Separate, Parallel Conveying Reaches Supporting Same Load Patents (Class 198/817)
  • Patent number: 11814256
    Abstract: A forming assembly of multilayer packets of wet wipes includes: a feeding device of wipes assemblies; a forming device of packets including wipes assemblies; a packet removing device, where the forming device receives the wipes assemblies from an upper level and releases the packets at a lower level; first and second bands closed in a loop, moving along a path having a respective operating section extending vertically, including blades facing one another along the respective operating section creating housings for single wipes assemblies and defining a free space; a moving index in the free space ejecting a predetermined number of wipes assemblies onto the removing device; and a movement member advancing the index through the free space, the index including a fixed body associated with the movement member and a moving portion associated with the fixed body, allowing the index height to vary with respect to the removing device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2023
    Inventor: Pierangelo Mandotti
  • Patent number: 11792968
    Abstract: An automatic conveyance apparatus includes a first loading surface, an adjustment device, a movement device, and a control section. The control section drives the movement device to move the member between the first loading surface and the second loading surface when the automatic conveyance apparatus is positioned at a member delivery position and/or a member pickup position where the automatic conveyance apparatus delivers and/or picks up the member and when the height and the inclination of the first loading surface are adjusted in accordance with the height position and the inclination position of the second loading surface by the adjustment device. The automatic conveyance apparatus is configured to travel between multiple predetermined positions including the member delivery position and/or the member pickup position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2023
    Inventor: Masaki Murai
  • Patent number: 11753884
    Abstract: A system includes a flow line connected to a fluid and a suction line in fluid communication with the flow line, wherein the fluid is to carry cuttings from a borehole. The system also includes a flow line pump to move fluid via the suction line onto a surface of a cuttings separation conveyor, wherein the surface of the cuttings separation conveyor comprises a separation screen. The system also includes a cuttings container positioned to collect a portion of the cuttings from the separation conveyor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2023
    Assignee: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Daniel Duncan Blue, III, Ian David Campbell Mitchell
  • Patent number: 11708222
    Abstract: Various embodiments of the present disclosure provide a lumber handling and cutting apparatus, including an incoming material conveyor assembly, a material infeed assembly adjacent to the incoming material conveyor assembly, a cutting assembly adjacent to the material infeed assembly, a material outfeed assembly adjacent to the cutting assembly, an outgoing material conveyor assembly adjacent to the cutting assembly, and a printer assembly adjacent to the incoming material conveyor assembly and the material infeed assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 25, 2023
    Assignee: Illinois Tool Works Inc.
    Inventors: Ronald E. Findley, Mark K. Gipson
  • Patent number: 11662256
    Abstract: A temperature drift compensation method includes pre-aging a thermocouple, during which the thermocouple is subjected to temperatures and/or pressures that cause or facilitate an oxidation growth on the conductor elements of the thermocouple. During the pre-aging, temperature readings of the thermocouple are recorded, and a model including a time-based exponential expression is derived from the temperature readings. In addition, a temperature sensor system includes a pre-aged thermocouple, and a temperature compensation circuit that modifies initial temperature readings from the pre-aged thermocouple according to a model including a time-based exponential expression.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2023
    Inventors: John Joseph Costello, Robert C. Dalley, Kenneth L. Graham
  • Patent number: 11608231
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a conveying apparatus for tampon applicators 100, having a first conveyor track 2, which comprises two transport belts 3.1, 3.2 which are arranged spaced apart from each other. The transport belts each have a bearing axis L1, L2. The conveying apparatus according to the invention furthermore has a first conveyor drive 4 for driving at least one of the two spaced-apart transport belts 3.1, 3.2, and transport belts which are arranged spaced apart from each other in such a manner that a tampon applicator 100 which is to be conveyed rests on the two transport belts in an intermediate space D between the transport belts. The bearing axes L1, L2 of the transport belts 3.1, 3.2 are arranged parallel; in particular in the case of transport belts having the same conveying direction F. The present invention furthermore relates to a method of conveying tampon applicators.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2023
    Assignee: Ruggli Projects AG
    Inventors: Samuel Schuler, Antonello Zuddas
  • Patent number: 11491681
    Abstract: Various embodiments of the present disclosure provide a lumber handling and cutting apparatus, including an incoming material conveyor assembly, a material infeed assembly adjacent to the incoming material conveyor assembly, a cutting assembly adjacent to the material infeed assembly, a material outfeed assembly adjacent to the cutting assembly, an outgoing material conveyor assembly adjacent to the cutting assembly, and a printer assembly adjacent to the incoming material conveyor assembly and the material infeed assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2022
    Assignee: Illinois Tool Works Inc.
    Inventors: Ronald E. Findley, Mark K. Gipson
  • Patent number: 11266893
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for physical therapy includes a base structure, a roller table positioned on the base structure including a plurality of free motion rollers, at least one motor and/or and at least one air compressor connected to the base structure, a plurality of powered rollers or a contact plate located within the base structure being in contact with the plurality of free motion rollers, at least one pneumatic block with a pneumatic piston connected to the at least one air compressor and being configured to raise and lower the power rollers and/or the contact plate, a load cell in communication with the apparatus being configured to measure and record a patient's response to the transition of the roller table and/or the contact plate, and a programmable logic controller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2022
    Assignee: Surefooted LLC
    Inventors: Bradford C. Taras, Udai M. Jayakumar
  • Patent number: 11186439
    Abstract: The invention relates to a transport conveyor curve including a multitude of parallel curved tracks, wherein the separate parallel tracks are driven by a conical drive, wherein the contact angle of each of the individual tracks with the conical drive is substantially equal in comparison to the contact angle of the other individual tracks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 30, 2021
    Inventor: Egbert Gerrit Hoff
  • Patent number: 11103744
    Abstract: The foldable portable treadmill (10) of the present invention includes left and right treadmill sections (12, 14), each having support rollers (20, 22) and an endless belt (24, 26) with bumps (36, 38) on the outer surface thereof. An electric motor (32) drives the belts. A hinge (40, 42) connects the side edges (16, 18) of the treadmill sections together so that they can be folded over each other for storage or transport. Wheels or rollers (84, 86) carried by at least one of the sections allow the treadmill (10) to be rolled across a floor when the sections are folded together. Telescoping handles (66, 68) are movable between an operative position where they extend upwardly from the treadmill sections when they are opened in order to be grasped by a person using the treadmill and an inoperative position where they can be used for transporting the treadmill when it is closed. When the treadmill sections are open for use, the spacing between them can be adjusted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2021
    Assignee: U Treadmill LLC
    Inventor: JohnPaul Munar
  • Patent number: 10669098
    Abstract: A modular, scalable prescription dispensing and verification system includes a four-tiered central conveyor, dispensing control system with stored patient orders for creating dispensing and routing itineraries, carriers transporting itineraries and dispensed medications, induction station, pairs of processing stations divided by the conveyor, including automated and manual dispensing, verification, cold chain, and ambient packaging. Crossover conveyors transport carriers between dispensing station pair members for dispensing multiple products per station pair. One conveyor tier returns empty carriers to induction, another transports carriers from each dispensing station to verification, then to packaging, another transports carriers from induction to dispensing, then to additional dispensing, another conveys carriers from induction to dispensing stations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: Tension International, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert Terzini, Kenneth S. Myers
  • Patent number: 10246265
    Abstract: A belt conveyor system including an elongate housing having at least one troughing idler assembly disposed therein. The troughing idler assembly includes a center medial roller and a plurality of side rollers. Each of the rollers includes a shaft having ends supported by at least one bearing having a first face and a second face. The bearings supporting the side rollers are mounted to an exterior of the elongate housing in such a manner that the first face and the second face of at least one of the bearings are visible.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: Custom Agri Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: Joshua Norman Schnitkey
  • Patent number: 10068409
    Abstract: There is provided a vending machine that prevents a commodity receptacle from being damaged and a commodity from slipping out thereof by a shock due to falling even if a commodity receptacle undergoes free fall without requiring a complicated structure for preventing the commodity receptacle from undergoing free fall. When it is detected that the fall velocity of a bucket 60 falling due to disconnection of power supply to a second motor 72a of a bucket moving mechanism 70 is equal to or greater than a predetermined speed, a braking force for decelerating the fall velocity of the bucket 60 is intermittently generated and thereby the bucket 60 can be lowered to the lowest point at a speed slower than free fall. This configuration prevents the bucket 60 from being damaged and a commodity from slipping out thereof by a shock due to falling and does not require a complicated structure for preventing the bucket 60 from undergoing free fall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: Sanden Holdings Corporation
    Inventor: Masaru Ohkubo
  • Patent number: 9618080
    Abstract: A dispenser for balancing weights for vehicles comprises a plurality of dispenser modules. The dispenser modules have a cartridge with at least two compartments for storing balancing weights. Each compartment has at least one retrieval opening. A cartridge actuator moves the cartridge linearly along a first axis, such that a retrieval feed opening is positioned above a slider feed opening in the dispenser module. A slider, which is operated by a slider actuator along a second axis, parallel to the first axis, has a balancing weight compartment, which can be moved under the slider feed opening, such that a balancing weight may drop from the cartridge into the compartment. The compartment is then moved to a picking tray in which the balancing weight is delivered to a handling device for placing the balancing weight to a wheel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2017
    Inventor: Hans-Ulrich Bürgel
  • Patent number: 9585295
    Abstract: A removal apparatus includes a main body, a carrying device, a heating device and a brush device. The carrying device is disposed on the main body, and includes a holding module for holding a circuit board. The heating device is disposed on the main body for heating up the circuit board to melt bonding material that bonds electronic components and a board body of the circuit board. The brush device is disposed on the main body, and includes at least one brush body that is made of heat-resistant material, and that is operable to move relative to a surface of the circuit board to remove the electronic components from the board body after the bonding material are melted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2017
    Assignee: Wistron Corporation
    Inventor: Cheng-Yang Hsieh
  • Patent number: 9545007
    Abstract: A power chain consisting of a chain comprising links that are electrically conductive elements mounted on a circuit board in at least two layers and in such a way that the elements included in the power chain are assembled shifted and overlapping and in electrical contact with each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2017
    Assignee: One Inventor Sweden AB
    Inventor: Jan Berglund
  • Patent number: 9078399
    Abstract: An improved belt guide system has individual guide sleeves mounted on one or more of the guide rolls, one sleeve for each belt, in an agricultural round baler. Each sleeve encircles the roll surface of the guide roll and is positioned between the belt and the guide roll surface in a manner allowing relative rotational movement between the sleeve and the guide roll. Each guide sleeve is thus allowed to match the peripheral speed of the respective belt as it passes over the guide roll and allow slippage to occur between the guide roll surface and the inner circumference of the guide sleeve. Flanges extending radially outwardly on each sleeve end maintain the sleeve alignment with the respective belt.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2015
    Assignee: CNH Industrial America LLC
    Inventors: Frederick R. Hubach, James D. Walker, Scott C. Simmons
  • Patent number: 8955670
    Abstract: An absorbent article rotating apparatus includes a transporting section that transports an absorbent article along a transport direction with the absorbent article being sandwiched between a pair of belts, and a fixed member that rotates the absorbent article by coming into contact with a portion of an edge of the absorbent article, the portion being exposed from the belts, the edge being at a downstream side in the transport direction, the fixed member being fixed at a predetermined position in the transport direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2015
    Assignee: Uni-Charm Corporation
    Inventors: Seiji Murakami, Youji Shinomori
  • Patent number: 8931627
    Abstract: A bottle pushing mechanism for a tunnel type sterilizing dryer, includes a bottle pushing block (2) and at least one barb (5) cooperated with meshes of a transmitting mesh belt (1). The barb (5) is connected with the bottle pushing block (2). The bottle pushing block (2) could move along with the transmitting mesh belt (1) by the barb (5). The bottle pushing mechanism has a simple and compact structure, convenient installation, high reliability, good transmitting effect and no pollution.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2015
    Assignee: Truking Technology Limited
    Inventors: Dayu Cai, Zhen Liu, Zhigao Ning, Zanming Zhu, Bo Yi, Pengcheng Li, Yue Tang
  • Patent number: 8919536
    Abstract: A conveying device for conveying containers in a conveying direction, the containers having bottoms, each of which has a cross-section characterized by a standing-bottom diameter or a smaller and larger standing-bottom diameter. The device has conveyor belts extending along a conveying direction forming a closed loop. The conveyor belts form, with upper-loop lengths thereof, a sub-region of a conveying surface, the upper-loop lengths being disposed adjacent to each other in a rows offset in an axial direction. The containers stand on the upper-loop lengths on their bottoms. The conveyor belts have a width that, for containers having a circular cross-section, is smaller than half the standing-bottom diameter of the smallest container diameter to be conveyed, and, for containers having a non-circular cross-section, is smaller than half a smaller standing-bottom diameter of a smallest container diameter to be conveyed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Assignee: KHS GmbH
    Inventors: Berthold Paroth, Martin Backhaus, Christian Schmitz
  • Publication number: 20140360845
    Abstract: A race track conveyor having at least two conveyor belts. Each conveyor belt includes a separate drive allowing each conveyor belt to independently transport a group of products from a first end to a second end of the race track conveyor. Each conveyor belt may include two belts, each belt being driven by the respective drive of the conveyor belt. The present race track conveyor may include three conveyor belts. The present race track conveyor may be configured to process different formats when loading and unloading product onto the race track conveyor allowing the race track conveyor to move product machines that have different work cycles.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 12, 2014
    Publication date: December 11, 2014
    Applicant: Multivac Sepp Haggenmüller GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventor: Peter Bergler
  • Patent number: 8881888
    Abstract: The present disclosure is directed, in part, to a module for a modular manufacturing system comprising a frame and a carriage movable relative to the frame. The carriage is movable in directions that are generally perpendicular to the direction of product flow through the module. The carriage comprises a base comprising a first equipment mount movably engaged with the base and a second equipment mount movably engaged with the base. The first and the second equipment mounts are moveable relative to each other in directions generally perpendicular to the direction of product flow through the module and generally perpendicular to the directions of movement of the carriage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2014
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Matthew Bernard Overley, Wesley Bernard Brokopp, Jeffrey Dean Hartline
  • Patent number: 8857605
    Abstract: The feeder and positioner for trays for food products (209) according to the invention comprises A) at least one conveyor guide (227); B) at least one conveyor chain (211) which for a section further upstream is substantially side-by-side with the at least one conveyor guide, and is designed to engage with a plurality of trays (V) and to make them advance along the at least one conveyor guide (227). At a moving pulley (213) the conveyor chain (211) is substantially diverted from the path of the at least one conveyor guide (227) so as to disengage from the trays (V). The feeder and positioner (209) comprises a slide (223) on which the pulley (213) is mounted. By moving repeatedly, the slide (213) moves the point in which the trays (V) disengage from the chain (211) and deposits a plurality of N trays in a row on the guide (227). The N trays can be picked up simultaneously from the guide (227).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2014
    Assignee: Reepack S.R.L.
    Inventor: Livio Valli
  • Patent number: 8807329
    Abstract: A chain drive system for a bi-parting slatted floor in a drive system relies upon two continuous loops of chain, one on each side of the slatted floor that move in opposite directions beneath the slats are arranged side-by-side in the same horizontal plane, at the same level. A single drive motor drives both loops of chain. With the operative portions of the chain sections between drive and idler shafts arranged side-by-side in the same horizontal plane, the vertical amount of space occupied by the chains is significantly decreased compared to the vertically stacked chains of the prior art. This allows the underlying surface onto which items are deposited to be moved vertically upward next to the lower surface of the slatted floor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2014
    Assignee: Top Tier, Inc.
    Inventors: Cary Michael Pierson, Stephen L. Heston
  • Patent number: 8794431
    Abstract: A conveyor system is provided with a plurality of support members which are erected and spaced apart from each other, a plurality of holding units on which the plurality of support members are held, and a drive unit that moves the holding units in a conveying direction. A supporting plane on which a workpiece is supported and conveyed is formed by distal end portions of the support members. The support members are movable in parallel with respect to the supporting plane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2014
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Takuo Kobayashi, Izuru Hori, Shin Yoshida, Kenichi Fukami
  • Patent number: 8789265
    Abstract: In an electronic component mounting system including a plurality of electronic component mounting apparatuses coupled in series, the system mounting an electronic component on a substrate to manufacture a mounted substrate, a substrate carried into a mounting conveyor is temporarily placed in a standby state in a substrate standby area formed by a first transfer conveyor (carry-in conveyor) of one electronic component mounting apparatus and a second transfer conveyor (carry-out conveyor) of another electronic component mounting apparatus positioned upstream of the one electronic component mounting apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 29, 2014
    Assignee: Panasonic Corporation
    Inventors: Shuzo Yagi, Masao Nakane, Noboru Furuta
  • Publication number: 20140174891
    Abstract: The invention relates to a slicing apparatus for food products, in particular to a high-performance slicer, having at least one belt conveyor which is configured as a removable conveyor belt unit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 2, 2013
    Publication date: June 26, 2014
    Applicant: Textor Maschinenbau GmbH
    Inventor: Josef Mayer
  • Patent number: 8753061
    Abstract: A transport system having multilayer tracks is presented. The system has a bottom track and at least one top track disposed above on the bottom track. Shuttle carriages are moving along the top and bottom tracks. The shuttle body of each shuttle carriage has a first locking portion on the top end thereof, and has a second locking portion on the bottom end thereof. The second locking portion of the shuttle carriage on the top track can be locked with the first locking portion of the shuttle carriage on the bottom track. Therefore, the two transports on different tracks are locked so that the object can be transported between the top and bottom tracks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 17, 2014
    Assignee: Inotera Memories, Inc.
    Inventors: Chao-Hsiang Tseng, Huei-Lan Kuo
  • Publication number: 20140151196
    Abstract: A conveying device with a revolving, extensively extended conveying member with an upper run section and with a lower run section, wherein the conveying member is deflected in two head-end regions that lie opposite one another. The conveying device includes a drive device arranged in a head-end region and having an electric drive motor and a drive shaft coupled thereto. The drive shaft has at least one drive member for driving the conveying member at least partly wrapping the drive member. The drive motor includes a motor shaft that is connected to drive shafts arranged on both sides of the motor, wherein the motor shaft and the drive shafts are arranged coaxially. The drive device is arranged within the conveying device between side limitation devices and between the upper and lower run sections and, in the conveying direction, is arranged between the two head-ends of the conveying member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 19, 2012
    Publication date: June 5, 2014
    Applicant: WRH Walter Reist Holding AG
    Inventor: Jurgen Wehner
  • Patent number: 8668078
    Abstract: A conveyor segment for clean manufacturing applications. Each conveyor belt segment includes a pair of side rails parallel to each other; a pair of belt-drives for transporting work pieces from a first end to a second end of the belt segment; a pair of driving wheels for turning the belt-drives. The belt of each of the belt-drives is disposed in a serpentine path about plural, load-bearing upper idler wheels, around either a lower loop-back idler wheel or a driving wheel, and back up and around another pair of upper idler wheels. This sequence is repeated a selected number of times about additional pairs of upper idler wheels and lower loop-back idler wheels or a driving wheel before the belt is disposed beneath plural return idler wheels and back up to the starting point. Slipping between the belt and wheels is thus minimized, even in the absence of a work piece on the belt segment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 11, 2014
    Assignee: Middlesex General Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: George W. Horn
  • Patent number: 8636139
    Abstract: A conveyor has drive and driven shafts mounted to undergo rotation, a transmitting member transmitting a rotational drive of the drive shaft to the driven shaft in synchronization relative one another, an elastic conveying member looped around the drive and driven shafts for conveying an object, and a guide portion arranged between the drive and driven shafts. The guide portion has rotators, receiving portions receiving respective ones of the rotators, openings communicating with through-holes of the conveying member, communication portions communicating with the openings and positioned so that each of the rotators is arranged between respective adjacent pairs of the communication portions, and connection members communicating with the openings via the communication portions. The connection members are configured for connection to a suction device for drawing air from the openings through the respective communication portions to draw by suction the conveyance object toward the conveying member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2014
    Assignee: Seiko I Infotech Inc.
    Inventors: Kazuhisa Umezawa, Takao Arai, Kazuhiro Sei
  • Patent number: 8567592
    Abstract: An example adjustable part loader system includes a first loader adjacent a base and adjustable along the base having a first motor and a second loader adjacent the base and adjustable along the base having a second motor. The second loader is aligned with the first loader along the base in a position relative to a dimension of a first part to be loaded. The first loader and the second loader each carry a distinct portion of the same part. The first loader is adjustable relative to the second loader. A controller system in communication with the first loader and the second loader and controls both simultaneously.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2013
    Assignee: Brass -Craft Manufacturing Company
    Inventor: Paul R. Homrich
  • Patent number: 8550237
    Abstract: A conveyor unit for a transport system of articles including a first conveyor chain and a second conveyor chain, located one downstream from the other in a direction of transport. The first and the second conveyor chain each comprise two conveyor sub-chains, which are arranged in such a way that a region of overlap is formed between a conveyor sub-chain of the first conveyor chain and a conveyor sub-chain of the second conveyor chain. During the transfer from the first conveyor chain onto the region of overlap and from there onto the second conveyor chain the article is always supported by at least one conveyor sub-chain. A velocity of at least one conveyor sub-chain therein is such that an alteration of a state of motion of the article is achievable within the conveyor element. Furthermore a transport system for articles is disclosed, which comprises a plurality of conveyor elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2013
    Assignee: Krones AG
    Inventors: Martin Seger, Stefan Heigl, Johann Huettner
  • Publication number: 20130220777
    Abstract: A centerline adjustable conveyor system and method may include a plurality of conveyor beams for conveying product within the system and an adjustor for controlling the outer width of the plurality of beams. The system and method may include a second adjustor that operates in conjunction with the adjustor for controlling the outer width of the plurality of beams. The system and method may also include an adjustor belt coupling the adjustor and the second adjustor that transfers activation of one of the adjustor and second adjustor to the other of the adjustors. The system and method may use an adjustor that is a trapezoidal lead screw. The adjustor may be a 5 mm per rev. pitched screw having opposite direction pitches emanating from the center of the screw and each opposite pitch of the adjustor may adjust one of the plurality of conveyor beams.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 27, 2012
    Publication date: August 29, 2013
    Inventors: Kevin J. Mauger, Jason J. Link, Ronald C. Schwar
  • Patent number: 8448774
    Abstract: An apparatus for forming piece goods batches, comprising a first transport device which transports the piece goods along a predefined transport path at a first transport speed, a second transport device which transports the piece goods along the predefined transport path at a second transport speed and which is arranged downstream of the first transport device along the transport path, and an assembling device which is arranged downstream of the second transport device along the transport path and forms batches from a plurality of piece goods. The apparatus may further comprise a buffer device which transports the piece goods along a variable buffer section and which is arranged between the first transport device and the second transport device, wherein the first transport speed and the second transport speed differ at least at times and the buffer device at least at times receives the piece goods streams brought about as a result of different speeds.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2013
    Assignee: Krones AG
    Inventors: Johann Huettner, Martin Seger
  • Publication number: 20130126313
    Abstract: A conveying device includes annular continuous bodies each extending in a conveying direction of an object to be conveyed and each being rotationally driven, and a plate-like member extending in a conveying lateral direction and mounted on each of the annular continuous bodies. The conveying device conveys the object by placing the object on a conveying surface formed by the plate-like member, in which the plate-like member mounted on one of the annular continuous bodies. The plate-like member mounted on another of the annular continuous bodies, which is adjacent to the one of the annular continuous bodies, are arranged in a staggered manner without overlapping with each other when viewed from a direction orthogonal to the conveying surface. Adjacent two of the annular continuous bodies have an interval therebetween in the conveying lateral direction. The interval is expandable and contractable.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 19, 2012
    Publication date: May 23, 2013
  • Patent number: 8443957
    Abstract: A package stream indexer device (1) for indexing a stream (S) of packages (P) being displaced thereon within a stream plane includes first and second articulated tracks (24) with live rollers (28) and corresponding lower articulated tracks (50) with depending pressure wheels (58) for maintaining packages (P) in contact with the first and second tracks (24) and within the package path defined there between within the stream plane. Each of the first and second articulated tracks (24) along with corresponding lower track (50) are each composed of a plurality of interconnected links (26,52) frictionally engaged together to allow adjustment in track orientation from one set position to another by means of dynamic movement on the tracks (24,50). The second tracks (24) respectively register upstream arid downstream of a moveable intermediate conveyor (2?) bridging an input conveyor (40) and a reception conveyor (40? or 40??), with the respective indexing mechanisms (1?, 1? or 1??).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2013
    Assignee: Conception Impack DTCI Inc.
    Inventor: Dominic Thériault
  • Patent number: 8439180
    Abstract: A conveyor cargo handling system for the synchronized, computerized loading and unloading of cargo containers from a vessel is comprised of at least two conveyor lines. Individually powered conveyor units, idler conveyor units, translate powered conveyor modules (“TPCM”), and rotate powered conveyor modules (“RPCM”), are remotely computer coordinated to operate in concert to safely and efficiently control traffic flow on the container terminal. The system eliminates much of the ground transportation conventionally utilized to move cargo containers to their storage destination.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2013
    Inventors: Dianren Zhang, Brian Hamill
  • Patent number: 8418840
    Abstract: A conveyor for the transport of bulk materials contains three pairs of supporting cables located vertically one above another. A conveyor belt is movable along the supporting cables and at its ends guided over return drums. Fastened to the conveyor belt are supporting beams having ends mounting rollers, which roll along the middle and lower supporting cables. Supporting frames are located at a distance apart in the longitudinal direction of the conveyor and by which the supporting cables are mutually connected. The supporting frames are formed by two vertically aligned supporting struts and two horizontally aligned connecting struts and, the upper ends of the supporting struts are connected to one of the upper supporting cables. The connecting struts are connected by clamping devices located thereon to the middle and to the lower supporting cables. The clamping devices located on the connecting struts form an acute angle with the connecting struts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2013
    Assignee: Innova Patent GmbH
    Inventor: Herbert Trieb
  • Patent number: 8413798
    Abstract: A device for conveying products 2, particularly food products, has a horizontal conveying path supported by a base and having a drive 1 substantially extending in the horizontal direction, wherein the drive 1 is reversibly driven, and is associated with at least one auxiliary conveyor device 3, 4 also supported by the base. The device has a conveying belt 5 for the product 2 driven by a drive, and having rails and carriers 3, 4 to laterally support and carry the product 2 a distance from the drive 1.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2013
    Assignee: Espera-Werke GmbH
    Inventor: Roger Krutmann
  • Patent number: 8397905
    Abstract: An automated multi-channel conveyor system comprises a plurality of channels for alignment, non-destructive transfer, and an accurate delivery of each of the plurality of small objects to a precise target destination. Each channel comprises alternate-profiled fins, pulleys, and belts. The pulleys within the set are connected to one another by two belts nestled in between and running parallel to the two fins. The belts are automated, travel continuously at predetermined speeds, accept a plurality of small objects, and facilitate uniform distribution by way of indentations. The fins and belts keep the objects aligned and uniformly distributed as the belts carry the accepted objects to a destination. A single-filed, uniform distribution of small objects within each channel and within a plurality of channels is a key to an efficient, automated, accurate, and precise delivery of the objects to a target destination.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2013
    Inventor: Jared M Tritz
  • Patent number: 8393290
    Abstract: This disclosure relates to systems and associated methods for applying a surface treatment to a part and curing the surface treatment without reorienting the part in the process. The systems include a first conveyor, a second conveyor, a system for applying a surface treatment, such as a powder coating application system, and a system for curing the surface treatment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2013
    Assignee: ADC Telecommunications, Inc.
    Inventor: Marlon E. Homquist
  • Patent number: 8376130
    Abstract: A conveyor system includes a cartridge, which defines a section of the conveyor. In one embodiment, the cartridge includes a number of wheels, which are designed as a unit for a conveyor section and the wheels of the cartridge are designed to hold a belt. A conveyor section, in one optional embodiment, includes integrated sensors for detecting the presence of a container (e.g., FOUP), and each conveyor section can implement precision sheet metal rails that facilitate high speed FOUP transport. In one embodiment, each conveyor section has two sides. Each side has a cartridge that has a belt. In particular embodiments, one side of the conveyor section includes a drive motor, that drives the conveyor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2013
    Assignee: Muratec Automation Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Roumen Deyanov, Michel Pharand, Michael Krolak, Theodore W. Rogers
  • Patent number: 8365902
    Abstract: A conveyor having a conveyor belt with wall segments that pivot between a retracted position below the conveying surface of the belt and an extended position above the conveying surface. When extended, the wall segments form a wall along the length of a portion of the belt to prevent conveyed articles from moving laterally past. The retractable wall segments are cam- or spring-actuated. Diverting conveyors using the retractable wall segments in an oblique-roller conveyor belt are useful as sorters or switches.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2013
    Assignee: Laitram, L.L.C.
    Inventors: Mark Costanzo, Eric M. Pressler
  • Patent number: 8322509
    Abstract: A solar cell module conveyer comprising an assembly line for intermittently feeding solar cells that constitute a solar cell module, and having machinery arranged for successively executing the working/treating steps; belt conveyers working as an inspection line which is synchronized with the assembly line to inspect the solar cell module fabricated on the assembly line through various working/treatment steps; and a transfer mechanism for transferring the solar cell module from the assembly line onto the belt conveyers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2012
    Assignee: Tohoku Seiki Industries, Ltd.
    Inventors: Masayoshi Yokoo, Koichi Yoshida, Norikazu Kainuma, Akio Murakami
  • Patent number: 8286787
    Abstract: A chain (30) for a conveyor of an apparatus (10) for accumulating and arranging products or packs (P) into groups, is made loop-closed by means of a series of links articulated to each other through connection of pins (32) connected by plates (33), each link is provided with a driving portion (34) and a drawing portion (35) of sliding blocks (50) provided for accommodating the products or packs (P), such drawing portion (35) is provided with guide plates (37, 37?) of the sliding blocks (50).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2012
    Assignee: CT PACK S.r.l.
    Inventors: Danielle Davi, David Rosignoli
  • Publication number: 20120228088
    Abstract: A conveying surface operating in a fashion of a conveying belt. The surface is formed to provide movement of material on the surface between two rollers. The conveying surface is formed by a continuous wire stretching in individual substantially parallel strands, between spiraled communications around the first roller and second roller. Spacing of the individual parallel strands of wire yields uninterrupted gaps for airflow therethrough and tensioning of the wire between the rollers eliminates sagging. The surface may be cleaned while moving by cleaning a return section of the wire strand between the rollers.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 9, 2012
    Publication date: September 13, 2012
    Inventor: Nolton C. Johnson, JR.
  • Publication number: 20120186949
    Abstract: An inclined conveyor for a combine comprising at least two endlessly wound toothed belts that extend parallel to one another and are made of cross-linked polymer reinforced with woven fabric plies. The toothed belts are connected together by coupling strips, and the toothed belts are provided with securement mechanisms for the coupling strips.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 16, 2010
    Publication date: July 26, 2012
    Inventor: Hans-Jürgen Gentz
  • Patent number: 8220615
    Abstract: The method of the invention comprises guiding the bottles (1) in an angled direction on the alignment table (13) between the inlet and the outlet thereof and simultaneously gradually accelerating the speed of said bottles (1) on a portion of said table (13) from said inlet in order to reach a speed higher that the nominal speed Vn. The method further comprises submitting the bottles (1) to at least two alternating closing-up and spacing operations in the downstream portion of the alignment table (13) before the discharge thereof in the form of a queue made by a transfer conveyor (14). The equipment for implementing the method particularly comprises: a group of bands including at least two pairs of bands (15.1, 15.2, and 15.3, 15.4 . . . ) operated within each pair at different speeds in order to carry out in an alternating manner from one pair to the other closing-up and spacing operations of the bottles (1) running on said bands (15as).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2012
    Assignee: Sidel Participations
    Inventors: Zmaj Petrovic, Denis Krauth
  • Publication number: 20120103762
    Abstract: A conveyor for conveying products comprises at least two drivable endless conveyor members for supporting products. The conveyor members extend substantially parallel to each other as seen from above and define a helical path. The conveyor is arranged such that under operating conditions the conveyor members have substantially equal angular speeds.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 11, 2010
    Publication date: May 3, 2012
    Applicant: Ambaflex International BV
    Inventor: Wouter Balk