Means Movably Mounted Inside The Path Of The Element To Eject The Load Patents (Class 198/483.1)
  • Patent number: 8910775
    Abstract: A transfer apparatus has a conveying track for electronic devices in a row, two vacuum passages to create vacuum forces to hold electronic devices against the conveying track at first and second positions respectively preventing overlapping of electronic devices; and sensors arranged with respect to the conveying track, the first sensor detects presence or absence of the leading electronic device at the first position for removal of the leading electronic device from the conveying track, and the second sensor detects presence or absence of the leading electronic device at a sensor position between the first and second positions as the leading electronic device is conveyed along the conveying track from the second to the first vacuum passage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2014
    Assignee: ASM Technology Singapore Pte Ltd
    Inventors: Chak Tong Sze, Pei Wei Tsai, Wing Sze Chan, Cho Hin Cheuk, Tsz Chun Chow
  • Patent number: 8297432
    Abstract: A method and to a device for conveying planar products (12), particularly folded printed products. At a transfer point (A), the products (12) are inserted with the leading edges (14) thereof ahead into compartments (22) of a revolving system (20) in the form of a paddle wheel, the compartments moving along a closed revolving path (U), and removed from the compartments (22) at a transfer point (B) by way of grippers (32) of a gripper conveyor (30) and conveyed away. The products are seized by the grippers (32) at the trailing edges (16). The seizing of the trailing edge (16), which preferably is not the folded open product edge, has the advantage that it can be implemented without a complicated engagement of the revolving system (20) and gripper conveyor (30) and that the further conveyance and further processing of the products (12) are simplified.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2012
    Assignee: Ferag AG
    Inventor: Ulrich H. Stauber
  • Patent number: 8220619
    Abstract: A conveyer apparatus for transporting and processing pellet-shaped articles includes a conveyer and a discharge device. The conveyer includes a plurality of carrier bars to convey a plurality of articles along a predetermined conveyer path. Each carrier bar has a pocket half that cooperates with a pocket half of an adjacent carrier bar to form an article receiving pocket to receive and transport an article along the predetermined conveyer path. The discharge device is positioned with respect to the carrier bars to dislodge articles from the carrier bars.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2012
    Assignee: Ackley Machine Corporation
    Inventor: E. Michael Ackley
  • Patent number: 8127916
    Abstract: A conveyor and associated method for shock-sensitive products and the like, includes a conveyor member having at least one individual compartment for receiving a product therein, as well as upward and downward conveyor sections. An upper conveyor deflector deflects the conveyor member from the upward to the downward section. The compartment includes a first support surface configured for supporting the product in the upwardly directed conveyor section, as well as a second support surface configured for supporting the product in a downwardly directed conveyor section. The compartment also includes a bottom surface that supports the product during movement of the conveyor member over the upper conveyor deflector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2012
    Assignee: Big Dutchman International GmbH
    Inventor: André Mix
  • Patent number: 7530445
    Abstract: A slide assembly for use on a forming turret in a machine line that forms articles, such as cans, comprises a fixed rail, a slide block configured to slide in the rail, and an adaptor that is mounted to the rail. The slide assembly is configured to provide at least a 4.0 inch or more stroke that is stable and minimizes shaking or other movement. The slide assembly is designed such that ends of at least one of the adaptor and rail remain rigid during the stroke operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2009
    Assignee: Belvac Production Machinery, Inc.
    Inventors: Harold James Marshall, Jeffrey L. Shortridge
  • Patent number: 7131247
    Abstract: A method and device for finishing cellophane-wrapped packets, whereby a succession of stacks, each defined by two superimposed packets having respective heat-shrink overwrappings, are fed successively by a conveyor wheel along a circular track extending through an unloading station, prior to reaching which the packets in each stack are parted in an axial direction with respect to the conveyor wheel, and are then fed, in a radial direction with respect to the conveyor wheel, along respective superimposed paths separated by a heating plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2005
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2006
    Assignee: G.D Societa' per Azioni
    Inventors: Silvano Boriani, Stefano Negrini
  • Patent number: 6659287
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for inspecting and sorting articles such as fruit and vegetables in which the articles are presented, on a conveyor, under a viewing device and classified. A take-off position is determined from the classification and the article is removed by means of an independently actuated ejector mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 1999
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2003
    Assignee: Exeter Engineering, Inc.
    Inventor: Stanley E. Hawkins
  • Patent number: 6652215
    Abstract: A rotary deblistering apparatus is described. It comprises a rotatable drum having plurality of circumferential pack holding means each adapted to hold and retain a blister pack. The drum can rotate to locate the pack holding means at a plurality of peripheral work positions including a pack loading position, a pack deblistering position, and a pack detachment position. The blister packs can be loaded onto the drum through a loading means, preferably the loading means has a storage magazine able to supply a continuous number of packs to the drum. For a peelable pack, prior weakening or cutting of the backing of the pack may be necessary or desired. Such action could be carried out at the pack deblistering position. Alternatively, there is a prior weakening and/or cutting position around the drum.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2001
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2003
    Assignee: Sepha Pharmaceutical
    Inventors: Andrew Ernest Parker, Aaron Hewitt, Andrew Davidson
  • Patent number: 6651842
    Abstract: An article dispensing apparatus is described. The dispensing apparatus includes a plurality of slats, each having one or more holders for holding and dispensing articles. Each slat has a cavity and an open end. Further, each holder includes an aperture through which a pin may extend into and retract from the cavity to assist in dispensing articles held therein. Each open end may include a curved surface to assist in inhibiting the articles from being dispensed prematurely. Further, each slat may include a tongue on one side and a groove on another side. The tongues of each slat fit within the grooves of adjacent slats, allowing them to ride in close conformity to each other and allowing for relatively unencumbered movement between the slats.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2002
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2003
    Assignee: DT Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeremiah F. Collins, Fredrick P. Donth, James B. Hills
  • Publication number: 20030188955
    Abstract: A device for moving books includes a transport device, a plurality of movable containers disposed on the transport device, a fixedly disposed container located adjacent a conveying path for the movable containers and an unloading device for transferring books previously loaded on the movable containers, to the fixedly disposed container from the movable containers. A method is also provided for cooling books for operating the book-moving device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 7, 2003
    Publication date: October 9, 2003
    Inventor: Mario Lorenzi
  • Patent number: 6554557
    Abstract: An inter-box connector (IBC) installation and removal system for a buffer crane formed to operate under a quay crane for supplementing operation thereof by semi-automating the previously “by hand” IBC installation and removal procedures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2002
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2003
    Assignee: Paceco Corp.
    Inventors: Toru Takehara, Sun Huan Huang, Hans G. Vosskamp
  • Patent number: 6540065
    Abstract: A measuring and classifying apparatus (transferring apparatus) for chips includes an immovable base and a turn table (transferring member). The turn table is rotatably disposed on an upper surface of the immovable base, and is provided with receiving concavities for receiving chips with the immovable base and suction passes for chucking the chips. The chips are transferred above the immovable base while being chucked in the receiving concavities. The suction passes are formed at the upper corner portions of the receiving concavities, so that the chips are chucked in such a manner that gaps are provided between the chips and the upper surface of the immovable base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2001
    Date of Patent: April 1, 2003
    Assignee: Murata Manufacturing Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Miki Kurabe, Satoshi Sawa, Tetsuichi Inoue
  • Patent number: 6520318
    Abstract: An installation (V) for the introduction and the removal of plastic bottles into or out of a treatment room, which is provided with a drivable lock rotor (4), with lock chambers (3), external and internal star wheel pairs (17, 20; 18, 19), and, in the lock chambers and at the star wheels, gripping and holding devices (6, 24) for the containers, which work in cooperation for the transfer of the containers, and a container discharge area (C) is provided, between the star wheels (17, 20; 18, 19) which are separated in the circumferential direction of the lock rotor (4), for each pair on the circumference of the lock rotor (4), and at least one ejection element (D) is used which can be adjusted from a rest position into a position for ejection of a container into the lock chamber (3), in order to remove containers which remain in an unscheduled manner in the lock chambers, for the purpose of preventing damage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2000
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2003
    Assignee: Krones AG
    Inventor: Heinz Humele
  • Patent number: 6422418
    Abstract: An article dispensing apparatus is described. The dispensing apparatus includes a plurality of slats, each having one or more holders for holding and dispensing articles. Each slat has a cavity and an open end. Further, each holder includes an aperture through which a pin may extend into and retract from the cavity to assist in dispensing articles held therein. Each open end may include a curved surface to assist in inhibiting the articles from being dispensed prematurely. Further, each slat may include a tongue on one side and a groove on another side. The tongues of each slat fit within the grooves of adjacent slats, allowing them to ride in close conformity to each other and allowing for relatively unencumbered movement between the slats.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2000
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2002
    Assignee: DT Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeremiah F. Collins, Fredrick P. Donth, James B. Hills
  • Patent number: 6220591
    Abstract: An apparatus (10) for conveying flexible sheet-like products wherein a plurality of conveying elements (12) are arranged one behind the other on a rotatable support member in a circular array, and each conveying element comprises a roller segment (24), which is driven continuously in the direction of rotation (D), and a mating element (26), which interacts with the roller segment. In the product receiving region (14), a recess section (44) of the respective roller segment (24) forms, with the mating element (26), an introduction gap (48), of which the leading end is closed. The forward position of the recess section (44) forms a stop (62) for engaging the leading edge (52) of the fed product (19).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 1999
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2001
    Assignee: Ferag AG
    Inventor: H. Ulrich Stauber