Apparatus and method for separating adjacent objects on a conveyor

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United States of America Patent

PATENT NO 6273238
SERIAL NO

09482355

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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, IL7

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Inventor(s)

Inventor Name Address # of filed Patents Total Citations
Wooldridge, Donald Dunkirk, MD 7 27

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MOLINS PLC (1)
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De Forenede Bryggerier A/S (1)
4544059 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)
* 5692594 Transport apparatus 10 1995
 
Rexnord Kette GmbH & Co. KG (1)
4823939 Curved path chain conveyor 18 1988
 
The Cross Company (1)
* 4456117 Conveyor with slow down section 19 1981
 
Rexnord Corporation (1)
5779027 Sideflexing conveyor including lubrication inserts 17 1996
 
CAMORIANO, THERESA FRITZ (1)
5076422 Side-flexing chain with wheels 30 1990
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