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Air Cushion Conveyor

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000047730D
Original Publication Date: 1983-Dec-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-08

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Authors:
Grossmith, EJ [+details]

Abstract

Proposed here is the application of two existing components in a new, unique manner. Currently, components A and B are commercially available and used to lift large individual items using a detached compressed air source. They have not been used for multi-unit or production transport, or with an on-board air supply. Components C and D are also available but have not been employed where non-contact drive is utilized for cleanliness purposes. Air cushion B is supplied with filtered, compressed air via on-board blower F powered by bus bar E. The resultant air film permits product movement without contact with the runway G. A non-contact drive is also obtained with the linear motor C and armature D. This no-contact condition is ideal for cleanroom product movement.