Bottle Breakers Patents (Class 241/99)
  • Patent number: 8827194
    Abstract: A fluorescent bulb compactor and mercury vapor recovery system that allows for the safe collection and disposal of crushed or broken fluorescent lamps, while recovering substantially 100% of the hazardous mercury vapors contained within the lamps. A fluorescent lamp is inserted within a drum and broken into fragments by one or more blades, with the fragment falling to the bottom of the drum. The mercury vapors that are emitted from the broken fluorescent lamps are forced out of the drum by negative positive pressure created by a vacuum/filter assembly. Once through the filter assembly, which includes a HEPA filter and activated carbon filter, the gases are permitted to escape into the environment virtually 100% free of mercury toxins.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2014
    Assignee: Killgerm Group Limited
    Inventors: Edward J. Domanico, John Greening, Chris Lawrence, Neil McGowan, James Schaffer
  • Patent number: 8783173
    Abstract: An apparatus for compressing empty containers, in particular of beverage bottles or beverage cans made out of plastic, in particular out of polyethylene terephthalate PET, or tin plate. The apparatus has a cutting and pressing unit as well as means for driving and for controlling the cutting and pressing unit, wherein the cutting and pressing unit contains at least two cooperating, oppositely rotating rollers disposed at a distance relative to each other with respect to their rotation axes, wherein each roller has several disks in each case disposed towards each other with an axial distance (free space). According to a special further development it is proposed that at least in the operating region of the two rollers there are disposed axially next to each other a first working region for a compressing of containers made out of plastic and a second working region for a compressing of containers made out of metal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2014
    Inventor: Hermann Schwelling
  • Patent number: 8763941
    Abstract: Apparatus provided for reducing the volume of trash generated from plastic bottles and containers whether destined for landfill or not. The apparatus includes a shredder mounted within an aesthetically pleasing and functionally suggestive beverage bottle shaped housing. A chute with a plunger is provided which forces the plastic bottles against blades rotated on a substantially horizontally mounted disk with a fan for directing the shredded particles into a duct for transport to a bin within the bottle shaped housing. A pan structure is provided to collect any fluid remaining in the bottles being shredded and directed via a duct to the bin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 1, 2014
    Inventor: Lawrence V. Beck, Jr.
  • Publication number: 20130161426
    Abstract: A machine for destructing glass medicine vials comprises a housing having a cover with glass vial input tubes mounted thereon such that the tubes pass through a top surface of the cover. Located within the housing is a motor-driven rotor on which is mounted at least one pair of generally circular disks, where the disks have insets formed therein defining a pocket for receiving a portion of a vial therein. The rotor is positioned such that a vial dropped down the vial inlet tube will come to rest on the periphery of the pair of disks with a portion of the vial still disposed in the tube. The vial will ultimately drop into their insets as the rotor turns. A tooth formed in the periphery of the insets fractures the vial and the shards fall through an open bottom of the housing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 21, 2011
    Publication date: June 27, 2013
    Applicant: RBM SUPERIOR SERVICE LLC
    Inventors: Richard J. Bottorff, Chad M. Holznagel
  • Patent number: 8459578
    Abstract: A prescription label identity peeler includes a box-shaped housing. A lid extends over the box-shaped housing. A sanding member is adjustably carried within the box-shaped housing. A pair of linkage arms is pivotally extend between the lid and the sanding member. The motorized linkage arms will move the sanding member simultaneously and horizontally against the empty pill bottle in an inverted position, while the wheel on the swing arm assembly will contact a bottom end of the empty pill bottle via compression of the springs, thereby removing the label from the empty pill bottle when the inverted empty pill bottle rotates.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2013
    Inventor: Troy Fischer
  • Patent number: 8387903
    Abstract: An apparatus and a method for receiving and destructuring collectable items, the apparatus having at least one item destructurer (112,113) at an exit of the apparatus. The apparatus comprises an item receiving floor (114); an item pusher (115) reciprocally slidable along the floor, means for causing an item when placed on the floor to be engaged by one or the other side of the pusher and pushed towards and into engagement with said destructurer, and pusher drive means (117) configured to provide gradually increasing pushing force on the item towards the destructurer. Means may be provided for selectively causing an item when placed on the floor either to exit through the floor via a trap door device or to be engaged by one or the other side of the pusher and pushed towards and into engagement with said destructurer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2013
    Assignee: Tomra Systems ASA
    Inventors: Tom Lunde, Roar Abrahamsen
  • Publication number: 20120318899
    Abstract: Bottle crusher with a feed section, a crushing section, a collection section and a venting section, wherein the crushing section is essentially a hammer mill with a crushing assembly inside a drum; such that: —the crushing assembly includes a plurality of hammers, an assembly shaft and at least two hammer shafts; —each hammer shaft lies essentially parallel to, and is spaced equidistantly from, the assembly shaft to which it is attached; —each hammer includes a hammer tail and a hammer head at opposite distal ends of said hammer, such that each hammer tail is hingedly connected to one hammer shaft; and—the drum and crushing assembly have essentially co-incident centrelines; wherein the drum includes a void section which is an indentation in the inner surface of the drum, in cross-section across the drum, configured to create a reduced pressure in the feed section, when in use.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 1, 2011
    Publication date: December 20, 2012
    Applicant: EXPLECO LIMITED
    Inventor: Timothy James Fulton Barnett
  • Patent number: 8146841
    Abstract: Clean glass particles are produced from post-consumer mixed glass and like waste streams by a series of pulverizing, size- and material-based separation, ozonation, drying, sizing, and paper fluff removal steps.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2012
    Assignee: Glass Processing Solutions, LLC
    Inventor: Cynthia Andela
  • Patent number: 8091812
    Abstract: A method of shredding bottles preferably, but not necessarily, including providing a major blade rotatably located about a common axis with at least some of the plurality of shredder blades. The major blade may have at least one shaft which extends radially outwardly from the common axis for a distance greater than the maximum radius of any of the plurality of shredder blades. Preferably engaging bottles via the major blade prior to the commencement of cutting by the plurality of shredder blades so that the major blade preferably at least one of cutting, deforming, and dragging bottles toward the plurality of shredder blades for shredding thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2012
    Inventors: Aron Abramson, Charles Sued
  • Patent number: 8066209
    Abstract: A shredder head adapted to shred data bearing documents and bottles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2011
    Inventors: Aron Abramson, Charles Sued
  • Patent number: 7988078
    Abstract: The glass-breaker mechanism includes a sensor component and a glass-breaker component. The sensor component is installed at a low point within the driver door of a vehicle. The sensor component contains a water-soluble material that retains a spring in its compressed state so long as the water-soluble material is dry. If the vehicle is immersed in water, the water-soluble material dissolves, releasing the spring. The spring drives a pin into the end of a pressurized gas (e.g., CO2) cartridge, releasing the gas therein. The gas passes through a tube to the glass-breaker component installed upon the glass just below the top of the door to drive a spiked piston into the glass and shatter the tempered safety glass of the window.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2011
    Inventors: Julien Edwin Roy, Douglas Clifton Cruthirds
  • Patent number: 7959096
    Abstract: As previously disclosed this invention will change a lot of ways the prescription bottle is used, such as Americans won't have to keep them for lack of time to destroy them. The shredder will prevent a lot of injuries from people trying to scrap information off the bottle with a sharp object. It would be made of parts right here in the United States and of communally used parts. The invention will be child proof but most of all the cost to build would be minimal so it would be very affordable for the majority of Americans.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2011
    Inventor: Tommy Edward Wells, Sr.
  • Patent number: 7931220
    Abstract: A clean dry white glass powder useful as a substitute for Portland cement in concrete, in paints, and for other known uses for glass powder produced conventionally can be produced from unsorted post-consumer waste glass, including a substantial fraction of non-glass items, by employing glass pulverizing equipment to reduce waste glass to small fragments, allowing removal of trash, employing a multistep washing process to clean the glass fragments, in the preferred embodiment using aggregate cleaning equipment, drying the fragments, preferably using fluidized bed techniques, and grinding the glass to a desired particle size, preferably using a ball mill, in combination with an air classification step to produce a bright white glass powder of uniform particle size.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2011
    Assignee: Empire Resource Recovery, LLC
    Inventors: Louis P. Grasso, Jr., Louis P. Grasso, Sr., Patrick S. Grasso, Sr., Elliot Kracko, Cynthia A. Andela
  • Patent number: 7926753
    Abstract: A shredding machine having loading section including a radially mounted pusher rod for driving materials placed with the loading section toward the cutting device. The radially mounted pusher rod may be spring loaded so as to exert resilient force on the materials during a shredding operation. At the end of a cycle, powered control arm returns the pusher rod to its original position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2011
    Assignee: Martin Yale Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: George Arthur Carver
  • Patent number: 7909278
    Abstract: An auto vehicle capable of processing waste matter cuts pet bottles made of PET, which is a recyclable material, into chips while collecting the pet bottles, and an aligning portion configured to align the pet bottles fed therein via a loading portion, a processing portion configured to apply chipping to the pet bottles aligned by the aligning portion, and a chip storing portion configured to store chips formed by the processing portion, are provided on the deck. Waste matter can be thus automatically subjected to chipping without any involvement of manpower by merely loading collected waste matter into a collective hopper.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2011
    Inventor: Susumu Yamada
  • Publication number: 20110011962
    Abstract: A shredder head adapted to shred data bearing documents and bottles.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 22, 2010
    Publication date: January 20, 2011
    Inventors: Aron Abramson, Charles Sued
  • Publication number: 20100301148
    Abstract: Disclosed are various aspects of a new and more advantageous compact bottle crusher for safely pulverizing empty glass bottles in commercial establishments such as restaurants and bars which includes an upper staging area including a carousel, an electric crushing unit attached to a sealed collection barrel in order to pulverize glass bottles into small pieces of glass, and a housing for a collection barrel. The carousel may be a rotary bottle cradle carousel and may be manually or automatically indexed for 12, or up to 24 bottles or more. The crushing unit is designed to be run off of normal 110 volt electricity, and is utilized to achieve essentially pebble or pea-sized pieces of glass by utilizing various methods, including hydraulic pistons, breaking anvils, rotating veins, crusher fins, or plunger units, such as a moveable jaw and a stationary jaw. Rotating units cause repeated impact which provides a pulverized smaller glass fragment.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 28, 2010
    Publication date: December 2, 2010
    Inventors: JAMES L. ARNONE, DANIEL S. VERGOTE
  • Patent number: 7832666
    Abstract: Apparatus for destruction of articles and any information associated therewith. Embodiments include an article-destruction chamber and a rotating head for repeated striking of articles and article fragments in the chamber. The head includes a body portion and a shaft. The body portion has plural striking elements extending radially outward therefrom. Each striking element has a forward-facing radial striking surface with an area. High-speed rotation of the head causes the striking surfaces to violently contact and destroy articles and article fragments in the chamber and to render any associated information unusable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 16, 2010
    Assignee: Chudy Group, LLC
    Inventors: Larry Montgomery, Duane S. Chudy
  • Patent number: 7823814
    Abstract: A shredder head adapted to shred data bearing documents and/or bottles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 2, 2010
    Inventors: Charles Sued, Aron Abramson
  • Patent number: 7819351
    Abstract: A shredder head adapted to shred data bearing documents and bottles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 26, 2010
    Inventors: Aron Abramson, Charles Sued
  • Patent number: 7793872
    Abstract: The invention relates to a device for comminuting all types of parts, in particular plastics, preferably hollow plastic bodies, such as for example plastic bottles. The device comprises a feeding device, and a comminuting unit, the feeding device having at least one transport unit and the comminuting unit having a rotor, which is provided with tools and rotates in a housing. The device is characterized in that the transport unit transports the parts at an angle of between 45° and 90° to the rotor axis, at least in the region lying directly in front of the rotor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2010
    Assignee: Herold Meckesheim GmbH
    Inventors: Holger Watzelt, Karlheinz Herbold
  • Patent number: 7735764
    Abstract: A hammer assembly (51) for a glass bottle breaking apparatus comprises a shaft (52), a series of collars (53) secured on the shaft (52) and spaced one from another longitudinally of the shaft (52), a series of links (58) each being pivotally connected to a corresponding one of the collars (53) and a series of hammers (55) each being connected for pivotal movement relative to a corresponding one of the links (58), the arrangement being such that the links (58) are each provided with a curved profile (65) for locating an adjacent portion of the shaft (52) so that if, in operation, one of the hammers (55) should strike a glass fragment obstruction without dislodging it immediately, the link (58) associated with the hammer (55) will wind up on the shaft (52) thus reducing a radial displacement between the link (58) and the shaft (52) and drawing the hammer (55) under the obstruction without causing jamming of the apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2006
    Date of Patent: June 15, 2010
    Assignee: In-Q-Bator Limited
    Inventor: Christopher John Waldron
  • Publication number: 20100058942
    Abstract: The invention relates to an apparatus for compressing empty containers, in particular of beverage bottles or beverage cans made out of plastic, in particular out of polyethylene terephthalate PET, or tin plate. The apparatus according to the present invention has a cutting and pressing unit as well as means for driving and for controlling the cutting and pressing unit, wherein the cutting and pressing unit contains at least two cooperating, oppositely rotating rollers disposed at a distance relative to each other with respect to their rotation axes, wherein each roller has several disks in each case disposed towards each other with an axial distance (free space). According to a special further development it is proposed that at least in the operating region of the two rollers there are disposed axially next to each other a first working region for a compressing of containers made out of plastic and a second working region for a compressing of containers made out of metal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 10, 2009
    Publication date: March 11, 2010
    Inventor: Hermann Schwelling
  • Publication number: 20100044481
    Abstract: The present invention is directed toward a machine for recycling, compressing plastic waste for the purposes of minimizing space, maximizing manageability and other wise improving the logistics of recycling plastic bottles. The claimed invention is a powered machine that will receive, recycle, and containerize plastics bottles. The plastic autogenetic recycling machine would resemble a vending machine in size and would be placed in public locations for public use. The recycling machine will use technology to determine the size and weight of a bottle to ensure the bottle is empty. Such technology as multiple photo sensor eyes, ultrasonic sensors, liquid level sensors, automated digital identification (ADI) systems and voice powered technology is available to assist in the functionality of the plastic autogenetic recycling machine. The bottle will then go through a grinder, crushing or compressing system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 25, 2008
    Publication date: February 25, 2010
    Inventor: Charles Eric Green
  • Publication number: 20090283018
    Abstract: A clean dry white glass powder useful as a substitute for Portland cement in concrete, in paints, and for other known uses for glass powder produced conventionally can be produced from unsorted post-consumer waste glass, including a substantial fraction of non-glass items, by employing glass pulverizing equipment to reduce waste glass to small fragments, allowing removal of trash, employing a multistep washing process to clean the glass fragments, in the preferred embodiment using aggregate cleaning equipment, drying the fragments, preferably using fluidized bed techniques, and grinding the glass to a desired particle size, preferably using a ball mill, in combination with an air classification step to produce a bright white glass powder of uniform particle size.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 15, 2008
    Publication date: November 19, 2009
    Inventors: Louis P. Grasso, JR., Louis P. Grasso, SR., Patrick S. Grasso, SR., Elliot Kracko, Cynthia A. Andela
  • Patent number: 7617999
    Abstract: A system for preparing recyclable vehicular material may consist of a transportable enclosure including a storage space, at least one opening, and at least a portion of an intake loader, a tire shredder, a fragment conveyor, and a storage floor. The intake loader may receive at least one tire and transport the tire from a loading point to a shredder intake. The tire shredder may receive the tire at the shredder intake and convert the tire into several tire fragments. The fragment conveyor may receive the tire fragments and transport the tire fragments to the storage space. The storage floor may be oriented substantially planar within the storage space and include several moveable sections configured to convey the tire fragments from a first end of the storage space to a second end of the storage space, where the second end of the storage space is located proximate to the opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2009
    Assignee: Quest Recycling Services, LLC
    Inventors: Jeffrey D. Forte, Brian S. Dick
  • Patent number: 7556213
    Abstract: The invention relates to a device for comminuting empty containers, particularly beverage bottles or cans made of plastic, particularly of PET or of tinplate, comprising a housing provided with a filling opening and with a discharge opening, and comprising a cutting unit mounted inside the housing and means for driving and controlling the cutting unit. The cutting unit contains at least two cutting rollers, which are mounted at a distance from one another with regard to their rotation axes, and the cutting mechanism containing the cutting rollers is a document shredder cutting mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2004
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2009
    Inventor: Hermann Schwelling
  • Patent number: 7546965
    Abstract: The invention is a domestic plastic bottle shredding machine. The machine has a hydraulic ram assembly located above the shredding mechanism so that any plastic, glass, paper, or aluminum that is introduced will be flattened prior to being shredded. A waste bin is located beneath the shredding mechanism such that the storage process is driven by gravity. The machine is designed for domestic uses such that the shape of the machine resembles a small garbage can. The primary feature of this invention is to aid the recycling process by shredding plastic, glass, paper, or aluminum in advance of the recycling process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2009
    Inventor: John W. Parkin
  • Patent number: 7540235
    Abstract: A method for pressing together empty containers, especially drinks bottles or cans made of plastic, especially PET or tinplate, comprises a housing with a fill opening and an outlet, a cutting and pressing disposed in the housing, and a device for driving and controlling the cutting and pressing unit. The cutting and pressing unit contains at least two rollers whose axes of rotation are arranged at a distance from each other. Each roller has at least two sections. Adjacent sections along the same roller have different diameters. When the rollers are mounted, the sections having the larger diameter are offset relative to each other and the peripheral surfaces thereof partially overlap with each other, forming cutting disks whose peripheral surfaces have at least one groove.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2004
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2009
    Inventor: Hermann Schwelling
  • Publication number: 20090078803
    Abstract: A shredder head adapted to shred data bearing documents and/or bottles.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 22, 2008
    Publication date: March 26, 2009
    Inventors: Charles Sued, Aron Abramson
  • Patent number: 7490723
    Abstract: A glass ampoule for packaging and containing solid matter under sterile conditions, the glass ampoule comprising an integral glass body having a breaking section, the breaking section being breakable to define an opening large enough to easily remove the matter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2004
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2009
    Inventor: Ricardo Levisman
  • Publication number: 20090029841
    Abstract: A glassware-breaking machine can be used to reduce the volume of glass waste and also to reduce disposal costs. The machine can be provided with a plurality of flaps to reduce noise. In order to reduce the risk of glassware becoming jammed, a conduit can be provided with an internal cross section that increases in size in a direction towards a glassware breaking device. The glassware-breaking device may be rotatably mounted within the machine and may have a container underneath it for collecting broken glass. The machine can be of compact construction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 8, 2007
    Publication date: January 29, 2009
    Inventor: Oliver Monaghan
  • Publication number: 20080295740
    Abstract: A clean dry glass powder useful as a substitute for Portland cement in concrete, in paints, and for other known uses for glass powder produced conventionally can be produced from unsorted post-consumer waste glass, including a substantial fraction of non-glass items, by employing glass pulverizing equipment to reduce waste glass to small fragments, allowing removal of trash, employing a multistep washing process to clean the glass fragments, in the preferred embodiment using aggregate cleaning equipment, drying the fragments, preferably using fluidized bed techniques, and grinding the glass to a desired particle size, preferably using a ball mill, in combination with an air classification step to produce a glass powder of uniform particle size.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 8, 2008
    Publication date: December 4, 2008
    Inventors: Louis P. Grasso, JR., Louis P. Grasso, SR., Patrick S. Grasso, SR., Elliot Kracko, Cynthia A. Andela, Ralph J. Acampora
  • Patent number: 7416142
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus are provided for processing recyclable containers. In one embodiment, an assembly is provided which comprises an intake port, a plurality of densification devices each configured to densify a recyclable container, a computer-readable medium on which container information is stored, a scanning device for determining a characteristic of the container, and a processor which selects one of the plurality of densification devices to which the recyclable container should be conveyed based on the characteristic(s) determined by the scanning device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2005
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2008
    Assignee: Count & Crush LLC
    Inventors: Richard Baker, Fred Pink
  • Publication number: 20080197222
    Abstract: A reclamation system for breaking, consolidating, and shipping used fluorescent lamp tubes comprising a breaking chamber consisting of a flexible portion or tube where multiple lamp tubes are broken by being struck with a mallet. The breaking chamber is then ready to be packed and sent to a recycling depot. In another embodiment, the broken tubes are dumped directly from the breaking chamber into a receiving drum. When the drum is full, the breaking chamber is folded back and forth on itself and stored on the lid of the receiving drum. This seals the drum, without being opened in the field. A protective cap is then attached and the filled drum along with the breaking chamber is shipped to a recycling depot where it is emptied, cleaned, re-furbished, and returned to the field ready to receive another load of fluorescent tubes. In both embodiments, the vapors and dust are within a sealed apparatus from the time of loading with whole tubes to the opening at the recycling depot.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 20, 2007
    Publication date: August 21, 2008
    Inventor: Peter A. Barton
  • Patent number: 7322285
    Abstract: An apparatus for crushing objects includes an inlet for serially feeding objects to the apparatus and a driver roller that is rotatably driven about a first axis by a power input mechanism, wherein the driver roller has a first notch. The apparatus further includes an idler roller rotatably coupled to the driver roller so as to be rotatably driven about a second axis that is substantially parallel to the first axis. The idler roller has a second notch wherein the first and second notches coordinate to at least partially receive the object therein throughout a portion of respective revolutions of the driver roller and the idler roller. The apparatus may further include a crushed object outlet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2006
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2008
    Assignee: Wittig Electric Can Crusher, LLC
    Inventor: David Wittig
  • Patent number: 7207508
    Abstract: The invention provides a method for effecting a controlled breaking of a wedding glass, comprising providing a device having a housing having a bottom and top sheet both of puncture-resistant material and an intermediate layer of compressible material retained between the sheets, the intermediate layer being provided with an opening forming a well sized to accommodate a wedding glass therein, whereby a stamping action directed to the top sheet results in the compression of the intermediate layer and the shattering of the glass within the confines of the sheets and the well.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2003
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2007
    Inventor: Ephraim Golshevsky
  • Patent number: 7168642
    Abstract: Glass bottle breaking apparatus comprises a hopper (17) for receiving empty glass bottles (47) in bulk, at least a portion of the hopper (17) being formed as a grating including stop means (31), and a shaft (22) located outside of the hopper (17) carrying hammers (43, 44) mounted for pivotal movement relative to the shaft. When the shaft (22) is rotated on its central longitudinal axis by means of a motor (23) and drive (37, 39, 40), the flailing hammers (43, 44) move in an arcuate path into and through the hopper (17) towards and through the stop means (31) and impact with bottles (47) contained within the hopper (17) and lying in the path of the hammers (43, 44) causing breakage of the bottles (47). The apparatus provides for a compact bottle breaking machine with reduced risk of jamming.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2004
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2007
    Assignee: In-Q-Bator Limited
    Inventor: Christopher John Waldron
  • Patent number: 7118056
    Abstract: A chemical waste collection and disposal system for fluorescent lamps that allows for the safe collection and disposal of crushed or broken fluorescent lamps, while recovering substantially 100% of the hazardous mercury vapors contained within the lamps. A fluorescent lamp is inserted within a drum and broken into fragments by one or more blades, with the fragment falling to the bottom of the drum. The mercury vapors that are emitted from the broken fluorescent lamps are forced out of the drum by negative positive pressure created by a vacuum/filter assembly. Once through the filter assembly, which includes a HEPA filter and activated carbon filter, the gases are permitted to escape into the environment virtually 100% free of mercury toxins.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2004
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2006
    Assignee: Killgerm Group Limited
    Inventor: Edward J. Domanico
  • Patent number: 6988683
    Abstract: Apparatus (2) for crushing glass or ceramic material, which apparatus (2) comprises a rotor (4), rotor blades (6) on the rotor (4), at least one stationary blade (8) which cooperates in use with the rotor blades (6) as the rotor (4) rotates, and a chamber (16) for receiving crushed glass or ceramic material (18), the apparatus (2) being such that the rotor (4) is upstream of the chamber (16), the glass or ceramic material (18) is first broken into fragments (20) on impact with the rotor (4), the fragments (20) are reduced in size and formed into cullet (22) by passing through a gap (24) between the rotor blades (6) and the stationary blade (8), and the action of the rotor blades (6) and the stationary blade (8) causes the cullet (22) to be such that it will not cut, is safe for handling, and is suitable for further use without further processing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2001
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2006
    Assignee: Global Eneco Limited
    Inventor: Stephen Whettingsteel
  • Patent number: 6957784
    Abstract: A bottle crushing system for breaking apart bottles into fragments includes an enclosure having an upper component containing region and a lower glass receptacle region separated from one another by a support panel. A crushing assembly includes a drive and a rotating crusher element operably connected thereto. The drive is disposed above the support panel, within the upper component containing region and the rotating crusher element is disposed below the support panel within the lower glass receptacle region. A chute assembly has an entrance opening in the enclosure for introducing bottles to the crushing system and traverses through an opening in the support panel. The chute system has a discharge at the crusher element that is positioned immediately above the rotational path of the crusher element. The chute system includes a pair of baffle element sets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2004
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2005
    Assignee: Majestic Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Richard A. Barkan, Dennis Melchiorre
  • Patent number: 6935586
    Abstract: A recycling device and a method of using same are disclosed. The recycling device includes the interconnected components of a housing unit, a first door, a second door, an elongated barrel, an electrical plug, a utility motor, a utility belt drive, a rolling pin, a conveyor belt, a plurality of intake rollers, a shredding blade, a receiving bucket, a hydraulic press, a compression piston, and a control panel. The method of using the device includes a convenient means for recycling a plurality of various types of materials, in which the method includes the steps of obtaining and plugging.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2003
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2005
    Inventor: Robert J. Janssen
  • Patent number: 6869327
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for recovering of fluorescent material from faulty glass bodies (1) of discharge lamps by crushing (11) the lamps, separating and recovering the fluorescent components thereof. The method comprises the steps of breaking the faulty glass bodies (1) in a crusher, removing all metallic component parts if present in the glass bodies (1) by means of electromagnetic separation (13), separating a remaining fraction forming a reusable waste from the broken scrap including glass particles and fluorescent material particles by sieving (15), separating the fluorescent material from the surface of the glass particles in a liquid by washing (19), and obtaining a reusable fluorescent material from the liquid suspension by means of at least one sedimentary deposition (21). The method comprises the step of treating of the remaining fraction by heat for removing the binding material from the fluorescent material if it is necessary.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2001
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2005
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Miklós György, Sándor Lukács, Erzsébet Cserteg, Erzsébet Tóth, Géza Kamenár
  • Patent number: 6832703
    Abstract: A cover for fracturing the neck of a glass ampoule or vial of the type having a glass body, a glass top and a glass neck joining the body to the top and dispensing fluid therefrom. The cover has a first portion with a hollow interior sized to sealingly receive and resiliently capture the body portion of the ampoule. The device has a second portion including a first hollow interior section sized to engage and capture the top of the ampoule. The second portion of the device has a second section in the form of a pouring spout in fluid communication with the ampoule neck and includes an opening for dispensing the liquid contents of the ampoule which opening is covered by a filter. A resiliently expandable portion connects the first and second portions. The expandable portion is in a contracted position before the neck of the glass ampoule is broken and expands upon breaking the neck thereby moving the top of the ampoule away from the ampoule body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2003
    Date of Patent: December 21, 2004
    Assignee: Howmedica Osteonics Corp.
    Inventors: Christopher Scott, Anthony J. La Rosa
  • Patent number: 6817462
    Abstract: A return device for containers, such as bottles, cups, cans, or the like, comprises an insertion opening for receiving the container and at least one distributing means for transporting the container from the insertion opening to a selectable processing means of the return device. For a faster and easier sorting of the containers in a compact way, the distributing means comprises at least one intermediate bottom and a receiving means which is movable relative to the bottom, transports the container away from the insertion opening and is provided with a bottom opening, the intermediate bottom being movably supported in the return device and comprising at least one sorting opening which can be positioned below the bottom opening for passing the container therethrough to the selected processing means.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2002
    Date of Patent: November 16, 2004
    Assignee: C.M.S. S.P.A.
    Inventor: Luciano Salda
  • Patent number: 6796225
    Abstract: An apparatus for compacting objects such as plastic bottles and cans whose material is to be recycled includes a detector device, two discharge openings and a compactor device. The detector device has at least one code reader for distinguishing approved from rejected objects. One of the two discharge openings is intended for approved objects and the other for rejected objects. The compactor device compacts the approved objects and has continuous, non-cyclic operation. As a result, waiting times are avoided between the discharge of an approved object and the commencement of the compaction thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2001
    Date of Patent: September 28, 2004
    Assignee: Tomra Systems ASA
    Inventor: Leif Henrysson
  • Publication number: 20040104288
    Abstract: A portable device for effectively grinding, crushing and containing burned out fluorescent lamps within a leak-proof two-component safety closure system, comprising a combination of a mounted electric motor-activated hi-speed rotating grinding and crushing means, an internally feeding guide tube means, a strong non-porous containment means, a see-through transparent leak-proof window with cleaning means, and at least a pair of locking and unlocking means, a descent limiting means, and a foot-controllable outwardly extending structural means to help in the easy disengagement of said two-component safety closure system to facilitate the mounting and removal of the said containment means; altogether functioning as an environment-and-user-friendly prevention or minimization of the hazards of spreading the dangerous debris and poisonous contents of burned out fluorescent lamps.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 29, 2002
    Publication date: June 3, 2004
    Inventor: Willy Dacanay
  • Patent number: 6688543
    Abstract: The present invention provides a hanger recycling system that enables effective use of resources, such that PET bottles and hangers are not disposed of as waste, but rather can be reutilized. Thus, this system is useful in reducing waste and limiting the generation of dioxane, and enables the recycling system to be easily established. The system is easily introduced to various areas, benefits regional development, and enables recycled hangers to be collected efficiently and economically with little burden.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2001
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2004
    Inventor: Motoyuki Oritani
  • Patent number: 6675947
    Abstract: A recycling machine is provided which compacts containers using a multi-purpose compacting system which includes a roller assembly having a roller configured to draw containers through an adjustable container-receiving throat. The compacting system also includes a base plate assembly with a movable base plate which at least partially defines the throat, the base plate being mounted for movement between a first orientation wherein the base plate is a first predetermined distance from the roller so as to define an open container-receiving throat, and a second orientation wherein the base plate is a second lesser predetermined distance from the roller so as to close the container-receiving throat. The throat typically is closed as the container passes between the roller and the base plate so as to compact the container therebetween.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2002
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2004
    Assignee: Can & Bottle Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Kris M. Kiva, Stuart R. Aldrich, John A. Coyne
  • Patent number: RE45290
    Abstract: Clean glass particles are produced from post-consumer mixed glass and like waste streams by a series of pulverizing, size- and material-based separation, ozonation, drying, sizing, and paper fluff removal steps.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2014
    Assignee: Glass Processing Solutions, LLC
    Inventor: Cynthia Andela