Method and apparatus for recycling carpet

  • US 8,360,348 B2
  • Filed: 08/12/2010
  • Issued: 01/29/2013
  • Est. Priority Date: 08/12/2010
  • Status: Expired due to Fees
First Claim
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1. An apparatus for separating carpet fibers from a backing material to which said fibers are secured comprising:

  • a) a feed belt for driving a carpet strip having one or more backings and one or more fibers secured on a face of said backings,b) a pair of nip rollers, said nip rollers adapted to receive said carpet strip from said belt, andc) a dish plate, said dish plate having an edge, said face of said carpet having said fibers contacting said edge after said carpet passes through said nip rollers, said edge holding said carpet while pins of a main drum tear apart the carpet backing structure and separating said fibers from said backing, said fibers separated from said backing passing to a first receptacle for recycling, andd) a main drum, said main drum having a plurality of pins for receiving said backing as said strip passes over said edge of said dish plate, said backing being torn apart by said pins, said pins causing said torn backing fibers to be carried by said main drum towards a back end of the apparatus,e) a second receptacle for receiving said shredded backing fibers at said back end of the apparatus.

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