Pusher Having Linear Path Of Movement Patents (Class 198/747)
  • Patent number: 10583991
    Abstract: A slide rail assembly for moving an object on a transfer path, includes a rail, a slide arm, and a finger. The rail extends in a transfer direction of the transfer path. The slide arm is slidably connected to the rail. The slide arm is moveable in the transfer direction between a retracted position and an extended position. The finger is connected to the slide arm. The finger is moveable between an engaged position and a disengaged position upon movement of the slide arm between the retracted position and the extended position. In the engaged position the finger is engaged with the object such that upon movement of the slide arm from the retracted position towards the extended position the object is moved in the transfer direction along the transfer path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2020
    Assignee: Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc.
    Inventor: Shigeo Akiyama
  • Patent number: 9925289
    Abstract: A lyophilizing and/or sterilizing machine comprises a treatment chamber, a plurality of loading planes having at least one loading surface, disposed inside the treatment chamber, one overlapping the other and positionable in a desired and known manner by means of vertical tie-rods. The lyophilizing and/or sterilizing machine also comprises a movement apparatus to move containers, the content of which is to be treated in the treatment chamber. The movement apparatus comprises at least one loading/unloading device mobile on horizontal guides comprising at least one internal horizontal guide independent and autonomous from the loading planes and located in correspondence to a lateral portion of the loading planes and between the loading surface and the vertical tie-rods.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2018
    Assignee: I.M.A. INDUSTRIA MACCHINE AUTOMATICHE S.P.A.
    Inventors: Claudio Trebbi, Gabriele Gabusi
  • Patent number: 9192689
    Abstract: Lyophilizing or sterilizing machine, comprising a lyophilizing or sterilizing chamber, a plurality of loading planes, having a loading surface disposed inside the chamber and overlapping each other, and a movement apparatus to load on and unload from the loading surface of the loading planes, containers the content of which is to be treated in the chamber. The movement apparatus comprises at least one loading/unloading slider mobile on horizontal guides. The loading planes are associated with vertical movement guides. Each of the loading planes comprises at least two opposite lateral flanks, a plurality of through holes being present on at least one of the lateral flanks in order to house the vertical guides. The through holes define a lateral guide solid with the loading plane, at least one through seating being present between said lateral guide and the loading surface to freely house a respective horizontal guide.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2015
    Assignee: I.M.A. INDUSTRIA MACCHINE AUTOMATICHE SPA
    Inventors: Claudio Trebbi, Gabriele Gabusi
  • Patent number: 8950573
    Abstract: Methods, devices and computer program products automatically package an object, such as, for example, whole muscle meat pieces, in a covering material, such as, for example, netting. The devices include a pusher assembly, an electric motor, preferably a servo motor with a gear box, that drives a linear drive assembly. The devices can include a programmably adjustable index and/or speed profile for the pusher assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2015
    Assignee: Tipper Tie, Inc.
    Inventors: William M. Poteat, Samuel D. Griggs, Sean Michael Kieffer
  • Patent number: 8950574
    Abstract: Methods, systems, apparatus, devices and computer program products automatically package an object, such as, for example, whole muscle meat pieces, in a covering material. The devices include an automated compression assembly with an electric drive motor and a pusher assembly with an electric motor, preferably each electric motor is a servo motor. The systems/apparatus devices can include a programmably adjustable index and/or speed profile for the compression and/or pusher assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2015
    Assignee: Tipper Tie, Inc.
    Inventors: Dennis J. May, William M. Poteat, Samuel D. Griggs, Kim L. Poling, Derek L. Brown
  • Patent number: 8910776
    Abstract: Methods, systems, apparatus, devices and computer program products automatically package an object, such as, for example, whole muscle meat pieces, in a covering material. The devices include an automated compression assembly with an electric drive motor and a pusher assembly with an electric motor, preferably each electric motor is a servo motor. The systems/apparatus devices can include a programmably adjustable index and/or speed profile for the compression and/or pusher assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2014
    Assignee: Tipper Tie, Inc.
    Inventors: Dennis J. May, William M. Poteat, Samuel D. Griggs, Kim L. Poling, Derek L. Brown
  • Patent number: 8893873
    Abstract: A material handling feed table having a driven conveyor mechanism to move a work piece. A reciprocating shuttle mechanism clamps and moves the work piece. A mechanism is provided to coordinate and operate movement of the driven conveyor mechanism in conjunction with the movement of the reciprocating shuttle mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2014
    Assignee: HE&M Inc.
    Inventor: Doug Harris
  • Patent number: 8887544
    Abstract: A conveyor apparatus conveys work that was conduction heated at an energizing position to a processing position that is separated from the energizing position in the horizontal direction in order to perform hot press-forming, and comprises: a holding member that freely clamps both end sections in the lengthwise direction of the work that has been conduction heated; a drive mechanism that moves the holding member from at least the energizing position to the processing position; and a guide member that extends between the energizing position and the processing position and guides and supports the middle section in the lengthwise direction of the work that has been conduction heated and is being conveyed toward the processing position. A hot press-forming apparatus comprises the conveyor apparatus when conveying conduction heated work to a downstream process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2014
    Assignee: Aisin Takaoka Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Katsunori Ishiguro, Masaki Furuhashi
  • Patent number: 8863940
    Abstract: A drag conveyor system having a tube and a traction element extending through tube is provided. A plurality of slugs are connected to the traction element, each of the slugs including a slug flange. A disk is removably attached to each of the slugs, with the disk including first and second disk parts that are adapted to be placed around the cable and are engagable with one another and/or the slug so that each of the disks is located on the respective one of the slugs. A snap clip is engaged to each of the slugs, with the snap clip including a flange located on an opposite side of the disk from the slug flange that, together with the slug flange, maintains the first and second disk parts together and engaged with the slug in a fixed position on the slug.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2014
    Assignee: Flexicon Corporation
    Inventors: Keith W. Sterner, John F. Simonof, Jr., Korey A. Szapacs, David R. Gill
  • Patent number: 8820516
    Abstract: A device for loading and unloading the standing surface of the drying chamber of a freeze drying installation. The device includes a carriage disposed above an unloading position of the surface which extends transversely to a movement direction during a loading or unloading process and in parallel with the standing surface and forms a movable guiding edge for the drying vessels. Guides disposed on both sides of the standing surface extend in parallel with the movement direction and form fixed guiding edges for the drying vessels. The carriage is driven by two linear motors, the respective primary parts of which are fixedly connected to both side ends of the carriage and are supported on the guides which at the same time receive the secondary parts. All of the components of the devices thus defined are located within the drying chamber, wherein a mechanically extremely simple and low-wear construction is achieved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2014
    Assignee: Martin Christ Gefriertrocknungsanlagen GmbH
    Inventor: Martin Christ
  • Publication number: 20140231223
    Abstract: A conveyor apparatus which allows a workpiece to be carried in and out of a desired process and lends itself to easy maintenance as well is provided. A conveyor apparatus (13) includes a first conveyance mechanism (13A) capable of carrying a board (7) into a desired process and a second conveyance mechanism (13B) capable of carrying the board (7) out of the desired process.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 27, 2012
    Publication date: August 21, 2014
    Applicant: Yokota Technica Limited Company
    Inventor: Yatsuharu Yokota
  • Publication number: 20140231224
    Abstract: A conveyor apparatus includes a pusher piece (19) fixed to a conveying rod (18) adapted to reciprocate along a board conveyance path, and a switching mechanism adapted to switch the pushing piece, by turning the conveying rod a predetermined angle, between an engaged position where the pusher piece (19) engages with a rear end face of a board (7) and a retracted position where the pusher piece (19) does not interfere with the board (7). The switching mechanism includes a guide member (23) provided with a guide hole (24) adapted to guide a guide rod (22). The guide hole (24) is made up of first and second guide holes (25 and 26) configured to extend in parallel to each other in a conveyance direction and slanted coupling guide holes (27, 27) adapted to couple ends of the first and second guide holes (25 and 26). When the conveying rod (18) reciprocates, the guide rod (22) makes a round of the closed-loop guide hole (24).
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 27, 2012
    Publication date: August 21, 2014
    Applicant: Yokota Technica Limited Company
    Inventor: Yatsuharu Yokota
  • Patent number: 8789678
    Abstract: A conveyor system comprising: a track section comprising a control system; a drive system that is controlled by the control system; a plurality of moving elements that are driven by the drive system; a pallet support apparatus; a plurality of pallets that are configured to engage with the moving elements and move on the pallet support apparatus; and a plurality of workstations provided along the track section, each workstation at a predetermined pitch from each other workstation, wherein at least some of the pitches are different among workstations, wherein the control system, drive system and moving elements are configured such that each pallet of the plurality of pallets is independently advanced through the workstations based on the pitches of the workstations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 29, 2014
    Assignee: ATS Automation Tooling Systems Inc.
    Inventors: Albert Kleinikkink, Javan Taylor, Jeff Lee, Brad Northey, Jayson Jones
  • Patent number: 8757362
    Abstract: A conveyor system that transports a plurality of pallets includes: at least two driving devices that each have an engaging portion to be engaged with the pallet located at an upstream-side end portion in a pallet transport direction and that moves the engaging portion in a state where the engaging portion is engaged with the pallet to thereby simultaneously push the plurality of pallets; and a transport portion on which the plurality of pallets are mounted and that is able to transport the plurality of pallets pushed by the driving devices. The conveyor system is configured to transport the plurality of pallets at a constant speed by engaging the engaging portion of one of the driving devices with the pallet and causing the one of the driving devices to start pushing the plurality of pallets by the time when another one of the driving devices completes pushing the plurality of pallets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2014
    Assignees: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha, Shinmei Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Akio Ono, Mitsuhiro Harada, Taiki Murao
  • Patent number: 8714339
    Abstract: A device and a method for transferring printed products conveyed in a stream of individual products from a feed unit to a removal unit makes it possible to divert the printed products from a feed direction to a removal direction. The feed unit includes a first conveyor and a transfer region, and the removal unit includes a takeover region with a support surface for the printed products. The transfer region is located higher than the takeover region. The removal unit of the device includes at least a second conveyor which forms the support surface. A pressing element is arranged above the support surface which can be lowered toward the support surface or toward a printed product moving in the direction of the support surface. The pressing element can be lifted up from the support surface or a printed product positioned thereon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2014
    Assignee: Mueller Martini Holding AG
    Inventors: Beat Brun, Andreas Hess, Christian Troxler
  • Patent number: 8522959
    Abstract: A cap transfer unit (1) comprising a cap transfer line (8) defining a transfer path (5) from a cap loading area (4) to a cap discharge area (6), and a cap pusher (16) slidingly mounted along the cap transfer line (8), the cap pusher (16) having a rest position in which the cap pusher (16) is spaced from the transfer path (5), and an active position in which the cap pusher (16) overlaps at least partially the transfer path (5) for coming into abutment with caps (2) located therein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2013
    Assignee: Sidel Participations
    Inventor: Ivano Ceci
  • Publication number: 20130081927
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to an apparatus for moving a dolly longitudinally along its base. The apparatus comprises a first motorized drive that transmits a drive from a motorized unit to a first rotating axle mounted on the apparatus. A second motorized drive transmits the drive from the first rotating axle to the dolly, thereby moving the dolly longitudinally along the base. The apparatus is environmentally friendly and may be operated in a wide range of temperatures, including in sub-freezing climates.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 17, 2011
    Publication date: April 4, 2013
    Applicant: SUPERMETAL STRUCTURES INC.
    Inventors: Marc ROBITAILLE, Stephane DESROSIERS
  • Patent number: 8397896
    Abstract: A conveyor system comprising: a track section comprising a control system; a drive system that is controlled by the control system; a plurality of moving elements that are driven by the drive system; a pallet support apparatus; a plurality of pallets that are configured to engage with the moving elements and move on the pallet support apparatus; and a plurality of workstations provided along the track section, each workstation at a predetermined pitch from each other workstation, wherein at least some of the pitches are different among workstations, wherein the control system, drive system and moving elements are configured such that each pallet of the plurality of pallets is independently advanced through the workstations based on the pitches of the workstations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2013
    Assignee: ATS Automation Tooling Systems Inc.
    Inventors: Albert Kleinikkink, Javan Taylor, Jeff Lee, Brad Northey, Jayson Jones
  • Publication number: 20120279829
    Abstract: A drag conveyor system having a tube and a traction element extending through tube is provided. A plurality of slugs are connected to the traction element, each of the slugs including a slug flange. A disk is removably attached to each of the slugs, with the disk including first and second disk parts that are adapted to be placed around the cable and are engagable with one another and/or the slug so that each of the disks is located on the respective one of the slugs. A snap clip is engaged to each of the slugs, with the snap clip including a flange located on an opposite side of the disk from the slug flange that, together with the slug flange, maintains the first and second disk parts together and engaged with the slug in a fixed position on the slug.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 22, 2011
    Publication date: November 8, 2012
    Applicant: FLEXICON CORPORATION
    Inventors: Keith W. Sterner, John F. Simonof, JR., Korey A. Szapacs, David R. Gill
  • Publication number: 20120217133
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present disclosure generally provide a variable phase step feeder including a fixed set of stairs and a moving set of stairs. The fixed set of stairs may include a first fixed step, a second fixed step, and a third fixed step. The moving set of stairs may be interposed between the fixed set of stairs, and include a first moving step adapted to transport a workpiece from the first fixed step to the second fixed step and a second moving step adapted to transport the workpiece from the second fixed step to the third fixed step. The variable phase step feeder may further include a control mechanism for adjusting a phase relationship of the first moving step relative to the second moving step.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 28, 2011
    Publication date: August 30, 2012
    Applicant: U.S. Natural Resources, Inc.
    Inventor: Larry Petryshen
  • Patent number: 8235640
    Abstract: An apparatus for moving containers into or from a chamber provided with at least a supporting surface for the containers, comprises a pushing element for engaging the containers and a driving arrangement for moving the pushing element through the chamber along a sliding direction, the driving arrangement comprising, a modular rod assembly for supporting the pushing element and including a set of rod elements which can be mutually and removably associated, an assembling arrangement for connecting or disconnecting the rod elements to or from the modular rod assembly so as to change a length thereof and to move the pushing element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2012
    Assignee: Telstar Technologies, S.L.
    Inventors: Gianni Balboni, Samuele Bellan, Franco Gironi, Paul Stewart
  • Publication number: 20120186947
    Abstract: A device principally used for loading and unloading the standing surface (3?) of the drying chamber (2) of a freeze drying installation, which standing surface is located at a defined height position, the unloading position, is characterised by a carriage (8), which is disposed slightly thereabove, extends transversely to a movement direction (8?) during a loading or unloading process and in parallel with the standing surface and forms a movable guiding edge for the drying vessels (5), and by guides (7) which are disposed on both sides of the standing surface (3?), extend in parallel with the said movement direction and form fixed guiding edges for the drying vessels (5). The carriage (8) is driven by two linear motors, the respective primary parts (9) of which are fixedly connected to both side ends of the carriage (8) and are supported on the guides (7) which at the same time receive the secondary parts.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 11, 2010
    Publication date: July 26, 2012
    Applicant: MARTIN CHRIST GEFRIERTROCKNUNGSANLAGEN GMBH
    Inventor: Martin Christ
  • Patent number: 8196734
    Abstract: An automatic convey device adapted for pushing and grouping a plurality of connectors includes a frame assembly, a holding module and a feeding module disposed on the frame assembly respectively. The holding module has a plurality of positioning units for positioning the connectors. The feeding module includes a power unit, a sliding unit disposed on the frame assembly, a plurality of pushing units and a grouping unit mounted to the sliding unit respectively. The pushing units are capable of repeatedly pushing the respective connectors move forward until the connectors are positioned by the positioning units and then move backward for repeating the last action to push the next connectors forward. The grouping unit is capable of repeating the action of pushing forward the connector positioned by the forward positioning unit and capable of being controlled by the power unit to disconnect with or connect with and push the corresponding connectors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2012
    Assignee: Cheng Uei Precision Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Sung-Lin Chen, Xiao-Lin Wu, Shao-Bo Zhang, Zai-Wei Zou, Jun Ma
  • Patent number: 8136653
    Abstract: Under a state in which a long material (structural steel (A)) is sandwiched by pinch rollers (drive roller (21) and idle rollers (22)) of a pinch roller apparatus (20), the drive roller (21) is driven to rotate, and the structural steel (A) is conveyed forward. When a rear end portion of the structural steel (A) reaches a vicinity of the pinch roller apparatus (20), the rear end portion of the structural steel (A) is held by a holding portion (32) provided at a front end portion of a feed bar (36) of a feed bar device (30), and the feed bar (36) is caused to slide toward a working machine. Consequently, the structural steel (A) is conveyed forward through the pinch roller apparatus (20) and is positioned.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2012
    Assignee: Daito Seiki Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Taichi Okimoto
  • Patent number: 8074810
    Abstract: Apparatus and methods provide individual blades driven by drives configured to reduce a tendency of sludge to be moved in an undesired return direction. Drive configurations apply “pull” and “pull” forces that only pull on tensile structures, avoiding a need in actual commercial practice for use of extra structural drive members having high resistance to both tension and compressive forces exerted parallel to a sludge movement direction. Each of two separate tensile structures carries one blade, or a separate set of blades, with blade(s) of one structure adjacent to, and alternating with, blade(s) of the other structure. Embodiments move sludge from a corner of a basin and across a floor of the basin. The reduced tendency of sludge movement in the return direction results from moving one tensile structure and blade(s) in the sludge movement direction as the other tensile structure and adjacent opposed blade(s) move in the return direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2011
    Assignee: Meurer Research, Inc.
    Inventors: Joseph Karl Brauch, Charles Lonnie Meurer
  • Patent number: 7981302
    Abstract: Apparatus and methods provide individual blades driven by drives configured to reduce a tendency of sludge to be moved in an undesired return direction. Drive configurations apply “pull” and “pull” forces that only pull on tensile structures, avoiding a need in actual commercial practice for use of extra structural drive members having high resistance to both tension and compressive forces exerted parallel to a sludge movement direction. Each of two separate tensile structures carries one blade, or a separate set of blades, with blade(s) of one structure adjacent to, and alternating with, blade(s) of the other structure. Embodiments move sludge from a corner of a basin and across a floor of the basin. The reduced tendency of sludge movement in the return direction results from moving one tensile structure and blade(s) in the sludge movement direction as the other tensile structure and adjacent opposed blade(s) move in the return direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2011
    Assignee: Meurer Research Inc.
    Inventors: Joseph Karl Brauch, Charles Lonnie Meurer
  • Publication number: 20110132267
    Abstract: A material-shifting system for shifting scattered material, such as livestock feed, closer to a barrier. The system includes at least one traveling unit having an angled push-head which is coupled to a shuttle. Preferably, the shuttle is driven along a rail by a remote driving. As the shuttle travels along the rail, the push head pushes material scattered over a surface towards the barrier.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 7, 2010
    Publication date: June 9, 2011
    Inventor: Ron TABAKMAN
  • Patent number: 7780015
    Abstract: Apparatus and methods provide individual blades driven by drives configured to reduce a tendency of sludge to be moved in an undesired return direction. Drive configurations apply “pull” and “pull” forces that only pull on tensile structures, avoiding a need in actual commercial practice for use of extra structural drive members having high resistance to both tension and compressive forces exerted parallel to a sludge movement direction. Each of two separate tensile structures carries one blade, or a separate set of blades, with blade(s) of one structure adjacent to, and alternating with, blade(s) of the other structure. Embodiments move sludge from a corner of a basin and across a floor of the basin. The reduced tendency of sludge movement in the return direction results from moving one tensile structure and blade(s) in the sludge movement direction as the other tensile structure and adjacent opposed blade(s) move in the return direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 24, 2010
    Assignee: Meurer Research, Inc.
    Inventors: Joseph Karl Brauch, Charles Lonnie Meurer
  • Patent number: 7766152
    Abstract: A freeze dryer comprises a chamber having a rectangular slot through which vials are inserted into the chamber. An assembly for loading the chamber comprises a bar extending across the slot to engage vials to be inserted into the chamber. The bar is attached to a mechanism for moving the bar laterally into and out from the chamber. In a retracted position of the bar, at least part of the mechanism is wound around a sprocket. Rotation of the sprocket unwinds the mechanism to move the bar into the chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2005
    Date of Patent: August 3, 2010
    Assignee: Ima Life S.R.L.
    Inventor: Franciscus Damen
  • Patent number: 7681716
    Abstract: A work conveying apparatus including at least one movable work conveying device to support a work, a drive device capable of reciprocating by a predetermined distance in a predetermined direction, and a latching portion formed on at least one of the working conveying device and the drive device and configured to latch the working conveying device with the drive device and move the work conveying device when the drive device is moved in one direction in the reciprocating direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2010
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventor: Takashi Kobayashi
  • Patent number: 7617924
    Abstract: A tray transportation device is disclosed in this invention. The tray transportation device includes a transfer stage, a loading handler, an operation handler and an unload stage. The transfer stage has a buffer area and an operation area. The loading handler is disposed on the buffer area to handle a tray in the buffer area. The operation handler is disposed on the operation area to handle a tray in the operation area. The unload stage is used to carry the tray transferred from the transfer stage. The loading handler and the operation handler move together, when the operation handler transfers the tray from the operation area to the unload stage; the loading handler transfers the tray from the buffer area to the operation area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2009
    Assignee: King Yuan Electronics Co. Ltd.
    Inventor: Hsin Hui Han
  • Patent number: 7507087
    Abstract: A pusher furnace includes a pusher assembly having first and second coordinated pushers for pushing load supports with loads to be heated thereon to provide continuous downstream movement of the load supports through a furnace section. A removal assembly includes a first removal mechanism which removes the load supports from the furnace section and a second removal mechanism which removes the loads from the first removal mechanism to facilitate the continuous downstream movement. The first removal mechanism preferably includes a parallelogram-type four-bar linkage for lifting the load supports and lowering them onto the second removal mechanism. Entry and exit plenums are connected to respective ends of the furnace section to provide a controlled atmosphere within the furnace section. The pusher and removal assemblies are timed with opening and closing of various gates of the plenums to maintain the controlled atmosphere.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2009
    Assignee: AJAX Tocco Manethermic Corporation
    Inventor: Anthony M. Tenzek
  • Patent number: 7419348
    Abstract: An incremental urging system comprising a container structure including floor, roof, and side wall structures, and closed at a rearward end. A loading aperture is provided in the roof of the container structure for the introduction of compactable material. An incrementing urging structure traverses substantially the length of the container structure from a fully retracted position at the rearward end, to a fully advanced position at a forward or discharge end, with compactable material being ejected through a discharge gate at the forward. The incrementing urging structure is urged into incremental horizontal motion within the container structure by two cooperating mechanical systems.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2003
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2008
    Assignee: Alexandria Nominees Pty Ltd.
    Inventor: Laurence Michael Byrne
  • Patent number: 7219785
    Abstract: A work transfer apparatus configured to move a work to an operating position while transferring the work by a conveyor, perform predetermined processing at the operating position, and discharge a processed work, the work transfer apparatus comprising an ejector moving the work independently from the conveyor; and a stopper stopping the work at the operating position, wherein the work processed by the predetermined processing is discharged by the ejector, and a work to be moved to the operating position next by the conveyor is stopped at the operating position by the stopper.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2004
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2007
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Atsushi Saito, Akira Kimura
  • Patent number: 6692214
    Abstract: A pusher 13 has a leaf spring 12, a driving section 22, a direction changing section 23, and guides 24. The driving section 22 nips the leaf spring to longitudinally advance and retract it. Advancement of a fore end of the leaf spring 12 in a pushing direction causes the object facing the leaf spring to be pushed from a first position to a second position. A direction changing section 23 bends the tail end of the leaf spring relative to the fore end so as to change the direction of advancement and retraction. Guides 24 guide the fore and tail ends with respect to the direction changing section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2002
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2004
    Assignee: Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Satoshi Shida, Takashi Shimizu, Ryoji Inutsuka, Hiroaki Hayashi, Shinji Kanayama, Yuichi Takakura
  • Patent number: 6547061
    Abstract: A cargo system for an aircraft includes an elongate endless drive arrangement extending along the path of travel of a load unit, the endless drive arrangement including a carriage movable along the path and a load unit engaging member on the carriage and movable relative thereto between a load unit engagement position and an inoperative position in response to relative movement between first and second elements of the endless drive arrangement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2001
    Date of Patent: April 15, 2003
    Assignee: Lucas Western, Inc.
    Inventors: Steve C Gasal, Ronald D Robson, Aaron J Roberts
  • Publication number: 20020195319
    Abstract: A material handling device for receiving a plurality of lumber pieces is provided. Each lumber piece is received on the material handling device in successive order. The material handling device comprises a supporting frame having a slide surface and a carriage assembly movable along the supporting frame. A sweep device is secured to the carriage assembly with the sweep device movable from a retracted position to an extended position along the slide surface. The sweep device contacts each lumber piece in successive order and extends to the extended position to move the contacted lumber piece from the slide surface of the supporting frame wherein each next lumber piece is received on the sweep device prior to the sweep device moving to the retracted position and falling to the slide surface upon the sweep device achieving the retracted position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 21, 2001
    Publication date: December 26, 2002
    Inventor: Kenneth R. Fleming
  • Publication number: 20020117379
    Abstract: The invention relates to a cross-stacker for paper products comprising a lift table which can be rotated around a vertical axis and which can be moved in a vertical direction. Furthermore an ejector arm movable parallel to the ejection direction and an ejector for ejecting a product stack from the cross-stacker are provided, with the ejector being held movably perpendicular to the ejection direction at the ejector arm.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 28, 2002
    Publication date: August 29, 2002
    Applicant: Gammerler AG
    Inventors: Gunter Gammerler, Peter Kunz
  • Publication number: 20020104740
    Abstract: A pusher for a conveyor system or accumulator is provided. The pusher has an equalized motion across its length which is created by a drive train linkage including first and second rack and pinion assemblies wherein the pinion gears rotate about a common axis and are joined together by a connecting rod. The drive train linkage allows the pusher bar to be actuated by a single pneumatic or hydraulic cylinder connected to the pusher bar outwardly of the rack and pinion drive linkage. Positioning the pneumatic drive cylinder outwardly of the support linkage achieves a lower profile than achieved by prior art pushers.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 2, 2001
    Publication date: August 8, 2002
    Inventor: Walter K. Franke
  • Patent number: 6422798
    Abstract: The invention relates to a process for continuous treatment of objects in a processing unit, where the objects are moved along a conveyor track passing through the processing unit by a first linear-action conveyor device performing a back-and-forward movement and where the objects are supplied to/removed from the conveyor track by a transfer device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2000
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2002
    Assignee: Angewandte Solarenergie-Ase GmbH
    Inventors: Thomas Lauinger, Armin Aberle, Richard Auer, Guido Halbach, Manuel Kanne, Hanno Paschke, Jens Moschner
  • Patent number: 6401902
    Abstract: Collecting system for packagings (18), preferably returnable packagings, comprising a feeding-in device (10) for the packagings, which feeding-in device is arranged at a first location, an automatic transport device being arranged to automatically transport the packagings from said feeding-in device (10), in a transport canal (12), to a demolition and/or collecting device (14, 16) which is arranged at a second location, said second location being situated at some distance from said first location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2000
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2002
    Inventor: Roy Olson
  • Patent number: 6328153
    Abstract: A device for feeding layers of products to a palletizing plant, containing an accumulation surface arranged to receive lines of products transferred from a conveyor positioned in front of it by a pusher which acts in a direction perpendicular to the conveyor axis and parallel to the axis of the accumulation surface; the device including at least two parallel, coplanar conveyors of different type positioned in front of the accumulation surface and associated with the pusher supported by an upper structure in such a manner as to be free to move vertically and free to move in the direction of the axis of the accumulation surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 1999
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2001
    Assignee: Zecchetti S.R.L.
    Inventors: Francesco Manghi, Ciro Correggi
  • Patent number: 6296102
    Abstract: A container rejecting apparatus is used for rejecting a container filled with a liquid such as beverage from a feed conveyor to a discharge conveyor adjacent thereto. The container rejecting apparatus has a pusher for pushing the container from the feed conveyor onto the discharge conveyor. The pusher has a front face comprising a plurality of tubes of synthetic resin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 1999
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2001
    Assignee: Kirin Techno-System Corporation
    Inventors: Tadatsune Uchida, Kiyoharu Nakajima
  • Patent number: 6237747
    Abstract: A delivery device for a setting tool has a guide tube (16), a guide rail (1) projecting from the guide tube (16) substantially transverse thereto and having a guide channel (5) for receiving fastening elements (6), a slide (2) for transporting the fastening elements in a direction toward the guide tube (16), and a locking member (3) pivotable into an interior of the guide channel (5) for limiting the displacement of the fastening elements (6) located in the guide channel (5) in the direction opposite to the setting direction. The locking member (3) has a guide region (9) displaceable through a through-opening (10) formed in a side of the guide rail (1) extending parallel to the setting direction, and into the interior of the guide channel (5) into a locking position in which the guide region (9) formlockingly cooperates with the spaced from each other, stop edges of several fastening elements provided on stems of the elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 1999
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2001
    Assignee: Hilti Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Gebhard Gantner, Markus Sprenger
  • Patent number: 6179109
    Abstract: A conveying apparatus (1) for shelf channels of shelf storage facilities comprises two parallely arranged, circulating conveying means (2) for receiving pallets (P). The conveying means (2) are partially designed as support roller chains (3) whose ends are interconnected by a rope (3). Two deflections (5, 6) are provided per conveying means (2) by means of which the particular conveying means is divided into an upper (7) and a lower run (8). In order to bring the two conveying means into a defined initial position after unloading the last pallet, several chain links (3A, 3B, 3C, 3D) of the end region of the particular chain (3) near the unloading end are provided with a smooth surface. Moreover, an end stop member (15, 16) is provided for each conveying means (2) that limits the path of displacement of the chain (3) in the unloading direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 1998
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2001
    Assignee: Gilgen Fordersysteme
    Inventor: Hans-Rudolf Haldimann
  • Patent number: 6105752
    Abstract: A receptacle for a feed mechanism comprises a receiving body having a receiving chamber connected to a feed duct and a conveying duct extending substantially perpendicularly to the feed duct. At least one blocking means is arranged in the aperture region of the feed duct and reduces a cross section of the feed duct. The blocking means clears the cross section of the feed duct in the direction of the receiving chamber and blocks it in the opposite direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 1997
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2000
    Assignee: Emhart Inc.
    Inventors: Kurt Liebich, Hans Wiessler, Ingeburg Hoehmann
  • Patent number: 6102192
    Abstract: The present invention provides an article pushing device for pushing an array of hanging articles along a hook bar by the action of self-restoring force of a compression spring body which can be elastically compressed with no space loss and be easily fitted on a hook bar without previously taking off the articles. The device comprises a zigzag leaf-spring body having a series of sharp alternate turns forming peaks and bottoms, which spring body can be contracted with substantially no space between neighboring parallel leaf-portions and has a series of notches (sliding holes with an open slit) made in peaks thereof for externally fitting onto the hook bar. The zigzag leaf-spring body is provided with a pushing portion at its front end and a holding member at its rear end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 1997
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2000
    Assignee: Sunco Spring Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Toshimasa Tomuro, Yoshikata Muguruma
  • Patent number: 6102644
    Abstract: An ejector blade carriage mounting system for connecting the ejector blade carriage to the ejector blade in a manner to accommodate variations in the fabrication of a truck body in which the ejector blade is utilized by connecting the ejector blade carriage to the ejector blade through a tri-pod arrangement of mounting bolts which incorporate shims and spherical seating washers to compensate for such variations and to ensure true axial loading of the connecting bolts. A fourth connecting bolt is provided to help lock the assembly in the desired position once the spacial accommodations have been effected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 1999
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2000
    Assignee: Caterpillar S.A.R.L.
    Inventors: David A. Young, Peter F. Prillinger, David Suthern, Christopher Smith, John P. Moyna
  • Patent number: 6085894
    Abstract: The present invention, in certain embodiments, is an apparatus for the movement of objects on rollers. The apparatus comprises a frame element, a series of rollers, a rotating pipe element suspended over the series of rollers, at least one push-arm assembly connected to the rotating pipe element, and a drive apparatus to actuate the rotating pipe element. The series of rollers are mounted in the frame element such that each roller in the series of rollers rotates within the frame element so that the objects resting on the series of rollers may travel from a first end of the series of rollers to a second terminal end of the series of rollers. The rotating pipe element is suspended over the series of rollers, and the rotating pipe element pivots along a longitudinal axis and is driven at one end. The drive apparatus actuates the rotating pipe element, thereby moving the at least one push-arm assembly to a position in contact with at least one of the objects to move along the series of rollers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 1998
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2000
    Inventor: Lee Alvin Bedford
  • Patent number: 5957266
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an apparatus for feeding solid fuels in a space limited by a plane bottom plate, side walls and a pusher device arranged adjacent the bottom surface. A drive is located outside the walls and is attached to the pusher in order to obtain a reciprocating movement of the pusher. The invention is characterized in that the pusher comprises a number of pusher rods arranged substantially parallel with each other and substantially parallel with the bottom surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 1997
    Date of Patent: September 28, 1999
    Assignee: Saxlund & Company
    Inventor: Gunnar Nordstrom