Daniel J. Talken of Lafayette, Calif., has developed an efficient factory production line transition storable transfer conveyor system for selectively moving bundles from an upstream conveyor.
According to the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office (Alexandria, Va.), the invention relates to a "storable transfer conveyor system for moving bundles from an upstream conveyor to a downstream conveyor utilizing a storable transfer conveyor which is movable from a first operative position, wherein the bundles are transferred to the downstream conveyor, to a second stored position on top of the downstream conveyor.
“When the storable transfer conveyor is in the second stored position, nearly all of the floor space occupied by the storable transfer conveyor when it was in the first operative position is vacated and available for another use and for operators to freely traverse the formerly occupied floor space. Transfer of the storable transfer conveyor is preferably nearly entirely by powered conveyors, requiring very minimal manual effort on the part of the operators of the equipment."
An abstract of the invention, states: "In some applications, the storable transfer conveyor may be manually pushed or pulled in and out of a stored position. Transfer of the transfer conveyor from the first operative position to the second stored position requires no additional floor space to effect the move. The transfer and its return requires no uncoupling and re-coupling of hydraulic hoses, power cables, or control cords."
The inventor was issued U.S. Patent No. 7,150,383 on Dec. 19. The patent has been assigned to Geo M Martin Co., Emeryville, Calif. The original application was filed on Sept. 15, 2003. Click here to view the application.
Source: U.S. Fed News