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Pneumatic Dispatch Article Handling

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000077413D
Original Publication Date: 1972-Jul-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-25
Document File: 2 page(s) / 42K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Larson, DD: AUTHOR [+3]

Abstract

In transporting articles or article carriers between various locations, pneumatic dispatch conveying can be employed. In some instances, it is desirable that articles being conveyed through a pneumatic dispatch system be conveyed by connected mechanical conveyers. Accordingly it is desirable to establish a pneumatic dispatch system capable of handling articles or article carriers also transportable by mechanical conveying systems.

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Pneumatic Dispatch Article Handling

In transporting articles or article carriers between various locations, pneumatic dispatch conveying can be employed. In some instances, it is desirable that articles being conveyed through a pneumatic dispatch system be conveyed by connected mechanical conveyers. Accordingly it is desirable to establish a pneumatic dispatch system capable of handling articles or article carriers also transportable by mechanical conveying systems.

In some mechanical conveying systems, the article being conveyed has Wheel 10 or other support at an upper end cantilevered from upstanding boss 11 on a carrier. Wheel 10 rolls along track 12 having a guide ridge designed to fit a peripheral groove in the wheel. A pneumatic dispatch system has a blower, not shown, at one or both ends of a pneumatic tube. The tube 13 is shaped as shown, providing a relatively close fit to the article carrier. Track 12 at the upper portion of the dispatch tube rollingly supports the carrier in the tube. As the article carrier is inserted into tube 13, the blower is actuated. This pushes or pulls the carrier through the tube from one end to the other. Suitable terminal means for exchanging the carrier from the pneumatic dispatch to a mechanical conveyer or mechanical article handler can be made in accordance with the Burke et al Patent 2 941,738

In many instances. the article being conveyed pneumatically negotiates corners. In such an instance, the width of the tube at a...