US 9,809,397 B2
Method and apparatus for transferring article layers between adjacent modules
Erhard Beer, Ebbs (AT); and Martin Osterhammer, Frasdorf (DE)
Assigned to Krones Aktiengesellschaft, Neutraubling (DE)
Filed by Krones Aktiengesellschaft, Neutraubling (DE)
Filed on Mar. 6, 2013, as Appl. No. 13/787,071.
Claims priority of application No. 10 2012 204 013 (DE), filed on Mar. 14, 2012.
Prior Publication US 2013/0243558 A1, Sep. 19, 2013
Int. Cl. B65G 57/09 (2006.01); B65G 47/76 (2006.01); B65G 47/84 (2006.01); B65G 57/10 (2006.01); B65G 59/02 (2006.01)
CPC B65G 47/766 (2013.01) [B65G 47/841 (2013.01); B65G 57/10 (2013.01); B65G 59/02 (2013.01)] 15 Claims
OG exemplary drawing
 
13. An apparatus for horizontally shifting an article group composed of a plurality of articles, the apparatus comprising:
a first support surface of a first device,
a second support surface of a second device, the second support surface being distinct from the first support surface and having a standstill position;
at least one pusher bar extending horizontally above the first support surface and configured for engaging with a rear of the group of articles for horizontally shifting the article group from a first position to the standstill position, the first support surface being configured for horizontally conveying the article group in the first position on the first support surface, the article group being away from the second support surface in the first position, the article group being on the second support surface in the standstill position, the pusher bar configured for decelerating during the horizontal shifting; and
at least one support bar engaging with the articles at a front of the article group during the decelerating, the at least one support bar and at least one pusher bar being configured such that the at least one support bar extends horizontally above the second support surface and moves in front of the article group during the horizontally shifting while the first pusher, from above the first support surface, pushes the article group.