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1. (WO2018083167) PASSIVE OBJECT HANDLING DEVICE

Pub. No.:    WO/2018/083167    International Application No.:    PCT/EP2017/078039
Publication Date: Sat May 12 01:59:59 CEST 2018 International Filing Date: Fri Nov 03 00:59:59 CET 2017
IPC: B41F 17/00
B41F 17/18
B41F 17/20
B41J 3/407
F16D 27/01
Applicants: TONEJET LIMITED
Inventors: SHARP, John Lawton
INGHAM, Ian Philip Butler
WOODS, Jeffrey Mark
EDWARDS, Simon John
CLIPPINGDALE, Andrew John
HALLS, Jonathan James Michael
Title: PASSIVE OBJECT HANDLING DEVICE
Abstract:
The present disclosure provides an apparatus for handling objects. The apparatus comprises a carrying device (104) that is configured to move along a track (102). A handling device (224) is adapted to hold an object (108) and is mounted to the carrying device (104) such that it is rotatable with respect to the carrying device about a handling axis (226). A drive device (310) is disposed at a position along the track (102) and configured to produce a torque around a drive axis. The carrying device (104) can be moved along the track (102) in a direction perpendicular to the drive axis into and out of a drive position. In the drive position, the handling axis (226) of the handling device (224) is in substantial alignment with the drive axis of the drive device (310) whereupon the drive device induces a torque in the handling device (224) causing the handling device to rotate, thereby causing the object (108) held by the handling device to rotate.