Patents Examined by Douglas Hess
  • Patent number: 11407597
    Abstract: A system for sorting and delivering packages to one of a plurality of loading points includes a first movable cart positioned adjacent a first conveyor in a receiving position to receive packages from the first conveyor, a second movable cart positioned in a staging position, the second movable cart being empty, and a vehicle selectively engageable with the second movable cart to move the second movable cart from the staging position to the receiving position while simultaneously abutting and displacing the first movable cart from the receiving position to a transfer position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2022
    Assignee: Siemens Logistics LLC
    Inventors: Michael D. Carpenter, Francisco Grupp
  • Patent number: 11407595
    Abstract: Methods and apparatuses for performing article singulation are provided. An article singulator can include an intake conveyor, an out-take conveyor, and multiple intermediate conveyors. The intake conveyor can receive multiple articles and convey the articles to the multiple intermediate conveyors. Further, the out-take conveyor may convey singulated articles from amongst the multiple articles (e.g. to an outfeed). Further, the multiple intermediate conveyors may include successive conveyors to convey the articles and provide the singulated articles to the out-take conveyor. In some examples, each successive conveyor of the multiple intermediate conveyors may be positioned at a lower level than a preceding conveyor. Further, each successive conveyor can convey the articles in a different direction and at a different speed than a preceding conveyor such that the articles are singulated upon conveyance by the article singulator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2022
    Assignee: INTELLIGRATED HEADQUARTERS, LLC
    Inventors: Todd Eliot Green, Darius Scott, Christopher Quaglia, Rui Cai, Robert Anderson, Carl Gunter
  • Patent number: 11401113
    Abstract: A method, system and computer program product are provided for monitoring a transverse position of a conveyor belt or its material load. A processor receives a digital video or digital images capturing movement of the conveyor belt and the material load. The processor segments the images or frames into a group of contiguous pixels representative of the conveyor belt, and the material load, such as by moving object detection, using background segmentation and threshold processing, pixel intensity-based segmentation or image texture-based segmentation. The processor determines a pixel coordinate of the group of contiguous pixels, which is indicative of the transverse position of the conveyor belt or the material load. The processor generates an alarm or report or a data signal, which depends, directly or indirectly, on the determined pixel coordinates.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2022
    Assignee: SYNCRUDE CANADA LTD. IN TRUST FOR THE OWNERS OF
    Inventors: Mark Polak, Michael Carniato
  • Patent number: 11401067
    Abstract: A tray sealing machine comprises a gripper device including first and second tray grippers that operate together to take up trays provided by a feed unit and transport them to a sealing station that is downstream in a production direction. A speed of the first and second tray grippers in the production direction when respectively performing a closing motion from a respective initial position toward a respective closing position can be accelerated such that the speed of the first and second tray grippers in the production direction relative to a belt speed of the feed unit during a predetermined first time interval is slower than the belt speed, and during a subsequent predetermined second time interval until the respective closing position has been reached is greater than the belt speed, so that gripper fingers on the first and second tray grippers immerse into respective position windows located between the trays.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2022
    Assignee: MULTIVAC SEPP HAGGENMUELLER SE & CO. KG
    Inventors: Albert Gabler, Peter Buchberger
  • Patent number: 11396430
    Abstract: A material handling apparatus includes a first pop-up belt abutting a first cam. The first pop-up belt is configured to facilitate movement of a package between a first conveyor and a second conveyor. a separator wall abuts a second cam. The separator wall is configured to control movement of the package between the first conveyor and the second conveyor. In response to the camshaft rotating in a first direction, the first cam causes the first pop-up belt to extend out from the first conveyor. The second cam causes the separator wall to move to a first position. I in the first position, the separator wall allows the package to move from the first conveyor to the second conveyor. In response to the camshaft rotating in a second direction, the first pop-up belt move to a retracted position while the separator wall to move to a second position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 26, 2022
    Assignee: INTELLIGRATED HEADQUARTERS, LLC
    Inventors: Carson Phillips, Darius Scott, Todd Eliot Green
  • Patent number: 11396383
    Abstract: An unmanned article storage box for automatically receiving an article from a drone and storing the article includes: a box main body configured to form an accommodating space for storing the article therein; an article receiver configured to slidingly be carried in and out from the box main body; a sliding unit configured to slidingly move the article receiver by having a first end that is fastened to the article receiver and a second end that is fastened to an inside of the box main body; a power unit configured to transfer a power to enable the article receiver to move along the sliding unit; and a controller configured to control the power unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 26, 2022
    Inventor: Kwan Doo Kim
  • Patent number: 11396393
    Abstract: A box packing device includes a push-in mechanism, a retention mechanism, a guide, and a control unit. The push-in mechanism pushes, into a box that is in a state in which an opening thereof faces sideways, the article through the opening. The retention mechanism retains the box that is in a state in which the opening faces sideways and lowers the box after the article have been pushed into the box by the push-in mechanism. The guide opposes the opening and is configured to prevent the article from falling out from the opening of the box that has been lowered by the retention mechanism. The control unit temporarily increases the distance between the box and the guide after the article have been pushed into the box by the push-in mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 26, 2022
    Assignee: ISHIDA CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yuji Yokota, Tatsuya Arimatsu
  • Patent number: 11383934
    Abstract: For use in a reciprocating floor slat conveyor system having formed slats made of steel, a gap filler for sealing the gaps between side-by-side steel slats includes a portion that extends upwardly into the gap, and a lower portion that is connected to one of the side-by-side slats. The gap filler is installed by pushing down the gap filler into the gap between slats.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2021
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2022
    Assignee: Keith Manufacturing Co.
    Inventors: Daniel Jackson, John Cook
  • Patent number: 11377308
    Abstract: A method and device in which a respective laundry piece initially is automatically gripped at a location and pulled apart. The automatic gripping of laundry pieces for feeding to an infeed machine requires a plurality of handling procedures which for reliable automation have to be coordinated. The laundry piece is subsequently reoriented such that said laundry piece can be acquired in a manner which is favorable in terms of the subsequent steps, which can take place in front of a wall that stabilizes the laundry piece. Once the laundry piece has been gripped in the region of a periphery, the laundry piece, as a function of which periphery has been gripped and by way of which alignment the laundry piece is to be fed to the infeed machine, is pulled longitudinally or transversely onto a conveyor that transports said laundry piece to the infeed machine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2022
    Assignee: Herbert Kannegiesser GmbH
    Inventors: Wilhelm Bringewatt, Markus Nolte, Engelbert Heinz
  • Patent number: 11365057
    Abstract: A plurality of slats having a head and a tail form a conveyor system. A sorter travels laterally across the slat to divert parcel across the slat. Each of the slats has a front edge and a rear edge located longitudinally apart from each other. The front edge and the rear edge are located at different vertical heights to create overlap between adjacent slats. The lower edge positioned vertically below the upper edge has an upper surface that curves downward from the conveying surface to the lower edge. The upper edge positioned vertically above the lower edge has a lower surface that curves downward from the upper edge towards the lower edge. A retention lip extends upward between the lower edge and the conveying surface to trap articles within the retention curve between the retention lip and the conveying surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2021
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2022
    Assignee: HYTROL CONVEYOR COMPANY, INC.
    Inventor: Paul D. Wallace
  • Patent number: 11358846
    Abstract: A level compensator system may be configured to receive containers of different heights and position them at the same level. The level compensator system can include engagement platforms for engaging with the containers. The engagement platforms can move between an engagement configuration for engaging with the containers and a conveyance configuration for conveying of the containers relative to the level compensator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2022
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: James Patrick Dwyer, Raul A. Passarini, Eli Douglas Girod, Roland J. Menassa
  • Patent number: 11358808
    Abstract: A material handling apparatus includes a first pop-up belt abutting a first cam. The first pop-up belt is configured to facilitate movement of a package between a first conveyor and a second conveyor. a separator wall abuts a second cam. The separator wall is configured to control movement of the package between the first conveyor and the second conveyor. In response to the camshaft rotating in a first direction, the first cam causes the first pop-up belt to extend out from the first conveyor. The second cam causes the separator wall to move to a first position. I in the first position, the separator wall allows the package to move from the first conveyor to the second conveyor. In response to the camshaft rotating in a second direction, the first pop-up belt move to a retracted position while the separator wall to move to a second position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2022
    Assignee: INTELLIGRATED HEADQUARTERS, LLC
    Inventors: Carson Phillips, Darius Scott, Todd Eliot Green
  • Patent number: 11337364
    Abstract: A selective transplanter is provided for transplanting seedlings from a tray to seedling planting apparatus. The tray includes a plurality of cells for holding plugs of growing medium containing seedlings. The transplanter is arranged to eject plugs from the cells of the tray to a conveyor which conveys the plugs to the seedling planting apparatus. The transplanter is arranged to remove plugs that do not contain germinated seedlings from the conveyor at a removal position before they are transferred to the seedling planting apparatus. A seedling retention roller engages with plant material of the seedlings projecting from the plugs at the removal position before the plugs are transferred to the seedling planting apparatus, preventing removal of plugs containing seedlings with projecting plant material. The transplanter provides the advantage that the plugs containing seedlings can be planted in rows in a field without dud plugs being planted, leaving the rows substantially gap free.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2022
    Assignee: WILLIAMES PTY LTD
    Inventor: Geoffrey Alan Williames
  • Patent number: 11332316
    Abstract: A link for a conveyor chain includes a first portion and a second portion laterally spaced apart from the first portion. The first portion includes a first sprocket-engaging pin, and the second portion includes a second sprocket-engaging pin. The first sprocket-engaging pin and the second sprocket-engaging pin protrude laterally away from one another. The first sprocket-engaging pin and the second sprocket-engaging pin may each have an oblong cross-section. At least one retainer can secure a connecting pin against movement relative to at least one of the first portion and the second portion, and each retainer can be positioned substantially within one of the first portion and the second portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2022
    Assignee: Joy Global Underground Mining LLC
    Inventors: Aaron Philip Walker, Christopher George Stewart
  • Patent number: 11325788
    Abstract: A two-loop cross-belt sorter includes at least one loop-shaped track (1); two cross-belt trolley groups (2), and forms two side-by-side conveyance loops able to circulate on the loop-shaped track (1), and a power apparatus (3) that drives the two cross-belt trolley groups (2) to move along the loop-shaped track (1). The two-loop cross-belt sorter uses two sets of trolleys on a loop-shaped track, allows the space inside the loop to be utilized and the quantity of cross-belt trolleys to be increased without increasing the area occupied by the sorter, thus doubling sorting capacity, while allowing parcels to be transferred between cross-belt trolleys on the two conveyance loops, thereby reducing the idle rate of the trolleys.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2022
    Assignee: SUZHOU JINFENG IOT TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Xi Cai, JinCheng Li
  • Patent number: 11319164
    Abstract: The invention relates to a charging unit of a material processing apparatus having a charging hopper, the side walls (22) and rear walls (23) of which can be folded over between a working and a transport position by means of actuators (40, 50). A deflection element is provided, which converts the movement of an actuator during a portion of a movement thereof into a rotational movement of the rear wall or of the side wall and, during a further portion, into a translational movement. As a result of the rotational movement, the rear and side wall can be pivoted between the working and transport position, while by means of the translational movement, the rear and side wall can be connected to each other by means of an appropriate closure (60). By means of the deflection element, a simple, self-securing, and economical structure of the charging hopper is made possible.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2022
    Inventor: Christian Weller
  • Patent number: 11319156
    Abstract: A sorting module including two groups of transportation rollers, the two groups of transportation rollers include at least one group of irregular rollers, the other group of transportation rollers are regular rollers or irregular rollers, each group of transportation rollers include at least one row of transportation rollers, each row of transportation rollers include at least one transportation roller; the rotation center lines of each row of transportation rollers are on one straight line, and the rotation center lines of the two groups of transportation rollers are generally perpendicular to each other. A conveying device including the sorting module is simple in structure and low cost.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2022
    Assignee: SUZHOU SUXIANG ROBOT INTELLIGENT EQUIPMENT CO., LTD
    Inventor: Lining Sun
  • Patent number: 11299351
    Abstract: A telescoping rotatable tool includes a first shaft and a second shaft. The first shaft has a first material-engaging element extending from an exterior surface of the first shaft. The second shaft has a second material-engaging element extending from an exterior surface of the second shaft. The second shaft is configured to extend from and retract within an interior space presented by the first shaft. The first shaft includes at least one helical-shaped groove extending along an interior surface of the first shaft. The second shaft includes at least one guide element extending from the exterior surface of the second shaft. The guide element is configured to engage with the groove, such that as the second shaft extends from and retracts within the first shaft, the second shaft is configured to rotate with respect to the first shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2021
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2022
    Assignee: Bergkamp Incorporated
    Inventors: Alan R. Bergkamp, Jason J. Bergkamp, Caleb Abell, Adam Ray
  • Patent number: 11299355
    Abstract: A method and system for picking up painted panels of different dimensions and finishes includes inserting the painted panels into a selective sorting system having two superimposed mobile conveyor sectors of a predefined length and with a driving motor for the alternate advancement in one of two directions. The two mobile conveyor sectors move vertically synchronously and are arranged alternately and in series with a fixed conveyor sector. After uploading in the selective sorting system, the painted panels are kept inside the selective sorting system for a time sufficient for drying, and are withdrawn through an upload and download system, which includes software memorizing the position of the uploaded panels, actuating the lifting and/or lowering motors of the mobile conveyor sectors, and advancing the mobile conveyor sectors and the fixed conveyor sector so as to move the panels due for a customer order, temporarily storing undesired panels in a buffer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2021
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2022
    Inventors: Gianni Raggi, Massimo Dovadola
  • Patent number: 11299352
    Abstract: An automatic cart transport system. A track located in a factory working floor provides a trackway for an endless flexible conveyor chain. A plurality of chain units including a first chain portion having vertical rollers and a second chain portion having horizontal rollers are flexibly coupled, and the chain is advanced along the trackway by a drive motor. The chain units support thereabove, but within the track, a coupling plate having therein an aperture for accepting and capturing a chain connection shaft which is detachably connected to a cart. The cart is automatically towed along a defined pathway on the working floor of a factory by the chain, when connected to the coupling plate on the endless flexible conveyor chain.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2021
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2022
    Assignee: KOREA WHEEL CORPORATION
    Inventor: Hun Choe