Reflected From Item Patents (Class 209/587)
  • Patent number: 10018528
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a process and a device (1) to test the sealing of cork stoppers (R). The device (1) comprises a partitioning mechanism dividing a chamber in two compartments (8a, 8b). The partitioning mechanism comprises: an adjustable insulator (9) configured to hermetically seal a central part of the stopper (R) from the outside environment and simultaneously to arrange each end of the stopper (R) in one of the compartments (8a, 8b); and an insulator actuation member (10) to arrange the insulator (9) on the central part of the stopper (R). The device farther comprises a block (11a) for closing the compartment (8a); an inlet (12) connected to a test fluid source, the source arranged in the block (11a), and a detection member (13) connected to the same block (11a). The present invention finds application in the field of cork stopper production and in the cork industry in general.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2018
    Assignee: AMORIM CORK RESEARCH & SERVICES, LDA
    Inventors: Luis Filipe Peixoto Machado Da Silva, Nuno Duarte de Figueiredo Seabra Amador
  • Patent number: 9789518
    Abstract: A fruits sorting apparatus includes: a conveyance device configured to convey a plurality of charged fruits from a detection area located on an upstream side to a sorting area disposed on a downstream side; an imaging device configured to photograph the fruits in the detection area of the conveyance device; a processor configured to detect a rotten fruit and a nonstandard fruit having an irregular shape or size based on images of the fruits and vegetables imaged by the imaging device; and a robot configured to pick up the rotten fruit and the nonstandard fruit detected by the processor in the sorting area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2017
    Assignee: Nireco Corporation
    Inventor: Nobusuke Iino
  • Patent number: 9734569
    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: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2017
    Assignee: Cybernet Systems Corp.
    Inventors: Glenn J. Beach, Gary Moody, James Burkowski, Charles J. Jacobus
  • Patent number: 9669999
    Abstract: A transmission and positioning mechanism includes a guiding assembly, a driving assembly and a positioning assembly. The guiding assembly includes two sliding rails, a transmission belt, a plurality of sliding members. The sliding members are slidably disposed on the sliding rails. The positioning assembly includes a transmission rod, a positioning rod connected to the transmission rod, a positioning block sleeved on the positioning rod, a driving rod sleeved on the transmission rod. The driving rod defines a spiral slots and at least one limiting slot. The driving assembly is connected to the positioning assembly and rotates the transmission rod, the positioning rod and the driving rod, the spiral slot engages one of the plurality of the sliding members to move other sliding members to the at least one limiting slot and the positioning blocks, and the at least one limiting slot and the positioning blocks latch the sliding members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2017
    Assignees: SHENZHEN FUTAIHONG PRECISION INDUSTRY CO., LTD., FIH (HONG KONG) LIMITED
    Inventors: Jie Gao, Li-Chi Zhu, Bing Yu, Jian-Ping Jin
  • Patent number: 9554098
    Abstract: A computer-implemented method and a control system are described for controlling operations involving residue. The method and system include analyzing residue on an agricultural field. A first image is captured with an image sensor of an area of the field that is ahead of or behind the implement. The first image is analyzed to determine an indicator of residue coverage on the field. A subsequent operation on the field is executed, one or more aspects of which are controlled based upon the determined indicator of residue coverage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2017
    Assignee: Deere & Company
    Inventors: Robert T. Casper, Ricky B. Theilen, John M. Schweitzer
  • Patent number: 9511944
    Abstract: An automated apparatus and method for collecting and dispensing rejected cards in a tray in a card attaching system. Sheets are transported on a moving belt. Cards are fed from a feeder above the moving belt. Cards are deposited onto the sheets. When a card rejection condition is detected, a rejected card is diverted and deposited in a tray having a sloped chute. The sloped chute extends down to a lower position beyond an outside edge of the moving belt. To facilitate movement down the chute, the tray is vibrated. This vibration is accomplished by supporting the tray on a roller assembly that rolls on a surface of the moving belt as it passes under the sloped chute. The roller is non-circular or of an eccentric configuration, such that the axis of the roller will experience a vertical displacement as the roller rotates, jogging the tray.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2016
    Assignee: Pitney Bowes Inc.
    Inventors: Carlos L. DeFigueiredo, John R. Masotta
  • Patent number: 9412099
    Abstract: A retail checkout system includes a camera, a database, a processor, and a memory. The camera outputs an image of a purchase item. The database contains features of known items. The processor performs operations to extract features of the purchase item from the image of the purchase item, and identifies matches between the features of the purchase item and the features of known items. The processor identifies a group of candidate items among the known items responsive to insufficient matches between the features of the purchase item and the features of any one of the known items. The processor displays information identifying the candidate items, receives a command selecting one of the candidate items as matching the purchase item, and adjusts information in the database that defines the features of the selected one of the candidate items based on the features of the purchase item.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2016
    Assignee: CA, Inc.
    Inventor: David S. Tyree
  • Patent number: 9377480
    Abstract: A specimen storage device capable of easily identifying a specific specimen plate stored in a rack is proposed. The specimen storage device for storing a tested specimen plate in a rack capable of storing a plurality of specimen plates, the specimen storage device including specimen storage section configured to store the specimen plate in the rack, and a control section configured to control the specimen storage section to store a specific specimen plate, whose test result satisfies a predetermined condition, in the rack in a manner distinguishable from a one or more specimen plate, whose test result does not satisfy the predetermined condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2016
    Assignee: SYSMEX CORPORATION
    Inventor: Tomoyuki Asahara
  • Patent number: 9159045
    Abstract: Disclosed are various embodiments of systems and methods for receiving shipment parcels at, for example, materials handling facilities. In some embodiments, a parcel monitoring system detects an exception for a shipment parcel. The parcel monitoring system identifies a vendor associated with the shipment parcel. In response to the exception being detected, the parcel monitoring system controls a conveyor system in accordance with an action specified by an exception handling rule for the vendor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2015
    Assignee: AMAZON TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: Eric C. Young, Devesh Mishra, Timothy Jesse Tien, Jun Zhao, Sameer Vinod Shah, Zongyi Liu
  • Patent number: 9024223
    Abstract: An optical type granule sorting machine is provided which allows a sensitivity setting to be easily performed by effectively utilizing RGB three-dimensional color space information similar to information obtained via human eyes and which enables signal processing to be substantially simplified.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2015
    Assignee: Satake Corporation
    Inventors: Tomoyuki Miyamoto, Hideaki Ishizu, Yoshikazu Tateishi, Masazumi Hara
  • Patent number: 9024224
    Abstract: The present invention provides a brominated flame retardant determining method that determines whether or not a brominated flame retardant is contained in a determination target object by emitting light to the determination target object composed of resin, receiving reflected light from the determination target object emitted with the light, calculating an absorption spectrum of the determination target object based on the reflected light, and determining whether or not a brominated flame retardant is contained in the determination target object in the absorption spectrum, based on an absorption spectrum in a wavelength band of 1.40 ?m or more and 2.50 ?m or less.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2015
    Assignee: Panasonic Intellectual Property Management Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kenichiro Mase, Sadafumi Oota, Masatoshi Miyasaka
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Patent number: 8965564
    Abstract: In various embodiments, the present invention comprises associating a marker with at least some of the seeds containing a genetic element of interest of the bulk sample, exciting the seeds using an photonic emitting device, evaluating at least some of the seeds of the bulk sample for the presence or absence of the marker, and sorting the seeds containing a genetic element of interest based on the presence or absence of the marker. In various other embodiments, the method may comprise associating a red fluorescent protein marker with at least some of the seeds containing a genetic element of interest of the bulk sample, evaluating at least some of the seeds of the bulk sample for the presence of the red fluorescent protein marker using an evaluating device, and sorting the seeds containing a genetic element of interest based on the presence of the red fluorescent protein marker.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: Pioneer Hi Bred International Inc
    Inventors: Steven M. Becker, Steven J. Corak, James L. Hunter, Gary L. Jaehnel, Hugh Lu, James W. Stevenson
  • Patent number: 8927892
    Abstract: Rare Earth downconverting compositions for optical encoding objects and related methods and apparatuses. The rare earth (RE) downconverting phosphor compositions are capable of generating a unique optical spectrum or unique optical signature from which an optical code or barcode can be derived. In one exemplary embodiment, the RE downconverting phosphor composition may contain two or more lanthanide materials each having a host and at least one downconverting emitter. Each lanthanide material emits a detectable electromagnetic radiation emission peak at an intensity, which is proportional to the amount of emitter present, upon excitation with an absorbable electromagnetic radiation, the emitted radiation comprising a lower energy, i.e., a longer wavelength than the absorbable radiation. One or more ratios of the intensities of the emitted detectable electromagnetic radiation may be used to uniquely identify the composition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2005
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2015
    Assignee: Parallel Synthesis Technologies
    Inventors: Robert W. Haushalter, Robert C. Haushalter
  • Patent number: 8927891
    Abstract: A digital versatile disc (DVD) rental kiosk comprises a mechanism whereby the quality of DVDs is assessed on their return to the kiosk following rental. Any DVD that shows signs of damage, or otherwise considered have a poor playback quality, is placed in a quarantine area and is thereby prevented from being issued to a future customer. A method of assessing the quality of returned DVDs is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2015
    Assignee: NCR Corporation
    Inventors: John P. Garringer, Sean P. Harte
  • Publication number: 20140346097
    Abstract: A high-speed method and system for inspecting a stream of parts using at least one transparent traveling carrier of a conveyor subsystem are provided. The subsystem has a forward reach and a return reach. The method includes controllably receiving a stream of parts in rapid succession on the at least one traveling carrier and utilizing the subsystem to transfer the stream of parts in rapid succession to a part inspection station. The bottom surface of each part is illuminated through its traveling carrier with radiant energy when the part is located at the inspection station to generate reflected radiation signals which travel through its traveling carrier. A bottom image of each illuminated bottom surface is formed from the reflected radiation signals at an imaging location between the forward and return reaches at the inspection station. The bottom images are detected at the imaging location.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 1, 2014
    Publication date: November 27, 2014
    Inventors: Nathan Andrew-Paul Kujacznski, James W. St. Onge, Michael G. Nygaard
  • Publication number: 20140346094
    Abstract: High-speed, triangulation-based, 3-D method and system for inspecting manufactured parts and sorting the inspection parts are provided. A plurality of angularly-spaced, triangulation-based, sensor heads are located at an imaging station to simultaneously deliver focused lines of radiation onto a plurality of exterior side surfaces of the part during motion of the part relative to the focused lines to obtain corresponding arrays of reflected lines of radiation. The sensor heads simultaneously sense their corresponding arrays of reflected lines to obtain corresponding sets of 2-D profile signals. Each set of profile signals represent a 3-D view of one of the exterior side surfaces and the sets of 2-D profile signals represent a 360° panoramic composite 3-D view of the outer peripheral surface of the part.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 24, 2013
    Publication date: November 27, 2014
    Inventor: Michael G. Nygaard
  • Publication number: 20140346095
    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: Application
    Filed: March 21, 2014
    Publication date: November 27, 2014
    Applicant: GII ACQUISITION, LLC dba GENERAL INSPECTION, LLC
    Inventors: Nathan Andrew-Paul KUJACZNSKI, Michael G. Nygaard
  • Publication number: 20140299523
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are methods to improve detection of PET polymer materials within a waste material to be sorted. The methods disclosed allow for municipal solid waste to be separated so that PET polymer materials, including those containing liquids, are separated for recycling, or other purposes. PET polymer materials, such as water bottles which have been disposed of while still containing liquid may now be separated by the enhanced methods disclosed herein.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 21, 2013
    Publication date: October 9, 2014
    Applicant: National Recovery Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: Edward J. Sommer, JR.
  • Publication number: 20140299524
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are methods to improve detection of PET polymer materials within a waste material to be sorted. The methods disclosed allow for municipal solid waste to be separated so that PET polymer materials, including those containing liquids, are separated for recycling, or other purposes. PET polymer materials, such as water bottles which have been disposed of while still containing liquid may now be separated by the enhanced methods disclosed herein.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 22, 2013
    Publication date: October 9, 2014
    Applicant: National Recovery Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: Edward J. Sommer, JR.
  • Publication number: 20140284255
    Abstract: A sorting and inspection apparatus comprising a feed system for delivering a product stream sequentially through an imaging zone and a sorting zone, at least one tight source for illuminating a product at the imaging zone, at least one optical sensor and detector circuit for viewing at least a portion of the illuminated product at the imaging zone, for collecting viewed data, for determining a condition of that at least portion of the illuminated product from the viewed data and then for outputting a signal dependent upon the determined condition of that at least portion of the illuminated product, and at least one ejector for ejecting product at the sorting zone dependent upon the output signal. The imaging zone comprises at least two sensor zones, sequentially arranged one after another in a direction of the product stream.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 28, 2012
    Publication date: September 25, 2014
    Applicant: BUHLER SORTEX LTD.
    Inventor: Anthony Hug
  • 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: 20140262966
    Abstract: A system for detecting oil contaminated product and foreign matter within a product stream is provided. The system includes a first conveying means for delivering a product stream; a first detection apparatus for detecting oil contaminated product, the first detection apparatus positioned proximate the product stream, the first detection apparatus including a high intensity infrared light source directed at the product stream; and a high speed NIR spectrometer sensor tuned to detect a reflected signal from a taggant disposed in the oil of the oil contaminated product; a second detection apparatus for detecting foreign matter within a product stream, the second detection apparatus positioned proximate the product stream, the second detection apparatus including a light source for illuminating the product stream and a detector for detecting light reflected from the product stream; and a controller for determining whether the product stream contains oil contaminated product or foreign matter.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Inventor: Edmond J. Cadieux, JR.
  • Publication number: 20140260104
    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: Application
    Filed: June 2, 2014
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: Ackley Machine Corporation
    Inventors: E. Michael ACKLEY, Mark FORD
  • Patent number: 8809718
    Abstract: A wire sorting system identifies and sorts wire from mixed electronic waste solely by the shape of the wire. A digital image of a stream of articles is created, and the image data may be processed using a Gabor filter technique to identify elongated narrow objects such as wire.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2014
    Assignee: MSS, Inc.
    Inventors: Arthur G. Doak, Mitchell Gregg Roe
  • Patent number: 8812149
    Abstract: A system is provided for identifying at least one physical characteristic of items in a stream of items moving along a path through an inspection zone, and for separating items from the stream of items based upon the at least one physical characteristic. The system includes a movable transversely scanning mirror arranged to reflect electromagnetic energy from the inspection zone onto an array of detectors. The detectors of the array are arranged to sequentially receive electromagnetic energy so that on each transverse scan of the mirror for any given sub-zone within the inspection zone the detectors of the array receive electromagnetic energy reflected from the mirror at different times. The controller is then operable to correlate input signals from the various detectors corresponding to detected levels of electromagnetic energy received at different times from each given sub-zone within the inspection zone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2014
    Assignee: MSS, Inc.
    Inventor: Arthur G. Doak
  • Patent number: 8786865
    Abstract: Provided is an asperity detection device for a can which does not need an additional conveyance device for inspection, reduces increased inspection costs, and allows for quick detection of defective merchandise while conveying the can.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2014
    Assignee: Universal Can Corporation
    Inventor: Tadafumi Hirano
  • Patent number: 8731709
    Abstract: A sample processing apparatus comprising: a plurality of sample processing units, each processing a sample contained in a sample container; a transport apparatus that transports a sample rack holding a sample container to at least any one of the plurality of sample processing units; a rack feeding section that receives a sample rack and feeds the received sample rack to a transport line of the transport apparatus; and a controller configured to instruct the transport apparatus, according to a quantity of sample racks received by the rack feeding section, to transport a sample rack fed by the rack feeding section to either (a) a sample processing unit which can accept a subsequent sample rack more rapidly than any other sample processing unit or (b) a sample processing unit having a lower processing load than any other sample processing unit. Also, a sample rack transporting method.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2014
    Assignee: Sysmex Corporation
    Inventors: Hiroo Tatsutani, Tomoyuki Asahara, Nobuyoshi Yamakawa
  • Patent number: 8711401
    Abstract: Systems and methods are described that facilitate sorting used printed sheets of paper or other media, identifying reusable pages (i.e., pages without print on one or both sides), and outputting the reusable pages for reuse. If print is detected on one side of a used page, a security or interference pattern, or a blackout pattern, is printed over the detected print (e.g., text or the like) to conceal or obscure the print to render it illegible. In this manner, potentially sensitive or confidential information is concealed, and the reusable pages are output for use in a user-selected application (e.g., label printing, etc.) while ensuring that confidential information is obscured.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2014
    Assignee: Xerox Corporation
    Inventor: Veena Kumari Saluja
  • Patent number: 8692148
    Abstract: The present invention discloses a container sorting system capable of increased sorting efficiency. The present invention discloses a device in which the distance is shortened between detection and ejection of containers being sorted by reflective infrared radiation, transmission infrared radiation, or both. The present invention also includes a method of operating such device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 8, 2014
    Assignee: National Recovery Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Edward J. Sommer, Jr., R. Lynn Conley, Robert H. Parrish
  • Publication number: 20140054204
    Abstract: A device for obtaining a material from a mixed fraction (including particles of a desired material and particles of another material with different optical properties) has a first sorting apparatus and at least two further sorting apparatuses below the first sorting apparatus. From the first sorting apparatus, a major fraction is introduced into a first further sorting apparatus and purified further there, while a minor fraction is passed into a second further sorting apparatus and processed further there.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 1, 2013
    Publication date: February 27, 2014
    Applicant: Buhler Thermal Processes AG
    Inventor: Andreas Christel
  • Publication number: 20130277284
    Abstract: A sorting apparatus is described, and which includes a conveyor which transports a produce stream for inspection. The conveyor has various regions formed in part of ridges, troughs and apertures which reduce the weight of the produce stream, as well as reduces the vertical and horizontal components of motion of the produce stream, as the produce stream progresses from one end to the other.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 24, 2012
    Publication date: October 24, 2013
    Inventors: Peter T. Jones, Brandon T. Hall, David W. Hufford, Timothy L. Justice, Tracy L. McGowen, Gerald R. Richert, Roydan T. Tomlinson, Jean Francois Pellet
  • Publication number: 20130206651
    Abstract: A method for sorting out interfering objects (2) in a material stream (13) consisting of acceptable material (1), preferably cullet, wherein during a sorting process the interfering objects (2) and the acceptable material (1) are respectively sorted in at least one separate room area or container, preferably a shaft (9, 10). In order to achieve high degrees of purity with low loss of acceptable material and to simultaneously avoid the use of high fluid blowout pressures and quantities, it is provided that the material stream (13) is continuously subjected during a sorting process to a fluid stream, preferably consisting of compressed air, having a blowing pressure, wherein the fluid stream is interrupted temporally and/or locally depending on a detection result of a detection device (14), which detects the interfering objects in the material stream (13).
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 20, 2011
    Publication date: August 15, 2013
    Applicant: BINDER + CO AG
    Inventor: Reinhold Huber
  • Publication number: 20130168301
    Abstract: An apparatus and a method for sorting particles into quality classes are disclosed. The apparatus comprises a measurement device (400) for determining at least one analytical property of said particles. A transport device (300) transports the particles past the measurement device. A sorting device (500) is operatively coupled to the measurement device and sorts the particles into at least two quality classes based on the analytical property. To achieve rapid and reliable transport, the transport device comprises a transport surface (310) configured to move in a transport direction. The transport surface has a plurality of perforations. The transport device further comprises a pump (130) for applying a pressure differential to these perforations, to cause particles fed to the transport device to be aspirated to the perforations and to be transported on the transport surface past the measurement device to the sorting device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 2, 2012
    Publication date: July 4, 2013
    Applicant: QUALYSENSE AG
    Inventors: Francesco Dell'Endice, Paolo D'alcini
  • Patent number: 8452445
    Abstract: A method for distinguishing and sorting seeds containing a genetic element of interest from a bulk sample. In various embodiments, the present invention comprises associating a marker with at least some of the seeds containing a genetic element of interest of the bulk sample, exciting the seeds using an photonic emitting device, evaluating at least some of the seeds of the bulk sample for the presence or absence of the marker, and sorting the seeds containing a genetic element of interest based on the presence or absence of the marker. In various other embodiments, the method may comprise associating a red fluorescent protein marker with at least some of the seeds containing a genetic element of interest of the bulk sample, evaluating at least some of the seeds of the bulk sample for the presence of the red fluorescent protein marker using an evaluating device, and sorting the seeds containing a genetic element of interest based on the presence of the red fluorescent protein marker.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2013
    Assignee: Pioneer Hi-Bred International, Inc.
    Inventors: Steven M. Becker, Steven J. Corak, Gary L. Jaehnel, Hugh Lu, Catherine Hunter, Catherine Stevenson
  • Publication number: 20130105365
    Abstract: A process for purifying plastic from a waste stream can include separating a waste stream into two or more mixtures of flakes with each mixture containing one or more plastic types and performing an automated sorting process on the first mixture to increase the weight percentage of a plastic family in the first mixture. The separation process can include at least one process selected from the group consisting of density separation, electrostatic sorting, froth flotation, and density differential alteration. Prior to the automated sorting process, the first mixture can include at least 80% by weight of one or more plastics from the plastic family.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 29, 2012
    Publication date: May 2, 2013
    Applicant: MBA POLYMERS, INC.
    Inventor: MBA Polymers, Inc.
  • Patent number: 8414392
    Abstract: A method for preventing repeating identification of card symbols. The method includes obtaining an environmental image of an identification zone as a reference sample before the game starts; a dealer dealing a poker card into the identification zone with the card image identified and continuously obtaining the current image of the identification zone; after the poker card is moved to a card display zone, comparing the current image with the reference sample. If the difference between the current image and the reference sample is smaller than an error allowance value, judging the poker card is fully removed from the identification zone, and proceeding dealing and identification process of next round. If the difference between the current image and the reference sample is greater than an error allowance value, judging the poker card is not fully removed from the identification zone, then the dealer can perform manual process as required.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2013
    Inventor: Tien-Shu Hsu
  • Publication number: 20130056398
    Abstract: The invention concerns an apparatus for sorting a stream of products, comprising a supply system for supplying the stream of products to a scanning zone, a background element positioned behind the scanning zone, at least one inspection unit comprising a scanning unit for illuminating the product stream along the entire width W of the stream of products, and a detection unit for capturing a zone of light returned by the products, the apparatus further comprising a reject system, the apparatus being characterized in that said background element comprises means to capture incident light and to direct it to detector means that is configured to convert said light into an electric signal. The invention equally concerns a method for sorting a stream of products.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 7, 2012
    Publication date: March 7, 2013
    Applicant: VISYS NV
    Inventors: Dirk ADAMS, Pieter OP DE BEECK
  • Patent number: 8373081
    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: May 31, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2013
    Assignee: Ackley Machine Corporation
    Inventors: E. Michael Ackley, Mark Ford
  • Publication number: 20120305456
    Abstract: The present invention provides a brominated flame retardant determining method that determines whether or not a brominated flame retardant is contained in a determination target object by emitting light to the determination target object composed of resin, receiving reflected light from the determination target object emitted with the light, calculating an absorption spectrum of the determination target object based on the reflected light, and determining whether or not a brominated flame retardant is contained in the determination target object in the absorption spectrum, based on an absorption spectrum in a wavelength band of 1.40 ?m or more and 2.50 ?m or less.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 16, 2011
    Publication date: December 6, 2012
    Applicant: PANASONIC CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kenichiro Mase, Sadafumi Oota, Masatoshi Miyasaka
  • Patent number: 8296230
    Abstract: Described is a method and system for a remote deposit system. The method comprises receiving facsimile data corresponding to facsimile of a plurality of checks, constructing digitized images of the checks as a function of the facsimile data, gathering check data from each of the digitized images, and processing the check data according to a check processing procedure to settle transactions referenced by each of the checks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2006
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2012
    Assignee: EFT Network, Inc.
    Inventors: Steven Davis, Stephen A. Schutze
  • Patent number: 8283589
    Abstract: A sorting apparatus is described and which includes an inspection station; a multiplicity of electromagnetic radiation emitters and detectors; an optical filter which is positioned in front of the electromagnetic radiation detectors, and which passes electromagnetic radiation having a given polarization; an ejector assembly positioned downstream from the inspection station for removing defective objects of interest which are identified; and a computer/controller for selectively energizing the electromagnetic radiation emitter, and detector, and rendering the ejector assembly operational to remove defective objects of interest, from a stream of objects of interest which have passed through an inspection station.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2012
    Assignee: Key Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Carlo Janssens, Geert Milis, Johan Calcoen
  • Patent number: 8269958
    Abstract: A pellet-shaped article inspection unit is structured for use with a conveyer mechanism having a plurality of carrier bars, each carrier bar being structured to convey a plurality of pellet-shaped articles along a predetermined path. The article inspection unit includes a first camera unit positioned adjacent a first side of the conveyer mechanism, to sense a first predetermined characteristic, e.g., laser holes. A removal mechanism, downstream from the first camera unit, is structured to remove or maintain at least a selected one of the plurality of pellet-shaped articles from at least a selected one of the plurality of carrier bars depending on whether the first predetermined characteristic is sensed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2012
    Assignee: Ackley Machine Corporation
    Inventors: E. Michael Ackley, Jr., Daniel J. Palmer
  • Publication number: 20120228199
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for evaluating and sorting seeds based on characteristics of the seeds. One system includes an imaging and analysis subsystem that collects image data from the seeds and analyzes the collected image data for characteristics of the seeds. This subsystem can include an imaging theater having minors that reflect image data from the seeds to an imaging device for collection. The system can also include an off-loading and sorting subsystem configured to sort the seeds based on their characteristics. And, one method includes illuminating the seeds and collecting image data from the seeds for determining their characteristics. The image data can be collected from at least three portions of the seeds at each of a plurality of sequentially changing spectral wavelengths. In addition (or alternatively), the image data can be collected from top and bottom portions of the seeds using a single imaging device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 25, 2012
    Publication date: September 13, 2012
    Applicant: MONSANTO TECHNOLOGY LLC
    Inventors: Steven H. Modiano, Kevin L. Deppermann, James Crain, Sam R. Eathington, Mike Graham
  • Patent number: 8227719
    Abstract: Fusarium infected grain is separated by comparing reflected and transmitted light at two wavelengths, one at which the light is substantially reflected and scattered the same by healthy and infected kernels, the other at which the light is reflected and scattered to a significantly greater degree by infected than healthy kernels. An apparatus having a rotating apertured cylinder, with a low internal vacuum, allows comparison of individual kernels. When comparison indicates that a kernel is infected, a lever dislodges it from the cylinder allowing it to fall into a receptacle for infected kernels. Kernels remaining on the cylinder are scraped off to fall into a receptacle for healthy kernels. Although results vary, to some extent depending on the degree of infection, approximately 90% of healthy kernels and 5% of infected kernels are deemed “healthy”, while approximately 10% of healthy kernels and 95% of infected kernels are deemed “infected,” reducing the level of infected kernels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2012
    Assignee: Spectrum Scientific Inc.
    Inventors: David A. Prystupa, Jennifer Powell, Matthew Allen, Chris Vogt
  • Publication number: 20120097583
    Abstract: The invention concerns a method for discerning and sorting suitable products in a product flow having a certain concentration of a component versus anomalous products having this component in an anomalous concentration, whereby a beam of light strikes these products, and the absorption of this beam of light by said component in the products is detected by measuring the intensity of the light reflected by the products at least at a wavelength or in at least a wavelength band which is situated between 900 nm and 2500 nm in order to generate a detection signal on the basis of said absorption, whereby a product will be identified as an anomalous product if said detection signal exceeds a threshold value.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 17, 2010
    Publication date: April 26, 2012
    Applicant: BEST 2, N.V.
    Inventors: Paul Berghmans, Christiaan Fivez, Johan Speybrouck
  • Publication number: 20120074047
    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: Application
    Filed: December 21, 2009
    Publication date: March 29, 2012
    Inventor: Benedict Deefholts
  • Publication number: 20110297590
    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: Application
    Filed: May 31, 2011
    Publication date: December 8, 2011
    Applicant: Ackley Machine Corporation
    Inventors: E. Michael ACKLEY, Mark Ford