Manz has filed a patent for a conveying system with axis devices transporting component receiving portions along a main direction in a component station. The system includes carriages with feed apparatus and linear shaft apparatus for movement. The component receiving portions are laterally offset in the avoidance state. GlobalData’s report on Manz gives a 360-degree view of the company including its patenting strategy. Buy the report here.

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According to GlobalData’s company profile on Manz, Li-ion batteries was a key innovation area identified from patents. Manz's grant share as of January 2024 was 28%. Grant share is based on the ratio of number of grants to total number of patents.

Conveying system with axis devices for transporting components

Source: United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Credit: Manz AG

The patent application (Publication Number: US20240025665A1) describes a conveying system that includes at least three axis devices designed to transport component receiving portions along a station path in a main transport direction. Each axis device consists of a carriage assembly with a component receiving portion and a feed apparatus for moving the component receiving portion from an avoidance state to a transport position. The system allows for lateral offset arrangement of the component receiving portions to prevent collisions as they move along the station path.

Furthermore, the conveying system features a return volume for the component receiving portions, ensuring that the carriage assemblies do not overlap when returning the components. The patent also highlights the random arrangement possibility of the component receiving portions along the station path, as well as the use of supply apparatus for energy and signal communication. Different configurations of axis devices, including linear displacement, pivotal displacement, and stroke displacement devices, are detailed in the claims, showcasing the versatility and adaptability of the conveying system in various applications.

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