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Modular Conveyor System

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000044216D
Original Publication Date: 1984-Nov-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-05
Document File: 2 page(s) / 64K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Sykora, J: AUTHOR

Abstract

For transferring workpieces over defined or variable distances, a modular conveyor system is provided which comprises a plurality of standardized conveyor units. These conveyor units are individually driven and connected to power through plug connectors. By control signals from the adjacent unit or by central control of the drives, each conveyor unit can be driven or stopped (in the latter case, acting as a storage) in a desired direction and at predetermined speed to suit the respective requirements. The conveyor system in Fig. 1 consists of a plurality of conveyor units 1 tandem-mounted on a frame 2 and connected to a power bar through plug connectors. For connecting the main tracks A and B, transfer tracks C and D may be provided.

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Modular Conveyor System

For transferring workpieces over defined or variable distances, a modular conveyor system is provided which comprises a plurality of standardized conveyor units. These conveyor units are individually driven and connected to power through plug connectors. By control signals from the adjacent unit or by central control of the drives, each conveyor unit can be driven or stopped (in the latter case, acting as a storage) in a desired direction and at predetermined speed to suit the respective requirements. The conveyor system in Fig. 1 consists of a plurality of conveyor units 1 tandem-mounted on a frame 2 and connected to a power bar through plug connectors. For connecting the main tracks A and B, transfer tracks C and D may be provided. For this purpose, unit la, arranged at a branch, is transversely shifted, either by hand or by a drive, along transfer track C and D, respectively, maintaining its direction of transfer, or it may be pivotable about an axis 3 (Fig. 2) in the direction of transfer track C. Each conveyor unit 1 may be provided with an endless transfer belt or two parallel transfer belts 4 (Fig. 3) supported by guide plates 5 and driven by a geared motor 6. Units 1 are mounted on frame elements 7 having an integrated power bar. A control box 8 comprises the control means receiving control signals from the respective preceding conveyor unit and from a photocell 9 arranged at the end of the unit, viewing in the direction of transfe...