By Turning Only Improperly Faced Items To Uniform Facing Patents (Class 198/399)
  • Patent number: 11077973
    Abstract: A bread slice delivery device for an automatic sandwich packaging machine. The device consists of a base plate (1), a bread receptacle base (2), a bread receptacle (3), three ball screw-type linear slide platforms, three L-shaped brackets, a rectangular push plate, two flat carrier plates, one photoelectric switch, and six proximity switches. The bread slice delivery device for an automatic sandwich packaging machine ensures that bread slices land on point accurately and that sandwich layers do not become misaligned during the delivery process; moreover, the bread storage receptacle can be swapped out easily.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 3, 2021
    Inventors: Liang Hua, Yusong Zhou, Juping Gu, Cao Zhang, Ting Ji, Fengshen Zhao, Hao Dai, Xiaojie Tian, Pengfei Li
  • Patent number: 10839988
    Abstract: A wire harness manufacturing system includes an assembly line that manufactures a wire harness and one or a plurality of supply devices that prepares to supply component magazines in which components of the wire harness are loaded in a holder to the assembly line. Each of the supply devices is capable of preparing a plurality of the component magazines which are different according to types of the components. The component magazines are capable of delivering from the supply devices to at least a part of the series of assembly steps in a state of being independent of both the assembly line and the supply device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2020
    Inventors: Kazuhiko Takada, Takuya Taniguchi, Hajime Nagano
  • Patent number: 10104873
    Abstract: An egg printing system comprises a printer (30, 31, 32) and an endless egg conveyor (1) that is adapted to move the eggs (50) past the printer. The conveyor including an endless element running around a set of rotational wheels and a drive unit defining a conveying direction of the conveyor. The egg conveyor includes a lane of egg retaining pockets (10) coupled to the endless element, said lane of retaining pockets in use moving in the conveying direction. Each retaining pocket has a central axis and an upper receiving opening to receive an egg with a longitudinal axis of the egg generally aligned with said central axis of the pocket. The pocket has a side opening at a side thereof facing in the conveying direction and/or in the opposite direction, leaving a side surface area exposed of the egg that is received in the pocket. The retaining pockets remain in an upright position in every position in the lane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: Sanovo Technology Netherlands B.V.
    Inventors: Hendrik Elferink, Jan Hordijk
  • Patent number: 9662675
    Abstract: A dispenser includes a frame, a gantry system, a dispensing unit, a substrate support assembly, a transport system, and an inverter system coupled to the frame and in communication with the transport system. The inverter system is positioned outside the substrate support assembly and configured to rotate a substrate orientation between a first position in which a top surface of the substrate is in a dispense position and a second position in which a bottom surface of the substrate is in a dispense position. The inverter system includes a first driven assembly configured to engage one edge of the substrate and a second driven assembly configured to engage an opposite edge of the substrate. The first driven assembly and the second driven assembly are configured to drive a linear movement of the substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2017
    Assignee: Illinois Tool Works Inc.
    Inventor: Dennis G. Doyle
  • Patent number: 8955666
    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: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2015
    Assignee: NHK Spring Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kazumasa Nakajima, Yukihiro Hayashi
  • Patent number: 8770381
    Abstract: A bread conveying apparatus includes a pair of rolling members spaced apart from each other along a loaf bread conveying path, an endless revolving member wound around the pair of rolling members and laid along the conveying path, a first flight mounted to the endless revolving member to urge the loaf bread along the conveying path and carry the loaf bread to a predetermined position, and a second flight mounted to the endless revolving member upstream of the first flight along the conveying path to urge the loaf bread so as to align the loaf bread with the predetermined position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2014
    Assignee: Oshikiri Machinery Ltd.
    Inventors: Nobuhiro Suzuki, Shuichi Iribe, Michinori Watanabe, Seiichi Akutsu
  • Patent number: 8573382
    Abstract: An apparatus for conveying and arranging bakery products such as hot dog buns or breadsticks. The products are delivered with their length dimensions at a variety of angular orientations and some products inverted. An aligning conveyor receives misaligned products on adjacent belts or other drive members which are driven at differential speeds to rotate the products to the proper orientation. Inverted products are conveyed against guide rails which are arranged to interact with the curved edges on the tops of the buns to roll the inverted products over. The products are conveyed in discrete lanes to properly organize them for packaging.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2013
    Assignee: United Bakery Equipment Company, Inc.
    Inventors: Paul M. Bastasch, John T. McCormick
  • Patent number: 8413788
    Abstract: A turning mechanism includes a disc-shaped rotatable carriage comprising receptacles spaced around an edge, each receptacle being adapted to receive one of polarized electronic component and including an air channel; a turn channel projecting out of the edge of the carriage, the turn channel being arc and comprising an inlet communicating with one receptacle and including a first sensor, and an outlet communicating with another receptacle and including a second sensor; an auxiliary air passageway proximate to the first sensor and projecting inward out of the turn channel, the auxiliary air passageway communicating with the turn channel and comprising an air outlet; and a polarity detector disposed externally of the carriage and being proximate to the inlet, the polarity detector being adapted to detect polarity of the polarized electronic component proximate thereto.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2013
    Inventor: Zhao-Lin Wan
  • Patent number: 8312982
    Abstract: An apparatus for conveying and arranging bakery products such as hot dog buns or breadsticks. The products are delivered with their length dimensions at a variety of angular orientations and some products inverted. An aligning conveyor receives misaligned products on adjacent belts or other drive members which are driven at differential speeds to rotate the products to the proper orientation. Inverted products are conveyed against guide rails which are arranged to interact with the curved edges on the tops of the buns to roll the inverted products over. The products are conveyed in discrete lanes to properly organize them for packaging.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2012
    Assignee: United Bakery Equipment Company, Inc.
    Inventors: Paul M. Bastasch, John T. McCormick
  • Patent number: 8261936
    Abstract: An apparatus for dispensing open-ended objects such as pharmaceutical vials includes: a housing having an internal cavity configured to house open-ended objects, the housing including a guide and a floor; a pick-up unit mounted to the housing, the pick-up unit including an endless member and at least one pick-up member attached to the endless member; and a drive unit. The endless member engages the drive unit and the guide for movement relative thereto. As the drive unit drives the endless member, the at least one pick-up member travels on a pick-up path, at least a portion of which is within the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2012
    Assignee: Parata Systems, LLC
    Inventors: Jody DuMond, Charles H. Guthrie, Joseph C. Moran, Jr., Demetris P. Young, George Raymond Abrams, Jr.
  • 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
  • Patent number: 7921981
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for conveying and arranging bakery products such as hot dog buns or breadsticks. The products are delivered with their length dimensions at a variety of angular orientations and some products inverted. An aligning conveyor receives misaligned products on adjacent belts or other drive members which are driven at differential speeds to rotate the products to the proper orientation. Inverted products are conveyed against guide rails which are arranged to interact with the curved edges on the tops of the buns to roll the inverted products over. The products are conveyed in discrete lanes to properly organize them for packaging.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2011
    Assignee: United Bakery Equipment Company, Inc.
    Inventors: Paul M. Bastasch, John T. McCormick
  • Patent number: 7819234
    Abstract: A bottle orienting device for orienting bottles including a neck with an opening on one end thereof in accordance with an embodiment of the present application includes a first belt operable to advance a bottle in a first direction, a stationary kicker extending upward relative to a lower surface of the bottle as it moves in the first direction and positioned in a path of travel of the bottle such that the bottle will rotate around the kicker as it passes the kicker, and a rotation deflector positioned above the kicker and upstream from the kicker, the rotation deflector positioned such that it prevents rotation of the bottle when desired.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 26, 2010
    Inventor: Kenneth J. Herzog
  • Patent number: 7703596
    Abstract: A case positioner system for orienting a case from an upended position to a corrected position has a frame, a conveyor translatably arranged relative to said frame, a bottom projection positioned below said conveyor, an abutment member interconnected to said frame and positioned above said conveyor, and a translator connected to the bottom projection. The bottom projection is movable between an upward position and a downward position. The abutment member is movable between an upper position and a lower position. The translator moves the bottom projection upstream on said conveyor when said abutment member is in said lower position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2010
    Inventor: Helmut Grollitsch
  • Publication number: 20080210517
    Abstract: A container transport system can have adjustable neck guides coupled along a container transport line and a neck guide positioning system operably coupled thereto. The neck guide positioning system can move the neck guides relative to the container transport line in correspondence with shapes of containers. The neck guides can extend continuously along the container transport line.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 30, 2006
    Publication date: September 4, 2008
    Inventor: Thomas M. Ingraham
  • Patent number: 7261512
    Abstract: The invention falls within the field of machines for orienting and aligning vessels or bottles made of plastics randomly inserted into a load vessel and in particular to a type of orienting and aligning machine that provides a plurality of elevators (6) that are vertically sliding along the internal wall of a rotating cylinder (1) containing randomly-placed bottles. More precisely, it refers to a device for automatically adjusting the size of the plurality of elevators placed inside the rotating cylinder depending on bottle size or format. The device provides a plurality of reduction elements (9), at least one for each elevator (6), each reduction element being inserted into the elevator without projecting and can go out of the elevator. Control means are provided for making the reduction elements go out simultaneously or sequentially.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2002
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2007
    Assignee: Lanfranchi S.R.L.
    Inventor: Mario Lanfranchi
  • Patent number: 7137502
    Abstract: A mail tray singulator for controlling the handling, movement and sensing of mail trays or other mail items into a single file arrangement on a conveyor system for downstream processing. The mail tray singulator includes conveyor modules configured at preferably right angles with respect to one another. The modules are configured so that they can be readily adapted to preexisting conveyor systems with minimal reconfiguration. The system may use differing speed, height and belt friction conveyor belts between adjacent modules to achieve separation and enhance the effect of the right angle configuration between adjacent conveyor modules. Guard rails and side rail rollers may also be employed. Photoeyes, in conjunction with a programmable logic controller, allow the conveyors to be started/stopped based on pre-programmed scenarios.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2002
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2006
    Assignee: Lockheed Martin Corporation
    Inventors: Patrick J. Carey, Thomas M. Brown, Dale J. Larson
  • Patent number: 7014032
    Abstract: A method and apparatus is disclosed for aligning rolls in a feed system. The rolls are spaced at regular intervals so as to enable incorrectly positioned rolls to be turned to the correct feed position, when necessary, while they are moving forward in a feed direction. The correct position of each roll is identified by detecting the longitudinal hole through the center of the roll.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2002
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2006
    Assignee: Pulsar S.r.l.
    Inventor: Massimo Franzaroli
  • Patent number: 6866137
    Abstract: The present invention aims to provide an article turning-round apparatus improved so that a series of articles can be successively turned round at a high velocity and there is no restriction imposed on the positions at which the articles are loaded and unloaded.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2003
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2005
    Assignee: Uni-Charm Corporation
    Inventors: Masaya Ohiro, Norikatsu Kushida, Hiroki Yamamoto
  • Patent number: 6808060
    Abstract: A machine for inspecting a transparent container. The machine utilizes a starwheel to convey non-round bottles through a number of inspection stations before releasing the bottles to an outfeed belt conveyor. The starwheel conveyor has a plurality of pockets and as a bottle is about to be released it engages a brush guide rail for properly orienting a misoriented bottle. The brush has a front edge which is concentric to the axis of the star wheel so that it will interfere with a misoriented bottle. The brush is mounted via upper and lower plates which have a front edge radially spaced from the front edge of the brush at the location where a misoriented non-round bottle will first engage the brush. The radial spacing decreases to zero as the bottle is displaced along the brush. The front edge of the brush is located so that the bottle will have an acceptable orientation at the location where the radial spacing is zero.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2003
    Date of Patent: October 26, 2004
    Assignee: Emhart Glass S.A.
    Inventor: Stephen M. Giometti
  • Patent number: 6622847
    Abstract: A compact article singulation and accumulation conveyor includes a receiving portion which receives articles in random order including clusters of side-by-side articles and a discharge portion from which articles are discharged in a single file singulated stream. A first conveying surface transports articles longitudinally from the receiving portion to the discharge portion. A recirculating bed removes side-by-side articles from a downstream portion of the first conveying surface to an upstream portion of the first conveying surface. The recirculating bed is made up of at least one peel-away conveyor having a second conveying surface adapted to move side-by-side articles laterally off the first conveying surface, at least one coupling conveyor having a third conveying surface adapted to move articles from the second conveying surface upstream and at least one return conveyor having a fourth conveying surface adapted to move articles from the third conveying surface to the first conveying surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2001
    Date of Patent: September 23, 2003
    Assignee: Rapistan Systems Advertising Corp.
    Inventors: Dennis J. Schuitema, Ronald J. DeVree, Curtis E. LeMay
  • Patent number: 6591964
    Abstract: Machine for orienting containers of the type comprising a cylindrical structure (1), a support ring (3) integral with said cylindrical structure (1) and provided with at least an interruption (3a) for offloading the containers themselves, a rotating cylinder (4) and a fixed conical structure (5), internal and coaxial to said cylindrical structure (1). The machine further comprises a plurality of elevators (6) and a plurality of arms (9) having an extremity (9b) operatively connected to a fixed cam (11) positioned inferiorly to said conical structure (5) to command the raising and lowering of the arms themselves, wherein said fixed cam (11) comprises, for each interruption (3a) of said support ring (3), at least two portions (11a) defining the upwards run of an elevator (6), said portions (11a) being positioned upstream of said interruption (3a) according to the direction of rotation of the rotating cylinder (4).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2002
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2003
    Inventor: Lino Lanfranchi
  • Patent number: 6508351
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for orienting a flexible walled article, such as a pillow type bag. With the method and apparatus, the article is presented to a pattern detector which detects a pattern on the surface of the article. The detected pattern is compared with at least one of a number of predetermined patterns representing respective orientations of the article, to identify the orientation of the presented article. When the identified orientation is not a required orientation, the article is automatically turned in a manner dependent on the identified orientation so that the article takes up the required orientation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2000
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2003
    Assignee: Ishida Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Johnny Martin Bogedahl Christoffersen, David William Payne
  • Patent number: 6446784
    Abstract: In a sorting apparatus for, for instance, eggs, an apparatus for turning eggs is arranged. The eggs are located on rollers which are mounted on axes of a roller conveyor. Further provided is a detection device for scanning the direction of orientation of each egg during transport on the roller conveyor, while turning elements are mounted on an endless chain, which turning elements during transport on the roller conveyor pick up the eggs from the roller conveyor, if necessary turn the eggs with the point in a pre-set direction, and subsequently deposit the eggs on a next transporting apparatus. The detection device consists of a device for effecting images of the eggs passing and for electronically processing the images, whereby an orientation signal is formed and a turning signal is delivered to the turning apparatus for turning the eggs in the desired direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2000
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2002
    Assignee: FPS Food Processing Systems B.V.
    Inventors: Willem Veldhuizen, Gerrit Hout, Jos Janssen, Hossein Moayeri
  • Patent number: 6419074
    Abstract: A conveying system for conveying articles, each having a label with indicia, on one end, either a leading or a trailing end. There is a conveyor having multiple sections, each defining a longitudinal conveying path for moving the articles. Each is driven independently from the other sections. The conveyor has a plurality of tray sensors, with at least one on each conveyor section for detecting whether there is a tray on that section. There is also a scanner which detects whether a tray moving along the conveyor has a label on its leading end or its trailing end. A turning arm conveyor section is located downstream from the scanner and arranged to receive control signals from the scanner for momentarily intercepting all articles which are determined by the detector to have the label on the incorrect end. This turning arm conveyor has a turning arm, and a limit stop arranged to prevent the articles moved angularly from being moved further than desired.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2000
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2002
    Assignee: Lockheed Martin Corporation
    Inventors: John Rasile, Michael E. Caporali, Richard J. Holmberg
  • Patent number: 6398007
    Abstract: An orientation identification device is provided in a transporting route for a parts feeder which transports parts in a desired orientation. The orientation identifying device can identify the orientation of the parts, and according to the orientation thus identified, an inverting mechanism corrects the orientation of parts. Due to the clear identification of the orientation of parts, sorting of the parts can be achieved without failure by the inverting mechanism. Even when the orientation of parts is not normal, reduction in a yield rate can be controlled because of the feed to a downstream side by inverting them.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 1999
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2002
    Assignee: Sumitomo Wiring Systems, Ltd.
    Inventor: Makoto Yamada
  • Patent number: 6325200
    Abstract: A selecting device (1) having a conveyor (5) for receiving a succession of caps (2)—for sealed pourable food product packages—arranged randomly in two opposite input positions, and for transferring the caps (2) along a path (P) to an output station (7); a sensor assembly (8) for determining the position of each cap (2); and an expulsion assembly (9) located at the output station (7) and activated selectively by the sensor assembly (8) to expel from the conveyor (5) relative caps (2) in a first of the input positions; the path (P) having a U-shaped orienting portion (P2) along which the caps (2) fed to the conveyor (5) in a second of the input positions are turned over through 180° into the first input position; and a first and a second air nozzle (33, 34) of the expulsion assembly (9) being located respectively upstream and downstream from the orienting portion, and being activated independently by the sensor assembly (8) to act on relative caps (2) facing the first and second air nozzle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2000
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2001
    Assignee: Tetra Laval Holdings & Finance S.A.
    Inventor: Luca Poppi
  • Patent number: 6276512
    Abstract: An inverter for reversing the orientation of a pharmaceutical dosage form at a discontinuity in a path of travel is described. The inverter receives dosage forms from an input path and delivers rectified dosage forms to an output path. In addition, a dosage form rectifier comprising an inverter is described. The dosage form rectifier receives randomly oriented dosage forms and delivers uniformly oriented dosage forms without recycling any of the dosage forms. In a repeating cycle for each dosage form supplied to the rectifier, the orientation of the dosage form is determined and dosage forms having a desired orientation are maintained in the desired orientation and delivered from the dosage form rectifier while dosage forms having an inverted orientation have their orientation rectified at the inverter before being delivered from the dosage form rectifier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 1999
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2001
    Assignee: Alza Corporation
    Inventors: Johan H. Geerke, Antonio A. Crisologo
  • Patent number: 6189676
    Abstract: An orienting assembly for medicinal capsules; the orienting assembly being characterized by having a rotary drum having seats, each for housing a top or bottom shell oriented in one of two opposite spatial directions; and by having a nozzle for generating compressed air jets, so that, if the top or bottom shell is oriented with the convexity facing the nozzle, the initial position of the top or bottom shell remains unchanged; whereas, if the top or bottom shell is oriented with the concavity facing the nozzle, the top or bottom shell is inverted by the compressed air jet generated by the nozzle; the invention also relating to a supply and orienting unit featuring the above orienting assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 1999
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2001
    Assignee: MG2 S.p.A
    Inventor: Angelo Ansaloni
  • Patent number: 6155775
    Abstract: An apparatus and method feeding, destacking and orienting books for subsequent operation such as a jacket wrapping operation. This is achieved by feeding stacks of books forwardly on a conveyor into a destacking station. The books are stripped one at a time from a stack at a stacking station and fed forwardly. A sensor senses the orientation of the book and controls a selectively turning, usually of alternating books, to have all the book backbones facing in the same direction while they are traveling forwardly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 1999
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2000
    Assignee: R. R. Donnelley & Sons Company
    Inventors: Paul E. Depinet, Carolyn S. Lambert, Donald E. Detterman
  • Patent number: 6152282
    Abstract: A laned conveyor apparatus includes an infeed roller and an outfeed roller rotatably mounted to a frame in spaced apart relation for movably supporting a flexible product-carrying belt that forms a closed loop about the rollers to define a conveying region having a length and a width. A plurality of elastic separating bands are removably positioned around the rollers and the product-carrying belt and spaced apart at intervals along the width of the conveying region to form lanes along the length of the conveying region. The separating bands contact an outer surface of the product-carrying belt to form a frictional interface with the product-carrying belt that causes the separating bands to move in coordination with movement of the product-carrying belt. A guide mechanism mounted to the frame includes multiple guide features spaced apart at intervals along the width of the conveying region for guiding the separating bands so that the lanes are accurately and precisely positioned in relation to the frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 1999
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2000
    Assignee: SRC Vision, Inc.
    Inventors: James Ewan, Philip L. Hoffman
  • Patent number: 6000524
    Abstract: An apparatus for orientating randomly organized articles formed of spaced planar members coupled along an edge of the planar members to define an opened end and a closed end along the edge where the planar members are coupled. The apparatus includes a conveyor for moving articles along a conveyor path between first and second positions, and at least one elongated member extending across the conveyor between first and second positions. The elongated member is aligned at an elevated height above a surface of the conveyor to define a gap between the member and the conveyor surface. The extent of the gap is sized greater than the thickness of the planar members and less than the height of the article formed by the planar members for orientating randomly organized articles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 1997
    Date of Patent: December 14, 1999
    Assignee: The Pillsbury Company
    Inventor: Tracy K. Vetruba
  • Patent number: 5992129
    Abstract: The orienting device of the present invention will properly orient a closure which is transferred from a hopper to be applied to a container in connection with a form, fill and seal packaging machine. The present invention will also maintain the orientation on an anvil as the anvil moves the closure from the orienting device to a container through exertion of a vacuum on the closure. The present invention also discloses a specific closure for use with an overall orienting closure system. The orienting device will have at least two channels which maintain the closure as the closure is oriented into a desired position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 1997
    Date of Patent: November 30, 1999
    Assignee: Tetra Laval Holdings & Finance, SA
    Inventors: Ron Tuckner, Bengt Bengtsson, Ken Nortman, Glen Peterson
  • Patent number: 5967505
    Abstract: An apparatus is provided for feeding fabric workpieces one at a time from the top of a stack of like workpieces having a first rough side and a second smooth side, the workpieces being stacked with alternating sides up. A computer controlled picker is used to separate the top workpiece from the remaining workpieces in the stack, and for depositing the workpiece on a downstream conveyor. An ultrasonic face detector is mounted above the first conveyor for determining whether the side of the workpiece facing the face detector--the top surface--is relatively rough or relatively smooth. A pivoting feeder/inverter is provided at the end of the first conveyor. If the workpiece has the desired side up for subsequent sewing operations, the inverter/conveyor is placed in a first position so that the workpiece is directed into a sandwich belt type conveyor which will not change the orientation of the workpiece.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 1997
    Date of Patent: October 19, 1999
    Assignee: Levi Strauss & Co.
    Inventors: Wei-Chin Lin, Donald L. Klusmann, Frederick N. Mueller, Pedro T. Silva, Frank Ch Kim, Kent Joell Halland, Timothy Matthew Blount, Steven Alan Amigh
  • Patent number: 5845759
    Abstract: The cloth piece transfer apparatus with side inverter of the invention is applied to the case of continuous feed of cut cloth pieces into a sewing machine or the like. Pickup 14 pinches holds and lifts the rear portion of the cloth piece N in the process of transfer of the cloth pieces N supplied and supported in horizontal position in uneven sides on a transfer device 4. A rodless cylinder 7 moves the pickup 14 in the transfer direction at a speed faster than the transfer speed of the transfer device 4. The cloth piece N moved by this rodless cylinder 7 is brought into contact with an inverting member 18 disposed beneath the middle position of the moving route of the pickup 14, and the sides of the cloth piece N are inverted. The inverted cloth piece N is dropped and supported on the transfer device 4. It enhances the transfer efficiency and is enable to transfer by inverting the sides without disturbing the interval of the cloth pieces supplied continuously.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 1997
    Date of Patent: December 8, 1998
    Assignee: Pegasus Sewing Machine Mfg. Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Takashi Takada, Toru Yamazaki
  • Patent number: 5823317
    Abstract: Apparatus is disclosed for orientating articles being moved along a conveyor for processing, so that a selected feature of each article is facing in the same predetermined direction, ie. handle leading. The apparatus comprises a support member having a pair of parallel longitudinally extending drive belts attached thereto, for gripping an article therebetween for advancement of the article along the predetermined path. The apparatus further comprises structure for selectively rotating the support member to orientate the feature of the article in the predetermined direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 1996
    Date of Patent: October 20, 1998
    Assignee: New England Machinery, Inc.
    Inventors: Geza E. Bankuty, Nicholas J. Perazzo, Steven Louis Pearson
  • Patent number: 5735382
    Abstract: An apparatus for feeding a setscrew having a recess includes an upper and a lower guide pipes, an inner cylindrical member, a supporting shaft, an outer cylindrical member and a dispensing member. The upper guide pipe is disposed between a setscrew supplier and the outer cylindrical member, while the lower guide pipe between the outer cylindrical and a setscrew fitting machine. The inner cylindrical member is inserted into a cavity of the outer cylindrical member in such a way that a first guide hole thereof is disposed in communication with a second guide hole of the outer cylindrical member. A pin, which extends radially inwardly in the cavity, is fitted into a circumferential groove of the inner cylindrical member and moves along it during the rotation of the outer cylindrical member. The outer cylindrical member is rotatably fixed onto the supporting shaft at one end and the other end is coupled to a rotating means.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 1996
    Date of Patent: April 7, 1998
    Assignee: Daewoo Electronics, Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Jong-Kun Jung
  • Patent number: 5680743
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method of conveying, slicing and packaging half loaves, starting from whole bread loaves. The loaves, which are conveyed perpendicularly to their longitudinal direction, are sliced in halves by a band slicer arranged in the path of conveyance, and one half from each loaf is turned about an axis extending perpendicularly to the plane of conveyance of the loaves, and the halves of each loaf are positioned one behind the other, are sliced into slices and are packaged in bags. The half to be turned is accelerated in forward direction and is brought in front of the other half from the respective loaf during turning. The invention also relates to an apparatus including a turn table to turn said half.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 1996
    Date of Patent: October 28, 1997
    Assignee: Jongerius B.V.
    Inventor: Aldert J. Westra Hoekzema
  • Patent number: 5630496
    Abstract: An apparatus for receiving, in an infeed section, a stream of distributed items deposited in rows of like position. A slide mechanism is is selectively movable between a slide position and a flip position. In the slide position, the item drops off the edge of the belt and slides across the primary slide surface and onto a second slide mechanism having a secondary slide surface that is positioned to be in substantially the same plane as the primary slide surface. The slide mechanism is moved into the flip position for every other row of items. The items to be flipped come off the conveyor belt and come into contact with an abutting surface. This surface changes the direction of the item as it moves towards the transport mechanism in conjunction with a reverse slide surface of the second slide mechanism. The item slides down the reverse slide surface on its top surface, thus flipping over approximately from its orientation on the infeed conveyor belt.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 1995
    Date of Patent: May 20, 1997
    Assignee: Machine Builders and Design
    Inventor: Herman D. Mims
  • Patent number: 5605216
    Abstract: A board turning apparatus is provided with a conveyor for transporting a board through an inspection station; the inspection station includes an array of photocells located below the conveyor and which operate to detect and scan the facing surface of a board as it passes over the photocell or is held in the inspection station by a detent arm; the output of the scan by the photocell array is delivered to a computer having an analyzing program for detecting discoloration in the surface or edges of the board that are scanned by comparing the scan to a set of conditions stored in the computer; a turning arm is connected to the computer and is actuated to engage an edge of the board and turn the board over by rotating it about its opposite edge on the conveyor to turn over the board to facilitate and optimize subsequent operations on the board such as edging of the board.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 1994
    Date of Patent: February 25, 1997
    Assignee: Hi-Tech Engineering Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher Raybon, Russell R. Kennedy, L. Charles Gaither, Patrick M. Conry
  • Patent number: 5566811
    Abstract: On a cigarette filter assembly machine, (2), a first and second succession of side by side, oppositely-oriented filter-tipped cigarettes are fed to a turnover unit settable to two distinct operating positions for turning over by the cigarettes in one or other of the two successions; the overturned cigarettes being transferred onto the opposite side of the cigarettes in the other succession to form two successions of equioriented, transversely-spaced cigarettes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 1994
    Date of Patent: October 22, 1996
    Assignee: G.D Societa' Per Azioni
    Inventors: Fiorenzo Draghetti, Salvatore Rizzoli
  • Patent number: 5560470
    Abstract: Disclosed is a device for discriminating the right sides of test strips in an automated analyzer for arranging the test strips such that the right sides thereof may face in one direction, which comprises: suction holes formed on a transportation stage to be aligned in the direction orthogonal to the direction that the test strips are moved, at the positions corresponding to the intervals between test pads impregnated with reagents of the test strip; and suction holes formed on a turntable disposed subsequent to the transportation stage, at the positions corresponding to the intervals between the test pads impregnated with reagents of the test strip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 1995
    Date of Patent: October 1, 1996
    Assignee: Bayer Corporation
    Inventors: Hiroshi Yokota, Keiji Takahashi
  • Patent number: 5531310
    Abstract: A mechanism is set forth that prevents packages from tipping as the packages are moved along a conveyor line. The mechanism employs a at least one gate, a detecting means for detecting when a tipping package has been righted and holding means for holding the gate in a closed position until the detecting means detects a righted package. In one embodiment, the mechanism comprises an upper gate and a lower gate mounted in the path of a moving conveyor belt. The upper gate and lower gate are operatively connected by a camming mechanism which prevents the upper gate from opening under the influence of the upper portion of a package until the lower gate is engaged by the lower portion of the package.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 1994
    Date of Patent: July 2, 1996
    Assignee: Tetra Laval Holdings & Finance S.A.
    Inventor: Kosaku Itoh
  • Patent number: 5459990
    Abstract: A high efficiency facility for producing yarn is provided wherein fibers pass through machines in the following order: a mixing mechanism (1), a first pair of cleaners (5, 7), a laydown cross blender (11), a second pair of cleaners (15, 17), an air fiber separator (23), a pair of vertical mixers (26, 28), a pair of air fiber separators (33, 35), and a pair of multiple chute feeders (41, 43). A plurality of carding machines (61) receive the fibers from the feeders (41, 43) and produce carded sliver from the fibers. A coiling apparatus (63) receives the carded sliver from each of the carding machines (61) and coils it into a plurality of carding containers, from which a drawing frame (71) feeds the carded sliver into a plurality of drawing containers. A plurality of open-end spinning machines (81) spin the carded sliver into yarn packages.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 1993
    Date of Patent: October 24, 1995
    Assignee: TNS Mills, Inc.
    Inventor: Kiyohiro Tsuzuki
  • Patent number: 5439093
    Abstract: An apparatus for unscrambling a population of containers. The apparatus comprises an in-feed guide supplying containers in a random neck-leading and neck-trailing orientations to a carousel rotating about a horizontal axis. The carousel supports a plurality of container handling stations that transport individual containers from the in-feed guide to an output station, typically a conveyor belt. During the transport between the in-feed guide and the conveyor belt the container handling stations alter the longitudinal orientation of selected containers so that all the containers dispensed on the conveyor belt acquire a uniform longitudinal orientation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 1994
    Date of Patent: August 8, 1995
    Assignee: H. G. Kalish Inc.
    Inventor: Hughes Drewitz
  • Patent number: 5435431
    Abstract: According to the invention there is provided a tipping device comprising a conveyor, a photodetector, a chute including two selectively translatable ramps disposed at the discharge end of the conveyor, air cylinders for translating the ramps, and a tipper bar which is exposed when the ramps are translated. More particularly, when the ramps are closed, the containers simply move from the conveyor down the chute to another conveyor. When a signal generated by the photodetector is received by the air cylinders, the air cylinders retract, thus moving the two ramps to an open position, and exposing the tipper bar. The momentum from the weight and acceleration of the container as it impacts the tipper bar flips the container on its top. After receiving a second signal from the photodetector, the air cylinders extend and the ramps close so that the next container slides down the chute without engaging the tipper bar.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 1994
    Date of Patent: July 25, 1995
    Assignee: Cardinal Packaging, Inc.
    Inventor: Bret M. Baum
  • Patent number: 5429471
    Abstract: An apparatus for loading objects packed in alternating orientations, for loading into automatic machines for the purposes of subsequent processing where the objects must be presented one by one with the same orientation is made up of two angle plates, a magazine carriage, a thruster, an elevator, a translationally moveable extractor unit, a track for removing the extracted objects, parallel guides along the final stretch of the track, separated from each other by a distance equal to the least thickness of the extracted objects, two other removing tracks downstream of the parallel guides, one track leading to the automatic machine to which the objects are to be fed, and the other leading to advice for inverting the objects.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 1994
    Date of Patent: July 4, 1995
    Assignee: Ecofina S.r.l.
    Inventor: Roberto Roccabella
  • Patent number: 5427028
    Abstract: A printing plates lifting apparatus having storing function in a rotary press having upper and lower printing units arranged in tiers and upper and lower work floors corresponding to the printing units. The printing plates lifting apparatus comprises upper and lower rotating bodies, opposed endless flexible bodies which are engaged with vertically opposed upper and lower rotating bodies, driving means for rotating the rotating bodies to run the endless flexible bodies, and printing plate hanging members arranged along and between the endless flexible bodies.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 1994
    Date of Patent: June 27, 1995
    Assignee: Tokyo Kikai Seisakusho, Ltd.
    Inventors: Yosuke Nobuta, Kazuaki Shibuya
  • Patent number: 5394973
    Abstract: A sorter for orienting integrated circuit devices comprises first, second, and third sections. The first section receives the devices and sorts them into those with a leads down orientation and those with a leads up orientation. The first section comprises two opposing faces, each having a pair of lead channels. The first face lead channels receive leads of devices having a leads down orientation, and the second face lead channels receive leads of devices having a leads up orientation. The second section comprises a first channel for receiving devices from the first section having a leads down orientation, and a second channel for receiving devices from the first section having a leads up orientation. The second section further comprises an inverter integral to the second channel for inverting devices passing therethrough to a leads down orientation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 1994
    Date of Patent: March 7, 1995
    Assignee: Micron Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Scott T. Emmart, Bryan E. Boson, Michael D. Harmon
  • Patent number: 5385434
    Abstract: A connector delivery system delivers an electrical connector component from a storage container to a processing station regardless of the relative orientation of the storage container to the processing station. The storage container contains a plurality of the connector components. A delivery conduit communicates between the storage container and the processing station. An air jet is located within the delivery conduit for effecting a pressure differential therewithin to create a vacuum to cause movement of the connector components in the delivery conduit in a downstream direction from the storage container to the processing station without the use of gravitational forces. A selector pawl upstream of the air jet feeds the connector components through the delivery conduit one component at a time in an incremental fashion. An orientation track between the selector pawl and the air jet is effective to deliver the connector components in a predetermined orientation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 1994
    Date of Patent: January 31, 1995
    Assignee: Molex Incorporated
    Inventors: Robert L. Quinn, Edwin W. Parkinson, James R. Pelletier