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Number: 209/524
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 > Sorting bottles, ampoules, jars, drinking vessels, or like ceramic or glass containers > Condition responsive means controls separating means > Sensing radiant energy reflected, absorbed, emitted, or obstructed by item or adjunct (e.g., label, cap, etc.) thereof
Description: Methods and apparatus including means utilizing radiant energy reflected, absorbed, emitted, or obstructed by an item, or by an article associated therewith, for sensing a condition of said item or article.










Sub-classes under this class:

Class Number Class Name Patents
209/528 Detecting flaw in, or absence or misplacement of, label on item 6
209/526 Detecting internal flaw (e.g., air bubble, crack, etc.) in wall of item 68
209/525 Sizing with visible light beam 27


Patents under this class:
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Patent Number Title Of Patent Date Issued
8616377 Device and method for single stream recycling of hazardous materials Dec. 31, 2013
8548771 Out-of-round container detection system and method Oct. 1, 2013
8522982 Method and device for inspecting transparent or translucent articles in order to optimize the operation of a control machine Sep. 3, 2013
8471165 Device and method for recognizing characteristic features of empty containers Jun. 25, 2013
8373080 Method and device for discarding incomplete sets of caps Feb. 12, 2013
7775369 Separating device and sorting apparatus with two-dimensionals array of nozzles and method of sorting objects Aug. 17, 2010
7754990 Means in a reverse vending machine (RVM) for receiving, handling, sorting and storing returnable items or objects Jul. 13, 2010
7560720 Methods and apparatuses of detecting foreign particles or faults in a plurality of filled containers Jul. 14, 2009
7541556 Apparatus for checking the quality of preforms each having a body made of plastics material Jun. 2, 2009
7432507 Plastic identifying apparatus and plastic identifying method Oct. 7, 2008
7385174 Apparatus and method for measuring sidewall thickness of non-round transparent containers Jun. 10, 2008
7340086 Inspection method and device Mar. 4, 2008
7284666 Method and device for raising, stabilizing and further moving a bottle Oct. 23, 2007
7220932 Work unit for conveying bottles between two stations and for rejecting faulty bottles May. 22, 2007
7205498 Closure lining and color detector Apr. 17, 2007
6943692 Apparatus and methods for on-line monitoring of fluorinated material in headspace of vial Sep. 13, 2005
6845869 Sorting and separating method and system for recycling plastics Jan. 25, 2005
6822735 Micro-bubble analyzing apparatus for high-purity glass tube using laser light scattering Nov. 23, 2004
6822181 Container diverter Nov. 23, 2004
6806459 Measurement of transparent container sidewall thickness Oct. 19, 2004
6743998 Method and apparatus for inspection of hot glass containers Jun. 1, 2004
6689978 Closure lining and color detector Feb. 10, 2004
6678578 Device for handling liquid containers Jan. 13, 2004
6654116 Device and method of optical inspection of open beverage containers Nov. 25, 2003
6639166 Method and apparatus for inspection of hot glass containers Oct. 28, 2003
6584805 Hot bottle inspection apparatus Jul. 1, 2003
6519356 System and method for inspecting cans Feb. 11, 2003
6501544 Inspection apparatus for surfaces of spheres Dec. 31, 2002
6497324 Sorting system with multi-plexer Dec. 24, 2002
6255614 Specimen-container transfer apparatus Jul. 3, 2001
6237418 Method and apparatus for detecting misapplied caps on containers May. 29, 2001
6234023 Ultrasonic monitoring technique for containers and apparatus to carry it out May. 22, 2001
6229108 Apparatus for distributing objects with a particular longitudinal orientation May. 8, 2001
6220451 Laboratory primary sample distributor with distributing device Apr. 24, 2001
6112904 Device and method in handling of returnable packages Sep. 5, 2000
6031221 Container inspection machine Feb. 29, 2000
6028302 Transparent container relief indiciae scanning system Feb. 22, 2000
6018159 Differential clear container sensor with improved noise immunity Jan. 25, 2000
6012588 Device for a conveyor means Jan. 11, 2000
5966217 System and method for distinguishing an item from a group of items Oct. 12, 1999
5934440 Conveyor device for inspecting containers and transporting them to selected destinations Aug. 10, 1999
5897677 Sampling of hot glassware in a glassware manufacturing system Apr. 27, 1999
5794788 Method and device for sorting materials Aug. 18, 1998
5734467 Inspection apparatus for high temperature environments Mar. 31, 1998
5730298 Process for removing returnable bottles from circulation Mar. 24, 1998
5695039 Method for determining a characteristic of a material Dec. 9, 1997
5688361 Automatic vessel supplying and labeling apparatus Nov. 18, 1997
5674335 Automated end labeler system Oct. 7, 1997
5675416 Apparatus and method for detecting and sorting plastic articles having a preferred axis of birefringence Oct. 7, 1997
5641072 Method for sorting post-consumed bottles and apparatus thereof Jun. 24, 1997

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