US Patent No: 6,273,238

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Apparatus and method for separating adjacent objects on a conveyor

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A method and apparatus for separating and accelerating adjacent objects on a conveyor, which does not interpose fingers, fixtures, escapements, or the like, between the objects. The apparatus uses two adjacent sideflexing conveyors traveling, at least in part, in a curved path. Separation and acceleration of the objects is accomplished by taking advantage of the increase in velocity at the margin of the conveyor in relation to the pitch line speed where the conveyor travels in a curved path. The objects are transferred from the higher speed margin of one conveyor to the low speed margin of the other, faster, conveyor, at the curve.

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Patent Owner(s)

Patent OwnerAddressTotal Patents
DIAMOND MACHINE WERKS, INC.ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, IL9

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Inventor(s)

Inventor Name Address # of filed Patents Total Citations
Wooldridge, Donald Dunkirk, MD 8 22

Cited Art Landscape

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CAMORIANO, THERESA FRITZ (1)
5,076,422 Side-flexing chain with wheels 27 1990
 
De Forenede Bryggerier A/S (1)
4,544,059 Apparatus for combining several rows of bottles or similar objects on an inlet conveyor to a single row on an outlet conveyor 10 1983
 
Inmara AG (1)
* 5,692,594 Transport apparatus 10 1995
 
Klockner Hansel Tevopharm B.V. (1)
* 6,098,785 Conveyor device for accelerating a series of products 20 1998
 
Molins PLC (1)
* 5,878,865 Variable speed conveying apparatus 13 1996
 
REXNORD CORPORATION, A DE CORP. (1)
5,779,027 Sideflexing conveyor including lubrication inserts 13 1996
 
Rexnord Kette GmbH & Co. KG (1)
4,823,939 Curved path chain conveyor 16 1988
 
SASIB PACKAGING ITALIA S.R.L. (1)
5,782,332 Device and corresponding method for grouping together random product flows into a single path according to a pre-established and adjustable rate of advance 25 1995
 
The Cross Company (1)
* 4,456,117 Conveyor with slow down section 19 1981
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Campbell Soup Company (7)
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7,152,756 Dispensing systems and methods 0 2003
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DIAMOND MACHINE WERKS, INC. (1)
6,563,901 Multi-head counting system with size discrimination 6 2001
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