Conveying System Having Plural Power-driven Conveying Sections Patents (Class 198/570)
  • Patent number: 9845204
    Abstract: The low profile transfer conveyor bridges gaps between terminal ends of contiguous multi segment conveyors and provides a driven belt bridge with a length that approximately bridges the space between the flat surfaces of conveyor belt segments of the multi segment conveyors and has a low profile which minimizes any unsupported distance across which articles must cross between conveyor belt segments by providing a small continuous section of driven conveyor belt traversing a flat surface bounded on two sides by small radius edges so the transfer conveyor edges extend almost to the flat surface of the belt segments on opposite sides of the gap that it bridges. At its ends, the belt of the transfer conveyor is driven by one or more drive pulleys.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2017
    Assignee: EAGLESTONE INC.
    Inventor: Carmen Sammauro
  • Patent number: 9776813
    Abstract: A system that can be assembled at a well drilling or other site for storing bulk material such as sand includes a plurality of storage bins configured as trailers, a skid that includes a lower conveyor, a bucket elevator and a top conveyor system. At the site, the bins and the elevator are vertically oriented and stood on the skid, resulting in discharge outlets on the bins becoming positioned over the lower conveyor. The top conveyor is installed on top of the bins. In operation, the elevator lifts the material and discharges it onto the top conveyor system. The top conveyor system discharges the material into the bins for storage. The stored material is controllably discharged from the discharge outlets of the bins onto the lower conveyor from which the material is conveyed to one end of the skid for transport to a new location or directly into a blender.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2017
    Assignee: SOURCE ENERGY SERVICES CANADIAN LOGISTICS LP
    Inventor: Jim McMahon
  • Patent number: 9758317
    Abstract: The low profile transfer conveyor bridges gaps between terminal ends of contiguous multi segment conveyors and provides a driven belt bridge with a length that approximately bridges the space between the flat surfaces of conveyor belt segments of the multi segment conveyors and has a low profile which minimizes any unsupported distance across which articles must cross between conveyor belt segments by providing a small continuous section of driven conveyor belt traversing a flat surface bounded on two sides by small radius edges so the transfer conveyor edges extend almost to the flat surface of the belt segments on opposite sides of the gap that it bridges. At its ends, the belt of the transfer conveyor is driven by one or more drive pulleys.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2017
    Assignee: EAGLESTONE INC.
    Inventor: Carmen Sammauro
  • Patent number: 9540172
    Abstract: A segmented, belt-driven conveyor system for use in clean environments is described. High speed, high density, collision free throughput of work piece carriers is enabled through belt-driven conveyor segments each having co-rotating drive wheels. The drive wheels have a cylindrical profile. Predefined acceleration/deceleration profiles may be employed by a motor controller to affect optimal changes in work piece carrier speed across the respective drive segment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2017
    Assignee: MIDDLESEX GENERAL INDUSTRIES, INC.
    Inventor: George W. Horn
  • Patent number: 9443372
    Abstract: A vending arrangement for computerized vending machines, retail displays, automated retail stores, utilizes a centralized, robotic gantry associated with companion modules for vending selectable products. The modularized design enables deployment of half-sized or full-sized machines. The robotic gantry is deployed in a centralized module disposed adjacent display and inventory modules. The inventory modules can be fitted to both gantry sides, and doors can be fitted to the gantry front or rear. The gantry comprises an internal, vertically displaceable elevator utilizing a central conveyor for laterally, horizontally moving selected items from associated display and inventory positions to a vending position. The inventory modules comprise dispensing modules adjustably configurable to adjust the storage density of items to be vended.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2016
    Assignee: UTIQUE, INC.
    Inventors: Darrell Scott Mockus, Mara Clair Segal
  • Patent number: 9327915
    Abstract: The low profile transfer conveyor bridges gaps between terminal ends of contiguous multi segment conveyors and provides a driven belt bridge with a length that approximately bridges the space between conveyor belt segments of the multi segment conveyors and has a low profile which minimizes any unsupported distance across which articles must cross between conveyor belt segments by providing a small continuous section of driven conveyor belt traversing a surface bounded on two sides by small radius edges so the horizontal length of the transfer conveyor extends almost to the horizontal surface of the belt segments on opposite sides of the gap that it bridges. At its ends, the transfer conveyor is stretched between a pair of pulleys having a larger diameter than the small diameter edges of the transfer conveyor which are adjacent the beginning of the curvilinear portion of the conveyor belt segment as defined by its terminal roller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2016
    Assignee: EAGLESTONE INC.
    Inventor: Carmen Sammauro
  • Publication number: 20150122614
    Abstract: A sample tube transport system that includes a track adapted to provide a path for one or more carriers between a plurality of modules. The system includes at least one upper conveyor system having an upper belt configured to wrap around a first upper pulley and a second upper pulley, and a plurality of upper magnets affixed to the upper belt to move the one or more carriers along the track adjacent the upper belt. The at least one lower conveyor system includes a lower belt spaced vertically below the upper belt and configured to wrap around the first lower pulley and the second lower pulley, and a plurality of lower magnets affixed to the lower belt. Each of the plurality of lower magnets are positioned to attract and move the one or more carriers along the track adjacent the lower belt.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 7, 2013
    Publication date: May 7, 2015
    Applicant: Siemens Healthcare Diagnostics Inc.
    Inventor: Nicolae Dumitrescu
  • Publication number: 20150107962
    Abstract: The invention relates to a conveyor including a frame having a supporting grille mounted therein, and a clamping mechanism which can move longitudinally with respect to the supporting grille and which includes longitudinal clamps where the clamps have a pair of delivery clamps; the push device is a push carriage connected to the actuation means by means of a linear push system including at least one linear push element having a driving element connected to the actuation means and arranged in an area upstream of the inlet area of the mold conveyor and a longitudinal push bar extending linearly below the supporting grille; and the push carriage is guided horizontally to perform a horizontal forward and backward movement.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 23, 2013
    Publication date: April 23, 2015
    Inventors: César Marco Serrano, Francisco Javier Calvo Poza
  • Patent number: 8828323
    Abstract: A process for producing water-absorbing polymer particles, wherein a polymer gel is removed from a polymerization reactor, stored intermediately as a particulate polymer gel in a delay vessel, removed by means of a first conveying device at the lower end of the delay vessel and dried, the intermediately stored particulate polymer gel being conveyed within the delay vessel by means of at least one second conveying device above the first conveying device in the direction of the first conveying device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2014
    Assignee: BASF SE
    Inventors: Matthias Weismantel, Rüdiger Funk, Ann Becker, Leo Van Miert
  • Publication number: 20140238825
    Abstract: A gripper arm for a gripping device for grasping, holding and guiding containers, comprises at least one rotatably mounted control cam, the control cam designed and disposed such that the gripper arm can be moved from at least one first position into at least one second position and/or vice versa, wherein the gripper arm comprises at least one bore hole for at least partially receiving a bearing pin, wherein the bearing pin is designed such that the gripper arm can pivot in the gripping device, and wherein the gripper arm further comprises at least one seating for a closing means configured such that it can move the gripper arm from the second position into the first position and/or vice versa, and wherein the gripper arm comprises at least one gripping section at least partially of fork-like form. A gripping device, a transport mechanism and a transport system is also provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 21, 2014
    Publication date: August 28, 2014
    Applicant: Tyrolon-Schulnig GmbH
    Inventor: Elmar Ludwig Schulnig
  • Publication number: 20140151191
    Abstract: In a first embodiment, a system includes a first solids feeder having a first inlet and a first outlet, a second solids feeder having a second inlet and a second outlet, and an adjustable volume coupled to the first outlet and the second inlet. The first solids feeder is configured to supply a feedstock at a first feed rate and the second solids feeder is configured to supply the feedstock at a second feed rate. The adjustable volume is configured to adjust based at least in part on first feed rate and the second feed rate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 4, 2012
    Publication date: June 5, 2014
    Applicant: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
    Inventors: John Saunders Stevenson, Anthony Holmes Furman, Steven Craig Russell
  • Patent number: 8684165
    Abstract: The present device is a collator and an infeed conveyor wherein the collator receives product from the infeed conveyor at an infeed point of the infeed conveyor. The product includes a flat side and an edge side and the collator and infeed conveyor are adapted to select between delivery of the product to the collator at an on flat load position and delivery of the product to the collator at an on edge load position. Preferably the collator includes an adjustment mechanism for urging the collator between a left position and a right position and the conveyor includes an height adjustment mechanism for urging the conveyor between a raised position and a lowered position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 1, 2014
    Inventors: Chris Follows, Kevin Crosby
  • Publication number: 20140076689
    Abstract: An automatic parcel sorting apparatus and a sorting method thereof that use a 4-way crossed belt instead of a unidirectional or bidirectional crossed belt which is generally used in an automatic parcel sorting apparatus such as an automatic parcel sorting machine.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 3, 2013
    Publication date: March 20, 2014
    Applicant: Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute
    Inventors: Young Won KIM, Dong Gil NA
  • Publication number: 20140041989
    Abstract: A material handling system and more particularly to a narrow belts conveyor system including a sorter that allows articles or loads to change from one conveyor segment to an adjacent segment.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 13, 2013
    Publication date: February 13, 2014
    Inventor: Matthew Earl Wallace
  • Publication number: 20130327614
    Abstract: Conveyors are disclosed herein. An embodiment of a conveyor includes a belt having at least one cam follower connected thereto. The conveyor also has a drum having a first end and a second end. An exterior surface extends between the first end and the second end. At least one cam is located in the exterior surface, the cam spirals between the first end and the second end. The cam follower is receivable in the cam.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 8, 2012
    Publication date: December 12, 2013
    Inventor: Darrell Keith Knigge
  • Patent number: 8521353
    Abstract: A system and a method for monitoring the performance of a subsystem of a forest machine. The method comprises the steps of: collecting data relating to the function of said subsystem or the performing of said function; determining one or more characteristic values to describe the performance continually according to data; and monitoring the variation of said one or more characteristic values in time, wherein, for example, the variation of said one or more characteristic values in time is displayed in the form of a graphic presentation to the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2013
    Assignee: John Deere Forestry Oy
    Inventors: Arto Reltomaa, Aki Putkonen, Kari Lehmusvaara, Timo Käppi
  • Publication number: 20130206548
    Abstract: A conveyor system for an open pit mine may include one or more conveyor lines. The conveyor lines are used to transport material from one location in the mine to another location. The material transported may be a waste material, such as overburden material, or coal. The conveyor lines may move from a first end of the pit to a distal second end. When the conveyor lines reach the second end, they may reverse direction and return towards the first end. During this reversal in direction of travel, equipment may be selectively swapped between the conveyor lines. The conveyor lines may include at least one mobile bridge conveyor. Each mobile bridge conveyor may support one or more conveyors that transport the material.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 7, 2013
    Publication date: August 15, 2013
    Applicant: THYSSENKRUPP ROBINS, INC.
    Inventor: ThyssenKrupp Robins, Inc.
  • Patent number: 8459625
    Abstract: A vehicle body clamping device including a clamping linkage unit adapted for mounting to a conveyor carrier at a location beneath a vehicle body while said vehicle body is carried on a conveyor carrier. A clamping actuation assembly is located below the conveyor carriers and along their path of travel, and includes a pair of actuator units for operating the clamping linkage. Activation of a first actuator unit cause the clamping linkage to place a clamping bar thereof in an unclamped position, such that a vehicle body can be loaded to or removed from the conveyor carrier. Activation of the second actuator unit cause the clamping linkage to place the clamping bar in a clamped position, such that a vehicle body is securely clamped to the conveyor carrier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2013
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Chris Hall
  • Publication number: 20130043106
    Abstract: There is provided a paper sheet conveying device of the present invention has: at least three or more conveying paths that are for conveying paper sheets and at each of which at least a partial segment is formed in an arc shape; and at least one or more switching portions for switching the conveying path that conveys the paper sheets, wherein the plural conveying paths are disposed such that two connection positions of each of the arc-shaped segments are connected to the connection position of the arc-shaped segment of a respectively different one of the conveying paths such that outer sides of arcs face one another, and the switching portion switches the conveying path that conveys the paper sheets, at a place of connection of the plural conveying paths.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 18, 2012
    Publication date: February 21, 2013
    Applicant: Oki Electric Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yuta IIZUKA, Jumpei Nagao
  • Publication number: 20120298483
    Abstract: The invention relates to a drive apparatus having a coaxial shaft arrangement which includes a plurality of drive shafts which are arranged coaxially to one another at least regionally and whose respective axes of rotation lie on a common rotational drive axis; and an electric drive motor which includes a rotor arrangement which includes a plurality of rotors arranged coaxially to one another at least regionally and/or behind one another, with the axis of rotation of each rotor lying on the common rotational drive axis and forming one of the drive shafts or being connected to one of the drive shafts, wherein the drive motor is controllable such that the rotors can be driven independently of one another.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 22, 2012
    Publication date: November 29, 2012
    Applicant: WEBER MASCHINENBAU GMBH BREIDENBACH
    Inventor: Günther Weber
  • Publication number: 20120199444
    Abstract: A carrying belt conveyor for conveying material which includes a rail system having at least one floor-based carrying rail. There is at least one transport car which may be moved in a transport direction on the carrying rail and which includes a travel mechanism having a travel unit which leads in the transport direction and a travel unit which follows in the transport direction, the travel units are connected by a frame structure and are each guided by the carrying rail. The transport car also includes a carrying device for material to be conveyed. The frame structure of the travel mechanism forms the carrying device and is in turn constructed as a conveyor device by means of which material to be conveyed is moved relative to the travel mechanism of the transport car at an angle to the transport direction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 7, 2012
    Publication date: August 9, 2012
    Inventors: Klaus Gawelczyk, Martin Waeder
  • Publication number: 20120175226
    Abstract: A device for continuously transporting a dough strand, comprising a conveyor element having a support surface for the dough strand displaceable in the direction of transport, wherein the conveyor element is pivotable substantially transversally to the direction of transport about a swivelling axis disposed on the downstream end region thereof.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 5, 2010
    Publication date: July 12, 2012
    Applicant: KÖNIG MASCHINEN GESELLSCHAFT M.B.H.
    Inventor: Klaus Gasser
  • Publication number: 20120097501
    Abstract: A matrix conveying system for intended use in sorting articles and related methods of conveying and sorting articles are disclosed. In one embodiment, the matrix system comprises a plurality of first endless belt or chain conveyors extending in a first direction and a plurality of second conveyors extending in a second direction, each intersecting the plurality of first conveyors. The system may be used to sort articles delivered from one or more storage locations for distribution, or may instead be used to sort articles for delivery to one or more storage locations. In another embodiment, the system comprises a plurality of conveyors arranged in three different layers.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 18, 2011
    Publication date: April 26, 2012
    Inventor: James L. Layne
  • Patent number: 8105535
    Abstract: The present invention is to present a pipette tip supplier which is capable of convey the pipette tip smoothly. The pipette tip supplier 30 comprises: container 31 for containing pipette tips 3; separator 36 for separating pipette tips one by one; transporting section 37 for transporting pipette tips separated by the separator 36, one by one, to a first position via a second position and for dropping the transported pipette tips from the first position, the pipette tips transported by the transporting section 37 comprising a preceding pipette tip and a following pipette tip transported after the preceding pipette tip; detector 40e for detecting the following pipette tip at the second position before the following pipette tip arrives at the first position; and controller 2a for controlling the transporting section 37 so as to suspend transporting operation when the detector 40e detects the following pipette tip at the second position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2012
    Assignee: Sysmex Corporation
    Inventors: Takeo Kowari, Takayoshi Izumi
  • Publication number: 20110272248
    Abstract: An apparatus and method of transporting food products to a loading station having a cooling conveyor that selectively drops food product into a distributor. The distributor separates product into at least two lanes and drops product onto a conveyor. A balancing and diverting conveyor monitors and counts product in each lane and diverts product selectively based upon the sensed product. An orienter transfers product from a loading conveyor to a buffer conveyor. The buffer conveyor transfers product to a main conveyor which transfers product to a loading head.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 19, 2011
    Publication date: November 10, 2011
    Inventors: David W. Alexander, Kevin J. Hansen, Colin R. Hart, Joshua W. Higgins
  • Publication number: 20110203231
    Abstract: A goods-to-person picking station and method of picking goods from a product container and placing the goods in at least one order container includes a product container-handling mechanism and at least one order container-handling mechanism juxtaposed with the product container-handling mechanism. The product container-handling mechanism supplies a product container to a pick area. The at least one order container-handling mechanism supplies at least one order container to the pick area. In this manner, an operator can pick goods from a product container at the pick area and place the goods selectively to the at least one order container at the pick area. The product container-handling mechanism includes a product container elevator assembly and a product container extractor assembly. The elevator assembly elevates a product container from the feed area to the pick area. The extractor assembly transfers a product container from the pick area.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 18, 2011
    Publication date: August 25, 2011
    Applicant: Dematic Corp.
    Inventors: Philipp J. Hortig, Matthew A. Steenwyk, Aaron J. Hayden, Raffaele Destro, Beat Losenegger
  • Publication number: 20110144800
    Abstract: A modular conveyor system is disclosed in which components of each conveyor module is designed for wireless mesh communication. The communications may be within a module or between modules. Certain of the components may be powered by battery, such that the components may be completely wireless. The network may be entirely self-configuring such that the modules may be assembled and the network established in a straightforward manner.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 24, 2011
    Publication date: June 16, 2011
    Applicant: Rockwell Automation Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: David Dale Brandt, Wayne H. Wielebski
  • Publication number: 20110139581
    Abstract: In a conveyor (1) including an elastic conveying member (4), which is looped around at least a first rotation shaft (2) and a second rotation shaft (3), and rotates endlessly through drive of the first rotation shaft, the conveying device further includes: transmitting means (5) for transmitting the drive of the first rotation shaft (2) to the second rotation shaft (3) so that the first rotation shaft (2) and the second rotation shaft (3) are synchronized with each other. Provide are a conveyor and a conveying device which are capable of allowing a movement amount of the first rotation shaft and a movement amount of the conveyance object to be accurately followed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 12, 2008
    Publication date: June 16, 2011
    Inventors: Kazuhisa Umezawa, Takao Arai, Kazuhiro Sei
  • Publication number: 20110123231
    Abstract: A powder carrying apparatus includes: a drive gear to which the drive is carried from a drive source; a rolling gear capable of rotating around a rolling shaft; a first middle transmission system having at least one or more gears; a first powder carrying member to which the rotation is carried from the first middle transmission system to carry the powder; a first regulating gear capable of rotating around a first regulation shaft; a second middle transmission system having at least one or more gears including a second middle gear engaged with the rolling gear; a second powder carrying member to which the rotation is carried from the second middle transmission system to carry the powder; and a second regulating gear capable of rotating around a second regulation shaft.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 17, 2010
    Publication date: May 26, 2011
    Applicant: FUJI XEROX CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Hideaki OZAWA, Yoshiyuki TAKASHIMA
  • Publication number: 20110083940
    Abstract: A shuttle machine for transporting work pieces for a sealing press or other machine tool is disclosed. It has two conveyers for transporting work pieces. The two conveyers are supported by a frame to move back and forth in opposite directions. When the two conveyers are in a first position, a second section of the first conveyer and a first section of the second conveyer are located near the tool, while the first second of the first conveyer and the second section of the section conveyer are accessible to first and second operators, respectively. Both operators can unload and reload work pieces simultaneously while the tool operates on the already loaded work pieces. When the conveyers are moved to a second position, the sections previously operated on are accessible for unloading and reloading, and the sections just loaded are operated on. A related operating method is also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 16, 2010
    Publication date: April 14, 2011
    Inventor: Joseph Nazari
  • Publication number: 20110083943
    Abstract: A conveyor cargo handling system for the synchronized, computerized loading and unloading of cargo containers from a vessel is comprised of at least two conveyor lines. Individually powered conveyor units, idler conveyor units, translate powered conveyor modules (“TPCM”), and rotate powered conveyor modules (“RPCM”), are remotely computer coordinated to operate in concert to safely and efficiently control traffic flow on the container terminal. The system eliminates much of the ground transportation conventionally utilized to move cargo containers to their storage destination.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 24, 2010
    Publication date: April 14, 2011
    Inventors: Dianren Zhang, Brian Hamill
  • Publication number: 20100170769
    Abstract: Provided is a moving machine including: a moving belt forming a first endless track by connecting both ends of a tube having a second endless track; a first drive module coupled to both inner sides of the first endless track to rotate the first endless track and the second endless track; a frame coupled to the first drive module to provide a predetermined tension to the first endless track; and a controller for controlling the first drive module.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 30, 2007
    Publication date: July 8, 2010
    Inventor: Dong Geun Jung
  • Publication number: 20100028121
    Abstract: A system for arranging and/or storing objects, for instance for the purpose of forming stacking patterns, comprising: —at least two object group conveyors (10) which are configured for holding objects (P) in at least two respective object groups, while each object group conveyor (10) is drivable, in particular for moving an object group held by this conveyor (10); and—at least a first drive (20) for driving the at least two object group conveyors; wherein the first drive (2) can be brought in at least a first and second position for driving only the first or second object group conveyor (10), respectively.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 1, 2006
    Publication date: February 4, 2010
    Inventors: Robert Lalesse, Robert Gerhard Elmar Vorwerk, Theodorus Robertus Maria Willemse
  • Publication number: 20090277752
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for moving objects, such as pallets, between an upper horizontal conveyor and a lower horizontal conveyor. A lift raises the pallet from a lower conveyor, and a clamp disposed above the lift with inwardly and outwardly pivotable arms, having inwardly facing fingers at the ends of the arms, clamps the pallet and raises it up to be substantially coincident with the upper conveyor's pallet-supporting surface. A pusher displaces the pallet from the fingers to the upper conveyor. The apparatus can also be operated in reverse to lower pallets from an upper conveyor to a lower conveyor if a fastener, such as electromagnets, is mounted to the end of the pusher.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 9, 2008
    Publication date: November 12, 2009
    Applicant: THE SCHNIPKE FAMILY LLC
    Inventor: Brian T. Doepker
  • Publication number: 20090223878
    Abstract: Method and system for batching of supplied objects in batches in such a manner that a batch fulfils predefined criteria as regards the number of objects, weight, orientation and/or type(s) of objects, wherein the weight of each object is determined the objects are transported by means for object transport, a selective transferral of the objects from said means for object transport to batching means is performed by means of a plurality of handlings means of the robot type in as a group or batch of objects is produced in consideration of said predefined criteria, and wherein said group or batch of objects is transported further on by means of means for batch transportation. Preferably, said means for batch transportation may comprise a plurality of conveyor means.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 12, 2005
    Publication date: September 10, 2009
    Applicant: SCANVAEGT INTERNATIONAL A/S
    Inventors: Henrik Grundtvig, Mikael Krogh, Henrik F. Skyum, Ulrich Carlin Nielsen
  • Patent number: 7513357
    Abstract: A work module for connection to a main conveyor line in a conveyor system, in which the work module comprises a first transverse conveyor line, a longitudinal conveyor line and a second transverse conveyor line. The first transverse conveyor line is arranged to transport goods delivered from the main conveyor line to a longitudinal conveyor line in the module. The second transverse conveyor line is arranged to transport goods delivered from the longitudinal conveyor line to the main conveyor line. Further, each of the first transverse, longitudinal and second transverse conveyor lines in the work module comprises an outer conveyor line and an inner conveyor line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2002
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2009
    Assignee: FlexLink Components AB
    Inventors: Göran Abbestam, Tommy Karlsson
  • Publication number: 20090057100
    Abstract: Disclosed is a method and a cross belt sorter for transporting and sorting piece goods, having a plurality of carriages either coupled on a continuous conveyor track to form a train or moved individually, where piece goods are transported in a resting position and loaded and/or unloaded at fixed loading and/or unloading locations, a cross belt which circulates continuously around a plurality of deflection rollers and is driven transversely with respect to the direction of transportation of the carriages, wherein the cross belt drives the carriages, where a deflection roller of the cross belt corresponding to a drive whose drive force is derived from the longitudinal movement of the cross belt sorter, and a shiftable transmission arranged between the drive of the cross belt and the deflection roller, where a drive shaft of the transmission is continuously engaged with the drive and the transmission connecting the deflection roller to the drive is engageable and disengageable.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 28, 2008
    Publication date: March 5, 2009
    Inventor: Andreas Syndikus
  • Publication number: 20090028615
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus is provided with an image bearing member for bearing a toner image in conformity with specified image information, a transfer belt mounted on a plurality of rollers for transferring the toner image on the image bearing member to the outer surface thereof or a recording sheet placed on the outer surface thereof, a bending roller whose outer circumferential surface presses the outer surface of the transfer belt to bend the belt inwardly, a torque limiter having a specified cutoff torque and mounted on a rotary shaft of the bending roller, a drive motor for giving a driving force to the bending roller via the torque limiter, and a drive controller for driving the drive motor such that the circumferential speed of the bending roller is faster than the rotating speed of the transfer belt.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 21, 2008
    Publication date: January 29, 2009
    Applicant: KYOCERA MITA CORPORATION
    Inventors: Mutsumi Inoue, Nobuhiro Nishioka
  • Publication number: 20080304053
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for inspecting objects for an inspection criteria thereon includes a conveyor to receive a plurality of objects, a removal assembly located along the conveyor for removing the objects, and an inspection system located along the conveyor prior to the removal assembly for inspecting the objects against a predetermined inspection criteria to determine to reject or pass the inspected objects and to actuate the removal assembly to remove the inspected objects from the conveyor that are passed and to leave the inspected objects that are rejected on the conveyor to subsequently exit the conveyor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 5, 2007
    Publication date: December 11, 2008
    Inventors: Gerald F. Snow, James Patrick DeFillipi
  • Publication number: 20080283363
    Abstract: The invention relates to a system for feeding pouches and spouts to an apparatus for processing same. A system in accordance with an embodiment of the invention can feed pouches and spouts to a rotary machine simultaneously. More specifically, the system can provide a transferring assembly for grasping a single spout and pouch simultaneously from a spout supply and a pouch supply, respectively, then relinquishing the spout and pouch simultaneously to the rotary machine.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 17, 2004
    Publication date: November 20, 2008
    Inventor: Filippo Furlotti
  • Patent number: 7431144
    Abstract: A temporary storage system (1) of belt type for lightweight hollow bodies (C), said system being particularly suitable for use with empty plastic containers (C) and of the type comprising a storage buffer vessel (2) provided with a feed entry opening (3) in its upper part and a discharge exit (4) in its lower part, said exit (4) being situated above conveyor means (5) for removal from the buffer vessel (2), said system comprising at least one movable storage belt (6a, 6b, 6c) positioned substantially horizontally in the interior of said buffer vessel (2), said storage belt (6a, 6b, 6c) being arranged to receive a falling plurality of desired volumes (D) of said hollow bodies (C), while advancing during the fall of said hollow bodies (C) by a distance sufficient to maintain said volumes (D) separate, said volumes (D) being made to advance towards the discharge exit (4) and allowed to fall onto the removal conveyor means (5) when said stored hollow bodies (C) are required to be withdrawn.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2004
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2008
    Assignee: Zeccheiti S.R.L.
    Inventor: Mauro Giovanelli
  • Patent number: 7197810
    Abstract: In a transport system for flow line production, especially in the car manufacturing industry, workpieces are movable along at least two first guides between working stations in transportation direction. At least one working station is configured as a screwing and/or assembling means which particularly comprises a plurality of working tools. To improve such a transport system in a way that with little constructional efforts and at reduced costs the assignment of working station and workpiece to be worked thereby is simplified and made possible in an accurate and reproducible manner, the screwing and/or assembling means is integrated into the transport system and is movable at least over a working path in parallel with the first guides in the transport system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2002
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2007
    Assignee: Cooper Power Tools GmbH + Co.
    Inventors: Werner A. Lutz, Klaus Wohlfarth
  • Patent number: 7119295
    Abstract: The invention refers to a hanging control device connected to a unit to be managed, specifically control switches or hanging control panels in order to control hoisting gear, by means of a control line, whereby the control line contains electrical lines (2) to transmit control signals and strain relief, which is supported at the top of the unit to absorb weight and traction forces. In order to create a hanging control device for which the length of the control line can be easily changed, we suggest that strain relief be created by means of hose (6), which can be folded flat and has the design of a type of textile hose, and that electrical lines (2) run through the inside of the hose.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2003
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2006
    Assignee: Demag Cranes & Components GmbH
    Inventors: Michael Röhr, Anton Münzebrock, Wolfgang Krebs, Giuliano Persico, Rüdiger Ostholt
  • Patent number: 6994206
    Abstract: An apparatus for advancing cut products from a saw to a wrapper includes a plurality of product supports for supporting multiple rows of cut products. A first or buffer portion of the apparatus includes an entry portion of the product supports and includes a first conveyor and a pair of flight bars mounted on the first conveyor. A second or pusher portion of the apparatus includes an exit portion of the product supports and includes a second conveyor for each of the product supports and a pair of pushers mounted on each of the second conveyors. A first drive motor advances the first conveyor and the flight bars thereon for pushing cut products on the product supports from the entry portion toward the second conveyors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2004
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2006
    Assignee: Paper Converting Machine Company
    Inventors: Brian C. Adamski, Matthew A. Schmitz, Lawrence D. Mikulsky
  • Patent number: 6725891
    Abstract: Machine for profile working of front surfaces on oblong wood workpieces resolves the problem of simple, accurate and fluent or continued working of workpieces front surfaces of various lengths and intersections, and the machine is of a compact construction. It is characteristic by the construction of the entrance turnover device transversely placed between longitudinal conveyors with carriers, which has on the periphery of rotating wheels constructed movable bearing couplings, and by them fixed guiding plates with the groove inside which there are movably inserted guided bearings of bearing couplings. In the area of the entrance turnover device there are placed under an optional angle the oblique roller conveyors, inside which there are flexibly and circularly movably inserted rolls.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2002
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2004
    Inventors: Pavel Ledinek, Gregor Ledinek
  • Patent number: 6612425
    Abstract: A conveyor system which has a continuous path conveyor is to be used for transporting and accumulating excessive loads. The conveyor may be formed of a continuous loop of chain elements. The conveyor path consists of two or more product carrying sections and corresponding offset return path sections. A product carrying section of the conveyor wraps around power driven sprockets where it is fed into and becomes a return path section. From there the path is guided over and aligned with free turning tail sprockets, where it is returned as a product carrying section. This section is then fed onto second drive sprockets, powered by another power means, where it again becomes a return path section, guided over tail sprockets and returned as a product carrying section. In this manner, the load of the conveyor chain is relieved at each drive sprocket assembly, thereby increasing the available working distance of the system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2002
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2003
    Assignee: Garvey Corporation
    Inventor: Mark C. Garvey
  • Patent number: 6595349
    Abstract: A mechanism for diverting articles from a first conveying path to a second conveying path comprises a drive chain arrangement comprising chain loops having projecting members over part of their periphery, so that as loops rotate an article is raised by the projecting members and conveyed in the direction of the second path. The projecting members comprise rollers arranged between two chains. The rollers may be arranged to roll on respective guide rails so that an article is conveyed into the second conveying path in an accelerated manner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2001
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2003
    Assignee: Hazmac (Handling) Limited
    Inventor: John MacSwan
  • Publication number: 20030079966
    Abstract: The article conveyor module has a drive system comprising a support plate on which there are mounted a synchronization pulley and a drive belt engaging said synchronization pulley. The synchronization pulley is for coupling to the drive belt of another conveyor module for the purpose of synchronizing the two conveyor modules. In this conveyor module drive system, the synchronization pulley is mounted outside the drive belt. The drive belt of the other conveyor module can also engage the synchronization pulley while remaining on the outside thereof. With this configuration, synchronizing two conveyor modules does not require an intermediate synchronization belt to be installed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 8, 2002
    Publication date: May 1, 2003
    Applicant: SOLYSTIC
    Inventors: Laurent Pellegrin, Jean Rieu
  • Publication number: 20030042114
    Abstract: In a conveyance system comprising a movable body supported and guided by a rail device and movable in a fixed path, a feeder line laid along the fixed path, a power receiving means opposed to the feeder line and installed in the movable body, thereby effecting the feeding of power to the movable body by a noncontact power feeding system, main path feeder lines and branching feeder lines are installed overlapping each other on both sides in a branching/joining portion or the like, with the result that the entire arrangement becomes complicated and expensive. In the main path portion of a fixed path, a feeder line is laid along the main path portion, a power receiving means opposed to the feeder line is installed in the movable body to effect the feeding of power to the movable body by a noncontact power feeding system, while in an auxiliary path portion having no feeder line, the feeding of power is effected by a power storing means mounted on the movable body.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 27, 2002
    Publication date: March 6, 2003
    Applicant: Daifuku Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Yukio Iizuka
  • Patent number: 6513804
    Abstract: This connecting module, inserted between a printer and an enveloping machine, comprises a first zone for receiving documents, a second zone for receiving documents, a sheet outlet zone and an envelope outlet zone, first conveying means connecting the first receiving zone to the sheet outlet zone, second conveying means connecting the first receiving zone to the envelope outlet zone, and third conveying means connecting the second receiving zone to the envelope outlet zone, controllable routing means being located on a common inlet section of the first and second conveying means so as to select the path according to the type of document arriving in the receiving zone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2001
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2003
    Assignee: Seacap
    Inventors: Hervé Baumann, Patrick Fournier, Gilles Nauche