US 9,809,338 B2
Device and method for loading a storage area
Anthony Gautheron, Corcelles-les-Citeaux (FR)
Assigned to C.E.R.M.E.X. CONSTRUCTIONS ETUDES ET RECHERCHES DE MATERIELS POUR L'EMBALLAGE D'EXPEDITION, Corcelles-les-Citeaux (FR)
Filed by C.E.R.M.E.X. CONSTRUCTIONS ETUDES ET RECHERCHES DE MATERIELS POUR L'EMBALLAGE D'EXPEDITION, Corcelles-les-Citeaux (FR)
Filed on Jun. 29, 2016, as Appl. No. 15/196,294.
Claims priority of application No. 15 56107 (FR), filed on Jun. 30, 2015.
Prior Publication US 2017/0001741 A1, Jan. 5, 2017
Int. Cl. G06F 7/00 (2006.01); B65B 43/18 (2006.01); B65H 1/30 (2006.01); B65H 5/00 (2006.01); B65H 7/04 (2006.01); B31B 1/06 (2006.01); B65G 59/04 (2006.01); B65H 3/08 (2006.01); B65H 5/08 (2006.01)
CPC B65B 43/185 (2013.01) [B31B 1/06 (2013.01); B65G 59/04 (2013.01); B65H 1/30 (2013.01); B65H 3/0808 (2013.01); B65H 5/006 (2013.01); B65H 5/085 (2013.01); B65H 7/04 (2013.01); B31B 2201/0282 (2013.01); B65H 2301/342 (2013.01); B65H 2301/4221 (2013.01); B65H 2301/42242 (2013.01); B65H 2402/10 (2013.01); B65H 2511/51 (2013.01); B65H 2511/515 (2013.01); B65H 2513/40 (2013.01); B65H 2555/31 (2013.01); B65H 2701/176 (2013.01); B65H 2701/1764 (2013.01)] 20 Claims
OG exemplary drawing
 
1. A loading device (1) to successively supply a handling station (4) with cardboard sheets (3) to be folded and thereby formed into boxes for packaging, said handling station (4) having a storage area (5) to receive the sheets (3) from the loading device (1), said loading device comprising:
a manipulator (6) that includes a gripping tool (7) configured to pick up said sheets (3), and an actuator (8) that moves the gripping tool (7) between an inventory (9) of the sheets (3) and the receiving storage area (5) of the handling station (4);
a detection means (10) that detects a status of filling of the storage area (5) of the handling station (4); and
a control unit (11) that operationally directs the action of the manipulator (6) based on detection information received from the detection means (10),
said control unit (11) being independent of control of the handling station (4), and programmable to adapt the operation of the loading device (1) to a type of the sheets (3).
 
2. The loading device (1) according to claim 1, wherein
the gripping tool (7) is equipped with a sensor (16) that detects a shape of an assembly of the sheets (3) located in the inventory (9).