractionating apparatus is described that can sort droplets containing particles in a first mode of operation, and distribute droplets that do not contain particles to a plurality of locations in a second mode of operation. The modes of operation are selectable by a user. Droplets may be emitted from a microchip of the particle fractionating apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Yosuke Muraki, Atsuo Fujimaki, Fumitaka Otsuka, Yasunobu Kato
  • Patent number: 9855588
    Abstract: A method and device for separating at least one catalyst from a mixture of homogeneously shaped catalysts, the catalysts comprising at least one metal selected from the group formed by Ni, Co, Mo, W, the catalyst to be separated comprising a characteristic metal selected from the group formed by Ni, Co, Mo, W and the other catalysts of the mixture not containing said characteristic metal, in which method: the grains of the catalyst of said mixture pass in front of the LIBS detection system, the presence of said characteristic metal in the catalysts is detected by the LIBS technique, the wavelength being selected so as to detect said characteristic metal, the LIBS detection system sends a signal to a means for evacuating grains of catalyst to be separated in a manner such as to separate said grains from the other catalysts of said mixture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Assignee: IFP Energies Nouvelles
    Inventors: Thierry Gauthier, Charles Philippe Lienemann
  • Patent number: 9849462
    Abstract: Sifting apparatuses for stratifying raw material including a material feed-in device, a material support unit, a gas plenum, a discharge control mechanism, and a reservoir are described. The material support unit receives material from the material feed-in device and has a surface with a plurality of openings for a gaseous medium introduced from underneath the material support unit, thereby effecting loosening and stratification of the material into a layer of relatively heavier material, and a layer of relatively lighter material atop the relatively heavier material. The introduced gaseous medium originates in a pump, is collected in a pressurized reservoir, and is controlled by a metered valve prior to introduction to the material support unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Inventors: Richard Snoby, Andrew C. Snoby
  • Patent number: 9846077
    Abstract: In some aspects, a device for apportioning granular samples includes a sample feeder defining a conduit, the conduit including a first opening to receive the granular samples and a second opening. The device includes a shuttle operably coupled to the sample feeder to receive the granular samples from the conduit via the second opening. The shuttle is configured to apportion the granular samples to incrementally enter a sample chamber to be analyzed. The device includes an outlet conduit fluidly coupled to the sample chamber and configured to permit the sample chamber to be evacuated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2017
    Assignee: H2OPTX INC.
    Inventors: Rudolf J. Hofmeister, Donald A. Ice, Scott W. Tandy
  • Patent number: 9827596
    Abstract: An assembly for separating selected defective objects from a group of objects used in tobacco industry, the group comprising regular objects having a form of substantially spherical external surface of a determined diameter and the remaining objects being defective objects, the assembly comprising a sieve element (105) having through channels (106) or holes and a generally flat blocking element (107) located under the sieve element, the blocking element having an upper surface/107B) and through holes (108), the sieve element and the blocking element being displaceable in a direction parallel and/or perpendicular with respect to each other at least between a first configuration and a second configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Inventors: Bartosz Cieslikowski, Leszek Sikora, Radoslaw Figarski, Marcin Mamerski
  • Patent number: 9827575
    Abstract: A hydrocyclone separator for classifying solid material in liquid suspension is disclosed. The hydrocyclone separator includes a head part having an inlet conduit and a conically tapered separation part. The hydrocyclone separator includes one or more internal edges that disturb the flow of material within the hydrocyclone separator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Assignee: Metso Minerals Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Kevin Sutherland, Brian Knorr, Lars Grönvall
  • Patent number: 9827595
    Abstract: A screening media of a vibrating screen screens fractions of stone or gravel. The screening media is formed of ribs extending from one end of the screening media to the opposite end thereof. Pins projecting perpendicularly from the ribs are placed on opposite sides of the ribs. Each pin ends at a distance from an adjacent rib. The dimension and placement of the pins are such that a continuous aperture is formed between two adjacent ribs. Each aperture is formed of a number of rectangular screening areas of identical size. Each screening area is placed perpendicular to each adjacent screening area and end areas of adjacent screening areas coincide.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Inventor: Mats Malmberg
  • Patent number: 9827572
    Abstract: A pipeline magnetic separator (10) having a magnet 20 including a length (24) that is to extend transverse of the separator chamber (19) to collect metal from flow passing in the direction (13) through the separator (10). The end surface (26) of the magnet (20) is hemispherical and is transverse of a longitudinal axis (33) of the magnet (20). Upstream of the magnet (20) is a flow diverter (25, 29).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Assignees: Active Magnetics Research Pty. Ltd., WJB Nominees Pty. Ltd.
    Inventor: William John Baker
  • Patent number: 9821317
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for separating components of wet cement. A reclaim gate includes a tumbler flange with a tumbler flange opening. A strainer having strainer openings passes sand, rinse water, and cement slurry while blocking cement aggregates. A fixed plate entraps the strainer in place. The fixed plate has a reclaim aperture aligned with the screen. A rotating turn plate having a matching reclaim aperture is adjacent the fixed plate. A gate actuator retains the turn plate adjacent the fixed plate such that the turn plate can turn to selectively align the turn plate aperture with the fixed plate aperture. In use the aggregates are blocked by the screen, the sand passes through and is filtered; the slurry passes through and is collected and settled. The aggregates, sand, and rinse water can be recovered.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Inventor: David B. Canterbury
  • Patent number: 9821345
    Abstract: A sorting apparatus and method are for sorting objects based on the objects' rebound from a surface. An automatic sorting apparatus based on objects' rebound from a surface, comprising: a cylinder disposed on top of the apparatus to hold and drop an object vertically downside with a force of gravity; a rebound impact surface disposed vertically downside of the cylinder; a rebound height sorting sensor configured to measure an apex of the rebounded object; a light source; a projection screen; and a sorter configured to sort the object based on the apex of the rebounded object, wherein the light source projects the object on the projection screen, and the rebound height sorting sensor detects the apex of the rebounded object based on positions of a shadow of the object on the projection screen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Inventor: Glenn Sterkel
  • Patent number: 9808832
    Abstract: A technology for material separation is provided. The technology enables an output of a first material from a rotary lifter. The technology enables a direction of a fluid stream onto the first material in flight based on the output of the first material such that the first material is separated into at least a second material and a third material. The technology enables a conveyance of the second material away from the rotary lifter. The technology enables a removal of the third material via a vacuum port.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2017
    Assignee: American Biocarbon, LLC
    Inventors: Erwin Bogner, Richard J. Gobel
  • Patent number: 9804075
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a particle sorting apparatus, a particle sorting method, and a non-transitory computer-readable storage medium storing program that enable sorting object particles to be sorted with high precision, even when the sorting object particles are large. In the particle sorting apparatus, a charging unit that applies charges to at least a part of liquid droplets ejected from an orifice to generate a fluid stream and a charging control unit that adjusts a charge application end time in the charging unit according to sizes of particles included in the liquid droplets are provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2017
    Inventors: Fumitaka Otsuka, Hiroto Kasai, Takashi Miyata, Takayuki Kato, Kouhei Hatamoto
  • Patent number: 9795992
    Abstract: A screening apparatus 10, including a plurality of elongate beams 11, a plurality of screen panels 14 mounted to the beams to form a broad screening surface, each of the panels 14 being generally square or rectangular and the panels 14 being mounted adjacent to each other so that facing side edges of adjacent panels 14 are in close facing relationship. Each panel 14 being mounted to a pair of beams 11 along opposite side edges to bridge between two adjacent beams11. The panels 14 being mounted to the beams 11 by elongate fixing members 13 that extend in the longitudinal direction of the beams 11 and that are fixed to an edge of the beams 11 and that engage opposite side edges of the panels 14. The fixing members 13 are fixed to the edges of the beams 11 by projections 24, 25 that are spaced apart longitudinally of the fixing members 13 and that extend into openings 18, 19 provided in the edge of the beams 11.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2017
    Assignee: Lettela Pty Limited
    Inventors: Marc Raymond Woodgate, Raymond Maxwell Woodgate