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Details for Patent: 8,267,452

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Details for Patent: 8,267,452

Title:Product gripper
Abstract: A product gripper for the taking up of a product has two vane blades; a driving means to move the vane blades between a first position, in which the vane blades can be placed onto a support for the product to be taken up at oppositely disposed sides of the product to be taken up, and a second position, in which the vane blades are located at least partly beneath the product to be taken up; and a downholder for the fixing of the product to be taken up while the vane blades are moved beneath it, with the downholder being arranged above a vane blade plane defined by the vane blades.
Inventor(s): Weber; Guenther (Gross Nemerow, DE)
Assignee: Weber Maschinenbau GmbH Breidenbach (Breidenbach, DE)
Filing Date:Mar 02, 2010
Application Number:12/660,701
Claims:1. An apparatus for taking up a product, comprising: a frame; at least two vane blades disposed beneath the frame and biased away from the frame, wherein the vane blades are configured to rest on a surface and to slide inward relative to one another along the surface; and a downholder disposed beneath the frame between the vane blades, wherein the downholder and frame are downwardly movable against the bias from a rest position, at which the downholder is above the product, to a support position, at which the downholder is adjacent the product.

2. The apparatus of claim 1, further comprising a lock configured to lock the vane blades at a spacing from the downholder at which the product is held between the downholder and the vane blades.

3. The apparatus of claim 2, wherein the lock comprises a shoulder connected to one of the vane blades and a corresponding protrusion connected to the downholder.

4. The apparatus of claim 2, wherein the lock is adjustable.

5. The apparatus of claim 1, wherein the downholder is deformable at a lower side thereof.

6. The apparatus of claim 1, further comprising a belt band disposed at a lower side of the downholder.
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