With Repair Or Assembly Means Patents (Class 177/128)
  • Patent number: 11333543
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a belt conveyor with a weighing device for a dough line, comprising a conveyor device, comprising a frame, at least two rollers supported by the frame, a conveyor belt, arranged movable in a length direction of the belt around the at least two rollers and a slot, extending in a width direction of the conveyor belt, and arranged adjacent to an inwardly facing part of the conveyor belt, and a weighing device, comprising a housing fitting the slot; and being movable into and removable from the slot at least one weighing unit, carried by the housing and arranged with a weighing surface thereof facing outwardly for weighing a weight exercised on the weighing surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2022
    Inventor: Johannes Josephus Antonius Van Blokland
  • Patent number: 11148383
    Abstract: A recycling method is disclosed that includes the steps of compacting recyclable material into a fixed bale of recyclable material while concurrently weighing the OCC in the compactor and independently of the force that the compactor applies to the material or to the bale, assigning an individual identifier to the fixed bale in which the identifier includes at least the weight of the bale, and sending the fixed identified bale to a destination selected from the group consisting of shippers, mills, rebalers, or a customers for the baled recyclable material. Also, devices and methods are disclosed for upgrading existing or new balers to enable them to perform at least some portions of the improved recycling methods. Example devices include baler-mounted load-cell weight sensors and U-shaped anchor plates for securing them in place in a free-floating arrangement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 19, 2021
    Assignee: BACE, LLC
    Inventors: Frederick Waite, Drew Sigmund, Jr.
  • Patent number: 11099056
    Abstract: A module is used to configuring a multi-modular weighbridge. In one configuration, adjacent modules are coupled so that the modules bear as a unit upon the at least one load cell. In another configuration, the adjacent modules are coupled so that the modules bear independently upon associated load cells. In this latter configuration, a fastener assembly that couples the modules has a first fastener portion, affixed to an interior of each of the proximate compartments; and a second fastener portion connecting each of the first fastener portions to the other, the second fastener portion arranged to allow relative vertical movement of the modules while effectively restrictly any relative horizontal movement of the modules. In an embodiment, each first fastener portion has a clevis for receiving a tang provided by the second fastener portion, such that a clevis pin securing the tang is parallel to a horizontal plane of the module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 24, 2021
    Assignee: Mettler-Toledo, LLC
    Inventor: Craig Draper
  • Patent number: 10968057
    Abstract: A collecting chute includes a plurality of chute units having a supply port, a discharge port, and an inner circumferential surface. The chute units are arrayed along a circular virtual line in planar view and are also arrayed securing a space among the chute units at the central portion of the circular virtual line. Each of the chute units has an outer slope that is an inner circumferential surface along the circular virtual line and an inner slope that is the inner circumferential surface located on the back side of an outer circumferential surface facing the other chute units, and the tilt angle of the inner slope is greater than the tilt angle of the outer slope.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2021
    Assignee: Ishida Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Mikio Kishikawa, Naomi Imaaki
  • Patent number: 10744535
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a system for detecting, removing, transferring and recovering an incompletely dried material. The system includes a transfer device transferring the material subjected to a drying process, a load cell measuring a weight of the material transferred through the transfer device, a material receiving unit receiving the measured material from the load cell when the weight of the measured material is higher than weights of other materials or a preset reference weight, a thermal imaging camera photographing the material received by the material receiving unit, an incompletely-dried-material determining unit acquiring temperature information of the material photographed by analyzing image data photographed by the thermal imaging camera, and determining whether the photographed material is an incompletely dried material based on the acquired temperature information, and an incompletely-dried-material receiving unit receiving the incompletely dried material from the material receiving unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: LG Chem, Ltd.
    Inventors: Hyung Sop Kim, Hyeong Woo Park
  • Patent number: 10724894
    Abstract: A bad water discharge system for a weighing system, wherein the weighing system comprises a distribution plate, at least one feeding device; at least one reserve container, at least one weighing container and at least one collection funnel, wherein the at least one reserve container and the at least one weighing container are fixed to a cage and the at least one collection funnel is fixed to a frame. For the bad water discharge system, at least one feeding device discharge plate is disposed at a lower side of the feeding device so that it leads bad water away from at least one reserve container to a sidewall of the cage, and so that the bad water originating from an upper side of the cage and from the lower side of the feeding device is bundled into one flow and is collected below the cage in suitable collection devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Inventors: Andreas Peters, Markus Spateneder
  • Patent number: 10557747
    Abstract: A combination weighing apparatus includes a timing hopper, a frame, and a support member. The support member is a member attached to the frame and moves a position of the timing hopper between (1) a first mounting position at which the timing hopper receives and retains objects to be weighed and (2) a second mounting position related to attachment and detachment of the timing hopper without changing a fixed state of the timing hopper with respect to the support member. A movement direction in which the timing hopper moves from the first mounting position to the second mounting position intersects a removing direction in which the timing hopper fixed at the predetermined position is removed from the support member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2020
    Assignee: Ishida Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Mikio Kishikawa
  • Patent number: 10203241
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a weighing system includes a base, a platform structure movable with respect to the base, at least one flexure fixedly attached to the platform and the base, the at least one flexure configured to inhibit movement of the platform structure along a horizontal plane relative to the base, and a plurality of load cell assemblies, each of the plurality of load cell assemblies including an upper portion pivotably supported by the base through a first pivot assembly and a lower portion pivotably supporting the platform structure through a second pivot assembly, wherein an axis of rotation of the first pivot assembly is parallel to an axis of rotation of the second pivot assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Assignee: Rinstrum Pty. Ltd.
    Inventors: John Lawn, Darren J. Pearson, David McKinley, Bradley E. Fryburger
  • Patent number: 9841313
    Abstract: Provided is a leveling mechanism for a weighing device that facilitates horizontal leveling of the weighing device. The leveling mechanism (2) includes a foot piece (10) having a foot portion (11) that in contact with an installation surface and a foot piece shaft (12) that extends upward from the foot portion and has a male screw (14) on its outer periphery, a rotatable body (20) having on its inner periphery a female screw, a housing (30) for accommodating the rotatable body engaged with the foot piece, a fixing portion (S2, 36) for fixing the housing to a device case (3), and a housing space (6) covering the housing, provided in the device case. The leveling mechanism converts a rotational motion of the rotatable body to a vertical motion of the foot piece.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2017
    Assignee: A&D COMPANY, LIMITED
    Inventors: Naoto Izumo, Akiyoshi Ota
  • Patent number: 9797766
    Abstract: A checkout system includes a workstation having a data capture arrangement for capturing through a horizontal window a target associated with a product to identify the product being checked out at the workstation, and a scale for weighing the product at the workstation. The scale has a scale mechanism, and a weighing platter on which the product is placed for weighing. The weighing platter is integrated with the horizontal window and overlies the scale mechanism. The weighing platter projects past the scale mechanism and has a front end that overhangs the scale mechanism. Non-threaded, interlocking connectors, which are provided on the weighing platter and the scale mechanism, prevent the weighing platter from tipping if a force is exerted on the front end of the weighing platter. The weighing platter is mounted on, and removed from, the scale mechanism without the aid of tools.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2017
    Assignee: Symbol Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Carl D. Wittenberg, John E. Wilson
  • Publication number: 20110220424
    Abstract: A scale for weighing a vehicle which includes a removable platform supported by a plurality of load cells, the removable platform having a plurality of centering fixtures with each centering fixture having a cavity in its bottom section with a perimeter. The scale further including a plurality of centering projections having an outer surface which the perimeter of the cavity of the plurality of centering fixtures is guided upon lowering the removable platform onto the plurality of load cells.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2010
    Publication date: September 15, 2011
    Inventors: Samuel R. Sagarsee, Walter M. Young
  • Patent number: 7504594
    Abstract: A steel coil weighing apparatus includes a base having a structure capable of supporting the weighing apparatus and an article to be weighed and having a base portion capable of contact with a load cell, a platform positioned above the base and having a platform portion capable of contact with a load cell, at least one load cell positioned between the base portion and the platform portion and capable of providing a signal corresponding to the weight of an article to be weighed, and at least one guide capable of aligning the base and the platform.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2009
    Assignee: Nucor Corporation
    Inventors: Jessica Ruth, David Davolt, Marcus Kortan
  • Patent number: 7132610
    Abstract: A weighing cell module with a force-transfer mechanism that includes a parallel-guiding linkage with a vertically movable parallelogram leg and a spatially fixed parallelogram leg, is equipped with a mounting area for a first weighing-pan support device with a single-point connection of a weighing pan, as well as with a mounting area for a second weighing-pan support device with a multiple-point connection, particularly a four-point connection, of a weighing pan, wherein the first and the second mounting area are each connected to the force-transfer mechanism. As a result, the weighing cell module can be used to manufacture different types of balances in a design family of balances, where each different type within the family is designed for a different maximum load.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2005
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2006
    Assignee: Mettler-Toledo AG
    Inventors: Thomas Köppel, Peter Schilling, Ferdinand Schneider, Hans-Rudolph Burkhard
  • Publication number: 20040050594
    Abstract: An apparatus and technique that extend the useful weighing range of a weight scale is provided. A preferred embodiment comprises a screw and a moveable weight. A head of the screw fits into a notch on the weight scale and the location moveable weight is varied in relation to the screw head by driving the screw into or away from the center of the moveable weight via a tapped receiver of the moveable weight. In a second embodiment, a supplemental weight has a base and a movable weight that are associated and positionally adjustable along at least one linear axis. In a preferred embodiment, a threaded screw length is used to adjust the relative positions of the base and the movable weight. The supplemental weight is removably coupled with the weight scale and calibrated into an operating state, wherefrom the weighing range of the scale may be extended.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 12, 2002
    Publication date: March 18, 2004
    Inventor: Ted A. Tobey
  • Patent number: 6693244
    Abstract: An integrated element scale is provided that can replace an existing support structure within a piece of equipment to achieve a piece of equipment with the integrated scale. The integrated element scale may contain one or more load cells and be configured to replace a standard component used in the assembly of certain types of equipment. The integrated element may include a mechanism to align the load portion and support portion of the element with the load cell or load cells in between them. The integrated element may further include a mechanism for protecting the load cells from damage due to overload or under load as well as side impacts. When higher accuracy is required, the integrated element further may include a mechanism for decoupling the loads within each element from other load cells within the same element or other elements so that horizontal loading between the deflecting load cells does not occur.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2002
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2004
    Assignee: Weigh-Tronix, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas Johnson, David L. Boren
  • Patent number: 5736683
    Abstract: The first of the in-series hoppers of the system is carried by a scale to determine the weight of the product batch; a transfer hopper being next in line and finally a holding hopper. A computer senses the batch weight and assigns the weight in sequence first to the transfer hopper, and then to the holding hopper. Both the transfer and holding hoppers participate in each computerized weighing/selection cycle. The forming/weighing hopper includes a shell and double-acting clam shell doors; the upper curved portion of each door extending into the hopper when the doors are open, thereby intercepting any late product in flight and initiating formation of the next batch. The transfer and holding hoppers also incorporate pairs of clam shell type doors. The associated method, is characterized by forming and weighing the product in the first in-series hopper and then discharging the batch in sequence to the transfer and holding hoppers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 1996
    Date of Patent: April 7, 1998
    Assignee: Kliklok Corporation
    Inventor: W. Stamps Howard
  • Patent number: 5387766
    Abstract: A scale incorporating an abuse detection and recordal system has a scale for weighing an article placed thereon, the scale defining a surface adapted to support the article thereon and a component damageable by an excessive force downwardly directed on the support surface. A frangible layer is disposed on the support surface and frangible by a downwardly directed force less than the excessive force required to damage the component, whereby the frangible layer acts as an abuse detection and recordal system to detect and record the use of such force.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 1993
    Date of Patent: February 7, 1995
    Assignee: Jopo, Inc.
    Inventors: David M. Teller, Lance Ong
  • Patent number: 5308934
    Abstract: The instant invention is directed to a mounting device for a load cell scale that is a component of a high speed sheet processing system. The invention has particular utility in a mail processing machines which include the step of weighing mailpieces. The mounting device of the instant invention is one that provides reliability, ease of manufacture, and ease of assembly. In addition, isolation members are included that isolate the scale platform from vibrations caused by the scale's environment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 24, 1992
    Date of Patent: May 3, 1994
    Assignee: Pitney Bowes Inc.
    Inventors: Carl A. Miller, Adonis A. Halaby
  • Patent number: 5304745
    Abstract: A modular checkweigher/grader system is disclosed. A feed conveyor is provided for directing items to be weighed to a weighing conveyor. The entire system is modularly designed using lightweight durable materials, such as plastics and stainless steel. Each conveyor includes a conveyor belt in contact with upper and lower surfaces of a platform. The belts are tightened and loosened with quick release tension clamps and driven by air powered motors. The feed conveyor is attached to a frame by toggle clamps. The weighing conveyor is attached to a load cell which is connected to the frame by toggle clamps. These toggle clamps permit the entire feed and weighing conveyors to be easily removed. All of the air and electrical connector to the conveyors are by quick release connectors. The entire weighing conveyor is used as the weighing platform. A tachometer may be used to regulate the conveyor speed. A modular grading conveyor is disclosed for categorizing objects from the weighing conveyor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 1992
    Date of Patent: April 19, 1994
    Assignee: Fairbanks Inc.
    Inventors: Frank J. Rusk, Alec T. Douglas, Walter W. Sevigny, Harry J. Keen
  • Patent number: 5219030
    Abstract: An improved method of assembling conventional scales, including bathroom scales, is provided by employing an improved spring for connecting the upper housing to the bottom pan. The upper housing may now be connected to the bottom pan with a simple downward force imposed on the improved spring thereby hooking the bottom of the spring to the bottom pan and mateably engaging the tapered top of the spring in an extruded hole in the upper housing. The improved spring is tapered at the top end to mateably engage the extruded hole in the upper housing and includes only one hook on the bottom end for engagement with the bottom pan. The improved spring enables easier and faster assembly of conventional scales thereby reducing labor and production costs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 1992
    Date of Patent: June 15, 1993
    Assignee: Newell Operating Company
    Inventor: Frank J. Mordick
  • Patent number: 5174399
    Abstract: A scanner/scale system in which power to the scanner light source and/or motor is triggered by a weight placed on the scale and in which the scanner is situated between the load assemblies of the scale and the scale platter is situated above the scanner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 1992
    Date of Patent: December 29, 1992
    Assignee: Point of Sale Data Products, Inc.
    Inventor: James E. Brauneis
  • Patent number: 5152355
    Abstract: An optical scanner weigh plate mounting apparatus which does not include fasteners requiring removal in order to gain access to the underside of the weigh plate and to a scan module within the scanner. The weigh plate mounting apparatus includes a pair of pivot arms, a load distributing member, pivot flanges for pivotally coupling the pivot arms at their first ends to the load distributing member, pivot pins for pivotally coupling the pivot arms at their second ends to the weigh plate, and a spacer between the load distributing member and a weight measuring device within the scanner for raising the weigh plate to a position flush with a checkout counter in which the scanner is installed. The mounting apparatus provides hands-free operating positions. In a closed position, the weigh plate sits substantially parallel to and above the pivot arms. In a first opened hands-free position, the weigh plate sits against a first side of the counter to expose the underside of the weigh plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 1991
    Date of Patent: October 6, 1992
    Assignee: NCR Corporation
    Inventor: Charles R. Copus
  • Patent number: 5143166
    Abstract: A weighing apparatus having a plurality of removable ingredient retention and discharge hoppers supported on a frame, each hopper having an integral screw conveyor and each being removable for replacement by another hopper. The screw has a structure to inhibit discharge squirting. Discharge of the ingredients is through a sealed connection to a weighing hopper. This weighing hopper has an enclosure housing and is formed of a pair of flexible webs which extend downwardly and are shiftable between a closed retention condition with lower edges adjacent each other and an open discharge condition with the lower edges spaced from each other. These lower edges are secured to the inner edges of underlying pivotal support pans, such pans being pivotal to shift the webs and to engage the webs to invert them for assured full discharge of the contents.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 1991
    Date of Patent: September 1, 1992
    Inventor: Richard M. Hough
  • Patent number: 5109937
    Abstract: A removable transport mechanism for a vibrating tray scale for conveying flats on off of the platform of the tray. The removable drive mechanism has belts trained about rollers that can be readily replaced after they become worn. The transport mechanism has a floor that supports the conveying mechanism and the floor is attached to the vibrating tray scale by springs so as to be readily removable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 1990
    Date of Patent: May 5, 1992
    Assignee: Pitney Bowes Inc.
    Inventor: Frederick M. Kipp
  • Patent number: 5097915
    Abstract: A postal rate device for use in cooperation with a scale for facilitating interchangeability of an insert card bearing indicia representing a weight to rate conversion table. The device includes a cover which is configured with a recessed portion that accepts insertion of the insert card as well as a releasably securable shield. There are clips on the back side of the cover for removable attachment to the scale face plate. An aperture in the recessed portion of the cover facilitates effecting release of the shield by pushing a pencil or the like through the aperture even while the cover remains attached. Alternatively, once the cover is detached a pencil or the like may be pushed through an aperture to release the shield and insert card or the user may grasp the cover and push on the back side of the recessed portion to pop-out the shield and insert card. Accordingly, removal and replacement of the insert card from the scale, can be readily accomplished without the use of any special tools.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 1990
    Date of Patent: March 24, 1992
    Assignee: Health O Meter, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Joss, Stanley Gresens
  • Patent number: 5090493
    Abstract: A novel load cell for use in novel wheel load scales and novel weigh-in-motion scales is provided herein. The load cell comprises a metal rod or bar, with a strain transducer secured to a flattened portion of each of the upper and lower faces of the metal bar. A signal wire has its terminal secured to an end face of each of such strain transducer, and a strain relief means is interposed between each such signal wire terminal and its associated strain transducer. When mounted within a closed bore which is parallel to the upper surface of a flat plate of elastic material, e.g., sheet metal, in a particularly-recited manner, an improved wheel load scale or weigh-in-motion scale is provided. This provides a light weight, low profile, scale which is isolated from external interference, which improves the accuracy of the scale.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 1990
    Date of Patent: February 25, 1992
    Assignee: International Road Dynamics Inc.
    Inventors: Terry Bergan, Brian Taylor
  • Patent number: 5033562
    Abstract: A quick release weigh plate for a weighing device includes a support member to which is secured a pair of cantilever load beam cells for generating electrical signals representing the weight of an object placed on the load beam cells. The load beam cells each include a support portion which extends through an aperture in the support member on which is removably mounted a cover for supporting the object to be weighed. One of the support portions has a truncated slotted end on which is removably mounted a U-shaped saddle member secured to the cover preventing any unnecessary movement of the cover when mounted on the load beam cells while allowing the cover to be easily removed when necessary. The other support portion has its end removably positioned within an aperture in the cover.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 1990
    Date of Patent: July 23, 1991
    Assignee: NCR Corporation
    Inventor: Richard E. Cone
  • Patent number: 5000274
    Abstract: A low profile weight sensor for a weight sensing system for monitoring article input and removal from article storage apparatus comprises a plate or I-shaped bar support member having first and second sections, an integrally formed linkage system for connecting the first and second sections such that the sections are substantially coplanar in an unloaded state, and are relatively displaceable with respect to each other in response to a weight load applied to one of the sections; and a magnetic transducer mounted on surfaces extending in the thickness direction of the plate/bar member for producing an electrical output signal responsive to relative displacement of the first and second sections.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 1990
    Date of Patent: March 19, 1991
    Assignee: K-Tron International, Inc.
    Inventor: Kenneth W. Bullivant
  • Patent number: 4986376
    Abstract: A quick release weigh plate for a weighing device includes a support member to which is secured a pair of cantilever load beam cells for generating electrical signals representing the weight of an object placed on the load beam cells. The load beam cells each include a support portion which extends through an aperture in the support member on which is removably mounted a cover for supporting the object to be weighed. One of the support portions has a truncated slotted end on which is removably mounted a U-shaped saddle member secured to the cover preventing any unnecessary movement of the cover when mounted on the load beam cells while allowing the cover to be easily removed when necessary. The other support portion has its end removably positioned within an aperture in the cover.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 1989
    Date of Patent: January 22, 1991
    Assignee: NCR Corporation
    Inventor: Richard E. Cone
  • Patent number: 4756374
    Abstract: A device (10) for providing an indication of loads exerted on a vehicle frame (12) comprises a sensing unit (22) mounted to and between the frame (12) and the vehicle axle (14) and for detecting vertical displacement of the frame (12) relative to the axle (14) when loads are exerted on the frame (12). The sensing unit (22) comprises an arm (126) pivotally mounted to the frame (12), through a pair of telescoping tubes (32, 44), and an adjustment rod (124) movably mounted to and between the arm (126) and the axle (14). When a load is exerted on the frame (12), the same depresses relative to the axle (14) and the arm (124) rotates. Rotational movement of the arm (124) is measured by a clinometer (128) mounted thereto and which converts the angular measurement into a coherent digital or analogue readout displayed by a receiving unit (26).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 1987
    Date of Patent: July 12, 1988
    Inventors: John D. Bailey, Robert L. Munn, Henry A. Thenikl
  • Patent number: 4676327
    Abstract: A precision scale of the electronic signal processing type includes a housing (5) containing a weighing chamber (3) and having a main keyboard (7) integral with or rigidly connected to the housing, characterized by the provision of an auxiliary keyboard (17) mounted within a recess (29) contained in the housing beneath the main keyboard for displacement between retracted inoperative and extended operative positions relative to the main keyboard.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 1986
    Date of Patent: June 30, 1987
    Assignee: Mettler Instrumente AG
    Inventor: Paul Luechinger
  • Patent number: 4601355
    Abstract: An electronic weigher in which, when a commodity is weighed, commodity data are called from memory by pressing a preset key and are utilized by a display or printer, and in which at least the weight and price of the commodity are displayed. Disposed at the side of the weigher body is a keyboard having a plurality of preset keys for reading out the commodity data. The keyboard, which is rotatably connected to the weigher body by a connecting shaft, can be erected and reclined about the connecting shaft and disconnected from the weigher body when necessary.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 1984
    Date of Patent: July 22, 1986
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Ishida Koki Seisakusho
    Inventor: Naoki Takahashi
  • Patent number: 4582454
    Abstract: Pulverized coal feed tanks are emptied in sequence via a transport line into the hot blast of a blast furnace. Each tank is carried by three load cells whose outputs are summed and differentiated to obtain the actual feed rate. Gas pressure in the tank is controlled in dependence on the actual feed rate so as to achieve a desired feed rate. To reduce the possibility of inaccurate feeding of coal, the outputs of the respective load cells are compared, and if deviation from a predetermined weight distribution over the load cells is detected, feed from the tank is stopped. The load cells may be duplicated in series, and the summed outputs of the two sets of load cells compared to detect malfunctioning of a load cell, again resulting in cessation of feeding from that tank.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 1983
    Date of Patent: April 15, 1986
    Assignee: Hoogovens Groep B.V.
    Inventors: Jan H. Brandenburg, Johannes J. M. Cornelissen
  • Patent number: 4566548
    Abstract: In an analytical balance with a pan and a four-bar mechanism which keeps the balance pan parallel horizontally during its vertical travel, the one vertical side of which is held fast to the housing, the other vertical side of which, in the form of a coupling piece, carries an extension which receives the pan, and both horizontal sides of which are connected in an articulated manner by an upper and a lower rod to the vertical sides, whereby the four-bar mechanism is loaded by the restoring force of a load converter, the extension (16) which receives the pan (17) is L-shaped, the horizontal L-shank (pan arm) (16") carries the pan (17) rigidly connected to its free end and the vertical L-shank (bearing arm) (16') is mounted on the bar (18'") of a U-shaped arm bearing (18) which projects above and below over the vertically movable end (9) of the four-bar mechanism (5, 6, 7, 8, 9) with its two horizontal U-shanks (18, 18") in the rod planes and is rigidly fastened to it in two vertically superposed bearings (118')
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 1984
    Date of Patent: January 28, 1986
    Assignee: Sartorius GmbH
    Inventors: Walter Sodler, Erich Knothe, Gunther Maaz, Joachim Madge
  • Patent number: 4564077
    Abstract: An improved motorized conveying and weighing or checkweighing machine is disclosed for use such as in between article feeding and take-away conveyors. The machine comprises essentially a machine support member; a compression type strain gage transducer mounted upon said support member; an angularly configured structure including a vertically standing side wall portion and a bottom sidewise extending bracket portion which is so fixed upon the top portion of said transducer as to dispose said side wall portion to extend in parallel offset relation to the plan view longitudinal profile of said transducer. Conveyor belt driving rollers are rotatably mounted upon and extend in cantilever relation away from said side wall portion and an endless conveyor belt trains about said rollers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 1984
    Date of Patent: January 14, 1986
    Assignee: Hi-Speed Checkweigher Co., Inc.
    Inventor: Victor Del Rosso
  • Patent number: 4549621
    Abstract: A timing hopper supporting apparatus in an automatic weighing system includes a pair of frame members constituting a support frame provided on a base, a pair of support pieces attached to respective ones of the frame members so as to form a predetermined clearance with the lower surface thereof, and a pair of supported pieces attached to outer sides of the timing hopper. The supported pieces include insertion tabs which, when inserted into the clearances, enable the timing hopper to be supported in detachable fashion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 1984
    Date of Patent: October 29, 1985
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Ishida Koki Seisakusho
    Inventor: Kenji Ueda
  • Patent number: 4548287
    Abstract: A measuring apparatus for measuring various kinds of products irregular in weight such as vegetables and fruits, confectionery, secondary processed goods, perishable foods and the like with constant qualities. According to the invention, the apparatus comprises a distributing table supplied with the products to be measured, feeding troughs arranged about the distributing table to form a plurality of branched passages for the product, pool hoppers and measuring hoppers continuously connected to the respective troughs so as to permit the product on the distributing table to be introduced through the feeding troughs and the pool hoppers into the measuring hoppers, and computer means for selecting a combination of the measuring hoppers whose weight of product accommodated therein is equal or near to a set weight and opening the selected measuring hoppers to exhaust the measured product.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 1983
    Date of Patent: October 22, 1985
    Assignee: Teraoka Seiko Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Yoshikazu Matsuura
  • Patent number: 4531598
    Abstract: There is disclosed a movable timing hopper in an automatic weighing apparatus. The timing hopper is movable between an operating position below a chute of the automatic weighing apparatus and a nonoperating position remote from the operating position in which the timing hopper can be inspected or cleaned to remove any deposited articles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 1982
    Date of Patent: July 30, 1985
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Ishida Koki Seisakusho
    Inventor: Kazumi Kitagawa
  • Patent number: 4499962
    Abstract: A combinatorial automatic weighing apparatus has a plurality of weighing machines each including a pool hopper and a weighing hopper which are removable from a driver unit and a weighing mechanism, respectively. The pool hopper has removable guide plates for guiding articles as supplied from a dispersing table of the weighing apparatus, and also has on its outer sidewall guide members removably held in sliding engagement with a support bracket attached to the driver unit mounted on a tiltable stand supported on a frame. The pool hopper has a bottom cover drivable by the driver unit through a lever mechanism composed of disengageable levers. The weighing hopper has on its outer sidewall guide members removably held in sliding engagement with a support bracket secured to the weighing mechanism. The pool hopper and the weighing hopper can easily be removed for easy and thorough cleaning thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 1982
    Date of Patent: February 19, 1985
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Ishida Koko Seisakusho
    Inventor: Asashiro Izumi
  • Patent number: 4489797
    Abstract: An improved weighing scale comprises a base support for a plurality of load cells, a resilient load decoupling member for each load cell, and a platform. The resilient load decoupling member allows each load cell to be decoupled from non-vertical forces, but still provides positioning and self-centering means. The load cells provide an output signal indicative of the applied weight on the platform.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 1983
    Date of Patent: December 25, 1984
    Assignee: Circuits & Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: Arnold S. Gordon
  • Patent number: 4478300
    Abstract: A device for preventing sticking of weighed material in an automatic weighing apparatus. The device including a material contacting member which is adapted to reduce the area of contact of the weighed material is detachably secured to the material contacting inner surface of at least one of a trough, hopper and a collecting chute constituting the material path of the automatic weighing apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 1982
    Date of Patent: October 23, 1984
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Ishida Koki Seisakusho
    Inventor: Yoshiharu Mikami
  • Patent number: 4467882
    Abstract: Disclosed is an automatic weighing apparatus in which a plurality of weighing mechanisms, each having a load cell composed of a strain gauge attached to the upper and lower beams of a rectangular main body, are arrayed on the circumference of a circle concentric with the weighing apparatus, each weighing mechanism being operatively associated with a correspnoding weighing hopper for receiving articles to be weighed. Each weighing mechanism is so arranged that the beams of the load cell lie parallel with a tangent line drawn to the circumference of the circle at the location of the mechanism, whereby the load cell can be inspected and repaired with facility and the overall apparatus reduced in size.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 1982
    Date of Patent: August 28, 1984
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Ishida Koki Seisakusho
    Inventor: Yoshiharu Mikami
  • Patent number: 4444283
    Abstract: Disclosed is a collecting chute into which articles weighed by a plurality of weighing machines are discharged for delivery to a subsequent processing step. The collecting chute comprises an upper chute including a plurality of discrete chute members corresponding to the plurality of weighing machines, and a lower chute disposed below and engaging with the upper chute. A bracket which can be freely attached to and detached from a frame is affixed to each discrete chute member at the central portion thereof, and each chute member is provided at its lower end with a pin for engaging a hole formed in the upper edge of the lower chute.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 1982
    Date of Patent: April 24, 1984
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Ishida Koki Seisakusho
    Inventor: Yoshiharu Mikami
  • Patent number: 4351403
    Abstract: A price computing weighing scale has a platform 10 and a m in housing 14 and also incorporates a printer unit 16 located between the platform 10 and the main housing 14 so as to be removable as a unit whereby the scale can be supplied with or without a printing facility. Location of the printer unit 16 within the area beneath the platform 10 minimises the counter space occupied by the weighing scale and printer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 1981
    Date of Patent: September 28, 1982
    Assignee: W. & T. Avery Limited
    Inventor: Andrew C. Ferguson
  • Patent number: 4336852
    Abstract: A combination weighing device having a plurality of weighing balances, an arithmetic unit for receiving outputs from said weighing balances and computing sums of selected groups of signals from the weighing balances, comparing the sums with a predetermined weight range and producing a signal when a sum is within the range and control switch means connected with said weighing balances to inhibit transmission of signals from selected balances to the arithmetic unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 1980
    Date of Patent: June 29, 1982
    Assignee: Yamato Scale Company, Ltd.
    Inventor: Takashi Hirano
  • Patent number: 4323132
    Abstract: A mounting adapter provides a quick attachment means for mounting or removing an electro-mechanical scale with respect to the lift frame of a fork lift truck. The scale comprises a scale frame, which supports the lifting forks, and also includes a plurality of deformable bolts each having strain gages thereon to sense deformation of the bolts when a load is placed on the forks. Circuit means produce output signals caused by deformation of the bolts and the circuit means also converts the signals to perceptive weight readouts. The mounting adapter includes transverse frame members to which the deformable bolts are secured. Clamping means clamp the frame members of the mounting adapter to the lift frame of the fork lift truck.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 1981
    Date of Patent: April 6, 1982
    Assignee: Weigh-Tronix, Inc.
    Inventor: Richard S. Bradley
  • Patent number: 4286680
    Abstract: A weighing apparatus particularly for placing under a wheel of a vehicle for giving an indication of axle loading, said apparatus comprising a resilient body formed of an elastomeric material, such as rubber, a cavity being provided in the body and filled with liquid, the cavity being connected to an indicator by means of a conduit for indicating changes in volume of the cavity when the body suffers changes due to compression forces applied thereto by the member being weighed, the body has a resilient metal load plate bonded to the upper surface, a resilient metal load support plate mounted on the plate and a metal plate bonded to the body and spaced below the plate and to which reaction forces are applied during weighing, the plate is provided with a screw-threaded bore in communication with the cavity and a screw-threaded plug is in screw-threaded engagement with the bore, said plug having an inner end portion which engages with part of the wall of the cavity to prevent that part of the wall being deformed
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 1980
    Date of Patent: September 1, 1981
    Inventors: Thomas F. Maltby, Robert C. Maltby, Alan W. Wakefield
  • Patent number: 4281727
    Abstract: In a direct current electronic digital platform scale with a base and a movable cover thereover, a weight-responsive system in the base has electronic structure connected to convert cover movement to a digital weight readout. A switch is provided that is closed by cover movement to activate the electronic structure and the readout, and a convenient 9 volt battery is supported in the base and wired to supply power to the switch and electronic structure to indicate weight. To this general arrangement, an improvement in the battery support has an opening through the base to the interior and a box-like molded plastic battery receptacle is supported in the opening with the box extending into the base. A second opening through the receptacle inside the base permits the wires to connect to a battery harness inside the receptacle and a matching box or receptacle cover is latchably connected to secure the cover to the base and close off the receptacle such that the cover is flush with or coplanar with the base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 1979
    Date of Patent: August 4, 1981
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventor: Fredrick T. Meeks
  • Patent number: 4266624
    Abstract: An improved weighing apparatus includes a plurality of platforms disposed in a linear array. Each of the platforms has a pair of longitudinally extending support sections located adjacent to opposite edges of the platform. A plurality of beams and a deck plate extend between the support sections to provide a rigid platform which can withstand relatively heavy loads without excessive deflection. Cantilevered support arms project outwardly from the support sections of one of the platforms into the support sections of the next adjacent platform to partially support the next adjacent platform. The support arms have free end portions which are loaded by the next platform. A load responsive unit is associated with each of the support arms. Each load responsive unit includes a cantilevered load arm having a fixed end portion which is connected with a fixed end portion of a support arm and a free end portion which is deflectable toward the support arm under the influence of a load.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 1979
    Date of Patent: May 12, 1981
    Assignee: Masstron Scale, Inc.
    Inventors: Kjell H. Nordstron, Benny N. Dillon, William C. Susor
  • Patent number: 4258810
    Abstract: An improved weighing apparatus includes a load receiving platform which is supported by a plurality of load cells. Each of the load cells has a downwardly facing recess in which a floating pin is received. The pin has a relatively large base which engages a floor or support surface and an upwardly projecting mounting section which extends into the recess in the load cell. The pin has an arcuate upper surface which enables tilting movement to occur between the pin and the load cell to compensate for uneven floors. In order to compensate for shifting movement of the platform relative to the floor due to thermal expansion and other causes, the base of the floating pin is movable along the floor. The mounting section of the pin is held in the recess in the load cell by a retainer plate which is fixedly connected with the load cell.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 1979
    Date of Patent: March 31, 1981
    Assignee: Masstron Scale, Inc.
    Inventor: William C. Susor