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Number: 209/509
Name: Classifying, separating, and assorting solids > Sorting special items, and certain methods and apparatus (e.g., pocket type and light responsive sorting, etc.) for sorting any items
Description: Methods and apparatus which separate special items by means other than electrostatic, or which separate any items by the means named in indents hereunder.

Sub-classes under this class:

Class Number Class Name Patents
209/552 Condition responsive means controls separating means 230
209/538 Nonconveying driven means for turning item at separating or inspecting station to facilitate sorting 71
209/606 Separating means 82
209/546 Signalling, indicating, or display means 101
209/522 Sorting bottles, ampoules, jars, drinking vessels, or like ceramic or glass containers 66
209/535 Sorting cigarettes, cigars, or packages thereof 77
209/510 Sorting eggs or components thereof 36
209/517 Sorting lumber, logs, pipes, rails, or like items 46
209/534 Sorting paper money 472
209/540 Traveling item turned to predetermined position 58
209/539 Traveling items shifted to form line, or into end or edge alignment, to facilitate inspection or separation 113

Patents under this class:
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Patent Number Title Of Patent Date Issued
8682027 System to determine product density Mar. 25, 2014
8610020 Method for sorting postal objects Dec. 17, 2013
8561806 Measurement apparatus and method thereof Oct. 22, 2013
8534466 Utensil sorting apparatus Sep. 17, 2013
8528741 Paper sheet counting system and paper sheet counting method Sep. 10, 2013
8464874 Sand cleaning apparatus and method Jun. 18, 2013
8459558 Device and method for optically scanning a machine-readable marking Jun. 11, 2013
8439202 Coal ash treatment method and apparatus May. 14, 2013
8355994 Sorting system for composite drugs Jan. 15, 2013
8329768 Method and apparatus for capturing carbon contained in plastics Dec. 11, 2012
8317032 System for sorting and packaging fruit Nov. 27, 2012
8272727 Mechanized feed channel barrier in a solid ink printer Sep. 25, 2012
8175327 System to determine in near real-time product density in a continuous dispensing product flow May. 8, 2012
7959779 Macroscopically manipulable nanoscale devices made from nanotube assemblies Jun. 14, 2011
7888616 Post processing system and method Feb. 15, 2011
7866483 Apparatus for discriminating sheet material Jan. 11, 2011
7870042 Systems and methods for identifying banned waste in a municipal solid waste environment Jan. 11, 2011
7764366 Robotic die sorter with optical inspection system Jul. 27, 2010
7648618 Method for refining inorganic short fiber Jan. 19, 2010
7648066 Apparatus, system, and method for sorting purchase items Jan. 19, 2010
7510085 Apparatus for discriminating sheet material Mar. 31, 2009
7354401 Ultrasound sex determination for sorting of avian hatchlings Apr. 8, 2008
7347330 Method for sizing of water-absorbent resin Mar. 25, 2008
7316322 Quality evaluation apparatus for fruits and vegetables Jan. 8, 2008
7304259 Mail processing system with multilevel contaminant detection and sterilization Dec. 4, 2007
7223379 Process for producing aluminum oxide powder May. 29, 2007
7156234 Sorting technique for recycle of device units Jan. 2, 2007
7112031 Method and apparatus for mechanized pocket sweeping Sep. 26, 2006
7021470 Orientation device and methods for mail processing Apr. 4, 2006
6817077 Part sorter and selector Nov. 16, 2004
6600829 Computer process for controlling a system for sorting objects by surface characteristics Jul. 29, 2003
6588476 Method and apparatus for producing a faultless material web, as well as faultless material web Jul. 8, 2003
6435352 Sorting machine for stacks of sheet metal panels Aug. 20, 2002
6396938 Automatic feather sexing of poultry chicks using ultraviolet imaging May. 28, 2002
6357599 Machine and method for facilitating separation of members of a stack Mar. 19, 2002
6321913 Sorting facility for flat mail items Nov. 27, 2001
6303889 Method and apparatus for sorting documents into a pre-defined sequence Oct. 16, 2001
6300584 Loading/unloading control apparatus of semiconductor device and control method thereof Oct. 9, 2001
6276535 Method for providing instructions to a mail sorting apparatus Aug. 21, 2001
6267248 Collating and sorting apparatus Jul. 31, 2001
6264042 Bilateral sorter Jul. 24, 2001
6260713 Cherry sizing process and apparatus Jul. 17, 2001
6255614 Specimen-container transfer apparatus Jul. 3, 2001
6253910 Device for sorting piece goods Jul. 3, 2001
6250472 Paper sorting system Jun. 26, 2001
6252188 Sorter for agricultural products Jun. 26, 2001
6230898 Mailing machines May. 15, 2001
6227375 Device for monitoring the transport process of flat despatches May. 8, 2001
6220450 Rubber stopper separator Apr. 24, 2001
6216878 System for recycling post-industrial-use plastic Apr. 17, 2001

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