Suction Patents (Class 198/689.1)
  • Patent number: 10000342
    Abstract: A conveyor for conveying good. According to one embodiment the conveyor includes a holding unit for holding or releasing the goods with respect to a conveyor belt. The holding unit includes vacuum holding means and magnetic holding means. The magnetic holding means includes at least one movable element that comprises at least one magnet or has a magnet attached thereto. The movable element is able to deactivate the magnetic holding means by distancing the magnet from the conveyor belt, and is also able to be arrange in a closed position in which the movable element blocks a vacuum conduit extending through the conveyor belt.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2018
    Assignee: Fagor Arrasate, S. Coop.
    Inventors: Carlos Alonso Ramila, Adolfo Lopez Sanchez
  • Patent number: 9987864
    Abstract: A first score line camera captures an image of one sides of a plurality of tablets being conveyed by a conveyor drum. During transfer from the conveyor drum to a first conveyor belt, all the tablets are turned upside down while their directional properties are maintained. A second score line camera captures an image of opposite side of the tablets being conveyed by the first conveyor belt. Based on image data about both the front sides and back sides of the tablets acquired by the first and second score line cameras, a first ink-jet head performs front-side printing process on a front side of a tablet to conform to a predetermined direction relative to a score line in this front side. The second ink-jet head performs back-side printing process on a back side of a tablet to conform to a direction on the back side same as the predetermined direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2018
    Assignee: SCREEN HOLDINGS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Nobuyuki Nakano, Takashi Gama
  • Patent number: 9878851
    Abstract: A transmission for driving articles can drive the articles in any direction up to nearly 360 degrees from a first direction of motion of the article while maintaining the input constant. The transmissions can be used in connection with material handling systems to convey articles to desired locations. Conveyor sections may have a plurality of such transmissions whose orientations are controlled as a group or individually.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2018
    Assignee: Intelligrated Headquarters, LLC
    Inventors: John Joseph Wilkins, Kevin Lawrence Klueber, Timothy W. Kraus
  • Patent number: 9873574
    Abstract: As an electronic component conveyance device that aligns a stack direction of internal electrodes in an electronic component in a highly reliable manner. An interval between a first sidewall and a second sidewall in a midstream part is larger than an interval P3 between the first sidewall and the second sidewall in a downstream part. A first magnetic force generation unit is provided lateral to the first sidewall in the midstream part. The height of a center of the first magnetic force generation unit with respect to a bottom surface is larger than P3/2.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2018
    Assignee: Murata Manufacturing Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Masaru Kakuho, Mitsuo Ebata, Naoto Tanaka
  • Patent number: 9850086
    Abstract: The present invention provides a conveyor mechanism for conveying sheets. The conveyor mechanism comprises a movable conveyor body, a drive mechanism, and an adjustment system configured to detect and correct skewing of the conveyor body, comprising one or more markers provided on or in the conveyor body, a sensor arrangement for detecting each marker at two or more discrete positions, and a processor to determine the skewing of the conveyor body. The conveyor body and the drive mechanism of the conveyor mechanism are mounted on a movable conveyor frame, and the adjustment system includes a frame shifting device comprising one or one or more actuator for shifting or moving the conveyor frame relative to a fixed framework. The invention also provides a related method of correcting skewing in a conveyor mechanism for conveying sheets along a transport path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Assignee: OCE-TECHNOLOGIES B.V.
    Inventors: Johannes H. L. Smeyers, Antonius G. H. Albers, Roy H. R. Jacobs, Cornelius M. F. Janssen, Reinoldus F. Winarto, Ernest J. J. Clevers
  • Patent number: 9783373
    Abstract: An apparatus for transporting veneer sheets, where the veneer sheets each have an upper surface, a lower surface, and a plurality of edges connecting the upper surface to the lower surface. The apparatus includes a vacuum source and a conveyor for transporting individual sheets of veneer along a direction of travel to a predetermined location. The conveyor includes a belt running in the direction of travel. A vacuum opening adjacent the belt is in communication with the vacuum source to draw respective sheets of veneer to the belt by suction applied to the upper surface or the lower surface of the veneer sheets via the vacuum opening. The position of the conveyor is adjustable in a direction transverse the direction of travel to accommodate veneer sheets having different lengths.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2017
    Assignee: SWEED MACHINERY, INC.
    Inventors: Chris J. Salyer, Tyler W. Casebeer
  • Patent number: 9409419
    Abstract: A printer includes a vacuum belt assembly for moving print media in a media feed direction along a media path. The vacuum belt assembly includes: a plurality of endless belts tensioned between first and second pulleys, the first and second pulleys having respective first and second axes of rotation perpendicular with the media feed direction; and a vacuum chamber for drawing print media onto an upper surface of the belts. Each belt is independently laterally slidable along one of the first and second axes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2016
    Assignee: Memjet Technology Limited
    Inventors: Bill Stone Cressman, Kenneth Andrew Regas, Jonathan Day Lucas, David Collins Burney, Patrick Kirk, Steve Inderieden, Neil Doherty, Lai Say Poh, Joo Beng Koh, Gilbert Magsakay
  • Patent number: 9073704
    Abstract: A sorting conveyor employs suction to stabilize products on a conveyor belt. The sorting conveyor comprises a conveyor belt including a plurality of embedded rollers for moving conveyed objects relative to the conveyor belt. A vacuum chamber below the conveyor belt houses activators for the rollers and selectively creates a vacuum zone above the conveyor belt for pulling objects on the conveyor belt.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2015
    Assignee: Laitram, L.L.C.
    Inventor: Matthew L. Fourney
  • Publication number: 20150148940
    Abstract: System and methods of treating or handling cardboard sheets.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 2, 2014
    Publication date: May 28, 2015
    Inventors: David BEN-DAVID, Yaki STERN, Yaron SMIRNOV, Tal HARMON
  • Patent number: 9027741
    Abstract: The invention is related to a transport system for sheet material including a conveyor belt charged with a vacuum. The transport system includes a vacuum chamber providing the vacuum to charge the conveyor belt while moving along the vacuum chamber in a transport direction, wherein the conveyor belt is permeable to air by recesses having specified distances from each other, and air nozzles arranged at a deflection position inside the vacuum chamber. The specified distances from each other correlate with the distances of the recesses in the conveyor belt to allow pressurized air charged to the air nozzles to pass through the recesses in the conveyor belt.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2015
    Assignee: Giesecke & Devrient GmbH
    Inventor: Andrey Galkin
  • Patent number: 9004272
    Abstract: An apparatus for transporting and processing a plurality of articles includes a conveyer structured to convey a plurality of articles along a conveyer path and at least one processing station provided along the conveyer path to perform at least one processing operation. The conveyer path includes at least one loop or festoon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignee: Ackley Machine Corporation
    Inventor: E Michael Ackley, Jr.
  • Publication number: 20150037130
    Abstract: Device (10) for forming packs of bags (P) for moving from a first area (S1), where an already produced bag (P) is arranged, to a second area (S2) for collecting the bags in packs, comprising at least one rotor (14) carrying a pair of supports (17) for the bag (P) and suction means to fix the bag (P) to the support while the rotor (14) rotates. The device advantageously comprises means (18) designed to maintain said support (17) in a position parallel to itself during the movement between the first area (S1) and the second area (S2).
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 14, 2011
    Publication date: February 5, 2015
    Inventor: Gianfranco Galimberti
  • Patent number: 8931864
    Abstract: An ink jet printer for printing on an at least partially cylindrical objects comprises one or more printheads positioned above a line of travel and a carriage assembly configured to hold an at least partially cylindrical object axially aligned along the line of travel and to position said object relative to the printheads, and then rotate the object relative to said one or more printheads. The printer also includes a curing device located along the line of travel and configured to emit an energy suitable to cure the deposited fluid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2015
    Assignee: INX International Ink Company
    Inventor: John Randel LaCaze
  • Patent number: 8931625
    Abstract: A powered draw belt of a belt conveyor for conveying glass sheets has a main supporting surface, and is fitted with a suction retaining device for securing a glass sheet to the draw belt; the retaining device having at least one hollow body at least partly covering the main supporting surface; the hollow body defining a supporting surface for the glass sheet, and having at least one elastically deformable portion spaced apart from the main supporting surface to define, with the main supporting surface, a variable-volume chamber connectable to a suction source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2015
    Assignee: Bottero S.p.A.
    Inventors: Mario Balbi, Giorgio Bisol
  • Publication number: 20140378285
    Abstract: A conveyor that is disposed at a printing unit of a box making machine and conveys a corrugated sheet 10a that is to undergo printing, includes: a conveyor belt 23 having a conveying face that conveys the corrugated sheet; a suction box 24a that is disposed at a side of a back 23b of the conveying face of the conveyor belt and that suctions the corrugated sheet onto the conveying face with negative pressure; a plurality of guide rolls that guide or drive the conveyor belt. Air blowing means is disposed on the back side of the conveyor belt within a region from an outlet roll to an inlet roll of the guide rolls and blows air to an outside.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 5, 2013
    Publication date: December 25, 2014
    Applicant: Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Printing & Packaging Machinery, Ltd.
    Inventors: Mitsuhiro Nadachi, Osamu Hatano
  • Publication number: 20140353123
    Abstract: A vacuum roll includes an inner rotor, an intermediate stator, and an outer shell roll. The inner rotor has open and closed portions and is adapted to rotate within the intermediate stator which is rotationally fixed and also has open and closed portions. The outer shell roll has open and closed portions and is adapted to move around the intermediate stator. Together the inner rotor and the intermediate stator define an internal rotary valve interface adapted to control fluid communication between the interior chamber and the outer shell.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 30, 2013
    Publication date: December 4, 2014
    Inventors: Adam Nicholas Schoultz, Steven Todd Moore, Joseph John Sina, Charles Robert Sample, Gerald Keith Sosalla
  • Publication number: 20140318929
    Abstract: A system for conveying an article along a transfer path includes at least a first and a second vortex suction unit disposed in sequence in a direction of the transfer path. A conveyor is configured to support the article relative to at least one of the suction units and a main controller is configured to separately control the vortex suction units so as to convey the article along the transfer path using the conveyor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 9, 2014
    Publication date: October 30, 2014
    Inventors: Peter Xavier Kearney, Andreas Wardak
  • Patent number: 8863939
    Abstract: Provided are vacuum transport systems, methods of making them and methods of transporting one or more objects. In accordance with various embodiments, there is a vacuum transport system including a vacuum plenum and one or more transport members configured to rotate around the vacuum plenum and wherein at least one of the one or more transport members can include a substrate, the substrate including a plurality of holes extending from a first side proximate to the vacuum plenum to a second side proximate to an object, wherein a surface of the second side comprises a textured surface having an average roughness Ra of about 2 ?m to about 100 ?m.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2014
    Assignee: Xerox Corporation
    Inventors: Elias Panides, Ruddy Castillo, Joannes N. M. de Jong, Lloyd A. Williams, Liang-Bih Lin, Bin Zhang
  • Publication number: 20140299448
    Abstract: A cylinder for conveying printed sheets along a UV or electron beam drier has inert-gas openings to which an inert gas is supplied at least temporarily during operation. A method for conveying printed sheets is also provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 7, 2014
    Publication date: October 9, 2014
    Applicant: HEIDELBERGER DRUCKMASCHINEN AG
    Inventors: ALBERT MAUL, JENS FRIEDRICHS
  • Publication number: 20140251764
    Abstract: A machine for processing sheets of different formats includes a pneumatic drum having an outer sleeve with pneumatic nozzle channels and an inner sleeve with a covering segment for covering the nozzle channels in a format-dependent way. A motor is provided to rotate the inner sleeve relative to the outer sleeve while the machine is running to carry out a flying format change of the pneumatic drum.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 11, 2014
    Publication date: September 11, 2014
    Applicant: HEIDELBERGER DRUCKMASCHINEN AG
    Inventors: MICHAEL GIESER, MICHAEL KRUEGER, HELMUT MEYER
  • Patent number: 8807325
    Abstract: Apparatus and method for forming (e.g. die necking) open ends of open-ended metal container bodies. An exemplary embodiment provides a number of movable holders for container bodies that move the container bodies along a path extending through the apparatus. A motor advances the holders and container bodies along the path in steps with pauses between each step. Each step advances one or more container bodies (and preferably two or more). One or more groups of work stations positioned adjacent to the path provides tool sets for carrying out a forming operation on one (and preferably two or more) container bodies simultaneously. Individual container bodies, or more preferably groups of two or more, are subjected to one or more forming operations during passage along the path (preferably the periphery of one or more star wheels).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2014
    Assignee: Crown Packaging Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher J. Olson, Harold Cook, Jr., Michael Atkinson, Randy Worwag, Peter Kubisa, Chris Reynolds, Larry Patchen
  • Patent number: 8800753
    Abstract: A system for conveying an article along a transfer path includes at least a first and a second vortex suction unit disposed in sequence in a direction of the transfer path. A conveyor is configured to support the article relative to at least one of the suction units and a main controller is configured to separately control the vortex suction units so as to convey the article along the transfer path using the conveyor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2014
    Assignee: BDT Media Automation GmbH
    Inventors: Peter Xavier Kearney, Andreas Wardak
  • Publication number: 20140151189
    Abstract: A method for transporting articles (2) to a station, in particular preforms to a blow-molding apparatus, wherein each article has a protrusion (10) and is moved along a guide (16) by a drive means (18), the article (2), along at least part of the guide (16), should be retained on an abutment (19, 21, 23), and advanced along this abutment, by an air stream.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 30, 2012
    Publication date: June 5, 2014
    Applicant: NOV HAU AG ENGINEERING
    Inventor: Peter Novak
  • Patent number: 8733538
    Abstract: A vertical closed loop link chain vacuum conveyor is provided. A conveying frame extends along a lane-like longitudinal conveying path. The frame has a vertical and longitudinally offset closed loop section. The closed loop section has a change in elevation including a decline and an incline, change in direction, and a central vacuum plenum. A multi-flex link chain is in guided support and travel in the conveying frame while running in trained contact about a link chain drive assembly. The multi-flex link chain is in evacuated communication with a suction generator is in ducted communication with the vacuum plenum.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2014
    Inventor: William D. Jones
  • Patent number: 8708135
    Abstract: Provided are media vacuum transport systems including media vacuum transport members, methods of making media vacuum transport members, and method of transporting media. In accordance with various embodiments, there is a media vacuum transport system including a vacuum plenum one or more transport members configured to rotate around the vacuum plenum and wherein at least one of the one or more transport members can include a substrate, the substrate comprising a plurality of holes extending from a first side proximate to the vacuum plenum to a second side proximate to the media, and a top coat layer disposed over the substrate, wherein the top coat layer can include a plurality of particles dispersed in a resin to provide an average surface roughness Ra of about 2 ?m to about 100 ?m.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2014
    Assignee: Xerox Corporation
    Inventors: Liang-Bih Lin, Brian P Gilmartin, Ruddy Castillo, Elias Panides, James L Giacobbi, Linn C Hoover, Gary A Batt
  • Patent number: 8695783
    Abstract: Provided are media vacuum transport systems including media vacuum transport members, methods of making media vacuum transport members, and method of transporting media. In accordance with various embodiments, there is a media vacuum transport system including a vacuum plenum one or more transport members configured to rotate around the vacuum plenum and wherein at least one of the one or more transport members can include a substrate, the substrate comprising a plurality of holes extending from a first side proximate to the vacuum plenum to a second side opposite the first side, and a top coat layer disposed over the substrate, wherein the top coat layer can include a plurality of particles dispersed in a polymer blend to provide an average surface roughness Ra of about 2 ?m to about 100 ?m.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 15, 2014
    Assignee: Xerox Corporation
    Inventors: Brian P. Gilmartin, Liang-Bih Lin
  • Patent number: 8672323
    Abstract: A substrate sheet transporting device is provided. The device includes a first transfer cylinder defining a first axis, a circumferential direction and a transverse direction and a transfer belt (74) extending around the first transfer cylinder. The first transfer cylinder includes first openings for the passage of a gas and the transfer belt includes second openings for the passage of a gas. The transfer belt and the first transfer cylinder define an alignment position in which the second passage openings are aligned with the first passage openings. The transfer device includes a device for adjusting the position of the transfer belt relative to the first transfer cylinder by bringing the transfer belt toward the alignment position. The invention is applicable to cutting devices of rotary printing presses.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 18, 2014
    Assignee: Goss International Montataire SA
    Inventors: Alain Blanchard, Jean-Francois Robert
  • Publication number: 20140041996
    Abstract: A transfer apparatus has a conveying track for electronic devices in a row, two vacuum passages to create vacuum forces to hold electronic devices against the conveying track at first and second positions respectively preventing overlapping of electronic devices; and sensors arranged with respect to the conveying track, the first sensor detects presence or absence of the leading electronic device at the first position for removal of the leading electronic device from the conveying track, and the second sensor detects presence or absence of the leading electronic device at a sensor position between the first and second positions as the leading electronic device is conveyed along the conveying track from the second to the first vacuum passage.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 10, 2012
    Publication date: February 13, 2014
    Inventors: Chak Tong SZE, Pei Wei TSAI, Wing Sze CHAN, Cho Hin CHEUK, Tsz Chun CHOW
  • Patent number: 8641358
    Abstract: This invention relates to apparatus for placing battery plates in a line. This includes a pick up and release unit generally indicated at 16. The unit includes a central metal hollow body 17, which is divided into a number of side-by-side vacuum chambers, some of which have a perforate floor 19. A vacuum course 21 can be selectively connected to those, which have a perforate floor, while it is perpendicularly connected to a second set of chambers. Plates can be picked up from elevators 11 and 12 by use of the intermittent vacuum and then held against an endless belt 25 by the constant vacuum until they arrive at a release chamber, having a perforate floor, where upon interruption of the vacuum allows for release of the battery plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2014
    Assignee: TBS Engineering Limited
    Inventor: Christopher S. Barge
  • Patent number: 8636139
    Abstract: A conveyor has drive and driven shafts mounted to undergo rotation, a transmitting member transmitting a rotational drive of the drive shaft to the driven shaft in synchronization relative one another, an elastic conveying member looped around the drive and driven shafts for conveying an object, and a guide portion arranged between the drive and driven shafts. The guide portion has rotators, receiving portions receiving respective ones of the rotators, openings communicating with through-holes of the conveying member, communication portions communicating with the openings and positioned so that each of the rotators is arranged between respective adjacent pairs of the communication portions, and connection members communicating with the openings via the communication portions. The connection members are configured for connection to a suction device for drawing air from the openings through the respective communication portions to draw by suction the conveyance object toward the conveying member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2014
    Assignee: Seiko I Infotech Inc.
    Inventors: Kazuhisa Umezawa, Takao Arai, Kazuhiro Sei
  • Patent number: 8590886
    Abstract: An air-suction sheet supplying device includes a sheet stacking plate to stack recording sheets; an air-suction duct, arranged to face a top surface of the recording sheet stacked on the sheet stacking plate, and having an air-suction opening with a predetermined width; a belt member, rotatably arranged so as to cover the air-suction opening, and having plural areas having various distributions of suction holes in a direction perpendicular to a conveying direction; a driving section to rotate the belt member; a detecting section to detect a position of the belt member in a rotating direction; and a control section to operate the driving section so as to set a starting position of suction work, in a conveying direction of the belt member, on an area having suitable distribution of the suction holes, based on information detected by the detecting section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2013
    Assignee: Konica Minolta Business Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Akira Kosugi
  • Patent number: 8550460
    Abstract: Printed products (10) are conveyed to a transfer portion (22) by means of the grippers (14) of the gripper conveyor (12). The vacuum belt conveyor (26) suctions with its active strand (28) the respective end region (32) of the printed products (10), after which, close to the end of the (34) of the transfer portion (22), the grippers (14) respectively release the printed products (10). The motional path (38) of the gripper jaws (16) runs in the transfer portion (22) in the shape of an arc. The active strand (28) of the vacuum belt conveyor (26) runs in the transfer portion (22) at an approximately constant distance to the motional path (38). In the case of large processing capacities and correspondingly high velocities, a reliably secure, positionally stable transfer of the printed products (10) from the gripper conveyor (12) to the vacuum belt conveyor (26) is thereby ensured.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2013
    Assignee: Ferag AG
    Inventor: Claudio Berni
  • Publication number: 20130248330
    Abstract: An apparatus for folding articles advancing in a machine direction including a rotatable roll having a roll surface, at least one protrusion that defines an outermost surface of the roll and at least one pocket that defines an innermost surface of the roll. The apparatus also includes a first and second vacuum conveyor assembly, each comprising two vacuum conveyors. The roll and the vacuum conveyor assemblies are cooperatively configured to fold an article.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 20, 2013
    Publication date: September 26, 2013
    Applicant: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventor: Yoichiro Yamamoto
  • Patent number: 8499924
    Abstract: A method and a system for stabilizing the sight line of a chip component being carried on two discs, for stabilizing delivery of the chip component between the two discs, and improving and stabilizing the inspection accuracy in the visual check of the chip component. This is achieved by employing a mechanism for carrying the chip component while supporting it on the horizontal plane of the first rotary disc and then carrying the chip component while suction-holding it on the vertical plane of the second rotary disc. When the chip component is carried on the first rotary disc, the upper surface and one side face of the chip component are imaged by first and second cameras. When the chip component is carried on the second rotary disc, the lower surface and the other side face of the chip component are imaged by third and fourth cameras.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2013
    Assignee: TDK Corporation
    Inventors: Masayoshi Kobayashi, Toru Mizuno
  • Patent number: 8485347
    Abstract: An apparatus and an associated method comprise a receiving zone, for receiving solid material, a transferring zone, for transferring said solid material and optionally a releasing zone for releasing said solid material, e.g. to another moving surface and with a moving endless surface moving in and through said zones, said a moving endless surface has thereto a multitude of primary cavities and secondary cavities receiving said solid material, wherein said primary cavities are connectable and/or connected to said vacuum system of said transferring zone, and said secondary cavities are not connectable/connected to said vacuum system of said transferring zone, and wherein thus only said primary cavities transfer said solid material e.g. to said further moving surface; and wherein typically both primary and secondary cavities are connectable/connected to a vacuum system in said receiving zone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2013
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventor: Hans Adolf Jackels
  • Patent number: 8485348
    Abstract: A suction belt (1) for transporting tobacco in the manufacture of cigarettes has a fabric (5) comprising warp threads (6) and weft threads (7), the ends (2,3) of which suction belt are connected in a connecting region (4) to form a continuous suction belt (1). The weft threads (7) and/or the warp threads (6), at least in the connecting region (4), have a light-absorbing material (8). The continuous suction belt (1) is laser welded in the connecting region (4).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2013
    Assignee: Max Schlatterer GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Manfred Strobel, Frank Bez, Manfred Schneider
  • Publication number: 20130140143
    Abstract: The invention relates to a transport apparatus (1), comprising an endless conveyor belt (2) which is drivable by drive means (3), of which conveyor belt (2) at least the outer side (4) is embodied in a material which can withstand irradiation by the infrared laser radiation used to cut flat, thin materials such as textile, non-woven, sandpaper, cardboard, plastic film material present on the active upper part of the conveyor belt (2) and carried along by this part. The invention further relates to a cutting device (20), comprising said transport apparatus (1). The invention also related to a method for cutting flat, thin materials such as textile, non-woven, sandpaper, cardboard, plastic film material. A good choice of such a material is Werkstoff “S”®.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 16, 2011
    Publication date: June 6, 2013
    Applicant: DE BRUIJNE DELDEN HOLDING B.V.
    Inventors: Jan Frederik Marco De Bruijne, Edwin Begemann
  • Publication number: 20130126306
    Abstract: Bandoliers of pouches or separate pouches are carried by suction cups on a transfer wheel and operated to hold and release pouches through solenoid valves, each coupled to a respective cup. The solenoid valves are operated by a controller to release pouches from the respective cups at precise angular positions of the wheel to control the configuration of the bandolier in a package or tray. Embodiments provide lateral shifting or rotation of pouches held by the cups. Fold-leading or fold-trailing bandolier configurations are produced. Solenoid valves are disposed proximate cups at the wheel periphery or elsewhere and operably coupled to the cups.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 21, 2012
    Publication date: May 23, 2013
    Inventors: DANIEL J. RACK, Frank G. Oliverio
  • Patent number: 8413794
    Abstract: This invention provides a vacuum belt media transport system wherein the media is held on the belt via vacuum pressure. The vacuum force is higher at the media acquisition location and is lower at the subsequent media transport and delivery stage. The vacuum pressure is provided by vacuum plenums located in the system causing vacuum pressure through holes in the belt throughout its length.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2013
    Assignee: Xerox Corporation
    Inventor: Douglas K. Herrmann
  • Publication number: 20130068593
    Abstract: The invention is related to a transport system for sheet material including a conveyor belt charged with a vacuum. The transport system includes a vacuum chamber providing the vacuum to charge the conveyor belt while moving along the vacuum chamber in a transport direction, wherein the conveyor belt is permeable to air by recesses having specified distances from each other, and air nozzles arranged at a deflection position inside the vacuum chamber. The specified distances from each other correlate with the distances of the recesses in the conveyor belt to allow pressurized air charged to the air nozzles to pass through the recesses in the conveyor belt.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 12, 2011
    Publication date: March 21, 2013
    Inventor: Andrey Galkin
  • Publication number: 20120292159
    Abstract: A transfer turret assembly is provided for transferring can bodies between process stations in a can necking machine. The transfer turret assembly includes a rotatable transfer starwheel. A plurality of pockets is formed in the starwheel that can each receive a can body. The turret assembly includes a vacuum assembly having a first zone that is under vacuum and a second zone separated from the first region by a boundary. The first zone vacuum retention force to vacuum ports formed in the pockets to retain the can bodies within the pockets. The boundary between the first zone and the second zone is adjustable to correspondingly adjust the vacuum retention force according to desired starwheel rotation speed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 30, 2012
    Publication date: November 22, 2012
    Inventor: DANIEL EGERTON
  • Publication number: 20120281051
    Abstract: A device for holding and carrying along a substrate to be printed on, for a printing machine, comprising: a conveyor (3) comprising an endless belt (8) formed by hollow box structures (9) extending transversely and having a flat outer face and comprising means for driving the belt and means (19a) for guiding the box structures. The flat outer faces (17) of the box structures circulate over a flat, longitudinal path (20) forming an upper flat surface (54) for holding the substrate to be printed on, the box structures having a plurality of external orifices in their outer face and at least one internal passage in their inner face opposite their outer face. A suction device (6) is able to engage with the internal passages in the box structures circulating over a longitudinal suction region (70) corresponding to at least a part of said flat, longitudinal path (20), so as to produce suction through said external orifices in the box structures circulating over said longitudinal suction region.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 9, 2010
    Publication date: November 8, 2012
    Applicant: MACHINES DUBUIT
    Inventor: Eugène Schaeffer
  • Publication number: 20120217136
    Abstract: A vacuum conveyor apparatus stabilizes multiple single file lanes of objects conveyed on a conveying surface of the apparatus by directing vacuum pressure through multiple slots beneath the conveying surface where the multiple slots are aligned with the multiple lanes of objects on the conveying surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 20, 2012
    Publication date: August 30, 2012
    Applicant: Ouellette Machinery Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Joseph F. Ouellette, Richard J. Ouellette
  • Publication number: 20120211030
    Abstract: A vertical closed loop link chain vacuum conveyor is provided. A conveying frame extends along a lane-like longitudinal conveying path. The frame has a vertical and longitudinally offset closed loop section. The closed loop section has a change in elevation including a decline and an incline, change in direction, and a central vacuum plenum. A multi-flex link chain is in guided support and travel in the conveying frame while running in trained contact about a link chain drive assembly. The multi-flex link chain is in evacuated communication with a suction generator is in ducted communication with the vacuum plenum.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 18, 2011
    Publication date: August 23, 2012
    Inventor: William D. Jones
  • Publication number: 20120211332
    Abstract: A powered draw belt of a belt conveyor for conveying glass sheets has a main supporting surface, and is fitted with a suction retaining device for securing a glass sheet to the draw belt; the retaining device having at least one hollow body at least partly covering the main supporting surface; the hollow body defining a supporting surface for the glass sheet, and having at least one elastically deformable portion spaced apart from the main supporting surface to define, with the main supporting surface, a variable-volume chamber connectable to a suction source.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 23, 2012
    Publication date: August 23, 2012
    Inventors: Mario Balbi, Giorgio Bisol
  • Patent number: 8210339
    Abstract: A device and a method for sorting and stacking glass plates of different thicknesses and/or different formats over a divided transport line is described. The device and method are characterized by the following: 1) an aligning device which aligns the glass plates against a left and/or a right abutment strip by means of controllable rolls; 2) a stacking device which lowers the plates supplied by the aligning device and stacks them one above the other; 3) a connectable paper insertion device which lays paper from a store onto a plate; 4) an upright positioner which rotates the stacked plates by a right angle and aligns them on a vertical aligning device; 5) and a robot gripping arm which grips the glass plates aligned on the upright positioner and transports them away for further use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2012
    Assignee: Grenzebach Mashinenbau GmbH
    Inventor: Manfred Strass
  • Publication number: 20120067701
    Abstract: In a vacuum conveyor belt for receiving, conveying and depositing planar objects, wherein the vacuum conveyor belt has a circulating drive (16), and a U-profile (3), wherein the U-profile (3) has a conveying passage and a return passage, and a conveyor belt (8), wherein the U-profile (3) on the return passage side includes a holder element (5).
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 13, 2011
    Publication date: March 22, 2012
    Applicant: MONTECH AG
    Inventor: Christof Steffen
  • Publication number: 20120064250
    Abstract: The present invention generally relates to a transport unit for transporting a print support, or substrate, through a plant that deposits print tracks on a surface of the print support. The plant has at least one print station having at least one print head to deposit the print track onto the print support according to a predetermined pattern. The transport unit comprises a transport element having a transport surface facing, during use, toward the print head and on which the print support is disposed during processing. The transport surface comprises a portion covered with an adhesive surface layer upon which the print support is positioned.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 8, 2011
    Publication date: March 15, 2012
    Applicant: Applied Materials ITALIA S. R. L.
    Inventors: Andrea BACCINI, Thomas MICHELETTI, Marco GAJOTTO
  • Patent number: 8127915
    Abstract: A system for separating a cluster of interconnected food products is disclosed. The system includes a first conveyor, a second conveyor, a suction subsystem, and a sensor. The first conveyor includes a discharge end and a first permeable conveyor belt. The second conveyor, in series with the first conveyor, includes an intake end and a second permeable conveyor belt. The first and second conveyors are configured to independently accelerate and decelerate. The suction subsystem, which includes an intake portion proximate to the discharge end and the intake end, is configured, arranged and disposed to generate suction through the first permeable conveyor belt at a first region proximate to the discharge end and through the second permeable conveyor belt at a second region proximate to the intake end. The sensor is configured, arranged and disposed to sense a leading edge of the cluster as the cluster is conveyed by the system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2012
    Assignee: Martin's Famous Pastry Shoppe, Inc.
    Inventors: Ernest J. Alleman, Ray E. Martin, Roger L. Henneberger, Kevin J. Allen
  • Patent number: 8123023
    Abstract: A compliant conveyance system for processing mailpieces along a feed path, e.g., printing on a first surface of a mailpiece, while being registered against a contact surface of a registration plate. The conveyance system comprises at least one conveyor belt opposing the contact surface of the registration plate, a continuous, uninterrupted, compliant deck disposed beneath and supporting an underside surface of the conveyor belt, and a spring biasing device operative to bias the compliant deck and the conveyor belt toward the contact surface of the registration plate. The conveyor belt includes a drive surface for engaging a second surface of each of the mailpieces for conveyance along the feed path. As each of the mailpieces pass the registration plate, the compliant deck and spring biasing device urge the second surface of each mailpiece into engagement with the contact surface during processing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2012
    Assignee: Pitney Bowes Inc.
    Inventors: Daniel J. Williams, Russell W. Holbrook