Plural Rotating Sections Patents (Class 198/608)
  • Patent number: 10376948
    Abstract: An apparatus to feed bars is disclosed that comprises a feed device suitable to support a plurality of bars and to make them available to a transfer device. The transfer device is configured to transfer the bars, received from the feed device, toward a delivery zone, and comprises at least one gripping and holding element, configured to take at least one bar from the feed device and to transfer it, by means of rotation around an axis of rotation, toward the delivery zone. The axis of rotation is located, during use, substantially parallel to the longitudinal development of the bars.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: M.E.P. Macchine Elettroniche Piegatrici S.p.A.
    Inventor: Giorgio Del Fabro
  • Patent number: 9938189
    Abstract: The invention provides novel pervious composite materials that possess excellent physical and performance characteristics of conventional pervious concretes, and methods of production and uses thereof. These composite materials can be readily produced from widely available, low cost raw materials by a process suitable for large-scale production with improved energy consumption, desirable carbon footprint and minimal environmental impact.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Assignee: Solidia Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: John Kuppler, Devin Patten, Deepak Ravikumar, Omkar Deo, Vahit Atakan
  • Patent number: 9908705
    Abstract: A roller brush bed and drive system includes a motor, a motor drive shaft mechanically coupled to the motor, the motor drive shaft extending orthogonal to the roller brush, at least one gearbox mechanically coupled to the motor drive shaft, the at least one gearbox configured to mechanically couple to the roller brush and transmit torque from the motor drive shaft to the roller brush.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Assignee: FRUIT GROWERS SUPPLY COMPANY
    Inventor: David Michael Sorenson
  • Patent number: 9899635
    Abstract: A system for depositing one or more layers, particularly layers including organic materials therein, is described. The system includes a load lock chamber for loading a substrate to be processed, a transfer chamber for transporting the substrate, a vacuum swing module provided between the load lock chamber and the transfer chamber, at least one deposition apparatus for depositing material in a vacuum chamber of the at least one deposition chamber, wherein the at least one deposition apparatus is connected to the transfer chamber; a further load lock chamber for unloading the substrate that has been processed, a further transfer chamber for transporting the substrate, a further vacuum swing module provided between the further load lock chamber and the further transfer chamber, and a carrier return track from the further vacuum swing module to the vacuum swing module, wherein the carrier return track is configured to transport the carrier under vacuum conditions and/or under a controlled inert atmosphere.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2018
    Assignee: Applied Materials, Inc.
    Inventors: Stefan Bangert, Uwe Schüβler, Jose Manuel Dieguez-Campo, Dieter Haas
  • Patent number: 9033132
    Abstract: A transfer device comprising a mandrel wheel; and a transfer wheel, respectively driven to rotate about rotation axes that are parallel to one another and which respectively include supports in their peripheries for objects to be imprinted or processed otherwise, wherein a distance of the supports at the mandrel wheel from a rotation axis of the mandrel wheel is variable between a minimum distance and a maximum distance, and the mandrel wheel and the transfer wheel are arranged adjacent to one another so that objects are transferrable from a transport device through the transfer wheel to a respective support at the mandrel wheel or vice versa from the mandrel wheel through the transfer wheel to a transport device, wherein the supports are respectively attached to the transfer wheel through a transfer pivot arm so that they are pivotable about a pivot axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2015
    Assignee: MALL + HERLAN GMBH
    Inventor: Claude Goeb
  • Patent number: 9027733
    Abstract: An infeed apparatus for the manufacture of containers such as can bodies, comprises a series of 3 or more infeed turrets (22, 30). The infeed turrets (22, 30) take a can body as linear pitch and convert this pitch to a circular pitch. By use of the series of turrets, the can passes to a machine such as a container processing machine not only at a desired linear pitch but also at the specified processing speed. The exchange ratio between individual turrets (22, 30) in the infeed turret series is variable and no greater than 2:1.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2015
    Assignee: Crown Packaging Technology, Inc.
    Inventor: Michael Jonathan Coates
  • Publication number: 20150122615
    Abstract: A transferring device for transferring and/or receiving cans, can blanks, or other containers out of or into a transferring or respectively receiving axis (U) which extends at an angle to a transport path (T), with multiple suction elements (3), which can be moved along the transport path (T) during transfer, each of which has at least one suction opening (4), and which can be connected to a negative pressure source, in order to retain the cans, can blanks, or other containers by means of suction during transport along the transport path (T), wherein the suction elements (3) are designed and/or arranged in a movable manner between a retracted and an extended position at least along some sections of the transferring and/or receiving axis (U), characterized in that the suction elements (3) are designed and arranged so as to be reversibly deformable during the movement along the transferring and/or receiving axis (U) such that the movement of the suction openings (4) together with the suctioned cans, can blanks
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 5, 2013
    Publication date: May 7, 2015
    Applicant: MALL HERLAN MB GMBH
    Inventors: Uwe Luz, Uwe Reich
  • Publication number: 20150053533
    Abstract: A handling device for handling workpieces including a rotor mounted for rotation about a rotor axis, a rotary drive for introducing a rotary motion into the rotor and at least one workholder assembly, the workholder assembly including at least two workholders which are mounted on the rotor and designed for an at least paired picking up of workpieces at a pickup position and for an at least paired delivery of workpieces at a delivery position during the rotary motion of the rotor, and further including adjusting means which are coupled to at least one workholder of the workholder assembly and which are designed for a cyclical adjustment of a spacing of workholders of the workholder assembly as a function of the rotary motion of the rotor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 22, 2014
    Publication date: February 26, 2015
    Inventors: Steffen Osswald, Joachim Weber, Joachim Schulz, Stefan Drexler
  • Patent number: 8870513
    Abstract: A transport arrangement (100) for bi-directionally transporting substrates towards and from a load lock (5) comprises a first substrate handler (1) swivelable about a first axis (A1) and with at least two first substrate carriers (1a, 1b). A second substrate handler (20) swivelable about a second axis (A20) comprises at least four second substrate carriers (20a to 20d). First and second substrate carriers are mutually aligned respectively in one position of their respective swiveling trajectory paths as one of the first substrate carriers is aligned with one of the second substrate carriers and the other of the first substrate carriers is aligned with the load lock (5). The first substrate carriers (1a, 1b) are movable towards and from the load lock (5) once aligned there with and thereby form respectively external valves of the load lock (5).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2014
    Assignee: Oerlikon Advanced Technologies AG
    Inventors: Stephan Voser, Gerhard Dovids
  • Patent number: 8864433
    Abstract: A bin sweep comprising a first auger section configured to be movably mounted to a central support framework of a storage bin, and a second auger section operably engaged with the first auger frame such that the second auger section is moveable relative to the first section frame substantially along an axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2014
    Assignee: Sudenga Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Alan G. Hoogestraat, Lyle K. Hollander
  • Patent number: 8657101
    Abstract: There is disclosed a conveying apparatus for articles, provided with a first conveyor having an inlet section for articles to be conveyed and an outlet section for the articles, and with a second conveyor which can be selectively set in communication with a transfer section of the first conveyor; the first conveyor is selectively set in a first operative release configuration of the articles at the outlet section and in at least one second operative release configuration of the articles at its transfer section; the second conveyor is selectively set in a first operative withdrawal configuration of the articles from the first conveyor at its transfer section and at least in one second operative inhibition configuration of this withdrawal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2014
    Assignee: SIDEL S.p.A. con Socio Unico
    Inventors: Roberto Zoni, Vincenzo Galotto
  • Patent number: 8622200
    Abstract: Feeding device, for feeding bands having different lengths and bound in a direction transverse to the feeding direction, includes a driving roller and a rubber-covered pressure roller, both being activated by respective brushless motors. The feeding device is controlled by an electronic drive that allows the pressure roller to rotate at a greater speed than the driving roller, allowing the sliding of the overlapping band above the base band during feed motion, maintaining constant the required tension and eliminating the rolling up of the overlaying band in correspondence of the transversal bind with the base band.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2014
    Assignee: Prati S.R.L.
    Inventor: Pietro Prati
  • Publication number: 20130319823
    Abstract: A transport device for an agricultural utility machine is provided, having a first pipe section in which a first conveyor auger is rotatably situated and a second pipe section in which a second conveyor auger is rotatably situated, and a joint and/or plug device to connect the first pipe section to the second pipe section. A friction clutch is provided between the first and the second conveyor auger to transfer torque from the first conveyor auger to the second conveyor auger. An agricultural utility machine having such a transport device is also provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 22, 2013
    Publication date: December 5, 2013
    Applicant: Schaeffler Technologies AG & Co. KG
    Inventor: Sebastien Morel
  • Publication number: 20130255885
    Abstract: There is disclosed a series of article-handling machines, comprising: a common first rotating element rotatable about an axis; characterized in that each article-handling machine comprises a carousel for conveying a plurality of articles along a path and a first connecting element which is angularly integral with carousel and is releasably connected to first rotating element.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 10, 2010
    Publication date: October 3, 2013
    Applicant: SIDEL S.p.A. con Socio Unico
    Inventor: James Carmichael
  • Patent number: 8540243
    Abstract: The present invention is related to a pinch roller lifting mechanism. The pinch roller lifting mechanism includes drive rollers for holding and transferring a medium, the drive rollers arranged adjacent to each other along a first axis, pinch rollers for holding the medium with the drive rollers, a plate-like member extending along the first axis, wherein the plate-like member includes an opening, a support member having a first end section on which the pinch rollers are provided, a cam slidably provided on the plate-like member, the cam comprising a guide section that abuts against a second end section of the support member and engages the opening of the plate-like member, a pulley operationally connected to a drive motor for pulling the plate-like member in a first direction, and a spring that biases the plate-like member in a direction opposite to the first direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2013
    Assignee: Roland DG Corporation
    Inventors: Ippei Tanaka, Yuichi Sugiyama
  • Publication number: 20130220775
    Abstract: It is disclosed a matrix conveyor (10) comprising: a plurality of individual roller modules (28), wherein respectively one roller module (28) is arranged at each point of intersection of a regular grid-shaped structure (68), and wherein the roller modules (28) commonly define a conveying plane (30), which is substantially planar, for transporting a conveying good (72) thereon; and a superordinated control device (12) being adapted to individually control each of the individual roller modules (28) so that the conveying good (72) can be transported along a path (74), which can be planned in advance, wherein a shape of the path (74) is defined by a plurality of overlaps of at least two basic conveying directions (60, 62) of the conveying plane (30); wherein the at least two basic conveying directions (60, 62) geometrically span the conveying plane (30), and wherein each of the roller modules (64) is drivable in only one of the at least two basic conveying directions (60), wherein directly adjacent roller modules
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 4, 2013
    Publication date: August 29, 2013
    Applicant: SSI SCHÄFER NOELL GMBH LAGER-UND SYSTEMTECHNIK
    Inventor: SSI SCHÄFER NOELL GMBH LAGER-UND SYSTEMTECHNIK
  • Publication number: 20130216642
    Abstract: A transport device and a transport method for a container treatment plant as well as a blow molding machine is provided. The transport device comprises at least one transport star for transporting receptacles to or away from a treatment station of the container treatment plant, wherein the at least one transport star is arranged obliquely to the treatment station.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 6, 2013
    Publication date: August 22, 2013
    Applicant: Krones AG
    Inventors: Jochen Forsthoevel, Franz Gmeiner
  • Publication number: 20130146421
    Abstract: There is disclosed a conveying apparatus for articles, provided with a first conveyor having an inlet section for articles to be conveyed and an outlet section for the articles, and with a second conveyor which can be selectively set in communication with a transfer section of the first conveyor; the first conveyor is selectively set in a first operative release configuration of the articles at the outlet section and in at least one second operative release configuration of the articles at its transfer section; the second conveyor is selectively set in a first operative withdrawal configuration of the articles from the first conveyor at its transfer section and at least in one second operative inhibition configuration of this withdrawal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 13, 2012
    Publication date: June 13, 2013
    Applicant: SIDEL S.p.A. con Socio Unico
    Inventor: SIDEL S.p.A. con Socio Unico
  • Publication number: 20130089398
    Abstract: An agricultural device for controlled unloading of grain including an unloader conveyor including an enclosed housing having an inlet end including an opening for receiving grain, and an opposite outlet end including a discharge opening through which the grain can be discharged. An unloader conveyor element extends through the housing between the ends and operable for conveying the grain through the housing from the inlet end and discharging the grain through the discharge opening. The unloader conveyor element includes a substantially vertical unloader conveyor segment connected to a substantially horizontal unloader conveyor segment. An unloader drive selectably operates a portion of the conveyor element associated with the substantially vertical unloader conveyor segment in a disengaged mode in response to a sensed cumulative loading condition of the substantially vertical unloader conveyor segment and the substantially horizontal unloader conveyor segment exceeding a predetermined value.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 11, 2011
    Publication date: April 11, 2013
    Inventors: Herbert M. Farley, Kevin W. Ward
  • Publication number: 20130056331
    Abstract: A transfer device comprising a mandrel wheel; and a transfer wheel, respectively driven to rotate about rotation axes that are parallel to one another and which respectively include supports in their peripheries for objects to be imprinted or processed otherwise, wherein a distance of the supports at the mandrel wheel from a rotation axis of the mandrel wheel is variable between a minimum distance and a maximum distance, and the mandrel wheel and the transfer wheel are arranged adjacent to one another so that objects are transferrable from a transport device through the transfer wheel to a respective support at the mandrel wheel or vice versa from the mandrel wheel through the transfer wheel to a transport device, wherein the supports are respectively attached to the transfer wheel through a transfer pivot arm so that they are pivotable about a pivot axis.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 22, 2012
    Publication date: March 7, 2013
    Applicant: Mall & Herlan GmbH
    Inventor: Claude Goeb
  • Publication number: 20130048469
    Abstract: A conveyor assembly includes a series of rollers for conveying a product to one or more product operations. A pair of spaced apart side frames support the series of rollers spanning between said the frames. A drive system is associated with one or more rollers of the series of rollers and includes a selectively inflatable bladder, an elastomeric sleeve and a moving belt, wherein inflation of the bladder pushes the moving belt against one or more of the rollers for their rotation. A brake system is associated with one or more of the series of rollers and includes a selectively inflatable bladder and a fixed elastomeric band, wherein inflation of the bladder pushes the fixed elastomeric band against one or more of the rollers for stopping its rotation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 25, 2011
    Publication date: February 28, 2013
    Inventor: Don A. Rogers
  • Publication number: 20120269607
    Abstract: An agricultural device for unloading of grain including an unloader conveyor includes a first enclosed housing having an inlet end including an opening for receiving grain. A second enclosed housing having an opposite outlet end includes a discharge opening through which the grain can be discharged. An unloader conveyor element extends through the housing between the ends and is operable for conveying the grain through the housing from the inlet end and discharging the grain through the discharge opening. The unloader conveyor element has a first unloader conveyor segment in operative association with a second unloader conveyor segment downstream of the first unloader conveyor segment. A directional transition region is positioned between the first unloader conveyor segment and the second unloader conveyor segment. At least a portion of the second housing near the directional transition region includes a region having reduced cross-sectional area.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 22, 2012
    Publication date: October 25, 2012
    Applicant: CNH America LLC
    Inventors: Herbert M. FARLEY, Denver R. YODER
  • Patent number: 8186502
    Abstract: A belt conveyor (100) for an agricultural harvester comprises first and second conveyors that include side rails (102, 104, 120, 122) made of extrusions in which the side rails (102, 104) of the first conveyor have extruded profiles that engage extruded profiles of the side rails (120, 122) of the second conveyor (130), wherein the mating extruded profiles permit relative sliding movement between the first and second conveyors. The two mating pairs of side rails (102, 120 and 104, 122) may be driven in parallel by a common motor (706).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2012
    Assignee: Deere & Company
    Inventors: Ryan Patrick Mackin, Daniel James Burke, Bruce Alan Coers
  • Patent number: 8079462
    Abstract: An article singulating conveyor assembly and method of singulating articles includes providing a conveying surface defining a plurality of tandem zones. The conveying surface travels in a longitudinal direction. Each of the zones includes a pair of laterally spaced side frame members and a plurality of generally parallel elongated driven rollers that are supported at the side frame members. The driven rollers are adapted to provide lateral variation in the longitudinal speed of the conveying surface. Each of the zones includes at least one drive motor that is adapted to drive the driven rollers in that zone. At least one article sensor is provided that is adapted to sensing articles in the zones. The driven rollers may be divided into a plurality of segmented rollers that are separately rotatable with a separate drive motor to drive corresponding segments for a zone. The drive motors for adjacent zones may be activated in a manner that creates a longitudinal gap between longitudinally adjacent articles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 20, 2011
    Assignee: Dematic Corp.
    Inventors: Wynn M. Pelak, Matthew T. Brayman, Daniel O. Amarandei, Clinton R. Lupton
  • Publication number: 20110253508
    Abstract: This invention provides a roller assembly including a rotary member including a driving shaft portion and a convey roller portion provided with the driving shaft portion, a driving wheel including a hole portion and attached to the driving shaft portion, the driving wheel being driven to rotate, a transmission receiving portion radially extending outward from the driving shaft portion and rotated together with the driving shaft portion, a friction transmission member clamped between the transmission receiving portion and a side surface of the driving wheel and frictionally transmitting a rotational force of the driving wheel to a rotary member, and a biasing portion applying a clamping force between the transmission receiving portion and the side surface of the driving wheel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 22, 2011
    Publication date: October 20, 2011
    Applicant: HIRATA CORPORATION
    Inventor: Hitoshi TSUGAWA
  • Patent number: 8033382
    Abstract: An electronic-component conveying apparatus that conveys an electronic component by holding the electronic component in a through hole provided in a conveying table of the apparatus, in which the electronic component can be quickly and reliably dismounted from the through hole by using compressed gas, and undesired popout of the electronic component due to a residual pressure infrequently occurs, whereby the efficiency in the conveying process can be increased.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2011
    Assignee: Murata Manufacturing Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yoshikazu Sasaoka, Satoru Takeuchi
  • Patent number: 7987967
    Abstract: A conveyor device for conveying flat objects on edge, which device comprises at least two wheels having elastically deformable treads and disposed facing each other so as to move a flat object on edge by pinching and friction. The two wheels are arranged in such a manner as to exert a pinching force on the flat object on edge that varies progressively as the flat object is driven forwards.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2011
    Assignee: Solystic
    Inventors: Daniel Abraham, Robert Vivant, Stephane Ambroise, Pierre Chorier-Pichon
  • Publication number: 20110155539
    Abstract: A roller drive and system of roller drives, which includes a roller component driven by an electric motor, the electric motor being supplied from an electronic circuit, which is connected to a secondary coil, which is inductively coupled to a primary conductor installed in the external environment of the roller component, the electric motor, the electronic circuit, and the secondary coil being at least partially surrounded by the roller component so as to form a housing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 8, 2009
    Publication date: June 30, 2011
    Inventors: Josef Schmidt, Günter Becker, Thomas Leichter
  • Patent number: 7942256
    Abstract: An apparatus for handling articles (4) through a multi-stage process, the apparatus comprising at least one rotatable process turret (2) having a number of pockets (3), wherein each pocket (3) is adapted to support an article (4). The pockets (3) are arranged in groups and each group of pockets (3A, 3B, 3C) has associated tooling (5A, 5B, 5C), which carries out one stage of the process. The articles (4) are initially fed into one group of pockets (3A) only. A re-phase means (6) is provided to transfer the article (4) from one group of pockets (3A, 3B) to another (3B, 3C).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2005
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2011
    Assignee: Crown Packaging Technology, Inc.
    Inventor: Michael Jonathan Coates
  • Publication number: 20110088999
    Abstract: An instant powder conveyor device of a drinks preparing machine including a rotatable wire conveyor spindle disposed substantially horizontally in a bottom area of the instant powder container. At the wire conveyor spindle, an outflow opening is provided. In the instant powder container, above the wire conveyor spindle at least one back feed conveyor screw is arranged. Its back feed conveyor track starts near the end of the wire conveyor spindle, or conveyor track, and is shorter than the conveyor track of the wire conveyor spindle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 20, 2010
    Publication date: April 21, 2011
    Inventors: Giovanni Pano, Jörg Henke
  • Patent number: 7854314
    Abstract: An article singulating conveyor assembly and method of singulating articles includes providing a conveying surface defining a plurality of tandem zones. The conveying surface travels in a longitudinal direction. Each of the zones includes a pair of laterally spaced side frame members and a plurality of generally parallel elongated driven rollers that are supported at the side frame members. The driven rollers are adapted to provide lateral variation in the longitudinal speed of the conveying surface. Each of the zones includes at least one drive motor that is adapted to drive the driven rollers in that zone. At least one article sensor is provided that is adapted to sensing articles in the zones. The driven rollers may be divided into a plurality of segmented rollers that are separately rotatable with a separate drive motor to drive corresponding segments for a zone. The drive motors for adjacent zones may be activated in a manner that creates a longitudinal gap between longitudinally adjacent articles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 21, 2010
    Assignee: Dematic Corp.
    Inventors: Wynn M. Pelak, Matthew T. Brayman, Daniel O. Amarandei, Clinton R. Lupton
  • Patent number: 7743907
    Abstract: A transport system for container processing machines, particularly for bottle fillers, with inlet and outlet stars, which can be driven and are arranged on columnar support housings, and define a star configuration, in which the inlet and outlet stars define container transport paths which are linked with the machine. Each support housing presents at least one, preferably lateral, connection interface, to which a joining end of a connection strut is attached, in a removable manner. The other joining end of the connection strut is connected, in a detachable manner, to a connection interface of an additional support housing or of a machine substructure. In each case, in such manner, the star configuration can be changed as desired in a modular manner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2006
    Date of Patent: June 29, 2010
    Assignee: Krones AG
    Inventors: Volker Weinbrenner, Karl-Heinz Achhammer, Roland Laumer, Heinrich Bielmeier
  • Patent number: 7731014
    Abstract: Disclosed is a device for conveying a stack of flat objects, in particular a stack of mail items, in a conveyance direction. The conveyor device comprises a base face, a side wall, which is perpendicular to the base face, a base face conveyor facility let into the base face and a side wall conveyor facility let into the side wall. The side wall is divided into two partial side walls. The rear partial side wall—viewed in the conveyance direction—is offset outward in a direction perpendicular to the conveyance direction in relation to the front partial side wall. The side wall conveyor facility is let into the rear partial side wall. The base face conveyor facility is embodied to exert a force on the objects, which moves the objects toward the side wall conveyor facility.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2010
    Assignee: Siemens Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Peter Berdelle-Hilge, Peter Enenkel, Michael Schwarzbauer
  • Patent number: 7730914
    Abstract: A feeding mechanism is adapted for use with a woodworking machine. The feeding mechanism includes a rail unit adapted to be disposed on two sides of a worktable, a feeding unit, and a press roller unit. The feeding unit includes a slidable body adapted to extend across the worktable and disposed slidably on the rail unit, two spaced apart rollers disposed on the slidable body, a belt component trained on the rollers, and a driving component for driving the rollers to rotate along with the belt component. The press roller unit is adapted to extend slidably across the worktable and includes a slidable seat disposed slidably on the rail unit, a press roller connected pivotally to the slidable seat, and a resilient component adapted for biasing the press roller to press the workpiece against the feeding unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2010
    Inventor: Chin-Chi Lin
  • Publication number: 20100028479
    Abstract: An apparatus comprises a conveying device provided with seat elements arranged for receiving objects, the seat elements being movable along a curved path, and a further conveying device provided with a transferring arrangement arranged for delivering the objects to, and/or removing the objects from, the conveying device, wherein the transferring arrangement comprises coupling elements arranged for engaging the seat elements in such a way that the seat elements and the transferring arrangement are maintained mutually coupled along a portion of the curved path.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 27, 2007
    Publication date: February 4, 2010
    Applicant: SACMI COOPERATIVA
    Inventors: Zeno Zuffa, Giambattista Cavina, Fiorenzo Parrinello
  • Patent number: 7644815
    Abstract: Packets of cigarettes are conveyed from a packer to a cellophaner by a unit utilizing a first pocket conveyor connected to the infeed of the cellophaner, and a second pocket conveyor by which packets are directed onto the first conveyor at a transfer point; the unit is also equipped with a sensor that will check whether or not each pocket of the second conveyor is occupied by a packet, and a placement mechanism, interlocked to the sensor, of which the function is to fill any empty pockets of the first conveyor with packets recycled from the cellophaner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2005
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2010
    Assignee: G.D. S.p.A.
    Inventors: Luca Federici, Francesco Milandri, Stefano Negrini
  • Patent number: 7559831
    Abstract: A coin separating unit of a compact configuration for separating coins of different thicknesses from a bulk supply includes a coin transporting unit such as a rotating belt having a support surface of a predetermined flexibility and friction characteristic. A separating roller unit is positioned above a support surface and rotates in a direction opposite to the movement of the belt. A supporter unit is operatively located upstream of the separating roller unit and can displace coins that are overlaid with each other. The belt has sufficient flexibility so that a gap between the surface of the belt and a separating roller unit can be increased to accommodate a particular thickness of coin as it passes beneath the separating roller unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2004
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2009
    Assignee: Asahi Seiko Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Masayoshi Umeda
  • Patent number: 7428961
    Abstract: A conveyor device (1) for conveying substantially round products (11), for example eggs, comprises a support track (4) along which the products (11) can move in a conveying direction during use. Furthermore, the conveyor device (1) comprises a first substantially cylindrical engagement member (5), which extends transversely over the support track (4) with respect to the conveying direction. The engagement member (5) is designed to be flexible at least at the circumference, in order to engage on the products (11) on the support track (4), and can rotate about its axial axis (6) in order to advance the products (11) along the support track (4). The support track (4), downstream of the first engagement member (5) as seen in the conveying direction, has a elevated portion (8) which is located at a distance from the first engagement member (5) which is such that the latter engages on the products (11) on the upward part of the elevated portion (8).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2004
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2008
    Assignee: Staalkat International B.V.
    Inventors: Leonardus Johannes Temming, Geert Jan Menkhorst
  • Patent number: 7389725
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for printing onto vials. The vials may be connected in a series, the vials having an open end and a closed end. The apparatus comprises a conveyor for moving the vials, the conveyor having a mandrel for receiving the open end of the vials. The mandrel may contain a plurality of receiving post, for capturing the vials. The apparatus may further include a vial depressor for depressing the vials onto the receiving post of the mandrel, a first offset inking transfer device for printing a first ink pattern onto the vials, and a first ultra violet dryer positioned to receive the vials from the first offset inking transfer device and provide for curing of the ink pattern from the first offset inking transfer device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2006
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2008
    Inventors: Kent A. Louviere, A. Robert Coningsby, III
  • Patent number: 7219791
    Abstract: The present invention provides a conveying mechanism capable of accurately detecting a conveyance amount of an object to be conveyed with a simple configuration. A magnetic sensor is fixed to a casing along a locus of a contact point between a sheet and a conveying roller on the basis of a play between the conveying roller and an opening. With the configuration, the contact point and the magnetic sensor are disposed relatively close to each other. Consequently, the pure conveyance amount according to the rotation amount of a magnetic recording medium using the contact point as a reference can be detected by the magnetic sensor. Moreover, the movement amount of the contact point relative to the center axis of the opening as a reference position in association with the play can be also detected with high sensitivity. Thus, the conveyance amount of the sheet can be accurately obtained.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2005
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2007
    Assignee: TDK Corporation
    Inventor: Shigeru Shoji
  • Patent number: 7213699
    Abstract: The rotary disc conveyor system is formed of a series of units or pans linked together to form a continuous conveyor run. Each of the pans preferably includes a pair of rotary discs thereon, with all of the discs of the system rotating simultaneously and unidirectionally to convey material along the conveyor run. Each disc includes a series of generally radially disposed vanes thereon, to assist in sweeping the material along the conveyor. Guides may be installed along either side of the system, between each disc, to facilitate material flow and restrict return flow. Mechanical, hydraulic, or electrical power may be used to provide rotation of the discs. The rotary disc conveyor is particularly well suited for use in longwall coal mining for removing loose coal from the mining head and conveying it along the face of the wall to another transport system for removal from the mine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2005
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2007
    Inventor: Edward E. Adams
  • Patent number: 7198752
    Abstract: For automatic transportation and lifting and lowering of specimens in an automatic stainer, a drive system comprises a motor (16) and a side wall assembly (40), the motor (16) being coupled on the drive side to a first (12) and a second (14) crank system. The first (12) and second (14) crank systems are respectively coupled to the side wall assembly (40).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2003
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2007
    Assignee: Leica Microsystems Nussloch GmbH
    Inventor: Stefan Thiem
  • Patent number: 7191895
    Abstract: A conveyor system, such as an induction subsystem for supplying articles to a sortation subsystem, and method of conveying articles includes providing a conveying surface for conveying a series of articles and at least one sensor for sensing the articles on the conveying surface. A control is provided which establishes at least one parameter for each of the articles and controls the conveying surface as a function of the at least one parameter of each of the articles. The control includes a computer and a program for the computer. The program includes at least one probability estimator. The control determines the at least one parameter of each of the articles at least in part by the at least one probability estimator. The control controls gaps between articles or synchronizes arrival of articles at the sortation system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2004
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2007
    Assignee: Dematic Corp.
    Inventors: David W Zeitler, Martin R Doane, Douglas L Milliman
  • Patent number: 7168366
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for printing onto vials. The vials may be connected in a series, the vials having an open end and a closed end. The apparatus comprises a conveyor for moving the vials, the conveyor having a mandrel for receiving the open end of the vials. The mandrel may contain a plurality of receiving post, for capturing the vials. The apparatus may further include a vial depressor for depressing the vials onto the receiving post of the mandrel, a first offset inking transfer device for printing a first ink pattern onto the vials, and a first ultra violet dryer positioned to receive the vials from the first offset inking transfer device and provide for curing of the ink pattern from the first offset inking transfer device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2005
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2007
    Inventors: Kent A. Louviere, A. Robert Coningsby, III
  • Patent number: 7157873
    Abstract: A system for reducing torque disturbance includes a motor mechanically coupled to an endless belt. The motor is operable to drive the belt, and the belt has a seam that causes a torque disturbance to the system. The system includes a data structure having a set of values that indicates an amount of compensation for reducing the torque disturbance and a controller electrically coupled with the motor. The controller is configured to control the motor and reduce the torque disturbance based on the set of values in the data structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2005
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2007
    Assignee: Xerox Corporation
    Inventor: Kevin Michael Carolan
  • Patent number: 7152728
    Abstract: The present invention 10 discloses a device for singulating individual logs from groups of logs for linear or transverse processing. The present invention discloses a log singulator having a fully rotatable lifter arm member, i.e., 360 degrees rotatable, which is used to singulate logs from groups of logs. The rotatable axle of the lifter arm may be located above the upstream “V” of the log cradle member. Furthermore, the lifter arm of the present invention will positively push the logs over the top point of the log cradle because it is rounded at the top point, thereby allowing the tip of lifter arm to remain in contact with the log. Lifter arms with 1 to 4 lifter arm tips are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2005
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2006
    Assignee: PSI Sales, Inc.
    Inventor: Van Woodham
  • Patent number: 7124877
    Abstract: For converting a stream of flat articles from transverse conveyance to parallel conveyance, two continuously operated conveyors are provided, a transverse conveyor having a direction (FQ) of transverse conveyance and serving as supplying conveyor and a parallel conveyor having a direction (FP) of parallel conveyance and serving as removing conveyor. The direction (FQ) of transverse conveyance and the direction (FP) of parallel conveyance encompass an angle. The articles are pushed one after the other out of an outlet of the supplying conveyor towards an entrance of the removing conveyor. Before a trailing zone of the article has left the supplying conveyor, a leading zone of the article is grasped by an alignment device and is conveyed onwards with the speed of the parallel conveyor in the direction (FP) of parallel conveyance and is thereby aligned to the entrance of the removing conveyor, while the trailing zone is bent between the alignment device and the outlet of the supplying conveyor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2004
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2006
    Assignee: Ferag AG
    Inventor: Werner Honegger
  • Patent number: 7124681
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for printing onto vials. The vials are connected in a series, the vials having an open end and a closed end. The apparatus comprises a conveyor belt for moving the vials, the conveyor having a mandrel for receiving the open end of the vials, the mandrel containing a plurality of receiving post, for receiving the vials. The apparatus further includes a vial depressor for depressing the vial onto the receiving post of the mandrel, a first offset inking transfer device for printing a first ink pattern onto the vials, and a first ultra violent dryer positioned to receive the vials from the first offset inking transfer device and provide for drying of the ink pattern from the first offset inking transfer device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2004
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2006
    Inventors: Kent A. Louviere, A. Robert Coningsby, III
  • Patent number: 7089715
    Abstract: A beverage bottling plant and method for filling bottles with a liquid beverage having a treatment device for beverage container caps. The treatment device for treating beverage container caps includes a first tower and a second tower provided with parallel axes and driven at the same peripheral speed. Transfer chutes are provided that emerge with their ends onto carrier rings of different towers, which chutes transfer caps from each tier of the first tower to a tier of the second tower, and from there, optionally via at least one additional tower and transfer chutes, to the next-lower tier of first tower.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2004
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2006
    Assignee: KHS Maschinen- Und Anlagenbau AG
    Inventor: Roland Topf
  • Patent number: 7066316
    Abstract: An apparatus for transporting cylindrical objects, in particular containers, has at least two shafts that rotate in the same direction, axially perpendicular to the transporting direction of the objects. While being transported, the objects come to rest with their cylindrical wall on one shaft and with one face end on an adjacent shaft. By means of the axial spacing and/or the respective diameters of the shafts a predeterminable angular position of the objects to the plane of the axes of the shafts and an intrinsic rotation of the objects can be effected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2003
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2006
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Kurt Burger, Johannes Rauschnabel, Bernd Goetzelmann