Conveyor Section Patents (Class 198/618)
  • Patent number: 10845566
    Abstract: An exemplary embodiment of the present invention relates to a lens driving device, comprising: a base including a support part upwardly protruded; a movable unit spaced from the base and movably disposed at an upper side of the base; and a damper contacted with the support part and the movable unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2020
    Assignee: LG INNOTEK CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Seung Taek Shin, Jin Suk Han, Tae Bong Park
  • Patent number: 10507979
    Abstract: In one example in accordance with the present disclosure an object transportation device is described. The device includes a continuous belt having an inner surface and an outer surface. The inner surface interacts with a belt transport system. The device also includes a number of attachment devices disposed on the outer surface of the belt. An object attaches to the belt via an attachment device. An attachment device includes two angled protrusions extending from the outer surface from a common joint.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2019
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventors: Bruce G Johnson, Elliott Downing, Steven P Downing, Richard Lee Brinkly, Kevin Bensel
  • Patent number: 9908709
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a belt assembly including a flexible belt with an improved belt attachment. The belt attachment includes two crossbars spaced along the length of the belt. The crossbars retain bearings that allow predetermined movement in six degrees of freedom. The crossbars are connected by a rigid body that attaches to the bearings. Implements that are attached to the rigid body are simply supported but restrained in pitching rotation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Assignee: Natel Energy, Inc.
    Inventors: Abraham D. Schneider, Erick M. Davidson
  • Patent number: 9670001
    Abstract: An automated handling line guide rail assembly is provided for use on an automated handling line that is adjustable to define a path of varying width. The assembly comprises a segmented guide rail, with segments that define a generally arcuate perimeter of the path, the perimeter being positioned at a radius from a central axis. An actuator member is rotatable about the central axis and is arranged to extend at a substantially constant radius from the central axis. Rotation of the actuator member causes substantially radial movement of the segments thereby allowing the segments to define the perimeter at a plurality of different radii. The segments are positioned and have a width such that adjacent segments overlap each other. Their overlapping portions move circumferentially relative to each other when the segments move radially such that the extent of overlap of adjacent segments varies with the radial position of the segments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2017
    Assignee: ZEPF Technologies UK Limited
    Inventor: Thomas Doherty
  • Patent number: 9475644
    Abstract: A conveyor flight for a chain comprising at least two spaced apart links, and two side plates that connect the links, with each side plate including two spaced apart extension pins extending from the side plate. The flight comprises a metal support, and the metal support includes two spaced apart cylindrical portions adapted to receive the two spaced apart extension pins. The flight also includes a flexible casing surrounding the metal support.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2016
    Assignee: Joy MM Deleware, Inc.
    Inventor: Michael L. O'Neill
  • Publication number: 20150135636
    Abstract: A portable processing plant for processing granular material is provided. The portable plant includes a plurality of portable processing modules configured to be stacked vertically to allow for a vertically downward progression of the generally granular material through the portable processing plant. Each portable processing module includes a self-supporting independent frame structure and has at least one processing component affixed to the self-supporting independent frame structure. The self-supporting independent frame structures of the plurality of portable processing modules combine to define a structural skeleton of the portable processing plant. Each self-supporting independent frame structure can be removed from the structural skeleton substantially fully assembled while the at least one processing component carried by the self-supporting. Methods of assembling and disassembling the portable processing plant are also provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 17, 2014
    Publication date: May 21, 2015
    Applicant: Red Flint Group, LLC
    Inventor: Paul Thomas Ayres
  • Publication number: 20140332349
    Abstract: Introduction or Withdrawal of an Elongate Member to or from a Free Body A method of moving an elongate member (12) along a predetermined axis (A-A) for the introduction or withdrawal thereof to or from a free body (11). The method includes providing an elongate guide surface (18) extending parallel to the predetermined axis, and also providing a plurality of support elements (26) which are slidable on the support surface in a direction parallel to the predetermined axis. The elongate member is supported on the support elements so that at least a major portion of the mass is supported. The elongate member and the support elements are moved along the predetermined axis. Apparatus for moving an elongate member in this manner is also provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 19, 2012
    Publication date: November 13, 2014
    Applicant: BAE SYSTEMS PLC
    Inventors: Tobias Jonathan Watson, Leigh Francis Heaton, Fraser Angus Bain, Steven Martin Fraser, Graham David Blair, Boyd Halley
  • Patent number: 8869973
    Abstract: A system and method for providing adhesive to a pre-formed blister tray having shoulders and recesses between the shoulders, the system having at least one pallet, each pallet of the at least one pallet having with holes to accommodate recesses within the blister tray and support for the shoulders of the blister tray; a pallet loading station for loading the pallet with the pre-formed blister tray; a printer unit for printing adhesive to the shoulders of the blister tray; a drying station for drying the adhesive; and an unloading station for unloading blister trays with adhesive printed on the shoulders thereof. Further a pallet for use in the system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2014
    Assignee: Indsale Limited
    Inventors: Paul Marks, Michael J. Markiewicz
  • Publication number: 20140311867
    Abstract: A conveyor is provided with a supply roll, a plurality of movement parts and a first securing device. The supply roll is rotatably arranged and is configured to support a belt-shaped cell material for an electrode or a separator to intermittently feeding out the cell material by rotation of the supply roll. The movement parts are configured to lengthen and shorten a conveying route by conveyably holding the cell material fed out from the supply roll. The first securing device is configured to secure the cell material. The first securing device is provided upstream from the movement parts along a direction in which the cell material is conveyed. The movement parts are further configured to change position so as to shorten the conveying route in a state in which the cell material is secured by the first securing device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 13, 2013
    Publication date: October 23, 2014
    Inventors: Hiroshi Kanno, Ryuji Fukada, Keisuke Uekusa, Osamu Tanimoto
  • Patent number: 8770380
    Abstract: A conveyor apparatus with a plurality of transport units movable along a guide means, on the upper side of said transport units there being provided in each case a pusher means which can be driven contrary to a direction of travel of the transport units so that unit load items can be picked up and/or discharged gently.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2014
    Assignee: Beumer GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventor: Ludger Pölling
  • Publication number: 20140102860
    Abstract: Provided herein are various apparatuses, systems, and methods for improving the efficiency of medication distribution within a healthcare facility. In particular, embodiments may provide for dispensing medications needed and medications anticipated to be needed to an authorized medical person for administration to a patient in a healthcare facility. Methods may include receiving an indication of one or more unit dose medications anticipated to be needed by a patient; retrieving the one or more unit dose medications from a unit storage device; loading the one or more unit dose medications onto a transport device; transporting the one or more unit dose medications from the unit storage device to a location proximate the patient; and transferring the one or more unit dose medications from the transport device to a staging area at the location proximate the patient.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Publication date: April 17, 2014
  • Publication number: 20130233676
    Abstract: Multi-connectors for extendable conveyors are disclosed. An example multi-connector to connect an external component to an extendable conveyor is disclosed. The extendable conveyor is to convey articles and includes a base unit, a mechanically extendable section to be supported in a cantilevered manner and to be selectively positioned relative to the base unit, and a conveying surface to convey articles. The conveying surface is to extend at least partially on an upper side of the mechanically extendable section. The multi-connector includes a mechanical connection section to mechanically attach the external component, a fastening section to fasten the multi-connector to the extendable conveyor, and a functional/powered connection section to provide at least one of electric power or a vacuum supply to the external component.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 1, 2013
    Publication date: September 12, 2013
    Inventors: Anders Stougaard Baek, IV, Allan Falk, Mads Oestergaard, Brian Bondegaard Nielsen
  • Publication number: 20130230373
    Abstract: A base belt for use with an automated unloading apparatus that can automatically unload a container having a plurality of items located on the base belt, and a container configured for use with an automated unloading apparatus. The base belt has a trailer end configured to be removably attached to a container. The base belt has an unloader end configured to be removably attached to the automated unloading apparatus. The container has a container body having an interior and an attachment point on the interior of the container.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Publication date: September 5, 2013
    Applicant: Siemens Industry, Inc.
    Inventor: James M. Pippin
  • Patent number: 8512835
    Abstract: A vehicle wash system having a plurality of vehicle treatment components with one of the plurality of vehicle treatment components including at least one support member. The at least one support member has an exterior surface. A shrinkable sleeve is sized to fit over the exterior surface of the at least one support member. The shrinkable sleeve is slid onto the at least one support member and located in a predetermined position around the exterior surface. Upon application of heat to the shrinkable sleeve, it shrinks and conforms to the shape of the exterior surface of the at least one support member such that it is fixedly attached to the exterior surface of the at least one support member in the predetermined position. The result is a protective covering for the support member that is durable and readily cleanable such that fluid and debris can be easily wiped off of the covering and corrosion of the support member is minimized.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2013
    Assignee: Motor City Wash Works, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert J. Wentworth, J. Allan Lunk
  • Patent number: 8485350
    Abstract: A conveyor system, in particular for supplying packaging machines, which has a revolving conveyor segment with a curved region. An electromagnetic drive is provided with a plurality of stationary coil elements and a plurality of permanent magnets. The stationary coil elements are disposed along the conveyor segment, and at least one rotor is disposed movably on the conveyor segment and is movable by electromagnetic forces. The permanent magnets are disposed on the rotor. A first row of coil elements and a second row of coil elements are disposed in the curved region such that the second row of coil elements is disposed radially outside the first row of coil elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2013
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Martin Reinisch, Dennis Szczerba, Heinrich Loecht, Karsten Voelz, Anja Boehm
  • Publication number: 20130168208
    Abstract: A material processing plant comprising a frame and a body of a material processing apparatus connected to the frame and a feeder, and first joining means having a first support arm having a first pivot point and a second pivot point at a first distance from each other. The first pivot point is connected to a first end of the feeder and the second pivot point is connected to the frame of the processing plant for moving the first end of the feeder. The processing plant includes second joining means having a second support arm having a third pivot point and a fourth pivot point a second distance from each other. The third pivot point is connected to a second end of the feeder. The fourth pivot point is connected to the body of the processing apparatus. An actuator moves the feeder between a first position and a second position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 3, 2012
    Publication date: July 4, 2013
    Applicant: METSO MINERALS, INC.
    Inventor: Toni Erkkila
  • Publication number: 20130068588
    Abstract: A multi-generational carrier platform is configured to carry substrate carriers of different sizes depending on processing needs. Multiple carrier adaptors are provided on one side of a support plate, and substrate carriers can be distributed among the carrier adaptors to mount a maximum number of substrates under the constraint of non-overlap of the substrates and the substrate carriers. The multi-generational carrier platform can be configured to provide rotation to each substrate carrier mounted thereupon, and is compatible with chemical mechanical planarization processes that require rotation of substrates against an abrasive surface. The multi-generational carrier platform facilitates maximum utilization of a processing area provided by a tool configured to process substrates of different sizes.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 20, 2011
    Publication date: March 21, 2013
    Inventor: Michael F. Lofaro
  • Publication number: 20120330215
    Abstract: Methods for moving and controlling the position of an article are described. In one embodiment, the method employs a conveyor including a substantially planar surface and a support member situated opposite the substantially planar surface. An article is placed between and in contact with both the substantially planar surface and the support member. And at least one of the conveyor and the support member are moved wherein the article is both rotated and translated so that the rotation amount substantially matches the translation amount.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 20, 2012
    Publication date: December 27, 2012
    Inventors: Eva Grace Nellenbach, Hinrich Knuth, Matthew Howard Wasson
  • Patent number: 8337189
    Abstract: The invention relates to a device for producing pellets from plastic material or from material to be pelletized. Said device comprises a continuous casting device (1) from which at least one strand (2) of the material to be pelletized is issued, and a belt conveyor (3) comprising at least one conveying belt (4) on which the strand (2) can be fed to a pelletizer (5), said pelletizer breaking the strand up into pellets (6). The invention is characterized in that the belt conveyor (3) has a switchable direction of conveyance of the conveying belt (4), a direction of feed conveyance towards the pelletizer (5) and a direction of discharge conveyance away from the pelletizer (5). The invention also relates to a method for operating said device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: Automatik Plastics Machinery GmbH
    Inventors: Sven Fenchel, Jochen Scheurich
  • Patent number: 8329102
    Abstract: A conveying device, intended for use in conveying a rack, which holds a sample container, to a sample supplying position for supplying a sample in the sample container to a sample processing device for processing the sample, comprising a conveying section for conveying the rack in a conveying direction from a predetermined position on the conveying device to the sample supplying position along a path connecting the predetermined position and the sample supplying position, wherein the conveying section is adapted to convey the rack from the sample supplying position in a direction opposite to the conveying direction, is disclosed. A sample processing method is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2012
    Assignee: Sysmex Corporation
    Inventor: Hiroki Koike
  • Publication number: 20120234649
    Abstract: Device for feeding metal into melting plant, in particular into melting furnace including hearth and lateral aperture. Device includes means to feed metal terminally associated with a connection conveyor including a loading plane and cooperating with translation and positioning means. Connection conveyor able to assume first position during continuous loading step, wherein its front terminal end is located substantially flush with the furnace internal wall through the aperture, to introduce metal inside the furnace; a second position distanced from the furnace wall during the step of tapping liquid metal from the furnace; and a third position while first loading the furnace, with the furnace switched off, wherein its loading plane front end is inside the furnace volume to be disposed in proximity to the distal internal wall opposite the furnace proximal internal wall, to unload and distribute a charge to cover at least part of the furnace bottom surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 1, 2010
    Publication date: September 20, 2012
    Inventors: Gianpietro Benedetti, Alfredo Poloni
  • Publication number: 20120217128
    Abstract: A technique of operating a flow line is provided. The flow line includes two or more assembly stations for the assembly of a heavy machine. The technique involves installing a prepared assembly trailer in the flow line before or at a first assembly station. The prepared assembly trailer is connected to at least one flow line tow bar. If the prepared assembly trailer is installed before the first assembly station, then the assembly trailer is moved to the first assembly station. If not, all the flow line assembly trailers are moved to the next assembly station. The steps of moving the flow line assembly trailers are performed timewise stepwise.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 6, 2010
    Publication date: August 30, 2012
    Inventors: Rene Kroell Prammann Joergensen, Klaus Dietrich
  • Publication number: 20120211334
    Abstract: A conveyor oven is provided that includes a conveyor assembly having an inlet section, and inner section and an outlet section. The conveyor assembly facilitates ease of removal by an enduser by allowing a single person to perform removal in a confined space.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 16, 2011
    Publication date: August 23, 2012
    Inventors: James R. Barnes, George Csadenyi, Mark R. Farnbauch, David L. Furge, Christina M. Glaser, Chris Kelsaw, Craig Oechsle, P. Andrew Tyler, Derek Walz
  • Publication number: 20120152696
    Abstract: A system and method for adjusting the LED current of an optical sensor that does not decrease the effectiveness of the optical sensor or the length of its operating life, or significantly increase the cost due to hardware requirements. The LED current of an optical sensor is adjusted using a high frequency pulse-width modulated signal generated from a microcontroller. Based on feedback provided by the photo-detector, the duty cycle of the signal can be adjusted by the microcontroller. The signal passes through a low pass filter which averages the modulated signal into a DC voltage, which is then used to control a current amplifier circuit that provides current to the LED of the optical sensor. This adjustability enables the system to compensate for variations in sensor LED's and the LED brightness reduction to due aging and/or build-up of contaminants on the photo-detector and/or LED.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 17, 2010
    Publication date: June 21, 2012
    Applicant: Pitney Bowes Inc.
    Inventors: Michael J. Lorello, Gary S. Jacobson, George J. Doutney
  • Publication number: 20120061208
    Abstract: An apparatus for transporting a first workpiece assembly, the apparatus includes a pallet, a universal fixture and an adaptable fixture. The pallet has a rectangular base and support members fixed to opposite edges of the base. The universal fixture has a frame, a first and second support arms and three workpiece mounts. The support arms are fixed to opposite sides of the frame and are rotatably supported in the support members of the pallet. The adaptable fixture has a frame, three fixture mounts and three workpiece mounts. The fixture mounts are disposed on the bottom surface of the frame and aligned with the workpiece mounts of the universal fixture. The workpiece mounts of the adaptable fixture are disposed on the top surface of the frame and aligned with a first, second and third locator of a workpiece assembly.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 13, 2010
    Publication date: March 15, 2012
    Inventors: Fredrick R. Poskie, Baden Michael Powell, Leonid Basin
  • Publication number: 20120061207
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for processing mail is provided. The mail is serially fed from a stack of mail into a system transport. The system transport conveys the mail to a reader, which scans the mail to obtain image data corresponding to at least a portion of each piece. From the imaging station, the mail is conveyed to a scale, which weighs each piece. After the address for a piece of mail is determined, the piece is conveyed to a labeler, which applies a postage label onto the piece.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 25, 2011
    Publication date: March 15, 2012
    Inventors: Robert R. DeWitt, George L. Hayduchok
  • Publication number: 20120000750
    Abstract: A transfer conveyor transports standardized unit loads, such as freight containers, pallets or the like, from a first height level to a second height level, in particular from a higher storage location to a lower transport device. The transfer conveyor is part of a rocker having an adjustable inclination around a pivot axis from one position in which one end of the rocker is aligned with one height level to another position in which the other end of the rocker is aligned with the other height level. Effectiveness and cost-efficiency of the transfer conveyor are created due to the ability of the rocker to be swiveled by the weight of the unit load itself while being transported on the transport conveyor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 18, 2010
    Publication date: January 5, 2012
    Inventor: Matthias Klein
  • Publication number: 20110290621
    Abstract: An agricultural equipment drive system comprises a main drive shaft connectable to a power source, a first gear box, a second gear box and a second drive shaft. The first gear box has a first gear box input connected to the main drive shaft and a first gear box output at a first angle to the first gear box input. The second gear box has a second gear box input connected to the first gear box output and a second gear box output at a second angle to the second gear box input. The second drive shaft connects the first gear box output to the second gear box input.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 28, 2010
    Publication date: December 1, 2011
    Inventors: Cameron Bodie, Donald Grant Vass
  • Publication number: 20110272251
    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: 20110253175
    Abstract: A wash pad that includes a wash floor for supporting a wash item and a catch trough disposed in fluid communication with a longitudinal central portion of the wash floor. The catch trough collects at least one of wash fluid and debris from the wash floor. The wash pad also includes an evacuator disposed in fluid communication with the catch trough and an elevator disposed in fluid communication with the evacuator. The evacuator substantially removes wash fluid received from the catch trough, and the elevator elevates debris from a collection height to a dump height for dumping.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 1, 2011
    Publication date: October 20, 2011
    Applicant: Petter Investments
    Inventors: Matthew J. Petter, Douglas A. Petter
  • Publication number: 20110240439
    Abstract: A method and an apparatus measure a quantity parameter during the transport of objects. The objects are in particular flat mail items and are tipped onto a conveyor component of a transport device and are transported by the latter. At least one recording time, in each case at least one photograph of a measurement sector of the conveyor component is taken. For each recording time, the value which a quantity parameter which describes the quantity of objects in the measurement sector has at the recording time is calculated. For this purpose, the proportion of the area of the measurement sector which is covered by objects is measured. A prescribed functional relationship between the quantity parameter and the measured proportion is evaluated. The speed at which the conveyor component transports the objects is changed depending on the quantity parameter value measured.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 1, 2011
    Publication date: October 6, 2011
    Inventor: Andre Rompe
  • Publication number: 20110236163
    Abstract: A storage device transfer station includes a first slot, a second slot, and a conveyor assembly. The conveyor assembly is configured to receive and support a plurality of storage devices such that the storage devices are vertically stacked and in spaced relation to each other. The conveyor assembly is operable to convey the storage devices between the first slot and the second slot.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 22, 2011
    Publication date: September 29, 2011
    Inventors: Marc Lesueur Smith, Edward Garcia, Brian S. Merrow, Evgeny Polyakov, Eric L. Truebenbach
  • Patent number: 8025144
    Abstract: A conveyor belt device wherein a detectable coating, such as in the form of a thin film, overlies selected portions of a conveyor belt substrate surface. Suitable detectable coatings include materials that are inductive, conductive, magnetic, reflective, fluorescent and color-indicating or a combination thereof. Also disclosed are associated or corresponding conveyor belt assemblies and methods of making.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2005
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2011
    Assignee: Advanced Flexible Composites, Inc.
    Inventors: William Christopher Lewis, William James Lewis, Lambert Allen Terpstra, Barton Roy Lewis, Sr.
  • Publication number: 20110185930
    Abstract: A transport table, comprising a transport web; an unwinding roller for unwinding the transport web therefrom; a first return element; a second return element; a winding roller for winding thereon the unwound transport web; a first frame with which the first and the second return element are connected; and a second frame with which the unwinding roller and the winding roller are rotatably connected, wherein the unwinding roller, the winding roller and the return elements together are designed for stretching the transport web such that between the first and the second return element a surface of the transport web is available as transport surface, and wherein the second frame is movable along a path substantially parallel to said transport surface with respect to the first frame. The invention also discloses a method for the use of the transport table.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 11, 2009
    Publication date: August 4, 2011
    Applicant: OTB Solar B.V.
    Inventors: Cornelius Adrianus Henricus Van Der Avoort, Robbert Hilmar Backer, Cornelius Petrus Du Pau, Marcel Peeren
  • Publication number: 20110132726
    Abstract: The secure baggage claim apparatus and method centers on a dynamic merge conveyor unit that feeds into a standard baggage claim unit. The dynamic merge actively measures every space and every bag. Once the merge determines sufficient spacing for an individual bag, the dynamic merge will accelerate a bag into the open space on the baggage claim unit. Such dynamic merging greatly improves the throughput and capacity of baggage drop off and delivery. The entire baggage claim unit resides within the passenger sector of baggage claim. Current configurations allow bags to freely circulate between the secure and non-secure side of the baggage claim area. With the present invention, bags are prevented from circulating back and forth from the secure side to the non-secure side, which prevents an individual on the non-secure public side from placing a bag on a baggage claim unit where it will then be circulated and unscreened into the secure side for a baggage handler to retrieve such bag.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 30, 2010
    Publication date: June 9, 2011
    Inventors: Robert M. Wiese, John William Cottrell, III
  • Publication number: 20110127143
    Abstract: Adjustable device for transferring containers along an arc-of-a-circle path (6) from a loading point to a discharge point, comprising an adjustable curved guide (16) including a series of guiding segments (20) located adjacent to each other, and an adjustment mechanism (34) for radially moving said guiding segments (20) forth or back to set a radius of the curved guide (16) to a predetermined container diameter, the adjustment mechanism (34) comprising a distribution mechanism (38) for synchronizing movement of the guiding segments (20).
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 3, 2008
    Publication date: June 2, 2011
    Inventors: Michele Calzolari, Gianluca Dall'Ast
  • Publication number: 20110108392
    Abstract: A conveyor apparatus with a plurality of transport units movable along a guide means, on the upper side of said transport units there being provided in each case a pusher means which can be driven contrary to a direction of travel of the transport units so that unit load items can be picked up and/or discharged gently.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 22, 2009
    Publication date: May 12, 2011
    Applicant: BEUMER GMBH & CO. KG
    Inventor: Ludger Polling
  • Publication number: 20110111679
    Abstract: Portioning and/or transport apparatus for portioning and/or transporting sausages. The apparatus includes a conveyor device having at least one conveyor element which is drivable by means of a drive motor and which can be brought into contact with a sausage for conveying the sausages.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 28, 2010
    Publication date: May 12, 2011
    Inventor: Jörg Bilowski
  • Publication number: 20110068115
    Abstract: Provided are a medication supporting apparatus and method. In the medication supporting apparatus, a storage section stores a strip of dosage bags that are continuously connected. A carrier section carries the dosage bag strip in the storage section. A sensor section generates a detection signal detecting a position of the dosage bag strip on the carrier section. A circuit section determines the position of the dosage bag strip according to the detection signal of the sensor section, and controls the carrier section. The dosage bag strip packed in continuous dosage bags is recognized in a unit of one dosage bag, is adjusted to a start position thereof, and is dispensed by a size of one dosage bag, so that the dosage bag strip can be accurately dispensed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 9, 2010
    Publication date: March 24, 2011
    Applicant: Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute
    Inventors: Jae Hun CHOI, Myung Eun LIM, Sun Lee BANG, Dae Hee KIM, Soo Jun PARK, Seon Hee PARK
  • Publication number: 20100300843
    Abstract: A leg and a method for measuring the position of a leg for a processing device, which leg comprises a first transfer member, which is articulated to the processing device and a second and a third transfer member for changing the position of the leg. The leg further comprises at least one measuring means for measuring the position of the leg in relation to the processing device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 19, 2007
    Publication date: December 2, 2010
    Applicant: METSO MINERALS INC.
    Inventors: Timo Mustonen, Heikki Kylmala, Harri Niemi
  • Publication number: 20100272519
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a method for conveying particulate material during the manufacture of patterns in layers, wherein powder is conveyed out of a reservoir into a spreader unit and, if applicable, excess powder fed to the spreader unit is again conveyed back into the reservoir and wherein this conveying takes place in a closed conveying circuit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 6, 2008
    Publication date: October 28, 2010
    Inventors: Ingo Ederer, Andreas Hartman
  • Publication number: 20100263991
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a device for the treatment of bulk material, comprising a platform 24?, 24?, 28 for supporting bulk material and at least one outfeeding device 28 arranged on the platform for feeding bulk material placed on the platform towards an outlet 29 arranged on the platform, wherein the feeding device has a feeding direction towards the outlet, a first and a second beam 30, 31, 32, 33 is arranged on the platform above the outfeeding device, which beams extends transversal to the feeding direction of the outfeeding device and at least a portion in over of the width of the outfeeding device, wherein the second beam 32 being arranged at a higher level above the outfeeding device than the first beam 31.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 7, 2008
    Publication date: October 21, 2010
    Inventors: Conny Andersson, Allan Carlsson
  • Patent number: 7740128
    Abstract: A self-synchronizing system and method for conveyor belt sensor operation is disclosed based on the address of an RFID tag in the belt and the location of that tag in the system memory. A moving conveyor belt system has a plurality of sensors spaced along the belt and a sensor reader for detecting and identifying the presence of a sensor passing by the sensor reader. The belt further includes a plurality of identification tags spaced along the belt and a tag reader for detecting and identifying the presence of a tag passing by the tag reader. Associated time and distance target values are acquired from a calibration table for a next sensor (S1) based upon a detected and identified functional tag. Time and distance counters are initiated. The conveyor belt may be stopped in the event that the next sensor (S1) is not detected before the time and distance target values are exceeded.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2005
    Date of Patent: June 22, 2010
    Assignee: Veyance Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Jack Bruce Wallace, John James Gartland
  • Patent number: 7726467
    Abstract: A conveyor coupler system for efficiently increasing the longevity and productivity of the conveyor. The conveyor coupler system generally includes a coupler including a first portion and a second portion, wherein the first portion extends from the second portion. The first portion includes a first connecting portion, wherein the first connecting portion extends within the first portion and includes at least one slot. The second portion includes a second connecting portion extending within the second portion and including a plurality of ridge members. The first connecting portion connects to a first planetary gear structure of a conveyor unit and the second connecting portion connects to a second planetary gear structure of the conveyor unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2010
    Inventors: Albert G. Schoonover, Gordon L. Schoonover
  • Publication number: 20100104407
    Abstract: A transport system for moving containers comprises a plurality of elevated supports having powered rollers and a transport having rails engaging the powered rollers. The transport has a member(s) for supporting the containers and means for moving the transport over the elevated supports.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 19, 2008
    Publication date: April 29, 2010
    Applicant: TUBULAR RAIL, INC.
    Inventor: Robert C. Pulliam
  • Publication number: 20100044186
    Abstract: Method and device for transport of a substrate 6 where the substrate is supported by one or several elongated transport elements 2 and is moved forwards in a substrate transport direction 22 by moving the elongated transport elements 2 and where the elongated transport elements 2 perform a shift in respect to the substrate 6 which is directed laterally to the substrate transport direction 22.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 22, 2009
    Publication date: February 25, 2010
    Inventor: Markus Hlusiak
  • Publication number: 20100012467
    Abstract: A conveyor is mounted on a tractor and extends from a hopper at the front of the tractor to an outlet behind the tractor. An agricultural harvester unloading system is operated to deposit grain from the harvester into the hopper of the conveyor. The conveyor is operated to transfer the grain into a cart pulled by the tractor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 15, 2008
    Publication date: January 21, 2010
    Inventors: Bruce A. Coers, Daniel J. Burke, Ryan P. Mackin
  • Patent number: 7597190
    Abstract: The invention is related to induction driven straight or curved conveyors. Belts of the current invention have a flexible strip of permanent rare earth magnetic composition embedded therein. In combination with the flexible strip, stators induce magnetic flux to advance the conveyor belt.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2004
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2009
    Inventor: Rick Lee
  • Publication number: 20090205933
    Abstract: A feeder to be able to meet the requirements of positioning accuracy, long distance conveyance, remote conveyance, controllability, high precision feeding, high speed feeding, inexpensiveness, simplicity of construction, space saving, weight reduction, measure for dusting and safety for accident for being provided for multiple utilizations. This feeder comprises a forward winder (21), a reverse winder (31), a forwardly winding liner body (51), a reversely winding liner body (61) and a reciprocating body (71). The forwardly winding linear body and the reversely winding linear body are connected to the reciprocating body. The forward winder on winding rotation and the reverse winder on rewinding rotation rotate in synchronism and phase with each other in the same or reverse direction. The amount of winding the forwardly winding linear body by the forward winder and the amount of rewinding the reversely winding linear body by the reverse winder are equal to each other.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 30, 2005
    Publication date: August 20, 2009
    Applicant: SK MACHINERY CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Sumio Sugahara
  • Patent number: 7518513
    Abstract: A conveyor system for processing items on which radio frequency identification tags are disposed includes a frame and a conveyor that is disposed moveably on the frame and that conveys items through a path of travel, each item having at least one respective radio frequency identification tag disposed thereon. An antenna is disposed on the frame with respect to the path of travel so that the antenna radiates radio frequency signals into a first area through which the items pass. The antenna comprises a substrate and a plurality of patch elements disposed on the substrate in respective positions that are sequential with respect to a direction transverse to the path of travel. An electric current at each patch element drives radiation of the radio frequency signals and defines a rotating electric current pattern. Respective rotational directions of the electric current pattern at two patch elements are opposite to each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2009
    Assignee: Accu-Sort Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: Zhong-Min Liu