Load-supporting Rolls Moved About Endless Path Patents (Class 198/779)
  • Patent number: 10829305
    Abstract: A modular conveying assembly including a plurality of modules joined together, each module including a bushing housing, a coupling housed in the bushing housing, an axle coupled to the coupling and supported for rotation relative to the module, a drive pin coupled to the coupling, and a driven surface fixed to the drive pin. The modular conveying assembly also including a driving member that is in selective engagement with the driven surface to affect rotation of the axle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2020
    Assignee: Rexnord Industries, LLC
    Inventors: Philip Michael Gabor, Justin Michael Stefanko
  • Patent number: 10640293
    Abstract: A modular conveying assembly including a plurality of modules joined together, each module including a bushing housing, a coupling housed in the bushing housing, an axle coupled to the coupling and supported for rotation relative to the module, a drive pin coupled to the coupling, and a driven surface fixed to the drive pin. The modular conveying assembly also including a driving member that is in selective engagement with the driven surface to affect rotation of the axle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Assignee: REXNORD INDUSTRIES, LLC
    Inventors: Philip Michael Gabor, Justin Michael Stefanko
  • Patent number: 10618743
    Abstract: A staggered type conveyor chain includes: a chain extending in a serial direction; plural side rollers arranged in a staggered manner on both sides of the chain in the serial direction; and plural suppressing members, each arranged to be paired with the side roller across the chain in a staggered manner on either side of the chain in the serial direction, and configured to suppress entrance of foreign material interfering with the side rollers into a space between the neighboring side rollers with respect to the serial direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Assignee: FANUC CORPORATION
    Inventors: Takeshi Fujimoto, Hideyuki Watanabe
  • Patent number: 10604345
    Abstract: A modular plastic conveyor belt constructed of a series of block-shaped belt modules. The belt has drive elements along its left and right sides for side-driving by a sprocket or drive belt. The top side and the bottom side are flat, devoid of drive structure, and provide high impact resistance and reversibility. Hinge elements along leading and trailing sides have circular hinge-pin holes or elongated oval holes that allow the belt to collapse under low tension.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Assignee: Laitram, L.L.C.
    Inventor: Kevin W. Guernsey
  • Patent number: 10604346
    Abstract: A module is for a modular conveyor belt having a roller conveyor surface. The module includes a base body including a first end and an opposite second end along a feeding direction of the belt and at each of which an articulation eye is defined for a cylindrical hinge articulation respectively with a second end and with a first end of adjacent modules. The base body also includes a first surface from which supports project for supporting at least one shaft on which at least one roller is mounted. A distance between the articulation axis defined by each of the cylindrical hinges and an orthogonal projection of a longitudinal axis of the at least one shaft on a reference plane is not null and is less than a sum of a radius of the at least one roller and of half the height L of the respective articulation eye.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Assignee: REGINA CATENE CALIBRATE S.p.A.
    Inventors: Carlo Garbagnati, Norberto Cattaneo
  • Patent number: 10392192
    Abstract: A modular conveying assembly including a plurality of modules joined together, each module including a bushing housing, a coupling housed in the bushing housing, an axle coupled to the coupling and supported for rotation relative to the module, a drive pin coupled to the coupling, and a driven surface fixed to the drive pin. The modular conveying assembly also including a driving member that is in selective engagement with the driven surface to affect rotation of the axle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: REXNORD INDUSTRIES, LLC.
    Inventors: Philip Michael Gabor, Justin Michael Stefanko
  • Patent number: 10301115
    Abstract: A modular conveying assembly that includes a plurality of roller bodies, a driving member, a positive stop body, and a positive stop actuator. Each roller body includes a top surface, a driven axle mounted to the roller body for conveyance therewith, a roller fixed to the driven axle, and a driven surface fixed to the driven axle. The rollers define a support plane. The driving member selectively engages the driven surfaces to affect rotation of the driven axle. The positive stop body is coupled to the plurality of roller bodies and includes a positive stop that is movable relative to the positive stop body between a first position and a second position. The positive stop extends above the support plane in the second position. The positive stop actuator selectively engages the positive stop to move the positive stop between the first position and the second position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: REXNORD INDUSTRIES, LLC
    Inventors: Justin Michael Stefanko, Philip Michael Gabor
  • Patent number: 10221021
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an endless conveyor for transporting products, for example packaging units, along a transport path in a transport direction T, wherein the conveyor comprises: ?freely rotating supporting rollers (2) which extend substantially perpendicular to the transport direction, which are connected at both ends to conveyor elements (3), and which form an endless transport surface, and ?flights (4), connected to the conveyor at well-defined positions, which with a control are movable to and away from a carrying position above the transport surface, wherein, after such carrying position has been taken up, a product present on the transport surface is carried along in the transport direction T, wherein the flights comprise strip-shaped thresholds (41) which, from a rest position below at least the transport surface, can be moved up between the rollers to the carrying position. Suitable to carry and buffer along products over an incline and thus transport them.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: MOBA GROUP B.V.
    Inventors: Eric Koster, Bart Van Walderveen
  • Patent number: 10202065
    Abstract: A system for moving loads, in particular within an aircraft, comprising: a cargo hold floor, at least one row of rollers including a plurality of rollers integrated into the floor one behind another, at least one guide rail in the floor extending substantially parallel to the row of rollers, and at least one transport vehicle removably received in and movable along the guide rail. At least one coupling arrangement selectively couples the vehicle with a load arranged on the row of rollers, the load being movable with the vehicle. At least one locking arrangement, in an active state, locking the load relative to the floor and, in a non-active state, allowing a relative movement between the load and the floor. The vehicle operates the locking arrangement according to at least one of the following: so that it assumes the active state; and, so that it assumes the non-active state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Assignee: AIRBUS OPERATIONS GMBH
    Inventor: Andre Koehler
  • Patent number: 10124370
    Abstract: Sorting table with sorter rolls eliminates foreign matter remaining mixed in with the products of the harvest of small fruit. The sorting table features a sorting system constituted by a succession of rotating rolls of cylindrical shape arranged in parallel so as to form a mobile sorting plane, and a locomotion device, allowing the rotating drive of the rolls in the same direction, so as to allow transporting the grapes dumped on the upstream part of this sorting plane, in a direction that is perpendicular to the axis of the rotating cylindrical rolls and over the entire length of the sorting plane. The rotating cylindrical rolls allow the passage and drop-off of only the small fruit to be sorted, whereas the foreign matter of a size larger than that of the latter remains on the surface of the mobile sorting plane and is evacuated at the downstream end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: PELLENC (SOCIETE ANONYME)
    Inventors: Roger Pellenc, Jean-Marc Gialis
  • Patent number: 10080951
    Abstract: Embodiments herein describe techniques for operating an omnidirectional treadmill, the techniques include receiving VR (virtual reality) topographical information comprising a VR environment, and displaying the VR environment to a user wearing a headset. VR topographical information includes information about VR elements in front of the user in the VR environment relative to a facing direction of the user in the VR environment. The method includes sending topographical signals to active elements in an omnidirectional treadmill based upon the VR topographical information where the omnidirectional treadmill permits the user to move along at least two perpendicular directions of motion on a surface of the omnidirectional treadmill. The techniques include activating the active elements, based upon the VR topographical signals, to physically simulate the VR elements in the VR topographical information on the surface by at least one of expanding or contracting the active elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2018
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Daniel J. Buvid, Eric J. Campbell, Sarah K. Czaplewski, Christopher W. Steffen
  • Patent number: 10040635
    Abstract: A modular conveying assembly that includes a plurality of roller bodies, a driving member, a positive stop body, and a positive stop actuator. Each roller body includes a top surface, a driven axle mounted to the roller body for conveyance therewith, a roller fixed to the driven axle, and a driven surface fixed to the driven axle. The rollers define a support plane. The driving member selectively engages the driven surfaces to affect rotation of the driven axle. The positive stop body is coupled to the plurality of roller bodies and includes a positive stop that is movable relative to the positive stop body between a first position and a second position. The positive stop extends above the support plane in the second position. The positive stop actuator selectively engages the positive stop to move the positive stop between the first position and the second position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2018
    Assignee: REXNORD INDUSTRIES, LLC
    Inventors: Justin Michael Stefanko, Philip Michael Gabor
  • Patent number: 10010286
    Abstract: A force measurement system is disclosed herein. The force measurement system includes a force measurement assembly configured to receive a subject thereon, a visual display device having an output screen, and one or more data processing devices operatively coupled to the force measurement assembly and the visual display device. In the one or more embodiments, the force measurement assembly is a static force plate and the visual display device is a head-mounted visual display device or a visual display device having an output screen configured to at least partially circumscribe three sides of a torso of the subject. In one or more other embodiments, the force measurement assembly is a displaceable force plate and the visual display device is a head-mounted visual display device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Assignee: Bertec Corporation
    Inventors: Necip Berme, Scott Zerkle Barnes
  • Patent number: 9981808
    Abstract: A pickface builder for a storage and retrieval system for storing goods units and having an in-feed conveyor and a picking device, each goods unit holding at least one product package therein, the pickface builder including a frame, a pusher member movably coupled to the frame, and a snugger member movably coupled to the frame, wherein the pickface builder is configured to receive goods units from the in-feed conveyor and the pusher member and snugger member are movable at least in a direction transverse to a direction of goods unit travel on the in-feed conveyor and configured to form the goods units into a pickface picked by the picking device as a unit and having a predetermined reference datum relating the pickface to a placement position of goods units forming the pickface along a storage surface of the storage and retrieval system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2018
    Assignee: Symbotic, LLC
    Inventors: Robert Sullivan, Stephen C. Toebes
  • Patent number: 9975003
    Abstract: A control system for a treadmill including a control unit and a laser distance sensor, the laser distance sensor being configured to determine the distance and/or the movement of a user relative to the laser distance sensor with the aid of a laser beam, the control unit being configured to control a movement of the treadmill as a function of measuring data of the laser distance sensor. A treadmill including such a control system is also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: ROBERT BOSCH GMBH
    Inventors: Jaime Adroher Molins, Balazs Jatekos
  • Patent number: 9969556
    Abstract: A conveyor belt module of the type having eye parts projecting outwardly from both sides of a central spine, where a plurality of interconnected belt modules define a transport plane, where the eye parts are offsetly spaced along the spine on either side of the spine, said spine defining a central line laterally on each module, such that eye parts on one belt module may be interfitted between eye parts on an adjacent module and mutually connected in a hinge-like manner, characterized in that the belt module comprises at least two types of eye parts: a first type of eye parts arranged on one side of the spine having a central opening in a direction orthogonal to the transport plane with parallel sides delimiting the eye part, and a second type of eye parts arranged on the other side of the spine having a central opening in a direction orthogonal to the transport plane with parallel sides delimiting the eye part, where adjacent the distal end of the second type of eye parts, cams, projecting away from the sides
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: Ammerall Beltech Modular A/S
    Inventor: Kenneth Westergaard Andersen
  • Patent number: 9856087
    Abstract: A surface platform for a conveyor belt includes a platform member having an upper surface and a rail member at one side of the upper surface. The upper surface has a first portion adjacent the rail member, a second portion adjacent the first portion, and a third portion adjacent the second portion. The second portion extends upward at a distance and in a direction such that when an article is placed on the platform member in contact with the rail the article extends to, and no further than, the second portion. The first portion may be horizontal or curved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Assignee: Illinois Tool Works Inc.
    Inventor: Robert C. Beesley
  • Patent number: 9802763
    Abstract: In various embodiments, a transporting device for transporting a substrate in a process chamber is provided. The transporting device includes a guiding rail arrangement having two guiding rails for mounting a multiplicity of bars between the two guiding rails. The two guiding rails form a closed path of movement along which the multiplicity of bars are guided. The transporting device further includes the multiplicity of bars that are mounted in the guiding rail arrangement, and a drive device for pushing at least one bar of the multiplicity of bars in such a way that, in a transporting region of the guiding rail arrangement, in each case multiple bars of the multiplicity of bars are pushed against one another and the bars that have been pushed against one another move along the path of movement in the transporting region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2017
    Assignee: VON ARDENNE GmbH
    Inventors: Michael Hentschel, Hubertus von der Waydbrink, Daniel Stange, Christoph Dubau, Reinhard Jaeger
  • Patent number: 9694987
    Abstract: Conveyor glide plates inserted between conveyor rollers provide support between the rollers. The glide plate main body includes forward and rear flexible flaps forming a leading edge and a trailing edge extending from the main body which includes an attachment member for cooperatively engaging a conveyor roller support member such as a clip or bracket used to affix the rollers to the conveyor. The front portion of the forward distal end of the glide plate includes a concave curve extending from the leading edge downward forming a turned-up lip extending from the main body of the glide plate following the adjacent roller. A rear flap having a distal end angled downward slightly at the trailing edge extends toward a following roller or following glide plate. The width of the glide plate is selected based on the width of the conveyor or length of the roller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2017
    Assignee: FIVES INTRALOGISTICS CORP.
    Inventors: Steven Vann Schroader, Tyler Herman, Piyush Nandanwar
  • Patent number: 9616278
    Abstract: A treadmill includes a running deck. The running deck includes a front portion, a rear portion connected to the front portion by a first side and a second side, a tread belt surrounding the front portion and the rear portion, a motor to drive movement of the tread belt, and an actuator that cause the running deck to tilt laterally towards either the first side or the second side to form a lateral tilt angle in response to a tilt command.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2017
    Assignee: ICON Health & Fitness, Inc.
    Inventor: Michael L. Olson
  • Patent number: 9521831
    Abstract: An apparatus for removing eggs from an egg carrier is provided. Such an apparatus includes a frame and an egg lifting system having an array of egg lifting devices configured to lift eggs from the egg carrier. A platform assembly has a platform configured to be moveably positioned between the array of egg lifting devices and the egg carrier. In this manner, the platform is capable of being positioned to receive eggs released from the egg lifting devices while concurrently obstructing access of the egg lifting devices to the egg carrier. An associated method is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 20, 2016
    Assignee: Zoetis Services LLC
    Inventors: William Dongwook Suh, Scott Joseph Agostinelli
  • Patent number: 9352908
    Abstract: A zone-controlled in-line, stacked-roller conveyor belt. The belt has pairs of stacked rollers—a top article-supporting roller and a bottom driven roller. The top and bottom rollers contact each other so that when the bottom roller is driven in one direction by contact with a bearing surface under the belt as the belt advances, the top roller rotates in the opposite direction—opposite to the direction of belt travel. Articles atop the actuated roller pairs mark time. When the bottom roller is out of contact with a bearing surface, the rollers are braked and do not rotate so that the articles atop the braked rollers advance with the belt. The bearing surfaces are arranged in individually controllable segments that are dynamically grouped into zones that are actuated to halt an article in that zone. An imaging system is used by a controller to change the zone grouping dynamically.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2016
    Assignee: Laitram, L.L.C.
    Inventor: Matthew L. Fourney
  • Patent number: 9227785
    Abstract: A modular conveying assembly includes active roller control for reducing backline pressure without product to product contact when accumulating products. The conveying assembly includes a first roller belt module having a top surface and at least one first roller axle support extending above the top surface. The first axle support supports at least one roller above the top surface. The at least one roller is rotatably coupled to a rotatably driven drive axle, such that rotation of the drive axle causes rotation of the roller. A clutch including a driven surface fixed to the drive axle engages a driving member to rotatably drive the drive axle and, thus the roller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2016
    Assignee: Rexnord Industries LLC
    Inventors: Eric Medin Chinnock, Justin Michael Stefanko, Tad Chandler Rinehart, Joseph Robert Labermeier
  • Patent number: 9108801
    Abstract: A conveyor belt and a belt module having multiple roller sets, each roller set including a bottom roller in contact with an axially elongated top roller. Driving the bottom roller in a first direction causes rotation of the top roller in an opposite angular direction. The bottom rollers in first longitudinal lanes are arranged to rotate obliquely toward one side of the belt, and the bottom rollers in second lanes are arranged to rotate toward the other side of the belt. Either the first lanes of roller sets or the second lanes can be selectively actuated to direct articles conveyed atop the top rollers rearward and toward one side of the belt or the other or to receive articles fed onto the belt from either side.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2015
    Assignee: Laitram, L.L.C.
    Inventors: Mark Constanzo, Dennis K. Scates, David H. Myers, Glenn R. McCall, Jr., Matthew L. Fourney
  • Patent number: 9073694
    Abstract: In a conveyor belt composed of hinged modular links, one or more of the links are composed of multiple parts at least one of which is in the form of an guide-engaging element having a protruding guide-engaging section, a pair of laterally spaced hinge knuckles on a leading or trailing edge of a base, and a single hinge knuckle on the opposite edge. The single hinge knuckle is positioned opposite the mid point between the two laterally spaced hinge knuckles. The sum of the cross-sectional areas of the two laterally spaced hinge knuckles is equal to the cross-sectional area of the single hinge knuckle. The widthwise cross-sectional area of the base of the guide-engaging element is equal to the widthwise cross-sectional area of any portion of the base of any other modular link in the belt having the same width as that of the base of the guide-engaging element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2015
    Assignee: Tsubakimoto Chain Co.
    Inventor: Hajime Ozaki
  • Patent number: 9010523
    Abstract: A belt conveyor having upper article-supporting belt rollers that are rotated rearward by rotating lower belt rollers only when the articles are slowed or stopped from advancing with the belt. As the belt advances in a direction of travel, the lower rollers rotate by contact with a bearing surface underlying the belt. The upper rollers have axles whose ends are retained in slots that slope downward in the belt's direction of travel. The slots provide the upper rollers a range of positions between a forward position out of contact with the rotating lower roller and a rearward position contacting the lower roller, which rotates the upper roller rearward relieving back line pressure on accumulated articles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: Laitram, L.L.C.
    Inventor: Matthew L. Fourney
  • Patent number: 9004269
    Abstract: A conveyor chain constructed so as to prevent a leakage of lubricant oil to the outside. The conveyor chain comprises a plurality of bearing elements operable to revolve in a raceway between an outer circumferential surface of a bush and an inner circumferential surface of a roller. A pair of right and left thrust bearing annular members are press-fitted onto the outer circumferential surface of the bush and are positioned between the inner side surface of an inner link plate and the outwardly-facing end surfaces of the bearing elements. Annular sealing members for sealing lubricant oil within bearing element raceway are disposed between the inner circumferential surface of the roller and an inner circumferential surface of the thrust bearing annular member. The sealing members slidably contact but are not deformed by the inner circumferential surface of the roller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignee: Tsubakimoto Chain Company
    Inventors: Masatsugu Ueno, Makoto Fujiwara
  • Patent number: 8991593
    Abstract: A chain conveyor includes a chain constituted of a plurality of links foldably coupled by pins. The links include roller-equipped links each having a roller. The chain conveyor includes a pushing-up mechanism for pushing up each roller to a protruding position. At the protruding position, each roller protrudes upward above a loading surface of the chain, on which articles are loaded. Accumulated articles are supported by the rollers arranged at the protruding position so that the articles are separate from and above the loading surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Assignee: Tsubakimoto Chain Co.
    Inventor: Keiko Shinobu
  • Publication number: 20150034455
    Abstract: Conveyor rollers rotated by electromagnetic induction to propel articles conveyed atop the rollers. A magnetic-field source induces a current in the electrically conductive rollers that causes them to rotate. The rollers can be mounted in conveyor belts or immobile mats. The magnetic-field source can be static if the rollers are advance through the field or dynamic. Alternatively, the rollers can be magnetic and induce a current in a stationary electrically conductive plate that creates interacting magnetic fields to rotate the rollers.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 12, 2013
    Publication date: February 5, 2015
    Applicant: Laitram, LLC
    Inventor: Bryant G. Ragan
  • Patent number: 8944236
    Abstract: Method and a conveyor for registering articles on a conveyor belt. The conveyor includes a registration belt having retractable flights regularly spaced along the length of the belt and article-propelling rollers between consecutive flights. The flights are raised in an upstream portion of the conveyor, and the rollers rotated to propel articles forward against the raised flights. In a downstream portion of the conveyor, a flat-top belt under the conveyor belt runs faster than the conveyor belt and causes the flights to lower and the rollers behind the lowering flights to rotate in reverse to urge the articles away from interfering with the lowering flights.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2015
    Assignee: Laitram, L.L.C.
    Inventor: Matthew L. Fourney
  • Patent number: 8939279
    Abstract: Various modular conveyors, conveying systems, conveyor modules, and methods are disclosed. In some embodiments, the conveyor comprises a module body and an upper member. The module body can be configured to receive one or more rolling elements. In some embodiments, the rolling elements protrude through openings in the module body and the upper member. In various embodiments, the rolling elements can be configured to engage a surface below the module body and/or an item on the conveyor, thereby facilitating multi-directional travel of the item.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2015
    Assignee: Solus Industrial Innovations, LLC
    Inventors: Jim Porter, Kelly Parrish, Lance Ireland
  • Patent number: 8915353
    Abstract: A conveyor system having a roller-engagement mechanism and a method for conveying articles. The conveyor system includes an infeed conveyor feeding articles to a conveyor belt advancing in a direction of belt travel. The conveyor belt comprises obliquely rotatable rollers—single rollers or stacked sets of rollers—selectively activated by the roller-engagement mechanism. The roller-engagement mechanism has a rack supporting a plurality of flat belts. The flat belts advance in the direction of travel of the conveyor belt. The rack is movable between a first position in which the flat belts advancing with the conveyor belt contact the belt rollers to inhibit their rotation and carry articles atop the belt in the direction of belt travel and a second position in which the flat belts are out of contact with the belt rollers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 23, 2014
    Assignee: Laitram, L.L.C.
    Inventor: Matthew L. Fourney
  • Patent number: 8899407
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a bundle orienting device in-line with a conveyor configured for transporting bundles in a conveying direction. The bundle orienting device can include a plurality of selectively actuatable orientation elements that, collectively, laterally and/or angularly displace a bundle as it travels in the conveying direction through the bundle orienting device. In addition, the present disclosure relates to a method for rotating bundles traveling in a conveying direction along a conveyor system. The method includes conveying a bundle along a conveyor to pass through a bundle orienting device, thus described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2014
    Assignee: J&L Group International, LLC
    Inventor: Michael Harrington
  • Publication number: 20140346014
    Abstract: A modular roller belt (100,200) for transporting articles is proposed. The belt comprises a plurality of modules (105) for transporting the articles, and a plurality of hinge pins (110), each for hinging adjacent modules of the belt about a corresponding geometric axis (GAX). Each module comprises at least one roller (115a,115b,115c,115d) and at least one mounting pin (1201,1202) for mounting the at least one idle roller to the respective module; the at least one roller is freely rotatable about a respective rotation axis (RAX1, RAX2) defined by the corresponding mounting pin.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 3, 2012
    Publication date: November 27, 2014
    Inventors: Andrea Andreoli, Daniele Coen
  • Patent number: 8881890
    Abstract: A modular roller-top conveyor belt and rollers for the belt. The roller-top belt has axles that are fixed relative to the module body. Each of the pieces of the multi-piece rollers can be installed radially onto an axle and joined together in a puzzle pattern to form a complete roller that can rotate on the axle. Parallel ridges extending across the width of the modules add stiffness to the belt.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2014
    Assignee: Laitram, L.L.C.
    Inventors: Gilbert J. MacLachlan, David C. Weiser, Abraham L. Miller, Errol P. Knott, Timothy J. DeRoche, Jude G. Martin
  • Patent number: 8807740
    Abstract: A conveying device includes: first rollers; second rollers; and a roller holder. Each first roller is movable along a conveying direction of a sheet between a first position and a second position. The roller holder includes: a roller accommodating portion; an abutment member; and a slide portion. The abutment member is movable along the conveying direction between a third position and a fourth position. The abutment member moves each first roller from the first position to the second position while moving from the third position to the fourth position, and moves each first roller from the second position to the first position while moving from the fourth position to the third position. The slide portion is movable along an arrayed direction of the first rollers between a fifth position and a sixth position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2014
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Shota Iijima
  • Patent number: 8783449
    Abstract: Disclosed is a conveyor chain (100) in which a large number of chain links (110) on which components are loaded are linked at hinge sections by means of hinge pins (120) and in which a plurality of free rollers are provided protruding from both the front and rear surfaces of the chain links (110), wherein the plurality of free rollers are each rotationally held in roller holders to form roller units (130) and are formed so as to be attachable from the longitudinal direction in a unit attachment region of the chain links (110). By means of the aforementioned structure, it is possible to replace worn components by means of a simple operation and it is unnecessary to replace chain links (110) which have not become worn, costs are reduced, and it is simple to change the rotation direction of the free rollers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2014
    Assignee: Tsubakimoto Chain Co.
    Inventor: Yoshihiro Murakami
  • Publication number: 20140166443
    Abstract: A chain conveyor includes a chain constituted of a plurality of links foldably coupled by pins. The links include roller-equipped links each having a roller. The chain conveyor includes a pushing-up mechanism for pushing up each roller to a protruding position. At the protruding position, each roller protrudes upward above a loading surface of the chain, on which articles are loaded. Accumulated articles are supported by the rollers arranged at the protruding position so that the articles are separate from and above the loading surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 22, 2013
    Publication date: June 19, 2014
    Applicant: TSUBAKIMOTO CHAIN CO.
    Inventor: Keiko SHINOBU
  • Patent number: 8752688
    Abstract: The invention relates to a device for handling notes of value, comprising at least one shaft (12) on which at least one transport element (16) for transporting the notes of value is arranged. The transport element (16) comprises a first segment (32a) and a second segment (32b) separated from the first segment (32a) in an unmounted state. In a mounted state the first segment (32a) and the second segment (32b) are firmly connected to each other and enclose the shaft (12).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 17, 2014
    Assignee: Wincor Nixdorf International GmbH
    Inventor: Christian Fehrenbach
  • Publication number: 20140159326
    Abstract: A multipurpose loading and unloading and/or material handling and moving apparatus including a closed chain continuous roller grid disposed on and around a continuous elongate table, the roller grid comprising a plurality of parallel axles pivotally coupled at their ends by parallel first and second sets of independent mechanical links.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 6, 2013
    Publication date: June 12, 2014
    Inventor: Gary D. Copus
  • Patent number: 8746442
    Abstract: A conveyor belt and a belt module having multiple roller sets, each roller set including a bottom roller in contact with an axially elongated two-material top roller. The periphery of the top roller has a high-friction peripheral surface separated by a central durable, low-friction peripheral surface in contact with the bottom roller. Driving the bottom roller in a first direction causes rotation of the top roller in an opposite angular direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2014
    Assignee: Laitram, L.L.C.
    Inventor: Jeffrey S. Schwai
  • Publication number: 20140144754
    Abstract: Snap-on rollers for a conveyor belt. The snap-on roller may be snapped onto an axle or into a cavity of a conveyor belt module. Multi-piece snap-on rollers can be installed radially onto an axle on a conveyor belt and joined together in a puzzle pattern to form a complete roller that can rotate on the axle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 31, 2014
    Publication date: May 29, 2014
    Applicant: Laitram, L.L.C.
    Inventors: Abraham L. Miller, Gilbert J. MacLachlan, David C. Weiser
  • Patent number: 8720668
    Abstract: A conveyor comprising a conveyor belt having rollers with metallic or magnetic rotors. A magnet or metallic element next to the conveyor belt is positioned to rotate the rotor. A magnetic field produced by the magnet or by the magnetic rotor rotates the rollers as they pass the magnetic field or as the magnetic field is changed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2014
    Assignee: Laitram, L.L.C.
    Inventors: Bryant G. Ragan, Brien G. Rau, Jason Lagneaux, Wayne A. Pertuit, Jr.
  • Publication number: 20140116853
    Abstract: A modular conveying assembly includes active roller control for reducing backline pressure without product to product contact when accumulating products. The conveying assembly includes a first roller belt module having a top surface and at least one first roller axle support extending above the top surface. The first axle support supports at least one roller above the top surface. The at least one roller is rotatably coupled to a rotatably driven drive axle, such that rotation of the drive axle causes rotation of the roller. A clutch including a driven surface fixed to the drive axle engages a driving member to rotatably drive the drive axle and, thus the roller.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 24, 2013
    Publication date: May 1, 2014
    Inventors: Eric Medin Chinnock, Justin Michael Stefano, Tad Chandler Rinehart, Joseph Robert Labermeier
  • Patent number: 8701871
    Abstract: A belt conveyor having snagless retractable flights. The flights rotate from a retracted position generally parallel to a top conveying surface on the conveyor belt to an extended position standing up and away from the top surface. In one version of the flight, a distal edge of the flight is bent downward into a cavity in the top surface of the belt when the flight is retracted. In another version, rollers at the distal end of the flight extend upstream of the distal edge of the flight. The flight rollers are rotated when the flight is retraced to lift and propel conveyed articles over the edges of the flight. Thus, both flights avoid snagging articles with discontinuous bottoms.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2014
    Assignee: Laitram, L.L.C.
    Inventor: Matthew L. Fourney
  • Publication number: 20140090961
    Abstract: A conveyor belt and a belt module having multiple roller sets, each roller set including a bottom roller in contact with an axially elongated top roller. Driving the bottom roller in a first direction causes rotation of the top roller in an opposite angular direction. The bottom rollers in first longitudinal lanes are arranged to rotate obliquely toward one side of the belt, and the bottom rollers in second lanes are arranged to rotate toward the other side of the belt. Either the first lanes of roller sets or the second lanes can be selectively actuated to direct articles conveyed atop the top rollers rearward and toward one side of the belt or the other or to receive articles fed onto the belt from either side.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 24, 2013
    Publication date: April 3, 2014
    Applicant: Laitram, L.L.C.
    Inventors: Mark Costanzo, Dennis K. Scates, David H. Myers, Glenn R. McCall, Jr., Matthew L. Fourney
  • Patent number: 8678180
    Abstract: A modular conveyor belt having extended raised ribs that overlap to prevent the top conveying surface of the belt from opening up as the belt articulates forward around a sprocket at a hinge joint. Protrusions extend from the raised ribs past the ends of the belt modules. When rows of belt modules are connected together at hinge joints, the interleaved protrusions overlap laterally over a range of articulation angles. The modules may include cavities for roller assemblies, such as engaged stacked rollers in which a bottom roller is allowed to float vertically to maintain good contact with the top roller as they wear.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 25, 2014
    Assignee: Laitram, L.L.C.
    Inventors: Angela Longo Marshall, Stephen T. Ferrell
  • Patent number: 8678179
    Abstract: A multi link conveyor belt for the transportation of objects like containers, bottles, packs or the like, which is formed of a plurality of pivotally interconnected links. On the upper side of the conveyor belt at least one row of supporting rollers is mounted rotatable, whose axes of rotation are parallel to the joint bolts and to the longitudinal sides of the carriers of the links. Together with the supporting rollers of adjacent links a support plane for the transported objects is formed. In the region of at least one longitudinal side of the links deflection elements are provided, which project between the height levels of the supporting rollers and the upper side of the carriers and at least one side of the supporting rollers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 25, 2014
    Assignee: Krones AG
    Inventor: Roland Kaes
  • Publication number: 20140069776
    Abstract: A conveyor system having a roller-engagement mechanism and a method for conveying articles. The conveyor system includes an infeed conveyor feeding articles to a conveyor belt advancing in a direction of belt travel. The conveyor belt comprises obliquely rotatable rollers—single rollers or stacked sets of rollers—selectively activated by the roller-engagement mechanism. The roller-engagement mechanism has a rack supporting a plurality of flat belts. The flat belts advance in the direction of travel of the conveyor belt. The rack is movable between a first position in which the flat belts advancing with the conveyor belt contact the belt rollers to inhibit their rotation and carry articles atop the belt in the direction of belt travel and a second position in which the flat belts are out of contact with the belt rollers.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 12, 2012
    Publication date: March 13, 2014
    Applicant: LAITRAM, L.L.C.
    Inventor: Matthew L. Fourney
  • Publication number: 20140054137
    Abstract: A belt conveyor having upper article-supporting belt rollers that are rotated rearward by rotating lower belt rollers only when the articles are slowed or stopped from advancing with the belt. As the belt advances in a direction of travel, the lower rollers rotate by contact with a bearing surface underlying the belt. The upper rollers have axles whose ends are retained in slots that slope downward in the belt's direction of travel. The slots provide the upper rollers a range of positions between a forward position out of contact with the rotating lower roller and a rearward position contacting the lower roller, which rotates the upper roller rearward relieving back line pressure on accumulated articles.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 27, 2012
    Publication date: February 27, 2014
    Applicant: LAITRAM, L.L.C.
    Inventor: Matthew L. Fourney