Patent Number: 6,253,905

Title: Unscrambling and aligning conveyor

Abstract: An unscrambling and aligning conveyor comprises a plurality of tapered rollers attached to a pair of side supports. The tapered rollers are driven at a single speed and tapered to a minimum diameter to define an alignment region. The tapered rollers create a lateral speed decrease toward the alignment region of the conveyor, causing separation and rotation of the articles, and thereby enabling the articles to be singulated in the alignment region. The tapered rollers are supported by the side supports such that center axis of each roller is horizontal to thereby defining a downwardly sloping article transport surface which increases movement of the articles towards the alignment region. The unscrambling and aligning conveyor is driven at a speed greater than the input conveyor located adjacently upstream thereof to provide articles with a gap therebetween so that articles moving along the unscrambling and aligning conveyor are properly singulated.

Inventors: Pelka; Ronald E. (Grand Rapids, MI)

Assignee: Rapistan Systems Advertising Corp.

International Classification: B65G 47/04 (20060101); B65G 47/24 (20060101); B65G 47/08 (20060101); B65G 47/244 (20060101); B65G 047/26 ()

Expiration Date: 07/03/2018