Patents by Inventor Wallace W. Mojden

Wallace W. Mojden 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: 5607278
    Abstract: An automatic loading and unloading system is provided for loading articles supplied from a first location at a rate commensurate with the rate at which articles are supplied from the first location into trays and for unloading the articles from the trays for transport to a second location at a rate commensurate with the demand for articles at the second location, and for balancing a supply of articles loaded onto trays with variations in both the rate of supply thereof and the rate of demand therefor. The system includes a tray loading station, and a tray loading apparatus for loading articles supplied from the first location into trays at tray loading station. An infeed device feeds articles to the loading apparatus in a predetermined, orderly fashion. At a stacking station, a stacking device stacks article-filled trays to form a supply thereof for use on demand. An outfeed device delivers articles on demand to the second location in a predetermined, orderly fashion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 1995
    Date of Patent: March 4, 1997
    Assignee: Fleetwood Systems. Inc.
    Inventors: Wallace W. Mojden, Andrew Mojden, Robert E. Darr
  • Patent number: 5435687
    Abstract: An automatic loading and unloading system is provided for loading articles supplied from a first location at a rate commensurate with the rate at which articles are supplied from the first location into trays and for unloading the articles from the trays for transport to a second location at a rate commensurate with the demand for articles at the second location, and for balancing a supply of articles loaded onto trays with variations in both the rate of supply thereof and the rate of demand therefor. The system includes a tray loading station, and a tray loading apparatus for loading articles supplied from the first location into trays at tray loading station. An infeed device feeds articles to the loading apparatus in a predetermined, orderly fashion. At a stacking station, a stacking device stacks article-filled trays to form a supply thereof for use on demand. An outfeed device delivers articles on demand to the second location in a predetermined, orderly fashion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 1993
    Date of Patent: July 25, 1995
    Assignee: Fleetwood Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Wallace W. Mojden, Andrew Mojden, Robert E. Darr
  • Patent number: 5203666
    Abstract: An automatic loading and unloading system is provided for loading articles supplied from a first location at a rate commensurate with the rate at which articles are supplied from the first location into trays and for unloading the articles from the trays for transport to a second location at a rate commensurate with the demand for articles at the second location, and for balancing a supply of articles loaded onto trays with variations in both the rate of supply thereof and the rate of demand therefor. The system includes a tray loading station, and a tray loading apparatus for loading articles supplied from the first location into trays at tray loading station. An infeed device feeds articles to the loading apparatus in a predetermined, orderly fashion. At a stacking station, a stacking device stacks article-filled trays to form a supply thereof for use on demand. An outfeed device delivers articles on demand to the second location in a predetermined, orderly fashion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 1992
    Date of Patent: April 20, 1993
    Assignee: Fleetwood Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Wallace W. Mojden, Andrew Mojden, Robert E. Darr
  • Patent number: 5158424
    Abstract: An automatic loading and unloading system is provided for loading articles supplied from a first location at a rate commensurate with the rate at which articles are supplied from the first location into trays and for unloading the articles from the trays for transport to a second location at a rate commensurate with the demand for articles at the second location, and for balancing a supply of articles loaded onto trays with variations in both the rate of supply thereof and the rate of demand therefor. The system includes a tray loading station, and a tray loading apparatus for loading articles supplied from the first location into trays at tray loading station. An infeed device feeds articles to the loading apparatus in a predetermined, orderly fashion. At a stacking station, a stacking device stacks article-filled trays to form a supply thereof for use on demand. An outfeed device delivers articles on demand to the second location in a predetermined, orderly fashion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 1992
    Date of Patent: October 27, 1992
    Assignee: Fleetwood Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Wallace W. Mojden, Andrew Mojden, Robert E. Darr
  • Patent number: 5119617
    Abstract: Apparatus for handling and packaging articles such as can ends is capable of receiving a continuous flow of articles and automatically delivering groups of articles of a prescribed number, disposed in a nested condition, to a packaging station. The apparatus comprises a plurality of generally parallel elongate lanes for simultaneously handling articles, one of the lanes being articles to the packaging station. A transport aligned for delivering arrangement linearly advances articles along at least the one aligned lane toward the packaging station. A pick-and-place device is selectively movable between positions in alignment with each of the lanes for selectively transferring articles to the one aligned lane from the other lanes. A control apparatus controls a predetermined sequence of operation of the transport arrangement and of the pick-and-place device for providing a substantially continuous supply of articles to the packaging station.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 1991
    Date of Patent: June 9, 1992
    Assignee: Fleetwood Systems Inc.
    Inventors: Andrew E. Mojden, Wallace W. Mojden, Robert E. Darr, Richard P. Hoinacki
  • Patent number: 4979870
    Abstract: An automatic loading and unloading system is provided for loading articles supplied from a first location at a rate commensurate with the rate at which articles are supplied from the first location into trays and for unloading the articles from the trays for transport to a second location at a rate commensurate with the demand for articles at the second location, and for balancing a supply of articles loaded onto trays with variations in both the rate of supply thereof and the rate of demand therefor. The system includes a tray loading station, and a tray loading apparatus for loading articles supplied from the first location into trays at tray loading station. An infeed device feeds articles to the loading apparatus in a predetermined, orderly fashion. At a stacking station, a stacking device stacks article-filled trays to form a supply thereof for use on demand. An outfeed device delivers articles on demand to the second location in a predetermined, orderly fashion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 1989
    Date of Patent: December 25, 1990
    Assignee: Fleetwood Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Wallace W. Mojden, Andrew Mojden, Robert E. Darr
  • Patent number: 4727991
    Abstract: A scroll strip conveyor system comprises a conveyor belt for carrying a series of relatively flat scroll strips thereon in a flat, edge-to-edge spaced apart condition. An inspection station is located along the conveyor for inspecting the scroll strips to identify rejects. An ejector is provided for ejecting the rejects from the conveyor belt. A hopper feed apparatus is located at a terminal end of the conveyor belt for receiving the scroll strips therefrom one by one in an edge-to-edge condition and for redirecting the scroll strips into a parallel surface-to-surface spaced apart condition to be stacked in flat, surface-to-surface abutting condition in a hopper.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 1985
    Date of Patent: March 1, 1988
    Assignee: Fleetwood Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Wallace W. Mojden, Andrew E. Mojden
  • Patent number: 4681507
    Abstract: Method and apparatus for de-palletizing and de-bagging stacks of articles such as can ends is disclosed. The de-palletizing apparatus removes a single layer of bags and discharges single bags of articles in seriatim order to a tilt tray comprising part of the de-bagging apparatus. The tilt tray moves the bag of articles to a vertical position, and inserts the bagged articles in a movable pocket at a loading station. Opposed clamps engage the bottom of the bag and a pin below the bag is forced upwardly, thereby pushing the articles in the bag upwardly so as to form a void at the bag bottom. The movable pocket is then moved past a slitter station, where the bag bottom is severed and discarded, to a de-bagging station. The opposed clamps are released, and a second set of movable clamps engage the bag to force the bag upwardly. As the bag moves upwardly, a pair of opposed rollers draw the bag off the stacked articles. The now-debagged stack of articles is moved to a discharge station.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 1986
    Date of Patent: July 21, 1987
    Assignee: Fleetwood Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Wallace W. Mojden, Robert E. Darr
  • Patent number: 4676708
    Abstract: Method and apparatus for supplying can ends or the like to a downstream processing unit, such as a rotary carousel feeder unit or the like comprises a generally horizontal trough section for accumulating in stacked array can ends delivered from an upstream source. A transfer pocket is disposed generally vertically above and to one end of the trough section for receiving a quantity of can ends in stacked array from the trough section. An intermediate transition chute of generally arcuate configuration extends upwardly from the trough section to the transfer pocket to interconnect the two. A transport arrangement is provided for separating out and driving a quantity of the stacked accumulated ends in the trough section along the trough section and through the arcuate chute and further into the transfer pocket. A retaining arrangement is provided for maintaining the quantity of stacked ends in the vertically disposed transfer pocket upon retraction of the transport arrangement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 1986
    Date of Patent: June 30, 1987
    Assignee: Fleetwood Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Wallace W. Mojden, Andrew E. Mojden
  • Patent number: 4655350
    Abstract: A reversed can end ejector system is provided for detecting and ejecting a can end in reverse orientation with respect to a moving stack of otherwise similarly aligned and nested can ends. This system comprises an optical detection apparatus including a light-emitting portion for emitting light in a direction toward the path of travel and a light-detecting portion located adjacent said path of travel. The optical detection apparatus is responsive to one of the presence or absence of light incidence upon its light-detecting portion for producing a control signal. An ejector is movable relative to the stack for contacting and ejecting a reversed can end therefrom and an actuator is coupled with the ejector and responsive to the control signal for driving the ejector in a direction for contacting and ejecting the reversed can end from the stack.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 1987
    Date of Patent: April 7, 1987
    Assignee: Fleetwood Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Wallace W. Mojden, Andrew E. Mojden
  • Patent number: 4592462
    Abstract: An article infeed unit includes a plurality of carrier pocket devices movable to and away from an article delivery station, and a confronting receiver pocket is mounted at the delivery station. The receiver pocket has upstanding sides, and the sides are partly defined by vertical margins confronting the carrier pocket. On demand, a spreader cam operates to spread the receiver pocket side margins apart from one another, so as to accommodate passage of the articles from the carrier pocket into the receiving pocket. At the bottom of the receiving pocket, a base plate is inserted, and the inserted articles rest upon this base member. After the spreader cam is withdrawn, the receiver pocket sides close around the articles. Thereafter, the base plate is withdrawn, and the received articles to descend through the receiver pocket toward a processing device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 1983
    Date of Patent: June 3, 1986
    Assignee: Fleetwood Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Wallace W. Mojden, Robert E. Darr
  • Patent number: 4580938
    Abstract: Apparatus for de-palletizing and de-bagging stacks of articles such as can ends is disclosed. The de-palletizing apparatus discharges single bags of articles in seriatim order to a tilt tray comprising part of the de-bagging apparatus. The tilt tray delivers the bagged articles to a movable vertically oriented de-bagger pocket at a first or loading station. Opposed clamps engage the bottom of the bag and a pin below the bag is forced upwardly, thereby pushing the articles in the bag upwardly so as to form a void within the bag at the bag bottom. The movable pocket is then swung past a slitter station, where the bag bottom is severed and discarded. The now-severed bag and articles move to a second or de-bagging station, the bottom clamps are released, and a second set of clamps gently engages the bag. These clamps are moved upwardly to push and drag the bag upwardly from the stack of articles. As the bag moves upwardly, it is engaged in the nip of opposed rollers and drawn off and discarded.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 1983
    Date of Patent: April 8, 1986
    Assignee: Fleetwood Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Wallace W. Mojden, Robert E. Darr
  • Patent number: 4537550
    Abstract: Apparatus for supplying a stack of can ends or the like to a downstream processing unit is provided. The apparatus comprises a transport system having a trough for accumulating, in stacked array, can ends delivered from an upstream source. Transport clamp means engage at least some of the stacked, accumulated can ends, and a transport drive moves the clamp means and can ends along the trough to a transfer station. The transfer system includes a pocket for supporting a stack of can ends transported thereinto by the transport means. A transfer clamp means engages at least some of the upstream can ends inserted into the pocket. A shelf is inserted into the pocket bottom for supporting the stack of can ends in the pocket when the transfer clamp means are withdrawn. The stack of can ends supported on the shelf can then be transferred to a carousel-type rotory infeed unit, or to a bagging machine, or to some other sort of downstream processing unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 1983
    Date of Patent: August 27, 1985
    Assignee: Fleetwood Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Wallace W. Mojden, Robert E. Darr
  • Patent number: 4537010
    Abstract: There is disclosed a method and apparatus for the automatic handling and bagging of articles, such as can ends, and thereafter depositing filled bags of said article on a pallet member in such a manner as to provide a plurality of layers of filled, palletized bags. The apparatus includes a receiving station which can handle a continuous flow of articles and provide individual stacks of articles disposed in facewise relationship for delivery to a bagging station. At the bagging station the stack of articles is automatically disposed with a bag to provide a filled bag. A collating station is provided which receives the filled bags from the bagging station and temporarily stores a layer of a number of filled bags in generally side-by-side horizontal disposition prior to palletizing. The collating station includes a discharger for depositing a layer of filled bags onto a palletizing station.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 1983
    Date of Patent: August 27, 1985
    Assignee: Fleetwood Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Wallace W. Mojden, Robert E. Darr
  • Patent number: 4364466
    Abstract: A conveyor system is arranged for transporting and spacing can ends by means of confronting flexible conveyor belts which are spaced apart to grip can ends at the edges, in combination with means for frictionally engaging the can ends in the space between the conveyor belts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 1980
    Date of Patent: December 21, 1982
    Assignee: Fleetwood Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: Wallace W. Mojden
  • Patent number: 4351430
    Abstract: A magnetic rail is arranged for use in a conveyor system and includes permanent magnets arranged either in alternately interspersed relationship or in checkerboard pattern regarding relative north and south polarities; and the individual magnets are advantageously selected to have a dimension in the direction of belt travel which is less than the diameter of tinplate containers being transported. When the magnetic rail is used in the bleed-off section of the system, the magnets are selected to be of progressively diminishing transverse dimension relative to the direction of belt travel in order to gradually reduce mangetic attraction as the containers pass down the belt.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 1980
    Date of Patent: September 28, 1982
    Assignee: Fleetwood Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: Wallace W. Mojden
  • Patent number: 4323150
    Abstract: A magnetic conveyor has a directional transition zone in which magnetically permeable pole plates are arranged with permanent magnets underlying the traveling belt. Magnetic elements of comparatively large magnetic moment per unit volume are situated in the space between the belt and the pole plates in order to concentrate the available lines of magnetic flux in the transition zone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 1980
    Date of Patent: April 6, 1982
    Assignee: Fleetwood Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: Wallace W. Mojden
  • Patent number: 4315568
    Abstract: A magnetic rail arrangement for use in a conveyor system comprises parallel runs of permanent magnets spaced laterally apart to receive bucking magnet means therebetween. This rail arrangement controls magnetic flux between the permanent magnet runs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 1980
    Date of Patent: February 16, 1982
    Assignee: Fleetwood Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: Wallace W. Mojden
  • Patent number: 4051965
    Abstract: The present application discloses a method and apparatus for receiving a flow of can ends automatically separating from said flow a stack having a predetermined number of can ends. The disclosure further includes apparatus for conveying the counted stack of ends to a bagging station wherein bagging can be effected either manually or automatically. In addition, the present disclosure relates to novel automatic bagging apparatus, as well as apparatus for receiving and storing the packaged ends from the bagging station.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 1975
    Date of Patent: October 4, 1977
    Assignee: Fleetwood Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Wallace W. Mojden, Jose E. Davila, George W. Hooper, Gerald M. Kwiatkowski, Howard W. Pantel, Jr.
  • Patent number: 4000709
    Abstract: An improved carousel-type can end infeed unit is provided. Can end stacks are supported within carrier members and are indexed to a position adjacent a transfer station for ejectment into a processing unit intake. The carrier members are attached to upper and lower multi-link roller chains through extension members and axially elongated roller chain link pins. A single roller mounted to the bottom of each carrier member permits the weight of the carrier member and any can end stack to be supported directly by the apparatus frame, while the carrier member can be moved easily about the apparatus by the roller chains.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 1975
    Date of Patent: January 4, 1977
    Assignee: Fleetwood Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: Wallace W. Mojden