Patents by Inventor George A. Mills

George A. Mills has filed for patents to protect the following inventions. This listing includes patent applications that are pending as well as patents that have already been granted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

  • Publication number: 20140090251
    Abstract: A method of making a lubrication spray orifice for a valve actuating mechanism includes the steps of forming a dome socket for a finger follower of a valve actuating mechanism of an engine, forming a pocket in the dome socket and thinning out material of the pocket, and forming an elongated slit opening by expanding the pocket in a single lancing operation to lance a surface of the pocket to create a lubrication spray metering orifice.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 2, 2013
    Publication date: April 3, 2014
    Applicant: GT Technologies
    Inventors: John Edmund Brune, Terry Joseph Giesige, Daniel George Mills
  • Patent number: 7121399
    Abstract: A small item pneumatic diverter for high speed diversion of articles, such as fruit, from a moving conveyor in a product handling system. The pneumatic diverter is particularly suited for diversion of small, relatively fragile articles after they have been optically scanned for size, weight, quality or other characteristics. The diverter has a nozzle connected to an electrical solenoid controlled air valve that is connected to a source of compressed air and a computer for controlling the release of air to the nozzle. The nozzle has a plurality of small discharge ports at one end for discharging air towards an article on the moving conveyor. In one configuration, the nozzle discharges air across the top of a small article to provide lift and against the article to off-load it from the conveyor. A delay mechanism is utilized to selective discharge an article after it has been scanned.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2003
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2006
    Inventor: George A. Mills
  • Publication number: 20040163929
    Abstract: A small item pneumatic diverter for high speed diversion of articles, such as fruit, from a moving conveyor in a product handling system. The pneumatic diverter is particularly suited for diversion of small, relatively fragile articles after they have been optically scanned for size, weight, quality or other characteristics. The diverter has a nozzle connected to an electrical solenoid controlled air valve that is connected to a source of compressed air and a computer for controlling the release of air to the nozzle. The nozzle has a plurality of small discharge ports at one end for discharging air towards an article on the moving conveyor. In one configuration, the nozzle discharges air across the top of a small article to provide lift and against the article to off-load it from the conveyor. A delay mechanism is utilized to selective discharge an article after it has been scanned.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 21, 2003
    Publication date: August 26, 2004
    Inventor: George A. Mills
  • Patent number: 4726898
    Abstract: Several conveyor rollers of singulators are made to rotate by a fruit orientation belt causing fruit carried thereon to rotate in accordance with movement of the belt such that the rotational axes of the fruit, typically lemons, orient themselves along their stem axes, or substantially perpendicularly to the direction of travel of the singulators. Downstream, the rollers contact a rotating spin-accelerating belt to substantially increase speed of rotation of the rollers and oriented fruit thereon in order to permit optical scanning devices to scan a much larger percentage of the fruit surface areas. Fruit rotate in the same direction of rotation during orientation and spin-acceleration, the latter occurring for only a very short duration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 1986
    Date of Patent: February 23, 1988
    Assignee: Pennwalt Corporation
    Inventors: George A. Mills, Ian A. Brown
  • Patent number: 4534470
    Abstract: Apparatus for processing fruit and the like, particularly for sorting as a function of variables, including color, blemish, size and shape. The apparatus provides an illuminator for substantially uniformly illuminating a portion of the item being examined, and for generating a plurality of signals corresponding to respective different portions of the item being examined. A circuit is provided for obtaining difference signals corresponding to the difference of data signals corresponding to adjacent portions of the surface of the fruit. The fruit is sorted as a function of those difference signals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 1982
    Date of Patent: August 13, 1985
    Inventor: George A. Mills
  • Patent number: 4515275
    Abstract: Apparatus and method for processing fruit and the like, particularly for sorting as a function of variables including color, blemish, size and shape. The apparatus provides an illuminator for substantially uniformly illuminating a portion of the item being examined, and a signal detector array for generating a plurality of signals corresponding to respective different portions of the item being examined. The data signals corresponding to a given item are accumulated and then batch processed to determine sorting signals, while a next item is being examined and data signals for it are being accumulated. For blemish detection, the batch processing includes determination of differences between signals representing adjacent surface portions, and generation of blemish sorting signals as a function of such determined differences.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 1982
    Date of Patent: May 7, 1985
    Assignee: Pennwalt Corporation
    Inventors: George A. Mills, Gerald R. Richert
  • Patent number: 4106628
    Abstract: Apparatus for automatically sorting fruit and the like by weight or color, or both, using conveyance system to move objects to be sorted past an electromechanical weighing station and an optical color sensing station which, in conjunction with sequential and combinational logic, compare the color and weight of the item to a predetermined criteria and sort according thereto.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 1976
    Date of Patent: August 15, 1978
    Inventors: Aaron J. Warkentin, George A. Mills
  • Patent number: 4017162
    Abstract: A metal foil or plate for use in the slit mechanism of optical systems and having two jaw sections between which the slit is defined. The jaw sections are interconnected through an integral hinge portion of the plate which is adaptable to flex so that the jaw sections can move towards and away from each other and thereby vary the slit width. When incorporated in actual slit mechanism, the plate, or at least a portion thereof, is interposed between two mounting surfaces so that the jaw sections are maintained coplanar, and an actuator for causing relative movement of the jaw sections is connected to another section of the plate which is integrally connected with each jaw section through a relatively narrow plate portion. The last mentioned section of the plate and the hinge means form the only connections between the jaw sections.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 1976
    Date of Patent: April 12, 1977
    Assignee: Varian Techtron Pty. Ltd.
    Inventor: James Philip George Mills