Product settler having vertically movable rollers

  • US 5,238,032 A
  • Filed: 04/29/1991
  • Issued: 08/24/1993
  • Est. Priority Date: 04/29/1991
  • Status: Expired due to Fees
First Claim
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1. A product settler for settling a product within a bag, said bag having a bottom, said bag being carried on a bag elevator assembly or the like mounted for generally vertical movement between a raised position and a lowered position, said product settler comprising:

  • a frame assembly;

    at least one carriage, said carriage being connected to said frame and mounted for movement in a general vertical direction;

    a plurality of rollers, each of said plurality of rollers being connected to said carriage for reciprocal movement therewith in said generally vertical direction and mounted for rotation about an axis of rotation, at least a portion of each of said plurality of rollers being disposed generally beneath the bag when the bag is carried out on the bag elevator assembly or the like;

    means for selectively moving said carriage and said plurality of rollers connected thereto between a completely raised position and a completely lowered position, said means for moving said carriage being capable of maintaining said plurality of rollers in close proximity to the bottom of the bag while the bag is moved from the raised position to the lowered position, said plurality of rollers moving between said completely raised position and said completely lowered position along a path corresponding to an average rate of descent of the bag being moved from the raised position to the lowered position, said plurality of rollers being reciprocated in a generally vertical direction such that said plurality of rollers oscillate a predetermined distance above or below said path; and

    means for selectively rotating each of said plurality of rollers when said carriage is moved to said completely lowered position.

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