Global Patent Index - EP 1237635 A1

EP 1237635 A1 2002-09-11 - A METHOD OF OPERATION OF A BALL MACHINE AND A BALL MACHINE

Title (en)

A METHOD OF OPERATION OF A BALL MACHINE AND A BALL MACHINE

Title (de)

BENUTZUNGSVERFAHREN EINER BALLMASCHINE UND BALLMASCHINE

Title (fr)

ACTIONNEMENT D'UN DISPOSITIF DE MANIPULATION DE BALLES, ET DISPOSITIF DE MANIPULATION DE BALLES

Publication

EP 1237635 A1 (EN)

Application

EP 00978128 A

Priority

  • NO 0000400 W
  • NO 995837 A

Abstract (en)

[origin: WO0137956A1] The invention relates to a method for operating a ball machine (1) where balls (9) are delivered to a collecting chamber (15) in the machine (1) and are thrown out therefrom. The invention also relates to a ball machine, comprising a ball inlet (5), a ball collecting chamber (15) connected to the ball inlet, and a ball outlet (17) connected to the ball collecting chamber. The invention has been developed in particular in connection with activity rooms for children, so-called ball playrooms that are filled with hundreds of plastic balls of different colours. The machine encourages the children to be active in that they put the balls into the machine, and the balls are then collected in a collecting chamber (15), whereupon they are thrown out in the form of a ball shower over the children. The machine may also optionally sort out damaged balls and other articles. In addition, the ball machine (1) may have brush means for removing dirt and dust from the balls. The ball machine (1) may also comprise a ball cleaning machine (55) for wet cleaning the balls. In addition, the ball machine (1) may include a ball vacuum cleaner which sucks the balls up so that the balls can be easily removed, thus allowing the floor of the ball room be cleaned without difficulty once the balls have been removed.

IPC 1-7 (main, further and additional classification)

A63F 9/00; A63B 47/04; A63F 7/00

IPC 8 full level (invention and additional information)

A63B 47/04 (2006.01); A63B 67/00 (2006.01); A63B 9/00 (2006.01); A63B 47/00 (2006.01); A63B 47/02 (2006.01)

CPC (invention and additional information)

A63B 67/002 (2013.01); A63B 47/04 (2013.01); A63B 47/002 (2013.01); A63B 47/025 (2013.01); A63B 2009/006 (2013.01); A63B 2047/046 (2013.01); A63B 2208/12 (2013.01)

Citation (search report)

See references of WO 0137956A1

Designated contracting state (EPC)

AT BE CH CY DE DK ES FI FR GB GR IE IT LI LU MC NL PT SE TR

EPO simple patent family

WO 0137956 A1 20010531; AU 1562001 A 20010604; EP 1237635 A1 20020911; NO 995837 D0 19991129

INPADOC legal status


2004-12-08 [18D] APPLICATION DEEMED TO BE WITHDRAWN

- Effective date: 20040602

2002-09-11 [17P] REQUEST FOR EXAMINATION FILED

- Effective date: 20020628

2002-09-11 [AK] DESIGNATED CONTRACTING STATES:

- Kind Code of Ref Document: A1

- Designated State(s): AT BE CH CY DE DK ES FI FR GB GR IE IT LI LU MC NL PT SE TR

2002-09-11 [AX] REQUEST FOR EXTENSION OF THE EUROPEAN PATENT TO:

- Free text: AL;LT;LV;MK;RO;SI