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1. (WO2018122298) HOPPER FOR ROD SHAPED ARTICLES AND METHOD FOR DISTRIBUTING ROD SHAPED ARTICLES

Pub. No.:    WO/2018/122298    International Application No.:    PCT/EP2017/084700
Publication Date: Fri Jul 06 01:59:59 CEST 2018 International Filing Date: Fri Dec 29 00:59:59 CET 2017
IPC: A24C 5/32
B65B 19/04
Applicants: PHILIP MORRIS PRODUCTS S.A.
Inventors: VEZZANI, Marcello
Title: HOPPER FOR ROD SHAPED ARTICLES AND METHOD FOR DISTRIBUTING ROD SHAPED ARTICLES
Abstract:
The invention relates to a hopper (10) for rod shaped articles (100) defining a longitudinal axis, the hopper (10) including: a chamber (20) to hold the rod shaped articles (100); a distributor device (30) to align the rod shaped articles (100) with substantially parallel longitudinal axes, the distributor device (30) including a plurality of walls (50) defining adjacent channels (40), at least one of said walls (50) including a stationary part (51) and a movable part (52) connected to the stationary part (51); and a vibrating device (70) adapted to oscillate the movable part (52) with respect to the stationary part (51).