Patent Number: 8,714,362

Title: Sorting apparatus

Abstract: A sorting apparatus is described, and which includes a conveyor which transports a produce stream for inspection. The conveyor has various regions formed in part of ridges, troughs and apertures which reduce the weight of the produce stream, as well as reduces the vertical and horizontal components of motion of the produce stream, as the produce stream progresses from one end to the other.

Inventors: Jones; Peter T. (Kennewick, WA), Hall; Brandon T. (Walla Walla, WA), Hufford; David W. (Walla Walla, WA), Justice; Timothy L. (Walla Walla, WA), McGowen; Tracy L. (Waltsburg, WA), Richert; Gerald R. (Walla Walla, WA), Tomlinson; Roydan T. (College Place, WA), Pellet; Jean-Francois (Walla Walla, WA), Kemph; Quentin F. (Walla Walla, WA)

Assignee: Key Technology, Inc.

International Classification: B07B 1/00 (20060101)

Expiration Date: 5/06/12018