Patent Number: 6,168,006

Title: Sorting apparatus for parts from workpiece cutting machine

Abstract: A machine tool/parts sorter assembly includes a machine tool having a frame and a workstation at which multiple parts are cut from a workpiece as it is moved in a horizontal plane relative to the workstation. A sorter is coupled with the machine tool frame for separately guiding different parts to different discharge areas adjacent the machine tool. The sorter includes a guide member adjacent the workstation for receiving the parts from the workstation, a pair of spaced, downwardly inclined guide chutes for discharging parts to separate discharge areas, and an actuator for selectively moving the guide member to discharge parts thereon into the guide chutes.

Inventors: Bytow; Peter (Simmozheim, DE)

Assignee: Trumpf GmbH & Co.

International Classification: B23Q 7/12 (20060101); B21D 43/20 (20060101); B23Q 7/08 (20060101); B23Q 7/00 (20060101); B65G 047/46 ()

Expiration Date: 01/02/2018