Responsive To Weight Of Item Patents (Class 209/592)
  • Patent number: 10775277
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a system (110) and a method for sorting a plurality (112) of seed grains (114). The system (110) comprises an individualizing device (120), a sampling device (132) for introducing the individualized seed grain (114) into a measuring device (136) for the classification of the individualized seed grain (114), a receiving device (146, 200) for receiving the classified seed grain (114) and also a transporting device (118, 124, 134, 144, 152) for the at least partially pneumatic transport of the seed grain (114). The invention also relates to the sampling device (132), which comprises an outer tube (160) for receiving the sampling device (132) into the measuring device (136), a sample chamber (138) of the measuring device (136) being provided within a volume (164) of the outer tube (160).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignee: Universität Hohenheim
    Inventors: Albrecht Eugen Melchinger, Franz-Josef Mauch
  • Patent number: 10325074
    Abstract: Apparatus adapting to ambient environment and internal self-diagnostics operating within acceptance criteria, sustaining prescription medications within specifications, which in addition to conventional quality parameters include apparatus specific parameters, such as: combined weight of medication inside a container, and length of container. A control algorithm executed by apparatus sustaining operation within acceptance criteria. Apparatus including conveyor transport system configurable for vertical distribution of prescription medications between pharmacy and authorized user. Vertical configuration provides support for pharmacy to serve multi-story facility, such as a hospital. Automatic dispensing ensures high productivity and quality as only verified specification medications are dispensed to authorized customers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Inventor: Zachary Leonid Braunstein
  • Patent number: 10014562
    Abstract: Examples are disclosed herein that relate to identifying batteries of different chemistries such as in a battery recycling stream. One example provides a method for differentiating between batteries of different chemistries, the method comprising determining an expected mass of a sample of one or more batteries based upon an expected chemistry of the sample of one or more batteries, weighing the sample of one or more batteries to determine a sample mass, comparing the sample mass to the expected mass, and if the sample mass does not match the expected mass within a threshold range, then determining that the sample contains one or more batteries of a different chemistry than the expected chemistry.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Inventor: Steven E. Sloop
  • Patent number: 9382077
    Abstract: A control system for a conveyor system having one or more upstream and downstream conveyor zones and whose operation effectuates transportation of a series of loads via operation of motors and drive arrangements associated with the respective conveyor zones. The control system includes a Local Area Network (LAN) connection between each component of the control arrangement associated with each zone control such that status and operational information associated with the configuration or operation of each conveyor zone, including the zone motor, can be communicated to other conveyor zones so that operation of each conveyor zone can be manipulated in a controlled manner in response to changes to operation of other conveyor zones.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2016
    Assignee: Milwaukee Electronics Corporation
    Inventors: James Scholler, David V. Hall
  • Publication number: 20150076041
    Abstract: According to the embodiment, a sorting device has sensors, a feature extracting unit, a feature searching unit, a determining unit and a sorting unit. The sensors detect physical quantities of an object. The feature extracting unit extracts a plurality of types of feature values from the physical quantities detected. The feature searching unit specifies identification information of the object based on values of various feature values extracted, from a feature database which associates and stores the values of the various feature values and the identification information of the object. The determining unit determines sorting information of the object based on the identification information of the object specified, from a sorting database which associates and stores the identification information of the object and the sorting information. The sorting unit sorts the object based on the sorting information determined by the determining unit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 17, 2014
    Publication date: March 19, 2015
    Inventors: Bunpei Irie, Tomoyuki Hamamura, Masaya Maeda, Ying Piao, Yuka Watanabe, Kenji Baba
  • Patent number: 8869990
    Abstract: A method and system for the processing of items that are supplied to a batching apparatus, where the batching apparatus comprises at least one handling means of the robotic type. By means of the batching apparatus a first process is performed, according to which items are selectively batched in consideration of measured, detected and/or estimated data for the individual items and in consideration of at least one predefined criterion. Particular items are identified and led to another process, the particular items being items that are deviant in relation to one or more predefined parameter(s) relating to the batching and/or items that have not been selected to be batched during the first process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2014
    Assignee: Scanvaegt International A/S
    Inventors: Henrik F. Skyum, Svend Bækhøj Jensen, René Knudsen
  • Patent number: 8827066
    Abstract: Provided is a package automation apparatus including: a detection unit configured to detect package information of a package conveyed to a tray; a chute operation unit configured to operate a package loading chute so that the package is loaded on at least one of a plurality of sorting spaces formed at a pallet adjacent to the tray; and a control unit configured to transfer an operation control signal of the package loading chute to the chute operation unit so that the package is loaded on any one of the plurality of sorting spaces, based on the package information, in order to easily sort the package automatically.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2014
    Assignee: Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute
    Inventors: Young Won Kim, Dong Gil Na, Hoon Jung
  • Patent number: 8812146
    Abstract: Apparatus, method, and system for combining a plurality of items into a batch having a set number of items. Number of items are put together onto a production line to form a batch along with non-batch items which are not suitable for inclusion within the batch onto the production line. The batch is advanced on the production line as a partial batch without the non-batch item being added to it when a batch is not complete. A reminder batch is created after the non-batch items have been added to the production line and the remainder batch includes the number of items that must be added to the partial batch to make a full batch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2014
    Assignee: Marel Food System HF.
    Inventors: Hordur Einarsson, Arni Einarsson, Hrafnkell Eiriksson
  • Patent number: 8752712
    Abstract: An automated method is used to direct seeds to desired locations. The method includes isolating individual seeds from a plurality of seeds, for example, in a seed bin, and then measuring desired properties of the seeds. The measured properties are evaluated, and the seeds are then directed to desired locations, for example, based on the measured properties. The individual seeds are each contacted with a stream of air to move the seeds to the desired locations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 17, 2014
    Assignee: Monsanto Technology LLC
    Inventor: Kevin L. Deppermann
  • Patent number: 8685321
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides systems and methods for analyzing a plurality of samples of small objects. In various other embodiments, the system includes a staging console for supporting a plurality of sample trays. The system additionally includes a plurality of workstations that each includes a robotic container transfer subsystem for sequentially removing and replacing each of a plurality of sample containers arrayed in the sample trays, each sample container containing a sample of small objects. Each workstation additionally includes an automated analysis subsystem for sequentially receiving each container from the transfer subsystem, removing each sample from the respective container, acquiring data of each sample and returning each sample to the respective container. The system further includes a tray shuttle robot that distributes and retrieves the sample trays to and from the workstations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 1, 2014
    Assignee: Monsanto Technology LLC
    Inventors: Kevin L. Deppermann, Ping Feng, Matthew J. Weis
  • Publication number: 20140054205
    Abstract: An apparatus and method are provided for managing (e.g. sorting, orienting, arranging, and stacking, etc.) one or more utensils; the utensils having a first and second end that define a longitudinal axis. The utensil sorting apparatus comprises of a plurality of arms to which a mechanism for locating a utensil, one or mechanisms for identifying a utensil, a device for orienting a utensil, and a device for grasping a utensil are attached. The grasping mechanism is used to transport a utensil to various steps used in a sorting process with a final step being to place the utensil in a designated bin, or compartment. The utensils placed in a compartment are oriented such that the first end of each utensil is at the same end of a wall of the compartment. The apparatus can also be used to arrange and stack utensils in preparation for secondary operations.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 16, 2013
    Publication date: February 27, 2014
    Inventor: Greg Chaganos
  • Publication number: 20140027011
    Abstract: A system and method are provided for creating a precision blended seed product. A first seed group is received in a first seed hopper and transferred to a first automated metering device. A second seed group is received in a second seed hopper and transferred to a second automated metering device. A controlled portion of seed may then be metered from the first seed group with the first automated metering device and from the second seed group with the second automated metering device. The respective metered portions can then be combined together to create a precision blended seed product that includes a predetermined portion of the first seed group and a predetermined portion of the second seed group. In addition, a system and method are provided for separating two or more seed groups from a blended seed product, for example, to test one or both components and replace bad seed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 6, 2011
    Publication date: January 30, 2014
    Applicant: PIONEER HI BRED INTERNATIONAL INC
    Inventors: John R. Bahr, Christopher Baszczynski, William A. Belzer, Thomas R. Bockhaus, Paula Marie Davis, Terry L. Garner, Laura S. Higgins, Gary S. Nehmer, Gerald A. Vlach
  • Publication number: 20130248425
    Abstract: The invention relates to a fish sorting device, comprising a weighing compartment which is designed to receive a single fish, a weighing device which is coupled mechanically to the weighing compartment and is designed to sense the weight exerted on the weighing compartment by the fish.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 14, 2011
    Publication date: September 26, 2013
    Inventor: Sven Kunnen
  • Publication number: 20130199971
    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: Application
    Filed: May 9, 2011
    Publication date: August 8, 2013
    Applicant: MAREL HF
    Inventors: Brynjolfur Thorsson, Vidar Erlingsson, Saevar Gardarsson
  • Patent number: 8469201
    Abstract: An image forming system includes an SSP unit (sorting guide portion and envelope chuck portion) that functions as an enclosing unit or an enclosing device to enclose, in envelopes, paper on which an image is formed by a copy machine functioning as an image forming device, a weight measuring device that includes a load cell to measure the weight of the paper-enclosed envelopes, and a sorting device that sorts the paper-enclosed envelopes, on the basis of weight data of each of the paper-enclosed envelopes of which the weight is measured by the weight measuring device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2013
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Limited
    Inventors: Takeshi Sasaki, Kiichiroh Gotoh, Junichi Iida, Masahiro Tamura, Satoshi Saito, Ikuhisa Okamoto, Junichi Tokita, Shingo Matsushita, Takahiro Watanabe, Akira Kunieda
  • Patent number: 8459466
    Abstract: Systems and methods for sorting a plurality of recyclable items in a single-stream materials recovery facility (SSMRF) are provided. In some embodiments, a system includes an infeed conveying system, a fiber transfer conveyor, a container transfer conveyor, and a glass sorting and conveying system. The system further includes a controller configured to obtain total weight and volume of recyclable items at the infeed conveying system. The controller estimates a percent weight of fiber items and a percent weight of non-fiber items relative to the total weight. Based on the estimates, the controller controls speed of at least one of the infeed conveying system, the fiber transfer conveyor, the container transfer conveyor, and the glass sorting and conveying system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2013
    Assignee: Re Community Energy, LLC
    Inventors: Sean P. Duffy, S. Graham Stevens
  • Patent number: 8350164
    Abstract: A weighing device for detecting the weight of capsules quickly including at least a hopper, an upper passageway including a discharge gate at the lower part thereof, a pushing structure, a transport wheel including a storage chamber, a discharging structure, a weighting platform, and a lower passageway. When the storage chamber of the transport wheel rotates to cooperate with the discharge gate, a capsule is pushed into the storage chamber by the pushing structure. When the storage chamber rotates to the lowest point of the transport wheel, the capsule in the storage chamber is pushed by the discharging structure and thus falls into the weighing platform disposed below the storage chamber. The weighting platform weighs the capsule and evaluates whether the capsule is up to standard. The device has high weighing efficiency.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Shanghai Hengyi Pharmaceutical Equipment Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Huyu Wang
  • Patent number: 8322537
    Abstract: A food handling system having a vacancy reduction system. The vacancy reduction system includes the main conveyor, a food product parking station, a vacancy detector, a robot, and a controller. The vacancy detector is configured to detect a vacant food product position on the main conveyor. The robot has a working range for moving between the parking station and the main conveyor. The controller is signal-connected to the vacancy detector. The controller is configured to receive a signal from the vacancy detector indicating a vacant food product position on the conveyor. The controller is signal-connected to the robot and has control instructions for instructing the robot to move the food product from the food product parking station to the vacant food product position on the main conveyor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2012
    Assignee: Formax, Inc.
    Inventor: Scott Lindee
  • Patent number: 8281935
    Abstract: An automated machine is used to handle and manipulate individual pieces of particulate matter. The particulate matter is contained in a bin. The machine operates to pick single individual pieces of the particulate matter from the bin. The picked individual pieces are then conveyed for further handling. Pneumatic transport is primarily used for the conveying operation. One aspect of the handling involves individually weighing each piece of the picked particulate matters. Another aspect of the handling involves sorting the individual pieces of particulate matter into a plurality of receptacles. Yet another aspect of the handling involves both weighing and then sorting the individual pieces of particulate matter, wherein the sorting operation may be performed based upon the measured weight of each piece.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2012
    Assignee: Monsanto Technology LLC
    Inventor: Kevin L. Deppermann
  • Patent number: 8283588
    Abstract: A process is provided for analyzing the physical characteristics of flat articles being sorted to determine which downstream operations the articles should be processed with next. Length, height, width and stiffness information are received from sensors, and the data is analyzed to determine if the mail piece is automation compatible, extended capability or manual letter, or a flat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2012
    Assignee: Siemens Industry, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael O. Norris, James B. Amigh
  • Patent number: 8240461
    Abstract: A bolt supply apparatus (1) recognizes images of bolts conveyed by a conveyor (22) using a camera (24) and feeds the recognized bolts to a next operation step using a robot (26). Bolts to be conveyed from a hopper (10) through a spiral feeder (14) are temporarily stored in a first storage box (16). Weight of the first storage box (16) is measured by a first weight measuring device (18). When the first weight measuring device (18) measures a given weight, the bolts of the first storage box (16) are supplied to the conveyor (22).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2012
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Junya Asano, Yoichi Izawa, Takayuki Motojima, Katsumi Fujiwara
  • Patent number: 8222543
    Abstract: Method and system for batching of supplied objects in batches in such a manner that a batch fulfils predefined criteria as regards the number of objects, weight, orientation and/or type(s) of objects, wherein the weight of each object is determined the objects are transported by means for object transport, a selective transferral of the objects from said means for object transport to batching means is performed by means of a plurality of handlings means of the robot type in as a group or batch of objects is produced in consideration of said predefined criteria, and wherein said group or batch of objects is transported further on by means of means for batch transportation. Preferably, said means for batch transportation may comprise a plurality of conveyor means.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2012
    Assignee: Scanvaegt International A/S
    Inventors: Henrik Grundtvig, Mikael Krogh, Henrik F Skyum, Ulrich Carlin Nielsen
  • Patent number: 8158895
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method and a system for batching of supplied objects in batches in such a manner that a batch fulfills predefined criteria as regards for example the total weight range and optionally the number of objects, weight, orientation and/or type(s) of objects. A selective transferal of the objects from means for object transport to batching means is performed by means of one or more handling means of the robot type in as a batch of objects is produced in consideration of said predefined criteria. The batches are produced on said batching means that are moved around said one or more handling means of the robot type.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2012
    Assignee: Scanvaegt International A/S
    Inventors: Henrik Grundtvig, Henrik F. Skyum, Bjorn Heide Pedersen
  • Patent number: 8091712
    Abstract: A method and a computer program product for batching items are disclosed including the steps of: selecting a first item for a batch, analyzing the characteristics of the selected item, creating a profile of the selected item, and determining qualification criteria for forthcoming items. The qualification criteria for the forthcoming items based on the profile created from the first item selected for the batch with the analysis of the characteristics of an item based on one or more of the following: weighing the item, recording and processing an image of the item, for determining one or more of the following characteristics: the thickness of the item, the color of the item, and/or the shape of the item. The characteristics are used for creating a profile of the item.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2006
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2012
    Assignee: Marel Food Systems HF
    Inventor: Brynjolfur Thorsson
  • Publication number: 20110309005
    Abstract: Yarn package sorting conveyer systems and methods using multiple conveyers based on weights, colors or other characteristics of the packages or yarns. The system may include a first conveyer that serves as a timing belt, a second conveyer that serves as a weighing belt, and a third conveyer that serves as a sorting/exit belt, but fewer or more conveyers and alternative conveyer mechanisms may be used. The conveyers may be controlled by programmable logic controllers (PLCs) with touch screen interfaces or other suitable control mechanisms and systems.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 1, 2011
    Publication date: December 22, 2011
    Inventors: William Oscar Ingram, III, Alison Harper, Eddie Smith, Horace Eddie Bradley, JR.
  • Publication number: 20110266199
    Abstract: The present invention provides a device for sorting items according to at least one predetermined criterion. The device includes at least one conveyor for transporting an item along at least a portion of the device, a measuring until positioned in proximity to the conveyor for receiving the items from the conveyor, and at least one separation gate along a length of the at least conveyor that can be selectively actuated based on at least one predetermined criteria measured by the measuring unit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 28, 2010
    Publication date: November 3, 2011
    Inventors: Douglas Barnett, Ryan Foltz, Robert Jones, Frank J. Criscione, II, Oliver Hahn
  • Publication number: 20110192770
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for sorting mail and, in particular, to the route order sorting thereof. The method is characterized in that postcode addresses applied to the mailings are recorded before the sorting process to give route order sorting, on the basis of the recorded postcodes it is determined which address points have mail and, on arranging the address points, those address points for which there is not at least one mailing are suppressed. The invention further relates to a device suitable for both sorting mail by address and also for route order sorting of mail. The method and device are particularly suitable or the sorting of large and oversize letters.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 15, 2005
    Publication date: August 11, 2011
    Applicant: Deutsche Post AG
    Inventors: Peter Goertz, Bernhard Kehrbaum, Heinz-Jürgen Keen, Jochen Gülck, Mathias Sens, Dietmar Doll
  • Patent number: 7967149
    Abstract: This invention relates to an apparatus for grading food articles by building up portions based on at least one characteristic, e.g. number of food articles, or weight of food articles. A first conveyor conveys the articles along a closed-loop conveying path, where the conveyor has a number of article holders attached to the conveyor for holding and preserving the initial position of the food articles during the conveying. The exact position of the food articles in the article holders is determined. A processor in a combination with a removing means uses this exact position to control the releasing of the food articles from the article holders into pre-fixed locations the containers and in that way controls the location of the food articles in the containers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2011
    Assignee: Valka EHF
    Inventor: Hjálmarsson Helgi
  • Publication number: 20110108470
    Abstract: A weighing device for detecting the weight of capsules quickly including at least a hopper, an upper passageway including a discharge gate at the lower part thereof, a pushing structure, a transport wheel including a storage chamber, a discharging structure, a weighting platform, and a lower passageway. When the storage chamber of the transport wheel rotates to cooperate with the discharge gate, a capsule is pushed into the storage chamber by the pushing structure. When the storage chamber rotates to the lowest point of the transport wheel, the capsule in the storage chamber is pushed by the discharging structure and thus falls into the weighing platform disposed below the storage chamber. The weighting platform weighs the capsule and evaluates whether the capsule is up to standard. The device has high weighing efficiency.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 10, 2011
    Publication date: May 12, 2011
    Applicant: SHANGHAI HENGYI PHARMACEUTICAL EQUIPMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Huyu WANG
  • Patent number: 7934600
    Abstract: An automated machine is used to handle and manipulate individual pieces of particulate matter. The particulate matter is contained in a bin. The machine operates to pick single individual pieces of the particulate matter from the bin. The picked individual pieces are then conveyed for further handling. Pneumatic transport is primarily used for the conveying operation. One aspect of the handling involves individually weighing each piece of the picked particulate matters. Another aspect of the handling involves sorting the individual pieces of particulate matter into a plurality of receptacles. Yet another aspect of the handling involves both weighing and then sorting the individual pieces of particulate matter, wherein the sorting operation may be performed based upon the measured weight of each piece.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2011
    Assignee: Monsanto Technology LLC
    Inventor: Kevin L. Deppermann
  • Patent number: 7775373
    Abstract: Method and system for batching of supplied objects in batches using one or more robots and a plurality of conveyors in such a manner that a batch fulfils predefined criteria as regards the number of objects, weight, orientation and/or type(s) of objects.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2005
    Date of Patent: August 17, 2010
    Assignee: Scanvaegt International A/S
    Inventors: Henrik Grundtvig, Mikael Krogh, Henrik F. Skyum, Ulrich Carlin Nielsen
  • Publication number: 20090314692
    Abstract: Reprocessable medical devices that have been disposed of in a sharps container are recovered, disinfected or sterilized, sorted, and packed for reprocessing in a generally continuous process. In one embodiment, either a sharps container or at least a portion of its contents is successively and controllably conveyed, either manually or automatically, through a plurality of processing stations that are configured to perform different operations. The operations performed by the processing stations can include, for example, detecting and identifying contents, cleaning and disinfecting, opening the sharps containers, separating and sorting their contents, and disposal of contents that are non-reprocessable. Reprocessable medical devices can be sorted by type as they move along on a conveyor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 26, 2009
    Publication date: December 24, 2009
    Applicant: ClearMedical, Inc.
    Inventors: Gregg D. Bennett, Michael S. Kovacs
  • Publication number: 20090248591
    Abstract: A process to create a fungible global standard for diamonds and gemstones. The process involves grouping diamonds in an investment standard according to their gemological, proportional, optical and light behavior characteristics. Diamonds that conform to the investment grade standard are interchangeable within a specific size range according to an equivalent monetary bundling process. Diamonds subjected to the standard conform to a holistic set of gemological, proportional, optical and light characteristic requirements that enables diamonds to be classified into a extraordinarily homogeneous, visually indistinguishable and highly fungible group which can be used to create baskets of diamonds to form an index/benchmark for diamond pricing, financial instruments, and a standard that can be used for certifying diamonds as investment grade to insure quality.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 27, 2009
    Publication date: October 1, 2009
    Applicant: GEMSHARES LLC
    Inventors: Victor David Feldman, Sharon Karsten, Daniel Gramza, David W. So, Andrew J. Feldman
  • Publication number: 20090216368
    Abstract: The present invention provides a method and a system for increased efficiency during grading and/or batching. Partial batches are formed based on their characteristics and the fact that the items (1) forming a partial batch have appropriate and desired characteristics. The items (1) are then transported jointly to its destination where they form an intermediate or final batch. The present invention therefore provides a method for grading and batching items with increased efficiency. The method of the present invention is applicable to the devices and processing lines of modern item processing such as food processing lines and grading systems such as cabin grading etc.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 15, 2007
    Publication date: August 27, 2009
    Inventor: Brynjolfur Thorsson
  • Publication number: 20090164318
    Abstract: The recycle system is capable of motivating consumers to seriously separate wastes. The recycle system comprises: an identifying/measuring unit for identifying kinds of wastes and measuring amounts of the wastes; and a point providing unit for providing a point, which can be used for purchase instead of money, on the basis of the kinds and the amounts of the wastes, which have been identified and measured by the identifying/measuring unit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 18, 2008
    Publication date: June 25, 2009
    Inventor: Mamoru HAMA
  • Publication number: 20090120849
    Abstract: The invention concerns an apparatus for the weight-controlled assembly of products into a lot, including a delivery element (11) for delivering a plurality of unsorted products, a device (12) for separating the products, a removal element (13) for removing the separated products and a weighing device (14), which is distinguished by the fact that the device (12) includes several holding elements (18) and the weighing device (14) includes several elements (21) for weighing the separated products, each holding element (18) being assigned a element (21). Furthermore, the invention concerns a corresponding method.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 26, 2006
    Publication date: May 14, 2009
    Inventors: Michael Jurs, Andreas Holzhuter, Manfred Peters
  • Patent number: 7513371
    Abstract: The invention is an apparatus and method for on-line sorting of waste matter, at the entrance to a waste processing plant, according to the level of specific chemicals, typically chlorine detected therein. The apparatus comprises a waste matter inlet that provides waste matter to a weighing module, preferably until a preset limit is reached. Then, this control volume of waste is introduced into a pulsed neutron material analyzer that is optimized for the determination of the content of the specific chemical in the control volume. A control means such as a computer then decides whether the level of the chemical in the waste control volume is above or below a preset threshold, and accordingly channels the waste into one or another of two channels. One of these channels accepts waste with low content of the given chemical, for introduction into the waste processing chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2005
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2009
    Assignee: E.E.R. Environmental Energy Resources (Israel) Ltd.
    Inventors: Valeri G. Gnedenko, Igor V. Goryachev, Sergei A. Dmitriev, David Pegaz
  • Patent number: 7501590
    Abstract: A molding resin tablet feeding apparatus may have a tablet weighing unit for weighing a molding resin tablet to sort out a faulty molding resin tablet. The weighing unit may be elastically deformed according to the weight of the molding resin tablet, and may further include a strain gauge for outputting an electric change caused by the elastic deformation. A controller may compare the electric change to tablet weight information to determine the validity of the molding resin tablet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2005
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2009
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Ok-Sun Jung, Hee-Chul Kang, Byong-Do Na, Young-Jin Hwang, Do-Woo Lee, Yong-Hwan Kim, Hee-Ju Seo
  • Patent number: 7472031
    Abstract: A product with a transponder is conveyed along a measurement line of a weighing device and an actual weight value is determined. An exchange of data with the transponder and weighing system enable automatic adjustment of the weighing system for a specified product type and/or sorting of the product based on comparisons of the actual weight value with a target weight value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2005
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2008
    Assignee: Mettler-Toledo Garvens GmbH
    Inventor: Nikolaos Georgitsis
  • Publication number: 20080251429
    Abstract: A process is provided for analyzing the physical characteristics of flat articles being sorted to determine which downstream operations the articles should be processed with next. Length, height, width and stiffness information are received from sensors, and the data is analyzed to determine if the mail piece is automation compatible, extended capability or manual letter, or a flat.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 13, 2007
    Publication date: October 16, 2008
    Inventors: Micheal O. Norris, James B. Amigh
  • Patent number: 7395744
    Abstract: An apparatus for diverting chad in a paper printer including a paper supply, a cutting mechanism for cutting the paper perpendicular to the path of the paper and a diverter flap positioned downstream of the cutting mechanism, the diverter flap being biased to reside in a first position defining a first path for chad to travel to be delivered into a receptacle, the diverter flap moving to a second position when a cut sheet falls thereon thereby allowing the cut sheet to travel a second path into a receiving tray.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2004
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2008
    Assignee: Eastman Kodak Company
    Inventor: Eric J. Connor
  • Patent number: 7395934
    Abstract: A method and apparatus are disclosed for automatically batching objects into portions, comprising conveying and weighing objects. An appropriate bin for each of the weighed objects is selected, wherein each bin is provided with a weighing means. Accordingly, the total portion weight is periodically registered. By means of comparing the potion weight with the summed object weight in that portions, an appropriate bin can be selected for forthcoming objects.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2003
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2008
    Assignee: Marel HF
    Inventor: Petur Gudjonsson
  • Publication number: 20080132346
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for forming a cue stick member is disclosed. A stiffness characteristic Sf factor for a series of wood strips can be tested and determined. The wood strips that have matching stiffness characteristic factors Sf can be selected within a predetermined tolerance for laminating together.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 29, 2007
    Publication date: June 5, 2008
    Applicant: CLAWSON CUSTOM CUES, INC.
    Inventors: Paul D. Costain, Stephen Titus
  • Patent number: 7341156
    Abstract: Systems and methods for collecting data pertaining to glass, plastic and/or paper composition within an input stream that includes recyclable material. The data collected can pertain, for example, to the weight and/or volume of the glass, plastic and/or paper within the input stream. The data can be certified for use a third party.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2005
    Date of Patent: March 11, 2008
    Assignee: Casella Waste Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: James W. Bohlig, Sean P. Duffy
  • Patent number: 7222738
    Abstract: An apparatus and a method for sorting workpieces (204) includes multiple conveyors (201, 202), a scanner (208), an offloading device (216), a workpiece processor (218), and a computer (210). The computer has instructions for carrying out a method for sorting that includes obtaining the physical parameters of the workpiece by scanning the workpiece, obtaining an updated distribution of a physical parameter of a population of workpieces, obtaining an updated loading on each conveyor, obtaining the workpiece processor's capacity, obtaining a processing parameter indicating the required amount of workpiece processing to be performed, and obtaining each conveyor's speed. This information is used to place the workpiece on a conveyor in a manner that is calculated to utilize the optimum amount of workpiece processor capacity, while at the same time maintaining an even belt loading.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2005
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2007
    Assignee: FMC Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Richard Daniel Stockard
  • Patent number: 7099741
    Abstract: A control system for regulating a dispenser that includes a feeder bowl and a plurality of dispensing paths is disclosed. The control system includes a control unit for controlling a rotation drive for rotating the dispensing paths, a feeder bowl vibration device for vibrating the feeder bowl, and at least one dispensing path vibration device for vibrating the dispensing paths, such that the feeder bowl receives a plurality of items and supply the items uniformly to each of the dispensing paths, and the dispensing paths dispense the items singularly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2003
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2006
    Assignee: Campbell Soup Company
    Inventor: John Baranowski
  • Patent number: 7063215
    Abstract: A control system for regulating a dispenser that includes a feeder bowl and a plurality of dispensing paths is disclosed. The control system includes a control unit for controlling a rotation drive for rotating the dispensing paths, a feeder bowl vibration device for vibrating the feeder bowl, and at least one dispensing path vibration device for vibrating the dispensing paths, such that the feeder bowl receives a plurality of items and supply the items uniformly to each of the dispensing paths, and the dispensing paths dispense the items singularly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2003
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2006
    Assignee: Campbell Soup Company
    Inventor: John Baranowski
  • Patent number: 7053318
    Abstract: The machine has a regular structure symmetrical with respect to a central axis and provided with limiting end faces, said structure being disposed with its horizontal axis rotatably supported on its axis of symmetry on the frame of the machine, and bearing a plurality of longitudinal frames in the direction of the generatrices, on which are incorporated the “cups” or buckets carrying the pieces of fruit or the like, each of said “cups” or buckets being freely rotatable on a horizontal axis, and the machine having means for the rotatable support on its horizontal axis of said structure carrying the “cups” for the pieces of fruit, and also means for effecting the rotation of said structure on its horizontal axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2003
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2006
    Inventor: Rosalina Paniagua Olaechea
  • Patent number: 7036679
    Abstract: A system for dispensing items includes a dispenser, a sensing unit, a plurality of container chutes, and a plurality of diversion chutes. The dispenser comprises a plurality of dispensing paths for dispensing the items. The sensing unit measures a physical characteristic of each of the dispensed items. The plurality of container chutes directs each of the dispensed items, the measured physical characteristic of which is within a predetermined range of physical characteristics, to containers. The plurality of diversion chutes diverts each of the dispensed items, the measured physical characteristic of which is greater than or less than the predetermined range of physical characteristics, away from the containers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2003
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2006
    Inventor: John Baranowski
  • Patent number: 7007807
    Abstract: An apparatus and a method for sorting workpieces (204) includes multiple conveyors (201, 202), a scanner (208), an offloading device (216), a workpiece processor (218), and a computer (210). The computer has instructions for carrying out a method for sorting that includes obtaining the physical parameters of the workpiece by scanning the workpiece, obtaining an updated distribution of a physical parameter of a population of workpieces, obtaining an updated loading on each conveyor, obtaining the workpiece processor's capacity, obtaining a processing parameter indicating the required amount of workpiece processing to be performed, and obtaining each conveyor's speed. This information is used to place the workpiece on a conveyor in a manner that is calculated to utilize the optimum amount of workpiece processor capacity, while at the same time maintaining an even belt loading.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2003
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2006
    Assignee: FMC Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Richard Daniel Stockard