Patents Examined by Douglas Hess
  • Patent number: 10717603
    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: March 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2020
    Assignee: Joy Global Underground Mining LLC
    Inventors: Aaron Philip Walker, Christopher George Stewart
  • Patent number: 10717610
    Abstract: A mechanically locking diverter utilizes a rotational actuator to translate a pin, thereby moving a diverter flipper between a divert position and a non-divert position. The diverter flipper moves a roller attached to a pin attached to a shoe that translates along a slat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2020
    Inventor: Brent Daboub
  • Patent number: 10707109
    Abstract: A substrate processing apparatus includes carry in/out station, transfer station, processing station, and image capturing unit. The carry in/out station includes first conveyance device that takes out and conveys substrate from cassette. The transfer station is disposed adjacent to the carry in/out station, and includes substrate placement unit on which the substrate conveyed by the first conveyance device is placed. The processing station is disposed adjacent to the transfer station, and includes second conveyance device that takes out and conveys the substrate from the substrate placement unit, and a plurality of processing units that processes the substrate conveyed by the second conveyance device. The image capturing unit is disposed in the transfer station, and captures an image of the peripheral edge portion of one of the upper and lower surfaces of the substrate and the end surface of the substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Inventors: Satoshi Morita, Ryoji Ikebe, Yasuaki Noda, Norihisa Koga, Keisuke Hamamoto, Masato Hosaka
  • Patent number: 10703569
    Abstract: A delivery chute for use on a concrete mixer truck has automated systems to allow for repositioning and reconfiguration without requiring an operator to manipulate components. The chute is configured to have multiple segments that can be folded/nested with one another for transport and can be positioned in an extended configuration thereby forming a continuous delivery surface for purposes of delivering concrete to a desired location. Powered mechanisms are used to reposition these segments, thus eliminating the need for operators to handle chute segments at all. A control system is provided to coordinate operation of components so proper sequences are followed during folding, unfolding, raising, lowering and swinging operations. An operator can control each of these operations using a remote control, having single buttons to carry out specific operations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: Con-Tech Manufacturing, Inc.
    Inventors: Garwin McNeilus, Grant McNeilus, Brian Meldahl, Jay Attelson, James Cunningham
  • Patent number: 10703578
    Abstract: A packaging machine for packaging products to be packaged using a stretchable film has a film transporter supplying the film. The film transporter has first and second belt conveyors that each have first and second transport belts, which are synchronously driven and arranged next to one another in a film transport direction. A belt conveyor is movable in a direction perpendicular to the film transport direction, and has a movable film guide to insert the film into the film transporter. The film guide has a guide plate for guiding the film. The guide plate has first and second recesses in an upper edge in the vertical direction facing the belt conveyors. The belt conveyors are to be inserted into a respective one of the recesses. The film transporter has cleaners for the belt conveyors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: BIZERBA SE & CO. KG
    Inventor: Eugen Ellis
  • Patent number: 10696340
    Abstract: Disclosed is a transfer pallet for use in a conveyor line to load and carry a product thereon, such as an automobile component or an electronic component, in which the transfer pallet is provided with a support plate to load the product thereon in multiple stages.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Inventor: Hong Il Noh
  • Patent number: 10696490
    Abstract: A system for ordering elements. The system includes i) a source with a plurality of elements that are randomly arranged; ii) a plurality of source output lines associated to the source; iii) a synchronising station with a plurality of synchronising channels; and iv) a processing unit configured for starting up and timing the functions of one or more from among the source with a plurality of elements, the plurality of source output lines and the synchronising station. The processing unit has a synchronising module configured for sending, independently, to each motorising means, one from among a setting signal of a predefined velocity or a stop signal. Also included is a method for ordering elements that describes the functions of the corresponding system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Inventors: Stefano Pederzini, Andrea Ori
  • Patent number: 10696484
    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: August 15, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Inventor: George W. Massey, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10689198
    Abstract: A conveyor apparatus includes an endless conveyor belt wound around outgoing path side guide pulleys in turn along a helical conveyance path in a bent state where the belt is folded in two in a width direction such that an upper edge portion thereof is supported by the outgoing path side guide pulleys, and wound around returning path side guide pulleys in turn along the helical conveyance path in the bent state where the belt is folded in two in the width direction such that the upper edge portion is supported by the returning path side guide pulleys, and folded back at each turning positions of a horizontal conveyance unit located at an upper side and a horizontal conveyance unit located at a lower side of the support frame and being in an expanded state where the belt expanded in the width direction in a vicinity of the turning position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignees: Furukawa Industrial Machinery Systems Co., Ltd., Bando Chemical Industries, Ltd.
    Inventors: Hiromi Katamata, Tsuyoshi Kitazawa, Ayumu Yokomaku, Akihisa Fujikake, Atsushi Fujita
  • Patent number: 10688547
    Abstract: A contactless braking system and a related method for decelerating long products (bi) exiting from a rolling mill (100). At least one braking module (6) includes a multiplicity of electromagnets (60) in a series along a braking line (1b). Each magnet has an open magnetic core (61) and a coil (62) around the magnetic core (61). The open magnetic core (61) has a gap formed by two opposed poles. The electromagnets (60) are configured so that the gap of each open magnetic core (61) lets contactlessly slide therethrough each long product (bi) exiting from the rolling mill (100). A braking magnetic force (Fd) is exerted on the long product (bi) contactlessly sliding through the gap. The braking magnetic force (Fd) is opposite to the direction of movement of the long product (bi) exiting the rolling mill (100).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Inventor: Francesco Toschi
  • Patent number: 10691134
    Abstract: A conveying apparatus for conveying laden or unladen load carriers, having a first conveying unit and a second conveying unit, wherein each conveying unit can be displaced on ground-level rollers and the first and the second conveying units can be moved relative to one another and independently of one another. A device is provided for determining the position and the location of the first conveying unit relative to the second conveying unit, the device having a camera, which is arranged on the first conveying unit, and having a feature arranged on the second conveying unit, or a combination of features arranged on the second conveying unit, wherein the feature or the combination of features has an extent in the direction of travel and an extent perpendicular to the direction of travel, wherein the extents can be sensed by the camera. A conveying unit for a conveying apparatus is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: EISENMANN SE
    Inventor: Herbert Schulze
  • Patent number: 10683193
    Abstract: A floor cover arrangement for covering an underfloor space of a passenger conveyor includes a plurality of cover plates configured to be installed such that the they adjoin each other in a sequence along a longitudinal direction of the underfloor space and form a walking surface covering the underfloor space; a frame comprising a frame rail extending underneath the multiplicity of cover plates in the longitudinal direction; and a plurality of connectors, each connector being configured for fixedly connecting one of the cover plates with the frame. Each connector cooperates with the frame rail such that the connector is displaceable in the longitudinal direction and is fixed in both directions orthogonal to the longitudinal direction, and when arranged at a fixation location associated to one of the cover plates, cooperates with the associated cover plate in a form-fitting manner such that the cover plate is fixed in a direction orthogonal to the walking surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2020
    Assignee: Inventio AG
    Inventors: Lisa Liu, Thomas Novacek, Bill Xu, Cui Yao
  • Patent number: 10676281
    Abstract: A draper belt (8) having a carry layer (14), a pulley cover layer (13), and a reinforcing layer (12) which is situated between the carry layer (14) and the pulley cover layer (13). The carry layer (14) includes a plurality of cleats (7) which are reinforced with reinforcing rods (15). The draper belt (8) has a first edge section (16), a second edge section (17), and a center section (18) located between the first edge section (16) and the second edge section (17). The first edge section (16) and the second edge section (17) of the draper belt (8) each have a modulus that is at least three times greater than the modulus of the center section (18).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: ContiTech Transportbandsysteme GmbH
    Inventor: Alan C. Echtenkamp
  • Patent number: 10676277
    Abstract: A modular system for material storage and conveying having a layered storage section with two or more storage layers having conveyors, the layered storage section being associated with a load section and a delivery section having their own conveyors at each end of the layered storage section, and elevators that can selectively position the load and delivery section at operational heights of the conveyors of the layered storage section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: Amada America, Inc.
    Inventors: Mihai Cioclei, Michael Beransky, Karapet Kirishchyan, David Alvin Alfrey
  • Patent number: 10661997
    Abstract: A roller device comprises: an attachment bolt; a roller mounted on the attachment bolt, wherein the roller is configured as a roller unit including at least one attachment bush, a bearing, and a roller; and a fastening system to releasably fasten the bush of the roller unit to the attachment bolt. The fastening system comprises a clip fastening system to mount the roller unit on the attachment bolt without using tools. The clip fastening system comprises a radially encircling groove in the inner surface of the attachment bush, a radially encircling groove in the surface of the attachment bolt, and a flexible securing ring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: KettenWulf Betriebs GmbH
    Inventors: Frank Padberg, Christian Hanemann
  • Patent number: 10662001
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present disclosure provide a feeder system. The feeder system includes a rotary device configured to grip a container containing a material; and a controller electrically connected to the rotary device and configured to send a first rotation instruction to the rotary device so that the rotary device rotates the container. The rotary device is configured to rotate by a predetermined angle in response to the first rotation instruction sent by the controller, so that the material in the container is poured.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Inventors: Guangfei Chen, Dagang Liu
  • Patent number: 10654656
    Abstract: A measuring device serves for acquiring measurement values for measuring a tension in a conveying system. The measuring device is designed to guide a conveying member from a first section of the measuring device to a second section of the measuring device, to effect a deflection of the conveying member with regard to a straight-lined connection between the first and the second section and to detect measurement values corresponding to a reaction force according to this deflection. The measuring device includes surfaces for guiding rollers of the conveying member. One of these surfaces is a deflecting surface for deflecting the conveying member. The deflecting surface is formed on a deflecting element of a measuring element, and the reaction force is a force which acts upon the measuring element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: FERAG AG
    Inventor: Carl Conrad M├Ąder
  • Patent number: 10654652
    Abstract: An extendible belt conveyor includes a penultimate section, a boom mounted for pivotal movement with respect to the penultimate section, and a transfer plate spanning between the belt of the boom and the belt of the penultimate section. The transfer plate includes a plurality of first components and a plurality of second components that each include a base member mounted on and rotatable with respect to a rod, and a flange member extending from the base member and positioned adjacent to one of the belts of the boom or penultimate section, with a distal edge of the flange member extending over the belt. As the boom pivots, an upper surface of the plurality of first components remains substantially parallel to the belt of the boom, and an upper surface of the plurality of second components remains substantially parallel to the belt of the penultimate section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: Santa Rosa Systems, LLC
    Inventors: Marion Folickman, Carl David Graston, Paul Receveur
  • Patent number: 10654660
    Abstract: A hygienic magnetic tray and conveyor. The low-profile tray includes a forcer sandwiched between an article-supporting top and an opposite bottom. The top is made of hygienic material, and the bottom can be made of a low-friction material. The tray is propelled along a guide surface on an enclosure housing stator coils supported in a conveyor frame. The stator forms a linear motor with the forcer in the tray. Various disposal systems provide escape routes for removing fluids and debris from the guide surface of the stator enclosure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: Laitram, L.L.C.
    Inventors: Bryant G. Ragan, Shuchi P. Khurana, John F. Landrum, Aditya Mehendale, Gerard Johannes Pieter Nijsse, Funda Sahin-Nomaler, Silvester Matheus Reijnders, Ewout Peter van der Laan
  • Patent number: 10640295
    Abstract: A conveyor assembly having a conveyor for moving containers in a preselected direction. The conveyor assembly includes one or more lane guide elements, for at least partially defining one or more lanes along which the containers are movable by the conveyor. Each lane has a lane width that is transverse to the preselected direction. The conveyor assembly also includes one or more point subassemblies, connected with the lane guide elements, and one or more point subassembly cross-members on which the point subassemblies are mounted. The point subassembly is transversely movable on one or the point subassembly cross-members relative to the preselected direction, to move the lane guide element to which it is attached, to adjust the lane width of the lane defined thereby.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Assignee: Septimatech Group Inc.
    Inventors: Daniel John Turner, Jeffrey Christopher Dodge