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Flatpack Carrier Mechanism

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000037867D
Original Publication Date: 1989-Aug-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Jan-30
Document File: 1 page(s) / 12K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Haggenmiller, C: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

Flatpack carriers are released singly from a vertical stack by pairs of parallel circular discs having orthogonally displaced flat peripheral segments and oscillated by a reciprocating loadnest beneath the discs.

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Flatpack Carrier Mechanism

Flatpack carriers are released singly from a vertical stack by pairs of parallel circular discs having orthogonally displaced flat peripheral segments and oscillated by a reciprocating loadnest beneath the discs.

Referring to the figure, discs 1 and 2 form a first pair and discs 3 and 4 form a second pair with the discs in each pair separated by hub 5 and fixed relative to each other. Each pair is rotatable about pivot 6 suspended above reciprocating loadnest 7. Each disc in a pair has a flat peripheral segment 8 with the segments in each pair orthogonally displaced with respect to the other. Pivots 6 are laterally separated from each other such that when flat segments 8 of corresponding top or bottom discs are opposite each other, a flatpack carrier 9 can pass between the corresponding discs and hubs 5 from stack 10 in a tube, not shown. Loadnest 7 has recess 11 between sides 12 which each carry a fixed pin 13 that engages slot 14 in the lower disc 2 or 4 of each pair.

In operation, loadnest 7 is reciprocated and pins 13 simultaneously engage a respective slot 14 and rotates the disc pair 90o in opposite directions. During loadnest movement toward the right, the top disc flat segments 8 are rotated toward each other, allowing a carrier 9 to drop onto the lower discs. As the loadnest moves left pins 14 rotate the disc pairs in the reverse direction so that the circular portion of the top discs of each pair moves between ribs 15 of botto...