Holder Is Adjustable For Different Sized Loads Patents (Class 198/867.08)
  • Patent number: 8794431
    Abstract: A conveyor system is provided with a plurality of support members which are erected and spaced apart from each other, a plurality of holding units on which the plurality of support members are held, and a drive unit that moves the holding units in a conveying direction. A supporting plane on which a workpiece is supported and conveyed is formed by distal end portions of the support members. The support members are movable in parallel with respect to the supporting plane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2014
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Takuo Kobayashi, Izuru Hori, Shin Yoshida, Kenichi Fukami
  • Patent number: 8393290
    Abstract: This disclosure relates to systems and associated methods for applying a surface treatment to a part and curing the surface treatment without reorienting the part in the process. The systems include a first conveyor, a second conveyor, a system for applying a surface treatment, such as a powder coating application system, and a system for curing the surface treatment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2013
    Assignee: ADC Telecommunications, Inc.
    Inventor: Marlon E. Homquist
  • Patent number: 8220621
    Abstract: An IC device conveying apparatus includes an IC device conveying shuttle, at least a pair of slide guide plates which are placed on the IC device conveying shuttle, and each of which has a plurality of slide guide holes, each of the plurality of slide guide holes being made in a direction inclined to a side of a corresponding slide guide plate, and a plurality of positioning members which guide the placed pair of slide guide plates such that the pair of slide guide plates slides in directions in which sides of the respective slide guide plates are separated from and come into contact with each other, the positioning members being secured to the IC device conveying shuttle and engaged with the plurality of slide guide holes, wherein each of the pair of slide guide plates comprises at least one IC device holding side on a side thereof facing a side of another slide guide plate, and an IC device is placed in an IC device holding space which is formed between at least a pair of the IC device holding sides of the
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2012
    Assignee: Synax Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Mitsuo Koizumi
  • Patent number: 8141694
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for producing and/or machining panels. The apparatus includes a transport device for transporting a panel along a transport path and a machining device for machining the panel as it moves via the transport device. The transport device includes a plurality of positioning devices arranged one behind the other and spaced apart by a distance along the transport path. Each positioning device includes upper and lower abutment mechanisms arranged opposite one another and on opposite sides of a panel plane, and being spaced apart by a distance. An adjusting device is used for setting the distance between the upper and lower abutment mechanisms. An actuating arrangement is structured and arranged to actuate the adjusting device of at least two of the plurality of positioning devices. An arrangement is used for independently adjusting each of the upper and lower abutment mechanisms of at least one of the plurality of positioning devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2012
    Assignee: Interglarion Limited
    Inventor: Rupert Krallinger
  • Patent number: 8079460
    Abstract: A receptacle assembly for receiving and holding in place flexible containers in the upright position while the flexible containers are being transported on a conveyor. The receptacle assembly includes a guide supporting two supports, an adjustment mechanism, and a plurality of transport receptacles. Each transport receptacle includes two side supports, each of which are mounted on one of the supports. The supports are capable of being selectively displaced with respect to each other by operation of the adjustment mechanism, which allows the transport receptacle to be adjusted to receive and hold flexible containers of various sizes and configurations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 20, 2011
    Assignee: INDAG Gesellschaft für Industriebedarf mbH & Co. Betriebs KG
    Inventors: Michael Kurz, Hans-Peter Wild
  • Patent number: 7752828
    Abstract: An apparatus that loads horizontally oriented slugs of edible, edge-standing items into trays includes a tray delivery mechanism having a tray infeed for receiving trays, a tray outfeed from which filled trays can be removed from the apparatus and a tray conveyor that moves the trays from the tray infeed to the tray outfeed. An over head transfer mechanism is disposed above the tray conveyor. The over head transfer mechanism includes a pusher flight and a retainer flight. The pusher flight and retainer flight are configured to cooperate to transfer a pre-selected number of edge-standing items forming the slug from a counting conveyor to a tray loading area. The overhead transfer mechanism includes a flight adjustment system that adjusts a distance between the retainer flight and the pusher flight to change the pre-selected number of edge-standing items transferred by the over head transfer mechanism from the counting conveyor to the tray loading area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 13, 2010
    Assignee: Illinois Tool Works, Inc.
    Inventors: Damien M. Gudim, Rohan V. Patel, Allen L. York, Ankush B. Mittal
  • Patent number: 7743911
    Abstract: In order to develop drawing machines for drawing a linear workpiece, the invention proposes a drawing machine with a caterpillar conveyor for drawing a linear workpiece through a drawing die, in which the caterpillar conveyor comprises a frame configured to be symmetrical with respect to the drawing plane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2005
    Date of Patent: June 29, 2010
    Assignee: SMS Schumag GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventor: Heiner Kudrus
  • Patent number: 7055679
    Abstract: A reconfigurable pallet that supports a structure includes a base and a modular stanchion. The modular stanchion is magnetically attachable to the base along x and y axes relative to a top surface of the base. The modular stanchion includes a support element that has a height along a z axis that is transverse to the x and y axes. The support element supports the structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2003
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2006
    Assignee: General Motors Corporation
    Inventors: Chi-Hung Shen, Yhu-Tin Lin
  • Patent number: 6926134
    Abstract: A plastic conveyor belt module having an embedded high-strength fastener for securely fastening an assortment of attachment elements. A fastener, such as a nut, or threaded insert, is press-fit into a countersunk hole that extends through the thickness of the module and opens onto top and bottom surfaces. Attachment hardware, such as a bolt or screw, extends from the attachment element into the embedded fastener to secure the attachment to the module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2003
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2005
    Assignee: Laitram, L.L.C.
    Inventors: Christopher J. Verdigets, Kevin W. Guernsey, David C. Weiser
  • Patent number: 6811024
    Abstract: A conveyor apparatus for folding boxes in a boxing machine has conveyor chains which are respectively supported in pairs in a guide rail and have pusher lugs attached to them, between which the folding boxes are contained in a positively engaging fashion. To permit adjustment of the conveyor apparatus with regard to different box widths and box lengths, the conveyor chains are respectively coupled to cross sectionally polygonal shafts. The format adaptation to different folding box widths is permitted by means of a self-locking adjusting mechanism, for a simple format adaptation in terms of the folding box length, according to the invention it is necessary that the gears that are operationally connected to the one guide rail be disposed on the respective shaft in a rotationally fixed, but movable fashion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2003
    Date of Patent: November 2, 2004
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Ulrich Wieduwilt, Johann Zeller
  • Patent number: 6772875
    Abstract: Conveyor apparatus for transporting objects, having a continuous circulating guided conveyor line with drivers arranged at intervals from each other, wherein the conveyor line is constructed of continuous circulating guided individual lines, each of which has drivers arranged at intervals from each other, and where the individual lines can be adjusted relative to each other in terms of their circulating positions, so that the intervals between the drivers of different individual lines can be adjusted simultaneously.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2001
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2004
    Inventor: Jorn von Seggern
  • Patent number: 6739821
    Abstract: A vertical conveyor device for accommodating motor vehicles of varying heights. Short and tall containers for motor vehicles alternate around a vertical carousel. When a container is placed in an accessible position, movable walkways and ramps change positions allowing patrons and vehicles easy access to the containers. The positions of the walkway and ramp vary depending on the heights of the containers and vehicles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2002
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2004
    Assignee: Autospace Holdings Corporation
    Inventors: Ladd M. Levis-Thorne, Rick E. Morgan, Robert J. Lang, Stephen B. Douglas, Daniel J. McGuire
  • Patent number: 6557695
    Abstract: An apparatus for inspecting non-round containers includes a pair of carriages coupled to associated motors for rotation independently of each other on a common axis. Each carriage carries a corresponding plurality of semi-circular gripping fingers, which may be moved toward and away from each other by controlled rotation of the carriages. The fingers are widely separated from each other to accept non-round containers at an in-feed station, and to permit removal of the containers at out-feed and reject stations. For transporting the containers between stations, the finger are brought closely together to grip the containers for indexing, and springs on one of the carriages resiliently urge the associated fingers toward the fingers on the opposing carriage for accommodating size variations among the containers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2001
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2003
    Assignee: Owens-Brockway Glass Container Inc.
    Inventors: Stephen M. Gerber, George A. Nickey, Noel D. Wendt
  • Patent number: 6464067
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method and device for buffering with the use of a closed gripper. The invention comprises transport means (20) which are provided with grippers (22), can move along a conveying section (10), and are located in the area of a buffer section (14) of the conveying section (10). Transport means are stored in such a way that the distance between the transporting means (20), said means being successively arranged in the buffer section (14), is essentially determined by the degree of opening of the grippers (22) or by the dimensions of the transport means (20). Said means are also stored in such a way that opened grippers (22) are at least partially closed without exercising a holding function in or before the area of the buffer section (14). To this end, a closing device is placed in an entry area (16) of the buffer section (14) which, for example, can be provided in the form of a closing connecting member (18) and can be displaced along the conveying section (10).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2000
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2002
    Assignee: Ferag AG
    Inventor: Walter Reist
  • Publication number: 20020005336
    Abstract: An adjusting unit for an article carrier is disclosed. The adjusting unit includes adjustable support elements for receiving articles of different sizes, in particular for supporting printed circuit boards of different sizes with a frame. One frame member of the frame may be used as a support for an article to be carried. At least one additional supporting element is provided which is adapted to be adjusted relative to a frame member. In addition, arresting means are provided with the aid of which the supporting element can be arrested relative to the frame member. The arresting means is adaptable to be releasably arrested on a guide means, along which the supporting element is displaceable. Accordingly, the adjusting unit comprises adjustment means for adapting the adjustable supporting element of the article carrier to the size of the printed circuit boards to be accommodated.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 6, 2001
    Publication date: January 17, 2002
    Inventor: Johannes Rehm
  • Patent number: 6290054
    Abstract: A star feeder (4) is arranged between a first and a second conveying device (1, 2) for conveying objects in series and it serves for transferring the objects (G) from the first conveying device (1) to the second conveying device (2). In order to make the star feeder adaptable to a wide range of different types of objects, the compartments (5) are all simultaneously adjustable regarding their form and/or their radial depth.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 1998
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2001
    Assignee: IPT Weinfelden AG
    Inventor: Robert Buechi
  • Patent number: 6286661
    Abstract: A pallet for carrying dynamo-electric machine component workpieces of different dimensions is provided with first and second support members, at least one of which is movably mounted on the pallet so that the distance between the support members can be adjusted to accommodate a wide range of differently dimensioned workpieces. The pallet may include an aperture which allows a removal device to pass through and remove a workpiece from, or deposit a workpiece to the pallet. Each movable support member is releasably locked so that a user may unlock and adjust the support members to a desired position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2000
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2001
    Assignee: Axis USA Inc.
    Inventors: Rossano Galassi, Antonio Randazzo, Maurizio Mugelli
  • Patent number: 6216844
    Abstract: A mounting system includes a conveyor system and a workpiece carrier. The workpiece carrier has a base plate resting on the conveyor system, at least one column extending vertically away from the base plate, and a supporting element separably connected to the column for receiving components. The mounting system also includes a plurality of mounting stations for receiving the components transported on the workpiece carrier. Each of the plurality of mounting stations has a frame, a long stroke unit disposed laterally of the conveyor system and secured to the frame, and a supporting bracket projecting in a cantilevered fashion from the long stroke unit for engaging from beneath the supporting element of the workpiece carrier. The long stroke unit with the supporting bracket raises the components in a lift-like fashion and brings the components in position to a respective mounting station.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2000
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2001
    Assignee: ABB Patent GmbH
    Inventor: Gerhard Simonis
  • Patent number: 6182819
    Abstract: An article carrier is disclosed having adjustable support elements for receiving articles of different sizes, in particular for supporting printed circuit boards of different sizes during transport through a reflow soldering system. The article carrier further comprises a frame, wherein especially one frame member of the frame is used as a support for an article to be carried, and at least one additional supporting element which is adapted to be adjusted relative to the frame member, wherein arresting elements are provided for arresting the support element relative to the frame member. One major aspect of the invention is the fact that the arresting elements are adapted to be releasably arrested on guide rods along which the supporting element is displaceable. Thus the article carrier may automatically be adapted to different sizes of printed circuit boards.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 1999
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2001
    Assignee: Rehm Anlagenbau GmbH + Co.
    Inventor: Johannes Rehm