Conveyor System For Arranging Or Rearranging Stream(s) Of Items Patents (Class 198/434)
  • Patent number: 10752448
    Abstract: A device for transporting articles through a recirculation system for forming or processing the articles. The device includes a top portion configured to contact an article and a drive nut positioned within a first aperture of the top portion. The device includes a hub portion having a second aperture and a plurality of ejection pins extending through a respective one of a plurality of apertures of the top portion. The device includes a paddle wheel rotatably coupled to the hub portion. The paddle wheel has a first and second plurality of prongs extending radially outward and offset in generally opposing directions. The paddle wheel includes a post projecting radially inward and positioned within a third aperture. The device includes a drive screw extending through the first, second, and third apertures and having a head configured to engage the post and a threaded end is configured to engage the drive nut.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Inventors: Randy E. Yoder, Patrick Yerby
  • Patent number: 10661386
    Abstract: An apparatus for cutting metal plates out of a metal strip includes a laser cutting apparatus that is movable back and forth in a transport direction of the metal strip, and a support device for supporting the metal strip to be cut. The support device includes a first support device having a first support strip and a second support device having a second support strip located opposite the first support strip, wherein the first and the second support strip are moved concurrently with the laser cutting apparatus such that a laser beam of the laser cutting apparatus is always oriented towards a gap formed between the first and the second support strip. A dust discharging device is arranged downstream of the support strips in a discharging direction directed away from the laser cutting apparatus. The support strip and/or the dust discharge shaft includes a ventilation device for ventilating the gap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Inventors: Matthias Summerer, Alexander Seitz
  • Patent number: 10592844
    Abstract: Techniques for managing notifications may be described. In an example, the notifications may relate to an item and may be provided to a user device. An active device may be associated with the item. The active device may store a token for communication with a local area network associated with a location. Based on the communication, a determination may be made that the item may be in proximity to the location. Corresponding notifications may be sent to the user device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2020
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Raghuram Satyanarayana Rao, Chinmay Hemant Bhagwat, Alan Kipust, Pragyana K. Mishra, Debanjan Mukherjee, Thomas Matthew Ryle
  • Patent number: 10457502
    Abstract: The problem of potentially damaging a pallet layer that is gripped by clamps of a depalletizing tool is solved i) by detecting the real position of the layer using a pad on the tool that is movable with the clamps towards the pallet layer and whose detected stopping position determines the real position of the layer, and ii) while the layer is gripped by the clamp, by inserting under the layer curtains; the pressure on the layer by the clamps being adapted to the ease to go underneath the layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Inventors: Sylvain-Paul Morency, Marc Ducharme, Robert Jodoin, Tristan Pashley, Francis Levesque, Jean-Francois Forget
  • Patent number: 10458054
    Abstract: A combination washing and drying apparatus includes a housing defining a singular interior area. A washing assembly positioned in the housing includes a washer drum having a first and second concentric washer sleeves movable between a closed configuration at which a bottom opening defined by the first washer sleeve is blocked by the second washer sleeve and an open configuration in which the bottom opening is not blocked for releasing the clothing from the first washer sleeve. A drying assembly is positioned in the housing and includes a dryer drum having first and second concentrically aligned dryer sleeves defining a side opening and being movable between a closed configuration blocking the side opening and an open configuration allowing the clothing to be inserted into the dryer drum. A conveyor assembly includes a continuous belt operably movable when energized for conveying the clothing between the washing and drying assemblies.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Inventor: Frederick Hamilton
  • Patent number: 10183771
    Abstract: A pick-up device for picking up packages that may include a frame to which a first and a second retaining element are mounted. Each retaining element may comprise a retaining side that is adapted to hold a package or a package section. The first and the second retaining elements may be adapted to be arranged in a starting position, such that the first and the second retaining sides are oriented one next to the other in an aligned manner. Both the first and the second retaining elements are pivotable about a common pivot axis, so that in at least one pivoted position, both the first and the second retaining elements are arranged pivoted by a first and a second angle respectively, wherein the retaining element are pivoted relative to the starting position. In one embodiment, both the first and the second angles are greater than zero.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Inventor: Bernd Wintergerst
  • Patent number: 10138066
    Abstract: The present disclosure proposes a substrate transporting device having a drive motor configured to drive the drive shaft, transporting belts driven by the drive shaft and configured to transport glass substrates at an operating speed when the drive shaft is driven by the drive motor, a rail arranged between the transporting belts, and a pushing block arranged on the rail and moving along a transporting direction of the glass substrates at a moving speed in accordance with the operating speed of the transporting belts, for pushing the glass substrate to shift horizontally along the transporting direction of the glass substrate to prevent the glass substrate from being crooked. In this way, the orientation of the glass substrate is corrected, and the accuracy of the transportation of the glass substrate is ensured. The occurrence of machine disorder due to a crooked glass panel is reduced as well.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: Shenzhen China Star Optoelectronics Technology Co., Ltd
    Inventors: Lei Chen, Dong Li
  • Patent number: 9776747
    Abstract: A packaging device includes a conveyance mechanism, a guide portion and a control portion. The control portion is configured to cause a first section of a film to be bonded to a base, cause the conveyance mechanism to convey the base toward a downstream side in a conveyance direction, move the guide portion along a movement path, cause the conveyance mechanism to convey the base toward the upstream side, cause a second section of the film to be bonded to the base, and cause the film to be moved in an opposite direction to a feeding direction at any time during a period after the first section is bonded to the base and before the second section is bonded to the base, the feeding direction being a direction in which the film is fed out when the base is conveyed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2017
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Toshihiro Takahashi, Teruo Imamaki, Yohei Nishimura
  • Patent number: 9415948
    Abstract: A method of forming on a moving conveyor belt an article layer formed from multiple article row sets includes capturing the article row sets between adjacent pairs of fences to stabilize the articles while forming the article layer. An article stabilizing device for carrying out the method includes a number of individually movable fences that move between standby and operating positions to capture the article rows sets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2016
    Assignee: SEETECH Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Victor Howard Burchell, James Harper Moffitt
  • Patent number: 9126768
    Abstract: A conveyor which allows the formation and movement of at least one batch of products from a line of products in single file, in at least one passage at an upstream station. The conveyor includes, at an upstream station, a rug for moving said products, and a movement device for moving a predetermined quantity of products from said line of products, between the upstream station and a downstream station. The movement device has engaging elements able to be placed in contact with the products. The rug has a through hole. The movement device is arranged under said at least one passage. The engaging elements are mounted to be movable, relative to said movement device, between a retracted position and an engaged position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2015
    Inventors: Eric Devaux, Dominique Germain
  • Patent number: 9079791
    Abstract: A system (10) and method for positioning a hot glass sheet G on a roll conveyor 24 for further processing utilizes sensors (60, 62, 64) for sensing a conveyed glass sheet position and a turntable (72) having an actuator (74) for providing axial shifting of rolls (26) supported on the turntable to properly locate the glass sheet G, without any sliding between the glass sheet and the conveyor rolls, both rotationally and laterally for further processing which is specifically disclosed as forming.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2015
    Assignee: GLASSTECH, INC.
    Inventors: David B. Nitschke, Dean M. Nitschke
  • Publication number: 20150001042
    Abstract: Apparatus for singulating load items, with first conveyor means working in a delivery direction and having a first conveying surface for delivering load items, with second conveyor means disposed adjacent to a transfer region of the first conveyor means and having a second conveying surface for receiving the load items delivered by the first conveyor means and for conveying the load items away therefrom. The first conveying surface slopes downwards in the delivery direction and towards the second conveyor means, with a guide means disposed between the transfer region of the first conveyor means and the receiving region of the second conveyor means for the controlled transfer of load items from the first to the second conveyor means. The guide means has a guiding surface running along the transfer region, which projects at a height that declines in the delivery direction above an extension plane of the first conveying surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 27, 2014
    Publication date: January 1, 2015
    Inventor: Heino HEITPLATZ
  • Patent number: 8875868
    Abstract: The invention relates to an apparatus for aligning a sheet product conveyed on a conveying surface of a conveyor system in a direction of conveyance at a conveying velocity, which product has on its side facing away from the conveying surface an at least partially exposed surface. The apparatus has an alignment unit, which is arranged above the conveying surface and which is intended to change the situation of the product with respect to the conveying surface by means of a force acting upon the exposed surface. The alignment unit has a self-contained, flexible force transmission member, which, on that side of the alignment unit which is facing toward the conveying surface, forms a sagging strand, which latter is intended to rest with a portion on the at least partially exposed surface of the product and thus subject said product to the force.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2014
    Assignee: Ferag AG
    Inventor: Konrad Auf der Maur
  • Publication number: 20140311861
    Abstract: Disclosed are a method and a system (1) for arranging a plurality of articles moved in at least one mass flow (M1, M2). Articles designed identically in respect of an allocation feature (A, B, C) are fed to a separate buffer station (P1, P2, P3) from the at least one mass flow (M1, M2) and stored in the buffer station (P1, P2, P3). A specified compilation (Z1, Z2) of articles is then formed wherein stored articles are removed from one or more of the buffer stations (P1, P2, P3) in consideration of the specified compilation (Z1, Z2) and forwarded and/or guided to a handling station (10) in a defined sequence and/or arrangement.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 27, 2012
    Publication date: October 23, 2014
    Inventors: Wolfgang Hausladen, Josef Mayer, Josef Deglmann, Michael Jogsch
  • Patent number: 8627942
    Abstract: A synchronized carrying system comprising: an overhead conveyor which transports a vehicle body; a floor-side conveyor which transports an underbody part; a control device which operates and controls the overhead conveyor and the floor-side conveyor; and a carrying device on which the underbody part is mounted, wherein the synchronized carrying system synchronizes the overhead conveyor and the floor-side conveyor during a process that loads the underbody part to the vehicle body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2014
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yoshihiko Terazawa, Yoshikazu Shimizu, Akira Minamikawa, Masanao Iwasaki, Yuichi Yoshida
  • Patent number: 8247711
    Abstract: An intermittent motion checkweigher for weighing products of interest. The checkweigher includes a product transport wheel having a plurality of product retention pockets, each of which retains one or more products of interest throughout the weighing operation. Products are loaded into a product retention pocket by an in-feed conveyor or similar device, after which the product transport wheel is indexed to advance the products in the product retention pocket toward one or more weighing devices where the products will be weighed while still located in the product retention pocket. After weighing, the products are advanced to a discharge conveyor or similar device by further indexing of the product transport wheel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2012
    Assignee: Mettler-Toledo, LLC
    Inventors: David Troisi, Josh White
  • Patent number: 8240456
    Abstract: A regulation method for ordering a flow of two lines of products includes at least: —a first step of slowing when the spacing value between a first product pertaining to one of the lines and a second product, situated immediately upstream and pertaining to another of the lines is less than a first set value; and—a second step of slowing when the value of the spacing between a downstream product of the first line and the proximal product situated immediately upstream on the second line is lower than a second set value, the first step of slowing and second step of slowing being respectively implemented selectively so as to place in phase the spacings between the products of the first and second lines according to a sequence determined as a function of the device for transferring to cavities.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2012
    Assignee: Sidel Participations
    Inventors: Guillaume Duchemin, Christophe Poupon
  • Patent number: 8025142
    Abstract: An apparatus and method of transporting food products (10) to a loading station (12) having a cooling conveyor (14) that selectively drops food product into a distributor (34). The distributor (34) separates product into at least two lanes (48, 50) and drops product onto a conveyor. A balancing and diverting conveyor (46) monitors and counts product in each lane (48, 50) and diverts product selectively based upon the sensed product. An orienter (70, 80) transfers product from a loading conveyor (68) to a buffer conveyor (72). The buffer conveyor (72) transfers product to a main conveyor (76) which transfers product to a loading head (84).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2011
    Assignee: Marel Meat Processing Inc.
    Inventors: David W. Alexander, Kevin J. Hansen, Colin R. Hart, Joshua W. Higgins
  • Patent number: 7967038
    Abstract: A method for installing lock levers for a beverage filling machine includes supplying a plurality of lock levers, including a plurality of regular size lock levers with a first dimension associated with the height of an engagement surface relative to the axis of rotation of the lever, and at least one other lock lever having a second dimension for the height such that the second dimension is reduced or increased relative to the first dimension, installing a plurality of regular size lock levers on the beverage filling machine, determining if the engagement surface of any of the regular size lock levers is not positioned at a predetermined position and thereby non-conforming, then installing at the location of any non-conforming regular size lock lever one of the at least one other lock lever having a second dimension to position the engagement surface thereof substantially at the predetermined position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2011
    Assignee: Bevcorp LLC
    Inventor: Richard D. Jenne
  • Publication number: 20110100781
    Abstract: A method and device are provided to produce stacks composed of printed products. Printed products are supplied substantially vertically and in an overlapping flow with the aid of a first conveying device continuously to an essentially horizontally extending stack support. A stack is formed at the stack support, where the printed products are at least approximately lined up in an upright position. The stack on the stack support is transported with a second conveying device moving at a forward-feed speed and in a forward-feed direction. The stack is supported along a leading stack end against a support device that also moves in the forward-feed direction. A third conveyor acts upon a region of a lower edge of at least one printed product, which impacts the stack support, to move the at least one printed product in the forward-feed direction of the stack with a speed that corresponds at least to the forward-feed speed of the stack.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 2, 2010
    Publication date: May 5, 2011
    Applicant: Mueller Martini Holding AG
    Inventors: Markus JEGGE, André ROTH
  • 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: 7784600
    Abstract: An apparatus for the transport of food products, in particular of product slices produced with a cutting machine, comprising at least one deflection station for the deflection of at least one incoming product stream running in on an incoming conveyor into at least one outgoing product stream outgoing on an outgoing conveyor in a different direction to the incoming product stream, wherein the deflection station includes at least one transfer device movable between a discharge end of the incoming conveyor and a receiving end of the outgoing conveyor, with a support surface for the products always facing in at least approximately the same direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2005
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2010
    Assignee: Weber Maschinenbau GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventor: Guenther Weber
  • Patent number: 7726462
    Abstract: Described herein is a method and a unit for the formation of groups of products in a machine for continuous packaging of products, according to which at least two continuous rows of products are fed via two conveyor devices set in series with respect to one another along a first given path and in contact with at least one alignment element, which is set transverse to the first path and in front of the rows of products to align the rows themselves with respect to one another, and is displaced along a second, loop-like, path defined by two portions, along which the alignment element is set on the inside and on the outside, respectively, of the first path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2005
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2010
    Assignee: KPL Packaging S.p.A. Societa Unipersonale
    Inventors: Nicola Baldanza, Moreno Cremonini, Giordano Gorrieri
  • Publication number: 20100012462
    Abstract: The objective of this invention is to provide an apparatus for forming a stable arrangement of bottles so they can be moved on an inline conveyor system. This is accomplished by an apparatus for nesting bottles comprising a first conveyor having lanes of bottles, and a second conveyor, wherein a fixed number of bottles from each lane is released from each lane in a staggered arrangement to facilitate nesting of the released bottles and then pushing and guiding the released bottles from the first conveyor onto a second conveyor so that the bottles form a nested bundle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 18, 2008
    Publication date: January 21, 2010
    Inventor: Alain Cerf
  • Publication number: 20080251352
    Abstract: A system receives flat products in a serial manner, transports them to a buffer apparatus, senses the presence of any significant gaps between adjacent products, passes the products to a wrapping or other processing machine and then removes the processed products from the system. The buffer closes gaps between adjacent products with an arrangement of fast and slower-moving chains or conveyors.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 20, 2008
    Publication date: October 16, 2008
    Inventor: Harry C. Noll
  • Patent number: 7395920
    Abstract: The invention relates to an apparatus and method for directing a conveyed product on a conveyor. The apparatus includes a filing channel that includes the ability to adjust the location of at least one end of the filing channel. In one embodiment, the filing apparatus includes a plurality of cards successively arranged wherein the cards are supported by a support member. The cards define the filing channel and the shape of the channel is maintained despite repositioning at least one end of the filing channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2005
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2008
    Assignee: Automated Industrial Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Shawn Little, Gary Sill
  • Publication number: 20070289842
    Abstract: Registration transfer unit (26) receives containers (C) in random intervals and then places such containers in a transfer conveyor (30) moving generally laterally to the registration transfer unit. The registration transfer unit is movable relative to and with the transfer conveyor to index the registration transfer unit with cells (262) of the transfer conveyor and maintaining such indexed relationship while the containers are transferred from the registration transfer unit to the transfer conveyor. The containers are then transferred from the transfer conveyor to an infeed conveyor (32) to carry the containers to a pick-up unit (34) that removes a selected number of containers at a time from the infeed conveyor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 18, 2007
    Publication date: December 20, 2007
    Inventor: Eduard Hendrikus Johannes Damhuis
  • Patent number: 7303059
    Abstract: A conveying apparatus for transport and placement of articles in single file order includes dual parallel infeed conveyors each having an elevating portion for discharging articles onto transverse conveyors whose discharge ends are disposed over elevated discharge conveyors traversing in the opposite direction from the direction of movement of the infeed conveyors. The discharge conveyors include horizontal conveyor runs over which are disposed elongated article guide fences operable to guide articles into single file order but to also force articles not in proper order off of the conveyors into bottomless bins which guide the articles onto the inlet portions of the infeed conveyors for recycling through the apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2005
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2007
    Inventor: Roger D. Pugh
  • Patent number: 7070384
    Abstract: Apparatus and methods for unloading and binding brick or other components include an infeed conveyor that delivers layers of brick to a transfer distribution carriage. The distribution carriage repositions the brick layers on either an outfeed conveyor or a tine conveyor. The layers of bricks carried by the outfeed conveyor are moved to where a tine layer is positioned on their upper surface. The tine conveyor divides the bricks into an arrangement of rows spaced apart to define openings for receiving a lifting or moving member, so that when the tine layer is positioned in a completed stack, enables movement of the stack by a forklift or other suitable moving means. Additional layer or layers are then positioned on the tine row on a packaging conveyor so that completed stacks are delivered to a package station that binds the stack of bricks or other components into an integrated structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2003
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2006
    Assignee: General Shale Products, LLC
    Inventor: Robert W. Keyes
  • Patent number: 6975998
    Abstract: A package delivery notification system reports impending package deliveries and precisely notifies recipients of when to expect the deliveries. The package delivery notification system utilizes memory, a communications device, and a system manager. Package data identifying a package that is to be delivered to a recipient is stored in the memory. The package data indicates that the recipient is to receive the package and indicates the expected time that the package is to be delivered. When the package is assigned to a vehicle that will deliver the package to a premises of the recipient, the system manager transmits, via the communications device, a notification message to the recipient. The notification message preferably indicates the approximate time that the package is expected to arrive.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2000
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2005
    Assignee: ArrivalStar, Inc.
    Inventor: Martin Kelly Jones
  • Patent number: 6874615
    Abstract: A chute system for selectively moving articles with little to no damage to such articles from a supply source oriented at a first level to a transversely moving conveying system oriented at a second lower level. The chute system includes a powered conveyor belt adapted for advancement of the conveyor belt at a known velocity and a guide operatively associated with the conveyor belt and adapted to shape the conveyor belt in a selected arcuate configuration to accommodate and facilitate translation of motion of such an article on the belt from a substantially vertical direction to a substantially horizontal direction. In a preferred embodiment the chute system includes a stop member to provide a stop for such articles upon movement of such articles from the conveyor belt to such conveying system in order to accommodate selective lateral deposition of such articles onto such conveying system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2003
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2005
    Inventor: David M Fallas
  • Publication number: 20040231961
    Abstract: In order to separate streams of multi-layered stacks of rodlike elements the rodlike elements are removed from the adjoining area of a horizontal conveyor (3) or a channel positioned at an angle (1), in which the stack of rodlike elements becomes a passive stream to the area of the channel (1) or the horizontal conveyor (3), in which the stack becomes an active stream, and the space taken up by the removed elements is equal to the volume of the appropriate sector of a cylinder of radius (r) corresponding to with (P) of the horizontal conveyor (3) and/or width (K) of the channel (1), whereas the walls of the cylinder which are parallel to the axis of the cylinder separate the non-parallel streams.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 28, 2004
    Publication date: November 25, 2004
    Inventors: Leszek Sikora, Radoslaw Owczarek
  • Patent number: 6808062
    Abstract: A plant and a method for carrying out orderly arrangement of products in ranks along a packaging line, wherein an alignment device is set between a first conveyor belt and a second conveyor belt. The products arrive on the first belt in ranks with substantially disorderly transverse alignment and with longitudinal distances that may vary between the said ranks, and are accelerated to obtain, on the second belt, ranks aligned in an orderly way and properly spaced from one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2002
    Date of Patent: October 26, 2004
    Assignee: SASIB Packaging System S.p.A.
    Inventors: Giuliano Cerutti, Pierre Menegaldo, Filippo Barbweris Organista
  • Patent number: 6698572
    Abstract: In an apparatus for packaging piece goods, a piece-goods article of a first type (A) and a plurality of piece goods of a second type (B) are introduced into a common pack. The apparatus has a first conveyor (1), for feeding piece goods of the first type (A), a second conveyor (3), for feeding piece goods of a second type (B), and a packing station (7), for forming a flexible tube (72). It also has at least one feed station (2), from which the piece goods of the second type (B) are deposited by means of the second conveyor (3) such that the piece goods of the second type (B) are located one above the other at least in part and form first groups. In each case one of these first groups is deposited on a piece-goods article of the first type (A) from the second conveyor (3) by conveying means (4, 10), this resulting in the formation of a second group, which is introduced into the flexible tube (72).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2002
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2004
    Assignee: SIG Pack Systems AG
    Inventors: Horst Loewenthal, Harald Lenherr
  • Patent number: 6691857
    Abstract: Supply lines, formed by two V-shaped belts (1)-(1′) that go in the same direction at different speeds; Photoelectric cells (2) on the first transversal alignment of cells and others (3) on the fruit outlet of the feeder; Pneumatic cylinders that separate or group the outlet ends of the supply lines, turning on their inlet ends: Detection means (6) of the arrangement of the cells to suitably position the supply lines; Means (7) to check loading on the inlet ends of the feed lines, that operate as a transporter (8) to regulate and give continuity to the general supply.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2002
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2004
    Assignee: Food Machinery Espanola, S.A.
    Inventor: Juan Antonio Sánchez de León Rodríguez Roda
  • Publication number: 20030141165
    Abstract: A system and method for singulating loads are disclosed. The system includes a plurality of similarly configured load manipulation cells arranged to form an array. Each cell has a generally planar upper surface and an actuation system configured for operation independent of the actuation systems of the other cells. The system further includes a sensing system operable to identify the general location of loads positioned on the array and a controller configured to receive input from the sensing system and send commands to the actuation systems to singulate the loads positioned on the array. The controller is configured to process loads received in a continuous flow.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 29, 2002
    Publication date: July 31, 2003
    Applicant: Siemens Technology-To-Business Center, LLC
    Inventors: Dan Reznik, Michael Wynblatt
  • Patent number: 6557689
    Abstract: Assembly for supporting and retaining sheets of glass, particularly in a machine for machining the sheets of glass; the assembly possesses a support structure, a plurality of suckers carried by the support structure to hold the sheet of glass in an unambiguous reference position on a horizontal plane and, for each sucker, a corresponding actuator for vertically displacing the suckers between a raised position and a lowered position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2001
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2003
    Assignee: Forvet S.r.l.
    Inventor: Davide Gariglio
  • Publication number: 20030062246
    Abstract: The purpose of this patent is an “Automatic alternating fruit feeder to a cell receiver in quincunxes”, the use of which is explained in the title of the invention.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 1, 2002
    Publication date: April 3, 2003
    Inventor: Juan Antonio Sanchez de Leon Rodriguez Roda
  • Patent number: 6435352
    Abstract: A sorting machine at the end of a sheet metal slitting and shearing line receives side-by-side stacks of sheet metal panels and separates and rearranges those stacks so that they are more easily wrapped, banded, or otherwise processed. The machine includes a roller conveyor which receives the side-by-side stacks and a platform located to one side of the conveyor. The platform has support beams which align with the rollers of the conveyor such that spaces exist between the succession of aligned rollers and support beams. Beneath the conveyor and platform a transfer carriage moves on tracks that extend transversely with respect to the conveyor. The carriage has transfer beams which occupy the spaces between successive aligned rollers and support beams.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2000
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2002
    Assignee: Red Bud Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Elroy Schoenbeck, Kalin Liefer
  • Patent number: 6390766
    Abstract: A shingle bundle palletizer includes a bundle metering conveyor, an incline conveyor, a pattern conveyor, a lug conveyor, an adjustable height transfer conveyor, a shuttle conveyor, and a pallet removal conveyor. The bundle metering conveyor includes one or more upstream and downstream belts. Each upstream belt is driven by an in-roller, variable speed motor that is independent of each downstream belt. The pattern conveyor includes a pair of outer pattern belts rotatably mounted on a pair of outer pulleys, and a center pattern belt rotatably mounted on a center pulley. The pair of outer pulleys is keyed to a pulley shaft and the center pulley is free-rotating about the pulley shaft to decouple the center pattern belt from the pair of outer belts. The pair of outer pattern belts and the center pattern belt are independently driven by separate motors and belts made of elastomeric material. The shuttle conveyor includes a belt made of an elastomeric material driven by a motor connected to a drive shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 1999
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2002
    Assignee: Owens Corning Fiberglas Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert P. Craig, James R. Christophel
  • Patent number: 6253904
    Abstract: A loading station for the automatic loading of multiple items on the same unit of a sorting machine. The loading station includes several feeding belts capable of receiving and transferring the items to a loading belt capable of receiving such items and feeding them to the sorting machine. The feeding belts include at least one belt mounted on a support capable of rotating 180° about a vertical axis to reverse the order of items being conveyed on the belt. A transfer conveyor transfers the items to the loading belt. The transfer conveyor includes a frame carrying a drivable belt. The frame is extensible and retractable relative to an upstream feeding conveyor. Items are deposited onto the drivable belt as the belt is non-driven and the frame is being extended. Then, the frame is retracted while driving the belt forwardly at the same speed that the frame is retracted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 1999
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2001
    Assignee: CML Handling Technology S.p.A.
    Inventor: Attilio Soldavini
  • Patent number: 6206173
    Abstract: Device ensuring maximum coverage of an area in which identical cylindrical objects such as bottles or cans transported by a conveyor line accumulate. The device including, a vibrating table over which the bottles advance in short skips after being deposited on the table by the conveyor, and, an oscillating hoe formed by two integral, longitudinally extending bars. The friction between the bottles and the surface of the vibrating table being fairly small. The oscillating hoe performing a transverse alternate motion, during which each longitudinally extending bar alternately pushes the mass of bottles, causing them to slide over the vibrating table. One application of the device is for loading freeze drying vessels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 1999
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2001
    Assignee: Societe d'Utilisation Scientifique et Industrielle du Froid - Usifroid
    Inventor: Patrick Gallet
  • Patent number: 5984301
    Abstract: A positioning conveyor is incorporated in a conveyor system for adjusting the position of a sheet on the conveyor system. The positioning conveyor has two belt type conveyor sections that are independently movable transverse to the feed path and are utilized to adjust the position of the sheet. The sheet is scanned by a scanner and the data is input to a computer. A vacuum zone on each section provides spaced apart gripping points to establish a pivot axis to correct for skew. The computer controls the coordinated movement of the sections to pivot and side shift the sheet to a desired position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 1997
    Date of Patent: November 16, 1999
    Assignee: Carruthers Equipment Co.
    Inventors: John C. Holbert, Forrest Stauss
  • Patent number: 5924838
    Abstract: A tray loading apparatus for the efficient loading of cylindrical articles onto trays. The apparatus functions to align cylindrical articles in a staggered manner so as to make the most efficient use of space. As such, a subsequent manufacturing process such as freeze drying is allowed to reach the largest amount of articles per operation, thereby saving time, energy and cost. The apparatus uses a conveyor having a staggering mechanism which includes undulated guides located adjacent the edges of the conveyor. The undulated guides have an edge facing the conveyor surface formed from a plurality of triangular peaks and valleys. At least one of the guides is connected to an oscillating mechanism for assisting the staggering of the articles. A slide plate which moves transversely to the conveyor includes a tray loading section. The tray loading section is adapted to be moved into alignment with the conveyor so as to accumulate the articles therein in the staggered pattern.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 1993
    Date of Patent: July 20, 1999
    Assignee: Garvey Corporation
    Inventors: William J. Garvey, Francis J. Garvey, David W. Bintliff, David J. Roback
  • Patent number: 5889675
    Abstract: A pickup device comprises a memory for storing therein positional data for parts, a camera for detecting a position of the parts, a displacement rate computing section for computing a displacement rate between the positional data stored and a position detected, a hand for picking up parts, a inserting posture deciding section for deciding a posture of the hand such as an inserting position or an inserting direction against the parts, a moving section for moving the hand according to the decided posture, a up-movement pin selecting section for selecting pins required for pushing up only desired parts, an interfering pin removing section for removing pins interfered by the hand, and a pin up-movement control section for raising the selected pins.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 1996
    Date of Patent: March 30, 1999
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Denki Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Toshiyuki Minami, Hitoshi Matsumoto, Tomoya Okazaki
  • Patent number: 5826637
    Abstract: An apparatus for sequenced or simultaneous feeding of a plurality of flitches to a board edger includes a sequencing conveyor for sequenced feeding of flitches in a horizontal first direction, the flitches oriented in a horizontal second direction perpendicular to the first horizontal direction, the flitches fed sequentially into first or second adjacent parallel holding locations, a selectively actuable transfer device for selective transfer of a first fitch in the first direction from either of the first or second adjacent parallel holding locations onto a first edger feeder, and a second edger feeder parallel and adjacent to the first edger feeder, the first and second parallel adjacent edger feeders for selective sequential or simultaneous feeding into an edger according to a feed controller for (i) controlling the sequential or simultaneous feeding of the first flitch on the first edger feeder, and (ii) controlling the sequential or simultaneous feeding of a second flitch transferred from the first or se
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 1996
    Date of Patent: October 27, 1998
    Assignee: Newnes Machine Ltd.
    Inventors: William R. Newnes, Steven W. Michell
  • Patent number: 5794534
    Abstract: A suspension conveyor comprises two conveyor circuits which circulate in opposite directions. The circuits are arranged on opposite sides of an additional conveyor path, where the conveying directions of the path and circuits are the same at their point of coincidence. Roller devices for carrying objects (a, b, . . . , n), are entrained by a pushing or pulling mechanism of the conveyor circuits. A controllable switch arranged between the conveyor circuits, for transferring the objects individually from one of the conveyor circuits to the other, is adapted to transfer the objects selectively from the conveyor path to either of the conveyor circuits and vice versa. The switch is also adapted to selectively allow the objects to travel past the switch without leaving the respective conveyor circuit in which the objects are present. The suspension conveyor is additionally a sorting installation for sorting numerous different individually conveyed objects (a,b, . . . n).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 1996
    Date of Patent: August 18, 1998
    Assignee: MTS Modulare Transport Systeme GmbH
    Inventors: Robby Enderlein, Johann Robu, Hansjorg Geiger
  • Patent number: 5785102
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is an apparatus for positioning an elongate cant for the infeed of the cant into an edging device capable of longitudinally cutting the cant to remove the wane edges thereof. The apparatus generally comprises: a frame structure; a conveying module for transversely conveying the cant along a substantially straight path; a scanning module located along the path for optically scanning the morphology of the cant and providing morphology data; a computer module linked to the scanning means for analyzing the morphology data and calculating a longitudinal preferred infeed line for said cant; and a positioning means located further along the path for transversely positioning the cant to a colinear relationship with the preferred infeed line for said cant. More specifically, the positioning means comprises a plurality of spaced apart, releasable, pinching members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 1997
    Date of Patent: July 28, 1998
    Assignee: Industries P.H.L. Inc.
    Inventor: Gerald Hamel
  • Patent number: 5765617
    Abstract: An infeed system that orients a log for a processing unit. A flight conveyor, a log turner and a sharp chain are in an overlapping arraignment. The flight conveyor conveys a log past a scanner which inputs scan data into a computer which determines the profile and orientation on the flight conveyor. The computer determines the desired orientation of the log for the processing unit. The log turner is arranged to rotate and skew the log to the desired orientation. The log is then transferred to the sharp chain conveyor. The overlapping arrangement of the flight conveyor, log turner and sharp chain maintains full control of the log at all times. The sharp chain conveys the log past a second scanner which inputs the scan data to the computer to determine the actual orientation of the log on the sharp chain. The infeed system may also be provided with a shift and lift mechanism for further controlling the log position relative to the processing unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 1996
    Date of Patent: June 16, 1998
    Assignee: U.S. Natural Resources, Inc.
    Inventors: Cameron Dean Mierau, Aki Juhani Anttila, Richard Ichiro Komori
  • Patent number: 5651445
    Abstract: An apparatus for the automated processing of bulk mail which incorporates a number of operating stations that serve to accomplish the various aspects of mail extraction, as well as the subsequent processing of extracted documents, and which are operatively associated with one another to serially process envelopes and extracted documents in continuous fashion and substantially independent of their characteristic features. To this end, the operating stations of the apparatus are configured to be as independent as possible of the characteristics of the envelopes and their contents so that envelopes and contents of varied characteristics can be effectively handled by the apparatus without requiring any significant adjustments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 1995
    Date of Patent: July 29, 1997
    Assignee: Opex Corporation
    Inventors: Albert F. Stevens, Robert R. DeWitt, Michael E. York, David Keller, William R. Lile