Patent Number: 6,293,390

Title: Conveyor for continuous proofing and baking apparatus

Abstract: In one embodiment, a conveyor comprises identical carriages and apparatus for connecting the carriages end to end. The carriages each include first wheel pairs supported for rotation about spaced apart parallel axes and a second wheel pair supported for rotation about a perpendicular axis. The first and second wheel pairs are rotatably supported by self-lubricated bearings. The connection apparatus may comprise either connection rods or a wire rope. In another embodiment, the conveyor comprises identical links each including first and second link portions. The link portions are pivotally interconnected by a first connecting pin which also supports a first pair of wheels. Adjacent links are interconnected by a second connecting pin which also supports a second wheel pair. The first and second wheel pairs are rotatably supported by self-lubricated bearings.

Inventors: Kilby; Leonard R. (Plano, TX), Lucido; John M. (Garland, TX), Hoekstra; Joop Frans (Medfield, MA)

Assignee: SASIB North America, Inc.

International Classification: A21C 13/00 (20060101); A21C 13/02 (20060101); B65G 17/30 (20060101); B65G 17/38 (20060101); B65G 039/20 (); B65G 017/38 (); B65G 017/06 ()

Expiration Date: 09/25/2018