Pneumatic Rod Loading Apparatus
Patent, Filed 3 Aug 95, patented 24 Nov 98
DEPARTMENT OF THE NAVY WASHINGTON DC
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The invention pertains to a rod feeder assembly composed of elongated tubular members arranged in vertical courses and disposed in a box, the tubular members being flush at their downstream end and provided with a loading section at the upstream or the opposite end. The tubular members are of the same length in the same course but are shorter in the upper courses. The method for automatically feeding rods into a matrix includes the steps of randomly disposing the rods on the loading sections of the tubular members, aligning and positioning the rods in the tubular members by vibrating the tubular members in an inclined disposition, and transferring the rods from the rod feeder assembly to the matrix.
- Hydraulic and Pneumatic Equipment