SATAKE USA, INC.
|SATAKE USA, INC. Patent applications|
|Patent application number||Title||Published|
|20150202628||Vertical top-fed grain mill - A top-fed vertical grain mill which causes intermittent compression of grains while reducing potential overmilling. The top-fed vertical grain mill includes a resistor bar, a plurality of rolls having a smooth, metal vertical outer periphery on which a vertically-aligned stirring bar is positioned, and a bran removal cylinder having a plurality of perforations therethrough, which may be throughout or which may be below the bottom surface of the top-most of the plurality of rolls.||07-23-2015|
|20140169629||System to determine product characteristics, counts, and per unit weight details - A system for determining the characteristics of a volume of preferable small fungible products within an acceptable size range. The system differentiates among products even if in close contact to identify acceptable product. The system may store data for later review or for dispensing of product in real time. The system may include a scale to determine a sample's weight, a camera to image the sample, an imaging table to permit viewing of the sample, a processor to determine the number of products in the sample, and a processor to determine the density of desired product. The system may also determine product count-per-weight, product volume-per-weight, and/or product surface-area-per-weight. These determinations may be useful, including in determining product processing and packaging options.||06-19-2014|
|20120218403||System to determine product density - A system for determining the product density value of a zone of preferable small fungible products within an acceptable size range and potentially in an acceptable color range. The system differentiates among products even if in close contact to determine acceptable product. The system may store data for later review or for dispensing of product in real time. The system includes a scale to determine a sample's weight, a camera to image the sample, an imaging table to permit viewing of the sample, a processor to determine the number of products in the sample, and a processor to determine the density of desired product.||08-30-2012|
|20100208936||System to determine in near real-time product density in a continuous dispensing product flow - A system for determining in near real-time the product density value of a zone of preferable small fungible products within an acceptable size range in a flow of products includes a sample input piping from a bin or piping of products, a sampling volume for fixing the size of a sample, a scale, a processor, an imaging table and an associated camera. The system may include a sample output pipe, and may include or be associated with a bagger/scale. Operation of these components provides for successively sampling of each zone in the bin to determine the quantity of acceptable product per unit weight and to control the flow of those products. The system therefore can compensate for variations among supplying entities where product supplies are subsequently piled atop one another. The system makes the density calculation available to the plant information system and an automated packaging system, which may be via a 16 bit scaled analoge or a serial interface, among other systems. In addition the image information is stored for future analysis, audit support, and process improment activities.||08-19-2010|
|20100193412||Beam splitter - A device for splitting light between the visible light spectrum and the near infrared light spectrum, particularly for separating reflected light between the visible light spectrum and the near infrared light spectrum, in determining multiple characteristics of product in a product scanning system. The invention also pertains to sorting machines that optically sort or separate nonstandard fungible objects from standard objects as they pass a viewing station by viewing such objects in at least two different wavelength spectrums and particularly to such sorting machines utilizing detector elements comprised of two or more different photo-sensitive devices and to the optical detection system used therein. The device includes a hermetically-sealed device with two transparent prisms between which is sandwiched indium tin oxide (ITO) selected to exhibit dielectric behavior in the VIS/NIR and metallic behavior in the NIR band.||08-05-2010|
|20090200214||Adjustable slide width reducer for gravity slide sorter - An apparatus, and method of use, for reducing the operable width of the inclined slide of a gravity fed sorting machine includes an upper section for reducing the flow rate into the slide and for directing the reduced flow to the operable portion of the slide and a lower section for delimiting the operable portion of the slide. The upper section includes a body proximate the gravity fed sorting machine and which is connected to a product flow rate adjustment assembly and a partition so the product flow into the slide may be controlled and the flow of materials directed to the operable portion of the lower section, which includes a slide width control guide to limit the operable width of the inclined slide.||08-13-2009|
|20090098265||Method for production of masa - A method of producing masa which reduces the material and time required, including the amount of water required for processing, the amount of calcium and lime required, energy and space consumption, and processing time. The process preferably includes debranning the corn kernels, collecting the bran, subjecting the debranned corn kernels to a heated alkali solution, and milling the debranned corn kernels. The bran may be sifted and utilized for various products.||04-16-2009|
|20090079970||Illumination device for product examination via pulsed illumination - An illumination device for use with a product inspection machine inspecting products according to at least one characteristic using pulsed illumination for inspection in two wavelengths. The invention includes a plurality of arrays of semiconductor light sources from which a wavelength may be selected, either specifically or by combination of specific semiconductor light sources, for impinging on passing product and at least one array of semiconductor light sources from which the same wavelength may be selected and which provides intensity equal to the plurality of arrays impinging on a background surface for detection and comparison.||03-26-2009|
|20080290003||Product flow control apparatus for sorting - A product flow control apparatus for use in sorting of products, and particularly relatively small products. The apparatus includes a reservoir of products to be sorted, a flow-rate control passage at which a flow restrictor limits the flow rate of products passing to a slide before imaging by a product viewer and sorting by ejector. A flow valve operates to provide products to a flow-rate control passage at a flow rate at which the product viewer and the ejector can operate.||11-27-2008|
|20080226784||Corn mill having increased through production - An internal milling device for milling of corn or other grains and in particular for debranning corn kernels, or kernels or the like, and exposing or freeing germ in dry milling. The improvements include a modified internal milling rotor, modified screen sieve, additional and modified breaker bars, and an improved particle removal system.||09-18-2008|
Patent applications by SATAKE USA, INC.