By Reciprocating Shifter Patents (Class 198/429)
  • Patent number: 9969565
    Abstract: Article packaging apparatus includes a multiple lane article infeed, first and second transfers, an intermediate article orientation station and an article group discharge conveyor. The first and second transfers have respective article grippers expansible and contractible toward and away from one another while the intermediate article orientation station includes article rotating trays spaced further apart then the lanes of the article infeed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: R.A Jones & Co.
    Inventor: Thorsten Simm
  • Patent number: 9944471
    Abstract: A device for treating individual sausages, including: a sorting device having an endless conveyor belt traveling around a triangular geometry and having rails or carrier bars, on which belt the sausages, which are loosely deposited onto an ascending run of the belt, are distributed individually into the rails or carrier bars; an endless first conveying device with individual rails or carrier bars to accept the sorted sausages, wherein each individual rail or carrier bar accommodates one sausage; a grouping device, in which the sausages delivered by the first conveying device are combined into groups; a second conveying device with receiving sections, each of which accommodates the sausages of one group, and into which the sausages, lying side by side, are transferred from the grouping device; and a transfer device having a gripper device for gripping a sausage group and for transferring and depositing the sausage group into a receiving container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: SINGER & SOHN GMBH
    Inventors: Manfred Singer, Dieter Koller
  • Patent number: 9650213
    Abstract: There is disclosed a distributing system for distributing articles, comprising a channel for conveying articles and which extends from an input opening to an output opening adapted to output articles along a first direction; channel comprises a first portion which defines input opening; and a second portion which defines output opening and is articulated with respect to first portion; output opening is movable along a second direction transversal to first direction; first portion may be arranged, in use, sloped relative to first direction as a result of the movement of output opening along second direction; distributing system comprises a pair of first conveyors and a pair of respective second conveyors which define first portion of channel; each first conveyor is free to slide with respect to respective second conveyor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2017
    Assignee: TETRA LAVAL HOLDINGS & FINANCE S.A.
    Inventors: Federico Corazza, Sandro Bernini
  • Patent number: 9586769
    Abstract: A system for forming and moving an article array including a consolidation area having a support surface for receiving and arranging rows of articles to form an article array from an article row delivery device while the consolidation area continuously stabilizingly supports the periphery of the article rows positioned on the support surface as the article rows are arranged to form the article array.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2017
    Assignee: Dyco, Inc.
    Inventors: Peter D. Yohe, Jeffrey W. Hess, Ronald H. Cordingly, Thomas M. Zurewich
  • Patent number: 9580254
    Abstract: An article grouping system is disclosed. The article grouping system includes a transport member movable in a first direction and an outfeed carrier apparatus having an outfeed carrier surface that is movable in a second direction. The transport member is positioned proximate to the outfeed carrier surface. The article grouping system includes a transfer apparatus having a frame and an article stabilization member operatively connected with the frame. The article stabilization member includes upstream and downstream support members spaced apart from the downstream support member in the second direction to define an article transfer receptacle. The article stabilization member moves from an engaging location proximate to the transport member to a variable disengaging location adjacent to the outfeed carrier surface and back to the engaging location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2017
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Clifford Theodore Papsdorf, Jason Lee Debruler, Rodney Alan Holloway, Jennifer Lynn Tuertscher
  • Patent number: 9422113
    Abstract: An apparatus for transferring containers to a handling machine that handles the containers cyclically in groups, comprising a conveying unit for transporting the containers in a conveying direction, wherein the conveying unit has a sliding section in which a group of containers is displaceable towards the handling machine in a sliding direction oriented transversely to the conveying direction, a sliding device for displacing the group of containers from the conveying unit to the handling machine in the sliding direction, and having a screw conveyor for setting a pitch spacing between the containers, the pitch spacing being required for handling the group of containers in the handling machine, the screw conveyor is oriented along the conveying unit, wherein the screw conveyor projects at least partially into the sliding section, and the screw conveyor has at least one gap region in which the screw conveyor has a reduced outer circumference.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2016
    Assignee: Groninger GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Ralf Glock, Michael Steck
  • Patent number: 9277752
    Abstract: A novel transfer apparatus having several movable parts is used for moving the dough product from a first position to a final position. The transfer apparatus uses the arm to move the dough product and a motor and software that controls the movement of the arm. A roller residing in the arm also has its own motor and software to control its rotational movement. The components of the arm such as a roller, back support and the flap each have their own unique shape and structure to maximize efficiency. The transfer apparatus may be used as an insertable apparatus in any food processing machine and also used as an integral part of the flat bread making machine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2016
    Assignee: Zimplistic Pte. Ltd.
    Inventors: Pranoti Nagarkar Israni, Rishi Israni, Jui Ajit Chitale, Ali Syed Muhammad Baber
  • Patent number: 9085421
    Abstract: A conveyor carries products in a first lane so that first, second and third products are aligned with one another and arranged in series. Pushers move the second and third products laterally in opposite direction from the first lane to second and third lanes, respectively. The conveyor extends downstream from the pushers for carrying the first, second and third products in the first, second and third lanes, respectively. The first product may be temporarily held back in the first lane until the second product catches up to the first product, at which time the first product is released and the conveyor carries the first, second and third products in the first, second and third lanes. The third product catches up to the first and second products to least partially form a group of the products.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2015
    Assignee: Graphic Packaging International, Inc.
    Inventor: Colin P. Ford
  • Patent number: 8931627
    Abstract: A bottle pushing mechanism for a tunnel type sterilizing dryer, includes a bottle pushing block (2) and at least one barb (5) cooperated with meshes of a transmitting mesh belt (1). The barb (5) is connected with the bottle pushing block (2). The bottle pushing block (2) could move along with the transmitting mesh belt (1) by the barb (5). The bottle pushing mechanism has a simple and compact structure, convenient installation, high reliability, good transmitting effect and no pollution.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2015
    Assignee: Truking Technology Limited
    Inventors: Dayu Cai, Zhen Liu, Zhigao Ning, Zanming Zhu, Bo Yi, Pengcheng Li, Yue Tang
  • Patent number: 8807319
    Abstract: A divider dividing products into parallel lanes comprises a support frame; at least one guide channel for receiving the products, carried by the frame and extending parallel to a longitudinal direction; a fixed first guide connected to the frame and extending parallel to a transversal direction orthogonal to the longitudinal direction; second guide carried by the frame and extending parallel to the longitudinal direction; first actuator for moving the guide channel parallel to the transversal direction; and second actuator for moving one of two telescopically coupled channel portions of the guide channel relative to the other in a direction parallel to the longitudinal direction; the second guide connected to the frame in a fixed position; the first/second actuators comprising a first/second motorized cursor slidably coupled to the first/second guide and connected to the guide channel/one of the two channel portions to move it parallel to the transversal/longitudinal direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2014
    Assignee: Tetra Laval Holdings & Finance S.A.
    Inventors: Davide Borghi, Stefano Flore, Elena Sacchetti, Paolo Mignano, Roberto Torelli
  • Patent number: 8789680
    Abstract: A device for pushing glass objects onto a conveyor belt includes a pusher (5), which is supported on a crank arm (6) in such a way that it can be swiveled about an axis (7), which crank arm is in driving engagement with a first electric motor (1) by means of a shaft (12). A second electric motor (2) is in driving engagement with a sleeve (20) by means of a cantilever (18), in which sleeve the shaft (12) is mounted, wherein the shaft (12) can be swiveled about a central stationary axis (19). A third electric motor (3) is arranged to rotate the pusher about the axis (7).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 29, 2014
    Assignee: Heye International GmbH
    Inventors: Benedikt Felgenhauer, Matthias Hubner
  • Patent number: 8739960
    Abstract: A device and a method for deflecting and aligning goods, which are transported in at least two approximately parallel longitudinal rows, in a first conveying direction to a transfer and alignment unit, from where they are transported further in a second conveying direction perpendicular to the first conveying direction. The transfer and alignment unit is coupled with a stop that is movable in or against the first conveying direction. The stop, in the process of transferring the front transversal row of articles or piece goods to the transfer and alignment unit, is brought into a position that is aligned with the flush front or back side of the first transversal row of articles or piece goods or profiled according to the orientation of the front or back side of the first transversal row of articles or piece goods.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2014
    Assignee: Krones AG
    Inventor: Richard Eschlbeck
  • Patent number: 8695781
    Abstract: The invention relates to a machine for forming groups of products that arrive in a line, separated on a feeding conveyor (2), which includes vertically separated collectors (4) connected to chutes (8) that are arranged transversely relative to the feeding axis, said chutes (8) each comprising a mobile carriage (7) that supports a collector (4) by means of an actuator (11), said carriages (7) and actuators (11) being vertically adjacent and controlled by a programmable automaton (17) suitable for controlling the cyclic polygonal movement of each collector (4). The means for controlling the collectors (4) offer the possibility of organizing the capture of the products and, in particular, of selecting a number of collectors (4) suited to the group forming rates and/or the type of products (1) to be formed into groups.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 15, 2014
    Assignee: Sidel Participations
    Inventors: Didier Mougin, Guillaume Duchemin, David Gatos, Thierry Garnier
  • Patent number: 8668072
    Abstract: The invention relates to a machine for products having a non-circular cross-section, such as ovoid containers or bottles. The machine includes: a collector having cavities arranged obliquely relative to the XX' axis of the conveyor used to supply said products; a means for transferring the batch of products formed into groups by said collector to a depositing station, on a table arranged along said feed conveyor; a means for dropping the batch of products by a reversing movement in an oblique direction; and a means for returning said collector to the starting point, that is, level with the first product on said feed conveyor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 11, 2014
    Assignee: Sidel Participations
    Inventor: David Gatos
  • Patent number: 8584828
    Abstract: Product is conveyed as a continuous stream by a meter conveyor (12) unto a transfer plate (32) and a transfer device (42) in the form of a thin piece of flexible material. The transfer device (42) is movable between retracted and extended positions extending over a sweep conveyor (22) by securing its trailing and leading ends to flexible belts (106) on opposite longitudinal sides of the sweep conveyor (22). Product is transferred from the transfer device (42) to the sweep conveyor (22) as the transfer device (42) moves from the extended position to the retracted position and is engaged by a metering bar (52ba) which controls the product acceleration on the sweep conveyor (22) and by a sweep bar (62a) which collects the product on the sweep conveyor (22). The metering and sweep bars (52ba, 62a) move independently in the same direction along the same endless path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2013
    Assignee: Douglas Machine, Inc.
    Inventors: Shawn P. Pundsack, Timothy D. Wilts
  • Patent number: 8534450
    Abstract: A method for formation of a compacted arrangement of articles to be packaged within a packaging machine, whereby the group of articles come into contact with and is guided through the packaging machine via at least one profiled bar, at least in a partial section of its transport route, which comes into contact with an end face of the group of articles and in doing so at least some of the articles of the group are pushed together in the compacted arrangement. A device for implementation of the method for formation of a compacted group of a plurality of the same type of articles to be packaged. A symmetrically or asymmetrically profiled thrust bar for transforming a group of articles being conveyed in a horizontal direction into a compacted arrangement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2013
    Assignee: Krones AG
    Inventors: Juergen Werner, Herbert Spindler, Peter Koch, Florian Kaestner, Volker Drahuniak
  • Patent number: 8485342
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for collecting products (2) arriving in line on a conveyor (1), using a collector device (4) provided transversally relative to the advancement direction. The collector (4) deposits and drops the products collected at a take-up station (10) located on the side of said supply conveyor (1) the collector (4) is capable of a loop movement that can divided into a transverse movement combined with a longitudinal movement upwards of the queue, i.e. a movement opposite to that of the product supply conveyor. The equipment for implementing the method includes a table (3) provided at and along the conveyor (1), a collector (4) carried by an appropriate structure for longitudinal and transverse movement above said conveyor (1) and said table (3). The table (3) includes two panels (31, 32) extending on either side of the supply conveyor (1) for depositing and dropping the products collected on either side of the conveyor (1) at the edge thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2013
    Assignee: Sidel Participations
    Inventors: Didier Mougin, Michel Begin, Guillaume Duchemin, Christophe Poupon
  • Patent number: 8474598
    Abstract: The invention provides a device (1) having at least one inlet conveyor belt (3) for loose, un-grouped articles (5), and at least one grouping device (7) for the loose, un-grouped articles (5) for the orderly composing of articles. An outlet conveyor belt (9) is associated with the grouping device (7), said outlet conveyor belt (9) feeding the articles thereon grouped without containers to a packaging device (10). The invention also provides a method for composing packages for a packaging machine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2013
    Inventors: Wolfgang Huber, Manuel Kollmuss, Richard Eschlbeck, Christoph Klenk
  • Patent number: 8453822
    Abstract: A loading head for use with food articles has a main conveyor adapted to convey a plurality of food articles, an indexing conveyor positioned beneath the main conveyor, and a transfer member positioned between the main conveyor and the indexing conveyor. The transfer member is adapted to transfer each food article from the main conveyor to the indexing conveyor. A buffering mechanism is adapted to move the transfer member between a first position and a variable second position. A pusher mechanism is associated with the indexing conveyor to raise and lower gates from an open position permitting food article transfer to a closed position prohibiting food article transfer. The pusher mechanism includes a cam operably associated with the gates to open and close the gates.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2013
    Assignee: F.R. Drake Company
    Inventors: Colin R. Hart, Paul J. Joynt, David W. Braner, Joshua W. Higgins, David W. Alexander
  • Patent number: 8434610
    Abstract: A loading head for use with food articles has a main conveyor adapted to convey a plurality of food articles, an indexing conveyor positioned beneath the main conveyor, and a transfer member positioned between the main conveyor and the indexing conveyor. The transfer member is adapted to transfer each food article from the main conveyor to the indexing conveyor. A buffering mechanism is adapted to move the transfer member between a first position and a variable second position. A pusher mechanism is associated with the indexing conveyor to raise and lower gates from an open position permitting food article transfer to a closed position prohibiting food article transfer. The pusher mechanism includes a cam operably associated with the gates to open and close the gates.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2013
    Assignee: F.R. Drake Company
    Inventors: Colin R. Hart, Paul J. Joynt, David W. Braner, Joshua W. Higgins, David W. Alexander
  • Patent number: 8322513
    Abstract: A loading head for use with food articles has a main conveyor adapted to convey a plurality of food articles, an indexing conveyor positioned beneath the main conveyor, and a transfer member positioned between the main conveyor and the indexing conveyor. The transfer member is adapted to transfer each food article from the main conveyor to the indexing conveyor. A buffering mechanism is adapted to move the transfer member between a first position and a variable second position. A pusher mechanism is associated with the indexing conveyor to raise and lower gates from an open position permitting food article transfer to a closed position prohibiting food article transfer. The pusher mechanism includes a cam operably associated with the gates to open and close the gates.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2012
    Assignee: F.R. Drake Company
    Inventors: Colin R. Hart, Paul J. Joynt, David W. Braner, Joshua W. Higgins, David W. Alexander
  • Publication number: 20120279828
    Abstract: A device and a method for deflecting and aligning goods, which are transported in at least two approximately parallel longitudinal rows, in a first conveying direction to a transfer and alignment unit, from where they are transported further in a second conveying direction perpendicular to the first conveying direction. The transfer and alignment unit is coupled with a stop that is movable in or against the first conveying direction. The stop, in the process of transferring the front transversal row of articles or piece goods to the transfer and alignment unit, is brought into a position that is aligned with the flush front or back side of the first transversal row of articles or piece goods or profiled according to the orientation of the front or back side of the first transversal row of articles or piece goods.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 7, 2012
    Publication date: November 8, 2012
    Applicant: KRONES AG
    Inventor: Richard Eschlbeck
  • Patent number: 8240455
    Abstract: The invention relates to a device for transporting food products (20), particularly product slices produced by means of a slicer (26, 28, 30), comprising at least one transfer station (10) for receiving food products from an incoming product stream flowing in from at least one incoming conveyor (12) and for transferring the food products to an outgoing conveyor (14), wherein the transfer station comprises a transfer unit that is configured to simultaneously transfer a group of successively received food products to the outgoing conveyor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2012
    Assignee: Weber Maschinenbau GmbH Breidenbach
    Inventor: Guenther Weber
  • Publication number: 20120199440
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a device for forming batches of products to be loaded into receptacles, including: a conveyer (5) having housings, including two links supporting a plurality of pallets (53) defining housings (51) between same; a supply conveyer (2) arranged substantially perpendicular to the housing conveyer (5) and capable of transporting products (9) one behind the other and of supplying at least one product in each housing to a loading station via one open lateral side of said housings, the housing conveyer being provided with abutment means (70) arranged on the lateral side of the housing opposite the supply conveyer and used as an abutment for the product to be loaded into each housing; and unloading means capable of simultaneously unloading a batch of products from a series of housings of the housing conveyer at an unloading station.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 18, 2010
    Publication date: August 9, 2012
    Applicant: MAREL STORK FOOD SYSTEMS FRANCE SAS
    Inventors: Jacques Le Paih, Laurent Le Goff, Fabrice Le Pabic
  • Patent number: 8235640
    Abstract: An apparatus for moving containers into or from a chamber provided with at least a supporting surface for the containers, comprises a pushing element for engaging the containers and a driving arrangement for moving the pushing element through the chamber along a sliding direction, the driving arrangement comprising, a modular rod assembly for supporting the pushing element and including a set of rod elements which can be mutually and removably associated, an assembling arrangement for connecting or disconnecting the rod elements to or from the modular rod assembly so as to change a length thereof and to move the pushing element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2012
    Assignee: Telstar Technologies, S.L.
    Inventors: Gianni Balboni, Samuele Bellan, Franco Gironi, Paul Stewart
  • Publication number: 20120186942
    Abstract: A pickface builder for a storage and retrieval system for storing goods units and having an in-feed conveyor and a picking device, each goods unit holding at least one product package therein, the pickface builder including a frame, a pusher member movably coupled to the frame, and a snugger member movably coupled to the frame, wherein the pickface builder is configured to receive goods units from the in-feed conveyor and the pusher member and snugger member are movable at least in a direction transverse to a direction of goods unit travel on the in-feed conveyor and configured to form the goods units into a pickface picked by the picking device as a unit and having a predetermined reference datum relating the pickface to a placement position of goods units forming the pickface along a storage surface of the storage and retrieval system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 15, 2011
    Publication date: July 26, 2012
    Applicant: CASEPICK SYSTEMS, LLC
    Inventors: Stephen C. Toebes, Robert Sullivan
  • Patent number: 8196734
    Abstract: An automatic convey device adapted for pushing and grouping a plurality of connectors includes a frame assembly, a holding module and a feeding module disposed on the frame assembly respectively. The holding module has a plurality of positioning units for positioning the connectors. The feeding module includes a power unit, a sliding unit disposed on the frame assembly, a plurality of pushing units and a grouping unit mounted to the sliding unit respectively. The pushing units are capable of repeatedly pushing the respective connectors move forward until the connectors are positioned by the positioning units and then move backward for repeating the last action to push the next connectors forward. The grouping unit is capable of repeating the action of pushing forward the connector positioned by the forward positioning unit and capable of being controlled by the power unit to disconnect with or connect with and push the corresponding connectors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2012
    Assignee: Cheng Uei Precision Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Sung-Lin Chen, Xiao-Lin Wu, Shao-Bo Zhang, Zai-Wei Zou, Jun Ma
  • Publication number: 20120118701
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for grouping together products that arrive in line and are spaced apart from each other on an infeed conveyor (2), consisting of: collecting the products on the fly by means of a pair of collectors (4) that move transversely relative to the products on said conveyor (2); moving the products collected by collector (4A) to a removal station (11) and, at the same time, replacing said collector (4A) with the second collector (4B) that, in turn, collects the products; and dropping off the products from collector (4A) to the removal station (11) and bringing said collector (4A) back to a collecting position while intersecting collector (4B).
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 30, 2009
    Publication date: May 17, 2012
    Applicant: SIDEL PARTICIPATIONS
    Inventors: Guillaume Duchemin, Didier Mougin, David Gatos, Thierry Garnier
  • Patent number: 8167113
    Abstract: The method consists in collecting products (2) that are arriving spaced and in line on a conveyor (1). This collection is carried out by means of a collector device (40), in the form of a comb, arranged transversally, forming an angle between 60 and 120° in relation to the product advancement direction (2). The collector (40) deposits and drops the collected products at a take-up station which is located on the side of said supply conveyor (1); it is capable of a loop movement that can be divided, for the collecting of said products, into a transversal movement combined with a longitudinal movement upwards of the vial queue. The installation for the implementation of the method comprises a table (3) arranged at the level of and along the conveyor (1), a collector (40) carried by an appropriate structure in order to be displaced longitudinally and transversally above said conveyor (1) and said table (3).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2012
    Assignee: Sidel Participations
    Inventors: Didier Mougin, Michel Begin, Guillaume Duchemin, Christophe Poupon
  • Patent number: 8157080
    Abstract: A product aggregating apparatus receives product with an in-feed conveyor assembly and provides the product in an aggregated, registered and/or organized form, such as to a product picking apparatus. The in-feed conveyor assembly includes at least one in-feed conveyor, each in-feed conveyor configured to deliver product to first and second locations. A product receiver assembly includes at least first and second product receiver carriages to receive product at the first and second locations, respectively. An aggregated product receiver assembly comprises a carriage configured for vertical movement to positions adjacent to each product receiver carriage. A pusher assembly, comprising a pusher carriage configured for vertical movement to positions adjacent to each product receiver carriage, contains pushers horizontally moveable to push product from the adjacent product receiver carriage and onto the carriage of the aggregated product receiver assembly for picking by an appropriate apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2012
    Assignee: Pearson Packaging Systems
    Inventor: James A. Goodman
  • Patent number: 8096404
    Abstract: An apparatus for resorting piece goods assortments comprises a supply device, which transports along a first predefined transport path a piece goods assortment containing a plurality of piece goods arranged in predefined geometric positions, and at least one redistribution unit arranged at least partially downstream of the supply device along the transport path of the piece goods assortment. The redistribution unit comprises at least one pick-up element for picking up an individual item of piece goods of the piece goods assortment or a group of piece goods of the piece goods assortment, and a discharge device which is arranged downstream of the redistribution unit along the transport path. The pick-up element of the redistribution unit is movable in at least two different directions. The pick-up element removes individual piece goods or groups of piece goods from the piece goods assortment and transfers said piece goods to the discharge device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2012
    Assignee: Krones AG
    Inventors: Richard Eschlbeck, Wolfgang Huber
  • Patent number: 8011494
    Abstract: A loading head for use with food articles has a main conveyor adapted to convey a plurality of food articles, an indexing conveyor positioned beneath the main conveyor, and a transfer member positioned between the main conveyor and the indexing conveyor. The transfer member is adapted to transfer each food article from the main conveyor to the indexing conveyor. A buffering mechanism is adapted to move the transfer member between a first position and a variable second position. A pusher mechanism is associated with the indexing conveyor to raise and lower gates from an open position permitting food article transfer to a closed position prohibiting food article transfer. The pusher mechanism includes a cam operably associated with the gates to open and close the gates.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2011
    Assignee: F.R. Drake Company
    Inventors: Colin R. Hart, Paul J. Joynt, David W. Braner, Joshua W. Higgins, David W. Alexander
  • Publication number: 20110168526
    Abstract: An automatic convey device adapted for pushing and grouping a plurality of connectors includes a frame assembly, a holding module and a feeding module disposed on the frame assembly respectively. The holding module has a plurality of positioning units for positioning the connectors. The feeding module includes a power unit, a sliding unit disposed on the frame assembly, a plurality of pushing units and a grouping unit mounted to the sliding unit respectively. The pushing units are capable of repeatedly pushing the respective connectors move forward until the connectors are positioned by the positioning units and then move backward for repeating the last action to push the next connectors forward. The grouping unit is capable of repeating the action of pushing forward the connector positioned by the forward positioning unit and capable of being controlled by the power unit to disconnect with or connect with and push the corresponding connectors.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 8, 2010
    Publication date: July 14, 2011
    Applicant: CHENG UEI PRECISION INDUSTRY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Sung-Lin Chen, Xiao-Lin Wu, Shao-Bo Zhang, Zai-Wei Zou, Jun Ma
  • Patent number: 7942254
    Abstract: The invention relates to a device for conveying strips of corrugated cardboard, the device comprising a work table for conveying strips on the work table along a direction of conveyance, wherein the work table is supported on a floor and comprises at least one longitudinal groove for accommodating an element which is displaceable therein, and at least one slide which is disposed underneath the work table and is actuable for displacement in the direction of conveyance, which slide comprises an element which is actuable for upward extension through the at least one longitudinal groove for cooperation with the strip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2011
    Assignee: BHS Corrugated Maschinen-und Anlagenbau GmbH
    Inventor: Markus Schell
  • Publication number: 20110067975
    Abstract: Product is conveyed as a continuous stream by a meter conveyor (12) unto a transfer plate (32) and a transfer device (42) including first and second supports (42A, 42B) each in the form of a thin piece of flexible material. The transfer device (42) is movable between retracted and extended positions extending over a sweep conveyor (22) by securing its trailing and leading ends to flexible belts (106, 206) on opposite longitudinal sides of the sweep conveyor (22). Product is transferred from the second support (42B) to the sweep conveyor (22) and from the first support (42A) to the second support (42B) as the transfer device (42) moves from the extended position to the retracted position and is engaged by a metering bar (52B) which controls the product acceleration on the sweep conveyor (22) and by a metering bar (52A) which prevents unmetered product from tipping downstream. A sweep bar (62a) which collects the product on the sweep conveyor (22).
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 18, 2009
    Publication date: March 24, 2011
    Inventor: Irvan Leo Pazdernik
  • Patent number: 7900765
    Abstract: Method of placing products on the floor of a grouping station (3), in aisles (5), to form a batch of products to be palletized, including withdrawing guide walls (6) forming the aisles (5) to an inactive position; moving the batch towards the palletization station (11); repositioning the guide walls (6) into an active position; and re-placing a mechanism (10) for moving the rows into their starting position by turning them about the guide walls (6). The station (3) for grouping products (2) is arranged between the selection station of the receiving line (1) and the table (12) of the palletization station (11) and includes: motorized conveyor (4); guide walls (6); thrust devices (40) for conveying the batch onto the table (12); a mechanism for withdrawing the guide walls (6); and a mechanism for imparting to the thrust devices (40) a turning movement about the guide walls (6).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2011
    Assignee: Sidel Participations
    Inventor: Dominique Germain
  • Patent number: 7900766
    Abstract: A conveyance device for accumulating and aligning a plurality of articles and conveying a batch of the articles includes a conveyance unit, first, second and third support members, and a drive unit. The conveyance unit is configured to convey the batch of the articles in a conveying direction. The first and second support members are configured to move along the conveyance unit so as to support an article disposed at a front end or a back end among the articles constituting the batch of the articles. The third support member is arranged on the conveyance unit and configured to move with respect to the conveyance unit so as to sandwich the batch of the articles between the third support member and at least one of the first support member and the second support member. The drive unit is configured to independently drive the first, second and third support members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2011
    Assignee: Ishida Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Motoki Takayama, Yuji Yokota, Kazuhiro Takaoka
  • Publication number: 20110005898
    Abstract: Product is conveyed as a continuous stream by a meter conveyor (12) unto a transfer plate (32) and a transfer device (42) in the form of a thin piece of flexible material. The transfer device (42) is movable between retracted and extended positions extending over a sweep conveyor (22) by securing its trailing and leading ends to flexible belts (106) on opposite longitudinal sides of the sweep conveyor (22). Product is transferred from the transfer device (42) to the sweep conveyor (22) as the transfer device (42) moves from the extended position to the retracted position and is engaged by a metering bar (52ba) which controls the product acceleration on the sweep conveyor (22) and by a sweep bar (62a) which collects the product on the sweep conveyor (22). The metering and sweep bars (52ba, 62a) move independently in the same direction along the same endless path.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 31, 2009
    Publication date: January 13, 2011
    Inventors: Shawn P. Pundsack, Timothy D. Wilts
  • Patent number: 7861496
    Abstract: An article packaging machine includes a trailing article pusher assembly for pushing the trailing articles of a packaging production run down infeed conveyer lanes and through workstations of the packaging machine so that the trailing articles can be packaged. The pusher assembly comprises a pusher chain that is flexible in one direction to allow the chain to be coiled upon itself and generally inflexible in the other direction beyond a substantially straight configuration of the chain. A pusher block is attached to a free end of the pusher chain. The pusher chain is normally stowed on a take-up magazine beside its associated infeed lane during a packaging operation. When the trailing articles of a production run approach the workstations of the packaging machine, a gate opens to allow the pusher chain and its pusher block to be extended into the infeed lane behind the last trailing article.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 4, 2011
    Assignee: Graphic Packaging International, Inc.
    Inventors: Kevin T. May, Scott Parker
  • Patent number: 7857119
    Abstract: A method for grouping boxes, after stopping the head box of a train line, includes transversally displacing a last box of the train line with respect to the first box of the upstream line waiting for grouping and introducing a stop motion unit for holding the upstream line into the space cleared by the last box. The conveyor device includes an endless lateral rail which is used for guiding boxes and is laterally shifted at a length corresponding to at least the box longitudinal dimension and forms something like a funnel at the location of the last box of the train and a device, which is used for transversally displacing the last box by pushing it into the funnel and includes the stop motion unit holding the first box of the upstream line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 28, 2010
    Assignee: Sidel Participations
    Inventor: Zmaj Petrovic
  • Patent number: 7854312
    Abstract: A push device, for transferring glass articles from an intermediate supporting plate to an unloading conveyor, has at least one seat bounded by two flat supporting surfaces converging with each other and forming between them an angle of over 90°, and by at least one further supporting surface adjustable in position with respect to at least one of the two flat supporting surfaces; the article being retained close to a convergence area of the two flat supporting surfaces by a circuit for feeding compressed air between the two flat supporting surfaces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 21, 2010
    Assignee: Bottero S.p.A.
    Inventors: Gianclaudio Borsarelli, Paolo Gianti, Carlo Sesia, Bruno Viada
  • Patent number: 7845486
    Abstract: A conveyor apparatus for diverting product from a single lane to one of a plurality of lanes includes a wall having an upstream portion positioned proximate the single lane and a downstream portion positioned proximate the plurality of lanes. The upstream portion is stationary relative to the single lane and the downstream portion is configured to be movable relative to the plurality of lanes. A length of the wall is configured to vary in response to movement of the downstream portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 7, 2010
    Assignee: Arrowhead Conveyor Corporation, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark W. Spencer, Nathan Grams, Randel L. Radandt, Patris E. Vincent
  • Patent number: 7837024
    Abstract: A packaging machine includes an article conveyor for transporting articles in a flow direction and a plunger assembly for displacing articles from the article conveyor. The plunger assembly is supported and positioned by a system that includes a frame assembly and a pressure sensitive coupling as means for releasably fixing the position of the plunger assembly. The frame assembly includes a first frame structure that is attached to the plunger assembly and a second frame structure. The first frame structure and the second frame structure are slidably coupled to one another such that a resistive force that overcomes the holding power of the pressure sensitive coupling will cause the first frame structure to slide and translate the plunger assembly out of its operating position in which it can displace the articles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 23, 2010
    Assignee: MeadWestvaco Packaging Systems, LLC
    Inventor: Michael F. Flagg
  • Publication number: 20100281823
    Abstract: An inline product feeder for a packaging line and related methods are disclosed. In one example, an inline product feeder includes a product input line configured to receive a contiguous supply of products and configured to guide the products in continuous motion along a path of travel. The inline product feeder also includes a packaging line configured to receive separated groups of the products from the product input line. The inline feeder further includes a feeder unit configured to separate groups of products from the contiguous supply of products in the product input line and move the group of products into the packaging line, each of the separated groups of products including a predetermined number of products from the product input line.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 8, 2010
    Publication date: November 11, 2010
    Inventor: Keenan W. Stahl
  • Patent number: 7784599
    Abstract: An automated grouping system of bakery products increases a quantity of bakery products that may be fed to equipment having a larger processing capacity. The automated grouping system includes a supporting structure laterally arranged adjacent to a conveyor of bakery products. The structure includes two longitudinally-arranged lateral rails. Sliding supports, along with first linear driving actuators of regulated stroke, are mounted on the lateral rails. Each sliding support includes a vertical post and a cross guide fixed at an upper portion thereof. The structure also includes a pair of second linear vertical actuators, which support and actuate a pair of pulling plates and positioning mechanisms of bakery products. The pulling plates are also actuatable by third linear actuators of regulated stroke, which are provided on a lower cross member, to position the pulling plates in a direction transverse to a conveying direction of the bakery products.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2010
    Assignee: Grupo Bimbo S.A. B. DE C.V.
    Inventors: Silvestre Garcia Balleza, Freddy Paulo Chan Dzib, Joaquin Alverde Trejo
  • Publication number: 20100193327
    Abstract: The method consists in collecting products (2) that are arriving spaced and in line on a conveyor (1). This collection is carried out by means of a collector device (40), in the form of a comb, arranged transversally, forming an angle between 60 and 120° in relation to the product advancement direction (2). The collector (40) deposits and drops the collected products at a take-up station which is located on the side of said supply conveyor (1); it is capable of a loop movement that can be divided, for the collecting of said products, into a transversal movement combined with a longitudinal movement upwards of the vial queue. The installation for the implementation of the method comprises a table (3) arranged at the level of and along the conveyor (1), a collector (40) carried by an appropriate structure in order to be displaced longitudinally and transversally above said conveyor (1) and said table (3).
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 5, 2010
    Publication date: August 5, 2010
    Applicant: SIDEL PARTICIPATIONS
    Inventors: Didier MOUGIN, Michel BEGIN, Guillaume DUCHEMIN, Christophe POUPON
  • Patent number: 7766154
    Abstract: A loading head for use with food articles has a main conveyor adapted to convey a plurality of food articles, an indexing conveyor positioned beneath the main conveyor, and a transfer member positioned between the main conveyor and the indexing conveyor. The transfer member is adapted to transfer each food article from the main conveyor to the indexing conveyor. A buffering mechanism is adapted to move the transfer member between a first position and a variable second position. A pusher mechanism is associated with the indexing conveyor to raise and lower gates from an open position permitting food article transfer to a closed position prohibiting food article transfer. The pusher mechanism includes a cam operably associated with the gates to open and close the gates.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 3, 2010
    Assignee: F. R. Drake Company
    Inventors: Colin R. Hart, Paul J. Joynt, David W. Braner, Joshua W. Higgins, David W. Alexander
  • Patent number: 7766155
    Abstract: The invention relates to a transfer device (15) for transferring an article (9) in a printing machine (2), the device comprising a hinged manipulator arm (20), a hinged gripper clamp (22), and drive means adapted to drive both the manipulator arm (20) and the gripper clamp (22) together in rotation. The drive means include synchronization means adapted to inhibit the rotary movement of the gripper clamp (22) relative to the rotary movement of the manipulator arm (20), temporarily as a function of the position of the manipulator arm (20). The invention also provides a printing machine (2) including such a transfer device (15), and to an associated method.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 3, 2010
    Assignee: Machines Dubuit
    Inventor: François Dumenil
  • Patent number: 7766152
    Abstract: A freeze dryer comprises a chamber having a rectangular slot through which vials are inserted into the chamber. An assembly for loading the chamber comprises a bar extending across the slot to engage vials to be inserted into the chamber. The bar is attached to a mechanism for moving the bar laterally into and out from the chamber. In a retracted position of the bar, at least part of the mechanism is wound around a sprocket. Rotation of the sprocket unwinds the mechanism to move the bar into the chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2005
    Date of Patent: August 3, 2010
    Assignee: Ima Life S.R.L.
    Inventor: Franciscus Damen
  • Publication number: 20100190626
    Abstract: A counter ejector has: a ledge that moves toward an inner side of a hopper to receive boxes S in the hopper when the boxes accumulated in the hopper reach the predetermined number; a press bar that is disposed so as to move vertically relative to the ledge, and presses the batch on the elevator by moving vertically downward relative to the ledge; and a relative movement servo motor that moves the press bar vertically relative to the ledge. The press bar is driven by the relative movement servo motor to vertically move relative to the ledge.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 28, 2008
    Publication date: July 29, 2010
    Applicant: MITSUBISHI HEAVY INDUSTRIES, LTD.
    Inventors: Masahiro Taketsugu, Masayoshi Tanchi, Shinya Iori