Patents Examined by Dean J. Kramer
  • Patent number: 10702050
    Abstract: A device for carrying multiple collapsible bags having a horizontal member, such as a beam or bar, with a handle for receiving a user's hand along an upper edge and three or more hooks along the lower edge of the horizontal member, in which each hook has an opening to receive a pair of handles of a collapsible bag, and in which each hook is positioned with its opening in a non-coplanar orientation relative to each other hook.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Inventor: Lester Duane Hames
  • Patent number: 10699931
    Abstract: In an embodiment, a system includes: a cassette comprising a slit opening configured to house a wafer; a blade configured to move the wafer to and from the slit opening by extending into the slit opening, wherein a blade thickness of the blade is at most ? of a height of the slit opening and wherein the blade is configured to secure the wafer within a pocket on the blade that is at least ? of a wafer thickness of the wafer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Chien-Chih Chen, Yao-Min Yu, Ching-Ling Lee, Ren-Dou Lee
  • Patent number: 10695915
    Abstract: A gripper mechanism for gripping a load, the gripper mechanism including a body, a first actuator mechanism attached to the body and configured to linearly move a first gripping device; and a second actuator mechanism attached to the body and configured to rotate a second gripping device. A translation of the first gripping device and a rotation of the second gripping device result in gripping the load.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Inventors: Jeff S. Shamma, Mohammad Z. Shaqura, Samet Guler, Mohammed Algarni
  • Patent number: 10695916
    Abstract: End effectors having reconfigurable vacuum heads for picking up thermoplastic parts of thermoplastic composite laminated articles are described. An example end effector is to be coupled to a robot. The end effector includes a first vacuum head having a first vacuum surface. The first vacuum head is to pick up a thermoplastic part in response to a first vacuum force applied at the first vacuum surface. The end effector further includes a second vacuum head having a second vacuum surface. The second vacuum head is to assist the first vacuum head in picking up the thermoplastic part in response to a second vacuum force applied at the second vacuum surface. The end effector further includes an arm to adjustably position the second vacuum head relative to the first vacuum head. The second vacuum head is coupled to the arm, and the arm is movable relative to the first vacuum head.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Daniel David Bloch, Zachary Green, Eric E. Moyes
  • Patent number: 10688909
    Abstract: A tie-down management system that is used to manipulate a tie-down strap through and around complex cargo. Pockets are sewn onto the strap proximate each end. A hand tool is provided having a handle and a shaft. The shaft terminates with a hook that is shaped and sized to selectively engage the opposing pockets on the flexible strap. When the hook is engaged with a pocket on the flexible strap, the flexible strap and the hand tool become mechanically interconnected. The hand tool can then be used to manipulate the flexible strap around and through complex pathways. The reach of the hand tool can also be extended by connecting the hand tool to an extension pole. By using the tie-down management system, the amount of climbing, bending and stretching required to secure a complex load is reduced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Inventor: Robert A. Williams
  • Patent number: 10688670
    Abstract: A palm-type mechanical gripper with variable-position and rotatable fingers and a dual-drive crank-slider parallel mechanism is provided with a crank-slider mechanism on the left side, which is an active driving structure and is driven by two stepping motors to respectively generate angular displacement of cranks and to change lengths of connecting rods, and a crank-slider mechanism on the right side, which is a driven mechanism and is driven at a constant speed by a pair of gears. The mechanical gripper is provided with three plate spring fingers, wherein two fingers are respectively installed on the connecting rods on left and right sides, and under the cooperative effect of the two stepping motors, the eccentricities of the cranks, the positions and angles of the two fingers respectively on the two connecting rods and the position of the other fixed finger can be changed through manual adjustment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Inventors: Jun Zhang, Chenyang Fan, Jian Shen
  • Patent number: 10682770
    Abstract: An articulating end-of-arm tool includes back-drive capability. The tool has a cable drive including a vertically oriented capstan head, a pair of idler pulleys, a driven pulley and a tensioner. The driven pulley pivot on a hollow shaft, through which a vacuum channel passes. The vacuum channel extends through the length of the body, including past the vertically oriented motor. The driven pulley is within 10 degrees of perpendicular of the longitudinal axis of the tool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2020
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Leonard Thomas Lilliston, III, Beth A. Marcus
  • Patent number: 10682765
    Abstract: A system and method utilizing a robotic arm to prepare a food product such as a meat for cooking and then subsequently assembling a sandwich from the cooked meat is disclosed. In addition, the robotic arm may also be used to wrap the assembled sandwich in a wrapper. The system may utilize a wire basket with a basket adapter, or handle, to allow the robotic arm to easily maneuver the basket and also utilize a wrapping assist device to wrap a wrapper around the assembled sandwich.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2020
    Assignee: Prince Castle LLC
    Inventors: David Mirkhaef, William James Fienup
  • Patent number: 10681857
    Abstract: A hole digger is provided. The hole digger includes a first handle assembly and a second handle assembly. The first handle assembly includes a first grip, a first intermediate portion, and a first blade. The first intermediate portion extends between the first grip and the first blade. The second handle assembly including a second grip, a second intermediate portion, and a second blade. The second intermediate portion extends between the second grip and the second blade. The second handle assembly is pivotally coupled to the first handle assembly such that a front surface of the first blade faces a front surface of the second blade. The first blade is not identical to the second blade.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2020
    Inventor: Samuel Boyd Francovich, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10676280
    Abstract: A carrying device for attaching to and aiding the carrying and placement of corrugated pipe. A handle is attached to a spine having a curved grip with raised surfaces attached to each opposing end of the spine. Each of the curved grips has an open portion facing each other configured to hold a corrugated pipe. Attachments may be attached to the carrying device. A perpendicular handle may be attached providing easier carrying. Stabilizing legs may be attached providing stability when placed on the ground. A telescoping handle may be attached providing remote attachment. Carrying large cumbersome corrugated pipe is made secure and easy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Inventor: Rodney Bastedo
  • Patent number: 10669129
    Abstract: A hook gate or hoist hook having a hook gate that is designed to prevent dynamic rollout. The lockable gate includes one or more release mechanisms that allow the gate to unlock and open upon actuation of the release mechanisms. The release mechanisms reside within a circumferential guard that extends outwardly from the gate. The guards preferably extend at least as far as the release mechanism or beyond the extension of the release mechanism. The hook gate further includes anti-snagging flanges extending generally in the vertical direction from both the top and bottom portions of the guard. The circumferential guard and the anti-snagging flanges in combination make it nearly impossible for an attachment mechanism to become improperly oriented under a load and effectively eliminate the possibility of dynamic rollout.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: Lifesaving Systems Corporation
    Inventor: Samuel Gene Maness
  • Patent number: 10668628
    Abstract: An omnidirectional multi-finger asynchronous gripper for a casting robot, includes a connecting seat, an arc-shaped support, a mounting seat, longitudinal clamping devices, transverse adjusting devices and transverse clamping devices. The omnidirectional multi-finger asynchronous gripper is mounted to a tail end of the casting robot through the connecting seat; each longitudinal clamping device can independently and longitudinally clamp a casting or a mold core, is adjustable in spacing through the transverse adjusting devices, can automatically adapt to castings or mold cores with different outlines and can realize effective fitting-type adaptive clamping of specially-shaped castings and mold cores; and the transverse clamping devices are used for transversely and independently clamping the casting or mold core and a clamping position or angle can be adjusted through a swinging angle adjuster.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Inventors: Yongcun Guo, Chengjun Wang, Runrun Ren, Zhiwei Zhu, Yuzhe Shen, Peng Wang, Chengke Xu
  • Patent number: 10668629
    Abstract: Various stabilization devices for a robotic end of arm tool, such as a robotic gripper, are described. The stabilization device is provided in a palm area of the end of arm tool and serves as a backstop against which actuators of the end of arm tool can push a compliant or slick target object. The stabilization device may take many any of a variety of shapes, depending on the application. Based on the shape of the stabilization device and the action of the robotic gripper on the target object, the target object can be moved or rotated in a more stable configuration, thus allowing the actuators to apply less force while still maintaining a firm grasp of the object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: Soft Robotics Inc.
    Inventors: Jeffrey Curhan, Thomas Womersley
  • Patent number: 10660300
    Abstract: A litter scoop for pelleted pet litters is provided. Embodiments include a scoop having a sieved top scoop portion, a solid bottom scoop portion, and a hollow tubular handle in fluid communication with the bottom scoop portion. The bottom scoop portion includes a floor having a back edge proximal to the back end of the scoop and in fluid communication with the handle, and a wall extending upward from the floor's side edges and leading edge. The top scoop portion has openings sized such that unused litter pellets cannot pass through the openings and used litter passes through the openings. The wall of the bottom scoop portion is shaped such that a leading edge and side edges of the top scoop portion are engageable with an upper edge of the wall such that the bottom scoop portion and the top scoop portion are spaced from each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Inventor: Joe Davids
  • Patent number: 10660252
    Abstract: A soil conserving shovel and grate attachment that aid a user in removing and reclaiming soil from a recently removed plant by abrading the plant's rootball back and forth against the shovel and apparatus. In addition, methods of using a shovel and grate attachment instruct a user how to efficiently reclaim soil from a plant rootball. Also described is a method of manufacturing a shovel or grate attachment that can be used for rootball thinning.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: Tracey Tools LLC
    Inventor: Amar David Akhter
  • Patent number: 10661447
    Abstract: Exemplary embodiments relate to unique structures for robotic end-of-arm-tools (EOATs). According to some embodiments, two or more fingers or actuators may be present on an EOAT, and the actuators may be configured to move (together or separately) to adjust the spacing between the actuators. Some aspects involve techniques for extending and/or retracting a vacuum cup present on the EOAT. Further embodiments, which may be used separately or in conjunction with the previously-described embodiments, apply a secondary inner grip pad to provide a secondary gripping mode for the EOAT. These embodiments may be particularly advantageous when the actuators are soft robotic actuators and the inner grip pad is a relatively more rigid structure than the actuators.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: Soft Robotics, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeffrey Curhan, Craig Demello, Thomas Womersley
  • Patent number: 10661446
    Abstract: A robot system having a robot with a jamming gripper is disclosed. The jamming gripper may comprise granular material within a deformable membrane configured to phase transition between a malleable state and a rigid state upon modification of its internal pressure. The phase transition of the gripper may allow the robot to engage and/or grasp a target object by conforming to the shape of the target object while in its malleable state, then transitioning to its rigid state in order to firmly grasp the object. In some situations, the robot may be configured to select and/or engage a stencil before engaging the target object, so as to pre-shape the gripper before engagement with the target object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: Aurora Flight Sciences Corporation
    Inventors: Daniel Hurwit, William Bosworth
  • Patent number: 10662724
    Abstract: A grip element for gripping a tubular CRA workpiece has a hardened grip surface carrying an array of generally pyramidic die teeth, which may have either pointed or rounded tips, with the configuration of the tooth tips being selected for effective gripping of the CRA workpiece by way of an interference grip, and without unacceptably marking the CRA workpiece. The die tooth density over the grip surface may be selected to minimize accumulation of contaminants between teeth and/or to facilitate removal of accumulated contaminants. The substrate of the grip element may comprise a stainless steel having no free iron, with the grip surface being hardened by nitriding. Optionally, the tips of the grip element may truncated after nitriding to partially expose the stainless steel substrate. In alternative embodiments, the grip element may have a carbon steel substrate with a nitrided grip surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Inventor: Maurice William Slack
  • Patent number: 10654080
    Abstract: A device is provided for removing material from a container. The device includes a scoop and a connector. The scoop extends distally from a shoulder portion. The connector extends proximally from the shoulder portion and couples the device to a tube within the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Inventor: Juhi Soni
  • Patent number: 10647004
    Abstract: The present invention provides a shear gripper device using fibrillar, gecko-inspired adhesives that have the characteristics of being non-tacky in its default state and requiring no normal force to grip a surface. The adhesion is turned “on” by the applied shear load, and “off as the shear load is removed. The shear adhesive gripper is able to grasp large, deformable or delicate objects using a delicate touch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: The Board of Trustees of the Leland Stanford Junior University
    Inventors: Elliot W. Hawkes, David L. Christensen, Mark R. Cutkosky, Srinivasan Arul Suresh