Patent Number: 6,308,604

Title: Apparatus for splitting articles

Abstract: A splitting apparatus includes a splitter member with a plurality of blades, and a splitting guide configured to anchor articles so that an article to be split is anchored on a splitting guide when the splitter member is moved across the splitting guide. The apparatus includes a gate which is controlled by a gate controller that selectively opens and closes the discharge aperture positioned adjacent the splitting guide so that the split article can be discharged from the splitting guide. A staging platform is provided adjacent the splitting guide for aligning the articles to be split with the splitting guide and a staging advancer is provided to move articles from the staging platform to the splitting guide, and to discharge the split articles after splitting.

Inventors: Guzowski; Jacek (Foster City, CA)

Assignee: Genentech, Inc.

International Classification: B26D 1/01 (20060101); B26D 1/04 (20060101); B26D 7/01 (20060101); B65B 61/04 (20060101); B65B 61/06 (20060101); B26D 005/20 ()

Expiration Date: 10/30/2018