Patent Number: 7,535,567

Title: Nozzle sorting apparatus and method

Abstract: A sorting apparatus includes a nozzle, a light source, and a light receiver. The nozzle is positioned with respect to the light source and the light receiver such that light from the light source travels through holes defined by the nozzle and onto the light receiver, thereby to create a light pattern. The light pattern may be analyzed to sort the nozzle into one of several categories. A corresponding method is also provided.

Inventors: Rebinsky; Douglas A. (Peoria, IL)

Assignee: Caterpillar Inc.

International Classification: G01B 9/08 (20060101)

Expiration Date: 2021-05-19 0:00:00