Conveyor For Changing Attitude Of Item Relative To Conveyed Direction Patents (Class 198/373)
  • Patent number: 10632218
    Abstract: A method of treating a substance in the form of divided solids, includes the steps of introducing the substance into an enclosure in which there exists an ozonated atmosphere under pressure, conveying the substance in the enclosure with a continuous movement in such a manner that the substance is located continuously in the ozonated atmosphere while it is being conveyed in the enclosure, the substance being conveyed by vibration means causing the enclosure to vibrate, and unloading the substance from the enclosure via the outlet after a single passage of the substance through the enclosure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Inventors: Olivier Lepez, Philippe Sajet, Tatiana Guzun
  • Patent number: 9010521
    Abstract: An elevating conveyor is mounted to a pivoting bridge so that the elevating conveyor can be shifted by a 22 degree rotation between a lowered position in engagement with a loading floor and an elevated storage position where the conveyor is out of the way of the loading floor. A counterweight arrangement is mounted to the bridge to bias the conveyor toward the loading floor when it is in a lowered position, and to bias it toward the elevated storage position when it is in the up position. The conveyor may be readily moved between the positions with a moderate application of force. The force may be applied by an operator standing on the loading floor or by a liner actuator mounted between the bridge and a fixed structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: Skarlupka Mfg., Inc.
    Inventor: Donald Bruce Skarlupka
  • Publication number: 20150068867
    Abstract: Provided is a glass sheet conveying apparatus, which is configured to convey a glass sheet (G) in a state of being placed on a plurality of conveying belts (1) arrayed in parallel, and to move, by pressing rollers (2) arranged on a conveying path, the glass sheet (G) in a width direction orthogonal to a conveying direction, to thereby position the glass sheet (G). The glass sheet conveying apparatus includes an auxiliary supporting portion (3) for supporting, when positioning the glass sheet (G), a part of the glass sheet (G) supported from the bottom by the plurality of conveying belts (1) through use of a liquid layer (8) from the bottom in an auxiliary manner to reduce moving resistance of the glass sheet (G) in the width direction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 29, 2013
    Publication date: March 12, 2015
    Inventors: Naoki Nishimura, Hirokazu Okumura
  • Publication number: 20150014123
    Abstract: A production system according to an embodiment includes a workpiece circulator, a robot, and a posture changer. The workpiece circulator circulates a workpiece along a certain path. The robot holds the workpiece circulated by the workpiece circulator in a holding region that is part of the certain path, to move the workpiece to a certain place. The posture changer is arranged in the workpiece circulator and changes a posture of the workpiece circulated by the workpiece circulator.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 2, 2014
    Publication date: January 15, 2015
    Inventors: Ryuichi MATSUDA, Toshiaki IKEDA, Keigo ISHIBASHI, Takahisa IKENAGA, Toshiyuki HARADA
  • Patent number: 8601973
    Abstract: Methods and devices are provided for improved sputtering systems. In one embodiment of the present invention, a deposition system for use with a substrate, the system comprising a solution deposition apparatus; at heating chamber; and at least assembly for holding solution over the substrate to allow for a depth of at least about 0.5 microns to 10 mm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2013
    Assignee: Nanosolar, Inc.
    Inventors: Yann Roussillon, Piyaphant Utthachoo
  • Publication number: 20130062161
    Abstract: An infeed apparatus for the manufacture of containers such as can bodies, comprises a series of 3 or more infeed turrets (22, 30). The infeed turrets (22, 30) take a can body as linear pitch and convert this pitch to a circular pitch. By use of the series of turrets, the can passes to a machine such as a container processing machine not only at a desired linear pitch but also at the specified processing speed. The exchange ratio between individual turrets (22, 30) in the infeed turret series is variable and no greater than 2:1.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 4, 2011
    Publication date: March 14, 2013
    Inventor: Michael Jonathan Coates
  • Publication number: 20130037378
    Abstract: The invention relates to an entry station (1) which comprises at least one passageway for parallelepiped packages, located upstream from the preparation station (3), said passageway (6) being defined by means of lateral rails (7, 8) which are separated by a distance substantially corresponding to the length of said packages (2) and comprising a means for varying the width thereof at the pivoting area of said packages (2). The passageway (6) is defined by a rail (7) which is aligned with the pivoting abutment (15), and a rail (8) located opposite, facing the former, said opposite rail (8) including, in the downstream portion thereof, in the pivoting area, a rail section (14) that extends as far as the entrance to the preparation station (3) and said section can be retracted in order to allow the pivoting of the package (2) halted by said abutment (15) at said pivoting area.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 2, 2011
    Publication date: February 14, 2013
    Inventors: Dominique Germain, Fabrice Sauvageot
  • Publication number: 20130037379
    Abstract: Setting of reciprocal position of filter segments (3) delivered from multiple modules (1) of a machine for manufacturing filters is accomplished by registering the position and the length of a segment (3) from each module (1) on a carrier element (2) of a grouping unit when the filter manufacturing process is switched off, after which the reciprocal position of the segments (3) and the length between the segments (3) are set. The said operations may be accomplished by means of a sensor (4), the registering element (12) or by mapping the relative positions of adjacent segments (3) in the control system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 4, 2011
    Publication date: February 14, 2013
    Inventor: Hans-Reiner Hoffmann
  • Patent number: 8360226
    Abstract: Disclosed are a method and an apparatus for the contamination-free, precisely defined, horizontal orientation and subsequent transfer of thin, shock-sensitive crystalline plates, especially glass plates (11), into a defined vertical position. The glass plates (9) are oriented, transferred, and fed in the correct position for further processing without using an industrial robot and without being contaminated by humans. The apparatus is inexpensive and safe to operate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2013
    Assignee: Grenzebach Maschinenbau GmbH
    Inventor: Wolfgang Niewiera
  • Patent number: 8360227
    Abstract: Disclosed are a method and an apparatus for orienting thin glass plates (11) in a contamination-free manner. Said method and apparatus have the following features: a) in order to orient the glass plate (11), a lifting frame (1) is raised from below through the free space between the rolls (13) along with an orienting frame (2) which rests on the lifting frame (1) and is fitted with struts (7) that are connected in a rotatably hinged fashion to the orienting frame (2) and are provided with supporting elements (8) which penetrate the free space between the rolls (13), project beyond the supporting level of the rolls (13), and support the glass plate (11); b) the glass plate (11) is placed in a shock-free manner by means of sliding elements (3) that are actuated by individually controllable drive units (4), the movement of the sliding elements (3) being transmitted to the two longitudinal cross beams of the orienting frame (2) by means of pivot joints (6) which are fastened to the sliding elements (3).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2013
    Assignee: Grenzebach Maschinenbau GmbH
    Inventor: Wolfgang Niewiera
  • Publication number: 20120325622
    Abstract: The invention relates to a machine for products having a non-circular cross-section, such as ovoid containers or bottles. The machine includes: a collector having cavities arranged obliquely relative to the XX? axis of the conveyor used to supply said products; a means for transferring the batch of products formed into groups by said collector to a depositing station, on a table arranged along said feed conveyor; a means for dropping the batch of products by a reversing movement in an oblique direction; and a means for returning said collector to the starting point, that is, level with the first product on said feed conveyor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 27, 2010
    Publication date: December 27, 2012
    Inventor: David Gatos
  • Publication number: 20120305365
    Abstract: A material handling system has a helical conveyor apparatus operable in a first mode in which the orientation of a product can be changed and a second mode in which the orientation of the product is unchanged, i.e., passed through. The helical conveyor apparatus has a pair of conveying surfaces, with at least one of the conveying surfaces pivotal relative to the other conveying surface. The conveying surfaces can thus be arranged to twist the product as it is being conveyed or pass the product unaltered.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 31, 2011
    Publication date: December 6, 2012
    Inventors: Robert A. McCarry, Keith Fiebig, Nathan Grams, Dan Dillinger
  • Publication number: 20120288356
    Abstract: Method and apparatus for imparting movement to one or more articles includes placing the one or more articles on a surface of a support member and imparting vibratory motion to the support member by vibrating actutators connected to the support member wherein the vibratory motion includes at least a rotational vibratory component about one or more axes out-of-alignment with the gravity vector to produce effective force fields on the surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 26, 2012
    Publication date: November 15, 2012
    Inventors: Kevin Lynch, Paul Umbanhowar
  • Publication number: 20120128460
    Abstract: A collating conveyor (4, 6) receives products (2) sequentially from a delivery point and collates them into groups (8). A pusher (9) transfers groups (8) of products from the collating conveyor (4, 6) to a receiving trough (10), where they are turned through a predetermined angle B. The collating conveyor (4, 6) is inclined to the horizontal and is provided with lugs (5, 7), each of which supports a stack (8) of products under the effect of gravity. A pick-and-place head (11) picks up a group (8) of products from the trough (10) by gripping and clamping the products (2) together.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 23, 2010
    Publication date: May 24, 2012
    Inventor: Michael Webb
  • Publication number: 20120097500
    Abstract: Disclosed are a method and an apparatus for aligning pieces of food dough that are conveyed downstream by a conveyor so that when aligning members contact the pieces, the deformation of the pieces and the adhesion between the aligning members and the pieces can be reduced.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 27, 2011
    Publication date: April 26, 2012
    Applicant: Rheon Automatic Machinery Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Sadao Ueno, Hitoshi Kuwabara, Mikio Narabu
  • Publication number: 20120085620
    Abstract: A device and a method for orienting objects, in particular preforms for the manufacture of plastic containers, where the preforms are handed over to the entry side of an orientation section via a feeding conveyor, and a discharge means is provided which returns non-oriented preforms via a return feeder. For a constructively simple and quick return, the discharge means is connected directly with the entry side of the orientation section via the return conveyor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 10, 2011
    Publication date: April 12, 2012
    Applicant: KRONES AG
    Inventor: Andreas Seidl
  • Publication number: 20120037475
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for performing high-speed substrate inverting to facilitate photovoltaic fabrication processing of either substrate surface, comprising two stacked conveyors which are rotated in tandem and positioned to simultaneously engage both surfaces of a substrate to enable loading, inverting, and dispensing of the substrates traveling along the substrate production flow plane of an automated production system, and further having provisions to continually remove processing and environmental debris that may be collected on the conveyer belts as the result of coming into contact with substrate surfaces and facilitating cleaning of processing and environmental debris directly from substrate surfaces.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 25, 2009
    Publication date: February 16, 2012
    Inventors: Andrea Baccini, Marco Galiazzo
  • Publication number: 20120031732
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a bundle orienting device in-line with a conveyor configured for transporting bundles in a conveying direction. The bundle orienting device can include a plurality of selectively actuatable orientation elements that, collectively, laterally and/or angularly displace a bundle as it travels in the conveying direction through the bundle orienting device. In addition, the present disclosure relates to a method for rotating bundles traveling in a conveying direction along a conveyor system. The method includes conveying a bundle along a conveyor to pass through a bundle orienting device, thus described.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 22, 2011
    Publication date: February 9, 2012
    Inventor: Michael Harrington
  • Publication number: 20120020766
    Abstract: Method and apparatus for prefeeding corrugated boards to a box finishing machine wherein a stack of rectangular boards are moved to a first conveyor with the long dimension of the boards extending transverse to the direction of movement of said first conveyor. The stack is then rotated to place the long dimension of the boards in alignment with the direction of movement of said first conveyor, and then moving the rotated stack to a second conveyor for feeding to a box finishing machine with the long dimension of the boards in alignment with the direction or path of movement of the boards through the box finishing machine. The stack is transferred to the first conveyor from an elevator which contains a supply of boards larger than the stack. Three different types of apparatus are disclosed for rotating the stack. One is a plurality of conveyor belts whose speeds may be varied to rotate the boards. Another is a turntable with a set of belt conveyors and a set of rollers.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 26, 2010
    Publication date: January 26, 2012
    Inventor: Louis M. Sardella
  • Patent number: 8065106
    Abstract: A moving light test system allows connecting moving lights to an interface board and conveying the lights and orienting and testing the lights while they are attached to the board. The lights can be mechanically and electrically connected to the board, and once connected, can be tested in multiple ways without reconfiguring or removing the lights. The board has a connector that can be plugged in at various locations, and the board can also be handled by mechanical devices. In this way, once the light is connected to the board, it does not need to be re-handled. In addition, lights can be tested in different orientations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2011
    Assignee: Production Resource Group, LLC
    Inventors: Robin Lee, Chris Conti
  • Patent number: 8047208
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a method and apparatus for forming two filters in a two-up configuration. The apparatus includes a feed wheel 18, an assembly wheel 20, a take-off wheel 22, and a flipping wheel 24. According to the method of the invention, tubes 10 are loaded from the feed wheel 18 to the assembly wheel 20 where one hollow end of the tubes is filled. The half-filled tubes 10? are then transferred to take-off wheel 22 and then to a flipping wheel 24 where the tubes are flipped. The half-filled and flipped tubes 10? are returned to vacant positions on the feed wheel and transferred back to the assembly wheel so that the remaining hollow ends can be filled. The filled tube 10?? is transferred to a take-off wheel 22, where it is then removed from the take off wheel 22 using a stripper and/or additional wheels for further processing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2011
    Assignee: Philip Morris USA Inc.
    Inventors: Steven F. Spiers, G. Robert Scott, Travis Garthaffner
  • Publication number: 20110176901
    Abstract: An apparatus for processing packages of eggs on a conveyor is disclosed which comprises an egg orienter configured and arranged with respect to the conveyor so as to adjust a position of one or more of the eggs in each of the packages so that each of the eggs in a given package assumes a particular orientation within that package. In some embodiments, the egg orienter may be located between an egg loading section and a package closing section of an egg packer. In addition, in some embodiments, the apparatus may further comprise a laser source and one or more optical steering elements configured and arranged to direct laser energy from the laser source so as to laser mark information on a surface of one or more of the eggs while the eggs are in a package disposed on the conveyor and in said particular orientation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 20, 2010
    Publication date: July 21, 2011
    Inventors: Mitchell Barry Chait, Allan Irwin Brown, Marco Armand Hegyi, Greg Anderson
  • Publication number: 20110138752
    Abstract: A packaging system and method is disclosed for use with a conveyance system. The package assembly provides protrusions which keep the assembly properly oriented on a conveyor system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 19, 2009
    Publication date: June 16, 2011
    Applicant: INGRAM MICRO INC.
    Inventor: Kimberly Klos
  • Publication number: 20110132722
    Abstract: A system and method for skew correction of a mailpiece includes moving the mailpiece along a path of travel in a first orientation toward a first drive roller and a second drive roller. Control of the mailpiece is established in the first orientation by the drive rollers. A first skew correction of the mailpiece is implemented by employing the first drive roller and the second drive roller to align the mailpiece with respect to the path of travel. The first drive roller and the second drive roller may be employed to change the orientation of the stopped mailpiece from the first orientation to a second orientation with respect to the path of travel. A second skew correction may be implemented by employing the first drive roller and the second drive roller to align the mailpiece in the second orientation with respect to the path of travel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 7, 2009
    Publication date: June 9, 2011
    Applicant: Pitney Bowes Inc.
    Inventors: Arthur H. DEPOI, John W. Sussmeier
  • Publication number: 20110116900
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention generally relate to an apparatus and method for accurately aligning a plurality of substrates arranged in a planar array for batch processing. In one embodiment, the substrate alignment apparatus includes an array of oversized, recessed pockets for receiving the plurality of substrates. The substrate alignment apparatus may pick up the plurality of substrates from a location in which each substrate is not accurately positioned. Each pocket is configured at an angle from horizontal such that each substrate slides to a predefined corner of the pocket resulting in accurate alignment of each substrate. A vibration, tilting, directional brushes, or gas cushion may be provided to the substrate alignment apparatus to aid in low friction alignment of each substrate within its respective pocket. In one embodiment, the substrate alignment apparatus is an end effector for use on a transfer robot for use in a cluster-type processing system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 17, 2010
    Publication date: May 19, 2011
    Inventors: Tristan R. Holtam, Keith B. Porthouse, Vinay K. Shah
  • Publication number: 20110061994
    Abstract: A conveyor device has a sequence of two vibrating screens vertically separated (d) from each other and supplying an alignment bowl, to eliminate chips and residue from nuclear fuel pellets stored in bulk in a boat and to align them in order to fill fuel rods. Due to these two screens, pellets are set aside and turned over, and chips are efficiently separated in a pot, without any congestion of the system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 15, 2007
    Publication date: March 17, 2011
    Applicant: AREVA NC
    Inventors: Jean-Luc Pandraud, Florian Reyrolle, Dominique Francois, Jerome Blancher
  • Publication number: 20110005897
    Abstract: A system (10) and method for packing an article (20) onto a shipping carrier (26), the article (20) having an arbitrary orientation relative to the conveyor (28) and being transported within an order-picking system on a conveyor (28; 28a, 28b) downstream towards a packing station (22), which includes a packing robot (12) for automatically loading the shipping carrier (26), wherein the article (20) is to be put down with one of its faces (38) onto the shipping carrier (26).
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 14, 2009
    Publication date: January 13, 2011
    Inventor: Gerhard Schäfer
  • Patent number: 7857118
    Abstract: A product orienting apparatus for orienting a product according to the present invention comprises a table comprising a rotatable device. The table has a table surface comprising at least a first surface area being provided by the rotatable device. The device is rotatable about an axis substantially perpendicular to the table surface. The table also has an array of substantially identical spherical rollers, each spherical roller being suitable for contacting the product at a first contacting point of the spherical roller and for contacting the table surface with a second contacting point of the spherical roller. The array of spherical rollers comprises a first group of spherical rollers contacting the surface area of the device with their second contacting point thereby enabling to convert a rotation of the device into rotation of a product contacting the spherical rollers of the first group of spherical rollers. The table furthermore has a plate having an aperture encompassing the rotatable device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 28, 2010
    Assignee: J&L Group International, LLC (JLGI)
    Inventors: René Jans, Dirk Mermans
  • Publication number: 20100316479
    Abstract: A method and device for handling packs or similar unit loads in a packaging plant where packs exiting from a packaging machine are distributed and in the process optionally rotated and palletized in a palletizer, wherein distribution, rotation and palletizing are performed essentially continuously and directly consecutively from the packaging machine to the palletizer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 9, 2008
    Publication date: December 16, 2010
    Applicant: KRONES AG
    Inventor: Kurt Perl
  • Publication number: 20100289890
    Abstract: An apparatus and a method for aligning containers, in particular bottles, in a labeler, the apparatus having rotatable holders for containers to be aligned, and a camera unit for imaging the containers as well as a proximity switch for triggering an imaging function of the camera unit. This allows a precise alignment in combination with a reduced expenditure of time and reduced space requirements.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 26, 2010
    Publication date: November 18, 2010
    Applicant: KRONES AG
    Inventors: Anton Niedermeier, Karl Aichinger
  • Publication number: 20100230237
    Abstract: Disclosed are a method and an apparatus for orienting thin glass plates (11) in a contamination-free manner. Said method and apparatus have the following features: a) in order to orient the glass plate (11), a lifting frame (1) is raised from below through the free space between the rolls (13) along with an orienting frame (2) which rests on the lifting frame (1) and is fitted with struts (7) that are connected in a rotatably hinged fashion to the orienting frame (2) and are provided with supporting elements (8) which penetrate the free space between the rolls (13), project beyond the supporting level of the rolls (13), and support the glass plate (11); b) the glass plate (11) is placed in a shock-free manner by means of sliding elements (3) that are actuated by individually controllable drive units (4), the movement of the sliding elements (3) being transmitted to the two longitudinal cross beams of the orienting frame (2) by means of pivot joints (6) which are fastened to the sliding elements (3).
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 24, 2008
    Publication date: September 16, 2010
    Applicant: Grenzebach Maschinenbau GmbH
    Inventor: Wolfgang Niewiera
  • Publication number: 20100192525
    Abstract: A system and apparatus for moving and packaging oriented containers through an application machine and to a container carrier wherein a plurality of containers are fed in a desired rotational position prior to a transfer turret and gripped as the transfer turret rotationally transfers the oriented container to the container carrier.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 15, 2010
    Publication date: August 5, 2010
    Applicant: Illinois Tool Works Inc.
    Inventors: Robert Lam, Craig Arends
  • Publication number: 20100077705
    Abstract: Improved product handling and transfer apparatus includes rotatable product buckets for receiving product and re-orienting product for packaging in diverse configurations or containers. Buckets preferably include channels spanned by deposited product or receiving product therein, with bucket turning as appropriate to a packaging configuration. Flat bottom buckets and methods are disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 25, 2009
    Publication date: April 1, 2010
    Inventors: Jeffrey D. Wintring, R. Todd Gatman
  • Publication number: 20090139836
    Abstract: The invention finds application in the field of bottling and particularly relates to an apparatus (1) for unscrambling and aligning bulk plastic containers (2). It is comprised of a substantially circular collecting hopper (6), a plurality of container cradle pockets (7) arranged in a circular ring (7a) outside and concentric with the hopper (6) and delimited by an outer retaining wall (5). At least one aperture (5a) is formed in said wall (5), for a plurality of pick-up means (3) to extract the containers (2) in a substantially radial direction. One or more inspection devices (11) determine the orientation of the container (2) and communicate it to the pick-up means (3), which rotates the container and orients it with the neck up before releasing it.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 21, 2005
    Publication date: June 4, 2009
    Applicant: LANFRANCHI S.R.L.
    Inventor: Lino Lanfranchi
  • Publication number: 20080226763
    Abstract: The invention proposes a system (20) of feeding preforms, particularly designed to feed a machine for blow moulding receptacles such as bottles, of the type comprising, from upstream to downstream in the longitudinal direction of travel of the preforms (10), at least one sorting and alignment device (28) whose top end is fed with jumbled preforms (10) and whose bottom end comprises at least two alignment rollers (38), substantially parallel and rotated about their respective axis (A1, A2), that are designed to position the preforms (10) in conveyor rails (30), inclined relative to the horizontal, to convey them to the machine (22), and of the type comprising, upstream of the machine (22), filtering means (48) to discard the incorrectly positioned preforms, characterized in that the filtering means (48) comprise, downstream of the alignment rollers (38), at least one selective discarding device (50) of the preforms (10) called lying preforms, that is to say those that arrive from the rollers on the rails lying
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 3, 2004
    Publication date: September 18, 2008
    Inventor: Alain Charpentier
  • Publication number: 20080190738
    Abstract: A cant turner has several discrete laterally aligned cant turning stations spaced laterally across the width of a transfer. At each station the turner has two arms that rotate independently about a corresponding shaft. The arms can be selectively oriented in-line with each other or can be set to be at an angle, for example ninety degrees to each other. When in-line and horizontal, the arms allow a cant to pass over the laterally aligned stations without interruption. When one of the arms is elevated, for example, vertically, that arm acts as a hook stop and stops cants from further translation downstream. With a cant stopped against an elevated arm, when both arms rotate in unison the cant may be forwardly turned ninety degrees and allowed to progress down the transfer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 13, 2008
    Publication date: August 14, 2008
    Inventors: Rory M. Mitchell, Ronald H. Pobuda
  • Patent number: 7210280
    Abstract: A machining system and unit, especially a welding cell, is provided for use for the machining of workpieces (2), especially body parts of vehicles. The machining system has one or more machining stations (15, 16) with robots (18, 19, 20) and at least one rotation or turning station (5), which has at least two work stations (6, 7) for carrying out different operations simultaneously. The turning station (5) has at least two multiaxially movable turning units (8, 9) arranged next to one another with said gripping tools (11, 12, 13). The working areas (10) intersect each other at the work stations (6, 7).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2003
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2007
    Assignee: KUKA InnoTec GmbH
    Inventors: Norbert Cottone, Florian Simons
  • Patent number: 7143890
    Abstract: A transfer device is provided for transferring tires from a tire conveyor line to a wheel conveyor line. The transfer device includes first and second surfaces rotatable with respect to one another. The first surface can receive tires from the tire conveyor line. A rotating device rotates the first surface to induce movement of the tire to the second surface. The second surface can receive the tire from the first surface and rotate toward the wheel conveyor to position the tire to engage the wheel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2003
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2006
    Assignee: Durr Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Dan Pellerin, Chad A. Sinke, Brian Hoy
  • Patent number: 6973767
    Abstract: There is now provided a beverage bottling plant for filling bottles and like containers with a liquid beverage filling material and a conveyer arrangement for aligning and distributing packages containing filled bottles and like containers. The conveyer arrangement permits rotation of a package upon traveling from the conveyer input to the conveyer output.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2004
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2005
    Assignee: KHS Maschinen- und Anlagenbau AG
    Inventors: Stefan Wagner, Hans-Peter Kuhlmann, Hans-Gerd Ripkens
  • Publication number: 20040011623
    Abstract: The machine is intended for articles (A) having a different geometric configuration (A1) on one of their ends. Said machine has a linear transport device (20) for the articles (A) in lying position which has been pre-oriented in longitudinal direction with respect to said different geometric configuration (A1) that is located either in the front or back part relative to the direction of advancement of said transporting device (20). The machine also comprises a positioning station (80) of the articles (A) orienting the articles vertically and associated with the transporting device (20) and output transporting means (40) of the articles (A) that are oriented in vertical position and aligned. The machine also includes lifting means (11) to transfer the articles (A) from a bulk container (10) to a feed device (60) having first and second inclined plane (61, 62), converging in a chute space (63) on the transporting device (20).
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 18, 2002
    Publication date: January 22, 2004
    Inventor: Jaime Marti Sala
  • Patent number: 6619466
    Abstract: A processing station in motor vehicle assembly lines has two receiving frames (20), for a motor vehicle part (33), which are mounted on associated columns (2, 3) at mutually spaced locations in a synchronously height-adjustable manner and are synchronously revolvable about mutually aligned horizontal axes of rotation. Each receiving frame (20) is mounted on two said columns (2, 3) arranged on both sides of the axis of rotation and that the mutual distance between the columns (2, 3) is greater than the width of the motor vehicle part (33) or of a transport element (29) for the motor vehicle part (33).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2002
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2003
    Assignee: Thyssenkrupp Technologies AG
    Inventors: Kurt Jäck, Helmut Leuter, Berthold Riegger, Anton Brauchle
  • Patent number: 6591966
    Abstract: A method for scanning a bar code printed on a tire and an equipment therefor are provided. The tire is moved in one direction, and the moving tire is sensed to stop at a predetermined position. Then, the tire stationed at the predetermined position is rotated to scan the bar code of the tire using a scanner fixed so as to scan only a part of the tire and then the tire is moved in one direction to be withdrawn from the predetermined position, thereby the bar code directly printed on the tire is accurately scanned.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2000
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2003
    Assignee: Hankook Tire Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Ki Seong Lee, Ki Han Ko, Seung Wan An, Jong Hum Yeon
  • Patent number: 6527100
    Abstract: A turning device for graphic publishing products in a conveyor line and/or packaging machine that can be combined with a push conveyor (14) for the advancement of products (11), spaced out one after the other, including a supporting member (16) bearing in sequence a first conveyor unit (17) to pickup at least one of the products (11) off the conveyor line, a grasping and turnover unit (18) of at least one of the products (11), a second conveyor unit (19) to deposit at least one of the products (11), turned upside down on the conveyor line, the conveyor units (17, 19) being operated to advance in phase with the push conveyor (14) and being movable between a working position and a disengaged position with the conveyor line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2001
    Date of Patent: March 4, 2003
    Assignee: SITMA S.p.A.
    Inventors: Aris Ballestrazzi, Lamberto Tassi
  • Publication number: 20010032773
    Abstract: An unscrambling and aligning conveyor comprises a plurality of tapered rollers attached to a pair of side supports. The tapered rollers are driven at a single speed and tapered to a minimum diameter to define an alignment region. The tapered rollers create a lateral speed decrease toward the alignment region of the conveyor, causing separation and rotation of the articles, and thereby enabling the articles to be singulated in the alignment region. The tapered rollers are supported by the side supports such that center axis of each roller is horizontal to thereby defining a downwardly sloping article transport surface which increases movement of the articles towards the alignment region. The unscrambling and aligning conveyor is driven at a speed greater than the input conveyor located adjacently upstream thereof to provide articles with a gap therebetween so that articles moving along the unscrambling and aligning conveyor are properly singulated.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 21, 2001
    Publication date: October 25, 2001
    Applicant: Rapistan Systems Advertising Corp.
    Inventor: Ronald E. Pelka
  • Publication number: 20010010282
    Abstract: A turning device for graphic publishing products in a conveyor line and/or packaging machine that can be combined with a push conveyor (14) for the advancement of products (11), spaced out one after the other, including a supporting member (16) bearing in sequence a first conveyor unit (17) to pickup at least one of the products (11) off the conveyor line, a grasping and turnover unit (18) of at least one of the products (11), a second conveyor unit (19) to deposit at least one of the products (11), turned upside down on the conveyor line, the conveyor units (17, 19) being operated to advance in phase with the push conveyor (14) and being movable between a working position and a disengaged position with the conveyor line.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 26, 2001
    Publication date: August 2, 2001
    Applicant: SITMA S.p.A.
    Inventors: Aris Ballestrazzi, Lamberto Tassi
  • Publication number: 20010010283
    Abstract: This invention discloses a conveyor table, including a supporting construction having a first supporting surface for supporting articles to be conveyed, a plurality of conveyor elements mounted to the supporting construction and defining a second supporting surface for supporting the articles to be conveyed, an actuator for selectively moving one of the supporting surfaces with respect to the other to selectively enable either the first supporting surface defined by the supporting construction to support the articles, or the second supporting surface defined by the conveyor elements to support the articles, and a drive for driving the conveyor elements to convey the articles in a predetermined direction when the articles are supported by the second supporting surface defined by the conveyor elements.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 13, 2001
    Publication date: August 2, 2001
    Applicant: ORBOTECH LTD.
    Inventors: Amiram Caspi, Zamir Halutz
  • Patent number: 6138818
    Abstract: A workpiece inversion system for orienting a workpiece in a conventional milling machine or the like. The workpiece is securely attached to a pallet. The pallet is of uniform design to provide a standard interface for presenting the workpiece to the milling machine. The pallets are transported to the milling machine where a combination of parts senses the pallet orientation. Upon arrival to the input station the pallet mates with an inverting receptor adjacent the input station. An actuator rotates the pallet 180 degrees thereby inverting the pallet and the attached workpiece. The inverted pallet is moved onto an inverted linear actuator disposed within the volume above the milling head. The inverting receptor returns to it original position to receive another workpiece. The inverted workpiece is moved through the machining area. As machining occurs, debris dislodged by the force of forced oil lubrication and gravity will fall away from the workpiece.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 1998
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2000
    Assignee: Green Technologies Inc.
    Inventor: Stephen C. Green
  • Patent number: 6073749
    Abstract: A method and unit for conveying packets of cigarettes, whereby packets of cigarettes, supplied successively to an input of a guide, are transferred to an output of the guide by means of a screw device rotating about a respective axis of rotation; the guide winds about the axis, and has two conducting elements located inside and outside the screw device to orient the packets with respect to the screw device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 1998
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2000
    Assignee: G.D Societa' Per Azioni
    Inventors: Andrea Biondi, Fiorenzo Draghetti
  • Patent number: 6021790
    Abstract: A substrate treating apparatus for successively treating substrates includes a body having a carrying unit for carrying the substrate along a carrying surface. The carrying surface is inclined in a plane perpendicular to the carrying direction of the substrate. The body supplies a treating liquid to the substrate being carried for treating the substrate. A receiving station is disposed upstream of the body for changing the posture of the substrate from a horizontal posture to an inclined posture corresponding to the inclination of the carrying surface, and for forwarding the substrate onto the carrying unit. In addition, a delivering station is disposed downstream of the body for returning the substrate forwarded from the carrying unit in the inclined posture to the horizontal posture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 1996
    Date of Patent: February 8, 2000
    Assignee: Dainippon Screen Mfg. Co.,Ltd.
    Inventors: Mitsuaki Yoshitani, Eiichi Wada, Makoto Mori, Iwao Tanaka, Yoshihiko Matsushita
  • Patent number: 5584747
    Abstract: An aluminum wheel having a side on which an annular groove is formed is stably led to a polishing and cleaning station in a compact shot blasting apparatus in which the aluminum wheel is uniformly polished and cleaned, and in which an inlet guide way and an outlet guide way on which the aluminum wheel rolls are provided upstream and downstream of a pair of eccentric rollers, a stopper is provided above the inlet guide way while a kick-out bracket which can ascend and descend passing through a gap between the eccentric rollers is provided so that the aluminum wheel is led onto the eccentric rollers with its rolling speed being controlled by the stopper and the kick-out bracket. Further, the shot blasting zone on the aluminum wheel is extended horizontally in a band-like shape.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 1995
    Date of Patent: December 17, 1996
    Assignee: Sintokogio Ltd.
    Inventors: Susum Ikeda, Kyoichi Suzuki, Sinri Inoue