Stacking system and method of stacking a plurality of articles

  • US 5,964,571 A
  • Filed: 01/05/1998
  • Issued: 10/12/1999
  • Est. Priority Date: 01/05/1998
  • Status: Expired due to Fees
First Claim
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1. A stacking system for vertically stacking a plurality of articles, the stacking system comprising:

  • a transport table having a first end and a second end, said transport table having means for slidably moving an article of the plurality of articles from said first end thereof to, and beyond, said second end thereof;

    a stacking area associated with said second end of said transport table;

    an arm member having an engaging member slidably movable over at least a portion of said stacking area, said engaging member capable of releasably engaging at least a portion of the article as the article extends beyond said second end of said transport table;

    means for vertically moving at least one of said stacking area or said transport table and arm member; and

    means for actively coordinating said vertical movement means and said slidable movement of said arm member, while said article is in transition from said transport table to said stacking area, to, in turn, facilitate stackable positioning of articles upon said stacking area.

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