Patents Examined by Gene O. Crawford
  • Patent number: 11521454
    Abstract: A product dispensing system and methods of use are described. The system includes a linear dispensing unit configured to hold a number of products in an equal number of respective channels in a stacked orientation. Single units of the products are dispensed onto dedicated carriers which maintain an orientation of the product units. The carriers are independently moveable and identifiable and are moved to aggregate various product units associated with a single order and to transport the product units to a validation system. The validation system uses a variety of sensors to verify the identity of the product unit and to cross-reference the product identity with the order. A label is applied to the product unit and the product unit is further transported to a packaging system while continuing to maintain an orientation thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2022
    Assignee: Tension International, Inc.
    Inventor: Robert Terzini
  • Patent number: 11511946
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for transferring products to or from a collecting surface within a line for the continuous processing of said products, wherein a first transit zone is fed longitudinally with products by an entry conveyor; a second transit zone supplies products longitudinally to an exit conveyor; at least one column of products is transferred, by being pushed transversely, via a transfer tool provided with members disposed on either side of each column; wherein, at the moment of transfer, each column is gripped by said members being moved toward one another, a first member being fixed, while a second member is mounted in a movable manner. The invention also relates to a transfer device for implementing such a method.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2022
    Assignee: SIDEL ENGINEERING & CONVERING SOLUTIONS
    Inventors: Anthony Gehin, Julien Berger, Raphaël Henninger
  • Patent number: 11510505
    Abstract: A rotation-type misalignment material discharge structure is provided. It has a support block and a drive element. The support block comprises a rotation shaft, a first support sheet and a second support sheet stacked on the rotation shaft successively. The first support sheet comprises a first support portion and a first material discharge portion, the second support sheet comprises a second support portion and a second material discharge portion. The first and second material discharge portions are misaligned in a perpendicular direction. One end of the rotation shaft is in transmission connection with the drive element; wherein the support block is rotated for discharging the material under a drive of the drive element. The support block is rotated for discharging the material under a drive of the drive element, such that the in-situ material falling is accurate and reliable without requiring any forward, backward, leftward or rightward movement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2021
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2022
    Assignee: Kolor Magnetic (Shenzhen) Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Ching Mou Lee, Chi Wai Lee
  • Patent number: 11511948
    Abstract: A method, electromagnetic switch, controller and program product, when energizing an electromagnetic coil to urge a selected shoe into a diverting path downstream of the electromagnetic switch, reverse current flow during at least a portion of the time that the electromagnetic coil is energized to recover energy from the electromagnetic coil.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2022
    Assignee: LAFAYETTE ENGINEERING, INC.
    Inventors: Robert Bruce Robbins, Timothy Lee Johnson, II, Michael Mckenna, Charles O. Burdine, II, Daniel Blake Robbins
  • Patent number: 11510504
    Abstract: A tableware taking device is provided, which comprising a base and a tableware taking apparatus arranged on the base. The tableware taking apparatus is further provided with a button and a connecting rod with a first end connecting the button; the base is provided with a positioning hole in which a second end of the connecting rod is inserted for fixing the tableware taking apparatus on the base. When the button is pressed downward, the second end of the connecting rod moves away from the positioning hole for detaching the tableware taking apparatus from the base; thus the tableware taking apparatus can be placed in a better way for preventing itself from turning over. In additional, the connecting rod can be controlled by the button on the tableware taking apparatus to move away from the positioning hole in the base for detaching the tableware taking apparatus from the base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2022
    Assignee: Kolor Magnetic (Shenzhen) Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Ching Mou Lee, Chi Wai Lee
  • Patent number: 11510532
    Abstract: An apparatus that includes a dispensing container, a collecting container and a mount. The dispensing container and the collecting container each includes a receptacle having an open end, a lid configured to be received over the open end, an interior space defined by the receptacle and the lid, and an opening into the interior space. The mount is configured to be attached to a structure and is further attached to at least one of the dispensing container and the collecting container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2021
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2022
    Assignee: Sense of Security USA, LLC
    Inventors: Matthew Jennings, Jeremy Streets
  • Patent number: 11511942
    Abstract: Systems for automatically leveling a base frame of a bulk material transport conveyor include radial travel wheels mounted on generally opposing sides of the base frame that can move from a raised position above the ground to a lowered position in contact with the ground to permit radial travel of the conveyor. Actuators normally used to raise or lower the radial travel wheels may be actuated automatically by a controller in response to a signal from an inclination and/or limit sensor mounted on the conveyor that represents a non-level orientation of the conveyor, to level the base frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2021
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2022
    Assignee: Superior Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Brett Nelson, Scott Oberg, Steven Haugen, Bryan Weiss
  • Patent number: 11510531
    Abstract: Provided is a case of portable compressed tissue, and more specifically, a compressed tissue is immersed by adjusting the compressed tissue according to a water level of a stored solution, and thus, a case for storing the compressed tissue and a solution allows easy and convenient carrying and storage to a user, and also, the compressed tissue is immersed in an appropriate amount of a solution according to a water level of the remaining solution by an immersion portion provided in a compressed tissue case, and thus, it is possible to conveniently use the compressed tissue from the outside, and to efficiently use the solution.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2022
    Assignee: CLEANZONE CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Wan Gu Lee
  • Patent number: 11505397
    Abstract: A sterile glove dispensing assembly includes a container for storing a plurality of sterile gloves. The container has a dispensing opening and the plurality of sterile gloves is strategically oriented that a cuff of each of the sterile gloves extends outwardly through the dispensing opening. In this way a user can draw the sterile gloves outwardly from the container without touching fingers of the sterile gloves for retaining sterility of the fingers. A box is included for insertably receiving the container and a dispensing slot is integrated into the box. The dispensing opening in the container is aligned with the dispensing slot when the container is positioned inside of the box thereby facilitating the sterile gloves to be drawn outwardly from the dispensing slot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2021
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2022
    Inventor: William Carter
  • Patent number: 11508201
    Abstract: Disclosed is a bucket applied in a vending machine, including a bucket body, a first driving mechanism and a second driving mechanism. The bucket body includes an inner cavity and two ports in communication with the inner cavity respectively. The two ports are arranged at an interval in a first preset direction. The first driving mechanism and the second driving mechanism are arranged at an interval in the bucket body in a second preset direction, and are respectively configured to detachably mate with a dispensing assembly of a storage column of the vending machine, to provide power to the dispensing assembly. Also disclosed is a vending machine including multiple storage columns and the aforementioned bucket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2022
    Assignee: Shandong New Beiyang Information Technology Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Fengbo Xu, Kai Liu, Jiabo Xu, Junchao Yuan
  • Patent number: 11503965
    Abstract: The invention relates to a multi-purpose container (1) with an air freshening function for receiving cloths (31), in particular for use in a drink holder of a vehicle. The multi-purpose container comprises a housing (10) with a lid (20) for forming a receiving space (13) in the housing (10). The lid (20) has an opening (22) for the removal of cloths (31) from the receiving space (13) and a receiving recess (21) for receiving the scented insert (40).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2022
    Assignee: Cupssy GmbH
    Inventor: Enzo Venturino
  • Patent number: 11498168
    Abstract: A system and method can change location pins on a pallet for an assembly line. The system may include a plurality of pallets, each pallet including at least a first and second sockets configured to receive a location pin. The system may include a pin changing unit located between a top assembly line and a lower return line. The pin changing unit may include a pin grabber configured to engage the location pin within the first socket. The pin changing unit may include a horizontal linear actuator configured to move the pin grabber and the engaged location pin into alignment with the second socket. The pin changing unit may include a vertical linear actuator configured to extend the pin grabber into engagement with the location pin and retract the pin grabber away from the location pin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2022
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Daniel J. Zimmerman, Thomas P. Kaminski, Jr.
  • Patent number: 11498781
    Abstract: System comprising a clean room (50), a transport element (10) movable inside the clean room (50), and a drive element (30) of the transport element (10), which is arranged outside the clean room (50), wherein the transport element (10) is not connected to the drive element (30) and is only coupled to the drive element (30) or driven by the drive element (30) via contactless remote forces, wherein the transport element (10) is a separate element, in particular separate from the floor, ceiling, walls and/or other parts of the clean room (50), and in particular has no positive connection acting in any spatial direction to the floor, ceiling, walls and/or other parts of the clean room (50) and/or other elements. The invention also relates to a corresponding transport element (10).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2022
    Assignee: Bausch + Ströbel Maschinenfabrik Ilshofen GmbH + Co. KG
    Inventors: Manuel Wallisch, Andreas Böhmike
  • Patent number: 11499606
    Abstract: The invention relates to a roller for a chain which is constructed by a shell roller part and a core roller part, wherein the shell roller part comprises a first outer cylinder, a first inner cylinder which is positioned concentrically inside the first outer cylinder, and a bottom which is positioned at and connected to one end of the first inner cylinder and the first outer cylinder; and wherein the bottom is stretched from the first inner cylinder to the first outer cylinder; wherein the core roller part comprises a second outer cylinder, a second inner cylinder which is positioned concentrically inside the second outer cylinder, and a top which is positioned at and connected to one end of the second inner cylinder and the second outer cylinder; and wherein the top is stretched from the second inner cylinder to the second outer cylinder; wherein the core roller part is positioned concentrically in the space surrounded by the first inner cylinder, the first outer cylinder and the bottom.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2022
    Assignee: DSM IP ASSETS B.V.
    Inventors: Ruud Joseph Hubertus Hawinkels, Bartholomeus Guillaume Bernardus Reijmers
  • Patent number: 11499620
    Abstract: To provide a sprocket that reduces the influence of tension fluctuations concurrent with load torque variations to suppress noise and vibration, and that prevents an increase in tension fluctuations, noise, and vibration even when the chain tension is low and the load torque is small, and in regions where engagement between the chain and sprocket is free of the influence of tension. The sprocket has a plurality of seating points for the chain when the chain sits under no load set between adjacent pairs of the teeth such that their radial positions change in a circumferentially continuous manner. The radial positions of the seating points under no load have a variation pattern in which the radial positions increase and decrease depending on circumferential positions of the seating points.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2022
    Assignee: TSUBAKIMOTO CHAIN CO.
    Inventors: Yuji Kurematsu, Yudai Takagi, Yuki Mizuno
  • Patent number: 11501595
    Abstract: Provided is a belt conveyor type dispensing mechanism for an article vending machine, in which an associated component other than a belt can be easily and compactly installed. The dispensing mechanism for the article vending machine includes a drive section that is disposed in an article storing shelf 13 and on which articles arranged in a front-rear direction are carried, the drive section being configured to drive based on a vending command, and a belt conveyor unit 57 that sequentially dispenses the articles forward, the belt conveyor unit 57 includes two belt conveyors 71 moving forward and arranged away from each other in a right-left direction, and a detection unit 100 of an article detection device and a gear to drive a rear rotary shaft over which belts of the belt conveyors 71 are looped are arranged between the two belt conveyors 71.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2022
    Assignee: SANDEN RETAIL SYSTEMS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Dai Takahashi, Yugo Uehata, Hideki Kimura
  • Patent number: 11492729
    Abstract: A fiber processing device includes a drum having a plurality of openings on an outer peripheral surface, sieving a raw material containing fibers, and configured to rotate about a rotation axis, a housing that supports the drum, a guide portion (convex portion) provided on an outer peripheral surface of the drum; and a restriction portion (bearing) that restricts movement of the drum in a direction of the rotation axis by contacting the convex portion. At least one of the restriction portion and the guide portion is configured to rotate about an axis (rotation axis) orthogonal to the rotation axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2022
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventor: Nao Kobayashi
  • Patent number: 11492208
    Abstract: A rotative lumber piece charger for transferring lumber pieces. The rotative lumber piece charger comprises: a driving shaft rotating about a longitudinal axis and a transfer wheel comprising a main body mounted to the driving shaft and rotating therewith. The rotative lumber piece charger also comprises a lumber piece grasping assembly rotatably connected to the main body and rotatable with respect to the main body about a lumber rotation axis. The lumber piece grasping assembly is operative to grasp a section of a corresponding one of the lumber pieces, temporarily retain the section of the lumber piece and release the lumber piece. The rotative lumber piece charger further comprises an angular orientation control system connected to the lumber piece grasping assembly. The angular orientation control system rotates the lumber piece grasping assembly about the lumber rotation axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2022
    Inventor: Claude Gravel
  • Patent number: 11493110
    Abstract: A splice system for a conveyor belt system includes a plurality of spaced tractive rods; a plurality of rows of flat wire pickets transversely disposed with respect to a direction of travel and interconnecting the plurality of spaced tractive rods, wherein at least one of the rows of flat wire pickets includes an outer edge link on each end thereof, the outer edge link including a reverse-turn closed edge on an outer side thereof; and wherein movement of at least one of the plurality of rods is restricted by the reverse-turn closed edge on the outer edge link.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2021
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2022
    Assignee: Cambridge International, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeffrey D. Ulchak, Thomas O. Perdue, George H. Messick, Jr.
  • Patent number: 11492077
    Abstract: A bicycle sprocket has a plurality of teeth arranged one after the other along a circumferential direction and a plurality of spaces each of which being arranged between two of said teeth. Said plurality of teeth includes at least one first gearshifting tooth and at least one second tooth arranged immediately downstream of said at least one first gearshifting tooth with reference to a rotation direction (R) of the sprocket during pedaling. Said plurality of spaces includes at least one first space defined between said at least one first gearshifting tooth and said at least one second tooth and having a predetermined circumferential extension and at least one second space arranged downstream of said at least one second tooth with reference to said rotation direction (R) and having a circumferential extension greater than that of said at least one first space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2022
    Assignee: CAMPAGNOLO S.R.L.
    Inventors: Mirco Civiero, Marco Marchi, Armando Lagomarsini