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Dokumentenidentifikation EP1510490 27.07.2006
EP-Veröffentlichungsnummer 0001510490
Titel Sammelbehälter für Gegenstände
Anmelder Hewlett-Packard Development Co., L.P., Houston, Tex., US
Erfinder Buibas, Marius, Chula Vista, CA 91911, US;
Lee, Ted T., San Diego, CA 92131, US;
Zhang, Erik Y., San Marcos, CA 92078, US
Vertreter derzeit kein Vertreter bestellt
DE-Aktenzeichen 602004001183
Vertragsstaaten DE, FR, GB
Sprache des Dokument EN
EP-Anmeldetag 25.08.2004
EP-Aktenzeichen 042551200
EP-Offenlegungsdatum 02.03.2005
EP date of grant 14.06.2006
Veröffentlichungstag im Patentblatt 27.07.2006
IPC-Hauptklasse B65H 31/10(2006.01)A, F, I, 20051017, B, H, EP
IPC-Nebenklasse B65H 31/36(2006.01)A, L, I, 20051017, B, H, EP   

Beschreibung[en]
FIELD OF THE INVENTION

This invention relates in general to an object catch bin and, more particularly, to an object catch bin that pivots.

BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION

Object catch bins are used to stack objects. Often, catch bins are used to catch compact discs after the discs have been printed. In many standard object catch bins, newly printed discs are dropped directly on top of one another. This direct impact may scratch or nick newly printed discs or objects already in the bin. Additionally, the conventional direct impact object catch bin usually leaves the stacked objects or discs in a non-uniform stack.

Other object catch bins attempt to address the shortcomings of the direct impact catch bin through a variety of costly modifications. The upstacker or automated stacker utilizes a robot, which carefully places printed objects or discs on a designated stack after processing. The main drawbacks to this variety of catch bin are that it is very costly and large.

Another type of catch bin rests entirely on springs. Although this type of catch bin may effectively cushion the impact of objects dropping directly on one another, this type of catch bin utilizes a significant amount of space and is expensive to manufacture. A further catch bin is shown in GB 939 288 A.

SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION

According to principles of the present invention, an object catch bin has a tray disposed to catch objects. The tray is pivotal about an edge. Bias means resist pivoting of the tray.

DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

Figures 1-3 are illustrations of one embodiment of the object catch bin of the present invention in operation.

Figure 4 illustrates another embodiment of the object catch bin of the present invention.

Figure 5 is a flow chart illustrating one embodiment of the method for stacking objects of the present invention.

DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE INVENTION

Illustrated in Figures 1 through 3 is one embodiment of an object catch bin 2. Object catch bin 2 includes a tray 4. Tray 4 is disposed to catch objects 6. Tray 4 is made of any material and has any shape suitable for holding object 6. Object 6 is any object that is stackable. Examples of object 6 include compact discs, disc cases, cassettes, and boxes.

Back stop 8 is any structure capable of catching object 6 in tray 4. In one embodiment, back stop 8 is integral with tray 4. In another embodiment, back stop 8 is not integral with tray 4. Back stop 8 is attached to tray 4 in one embodiment and not attached to tray 4 in another embodiment. Optionally, tray 4 rests on a base member 14. Base member 14 can have any shape or configuration suitable for supporting or holding tray 4. In one embodiment, base member 14 is attached to back stop 8. In another embodiment, base member 14 is detached from back stop 8.

Tray 4 has an edge 10. In one embodiment of tray 4, edge 10 is located at the vertex of tray 4 and back stop 8. Tray 4 is pivotal about edge 10 of tray 4.

Bias means 12 is any structure that causes tray 4 to resist pivoting about edge 10 of tray 4. Examples of bias means 12 are springs, hydraulics, and magnetic bias means. In one embodiment, bias means 12 is attached only to tray 4. In another embodiment, bias means 12 is disposed between tray 4 and base member 14.

Conveyor means 16 is any device for projecting objects 6 into tray 4. Examples of conveyor means 16 include conveyor belts, rollers, and slides.

Pivoting of tray 4 about edge 10 of tray 4 serves to cushion the impact of object 6 on tray 4 after object 6 is projected into tray 4 by conveyor means 16. Tray 4 optionally pivots using a hinge. Pivoting of tray 4 also optionally results in rotation of tray 4 to a desired location depending on the weight and contents of tray 4. For example, as illustrated in figures 1 through 3, as the number or weight of objects 6 on tray 4 increase, tray 4 pivots from an angled position (figure 1) to a mostly horizontal position (figure 3) when full.

Figure 4 illustrates pivoting in another embodiment of the configuration of tray 4 and back stop 8. In this embodiment, tray 4 and back stop 8 are attached to each other at edge 10. Both tray 4 and back stop 8 pivot about edge 10 of tray 4. As the number or weight of objects 6 on tray 4 increases, tray 4 pivots from an angled position to a mostly horizontal position and back stop 8 pivots from an angled position to a mostly vertical position. The mostly vertical position of back stop 8 facilitates straight stacking of objects 6.

Figure 5 is a flow chart representing steps of one embodiment of the present invention. Although the steps represented in Figure 5 are presented in a specific order, the present invention encompasses variations in the order of steps. Furthermore, additional steps may be executed between the steps illustrated in Figure 5 without departing from the scope of the present invention.

Object 6 is conveyed 18 into tray 4. Tray 4 catches 20 object 6. Catching 20 includes receiving the object 6 after it is conveyed 18 into the tray 4. Tray 4 pivots 22 about the edge 10 of tray 4. Bias means 12 bias 24 tray 4 to resist pivoting about edge 10 of tray 4. Optionally, bias means 12 may be selected to resist pivoting regardless of the weight and contents of tray 4. Alternatively, bias means 12 may be selected to modify the degree of resistance based upon the weight and contents of tray 4. Modification of the degree of resistance of the bias means 12 allows tray 4 to pivot 22 to a desired location. For example, bias means 12 allows tray 4 to pivot 22 from angled when empty to horizontal when full.

The foregoing description is only illustrative of the invention. Various alternatives and modifications can be devised by those skilled in the art without departing from the invention. Accordingly, the present invention embraces all such alternatives, modifications, and variances that fall within the scope of the appended claims.


Anspruch[de]
Ein Objektauffangbehälter (2), der folgende Merkmale aufweist: (a) einen rückwärtigen Anschlag (8); (b) eine Ablage (4), die winklig zu dem rückwärtigen Anschlag (8) angeordnet ist, und dadurch gekennzeichnet, dass die Ablage (4) um den Scheitel der Ablage (4) und des rückwärtigen Anschlags (8) schwenkbar ist; und durch (c) eine Vorspannungseinrichtung (12), um sich dem Schwenken der Ablage (4) zu widersetzen. Der Objektauffangbehälter (2) gemäß Anspruch 1, bei dem die Ablage (4) und der rückwärtige Anschlag (8) relativ zueinander fest sind. Der Objektauffangbehälter (2) gemäß Anspruch 1, bei dem der rückwärtige Anschlag (8) um den Scheitel der Ablage (4) und des rückwärtigen Anschlags (8) schwenkbar ist. Der Objektauffangbehälter (2) gemäß Anspruch 1, der ferner ein Basisbauglied (14) zum Halten der Ablage (4) aufweist. Der Objektauffangbehälter (2) gemäß Anspruch 1, der ferner ein Gelenk, das an der Ablage (4) angebracht ist, zum Schwenken der Ablage (4) um den Scheitel der Ablage (4) und des rückwärtigen Anschlags (8) umfasst. Der Objektauffangbehälter (2) gemäß Anspruch 1, der ferner eine Fördereinrichtung (16) zum Werfen eines Objekts in die Ablage (4) umfasst. Ein Verfahren zum Stapeln von Objekten (6), wobei das Verfahren folgende Schritte aufweist: (a) Fördern (18) von Objekten (6); (b) Auffangen (20) der Objekte (6) mit einer Ablage (4); (c) Schwenken (22) der Ablage (4); (d) Vorspannen (24) der Ablage (4), um sich dem Schwenken zu widersetzen. Das Verfahren gemäß Anspruch 7, bei dem das Vorspannen (24) der Ablage (4) ein federbares Widersetzen gegen ein Schwenken umfasst. Das Verfahren gemäß Anspruch 7, bei dem das Vorspannen (24) der Ablage (4) ein hydraulisches Widersetzen gegen ein Schwenken umfasst. Das Verfahren gemäß Anspruch 7, bei dem das Vorspannen (24) der Ablage (4) ein magnetisches Widersetzen gegen ein Schwenken umfasst.
Anspruch[en]
An object catch bin (2) comprising: (a) a back stop (8); (b) a tray (4) angularly disposed to the back stop (8), the tray (4) pivotal about the vertex of the tray (4) and the back stop (8); and by and characterized by (c) bias means (12) for resisting pivoting of the tray (4). The object catch bin (2) of claim 1 wherein the tray (4) and the back stop (8) are fixed relative to each other. The object catch bin (2) of claim 1 wherein the back stop (8) is pivotal about the vertex of the tray (4) and back stop (8). The object catch bin (2) of claim 1 further comprising a base member (14) for holding the tray (4). The object catch bin (2) of claim 1 further including a hinge attached to the tray (4) for pivoting the tray (4) about the vertex of the tray (4) and the back stop (8). The object catch bin (2) of claim 1 further including conveyor means (16) for projecting an object into the tray (4). A method for stacking objects (6), the method comprising: (a) Conveying (18) objects (6); (b) catching (20) the objects (6) with a tray (4); (c) pivoting (22) the tray (4); (d) biasing (24) the tray (4) to resist pivoting. The method of claim 7 wherein biasing (24) the tray (4) includes springably resisting pivoting. The method of claim 7 wherein biasing (24) the tray (4) includes hydraulically resisting pivoting. The method of claim 7 wherein biasing (24) the tray (4) includes magnetically resisting pivoting.
Anspruch[fr]
Bac de recueil d'objets (2) comprenant : (a) un arrêtoir arrière (8) ; (b) un plateau (4) disposé selon un certain angle par rapport à l'arrêtoir arrière (8) et caractérisé en ce que le plateau (4) peut pivoter autour du sommet du plateau (4) et de l'arrêtoir arrière (8), et que des moyens de poussée (12) s'opposent au pivotement du plateau (4) . Bac de recueil d'objets (2) selon la revendication 1, dans lequel le plateau (4) et l'arrêtoir arrière (8) sont fixes l'un par rapport à l'autre. Bac de recueil d'objets (2) selon la revendication 1, dans lequel l'arrêtoir arrière (8) peut pivoter autour du sommet du plateau (4) et de l'arrêtoir arrière (8). Bac de recueil d'objets (2) selon la revendication 1, comprenant en outre un élément base (14) supportant le plateau (4). Bac de recueil d'objets (2) selon la revendication 1, comprenant en outre une charnière fixée au plateau (4) afin de faire pivoter le plateau (4) autour du sommet du plateau (4) et de l'arrêtoir arrière (8). Bac de recueil d'objets (2) selon la revendication 1, comprenant en outre un moyen de transport (16) pour projeter un objet dans le plateau (4). Procédé d'empilement d'objets (6), lequel procédé consiste à : (a) transporter (18) des objets (6) ; (b) recueillir (20) les objets (6) à l'aide d'un plateau (4) ; (c) faire pivoter (22) le plateau (4) ; et (d) pousser (24) le plateau (4) afin de s'opposer au pivotement. Procédé selon la revendication 7, dans lequel le fait de pousser (24) le plateau (4) consiste à s'opposer au pivotement en utilisant un ressort. Procédé selon la revendication 7, dans lequel le fait de pousser (24) le plateau (4) consiste à s'opposer au pivotement de manière hydraulique. Procédé selon la revendication 7, dans lequel le fait de pousser (24) le plateau (4) consiste à s'opposer au pivotement de manière magnétique.






IPC
A Täglicher Lebensbedarf
B Arbeitsverfahren; Transportieren
C Chemie; Hüttenwesen
D Textilien; Papier
E Bauwesen; Erdbohren; Bergbau
F Maschinenbau; Beleuchtung; Heizung; Waffen; Sprengen
G Physik
H Elektrotechnik

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