Guide Exerting Lateral Force On Nonload-supporting Belt Surface Patents (Class 198/840)
  • Patent number: 11109536
    Abstract: A round bale or module building assembly with a frame having a first wall and a second wall separated from one another by a module width and a plurality of rollers positioned between the first wall and the second wall, the plurality of rollers defining at least one belt path. Wherein, at least two rollers of the plurality of rollers have a combined width configured to substantially span the module width.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 7, 2021
    Assignee: DEERE & COMPANY
    Inventors: Kevin J. Goering, Justin E. Hummel, Jeffrey S. Wigdahl
  • Patent number: 10968062
    Abstract: A transfer transporting device includes multiple rollers, an endless belt, a pair of support members, and a pair of unloading members. The rollers include a driving roller and a driven roller. The driving roller is disposed closer to an image carrier that has a toner image formed thereon and that holds the toner image. The driven roller is disposed apart from the driving roller downstream in a sheet transport direction. The endless belt is wound around the rollers. The pair of support members each have an outer wall surface facing a side end surface of the belt. The pair of support members are disposed on both sides of the belt to rotatably support a rotation shaft protruding from side end surfaces of the driving roller. The pair of unloading members are interposed between the outer wall surfaces of the pair of support members and the side end surfaces of the driving roller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2021
    Assignee: FUJI XEROX CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Hiromoto Yamaki
  • Patent number: 10955772
    Abstract: According to one embodiment, there is provided a belt positioning structure including a belt roller, a belt, a projection, and a first rotating body. The belt roller is rotatable about a roller axis. The belt is wound around the belt roller. The projection is provided so as to protrude from an inner peripheral surface of the belt. The first rotating body regulates the projection from moving in a first direction approaching the belt roller along the roller axis. The first rotating body is rotatable around an axis. At least a portion of an outer peripheral surface of the first rotating body faces a side surface of the projection on the first direction side.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2021
    Assignee: TOSHIBA TEC KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Takehiro Meguro
  • Patent number: 10829309
    Abstract: A glide strip for a conveyor rail comprising an elongated monolithic elastic material having a constant cross-sectional shape throughout a majority of the material's length, wherein the cross-sectional shape comprises: a topmost section having a first width perpendicular to the material's length and a first height, a bottommost section having a second width perpendicular to the material's length and a second height, wherein the second width is less than the first width, and a middle section having a third width, wherein the middle section connects the topmost section to the bottommost section, wherein the first width is greater than the second width, and the second width is greater than the third width, and the bottommost section snaps on within slots of the conveyor rail.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2020
    Assignee: John Bean Technologiess AB
    Inventors: Ena Salic, Anders Gerhard Bengt Bengtsson, Emil John Lavin
  • Patent number: 10766704
    Abstract: A transport system for conveying goods in a conveying direction along a conveyor belt plane of a conveyor belt is provided. On a bearing, oriented along the conveyor belt plane, for bearing the goods and, on a guiding side of the conveyor belt, at least one guide surface, oriented along the conveyor belt plane, for guiding the conveyor belt. The conveyor belt includes a plurality of notches in the guide surface. The notches include a plurality of guide notches to engage at least one guide ridge for guiding the conveyor belt along the conveying direction, wherein a longitudinal axis of each of the guide notches is oriented along the conveying direction, and a number of drive notches for engaging at least one drive ridge for driving the conveyor belt along the conveying direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Assignee: WALLROTH F & E UG (HAFTUNGSBESCHRÁNKT)
    Inventor: Hans Werner Knopp
  • Patent number: 10635030
    Abstract: An image heating device includes a restricting member that restricts a lateral shift of a film in a longitudinal direction in a manner in which an edge surface of the film comes into contact with the restricting member when the film laterally shifts, a roller that forms a nip portion, a frame that has a groove in which the restricting member and the roller are inserted, and a pressurizing spring that pressurizes the restricting member and the roller. The restricting member includes a grooved portion, and protrusions that restrict inclination of the restricting member are formed on the grooved portion. When a pressure is applied to the restricting member and the roller, some of the protrusions are in contact with the frame, the other protrusions are not in contact with the frame, and a height of the some of the protrusions is more than a height of the other protrusions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Yoshinori Hashimoto
  • Patent number: 10532894
    Abstract: A modular transfer system with a primary flow system and a diverter system. The primary flow system includes a primary flow belt for conveying an article along a primary flow path from an infeed side of the modular transfer system to a pass-through side of the modular transfer system. The diverter system includes one or more diverter belts for diverting an article from the primary flow path towards a divert side of the modular transfer system. The primary flow belt includes multiple movable components contacting the diverter belt. The movable components can have one or more rotational degrees of freedom.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2020
    Assignee: Regal Beloit America, Inc.
    Inventor: John William Kuhn
  • Patent number: 10359720
    Abstract: An image heating device includes a restricting member that restricts a lateral shift of a film in a longitudinal direction in a manner in which an edge surface of the film comes into contact with the restricting member when the film laterally shifts, a roller that forms a nip portion, a frame that has a groove in which the restricting member and the roller are inserted, and a pressurizing spring that pressurizes the restricting member and the roller. The restricting member includes a grooved portion, and protrusions that restrict inclination of the restricting member are formed on the grooved portion. When a pressure is applied to the restricting member and the roller, some of the protrusions are in contact with the frame, the other protrusions are not in contact with the frame, and a height of the some of the protrusions is more than a height of the other protrusions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Yoshinori Hashimoto
  • Patent number: 10238911
    Abstract: A treadmill includes a running belt defining a non-planar running surface, and a motor operatively coupled to the running belt. The treadmill is operable in plurality of operating modes to control a user experience.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: Woodway USA, Inc.
    Inventors: Douglas G. Bayerlein, Nicholas A. Oblamski, Vance E. Emons
  • Patent number: 10206332
    Abstract: A harvester head may include a roller having a groove and supporting a draper belt. The draper belt may include a web and an elastomeric belt guide projecting from web, wherein the belt guide has outer side surfaces extending at an angle of no greater than 100° relative to the second surface when the belt guide wrapping about the roller within the groove. The groove may have outer side surfaces, each outer side surface extending at angle of no greater than hundred degrees relative to an outer surface of the roller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: Deere & Company
    Inventor: Anthony M. Hasenour
  • Patent number: 10160606
    Abstract: A sorting conveyor for transporting objects and unloading objects at one or more unloading stations adjacent the conveyor. The sorting conveyor includes a conveyor track and a train of conveyor carts connected end-to-end. At least one of the conveyor carts may include a frame base for engaging the conveyer track; a conveyor surface for holding the objects; and a conveyor support for supporting the conveyor surface above the frame base. A wear guard associated with the axle support prevents track wear. A track wear prevention system includes a wear guard and a height detection module. Systems and methods for track wear prevention are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: Mantissa Corporation
    Inventors: David Patrick Erceg, J. David Fortenbery, Daniel H. Weckerle, Gonzalo Sotelo, LeRoy A. Winkler
  • Patent number: 10087011
    Abstract: The load conveyer system includes a pair of rails that carry endless chains. Each rail has its own dedicated drive motor that operates independently of the other. The motors are sized to fit within the vertical height or vertical envelope of the rail, so that the motor does not interfere with movement of the load carried by the rail. Each rail and drive motor are independently mountable to an underlying support surface as a module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: Keith Manufacturing Co.
    Inventor: Tim Toth
  • Patent number: 9897180
    Abstract: A push pull chain is provided with chain links that are connected to each other by respectively one chain joint, designed in a space-efficient manner. The chain joints of a first chain section with their joint axes have a first orientation, whereby the joint axes of the chain joints of a second chain section are arranged in a second orientation that is twisted around the longitudinal axis of the push pull chain or whereby they can be set to this orientation. In addition, a pertaining chain drive is provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2018
    Assignee: IWIS Antriebssysteme GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Gerhard Hartinger, Orhan Sahin
  • Patent number: 9782688
    Abstract: A toy construction set that enables modular toy elements to be interconnected into a chain assembly. Each toy element has a pivot hub that defines an empty first interior chamber. A first yoke arm is coupled to the pivot hub that defines an empty second interior chamber. A second yoke arm is coupled to the pivot hub that defines an empty third interior chamber. The first interior chamber, the second interior chamber and the third interior chamber intersect form an internal resonance chamber. Formations are present on first yoke arm, the second yoke arm, and the pivot hub. The formations intermesh and enable different modular toy elements to snap together. The formations also generate noise as two interconnected toy elements are moved in relation to one another. The noise that is generated is enhanced by the resonance chambers within the toy elements that create the noise.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2017
    Assignee: KMA Concepts Limited
    Inventor: Peter John Cummings
  • Patent number: 9718619
    Abstract: An apparatus for the conveying of containers, with a conveyor which forms a contact face for the containers to be conveyed, wherein the conveyor moves at least locally along a pre-set direction and has a plurality of conveying members connected to one another in an articulated manner, and with a drive device for driving the conveyor. The conveying members are produced from a plastics material which has been acted upon with a radiation in order to change its material structure and/or which has a plurality of spherical bodies embedded in its material structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2017
    Assignee: KRONES AG
    Inventors: Johann Huettner, Martin Seger
  • Patent number: 9434547
    Abstract: An article-diverting modular conveyor belt employs an article mover on a conveyor belt module for selectively moving a conveyed article towards a side of the module. The article mover may be a transversely-extending endless belt for carrying articles across the belt towards a side of the module. Rollers below the conveyor belt are selectively activated to induce movement of the article mover.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2016
    Assignee: Laitram, L.L.C.
    Inventors: Angela Longo Marshall, Mark Costanzo, Jason Greenleaf, David Herbert Myers, Matthew John Greer
  • Patent number: 9302881
    Abstract: Provided is a pair of sheet transport rolls including a first roll that has a first convex portion spirally provided on an outer peripheral surface, and a second roll that is provided along the first roll and has a second convex portion that is spirally provided in a position facing the first convex portion of the first roll on the outer peripheral surface, wherein the first roll and the second roll are rotated, and a sheet is transported while being sandwiched between the first convex portion of the first roll and the second convex portion of the second roll.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2016
    Assignee: FUJI XEROX CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Hiroaki Awano
  • Patent number: 9285752
    Abstract: A driving device includes an endless metal belt having a strip shape, rotational members, and a polisher. The rotational members bear the metal belt to allow the metal belt to run circularly. The polisher is disposed so as to come in contact with the widthwise opposite end edges of the metal belt to thereby polish the opposite end edges of the metal belt in running.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2016
    Assignee: KYOCERA Document Solutions Inc.
    Inventors: Yuta Okuno, Masahiro Ueno, Akihiro Yamaguchi
  • Patent number: 9205984
    Abstract: A drive roll for driving and engaging a belt is disclosed as well as a hay baler incorporating such a drive roll. The drive roll includes at least one set and typically many sets of drive ribs, which project from the outer cylindrical surface of the drive roll. The drive roll may be made from steel material while the drive ribs may comprise laser cladding such as tungsten carbide or other high hardness particles. The drive rib may have a tapering profile or other centering structure that corresponds to a belt having end regions with overlay or overlap ends of the drive ribs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2015
    Assignee: Kondex Corporation
    Inventors: Scott W. Moon, Keith A. Johnson
  • Patent number: 9199754
    Abstract: An accumulator device (1) for the tying wire of a tying machine used in pulp production has a drive (3) at the inlet to the accumulator device and another drive (7) at the outlet from the accumulator device. By means of the accumulator device (1) according to the invention and the two drives (3, 7), it is possible to store the entire length of wire required for one tying cycle temporarily and then to remove the wire from the accumulator for the tying cycle. In this way, a dynamic accumulator volume is created for the tying wire in the accumulator device (1).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2015
    Assignee: Andritz AG
    Inventors: Ute Figer, Walter Writzl, Manfred Wöls, Josef Kammerhofer
  • Patent number: 9096376
    Abstract: A belt conveyor for transferring a granular material has an elongated cylindrical housing having opposite ends connecting an inlet end portion to an outlet end portion with each end portion supporting a roller for receiving a flexible endless belt. The belt has a width greater than the diameter of the housing causing the belt to curve upwardly within the housing for form a trough for receiving and transferring the material. To maintain alignment of the belt on the rollers and within the housing, an inner surface of the belt has a continuous flexible guide rib, and each roller has a circumferential groove for receiving the guide rib. To extend the life of the belt and the guide rib, the belt is tensioned by adjusting one of the rollers to space the guide rib above the inner surface of the housing when material is being transferred within the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2015
    Assignee: J.&M. Manufacturing Co., Inc.
    Inventors: James E. Wood, Joseph R. Wuebker
  • Patent number: 8886103
    Abstract: A fixing device includes an endless belt and a belt holder contacting and rotatably supporting each lateral end of the endless belt in an axial direction thereof. A first protection ring and a second protection ring are interposed between the endless belt and the belt holder in the axial direction of the endless belt and rotatable in accordance with rotation of the endless belt to protect each lateral end of the endless belt as the endless belt is skewed in the axial direction thereof and brought into contact with the first protection ring. A friction coefficient between the first protection ring and the second protection ring is smaller than a friction coefficient between the first protection ring and the endless belt.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2014
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Kensuke Yamaji, Masahiko Satoh, Masaaki Yoshikawa, Hiroshi Yoshinaga, Kenji Ishii, Tadashi Ogawa, Takeshi Uchitani, Hiromasa Takagi, Naoki Iwaya, Teppei Kawata, Arinobu Yoshiura, Takahiro Imada, Hajime Gotoh, Takamasa Hase, Kazuya Saito, Toshihiko Shimokawa, Shuutaroh Yuasa, Akira Suzuki
  • Patent number: 8881891
    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: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2014
    Assignee: Sharp Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Fumito Mizoguchi, Masashi Hirai, Toshiki Takiguchi
  • Patent number: 8837989
    Abstract: A belt driving apparatus includes a movable belt member, a stretching member configured to stretch the belt member, and a steering unit configured to stretch the belt member and to be inclined to steer the belt member in a widthwise direction substantially perpendicular to a direction of moving of the belt member. The steering unit includes a rotatable member contacting an inner surface of the belt member and configured to be rotatable with movement of the belt member around a rotational axis of the rotatable member, with the rotational axis extending in the widthwise direction, and non-rotatable members contacting an inner surface of the belt member, provided at each opposite axial end of the rotatable member and configured not to be rotatable with movement of the belt member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2014
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Takeshi Yasumoto
  • Patent number: 8800755
    Abstract: A conveyor alignment system including pivoting members that support tracking rollers at corresponding shaft ends. Each shaft end being pivotally and non-rotatably attached to corresponding pivoting members by a rotating bushing mounted in a corresponding one of the pivoting members. A guide control bar is pivotally connected at each end to a corresponding torque arm, where the bar includes guide rollers positioned at both edges of the conveyor belt for lateral control of the belt. A spacer is mounted to the support bracket and has a designated height. The spacer deflects the support bracket by the height so that a first end of the shaft is closer to the a first side of the belt than an opposing, second end of the shaft to increase the tension of the rollers on the first side of the belt and reduce the tension of the rollers on another side of the belt.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2014
    Inventor: David A. Sharp
  • Patent number: 8689967
    Abstract: A belt driving device that drives a belt includes a plurality of rollers, an endless belt tensioned on the plurality of rollers, a belt guide member that is mounted on at least one end of at least one roller of the plurality of rollers and that guides a side edge part of the belt, and a belt displacement device that is mounted on the same end of the one roller as the belt guide member in order to displace the side edge part of the belt in a direction away from the belt guide member. Wherein a portion of the belt displacement device is located on a downstream side of the belt guide member in a traveling direction of the belt, and the portion continuously contacts the side edge part of the belt.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 8, 2014
    Assignee: Oki Data Corporation
    Inventor: Makoto Kitamura
  • 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
  • Patent number: 8233823
    Abstract: A belt is supported by a plurality of rollers and is driven to move in a predetermined direction. A flange member is configured to make contact with a portion of an edge surface of the belt in its width direction. A pressing member presses on a surface of the belt in its thickness direction at a position near a contact portion of the belt with the flange member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2012
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Limited
    Inventors: Tomoya Adachi, Takafumi Miyazaki, Mitsutoshi Kichise, Takeshi Yamashita
  • Patent number: 8151977
    Abstract: An endless conveyor chain assembly (10) includes two piece enclosed curved track sections (15) having curved sections (15) for the passage therethrough of a series of conveyor chain links (12). Outer race (18) of the curved track sections (15) include an impervious horizontal bottom wall (22) that is U-shaped in cross section for retaining any lubricants or other liquids or debris. Inner race (20) with a wear strip (44) attached thereto is removable from the outer race (18) without having to cut the curved conveyor track sections (15) from the track and without having to remove the conveyor chain from the track when performing maintenance to the conveyor chain assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2012
    Assignee: AMF automation Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Philip J. Domenicucci, Daniel Ferland, Gaston Ouellet, Nicolas Nadeau
  • Patent number: 8127918
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for monitoring operation of a conveyor belt. The apparatus includes a detection system configured to detect transverse displacement of each edge of a portion of the conveyor belt as the conveyor belt travels past the detection system, and determine, using the transverse displacements of the edges of the conveyor belt and one or more operating rules, if an operating irregularity of the conveyor belt has occurred.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2012
    Assignee: Barge's Belting Solution Pty Ltd
    Inventor: Graham Warner
  • Publication number: 20120048688
    Abstract: An endless conveyor chain assembly (10) includes two piece enclosed curved track sections (15) having curved sections (15) for the passage therethrough of a series of conveyor chain links (12). Outer race (18) of the curved track sections (15) include an impervious horizontal bottom wall (22) that is U-shaped in cross section for retaining any lubricants or other liquids or debris. Inner race (20) with a wear strip (44) attached thereto is removable from the outer race (18) without having to cut the curved conveyor track sections (15) from the track and without having to remove the conveyor chain from the track when performing maintenance to the conveyor chain assembly.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 26, 2010
    Publication date: March 1, 2012
    Inventors: Philip J. Domenicucci, Daniel Ferland, Gaston Ouellet, Nicolas Nadeau
  • Patent number: 8096410
    Abstract: An adjustable item transport includes a deck for supporting items, a transport element for transporting the items along the deck on a transport path, a plurality of support elements rotatably supporting the transport element, and an adjustment member. Each support element may include a plurality of recesses configured to receive the transport element. Each recess corresponds to an operating position of the transport element. The adjustment member may include a handle portion, a first guide portion adjacent to a first edge of the transport element, and a second guide portion adjacent to a second edge of the transport element. Movement of the handle portion substantially perpendicular to the transport path engages one of the first guide portion and the second guide portion with a respective edge of the transport element to move the transport element between recesses in the support element to change the operating position of the transport element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2012
    Assignee: Pitney Bowes Inc.
    Inventors: W. Scott Kalm, Nathan Johnson
  • Patent number: 8028814
    Abstract: Conveyor apparatus and method are disclosed for continuous haulage of coal or ore in an underground mine, including a plurality of floor-supported frame members held in position by belt tension and further held in position optionally by bolts or pins. The novel holding frame provides rapid and efficient extendable, retractable construction in the mine. The novel continuous haulage system handles larger and heavier pieces of equipment and can be pulled to a different position in an underground mine as a complete unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2011
    Inventors: James J. Szalankiewicz, Scott A. Walter, Alan R. Polka
  • Patent number: 8002108
    Abstract: A tensioning apparatus for a circulating element, such as a belt or a band, has a basic body in which a first chamber is formed. A piston is positioned in the first chamber and carries a piston rod. The piston can be displaced in the first chamber by the use of a pressure fluid. Either the piston rod or the base body is attached to the carrier for the belt or band. Either the piston rod or the basic body carries a head piece which can be moved in contact with the circulating element. A locking mechanism for the piston rod can be engaged and disengaged by the use of fluid pressure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2011
    Assignee: Koenig & Bauer Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventor: Wolfgang Melchior
  • Patent number: 7891483
    Abstract: A device for treating foodstuffs, in which the foodstuffs are conveyed by a conveyor belt through a treatment zone, such as tunnel freezers for freezing foodstuffs. The conveyor belt is supported by a frame on which sliding rails are mounted to reduce friction. The conveyor belt is guided over these sliding rails. To prevent hygiene problems such as those occurring due to gaps formed when the sliding rails are mounted on the carrier, the sliding rails are designed as self-supporting elements. The sliding rails here are preferably simply placed on the transverse bars of the supporting frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2005
    Date of Patent: February 22, 2011
    Assignee: Linde Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventor: Volker Kamm
  • Patent number: 7862879
    Abstract: A fabric having one or more guides attached to a wear surface of the fabric so to encapsulate fifty percent or more of the fabric caliper. Advantageously, the encapsulation of the fabric by the guide, and not the chemical affinity of the materials, is the mechanism that attaches the guide and fabric. Consequently, the bond strength is equal to the tear strength of either the fabric or guide material alone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2003
    Date of Patent: January 4, 2011
    Assignee: Albany International Corp.
    Inventors: Mark J. Levine, John VanHandel
  • Patent number: 7857126
    Abstract: The invention relates to a guide for supporting a displaceable object, comprising: a plastic guide profile (1, 7, 16, 30) and a support structure (6, 12, 18, 32) supporting the guide profile, characterized in that the guide profile is engaged at least at two spaced-apart positions by the support structure, at least one engaging position of which consists of a free support (4, 5, 10, 11, 13, 14, 33, 34) of the guide profile on the support structure such that the freely supporting side of the guide profile is displaceable relative to the support structure. The invention also relates to a device (21) for conditioning products displaceable along a guide track (22).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2005
    Date of Patent: December 28, 2010
    Assignee: Stork Townsend B. V.
    Inventors: Jaap Bakker, Wilhelmus Johannes Everardus Maria Van De Dungen
  • Patent number: 7849902
    Abstract: An apparatus for making a spunbond web has a foraminous deposition belt, a system for depositing fibers on the belt such that some of the fibers engage through the belt, and an output roller over which the belt is spanned for normally advancing an upper stretch of the belt in a transport direction toward the output roller. The output roller has a radially outwardly directed outer surface engaging the belt and formed with a profiling in turn formed by high spots contacting the belt and low spots out of contact with the belt so that fibers engaged through the belt are only pinched between the belt and the output roller at the high spots. The web is pulled downstream off the belt at the output roller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 14, 2010
    Assignee: Reifenhauser GmbH & Co. KG Maschinenfabrik
    Inventor: Walter Kühn
  • Patent number: 7832549
    Abstract: A curved conveyor comprises a toothed, endless belt and a slider bed that supports a portion of the belt. The slider bed can include at least one guide in the form of a rail extending along the slider bed in the direction of belt travel. Each of the belt teeth are discontinuous and have at least one gap sized to receive the at least one guide; thus, the at least one guide prevents inward radial migration of the belt during movement of the belt. The conveyor can further comprise a center guide wheel or a guide post to prevent belt radial migration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 16, 2010
    Assignee: Thermodrive LLC
    Inventor: James Honeycutt
  • Patent number: 7815042
    Abstract: A belt driving apparatus is constructed so that the edge portion of a belt will not run over a stopper or be damaged. A belt is entrained about a plurality of rollers. A drive source is coupled to at least one of the plurality of rollers. The drive source drives the at least one of the plurality of rollers in rotation. A restriction member is provided in the vicinity of at least one longitudinal end portion of at least one of the plurality of rollers. The restriction member prevents the belt from moving outwardly in a longitudinal direction of the at least one of the plurality of rollers and preventing the belt from moving outwardly in a radial direction of the at least one of the plurality of rollers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2005
    Date of Patent: October 19, 2010
    Assignee: Oki Data Corporation
    Inventor: Noboru Oishi
  • Patent number: 7757840
    Abstract: An improved conveyor assembly includes a conveyor belt for conveying a product to one or more product operations is disclosed. Such conveyor assembly includes a pair of spaced apart side frames that support the conveyor belt and between which the conveyor belt rotates. The side frames are formed from an upstanding member and a inwardly extending horizontal member. Both the frame upstanding member and the frame horizontal member carry a series of elongated slots. One or more L-shaped brackets are formed from a generally upstanding member and an inwardly extending member. Both the bracket upstanding member and the bracket horizontal member carry a series of elongated slots. The bracket horizontal member slots are configured to overlay the frame elongate horizontal member slots, and the bracket upstanding member slots are configured to overlay the frame upstanding member slots for attaching components to the frames.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2010
    Assignee: Unique Metal Designs, Inc.
    Inventors: Don A. Rogers, Rick A. Musick
  • Patent number: 7699159
    Abstract: A belt unit includes a plurality of rollers including a driving roller and a driven roller; a belt being supported by the plurality of rollers; a specified roller; and a shift restraint member restraining the belt from shifting toward one end side of the specified roller. The specified roller is at least one roller of the plurality of rollers. The specified roller has such a shape that an outer diameter thereof on each of both end sides thereof is continuously enlarged toward a central part thereof in an axial direction thereof, and has such a shape that a region where the outer diameter thereof is the largest is shifted onto one end side thereof with respect to the central part thereof in the axial direction thereof within a belt suspension range.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2005
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2010
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Hirotaka Mori
  • Patent number: 7673741
    Abstract: A conveyor apparatus and method for conveying materials in which the conveyor belt has chord members located along each belt side. The chord members are adapted to fit within a slotted track assembly whereby the chord members slide relative to the track assemblies when the conveyor is actuated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 9, 2010
    Assignee: Inter-Source Recovery Systems
    Inventor: William D. Nemedi
  • Patent number: 7669709
    Abstract: A conveyor belt aligning device (1) comprising a support frame (2) mounted on a support beam (3) and being substantially horizontal pivotable about a first axis (4), the support frame (2) comprising a frame formed by a cross member 96) and a lever arm (8) extending from the cross member (6); at least one conveyor belt support roller (10) mounted on the cross member (6); a guide roller (14, 15) mounted on a transverse beam that is pivotably mounted on the lever arm (8); the transverse beam (16) being pivotable about a second axis (18); a stay member (20) extending between the support beam (3) and the transverse beam (16). The conveyor belt aligning device further comprising adjusting means for adjusting the distance (19) between the first axis (14) and the second axis (18) and adjusting means for adjusting the distance between the second axis (18) and a central axis (26) of rotation of the guide roller (14, 15).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2010
    Inventors: Kenneth Hovstø, Kjell Arne Gaarden
  • Patent number: 7643782
    Abstract: A belt driving apparatus for driving a belt has the belt hung around and between rollers, and has a meandering prevention member provided in each end part of each roller to restrict the meandering of the belt in the roller axial direction. A cut is formed to be open toward the roller end face and to extend in the roller axial direction, and a boss that fits into the cut is formed on the inner circumference of the meandering prevention member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2010
    Assignee: Kyocera Mita Corporation
    Inventors: Kunihiko Ishii, Hiroshi Ito
  • Patent number: 7621388
    Abstract: A roll and a roll spring, where spring is in the form of a ring-shaped body manufactured of an elastic material having two axially spaced-apart ends. In a front end of the spring body, at least one first slot opens which extends towards the rear end, without reaching the same, and which separates two forward-facing laminae. In the rear end, at least one second slot opens which extends towards the front end without reaching the same, and which separates two rearward-facing laminae. At each one of the two ends of the spring body, an end surface of a lamina is axially displaced in relation to the end surface of an adjacent lamina. When the spring is clamped between two rings of a roll shaft included in the roll, the protruding end surfaces are subjected to compressive forces that generate a labyrinth-shaped train of spring forces between the end surfaces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2009
    Assignee: Sandvik Intellectual Property AB
    Inventors: Jaroslav Vlk, Jorge Gleizer, Jerker Andersson
  • Patent number: 7562766
    Abstract: Typical roller conveyors suffer from excess noise and frequent maintenance due to worn rollers and roller bearings. Continuous loop belt conveyors solve some of these problems, but still suffer from an inability to change the width of the conveyor belt without significant rework or adjustment. Although a narrower belt can be used without major adjustment, prior continuous loop conveyor systems still suffer from belt drift. To alleviate these problems, a belt conveyor system that easily adjusts to accommodate continuous loop belts of varying widths is provided. The system comprises a rigid conveyor frame having at least one pair of generally parallel side walls traversed by one or more support brackets. The support brackets are secured to the conveyor frame. Additionally, one or more belt guides, having at least one surface for guiding a conveyor belt, are secured to the support brackets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2009
    Assignee: Anheuser-Busch, Inc.
    Inventors: Matthew J. Call, Christopher J. Luber
  • Publication number: 20090133993
    Abstract: A top plate conveyor device, in which vibrations and noises are reduced, and the structure is simple and the production assembly and handling are easy. Top plates 110 are removably provided on a rubber toothed belt 120 by engagement members 111 provided on the back surfaces of the top plates 110, and engagement members 111 include sandwiching portions 112 which sandwich the toothed belt 120 from both outer sides in the width direction and terminate in pawl portions 113, which snap-connect the top plates to the toothed belt 120.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 3, 2008
    Publication date: May 28, 2009
    Inventors: Masayuki ISHIKAWA, Yasunori UENO
  • Patent number: 7536144
    Abstract: An endless belt including a belt main body in which a ten-point average roughness (Rz) of an inner peripheral surface thereof is in a range of 2.0 ?m or higher and 10.0 ?m or lower and an average distance (Sm) between projections and depressions of the inner peripheral surface is in a range of 50 ?m or higher and 200 ?m or lower, and a guide portion in which an average distance (Sm?) between projections and depressions on an adhesive surface thereof adhered to the inner peripheral surface of the belt main body along an edge of the belt main body is two times or higher and six times or lower the average distance (Sm) between projections and depressions in the inner peripheral surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2009
    Assignee: Fuji Xerox Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Shigeo Ohta
  • Publication number: 20090014288
    Abstract: A belt including a first roller is supported by a plurality of rollers, and is driven to rotate in a predetermined direction. An abutting member makes contact with at least one edge of the belt in its width direction. A pressing member applies a pressure on an extended surface of the belt in its thickness direction at a position near a contact portion of the belt with the abutting member and on an upstream side of the contact portion in its moving direction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 9, 2008
    Publication date: January 15, 2009
    Inventors: Takafumi MIYAZAKI, Mitsutoshi KICHISE, Tomoya ADACHI, Takeshi YAMASHITA