System for forming and attaching lift-tabs to can ends

CAFC
  • US 7,063,492 B1
  • Filed: 01/13/2004
  • Issued: 06/20/2006
  • Est. Priority Date: 05/12/1993
  • Status: Expired due to Fees
First Claim
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1. A system for forming and attaching lift-tabs to can ends to form easyopening lift-tab can ends, wherein each of said can ends includes a rivet to which a lift-tab may be attached, said system comprising:

  • a frame;

    a means for forming a lift-tab, said means for forming a lift-tab including a tab press mounted on the frame, said tab press being adapted to form at least one lane of lift-tabs in a strip of metal stock material;

    a drive roller supported on the frame and adapted to move the strip of metal stock material through the means for forming a lift-tab;

    a means for attaching a lift-tab onto a can end, said means for attaching a lift-tab onto a can end including a conversion press mounted on the frame, said conversion press being adapted to attach a lift-tab onto a can end, and said conversion press having a locating means for placing the strip of metal stock material into the conversion press with the lift-tab being placed into working relationship with a can end so that the conversion press may detach the lift-tab from the strip and attach the lift-tab onto the can end to form an easy opening lift-tab can end;

    a conveyor means for conveying the at least one lane of formed lift-tabs from the means for forming a lift-tab to the means for attaching a lift-tab onto a can end;

    a power source for providing power to operate both of the means for forming a lift-tab and the means for attaching a lift-tab onto a can end said power source including a conversion press power source for providing power to operate the tab press and the conversion press; and

    a crank shaft system operatively connected to the power source, said crank shaft system being adapted to transmit power for operating either or both of the means for forming a lift-tab and the means for attaching a lift-tab onto a can end and said crank shaft system including a tab press crank shaft adapted to transmit power for operating the tab press and a conversion press crank shaft that is operatively connected to the conversion press power source adapted to transmit power for operating the conversion press, said tab press crank shaft and said conversion press crank shaft being connected to each other by a drive belt.

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