Patents by Inventor Andrea Andreoli

Andrea Andreoli has filed for patents to protect the following inventions. This listing includes patent applications that are pending as well as patents that have already been granted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

  • 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: 10577185
    Abstract: A guide structure for a chain for an article conveyor is disclosed. The guide structure includes a guide for guiding the chain along a direction of movement of the chain and having at least two rails each delimiting a respective guide channel for at least partly accommodating the chain. An accompanying means for supporting the chain and accompanying it into the guide channel, wherein the accompanying means comprises a contact surface adapted to be in contact with the chain while the chain is accompanied into the guide channel. A fixing means for keeping the accompanying means in fixed position with respect to the guide. And, an adjusting means for adjusting a position of the accompanying means generally orthogonal to the direction of movement of the chain to adjust the angular position of the accompanying means with respect to the guide in at least a first and a second angular positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2020
    Assignee: REXNORD FLATTOP EUROPE S.R.L.
    Inventor: Andrea Andreoli
  • Publication number: 20200048012
    Abstract: Embodiments of the invention provide systems and methods for monitoring and removing contaminants from a conveyor surface based upon predicted frictional engagement qualities detected on a conveyor surface. In some examples, the methods may include monitoring the conveyor surface with at least one sensor configured to sense a condition on the conveyor surface. The sensor may detect the presence of a contaminant, and communicate the location of the detected contaminant to a processor. A treatment cycle may then be initiated to remove or displace the contaminant from the conveyor surface after the presence of a contaminant has been detected.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 31, 2017
    Publication date: February 13, 2020
    Inventors: Andrea Andreoli, Cornelis Hendrik Mijndert Menke, Justin Michael Stefanko, Philip Michael Gabor
  • Publication number: 20190276240
    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: Application
    Filed: July 14, 2017
    Publication date: September 12, 2019
    Inventors: LEONARDUS ADRIANUS CATHARINUS CORNELISSEN, CORNELIS HENDRIK MIJNDERT MENKE, ANDREA ANDREOLI, GUIDO MARCHIANI
  • 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
  • Publication number: 20190225426
    Abstract: A guide structure for a chain for an article conveyor is disclosed. The guide structure includes a guide tor guiding the chain along a direction of movement of the chain and having at least two rails each delimiting a respective guide channel for at least partly accommodating the chain. An accompanying means for supporting the chain and accompanying it into the guide channel, wherein the accompanying means comprises a contact surface) adapted to be in contact with the chain while the chain is accompanied into the guide channel. A fixing means for keeping the accompanying means in fixed position with respect to the guide. And, an adjusting means for adjusting a position of the accompanying means generally orthogonal to the direction of movement of the chain to adjust the angular position of the accompanying means with respect to the guide in at least a first and a second angular positions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 22, 2019
    Publication date: July 25, 2019
    Inventor: Andrea ANDREOLI
  • Publication number: 20190084772
    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: Application
    Filed: March 1, 2017
    Publication date: March 21, 2019
    Applicant: REXNORD FLATOP EUROPE B.V.
    Inventors: Andrea Andreoli, Cornelis Hendrik Mijndert Menke, Justin Michael Stefanko
  • Patent number: 10093486
    Abstract: A guide for a chain (105) for an articles conveyor (100) is proposed. Said guide comprises a return guide (110R;210R;310R) being adapted to guide the chain (105) along at least a portion of a return section of a conveyor path of the articles conveyor (100). The chain (105) comprises a plurality of links (115) each one having a first link element (1151) for supporting the articles to be conveyed and a second link element (1152) for supporting the first link element (1151). The return guide (110R;210R;310R) comprises a return chain guide channel (125R;225R;325R) along the return guide (110R;210R;310R), said return chain guide channel (125R;225R;325R) extending within the return guide (110R;210R;310R) from a surface (110RB;210RB;310RB) of the return guide (110R;210R;310R) that, in use, defines a lower outer surface of the guide.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Assignee: REXNORD FLATTOP EUROPE S.R.L.
    Inventor: Andrea Andreoli
  • Publication number: 20180022553
    Abstract: A guide for a chain (105) for an articles conveyor (100) is proposed. Said guide comprises a return guide (110R;210R;310R) being adapted to guide the chain (105) along at least a portion of a return section of a conveyor path of the articles conveyor (100). The chain (105) comprises a plurality of links (115) each one having a first link element (1151) for supporting the articles to be conveyed and a second link element (1152) for supporting the first link element (1151). The return guide (110R;210R;310R) comprises a return chain guide channel (125R;225R;325R) along the return guide (110R;210R;310R), said return chain guide channel (125R;225R;325R) extending within the return guide (110R;210R;310R) from a surface (110RB;210RB;310RB) of the return guide (110R;210R;310R) that, in use, defines a lower outer surface of the guide.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 17, 2016
    Publication date: January 25, 2018
    Inventor: ANDREA ANDREOLI
  • Patent number: 9457960
    Abstract: An apparatus for assisting the movement of a transport chain (105, 405) in correspondence of a curve of a transport path of an articles conveyor (100, 400) is proposed. The transport chain comprises a plurality of modules (120i?1, 120i, 120i+1; 420i?1, 420i, 420i+1); each module being coupled to adjacent modules in order to form a loop. Moreover, top surfaces (122; 422) of the coupled modules define a transport surface (124; 424) for supporting the articles to be transported and a side surface (315; 540) define a chain side surface of the chain. The apparatus comprises at least one auxiliary chain (135, 435) arranged in a curvilinear running region (130, 430) corresponding to the transport path curve. In the solution according to an embodiment of the present invention, said auxiliary chain comprises a plurality of contact elements (235, 535).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2016
    Assignee: REXNORD FLATTOP EUROPE S.R.L.
    Inventor: Andrea Andreoli
  • Patent number: 9394112
    Abstract: A transport chain for transporting articles includes a sequence of links. Each link defines a substantially flat support surface for the articles to be transported, and wherein each link is hingedly coupled with a previous link in the sequence. Each link includes a respective first link element defining a first portion of the support surface of the link and a respective second link element defining a second portion of the support surface of the link. The first link element and the second link element are hingedly coupled with each other through mechanical coupling allowing the first link element to rotate with respect to the second link element, and vice versa, about a rotation axis perpendicular to the support surface of the link. The mechanical coupling is spaced from the rotation axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2016
    Assignee: REXNORD FLATTOP EUROPE S.R.L.
    Inventors: Andrea Andreoli, Guido Marchiani
  • Publication number: 20160200520
    Abstract: The invention relates to a conveyor module for a conveyor mat and/or conveyor chain for conveying articles. The module (1) comprises a conveying face (2) for supporting articles to be conveyed, a supporting face arranged to be supported by a support member of a conveyor system and connectors (6) arranged such that front and rear sides of successive conveyor modules (1) can be hingedly coupled to each other. Furthermore, the module (1) comprises at least one marking body (10) for marking the conveyor module (1), wherein the marking body (C1-C2) extends from an inside (100) of the module at least towards an outer face (11) of the module.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 27, 2014
    Publication date: July 14, 2016
    Inventors: Cornelis Hendrik Mijndert Menke, Andrea Andreoli
  • Publication number: 20150353288
    Abstract: An apparatus for assisting the movement of a transport chain (105, 405) in correspondence of a curve of a transport path of an articles conveyor (100, 400) is proposed. The transport chain comprises a plurality of modules (120i?1, 120i, 120i+1; 420i?1, 420i, 420i+1); each module being coupled to adjacent modules in order to form a loop. Moreover, top surfaces (122; 422) of the coupled modules define a transport surface (124; 424) for supporting the articles to be transported and a side surface (315; 540) define a chain side surface of the chain. The apparatus comprises at least one auxiliary chain (135, 435) arranged in a curvilinear running region (130, 430) corresponding to the transport path curve. In the solution according to an embodiment of the present invention, said auxiliary chain comprises a plurality of contact elements (235, 535).
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 13, 2013
    Publication date: December 10, 2015
    Applicant: REXNORD FLATTOP EUROPE S.R.L.
    Inventor: Andrea Andreoli
  • Publication number: 20150307283
    Abstract: A transport chain for transporting articles includes a sequence of links. Each link defines a substantially flat support surface for the articles to be transported, and wherein each link is hingedly coupled with a previous link in the sequence. Each link includes a respective first link element defining a first portion of the support surface of the link and a respective second link element defining a second portion of the support surface of the link. The first link element and the second link element are hingedly coupled with each other through mechanical coupling allowing the first link element to rotate with respect to the second link element, and vice versa, about a rotation axis perpendicular to the support surface of the link. The mechanical coupling is spaced from the rotation axis.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 23, 2015
    Publication date: October 29, 2015
    Inventors: Andrea Andreoli, Guido Marchiani
  • Patent number: 9139376
    Abstract: A monitoring system for a conveyor of articles includes a reference element located on a transport chain and sensors. Each sensor senses passage of the reference element during the operation of the conveyor. Counting means measures time elapsed between passage of the reference element close to the sensors. Computing means determines transport chain movement speed with respect to the static portion based on the first measured time and the first distance, and determines the length of the chain based on the determined movement speed and based on the second measured time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2015
    Assignee: REXNORD FLATTOP EUROPE S.R.L.
    Inventors: Andrea Andreoli, Fabio Salice
  • Patent number: 9027738
    Abstract: A transfer modules arrangement (100) for an articles conveyor (110). The transfer modules arrangement includes at least one transfer module (125) in turn comprising a frame (310) housing a plurality of idle rollers (135) for allowing an inertial run of transported articles (140) between consecutive conveyor belt/chain elements (115a, 115b) of the articles conveyor. According to the invention, the transfer modules arrangement includes at least one positioning rod (120). Additionally, the frame of the at least one transfer module further includes a shaped cavity (315) for allowing a sliding insertion of the at least one transfer module on the at least one positioning rod.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2015
    Assignee: Rexnord Flattop Europe S.R.L.
    Inventors: Daniele Coen, Andrea Andreoli
  • Publication number: 20150008097
    Abstract: A monitoring system for a conveyor of articles is provided. The conveyor of articles comprises a static portion and at least one respective endless transport chain adapted to be moved with respect to the static portion when the conveyor of articles is in operation. The system includes a reference element located on the transport chain, a first sensor integral with the static portion and a second sensor integral with the static portion. Said first and second sensors are distant to each other by a first distance; each sensor is configured for sensing the passage of the reference element close to the sensor itself during the operation of the conveyor. The system further includes counting means coupled with the sensors and configured to measure a first time corresponding to the time elapsed between a first passage of the reference element close to the first sensor and a first passage of the reference element close to the second sensor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 30, 2013
    Publication date: January 8, 2015
    Inventors: Andrea Andreoli, Fabio Salice
  • Publication number: 20140346014
    Abstract: A modular roller belt (100,200) for transporting articles is proposed. The belt comprises a plurality of modules (105) for transporting the articles, and a plurality of hinge pins (110), each for hinging adjacent modules of the belt about a corresponding geometric axis (GAX). Each module comprises at least one roller (115a,115b,115c,115d) and at least one mounting pin (1201,1202) for mounting the at least one idle roller to the respective module; the at least one roller is freely rotatable about a respective rotation axis (RAX1, RAX2) defined by the corresponding mounting pin.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 3, 2012
    Publication date: November 27, 2014
    Inventors: Andrea Andreoli, Daniele Coen
  • Publication number: 20140110223
    Abstract: A transfer modules arrangement (100) for an articles conveyor (110). The transfer modules arrangement includes at least one transfer module (125) in turn comprising a frame (310) housing a plurality of idle rollers (135) for allowing an inertial run of transported articles (140) between consecutive conveyor belt/chain elements (115a, 115b) of the articles conveyor. According to the invention, the transfer modules arrangement includes at least one positioning rod (120). Additionally, the frame of the at least one transfer module further includes a shaped cavity (315) for allowing a sliding insertion of the at least one transfer module on the at least one positioning rod.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 16, 2012
    Publication date: April 24, 2014
    Inventors: Daniele Coen, Andrea Andreoli
  • Patent number: 8613355
    Abstract: A positioning unit, comprising: a support for a member to be positioned; an actuator for moving the support between a plurality of predetermined working positions; a position selector comprising a plurality of spacers that can be moved into an operative position positioning a stem of the actuator corresponding to a said predetermined working position of the support, wherein the position selector is coupled to the actuator such that movement of the actuator during actuation drives the operation of the position selector. The positioning unit has particular application to the positioning of guides of a conveyor of articles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 24, 2013
    Assignee: Rexnord Marbett S.R.L.
    Inventor: Andrea Andreoli