Nongripping Holder Is Adjustable For Different Sized Loads Patents (Class 198/803.11)
  • Patent number: 10865045
    Abstract: The invention relates to a chain link (1) for a chain conveyor for conveying small parts (17), in particular bottle closures, having a, in particular flat, support surface for small parts, wherein means (3) for fitting at least one carrier (14) are provided on opposite sides of the chain link. This allows the small parts to be conveyed without damage, on the other hand, the chain link (1) can be easily adapted to different types of small parts that differ in diameter and/or height. At least two carriers (14) are provided, each of which has a fastening part (15) which can be attached to a means (3) for fitting, and a gripping part (19) which is made of a softer material than the fastening part (15) and has one or more extensions (16) which, when the carrier (14) is in the fitted state, are aligned towards the respective other carrier (14).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2020
    Assignee: GASSNER VERWALTUNGS-GMBH
    Inventor: Wolfgang Gaßner
  • Patent number: 9727766
    Abstract: A chip card reading arrangement is provided including a chip card reading device including a data processing circuit and a reader antenna coupled to the data processing circuit arranged at a surface of the chip card reading device for placing a chip card to communicate with the chip card reading device via the reader antenna. The data processing circuit is configured to process at least one of signals received via the reader antenna and signals to be transmitted via the reader antenna. The chip card reading arrangement further includes an antenna structure including an antenna body, a first antenna and a second antenna coupled to the first antenna and surrounded by the first antenna. The antenna structure is arranged on and fixed to the surface of the chip card reading device such that the reader antenna surrounds the second antenna.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2017
    Assignee: INFINEON TECHNOLOGIES AG
    Inventors: Walther Pachler, Juergen Hoelzl, Josef Gruber
  • Patent number: 8905226
    Abstract: Handling arrangement for handling individual containers or groups of containers having movable container handling structures for handling containers being moved thereby. Each of the container handling structures is adjustable using one or more positioning devices. Upon changing container types and/or container groupings, the container handling structures can be adjusted in their positions so as to handle the different containers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2014
    Assignee: KHS GmbH
    Inventors: Dirk Langanki, Lothar Wess, Christoph Koster, Dirk Kopp
  • Publication number: 20140131175
    Abstract: An actuating unit (50) for a sorting device (10), the actuating unit (50) comprising a flap holder (60) and at least one flap (80, 80?) having a drive component (81, 81?) for transmitting a drive force to a drive wheel (32) of a transport unit (18), the flap (80, 80?) being displaceably mounted in the flap holder (60) between a resting position and a drive position, a movement limiting component (82) being provided on the flap (80, 80?), said movement limiting component cooperating with a movement limiting element (63), such that the displacement movement of the flap (80, 80?) is limited in the direction of the resting position and/or in the direction of the drive position. Sorting device (10) having such an actuating unit (50) and method for mounting such an actuating unit (50).
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 17, 2013
    Publication date: May 15, 2014
    Applicant: Interroll Holding AG
    Inventors: Heinrich Droste, Thomas Bertran, Uwe Kaeser
  • Patent number: 8641349
    Abstract: In the area of manufacturing covers with tear-open foils, the cover blanks, or covers are always secured against an undesired take-off from the transport means during the transport and the processing. This allows a very high manufacturing cadence equally for light covers and particularly for aluminium covers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2014
    Assignee: Soudronic AG
    Inventors: Peter Gysi, Peter Taiana, Rene Raas
  • Patent number: 8561783
    Abstract: The present invention provides an adjustable star wheel provided with at least one interchangeable pocket for receiving a container to be conveyed. The star wheel comprises a larger pocket of fixed shape and size, moveable jaws defining a smaller pocket having a fixed shape and size, an actuator disc rotatable about the central axis, and a cam mechanism linking the jaws to the actuator disc to cause radial movement of the jaws. In an extended position, the jaws move the smaller pocket into coincidence with the larger pocket thereby configuring the star wheel to receive containers in the smaller pocket. In the retracted position, the jaws are clear of the larger pocket thereby configuring the star wheel to receive containers in the larger pocket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2013
    Assignee: Zepf Technologies UK Limited
    Inventors: Mark McAllister, Ian Spence
  • Patent number: 8430232
    Abstract: A conveyor device, in particular for an automatic packaging machine for paper rolls, having a horizontal plane of advance, at least one pair of motorized flexible transmission members extending along a closed loop and bearing a plurality of transverse bars fastened to said flexible transmission members, a plurality of thruster elements borne by said bars, and a stationary adjustment station provided with at least one adjustment assembly having a grip organ movable in transverse direction and arranged in such a way as to displace in the transverse direction along the respective bar a thruster element positioned at the grip organ.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2013
    Assignee: KPL Packaging S.p.A.
    Inventors: Luca Baldanza, Andrea Cinotti, Giuliano Bertusi
  • Patent number: 8220621
    Abstract: An IC device conveying apparatus includes an IC device conveying shuttle, at least a pair of slide guide plates which are placed on the IC device conveying shuttle, and each of which has a plurality of slide guide holes, each of the plurality of slide guide holes being made in a direction inclined to a side of a corresponding slide guide plate, and a plurality of positioning members which guide the placed pair of slide guide plates such that the pair of slide guide plates slides in directions in which sides of the respective slide guide plates are separated from and come into contact with each other, the positioning members being secured to the IC device conveying shuttle and engaged with the plurality of slide guide holes, wherein each of the pair of slide guide plates comprises at least one IC device holding side on a side thereof facing a side of another slide guide plate, and an IC device is placed in an IC device holding space which is formed between at least a pair of the IC device holding sides of the
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2012
    Assignee: Synax Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Mitsuo Koizumi
  • Patent number: 8079460
    Abstract: A receptacle assembly for receiving and holding in place flexible containers in the upright position while the flexible containers are being transported on a conveyor. The receptacle assembly includes a guide supporting two supports, an adjustment mechanism, and a plurality of transport receptacles. Each transport receptacle includes two side supports, each of which are mounted on one of the supports. The supports are capable of being selectively displaced with respect to each other by operation of the adjustment mechanism, which allows the transport receptacle to be adjusted to receive and hold flexible containers of various sizes and configurations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 20, 2011
    Assignee: INDAG Gesellschaft für Industriebedarf mbH & Co. Betriebs KG
    Inventors: Michael Kurz, Hans-Peter Wild
  • Patent number: 7980380
    Abstract: A beverage bottling plant for filling bottles with a liquid beverage material having bottle plate support tables therein. The abstract of the disclosure is submitted herewith as required by 37 C.F.R. §1.72(b). As stated in 37 C.F.R. §1.72(b): A brief abstract of the technical disclosure in the specification must commence on a separate sheet, preferably following the claims, under the heading “Abstract of the Disclosure.” The purpose of the abstract is to enable the Patent and Trademark Office and the public generally to determine quickly from a cursory inspection the nature and gist of the technical disclosure. The abstract shall not be used for interpreting the scope of the claims. Therefore, any statements made relating to the abstract are not intended to limit the claims in any manner and should not be interpreted as limiting the claims in any manner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2011
    Assignee: KHS GmbH
    Inventor: Heinz Thielmann
  • Patent number: 7967127
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an adjustable star wheel and guide rail assembly for use with containers being processed on an automated handling line between machines such as rotary packaging machines. Star wheels derive their name from their general shape. The star wheels of this invention have fingers that support containers, such that they convey the containers as the star wheel rotates. Conveniently, the fingers of the present invention may be set in any position within their range of movement. In addition, a supporting guide rail may be adjusted, for example by rotation on cams. Thus, the fingers and the guide rail may be set to convey containers of varying sizes while keeping the container's centers travelling along the centerline of the conveyor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2004
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2011
    Assignee: Diageo PLC
    Inventors: Ian Spence, John Robertson, Allan Rodger
  • Patent number: 7752828
    Abstract: An apparatus that loads horizontally oriented slugs of edible, edge-standing items into trays includes a tray delivery mechanism having a tray infeed for receiving trays, a tray outfeed from which filled trays can be removed from the apparatus and a tray conveyor that moves the trays from the tray infeed to the tray outfeed. An over head transfer mechanism is disposed above the tray conveyor. The over head transfer mechanism includes a pusher flight and a retainer flight. The pusher flight and retainer flight are configured to cooperate to transfer a pre-selected number of edge-standing items forming the slug from a counting conveyor to a tray loading area. The overhead transfer mechanism includes a flight adjustment system that adjusts a distance between the retainer flight and the pusher flight to change the pre-selected number of edge-standing items transferred by the over head transfer mechanism from the counting conveyor to the tray loading area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 13, 2010
    Assignee: Illinois Tool Works, Inc.
    Inventors: Damien M. Gudim, Rohan V. Patel, Allen L. York, Ankush B. Mittal
  • Publication number: 20100140056
    Abstract: A conveyor device, in particular for an automatic packaging machine for paper rolls, having a horizontal plane of advance, at least one pair of motorised flexible transmission members extending along a closed loop and bearing a plurality of transverse bars fastened to said flexible transmission members, a plurality of thruster elements borne by said bars, and a stationary adjustment station provided with at least one adjustment assembly having a grip organ movable in transverse direction and arranged in such a way as to displace in the transverse direction along the respective bar a thruster element positioned at the grip organ.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 7, 2009
    Publication date: June 10, 2010
    Inventors: Luca Baldanza, Andrea Cinotti, Giuliano Bertusi
  • Patent number: 7717253
    Abstract: An arrangement for processing disks provides a continuous loop, such as a roller drive chain, to which a plurality of disk securing elements, such as chain fingers, are attached at varying distances from one another. The chain fingers have a center line on an outwardly extending portion that is non-perpendicular with respect to the plane of the roller drive chain when viewed in a top view.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2004
    Date of Patent: May 18, 2010
    Assignee: Seagate Technology LLC
    Inventor: James W. Lord
  • Patent number: 7708136
    Abstract: A carrier puck is provided which can be adjusted quickly with minimal efforts, such as by using a slider, screw or other mechanical means, to allow a wide range of article shapes and sizes to be accommodated on the processing line. The carrier puck comprises a base piece, at least two substantially identical holding pieces piled in two or more stacks, a means for securing each of the stacks of holding pieces, and a means for adjusting the distance between the stacks. The two or more stacks of holding pieces enclose a void therebetween for accommodating a container. The distance between the stacks can be adjusted quickly with minimal efforts to accommodate containers of different sizes, shapes and contours.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2010
    Assignee: Turbofil Packaging Machines, LLC
    Inventor: Eli Uriel
  • Publication number: 20100078292
    Abstract: A conveying device for conveying and aligning flat products or stacks of flat products, in particular printed products, includes comprises leading pins for stop on a leading edge of conveyed products and trailing pins or pushers for stop on a trailing edge of the conveyed products. The products are insertable between the leading and trailing pins and are thus aligned by the pins. A distance between successive pushers is adjustable without parts of the device having to be exchanged.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 28, 2009
    Publication date: April 1, 2010
    Applicant: FERAG AG
    Inventors: Werner Honegger, Marcel Schneider
  • Patent number: 7572123
    Abstract: Apparatus and method for making a molded plastic article having a stretched and crystallized neck finish. In one embodiment, a series of platforms are carried by a conveying apparatus for transporting a series of molded plastic articles along a predetermined path of travel through one or more treatment stations. At a finish widening station, the molded article, having a relatively wide and thin-walled blow-molded body portion, and a relatively narrow and thick-walled unexpanded neck finish portion, is positioned to enable insertion of a mandrel into an open top aperture of the finish portion to widen the finish. The mandrel may include a lower heated tapered portion for expanding the finish, and an upper cooled body portion on which the expanded finish may be cooled. The article may then be sent to a finish crystallizing station having a heating device that heats the widened finish portion for a time and temperature selected to crystallize at least a portion of the widened finish.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2009
    Assignee: Graham Packaging Company, LP
    Inventors: Keith Barker, Brian Lynch, Walter McDonald, Norbert Seitel
  • Patent number: 7377378
    Abstract: A carrier chain includes an attachment link with a wing to limit the tilt of a support member. The wing extends from a base portion of a plate of the attachment link toward a plate of a pin link. When the attachment link begins to rotate in reaction to a force that is applied to the support member, the lower edge of the wing contacts upper edge of the plate of the pin link such that the adjacent roller link is constrained to be generally in line and to rotate with the attachment link. By extending the pitch between reaction rollers that contact upper and lower surfaces of a guide track, the attachment link restricts the rotational displacement of the support member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2008
    Assignee: MeadWestvace Packaging Systems, LLC
    Inventor: John W. Cash, III
  • Patent number: 7316308
    Abstract: The invention relates to a supporting device of the transport device of a soldering apparatus for the conveying of printed-circuit boards with at least two revolving, endless transport chains, said transport chains running in guide rails in the transport zone and each passing through two guide elements at the ends of the transport zone, wherein, for adaptation to the width of the respective printed-circuit boards, the guide elements are mounted on a carrier such as to be displaccable transverse to the conveying direction. The guide elements, each associated with a respective conveying chain, are interconnected by flexible tension elements, said tension elements being adjustable with regard to their tensile stress and running parallel to the respective conveying chain in the transport zone, the value of the tensile stress being so highly adjusted that the tension elements prevent the guide rails from deviating from a straight line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2006
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2008
    Assignee: Seho Systemtechnik GmbH
    Inventors: Rudolf Ullrich, Thomas Schlembach
  • Patent number: 7055679
    Abstract: A reconfigurable pallet that supports a structure includes a base and a modular stanchion. The modular stanchion is magnetically attachable to the base along x and y axes relative to a top surface of the base. The modular stanchion includes a support element that has a height along a z axis that is transverse to the x and y axes. The support element supports the structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2003
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2006
    Assignee: General Motors Corporation
    Inventors: Chi-Hung Shen, Yhu-Tin Lin
  • Patent number: 7007793
    Abstract: A device for transferring containers wherein the containers (12) are transferred on an arc-shaped path about a central axis (A1) of the transfer device (10), which device includes at least a support wheel (20) and a guide wheel (24) driven with the same rotational movement about the axis (A1) of the device, and wherein the guide wheel (24) has a periphery, cells whereof the dimensions are adapted to the dimension of the containers (12) to be transferred. The guide wheel (24) includes a device for varying the dimension of the cells so as to adapt them to the dimensions of the containers (12) to be transferred.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2001
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2006
    Assignee: Sidel
    Inventor: Gabriele Stocchi
  • Patent number: 6851294
    Abstract: A clip disk assembly according to the invention includes an adapter hub which attaches to the motor of an existing crimping machine and a plurality of clip disks, each being removably attachable to the adapter hub. Each clip disk is provided with a different sized peripheral notches to accommodate a different sized eyelet. According to the presently preferred embodiment, the adapter hub has four threaded peripheral studs and the clip disks have four corresponding holes. Four wing nuts are used to removably attach the clip disks to the adapter hub. Preferably, one stud has a larger boss than the others and one hole in the clip disks is correspondingly larger. The assembly permits changing of clip disks in about one minute.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2001
    Date of Patent: February 8, 2005
    Assignee: Edwin B. Stimpson Company, Inc.
    Inventors: Bruce M. Campbell, Hershell P. Sablowski
  • Patent number: 6848564
    Abstract: Apparatus for indexing glassware through a series of angularly spaced stations includes first and second arrays of glassware gripping fingers mounted on associated carriers that are rotatable about a common axis, both conjointly and with respect to each other. Each carrier is connected to as associated servo motor, which in turn are connected to a controller for rotating the carriers with respect to each other to grip and release glassware between the fingers, and to rotate the carriers conjointly to index the glassware between apparatus stations. One array of glassware gripping fingers includes coil springs for biasing the fingers toward the fingers of the opposing array for accommodating tolerance variations in the glassware. Drive rollers are located at at least some of the stations, and are pivotal into and out of positions for rotating the containers about their axes for inspection or other purposes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2003
    Date of Patent: February 1, 2005
    Assignee: Owens-Brockway Glass Container Inc.
    Inventors: George A. Nickey, Stephen M. Gerber, Noel D. Wendt, Ronald E. Gast, Gregory A. Ritz, James Scott Barnes, William R. Martin
  • Patent number: 6823987
    Abstract: A conveyor (1) for containers (2) includes a first and second endless metallic belt (5a, 5b), which are arranged side by side and parallel, and which are mounted on respective driving pulleys having parallel axes. The metallic belts are operated to move with the same velocity in a predetermined forward movement direction (W). Operating means adjust the mutual angular positioning of the driving pulleys. A plurality of retaining elements, first (6a) and second (6b), are removably fastened to the respective metallic belts (5a, 5b) to define corresponding seats (7) for receiving and housing the containers (2), The longitudinal dimension of each of the seats (7) can be changed by acting on the operating means. With a maximum width (200) of the longitudinal dimension of each seat (7), the first and second retaining elements (6a, 6b) defining the seat (7) are situated one beside the other and partially overlapped.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2003
    Date of Patent: November 30, 2004
    Assignee: I.M.A. Industria Macchine Automatiche S.p.A.
    Inventors: Vannino Sartore, Claudio Trebbi, Gabriele Gabusi
  • Patent number: 6772875
    Abstract: Conveyor apparatus for transporting objects, having a continuous circulating guided conveyor line with drivers arranged at intervals from each other, wherein the conveyor line is constructed of continuous circulating guided individual lines, each of which has drivers arranged at intervals from each other, and where the individual lines can be adjusted relative to each other in terms of their circulating positions, so that the intervals between the drivers of different individual lines can be adjusted simultaneously.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2001
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2004
    Inventor: Jorn von Seggern
  • Patent number: 6659266
    Abstract: A wood-edger for cutting away irregularities left on the edges of wood products, such as planks or boards, comprises a succession of different transferring mechanisms cooperating to regulate the flow of wood products to be processed and to properly position the same for the ultimate edging operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2003
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2003
    Assignee: Firme Cogites Inc.
    Inventors: Guy Therrien, Yves Barrette, Normand Biron
  • Publication number: 20030188953
    Abstract: Apparatus for indexing glassware through a series of angularly spaced stations includes first and second arrays of glassware gripping fingers mounted on associated carriers that are rotatable about a common axis, both conjointly and with respect to each other. Each carrier is connected to as associated servo motor, which in turn are connected to a controller for rotating the carriers with respect to each other to grip and release glassware between the fingers, and to rotate the carriers conjointly to index the glassware between apparatus stations. One array of glassware gripping fingers includes coil springs for biasing the fingers toward the fingers of the opposing array for accommodating tolerance variations in the glassware. Drive rollers are located at at least some of the stations, and are pivotal into and out of positions for rotating the containers about their axes for inspection or other purposes.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 24, 2003
    Publication date: October 9, 2003
    Inventors: George A. Nickey, Stephen M. Gerber, Noel D. Wendt, Ronald E. Gast, Gregory A. Ritz, James Scott Barnes, William R. Martin
  • Patent number: 6619472
    Abstract: An adjusting unit for an article carrier is disclosed. The adjusting unit includes adjustable support elements for receiving articles of different sizes, in particular for supporting printed circuit boards of different sizes with a frame. One frame member of the frame may be used as a support for an article to be carried. At least one additional supporting element is provided which is adapted to be adjusted relative to a frame member. In addition, arresting structures are provided with the aid of which the supporting element can be arrested relative to the frame member. The arresting structures are adaptable to be releasably arrested on a guide, along which the supporting element is displaceable. Accordingly, the adjusting unit comprises adjustment structure for adapting the adjustable supporting element of the article carrier to the size of the printed circuit boards to be accommodated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2001
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2003
    Assignee: Rehm Anlagenbau GmbH
    Inventor: Johannes Rehm
  • Patent number: 6591886
    Abstract: A quick-change roll-fed labeling machine employs a unique container flow path, resulting in higher labeling speed and precision label placement. The labeling machine comprises a conveyor for moving articles to be labeled, and an infeed screw assembly for spacing and stabilizing the articles. Additional system elements include a rotatable starwheel assembly having a plurality of spaced pockets for receiving individual ones of the articles therein, a rotatable vacuum drum assembly, and a supply of roll fed labels, wherein the labels are dispensed singly onto a label receiving face of the rotatable vacuum drum assembly. A glue wheel assembly is disposed adjacent to the vacuum drum assembly for applying glue to the labels. Advantageously, the glue wheel assembly comprises an air cylinder drive for driving the glue wheel disposed between a pair of bushings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2001
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2003
    Assignee: Impaxx Machine Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: Richard R. Gonzalo
  • Patent number: 6581751
    Abstract: Apparatus for indexing glassware through a series of angularly spaced stations includes first and second arrays of glassware gripping fingers mounted on associated carriers that are rotatable about a common axis, both conjointly and with respect to each other. Each carrier is connected to as associated servo motor, which in turn are connected to a controller for rotating the carriers with respect to each other to grip and release glassware between the fingers, and to rotate the carriers conjointly to index the glassware between apparatus stations. One array of glassware gripping fingers includes coil springs for biasing the fingers toward the fingers of the opposing array for accommodating tolerance variations in the glassware. Drive rollers are located at at least some of the stations, and are pivotal into and out of positions for rotating the containers about their axes for inspection or other purposes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2000
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2003
    Assignee: Owens-Brockway Glass Container Inc.
    Inventors: George A. Nickey, Stephen M. Gerber, Noel D. Wendt, Ronald E. Gast, Gregory A. Ritz, James Scott Barnes, William R. Martin
  • Patent number: 6557695
    Abstract: An apparatus for inspecting non-round containers includes a pair of carriages coupled to associated motors for rotation independently of each other on a common axis. Each carriage carries a corresponding plurality of semi-circular gripping fingers, which may be moved toward and away from each other by controlled rotation of the carriages. The fingers are widely separated from each other to accept non-round containers at an in-feed station, and to permit removal of the containers at out-feed and reject stations. For transporting the containers between stations, the finger are brought closely together to grip the containers for indexing, and springs on one of the carriages resiliently urge the associated fingers toward the fingers on the opposing carriage for accommodating size variations among the containers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2001
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2003
    Assignee: Owens-Brockway Glass Container Inc.
    Inventors: Stephen M. Gerber, George A. Nickey, Noel D. Wendt
  • Patent number: 6550605
    Abstract: A wood-edger for cutting away irregularities left on the edges of wood products, such as planks or boards, comprises a succession of different transferring mechanisms cooperating to regulate the flow of wood products to be processed and to properly position the same for the ultimate edging operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 1999
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2003
    Assignee: Firme Cogites Inc.
    Inventors: Guy Therrien, Yves Barrette, Normand Biron
  • Patent number: 6550601
    Abstract: In order to monitor the adjustment state of the entrainers (1), which are arranged in each case in pairs transverse to the feed direction (4), of a feed chain (2), it is proposed to arrange an adjusting station along the guide of the feed chain (2) and to arrange a measuring station at a spaced interval therefrom. The adjusting station serves to adjust manually the entrainers (1) in a common adjusting plane extending perpendicular to the feed direction (4), whereas the measuring station is arranged to detect the adjustment position of the two entrainers (1) in a measuring plane likewise perpendicular to the feed direction (4) and, in accordance with a tolerance field which can be defined by the user, to generate an error signal which at the same time renders it possible to identify maladjusted entrainers (1).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2001
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2003
    Assignee: GreCon Dimter Holzoptimierung Nord GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Klaus Jurisch, Volker Camen
  • Patent number: 6533126
    Abstract: A produce sizing transport mechanism includes an endless conveyor carrying a plurality of downwardly depending produce retaining members which define an elongated produce retaining zone below at least one portion of the endless conveyor. At least part of the produce retaining members may be movable between a first closed position in which produce is retained within the elongated produce retaining zone and a plurality of further open positions enabling produce of predetermined sizes or size ranges to be released from the produce retaining zone. The retaining members may include a produce support region located generally beneath the produce retaining zone when the produce retaining members are located in the first closed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2000
    Date of Patent: March 18, 2003
    Assignee: E.D. Parsons Engineering PTY LTD
    Inventor: Ian A Parsons
  • Patent number: 6382401
    Abstract: A conveyor apparatus includes first and second groups of fins which are spaced along the conveying direction to provide spaces sufficient to hold packs therein. The fins in each group are divided into first and second sets. The first and second fin groups are mounted to first and second conveyor chain pairs, respectively, and moved through pack loading and unloading stations. Stepping motors drive the first and second chain pairs independently. A controller causes a fin set after being loaded or unloaded to be forwarded to the unloading or loading station at a speed higher than the speed at which the fin sets move through the loading station.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2001
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2002
    Assignee: Yamato Scale Company, Limited
    Inventors: Fumihiko Takemoto, Osamu Okabe
  • Patent number: 6374997
    Abstract: A conveyor system has a bucket with a pivoting side wall. The pivoting movement of the leading side wall is actuated by a cam follower which engage; a cam rail. As the bucket passes through a carton loading station, the cam rail moves the cam follower to adjust the rotational position of the side wall. This pivoting movement will push back the leading side flap of a carton, thus making the loading of the carton easier. For different sized cartons, the transverse position of the cam rail can be adjusted thus altering the relevant rotational movement of the pivoting side wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2000
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2002
    Assignee: Langen Packaging Inc.
    Inventors: Tony Spadafora, Tomasz Kardynal
  • Publication number: 20020005336
    Abstract: An adjusting unit for an article carrier is disclosed. The adjusting unit includes adjustable support elements for receiving articles of different sizes, in particular for supporting printed circuit boards of different sizes with a frame. One frame member of the frame may be used as a support for an article to be carried. At least one additional supporting element is provided which is adapted to be adjusted relative to a frame member. In addition, arresting means are provided with the aid of which the supporting element can be arrested relative to the frame member. The arresting means is adaptable to be releasably arrested on a guide means, along which the supporting element is displaceable. Accordingly, the adjusting unit comprises adjustment means for adapting the adjustable supporting element of the article carrier to the size of the printed circuit boards to be accommodated.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 6, 2001
    Publication date: January 17, 2002
    Inventor: Johannes Rehm
  • Patent number: 6290054
    Abstract: A star feeder (4) is arranged between a first and a second conveying device (1, 2) for conveying objects in series and it serves for transferring the objects (G) from the first conveying device (1) to the second conveying device (2). In order to make the star feeder adaptable to a wide range of different types of objects, the compartments (5) are all simultaneously adjustable regarding their form and/or their radial depth.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 1998
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2001
    Assignee: IPT Weinfelden AG
    Inventor: Robert Buechi
  • Patent number: 6286661
    Abstract: A pallet for carrying dynamo-electric machine component workpieces of different dimensions is provided with first and second support members, at least one of which is movably mounted on the pallet so that the distance between the support members can be adjusted to accommodate a wide range of differently dimensioned workpieces. The pallet may include an aperture which allows a removal device to pass through and remove a workpiece from, or deposit a workpiece to the pallet. Each movable support member is releasably locked so that a user may unlock and adjust the support members to a desired position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2000
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2001
    Assignee: Axis USA Inc.
    Inventors: Rossano Galassi, Antonio Randazzo, Maurizio Mugelli
  • Patent number: 6206763
    Abstract: A brush deburring machine includes upper and lower synchronized dogged conveyors that translate workpieces between a pair of cylindrical wire brushes to remove burrs from the ends of the workpieces. A first support surface is defined on each of the dogs of the upper conveyor, and a second support surface is defined on each of the dogs of the lower conveyor. Workpieces are retained between the first and second support surfaces to prevent the workpieces from becoming unstable and shifting diagonally between the wire brushes, yet are permitted to rotate with respect to the first and second support surfaces to cause the entire circumference of the ends of the workpieces to be deburred.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 1999
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2001
    Assignee: Ohio Custom Machinery, Inc.
    Inventor: Allen E. Mackall
  • Patent number: 6182819
    Abstract: An article carrier is disclosed having adjustable support elements for receiving articles of different sizes, in particular for supporting printed circuit boards of different sizes during transport through a reflow soldering system. The article carrier further comprises a frame, wherein especially one frame member of the frame is used as a support for an article to be carried, and at least one additional supporting element which is adapted to be adjusted relative to the frame member, wherein arresting elements are provided for arresting the support element relative to the frame member. One major aspect of the invention is the fact that the arresting elements are adapted to be releasably arrested on guide rods along which the supporting element is displaceable. Thus the article carrier may automatically be adapted to different sizes of printed circuit boards.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 1999
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2001
    Assignee: Rehm Anlagenbau GmbH + Co.
    Inventor: Johannes Rehm