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Article Handling

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000077412D
Original Publication Date: 1972-Jul-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-25
Document File: 2 page(s) / 56K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Jacques, VL: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

It is desired to provide a simple low-cost article handler which is fast-biting and self-centering on the article, while maintaining article orientation.

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Article Handling

It is desired to provide a simple low-cost article handler which is fast-biting and self-centering on the article, while maintaining article orientation.

The article handler has a plurality of retainer fingers 10 (Figs. 3, 4, 5) disposed about the periphery of an article to be conveyed. Each retainer finger has a depending portion, engaging lip 11 on the article or article container. In holding an article, as shown in Fig. 1, retainer 10 presses against lip 11 positively forcing it against a stop stationarily associated with pivots 12.

To release the article from the illustrated retaining position to the release position shown in Fig. 2, actuator link is moved downwardly in Fig. 1 until the position in Fig. 2 is attained. During this releasing motion, retainer finger 10 slides over the left-hand pivot in the guide slot, lifting the retainer portion upwardly as indicated by the dotted line and moving it over the stop, permitting the article or the guide slot, lifting the retainer portion upwardly as indicated by the dotted line and moving it over the stop, permitting the article or the article handler to separate. The action of the retainer finger control link and actuator link can be ascertained from examination of Figs. 1 and 2.

As shown in Figs. 3, 4, and 5, any shaped article can be handled provided a suitable lip 11 is formed on the article. Another advantage of the system is the common actuation, as shown in Fig. 6. A common actuating cam is...