Interfingers With Stack Support Moving Vertically Relative To Removing Means Patents (Class 414/790)
  • Patent number: 10000348
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an assembly including a pallet lift with which a pallet is displaceable in height direction, a palletizing device which is arranged close to the upper side of the pallet lift and with which objects are arrangeable on a pallet supported by the pallet lift, a first support surface arranged at a first distance under the palletizing device such that at least a part of the upper side of the palletizing device is accessible to an operator standing on the first support surface; and a second support surface arranged at a second distance under the first support surface such that at least a part of the underside of the palletizing device is accessible to an operator standing on the second support surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2018
    Assignee: QIMAROX PATENTEN B.V.
    Inventor: Pieter Gerrit Hannessen
  • Patent number: 9003964
    Abstract: An apparatus for forming bundles of printed products includes a lift element that moves vertically inside a holding area. The printed products are deposited on the lift element when the lift element is in an upper position. The lift moves the deposited printed products downward into the holding area so that the printed products are in position to subsequently be compressed into a bundle by pressing the printed products with an upward movement against a pressing element. The lift transports the compressed bundle to a lower position in the holding area where the lift element moves out of the holding area to a position in which the bundle is released to drop onto a support element. The lift element thereafter is moveable from the lower position to the upper position for the depositing of additional printed products. An ejection element conveys the compressed bundle out of the holding area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignee: Mueller Martini Holdings AG
    Inventors: André Roth, Roman Wyss
  • Patent number: 8991810
    Abstract: A stacker is described, in particular in an installation of the paper processing industry, for forming a stack of several flat parts to be fed in a transport direction, in particular film sheets or paper sheets, with a stack forming area and a support device for supporting the stack to be formed from the flat parts in the stack forming area. The special nature of the invention lies in that the support device has a plurality of discrete support elements that are at least arranged one behind the other seen in the transport direction of the flat parts and are supported in a moveable manner between a lower position and an upper position at an angle to the transport direction of the flat parts, preferably approximately at right angles to the transport direction A of the flat parts and/or approximately vertically.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Assignee: Kugler-Womako GmbH
    Inventor: Wilhelm Heinz
  • Patent number: 8905221
    Abstract: An apparatus for stacking items (I) includes first and second pluralities of stacker shelves (22) extending towards each other in spaced and parallel operative sections and each moving along first and second endless paths. The stacker shelves (22) are switchable by a switch (350) between extended and retracted positions. The stacker shelves (22) in retracted positions in the operative sections are operatively spaced from the item (I) received on the corresponding stacker shelves (22) in extended positions. In preferred aspects, the stacker shelves (22) are slideable relative to first and second plurality of carriers (310) carried along the first and second endless paths by roller chains (304). The switch (350) switches a cam follower (328) on each of the stacker shelves (22) into one of first and second cam tracks (342, 344) as the stacker shelves (22) enter the operative sections of the endless paths.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2014
    Assignee: Douglas Machine Inc.
    Inventor: Todd Young
  • Publication number: 20140017057
    Abstract: The device for forming and passing on stacks of blister packs comprises three drive units and three endless transfer units. Each transfer unit can be actuated by one of the drive units independently of the others. Each transfer unit comprises at least one conveyor belt on which two carrier elements are mounted rotatably and with an offset to each other. Each carrier element is positively guided in such a way that it is oriented horizontally at least when in a transfer area between a blister pack receiving position and a blister pack discharge position located underneath the blister pack receiving position. The drive units are actuated in such a way that two carrier elements of two different transfer units in each case move at a predetermined distance apart from the blister pack receiving position to the blister pack discharge position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 3, 2013
    Publication date: January 16, 2014
    Inventors: Bernd HAEHNEL, Joachim HUCHLER
  • Patent number: 8419342
    Abstract: A transfer device for transferring product stacks has a connecting element for connecting the transfer device to a transport device, and the transfer device has a number of receiver regions therein, that each receive a product stack. Each receiver region has guide elements with spring-loaded closure elements, and a plate that is movable in a spring-loaded manner toward the closing elements along the direction of the guide elements. When the transfer device with the product stacks therein reaches its transfer destination, the product stacks are pushed from the transfer device by the plates by spring force.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2013
    Assignee: Kuka Roboter GmbH
    Inventors: Norbert Cottone, Martin Peghini
  • Patent number: 8278581
    Abstract: A system and method designed to transport and package sequenced product. The system includes a first transport system for receiving and transporting, in a closed position, holders each of which contain product. A second transport system transports, in the closed position, the holders until each of the holders are aligned within a respective release position, at which operational stage the second transport system is capable of opening the holders to discharge the product in a sequenced order. A packager receives the discharged product and packages the product in the sequenced order.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2012
    Assignee: Lockheed Martin Corporation
    Inventors: David J. Coffelt, Barton Varney
  • Patent number: 8201266
    Abstract: Method, computer program product and apparatus for physically securing a server in response to detecting an unauthorized intrusion event. The method comprises detecting an unauthorized physical intrusion event to a data center, rack or chassis including a plurality of servers, communicating the detected unauthorized intrusion event to a management module that manages the plurality of servers, and automatically physically securing one or more of the plurality of servers against manual removal. Optionally, the step of physically securing may include disabling one or more front panel controls on the plurality of servers, such as a physical power switch. In a further option, the step of physically securing may include disabling one or more external ports on the plurality of servers, such as a keyboard-video-mouse port. A preferred method allows the one or more physically secured servers to continue to operate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2012
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Keith Manders Campbell, Raymond Todd Greggs, James Gordon McLean, Caroline Magdy Metry
  • Patent number: 8021142
    Abstract: Method and apparatus are provided for thermoforming articles. The apparatus includes an in line series of processing stations including heating, forming, cutting and separating stations. A stacker is provided to receive formed articles and form an x-y array of stacks of formed articles. A stack picker is provided that is operable to pick up the stacks of articles during a sheet pause cycle portion and move the picked stacks from a storage magazine to a deposit area. The movement of the stacks for depositing and the picker assembly back to the stacker can occur while the apparatus is producing and stacking additionally formed articles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2011
    Assignee: Sencorp, Inc.
    Inventors: John Benker, Philip Llewellyn
  • Patent number: 7954628
    Abstract: A stacking apparatus includes a base, a main conveyor pivotably supported on the base that is pivotable between a first, lowered, position and a second, raised, position, an accumulator section downstream of a discharge end of the main conveyor for receiving articles from the main conveyor, where the accumulator section includes a support for supporting a stack of items fed to the accumulator section by the main conveyor. Also, at least one optical sensor detecting the presence of an object in the main conveyor travel path and at least one controller operatively connected to the main conveyor and the optical sensor, the at least one controller receiving signals from the optical sensor and controlling the main conveyor based on the signals and on the direction of movement of the main conveyor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2011
    Assignee: A. G. Stacker Inc.
    Inventors: Clarence Allen, Jr., Michael Lippy, Sharon L. Myers
  • Patent number: 7866936
    Abstract: A system and method for transferring mail between containers in an orderly and secure manner. The system and method utilize ejection rods to lift mail from an input tray into a transfer box assembly that deposits the mail into an output tray in an orderly, stable and secure manner, ensuring that mail is not shuffled or lost during the transfer process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 11, 2011
    Assignee: Northrop Grumman Systems Corporation
    Inventors: Karl Lewis Schuck, Jacob L. Timm, Stanley Katsuyoshi Wakamiya, Patrick Cowgill, Stephanie Lauretano Miskiewicz, Charles Stewart Shaw
  • Patent number: 7780396
    Abstract: A system for automatically forming stacks of cartons for feeding a magazine for supplying cartons to a packaging machine includes a primary support on which the stacks of cartons are formed, and a secondary support for temporarily receiving a series of the cartons thereon as a previously formed stack of cartons is removed from the primary support. The stack of cartons collected on the primary support is moved onto a transport conveyor for transport to a loader for the magazine for feeding into the packaging machine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2005
    Date of Patent: August 24, 2010
    Assignee: Graphic Packaging International, Inc.
    Inventors: Timothy W. Hendricks, Jeff Disrud, Frank Moncrief
  • Patent number: 7650980
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for handling bill jams within a currency processing device is provided. The device includes a transport mechanism adapted to transport bills along a transport path, one at a time, from the input receptacle past an evaluation unit into a plurality of output receptacles. At least one of the output receptacles includes a holding area and a storage area. A plurality of bill passage sensors are sequentially disposed along the transport path that are adapted to detect the passage of a bill as each bill is transported past each sensor. An encoder is adapted to produce an encoder count for each incremental movement of the transport mechanism. A controller counts the total number of bills transported into each of the holding areas and the total number of bills moved from a holding area to a corresponding storage area after a predetermined number of bills have been transported into the holding area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2004
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2010
    Assignee: Cummins-Allison Corp.
    Inventors: Charles P. Jenrick, Robert J. Klein, Curtis W. Hallowell
  • Patent number: 7645113
    Abstract: A system for automatically forming stacks of cartons for feeding a magazine for supplying cartons to a packaging machine includes a primary support on which the stacks of cartons are formed, and a secondary support for temporarily receiving a series of the cartons thereon as a previously formed stack of cartons is removed from the primary support. The stack of cartons collected on the primary support is moved onto a transport conveyor for transport to a loader for the magazine for feeding into the packaging machine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2010
    Assignee: Graphic Packaging International, Inc.
    Inventors: Timothy W. Hendricks, Jeff Disrud, Frank Moncrief
  • Patent number: 7641437
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for transferring sod slabs in an unrolled condition including a retractable bed for allowing a sod slab to fall under the influence of gravity from one sod bed to another sod bed with a further sod bed to allow a sod pickup mechanism to place and remove sod slabs thereon from different directions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2005
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2010
    Assignee: Trebro Holding, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Tvetene, Donald Tvetene, Gregg Tvetene
  • Patent number: 7500819
    Abstract: An arrangement for an optional forming of stacks of multiple products conveyed successively along a conveying path, and/or for changing the sequence of products conveyed successively along the conveying path. The arrangement includes a conveying device having conveying sections for transporting the products in a conveying direction. At least one up and down movable lifting element is disposed on at least one side of the conveying device and picks up the products from an underside of the products along the conveying path from the conveying device and subsequently deposits them again. The lifting element is disposed at a right angle to the conveying direction and is displaceable below a support surface of the conveying device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2004
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2009
    Assignee: Müller Martini Holding AG
    Inventor: Erik Vind Nielsen
  • Publication number: 20080135379
    Abstract: A conveyor conveys sheets and deposits the sheets at a location to be stacked. The conveyor includes a sensor for determining the presence of a sheet before the sheet arrives at the location. A controller is coupled to the sensor and responsive to sensor inputs for controlling a movable support for projecting into a projected orientation to receive the sheets as the sheets exit the conveyor. The movable support moves to a retracted orientation to assist a stack to be withdrawn therefrom.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 10, 2005
    Publication date: June 12, 2008
    Inventors: Arlington D. Ruff, Clifford A. Ruff, Jurgen F. Trost
  • Patent number: 7364398
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for moving stacks of product discharged from a stacking device. The apparatus includes a first conveyor movable at a first speed and a second conveyor movable at a second speed. The first conveyor includes an upstream end adjacent to the stacking device. The first conveyor is positioned to receive product from the stacking device. The second conveyor includes an upstream end adjacent to the stacking device. The second conveyor is positioned to receive product from the stacking device. The running speed of the first conveyor is faster than the running speed of the second conveyor to move stacks of product on the first conveyor away from the stacking device at a faster speed than stacks of product on the second conveyor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2004
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2008
    Assignee: C.G. Bretting Manufacturing Company, Inc.
    Inventors: James R. Michler, Jeffrey A. Gendron, Dennis P. Couturier
  • Patent number: 7210280
    Abstract: A machining system and unit, especially a welding cell, is provided for use for the machining of workpieces (2), especially body parts of vehicles. The machining system has one or more machining stations (15, 16) with robots (18, 19, 20) and at least one rotation or turning station (5), which has at least two work stations (6, 7) for carrying out different operations simultaneously. The turning station (5) has at least two multiaxially movable turning units (8, 9) arranged next to one another with said gripping tools (11, 12, 13). The working areas (10) intersect each other at the work stations (6, 7).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2003
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2007
    Assignee: KUKA InnoTec GmbH
    Inventors: Norbert Cottone, Florian Simons
  • Patent number: 7156607
    Abstract: An apparatus for stacking incoming items includes a receiving mechanism for receiving incoming items, a stacking mechanism for receiving items from the receiving mechanism and stacking the items in a stacking area, a buffering mechanism for receiving incoming items when the stacking mechanism is full, and a stack unloading mechanism. Methods of operation include receiving an item in an item receiving mechanism, moving the item receiving mechanism to track the motion of a stacking mechanism, transferring the item from the receiving mechanism to the stacking mechanism, stacking the item in a stacking area, and unloading the stacking area when the stacking area is full of items.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2003
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2007
    Assignee: Douglas Machine, Inc.
    Inventors: David L. Anderson, Chad W. Hahn, Jason P. Lattimer
  • Patent number: 7104747
    Abstract: A load change safety system in which a sheet stacker having a stacking deck formed with a discharge end discharges sheet material onto and builds a sheet stack on a conveying sheet stack removal system formed with a receiving means. A variable pinch point gap is formed by relative motion between the discharge end of the stacking deck and the receiving means of the conveying sheet material removal system. The safety system includes redundant means selectively preventing a decrease in the variable pinch point gap. The redundant means of the safety system preferably includes an electro-optical light guard means operably connected to the redundant means with one or more redirections of light beams to create a light guard perimeter guarding portions of the stacker and sheet removal system to guard against access to the pinch point.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2005
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2006
    Assignee: Geo M. Martin Company
    Inventors: Daniel J. Talken, Charles D. Rizzuti
  • Patent number: 6986635
    Abstract: A load change safety system in which a sheet stacker having a stacking deck formed with a discharge end discharges sheet material onto and builds a sheet stack on a conveying sheet stack removal system formed with a receiving means. A variable pinch point gap is formed by relative motion between the discharge end of the stacking deck and the receiving means of the conveying sheet material removal system. The safety system includes redundant means selectively preventing a decrease in the variable pinch point gap. The redundant means of the safety system preferably includes an electro-optical light guard means operably connected to the redundant means with one or more redirections of light beams to create a light guard perimeter guarding portions of the stacker and sheet removal system to guard against access to the pinch point.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2003
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2006
    Assignee: Geo. M. Martin Company
    Inventors: Daniel J. Talken, Charles D. Rizzuti
  • Patent number: 6925931
    Abstract: A method and an apparatus for making e.g. boardlike objects (11) arranged in a pile (12), in which method the objects are marked with a marking printed by a print head (26) and containing e.g. information about the object. To improve the marking quality, the objects are pressed together to reduce or eliminate gaps between them in the direction of compression, and the marking is made on an edge of the object that is parallel to the direction of compression of the objects.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2002
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2005
    Assignee: Metso Panelboard Oy
    Inventor: Antti Korhonen
  • Patent number: 6918736
    Abstract: A system for forming a plurality of discrete objects into a stack is disclosed which system includes a frame having a top, a bottom and sides; a conveyor associated with the frame and having an end edge for dispensing discrete objects, a first support mounted on the frame near the end edge for receiving objects from the end edge and having an opening with a width smaller than the width of the objects, a first actuator operably connected to the first support for moving the first support between first and second positions relative to the end edge; a second actuator operably connected to the first support for moving the first support between upper and lower positions relative to the frame; a second support mounted on the frame beneath the first support having a width less than the width of the opening in the first support; a third actuator operatively connected to the second support for moving the second support between high and low positions, the second support high position being higher than the first support
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2002
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2005
    Assignee: F.R. Drake Company
    Inventors: Colin R. Hart, Kenneth M. Welborn, Steve N. Tomlin, Matthew Peterson
  • Patent number: 6851918
    Abstract: A handling apparatus for groups of thermoformed object constantly held in a correct axial alignment. The apparatus include at least one picking up and release head having as many receiving seats extending parallel to one another from the head as are the stacks to be handled, and a drive apparatus arranged to move a respective pick up and release head between a stack pick up station and a stack release station of one or more stacks of thermoformed objects and to position it correctly both at the stack pick up station and at the stack release station. At least one mobile pusher member is arranged to engage the stacks of thermoformed objects located in each receiving sear, and control drive apparatus for each mobile pusher member to follow and hold down each stack while each stack is being released from its respective receiving seat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2002
    Date of Patent: February 8, 2005
    Assignee: ISAP OMV Group SPA
    Inventor: Pietro Padovani
  • Patent number: 6769862
    Abstract: An apparatus for stacking horizontally conveyed individual flats into vertically extending stacks including a stacking housing with an upper station for receiving the flats singly and releasing them downwardly into an intermediate station wherein multiple flats are accumulated and the accumulated grouping is then released downwardly to form an overall vertically extending stack of twenty flats or more for exit conveying. A control system is further disclosed including control plates, link arms and retaining/releasing arms for controlling downward movement of the flats within the stacking housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2002
    Date of Patent: August 3, 2004
    Inventor: Jeffrey B. Kuhl
  • Patent number: 6764266
    Abstract: A robotic parts handler system for removing containers filled with articles from a sorting, feeding and/or stacking apparatus such as a mail or package sorting apparatus, and moving the container to a selected location for insertion into another conveying system, transport device, carrier, or other apparatus at extremely high speeds.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2001
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2004
    Inventors: Richard C. Young, Ronald E. Ward
  • Patent number: 6695302
    Abstract: Documents are fed in a stream through the first station of a machine that senses the last page of each document along alternative paths in order to accumulate the groups in a staggered stack on a vertically adjustable elevator. When this staggered stack reaches a predetermined number (N) the elevator drops down to off load the stack onto a takeaway conveyor. The documents continue to be accumulated at the second station on a reciprocating support surface that redeposits these additional documents on the elevator when the elevator returns to a raised position and the support surface is retracted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2001
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2004
    Assignee: Energy Saving Products and Sales Corporation
    Inventor: Richard P. Lamothe
  • Publication number: 20030123968
    Abstract: Groups of individual shingled items such as graham crackers or cookies are stacked in vertical stacks of predetermined heights and/or number of items using a stacking apparatus having at least one set of lowering arms. A stacking conveyor belt continuously delivers groups of shingled items to the end of the conveyor where the items come into contact with the lowering arms. The lowering arms then gently lower shingled items to a lower stacking level while forming a vertical stack. The items in the stack remain in substantially horizontal position while being lowered from the stacking conveyor to the lower stacking level. The apparatus is substantially jam-free and is highly tolerant to irregular placement of the shingled items on the stacking conveyor. The stacking apparatus can be used for stacking of groups of shingled items of different size and/or weight with little or no modification.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 19, 2003
    Publication date: July 3, 2003
    Inventors: Jerome W. Derenthal, Robert O. Wolfelsperger
  • Patent number: 6585477
    Abstract: A counter-stacker includes an infeed conveyor having a plurality of lanes for containing planar food articles. A vacuum conveyor system is located adjacent to the infeed conveyor and includes a plurality of vacuum conveyors. Each vacuum conveyor includes a frame, a pair of pulleys rotationally mounted to the frame, a drive shaft coupled to one of the pair of pulleys, a vacuum generator for generating vacuum conditions within the frame, and a vacuum belt mounted to the pair of pulleys. Each vacuum conveyor is pivotable about one of the pair of pulleys. An oscillating catch cup frame containing a plurality of catch cups is used to stack the planar food articles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2001
    Date of Patent: July 1, 2003
    Assignee: Lawrence Equipment
    Inventor: Eric C. Lawrence
  • Patent number: 6543989
    Abstract: Groups of individual shingled items such as graham crackers or cookies are stacked in vertical stacks of predetermined heights and/or number of items using a stacking apparatus having at least one set of lowering arms. A stacking conveyor belt continuously delivers groups of shingled items to the end of the conveyor where the items come into contact with the lowering arms. The lowering arms then gently lower shingled items to a lower stacking level while forming a vertical stack. The items in the stack remain in substantially horizontal position while being lowered from the stacking conveyor to the lower stacking level. The apparatus is substantially jam-free and is highly tolerant to irregular placement of the shingled items on the stacking conveyor. The stacking apparatus can be used for stacking of groups of shingled items of different size and/or weight with little or no modification.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 2000
    Date of Patent: April 8, 2003
    Assignee: Kraft Foods Holdings, Inc.
    Inventors: Jerome W. Derenthal, Robert O. Wolfelsperger
  • Patent number: 6520734
    Abstract: A tortilla stacker has stacker and lift subassemblies that may be logically programmed for simultaneous operation in differing configurations of tortilla numbers and sizes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2001
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2003
    Assignee: ITE, Inc.
    Inventors: Jose L. Longoria, Steven M. Kenison
  • Publication number: 20020150462
    Abstract: A device for stacking folding-box tubes demonstrates a vertically-adjustable elevating platform. First temporary bearing means, which can be pulled out of or advanced into the stacking well, are located above the elevating platform. Another set of temporary bearing means can be pulled out of the stacking well as well as moved downward within the stacking well. The second bearing means also press a completed stack together in order to be able to thread it between a conveying device of a holding-down appliance. The first temporary bearing means provide for uninterrupted stacking within the stacking well while the elevating platform, together with the second bearing device, are busy carrying the stack away.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 17, 2002
    Publication date: October 17, 2002
    Inventor: Stefan Furthmuller
  • Patent number: 6435352
    Abstract: A sorting machine at the end of a sheet metal slitting and shearing line receives side-by-side stacks of sheet metal panels and separates and rearranges those stacks so that they are more easily wrapped, banded, or otherwise processed. The machine includes a roller conveyor which receives the side-by-side stacks and a platform located to one side of the conveyor. The platform has support beams which align with the rollers of the conveyor such that spaces exist between the succession of aligned rollers and support beams. Beneath the conveyor and platform a transfer carriage moves on tracks that extend transversely with respect to the conveyor. The carriage has transfer beams which occupy the spaces between successive aligned rollers and support beams.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2000
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2002
    Assignee: Red Bud Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Elroy Schoenbeck, Kalin Liefer
  • Publication number: 20020018706
    Abstract: A robotic parts handler system for removing containers filled with articles from a sorting, feeding and/or stacking apparatus such as a mail or package sorting apparatus, and moving the container to a selected location for insertion into another conveying system, transport device, carrier, or other apparatus at extremely high speeds.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 10, 2001
    Publication date: February 14, 2002
    Inventors: Richard C. Young, Ronald E. Ward
  • Publication number: 20010043859
    Abstract: A tortilla counter-stacker has stacker and lift subassemblies that may be logically programmed for simultaneous operation in differing configurations of tortilla numbers and sizes.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 31, 2001
    Publication date: November 22, 2001
    Inventors: Jose L. Longoria, Steven M. Kenison
  • Patent number: 6280137
    Abstract: An apparatus for transporting rows of products that includes a supply device for supplying rows of products; a first transport device for transporting the rows of products through a certain distance in a first transporting direction, wherein each row of products is supported by a carrier; a sliding device for displacing the rows of products relative to the carrier; and a second transport device for transporting the displaced rows of products in a second transporting direction. The distance between adjacent carriers in the first transporting direction is smaller during the transport than the dimensions of the products. The sliding device is adapted to displace the rows of products parallel to the first transporting direction such that a row of displaced products rests on two adjacent carriers. The second transport device is adapted to lift the displaced rows of products from the carriers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 1999
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2001
    Assignee: Beheermaatschappij de Boer Nijmegen B.V.
    Inventor: Wilhelmus Jacobus Maria Kosman
  • Patent number: 6257821
    Abstract: A robotic parts handler system for removing containers filled with articles from a sorting, feeding and/or stacking apparatus such as a mail or package sorting apparatus, and moving the container to a selected location for insertion into another conveying system, transport device, carrier, or other apparatus at extremely high speeds.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 1999
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2001
    Inventors: Ronald E. Ward, Richard C. Young
  • Patent number: 6179548
    Abstract: Apparatus is provided for receiving folded cartons of non-uniform thickness from a conventional gluing device, stacking those cartons into stacks of a predefined number, and rotating successive stacks 180° from each other in order to compensate for the uneven or non-uniform thickness of each folded carton. The apparatus further serves to drop two or more stacks of the folded cartons from a stack building station into a slug building area and then, once a slug of a desired size is built, tilting the slug until the plane of each folded carton is vertically oriented (i.e., the slug lies horizontally). The apparatus then automatically loads the slug into a shipping box.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 1997
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2001
    Assignee: Multifold International, Inc.
    Inventors: Matthew Robert Lukes, Norman Philip Crowe
  • Patent number: 6146084
    Abstract: A method and apparatus are disclosed for making and stacking bundles of corrugated folded boxes into accurate loads.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 1998
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2000
    Assignee: W. V. Doyle Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventor: Walter Vernon Doyle
  • Patent number: 5931634
    Abstract: In a machine equipped with a plurality of stacking stations for the assembly of single banknotes or bundles of banknotes into ordered stacks, notes checked and passed as good by an upline station are accumulated on a companion element associated with each station and capable of movement between a first receiving position, at which the banknotes or bundles are assembled into a stack, and a second position at which the stack is released onto a fixed support. The support is slotted in such a way that the companion element can be dropped further and removed sideways without touching either the stack or the support itself, and the movement of the companion element between the receiving and release positions occurs cyclically, describing a looped trajectory.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 1998
    Date of Patent: August 3, 1999
    Assignee: G.D S.p.A.
    Inventor: Armando Neri
  • Patent number: 5899138
    Abstract: A sheet-bundle conveying device receives a plurality of sheets and conveys a bundle of the sheets. The device includes a first tray having a contact portion where the leading edges of the sheets contact, and being swingable between a first position, inclined so that the contact portion is lowered, for receiving the sheets and a second position for transferring the received sheet bundle, and a second tray for receiving the sheet bundle from the first tray moved to the second position and for rectilinearly moving in a state of conveying the sheet bundle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 1997
    Date of Patent: May 4, 1999
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Yuji Yamanaka
  • Patent number: 5882175
    Abstract: A machine for stacking sheets is disclosed which includes an overhead conveyor for conveying sheets to a stacking area, and first and second sets of support fingers which support the sheets as they are stacked in bundles as the support fingers are moved horizontally and vertically through a predetermined sequence of positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 1997
    Date of Patent: March 16, 1999
    Assignee: Ward Holding Company
    Inventor: Jose' Ma Villacieros Fernandez
  • Patent number: 5807064
    Abstract: An apparatus for continuously varying the position of an article carrying platform in response to an inflowing stream of articles placed on the platform. The platform positioning apparatus finds use as part of a vertical stacking machine which stacks an inflowing stream of signatures on the platform. It has a position sensor for detecting the position of the platform and providing a platform position signal to a controller. A controller issues a translation signal to a translation motor responsive to the platform position signal. The translation motor causes the bidirectional translation of the platform responsive to the translation signal from the controller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 1995
    Date of Patent: September 15, 1998
    Assignee: Baldwin Technology Corporation
    Inventor: George M. Dudash
  • Patent number: 5727924
    Abstract: A pallet construction for use in conjunction with transport apparatus in a sheet-processing system includes spaced grooves adapted to receive automated insertion apparatus. The pallet construction includes webs separated by spaced grooves disposed to receive levelling elements. The levelling elements are movable relative to the webs to provide a relatively planar pallet surface and prevent the deformation of printed sheets. The construction also permits exposure of the grooves as desired.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 1996
    Date of Patent: March 17, 1998
    Assignee: MAN Roland Druckmaschinen AG
    Inventors: Peter Hummel, Robert Ortner
  • Patent number: 5707204
    Abstract: Stacking apparatus includes an article feeder which feeds articles, such as cut boards, to support fingers on which a stack of boards is formed. The support fingers transfer a single stack containing a predetermined number of boards down to a stack conveyor which transport the stack to a collection area. Other support fingers may be used to form a second stack at the same time the first stack is being transported by the stack conveyor to the collection area. Stops are used to retain the boards as they are dropped onto the support fingers. The stops are free of connection to the support fingers and the stack conveyor such that the stacks are moved freestanding to the collection area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 1995
    Date of Patent: January 13, 1998
    Assignee: MiTek Holdings, Inc.
    Inventor: Christopher Lynn Haase
  • Patent number: 5687641
    Abstract: This invention relates to a method and apparatus for handling stretchable sheet material, to form a stack of leaves of such material. In particular, although not exclusively, the invention concerns the handling of dough sheets in the manufacture of biscuits or other baked foodstuffs. A first conveyor carries leaves of the material which are transferred to a second conveyor where the leaves are transported in a stacked configuration. Transfer is accomplished by use of an overhead permeable, suction surface movable between the first and second conveyor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 1996
    Date of Patent: November 18, 1997
    Inventors: Mark Williamson, Leslie Theophilus Baines
  • Patent number: 5669755
    Abstract: The invention relates to a device for the non-stop operation of a delivery unit of a rotary printing machine in which sheets in a flow of sheets are collated into individual stacks supported on a stack base with a surface interrupted by grooves and in which auxiliary stacks are borne by grid rods together forming a rack until their transfer to the stack base, the grid rods penetrating into the grooves during transfer. To prevent the stacks from being hampered by their weight, according to the invention a receiving plate catching the auxiliary stack from below is laid upon the grid rods in their reception position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 1995
    Date of Patent: September 23, 1997
    Assignee: Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG
    Inventor: Erich Michael Zahn
  • Patent number: 5494400
    Abstract: Apparatus for transporting and stacking battery plates in which pasted battery plates are delivered from a drying oven to a stacking station by an entry conveyor. In the stacking station, a stack of battery plates builds up on a stacking elevator which then deposits the stack on a take-off conveyor. The take-off conveyor indexes, moving the stack of battery plates out of the stacking station to make room for the next stack. A change elevator moves into the stacking station to handle incoming battery plates while the stacking elevator deposits a stack on the take-off conveyor and the take-off conveyor indexes to remove the stack. A partial stack of battery plates accumulates on the change elevator. When the previous stack has been removed from the stacking station, the partial stack is transferred from the change elevator to the stacking elevator, a full stack builds up on the stacking elevator and the cycle repeats.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 1994
    Date of Patent: February 27, 1996
    Assignee: Wirtz Manufacturing Co., Inc.
    Inventors: Roel Mendoza, Robert R. Rader, David Yanik
  • Patent number: 5456573
    Abstract: An improved stacker for an automatic document sorter is described. The stacker is vertical and receives documents at the top thereof and expels them at the bottom. The stacker includes a paddle normally disposed at the top for receiving the first document and subsequent documents stacked thereon. As documents enter the stacker, the paddle drops due to the action of a timing belt and sensor arrangement until it reaches the bottom. At the bottom, a horizontally directed timing belt withdraws the paddle from the stacker and the paddle is then returned by reverse action to the top of the stacker and reinserted thereinto for receiving the next stack of documents. Both timing belts are independently driven by motors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 1993
    Date of Patent: October 10, 1995
    Assignee: Duchossois Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeffrey J. Morris, Robert M. Swec, Leslie P. Lazzeri, Robert S. Frantz, August A. Zachmeier, Horace W. Weeks