Nongripping Elements Are Laterally Projecting Pins Which Engage The Interior Of A Hollow Load Patents (Class 198/487.1)
  • Patent number: 10324458
    Abstract: Systems and methods for loading and delivering stalk subassemblies and yarn packages are disclosed herein. Such systems and methods can have at least one processor, at least one automated guided vehicle, at least one creel assembly, and an automated creel loading assembly. The at least one automated guided vehicle can be communicatively coupled to the at least one processor. The at least one processor can be configured to selectively direct an automated guided vehicle to engage a respective stalk subassembly. Upon engagement between the automated guided vehicle and the stalk subassembly, the processor can be configured to selectively direct the automated guided vehicle to move about and between the selected operative position within the creel assembly and a loading position proximate the automated creel loading assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignee: COLUMBIA INSURANCE COMPANY
    Inventors: Bryan M. Morton, Zachary N. Hall
  • Patent number: 8007223
    Abstract: A transport device for transporting elongated substrates through a vacuum coating system comprises an essentially rectangular frame and two groups of holding elements, which are rotatably mounted on opposite sides of the frame in such a manner that any pair of opposite holding elements can be connected to both ends of a substrate. Furthermore, at least one retainer bar is provided that is operatively connected to a group of holding elements in such a manner that the holding elements of this group are moveable in order to increase or decrease by choice their distance from the holding elements of the other group. Also provided are a loading and unloading device for loading and unloading the transport device, and a method for loading and unloading the transport device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2011
    Assignee: Von Ardenne Anlagentechnik GmbH
    Inventors: Johannes Struempfel, Reinhardt Bauer, Andreas Heisig, Hans-Christian Hecht, Hartmut Freitag, Heiko Richter, André Ulbricht, Falk Schwerdtfeger
  • Patent number: 7549530
    Abstract: To provide a pin tip attachment structure that can engage a container with a bottom, such as a can or bottle, and convey the container without scratching it, a small diameter portion having a predetermined length is formed at a front end portion of a pin. A bushing is fitted in a lower end portion of a cylindrical hole of a pin tip having the cylindrical hole opened at a lower end side, and the bushing is vertically movably inserted onto the small diameter portion of the pin. A stopper portion for retaining the bushing is provided at a front end of the small diameter portion. A spring receiver portion is provided below the small diameter portion, and a coil spring is provided in a compressible manner between the spring receiver portion and the bushing or the lower end of the pin tip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2009
    Assignee: Daido Kogyo Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yukio Souri, Shuji Sakaguchi
  • Patent number: 6631673
    Abstract: A transfer device with which the hollow bodies to be printed in a printing machine may be transferred from a supply conveyor means to a capstan plate associated with the printing device. Since the hollow bodies are supplied by the supply conveyor means with a distance between them, which is smaller than the pitch of the receiving capstans of the capstan plate serving to accept the hollow bodies, a transfer rotor is placed in between, which possesses holding units, which perform the hollow body transfer as part of a pitch matching operation. A similar arrangement may also be employed to transfer already printed hollow bodies from the capstan plate to a removal conveyor means.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2001
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2003
    Assignee: Hinterkopf GmbH
    Inventor: Helmut Aichele
  • Patent number: 6471038
    Abstract: Container conveying apparatus including: multiple chain elements each of which is formed with a first receiving space, a second receiving space and a connection section spaced from each other; multiple connecting members each having a pivot end and a fixed end, the pivot end being pivotally disposed in the second receiving space of a forward chain element, while the fixed end is connected with the connecting section of a rearward chain element. The chain elements are serially connected to form an elongated or an endless chain. Multiple holding structures are disposed in the first receiving spaces of the chain elements and are movable along with the chain elements along a rail. Each holding structure includes a clamping pawl and a push rod movable between first and second positions in the extending direction of the claws.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2000
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2002
    Assignee: Chum Power Machinery Corp.
    Inventor: Yang Wen Yung
  • Patent number: 6394258
    Abstract: An apparatus for loading condoms onto mandrels is disclosed, the apparatus comprising a plural number of expansion rods adapted to receive and stretch a condom and a plural number of detaining rods to abut and retain the condom ring, the rods being mounted on a reciprocating carriage assembly which moves the rods past the mandrel, the mandrel itself stripping the condom from the rods.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2001
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2002
    Inventor: James R. Whitten
  • Patent number: 6311831
    Abstract: A tube loading system includes two flat conveyor belts which are perpendicular to each other for holding a tube having an open end thereagainst with two lines of contact; a motor drive for moving the conveyor belts; a gap between the two lines of contact at meeting edges of the conveyor belts; a vacuum source positioned behind the conveyor belts for supplying a vacuum to the gap so as to pull the tube against both conveyor belts in engagement with the two lines of contact; a pin chain having a plurality of pins spaced therealong for receiving the open ends of the tubes thereon, the pins being positioned adjacent the conveyor belts; and a delivery device for supplying the tubes in sequence to the conveyor belts such that each tube is held in engagement against both conveyor belts with the two lines of contact by the vacuum at the gap, and as the belt moves, each tube is deposited on a respective pin of the pin chain.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 1999
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2001
    Assignee: Polytype America Corporation
    Inventors: Pieter S. van der Griendt, Dennis Dutkevitch
  • Patent number: 6244533
    Abstract: A spool loading and centering device for loading and centering spools on support plates in order to send the said spools for winding. Each support plate has a rod and centering and restraining springs. The spool loading and centering device includes a spool presentation and centering device for presenting and centering of each spool onto each support plate and a spool fitting device for fitting the tube of each spool onto the top of the rod of each support plate. The spool fitting device travels a path which corresponds to fitting of the spool, as far as its base stop on the support plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 1999
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2001
    Assignee: Savio Macchine Tessili S.p.A.
    Inventors: Roberto Badiali, Luigi Piva, Amedeo Quaia, Maurizio Raffin
  • Patent number: 6231288
    Abstract: A tire conveyor and lift apparatus for conveying, lifting and orienting fuel tires for injection into a rotating cement kiln by force or by gravity. The apparatus brings tires from a tire source by a variable speed conveyor belt to a gate or alternatively vertical guiding rollers that regulate the flow of tires to the lift. Hooked lift arms engage the tire through the central hole and move vertically along a guide. The linear lift arms are mounted to an endless chain which is supported by upper and lower sprockets which are driven by a motor. The top of the guide is curved and has the curvature that approximates the circumference of the top sprocket. The tire is brought along the guide and released to output rollers connected to a feed chute which is aligned with a rotating kiln.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 1999
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2001
    Inventor: Thomas R. Largent