Resources Contact Us Home
Browse by: INVENTOR PATENT HOLDER PATENT NUMBER DATE
 
 
Automated system for handling returned drink containers










Image Number 3 for United States Patent #5988054.

An automated container handling and processing system includes a metal container handling subsystem and a plastic container handling subsystem. Each container subsystem includes a roller conveyor for conveying a plurality of large bins carrying crushed containers derived from reverse vending machines. An automated dumping station receives and inverts the bins sequentially to dump the crushed containers into a central hopper, then sends the bins to a washer which cleans the bins for reuse. A separate belt conveyor receives containers which do not require identification or accounting and conveys them to the central hopper. A second belt conveyor which also leads to the central hopper receives containers from one or more sorting machines which process non-crushed containers from non-RV machine return centers. Each sorting machine is capable of reading a bar code on each container to identify the brand and of providing that information to a central accounting system which keeps track of the number of containers of each brand and credits them to the correct original distributor. The central hopper feeds all containers to a crusher/baler which crushes and bales containers from all three sources.








 
 
  Recently Added Patents
Data processor and scanner device
Ignition device in particular for an internal combustion engine, and method for manufacturing same
Negative electrode material for non-aqueous electrolyte secondary battery, method for manufacturing negative electrode material for non-aqueous electrolyte secondary battery, non-aqueous elect
System for setting programmable parameters for an implantable hypertension treatment device
Substantially aligned boron nitride nano-element arrays and methods for their use and preparation
Instance management of code in a database
Electronic badge
  Randomly Featured Patents
Novel transient pro-drug forms of phenylbutazone and oxyphenbutazone in compositions and methods of use
Magnetically driven pump
Method and apparatus for calibrating a tunable microlens
Stream control failover utilizing an attribute-dependent protection mechanism
Hierarchical memory system having cache/disk subsystem with command queues for plural disks
Heartbeat synchronous pulse wave detecting apparatus
Silicon nitride sintered body and a method of producing the same
Ignition device for internal combustion engine
Suspension and reinstatement of reference handles
Semiconductor light emitting device with current blocking region