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Title: Apparatus for inspecting a group of containers and method of using same

Abstract

An apparatus and method for inspecting a plurality of containers are provided. Each container has an outer surface for housing at least one material therein. The techniques provided involve at least one inspection vehicle and at least one detector. Each inspection vehicle has a plurality of wheels for movably positioning about the plurality of containers. The wheels may have at least one magnet for selectively adhering to the outer surface of at least one of the containers whereby the inspection vehicle traverses the container(s). The detector is positionable proximate at least one of the containers. The detector may be deployable from the inspection vehicle to a position adjacent the container(s). The detector has at least one sensor for measuring at least one characteristic of the plurality of containers. At least one base station may be provided for communicating with the inspection vehicle(s) and/or detector(s).

Inventors:
 [1];  [2];  [2]
  1. (Edgewood, NM)
  2. Albuquerque, NM
Issue Date:
Research Org.:
Sandia National Laboratories (SNL), Albuquerque, NM, and Livermore, CA (United States)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE
OSTI Identifier:
1036102
Patent Number(s):
8126596
Application Number:
12/348,926
Assignee:
Sandia Corporation (Albuquerque, NM)
Patent Classifications (CPCs):
G - PHYSICS G05 - CONTROLLING G05D - SYSTEMS FOR CONTROLLING OR REGULATING NON-ELECTRIC VARIABLES
DOE Contract Number:  
AC04-94AL85000
Resource Type:
Patent
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
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Citation Formats

Lee, Jr., James H., Salton, Jonathan R, and Spletzer, Barry L. Apparatus for inspecting a group of containers and method of using same. United States: N. p., 2012. Web.
Lee, Jr., James H., Salton, Jonathan R, & Spletzer, Barry L. Apparatus for inspecting a group of containers and method of using same. United States.
Lee, Jr., James H., Salton, Jonathan R, and Spletzer, Barry L. Tue . "Apparatus for inspecting a group of containers and method of using same". United States. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/1036102.
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