skip to main content
DOE Patents title logo U.S. Department of Energy
Office of Scientific and Technical Information

Title: Automatic box loader

Abstract

This invention relates to a system for repetitively forming an assembly consisting of a single layer of tubes and a row of ferromagnetic armatures underlying the same, electromagnetically conveying the resulting assembly to a position overlying a storage box, and depositing the assembly in the box. The system includes means for simultaneously depositing a row of the armatures on the inclined surface of a tube retainer. Tubes then are rolled down the surface to form a single tube layer bridging the armatures. A magnet assembly carrying electromagnets respectively aligned with the armatures is advanced close to the tube layer, and in the course of this advance is angularly displaced to bring the pole pieces of the electromagnets into parallelism with the tube layer. The magnets then are energized to pick up the assembly. The loaded magnet assembly is retracted to a position overlying the box, and during this retraction is again displaced to bring the pole pieces of the electromagnets into a horizontal plane. Means are provided for inserting the loaded electromagnets in the box and then de-energizing the electromagnets to deposit the assembly therein. The system accomplishes the boxing of fragile tubes at relatively high rates. Because the tubesmore » are boxed as separated uniform layers, subsequent unloading operations are facilitated.« less

Inventors:
 [1];  [2];  [3];  [4]
  1. Monterey, TN
  2. Oak Ridge, TN
  3. Norris, TN
  4. Lebanon, TN
Issue Date:
Research Org.:
Oak Ridge National Lab. (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States)
OSTI Identifier:
862644
Patent Number(s):
3981406
Assignee:
United States of America as represented by United States Energy (Washington, DC)
Patent Classifications (CPCs):
B - PERFORMING OPERATIONS B65 - CONVEYING B65G - TRANSPORT OR STORAGE DEVICES, e.g. CONVEYORS FOR LOADING OR TIPPING, SHOP CONVEYOR SYSTEMS OR PNEUMATIC TUBE CONVEYORS
DOE Contract Number:  
W-7405-ENG-26
Resource Type:
Patent
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
automatic; box; loader; relates; repetitively; forming; assembly; consisting; single; layer; tubes; row; ferromagnetic; armatures; underlying; electromagnetically; conveying; resulting; position; overlying; storage; depositing; means; simultaneously; inclined; surface; tube; retainer; rolled; form; bridging; magnet; carrying; electromagnets; respectively; aligned; advanced; close; course; advance; angularly; displaced; bring; pole; pieces; parallelism; magnets; energized; pick; loaded; retracted; retraction; horizontal; plane; provided; inserting; de-energizing; deposit; therein; accomplishes; boxing; fragile; relatively; rates; boxed; separated; uniform; layers; subsequent; unloading; operations; facilitated; horizontal plane; inclined surface; pole pieces; single layer; uniform layer; magnet assembly; uniform layers; assembly consisting; form layers; pole piece; /414/

Citation Formats

Eldridge, Harry H, Jones, Robert A, Lindner, Gordon M, and Hight, Paul H. Automatic box loader. United States: N. p., 1976. Web.
Eldridge, Harry H, Jones, Robert A, Lindner, Gordon M, & Hight, Paul H. Automatic box loader. United States.
Eldridge, Harry H, Jones, Robert A, Lindner, Gordon M, and Hight, Paul H. Thu . "Automatic box loader". United States. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/862644.
@article{osti_862644,
title = {Automatic box loader},
author = {Eldridge, Harry H and Jones, Robert A and Lindner, Gordon M and Hight, Paul H},
abstractNote = {This invention relates to a system for repetitively forming an assembly consisting of a single layer of tubes and a row of ferromagnetic armatures underlying the same, electromagnetically conveying the resulting assembly to a position overlying a storage box, and depositing the assembly in the box. The system includes means for simultaneously depositing a row of the armatures on the inclined surface of a tube retainer. Tubes then are rolled down the surface to form a single tube layer bridging the armatures. A magnet assembly carrying electromagnets respectively aligned with the armatures is advanced close to the tube layer, and in the course of this advance is angularly displaced to bring the pole pieces of the electromagnets into parallelism with the tube layer. The magnets then are energized to pick up the assembly. The loaded magnet assembly is retracted to a position overlying the box, and during this retraction is again displaced to bring the pole pieces of the electromagnets into a horizontal plane. Means are provided for inserting the loaded electromagnets in the box and then de-energizing the electromagnets to deposit the assembly therein. The system accomplishes the boxing of fragile tubes at relatively high rates. Because the tubes are boxed as separated uniform layers, subsequent unloading operations are facilitated.},
doi = {},
journal = {},
number = ,
volume = ,
place = {United States},
year = {1976},
month = {1}
}

Patent:

Save / Share: