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Dokumentenidentifikation EP1169903 08.11.2007
EP-Veröffentlichungsnummer 0001169903
Titel Förder- oder Hebebandvorrichtung
Anmelder David Booth Weston, Will O Wisp, Boston, Lincs, GB
Erfinder Weston, David Booth, Boston, Lincs, PE20 1LY, GB
Vertreter derzeit kein Vertreter bestellt
DE-Aktenzeichen 60130607
Vertragsstaaten AT, BE, CH, CY, DE, DK, ES, FI, FR, GB, GR, IE, IT, LI, LU, MC, NL, PT, SE, TR
Sprache des Dokument EN
EP-Anmeldetag 04.07.2001
EP-Aktenzeichen 011161932
EP-Offenlegungsdatum 09.01.2002
EP date of grant 26.09.2007
Veröffentlichungstag im Patentblatt 08.11.2007
IPC-Hauptklasse A01D 17/10(2006.01)A, F, I, 20051017, B, H, EP
IPC-Nebenklasse B65G 15/52(2006.01)A, L, I, 20051017, B, H, EP   

Beschreibung[en]

This invention relates to a conveyor/elevator web, particularly, but not exclusively, for use in a vegetable, root crop or bulb harvester.

Conveyor and elevator webs are commonly used in agriculture, particularly in root crop harvesting machines. Webs are constructed by attaching a series of transverse bars to rubber traction belting to form a conveyor belt. In order to elevate the crop being harvested, various forms of spaced flight are connected to some of the web conveyors transverse bars.

The elevator web bars which provide the conveyor surface between flights can be replaced by a flexible plastic sheet, in order to provide a lighter construction with less components, a less damaging surface for the crop and a surface that is self cleaning of soil.

However the flights of the above known, sheeted elevator web constitute a large proportion of the weight of construction also they obstruct the flow of material onto the conveyor surface and therefore reduce its potential capacity.

An object of the present invention is to provide an elevator web in which the above mentioned disadvantages are at least alleviated.

The incorporation of transverse web bars in accordance with the invention into the construction of a conveyor/elevator web provides increased support for the flexible sheet and improved means of attachment of the flexible sheet.

The invention provides a conveyor/elevator web as claimed in claim 1.

In order to construct a conveyor web of the invention the transverse bar projections need only be sufficiently long to form button shaped or flanged pegs to locate and retain the conveyor sheet.

Alternatively, in order to construct an elevator web of the invention at least some of the transverse bar projections would extend above the conveyor surface to the required height of the surface of the material being elevated to form entraining fingers.

Preferably, the transverse bars consist of a resiliently deformable material, typically rubber or polyurethane, moulded onto a rigid bar or tube formed of metal or plastics material.

Alternatively, the transverse bars could be formed of metal or a rigid plastics material.

Preferably, where either the transverse bar projections or the web components being attached to the transverse bar projections, i.e. rubber traction belts, are resiliently deformable the means of attachment of the assembled components would be provided by the shape of the projections.

Further fingers or projections may be provided towards each end of the transverse bars to form retaining sides of the conveyor/elevator web.

Additional components may be attached to the rubber traction belts between the transverse bars to form retaining sides of the conveyor/elevator web.

Preferably, the transverse bars in conjunction with the flexible conveyor sheet form pockets in the surface of the conveyor/elevator web to assist the entraining fingers.

Preferably, the flexible conveyor sheet would overlap so that both ends of a full-length sheet would be fitted to and retained by the corresponding fingers or projections of the same transverse bar.

Alternatively, the flexible sheet may be formed by a series of short sections with the trailing end of each section overlapping the leading end of the next section.

An embodiment of the invention will now be described with reference to the accompanying drawings, wherein:

  • Figure 1 shows in side view a transverse bar of a conveyor web in accordance with the present invention,
  • Figure 2 shows in plan view the transverse bar of Figure 1,
  • Figure 3 shows in side view a transverse bar of an elevator web in accordance with the present invention,
  • Figure 4 shows in side view part of an elevator web in accordance with the present invention,
  • Figure 5 shows in plan view part of an elevator web of figure 4,
  • Figure 6 shows in end view one of the transverse bars of figure 4,
  • Figure 7 shows in side view part of an elevator web with retaining side-walls in accordance with the present invention,
  • Figure 8 shows in plan view part of an elevator web of figure 7,
  • Figure 9 shows in side view part of an elevator web with additional retaining side-walls in accordance with the present invention, and
  • Figure 10 shows in plan view the part of an elevator web of figure 9.

In Figures 1 and 2 a conveyor web transverse bar 1 has a plurality of upper flanged projections 2 to facilitate attachment of a conveyor sheet, further projections 3 below both ends facilitate attachment to rubber traction belts 4.

In Figure 3 a web bar 5 has a moulded covering 6 with a plurality of outwardly extending fingers 7. At both ends the web bar 5 is attached by traditional means to traction belts 4.

The transverse bar, or elevator web finger bar, shown in Figure 3 differs from known elevator web finger bars in one respect only, i.e. the fingers 7 have a flange 8 forming a recess 9 at their base, also shown in larger scale in Figure 6, in order to provide means of attachment of a conveyor sheet.

In Figures 4 and 5 short sections of conveyor sheet 10 and 10' are shown fitted to a plurality of transverse bars of Figure 3, attached to traction belts 4.

The spacing of the fingers 7 along the transverse bars of Figure 3, combined with the spacing of the above transverse bars along the traction belts 4, shown in Figures 4 and 5, provide a diamond shaped pattern of entraining fingers 7 over the conveying surface in order to support material being elevated by an inclined conveyor.

The holes 11 provided in the conveyor sheets 10, 10' shown in Figures 4 and 5 are positioned to correspond with the fingers 7 of the transverse bars of Figure 3, or alternatively with the flanged projections 2 of the transverse bar 1 of Figures 1 and 2. The holes 11 are of a smaller diameter than the outer diameter of the flange 8 of the fingers 7, so that once fitted by forcibly passing the resiliently deformable flanges 8 through the holes 11, the conveyor sheet 10 becomes attached to the transverse bars of Figure 3. The holes 11 are also positioned along the above conveyor sheets 10, 10' in order to provide sufficient slack material between transverse bars to create pockets in the conveyor surface.

In Figure 6 the direction of travel, indicated by the arrow 12, of the conveyor/ elevator web is shown in relation to the arrangement of the leading end of conveyor sheet 10 being positioned beneath the trailing end of conveyor sheet 10'.

In Figures 7 and 8 laterally extending projections 13 of the transverse bars form retaining side-walls of the elevator web.

In Figures 9 and 10 additional components 14 fitted to the rubber traction belts 4 between the transverse bars form retaining side-walls of the elevator web.


Anspruch[de]
Förder- oder Hebebandvorrichtung mit Querstreben (1), die an ihren jeweiligen Enden an Gummi-Transportbändern (4) angebracht sind, wobei die the Querstreben (1) eine Mehrzahl beabstandeter, sich nach außen erstreckender Finger (7) oder Vorsprünge (2) in Form von knopf-förmigen oder -shaped or gebördelten Stiften aufweisen, so das eine flexible Platte (10, 10'), das mit geeigneten, im passenden Abstand zu den sich nach außen erstreckenden Fingern (7) oder Vorsprüngen (2) angeordneten Öffnungen (11) versehen ist, auf den Querstreben (1) angeordnet und fixiert werden kann. Förder- oder Hebebandvorrichtung nach Anspruch 1, wobei wenigstens einige der sich nach außen erstreckender Finger (7) oder Vorsprünge (2) of der Querstreben (1) das/die zu fördernde oder hebende Material oder Ernte mitnehmen. Förder- oder Hebebandvorrichtung nach Anspruch 1 oder 2, wobei die Querstreben (1) aus Metall oder festem Kunststoffmaterial gebildet sind. Förder- oder Hebebandvorrichtung nach einem der vorstehenden Ansprüche, wobei die Querstreben (1) mit einer ausgeformten Abdeckung (6) und sich nach außen erstreckenden Fingern (7) oder Vorsprüngen (2) aus einem nachgiebig deformierbaren Material versehen sind. Förder- oder Hebebandvorrichtung nach einem der vorstehenden Ansprüche, wobei die Querstreben (1) nach ihren jeweiligen Enden hin mit sich lateral erstreckenden Fingern oder Vorsprüngen (13) versehen sind, um Halteseiten der Förder- oder Hebe-Oberfläche zu bilden. Förder- oder Hebebandvorrichtung nach einem der vorstehenden Ansprüche, wobei die Querstreben (1) und die flexible Platte (10, 10') zusammen Fächer zur Aufnahme des zu fördernden oder hebenden Materials bilden. Förder- oder Hebebandvorrichtung nach einem der vorstehenden Ansprüche, wobei die flexible Platte aus Abschnitten (10, 10') besteht. Förder- oder Hebebandvorrichtung nach einem der vorstehenden Ansprüche, wobei an den Gummi-Transportbändern (4) zwischen den Querstreben (1) weitere Bauteile (14) angebracht sind, um Halteseiten der Förder- oder Hebe-Oberfläche zu bilden.
Anspruch[en]
A conveyor/elevator web comprising transverse bars (1) attached at each end to rubber traction belts (4), characterised in that the transverse bars (1) have a plurality of spaced outwardly extending fingers (7) or projections (2), in the form of button-shaped or flanged pegs, in order that a flexible sheet (10, 10') provided with suitably spaced apertures (11) to correspond with the outwardly extending fingers (7) or projections (2), can be located and retained on the transverse bars (1). A conveyor/elevator web as claimed in claim 1, wherein at least some of the outwardly extending fingers (7) or projections (2) of the transverse bars (1) entrain the material or crop being conveyed/elevated. A conveyor/elevator web as claimed in claims 1 or 2, wherein the transverse bars (1) are formed of metal or rigid plastics material. A conveyor/elevator web as claimed in any of the preceding claims, wherein the transverse bars (1) are provided with a moulded covering (6) and outwardly extending fingers (7) or projections (2) of a resiliently deformable material. A conveyor/elevator web as claimed in any of the preceding claims, wherein the transverse bars (1) are provided with laterally extending fingers or projections (13) towards each end, in order to form retaining sides of the conveying/elevating surface. A conveyor/elevator web as claimed in any of the preceding claims, wherein the transverse bars (1) and the flexible sheet (10, 10') together form pockets to contain the material being conveyed/elevated. A conveyor/elevator web as claimed in any of the preceding claims, wherein the flexible sheet consists of sections (10, 10'). A conveyor/elevator web as claimed in any of the preceding claims, wherein additional components (14) are attached to the rubber traction belts (4), between the transverse bars (1), to form retaining sides of the conveyor/elevator surface.
Anspruch[fr]
Bande de transporteur/élévateur comprenant des barres transversales (1) fixées ŕ chaque extrémité ŕ des courroies de traction en caoutchouc (4), caractérisée en ce que les barres transversales (1) ont une pluralité de doigts (7) ou saillies (2) espacés s'étendant vers l'extérieur, sous la forme de chevilles en forme de bouton ou ŕ bride, afin qu'une feuille souple (10, 10') munie d'ouvertures espacées correctement (11) pour correspondre avec les doigts (7) ou saillies (2) s'étendant vers l'extérieur, puisse ętre placée et retenue sur les barres transversales (1). Bande de transporteur/élévateur selon la revendication 1, dans laquelle au moins certains des doigts (7) ou saillies (2) s'étendant vers l'extérieur des barres transversales (1) entraînent le matériau ou la récolte étant transporté(e)/élevé(e). Bande de transporteur/élévateur selon la revendication 1 ou 2, dans laquelle les barres transversales (1) sont formées en un matériau métallique ou en plastique rigide. Bande de transporteur/élévateur selon l'une quelconque des revendications précédentes, dans laquelle les barres transversales (1) sont munies d'un revętement moulé (6) et de doigts (7) ou saillies (2) s'étendant vers l'extérieur en un matériau déformable de maničre élastique. Bande de transporteur/élévateur selon l'une quelconque des revendications précédentes, dans laquelle les barres transversales (1) sont munies, en direction de chaque extrémité, de doigts ou saillies (13) s'étendant latéralement, afin de former des côtés de retenue de la surface de transport/d'élévation. Bande de transporteur/élévateur selon l'une quelconque des revendications précédentes, dans laquelle les barres transversales (1) et la feuille souple (10, 10') forment ensemble des poches pour contenir le matériau étant transporté/élevé. Bande de transporteur/élévateur selon l'une quelconque des revendications précédentes, dans laquelle la feuille souple est composée de sections (10, 10'). Bande de transporteur/élévateur selon l'une quelconque des revendications précédentes, dans laquelle des composants supplémentaires (14) sont fixés aux courroies de traction en caoutchouc (4), entre les barres transversales (1), pour former des côtés de retenue de la surface du transporteur/élévateur.






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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