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1. (WO2001032533) CONVEYOR HAVING AN ARTICLE-CONVEYING SURFACE WITH ARTICLE-ENGAGEMENT CHARACTERISTICS THAT CAN BE CHANGED WHILE THE CONVEYOR IS RUNNING

Pub. No.:    WO/2001/032533    International Application No.:    PCT/US2000/041723
Publication Date: Fri May 11 01:59:59 CEST 2001 International Filing Date: Tue Oct 31 00:59:59 CET 2000
IPC: B65G 17/24
B65G 47/31
Applicants: THE LAITRAM CORPORATION
O'CONNOR, Gerald, M.
LAPEYRE, Robert, S.
GREVE, Christopher, G.
Inventors: O'CONNOR, Gerald, M.
LAPEYRE, Robert, S.
GREVE, Christopher, G.
Title: CONVEYOR HAVING AN ARTICLE-CONVEYING SURFACE WITH ARTICLE-ENGAGEMENT CHARACTERISTICS THAT CAN BE CHANGED WHILE THE CONVEYOR IS RUNNING
Abstract:
A belt conveyor (10) whose article-conveying characteristics can be changed as the belt (12) is running. The conveyor belt (12) includes a plurality of movable assemblies (42) supporting an article-supporting element (44) and an adjustable element (54). The adjustable element (54) coacts with an adjustment control element (46) supported in the conveyor frame (11) as the belt (12) is running. The coaction causes the adjustable element (54) to move the article-supporting element (44) to provide a different article-conveying characteristic to articles (38) supported at the conveying surface (34) of the belt (12) in zones defined by the adjustment control elements (46).