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1. (WO2017032563) A SEQUENCING APPARATUS
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Pub. No.: WO/2017/032563 International Application No.: PCT/EP2016/068368
Publication Date: 02.03.2017 International Filing Date: 02.08.2016
IPC:
B65G 47/08 (2006.01) ,B25J 9/00 (2006.01) ,B65G 47/28 (2006.01) ,B65G 15/14 (2006.01) ,B65G 47/31 (2006.01)
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
02
Devices for feeding articles or materials to conveyers
04
for feeding articles
06
from a single group of articles arranged in orderly pattern, e.g. workpieces in magazines
08
spacing or grouping the articles during feeding
B PERFORMING OPERATIONS; TRANSPORTING
25
HAND TOOLS; PORTABLE POWER-DRIVEN TOOLS; HANDLES FOR HAND IMPLEMENTS; WORKSHOP EQUIPMENT; MANIPULATORS
J
MANIPULATORS; CHAMBERS PROVIDED WITH MANIPULATION DEVICES
9
Programme-controlled manipulators
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
22
Devices influencing the relative position or the attitude of articles during transit by conveyers
26
arranging the articles, e.g. varying spacing between individual articles
28
during transit by a single conveyer
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
15
Conveyers having endless load-conveying surfaces, i.e. belts and like continuous members, to which tractive effort is transmitted by means other than endless driving elements of similar configuration
10
comprising two or more co-operating endless surfaces with parallel longitudinal axes, or a multiplicity of parallel elements, e.g. ropes defining an endless surface
12
with two or more endless belts
14
the load being conveyed between the belts
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
22
Devices influencing the relative position or the attitude of articles during transit by conveyers
26
arranging the articles, e.g. varying spacing between individual articles
30
during transit by a series of conveyers
31
by varying the relative speeds of the conveyers forming the series
Applicants:
TETRA LAVAL HOLDINGS & FINANCE S.A. [CH/CH]; 70, Avenue Général-Guisan CH-1009 Pully, CH
Inventors:
MORSELLI, Alessandro; IT
COULOMB, Mathias, N; US
WILLIAMS, Brian; US
MILOSEVIC, Slobodan; US
LASKIS, Jon, Paul; US
DAVIDSON, Mark, W; US
Agent:
TETRA PAK - PATENT ATTORNEYS SE; AB Tetra Pak, Patent Department Ruben Rausings gata 22186 Lund, SE
Priority Data:
15182094.124.08.2015EP
Title (EN) A SEQUENCING APPARATUS
(FR) APPAREIL DE SÉQUENÇAGE
Abstract:
(EN) A sequencing apparatus for arranging a plurality of products (C) in a sequence, comprises: - a plurality of handling devices (10, 10'), each handling device (10, 10') being operable between an engagement configuration, in which the handling device (10, 10') is engaged with a product (C), and a disengagement configuration, in which the handling device (10, 10') releases the product (C), - a plurality of driving devices (14) for advancing the handling devices (10, 10') along an advancement direction (F). The plurality of handling devices (10, 10') comprises at least a group of consecutive handling devices (10) each of which is configured to be driven by a respective driving device (14) of said plurality, so that movement of a handling device (10) of said group along the advancement direction (F) can be controlled independently of movement of the other handling devices (10) of said group, in order to ensure that a preset pitch is defined between consecutive products (C) of said sequence.
(FR) La présente invention concerne un appareil de séquençage pour agencer une pluralité de produits (C) dans une séquence, comprenant : - une pluralité de dispositifs de manipulation (10, 10'), chaque dispositif de manipulation (10, 10') pouvant fonctionner entre une configuration de mise en prise, dans laquelle le dispositif (10, 10') est mis en prise avec un produit (C), et une configuration de séparation, dans laquelle le dispositif de manipulation (10, 10') libère le produit (C), - une pluralité de dispositifs d'entraînement (14) pour faire avancer les dispositifs de manipulation (10, 10') le long d'une direction d'avancement (F). La pluralité de dispositifs de manipulation (10, 10') comprend au moins un groupe de dispositifs de manipulation consécutifs (10) dont chacun est configuré pour être entraîné par un dispositif d'entraînement respectif (14) de ladite pluralité, de sorte que le déplacement d'un dispositif de manipulation (10) dudit groupe le long de la direction d'avancement (F) peut être commandé indépendamment du déplacement des autres dispositifs de manipulation (10) dudit groupe afin de s'assurer qu'un pas prédéterminé est défini entre des produits consécutifs (C) de ladite séquence.
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African Regional Intellectual Property Organization (ARIPO) (BW, GH, GM, KE, LR, LS, MW, MZ, NA, RW, SD, SL, ST, SZ, TZ, UG, ZM, ZW)
Eurasian Patent Office (AM, AZ, BY, KG, KZ, RU, TJ, TM)
European Patent Office (EPO) (AL, AT, BE, BG, CH, CY, CZ, DE, DK, EE, ES, FI, FR, GB, GR, HR, HU, IE, IS, IT, LT, LU, LV, MC, MK, MT, NL, NO, PL, PT, RO, RS, SE, SI, SK, SM, TR)
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Publication Language: English (EN)
Filing Language: English (EN)