Patent Number: 6,168,004

Title: Container distribution apparatus

Abstract: A container distribution apparatus having a frame surrounding a revolvable turret, the revolvable turret comprises intermediate transport members in the shape of slots adapted to receive containers from a feeding member such as a conveyor belt, to transport and to deliver containers to accumulator members located between the revolvable turret and the processing machines, to retrieve containers from accumulator members, and to transport containers to a exiting member such as a conveyor belt, each accumulator member is capable of carrying containers to and from a processing machine. A synchronization unit coordinates the transfer of containers to and from the accumulator members by activating a drive mechanism in a step-like manner to rotate the revolvable turret and by activating the opening and closing of gates located at the junction of the intermediate transport members and the accumulator members. Processing machines are positioned around the container distribution apparatus and are supplied with unprocessed containers and relieved of processed container. All Processing machines around the container distribution apparatus perform the same task. This arrangement creates a processing system that is faster then previously known processing systems.

Inventors: Drewitz; Hugues (St-Eustache, CA), Lewis; Graham (Montreal, CA), Pallay; Louis (Beaconsfield, CA), Yablonovitch; Max (Dollard-des-Ormeaux, CA)

Assignee: Kalish Canada, Inc.

International Classification: B65B 43/42 (20060101); B65G 47/84 (20060101); B65G 037/00 ()

Expiration Date: 01/02/2018