Patent Number: 6,252,188

Title: Sorter for agricultural products

Abstract: A sorter is provided for sorting unacceptable agricultural products or foreign objects from acceptable ones. Preferably, the sorter is a monochromatic one performed as the products pass in streams past an illuminated viewing station. The view station includes a plurality of aligned optical sensors. The optical sensors sense the reflected light from the stream of product passing the optical station and form electrical signals indicative of the sensed light. The electrical signals are then processed and the product is accepted or rejected based on its optical characteristics. The sorter may illuminate the product stream with a source capable of generating a visible light spectra or with a source capable of generating a near-infrared spectra. Each illumination source having specific mounting sockets in the sorter. Additionally, the sorter is capable of operating a near-IR source at a significantly reduced voltage whereby the working life of the source is greatly extended.

Inventors: Zapata; Donald F. (Houston, TX), Codding; Elias H. (Houston, TX)

Assignee: Delta Technology Corporation

International Classification: B07C 5/342 (20060101); B07C 005/00 (); B07C 005/342 ()

Expiration Date: 06/26/2018