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1. (WO2013158599) APPARATUSES FOR TRANSFERRING DISCRETE ARTICLES

Pub. No.:    WO/2013/158599    International Application No.:    PCT/US2013/036718
Publication Date: Fri Oct 25 01:59:59 CEST 2013 International Filing Date: Wed Apr 17 01:59:59 CEST 2013
IPC: B65G 47/84
A61F 13/15
Applicants: THE PROCTER & GAMBLE COMPANY
Inventors: PAPSDORF, Clifford, Theodore
SCHNEIDER, Uwe
Title: APPARATUSES FOR TRANSFERRING DISCRETE ARTICLES
Abstract:
The present disclosure is directed to a transfer assembly (100) for transferring discrete articles (102) from or to a moving carrier member (104, 106). The transfer assembly comprises a frame (130) defining a rotation axis(132). The frame comprises a track (134) having a circumferential shape surrounding the rotation axis. The transfer assembly comprises transfer members (112) movably engaged with the track, each having a transfer surface (136). The transfer assembly comprises a wheel (138) engaged with the frame and configured to rotate about the rotation axis. The wheel is engaged with the transfer members. As the wheel rotates about the rotation axis, the transfer members circumnavigate about a path about the rotation axis in correspondence with the track. The shape of the track causes the transfer surfaces to move radially relative to the rotation axis while the transfer surfaces are maintained a substantially constant distance away from the moving carrier member at the point of discrete article transfer.