Patent Number: 6,332,530

Title: Apparatus for manipulating block-shaped commodities

Abstract: An apparatus for transporting successive at least partially wrapped blocks of cigarettes or the like, e.g., in a packing machine, employs a mobile block supplying member which advances successive blocks of a series of blocks on top of an opening in a bottom wall at a level below a turntable indexible about a vertical axis and carrying several open-bottom receptacles which are movable radially of the axis. An empty receptacle is located above the opening of the bottom wall in response to completion of each indexing step. At such time, a pusher is moved upwardly through the opening of the bottom wall to raise a block into the registering receptacle. In order to avoid movements of blocks relative to the respective receptacles during indexing of the turntable, the freshly filled receptacles are moved radially of the turntable so that the blocks therein at least partially overlie a blocking or confining platform, which is indexible with the turntable, until the receptacles reach a transfer station where the blocks are accepted by a second turntable.

Inventors: Grossmann; Jurgen (Wentorf, DE), Wachter; Michael Kleine (Lankau, DE)

Assignee: Topack Verpackungstechnik GmbH

International Classification: B65B 35/20 (20060101); B65B 19/00 (20060101); B65B 35/00 (20060101); B65B 19/22 (20060101); B65G 47/84 (20060101); B65G 029/00 (); B65G 037/00 (); B65G 047/04 (); B65G 047/34 (); B65G 047/84 ()

Expiration Date: 12/25/2018