Including Converging Conveyers Patents (Class 29/786)
  • Patent number: 4934047
    Abstract: An assembly machine including a drive unit and an assembling unit removably coupled to the drive unit so as to be driven by the drive unit to assemble an assembly such as a torque converter case with an assembly part such as a valve body unit. The machine further includes an assembly part conveyance means for supply the assembly part, an assembling unit housing means for housing a plurality of assembling units, and a changeover conveyance means. The assembly part is conveyed from the assembly part conveyance means to the assembling unit by the changeover conveyance means.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 1989
    Date of Patent: June 19, 1990
    Assignee: Honda Giken Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Tsutomu Maruyama, Hiroshi Ejiri, Akio Ozeki
  • Patent number: 4920638
    Abstract: There is described a method and a device for the production of a wire jointed-band of alternately clockwise and counterclockwise, respectively, wound spirals of metal wire or artificial resin wire, wherein the spirals are guided to a narrow pass such that the windings providing the spirals open themselves in the area of the narrow pass and in this the parallel spirals partly are pushed into each other such that in each case one of the windings of one spiral is placed between adjacent windings of the adjacent spiral whereby the spirals thus fitted into each other are connected with each other by inserting a coupling wire into the space provided by the overlapping windings and whereby in each case several of the pairs of spirals fitted into each other are guided to the narrow space in which area the spirals are driven in the transporting direction. This is resulting in a high production speed and broad wire jointed-bands.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 1988
    Date of Patent: May 1, 1990
    Inventor: Friedrich Metzinger
  • Patent number: 4900328
    Abstract: A method for assembling heat exchanger plate pairs by snap fitting with counter-rotating rotors move heat exchanger plates two at a time through paths which converge in a vertical mating plane. Arcuate guides engage the plate ends to control the plate path. The rotors are servomotor controlled to synchronously index the rotor in increments separated by dwell periods. After assembly the merged pairs drop between spaced guides into an assembly fixture. At a subsequent brazing operation each plate pair becomes a tube for carrying refrigerant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 1989
    Date of Patent: February 13, 1990
    Assignee: General Motors Corporation
    Inventors: Michael A. Breda, George K. Snyder
  • Patent number: 4876786
    Abstract: The instrument panel is clamped at both longitudinal ends thereof onto an assembly jig mounted on a robot arm. The jig holding the panel is inserted widthwise into the car cabin through a door opening. The jig is moved to a preassembly position where the end walls of the panel overlap outer side surfaces of mounting brackets previously installed in the car cabin. The end walls of the panel are then fastened in place by nut runners provided at both ends of the assembly jig. The nut runners are mounted on tool holders which are able to perform a floating movement in a plane perpendicular to the car width direction. Positioning devices are provided at both ends of the jig to correct the position of the tool holders with respect to the brackets to align and position the panel so that the mounting holes in the end walls of the panel line up with the tapped holes in the brackets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 1988
    Date of Patent: October 31, 1989
    Assignee: Honda Giken Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Yasuhiro Yamamoto, Teiji Miwa, Tadashi Ajima
  • Patent number: 4841632
    Abstract: An automatic wheel attachment apparatus for attaching a wheel to a wheel attachment member of an automotive body. The automatic wheel attachment apparatus includes a reorienting device for reorienting a wheel attachment surface of the wheel attachment member, a phasing device for phasing wheel attachment bolts on the wheel attachment member, the phasing device being movable longitudinally and vertically of the automotive body to bring the wheel attachment member and the phasing device into central alignment with each other, a detecting device for detecting the amount and direction of movement of the phasing device, and a nut runner for fastening the wheel to the wheel attachment member while the center of the wheel attachment member as detected by the detecting device is being held in alignment with the center of the wheel. At least the reorienting device, the phasing device, and the detecting device are combined in a single robot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 1987
    Date of Patent: June 27, 1989
    Assignee: Honda Giken Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Kou Namiki, Takaji Mukumoto, Keiichiro Gunji
  • Patent number: 4835848
    Abstract: Apparatus for feeding a plurality of rigid steel elongate spacers into each of a plurality of travellers 22, the apparatus including the holding station 16, a retractable holding member 24, 25 which can be used to feed a single traveller into the holding station. A linear guide 30 is provided for guiding the spacers 62 to the holding station in a lengthwise direction and the first feed mechanism 32 is provided for feeding the spacers individually and separately along the guide to position with the leading edge of the spacer adjacent the holding station. A second feed mechanism 40 to 46 pushes a spacer 62 so positioned positively into and through a co-operating slot in the traveller 22 held in the holding station and a discharge member 68 discharges the traveller and its associated spacer from the holding station, when the holding member has been retracted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 1988
    Date of Patent: June 6, 1989
    Assignee: Hunter Douglas International N.V.
    Inventors: Petrus J. C. Schimmel, Gerhardus J. Spikker
  • Patent number: 4800640
    Abstract: An automated assembly system comprising a pair of spaced supporting frames on which a corresponding pair of guide rails extend transversely in a direction perpendicular to the direction of conveyance of a workpiece. Two movable arm units, each having tool heads movably mounted thereon, are supported on the spaced frames. A feed unit is mounted on each of the support frames for moving independently a corresponding one of the two movable arm units along the guide rails in a direction perpendicular to the direction of conveyance of the workpiece.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 1987
    Date of Patent: January 31, 1989
    Assignee: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Hiroshi Miyazaki, Takao Miyatani, Akira Ishizaki, Shinpei Abe
  • Patent number: 4793055
    Abstract: An assembly line arrangement for producing a vehicle comprises a body assembly line including a door removing station for detaching at least one door from a vehicle body fed thereto with the door, a door mounting station located at the lower course of the line compared with the door removing station for attaching the door fed thereto to the vehicle body from which the door is detached, and a body conveying device for transporting the vehicle body through the door removing station and the door mounting station successively; and a door subassembly line including a door equipping station located in the vicinity of the door mounting station for equipping the door detached from the vehicle body with door parts, and a door conveying device for transporting the door detached from the vehicle body at the door removing station to the door equipping station and further transporting the door equipped with the door parts at the door equipping station to the door mounting station.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 1986
    Date of Patent: December 27, 1988
    Assignee: Mazda Motor Corporation
    Inventor: Katsuhiro Shintani
  • Patent number: 4783904
    Abstract: An automatic assembly apparatus has a first conveyor for transporting trays carrying parts to be assembled, a second conveyor for transporting pallets on which the parts are to be assembled and which extends parallel to the first conveyor, a stocking station positioned between the first and second conveyors and at which a plurality of the trays can be accommodated, a working station adjacent to the second conveyor, a pusher arm for moving trays from the first conveyor to the stocking station, and a root mounted between the first and second conveyors for carrying the trays from the stocking station to parts supplying stations adjacent the working station, and for assembling, on pallets transported to and from the working station by the second conveyor, parts removed by the robot from trays situated at the parts supplying stations, whereby a plurality of parts can be assemled by a single robot and it is possible to automatically and efficiently assemble the parts even in cases of relatively small scale producti
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 1987
    Date of Patent: November 15, 1988
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventor: Akira Kimura
  • Patent number: 4736515
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a plant for the automated mounting of a door or similar closure component within the relative opening formed in a body, particularly an automotive vehicle body, comprising in combination: a device (10) for stably supporting a body (11), a conveyor device (33) adapted to convey a door (14) to an approach position to the relative door opening (15) in the body (11), provision being made between the said device (10, 33) for a first movable apparatus (12) for reading the measurements of the opening (15) and a second movable apparatus (13) for removing the door (14) from the conveyor (33) and positioning it within the door opening (15). The apparatus (12, 13) are also operatively interconnected through the intermediary of a computer (31) adapted to accept signals from the apparatus (12), to process them and send them to the apparatus (13).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 1986
    Date of Patent: April 12, 1988
    Assignee: Fata European Group S.p.A.
    Inventor: Nicola Catena
  • Patent number: 4685208
    Abstract: An apparatus for assembling vehicle bodies which is provided in a vehicle body production line and operative to mount various parts on vehicle bodies conveyed thereinto after passing through a coating process, comprises first door conveying means for transporting doors detached from the vehicle bodies having passed through the coating process, door storing means for temporarily storing the doors transported by the first door conveying means, door assembly line means for mounting the door parts on each of the doors forwarded from the door storing means after being temporarily stored therein, and second door conveying means for transporting the doors each provided with the door parts from the door assembly line means to a door mounting station provided in the vehicle body production line to which the vehicle bodies each provided with the body parts are conveyed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 1985
    Date of Patent: August 11, 1987
    Assignee: Mazda Motor Corporation
    Inventor: Akira Sekiraku
  • Patent number: 4683651
    Abstract: A vehicle assembly line has a main line comprising an automated assembly line portion disposed in an upstream portion thereof, a manual assembly line portion disposed in a downstream portion thereof and an automated work line portion disposed in the terminal portion thereof. The automated assembly line portion is formed of train type conveyors which can feed a vehicle body or a work selectively in continuous feed fashion or indexing feed fashion. The manual assembly line portion is formed of trolley type or power-and-free type conveyors which feed the vehicle body continuously. The automated work line portion is formed of train type conveyors which feed the vehicle body in indexing feed fashion. In the automated assembly line portion are included the assembly steps which have already been automated and those which are scheduled to be automated but are to be manually performed for the time being.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 1985
    Date of Patent: August 4, 1987
    Assignee: Mazda Motor Corporation
    Inventors: Toshinobu Taketani, Ken Kuramori, Sunji Sakamoto, Hiroshi Fujii
  • Patent number: 4662053
    Abstract: A gear train is assembled by vibratory feeding each of its gears into a nest in overlapping meshed aligned spaced relation. A fastening nut is vibratory fed in alignment with the journal for the gear which is distal the bracket to which the gear train is to be secured. The bracket includes a plurality of journals each mating with the journal bearing of a corresponding gear located in the nest. A robotic arm carries the bracket and inserts the journals into the gears in an axial direction, passing the journal for the distal gear through that gear bearing and into the nut for capturing the overlapped nested gears between the nut and the bracket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 1984
    Date of Patent: May 5, 1987
    Assignee: RCA Corporation
    Inventors: John G. Aceti, Robert E. Schneller
  • Patent number: 4587703
    Abstract: The robotic assembly of a keyboard using a multiplicity of keys of a plurality of distinct types, such As key caps on a sculptured keyboard, can be substantially increased in speed by the use of a multifacted rotatable turret for picking up and installing the key caps onto the keyboard. A programmable robot, having a robotic arm is provided with a rotatable multifaceted turret. Each facet of the turret includes a key handling member which is molded to accept a distinct type of sculptured key. The types of sculptured keys are segregated in a pick-up position. The turret is manipulated by the robotic arm in the pick-up position to pick up a multiplicity of keys of one given type on each of the facets of the turret. Thus, each turret picks up one type of keys. The turret is then translated by the robotic arm to an assembly position. The turret is once again rotated and advanced to assemble the key caps on to key stem projected from the keyboard.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 1985
    Date of Patent: May 13, 1986
    Assignee: Apple Computer, Inc.
    Inventors: Sohiel Azizi, William Swan
  • Patent number: 4531277
    Abstract: Components such as lids (9) and electronic chip carriers (10) are assembled by registering respective mating faces of each component. An array of assembly stations (75) are formed on an upwardly extending edge (67) of a base (66) having a special inclination. For example, a lid (9) is supported with its mating face upturned and a carrier (10) is supported with its mating face downturned upon the upturned face of the lid (9) on the base (66). The inclination causes the components to slide relative to each other and the base in a given direction within each station (75). A plate (92) overlies a plate (72), supported on and inclined with the base (66). Plate (72) has an opening (74) and plate (92) has an overlying opening (94) to each station (75). The openings (74) and (94) have respective reference edges for stopping sliding of, and thereby positioning an upturned lid (9) and a downturned carrier ( 10) thereupon with a desired registration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 1984
    Date of Patent: July 30, 1985
    Assignee: AT&T Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Richard K. Beltz, Donald M. Large
  • Patent number: 4523377
    Abstract: A baby bottle top assembler automatically assembles nipple, collar and hood cap components into a unitary structure. Nipple, collar and hood feeders serially supply the cap components to pickup points. The feeders each include a hopper for holding the cap components, a conveyor for removing the cap components from the hopper and a magazine assembly for serially feeding the cap components to the pickup points adjacent the assembly wheel. Pickup pins pass the pickup points and first engage a nipple, then a collar and finally a hood. The components are snapped together into a unitary structure by a pinch roller. The unitary nipple/collar/hood assembly is removed from the pickup pin by an assembly stripper having fingers which engage under the nipple/collar/hood assembly forcing it off the pickup pin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 1983
    Date of Patent: June 18, 1985
    Assignee: Gerber Products Company
    Inventors: Barry Spletzer, George J. Swiatlowski, Maurice W. Brandt
  • Patent number: 4480382
    Abstract: A feed means for feeding elongate articles of the type described in succession and in a predetermined orientation to a receiving station, the feed means including an inclined track comprising a pair of parallel shoulders affording a slot therebetween so that, in use, a head of an article of the type described can be supported on the shoulders with its shank depending downwardly through the slot and, at the lower end of the slot, there being a rotatable feed member having a helical groove of such configuration as to permit a lowermost article in the track to enter the groove and be transported transversely away from the track between the feed member and the lower end of the track, wherein a drive means is provided to rotate the feed member unidirectionally at a speed of at least 300 r.p.m.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 1982
    Date of Patent: November 6, 1984
    Assignee: Needle Industries Limited
    Inventors: Leonard Haigh, Robert H. Morrison
  • Patent number: 4479300
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for reliably assembling battery cell elements having relatively large numbers of electrode plates separated by a single interleaved spacer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 1983
    Date of Patent: October 30, 1984
    Assignee: GNB Batteries Inc.
    Inventor: Douglas R. Savage
  • Patent number: 4470194
    Abstract: A device for slipping washers and like objects onto the shanks or stalks of screws and like articles comprises a couple of discs which are rotated integrally together. The top disc has peripheral hollow spaces to which the screws are fed to be conveyed at a certain angle hung by their heads. The bottom disc has vertical dowels arranged on a circumference having a radius equal to that of the circumference containing the axes of the hung screws. To a point of the periphery of the bottom disc washers are fed to enter an upward sloping circular channel. The dowels are passed through a central longitudinal slit of said circular channel in such a way that each screw may push a washer to ascend such channel in order that the washer may be slipped onto the stalk of the respective screw.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 1982
    Date of Patent: September 11, 1984
    Assignee: Omega Officine Meccaniche S.p.A.
    Inventors: Danilo Cambiaghi, Willy Wegner
  • Patent number: 4453308
    Abstract: Washers are cascaded downwardly from a vibratory feeder into a reservoir which overlies a rotatable disc having a series of angularly spaced pockets. As the disc rotates, each pocket picks up a washer and carries the washer to an assembly station where a screw blank is telescoped into the washer, the screw blanks being delivered to and being carried by heads spaced angularly around a rotatable turret. A feeler senses the approximate quantity of washers in the reservoir and causes the vibratory feeder to be activated automatically when the supply of washers is low and to be de-activated when the supply is large. An arcuate shoe, an agitator, and a sensor also are provided for camming the washers into position to be received by the pockets, for agitating the washers in the supply, for ejecting excess washers from the pockets, for detecting the absence of washers in the pockets and for ejecting any washers which might not receive screw blanks, respectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 1982
    Date of Patent: June 12, 1984
    Assignee: Warren M. Jackson, Inc.
    Inventor: Warren M. Jackson
  • Patent number: 4441955
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for the continuous application of base cups to rounded bottom bottles including continuous feed of bottle and base cups and continuous removal of completed bottles. Further, a novel system is shown for applying glue or adhesive to the bottoms of the bottles for application of the base cup thereto.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 1982
    Date of Patent: April 10, 1984
    Assignee: Standard Oil Company (Indiana)
    Inventors: Bryan D. Richardson, Shelton E. Lewis
  • Patent number: 4346515
    Abstract: Apparatus and process are described for telescopically mating top and bottom molded petri dish members wherein the top and bottom members positioned in spaced, substantially coaxial face-to-face relation are moved along a predetermined path, and during travel along such path are moved toward each other into telescopic assembled relation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 1980
    Date of Patent: August 31, 1982
    Assignee: Miles Laboratories, Inc.
    Inventors: William F. Lodding, John T. Murray
  • Patent number: 4345963
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for placing component parts on the ends of flexible tubing which is employed in an I.V. administration set. Flexible tubing is continuously supplied in a rectilinear manner and cut into predetermined lengths. These lengths have the ends thereof moved in a substantially transverse manner with respect to the original direction. Each end is then placed in a solvent-type solution and subsequently into a cavity of a component part. All of the foregoing functions are accomplished continuously and automatically in a device which employs a conveyor system for the cut tubing and a separate conveyor system for the component parts. The conveyors travel over a substantial elliptical pathway and along a horizontal axis. The upper conveyor is positioned with respect to the lower conveyor such that their pathways overlap a substantial distance. The upper conveyor provides a multiplicity of carrier members to which are fed and positioned predetermined cut lengths of flexible tubing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 1981
    Date of Patent: August 24, 1982
    Assignee: Abbott Laboratories
    Inventor: Robert J. Braber
  • Patent number: 4332997
    Abstract: An apparatus for delivering valves and melting rings for internal combustion engines to an inductor heater for hard facing comprises a tubular body which is adjoined by gravity feed trays, for feeding the work valves and rings to be melted respectively. A rotatable pocket is mounted between the tubular body and the tray for feeding the rings. The work valve and the ring to be melted are fed to the tubular body by gravity. Interaction with a stop mounted on the tubular body causes the valve to fall inside the tubular body with its stem being upwardly directed. After rotating, the pocket puts the ring to be melted onto the valve stem. The valve with the ring put thereupon is placed into the inductor for melting.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 1980
    Date of Patent: June 1, 1982
    Inventors: Daniil A. Dudko, Anatoly A. Mozzhukhin, Vladimir P. Sotchenko, Boleslav I. Maximovich
  • Patent number: 4320575
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an apparatus intended for use in manufacturing candles of a type comprising an open container with candle wax composition, wick and wick holder. The invention is particularly related to wick advancing means and mating means in an apparatus for manufacturing such candles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 1980
    Date of Patent: March 23, 1982
    Inventor: Lars H. Karlsson
  • Patent number: 4314403
    Abstract: The invention relates to a machine for automatically stacking plate groups for storage batteries. It comprises a plate separating means of separating plates one by one from a hopper and delivering them to the next step, a separator supplying means of supplying separators so as to rectangularly cross the delivered plates, a separator sealing means of sealing the side portions of the separators folded into two and coating the plates, a plate group unit assembling means for overlapping the plates coated with the separator with the opposite plate so as to be a unit, a plate group block assembling means for stacking a predetermined number of plate group units so as to be a block and a conveying means of conveying the plate group blocks to the next step and the respective means are so formed as to be operatively connected with one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 1979
    Date of Patent: February 9, 1982
    Assignee: Yuasa Battery Company Limited
    Inventor: Nobuo Sanekata
  • Patent number: 4309820
    Abstract: An apparatus for inserting a closure with a feedpipe into a container comprises a drum arranged for rotation and having a circumferential wall defining outwardly open recesses for holding the closures with feedpipes, and a guide sheet fixedly mounted adjacent the circumferential wall and covering a portion thereof. The guide sheet has two end edges extending in the planes of the end faces of the drum and two oblique side edges downwardly inclined in the direction of rotation of the drum.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 1979
    Date of Patent: January 12, 1982
    Assignee: Rationator-Maschinenbau GmbH
    Inventor: Hugo Schindel
  • Patent number: 4260347
    Abstract: In the invention, an apparatus is designed for producing spacer frames for insulating glass window structures, made up of lengths of hollow molding joined together by male cornerpieces. Hollows and spaces at the corner joins are sealed or filled by injection of a sealing composition forced in by the use of a female injection head designed to take up a frame corner, and a driver for pushing the frame corner structure into the injection head. There is furthermore a work table for the frame parts in the working position on injection of the compound or sealant, and gripper structures for keeping the hollow molding lengths, forming the corner, in the desired position. At least one of the gripper structures is able to be moved towards the put-in male part of the cornerpiece after the hollow molding part has been gripped.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 1980
    Date of Patent: April 7, 1981
    Assignee: Saint-Gobain Vitrage
    Inventors: Rolf Sawatzki, Heinz-G. Gubelius, Joachim Heienbrock, Friedrich Halberschmidt, Josef Audi, Norbert Schwarzenberg
  • Patent number: 4237605
    Abstract: A machine for assembling washers on headed screw blanks, comprises a turntable having peripheral recesses into which the washers are inserted. Elevators in the form of vertically swinging arms are mounted on the turntable about the periphery thereof, extending generally radially of the turntable, and are cam controlled to swing vertically relative to the turntable. In their upwardly swung position, recesses in the outer ends of the arms receive screw blanks beneath the heads thereof, the arms then swinging downwardly to insert the screw blanks in the washers that are in alignment below the screw blanks on the turntable. At the discharge side of the turntable, a slideway is provided for complete assemblies; but incomplete assemblies are detected and are disassembled with the parts returned to storage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 1979
    Date of Patent: December 9, 1980
    Assignee: E. W. Menn KG Maschinenfabrik
    Inventors: Clemens Jung, Ernst Wiesel
  • Patent number: 4224729
    Abstract: This invention relates to a new and useful continuous rotary and work process apparatus. The apparatus comprises one or more annular turrets arranged on a common axis coacting mechanically in unison and performing a variety of assembly, packaging, or other processes or mechanical functions. The apparatus incorporates an internal cam system incorporating means for performing a multiplicity of mechanical actions within the outer perimeter fo the annular turret or annulus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 1978
    Date of Patent: September 30, 1980
    Assignee: Chicago Automatic Machine, Inc.
    Inventor: George M. Tarzian
  • Patent number: 4209899
    Abstract: A medicine dropper cap and bulb assembly apparatus including a first orientation means for positioning the caps for delivery to a chute for insertion of a bulb at an assembly station; a second orientation means for medicine dropper bulbs to be positioned for insertion into a cap and delivery to the assembly station; a rod for driving the bulbs into seating engagement on the caps.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 1979
    Date of Patent: July 1, 1980
    Inventor: Peter Dragotta
  • Patent number: 4201505
    Abstract: A core-spacer-core mandrel loader in which pairs of cores and spacers are automatically loaded upon a mandrel. A transition nose cone is attached to the mandrel to facilitate proper placement of the cores and spacers upon the mandrel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 1978
    Date of Patent: May 6, 1980
    Inventors: James P. Gerhart, deceased, Merle A. Gerhart, executrix
  • Patent number: 4195399
    Abstract: End caps are pressed into the opposite ends of cores of wound rolls of paper, such as toilet tissue, paper towels and the like, by transferring end caps in succession from a rotating drum feeder located at each side of the path of movement along which the rolls are moved to end cap holders mounted to move in an endless course at each side of the roll path wherein each holder picks up an end cap from its adjacent feeder and moves it in synchronism with movement of the rolls along the roll path. The endless course of the end cap holders at each side of the roll path has a portion thereof which travels along a line that approaches the center line of the roll path so that the end cap holders each press an end cap into an end of the roll core and release the cap to the roll.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 1978
    Date of Patent: April 1, 1980
    Assignee: Georgia-Pacific Corporation
    Inventors: Holger Rasmussen, Paul N. Jespersen
  • Patent number: 4180905
    Abstract: This invention relates to an automatic device for loading cassettes with roll films, comprising a magazine for roll films, a magazine for cassettes, respective feed devices with separator units for the roll films and the cassettes, a film loading device and a conveying means for carrying off filled cassettes, wherein the film loading device comprises a channel with guides and is arranged along the path of descent of the roll film. A lowerable positioning means is located beneath the channel for the lower cassette section and a pivotable lever with a suction device for handling the upper section is attached to the positioning means.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 1978
    Date of Patent: January 1, 1980
    Assignee: AGFA-Gevaert, A.G.
    Inventors: Ralf L. Klinkhammer, Artur Klotz
  • Patent number: 4096620
    Abstract: A method and apparatus are disclosed for mounting a cup-shaped support base onto a convex bottom of a container. The apparatus includes adjacent wheels mounted for rotation about angularly related, non-parallel axes, so that the wheels are closer to one another in one circumferential region than in any other such region. In the method, a container is retained on the periphery of one wheel for displacement along a partial-circumferential path. A cup-shaped support base is retained on a second wheel in alignment with a convex bottom on the container. As the wheels rotate, the base and container are displaced in unison to said one circumferential region, with the base progressively moving closer to the convex bottom for their telescopic assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 1977
    Date of Patent: June 27, 1978
    Assignee: Owens-Illinois, Inc.
    Inventor: Robert F. Kontz
  • Patent number: 4089091
    Abstract: An apparatus is provided for preparing framed diapositive assemblies by automatically coupling together a diapositive, an integrally formed frame and a transparent plate. The apparatus comprises three partially overlapping horizontal discs, each formed with the same number of openings, symmetrically positioned around a central vertical pivot. The discs are mounted on their pivots at a short mutual distance and the pivots, one of which is driven to rotate, are synchronized in motion. A magazine is positioned over and in correspondence with the upper disc and another magazine over and in correspondence with the lower disc, respectively for feeding into the openings the transparent plates and the frames. The opening on the intermediate disc for the diapositive, is formed at the periphery of the disc itself and comprises an elastic support means, such as two side brushes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 1976
    Date of Patent: May 16, 1978
    Inventor: Pietro Alberto
  • Patent number: 4084464
    Abstract: An apparatus for preparing layered, nonbonded, structures of cross-lapped film is disclosed wherein at least two rolls of layered, nonbonded film are combined by introducing into a common location cut portions of film from said rolls from at least two film delivery means. The film is delivered to the common location in alternating order. The layers in the structure are maintained in position in a suitable receptacle means.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 1970
    Date of Patent: April 18, 1978
    Assignee: Phillips Petroleum Company
    Inventor: John R. Bowers
  • Patent number: 4021902
    Abstract: A coiled vibrating feeder is provided for individually feeding a plurality of workpieces. An elongated enclosed tubular passageway is formed, preferably by coiling an elongate tube into a bundle having a plurality of generally concentric coil turns and including a charging end for receiving the workpieces to be fed and a discharging end. The coils are circumferentially vibrated about the axis of the bundle by alternating strong forward pulses and weaker return pulses so that the workpieces progress therethrough from the charging to the discharging end. A bonding material such as a plastic material or the like substantially engages all of the coils, thus increasing the rigidity of the bundle of coils, thereby increasing the efficiency of transferring the forces of the vibrations from the vibrator to the coils and hence to the workpieces to more effectively move the latter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 1976
    Date of Patent: May 10, 1977
    Inventor: Max G. Roland