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1. (US20190037814) APPARATUS AND METHOD TO DETECT UPSIDE DOWN EGGS

Office : United States of America
Application Number: 16075832 Application Date: 07.02.2017
Publication Number: 20190037814 Publication Date: 07.02.2019
Publication Kind : A1
Prior PCT appl.: Application Number:PCTIB2017000160 ; Publication Number: Click to see the data
IPC:
A01K 43/04
B65B 23/06
A HUMAN NECESSITIES
01
AGRICULTURE; FORESTRY; ANIMAL HUSBANDRY; HUNTING; TRAPPING; FISHING
K
ANIMAL HUSBANDRY; CARE OF BIRDS, FISHES, INSECTS; FISHING; REARING OR BREEDING ANIMALS, NOT OTHERWISE PROVIDED FOR; NEW BREEDS OF ANIMALS
43
Testing, sorting, or cleaning eggs
04
Grading eggs
B PERFORMING OPERATIONS; TRANSPORTING
65
CONVEYING; PACKING; STORING; HANDLING THIN OR FILAMENTARY MATERIAL
B
MACHINES, APPARATUS OR DEVICES FOR, OR METHODS OF, PACKAGING ARTICLES OR MATERIALS; UNPACKING
23
Packaging fragile or shock-sensitive articles other than bottles; Unpacking eggs
02
Packaging or unpacking eggs
06
Arranging, feeding, or orientating the eggs to be packed; Removing eggs from trays or cartons
CPC:
A01K 43/04
B65B 23/06
Applicants: EGG-CHICK AUTOMATED TECHOLOGIES
Inventors: Bertrand MALET
Laura TRUBUIL
Maharavo ANDRIAMIARISOA
Priority Data:
Title: (EN) APPARATUS AND METHOD TO DETECT UPSIDE DOWN EGGS
Abstract: front page image
(EN)

An apparatus to identify upside-down eggs of a batch of eggs includes a heating module configured to expose an air cell in each egg of the batch of eggs to a radiation flux. The apparatus also includes an imaging module with a thermal camera configured to capture thermal images of the batch of eggs when the eggs are not exposed to the radiation flux. The apparatus further includes an analyzer module configured to detect the presence of a heated zone in the air cell of each egg from the thermal images and identify upside-down eggs based on the presence of the heated zone. A method to identify upside-down eggs from a batch of eggs includes heating the batch of eggs with a radiation source, such as an infrared source, so as to generate a hot zone inside an air cell of each egg without significantly heating the rest of the eggs. Thermal images of the eggs are captured while the eggs are not exposed to the radiation source, analyzed to detect the presence of the hot zone and to identify the upside down eggs.


Also published as:
CA3012284KR1020180109922IN201817027963EP3413707CN109068615BR112018016007
PH1/2018/501677WO/2017/137837