The Metals Industry Research and Development Center (MIRDC) recently received its Registration Certificates from the Bureau of Patents of the Intellectual Property Philippines (IPP) for two utility models, namely, portable retort for separation and recovery of mercury from amalgam (Frame 1), and decorticating machine for separating coco coir, peat and dust from coconut husk (Frame 2).

Two teams from MIRDC developed the models. These are Engr. Eduardo M. Deang, Jr. and Ms. Maria Gracia M. Peralta for the portable retort for separation and recovery of mercury from amalgam and 

Engrs. Francisco C. Dime, Jose B. Ferrer, and Jonathan Q. Puerto for the decorticating machine for separating coco coir, peat and dust from coconut husk.

The portable mercury retort is used to separate gold and recover mercury from an amalgam (processed mixture). The tailor-made mercury retort comprises of several cooling jars and collecting vessels sunken inside the jars. Heat and evaporation underlie the separation and recovery processes. For the second model, grate bars, blades and sheave provide the power that removes the husk and separate it into its composite parts of coir, peat, and dust. ?(MIRDC\ AMGuevarra\ DOST IV-A S&T Media Service