US 9,807,984 B2
Processing system for transferring eggs, and associated method
John H. Hebrank, Durham, NC (US); Daniel Scott Rees, Zebulon, NC (US); Michael Glenn Schnupper, Raleigh, NC (US); and Paul Archie Steen, Apex, NC (US)
Assigned to Zoetis Services LLC, Parsippany, NJ (US)
Filed by Zoetis Services LLC, Florham Park, NJ (US)
Filed on Apr. 6, 2016, as Appl. No. 15/92,003.
Application 15/092,003 is a continuation of application No. 13/901,669, filed on May 24, 2013, granted, now 9,332,738.
Claims priority of provisional application 61/822,652, filed on May 13, 2013.
Claims priority of provisional application 61/655,561, filed on Jun. 5, 2012.
Prior Publication US 2016/0219839 A1, Aug. 4, 2016
This patent is subject to a terminal disclaimer.
Int. Cl. A01K 43/00 (2006.01); G01N 33/08 (2006.01); A61D 1/02 (2006.01); A01K 45/00 (2006.01)
CPC A01K 43/00 (2013.01) [G01N 33/085 (2013.01); A01K 45/007 (2013.01); A61D 1/025 (2013.01)] 10 Claims
OG exemplary drawing
1. An egg processing system, comprising:
a frame;
a transfer head assembly coupled to the frame, the transfer head assembly having a plurality of lifting devices configured to lift eggs from an egg carrier, and
an egg discard receptacle coupled with the frame, the egg discard receptacle being configured to be moveably disposed between the lifting devices and the egg carrier such that the egg discard receptacle is capable of being positioned to receive eggs released from the lifting devices while concurrently obstructing access of the lifting devices to the egg carrier.