Gravitating Articles Contacting Fixed Abutments Patents (Class 221/172)
  • Patent number: 9049958
    Abstract: An apparatus for producing brewed beverages, having a brewing unit which has a brewing chamber, into which a capsule can be introduced through an introduction shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2015
    Assignee: Eugster/Frismag AG
    Inventor: Daniel Fischer
  • Patent number: 9010570
    Abstract: A container adapted for dispensing a product is provided. The container includes an outer casing body for receiving a dispensing tray. The dispensing tray has an internal storage compartment for storage of a plurality of units of a product to be dispensed, and includes a cover plate defining at least one dispensing aperture through which a stored unit of product is accessible when the outer casing body is in a dispensing position. The container includes a locking mechanism that releasably locks the outer casing body in the closed and locked position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company
    Inventors: John A. Gelardi, Ryan A. Bailey
  • Patent number: 8960496
    Abstract: The present invention is concerned with a basket processing apparatus that includes a basket storage portion in a form of a horizontal load rail (2). A plurality of slide storage baskets (4) can be located in series on the rail (2). Each basket is “side loading” and the side loading aperture of each basket can be selectively covered by a slide retaining bar (6). When the baskets (4) are placed on the load rail (2) (e.g. by hooking or clipping the baskets onto the rail), the basket can be moved along the horizontal rail by a basket moving means. The arrangement of the rail and the basket moving means is such that the baskets can be pushed together and move as a “train”. Baskets moved to the pick-up end (12) of the rail can then be removed from the rail and processed. A vertical lift mechanism can be used to remove the basket and transport it to a processing device, for example a coverslipper.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: Thermo Shandon Ltd
    Inventors: John Temple, Ian Kerrod, Alan Prile, Roger Smith, Stephen Hankey
  • Patent number: 8944281
    Abstract: The medicine packing machine is equipped with a loading unit that is capable of receiving and delivering vials retrieved from a stocker, and a supplying unit that is capable of delivering the vials from the loading unit in an upright position. A control unit is also disposed between the loading unit and the supplying unit. As a result of the presence of the control unit, the transfer of vials received by the loading unit is controlled by the control unit in such a manner that the vials are not ejected towards the supplying unit. The vials are also controlled so as to be in an upright position once loaded into the loading unit. As a result of these actions, the vials received by the loading unit are reliably delivered to the supplying unit without being ejected or jamming at unanticipated locations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2015
    Assignee: Yuyama Mfg. Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Mitsuhiro Inoue, Kazunori Tsukamoto, Yoshinori Maeji
  • Patent number: 8827111
    Abstract: A set of panels having chutes therebetween. The chutes being defined by curvilinear rails on such panels. The curvilinear rails having stops thereon for stopping the products for viewing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2005
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2014
    Assignee: Gamon Plus, Inc.
    Inventors: Terry J. Johnson, Travis O. Johnson, John Schoemer
  • Patent number: 8794483
    Abstract: The present invention is a pill dispensing method and apparatus wherein a first rotor rotates pills about a rotation axis along a first part of a spiral path at a first rotational speed whereupon the pills move spirally away from the rotation axis. A second rotor receives the pills from the first rotor and rotates the pills about the rotation axis along a second part of the spiral path at a second, greater rotational speed whereupon the pills move spirally away from the rotation axis toward a discharge chute which dispenses the pills into a pill bottle or a storage container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2014
    Assignee: Czarnek & Orkin Laboratories, Inc.
    Inventor: Robert Czarnek
  • Patent number: 8757346
    Abstract: This invention aims at providing a medicine filling device which can supply the vial container in a smooth manner without getting caught in the vial supply means designed to supply the empty vial container, before filling the drug. The supply means 60 has the structure that the vial container can pass in it and the vial container passage 68. The vial container passage 68 has the passage width goes on tapering from the region on the upper end side towards the region on the lower end side. The vial container passage 68 also has the inner wall surface 62 a, 62 b and 62 c. The vial container passage 68 has the passage portion 68 b being steeper than the inclination of the inner wall surface 62 a and the taper ratio of the passage portion 68 b being smaller than the taper ratio of the passage width in the receiving portion 62.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2014
    Assignee: Yuyama Mfg. Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Takafumi Imai, Kazunori Tsukamoto
  • Patent number: 8701932
    Abstract: A utensil dispensing tray that cooperates with a dispenser. The tray includes at least one feature that causes the utensil, such as a knife, fork, spork, or spoon, to rotate from a first orientation to a second orientation for presentation as the utensil drops into the tray. The tray also includes one or more features that result in the utensil being consistently positioned in its second orientation within a dispensing area of the tray.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2014
    Assignee: Dixie Consumer Products LLC
    Inventors: Christopher M. Reinsel, Jamison J. Float, Jay F. Perkins, Eric M. Krouse, Michael T. Kopczewski, Shawn A. Oakes
  • Patent number: 8397945
    Abstract: A container adapted for dispensing a product is provided. The container includes an outer casing body for receiving a dispensing tray. The dispensing tray has an internal storage compartment for storage of a plurality of units of a product to be dispensed, and includes a cover portion defining at least one dispensing aperture through which a stored unit of product is accessible when the outer casing body is in a dispensing position. A sealing member is engaged with one of the outer casing body and the dispensing tray, and is configured to interact with the other of the outer casing body and the dispensing tray to form a seal about an outer peripheral portion of the dispensing tray when the outer casing body is in a closed and locked position. The container includes a locking mechanism that releasably locks the outer casing body in the closed and locked position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2013
    Assignee: R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company
    Inventors: John A. Gelardi, Ryan A. Bailey
  • Patent number: 8272533
    Abstract: A device for dispensing cutlery utensils individually, having a housing containing a quantity of utensils with the housing having sides and product guides within. The front wall contains an opposing leaf escapement mechanism connected to it, to hold and singulate the utensils such that they dispense seriatim, without a user being required to physically touch or interface with any part of dispenser other than the actual desired utensil.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2012
    Inventors: Anthony D'Amelia, Mark V. Pierson
  • Patent number: 8267491
    Abstract: Apparatus including a vending machine compartment including a dispensing door openable to permit removal of merchandise from the compartment, the compartment being pivotedly connected to a box assembly, and wherein the dispensing door includes a link element that is constrained to move along a track formed in the box assembly such that the dispensing door is not openable at a first portion of the track and is openable at a second portion of the track.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2012
    Assignee: Hotel Outsource Management International, Inc.
    Inventor: Eyal Artsiely
  • Patent number: 8186542
    Abstract: An object is to provide a medicine supply apparatus capable of reducing a time required for charging medicines without causing any trouble during counting of the medicines, the apparatus comprises: a discharge drum which discharges the medicines from a tablet case; a medicine detecting sensor which detects the medicines discharged from the tablet case, and a control device, and this control device controls a rotating motor for rotating the discharge drum to discharge the medicines from the tablet case, counts the discharged medicines based on a detecting operation of the medicine detecting sensor, and changes a discharge speed of the medicine by the discharge drum depending on a type of medicine in the tablet case.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2012
    Assignee: Sanyo Electric Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Koichi Kobayashi, Manabu Haraguchi, Akinori Hatsuno, Toshitake Maruyama, Tetsuo Sakurai
  • Patent number: 8079291
    Abstract: An exemplary fastener feeder includes a pair of guiders, a slot cover and a blocker. The guiders define a sliding slot therebetween. Each guider includes a sloped part and a level part, bodies of the fasteners are capable of being received in the sliding slot, and a head of each fastener is capable of sliding down from the sloped parts and stopping on the level parts. The slot cover defines an opening for providing a path through which a fastener pickup device can pass through and engage with a fastener located on the level parts. The blocker is located below the level parts. When the fastener pickup device moves the fastener head engaged therewith away from the opening and a length of the fastener is greater than a distance between the blocker and the level parts, the fastener is blocked by blocker and disengaged from the fastener pickup device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 20, 2011
    Assignees: Hong Fu Jin Precision Industry (ShenZhen) Co., Ltd., Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yuan Luo, Hu-Dong Guo
  • Patent number: 7861889
    Abstract: A thin-part feeding device is provided which is compact and efficient. The device has a funnel portion with a feeding opening at the bottom thereof, a take-out tube for taking out thin parts from the funnel portion, and a receiving portion with separate opening for receiving thin parts from the discharge opening. The receiving portion is movable, and the receiving opening is sized to receive only one thin part. The device is operative to repeat a state where the receiving opening faces the discharge opening, and a state where the receiving opening is away from the discharge opening to enable thin parts to be taken out from the receiving opening. The device also features a novel, posture-correcting portion to correct vertical posture of thin parts, a delivery portion for receiving posture-corrected thin parts, and a transporting portion as described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2006
    Date of Patent: January 4, 2011
    Assignee: Asahi Seiki Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Kanji Ishigure
  • Patent number: 7857163
    Abstract: A drug dispenser which can push a drug package in a stable state and discharge it. The drug dispenser includes a drug case (1) for containing a plurality of drug packages (100) stacked in a vertical direction, each of the plurality of drug packages (100) is packed in a rectangular package with a flange (100a), and a pushing mechanism (3) for pushing out the lowermost drug package (100) in a horizontal direction. A guide member (35) for supporting and guiding the flange (100a?) of the second drug package (100?), when the lowermost drug package (100) is pushed out, is provided in a pushing direction of the drug package (100).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2003
    Date of Patent: December 28, 2010
    Assignee: Yuyama Mfg. Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yasuhiro Shigeyama, Hiroyuki Kanda
  • Patent number: 7523594
    Abstract: A variety of systems and methods are described which quickly and conveniently provide for the selective transmission of individual solid pharmaceutical products from a common location into individual blister package product cavities. In accordance with the preferred exemplary embodiments, an automated alignment mechanism alters the orientation of solid pharmaceutical products that are initially arranged randomly in a two-dimensional array into one or more linear transmission systems. Each linear transmission system is essentially a one-dimensional stack of solid pharmaceutical products, vitamins or other elements. In accordance with another aspect of the present invention, after the solid pharmaceutical products have been arranged in one or more of the linear transmission systems or vertical stacks, the solid pharmaceutical products are selectively transmitted into individual product package blister cavities or into product package templates having locations corresponding to the blister package cavities.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2009
    Assignee: Greenwald Technologies, LLC.
    Inventors: Shlomo Greenwald, Zipora Greenwald
  • Patent number: 7350668
    Abstract: A disc dispensing apparatus operatively mounts to a disc passageway and includes a moveable guide hole member having a guide hole of an elongated shape and a guiding unit operatively mounted in the guide hole. A resilient unit biases the guiding unit against the movement of the discs and a moving unit is operatively attached to the moveable guide hole member for positioning the elongated guide hole at an angle to an axis of the disc passageway on one side of the disc passageway whereby a disc to be dispensed contacts the guiding unit and displaces the guiding unit along the elongated hole while receiving a counter force from the resilient unit to force the disc to be directed away from the guiding unit to one side of the disc passageway.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2005
    Date of Patent: April 1, 2008
    Assignee: Asahi Seiko Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Masayoshi Umeda
  • Patent number: 7156256
    Abstract: An item taking-out container making it possible to take out small items, such as candies or chocolates, one by one is composed of a container main body equipped with an accommodating portion capable of accommodating a plurality of items of a predetermined configuration and a cover member, an opening communicating with the accommodating portion being formed at a predetermined position on the surface of the container main body, the cover member being rotatably supported with respect to the container main body in order to close the opening so as to allow opening/closing, there being provided on the back side of the cover member an item taking-out means for holding the items accommodated in the accommodating portion and taking the items out of the container main body as the cover member is opened.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2001
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2007
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Bandai
    Inventors: Junji Senda, Kazutake Suda
  • Patent number: 6739476
    Abstract: An ampoule storage container 1 stores a plurality of ampoules 2 in a laterally orientated state with respect to a discharge direction. A belt conveyor 5 is disposed at the bottom of the ampoule storage container 1 so that the ampoule 2 can be conveyed in the laterally orientated state. An ampoule regulating member 10 is disposed above the belt 6 of the belt conveyor 5 to form a gap through which only one of the ampoule 2 can pass. A stopper 13 which comes into contact with the one end of the ampoule 2 passing through the gap is provided so that the ampoule 2 can be changed to a longitudinally orientated state. According to the present invention, the direction of the ampoule 2 can be changed and a desired number of ampoules 2 can be discharged one by one in spite of simple construction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2002
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2004
    Assignee: Yuyama Mfg. Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yasuhiro Shigeyama, Hiroyuki Yuyama, Tsuyoshi Kodama
  • Patent number: 6685052
    Abstract: A feed lever is lowered, correspondingly to the load input of a chip mounter. A rotary drum is intermittently moved through a conversion mechanism, intermittently in one direction. Chip components placed in a component accommodation chamber are aligned and discharged. When a rotation resistance larger than a predetermined value acts, a belt is slid, and breaking of a chip component is prevented.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2000
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2004
    Assignee: Murata Manufacturing Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Akira Nemoto, Shigeki Takahashi, Nihei Kaishita, Mitsuhiro Namura
  • Patent number: 6286715
    Abstract: A vending machine for increasing consumer interest in the vending process and vended product includes a tipping mechanism. The tipping mechanism is positioned at a first end of a shelf, and modifies the orientation of an article being delivered from the shelf to a conveyor. The tipping mechanism causes the article to be tipped from an upright orientation to a perpendicular, lateral orientation. The tipping mechanism includes a ramp supported by the shelf, a spacer that provides the ramp with an incline from the shelf, and a product rotator extending from the shelf toward the conveyor. The conveyor then delivers the article to a vend port, where it is dispensed in the upright position. The conveyor may be mounted on internal elevator that carries the conveyor between one or more shelves and the vend port. A transparent window is provided on the face of the vending machine whereby a consumer can view the dispensing operations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2000
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2001
    Assignee: The Coca-Cola Company
    Inventors: Lawrence B. Ziesel, John S. Miller, Michael C. Mayne, Daniel J. Bowen, John W. Jasmin
  • Publication number: 20010004040
    Abstract: The invention relates to a mechanical device for the selection and supply of revolution cylinder type products, and more especially packaging components for photographic films. The device comprises a calibrated bent chute that includes a product supply system, with a regulating effect, and a selection system for product orientation. Selection is based on two different flows of the products. Correctly oriented products, whose axis is substantially perpendicular to that of the normal flow, follow the direction of this normal flow. Incorrectly oriented products, whose axis is substantially parallel to that of the normal flow, are deviated from the normal flow, by an opening.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 11, 2000
    Publication date: June 21, 2001
    Applicant: Eastman Kodak Company
    Inventor: Henri S. Martin
  • Patent number: 6035519
    Abstract: A system for ensuring correct orientation of a threaded insert being inserted into a threaded bore of an aluminum workpiece such as an engine block. The system comprises a threaded insert supply, a feeder for transporting inserts dispensed from the insert supply, and an orient subassembly for dispensing the insert supplied from the feeder into a workpiece bore. The orient subassembly dispenses the insert into the workpiece bore in a tang-down orientation if the insert is supplied to the orient subassembly in a tang-down position. The orient subassembly reorients the insert if the insert is supplied to the orient subassembly in a tang-up position before the insert is dispensed into the workpiece bore.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 1998
    Date of Patent: March 14, 2000
    Assignee: Air Way Automation, Inc.
    Inventor: Clare E. Albright
  • Patent number: 5860563
    Abstract: A medicine vial dispensing apparatus includes a housing for storing medicine vials in a substantially axially horizontal storage orientation and a dispensing assembly for dispensing the vials in an upright orientation. The preferred embodiment includes a pair of spaced, resilient arms having respective, inwardly extending prongs that receive a vial therebetween. A slotted, rotating wheel receives a vial in the storage orientation and places it between the prongs. The closed end of the vial slips by one of the prongs while the other prong holds the interior surface of the open end until the vial attains a substantially upright orientation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 1997
    Date of Patent: January 19, 1999
    Assignee: Scriptpro, LLC
    Inventors: Lawrence E. Guerra, Keith W. Kudera, Clayton Mehnert
  • Patent number: 5845810
    Abstract: A conveying apparatus for conveying objects under the influence of gravity from a first location where the orientations of said objects are random to a second location where the objects assume a predetermined orientation. The apparatus includes a main body member and a substantially vertical passageway provided in at least a portion of the main body member and through which objects to be conveyed by the conveying apparatus are conveyed. The passageway is preferably constructed to have a first portion including an inlet for receiving the objects, wherein the first portion defines a first cross-sectional configuration. The passageway also includes a second portion having an outlet for discharging the objects, the second portion defining a second cross-sectional configuration different from the first cross-sectional configuration, the second cross-sectional configuration being operable to position objects discharged from the outlet into a predetermined orientation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 1996
    Date of Patent: December 8, 1998
    Assignee: McNeil-PPC, Inc.
    Inventor: Garry V. Laznicka
  • Patent number: 5568881
    Abstract: The invention is an apparatus for organizing and dispensing pipette tips. A hopper receives bulk pipette tips which pass through a diamond shaped apertures in a sieve and drop into the troughs of a separator which moves the aligned and oriented tips to an organizer which separates the tips and aligns them with storage tubes and drops the tips into tubes where they are stacked and stored. An ejection membrane at the opposite end of the tube allows the tips to be removed into a tip holder box one layer at a time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 1995
    Date of Patent: October 29, 1996
    Inventor: Wen Y. Chi
  • Patent number: 5458260
    Abstract: The invention pertains to a modular display for merchandising tubular cartridges containing adhesives, caulks, sealants or similar flowable elastomeric materials, where each cartridge contains a narrow dispensing nozzle at one end of the cartridge. The modular display unit comprises structural means for automatically aligning the cartridges horizontally and orientating the nozzles forwardly while stacking the cartridges in vertical rows by gravity feed. The internal structure includes a slotted front panel where the slot engages the narrowed nozzles but prevents passage of the enlarged tube end of the cartridge. The display unit enables the consumer to remove cartridges from the bottom and to reinsert cartridges at the top along with maintaining the intended forward orientation and horizontal alignment in the vertically stacked cartridges.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 1994
    Date of Patent: October 17, 1995
    Assignee: The Glidden Company
    Inventors: Anthony Sainato, Thomas Conway, Scott Padiak
  • Patent number: 5392954
    Abstract: A device for delivery of fasteners having heads with tenons disposed beneath the heads to an insertion tool. The device includes a sloped track with two spaced-apart rails each having a fastener receiving surface to receive the undersides of the heads of the fasteners falling thereon. The fasteners drop onto the track from a rotating barrel and some are correctly aligned with the tenons between the rails and the undersides of the heads resting on the rails and many are misaligned. The fasteners slide to an orienting station which includes a plurality of fluid injector ports disposed around the track. Two of the ports face each other and a third port is disposed over the track. Blasts of air are directed through the ports sequentially so that misaligned fasteners on the track are forced into alignment or are removed from the track thereby leaving only properly aligned fasteners to proceed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 1993
    Date of Patent: February 28, 1995
    Assignee: Gartz & White Inc.
    Inventor: Kaj Gartz
  • Patent number: 5379915
    Abstract: Apparatus for storing and dispensing pieces of chalk, the apparatus comprising a container including an outside surface having an input port and an output port formed therein such that the output port is positioned other than directly beneath the input port, a chalk channel positioned within the container and connecting the input port to the output port such that the input port is located at a highest point of the channel and the output port is located at a lowest point of the channel, the channel having a width so as to allow each piece of chalk within the channel to contact no more than two other pieces of chalk in the channel, and a dispensing rack extending from the outside surface of the container proximate to the output port for holding at least one piece of chalk.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 1993
    Date of Patent: January 10, 1995
    Inventors: Brett A. Hudspeth, Earl L. Hudspeth
  • Patent number: 5234127
    Abstract: An automatic fastener feeder is disclosed utilizing a rotating drum in combination with a pivoting track arrangement. Racheting apparatus is utilized to rotate the drum at intervals of time, which is initiated by an operator-generated demand for a single fastener. Gravity is utilized to drop individual fasteners onto and into the track arrangement. Up-and-down movement of the track arrangement provides for the axial movement of individual fasteners along the length of the track and into an escapement mechanism attached to the end thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 1991
    Date of Patent: August 10, 1993
    Assignee: Nasco Industries Inc.
    Inventors: Martin H. Singer, Nathan Singer, Russell L. Sedlack, II
  • Patent number: 5160066
    Abstract: An apparatus for aligning electronic component chips, which is made of a resin material as a whole, comprises a chamber for storing a plurality of electronic component chips in random orientation, and an aligning passage for guiding the electronic component chips, which were stored in the chamber, to move while aligned along a prescribed direction. A wall surface defining the chamber and one defining the aligning passage are provided with conductivity, by formation of a metal-plated film or by other methods. Thus, static electricity, which may be caused by movement of the electronic component chips, is prevented, in order to attain smooth movement of the electronic component chips.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 1991
    Date of Patent: November 3, 1992
    Assignee: Murata Manufacturing Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Mitsuro Hamuro, Toru Konishi
  • Patent number: 5102009
    Abstract: An apparatus of this invention has a parts feeder unit, and this parts feeder unit has a plurality of parts feed countries. Guide pipe paths are respectively connected to these parts feed ports. Aligning units are arranged midway along these guide pipe paths, respectively. All small articles are aligned by these aligning units in the same direction. Outlet heads are arranged at lower end portions of the guide pipe paths, respectively. An aligning plate and a matrix plate are arranged below these outlet heads. The small articles fed from the outlet head are stored in the matrix plate in a matrix form within the matrix plate in an aligned state. These small articles are stored in the matrix plate by a drop pleich. These small articles are held in this matrix plate by the drop plate. Upon movement of the drop plate in the horizontal direction, these small articles drop and are respectively stored in storage holes of a tray.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 1991
    Date of Patent: April 7, 1992
    Assignee: Japan Tobacco Inc.
    Inventors: Katsuo Kato, Shichisei Tani, Takayoshi Sagawa
  • Patent number: 5080257
    Abstract: An apparatus for automatically dispensing cones and the like, contained in piled-up condition and in upside-down position inside a plurality of container tubes. A carrousel revolves stepwise over a plane above which the cones rest and slide. A pair of stationary circular guides is positioned between the carrousel and the resting/sliding plane. A first cone of each cone stack is fed and made advance. The pair of guides are provided with respective inclined planes acting on the peripheral edges of the second cone of each cone stack to separate the first cone from the overhanging cone stack while the first cone falls by gravity into a dispensing station.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 1990
    Date of Patent: January 14, 1992
    Inventor: Umberto Carnisio
  • Patent number: 5065898
    Abstract: Apparatus for initially orienting and then injecting fasteners (F) into fastener grasping fingers (46), the fasteners being received by the apparatus (10) from a non-dedicated feed tube (18). The apparatus includes, as its principle components, a mounting frame (20), an adjustable orientator (12) mounted on the frame, an adjustable injector (14) also mounted on the frame, and a dedicated feed tube assembly (16) extending between the adjustable orientator and the adjustable injector. The orientator includes right and left slides (50, 52, and 56, respectively) the spacing between them being adjustable, and further includes an orientation detector (136, 138) for determining whether or not proper orientation has been achieved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 1990
    Date of Patent: November 19, 1991
    Assignee: Gemcor Engineering Corporation
    Inventors: David Michalewski, Bradley M. Roberts
  • Patent number: 4998911
    Abstract: An apparatus 10 controls the orientation of a lid section 16 prior to mating the lid section 16 with a pail section 14 to form a complete container 17. The lid section 16 has bunghole 18 of a preselected diameter positioned at a preselected radial distance from the center of the lid section 16. The bunghole 18 is defined by an annular wall extending a preselected distance from a lower surface of the lid section 16. A first plate 54 receives the lid section 16 with the bunghole 18 extending into a central passage 56. The central passage 56 extends athrough 56 the plate 54 with an upper section 58 of the passage 56 having a preselected width at least twice the preselected radial distance of the bunghole 18 from the center of the lid section 16. A lower section 60 of the passage 56 has a preselected width at least as wide the bunghole diameter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 1989
    Date of Patent: March 12, 1991
    Assignee: Velasco Scale Company
    Inventors: Robert H. Reeves, Jr., Charles R. Cox, Hilario Montes
  • Patent number: 4993588
    Abstract: An apparatus for separating objects of the same kind, in particular electronic components such as integrated circuits (IC's), that are delivered in succession in a sloping delivery passage, the apparatus having a stop member arranged in the region of the delivery passage that is displaced substantially transverse to the direction of delivery so that it holds back or holds fast the respective foremost object, and having a control circuit (P) that cyclically controls the displacing movement of the stop member, is to be designed so that while ensuring a relatively long service life it is suitable for use for different components, in particular with regard to their length.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 1989
    Date of Patent: February 19, 1991
    Assignee: Multitest, Elektronische Systeme GmbH
    Inventors: Hans-Heinrich Willberg, Ekkehard Ueberreiter, Thomas Ulrich
  • Patent number: 4983098
    Abstract: An improved apparatus for separating and feeding a preformed container fron a nested stack, said apparatus adapted for accepting a nested stack of containers in a vertical array, tilting the nested stack to a horizontal array by means of a tilting carriage assembly (34), advancing the horizontal stack (170) on an advancing portion (36), stopping the nested stack at a preferred position and immediately lifing the nested stack from the advancing portion (36) by means of an elongated rail assembly 96. A separating assembly (38) separates a first container from the nested stack, said first container advances to a pivoting hook assembly (40) where the first container is oriented from a substantially horizontal array to a substantially vertical array, and a stabilizer assembly (42) steadies the horizontal container for transfer to subsequent machinery.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 1990
    Date of Patent: January 8, 1991
    Inventor: Raymond A. Heisler
  • Patent number: 4979640
    Abstract: An apparatus for aligning/supplying electronic component chips comprises an aligning passage for guiding and moving a plurality of electronic component chips in a state aligned with each other along a prescribed direction, and a chamber which communicates with the aligning passage for storing a plurality of electronic component chips. The chamber at least comprises a small chamber which is formed in the vicinity of an inlet of the aligning passage and a large chamber which communicates with the small chamber. A gradient plane or a rounded face is formed in at least a part of the wall surfaces defining the small chamber when viewed in cross-section according to a plane which is parallel to a direction across the aligning passage, thereby preventing inadvertent retention of electronic component chips between the wall surface within the small chamber and facilitating their movement from the small chamber to the aligning passage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 1989
    Date of Patent: December 25, 1990
    Assignee: Murata Mfg. Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Toru Konishi, Kenichi Fukuda
  • Patent number: 4744491
    Abstract: A device for the distribution of cartridges containing ingredients for the preparation of a beverage has a housing, a cavity, a distribution tube and a delivery tube. The device also has a pivoting spring lever, and a retaining system which has a triangular shape attached to the lever on either side of the pivot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 1986
    Date of Patent: May 17, 1988
    Assignee: Nestec S.A.
    Inventors: Heinz Bani, Roger Jaquier
  • Patent number: 4744455
    Abstract: A dispenser and component feeder for integration with automated assembly equipment is adapted for the high speed placement of self-orienting components of varying sizes and includes, a linear vibratory chute for transferring the self-orienting components from the storage hopper to an adjustable single roller feed assembly where the self-orienting components are conveyed to a pick-up position, the single roller feed assembly having a roller to facilitate in conveying the self-orienting components, and alternately reciprocating rod members to segregate a self-orienting component at the pick-up position. A pick-up and placement assembly is operative to pick-up the segregated self-orienting component from the pick-up position and move the same to a position for placement on an associated conveyor on the automated assembly equipment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 1986
    Date of Patent: May 17, 1988
    Assignee: Peter J. Dragotta
    Inventors: Peter J. Dragotta, Robert D. Mitchell
  • Patent number: 4732296
    Abstract: A gravity fed, track arrangement for assemblying orienting, and aligning a plurality of fasteners for use with an automatic screw feeding machine is disclosed. Inclined tracks having a space therebetween are provided with a pivotable stabilizing bar which bears upon the heads of the fasteners within the tracks. Vibrations are induced into the stabilizing bar and the tracks so as to assist gravity in urging the fasteners down the tracks and so as to continually act to maintain the alignment position of the fasteners within the tracks. Track purging apparatus is provided whereby any misaligned fastener is purged from the tracks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 1985
    Date of Patent: March 22, 1988
    Inventors: Michael Heck, Nathan Singer
  • Patent number: 4718319
    Abstract: The casings are guided through a supply duct to a sorting roller which possesses an arresting duct with a pin extending axially and, in the same cross-sectional plane, a transit duct. Those casings which arrive with the casing base directed upwardly penetrate into the arresting duct, with the case base resting on the free end of the pin. On subsequent rotation of the sorting roller through 180.degree., the casing falls into the outlet duct with base directed downwardly. Casings, which arrive with base pointing downwardly, run up against the pin and rest on the periphery of the roller until, after 180.degree. rotation of the transit duct, they align with the supply duct and can fall unhindered into the outlet duct. All casings fall into the outlet duct with their base directed downwardly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 1986
    Date of Patent: January 12, 1988
    Assignee: Dynamit Nobel AG
    Inventors: Walter Bajohr, Willi Bornheim, Hartmut Gruber, Heinz-Ernst Wagner
  • Patent number: 4708071
    Abstract: A sewing machine for securing annular rings to a curtain along a line is provided with feed chute means for receiving the annular rings and feeding them sequentially to a sewing position. The feed chute means comprises a chute body having a track defined therein, a retaining tab adjacent the open end of the track for at least partially blocking the track to prevent discharge of annular rings from the chute body, a spring biasing the retaining tab to a track block position and a slot defined in the chute body adjacent said open end.In use, the retaining tab blocks the track, with an annular ring in position over the slot so that the sewing machine can secure the annular ring over the slot to the curtain. After the annular ring is sewn to the curtain, the curtain is pulled to cause the retaining tab to yield while the sewn annular ring is removed from the chute body and the next annular ring is advanced to the position over the slot for sewing to the curtain.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 1987
    Date of Patent: November 24, 1987
    Assignee: McKee Machinery Co., Inc.
    Inventor: Theodore F. McKee
  • Patent number: 4609094
    Abstract: A device for sorting cylindrical work pieces having an axial flat comprising a vibrating track for transporting the pieces and a gate mounted over and across the track. The gate has an inverted V-shaped cut-out on its lower edge. The height of the cut-out allows the pieces resting on their axial flat to go through the gate and to stop the ones resting on part of their periphery other than the flat. The invention is particularly useful for sorting video and audio styli.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 1984
    Date of Patent: September 2, 1986
    Assignee: RCA Corporation
    Inventors: Rudolph H. Hedel, William A. Dischert
  • Patent number: 4514959
    Abstract: A plurality of elongated articles such as french fried potato strips are aligned with their longitudinal axes substantially parallel and packaged in such aligned condition by the apparatus and method of the invention. The articles are prealigned by a vibrating conveyor having longitudinal partitions dividing it into four tracks, so that the longitudinal axes of such articles are substantially parallel to their direction of travel which forms acute angle of about 45.degree. with the front wall of an alignment container into which the articles are fed. The alignment container is vibrated at a different frequency than the vibrating conveyor in order to settle and to further align the elongated articles with their longitudinal axes substantially parallel to the front wall of such container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 1982
    Date of Patent: May 7, 1985
    Assignee: Lamb-Weston, Inc.
    Inventor: David Shroyer
  • Patent number: 4511058
    Abstract: A dispenser is provided having a reservoir, a knife driven with a vertical reciprocal translational movement, and an inclinded ramp feeding the spokes into abutment against a drum provided with peripheral grooves. The rotation of the drum feeds the spokes one by one into a guide device comprising two inclined surfaces, the supper surface having a smooth surface and the lower surface being made of an adherent material. A spoke slides between the two surfaces and is discharged to a spoke holder of a spoke fitting machine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 1982
    Date of Patent: April 16, 1985
    Assignee: Centre de Production Mecanique
    Inventor: Julien Carminati
  • Patent number: 4458801
    Abstract: A can twist is provided for changing the orientation of cans in a conveying system with each can having a leading side and a trailing side as it passes through the can twist. The guide rails for the open and closed ends of the cans are located so that only the trailing side of each can contacts the guide rails. Such contact is, at any one time, substantially a point contact of the open end and its guide rail and substantially a point contact of the closed end and its guide rail. This is accomplished by providing a plurality of frame members and guide rails with each frame member having two short sides and two long sides and securing the guide rails for the open end and the closed end at a location spaced from the center of each short side.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 1983
    Date of Patent: July 10, 1984
    Assignee: Ball Corporation
    Inventor: Charles R. Nichols
  • Patent number: 4343388
    Abstract: Diode chips (44) are cut from a p-n sheet-diffused semiconductor wafer (41). Instead of having conventional rectangular shapes, the chips have a rhomboidal shape. This makes the shape of the chips asymmetric in that one surface (46) of each chip becomes a distinguishable mirror image of its other surface (47). The direction of the p-n junction in the wafer is oriented with respect to the shape of the chips to be cut to place the same conductivity type region adjacent to the same rhomboidal shape of the surface. The shape of the chips (44) thereby aids apparatus (59) to sort the chips into two groups, each group consisting of chips of the same polarity or orientation of their p-n junctions with respect to a common support plane. The apparatus (59) includes a feed track (60) leading to a fork (61) in the track.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 1980
    Date of Patent: August 10, 1982
    Assignee: Western Electric Co., Inc.
    Inventors: Loring E. Du Bois, Lawrence D. Simpson
  • Patent number: 4265072
    Abstract: An apparatus for charging tall, narrow receptacles with small, plate-like items of like size and shape. The apparatus has at least one counting and charging unit having a plurality of axially aligned counting wheels having a plurality of pockets along their periphery for receiving individual items and a funnel arranged underneath the counting wheels for receiving items discharged by the counting wheels and for directing them into a receptacle arranged below the funnel. There are further provided a plurality of orienting channels arranged between the funnel and each counting wheel. Each orienting channel is arranged to receive items from the associated counting wheel and to orient the items such that upon discharge of each item from the orienting channels into the funnel, the main plane of each item is parallel to the main plane of the receptacle situated underneath the funnel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 1979
    Date of Patent: May 5, 1981
    Inventor: Alwin Egli
  • Patent number: RE37405
    Abstract: A parts feeder for conveying a succession of parts in a common posture, includes: a rotary drum rotatable about its substantially horizontal axis of rotation and having on its inner circumferential wall surface a plurality of radial plates circumferentially spaced at predetermined distances; a chute in the form of an elongated plate substantially horizontally extending from an inside to an outside of the rotary drum through an outlet and having a guide portion along its upper edge; a vibrator supporting the chute for vibrating the chute longitudinally; a remover disposed adjacent to the guide portion for removing any of the parts if it is abnormal in posture while being conveyed on the guide portion of the chute; and the guide portion having a parts-supporting cross-sectional shape gradually varying from an inner end of the chute outwardly toward the outlet of the rotary drum.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 1999
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2001
    Assignee: YKK Corporation
    Inventor: Tatsumi Shirodera