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Air Cushion Conveyor

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000047730D
Original Publication Date: 1983-Dec-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-08
Document File: 2 page(s) / 32K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Grossmith, EJ: AUTHOR

Abstract

Proposed here is the application of two existing components in a new, unique manner. Currently, components A and B are commercially available and used to lift large individual items using a detached compressed air source. They have not been used for multi-unit or production transport, or with an on-board air supply. Components C and D are also available but have not been employed where non-contact drive is utilized for cleanliness purposes. Air cushion B is supplied with filtered, compressed air via on-board blower F powered by bus bar E. The resultant air film permits product movement without contact with the runway G. A non-contact drive is also obtained with the linear motor C and armature D. This no-contact condition is ideal for cleanroom product movement.

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Air Cushion Conveyor

Proposed here is the application of two existing components in a new, unique manner. Currently, components A and B are commercially available and used to lift large individual items using a detached compressed air source. They have not been used for multi-unit or production transport, or with an on-board air supply. Components C and D are also available but have not been employed where non- contact drive is utilized for cleanliness purposes. Air cushion B is supplied with filtered, compressed air via on-board blower F powered by bus bar E. The resultant air film permits product movement without contact with the runway G. A non-contact drive is also obtained with the linear motor C and armature D. This no-contact condition is ideal for cleanroom product movement. Additionally, the magnetic field of the motor provides automatic non-contact guidance of the product on the runway and eliminates skewing. The pedestal and runway assembly can be quickly disassembled to afford high flexibility for manufacturing. Portability of the pallet assembly permits maintenance to occur exterior to the cleanroom and also minimizes delays to production flow.

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