Including Separating Item From Scrambled Supply Hopper Patents (Class 198/396)
  • Patent number: 9840372
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present disclosure provide a workpiece singulator with one or more movable stairs. A first one of the movable stairs may include an outer step member and an inner step member that is positioned between the outer step member and a second one of the movable stairs. The step members may be movable synchronously as a single stair to transport larger workpieces and asynchronously to transport smaller workpieces on the outer step member. Optionally, the workpiece singulator may further include a sensor configured to detect the size and/or position of a workpiece. In some embodiments, the workpiece singulator may be coupled with a controller configured to control the position of the outer step member independently of the position of the inner step member. In various embodiments, a workpiece singulator as disclosed herein may be operable to selectively singulate workpieces of different sizes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2017
    Assignee: USNR, LLC
    Inventor: Petri Saastamo
  • Patent number: 9790036
    Abstract: The invention relates to a product stand-up device (10) for standing up products (11) of a plurality of product columns (20) in stack rows (30), which are each associated with a product column (20), comprising a feeding unit (13) for products (11) lying flat, which feeding unit is common to the plurality of product columns (20), and/or a removal transport unit (16) for products (11) stood up in stack rows (30), at least one erecting path (12) for erecting the products (11) of at least one product column (20), and a plurality of shifting elements (21), which are each associated with a stack row (30) and are provided for producing an accommodating gap for lining up a following product (11) of the particular product column (20). According to the invention each shifting element (21) has a separately controllable driving means (22).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2017
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Alexander Roehring, Martin Rupf, Patrick Nicklaus
  • Patent number: 9752286
    Abstract: Embodiments of a tie plate sorter are disclosed wherein the tie plates are sorted and fed to an output device for further feeding to a tie plate distribution system. The tie plates may be oriented as needed. Exemplary methods are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2017
    Assignee: B&B Metals, Inc.
    Inventor: William R. Coots
  • Patent number: 9738451
    Abstract: A container supply unit and an automated analyzer in which anomalous orientations of containers ejected from a container (cuvette) ejection part can be prevented. This container supply unit has a container storage part, a container ejection part, and a container alignment part. The container ejection part includes a circular belt, placement members provided on said circular belt, and a belt rotation mechanism. The belt rotation mechanism rotates the circular belt in an R direction, forming an outward leg along which the placement members move upwards and a return leg along which the placement members move downwards. The placement members carry containers placed thereon on the outward leg and eject said containers to the container alignment part between the outward leg and the return leg.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2017
    Assignees: JEOL Ltd., Fujirebio Inc.
    Inventor: Nakamura Mizuki
  • Patent number: 9598224
    Abstract: A component feeder includes a distributor for distributing components from a bulk storage on a pick surface, and a retaining wall preventing the components from escaping the pick surface. The retaining wall is flexible such that it deforms when a force is applied on it, and it assumes its original shape when the force is no longer applied. The flexible retaining wall allows a robot gripper to push the retaining wall aside when picking a component close to the retaining wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: ABB Research Ltd.
    Inventors: Daniel Sirkett, Per Nylen, Ivan Lundberg
  • Patent number: 9463935
    Abstract: A vibratory conveyor system particularly suitable for elongated foodstuffs and other products includes a rogue product removal pan which can only pass a single one of the items being processed, with the item having the desired alignment/orientation, through each of its product acceptance lanes at a given time. Items therefore leave the rogue product removal pan in orderly rows of single items, thereby easing their packaging. Misaligned items, and or items that were stacked atop other items, are culled by the rogue product removal pan, and can be “recycled” back to the entry of the rogue product removal pan. These “recycled” items are passed through the rogue product removal pan for packaging if they assume the desired orientation, or are again culled and “recycled” if they do not assume the desired orientation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2016
    Assignee: Vibratory Solutions, LLC
    Inventors: James L. Karpinsky, Scott J. Rose, James M. Bakos, Adam A. Smith
  • Patent number: 9446904
    Abstract: An interchangeable flighting insert is disclosed to maximize the efficiency of singularly delivering objects, such as products, to a user through a product dispensation device. The flighting insert can be removably coupled to an auger of the product dispensation device, thereby allowing variation of the flighting characteristics based on the object to be dispensed. The same auger can therefore use a first flighting for certain products, and a second flighting for different products.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2016
    Assignee: FREEOSK, INC.
    Inventors: Tony Lee Koenigsknecht, Albert John Kohn, Scott Alan Albright, Robert Kevin Blake, Jonathan Charles Shoemaker
  • Patent number: 9376301
    Abstract: A cap sorter comprising: first and second belts traveling along a closed loop belt path substantially adjacent and parallel to each other, the belt path defining a non-vertical cap receiving section, a sorting section extending substantially upwardly therefrom, a discharging section provided above the sorting section and a return section extending from the discharging section and returning to the cap receiving section; a cap providing element provided above the cap receiving section for discharging the caps on the cap receiving section; and first and second belt actuators for moving respectively the first and second belts along the belt path. The first and second belts are each provided with a plurality of cleats mounted outside of the first and second belts, each of the cleats extending across both the first and second belts, the cleats being alternately secured to the first and second belts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2016
    Assignee: JALBERT AUTOMATISATION INC.
    Inventor: Alexandre Lebel
  • Patent number: 8985307
    Abstract: A singulator for sorting a single item from a supply of such items stored randomly in bulk is provided, including at least one primary vertically reciprocating elevator defining a platform reciprocating between first lower position in which the platform receives and holds an initially limited number of the items delivered from bulk storage, and a first upper position in which the items are delivered to at least one secondary elevator. Each secondary elevator has a second platform and reciprocates between a second lower position in which the second platform receives a further limited number of the items and a second upper position in which the items are delivered to a desired location. The platforms are constructed and arranged for orienting the items in a desired orientation at the desired location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Assignee: Nordco Inc.
    Inventors: Michael T. Pier, Kurt D. Ashbrenner
  • Patent number: 8967365
    Abstract: A component feeder including a bulk storage container for storage of components, and a lift for elevating a selection of components from the container, the lift being located inside the container. The feeder further includes a transfer arrangement for transferring elevated components from the lift onto a component pick surface on which the components are distributed in order to be picked by a tool or by a hand, and a plate configured to include the component pick surface. Further described is a component feeder system including at least one component feeder, a camera for monitoring the component pick surface and a processor used to control an industrial robot to pick pickable components lying on the pick surface. A corresponding method is also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Assignee: ABB Technology Ltd.
    Inventors: Daniel Sirkett, Ivan Lundberg, Siim Viilup
  • Patent number: 8875867
    Abstract: System for feeding and processing bottles (1) to be conveyed to a device (30) for entry into a filling machine (40) operating at an assigned speed (Vp), the system comprising: a realignment centrifuge (100) fed randomly with the bottles (1) and having a tangential outlet (113); movement devices (12, 13, 14), able to convey the bottles (1) leaving the realignment centrifuge (100) and vary the speed of advancing movement thereof; at least one device (21) for handling the bottles; the realignment centrifuge is operated at an operating speed (Vc) greater than the speed (Vp) of the filling machine, and movement devices (12, 14) comprise at least a first device (12); a third device (14); said handling device (21) has means (5) for gripping the bottles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2014
    Assignee: Ronchi Mario S.p.A.
    Inventor: Cesare Ronchi
  • Patent number: 8733535
    Abstract: A rotary loader taught herein comprises a rotatable load plate including a plurality of component pockets arranged about a rotational axis of the load plate, the load plate inclined with respect to a horizontal surface at an angle of inclination of less than 50 degrees and a load wall arranged about a lower portion of the load plate adjacent certain ones of the plurality of component pockets and extending above a height of the load plate. The load wall includes a retention surface extending in a direction parallel to an outer peripheral edge of the load plate and a loading surface inclined with respect a line perpendicular to a top surface of the load plate in a direction away from the retention surface at an angle of inclination of less than 45 degrees.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2014
    Assignee: Electro Scientific Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: Douglas J. Garcia
  • 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: 8651261
    Abstract: A tubular food product launching system and method for interacting with a product loading head is disclosed. The system includes a pick belt, positioned alongside product carrying intermediate belts. The pick belt supplies additional product to a product inspector or vision equipped robot cell to replace defective or missing product observed on the intermediate belt(s) with replacement product from the pick belt. The overall system speed, and pick belt speed, can be adjusted to accommodate varying product post-launcher fill-rates in accord with the nature of the product and the abilities and speed of the robot cell and/or product inspector, so as to reliably assure 100% final fill-rate as product is fed to the loading head.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2014
    Assignee: F. R. Drake Company
    Inventors: George Reed, Joseph Posge, Keith Hopkins
  • Patent number: 8528718
    Abstract: A tubular food product launching system and method for interacting with a product loading head is disclosed. The system includes a pick belt, positioned alongside product carrying intermediate belts. The pick belt supplies additional product to a product inspector or vision equipped robot cell to replace defective or missing product observed on the intermediate belt(s) with replacement product from the pick belt. The overall system speed, and pick belt speed, can be adjusted to accommodate varying product post-launcher fill-rates in accord with the nature of the product and the abilities and speed of the robot cell and/or product inspector, so as to reliably assure 100% final fill-rate as product is fed to the loading head.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2013
    Assignee: F. R. Drake Company
    Inventors: George Reed, Joseph Posge, Keith Hopkins
  • Patent number: 8516965
    Abstract: An automatic rail spike feeder system for use with a rail maintenance vehicle having a bulk storage bin for containing a supply of spikes, and at least one spike driving mechanism, includes a mechanism constructed and arranged for receiving a supply of spikes from the storage bin and for automatically delivering individual spikes to the at least one spike driving mechanism in a desired orientation without operator contact of the spikes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2013
    Assignee: Nordco Inc.
    Inventors: Michael T. Pier, Robert A. Butschle
  • Patent number: 8474597
    Abstract: A tray is provided for orienting and conveying items having a longitudinal axis, a tip, an opposite head, and a head-up and a head-down orientation, the tray conveying the items in a direction of travel and including a series of connected, function-oriented static regions configured for orienting the item from a random orientation to a desired tip-down orientation, at least one of the regions being inclined for facilitating movement of the item through the regions, the regions being configured such that proper orientation of the item is achieved without operator contact.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2013
    Assignee: Nordco Inc.
    Inventors: Michael T. Pier, Michael S. Paar
  • Publication number: 20120261232
    Abstract: A workpiece feeder includes a forward stage that separates base plates from one another and adjusts the base plates into correct top-bottom orientation and a pickup unit that individually holds the separated and adjusted base plates and horizontally aligns the held base plate into correct planar posture while feeding the held base plate to a destination. The forward stage includes a stage body that has a stage surface on which the base plates are placed and is movably supported so as to shift the stage surface and a drive unit that applies separate impacts to the stage body so that the stage body moves to apply a bouncing force and a shifting force orthogonal to the bouncing force due to the separate impacts to the base plates.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 30, 2012
    Publication date: October 18, 2012
    Applicant: NHK SPRING CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Kazumasa Nakajima, Yukihiro Hayashi
  • Patent number: 8276742
    Abstract: A handling system for multiple workpieces is provided for repeatedly lifting rows of multiple workpieces on a lift assembly from a collection of workpieces in a hopper and selectively delivering one or more rows of orientated workpieces to an exit conveyor. Any disoriented workpieces on the exit conveyor can be discarded from the exit conveyor and returned to the collection of workpieces in the hopper.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2012
    Assignee: Alpha 1 Induction Service Center, Inc.
    Inventors: Frank C. Veno, Visvaldas Joseph Grabauskas
  • Patent number: 8196371
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to a cap supply device having a simple and inexpensive structure and which is capable of supplying caps all directed in the same direction. The cap supply device includes: a receiving section 104 for receiving the caps 3; and a discharge unit 106 having an endless member 108 placed in the receiving section 104 and support members 109 provided at the endless member. The discharge unit 106 is configured to lift the caps upward and discharge the caps 3 from the receiving section 104 while the caps 3 are supported at the support members 109 with their openings directed to an opposite side of the endless member 108.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2012
    Assignee: Yuyama Mfg. Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Shoji Yuyama
  • Patent number: 8172070
    Abstract: Device for separation and position alignment of metallic container closures (21), as well as for conveying the separated and position-aligned container closures (21), preferably crown corks, to a further processing machine, preferably sealing machine. It is provided that a conveying unit (2) comprises a run (2b) of an endless conveyor belt or link belt or plate belt, which conveys the container closures (21), which run is guided along a permanently magnetic or electromagnetic conveyor track configured as a magnetic bar, lying on this track at least in sections, or at a slight distance from it, and conveys the container closures (21) out of the transfer station (8).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2012
    Assignee: Gassner GmbH
    Inventor: Wolfgang Gassner
  • 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: 8074782
    Abstract: Centrifugal feeder device having an outer enclosure (2) which accommodates a ring (3) mounted rotatably in the enclosure (2) and lying in an approximately horizontal plane, and a disc (4) rotatable in the ring (3). The axis (5) of rotation of the disc (4) is inclined with respect to the axis (6) of rotation of the ring (3), the disc (4) and the ring (3) approximately tangent to each other in a transfer area (10) and distant from each other in a loading area (8). The ring (3) is surrounded by a lateral guide (15). The ring (3) supplies an outlet channel (13) whose inlet is situated above a part of useful width of the ring, the ring (3) is provided with approximately radial notches (3a), and the device includes a mechanism for adjusting the useable width of the ring (3).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2011
    Assignee: Sidel Participations
    Inventors: Alain Charpentier, Eric Leroux, Gérard Perrot
  • 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: 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
  • Patent number: 7913833
    Abstract: The invention relates to an apparatus for aligning disordered sheet material. The apparatus according to the invention in particular has the advantage, that disordered sheet material is fast and reliably aligned, so that the sheet material can be formed into bundles. Since the alignment of the sheet material can be carried out automatically by the apparatus, i.e. in particular has not to be carried out by an operator, moreover, a cost-effective alignment of the disordered sheet material is permitted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2011
    Assignee: Giesecke & Devrient GmbH
    Inventors: Markus Sperl, Michael Stapfer
  • Patent number: 7905341
    Abstract: A handling system for multiple workpieces is provided for repeatedly lifting rows of multiple workpieces on a lift assembly from a collection of workpieces in a hopper and selectively delivering one or more rows of orientated workpieces to an exit conveyor. Any disoriented workpieces on the exit conveyor can be discarded from the exit conveyor and returned to the collection of workpieces in the hopper.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2011
    Assignee: Alpha 1 Induction Service Center, Inc.
    Inventors: Frank C. Veno, Visvaldas Joseph Grabauskas
  • Patent number: 7861889
    Abstract: A thin-part feeding device is provided which is compact and efficient. The device has a funnel portion with a feeding opening at the bottom thereof, a take-out tube for taking out thin parts from the funnel portion, and a receiving portion with separate opening for receiving thin parts from the discharge opening. The receiving portion is movable, and the receiving opening is sized to receive only one thin part. The device is operative to repeat a state where the receiving opening faces the discharge opening, and a state where the receiving opening is away from the discharge opening to enable thin parts to be taken out from the receiving opening. The device also features a novel, posture-correcting portion to correct vertical posture of thin parts, a delivery portion for receiving posture-corrected thin parts, and a transporting portion as described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2006
    Date of Patent: January 4, 2011
    Assignee: Asahi Seiki Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Kanji Ishigure
  • Patent number: 7743904
    Abstract: The device for individual conveying of elongate objects comprises: a hopper from which batches of elongate articles are extracted, which fall onto an initial tract of a conveyor belt provided with transversal seatings. The belt draws the articles towards a strongly-inclined ascending tract, along which all the articles which are not correctly inserted in the seatings are unloading. After the ascending tract thereof follows an intermediate tract, superiorly of which a television camera is arranged to monitor the transversal seatings as they transit, in order to detect each of the a presence or absence of articles and if there should be any present, a number, position and orientation thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 29, 2010
    Assignee: Marchesini Group S.p.A.
    Inventor: Giuseppe Monti
  • Patent number: 7641040
    Abstract: A textile separating apparatus may include a textile collection area for supporting the pile of textile items, and a transport mechanism having an inclined face intersecting the pile of textile items. One or more pick members may project from the face of the transport mechanism, and may successively separate and carry individual textile items from the pile of textile items towards a textile receiving area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2010
    Inventor: David W. Harris
  • Publication number: 20090139837
    Abstract: There is provided an article alignment apparatus 10 including an article alignment device for aligning orientations of articles by arranging two aligners 21, 21 having cylindrical surfaces, rotating each of the aligners 21 while keeping it at a predetermined inclination with respect to a horizontal direction, placing the articles on cylindrical outer surfaces of the two aligners 21, and carrying the articles from one side to the other side, in which protrusions 22 are provided on the surfaces of the aligners 21.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 1, 2006
    Publication date: June 4, 2009
    Applicant: KAO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kouichi Hatano, Junichi Ishigawa, Masaaki Suzuki, Hidenori Shirai
  • 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
  • Publication number: 20090078534
    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: Application
    Filed: September 26, 2008
    Publication date: March 26, 2009
    Applicant: LANFRANCHI S.R.L.
    Inventor: LINO LANFRANCHI
  • Patent number: 7506748
    Abstract: Apparatus for transferring pliant articles, such as poultry carcasses or parts thereof, includes a first separator stage comprising a slide plate with spaced apart sets of guides for receiving articles and for conveying the articles toward a second separator stage. The second separator stage comprises a rotary drum with spaced apart hook-like tines which engage articles received from the slide plate for rotation to a position whereby the force of gravity allows the articles to be released from the drum to fall into respective compartments of a third separator stage. The third separator stage includes spaced apart moveable closures which are operated in timed relationship to each other to release the articles onto a conveyor or other apparatus to provide spacing and alignment of the articles generally in single file.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2009
    Assignee: L&W Equipment, Inc.
    Inventors: Roger D. Pugh, Gary Ray Lauwers, Michael David Reano
  • Publication number: 20090026040
    Abstract: Disclosed is a supply unit for feeding or making available components, e.g., punching nuts or similar joining elements. Said supply unit comprises a bin that forms a storage space and is used for stocking a random number of components, and a unit for removing the components from the storage space and redirecting the components in an oriented manner, among other things.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 27, 2006
    Publication date: January 29, 2009
    Inventor: Heiko Schmidt
  • Publication number: 20080314717
    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: Application
    Filed: September 8, 2006
    Publication date: December 25, 2008
    Inventors: Jaime Marti Sala, Alex Marti Mercade
  • Patent number: 7464803
    Abstract: An orientating apparatus and associated method includes an agitator, one or more channels adjacent the agitator, and a lower component delivery portion. The agitator is powered by a drive assembly, which induces a motions in relation to the channels. The channels are designed such that a component for orienting can only pass through the channels in a preferred orientation, and the agitator provides opportunities for the components to achieve proper orientation to enter the channels. This allows the components to pass through the channels to the staging portion in an orientated manner. This orientating apparatus, intended for the automatic positioning of wicks, will work on manufacturing lines with any number of apparatus or parts, as long as it is generally adjacent the utilization point.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2008
    Assignee: Eastman Kodak Company
    Inventors: Brian J. Cashimere, Gerald N. Walter
  • Publication number: 20080296127
    Abstract: The invention relates to an article-positioning machine. The inventive machine comprises means for collecting the articles in a plurality of individual housings which move in a closed circuit and for enabling the articles to fall through at least one drop zone, each of the oriented articles being directed into a corresponding alignment conduit which moves together with each housing. The machine also comprises release means for removing the oriented and aligned articles from the alignment conduits and moving same to an outfaced conveyor. Moreover, each alignment conduit comprises an upper portion which is used to collect articles from the corresponding housing, at least one self-guided mobile middle portion which defines at least one and a lower portion which receives the articles and which comprises at least two compartments to which the article can be transferred.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 1, 2003
    Publication date: December 4, 2008
    Inventors: Alex Marti Mercade, Jaime Marti Sala
  • 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
  • Publication number: 20080105514
    Abstract: Apparatus for transferring pliant articles, such as poultry carcasses or parts thereof, includes a first separator stage comprising a slide plate with spaced apart sets of guides for receiving articles and for conveying the articles toward a second separator stage. The second separator stage comprises a rotary drum with spaced apart hook-like tines which engage articles received from the slide plate for rotation to a position whereby the force of gravity allows the articles to be released from the drum to fall into respective compartments of a third separator stage. The third separator stage includes spaced apart moveable closures which are operated in timed relationship to each other to release the articles onto a conveyor or other apparatus to provide spacing and alignment of the articles generally in single file.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 7, 2006
    Publication date: May 8, 2008
    Applicant: L&W EQUIPMENT, INC.
    Inventors: Roger D. Pugh, Gary Ray Lauwers, Michael David Reano
  • Patent number: 7311191
    Abstract: A conveyor system including a plurality of conveyor assemblies linearly arranged to move product from one conveyor assembly to the next conveyor assembly through to a point of discharge and each conveyor assembly having a pair of conveyors arranged in a V-shape, each conveyor assembly having an upstream end and a downstream end, each downstream end being positioned above the upstream end of any next adjacent conveyor assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2005
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2007
    Inventor: Timothy A. Bahr
  • Patent number: 7293656
    Abstract: The present invention provides an apparatus for sorting containers commonly referred to as bottle unscrambler. The apparatus has a bowl assembly consisting of a base and an upstanding generally cylindrical sidewall, a support disc, and an actuator disc overlying the support disc. A plurality of pie-shaped disc segments are disposed in a circular array between the support disc and actuator disc, operatively connecting the actuator disc and support disc so that relative rotation of the support disc and actuator disc effects radial movement of the pie-shaped disc segments between inner and outer limit positions thereby providing a means for selectively varying the channel to accommodate containers of various sizes and shapes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2004
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2007
    Assignee: Omega Design Corporation
    Inventor: Devendra Win Shendge
  • Patent number: 7270229
    Abstract: A container feeding system is shown having an unscrambler having an unscrambler bowl providing a track or channel that is adjustable such that it can accommodate bottles of varying sizes. The system comprises an adjustable chute that is also adjustable and having a chute channel or track that is also adjustable to accommodate containers of varying sizes when the containers are conveyed from the unscrambling bowl, through the adjustable chute, and to a subsequent processing station.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2004
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2007
    Assignee: New England Machinery, Inc.
    Inventors: Nicholas J. Perazzo, David P. Pletz, Michael A. Ruth
  • Patent number: 7246701
    Abstract: The invention refers to the field of machines for orienting, straightening and aligning plastic vessels such as bottles, and in particular the invention refers to those types of machines that provide for a hopper for randomly loading the bottles that are composed of a cylindrical rotating wall (1) carrying on its external face a plurality of cradles (5) with below-placed discharging channels (8) that are substantially funnel-shaped and a carousel (7) carrying a plurality of separators (9) composing vertical channels of openings (10) in a multiple number of dischargers minus one. The machine provides a mechanical speed gear (50) for changing the speed of the separators-carrying carousel (7) with respect to the speed of the cylindrical rotating wall (1). A mechanical phase change gear (37) is further provided for changing the angular position of the separators-carrying carousel with respect to the cylindrical rotating wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2004
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2007
    Assignee: Lanfranchi S.R.L.
    Inventor: Lino Lanfranchi
  • Patent number: 7240782
    Abstract: A device for feeding a bolt-shaped element having a head and a shank to a processing unit, in particular for feeding a screw to a die head of a press. The bolt-shaped element can be fed along a firing direction of the device and the latter has a conveyer channel, which is configured to line up several bolt-shaped elements and to transport them to the processing unit. The device is equipped with a receiving hopper that tapers in the firing direction. The hopper is configured to receive shaft-end of the bolt-shaped element first and is formed of several hopper segments. One of the hopper segments is formed by a feed element that can be displaced in order to transport the bolt-shaped fixing elements in a linear manner and at least another of which is formed by a blocking element that protrudes into the conveyer channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2005
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2007
    Assignee: Richard Bergner Verbindungstechnik GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventor: Gotthard Weber
  • Patent number: 7225913
    Abstract: A device for discharging rod-like products each having one end that is large sized. The device includes a hopper having an opening in its bottom surface, a drive mechanism for oscillating the hopper, and a bottom cover for closing the opening of the hopper. An upper surface of the bottom cover is shaped such that the cover closes the opening of the hopper so that the products do not drop from the opening. The bottom cover has a slit opened in the upper surface thereof, and the slit extends in a direction perpendicular to a direction of the oscillating motion. The slit has a width that allows all but a maximum size portion of the rod-like products to pass therethrough. The drive mechanism oscillates the hopper so that the rod-like products received in the hopper are guided to the slit of the bottom cover, arranged in the slit in order, and subsequently discharged from the slit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2003
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2007
    Assignee: Fujirebio Inc.
    Inventors: Toshio Okuyama, Kazuhisa Kuwano
  • Patent number: 7219789
    Abstract: A bailing apparatus includes a bailer feeder and a bailer. The bailer feeder is arranged to feed handles to the bailer. The bailer is adapted to couple the handles to containers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2004
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2007
    Assignee: Berry Plastics Corporation
    Inventor: Gary L. Hartley
  • Patent number: 7150349
    Abstract: The object of the invention is a means for untangling springs (60) contained in a supply bin (12), characterized in that it comprises untangling means (14) with a rail (30) for receiving springs, provided with an open groove (36), means (32) for dynamically calibrating the springs, means for supplying said rail with springs and evacuation means (18).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2003
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2006
    Assignee: Societe Technique d'Automatisme et d'Ensembles a Ressorts dite Staer
    Inventor: Jean Meynieux
  • Patent number: 7108155
    Abstract: A method and apparatus (20) for accumulating articles (28) can include a dispensing of the articles with a rotating, metering drum (40) for movement to a first conveyor (50). The metering drum (40) has an entry end (86) and an exit end (88), and in a particular aspect, the metering drum (40) can be configured such that a rotation of the metering drum overcomes a static friction which would inhibit a movement of the articles (28) downstream through the metering drum. In another aspect the metering drum (40) can include at least one lug member (90) which is positioned and attached inside the metering drum at the exit end (88) of the metering drum. In further aspects, a ramp member (43) can be configured to extend an operative distance into the volume of the metering drum, and can be spaced away from an inside wall surface of the metering drum by a selected offset distance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2002
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2006
    Assignee: Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc.
    Inventors: Ronald E. Kelbert, Richard J. Ogle, Steven A. Hellmann
  • Patent number: 7036652
    Abstract: In a vibration type parts feeding method and a vibration type parts feeding device, welding nuts are put on a parts transportation track arranged in an inner wall of a vibration bowl of a parts feeder to be arranged in turn, and normal positioned welding nuts are sorted and transported from a parts discharging outlet at a top end portion of the track to a desired place. A sorting unit for passing only the normal positioned welding nuts is installed detachably adjacent to the parts discharging outlet of the vibration bowl, and thus, it becomes possible to adapt to sorting upward and downward-positioned welding nuts with various kinds of shapes and dimensions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2004
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2006
    Assignee: Dengensha Manufacturing Company Limited
    Inventors: Yoshimi Hayata, Shun-ichirou Katsuyama