Special Applications Patents (Class 209/2)
  • Patent number: 9983197
    Abstract: Low-cost and portable microfluidic systems are needed for cell migration research and Point of Care (POC) testing. This study introduces a low-cost and portable USB Microscope Microfluidic Chemotaxis Analysis System (UMCAS) for rapid analysis of cell chemotaxis studies. A standalone microfluidic gradient generator is also developed for rapid generation of chemical gradient in microfluidic device without need of any peripheral perfusion apparatus. A smart phone based application program was developed for the real-time remote monitoring of the migration data. This system is validated by observing the neutrophil migration in three different conditions: 1) medium control, 2) uniform IL-8 control, and 3) IL-8 gradient. The results show that neutrophils exhibit random migration in both medium and uniform IL-8 control experiments, while they show strong directional migration to the IL-8 gradient. These results successfully validated the developed UMCAS system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2018
    Inventors: Francis Lin, Jiandong Wu
  • Patent number: 9871252
    Abstract: Method for the production of lithium metal phosphate, wherein a dry mixture containing a lithium compound, a metal compound, wherein the metal is selected from Fe, Mn and mixtures thereof, and a phosphate is provided, the dry mixture is converted to LiMPO4 and the LiMPO4 is wet ground by adding water and lithium polyacrylate and dried.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Assignee: BK GIULINI GMBH
    Inventors: Thomas Staffel, Siegbert Weber, Marina Fleischhauer, Sebastian Metzger
  • Patent number: 9851719
    Abstract: The disclosure relates to method for executing project plan at worksite including project location. The method includes receiving, the project plan and analyzing, by the control unit, the project plan to determine excavation locations and dumping locations. The method further includes determining properties of material associated with the excavation locations and the dumping locations. The method includes determining, by the control unit, if properties of material associated with the excavation locations are matching with the properties of material present at the dumping locations, and if properties of materials present at the excavation locations are matching with the properties of materials present at the dumping locations, by combining materials present at the excavation locations with the materials present at the dumping locations. The method includes instructing the machine to excavate materials.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Assignee: Caterpillar Inc.
    Inventor: Kenneth L. Stratton
  • Patent number: 9841367
    Abstract: Microspheres are sorted by resonant light pressure effects. An evanescent optical field is generated when light is confined within the interior of an optical element such as a surface waveguide, a tapered microfiber, or a prism. Microspheres brought within vicinity of the surface are subjected to forces that result from a coupling of the evanescent field to whispering gallery modes (WGM) in the microspheres. Alternatively, a focused laser beam is directed close to the edge of the microspheres to exert resonant optical forces on microspheres. Alternatively, standing optical waves are excited in the optical element. Optical forces are resonantly enhanced when light frequencies match WGM frequencies in the microspheres. Those microspheres for which resonance is obtained are more affected by the evanescent field than microspheres for which resonance does not occur. Greater forces are applied to resonating microspheres, which are separated from a heterogeneous mixture according to size.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2017
    Assignee: The University of North Carolina At Charlotte
    Inventor: Vasily N Astratov
  • Patent number: 9707569
    Abstract: A method and system is used to process slag material to yield by-products including a finished iron rich product and a finished low iron fines product. The by-products may include a finished high iron product and a finished medium iron product. The method and system include size classifying the material into a plurality of sized groups prior to using magnetic separation to separate at least one of the sized groups into two portions having differing magnetic susceptibilities. The method and system may include more than one phase of size classifying the material into a plurality of sized groups and using magnetic separation to separate at least one of the sized groups into portions, where the average size of the material remaining after one phase is reduced prior to the subsequent phase.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Assignee: MID-AMERICAN GUNITE, INC.
    Inventors: Donald E. Keaton, Keith P. Masserant, Lawrence I. Masserant
  • Patent number: 9695491
    Abstract: The disclosure relates to a beneficiation process for low grade uranium ore, wherein the process comprises a primary beneficiation stage comprising: wet scrubbing the low grade uranium ore to separate the low grade ore into a fine fraction and a coarse fraction; screening the fine fraction according to a size separation parameter to provide an undersize fraction and an oversize fraction, wherein the uranium predominantly reports to the undersize fraction; and separating the undersize fraction to produce an intermediate uranium concentrate. The intermediate uranium concentrate may be further processed in a secondary beneficiation stage to produce a high grade uranium concentrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2017
    Assignee: Uranium Beneficiation Pty Ltd
    Inventor: Murray Philip Hill
  • Publication number: 20150144536
    Abstract: A modular handling system and method for transporting cases is disclosed. The system includes at least one mobile base including a base frame with a base diverter thereon and at least one collapsible wing. The base frame is supported by wheeled legs. The collapsible wing includes a wing frame. The wing frame is operatively connectable to the mobile base, and is supported by collapsible legs. The wing frame and the collapsible legs are movable between an operational position and a collapsed position whereby a configurable path is movably positionable about a work space. A sorting system including at least one sorter mounted to the mobile base(s) may also be provided. Each sorter is operatively connectable to the mobile bases to identify and route the cases. The sorters are interactively coupled for communication therebetween whereby the cases are selectively movable about the configurable path.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 21, 2014
    Publication date: May 28, 2015
    Inventor: Jay Mark Dugat
  • Publication number: 20150135636
    Abstract: A portable processing plant for processing granular material is provided. The portable plant includes a plurality of portable processing modules configured to be stacked vertically to allow for a vertically downward progression of the generally granular material through the portable processing plant. Each portable processing module includes a self-supporting independent frame structure and has at least one processing component affixed to the self-supporting independent frame structure. The self-supporting independent frame structures of the plurality of portable processing modules combine to define a structural skeleton of the portable processing plant. Each self-supporting independent frame structure can be removed from the structural skeleton substantially fully assembled while the at least one processing component carried by the self-supporting. Methods of assembling and disassembling the portable processing plant are also provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 17, 2014
    Publication date: May 21, 2015
    Applicant: Red Flint Group, LLC
    Inventor: Paul Thomas Ayres
  • Publication number: 20150136661
    Abstract: Processing shredder residue fines to recover valuable metals, such as copper, from waste materials. The disclosed systems and methods employ processes that further refine the waste materials to concentrate the metallic material after the waste materials are initially processed. Processes include employing a destoner, and optionally multiple destoners and screens, to concentrate metal constituents in the shredder residue fines.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 24, 2014
    Publication date: May 21, 2015
    Inventor: Thomas Valerio
  • Patent number: 9016476
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method of handling portions comprising a respective at least one slice, wherein the slices have been produced by slicing food products, wherein the portions are conveyed, in particular line-wise, one after the other in a main conveying stream along a conveying direction, wherein incomplete portions, in particular portions low in weight, are automatically recognized and/or classified, wherein incomplete portions are expelled from the main conveying stream and are supplied to a correction station in a correction stream, wherein incomplete portions are respectively completed by at least one single slice which is removed from a slice store with the aid of an automatic transfer unit and wherein completed portions are automatically channeled back into the main conveying stream.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2015
    Assignee: Weber Maschinenbau GmbH Breidenbach
    Inventors: Sigfrid Bauer, Gerd Lischinski
  • Publication number: 20150101963
    Abstract: Disclosed is a buffer system for mining a deep seafloor mineral resource. The buffer system includes a hopper part that introduces and stores a crushed mineral resource to discharge the crushed mineral resource upward, a first pipe that communicates with an upper portion of the hopper part to introduce the mineral resource, a feeder part provided under the hopper part to discharge the mineral resources upward, a second pipe that communicates with the feeder part and lifts the mineral resource, a hydraulic part provided under the hopper part to convert power received from a surface boat into hydraulic power to operate at least one actuator and a driving motor to introduce the mineral resource into the first pipe, and a structure frame coupled to a lifting pipe to transmit an external load applied to the buffer system, and constituting an external frame of the buffer system to protect internal units.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 13, 2014
    Publication date: April 16, 2015
    Inventors: Sup HONG, Jong-Su CHOI, Hyung-Woo KIM, Tae-Kyeong YEU, Cheon-Hong MIN
  • Patent number: 8906453
    Abstract: A tool for harvesting polycrystalline silicon-coated rods from a chemical vapor deposition reactor includes a body including outer walls sized for enclosing the rods within the outer walls. Each outer wall includes a door for allowing access to at least one of the rods.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2014
    Assignee: MEMC Electronics Materials, S.p.A.
    Inventors: Rodolfo Bovo, Paolo Molino, Diego Gava
  • Patent number: 8881908
    Abstract: Disclosed are a method and an apparatus for separating metallic CNT and semiconducting CNT, comprising treating with a physical separation means of centrifugation, freezing-thawing-squeezing, diffusion, permeation or the like using a gel containing CNT as a dispersed and isolated state (CNT-containing gel), to thereby make semiconducting CNT exist in gel and make metallic CNT exist in solution.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2014
    Assignee: National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology
    Inventors: Takeshi Tanaka, Hiromichi Kataura
  • Publication number: 20140291210
    Abstract: Processes for separating and recycling battery and electrochemical cell materials are disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 21, 2014
    Publication date: October 2, 2014
    Applicant: RSR Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Timothy W. Ellis
  • Patent number: 8723104
    Abstract: The present invention is concerned with a system for sorting target particles from a flow of particles. The system has a microscope, a light source, a CCD camera, microfluidic chip device with microfluidic channels, a detection apparatus for detecting the target particles with predefined specific features, a response generating apparatus for generating a signal in response to the detection of the target particles, and an optical tweezing system for controlling movement of optical traps, the optical tweezing system is operably linked to the response signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2014
    Assignee: City University of Hong Kong
    Inventors: Dong Sun, Xiaolin Wang
  • Patent number: 8662310
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for increasing the concentration of platinum group metals in urban waste material. The method comprises obtaining particles of urban waste material; screening the particles of urban waste material by size,—selecting particles of urban waste material that lie within a defined size range; and processing the selected particles using at least one physical or chemical technique whereby to increase the concentration of platinum group metals to at least 5 ppm. The invention also relates to an apparatus for increasing the concentration of platinum group metals in particulate urban waste material. The apparatus comprises: a drying unit (4), a particle size screening unit (5); and one or more processing units for effecting platinum group metal concentration of the particulate urban waste material by physical and/or chemical techniques, in particular a magnetic separation unit (7) and a froth flotation cell (9).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 4, 2014
    Assignee: The University of Birmingham
    Inventor: Angela Janet Murray
  • Patent number: 8616377
    Abstract: The present invention provides devices and methods for facilitating the single stream recycling of toxic substance-containing products. A toxin impermeable container designed to enclose the product containing toxic substances incorporates graphic markings or radiofrequency tags to facilitate automated or manual sorting from single stream recycling processes, identification of the toxic component, identification of the person or entity recycling the toxic to allow verification and documentation of compliance with government regulations or reimbursement of a recycling deposit that may be associated with the particular product.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2013
    Assignee: EcoPaq LLC
    Inventor: Edward T. Maggio
  • Patent number: 8606417
    Abstract: Segmenting a power distribution network comprising AC power generating stations synchronously interconnected by AC power transmission paths. The stations operate within market sectors and are subject to market rules. The method includes identifying all transmission paths which extend between differing ones of the sectors and segmenting the path by inserting a controllable DC link in the path. Each of the sectors is then operated asynchronously. Power flow and counter-flow between the sectors is controlled by controlling the DC links. A power transmission network is disclosed comprising AC power generating stations operable within market sectors subject to market rules; power transmission paths interconnecting the stations, at least some of the paths extending between differing ones of the sectors, including a controllable DC link in the path for desynchronizing the differing sectors; and, control means operatively connectable to each of the DC links for controlling power flow between the differing sectors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2013
    Assignee: DC Interconnect Inc.
    Inventors: Mohamed M. El-Gasseir, H. D. Kenneth Epp
  • Publication number: 20130323588
    Abstract: An electrode binder composition includes polymer particles. The polymer particles include 5 to 40 parts by mass of a constituent unit (A) derived from an alpha,beta-unsaturated nitrile compound, and 0.3 to 10 parts by mass of a constituent unit (B) derived from an unsaturated carboxylic acid, and have a number average particle size of 50 to 400 nm. The electrode binder composition has a gel content of 90 to 99% and an electrolyte solution swelling ratio of 110 to 400%.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 8, 2011
    Publication date: December 5, 2013
    Applicant: JSR Corporation
    Inventors: Ichiro Kajiwara, Fusazumi Masaka, Takeshi Mogi, Daisuke Sukeguchi, Tatsuaki honda
  • Publication number: 20130168296
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to a spray apparatus and methods for the separation of plant embryos.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 18, 2012
    Publication date: July 4, 2013
    Applicant: WEYERHAEUSER NR COMPANY
    Inventor: WEYERHAEUSER NR COMPANY
  • Patent number: 8439201
    Abstract: The invention provides methods and systems for separating particles that exhibit different Raman characteristics. The method can include introducing nanoparticles, on which Raman-active molecules are adsorbed, into a photopolymerizable resin and exposing to excite Raman active vibrational modes of the molecules to generate Raman-shifted radiation suitable for polymerizing the resin such that the Raman-shifted radiation causes selective polymerization of a resin surrounding nanoparticles if the nanoparticles provide a Raman enhancement factor greater than a threshold. In addition, methods for electrically isolating nanoparticles, or selectively removing one type of nanoparticles from collections, are disclosed. These methods rely on generation of blue-shifted anti-Stokes photons to selectively expose portions of a photoresist covering the nanoparticles to those photons. Such exposure can cause a change in the exposed portions (e.g.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2013
    Assignee: President and Fellows of Harvard College
    Inventors: Eric Mazur, Eric Diebold
  • Publication number: 20130112597
    Abstract: Disclosed are a method and an apparatus for separating metallic CNT and semiconducting CNT, comprising treating with a physical separation means of centrifugation, freezing-thawing-squeezing, diffusion, permeation or the like using a gel containing CNT as a dispersed and isolated state (CNT-containing gel), to thereby make semiconducting CNT exist in gel and make metallic CNT exist in solution.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 30, 2012
    Publication date: May 9, 2013
    Applicant: National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology
    Inventor: National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology
  • Patent number: 8365921
    Abstract: To provide a cell sorting method and a cell sorter which are capable of performing sorting focusing on various changes in each cell as stress on living cells is kept as low as possible, and proliferating the sorted cells. The present invention performs cell sorting using a fiber unit in which a plurality of fibers is bundled so as to be separable and unitable. In the present invention, a cell group containing target cells targeted for sorting is dispersed in a fluid into which the fiber unit is immersed, target fibers to which the target cells are attached among the plurality of fibers, are separated from the fiber unit, and the target cells are proliferated by use of the separated target fibers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2013
    Assignee: National University Corporation Hamamatsu University School of Medicine
    Inventors: Takashi Sakurai, Susumu Terakawa, Remi Susuki, Hideo Mogami
  • Patent number: 8365923
    Abstract: A method of separating at least one carbon nanotube having a desired diameter and/or chirality from a mixture of carbon nanotubes having different diameters and/or chiralities is provided. A calixarene of formula (I): wherein n?4; X is PO3H2, Ra—PO3H, SO3H, or Ra—SO3H; Y is Rb, OH, or ORb; and Ra and Rb are independently selected from the group consisting of optionally substituted alkyl, optionally substituted aryl, optionally substituted arylene alkyl and optionally substituted alkylene aryl is combined with the mixture of carbon nanotubes in an aqueous solvent to produce an aqueous supernatant containing the carbon nanotube(s) having the desired diameter and/or chirality. The aqueous supernatant containing the carbon nanotube(s) is then separated from a residue comprising the remaining carbon nanotubes of the mixture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2013
    Assignee: The University of Western Australia
    Inventors: Colin Llewellyn Raston, Lee John Hubble
  • Patent number: 8330610
    Abstract: A system, method, and apparatus for detecting wear in a screening arrangement is disclosed. The system, method, and apparatus can include a sensor that is configured to provide a notification signal when a surface of a screen panel has worn to a threshold level. The threshold level can be based at least in part on the amount of wear that requires replacement of a screen panel to prevent breakthrough or contamination. The notification signal provided by the sensor can be used to identify which screen panel or region of screen panels has been worn to the threshold level so that the screen panels can be replaced in a timely manner. The sensor may be coupled to a conductor embedded in one of the screen panels that is altered when a screen panel has worn to a threshold level, triggering the sensor to provide the notification signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2012
    Assignee: Polydeck Screen Corporation
    Inventors: Peter Helmut Franz Freissle, Manfred Freissle, Mark V. Weaver, Patrick Fraser King, Gregory Anderson
  • Publication number: 20120279904
    Abstract: A soil plug processing mechanism for processing soil plugs which occur during ground maintenance. The soil plug processing mechanism having a separating device for picking up and processing the soil plugs by separating the soil plug material into fine particles and coarse particles. The separating device has at least one rotatable rotary sieve which has a rotatably driveable sieve drum with an outside surface which is configured at least partially as a sieve area.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 4, 2012
    Publication date: November 8, 2012
    Applicant: Wiedenmann GmbH
    Inventor: Thomas Pfisterer
  • Publication number: 20120055852
    Abstract: The disclosure pertains to systems and methods for removing hydrocarbon contaminants from a contaminated solid using an environmentally benign extractant and an oleophilic absorber, where the environmentally benign extractant and the oleophilic absorber are separate components.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 3, 2011
    Publication date: March 8, 2012
    Inventors: David S. Soane, Robert P. Mahoney, Lauren Fortin, John H. Dise
  • Patent number: 8090479
    Abstract: A method of segmenting a power distribution network which comprises a plurality of AC power generating stations synchronously interconnected by AC power transmission paths is disclosed. The stations operate within associated market sectors and are subject to associated market rules. The method includes identifying all transmission paths which extend between differing ones of the sectors and, in each of said transmission paths so identified, segmenting the path by inserting a controllable DC link at a selected location in the path. Each of the sectors is then operated asynchronously. Power flow and counter-flow between the sectors is controlled by controlling the DC links.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2012
    Assignee: DC Interconnect Inc.
    Inventors: Mohamed M. El-Gasseir, H. D. Kenneth Epp
  • Patent number: 8061528
    Abstract: Reprocessable medical devices that have been disposed of in a sharps container are recovered, disinfected or sterilized, sorted, and packed for reprocessing in a generally continuous process. In one embodiment, either a sharps container or at least a portion of its contents is successively and controllably conveyed, either manually or automatically, through a plurality of processing stations that are configured to perform different operations. The operations performed by the processing stations can include, for example, detecting and identifying contents, cleaning and disinfecting, opening the sharps containers, separating and sorting their contents, and disposal of contents that are non-reprocessable. Reprocessable medical devices can be sorted by type as they move along on a conveyor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2011
    Assignee: ClearMedical, Inc.
    Inventors: Gregg D. Bennett, Michael S. Kovacs
  • Patent number: 8051985
    Abstract: A method comprising; a step in which unburned carbon contained in coal ash is mechanically separated with a classifier; a step in which the coal ash from which part of the unburned carbon has been removed with the classifier is pulverized or disaggregated with a pulverizer; a step in which water is added to the coal ash pulverized or disaggregated with the pulverizer to obtain a slurry; a step in which a scavenger is added to the slurried coal ash; a step in which a shear force is applied to the slurry containing the scavenger to cause the scavenger to selectively adhere to the unburned carbon contained in the coal ash; a step in which a foaming agent is added to the slurry in which the scavenger has adhered to the unburned carbon; and a step in which the unburned carbon is floated on the slurry containing the foaming agent together with bubbles and is separated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2011
    Assignee: Mitsui Engineering & Shipbuilding Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kazuyoshi Matsuo, Kazuo Abe, Takao Suzuki
  • Publication number: 20110230699
    Abstract: A method and process for recycling municipal and chemical wastes to obtain reusable materials or products for manufacturing of new goods. The present invention processes reusable chemicals for energy and reusable raw materials for manufacturing and reselling of products. Through the separation of municipal wastes, the user is able to further distinguish the distinct properties of the involved materials by its raw components and useful, potentially reusable chemical components. By the method of reprocessing raw materials, the present invention yields newly made products that are reusable and available for resale out of old scraps of chemical or municipal waste. Recycled products include and are not excluded to toys, kitchen appliances, military weaponry, missiles, fireworks, and vehicles.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 15, 2010
    Publication date: September 22, 2011
    Inventor: Nichelle REESE
  • Publication number: 20110005977
    Abstract: The present invention provides devices and methods for facilitating the single stream recycling of toxic substance-containing products. A toxin impermeable container designed to enclose the product containing toxic substances incorporates graphic markings or radiofrequency tags to facilitate automated or manual sorting from single stream recycling processes, identification of the toxic component, identification of the person or entity recycling the toxic to allow verification and documentation of compliance with government regulations or reimbursement of a recycling deposit that may be associated with the particular product.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 8, 2010
    Publication date: January 13, 2011
    Inventor: Edward T. Maggio
  • Publication number: 20100212031
    Abstract: A method for improving efficiencies in livestock production comprises grouping livestock animals, such as cattle and pigs, during the period of their retention in a feeding facility according to the genetic predisposition of individual livestock animals to deposit fat, and then feeding the animals in each group substantially uniformly. Such genetic predisposition is determined by determining homozygosity or heterozygosity of each animal with respect to alleles of a gene encoding an adipocyte-specific polypeptide, termed leptin, which gene is hereinafter referred to as ob, segregating such animals into groups based on genotype and optionally phenotype, feeding and otherwise maintaining animals in a group together and apart from other groups of animals, and ceasing to feed the animals in the group at a time when the median body fat condition of the animals of that group is a desired body fat condition.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 17, 2009
    Publication date: August 19, 2010
    Inventor: Foley Leigh Shaw Marquess
  • Publication number: 20100187163
    Abstract: A sorting process for used friction elements such as friction discs is provided, including determining whether the friction elements are heat compromised based at least in part on a wave scattering property of at least one frictionally interactive face of each of the used friction elements. Suitable friction elements may be sorted into an acceptable category, and unsuitable friction elements sorted into a scrap category. A method of assembling a machine system such as a transmission includes determining suitability of a friction element for service therein by measuring a wave scattering property such as reflectivity of at least one frictionally interactive face of the friction element, and coupling the friction element with the same or a different machine system for returning to service therein based at least in part on the determination of suitability.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 8, 2007
    Publication date: July 29, 2010
    Inventors: Eric W. Benz, Peter W. Offutt, Thomas R. Foster, Josh Bero
  • Patent number: 7721897
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for collecting, sorting and storing samples from multiple batches of copper cathode is disclosed. Samples are collected at a sampling station and transferred to a collection container. The samples are then transferred to a sorting container by way of chutes forming a continuous path from the collection container to the sorting container. The sorting container is affixed on the top surface of an automated carousel having a plurality of sorting containers for sorting samples from multiple batches. Samples in the sorting containers are recovered into storage containers through an access door panel and a funnel placed beneath the access door.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2010
    Assignee: Kennecott Utah Copper LLC
    Inventors: Randy P. Woolley, Kevin Quapp
  • Publication number: 20100078360
    Abstract: The present invention relates generally to waste recycling. More particularly, the invention encompasses a waste recycling apparatus. The invention further includes a process for processing and sorting waste, such as, at a landfill location. The incoming waste is processed so that the incoming waste can be sorted into valuable waste and worthless waste. The valuable waste is removed and further recycled, while the worthless waste is moved into a landfill or similar such location.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 30, 2008
    Publication date: April 1, 2010
    Inventor: Joseph Trocino
  • Publication number: 20100072111
    Abstract: To provide a cell sorting method and a cell sorter which are capable of performing sorting focusing on various changes in each cell as stress on living cells is kept as low as possible, and proliferating the sorted cells. The present invention performs cell sorting using a fiber unit in which a plurality of fibers is bundled so as to be separable and unitable. In the present invention, a cell group containing target cells targeted for sorting is dispersed in a fluid into which the fiber unit is immersed, target fibers to which the target cells are attached among the plurality of fibers, are separated from the fiber unit, and the target cells are proliferated by use of the separated target fibers.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 17, 2009
    Publication date: March 25, 2010
    Inventors: Takashi Sakurai, Susumu Terakawa, Remi Susuki, Hideo Mogami
  • Publication number: 20100059332
    Abstract: Device (6) for transferring candy articles, in particular lollipops provided with a stick, from a feed location to an exit location spaced apart therefrom, comprising at least one conveyor with candy article holders (23a, 23b), wherein the device is provided with first operation means for at the location of a reception location (II) at the conveyor setting candy article holders in a receiving position for receiving a stick coming from the feed location and with second operation means for at the location of a discharge location (I) at the conveyor setting the candy article holders in a discharge position for discharging the stick to the exit location, wherein the device is furthermore provided with third operation means (4) positioned between the reception location and the discharge location for, upstream from the discharge location, setting the candy article holders in a discharge position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 4, 2005
    Publication date: March 11, 2010
    Inventors: Leonardus Cuypers, Maria Hermanus
  • Publication number: 20090301938
    Abstract: A method comprising; a step in which unburned carbon contained in coal ash is mechanically separated with a classifier; a step in which the coal ash from which part of the unburned carbon has been removed with the classifier is pulverized or disaggregated with a pulverizer; a step in which water is added to the coal ash pulverized or disaggregated with the pulverizer to obtain a slurry; a step in which a scavenger is added to the slurried coal ash; a step in which a shear force is applied to the slurry containing the scavenger to cause the scavenger to selectively adhere to the unburned carbon contained in the coal ash; a step in which a foaming agent is added to the slurry in which the scavenger has adhered to the unburned carbon; and a step in which the unburned carbon is floated on the slurry containing the foaming agent together with bubbles and is separeated.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 11, 2006
    Publication date: December 10, 2009
    Inventors: Kazuyoshi Matsuo, Kazuo Abe, Takao Suzuki
  • Patent number: 7620482
    Abstract: A method of segmenting a power distribution network which comprises a plurality of AC power generating stations synchronously interconnected by AC power transmission paths is disclosed. The stations operate within associated market sectors and are subject to associated market rules. The method includes identifying all transmission paths which extend between differing ones of the sectors and, in each of said transmission paths so identified, segmenting the path by inserting a controllable DC link at a selected location in the path. Each of the sectors is then operated asynchronously. Power flow and counter-flow between the sectors is controlled by controlling the DC links.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2004
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2009
    Assignee: DC Interconnect Inc.
    Inventors: Mohamed M. El-Gasseir, H. D. Kenneth Epp
  • Publication number: 20090261022
    Abstract: A system, methodology, and product to sort, organize and store individual members of building/construction toy sets utilizing a multi-level system of bins with sieves at different heights using user applied forces and gravity to automatically sort and organize pieces into bins, while providing a fun hands-on sorting experience for kids. The location, size and shape of the sieves can be designed to optimize sorting speed and user experience for specific toy manufacturer brands including Lego™ bricks made by Lego Corporation. The system also functions as a storage unit for the pieces, during and after sort. A flexible binding mechanism holds the system together during sort. The system is designed with see-through materials to monitor the status of the sort and find specific pieces in respective bins. A set of wheels enables mobility. The “hands-on” involvement in sorting also makes this an entertaining and educational apparatus for kids.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 1, 2009
    Publication date: October 22, 2009
    Inventor: AKSHAY SRIVATSAN
  • Publication number: 20090255854
    Abstract: There is provided an apparatus for recuperating at least one target object from a mixture conveyed to a refuse container, the apparatus comprising a tray having an upstream end for receiving the mixture and a downstream end adapted to be positioned above the refuse container, a moving member for conveying the mixture at a predetermined speed from the upstream end to the downstream end of the tray, a control module and a target object detector mounted near the downstream end of the tray, the object detector providing a first signal to the control module when no target object is detected in the mixture and a second signal when a target object is detected in the mixture. The control module stops the moving member from conveying the mixture upon reception of the second signal so that the detected target object can be recuperated.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 2, 2009
    Publication date: October 15, 2009
    Inventor: Dominic BAZINET
  • Publication number: 20090230030
    Abstract: A mail justifier system including at least one bucket for holding a flat article and a plurality of ramps configured to contact the flat article through an opening defined on the bucket to raise the flat article to a desired level. A plurality of parallel rollers is configured to enter into the opening and contact the flat article. The parallel rollers rotate causing the flat article to move within the bucket from a first position to a second position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 17, 2008
    Publication date: September 17, 2009
    Inventors: Sean B. Ledford, Pierre J. Campagnolle, Laurent Buffat
  • Publication number: 20090230224
    Abstract: In a facility and a method for separating glass residues from PVB-film, comminuted material is passed through several process steps, where treating with beaters (12) in a chamber (2) is effected in one of the first steps. At the discharge end (18) of the chamber there is arranged a separation, as heavy particular material can be discharged through a perforated bottom section (19) in the chamber (2). Through an air inlet (22) at the side (15) of the chamber, air is drawn in induced by a ventilator-like impeller rotor (28) drawing air in through a central opening (26) spaced apart from the bottom section (19). Thereby, light film-like materials are carried away from the heavy particles.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 2, 2007
    Publication date: September 17, 2009
    Inventor: Bent Eriksen
  • Publication number: 20090200212
    Abstract: The recycling method according to the invention involves, when manufacturing the objects (12), a preliminary phase of selectively labelling the objects (12), the parts of the objects and/or the components of the objects that include the materials to be recycled, and a phase of concentrating the recyclable materials involving grinding the objects (12) down into particles (15), remotely detecting the labels that may be borne by each of the particles, extracting those parts (26) in which a label has been detected and directing them to a storage area (27) specific to said label.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 16, 2007
    Publication date: August 13, 2009
    Inventors: Jean-Michel Hachin, Claude Lambert
  • Publication number: 20090145066
    Abstract: Recycling of laminate flooring based on a separation of the panels into particles which are connected with a binder and formed to a new sheet shaped material. A building panel includes a surface layer and a wood fiber based core, and the wood fiber based core includes aluminium oxide particles.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 13, 2008
    Publication date: June 11, 2009
    Applicant: VALINGE INNOVATION BELGIUM BVBA
    Inventors: Darko PERVAN, Kent Lindgren, Jan Jacobsson, Niclas Hakansson, Eddy Boucke, Goran Ziegler
  • Publication number: 20090139907
    Abstract: A waste classification system and method configured to manage information for waste materials is disclosed. The system and method may be configured to receive information pertaining to classification of waste materials. The system and method maintains and accesses a waste classification database based on material safety data sheets (MSDS) utilizing the location of the waste, and returns waste classification data that may include rules and regulations relevant to the location of the waste.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 29, 2007
    Publication date: June 4, 2009
    Inventors: Stephen Allen Hollingsworth, Jeffrey Anton Kacirek, Isaac Baden Powell, Michael Kevin Beckel, Jacquilyn Marie Burns, Karlton Devon Prillerman
  • Publication number: 20090107892
    Abstract: A displacement system and sorting apparatus for transposing the orientation of mailpiece from a first position to a second position such that the mailpiece may occupy a reduced space envelope within sortation bins/trays of a mailpiece sorter. The displacement system comprises first and second pairs of cooperating elements each defining a nip for accepting first and second portions, respectively, of the mailpiece therebetween. Further, the system includes a means for driving the first and second pairs of cooperating elements such that the first and second portions of mailpiece are each conveyed along a feed path at different velocities thereby transposing the mailpiece about an axis and changing the orientation of the mailpiece from the first to the second positions. The cooperating elements may include rolling elements such as nip rollers, spherical elements or belt pairs. The sortation bins/trays are adapted to support the short edge while guiding the long edge of the mailpiece.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 31, 2007
    Publication date: April 30, 2009
    Applicant: Pitney Bowes Inc.
    Inventors: Mark A. Clendinning, Henson C. Ong, Dana Hoggatt, Kenneth S. Zaldo
  • Publication number: 20090078613
    Abstract: Described herein is a system and device for singulating mail pieces during mail processing and sorting. A double inhibit mechanism, mounted opposite a feed belt assembly and having at least two degrees of freedom at its downstream end, can maintain contact with mail in the mail path while separating overlapping mail pieces and allowing only single pieces to pass thereby.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 21, 2007
    Publication date: March 26, 2009
    Inventor: Thomas C. Potter
  • Publication number: 20090044642
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for collecting, sorting and storing samples from multiple batches of copper cathode is disclosed. Samples are collected at a sampling station and transferred to a collection container. The samples are then transferred to a sorting container by way of chutes forming a continuous path from the collection container to the sorting container. The sorting container is affixed on the top surface of an automated carousel having a plurality of sorting containers for sorting samples from multiple batches. Samples in the sorting containers are recovered into storage containers through an access door panel and a funnel placed beneath the access door.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 16, 2007
    Publication date: February 19, 2009
    Inventors: Randy P. Woolley, Kevin Quapp