Roller-supporting Transverse Frame Connected To Side-frame Stand Patents (Class 198/828)
  • Patent number: 10689197
    Abstract: Conveyor apparatus, systems and methods are provided. In some embodiments a rail is supported in spaced-apart relation from an idler assembly of the conveyor by a bracket mounted to the conveyor. In some embodiments the bracket is mounted (e.g., removably mounted such as by a clamp) to an idler assembly of the conveyor (e.g., an end stand thereof). In some embodiments a retractable idler support is slidably mounted to a base frame and advanced between a first and second position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: Superior Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Lafe Grimm, David Denzer
  • Patent number: 10377571
    Abstract: Conveyor apparatus, systems and methods are provided. In some embodiments a rail is supported in spaced-apart relation from an idler assembly of the conveyor by a bracket mounted to the conveyor. In some embodiments the bracket is mounted (e.g., removably mounted such as by a clamp) to an idler assembly of the conveyor (e.g., an end stand thereof). In some embodiments a retractable idler support is slidably mounted to a base frame and advanced between a first and second position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: Superior Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Lafe Grimm, David Denzer
  • Patent number: 9340362
    Abstract: A conveyor with enhanced cleanability includes a belt for conveying objects above a floor and having a forward run and a return run. A conveyor bed for supporting the belt provides an upper support for supporting the forward run of the belt and a lower support for supporting a return run of the belt. The upper support is adapted for moving toward and away from the lower support, including when the conveyor belt is sectioned into first and second portions corresponding to the forward run and the return run. A conveyor is also mounted in a cantilevered fashion, such as by embedding posts in a curable material forming a base for supporting the conveyor. Related methods are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2016
    Assignee: SPAN TECH LLC
    Inventors: James L. Layne, Lewis W. Ward, B. Keith Thomas, Scott Dayton Barbour
  • Patent number: 9139367
    Abstract: A conveyor belt idler assembly comprises support structure, a strand of catenary idler rollers, and an outboard wing roller or slider bar. The strand of catenary idler rollers can take on various trough-shaped contours. The outboard wing roller or slider bar is attached to the support structure and is able to translate relative to the support structure only along a linear path. The translational movement of the outboard wing roller or slider bar along the linear path is at least partial dependent upon changes in the contour of the strand of catenary idler rollers. The structure is adjustable such that the strand of catenary idler rollers can be lowered and raised to facilitate servicing and installation. A plurality of idler assemblies can be connected to each other using connecting brackets that rigidly tie the assemblies to each other near the outermost idler rollers or slider bars.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2015
    Assignee: Martin Engineering Company
    Inventors: Robert Todd Swinderman, Paul Bernard Harrison, Richard P. Stahura
  • Patent number: 9067737
    Abstract: A belt-deviation suppression structure includes a contact member, receivers, and multiple link members. The contact member is in contact with a rotatable belt and extends longitudinally in an intersecting direction that intersects a moving direction of the belt. The receivers are provided at opposite sides of the contact member in the intersecting direction and receive a pressing force from the belt as the belt moves in the intersecting direction. The link members are arranged in the intersecting direction. Each link member has a first end that is connected to a base in a rotatable manner about an axis extending in the moving direction and has a second end that is connected to the contact member in a rotatable manner about an axis extending in the moving direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2015
    Assignee: FUJI XEROX CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Shingo Hazeki
  • Patent number: 8985317
    Abstract: A bay for a belt conveyor structure, the bay includes a transverse support stand having a first part that is positionable adjacent one longitudinal edge of the belt. The transverse support stand also includes a second part that is positionable adjacent the other longitudinal edge of the belt. A third part of the transverse support stand spans between the first part and the second part. The bay also includes a stringer having a proximal end removeably attachable to the stand and a distal end which is for engagement with a subsequent bay. The proximal end of the stringer is attachable to the first part of the stand at at least two spaced apart locations. The proximal end of the stringer is also attachable to the third part of the stand.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Inventor: Andrew Jon Martin
  • Patent number: 8955662
    Abstract: A replacement roller support bracket allows a quick way of replacing damaged roller support brackets of a conveyor belt roller support system. The replacement roller support bracket includes an upper bracket assembly and a lower plate. The upper bracket assembly includes end walls, with recesses designed to receive a mounting flange of a roller, the end walls connected to side walls. The end walls also include remnant locators, extending downward, that locate a damaged roller support remnant, and guide the upper bracket down towards the system base during installation of the replacement bracket. The upper bracket and lower plate also include jaws with cut-outs corresponding to the shape of the system base, which can be of a variety of shapes, such as pipe-shaped or angle iron shaped. The cut-outs include teeth that engage the system base, that secure a tight fit around the system base and, along with the remnant locators, prevent bracket rotation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2015
    Inventors: Allen D Siblik, Stephen J Gorshe
  • Patent number: 8763791
    Abstract: An aerial conveyor system for transporting bulk materials is provided. The aerial conveyor system includes, among other things, a first anchor tower disposed proximate to a loading end, a second anchor tower disposed proximate to a discharge end, at least one support cable extending between the first anchor tower and the second anchor tower, a belt conveyor system extending between the loading end and the discharge end and at least one pivot tower disposed between the first anchor tower and the second anchor tower. The at least one pivot tower includes a support structure connected to the at least one support cable, a base and a pivot structure configured to allow the support structure to pivot relative to the base to substantially equalize dynamic tensions of the at least one support cable between the first anchor tower and the pivot tower and the second anchor tower and the pivot tower.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 1, 2014
    Inventors: Jeffrey A. Conroy, Michael Schimmelpfennig
  • Patent number: 8225926
    Abstract: A troughing side idler for use with a belt conveyor having upstanding first and second side walls. A first troughing side idler is secured to the first side wall and a second troughing side idler is secured to the second side wall. A horizontally extending medial roller extends between the first and second side walls for cooperation with the side idlers to shape the conveyor belt into a trough. Each of the side idlers includes an idler roller having a shaft which extends upwardly and outwardly through inner and outer bearings which are secured to a bearing bracket housing which is operatively secured to the associated side wall. The upper outer end of the shaft has an annular groove formed therein. A set screw extends through the inner ring of the outer bearing and extends into the annular groove in the shaft. A set screw extends through the inner ring of the inner bearing for frictional engagement with the shaft. A fender washer is secured to the outer end of the shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2012
    Assignee: Enduro Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Terry L. Anderson, Paul J. Ridder, Theodore L. Sondgeroth
  • Patent number: 8210344
    Abstract: A frame adapter assembly for use in connection with a belt conveyor assembly including: a frame adapter body having a top surface and a bottom bearing surface for at least partially contacting a surface of a belt conveyor frame; at least one bracket extending from the top surface of the frame adapter body for operatively engaging at least a portion of a shaft of at least one roller; and at least one attachment arrangement for removably or permanently attaching the frame adapter assembly to at least a portion of the existing belt conveyor frame. A method for repairing a belt conveyor assembly is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2012
    Assignee: Box 795, Inc.
    Inventor: Scott C. Croftcheck
  • Patent number: 8177055
    Abstract: A conveyor includes at least one conveyor support apparatus. Each conveyor support apparatus includes one or more bases and a plurality of supports adjacent to the at least one base. The supports are comprised of concrete. The supports extend vertically from the base. One or more idlers are connected to the supports for supporting a moveable belt. The moveable belt is supported by the one or more idlers for movement such that the moveable belt is able to move material. A method of providing conveyors and concrete support apparatuses that may be used in such conveyors are also disclosed herein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2012
    Assignee: FLSMIDTH A/S
    Inventor: Sergio Zamorano
  • Patent number: 7967130
    Abstract: A support station (9) for a movable belt conveyor includes: a support cradle (17) for the belt (3), the cradle (17) including at least one roller (31, 33) for guiding and supporting the belt (3); a frame (15) for supporting the or each roller (31,33); at least one anti-jamming protection element (35, 37) fixed to the frame (15), the protection element (35, 37) being disposed along at least one of the rollers (31, 33) and having an elongate shape longitudinally substantially parallel to a generatrix of the roller (31, 33), characterized in that the protection element (37) includes at least first and second longitudinal profile sections (41, 43) having respectively first and second cross-sections that are different from each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2011
    Inventor: René Brunone
  • Patent number: 7886892
    Abstract: A conveyor belt including a plurality of rollers that serve as tensile members for the conveyor belt. In some embodiments, the rollers include roller members that rotate about longitudinal shafts, wherein the roller shafts receive and transmit tensile forces along a longitudinal direction of the conveyor belt. In some embodiments, nothing exists between adjacent roller members across a width of the conveyor belt.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 15, 2011
    Assignee: Laitram, L.L.C.
    Inventor: Matthew L. Fourney
  • Patent number: 7617925
    Abstract: A conveyor idler support frame (10) for rotatably mounting a conveyor idler (12, 14, 16, 20, 22) is provided. The frame is displaceable between an operation position and an idler removal position. In the operation position, the frame places a mounted idler in operational engagement with a conveyor belt (18). In the idler removal position, the frame brings the mounted idler out of engagement with the conveyor belt to allow the idler to be removed from the frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2009
    Assignee: Smart Frame Technology Pty Ltd.
    Inventor: Michael Lay
  • Patent number: 7530450
    Abstract: A station for supporting a moving conveyor belt (3) includes a cradle (17) for guiding the belt (3), the cradle (17) having at least two rollers (33) for guiding and supporting the belt (3), a frame (15) for supporting the rollers (33), and anti-jamming protection (35) disposed along the rollers (33) and secured to the frame (15). Protection (35) includes a protective bar (36) extending continuously along the length of at least two rollers (33), being substantially parallel to a generator line of each roller (33).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2009
    Inventor: René Brunone
  • Patent number: 7530451
    Abstract: The invention concerns a support station (12) of a conveyor belt comprising a base (20) supported on the floor and a cradle (22) guiding the belt (14) supported by the base. The base (20) comprises at least one concrete beam (30). The invention is applicable to a conveyor belt.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2005
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2009
    Inventor: René Brunone
  • Publication number: 20080190740
    Abstract: A conveyor idler support frame (10) for rotatably mounting a conveyor idler (12, 14, 16, 20, 22) is provided. The frame is displaceable between an operation position and an idler removal position. In the operation position, the frame places a mounted idler in operational engagement with a conveyor belt (18). In the idler removal position, the frame brings the mounted idler out of engagement with the conveyor belt to allow the idler to be removed from the frame.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 23, 2006
    Publication date: August 14, 2008
    Applicant: SMART FRAME TECHNOLOGY PTY LTD
    Inventor: Michael Lay
  • Patent number: 7287642
    Abstract: An idler roller assembly comprises a base frame which includes first and second spaced-apart mounting brackets, a support frame which includes a support tube that comprises a first end which is positioned adjacent the first mounting bracket and a second end which is positioned adjacent the second mounting bracket, and a locking shaft assembly which includes a stationary sleeve which is secured to the first mounting bracket and a rotating sleeve which is rotatably supported by the stationary sleeve and is secured to the first end of the support tube. The stationary sleeve comprises a first contact surface and the rotating sleeve comprises a second contact surface, and the locking shaft assembly further includes a lock spool which comprises a first lock surface which conforms to the first contact surface and a second lock surface which conforms to the second contact surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2006
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2007
    Assignee: FMC Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: James L. Carr, Charles C. Stanford, William B. Harwood, Thomas E. Hubbert
  • Patent number: 7198752
    Abstract: For automatic transportation and lifting and lowering of specimens in an automatic stainer, a drive system comprises a motor (16) and a side wall assembly (40), the motor (16) being coupled on the drive side to a first (12) and a second (14) crank system. The first (12) and second (14) crank systems are respectively coupled to the side wall assembly (40).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2003
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2007
    Assignee: Leica Microsystems Nussloch GmbH
    Inventor: Stefan Thiem
  • Publication number: 20040079621
    Abstract: A support for a conveyor belt is provided. The support has a series of frames that may be installed beneath the underside of the conveyor belt to support the underside of the belt in a trough-shaped arrangement. Each frame supports a guide element, such as a roller, slider bar or bearing block, that permits the belt to ride over the frames. The frames may be installed beneath the belt and removed from beneath the belt from one side of the conveyor belt. Installation and removal of the components require minimal side clearance beneath the belt. As a result, the support may be installed and removed with minimal interference from adjacent structures or fixtures beneath the belt.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 14, 2003
    Publication date: April 29, 2004
    Inventor: George T. Mott
  • Patent number: 6308819
    Abstract: The invention relates to an advancing tailpiece of a continuous belt conveyor system used in the mining industry. The advancing tailpiece is supported by telescopic booms extending from a support structure rising from the base of a tow car. The telescoping booms are pivotally connected to the support structure and the advancing tailpiece. The advancing tailpiece further includes a mechanical arm pivotally connected to the advancing tailpiece and having a telescopic boom. Carrying idler assemblies are loaded on the mechanical arm which is used to position the carrying idler assembly for attachment to an intermediate conveyor section of the continuous belt conveyor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 1997
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2001
    Assignee: Long-Airdox Company
    Inventor: Shirley Donnelly Riffe
  • Patent number: 6079551
    Abstract: An idler support system for use with a tubular conveyor. The system includes an idler frame that includes a generally U-shaped frame component defined by a first leg and a second leg joined by a generally semicircular portion joining the first leg and the second leg. The semicircular portion has been adapted for accepting at least one idler roller. A closeout section extens from the first leg to the second leg of the U-shaped frame, so that the edges of the tubular conveyor are held in the overlapping arrangement position by at least one idler roller attached to the semicircular portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 1999
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2000
    Inventor: Ralph M. Horak
  • Patent number: 6053305
    Abstract: A single endless belt lift conveyor has lower criss-cross return segments that are guided by vertically spaced guide rollers that rotate about vertical axes. The vertical guide rollers are mounted to adjacent towers spaced along a telescoping boom of the conveyor. This arrangement ensures that load carrying cleats on the belt clear each other and allows the boom to be leaned against a roof, gutter, or other supporting structure without the cleats striking the same.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 1998
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2000
    Inventor: Lars Helmerson
  • Patent number: 5941368
    Abstract: An idler support system for use with a tubular conveyor. The system includes an idler frame that includes a generally U-shaped frame component defined by a first leg and a second leg joined by a generally semicircular portion joining the first leg and the second leg. The semicircular portion has been adapted for accepting at least one idler roller. A closeout section extends from the first leg to the second leg of the U-shaped frame, so that the edges of the tubular conveyor are held in the overlapping arrangement position by at least one idler roller attached to the semicircular portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 1998
    Date of Patent: August 24, 1999
    Inventor: Ralph M. Horak
  • Patent number: 5657857
    Abstract: A pivotal idler frame assembly for conveyors is disclosed in one preferred embodiment of the present invention as including an idler frame assembly selectively disposed in a pivotal relationship to a stationary conveyor frame. The idler frame assembly consists of a hinge member rotatably engaging at least two fixation members of the idler frame assembly and at least two support flanges of the conveyor frame which are correspondingly disposed in alignment with the fixation members. By releasing the operable engagement of a stabilizer member, the idler frame assembly may be pivoted in relation to the conveyor frame to remove the rollers of the idler frame from communication with a moving member. In addition, the structural hinge member provides means for slideably removing the idler frame assembly from beneath the moving member and adjacent the conveyor frame to expose the rollers of the idler frame assembly for dismounting and mounting.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 1995
    Date of Patent: August 19, 1997
    Inventors: Marvin C. Neilson, Norman A. Whittaker
  • Patent number: 5620033
    Abstract: A workpiece delivering device is to be used in a machine which has a top face formed with a channel that extends between input and output ends of the machine and that has opposite channel walls and a channel bottom. The workpiece delivering device includes a first rotatable cylinder to be disposed in the channel and having two ends adapted to be mounted rotatably and respectively on the channel walls such that the first rotatable cylinder projects upwardly relative to the top face of the machine, and a second rotatable cylinder. Each of a pair of pivot arms has a cylinder supporting end and an opposite pivot end which extends into the channel on one side of the first rotatable cylinder and which is adapted to be mounted pivotally on a respective one of the channel walls. The second rotatable cylinder is mounted rotatably on the cylinder supporting ends of the pivot arms.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 1995
    Date of Patent: April 15, 1997
    Assignee: Chiu Ting Machinery Co., Ltd
    Inventor: Bor-Yann Chuang
  • Patent number: 5341921
    Abstract: Catenary rigid top troughing assemblies guide and support the top, or load carrying portion of a flexible belt conveyor system. Each assembly consists of two formed cross members. Attached at each end of the cross members is a saddle, which rigidly mounts or affixes the cross members to the siderails. The saddles have slotted mounting holes to allow the assembly to be pivoted for proper belt training. Handles are attached to the saddles for lifting on or off of the siderails. One roller mounting bracket is also attached to each saddle. Two center supports span between the cross members with two roller mounting brackets affixed to each support. The rollers are mounted into the roller mounting brackets producing an inline, rigid, troughing assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 1993
    Date of Patent: August 30, 1994
    Assignee: Edward N. Kokolis
    Inventor: Edward N. Kokolis
  • Patent number: 5318170
    Abstract: Catenary rigid top troughing assemblies guide and support the top, or load carrying portion of a flexible belt conveyor system. Each unit includes a centrally located, formed cross member. Attached at each end of the cross member is a saddle, which rigidly mounts or affixes the cross member to the siderails. The saddles have slotted mounting holes to allow the assembly to be pivoted for proper belt training. Handles are attached to the saddles for lifting on or off of the siderails. Roller mounting brackets are rigidly attached to the cross member to position three rollers into a appropriate troughing arrangement. The two outside or wing rollers are mounted on one side of the cross member, while the third, or center roller is mounted on the other side.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 1993
    Date of Patent: June 7, 1994
    Assignee: Edward N. Kokolis
    Inventor: Edward N. Kokolis
  • Patent number: 5246102
    Abstract: A closed belt conveyor arrangement for transporting material along a conveyor path having a support structure for supporting the conveyor belt and a plurality of roller elements. The support structure including an elongated support profile beam, supports attached directly to the support profile beam for supporting the profile beam, and a plurality of roller support frames attached independently of the supports to the support profile beam wherein the support profile beam is the only structural supporting element extending between the roller support frames.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 1992
    Date of Patent: September 21, 1993
    Assignee: VRS Engineering GmbH Fordertechnik
    Inventors: Albert Rappen, Joachim Holz
  • Patent number: 4760913
    Abstract: A support and enclosure system for a hinged belt conveyor includes a frame truss enclosing loaded and unloaded belt flights. The frame truss includes a plurality of vertical risers. The loaded flight rides between a plurality of troughing roll sets and top idler roll sets. The unloaded flight is supported and guided by return idler roll sets. Each of the roll sets is connected distally by a clevis to mounting shafts. The mounting shafts are accepted into mounting brackets. The mounting brackets for the troughing rolls and return idler rolls include a locking bolt for fixing the position of the shafts in the bracket. The bracket for the top idler rolls includes a spring for biasing the top idler mounting shafts outward so as to bias the top idler rolls downward onto the loaded flight. Each mounting bracket incorporates a recess for accepting a first portion of a riser and a pivoting leg for engaging an opposed section of the riser.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 1987
    Date of Patent: August 2, 1988
    Assignee: Harrison Handling, Inc.
    Inventor: William H. Tschantz
  • Patent number: 4730723
    Abstract: A hooking device for conveyor roller comprises an internally threaded casing, the bottom of which is fitted externally with a hook, and a hollow roller holding nut provided with an external thread adapted to screw into the inside of the casing. The hook of the casing is provided with parallel outwardly protruding stiffening membranes and the casing and nut are in moulded plastic material. The plastic material preferably comprises fibreglass filler to a content advantageously greater than 30%.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 1987
    Date of Patent: March 15, 1988
    Assignee: Equipement Minier
    Inventor: Bernard Mossot
  • Patent number: 4650065
    Abstract: A belt conveyor having a frame located inside whereof are two lengthy pliable members which are interconnected by medial idlers. A plurality of side idlers are supported on fulcrum pins which make each an angle with a plane through the pliable members and are conneted to these members with provision for displacement integrally therewith in a vertical plane. Linking means are also provided for which connect each to the respective fulcrum pin with one end so as to make an angle therewith and are pivoted each to the frame at the outward sides of the pliable members with the other end with provision for unobstructed swinging in a plane perpendicular to the axis of the conveyor. Said pivoted joints are located substantially not below a plane through the pliable members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 1985
    Date of Patent: March 17, 1987
    Inventors: Vitaly V. Savinykh, Robert S. Tilles, Jury A. Yakhontov, Vladimir A. Krasnov
  • Patent number: 4524864
    Abstract: A gap stringer conveyor belt support structure having a pair of spaced apart parallel stringers with rollers therebetween and a pair of underlying support frames. Each support frame includes a pair of generally vertical extensible load bearing posts each of which is connected at its upper end to a stringer and at its lower end to a weight bearing anchor. A third extensible post is connected at one end to a stringer and extends in a direction diagonally to the vertical posts to connect at its other end to an anchor. The weight bearing anchors may be imbedded in the ground. The connections between the extensible posts at the stringers and anchors are pivotal to permit adjustment by movement about at least an axis parallel to the stringers. Each extensible post is provided with a clamp or lock to hold it at a selected length.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 1984
    Date of Patent: June 25, 1985
    Inventor: William D. Peterson, II
  • Patent number: 4261460
    Abstract: An intermediate assembly for supporting parallel cables stretched between end frames in a conveyor. The assembly including rigid cross members maintaining the cables a fixed distance apart, first and second posts each connected at its top end to one of the cables and at its bottom end to an anchor, and a third post connected diagonally of the first two posts, all of the posts are adjustable in length and the connection of the first and second posts to the anchors is pivotal to enable movement of the posts transverse to the cables.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 1979
    Date of Patent: April 14, 1981
    Inventor: William D. Peterson, II