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1. US20150096869 - Mobile support unit for a conveyor for transferring objects, and conveyor for transferring objects comprising said mobile support unit

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Claims

1. A support unit for sliding on a curved guide of a conveyor comprising:
a plurality of pivoting devices in communication with each other, and
a plurality of support bodies each in communication with at least one pivoting device and comprising:
a plate having two pivoting ends,
a sliding device configured to engage and slide on the curved guide of the conveyor, and
an anchoring base connecting the plate to the sliding device,
wherein a pivoting end of a plate of a support body is pivotally connected by the pivoting device to a pivoting end of the plate of the adjacent support body and plurality of connected support bodies define a closed ring, and
wherein the plate is made of a flexible material to adapt the curved guide.
2. The support unit of claim 1 wherein the adjacent plates are partially overlapped.
3. The support unit of claim 1 wherein the length of the plate is larger than the length of the anchoring base.
4. The support unit of claim 1 wherein each support body comprises at least two anchoring bases distanced each other by an interspace allowing the plates to bend.
5. The support unit of claim 1 wherein at least one of the pivoting ends of the plate comprises a fork having two prongs to couple with the pivoting end of the adjacent plate.
6. The support unit of claim 1 wherein the pivoting devices comprise:
pivoting and connection elements inserted through the pivoting ends of the adjacent plates, and
elastic devices to maintain the surfaces of the adjacent plates in contact.
7. The support unit of claim 6 wherein the elastic devices comprise cup springs.
8. The support unit of claim 6 wherein the pivoting devices comprise a bushing inserting through the pivoting ends of the adjacent plates.
9. A conveyor comprising:
a support unit comprising:
a plurality of pivoting devices in communication with each other, and
a plurality of support bodies each in communication with at least one pivoting device and comprising:
a plate having two pivoting ends,
a sliding device configured to engage and slide on the conveyor, and
an anchoring base connecting the plate to the sliding device,
wherein a pivoting end of a plate of a support body is pivotally connected by the pivoting device to a pivoting end of the plate of the adjacent support body and plurality of connected support bodies define a closed ring,
wherein the plate is made of a flexible material to adapt to the conveyor.
10. The conveyor of claim 9 further comprising a guide having rectilinear segments, flat curve segments, and slanting curve segments, and defining a sliding path for the support unit.