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Machine for sorting flats

Tue, 26 May 2015 08:00:00 EDT

A sorting machine at least for flat postal items comprises a stacking module having a plurality of stacking stations, which define respective channels along which the postal products are carried and a first plurality of rollers for handling the postal products along the stacking stations, a first carrying assembly defining a second channel configured for carrying the postal products towards the stacking module and comprising a second plurality of rollers for carrying the postal products, a plurality of deviating assemblies, each of which comprises a first device selectively mobile for deviating a flat into the channel of the desired stacking station, and a second carrying assembly delimiting an outlet channel communicating with the plurality of stacking stations, wherein at least one of the first and second rollers is mobile transversely with respect to the direction of conveyance of the postal products on the machine.



Detecting apparatus, removing apparatus, detecting method, and removing method

Tue, 26 May 2015 08:00:00 EDT

A detection apparatus for detecting foreign substances or defective goods, with which it is easy to accomplish inspection even if the inspection objects have a shape that tends to allow rolling, comprises: transparent members 11 and 12, partitions 21 and 22, a supplying unit 30, cameras 41 and 42, a control unit 50. A removing apparatus 1, which includes such detection apparatus, comprises a suction controller 60 and suction nozzles 61 to 68. While the partitions 21, 22 move around, inspection objects A are each put in each cell of the partitions 21, 22, and are photographed by the cameras 41 and 42, from above and below the transparent members 11, 12, respectively. The images obtained by such photographing are analyzed, and foreign substances or defective goods mingling in the inspection objects A are detected. The foreign substances or defective goods are separated from the conforming goods by selectively sucking the inspection objects A with the suction nozzles 61 to 64.



Device and method for loading a transporting unit

Tue, 26 May 2015 08:00:00 EDT

A device for loading a transporting unit provided for transporting piece goods, in particular mail deliveries, includes a first conveying unit which can be moved into the transporting unit and is provided for conveying and unloading a first stream of piece goods in the transporting unit. At least one second conveying unit is provided for conveying and unloading a second stream of piece goods in the transporting unit in order to optimize loading with respect to a transport filling density of the transporting unit, along with an increased loading throughput and increased working convenience. The piece goods are distributed among the streams of piece goods according to at least one sorting criterion.



System and method for optimizing a mail document sorting machine

Tue, 19 May 2015 08:00:00 EDT

A system and method for optimizing mail sorting equipment based upon various commingled data files and user selected options includes a sorter, an optimizing system, and a computer for optimizing the sort plan based upon the data files and user settings.



Optical robotic sorting method and apparatus

Tue, 19 May 2015 08:00:00 EDT

An optical robotic sorting method and apparatus for identifying and sorting a product is provided. In the preferred embodiment, the method comprises the steps of illuminating the product with a light source, imaging the product using at least one imaging device, analyzing the image, and activating a robotic sorter to sort the product.



Separation apparatus

Tue, 19 May 2015 08:00:00 EDT

A separation-apparatus for separating from a particle-stream at least a first fraction with particles of a first group of dimensions, and a second fraction with particles of a second group of dimensions, comprising an infeed-device (2, 10) for the particle-stream, a rotatable drum (5) having at its circumference plates (6, 6), each plate having a radially extending hitting surface for the particles, at least a first receiving area (12) proximal to the drum for receipt therein of particles of the first fraction, and at least a second receiving area (11) distant from the drum for receipt therein of particles of the second fraction, wherein a conveyor (17) in the second receiving area (12) moves during use at a speed of at least 2 m/s.



Electromagnetic separation for shakers

Tue, 19 May 2015 08:00:00 EDT

A vibratory separator including a skid having a skid magnet and a basket having a basket magnet disposed on the basket, wherein the skid magnet and the basket magnets are arranged to magnetically interact. Also, a method for operating a vibratory separator that includes supplying a current to a skid electromagnet disposed on a skid of the vibratory separator, and interacting the skid electromagnet with a basket magnet disposed on a basket of the vibratory separator.



Screening device and method of screening

Tue, 19 May 2015 08:00:00 EDT

A screening device (1) comprises a first compartment (3) for receiving solid particulate material, a second compartment (5) for receiving screened particulates from said first compartment (3), a perforated wall (7) separating the first (3) and second (5) compartments from each other for screening the solid particulate material into at least two particulate size-dependent fractions, and a gas permeable layer (21) for fluidization of particulates in said first compartment (3). The first compartment (3) is provided with a solid particulate material inlet (9) located at a first end (22) of screening device (1), and a particulate material outlet (11) located at a second end (24) of screening device (1), with perforated wall (7) extending from first end (22) to second end (24) of screening device (1), enabling simultaneous transport and screening of at least a portion of said solid particulate material.



Packaged chip detection and classification device

Tue, 12 May 2015 08:00:00 EDT

A packaged chip detection and classification device includes a rotation unit for transporting a plurality of packaged chips, a packaged chip detection unit, and a packaged chip classification unit. The rotation unit includes a rotary turntable, a plurality of receiving portions formed on the rotary turntable, and a plurality of suction-exhaust openings respectively formed in the receiving portions. Each receiving portion is used to selectively receive at least one of the packaged chips. The packaged chip detection unit includes a packaged chip detection module adjacent to the rotation unit for detecting each packaged chip. The packaged chip classification unit includes a packaged chip classification module adjacent to the rotation unit for classifying the packaged chips. Therefore, the packaged chip detection and classification device can be used to detect and classify no-lead packaged chips by matching the rotation unit, the packaged chip detection unit, and the packaged chip classification unit.



Microparticle sorting device and method for controlling position in microparticle sorting device

Tue, 12 May 2015 08:00:00 EDT

A microparticle sorting device that automatically and accurately adjusts the positions of a fluid stream and a collection container is provided. The microparticle sorting device including a pair of deflecting plates that face each other with a passage area of a fluid stream therebetween, a camera that captures the image of the fluid stream, and a fluid stream detection light source that emits light parallel to a direction in which the deflecting plates face each other and that is movable in a direction perpendicular to the fluid stream and the light is provided. In the microparticle sorting device, the collection container that receives the fluid stream is mounted so as to be movable in the direction perpendicular to the fluid stream and the light.



Processing nickel bearing sulphides

Tue, 12 May 2015 08:00:00 EDT

The present invention provides a method of separating nickel bearing sulphides from mined ores or concentrates of mined ores that contain talc particles is disclosed. The method comprises adjusting the Eh of a slurry of mined ores or concentrates of mined ores and making particles of nickel bearing sulphides less hydrophobic than talc particles and floating the nickel bearing sulphide particles from the slurry.



Banknote handling apparatus having a sorted-banknote stacking device and bundling device

Tue, 12 May 2015 08:00:00 EDT

A banknote handling apparatus (1) includes a sorted-banknote stacking device (2) that sorts and stacks banknotes per denomination and a bundling device (3) that bundles the banknotes. The sorted-banknote stacking device (2) includes a feeding unit (12) that feeds the banknote from the hopper unit (11); a transporting unit (13) that transports the banknote; a denomination recognizing unit (14); a plurality of stackers (16) in which the banknote is sorted and stacked based on a recognition result; and a rejecting unit (17) that discharges rejected banknotes. The bundling device includes a bundling-object-banknote stacking unit (21) that stacks banknote of a specific denomination transported by the transporting unit (13); and a banknote bundling unit (22) that bundles the banknotes. The bottom surface of the sorted-banknote stacking unit (2) is arranged at a higher level than the bottom surface of the bundling device (3).



Multi-disc assembly for disc screen

Tue, 12 May 2015 08:00:00 EDT

A multi-disc assembly for releasable attachment to the shaft of a disc screen is provided. The multi-disc assembly includes a multi-disc hub of elastomeric material including multiple discs configured for use in the disc screen. The hub has a through bore configured for direct engagement over a shaft of the disc screen. A disc screen comprising the multi-disc assembly and method of using the multi-disc assembly are also provided.



Soiled animal litter separating device

Tue, 12 May 2015 08:00:00 EDT

A device for separating clean litter from soiled litter comprising a receptacle with one inlet and two discharge outlets. Soiled animal litter enters the receptacle through the inlet and clean litter is separated out from the soiled litter. When the container is tilted in a first direction, feces exit the container through the first outlet and clean litter is retained in the receptacle. When the container is tilted in a second direction, clean litter exits the container through the second outlet and clean litter is retained in the receptacle.



Method and apparatuses for screening

Tue, 12 May 2015 08:00:00 EDT

A screening machine includes wall members, screen assembly guide members, a screen assembly and a compression assembly. The screen assembly includes a frame with a plurality of side members and a screen supported by the frame. The compression assembly is attached to at least one wall member and forms the screen assembly into a concave shape.



Sorting apparatus

Tue, 12 May 2015 08:00:00 EDT

A sorting apparatus is described, and which includes a conveyor which transports a produce stream for inspection. A product separation surface is mounted near the distal end of the conveyor, and the produce stream passes over the product separation surface, and is slowed to a speed such that the produce stream falls substantially immediately vertically downwardly. An inspection zone is located downstream relative to the product separation surface. An imaging device is provided, and which images the produce stream passing through the inspection zone; an illumination device is provided for illuminating the produce stream passing through the inspection zone, and an ejector assembly is located downstream of the inspection zone and which removes unwanted solid material in the produce stream having undesirable characteristics.



Collapsible sifter

Tue, 12 May 2015 08:00:00 EDT

A collapsible sifter having a substantially rigid annular top rim, a substantially rigid annular bottom ring, a flexible annular middle portion having two or more living hinges to collapse the sifter from an open configuration to a collapsed configuration and a removably attachable bottom implement. First and second cooperating elements, associated with the annular bottom ring and the bottom implement, are used to removably attach the bottom implement to the bottom annular ring.



Mixture of an amine alkoxylate ester and a quaternary ammonium compound as a collector for minerals containing silicate

Tue, 12 May 2015 08:00:00 EDT

The invention relates to the use of a composition of A) at least one quaternary ammonia compound comprising at least one organic radical bonded to the ammonia nitrogen atom and optionally comprising heteroatoms and having 1 to 36 carbon atoms, and B) at least one amine alkoxylate ester of formula (1) or a salt thereof, where A, B are, independently of each other, a C2- through C5-alkylene radical R1, a C8- through C24-alkyl radical or alkenyl radical R2, R3, R4 independent of each other, H, or a C8- through C24-acyl radical, with the stipulation that at least one of the radicals R2, R3 or R4 stands for a C8- through C24-acyl radical, and x, y, z, independently of each other, stand for a whole number from 0 through 50, with the stipulation that x+y+z is a whole number from 1 through 100, in quantities of 10 through 5000 g/tonne of ore as a collector in silicate floation.



Brominated flame retardant determining method, brominated flame retardant determining apparatus, recycling method, and recycling apparatus

Tue, 05 May 2015 08:00:00 EDT

The present invention provides a brominated flame retardant determining method that determines whether or not a brominated flame retardant is contained in a determination target object by emitting light to the determination target object composed of resin, receiving reflected light from the determination target object emitted with the light, calculating an absorption spectrum of the determination target object based on the reflected light, and determining whether or not a brominated flame retardant is contained in the determination target object in the absorption spectrum, based on an absorption spectrum in a wavelength band of 1.40 μm or more and 2.50 μm or less.



Optical type granule sorting machine

Tue, 05 May 2015 08:00:00 EDT

An optical type granule sorting machine is provided which allows a sensitivity setting to be easily performed by effectively utilizing RGB three-dimensional color space information similar to information obtained via human eyes and which enables signal processing to be substantially simplified. Determination means includes a three-dimensional color distribution data creation section that creates data on wavelength components of R light, G light, and B light from the granules, on a three-dimensional color space, a Mahalanobis distance interface creation section that sets an interface calculated based on a Mahalanobis distance to partition the data into a conforming-granule cluster area and a nonconforming granule cluster area, a Euclidean distance interface creation section that determines a position of center of gravity of the conforming granule cluster area and a position of center of gravity of the nonconforming granule cluster area to set an interface calculated based on a Euclidean distance at which the positions of center of gravity lie at a longest distance from each other, and a threshold determination section that determines a line of intersection between the interface calculated based on the Mahalanobis distance and the interface calculated based on the Euclidean distance, to determine the line of intersection to be a determination threshold that allows determination of whether or not the granules are to be treated as a separation target.



Device and method for separating magnetic or magnetizable particles from a liquid

Tue, 05 May 2015 08:00:00 EDT

A device (10) is provided for separating magnetic or magnetizable particles from a liquid by using a magnetic field. The device includes a head piece (3) with one or more magnetizable bars (4) which is/are permanently or detachably connected with the head piece (3), as well as one or more permanent magnets (1) whose relative position with respect to the head piece can be changed by a predeterminable movement of the magnet(s) or/and by a predeterminable movement of the head piece.



Device for the selective granulometric separation of solid powdery materials using centrifugal action, and method for using such a device

Tue, 05 May 2015 08:00:00 EDT

A device for the selective granulometric separation of solid powdery materials using centrifugal action, capable of separating materials into a fine material fraction and a coarse material fraction, includes: a housing, a cylindrical rotor rotatable, relative to the housing, about a vertical axis inside the housing and provided with blades evenly distributed on the periphery of an upper outlet opening through which a stream of gas, laden with particles having a size lower than a predetermined particle size, is drawn, a set of vertical adjustable vanes evenly distributed about the rotor along the generatrices of a virtual cylinder and directing the gas stream towards the rotor, elements for feeding the particles between the vanes and the rotor, collecting unit lower than the rotor for collecting the unfed particles having fallen and having a size larger than the predetermined particle size. The collecting unit includes a peripheral system with a fluidized bed extending about the rotor axis, at least underneath the vanes and the gap between the vanes and the rotor.



Gold dry washer

Tue, 05 May 2015 08:00:00 EDT

A gold dry washer comprised of a stand assembly and a trough assembly. The trough assembly is angled from an upper end with a hopper for raw soil to a lower end where denser gold is collected. Along the declining path of the trough are a series of graduating apertures that successively isolate the denser materials in the soil and allow waste to fall overboard. The stand assembly includes a motor or other gentle agitation means to encourage the dry soil to move with the aid of gravity towards the lower end of the trough where the heavier gold may be collected.



Sieving system, and methods of notifying information, driving and feeding

Tue, 05 May 2015 08:00:00 EDT

A sieving system includes a filter; a blade stirring a powder accumulated on the filter; a driver driving the blade; a notifier notifying predetermined information of a status of the filter, based on a load of the driver while driving the blade.



Suspension magnet

Tue, 05 May 2015 08:00:00 EDT

A suspension magnet assembly (10) having a magnet (24) with an arcuate lower surface, and a collector (27) movable from adjacent the magnet (24) to a position spaced from the magnet (24) to provide for the removal of collected material (14) from the assembly (10).



Facility wide mixed mail sorting and/or sequencing system and components and methods thereof

Tue, 28 Apr 2015 08:00:00 EDT

The invention generally relates to a facility wide sorting and/or sequencing system for improving product processing operations and, more particularly, to a facility wide system and related functionality for simultaneously sorting and sequencing mixed mail pieces such as, for example, flats and letter mail pieces. The flats and letter mail pieces are placed in frames so that all types of mail pieces can be sorted and/or sequenced simultaneously through merging and diverting a stream of filled trays into and out of different streams at a full or substantially full transport speed.



Microparticle sorting method

Tue, 28 Apr 2015 08:00:00 EDT

There is provided a microparticle sorting method, including a procedure of collecting a microparticle in a fluid that flows through a main channel in an area that is formed in a manner that a vertical cross-section increases in a flow direction of the fluid at a branch channel which is in communication with the main channel by generating a negative pressure in the branch channel.



Multi-cyclone sediment filter

Tue, 28 Apr 2015 08:00:00 EDT

A multi-cyclone sediment filter having a housing with upper and lower shells and defining an interior space for fluid flow. A cyclone holder is disposed in the housing and includes a plurality of fluid cyclones, each comprising a conical tube with a small opening at a lower end and a larger opening at an upper end. A fluid inlet introduces fluid into the filter housing. A fluid outlet in fluid discharges fluid. A manifold plate is disposed above the cyclone holder and includes a plurality of diffuser tubes, each extending downwardly into an upper end of one of the fluid cyclones. Fluid flowing from the fluid inlet is directed into a diverter cone under the manifold plate and is diverted outwardly between the manifold plate and the cyclone holder, into the fluid cyclones, outwardly through the diffuser tubes, and then out through the fluid outlet.



Device and method of screening for individual balls

Tue, 28 Apr 2015 08:00:00 EDT

A device and a method of screening for individual balls are provided. The device for screening for individual balls has a supply device, a slope, and a recovering part jointed to a gas-tight chamber, and has a pressure reducing device for decompressing and maintaining the pressure of the gas-tight chamber lower than 1000 Pa in the gas-tight chamber. The supply device is used for supplying the balls, the slope is used for enabling the balls to roll down, and the recovering part is used for recovering the balls from the slope. Further, the method for screening for individual balls includes supplying the balls from the supply device to the slope, rolling the balls down the slope, screening for the balls according to the speed is difference and/or the direction difference of the balls, and recovering the balls in the recovering part, in the gas-tight chamber with the pressure below 1000 Pa.



Magnetic drum separator and method for operation thereof

Tue, 28 Apr 2015 08:00:00 EDT

A magnetic drum separator (2), with a drum (6) rotatable about a rotational axis (4), a magnet arrangement (10) of a plurality of magnets (12) arranged in the interior (8) of the drum (6), a separation zone (18) in the exterior space (14) of the drum (6); a feed material (22) flows through the separation zone (18) and is there separable with the aid of a magnetic field (26) generated by the magnet arrangement (10), into a waste stream (30) and a recyclable material stream (28). A relative position (R) of at least one of the magnets (12) relative to the rotational axis (4) can be varied. A nominal magnitude (S) for a process value (78) on the drum separator (2) that is influenced by the separation behavior (32) is specified. At least one measurement device (74) detects an actual magnitude (I) of the process value (78), and a controller (82), which changes the relative position (R) of the at least one of the magnets (12), whereby the actual magnitude (I) is controlled to approach the nominal magnitude (S).



Method and system for processing slag material

Tue, 28 Apr 2015 08:00:00 EDT

A method and system is used to process slag material to yield by-products including a finished iron rich product and a finished low iron fines product. The by-products may include a finished high iron product and a finished medium iron product. The method and system include size classifying the material into a plurality of sized groups prior to using magnetic separation to separate at least one of the sized groups into two portions having differing magnetic susceptibilities. The method and system may include more than one phase of size classifying the material into a plurality of sized groups and using magnetic separation to separate at least one of the sized groups into portions, where the average size of the material remaining after one phase is reduced prior to the subsequent phase.



Handling portions

Tue, 28 Apr 2015 08:00:00 EDT

The invention relates to a method of handling portions comprising a respective at least one slice, wherein the slices have been produced by slicing food products, wherein the portions are conveyed, in particular line-wise, one after the other in a main conveying stream along a conveying direction, wherein incomplete portions, in particular portions low in weight, are automatically recognized and/or classified, wherein incomplete portions are expelled from the main conveying stream and are supplied to a correction station in a correction stream, wherein incomplete portions are respectively completed by at least one single slice which is removed from a slice store with the aid of an automatic transfer unit and wherein completed portions are automatically channeled back into the main conveying stream.



Media instant messaging for mobile device

Tue, 21 Apr 2015 08:00:00 EDT

In an instant messaging system, message latency is reduced by initiating traffic channel set-up at a receiving device concurrently while a sending device is generating the instant message. When a user begins generating an instant message, the sending device transmits a service request to a payload and connection server to indicate that an instant message is pending. Upon receipt of the service request, the payload and connection server notifies the receiving device so that the receiving device can initiate traffic channel set-up concurrently while the instant message is being recorded. When the traffic channel is established, the receiving device polls the server. If the instant message is not yet received by the payload and connection server when the polling request is received, the payload and connection server waits a predetermined period of time to receive the pending instant message and forwards the instant message when it is received.



Method of testing an object and apparatus for performing the same

Tue, 21 Apr 2015 08:00:00 EDT

A method of testing objects and an apparatus for performing the same, the method including loading the objects into a testing unit through a loading unit; testing the objects in the testing unit and determining whether the objects are normal objects or abnormal objects; unloading the tested objects from the testing unit to an unloading unit; directly reversely loading the abnormal objects from the unloading unit into the testing unit when the objects are determined to be abnormal objects; and re-testing the abnormal objects in the testing unit.



Intelligent barcode systems

Tue, 21 Apr 2015 08:00:00 EDT

Systems and methods using intelligent barcodes for processing mail, packages, or other items in transport are provided. Systems and methods allowing end-to-end visibility of a mail stream by identifying and tracking mail pieces are also provided. Systems and methods include the use of standardized intelligent barcodes on mail pieces, a seamless process for mail acceptance, continuous mail piece tracking, and feedback on mail quality in real time. Systems and methods can use intelligent barcodes allow a mailing service to provide enhanced acceptance, sorting, tracking, address correction, forwarding, and delivery services. Systems and methods can use intelligent barcodes allow a mailing service to identify a mail piece as undeliverable-as-addressed (UAA) and determine a final disposition for the mail piece. Systems and methods can use intelligent barcodes allow mailers more visibility into the mail stream and information on the quality of their mailings.



Intelligent barcode systems

Tue, 21 Apr 2015 08:00:00 EDT

Systems and methods using intelligent barcodes for processing mail, packages, or other items in transport are provided. Systems and methods allowing end-to-end visibility of a mail stream by uniquely identifying and tracking mail pieces are also provided. Systems and methods include the use of standardized intelligent barcodes on mail pieces, a seamless process for mail acceptance, continuous mail piece tracking, and feedback on mail quality in real time. In one embodiment, systems and methods using intelligent barcodes allow a mailing service to provide enhanced acceptance, sorting, tracking, address correction, forwarding, and delivery services. In another embodiment, systems and methods using intelligent barcodes allow a mailing service to identify a mail piece as undeliverable-as-addressed (UAA) and determine a final disposition for the mail piece. In yet another embodiment, systems and methods using intelligent barcodes allow mailers more visibility into the mail stream and information on the quality of their mailings.



Water polishing process

Tue, 21 Apr 2015 08:00:00 EDT

The invention provides a process for separating a solution from magnetic resin portions, particles and/or fines by passing a solution containing the resin portions, particles and/or fines through a bed of particulate magnetic material.



Separating mined material

Tue, 21 Apr 2015 08:00:00 EDT

A method of separating a mined material that comprises assessing the grade of successive segments of the mined material, and separating each segment on the basis of grade into a category that is at or above a grade threshold or a category that is below the grade threshold. An apparatus is also disclosed.



Screen lift mechanism for variable slope vibrating screens

Tue, 21 Apr 2015 08:00:00 EDT

A compact mobile variable angle vibrating screen with a suspension and dampening system configured to rapidly accommodate variable angles and exhibit acceptable vibration levels; especially during power up and power down surge vibration at the variable angles. The system comprises a group of bi-directional dual pivot leg vibration damper mechanisms, including nesting tubes, one with holes for receiving pins and the other with a semi-circular cutout at the bottom edge.



Shale shaker screen and fastening system

Tue, 21 Apr 2015 08:00:00 EDT

A shaker screen comprises a frame that has a plurality of opposing sides. The shaker screen also comprises a screen assembly attached to the frame. In addition, each side of the shaker screen comprises a tubular member having an inner edge, an outer edge, and defining a central axis. Further, a horizontal plane intersects the central axis, the outer edge, and the inner edge of each side.



Sanitary gapless separator discharge

Tue, 21 Apr 2015 08:00:00 EDT

A particle size separator includes an upper separator frame, a lower separator frame, a screen disposed between the upper separator frame and the lower separator frame, a large size particle outlet having an inlet disposed below the screen, a small size particle outlet disposed in the lower separator frame and a combined baffle and seal unit disposed in an opening in the screen. The unit has a seal face configured to sealingly engage the inlet of the large size particle outlet. The unit has a baffle configured to constrain movement of particles on an upper surface of the screen into the inlet. The baffle is configured to sealingly engage an interior wall of the upper separator frame.



Polyurethane vibratory screen

Tue, 21 Apr 2015 08:00:00 EDT

A molded polyurethane vibratory screen including a body having opposite side edge portions, upper and lower edge portions, an upper surface and a lower surface, first members extending between the side edge portions and the second members extending between the lower edge portion and the upper edge portion, third members substantially parallel and extending transversely between the side edge portions and having multiple first members therebetween, the fourth members substantially parallel and extending transversely between the lower edge portion and the upper edge portion and having multiple second members therebetween, reinforcement members molded integrally with the third and fourth members.



Apparatus and method for magnetic separation

Tue, 21 Apr 2015 08:00:00 EDT

An apparatus causes magnetic separation of a first component having relatively strongly magnetic properties from a mixture containing it and at least one other component having relatively weak magnetic properties. Included are a rotatable magnetic source configured for generation of a predetermined non-uniform magnetic field at a predetermined distance from an axis of rotation of the magnetic source, thereby creating a magnetic field region while rotating in a first predetermined direction, and also a rotatable shell mounted around the magnetic source. The rotatable shell is configured for rotating concentrically with the magnetic source in a second predetermined direction to form a conveying channel within the magnetic field region. The conveying channel is configured for conveying the first component within the magnetic field region owing to the attraction of the first component to the exterior surface of the rotatable tubular shell by the magnetic field developed by the rotatable magnetic source.



Method and device for sorting products

Tue, 14 Apr 2015 08:00:00 EDT

The invention concerns a method and apparatus for sorting a stream of products by scanning this stream of products with a bundle of concentrated light and analyzing the light originating from the scanned products and a background element, wherein this background element is chosen such that the corresponding detected light signal differs from the light signals originating from the products to be sorted in at least one parameter and wherein one or more control signals are generated by shifting the background level of the observed light signals to a signal level chosen such that, in the thus obtained signal, the signal level of the signal of a scanned product to be accepted distinguishes itself from the signal level of the signal of a scanned product to be rejected.



Glass bubbles, composites therefrom, and method of making glass bubbles

Tue, 14 Apr 2015 08:00:00 EDT

The present disclosure provides a plurality of glass bubbles having an average true density of up to about 0.55 grams per cubic centimeter and a size distribution including a median size in a range from about 15 micrometers to 40 micrometers. A hydrostatic pressure at which ten percent by volume of the plurality of glass bubbles collapses is at least about 100 megapascals. In some embodiments, the plurality of glass bubbles is a graded fraction preparable by classifying a second plurality of glass bubbles, wherein the second plurality of glass bubbles has a higher percentage of glass bubbles with a size of up to ten micrometers than the first plurality of glass bubbles. Composites including the plurality of glass bubbles are also disclosed.



Device and a method for separating a suspension

Tue, 14 Apr 2015 08:00:00 EDT

A device for extracting a liquid phase from a suspension, the device being characterized in that it comprises: a main duct for conveying a flow of said suspension, the duct being of a length that is sufficient to enable a layer of said suspension to develop that is depleted in solid phase; flow disturbance means for disturbing the flow of said suspension, said means being provided in the main duct and being adapted to cause at least one recirculation vortex to form so as to increase locally the thickness of said depleted layer; and liquid extraction means disposed in a region of the device where said suspension is enriched in liquid phase as a result of said recirculation vortex. A method of extracting a liquid phase from a suspension, the method comprising injecting said suspension into such a device at a flow rate suitable for causing at least one recirculation vortex to be formed, and extracting a fraction of said suspension that is enriched in liquid as a result of said vortex.



Shaker and degasser combination

Tue, 14 Apr 2015 08:00:00 EDT

A system for separating components from a slurry of drilling fluid and drill cuttings on a shaker screen having an upper side and a lower side within a shaker. The system also has a pressure differential generator to pull an effective volume of air through a section of the shaker screen to enhance the flow of drilling fluid through the section of the shaker screen and the separation of drilling fluid from drill cuttings and further maintain an effective flow of drill cuttings off the shaker. A method of separating components of a slurry of drilling fluids and solids has the steps of delivering the slurry to a shaker, flowing the slurry over a first screen and applying an effective amount of vacuum to a first portion of the first screen to remove the drilling fluids from the slurry without stalling the solids on the first screen.



Apparatus for sorting agricultural products

Tue, 14 Apr 2015 08:00:00 EDT

An apparatus for sorting agricultural products, including: a conveyor line (1) to convey products (P) along an advancement direction (A);an entry section (3), where the products are arranged on the conveyor line;an unloading section (4);a control section (6), interposed between the entry section and the unloading section to attribute a signal indicative of predefined physical characteristics to each product. The conveyor line includes: a first conveyor device (9) to convey the agricultural products forward;a second conveyor device (20), to convey the products forward and to cause the products to roll over, extending from the entry section to at least as far as an intermediate tract of the control section and that is movable between a first operating configuration, wherein it supports the products, and a second operating configuration, wherein it releases the products onto the first conveyor device.



Process for concentrating manganese ores via reverse cationic flotation of silicates

Tue, 14 Apr 2015 08:00:00 EDT

A process for concentrating manganese from the tailing of a manganese-carrying mineral including removing a coarse particle size fraction from the tailing, desliming and conducting an acidic or a basic reverse cationic flotation. The manganese-carrying minerals are typically minerals with low manganese content from the lithologies “Tabular Pelite” (or PETB), Pelite Siltite (or PEST), Detritic (or DETR), Rich Pelite (or PERC) and Metallurgical Bioxide (or BXME). In another aspect, the present invention also relates to a reverse cationic flotation used to concentrate manganese which is carried out using depressor agents and collector agents as flotation reagents.



Classifying apparatus, classifying method, and method for producing toner

Tue, 14 Apr 2015 08:00:00 EDT

A classifying apparatus including: a rotor with a plurality of annularly disposed blades, which rotates; and a louver with a plurality of blades which are disposed at an outer circumferential portion of the rotor so as to supply from the outer circumferential portion a fluid for dispersing and classifying a powder material, wherein the powder material is supplied to a gap between the rotor and the louver and centrifugally classified into fine powder and coarse powder, and wherein at least one of the following relationships is satisfied: Relationship (1): α≧50° Relationship (2): D2/D1≧1.17 where α denotes an angle formed between imaginary lines connecting the center of the rotor with both ends of each blade of the louver, D1 denotes a diameter of the rotor, and D2 denotes an inner diameter of the louver.