Patent Number: 6,250,871

Title: Conveyor for selectively rotating bakery pans

Abstract: A conveyor (20) for transporting and inverting strap pans (22) or other pans used for baking. The conveyor includes a closed-loop drive chain (26) to which a number of pan cars (54) are pivotally attached. The pan cars are provided with magnetic bars (36) that create attractive force to hold the strap pans to the pan cars. The conveyor also includes an incline guide (204). When the conveyor is actuated, the pan cars run against the incline guide so as to cause the initial inversion of the pan cars. As the pans cars are inverted they abut against a positioning rail located along side of the drive chain. The positioning rail is shaped to control both the rate at which the pan cars are inverted from their normal upright position and then it is further shaped to force the pan cars to then return to their initial upright position. The inversion of the pan cars causes a like inversion of the strap pans secured to the pan cars. Thus, this conveyor is used to invert pans so as to employ gravity in order to foster the removal of debris from the pans.

Inventors: LeCrone; Dale J. (Jackson, MI), Weaver; Aaron (Jackson, MI), Olney; Ted (Jackson, MI), Sackman; Richard J. (Rives Junction, MI), Bentley; Steve (Albion, MI)

Assignee: LeMatic, Inc.

International Classification: A21C 9/00 (20060101); A21C 9/08 (20060101); B08B 5/02 (20060101); A21B 003/18 ()

Expiration Date: 06/26/2018