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|1. (WO2018204118) MULTI-LEVEL CONVEYOR SYSTEM THAT REORIENTS OBJECTS INTO A SEQUENTIAL ORIENTATION|
|Applicants:||AMAZON TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
BATTLES, Jon, Stuart
GARRETT, Samuel, Gardner
TALDA, Timothy, Alan
TILEKAR, Akshay, Rajendra
|Title:||MULTI-LEVEL CONVEYOR SYSTEM THAT REORIENTS OBJECTS INTO A SEQUENTIAL ORIENTATION|
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.