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1. WO2005069233 - METHOD AND DEVICE FOR OBSERVING FEATURES OF AN OBJECT

Publication Number WO/2005/069233
Publication Date 28.07.2005
International Application No. PCT/NO2005/000016
International Filing Date 12.01.2005
IPC
B07C 5/34 2006.01
BPERFORMING OPERATIONS; TRANSPORTING
07SEPARATING SOLIDS FROM SOLIDS; SORTING
CPOSTAL SORTING; SORTING INDIVIDUAL ARTICLES, OR BULK MATERIAL FIT TO BE SORTED PIECE-MEAL, e.g. BY PICKING
5Sorting 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
34Sorting according to other particular properties
B07C 5/342 2006.01
BPERFORMING OPERATIONS; TRANSPORTING
07SEPARATING SOLIDS FROM SOLIDS; SORTING
CPOSTAL SORTING; SORTING INDIVIDUAL ARTICLES, OR BULK MATERIAL FIT TO BE SORTED PIECE-MEAL, e.g. BY PICKING
5Sorting 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
34Sorting according to other particular properties
342according to optical properties, e.g. colour
CPC
B07C 5/126
BPERFORMING OPERATIONS; TRANSPORTING
07SEPARATING SOLIDS FROM SOLIDS; SORTING
CPOSTAL SORTING; SORTING INDIVIDUAL ARTICLES, OR BULK MATERIAL FIT TO BE SORTED PIECE-MEAL, e.g. BY PICKING
5Sorting 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
04Sorting according to size
12characterised by the application to particular articles, not otherwise provided for
122for bottles, ampoules, jars and other glassware
126by means of photo-electric sensors, e.g. according to colour
B07C 5/3408
BPERFORMING OPERATIONS; TRANSPORTING
07SEPARATING SOLIDS FROM SOLIDS; SORTING
CPOSTAL SORTING; SORTING INDIVIDUAL ARTICLES, OR BULK MATERIAL FIT TO BE SORTED PIECE-MEAL, e.g. BY PICKING
5Sorting 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
34Sorting according to other particular properties
3404according to properties of containers or receptacles, e.g. rigidity, leaks, fill-level
3408for bottles, jars or other glassware
B07C 5/3422
BPERFORMING OPERATIONS; TRANSPORTING
07SEPARATING SOLIDS FROM SOLIDS; SORTING
CPOSTAL SORTING; SORTING INDIVIDUAL ARTICLES, OR BULK MATERIAL FIT TO BE SORTED PIECE-MEAL, e.g. BY PICKING
5Sorting 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
34Sorting according to other particular properties
342according to optical properties, e.g. colour
3422using video scanning devices, e.g. TV-cameras
G07F 7/0609
GPHYSICS
07CHECKING-DEVICES
FCOIN-FREED OR LIKE APPARATUS
7Mechanisms actuated by objects other than coins to free or to actuate vending, hiring, coin or paper currency dispensing or refunding apparatus
06by returnable containers ; , i.e. reverse vending systems in which a user is rewarded for returning a container that serves as a token of value; , e.g. bottles
0609by fluid containers, e.g. bottles, cups, gas containers
Applicants
  • TOMRA SYSTEMS ASA [NO]/[NO] (AllExceptUS)
  • LUNDE, Tom [NO]/[NO] (UsOnly)
  • RYGH, Jørgen [NO]/[NO] (UsOnly)
  • SÆTHER, Geir [NO]/[NO] (UsOnly)
Inventors
  • LUNDE, Tom
  • RYGH, Jørgen
  • SÆTHER, Geir
Agents
  • LANGFELDT, Jens, F., C.
Priority Data
2004020416.01.2004NO
Publication Language English (EN)
Filing Language Norvegian (NO)
Designated States
Title
(EN) METHOD AND DEVICE FOR OBSERVING FEATURES OF AN OBJECT
(FR) PROCEDE ET DISPOSITIF POUR OBSERVER DES CARACTERISTIQUES D'UN OBJET
Abstract
(EN)
A device for observing a feature on an object (1), e.g., an empty bottle or can, the device having an object inlet (2) and object outlet (3), means (4) designed to allow the object (1) to move from the inlet (2) towards the outlet (3), a detector station (6) arranged for observing at least one feature (9) that is representative for the object, means (10, 13, 20) adapted to compare an observed feature with predetermined feature data, and means (20) arranged, on the basis of the comparison, to output a result signal. The detector station has a light source (8; 8´’) that illuminates on the inserted object (1) an end region (1´) facing the outlet which includes the bottom of the object, and at least one camera (7) arranged to view the end region (1’) that includes the bottom of the object for observing any feature (9) present. At least three object presence detectors (14; 15; 16; 17) are arranged mutually spaced between the inlet (2) and the detector station (6), of which at least two of the detectors (15, 16) form light curtains transverse to the direction of travel of the object. One of the object presence detectors (17) is optionally adapted to activate the detector station (6) to take at least one picture of the end area. The feature can be selected from the group: phosphorescent or fluorescent mark, bar code marking, physical embossing in or on the material of the object, a symbol having a characteristic spectral reflectance, and a symbol having characteristic shape. A processor (10) will, on the basis of compared signal status of the lightreceiver elements (15’’; 16’’), determine the direction of travel of the object (1).
(FR)
L'invention concerne un dispositif permettant d'observer une caractéristique sur un objet (1), par exemple, une bouteille ou une canette vide, le dispositif présentant une entrée d'objet (2) et une sortie d'objet (3), un moyen (4) conçu pour permettre à l'objet (1) de se déplacer de l'entrée (2) vers la sortie (3), une station de détection (6) conçue pour observer au moins une caractéristique (9) qui est représentative de l'objet, des moyens (10, 13, 20) conçus pour comparer et observer une caractéristique avec des données de caractéristiques prédéterminées, ainsi qu'un moyen (20) conçu, en fonction de la comparaison, pour produire un signal de résultat. La station de détection présente une source lumineuse (8 ; 8') qui éclaire sur l'objet (1) inséré une zone d'extrémité (1') faisant face à la sortie et qui comprend le fond de l'objet, ainsi qu'au moins une caméra (7) conçue pour visualiser la zone d'extrémité (1') qui comprend le fond de l'objet afin d'observer une quelconque caractéristique (9) présente. Au moins trois détecteurs de présence d'objet (14 ; 15 ; 16 ; 17) sont agencés de manière mutuellement espacée entre l'entrée (2) et la station de détection (6), au moins deux des détecteurs (15, 16) formant des rideaux de lumière transversaux à la direction de déplacement de l'objet. Un des détecteurs de présence d'objet (17) est éventuellement conçu pour activer la station de détection (6) afin qu'elle prenne au moins un image de la zone d'extrémité. La caractéristique peut être sélectionnée dans le groupe comprenant : une marque phosphorescente ou fluorescente, un marquage code à barres, un gaufrage physique dans ou sur le matériau de l'objet, un symbole présentant une réflectance spectrale caractéristique et un symbole présentant une forme caractéristique. Un processeur (10) détermine le sens de déplacement de l'objet (1) en fonction de l'état du signal comparé des éléments récepteurs de lumière (15'' ; 16'').
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