Flexible conveyor track assembly
Flexible rail, flexible conveyor and electrodeposition coating system with flexible conveyor Patent #: 5043052
ApplicationNo. 884002 filed on 05/18/1992
US Classes:104/89, SUSPENDED104/95, Double outer rail104/106, TROLLEY RAILS198/838, Track which supports rollers attached to belt198/861.2Conveyor frame or casing flexes or pivots intermediate its ends to move one end relative to the other
ExaminersPrimary: Oberleitner, Robert J.
Assistant: Rutherford, Kevin D.
Attorney, Agent or Firm
Foreign Patent References
International ClassB61B 003/00
Foreign Application Priority Data1990-04-24 JP
AbstractA flexible conveyor line comprises (i) an integrally-formed central nonflexible rail which is movable in a horizontal plane, (ii) a first integrally-formed outer nonflexible rail which is immovable, (iii) a second integrally-formed outer nonflexible rail which is immovable, (iv) a first horizontally-flexible rail connected between the first outer nonflexible rail and the central nonflexible rail, and (v) a second horizontally-flexible rail connected between the central nonflexible rail and the second outer nonflexible rail. Each flexible rail comprises rail pieces and connecting plates connecting the rail pieces together. The rail pieces are in contact with each other. Each connecting plate is fixed to one of adjacent rail pieces, and is pivotally connected to the other rail piece. Thus, the rail pieces, together with the connecting plates fixed thereto, are capable of horizontal arcing motion relative to adjacent rail pieces. The connecting plates, however, serve to limit the arcing motions to a relatively small range. The flexible conveyor line can be used to construct a single-line parts coating system including plural coating sections. Each coating section houses plural coating booths. The central nonflexible rail is located in the coating section. The flexible rails are also located in the coating section. The outer nonflexible rails are located outside the coating section. By virtue of the action of the flexible rails, the central rail can be moved into either coating booth.
Field of SearchSUSPENDED
Double inner rail
Double outer rail
Conveyor frame or casing flexes or pivots intermediate its ends to move one end relative to the other
Track which supports rollers attached to belt
Toy track, slot-guided
Toy track, rail-guided