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Title:
APPARATUS FOR SORTING OF CROP COMPONENTS
Document Type and Number:
WIPO Patent Application WO/2019/169488
Kind Code:
A1
Abstract:
An apparatus for sorting crop components comprises a tabletop having a top and a bottom surface and an outer edge therearound, an inner edge spaced inwards and apart from the outer edge of the tabletop and a lower surface parallel to and spaced apart from the tabletop. The apparatus further comprises at least two spaced apart apertures extending through the lower surface with angled walls extending down from the inner edge to the lower surface and a plurality of vertical table legs supporting the tabletop.

Inventors:
FLOW, Thomas (600 Horn Crescent, Kelowna, British Columbia V1W 4Y6, V1W 4Y6, CA)
Application Number:
CA2019/050266
Publication Date:
September 12, 2019
Filing Date:
March 05, 2019
Export Citation:
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Assignee:
THE FLOWR CANADA HOLDINGS ULC (461 King Street W, Floor 2Toronto, Ontario M5V 1K4, M5V 1K4, CA)
International Classes:
B07C7/02; A01G22/00; A01G7/00; A47B37/00; A23N15/00
Attorney, Agent or Firm:
OKIMAW, Richard (1 Old Okanagan Highway, West Kelowna, British Columbia V4T 3A4, V4T 3A4, CA)
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Claims:
What is claimed is:

1. An apparatus for sorting crop components comprising: a tabletop having a top and a bottom surface and an outer edge therearound; an inner edge spaced inwards and apart from said outer edge of said tabletop; a lower surface parallel to and spaced below said tabletop; at least two spaced apart apertures extending through said lower surface; angled walls extending down from said inner edge to said lower surface; a plurality of vertical table legs supporting said tabletop;

2. The apparatus of claim 1 wherein said tabletop is formed in a generally rectangular configuration.

3. The apparatus of claim 1 wherein said inner edge is spaced apart from said outer edge by a distance in the range of 2 to 12 inches.

4. The apparatus of claim 1 wherein said lower surface is spaced apart from said tabletop by a distance in the range of 4 to 12 inches.

5. The apparatus of claim 1 wherein said angled walls are oriented at an angle of between 30 degrees and 60 degrees relative to vertical.

6. The apparatus of claim 1 wherein said plurality of vertical table legs include rollers on a bottom distal end thereof.

7. The apparatus of claim 1 further comprising vertical walls extending down from said lower surface around said apertures.

Description:
APPARATUS FOR SORTING OF CROP COMPONENTS

BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION

1. Field of Invention

The present invention relates generally to an apparatus for sorting of crop components, and in particular to a trimming table for use when trimming cannabis plants.

2. Description of Related Art

The cannabis plant naturally includes both usable and unusable, or disposable, components. When harvesting a cannabis crop, the unusable components, such as the large fan leaves and stems, are discarded. Smaller“sugar leaves” may be retained to be processed into usable products, such as edibles, extracts or hash. Finally, the colas are retained separately from the sugar leaves, and may be dried or used to make extractions.

Typically, when trimming a cannabis plant, a variety of containers are used to separate the disposable components from the sugar leaves and colas. The use of several containers can be cumbersome for the user.

SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION

According to a first embodiment of the present invention there is disclosed an apparatus for sorting crop components comprising a tabletop having a top and a bottom surface and an outer edge therearound, an inner edge spaced inwards and apart from the outer edge of the tabletop and a lower surface parallel to and spaced apart from the tabletop. The apparatus further comprises at least two spaced apart apertures extending through the lower surface with angled walls extending down from the inner edge to the lower surface and a plurality of vertical table legs supporting the tabletop.

The tabletop may be formed in a generally rectangular configuration. The inner edge may spaced apart from the outer edge by a distance in the range of 2 to 12 inches. The lower surface may be spaced apart from the tabletop by a distance in the range of 4 to 12 inches. The angled walls may be oriented at an angle of between 30 degrees and 60 degrees relative to vertical. The plurality of vertical table legs may include rollers on a bottom distal end thereof.

The apparatus may further comprise vertical walls extending down from the lower surface around the apertures.

Other aspects and features of the present invention will become apparent to those ordinarily skilled in the art upon review of the following description of specific embodiments of the invention in conjunction with the accompanying figures.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

In drawings which illustrate embodiments of the invention wherein similar characters of reference denote corresponding parts in each view,

Figure 1 is a perspective view of an apparatus for sorting crop components according to a first embodiment of the invention.

Figure 2 is a cross-sectional view of the apparatus of Figure 1 taken along the line 2-2.

DETAILED DESCRIPTION

Referring to Figure 1 , an apparatus for sorting crop components according to a first embodiment of the invention is shown generally at 10. The apparatus 10 includes a horizontal tabletop 12 supported by a plurality of vertical table legs 60. An inner lower surface 30 is vertically spaced apart below the tabletop 12 with angled walls 40 therebetween. At least two spaced apart apertures 50 extend through the lower surface 30, providing access to sorting or disposal containers (not shown) therebelow.

Referring to Figures 1 and 2, the tabletop 12 includes top and bottom surfaces 14 and 16, respectively, with an outer edge 18 extending therearound. An inner edge 20 is spaced apart from the outer edge 18 by a distance 22 in the range of such as, by way of non-limiting example, 2 to 12 inches (5 cm to 30 cm). The lower surface 30 includes top and bottom surfaces 32 and 34, respectively, with an outer edge 36 extending therearound. The angled walls 40 extend down from the inner edge 20 to the outer edge 36 at an angle 42 such as, by way of non-limiting example, in the range of 30 to 60 degrees from vertical. The lower surface 30 is spaced apart from the tabletop 12 by a vertical distance 38 in the range of such as, by way of non-limiting example, 4 to 12 inches (10 cm to 30 cm).

The apertures 50 are spaced apart from the outer edge 36 and extend through the top and bottom surfaces, 32 and 34, of the lower surface 30. Each aperture 50 includes a vertical wall 52 therearound extending from the bottom surface 34 of the lower surface 30 to a bottom edge 54. As illustrated, the vertical wall 52 may be cylindrical, although it will be appreciated that the vertical wall may be in any shape to correspond with each aperture 50.

The plurality of table legs 60 extend from the tabletop 12 to a bottom distal end 62. Rollers 64 are secured to the bottom distal end 62, as is commonly known, to facilitate movement of the apparatus.

When trimming a cannabis crop, containers are placed below the apertures 50 to collect the usable and unusable portions of the plant. A user may retain the usable portions in a container through one aperture 50, and dispose of the usable portions into another container through the second aperture 50. The trimmed plant may then be hung to dry.

While specific embodiments of the invention have been described and illustrated, such embodiments should be considered illustrative of the invention only and not as limiting the invention as construed in accordance with the accompanying claims.