With Control Means Responsive To Sensing Means Patents (Class 198/437)
  • Patent number: 10179704
    Abstract: A warning device (1) of abnormal operation of belt conveyor (2) has a pair of rotating mechanisms (10) disposed oppositely at two sides of a conveyor belt (2). The rotating mechanism (10) includes a rotating component (11) and a rotating body 12. The rotating body 12 has a fixed end (121) and a movable end (122). A pair of first sensor switches (20) is disposed on the rotating bodies (12). The first sensor switch (20) emits a first signal when activated and emits a second signal when being triggered. The rotating body (12) triggers the first sensor switch (20) when the conveyor belt (2) is abnormal. The first sensor switch (20) is triggered and emits the second signal for warning.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2019
    Assignee: FINETEK CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Ting-Kuo Wu, Chien-Lung Huang, Wei-Chi Wu
  • Patent number: 9475656
    Abstract: An actuable switch for influencing a flow of pieces of goods in a conveyor system comprises a feed track for feeding the pieces of goods, a first discharge track for discharging the pieces of goods in a first discharge direction, a second discharge track for discharging the pieces of goods in a second discharge direction different from the first discharge direction, a switch blade which is actuable for displacement between a first operating position and a second operating position, wherein in the first operating position, the pieces of goods are delivered from the feed track to the first discharge track, and wherein in the second operating position, the pieces of goods are delivered from the feed track to the second discharge track, and an actuating member for applying an actuating force to the switch blade for a force-controlled displacement of the switch blade between the first operating position and the second operating position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2016
    Assignee: DÜRKOPP FÖRDERTECHNIK GMBH
    Inventors: Dirk Sieksmeier, Michael Wend
  • Patent number: 9463888
    Abstract: An apparatus for laning rolled products is disclosed. The apparatus can include an infeed section having one or more adjacent infeed lanes. Each infeed lane can convey a plurality of rolled products in a first direction. The infeed section can feed rolled product to a transfer section, the transfer section receiving one or more of the plurality of rolled products from each lane of the infeed section. The transfer section can convey the one or more rolled products in a second direction substantially perpendicular to the first direction to a discharge section. The discharge section can have one or more adjacent discharge lanes for receiving the one or more rolled products from the transfer section. The discharge section can convey the one or more rolled products in a third direction substantially parallel to the first direction. A displacement device can transfer rolled products from the transfer section onto the discharge section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2016
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Matthew Bernard Overley, Wesley Bernard Brokopp, Jr., Andre J. K. De Saert
  • Patent number: 9302855
    Abstract: A cleanable shoe-type diverter belt having narrow translatable pushers forming article-diverting shoes. Cam followers on the shoes below the pushers follow guides under the belt along an upper carryway run to translate the shoes along one or more transverse tracks across the width of the belt. Monolithic diverters support the belt on the carryway run and direct the shoes along different paths. Pusher returns in a lower returnway run guide diverted pushers back to a home position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2016
    Assignee: Laitram, L.L.C.
    Inventors: Kevin W. Guernsey, Jonathan J. Bishop, Timothy J. DeRoche, Kevin L. Gremillion, Matthew Vulpetti, Brian R. Lee
  • Patent number: 8931619
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an egg transport device for a packaging device for eggs, comprising a distribution conveyor which extends in a direction of transport from a feed outer end to a discharge outer end and which, as seen in the direction of transport, is bounded on either side by guides extending at least substantially in the direction of transport, which egg transport device is adapted to deliver eggs over at least two discharge tracks of a discharge conveyor (12) which are distributed in a width direction extending at right angles to the direction of transport, wherein the feed conveyor comprises at least over a part of its length at least two distribution belts (17) extending parallel to each other and drivable independently of each other by drive devices, and distributing sections (9) lying in the line thereof, and sensors (7,10) are further provided which during use detect the delivery of an egg to a distributing section (9).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2015
    Assignee: Moba Group B.V.
    Inventor: Berend Derk Grootherder
  • Patent number: 8863937
    Abstract: The invention concerns a conveyor lane divider for dividing trays that are received in one lane from an infeed conveyor and are passed on to a two-lane production unit. The conveyor lane divider has a line motion control system that can be automatically initialized when starting.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2014
    Assignee: Multivac Sepp Haggenmueller GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Wolfgang Buchenberg, Alireza Taghipour, Alexander Kult, Bernd Happach, Albert Gabler
  • Patent number: 8839946
    Abstract: The invention relates to a system and a method for, in a conveying direction T during conveyance, continuously distributing a flow or products, for instance eggs, comprising: —a distributing assembly with at least two feed channels extending in a conveying direction T for each forming a single row of products, wherein at least edge elements compose the edges of these channels over a well-defined distribution length and wherein these edge elements are provided above and adjacent a conveying surface at the downstream end of a feed conveyor, and —a control for monitoring and controlling the distribution of the products over the channels, wherein, based on monitoring signals and control signals, from the downstream end of the channels, only two products are transferred simultaneously to the conveyor, wherein the control, based on the monitoring signals and control signals, increases or reduces the speed of the conveyor according to a continuous adjustment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 23, 2014
    Assignee: FPS Food Processing Systems B.V.
    Inventors: Berend Derk Grootherder, Eddy Alfred Herre Van Der Goot, Barend Dinant Hardeman
  • Patent number: 8757358
    Abstract: A labeling machine for labeling containers such as bottles, cans, and similar containers. The abstract of the disclosure is submitted herewith as required by 37 C.F.R. §1.72(b). As stated in 37 C.F.R. §1.72(b): A brief abstract of the technical disclosure in the specification must commence on a separate sheet, preferably following the claims, under the heading “Abstract of the Disclosure.” The purpose of the abstract is to enable the Patent and Trademark Office and the public generally to determine quickly from a cursory inspection the nature and gist of the technical disclosure. The abstract shall not be used for interpreting the scope of the claims. Therefore, any statements made relating to the abstract are not intended to limit the claims in any manner and should not be interpreted as limiting the claims in any manner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2014
    Assignee: KHS GmbH
    Inventors: Klaus Krämer, Winfried Schlüter
  • Patent number: 8528720
    Abstract: Utility of a circuit-substrate working machine including a substrate conveyor device and a shuttle conveyor designed to shift a circuit substrate in a direction intersecting a conveying direction is improved. Based on transmission of a deliverable-state advance notification signal for one of conveyor lanes of an upstream printer, a movable conveyor lane of an intermediate shuttle conveyor is moved to a position continuous to the one conveyor lane. The circuit substrate is delivered to the movable conveyor lane in a state in which the movable conveyor lane is located at a circuit-substrate receiving position, a receivable-state advance notification signal is produced for a receiving lane for receiving the circuit substrate supplied from one of conveyor lanes of a downstream printer which has transmitted a deliverable-state advance notification signal, and a receivable-state signal and a deliverable-state signal are obtained. The circuit substrate is then delivered to the receiving lane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 4, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2013
    Assignee: Fuji Machine Mfg. Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Tsuyoshi Mizukoshi, Mitsuaki Kato
  • Patent number: 8499920
    Abstract: In a conveyor device including a branch path, the number of articles sorted to the branch path is counted accurately. The conveyor device conveys a plurality of articles and includes a main conveyor, a first branch path, a first detector, a second detector, a detection information processing section, and a charging conveyor. The first branch path branches from the main conveyor at a first branch point. The first detector and the second detector are arranged upstream and downstream, respectively, of the branch point along a conveyance direction and are arranged to detect articles on the main conveyor. The detection information processing section is configured to calculate the number of articles sorted to the first branch path based on a difference between the number of articles detected by the first detector and the number of articles detected by the second detector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2013
    Assignee: Murata Machinery, Ltd.
    Inventor: Kazuhiko Ogawa
  • Publication number: 20120298482
    Abstract: A carrying segment comprises a first surface for receiving objects, a second surface, and at least a third and a fourth surface connecting said first surface and said second surface, a first engaging member arranged on said second surface and configured to be guided by a first guide of a slat conveyor, and a second engaging member arranged on said second surface on one side of the first engaging member and configured to be guided by a first switch of said slat conveyor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 23, 2010
    Publication date: November 29, 2012
    Inventors: Benson Hu, Markus Florentzson, Andreas Asper
  • Patent number: 8196733
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for product changeover in a filling plant and to a bugger system for carrying out the method. A first product is passed through a primary buffer and then a second product is initially buffer-stored in a secondary buffer, and so a clear separation of the products is achieved and a product changeover can be carried out in upstream and downstream production machines without production coming to a standstill.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2012
    Assignee: Krones AG
    Inventor: Wolfgang Hahn
  • Patent number: 8168897
    Abstract: A conveyor for shock-sensitive products includes a conveyor member with at least one intermediate storage region adapted to receive a predetermined number of the products placed thereon when the conveyor is a static condition for temporary intermediate storage. A force measuring member determines the weight force of the products in the intermediate storage region. A control member, adapted to increase and decrease the rate of feed of the shock-sensitive products in the conveyor member, processes the weight force detected by the force measuring member as an input parameter, and increases or reduces the rate of feed of the products toward and away from the intermediate storage region as a function of the weight force.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2012
    Assignee: Big Dutchman International GmbH
    Inventor: Heinz Südkamp
  • Patent number: 8154406
    Abstract: Apparatus for RFID tagging of packages is provided, including a conveyor, along which tags having microchips and antennae are applied to packages, with the tags being encoded via radio waves, to contain information about package identification and other information, with the encoding being done upstream of a palletizer system, and with the palletizer system being provided for receiving encoded packages from the conveyor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2012
    Assignee: Hershey Chocolate and Confectionary Corporation
    Inventor: Kevin L. Feldenzer
  • Patent number: 8060243
    Abstract: A sorting apparatus includes: a characteristic information obtaining unit which obtains characteristic information of each of packages; a first branching unit to a third branching unit each of which performs branching operation for forwarding a predetermined package among the packages to a corresponding one of a first branching conveyor to a third branching conveyor; an interval adjusting unit which adjusts an interval which is a distance between two packages, which are a current package and the next package, forwarded sequentially; a branch control unit which causes each of the first branching unit to the third branching unit to change the details of branching operations according to the characteristic information; and an interval control unit which causes the interval adjusting unit to increase the interval in proportion to the time required for the branching operation for the current package.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2011
    Assignee: Murata Machinery, Ltd.
    Inventor: Kazuhiko Ogawa
  • Publication number: 20110220460
    Abstract: An apparatus (1) and a method for distributing articles (10) within a stream of articles are disclosed. Articles (10) are supplied by an infeed conveyor (2). A first discharge conveyor (21) and a second discharge conveyor (22) further transport the articles. The infeed conveyor (2) and the first and second discharge conveyors (21, 22) are arranged in the direction of transport (T) with respect to each other in such a way that a region of overlap (15) is formed. A distribution element (4) is configured such as to be displaceable essentially transversely to the direction of transport (T), so that the stream of articles, incoming along the direction of transport (T), is distributed onto the first discharge conveyor (21) and/or the second discharge conveyor (22).
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 25, 2011
    Publication date: September 15, 2011
    Applicant: KRONES AG
    Inventors: Martin Seger, Stefan Heigl, Johann Huettner, Peter Muehlstein
  • Patent number: 7963384
    Abstract: An automated case order preparation system including a crane for transporting groups of depalletized product cases to temporary storage on shelving, and to a plurality of gravity-powered case guides, for accumulating and dispensing cases to fulfill client order pallets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2011
    Assignee: 3584925 Canada Inc.
    Inventor: Daniel R. Lafontaine
  • Patent number: 7870945
    Abstract: A method for sorting objects using a continuous loop conveyor sorting system having two or more feeders. In one embodiment, the method includes sorting a batch of objects to form a first group of objects and a second group of objects, using a first feeder to feed all of the objects from the first group onto the conveyor, using a second feeder to feed all of the objects from the second group onto the conveyor, removing the objects from the first group from the conveyor prior to the any of the objects reaching the point at which the second feeder feeds objects onto the conveyor, and removing the objects from the second group from the conveyor prior to the any of the objects reaching the point at which the first feeder feeds objects onto the conveyor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 18, 2011
    Assignee: Northrop Grumman Systems Corporation
    Inventor: Daryl S. Mileaf
  • Patent number: 7815034
    Abstract: A device for grouping individually packaged goods which are fed in a substantially closed stream by the means of conveyance along a transport plane, and grouped by at least one divider finger which can be introduced from below transversely to the transport plane into the stream along the conveyance direction, where, for the at least one divider finger, a motor drive provided which is capable of carrying out in a free and adjustable manner a movement of the at least one divider finger transversely to the transport plane (z-direction) independently of the movement along the conveyance direction (y-direction) and vise versa.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2005
    Date of Patent: October 19, 2010
    Assignee: Krones AG
    Inventors: Norbert Fleck, Bernhard Schmid
  • Patent number: 7703598
    Abstract: A distributing device for distributing closures, supplied from a supply line with outlet, over a plurality of manufacturing lines, each manufacturing line comprising a feed-in, comprises a distributing element, which distributing element comprises at least a number of guideways conforming to the number of manufacturing lines, each guideway comprising an entrance for the positioning of the guideway relative to the outlet of the supply line, an exit for the positioning of the guideway relative to the feed-in of the particular manufacturing line, and a passage connecting the entrance to the exit, as well as a displacement mechanism for the simultaneous positioning of an entrance of a specific guideway of the distributing element in line with the outlet of the supply line and, respectively, of an exit of the specific guideway in line with the feed-in of a manufacturing line, the entrances of the guideways being disposed in a direction perpendicular to the longitudinal plane of the supply line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2005
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2010
    Assignee: Stork Food & Dairy Systems B.V.
    Inventors: Arie Zalm, Johannes Cornelis Hansen
  • Patent number: 7679510
    Abstract: Apparatus for RFID tagging of packages is provided, including a conveyor, along which tags having microchips and antennae are applied to packages, with the tags being encoded via radio waves, to contain information about packaged identification and other information, with the encoding being done upstream of a palletizer system, and with the palletizer system being provided for receiving encoded packages from the conveyor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2010
    Assignee: Hershey Chocolate and Confectionary Corporation
    Inventor: Kevin L. Feldenzer
  • Publication number: 20100012463
    Abstract: An arrangement for the distribution of products (Pn) includes a distribution device consisting of a phaser (23) that includes two belts (50, 52) driven independently and each comprising at least one cam (60) driven at a deflecting speed and selectively controlled in an operation mode for, according to a predetermined distribution sequence, contacting at least one product (Pn) of a first queue (F1) in order to deflect laterally the product (Pn) from an initial position to a determined final position which is transversally offset relative to the initial position so as to form at least a second queue of products (Pn) parallel or orthogonal to the first queue.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 14, 2007
    Publication date: January 21, 2010
    Applicant: SIDEL PARTICIPATIONS
    Inventors: Guillaume Duchemin, Christophe Poupon
  • Publication number: 20090211877
    Abstract: A system for treating products, such as foodstuff products, in the course of packaging includes a plurality of extraction stations set cascaded along a flow of products that has the character of a disorderly array, in which rows or ranks are not in general distinguishable. The extraction stations may be traversed by the flow possibly likewise deriving from the flow itself respective derived flows of products. The speeds of operation of the extraction stations are adjustable for regulating the intensities of the respective derived flows. The extraction stations have associated thereto inspection stations (preferably of a visual type, e.g., laser type) for detecting the intensities of the derived flows, whilst said derived flows are kept, at least temporarily, as disorderly arrays of advancing products, without proceeding to accumulations or any reordering thereof.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 24, 2008
    Publication date: August 27, 2009
    Applicant: CAVANNA S.P.A.
    Inventor: Dario GUIDETTI
  • Patent number: 7540372
    Abstract: Disclosed in this specification is a media transportation apparatus that is comprised a conveying and supporting sections. The conveying section is comprised of a motor and a first timing belt, wherein operation of the motor causes the first timing belt to travel in a first direction. The supporting section is comprised of rollers configured to roll in the same first direction. The first timing belt has a belt surface and the rollers have a rolling surface, such that the belt surface and the rolling surface are substantially coplanar with respect to one another. The apparatus receives media of any size from an imager that is operating at a first speed, transport the media with a transporter operating at a second speed, and deliver the media to a processor operating at a third speed. The first speed, second speed, and third speed, need not be the same speed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2006
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2009
    Assignee: ECRM, Inc.
    Inventor: Todd Kepple
  • Publication number: 20080307757
    Abstract: A device for conveying tablets has a lower part, an upper part with at least one guide channel for holding and conveying the tablets, and several elastic elements, arranged a certain distance apart, on each of which at least one piezoelectric vibratory element is mounted, wherein the elastic elements are arranged between the upper part and the lower part and connect the two parts together. In addition, the device has at least one control unit for exciting the piezoelectric vibratory elements and thus the elastic elements and a sorting device installed in the area of the guide channel to separate the good tablets from the bad.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 6, 2008
    Publication date: December 18, 2008
    Applicant: UHLMANN PAC-SYSTEME
    Inventors: Ralf Heim, Wolfgang Krahl, Michael Kronawitter, Rolf Armbruster, Bernd Geiselhardt, Joachim Noe
  • Publication number: 20080236995
    Abstract: A method of operating an inserter with infeed and outfeed each driven by a separate servo motor. A controller independently energizes the servo motors to drive the infeed and outfeed to position a continuous feed of objects with a first object in the outfeed and a web between the first and second objects within a bursting space. The outfeed exerts tension on the continuous feed when the web is within the bursting gap. The web is burst and the first object is ejected from the outfeed into an item on a production line. An inserter with separate servo motors driving the infeed and the outfeed to position objects of a continuous feed, to burst webs between the objects by generating tension in the webs and to eject the burst objects from the inserter.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 26, 2007
    Publication date: October 2, 2008
    Inventors: Rob W. Lindquist, Michael G. Boehm, Mathew L. Dean
  • Patent number: 7357243
    Abstract: The packaging machine includes: a plurality of lane guides, the plurality of lane guides being spaced apart to form a plurality of lanes; a moveable conveyor belt having a first end and second end, the first end located beneath one of the plurality of lanes, the movable conveyor belt delivers the product to each of the plurality of lanes; a support device located at the plurality of lanes; and a shifting assembly attached to the plurality of lane guides. The method for packaging a case with a product includes: conveying a first plurality of the product to a first lane; supporting the first plurality of the product within the first lane; conveying a second plurality of the product to a second lane; shifting the first lane and the second lane in a first direction; and dropping the first plurality of the products into the case.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 15, 2008
    Assignee: Standard Knapp, Inc.
    Inventors: J. Michael Weaver, Jeffrey Reilly, Emilio Cofrancesco, Alexander Bozzi, Nicholas Pini
  • Patent number: 7306087
    Abstract: Apparatus for controlling units within a flow from at least one incoming feeder track into at least one outgoing feeder track is provided, including at least one shifting unit for controlled shifting of the flow into one or more selectable paths of the outgoing feeder track, wherein the shifting unit is provided with a speed controller for controlling the speeds of the respective units and separation of the units in the longitudinal direction of flow, the separation enabling the controlled shifting.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2000
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2007
    Assignee: Flexlink Components AB
    Inventor: Björn Hamsten
  • Patent number: 7240465
    Abstract: A transfer system for food products (P) having a product conveyor (11); a first support conveyor (13) suitable for moving supports (12) in equicurrent with the food products (P); a plurality of pickers (R1, R2, R3) situated in series along the run of the products (P) and supports (12) for individually collecting the products (P) from the product conveyor (11) to arrange them on the supports (12) translated from the first support conveyor (13); presence and position surveying devices (C1, C2) of which at least one is situated upstream with respect to the food products (P), of a first picker (R1) of the plurality of pickers (R1, R2, R3) suitable for detecting the presence, number, position and orientation of each product (P); an electronic image with a presence and position surveying device (C3), also connected to an electronic image identification and data processing system (34), wherein the pickers (R1–R4) are equipped with handlers (22) with an individual grip of the sucker type, with an anti-crash system an
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2005
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2007
    Assignee: C.T. Pack S.r.l.
    Inventors: Daniele Davi', Daniele Mezzaro, David Rosignoli
  • Patent number: 7232026
    Abstract: The apparatus serves to distribute a random stream of items into several lanes in which the items are transported individually one after the other. The apparatus has a transport device for the items, wherein the transport device has one or more driven conveyor belts and side rails as well as a lane divider. The lane divider has at least one movable divider which divides the stream of transported items. A middle divider can project against the direction of transport and side dividers can be set back staggered. In an embodiment, the lane divider has a frame to which the dividers are attached. The apparatus also has a device for driving the lane divider, so that the at least one divider carries out a back-and-forth movement in the direction of transport and/or transversely to it.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2003
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2007
    Assignee: Heuft Systemtechnik GmbH
    Inventors: Bernhard Heuft, Gerd Kristandt
  • Patent number: 7110857
    Abstract: The method for leaving an empty pitch in a line of vehicles entering a trim line range of a trim shop conforms with operating and production restriction conditions of the trim shop. The method determines an empty pitch pattern for vehicles sent into the trim shop from a PBS through a vehicle conveyer line according to a basic empty pitch leaving scheme, and loads vehicles according to the determined empty pitch pattern, thereby increasing efficiency of line management of the trim shop and equalization of work in the trim shop.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2004
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2006
    Assignee: Hyundai Motor Company
    Inventor: Dong Bok Kwon
  • Patent number: 6981581
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a machine for dividing one incoming lane of containers into a first and a second lane of containers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2004
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2006
    Assignee: CFS Palazzolo S.p.A.
    Inventor: Paolo Salvoni
  • Patent number: 6981582
    Abstract: A system for arranging foodstuff in compact formations is presented. The system contemplates a lateral conveyance apparatus having a transport surface, such as a moving conveyor belt, that is adapted to receive foodstuff from an upstream food presenting machine and selectively shifts foodstuff laterally so that adjacent rows may be arranged in a compact, nested arrangement. The lateral conveyance apparatus has a lateral shift mechanism and an optional sensing device for activating the mechanism as a row of items of foodstuff is sensed. The system may also include an axial spacing apparatus having a transport surface for varying the axial spacing of rows of foodstuff. Axial spacing is achieved by creating a speed differential between the transport surface of the axial spacing apparatus and the transport surface of another, adjacent apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2003
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2006
    Inventors: R. Craig Miller, Benny F. DiGerlando
  • Patent number: 6964330
    Abstract: An elevated grade station drive system includes a plurality of conveyor sections for conveying workpieces downstream at a variable transfer speed along and between the plurality of sections according to control instructions provided by a control system. The output from at least one workpiece position sensor cooperates with corresponding upstream conveyor sections and provides workpiece position data to the control system. Each conveyor section has a corresponding variable frequency drive cooperating in variable speed driving engagement therewith. The control system controls each variable frequency drive so as to interlock adjacent conveyor sections for smooth translation of the workpieces between adjacent conveyor sections without crushing or binding the workpieces. The plurality of conveyor sections may include a plurality of lugged conveyors, which may be lugged chains.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2004
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2005
    Assignee: COE Newnes/McGehee, ULC
    Inventors: Darryl Irwin Kujat, Geoff David Wight, Edward K. Apted, Darren A. Ross, Danny C. White
  • Patent number: 6843361
    Abstract: Method and device to regulate the spacing and speed of objects being conveyed randomly. Objects such as nuclear fuel pellets (P) are stopped by a stop (12) placed in the extension of a conveyor (10). When the presence of at least one pellet is detected against the stop (12), a cyclic rotary device (26) thrusts said pellet laterally onto a sliding rail (24), between two separating components (22) supported by an endless belt (20). The belt (20) then moves forward by an interval equal to the spacing between two consecutive separating components (22). This ensures a feed of the pellets according to a controlled spacing and speed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2001
    Date of Patent: January 18, 2005
    Assignee: Compagnie Generalde des Matieres Nucleaires
    Inventors: René Maingonnat, André Le Biannic, Gérard Negrier, Daniel Brulard, Eric Imbert
  • Publication number: 20040104100
    Abstract: A system and method for manipulating articles includes providing a bed having at least one conveying surface. The conveying surface is adapted to move articles in a direction of conveyance from an upstream end to a downstream end of the bed. At least one sensor is provided to determine the position of any articles on the bed. Selected articles are moved in the direction of conveyance at a speed that is generally higher than articles traveling on the bed that have yet to be manipulated and the articles are selectively rotated.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 16, 2003
    Publication date: June 3, 2004
    Applicant: RAPISTAN SYSTEMS ADVERTISING CORP.
    Inventors: Ricardo N. Schiesser, Michele Vitalini
  • Publication number: 20040000464
    Abstract: An article row former for arranging an unorganized stream of articles into a plurality of rows. The row former includes a conveyor for conveying articles in a flow direction and a frame. A support assembly is slideably coupled to the frame for movement above the conveyor substantially parallel to the flow direction, and a carriage assembly is slideably coupled to the frame for movement above the conveyor substantially perpendicular to the flow direction. Each of a plurality of elongated guides has an upstream end that is pivotally coupled to the support assembly, and a downstream end that is pivotally coupled to the carriage assembly. The guides define a plurality of guide channels that receive the articles. Each of a plurality of starwheels is rotatably coupled to the downstream end of a respective guide, and rotate in timed relation with the movement of the carriage assembly to control the release of articles from the guide channels.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 30, 2003
    Publication date: January 1, 2004
    Applicant: Busse/SJI, Corp.
    Inventor: Brian E. Busse
  • Patent number: 6564927
    Abstract: An apparatus for charging containers includes a first conveyor for advancing items; a second conveyor for continuously advancing containers; a charging device including first and second chutes each having an inlet adjoining the discharge end of the first conveyor and an outlet positioned above the second conveyor. The first and second chutes adjoin one another in a direction parallel to the conveying direction of the second conveyor. A drive shifts the charging device and the discharge end of the first conveyor relative to one another for selectively aligning the inlet of the first chute or the inlet of the second chute with the discharge end for selectively introducing items from the first conveyor into the first or second chute. A sensor detects items advanced on the first conveyor. A control device is connected to the sensor and the drive for operating the drive based on the sensor signals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2001
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2003
    Assignee: SIG Pack Systems AG
    Inventor: Peter Meyer
  • Patent number: 6543600
    Abstract: A conveyor system includes a diverter positioned between an upstream conveyor and several downstream conveyors and splits or switches a procession of objects conveyed by the upstream conveyor to one of the downstream conveyors where the downstream conveyors are provided with a plurality of sensors along their lengths that detect the presence or absence of objects on the downstream conveyors at different positions along their lengths and supply signals to the diverter to control the diverter to switch between the downstream conveyors to direct the objects conveyed by the upstream conveyor to the one of the downstream conveyors having fewer objects being conveyed by the conveyor and also controls the number of objects delivered by the diverter to the downstream conveyors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2001
    Date of Patent: April 8, 2003
    Assignee: Ouellette Machinery Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: Joseph F. Ouellette
  • Patent number: 6540063
    Abstract: A conveyor assembly is disclosed for providing selectively spaced products for packing in cases. The conveyor assembly includes a feed conveyor belt for supplying products and first and second pick conveyor belts. A diverter conveyor belt is disposed between the feed conveyor belt and the first and second pick conveyor belts, and adapted to selectively align the feed conveyor belt with either the first pick conveyor belt or the second pick conveyor belt. A first pick motor is operatively associated with the pick conveyor belt for selectively controlling the speed of a first pick conveyor belt. A second pick motor is operatively associated with the second pick conveyor belt for selectively controlling the speed of the second pick conveyor belt. A sensor is operatively associated with the diverter belt for sensing product on the diverter belt.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2000
    Date of Patent: April 1, 2003
    Inventors: David M. Fallas, Richard J. Fallas
  • Patent number: 6508350
    Abstract: A conveyor system includes a diverter positioned between an upstream conveyor and a pair of downstream conveyors and splits or switches a procession of objects conveyed by the upstream conveyor to one of the two downstream conveyors where both downstream conveyors are provided with a plurality of sensors along their lengths that detect the presence or absence of objects on the downstream conveyors at different positions along their lengths and supply signals to the diverter to control the diverter to switch between the two downstream conveyors to direct the objects conveyed by the upstream conveyor to the one of the two downstream conveyors having fewer objects being conveyed by the conveyor and also controls the speed of the upstream conveyor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2000
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2003
    Assignee: Ouellette Machinery Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: Joseph F. Ouellette
  • Patent number: 6463713
    Abstract: Mass manufacturing and packaging apparatus (10) of products in roll form, in particular paper products including, from upstream to downstream, a cutting station (12) for cutting very long consecutive logs (20) of a specified diameter into consecutive sequences of several rolls (22) of shorter length, and an upstream conveyor (14) to move the sequences of rolls (22) from the cutting station (12) to a feeder station (16) distributing the rolls (22) to several automated packaging stations (18) characterized in that a roll-switching system (26, 37) of the feeder station (16) allows directing each sequence of rolls (22) toward a specific set of packaging stations (18) which is different from the set towards which the previous sequence of rolls (22) was directed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 1999
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2002
    Assignee: Georgia-Pacific France
    Inventor: Robert Ruemeli
  • Patent number: 6131720
    Abstract: The device for separating individual or a plurality of rotationally symmetric containers (11) from a stream of rotationally symmetric containers (10) conveyed under backup pressure comprises a first conveyor path (12) for the stream of containers (10) and a second conveyor path (18) for removal of the separated containers (11), the second conveyor path (18) branching off at a separation point (16) from the first conveyor path (12). The first conveyor path (12) bends at the separation point (16) at an acute angle. A dividing wedge (20) is disposed between the first and the second conveyor (12, 18).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2000
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2000
    Assignee: Heuft Systemtechnik GmbH
    Inventors: Bernhard Heuft, Hans-Ulrich Goller
  • Patent number: 5692593
    Abstract: An automatic conveying apparatus has a lower conveyor, an upper conveyor, and a distribution conveyor. The upper conveyor is associated with a first photoelectric sensor, and the lower conveyor is associated with a second photoelectric sensor. A workpiece delivered from a transfer press at a first speed V.sub.1 is fed onto the distribution conveyor which is actuated also at the first speed V.sub.1. After the first photoelectric sensor or the second photoelectric sensor is turned on by the workpiece until it is turned off, the workpiece is conveyed at a second speed V.sub.2 greater than the first speed V.sub.1 by the distribution conveyor. The workpiece is transferred from the distribution conveyor to the lower conveyor or the upper conveyor which is actuated at the second speed V.sub.2.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 1995
    Date of Patent: December 2, 1997
    Assignee: Honda Giken Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Tugio Ueno, Ken Tazo, Jun Yamada
  • Patent number: 5678680
    Abstract: A method and an arrangement for producing consolidated lines having a predetermined content of products of a plurality of product types, each line being produced in a sequence of alternating steps including the steps of conveying the line to be consolidated and of adding products to the line to be consolidated. A consolidating field includes consolidating stations interconnected by conveying paths and an outlet path connecting a consolidating station to an outlet. A control unit includes a consolidation data storage device for receiving and storing consolidation data regarding the consolidating field and regarding an allocation of product types to consolidating stations. Products of at least one product type are supplied to each consolidating station.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 1995
    Date of Patent: October 21, 1997
    Assignee: SFT AG Spontanfoerdertechnik
    Inventor: Bernhard Wellinger
  • Patent number: 5655644
    Abstract: A seamless paper media gate (10) for supporting moving sheets thereon while enabling the sheets to be directed in a range of angular directions, includes a plate member (12), a deflector member (48), and a spring (44). The plate member includes a first sheet supporting surface (14), and an end portion (16). The end portion includes a transition surface (18), which in cross section terminates at a transition edge (20). The deflector member is rotatably mounted on the plate member and includes a second sheet supporting surface (22). The deflector member includes in cross section a first finger portion (26) upon which the second surface is tapered to a point (28) which forms a lineal edge (27) that engages the transition surface. The deflector member also has a first rib (38) that engages a of a first slot (34). The rib includes a cam surface (43) that suitably engages a cam support surface of the slot to provide a fixed pivot point as the deflector member rotates.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 1995
    Date of Patent: August 12, 1997
    Assignee: InterBold
    Inventor: H. Thomas Graef
  • Patent number: 5638938
    Abstract: Apparatus and method are provided for receiving a flow of packages such as parcels or bundles, dividing it into plural streams for easier singulation, singulating each such stream, and delivering the produced packages one at a time to a user, each stream being provided to a different user. Downstream sensors are used to control a deflector which in turn divides a received flow of packages into multiple such flows and apportions the received packages among the two output flows. Singulation of each such output flow is accomplished by a plurality of inclined belts which each moves a received package upward and over its peak to drop for entry into the next stage downstream, thereby singulating the received flow in stages. These belt stages are individually controlled by further downstream sensors and motors which prevent movement of upstream such belt(s) if one or more packages, indicating a flow blockage, is sensed downstream.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 1995
    Date of Patent: June 17, 1997
    Assignee: Lockheed Martin Tactical Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: S. James Lazzarotti, Eugene T. Mullin
  • Patent number: 5628614
    Abstract: A continuous motion stacking apparatus (10) is disclosed including a positive drive device (14) which places abutting products on a conveyor (12). When the leading series of products is detected to have reached a predetermined position by a sensor (94), the series of products are pushed from the conveyor (12) by a pusher plate (32) which has a first movement component equal to the conveying speed parallel to the conveyor (12) and a second movement component perpendicular to the conveyor (12). The series of products are pushed onto a shelf (30) simultaneously moving perpendicular to the conveyor (12) with the pusher plate (32). When the shelf (30) retracts, the products fall onto a vertically, movable platform (24) or products supported thereon. A guide (34) moves forward at the conveying speed parallel to the conveyor (12) to keep the remaining products on the conveyor (12) and to keep the last product of the series being pushed from the conveyor (12) parallel to the conveyor (12).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 1995
    Date of Patent: May 13, 1997
    Assignee: Douglas Machine Limited Liability Company
    Inventors: Irvan L. Pazdernik, Jeffery L. Lenarz
  • Patent number: 5423409
    Abstract: An apparatus for forming a plurality of output rows from a single input row of articles has a conveyor advancing articles in a row parallel to the conveying direction; a deflecting device including an endless deflecting belt trained about two end rollers and having, when in a working position, an operative length portion forming an acute angle with the conveying direction. The deflecting member includes a first length portion provided with a bounding edge extending generally parallel to the conveyor surface and being at a clearance therefrom which is less than an expected minimum height of the articles positioned on the conveyor. The deflecting member further has a second length portion provided with a bounding edge extending generally parallel to the conveyor surface and being at a clearance therefrom which is greater than an expected maximum height of the articles positioned on the conveyor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 1994
    Date of Patent: June 13, 1995
    Assignee: SIG Schweizerische Industrie-Gesellschaft
    Inventor: Alfred Wipf
  • Patent number: 5323912
    Abstract: A conveyer with an automated sorting system comprises a transport mechanism, a guide mechanism, and a sorting mechanism. A sorting sensor activates electrical spiral tubes which, in turn, actuate left and the right separation pieces to guide pins of the transport mechanism along desired guide rails so as to alter their original moving paths. More particularly, the guide pins are capable of moving along three different directions: left, middle, and right. The article intended to be transported is thus sorted out automatically and is sent to the designated area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 1993
    Date of Patent: June 28, 1994
    Inventors: Sheng-Hsiung Fan, Gang-Shyr Guan, Tun-Nien Hsu