Patents Examined by Gene O. Crawford
  • Patent number: 10384892
    Abstract: The invention relates to a device for receiving, transporting, and dispensing film bags, comprising a film bag magazine with multiple parallel magazine shafts and two circulating conveyor belt devices which can be driven independently of each other and which comprise film bag receiving areas arranged thereon, said conveyor belt devices circulating about two common axes. The two axes are designed to be drivable independently of each other, and each axis drives one of the two conveyor belt devices. The invention further relates to a method for receiving, transporting, and dispensing film bags by means of the device for receiving, transporting, and dispensing film bags.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Inventors: Rolf Harth, Frank Lechert
  • Patent number: 10388102
    Abstract: Mechanisms for dispensing items such as medications and medical supplies. Different mechanisms may be tailored to dispensing different kinds of items, for example medications in single dose packages, vials, syringes, or other similarly-shaped items. The dispensers may be placed in a dispensing unit that includes a lockable restock drawer and a dispense drawer into which items are dispensed by the dispensing mechanisms. The various kinds of dispensing mechanisms may be installed in the restock drawer in any workable proportion and arrangement. The dispensing mechanisms include multiple sensing technologies for tracking and inventory of items and for accurate sensing of items as they are dispensed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: Omnicell, Inc.
    Inventors: Edith Wilson, Gerardo Moreno, Guillermo Trejo, Vikram Mehta, Herbert Lawson Fisher
  • Patent number: 10383438
    Abstract: Devices and methods for controlled dispensation are described herein where such an assembly may generally comprise an index plate having one or more protrusions extending from a surface of the plate, a first actuator configured to translate the plate in a first direction, and a second actuator configured to translate the plate in a second direction different from the first direction. The one or more protrusions may define one or more rows which are arranged upon the plate in a collinear arrangement and may further define one or more columns which are arranged upon the plate at an angle relative to a proximal or distal edge of the plate such that each protrusion is off-set relative to an adjacent protrusion along the column.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: Cubex LLC
    Inventors: John A. Duval, Clifford D. Bennett, Dmitry Soyfertis
  • Patent number: 10377578
    Abstract: Transmission equipment is provided. The transmission equipment includes a carrier and a transmission rail. The carrier includes at least one carrier guiding structure. The transmission rail includes a first rail, a second rail and a turning unit. The first rail includes at least one first transmission member. The second rail includes at least one second transmission member. The turning unit includes a first guiding slot, a second guiding slot and a turning member. At least one portion of the first guiding slot is parallel to the first rail. At least one portion of the second guiding slot is parallel to the second rail. The turning member moves between a first position and a second position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: DELTA ELECTRONICS, INC.
    Inventors: Yuan-Kun Hsiao, Jian-Jang Lai
  • Patent number: 10380825
    Abstract: A feeder system for item feeding is presented. The feeder system may include a container having a plurality of walls, an actuator, a selector, and a chute. The container receives a plurality of items. An opening is formed in the container. The items flow through the opening towards the selector by a gravitational force. The selector singulates the plurality of items into one item. The chute receives the singulated item one at a time from the selector. The actuator is attached to the container and agitates the container to maintain a flow of the plurality of items passing through the opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: Siemens Healthcare Diagnostics Inc.
    Inventors: Gregory D. Ariff, Donald R. Phillips
  • Patent number: 10376025
    Abstract: A gem applicator assembly including a dispenser supporting a plurality of gems and an applicator. Each gem has an adhesive backing. The applicator includes a body with a support assembly supported by the body and configured to receive and support the dispenser with one of the gems alignable with an application target area. A plunger is supported relative to the body and movable relative thereto between an initial position and an application position wherein the push rod engages the aligned gem and pushes the gem such that the adhesive backing of an aligned gem moves toward the application target area. The gem dispenser may include a disk configuration with a plurality of spaced apart gem openings extending through the disk. Each gem is aligned with a respective gem opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: GEMC2, LLC
    Inventors: Angie Cella, Federico Diaz, Matthew Mercier, John Burrill, Vishaal B. Verma, Bradley Abbott
  • Patent number: 10376446
    Abstract: A portable pill dispenser device mountable with one or more pill cartridges that dispense pills by winding a pill strip that encloses pills between flexible films. The pills are enclosed in the pill strip and are released as the films of the pill strip are separated. The pill dispense device include actuators (e.g., motors) that cause winding cylinders in each of the pill cartridges to rotate, causing the pill strip to move towards an opening of each pill cartridge, separate the films of the pill strip, and release the pills through the opening. Indicia may be marked on at least one of the films to enable detection of the moving distance of the pill strip. The pill dispense device includes a sensor for detecting the indicia so that the movement of the films and release of the pills can be tightly controlled.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: NUVIZEN
    Inventors: Gwongak Lee, Chang-Min Pak, MinSung Kwon, BeLong Cho, HoChun Choi
  • Patent number: 10377576
    Abstract: Facility for sorting items comprising: at least one conveyor comprising supports designed to support the items, and at least one receiving device, the supports being designed to eject at least some of the items in succession into or onto the receiving device, the ejected items describing true paths (Tr) with respect to the receiving device, the true paths being liable to belong to a predefined set (Tr-Out) of potential paths considered as being incorrect. The facility further comprises: a detector designed to supply primary information relating respectively to true paths, and an analyzer designed to use the said primary information and to produce at least one secondary information item representative of the belonging of at least one of the true paths to the predefined set (Tr-Out).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: Fives Intralogistics S.A.
    Inventor: David Zak
  • Patent number: 10377581
    Abstract: An article conveying device, capable of selecting and taking out an appropriate article, even when plural articles are conveyed while overlapping each other. The device has: a supplying section for conveying articles; a position/orientation detecting section for detecting 3-D position/orientation of the article on the supplying section; a movement amount detecting section for detecting an amount of movement of the supplying section; a working section for taking out the article while following a conveying motion of the supplying section, based on the detected 3-D position/orientation and based on the detected amount of movement; and an article selecting section for, when the articles are conveyed while being overlapped with each other, selecting an article to be taken out, on which another article is not overlapped on the object in a determined take-out direction, and outputting a command to the working section for taking out the selected article.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: FANUC CORPORATION
    Inventor: Masafumi Ooba
  • Patent number: 10370193
    Abstract: A construction machine is provided. The machine includes a frame and a power source mounted on the frame. The machine also includes a milling drum configured to be driven by the power source. The machine further includes a conveyor mounted on the frame. The conveyer includes a first conveyor portion having a first end and a second end. The first end is mounted on the frame. The conveyer also includes a second conveyor portion having a third end and a fourth end. The third end is mounted on the second end of the first conveyor portion. The second conveyor portion is configured to move between a working position and a stowed position. The conveyer further includes a magnet member secured to one of the first and second conveyor portion. The magnet member is configured to couple the second conveyor portion to the first conveyor portion in the stowed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: Caterpillar Paving Products Inc.
    Inventor: Colton Hirman
  • Patent number: 10370174
    Abstract: A cup lid dispenser assembly includes a base that is positionable on a support surface. A tube is coupled to and extends upwardly from the base and a plurality of beverage cup lids is stacked in the tube. The tube has a dispensing opening therein for accessing one of the beverage cup lids. A pair of stops is each coupled to the tube such that the beverage cup lids rest on the stops when the beverage cup lids are positioned in the tube. A dispenser is coupled to the tube and the dispenser is aligned with a respective one of the stops. The dispenser is turned on when a user approaches the tube and engages a respective one of the beverage cup lids thereby urging the respective beverage cup lid to disengage from the stops. Thus, the respective beverage cup lid falls downwardly in the tube and exit the dispensing opening. In this way the dispenser dispenses the respective beverage cup lid for the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Inventor: Robert McIntosh
  • Patent number: 10370192
    Abstract: A conveyor device includes at least three lift columns, a lower conveyor body, and an upper conveyor body. The upper conveyor body is adjustable in its height relative to the lower conveyor body. The lift columns project at least partially above the upper conveyor body without lengthwise supports acting in the transport direction. The upper conveyor body together with one or more cross members on which the upper conveyor body is supported may be formed as a modular unit which is mountable and removable from the conveying system as a unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: Wipotec GmbH
    Inventors: Oliver Günther, Kay-Eric Schmidt
  • Patent number: 10370205
    Abstract: A portable conveying apparatus for transferring particulate material comprises a conveyor supported on a trailer frame and operable to convey the material for subsequent discharge to a target location. A housing mounted to the trailer frame and substantially covering a top of the conveyor defines at least one inlet for delivery of material from a container to the conveyor. A flexible chute communicating each inlet and a container discharge to guide the material to the apparatus housing is carried on the trailer frame in a storage position so as to be transportable therewith. Within the housing, an upper guide surface converges to a central grate disposed at a transversely offset location from the respective inlet for central depositing of the material onto the conveyor. A suspension arrangement is operable to raise and lower the trailer frame between transport and operating positions so that a bottom of the trailer frame can rest on the ground to inhibit the dust emanating during use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: Hi-Crush Canada Inc.
    Inventor: Henry Friesen
  • Patent number: 10370200
    Abstract: An apparatus for reorienting and/or stacking products includes a frame and a telescopic infeed associated with the frame. The telescopic infeed has a receiving end and a transfer end. The transfer end is disposed at a first elevation and moveable in a machine direction and in a reverse machine direction. The telescopic infeed advances one or more products in the machine direction; and a landing surface receives the one or more products. The landing surface is disposed in a landing region proximate to the transfer end and at a second elevation. The first elevation is higher than the second elevation. A deflector is operatively engageable with the transfer end, such that the deflector is capable of deflecting a leading end of at least one of the one of more products.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Matthew Bernard Overley, Wesley Bernard Brokopp, Jr., Matthew Daniel Dooley
  • Patent number: 10364104
    Abstract: A transfer system for piece objects includes a pushing device and a main conveyor with a conveying region. The pushing device includes first and second pushing members. The transfer system includes a supply zone, which is behind the conveying region in a pushing direction. In an initial position of the pushing device, the first pushing member is between the conveying region and the supply zone and the second pushing member is behind the supply zone in the pushing direction. In an end position of the pushing device, the first pushing member is in front of the conveying region in the pushing direction and the second pushing member is between the conveying region and the supply zone. The first pushing member, between the initial position and the end position, is at a fixed spacing to, and in front, of the second pushing member in the pushing direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Assignee: WRH WALTER REIST HOLDING AG
    Inventor: Carl Conrad Mäder
  • Patent number: 10366560
    Abstract: A lid dispensing system includes a housing, a sensor, and a dispenser. The sensor senses objects outside the housing. Once sensed, a dispenser within the housing coveys a lid outside the housing. A method for dispensing lids is also disclosed. The method includes sensing objects outside a housing, separating a lid from a stack of lids, and conveying lids to a position outside the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Assignee: Dan & O'B Enterprises, LLC
    Inventors: Daniel J. Weber, John Joseph Jancsek, Mark Thomas Podvin, Matthew Lawrence Stoffel
  • Patent number: 10362866
    Abstract: Devices and methods for controlled dispensation are described herein where such an assembly may generally comprise an index plate having one or more protrusions extending from a surface of the plate, a first actuator configured to translate the plate in a first direction, and a second actuator configured to translate the plate in a second direction different from the first direction. The one or more protrusions may define one or more rows which are arranged upon the plate in a collinear arrangement and may further define one or more columns which are arranged upon the plate at an angle relative to a proximal or distal edge of the plate such that each protrusion is off-set relative to an adjacent protrusion along the column.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Assignee: Cubex LLC
    Inventors: John A. Duval, Clifford D. Bennett, Dmitry Soyfertis
  • Patent number: 10358299
    Abstract: A loading device (10) for continuously loading receiving units (4.1-4.8) with transport goods (T), wherein the loading device (10) comprises a plurality of receiving units (4.1-4.8), a conveyor device (2), in which the receiving units (4.1-4.8) can be conveyed, a supply device (3) for supplying transport goods (T) and a transfer device (1), which is designed to acquire the transport goods (T) from the supply device (3), as well as to convey and transfer the transport goods to the receiving units (4.1-4.8), wherein the transfer device (1) and the receiving units (4.1-4.8) can be moved in the same direction during the transfer of the transport goods (T).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Assignee: FERAG AG
    Inventors: Martin Ruge, Markus Felix
  • Patent number: 10358249
    Abstract: A label positioning mechanism has a conveying mechanism, a label dispensing mechanism disposed on a side of the conveying mechanism, a first labeling mechanism disposed together with the label dispensing mechanism on the same side of the conveying mechanism and positioned proximate to the label dispensing side, and a second labeling mechanism which is disposed on another side of the conveying mechanism and opposes the first labeling mechanism. A first tight-fitting winding belt of the first labeling mechanism and a second tight-fitting winding belt of the second labeling mechanism move in opposite transmission directions and come into contact with each other to rotate bottles. Therefore, the label positioning mechanism is capable of rotating labeled bottles by a specific angle by adjusting the speeds of the conveying mechanism, the first tight-fitting winding belt, and the second tight-fitting winding belt so as to render ensuing processes speedy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Inventor: Chien-Hsing Wang
  • Patent number: 10358294
    Abstract: A collapsible conveyor rack for supporting a conveyor is disclosed to include a bottom rack unit including a frame body and a pivot connector, a folding unit including a pivot connector pivotally connected to the pivot connector of the bottom rack unit for allowing biasing of the folding unit relative to the bottom rack unit and a retractable portion connected to the pivot connector of the folding unit, a retracting unit including a retractable portion coupled to and retractable relative to the retractable portion of the folding unit, and a driving mechanism for moving the retracting unit relative to the folding unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Assignee: KEYARROW (TAIWAN) CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Fu-Yi Chen