Patents Examined by Ashley Romano
  • Patent number: 10179711
    Abstract: A portable lift assembly that is temporarily mountable to the ends of standardized shipping containers, that allows cargo to be loaded and unloaded without a raised loading dock. The assembly includes a frame having pin members that engage standard corner castings on the access end of a shipping container so that the weight of the lift assembly and cargo are borne by the end of the container. Cargo is raised and lowered on a platform, with power being supplied from onboard the portable assembly. The portable assembly may be transported between containers and installed using a forklift or similar machine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2019
    Inventor: Michael T. Moore
  • Patent number: 9997191
    Abstract: A library manager to determine a relay-point library string when a particular cartridge (specific cartridge) is moved to an empty drive (target drive) for mounting. A method for determining a relay-point library string includes: receiving a command to mount a cartridge in a library string located on one side of the relay-point library string; searching for the target drive among library strings, and finding the target drive in a library string on the other side of an interposed relay-point library string relative to the library string in which the specific cartridge is located; selecting a relay-point library string based on predetermined conditions to move the specific cartridge using shuttle connections to the found target drive; and searching to determine whether or there is a newly available drive in a relay-point library string other than the selected relay-point library string before the selected cartridge reaches the selected relay-point library string.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Naoki Imai, Takamasa Hirata, Masanori Kamiya, Norie Iwasaki
  • Patent number: 9907229
    Abstract: Granule conveying apparatus (12) comprising two screw conveyors (21,22) are provided. Each screw conveyor comprises flighting (26,36) mounted to a shaft (27,37) and a cylindrical volume (61,62) associated therewith. Each cylindrical volume (61,62) has a length defined by the associated shaft (27,37) and a diameter defined by the associated flighting (26,36). One end of each of said two screw conveyors meet at an elbow or junction (52) where the direction of material conveyance is changed. The conveyor shafts (27,37) are supported independently from one another. The shaft of one of said two screw conveyors intersects the cylindrical volume associated with the other one of said two screw conveyors at the elbow. The close proximity of the two screw conveyors at the elbow region reduces power consumption.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Assignee: AGCO A/S
    Inventor: Jakob Bro Sorensen
  • Patent number: 9884637
    Abstract: A barrel truck has a handle structure; a wheeled support, the wheels spaced apart such that the wheels can slide under a barrel when the barrel is pivoted; a cradling member pivotally coupled to the support for engaging the perimeter of the barrel but not extending past the center line of the barrel; and an upright structure having a gripping mechanism for gripping the top of the barrel adapted to have a force applied thereto to exert an upward force on the barrel to pivot the barrel off the ground causing the wheeled support to move forward and pivot with respect to the cradling member, allowing the wheels on the wheeled support to move underneath the barrel, with further force on the handle structure lifting the barrel off the ground balanced over the wheels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2018
    Inventor: Greg McFarland
  • Patent number: 9884577
    Abstract: A crane system for loading and unloading stone slabs comprising: a front support structure including: a pair of vertical legs each secured at a bottom end to the bed or wall of a vehicle; a front horizontal cross beam secured to a top end of the vertical legs; a back support structure including: a pair of vertical legs each secured at a bottom end to the bed or wall of a vehicle; a back horizontal cross beam secured to a top end of the vertical legs; a pair of bracing members secured to the vertical legs and to each other to aid in the stabilization of the system; a horizontal lift beam slideably secured to the front and back horizontal cross beams; a trolley assembly slidably secured to the horizontal lift beam; and a hoist mechanism secured to the trolley assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2018
    Inventor: Augusto P. Septimio
  • Patent number: 9878846
    Abstract: The present disclosure includes a commercial waste system including a commercial waste container and a commercial waste vehicle. The waste container includes an interior volume that may be divided by a container divider into at least two container chambers, to collect waste and/or other multiple types of recoverable (recyclable) materials without comingling. Additionally, the rear loading waste vehicle includes a hopper divider and a storage divider, such that collection of the multiple types of waste from the divided container does not comingle the collected materials.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2018
    Inventor: Roy Andrew Strom
  • Patent number: 9878882
    Abstract: The present invention provides a large-tonnage slender externally powered rail-mounted unloading skip, comprising an upper bin body and a lower bin body that are respectively formed by an inner lining plate and an outer plate fixed together via a number of pin shafts, a self-locking gate, and a gate opening device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2018
    Assignees: Xuzhou Coal Mine Safety Equipment Manufacture Co., Ltd., China University of Mining and Technology
    Inventors: Zhencai Zhu, Gongbo Zhou, Changhua Hu, Guohua Cao, Wei Li, Guoan Chen, Yuxing Peng, Qingyong Du, Miao Wang
  • Patent number: 9868593
    Abstract: There is described a multiple rack apparatus for accommodating biological product containers unloaded from a storage for the preservation of the same interfaced with a laboratory automation system, comprising an odd number of said racks which can be housed within a platform having a number of locations, which is equal to said odd number plus one. Said racks can horizontally or vertically slide from one location to another of said platform, taking advantage of the presence of a temporarily empty location, said racks further occupying in turn an operating location which, being vertical with respect to an outlet tube of said storage, accommodates said biological product containers unloaded from said storage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Inventor: Gianandrea Pedrazzini
  • Patent number: 9852932
    Abstract: A semiconductor processing station is provided. The semiconductor processing station includes a first platform, a second platform and a vacuum tunnel, wherein the first platform has a first load lock and a first plurality of chambers, and the second platform has a second load lock and a second plurality of chambers, and the vacuum tunnel connects the first and the second load locks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Inventors: Mao-Lin Kao, Hsu-Shui Liu, Jiun-Rong Pai, Li-Jen Ko, Hsiang-Yin Shen, Tien-Chen Hu
  • Patent number: 9840181
    Abstract: A mounting system for mounting a lift gate on a structure is provided, the lift gate having a lift platform supported between a pair of spaced support columns. The mounting system comprises a first mounting member configured for attachment onto said structure, wherein the first mounting member includes a support protrusion for engaging an opening in a wall of a corresponding lift gate support column. The mounting system further comprises a second mounting member configured for attachment onto said structure, wherein the second mounting member includes a support protrusion for engaging an opening in a wall of a corresponding lift gate support column. When the mounting members are attached to the structure and the corresponding lift gate support columns are mounted on the support protrusions, the mounting members support the lift gate on the structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2017
    Inventors: Levon Hambardzumyan, Karapet Ablabutyan, Paul Bark, Sheralin Lafferty
  • Patent number: 9821699
    Abstract: A lift deck assembly has a base frame mounted in the cargo box of a truck and a load supporting platform movable relative to the base frame by a linkage between a loading position substantially at ground level and a transport position above the cargo box in which the side edges of the platform are aligned with the sidewalls of the cargo box and the rear edge of the platform is aligned with the tailgate to provide the general appearance of a tonneau cover. The platform includes a main defining the side edges and an extendable portion that can be extended rearward from the main portion to assist in supporting a load thereon. The extendible portion can be retracted so that the rear edge thereof aligns with the rear edge of the main portion and the tailgate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Inventor: Laurie Clark
  • Patent number: 9764675
    Abstract: A method of gathering at least one item from an area is provided. The method includes providing at least one grasping mechanism for capturing at least one item, gathering information regarding a first item, including information regarding the first item's orientation in the area, and determining whether the grasping mechanism is able to capture the first item from the area based on the information regarding the first item's orientation. The method further includes manipulating, via the grasping mechanism, the first item if necessary based on the information regarding the first item's orientation to ensure the first item is in an orientation in which the grasping mechanism is able to capture the first item from the area, and capturing the first item with the grasping mechanism and moving the first item to another area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Inventor: Daniel Theobald
  • Patent number: 9748123
    Abstract: Disclosed are a wafer carrier that keeps wafers under a constant pressure, at any preset value below or above the atmospheric pressure, to prevent wafer contaminations arising from atmospheric exposure in conventional wafer carriers, and also, a wafer transport system and method utilizing the same wafer carrier. The wafer carrier charged with a preset carrier pressure is transported and docked with an airlock of a wafer processing tool comprising the airlock, a vacuum transfer module, and a process chamber. The airlock adjusts, by a gas pump, inner pressure to equate successively with, first, the carrier pressure before opening the carrier door, and next, the vacuum transfer module pressure before opening the latter's door. The wafers are then transferred into the process chamber. After processing, the wafers are transferred back into the wafer carrier and charged with the preset carrier pressure before undocked and transported to the next wafer processing tool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2017
    Assignee: Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company, Ltd.
    Inventor: Shih-Hung Chen
  • Patent number: 9725024
    Abstract: A trailer has a three-section flat bed in which the front and rear sections fold onto the middle section. The trailer has an airbag suspension system and one wheel on each side. When the airbags are deflated, the entire flat bed forms a ramp for loading and unloading. When the airbags are deflated and the flat bed is folded, the trailer can be stored vertically while resting on its wheels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2017
    Inventor: Russell T. Davis
  • Patent number: 9725238
    Abstract: A system for storing and picking storage units including a rack arrangement having a plurality of racks, a plurality of rack-bound vehicles adapted to travel in a rack aisle for storing and retrieving the storage units into and from the storage locations in a transversal direction, wherein a rack-integrated lifter includes a load-handling device for transferring storage units between a rack-integrated handing-over location and at least one rack-integrated buffer location arranged only vertically beneath, or only vertically above, the handing-over location and at a transferring device for exchanging storage units between a feeding/discharging conveyor and the handing-over location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2017
    Assignee: SSI Schäfer Noell GmbH Lager- und Systemtechnik
    Inventors: Andre Mathys, Rudolf Keller
  • Patent number: 9719270
    Abstract: Disclosed is a car parking assembly (100). In one aspect, the car parking assembly (100) comprises a rail mechanism (104) and a plurality of V-bars (106) mounted on the rail mechanism (104) to facilitate the parking of a car and horizontal movement of a parked car respectively. The rail mechanism (104) further comprises a first rail (202), a second rail (204) and a plurality of equally spaced connection. The V-bars (106) further comprises a first bar (502) for facilitating parking of a rear wheel of the car and a second bar (506) for facilitating parking of a front wheel of the car and wherein one end of the first bar (502) and one end of the second bar (506) are connected such that to form a obtuse angle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2017
    Assignee: HCL Technologies Limited
    Inventors: Shailendra Kumar Rohilla, Shivani Tomar, Navin Saini
  • Patent number: 9701472
    Abstract: A method for storing an empty trailer chassis includes positioning a trailer chassis between a first and a second vertical storage rack and lowering first and second stabilizing beams along the vertical storage racks toward the trailer chassis. The first and second stabilizing-beam trolleys are attached to the respective first and second stabilizing beams and a spreader extends between the first and second stabilizing-beam trolleys. The spreader contains a chassis clamping mechanism that forms a downward-facing portion of the spreader. The chassis clamping mechanism is disposed below the first and second stabilizing beams. The method further includes engaging the trailer chassis with the chassis clamping mechanism. The first and second stabilizing beams are above the trailer chassis when the chassis-clamping mechanism has engaged the trailer chassis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2017
    Assignee: Mi-Jack Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Myron Glickman, John J. Lanigan, Sr., John J. Lanigan, Jr.
  • Patent number: 9701466
    Abstract: A construction material transport container includes four side doors that form substantially all of two side walls of the container. The container includes transversely disposed forklift pockets that can be used to load the container onto a flatbed truck. With the container on a truck and the side doors open, new construction materials can be loaded onto the container from both sides. Both the container and the new materials can be delivered to a job side by a single delivery using a truck-attached forklift. The empty container can then be used as a receptacle for recyclable materials. The container further includes roll-off or hook lift vehicle tracks configured so that the container can be picked up and hauled to a recycling or refuse center. A rear door of the container can be opened so that the container can be tilted by the vehicle to offload the used material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2017
    Assignee: ASR Holding Company
    Inventor: Jonathon Daniel Horton
  • Patent number: 9650217
    Abstract: The disclosure describes an apparatus including a bin sweep arm, a floor support in contact with a floor surface, and a vertical adjustment assembly positioned between floor support and the bin sweep arm and connected to the floor support and the bin sweep arm, wherein the vertical adjustment assembly automatically raises the bin sweep arm off the floor surface and automatically lowers the bin sweep arm to the floor surface in response to changes in weight disposed on the bin sweep arm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2017
    Inventor: Alan G. Hoogestraat
  • Patent number: 9643780
    Abstract: A storage system includes a rack with a plurality of layers, each layer including an aisle and a plurality of rows extending from the aisle defining storage locations for items. A shuttle usable with the rack includes a first cart movable along the aisle and a second cart configured to be carriable by the first cart and to be movable along a row. The second cart is configured to carry an item between the first cart and the storage locations. A conveyor is located on one of the first or second carts to move the item onto or off the first cart. Related methods of storing and/or retrieving items from a rack are also disclosed. A rack system is disclosed and is readily assembled without welding, transferring loading so that the weight of the rack and any item stored therein is supported by the upright elements via support brackets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2017
    Assignee: Illinois Tool Works Inc.
    Inventors: Rafael Salichs, Juan Carlos Tamayo