Via Rotating Means Having Shaped Passageway Or Exit Patents (Class 198/392)
  • Patent number: 10029859
    Abstract: An article feed system for aligning and singulating incoming articles includes a rotatable upper rim surface and an article delivery device that delivers articles received by the article delivery device to the upper rim surface. A drive system is operatively connected to the disk assembly that rotates the bowl assembly and the assemblies rotate at different speeds but in the same direction. A guide wall extends upwardly above the upper rim surface that guides the articles travelling along the upper rim surface toward an exit opening in the guide wall. A vertically oriented article engaging-type conveyor is at the exit opening in the guide wall. The vertically oriented article engaging-type conveyor includes a moving article engaging surface that is exposed to the exit opening in the guide wall for receiving the articles when they exit the exit opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2018
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Clifford Theodore Papsdorf, Michael John Mers-Kelly, Christopher Michael Richards
  • Patent number: 9994399
    Abstract: A feed unit, for example for feeding components to smoking article assembly apparatus, includes a rotary device having one or more channels (7) adapted to receive components, one on top of another, and one or more pushers (21) associated with each channel. The feed unit also has a track (14) to receive components from outlets of the one or more channels (7) and the rotary device is configured to rotate with respect to the track (14) so that components pass through the channels (7) and are pushed along the track by the pushers (21) for output from the feed unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Assignee: BRITISH AMERICAN TOBACCO (INVESTMENTS) LIMITED
    Inventors: Gary Fallon, Kie Seon Park, Martin Fuller, Geoffrey Vernon, Andrew Cleall, James Stembridge, Thomas Grunfeld
  • Patent number: 9751699
    Abstract: An article feed system for aligning and singulating incoming articles includes a rotatable upper rim surface and an article delivery device that delivers articles received by the article delivery device to the upper rim surface. A drive system is operatively connected to the outer bowl that rotates the outer bowl. A guide wall extends upwardly above the upper rim surface that guides the articles travelling along the upper rim surface toward an exit opening in the guide wall. A vertically oriented article engaging-type conveyor is at the exit opening in the guide wall. The vertically oriented article engaging-type conveyor includes a moving article engaging surface that is exposed to the exit opening in the guide wall for receiving the articles when they exit the exit opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2017
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Clifford Theodore Papsdorf, Michael John Mers-Kelly, Christopher Michael Richards
  • Patent number: 9687418
    Abstract: The invention addresses the problem of providing a medication cassette, which in addition to being capable of smooth automated dispensing despite being capable of storing large amounts of medication, allows accurate ascertainment of whether the medication has run out or is jammed. This medication cassette is provided with: a cylindrical body in which the medication is stored; a first rotating body capable of reciprocating movement inside the cylindrical body in the direction of the shaft center thereof; a second rotating body disposed on the outer circumference of the cylindrical body; a conveyed medication-detecting element for detecting medication that has been conveyed by the second rotating body; and a control for moving the first rotating body upward when a medication detection signal is not output from the conveyed medication-detecting element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2017
    Assignee: YUYAMA MFG. CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Naoki Koike
  • Patent number: 9586768
    Abstract: Apparatus for positioning containers houses containers (5) upright in lower and upper compartment sections (12, 13) vertically aligned with one another on a periphery of a conveyor device (10) and has a transfer wheel (31) extracting containers (5) from both lower and upper compartments (12, 13) on two levels and an intercalation wheel (32) extracting containers from the upper level of the transfer wheel (31), dropping them to a lower level over the course of one turn, and placing them again on the lower level of the transfer wheel (31) in an intercalated position between the containers (5) previously transferred to the lower level, and all the containers (5) are transferred from the lower level of the transfer wheel (31) to an output conveyor (8).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2017
    Inventors: Jaime Martí Sala, Alex Martí Mercadé
  • Patent number: 9586762
    Abstract: A long-bar handling apparatus that delivers a desired size and shape of long-bar quickly and efficiently for shearing, bending, or further processing. The long-bar is loaded in slots in multiple rotating disk plates. A slot opening and closing mechanism, such as a pivot arm, is utilized to prevent loaded long-bar from falling out of slots during portions of rotation. The slot opening and closing mechanism opens on the top portion of rotation for loading and removing the long-bar for processing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2017
    Assignee: S&M Precast Inc.
    Inventor: Raymond L. Graf
  • Patent number: 9428345
    Abstract: An apparatus for separating rod-like or spherical agitating elements in an automatic analyzer allows quick and error-resistant separation and automated charging of cuvettes with the agitating elements. For this purpose, it comprises a lever provided with a bore, wherein the bore is configured such that it can accommodate one of the agitating elements. The bore, in a first position of the lever, is arranged beneath an entry opening and, in a second position of the lever, is arranged above an exit opening, wherein the lever, in the second position, closes the entry opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2016
    Assignee: Siemens Healthcare Diagnostics Products GmbH
    Inventors: Josef Meindl, Hugo Wilmes
  • Patent number: 9315346
    Abstract: A method of accelerating an item with a rotating platform. The rotating platform has a center point, a perimeter, and a radius from the center point to the perimeter. The method delivers the item to a center area of the rotating platform by delivering the item to a first radial distance on the rotating platform; the item has a first speed at the center area and tangential to the first radial distance. Also, while the rotating platform is rotating, the method moves the item, in an apparatus-controlled orderly path, from the center area to a point relative to the rotating platform that is adjacent a perimeter of the rotating platform and that is located at a second radial distance greater than the first radial distance; the item has a second speed tangential to the second radial distance and the second speed is greater than the first speed. Finally, while the rotating platform is rotating, the method moves the item, from the point, to a location beyond the perimeter of the rotating platform.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2016
    Assignee: RWM Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: Robert W. Morgan
  • Patent number: 9211962
    Abstract: An apparatus for orienting articles includes a bowl having a sidewall and angled relative to horizontal, a disc disposed in the bowl and rotatable relative to the bowl, the disc having a radius proximate its outer periphery defining a groove sized to receive one of the articles in a predetermined orientation, and a diverter for diverting canisters contained in the groove through an outlet in the sidewall of the bowl.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2015
    Assignee: Multisorb Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Jason Kerkeslager, Mark Brug, Brian D. Kamas
  • Patent number: 9010518
    Abstract: A mass transit system. The system comprises a first platform for supporting a cargo compartment, a rotating platform having a center area, and a conveyor system for moving the cargo compartment from the first platform to the center area of the rotating platform, while the rotating platform is rotating. The system also includes apparatus for moving the cargo compartment from the center area of the rotating platform to a point relative to the rotating platform that is adjacent a perimeter of the rotating platform. Finally, the system may include apparatus for moving the cargo compartment from the center area to a point relative to the rotating platform that is adjacent a perimeter of the rotating platform.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Inventor: Robert W. Morgan
  • Patent number: 8978869
    Abstract: A centrifugal bowl parts feeder system with segmented tooling sections, the feeder system having segmented sections for a common centrifugal feeder bowl. The sections can be quickly and less expensively changed between various part sizes and configurations. With this system one can add and remove tooling segments (outside the bowl); securely and precisely locate the tooling segment with solid pins; maintain and use a tool RFID address to track specific parts and ranges of parts with a PLC Control as the bowl is modified; and harmonize the tooling segments and parts with RFID Tags tied to the PLC and the Tooling segments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Inventor: Greg Schombert
  • Patent number: 8727098
    Abstract: A system for aligning items, such as bottles, includes a rotating plate and a diverter arm that extends outward over a top surface of the plate towards the plate edge. A rotating channel may surround the plate. In operation, bottles are dropped onto the plate and rotated by the plate against the arm. The distance between the top surface of the arm and the plate surface is such that the arm generally diverts the bottles outward and guides them into free gaps within the channel. The distance is also configured such that as bottles back-up, waiting for free channel gaps, the arm allows any buckling bottles to pass over and back onto the plate, rather than into the channel. The distance may also be configured such that the arm acts like a scoop. As bottles back-up behind the arm, the arm presses under the bottles along the arm and passes them over, relieving the pressure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2014
    Assignee: Auto Kaps, LLC
    Inventor: Kenneth J. Herzog
  • Publication number: 20140116843
    Abstract: An apparatus for orienting articles includes a bowl having a sidewall and angled relative to horizontal, a disc disposed in the bowl and rotatable relative to the bowl, the disc having a radius proximate its outer periphery defining a groove sized to receive one of the articles in a predetermined orientation, and a diverter for diverting canisters contained in the groove through an outlet in the sidewall of the bowl.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 26, 2012
    Publication date: May 1, 2014
    Applicant: MULTISORB TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: Jason Kerkeslager, Mark Brug, Brian D. Kamas
  • Patent number: 8701865
    Abstract: The invention includes a machine for handling and unscrambling empty containers provided with a bottom and with an opening. The machine comprises a carousel rotating about an axis of rotation and is provided with a plurality of pockets. Each of the pockets is provided with a respective channel for descent of the containers through gravity towards a handling area below. The machine further comprises a carousel feeding device equipped with a detecting system which detects the orientation of the containers before the containers are unscrambled. A respective unscrambling station of the containers is provided for each pocket which is controlled on the basis of information supplied by the detecting system and designed to arrange said containers correctly unscrambled with said opening facing upwards.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2014
    Inventor: Lorenzo Forni
  • Patent number: 8684163
    Abstract: A destroying apparatus aims to destroy electronic elements with magnetic substance. The destroying apparatus includes a conveying unit and a destroying unit. The conveying unit includes a collection plane to hold a plurality of electronic elements, at least one picking arm spinning against the collection plane to form a conveying path, a barrier portion connecting to the collection plane to block the electronic elements on the conveying path, and a release passage corresponding to the barrier portion to allow the electronic elements to escape the conveying path. The picking arm includes a magnetic attraction portion to attract the magnetic substance on the conveying path. The destroying unit is located correspondingly to the release passage and includes a plurality of cutting elements and a cutting path between the cutting elements to communicate with the release passage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 1, 2014
    Inventor: Joseph Y. Ko
  • Patent number: 8640852
    Abstract: A spring feeder including a conveying path and a conveying portion including a conveying groove, the conveying groove having a width approximately equal to a width of the springs. The conveying path for feeding includes a first sorting and conveying portion and a second sorting and conveying portion, the first sorting and conveying portion, the second sorting and conveying portion, and the conveying portion for connection are linked consecutively from the container side. A width of the conveying groove of the second sorting and conveying portion is narrower than a width of the conveying groove of the first sorting and conveying portion and the width of the conveying groove of the second sorting and conveying portion is narrow enough to allow only one spring to be loaded in the conveying direction in the conveying groove of the second sorting and conveying portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2014
    Assignee: Kanto Electronics Corporation
    Inventor: Tadayoshi Seki
  • Patent number: 8522955
    Abstract: An apparatus for feeding objects, such as used beverage containers, to a recording and/or sorting unit with which the objects are supplied on a receiver and forwarded one by one with a predetermined orientation on at least one feeding conveyor. The receiver has at least one receiving table with at least one rotating disk, at least one feeding conveyor that is positioned tangentially relative to the at least one rotating disk, and a peripheral barrier essentially circumscribing at least a portion of the at least one receiving table. A related method involves the objects being provided on the at least one rotating disk and rotated it to thereby be aligned along the peripheral barrier that circumscribes at least a portion of the at least rotating disk. The aligned objects are then forwarded on the at least one feeding conveyor that is tangentially arranged relative to a rotating disk.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2013
    Assignee: Anker Andersen A/S
    Inventor: Henrik Juhl Petersen
  • Patent number: 8430228
    Abstract: A system for aligning items, such as bottles, includes a rotating plate and a diverter arm that extends outward over a top surface of the plate towards the plate edge. A rotating channel may surround the plate. In operation, bottles are dropped onto the plate and rotated by the plate against the arm. The distance between the top surface of the arm and the plate surface is such that the arm generally diverts the bottles outward and guides them into free gaps within the channel. The distance is also configured such that as bottles back-up, waiting for free channel gaps, the arm allows any buckling bottles to pass over and back onto the plate, rather than into the channel. The distance may also be configured such that the arm acts like a scoop. As bottles back-up behind the arm, the arm presses under the bottles along the arm and passes them over, relieving the pressure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2005
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2013
    Inventor: Kenneth J. Herzog
  • Publication number: 20120234648
    Abstract: An article feed system for aligning and singulating incoming articles includes a rotatable upper rim surface and an article delivery device that delivers articles received by the article delivery device to the upper rim surface. A drive system is operatively connected to the outer bowl that rotates the outer bowl. A guide wall extends upwardly above the upper rim surface that guides the articles travelling along the upper rim surface toward an exit opening in the guide wall. A vertically oriented article engaging-type conveyor is at the exit opening in the guide wall. The vertically oriented article engaging-type conveyor includes a moving article engaging surface that is exposed to the exit opening in the guide wall for receiving the articles when they exit the exit opening.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2011
    Publication date: September 20, 2012
    Inventors: Clifford Theodore Papsdorf, Michael John Mers-Kelly, Christopher Michael Richards
  • Patent number: 8096403
    Abstract: The invention relates to a machine for orienting and aligning articles, of the type that comprises: orientation cavities which can move along a closed path and which are equipped with an upper inlet for loading articles and an open base through which the articles can pass, a plurality of aligning conduits which are disposed below the orientation cavities, means for temporarily supporting the articles in the orientation cavities and for dropping same into the conduits, and support and/or end stop elements in each of the orientation cavities. In addition, each of the cavities comprises several seats or housings at different positions for receiving a first support and/or end stop element of the aforementioned support and/or end stop elements and retaining means for retaining said first support and/or end stop element in any of the seats or housings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2006
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2012
    Inventors: Jaime Marti Sala, Alex Marti Mercade
  • Patent number: 8079456
    Abstract: An automated spring detangler takes clumps of springs and whirls them around a rotating chamber. When they separate and fall to the bottom of the container, they are sucked into a delivery tube that continuously individually deposits them at an assembly line which may be remote from the detangler. Any non-separating clumps of springs are periodically ejected from the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 20, 2011
    Inventor: Lucien J. Wroblewski
  • Patent number: 8074781
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to an apparatus for sorting vials and small containers. The apparatus comprises a plurality of compartments, arranged linearly, with two agitation conveyor belts and a sorting conveyor belt running along the bottom of the compartments. Each compartment includes a rotatable brush, driven by a drive motor and a diverter piece to direct vials into receptacles on the sorting conveyor belt. Vials falling within the receptacles are ejected into vertical alignment so that the vials are sorted and oriented properly for packaging.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2011
    Assignee: Reardon Machine Co., Inc.
    Inventor: Joseph P. Reardon, Jr.
  • Patent number: 8061502
    Abstract: A device is disclosed for discharging elongate, coarse bulk products—such as bottle preforms—from a product hopper. The device includes a product hopper with a discharge opening and a rotating disc that is configured to receive bulk products passing through the discharge opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2011
    Assignee: Sidel Participations S.A.S
    Inventors: Franz Klaiber, Peter Novak
  • Patent number: 8051971
    Abstract: The invention relates to an apparatus and method for positioning articles, comprising multiple unloading operations per cycle. The inventive apparatus comprises means for placing articles in housings that move along the length of a closed circuit provided with at least first and second drop sites through which the correctly oriented articles fall from each housing into a corresponding alignment conduit placed under and moving together with each housing. In addition compartments are positioned between the alignment conduits. According to the invention, transfer means transfer each article from a conduit to a compartment after said article has fallen through the first drop site, but before it has reached the second drop site. Subsequently, extraction means extract the correctly oriented and aligned articles from said conduits and compartments and transfer same to an outfeed conveyor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2005
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2011
    Inventor: Jaime Martí Sala
  • Publication number: 20110174593
    Abstract: A feeder for robots, automation means and the like, comprising a frame that has a supporting bed for the parts to be fed and vision means for recognizing the parts to be fed, the supporting bed being connected to elements for rotation about a direction that is substantially perpendicular to the plane of arrangement of the parts to be fed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 5, 2009
    Publication date: July 21, 2011
    Inventor: Marco Mazzini
  • Patent number: 7975852
    Abstract: Centrifugal device (1) of the rotating bowl type for supplying preforms (2b), which are horizontally-laid and aligned, from preforms (2a) received in bulk, comprising a rotating transport ring (3) delimited by a lateral guide (12) and a central rotary disc (6) in the same direction as the ring and with an axis (8) inclined relative to that of the ring; a mobile member (15) mounted on the lateral guide occupies, as a result of the actuating means (18), an operational position in which the preforms (2c) are forced to leave the ring; detection means (19) upstream of the mobile member detect an undesirable preform (2c) on the ring and control actuating means for bringing the mobile member into its operational position for the ejection of the undesirable preform.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2011
    Assignee: Sidel Participations
    Inventors: Alain Charpentier, Daniel Diesnis
  • Patent number: 7955031
    Abstract: A system and a method for feeding a solid into a solid deposition system is described. Solid contained in a hopper is directed into a vibratory bowl. The frequency of the vibrations of the vibratory bowl can be modulated by a feedback system. The solid can then be entrained in a carrier gas which can flow to a distributor for deposition on a substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2006
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2011
    Assignee: First Solar, Inc.
    Inventors: Ricky Charles Powell, Andrew Kelly Gray, Todd Alden Coleman
  • Patent number: 7950517
    Abstract: A rotary structure carries cavities with an upper inlet for receiving articles and an open bottom for dropping articles distributed along a closed circuit, and funnel-shaped conduits, each of which is located below a respective cavity to receive an article therefrom, a support plane for temporarily supporting the articles in the cavities and dropping them into the corresponding conduits in a site of the closed circuit, and support elements in each cavity to cooperate with parts of the article when the latter falls in order to confer to it a predetermined orientation inside the conduit. The cavities have their inlets in a perimetric ring surrounding a receptacle for the accumulation of the articles on a bottom formed by a rotating disk the peripheral edge of which reaches, upon rotating, a level above the perimetric ring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2011
    Inventors: Jaime Marti Sala, Alex Marti Mercadé
  • Publication number: 20110073439
    Abstract: An aligning and feeding device capable of reliably aligning objects having a plane shape with an unequal ratio of length to width longitudinally and feeding them is provided. An aligning and feeding device has a rotary table 2 horizontally rotatable, drive means 3 for rotating the rotary table 2, a supply mechanism for supplying objects to be aligned onto the rotary table 2 and a guide mechanism 7 for defining a conveying path for the objects to be aligned conveyed by the rotary table 2. The guide mechanism 7 has an introduction guide 11, first pair of alignment guides 16, second pair of alignment guides 19 and pair of discharge guides 23 which each has a guide face and are disposed sequentially along the conveying path for the objects to be aligned.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 2, 2009
    Publication date: March 31, 2011
    Applicant: DAIICHI JITSUGYO VISWILL CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yoshiyuki Ota, Tomoyuki Shimoguchi, Takahiro Takigawa
  • Patent number: 7905340
    Abstract: The device comprises: a chute, on which tubes arranged in a line and with a random orientation of closed and open heads thereof, fall by gravity towards a rotor activated by a motor with stepped 90° displacements. A head tube enters one of two housings realised in the rotor, one housing being perpendicular to the other housing and destined in turn to be aligned with the line of tubes. An endrun stop halts the head tube while the sensor organs ascertain whether a frontally-situated head of the head tube is open or closed. The motor activates the rotor in a direction or in another, according to a datum supplied by the sensor organs, such that the open head of the tube is always in a predetermined position. During rotation cam means act in cooperation with containing and guide means to raise the head tube into a predetermined collection position where it is picked up by handling organs. The raising enables a following tube to insert in the other housing, which has in the meantime become aligned with the chute.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2011
    Assignee: Marchesini Group S.p.A.
    Inventor: Giuseppe Monti
  • Patent number: 7861846
    Abstract: A singulating apparatus is therefore provided that utilizes a plurality of singulating cavities, each singulating cavity having a plurality of movable wall segments enabling the size and shape of the singulating cavities to be changed to correspond to the size and shape of the object being singulated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 4, 2011
    Assignee: Multi-Comp, Inc.
    Inventors: Ian Eric Salditch, George H. Selph, Jr.
  • Publication number: 20100314216
    Abstract: An apparatus (1) for unscrambling and orienting plastic preforms (5) or any object having neck lips or collars larger than the body, the preforms or objects being introduced in bulk in a hopper (2) of such apparatus, the hopper being formed of a base (2b) and vertical walls (2c) for holding the performs. Within such hopper, an annular ring (3), rotating about an axis of rotation, has two or more rows of pockets (V) along corresponding concentric circumferences (C1, C2, . . . , Cn), and an annular object supporting surface (8), extending along an angular section under the circular ring up to the predetermined object exit point. Near the end of the support surface, bars are provided for receiving and orienting the objects from the overlying pockets (V); such bars (15) defining at least as many paths as the rows of pockets, i.e. circumferences (C1, C2, . . . Cn) of the upper ring.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 23, 2007
    Publication date: December 16, 2010
    Applicant: LANFRANCHI S.R.L.
    Inventor: Mario Lanfranchi
  • Publication number: 20100206693
    Abstract: A component loader orients a component along its long-axis for transfer from a rotatable load plate. The load plate has an outer peripheral edge and an upper surface inclined from a horizontal plane. Slots on the upper surface terminate at the outer edge of the load plate and are sized to receive at least one elongate chip lying with its long axis perpendicular to the axis of the load plate and in parallel with radius of the load plate. An outer wall conforms to the curvature of the outer edge and is mounted adjacent thereto. A transfer slot extends axially from and into the upper surface of the load plate on outer ends of the slots and terminates at the outer edge of the load plate. Each transfer slot is shaped so that a chip descending therein from a slot has a ninety degree rotation about the long axis.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 26, 2010
    Publication date: August 19, 2010
    Applicant: ELECTRO SCIENTIFIC INDUSTRIES, INC.
    Inventors: Doug J. Garcia, William Saunders, Nick Tubbs
  • Patent number: 7757835
    Abstract: A bead feeder for serially delivering beads to a downstream location comprises a bead supply wheel connected to rotate about a substantially vertical axis. The bead supply wheel includes a bead supply bowl and a plurality of radially and outwardly extending bead passageways connected to rotate with the bowl and dimensioned to receive a single line of beads from the bowl. A plurality of discharge openings in the bead supply bowl is spaced around a lower portion thereof with the openings in alignment with the radially and outwardly extending passageways, and each of the passageways has an outer exit end. A stationary blocking ring is directly below the outer exit ends of the passageways for receiving the lowermost bead from the single line of beads in each passageway. A drop-off on the blocking ring allows the lowermost beads to drop away in a downward direction while a stationary bead retainer above the drop-off of the blocking ring retained the bead adjacent the outermost bead.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2010
    Assignee: Philip Moris USA Inc.
    Inventors: Travis M. Garthaffner, Martin T. Garthaffner
  • Patent number: 7757837
    Abstract: A stand-alone parts accumulator that can be retrofit as a unitary add-on to an existing production line. The parts accumulator includes: (a) a generally linear conveyor; (b) a rotary table comprising a spiral barrier guide defining a path from an outer region of the table to an inner region of the table; (c) a connector attaching the linear conveyor to the rotary table; (d) a motor connected to rotate the rotary table; (e) an adjustable controller connected to the motor to control rotation of the table. A single bracket can be used to support the conveyor in either a left-hand or a right-hand configuration. The conveyor motor is positioned substantially within the footprint of the conveyor. The conveyor is narrow (between about 2 inches and about 8 inches).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2010
    Assignee: Curran Manufacturing Corporation
    Inventor: Arthur K. Jones
  • Patent number: 7735627
    Abstract: A plastic bottle unscrambler, wherein the tables (8) for settling and supporting the containers (2) in the cradles (6) comprise a box-like chamber having a housing (9) under the surface supporting the container (2), in which vacuum is applied, and at least one row of holes (12) arranged over the surface supporting the container (2) in the direction of feed of the cradles (6); as vacuum is applied in the housing (9), a negative pressure is created around the container (2) contained in the overlying cradle (6) to draw it and keep it lying against the outer wall (6b) of the cradle (6).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 15, 2010
    Assignee: Lanfranchi S.r.l.
    Inventor: Lino Lanfranchi
  • Patent number: 7669707
    Abstract: A material handling apparatus includes a part feeding device such as a bowl feeder with a perimeter track, a second track extending around the perimeter track, a vision inspection system, and an ejector device. The second track has a transparent floor and the vision inspection system includes a controller and at least one camera operably connected to the controller for looking through the transparent floor to identify defective parts. The ejector device is operably connected to the controller for ejecting bad ones of the received parts, the ejector device being located downstream of the cameras. A related method is also provided. The arrangement is very compact, and has a very small foot print, but can operate at speed up to or more than 4000 pieces per minute.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2010
    Assignee: Dunkley International, Inc.
    Inventor: Ernest K. Kenneway
  • Publication number: 20090308714
    Abstract: Centrifugal feeder device comprising an outer enclosure (2) which accommodates both a ring (3) mounted rotatably in the enclosure (2) and lying in an approximately horizontal plane, and a disc (4) mounted rotatably in said ring (3), the axis (5) of rotation of the disc (4) being inclined with respect to the axis (6) of rotation of the ring (3), the disc (4) and the ring (3) being U approximately tangent to each other in a transfer area (10) and being distant from each other in a loading area (8) which is at a lower level than the level of the transfer area (10), the ring (3) being surrounded by a lateral guide (15) which determines, with the inner edge of the ring (3), a useful width of the ring (3), said device being characterized in that the ring (3) supplies an outlet channel (13) whose inlet is situated above a part of useful width of the ring, in that the ring (3) is provided with approximately radial notches (3a), and in that the device comprises means for adjusting the useable width of the ring (3).
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 12, 2007
    Publication date: December 17, 2009
    Applicant: Sidel Participations
    Inventors: Alain Charpentier, Eric Leroux, Gerard Perrot
  • Publication number: 20090283384
    Abstract: A rotary structure carries cavities with an upper inlet for receiving articles and an open bottom for dropping articles distributed along a closed circuit, and funnel-shaped conduits, each of which is located below a respective cavity to receive an article therefrom, means for temporarily supporting the articles in the cavities and dropping them into the corresponding conduits in a site of the closed circuit, and support elements in each cavity to cooperate with parts of the article when the latter falls in order to confer to it a predetermined orientation inside the conduit. The cavities have their inlets in a perimetric ring surrounding a receptacle for the accumulation of the articles on a bottom formed by a rotating disk the peripheral edge of which reaches, upon rotating, a level above the perimetric ring.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 18, 2009
    Publication date: November 19, 2009
    Inventors: Jaime Marti Sala, Alex Marti Mercade
  • Patent number: 7565959
    Abstract: An apparatus for orienting random oriented lightweight articles. The apparatus includes a wheel which rotates on an axis which is substantially horizontal. A plurality of alignment troughs is mounted on the interior of the wheel. Each of the alignment troughs has a longitudinal axis substantially parallel to the wheels horizontal axis. Each trough has a plurality of openings to allow air to pass through the trough and out of the wheel to hold lightweight articles in the troughs against the force of gravity. Each of the articles has a longitudinal axis which is parallel to the troughs longitudinal axis. Rotation of the wheel selectively positions the troughs with a source of air under pressure to move the articles to the end of the respective trough. Each article at the end of its respective trough moves into an external receiver where the article is transferred to a vertical attitude having the bottom up. The article is rotated to a bottom down attitude.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2009
    Assignee: John R. Nalbach Engineering Co, Inc.
    Inventor: John C. Nalbach
  • Patent number: 7527140
    Abstract: Plural receiving recesses are radially formed at the periphery of the disc-like rotating body. The rotating body is rotatably installed at the base, and the cylindrical cover is provided at outside of the periphery of the rotating body. From the receiving region of the receiving recess for receiving the waterproof seal to downstream side of the rotational direction of the rotating body, the first brush and the second brush are attached with the cover and at the further downstream side, the detection device and the take-out device are mounted on the base in order.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2004
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2009
    Assignee: Kodera Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Hiroshi Kodera
  • Patent number: 7516836
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for singulating individual product items, such as pills, in unit-dose or multi-dose dispersing packaging that utilizes a pill-filling mechanism for reducing a large amount of bulk pills to a single-file stream of pills; a pill separation mechanism for singulating a variety of different sized and shaped pills; and a mechanism for delivering pills to a package, such as a blister-pack. Bar-code scanning and identification software may also be implemented to adjust the mechanisms to adapt the apparatus to different pills as they are presented to the apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2005
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2009
    Assignee: Arc:One Systems, LLC
    Inventors: Joseph A. Trygar, Jerral Richardson
  • Patent number: 7472782
    Abstract: A rotary feeder for transferring articles includes a support frame, a rotatably driven bowl assembly mounted on the support frame and including a bowl mounted for rotation about a bowl axis, and a rotatably driven shaft mounted on the support frame for rotation about a shaft axis. A coupling is rotatably driven by the shaft and has a first end coupled to the shaft and a second end, the second end being pivotable with respect to the first end to define a tilt axis oriented at an angle with respect to the bowl axis. An adjustable guide assembly is mounted on the support frame and adapted to secure the coupling second end along a selected tilt axis. A disc is coupled to the coupling second end and rotates about the tilt axis, the disc including a lower portion and an upper portion, the upper portion defining an article transfer point.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2006
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2009
    Inventor: R. Scott Corbin
  • Publication number: 20080283358
    Abstract: An apparatus provided for orienting concrete blocks into a desired position comprises a pair of upper and lower turntables including respectively upper and lower block supporting surfaces. The lower supporting surface extends outwardly of, and below, the upper supporting surface. A stationary peripheral wall extends outwardly of the lower turntable and defines with the upper turntable and the lower supporting surface a gutter. The gutter is dimensioned to receive blocks therein in a substantially longitudinal orientation thereof. An outlet is provided at a downstream end of the gutter for allowing the substantially oriented blocks to be discharged from the apparatus. Therefore, concrete blocks, or the like, fed to the apparatus are received by the upper turntable, are then positioned in the gutter under the rotation of the upper and lower turntables, which typically rotate at different speeds, and are then discharged from the apparatus via the outlet.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 24, 2005
    Publication date: November 20, 2008
    Inventor: Eric Milot
  • Patent number: 7445110
    Abstract: A bailing apparatus includes a bailer feeder and a handle return device. The bailer feeder is adapted to feed handles to a bailer which couples the handles to containers. The handle return device is arranged to return handles that fall from the bailer feeder back to the bailer feeder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2004
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2008
    Assignee: Berry Plastics Corporation
    Inventor: Gary L. Hartley
  • Patent number: 7383937
    Abstract: A feeder for orienting and aligning disorderly incoming items includes a rotatable table having a peripheral wall and a discharge opening in the peripheral wall, the discharge opening allowing the items in a predetermined orientation to be successively withdrawn from the rotatable table in a single file line, the rotatable table being fed with disorderly items; a first carrier disposed proximate to the discharge opening, the first carrier recovering the oriented items exiting through the discharge opening; and an item spacer mounted proximate to the first carrier, the item spacer providing a predetermined spacing between two consecutive oriented items. It also relates to a method for doing same.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2005
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2008
    Assignee: Conception R.P. Inc.
    Inventors: Réal Perreault, David Sullivan, Gérald Duclos
  • Patent number: 7228953
    Abstract: A feeder for orienting and aligning disorderly incoming articles includes a table having a peripheral wall, a rotary surface surrounded by the peripheral wall, and a discharge substantially tangential to the peripheral wall, the discharge being sized to receive one article at a time from the rotary surface in a predetermined orientation; and at least one pile eliminating member extending above the rotary surface and defining a gap with the rotary surface, the gap being sized to solely permit passage of non-superposed articles laying in the predetermined orientation on the rotary surface. It also relates to a method for doing same and a method and an apparatus for removing obstructing blocks from the discharge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2005
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2007
    Assignee: Conception R.P. Inc.
    Inventors: Réal Perreault, David Sullivan, Gérald Duclos
  • Patent number: 7161346
    Abstract: A component handler includes an improved test seat having a shape that ensures that an electronic component seated in the test seat is in an appropriate orientation for parametric testing. The test seat has a base surface and first and second opposed seat side surfaces separated by generally increasing distances from a narrower notch end to a wider notch end. There is an opening at the narrower notch end. An electronic component is seated within this test seat such that the first and second side surfaces of the electronic component rest against the first and second seat side surfaces. A side surface side margin on which is formed a wraparound electrode is exposed by an opening at the narrower notch end and a second side surface side margin on which is formed a second wraparound electrode is exposed by an opening at the wider notch end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2005
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2007
    Assignee: Electro Scientific Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeff Fish, Gerald F. Boe
  • Patent number: 7134540
    Abstract: The invention relates to an adaptable automatic machine for the orientation and aligned supply of lightweight hollow articles, comprising cavities (6) delimited by front, back and lateral walls (116), an open bottom enabling the passage of articles (A), support/stop configurations for the article (A) to confer a predetermined orientation to the article as it falls through said bottom, in addition to conduits for receiving and transporting the articles (A) beneath the cavities (6). The articles are displaced together in a closed circuit, support means being placed between the bottom of each cavity (6) and each corresponding conduit for temporarily retaining the articles (A) in said cavities (6) in part of the circuit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 1999
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2006
    Inventor: Jaime Marti Sala
  • Patent number: 6790412
    Abstract: An apparatus for feeding to an automated analyzer a bulk quantity of vessels is provided. The bulk vessel feeding apparatus has a frame structure, a vessel hopper and an elevator chain supported by the frame structure. The elevator chain is driven by a drive sprocket and carries a plurality of scoopers for transporting the vessels from the hopper to a sorting and orienting mechanism. The sorting and orienting mechanism has two actuated rams for ejecting the vessels from the scoopers into a guide, while sorting and orienting the vessels, such that they are all headed by their closed ends when traveling in the guide. The guide leads to an escape mechanism for dispensing the vessels one at a time to the analyzer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2001
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2004
    Assignee: Beckman Coulter, Inc.
    Inventors: Armer J. Willenbring, Rodney E. Haning, Jon P. Lindquist