Patents Assigned to Ferag AG
  • Patent number: 10759608
    Abstract: A separating apparatus (10) for separating crossed hooks (21a-d) of overhead conveyor units (2a-d) includes a conveying cylinder (1) having a recess (11) which forms a helical thread (12) with helix base (121) and helix flanks (122, 123) for the conveyance of the hooks (21a-d). The conveying cylinder (1) includes at least, one wing-shaped separating element (13), which extends over a partial circumference of the conveying cylinder (1) and protrudes in the radial direction from the peripheral surface of the conveying cylinder (1), wherein the separating element (13), by rotation of the conveying cylinder (1), is insertable between two hooks (21a-d) resting on the conveying cylinder (1).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2020
    Assignee: FERAG AG
    Inventor: Roland Tanner
  • Patent number: 10717556
    Abstract: In a method for producing a collection of pre-products by wrapping a second pre-product around a first pre-product, it is provided according to the invention that said method comprises a number of steps. In one step, a first pre-product is provided, which has an edge region. In another step, a second pre-product is provided. In a further step, the second pre-product is conveyed into a wrapping position. In a further step, the first pre-product is conveyed, with the edge region in front, against the second pre-product located in the wrapping position, as a result of which a wrapping operation is initiated on the second pre-product.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2020
    Assignee: FERAG AG
    Inventors: Othmar Brunschwiler, Roland Lengweiler
  • Publication number: 20200216262
    Abstract: A buffer storage device (100) for an overhead conveyor system (10) having individually conveyable transport units (40), with a closed conveying path that includes a buffer section (117) along which transport units are conveyable downstream, a feed section (104) for feeding transport units to a feed point (102) of the buffer section, a discharge section (105) for discharging transport units from a discharge point (103) of the buffer section, and one or more additional bypass sections (113) which in each case connect a starting point along the buffer section to a destination point along the buffer section.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 7, 2020
    Publication date: July 9, 2020
    Applicant: FERAG AG
    Inventor: Sergio SIGRIST
  • Patent number: 10703568
    Abstract: A carriage for a rail-guided conveying system, in particular a gravity conveyor, in which a plurality of similar carriages are mounted one behind the other in the rail-longitudinal direction and displaceable in the rail-longitudinal direction, on a running rail extending in the rail-longitudinal direction. A first and a second set of upright rollers are arranged one behind the other for guiding the running rail in the rail-longitudinal direction and which in each case are rotatably mounted on a carriage body transversely to the rail-longitudinal direction about an associated axis and are spaced apart from one another along the associated axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: FERAG AG
    Inventor: Erwin Stauber
  • Publication number: 20200189846
    Abstract: A method for order-picking goods in which individual goods are removed from store from a goods collection, are combined in accordance with stipulations to form goods groups and, in the form of these goods groups, are output for further processing. A simple and flexible type of order picking is achieved in that the combining of goods to form goods groups is carried out in pockets suspended on a suspension conveyor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 10, 2018
    Publication date: June 18, 2020
    Applicant: FERAG AG
    Inventor: Stefan SUTTER
  • Publication number: 20200172346
    Abstract: An order-picking installation for the order picking of items, in particular items transported in a hanging state, includes at least one supply station having a plurality of parallel supply locations, by which the items to be picked are supplied into the order-picking installation, and at least one dispatch station having a plurality of parallel dispatch locations, by which the picked items are discharged for dispatch, wherein at least one interim store is provided, for the order picking of the items, between the supply station and the dispatch station. The interim store includes a dynamic store for the interim storage of the items provided for order picking as well as a retrieval store, arranged downstream of the dynamic store, and intended for storing items which have been removed from the dynamic store and pre-sorted in the process, the dynamic store and the retrieval store arranged within a common circulatory conveyor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 16, 2018
    Publication date: June 4, 2020
    Applicant: FERAG AG
    Inventors: Sergio SIGRIST, Francisco Javier LÓPEZ
  • Patent number: 10654656
    Abstract: A measuring device serves for acquiring measurement values for measuring a tension in a conveying system. The measuring device is designed to guide a conveying member from a first section of the measuring device to a second section of the measuring device, to effect a deflection of the conveying member with regard to a straight-lined connection between the first and the second section and to detect measurement values corresponding to a reaction force according to this deflection. The measuring device includes surfaces for guiding rollers of the conveying member. One of these surfaces is a deflecting surface for deflecting the conveying member. The deflecting surface is formed on a deflecting element of a measuring element, and the reaction force is a force which acts upon the measuring element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: FERAG AG
    Inventor: Carl Conrad Mäder
  • Patent number: 10647523
    Abstract: A transport pocket for the suspended transport of a transport item along a conveying direction via a suspended conveying device includes a pocket rear wall and a pouch wall that, together with the pocket rear wall, form a receiving compartment for the transport item. The receiving compartment forms a receiving opening for the transport item and is designed to assume an open position and a space-saving compact position. A fastener connects the transport pocket to a conveying member of the suspended conveying device. A cam element, which can interact with an activation device of the suspended conveying device, which is designed as a cam guide, and via which cam guide the receiving compartment can be moved into the open position or be held in this. The at least one cam element is arranged on the pouch wall of the transport pocket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: FERAG AG
    Inventor: Sergio Sigrist
  • Patent number: 10633195
    Abstract: A system for transferring units to/from a rail-guided suspended conveyor system includes a transfer conveying device with one or more first conveying units and a conveyor system with a plurality of second conveying units. The first and second conveying units each have a rack with tines and form a receptacle for bearing a unit. The system is configured such that in a transfer zone a rack of a first conveying unit of the transfer device and a rack of a second conveying unit of the conveyor system penetrate by meshing so with movement of the first and the second conveying unit relative to another either a unit initially on the rack of the first conveying unit remains on the rack of the second conveying unit, or a unit initially on the rack of the second conveying unit remains on the rack of the first conveying unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Assignee: FERAG AG
    Inventor: Urs Gadliger
  • Patent number: 10584447
    Abstract: A running rail (1) for a conveyor system, the running rail (1) having a cross-sectional profile comprising, at least three interconnected profiled portions which comprise a first profiled portion (2), laterally open to the outside, for receiving first rollers (32) of a carriage (30), a second profiled portion (3), laterally open to the outside, for receiving second rollers (33) of a carriage (30), a third profiled portion (4), open in the vertical direction, for receiving third rollers (34) of a carriage (1), wherein the first (2) and the second profiled portion (3) are mirror symmetrical to a vertical central plane (40) of the running rail (1).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2020
    Assignee: FERAG AG
    Inventors: Roberto Fenile, Erich Kaelin
  • Patent number: 10538390
    Abstract: A conveyor device (100) includes a conveyor track (11, 12, 13) and a plurality of transport units conveyable along the conveyor track (11, 12, 13), at least two first guide rollers (2.1-2.7) and a conveyor chain (3), which travels over the at least two first guide rollers (2.1-2.7) and comprises catches (31), via which the conveyor chain (3) can be brought into releasable engagement with the transport units (8) for driving the transport units (8), the conveyor device (100) further including a belt (4) moving along with the conveyor chain (3) over the at least two guide rollers (2.1-2.7), wherein the belt (4), in the respective area of the first guide rollers (2.1-2.7), is arranged, respectively, between the first guide roller (2.1-2.7) and the conveyor chain (3) such that the conveyor chain (3) lies against the belt (4).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2020
    Assignee: FERAG AG
    Inventors: Othmar Brunschwiler, Simon Beutler
  • Publication number: 20190367277
    Abstract: A method for operating an order-picking system (100) is described, comprising: providing goods gathered in batches in a batch buffer (1), batch-wise sorting of the goods in a matrix sorter (2), the goods in the order-picking system (100) being conveyed by a multiplicity of transport units which have in each case a receiving unit for receiving the goods and the transport units in the matrix sorter (2) are conveyed at least in sections by a matrix conveyor (22), wherein a control unit (7?) dynamically controls the conveying speed of the matrix conveyor (22) in such a manner that the conveying speed is dependent on at least one parameter of the conveyed transport units and/or goods.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 30, 2019
    Publication date: December 5, 2019
    Applicant: FERAG AG
    Inventor: Sergio SIGRIST
  • Publication number: 20190367282
    Abstract: A conveying unit (10) for the suspended transport of transport elements (40) in a conveyor system, in particular a rail-guided (86) conveyor system or a conveyor-chain system, includes a support hook (21) attached to a conveying element (20), in particular a carriage or a conveyor-chain link, a transport element (40), and a suspension hook (41) attached to the transport element, wherein the suspension hook is mounted in a suspended manner in the support hook. The support hook is configured such that the suspension hook can take up two stable positions (61, 62) in the support hook. The suspension hook (41) in a first stable position (61) has been turned through an angle with respect to the suspension hook in a second stable position (62).
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 25, 2018
    Publication date: December 5, 2019
    Applicant: FERAG AG
    Inventor: Erwin STAUBER
  • Patent number: 10494184
    Abstract: An appliance for charging transport pockets with a transport item includes a feed device that feeds the transport item into a transfer zone and a suspended conveying device with a plurality of transport pockets that are arranged one after the other for taking over the transport item in the transfer zone and conveying away the charged transport pockets. The transport pockets each form a receiving compartment for the transport item, and are connected to a conveying member of the suspended conveying device. The transport pockets are moved through the transfer zone in a lying formation in a transfer conveying direction, and the transport item, by way of the feed device, is conveyed into the transfer zone essentially in the transfer conveying direction of the transport pockets, and in a delivery region is delivered from above onto the transport pockets which are moved through the transfer zone below the feed device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2019
    Assignee: FERAG AG
    Inventor: Sergio Sigrist
  • Patent number: 10494196
    Abstract: In a method for opening a transport pocket (15), which is moved in a conveying direction (BR) along a running rail (11) extending in the conveying direction (BR) for the conveying of goods suspended on a carriage (12), simple and precise loading and/or unloading of the transport pocket (15) is enabled by the fact that the carriage (12) with the transport pocket (15) suspended thereon is stopped in its forward movement at a predetermined point of the running rail (11) in order to open the transport pocket (15), and that the transport pocket (15) of the carriage (12) is opened for loading and/or unloading of conveyed goods to be transported.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2019
    Assignee: FERAG AG
    Inventor: Roberto Fenile
  • Patent number: 10464773
    Abstract: A method for operating a postpress processing installation (1) for producing and processing product units, in particular completed final printed products (D) such as periodicals and newspapers, which are preferably compiled from a jacket product (A) and a plurality of part products and/or inserts (a, b, c, d), and a corresponding postpress processing installation (1). The final printed products (D) are produced according to a predetermined production plan in a manner adapted to the route along which they travel and are processed by means of at least one stacking device (70, 70.1) to form a sequence of standard packages (N) and part packages.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Assignee: FERAG AG
    Inventor: Rudolf Gallati
  • Publication number: 20190300294
    Abstract: In a method for opening a transport pocket (15), which is moved in a conveying direction (BR) along a running rail (11) extending in the conveying direction (BR) for the conveying of goods suspended on a carriage (12), simple and precise loading and/or unloading of the transport pocket (15) is enabled by the fact that the carriage (12) with the transport pocket (15) suspended thereon is stopped in its forward movement at a predetermined point of the running rail (11) in order to open the transport pocket (15), and that the transport pocket (15) of the carriage (12) is opened for loading and/or unloading of conveyed goods to be transported.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 11, 2019
    Publication date: October 3, 2019
    Applicant: Ferag AG
    Inventor: Roberto FENILE
  • Patent number: 10427444
    Abstract: A method for applying at least one enclosing element to a flat product composition wherein the enclosing element is subsequently applied around a selected edge of the product composition in a perpendicular manner with respect to said edge so as to rest against the product composition. A reliable operation that is independent of the type of enclosing element is achieved in that the selected edge of the product composition is moved forward along a transporting path, the enclosing element is held ready at a specified point of the transporting path so as to intersect the transporting path, the selected edge of the product composition is moved past the specified point, and at the same time the selected edge drives the enclosing element that is held ready.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: FERAG AG
    Inventor: Werner Honegger
  • Publication number: 20190291968
    Abstract: A conveying device (100) for the clock-integration of transport units (1, 1.1-1.4), includes a plurality of transport units, an indexing conveyor (2) for the clocked conveyance of the transport units, the indexing conveyor having a plurality of carriers (21, 21.1), which are respectively detachably connectable to a transport unit, at least one conveyor section (3), and a diverter (4), via which the conveyor section is connected at a clock-integration point (E) to the indexing conveyor and which is configured to clock-integrate the transport units at the clock-integration point into the indexing conveyor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 20, 2019
    Publication date: September 26, 2019
    Applicant: FERAG AG
    Inventors: Rudolf GALLATI, Robert FENILE
  • Patent number: 10399779
    Abstract: A carriage for a conveyor comprising a carriage body which is configured for embracing a running rail and which comprises a first and a second leg which are connected by a connection portion, wherein the first leg has first rollers which are attached to the internal side of the first leg, and the second leg has second rollers which are attached to the internal side of the second leg, and the connection portion has third rollers which are attached to the internal side of the connection portion, it is provided according to the invention that the first and the second rollers are vertically disposed, and the third rollers are horizontally disposed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: FERAG AG
    Inventors: Roberto Fenile, Erich Kaelin