US 9,809,388 B2
Cross belt slat sorter
William A. Bastian, II, Carmel, IN (US); Garrett Clark, Carmel, IN (US); and Eric C. Halvorson, II, Fishers, IN (US)
Assigned to Bastian Solutions, LLC, Indianapolis, IN (US)
Filed by Bastian Solutions, LLC, Indianapolis, IN (US)
Filed on Jul. 19, 2016, as Appl. No. 15/213,472.
Application 15/213,472 is a division of application No. 14/304,010, filed on Jun. 13, 2014, granted, now 9,409,716.
Prior Publication US 2016/0325937 A1, Nov. 10, 2016
Int. Cl. B65G 43/08 (2006.01); B65G 17/34 (2006.01); B65G 47/244 (2006.01); B65G 37/00 (2006.01)
CPC B65G 17/345 (2013.01) [B65G 37/00 (2013.01); B65G 43/08 (2013.01); B65G 47/2445 (2013.01); B65G 2203/0216 (2013.01); B65G 2203/0225 (2013.01); B65G 2203/041 (2013.01); B65G 2207/14 (2013.01); B65G 2811/0626 (2013.01); B65G 2811/0678 (2013.01)] 29 Claims
OG exemplary drawing
 
1. A method, comprising:
providing a first wireless subsystem networked with controllers for a first zone of carriages and a second wireless subsystem networked with controllers for a second zone of carriages, wherein the first and second wireless subsystems are positioned so that at least one of the wireless subsystems is able to receive a wireless signal from a wireless transceiver;
moving an item positioned on two or more belts in the first zone of carriages in a travel direction of a conveyor, wherein the belts extend at a direction that is transverse to the travel direction of the conveyor;
determining orientation of the item is incorrect with a control system of the conveyor;
sending one or more first instruction signals from the wireless transceiver of the control system to the first wireless subsystem of the conveyor in response to said determining;
reorienting the item to a correct orientation by moving the belts relative to one another in response to said determining;
transmitting the instruction signals from the wireless subsystem to at least the controller for the belts moved during said reorienting; and
sending one or more second instruction signals from the wireless transceiver of the control system to the second wireless subsystem of the conveyor when the second wireless subsystem is positioned at a location that has less interference than the first wireless subsystem.