By Fluid Applying Means Patents (Class 198/495)
  • Patent number: 10266348
    Abstract: Provided is a conveyor belt cleaning apparatus, and particularly, to a steam conveyor belt cleaning apparatus which is installed above a conveyor belt and configured to remove foreign substances adhering to the conveyor belt. Provided is a structure of the cleaning apparatus capable of cleanly cleaning, sterilizing, and washing a surface of the conveyor belt by spraying steam to separate foreign substances attached to the surface of the conveyor belt, collecting the foreign substances in a direction toward a foreign substance discharge unit, discharging the foreign substances, and clearly removing the foreign substances. As described above, the cleaning apparatus for removing finely protruding residues, which are foreign substances adhering to the surface of the conveyor belt, and sterilizing and washing the surface of the conveyor belt, such that the surface of the conveyor belt may be cleanly maintained.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: SJE CORPORATION, LTD.
    Inventor: Ho Moog Yoo
  • Patent number: 10239306
    Abstract: Provided is a method for manufacturing a sleeve printing plate capable of forming an image pattern which applies printing on an object to be printed by laser engraving without generating cracks and chippings in a printing plate made of a photosensitive resin. The method for manufacturing a sleeve printing plate by making a printing plate made of a photosensitive resin surround an outer peripheral surface of a circular cylindrical sleeve body and forming an image pattern on the printing plate by laser engraving includes the steps of: washing and cooling the printing plate with water; applying heating treatment to the printing plate at a predetermined temperature; and applying heat radiation treatment to the printing plate after the heating treatment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignees: HONDA CARAX CO., LTD., D. I. ENGINEERING CORPORATION
    Inventor: Naoto Honda
  • Patent number: 10221018
    Abstract: A screw conveyor that appropriately discharges chips inside cutting fluid includes: a main body in the form of a container provided with a storage tank; a screw rotatably assembled inside the storage tank; a discharge pipe formed at a rear side of the main body and connected to the storage tank; an inlet section configured to receive the chips and the cutting fluid into the storage tank at a front side; a guide plate configured to guide the chips and the cutting fluid to the screw; a screw cover provided with multiple fine holes configured to cover a space above the screw; and an opening formed in the storage tank at a position higher than the screw cover such that the cutting fluid enters inside the main body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: FUJI CORPORATION
    Inventors: Shuichi Hirata, Shigefumi Suzuyama, Jun Yanagisaki, Osamu Nagai
  • Patent number: 10160622
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are a self-powered type handrail sterilizing device and a device for collecting visitor information using the same. The self-powered type handrail sterilizing device includes: a housing having an opening fastened to a handrail of an escalator or a moving walk; a power unit installed at an inner side of the housing to convert a rotational motion depending on driving of the handrail into power; and a ultraviolet lamp module installed on an inner surface of the opening of the housing and configured to irradiate sterilizing light to the handrail through the power of the power unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: SOOKYOUNG A.I.D. CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Kyoung-Youn Kim, Chi-Young Kang, Hyun-Seog Kim
  • Patent number: 10010990
    Abstract: A machine tool with a chip evacuation device according to the present invention is provided with a cleaning mechanism for cleaning a part or the whole of the chip evacuation device and a control unit configured to control respective operations of the chip evacuation device and the cleaning mechanism in association with each other. By using an electric motor, such as a synchronous motor capable of position control, as a power source for the chip evacuation device, the respective operations of the chip evacuation device and the cleaning mechanism can be associated with each other to effectively clean the chip evacuation device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Assignee: FANUC CORPORATION
    Inventor: Yasuhiko Kurosumi
  • Patent number: 9772294
    Abstract: A method includes optically interacting a bulk material or powder stored in a storage bin with an integrated computational element (“ICE”) configured to modify an electromagnetic radiation according to a characteristic of the bulk material or powder. The method also includes detecting the modified electromagnetic radiation with a detector, and producing an output signal correlated to a value for the characteristic of the bulk material or powder, and receiving and processing the output signal with a signal processor to yield a value for the characteristic of the bulk material or powder. Also, the method includes transmitting a message flagging the storage bin when it is determined that the bulk material or powder is not suitable for continued storage. The bulk material or powder includes a dry cement or a dry cement component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 26, 2017
    Assignee: HALLIBURTON ENERGY SERVICES, INC.
    Inventors: Kristin Katherine Holden, Robert Paul Freese
  • Patent number: 9718626
    Abstract: A cleaning mechanism for use with a closed loop conveyor belt supported in continuous traversing fashion. The mechanism includes a housing for supporting the belt, a frame mounted to the housing proximate to the belt. A drive shaft extends between spaced apart locations of the frame and includes a pair of head sprockets adapted for supporting the belt at a selected location. A motor is engaged to an input end of the drive shaft. A counter weighted comb element is pivotally secured to the frame, an upper angled combed edge of the comb element arrayed in spatial non-contacting fashion with a traversing exterior of the belt for capturing elongated shaving debris suspended from the belt. A slave shaft extends between additional spaced apart location of the frame and which is rotated via a linkage with the drive shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2017
    Inventor: Keith Urban
  • Patent number: 9658241
    Abstract: A sample distribution system having a transport surface and sample container carriers arranged thereupon is disclosed. A dirt detection device for limiting the effect of dirt is provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2017
    Assignee: Roche Diagnostics Operations, Inc.
    Inventors: Christian Riether, Achim Sinz
  • Patent number: 9415129
    Abstract: A moving handrail disinfecting device for passenger conveyor whereby disinfection solutions can be suitably used depending on the situations of the device and the like, resulting in appropriate disinfection treatment with little waste, is a moving handrail disinfecting device 10B, having a contact roller switching unit comprising an applying roller 17 to be allowed to make contact with the surface of a moving handrail 5, a first impregnating roller 18 and a second impregnating roller 19 which supply disinfection solutions, a first slide section 22A, a second slide section 22B and a sliding mechanism 23A which separately slides the both, wherein a control unit 60B controls the sliding mechanism 23A to separately slide the first slide section 22A and the second slide section 22B so as to switch a roller to be allowed to make contact with the applying roller 17 from the first impregnating roller 18 to the second impregnating roller 19, or from the second impregnating roller 19 to the first impregnating roller 18
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2016
    Inventor: Toshihiro Yukimoto
  • Patent number: 9415128
    Abstract: A moving handrail disinfecting device for passenger conveyor which enables a reduction in burden of maintenance, leading to improved maintenance performance of the device, wherein information concerning the device is centrally managed in a management center so as to enhance shareability of information, leading to improved maintenance performance of the whole system, is a moving handrail disinfecting device 10 for disinfecting a moving handrail 5 of an escalator 1, having a disinfecting unit comprising a plurality of applying members 11 for disinfecting the surface of the moving handrail 5, being installed outside an inlet part 6A of the moving handrail 5, an applying member replacing mechanism, a disinfection solution supplier 24 and associated parts, a control unit 60 operable to control disinfection operations by the disinfecting unit based on a dirt detection state by a dirt detecting unit 40, and a communications unit 50 operable to send information concerning said disinfecting device 10 to an outside man
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2016
    Inventor: Toshihiro Yukimoto
  • Patent number: 9315057
    Abstract: A belt cleaning apparatus that is a cleaning apparatus that cleans a surface of a transporting belt with a cleaning solution, the belt cleaning apparatus including a cleaning member that is in contact with the surface in a rotatable manner, the cleaning member cleaning the surface with the cleaning solution; a cleaning solution reservoir that retains the cleaning solution; and a partition portion that protrudes from a bottom portion of the cleaning solution reservoir, the partition portion partitioning the cleaning solution reservoir into a cleaning area where the cleaning member is partially dipped in the cleaning solution and a discharging area from where the cleaning solution is discharged. In the belt cleaning apparatus, a distance between the cleaning member and the partition portion becomes gradually smaller towards an upper end of the partition portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2016
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventor: Shuichi Kanemoto
  • Patent number: 9248975
    Abstract: Cleaning apparatus 10 for a conveyor 20. The apparatus includes a frame 12 extendable across the conveyor 20, which frame 12 removably mounts a cleaning unit 14. The cleaning unit 14 is selectively movable between a rest position clear of the conveyor 20, and an in use position engaging with the conveyor 20.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2016
    Inventor: Keith David Handy
  • Patent number: 9199496
    Abstract: A cleaning roller is in press contact with a conveyance belt on the downstream side of a drive roller in a first direction. A controller controls a motor so that the conveyance belt is driven in a second direction opposite to the first direction when the cleaning roller cleans the conveyance belt.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2015
    Assignee: KYOCERA Document Solutions Inc.
    Inventors: Jumpei Hobo, Hidenori Takenaka, Masami Ikeda
  • Patent number: 8978875
    Abstract: A cleaning device configured to clean an outer surface of a conveyor belt on a conveyor belt system is disclosed. The cleaning device can include a fluid dispensing device configured to dispense cleaning fluid to the outer surface of the conveyor belt. A wiping device is provided to remove excess cleaning fluid. A protective cover is provided that substantially covers at least the fluid dispensing device. Fastener mounts are provided to allow attachment of the cleaning device on top of the conveyer system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Inventor: Paul Barboni
  • Publication number: 20150053531
    Abstract: A reciprocating assembly for applying vapor steam to the surface of a multi-width conveyor belt, having a frame to support the belt, to clean and sanitize the conveyor belt, includes, a housing having two ends, with the housing enclosing an endless chain member positioned within the housing and powered by a motor member, with the chain member having a cam member extending outwardly from the endless chain, a reciprocating block member supports a nozzle, with the block member having a cam guide notch structurally arranged to be engaged by the cam member extending from the endless chain member. The housing ends are engageable with vertical housing supports to mount the assembly to the conveyor belt frame to predeterminely control the reciprocating movement of the nozzle between the edges of the conveyor belt.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 30, 2014
    Publication date: February 26, 2015
    Inventors: Dwight F. Pentzien, SR., Gary G. Read, Lora J. Tryon, Ryan D. Pentzien
  • Publication number: 20150047949
    Abstract: The invention is an escalator handrail cleaning apparatus for a running handrail (1) on a guide rail (11) along an escalator (12), wherein the cleaning apparatus comprises:—a main body (3) with a preferably underlying, generally through channel (31) for the handrail (1) to pass through,—a steam supply hose (2) to a longitudinally running inlet channel (21) in the main body (3) and connected to one or more across distribution channels (5) in the main body (3),—a number of steam nozzles (6) from the distribution channel (5) directed towards the through passing handrail (1),—at least a first and a second squeegee gasket (7) for delimiting a space (38) in the through channel (31) between the main body (3), the through running handrail (1), and the surroundings and arranged for wiping off water and dirt from the through running handrail (1),—at least one drain channel (41) from the space (38) wherein the drain channel (41) conducts water, steam and dirt to a return hose (4), preferably by vacuum.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 20, 2013
    Publication date: February 19, 2015
    Applicant: TECNOVAP AS
    Inventors: Svein Røthe, Hans Åge Bergfald, Thomas Tjelland
  • Publication number: 20140326052
    Abstract: Apparatus and method for detecting seal failure of a sealed region within a conveyor component. A fluid line extends out of the sealed region and a sensor is connected to the fluid line. A valve is connected subsequent to the sensor, and a fluid pump that is connected subsequent to the valve. A controller is connected to the sensor, the valve, and the fluid pump. The sensor is external to the sealed region and the valve is a solenoid valve. The sealed region is within an idler pulley that has a drum shell with an end lid affixed at an axial end thereof, and a shaft. The sealed region can be contained within a motorized drum or a hollow conveyor frame structure. A method detects seal failure by forming a sealed region bounded by a surface and a seal, and altering a fluid pressure, th time rate of change of which is monitored.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 13, 2012
    Publication date: November 6, 2014
    Applicant: MOL BELTING SYSTEMS, INC.
    Inventors: Laurens G. J. Wolters, Michael Hendrik DeGroot
  • Publication number: 20140311862
    Abstract: Special conveying systems are used within a production plant in order to transport agricultural products such as, in particular, eggs. Here, a conveyor chain 14 having a multiplicity of rods 42 which are connected to one another via chain links 44 is transported in individual conveying segments 12 of the conveyor 10. Lying on the conveyor chain 14, the products, in particular the eggs, are transported. Deposits of contaminants unavoidably occur during operation, such as, in particular, as a result of litter or feathers. Contaminants which adhere only loosely can be removed in a simple way, for example, by suitable strippers. It is the object of the invention to also eliminate contaminants which adhere firmly and as far as possible to also minimize the number of microorganisms. This is achieved by the use of an ultrasonic cleaning bath 30, into which a section of the conveyor 10 is dipped with the aid of a deflecting unit 16.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 24, 2011
    Publication date: October 23, 2014
    Applicant: Lubing Maschinenfabrik Ludwig Bening GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Markus Von Der Assen, Rudi Fick
  • Publication number: 20140284176
    Abstract: The present invention relates to conveyor lubricant compositions including an emulsion of a lipophilic compound and also including an emulsifier and/or an anionic surfactant. The present invention also relates to methods employing such lubricant compositions. In an embodiment, the method includes applying the present lubricant composition to a conveyor with a non-energized nozzle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 17, 2014
    Publication date: September 25, 2014
    Applicant: ECOLAB USA INC.
    Inventors: Stefan Seemeyer, Eric D. Morrison, Stephan Scharrenbach, Claudia Caussin de Schneck, Stefan Kupper, Peter Rich, Colin Court
  • Publication number: 20140251762
    Abstract: Devices for removing particulate from surfaces may include at least one belt coupled with at least one guide to rotate the belt(s) about the guide(s). A vacuum cavity may be disposed around a portion of the belt(s) to remove captured particulate therefrom when a negative pressure is introduced in the vacuum cavity. A surface may be cleaned by rotating a dry belt about a guide and positioning a portion of the dry belt on the surface to capture and collect particulate. A portion of the dry belt can pass into a vacuum cavity, and collected particulate may be removed from the dry belt into the vacuum cavity. A cleaning apparatus may be formed by coupling a belt to a guide so the belt can rotate around the guide. A vacuum cavity can be disposed to encompass a portion of the belt. Other aspects, embodiments, and features are also included.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 8, 2013
    Publication date: September 11, 2014
    Inventor: Mark S. Grill
  • Patent number: 8776989
    Abstract: A sprocket for engaging a modular belt having a plurality of belt modules with intercalated link ends connected by transverse pivot members to form hinges. The belt modules may have transverse ribs. The sprocket may be driven by a shaft. The sprocket may be an idler sprocket. The sprocket has a central opening for receiving the shaft. The body has a plurality of teeth disposed in pairs along a periphery of the body. The body has a first opening formed between adjacent pairs of teeth and extending toward the center of the sprocket to provide access to the hinge area, when the belt engages with the sprocket, for application of cleaning fluid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2014
    Assignee: Habasit AG
    Inventors: Dieter Guldenfels, Marco Lucchi
  • Patent number: 8702178
    Abstract: The invention provides a trolley wheel assembly for a conveyor system, e.g., an overhead conveyor system. In certain embodiments, the wheel assembly includes at least one wheel face having a contour (optionally a funneling configuration and/or one or more surface features) configured to facilitate flow of a fluid toward an open bearing assembly of the wheel assembly. In some embodiments, the wheel assembly includes an inner race, outer race, and bearings having a particular hardness arrangement, optionally together with a polymer wheel having certain filler features. Methods for cleaning such a trolley wheel assembly are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2014
    Assignee: Oconomowoc Mfg. Corp.
    Inventors: Scott T. Breyer, Kyle C. Stoehr
  • Patent number: 8668076
    Abstract: A conveyor device (10) for conveying a material (M) through a treatment station (101) where the material (M) is subjected to a laser treatment (12) capable of leaving contamination residues on the conveyor (10). The conveyor (10) outlines a closed loop trajectory passing through, after removing the treated material (M), two brushing stations (103, 106) where the surface of the conveyor (10) is subjected to brushing with a washing station (104) interposed where the conveyor (10) is subjected to washing through the projection (1040, W) of washing liquid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 11, 2014
    Assignee: Fameccanica.Data S.p.A.
    Inventors: Paolo Pasqualoni, Serafino Lupinetti
  • Patent number: 8668075
    Abstract: A cleaning-in-place system for use with an easily cleanable modular belt. The belt has modules with a body having a first opening formed between adjacent pairs of teeth. The opening extends toward the center of the sprocket to provide access to the hinge area, when the belt engages with the sprocket, for application of cleaning fluid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 11, 2014
    Assignee: Habasit AG
    Inventors: Dieter Guldenfels, Marco Lucchi
  • Patent number: 8624203
    Abstract: A sterilizing system for sterilizing a continuous loop conveyor belt of a conveyor system is provided. The conveyor system includes a drive operatively connected to the conveyor belt and operative to move the belt between upper and lower flight paths. The upper flight path includes an exposed surface for receiving items. The sterilizing system includes a housing that is configured to at least partially cover the lower flight path. An ultraviolet light source is positioned in the interior of the housing. The light source is operative to emit ultraviolet light on the belt at the lower flight path to sanitize the belt.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2014
    Assignee: JLT & Associates, Inc.
    Inventors: Joe Tullo, Grant Jeffery Caven, Paul Jeffery Payne, Stylianos Derventzis
  • Patent number: 8555461
    Abstract: The device for cleaning grooved surfaces of a moving transport, such as escalators and moving walkways, includes a frame supporting at least one vacuum pump and a plurality of vacuum heads and a plurality of brush heads. A carriage is attached relative to the frame to which at least one of the plurality of vacuum heads and brush heads are slidably attached. The carriage can be attached to the frame in a multitude of ways, including utilizing a four-bar linkage. The carriage is positionable between a stored position and a deployed position. Additionally, the carriage can be angularly adjustable to align with a horizontal plane of the grooved surface. A handle can be pivotably attached to the frame wherein pivotable movement of the handle is mechanically coupled to movement of the carriage between the stored and deployable positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2013
    Inventor: William Hachtmann
  • Patent number: 8556063
    Abstract: A belt cleaning system to clean a conveyor belt having a carrier surface includes a dry ice blasting device and a debris recovery subsystem. The dry ice blasting device includes a delivery system having at least one nozzle disposed adjacent the conveyor belt. Dry ice pellets are discharged from the nozzle onto the conveyor belt carrier surface, whereby the dry ice pellets remove the debris from the carrier surface. The debris recovery subsystem includes a collector housing disposed adjacent to the conveyor belt carrier surface. The collector housing contains the debris removed from the conveyor belt carrier surface and directs the debris away from the conveyor belt.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2013
    Assignee: Xerox Corporation
    Inventors: Richard P. Ficarra, Thomas C. McGraw, Gordon B. Reid, Derek A. Bryl
  • Publication number: 20130248327
    Abstract: A cleaning device configured to clean an outer surface of a conveyor belt on a conveyor belt system is disclosed. The cleaning device can include a fluid dispensing device configured to dispense cleaning fluid to the outer surface of the conveyor belt. A wiping device is provided to remove excess cleaning fluid. A protective cover is provided that substantially covers at least the fluid dispensing device. Fastener mounts are provided to allow attachment of the cleaning device on top of the conveyer system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 22, 2013
    Publication date: September 26, 2013
    Inventor: Paul BARBONI
  • Publication number: 20130140140
    Abstract: A traveling deckle is adapted to run on each edge of a filter belt in a counter current belt washer system. The traveling deckle may be used to retain a slurry on the filter belt as the filter belt is passed through one or more vacuum and washing stages. The traveling deckle may be driven by the friction of the deckle against the belt. After the last vacuum point of liquor removal, the deckle returns to its starting point in an endless run. The deckle eliminates conventional curbing and troughing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 1, 2011
    Publication date: June 6, 2013
    Inventor: Gregory Daniel Zilker
  • Publication number: 20130020177
    Abstract: Belt cleaning assemblies for a continuous conveyor belt having a pervious belt assembly and top and bottom belt surfaces generally include contact and non-contact cleaning assembles. Continuous conveyor belt systems having belt cleaning assemblies and methods for cleaning continuous conveyor belts are also provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 18, 2011
    Publication date: January 24, 2013
    Applicant: JOHN BEAN TECHNOLOGIES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Troy O. Baumgardner, Scott M. Kane
  • Patent number: 8348046
    Abstract: Belt cleaning assemblies for a continuous conveyor belt having a pervious belt assembly and top and bottom belt surfaces generally include contact and non-contact cleaning assembles. Continuous conveyor belt systems having belt cleaning assemblies and methods for cleaning continuous conveyor belts are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: John Bean Technologies Corporation
    Inventors: Troy O. Baumgardner, Scott M. Kane
  • Patent number: 8240460
    Abstract: An apparatus for cleaning a moving conveyor belt of a conveyor belt assembly. The apparatus includes an enclosed housing connectable to the conveyor belt assembly, wherein the housing has an open portion adjacent to the moving conveyor belt. A hub is rotatably connected to and within the enclosed housing, and a plurality of wipers are releasably connected to and extend outward from the hub. A driving means rotates the hub and the wipers such that the plurality of wipers at least partially engage and wipe the conveyor belt clean, as the wipers rotate through the open portion of the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2012
    Inventors: Michael James Bleau, Jeffrey J. Dellach, Kenneth P. Dellach
  • Patent number: 8191701
    Abstract: A belt cleaning system to clean the carrier surface of a conveyor belt. The system includes a roller assembly and a liquid supply subsystem. The roller assembly includes a cleaning web composed of a hydroscopic material and a roller to bias the cleaning web into rotating contact with the conveyor belt carrier surface. The liquid supply subsystem provides a cleaning liquid to the cleaning web.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2012
    Assignee: Xerox Corporation
    Inventors: Derek A. Bryl, Richard P. Ficarra, Gordon B. Reid, Thomas C. McGraw
  • Publication number: 20120085622
    Abstract: A belt cleaning system to clean the carrier surface of a conveyor belt. The system includes a roller assembly and a liquid supply subsystem. The roller assembly includes a cleaning web composed of a hydroscopic material and a roller to bias the cleaning web into rotating contact with the conveyor belt carrier surface. The liquid supply subsystem provides a cleaning liquid to the cleaning web.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 12, 2010
    Publication date: April 12, 2012
    Inventors: Derek A. Bryl, Richard P. Ficarra, Gordon B. Reid, Thomas C. McGraw
  • Patent number: 8141695
    Abstract: A conveyor maintenance system and method determines when a conveyor requires cleaning by determining when the conveyor is soiled beyond a predetermined threshold level. The system comprises a detector that collects optical data indicative of the amount of soil on a conveyor, a memory that stores reference data indicative of a clean conveyor, and a controller that compares the optical data indicative of the amount of soil on the conveyor to the reference data and determines whether the conveyor requires cleaning based on the comparison.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2012
    Assignee: Ecolab USA Inc.
    Inventors: Paul R. Kraus, Stefan Seemeyer
  • Publication number: 20120067699
    Abstract: A conveyor device (10) for conveying a material (M) through a treatment station (101) where the material (M) is subjected to a laser treatment (12) capable of leaving contamination residues on the conveyor (10). The conveyor (10) outlines a closed loop trajectory passing through, after removing the treated material (M), two brushing stations (103, 106) where the surface of the conveyor (10) is subjected to brushing with a washing station (104) interposed where the conveyor (10) is subjected to washing through the projection (1040, W) of washing liquid.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 15, 2010
    Publication date: March 22, 2012
    Applicant: FAMECCANICA.DATA S.P.A.
    Inventors: Paolo Pasqualoni, Serafino Lupinetti
  • Patent number: 8088226
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for transporting a product within a diffuser during a continuous lixiviation process. The apparatus comprises at least one screen deck for the continuous lixiviation process and at least one longitudinal transport zone, the longitudinal transport zone extending between an inlet and outlet of the diffuser. The transport zone may include a plurality of transport zones. A drive means is arranged to move the longitudinal transport zone at a first speed towards the outlet end of the diffuser and to retract the longitudinal transport zone at a second speed which is substantially faster than the first speed towards the inlet end of the diffuser, so that the transport zone drive the product towards the outlet of the diffuser.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2006
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2012
    Assignee: Bosch Projects (Pty) Ltd
    Inventors: Michael John Gibbon, William Howard Yeo
  • Patent number: 7954626
    Abstract: The invention relates to a belt conveyor (1) having a conveyor roller (5) and such a conveyor roller (5) comprising a drum shell (54), a fluid connection (55), and at least one first fastening element (52) for fastening the conveyor roller (5) in a conveyor frame (3), wherein the drum shell (54) has an exterior pipe (541), which is rotatably supported about the first fastening element (52), wherein the exterior pipe (541) has a plurality of fluid outlet orifices (545) on the circumferential surface (543) thereof, and wherein the fluid connection (55) is in communication with the fluid outlet orifices (545).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2011
    Assignee: Interroll Holding AG
    Inventor: Udo Eigenfeld
  • Publication number: 20110107930
    Abstract: The invention relates to a sheet (30) conveying device (D1, D2) comprising a transport roll (56, 58) for conveying a flat substrate (18, 30), said transport roll having a transport surface (82, 102) which comes into contact with the flat substrate and has a plurality of recesses (84, 104), and a vacuum device (64) for creating a depression in the plurality of recesses. The device also comprises a device (120) for cleaning the transport surface (82, 102). The invention is applicable to devices for ejecting sheets from printing presses.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 29, 2009
    Publication date: May 12, 2011
    Applicants: Goss International Montataire S.A., VITS PRINT GMBH
    Inventors: Nicolas Rousseau, Christophe Noiret, Francois Poiret, Eric Pierda, Detlef Milkereit
  • Publication number: 20110094856
    Abstract: A sprocket for engaging a modular belt having a plurality of belt modules with intercalated link ends connected by transverse pivot members to form hinges. The belt modules may have transverse ribs. The sprocket may be driven by a shaft. The sprocket may be an idler sprocket. The sprocket has a central opening for receiving the shaft. The body has a plurality of teeth disposed in pairs along a periphery of the body. The body has a first opening formed between adjacent pairs of teeth and extending toward the center of the sprocket to provide access to the hinge area, when the belt engages with the sprocket, for application of cleaning fluid.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 16, 2010
    Publication date: April 28, 2011
    Inventors: Dieter Guldenfels, Marco Lucchi
  • Publication number: 20110067978
    Abstract: One embodiment of an apparatus for cleaning a conveyor belt includes a container. The container includes a chamber adapted to store a fluid therein. Further, the chamber terminates in an opening. The apparatus may also include a fluid distributing member that may extend from the chamber and through the opening. Furthermore, the fluid distributing member may be rotatable with respect to the container. Moreover, the fluid distributing member may be capable of receiving the fluid from the chamber and distributing the fluid onto the conveyor belt spaced apart from the container to clean the conveyor belt.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 22, 2009
    Publication date: March 24, 2011
    Inventors: Geneva Carman, David Winnecour
  • Patent number: 7891066
    Abstract: A plate material vertical processing line that is capable of subjecting large-sized and thinned glass plates to scribing, venting, etc without degrading their quality, comprises a plurality of processing devices each having a modular structure; wherein each of the processing devices includes a platform; a belt conveyor that is mounted on the platform and is configured to convey a glass plate placed in a substantially upright position while supporting a lower end of the glass plate; and a fluid guide that is mounted on the platform and is configured to apply a fluid pressure to a surface of the glass plate to support the glass plate in the substantially upright position and in a non-contact state; and wherein the processing devices include a combination of at least two processing devices selected from a scribing device, a venting device, a chamfering device, a cleaning agent washing device, a water washing device, a high-pressure water spray device, and a glass plate turn device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2004
    Date of Patent: February 22, 2011
    Assignees: Kawasaki Plant Systems Kabushiki Kaisha, Corning Japan K.K.
    Inventors: Yoshiaki Aoki, Keiji Tsujita, Morimasa Kuge, Takaaki Yokoyama, Takashi Sakurai, Michio Suzuki, Masayuki Anada, Masayuki Shinkai
  • Patent number: 7854313
    Abstract: A sanitizer dispenser unit is mounted on escalator handrails, moving walkway railing or any revolving handrail. It would mount either on the in-going or out-going portion of the handrail, and would continuously sanitize the surface of the handrail with a micromist and be easily refillable by maintenance personnel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 21, 2010
    Inventor: Jonathan Gotsche
  • Patent number: 7845487
    Abstract: A tripper car adapted to transfer particulate material such as coal while maintaining a reduced level of dust proximate the area in which said tripper car moves. The tripper car continuously receives coal from a moving conveyor belt and transfers the coal from a first to a second location. At the second location, the tripper car discharges the coal to a silo that stores the coal for subsequent use by boilers. The tripper car sprays liquid, such as water, to reduce the accumulation of coal dust within a structure in which the tripper car operates as well as to wash the inner walls, ceiling and other proximate surfaces to reduce accumulation of coal dust. The spray pattern is oriented to reduce the spraying of liquid on the coal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 7, 2010
    Inventor: John S. Fischer
  • Patent number: 7837026
    Abstract: Containers (2) to be filled with liquid or powder products are processed by equipment (1) comprising at least one carousel (5) mounted on a floor-standing base frame (10) and set in rotation about a vertical axis (X) by drive components (9) housed internally of the frame (10); the carousel (5) is equipped with a number of peripheral stations (6), each accommodating a single container (2), and is positioned directly above a tank (20) with an open top (27) proportioned and contoured in such a way that washing liquids sprayed onto the carousel (5) in the course of during cleaning operations can be collected and carried away from the equipment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 23, 2010
    Assignee: Azionaria Costruzioni Macchine Automatiche A.C.M.A. S.p.A.
    Inventors: Gianpietro Zanini, Marco Baroni
  • Patent number: 7819236
    Abstract: The conveyor for bottles or containers in general comprises a conveyor belt for supporting the bottles, and a lubricant dispensing unit associated with the conveyor belt. The lubricant dispensing unit comprises a cylindrical element rotatably connected to the conveyor belt and associated with a lubricant feed member, such that the feed member transfers lubricant to the cylindrical element and this, by rotating in contact with the conveyor belt, releases the lubricant onto the conveyor belt. The lubrication process for a conveyor belt of a conveyor for bottles or containers in general consists of feeding lubricant onto a cylindrical element and rotating the cylindrical element in contact with the conveyor belt, such that the lubricant passes onto the conveyor belt.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2006
    Date of Patent: October 26, 2010
    Assignees: Sunbird Investments Limited, Dropsa S.p.A.
    Inventor: Walter Divisi
  • Publication number: 20100243410
    Abstract: A conveyor belt cleaning and sanitizing apparatus includes a hollow porous roller situated on the obscured or return loop side of the conveyor belt, out of sight of the top or conveying surface of the belt. A perforated rod, positioned within the hollow porous roller, contains a cleaning and sanitizing solution, dispensable through a series of perforations in the rod. The cleaning and sanitizing solution is evenly distributed to the porous roller and dispensed outwardly through the hollow porous roller to remove any debris and bacteria from the conveyor belt without excess solution. The cleaning and sanitizing solution can be inserted in the perforated rod using a pump from a tank reservoir. The pumping system is capable of metering the amount of fluid for application to the belt, based on usage of the belt. A tray can be situated below the hollow porous roller to contain debris and fluids removed from the conveyor belt surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 30, 2009
    Publication date: September 30, 2010
    Inventors: William S. Hall, Nathaniel A. Lowe, Mark F. Haushalter
  • Patent number: 7784476
    Abstract: A portable conveyor cleaning assembly with adjustable first and second end assemblies selectively mountable on respective sides of different width conveyors. A carriage is movable reciprocally over the conveyor to direct a cleaning fluid onto the conveyor, with the degree of reciprocal movement being adjustable to suit a particular conveyor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2005
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2010
    Inventor: Keith David Handy
  • Publication number: 20100200369
    Abstract: Method and apparatus for cleaning (6) the chip conveyor (2) of a machine tool, in which method the machining chips are transported with the chip conveyor (2) to the discharge end of the chip conveyor, where the path of movement of the chip conveyor (2) turns backwards towards the machine tool. The apparatus comprises at least a cleaner (6), which comprises pneumatically operated cleaning means (8) for removing chips from the chip conveyor (2) such that compressed air is blown onto the bottom surface of the chip conveyor (2).
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 12, 2009
    Publication date: August 12, 2010
    Applicant: CITY WORLD TRADING LTD OY
    Inventor: Esko SUUTARINEN
  • Publication number: 20100147653
    Abstract: Containers (2) to be filled with liquid or powder products are processed by equipment (1) comprising at least one carousel (5) mounted on a floor-standing base frame (10) and set in rotation about a vertical axis (X) by drive components (9) housed internally of the frame (10); the carousel (5) is equipped with a number of peripheral stations (6), each accommodating a single container (2), and is positioned directly above a tank (20) with an open top (27) proportioned and contoured in such a way that washing liquids sprayed onto the carousel (5) in the course of during cleaning operations can be collected and carried away from the equipment.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 14, 2007
    Publication date: June 17, 2010
    Inventors: Gianpietro Zanini, Marco Baroni