Patent Number: 7,819,620

Title: Apparatus and method for moving or positioning wider or narrower of objects

Abstract: An apparatus is for displacing objects which can be picked up. The apparatus includes a fork-like member provided with teeth for picking up the objects, a transporting device connected to this member, a device for moving the fork-like member vertically, and a control device for controlling the transporting and moving devices. The apparatus includes at least one pair of mutually adjacent teeth of the fork-like member which is equipped with one flexible carrier arranged on each tooth and drivable in longitudinal direction of the tooth. When the objects are set down, this carrier can impart a determined speed to the objects such that the distance between two rows of set-down objects standing perpendicularly of the direction of the teeth can be regulated in a flexible manner by way of adjusting the speed of the carrier.

Inventors: Visser; Cornelis Frans Taco (LJ 's-Gravendeel, NL)

Assignee: Visser's-Gravendeel Holding B.V.

International Classification: B66F 9/12 (20060101)

Expiration Date: 2018-10-26 0:00:00