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Z-ARCHIVE-Cannabis

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Application US20190320708


Published 2019-10-24

Cone Staging Apparatus And Related Methods

A cone staging apparatus for production of smoking articles includes (a) a frame, and (b) a cone pallet releasably supported by the frame. The cone pallet includes a plurality of cavities. Each cavity has an open upper end for receiving a cone therein. The apparatus further includes (c) a cone magazine adjacent the frame for holding a supply of cones. The cone magazine includes at least one escapement alignable over the open upper end of a respective cavity of the cone pallet to facilitate transferring a single cone from the supply of cones to the respective cavity.


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3 Independent Claims

  • Independent Claim 1. A cone staging apparatus for production of smoking articles, comprising: a. a frameb. a cone pallet releasably supported by the frame, the cone pallet including a plurality of cavities, each cavity having an open upper end for receiving a cone thereinand c. a cone magazine adjacent the frame for holding a supply of cones, the cone magazine including at least one escapement alignable over the open upper end of a respective cavity of the cone pallet to facilitate transferring a single cone from the supply of cones to the respective cavity.

  • Independent Claim 15. A cone staging apparatus for production of smoking articles, comprising: a) a frameb) a cone pallet releasably supported by the frame, the cone pallet including a plurality of cavities, each cavity having an open upper end for receiving a cone thereinand c) a cone magazine disposed above the cone pallet, the cone magazine including a plurality of tubes, each tube for holding a stack of the cones, the magazine further including an escapement at a lower end of each tube for dispensing the cones one-by-one from a bottom of the stack, each escapement in alignment with an open upper end of a respective cavityand d) a vacuum source in fluid communication with the escapements through respective cavities for applying a suction force to draw the bottom-most cone from each stack through the escapements and into the respective cavities.

  • Independent Claim 16. A method for production of smoking articles, comprising: a) positioning a first pallet under a cone magazine, the first pallet having a plurality of first cavities, and the cone magazine holding a supply of conesand b) applying a suction force through each of the first cavities to draw a respective cone from the supply into each of the first cavities.