With Conveying Means Handling Successive Receivers Patents (Class 177/52)
  • Patent number: 9024212
    Abstract: A load sensing system having at least one load sensing assembly, each assembly including a flexure plate with an upper region extending along a longitudinal length of the flexure plate, a lower region disposed below the upper region, and at least one flex region disposed between the upper region and the lower region. The lower region defines a mounting feature for an end of a weigh idler and is capable of substantially only lateral movement relative to the upper region. Each assembly further includes a load cell and a bracket having a first end rigidly connected to a force transmission surface of the load cell and having a second end rigidly connected at a plurality of areas to the upper region of the flexure plate to rigidly capture the upper region while suspending the remainder of the flexure plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2015
    Inventors: Frank S. Hyer, John E. Duffy
  • Publication number: 20150114514
    Abstract: A method of filling by weight containers having respective bottoms standing on a conveyor. The method comprises the steps of: grasping each container in order to separate it from the conveyor and to bring it up to a substance dispenser spout; weighing the container while it is held separated from the conveyor under the dispenser spout and while simultaneously filling it in order to reach a desired weight; and putting the container back onto the conveyor. An installation for performing the method.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 29, 2014
    Publication date: April 30, 2015
    Inventor: Andre GRAFFIN
  • Patent number: 8814420
    Abstract: The invention proposes a system for gravimetrically combining individual bulk material components in one or a plurality of transport container(s). The system comprises a plurality of storage containers for storing the bulk material components equipped with one dosing unit each in order to transfer a respective bulk material component into the transport container. Each of the storage containers is associated with a weighing means disposed below each storage container. The transport containers can be moved between the dosing units of the supply containers along a guidance and cooperate with the weighing means.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2014
    Assignee: AZO Holding GmbH
    Inventors: Frank Pahl, Helmut Bauer, Christian Leist
  • Patent number: 8759694
    Abstract: An apparatus for handling portions of products, in particular food products, having a product conveyor which conveys the portions after one another to at least one main conveyor track along a direction of conveying and having at least one sensor for recognizing portions of incorrect weight. A correction track is provided which has a first conveying section and a second conveying section. The first conveying section serves to branch off portions of incorrect weight from the main conveying track and to convey them to a weight correction station. The second conveying section serves to supply weight-corrected portions back to the main conveying track. The first conveying track and the second conveying track are separated from one another in the region of the weight correction station by an interruption of the correction track which prevents a transfer of portions of incorrect weight from the first conveying section to the second conveying section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2014
    Assignee: Weber Maschinenbau GmbH Breidenbach
    Inventor: Günther Weber
  • Patent number: 8716608
    Abstract: Embodiments of the invention relate to a method and a checkweigher for weighing individual products moved along a production line. In various embodiments, the method compromises transferring at least one product from the production line to a checkweigher comprising at least one weighing cell; placing at least one product in a first position on a first support above a corresponding weighing cell; displacing the at least one product by means of said first support and placing said at least one product in a second position on a second support on the weighing cell; weighing the at least one product; displacing the at least one product back to the first position by means of said first support; and transferring the at least one product from the checkweigher back to the production line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2014
    Assignee: Norden Machinery AB
    Inventors: Anders Karlsson, Jan Nilsson
  • Publication number: 20130327580
    Abstract: An apparatus (1) for weighing elongate containers (5) supplied along a conveyor line (4) comprises: weighing means (2); a support member (6) suitable for restingly receiving at least a container (5); a first articulated system (7) and a second articulated system (12); the apparatus (1) being configured such as to impart, by means of the first articulated system (7) and the second articulated system (12), a translating and rotating motion to the support member (6) such as to transfer the containers (5) from a first position (K1), in which the support member (6) is arranged at the conveyor line (4) such as to receive therefrom the containers (5) to be weighed, and a second position (K2) in which the support member (6) engages with the weighing means (2) such as to enable the containers (5) to be weighed in an inclined position, and vice versa.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 20, 2012
    Publication date: December 12, 2013
    Applicant: I.M.A. Industrial Macchine Automatiche S.P.A.
    Inventor: Luigi Cavina
  • Publication number: 20130186696
    Abstract: A combination weigher including a dispersion unit adapted to radially disperse product material dropped in from above onto the dispersion unit, plurality of weighing hoppers, plurality of conveyor units arranged around and below a periphery of the dispersion unit. The conveyor units include troughs having infeed ends positioned below the dispersion units and outfeed ends positioned above the weighing hoppers, and spiral shaped members extending from the infeed ends towards the outfeed ends. Spiral shaped members being operable connected to an operation unit for operating a rotational movement of the spiral shaped members conveying the product material from the infeed ends towards the outfeed ends into the weighing hoppers. Conical shaped members are arranged within the spiral shaped members.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 25, 2012
    Publication date: July 25, 2013
    Applicant: MAREL A/S
    Inventors: Anne BROAGER, Torben MUELLER, Gert HANSEN
  • Publication number: 20120212603
    Abstract: An apparatus for acquiring a profile of a food product for use in subsequent processing of the food product includes a scanning area and one or more product drives for driving a product through the scanning area in a longitudinal direction. First line lasers project one first transverse laser line transversely to the longitudinal direction on the first surface and two first cameras arranged to capture different, overlapping first transverse image portions of the first transverse laser line. A reference laser projects a beam on the first surface that indicates a transverse reference position, and the two first cameras also capture the reference position. A control system uses the transverse reference position to combine the different first transverse image portions captured by the two first cameras to calculate a first profile of the first surface at multiple positions along a length of the first surface as the product is driven through the scanning area.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 26, 2010
    Publication date: August 23, 2012
    Inventors: Scott A. Lindee, Thomas C. Wolcott, Salvatore Lamartino, Gage Fox
  • Publication number: 20120111644
    Abstract: An electronic belt scale with multiple accumulative quantities comprises: multiple groups of weighing units (12), an accumulator (10) and a speed measuring sensor (11). The weighing unit (12) includes a weighing sensor bracket (5), a cantilever type weighing sensor (4) provided on the weighing sensor bracket (5), a support (2) hinged at the suspending arm side of the weighing sensor (4), and a limiting body (9) connected with the weighing sensor bracket (5) under the weighing sensor (4). A weighing signal wire of the weighing sensor (4) and a speed measuring signal wire of the speed measuring sensor (11) are connected with the accumulator (10). Weighing signals and speed signals are accumulated and combined to one group of main accumulative quantities and at least two groups of auxiliary accumulative quantities by the accumulator (10) so as to display and control the main and the auxiliary accumulative quantities of weight.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 16, 2010
    Publication date: May 10, 2012
    Applicant: SAIMO ELECTRIC CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Da Li
  • Publication number: 20120103702
    Abstract: Embodiments of the invention relate to a method and a checkweigher for weighing individual products moved along a production line. In various embodiments, the method compromises transferring at least one product from the production line to a checkweigher comprising at least one weighing cell; placing at least one product in a first position on a first support above a corresponding weighing cell; displacing the at least one product by means of said first support and placing said at least one product in a second position on a second support on the weighing cell; weighing the at least one product; displacing the at least one product back to the first position by means of said first support; and transferring the at least one product from the checkweigher back to the production line.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 10, 2010
    Publication date: May 3, 2012
    Applicant: NORDEN MACHINERY AB
    Inventors: Anders Karlsson, Jan Nilsson
  • Publication number: 20120031682
    Abstract: An apparatus for handling portions of products, in particular food products, having a product conveyor which conveys the portions after one another to at least one main conveyor track along a direction of conveying and having at least one sensor for recognizing portions of incorrect weight. A correction track is provided which has a first conveying section and a second conveying section. The first conveying section serves to branch off portions of incorrect weight from the main conveying track and to convey them to a weight correction station. The second conveying section serves to supply weight-corrected portions back to the main conveying track. The first conveying track and the second conveying track are separated from one another in the region of the weight correction station by an interruption of the correction track which prevents a transfer of portions of incorrect weight from the first conveying section to the second conveying section.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 2, 2011
    Publication date: February 9, 2012
    Applicant: WEBER MASCHINENBAU GMBH BREIDENBACH
    Inventor: GÜNTHER WEBER
  • Patent number: 8016538
    Abstract: The station for weighing containers comprises a line for transporting containers to be filled with a predetermined product, a zone for dosing and filling the containers with the product, a first transferring organ for picking up and transferring an individual empty container to a weighing organ, a second transferring organ for picking up and transferring the container to the weighing organ after filling. The transferring organs respectively comprise an oscillating arm which is activated with alternating motion between a pick-up and release position of the container to be weighed in proximity of the transport line and a position of release and pick-up of the container nearby the weighing organ.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2011
    Assignee: Open Business Exchange Limited
    Inventor: Giuseppe Monti
  • Publication number: 20110126940
    Abstract: The invention relates to a filling system (1) for containers (2) fed into a filling device by means of a feeder device (3) and removed by means of a removal device (4), wherein at least one measurement device (5) is provided at least for weighing the filled container (2). The invention further relates to a measurement device (5) at least for weighing filled containers (2). In order to achieve that each container (2) can be subjected to fill level monitoring without interrupting the flow of containers, wherein reliable measurement data can be obtained at the same time regardless of foaming or of container tolerances, for example, the invention proposes that the at least one measurement device (5) is formed of a plurality of circulating measurement sensors (6) on which the containers (2) are transported from an inlet side (7) to an outlet side (8) while standing on the base thereof, and are simultaneously weighed, wherein the measurement sensors (6) circulate synchronously with the container flow.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 27, 2009
    Publication date: June 2, 2011
    Applicant: KHS GmbH
    Inventors: Jürgen Herrmann, Jan Peter Hecktor
  • Patent number: 7952037
    Abstract: A method and apparatus of forming portions of tobacco, and of removing the same by an conveyor having at least one path of holders for a respective portion, in which the holders are filled with individual portions of the contents at least two filling lines of one or more filling stations, and, prior to the individual filling operations, individual portions of the contents are weighed and weighed portions that satisfy the predetermined conditions—acceptable portions—are filled cyclically into the holders and weighed portions that do not satisfy the predetermined conditions are detected and ejected as defective portions, characterized by components and steps of (a) following detection of a defective portion, that holder which the filling line originally predetermined for filling this holder would have filled with the contents portion, on which the defective portion is based, had the contents portion satisfied the predetermined conditions—defective-portion holder—is sensed, and a filling line other than that ori
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2011
    Assignee: Focke & Co.
    Inventors: Tobias Jacobi, Stefan Ehlermann, Hagen Geske
  • Publication number: 20110114395
    Abstract: A weight-checking apparatus is adapted to check weight of an object while conveying the object in a predetermined direction. The weight-checking apparatus includes a conveying part, a weighing part and a control part. The conveying part is configured and arranged to convey the object in the predetermined direction. The weighing part is configured and arranged to weigh the object. The control part is configured to control the conveying part so that a conveying speed of the conveying part is reduced to a predetermined conveying speed according to a conveyance condition of the object being conveyed in an upstream of the weighing part.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 29, 2009
    Publication date: May 19, 2011
    Applicant: ISHIDA CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Tatsuya Naiki, Koichi Makino
  • Publication number: 20100314177
    Abstract: A checkweigher for the in-motion weighing of objects being transported along a conveyor line. A checkweigher of the present invention employs a plurality of scales each having its own set of weighing conveyor elements. For example, a first scale may be associated with a set of lighter weight chains to convey and weigh smaller objects, while a second scale may be associated with a set of heavier weight chains to convey and weigh larger objects. This design essentially allows the incorporation of a lightweight and heavyweight checkweigher within one common checkweigher frame. The problem of noise caused by one set of conveyor elements associated with one scale affecting the accuracy of the other scale(s) is eliminated by locating the conveying surfaces of the conveyor elements associated with the individual scales in different planes. Thus, objects transported by one weighing conveyor exert no load on the conveyor elements of the other weighing conveyor(s).
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 16, 2009
    Publication date: December 16, 2010
    Applicant: Mettler-Toledo, Inc.
    Inventors: David Troisi, Daron King
  • Publication number: 20100187021
    Abstract: The invention relates to a process for the weighing of successive filled packs, in which the packs are sequentially transferred, without their conveyance being stopped and without them suddenly decelerating, to the holding means of a weighing device which holds them and transports them in suspension to a delivery position; the process comprising the operation of measuring by means of a scale the weight of the assembly formed by the holding means of the weighing device and that of the conveyed pack or packs, the average speed of the conveyance of the packs and/or the length of the conveyed distance being selected such that at least during a predetermined time period a single pack is being held and conveyed in suspension by the mentioned holding means. The mentioned holding means for the packs comprise first and second endless belts between which holding portions of the packs to be weighed are introduced, the suspended packs being conveyed by the movement of the endless belts.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 25, 2010
    Publication date: July 29, 2010
    Applicant: GIRNET INTERNACIONAL., S.L.
    Inventor: Ezequiel Giro Amigo
  • Publication number: 20100175931
    Abstract: A device for weighing the colorants used in the preparation of hair dyes, including a plurality of collecting bins (2) for the individual colorants, as well as an automatic system for automatically picking up the colorants from each bin, in quantities in accordance with the formulation of the dyes. Compared with the prior art methods of the field, the device of the invention offers the advantage of mechanising the operations of weighing and metering the colorants in the mixture, thus avoiding direct intervention by the operator.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 24, 2009
    Publication date: July 15, 2010
    Applicants: INDUSTRIAL CHEMICAL COSMETICS LIMITED, BEAUTY & BUSINESS S.R.L.
    Inventor: George Amato
  • Publication number: 20100147598
    Abstract: A method and an apparatus for dynamically check weighing objects (18a-c) that are guided across a weight-sensitive zone (14) of a weighing device (12) by a conveying mechanism (20a-c). At regular intervals, the weight-sensitive zone (14) supplies individual measured weight values (E1, . . . , En) from which resulting weight values are derived in a digital evaluation unit (16) by calculating mean values. The evaluation unit (16) includes a plurality of cascading mean value filters (24a-e) that have different filter lengths which are varied by a common scaling value in accordance with a spatial dimension of the objects (18a-c).
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 22, 2010
    Publication date: June 17, 2010
    Applicant: Sartorius AG
    Inventor: Alfred KLAUER
  • Publication number: 20100147597
    Abstract: A method and an apparatus for dynamically checking the weight of objects (18a-c) which are guided across a weight-sensitive zone (14) of a weighing device (12) at an adjustable conveying rate by a conveying mechanism (20a-c). At regular intervals, the weight-sensitive zone (14) supplies individual measured weight values (E1, . . . , En) from which resultant weight values are derived in a digital evaluation unit (16) by averaging. The evaluation unit (16) includes a plurality of cascaded averaging filters (24a-e) which have different filter lengths that are varied by a common scaling factor depending on the conveying rate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 22, 2010
    Publication date: June 17, 2010
    Applicant: Sartorius AG
    Inventor: Alfred KLAUER
  • Publication number: 20100126780
    Abstract: An apparatus for measuring articles includes a conveying part, a plurality of measuring parts and a determining part. The conveying part includes a plurality of conveyers placed adjacently in series for conveying articles successively in a straight line. The plurality of measuring parts measure weight or dimensions of the respective articles successively conveyed by the conveying part. The determining part determines the weight or the dimensions of the respective articles based on the measured values by the plurality of the measuring parts.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 16, 2009
    Publication date: May 27, 2010
    Applicant: TERAOKA SEIKO CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yuichi INOUE, Fumio MORISAWA
  • Publication number: 20100059291
    Abstract: A system and method for weighing varying throughput of conveyed particulate material. The system has a weighing unit for measuring weight of material conveyed on a span of the conveyor and a speed monitoring unit to monitor the speed of the conveyor. A control module is programmed to calculate the instant value of material conveyed per unit length of the conveyor. An output from the control module reduces conveyor speed in response to a reduction in measured weight of material conveyed and increases conveyor speed in response to an increase in measured weight of material conveyed. High accuracy of measurement of the weight of particulate material being conveyed even when the conveyor is lightly loaded.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 11, 2009
    Publication date: March 11, 2010
    Applicant: Equipfix
    Inventors: James Edwin Lowe, Andrew James Lowe, Kevin Dalton Lowe
  • Publication number: 20100018781
    Abstract: A weighing apparatus is described having a product transport surface (24) for transporting products thereon in a transporting direction (26). The product transport surface (24) has a plurality of grooves (28) which extend substantially parallel to each other and transversely to the transporting direction (26). In a cross section along the transporting direction (26), the upward sloping edges (32) and the downward sloping edges (30) of the grooves (28) form a saw tooth profile, wherein, when viewed in the transporting direction (26), each transition from the upward sloping edge (32) to the downward sloping edge (30) of two adjacent grooves (28) is sharp-edged. The product transport surface is particularly adapted for the transport of products having a soft, flexible and/or sticky surface. Also described are product transporting members in a weighing apparatus which are provided with such a product transport surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 21, 2006
    Publication date: January 28, 2010
    Applicant: MULTIPOND Waegetechnik GmbH
    Inventor: Josef Schmidhuber
  • Publication number: 20090277693
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an apparatus for weighing a product flow, comprising an endless conveyor belt for transporting the product flow thereon in a transport direction, wherein a width direction extends in an imaginary transport plane substantially transversely of the transport direction, and wherein a carrying direction extends substantially transversely of the transport plane, wherein one or more transition parts are arranged slightly inward of the outer edges in the width direction, wherein a middle part is situated between the transition parts, and wherein the transition part is adapted to provide the middle part with a substantially flexible suspension in the carrying direction and/or the transport direction of the conveyor belt relative to the outer edges.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 7, 2009
    Publication date: November 12, 2009
    Applicant: Rademaker B.V.
    Inventor: Arie Hendrik VERHAAR
  • Publication number: 20090255736
    Abstract: A load cell unit which can satisfactorily measure the weight of a measured object if ambient temperature changes, and a weight checker and an electric balance using the load cell unit, are provided. A strain generating element includes plural strain generating portions. Each of strain gauges is a gauge of a temperature/sensitivity compensated type and is placed in a position on a corresponding strain generating portion. A bridge circuit includes the strain gauges. A zero compensation element compensates the zero of the bridge circuit in accordance with the temperature of the strain generating element, to roughly correct an output of the bridge circuit. A thermal sensitive resistor is a temperature sensor for detecting the temperature of the strain generating element. The zero compensation element and the thermal sensitive resistor are provided on a thick portion interposed between adjacent strain generating portions. A signal processor minutely corrects a roughly-corrected output of the bridge circuit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 24, 2007
    Publication date: October 15, 2009
    Inventors: Kazufumi Naito, Shoko Tajiri, Shinji Takeichi
  • Publication number: 20090236150
    Abstract: A weighing device includes a weighing unit, a conveying unit, a plurality of discharge parts, a discharging unit and a controlling part. The controlling part is configured to set an order of priority for the discharge parts, to sort the objects weighed by the weighing unit into a plurality of predetermined weight ranks, to select a combination of a plurality of the objects in the same weight rank so that the combination has a total weight equal to a final target weight, and to control the discharging unit to discharge the objects selected for the combination into one of the discharge parts having the highest priority among the discharge parts that are not being used.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 12, 2007
    Publication date: September 24, 2009
    Applicant: ISHIDA CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Masami Kono, Masaru Inoue, Koichi Kataoka
  • Publication number: 20090145670
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method and a system for batching of supplied objects in batches in such a manner that a batch fulfils predefined criteria as regards for example the total weight range and optionally the number of objects, weight, orientation and/or type(s) of objects. A selective transferal of the objects from means for object transport to batching means is performed by means of one or more handling means of the robot type in as a batch of objects is produced in consideration of said predefined criteria. The batches are produced on said batching means that are moved around said one or more handling means of the robot type.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 21, 2007
    Publication date: June 11, 2009
    Applicant: Scanvaegt International A/S
    Inventors: Henrik Grundtvig, Henrik F. Skyum, Bjorn Heide Pedersen
  • Patent number: 7543979
    Abstract: A measuring apparatus includes several feeding mechanisms, a conveying mechanism, and receiving barrels as many as the feeding mechanisms; each feeding mechanism includes a storage barrel, a conduit connected to an outlet of the storage barrel, an elastic element in the conduit, and a transmission for rotating the elastic element so as to convey material forwards along the conduit; the conveying mechanism includes a guiding and bearing board for supporting the receiving barrels, a platform, a conveying machine for pushing the receiving barrels forwards, a propping power source for propping the platform upwards, and scales; the board has slots, and the scales are positioned on the platform for weighing materials added into the receiving barrels; each scale has propping rods thereon such that the scales will weigh materials added into the receiving barrels when moved up for the propping rods to pass through the slots and prop the receiving barrels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2006
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2009
    Inventor: Neng-Kuei Yeh
  • Patent number: 7503353
    Abstract: According to a method for statistical weighing of a product supplied by a plurality of nozzles into containers, an empty container, belonging to a withdrawing group, is withdrawn to define an empty seat in the withdrawing group. The withdrawn empty container is weighed by a scale, to determine a tare weight, and then introduced in an empty seat made in a test group of containers, is a position designed to match with a selected nozzle to be tested. After introducing product into the weighed, empty container, by the selected nozzle, the filled container is withdrawn and weighed by the same scale to determine a gross weight. The exact quantity of product introduced into the filled container is thus determined by difference between the tare and gross weights.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2005
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2009
    Assignee: Marchesini Group S.p.A.
    Inventor: Giuseppe Monte
  • Patent number: 7501590
    Abstract: A molding resin tablet feeding apparatus may have a tablet weighing unit for weighing a molding resin tablet to sort out a faulty molding resin tablet. The weighing unit may be elastically deformed according to the weight of the molding resin tablet, and may further include a strain gauge for outputting an electric change caused by the elastic deformation. A controller may compare the electric change to tablet weight information to determine the validity of the molding resin tablet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2005
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2009
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Ok-Sun Jung, Hee-Chul Kang, Byong-Do Na, Young-Jin Hwang, Do-Woo Lee, Yong-Hwan Kim, Hee-Ju Seo
  • Publication number: 20090057034
    Abstract: The invention proposes a weighing device for a production machine or installation and a method for weighing piece goods from a production machine or installation, which can be implemented in a space-saving manner and/or permit processing of piece goods within a large belt width in the format of the piece goods. According to the invention, this is achieved in that the weight of two or more piece goods (7?, 7?) and the weight which is varied by subsequent feeding or discharge of an individual piece good (7?) or a number of piece goods to be jointly weighed are detected, it being possible to determine the weight of an individual piece good (7?) or a number of piece goods to be jointly weighed from the difference between the weights ascertained in this way.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 19, 2006
    Publication date: March 5, 2009
    Inventor: Alexander Schulzki
  • Publication number: 20090008158
    Abstract: The invention relates to a holding fixture for the drive unit of a transport device that transports products to be weighed, wherein, for transferring the weight force to be detected, the holding fixture is arranged between the transport device and the weighing cell detecting the weight.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 20, 2006
    Publication date: January 8, 2009
    Inventor: Theo Duppre
  • Patent number: 7390981
    Abstract: A weighing device includes a supply unit, a weighing unit, a stock unit, a discharge unit, a transfer unit, and a revolving mechanism. The supply unit supplies a target object to a container revolving in the weighing unit. The weighing unit weighs the container while revolving the same. The stock unit stocks a plurality of containers while holding the plurality of containers three-dimensionally and revolving them. The discharge unit discharges the target object from the container while revolving the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2004
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2008
    Assignee: Ishida Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yoshihiro Nakamura, Kazuhiro Suhara, Takashi Kimura, Masayoshi Nakajima, Shuji Murata, Yukio Wakasa, Fumitaka Tokuda
  • Publication number: 20080115979
    Abstract: An apparatus for weighing a first item in a series of items traveling on a conveyor in which a first item is downstream of a second item in the series of items. The apparatus may comprise: (1) a scale; (2) an item repositioning mechanism that is adapted to move (e.g., slide) the first item from the conveyor into weighing engagement with the scale; and (3) a braking mechanism that is adapted to limit the forward progress of the second item while the item repositioning mechanism moves the first item from the conveyor into weighing engagement with the scale, and to thereby prevent the second item from passing the first item while the first item is in weighing engagement with the scale. In other embodiments, the braking mechanism may release to allow the second item to pass the first item while the first item is in weighing engagement with the scale.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 21, 2006
    Publication date: May 22, 2008
    Applicant: CONSOLIDATED CONTAINER COMPANY LP
    Inventors: Lewis Roland Shipp, David Dale Bell, Michael Edward LeClerc, Hurley Stephen Slusser
  • Patent number: 6804985
    Abstract: An apparatus for the gravimetric calibration of multi-channel pipettes contains a balance that has a load receiver configured to support receptacles containing a substance to be weighed. The apparatus has a holder device to support a certain number of the receptacles into which a test liquid is dispensed from the multi-channel pipette. The apparatus further has a transport device for advancing the holder device towards the load receiver. The receptacles are seated in the holder device at equally spaced positions and are one by one delivered to and subsequently removed from the measuring device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2002
    Date of Patent: October 19, 2004
    Assignee: Mettler-Toledo GmbH
    Inventor: Paul Luchinger
  • Patent number: 6800818
    Abstract: A distributor unit (D) includes a stepwise moving conveying line (L) for conveying containers (C) through one filling unit (G), where the containers (C) are filled with a predetermined filling liquid or powder substance. In a weighing station (15,16), associated to the conveying line (L), two weighing groups (11,12) are situated on opposite sides of the conveying line (L) and have one weighing area (14a,14b) for weighing a container (C). One transfer group (30) is associated to the weighing station (15,16) and moves crosswise to the conveying line (L). The transfer group (30) transfers containers (Ci) to be weighed from the conveying line (L) to the weighing area (14b) of one of the weighing groups (12), and transfers at the same time an already weighed containers (C*i−1) from the area (14a) of the other weighing group (11) to the conveying line (L).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2002
    Date of Patent: October 5, 2004
    Assignee: I.M.A. Industria Macchine Automatiche S.p.A.
    Inventors: Gianni Balboni, Claudio Trebbi
  • Publication number: 20040060743
    Abstract: In the case of playing cards such as playing cards and the like, the switching of cards have been conventionally performed using automatic switching apparatuses in a place such as a casino where there are many participants. Many of such conventional apparatuses, however, need a technical skill in operation of the apparatuses themselves, or have a complicated structure themselves. In such conventional apparatuses, moreover, there has been no switching apparatus which is enjoyable to game participants when they see the apparatus.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 27, 2003
    Publication date: April 1, 2004
    Inventor: Masaharu Hara
  • Patent number: 6662930
    Abstract: An apron weigh feeder for use in the heavy bulk materials industry includes a feeder frame, a head drive shaft, a pair of tail traction wheels, and a plurality of carry and return rollers. A pair of drive sprockets is mounted on the head drive shaft. The tail traction wheels are aligned with the drive sprockets, respectively. A pair of endless crawler chains is reeved about the drive sprockets and tail traction wheels, respectively. A plurality of flights is fixed to the crawler chains to define a carrying surface of the apron weigh feeder. The carry rollers support the crawler chains and carrying surface. The carry rollers are supported rotatably by a plurality of carry roller support frames, which are mounted on the feeder frame. The weigh scale assembly is substituted in place of at least one of the carry roller support frames.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2002
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2003
    Assignee: Metso Minerals Industries Inc.
    Inventor: Martin A. Yester
  • Patent number: 6550582
    Abstract: A self-service checkout terminal includes a terminal base having (i) a user side on which a user is positioned during operation of the self-service checkout terminal, (ii) a rear side which is opposite the user side, (iii) an upstream end portion, and (iv) a downstream end portion which is opposite the upstream end portion. The self-service checkout terminal includes a scanner for scanning a product code associated with an item for purchase. The scanner is secured to the upstream end portion of the terminal base. The self-service checkout terminal also includes a printer secured to the user side of the terminal base. The self-service checkout terminal further includes an item collection surface for supporting the item for purchase subsequent to scanning thereof. The item collection surface being secured to the downstream end portion of the terminal base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 26, 2000
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2003
    Assignee: NCR Corporation
    Inventors: John C. Addy, Dusty L. Lutz
  • Patent number: 6399901
    Abstract: A weight filler 6 is provided which allows a bottle 16 to be conveyed while gripping its neck 16a. Load cell 58 is mounted around the outer periphery of a revolving body 54 in order to detect a vertical load. A horizontal rod or load applicator 64 projects radially outward from the load cell 58. A gripper 50 which grips the bottle 16 under the resilience of tension springs 82 is mounted on the free end 64a of the rod 64. As the bottle 16 is urged into the gripper 50 in a direction opposite from the direction in which, the rod 64 projects, the gripper 50 is once opened against the tension springs 82 and then closed to grip the neck 16a of the bottle 16. A filling nozzle 52 is disposed above the bottle 16 which is gripped by the gripper 50, and fills the bottle 16 with liquid. During the filling operation, the load cell 58 detects a load applied, thus allowing a filling of a given amount in accordance with the detection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2000
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2002
    Assignee: Shibuya Kogyo Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yukinobu Nishino, Tatsuhiro Nakada, Toshiaki Naka
  • Patent number: 6359240
    Abstract: Container capacity control system, which is comprised of a first horizontal linear guide (3) where there is a clamp head (13), which can move horizontally and rotate on the horizontal plane and which holds a first clamp (1) and a second clamp (2) for the input and output of an empty container (b1) respectively; a second horizontal linear guide (4) where means for the total filling or predetermined partial filling move; some weighing scales (5), which weigh the container (b1) empty and totally full or partially full with the predetermined amount, sending the weight data to a microprocessor, which controls the programmed system, so that it distinguishes between full-to-the-brim containers and containers partially filled, calculating the capacity based on the weighing data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2000
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2002
    Assignees: Vidrala, S.A., Avacon, S.A.
    Inventors: Ivo Dutto, Alfonso Arechaga, Antonio Aragon, Francisco José Colomino
  • Patent number: 6262377
    Abstract: Based on a non-orderly flow of supplied articles, which may also be sticky articles of food, there is effected in a compulsory manner an isolation of mutually separated small article portions, which are moved through a weighing station (20) and thereafter brought together selectively into larger portions, e..g, with a predetermined weight. In a preferred system according to the invention use is made of an endless row of carrier trays (12) which, in two straight runs, pass along a number of receiver containers (22), into which they are selectively emptied after having passed the weighing station. In front of this station distributor means (14, 18) are provided above a horizontal reversing path of the tray chain for ensuring that the supplied articles are distributed to the trays without overlapping therebetween. Various advantageous embodiments of the single parts of the system to work with a desirably high capacity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 1998
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2001
    Assignee: Scanvagt A/S
    Inventors: Ulrich Carlin Nielsen, Søren Poulsen, Henrik Grundtvig, Jesper Skovsgard
  • Patent number: 6220312
    Abstract: A container filling apparatus for dispensing, weighing and automatically filling a container with a predetermined weight of material. The container filling apparatus includes an optical load cell for measuring the weight of an object. A microprocessor controls the dispensing, weighing and automatic filling of the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 1999
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2001
    Assignee: Shandor Motion Systems
    Inventors: Robert Sandor Hirsch, Michael M. Chen
  • Patent number: 6096983
    Abstract: A weighing/feeding apparatus for mixing two or more different types of powder/chip by respective given amounts and feeding a weighing vessel with the mixture efficiently with accuracy is provided. The apparatus includes a weighing/feeding section arranged between a transfer path for transferring empty weighing vessels and a delivery path for delivering weighing vessels loaded with the powder/chip, the weighing/feeding section being connected to a powder/grain feeding path, a-plurality of powder/chip feeding units being arranged along the feeding path and provided with respective conduits, a weighing unit carrying thereon the empty weighing vessel which is reciprocated along the feeding path to fill the empty weighing vessel with a predetermined amount of powder/chip of a plurality of desired types before returning to the weighing/feeding section and then the weighing vessel loaded with the powder/chip is delivered to the delivery path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 1998
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2000
    Assignee: YKK Corporation
    Inventors: Masahide Ozaki, Shinichi Kojima
  • Patent number: 5889235
    Abstract: A combination weighing machine includes a plurality of cups (20) into which articles (21) are put, a weigher (62) for measuring the sum weights of cup (20) and the articles (21) in the cups (20), or measuring the weights of the articles (21) while the articles (21) are held in the cups (20), a retention conveyor (63) for receiving from the weigher (62) and causing to wait the plurality of cups (20) containing articles (21) of which weights have been measured by the weigher (62), combination computing means for combining respective weight values developed by the measurement by the weigher (62) in various ways, and selecting articles (21) forming a combination of articles the sum weight of which is within a predetermined weight range, and a transfer conveyor (66) for conveying the cups (20) containing the articles (21) which form the combination selected by the combination computing means to a discharge position where the articles (21) forming the selected combination are discharged.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 1997
    Date of Patent: March 30, 1999
    Assignee: Yamato Scale Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Shozo Kawanishi, Hiroshi Higuchi, Yoshitaka Mikata, Kenichi Nakagawa, Seiji Yamano
  • Patent number: 5806287
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for testing a batch of containers to determine if the containers have been filled with product to the proper volume with the apparatus including a conveyor for moving empty containers from a first location to a second location, a filling head for filling a batch of individual containers, a checkweigh platform for receiving a batch of individual empty containers from the conveying line and individually weighing each of the containers in both the empty condition and the filled condition and a robotic arm for transporting the containers to and from the conveying line and within the checkweighing station.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 1997
    Date of Patent: September 15, 1998
    Assignee: Dimension Automation, Inc.
    Inventor: Hans Trechsel
  • Patent number: 5760342
    Abstract: Combinational weighing by ranks is carried out by supplying articles of different weights to a plurality of weighing devices one at a time, measuring individual weights of these articles by the weighing devices, classifying the weighed articles individually into ranks according to their measured weights, and carrying out combinational weighing only on those of the weighed articles in a same rank. The combinational weighing is carried out preferentially on the articles in the most populated rank. An apparatus for this method not only includes a plurality of weighing devices, an article supplying units adapted to supply articles of different weights one at a time to these weighing devices, and a device for carrying out combinational calculations but also is adapted to classify weighed articles into ranks according to the measured weights.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 1996
    Date of Patent: June 2, 1998
    Assignee: Ishida Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Masahiro Takeda, Kiyokazu Shibahara
  • Patent number: 5750938
    Abstract: A drug weighing method presenting the steps of feeding an orderly succession of drugs to a capacitive sensor; determining the weight of each drug by means of the capacitive sensor;periodically weighing a number of drugs in the succession by means of a precision scale;and periodically calibrating the capacitive sensoron the basis of the directly determined drug weights.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 1994
    Date of Patent: May 12, 1998
    Assignee: MG2 S.p.A.
    Inventors: Sandro De Caris, Angelo Ansaloni
  • Patent number: 5723824
    Abstract: A checkweigher with a belt conveyor includes at least two belt conveyor sections which are arranged one behind the other in conveying direction, wherein one of the conveyor sections is a weighing bridge. The individual conveyor sections include a plurality of conveying belts which travel on a sliding surface and are guided around guide rollers at the ends of the conveyor sections. Sliding fingers formed by extensions of the sliding surface are provided adjacent the conveying belts, wherein the sliding fingers substantially bridge the gap between the adjacent conveyor sections.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 1995
    Date of Patent: March 3, 1998
    Assignee: Mettler-Toledo AG
    Inventor: Eberhard Stadler
  • Patent number: 5703332
    Abstract: An apparatus comprising a conveyor (1) having article holders for conveying vulnerable articles (V), such as for instance fruits, in the article holders (2), the artices (V) during conveyance being subjected to a treatment for the purpose of the classification of the products, such as for instance a weighing treatment, the article holders being grippers (2) adapted to assume two stable positions, i.e. a gripping position wherein the articles (V) are grippingly receivable in the gripper, and a release position wherein articles (V) received in the gripper (2) are released in downward direction, the grippers (2) being designed so that in the gripping position articles (V) of different dimensions are receivable therein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 1995
    Date of Patent: December 30, 1997
    Inventor: Adrianus Wilhelmus Tas