By Gripping Item And Turning Item About Fixed Axis Patents (Class 198/379)
  • Patent number: 10358238
    Abstract: A method for container packaging includes producing a container package that has at least two rows of containers, each row having more than one container. The method forming sub-groups by dispersing a container flow, applying adhesive to the containers, and re-compacting the container flow to adhesively connect the containers together to make the sub-group. This is followed by joining two sub-groups together to make the container group. Within a treatment segment, the containers pass between belt arrangements that move at different speeds for dispersing and re-compacting container flows.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Assignee: KHS GmbH
    Inventor: Jörg Koppers
  • Patent number: 10273135
    Abstract: A machine for filling containers, comprising: a conveying device; a plurality of handling units configured to be moved by the conveying device along a path, each of the plurality of handling units having: a support device configured to receive and retain a corresponding container; and a filling device configured to feed a pourable product into the container; and at least one actuator associated with the plurality of handling units and configured to rotate each support device about a corresponding first rotation axis, the at least one actuator including a single motor and a transmission to connect the single motor with at least two support devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Inventor: Filippo Bandini
  • Patent number: 10059480
    Abstract: A labelling machine with a carrousel comprises a carrousel (3) and a plurality of plates (4), mounted on the carrousel (3). Each plate (4) comprises supporting means (13) and a dragging element (14), comprising a tooth (15) substantially insertable in a recess made in the bottom of the container supported by the supporting means (13). The tooth (15) is off-centre relative to the first axis of rotation and movable relative to the supporting means (13) between an engaged position, in which the tooth (15) is substantially inserted in the recess, and a disengaged position, in which the tooth (15) is not associated with the recess.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Inventor: Giovanni Saccardi
  • Patent number: 9884725
    Abstract: A plurality of transport lines having driving belts are driven to transport specimen racks on which a specimen container is disposed. A single driving motor having a rotating shaft, a shaft for transmitting power of the driving motor, drives the driving belt and a plurality of pulleys transmit rotation of the shaft to the belts to drive the belts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2018
    Assignee: Hitachi High-Technologies Corporation
    Inventors: Shugo Okabe, Tatsuya Fukugaki, Shinji Azuma
  • Patent number: 9862515
    Abstract: A carousel for processing containers includes a base structure that can rotate about the rotation axis of the carousel and supports a plurality of supporting elements. A detection device is provided having at least one sensor that can move about the rotation axis of the carousel. The carousel further includes a plurality of kinematic connection elements arranged between the base structure and the sensor or sensors, which are adapted to couple integrally in rotation the sensor or sensors and the base structure during the movement of the sensor or sensors. The kinematic connection elements are associated with motor elements adapted to return on command the sensor or sensors from a final angular position to the initial angular position by way of an angular movement of the sensor or sensors in the opposite direction with respect to the rotation of the base structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2018
    Assignee: SACMI VERONA S.P.A.
    Inventor: Maurizio Pedercini
  • Patent number: 9676564
    Abstract: A conveyance system (1) and a system for inspecting an article to be conveyed by using the conveyance system (1) are provided with a purpose of preventing contact of an article to be conveyed with a guide with a simple structure, the conveyance system (1) including: a rotor section (2); a rotation mechanism (3); a pack (5); and a lift mechanism (4).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignee: Bosch Packaging Technology K.K.
    Inventors: Taiko Kawahara, Katsumi Shimizu
  • Patent number: 9677801
    Abstract: A refrigerator is provided, including a body having a refrigerator compartment and a freezer compartment positioned under the refrigerator compartment and separated by a mullion, and a cooling device provided at a lower portion of the refrigerator compartment, with a cold air passage guiding cold air to the cooling device. The cooling device may include a case having an open front surface, an agitating assembly disposed in the case and swinging about a rotational axis that is parallel with a longitudinal direction of the case, an agitating mechanism electrically or mechanically connected with the agitating assembly to swing the agitating assembly, a fan motor assembly mounted at a rear end of the case and supplying cold air into the case, and a cover selectively opening or closing the opened front surface of the case. An intake port and a discharge port of the cold air passage communicate with the freezer compartment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Inventors: Yeonwoo Cho, Yanggyu Kim, Younseok Lee
  • Patent number: 9522790
    Abstract: A rotary orienter includes a turret rotatable about a central axis and at least one rotation pad rotatably mounted to the turret and selectively rotatable about a pad axis. The turret rotates to index the rotation pad to a receiving station, a discharge station and at least one actuating station distributed radially about the central axis. The actuating station is intermediate the receiving station and discharge station. The rotation pad indexes from the receiving station in a locked condition such that rotation of the rotation pad is prevented, and is selectively unlocked by the actuating station such that the unlocked rotation pad rotates during indexing of the turret from the actuating station to the discharge station to reorient an object received onto the rotation pad at the receiving station in a received orientation to a predetermined orientation for discharge of the object in the predetermined orientation at the discharge station.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 20, 2016
    Inventors: Nick Wilson, Ryan Finke, Mark Burk
  • Patent number: 9284132
    Abstract: A device for turning over an object, particularly a package of stacked sacks, having a holder device for receiving, turning over, and releasing the object, the holder device including two transport elements for conveying the object, and including at least one transport drive for the purpose of driving the transport elements, and having a rotary device for rotating the transport elements about a stationary axis of rotation, the rotary device including a rotatable frame to fasten the transport elements on both sides thereof, wherein the transport elements are fastened to the frame in a manner allowing movement, and wherein the transport drive is fastened in a torque-proof manner to the frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2016
    Inventors: Thomas Hawighorst, Alexander Titz, Rüdiger Duwendag, Guido Tillmann
  • Patent number: 9187263
    Abstract: A clamping unit for containers at container treatment machines where, apart from a vertically movable lifting arm with a centering support for clamping a container from above, a motor for driving the lifting arm and a pneumatic spring against the resistance of which the centering support is mounted at the lifting arm so as to be movable to the top are provided. The lifting arms may be set to a desired vertical position independently of the movement or the rotational position of an associated rotary machine, and a clamping force of the centering supports may be easily and flexibly adjusted by applying a suited pressure to the pneumatic spring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2015
    Assignee: KRONES AG
    Inventors: August Peutl, Andreas Kraus
  • Patent number: 9090408
    Abstract: An apparatus for conveying containers with a guiding element which contacts the container in at least one area of the peripheral wall thereof and guides the container on a pre-set path, with a driving device which drives the guiding element in order to convey the container, and with a base support element which supports the container at least in part during the conveying in a base region of the container. According to the invention the base support element is vertically displaceable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2015
    Assignee: KRONES AG
    Inventors: Wolfgang Hahn, Roland Laumer
  • Patent number: 8978552
    Abstract: The invention relates to a device for treating packaging means, such as bottles, cans or similar containers, comprising a device-internal transport section, on which the treatment of the packaging means is carried out on processing stations (8) in at least two process steps, and further comprising holding and centering elements, by means of which the packaging means (1) are held at least during the respective process step in an orientation on the device-internal transport system necessary for said process step and/or by means of which the packaging means are moved at least during one process step.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Assignee: KHS GmbH
    Inventors: Katrin Preckel, Manfred Pschichholz, Frank Putzer, Markus Reiniger, Martin Schach, Winfried Schlüter, Werner Vande Wynckel
  • Publication number: 20140291116
    Abstract: An orienting apparatus and method are disclosed. In one embodiment, the orienting apparatus is for orienting articles and for conveying the articles in a spaced apart relationship in a direction. The articles being conveyed have at least two opposing ends. The orienting apparatus includes a conveyor comprising at least a portion extending in the direction for assisting in conveying the articles in a spaced apart relationship. At least one rotatable platform is joined to the conveyor at a location. The rotatable platform is rotatable about an axis that is perpendicular to the conveyor at the location. One end of an article may be placed in contact with the rotatable platform. A device in operational communication with the rotatable platform rotates at least one platform and the article in contact therewith. The device for rotating the platform does not directly contact the article.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 26, 2013
    Publication date: October 2, 2014
    Applicant: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventor: The Procter & Gamble Company
  • Patent number: 8813351
    Abstract: Apparatus for separately conveying a plurality of discrete parts from a web and applying each of the discrete parts to a substrate includes a plurality of transfer pucks and a drive assembly. The drive assembly is configured to rotate each of the transfer pucks such that a plurality of pairs of discrete parts is applied to the web. Each applied pair of discrete parts includes a first discrete part and a second discrete part spaced a first distance from the first discrete part, wherein adjacent pairs of discrete pairs are spaced a second distance that is different from the first distance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2014
    Assignee: Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc.
    Inventors: Adam Schoultz, Chadwick I. Romzek, Brian Rhodes, Jesse Sorenson
  • Patent number: 8757355
    Abstract: Method and device for loading a container with products which are made up of individual thin sheets of glass (1) of a large surface area or with individual sheets of glass (1), in particular photovoltaic modules, TFT screens or component parts thereof, comprising the following features: a) means for respectively bringing into place individual sheets of glass (1) or products made up of various sheets of glass (1), b) a vertical adjuster with a sliding carriage (16) and supporting forks (12), c) a transverse transporting device (18) for loading, d) a device for transferring force from the transverse transporting device (18) to a transporting belt (8) respectively of the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2014
    Assignee: Grenzebach Maschinenbau GmbH
    Inventor: Helmut Weigl
  • Publication number: 20140166436
    Abstract: The invention relates to a device for treating containers (b 10), comprising a first movable transport unit (2) for transporting the containers (10) along a predetermined transport path (P), on which unit a plurality of clamp-like gripping elements (4) are arranged, wherein said gripping elements (4) can be switched between a closed state in which the gripping element (4) grips the container (10) and an open state in which the grip of the container (10) by the gripping element (4) is at least loosened.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 28, 2012
    Publication date: June 19, 2014
    Applicant: KRONES AG
    Inventor: Erik Blochmann
  • Publication number: 20140166437
    Abstract: The invention relates to an article orienting machine for elongate articles, said machine comprising an endless first conveyor by which articles are conveyed with a first predetermined spacing, said elongate articles having their main axes arranged transverse to the direction of movement of said conveyor; at least a first and a second wheel on which the conveyor is supported; a first drive means arranged to rotate one of the wheels on which the conveyor is supported; and opposed pairs of holders attached to said endless conveyor at said first predetermined spacing, each pair of holders being arranged to contact and support an elongate article at opposite ends thereof while the article is received and released by the article orienting machine.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 6, 2012
    Publication date: June 19, 2014
    Inventor: Jan Nilsson
  • Publication number: 20140090956
    Abstract: A food handling system having a positioning system and method. The positioning system includes a main conveying surface, an electronic sensor, a controller and a robot. The main conveying surface is configured to move food products. The electronic sensor is configured to capture position data about one or more food products on the main conveying surface within a sensor range of the sensor. The controller is signal-connected to the electronic sensor and the robot. The controller is configured to receive data captured by the sensor and is configured to instruct the robot to move a food product to a destination position. The robot is configured to reposition one or more food products on the conveying surface according to instructions sent by the controller. The robot has a longitudinal and a lateral working range. The food product may include formed meat patties or sliced meat or cheese products.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 3, 2013
    Publication date: April 3, 2014
    Applicant: Formax, Inc.
    Inventor: Scott Lindee
  • Patent number: 8584832
    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: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2013
    Assignee: Pitney Bowes Inc.
    Inventors: Arthur H. Depoi, John W. Sussmeier
  • Patent number: 8555947
    Abstract: A device and method for applying elastic film sleeves to containers, where a plurality of stretching units for stretching the film sleeves and a plurality of removal units for removing the containers that have been provided with the film sleeves are mounted on a labeling carousel. Furthermore, a label dispenser is provided for equipping the stretching units with the film sleeves. Due to the fact that the removal units include gripping units that can be moved back and forth with respect to the labeling carousel between a gripping position for gripping the containers and an avoidance position for avoiding a collision with the label dispenser, the size and shape of the gripping units can be varied flexibly. Also, an evasion movement of the stretching units in the area of the label dispenser is dispensable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2013
    Assignee: Krones AG
    Inventors: Stefan Scherl, Christian Holzer, Günter Frankenberger
  • Publication number: 20130248325
    Abstract: A system for forming and wrapping a plurality of stacks of sheet like product is provided. The system includes a separator apparatus for converting a stream of spaced apart sets of stacks into a repeating stepped configuration. The system includes a mechanism for merging the stepped configuration of stacks into a single file stream of stacks. The system includes a cutoff apparatus for cutting a plastic sleeve in which the stacks are wrapped. The system includes a turner apparatus for changing the direction of travel of individual units comprising of a stack of product within a length of the sleeve 90 degrees while maintaining the orientation of the units.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 22, 2013
    Publication date: September 26, 2013
    Applicant: C.G. Bretting Manufacturing Co., Inc.
    Inventors: James R. Michler, Timm G. Retzloff, Andrew Kell Balduc, David J. Brauer
  • Publication number: 20130220984
    Abstract: Systems and methods that utilize a card reorienting mechanism are described. Generally, the card reorienting mechanism can transport and rotate a card without substantially contacting one of the principal surfaces of the card. The use of the card reorienting mechanism permits reorienting of the card without substantially contacting the principal surface of the card after the operation has been performed on the principal surface of the card. The card reorienting mechanism of the present disclosure can be useful where rotation of the card without contacting the principal surfaces of the card is desired moments after ink is applied to one of the principal surfaces of the card. In addition, substantially the entire principle surface is accessible for processing operations while the card is on the reorienting mechanism, such as for laser personalization or for image capture.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 22, 2013
    Publication date: August 29, 2013
  • Publication number: 20130037382
    Abstract: The invention relates notably to an installation comprising a device for orienting objects which have more or less two axes of symmetry and are placed on a conveyor. The installation is notable in that the device comprises four arms (81, 82, 83, 84) arranged perpendicular to one another so as to form a cross, the arms (81, 82, 83, 84) being mounted on a chassis, said chassis being mounted so that it can rotate about a common axis (Z) of rotation which is perpendicular to the plane of said conveyor. In addition, each arm (81, 82, 83, 84) is mounted with the ability to effect a rectilinear translational movement along a segment of a straight line, said segments being offset by a distance in relation to the common axis of rotation (Z), said segments intersecting to form a square centred on said common axis of rotation (Z). Finally, the installation comprises means for moving the axis (Z) of rotation of the device transversely with respect to the longitudinal axis (Z) of said conveyor of said items.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 10, 2011
    Publication date: February 14, 2013
    Inventor: Pascal Murano
  • Patent number: 8327997
    Abstract: A transferred object rotating device includes a mounting plate having an opening corresponding to a shape of a transferred object and being capable of moving from a mounting position to a rotating position, a boost unit capable of moving up to pass through the opening of the mounting plate in the rotating position, and a rotation plate capable of rotating about a power transmission shaft. The mounting plate moves to the rotating position after the transferred object is mounted on the mounting plate to close the opening. The transferred object is lifted by upward movement of the boost unit. The transferred object rotates while being sandwiched between the boost unit and the rotation plate. The transferred object mounted on the mounting plate in the mounting position can be transferred to the rotating position by the mounting plate, and rotate in the rotating position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2012
    Assignees: Otsuka Electronics Co., Ltd., Toppan Printing Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Tamotsu Hamao, Akira Tanaka, Eiji Kawata, Shuichi Akashi, Hiroyuki Kuroki
  • Patent number: 8157084
    Abstract: The method relates to products such as bottles whose horizontal cross section of contact is oval and which are conveyed in the longitudinal direction, in single file and spaced apart, on a conveyor. The method includes introducing the bottles one by one into a neck, at the downstream end of which motorized rollers are disposed, applying the rollers to the opposite faces of each bottle to be orientated, providing the passive roller with a peripheral speed equal to the speed of conveyance of the bottles and providing the active roller with a higher peripheral speed to position the bottle diagonally on the conveyor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2012
    Assignee: Sidel Participations
    Inventors: Michel Begin, Sebastien Guelaud
  • 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: 20120018280
    Abstract: A transferred object rotating device includes a mounting plate having an opening corresponding to a shape of a transferred object and being capable of moving from a mounting position to a rotating position, a boost unit capable of moving up to pass through the opening of the mounting plate in the rotating position, and a rotation plate capable of rotating about a power transmission shaft. The mounting plate moves to the rotating position after the transferred object is mounted on the mounting plate to close the opening. The transferred object is lifted by upward movement of the boost unit. The transferred object rotates while being sandwiched between the boost unit and the rotation plate. The transferred object mounted on the mounting plate in the mounting position can be transferred to the rotating position by the mounting plate, and rotate in the rotating position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 21, 2011
    Publication date: January 26, 2012
    Applicants: TOPPAN PRINTING CO., LTD., Otsuka Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Tamotsu Hamao, Akira Tanaka, Eiji Kawata, Shuichi Akashi, Hiroyuki Kuroki
  • Publication number: 20110297507
    Abstract: A transfer apparatus of a line end of a folder-gluer for cardboard boxes includes a transfer bed (1) with a double, opposite array of transmission belts (C1a, C1b, C2a, C2b) which define a transfer track for the displacement of flattened, folded boxes, wherein the transfer bed (1) is oscillatingly mounted about a horizontal axis (a-a?) on a U-shaped support structure (21, 22, 24) which is in turn rotatingly mounted according to a vertical axis (b-b?) on a base frame (26), the rotation according to the horizontal axis (a-a?) and according to the vertical axis (b-b?) occurring through a first (M1) and a second (M2 M2?) motor, respectively.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 6, 2011
    Publication date: December 8, 2011
    Applicant: REVICART S.R.L
    Inventor: Giuseppe PINI
  • 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
  • Publication number: 20110253506
    Abstract: The invention relates to a container treatment machine for treating containers, especially a labeling machine, comprising a rotor which can be driven to revolve about a vertical machine axis and a plurality of treatment positions configured on the rotor and having at least one container support and a clamping and/or centering unit each. Said unit can be displaced in a controlled manner in a controlled travel movement between an initial position and a position which centers and/or clamps the respective container.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 15, 2009
    Publication date: October 20, 2011
    Applicant: KHS GMBH
    Inventors: Klaus Kramer, Oliver Kress, Thomas Stienen
  • Publication number: 20110247914
    Abstract: Method and device for loading a container with products which are made up of individual thin sheets of glass (1) of a large surface area or with individual sheets of glass (1), in particular photovoltaic modules, TFT screens or component parts thereof, comprising the following features: a) means for respectively bringing into place individual sheets of glass (1) or products made up of various sheets of glass (1), b) a vertical adjuster with a sliding carriage (16) and supporting forks (12), c) a transverse transporting device (18) for loading, d) a device for transferring force from the transverse transporting device (18) to a transporting belt (8) respectively of the container.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 24, 2009
    Publication date: October 13, 2011
    Applicant: Grenzebach Maschinenbau GmbH
    Inventor: Helmut Weigl
  • Patent number: 8028816
    Abstract: A bench-supported container handling system includes a bottom panel and a container manipulating device. A container conveying assembly is configured for transporting containers along a first direction while a container part conveying assembly is configured for transporting a part of the container along a second direction that intersects with the first direction. The first direction and the second direction are configured so as to create an area where the container manipulating device can be disposed. Additional aspects include a capping assembly and a labeling assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2011
    Assignee: Par Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Paul Smith, Michael Callahan, William H. Collier, Albert J. Sturm, Jr.
  • Patent number: 7921980
    Abstract: A device for processing containers with a lip on container support units arranged at regular intervals on a support frame and having at least a container support and a container dish, with the distance from the container support unit to a conveyance plane being changed through variation of the overall height of the container support unit. Also, a method for labeling containers with a support ring, with multiple container support units arranged at regular intervals on the rotating support frame, the container support units having at least a container support and a container dish, with the containers being at least partially clamped between a container support unit and a centering bell during their conveyance through a processing track, and with the distance from a transport plane to the container support unit being varied by changing the overall height of the container support unit according to the size of the containers to be processed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2011
    Assignee: Krones AG
    Inventors: Erich Eder, Heinz Humele, Wolfgang Roidl
  • Publication number: 20100012457
    Abstract: A unit for grouping packages along a transfer path includes an input station receiving groups of packages arranged in longitudinal lines parallel to the transfer path; and an aligning mechanism which interacts with the packages of each group to align them in at least one line crosswise to the transfer path. The unit has a rotation device which, following interaction of the aligning mechanism with the packages in each group, is selectively activated to rotate the packages in each group by a predetermined angle about a direction crosswise to the transfer path.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 18, 2008
    Publication date: January 21, 2010
    Inventors: Niclas Aronsson, Fredrik Hansson
  • Publication number: 20090301840
    Abstract: An apparatus (1) for unscrambling and aligning bulk plastic containers (2) includes a plurality of pick-up element (3) for picking up containers (2), which are mounted to one or more pull-out turrets (50) of rotary type (4), located at each aperture (5a) the pick-up element (3) being of the type adapted to pull out the container (2) from the pocket (7) at the corresponding aperture (5a) and rotate it neck up; the pull-out action being substantially radial to the position of the container (2) in the ring (7a) of pockets (7). Each pick-up unit (3) has element (14, 40) for adjusting its rotation in a first axis (AA) and its height in one more axis (BB), to change both the pick-up position and the release location according to the type of container (2).
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 9, 2009
    Publication date: December 10, 2009
    Applicant: LANFRANCHI S.R.L.
    Inventor: Lino LANFRANCHI
  • Publication number: 20090218193
    Abstract: An apparatus comprises a moving arrangement for supporting and moving along an advance direction a plurality of articles; and orienting units movable along said advance direction and such as to contact and orient the articles by displacing angularly each article around an axis thereof so as to position the articles in respective output positions, the orienting units being such as to maintain the articles in contact with the moving arrangement, a detector being provided for each orienting unit for detecting an initial angular position of a respective article associated thereto and for promoting a desired angular displacement such that each article is brought in the output position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 14, 2007
    Publication date: September 3, 2009
    Applicant: AETNA GROUP S.P.A.
    Inventor: Massimo Malini
  • Patent number: 7562762
    Abstract: An exemplary device, for the support and rotary transfer of one or more parts, is integral with an operating shaft whose movement is brought about by the relative displacement of a transverse finger connected to the shaft on a cam-forming path. The exemplary device includes a means for moving the operating shaft translationally, which is free in axial rotation and equipped with a finger extending radially, which moves along a stationary path so that the translational movement of the shaft also ensures its rotation via the passage of the finger inside of the path, the finger moving inside a shaped track provided in a stationary cylinder called a cam cylinder, inside of which the operating shaft moves.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 2005
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2009
    Assignee: Comau Systemes France
    Inventor: André Azema
  • Publication number: 20090000910
    Abstract: A system for selectively turning elongated pieces comprising a conveyor transversally receiving and carrying in a sequence the elongated pieces along a transfer course. A piece turning apparatus is mounted next to the conveyor and has a number of turning hands in which an end of one of the elongated pieces is engageable so that rotation of the turning hand effects a turning of the one of the elongated pieces about a longitudinal axis thereof when the end of the one of the elongated pieces is engaged in the turning hand. Carriages are distributively mounted onto the endless driving body and supporting respectively the turning hands so that each one of the turning hands successively moves into an engaging position with an end of one of the elongated pieces as the one of the elongated pieces is carried by the conveyor. A cam body drives the turning hands in rotation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 7, 2005
    Publication date: January 1, 2009
    Inventor: Martin Perreault
  • Publication number: 20080223690
    Abstract: Trays are indexed at predetermined pitch on a tray conveyor. As the trays are conveyed, a turning guide engages a leading tray portion, turning the tray and urging it transversely downward and/or into buckets on an adjacent bucket conveyor or cartons on an adjacent carton conveyor. A cam is disposed rearward of each tray on the tray conveyors and the turning trays pivot about that cam. A hold-down prevents trays climbing over the turning guide. Pressure relief and tray indexing are provided upstream of the tray conveyor. Apparatus and methods are disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 12, 2008
    Publication date: September 18, 2008
    Applicant: R.A. Jones & Co. Inc.
    Inventors: Jerome Brugger, Matthew R. Lukes
  • 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: 7342376
    Abstract: A machine for operating on a glass bottle. A carriage is displaceable by a servo motor having three lead lines. The rotation of the servo motor is stopped when power has been removed by shorting regenerative resistors to the three motor leads. The stopped servo motor is held at its stopped position by connecting a direct current power supply to two of the three servo motors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 11, 2008
    Assignee: Emhart Glass SA
    Inventor: Henry F. Raupp
  • Patent number: 7328784
    Abstract: A labeling machine that is provided with a rotating carousel supporting at a peripheral region a plurality of pans and with an input star conveyor for conveying bottles to be labeled to the rotating carousel. Each pan is adapted to receive and support a bottle when it is located in a specific position following to the rotation of the carousel. A toothed belt actuated by a driving pulley is wound around the carousel for driving the pans in rotation while they travel, along a path extending along the peripheral region of the carousel, between a rotation start position and a rotation end position. The rotation start position is located upstream, in the direction of rotation of the carousel, with respect to the specific bottle receiving position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2004
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2008
    Assignee: Global Packaging Solutions S.R.L.
    Inventors: Nicola Schinelli, Andrea Sarzi Madidini
  • Patent number: 7191892
    Abstract: In an apparatus for transferring products from a first conveying line to a second line conveying line operated stepwise in a feeding direction and particularly for feeding a boxing machine a plurality of compartments are aligned along the feeding direction. Each compartment has a bottom and a pair of lateral boards. The compartments receive products released by a manipulator and taken from the first conveying line. An actuator rotates the compartments from a loading configuration for receiving the products, to an overturned configuration, in which the compartments face corresponding, dwelling seats of the second, feeding line. A holding element closes the upper part of the compartments, moving from the loading configuration up to the overturned configuration. A pusher moves into the compartments in the overturned configuration, to push the products into the facing seats of the second, feeding line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2005
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2007
    Assignee: Marchesini Group S.p.A.
    Inventor: Guiseppe Monti
  • 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: 7086425
    Abstract: The device for aligning springs (7) on transport from a spring winding machine to a spring interior assembly automatic machine comprises at least one rotary plate pair (17) which rotates about a rotary axle (B) and is drivably mounted about a rotary axle (A). From a take-over location (X) the springs (7) are individually taken over by a gripper hand (5) of a transport star (1) and, slightly pressed together, are inserted between two rotary plates (17). The springs (7) are aligned by the rotary plates (17) so that at the transfer location (Y) they have the desired rotary angle end position and may be inserted by at least one transfer finger (27) between the belt faces (13) of two transport belts (13).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2003
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2006
    Assignee: Spuhl AG St. Gallen
    Inventor: Urs Widmer
  • Patent number: 7077258
    Abstract: Spindle assemblies include an upper spindle shaft with an undercut section, which reduces wear on parts. Assemblies include a depth stop on a probe pin to ensure accurate alignment upon reassembly with minimal time and effort.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2004
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2006
    Assignee: Graham Packaging Company, LP
    Inventor: Russell Varone
  • 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
  • Patent number: 6915894
    Abstract: A machine for inspecting bottles. The machine has a belt conveyor with upper and lower opposed pairs of belt drives. Each belt drive includes a casing which supports opposed drive and idler pulleys which support a belt for displacement. A motor drive, mounted on the casing, drives the drive pulley.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2003
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2005
    Assignee: Emhart Glass S.A.
    Inventor: Henry F. Raupp
  • Patent number: 6848564
    Abstract: Apparatus for indexing glassware through a series of angularly spaced stations includes first and second arrays of glassware gripping fingers mounted on associated carriers that are rotatable about a common axis, both conjointly and with respect to each other. Each carrier is connected to as associated servo motor, which in turn are connected to a controller for rotating the carriers with respect to each other to grip and release glassware between the fingers, and to rotate the carriers conjointly to index the glassware between apparatus stations. One array of glassware gripping fingers includes coil springs for biasing the fingers toward the fingers of the opposing array for accommodating tolerance variations in the glassware. Drive rollers are located at at least some of the stations, and are pivotal into and out of positions for rotating the containers about their axes for inspection or other purposes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2003
    Date of Patent: February 1, 2005
    Assignee: Owens-Brockway Glass Container Inc.
    Inventors: George A. Nickey, Stephen M. Gerber, Noel D. Wendt, Ronald E. Gast, Gregory A. Ritz, James Scott Barnes, William R. Martin
  • Publication number: 20040262126
    Abstract: A device for changing the position, by turning, of individual or stacked products conveyed along a transport path, has a conveyor for conveying the products along the transport path, a turning device arranged along the transport path for turning the products around an axis perpendicular to the conveying direction. The turning device is attached to a traversing stand that can be moved along a conveying section of the conveyor that is defined by laterally spaced conveying belts. In the conveying section, the conveying belts form a loop that extends downward, perpendicular to the conveying direction, being guided around deflection rollers on the traversing stand.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 25, 2004
    Publication date: December 30, 2004
    Applicant: Muller Martini Holding AG
    Inventor: Erik Vind Nielsen