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Container Transport Module

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000116440D
Original Publication Date: 1995-Sep-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-30
Document File: 2 page(s) / 87K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Buchanan, JE: AUTHOR [+3]

Abstract

Disclosed is a module for transporting flexible containers through production operations, such as testing, filling, and closing. The module has means to grip and release a relatively rigid portion of the container.

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Container Transport Module

      Disclosed is a module for transporting flexible containers
through production operations, such as testing, filling, and closing.
The module has means to grip and release a relatively rigid portion
of the container.

      Fig. 1 is a partly sectional front view of the module clamping
a flexible container 1 with a pair of jaws 2.  These jaws 2 are held
closed by a pair of clamping arms 3 and associated links 4.  Each
clamping arm 3 is pivotally mounted on a base housing 5 by means of
an outer pivot pin 6, and each link 4 is pivotally mounted on housing

5 by means of an inner pivot 7.  Each jaw 2 is pivotal mounted by
pins 8 and 9 to a clamping arm 3 and a link 4, respectively.  A pair
of extension springs 10, stretched between clamping arms 3 along each
side (front and rear) of the arms 3 provide a force to rotate the
arms 3 in the directions of arrows 11, disengaging the container 1
from the jaws 2.  However, such disengaging motion is prevented by
contact between a lower tab 12 of each arm 3 and a pair of sliding
blocks 13.

      Fig. 2 is a cross-sectional plan view of a base portion of the
module, taken as indicated by section lines II-II in Fig. 1.  The two
sliding blocks 13 are held together by four compression springs 14.
A pin 15 slides through a clearance hole in each of the sliding
blocks 13 to engage the other sliding block 13.

      Referring to Figs. 1 and 2, the process of releasing container
1 from jaws 2 begins by pressing both pins 15 inward, separating the
two sliding blocks 13 to provide gaps through which tip por...