Im currently on the hunt for resources / examples / words to use in a search engine in regards to orienting (aligning, funneling) an object on a conveyor.

I am looking for techniques / utilities used to 'line up' an object on a standard belt conveyor. Essentially I have objects, boxes of the same size, coming in at some x,y position. I would like to funnel (either passively with bars or objects, or actively with actuation) objects such that they are lined up in a specific position and orientations (straight at a single x,y position).

I have been looking for examples of such funneling however a lot of my queries conveyor object funneling conveyor object orientation conveyor object alignment are not yielding results withing the funneling realm.

image of desired behavior where the purple lines represent a funneling system of any degree of sophistication

Im curious if there are keywords that I am missing in my research to find more examples, papers, vidoes, resources of such a task being completed

If such a question is not encouraged in this community or if I am asking at the wrong stack exchange my apologies in advance.

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    $\begingroup$ This sounds similar to the work Matthew Mason has done. Although his research is more about manipulation than factory automation. $\endgroup$
    – Ben
    Jan 30, 2021 at 4:29

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The best option will be to use Google Scholar(direct link) about item orientation on conveyer belts.

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If "normal" Google doesn't return your results, try it via scholar.google.com


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