Patents Assigned to Ferag AG
  • 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
  • Publication number: 20190248594
    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: Application
    Filed: February 12, 2019
    Publication date: August 15, 2019
    Applicant: FERAG AG
    Inventor: Roland TANNER
  • Patent number: 10358314
    Abstract: A postpress system (1) and method for producing and processing product units (P), in particular printed end products (P) with printed product collections comprising a plurality of products, selected from the group of wrapping products, and a plurality of part products and/or inserts, to make route adapted stacks or packs, at least some of the printed end products (P) being product units which have been customized for specific addressees are proposed. By using feed devices (3) which each comprise a supply conveyor (31), a preparation circuit (32) with a plurality of transport units (321) and an output conveyor (33), printed products (D) are fed in a controlled fashion to the holding units (21) with reliability. A sorting device (6) with at least one directing group with at least one gate (62), a transit section (612) and at least one supply section is used to correct faults, or deviations in the product sequence from the production sequence.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Assignee: FERAG AG
    Inventor: Alex Keller
  • Patent number: 10358299
    Abstract: A loading device (10) for continuously loading receiving units (4.1-4.8) with transport goods (T), wherein the loading device (10) comprises a plurality of receiving units (4.1-4.8), a conveyor device (2), in which the receiving units (4.1-4.8) can be conveyed, a supply device (3) for supplying transport goods (T) and a transfer device (1), which is designed to acquire the transport goods (T) from the supply device (3), as well as to convey and transfer the transport goods to the receiving units (4.1-4.8), wherein the transfer device (1) and the receiving units (4.1-4.8) can be moved in the same direction during the transfer of the transport goods (T).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Assignee: FERAG AG
    Inventors: Martin Ruge, Markus Felix
  • Patent number: 10336548
    Abstract: A method for filling the pockets of a transport device in the form of a suspension conveyor, the transport device including one or more trolleys which are movably mounted on a trolley track and on each of which a pocket hanging downwards for receiving transported goods is arranged, the pocket formed by at least one flexible material web that is planar when open and that is fastened at both ends to the trolley, forming a carrying loop or transport loop hanging downwards. The material web is releasably fastened by at least one end to the trolley. The method includes: a) advancing a closed pocket, b) opening the pocket by releasing the fastening of the material web to the trolley, c) filling the opened pocket with goods to be transported, d) closing the pocket by fastening the material web to the trolley, and e) transporting away the filled and closed pocket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: FERAG AG
    Inventors: Roberto Fenile, Erich Kälin
  • Publication number: 20190193944
    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: Application
    Filed: December 20, 2018
    Publication date: June 27, 2019
    Applicant: FERAG AG
    Inventors: Othmar BRUNSCHWILER, Simon BEUTLER
  • Patent number: 10322887
    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: August 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignee: FERAG AG
    Inventor: Robert Fenile
  • Publication number: 20190168972
    Abstract: A system for transferring units to/from conveying units of a rail-guided suspended conveyor system includes at least one transfer conveying device with one or more first conveying units with a rack with tines which form a receptacle for bearing an individual unit; and a suspended conveyor system with a plurality of second conveying units with a rack with tines which form a receptacle for bearing an individual unit. The system is configured such that in a transfer zone a rack of a first conveying unit of the transfer conveying device and a rack of a second conveying unit of the suspended conveyor system penetrate by meshing so with movement of the first and the second conveying unit relative to another either an individual unit initially on the rack of the first conveying unit remains on the rack of the second conveying unit, or an individual unit initially on the rack of the second conveying unit remains on the rack of the first conveying unit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 4, 2018
    Publication date: June 6, 2019
    Applicant: FERAG AG
    Inventor: Urs GADLIGER
  • Patent number: 10301114
    Abstract: The invention relates to a transport device (10.1), in particular in the form of a suspension conveyor, said device comprising one or more trolleys (11) which are movably mounted on a trolley track (15) in a trolley track direction and on each of which a device (18, 19) hanging downwards for receiving transported goods is arranged. To achieve a simple construction and operation, the device (18, 19) for receiving transported goods forms at least one flexible material web (18) that is planar when open and that can be fastened at both ends (19) to the trolley (11), forming a carrying loop hanging downwards.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: FERAG AG
    Inventor: Roberto Fenile
  • Patent number: 10296161
    Abstract: In order to generate a graphical user interface for a programme application on a display, multiple plug-ins for said programme application are registered in a plug-in catalogue. The plug-ins comprise a main window plug-in and multiple window area plug-ins. When the programme application is started, the main window plug-in is started, said plug-in representing a main window on the display and defining multiple sub-areas of the main window. The defined sub-areas of the main window are registered in an area manager. In addition, the window area plug-ins are started and each plug-in is registered in the area manager and linked by the area manager to one of the defined sub-areas of the main window. Each window area plug-in represents a window area on the display in the sub-area of the main window to which the plug-in is linked.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: FERAG AG
    Inventor: Michael Schüepp
  • Patent number: 10280005
    Abstract: A conveying system including a conveying rail, at least one conveying vehicle, which is led along the conveying rail, wherein the at least one conveying vehicle forms a contact element, and also including a driver chain with at least one driver for driving the at least one conveying vehicle in the conveying direction. The driver forms a receiver for receiving the contact element for the purpose of forming a driving contact. The driver includes a deflecting member that forms a spatial limitation for the receiver. The deflecting member is elastically deflectable by the contact element while opening up the receiver.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: FERAG AG
    Inventor: Erwin Stauber
  • Patent number: 10266290
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for producing collections (15) from a plurality of N (N=2, 3, 4, . . . ) different printed products (11a-d), which collections (15) each comprise a stack (13) of printed products (11a-c), which stack is packed in a packaging element (11d) wrapped around the stack (13). A solution that does not require additional material use includes the following steps: providing the N printed products (11a-d): forming an intermediate stack (13) from N?x (x=1, 2, 3, . . . ) of the N printed products (10a-d); providing the x remaining printed products as a packaging element (11d); and wrapping the intermediate stack (13) in the packaging element (11d).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: FERAG AG
    Inventor: Alex Keller
  • Patent number: 10207527
    Abstract: A processing system having at least one digital printing docking point for connecting at least one digital printing unit and at least one post-processing station, which are connected by a coupling station so that at least one input of the at least one post-processing station is connected to at least one digital printing docking point, and having a first control unit for controlling the coupling station and a second control unit for controlling the at least one post-processing station. The first control unit is supplied with information concerning the product output of the at least one digital printing unit and at least one processing attribute of the product output, and directly or indirectly transfers same to the second control unit with a dynamic data feed, and the at least one post-processing station is controlled by the second control unit with this information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: FERAG AG
    Inventor: Jürg Möckli
  • Patent number: 10197995
    Abstract: The disclosure relates to the control of a printed product processing system, which comprises a collecting system having a conveyer and a plurality of feed conveyers for creating product collections from products fed by the feed conveyers, occupancy plans are generated and stored which specify, for the feed conveyers, in each case a chronological sequence of the products to be fed by the feed conveyer to the conveyer to create the product collections. On the basis of the occupancy plans, for the feed conveyers, in each case one product to be fed is determined and transmitted to mobile transport devices. The occupancy plans enable the operating personnel to announce early and in good time which products the feed conveyers are to be occupied with and which must for this purpose be supplied thereto on pallets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: FERAG AG
    Inventor: Uwe Groth
  • Publication number: 20180312341
    Abstract: A transport bag for the hanging transportation of goods by a transport device extending in a transport direction, the transport bag having a rear wall oriented in a transverse direction to the transport direction and a front wall oriented in a transverse direction to the transport direction, which are moveably connected to one another at an upper bag end and a lower bag end in such a way that the front wall can move relative to the rear wall between a filling position in which same is at a first distance to the rear wall, and an empty position in which same is at a second distance to the rear wall, which second distance is smaller than the first distance, and which transport bag can be connected in a hanging manner to the transport device by a connection means attached at the top on the rear wall.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 23, 2016
    Publication date: November 1, 2018
    Applicant: FERAG AG
    Inventors: Martin KELLER, Erich KÄLIN
  • Patent number: 10112783
    Abstract: A transfer device (1) for the separated transfer of product carriers (2a-2e) with holders (21, 21a-21e) to an overhead conveyor is described, comprising a helical conveyor (11), which defines a conveying section (F) for the holders (21, 21a-21e) with a conveying portion (FF) and a transfer portion (FU), wherein the conveying section (F) in the conveying portion (FF) describes a linear path and in the transfer portion (FU) describes a transversely curved path superimposed on the linear path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Assignee: FERAG AG
    Inventor: Erwin Stauber
  • Publication number: 20180305131
    Abstract: A method for filling the pockets of a transport device in the form of a suspension conveyor, the transport device including one or more trolleys which are movably mounted on a trolley track and on each of which a pocket hanging downwards for receiving transported goods is arranged, the pocket formed by at least one flexible material web that is planar when open and that is fastened at both ends to the trolley, forming a carrying loop or transport loop hanging downwards. The material web is releasably fastened by at least one end to the trolley. The method includes: a) advancing a closed pocket, b) opening the pocket by releasing the fastening of the material web to the trolley, c) filling the opened pocket with goods to be transported, d) closing the pocket by fastening the material web to the trolley, and e) transporting away the filled and closed pocket.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 25, 2018
    Publication date: October 25, 2018
    Applicant: FERAG AG
    Inventors: Roberto FENILE, Erich KÄLIN
  • Patent number: 10099875
    Abstract: A feed appliance for feeding products to a further processing appliance includes a standby circulatory apparatus with a takeover station and with several transport units that are circulatorily movable independently of one another for each receiving a product at the takeover station, a provision conveyor for feeding the products to the takeover station, and a control device for controlling the feed of the products and of the transport units into a takeover section of the takeover station and for controlling the takeover of the fed products by the transport units. The standby circulatory apparatus for creating a gapless product stream includes a release device for the cyclically controlled release of individual transport units into the takeover section. For this, the control device is designed to release a transport unit only given a feed of a cyclically correct product into the takeover section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: FERAG AG
    Inventor: Matthias Wagner
  • Patent number: 10093514
    Abstract: A collating apparatus (10), in particular for printed products such as brochures, flyers or the like, comprising a collecting section (11) having at least two collecting zones (11a,b) arranged in parallel and working independently of each other, onto which respectively a plurality of products are fed successively and are united lying one on top of the other into a collected product, and at least one further processing section (13, 15) positioned behind the collecting section (11) having at least one further processing apparatus (13a,b; 15a,b). High flexibility during operation is achieved by the arrangement between the collecting section (11) and the at least one further processing section (13, 15) of a distribution apparatus (12), which feeds the collected products arriving from the collecting zones (11a,b) selectively to the at least one further processing apparatus (13a,b, 15a,b).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Assignee: FERAG AG
    Inventor: Othmar Brunschwiler
  • Publication number: 20180257803
    Abstract: In a method for automatically inserting enclosures (15) into a receptacle (10) which is intended to accommodate a principal goods item (14) a high degree of speed and flexibility in the context of commissioning is thereby achieved in that the receptacle (10) is moved past a stationary inserting station in a transportation direction (13), and that on passing the inserting station at least one enclosure (15) is inserted from the inserting station into the open receptacle (10).
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 13, 2018
    Publication date: September 13, 2018
    Applicant: FERAG AG
    Inventor: Fabian JAUCH