Patent Number: 6,332,527

Title: Transport apparatus for handling cut products

Abstract: A transport apparatus for handling rows of units of multi-ply material such as rolls of bathroom tissue or paper toweling and stacks of folding facial tissue or toweling includes a pair of movable shuttles which can be moved together to provide a bridge for conveying the units over an opening and which can be moved apart to provide a gap so that trim pieces or selected units can fall through the opening. When the shuttles are moved to an upstream position, the shuttles bridge the opening, and units can be moved over the shuttles and over the opening. When a trim piece or selected unit is positioned just upstream of the downstream shuttle, the downstream shuttle is moved in a downstream direction away from the upstream shuttle to provide a gap between the shuttles so that the trim piece or selected unit falls through the gap and the opening. The upstream shuttle can then be moved in a downstream direction toward the downstream shuttle to close the gap.

Inventors: Wierschke; Larry D. (Green Bay, WI)

Assignee: Paper Converting Machine Company

International Classification: B26D 3/16 (20060101); B26D 7/18 (20060101); B65G 047/46 ()

Expiration Date: 12/25/2018