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1. (WO2018009617) APPARATUS FOR TRANSPORTING, INSPECTING, AND PROCESSING PELLET-SHAPED ARTICLES

Pub. No.:    WO/2018/009617    International Application No.:    PCT/US2017/040839
Publication Date: Fri Jan 12 00:59:59 CET 2018 International Filing Date: Fri Jul 07 01:59:59 CEST 2017
IPC: B65G 47/22
B07C 5/02
B07C 5/04
B41F 17/36
B65B 35/56
B65B 35/58
Applicants: ACKLEY MACHINE CORPORATON
Inventors: DELUCCIA, Jr., Vincent, M.
Title: APPARATUS FOR TRANSPORTING, INSPECTING, AND PROCESSING PELLET-SHAPED ARTICLES
Abstract:
A carrier link to convey at least one pellet-shaped article along a predetermined conveyer path in a direction of travel includes at least one pocket adapted to receive a pellet- shaped article and a lead-in surface provided to an upper exterior surface of the carrier link and extending into leading edges of the pocket. Each pocket includes a longitudinal axis that is transverse to a direction of travel of the carrier link. The lead-in surface provides a ramped or declined surface into the pocket to facilitate entry of the pellet-shaped article into the pocket. The lead-in surface is ramped or declined towards a side of the carrier link to facilitate rotating, guiding, and/or orienting of the pellet-shaped article into the pocket.