Support, Guide, Or Hold-down Means For Carrier Belt Patents (Class 198/837)
  • Patent number: 10661994
    Abstract: A transfer conveyor for food process lines is equipped with hardware to enable pivoting in place and other hardware to enable and reversible expansion and contraction of the transfer conveyor, or at least the upper, food-product carrying run of the endless conveyor belt therefor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Inventors: Robert G. Nothum, Jr., Ryan Doyle Nothum
  • Patent number: 10407245
    Abstract: A continuous product-processing apparatus having a conveyor capable of repositioning product and cleaning itself of debris and a method for its operation. The apparatus includes a conveyor that transports products atop a conveyor belt along a carryway to a processing chamber. Upper and lower diverting rollers guide the belt along an S-shaped product-repositioning path segment of the carryway. The diverting rollers are rotated at a speed normally greater than the speed of the conveyor belt to cause the belt to slip on the roller's periphery, which effects a scraping action against the conveying side of the belt to dislodge debris from the belt and the rollers. One-way ratcheting drives or belt restricters positioned on the product-positioning path segment to limit belt excursion are used to prevent the belt from building up along the carryway and tightening in the lower return.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignee: Laitram, L.L.C.
    Inventor: Christopher G. Greve
  • Patent number: 9696330
    Abstract: In a conventional conveyor line, an empty specimen rack conveyor line is provided separately from a specimen rack conveyor line having a specimen mounted thereon. However, crossing of the conveyor lines leads to the decrease in processing speed. Also, when a specimen rack conveyor line and an empty specimen rack conveyor line are configured on two stages, a vertical movement mechanism needs to be added in order to connect the upper-stage conveyor line and the lower-stage conveyor line, and there is a possibility that the system is complicated and the cost thereof is increased. In the present invention, by connecting an empty holder conveyor line and a main conveyor line disposed up and down on two stages via one conveyor line having a horizontal part and an inclined part, crossing of the conveyor lines can be eliminated and an inexpensive structure can be achieved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2017
    Assignee: Hitachi High-Technologies Corporation
    Inventors: Tomoyuki Nemoto, Tatsuya Fukugaki, Naoto Tsujimura
  • Patent number: 9598244
    Abstract: Conveyor chain support for an easy to clean conveyor, where the conveyor chain support comprises an outer peripheral sliding surface adapted to glidingly support a conveyor chain in a return path of the conveyor, where the conveyor chain support is adapted to be attached on a transverse axle of the conveyor in a support position and where the conveyor chain support is a single piece comprising a first jaw and a second jaw joining each other at one end and forming a mouth at the other end, where the conveyor chain support is adapted to be attached on the transverse axle through the mouth. In this way, a conveyor chain support that allows for an easy cleaning of a conveyor is provided for. Such conveyors are e.g. used in the food industry.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: Flexlink AB
    Inventors: Josef Snabb, Daniel Kubiak
  • Patent number: 9296565
    Abstract: A conveyor employs a low-tension, direct drive conveyor belt, and a snap-on position limiter for ensuring proper engagement of the belt and a drive sprocket. The position limiter includes a body, a limiting surface and a snap clap opposite the limiting surface for snapping the position limiter to a mounting shaft. The limiting surface may comprise rotatable rollers mounted to the body, or a continuous arcuate surface. The position limiter may include a mounting arm for mounting a conveyor belt scraper at the front of the position limiter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2016
    Assignee: Laitram, L.L.C.
    Inventors: Jeff Batchelder, Michael Hendrik DeGroot, Friso Antonius Maria Oonk, Laurentius G. J. Wolters, Edward T. Mol, Ruizhe Ma, Roel Marcel Mellink, Gerko Hulshof
  • 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
  • Publication number: 20150114803
    Abstract: A frame (1, 101, 201) supports a conveyor belt system with a longitudinally circulating conveyor belt. Two plate-like carrier elements (2, 102), with principal planes extending at right angles to the longitudinal direction (L) are joined by at least two distance elements (4, 4?), disposed parallel to the longitudinal direction (L). The distance elements space the two carrier elements apart. A plurality of support elements (5) and machine feet (21) support the frame on the ground. At least one of the carrier elements defines a seating area (3), which is largely arranged horizontally. At least two first mechanical interface elements (6) run parallel to the distance elements, preferably extending over the carrier elements, and are fixed on the seating areas of the carrier elements. The frame also has at least two fixing elements (7), by which the first mechanical interface elements (6) are fixed to the seating areas.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 21, 2014
    Publication date: April 30, 2015
    Inventors: Mario Meyer, Dirk Bettels, Axel Preussner, Michael Kusche, Frank Hamann
  • Patent number: 8997976
    Abstract: The invention relates to a supporting and guiding assembly for conveyor belts comprising a frame (1) which comprises at least one base element (1a), and at least one substantially flat structure (33a) supported by said at least one base element (1a); wherein said at least one substantially flat structure (33a) is projecting with respect to said at least one base element (1a) and is open on one of its sides through which said at least one conveyor belt (2) can be introduced/removed; and wherein said assembly additionally comprises at least one supporting and guiding mechanism of at least one conveyor belt from at least one perimetric guiding profile; such that it allows considerably simplifying the maintenance, repair and replacement of all the elements forming the assembly, minimizing the downtimes and saving in waiting costs and costs of parts to be replaced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Inventors: Cecilia Vila Torra, Jordi Gavalda Monedero
  • Patent number: 8931632
    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: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2015
    Assignee: NCR Corporation
    Inventors: Anthony Boon, Frank B. Dunn
  • Publication number: 20140374222
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is an endless belt having a meandering prevention guide, wherein the meandering prevention guide is heat-treated, and thermoplastic double-sided adhesive tape exhibiting adhesivity using heat is applied to the meandering prevention guide.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 5, 2012
    Publication date: December 25, 2014
    Inventors: Chun Im Lee, Sang Kyun Kim, Ki Nam Kwak, Sung Hoon Back, Sang Min Song
  • Patent number: 8910778
    Abstract: A tracking and tensioning device for a belt conveyor that provides a tracking assembly that is mounted to the conveyor frame. The tracking assembly is capable of sliding along the length of the conveyor frame. An idler roller is mounted to the tracking assembly that is held under constant tension by an adjustable tensioner. The adjustable tensioner provides take-up tensioning at the portion of the belt with the lowest operating tension.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2014
    Assignee: KSi Conveyors, Inc.
    Inventors: Cesar F Francisco, Steven R Walder
  • Patent number: 8905227
    Abstract: A cleanable belt conveyor and a method for making a cleanable belt conveyor having an underside sculpted with concave indentations to match the shape and positions of the elongated support rails forming a carryway. The support rails may be circular in cross section, and the indentations may be complementary portions of circular cylinders to receive the rails along an extended contact area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2014
    Assignee: Laitram, L.L.C.
    Inventor: Wayne A. Pertuit, Jr.
  • Publication number: 20140318931
    Abstract: An endless belt for heating an image on a sheet includes a resistance layer for generating heat by supply of electric power; a first ring member provided in a widthwise end side of the endless belt so as to be electrically connected with the resistance layer; a second ring member, wherein one of the first and second ring members is fitted around the other with the resistance layer sandwiched therebetween; and a fixing member configured to fix the first and second ring member to each other so that the first and second ring members are rotated integrally with the resistance layer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 28, 2014
    Publication date: October 30, 2014
    Inventors: Koji Takematsu, Tomohiko Yoshimura
  • Publication number: 20140284184
    Abstract: A simple suspension bridge type belt conveyor comprises a simple suspension bridge body (1), a conveyor belt (2), a trough support roller apparatus (3) and a circular support roller apparatus (4). A plurality of supporting pillars (5) are arranged beneath the simple suspension bridge body (1); the trough support roller apparatus (3) and the circular support roller apparatus (4) are fixed on the simple suspension bridge body (1). The conveyor conveys materials on the conveyor belt (2) which is moving through the trough support roller apparatus (3) and the circular support roller apparatus (4). The simple suspension bridge type belt conveyor enables the conveyor belt (2) to pass over the pillars (5) of simple suspension bridge without overstressing the conveyor belt (2), and has lower manufacturing cost and higher conveying efficiency.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 23, 2012
    Publication date: September 25, 2014
    Applicant: Cable Bridge Conveyor, LLC
    Inventor: Zhilin Zhang
  • Publication number: 20140262695
    Abstract: A conveyor belt system drive has at least one drive at the head drum or head drums. At least one non-driven relieving roller is arranged in a vicinity of each of the driven upper belt middle rollers. A device brings the driven upper belt middle rollers into a position spaced a distance from the belt. The driven upper belt middle rollers can be removed from the belt for maintenance operations or replacement. It is not necessary to stop the conveyor belt system in case of a defect of a driven upper belt middle roller to repair or replace same. The non-driven relieving roller advantageously assumes the support function of the driven upper belt middle roller, when this is located in the position spaced at a distance from the belt. The driving power of the conveyor belt system is dimensioned such that failure a driven upper belt middle roller can be compensated.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 11, 2014
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: TAKRAF GmbH
    Inventor: Dieter HOFFMANN
  • Publication number: 20140238827
    Abstract: The disclosure relates to a drive shaft module for a material conveyor system of a construction machine. The drive shaft module comprises a drive shaft and at least one first mounting which is designed to hold the drive shaft at at least one first bearing location. The disclosure is characterized in that the drive shaft comprises different segments which are joined by friction welding, and that the mounting is connected to the drive shaft such that the complete drive shaft module may be detachably fixed, in a preassembled state, in or at the construction machine.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 21, 2014
    Publication date: August 28, 2014
    Applicant: JOSEPH VOEGELE AG
    Inventor: Arthur BRAUN
  • Publication number: 20140224624
    Abstract: Viscoelastic dampers and belt conveyor systems using viscoelastic dampers to attenuate belt vibration and methods for damping belt speed variations. One version of the viscoelastic dampers includes a low-friction carryway element mounted to a viscoelastic pad that is firmly attached to stationary conveyor framework at various locations along the length and width of the conveyor system. Speed fluctuations of the conveyor belt supported on and advancing along the low-friction carryway elements are damped by the viscoelastic dampers. In some versions, magnetic forces are used to clamp the conveyor belt to the dampers to increase the effective damping.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 17, 2014
    Publication date: August 14, 2014
    Applicant: Laitram, L.L.C.
    Inventor: Joseph M. DePaso
  • Patent number: 8789687
    Abstract: A belt tracking control device for a conveyor device is provided, in particular for agricultural round balers, having at least one roller and at least one traction element which is guided over the roller and having at least one edge region which extends from the side edge of the traction element in the direction of the width thereof. At least one guide roller is provided through which the edge region can be deflected from the movement plane of the traction element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 29, 2014
    Assignee: Deere & Company
    Inventor: Jean Viaud
  • Patent number: 8776487
    Abstract: A cutting platform for use with an agricultural harvesting machine includes at least one platform section. Each platform section has a cutterbar assembly movable in a localized manner in upwards and downwards directions, an endless belt with a leading edge, and a plurality of skid shoes. Each skid shoe extends rearwardly from the cutterbar assembly and has an upper surface defining a belt support for the leading edge of the endless belt.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2014
    Assignee: Deere & Company
    Inventors: Bruce A. Coers, Kyle A. Meeske, John Andrios, Benjamin M. Lovett, Corwin M. Puryk
  • Publication number: 20140166445
    Abstract: First and second frame parts 400a and 400b support a belt guide 431 by interposing the belt guide 431 therebetween. The first frame part 400a is disposed at a downstream side of in rotation direction of a pressure roller 44 than the second frame part 400b when seeing it in a direction parallel to a rotation axis of the pressure roller 44. A convex-shaped first belt guide support part 401 a for supporting the belt guide 431 is provided on a surface of the first frame part 400a, which faces the second frame part 400b. A convex-shaped second belt guide support part 401b for supporting the belt guide 431 is provided on a surface of the second frame part 400b, which faces the first frame part 400a, at a position, which is more separated from the pressure roller 44 than the first belt guide support part 401a.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 25, 2013
    Publication date: June 19, 2014
    Applicant: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Takashi ANDO
  • Publication number: 20140166433
    Abstract: An inclined conveyor assembly for a combine has a housing, an upper inclined conveyor roller rotatably mounted at the rear of the housing, and a lower inclined conveyor roller positioned at the front end of the housing. An endless conveying element has drivers and rotates about the lower and upper inclined conveyor rollers. A pendulum frame on which a harvester head can be mounted articulates at the front end of the housing and is pivotable about a pendulum shaft. The pendulum shaft is inclined at a rearward and upward angle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 18, 2013
    Publication date: June 19, 2014
    Applicant: Deere & Company
    Inventors: Johannes Juelke, Martin Rittershofer, Volker Fuchs
  • 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
  • Publication number: 20140116855
    Abstract: A conveyor belt system includes a conveyor belt extending in a longitudinal direction and a plurality of support roller stations disposed at a distance from each other in the longitudinal direction and on which the conveyor belt is supported by support rollers. The conveyor belt is formed from a flexible base material and a plurality of unconnected traction devices which determine the tensile strength or rigidity of the conveyor belt and which extend in the longitudinal direction. As seen in the cross-section of the conveyor belt and with respect to a desired position on a central belt section supported on a support roller of the support roller station, the tensile strength or rigidity relative to the belt width is less than on laterally adjoining belt sections which are not supported in the desired position by a support roller. A conveyor belt is also provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 6, 2012
    Publication date: May 1, 2014
    Inventor: Viktor Raaz
  • Publication number: 20140102864
    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: Application
    Filed: October 11, 2013
    Publication date: April 17, 2014
    Inventor: Andrew Jon Martin
  • Patent number: 8689969
    Abstract: A belt (2), forming a conveyor or a transmission belt, comprising at least one, but possibly a plurality of substantially inextensible but elastically flexible planar strips, typically of spring steel, rigidly fixed together lengthwise to form an endless belt. The belt is typically provided with drive slots for accurately driving the belt. The belt may support carriers such as buckets (to form a bucket conveyor) or scrapers (to form a scraper conveyor).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 8, 2014
    Inventor: George Terah Gough
  • Publication number: 20140034457
    Abstract: A belt conveyor (1) includes a conveyor bed (6) on which belt rollers (13, 14) are arranged, respectively, at both the leading end and the trailing end relative to the transport direction T, and it also includes a conveyor belt (5) which is arranged to be movable over the conveyor bed (6, 106) and around the belt rollers (13, 14). The conveyor belt (5) is arranged and pulled tight over the conveyor bed (6) and the belt rollers (13, 14) in such a way that a sealing effect is achieved between the outside borders (7) of the conveyor belt (5) and the conveyor bed (6), wherein the outside borders (7) of the conveyor belt (5) are set back from the edges (16) of the conveyor bed (6) by a distance (d) equal to at least the maximum sweep of a lateral variation in the movement of the conveyor belt.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 25, 2012
    Publication date: February 6, 2014
    Inventor: Rüdiger Kliefoth
  • Publication number: 20140027248
    Abstract: In the case of a curved belt conveyor with a conveying belt (3) which, in the region of the edge which forms the outer periphery, has an application element (8) which is guided by a plurality of rollers (20) arranged in pairs, wherein each pair of rollers (20) is arranged an a retaining element (10), the retaining element (10) is designed as a U-shaped profile with a base (11) and two limbs (12, 13), and the rollers (20) are fastened on the opposite limbs (12, 13) of the U-shaped profile via associated roller holders (25). Particularly stable and straightforward fastening of the rollers is achieved as a result.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 14, 2011
    Publication date: January 30, 2014
    Inventors: Kai Ventz, René Schällig
  • Publication number: 20140001013
    Abstract: A belt unit including an endless belt, a first roller, a second roller, and a guiding member is provided. The guiding member includes a groove, in which a guided section of the endless belt is set, and the groove includes a first face and a second face. The first face is formed to have a first parting line extending in a direction to intersect with a central axis. The first face includes a first part in a frontward range and a second part in a rearward range with respect to the first parting line along a rotating direction of the guiding member. The first face has a first gap between the first part and the second part to form the first part in a position closer to the second face with respect to the second part.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 18, 2013
    Publication date: January 2, 2014
    Applicant: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Kotaro Takifuji, Wataru Yamaguchi
  • Publication number: 20130343794
    Abstract: A belt unit, including an endless belt, a first roller, a second roller, and a guiding member, is provided. The endless belt includes a belt strip and a guided section protruding from an inner circumferential surface of the belt strip. The guiding member with a groove is arranged on one of axial-end sides of the first roller coaxially with the first roller. The guided section of the endless belt is set in the groove. The groove includes a first face and a second face facing each other along a direction in parallel with a central axis of the first roller. The guiding member includes a first piece containing the first face and a second piece containing the second face. The first face protrudes outwardly with respect to the inner circumferential surface of the belt strip.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 18, 2013
    Publication date: December 26, 2013
    Applicant: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Kotaro Takifuji, Hiroshi Nakano, Wataru Yamaguchi
  • 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: 20130319825
    Abstract: A replacement belt unit for use with an image heating apparatus which includes an endless belt for heating an image on a recording material at a nip, a rotatable member for forming the nip between itself and the endless belt and for rotating the endless belt by rotation thereof, and a holding member for holding the endless belt from an inside of the endless belt, includes: a replacement endless belt; a cylindrical member for supporting the replacement endless belt at an inner surface of the replacement endless belt; and an engaging portion provided in a longitudinal end side of the cylindrical member and engageable with the holding member so that the cylindrical member is maintained in a fixed state relative to the holding member when the replacement endless belt is fitted around the holding member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 22, 2013
    Publication date: December 5, 2013
    Inventor: Masahiro Takahashi
  • Publication number: 20130313082
    Abstract: An assembly to connect a main conveyor body to a discharge end of the conveyor including: a basic frame of the discharge end mountable to platform, and an adjusting frame of the discharge end pivotably attached to the basic frame and including a mounting bracket configured to attach the main conveyor body to the basic frame, wherein the adjusting frame pivots with respect to the mounting bracket to establish a selected set angle ? between the basic frame and the main conveyor body.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 25, 2011
    Publication date: November 28, 2013
    Applicant: ANDRITZ OY
    Inventor: Iiro Laaksonen
  • Publication number: 20130292233
    Abstract: The present invention provides a support assembly (11) for lifting a belt of a conveyor system. The support assembly (11) comprises an attachment assembly (15, 17) to releasably secure a support member (13) to a frame of a conveyor system. The attachment assembly (15, 17) comprising a lifting means (31). The lifting means moves the support member, in a synchronised manner, between a first position, wherein the support member is not in engagement with the belt, and a second position, wherein the support member supports the conveyor belt at a spaced distance from at least one conveyor roller located below the belt, allowing an operator to access the at least one roller.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 3, 2012
    Publication date: November 7, 2013
    Inventor: Maxwell Olgun Arif
  • Publication number: 20130256099
    Abstract: The present invention extends to a lifting system for lifting a portion of a conveyor. The lifting system maintains the length of the conveyor while changing the shape of the conveyor to lift the top surface of the conveyor belt towards a stacking head. This design facilitates the quick lifting and lowering of slabs of sod while minimizing the stress on the sod harvesting machine.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 27, 2013
    Publication date: October 3, 2013
    Inventors: Steven R. Aposhian, Eric E. Aston, William M. Decker, Samuel Drake, Isaac R. Jones
  • Publication number: 20130233675
    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: Application
    Filed: August 31, 2012
    Publication date: September 12, 2013
    Inventors: Jeffrey A. CONROY, Michael Schimmelpfennig
  • Publication number: 20130232914
    Abstract: The invention comprises, combined in a U-shaped cradle (5), a wrapping table (11) and a cycler (12), the bars (13) of which are mounted on endless chains (14) in order to revolve all around said table (11). The structure (21) of the table consists of side members (23) which are extended by extensions (22) in the form of retractable arms (32), the ends of which carry rollers (33) for guiding the belt (25) and said structure (21) is secured, by way of appropriate, easily removable means, to at least one of the side walls of the cradle (5) which is in the form of a frame (8) perforated by a window (28). The window (28) has a dimension in the longitudinal direction which is less than the overall length of said table (11), but this dimension is greater than the length of said table (11) following retraction of its end arms (32) so that the belt (25) can be removed and a new belt can be fitted.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 4, 2011
    Publication date: September 12, 2013
    Inventors: Michael Vasse, Lionel Daniere, Gregory Choplin
  • Patent number: 8505713
    Abstract: A guide roller for centering conveyor belts for a conveyor assembly. The roller has a securing end for attachment to the conveyor assembly and a substantially cylindrical body adapted to receive a conveyor belt thereon and having a first end, a second end and an undercut portion positioned substantially between the first end and the second end, which is adapted to receive and secure therein a belt edge of a conveyor belt. The first end and second have a greater diameter than that of the undercut portion, so that the belt edge of the belt is secured without lateral movement of the belt.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2013
    Inventor: Frank Ivan
  • Publication number: 20130199900
    Abstract: A belt conveyor assembly comprising a pair of elongate profile frames that are mounted in parallel; a conveyor belt positioned in between the profile frames; and a plurality of auxiliary components removably mounted to outer walls of the profile frames at any position along the length of the profile frames; and wherein the surface of the inner walls of the profile frames are planar over their length and height at least in a region where the conveyor belt is positioned.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 8, 2012
    Publication date: August 8, 2013
    Applicant: Pteris Global Limited
    Inventors: Kok Leng Lim, Vijay Tukaram Patil
  • Publication number: 20130180832
    Abstract: An articulated discharge end for a conveyor that is positionable adjacent to a moveable receiver includes a frame, having a distal end, configured to bear a discharge end of a conveyor belt at the distal end. The frame has two axes of rotation, whereby the distal end is vertically translatable and laterally rotatable. A guide is disposed near the distal end, and is configured to contact the moveable receiver, whereby motion of the moveable receiver can substantially govern vertical translation and lateral rotation of the distal end.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 16, 2012
    Publication date: July 18, 2013
    Inventors: Rainer Borgmann, James Yearsley
  • Publication number: 20130146427
    Abstract: An automated clamping assembly adapted for mounting on or adjacent to a belt conveyor. The clamping assembly includes a clamping member selectively movable between an operative position in which the clamping member is disposed on or closely adjacent to a conveyor belt to retain the belt in a rest position during adverse weather conditions, and an inoperative position in which the clamping member is disposed away from the belt so as not to impede normal operation of the conveyor. An automated drive mechanism is adapted to move the clamping member between the operative and inoperative positions. A control module is adapted to activate the drive mechanism in response to activation control signals from a remote system controller. The control module also is adapted to send feedback control signals to the system controller indicative of the clamping status of the clamping member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 23, 2011
    Publication date: June 13, 2013
    Inventor: Kimberley Grant Greirson
  • Publication number: 20130140145
    Abstract: A mounting apparatus for a return roller is provided. The mounting apparatus is positioned beneath a return side of a conveyor belt, the return side of the conveyor belt having a near side along one edge of the return side of the conveyor belt and a far side along an opposite edge of the return side of the conveyor belt. The mounting apparatus has a return roller support structure and a return roller supported on the return roller support structure. The return roller support structure is slidable from the mounting apparatus in a direction towards the near side of the return side of the conveyor belt.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 29, 2013
    Publication date: June 6, 2013
    Applicant: ASGCO Manufacturing, Inc.
    Inventors: George T. Mott, Michael B. Heenan, Leroy C. Williams
  • Publication number: 20130140144
    Abstract: A conveyor roller support arrangement includes a frame having a pair of opposed end-frames, each end-frame including a mounting means for mounting a respective end of a conveyor roller, wherein at least one of the mounting means is displaceable relative to the frame between an operative position in which the roller is mounted for rotation and a removable position in which the roller is free for removal from the frame.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 4, 2012
    Publication date: June 6, 2013
    Inventor: John Dowling
  • Publication number: 20130126314
    Abstract: A belt unit is provided with an endless belt, a driving roller, and a pair of guide ribs. The driving roller is disposed on an inner peripheral surface side of the endless belt and drives the endless belt. The pair of guide ribs is placed on each opposite widthwise end of the inner peripheral surface of the endless belt and contacts both end faces of the driving roller, thus preventing meandering of the endless belt. Additionally, the driving roller is equipped with a low friction region at both opposite lengthwise ends in a predetermined width and the low friction region is configured to have a friction coefficient that is lower than a friction coefficient of a region adjacent to the low friction region.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 19, 2012
    Publication date: May 23, 2013
  • Publication number: 20130108333
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus has a rotatable belt, a stretching unit for stretching the belt, a steering unit for stretching and steering the belt, wherein the steering unit includes a rotatable portion rotatable with rotation of the belt, a frictional portion, provided at each of opposite axial end of the rotation portion, for slidable contact with the belt, and a support for the rotatable portion and the frictional portion. A rotation shaft rotatably supports the support, and the steering unit is capable of steering the belt by rotation thereof from sliding between the belt and the frictional portion, wherein each of the frictional portions is provided with an inclined surface which is inclined to be further from a rotational axis of the rotation portion axially toward an outside, and wherein the belt is contacted to at least one of the inclined portions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 10, 2012
    Publication date: May 2, 2013
  • Publication number: 20130105284
    Abstract: According to the invention, the curved belt conveyor (2) has at least one continuous belt (4) which runs along a curve, is guided over two deflection rollers (8), and has a bulge-type enlargement (24) at the outer rim of the curve, said bulge-type enlargement (24) extending continuously along an edge of the continuous belt. Means (26) for supporting the continuous belt in the direction of the outer rim of the curve are arranged exclusively within the continuous belt, said supporting means contacting the bulge-type enlargement (24) in the area of faces (26) of the deflection rollers (8) facing the outer rim of the curve.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 27, 2012
    Publication date: May 2, 2013
    Inventor: Christian Hagmaier
  • Publication number: 20130087435
    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: Application
    Filed: September 26, 2012
    Publication date: April 11, 2013
    Inventor: Service Industries, LLC
  • Publication number: 20130068596
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an apparatus having an articulating frame for conveying articles, as well as self-propelled articulating frames.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 16, 2011
    Publication date: March 21, 2013
    Inventors: Peter D. YOHE, Ronald H. CORDINGLY, Thomas M. ZUREWICH, Yakov KUSHNIR
  • Publication number: 20130032452
    Abstract: A conveying installation for transporting bulk materials has three pairs of carrying cables disposed one above the other. A continuous conveying belt can be moved along the central pair and the lower pair of carrying cables between loading and unloading stations, where it is guided over deflecting drums. Spaced-apart carrying frames hold the carrying cables. The installation includes a maintenance vehicle, which can be displaced along the two upper carrying cables and has on each side a maintenance platform, located laterally outside the carrying cables. The maintenance vehicle further has on at least one of the two sides a carrying framework, on which is located at least one drive subassembly for moving the maintenance vehicle. The drive subassembly is located laterally outside the carrying cables and beneath the undercarriage of the maintenance vehicle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 23, 2012
    Publication date: February 7, 2013
    Inventor: HERBERT TRIEB
  • Publication number: 20130001048
    Abstract: The present specification discloses an X-ray security inspection machine that has a machine housing defining an X-ray tunnel for receiving an article to be inspected, a conveyor belt for conveying the article, two rollers for receiving and moving the conveyor belt, and a conveyor belt tracking device positioned along the path between the two rollers. The conveyor belt tracking device has a mounting bracket for mounting the conveyor belt tracking device to the inspection machine and a guide frame with an upper portion and a lower portion, where the upper portion and lower portion are spaced apart from each other and the conveyor belt passes through the space between the upper portion and lower portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 5, 2012
    Publication date: January 3, 2013
    Inventors: Baljinder Singh PANESAR, Douglas R. GILLARD-HICKMAN
  • Patent number: 8322520
    Abstract: A conveyor belt hold down for a draper platform comprises a planar portion having a front edge, a rear edge, a left edge, and a right edge, wherein one of the left and the right edges defines a first slot or groove structure, and the other of the left and the right edges defines a first tongue structure, wherein the first tongue structure is configured to be engaged in a second slot or groove structure of a similar hold down disposed immediately adjacent to the first tongue structure, and wherein the first slot or groove structure is configured to receive a second tongue structure of a similar hold down disposed immediately adjacent to the first slot or groove structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2012
    Assignee: Deere & Company
    Inventors: Chad A Dow, Benjamin M. Lovett, Ryan S. Herlyn, Todd N. Signer, Corwin M. Puryk, Joshua Ryan Pierson