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Product Turn-Over Device

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000042846D
Original Publication Date: 1984-Jun-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-04
Document File: 2 page(s) / 38K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Teale, DC: AUTHOR

Abstract

A fragile oblong-shaped packed product of height greater width being transported on a conveyor is tipped over and lowered onto the conveyor in a controlled manner in two stages. First, a fixed stop roller 1, placed across the feed path, arrests the forward movement of the upper portion of a product 2 as it is driven past on a conveyor 3 and causes the product to tilt and fall back onto shock-absorbing rollers 4 supported above the conveyor in linear slides 5. As the product continues its forward movement in the tilted position, the supporting rollers progressively sink in the slides under the influence of the weight of the product with the energy absorbed by linear shock absorbers 6, and deposit the product onto the conveyor just prior to its leaving the rollers.

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Product Turn-Over Device

A fragile oblong-shaped packed product of height greater width being transported on a conveyor is tipped over and lowered onto the conveyor in a controlled manner in two stages. First, a fixed stop roller 1, placed across the feed path, arrests the forward movement of the upper portion of a product 2 as it is driven past on a conveyor 3 and causes the product to tilt and fall back onto shock-absorbing rollers 4 supported above the conveyor in linear slides 5. As the product continues its forward movement in the tilted position, the supporting rollers progressively sink in the slides under the influence of the weight of the product with the energy absorbed by linear shock absorbers 6, and deposit the product onto the conveyor just prior to its leaving the rollers. The product continues its forward movement under the stop roller and away. Sensor 7 indicates when the turn over station is clear, and the shock absorbers are recharged by air pressure to restore them to their raised operating position. A product waiting to enter the turn-over station is held by raised stop plate 8 with its presence sensed by sensor 9. As soon as the turn-over station is free, the plate 8 is retracted and the product moves forward onto the driven conveyor, pushing the two pivoted shock rollers aside as it passes through. The two shock rollers are mounted on bearings 10 arranged so that they open like a gate to permit a product to pass through in the forward direc...