(19)
(11)EP 3 334 667 B1

(12)EUROPEAN PATENT SPECIFICATION

(45)Mention of the grant of the patent:
29.07.2020 Bulletin 2020/31

(21)Application number: 16812819.7

(22)Date of filing:  27.09.2016
(51)International Patent Classification (IPC): 
B65G 17/40(2006.01)
(86)International application number:
PCT/IB2016/055775
(87)International publication number:
WO 2017/055999 (06.04.2017 Gazette  2017/14)

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MODULE FOR A MODULAR CONVEYOR BELT WITH A ROLLER CONVEYOR SURFACE AND MODULAR CONVEYOR BELT FORMED BY A PLURALITY OF SUCH MODULES

MODUL FÜR EIN MODULARES FÖRDERBAND MIT EINER ROLLENFÖRDERFLÄCHE UND DURCH MEHRERE SOLCHER MODULE HERGESTELLTES MODULARES FÖRDERBAND

MODULE POUR UNE COURROIE DE TRANSPORTEUR MODULAIRE COMPRENANT UNE SURFACE DE TRANSPORTEUR À ROULEAUX ET COURROIE DE TRANSPORTEUR MODULAIRE FORMÉE D'UNE PLURALITÉ DE TELS MODULES


(84)Designated Contracting States:
AL AT BE BG CH CY CZ DE DK EE ES FI FR GB GR HR HU IE IS IT LI LT LU LV MC MK MT NL NO PL PT RO RS SE SI SK SM TR

(30)Priority: 28.09.2015 IT UB20153923

(43)Date of publication of application:
20.06.2018 Bulletin 2018/25

(73)Proprietor: Regina Catene Calibrate S.p.A.
20122 Milano (MI) (IT)

(72)Inventors:
  • GARBAGNATI, Carlo
    23870 Cernusco Lombardone (LC) (IT)
  • CATTANEO, Norberto
    23870 Cernusco Lombardone (LC) (IT)

(74)Representative: Cosenza, Simona et al
Barzanò & Zanardo Milano S.p.A. Via Borgonuovo, 10
20121 Milano
20121 Milano (IT)


(56)References cited: : 
WO-A1-2013/030404
US-A- 1 852 942
NL-C2- 1 010 530
  
      
    Note: Within nine months from the publication of the mention of the grant of the European patent, any person may give notice to the European Patent Office of opposition to the European patent granted. Notice of opposition shall be filed in a written reasoned statement. It shall not be deemed to have been filed until the opposition fee has been paid. (Art. 99(1) European Patent Convention).


    Description


    [0001] The present invention relates to a module for a modular conveyor belt with a roller conveyor surface and to a modular conveyor belt formed by a plurality of such modules.

    [0002] Conveyor belts are known in the conveyor belts field, which are formed by a plurality of modules hinged to one another and the conveyor surface of which is defined by a plurality of rollers mounted on the modules themselves.

    [0003] In particular, modules are known consisting of a base body that, at a front end and at a rear end with respect to the feeding direction of the belt is provided with one or more eyes, which receive pins for articulating with adjacent modules.

    [0004] One or more coupling spaces are obtained in the base body for coupling with the gear teeth for driving the belt; as known, said spaces are accessible from the lower surface of the base body, namely from the surface opposite the one equipped with rollers.

    [0005] From the upper surface of the base body supports protrude for supporting one or more shafts, on each of which a plurality of rollers adjacent to one another is mounted in a rotatable manner so as to form a row that extends substantially by the entire width of the module, except for the thickness of the supports. The conveyor surface of the belt is defined by the plane tangent to the outer lateral surface of the rollers. The upper surface of the modules is generally flat and between it and the lower directrix of the rollers a clearance exists such as to avoid, in use, jamming of the rollers following bending of the respective shaft due to the load acting thereonto.

    [0006] Modules of the above-mentioned type are described, for example, in WO2014/066607-A1, AU-B-64692/86-B2 or NL1010530-C2 patent. NL1010530-C2 discloses the preamble of claim 1.

    [0007] Modules of this type have the advantage of offering an almost continuous conveyor surface formed by the succession of rows of rollers. However, such modules have the drawback of having high sizes, in particular the height and weight, which penalise the conditions of use of the belts formed with them.

    [0008] In particular, modules of this type have a high total height given by the sum of the thickness of the base body, the diameter of the rollers and the clearance existing between the rollers and the upper surface of the module itself. As known to the skilled person, this total height is directly correlated to the so-called "chordal effect" of opening and separating modules at the winding of the belt around the driving gear. Such a "chordal effect" is undesired since it causes problems of continuity of the conveyor surface at the fittings with the so-called "passage idle plates" arranged at the ends of the belt, as well as problems of safety of use, since, for example, the possibility exists that the operators may accidentally injure themselves.

    [0009] Moreover, the total weight of these modules penalises the conditions of use of the belt, limiting, on the one hand, the load capacity and, on the other hand, encumbering the tensile stress status needed to be applied to the belt in order to draw it in motion.

    [0010] Therefore the need has been felt for a long time to provide modules for modular conveyor belts with a roller conveyor surface which have overall a reduced total height and a lower weight compared with known modules, but substantially equal or slightly reduced mechanical strength characteristics.

    [0011] In this respect, it has to be noted that, as known to the skilled person, in order to reduce the total height of the known modules, it is not possible to reduce at will the diameter of the rollers. On the one hand, in fact, the shaft on which the rollers are mounted must have a diameter such as to limit possible bending under load and that, therefore, must be greater than a defined lower limit. Moreover, on the other hand, in order to guarantee that a rotatable coupling is maintained between rollers and respective supporting shaft also under load, the ratio between the diameter of the shaft and that of the rollers must not be less than a defined lower limit.

    [0012] In order to reduce the formation of separation openings between successive modules (i.e. the "chordal effect") and, therefore, to limit the risk of crushing of operators intervening manually on the conveyor, US2013/0319824-A1 patent proposes to form at both opposite ends of each module of deflector elements that protrude from the upper surface of the module itself. According to what US2013/0319824-A1 patent describes, these deflector elements are hook shaped with a convex upper surface and extend above the cylindrical eyes for articulating with successive modules, without, however, protruding beyond the conveyor surface defined by the rollers. The deflector elements of successive modules interlock with one another so as to reduce the openings that separate the rollers of those modules, in particular at the sections in which the module articulates around the driving gear.

    [0013] In order to reduce the total height and the weight of the roller modules of the known type and as described above, modules have been proposed, in the thickness of which the rollers have been incorporated. In these known modules the rollers are mounted coaxially to the pin that articulates successive modules; in practice, the rollers are housed in seats obtained in certain articulation eyes. The rollers of each module are, therefore, spaced by portions of module at which the spaces for coupling with the driving gear teeth are obtained.

    [0014] Even these known modules have, however, some drawbacks. A first drawback is represented by the fact that the rollers are inevitably spaced from one another, so that it is impossible to obtain an almost continuous conveyor surface. The spacing of the rollers is due, on the one hand, to the impossibility of arranging the rollers at the portions of module in which the spaces for coupling with the driving gear teeth are obtained and, on the other hand, by the need of not excessively reducing the mechanical strength of the modules themselves.

    [0015] A further drawback, in fact, is represented by the fact that these modules have poorer mechanical characteristics with respect to corresponding modules without rollers or with rollers supported above respective base bodies, the resistant section thereof being reduced by the containment seats of the rollers themselves.

    [0016] WO2013/030404-A1 describes a module of a chain or of a roller belt wherein the rollers are incorporated in the body of the module itself in such a way that a lower portion of the rollers intersects the plane tangent to the upper surface of the hinge pins; therefore the rollers partially overlap the hinge pins along a direction orthogonal to the conveyor surface.

    [0017] For this purpose, WO2013/030404-A1 teaches to form the module with a number of articulation eyes reduced and distributed differently with respect to the known modules. In particular, still according to WO2013/030404-A1, between articulation eyes that are successive and protruding from a same end of each module an empty space remains defined, which defines an area for housing at least one respective roller and at which the hinge pin that articulates the module to a successive module remains uncovered. Therefore, considering two successive modules articulated to one another, the respective rollers directly face the portion of the hinge pins adjacent to them, namely the outer lateral surface of the rollers directly faces the outer lateral surface of the portion of the hinge pins that extends at the respective housing area. According to WO2013/030404-A1, this allows reducing the distance between the outer lateral surfaces of the rollers and of the hinge pins to minimum values and, therefore, the overall height of the modules and the relative "chordal effect".

    [0018] However, such a configuration of the modules involves a reduction in the mechanical strength of the modular chain or belt under shear stress.

    [0019] Document US1852942 discloses a roller chain conveyor provided with friction rollers for transporting products in friction engagement therewith, the friction rollers being arranged above the chain conveyor out of contact with the rollers and links thereof.

    [0020] The aim of this invention is therefore to make a module for a modular conveyor belt with a roller conveyor surface and in a modular conveyor belt made of a plurality of said modules which overcome the drawbacks of the prior art.

    [0021] Within this general aim, a particular aim of the present invention is to provide a module for a modular conveyor belt with a roller conveyor surface that has reduced total height and weight and high mechanical strength characteristics.

    [0022] Another aim of the present invention is to make a module for a modular conveyor belt with a roller conveyor surface that allows obtaining conveyor belts having a substantially continuous conveyor surface.

    [0023] Another aim of the present invention is to make a module for a modular conveyor belt with a roller conveyor surface and a modular that are particularly simple, functional and cost-effective.

    [0024] These aims according to the present invention are achieved by making a module for a modular conveyor belt with a roller conveyor surface and a modular conveyor belt as outlined in claims 1 and 16.

    [0025] Further features are provided in the dependent claims.

    [0026] The features and advantages of a module for a modular conveyor belt with a roller conveyor surface and of a modular conveyor belt made of a plurality of modules according to the present invention will become clearer from the following description, given as a nonlimiting example, referred to the enclosed schematic drawings in which:

    Figure 1 is an axonometric view of a module according to the present invention;

    Figures 2, 3 and 4 show the module of Figure 1 in a front view, a top plan view and a bottom plan view, respectively;

    Figure 5 is a cross-section according to the plane V - V of Figure 2;

    Figure 6 is an exploded axonometric view of the module of Figure 1;

    Figures 7, 8 and 9 show the base body of the module of Figure 1 in a front view, a top plan view and a bottom plan view, respectively;

    Figure 10 is a cross-section according to the plane X - X of Figure 7;

    Figure 11 shows in axonometry a portion of a modular conveyor belt according to the present invention.



    [0027] With reference to the enclosed figures, numeral 10 wholly indicates a module of a modular conveyor belt of the type with a roller conveyor surface.

    [0028] It is noted that adjectives such as "first" and "second" in the present description only have the purpose of clarity of exposition and must not be intended in a limiting sense.

    [0029] Moreover, in the present description, adjectives such as "front" and "rear", "upper" and "lower" refer to the usual conditions of use of the module 10 to form a conveyor belt 100 of the endless type drawn in motion by a pair of gears and forming an upper branch for conveying products and a lower return branch.

    [0030] The module 10 is used to make belts 100 that, for example, are used for conveying bottles, cans or boxes, either singular or grouped.

    [0031] The module 10 comprises a base body 11 that has a first end and a second end, which are opposite one another other along the feeding direction of the belt 100 and at each of which at least one articulation eye 12 is defined for the cylindrical hinge articulation, respectively, with the second end and with the first end of adjacent modules 10.

    [0032] "Feeding direction", indicated in the enclosed figures by line DA, means the direction along which the belt 100 is driven and which is parallel to the plane defined by the upper branch of the belt 100 and to the development in length thereof.

    [0033] The first end and the second end of the base body 11 are opposite one another with respect to the feeding direction DA and, also considering the feeding direction of the belt 100, one of them is front and the other is rear.

    [0034] In a preferred embodiment, a respective plurality of eyes 12 spaced from one another is defined at the first end and at the second end so that between successive eyes 12 empty spaces 13 remain defined for housing eyes 12 of adjacent modules 10. The eyes 12 and the empty spaces 13 intercalate at the first end and at the second end along the entire width of each module 10, each space 13 housing a respective eye 12 of an adjacent module; the term "width" meaning the extension of the module 10 along a direction parallel to the conveyor surface and orthogonal to the feeding direction DA.

    [0035] Each eye 12 is crossed by a hole 14 or by a slot, into which a pin 15 inserts for articulating with the adjacent module. The longitudinal axis of the pin 15 defines the articulation axis A of two successive modules 10.

    [0036] The articulation axes A of the cylindrical hinges defined at the first end and at the second end of the base body 11 are parallel to one another, coplanar and orthogonal to the feeding direction DA.

    [0037] The distance between the articulation axes A of the cylindrical hinges defined at the first end and at the second end of the base body 11 defines the pitch of the belt 100.

    [0038] The eyes 12 obtained at the first end and the second end of the base body 11 are substantially equal to one another; in particular, each of them has overall a height L measured at a reference plane P1 orthogonal to the feeding direction DA and containing the respective articulation axis A.

    [0039] The base body 11 has then a first surface 11a and a second surface 11b that are opposite one another.

    [0040] The first surface 11a faces towards the conveyor surface of the belt 100; it is also noted that the first surface 11a extends the entire base body 11, including the eyes 12.

    [0041] In practice, the first surface 11a is the upper surface of the module 10.

    [0042] Supports 16 protrude from the first surface 11a for supporting at least one shaft 17 whereon at least one roller 18 is mounted in a rotating manner.

    [0043] As clearly evident in the enclosed figures, the at least one shaft 17 and the at least one respective roller 18 are supported above the first surface 11a.

    [0044] The supports 16 protrude from the first surface 11a from the opposite side with respect to the second surface 11b.

    [0045] In a preferred embodiment, the supports 16 support the axially opposite ends the shaft 17. For example, the supports 16 are made of edge walls obtained at the opposite sides of the base body 11; the distance between the outer lateral surfaces of said two lateral edges defines the width of the module 10.

    [0046] The shaft 17 has a longitudinal axis B parallel to the articulation axes A.

    [0047] Preferably, a plurality of rollers 18 adjacent to one another is mounted on the shaft 17 to form a continuous row that extends between the supports 16. In a preferred embodiment, the row of rollers 18 extends substantially by the entire width of the module 10 except for the thickness of the supports 16.

    [0048] Each roller 18 has radius R1.

    [0049] In a preferred embodiment, the supports 16 are configured to support a pair of shafts 17, on each of which at least one respective roller 18 is mounted, in which the shafts 17 are parallel and coplanar to one another and the rollers 18 are equal to one another or have at least equal radius R1.

    [0050] As known to the skilled person, the conveyor surface of the belt 100 is defined by a plane tangent to the outer lateral surface of the rollers 18 and parallel to the feeding direction DA.

    [0051] The second surface 11b defines the lower surface of the belt 100 and at it the access end of at least one coupling space 19 is defined, said coupling space (19) being obtained in the base body 11 for coupling with at least one tooth of a drive gear 101 of the belt 100. Figure 11 only schematically shows one of the two driving gear 101.

    [0052] According to a feature of the present invention, the distance D between each of the articulation axes A and the orthogonal projection B' of the longitudinal axis B of the shaft 17 on the reference plane P1 is not null (i.e. is greater than zero) and is less than the sum of the radius R1 of the rollers 18 and of half the height L of the respective eye 12:



    [0053] In other words, considering plane P2, which contains the articulation axes A of the cylindrical hinges defined at the first end and at the second end of the base body 11, and plane P3, which is parallel to plane P2 and which contains the longitudinal axis B of the shaft 17, the distance D between said two planes P2 and P3 is not null and is less than the sum of the radius R1 of the rollers 18 and of half the height L of the eyes 12.

    [0054] Moreover, generally, each eye 12 is formed by a half-cylindrical portion of curvature radius R2 and the height L thereof is equal to twice said radius R2 (L=2xR2), so that the distance D is not null and is less than the sum of the radius R1 of the rollers 18 and of the radius of curvature R2 of the eye 12 (0<D≤R1+R2).

    [0055] Basically, according to the present invention, the rollers 18 are partially, but not completely, "interpenetrating" or "embedded" in the base body 11.

    [0056] For this purpose, the first surface 11a of the base body 11 has a recess 20 in which a portion of the rollers 18 is housed with a defined clearance. The recess 20 may be formed, at least partially, by a shaping or a lowering of the first surface 11a.

    [0057] In particular, each recess 20 is shaped to house a cylindrical sector of the rollers 18. "Cylindrical sector" means to indicate the portion of each roller 18, which faces towards the first surface 11a and intercepted by the plane P4 parallel to the plane P2 and tangent to the outer lateral surface of the eyes 12 at the plane P1.

    [0058] The recess 20 receives the rollers 18 with a defined clearance in such a way as to leave their rotation free even under load and also following possible bending of the respective shaft 17, thus avoiding possible jamming. Such a clearance is, preferably, of 1 mm. Between the outer lateral surface of the rollers 18 and the recess 20 there is namely an empty space that leaves the former free to rotate with respect to the latter.

    [0059] The recess 20, seen in cross section according to a plane orthogonal to the articulation axes A and to the longitudinal axis B has, for at least one section, an arched profile, advantageously as an arc of a circle and, even more advantageously, as an arc of a circle with the centre on the longitudinal axis B of the respective shaft 17.

    [0060] The recess 20 extends along a portion of the first surface 11a that extends parallel to the respective shaft 17 by a length greater than the height of the respective at least one roller 18. In case the shaft 17 supports a row of rollers 18, the recess 20 extends along a portion of the first surface 11a that extends parallel to the respective shaft 17 by a length greater than the length of the row. Advantageously, the recess 20 extends along a portion of the first surface 11a that extends parallel to the respective shaft 17 by a length equal to the distance between the respective supports 16, namely, the distance between the mutually facing surfaces of the supports 16.

    [0061] In a preferred embodiment shown in the enclosed figures, each module 10 has a pair of shafts 17 arranged with the respective longitudinal axes B parallel to one another and coplanar. Each shaft 17 supports a plurality of rollers 18 equal to one another and arranged adjacent to one another to form a continuous row that extends substantially by the entire width of the module 10.

    [0062] The two shafts 17 can be arranged symmetrically with respect to a median plane PM of the module 10 itself and, in particular, of the space 19. Advantageously, the space 19 is obtained in a central position with respect to the articulation axes A defined at the first end and at the second end of the base body 11. Even more preferably, the space 19 is obtained in a central position even with respect to the opposite sides of the base body 11. In that case, the distance D is such as to reduce the thickness of the wall of the base body 11 which delimits the bottom of the space 19 without adversely affecting the structural continuity of the base body 11 itself.

    [0063] In that case, advantageously, the base body 11 has, for each shaft 17 on which rollers 18 are mounted, a respective recess 20 as defined above.

    [0064] With particular reference to the embodiment shown in the enclosed figures, it is also noted that, at the empty spaces 13, the recess 20 is "discontinuous"; it consists, in fact, of one section of a shaping of the first surface 11a and for one section of a portion of the free space 13 that remains free following the coupling with the respective eye 12 of an adjacent module 10. On the contrary, at each eye 12, the recess 20 consists of a shaping of the first surface 11a that partially also extends on the eye 12 itself.

    [0065] The arrangement of the shafts 17, the degree of "interpenetration" of the rollers 18 in the base body 11, the height L of the eyes 12, that is, the thickness of the base body 11 that defines the resistant section of the module, are shaped in such a way as to be able to contain the overall height of the module 10 without, however adversely affecting the mechanical strength. As known to the skilled person, the resistant section of the module 10 is defined at the reference plane P1.

    [0066] In a preferred embodiment, the height L is of 10 mm, the radius R1 of the rollers 18 is equal to 5.5 mm and the distance D is equal to 9.5 mm. Even more preferably, each shaft 17 has a diameter equal to 4 mm.

    [0067] For the sake of completeness of description, it is noted that in the enclosed figures numeral 21 indicates elements for locking the ends of the shafts 17 in the respective supports 16.

    [0068] Figure 11 schematically shows a portion of a belt 100 formed by a plurality of modules 10 articulated to one another to form a closed loop wound on a pair of drive gears 101, only one of which is schematically shown. Numeral 102 indicates a plate arranged at an end of the belt 100 for the passage from or on it of the products to be transported.

    [0069] The assembly and operation of the module and of the modular conveyor belt according to the present invention are immediately comprehensible to the skilled person in light of the above description and the enclosed figures.

    [0070] Thanks to the arrangement of the rollers that are only partially "interpenetrating" or "embedded" in the base body, it is possible to form a substantially continuous roller conveyor surface, at the same time limiting the overall height of the module and without adversely affecting the mechanical strength of the module itself.

    [0071] The reduction in the overall height of the module allows limiting the so-called "chordal effect" of separation of the modules at the winding of the belt around the driving gear.

    [0072] The particular shape of the base body and, in particular, its shaping and its thickness (height), which is generally less than that of the known modules, allows reducing the overall weight of the module by approximately 20%-30%. The reduction of the overall weight allows conveying, under the same conditions of driving the belt, greater loads or, under the same load conditions, reducing the stress status that has to be applied to the belt in order to drive it. This allows, on the one hand, reducing the power necessary to drive the belt or, on the other hand, increasing the interaxis between the driving gears.

    [0073] The modular conveyor belt module with a roller conveyor surface and the modular conveyor belt thus conceived can undergo numerous modifications and variants falling within the scope of protection of the appended claims. In practice, the materials used, as well as the sizes, can be whatever according to the technical requirements.


    Claims

    1. Module (10) of modular conveyor belt (100) having a roller conveyor surface, said module (10) comprises a base body (11) having:

    - a first end and a second end that are opposite one another along the feeding direction (DA) of said belt (100) and at each of which at least one articulation eye (12) is defined for the cylindrical hinge articulation respectively with the second end and with the first end of adjacent modules (10), wherein the articulation axis (A) defined by each of said cylindrical hinges is orthogonal to the feeding direction (DA) of said belt and wherein each of said articulation eyes (12) has a height L measured at a reference plane (P1) orthogonal to said feeding direction (DA) of said belt and containing the respective said articulation axis (A), wherein each of said first end and of said second end comprises a plurality of respective said articulation eyes (12) spaced from one another to define empty spaces (13) in order to receive articulation eyes (12) of said adjacent modules (10), and

    - a first surface (11a) from which supports (16) project for supporting at least one shaft (17) on which at least one roller (18) is mounted, wherein the conveyor surface of said belt (100) is defined by a plane tangent to the outer lateral surface of said at least one roller (18) and parallel to said feeding direction (DA),

    characterized in that the distance (D) between each of said articulation axes (A) and the orthogonal projection (B') of the longitudinal axis (B) of said at least one shaft (17) on said reference plane (P1) is not null and is less than the sum of the radius (R1) of said at least one roller (18) and of half said height L of the respective said articulation eye (12), wherein said first surface (11a) extends by the whole base body (11), which includes said eyes (12), and has at least one recess (20) for housing with clearance a portion of said at least one roller (18) mounted on said at least one shaft (17), wherein said recess (20) is formed, at least partially, by a shaping or a lowering of said first surface (11a), said recess (20) partially also extending on said eyes (12).
     
    2. Module (10) according to claim 1, characterized in that said portion of said at least one roller (18) is a cylindrical sector of said at least one roller (18).
     
    3. Module (10) according to claim 1 or 2, characterized in that said at least one recess (20) has at least one section having an arched profile on a plane orthogonal to said articulation axes (A).
     
    4. Module (10) according to one or more of the preceding claims, characterized in that said at least one recess (20) extends along a portion of said first surface (11a) that extends parallel to said at least one shaft (17) by a length greater than the height of the respective said at least one roller (18).
     
    5. Module (10) according to one or more of the preceding claims, characterized in that said longitudinal axis (B) of said at least one shaft (17) is parallel to said articulation axes (A).
     
    6. Module (10) according to one or more of the preceding claims, characterized in that on said at least one shaft (17) a plurality of said rollers (18) adjacent to one another is mounted.
     
    7. Module (10) according to one or more of the preceding claims, characterized in that it comprises at least two of said shafts (17) on each of which at least one respective said roller (18) is mounted.
     
    8. Module (10) according to claim 7, characterized in that said first surface (11a) has at least two of said recesses (20), each for housing with clearance a portion of said at least one roller (18) mounted on a respective shaft (17) of said at least two shafts (17).
     
    9. Module (10) according to claim 8, characterized in that said at least two shafts (17) are arranged symmetrically with respect to a median plane (PM) of said module (10).
     
    10. Module (10) according to one or more of the preceding claims, characterized in that said base body (11) comprises a second surface (11b) opposite said first surface and defining the lower surface of said belt (100) and at which the access end of at least one coupling space (19) is defined, said coupling space (19) being obtained in said base body (11) for coupling with at least one tooth of a driving gear (101) of said belt (100).
     
    11. Module (10) according to claims 9 and 10, characterized in that said at least two shafts (17) are arranged symmetrically with respect to a median plane (PM) of said coupling space (19).
     
    12. Module (10) according to claim 10 or 11, characterized in that said coupling space (19) is obtained in a central position with respect to the articulation axes (A) of said cylindrical hinges defined at said first end and at said second end of said base body (11) and has a bottom defined by a wall of said base body (11).
     
    13. Module (10) according to one or more of the preceding claims, characterized in that said supports (16) comprise a pair of edge walls that are defined at the opposite sides of said base body (11) and that extend from said first surface (11a).
     
    14. Module (10) according to one or more of the preceding claims, characterized in that each of said articulation eyes (12) is formed by a half-cylindrical portion having curvature radius (R2), said height (L) of said eye (12) being equal to the double of said radius (R2).
     
    15. Module (10) according to one or more of the preceding claims, characterized in that said height L is of 10 mm and said radius (R1) of said at least one roller (18) is equal to 5.5 mm and wherein said distance (D) is equal to 9.5 mm.
     
    16. Modular conveyor belt (100) comprising a plurality of modules according to one or more claims 1 to 15 articulated to one another.
     


    Ansprüche

    1. Modul (10) eines modularen Förderbandes (100), das eine Rollenförderfläche aufweist, wobei das Modul (10) einen Grundkörper (11) umfasst, das Folgendes aufweist:

    - ein erstes Ende und ein zweites Ende, die entlang der Vorschubrichtung (DA) des Bandes (100) einander gegenüberliegen und an denen jeweils mindestens ein Gelenkauge (12) für das zylindrische Scharniergelenk jeweils mit dem zweiten Ende und mit dem ersten Ende benachbarter Module (10) definiert ist, wobei die durch jedes der zylindrischen Scharniere definierte Gelenkachse (A) orthogonal zur Vorschubrichtung (DA) des Bandes ist und wobei jede der Gelenkaugen (12) eine Höhe L aufweist, die in einer Bezugsebene (P1) gemessen wird, die orthogonal zur Vorschubrichtung (DA) des Bandes ist und die die jeweilige Gelenkachse (A) enthält, wobei sowohl das erste Ende als auch das zweite Ende eine Vielzahl von jeweiligen Gelenkaugen (12) umfassen, die voneinander beabstandet sind, um leere Räume (13) zu definieren, um Gelenkaugen (12) der benachbarten Module (10) aufzunehmen, und

    - eine erste Fläche (11a), von der Stützen (16) vorstehen, um mindestens eine Welle (17) zu tragen, auf der mindestens eine Rolle (18) montiert ist, wobei die Förderfläche des Bandes (100) durch eine Ebene definiert ist, die tangential zu der äußeren Seitenfläche der mindestens einen Rolle (18) und parallel zur Vorschubrichtung (DA) verläuft,

    dadurch gekennzeichnet, dass der Abstand (D) zwischen jeder der Gelenkachsen (A) und der Orthogonalprojektion (B') der Längsachse (B) der mindestens einen Welle (17) auf die Bezugsebene (P1) nicht Null ist und kleiner als die Summe des Radius (R1) der mindestens einen Rolle (18) und der halben Höhe L des jeweiligen Gelenkauges (12) ist, wobei sich die erste Fläche (11a) durch den gesamten Grundkörper (11) erstreckt, der die Augen (12) beinhaltet, und mindestens eine Aussparung (20) aufweist, um einen Abschnitt der mindestens einen Rolle (18), die auf der mindestens einen Welle (17) montiert ist, mit Spiel aufzunehmen, wobei die Aussparung (20) mindestens teilweise durch eine Formgebung oder eine Absenkung der ersten Fläche (11a) gebildet wird, wobei sich die Aussparung (20) teilweise auch auf die Augen (12) erstreckt.
     
    2. Modul (10) gemäß Anspruch 1, dadurch gekennzeichnet, dass der Abschnitt der mindestens einen Rolle (18) ein zylindrischer Sektor der mindestens einen Rolle (18) ist.
     
    3. Modul (10) gemäß Anspruch 1 oder 2, dadurch gekennzeichnet, dass die mindestens eine Aussparung (20) mindestens einen Abschnitt aufweist, der ein bogenförmiges Profil auf einer Ebene orthogonal zu den Gelenkachsen (A) aufweist.
     
    4. Modul (10) gemäß einem oder mehreren der vorhergehenden Ansprüche, dadurch gekennzeichnet, dass sich die mindestens eine Aussparung (20) entlang eines Abschnitts der ersten Fläche (11a) erstreckt, der sich parallel zu der mindestens einen Welle (17) über eine Länge erstreckt, die größer ist als die Höhe der jeweiligen mindestens einen Rolle (18).
     
    5. Modul (10) gemäß einem oder mehreren der vorhergehenden Ansprüche, dadurch gekennzeichnet, dass die Längsachse (B) der mindestens einen Welle (17) parallel zu den Gelenkachsen (A) verläuft.
     
    6. Modul (10) gemäß einem oder mehreren der vorhergehenden Ansprüche, dadurch gekennzeichnet, dass auf der mindestens einen Welle (17) eine Vielzahl der Rollen (18) zueinander benachbart montiert ist.
     
    7. Modul (10) gemäß einem oder mehreren der vorhergehenden Ansprüche, dadurch gekennzeichnet, dass es mindestens zwei der Wellen (17) umfasst, auf denen jeweils mindestens eine der jeweiligen Rollen (18) montiert ist.
     
    8. Modul (10) gemäß Anspruch 7, dadurch gekennzeichnet, dass die erste Fläche (11a) mindestens zwei der Aussparungen (20) aufweist, jede zur Aufnahme mit Spiel eines Abschnitts der mindestens einen Rolle (18), die auf einer jeweiligen Welle (17) der mindestens zwei Wellen (17) montiert ist.
     
    9. Modul (10) gemäß Anspruch 8, dadurch gekennzeichnet, dass die mindestens zwei Wellen (17) symmetrisch in Bezug auf eine Mittelebene (PM) des Moduls (10) angeordnet sind.
     
    10. Modul (10) gemäß einem oder mehreren der vorhergehenden Ansprüche, dadurch gekennzeichnet, dass der Grundkörper (11) eine zweite Fläche (llb) umfasst, die der ersten Fläche gegenüberliegt und die untere Fläche des Bandes (100) definiert und an der das Zugangsende mindestens eines Kopplungsraums (19) definiert ist, wobei der Kopplungsraum (19) in dem Grundkörper (11) zur Kopplung mit mindestens einem Zahn eines Antriebszahnrads (101) des Bandes (100) erhalten wird.
     
    11. Modul (10) gemäß Anspruch 9 und 10, dadurch gekennzeichnet, dass die mindestens zwei Wellen (17) symmetrisch in Bezug auf eine Mittelebene (PM) des Kopplungsraums (19) angeordnet sind.
     
    12. Modul (10) gemäß Anspruch 10 oder 11, dadurch gekennzeichnet, dass der Kopplungsraum (19) in einer zentralen Position in Bezug auf die Gelenkachsen (A) der zylindrischen Scharniere erhalten wird, die an dem ersten Ende und an dem zweiten Ende des Grundkörpers (11) definiert sind, und einen Boden aufweist, der durch eine Wand des Grundkörpers (11) definiert ist.
     
    13. Modul (10) gemäß einem oder mehreren der vorhergehenden Ansprüche, dadurch gekennzeichnet, dass die Stützen (16) ein Paar von Randwänden umfassen, die an den gegenüberliegenden Seiten des Grundkörpers (11) definiert sind und die sich von der ersten Fläche (11a) aus erstrecken.
     
    14. Modul (10) gemäß einem oder mehreren der vorhergehenden Ansprüche, dadurch gekennzeichnet, dass jedes der Gelenkaugen (12) durch einen halbzylindrischen Abschnitt gebildet wird, der einen Krümmungsradius (R2) aufweist, wobei die Höhe (L) des Auges (12) gleich dem Doppelten des Radius (R2) ist.
     
    15. Modul (10) gemäß einem oder mehreren der vorhergehenden Ansprüche, dadurch gekennzeichnet, dass die Höhe L 10 mm beträgt und der Radius (R1) der mindestens einen Rolle (18) gleich 5,5 mm ist und wobei der Abstand (D) gleich 9,5 mm ist.
     
    16. Modulares Förderband (100), das eine Vielzahl von Modulen gemäß einem oder mehreren der Ansprüche 1 bis 15 umfasst, die gelenkig miteinander verbunden sind.
     


    Revendications

    1. Module (10) de courroie de transporteur modulaire (100) ayant une surface de transporteur à rouleaux, ledit module (10) comprend un corps de base (11) ayant :

    - une première extrémité et une seconde extrémité qui sont opposées l'une à l'autre le long de la direction d'alimentation (DA) de ladite courroie (100) et à chacune desquelles au moins un œillet d'articulation (12) est défini pour l'articulation à charnière cylindrique respectivement avec la seconde extrémité et avec la première extrémité de modules adjacents (10), dans lequel l'axe d'articulation (A) défini par chacune desdites charnières cylindriques est orthogonal à la direction d'alimentation (DA) de ladite courroie et dans lequel chacun desdits œillets d'articulation (12) possède une hauteur L mesurée au niveau d'un plan de référence (P1) orthogonal à ladite direction d'alimentation (DA) de ladite courroie et contenant ledit axe d'articulation respectif (A), dans lequel chacune de ladite première extrémité et de ladite seconde extrémité comprend une pluralité desdits œillets d'articulation respectifs (12) espacés les uns des autres pour définir des espaces vides (13) afin de recevoir des œillets d'articulation (12) desdits modules adjacents (10), et

    - une première surface (11a) à partir de laquelle des supports (16) font saillie pour porter au moins un arbre (17) sur lequel au moins un rouleau (18) est monté, dans lequel la surface de transporteur de ladite courroie (100) est définie par un plan tangent à la surface latérale externe dudit au moins un rouleau (18) et parallèle à ladite direction d'alimentation (DA),

    caractérisé en ce que la distance (D) entre chacun desdits axes d'articulation (A) et la projection orthogonale (B') de l'axe longitudinal (B) dudit au moins un arbre (17) sur ledit plan de référence (P1) n'est pas nulle et est inférieure à la somme du rayon (R1) dudit au moins un rouleau (18) et de la moitié de ladite hauteur L dudit œillet d'articulation respectif (12), dans lequel ladite première surface (11a) s'étend sur la totalité du corps de base (11), qui inclut lesdits œillets (12), et possède au moins un évidement (20) pour loger avec un jeu une partie dudit au moins un rouleau (18) monté sur ledit au moins un arbre (17), dans lequel ledit évidement (20) est formé, au moins partiellement, par une mise en forme ou un abaissement de ladite première surface (11a), ledit évidement (20) s'étendant également partiellement sur lesdits œillets (12).
     
    2. Module (10) selon la revendication 1, caractérisé en ce que ladite partie dudit au moins un rouleau (18) est un secteur cylindrique dudit au moins un rouleau (18).
     
    3. Module (10) selon la revendication 1 ou 2, caractérisé en ce que ledit au moins un évidement (20) possède au moins une section ayant un profil arqué sur un plan orthogonal auxdits axes d'articulation (A).
     
    4. Module (10) selon l'une ou plusieurs des revendications précédentes, caractérisé en ce que ledit au moins un évidement (20) s'étend le long d'une partie de ladite première surface (11a) qui s'étend parallèlement audit au moins un arbre (17) sur une longueur supérieure à la hauteur dudit au moins un rouleau respectif (18).
     
    5. Module (10) selon l'une ou plusieurs des revendications précédentes, caractérisé en ce que ledit axe longitudinal (B) dudit au moins un arbre (17) est parallèle auxdits axes d'articulation (A).
     
    6. Module (10) selon l'une ou plusieurs des revendications précédentes, caractérisé en ce que sur ledit au moins un arbre (17), une pluralité desdits rouleaux (18) adjacents les uns aux autres est montée.
     
    7. Module (10) selon l'une ou plusieurs des revendications précédentes, caractérisé en ce qu'il comprend au moins deux desdits arbres (17) sur chacun desquels au moins un rouleau respectif desdits rouleaux (18) est monté.
     
    8. Module (10) selon la revendication 7, caractérisé en ce que ladite première surface (11a) possède au moins deux desdits évidements (20), chacun pour loger avec un jeu une partie dudit au moins un rouleau (18) monté sur un arbre respectif (17) desdits au moins deux arbres (17).
     
    9. Module (10) selon la revendication 8, caractérisé en ce que lesdits au moins deux arbres (17) sont agencés de manière symétrique par rapport à un plan médian (PM) dudit module (10).
     
    10. Module (10) selon l'une ou plusieurs des revendications précédentes, caractérisé en ce que ledit corps de base (11) comprend une seconde surface (llb) opposée à ladite première surface et définissant la surface inférieure de ladite courroie (100) et au niveau de laquelle l'extrémité d'accès d'au moins un espace de couplage (19) est définie, ledit espace de couplage (19) étant obtenu dans ledit corps de base (11) pour un couplage avec au moins une dent d'un engrenage d'entraînement (101) de ladite courroie (100).
     
    11. Module (10) selon les revendications 9 et 10, caractérisé en ce que lesdits au moins deux arbres (17) sont agencés de manière symétrique par rapport à un plan médian (PM) dudit espace de couplage (19).
     
    12. Module (10) selon la revendication 10 ou 11, caractérisé en ce que ledit espace de couplage (19) est obtenu dans une position centrale par rapport aux axes d'articulation (A) desdites charnières cylindriques définies au niveau de ladite première extrémité et au niveau de ladite seconde extrémité dudit corps de base (11) et possède un fond défini par une paroi dudit corps de base (11).
     
    13. Module (10) selon l'une ou plusieurs des revendications précédentes, caractérisé en ce que lesdits supports (16) comprennent une paire de parois de bord qui sont définies au niveau des côtés opposés dudit corps de base (11) et qui s'étendent à partir de ladite première surface (11a).
     
    14. Module (10) selon l'une ou plusieurs des revendications précédentes, caractérisé en ce que chacun desdits œillets d'articulation (12) est formé par une partie semi-cylindrique ayant un rayon de courbure (R2), ladite hauteur (L) dudit œillet (12) étant égale au double dudit rayon (R2) .
     
    15. Module (10) selon l'une ou plusieurs des revendications précédentes, caractérisé en ce que ladite hauteur L est de 10 mm et ledit rayon (R1) dudit au moins un rouleau (18) est égal à 5,5 mm et dans lequel ladite distance (D) est égale à 9,5 mm.
     
    16. Courroie de transporteur modulaire (100) comprenant une pluralité de modules selon l'une ou plusieurs des revendications 1 à 15 articulés les uns avec les autres.
     




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