Laterally Adjustable Or Yieldable Guides Contact Load Patents (Class 198/836.3)
  • Patent number: 10369080
    Abstract: Systems and methods for manually filling a prescription order. A manual fill device may be incorporated into a manual fill center of a pharmacy operated by one or more pharmacists and/or pharmacist technicians to manually fill certain prescription containers. The manual fill device may include a control unit which may operate at the direction of the order processing device. The manual fill device may also include a distribution section automating distribution of containers for manual fulfillment, and a manual section in which a pharmacist may utilize available pharmaceuticals to manually fill orders.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: Express Scripts Strategic Development, Inc.
    Inventor: Jonathan W. Joplin
  • Patent number: 10155626
    Abstract: A guiding device for contacting and guiding objects and in particular containers with a contacting device which is suitable and intended for contacting an outside surface of the object to be guided by means of a contact surface, wherein this contacting device comprises a support extending along a predetermined extension direction. According to the invention, a plurality of contact elements is arranged on the support, wherein these contact elements are each rotatable relative to the extension direction of the support such that a spacing between at least a portion of the contact surface and the extension direction can be varied by means of this rotational motion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2018
    Assignee: KRONES AG
    Inventor: Markus Schoenfelder
  • Patent number: 10087012
    Abstract: An apparatus for guiding products along a conveyor in a conveying direction is provided. The apparatus includes a first guide rail for at least partially forming a conveying path for products on the conveyor. At least one flexible support provides support for the first guide rail along the conveyor. The at least one flexible support is adapted for being extended and retracted to selectively position the first guide rail relative to the conveyor. The support may be pivotally mounted to the guide rail. The guide rail may also include fixed and slidable portions, including possibly curved portions, which allow for a sliding joint to be formed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: SPAN TECH LLC
    Inventor: James L. Layne
  • Patent number: 10059526
    Abstract: A guide unit for a container-handling system includes a basic body portion having a format part, a railing support, and a railing crosspiece that are all integrated into a unitary piece. A container guide railing is arranged on the railing support. The railing crosspiece connects the basic body portion to the railing support.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Assignee: KHS GmbH
    Inventor: Martin Peil
  • Patent number: 10005617
    Abstract: A container conveyor arrangement is used to convey containers, which arrangement includes a replaceable guide structure to guide containers. The guide structure comprises an upper guide element and a lower guide element, which are connected by an elongated connecting device to a carrier element. The connecting device can be rotated between a secure position, in which the lower guide element is secured to the carrier element, and an unsecured position, in which the lower guide element is not secured to the carrier element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2018
    Assignee: KHS GmbH
    Inventors: Andreas Fahldieck, Nils Mallitzki
  • Patent number: 9988244
    Abstract: A track module of an escalator or a moving walkway comprises at least two support structures and at least one guide rail. Each support structure includes at least two supports and at least one cross strut, wherein the cross strut is arranged between the at least two supports and connects these together. Each support has a foot fastening region which, in the installed state, is fastened to a carrying structure. Moreover, a balustrade fastening region, to which in the installed state at least a part of a balustrade is fastened, is formed at each support, so that static and dynamic loads acting on the balustrade are transmissible directly to the carrying structure by way of the supports.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2018
    Assignee: INVENTIO AG
    Inventors: Christoph Makovec, Michael Matheisl, Robert Schulz, Thomas Illedits, Thomas Novacek, Uwe Hauer, Jürg Burri
  • Patent number: 9926095
    Abstract: An upgraded and reconfigured components in a labelling machine used for labelling containers and cans automatically and in continuous sequence. In this type of machine the containers or other articles roll through the machine over a substantially horizontal track where the containers receive a label with an adhesive applied to the cylindrical side of the container. Next the label is wrapped about the container and secured to the side of the container by a suitable adhesive. These machine upgrades and reconfigurations relate to machines for applying labels to articles of cylindrical form and are designed primarily for placing labels on cans as they are conveyed through the machine over runways.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2018
    Inventor: Richard W. Sigler, Jr.
  • Patent number: 9828186
    Abstract: A guide rail system for guiding containers moved by a conveyor defining a path with a straight or curved segment. The guide rail system is adjustable such that by engaging a single mechanism, the distance between a pair of rails (one rail on each side of the conveyor) is changed across multiple conveyor segments (straight and/or curved). The invention provides an adjustable guide rail system for use in connection with a conveying surface capable of moving with respect to the guide rail system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Assignee: Nercon Eng. & Mfg., Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Weickert, Daniel Bickel, Jeffrey Falash, Andrew Rottier
  • Patent number: 9731910
    Abstract: A formatting part for guiding containers in a container treatment installation includes first and second formatting part elements spaced apart along a first direction with an adjustable gap between them. Adjusting the gap between them causes a container guide rail to move an and out along a second direction perpendicular to the first to permit adjustment for different kinds of bottles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2017
    Assignee: KHS GmbH
    Inventor: Bernd Bruch
  • Patent number: 9545114
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a conveying apparatus for items in the fish and meat processing industry, comprising a conveyor belt for conveying the items in a conveying direction, at least one mounting base extending at least along a partial section of the conveyor belt and at least one functional unit configured for interaction with the items, wherein each of the functional units is arranged on a holding means and is characterized in that the holding means are designed and adapted in such a manner that each of the functional units is separably connected to the mounting base by means of the holding means and is arranged so as to be adjustable at least in the conveying direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2017
    Assignee: Nordischer Maschinenbau Rud. Baader GmbH + Co. KG
    Inventor: Henning B. Pedersen
  • Patent number: 9481524
    Abstract: A guide rail system for guiding containers moved by one or more conveyors, each container having an interior portion defined therein for receiving a product and an opening in fluid communication with the interior portion. The guide rail system includes a cover assembly including one or more cover elements, and one or more structural elements to which the cover element is secured. The structural element locates the cover element in a preselected location relative to the openings of the containers, for at least partially impeding ingress of foreign matter to the interior portions of the containers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2016
    Assignee: Septimatech Group Inc.
    Inventors: Glen Albert Bell, Alex Esten Eagle
  • Patent number: 9174806
    Abstract: A transfer conveyor for transferring articles from a first conveyor to a second conveyor comprises an input for receiving articles from the first conveyor and an output for transporting articles to the second conveyor, a first contact member and a second contact member having first and second contact surfaces, respectively, extending upwardly and facing each other for clamping articles between said contact surfaces when travelling from the input to the output and a curved transport path between the input and the output, and a counter member for holding up an article and/or at least one of the first and second contact members in vertical direction when an article is clamped by the contact members. At least one of the first contact member, the second contact member and the counter member is drivable for transporting articles from the input to the output.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2015
    Assignee: Specialty Conveyor B.V.
    Inventor: Johannes Wilhelmus Broers
  • Patent number: 9133865
    Abstract: Particular embodiments of the inventive technology may be described as a position control apparatus capable of moving at least one side guide component of an item conveyance system to any of a plurality of component positions, as desired, within a component position range. The apparatus may comprise a fluidic drive system configured to drive, with a single fluidic displacement, a plurality of positioners in a first relative direction; and a bias system that includes a plurality of biasers that bias the positioners in a direction that is opposite the first relative direction. The bias system may include at least one biaser for every positioner, and the apparatus may enable adjustment of the positioners to a plurality of positions within a positioner range. The positioners may effect positioning, as desired, of the at least one component to a desired component position within the component position range.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2015
    Assignee: Flexibility Engineering, LLC
    Inventor: Joseph W. Pawelski
  • Patent number: 9073698
    Abstract: A transport section of a horizontal conveyor device for conveying articles moved along in a standing or hanging position on a transport support surface extending in a horizontal conveying direction between two guide elements arranged approximately in parallel to each other and spaced from each other at a distance corresponding to at least the article or container width. At least one of the two guide elements arranged facing each other is adjustable in its distance to the other of the guide elements and transverse to the conveying direction via several adjustment elements attached to a machine frame or base frame. The adjustment elements are coupled with each other via a common rotary drive and are approximately synchronized and each adjustment element transmits a rotatory drive of the common rotary drive via one or more transmissions to a linear adjustment movement of the guide element linked to it.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2015
    Assignee: Krones Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Johann Huettner, Martin Seger, Peter Muehlstein
  • 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: 8955668
    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: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2015
    Assignee: Corning Incorporated
    Inventors: Nicholas Dominic Cavallaro, III, Keith Mitchell Hill, Naiyue Zhou
  • 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: 8910396
    Abstract: A conveyor tunnel for providing a process environment for articles being conveyed through the tunnel includes a plenum that discharges process air into the tunnel. The flow of the discharged process air is directed to impinge against a portion of the article being conveyed through the tunnel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2014
    Assignee: SEETECH Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Victor Howard Burchell, James Harper Moffitt
  • Patent number: 8851806
    Abstract: An apparatus (1) for the conveying of plastics material pre-forms (10) along a pre-set conveying path (P) with a first guide rail (2) and a second guide rail (4) for guiding the plastics material pre-forms (10), wherein the plastics material pre-forms (10) are guided between the guide rails (2, 4) and the guide rails (2, 4) have in each case first support faces (12, 14) which extend along the conveying path (P) and which support the plastics material pre-forms (10) during the conveying thereof. The apparatus (1) has a stressing device (42, 44) for acting upon the plastics material pre-forms (10) with a gaseous medium. The plastics material pre-forms are conveyed along their conveying path by being acted upon with the gaseous medium, and a geometrical position of the guide rails is capable of being altered with respect to each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2014
    Assignee: Krones AG
    Inventors: Jürgen Beutl, Andreas Seidl, Florian Geltinger, Carsten Schröter
  • Patent number: 8833547
    Abstract: The present invention provides a transmission device and transmission method for glass substrate. The transmission device includes a transmission channel and a calibration mechanism; wherein the transmission channel for loading and transmitting, the calibration mechanism being disposed next to the transmission channel and the calibration mechanism comprising: a first positioning pillar, a second positioning pillar and a driver module; the first positioning pillar being disposed on one side of the transmission channel and the second positioning pillar being disposed on the other side of the transmission channel; the driver module driving the first positioning pillar and the second positioning pillar through the conveyor belt to move towards or away from each other so as to calibrate the position of the glass substrate by clamping or releasing the glass substrate during transmission. The present invention can solve the position deviation problem during transmitting glass substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2014
    Assignee: Shenzhen China Star Optoelectronics Technology Co., Ltd
    Inventors: Zhenhua Guo, Chunhao Wu, Kunhsien Lin, Yongqiang Wang, Weibing Yang, Yunshao Jiang
  • Patent number: 8820514
    Abstract: A universally adjustable star wheel for conveying articles on an automated handling line is disclosed. In one embodiment, the adjustable star wheel includes rotatable elements that are configured to rotate around a central axis. Each rotatable element has a central axis, a periphery, and at least one control surface for assisting in controlling the article being conveyed. The control surfaces on the rotatable elements are arranged to together form at least one pocket for the article, wherein the pocket has a width and a depth. The angle defining the control surface on at least one rotatable element is different from the angle of another rotatable element to form the depth of at least a portion of the pocket. In this embodiment, the boundaries of the pocket are configured solely by at least partially rotating at least some of the rotatable elements to adjust the location of the control surfaces of the different rotatable elements to form a pocket for the article being conveyed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2014
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventor: Clifford Theodore Papsdorf
  • Patent number: 8813950
    Abstract: A universally adjustable star wheel for conveying articles on an automated handling line is disclosed. In one embodiment, the adjustable star wheel includes rotatable elements that are configured to rotate around a central axis. Each rotatable element has a central axis, a periphery, and at least one control surface for assisting in controlling the article being conveyed. The control surfaces on the rotatable elements are arranged to together form at least one pocket for the article, wherein the pocket has a width and a depth. The angle defining the control surface on at least one rotatable element is different from the angle of another rotatable element to form the depth of at least a portion of the pocket. In this embodiment, the boundaries of the pocket are configured solely by at least partially rotating at least some of the rotatable elements to adjust the location of the control surfaces of the different rotatable elements to form a pocket for the article being conveyed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2014
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventor: Clifford Theodore Papsdorf
  • Patent number: 8776997
    Abstract: This invention relates to conveyor guides comprising conveyor guide rail units, such as those used on automated handling lines where containers of different sizes are processed. One or more guide rails are employed to the sides of the conveyor guide to ensure that articles follow a desired path. This invention provides an adjustable conveyor guide rail unit that comprises a guide member operable to be set in a plurality of discrete positions, thereby allowing the width of a channel through which an article may be conveyed to be varied. Width adjustment is effected by adjusting a rotatable tab to align one of a number of holes with a pin provided on the guide rail. With the pin received in a hole, the guide rail is secured in a desired setting.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2014
    Assignee: Zepf Technologies UK Limited
    Inventor: Ian Steven Spence
  • Patent number: 8770392
    Abstract: The invention relates to a width-adjusting device for conveyor corridor(s), comprising a wide gear-reduction mechanism connected to the frame (5) of said conveyor, wherein said mechanism is arranged between the control shaft (12) and the wall(s) of said corridor. The device includes: a final drive capable of reverse operation and consisting of said control shaft (12) in the form of an endless screw and of a toothed wheel (11); and a system for controlling at least one of the walls of said corridor, consisting of an endless screw (13) and a nut, the endless screw being mobile or fixed relative to said toothed wheel (11). The shaft (12) of the final drive is a flexible shaft having a long length and engaging with the tension-retaining system (20) for absorbing the pulling and pushing forces in the rotation direction thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2014
    Assignee: Sidel Participations
    Inventors: Julien Berger, Brice Perreard, David Perrin
  • 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: 20140110228
    Abstract: A conveyor for transporting products includes a mounting frame for one or more product feed lanes, each lane being defined by a respective conveyor belt which extends along a respective path, and by element for centring the products on the conveyor belt and including respective first and second lateral guides which are spaced from each other transversely to the direction of extension of the conveyor belt in order to define a track having a respective width. A unit for adjusting the distance between the guides are provided which includes a first transversal support and movement member for the corresponding lateral guide of the lane, and a second transversal support and movement member for the other lateral guide of the lane. Also provided is a respective transversal member for supporting the first and second support and movement members and a defining unit for fastening to the conveyor frame.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 30, 2011
    Publication date: April 24, 2014
    Applicant: PULSAR S.R.L.
    Inventor: Massimo Franzaroli
  • 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
  • Patent number: 8668073
    Abstract: The conveyor installation makes it possible to control the speed of items of the bottle (1) type dispatched in several trains distributed across various paths in the form of single-file lanes (11). The lanes are delimited by a pair of walls (16, 17) which are arranged in an omega shape over a base plate made up of several juxtaposed conveyors (13, 14, 15). Each lane (11) may comprise a fixed wall (16) acting as a reference, and a moving wall (17) that can be adjusted according to the dimensions of the items that are to be conveyed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 11, 2014
    Assignee: Sidel Participations
    Inventors: Zmaj Petrovic, David Perrin, Haim Touitou
  • Patent number: 8668077
    Abstract: A belt plough assembly is used to deflect material on a conveyor belt. The belt plough assembly includes a support structure, and a blade operatively positioned by the support structure on the material carrying side of the conveyor belt and orientated to deflect or redirect outlying material on a conveyor belt back inside the alignment of the skirts. The support structure includes a housing having an upright slot within which the blade is slidably mounted. The blade rests on the belt under its own weight, but is freely movable relative to the support structure. This enables the blade to maintain contact with the belt and follow any undulations in the belt, and self-adjust for wear on the blade. A damper may be provided for damping movements of the blade.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 11, 2014
    Assignee: Tasman-Warajay Pty Ltd
    Inventor: Paul Sundstrom
  • Patent number: 8662292
    Abstract: A conveyor belt assembly with a housing profile that protects components positioned in an interior of the housing from spilt products and is easier to clean than previously known conveyor belt assemblies. The conveyor belt assembly of this invention includes a frame with a sloped surface positioned under the conveyor belt such that spilt product that falls through the conveyor belt lands on the sloped surface and gravity pulls the spilt product off the sloped surface to a side of the housing for easy clean up.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 4, 2014
    Assignee: Service Industries, LLC
    Inventors: Zachary Brackemyer, Jeff Dean, Danny Gonzalez, Gino Rigitano, Jerral Richardson
  • Patent number: 8651264
    Abstract: A transport device and a method for the transport of articles are disclosed. The transport device is provided with a plurality of single lanes for the single articles having a width (BE). Each single lane is provided with one separating element. Adjacent single lanes are separated by one of the separating elements. The widths (BE) are adjustable with at least one displacing means. At least two adjacent single lanes form a group of lanes with a width (BG). Several of the groups of lanes formed in such a way are slidable to each other. The widths are adjustable with at least a further displacing means.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2014
    Assignee: Krones AG
    Inventors: Herbert Spindler, Karl Rausch, Josef Mayer, Martin Bauer, Josef Unterseher
  • 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
  • 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
  • Patent number: 8464864
    Abstract: A guide rail system for guiding containers on a conveyor on which the containers are moved. The guide rail system includes first and second contact portions for engaging the containers to at least partially locate the containers respectively in preselected positions on a surface of the conveyor, first and second adjustment elements positioned proximal to first and second sides of the conveyor respectively, on which the first and second contact portions are mounted, and first and second adjustable point devices spaced apart from each other along the first and second sides respectively, for moving the adjustment elements transversely. The system also includes one or more height adjustment assemblies for positioning side contact portions selected from the group consisting of the first contact portions, the second contact portions, and the first and second contact portions in predetermined locations therefor relative to the surface of the conveyor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2013
    Assignee: Septimatech Group Inc.
    Inventors: Glen A. Bell, Daniel J. Turner, Edward P. Kozak
  • 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
  • Publication number: 20130075236
    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: Application
    Filed: August 23, 2012
    Publication date: March 28, 2013
    Inventors: Glen A. Bell, Daniel J. Turner, Edward P. Kozak
  • Patent number: 8376129
    Abstract: A conveyor apparatus includes a conveyor portion, a side member having first and second side members, a connecting member, a first locking member and a driving unit. The first locking mechanism attached to the second side member locks and unlocks a connection between the second side member and the connecting member. In an unlocked state, the second member is movable along the connecting member towards or away from the first member. In a locked state, the second member is immovable relative to the first member. The driving unit is operative to move the second side member along the first direction close to or away from the first side member when the first locking mechanism is in the unlocked state and is operative to move the conveyor portion, the side member and the connecting member in unison along the first direction when the first locking mechanism is in the locked state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2013
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Akira Kimura, Katsuhiko Ohno, Atsushi Saito
  • Patent number: 8347920
    Abstract: The inventive technology, in embodiments, may include a controller configured to coordinate operation of valves and remotely controllable regulators that are fluidically communicative therewith, allowing the control of positioners of positioner zones that are fluidically communicative with such remotely controllable regulators. Preferred embodiments may find application as, e.g., a pneumatic system to control positioners, whether such positioner find use in bottling applications or elsewhere. Additional aspects of the inventive technology may relate to methods for pressurized fluid positioner control.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Flexibility Engineering, LLC
    Inventor: Joseph W. Pawelski
  • Patent number: 8267637
    Abstract: An apparatus vertically realigns pallets in a stack of pallets. The apparatus has left and right panels with upper portions that are angled outwardly, and lower portions that are substantially vertical. Misaligned pallets in a stack placed in the apparatus engage the upper portions of the panels and are moved toward vertical alignment as the stack is lowered into the apparatus. The apparatus also includes compression plates that are movable between first and second positions relative to the apparatus. In the first positions, the compression plates have surfaces that angle toward each other and engage with misaligned pallets in the stack of pallets as the stack is moved from the apparatus toward a pallet dispenser. In the second position, the compression plates pivot toward the rear of the stack of pallets exiting the apparatus and push the stack into the pallet dispenser, thereby achieving additional vertical alignment of the stack.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2012
    Assignee: Ouellette Machinery Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Joseph F. Ouellette, Richard J. Ouellette
  • Publication number: 20120168283
    Abstract: Particular embodiments of the inventive technology may be described as a position control apparatus that comprises a fluidic drive system configured to drive, with a single fluidic displacement, each of a plurality of positioners in a first relative direction; and a bias system that includes a plurality of biasers that bias the positioners in a direction that is opposite the first relative direction. In particular embodiments, and as but a few of the many possible design features, positioner actuators may be fluidicly linked in parallel and with the fluid compressor, the positioner actuators may each include a piston; and a plurality of positioners may each be responsive to at least one of the pistons.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 9, 2012
    Publication date: July 5, 2012
    Applicant: FLEXIBILITY ENGINEERING, LLC
    Inventor: Joseph W. Pawelski
  • Publication number: 20120168284
    Abstract: Particular embodiments of the inventive technology may be described as a position control apparatus capable of moving at least one side guide component of an item conveyance system to any of a plurality of component positions, as desired, within a component position range. The apparatus may comprise a fluidic drive system configured to drive, with a single fluidic displacement, a plurality of positioners in a first relative direction; and a bias system that includes a plurality of biasers that bias the positioners in a direction that is opposite the first relative direction. The bias system may include at least one biaser for every positioner, and the apparatus may enable adjustment of the positioners to a plurality of positions within a positioner range. The positioners may effect positioning, as desired, of the at least one component to a desired component position within the component position range.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2012
    Publication date: July 5, 2012
    Applicant: FLEXIBILITY ENGINEERING, LLC
    Inventor: Joseph W. Pawelski
  • 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
  • Patent number: 8186503
    Abstract: An adjustable curved fence assembly for a conveyor includes a curved guide fence and a number of pneumatic cylinders attached to the curved guide fence. The cylinder piston rods move between extended and retracted positions to change the radius of curvature of the curved guide fence.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2012
    Assignee: SEETECH Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Victor Howard Burchell, James Harper Moffitt
  • Publication number: 20120097504
    Abstract: The invention relates to a conveying equipment that includes at least one curved corridor (1) in which runs a queue of products moved by an endless mobile belt, said corridor (1) being defined by: a first fixed wall (2) connected to the frame (4) and having a first fixed curvature radius; and a second wall (3) mobile relative to said frame (4) and having a second curvature radius that varies based on the products, said second mobile wall including: a guiding profile (12) that may comprise several members, used as a friction surface and extending from the inlet up to the outlet of said curved corridor opposite said first fixed wall (2); a structure (10) bearing said guiding profile (12), the structure (10) including several segments (11) connected to moving means, said segments (11) being in abutment and distributed between the inlet and the outlet of the curved corridor (1) and being movably housed in said guiding profile (12).
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 10, 2010
    Publication date: April 26, 2012
    Applicant: SIDEL PARTICIPATIONS
    Inventors: Brice Perreard, David Perrin, Zmaj Petrovic
  • Publication number: 20120097505
    Abstract: The invention relates to a width-adjusting device for conveyor corridor(s), comprising a wide gear-reduction mechanism connected to the frame (5) of said conveyor, wherein said mechanism is arranged between the control shaft (12) and the wall(s) of said corridor. The device includes: a final drive capable of reverse operation and consisting of said control shaft (12) in the form of an endless screw and of a toothed wheel (11); and a system for controlling at least one of the walls of said corridor, consisting of an endless screw (13) and a nut, the endless screw being mobile or fixed relative to said toothed wheel (11). The shaft (12) of the final drive is a flexible shaft having a long length and engaging with the tension-retaining system (20) for absorbing the pulling and pushing forces in the rotation direction thereof.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 10, 2010
    Publication date: April 26, 2012
    Applicant: SIDEL PARTICIPATIONS
    Inventors: Julien Berger, Brice Perreard, David Perrin
  • Publication number: 20120090964
    Abstract: A positioning unit (132), comprising: a support (139, 137) for a member to be positioned; an actuator (141, 147) for moving the support between a plurality of predetermined working positions; a position selector (143) comprising a plurality of end-run elements that can be moved in an endless sequence into an operative position which determines an end-run position 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. For the positioning of the guides of a conveyor of articles.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 12, 2010
    Publication date: April 19, 2012
    Inventor: Andrea Andreoli
  • Publication number: 20120085626
    Abstract: The invention relates to a conveying device for objects. The device comprises a frame provided with a series of carriers (1) that are movable in a conveying direction, the carriers being aligned parallel to each other with a certain gap and transverse to the conveying direction (A), wherein at least some of the carriers bear pusher shoes (3) that are shiftable along said carriers through the gap. The device is characterized in that the gap between successive carriers is at least partly bridged by gap closure means (50), designed such that a pusher shoe can run through the gap relatively unhindered, while an object other than a pusher shoe is prevented from falling into the gap. The conveying device has less down-time than the known device. The invention also relates to a pusher shoe for use in the device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 7, 2010
    Publication date: April 12, 2012
    Applicant: VAN RIET EQUIPMENT B.V.
    Inventor: Casper Hermanus Gerardus Vlug
  • Patent number: 8132665
    Abstract: Particular embodiments of the inventive technology may be described as a position control apparatus that comprises a fluidic drive system configured to drive, with a single fluidic displacement, each of a plurality of positioners in a first relative direction; and a bias system that includes a plurality of biasers that bias the positioners in a direction that is opposite the first relative direction. In particular embodiments, and as but a few of the many possible design features, positioner actuators may be fluidicly linked in parallel and with the fluid compressor, the positioner actuators may each include a piston; and a plurality of positioners may each be responsive to at least one of the pistons.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2012
    Assignee: Advanced Manufacturing Technology for Bottles, Inc.
    Inventor: Joseph W. Pawelski