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1. (US6012588) Device for a conveyor means

Office : United States of America
Application Number: 08973824 Application Date: 01.12.1997
Publication Number: 6012588 Publication Date: 11.01.2000
Grant Number: 6012588 Grant Date: 11.01.2000
Publication Kind : A
Prior PCT appl.: Application Number:NO97000178 ; Publication Number: Click to see the data
IPC:
B07C 5/00
B65G 11/00
B65G 11/20
B65G 47/84
B PERFORMING OPERATIONS; TRANSPORTING
07
SEPARATING SOLIDS FROM SOLIDS; SORTING
C
POSTAL SORTING; SORTING INDIVIDUAL ARTICLES, OR BULK MATERIAL FIT TO BE SORTED PIECE-MEAL, e.g. BY PICKING
5
Sorting according to a characteristic or feature of the articles or material being sorted, e.g. by control effected by devices which detect or measure such characteristic or feature; Sorting by manually actuated devices, e.g. switches
B PERFORMING OPERATIONS; TRANSPORTING
65
CONVEYING; PACKING; STORING; HANDLING THIN OR FILAMENTARY MATERIAL
G
TRANSPORT OR STORAGE DEVICES, e.g. CONVEYORS FOR LOADING OR TIPPING, SHOP CONVEYOR SYSTEMS OR PNEUMATIC TUBE CONVEYORS
11
Chutes
B PERFORMING OPERATIONS; TRANSPORTING
65
CONVEYING; PACKING; STORING; HANDLING THIN OR FILAMENTARY MATERIAL
G
TRANSPORT OR STORAGE DEVICES, e.g. CONVEYORS FOR LOADING OR TIPPING, SHOP CONVEYOR SYSTEMS OR PNEUMATIC TUBE CONVEYORS
11
Chutes
20
Auxiliary devices, e.g. for deflecting, controlling speed of, or agitating, articles or solids
B PERFORMING OPERATIONS; TRANSPORTING
65
CONVEYING; PACKING; STORING; HANDLING THIN OR FILAMENTARY MATERIAL
G
TRANSPORT OR STORAGE DEVICES, e.g. CONVEYORS FOR LOADING OR TIPPING, SHOP CONVEYOR SYSTEMS OR PNEUMATIC TUBE CONVEYORS
47
Article or material-handling devices associated with conveyers; Methods employing such devices
74
Feeding, transfer, or discharging devices of particular kinds or types
84
Star-shaped wheels or devices having endless travelling belts or chains, the wheels or devices being equipped with article-engaging elements
Applicants: Tomra Systems ASA
Inventors: Steidel Tom
Hanevold Geir
Tvinnereim Per K.ang.re
Agents: Rodman & Rodman
Priority Data: 962948 12.07.1996 NO
Title: (EN) Device for a conveyor means
Abstract: front page image
(EN)

A device for a reverse vending apparatus which has a conveyor (102, 201) for moving containers of different shapes and sizes, e.g., cans or bottles of glass or plastic, past a detector station (100) in order to produce characteristic data about the containers (B). Such data determines how the containers shall be handled thereafter, e.g., sorted out, compacted, further treated or recycled. At the downstream end of the conveyor (201) there is located a bottle raiser (301) for putting transported bottles (B) which arrive bottom (B2) first into a standing position, and wherein the bottle raiser comprises a, preferably curved, guide duct or shaft (302) which guides the bottle in standing position down towards a shock-absorbing rest (303). The device also comprises a bottle stabilizer (304-307, 309-310) which on the basis of said data is held with the aid of a motor (305) in a first position (FIG. 13) in contact freedom with the bottle (B) as a function of data regarding the bottle (B), such as its diameter, height and weight, so that the bottle is fed freely down towards the rest (303), and which is then adjusted in order to be brought into a second position (FIG. 15) for contact against a portion of the bottle and for pushing the bottle against a back wall (308) in the duct or shaft (302), and a bottle ejector (304-307, 309-310) which is moveable out of said back wall (308) in order to push the bottle (B) in standing position onto a further conveyor (311). The bottle stabilizer and the bottle ejector are made of a common rotating unit (304, 306-307, 309-310) consisting of at least one vertical wing, preferably three (306, 309, 310), which are secured to a vertical spindle (307), and which on one rotational movement (FIG. 15) are rotatable in towards the bottle for stabilization thereof against said back wall (308), and on an opposite rotational movement (FIGS. 17 and 18) are moveable out through said back wall for ejection of the bottle (B).


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EP1012088JP2000514767 AU1997035594WO/1998/002371