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Automatic Processing System Particularly Suited for Hot Roll Processing

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000043801D
Original Publication Date: 1984-Sep-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-05
Document File: 3 page(s) / 41K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Bach, PS: AUTHOR [+3]

Abstract

A closed-loop automatic processing system accommodates handling of units requiring different carriers by a switchable parallel carrier accumulator track arrangement. A closed-loop conventional power and power-free conveyor system includes segments 10-15 and one of the carrier accumulator tracks 16, 17 and 18. Computer 20 operates and monitors the entire system and determines which of the buffer tracks 16-18 is selected as by energizing solenoids 21-24 to place switches 25-28 in appropriate settings so that one of tracks 16-18 is in line with segments 10-15. Each of tracks 16-18 contains a plurality of carriers (not shown) which are mechanical devices fed serially into carrier loader 30 where the raw unit input from 31 is placed individually on each carrier.

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Automatic Processing System Particularly Suited for Hot Roll Processing

A closed-loop automatic processing system accommodates handling of units requiring different carriers by a switchable parallel carrier accumulator track arrangement. A closed-loop conventional power and power-free conveyor system includes segments 10-15 and one of the carrier accumulator tracks 16, 17 and
18. Computer 20 operates and monitors the entire system and determines which of the buffer tracks 16-18 is selected as by energizing solenoids 21-24 to place switches 25-28 in appropriate settings so that one of tracks 16-18 is in line with segments 10-15. Each of tracks 16-18 contains a plurality of carriers (not shown) which are mechanical devices fed serially into carrier loader 30 where the raw unit input from 31 is placed individually on each carrier. The carrier and unit for processing proceeds over segment 11 to initial processing station 32 and then to stations 33, 34, etc. At each station 32-34, the carrier and its unit are removable from the conveyor and the unit is removable from its carrier for processing at that station. Each station 32-34 can also include capability of returning the unit to a carrier and the carrier to the conveyor for transport to the next station. Ultimately, carriers are transported over segment 14 into unloader 40 which passes processed units over output conveyor 41 for packaging or further individual processing at processed unit output 42 while the separated carrier is returned over conveyor segment 15 to the input of the appropriate one of the buffer accumulators 16-18. The particular system shown is well suited for use as a hot roll automatic processing system which handles a variety of different core sizes as raw unit input 31. In the hot roll processing example, carriers which are adapted to fit within hollow cores of raw units from input 31 are transported over conveyor segment 10 to loader 30 where such cores are placed one by one over the carriers. Loaded carriers pass over conveyor segment 11 to the initial process station where they are degreased and dried. Carriers and cores then pass over conveyor segment 12 into process station 33 where the cores are removed from the carriers, a prime coat is applied, and the cores returned to the carriers...