Patents Examined by Gene O. Crawford
  • Patent number: 11117758
    Abstract: A linear motor conveyor system having a moving element comprising a first and a second magnetic element on opposite sides; a first track comprising a first linear motor configured to generate a dynamic magnetic field which acts on the first magnetic element to provide a first dynamic lateral force and a first dynamic longitudinal force; a second track with a transfer region adjacent to the first track, the second track configured to generate a magnetic field that acts on the second magnetic element to provide a second lateral force; and a controller to control the first linear motor such that the first dynamic lateral force is configured to bias the moving element toward the first linear motor until the moving element reaches a switch point in the transfer region, after which the dynamic lateral forces are selectively adjusted to bias the moving element toward the first or second track.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2021
    Assignee: ATS AUTOMATION TOOLING SYSTEMS INC.
    Inventors: Albert Kleinikkink, Roger Hogan
  • Patent number: 11116365
    Abstract: A method for loading a stack of individual paper units into a dispenser includes inwardly pushing on a pair of oppositely disposed end portions of respective lateral walls of the dispenser, thereby releasing a drawer of the dispenser for sliding movement of that drawer relative to a remainder of the dispenser. The drawer includes first and second, oppositely disposed sidewalls, a bottom wall, and an arcuate front wall that has a dispensing aperture. The bottom wall of the drawer extends between the first and second sidewalls of the drawer, and the sidewalls of the drawer define an open end of the drawer opposite the bottom wall and, jointly with the bottom wall and arcuate front wall, defines a storage volume of the drawer. The drawer is slid outwardly relative to a remainder of the dispenser to thereby expose the first and second sidewalls and bottom wall of the drawer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2021
    Assignee: Essity Hygiene and Health Aktiebolag
    Inventors: Catherine Hill Kunda, Magnus Falk, John P. Devlin, Peter McNulty, Jeffrey Mekler
  • Patent number: 11117750
    Abstract: A transport device for transporting containers having a first transport section configured to convey containers in and a second transport section configured to convey containers out. The transport device includes a transfer device having a rotary cylinder, a clamping belt and a compensation device. The clamping belt can be adjusted in the area of the transfer device. The rotary cylinder and/or the clamping belt are configured to be drivable. The rotary cylinder and the clamping belt are configured to hold the containers between the rotary cylinder and the clamping belt and to transfer them from the first transport section to the second transport section. The rotary cylinder has one or more container support rings and at least one belt support element, wherein the belt support element is arranged such that the clamping belt abuts against it when there are no containers on the transfer device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2021
    Assignee: Heuft Systemtechnik GmbH
    Inventors: Bernhard Heuft, Olga Kasdorf
  • Patent number: 11118653
    Abstract: A device for delivery of balancing weights for wheels, comprises a material storage, a feeder and a partitioning unit. In some embodiments, the feeder has a cylinder segment shaped feeder head, linearly moveable between a loading position and a delivery position. In some embodiments, the partitioning unit comprises a transport means for transport of a belt of balancing weight segments and a belt cutter for making a balancing weight by cutting at least one or multiple sections from the belt. In some embodiments, the partitioning unit further comprises two loaders for each holding a balancing weight when the feeder is not in a loading position and loading it on the feeder when the feeder is in the loading position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2021
    Assignee: WEGMANN automotive GmbH
    Inventors: Thomas Hornung, Mirko Pröstler, Benedikt Kuhn
  • Patent number: 11117747
    Abstract: The invention relates to a feed unit for a processing plant, in particular for a crushing or screening station, having a feed chute which has a chute beam (90), wherein the chute beam (90) has a bottom (92), wherein the bottom (92) extends in the conveying direction (V) of the feed chute, wherein at least one beam (130) extending in the conveying direction (V) is arranged in the area of the underside of the bottom (92) and supports the bottom (92), wherein furthermore a bracket (140) is provided, which supports at least one vibration exciter (150), and wherein the bracket (140) is connected to the beam (130).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2021
    Inventors: Reiner Köpf, Christian Knoblich, Wolfgang Schmid
  • Patent number: 11111083
    Abstract: An article accumulating apparatus that uses a robot to transfer to a predetermined location and accumulate an article conveyed thereto is disclosed. The article accumulating apparatus includes a conveyance unit, an accumulation unit, and a discharge unit. The conveyance unit is configured to convey the article. The accumulation unit is disposed in series with the conveyance unit and is configured to accumulate the article. The discharge unit is configured to discharge the article in the conveyance unit to an area outside the accumulation unit. The discharge unit is disposed in a robot movable range that is a range in which the robot holds and transfers the article to the accumulation unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 7, 2021
    Assignee: ISHIDA CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Kousuke Watanabe
  • Patent number: 11109724
    Abstract: A sheet dispensing apparatus to dispense sheets from a sheet material card having a plurality of sheets. The sheet dispensing apparatus includes a door, a door plate, a back plate, and a motor including a motor shaft, wherein the motor is operatively connected to the door plate, and a motor wheel is operatively connected to the motor shaft. The motor wheel is driven by the motor shaft to detach a sheet from the sheet material card. The apparatus further includes a first light pipe having a first end and a second end, wherein a signal transmitted at the first end of the first light pipe is received at the second end if the correct sheet material card is being used. A second light pipe receives a signal at the first end and receives the signal at the second end, if the sheet material card is not present or out of sheets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2021
    Date of Patent: September 7, 2021
    Assignee: THE TRANZONIC COMPANIES
    Inventors: Fred I. Morad, Robert A. Acosta
  • Patent number: 11104523
    Abstract: A conveying and sorting apparatus has a plurality of tilting conveyor units in the conveying direction. Each tilting conveyor unit is able to swing to the left and right about a support shaft, between a horizontal conveying orientation and a tilted orientation for ejecting objects being conveyed by means of gravity. Both side edges in the left and right swinging direction are provided with side guides which restrict the width of the conveying path, and at least the side guide on the side to which the conveyor unit swings in the tilted orientation, is supported so as to be able to open in the swinging direction towards the tilted orientation with respect to the structure of the tilting conveyor unit, and is held in a standing orientation by the orientation holding means until a certain load or more is applied in to said side guide in the opening direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2021
    Inventor: Yoshihiko Fujio
  • Patent number: 11107311
    Abstract: A lottery ticket dispenser array includes a plurality of interconnected bins, wherein the bins include a housing having a bottom and an open top. A drawer is slidable into and out of the housing and includes an open top and a ticket compartment configured for receipt of a stack of the interconnected lottery tickets in a laid-down orientation. A component section adjacent in the drawer is configured to automatically dispense the lottery tickets through a dispense slot upon receipt of a dispense command. A ramp is disposed within the ticket compartment and is angled upwards from a floor of the ticket compartment towards the component section. The ramp includes a plurality of raised ridges extending across the ramp and spaced longitudinally apart along the ramp, wherein each ridge defines a retaining edge for progressively longer stacks of interconnected lottery tickets placed within the ticket compartment in the laid-down orientation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2021
    Assignee: Scientific Games International, Inc.
    Inventors: Sten Hallundbaek Mejenborg, Timothy Masocol, James Jonathan Holbrook, Mark Andrew Thompson
  • Patent number: 11104525
    Abstract: A machine for conveying containers is disclosed. The machine may include a guide, a main carriage slidably mounted on the guide, an auxiliary carriage slidably mounted on the guide, a pressing device mounted on the main carriage and movable between a raised and a lowered position, in which the pressing device applies a pressing force, a control unit electrically connected to the guide and configured for controlling the main carriage and the auxiliary carriage on the guide and a mutual distance thereof, an actuator connected to the pressing device and configured to move the pressing device between the raised position and the lowered position. The control unit is configured to command the variation of the mutual distance between the main carriage and the auxiliary carriage so as to activate the actuator, which is operatively interposed between the pressing device and the auxiliary carriage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2021
    Assignee: MAKRO LABELING S.R.L.
    Inventors: Davide Campedelli, Davide Vezzoni
  • Patent number: 11104503
    Abstract: A pill dispenser including a first primary ramp and a second primary ramp, which is opposite to the first primary ramp. Also included are a first secondary ramp and a second secondary ramp, which is opposite to the first secondary ramp. The first and second secondary ramps are both between the first and the second primary ramps. The pill dispenser further has an outlet including outlet sidewalls and an aperture through which pills are dispensed from, or loaded into, the pill dispenser. The outlet sidewalls extend to the aperture from the first primary ramp, the second primary ramp, the first secondary ramp, and the second secondary ramp.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2021
    Assignee: Amcor Rigid Packaging USA, LLC
    Inventors: Bradley S. Philip, Mark Woloszyk, James Stelzer
  • Patent number: 11097844
    Abstract: A mobile self-vending beverage dispenser is disclosed. In embodiments, the dispenser includes a mobile housing divided into segmented sections. Each segmented section includes an outlet at the bottom for dispensing canned beverages and an access hatch for loading canned beverages into the segmented section. Each segmented section includes a vertical staggered raceway extending from the access hatch the outlet via which the segmented section is loaded with canned beverages, the cans traveling in a gravity-assisted path downward to the outlet for dispensing upon request.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 24, 2021
    Assignee: B/E Aerospace, Inc.
    Inventor: Peter J. L. Burd
  • Patent number: 11097900
    Abstract: A roller for a conveyor is described. The roller can have a first end, a second end, and a crown defined along a length of the roller between the first end and the second end. The crown of the roller includes a groove defined along an apex portion of the crown. The groove can support an O-ring and the crown can support a flat band mounted over the O-ring in the groove.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 24, 2021
    Assignee: Intelligrated Headquarters, LLC
    Inventors: Anthony J. Turco, Matthew Ryan Otto, Jarl Nicholas Sebastian
  • Patent number: 11089921
    Abstract: A modular dispenser system is described that can enable users to carry and use items and liquids that can be used together in a convenient, cost effective, and portable manner. The system includes a body, a bottle that is removably secured to the body, and a cover removably engaged to the body. When the body, bottle, and cover are secured together, it may form a unitary object. In this way, a user can easily carry and store the system and its items and liquids simultaneously. The modular dispenser system provides versatility to a user by enabling the user to use the items and the liquids together or separately.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 17, 2021
    Inventors: Robert C. Jack, Daren Herbert
  • Patent number: 11091321
    Abstract: A motor-driven conveyor roller for conveyor systems for conveying containers, pallets, and the like, includes a drum tube with a cavity formed therein and a longitudinal axis, a shaft which extends in the longitudinal axis and on which the drum tube is supported by at least one bearing, and an electric drive unit arranged in the cavity. The motor-driven conveyor includes a cooling sleeve which is fixed radially inwardly to the drum tube and at least partially radially surrounds the drive unit so that a radial air gap is formed between the drive unit and the cooling sleeve. The disclosure also relates to a manufacturing process for such a conveyor roller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 17, 2021
    Assignee: INTERROLL HOLDING AG
    Inventors: Ralf Dorok, Reinhold Weichbrodt
  • Patent number: 11091319
    Abstract: The present disclosure concerns a compaction apparatus having a hopper housing defining a hopper chamber to receive materials; a container storing the materials in a compacted fashion; a screw conveying the materials from the hopper chamber to the container and comprising a screw hopper segment extending in the hopper chamber; a partition assembly located between the hopper and the container; and a containment assembly comprising a flap mounted to the hopper housing and being movable between a loading configuration wherein the flap uncovers the screw hopper segment, and a containment configuration in which the flap at least partially covers the screw hopper segment to contain the materials in the hopper chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 17, 2021
    Assignee: Scranton Manuactunng Company Inc.
    Inventors: Christian Lapointe, Maxime Cantin
  • Patent number: 11090229
    Abstract: A tablet cassette is provided that can easily adjust the width of a guide groove of a rotor depending on the size of a tablet to be dispensed. The tablet cassette includes a groove width adjustment mechanism that relatively moves both sides of each of the tablet guide grooves in a circumferential direction of the rotor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 17, 2021
    Assignee: YUYAMA MFG. CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Shoji Yuyama, Naoki Koike
  • Patent number: 11084657
    Abstract: An article container for an overhead conveying device for transporting an article includes front and rear walls, a bottom adjoining the front and rear walls, and a storage space between the front and rear walls and the bottom, in which the article is transportable. The bottom forms a first longitudinal edge, which adjoins the front wall, a second longitudinal edge, which adjoins the rear wall, spaced from the first longitudinal edge, a first end edge extending between the first and second longitudinal edges, and a second end edge extending between the first and second longitudinal edges. The article container includes a loading and/or unloading opening delimited by the front wall and rear wall and adjoining the first end edge and a side wall stop adjoining the second end edge, against which the article can be applied in a transport position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2021
    Assignee: TGW Mechanics GmbH
    Inventors: Viktor Herzog-Lang, Josef Reischl
  • Patent number: 11084662
    Abstract: A transfer apparatus contains a conveying unit, a sorting unit, which is configured for receiving and sorting articles from the conveying unit, and a transfer unit with a feeding unit. The transfer unit forms a transporting connection between the conveying unit and the sorting unit. A discharging unit is positioned on a portion of the conveying unit and is configured to discharge an article onto the transfer unit only when the article is at a predefined minimum distance from a previously discharged article.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2021
    Assignee: Siemens Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Tim Schiess, Sebastian Hahn, Nikolaus Haselberger, Carsten Aschpurwis
  • Patent number: 11076727
    Abstract: A dispenser for dispensing absorbent product having an outer cover having a first cover portion, a second cover portion and an interior region configured to hold the absorbent product and at least partially defined by one or more of the first and second cover portions, wherein the first cover portion is removably engaged to at least a portion of the second cover portion along a cover joint; and wherein the outer cover includes a hydrophobic section proximate the cover joint to direct any liquid on the cover near the cover joint away from the cover joint.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 3, 2021
    Assignee: KIMBERLY-CLARK WORLDWIDE, INC.
    Inventors: Brian C. McCachren, Andrew J. Thomson