Search Images Maps Play YouTube News Gmail Drive More »
Sign in
Screen reader users: click this link for accessible mode. Accessible mode has the same essential features but works better with your reader.

Patents

  1. Advanced Patent Search
Publication numberUS3769915 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateNov 6, 1973
Filing dateJan 27, 1972
Priority dateJan 27, 1972
Also published asCA971036A1, DE2249476A1, DE2249476B2
Publication numberUS 3769915 A, US 3769915A, US-A-3769915, US3769915 A, US3769915A
InventorsSwartz H
Original AssigneeFmc Corp
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Switching apparatus
US 3769915 A
Abstract
A conveying system has a plurality of trucks which are towed about an area by a chain beneath the surface of the floor. The floor has slots through which a tow pin on the truck depends for engagement with the chain. Switch plates in the floor are movable to permit diversion of a truck from an upstream slot to a selected one of two downstream slots. A resilient member on the downstream side of the switch plate extends into the path of a tow pin traveling past the switch plate in the selected downstream slot. Engagement of the resilient switch member by the tow pin urges the switch plate into the opposite position to connect the upstream slot with the other downstream slot.
Images(6)
Previous page
Next page
Description  (OCR text may contain errors)

United States Patent Swartz Nov. 6, 1973 SWITCHING APPARATUS Primary Examiner-Gerald M. Forlenza [75] Inventor: Horace M. Swartz, Doylestown, Pa. Ass'smm bmmmernRlchard Bertsch Att0rneyF. W. Anderson et al.

[73] Assignee: FMC CorporationySan Jose, Calif.

[22] Filed: Jan. 27, 1972 [57] ABSTRACT [21] Appl. No.: 221,221 A conveying system has a plurality of trucks which are towed about an area by a chain beneath the surface of the floor. The floor has slots through which a tow pin [52] US. Cl 104/172 BT, 104/88, 104/130 on the truck depends for engagement with the chain.

[51] Int. Cl. B65g 17/44, 861g 3/04 Sw1tch plates in the floor are movable to permit diver- [58] Fleld of Search 104/172 BT, 130,

04/88 172 R slon of a truck from an upstream slot to a selected one of two downstream slots. A resilient member on the downstream side of the switch plate extends into the References Clted path of a tow pin traveling past the switch plate in the UNXTED STATES PATENTS selected downstream slot. Engagement of the resilient 3,598,059 10/1971 Carney et a1. 104/88 switch member by the tow pin urges the switch plate 3,261,300 7/1965 Johnson 104/88 into the opposite position to connect the upstream slot 3,406,638 l0/1968 Braun ....lO4/l72 BT with the other downstream Slot 3 48l,28l 12/1969 Johnson et al 104/172 ET 8 Claims, 12 Drawing Figures 1 SWITCHING APPARATUS BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION 1. Field of the Invention The present invention relates to conveying systems of the type in which trucks are used to carry material about an area, such as in a warehouse or factory. In a typical conveying system in which goods are transported on trucks, the trucks have two pins which extend downwardly into slots in the floor. A driving chain in a slot engages the tow pin of a truck to tow the truck along the floor. The slots in the floor form a network which usually includes switch plates by which a truck is directed from an upstream slot to a selected one of two downstream slots. Frequently, the upstream slot and one of the downstream slots form the main line of the network and the other downstream slot forms a branch line into which it is desired to divert a particular truck. The truck may have a code member, or members, which will engage a code reader to throw the switch from a normal, main line open, position to a branch line open position to divert the truck off the main line.

2. Description of the Prior Art It has been recognized heretofore, as disclosed in patents U.S. Pat. No. 2,868,139, U.S. Pat. No. 3,103,183, and U.S. Pat. No. 3,261,300, that it is desirable to provide means for returning the switch plate to a main line open position after it has been switched to a branchline open position and has diverted a tow truck to the branch line. When this is done, the system is in condition to pass trucks along the main line, past a particular reset switch, until another truck, bearing a code member corresponding to that switch, arrives to again actuate the switch to a branch line open position.

In one type of switching apparatus, as shown, for example, in the patent U.S. Pat. No. 3,556,012, a camming surface on the switch plate extends into the path of a tow pin moving past the switch plate into the branch line when the switch plate isin the branch line open position. This camming surface is downstream of the pivot axis of the switch plate so that when the tow pin of a truck moving into the branch line engages this camming surface, the switch plate is pivoted to a main line open position from the branch line open position.

It will be appreciated that the camming surface on the switch plate must be precisely machined so that as the switch plate is pivoted by the tow pin, the tow pin will firmly seat the switch in the main line open position but still permit the tow pin to pass the camming surface and move into the branch line. If the camming surface does not extend far enough into the path of the tow pin, the switch will not be completely shifted; if the camming surface extends too far into the path of the tow pin, the tow pin will jam between the camming surface and the wall of the branch line slot. In short, apparatus .in which a camming surface is used on the switch plate to throw the switch to a closed position requires pre'cision adjustment when installed, and requires periodic adjustments to compensate for wear.

It is also known to provide a two part return arm, a shown in the patents U.S. Pat. No. 2,897,769 and U.S. Re No. 25,288, connected by a lost motion joint. A spring in the joint urges one part of the arm into the path of the tow pin so that the tow pin, acting on the yieldable arm, will close the switch. I

SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION In the present invention, a resilient member, such as a leaf spring, is connected to the switch plate to extend into the path of a tow pin entering the branch line slot. When the leaf spring is engaged by the tow pin, the switch is shifted to its opposite, branch-line-closed position. The leaf spring extends far enough into the path of the tow pin so that the switch plate is shifted fully to the opposite position. At the same time, the tow pin can continue its travel into the branch line slot because the leaf spring will deflect under the force applied thereto by the tow pin. The positioning of the leaf spring in the path of the tow pin is not at all critical since the tow pin can deflect the spring to the extent necessary to pass the spring. If the tow pin, leaf spring, or switch plate should be subjected to wear, the leaf spring will still effectively shift the switch plate fully to the opposite position, without periodic adjustment, and, of course, the tow pin will still deflect the spring from its path for continued movement into the branch line. The one piece leaf spring is more yieldable at its outer end than at its inner end so that although there is an initial firm closing force on the switch plate, the spring yields more readily as the tow pin advances along the leaf spring to prevent hang up of the tow pin.

The leaf spring can be used alone to close the switch plate, or can be used in conjunction with a less protruding camming surface which does not extend as far into the path of the tow pin as does the leaf spring. In the latter instance, the initial movement of the switch plate will be effected by engagement of the tow pin with the camming surface. Final movement of the switch plate to the opposite position will be effected by engagement of the tow pin with the leaf spring.

It is therefore one object of the present invention to provide improved mechanism for shifting a switch plate in a conveying system.

It is another object of the present invention to provide mechanism for shifting a switch plate in response to passage of a conveyor truck which does not require precise machining and adjustment for operation nor periodic adjustment to compensate for wear. It is yet another object of the present invention to provide mechanism to apply an initially firm but increasingly yieldable force to close a switch plate as a conveyor truck moves past the switch.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS FIG. 1 is a view in perspective of a part of a conveying system incorporating the mechanism of the present invention.

FIG. 2 is a plan view showing a part of the network of two pin receiving slots of the system of FIG. 1 as well as mechanism for switching a truck to a branch line.

FIG. 3 is a view taken on the line 33 of FIG. 2.

FIG. 4 is a view in perspective, with parts broken away, of switching mechanism of the system of FIG. 1.

FIGS. 5, 6 and 7 are elevational views, with parts broken away, of the latching mechanism for the switching mechanism, as taken on the line S5 of FIG. 4, FIG. 5 showing the switching mechanism latched with the switch plate in a main-line-open position; FIG. 6 showing the latch releasing; and FIG. 7 showing the latch fully released.

FIG. 8 is a fragmentary plan view of the switch plate in the branch line open position with the tow pin first entering the branch line.

FIG. 9 is a view similar to FIG. 8 but with the tow pin camming the switch plate toward a main-line-open position.

FIG. 10 is a view similar to FIG. 8 but with the tow pin engaged with the leaf spring to fully shift the switch plate to a main-line-open position for latching.

FIG. 11 is a view taken on the line 11-11 of FIG. 8.

FIG. 12 is a plan view of a switch plate showing a modification of the present invention.

DESCRIPTION OF THE PREFERRED EMBODIMENTS The improvement of the present invention is utilized on switching apparatus which finds its primary use in a tow truck conveying system wherein towed trucks or dollies 22 are towed by a driven linked chain 39 (FIG. 1) along an endless main slot, designated generally at 24, in a reference surface such as the floor 26 of a warehouse. The main slot 24 is intersected at preselected spaced intervals by spur, or branch line, slots 28 which define junctions, such as junction 30, at which selected ones of said trucks may be diverted by the switching apparatus 20. For convenience of descrip tion, the main slot 24 will be designated 24a upstream of junction with branch slot 28 and is designated 24b downstream of said junction.

A typical truck 22 is shown in FIG. 1 while being towed down main slot 24. Near the forward edge of the truck 22 is mounted a vertically slidable tow pin 42 which is manually movable between an operative position, as shown with the lower end of the pin extending through the slot and terminating beneath the floor 26, and a raised inoperative position. The tow pin 42 is moved to its inoperative position by raising it within sleeve 43 by means of the handle 45 so that its lower end is above floor level. To leave the tow pin in its inoperative position, the handle 45 is merely rotated above the sleeve 43 until it will not slip down into the slot 47. In its operative position, the tow pin s lower end releasably engages the chain 39 so that when the tow truck 22 has been diverted into the shunt slot 28 by the switching apparatus 20, the tow pin will easily slide laterally away from the chain and pass with free motion down the shunt slot 28.

Disposed on the truck, in alignment transversely of the truck with the tow pin 42, is a code probe, or pin, 37, which is mounted in a manner similar to the manner in which the tow pin 42 is mounted. The code probe is movable from a lower operable position, wherein the lower end of the probe is slightly elevated from the floor 26, to a raised inoperable position, and serves in the lower operable position to trip coded reader heads 34 which actuates the switching apparatus, as will be explained more fully later. The lateral position of the code probe, which is different on different trucks, determines' which reader head will be engaged and to which spur line the truck will be diverted.

The switching apparatus basically comprises the reader head 34 (FIG. 2), a switch plate 36, and a pushpull cable 38 which operatively connects the reader head and the switch plate. As best seen in FIG. 2, when a truck 22 progresses down main slot 24 in the direction of the arrow, it will trip reader head 34 if it is coded to be diverted into the associated shunt slot 28.

The reader head 34 rotates as the truck 22 passes thereover and pulls cable 38 which functions to rotate the switch plate 36 from the main-line-open, full line position of FIG. 2 to the phantom line, branch-lineopen position where the tow pin 42 depending from the truck 22 will be diverted into the shunt slot 28.

The entire reader head assembly, generally designated 61 in FIG. 2, is mounted in a housing 63 having a top 67 with a hole therein through which the reader head 34 protrudes. The reader head 34 is a generally hemispherically shaped trigger with two spaced apart, like arms 60 depending from the bottom thereof to fixedly receive one end of the push-pull cable 38. The reader head 34 is rotatably mounted on a horizontal shaft 65 extending between the two arms of a bracket member 62 which is bolted to a leaf spring 64 by bolts 71, to give the reader head vertical resiliency. A notch 66 is cut in the surface of the hemispherical portion of the reader head 34 to disengagingly receive the bottom end of an appropriately positioned code probe 37 on truck 22 which passes over the switch. The probe 37 catches in the notch 66, which normally is in a position approximately clockwise from the position shown in FIG. 3, and rotates the reader head counterclockwise about the shaft 65 to the position shown in FIG. 3. The push-pull cable 38 is secured by lock nuts 69 to a cross shaft 68 which extends between the two depending arms 60 of the reader head and is rotatable therein. Therefore, as reader head 34 is rotated counterclockwise by a probe 37, the two depending arms 60 of the reader head 34 are moved generally from left to right, as viewed in FIG. 3, pulling cable 38 which rotates switch plate 36 from a branch-line-closed to a branch-line-open position as will be described later. A notch 73, cut in the back part of the hemispherical portion of reader head 34 fits over cable 38 when the reader head is rotated to allow for a full rotation, as seen in FIG. 3.

The switch plate 36 (FIG. 2) is rotatably mounted adjacent the junction of the main slot 24 and the shunt slot 28 on a vertical post 40 so that it can rotate about axis of rotation A between a branch-line-open and a branch-line-closed position. In its branch-line-open position, shown by phantom lines in FIG. 2, the switch plate 36 presents an abutment across the main slot 24 to divert the tow pin 42 of a truck 22 traveling along the main slot 24 into the adjacent shunt slot 28. Formed on a portion of the switch plate 36 adjacent the shunt slot 28, is a camming surface 44 which presents an abutment across the shunt slot when the switch plate is in its branch-line-open position. The camming surface 44 is positioned on the switch plate downstream of the pivot axis A of the switch plate. Consequently, the tow pin 42 of a truck which has been diverted into the shunt slot will engage the camming surface 44 and thereby initiate rotation of the switch plate clockwise to its branch-line-closed position, shown by solid lines in FIG. 2, so that other trucks will not be diverted by the switch plate 36 unless they trip the associated reader head 34.

The above described mechanism is more fully described in my copending patent application Ser. No. 797,485 filed Feb. 7, 1969 and issued as US. Pat. No. 3,590742.

In one form of the present invention, the camming surface 44 extends into the path B of tow pin 42 only far enough to initiate clockwise rotation of switch plate camming surface 44 relative to slot 28 is not critical because the engagement of the tow pin with the camming surface is not relied on to urge the switch plate into the extreme position where the main line is open, in which extreme position the switch plate is latched.

A flexible leaf spring 45 is secured by means of a clip 47 to the underside of the switch plate 36 at a point on the branch line side of the switch plate and downstream (with respect to the travel of the tow pin 42 in the branch slot 28) from the pivot axis A of the switch plate. The leaf spring 45, which is supported in cantilever manner on the switch plate, extends into the path of a tow pin in slot 28 far enough to require flexure of the spring, as shown in FIG. 10, when the tow pin 42 passes the pin, after the switch plate is fully moved to the main-line-open position shown in solid lines in FIG. 2 and latched in that position. The extension of the leaf spring to such an extent into the path of the tow pin assures positive latching of the switch plate. It will be noted that a cantilever, resilient member, such as leaf spring 45, is increasingly deflectable, the farther a force is applied thereto from its mounting end. Thus, the spring member 45, when initially engaged by the tow pin '42, will apply a firm closing force to the switch plate. However, as the tow pin moves out along the leaf spring, the spring will yield more and more so that after the switch plate closes and latches, there will be no danger of the tow pin hanging up on the leaf spring 45.

Push-pull cable 38 is operably connected to the switch plate 36 through a latch assembly generally designated 50 in FIGS. 4, 5, 6 and 7, which is disclosed more fully in my copending U.S. patent application Ser. No. 797,485 filed Feb. 7, 1969 and issued as US Pat. No. 3,59b742. The latch assembly 50 consists of an H- shapedmember 52 welded to and depending from the lower surface of the switch plate 36, a block 54 which is slidable within a U-shaped guide 84 into engagement with the II-shaped member 52 and which is fixedly attached to the end of cable 38 by locknuts 86 (FIG. 6), and a catch arm 56 which extends through the upwardly projecting legs of the I-I-shaped member 52. The catch arm 56 has a large rear portion 81 (see FIG-4), and a relatively narrow portion 82 in which a notch 57 is cut to mate with and overlie the medial portion 58 of the H-shaped member when the switch plate 36 is in its closed position. The catch arm 56 also has a cam surface 59 on its large rear portion 81 that is adapted for operable engagement with a cam surface 60 on block 54. The end 55 of catch arm 56, that is opposite cam surface 59, is shaped like a hook and defines a pivot point at which the catch arm can pivot on looped bracket 53, which is secured to one wall of the shunt slot 28 (see FIGS. 5, 6 and 7).

The manner in which the latch assembly functions to move the switch plate 36 to a branch-line-open position and prevent movement of the switch plate when the associated reader head has not been tripped, is best illustrated in FIGS. 5, 6 and 7. FIG. 5 shows the positioning of the associated elements of. the latch assembly 50 in their normal position when the switch plate 36 is in its branch-line-closed position. It should be noted that notch 57, in the underside of portion 82 of the catch arm 56, is mated with the medial portion 58 of the H- shaped member 52. While in this position, the notch 57 prevents the H-shaped member from moving any appreciable amount, which also prevents the switch plate 36 from moving any appreciable amount because the H-shaped member is secured to the underside of the switch plate.

When a probe 37, depending from a truck 22, trips a reader head 34 associated with the switch plate 36, the reader head rotates, as shown in FIG. 3, and pulls the cable 38 to the right as viewed in the FIGS. 5, 6 and 7. The movement of cable 38 to the right also causes block 54 to move to the right since it is secured to the cable by locknuts 86. Movement of block 54 to the right forces the large rear end 81 of catch arm 56 upwardly because of the interaction of cam surfaces 59 and 60. This can be seen in FIG. 6 which shows the positioning of the latch assembly elements shortly after the block 54 has begun to be pulled to the right. It is to be noted that in this intermediate position, notch 57 in the catch arm has been raised out of its mating relationship with the medial portion 58 of the H-shaped member 52 so that the I-I-shaped member is no longer restricted from movement. Also, the front face of block 54 has come into contact with the face of the I-I-shaped member 52.

Further movement of the block 54 to the right causes the block 54 to slide under the large rear portion 81 of catch arm 56, FIG. 7, and the elevated non-mating position of the notch 57 allows the block to push the H- shaped member 52 to the right so that it rotates counterclockwise, as viewed in FIG. 4, causing the switch plate 36 to rotate accordingly into its branch-line-open position. Note (FIG. 1) that the cam surface portion 44 of the switch plate 36, and the leaf spring 45, present an abutment across branch slot 28 when the switch plate is in its branch-line-open position, so that a tow pin 42 of a diverted truck 22 can contact the cam surface and leaf spring to force the switch plate back into a closed position.

After the probe 37 has passed over reader head 34, a compressing spring 88 forces the reader head 34 back to a normal position approximately clockwise from the position shown in FIG. 3. At the same time the block 54 is moved by spring 88 back into the normal position shown in FIG. 5. Spring 88 is a coil spring that circumferentially surrounds cable 38 and has one end effectively abutting a stationary wall of the housing 90 of the switch plate, and has its other end abutting a collar 89 that is secured to the cable 38. As can be seen in FIGS. 5, 6 and 7, as cable 38 is pulled to the right by the reader head 34, spring 88 is compressed to that, when probe 37 has passed over reader head 34 and no longer rotates it to actuate the switch, the spring 88 expands back into its normal configuration, and in so doing forces the block 54 back into its normal position, as shown in FIG. 5, and rotates the reader head 34 back to its normal position. The return of block 54 to its normal position however does not change the position of the switch plate 36, the I-I-shaped member 52, or the catch arm 56. Although it is not positively held, the switch plate 36 remains in its open position until it is closed by a tow pin 42 contacting its cam surface 44 and leaf spring 45. As can be seen in FIG. 7, the forward portion 82 of catch arm 56 lies above and is spaced from the medial portion 58 of the I-I-shaped member when the switch plate 36 is in the branch-line open position and the block 54 is in contact with the member 52. The catch arm 56 remains so positioned, until the block 54 returns to its normal position whereupon the narrow portion 82 of latch 56 drops and rests on the medial portion 58 of the member 52. When the switch plate 36 subsequently is moved to its opposite extreme position by the camming surface 44 and the leaf spring 45, the I-I-shaped member rotates to the left as viewed in FIG. 7, dropping the catch arm into its normal latching position, shown in FIG. 5, when the medial portion 58 of the l-I-shaped member gets positioned under notch 57. The switching assembly is then latched in the branch-line-closed position ready for another truck 22 to trip the reader head 34 for actuation of the switch in an identical manner.

It will be understood that leaf spring 45 can be utilized alone, without camming surface 44, to shift the switch-plate to the branch-line-closed position, as shown in FIG. 12. In this modification, the spring 45, as in the first described embodiment, is connected under the switch plate 36a at a point adjacent the branch line slot and downstream from the pivot axis A of the switch plate. As in the embodiment previously described, the leaf spring 45 extends into the slot to an extent that the pin 42 cannot pass the spring without deflecting it. Thus, a tow pin 42 traveling downstream in the branch line slot 28 will engage the leaf spring 45 and shift the switch plate to the branch-line-closed position. The flexure of the spring as the tow pin passes will, as in the previously described embodiment, exert a closing force on the switch plate which will positively urge the switch plate to the closed position where it will latch by the dropping of the latch arm 56 as shown in FIG. 5.

In both embodiments of the invention disclosed, the adjustment of the spring is not critical since it can be positioned to completely block the path of the tow pin without stopping the tow pin. Instead, the spring will deflect and urge the switch plate in a positive manner to the extreme branch-line-closed position where the switch plate will be latched. Also, in both embodiments of the invention, the deflectability of the spring increases as the tow pin moves to the outer end of the spring to minimize the chance ofa hang up of the tow pin at the switch. At the same time', a firm closing force is applied to the leaf spring when the tow pin initially engages the spring.

Although the best mode contemplated for carrying out the present invention has been herein shown and described, it will be apparent that modification and variation may be made without departing from what is regarded to be the subject matter of the invention.

I claim:

1. In a conveying system having a truck with a depending tow pin in the floor and having a network of slots with a drive member therein to engage the tow pin, said network including an upstream slot and two downstream slots joined at a junction having a switch member pivotable about a pivot axis between two extreme positions to divert the truck tow pin at the junction from the upstream slot to a selected downstream slot, the improvement comprising a resilient member connected at one end to the switch member downstream of said pivot axis and extending into the path of a tow pin in one of said slots when the switch member is in one of said extreme positions for engagement by the tow pin to urge the switch member toward the opposite extreme position, said resilient member increasingly deflectable as it extends outwardly from its connected end.

2. The apparatus of claim 1 in which said resilient member is a leaf spring which extends across and beyond said one slot when the switch member is in said one extreme position.

3. The apparatus of claim 1 in which said resilient member is a leaf spring which extends across said one slot and beyond the downstream end of said switch plate when the switch member is in said one position.

4. The apparatus of claim 1 in which said resilient member extends across and beyond said one slot when the switch member is in said one extreme position and in which said resilient member extends along one side of said one slot when the switch member is in the opposite extreme position and the resilient member engages the tow pin.

5. The apparatus of claim 4 in which said resilient member is a leaf spring.

6. In a conveying system having a truck with a depending tow pin and having a network of drive slots in the floor to receive the tow pin, said network including an upstream slot and two downstream slots joined at a junction having a switch plate pivotable about a pivot axis between two extreme positions to divert the truck tow pin at the junction from the upstream slot to a selected downstream slot, said switch plate having a cam surface downstream of the pivot axis and extending into the path of a tow pin in one of said downstream slots when in one extreme position for engagement by the tow pin to urge the switch member toward the opposite extreme position, the improvement comprising a resilient member connected at one end to the switch member downstream of said pivot axis and extending into the path of a tow pin in said one slot downstream from said cam surface for engagement by the tow pin after the tow pin passes the cam surface to urge the switch plate into the opposite extreme position, said resilient member increasingly deflectable as it extends outward from its connected end to facilitate passage of the tow pin after the switch is closed.

7. The apparatus of claim 6 in which said resilient member is a leaf spring which extends down-stream from said cam surface and across and beyond said one slot when the switch member is in said one position.

8. In a conveying system having a truck with a depending tow pin and having a network of slots in the floor to receive the tow pin, said network including an upstream slot and two downstream slots joined at a junction having a switch plate pivotable about a pivot axis between two extreme positions to divert the truck tow pin at the junction from the upstream slot to a selected downstream slot, said system including latching mechanism to secure the switch plate in an extreme position when the switch plate is urged into said extreme position, said switch plate having a cam surface downstream of the pivot axis and extending into the path of a tow pin in one of said downstream slots when in one extreme position for engagement by the tow pin to urge the switch member toward. the opposite extreme posi tion, the improvement comprising a resilient member connected to the switch member downstream of said pivot axis and extending across said one slot in the path of a tow pin downstream from said cam surface for engagement by the tow pin after the tow pin passes the cam surface to urge the switch plate into the opposite extreme position for latching therein.

UNITED STATES PATENT OFFICE CERTIFICATE OF CORRECTION PATENT NO. 1 3,769,915

DATED November 6, 1973 INVENTOR(S) HORACE M. SWAR'IZ It is certified that error appears in the above-identified patent and that said Letters Patent are hereby corrected as shown below:

Col. 1, line 9, change "two" to --tow-.

Col. 4, line 65, change "3,590742" to --3,590,742-. Col. 5, line 40, change "3,590742" to --3,590,742--. Col. 8, line 43, change "down-stream" to --downstream--.

' Signed and sealed this 29th day of April 1975.

(SEAL) Attest:

. C. MARSHALL DANN RUTH C. MASON Conunissioner of Patents I Attesting Officer and Trademarks

Patent Citations
Cited PatentFiling datePublication dateApplicantTitle
US3261300 *Aug 10, 1964Jul 19, 1966Si Handing Systems IncTow truck switching system
US3406638 *Oct 12, 1965Oct 22, 1968Aerojet General CoCoded switch system for towling conveyors
US3481281 *Apr 17, 1967Dec 2, 1969Si Handling SystemsTow truck switch system
US3598059 *Jun 13, 1968Aug 10, 1971American Chain & Cable CoTow truck conveyor system
Referenced by
Citing PatentFiling datePublication dateApplicantTitle
US3908555 *Feb 22, 1974Sep 30, 1975Hytrac Conveyors LtdConveyor track switch
US4089270 *Sep 17, 1976May 16, 1978Dahlberg IndustriesPersonal transporation system
US4899666 *Oct 21, 1988Feb 13, 1990Sft Ag SpontanfordertechnikConveying system
US5033394 *Oct 6, 1989Jul 23, 1991Mid-West Conveyor Company, Inc.Floor conveyor junction seal gap closure
US5329857 *Dec 22, 1992Jul 19, 1994Modernfold, Inc.Track switch for suspended movable wall panels
WO1994015023A1 *Dec 21, 1993Jul 7, 1994Modernfold IncTrack switch for movable wall panels
Classifications
U.S. Classification104/172.2, 104/130.9
International ClassificationB65G21/20, B61L23/00
Cooperative ClassificationB65G21/20, B61L23/005, B65G2201/02, B65G2812/02079
European ClassificationB61L23/00A1, B65G21/20