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1. (WO1997018045) AUTOMATED SORTING APPARATUS AND SYSTEM
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Pub. No.: WO/1997/018045 International Application No.: PCT/AU1996/000721
Publication Date: 22.05.1997 International Filing Date: 15.11.1996
Chapter 2 Demand Filed: 13.06.1997
IPC:
B07C 5/02 (2006.01) ,B07C 5/342 (2006.01) ,B07C 5/36 (2006.01) ,B65G 17/48 (2006.01)
B PERFORMING OPERATIONS; TRANSPORTING
07
SEPARATING SOLIDS FROM SOLIDS; SORTING
C
POSTAL SORTING; SORTING INDIVIDUAL ARTICLES, OR BULK MATERIAL FIT TO BE SORTED PIECE-MEAL, e.g. BY PICKING
5
Sorting according to a characteristic or feature of the articles or material being sorted, e.g. by control effected by devices which detect or measure such characteristic or feature; Sorting by manually actuated devices, e.g. switches
02
Measures preceding sorting, e.g. arranging articles in a stream, orientating
B PERFORMING OPERATIONS; TRANSPORTING
07
SEPARATING SOLIDS FROM SOLIDS; SORTING
C
POSTAL SORTING; SORTING INDIVIDUAL ARTICLES, OR BULK MATERIAL FIT TO BE SORTED PIECE-MEAL, e.g. BY PICKING
5
Sorting according to a characteristic or feature of the articles or material being sorted, e.g. by control effected by devices which detect or measure such characteristic or feature; Sorting by manually actuated devices, e.g. switches
34
Sorting according to other particular properties
342
according to optical properties, e.g. colour
B PERFORMING OPERATIONS; TRANSPORTING
07
SEPARATING SOLIDS FROM SOLIDS; SORTING
C
POSTAL SORTING; SORTING INDIVIDUAL ARTICLES, OR BULK MATERIAL FIT TO BE SORTED PIECE-MEAL, e.g. BY PICKING
5
Sorting according to a characteristic or feature of the articles or material being sorted, e.g. by control effected by devices which detect or measure such characteristic or feature; Sorting by manually actuated devices, e.g. switches
36
Sorting apparatus characterised by the means used for distribution
B PERFORMING OPERATIONS; TRANSPORTING
65
CONVEYING; PACKING; STORING; HANDLING THIN OR FILAMENTARY MATERIAL
G
TRANSPORT OR STORAGE DEVICES, e.g. CONVEYORS FOR LOADING OR TIPPING, SHOP CONVEYOR SYSTEMS OR PNEUMATIC TUBE CONVEYORS
17
Conveyers having an endless traction element, e.g. a chain, transmitting movement to a continuous or substantially-continuous load-carrying surface or to a series of individual load-carriers; Endless-chain conveyers in which the chains form the load-carrying surface
30
Details; Auxiliary devices
48
Controlling attitudes of load-carriers during movement
Applicants:
ROSEBAY TERRACE PTY. LTD. [AU/AU]; 26-30 Parsons Avenue Springvale, VIC 3171, AU (AllExceptUS)
MATKOVICH, Mario [AU/AU]; AU (UsOnly)
Inventors:
MATKOVICH, Mario; AU
Agent:
PHILLIPS ORMONDE & FITZPATRICK; 367 Collins Street Melbourne, VIC 3000, AU
Priority Data:
PN 657915.11.1995AU
Title (EN) AUTOMATED SORTING APPARATUS AND SYSTEM
(FR) APPAREIL ET SYSTEME DE SELECTION AUTOMATISE
Abstract:
(EN) An apparatus for sorting from a group of different articles at least one batch of articles where members of the batch are either the same of have some unifying visual characteristic, said apparatus including: (a) a conveying means for transporting the articles along a predetermined path; (b) at least one vision recognition unit; (c) removal means for selectively removing those articles from the conveying means which have been recognised by the vision recognition unit as having the one or more predetermined visual characteristics.
(FR) La présente invention concerne un appareil permettant de sélectionner, dans un groupe constitué de différents articles, au moins un groupe d'articles dont les constituants sont identiques ou présentent quelques caractéristiques visuelles semblables. Cet appareil se compose: (a) d'un convoyeur servant à transporter les articles le long d'un trajet prédéterminé; (b) d'au moins une unité de reconnaissance visuelle; (c) d'organes de retrait permettant de retirer sélectivement du convoyeur ceux des articles qui ont été reconnus par l'unité de reconnaissance visuelle comme possédant une ou plusieurs des caractéristiques visuelles prédéfinies.
Designated States: AL, AM, AT, AU, AZ, BA, BB, BG, BR, BY, CA, CH, CN, CU, CZ, DE, DK, EE, ES, FI, GB, GE, HU, IL, IS, JP, KE, KG, KP, KR, KZ, LC, LK, LR, LS, LT, LU, LV, MD, MG, MK, MN, MW, MX, NO, NZ, PL, PT, RO, RU, SD, SE, SG, SI, SK, TJ, TM, TR, TT, UA, UG, US, UZ, VN
African Regional Intellectual Property Organization (ARIPO) (KE, LS, MW, SD, SZ, UG)
Eurasian Patent Organization (AM, AZ, BY, KG, KZ, MD, RU, TJ, TM)
European Patent Office (AT, BE, CH, DE, DK, ES, FI, FR, GB, GR, IE, IT, LU, MC, NL, PT, SE)
African Intellectual Property Organization (BF, BJ, CF, CG, CI, CM, GA, GN, ML, MR, NE, SN, TD, TG)
Publication Language: English (EN)
Filing Language: English (EN)
Also published as:
EP0861129US6149016CA2237769AU1996074870