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1. WO2020089436 - REVERSE VENDING MACHINE ARRANGEMENTS AND RELATED METHODS

Publication Number WO/2020/089436
Publication Date 07.05.2020
International Application No. PCT/EP2019/079923
International Filing Date 31.10.2019
IPC
G07F 7/06 2006.01
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, e.g. bottles
G07F 9/02 2006.01
GPHYSICS
07CHECKING-DEVICES
FCOIN-FREED OR LIKE APPARATUS
9Details other than those peculiar to special kinds or types of apparatus
02Devices for alarm or indication, e.g. when empty; Advertising arrangements in coin-freed apparatus
B30B 9/32 2006.01
BPERFORMING OPERATIONS; TRANSPORTING
30PRESSES
BPRESSES IN GENERAL; PRESSES NOT OTHERWISE PROVIDED FOR
9Presses specially adapted for particular purposes
32for consolidating scrap metal or for compacting used cars
CPC
B30B 9/325
BPERFORMING OPERATIONS; TRANSPORTING
30PRESSES
BPRESSES IN GENERAL
9Presses specially adapted for particular purposes
32for consolidating scrap metal or for compacting used cars
321for consolidating empty containers, e.g. cans
325between rotary pressing members, e.g. rollers, discs
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
G07F 9/026
GPHYSICS
07CHECKING-DEVICES
FCOIN-FREED OR LIKE APPARATUS
9Details other than those peculiar to special kinds or types of apparatus
02Devices for alarm or indication, e.g. when empty; Advertising arrangements in coin-freed apparatus
026for alarm, monitoring and auditing in vending machines or means for indication, e.g. when empty
Applicants
  • TOMRA SYSTEMS ASA [NO]/[NO]
Inventors
  • DEHLI, Terje
  • HANSEN, Anders H.
Agents
  • AWA SWEDEN AB
Priority Data
18203814.131.10.2018EP
Publication Language English (EN)
Filing Language English (EN)
Designated States
Title
(EN) REVERSE VENDING MACHINE ARRANGEMENTS AND RELATED METHODS
(FR) AGENCEMENTS DE RÉCUPÉRATRICE AUTOMATISÉE ET PROCÉDÉS ASSOCIÉS
Abstract
(EN)
The present inventive concept relates to a reverse vending machine arrangement for receiving returnable containers comprising a receiving compartment, a feed opening, an optical sensor having a first partial field of view which comprises a partial or full view of the returnable container when received and supported by the receiving means, a monitored element arranged extending along, the feed opening; a mirror configured to provide the optical sensor with a second partial field of view covering the monitored element; and an illumination arrangement configured to backlight the monitored element by emitting radiation which directly after transmission through the monitored element is mainly directed towards a space outside of the receiving compartment; a processing circuitry configured to determine, based on data received from the optical sensor relating to the first partial field of view, the presence of a potential returnable container in the receiving compartment, wherein the processing circuitry is further arranged to determine, based on data received from the optical sensor and relating to the second partial field of view, whether an object is obscuring the monitored element when the same is backlit, and to initiate a safety action in order to protect the object and/or the reverse vending machine arrangement upon determination that an object is obscuring the monitored element.
(FR)
Le présent concept de l'invention concerne un agencement de récupératrice automatisée pour recevoir des emballages consignés comprenant un compartiment de réception, un orifice d'alimentation, un capteur optique présentant un premier champ de vue partiel qui comprend une vue partielle ou complète de l'emballage consigné lorsqu'il est reçu et maintenu par le moyen de réception, un élément surveillé disposé de façon à s'étendre le long de l'orifice d'alimentation ; un miroir conçu pour fournir au capteur optique un second champ de vue partiel couvrant l'élément surveillé ; et un agencement d'éclairage configuré pour rétro-éclairer l'élément surveillé en émettant un rayonnement qui est principalement dirigé vers un espace à l'extérieur du compartiment de réception juste après l'émission à travers l'élément surveillé ; une circuiterie de traitement configurée pour déterminer, sur la base de données reçues en provenance du capteur optique concernant le premier champ de vue partiel, la présence d'un emballage consigné potentiel dans le compartiment de réception, la circuiterie de traitement étant en outre conçue pour déterminer, sur la base de données reçues en provenance du capteur optique et relatives au second champ de vision partiel, si un objet occulte l'élément surveillé lorsque ce dernier est rétro-éclairé, et pour initier une action de sécurité afin de protéger l'objet et/ou l'agencement de récupératrice automatisée lorsqu'il est déterminé qu'un objet occulte l'élément surveillé.
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