Having Load Retainer Or Guide Separate From Carrier Belt Patents (Class 198/836.1)
  • Patent number: 9880082
    Abstract: A detection device configured to detect each color of a plurality of components of a biological-sample is provided. The detection device executes the detection process with respect to the container which stores the sample containing the first and the second components. The detection device includes an image pickup device for picking up an image of the container, a background section serving as background of the image pickup section, and a detection section for detecting color of the first component of the sample. The container is disposed between the image pickup section and the background section. The detection section is configured to identify a first region of the first component having the label attached to the container as background, and a second region of the first component having the background section as background so as to detect color information on the first component from at least one region of the first and the second regions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2018
    Assignee: Hitachi High-Technologies Corporation
    Inventors: Kanako Esaki, Tatsuo Nakagawa
  • Patent number: 9776800
    Abstract: A modular conveyor is assembled from a kit of standard components, said conveyor having a length, width and height, and wherein the conveyor comprises: (a) four end side plates each having an aperture suitable to accommodate a sprocket wheel axle; (b) two sprocket wheel axles wherein at least one axle is suitable to be connected to a drive means, wherein each axle may accommodate one or more sprocket wheels; (c) web elements attachable to one side of the side plates in order to keep pairs of side plates at a determined lateral distance, wherein said web elements further comprise means for supporting an endless conveyor belt; and (d) an endless conveyor belt arranged around the sprocket wheels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2017
    Assignee: AMMERAAL BELTECH MODULAR A/S
    Inventor: Kenneth Westergaard Andersen
  • Patent number: 9522785
    Abstract: A mounting clip connected to a conveyor frame for supporting the wear strip with respect to the frame. The mounting clip includes a grip plate having a base portion, and a pierce portion joined to the base portion at a bend, the pierce portion having a tooth protruding from the pierce portion at an edge of the pierce portion opposite the bend. The mounting clip further includes a second plate having a second plate base portion and a riser portion. A stud is connected to the second plate base portion and passes through the base portion of the grip plate and through a portion of the conveyor frame. A nut is threaded onto the stud, thereby capturing the portion of the conveyor frame. The wear strip is captured between the pierce portion and the riser portion upon installation and the tooth penetrates the wear strip upon installation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 20, 2016
    Assignee: Nercon Eng. & Mfg., Inc.
    Inventors: Andrew Rottier, Jeff Falash
  • Patent number: 9440794
    Abstract: Closed conveyor belt with a housing (2) that encloses a conveyor belt (11) that can be set in motion by a drive, characterized in that both edges (22) of the conveyor belt (11), that extend in the direction of movement (P) of the conveyor belt, extend through the housing (2) by a protruding section (23) that extends through slots (24) provided to this end in the housing (2).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2016
    Assignee: VEJOPIROX, NAAMLOZE VENNOOTSCHAP
    Inventor: Alex Jean J Geysen
  • Patent number: 9334124
    Abstract: Material handling solutions for a mobile conveyor vehicle are provided. In one aspect, a vehicle having an infeed and output conveyor is provided, one of the conveyors being mounted non-rotatably to the vehicle and positioned by rotation-in-place of the vehicle via four wheel steering. In another aspect, a dust control cover for a telescoping conveyor is provided, having a pair of flexible flaps which are parted by a plough-shaped chute which travels through a gap between the flaps and delivers material to the lower conveyor section. In another aspect, a hydraulic fluid transmission system for a mobile conveyor vehicle is provided which makes use of at least one hollow structural element to route the hydraulic fluid. The structural member may radiate heat from the fluid for example to melt snow on the vehicle structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2016
    Assignee: Ty-Crop Manufacturing Ltd.
    Inventors: Gary Wayne Teichrob, Michael Perry Mazurenko, Allen Peter Heinrichs
  • Patent number: 9260246
    Abstract: Provided is a glass sheet conveying apparatus, which is configured to convey a glass sheet (G) in a state of being placed on a plurality of conveying belts (1) arrayed in parallel, and to move, by pressing rollers (2) arranged on a conveying path, the glass sheet (G) in a width direction orthogonal to a conveying direction, to thereby position the glass sheet (G). The glass sheet conveying apparatus includes an auxiliary supporting portion (3) for supporting, when positioning the glass sheet (G), a part of the glass sheet (G) supported from the bottom by the plurality of conveying belts (1) through use of a liquid layer (8) from the bottom in an auxiliary manner to reduce moving resistance of the glass sheet (G) in the width direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2016
    Assignee: NIPPON ELECTRIC GLASS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Naoki Nishimura, Hirokazu Okumura
  • Publication number: 20150144461
    Abstract: A glass sheet guidance apparatus includes a guidance member extending adjacent a conveyance path. In one example, an adjustment device selectively adjusts a length of the guidance member extending between a first holding structure and a second holding structure. In another example, the glass sheet guidance apparatus is configured to traverse a length of the guidance member and the glass sheet in a common direction of a conveyance path. Further examples include methods of guiding a glass sheet with the glass sheet guidance apparatus. In still further examples a method of manufacturing a glass sheet includes guiding the glass sheet.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 2, 2015
    Publication date: May 28, 2015
    Inventors: Nicholas Dominic Cavallaro, III, Keith Mitchell Hill, Naiyue Zhou
  • Patent number: 9027744
    Abstract: A center loading assembly for a conveyor belt having a carriage support attached to a belt conveyor main frame and having a carriage within the carriage support. The carriage has a center member with side members extending at an angle therefrom, each having an upward extension. The upward extensions have side rollers and conveyor belt covering skirts and keep the conveyor belt centered between the conveyor belt covering skirts. The carriage support has vertical bearings to support the carriage and side bearings to hold the carriage on the vertical bearings. The carriage and conveyor belt covering skirts follow a trough angle of the conveyor belt as the conveyor belt shifts. Material deposited onto the conveyor belt is deflected to the center portion of the conveyor belt by the conveyor belt covering skirts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2015
    Inventor: James E. Balcar
  • Patent number: 8967360
    Abstract: A conveying device for cylindrical members, such as parisons (1) for hollow objects, has running rails (8, 9) which are inclined in the direction of travel of the parisons (1). A neck (3) of the parisons (1) which is part of a head (2) lies on the running rails (8, 9). A guide rail (11) which is located at a certain distance from the head (2) of the parisons (1) is fixedly arranged above the running rails (8, 9). A movable intermediate element (12) is retained and guided within the running rail (11). A force component (16) directed against the head (2) of the parisons (1) acts on the intermediate element (12).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Assignee: M. Tanner AG
    Inventor: Marcel Tanner
  • Patent number: 8931631
    Abstract: A regulating unit inserted in an installation for preparing batches of containers of the bottle kind. The unit is interposed between an upstream conveyor and a downstream conveyor and at each of its ends, between two adjacent walls (16), includes a mechanism for centering each conveyor module (9). These mechanism includes arms (25) of the same length forming a pair of compasses between two adjacent walls (16), which pair of compasses has a central articulation secured to the conveying module (9) by a sliding connection located in the mid-plane of the corresponding lane. The walls (16) are connected to one another by a pantograph system (30) and a connecting member, having a link rod (35) extending between the pair of compasses and the pantograph to collaborate with the corresponding support of the conveying module (9) in order to keep it in the mid plane of the corresponding lane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2015
    Assignee: Sidel Participations
    Inventors: Michael Vasse, Lionel Daniere, Gregory Choplin
  • Patent number: 8919541
    Abstract: A belt conveyor apparatus includes a conveyor frame with a belt support, a belt, a belt drive, and containment side members releasably attached to the conveyor frame. Specifically, a linear first slot and arcuate second slot on the conveyor frame engage permanently-attached first and second studs on the containment side members to allow rotational assembly of the containment side member to the conveyor frame. The path of engagement prevents the studs from being removed simultaneously from respective slots. As a result, the first and second studs will wedgingly bind and thus cannot be simultaneously pulled out of the first and second slots when the containment side member is biased toward a release direction. Related methods are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Assignee: Dynamic Conveyor Corporation
    Inventors: Matthew A. Zehr, Paul A. Kuharevicz
  • Publication number: 20140360846
    Abstract: A first and second guide block pieces retain a plurality of electronic components in an electronic component retention space formed and fixed on a shuttle plate by using a position determination hole formed in advance in accordance with a distance between a pair of opposing corners of a bottom surface of an electronic component, and by emitting light ranging from one end portion to the other end portion of the shuttle plate along an upper surface of a plurality of electronic components interposed and retained between the electronic component interposing-and-retaining portions along longitudinal directions of the first and second guide block pieces, an optical sensor detects that the emitted light is blocked by an irregularly inclined electronic component.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 27, 2014
    Publication date: December 11, 2014
    Applicant: SYNAX CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Takamitsu AIHARA
  • 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
  • Patent number: 8800756
    Abstract: A wearliner assembly having an internally mounted wearliner for a bulk material conveying system. The wearliner assembly includes an external camming mechanism to adjust the height of the wearliner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2014
    Assignee: Benetech, Inc.
    Inventors: John S. Pircon, Kevin T. Jasin, Dennis E. Taylor
  • Patent number: 8752697
    Abstract: The invention relates to an adjusting device for use on a conveyor for transporting packages in a transport direction, comprising at least one transport element forming a transport surface for the packages and further comprising functional elements that can be adjusted in an axial direction transversely with respect to the transport direction, having at least one spindle assembly with at least two spindles, the axes of which are oriented parallel to each other and transversely with respect to the transport direction, having at least two dividing or adjusting elements, each of which engages in a threaded spindle by means of a threaded hole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 17, 2014
    Assignee: KHS GmbH
    Inventor: Michael Dercks
  • Patent number: 8746443
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a device for adjusting the flanges in a conveyor belt structure (B) which comprises means (F) for fixing together a flange (C), the conveyor belt structure and said device; top support means (1) for fixing the device to the structure (B) of the conveyor belt with the fixing means (F); bottom support means (2) to which the flange (C) is fixed by means of the fixing means (F) passing through the conveyor belt structure (B); an adjusting screw (3) which allows raising or lowering of the flange (C); an adjusting nut (4) integral with the top support means (1) for allowing the upward or downward movement of the adjusting screw (3); a bush-holder (5) integral with the bottom support means (2); a bush (6) mounted in the bush-holder (5), for allowing rotation of the adjusting screw (3) relative to the bottom support means (2); a washer (7) for preventing friction between the adjusting screw (3) and the bush-holder (5); a lock-nut (8) for fixing the position of the adjusting screw (3);
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2014
    Assignee: Ford Steel Chile S.A.
    Inventors: Pablo Araya Arancibia, Alex Harnaldo Castro Castro
  • Publication number: 20140151189
    Abstract: A method for transporting articles (2) to a station, in particular preforms to a blow-molding apparatus, wherein each article has a protrusion (10) and is moved along a guide (16) by a drive means (18), the article (2), along at least part of the guide (16), should be retained on an abutment (19, 21, 23), and advanced along this abutment, by an air stream.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 30, 2012
    Publication date: June 5, 2014
    Applicant: NOV HAU AG ENGINEERING
    Inventor: Peter Novak
  • Publication number: 20140124337
    Abstract: A folding mechanism comprising a first support; a second support pivotably coupled to the first support; an actuator operable to pivot said second support relative to said first support about a first pivot axis between a deployed position and a folded position; and an elongate support strut extending between said first and second supports, the support strut being adapted to permit movement of said second support about said first pivot axis when the support strut is in a first state, the support strut being adapted to retain said second support in said deployed position when the support strut in a second state; the support strut being coupled to the actuator such that the support strut is reconfigured between its first and second states as the actuator is operated to pivot the second support between its folded and deployed positions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 6, 2013
    Publication date: May 8, 2014
    Inventor: Glenn Murphy
  • Publication number: 20140116857
    Abstract: A belt conveyor apparatus includes a conveyor frame with a belt support, a belt, a belt drive, and containment side members releasably attached to the conveyor frame. Specifically, a linear first slot and arcuate second slot on the conveyor frame engage permanently-attached first and second studs on the containment side members to allow rotational assembly of the containment side member to the conveyor frame. The path of engagement prevents the studs from being removed simultaneously from respective slots. As a result, the first and second studs will wedgingly bind and thus cannot be simultaneously pulled out of the first and second slots when the containment side member is biased toward a release direction. Related methods are also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 31, 2013
    Publication date: May 1, 2014
    Applicant: Dynamic Conveyor Corporation
    Inventors: Matthew A. Zehr, Paul A. Kuharevicz
  • Patent number: 8695787
    Abstract: A guide rail system for guiding containers in preselected positions on one or more conveyors. The guide rail system has inner and outer subsystems for locating the containers on the conveyor. The inner subsystem includes one or more offset adjustable point devices, each located at a preselected offset location adjacent to a straight segment of the conveyor and spaced apart from a boundary between it and a curved segment by a preselected distance. The inner subsystem also has one or more first and second transition rail portions, each mounted to said at least one offset adjustable point device, for engaging the containers as they are moved on the straight segment and the curved segment respectively. The first and second transition rail portions are positionable by the offset adjustable point device to locate the containers in the preselected positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 15, 2014
    Assignee: Septimatech Group Inc.
    Inventors: Glen A. Bell, Daniel J. Turner, Edward P. Kozak
  • Publication number: 20140097068
    Abstract: The circuit board transportation device has: a guide member that is provided in such a manner as to extend in the transport direction and has a guide surface that comes into abutment with a circuit board from the outside of the circuit board in a perpendicular direction that is a direction perpendicular to the transport direction; a conveyor belt that extends in the transport direction to support an end of the circuit board; and a drive unit that moves the conveyor belt. The conveyor belt has: a belt base portion that is located under the guide member and extends both ways of the perpendicular direction from the position of the guide surface; and a projection that extends upward from the belt base portion up to a position between upper and lower ends of the guide surface. The conveyor belt supports the circuit board by means of the projection.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 1, 2013
    Publication date: April 10, 2014
    Applicant: YAMAHA HATSUDOKI KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Takeshi OGISO
  • Publication number: 20140061007
    Abstract: A glass sheet guidance apparatus includes a guidance member extending adjacent a conveyance path. In one example, an adjustment device selectively adjusts a length of the guidance member extending between a first holding structure and a second holding structure. In another example, the glass sheet guidance apparatus is configured to traverse a length of the guidance member and the glass sheet in a common direction of a conveyance path. Further examples include methods of guiding a glass sheet with the glass sheet guidance apparatus. In still further examples a method of manufacturing a glass sheet includes guiding the glass sheet.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 30, 2012
    Publication date: March 6, 2014
    Inventors: Nicholas Dominic Cavallaro, III, Keith Mitchell Hill, Naiyue Zhou
  • Publication number: 20140054140
    Abstract: A wearliner assembly having an internally mounted wearliner for a bulk material conveying system. The wearliner assembly includes an external camming mechanism to adjust the height of the wearliner.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 8, 2013
    Publication date: February 27, 2014
    Applicant: Benetech, Inc.
    Inventors: John S. Pircon, Kevin T. Jasin, Dennis E. Taylor
  • Patent number: 8657103
    Abstract: An apparatus has a continuous loop conveyor belt mounted on a frame. The conveyor belt has a first edge, a second edge, and a belt surface between the first edge and the second edge. The first edge is positioned relatively higher than the second edge such that the belt surface is at an angle with respect to a horizontal ground reference plane, and such that the belt surface slopes downwardly from the first edge toward the second edge. In addition, a sidewall is connected to the frame. The sidewall is positioned adjacent the second edge, and the sidewall is perpendicular to the belt surface and runs parallel to the second edge. Therefore, the sidewall prevents items from falling off the belt surface at the second edge. Further, a plurality of rectangular fins are connected to the belt surface. The fins are perpendicular to the sidewall and perpendicular to the belt surface. A vibrator is connected to the frame and transmits vibrations to the conveyor belt.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2014
    Assignee: Xerox Corporation
    Inventors: Douglas K. Herrmann, John P. Parsons, Robert L. Powell
  • Publication number: 20140048391
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a unit for container return machines, having a conveying means for the longitudinal drive of a container in the direction of its longitudinal axis, and a rotational body arranged on each side of the conveying means, wherein, when the unit is in transportation mode, the container rests on the conveying means and is driven longitudinally, and, when the unit is in identification mode, the container rests on the rotational bodies and is driven rotationally. Each rotational body has the cross-section of a flattened circle, such that when the unit is in transportation mode, the container bears against at least one of the flattened surfaces of the rotational bodies.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 17, 2012
    Publication date: February 20, 2014
    Inventor: Dieter Beyer
  • Patent number: 8640863
    Abstract: A dust and particulate containment system for an open sided gallery conveyor, having a movable curtain for covering the open side of the conveyor and a trough positioned within and extending along a length of the conveyor. A rail is arranged within the conveyor and a carriage, having an opening for transferring bulk materials therethrough via a sealed connection to a cross conveyor, is positioned to move along this rail. Sealing strips in the trough retain the curtain tautly in place and seal the open side of the conveyor. As each carriage moves along the rail, a spreader frame attached to the carriage biasingly opens the sealing strips, and temporarily frees the curtain from being retained, so that the freed curtain is lifted over the carriage to avoid covering the opening in the carriage, so that transfer of bulk materials in the conveyor can occur through the opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2014
    Assignee: EMS—Tech Inc.
    Inventors: Reg Leworthy, Rick Doxtator, Scott Sheridan, Peter Sorensen, George Leverton
  • Patent number: 8640859
    Abstract: A conveyor system pallet is provided, having: a pallet body; and a guiding system operatively attached to the pallet body and designed to abut against at least one side rail of a conveyor system, the guiding system including: a plurality of first directional guides; and a plurality of second directional guides oriented approximately orthogonally to the first directional guides. A further guiding system for a conveyor pallet is provided, having: a plurality of first directional guides having: a plurality of guides designed to abut against a first side rail of the conveyor system; and a plurality of guides designed to abut against a second side rail located above the first side rail of the conveyor system; and a plurality of second directional guides designed to engage an underside of the first side rail.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2014
    Assignee: ATS Automation Tooling Systems Inc.
    Inventor: Robert Donald Ecob
  • Publication number: 20140021015
    Abstract: A method and apparatus are disclosed for transporting at least one item of media. The apparatus includes at least one guide member providing a first guide surface that guides at least one item of media as the item is transported, at least one elongate slit in the guide surface and at least one belt member each extending along a respective slit and comprising a first belt portion that extends outwardly from the slit beyond the guide surface and a further belt portion that undercuts a region of the guide surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 17, 2012
    Publication date: January 23, 2014
    Applicant: NCR CORPORATION
    Inventors: Anthony Boon, Frank B. Dunn
  • Patent number: 8631929
    Abstract: A conveyor for the transport of bulk materials contains three pairs of supporting cables disposed vertically one above the other. A conveyor belt is movable along the supporting cables from a loading station to an unloading station. The conveyor belt has supporting beams disposed at a distance apart and at the ends of which are rollers, which roll along the middle and lower supporting cables. The conveyor further contains supporting frames by which the supporting cables are mutually connected. The supporting frames have two vertically aligned supporting struts and two horizontally aligned connecting struts. Furthermore, the upper ends of the supporting struts are respectively connected to one of the two upper supporting cables and the connecting struts are connected to the middle and the lower supporting cables. The supporting struts are formed by two supporting strut parts, which are mutually pivotable about horizontal axes aligned transversely to the supporting cables.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2014
    Assignee: Innova Patent GmbH
    Inventor: Herbert Trieb
  • Publication number: 20140008181
    Abstract: A work piece conveying apparatus capable of conveying plural work pieces with differing transport pitches to each other. The work piece conveying apparatus includes a drive motor that includes an output shaft, plural drive pulleys that are fixed to the output shaft and have different diameters to each other, plural timing belts that are respectively entrained around the plural drive pulleys, and plural coupling plates that are respectively fixed to the timing belts and that move reciprocating with different transport pitches to each other accompanying forward and reverse rotation of the output shaft, and cause to convey work pieces.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 1, 2013
    Publication date: January 9, 2014
    Inventors: Yoshimasa TOMIDA, Akihiro SHIRAI
  • Patent number: 8613354
    Abstract: A guide rail (1) for an apparatus for transporting PET-bottles (12) is disclosed. The guide rail (1) supports a guiding insert (3), which is touched by the PET-bottles (12) during transport. The surface (5) of the guiding insert (3) touching the PET-bottles (12) is provided with a polymer material (P) which at 23° C. has a larger modulus of elasticity than PET and at 100° C. itself has a modulus of elasticity lower by less than 20%.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 24, 2013
    Assignee: Krones AG
    Inventors: Martin Seger, Johann Huettner
  • Patent number: 8613355
    Abstract: A positioning unit, comprising: a support for a member to be positioned; an actuator for moving the support between a plurality of predetermined working positions; a position selector comprising a plurality of spacers that can be moved into an operative position positioning a stem of the actuator corresponding to a said predetermined working position of the support, wherein the position selector is coupled to the actuator such that movement of the actuator during actuation drives the operation of the position selector. The positioning unit has particular application to the positioning of guides of a conveyor of articles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 24, 2013
    Assignee: Rexnord Marbett S.R.L.
    Inventor: Andrea Andreoli
  • Publication number: 20130319828
    Abstract: The invention relates to a conveying apparatus (200, 200?, 200?, 200??) for feeding washware (100, 101) to at least one conveyor belt (50, 51, 52) of a commercial conveyor warewasher (1), with a conveying system (201) for conveying the washware (100, 101), in particular for feeding trays or tray-like washware (100), of cutlery and/or of other washware (101). The invention is characterized by an unloading station (202, 202?, 202?, 202??) for automatically unloading the washware (100, 101) from the conveying apparatus (200, 200?, 200?, 200??) transversely to the conveying direction of the conveying system (201), in which the trays (100), with or without cutlery (103) lying on them, can be oriented on edge and parallel to the transport direction of the conveying system (201), so as to be capable of being placed onto a conveyor belt (50) of the conveyor warewasher.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 28, 2012
    Publication date: December 5, 2013
    Applicant: PREMARK FEG L.L.C.
    Inventors: Harald Disch, Klaus Padtberg, Frank Zoller
  • Patent number: 8550232
    Abstract: A system for lineally transporting logs, lugs therefore, and an associated method are provided. The system includes first and second tracks connected to a frame to provide continuous track surfaces. Lugs having support surfaces that correspond to the track surfaces are configured to be driven longitudinally along the tracks by a continuous conveyor belt.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2013
    Assignee: Price Logpro LLC
    Inventors: Jim Krauss, Josh Krauss
  • Patent number: 8499921
    Abstract: An adjustable guide rail assembly for a conveyor system includes an adjustable guide member having a face extending between opposite sides, a large radius face segment and a small radius face segment. The large radius face segment and the small radius face segment extend widthwise between the opposite sides of the adjustable guide member and each define an arcuate guide path for a three dimensional article. A radius of the arcuate guide path changes by rotating the adjustable guide member from a large article configuration where the large radius face segment having a larger radius defines the arcuate guide path to a small article configuration where the small radius face segment having a smaller radius defines the arcuate guide path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2013
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Jason Matthew Orndorff, Todd Michael Yeagle
  • Patent number: 8490780
    Abstract: A guide rail system for guiding containers moved by a conveyor defining a path with a curved segment. The guide rail system includes a number of contact portions, for engaging the containers, to at least partially locate the containers in preselected positions on the conveyor, and a number of adjustable point devices, for locating the contact portions in predetermined locations respectively relative to the conveyor. Each adjustable point device includes an adjustment element on which one or more of the contact portions is mounted. The system also includes a drive element connected to the adjustable point devices to locate the adjustment elements, including a flexible shaft substantially aligned with the curved segment, which is connected with selected ones of the adjustable point devices are spaced apart from each other along the curved segment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2013
    Assignee: Septimatech Group Inc.
    Inventors: Glen A. Bell, Michael W. Carey
  • Publication number: 20130180830
    Abstract: An adjustable guide rail assembly for a conveyor system includes an adjustable guide member having a face extending between opposite sides, a large radius face segment and a small radius face segment. The large radius face segment and the small radius face segment extend widthwise between the opposite sides of the adjustable guide member and each define an arcuate guide path for a three dimensional article. A radius of the arcuate guide path changes by rotating the adjustable guide member from a large article configuration where the large radius face segment having a larger radius defines the arcuate guide path to a small article configuration where the small radius face segment having a smaller radius defines the arcuate guide path.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 17, 2012
    Publication date: July 18, 2013
    Inventors: Jason Matthew Orndorff, Todd Michael Yeagle
  • Publication number: 20130153372
    Abstract: A method and apparatus are disclosed for locating at least one item of media at a desired location. The apparatus includes a first and further transport element for transporting an item of media along a transport path having a pre-determined plane of transport. The apparatus also includes at least one abutment surface that locates respective first and second lateral edge regions of the item or a central region of the item to a side of the plane of transport to provide an arcuate cross-section in at least a region of the item.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 19, 2011
    Publication date: June 20, 2013
    Applicant: NCR Corporation
    Inventor: Robert Suttie
  • Patent number: 8443961
    Abstract: The guide structure for stoppers takes the form of a tunnel with a C-shaped section for trapping and guiding the cylindrical part of the stoppers (1c, 1t), which tunnel has opposing edges spaced out at a distance such as to allow the passage of the bulge (3) of the nipple-type stoppers (1t). This structure consists of filamentary rails (5) and of plates (6) with a hole through their central part shaped according to the profile of the stoppers that are to be transferred.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2013
    Assignee: Sidel Participations
    Inventors: Caroline Hamm, Paolo Restori, Emmanuel Roth
  • Patent number: 8437872
    Abstract: An apparatus (4) for the distribution of cards on paper carriers allows easier control and reading steps on the cards, without slowing down the coupling process, and includes a card conveying line, on which are provided: a first section (44) wherein the cards (100) translate in a substantially vertical arrangement, the apparatus (4) including at least one card control and/or reading station (41) thereat; and a second section wherein the cards translate in a substantially horizontal arrangement and wherein an element for coupling (49) cards to a paper carrier is operated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2013
    Assignee: Kern Sistemi S.r.l.
    Inventor: Alessandro Prataiola
  • Publication number: 20130075226
    Abstract: An aspect of the present invention provides a system for transferring a plurality of non-oriented items. The system includes a feeding area, a conveyor and a rail. The conveyor has a first end, a second end, a conveyor length disposed between the first end and the second end, a conveyor first side, a conveyor second side, a conveyor width disposed between the conveyor first side and the conveyor second side, and a conveyor ledge along the second side. The rail is disposed above the conveyor and from the conveyor ledge at a distance equal to one of the item height, the item width and the item length. A first portion of the plurality of non-oriented items will convey along the conveyor path. A second portion of the plurality of non-oriented items will fall off the conveyor ledge.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 26, 2011
    Publication date: March 28, 2013
    Inventors: Donald Wooldridge, Mark Richard
  • 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: 8393458
    Abstract: A guide arrangement for guiding moving containers, includes at least one guide element which extends in a predefined extension direction at least in some sections along the transport path of the containers, and at least one holding device which holds the guide element at a predetermined position relative to the transport path. The holding device has a clamp element which clamps the guide element, wherein the clamp element bears against the guide element in a direction perpendicular to the extension direction, and the guide element has in its cross-section two holding sections and a wall section which is formed between these holding sections and in one piece with these holding sections, wherein these holding sections are curved at least by 90° and an outer circumference of the holding sections is in contact with the clamp element at least in some sections, and the guide element has a recess which is formed by the wall section and the hold sections and by which a further guide device can be held.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2013
    Assignee: Krones AG
    Inventors: Roland Kaes, Thomas Wollny, Thomas Lehner, Robert Wagner
  • Publication number: 20130048473
    Abstract: A belt for a conveyor comprises at least one elongate strip (1) and at least one slat (2) which forms a part of a conveyor surface upon which a load to be transported can be located. The slat is secured to the strip by a connector (7), optionally through a sliding dovetail joint, the connector comprising the tail part (5) of the joint and the underside of the slat being provided with a groove defining a socket part (3) of the sliding dovetail joint. The connector may pass through a hole (6) in the strip, or may embrace a relatively narrow section (523) of the strip. In an alternative, a belt for a conveyor comprises a plurality of interconnected slats which may support material to be transported and forming a conveyor surface, in which pairs of adjacent slats of the belt are connected together by means of co-operating slots and tabs.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 4, 2011
    Publication date: February 28, 2013
    Inventor: George Terah Gough
  • Publication number: 20130048465
    Abstract: A container for example for a seeder includes a filling conveyor mounted on one with a bottom hopper and an upper filling spout with the conveyor being movable in a direction inwardly and outwardly relative to the side of the container to different positions relative to the container for cooperation with a supply. This is achieved by mounting the conveyor on a swivel coupling at the outer end of an arm which can be raised and lowered by pivotal movement about an inner end at the container. The hopper is supported on two pairs of ground wheels, each pair being arranged on a respective side of the hopper for supporting the respective side and each pair comprising a respective one of a pair of castor wheels mounted at respective ends of a pivotal beam extending along the respective side of the hopper and pivotal about an axis transverse to the hopper.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 22, 2011
    Publication date: February 28, 2013
    Inventor: Henry Friesen
  • Publication number: 20130043110
    Abstract: A system for guiding an item moving along a conveyor, the system including a pair of spaced axle-positioning members having a plurality of releasable attachment receivers on a first edge and a plurality of curvature gaps on a second edge with a respective single curvature gap of the plurality of curvature gaps being positioned in relation with at least two releasable attachment receivers to effect a desired bend, a plurality of axles extending between the axle-positioning members with each axle being individually held in place by respective releasable attachment receivers, and one or more rotatable elements mounted on each individual axle, the rotatable elements covering a uniform location on each individual axle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 21, 2012
    Publication date: February 21, 2013
    Inventors: William R. Mason, Russell W. Mason
  • Publication number: 20130001051
    Abstract: A guide arrangement is provided for guiding movement of a transport member to convey products in a conveying direction of a conveying section having a predetermined course. The transport member includes a number of functional units operatively connected to each other. The guide arrangement includes a number of sequentially connected guide rail elements defining a guide channel along the conveying section. The guide channel has inside walls including structure to guide the transport member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 16, 2012
    Publication date: January 3, 2013
    Applicant: Mueller Martini Holding AG
    Inventors: JEAN-CLAUDE OPPLIGER, Michael Landolt
  • Patent number: 8322510
    Abstract: There is described an automated laboratory system for handling test tubes containing biological material specimens supported by conveying devices (3) along guide lanes (1, 2), in which motorized conveyor belts (62) run, comprising main lanes (1) and secondary lanes (2) for overtaking the conveying devices (3) and/or routing the conveying devices (3) of the test tubes (4) to the various pre-testing, (19-20), testing (17) and post-testing stations (21).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2012
    Assignee: Inpeco IP Ltd.
    Inventor: Gianandrea Pedrazzini
  • Publication number: 20120200029
    Abstract: An apparatus for pressing flat materials onto a transport module with a transport belt includes a holding carrier for pressing elements being disposed under a feed table. At least one of the pressing elements is mounted on the holding carrier with a multiplicity of individual resilient or sprung constituent parts, or a multiplicity of pressing elements are disposed on the holding carrier below the transport belt in a transport direction. The pressing elements can protrude through an opening in the feed table, in order to provide suitable pressure from below on the transport belt of the transport module.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 22, 2012
    Publication date: August 9, 2012
    Applicant: FRANCOTYP-POSTALIA GMBH
    Inventors: ULRICH HANTEL, WOLFGANG MUHL, DIETER WÖLM, AXEL ORTMANN
  • Patent number: 8205740
    Abstract: A conveyor device for containers having a receiving rail for receiving a neck area of the containers, the containers being held by the receiving rail and are movable within this receiving rail. Guide mechanisms are provided with guide elements that are arranged beneath the receiving rail and guide the movement of the containers. The guide elements are movable in the longitudinal direction of the containers and the movements in the longitudinal direction of the containers of a plurality of different guide elements are mechanically linked to one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2012
    Assignee: Krones AG
    Inventors: Christoph Dragon, Markus Sigler, Andreas Seidl, Christian Paul