By An Oscillating Or Reciprocating Conveyor Patents (Class 198/409)
  • Patent number: 9975708
    Abstract: A packaged integrated circuit transfer track with a stopper arm that is constrained to vertical motion. A packaged integrated circuit transfer track with a cam follower that engages a cam causing a stopper arm to raise or lower vertically. A packaged integrated circuit transfer track with an actuator that engages a switch causing a motor or solenoid to raise or lower the stopper arm vertically.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED
    Inventors: Jonathan Meng Hon Lai, Kai Jun Teoh
  • Patent number: 9850078
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for an oriented deposition of hexagonal profiled rods (2) with their longitudinal edges (5) pointing downward in the direction of a stacking table (9) in a stacking installation (1). In doing so, an initial number of n-profiled rods (2) is provided on a feed table (8) and a stacking shaft (11) is built with the corresponding width (14). Then, several first transfer arms (17) are adjusted as protruding over the stacking shaft (11) on the side facing away from the feed table (8) and the profiled rods (2) are placed by means of a transfer device (10) on the support surfaces (18) arranged on the transfer arms (17) as well as are held by the transfer device (10) lying adjacent to one another. The transfer arms (17) are re-adjusted and, in doing so, the first profiled rod (2) is placed in the guide areas (21) aligned sloping on the transfer arms (17) as well as swiveled along its longitudinal axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Assignee: ASMAG-Holding GmbH
    Inventor: Johann Vielhaber
  • Patent number: 9758318
    Abstract: A method for transferring at least one object (7) from a conveying surface (9) of a supply conveyor (6) onto a surface (15), the method including the following steps: —conveying the object (7) in a conveying direction, the object (7) including a base (7a) that rests on the conveying surface (9), —bringing the object (7) into contact with a guide (16) placed in the conveying direction at a distance from the downstream end line (12) of the supply conveyor (6), —ending the contact between the base (7a) of the object and the conveying surface (9), —dropping the object (7) onto the receiving surface (15), the step of ending the contact between the base (7a) of the object (7) and the conveying surface (9) only taking place after the step of bringing the object (7) into contact with the guide (16).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2017
    Assignee: GEBO PACKAGING SOLUTIONS FRANCE
    Inventor: Zmaj Petrovic
  • Patent number: 9487354
    Abstract: A glass substrate storage and transportation system is provided, including a storage platform and a transportation platform. The storage platform includes a plurality of storage housings for receiving the upright glass substrates. A glass substrate storage platform is also provided. The glass substrate storage and transportation system and the glass substrate storage platform adopt a vertical storage mode to store the glass substrates for solving the technical problems of the space utilization rate being low and the product having defect resulted by the particle pollution.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2016
    Assignee: SHENZHEN CHINA STAR OPTOELECTRONICS TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Yun Wang
  • Patent number: 9315329
    Abstract: A material transfer device is configured for transferring a number of molded products. The material transfer device includes a control box and a transfer mechanism. The transfer mechanism includes a receiving chamber, a driving device, and a supporting structure. The receiving chamber is located on the control box. The driving device is located on a side surface of the receiving chamber and extends into the receiving chamber. The supporting structure includes a holder, a rotating portion, and a number of supporting plates. The holder is located on the driving device to be driven thereby to move along the receiving chamber. The rotating portion is fixed on the holder. The supporting plates are fixed on the rotating portion. The rotating portion drives the supporting plates to rotate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2016
    Assignee: HON HAI PRECISION INDUSTRY CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Ming-Lung Guo
  • Patent number: 9004839
    Abstract: A glass substrate storage and transportation system is provided, including a storage platform and a transportation platform. The storage platform includes a plurality of storage housings for receiving the upright glass substrates. A glass substrate storage platform is also provided. The glass substrate storage and transportation system and the glass substrate storage platform adopt a vertical storage mode to store the glass substrates for solving the technical problems of the space utilization rate being low and the product having defect resulted by the particle pollution.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignee: Shenzhen China Star Optoelectronics Technology Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Yun Wang
  • Patent number: 8734719
    Abstract: A parts supply device for supplying disposable part selected from a cuvette and pipette tip, comprising: a storage section for storing a plurality of disposable parts; a sort section for sorting the disposable parts supplied from the storage section, the sort section including a push-up plate to be capable of pushing up the disposable part in the supplied parts and a wall section arranged at the downstream side of the push-up plate so as to be adjacent to the push-up plate, wherein the push-up plate is configured to vertically move along the wall section between a first position and a second position that is above the first position; and a transfer section for transferring one by one the disposable part supplied by the push-up plate over the wall section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2014
    Assignee: Sysmex Corporation
    Inventors: Kazunori Mototsu, Masayuki Nakagawa
  • 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
  • Publication number: 20130341158
    Abstract: The present invention provides a turntable and a substrate transporting system. The turntable includes an interconnecting device and a transporting platform which is moved by the interconnecting device in a way that the transporting platform is docked to a substrate exporting apparatus or importing apparatus, alternatively. Wherein the transporting platform picks up the glass substrate from the substrate exporting apparatus when docked thereto, and then transporting the substrate horizontally to the substrate importing apparatus in which the glass substrate is delivered as the transporting device is articulated thereto. The turntable device made in accordance with the present invention is properly arranged with a transporting platform to pick up, displace, and finally deliver the substrate. Since all these operations are streamlined, as a result, no waiting area is needed so as to effectively reduce the area for establishing the production line.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 28, 2012
    Publication date: December 26, 2013
    Applicant: SHENZHEN CHINA STAR OPTOELECTRONICS TECHNOLOGY CO. LTD.
    Inventors: Weibing Yang, Chunhao Wu, Kunhsien Lin, Yongqiang Wang, Zhiyou Shu, Xiande Li, Minghu Qi, Zenghong Chen, Zhenhua Guo, Yunshao Jiang
  • Patent number: 8430234
    Abstract: A transport system for substrates, the transport system having at least one belt for receiving the substrates thereon, retainers disposed at spaced distances on the belt, the spaced distances being at least as wide as a width of the substrates, the retainers rising to an elevation above the belt that is sufficient to stop the substrates from sliding when the substrates bump against the retainers, a motor for moving the belt, and a motion controller for providing acceleration and deceleration of the belt, thereby aligning the substrates against the retainers through successive acceleration and deceleration cycles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2013
    Assignee: KLA-Tencor Corporation
    Inventor: Carolus Truyens
  • Patent number: 8413790
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for synchronizing, and a transfer device for synchronizing, a movement pattern between two units in a packaging line, wherein one unit is intermittently operated and the second unit is continuously operated. The invention is particularly intended for a transfer device between an intermittently operated filler unit and a continuously operated cartoning machine. The transfer device is provided with a frame (13) arranged to support tube pickers-/placers (28) and is arranged to perform a simultaneous pivoting movement about a first and a second shaft (16, 31), and for rotation about a third shaft (48) at right angles to the second shaft (31). The frame is further provided with means for adjusting the spacing between the tubes and means for compensating for differences in vertical position during the rotating movement in the case where the containers picked from the part circular conveyor of the filling unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2013
    Assignee: Norden Machinery AB
    Inventor: Jan Nilsson
  • Patent number: 8336702
    Abstract: A tensioner for applying force to a device to be tensioned is configurable for applying force in different directions and comprises: a mounting plate having a guide; a slidable member slidable relative to the guide of the mounting plate for receiving a support for a device to be tensioned; a spring for being coupled to the mounting plate and to the slidable member, wherein the spring urges the slidable member in one direction when coupled to the mounting plate and to the slidable member in a first configuration and urges the slidable member in an opposite direction when coupled to the mounting plate and to the slidable member in a second configuration. The tensioner configurations enable the tensioner either to pull or to push the support for the device to be tensioned.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: ASGCO Manufacturing, Inc.
    Inventors: Adam Zehnder, George T. Mott
  • Patent number: 8286785
    Abstract: A transport system for substrates, the transport system having at least one belt for receiving the substrates thereon, retainers disposed at spaced distances on the belt, the spaced distances being at least as wide as a width of the substrates, the retainers rising to an elevation above the belt that is sufficient to stop the substrates from sliding when the substrates bump against the retainers, a motor for moving the belt, and a motion controller for providing asymmetric acceleration and deceleration of the belt, such that the belt decelerates faster than the belt accelerates, thereby aligning the substrates against the retainers through successive acceleration and deceleration cycles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2012
    Assignee: KLA-Tencor Corporation
    Inventor: Carolus Truyens
  • Patent number: 8181768
    Abstract: A mailpiece inserter includes a feed conveyor adapted to feed a shingled stack of mailpiece envelopes along a feed path to an insert module and a chassis module adapted to produce content material for insertion into the mailpiece envelopes processed by the insert module. An envelope position detector is operative to sense a discontinuity in the shingled stack and issues a first position signal indicative thereof, and an input conveyor module is adapted to convey mailpiece envelopes into shingled engagement with an aft end of the shingled stack of mailpiece envelopes on the feed conveyor. The input conveyor module has an input end proximal to a single workstation of the chassis module which enables an operator to (i) feed mailpiece envelopes to the input module and (ii) supply content material to the chassis module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2012
    Assignee: Pitney Bowes Inc.
    Inventor: W. Scott Kalm
  • Patent number: 7921982
    Abstract: Apparatus (10) loads product in the form of bags into a carton held at a tilt angle. The leading ends of the bags on an adjustment conveyor (20) are abutted by a bumper (30) to reorient the bags 90° on the adjustment conveyor (20). The downstream roller (44) of a twist conveyor (40) is tilted to collate bags on a decline conveyor (70). The collated bags are moved on an orientation conveyor (74) to engage a product scoop (110) extending at an inclined position and moved to a vertical position to vertically orient the bags. The orientation conveyor (74) is moved to an offset position to allow the bags to drop onto a lowerator (92) of an accumulator (86) where they can be sandwiched between retainer plates (88, 90). A pusher plate (94) pushes the bags off the lowerator (92) into the carton and is tilted to correspond to the tilt angle of the carton.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2011
    Assignee: Douglas Machine, Inc.
    Inventors: Anthony Rodney Moske, Ronald Matthew Gust
  • Patent number: 7909156
    Abstract: A turnover device for turning over a substrate comprises a motor and a tumbler driven by the motor to rotate. The tumbler is provided with a transmission mechanism thereon and connected to an upper turntable and a lower turntable with the transmission mechanism, the tumbler can drive the upper turntable and the lower turntable to rotate, the transmission mechanism can drive the upper turntable and the lower turntable to move toward each other, and the substrate to be turned over is disposed between the upper turntable and the lower turntable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2011
    Assignee: Beijing BOE Optoelectronics Technology Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Bin Wen
  • Patent number: 7905340
    Abstract: The device comprises: a chute, on which tubes arranged in a line and with a random orientation of closed and open heads thereof, fall by gravity towards a rotor activated by a motor with stepped 90° displacements. A head tube enters one of two housings realised in the rotor, one housing being perpendicular to the other housing and destined in turn to be aligned with the line of tubes. An endrun stop halts the head tube while the sensor organs ascertain whether a frontally-situated head of the head tube is open or closed. The motor activates the rotor in a direction or in another, according to a datum supplied by the sensor organs, such that the open head of the tube is always in a predetermined position. During rotation cam means act in cooperation with containing and guide means to raise the head tube into a predetermined collection position where it is picked up by handling organs. The raising enables a following tube to insert in the other housing, which has in the meantime become aligned with the chute.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2011
    Assignee: Marchesini Group S.p.A.
    Inventor: Giuseppe Monti
  • Patent number: 7815033
    Abstract: A conveyor for orienting and feeding small parts has a platform elevator conveying mechanism on one side of an inclined collecting surface that feeds small parts to a conveying trough at a higher elevation. The conveying trough has a horizontal stationary storage platform and a movable pivoting platform that can pivot about an axis located at a delivery end of the conveying trough, between a position parallel to the storage platform and a position inclined to the horizontal. The storage platform is adjacent to the platform elevator conveying mechanism and has a storage surface inclined downward toward the pivoting platform, and the pivoting platform has a hollow throat adjacent to the edge of the storage platform.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 19, 2010
    Assignee: Newfrey LLC
    Inventors: Markus Feierabend, Stefan Lippert, Hugo Walldorf
  • Patent number: 7770711
    Abstract: A rebar guide attachment for a conveyor for preventing the rebar from coming out of the conveyor while be cut and for aligning the rebar for dispensing into a rack. The rebar guide attachment for a conveyor includes a rebar guard and alignment assembly being attached to a dispensing rack for preventing rebar from spilling out of a conveyor upon being cut and for aligning the rebar prior to being dispensed onto a receiving rack.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2010
    Inventor: Thomas A. Bury
  • 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: 7462012
    Abstract: A transfer device is disclosed for transferring a plurality of stacks of disk-like objects such as frozen hamburger patties, from a plurality of first trays having bottom walls angled with respect to horizontal to a horizontal support platform spaced from the trays. The transfer device includes a support frame having wheels that is movable between first and second ends of a guide track and a pivotal frame pivotally attached to the support frame which pivotal frame supports upper and lower grippers for engaging the upper and lower sides of a plurality of stacks of objects and securely holding the stacks of objects as they are moved between first and second positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2002
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2008
    Assignee: F.R. Drake Company
    Inventors: Colin R. Hart, Kenneth M. Welborn, Jimmy L. Meyer
  • Patent number: 7249670
    Abstract: In a conveyor work-piece processing system, transport carriages move along a work path, each carriage carrying a plurality of work-piece articles. In the disclosed embodiment, the path is folded back upon itself forming two parallel paths, one above the other, with transport carriages moved vertically from the lower path to the upper path, so that the entrance to the track and the exit from the track are positioned in close proximity to each other. Each transport carriage has a long dimension and a relatively shorter dimension, and each carriage can be reoriented selectively so that the long dimension or the short dimension can be aligned parallel to the work path. Changing the alignment of the two dimensions relative to the direction of the path permits a work piece to remain for a longer time within a given process stage or area along the work path while achieving a system flow-rate of one carriage-in-one carriage-out.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2005
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2007
    Assignee: Interlab Incorporated
    Inventor: Liviu L. Marian
  • Patent number: 7198262
    Abstract: In the case of an envelope-turning station with a turning cylinder which is oriented parallel to the mail-conveying direction and is equipped with openable and closable jaws on its circumference, it is possible, following charging of the turning-cylinder jaws with horizontally flat items of mail and rotation of the turning cylinder through 90° and/or 270°, for a mail removal arrangement to remove items of mail in the mail-conveying direction, in a state in which they are standing on one of their longitudinal edges, and to feed them to further processing or handling stations of a mail-processing installation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2005
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2007
    Assignee: Pitney Bowes Deutschland GmbH
    Inventors: Wolfgang Hartl, Eddy Edel
  • Patent number: 7156605
    Abstract: An apparatus for transporting and marking a substrate, such as a collapsed corrugated cardboard carton. A feeder station is configured to receive a substantially vertically aligned stack of substrates. An advancement assembly of the feeder station successively moves the lower portions of the substrates in an inboard direction and a tensioner assembly applies a clamping force to the upper portions of the substrates. A transfer assembly engages the innermost substrate in the stack to rotate and remove the substrate from the rest of the stack and provide the substrate to a transport and marking station, which drives the substrate past a marking mechanism. The transport and marking station advances the substrate into a gravity discharge station which induces sufficient tilt in the substrate so that, upon exiting of the substrate from the transport, gravity induces the substrate to rotate and fall in a controlled fashion into a completed stack.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2003
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2007
    Assignee: Hadley Design, Inc.
    Inventors: Darrell J. Hadley, Jeffrey D. Hadley, Timothy B. Kirk, Michael W. Butler
  • Patent number: 7040479
    Abstract: A supply holds a flattened box blank above a conveyor passing having a succession of box seats, and a planet carrier is rotated by its own drive about a sun axis between the supply and the conveyor. A single planetary element on the carrier offset from the sun axis is rotatable about a planet axis parallel to and offset from the sun axis. A grab on the planetary element is engageable with the blank in the supply and in the conveyor seats. A planet drive wheel is fixed to the planetary element, a sun wheel is rotatable about the sun axis, and the wheels are coupled together for joint synchronous rotation. A separate planetary drive connected to the sun wheel rotates the planetary element independently of the carrier such that the grab moves while orbiting about the sun axis through a closed asymmetric path having only two outer points.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2003
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2006
    Assignee: Uhlmann Pac-Systeme GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Fritz Fochler, Andreas Krüger
  • Patent number: 7011204
    Abstract: A transport assembly and method for containers includes an actuator arm coupled to the drive shaft of a motor and extending radially therefrom so as to be driven between two angular positions. A load arm carries a transport head that releasably engages a selected container at a first station. The load arm is coupled to the actuator arm and is driven in conjunction with a constraining mount that controls its motion. The transport head can grip the container such as with a vacuum. The transport head lifts the container from a first station, moves it to a desired location and places it in a second station. A cam-driven plunger assembly is also shown and operates to seat the container in the second station. The method includes steps performed by this structure, and the application of a seating force to mate a container in the second station.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2003
    Date of Patent: March 14, 2006
    Assignee: Reagent Chemical & Research, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael L. Shackelford, Donald W. Sonntag
  • Patent number: 7004714
    Abstract: An apparatus for automatically loading socks on forms (1) comprises a suction unit (20) at an inlet, a carousel (10) with several stations (2, 3, 4, 5), a positioning unit (30) of the sock (S), a tucking-up unit (40) and a pick-up robot (50). The carousel has intermediate supports (12) onto which can be put, partially or completely, the socks (S). The carousel (10) brings the intermediate supports (12) through successive stations (2, 3, 4, 5) up to a pick-up station (5), where an arm (52) is connected pivotally (55a) to a carriage sliding on an upright (53). Means are provided for translating (53a) vertically the carriage vertically upwards or downwards, along the upright (53), and for rotating (55a) integrally the arm (52) about said horizontal axis (55). Pick-up fingers (56) are provided at a first end (52b) of said arm (52) associated to means for opening (56a) and closing them.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2002
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2006
    Assignee: Santoni S.p.A.
    Inventor: Gianfranco Bagni
  • Patent number: 6913133
    Abstract: A transfer device has an undercarriage with two or more carriage portions which are movable along a travel path between a first location and a second location. The carriage portions carrying at least one work piece support. A linkage extending between the carriage portions, where the linkage is operable to change the position of the work piece support when one carriage portion moves relative to another along the travel path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2003
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2005
    Assignee: Honda Motor Company, Ltd.
    Inventor: Tom Gattrell
  • Patent number: 6890141
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method and device for transporting and rotating sheet-form print material. A rotation unit carried on a transport unit is moveable along a carriage guide. A gripper on the rotation unit holds the sheet form print material. Mechanical interaction between the rotation unit and the carriage guide causes the gripper to rotate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2003
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2005
    Assignee: Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG
    Inventors: Michael Freund, Alexander Hirsch, Harald Mauz, Albert Rieger, Hans-Peter Würschum
  • Patent number: 6845601
    Abstract: The invention relates to a synchronizing method and transfer arrangement for synchronizing the patterns of movement between two units included in a packaging line, where one unit is driven intermittently and the other continuously. The invention relates in particular to a transfer arrangement between an intermittently operating tube filler and a continuously operating cartoning machine. The transfer arrangement has a frame arrangement (13) intended to support tube pickers/placers (28) and arranged for a pivoting movement about a horizontal axis (16) and for a turning movement about a vertical axis (17). The turning movement about the axis (17) gives an acceleration course for the frame in a position in front of the tube release station, and this turning movement generating acceleration is obtained by an axially acting cam guide (32). The latter is designed so that the tube pickers/placers in the release position are given the same speed as the case conveyor of the cartoning machine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2000
    Date of Patent: January 25, 2005
    Assignee: Norden Pac Development AB
    Inventors: Hans Linner, Jan Nilsson
  • Patent number: 6786320
    Abstract: A bonding machine chip-transferring station, with a multi-axial positioning mechanism and a suction-needle module mounted and positionable thereon, with a housing, a suction needle connected to a vacuum conduit, and a suction-needle conveyance unit, including a drive motor, a belt transmission coupled thereto, and a suction-needle reversal means driven by the transmission, wherein the suction-needle reversal means includes a suction-needle holder seated on an axle and a pulley nonrotatably connected to the axle, where the suction-needle holder includes a guide block on which is mounted a suction-needle carriage movable only in the Z direction, supports the suction needle, and bears a carrier bolt oriented parallel to the axle, and an actuator fork nonrotatably connected to the pulley, via the axle, with which is engaged the carrier bolt extending from the suction-needle carriage and by means of which the suction-needle carriage is driven and constrained exclusively in the ±Z directions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2003
    Date of Patent: September 7, 2004
    Assignee: F & K Delvotec Bondtechnik GmbH
    Inventor: Farhad Farassat
  • Patent number: 6752257
    Abstract: A device for transferring blister packs to the feeding line of a packaging machine includes a pick-up member capable of picking-up a series of blister packs disposed in reciprocal alignment at the blister packs cutting station and releasing this series of blister packs in alignment with a conveyor situated adjacent to the cutting station. A blister packs selective releasing device is situated above the conveyor and is equipped with support elements for receiving in support the blister packs picked-up by the pick-up member and operated selectively to release the blister packs, disposed in reciprocal alignment and orderly spaced apart, onto the conveyor. A stepwise rotating carrousel is situated at the outlet of said conveyor and is equipped with gripping members capable of picking-up the blister packs from the conveyor and transferring the blister packs, one by one, to a feeding line arranged perpendicular with respect to the conveyor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2002
    Date of Patent: June 22, 2004
    Assignee: Marchesini Group S.P.A.
    Inventor: Giuseppe Monti
  • Patent number: 6666323
    Abstract: 1-Loader/unloader of printed circuits that includes a chassis (1) that carries a storage tray (2), a conveyor belt (4) and a mechanism for transferring the printed circuits (3) from the storage tray to the conveyor belt and vice versa. The transfer mechanism consists of a handling device comprising an arm (6) equipped with suction pads (5) for securing the printed circuits, which is moveable angularly between a receiving position, coinciding with the storage tray, and a final position, coinciding with the conveyor belt.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2002
    Date of Patent: December 23, 2003
    Inventors: León Benmayor Vivas, Eduardo Benmayor Vivas
  • Publication number: 20030196870
    Abstract: The present invention is an edge grip aligner with buffering capabilities and a method for increasing the throughput of wafers through the device. According to one embodiment, the present invention has first and second buffer arms, and a chuck arm. A workpiece can be aligned while supported on the chuck arm. Once the workpiece is aligned, the chuck arm transfers the workpiece to the buffer arms so that a second workpiece can be aligned on the chuck arm. While the second workpiece is being aligned, an end effector can transfer the first workpiece away from the buffer arms and retrieve another workpiece to place upon the chuck arm.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 22, 2003
    Publication date: October 23, 2003
    Inventors: Daniel A. Babbs, Jae Hong Kim, Matt W. Coady, William J. Fosnight
  • Patent number: 6634484
    Abstract: A transfer device has an undercarriage with two or more carriage portions which are movable along a travel path between a first location and a second location. The carriage portions carrying at least one work piece support. A linkage extending between the carriage portions, where the linkage is operable to change the position of the work piece support when one carriage portion moves relative to another along the travel path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2001
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2003
    Assignee: Honda of Canada Mfg., a division of Honda Canada Inc.
    Inventors: Tom Gattrell, Steven Eric Taylor
  • Patent number: 6591965
    Abstract: An item handling system that sorts and packs items in a storage or shipping receptacle. The system is specifically designed to handle items such as sub-primal cuts of beef or pork or items of like size and weight. The system is adapted to sort items based on product type or based on system capacity. The packing mechanism is adapted to properly orient the item prior to placing the item in the storage or shipping receptacle. The system is specifically adapted to handle cardboard shipping boxes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2002
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2003
    Assignee: IBP, Inc.
    Inventors: Ronald Dean Smith, Jr., Larry W. Fallin, Andrew S. Courier, Stephen N. Forti, William G. Leary
  • Patent number: 6591960
    Abstract: The present invention is an edge grip aligner with buffering capabilities and a method for increasing the throughput of wafers through the device. According to one embodiment, the present invention has first and second buffer arms, and a chuck arm. A workpiece can be aligned while supported on the chuck arm. Once the workpiece is aligned, the chuck arm transfers the workpiece to the buffer arms so that a second workpiece can be aligned on the chuck arm. While the second workpiece is being aligned, an end effector can transfer the first workpiece away from the buffer arms and retrieve another workpiece to place upon the chuck arm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2001
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2003
    Assignee: Asyst Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Daniel A. Babbs, Jae Hong Kim, Matt W. Coady, William J. Fosnight
  • Publication number: 20020195313
    Abstract: A configuration having two drive shafts, a drive system 4 connected to one end of each drive shaft for rotationally driving the respective drive shaft, and a holding and transfer mechanism 5, 6 connected to the other end and having a holding device 5a, 6a for holding an IC, each holding and transfer mechanism 5, 6 being able to operate independently.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 5, 2002
    Publication date: December 26, 2002
    Inventors: Hiroaki Fujimori, Masami Maeda
  • Patent number: 6394258
    Abstract: An apparatus for loading condoms onto mandrels is disclosed, the apparatus comprising a plural number of expansion rods adapted to receive and stretch a condom and a plural number of detaining rods to abut and retain the condom ring, the rods being mounted on a reciprocating carriage assembly which moves the rods past the mandrel, the mandrel itself stripping the condom from the rods.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2001
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2002
    Inventor: James R. Whitten
  • Patent number: 6378690
    Abstract: An apparatus for conveying and rotating book packs (11), pamphlet bundles and the like upon deposition onto a conveyor belt (7) for stacking the packs (11) onto a pallet or a stacking plane, comprising a device (A) for grasping and rotating the pack (11) and an articulated device with chain (6) for advancing (B) the device (A).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2000
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2002
    Assignee: O.M.G. di G. Pessina e A. Perobelli S.n.c.
    Inventors: Giorgio Pessina, Aldo Perobelli
  • Patent number: 6257819
    Abstract: A device for hooking, picking up and unloading flexible printed circuits to be introduced into a kiln, comprising one or more jaws to grip the circuit and to rotate freely around a horizontal axis—to supports which slide along vertical guides; handling systems adapted to move the supports along the vertical guides so as to move the jaws from the circuit feed position to the position in which the circuits are inserted into the kiln; systems designed to impose a slight rotation on the supports in at least one direction around the horizontal axis; and systems designed to activate the rotating pistons only at the circuit unloading stage after the treatment cycle in the kiln, so as to place the circuits in a slightly tilted position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 1998
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2001
    Inventor: Alessandro Garioni
  • Patent number: 6223882
    Abstract: In a loading and/or offloading device, a transfer member includes two jaws, one of which is fixed and the other of which is mobile, for picking up an object. The mobile jaw is mounted to be mobile under the control of an actuator including a compensator spring arrangement, the tension in which is variable. The transfer member is carried by a carriage and is slaved to a tilting system operated mechanically by the carriage. Applications include printing machines.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 1999
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2001
    Assignee: Societe d'Exploitation des Machines Dubuit
    Inventor: François Dumenil
  • Patent number: 6196377
    Abstract: A flexible drive tape conveyor system for conveying items between at least two spaced apart stations includes a carrier member and at least one tape guide track having a tape guide. The drive tape is substantially inflexible in a direction transverse to its width, and is at least partially housed in the tape guide. At least a portion of a tape guide track and tape guide are twisted about their longitudinal axis so that the drive tape and its affected carrier member can be turned in a direction transverse to the width of the drive tape. A drive mechanism is used to selectively reciprocate the drive tape and the carrier member between the spaced apart stations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 1998
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2001
    Assignee: E. F. Bavis & Associates, Inc.
    Inventor: Michael E. Brown
  • Patent number: 6142288
    Abstract: Apparatus for feeding stacks of fanfold sheets is comprised of a belt conveyor, a positioner, and a splicer. The conveyor feeds stacks deposited thereon by the positioner toward the discharge end. The postioner is comprised of a U-shape bin which receives fanfold stacks and then turns them over and deposits them at a desired position along the length of the conveyor belt. In one embodiment, the stacks are lifted from the floor level. In another, the positioner translates along the base of the conveyor and includes a mechanism which automatically locks the positioner in place during loading. A splicer is positioned over the belt. Header and footer ends of adjacent stacks are run to the splicer where they are precisely clamped and then adhesively joined together, on the top side or underside, as desired. The conveyor has a sensor and drive system which automatically advances stacks toward the discharge end and signals the operator when there is a need to reload.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 1998
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2000
    Assignee: Asterisk, Inc.
    Inventors: Peter D. Hotkowski, Frank A. Todaro, Daniel J. Williams, Brian C. Richardson
  • Patent number: 6138542
    Abstract: A microelectronic component handling system and an apparatus for manipulating microelectronic components in manufacturing assembly processes. In one embodiment, a microelectronic component handling system may have a base or a support member, a track or platform attached to the base to rotate about a rotational axis, and a linear drive assembly to rotate the track about the rotational axis. The track may have a first end, a second end spaced apart from the first end along a longitudinal axis of the track, a top surface facing away from the base, and a bottom surface facing toward the base. Additionally, the linear drive assembly may have an actuator and a rod driven by the actuator along a displacement axis spaced apart from the rotational axis. In operation, the actuator moves the rod along the displacement axis to rotate the track about the rotational axis to a raised position at an inclination sufficient to slide a microelectronic component down the track.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 1998
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2000
    Assignee: Micron Electronics, Inc.
    Inventor: Mark F. Overgaard
  • Patent number: 6138818
    Abstract: A workpiece inversion system for orienting a workpiece in a conventional milling machine or the like. The workpiece is securely attached to a pallet. The pallet is of uniform design to provide a standard interface for presenting the workpiece to the milling machine. The pallets are transported to the milling machine where a combination of parts senses the pallet orientation. Upon arrival to the input station the pallet mates with an inverting receptor adjacent the input station. An actuator rotates the pallet 180 degrees thereby inverting the pallet and the attached workpiece. The inverted pallet is moved onto an inverted linear actuator disposed within the volume above the milling head. The inverting receptor returns to it original position to receive another workpiece. The inverted workpiece is moved through the machining area. As machining occurs, debris dislodged by the force of forced oil lubrication and gravity will fall away from the workpiece.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 1998
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2000
    Assignee: Green Technologies Inc.
    Inventor: Stephen C. Green
  • Patent number: 6076763
    Abstract: A method and device for feeding reels from a store, in which the reels are aligned along a first axis coaxial with the reels, to an unwinding unit having a platform rotatable about a second axis, and at least one unwinding pin movable with the platform between a work position and an unwinding position; the unwinding pin is movable, with respect to the platform, between the work position and a loading position in which the unwinding pin is aligned with the first axis; and each reel is fed onto the unwinding pin in the loading position by moving the reel along the first axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 1999
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2000
    Assignee: GD. Societa' Per Azioni
    Inventor: Mario Spatafora
  • Patent number: 6062845
    Abstract: A take-out mechanism for removing sets of blow molded bottles from a blow mold includes a rotary turret, a take-away conveyor and a drive for moving the turret between the blow mold and the take-away conveyor. The turret has a number of sides with a plurality of vacuum plugs extending from each side. The drive moves the turret toward the mold to extend a set of plugs on one side of the turret into mold cavities and vacuum-capture bottles molded in the cavities. After opening of the mold, the turret is lowered and rotated 90.degree. to position the vacuum-held bottles at the infeed end of the take-away conveyor. Rotation of the turret positions a second set of plugs facing a second mold moved to the take-out position. Subsequent rapid retraction of the turret moves the set of removed bottles into the take-away conveyor and powers the conveyor to receive the bottles while maintaining orientation between individual bottles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 1998
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2000
    Assignee: Graham Engineering Corporation
    Inventors: John H. Conaway, David N. Fiorani, John M. Mathy, Jr.
  • Patent number: 6062799
    Abstract: An apparatus for automatic loading or unloading printed circuit boards (PCBs) for semiconductor modules is disclosed. The apparatus employs an elastic jig carrier into which the PCBs are loaded. The jig carrier includes movable clamps for fixing the PCBs by elastic force. A jig opener of the apparatus applies opening force, in the reverse direction of the elastic force, to the movable clamps so that the PCBs can be loaded into or unloaded from the jig carrier by a picker. The jig carrier is transferred along a conveyor belt, while the PCBs are supplied from a PCB stage such as a tray to the jig carrier. The apparatus may further comprise a gripper and a rotator. The gripper grips the upright PCBs and the rotator rotates them to be horizontal, so that the picker can pick up the horizontal PCBs. The apparatus may also comprise an aligner for exact alignment of the PCBs in the jig carrier. A method for loading or unloading the PCBs into or from the jig carrier is also disclosed in connection with the apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 1998
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2000
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Seong Chan Han, Dong Chun Lee, Kwang Su Yu, O Kyung Kwon
  • Patent number: 6039169
    Abstract: A multilevel storage device for CD cases includes at least two conveyors, upper and lower, respectively, leading to a feeding station which receives groups of containers having relative hinged edges suitably oriented. A station loads groups of cases on the lower conveyor and a transfer unit which picks up the groups of cases from a downstream end of said lower conveyor to the upper conveyor when sensor means detect absence of groups of cases at an upstream end of the upper conveyor. Presence of groups of cases at a downstream end of the upper conveyor, before the feeding station is detected by other sensor means.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 1998
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2000
    Assignee: Gima S.P.A.
    Inventor: Carlo Zaniboni