Condition Responsive Means Controls Separating Means Patents (Class 209/523)
  • Patent number: 10175376
    Abstract: Provided is an apparatus, system, and method for detecting a metal contaminant in a sensor-enabled dose form. According to the method, a sensor-enabled dose form is oriented in a predetermined orientation. The sensor-enabled dose form is received through an aperture of a metal detector. A detection signal is generated by the metal detector in response to receiving the sensor-enabled dose form through the aperture of the metal detector. The detection signal is compared to a predetermined threshold. The presence of a metal contaminant in the sensor-enabled dose form is determined based on the comparison of the detection signal and the predetermined threshold. In another method, the sensor-enabled dose form is first oriented in a first orientation and then in a second orientation. The apparatus includes a guide, a metal detector, and a comparator circuit. The system further includes a controller to reject contaminated sensor-enabled dose forms.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: PROTEUS DIGITAL HEALTH, INC.
    Inventors: Raymond Schmidt, Patricia Johnson, Maria Holen, Richard Huang, Alvin Thai
  • Patent number: 9918420
    Abstract: The present disclosure is directed to an apparatus and method of batch assembly. The apparatus for batch assembly may include a plurality of spring units, a plurality of handling units, and a control unit. The method of batch assembly may include aligning an array of devices with a plurality of handling units, attaching the array of devices onto the handling units, expanding the handling units so as to expand the array of devices from a first area to a second area, and transferring the array of devices to a destination.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2018
    Assignee: IMEC TAIWAN CO.
    Inventors: Kevin Huang, Chihchung (Gary) Chen, Wei-Lun Sung
  • Patent number: 9704114
    Abstract: Disclosed are various systems, methods, and other embodiments for processing and recording defects. In one embodiment, an application is executed in a server that processes and records defects detected by a user at a receiving station client. Based on a retrieved vendor profile, the application selects an inspection sequence for a user to execute. The inspection sequence is selected based on a history of defects specified in the vendor profile. The application also determines whether supervision is needed based on the performance of the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2017
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Devesh Mishra, Eric C. Young, Timothy Jesse Tien, Jun Zhao, Sameer Vinod Shah
  • Patent number: 9586236
    Abstract: A sorting device which is suitable for sorting parts by means of air blasts and which includes at least one sorting unit which includes a valve support fitted with sorting valves. Each sorting valve is capable of optionally connecting a sorting passage ending in a sorting nozzle to a feed passage and of disconnecting it therefrom. In addition, several or all of the sorting passages of the sorting unit are—independently of the sorting valves—connected to a common purge air passage, so that purge air can flow through them without any involvement of the sorting valves, with the result that no impurities enter the sorting passages.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2017
    Assignee: FESTO AG & CO. KG
    Inventor: Ralf Starzmann
  • Patent number: 9440265
    Abstract: To convey an object container so as to prevent the content thereof from being diffused, there is provided an information controlling apparatus which controls a robot conveying the object container, and comprises: a 3D shape measuring unit configured to measure the 3D shape of the object container; a state measuring unit configured to measure the state of the content of the object container; a conveying method determining unit configured to determine the conveying method for the object container by the robot based on the 3D shape measured by the 3D shape measuring unit and the state measured by the state measuring unit; and an action planning unit configured to control the action of the robot based on the conveying method determined by the conveying method determining unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2016
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Daisuke Yamada, Kazuhiko Kobayashi
  • Patent number: 9248980
    Abstract: There is described a process station of devices for conveying biological product containers comprising a main lane for the flow of said conveying devices and a secondary lane for the flow of said conveying devices connected to each other by connection stretches. Said process station comprises a diverting unit of said conveying devices from said main lane to said secondary lane and a return unit of said conveying devices from said secondary lane to said main lane, said diverting and return unit being provided with means adapted to allow the continuous flow without stop of said conveying devices between said main lane and said secondary lane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2016
    Assignee: INPECO HOLDING LTD.
    Inventor: Gianandrea Pedrazzini
  • Patent number: 9073705
    Abstract: A device for removing and replacing containers from and on a conveyor line includes a first lateral guide wall; a second lateral guide wall; and a rotating disc provided with at least a seating The rotating disc is arranged between the first lateral guide wall and the second lateral guide wall for removing a container to be treated from the conveyor line and for replacing a treated container on the conveyor line The device further includes a first guide member mobile between a first retracted position and a first advanced position and a second guide member mobile between a second retracted position and a second advanced position The rotating disc, the first guide member and the second guide member are phase-activatable such as to transfer containers from and onto the conveyor line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2015
    Assignee: I.M.A. INDUSTRIA MACCHINE AUTOMATICHE S.p.A.
    Inventor: Luigi Cavina
  • Patent number: 8985340
    Abstract: A device and a method for the handling of containers with a plurality of handling units recognize a defective state in a handling element situated downstream and, as a reaction to this recognition, a specified container conveyed upstream is separated out, namely preferably that container which in the further course of operation would arrive at the handling element known to be operating defectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Assignee: Krones AG
    Inventor: Thomas Zech
  • Publication number: 20150048010
    Abstract: Method and systems for sorting are described. In one embodiment, a container is released into a pocket section, with the pocket section being at a first alignment stage. The pocket section is rotated with the container away from the first alignment stage to a second alignment stage. Attributes of the container are acquired at the second alignment stage. An order to which the container belongs is identified with the acquired attributes. The pocket section with the container is rotated to a third alignment stage. The location of the third alignment stage is selected based on the identified order. The container is received to group with one or more containers in the identified order. Additional methods and systems are disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 29, 2014
    Publication date: February 19, 2015
    Inventors: Jonathan W. Joplin, Steve Hanlon
  • Publication number: 20140311956
    Abstract: A beverage garbage can includes an enclosure having a top opening, a compression plate movable between a disengaged position and a compression position in which it closes the opening, a piston situated facing the opening and under the compression plate, the piston being mounted to move along an axis between a low position, an ejection position, and a high position, an ejector for engaging a container resting on the piston in the ejection position, to push it sideways to cause it to drop off the piston, and controlled motor means for successively causing the compression plate to close after a container has been inserted into the opening, causing the piston to rise so as to compress the container against the plate, causing the piston to be lowered to its ejection position, and causing the container to be ejected.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 8, 2012
    Publication date: October 23, 2014
    Applicant: GREEN CREATIVE
    Inventors: Remi Gomez, Jean-Marc Meurville, Jan-Francois Chamoux, Nicolas Laurent
  • Publication number: 20140202935
    Abstract: Method and systems for sorting are described. In one embodiment, a container is released into a pocket section, with the pocket section being at a first alignment stage. The pocket section is rotated with the container away from the first alignment stage to a second alignment stage. Attributes of the container are acquired at the second alignment stage. An order to which the container belongs is identified with the acquired attributes. The pocket section with the container is rotated to a third alignment stage. The location of the third alignment stage is selected based on the identified order. The container is received to group with one or more containers in the identified order. Additional methods and systems are disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 1, 2014
    Publication date: July 24, 2014
    Applicant: Express Scripts, Inc.
    Inventors: Jonathan W. Joplin, Steve Hanlon
  • Patent number: 8783469
    Abstract: A roll sorter device has a first roll that can be driven rotatably about its roll axis and a second roll that can be driven rotatably about its roll axis opposite the rotation of the first roll. The second roll is arranged spaced from the first roll such that the roll axes of the first and second rolls are arranged substantially parallel to each other. The roll sorter device may include a detection device for detecting seized and/or faulty preforms on the first or second roll and a roll arrangement modification element to modify the arrangement of the first and second rolls to each other when the detection device detects seized preforms. A sorting method for sorting performs and a transport device may employ the aforementioned roll sorter device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2014
    Assignee: Krones AG
    Inventors: Juergen Beutl, Andreas Seidl, Martin Seger, Juergen Lehner, Bernd Eichler
  • 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: 8522982
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for inspecting, with the aid of a machine (1), transparent or translucent hollow articles (Aj) streaming past a series of monitoring stations each comprising at least one sensor (Ci) delivering an output signal (Si(j)) for each article (Aj) traveling past a sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2013
    Assignee: Tiama
    Inventors: Christophe Venaille, Laurent Barel
  • Patent number: 8471165
    Abstract: A device for recognizing characteristic features of an empty container having at least one flat support element on which the empty container can be placed with at least one lateral surface of said container on the contact surface of the support element, having a carrier to carry the empty container and having at least one optical sensor to optically scan the empty container, wherein the carrier is formed by the at least one support element, the at least one support element is carried rotatably about an essentially horizontal drive shaft, the empty container can be brought from an input position, in which the empty container is placed on the at least one support element, to a different location on the support arm and, after being scanned can be transferred to a downstream functional module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2013
    Assignee: Wincor Nixdorf International GmbH
    Inventors: Lioubov Jokhovets, Axel Fischer, Joern Foerster, Stephan Springsguth
  • Patent number: 8459462
    Abstract: Methods and apparatuses for efficient sorting of specimen include specimen containers, such as vials, positioned in container carriers, such as pucks. The specimen containers contain a specimen that is to be processed through, for example, one or more tests. The specimen containers contain an identifier for the specimen and the container carriers include an identifier, such as a radio frequency identification (RFID) tag. The identifier of the specimen is associated with the identifier of the container carrier. The container carriers with the specimen containers are then sorted based on the identifier of the container carrier according to the desired processing of the specimen containers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2013
    Assignee: Quest Diagnostics Investments Incorporated
    Inventors: Leroy Sina Lavi, Erwin Nicolaas Marinus Petrus Ruijs
  • Patent number: 8373080
    Abstract: A method and a device relating to handling caps for drinking straws is provided. In particular, the method and device provide for examining caps and discarding incomplete sets of caps and/or sets of caps in which at least one cap is aligned incorrectly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2006
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2013
    Assignee: Gruenenthal GmbH
    Inventors: Dieter Schateikis, Markus Bohn
  • Publication number: 20130015108
    Abstract: The invention relates to a device (10) for extracting containers, in particular pharmaceutical containers, from a first transport unit (15) conveying the containers in transport containers (1), having a first identification unit (32) arranged on the transport path of the first transport unit (15) for identification of the transport containers (1), having a discharge unit (24) downstream of the first identification unit (32) which transfers one transport container (1) to a second transport unit (23), on the conveying section of which a withdrawing unit (35) for withdrawing at least one container is arranged and having a feeding unit (27) for feeding the transport container (1) back to the first conveyance unit (15).
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 1, 2010
    Publication date: January 17, 2013
    Applicant: ROBERT BOSCH GMBH
    Inventors: Ulrich Krauss, Steffen Humpfer, Axel Woll, Tobias Mugele
  • Patent number: 8151995
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus to preventing mold feeder jams in a system to package integrated circuits. An example method includes detecting if a mold compound tablet has a first alignment on a path and removing the mold compound tablet from the path if the mold compound tablet has a second alignment different from the first alignment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2012
    Assignee: Texas Instruments Incorporated
    Inventors: Chih-Chung Chen, Chih-Hsien Lin, Tsung-Chi Chiang
  • Patent number: 7975852
    Abstract: Centrifugal device (1) of the rotating bowl type for supplying preforms (2b), which are horizontally-laid and aligned, from preforms (2a) received in bulk, comprising a rotating transport ring (3) delimited by a lateral guide (12) and a central rotary disc (6) in the same direction as the ring and with an axis (8) inclined relative to that of the ring; a mobile member (15) mounted on the lateral guide occupies, as a result of the actuating means (18), an operational position in which the preforms (2c) are forced to leave the ring; detection means (19) upstream of the mobile member detect an undesirable preform (2c) on the ring and control actuating means for bringing the mobile member into its operational position for the ejection of the undesirable preform.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2011
    Assignee: Sidel Participations
    Inventors: Alain Charpentier, Daniel Diesnis
  • Publication number: 20110108468
    Abstract: An arrangement for separating cylindrical bodies, such as parisons for hollow bodies, which have at least one protuberance at a first end, has a pair of parallel guide elements between which the cylindrical bodies can be erected in that the cylindrical bodies hang on the guide elements in each case by way of the protuberance. The separation arrangement here has a height guide, wherein a spacing between the height guide and the cylindrical bodies, as seen in the conveying direction, decreases to a predetermined spacing in relation to the guide elements, as a result of which vertically projecting cylindrical bodies, as they are being conveyed in the conveying direction, are forced downwards by the height guide and wherein the height guide can be raised briefly by means of a lifting device in accordance with a triggering signal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 15, 2009
    Publication date: May 12, 2011
    Inventor: Marcel Tanner
  • Patent number: 7814031
    Abstract: This mail-handling apparatus includes a feed module for feeding in mail items, a weigh module and a franking module. The weigh module includes regulator means for regulating the speed of advance of the conveyor means of the weigh module, which regulator means are adapted to take account of the weighing times taken to weigh the mail items.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2005
    Date of Patent: October 12, 2010
    Assignee: NEOPOST Technologies
    Inventors: Christian Nicolas, Didier Painault
  • Patent number: 7784618
    Abstract: A method and device for individually transporting articles of different type, size, weight, material or shape to one delivery location of a plurality of delivery locations that is designated for the respective article. The articles are placed one by one in respective transport containers, and the respective article is caused at a desired respective delivery location to be transferred from its transport container to a collecting or storage bin, disintegrator or further conveyor dedicated to the article, the transport container at the designated delivery location being made to discharge the article under the effect of gravity or with the aid of a separate, controlled actuating means. The respective article is identified prior to it being placed in a transport container. Identification may, for example, be related to the material of which the article is made.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2005
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2010
    Assignee: Tomra Systems ASA
    Inventors: Geir Stang Hauge, Svein Idsøe, Tore Torvbråten
  • Patent number: 7611017
    Abstract: The present invention concerns a method of sorting containers (9), fed arranged in bundles (8) according to a matrix which are examined for affiliation with a sort, removed from the bundles (8) and, separated by sort, and put into bundles (8) again.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 2005
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2009
    Assignee: Sidel Participations
    Inventor: Marc Ottmann
  • Patent number: 7607545
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for inspecting and sorting molded containers includes an inspection device for inspecting containers and a container mold of origin identifier for correlating a container that is determined to have at least one unacceptable commercial variation with the mold cavity that produced the container. A controller having a programmed cavity reject threshold is in communication with the inspection device and the container mold of origin identifier for monitoring a commercial variation threshold to determine if a mold of origin has produced a threshold number of containers having a commercial variation outside the acceptable limits. A diverter is in communication with the controller for segregating all the containers produced by a mold of origin determined to have produced the threshold number of containers having the commercial variation beyond the acceptable limits.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2004
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2009
    Assignee: Owens-Brockway Glass Container Inc.
    Inventor: Benjamin L. Daniel
  • Publication number: 20090078617
    Abstract: A device for directionally guiding articles of different shapes that are being conveyed on a conveyor off the conveyor with the aid of a movable gate (8-11) that is controllable (23-25) to move across the conveyor (1) at an angle to the direction of travel of the article on the conveyor. The gate is made having a means (8) which, upon movement across the conveyor, is designed to forcibly cause the article to be driven along the gate, in a direction corresponding to said angle, off the conveyor (1) and to an exit (6, 6?; 6?, 6?). Advantageously, the means consists of at least one motor-driven, rotatable disc.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 19, 2008
    Publication date: March 26, 2009
    Applicant: TOMRA SYSTEMS ASA
    Inventors: Bengt LARGE, Hans Georg ONSTAD
  • Patent number: 7438192
    Abstract: A glassware inspection apparatus that includes an electronic control system and method for optimum control of indexing and inspecting glass containers. The control system generally includes a driver circuit for each servo motor of the apparatus, an electronic control unit, and an operator interface. Information about the apparatus and the particular containers being inspected is entered into the control system through the operator interface. The electronic control unit executes a recursive algorithm that utilizes the inputted information, as well as predetermined constraints of the apparatus, to develop an optimum motion profile for each servo motor. The optimum motion profiles provide the overall apparatus with coordinated control and increased container throughput speed, while efficiently distributing cycle time and thermal energy between the various servo motors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2004
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2008
    Assignee: Owens-Brockway Glass Container Inc.
    Inventors: Timothy A. Kohler, William R. Martin, Timothy McIntosh, Gregory A. Ritz, Noel D. Wendt
  • Patent number: 7332680
    Abstract: A conveying device is disclosed that changes the order of containers during conveyance in order to speed up processes, such as a discharging process performed by a combination weighing device and a rank-order sorting process performed by a quality inspection device. With a combination weighing device, a plurality of containers placed on a rotary table are moved by rotatably driving the rotary table. While the containers are being moved, a container arrangement mechanism changes the sequential order of the containers that are specified by a control unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2006
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2008
    Assignee: Ishida Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Masayoshi Nakajima, Fumitaka Tokuda
  • Patent number: 7284666
    Abstract: A device for use with conveyor means and a detector station, said conveyor means for moving empty beverage containers, suitably bottles of different shapes and sizes, past the detector station, and said detector station for providing characteristic data about the containers, and means which based on such data are capable of determining how the containers are to be handled subsequent to detection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2004
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2007
    Assignee: Tomra Systems ASA
    Inventors: Per Kåre Tvinnereim, Tom Steidel, Geir Hanevold
  • Patent number: 6822181
    Abstract: The present invention provides a device and method for selectively removing an article from a stream or line of similar articles travelling in a pathway on a transport system such as a conveyor. The invention utilizes a synchronous electric motor which, in response to a signal to reject a specific article in the stream, rotates an article-contacting member or paddle into the path of the stream of articles travelling along the pathway whereby it contacts and smoothly removes that article from the stream. The use of a synchronous motor to effect the rotation of the paddle is very important to the present invention.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2001
    Date of Patent: November 23, 2004
    Assignee: Labatt Brewing Company Limited
    Inventor: Fredrick L. Linton
  • Patent number: 6808382
    Abstract: A device (1) for conveying and checking containers, in particular preforms, comprises an infeed and accumulation section (2) for containers arriving from a forming station and a carrousel (3) located downstream of the infeed and accumulation section (2) in the direction of feed of the containers, to feed the containers through a sequence of checking stations (4) disposed in the periphery of carrousel (3). The infeed section is intermittently supplied with containers by the forming station while the carrousel (3) turns continuously. An endless chain (5) extends along a path defined by driving gearwheels (6) which partially overlaps the infeed and accumulation section (2) and the circular trajectory of the carrousel (3). A first and second driving gearwheels (9a, 9b) positioned along the path followed by the endless chain (5) are mobile to compensate the variations in the length of a delivery section and a return section of the chain (5).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2002
    Date of Patent: October 26, 2004
    Inventor: Lino Lanfranchi
  • Publication number: 20040026638
    Abstract: Device for checking the neck of a container for the presence of an incline.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 10, 2003
    Publication date: February 12, 2004
    Applicant: Heye International GmbH
    Inventors: Peter Schmidt, Matthias Haase
  • Patent number: 6689978
    Abstract: A system is disclosed for detecting or inspecting for a lining of a container closure that is formed of a sheet metal and has a panel on an inside surface of the closure. The panel of the closure has a lining formed thereon. The system according to the present invention includes a conveyor for moving plural closures longitudinally and substantially through the system, a color sensor that inspects the panel of each one of the closures on the conveyor for a predetermined color, and a separator that is capable of removing closures that lack the predetermined color. The system may include an oven downstream from the sensor to bake the lining. Thus, the system automatically identifies and removes the closure having the deficient color from the conveyor. A corresponding method for identifying and removing a closure having a deficient color is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2002
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2004
    Assignee: Crown Cork & Seal Technologies Corporation
    Inventors: Gerald M. Gresko, Daniel L. Brant
  • Patent number: 6637600
    Abstract: A waste plastics separator is provided which includes a charging device for charging waste plastics; a first alignment device for arranging the waste plastics in a row in the lengthwise direction of the waste plastics; a second alignment device for selecting and discharging waste plastics having not been arranged in the row; a detection device for detecting the waste plastics arranged in the row; a sorting device for sorting the waste plastics; and a sorting control device for controlling sorting work.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2002
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2003
    Assignee: NKK Corporation
    Inventors: Hideyuki Miyamoto, Nobuo Takasu, Akio Aoki, Keishi Akiu
  • Publication number: 20030136649
    Abstract: Apparatuses for article handling, comprising one or more of a) an article-moving conveyor belt (1) designed to move along an underlying plate (55) which has a ridge portion (56), so that a substantial part of each article (21) will lie on one side or the other of the highest point of the conveyor belt; b) a lifting apparatus (4) for moving articles, e.g., PET bottles, from an in-feed point to discharge point located above the in-feed point, with the aid of a continuous row of movable article-carrying baskets (26-36) spaced apart along the length of driving belts or drive chains; and c) an article sorting apparatus (6) that is conveyed on a continuously moving conveyor belt (22) and includes a gate (15) that is designed to be able to move an article (21) away from the conveyor belt (22) sideways, and which in the neutral position of the gate (15) is designed to allow the article (21) to move past the gate (15) unaffected thereby.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 26, 2002
    Publication date: July 24, 2003
    Inventors: Per K?aring;re Tvinnereim, Stig Finstad Evensen, Oivind Jorgensen
  • Patent number: 6547055
    Abstract: A reverse vending machine is configured to selectively accept bulk fed containers, the machine including an in-feed station with an in-feed door and a hopper accessible via the in-feed door, the hopper having a first mouth which is open when the in-feed door is in an open orientation and closed when the in-feed door is in a closed orientation. The in-feed door has a second mouth, which is smaller than the first mouth, and which remains open regardless of in-feed door orientation. The in-feed station thus is configured to simultaneously freely receive multiple disarrayed containers through the first mouth when the in-feed door is in the open orientation and is configured to receive containers through the second mouth when the in-feed door is in the closed orientation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2001
    Date of Patent: April 15, 2003
    Assignee: Can & Bottle Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: John A. Coyne, Stuart R. Aldrich, Griffin S. Hampson, Kris M. Kiva
  • Publication number: 20030057144
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an automatic sorting compression machine for iron, aluminum cans and plastic bottles. An inlet is provided atop the main body of the present invention. At least one detecting switch is arranged in a preset position of the inlet. A receptacle is disposed under the inlet. A one-way outlet and a two-way outlet are fitted at the front and rear ends of the receptacle. An exit selector controlled by a change-over magnetic valve is disposed at the two-way outlet. A container is placed under each of the three channels of the outlets. The press shaft of a spindle passes through the receptacle. The press shaft is fitted with an electrified magnet and an electrified pole at the front end thereof while another electrified pole opposite to the electrified pole is mounted in preset position of the main body. A microswitch is disposed in the farthest position of the press shaft being drawn back.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 26, 2001
    Publication date: March 27, 2003
    Inventor: Tu-Mu Wang
  • Patent number: 6536598
    Abstract: Two data streams which are not related real-time are operated on so that the input stream can be processed real-time vis-a-vis the output stream. Both streams are clocked by the same encoder and a random tracking signal is imposed on both the input and output data streams. A reject signal on the input stream can accordingly be placed at the correct location on the output stream.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2000
    Date of Patent: March 25, 2003
    Assignee: Emhart Glass S.A.
    Inventor: William J. Furnas
  • Patent number: 6497324
    Abstract: A system for sorting articles includes a feed conveyor for launching the articles across an airspace toward a first destination. A light source shines light energy on the articles in the airspace. A collector collects light energy reflected from the articles. A deflector is provided for deflecting selected articles toward an alternative destination as the articles fly across the airspace. A control system is operably connected to the collector and the deflector for actuating the deflector in response to a sensed parameter, such as an electromagnetic radiation frequency spectrum, of the light energy collected in the collector. Preferably, this system is utilized with a retro-reflector located on an opposite side of the airspace from the light source and the collector. This system also preferably includes the use of a multi-plexer which allows a single analyzer unit to be utilized to analyze light signals from each of a large plurality of collector units of the collector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2000
    Date of Patent: December 24, 2002
    Assignee: MSS, Inc.
    Inventors: Arthur G. Doak, Mitchell G. Roe, Stephen C. Greene
  • Patent number: 6296123
    Abstract: A bottle reject system comprising a conveyor for carrying formed bottles, a first rejector operated at a time selected so that a defective bottle will be removed from the conveyor, a first sensor for confirming that the operation of the first rejector removed a bottle from the conveyor, and a second rejector operable at a time selected so that in the event the defective bottle was not removed from the conveyor when the first rejector operated, the defective bottle would be removed by operation of the second rejector at that time, and a control for operating the second rejector at the selected time, in the event that the first sensor fails to confirm that the operation of the first rejector removed a bottle from the conveyor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2000
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2001
    Assignee: Emhart Glass S.A.
    Inventors: Saeid Zakeri, Mark P. Claypool, William J. Furnas
  • Patent number: 6255614
    Abstract: An apparatus wherein assayed specimens can be transferred in any order to a specimen-container housing rack automatically and very efficiently, without any restrictions whatsoever on the order in which the specimen containers are placed in the specimen-container racks and assayed, even if different types of specimen vessel are present.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2000
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2001
    Assignee: Sysmex Corporation
    Inventors: Nobuyoshi Yamakawa, Hidenari Takaoka, Masanori Nakaya, Toshio Watanabe
  • Patent number: 6220444
    Abstract: A conveyor system for conveying items, such as bottles and cans, from a first position whereat they are magnetically encoded by using magnetic energy and wherein the coded item is detected at a spaced apart second position using a magnetic sensing device such as a Hall effect sensor. The magnetic encoder can place different levels of magnetism on the container caps and the Hall effect device can detect these different levels of magnetism. By using this technique, containers may be divided into different categories by placing different levels of magnetism on them. The Hall effect device can differentiate these different levels of magnetism which allows the system to do selective sorting at the downstream station.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 1999
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2001
    Assignee: Industrial Dynamics Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Fred L. Calhoun
  • Patent number: 6213309
    Abstract: An article processing apparatus having a plurality of input conveyors directing articles into a work station and a single turret sorting mechanism. The work station processes articles while, simultaneously, unprocessed articles are fed into the turret sorting mechanism. The output of the work station is simultaneously fed into the turret sorting mechanism. The turret control mechanism engages articles fed to it using a gripper. The turret sorting mechanism rotates the articles until, in conjunction with a control system, the articles are released onto appropriate locations on a second set of conveyors. The second set of conveyors directs the unprocessed articles to a second work station (where the unprocessed articles are processed) and the articles processed by the first work station are directed to an output station. Once processed, the articles sent to the second work station are also directed to the output station where they are collected and prepared for further processing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 1999
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2001
    Assignee: B & H Manufacturing Company, Inc.
    Inventor: Edward W. Dadisho
  • Patent number: 6189701
    Abstract: Device and process for the manufacture of hollow plastic objects to screen out defective plastic preforms that are to be molded into their desired shape in a molding station before they reach the molding station, the conveyor track leading into the molding station comprising a screening area through which the preforms are conveyed in such a way that they are loosely supported on only one side, wherein screening apparatuses are provided in the screening area to screen out defective plastic preforms in response to signals from an inspection station.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 1999
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2001
    Assignee: Krones AG
    Inventor: Horst Winter
  • Patent number: 6112904
    Abstract: The invention concerns a device and a method in handling of returnable packages, such as bottles and/or cans. The device (10) comprises a rotatable magazine (12) for transferring returnable packages, such as bottles or cans, from a feed station (B.sub.1) further. The device that transfers the returned package from the package feed station (B.sub.1) is a rotatable magazine (12), which includes package spaces (A.sub.1, A.sub.2). The solution of equipment comprises, in the magazine (12), an outer wall, which moves to ahead of the feed gate (B.sub.1) when the magazine is rotated. The identification station (B.sub.2), in which the returned package, such as a can or a bottle, is identified, is placed after the feed station (B.sub.1). The equipment includes means by which a returned package placed in a package space (A.sub.1 or A.sub.2) in the magazine (12) is transferred, by rotating the magazine, from the feed station (B.sub.1) into the identification station (B.sub.2), in which the returned package is identified.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 1998
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2000
    Assignee: Halton System Oy
    Inventor: Jukka Ajo
  • Patent number: 6012588
    Abstract: A device for a reverse vending apparatus which has a conveyor (102, 201) for moving containers of different shapes and sizes, e.g., cans or bottles of glass or plastic, past a detector station (100) in order to produce characteristic data about the containers (B). Such data determines how the containers shall be handled thereafter, e.g., sorted out, compacted, further treated or recycled. At the downstream end of the conveyor (201) there is located a bottle raiser (301) for putting transported bottles (B) which arrive bottom (B2) first into a standing position, and wherein the bottle raiser comprises a, preferably curved, guide duct or shaft (302) which guides the bottle in standing position down towards a shock-absorbing rest (303). The device also comprises a bottle stabilizer (304-307, 309-310) which on the basis of said data is held with the aid of a motor (305) in a first position (FIG.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 1997
    Date of Patent: January 11, 2000
    Assignee: Tomra Systems ASA
    Inventors: Tom Steidel, Geir Hanevold, Per K.ang.re Tvinnereim
  • Patent number: 5897677
    Abstract: A glassware manufacturing system in which hot glass containers from an individual section machine are directed by an endless conveyor through a container inspection station. A container to be removed from the conveyor is identified by the inspection equipment for calibration purposes. An air jet is controlled by the inspection equipment for selectively removing the container from the conveyor into a trap, within which a progressively increasing force is applied to the container for arresting motion of the container without physical damage. The container may then be removed from the trap by an operator for manual inspection to calibrate the inspection equipment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 1997
    Date of Patent: April 27, 1999
    Assignee: Owens-Brockway Glass Contianer Inc.
    Inventor: Robin L. Flynn
  • Patent number: 5688361
    Abstract: An automatic vessel supplying and labeling apparatus takes out a desired vessel from racks, supplies it to a predetermined position, supplies a desired label, corresponding to the vessel, to the position, and applies the label to the vessel in the predetermined position. A judging unit checks the label information on the vessel, and judges whether the label is correctly applied to the vessel, and the vessel is sorted into one of two places, one place for collecting vessels with correctly applied labels and the other for collecting vessels with not correctly applied labels in accordance with the result of judgment. The label is applied to the vessel after a sensor detects the label supplied to the predetermined position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 1996
    Date of Patent: November 18, 1997
    Inventor: Teruaki Itoh
  • Patent number: 5688693
    Abstract: An inspection system for sampling and determining the presence of residues of contaminants within plastic materials to be recycled from used plastic materials such as plastic beverage bottles or plastic food containers includes a chemical sniffing apparatus, or alternatively an optical scanner, for detecting the contaminants as the plastic materials are rapidly moved along a conveyor past a series of stations. Recycled food or beverage bottles are fed through a shredder in-line with the conveyor and the shredded plastic material from the bottles is fed to a washer. The bottles and shredded material may be tested for contaminants at any location in an in-line process. In one exemplary system first the bottles are tested prior to entry into the shredder in order to remove bottles containing gross contaminants.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 1996
    Date of Patent: November 18, 1997
    Assignee: The Coca-Cola Company
    Inventors: David H. Fine, Freeman W. Fraim, Stephen J. MacDonald, Alex Malaspina, Forrest Lee Bayer, Dirck vanBuren Myers
  • Patent number: 5662226
    Abstract: The automation of a keg filling process is enhanced by classifying the abnormalities detected during a multi-stage treatment and filling process, the abnormalities being classified as either container-related or treatment step-related. Kegs for which an abnormality has been detected are ejected from the production line and are automatically routed either to a repair station or reintroduced into the production line as a function of the classification of the abnormality.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 1995
    Date of Patent: September 2, 1997
    Assignee: GEA Till GmbH & Co.
    Inventor: Volker Till