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Multi-Purpose Tote and Insertion System for Generic Material Handling

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000058588D
Original Publication Date: 1988-Nov-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-15
Document File: 2 page(s) / 46K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Lynes, CD: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

A technique is described whereby a tote and insert system transport sensitive electronic components during generic material handling, so as to eliminate the need for each system type to require special carriers. The multi-purpose tote, as shown in the figure, consists of a main container with bumper 10 extending beyond the top stacking rib 11 so that it comes into contact with adjacent totes in accumulating tote sections of any conveyor system. The placement of bumper 10 is such that overturning moments created by forces through the bumper acting around stop surfaces of the tote are mitigated. The stop surface of bumper 10 is located so that the tote can properly interface to mechanical stops of material-handling systems, such as the Bosh TS-2 and TS-4.

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Multi-Purpose Tote and Insertion System for Generic Material Handling

A technique is described whereby a tote and insert system transport sensitive electronic components during generic material handling, so as to eliminate the need for each system type to require special carriers. The multi-purpose tote, as shown in the figure, consists of a main container with bumper 10 extending beyond the top stacking rib 11 so that it comes into contact with adjacent totes in accumulating tote sections of any conveyor system. The placement of bumper 10 is such that overturning moments created by forces through the bumper acting around stop surfaces of the tote are mitigated. The stop surface of bumper 10 is located so that the tote can properly interface to mechanical stops of material- handling systems, such as the Bosh TS-2 and TS-4. It is located so that the downward force created by the friction between mechanical stops is sufficient to resist overturning moments. Middle rib 12 is located so as to interface with standard palletizing and depalletizing equipment. Rib 12 allows up to fifty-five pound loads to be lifted in the depalletizer or palletizer without having to apply lateral pressure, which could deform the totes. Top rib 11 provides reinforcing for stacking and nesting purposes. The structure of rib 11 is such that it provides reinforcing so as to prevent "hour-glassing" where the sides of the tote convex toward the center upon removal of the tote from its fabricating mold. A base support surface is built into the tote to allow the tote to travel on standard conveyor rollers without tipping. Two holes 13 are supplied at each side of the tote to allow drainage as well as bar code through-hole reading. The code is able to b...