ApplicationNo. 06/487924 filed on 04/22/1983
US Classes:209/564, Electronic209/569, Reading indicia209/583, Reading indicia209/698, Means movable between horizontal item-supporting position and gravity discharge position209/933ACCUMULATION RECEIVING SEPARATED ITEMS
ExaminersPrimary: Reeves, Robert B.
Assistant: Foster, Glenn B.
Attorney, Agent or Firm
International ClassesB07C 3/02 (20060101)
B07C 3/08 (20060101)
B07C 3/00 (20060101)
AbstractIn a system for conveying objects bearing indicia of destination addresses to associated receptacles, the indicium on each object is converted to an address code identifying a particular receptacle, and the code is fed to a control device for storage. The objects are then moved sequentially past a meter which reads and feeds their indicia to the control device and counts the objects as they pass on to a succession of uniformly spaced containers traveling in a continuous, closed path near the receptacles. All objects passing the meter thus become associated with respective containers, and their number equals the number of containers sequentially passing an arbitrary metering point along the closed path. Any container carrying an object reaches a point over its target receptacle when the meter count for that object corresponds to the indicium/address code which associates that object with that receptacle. The control device then issues a command signal causing that container to release its object for delivery to the designated receptacle.