By An Orbitally Moving Conveyor Patents (Class 198/408)
  • Patent number: 10703583
    Abstract: The invention relates to a stacking station for a thermoforming installation, to a method for producing cup-shaped products in a thermoforming installation and to a thermoforming installation equipped therewith. Ejecting products out of a film plane onto an additional conveyor belt using a pusher is known. The additional conveyor belt first brings the products to a tilting device. After actuation of the tilting device, the products lie on their side and are conveyed onward from there. The present invention provides first pre-stacking the products coming from the ejector, to then tilt them, preferably by way of their own weight, and to stack them only once they are lying.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: KIEFEL GmbH
    Inventors: Gerhard Wieser, Peter Knoll
  • Patent number: 10549943
    Abstract: A printed unit block aligning device includes a supporting element and an alignment transfer rail. The supporting element is opened and closed between a supporting position and a releasing position. The alignment transfer rail receives the group of the printed unit blocks dropped in response to move of the supporting element to the releasing position, aligns the printed unit blocks in each line unit block in a vertical direction, and feeds the printed unit blocks vertically at a constant speed using alignment transferring element. An electrical controlling element is provided that electrically controls timing of dropping the printed unit blocks from the supporting element onto the alignment transfer rail.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2020
    Assignee: UNO SEISAKUSHO CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Tadao Uno, Yosuke Uno
  • Patent number: 10358299
    Abstract: A loading device (10) for continuously loading receiving units (4.1-4.8) with transport goods (T), wherein the loading device (10) comprises a plurality of receiving units (4.1-4.8), a conveyor device (2), in which the receiving units (4.1-4.8) can be conveyed, a supply device (3) for supplying transport goods (T) and a transfer device (1), which is designed to acquire the transport goods (T) from the supply device (3), as well as to convey and transfer the transport goods to the receiving units (4.1-4.8), wherein the transfer device (1) and the receiving units (4.1-4.8) can be moved in the same direction during the transfer of the transport goods (T).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Assignee: FERAG AG
    Inventors: Martin Ruge, Markus Felix
  • Patent number: 10351151
    Abstract: A movable rack system for storing carts or other suitable transports for storing rolls of synthetic turf. Alternatively, the rolls of synthetic turf may be stored directly on the rack systems. A first row of rack systems contains N rack systems. An adjacent row contains N?1 rack systems. The rack systems in the adjacent row can be moved laterally so that access to the first row is available for loading and unloading rack systems contained in that row. In a second moveable rack system, a plurality of satellite hubs rotate about a central hub such that support structures on the satellite hubs are capable of rotating into a loading position and then rotating away from the loading position to a storage position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Inventor: Mark H. Nicholls
  • Patent number: 10343844
    Abstract: To store sensor devices in a sensor storage system, the sensor devices are hanged on hangers in the sensor storage system. The sensor devices are transported through stations of the sensor storage system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: WESTERNGECO L.L.C.
    Inventor: Pascal Guillaume Edme
  • Patent number: 10285433
    Abstract: A capsule rupture testing system includes a positioning channel configured to receive one or more smoking article filters therein. The smoking article filters include a filter material and a capsule object disposed therein. The system includes a smoking article positioning device configured to position the smoking article filter elements at a testing position within the positioning channel. The system includes a rupturing device that includes an actuating element configured to operably engage at least one smoking article filter element at the testing position. The testing position aligns the actuating element with an expected position of the capsule object. The rupturing device also includes a measuring element configured to determine a deformation measurement associated with deforming the filter element. The system also includes an analysis unit configured to analyze the deformation measurement and configured to determine a rupture point of the capsule object. An associated method is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company
    Inventor: Balager Ademe
  • Patent number: 10227147
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method as well as to an apparatus for manufacturing packaging units in a tubular bag forming, filling and sealing machine. Separated products (46, 47) are transferred to a portioning device (20) by means of a horizontal conveyor (18) in order to manufacture portion units (21) with a defined arrangement and number of products, and the portion units, which are enveloped by a film web (34), are subsequently conveyed to a separating device with the help of a vertical conveyor (22) in order to separate the packaging units. The portioning device is used both to manufacture the portion units and to synchronize the portioning device with the horizontal conveyor and the vertical conveyor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: HASTAMAT VERPACKUNGSTECHNIK GMBH
    Inventors: Olaf Piepenbrock, Horst Konstandin
  • Patent number: 9771234
    Abstract: A printed unit block aligning device includes a supporting element and an alignment transfer rail. The supporting element is opened and closed between a supporting position and a releasing position. The alignment transfer rail receives the group of the printed unit blocks dropped in response to move of the supporting element to the releasing position, aligns the printed unit blocks in each line unit block in a vertical direction, and feeds the printed unit blocks vertically at a constant speed using alignment transferring element. An electrical controlling element is provided that electrically controls timing of dropping the printed unit blocks from the supporting element onto the alignment transfer rail.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 26, 2017
    Assignee: Uno Seisakusho Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Tadao Uno, Yosuke Uno
  • Patent number: 9766114
    Abstract: An inspection system configured to inspect a plurality of capsule objects is provided. The system includes an imaging device for capturing an image of the capsule object's exterior and a weighing device for measuring the capsule object's weight. The system also includes an analysis unit configured to analyze the captured images and the measured weights of the capsule objects. The analysis unit is configured to execute an edge detection tool that determines the capsule object's dimensions and whether the capsule object is defective based at least in part on the measured dimensions. The analysis unit is also configured to execute a weight analysis tool configured to determine whether the capsule object is defective based on the capsule object's weight. An associated method and a non-transitory, computer-readable storage medium having computer-readable program code portions stored therein that are executable by a processor are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company
    Inventor: Balager Ademe
  • Patent number: 9747741
    Abstract: Presently disclosed embodiments are directed to systems and methods for bundling smaller stacks of bank notes into larger sized bundles that are efficient for transportation. The system may include an in-line bundler disposed along pockets of a currency processor for receiving stacks of bank notes directly from the pocket. That way, the smaller stacks of bank notes do not have to be removed from the currency processor and transported to a separate bundler machine. Instead, the currency processor features a desired number of bundler machines disposed in-line with the corresponding pockets where the bank notes are initially received and stacked. This arrangement may enable efficient stacking and bundling of bank notes sorted via the currency processor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2017
    Assignee: Toshiba International Corporation
    Inventor: Jun Sheng
  • Patent number: 9617022
    Abstract: A method and system for packaging products provides for initially, vertically stacking a plurality of products during production in a transfer canister, simultaneously removing a stack of the products from the transfer canister, reorienting the stack and horizontally loading the stack into a final product package cavity. The invention has applicability to a wide range of products, particularly food products, such as refrigerated dough products. In one embodiment of the invention, the product package cavity is thermoformed as part as an overall horizontal form, fill and seal system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2017
    Assignee: General Mills, Inc.
    Inventors: James W. Finkowski, Craig E. Gustafson, Mark E. Arlinghaus, Ralph Stenvik, Dennis B. Usgaard
  • Patent number: 9027732
    Abstract: A unit for transferring and up-ending at least one sealed package containing a pourable food product and having a first axis, comprising: at least one push member which cooperates with package to feed it along a first path from an in-feed station to an out-feed station; the path extending about a second axis; the unit further comprising a guide cooperating with a first side of package along first path to up-end it from an in-feed position, in which it is positioned with first axis oriented in a first direction, to an out-feed position, in which it is positioned with first axis oriented in a second direction crosswise to first direction; and an anti-rotating mechanism cooperating with package along path to prevent package from rotating about first axis; an anti-rotating mechanism comprising a pressure element rotatable about second axis and adapted to cooperate, in use, with package.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2015
    Assignee: Tetra Laval Holdings & Finance S.A.
    Inventor: Franco Santi
  • Patent number: 8915349
    Abstract: In a device for feeding book blocks (2) into the infeed channel (11) of a subsequent processing arrangement with a book block feeder (30) that essentially feeds the book blocks (2) into the infeed channel (11) vertically from above transverse to the conveying direction of the infeed channel (11), at least one push-out unit (51) is driven separately of the at least one pusher (14) of the infeed channel (11) and provided in the infeed channel (11) in the region of the book block feeder (30). The separate drive makes it possible to define a push-off motion that allows a gentle start of the push-out unit (51) relative to the book block (2) to be pushed off on the one hand and a synchronous transfer to the continuously moving pusher (14) of the infeed channel (11) on the other hand.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 23, 2014
    Assignee: Kolbus GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Yahya Tas, Nicolas Regent
  • Patent number: 8833542
    Abstract: The present disclosure is directed to a method of applying a fluid pressure to a portion of a transfer member of a transfer assembly. The transfer member rotates about a first rotation axis and comprises leading and trailing portions. The portion of the transfer member is rotatable about a second rotation axis between a first position and a second position. The method comprises providing a fluid conduit in fluid communication with the leading or trailing portion of the portion of the transfer member when the portion of the transfer member is in the first position, rotating the portion of transfer member between the first position and the second position, and maintaining the fluid conduit in fluid communication with the same of the leading or trailing portion of the portion of the transfer member after the portion of the transfer member is moved into the second position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2014
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Clifford Theodore Papsdorf, Uwe Schneider
  • Patent number: 8770382
    Abstract: In a device for feeding book blocks (2) into the infeed channel (11) of a subsequent processing arrangement with an intermittently rotating star feeder (31) that features several block receptacles (34) that are arranged on a roller divided into disks (33) in a star-shaped fashion and respectively feature perpendicularly aligned first and second locating surfaces (34.1, 34.2), it is proposed that the star feeder (31) features several clamping jaws (36) that are respectively assigned to the block receptacles (34) and arranged parallel to the second locating surfaces (34.2), as well as movable relative to the latter. The star feeder (31) can be operated with a significantly higher angular acceleration and rotational speed without risking that the book blocks lose contact in the block receptacles (34). Even loosely gathered book blocks (2) can be flawlessly processed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2014
    Assignee: Kolbus GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Yahya Tas, Nicolas Regent
  • Patent number: 8684657
    Abstract: A transfer apparatus of a line end of a folder-gluer for cardboard boxes includes a transfer bed (1) with a double, opposite array of transmission belts (C1a, C1b, C2a, C2b) which define a transfer track for the displacement of flattened, folded boxes, wherein the transfer bed (1) is oscillatingly mounted about a horizontal axis (a-a?) on a U-shaped support structure (21, 22, 24) which is in turn rotatingly mounted according to a vertical axis (b-b?) on a base frame (26), the rotation according to the horizontal axis (a-a?) and according to the vertical axis (b-b?) occurring through a first (M1) and a second (M2 M2?) motor, respectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 1, 2014
    Assignee: Revicart S.r.l.
    Inventor: Giuseppe Pini
  • Patent number: 8651320
    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: September 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2014
    Assignee: Parata Systems, LLC
    Inventors: Jody DuMond, Charles H. Guthrie, Joseph C. Moran, Jr., Demetris P. Young, George Raymond Abrams, Jr.
  • Patent number: 8616363
    Abstract: Apparatus for stacking sticks of split-firewood has a drum with interior flights as well as a ramp and chute which do not rotate with the drum. The flights partition the inside wall of the drum into a procession of shelves and pockets. Each shelf extends radially between the drum sidewall and an inner edge. The ramp is mounted inside the drum and has an axially extending upper edge disposed to be spaced by a small gap from the shelf edges at about 9 o'clock relative clockwise rotation of the drum. The chute is also mounted partly inside the drum slopes from a top to a discharge end. The chute is mounted relative to the ramp to form a catch zone for sticks sliding off the ramp inside the drum. The chute furthermore extends outside the drum to discharge sticks of split firewood in neat stacks there.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2013
    Inventor: Robert J. Carter
  • Publication number: 20130213766
    Abstract: In a device for feeding book blocks (2) into the infeed channel (11) of a subsequent processing arrangement with a book block feeder (30) that essentially feeds the book blocks (2) into the infeed channel (11) vertically from above transverse to the conveying direction of the infeed channel (11), at least one push-out unit (51) is driven separately of the at least one pusher (14) of the infeed channel (11) and provided in the infeed channel (11) in the region of the book block feeder (30). The separate drive makes it possible to define a push-off motion that allows a gentle start of the push-out unit (51) relative to the book block (2) to be pushed off on the one hand and a synchronous transfer to the continuously moving pusher (14) of the infeed channel (11) on the other hand.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 21, 2013
    Publication date: August 22, 2013
    Applicant: KOLBUS GMBH & CO. KG
    Inventor: Kolbus GmbH & Co. KG
  • Patent number: 8302763
    Abstract: An apparatus for buffering products comprises at least three buffer conveyors arranged in series, which can be driven independently of each other, a first buffer conveyor which can be connected to supply device for supplying products and a last buffer conveyor which can be connected to discharge device for discharging the products, wherein the buffer conveyors are so arranged that each of the products follows the same conveying path and that at least one of the buffer conveyors comprises a spiral path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2012
    Assignee: Specialty Conveyor B.V.
    Inventors: Johannes Wilhelmus Broers, Jozef Walter Maria Hopman, Wouter Balk
  • 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: 8151971
    Abstract: An apparatus or device is described for forming a continuous and cadenced flow of groups of rolls of paper or other products, coming from the production line or from pre-packaging lines, and rotated by a carousel with horizontal shaft of rotation. The carousel is provided with the blades of L-shaped stalls which pass cyclically and in the right phase between and underneath pairs of supports, to raise the products positioned thereon and set them on a horizontal conveyor. The stalls are controlled to rotate with respect to the carousel in a direction opposite the direction of rotation of the carousel to avoid interference with the products once the products are placed on the horizontal conveyor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2012
    Assignee: KPL Packaging S.p.A.
    Inventors: Nicola Baldanza, Giordano Gorrieri, Nicola Giuliani
  • Patent number: 8136651
    Abstract: A method for sorting and/or orienting caps using an automated capping line can comprise providing a single cap to a cap-receiving cavity defined in a body of a puck. In various embodiments, the body can be vibrated to settle and/or orient the cap to a properly oriented position within the cap-receiving cavity. In at least one embodiment, the vibrating can include applying horizontal vibration and/or vertical vibration to the body. As a result, the properly oriented caps can be conveyed to a capping machine configured to apply each cap to a cap-receiving portion of a container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2012
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Robert Paul Cassoni, Clifford Theodore Papsdorf
  • 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: 8051973
    Abstract: A device for transferring objects from a printing machine chuck to a support and distancing pin, the chuck and the pin being moved on two independent paths, at a point of which paths they are parallel to one another and at a predetermined reciprocal distance, the device comprising a carriage which is mobile in a parallel direction to the chuck and to the pin, between a distant position from the chuck and the pin to a close position to the chuck and the pin, means for gripping and releasing the objects being provided on the carriage, which means for gripping and releasing are mobile along a trajectory in a perpendicular plane to the carriage in order to be placed alternatively in front of the chuck and the pin, the trajectory including at least a tract in which it is parallel to the path of the pins.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2011
    Assignee: Decomac-Societa' a Responsabilita' Limitata
    Inventors: Milo Campioli, Vittorio Ferrari
  • Patent number: 7946413
    Abstract: A conveying device for conveying substantially round objects, such as eggs or fruit. The conveyor device has a roller conveyor with an endless transport element and successive rows of one or more rollers An object receiving space for receiving an object is delimited by two successive rollers. The roller conveyor has a discharge end where said objects are discharged by falling from said roller conveyor. The conveyor device furthermore has a second conveyor with an endless element and successive rows of one or more object holders, each object holder having an opening allowing to receive an object therein The second conveyor has a receiving end which is positioned in line with the discharge end of the roller conveyor so as to receive objects discharged by falling from the roller conveyor in the object holders of the second conveyor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2011
    Assignee: Staalkat International B.V.
    Inventors: Jan Hordijk, Peter Silvester William Ribbers, Jan Willem Pennings
  • Patent number: 7942405
    Abstract: In a mail processing machine, a fixed mounting of an envelope turning station relative to an upstream stuffing station, and therefore a simple construction of the drive for the envelope turning station, can be achieved in that the items of goods for despatch to be turned through 180° are drawn by grippers of a gripper chain into the region of horizontally opening tongs of the envelope turning cylinder of the envelope turning station, in such a way that, in each case irrespective of the longitudinal format of the items of goods for despatch, the latter are gripped by the turning cylinder tongs over their entire length, for which purpose the gripper chain, together with the stuffing table supporting it, is designed to be displaceable with respect to the turning station in the conveying direction of the goods for despatch, in a manner dependent on the envelope format.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2005
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2011
    Assignee: Pitney Bowes Inc.
    Inventors: Dieter Sonnack, Eddy Edel, Wolfgang Hartl, Thomas Denzinger
  • Patent number: 7886893
    Abstract: A method of operating a transfer station in a container filling plant. The transfer station comprises a plurality of spaced apart webs between which containers are to be conveyed. A plurality of vertical directing elements are disposed upstream of and adjacent to the webs. The directing elements contact and deflect containers into the receiving spaces in between the webs to minimize backing up or jams of the containers, to thus minimize interruptions in the container handling process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 15, 2011
    Assignee: KHS Maschinen- und Anlagenbau AG
    Inventors: Ulrich Wiedemann, Klaus Jendrichowski
  • Publication number: 20100155195
    Abstract: An apparatus for orienting objects in a preset direction, in particular objects that have a cavity having an opening at one of the ends of the objects, comprises a conveying device for the objects comprising a conveying surface tilted by an angle with respect to a horizontal plane, on the conveying surface there are arranged hooking elements that are suitable for interacting with the cavities, the conveying surface being movable in an advancing direction oriented from a lower end of the conveying device to an upper end of the conveying device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 7, 2009
    Publication date: June 24, 2010
    Applicant: Sacmi Cooperativa Meccanici Imola Societa' Cooperativa
    Inventor: Paolo Marchi
  • Patent number: 7665599
    Abstract: A rotating cylinder is used to orient wood material, such as but not limited to blocks (e.g., finger joint blocks), preparatory to further processing. The rotating cylinder uses gravity and a tumbling action of the blocks to orient the blocks and move them through the cylinder. Unlike known apparatus such as vibrating conveyors, embodiments of the invention are relatively simple, vibration free, not prone to mechanical stress failures, are quiet, and use minimal horsepower to operate. Furthermore, embodiments of invention may advantageously reduce noise-caused fatigue amongst lumber workers, as well as reduce maintenance and power costs. The rotating cylinder may be part of a larger system for orienting wood material, such as blocks, for further lumber processing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2005
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2010
    Inventor: James Spenser Stibbard
  • Patent number: 7607882
    Abstract: An apparatus for timed processing of book blocks for perfect binding includes a feed element to supply respective book blocks horizontally positioned with a spine facing in a feed direction of movement. A lifting device is arranged to receive the respective horizontally positioned book blocks from the feed element. The lifting device is pivotal about a horizontal axis and has an adjustably driven limit stop that forms a conveying end of the feed element. A gripper circulates on a traction element above the lifting device. The lifting device is pivoted about the horizontal axis into an upright position and operates synchronized with the movement of the gripper to lift the respective book blocks with the adjustably driven limit stop to transfer each respective book block to the gripper when the gripper is positioned over the book block in the lifting device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2005
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2009
    Assignee: Mueller Martini Holding AG
    Inventors: Joe Matalevich, Hansjörg Schneeberger
  • Patent number: 7556138
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for collating nails wherein round head nails are fed by gravity along an inclined rail to a periphery of a rotating indexing and feed wheel. The nails are deposited into circumferentially spaced grooves formed in the periphery of the feed wheel in a vertical orientation. The feed wheel is inclined at an angle of approximately 45° and upon 180° rotation of the feed wheel the nails assume a horizontal orientation. A conveyor has a plurality of spaced segments attached to a pair of moving belts. Each segment is formed with spaced notches for receiving the nails in a horizontal spaced relationship from the feed wheel and then transporting the horizontally spaced nails to a collator for forming into a continuous strip. Rotation of the feed wheel is synchronized with movement of the conveyor by a motor, a gear train and drive shafts extending between the feed wheel and conveyor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2009
    Inventor: Chi Hyun Kim
  • Patent number: 7467705
    Abstract: Unit for automated container recovery machines, such as for receiving returnable bottles and cans, includes a conveyor device for transporting the returnable containers horizontally in the direction of their longitudinal axes and for rotating the containers about their longitudinal axes. The aim is to provide an additional unit of this type. To achieve this, the conveyor device includes one or more continuous conveyer chains which are adjacent to one another and include support elements and conveyor members which are situated on the support elements. The conveyor members can be rotated about an axis that extends in the longitudinal direction of the conveyor device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 23, 2008
    Assignee: Wincor Nixdorf International GmbH
    Inventors: Bernhard Lutz, Ullrich Marahrens
  • Publication number: 20080179166
    Abstract: A supply station of articles to a plurality of channels opening above a continuous blister strip, of a type comprising supply organs for containing the articles and for dispensing the articles towards conveying means located downstream, which conveying means select and direct the articles in an ordered fashion in an advancement direction towards mouths afforded in the plurality of channels; collection and transfer means, functionally associated to the mouths and receiving and collecting excess articles which accumulate at the mouths, and transferring the excess articles upstream of the mouths, in proximity of a predetermined first zone of the conveying means.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 10, 2008
    Publication date: July 31, 2008
    Applicant: MARCHESINI GROUP S.P.A.
    Inventor: Giuseppe Monti
  • Patent number: 7392632
    Abstract: A transfer station in a container filling plant comprising an input, an output, a conveyor for feeding containers, a plurality of spaced apart webs disposed upstream of the input of the transfer station, and vertically oriented rotatable directing elements, each rotatable about its vertical rotational axis and disposed upstream of the webs for contacting the bodies of the containers to steer the containers into the receiving spaces between the webs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2006
    Date of Patent: July 1, 2008
    Assignee: KHS Maschinen-und Anlagenbau AG
    Inventors: Ulrich Wiedemann, Klaus Jendrichowski
  • Patent number: 7238240
    Abstract: The subject invention relates to a method of applying the hydrocarbon barrier inside plastic fuel tanks. The plastic fuel tanks are supported on a carrier in an upright position for movement in a loop through inverted positions. While upright, hot and dry air treats the inside of the plastic fuel tanks followed by injecting SO3 inside the plastic fuel tanks through the nozzles. The SO3 is extracted from the plastic fuel tanks followed by injecting ammonia into the tanks through a second nozzle. After extracting ammonia from the plastic fuel tanks, the tanks are inverted and drained followed by a rinsing with a high pressured water and drying with hot air.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2003
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2007
    Assignee: Don Corning
    Inventor: Donald Corning
  • Patent number: 7191892
    Abstract: In an apparatus for transferring products from a first conveying line to a second line conveying line operated stepwise in a feeding direction and particularly for feeding a boxing machine a plurality of compartments are aligned along the feeding direction. Each compartment has a bottom and a pair of lateral boards. The compartments receive products released by a manipulator and taken from the first conveying line. An actuator rotates the compartments from a loading configuration for receiving the products, to an overturned configuration, in which the compartments face corresponding, dwelling seats of the second, feeding line. A holding element closes the upper part of the compartments, moving from the loading configuration up to the overturned configuration. A pusher moves into the compartments in the overturned configuration, to push the products into the facing seats of the second, feeding line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2005
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2007
    Assignee: Marchesini Group S.p.A.
    Inventor: Guiseppe Monti
  • Patent number: 7156219
    Abstract: Installation for assembling tube components, particularly bodies (1) with shoulders, comprising the following elements arranged in succession: a linear body conveyor (4), a transfer system (7) designed to apply a change in orientation to the bodies (1) of about 90°, an assembly unit (8) for fixing the shoulders to the bodies (1), characterized in that the transfer system (7) consists of a device (9) for gripping the bodies and of a device (17) for changing the orientation of the bodies, the orientation-change device comprising a rotary conveyor (17), of the conveyor belt type, which is arranged at right angles to the direction of the linear conveyor (4), the said rotary conveyor (17) comprising a belt (18, 19) rotating about a direction that makes an angle of about 45° with the direction of the linear conveyor (4), the belt (18, 19) comprising elements (15) for grasping the bodies, the shape of which is designed so that the bodies (1) are initially grasped on one of the sides of the rotary conveyor (17), in a
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2002
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2007
    Assignee: Aisapack Holding S.A.
    Inventors: Jean-Pierre Voigtmann, Jean-Claude Schwager, Mathieu Benoit, Didier Ferrin
  • Patent number: 7055670
    Abstract: An apparatus for sorting identical flat-bottomed objects has a vibratory conveyor defining a generally horizontal support surface. A plurality of the objects are supplied to an upstream end of the surface standing on their flat bottoms and the objects travel along the surface while standing on their bottoms. A sorting drum rotatable about a horizontal axis at a downstream end of the conveyor is formed with at least one row of radially outwardly open seats generally complementary to the objects and each having a flat floor. The drum is rotated between a pickup position in which the flat floors of the one row of seats are aligned and generally coplanar with the support surface and closely juxtaposed with the downstream end and a handoff position with the one row of seats raised up above the support surface. The objects are taken out of the seats in the takeoff position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2004
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2006
    Assignee: Uhlmann Pac-Systeme GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Werner Florczak, Sandra Amann, Markus Habdank, Norbert Damaschke, Markus Weber
  • Patent number: 7025194
    Abstract: A motor has its rotating shaft fixed by a fixing member so as to be inclined at an angle of ? to the horizontal direction. A supporting member is attached to the rotating shaft of the motor. A plurality of accommodating units are distributed at equal spacing along the circumference, centered on the rotating shaft of the motor, of the supporting member. A pair of peripheral surface members in each of the accommodating units is attached to the fixing member so as to be capable of freely opening and closing by a supporting shaft, and has an approximately square columnar shape in its closed state. An opening at one end of the pair of peripheral surface members having the approximately square columnar shape is opened, and a bottom surface member is arranged on an opening at the other end thereof. Each of the accommodating units is attached to the supporting member such that the supporting shaft is inclined at an angle of ? to the rotating shaft of the motor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2003
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2006
    Assignee: Ishida Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Tadashi Takigawa, Hiroshi Iwasaki
  • Patent number: 6913134
    Abstract: A workpiece transfer for a decorating machine includes transport conveyors for carrying workpieces to the decorating machine and from the decorating machine. The conveyors support each of the workpieces such that an elongated longitudinal axis of each workpiece is vertically orientated. The decorating machine has a decorator conveyor with spaced workpiece carriers to support a workpiece for rotation about the longitudinal axis of the workpiece in a horizontal orientation. A plurality of workpiece grippers pivotally supported by a drive hub support the workpieces during movement of the longitudinal axis thereof between the vertical orientation and the horizontal orientation. A drive shaft is secured to the drive hub to rotate about an axis forming acute angles with the longitudinal axis of a workpiece in each of the horizontal orientation and the vertical orientation. The acute angles are preferably 45°.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2003
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2005
    Assignee: Carl Strutz & Co., Inc.
    Inventors: Mark R. Tweedy, Carl J. Strutz, John M. Zwigart, Gary W. McCoy
  • Patent number: 6886681
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a conveyor apparatus, and more specifically to a conveyor apparatus that is capable of accepting a web of material having little to no inherent structural integrity from a first direction, inverting the material, and dispatching said material in a second direction. A conveyor apparatus for handling and inverting a web of material in accordance with the present invention comprises a receiving conveyor having an upper run for receiving the web of material after inversion. The present apparatus further includes an inversion conveyor having first and second legs arranged at an angle to each other, with the second leg of the conversion conveyor being positioned above the upper run of the receiving conveyor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2003
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2005
    Assignee: Polymer Group, Inc.
    Inventors: Benjamin Nolan, Leonard Streeper
  • Publication number: 20040245068
    Abstract: A turn-around device for packets, in particular packets of cigarettes, wherein the packets are fed successively, with a first surface facing forwards, to a turn-around station, from which they are extracted, with a second surface facing forwards, by a gripper conveyor, which travels through the turn-around station perpendicularly to the second surface, and has a number of grippers, each of which defines a pocket for a relative packet, and closes gradually onto the packet to control its position as it is extracted from the turn-around station with the second surface facing forwards.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 5, 2004
    Publication date: December 9, 2004
    Applicant: G.D. SOCIETA' PER AZIONI
    Inventors: Mario Spatafora, Fabrizio Tale'
  • Patent number: 6814217
    Abstract: Method and apparatus for receiving parts traveling at a first speed through a receiving zone and applying the parts onto a carrier traveling at a second speed through an application zone. Transferring devices transport the parts between the zones. The transferring devices are coupled to programmable servo motors capable of varying the speed of the transferring devices to accommodate the receiving and application processes. The receiving and application operations may be performed at matched or mismatched surface speeds. The parts to be received and applied may be formed by a rotating knife, which may vary in speed. Adhesive may be used to hold the parts on the carrier web. In some embodiments, the transferring devices transfer the parts to a bonding anvil roll and the parts and a carrier web are compressed between the bonding anvil roll and a bonding pattern roll to bond the parts to the carrier web.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2002
    Date of Patent: November 9, 2004
    Assignee: The Procter and Gamble Company
    Inventors: Jeffrey Hale Blumenthal, Michael Joseph Lamping, Donald Louis Wires
  • Patent number: 6811019
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for receiving a material web traveling at a first speed in a receiving zone, forming discrete parts from the material web, and applying the discrete parts onto a carrier traveling at a second speed through an application zone. The apparatus has a cutting device for severing the material web to form the discrete parts. At least two shells for receiving the discrete parts in the receiving zone and applying the discrete parts in the application zone are used. The shells may be coupled to programmable motors for moving said shell in an orbital path. A roll may be positioned interior to said shells. The cutting device may be used to sever the material web between said shells and against said roll. The roll may be a vacuum roll that provides vacuum in order to hold the discrete parts against said shells.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2003
    Date of Patent: November 2, 2004
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Rebecca Hansen Christian, Jeffrey Hale Blumenthal
  • Patent number: 6792862
    Abstract: An apparatus for delivering a printing plate to an external drum platesetter includes: a plate traversing table for displacing a printing plate into a staging position; and a plate angling table, nested within the plate traversing table, for rotating the printing plate between the staging position and a loading position. The plate traversing table includes: a first shaft; a second driven shaft including a plurality of nip rollers; a plurality of pulleys mounted to the first and second shafts; a plurality of rotatable belts, extending between corresponding sets of the pulleys on the first and second shafts; and a drive system for rotating the driven shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2003
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2004
    Assignee: Agfa Corporation
    Inventors: Amy Pietrzak, Angelo Diramio, Mike O'Rourke
  • Publication number: 20040089516
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for receiving a material web traveling at a first speed in a receiving zone, forming discrete parts from the material web, and applying the discrete parts onto a carrier traveling at a second speed through an application zone. The apparatus has a cutting device for severing the material web to form the discrete parts. At least two shells for receiving the discrete parts in the receiving zone and applying the discrete parts in the application zone are used. The shells may be coupled to programmable motors for moving said shell in an orbital path. A roll may be positioned interior to said shells. The cutting device may be used to sever the material web between said shells and against said roll. The roll may be a vacuum roll that provides vacuum in order to hold the discrete parts against said shells.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 9, 2003
    Publication date: May 13, 2004
    Applicant: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Rebecca Hansen Christian, Jeffrey Hale Blumenthal
  • Patent number: 6726000
    Abstract: Method of raising sheet-like products (2), in particular printed products, which are taking part in a conveying process and follow sequentially one after the other, the products (2) resting, at least in certain regions, on a conveying means (1) during the conveying process, it being the case that, for at least a period of time of the raising operation, gravitational force being overcome in the process, the products (2) are pivoted actively about an axis (B) which extends essentially parallel to the direction (A) in which the conveying process is oriented immediately prior to the raising operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2002
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2004
    Assignee: Ferag AG
    Inventors: Walter Reist, Willi Leu
  • Publication number: 20040050660
    Abstract: An arrangement for conveying an anode plate from one location to another, whereby said arrangement comprises gripping elements attached to a conveyor for gripping a plate-like piece. Elements are attached to the gripping element connection for the correction, at least partial, of any possible positional error of the anode to be transferred.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 19, 2003
    Publication date: March 18, 2004
    Inventor: Juha Lumppio
  • Patent number: 6705453
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for receiving parts traveling at a first speed through a receiving zone and applying the parts to a carrier traveling at a second speed through an application zone. The method and apparatus utilizes transferring devices for transporting the parts between the zones. The transferring devices are coupled to programmable servo motors capable of varying the speed of the transferring devices to accommodate the receiving and application processes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2001
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2004
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Jeffrey H. Blumenthal, Michael J. Lamping