Infrared, Visible Light, Or Ultraviolet Patents (Class 209/577)
  • Patent number: 10514295
    Abstract: An object detector including a light-emitting system to emit light to an object, a light detector, a signal detector, and a threshold adjuster. The light detector receives the light emitted from the light-emitting system and reflected by the object, and output a signal. The signal detector detects the signal output from the light detector based on a threshold value of voltage. The threshold adjuster changes the threshold value between when the light-emitting system emits light to a part of a light-emission range of the light-emitting system and when the light-emitting system emits light to other part of the light-emission range other than the part of the light-emission range.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 24, 2019
    Assignee: RICOH COMPANY, LTD.
    Inventor: Takuei Nishio
  • Patent number: 10478863
    Abstract: A method of sorting is described and which includes a step of acquiring a multiplicity of synchronized image signals of a product stream which is to be sorted; generating a multiplicity of fused sensor signals; forming an image model previously acquired from the objects to be sorted; identifying objects in the product stream, and generating object presence and defect signals; determining a spatial orientation of the objects in the product stream; detecting the defects and removing the defects from the product stream.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignee: Key Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Kenneth J. McGarvey, Gerald R. Richert, Elliot T. Burch, Bret J. Larreau
  • Patent number: 10417754
    Abstract: An inspection system is provided with an inspection device configured to examine the external features of an object; and a control device for controlling the inspection device; the inspection device including: a substantially column-shaped first barrel that includes a first through hole configured for an object to pass therethrough; and a plurality of imaging units provided on the inner peripheral surface which forms the first through hole in the first barrel; and the control device including: an image processing unit configured to process an image captured and output by each of the imaging units for the purpose of inspection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: OMRON Corporation
    Inventors: Yuki Kimura, Akira Matsui, Shingo Inazumi
  • Patent number: 10350644
    Abstract: A system for identifying particular items in a stream of items and for deflecting that type of item from the stream to a different destination. In one embodiment, an LC resonant circuit including an array of coils is transversely disposed across the path and resonates in response to passing metallic items, wherein metal detection signals having an amplitude and a phase are generated. A graphical user interface enables user input with respect to an x-y graph defining amplitude-phase delineations and an ejection zone for the type of metallic item. A controller determines, for each generated metal detection signal, whether a corresponding metallic item is the defined type of metallic item and further within the defined ejection zone, and causes one or more ejectors to controllably eject the corresponding metallic item from the stream to a second destination.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: MSS, Inc.
    Inventor: Arthur G. Doak
  • Patent number: 10241025
    Abstract: Provided are a microparticle sorting device, and a method and a program for sorting microparticles capable of stabilizing sorting performance over a prolonged period of time. The microparticle sorting device includes an imaging element and a controller. The imaging element obtains an image of fluid and fluid droplets at a position where the fluid discharged from an orifice which generates a fluid stream is converted into the fluid droplets. The controller controls driving voltage of an oscillation element which gives oscillation to the orifice and/or controls a position of the imaging element based on a state of the fluid in the image and/or a state of a satellite fluid droplet. The satellite fluid droplet does not include microparticles and exists between the position, where the fluid is converted into the fluid droplets, and a fluid droplet, among fluid droplets including the microparticles, which is closest to the position where the fluid is converted into the fluid droplets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Fumitaka Otsuka, Yosuke Muraki
  • Patent number: 10217013
    Abstract: This invention relates to a system and method for detecting the curved surfaces of fruit using a flash and camera system and automated image analysis. Lighting upon fruit is controlled, with a flash or multiple flashes positioned beside the camera illuminate the fruit. The flash causes a strong specular reflectance at the center of curved fruit (such as apples, grapes, or avocados, among others). From this point of specular reflectance, pixel intensity decreases steadily toward the edges of curved fruit. The method searches the images to find points of specular reflectance surrounded by curved shaded regions belonging to the curved fruit and can detect fruit of various sizes and scales within image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: CARNEGIE MELLON UNIVERSITY
    Inventors: Stephen Thomas Nuske, Zania Pothen
  • Patent number: 10197504
    Abstract: Methods and systems for detecting foreign material within a product stream in real-time, involve illuminating a portion of the agricultural product stream with light spanning a wavelength range including or within near-infrared and/or shortwave infrared wavelengths; scanning a line of the illuminated agricultural product stream to acquire a hyperspectral image of the line, the hyperspectral image of the line having a width of a single pixel; processing the hyperspectral image of the scanned line to obtain spectrum data for one or more pixels of the hyperspectral image of the scanned line; comparing the obtained spectrum data of the one or more pixels to predetermined spectrum data to determine whether the obtained spectrum data is indicative of foreign material within the scanned line of the agricultural product stream.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: Altria Client Services LLC
    Inventors: Amrita Sahu, Henry M. Dante, Jerry W. Morris
  • Patent number: 10151583
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method of measuring a 3D profile of an article moving on a conveyor in a certain conveying direction, which method includes a step consisting in using an optical sensor to scan, by triangulation, a laser line projected onto the article moving on the conveyor. The method further includes a step of using the optical sensor to scan, by contrast difference, the article moving on the conveyor, and a step of making combined use of the results of the scans by triangulation and of the scans by contrast difference in a data processor unit for the purpose of measuring the 3D profile of the article.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Assignee: SOLYSTIC
    Inventors: Vincent Lacaze, Rajna Jacob, Hicham El Bernoussi
  • Patent number: 10049440
    Abstract: An object detection apparatus is described and which includes an image capturing device; a source of electromagnetic radiation which is directed towards and reflected from an object passing through a field of view; a background located in spaced relation relative to the image capturing device, and wherein the field of view is located between the image capturing device and the background; and an electromagnetic radiation detector is positioned in electromagnetic receiving relation relative to the background and which is operable to generate a signal which indicates the presence of an object passing through the field of view.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Assignee: Key Technology, Inc.
    Inventor: Johan Calcoen
  • Patent number: 9940439
    Abstract: A medicine identification and sorting system is disclosed, which includes an image capturing system for creating a digital image of at least a portion of a target medicine, and an image processing system for comparing said created target medicine image with reference medicine images in a reference medicine image database to identify and/or then sort the medicine from a mixture of medicines.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Inventor: Atabak Reza Royaee
  • Patent number: 9877427
    Abstract: A controller for a harvester. The controller is configured to receive crop flow information representative of how crop is flowing through the harvester and generate display information for providing a visual display to an operator of the harvester. The visual display includes an animation of crop flowing through the harvester. The controller is further configured to set one or more properties of the animation of the crop flowing through the harvester based on the received crop flow information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2018
    Assignee: CNH Industrial America LLC
    Inventors: Bart M. A. Missotten, Glenn Aesaert, Michael Carpentier, Dré W. J. Jongmans, Thomas Mahieu, Ricardo Mesquita, Karel M. C. Viaene, Bart Vroman, Johnny M. F. Scherrens
  • Patent number: 9782916
    Abstract: A waste plastic container recycling system and a method thereof are provided for determining whether the spectrum of a waste container to be recycled belongs to any one of spectrums of plastic materials and for classifying waste containers of different plastic materials since the plastic materials have the different spectral characteristics. Accordingly, the waste plastic container recycling system and the method thereof can accurately recognize the waste containers of different plastic materials regardless of the appearance, or damage, deformation or concealment of the label on the waste containers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2017
    Assignee: Oriental Institute of Technology
    Inventors: Chin-Lun Lai, Jun-Horng Chen
  • Patent number: 9574997
    Abstract: A method for classifying sugar beet seeds, comprising the steps of measuring an IR-spectrum of each seed, preferably sugar beet seeds, classifying seeds according to their IR-spectrum, wherein the seed-class differs from other seed-classes by a quality of composition, wherein said quality of composition is reflected in a specific IR-spectrum. In one embodiment the seeds are sorted according to their classification by a sorting means.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: Syngenta Participations AG
    Inventors: Bo Kenneth Fredlund, Johan Sander
  • Patent number: 9468948
    Abstract: An inspection system is configured for use with a conveyer apparatus including carrier bars. Each carrier bar conveys pellet-shaped articles along a predetermined path. The inspection system includes at least one camera unit for sensing a predetermined characteristic of the pellet-shaped articles, a removal unit, and a controller. The removal unit, downstream from the at least one camera unit, removes selected pellet-shaped article(s) from the carrier bar(s) depending on whether the characteristic is sensed by the at least one camera unit. The controller is in communication with the at least one camera unit and the removal unit. The controller provides a signal to the removal unit in accordance with the sensed characteristic. The removal unit includes a rotatable ejection drum having extended vacuum nozzles along its length, equal to the number of articles conveyed in each carrier bar. Each vacuum nozzle selectively removes article(s) from the carrier bar(s) by suction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2016
    Assignee: Ackley Machine Corporation
    Inventors: E. Michael Ackley, Mark Ford
  • Patent number: 9470617
    Abstract: A high speed fluid switch is used to separate desired particles from a source stream containing particles, such as cells. A droplet generator creates and regulates a stream of droplets, which intersects with a source stream containing the particles to be sorted. The stream of droplets can be regulated such that portions of the source stream containing desired particles are deflected into a collection vessel, or such that portions of the source stream containing desired particles are permitted to pass uninterrupted. The high speed fluid switch may be implemented on a microfluidic chip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2016
    Assignees: Sony Corporation, Sony Corporation of America
    Inventor: Gary P. Durack
  • Patent number: 9313939
    Abstract: A system, method, and computer program product for separating a seed aliquot from a bulk sample and preparing the seed aliquot for downstream research purposes is provided. The system embodiments may comprise a counter device, which is configured to receive at least a portion of the bulk sample and to separate the seed aliquot from the portion of the bulk sample, and a packaging device, which is configured to receive the separated seed aliquot and to dispense the aliquot into an aliquot container. Other embodiments may include a conveyor system for advancing the bulk sample and/or seed aliquot along a conveyance path that may be determined from a research protocol received from an input source. Various embodiments of the present invention may maintain an identity of the seed aliquot as it is advanced along the conveyance path and may selectively subject the seed aliquot to a variety of processing steps in accordance with the research protocol with little or no manual control or supervision.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2016
    Assignee: PIONEER HI-BRED INTERNATIONAL INC
    Inventors: C. Fred Hood, James L. Hunter, Timothy P. Meyer, Lyndon J. Schroeder
  • Patent number: 9221080
    Abstract: Method for the inspection and sorting of pistachios through artificial vision means and by the rotation of the pistachios around their axis; thereby obtaining multiple images of different views of said pistachios. At the inspection stage, an analysis of every image is carried out for detecting the opening edges of the pistachio; the opening edges length and width are measured and the pistachio is sorted according to pre-established values for the length and width of the opening edges. Finally, the pistachios are conveyed through endless means from the inspection unit for collection, and the pistachios sorted by the inspection unit according to pre-established values for the length and width of the opening edges are ejected endlessly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2015
    Assignee: MULTISCAN TECHNOLOGIES, S.L.
    Inventors: Alvaro Soler Esteban, Simon Hendrik Van Olmen
  • Publication number: 20150144537
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to classification of a material type of an object. A first phase applies an object classifier and a material classifier to obtain first object and material probabilities of the object. A second phase applies an interdependent object/material classifier to the first object and material probabilities to obtain further object and material class probabilities. The interdependent object/material classifier performs multiple iterations of calculating the further object and material class probabilities, and utilizes feedback in which an immediately preceding calculated prior further object class probability is included in a next iteration of calculating a further material class probability, and an immediately preceding calculated prior further material class probability is included in a next iteration of calculating a further object class probability.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 26, 2013
    Publication date: May 28, 2015
    Applicant: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Sandra SKAFF
  • Patent number: 9040859
    Abstract: A detection apparatus for detecting foreign substances or defective goods, with which it is easy to accomplish inspection even if the inspection objects have a shape that tends to allow rolling, comprises: transparent members 11 and 12, partitions 21 and 22, a supplying unit 30, cameras 41 and 42, a control unit 50. A removing apparatus 1, which includes such detection apparatus, comprises a suction controller 60 and suction nozzles 61 to 68. While the partitions 21, 22 move around, inspection objects A are each put in each cell of the partitions 21, 22, and are photographed by the cameras 41 and 42, from above and below the transparent members 11, 12, respectively. The images obtained by such photographing are analyzed, and foreign substances or defective goods mingling in the inspection objects A are detected. The foreign substances or defective goods are separated from the conforming goods by selectively sucking the inspection objects A with the suction nozzles 61 to 64.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2015
    Assignee: Sumitomo Electric Industries, Ltd.
    Inventors: Eiichiro Yamada, Hiroshi Suganuma, Yuji Kobayashi, Tatsuhiko Saito, Takayuki Shimazu, Maya Miyata
  • Patent number: 9035210
    Abstract: An optical robotic sorting method and apparatus for identifying and sorting a product is provided. In the preferred embodiment, the method comprises the steps of illuminating the product with a light source, imaging the product using at least one imaging device, analyzing the image, and activating a robotic sorter to sort the product.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2015
    Assignee: Bratney Companies
    Inventor: Curt Matthew Davis
  • Publication number: 20150132088
    Abstract: According to one embodiment, a sheet insert device includes a cassette having a plurality of containing portions each of which contains a plurality of sheets in a vertically stacked state, a moving structure to move the cassette so that the plurality of containing portions are arranged in turn at a pulling-out position, a grip arm to grip the plurality of sheets contained in the containing portion arranged at the pulling-out position in the stacking direction, and a transferring structure which moves the grip arm, to pull out the plurality of sheets at the pulling-out position which are gripped by the grip arm from the containing portion, and transfers the plurality of sheets to a sheet loading part without changing the posture.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 6, 2014
    Publication date: May 14, 2015
    Inventors: Iwao Tsuji, Kazuhiro Mukai
  • 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: 20150108048
    Abstract: A method of tracking mail in a postal sorting system comprising first and second networks of sorting machines with first and second unique identification protocols for uniquely identifying the mailpieces, the first and second networks producing first and second dated tracking data as a mailpiece is passing through the sorting machines, this first and second dated data being associated with first and second unique mailpiece identifiers generated using the first and second protocols, said dated data associated with said first and second unique mailpiece identifiers is retrieved in a data-processing unit for the purpose of measuring a time characteristic of the journey of the mailpiece through the first and second networks, and a match is established between the unique identifiers via digital images of the mailpiece.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 20, 2012
    Publication date: April 23, 2015
    Applicant: SOLYSTIC
    Inventor: Emmanuel Miette
  • Patent number: 9006599
    Abstract: The invention concerns a method and apparatus for sorting a stream of products by scanning this stream of products with a bundle of concentrated light and analyzing the light originating from the scanned products and a background element, wherein this background element is chosen such that the corresponding detected light signal differs from the light signals originating from the products to be sorted in at least one parameter and wherein one or more control signals are generated by shifting the background level of the observed light signals to a signal level chosen such that, in the thus obtained signal, the signal level of the signal of a scanned product to be accepted distinguishes itself from the signal level of the signal of a scanned product to be rejected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignee: Visys
    Inventors: Dirk Adams, Pieter Op De Beeck
  • Patent number: 9000319
    Abstract: A method of and apparatus for sorting foreign matter from a flow, the method comprising the steps of: identifying objects within a flow; for each identified object, determining reflectance intensities at at least two different wavelengths or ranges of wavelengths; and for each identified object, comparing the reflectance intensities at the at least two different wavelengths or ranges of wavelengths to a reference intensity profile, wherein the identified object is characterized as foreign matter when the reflectance intensities at the at least two different wavelengths or ranges of wavelengths fall within a predetermined region of the reference intensity profile.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Assignee: Buhler Sortex Ltd
    Inventor: Benedict Deefholts
  • Publication number: 20150090643
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an apparatus for separating objects. The apparatus comprises a conveyor arrangement (1) and an actuator (30). The conveyor arrangement comprises a conveyor belt (10) disposed as an endless loop over two rollers (21, 22). The conveyor belt has a substantially horizontally arranged surface (5) for receiving a plurality of objects. The actuator comprises a drive axis (31), an actuating structure (32) and a connection structure connecting the drive axis with the actuating structure. The drive axis is connectible to a motor to enable rotational movement of the drive axis. The connection unit is arranged for converting the rotational movement into movement of the actuating structure in a direction substantially perpendicular to the object receiving surface plane. The actuating structure is located underneath the conveyor belt for creating movement of the surface in this direction. The conveyor arrangement and the actuator are independently controllable.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 22, 2013
    Publication date: April 2, 2015
    Applicant: IG Specials B.V.
    Inventors: Wim Struijk, Wim Van Der El
  • Patent number: 8993914
    Abstract: A high-speed, high-resolution, triangulation-based, 3-D method and system for inspecting manufactured parts and sorting the inspected parts are provided. The method includes consecutively transferring the parts so that the parts move along a path which extends from a supply of parts and through an imaging station. A triangulation-based sensor head is supported at the imaging station. The sensor head is configured to generate focused lines of radiation and to sense corresponding reflected lines of radiation. The focused lines are delivered onto an end surface of each part to obtain a corresponding array of reflected lines of radiation. The sensor head senses the array of reflected lines to obtain a corresponding set of 2-D profile signals. The set of profile signals represent a 3-D view of the end surface. The set of 2-D profile signals of each part is processed to identify parts having an unacceptable defect.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Assignee: GII Acquisition, LLC
    Inventors: Nathan Andrew-Paul Kujacznski, Michael G. Nygaard
  • Publication number: 20150068958
    Abstract: An inspection and ejector unit for preforms for plastic containers in a transportation line, has at least one driver device which picks up preforms travelling from an inward conveyor device to the inspection and ejector unit, transports them further and passes on at least some of the preforms to an outward conveyor device, at least one detection device by which faulty preforms in the driver device are detected, and at least one ejection device by which preforms which are detected as faulty are removed from the driver device, and a corresponding method.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 9, 2014
    Publication date: March 12, 2015
    Applicant: M. TANNER AG
    Inventor: Marcel Tanner
  • Publication number: 20150068955
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a material, preferably a plastic material, comprising foreign substances, characterised in that the material further comprises fluorescent compounds, and a process for sorting a mixture of materials.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 7, 2013
    Publication date: March 12, 2015
    Applicant: Polysecure GmbH
    Inventors: Thomas Baque, Jochen Moesslein
  • Publication number: 20150068957
    Abstract: Provided are a microparticle sorting device, and a method and a program for sorting microparticles capable of stabilizing sorting performance over a prolonged period of time. The microparticle sorting device includes an imaging element and a controller. The imaging element obtains an image of fluid and fluid droplets at a position where the fluid discharged from an orifice which generates a fluid stream is converted into the fluid droplets. The controller controls driving voltage of an oscillation element which gives oscillation to the orifice and/or controls a position of the imaging element based on a state of the fluid in the image and/or a state of a satellite fluid droplet. The satellite fluid droplet does not include microparticles and exists between the position, where the fluid is converted into the fluid droplets, and a fluid droplet, among fluid droplets including the microparticles, which is closest to the position where the fluid is converted into the fluid droplets.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 19, 2013
    Publication date: March 12, 2015
    Applicant: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Fumitaka Otsuka, Yosuke Muraki
  • Patent number: 8957340
    Abstract: A method and an apparatus for sorting mined material, such as mined ore, are disclosed. The apparatus comprises a chamber for exposing fragments of a material to be sorted to electromagnetic radiation, with the chamber comprising an inner wall for fragments to move downwardly and outwardly over from an upper inlet of the chamber to a lower outlet of the chamber. The apparatus also comprises a detection system for assessing one or more than one characteristic of the fragments. The apparatus also comprises a sorting means for separating the fragments into multiple streams in response to the assessment of the detection system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2015
    Assignee: Technological Resources Pty Ltd
    Inventors: Grant Ashley Wellwood, Samuel Kingman
  • Publication number: 20150041372
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a diamond screening apparatus, comprising: a working platform comprising a working plane; a conveyer disposed on the working plane of the working platform for carrying a diamond matrix unit; an image capture device forming one or a plurality of captured images in different regions of the diamond matrix unit; a display device; and an image recognition module, which is electrically connected to the image capture device and the display device, performs a geometric feature parameter analysis on the captured images to determine one or a plurality of risk diamonds of the diamond matrix unit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 30, 2014
    Publication date: February 12, 2015
    Applicant: Kinik Company
    Inventors: Jui-Lin CHOU, Chia Chun WANG, Chia-Feng CHIU, Wen-Jen LIAO, Jen Feng CHEN
  • Publication number: 20150034534
    Abstract: A system for disposing of medical waste is generally configured to sort waste items into a plurality of containers according to applicable rules and regulations governing the handling and/or disposal of such items. In some embodiments, a system comprises sorting stations each of which houses a number of disposable containers. Each station can identify an item of waste, determine the most appropriate container for the item, and facilitate disposal of the item in the appropriate container. In some embodiments, a detection system for determining a presence and/or a quantity of waste items within a container is also provided. In some embodiments, access to discarded waste items is restricted once the waste items have been placed in a container.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 21, 2014
    Publication date: February 5, 2015
    Inventor: Scott R. MALLETT
  • Publication number: 20150027934
    Abstract: A sorting system having a plurality of sorting assemblies where each sorting assembly has an image device that transmits an image of product to a controller that then actuates a robotic sorting device to remove damaged product through a suction tube based upon the transmitted image.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 13, 2014
    Publication date: January 29, 2015
    Inventors: Thomas R. Johnston, Curt Matthew Davis
  • Patent number: 8931720
    Abstract: A method of sorting material that comprises determining whether a volume of material to be mined or a volume of stockpiled material is upgradable to produce a supply of material of greater economic value. If the determination is positive, the material is dry sorted to increase the grade or economic value. The determination is done by taking a plurality of samples from the initial volume of material and analyzing the material to determine if the material is able to be upgraded. The determination can be by X-Ray analysis. The upgrading can involve a size reduction step.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2015
    Assignee: Technological Resources Pty. Limited
    Inventors: John Clarence Box, Trevor Heuer
  • Publication number: 20150008165
    Abstract: A sorting machine (1) for sorting flat articles (2) on edge, which machine includes an upstream conveyor (10), and a downstream conveyor (30) that conveys the flat articles (2) by nipping them, the upstream conveyor (10) and the downstream conveyor (30) being separated by detector means (100) including an intermediate conveyor (20) provided with intermediate belts (22) that convey said flat articles (2) by nipping them, and that are associated individually with suction means (24, 25) pressing any flat article (2) against one or the other of said intermediate belts (22), image capture means (26) for capturing images of the bottoms of said flat articles (2) passing between the intermediate belts (22), and analysis and processing means (4) for analyzing and processing said images to detect any bunching of said flat articles (2).
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 28, 2012
    Publication date: January 8, 2015
    Inventors: Hicham El Bernoussi, Agnes Philippe, Celine Guignard
  • Patent number: 8929593
    Abstract: Embodiments describe a system and method for reading the information on bundled packages wrapped in transparent film. The film can obscure information on the outside of the packages making the automated identification and tracking of the packages difficult. Embodiments described herein provide a system and method for capturing the unique information regardless of the obscuring effects of packaging films. A camera that is insensitive to UV light captures visible light emitted by labels after the labels are irradiated by UV light. The light emission induces greater contrast overcoming any distortion that might have occurred due to the transparent packaging film.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2015
    Assignee: Pharmacontrol Electronic GmbH
    Inventor: Dirk Dickfeld
  • Publication number: 20150001138
    Abstract: An apparatus for singulating load items, with a group of delivery apparatuses for delivering load items, wherein there is associated with each delivery apparatus a first singulation apparatus for singulating the load items delivered with that delivery apparatus and there is, downstream of the first singulation apparatuses of the group of delivery apparatuses which form a first singulation stage, a second singulation stage for singulating load items not singulated in the first singulation stage, wherein the second singulation stage comprises a second singulation apparatus and a detection system associated with it for detecting load items not singulated by the second singulation apparatus, with, downstream of the second singulation stage a third singulation stage for singulating load items not singulated in the second singulation stage, which consists of manually post-singulating load items not singulated by the second singulation stage or of providing a return unit for returning the non-singulated load items d
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 25, 2014
    Publication date: January 1, 2015
    Inventor: Hermann Brunsen
  • Publication number: 20140367316
    Abstract: A terahertz-based material identification system includes a terahertz source for transmitting a terahertz wave for interaction with an object. The interaction results in a resulting terahertz wave that is influenced by the object. A terahertz detector receives the resulting terahertz wave and is configured to output measurement data corresponding to the resulting terahertz wave. A processor is in communication with the terahertz detector for receiving the measurement data. The processor is also configured to calculate an object response signature based on the measurement data, and compare the object response signature to a set of known response signatures so as to identify the object. The material identification system may also be implemented as part of a sorting system that is configured to selectively separate the object from a mixture based on the identity of the object.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 11, 2012
    Publication date: December 18, 2014
    Applicant: TETECHS INC.
    Inventor: Daryoosh Saeedkia
  • Publication number: 20140360924
    Abstract: In some embodiments, aggregated serialized goods may be loaded into the serialization/aggregation system via a conveyor, and the aggregated serialized goods may be scanned and authenticated. The aggregated serialized goods that are determined to be authentic may be diverted to at least one aggregation line, where the aggregated serialized goods may be bundled. The serialization/aggregation system may be adjustable, and may be easily converted to accept items of various shapes and sizes.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 11, 2014
    Publication date: December 11, 2014
    Inventors: Richard Smith, Stephen M. Wood
  • Patent number: 8875901
    Abstract: A method and an apparatus for sorting mined material is based on using a range of options for sensing multiple properties of a mined material on a fragment by fragment basis and then analyzing the multiple types of data and making decisions about the classification of each fragment and then sorting the fragment based on the analysis. The multiple sensing options include the response of the fragments to electromagnetic radiation. Other sensing options may include sensors that look at the response of fragments of a mined material to an acoustic wave or a magnetic field or optical sensors that evaluate texture or other surface characteristics of fragments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2014
    Assignee: Technological Resources Pty. Ltd.
    Inventors: Grant Ashley Wellwood, Christopher Geoffrey Goodes
  • Publication number: 20140299522
    Abstract: There is provided a particle sorting apparatus, including: an excited light irradiating unit for irradiating an excited light to particles flowing through a flow path; a light irradiating unit for detecting a speed for irradiating a light for detecting a speed to the particles at a position different from the excited light; a light detecting unit for detecting a light emitted from the particles; a calculating unit of an arrival time for individually calculating an arrival time of each particle at a sorting unit being communicating with the flow path from a detection time difference between the light derived from the excited light and the light derived from the light for detecting a speed; and a sorting control unit for controlling sorting of the particles, and a method thereof.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 24, 2014
    Publication date: October 9, 2014
    Applicant: Sony Corporation
    Inventor: Tatsumi ITO
  • Patent number: 8841570
    Abstract: A nondestructive system and method for aflatoxin detection based on red-orange fluorescence is described. A sorting plane is illuminated with a wide band black light source. At least one image of unsorted produce on said sorting plane is obtained. A red component of the at least one image is evaluated. Contaminated produce is determined based on the red component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 23, 2014
    Assignee: Paramount Farms International LLC
    Inventor: Mike Vasilescu
  • Publication number: 20140262979
    Abstract: A tray engine includes a vertical drive column, a rotation mechanism for rotating the vertical drive column, and an end effector attached to the vertical drive column. The end effector includes an end effector base attached to the vertical drive column. The end effector further includes a slide attached to the end effector base to support a tray, when present. The slide enables the tray to slide along a length of the end effector base. The tray engine includes a drive mechanism attached to the end effector base for moving along the length of the end effector base to enable the tray, when present, to slide linearly along the length and load or unload the tray to or from the slide.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Inventors: Anthony C. Bonora, Brian Compian, Jeff P. Henderson, Robert W. Carlson
  • Publication number: 20140251879
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for sorting particles moving through a closed channel system of capillary size comprises a bubble valve for selectively generating a pressure pulse to separate a particle having a predetermined characteristic from a stream of particles. The particle sorting system may further include a buffer for absorbing the pressure pulse. The particle sorting system may include a plurality of closely coupled sorting modules which are combined to further increase the sorting rate. The particle sorting system may comprise a multi-stage sorting device for serially sorting streams of particles, in order to decrease the error rate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 19, 2014
    Publication date: September 11, 2014
    Applicant: CYTONOME/ST, LLC
    Inventors: Manish Deshpande, John R. Gilbert
  • Patent number: 8820534
    Abstract: Method and system for processing of meat trim products, where trim products are supplied as a sequence of collections of trim (COTs), each collection of trim (COT) comprising a plurality of trim products, whereby a fat/meat relationship for a collection of trim (COT) is measured, a collection of trim (COT) is transferred to a selected station by a separator, controlled by a controller, and whereby a batch is completed at a selected station on the basis of data for said fat/meat relationship, said batch comprising one or more collections of trim (COTs) and fulfilling a predetermined criterion regarding a total fat/meat relationship.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2014
    Assignee: Marel HF
    Inventors: Brynjolfur Thorsson, Vidar Erlingsson, Saevar Gardarsson
  • Patent number: 8803020
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method and an apparatus for detecting leaded pieces of glass in a single-layer material flow of objects composed predominantly of waste glass, with the objects being irradiated with substantially monochromatic UV light (3) and the fluorescent light resulting therefrom being detected. It is provided therein that the object is additionally irradiated with visible or infrared light (4); the transmission light of the visible or infrared light (4) is detected after the passage through the object; and an object is defined as containing lead if both the fluorescent light for at least one predetermined wavelength range corresponding to the fluorescence of leaded glasses is present in a predetermined intensity range and also transmission light in a predetermined intensity range with an intensity of larger zero.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2014
    Assignee: Binder + Co AG
    Inventors: Reinhold Huber, Karl Leitner
  • Patent number: 8752709
    Abstract: A method of sorting mined material to separate the mined material into at least two categories is disclosed. The method comprises exposing particles of the mined material to microwave energy and heating the particles depending on the susceptibility of the material in the particles. The method also comprises thermally analyzing the particles using the temperatures of the particles as a basis for the analysis to indicate composition differences between particles and then sorting the particles on the basis of the results of the thermal analysis. The method also comprises compensating for temperature variations in the mined material that is supplied to the method.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 17, 2014
    Assignee: Technological Resources Pty. Limited
    Inventors: Damien Harding, Grant Wellwood
  • Publication number: 20140132755
    Abstract: A machine vision system for automatically identifying and inspecting objects is disclosed, including composable vision-based recognition modules and a decision algorithm to perform the final determination on object type and quality. This vision system has been used to develop a Projectile Identification System and an Automated Tactical Ammunition Classification System. The technology can be used to create numerous other inspection and automated identification systems.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 24, 2014
    Publication date: May 15, 2014
    Applicant: CYBERNET SYSTEMS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Glenn J. Beach, Gary Moody, James Burkowski, Charles J. Jacobus
  • Patent number: 8706290
    Abstract: A method for transporting a set of items includes predetermining a destination point for each item of the set and for each further item which passes through the sorting system, generating for each item a current image of the item from a predetermined viewing direction, determining the predetermined destination point of the item, and initiating a transport of the item to the destination point. The method includes further transmitting a computer-readable description of the set to a data processing system which is connected to the sorting system. The description includes a reference image of the item from the viewing direction. For each item which passes through the sorting system, the method includes automatically deciding by the data processing system whether or not the item belongs to the set, wherein the data processing system compares the generated current image of the item with the reference image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2014
    Assignee: Siemens Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventor: Michael Zettler