UMD’s Tire Diverters Stand the Test of Time

One of our very early diverters, some of the first diverters in the industry, has been in place since 2002 and are still up and running. These diverters handle roughly 60%-70% of one of our particular customers’ production, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, nonstop. Along with this diverter is the sorter conveyor that it is mounted on. UMD has a registered patent for this diverter which makes is the only manufacturer in the United States that can legally produce this specific part required for many different conveyors to run efficiently.   

Below is a brief summary of the registered patent for the use of the diverter and when it is used:

One aspect of the present disclosure is an improved conveyor assembly including a conveyor belt for conveying a product to one or more product operations is disclosed. Such conveyor assembly includes a pair of spaced apart side frames that support the conveyor belt and between which the conveyor belt rotates. The side frames are formed from an upstanding member and an inwardly extending horizontal member. Both the frame upstanding member and the frame horizontal member carry a series of elongated slots. One or more L-shaped brackets are formed from a generally upstanding member and an inwardly extending member. Both the bracket upstanding member and the bracket horizontal member carry a series of elongated slots. The bracket horizontal member slots are configured to overlay the frame elongate horizontal member slots, and the bracket upstanding member slots are configured to overlay the frame upstanding member slots for attaching components to the frames.

Another aspect of this disclosure is a diverter in association with a product primary conveyor apparatus for changing direction of travel of a product being carried by the primary conveyor apparatus to a side conveyor apparatus. The diverter includes a side frame supporting the primary conveyor apparatus and a diverter affixed to the side frame and which includes a piston assembly affixed to the side frame; a pivot arm pivotally affixed to the side frame and to the piston assembly with an elastomeric component; and a paddle affixed to the piston assembly and being actuatable to contact a tire being carried by the primary conveyor onto a side conveyor disposed opposite the diver.

A wear bar assembly for a conveyor assembly forms yet a further aspect of the present disclosure. This assembly includes a holder spanning underneath a conveyor belt and between a pair of side frames between which the conveyor passes. The holder contains a series of transverse slots having an opening and a bottom, where the opening is smaller than bottom. A series of wear strips are configured to match the shape of the holder slots. End clips are carried by the side frames and retain the wear bar assembly in place.

 

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