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Automatic Conveyor System

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000094399D
Original Publication Date: 1966-Oct-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-06
Document File: 3 page(s) / 42K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Sandt, RE: AUTHOR

Abstract

The conveyor system permits articles of variable size to be automatically placed on, and removed from, the conveyor. Conveyor belt 10 has magnetic track 12 running coextensively with it. Track 12 can actually either be a part of belt 10 or can be a separate strip which is driven in conjunction with such belt. Recorded on track 12 adjacent to each article 22 are beginning and end of load marks to define the article size, destination coding, package identification, price and source, data, etc.

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Automatic Conveyor System

The conveyor system permits articles of variable size to be automatically placed on, and removed from, the conveyor. Conveyor belt 10 has magnetic track 12 running coextensively with it. Track 12 can actually either be a part of belt 10 or can be a separate strip which is driven in conjunction with such belt. Recorded on track 12 adjacent to each article 22 are beginning and end of load marks to define the article size, destination coding, package identification, price and source, data, etc.

Loading station 14 includes incrementally movable conveyors 15 and 16 having magnetic tracks 17 and 18, respectively, along one edge. Read head 19 and write head 21 transfer recorded information from track 17 to track 18. Read head 20 reads track 12 at a point on the conveyor before station 14. Head 20 generates a first output when a mark indicating the end of one article 22 on the conveyor is detected and another output when a mark signaling the beginning of a new article is detected.

These outputs are applied to control space determining circuit
24. The latter can, for example, be a counter which is started when an end-of-article signal is applied and stopped when a beginning-of-article signal is applied. The contents of circuit 24 are applied as one input to compare circuit 26. The other input to circuit 26 is derived from head 28 which senses the data on track 18. The portion of the output from head 28 which is applied to circuit 26 is that portion indicating the size of the article waiting, at station 14, to be loaded. When circuit 26 generates a greater-than output signal on line 30, indicating that the space on the conveyor is greater than the size of the article, this is applied to energize solenoid 32 to activate pusher 34 against the article 22 waiting at station 14. The portion of the mate...