By Laterally Or Vertically Moving Successive Items In Longitudinally Moving Stream Patents (Class 198/456)
  • Patent number: 10781055
    Abstract: A system for separating packages of different sizes includes a conveyor segment and a plurality of alignment members dividing the conveyor segment into a plurality of conveyor lanes. The conveyor segment has an input end, a discharge end and transport mechanism for transporting packages from the input end to the discharge end. The transport mechanism is configured to impart a lateral shift to packages on the conveyor segment. One or more of the alignment members each forms a respective window to allow lateral shifting of packages across adjacent conveyor lanes. Each window has a uniquely defined vertical height to the limit lateral shifting of packages across adjacent conveyor lanes based on a height of each package. Each conveyor lane delivers packages of a uniquely different size group at the discharge end of the conveyor segment. The packages in a conveyor lane are aligned against a respective alignment member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2020
    Assignee: Siemens Logistics LLC
    Inventor: Rajeev Dwivedi
  • Patent number: 10640303
    Abstract: A modular transfer system with a primary flow system and a diverter system that is repositionable along a track system. The primary flow system includes a primary flow belt for conveying an article along a primary flow path from an infeed side of the modular transfer system to a pass-through side of the modular transfer system. The diverter system that is repositionable along the track system between the infeed side and the pass-through side by attachment within one or more channels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Assignee: Regal Beloit America, Inc.
    Inventor: John William Kuhn
  • Patent number: 10589937
    Abstract: A conveyor system includes an external ball-belt and an internal driver belt for driving balls in the ball-belt. A first drive drives the ball-belt in the longitudinal direction, and a second drive drives the driver belt in a transverse direction. The second drive is located outside the ball-belt and located such that a return portion of the ball-belt runs between the second drive and the driver belt.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2020
    Assignee: A.G. STACKER INC.
    Inventors: Clarence C. Allen, Jr., Eric Stempihar, Randy Senger, Dalton Hege, Joe Wunder
  • Patent number: 10556750
    Abstract: Certain examples of conveyors are described. The conveyors comprise a belt for conveying an article, wherein the belt has a plurality of holes. The conveyors further comprise sensors and the sensors and the plurality of holes are arranged such that the article is detectable when both the sensors sense a material simultaneously. Dryers, print substrate pre-treatment apparatus and printing systems are also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2020
    Assignee: HP Indigo B.V.
    Inventors: Lior Hershkovitz, Shai Druckman, Ofer Ben Bassat
  • Patent number: 10421631
    Abstract: A registration system for a printing device and a method for controlling the same are disclosed. For example, the registration system includes at least one sensor to detect a position of a print media, a platform comprising a plurality of cellular omni wheels, and a processor communicatively coupled to the at least one sensor and the plurality of cellular omni wheels, wherein the processor calculates a desired movement of each one of the plurality of cellular omni wheels based on the position of the print media.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2019
    Assignee: Xerox Corporation
    Inventors: D. Clay Johnson, Timothy P. Foley, Eliud Robles Flores
  • Patent number: 10252861
    Abstract: A system for picking articles from storage containers into containers by using a computer for handling and processing picking orders and a picking station according to the good-to-person-principle. Selected articles by the computer are picked from the storage containers into conveyor bags, and a suspension conveyor transports the conveyor bags to a packing location for packing the articles assigned to a picking order, and retrieves the conveyor bags into the order container assigned to the picking order. An order container conveyor transports order containers (boxes), and the computer processes a first picking order to determine the number of article to be picked at the picking station such that the number of articles required for picking the first picking order is picked into the order container assigned to the first picking order with later articles matched/picked to a conveyor bag for later picking of further picking orders at the packing location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: KNAPP AG
    Inventors: Franz Mathi, Roland Koholka, Rick Bingle, Peter Stock
  • Patent number: 9845203
    Abstract: A singulating system within a conveyor system for the purpose of singulating and orienting jumbled, randomly oriented packages into packages that are conveyed in a single file line wherein each package is oriented such that the long axis of each package is oriented along the direction of flow of the conveyor system that consists of a plurality of conveyor sets that together rotate, reorient, space, and align packages, as well as a method of singulating packages.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2017
    Inventors: David A. Cole, Steve Usher
  • Patent number: 9823262
    Abstract: A container inspection device includes an inlet conveyor, an outlet conveyor, a mounting table having a mounting surface, a chamber portion having an opening in a section of the chamber portion, in which a receiving space is formed when the mounting surface contacts the chamber portion to close the opening, and a transfer. The transfer is movable in the certain direction at a speed greater than the conveying speed of the cartons by the inlet conveyor. The transfer holds multiple ones of the cartons that have been conveyed by the inlet conveyor collectively and conveys the cartons to the mounting surface of the mounting table, and holds the multiple ones of the cartons mounted on the mounting surface collectively and conveys the cartons to the outlet conveyor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Assignees: KABUSHIKI KAISHA N-TECH, KABUSHIKI KAISHA YAKULT HONSHA, TOHOSHOJI KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Osamu Yoshida, Chizuka Kai, Kunimitsu Toyoshima
  • Patent number: 9622510
    Abstract: The object of the application is a transfer disc (2) for the transferring of tobacco industry's rod-like articles (5) provided with lugs (3), where the disc is characterized in that a front surface (3A) of the lug (3) is inclined in a direction corresponding to the direction (T1) of rotation of the transfer disc (2), and the lug (3) is configured so that it hits a rod-like article (5) above the longitudinal axis (X) of the rod-like article (5).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2017
    Assignee: International Tobacco Machinery Poland Sp. z o. o.
    Inventor: Marcin Mamerski
  • Patent number: 9433994
    Abstract: A centering device for a plate-shaped workpiece comprises: a table (21) having a conveyor mechanism (23) for conveying a plate-shaped workpiece (10) in the horizontal direction; a camera (56) for taking an image of the plate-shaped workpiece (10) placed on the table (21); a table movement mechanism (28) for moving the table (21) horizontally in the direction orthogonal to the conveyance direction; a table rotation mechanism (60) for rotating the table (21) about a vertical axis; a computation unit (58) for comparing target central position information and information acquired by the camera (56) and computing the movement amount of the conveyor mechanism (23), the movement amount of the table movement mechanism (28), and the movement amount of the table rotation mechanism (60); and a control unit (59) for controlling the conveyor mechanism (23), the table movement mechanism (28), and the table rotation mechanism (60) on the basis of the movement amounts calculated by the computation unit (58).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2016
    Assignees: Honda Motor Co., Ltd., Oyabe Seiki Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Shinya Matsuyama, Yuta Suzuki, Susumu Nishimoto, Toshihiko Matsumoto, Masanao Suzuki, Ryoji Tamai, Hiromitsu Kato
  • Patent number: 9368827
    Abstract: A system and method for stacking battery cells or related assembled components. Generally planar, rectangular (prismatic-shaped) battery cells are moved from an as-received generally vertical stacking orientation to a generally horizontal stacking orientation without the need for robotic pick-and-place equipment. The system includes numerous conveyor belts that work in cooperation with one another to deliver, rotate and stack the cells or their affiliated assemblies. The belts are outfitted with components to facilitate the cell transport and rotation. The coordinated movement between the belts and the components promote the orderly transport and rotation of the cells from a substantially vertical stacking orientation into a substantially horizontal stacking orientation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2016
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Andrew L. Bartos, Yhu-Tin Lin, Raymond D. Turner, III
  • Patent number: 9199796
    Abstract: The device for the transfer of piece goods (70) to a conveying installation (1) comprises at least one goods piece receiver (51) for positioning a goods piece (70) in a transfer zone (Z) of the conveying installation (1). The conveying installation (1) comprises a plurality of conveying elements (10) which are moveable along a conveying path and are for conveying the taken-over piece goods (70). The device moreover comprises a slide mechanism (52) with a slide element (53), by way of which a goods piece (70) can be moved in a push movement out of the goods piece receiver (51) to the conveying element (10) and can be transferred to the conveying element (10).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2015
    Assignee: FERAG AG
    Inventors: Roberto Fenile, Simon Guhl
  • Patent number: 9022204
    Abstract: A manufacturing system includes a first conveyer apparatus, a second conveyer apparatus and a manufacturing apparatus. The first conveyer apparatus has a first conveyer unit and a first elevator unit. The first elevator unit is adapted to drive the first conveyer unit to move upward or downward between first and second positions. The second conveyer apparatus has a second conveyer unit and a second elevator unit. The second elevator unit is adapted to drive the second conveyer unit to move upward or downward between third and fourth positions. The manufacturing apparatus disposed between the first and second conveyer apparatuses has a manufacturing unit, a third conveyer unit and a fourth conveyer unit. A conveying path of the third conveyer unit passes through the manufacturing unit. The first and third positions are aligned to the third conveyer unit. The second and fourth positions are aligned to the third conveyer unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2015
    Assignee: Wistron Corporation
    Inventors: Chun-Kai Wang, Hsueh-Yen Lai, Xin-Hua Wang
  • Patent number: 8978871
    Abstract: Disclosed are various embodiments for a roller cover that can be installed in a conveyor system. The roller cover includes a plate that is configured to be positioned over a roller in the conveyor system. The plate is configured to restrict a movement of an item that is transported by the conveyor system. A first fin and a second fin extend from the plate. The first fin and the second fin attach the roller cover to the conveyor system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Andrew Scott Guider
  • Patent number: 8939275
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a substrate transfer system, comprising a number of roller assemblies used for mobile transfer of the glass substrate on it, and a controller used for controlling rotation of the roller assemblies; the substrate transfer system further comprises a substrate positioning device, which is arranged at the end of the transfer direction of the glass substrate by the roller assemblies; the substrate positioning device comprises a positioning pole, which is used for blocking and positioning the glass substrate transferred by the roller assemblies; and a buffer positioning mechanism on which the positioning pole is mounted on, providing mobile buffer for the positioning pole and driving the positioning pole to reset. A buffer reset mechanism is arranged for controlling the position of the positioning pole, and the positioning deviation of the substrate can be further eliminated; it can provide buffer contact for eliminating the risk of fragmentation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2015
    Assignee: Shenzhen China Star Optoelectronics Technology Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yongqiang Wang, Chun hao Wu, Kun hsien Lin, Minghu Qi, Weibing Yang, Zenghong Chen, Zhenhua Guo, Yunshao Jiang, Zhiyou Shu
  • Patent number: 8827068
    Abstract: The invention relates to a device for distributing baked goods, for combining with a continuous baking oven (1) arranged upstream of said device, said device comprising a plurality of peripheral carriers (6) for storing the baked goods (B), and transfer means (9, 10, 11, 12) for transferring the baked goods (B) from the carriers (6) to the dispensing means (21, 22, 23, 24) comprising a distribution device (21) and a dispensing compartment (24) for transferring the baked goods (B) from the distribution device (21) to the dispensing compartment (24). The device according to the invention is characterized in that the dispensing means (21, 22, 23, 24) also comprise an intermediate conveyor device (22), the distribution device (21) being loaded with baked goods (B) directly from the transfer means (9, 10, 11, 12) and also from the intermediate conveyor device (22) arranged between the transfer means (9, 10, 11, 12) and the distribution device (21).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2014
    Assignee: R. Weiss Verpackungstechnik GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventor: Reinald Weiss
  • Publication number: 20140220209
    Abstract: Systems and methods of processing produce are provided. A sizing unit can convey the produce in a first direction, and can release the produce into a produce receptacle of a receiving unit, which can convey the in a second direction. The produce receptacle can include a cavity to receive the produce subsequent to release from the sizing unit with a first portion of the produce at least partially disposed in the cavity and with a second portion of the produce at least partially protruding from the cavity. At least one conveyor unit can receive the produce from the produce receptacle, and can convey the produce in a third direction to separate a first portion of the produce from a second portion of the produce.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 13, 2014
    Publication date: August 7, 2014
    Inventor: Nagendra B. Kodali
  • Publication number: 20140209433
    Abstract: Embodiments provide systems, methods and apparatuses for positioning boards and other wood pieces in preparation for sawing/trimming. In embodiments, a continuous track loop conveys board stops slideably mounted to board stop guides positioned perpendicular to the direction of flow. A horizontal frame member provides a series of positioning guides through which a cam follower coupled to a board stop is diverted, thus adjusting the position of board stops in a direction perpendicular to the direction of flow without the use of braking devices or other added sources of mass, friction or vibration.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 28, 2014
    Publication date: July 31, 2014
    Applicant: U.S. Natural Resources, Inc.
    Inventors: Geoffrey D.H. Wight, Thomas W. Congdon, Tim Staal
  • Patent number: 8714341
    Abstract: Embodiments provide systems, methods and apparatuses for positioning boards and other wood pieces in preparation for sawing/trimming. In embodiments, a continuous track loop conveys board stops slideably mounted to board stop guides positioned perpendicular to the direction of flow. A horizontal frame member provides a series of positioning guides through which a cam follower coupled to a board stop is diverted, thus adjusting the position of board stops in a direction perpendicular to the direction of flow without the use of braking devices or other added sources of mass, friction or vibration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2014
    Assignee: U.S. Natural Resources, Inc.
    Inventors: Geoffrey D. H. Wight, Thomas W. Congdon, Tim Staal
  • Patent number: 8708133
    Abstract: A system for loading and unloading food products. In one implementation the system includes a transport device with a plurality of parallel belts upon which the products to be loaded move, and a tool adapted to load the products. The tool has a support adapted to pass through the gaps between the belts to load the product and to support the product when it is unloaded, and to perform the loading of the product moving it in an ascending vertical direction, the support lifting the product from the transport device. The support is adapted to rotate in relation to the support structure to unload the product, when they rotate, the support has a peripheral speed equal to the speed at which the product moves during the unloading.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2014
    Assignee: ULMA Packaging Technological Center, S. Coop
    Inventors: Eneko Izquierdo Ereño, Bernhard Isenschmid, Oliver Walter
  • Patent number: 8708002
    Abstract: A method and apparatus are provided for the volumetric metering and depositing of a food product comprising a plurality of particles or flowable particles. The plurality of food particles are transported upon a discharge conveyor having a first rate of speed, the plurality of particles arranged uniformly from passing beneath a product leveling device. When the plurality of particles reach the end of the discharge conveyor, the particles fall from the end of the conveyor under the operation of gravity and are deposited in a shuttle while the shuttle travels at a second rate of speed from a position at least partially below the conveyor to collect the falling particles in cells or receiving receptacles. The relationship between the first rate of speed of the conveyor and the second rate of speed of the shuttle define a metered amount of particles collected in each of the receiving receptacles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2014
    Assignee: Kraft Foods Group Brands LLC
    Inventors: Mark E. Malenke, Charles Robert Sample, Brian Charles Adamski, Brian Wayne Tomac, David Hess, Tod Wesley Heleniak
  • Patent number: 8690518
    Abstract: Disclosed are a method for supplying blanks to a marking apparatus, a conveyor device (1) and a transfer device (3) which can cooperate to actuate the method. The method steps include predisposing a quantity of blanks formed in a stack (2), arranging the stack (2) in an inclined configuration resting both on the base (21) thereof and on one side (22), bringing the stack (2) up to a removing position in proximity to the marking apparatus (4), rotating the upper blank (20) upwards and with respect to a horizontal axis (O) passing at an edge of the blank (20) which is opposite and more peripheral with respect to the edge of the same blank (20), raising the rotated upper blank (20), and bringing the upper blank (20) to the marking apparatus inlet (40), so that the blank is taken by the marking apparatus (4), and repeating for each blank.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 8, 2014
    Assignee: Marchesini Group S.p.A.
    Inventor: Giuseppe Monti
  • Patent number: 8672117
    Abstract: An inline product feeder for a packaging line and related methods are disclosed. In one example, an inline product feeder includes a product input line configured to receive a contiguous supply of products and configured to guide the products in continuous motion along a path of travel. The inline product feeder also includes a packaging line configured to receive separated groups of the products from the product input line. The inline feeder further includes a feeder unit configured to separate groups of products from the contiguous supply of products in the product input line and move the group of products into the packaging line, each of the separated groups of products including a predetermined number of products from the product input line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 18, 2014
    Assignee: Bosch Packaging Technology, Inc.
    Inventor: Keenan W. Stahl
  • Patent number: 8636137
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for the alignment of food products in which food products arriving on an input conveyor in the supply direction arrive at an alignment station at which the products are aligned and from which the aligned products arrive at an output conveyor, wherein a misalignment of the products relative to a target alignment is detected and the product is aligned as a function of the misalignment, said products being aligned by the products resting against a product support and the product support being actuated in order to perform the alignment movement, and wherein the alignment of the products is accomplished without relative movements between the products and the product support. The invention further relates to a device for the alignment of food products.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2014
    Assignee: Weber Maschinenbau GmbH Breidenbach
    Inventor: Guenther Weber
  • Patent number: 8490777
    Abstract: Embodiments provide systems, methods and apparatuses for positioning boards and other wood pieces in preparation for sawing/trimming. In embodiments, a continuous track loop conveys board stops slideably mounted to board stop guides positioned perpendicular to the direction of flow. A horizontal frame member provides a series of positioning guides through which a cam follower coupled to a board stop is diverted, thus adjusting the position of board stops in a direction perpendicular to the direction of flow without the use of braking devices or other added sources of mass, friction or vibration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2013
    Assignee: U.S. Natural Resources, Inc.
    Inventors: Geoffrey D. H. Wight, Thomas W. Congdon, Tim Staal
  • Patent number: 8485342
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for collecting products (2) arriving in line on a conveyor (1), using a collector device (4) provided transversally relative to the advancement direction. The collector (4) deposits and drops the products collected at a take-up station (10) located on the side of said supply conveyor (1) the collector (4) is capable of a loop movement that can divided into a transverse movement combined with a longitudinal movement upwards of the queue, i.e. a movement opposite to that of the product supply conveyor. The equipment for implementing the method includes a table (3) provided at and along the conveyor (1), a collector (4) carried by an appropriate structure for longitudinal and transverse movement above said conveyor (1) and said table (3). The table (3) includes two panels (31, 32) extending on either side of the supply conveyor (1) for depositing and dropping the products collected on either side of the conveyor (1) at the edge thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2013
    Assignee: Sidel Participations
    Inventors: Didier Mougin, Michel Begin, Guillaume Duchemin, Christophe Poupon
  • Publication number: 20120231106
    Abstract: A food product rolling machine which comprises a combination of lower, upper and reciprocating functions with a vertical adjustment between upper and lower conveyers for the manufacture of a more precise food product.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 10, 2011
    Publication date: September 13, 2012
    Inventors: Richard A. Payne, George Hausladen
  • Publication number: 20120199441
    Abstract: An apparatus and method of transporting food products to a loading station having a cooling conveyor that selectively drops food product into a distributor. The distributor separates product into at least two lanes and drops product onto a conveyor. A balancing and diverting conveyor monitors and counts product in each lane and diverts product selectively based upon the sensed product. An orienter transfers product from a loading conveyor to a buffer conveyor. The buffer conveyor transfers product to a main conveyor which transfers product to a loading head.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 23, 2012
    Publication date: August 9, 2012
    Inventors: David W. Alexander, Vincent L. Basile, II, Kevin J. Hansen, Colin R. Hart, Joshua W. Higgins, Paul J. Joynt
  • Publication number: 20120181145
    Abstract: An improved sorting system for use with a conveyor assembly includes a transverse roller conveyor belt for conveying a product to one or more product stations. The sorting system provides a stager system for positioning product on moving conveyor and a diverter system for shuttling product into alternative channels. The system in a preferred embodiment is configured for use with tire handling components, and can be equipped with a bar code reader useable with tires.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 27, 2012
    Publication date: July 19, 2012
    Inventors: Don A. Rogers, Rick A. Musick
  • Patent number: 8167113
    Abstract: The method consists in collecting products (2) that are arriving spaced and in line on a conveyor (1). This collection is carried out by means of a collector device (40), in the form of a comb, arranged transversally, forming an angle between 60 and 120° in relation to the product advancement direction (2). The collector (40) deposits and drops the collected products at a take-up station which is located on the side of said supply conveyor (1); it is capable of a loop movement that can be divided, for the collecting of said products, into a transversal movement combined with a longitudinal movement upwards of the vial queue. The installation for the implementation of the method comprises a table (3) arranged at the level of and along the conveyor (1), a collector (40) carried by an appropriate structure in order to be displaced longitudinally and transversally above said conveyor (1) and said table (3).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2012
    Assignee: Sidel Participations
    Inventors: Didier Mougin, Michel Begin, Guillaume Duchemin, Christophe Poupon
  • Publication number: 20120037476
    Abstract: Provided is a positioning fence for use in lumber sawmills and method of using the positioning fence that facilitates automated positioning of lumber for cutting and a method of positioning lumber for cutting. Also provided is a retrofit position fence table and a method of using the retrofit position fence table. A continuous moving track loop has a plurality of paddles laterally positionable across the width of the track. A track moving device is used to adjust the final locked position of the paddles if the paddles are not locked in the desired position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 12, 2010
    Publication date: February 16, 2012
    Inventors: Russell Kennedy, Pat Conry
  • Patent number: 8109382
    Abstract: A machine for forming a stream of articles into spaced groups of articles, which machine has a working reach and a metering element for being brought into contact with an article passing in a stream, into the working reach, which metering element is driven by a drive means, wherein a speed at which the metering element is driven, is retarded as the metering element enters the working reach without retarding the drive means.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2012
    Assignee: MeadWestVaco Packaging Systems, LLC
    Inventor: Philippe Duperray
  • Patent number: 8105009
    Abstract: A method of positioning lumber in a given orientation in a handling apparatus having a base frame, a longitudinal transport assembly, and at least two gripper arm support platforms with a pair of gripper arms positioned on each of the support platforms. A work piece is gripped with the gripper arms without the work piece engaging the longitudinal transport assembly. The gripper arms are adjusted on at least one of the support platforms in a direction generally perpendicular to the longitudinal transport assembly in order to selectively position the work piece. The work piece is then brought into engagement with the transport assembly and the gripper arms are released from the work piece.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2012
    Assignee: WPS Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeff Harper, Wayne Parks, Jeremy S. Clark, Anthony G. Clark, Clyde Stearns, Mark Burns, Brian Wallace Smith, John Grubbs, Donald Haley
  • Patent number: 8069972
    Abstract: Provided is a positioning fence for use in lumber sawmills that facilitates automated positioning of lumber for cutting and a method of positioning lumber for cutting. A continuous moving track loop has a plurality of paddles laterally positionable across the width of the track. Electromagnets are used to control the position of the paddles and, thus, the position of lumber being transported by the paddles. Also provided are uses of the positioning fence to position lumber for cutting.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2011
    Assignee: Baxley Equipment Co.
    Inventors: Chris Raybon, Russell Kennedy, Pat Conry, Thomas Wayne Green
  • Patent number: 8037994
    Abstract: A method and an apparatus or system for sorting non-sorted containers in a predetermined sequence in an order-picking system includes a main conveying track by means of which the non-sorted containers are transported within the order-picking system, in particular to an order-picking workstation or into a container store, in a main conveying direction. The apparatus includes a conveying-track circuit, which can be connected to the main conveying track via an introduction point, for introducing containers into the conveying-track circuit, and via a discharge point, for discharging containers which are located in the conveying-track circuit. At least one transfer device is arranged within the conveying-track circuit such that containers can be exchanged between a first exchange point and a second exchange point of the conveying-track circuit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2011
    Assignee: SSI Schaefer Peem GmbH
    Inventor: Gerhard Schaefer
  • Patent number: 8033381
    Abstract: In an apparatus for separating parts arranged for example in at least two adjacent rows and including a transfer device, which is provided with at least two holding elements which pick up the parts in a first position and deposit them in a second position 5b, guide tracks are provided by which the distance at which the holding elements are disposed adjacent one another is changeable during the transport of the parts from the first position to the second position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2011
    Assignee: Romaco Pharmatechnik GmbH
    Inventors: Horst Konstandin, Mathias Herbach, Jürgen Krazmeier, Jörg-Uwe Bippus
  • Patent number: 7946429
    Abstract: A sorting apparatus (1) has a first conveyor (2) with a plurality of cups (4) to receive products such as fruit (3). Moving substantially parallel with the first conveyor (2) is at least a second conveyor (5) having a plurality of discrete product holding compartments or pockets (6). The second conveyor (5) can move in the same or opposite direction to that of the first conveyor (2). The first conveyor (2) is operated so that products (3) are selectively discharged from the first conveyor (2) into respective compartments (6) until a required number of the products having a prescribed characteristic have been received and that pocket (6) can then be moved to the product transfer or emptying point. The characteristic of the product (3) can be for example type, weight, quantity, colour, shape, surface quality and/or density.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2003
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2011
    Assignee: Anzpac Systems Limited
    Inventor: Hamish Alexander Nigel Kennedy
  • Publication number: 20110083941
    Abstract: An article singulating conveyor assembly and method of singulating articles includes providing a conveying surface defining a plurality of tandem zones. The conveying surface travels in a longitudinal direction. Each of the zones includes a pair of laterally spaced side frame members and a plurality of generally parallel elongated driven rollers that are supported at the side frame members. The driven rollers are adapted to provide lateral variation in the longitudinal speed of the conveying surface. Each of the zones includes at least one drive motor that is adapted to drive the driven rollers in that zone. At least one article sensor is provided that is adapted to sensing articles in the zones. The driven rollers may be divided into a plurality of segmented rollers that are separately rotatable with a separate drive motor to drive corresponding segments for a zone. The drive motors for adjacent zones may be activated in a manner that creates a longitudinal gap between longitudinally adjacent articles.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 20, 2010
    Publication date: April 14, 2011
    Applicant: Dematic Corp.
    Inventors: Wynn M. Pelak, Matthew T. Brayman, Daniel O. Amarandei, Clinton R. Lupton
  • Patent number: 7918327
    Abstract: An apparatus is disclosed for receiving successive bars moving longitudinally along an entry path and for laterally transferring the bars from the entry path to a braking path. The apparatus comprises a run in table having a plurality of rollers arranged to convey the bars along the entry path. A braking surface is arranged between the run in table and the braking path. The braking surface and the rollers of the run in table lie in a reference plane sloping downwardly from the entry path to the braking path. A dividing wall is arranged between the run in table and the braking surface. The dividing wall is adjustable between a raised position projecting above the reference plane to block lateral downward movement of bars from the entry path across the braking surface to the braking path, and a lowered position accommodating such downward movement. A switch is positioned in advance of the dividing wall. The switch has a plurality of guide channels arranged around a common axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2011
    Assignee: Siemens Industry, Inc.
    Inventors: Matthew Palfreman, Terence Michael Shore
  • Patent number: 7900765
    Abstract: Method of placing products on the floor of a grouping station (3), in aisles (5), to form a batch of products to be palletized, including withdrawing guide walls (6) forming the aisles (5) to an inactive position; moving the batch towards the palletization station (11); repositioning the guide walls (6) into an active position; and re-placing a mechanism (10) for moving the rows into their starting position by turning them about the guide walls (6). The station (3) for grouping products (2) is arranged between the selection station of the receiving line (1) and the table (12) of the palletization station (11) and includes: motorized conveyor (4); guide walls (6); thrust devices (40) for conveying the batch onto the table (12); a mechanism for withdrawing the guide walls (6); and a mechanism for imparting to the thrust devices (40) a turning movement about the guide walls (6).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2011
    Assignee: Sidel Participations
    Inventor: Dominique Germain
  • Patent number: 7891967
    Abstract: A lifting apparatus includes at least one carrying means that is mounted on a compensation bearing unit and that is for receiving and/or delivering a polymer melt, and in particular a tacky polymer melt.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 22, 2011
    Assignee: Schmidt & Heinzmann GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventor: Richard Brüssel
  • Publication number: 20100307890
    Abstract: Embodiments provide systems, methods and apparatuses for positioning boards and other wood pieces in preparation for sawing/trimming. In embodiments, a continuous track loop conveys board stops slideably mounted to board stop guides positioned perpendicular to the direction of flow. A horizontal frame member provides a series of positioning guides through which a cam follower coupled to a board stop is diverted, thus adjusting the position of board stops in a direction perpendicular to the direction of flow without the use of braking devices or other added sources of mass, friction or vibration.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 2, 2010
    Publication date: December 9, 2010
    Applicant: USNR/Kockums Cancar Company
    Inventors: Geoffrey D. H. Wight, Thomas Congdon, Tim Staal
  • Patent number: 7837024
    Abstract: A packaging machine includes an article conveyor for transporting articles in a flow direction and a plunger assembly for displacing articles from the article conveyor. The plunger assembly is supported and positioned by a system that includes a frame assembly and a pressure sensitive coupling as means for releasably fixing the position of the plunger assembly. The frame assembly includes a first frame structure that is attached to the plunger assembly and a second frame structure. The first frame structure and the second frame structure are slidably coupled to one another such that a resistive force that overcomes the holding power of the pressure sensitive coupling will cause the first frame structure to slide and translate the plunger assembly out of its operating position in which it can displace the articles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 23, 2010
    Assignee: MeadWestvaco Packaging Systems, LLC
    Inventor: Michael F. Flagg
  • Patent number: 7824613
    Abstract: A control system for a bank of analytical instruments operates the instruments as a group rather than singly. The system includes an autoloader at a sample preparation station into which an individual loads sample vials of unknown material. A second autoloader provides sample vials of known material that can be used to calibrate instruments. A computer controls the autoloader and a conveyor system to deliver a selected one of the vials to a selected instrument. The conveyor system includes a group of distributors, typically in series, to deliver a vial to any one of a large group of instruments. The conveyor system is preferably a pneumatic system including a receiver and technique for slowing the vials down when they approach the receiver. The receiver is positioned to deliver the vial to an autoinjector of the instrument. A computer monitors and communicates with the analytical instrument to obtain inputs to control components of the system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 2, 2010
    Inventor: Daniel T. Richter
  • Patent number: 7810536
    Abstract: An apparatus for positioning packing boxes relative to a covering sheet comprises a belt for conveying the sheet from a gluing unit to a device for centering the box on the pre-glued sheet and optical sensors for identifying the position of the sheet on a belt conveyor surface, the belt being made with at least two regions of the conveyor surface having contrasting colors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 12, 2010
    Assignee: Emmeci S.p.A.
    Inventor: Gino Bassi
  • Publication number: 20100243408
    Abstract: A conveyor system for transporting cylindrical objects is disclosed including an endless conveyor arranged in a transport path, a drive for feeding the endless conveyor, guide rails for restricting lateral movement of cylindrical objects transported on the endless conveyor, an elevation transport section adapted to transport the cylindrical objects from a first height to a second height and including the endless conveyor having a base surface extending along the transport path, the endless conveyor including vertical protrusions extending outwardly from the base surface of the endless conveyor and including a front wall with an inclined portion sloping towards the base surface, such that a cylindrical object transported on the elevation transport section can rest on the inclined portion under a contact force directed towards the base surface by gravity
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 8, 2006
    Publication date: September 30, 2010
    Applicant: FlexLink Components AB
    Inventors: Michael Öhman, Steve Cox
  • Patent number: 7770711
    Abstract: A rebar guide attachment for a conveyor for preventing the rebar from coming out of the conveyor while be cut and for aligning the rebar for dispensing into a rack. The rebar guide attachment for a conveyor includes a rebar guard and alignment assembly being attached to a dispensing rack for preventing rebar from spilling out of a conveyor upon being cut and for aligning the rebar prior to being dispensed onto a receiving rack.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2010
    Inventor: Thomas A. Bury
  • Patent number: 7673734
    Abstract: A positioning element for positioning advancing food products includes an engaging member with a contact side for engaging on the products for positioning, and a displacing assembly connecting to the engaging member for intermittently displacing the engaging member in a direction which encloses an angle with the contact side of the engaging member. The engaging member of the positioning element is also provided with at least two engaging sides remote from each other to exert a positioning effect in two directions. Also disclosed is a method for positioning food products.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2005
    Date of Patent: March 9, 2010
    Assignee: Stork Townsend B.V.
    Inventor: Wilhelmus Josephus Maria Manders
  • Patent number: 7631746
    Abstract: The system and a method are for lengthwise positioning of transversally-oriented elongated articles as they are being longitudinally conveyed, the system and method comprising sliding a laterally extending end of the elongated article against a fence oriented in a converging angle relative to the conveyor, to thereby displace the elongated article lengthwisely. The fence is comprised of a plurality of adjacent gates which can be individually moved out of interference with the elongated article once the elongated article has been lengthwisely displaced to the desired transversal position. The fence can be provided as a fence assembly having the plurality of gates mounted to a common base, and having a plurality of actuators each connected between the base and a respective gate for moving the gate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2009
    Assignee: 9051-8127 Quebec Inc.
    Inventors: Alain Bilodeau, Marc Gloutier
  • Patent number: 7628265
    Abstract: A positive displacement sorter apparatus and method includes providing a plurality of interconnected slats defining an endless web, an upper run of the web defining a conveying surface. A plurality of pusher shoes are provided, each moving along at least one of the plurality of slats to laterally displace articles on the conveying surface. Each of the pusher shoes includes a diverting portion extending above the conveying surface. The diverting portion includes a diverting surface and a stop surface. The diverting surface contacts an article and laterally displaces that article. A lifting force is applied by the diverting surface to a portion of the article being diverted. The stop surface limits movement of the article relative to the pusher shoe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2009
    Assignee: Dematic Corp.
    Inventors: Rhonda J. Verploegen, Frank W. Veit, Brian J. Feenstra, Gerald A. Brouwer