Jon S. Tobin - Pittsford NY, Timothy Lemley - East Bethany NY, Duane L. Hawkins - Rochester NY, David A. D'Orazio - Macedon NY, Scott C. Trescott - Livonia NY, Mark W. VandeSande - Fairport NY, Todd W. VandeSande - South Bristol NY,
Han-Tek, Inc. - Victor NY
B65B 1/00 B65B 1/04 B65B 37/00
141 98, 141 1, 141234
An apparatus for filling an upright container having a base and an open top with a number of similar articles from an elevated source includes an inlet and an auger assembly. The inlet is adapted to be proximate the elevated source of the similar articles such that the articles enter the apparatus therethrough. The auger includes a substantially helical ramp disposed about a shaft. The auger is rotatable about a longitudinal axis of the shaft and is translatable along the longitudinal axis. An end of the auger is disposed proximate the container and includes a discharge through which the articles are discharged into the container.