Apparatus for orienting and stacking hollow, frusto-conical containers

  • US 4,550,820 A
  • Filed: 09/06/1983
  • Issued: 11/05/1985
  • Est. Priority Date: 09/06/1983
  • Status: Expired due to Fees
First Claim
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1. Apparatus for orienting frusto-conical articles having opposite ends of different width, comprising:

  • downwardly inclined ramp means for receiving said articles in random orientations and allowing said articles to fall along said downwardly inclined ramp means;

    means extending transversely of the ramp means and spaced by a gap from the lower end of said ramp means and constituting an abutment for said articles;

    said gap being greater than the width of the widest end of said articles and less than the length of said articles;

    conveyor means beneath said gap for receiving and conveying said articles;

    said conveyor means comprising a pair of conveyor belts extending parallel to said gap and spaced apart by a distance which is greater than the width of the narrowest end of said articles and less than the length of said articles and means for driving said conveyor belts;

    said downwardly inclined ramp means having means for displacing upwardly of said ramp means an adjacent portion of any of said articles which bridges said gap, whereby said articles are caused to fall between said conveyor belts with said widest ends thereof uppermost.

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