Wherein The Conveyor Portion Supports The Load Below The Drive Patents (Class 198/465.4)
  • Patent number: 10336548
    Abstract: A method for filling the pockets of a transport device in the form of a suspension conveyor, the transport device including one or more trolleys which are movably mounted on a trolley track and on each of which a pocket hanging downwards for receiving transported goods is arranged, the pocket formed by at least one flexible material web that is planar when open and that is fastened at both ends to the trolley, forming a carrying loop or transport loop hanging downwards. The material web is releasably fastened by at least one end to the trolley. The method includes: a) advancing a closed pocket, b) opening the pocket by releasing the fastening of the material web to the trolley, c) filling the opened pocket with goods to be transported, d) closing the pocket by fastening the material web to the trolley, and e) transporting away the filled and closed pocket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: FERAG AG
    Inventors: Roberto Fenile, Erich Kälin
  • Patent number: 10315212
    Abstract: The present invention provides a rotary spraying coating system, configured to evenly form a paint on a surface of a chip connecting plate. The system includes: a plurality of fixtures, where each has a pedestal, an abutting piece, and a rotating axis, and the abutting piece is configured to abut and fix the chip connecting plate to the pedestal, to avoid warping of the chip connecting plate; a conveyor belt, configured to convey the fixtures, wherein the fixtures are connected to the conveyor belt by using the rotating axis and rotate with the rotating axis as an axis center; at least one spraying coating apparatus, configured to spray and coat the paint on the surface of the chip connecting plate; and a control module, configured to control a rotational speed of the fixtures, a movement speed of the conveyor belt, and a spraying coating amount of the at least one spraying coating apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: PRIMAX ELECTRONICS LTD.
    Inventor: Chih-Hao Hsu
  • Patent number: 9555974
    Abstract: A surface treatment plant for vehicle bodies having a first treatment area which comprises a first conveyor system enabling a vehicle body to be conveyed through the first treatment area, and a second treatment area which includes a second conveyor system enabling the vehicle body to be conveyed through the second treatment area. A transfer device enables the vehicle body to be transferred from the first conveyor system to the second conveyor system. The transfer device includes supports which engage on regions of the vehicle body and at least one is arranged in particular on the highest point of the horizontal and the vehicle body is oriented roof upwards. Also a method for conveying vehicle bodies through a surface treatment plant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2017
    Assignee: EISENMANN AG
    Inventors: Joerg Robbin, Thomas Hennig, Juergen Hanf
  • Patent number: 9187253
    Abstract: Items of laundry (10) are fed, in laundries, to a laundry-treatment device with adjacent corners (25) of an upper edge (39) hanging beneath two clip carriages (22). It is customary for the items of laundry (10) to be stored in a sorted state on an interim basis upstream of the laundry-treatment device. The invention provides for adjacent clip carriages (22) of successive items of laundry (10) to be assigned in pairs to drivers (28) of a catch conveyor (26). The invention also provides for the sagging of the upper edge (39), and the lowermost location (40) of the lower edge (42), of the item of laundry (10) to be determined by a line-measuring device (26), in order for the item of laundry (10) to be identified in this way.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2015
    Assignee: Herbert Kannegiesser GmbH
    Inventors: Andreas Olivieri, Frank Schormann, Norbert Kortner, Engelbert Heinz
  • Patent number: 9056722
    Abstract: A thrust chain link of a conveyor chain of a conveyor system for conveying articles suspended from retaining adapters, in particular of a sorter, includes a base body with a thrust unit arranged on its bottom side and spaced-apart coupling sections formed on its ends for pivotal connection to an adjacent link. The thrust unit includes two tappets protruding from the bottom side of the base body, wherein a front first tappet in the conveying direction is shorter than a rear second tappet. The two tappets are spaced apart such that a head portion of the retaining adapter can be received between the two tappets without play or largely without play. A conveyor chain, a conveyor system and a method for positioning a retaining adapter on a conveyor chain of a conveyor system are also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2015
    Assignee: SDI GROUP GERMANY MATERIAL HANDLING SOLUTIONS GMBH
    Inventor: Thomas Otto
  • Patent number: 9027735
    Abstract: A transport device includes a traveling holding member which can travel while holding a storage container, and a move out prevention mechanism which prevents substrates from moving out of an opening of the storage container. The move out prevention mechanism is configured to include a contacting member which can be moved between a contact position at which the contacting member is in contact with side faces of the substrates, and a spaced apart position at which the contacting member is spaced apart from the side faces of the substrates. The contact position is set such that the contacting member is located between an opening side end portion and a central portion of the substrates in a direction along which the substrates are inserted and removed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2015
    Assignee: Daifuku Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Masayuki Nakagawa
  • Patent number: 8967367
    Abstract: An article transport facility includes an article transport vehicle and a rotatable member transporting device. The article transport vehicle is configured to travel along a predetermined travel path by obtaining propelling force by drivingly rotating a propelling rotatable member with the propelling rotatable member in contact with a contact portion. The propelling rotatable member can be in contact with the rotatable member transporting device. And the rotatable member transporting device transports, in an advancing direction, the propelling rotatable member in contact with the rotatable member transporting device, and is provided in place of the contact portion in a specific section included in the predetermined travel path. The propelling rotatable member is configured to be able to be drivingly rotated while in contact with the rotatable member transporting device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Assignee: Daifuku Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Toru Kasuya, Masaru Satou
  • Patent number: 8960411
    Abstract: A vending machine is equipped with a dispensing device that includes a plate, a track, carriers, a work station, a driving unit and a sensor. The plate is horizontally placed in a vending machine. The track is connected to the plate. The carriers are movably connected to the track for carrying products. The work station causes a selected one of the carriers to release the corresponding one of the products. The driving unit drives the carriers along the track. The sensor senses the selected one of the carriers and accordingly stops the driving unit so that the selected one of the carriers is placed at the work station.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: Feiloli Electronic Co., Ltd
    Inventors: Chi-Ming Tsai, I-Chiang Yang
  • Patent number: 8955688
    Abstract: A sorting installation and a sorting method use a gripping tool for gripping sorted articles, particularly sorted flat mail items. During sorting, the articles are transported in holding apparatuses having two lateral faces each. Each lateral face is preferably formed with one cutout. A supply station puts each article into one holding apparatus, with the result that the article is situated between the lateral faces and is held by the holding apparatuses. A transport apparatus transports the articles to a removal station and produces a sequence of holding apparatuses with articles being held thereby. The removal station has a gripping tool with at least two gripper arms in a gripper arm sequence. These gripper arms grip between filled holding apparatuses and draw a plurality of held articles from these holding apparatuses simultaneously.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2015
    Assignee: Siemens Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventor: Peter Berdelle-Hilge
  • Patent number: 8915695
    Abstract: In a transport system, carriers are attached to an endless belt configured to rotate in a circulating manner. At a station, a hand, a driver configured to move the hand in a rotation direction and a vertical direction, a moving distance sensor configured to measure a moving distance of the endless belt, a carrier sensor configured to detect one of the carriers at a position upstream of the hand along the rotation direction, and a signal processor configured to operate the hand are provided. To load an article, when the moving distance from a time point of detection of the carrier by the carrier sensor reaches a first moving distance, the hand is activated at a first acceleration, and to unload an article, when the moving distance from the time point of detection of the carrier by the carrier sensor reaches a second moving distance which is larger than the first moving distance, the hand is activated at a second acceleration which is larger than the first acceleration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 23, 2014
    Assignee: Murata Machinery, Ltd
    Inventor: Tomoya Kimata
  • Patent number: 8800745
    Abstract: A modular manufacturing line includes first and second modular manufacturing stations. Each station includes a framework defining a manufacturing space, and an overhead friction drive system supported on the framework for moving a suspended article through the manufacturing space. A control system is in communication with each drive system and is configured to simultaneously control a first article at the first station according to one operation pattern and control a second article at the second station according to a different operation pattern. A work tool including a work tool spray nozzle is positioned at the first station and is movable along a floor mounted work tool support track. The first article moves through an article pathway volume that intersects with a work tool pathway volume defined by the work tool movement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2014
    Assignee: Caterpillar Inc.
    Inventor: John M. Spangler
  • Patent number: 8789684
    Abstract: An article support is disclosed for movement by a conveyor along a conveying path that has treatment units and turning stations there along. The article support includes a carriage for engagement by a conveyor, and a holder for supporting an article that is rotatably mounted to the carriage. A turning gear is associated with the holder to enable rotation of a supported article about a vertical axis with respect to the carriage. Rotation is effected in response to the article support being moved past a turning station along a conveying path. Indexing arrangements are further operatively arranged between the turning gear and the carriage for indexing at least a first and a second position of incremental rotation. The indexing arrangements include first and second pairs of confronting magnetic elements. The magnetic elements are each positioned in accordance with the relevant first and second incremental rotational positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 29, 2014
    Assignee: Foodmate BV
    Inventor: Jacobus Eliza Hazenbroek
  • Patent number: 8789682
    Abstract: An engagement article is provided that is capable of selectively restricting movement or securing a suspended load in response to a rapid change in tension in one or more lines.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 29, 2014
    Assignee: Tait Towers Manufacturing, LLC
    Inventor: Scott Fisher
  • Patent number: 8776987
    Abstract: A ceiling-mounted apparatus for running a cable harness, in more precise terms a ceiling-mounted apparatus for running a cable harness with a chain of guide carriages coupled to one another by means of spring elements, said guide carriages running in at least one guide rail in each instance, with a first guide carriage being connected to a cable harness source by means of at least one spring element and with the guide carriages comprising additional spring elements for attaching the cable harness.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2014
    Assignee: Siemens Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventor: Wolfgang Neuber
  • Patent number: 8776981
    Abstract: A static temporary storage device for motor vehicle body parts, the device has a stationary frame; at least two stationary parallel rails that are mounted horizontally or in a slightly angled manner on the frame, each rail being capable of supporting a bearing fitted onto the rail so as to be longitudinally movable on the rail; at least one carriage having bearing fitted onto the rail, the carriage being dimensioned so as to rest on both rails by means of the support; A device or means for suspending a body part from the carriage; each carriage extending longitudinally relative to the rails over a length that is shorter than the longitudinal extent of a body part when in its suspended position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2014
    Assignee: Compagnie Plastic Omnium
    Inventors: Yves Gardelle, Pierre Marcellier, Xavier Ottemer
  • Patent number: 8757354
    Abstract: Conveyor for moving and positioning objects along a conveyor path, the conveyor including: a conveyor rail extending through a predefined conveying path; at least one carriage having a rotatable article support; and a turning block associated with the rotatable article support, to allow rotatable movement of the article support relative to the at least one carriage, wherein the conveyor further includes an aligning station for rotating the article support into a predetermined position, wherein the turning block has first disk with a first perimeter contour and a second disk with a second perimeter contour, and wherein the alignment station has means for engaging the second disk for rotatingly aligning the article support into the predetermined position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2014
    Assignee: Foodmate BV
    Inventor: Jacobus Eliza Hazenbroek
  • Patent number: 8701864
    Abstract: A travel guide member which forms travel paths for an article transport vehicle is provided on a ceiling side. The travel guide member defines a plurality of travel paths along which the article transport vehicle travels in the same direction such that the travel paths are spaced apart from each other in a path lateral direction and defines a first diverging path and a second diverging path for connecting with each other a first travel path that is one of a pair of adjacent travel paths among the plurality of the travel paths and a second travel path that is the other of the pair of the adjacent travel paths. The first diverging path and the second diverging path are formed such that both extend in directions that are slanted with respect to the travel path in plan view and such that they intersect each other in plan view.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2014
    Assignee: Daifuku Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Daisuke Ogawa, Suguru Shibata, Atsushi Otani, Tomotaka Kinugawa
  • Patent number: 8684431
    Abstract: A duplex-type product bag unloading apparatus including two downwardly opening and closing chucks and a chuck-moving mechanism for reciprocating the chucks between positions for receiving and discharging product bags. The relative positions of the two chucks are changed as they are moved from the receiving position to the discharging position by the chuck-moving mechanism, so that in the receiving position, the chucks are arranged in a single row in the bag width direction of the grasped product bags, and in the discharging position, the chucks are in a single row in the thickness direction of the grasped product bags. The chuck-moving mechanism is comprised of a pivot arm and a chuck-supporting frame rotatably mounted to the pivot arm, and the two chucks are rotatably mounted on both sides of the chuck-supporting frame. The chuck-supporting frame and the chucks rotate in synchronism with the pivotal motion of the pivot arm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 1, 2014
    Assignee: Toyo Jidoki Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Masakazu Setozaki, Yasuyuki Honda
  • Publication number: 20140061002
    Abstract: A spindle conveyor for conveying workpieces, in particular vehicle wheels, having a rail system that includes at least one support rail. Multiple conveyor carriages have a chassis that can be moved on the support rail in a conveying direction and a supporting device for workpieces which is entrained by the chassis. Each workpiece can be mounted on a workpiece spindle which is part of the supporting device which has a pair of workpiece spindles mounted so as to be rotatable as a unit relative to the chassis about a vertical axis of rotation and can be moved at least into a first rotational position and a second rotational position. Also a station for treating workpieces, in particular vehicle wheels, with such a spindle conveyor which allows the workpieces to be conveyed through the station.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 26, 2012
    Publication date: March 6, 2014
    Applicant: EISENMANN AG
    Inventors: Reiner Starz, Ulrich Hofbauer
  • Patent number: 8657102
    Abstract: A conveyor apparatus for conveying objects (6) along a path, the path including an upstream portion (17) and a curved portion (13), the upstream portion (17) defining a direction of entry into the curved portion (13), the curved portion (13) defining a radially outward direction transverse to the direction of entry into the curved portion; the conveyor apparatus comprising suspension means (4) adapted to travel along the path and to carry an object (6) to be conveyed suspended at the suspension means (4); and deflection means (10) arranged to deflect an object (6) suspended at the suspension means (4) in the radially outward direction when the suspension means (4) travels along the upstream portion (17) towards the curved portion (13).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2014
    Assignee: Force Technology
    Inventor: Niels Krebs
  • Patent number: 8640854
    Abstract: A stop unit comprising: a guiding device which can be mounted to an overhead conveyor; a carriage having an abutting section, wherein the carriage is movably supported by the guiding device along a transverse direction which is orientated transversely relative to a longitudinal direction; and a drive which is coupled to the carriage and which is configured to extract, during activation, the carriage from a release position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2014
    Assignee: SSI Schaefer Peem GmbH
    Inventor: Max Winkler
  • Patent number: 8590483
    Abstract: A coating device includes a main body, a transport device, at least one loader, a driving device. The main body has a top plate, a bottom plate, and a pair of sidewalls connecting the top plate and bottom plate. The sidewalls respectively define an input gate and an output gate. The transport device includes a transport track passing through the input gate and the output gate, and at least one lifting arm mounted on the transport track. Each loader is configured for loading workpieces and includes a rotary shaft, at least one loading frame rotatably connected with the rotary shaft. The driving device is mounted on the top plate. Each lifting arm is configured for clamping a corresponding loader and transporting the corresponding loader to engage with the driving device. The driving device rotates the corresponding loader rotary shaft through the rotary shaft of the corresponding loader.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2013
    Assignee: Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Chung-Pei Wang
  • Patent number: 8567589
    Abstract: A blow molding machine for containers, having a conveyor path carrying a mandrel holder and pre-forming mandrels attached to the mandrel holders in an exchangeable manner by means of removable couplings, wherein each coupling has a mandrel clamping mechanism and a releasing element accessible form outside that can be adjusted at least relative to the mandrel holder for releasing the clamping mechanism. In the mandrel holder, particularly for use in a blow molding machine, the mandrel clamping mechanism is designed with a ball joint lock, and the ball joint lock can be released by means of a releasing element in order to exchange a performing mandrel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2013
    Assignee: Krones AG
    Inventor: Wolfgang Schonberger
  • Patent number: 8567588
    Abstract: A device for filling containers, in particular bottles and beakers with food products, in particular with low viscosity to pasty dairy and fat products, juices, waters and similar, comprising: an upper main element, a lower main element and lateral elements connecting the upper main element and the lower main element; and a plurality of support elements which are endlessly supported on rollers through the device past operating stations along the upper main element, the lateral element and the lower main element, wherein the support elements include receivers for containers which receivers are arranged in series transversal to a feed direction, wherein at least two support elements are arranged on a common frame and are run by the frame on rollers through the device in an endless manner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2013
    Assignee: Hamba Filltec GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventor: Martin Junk
  • Patent number: 8522957
    Abstract: An overhead conveyor system for transporting articles, especially for transporting vehicle bodies, in a surface treatment line comprises at least one transport carriage which has a fastening device to which at least one article can be fastened. The transport carriage can be displaced along a track carrying it by at least one drive means. The fastening device is received so that it can be rotated about a vertical axis of rotation. The invention further relates to a dip coating line comprising at least one dip-coating tank which can be filled with a treatment liquid, into which tank articles to be treated can be dipped. The dip coating line comprises a conveying system which displaces the articles to be treated towards the dip-coating tank, into the interior of the dip-coating tank, out of the dip-coating tank and away therefrom.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2013
    Assignee: Eisenmann AG
    Inventor: Joerg Robbin
  • Patent number: 8485343
    Abstract: In a transport system, a plurality of carriers are attached to an endless belt configured to rotate in a circulating manner. At a station, a hand, a driver configured to move the hand in a rotation direction and a vertical direction, a first carrier sensor configured to detect the carriers at a predetermined position upstream of the hand along the rotation direction of the endless driving medium, and a second carrier sensor configured to detect the carriers at a position downstream of the first carrier sensor are provided. When the carriers pass through the second carrier sensor, it is checked whether the moving distance of the belt matches the distance between the two carrier sensors. In this manner, before starting loading or unloading, for example, whether the encoder is operated normally or not can be confirmed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2013
    Assignee: Murata Machinery, Ltd.
    Inventor: Tomoya Kimata
  • Patent number: 8459439
    Abstract: A device for driving, dipping and turning bodyworks of motor vehicles, vans, truck cabs and metal article vessels, into processing basin, and for withdrawing the above elements from the processing basins, comprises a slidable framework, which can slide on sliding rails, supporting a pair of arms bearing, at free end portions thereof, a swinging shaft adapted to bear a supporting skid for supporting a bodywork, the sliding framework comprising at least a winch driving a drum, for winding a rope coupled to a respective arm at the swinging shaft, the slidable framework further comprises at least a rack, therealong an end portion of the respective arms coupled to framework slides.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2013
    Assignee: Geico S.p.A.
    Inventor: Giancarlo Guerra
  • Patent number: 8360232
    Abstract: An article support assembly includes a carriage for riding along a conveyor and a holder and turning block depending from and rotatable together relative to the carriage for supporting an article. Rotation of an article is effected in response to the article support and turning block moving past a turning station along a conveying path. Position stops are operatively arranged between the turning block and the carriage for holding the turning block and holder yieldably in at least one predetermined indexed orientation relative to the carriage. The position stops include at least one pair of confronting magnetic elements associated with the carriage and the turning block and located to align with each other when the turning block and holder are in the predetermined indexed orientation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2013
    Assignee: Foodmate BV
    Inventor: Jacobus Eliza Hazenbroek
  • Patent number: 8356705
    Abstract: An improved handling device for driving, immersing/removing and rotating motor vehicle, truck cabin, van and metal article vessel bodyworks into/from processing basins is characterized in that said device comprises a sliding frame designed for sliding on sliding rails, driven by one or two driving chains, and supporting a pair of arms bearing, at their free end portion, a swinging platform, in turn adapted to bear a skid for supporting a bodywork, the sliding frame comprising one or two winch assemblies driving respective pulleys thereon are entrained ropes, belts, chains or the like, and being associated with a respective arm at a swinging shaft, said sliding frame comprising moreover two rack assemblies, therealong slide respective end portions of the arms coupled to the frame, said swinging platform being driven by a chain driving system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2013
    Assignee: Geico S.p.A.
    Inventor: Fabio Guerra
  • Patent number: 8348045
    Abstract: The device for transporting flat objects from an output unit to an input unit has a conveyor belt with several pairs of flaps to transport flat objects in suspended fashion. A feed unit serves to convey the flat objects into the flaps from below. Each flap has a first side piece and a second side piece, which define an intermediate space for holding an edge section of the flat object. The first side pieces and the second side pieces of the flaps of each pair of flaps face each other. Each flap can be pivoted between an open position for picking up and releasing the flat object and a closed position for transporting the flat objects.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Uhlmann Pac-Systeme GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventor: Wolfgang Rodi
  • Patent number: 8322517
    Abstract: A lightweight pallet for supporting and carrying workpieces along an overhead transfer conveyor. A metallic conveyor carrier is adapted to be carried by the overhead transfer conveyor, and a lightweight, non-metallic base is connected to the conveyor carrier. A first lightweight, non-metallic support member is connected to and extends downward from the base. The first support member is substantially planar and is adapted to support the workpiece. A first lightweight, non-metallic brace member is connected to the base and the first support member for stabilizing and supporting the first support member. The first brace member is substantially planar, wherein the first brace member extends substantially perpendicular to the first support member, and the first support member and the second support member cooperate to define a substantially T-shaped structure that extends downward from the base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2012
    Assignee: Norgren Automation Solutions, LLC
    Inventors: Richard Hurst, Alexander F. Spillane
  • Patent number: 8312984
    Abstract: Apparatus for filling packages of the collapsible type, having a first station and a second station, a transport unit for intermittent transport of the packages from the first station to the second station along a transport direction (P) which extends between the first station and the second station, the transport unit being designed to transport the packages in a hanging position, and a swing-inhibiting unit which is designed to engage with the packages in order to counteract a swinging movement of the hanging packages during said transport, the swing-inhibiting unit being movable along the transport direction (P) while the transport unit transports the packages. The swing-inhibiting unit is arranged separately from the tranport unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2012
    Assignee: Ecolean Research & Development A/S
    Inventor: Mikael Scott
  • Patent number: 8191483
    Abstract: A rotating shaft drive system is configured to propel a load along a conveying path of an overhead conveyor system. A stationary frame extends along the conveying path and supports the rotating shaft drive system. A movable carriage is suspended from the stationary frame and engages with a rotating shaft of the shaft drive system to propel the carriage and the load. The rotating shaft comprises a plurality of shaft segments supported pillow blocks at each end of the rotating shaft segments, and the pillow blocks create a gap between adjacent shaft segments. The movable carriage has at least one canted driven roller configured to engage with adjacent rotating shaft segments and to create a helical loci of tractional engagement that provides sufficient drive force to propel the carriage and the load along the conveying path. The drive system is further configured to provide continuous propulsion as the canted driven roller moves across the gap between adjacent shaft segments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2012
    Assignee: OCS Intellitrak, Inc.
    Inventor: Charles Paul Tabler
  • Patent number: 8162129
    Abstract: A conveying means (1) is described having running rollers (7) which can be supported on a guide (2). At least one running roller (7) is mounted on a roller lever (12a) which can be pivoted between a first and a second position with the aid of a pivoting mechanism (13, 33) and can be locked in a position. In order to make a conveying means of this type simpler in structural terms and less susceptible to wear, it is proposed to equip the pivoting mechanism (13, 33) with a toggle lever (14) which is connected to an actuating element (21), wherein the toggle lever comprises a first and a second lever element (14a, 14b) which are connected to one another via a joint (15).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2012
    Assignee: Krones AG
    Inventor: Gmeiner Franz
  • Patent number: 8151973
    Abstract: Provided herein are various suspension devices and associated methods and apparatus to open loops (or form opened loops) in a chain of linked products suspended from one or more suspension devices in a conveyor system. In one implementation, a suspension device for a chain of linked products includes a link support portion pivotally coupled to a conveyor, the link support portion configured to suspend a portion of the chain of linked products therefrom and comprising a lower portion downwardly extending from the link support portion. The lower portion is configured to engage a portion of a respective link of the chain upon a pivoting motion of the link support portion about a pivot axis in order to open a respective loop suspended from the link support portion to an unloading orientation for unloading.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2012
    Assignee: Kraft Foods Global Brands LLC
    Inventors: Zbigniew S. Borkiewicz, Timothy J. Drebing, Kris K. Hulett, Tatsuo Nakamura, Minoru Kasai
  • Patent number: 8146731
    Abstract: Apparatus for transporting containers with a transport device, which transports a multiplicity of holding devices for the containers individually along a pre-specified transport path. At least one of these holding devices comprises at least two holding elements for gripping the containers. The holding device can be rotated in relation to the transport device about a pre-specified common rotary axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2012
    Assignee: Krones AG
    Inventor: Bruno Landler
  • Patent number: 8142129
    Abstract: Items of laundry have to be stretched out by a spreading device (14) before they are inserted into a mangle or any other laundry treatment device. To this end, the spreading device (14) has spreading clips (15) which can be moved away from one another. In the case of relatively large items of laundry, the spreading clips (15) have to cover a relatively large distance in order to spread out the item of laundry. This reduces the insertion rate. The invention provides for the items of laundry to be preliminarily spread out before being passed to the spreading clips (15), so that the spreading clips (15) receive the item of laundry in a state in which it is already virtually spread out. The spreading clips (15) only have to cover a small residual distance in order to spread out the item of laundry completely. As a result, the spreading device (14) can spread out the item of laundry very quickly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2012
    Assignee: Herbert Kannegiesser GmbH
    Inventors: Jürgen Sielermann, Friedhelm Mehrhoff, Engelbert Heinz
  • Patent number: 8091699
    Abstract: A device (10) for loading containers (12), which are provided with a neck (20), on an transporting element (14) includes a member (28) for individually grasping the container by the neck thereof, wherein the grasping member is used for catching or releasing the neck of a preform by the vertical slide of the preform with respect to the grasping member during an operation for catching or releasing it, the loading device includes elements (42, 68) for selectively ejecting the container from the transporting element during the releasing operation. The elements for ejecting the container are provided with container receiving members (42) which are used for catching the container prior to the releasing operation and are mounted in a horizontally movable manner in such a way that the trajectory of the receiving members are vertically superimposed and synchronized with the trajectory of the grasping device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2006
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2012
    Assignee: Sidel Participations
    Inventors: Denis Gillet, Thierry Deau, Yvan Benich
  • Patent number: 8020689
    Abstract: A break-away mounting system for a continuous-motion, high-speed position conveyor system is disclosed. A support cradle may be suspended from a conveyor belt such that the support cradle maintains a fixed position and orientation relative to at least one point on the conveyor belt without inducing appreciable stress on the conveyor belt, the support cradle, or the coupling between the conveyor belt and the support cradle. The mount may include a leading rotatable bearing attached to the support cradle which may releasably engage a first key attached to the conveyor belt, the rotatable bearing adapted to accommodate rotational forces applied to the support cradle by the conveyor belt. The mount may also include a slide bearing attached to the support cradle which may releasably engage a second key attached to the conveyor belt, the slide bearing adapted to accommodate longitudinal forces applied to the support cradle by the conveyor belt.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2011
    Assignee: Applied Materials, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael R. Rice, Eric A. Englhardt, Robert B. Lowrance, Martin R. Elliot, Jeffrey C. Hudgens
  • Patent number: 7891480
    Abstract: A rail element conveys suspended objects, such as bottles or preforms. The rail element includes two guide rails which are separated by a pre-defined distance and which form lateral support surfaces for the objects being conveyed along a conveyor passageway, such as preform sub-neck guides. A helically-curved conveyor section consists of a frame on which the guide rails are helically arranged. At least one guide rail includes a flat band that can be removed from the frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2006
    Date of Patent: February 22, 2011
    Assignee: Sidel Participations
    Inventors: Eric Lemaistre, Alain Charpentier, Cyril Savary
  • Patent number: 7849996
    Abstract: The invention concerns a device for loading (10) or unloading (58) preforms (12) comprising a neck (20) on a transporting element (14) which includes a device (28) for individually gripping one preform (12) by its neck, the loading or unloading device comprising: means for dispensing (32, 42) preforms which include means for individually receiving (42) each preform, the trajectory of the receiving means and the trajectory of the gripping means, in planar projection, being tangent in at least one intersecting point (P3, P4) wherein the preform (12) being in a gripping position, the neck (20) of the preform (12) is vertically arranged opposite the gripping member; means for synchronizing the movement of the receiving means relative to the movement of the gripping member. The invention is characterized in that the trajectory of the receiving means and the trajectory of the gripping member are superimposed along at least one intersecting line (P3-P1, P2-P4).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 14, 2010
    Assignee: Sidel Participations
    Inventors: Regis Leblond, Denis Gillet
  • Patent number: 7828135
    Abstract: A device for feeding sterile closures, which have been delivered in bags, into a filling system for containers, such as bottles, having a housing that features an inlet opening for the bags, an outlet opening for the closures and a sterilization device, wherein a conveying device that transports the bags is provided in the housing, and wherein the conveying device for the bags is embodied as a suspended conveyer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 9, 2010
    Assignee: Krones AG
    Inventors: Sven Fischer, Oliver Martini
  • Publication number: 20100243409
    Abstract: Provided herein are various suspension devices and associated methods and apparatus to open loops (or form opened loops) in a chain of linked products suspended from one or more suspension devices in a conveyor system. In one implementation, a suspension device for a chain of linked products includes a link support portion pivotally coupled to a conveyor, the link support portion configured to suspend a portion of the chain of linked products therefrom and comprising a lower portion downwardly extending from the link support portion. The lower portion is configured to engage a portion of a respective link of the chain upon a pivoting motion of the link support portion about a pivot axis in order to open a respective loop suspended from the link support portion to an unloading orientation for unloading.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 10, 2010
    Publication date: September 30, 2010
    Applicant: Kraft Foods Global Brands LLC
    Inventors: Zbigniew S. Borkiewicz, Timothy J. Drebing, Kris K. Hulett, Tatsuo Nakamura, Minoru Kasai
  • Patent number: 7798309
    Abstract: In a first aspect, a first apparatus is provided for inter-station overhead transport of a substrate carrier. The first apparatus includes (1) an overhead transport mechanism; (2) a substrate carrier support suspended from the overhead transport mechanism and adapted to receive and support a substrate carrier; and (3) a stabilization apparatus adapted to limit rocking of the substrate carrier and substrate carrier support relative to the overhead transport mechanism. Numerous other aspects are provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2004
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2010
    Assignee: Applied Materials, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael R. Rice, Eric A. Englhardt, Robert B. Lowrance, Martin R. Elliott, Jeffrey C. Hudgens
  • Patent number: 7748516
    Abstract: Construction element for a device for forward feeding of product carriers (16), which construction element comprises a first beam section (14) presenting a main rail (15) intended to carry product carriers (16) movably resting on said main rail (15), a second beam section presenting a console intended to carry an endless belt (1) or chain, which is intended to contribute to the forward feeding of said product carrier (16), and guiding means (19) running along said main rail (15) intended to retain product carriers (16) on the main rail (15), and also a device for forward feeding of product carriers including such a construction element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2006
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2010
    Assignee: Eton Systems AB
    Inventor: Inge Davidsson
  • Patent number: 7740122
    Abstract: A workpiece transfer apparatus is provided for transferring workpieces throughout an entire transfer path. A workpiece is transferred along a production line and is processed by processing facilities. Workpiece graspers grasp a workpiece. Rails are arranged above the processing facilities and movably hang the workpiece graspers. The rails are arranged so that at least the two of the rails partially overlap with each other above at least one of the processing facilities.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 22, 2010
    Assignee: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventor: Hirokazu Usui
  • Patent number: 7735630
    Abstract: Provided herein are various suspension devices and associated methods and apparatus to open loops (or form opened loops) in a chain of linked products suspended from one or more suspension devices in a conveyor system. In one implementation, a suspension device for a chain of linked products includes a link support portion pivotally coupled to a conveyor, the link support portion configured to suspend a portion of the chain of linked products therefrom and comprising a lower portion downwardly extending from the link support portion. The lower portion is configured to engage a portion of a respective link of the chain upon a pivoting motion of the link support portion about a pivot axis in order to open a respective loop suspended from the link support portion to an unloading orientation for unloading.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 15, 2010
    Assignee: Kraft Foods Global Brands LLC
    Inventors: Zbigniew S. Borkiewicz, Timothy J. Drebing, Kris K. Hulett, Tatsuo Nakamura, Minoru Kasai
  • Patent number: 7735636
    Abstract: An arrangement and a method for guide rail adjustment on a conveyor, the arrangement comprising a set of guide rails, a set of mounting elements, which each support at least one moveably suspended guide rail, and means for simultaneous individual adjustment of said set of mounting elements, the means permitting simultaneous adjustment of the position of the guide rails moveably supported by the mounting elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2005
    Date of Patent: June 15, 2010
    Assignee: FlexLink Components AB
    Inventor: Hakon Lundberg
  • Patent number: 7731012
    Abstract: Overhead transport system for the selective drawing of garment lots, making use of a box-shaped support rail (1) on which the garment hanger books (G) are hanging, inside which liftable tracks (5) are provided, through which a closed circuit chain (7) is guided. The chain being able to seize and draw the said hooks when the said liftable tracks are selectively push upwards due to to the inflation of corresponding rubber tubes (4).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2004
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2010
    Inventor: Augusto Santicchi
  • Patent number: 7721871
    Abstract: Travelling carrier delivery equipment includes a delivery unit for transferring a travelling carrier that has no self-running means between a movable rail and a main rail by means of external friction-driven, and the travelling carrier is provided with a friction driving surface across its entire length, the delivery unit has a friction drive wheel and friction drive wheel moving means, the friction drive wheel is provided on the movable rail and is switchable between a driving state, in that it propels the travelling carrier via the friction driving surface and a driving release state, and the friction drive wheel moving means reciprocates the friction drive wheel between a retreating position (R), at which the friction drive wheel can be made to contact with the friction driving surface of the travelling carrier supported on the movable rail and a forwarding position (F), at which the friction drive wheel can be made to contact with the friction driving surface of the travelling carrier supported on the mai
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2010
    Assignee: Daifuku Co., Ltd
    Inventors: Ryosuke Takano, Shigeyoshi Nishihara