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(11)EP 3 409 098 B1

(12)EUROPEAN PATENT SPECIFICATION

(45)Mention of the grant of the patent:
18.03.2020 Bulletin 2020/12

(21)Application number: 18175030.8

(22)Date of filing:  30.05.2018
(51)Int. Cl.: 
F16G 3/06  (2006.01)
B65G 15/34  (2006.01)
A01D 17/10  (2006.01)

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FEED CONVEYOR BELT AND COUPLER

ZUFÜHRFÖRDERBAND UND KOPPLER

COURROIE ET COUPLEUR DE TRANSPORTEUR D'ALIMENTATION


(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: 31.05.2017 US 201762513409 P
25.10.2017 US 201715793934

(43)Date of publication of application:
05.12.2018 Bulletin 2018/49

(73)Proprietor: Deere & Company
Moline, IL 61265 (US)

(72)Inventors:
  • PURYK, Corwin M
    68163 Mannheim (DE)
  • PETERS, David W
    68163 Mannheim (DE)
  • FUCHS, Volker
    68163 Mannheim (DE)
  • VAN WOLDE, Harm-Jan
    68163 Mannheim (DE)
  • ADRICHEM, Johan
    68163 Mannheim (DE)

(74)Representative: Holst, Sönke 
John Deere GmbH & Co. KG Mannheim Regional Center Global Intellectual Property Services John-Deere-Strasse 70
68163 Mannheim
68163 Mannheim (DE)


(56)References cited: : 
EP-A1- 3 078 880
US-A- 4 617 716
FR-A- 501 012
US-A1- 2008 060 171
  
      
    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

    Field of the Invention



    [0001] This invention relates to belt conveyors for example for agricultural harvesters. More particularly it relates to a coupler for the endless belts of such conveyors.

    Background of the Invention



    [0002] Agricultural harvesters such as combines or windrowers, travel through fields of agricultural crop harvesting the crop. In one common arrangement, agricultural harvesting heads extend forward from the agricultural harvester to engage the plant stalks, sever them, and carry the severed crop into the body of the agricultural harvester itself for further processing.

    [0003] The agricultural harvesting heads are supported on feeder houses, which are boxlike structures that extend forward from the agricultural harvester. Feeder houses comprise hollow rectangular box-like housings with an open front end and an open rear end. A feet conveyor is fixed inside the housing. The feed conveyor typically comprises a laterally extending front shaft extending through the sidewalls of the housing at the front of the housing where it couples to the agricultural harvesting head and a laterally extending rear shaft that extends through the sidewalls of the housing at the rear of the housing where it couples to the combine. Two endless chain belts extend around these two shafts, typically on toothed sprockets. Elongate slats are fixed to and between these two chain belts and extend laterally, generally parallel to the two shafts.

    [0004] As the two shafts rotate, they cause the chains or belts to recirculate, which in turn causes the slats to drag across the floor of the feeder house housing. The slats extending downward from the lower run of the endless chains or belts grip the top of the cut crop material and drag it into the feederhouse. The slats drag the cut crop material upward on the floor of the feederhouse and release it into the combine itself.

    [0005] One problem with this arrangement is excessive noise and wear. Chain belts running on toothed sprockets are noisy. Further, the metal links in the chain wear against each other. For this reason, some manufacturers have replaced the feed conveyor chain belts with fiber reinforced rubber (elastomeric) belts.

    [0006] While it was proposed to couple the belt ends together with a releasable coupler with a lower and an upper half hat partially encircles enlarged lobes at the belt end (EP 3 078 880 A1), it is difficult to mount the belt ends together, since the coupler can only hold the belt ends together when it is already assembled.

    [0007] What is needed is an endless belt and coupler for a conveyor that can be more easily assembled.

    [0008] It is an object of this invention to provide such a belt and coupler arrangement.

    Summary of the Invention



    [0009] A belt and coupler arrangement for a conveyor for example for an agricultural harvester or for any other type of conveyor for agricultural or non-agricultural purposes is provided, the arrangement comprising: an elongate belt having an elongate web with a first end and a second end, wherein the first end and the second end are thicker than the elongate web; and a coupler having a first elongate recess to receive and enclose the first end, and a second elongate recess to receive and enclose the second end; wherein the first elongate recess has a first elongate gap defined by first and second lips that are opposed and through which the elongate web extends; wherein the second elongate recess has a second elongate gap defined by third and fourth lips that are opposed and through which the elongate web extends; and wherein the coupler further comprises: a first plate having the first and third lips; a second plate having the second and fourth lips; and at least one threaded fastener fixing the first plate and the second plate together; wherein the belt has a first hole at the first end and a second hole at the second end and the coupler comprises a first pin extending through the first hole and a second pin extending through the second hole when the belt ends are coupled by the coupler..

    [0010] The first end may define a first upper lobe that extends upward above the web and a first lower lobe that extends downward below the web.

    [0011] The second end may define a second upper lobe that extends upward above the web and a second lower lobe that extends downward below the web.

    [0012] The first upper lobe and the second upper lobe may be disposed in a first central recess, and the first lower lobe and the second lower lobe may be disposed in a second central recess.

    [0013] The first pin and the second pin can be disposed on the first and third lips.

    [0014] The at least one fastener may extend through a first gap in the first and second abutment surfaces.

    [0015] The web may comprise a first fiber layer extending substantially the entire length of the web, and the first end may comprise a first retaining rod wrapped by the first fiber layer.

    [0016] The web may comprise a second fiber layer extending substantially the entire length of the web, and the first end may comprise a second retaining rod wrapped by the second fiber layer.

    [0017] The first retaining rod and the second retaining rod may be disposed inside the first elongate recess.

    [0018] The first retaining rod and the second retaining rod may have a height greater than the first elongate gap.

    [0019] The belt and coupler arrangement can be used in a feederhouse of a combine harvester.

    Brief Description of the Drawings



    [0020] 
    Fig. 1
    is a perspective exploded view of the coupler and belt ends that it joins.
    Fig. 2
    is a perspective assembled view of the coupler and belt ends of Figure 1.
    Fig. 3
    is a cross-section through the assembled coupler and belt ends of Figure 2 taken at section line 3-3 in Figure 2.
    Fig. 4
    is a cross-section through the assembled coupler and belt ends of Figures 2-3 taken at section line 4-4 in Figure 2

    Detailed Description of the Preferred Embodiments



    [0021] In the discussion below, the terms "up", "upper", "upward", "down", "downward", "above", "below" and the like are used for convenience and clarity to describe relative locations and positions of coupler components as illustrated in the accompanying figures. The direction "up" as indicated in each of the figures by the arrow marked "U".

    [0022] In Figures 1-2, a coupler 100 connects two belt ends 102, 104 together. The coupler 100 comprises an upper plate 106 and a lower plate 108 that are fixed together by three removable fasteners 110, 112, 114. The coupler 100 in general is described in EP 3 078 880 A1, the contents of which incorporated herein by reference.

    [0023] The upper plate 106 has a central recess 116 defined by the recessed underside of the upper plate 106 and by two lips 118, 120 that extend downward from the upper plate 106 and extend substantially the entire length of the upper plate.

    [0024] The upper plate 106 has three through holes disposed along the longitudinal centerline of the upper plate 106 to receive the three fasteners 110, 112, 114. The fasteners 110, 112, 114 are oriented perpendicular to the longitudinal extent of the upper plate 106. The underside of the upper plate 106 has two recesses 122, 124 extending upward into the upper plate 106 that are configured to receive and cover guide pins 126, 128. The guide pins 126, 128 are fixed to and extend upward from the upper surface of the lower plate 108. The guide pins 126, 128 are spaced from the upper plate 106.

    [0025] A ridge 130 is formed on the underside of the upper plate 106 and extends downward therefrom. The ridge 130 extends substantially the entire length of the upper plate 106. The ridge 130 has a lower surface 132 that abuts the upper surface of a corresponding ridge 184, 186 that extends upward from the lower plate 108 when the coupler 100 is assembled.

    [0026] The lower plate 108 has a central recess 134 that extends substantially the entire length of the lower plate 108. It is defined by the floor of the lower plate 108 and by two lips 136, 138 that extend upward from the floor of the lower plate 108 and extend substantially the entire length of the lower plate. The ridges 184, 186 are provided within the recess 134.

    [0027] A ridge 184 is formed on the upper side of the lower plate 108 and extends upward therefrom. The ridge 184 extend substantially the entire length of the lower plate 108. The ridge 184 has an upper surface 186 that abuts the lower surface 132 of the ridge 130 of the upper plate 106 when the upper plate 106 in the lower plate 108 are bolted together by the fasteners 110, 112, 144.

    [0028] Two end walls 190, 192 extend upward from the proximal and distal ends of the lower plate 108. The end walls 190, 192 enclose and cover the opposite sides of the belt end 102 and the belt end 104. The end walls 190, 192 enclose and cover upper lobes 152 and lower lobes 156 of the belt ends 102, 104. The end walls 190, 192 enclose and cover retaining rods 164, 166, 168, 170 which are surrounded by the lobes 152, 156. The two end walls 190, 192 prevent the belt ends 102, 104, the lobes 152, 156, and the rods 164, 166, 168, 170 from migrating side-to-side and possibly slipping sideways out of the coupler 100. Further, they prevent debris and other contaminants from filling gaps between the belt ends 102, 104 and the coupler 100.

    [0029] When the coupler 100 is assembled and the upper plate 106 and the lower plate 108 are bolted together with the fasteners, the upper ends of the two end walls 190, 192 abut the bottom surface of the upper plate 106. The lips 118, 136 on the left side of the coupler 100 define a first elongate recess and the lips 120, 138 on the right side of the coupler 100 define a second elongate recess in which the thickened belt ends 102, 104 are held as long as the coupler 100 is mounted.

    [0030] The lower plate 108 has three through holes disposed along the longitudinal centerline of the lower plate 108. Each of these three holes receives a corresponding one of the three fasteners 110, 112, 114. The three fasteners 110, 112, 114 are threaded fasteners. Each threaded fastener has a head 140 that engages a recessed, countersunk shoulder 142 that is formed in each of the holes extending through the lower plate 108. The shoulder permits the head 140 to be positioned completely into the bottom surface of the lower plate 108 when the coupler 100 is assembled. This recessed position prevents each head 140 from being worn away as the endless belt and coupler 110 are recirculated about the teeth or cogs on the drive sprocket or drive gear about which the endless belt and coupler 100 recirculate.

    [0031] The shank 144 of the threaded fasteners 110, 112, 114 above the head 140 are four-sided, and the portion of the hole in the lower plate 108 which receives the four-sided shank has four similar surfaces that engage the shank of the fasteners and prevented the fastener from being rotated within the whole when the three nuts 146, 148, 150 are tightened on the three threaded fasteners 110, 112, 114, respectively.

    [0032] The ends 102, 104 of the belt that are coupled together by the coupler 100 to make an endless belt are specially configured to mate with the coupler 100. In particular, each belt end 102, 104 has the upper lobe 152 at the end of the belt that extends above the upper surface of the web 154. Further, each belt end has the lower lobe 156 that extends below the lower surface of the web 154. Thus, the ends 102, 104 of the belt have a structure that protrudes above the surface of the belt and a structure that protrudes below the surface of the belt.

    [0033] Further, the belt has a continuous web that is reinforced by high strength fibers. These high strength fibers are embedded within an elastomeric matrix. These fibers may be in the form of a woven fabric layer, or they may be merely an array of longitudinal fibers. These fibers can be glass fibers, carbon fibers, Kevlar, or other suitable high-strength yet flexible material. There are at least two fiber layers 160, 162 overlaying each other that extend the length of the belt.

    [0034] Fiber layer 162 is wrapped around a retaining rod 164, and returns backward to overlap fiber layer 162. The retaining rod 164 extends the entire width of the belt. It is the retaining rod 164 that provides the bulk of the thickness of the upper lobe 152 (on belt end 102) and causes it to extend upward above the upper surface 154 of the belt end 102.

    [0035] In a similar fashion, fiber layer 160 is wrapped around a retaining rod 166 and returns backward to overlap fiber layer 160. The retaining rod 166 extends the entire width of the belt. It is the retaining rod 166 that provides the bulk of the thickness of the lower lobe 156 (on belt end 102) and causes it to extend downward below the lower surface 158 of the belt end 102.

    [0036] Likewise for the belt end 104, fiber layer 162 is wrapped around a similar retaining rod 168 and returns backward to overlap fiber layer 162 the retaining rod 168 extends the entire width of the belt. It is the retaining rod 168 that provides the bulk of the thickness of the upper lobe 152 (on belt end 104) and causes it to extend upward above the upper surface 154 of the belt end 104.

    [0037] In a similar fashion, fiber layer 160 is wrapped around a retaining rod 170 and returns backward to overlap fiber layer 160. The retaining rod 170 extends the entire width of the belt. It is the retaining rod 170 that provides the bulk of the thickness of the lower lobe 156 (on belt end 102) and causes it to extend downward below the lower surface 158 of the belt end 104.

    [0038] The fiber layers 160, 162 and the retaining rods 164, 166, 168, 170 are preferably cured together with the elastomeric material such that the retaining rods and the fiber layers, are fused together in a common elastomeric matrix.

    [0039] Figures 2, 3, and 4 show the coupler 100 in its assembled form, joining the belt ends 102, 104 together to form and endless conveyor belt. Nuts 146, 148, 150 are tightened on the fasteners 110, 112, 114. To provide for easy assembly, the guide pins 126, 128 are provided as anchors for the belt ends 102, 104. The operator places a hole 180 in the belt end 102 on the guide pin 126 of the lower plate 108. The guide pin 126 passes through hole 180. The operator then places a hole 182 in the belt end 104 on the other guide pin 128. The guide pin 128 passes through hole 182 in the belt end 104. These two guide pins extend upward and parallel to each other. The belt ends 102, 104 are typically pulling away from each other, and the guide pins 126 and 128 serve to hold the belt ends together for completing the assembly process.

    [0040] Once the belt ends 102, 104 are placed on guide pins 126, 128, the operator can free one of his hands to place the upper plate 106 on top of the lower plate 108. The operator, pinching the upper plate and the lower plate together, can then reach underneath the lower plate 108 and insert one of the fasteners 110, 112, 114 upward through a through hole in the lower plate 108 and through the corresponding through hole in the upper plate 106.

    [0041] The operator can then tighten one of the nuts on the fastener by hand. At this point, the upper plate 106 in the lower plate 108 cannot separate from each other, and the belt ends (hooked on their respective guide pins) cannot come loose. At this point, the operator can use both his hands to insert the remaining fasteners into the coupler and attach the remaining nuts.

    [0042] The provision of the guide pins 126, 128 as a temporary retainer of the belt ends 102, 104 during the assembly process frees the operator to perform the additional manual assembly steps.

    [0043] The operator tightens the nuts 146, 148, 150 drawing the upper plate 106 and the lower plate 108 together. The operator tightens these nuts until the upper surface 186 of the ridge 184 abuts the lower surface 132 of the ridge 130, and the upper surface of the end walls 180, 182, abut the downwardly facing surface of the central recess 116 of the upper plate 106.

    [0044] Once the surfaces abut each other, the upper plate 106 and the lower plate 108 are fixed in their relative positions. Any further tightening of the nuts does not move the upper plate 106 and lower plate 108 closer together.

    [0045] After abutment of the two plates, the fasteners and nuts can subsequently be tightened to a higher torque that ensures the fasteners will not slacken or loosen during normal operation. The increase in pressure between the upper plate 106 and the lower plate 108 due to this additional tightening is communicated through the ridges and the end walls of the two plates.

    [0046] As best shown in Figure 3, when the two plates 106, 108 abut each other, the two lobes 152, 156 on each of the belt ends 102, 104 are trapped within a pocket defined between the central recesses 116, 134 and the lips 118, 136 (for the belt end 102) and 120, 138 (for the belt end 104).

    [0047] A longitudinal gap is provided between lip 118 and 136 of belt end 102. This gap extends substantially the entire width of the coupler 100. The web of the belt extends between these lips, and is slightly compressed by them. Lobes 152 and 156 at the end of belt end 102 are thicker than the gap between the lips 118 and 136 (largely due to the thickness of the retaining rods 164, 166). When tension is applied to the belt end 102, the belt end 102 is drawn out of the coupler 100 until lobes 152 and 156 abut the inner surfaces 172, 174 of the lips 118, 136, respectively. Due to the size of the retaining rods 164, 166, the belt end 102 cannot be removed from the coupler 100.

    [0048] Similarly, a longitudinal gap is provided between lip 120 and 138 of belt end 104. This gap extends substantially the entire width of the coupler 100. The web of the belt extends between these lips and is slightly compressed by them. Lobes 152 and 156 at the end of belt end 104 are thicker than the gap between the lips 120 and 138 (largely due to the thickness of the retaining rods 168, 170). When tension is applied to the belt end 104 the belt end 104 is drawn out of the coupler until lobes 152 and 156 abut the inner surfaces 176, 178 of the lips 120, 138, respectively. Due to the size of the retaining rods 168, 170, which are thicker than the web 154 itself, the belt end 104 cannot be pulled out of the coupler 100 and retain the belt ends within the coupler. The belt ends are not retained within the coupler 100 by the pressure of the lips upon the web 154 (which is minimal0, but by the inability of the lobes to be pulled into and through the lips.

    [0049] When the fasteners are tightened, the abutting surfaces of the two ridges are compressed together and space the lips a predetermined distance apart, providing a constant and repeatable gap between the lips, while permitting considerable torque to be applied to the fasteners thereby preventing them from loosening.

    [0050] An elastomeric pad 188 is bonded to the lower surface of the second plate 108 to provide a noise-reducing cushion for the coupler 100 when it wraps around a gear or sprocket during operation of the feed conveyor.


    Claims

    1. A belt and coupler arrangement for a conveyor, the arrangement comprising:

    an elongate belt having an elongate web (154) with a first end (102) and a second end (104), wherein the first end (102) and the second end (104) are thicker than the elongate web (154); and

    a coupler (100) having a first elongate recess to receive and enclose the first end (102), and a second elongate recess to receive and enclose the second end (104);

    wherein the first elongate recess has a first elongate gap defined by first and second lips (136, 118) that are opposed and through which the elongate web (154) extends;

    wherein the second elongate recess has a second elongate gap defined by third and fourth lips (138, 120) that are opposed and through which the elongate web (154) extends; and wherein the coupler (102) further comprises:

    a first plate (108) having the first and third lips (136, 138);

    a second plate (106) having the second and fourth lips (118, 120); and

    at least one threaded fastener (110, 112, 114) fixing the first plate (108) and the second plate (106) together;

    characterized in that the belt has a first hole (180) at the first end (102) and a second hole (182) at the second end (104) and the coupler (100) comprises a first pin (126) extending through the first hole (180) and a second pin (128) extending through the second hole (182) when the belt ends (102, 104) are coupled by the coupler (100).


     
    2. The belt and coupler arrangement of Claim 1, wherein the first end (102) defines a first upper lobe (152) that extends upward above the web (154) and a first lower lobe (156) that extends downward below the web (154).
     
    3. The belt and coupler arrangement of Claim 2, wherein the second end (104) defines a second upper lobe (168) that extends upward above the web (154) and a second lower lobe (170) that extends downward below the web (154).
     
    4. The belt and coupler arrangement of Claim 3, wherein the first upper lobe (152) and the second upper lobe (168) are disposed in a first central recess (116), and wherein the first lower lobe (156) and the second lower lobe (170) are disposed in a second central recess (134).
     
    5. The belt and coupler arrangement of Claim 1, wherein the first pin (126) and the second pin (128) are disposed on the first and third lips (136, 138).
     
    6. The belt and coupler arrangement of Claim 1, wherein the web (154) comprises a first fiber layer (162) extending substantially the entire length of the web (154), and wherein the first end (102) comprises a first retaining rod (164) wrapped by the first fiber layer (162).
     
    7. The belt and coupler arrangement of Claim 7, wherein the web (154) comprises a second fiber layer (160) extending substantially the entire length of the web (154), and wherein the first end (102) comprises a second retaining rod (166) wrapped by the second fiber layer (160).
     
    8. The belt and coupler arrangement of Claim 7, wherein the first retaining rod (164) and the second retaining rod (166) are disposed inside the first elongate recess.
     
    9. The belt and coupler arrangement of Claim 8, wherein the first retaining rod (164) and the second retaining rod (166) have a height greater than the first elongate gap.
     
    10. A conveyor with a belt and the belt and coupler arrangement of one of the preceding claims.
     
    11. A feederhouse for a combine harvester with a conveyor according to claim 10.
     


    Ansprüche

    1. Band-und-Koppler-Anordnung für ein Förderband, wobei die Anordnung Folgendes umfasst:

    ein längliches Band mit einer länglichen Bahn (154) mit einem ersten Ende (102) und einem zweiten Ende (104), wobei das erste Ende (102) und das zweite Ende (104) dicker als die längliche Bahn (154) sind; und

    einen Koppler (100) mit einer ersten länglichen Vertiefung zum Aufnehmen und Umschließen des ersten Endes (102), und einer zweiten länglichen Vertiefung zum Aufnehmen und Umschließen des zweiten Endes (104);

    wobei die erste längliche Vertiefung einen ersten länglichen Spalt aufweist, definiert durch erste und zweite Lippen (136, 118), die einander gegenüberliegen und durch die sich die längliche Bahn (154) erstreckt;

    wobei die zweite längliche Vertiefung einen zweiten länglichen Spalt aufweist, definiert durch dritte und vierte Lippen (138, 120), die einander gegenüberliegen und durch die sich die längliche Bahn (154) erstreckt; und wobei der Koppler (102) ferner Folgendes umfasst:

    eine erste Platte (108) mit den ersten und dritten Lippen (136, 138);

    eine zweite Platte (106) mit den zweiten und vierten Lippen (118, 120); und

    mindestens ein mit einem Gewinde versehenes Befestigungselement (110, 112, 114), das die erste Platte (108) und die zweite Platte (106) gemeinsam befestigt;

    dadurch gekennzeichnet, dass das Band ein erstes Loch (180) an dem ersten Ende (102) und ein zweites Loch (182) an dem zweiten Ende (104) aufweist und der Koppler (100) einen ersten Bolzen (126) umfasst, der sich durch das erste Loch (180) erstreckt, und einen zweiten Bolzen (128), der sich durch das zweite Loch (182) erstreckt, wenn die Bandenden (102, 104) von dem Koppler (100) gekoppelt sind.


     
    2. Band-und-Koppler-Anordnung nach Anspruch 1, wobei das erste Ende (102) eine erste obere Erhebung (152) definiert, die sich oberhalb der Bahn (154) nach oben erstreckt, und eine erste untere Erhebung (156), die sich unterhalb der Bahn (154) nach unten erstreckt.
     
    3. Band-und-Koppler-Anordnung nach Anspruch 2, wobei das zweite Ende (104) eine zweite obere Erhebung (168) definiert, die sich oberhalb der Bahn (154) nach oben erstreckt, und eine zweite untere Erhebung (170), die sich unterhalb der Bahn (154) nach unten erstreckt.
     
    4. Band-und-Koppler-Anordnung nach Anspruch 3, wobei die erste obere Erhebung (152) und die zweite obere Erhebung (168) in einer ersten zentralen Vertiefung (116) angeordnet sind, und wobei die erste untere Erhebung (156) und die zweite untere Erhebung (170) in einer zweiten zentralen Vertiefung (134) angeordnet sind.
     
    5. Band-und-Koppler-Anordnung nach Anspruch 1, wobei der erste Bolzen (126) und der zweite Bolzen (128) an der ersten und dritten Lippe (136, 138) angeordnet sind.
     
    6. Band-und-Koppler-Anordnung nach Anspruch 1, wobei die Bahn (154) eine erste Faserschicht (162) umfasst, die sich im Wesentlichen über die gesamte Länge der Bahn (154) erstreckt, und wobei das erste Ende (102) eine erste Haltestange (164) umfasst, die von der ersten Faserschicht (162) umwickelt ist.
     
    7. Band-und-Koppler-Anordnung nach Anspruch 7, wobei die Bahn (154) eine zweite Faserschicht (160) umfasst, die sich im wesentlichen über die gesamte Länge der Bahn (154) erstreckt, und wobei das erste Ende (102) eine zweite Haltestange (166) umfasst, die von der zweiten Faserschicht (160) umwickelt ist.
     
    8. Band-und-Koppler-Anordnung nach Anspruch 7, wobei die erste Haltestange (164) und die zweite Haltestange (166) innerhalb der ersten länglichen Vertiefung angeordnet sind.
     
    9. Band-und-Koppler-Anordnung nach Anspruch 8, wobei die erste Haltestange (164) und die zweite Haltestange (166) eine Höhe aufweisen, die größer als der erste längliche Spalt ist.
     
    10. Förderband mit einem Band und der Band-und-Koppler-Anordnung nach einem der vorangehenden Ansprüche.
     
    11. Schrägförderer für einen Mähdrescher mit einem Förderer nach Anspruch 10.
     


    Revendications

    1. Agencement de courroie et coupleur pour un transporteur, l'agencement comprenant :

    une courroie allongée comportant une bande continue allongée (154) ayant une première extrémité (102) et une seconde extrémité (104), dans lequel la première extrémité (102) et la seconde extrémité (104) sont plus épaisses que la bande continue allongée (154) ; et

    un coupleur (100) comportant un premier évidement allongé destiné à recevoir et renfermer la première extrémité (102), et un second évidement allongé destiné à recevoir et renfermer la seconde extrémité (104) ;

    dans lequel le premier évidement allongé comporte un premier espacement allongé défini par des premier et deuxième rebords (136, 118) qui sont opposés et à travers lesquels s'étend la bande continue allongée (154) ;

    dans lequel le second évidement allongé comporte un second espacement allongé défini par des troisième et quatrième rebords (138, 120) qui sont opposés et à travers lesquels s'étend la bande continue allongée (154) ;

    et dans lequel le coupleur (102) comprend en outre :

    une première plaque (108) comportant les premier et troisième rebords (136, 138) ;

    une seconde plaque (106) comportant les deuxième et quatrième rebords (118, 120) ; et

    au moins un dispositif de fixation fileté (110, 112, 114) fixant la première plaque (108) et la seconde plaque (106) ensemble ;

    caractérisé en ce que la courroie possède un premier trou (180) à la première extrémité (102) et un second trou (182) à la seconde extrémité (104) et le coupleur (100) comprend une première broche (126) s'étendant à travers le premier trou (180) et une seconde broche (128) s'étendant à travers le second trou (182) lorsque les extrémités (102, 104) de la courroie sont couplées par le coupleur (100).


     
    2. Agencement de courroie et coupleur selon la revendication 1, dans lequel la première extrémité (102) définit un premier lobe supérieur (152) qui s'étend vers le haut au-dessus de la bande continue (154) et un premier lobe inférieur (156) qui s'étend vers le bas sous la bande continue (154).
     
    3. Agencement de courroie et coupleur selon la revendication 2, dans lequel la seconde extrémité (104) définit un second lobe supérieur (168) qui s'étend vers le haut au-dessus de la bande continue (154) et un second lobe inférieur (170) qui s'étend vers le bas sous la bande continue (154).
     
    4. Agencement de courroie et coupleur selon la revendication 3, dans lequel le premier lobe supérieur (152) et le second lobe supérieur (168) sont disposés dans un premier évidement central (116), et dans lequel le premier lobe inférieur (156) et le second lobe inférieur (170) sont disposés dans un second évidement central (134).
     
    5. Agencement de courroie et coupleur selon la revendication 1, dans lequel la première broche (126) et la seconde broche (128) sont disposées sur les premier et troisième rebords (136, 138).
     
    6. Agencement de courroie et coupleur selon la revendication 1, dans lequel la bande continue (154) comprend une première couche de fibres (162) s'étendant sensiblement sur toute la longueur de la bande continue (154), et dans lequel la première extrémité (102) comprend une première tige de retenue (164) enroulée dans la première couche de fibres (162).
     
    7. Agencement de courroie et coupleur selon la revendication 7, dans lequel la bande continue (154) comprend une seconde couche de fibres (160) s'étendant sensiblement sur toute la longueur de la bande continue (154), et dans lequel la première extrémité (102) comprend une seconde tige de retenue (166) enroulée dans la seconde couche de fibres (160).
     
    8. Agencement de courroie et coupleur selon la revendication 7, dans lequel la première tige de retenue (164) et la seconde tige de retenue (166) sont disposées à l'intérieur du premier évidement allongé.
     
    9. Agencement de courroie et coupleur selon la revendication 8, dans lequel la première tige de retenue (164) et la seconde tige de retenue (166) présentent une hauteur supérieure au premier espacement allongé.
     
    10. Transporteur comprenant une courroie et l'agencement de courroie et coupleur selon l'une des revendications précédentes.
     
    11. Ameneur pour une moissonneuse-batteuse comportant un transporteur selon la revendication 10.
     




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