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Flag Assembly for Manufacturing Conveyor Line

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000049970D
Original Publication Date: 1982-Aug-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-09
Document File: 2 page(s) / 26K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Lucchesi, DA: AUTHOR

Abstract

In order to control product flow on a live roller conveyor, a flag assembly can be utilized in conjunction with an optical sensing device to enable logical traffic flow decisions to be made with respect to items carried on the conveyor system.

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Flag Assembly for Manufacturing Conveyor Line

In order to control product flow on a live roller conveyor, a flag assembly can be utilized in conjunction with an optical sensing device to enable logical traffic flow decisions to be made with respect to items carried on the conveyor system.

The flag assembly is comprised of a long stainless steel post having a flat surface milled on one side for orientation. The flat surface is provided with a multiple number of equally spaced detents, and one similar detent spaced near the bottom end of the post to lock the flag into a base receptacle of the item being conveyed.

The other detents are given address codes, as indicated by numerals "0" through "6" and letters "A" through "F". A plurality of polycarbonate reflector blocks are adapted to be mounted on the shaft. In the present embodiment two blocks are illustrated, identified by numerals 12i 14. Each block is internally fitted with a stainless steel spring-loaded ball plunger which locks into one of the detents on the above shaft. The spring loading permits the reflector block to be adjusted vertically with respect to the length of the shaft to set a particular code. Each reflector block is faced with a lense-type material which acts as a reflector with respect to an optical signal directed toward the reflector block by an optical read-out device (not shown).

The flag assembly is utilized by adjusting the reflectors, in the case illustrated, two reflectors, into certai...