Separating Means Patents (Class 209/606)
  • 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: 8912459
    Abstract: A system includes a robot, comprising a manipulator and a controller, with a gripper mounted on the manipulator, for picking the battery for testing and sorting, a battery holding section for receiving batteries for testing and sorting at predetermined locations in the battery holding section, and a testing section disposed within the working range of the robot, for testing an electrical condition of the battery for testing and sorting, whereby the controller controls the manipulator and the gripper to first-pick the battery for testing and sorting at the predetermined location from the battery holding section and place it to contact the testing section for testing, the testing section tests the battery and sends to the controller a signal indicating the electrical condition of the tested battery, and the controller controls the manipulator and the gripper to second-pick the battery contacting the testing section and sort it according to the signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2014
    Assignee: ABB Technology Ltd.
    Inventors: Mao Li, George Zhang, Srinivas Nidamarthi, Tuanwei Wang, Ashutosh Srivastava
  • Patent number: 8863960
    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: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2014
    Inventor: Greg Chaganos
  • Publication number: 20140299447
    Abstract: An apparatus for completing a format set of products which are conveyed line-wise on a plurality of conveyor tracks along a conveying direction comprises a first stop conveyor and a second stop conveyor which are arranged after one another in the conveying direction and which are configured to convey products along the conveying direction on all conveyor tracks, with the first stop conveyor and the second stop conveyor furthermore being able to stop a conveyed product as required on at least one conveyor track, while a product is conveyed onward on at least one other conveyor track. A distributor conveyor is arranged between the first stop conveyor and the second stop conveyor and is configured to convey at least one product along the conveying direction, with the distributor conveyor being displaceable transversely to the conveying direction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 4, 2014
    Publication date: October 9, 2014
    Applicant: Weber Maschinenbau GmbH Breidenbach
    Inventor: Sigfrid BAUER
  • Publication number: 20140284253
    Abstract: The present subject matter provides colored wear tiles for use in optical sorting apparatuses and related methods that separate an associated material into a desired product and an undesired product. The colored wear tiles have a color and/or lightness value that permeates the entire body of the wear tile and sufficiently differs from the color and/or lightness of the associated material in order to allow the colored wear tile, or portions or pieces thereof, that may mix with the associated material, to be separated from the desired product by the sorting apparatus.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 10, 2014
    Publication date: September 25, 2014
    Inventor: Gary C. Troyer
  • Publication number: 20140238907
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for separating nuts of different buoyancy in a liquid. The apparatus has a tank, a support frame, and a particle collecting device. The particle collecting device has a shell that is attached to and wraps circumferentially around an auger shaft that is rotatably mounted to the support frame. As the auger shaft is rotated about its axis, the attached shell is rotated in the liquid in the tank and its spiral shape directs nuts onto the auger shaft, and the auger surface advances the nuts towards an end opening of the shell disposed outside of the tank.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 27, 2014
    Publication date: August 28, 2014
    Inventor: Mohammad NAKHEI-NEJAD
  • Patent number: 8813947
    Abstract: A wood veneer diverter system comprises a plurality of veneer diverters operable to divert veneer downwardly and away from a belt based on the category or grade of the veneer. These veneer diverters are desirably rotated so that they pass through a veneer flow path in the direction of veneer flow. The veneer diverters may be configured to enhance their effectiveness in diverting veneer away from belts that move the veneer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2014
    Assignee: Ventek, Inc.
    Inventors: Jason W. Tracy, Thomas B. Thompson
  • Publication number: 20140166553
    Abstract: A device for loading a transporting unit provided for transporting piece goods, in particular mail deliveries, includes a first conveying unit which can be moved into the transporting unit and is provided for conveying and unloading a first stream of piece goods in the transporting unit. At least one second conveying unit is provided for conveying and unloading a second stream of piece goods in the transporting unit in order to optimize loading with respect to a transport filling density of the transporting unit, along with an increased loading throughput and increased working convenience. The piece goods are distributed among the streams of piece goods according to at least one sorting criterion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 27, 2012
    Publication date: June 19, 2014
    Applicant: SIEMENS AKTIENGESELLSCHAFT
    Inventor: Peter Enenkel
  • Publication number: 20140166551
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method and a device for grouping fragile floating objects, such as floating fruits, in batches in at least one accumulation channel. An upstream portion (12) of at least one accumulation channel is supplied with objects transported by a hydraulic current as far as a downstream end of the latter provided with a retaining/releasing device for retaining/releasing the objects. The speed of the hydraulic current is adjusted so as to bring about a hydraulic superposition of the objects retained in a superposition zone of the accumulation channel against the retaining/releasing device which is closed so as to retain the objects.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 13, 2013
    Publication date: June 19, 2014
    Applicant: MAF AGROBOTIC
    Inventor: Philippe BLANC
  • Patent number: 8754345
    Abstract: A document sorting machine having dual feeders which feed documents onto common tiers of sort pockets form each end of the machine. The machine includes an induction buffer section which prevents a document already in the transport on a particular tier from colliding with a document being fed into the same transport by a different feeder. Also, the machine includes a serpentine piggy-back unit which can stack consecutive documents going to the same sort pocket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 17, 2014
    Assignee: National Presort, Inc.
    Inventors: Brent A. Daboub, Constantine J. Possis
  • Publication number: 20140144813
    Abstract: Provided is an electric wire scrap high-grade recovery apparatus with improved recovery rates of copper materials and the like by causing miscut materials contained in crushed materials to be capable of being separated and recovered with good efficiency. A weir 11 which holds back part of the water flowing on a separation bed 10 in the width direction of the separation bed 10 is provided in a lower part of the separation bed 10, whereby miscut materials 43 contained in crushed materials gather in a region in the vicinity of an upper end of a water pool 12 formed by the weir 11. Therefore, in the above-described region where the miscut materials 43 on the separation bed 11 gather, there are provided on the separation bed partition plates 13, 14 which form miscut material recovery passages 15, 16, whose one end is open and through which the water does not flow, and the miscut materials 43 are recovered by using the miscut material recovery passages 15, 16.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 22, 2012
    Publication date: May 29, 2014
    Applicant: SANRITSU MACHINE INDUSTRY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Ryouichi Nakane, Akira Nakane
  • Patent number: 8714365
    Abstract: Fruit handling equipment comprising a conveyor having a plurality of linked carriages, each supporting at least one fruit carrying cup pivotally secured to the carriage, each cup having a latching mechanism operable to hold the cup in a fruit carrying mode and releasable to cause the cup to pivot to a delatched position to eject the fruit, and remotely controllable means in each carriage to release the latching mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2014
    Assignee: MAF Agrobotic
    Inventor: Bruce Thomas Morley
  • Publication number: 20140110315
    Abstract: Automatic loading/unloading apparatus (1) for automatically loading flat articles (200) stacked on edge into storage trays (300) and for automatically unloading flat articles (200) stacked on edge therefrom, each of the storage trays (300) having a bottom plate (301) provided with a through window (306), said automatic loading/unloading apparatus having a stationary actuator (4) in register with said window and a moving actuator (5) that receives said storage tray (300) and that is mounted to move between: a waiting position in which said stationary actuator (4) is set back from said moving actuator (5) and is not in contact with said flat articles (200); and an unloading position in which said stationary actuator (4) passes through said window (306) while carrying said flat articles (200) until it comes flush with said stacking zone (3) suitable for receiving said flat articles (200) without said storage tray (300) being interposed between said flat articles (200) and said stacking zone (3).
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 12, 2012
    Publication date: April 24, 2014
    Inventors: Damien Hughes, Pierre Campagnolle, Marie Petit
  • Publication number: 20140090979
    Abstract: The combined value of integrating optical forces and electrokinetics allows for the pooled separation vectors of each to be applied, providing for separation based on combinations of features such as size, shape, refractive index, charge, charge distribution, charge mobility, permittivity, and deformability. The interplay of these separation vectors allow for the selective manipulation of analytes with a finer degree of variation. Embodiments include methods of method of separating particles in a microfluidic channel using a device comprising a microfluidic channel, a source of laser light focused by an optic into the microfluidic channel, and a source of electrical field operationally connected to the microfluidic channel via electrodes so that the laser light and the electrical field to act jointly on the particles in the microfluidic channel. Other devices and methods are disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 1, 2013
    Publication date: April 3, 2014
    Inventors: Alexander V. Terray, Sean J. Hart, Sarah J. R. Staton, Gregory E. Collins
  • Publication number: 20140069849
    Abstract: Provided are a particle separation device and a method of separating particles, each of which can easily separate particles for a short time without a great stress to the particles and easily collect the particles thus separated. The particle separation device includes at least: a separation flow path (i) to which a separation fluid and a particle group including two types of particles being different in density are supplied, and (ii) through which the separation fluid flows in a certain direction; a divergence section connected to at least an end of the separation flow path in the certain direction in which the separation fluid flows, a first flow path formed from the divergence section in a rising direction; and a second flow path formed from the divergence section in a falling direction, the separation flow path being formed in a horizontal direction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 19, 2013
    Publication date: March 13, 2014
    Applicant: National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology
    Inventors: Masaya MIYAZAKI, Daisuke SUGIYAMA, Kenichi YAMASHITA, Yuuki TESHIMA, Hiroyuki NAKAMURA, Hideaki MAEDA
  • Patent number: 8642911
    Abstract: A route enhanced mail sorting and dispatch system and method sorts mail based on carrier route and then arranges the mail into delivery point order in a single pass that accommodates both letter and flat format mail. Mail sorting based on carrier routes and arrangement into delivery point order is achieved through a plurality of route enhanced dispatch modules. Each dispatch module has upper and lower helical mail conveyors. The lower helical mail conveyor is linearly translatable and can moved to a plurality of positions. Mail sorted based on carrier route is held in the upper helical mail conveyor before being placed or dropped into an allocated position in the lower helical mail conveyor by a put away shuttle. The lower helical mail conveyor can then be rotated to dispatch the mail in delivery point order.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2014
    Assignee: Northrop Grumman Systems Corporation
    Inventors: Mark T. Neebe, Matthew G. Good
  • Publication number: 20130341255
    Abstract: A spiral separator apparatus is used to separate a mixture of particles of different shapes. The spiral separator apparatus includes rotating separator cores that each have a number of banked flights. As the separator cores rotate, non-round particles continue traveling down the banked flights, while round or substantially round particles are ejected from the separator core by centrifugal force. Particles that are ejected from the separator cores impact a housing, fall, and are collected, for example, in a collection bin.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 20, 2012
    Publication date: December 26, 2013
    Inventors: Steve Eugene DeJong, Dorris DeJong, Chad Culbertson
  • Publication number: 20130337713
    Abstract: An apparatus suitable for separating particles and methods for using such apparatus are provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 26, 2013
    Publication date: December 19, 2013
    Applicant: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Christopher Michael YOUNG, Hasan EROGLU, John Ferney McKIBBEN, Steven Lee BARNHOLTZ
  • Publication number: 20130313170
    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: March 22, 2013
    Publication date: November 28, 2013
    Applicant: CYTONOME/ST, LLC
    Inventor: CYTONOME/ST, LLC
  • Publication number: 20130313169
    Abstract: Apparatus and methods for grading products and forming predetermined mixes of graded products. Graders sort products into different grades. The graded products are formed into batches of known quantity. Each batch is designated for deposit in a bin specified to have a certain mixture of graded products. A conveyor conveys the batches to the designated bin. The quantity of each batch is determined by count or weight.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 2, 2012
    Publication date: November 28, 2013
    Applicant: LAITRAM, L.L.C.
    Inventors: Robert S. Lapeyre, Christopher G. Greve
  • Publication number: 20130299397
    Abstract: A spiral separator apparatus is used to separate a mixture of particles of different shapes. The spiral separator apparatus includes a rotating separator core that has a number of banked flights. As the separator core rotates, non-round particles continue traveling down the banked flights, while round or substantially round particles are ejected from the separator core by centrifugal force. Particles that are ejected from the separator core impact a housing, fall, and are collected, for example, in a collection bin.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 10, 2012
    Publication date: November 14, 2013
    Inventors: Steve Eugene DeJong, Dennis DeJong, Chad Culbertson
  • Patent number: 8561806
    Abstract: A measurement apparatus includes a support frame to support a feed mechanism, an orientation mechanism, a measurement mechanism, a transfer mechanism, and an unloading mechanism. The feed mechanism includes a first holding assembly, a first elevation assembly, a second elevation assembly, and a first clipping assembly. The first elevation assembly and the second elevation assembly are positioned under the holding assembly, and the first clipping assembly is positioned over the holding assembly. The measurement mechanism includes a support stage and at least one calibration head. The transfer mechanism includes at least one pickup head. The orientation mechanism includes a driving member and a securing assembly driven by the driving member. The unloading mechanism has the same structure as the feed mechanism. The disclosure further provides a measuring method using the measurement apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2013
    Assignees: Hong Fu Jin Precision Industry (ShenZhen) Co., Ltd., Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Dong-Sheng Lin, Tzyy-Chyi Tsai, Jian-Jun Li
  • Publication number: 20130256201
    Abstract: There is provided a workpiece separation apparatus permitting to input a mixture of workpieces and chips stably within a flow current and to separate them accurately and efficiently. The workpiece separation apparatus includes an input cylinder (120) inserted within a separating container (110) and a fluid supplying means (130) arranged so as to supply fluid to the separating container (110) from a part lower than a lower end of the input cylinder (120), and configured such that the fluid overflows and flows out of the upper end of the separating container (110) due to a flow current generated within the separating container (110) and such that a fluid level of the fluid rises up in the input cylinder (120) and the fluid does not flow out of the upper end of the input cylinder (120).
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 13, 2011
    Publication date: October 3, 2013
    Applicants: CITIZEN MACHINERY MIYANO CO., LTD., CITIZEN HOLDINGS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Shozen Yanakawa, Hiroshi Kasuya, Kyota Kotake, Satoru Akimoto, Takahiro Mogi, Youji Takeuchi, Umeo Tsuyusaki
  • Patent number: 8534466
    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: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2013
    Inventor: Greg Chaganos
  • Publication number: 20130180897
    Abstract: An industrially highly useful CNT separation method is provided whereby metallic CNTs and semiconducting CNTs can be efficiently separated and purified in large quantities in a short time period from CNTs containing these carbon nanotubes, using inexpensive equipment and in simple steps, and whereby metallic CNTs and semiconducting CNTs can be separated at low cost. The CNT separation method includes adding a CNT dispersion to a powder-charged separation vessel to selectively adsorb the semiconducting CNTs to the powder, and eluting the semiconducting CNTs adsorbed to the powder after collecting the metallic CNTs.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 20, 2011
    Publication date: July 18, 2013
    Inventors: Takeshi Tanaka, Hiromichi Kataura
  • Patent number: 8399790
    Abstract: Various embodiments of methods and systems are provided for mining alluvial gold deposits. The methods can comprise collecting feed from alluvium and washing the feed at high pressure. The feed can be separated into a plurality of separate fractions. At least one fraction is transferred to a metal sensor system using a conveyer, wherein when gold is detected in a piece of the fraction, an air blast can be targeted and delivered at the piece, with the air blast diverting the piece to a receiving container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2013
    Inventor: James Edward Slade
  • Publication number: 20130008837
    Abstract: A sorting apparatus is described and which includes a substantially continuous source of a product to be sorted; and a downwardly oriented supporting surface for guiding the source of product for movement, at least in part, under the influence of gravity, along a path of travel through a first inspection station which is oriented along the supporting surface, and where the product is first inspected, and then travels to a second location or station, which is located off the supporting surface, and where, at the second location or station, individual defective products are removed from the substantially continuous source of product to be sorted.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 6, 2011
    Publication date: January 10, 2013
    Inventor: Johan Calcoen
  • Patent number: 8329768
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for separating non-biogenic plastic from biogenic waste. A stream of waste materials is delivered through an inlet into a conduit in which the biogenic waste drops out the bottom. The non-biogenic plastic is drawn upwardly by a separator in the form of pressurized gas fed tangentially through two ports in an opposite direction with each other to create a vacuum in the conduit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2012
    Inventors: Kevin P. Furnary, Earl T. Balkum
  • Publication number: 20120298565
    Abstract: A machine for sorting fasteners that have a shaft with a head attached thereto from fasteners that only have a shaft. The machine can have a plurality of rollers that are rotatably attached to a frame, the plurality of rollers having a gap between each other and generally aligned parallel to each other. In addition, the plurality of rollers can be oriented at an angle relative to horizontal. The gap between each roller is dimensioned such that the shaft of a fastener can fit or fall therethrough and yet prevent the head of the fastener to fit or fall therethrough. The plurality of rollers can have an elevated end and an exit end, the exit end having an opening proximate thereto and dimensioned for the head of the fastener to fit therethrough.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 25, 2011
    Publication date: November 29, 2012
    Applicant: Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc.
    Inventors: Dave Maile, Binh P. Tran, Sebastian R. Lawrynowicz, Doug Hyland
  • Publication number: 20120097584
    Abstract: A route enhanced mail sorting and dispatch system and method sorts mail based on carrier route and then arranges the mail into delivery point order in a single pass that accommodates both letter and flat format mail. Mail sorting based on carrier routes and arrangement into delivery point order is achieved through a plurality of route enhanced dispatch modules. Each dispatch module has upper and lower helical mail conveyors. The lower helical mail conveyor is linearly translatable and can moved to a plurality of positions. Mail sorted based on carrier route is held in the upper helical mail conveyor before being placed or dropped into an allocated position in the lower helical mail conveyor by a put away shuttle. The lower helical mail conveyor can then be rotated to dispatch the mail in delivery point order.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 21, 2010
    Publication date: April 26, 2012
    Applicant: Northrop Grumman Systems Corporation
    Inventors: Mark T. Neebe, Matthew G. Good
  • Patent number: 8122897
    Abstract: There is here disclosed a resin pellet store device including a silo (1) in which resin pellets are stored; an discharge route for ON-SPEC products (2) through which resin pellets having a low content of foreign substances stored above the vicinity of the lowermost part in the silo (1) are discharged as ON-SPEC products from the silo (1); and another discharge route for OFF-SPEC products (3) through which resin pellets having a high content of foreign substances accumulated in the vicinity of the lowermost part in the silo (1) are discharged as OFF-SPEC products from the silo (1). In consequence, the resin pellets having a high content of foreign substances to be treated as the OFF-SPEC products are clearly sorted out in the silo and discharged therefrom to reduce the content of the foreign substances in the ON-SPEC products. Moreover, the OFF-SPEC products are discharged through another route to avoid the contamination of a downstream facility.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2006
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2012
    Assignee: Idemitsu Kosan Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Kenichi Mitsuhashi
  • Patent number: 8118174
    Abstract: A device for delivering bulk material consisting of individual products has a supply container for storing the bulk material of individual products, the supply container having a product outlet. A perforated plate is arranged downstream of the product outlet of the supply container on a base stand. The perforated plate serves to receive the individual products from the product outlet and to move them further in a transport direction while removing broken products and dust. A bulk material leveler formed as a leveler strip rotatable around a pivot axis is arranged downstream of the product outlet above the perforated plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2012
    Assignee: Uhlmann Pac—Systeme GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Kurt Gnann, Sandra Amann, Harald Mauz, Wolfgang Krahl
  • Publication number: 20110284432
    Abstract: The present invention is related to a device for removing impurities from an agricultural fibrous material. In addition, the invention is related to a method for obtaining the same. The device according to the invention comprises: a processing unit (4) having an inlet (16), an outlet (38), and a first (18) and second holding member (19) defining a holding space there between for holding said material, wherein at least said first holding member is moveable; a drive unit for driving at least said first moveable holding member to obtain a compression and expansion of said holding space; an impurities collection unit (5) coupled to or disposed in said processing unit to collect impurities released from said material; The compression and expansion of the holding space ensures an effective release of impurities from the fibers of the material.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 11, 2008
    Publication date: November 24, 2011
    Inventor: Matthieu Johannes Jozef Van den Hurk
  • Publication number: 20110266377
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method and to an installation for separating individual valuable materials from mixed, in particular milled, plastic waste, comprising film parts, laminated film parts and hard plastic parts, plus optionally impurities. Any impurities are separated from the plastic waste. Next the plastic waste is separated into hard plastics and films as well as laminates, and the hard plastics are separated from the films, and finally the hard plastics are separated into the different types of plastic. At least one separation step comprises a sink-or-float separation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 9, 2009
    Publication date: November 3, 2011
    Inventor: Wolfgang L. Lindner
  • Patent number: 8033158
    Abstract: Systems and methods for the detection of substances (particularly particulate substances) within mail pieces, specifically letters and other “flats” of mail. In particular, the systems and methods are for the detection of residues of Chemical or Biological Warfare Agents (CBWAs) which may be present within the mail pieces. The system is principally designed to be included as part of Dual Pass Rough Cull System (DPRCS) for the collection and detection of the residue when the contaminated mail piece first enters a mail facility and before it is intermingled with other mail pieces. The system also utilizes aerosol chambers using at least two arrays of pinch rollers to provide for decreased incremental changes on mail pieces and decrease the likelihood of mail piece damage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2011
    Assignee: DRS Sustainment Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: James J. Strohmeyer, William Blumfelder, John Tehan, Dennis Osterhorn, Joseph Matteoni, William J. Nelgner, Brian Lybarger, David Schenken, James Wagy
  • Patent number: 7999012
    Abstract: Disclosed is a system to mechanically destroy printer toner cartridges and reclaim their constituent materials under a water shielded environment while providing a safer and more environmentally friendly recycling system. The present invention is an economical system that provides greater protection from possible fire or explosion and releases less irritating or possibly harmful airborne contamination than the currently available systems.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2011
    Inventors: Lacee Lamphere, Brian Ibarra, Donald Laffler, James Hardin
  • Publication number: 20110174701
    Abstract: A process for metallizing nanomaterial including subjecting nanomaterial in a metallizing solution to microwave radiation; nanomaterial made by such a process; and density gradient separation of such material. This abstract is provided to comply with the rules requiring an abstract which will allow a searcher or other reader to quickly ascertain the subject matter of the technical disclosure and is submitted with the understanding that it will not be used to interpret or limit the scope or meaning of the claims, 37 C.F.R. 1.72(b).
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 16, 2010
    Publication date: July 21, 2011
    Inventors: Clayton Gallaway, Dean Hulsey, Michael Searfass, Joshua Falkner
  • Publication number: 20110126505
    Abstract: A mobile system for improving the picking and preliminary processing of apples, citrus, stone fruit and the like is disclosed and claimed. The system comprises a mobile chassis upon which can be mounted picking stations, pneumatic tube transport subsystems, receiving and conveying subsystems, object scanning subsystems, cull diverter subsystems, labeling subsystems, and subsystems for relatively gently placing the objects in a predetermined location in a receiving bin. The system can also include a subsystem for gently placing diverted objects in a receiving bin.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 7, 2011
    Publication date: June 2, 2011
    Applicant: Picker Technologies LLC
    Inventors: Vincent E. Bryan, JR., Vincent E. Bryan, III, Alex E. Kunzler, Randy Allard, Anthony Finazzo, Marc Bommarito, Jeffrey A. Cleveringa
  • Publication number: 20110094947
    Abstract: An apparatus for separating the arils from a fruit such as a pomegranate. The apparatus comprising a perforated grid for fixing over a receptacle, and a dome for covering the fruit and a corresponding method for removing seeds from a fruit comprising: (a) opening the fruit into at least two pieces; (b) placing the opened fruit opening side down onto a perforated grid and placing a dome over the piece of fruit; (c) placing the grid over a receptacle; (d) tapping the dome to separate and dislodge the arils from the fruit so that they fall through the openings into the receptacle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 22, 2010
    Publication date: April 28, 2011
    Applicant: Miriam Shoham Ltd.
    Inventors: Menachem Shoham, Noa Ohad
  • Publication number: 20110073533
    Abstract: A self contained and portable gold and gem separation kit. The apparatus is driven with a manual rocking motion to wash material with the self contained water. Using the natural wave motion, generated in the water from the rocking apparatus, the material is washed and classified. The bottom collection tray catches the classified material, and is removable for ease of collection of the concentrated material.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 30, 2009
    Publication date: March 31, 2011
    Inventor: Ronald Richard Preston
  • Patent number: 7877157
    Abstract: A design support apparatus includes an evaluation unit that evaluates a recyclability of the product, using evaluation condition and parts/material data, an analysis unit that analyzes a factor obstructing the recyclability based on an evaluation result of the evaluating unit, and a display unit that displays a remedy against an obstruction factor provided as an analysis result of the analysis unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 25, 2011
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba
    Inventors: Naohiko Oyasato, Toshimitsu Kumazawa
  • Publication number: 20100326893
    Abstract: In a method, piece goods which differ from one another in at least one property are moved by at least one piece-good conveyor into depositing positions of at least one depositing-position conveyor, in order to form groups which are predefined with regard to this property. The at least one depositing-position conveyor transports these depositing positions parallel but in the opposite direction to the conveying direction of the at least one piece-good conveyor, at least in the region of the transfer of the piece goods into said depositing positions. The picker which is in each case last in the conveying direction of the at least one depositing-position conveyor completes the groups here. This method makes it possible to implement packaging strategies in a flexible and time-optimized manner.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 7, 2007
    Publication date: December 30, 2010
    Inventors: Emil Hueppi, Roland Czuday
  • Publication number: 20100270216
    Abstract: A shale shaker for separating solids from solids laden drilling fluid is disclosed as having a basket with a scalping screen deck, at least one first screen deck and at least one second screen deck. The basket further may have a flow tray arranged between said scalping screen deck and at least one first screen deck, and a plurality of first ducts and a plurality of second ducts, the plurality of first ducts for directing solids laden drilling fluid to the at least one first screen deck. The second plurality of second ducts are for directing solids laden drilling fluid to said second screen deck.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 30, 2010
    Publication date: October 28, 2010
    Inventors: George Alexander Burnett, Thomas Robert Larson
  • Publication number: 20100256804
    Abstract: A system and method for separating food particles is disclosed here. The system may include means for receiving food particles to be separated, means for screening the food particles into fine and coarse particles, means for controlling the amount of output fine particles, and means for delivering the output for further processing. The method may include receiving food particles to be separated, mechanically screening the food particles into fine and coarse particles, controlling the amount of the fine particles output, and delivering the fine output for further processing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 6, 2009
    Publication date: October 7, 2010
    Inventor: Rhonda Freeman
  • Publication number: 20100217432
    Abstract: A sheet handling apparatus includes a first module arranged along a sheet conveyance route from the upstream to the downstream thereof, and a second module arranged adjacent to the first module, wherein the first module including a take-out part to take out sheets one by one from a bundle of sheets fed into a supply part; a first conveyance route to convey the taken out sheets with the take-out part; a discriminating device to discriminate category of the sheets conveyed along the first conveyance route; and a first control part to transmit destination information and category information of the sheet discriminated by the discriminating device and to execute a conveyance control to the sheet residing along the first conveyance route, and wherein the second module including: a second conveyance route to convey further the sheets conveyed from the first module; a first stacking device to stack the sheet conveyed along the second conveyance route based on the destination information and category information rece
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 24, 2010
    Publication date: August 26, 2010
    Applicant: Kabushiki Kabushiki Toshiba
    Inventor: Takao Mori
  • Publication number: 20100187166
    Abstract: In the spring feeder in which tangled small springs are separated into individual springs and separated small springs are arranged in a row in the compression-elongation direction thereof, jamming in the conveying path for feeding the springs, which is the final portion of the conveying path of the feeder, is released. A spring feeder includes: a container to which vibrations are appropriately provided; a separation unit for separating a plurality of tangled small springs; and a conveying path for feeding springs that is disposed outside the container and conveys the springs inside the container to the outside of the container. A conveying portion for connection that has a conveying groove for connection is provided in an end portion of the conveying path for feeding. An ejection portion for spring removal that has an ejection nozzle is attached in an appropriate position of the conveying groove for connection.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 27, 2010
    Publication date: July 29, 2010
    Applicant: KANTO ELECTRONICS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Tadayoshi Seki
  • Patent number: 7752086
    Abstract: A method of distributing products, including computer processing content of the orders including regrouping the orders into groups of orders, and ungrouping the content of each order group into a order subgroups; regrouping the products, including performing a collection of the products, reading the identifier of each collected product and arranging each to obtain a concordance between the product groups and the order groups, ungrouping the products, including for each product group performing a collection of the products, reading the identifier of each collected product and arranging each in a compartment associated with a product subgroup to obtain a concordance between the product subgroups and the order subgroups, and a step of final separation including for each product subgroup performing a collection of each of the products, reading the identifier and arranging each in a compartment associated with a physical order.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2004
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2010
    Assignee: L4 Epsilon
    Inventors: Alain Wiesenbach De Lamaziere, Sebastien Valoggia
  • Publication number: 20100163467
    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. The first camera unit is configured to sense a first predetermined characteristic, e.g., laser holes, of the plurality of pellet-shaped articles. 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 by the first camera unit. A laser unit may be provided to create unique holes in the pellet-shaped articles, e.g., those by a larger exposed surface to improve time-release characteristics of the pellet-shaped articles.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 2, 2010
    Publication date: July 1, 2010
    Applicant: ACKLEY MACHINE CORPORATION
    Inventors: E. Michael Ackley, JR., Daniel J. Palmer
  • Publication number: 20100131094
    Abstract: A system is provided for the identification and separation of heterogeneous material, the system comprising: a hyperspectral identification system for capturing spectra of material; a computer receiving and analyzing data from the hyperspectral identification system and selecting desired materials from the heterogeneous materials; and an ejection system, whereby the desired materials are ejected from the system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 18, 2009
    Publication date: May 27, 2010
    Applicant: JJG IP HOLDINGS, LLC
    Inventors: John F. Green, Peter A. Mendre
  • Publication number: 20100126913
    Abstract: An automated system for sorting dissimilar materials, and in particular for sorting plastics from other materials and for sorting different types of plastics from one another comprises, depending upon the embodiment, combinations of a sizing mechanism, a friction separation, an air separator, a magnetic separator, a dielectric sensor sortation bed, shaker screening, a ballistic separator, an inductive sensor sortation system and a float/sink tank. The dielectric sensor sortation system may be either analog or digital, depending upon the particular implementation. One or more float/sink tanks can be used, depending upon the embodiment, each with a media of a different specific gravity. The media may be water, or water plus a compound such as calcium chloride. In addition, multiples of the same general type of module can be used for particular configurations. A heavy media system or a sand float process can be used either alternatively or additionally.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 16, 2009
    Publication date: May 27, 2010
    Applicant: MTD America, Ltd.
    Inventor: Thomas A. Valerio