Combinatorial Scales Patents (Class 177/25.18)
  • Patent number: 10962403
    Abstract: A weighing device includes a conveyance unit which conveys an article, a hopper which receives the article conveyed by the conveyance unit, temporarily holds the article, and then discharges the article downstream, a detection unit which detects the article between a conveyance end of the conveyance unit and the hopper, and a control unit which controls driving of the conveyance unit. When the detection unit does not detect the article at a start of driving of the conveyance unit, the control unit drives the conveyance unit for a first period. When the detection unit detects the article at a start of driving of the conveyance unit, the control unit drives the conveyance unit for a second period longer than the first period.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2021
    Assignee: Ishida Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Hiroe Konishi
  • Patent number: 10899556
    Abstract: A slaughtered animal meat handling device and a method for transporting meat products from a receiving area to a discharge area device are provided. The device includes at least one supply conveyor, a suction transporter and at least one return conveyor. Meat products that are not engaged by the suction transporter are transported away from the transfer area towards the receiving area by the return conveyor. The meat products are reintroduced onto the supply conveyor away for the transfer area, for again being transported towards the transfer area. The supply conveyor and the return conveyor provide a circulation of meat products. By reintroducing the meat products onto the supply conveyor away from the transfer area, the chance of getting the meat products correctly positioned on the supply conveyor with respect to a suction opening of the suction transporter is increased.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2021
    Assignee: MAREL POULTRY B.V.
    Inventors: Magnus Blondahl Kjartansson, Elias Halldor Bjarnason
  • Patent number: 10858127
    Abstract: In a combination weighing apparatus, a control unit executes combination weighing processing with a second value used as a target weighing value after controlling all of the hoppers so as to discharge the article while leaving the article in the conveying unit when the second value is less than a first value in a case where the target weighing value is changed from the first value to the second value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2020
    Assignee: Ishida Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Toshiharu Kageyama, Hideshi Miyamoto, Michihiko Yonetsu
  • Patent number: 10837821
    Abstract: A combination weighing apparatus including a plurality of units arranged to form a circumference in a horizontal direction, wherein the plurality of units include weighing hoppers, each of which holds, weighs and discharges the object. The combination weighing apparatus comprises at least one small unit and at least one large unit, and: each of the weighing hoppers is a single-chamber weighing hopper or a double-chamber weighing hopper, the small unit includes the single-chamber weighing hopper and does not include the double-chamber weighing hopper, and the large unit includes the double-chamber weighing hopper and does not include the single-chamber weighing hopper; and/or some of the plurality of units include memory hoppers each of which is disposed below the weighing hopper, holds the objects discharged from the weighing hopper and discharges the objects, the small unit does not include the memory hopper, and the large unit includes the memory hopper.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2020
    Assignee: YAMATO SCALE CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Shozo Kawanishi
  • Patent number: 10790685
    Abstract: A measurement apparatus includes first and second sensors, first and second processors, a multiplexer, and an A/D converter. The first and second sensors are configured to detect an identical physical quantity, and respectively output analog signals according to the physical quantity. The first processor performs an offset process on an analog signal from the first sensor using a first offset value to output a first analog signal. The second processor performs an offset process on an analog signal from the second sensor using a second offset value, which is different from the first offset value, to output a second analog signal. The A/D converter converts the first analog signal to output a first digital signal when the multiplexer outputs the first analog signal, and converts the second analog signal to output a second digital signal when the multiplexer outputs the second analog signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2020
    Assignee: Panasonic Intellectual Property Management Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Shuhei Chizuwa, Naoyuki Tsuboi
  • Patent number: 10699511
    Abstract: Systems and methods that perform automated selection and delivery of a fastener. The system or apparatus may include a fastener inventory portion that retains a plurality of fasteners; a user delivery portion; a transfer assembly that affords physical transport of a fastener selection from the fastener inventory portion to the user delivery portion; a fastener attribute assembly that inputs desired fastener attribute data (DFA data) regarding a desired fastener; a computer system that interfaces with the fastener attribute assembly to input the DFA data; maps the DFA data to at least one fastener candidate; determines a fastener selection amongst the at least one fastener candidate; determines a number of discrete units of the desired fastener that comprise the fastener selection; and controls the transfer assembly to retrieve the fastener selection from the fastener inventory portion and physically transport the fastener selection to the user delivery portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: INDIE LLC
    Inventor: Adam Rossi
  • Patent number: 10669053
    Abstract: A weighing and packaging system includes a combination weighing apparatus including a plurality of weighing units that accumulates and weighs supplied articles, a combination calculator that performs combination calculation using weighing values weighed by the weighing units and selects a combination of corresponding articles, and a collecting chute that collects and discharges the articles pertaining to the combination and a packaging apparatus including a former that receives the articles discharged from the combination weighing apparatus disposed on an upper side and forms a belt-shaped package into a cylindrical shape such that the articles fill an inside thereof, a seal portion disposed below the former to seal the cylindrical package, thereby forming a bag, and a discharge portion that discharge the bag formed by the seal portion, wherein a first opening that opens to a lateral side of a discharge direction of the bag and exposes the collecting chute and the former on the lateral side is provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: Ishida Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Mikio Kishikawa, Yoshiki Horitani, Naomi Imaaki
  • Patent number: 10564028
    Abstract: A combination weigher includes: a dispersion unit adapted to radially disperse food products dropped in from above and onto the dispersion unit; a plurality of V-shaped like guide structures extending radially away from a center of the dispersion unit and arranged such that a narrower end of the V-shaped like guide structures face a center point of the dispersion unit; a plurality of hoppers associated to each of the trenches arranged below the outfeed ends of the trenches; and a control unit; and screw feeders arranged in each of the trenches operated by the control unit. The space between adjacent V-shaped like guide structures at a distance R1 defines a buffer zone for radially dispersed food products from the dispersion unit. The screw feeders in the adjacent trenches have opposite orientation and rotate in opposite directions such that upper part of the screw feeders are rotating away from each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Assignee: MAREL A/S
    Inventors: Anne Broager, Michael Tjornelund, Ole Kaastrup
  • Patent number: 10520350
    Abstract: A method of generating batches of food items, includes transferring food items to a weight determination means where the weight of the food items are obtained for single food items and/or food items in groups, and generating a plurality of batches based on the obtained weight of the single food items and/or food items in groups. The step of generating batches is controlled such that the weight of batches is within a pre-defined weight range, and such that the distribution of the batches within the weight range is pre-defined.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2019
    Assignee: MAREL A/S
    Inventor: Henning Skrædderdal
  • Patent number: 10422687
    Abstract: A method of delivering a set of nonuniform cannabis inflorescences (“buds”) that fit within a target weight range. The method includes iteratively weighing a bud and automatically placing the weighed bud into one holding bin, out of a set of holding bins and automatically determining if the weight of any combination of the contents of the set of holding bins fits within the target weight range. When a combination of the contents of the holding bins fits within the target weight range, combining these holding bin contents together.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2019
    Assignee: GREEN VAULT SYSTEMS LLC
    Inventors: Arnar Kristjan Olgeirsson, Robert Dennis Smith, Birgir Johannesson
  • Patent number: 10156471
    Abstract: A combination scale is provided that includes a combinatorial computation unit and two operation modes; a normal operation mode, and a corrective operation mode in which correction values are decided. The correction values are for use in correcting errors of measured weight values calculated from weight signals of weight sensors. In the normal operation mode, the combinatorial computation unit corrects the measured weight values using the correction values decided in the corrective operation mode. Then, the combinatorial computation unit executes combinatorial computations based on the corrected measured weight values.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2018
    Assignee: YAMATO SCALE Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Takayuki Nagai, Masafumi Takimoto
  • Patent number: 10151622
    Abstract: The object of the present invention is to provide a combination weighing device in which supply of articles at an article conveyance part is controlled with good precision. A combination weighing device (100) is provided with article conveyance parts (10, 20) having loading parts (11, 21) of articles and driving parts (12, 22) for driving the loading parts, the article conveyance parts (10, 20) driving the driving parts and thereby causing the articles to be conveyed to hoppers (30) arranged downstream in a conveyance direction, a sensing part (60) for sensing, in non-contact manner, a state of the articles on the loading parts, and a supply control part (82c) for controlling supply of the articles by controlling driving of the article conveyance parts based on a sensing result of the sensing part. The sensing part sense, for a plurality of regions along the conveyance direction, the state of the articles for each of the regions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Assignee: ISHIDA CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Osamu Hirose, Toshiharu Kageyama, Takuyu Kubo, Yoshito Inazumi, Shinya Ikeda, Satoshi Konishi
  • Patent number: 10132675
    Abstract: Provided is a combination weighing device whereby a physical quantity for assessing the quantity of articles loaded on a conveyance path for conveying articles to a weighing part can be accurately sensed in non-contact manner in order to appropriately control the supplying of articles to the weighing part, without the sensing being affected by a structure above the combination weighing device and/or side walls provided to sides of the conveyance path. A combination weighing device (10) is provided with cameras (60) and a plurality of radial feeders (30) for conveying articles to weighing hoppers (50). The radial feeders (30) have side walls (31a) for surrounding sides of an article conveyance path. The side walls (31a) extend upward and along a conveyance direction of the articles. The cameras (60) sense, in non-contact manner, a physical quantity for assessing a quantity of articles loaded on the radial feeders (30).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: ISHIDA CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Toshiharu Kageyama, Yoshito Inazumi, Yuji Okamoto
  • Patent number: 10005622
    Abstract: A hopper insert is provided for an asphalt paving machine. The hopper insert has an outlet which has first and second lateral outlet opening edges which converge toward each other from front to rear along at least a majority of the outlet length.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2018
    Assignee: Wirtgen America, Inc.
    Inventor: Laikram Narsingh
  • Patent number: 9906960
    Abstract: A method for gaining access beyond a restricted access gateway includes an access key sequence stored on memory of a device. The access key sequence includes a sequence of key entries and key touch movements. An entered request sequence including keys activated by touch on a keyboard of the device and directions of touch movements made on the keyboard is recorded. With an access controller, it is determined whether the recorded entered request sequence matches the access key sequence. Access beyond the restricted access gateway is granted to functions when the recorded entered request sequence matches the access key sequence.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2018
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Keith A. Jenkins, Barry P. Linder
  • Patent number: 9752922
    Abstract: A scale and associated method automatically identify when a food product pricing scale is in an offline condition and changes a color condition on the scale display to alert scale operators of the offline condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2017
    Assignee: PREMARK FEG L.L.C.
    Inventors: Carla A. Monnier, Mark Edward Eberhardt, Jr., David Scott Miller, James Carl Meyer
  • Patent number: 9533775
    Abstract: A high speed particle packaging machine comprises a weighing station, operable to weigh a cluster of particles. A densification station is positioned downstream of the weighing station and is operable to collect a cluster of particles recently released from the weighing station to densify the cluster of particles. The densification station includes an openable gate operable to instantaneously release the cluster of particles collected at the densification station. A bagging station is positioned downstream of the densification station and is operable to receive the densified cluster of particles after being released by the gate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2017
    Assignee: MATRIX PACKAGING MACHINERY LLC
    Inventors: C. Marcel Willden, Michael Paul Krummey
  • Patent number: 9523602
    Abstract: A combination weighing apparatus comprises a distributing table having a conical vibrating surface, a cap disposed above an apex portion of the distributing table, a plurality of supply troughs arranged radially around the distributing table with a downward gap S interposed therebetween, and a rotary stirrer for stirring articles supplied from the distributing table to the plurality of supply troughs. The rotary stirrer includes a stirring arm extending from the apex portion of the distributing table along the vibrating surface and a leading end stirring plate disposed on the leading end side of the stirring arm. The leading end stirring plate is arranged in the gap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 20, 2016
    Assignee: Ishida Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hiroki Otoshi, Hideshi Miyamoto
  • Patent number: 9464931
    Abstract: A combination weigher comprises hoppers divided into a first group and a second group; an inner funnel which collects objects discharged inward from the hoppers and discharges the objects through an opening; a first outer funnel which is placed along a first side of the inner funnel, and collects objects discharged outward from the hoppers in the first group; a second outer funnel which is placed along a second side of the inner funnel, and collects objects discharged outward from the hoppers in the second group; and a partition plate which separates an inner region of the inner funnel into a first region corresponding to the hoppers in the first group and a second region corresponding to the hoppers in the second group, and separates the opening into a discharge outlet corresponding to the first side and a discharge outlet corresponding to the second side.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2016
    Assignee: YAMATO SCALE CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Kohei Kikuchi, Kazuo Takayanagi
  • Patent number: 9459134
    Abstract: A combination weigher according to an embodiment of the present invention comprises a plurality of weighing conveyors which are manually fed with objects and conveys the objects fed manually; a plurality of weight sensors to correspond to the weighing conveyors to measure weights of the objects; a control section which finds a discharge combination including a combination of the weighing conveyors holding the objects in which a total weight thereof falls within a target weight range, and activates the weighing conveyors selected to make up the discharge combination to convey the objects on the weighing conveyors in a first direction and discharge the objects from the weighing conveyors; and a collecting conveyor which is fed with the objects discharged from the one ends of the weighing conveyors, conveys the objects in a direction, and discharges the objects.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2016
    Assignee: YAMATO SCALE CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Takaaki Kawashima
  • Patent number: 9421578
    Abstract: A separation device according to the invention has a separation means, for separating one part of a product stream, and at least one separation groove for transporting the separated product stream. Further, a reservoir is provided, wherein the separation groove is arranged in a way, that the separate product stream is transferrable into the reservoir. The reservoir is thereby formed in a way that the product stream can be transported, which is supplied from the separation groove into the reservoir.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2016
    Assignee: MULTIPOND WÄGETECHNIK GMBH
    Inventors: Günther Sickinger, Andreas Peters
  • Patent number: 9417115
    Abstract: A combination weighing device includes a dispersing table, a plurality of radial feeders, a plurality of cameras, an image processing unit, and a touch panel. The dispersing table receives a supply of a large number of articles and disperses the articles. The radial feeders are arranged to extend radially from the dispersing table, receive the articles dispersed by the dispersing table, and convey the articles in a direction away from the dispersing table. The cameras are disposed at a position other than a space directly above the dispersing unit and capture images of the dispersing table and the radial feeders. The image processing unit generates a projection plan view image of the dispersing table and the radial feeders by synthesizing the images captured by the cameras. The touch panel outputs the plan view image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2016
    Assignee: ISHIDA CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yutaka Tamai, Hideshi Miyamoto
  • Patent number: 9183106
    Abstract: A system and method is disclosed in which the buses and physical characteristics of a server computer are monitored through server management software. A data structure for a monitored characteristic or group of characteristics is created and stored in a repository of data structures for other monitored devices and attributes within the server computer. As events, such as failure and pre-failure events, occur on one or more of the monitored attributes, the event is recorded in an event log. Using the server management software, monitoring commands can be issued by the baseboard management controller to each monitored bus to check the status of the attribute or device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2015
    Assignee: Dell Products L.P.
    Inventors: Anil V. Rao, Chandrasekhar Mugunda
  • Patent number: 9135142
    Abstract: A performance projection system includes a test IHS and a currently existing IHS. The performance projection system includes surrogate programs and user application software. The test IHS employs a memory that includes a virtual future IHS, currently existing IHS, surrogate programs, and user application software for determination of runtime and HW counter performance data. The user application software and surrogate programs execute on the currently existing MS to provide designers with runtime data and HW counter or microarchitecture dependent data. Designers execute surrogate programs on the future IHS to provide runtime and HW counter data. Designers normalize and weight the runtime and HW counter data to provide a representative surrogate program for comparison to user application software performance on the future IHS. Using a scaling factor, designers may generate a projection of runtime performance for the user application software executing on the future IHS.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 24, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2015
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Robert H. Bell, Jr., Luigi Brochard, Donald Robert DeSota, Venkat R. Indukuru, Rajendra D. Panda, Sameh S. Sharkawi
  • Patent number: 9079721
    Abstract: A combination weigher comprises a collecting conveyor which conveys objects and discharges the objects; a plurality of weighing conveyors configured to convey the objects fed thereto and discharge the objects, to feed the objects to the collecting conveyor apparatus; a plurality of weight sensors for measuring weights of the objects held on the weighing conveyors; and a control section which finds a discharge combination including a combination of the weighing conveyors holding the objects in which a total weight thereof falls within a target weight range, based on the measured weight values of the weight sensors and activates the weighing conveyors selected to make up the discharge combination to convey the objects on the weighing conveyors and discharge the objects, wherein a conveying speed of the collecting conveyor apparatus is set higher than a conveying speed of the weighing conveyors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2015
    Assignee: YAMATO SCALE CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Shozo Kawanishi, Takeyoshi Nagao, Takaaki Kawashima
  • Patent number: 9033129
    Abstract: A weighing machine (10) that may be scales employed in the packaging industry to deliver batches of product to a packaging machine below the weighing machine (10). The weighing machine (10) has a plurality of troughs (19) along which the product passes and that extend downwardly away from a generally central upright longitudinal axis (11). Each trough (19) extends downwardly from an inlet portion (21) to an outlet portion (22), with the outlet portion (22) spaced radially and angularly from the inlet portion (21) relative to the axis (11).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2015
    Assignee: TNA Australia Pty Limited
    Inventors: Alfred Alexander Taylor, Darren Ken Alchin
  • Publication number: 20150129323
    Abstract: A combination weighing device facilitates the performance of operation using optimal operational settings. The combination weighing device includes a dispersion feeder, a plurality of radial feeders and a plurality of weighing hoppers. The dispersion feeder is disposed in an upper portion, and conveys and disperses supplied articles. The radial feeders are arranged radially on the periphery of the dispersion feeder, and convey the articles that are discharged from the dispersion feeder. The weighing hoppers receive the articles discharged from the radial feeders. The combination weighing device performs a combination weighing based on the weight of the articles in the weighing hoppers. In the combination weighing device, the operational settings are performed automatically.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 28, 2013
    Publication date: May 14, 2015
    Applicant: ISHIDA CO., Ltd
    Inventors: Yutaka Tamai, Toru Hiratsuka, Mikio Kishikawa, Toshikazu Shotsu, Hideshi Miyamoto
  • Patent number: 9010073
    Abstract: The main objective of this invention is a Mobile plant for dosing, mixing and packaging of powdery products, characterized because it is comprised of a carrying structure and several areas for: reception and weighing, loading, mixing, sack filling, sewing and labelling, metal detection, palletizing and cleaning. This invention is included within the industrial plants technical sector of manufacturing and mixing of powdery products.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: Inversiones HIK16, S.L.
    Inventors: Henrik Stamm Kristensen, M. Maravillas Martinez Lopez
  • Patent number: 8985388
    Abstract: Present invention discloses a dispenser having means to dispense desired number of pills from a bulk supply of pills contained in the dispenser. The dispenser comprises of storage compartment having bulk supply of pills and having a discharge port emptying into counting compartment. The counting compartment contains first and second conveyors moving at first and second speed; wherein the second speed is greater than the first speed thereby enabling pill separation; the second conveyor discharges pills into dispensing compartment. Sensors are strategically placed along the conveyors to count pills discharged into dispensing compartment. A pill recovery system and apparatus is disposed inside the dispenser having means to recover pills remaining on first and second conveyors upon completion of a dispensation cycle and there after deposit recovered pills back into the storage compartment for use in future dispensation cycles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Inventor: Nitesh Ratnakar
  • Publication number: 20150021103
    Abstract: A combination weighing device includes a dispersing table, a plurality of radial feeders, a plurality of cameras, an image processing unit, and a touch panel. The dispersing table receives a supply of a large number of articles and disperses the articles. The radial feeders are arranged to extend radially from the dispersing table, receive the articles dispersed by the dispersing table, and convey the articles in a direction away from the dispersing table. The cameras are disposed at a position other than a space directly above the dispersing unit and capture images of the dispersing table and the radial feeders. The image processing unit generates a projection plan view image of the dispersing table and the radial feeders by synthesizing the images captured by the cameras. The touch panel outputs the plan view image.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 20, 2013
    Publication date: January 22, 2015
    Inventors: Yutaka Tamai, Hideshi Miyamoto
  • Patent number: 8866028
    Abstract: A combination weighing device and an operating method thereof are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2014
    Assignee: Guangdong Highdream Intellectualized Machinery Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Jinkang Zheng
  • Patent number: 8851269
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a method of conveying and selectively discharging food products by providing a feeding system. The feeding system (14) comprises an inlet end (20), an outlet end (22), a receptacle (24) below the outlet end, a determination unit at the outlet end (22) and a feeder (18) for conveying the food products from the inlet end to the outlet end. When no food product is present at the outlet or in the receptacle (24), the food products are conveyed at a first average velocity. When a food product is present at the outlet end (22) and no food product is present in the receptacle (24), the food products are conveyed at a second average velocity. The second average velocity is lower than the first average velocity. When the food product is leaving the outlet end or is received within the receptacle (24), the feeder (18) is stopped until the individual food product has left the receptacle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2014
    Assignee: Cabinplant International A/S
    Inventor: Henning I. Hansen
  • Publication number: 20140262553
    Abstract: A surgical sponge and fluid monitoring system and method are provided. The system (100) includes a support ring (104) for securely supporting a container (101) with at least one port opening (206) for placing sponges (204) into the container through the at least one port opening. The support ring includes RFID communication circuitries (305, 307) that interrogate an RFID device (205) in the sponge (204) and an RFID device in the container. The support ring is mechanically linked to a load cell (706, 1329) in the system. The processor (1302) reliably detects when a sponge is placed into the container through the at least one port opening, identifies the type of sponge placed into the container, counts the number of sponges in the container, sorts the types of sponges, and calculates fluid loss for a patient in a surgical procedure. A user interface (1308, 114) keeps the medical professionals informed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 7, 2014
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: SURGITRAC CORPORATION
    Inventors: Richard A. POLLOCK, Mahmood S. KASSAM
  • Publication number: 20140238754
    Abstract: The present invention is related to a quantifying packaging balance for weighing according to the number of the goods, characterized in that the balance includes a storage funnel, unit particle weight obtaining unit and a quantifying packaging unit, wherein the unit particle weight obtaining unit comprises a sampling device (2), a feeding device (3), multiple line vibrator (4), a storage channel (7), a camera (5), a camera control device, a light source (6) and an input device, wherein the quantifying packaging unit is a one-head quantifying packaging balance or a multiple-head quantifying packaging balance, and comprises a dividing channel (9), a feeding device (10), quantifying funnels (8, 11) and a weight control device, wherein the unit particle weight obtaining unit and all the components of the quantifying packaging unit are coordinated by PLC.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 12, 2012
    Publication date: August 28, 2014
    Applicant: SHANGHAI YAMATO SCALE CO., LTD
    Inventors: Youjun Liao, Aoxing Ge, Yingxin Cui, Bin Zong
  • Patent number: 8729410
    Abstract: A weighing arrangement includes an infeed for product material to be weighed and at least one dosing mechanism for controlled conveying of product material portions from the infeed to a weighing system. The dosing mechanism includes a motor-driven transport screw positioned in an open trough for conveying the product material from the infeed to the weighing system, and a control unit for controlling the motor in order to deliver a desired portion of product material to the weighing system. This weighing arrangement provides a gentle, well-defined conveyance of product materials that are not suited for vibrational conveyance or conveyance by a screw conveyor in a tubular housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2014
    Assignee: Cabinplant International A/S
    Inventor: Henning Ingemann Hansen
  • Publication number: 20140027187
    Abstract: A combination weigher includes a collecting conveyor, a plurality of weighing conveyors, a control section which finds one combination of the weighing conveyors in which a total weight of the objects falls within a target weight range, and a manipulation setting display device which pre-inputs a desired value of a conveying length of the objects, and the control section finds start timings of conveying operation of the weighing conveyors selected to make up the discharge combination such that the conveying length of the objects becomes the desired value pre-input by the input unit and the objects discharged from the weighing conveyors selected to make up the discharge combination are at different positions on the collecting conveyor, and causes the weighing conveyors to start the conveying operation at the found timings.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 2, 2011
    Publication date: January 30, 2014
    Applicant: YAMATO SCALE CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Taichi Kosaka
  • Publication number: 20140027186
    Abstract: A combination weigher according to an embodiment of the present invention comprises a plurality of weighing conveyors which are manually fed with objects and conveys the objects fed manually; a plurality of weight sensors to correspond to the weighing conveyors to measure weights of the objects; a control section which finds a discharge combination including a combination of the weighing conveyors holding the objects in which a total weight thereof falls within a target weight range, and activates the weighing conveyors selected to make up the discharge combination to convey the objects on the weighing conveyors in a first direction and discharge the objects from the weighing conveyors; and a collecting conveyor which is fed with the objects discharged from the one ends of the weighing conveyors, conveys the objects in a direction, and discharges the objects.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 2, 2011
    Publication date: January 30, 2014
    Applicant: YAMOTO SCALE CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Takaaki Kawashima
  • Publication number: 20130284521
    Abstract: A combination weigher (100) comprises actuator units (19) for actuating weighing hoppers (14), and a body (17) having a side wall (17C) attached with the actuator units (19), and a casing member used to accommodate feeders (12) is formed by the side wall (17C).
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 29, 2010
    Publication date: October 31, 2013
    Applicant: YAMATO SCALE CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Takayuki Nagai
  • Patent number: 8569634
    Abstract: A combination measuring device has a combination measuring unit. The combination measuring unit has a dispersing section configured to radially disperse articles loaded thereinto from above, a plurality of head sections configured to receive the articles from the dispersing section, and an assembling section configured to assemble the articles, which are contained in hoppers of one or more of the head sections selected according to a target weight. The head sections are arranged on a line formed by cutting away a circular arc from a circle surrounding the dispersing section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2013
    Assignee: Ishida Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Toshiharu Kageyama, Mikio Kishikawa
  • Publication number: 20130264127
    Abstract: A weighing system (100) comprises a platform scale (50) on which a container containing objects is placed; and a hand-operated combination weigher 10 including a plurality of weighing trays 12 on which the objects are put; wherein a controller of the weighing system (100) derives a target weight of the objects in the combination weigher (10) using a weight of the container which is weighed by the platform scale (50); and the controller selects a combination of the weighing trays (12) so that a combination weight of the objects on the weighing trays (12) falls within an allowable range of the target weight.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 23, 2011
    Publication date: October 10, 2013
    Applicant: YAMATO SCALE CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Shozo Kawanishi
  • Patent number: 8546704
    Abstract: A precise-count high-volume preform delivery system. The system employs a soft-drop conveyor system that is used to deliver preforms into a container or another location. An automatically-controlled preform counting system counts preforms before they are delivered to the conveyor, to allow the number of preforms delivered by the conveyor to be determined.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2013
    Inventor: Maurice Minardi
  • Publication number: 20130228384
    Abstract: A weighing unit includes a mounting fastener member including a vertical portion; a load cell disposed at the one side of the vertical portion and including an elastic body of a rectangular frame shape including a fastened portion fastened to a vertical surface and a movable portion opposite to the fastened portion. A plurality of strain gauges are bonded to the elastic body, a weighing hopper disposed at an opposite side of the load cell with respect to the vertical portion, and has a discharge gate, a coupling member is fastened at one end to the movable portion, and is a hopper retaining section including receivers and protrusions, for retaining the weighing hopper, extends from the one end portion to the other end portion in a downward direction to a location below the elastic body; and a gate opening/closing mechanism attached to the coupling member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 6, 2010
    Publication date: September 5, 2013
    Applicant: YAMATO SCALE CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Takayuki Nagai, Makoto Makabe
  • Patent number: 8525048
    Abstract: A combination weigher capable of performing a high-speed operation regardless of a characteristic of a weighed object comprises plural weighing units and a lower collecting chute and a lower collecting hopper which collect the objects which have been discharged from upper collecting hoppers of weighing units and discharge them, and a control unit. The control unit repetitively performs a process for determining a discharge combination from weighing hoppers in all weighing units, a process for causing weighing hoppers making up the discharge combination to discharge the objects, a process for causing all of the upper collecting hoppers to discharge the objects; and a process for causing the lower collecting hopper to discharge the objects.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2013
    Assignee: Shozo Kawanishi
    Inventor: Shozo Kawanishi
  • Patent number: 8525049
    Abstract: A combination weigher capable of high-speed operation comprises plural weighing units each of which includes a weighing hopper group including plural weighing hoppers arranged along an inner side of an imaginary circle and fed with objects; and a collecting chute disposed below the weighing hopper group and configured to collect the objects discharged from the weighing hoppers and to discharge the objects from a discharge outlet at a bottom part thereof, wherein weighing hopper groups of the respective weighing units include plural weighing hoppers arranged on inner sides of different imaginary circles, the different imaginary circles partially overlap with each other, and the weighing hoppers are not disposed in circular-arc regions of the imaginary circles corresponding to the overlapping region of the different imaginary circles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2013
    Inventor: Shozo Kawanishi
  • Patent number: 8319122
    Abstract: A hopper is provided with which damages of articles can be suppressed without lowering the processing speed. A hopper (4) includes a first hopper main body (40), and a first gate (G1). A first inner surface (41) of the first gate (G1) forms a collecting space (A1) for holding articles with the first hopper main body (40), and stores articles in the interior of the collecting space (A1) when in the closed state and discharges articles by turning to open. The first inner surface (41) includes a first upper slanted surface (S2) and a first lower slanted surface (S3) that are continuous. An angle formed by the first lower slanted surface (S3) and the horizontal plane is smaller than an angle formed by the first upper slanted surface (S2) and the horizontal plane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2012
    Assignee: Ishida Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Mikio Kishikawa, Toshikazu Shotsu, Toshiharu Kageyama, Teruo Hayakawa, Yuta Yoneda
  • Patent number: 8247710
    Abstract: A combination weigher includes a plurality of upper collecting chutes disposed below weighing hoppers, a plurality of upper collecting hoppers provided at discharge outlets of the upper collecting chutes, a lower collecting chute provided below the upper collecting hoppers, a lower collecting hopper provided at a discharge outlet of the lower collecting chute, and a control unit which repeatedly performs a combination process to determine one discharge combination of the weighing hoppers, a discharge process for discharging the objects from the weighing hoppers onto the upper collecting chutes, and a discharge process for discharging the objects simultaneously from the upper collecting hoppers, and a discharge process for discharging the objects from the lower collecting hopper.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2012
    Assignee: Shozo Kawanishi
    Inventor: Shozo Kawanishi
  • Patent number: 8188383
    Abstract: A combination weighing apparatus includes a distribution unit, a plurality of conveying units and a plurality of weighing hoppers. At least one of the conveying units has a trough and a plurality of spiral members. The trough has an inside edge positioned below the distribution unit and an outside edge positioned above the weighing hopper. The spiral members are placed above a bottom surface of the trough with each of the spiral members defining an external peripheral surface. The spiral members are configured and arranged to be rotatably driven to convey the product material supplied from the distribution unit in a vicinity of the inside edge, along the external peripheral surfaces toward a vicinity of the outside edge. The spiral members are configured and arranged to stop movement of the product material on the external peripheral surfaces when the spiral members are not rotatably driven.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2012
    Assignee: Ishida Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Yoshiharu Mikami
  • Publication number: 20120103703
    Abstract: A combination weighing device and an operating method thereof are disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 23, 2009
    Publication date: May 3, 2012
    Applicant: GUANGDONG HIGHDREAM INTELLECTUALIZED MACHINERY CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Jinkang Zheng
  • Patent number: 8129636
    Abstract: A weighing apparatus is described having a product transport surface (24) for transporting products thereon in a transporting direction (26). The product transport surface (24) has a plurality of grooves (28) which extend substantially parallel to each other and transversely to the transporting direction (26). In a cross section along the transporting direction (26), the upward sloping edges (32) and the downward sloping edges (30) of the grooves (28) form a saw tooth profile, wherein, when viewed in the transporting direction (26), each transition from the upward sloping edge (32) to the downward sloping edge (30) of two adjacent grooves (28) is sharp-edged. The product transport surface is particularly adapted for the transport of products having a soft, flexible and/or sticky surface. Also described are product transporting members in a weighing apparatus which are provided with such a product transport surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2012
    Assignee: Multipond Waegetechnik GmbH
    Inventor: Josef Schmidhuber
  • Patent number: 8119935
    Abstract: A combination weigher of the present invention comprises an inner chute which gathers objects which are discharged in an inward direction from weighing hoppers and discharges the objects, a plurality of outer chutes which gather the objects which are discharged in an outward direction from the weighing hoppers, a collecting hopper provided at discharge outlet of the inner chute, collecting hoppers provided at discharge outlets of the outer chutes, a lower chute which transfers the objects which are discharged from a collecting hopper, and discharges them from a discharge outlet at a bottom part thereof, and a control unit which is configured to switch a discharge direction of the weighing hoppers selected to make up of optimal combinations sequentially performed every time the combination process is performed, and according to these cause the collecting hopper and the collecting hopper to alternately discharge the objects.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2012
    Inventor: Shozo Kawanishi