US 9,809,398 B1
End effector
Kevin George Crosby, Beamsville (CA)
Assigned to PROPACK PROCESSING AND PACKAGING SYSTEMS, INC., (CA)
Filed by Propack Processing and Packaging Systems, Inc., Beamsville (CA)
Filed on Jul. 5, 2017, as Appl. No. 15/642,230.
Application 15/642,230 is a continuation of application No. 15/058,066, filed on Mar. 1, 2016, granted, now 9,731,913.
Application 15/058,066 is a continuation of application No. 14/741,312, filed on Jun. 16, 2015, granted, now 9,296,112, issued on Mar. 29, 2016.
Application 14/741,312 is a continuation of application No. 14/536,653, filed on Nov. 9, 2014, granted, now 9,073,222, issued on Jul. 7, 2015.
Claims priority of provisional application 61/904,418, filed on Nov. 14, 2013.
Int. Cl. A47B 97/00 (2006.01); B66C 1/02 (2006.01); B65G 47/91 (2006.01); B25J 15/06 (2006.01); B65B 5/08 (2006.01); B25J 15/00 (2006.01); B65B 35/38 (2006.01)
CPC B65G 47/918 (2013.01) [B25J 15/0061 (2013.01); B25J 15/0616 (2013.01); B65B 5/08 (2013.01); B65B 35/38 (2013.01); Y10S 901/40 (2013.01)] 20 Claims
OG exemplary drawing
 
1. An end effector comprising:
a frame having an elongated frame groove extending along a first axis of the frame;
a first carrier assembly having a first carrier block with a first frame guide slidingly received in the frame groove allowing the first carrier assembly to slidingly move along the first axis, the first carrier block having a first slot disposed adjacent the first frame guide;
a second carrier assembly comprising a second carrier block having a second frame guide slidingly received in the frame groove allowing the second carrier assembly to slidingly move along the first axis, the second carrier assembly disposed adjacent the first carrier assembly; the second carrier block having a second slot disposed adjacent the second frame guide;
the first carrier assembly comprising a first arm having a first grabber and extending laterally towards the second carrier assembly such that the first arm is received in the second slot when the first carrier assembly and second carrier assembly converge toward each other,
the second carrier assembly comprising a second arm having a second grabber configured to engage the first grabber and extending laterally towards the first carrier assembly such that the second arm is received in the first slot when the first carrier assembly and second carrier assembly converge toward each other.