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1. (WO2017040902) LAUNCHING SYSTEM FOR ROBOTIC SAUSAGE LOADING MACHINE

Pub. No.:    WO/2017/040902    International Application No.:    PCT/US2016/050066
Publication Date: Fri Mar 10 00:59:59 CET 2017 International Filing Date: Sat Sep 03 01:59:59 CEST 2016
IPC: B65B 35/24
B65B 35/08
B65B 19/34
B65G 47/31
B65G 15/14
Applicants: F.R. DRAKE COMPANY
Inventors: MILO, Nicholas J.
HOPKINS, Keith W.
REED, George E.
Title: LAUNCHING SYSTEM FOR ROBOTIC SAUSAGE LOADING MACHINE
Abstract:
A system, and associated method, for launching and delivering separated food product in organized groups to a robotized packaging station for the product. The system initiates the delivery via a metered hopper (12) of food product delivering the product to a launch V-belt that aligns the product end to end. A successive singulator belt (16), positioned adjacent to and receiving product from the launch belt (14), further organizes the product into a single file alignment. An optional separator belt may follow the singulator belt to create gaps between successive product units. The product is then delivered to a pick belt (20) for product to be provided to the packaging robot. The system product information is from a single (per product delivery line) sensor (18), enabling intergrated end-to-end control from hopper to robot, and a nearly continuous motion of said pick belt.