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Cartridge Unpacking and Line Loading Machine

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000043368D
Original Publication Date: 1984-Aug-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-04
Document File: 3 page(s) / 63K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Gorman, RE: AUTHOR [+5]

Abstract

The apparatus unpacks and line loads hermetically sealed bags of cartridges onto the jetstream and multi-spindle winder. The machine consists of two main sections: the Carton Indexing Mechanism and the Bag Indexing Mechanism. The Carton Indexing Mechanism includes a floor base approximately sixteen feet long by five and one-half feet wide, built of welded steel channel and square tubing. Mounted on the floor base is a ratchet- indexing carriage and two overhead carton transporters. These items are air-cylinder operated and are guided on friction-free linear ball bushings. The Bag Indexing Mechanism includes a framework built of welded steel channel and square tubing. This framework is mounted to the main floor base.

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Cartridge Unpacking and Line Loading Machine

The apparatus unpacks and line loads hermetically sealed bags of cartridges onto the jetstream and multi-spindle winder. The machine consists of two main sections: the Carton Indexing Mechanism and the Bag Indexing Mechanism. The Carton Indexing Mechanism includes a floor base approximately sixteen feet long by five and one-half feet wide, built of welded steel channel and square tubing. Mounted on the floor base is a ratchet- indexing carriage and two overhead carton transporters. These items are air-cylinder operated and are guided on friction-free linear ball bushings. The Bag Indexing Mechanism includes a framework built of welded steel channel and square tubing. This framework is mounted to the main floor base. The main bag transporter is driven through a ball screw by means of a motor and instantaneously reversing clutch with brake. This is guided by fully supported friction-free linear ball bushings. All other mechanisms are air-cylinder operated and guided on ball bushings. The machine control circuits consist of a programmable controller with channel capability for IBM/Series 1. The operator has the ability to manually cycle stations, as desired. In operation, full cartons 14 (Fig. 1) containing sixty-four bags of twenty cartridges each, eight rows of eight bags per row, come to this machine on a customer-powered roller conveyor 10 (Fig. 4). Snubber cylinder 12 is extended holding the carton 14 in place, side guide rollers 16 are lowered allowing the full carton to be powered into station 1. A photocell senses that the carton is in place. The side guide rollers 16 are raised, the snubber cylinder 12 is retracted and overhead transporter 18 pushes cartons onto the indexing carriage 20 at station 2. The carton 14 is located with swing latches 22. The transporter 18 returns. With ball screw transporter at position 1, two vacuum chambers 24 (Fig.
2), containing two open gripper fingers 26, are lowered using slide 28. The vacuum in chamber 24 will pull the sealage portion into proper upright position. When sensors 30 on gripper fingers 26 read sealage present, gripper fingers 26 close to grip the bags. The vertical slide 28 is raised, pulling the bags from the carton as the bags are pulled into cage-type container 32. An ionized air knife 34 removes static debris from the outside of the bags. The overhead ball screw transporter 36, shown in Fig. 5, indexes two bags into station 3. During ind...