Patents Assigned to Rexnord Flattop Europe B.V.
  • Patent number: 10759606
    Abstract: A modular conveyor, comprising a plurality of modules successive in transport direction, each comprising a body part with a transport surface for transporting products thereon, which body part during use is hingedly coupled via a hinge pin to the body part of a successive module. The successive modules are adjustable from an assembly position to an operative position. In the working position the hinge pin can be introduced from outside of the body parts into a receiving space formed by the successive modules or can be taken out of that receiving space to outside of the body parts due to that the hinge pin is released by the body parts to move in longitudinal direction and/or transverse direction of its longitudinal axis. In the operative position the hinge pin is retained in the receiving space formed by the body parts of the successive modules due to that the movement of the hinge pin both in longitudinal direction and in transverse direction of its longitudinal axis is limited by the body parts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2020
    Assignees: REXNORD FLATTOP EUROPE B.V., REXNORD FLATTOP EUROPE S.R.L.
    Inventors: Leonardus Adrianus Catharinus Cornelissen, Cornelis Hendrik Mijndert Menke, Andrea Andreoli, Guido Marchiani
  • Patent number: 10526147
    Abstract: A conveying system (1), comprising a modular conveyor belt (2) supported on a conveyor track (3) so that top surfaces (4) of the modules (5) of the conveyor belt present a conveying face (6) that in use moves along the track in a conveying direction, and at least one plastic bottle supported at its bottom on the conveying face via one or more textured surfaces at a bottom of the bottle. The disclosure also includes a method of conveying bottles, wherein plastic bottles are supported with their bottoms on a moving conveying face of a conveyor, and wherein the conveying face and the bottom of the bottle are conveyed via one or more textured surfaces (12) at a bottom of the bottle. The disclosure further includes use of at least one textured bottom surface of a plastic bottle for conveying, and a blow mold for blow molding a plastic bottle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Assignee: REXNORD FLATTOP EUROPE B.V.
    Inventors: Cornelis Hendrik Mijndert Menke, Leonardus Adrianus Catharinus Cornelissen
  • Patent number: 10427881
    Abstract: Coupling of conveyor belt modules A module (2) for a modular conveyor chain, comprising a link portion (3) made of sheet metal that includes a substantially elongate conveying body (4), the conveying body having a central hinge loop (5A) on one longitudinal side thereof and a pair of offset hinge loops (5B) on an opposite longitudinal side thereof that are interspaced to receive the central hinge loop of a link portion of a consecutive module therebetween. The central hinge loop and/or or the offset hinge loops are distanced with their free end(s) from a bottom face of the conveying body to form a through pass aperture (16) through which a hinge pin (12) held in the hinge receiving space(s) of the hinge loops of other module may pass transversely to its axis into or out of its hinge receiving space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: Rexnord FlatTop Europe B.V.
    Inventors: Cornelis Hendrik Mijndert Menke, Franciscus Maria Bal, Leonardus Adrianus Catharinus Cornelissen
  • Patent number: 10399793
    Abstract: Method and system (10) for transporting products (2). A conveyor surface (1) is moving at a conveyor velocity (VI). Products (2) are provided on the conveyor surface (1) in a measurement zone (M). The products (2) move through the measurement zone (M) with a product velocity (V2) that is at least initially different than the conveyor velocity (VI). A contact between the products (2) and the relatively moving conveyor surface (1) causes the products (2) to accelerate or decelerate (a) in the measurement zone (M) depending on a kinetic friction coefficient (?k) there between. A control signal (S) is indicative of the acceleration or deceleration (a) of the products (2) in the measurement zone (M). The kinetic friction coefficient (?k) is controlled based on the control signal (S) to keep the acceleration or deceleration (a) within a predetermined threshold range.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: REXNORD FLATTOP EUROPE B.V.
    Inventors: Andrea Andreoli, Cornelis Hendrik Mijndert Menke, Justin Michael Stefanko
  • Patent number: 10384875
    Abstract: An injection molded plastic chain module comprising a substantially elongate conveying body and a hinge structure located at a bottom side of the module for hingedly connecting a front and a rear side of the module with adjacent modules. The conveying body comprises two wing shaped portions extending laterally away from the hinge structure, and comprising a respective top plate portion that defines a part of a supporting surface for supporting products to be transported, wherein each of said top plate portions has a thickness of less than ? of the total thickness of the respective wing shaped portion. Further, each wing shaped portion comprises one or more downwardly extending supporting wall portions for supporting the respective top plate portion. The module may merely consist of a plurality of relatively thin plate and/or wall portions, preferably all having a substantially equal thickness.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: REXNORD FLATTOP EUROPE B.V.
    Inventors: Cornelis Hendrik Mijndert Menke, Remco van der Ende
  • Patent number: 10221020
    Abstract: A transfer device (19), comprising a carrier (21) including a number of mutually spaced-apart, substantially parallel extending transfer fingers (22) that in use reach into grooves (14) between ribs (13) on a conveying surface of a grooved conveyor belt (2). Back parts (23) of the fingers form a comb shaped part (24) of a substantially planar slide-over surface (25) of the transfer device. The carrier further includes a conveyor guide track (26) that is lowered with respect to the slide over surface and that extends transversely to the fingers, and that in use is provided with a cross conveyor belt (6) movable in a conveying direction transversely to the fingers, so that a conveying surface (9) of the cross conveyor belt forms a conveying part (27) of the slide-over surface that is substantially contiguous to and flush with the comb shaped part (24).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: REXNORD FLATTOP EUROPE B.V.
    Inventors: Cornelis Hendrik Mijndert Menke, Leonardus Adrianus Catharinus Cornelissen, Remco van der Ende
  • Patent number: 10183808
    Abstract: A module (1) for a modular conveyor chain (8), comprising a link portion (2) made of sheet metal that includes a substantially elongate conveying body (3), having a centrally located coupling piece (4) on one longitudinal side thereof and a pair of coupling pieces (4) on an opposite longitudinal side thereof, that are inter-spaced to receive the centrally located coupling piece of a link portion of a consecutive module therebetween, wherein the coupling pieces extend from the body part to loop around a receiving space (5) for a hinge pin (7), wherein the coupling pieces form less then a three quarter loop relative to a plane defined by the conveying body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Assignee: REXNORD FLATTOP EUROPE B.V.
    Inventor: Cornelis Hendrik Mijndert Menke
  • Patent number: 10124960
    Abstract: A modular conveyor (1) comprising a conveyor mat or chain (2) constructed of a series of links (3) hingedly connected together into an endless loop arranged to be circulated around two spaced diverting wheel units (4, 5). Each link is positioned at a pitch distance from an adjacent link, which pitch distance is at least substantially the same throughout the conveyor mar or chain. At least one of the diverting wheel units (5) comprises a drive shaft (9), a drive wheel (10) mounted on the drive shaft and drivingly engaging the conveyor mat or chain and further an upper idler wheel (12) mounted on an idler wheel shaft. The upper idler wheel shaft is positioned above the drive wheel shaft, such that intermediate distance between said upper idler wheel shaft and drive shaft equals a distance of (n times the pitch distance+substantially a ½ time the pitch distance).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: REXNORD FLATTOP EUROPE B.V.
    Inventor: Cornelis Hendrik Mijndert Menke
  • Patent number: 9938085
    Abstract: Module (1) for a modular conveyor mat, comprising a body part (2) extending transversely to a conveying direction with a top (3) and a bottom (4), which bottom is provided with a tooth chamber (6) for receiving a driving tooth of a sprocket wheel. The body part, at a front (7) and rear (8), is provided with a series of hinge parts (9) and receiving spaces (10) alternately successive transversely to the conveying direction, so that successive modules (1) are hingedly couplable using hinge pins (11) extending through hinge bores (13) provided in the hinge parts. The front is part of a front body part (2A) of the module and the rear is part of a rear body part (2B) of the module. The front and rear body parts are hingedly connected with each other relative to a pivoting axis (Z), which traverses the tooth chamber (6).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Assignee: REXNORD FLATTOP EUROPE B.V.
    Inventors: Rick Wilhelmus van den Berg, Cornelis Hendrik Mijndert Menke
  • Patent number: 9834382
    Abstract: In a method for manufacturing such a modular belt link, a mold having a mold cavity is used comprising a number of U-shaped profiles, which are configured and arranged such as to—after injecting polymeric material into the mold cavity—form an aperture in each of the link ends by providing for each link end at least two laterally adjoining, partly overlapping oblong U-shaped recesses which are alternately oriented such that the open end of one of the U-shaped recesses opens in the top support surface and the open end of an immediately adjoining U-shaped recess opens in the bottom surface. The invention relates also to a modular belt link manufactured with such a method and a modular conveyor belt comprising such modular belt links.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2017
    Assignee: REXNORD FLATTOP EUROPE B.V.
    Inventors: Rick Wilhelmus Van Den Berg, Cornelis Hendrik Mijndert Menke
  • Patent number: 9592966
    Abstract: In a conveyor system, a conveyor having a conveyor surface transports items. An optional lubricant dispensing device dispenses a lubricant composition on the conveyor surface. A friction coefficient measuring device measures a quantity proportional to the friction coefficient of the conveyor surface and provides a signal indicative for the measured quantity proportional to the friction coefficient. A control receives the signal indicative for the measured quantity. In one embodiment, the control provides a further signal when the measured quantity exceeds a threshold value or for regulating the lubricant amount to be dispensed based on the measured quantity in order to maintain the measured quantity proportional to the friction coefficient within a predetermined range.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 14, 2017
    Assignee: REXNORD FLATTOP EUROPE B.V.
    Inventors: Rick Wilhelmus van den Berg, Cornelis Hendrik Mijndert Menke
  • Patent number: 9499343
    Abstract: The invention relates to a conveying system. The conveying system comprises a conveying track, an endless conveyor mat for conveying products in a conveying direction, a drive for driving the conveyor mat, and a return guide provided at the conveying track for guiding the conveyor mat upon circulation. The return guide extends substantially transversely to the conveying direction. The conveyor mat comprises a number of plastic modules, which are provided at their bottom side with a track guide surface, while at least a part of the plastic modules at the location of the respective track guide surface comprise at least one chamber extending inwardly with respect to the module for being in a contact with the return guide during circulation of the module around the return guide. The chamber is formed such that the contact upon circulation consists of a first line contact and a second line contact.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2016
    Assignee: REXNORD FLATTOP EUROPE B.V.
    Inventors: Leonardus Adrianus Catharinus Cornelissen, Ronald Sigmond
  • Patent number: 9457959
    Abstract: End drive for a conveyor, comprising a conveying track (6) for, during use, guiding a conveying part of a straight-running modular conveyor mat (2), a return guide (10) extending at a distance along the conveying part for return guidance of a return part of the conveyor mat, and a gear drive (16) located between the conveying track and the return guide for, through engagement of the conveyor mat, drivingly having the conveyor mat round from the conveying track to the return guide. The return guide comprises a guiding envelope (E), linking up with the gear drive and extending along successive rows of modules, in which movement of the return part of the conveyor mat both sideways in the plane of the conveyor mat and transversely to the conveying plane is limited.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2016
    Assignee: REXNORD FLATTOP EUROPE B.V.
    Inventors: Cornelis Hendrik Mijndert Menke, Leonardus Adrianus Catharinus Cornelissen
  • Patent number: 9434546
    Abstract: End drive for a conveyor, comprising a conveying track (6) for, during use, guiding a conveying part of a modular conveyor mat (2) of the side-flexing type, a return guide (10) extending at a distance along the conveying part for return guidance of a return part of the conveyor mat, and a gear drive (16) located between the conveying track and the return guide for, through engagement on the conveyor mat, drivingly having the conveyor mat round from the conveying track to the return guide. The conveying track and the return guide comprise a bend segment where the conveying part and the return part of the conveyor mat, respectively, are guided in their planes through a bend.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2016
    Assignee: REXNORD FLATTOP EUROPE B.V.
    Inventors: Leonardus Adrians Catharinus Cornelissen, Cornelis Hendrik Mijndert Menke
  • Patent number: 9388894
    Abstract: A sprocket wheel built up from at least two synthetic wheel parts (2, 3), comprising a hub part (4a, 4b), a gear ring (5) and a body part (6) connecting the hub part and gear ring, having a central plane forming a plane of symmetry of the body part, at least one fastener housing (7) divided over the two wheel parts, having a fastener hole (8) extending along a centerline situated in the central plane, for receiving a fastener (9), and, at least one gear ring opening (10) extending through the gear ring, situated in line with the fastener hole, characterized in that the body part comprises a recess (11) accessible from a side of the body part to a fastener, which recess is situated in line between the gear ring opening and the fastener housing and whose passage towards the fastener housing is greater than the passage of the gear ring opening (10).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2016
    Assignee: REXNORD FLATTOP EUROPE B.V.
    Inventor: Remco Van Der Ende
  • Patent number: 9199797
    Abstract: The invention relates to a module for a modular conveyor, comprising a body part extending transversely to a direction, having a substantially closed, flat top surface and a bottom. On the top surface, a receiving provision is provided for coupling a mounting frame. The receiving provision is provided with one or more stop elements projecting relative to the top surface, with each stop element provided with a flange. The mounting frame is provided with one or more wings, with each wing configured to engage under a respective flange upon placement of the mounting frame on the receiving provision. The receiving provision and the mounting frame are configured for placement of the mounting frame on the module and removal from the module, respectively, in an insertion direction which is directed substantially transversely to the directions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2015
    Assignee: REXNORD FLATTOP EUROPE B.V.
    Inventors: Cornelis Hendrik Mijndert Menke, Remco van der Ende
  • Patent number: 9162818
    Abstract: Modular conveyor mat (1), comprising a number of rows (2) of modules (3), successive in the conveying direction (P) of the conveyor mat, which modules are provided with a body part (4) from plastic extending transversely to the conveying direction, which is provided with an upper surface (5), and which is provided, viewed in conveying direction, at the front (8) and rear (9) with a series of coupling elements (11) spaced apart with mutual interspaces (10). Coupling elements and interspaces of modules successive in conveying direction interdigitate, and are hingedly coupled with the aid of pins (12). The conveyor mat is provided with reinforcing strips (14) included in the body parts of the modules, spaced apart at a mutual intermediate distance transversely to the conveying direction, which extend in conveying direction between successive hinge pins, and which are provided adjacent their ends (15) with recesses (16) in which the hinge pins successive in conveying direction are received.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2015
    Assignee: REXNORD FLATTOP EUROPE B.V.
    Inventors: Joost Martinus van den Berg, Cornelis Hendrik Mijndert Menke
  • Patent number: 8430235
    Abstract: A module for a modular conveyor mat includes a substantially flat metal body part having front and rear sides extending transversely to a conveying direction (P). Projections spaced apart by intermediate spaces form hinge loops attached to the body part. A plastic cover forming a conveying surface is attached to the body part and extends over and around at least one of the hinge loops. The invention also relates to a modular conveyor mat, comprising a multiple number of the modules.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2013
    Assignee: Rexnord Flattop Europe B.V.
    Inventors: Cornelis Hendrik Mijndert Menke, Gijsbertus Johannes Verduyn
  • Patent number: 8371437
    Abstract: A module (1) for a conveyor mat, comprising a body part (2) which is provided, on front and rear sides (3, 6) operatively extending transversely to the conveying direction (p), with hinge loops (5A, 5B) mutually spaced apart at mutual intermediate distances (4A, 4B), and an underside (7) operatively cooperating with a guideway. The underside (7) is provided with a downwardly extending mounting frame (11) for receiving a guide element. The module (1) may be included in a modular conveyor mat, comprising a number of modules being consecutive in conveying direction, each provided with a body part extending transversely to a conveying direction, having hinge loops reaching forwards and rearwards in the conveying direction, while the hinge loops of consecutive modules cooperate and are coupled by means of hinge pins, and at least one of the modules is designed with a mounting frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2013
    Assignee: Rexnord Flattop Europe B.V.
    Inventors: Cornelis Hendrik M. Menke, Gijsbertus Johannes Verduijn
  • Patent number: 8371436
    Abstract: A conveyor having a conveying face includes a side guard. The side guard is formed with a series of wall parts extending in a conveying direction and upstanding transversely to the conveying direction. At least two wall parts of the series of wall parts overlap in the conveying direction at least partly at a top side of the at least two wall parts remote from the conveying face.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2013
    Assignee: Rexnord Flattop Europe B.V.
    Inventors: Leonardus Adrianus Catharinus Cornelissen, Ronald Sigmond