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1. (WO2018204118) MULTI-LEVEL CONVEYOR SYSTEM THAT REORIENTS OBJECTS INTO A SEQUENTIAL ORIENTATION

Pub. No.:    WO/2018/204118    International Application No.:    PCT/US2018/028961
Publication Date: Fri Nov 09 00:59:59 CET 2018 International Filing Date: Tue Apr 24 01:59:59 CEST 2018
IPC: B65G 59/12
B65G 47/31
B65G 47/52
Applicants: AMAZON TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
Inventors: VADAKKANMARUVEEDU, Unnikrishnan
BATTLES, Jon, Stuart
DUNNE, Emily
GARRETT, Samuel, Gardner
TALDA, Timothy, Alan
TILEKAR, Akshay, Rajendra
UNDERBERG, Jacqueline
Title: MULTI-LEVEL CONVEYOR SYSTEM THAT REORIENTS OBJECTS INTO A SEQUENTIAL ORIENTATION
Abstract:
In one embodiment, a conveyor system (10) reorients objects (102, 104, 106, 108, 110, 112) from a side-by-side orientation to a sequential orientation. The system has an upper conveyor level (12) and a subsequent conveyor level (14) disposed below the upper level. The upper level has an upper conveyor segment (20) that has an upstream end (20a), a downstream end (20b) opposite the upstream end along a flow direction (F1), a pair of lateral sides (20c, 20d), a top side (20e), and a bottom side (20f). The upper conveyor segment defines a conveying surface (24) that is between the pair of lateral sides and that carries objects aligned therewith along the flow direction. The upper conveyor segment also defines a discharge opening (22) that is between the conveying surface and one of the lateral sides. The discharge opening extends through the upper conveyor segment along a vertical direction (V) so as to discharge objects onto the subsequent conveyor level that are aligned with the discharge opening.