Patents Examined by Douglas Hess
  • Patent number: 11065726
    Abstract: A device to present screws of different sizes and characteristics for insertion and fastening in manufacturing processes includes an aligning module and a dispensing module. The aligning module includes a track with two supporting plates. One end of each supporting plate is chamfered and the two supporting plates are spaced to form a first receiving space and a second receiving space for receiving the screws, a screening module functions to brush away screws which do not fall correctly into place on the track. The dispensing module includes a circular member with notches to receive screws transported by the track.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2021
    Assignees: FOXCONN PRECISION ELECTRONICS (TAIYUAN) CO., LTD., HON HAI PRECISION INDUSTRY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Jun-Yan Wang, Yong Liu, Jen-Chang Huang, Wen-Shou Tseng
  • Patent number: 11059670
    Abstract: Conveyor systems and assemblies for use in conveyor systems are provided. In some embodiments, a conveyor system comprises a mechanical chain and a chain adjustment assembly. In other embodiments, a conveyor system comprises a panel mount assembly, and in still other embodiments, a conveyor system comprises a support structure and a leveling assembly. In yet other embodiments, a conveyor system comprises a conveyor track assembly and a conveyor top protection assembly. Any embodiment of the conveyor system may also comprise a blocking bar configured to be positioned under a lower conveyor track assembly and/or a cap positioned between an end of a conveyor track assembly and a sprocket. Further, a cover assembly for a conveyor system may comprise a shield positioned over a sprocket assembly and/or an idler assembly of the conveyor system. A guard for positioning at an end of the conveyor system also may be provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 13, 2021
    Inventor: George W. Massey, Jr.
  • Patent number: 11053084
    Abstract: Can conveyors using various stator coil configurations to spread, gap, align, lane, reject, singulate, and rotate aluminum cans as they are propelled along the length of the conveyor. The electrically conductive cans acting as rotors form linear-induction motors (LIMs) with the stators to move the cans.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2021
    Assignee: Laitram, L.L.C.
    Inventor: Bryant G. Ragan
  • Patent number: 11046535
    Abstract: A storage apparatus for bulk material, in particular wood chips, is provided, the storage apparatus including a bunker for receiving the bulk material and a conveyor apparatus for transporting the bulk material. The conveyor apparatus is arranged within the bunker. The conveyor apparatus is a belt conveyor for transporting the bulk material. A method of controlling uniform filling of a bunker of a storage apparatus is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 29, 2021
    Assignee: AMF-Bruns GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Jan Woltermann, Christian Muller
  • Patent number: 11040832
    Abstract: A carrier puck comprising a body having an interior chamber, into which a receptacle to be held by the carrier puck can be inserted, the carrier puck comprising a deformable element, disposed at least in part within the interior chamber; and the carrier puck comprising a pressurizing mechanism configured and arranged to facilitate fluid-filling and/or pressurization of a region within the interior chamber, and in dependence upon said pressurization, the deformable element is forced to move inwardly of the interior chamber and into contact with a receptacle for securing the receptacle within the interior chamber of the carrier puck. In this way the available space within the interior chamber for accommodating a receptacle can be reduced about the receptacle, thus securing the receptacle, accurately and quickly in its location within the carrier puck.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 22, 2021
    Inventor: John Lunn
  • Patent number: 11040830
    Abstract: A buckle type roller conveying slideway comprises a base, two ends and two side covers, the two ends are arranged at the front end and the rear end of the base respectively, and at least one end is assembled together with the end part of the base through a buckle connecting structure. During assembly, the ends and the base are firmly assembled and fixed together through the buckle connecting structures between the ends and the base, the whole assembling process is simple, easy and fast, and fasteners such as screws do not need to be additionally used or stamping and other procedures do not need to be additionally added for fixing, so that the assembling efficiency is improved, and the assembling labor intensity is also reduced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 22, 2021
    Inventor: Fei Tong
  • Patent number: 11034522
    Abstract: In a stick delivering apparatus I, a receiving space D capable of receiving a stick receiving part 2 of a cart II in a stick arrangement direction Y is formed at a position in close proximity to a support arm device 63 in a stick longitudinal direction X. The support arm device 63 includes a stationary stick supporting member 64 extending in the stick arrangement direction Y and a raising/lowering stick supporting member 65 extending in parallel with the stationary stick supporting member 64 in the stick longitudinal direction X. The stationary stick supporting member 64 and the raising/lowering stick supporting member 65 have serrated receiving tooth portions 64A and 65A, respectively, and the receiving tooth portions 64A and 65A have stick sliding edges 64A-1 and 65A-1 which are inclined with respect to a horizontal plane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 15, 2021
    Assignee: Hitec Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Tatsuo Nakamura, Takayuki Fujimaki, Osamu Mochizuki
  • Patent number: 11034526
    Abstract: The invention relates to a conveyor belt stripping device for a conveyor belt of a conveyor system, having a support shaft and at least two displacement guides which are arranged side by side on the support shaft in a positive locking manner so as to transmit torque. Each of the two displacement guides is displaceable in the longitudinal direction of the support shaft once a fastening device has been released and is connected to a holding end of a stripping segment, wherein the stripping segment comprises a stripping end which is spaced from the holding end and is movable to abut the conveyor belt. The two displacement guides are operatively couplable together in the longitudinal direction of the support shaft by means of a connection device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 15, 2021
    Assignee: Schulte Strathaus GmbH & Co. KG Fördertechnik Dichtungssysteme
    Inventors: Michael Schulte Strathaus, Sebastian Sudhoff
  • Patent number: 11034533
    Abstract: The invention relates to a system (1) for conveying articles (3), which system comprises an article conveyor (2) extending from an upstream end (4) to a downstream end (5), and a motor-driven shuttle trolley (6) having an article carrier deck (7) and designed to dock with said ends of the conveyor so as to transfer an article between the trolley and the conveyor. The conveyor is a gravity conveyor under which a ramp (12) extends, and the trolley is suitable for travelling under the conveyor and is provided with a lever (11) that is mounted to move vertically relative to the deck and that is designed to co-operate with the ramp while the trolley is moving under the conveyor so that, by following the ramp, the lever moves between a retracted position in which it is retracted under the conveyor and a deployed position in which it projects above the conveyor so as to drive an article along the conveyor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 15, 2021
    Assignee: SOLYSTIC
    Inventors: Karim Kara, Alain Danjaume, Eric Moullard
  • Patent number: 11021330
    Abstract: A roller for a conveyor system comprises a nonlinear bore hole to facilitate retention of the roller on a roller-receiving portion of a corresponding shaft. A nonlinear bore hole comprises a central cylindrical portion for receiving a roller-receiving portion of the shaft and unaligned slots in communication with the central cylindrical portion to prevent migration of the roller from the roller-receiving portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2021
    Assignee: Laitram, L.L.C.
    Inventor: David A. Kokx
  • Patent number: 11021286
    Abstract: An article feeder assembly having a pocketed separator and a discharge tube configured to deliver articles to the pocketed separator. Some embodiments include an initial feeder assembly in overlying relation with a track extending from the initial feeder assembly to the discharge tube. Articles are oriented in end-to-end orientation in the initial feeder assembly and delivered to the pocketed separator in vertical end-to-end orientation. As pocketed separator rotates with respect to discharge tube, vertical retention members pass through a tunnel in the discharge tube and rotate articles out of the discharge tube. The discharged articles are secured in pockets delineated by the retention members. Some embodiments use one or more cam mechanisms to properly orient the discharged articles as the pocketed separator rotates. Properly oriented articles are then delivered to an advancing mechanism, such as a conveyor system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2021
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2021
    Assignee: Performance Feeders, Inc.
    Inventors: Chad Roberts, Gregory Pflum
  • Patent number: 11021335
    Abstract: A drive module for a linear transport system comprises a housing and a stator, wherein a conveying device of the linear transport system with a magnet arrangement can be arranged on the housing. The stator is arranged in the housing, wherein the stator comprises at least one coil arrangement having at least one coil with at least one stator tooth. The coil arrangement is designed to switchably provide a magnetic traveling field, wherein the magnetic traveling field exits from the coil arrangement at the end faces and passes through the housing shells in order to enter into operative connection with the magnet arrangement of the conveying device of the linear transport system on the outer side of the housing for the purpose of forming a magnetic coupling.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2021
    Assignee: Beckhoff Automation GmbH
    Inventors: Andreas Sinzenich, Thomas Vorbohle, Uwe Prüßmeier
  • Patent number: 11014766
    Abstract: A description of a continuous conveyor is provided. The continuous conveyor includes a front segment, a central segment and a rear segment. At least the central segment has a conveying device for conveying objects and at least one height-adjustment device for adjusting the height of at least the conveying device from at least one lower, use position for conveying objects into an upper position. In a conveying position, the front segment, the conveying device of the central segment and the rear segment are arranged one behind the other in at least one conveying direction. Provision is made for a free space beneath the conveying device of the central segment in the upper position. The free space has a height of at least 160 cm, a width of at least 70 cm, and a depth corresponding to the width of the conveying device of the central segment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2021
    Assignee: Deutsche Post AG
    Inventors: Bernd Hartmann, Kai-Ulrich Ventz, René Schällig, Jana Mönster
  • Patent number: 11014754
    Abstract: A spiral conveyor system including a tank for containing a liquid at a predetermined temperature therein. A conveyor conveys items through the liquid. A guiding structure is disposed in the tank for guiding the conveyor in a spiral-type fashion. The spiral conveyor system further comprises means for securing the items while being conveyed through the liquid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2021
    Inventor: Steven Kelley
  • Patent number: 11008169
    Abstract: A mobile driving device for driving a roller conveyor includes a chassis frame, a traction device mounted to the chassis frame, wherein the traction device is adapted to move the chassis frame on a supporting surface, a first drive unit mechanically coupled to the traction device to transmit a driving force to the traction device for moving the chassis frame on the supporting surface, a roller driving device mounted to the chassis frame, wherein the roller driving device is adapted to be mechanically coupled to one or a plurality of rollers of the roller conveyor, and a second drive unit mechanically coupled to the roller driving device for transmitting a conveying force to the roller driving device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 18, 2021
    Inventors: Siegmund Dudek, Jonas Steffen, Xavier Frangeul, Antoine Loizeau
  • Patent number: 10994940
    Abstract: A container guide includes a guide rail and a single piece having a main body and retainers. At least one of the retainers is arranged in either a through passage or a recess in a surface-area portion of the main body. Each retainer includes a bent rail bar and a rail support. A portion of the rail support comprises a support arm that is perpendicular to a plane defined by the surface-area portion of the main body. The guide rail is arranged directly on the support arms for guiding the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Assignee: KHS GmbH
    Inventor: Andreas Fahldieck
  • Patent number: 10994943
    Abstract: In order to easily prevent a collision of transport units, which are moved along a conveyor line of a long stator linear motor, it is provided that a minimum distance to be maintained between the two transport units is changed as a function of the position of the two transport units along the conveyor line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Assignee: B&R INDUSTRIAL AUTOMATION GMBH
    Inventors: Stefan Huber, Dominic Walter, Benjamin Reichenwallner
  • Patent number: 10988325
    Abstract: A brake device for a conveyor system where pallets are conveyed on a transport plane, comprising a body having a first section and a second section, where the first section is provided with a pivot element comprising an inclined landing zone with a second nose, and where the second section comprises an inclined contact surface with a first nose, where the brake device is pivotably suspended on an axle, where the brake device is adapted to hold a first position in which the first nose extends over the transport plane, where the brake device is adapted to hold a second position in which the second nose extends over the transport plane, and where the brake device comprises a damper element arranged between the pivot element and the first section of the body of the brake device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2021
    Assignee: FlexLink AB
    Inventor: Hakon Lundberg
  • Patent number: 10988320
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a screw transport apparatus for bottles, comprising: —a support structure, which extends longitudinally between a bottle inlet 1a and a bottle outlet 1b of the apparatus, and—a spiral-shaped helical body, which is associated with the support structure and extends axially parallel to the support structure between two own axial ends. The above spiral-shaped helical body can be rotated on itself about its own longitudinal axis to move bottles in cooperation with the support structure. The spiral-shaped helical body comprises at least two spiral-shaped seats, which extend coaxially between the two axial ends. They are angularly offset from each other and differ from each other by the shape and/or dimensions of the relative bottle housing compartment defined by each of them. The two spiral-shaped seats are intended to be used alternatively to the other for the transport of bottles having different shapes and/or dimensions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2021
    Inventors: Giuliano Boscaro, Alessandro Ticinelli
  • Patent number: 10986846
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a transfer arrangement for transferring sausage-shaped products, like sausages, to a rod-like element, like a smoking rod, provided in a loading position in a hanging line, each of the sausage-shaped products contain a flowable filling material in a tubular or bag-shaped packaging casing provided with a suspension element, like a suspension loop, through which the sausage-shaped products can be suspended on the rod-like element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2021
    Assignee: Poly-clip System GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventor: Manfred Waldstädt