Patents Examined by Gene O. Crawford
  • Patent number: 10759606
    Abstract: A modular conveyor, comprising a plurality of modules successive in transport direction, each comprising a body part with a transport surface for transporting products thereon, which body part during use is hingedly coupled via a hinge pin to the body part of a successive module. The successive modules are adjustable from an assembly position to an operative position. In the working position the hinge pin can be introduced from outside of the body parts into a receiving space formed by the successive modules or can be taken out of that receiving space to outside of the body parts due to that the hinge pin is released by the body parts to move in longitudinal direction and/or transverse direction of its longitudinal axis. In the operative position the hinge pin is retained in the receiving space formed by the body parts of the successive modules due to that the movement of the hinge pin both in longitudinal direction and in transverse direction of its longitudinal axis is limited by the body parts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2020
    Assignees: REXNORD FLATTOP EUROPE B.V., REXNORD FLATTOP EUROPE S.R.L.
    Inventors: Leonardus Adrianus Catharinus Cornelissen, Cornelis Hendrik Mijndert Menke, Andrea Andreoli, Guido Marchiani
  • Patent number: 10758095
    Abstract: A dispenser for hygienic articles such as wipes, towels, toilet paper or soap, includes a dispenser housing for containing the articles, and a fastener for fastening the dispenser to a fastening surface. The fastener includes a suction unit disposed on the outside of the dispenser facing the fastening surface. The fastener further comprise operating device by which the suction unit is operable so as to establish or release a sub-atmospheric pressure between the suction unit and the fastening surface. Access to the operating device is provided from inside the dispenser.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2020
    Assignee: Essity Hygiene and Health Aktiebolag
    Inventor: Robert Kling
  • Patent number: 10759586
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a container of storing packets of edible items. The container comprises a plurality of compartments for storing one kind of packet in each compartment, the compartments having an opening configured thereon; a lid having a handle, the lid being configured to selectively facilitate a ejection of at least one packet when the handle is operated by a user; and a biasing means configured at an operative bottom edge of the plurality of compartments, the biasing means configured to provide an upward push to the packets, thereby facilitating the ejection of the packets from the opening when the handle is operated by the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2020
    Inventor: Frederick Anderson
  • Patent number: 10759608
    Abstract: A separating apparatus (10) for separating crossed hooks (21a-d) of overhead conveyor units (2a-d) includes a conveying cylinder (1) having a recess (11) which forms a helical thread (12) with helix base (121) and helix flanks (122, 123) for the conveyance of the hooks (21a-d). The conveying cylinder (1) includes at least, one wing-shaped separating element (13), which extends over a partial circumference of the conveying cylinder (1) and protrudes in the radial direction from the peripheral surface of the conveying cylinder (1), wherein the separating element (13), by rotation of the conveying cylinder (1), is insertable between two hooks (21a-d) resting on the conveying cylinder (1).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2020
    Assignee: FERAG AG
    Inventor: Roland Tanner
  • Patent number: 10759613
    Abstract: A transport system includes a transport track with a long stator of a linear motor and a plurality of transport elements for transporting containers. The transport elements are disposed movably on the transport track and have respectively a secondary part for magnetic interaction with the long stator. At least one sequence of magnets is arranged on the secondary part such that the respective transport element can be moved through magnetic interaction of the magnets with the long stator along the transport direction. An extension of at least the first and the last magnet in each sequence is reduced in a way that, and an arrangement of at least the first and the last magnet is chosen in a way that, the magnets of adjacent sequence ends of two successive transport elements occupy overlap-free areas in a direction that is perpendicular to the transport direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2020
    Assignee: Krones AG
    Inventor: Michael Neubauer
  • Patent number: 10758944
    Abstract: Equipment for handling parcels between loading points at which said parcels are loaded and drop-off points at which the parcels are dropped off in a logistics center, the equipment having sorting receptacles placed at the loading points and into which the parcels are poured loosely in bulk, further having trolleys, each of which is configured to carry a removable receptacle, and shuttle robots configured to dock with the trolleys and to move them automatically, and a monitoring and control unit for automatically and remotely controlling the movement of the shuttle robots as a function of a sorting plan so as to place trolleys with empty receptacles at the loading points and so as to place each of the trolleys with a receptacle loaded with parcels at a drop-off point where the receptacle loaded with parcels is replaced with an empty receptacle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2020
    Assignee: Solystic
    Inventors: Emmanuel Miette, Luc Chirol
  • Patent number: 10752445
    Abstract: A conveying unit for a superordinate conveying system for transporting goods on a transport plane. The conveying unit has transport rollers, drive devices, at least one adjustment apparatus and a control unit. The transport rollers rotate about axes at an actuatable rotational speed and with an actuatable direction of rotation. The drive device can be actuated to drive the transport rollers. The axes of rotation of the transport rollers can be actuated about their respective pivot axes by their own pivot axis angle and can be adjusted by rotation. The adjustment apparatus can be actuated to adjust the axes of rotation of the transport rollers about their respective pivot axes. The control unit actuates the conveying unit, and the conveying unit additionally has a connection apparatus for connecting the conveying unit to the superordinate conveying system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Assignee: Siemens Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Thomas Froehlich, Alexander Schnurr
  • Patent number: 10752448
    Abstract: A device for transporting articles through a recirculation system for forming or processing the articles. The device includes a top portion configured to contact an article and a drive nut positioned within a first aperture of the top portion. The device includes a hub portion having a second aperture and a plurality of ejection pins extending through a respective one of a plurality of apertures of the top portion. The device includes a paddle wheel rotatably coupled to the hub portion. The paddle wheel has a first and second plurality of prongs extending radially outward and offset in generally opposing directions. The paddle wheel includes a post projecting radially inward and positioned within a third aperture. The device includes a drive screw extending through the first, second, and third apertures and having a head configured to engage the post and a threaded end is configured to engage the drive nut.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Assignee: BELVAC PRODUCTION MACHINERY, INC.
    Inventors: Randy E. Yoder, Patrick Yerby
  • Patent number: 10752446
    Abstract: A hybrid module has a bridge section with a first transverse end and a second transverse end. Each end module has a body with an inner end and an outer end. The inner ends of each module are configured to be attached to a corresponding end of the bridge section. The inner ends may be removably attached to the corresponding ends of the bridge section using a coupler on the inner end and, in some cases, a mating coupler on the corresponding end of the bridge section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Assignee: Habasit AG
    Inventors: Marco Lucchi, Stefan Simmendinger, Dietmar Elsner, Enrico Visconti
  • Patent number: 10755516
    Abstract: A hanging rod control device for a display rack includes a mounting member, a rod, a positioning assembly, a release assembly, a driven device, and a drive device. The mounting member is attached to the display rack. The rod has one end secured to the mounting member with items hung from the rod. The positioning assembly is secured to the mounting member and includes a front plate, a rear fastening member, a shaft interconnecting the front plate and the rear fastening member, and a sliding member having teeth. The release assembly is penetrated by both the shaft and the sliding member and includes arms and positioning plates arranged in alternating fashion. The driven device is disposed in the mounting member and includes a cam and a shaft member operatively connected to the cam.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Assignee: Brighton-Best International (Taiwan) Inc.
    Inventors: Ti Chin Chang, Tong Tsan Chien, Chia Ling Hsieh, Yao Ling Chang
  • Patent number: 10744068
    Abstract: A pill dispenser includes an outer body for displaying one or more pills within the dispenser. A core is disposed within the outer body, and the core includes a channel extending along a length of the outer body to store the one or more pills within the channel. The pill dispenser further includes an actuator with a slot, and the actuator is joined to the outer body at a first end and rotatable about the core from a storage position to a dispensing position with the slot aligned with the channel. An actuator cover is joined to the actuator and includes an opening configured to align with the slot when the actuator is in the storage position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: ABBVIE INC.
    Inventors: Lewis H. Sita, Bhimaprasad Medhal
  • Patent number: 10743679
    Abstract: Disclosed are embodiments of cup dispensers that can accommodate a variety of different cup sizes, cup shapes, and/or cup materials without the need for manual adjustment. In some embodiments, the cup dispenser can automatically adjust the applied pressure via fingers/blocks on one or more contact points on a cup among an inserted sleeve of cups. In some embodiments, sets of blocks can be placed at varying depths. In some embodiments, one set of blocks can hold the cup currently being dispensed while another set of blocks can hold the next cup in the sleeve in place, for example.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: PETER J. MCKEEVER, INC.
    Inventors: Peter J. McKeever, Mark A. McKeever
  • Patent number: 10743639
    Abstract: A hair dispensing device is described for managing the dispensation of hair for use in creating a weave hairstyle. The device can include a storage compartment and a wall having a slot through which hair is fed for use in creating the weave hairstyle. The slot can be formed in a dispensing panel that is installed on a wall of the device. The dispensing panel can be installed so as to be rotatable to facilitate the feeding of hair therethrough. A bottom of the device can include feet that reduce or eliminate sliding of the device when it is placed onto a surface during use. The bottom can also include one or more suction cups to anchor the device to the surface by suction. The hair can be stored in the storage compartment inside the device until used. The hair can be synthetic hair or real human hair.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Inventor: Charlene W. Glover
  • Patent number: 10745248
    Abstract: A handrail belt tension device is provided for an escalator having a truss and an annular handrail belt rotatable relative to the truss. The handrail belt tension device includes: a base plate on which a roller for supporting the handrail belt is provided, and a guiding mechanism which is fixed to the truss. The base plate is connected to the guiding mechanism, and rotatable and translatable relative to the guiding mechanism so as to adjust the handrail belt by the base plate thereby the handrail belt can be in a well tensioned status. The handrail belt tension device ensures that the tension device is installed in a more accurate position, making it easier to adjust the tensioning force of the handrail belt, reducing the time for adjusting the handrail belt, and increasing the service life of the handrail belt.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignees: KONE ELEVATORS CO., LTD., KONE CORPORATION
    Inventors: Lining Liu, Yajun Dong
  • Patent number: 10745217
    Abstract: A baffle blocking medication dispensing unit for bottled medication, wherein: bottled medication is laid flat in the medication container in a single row; the container is arranged at an angle of greater than 10° to make the medication discharging end lower than its rear end and the opening of the medication discharging end is the medication outlet; the medication discharging mechanism includes a dispensing baffle hinged at the medication outlet, and when the baffle is in the state of closing and blocking, it blocks the medication outlet, and when the baffle is in the state of turning over and opening, the baffle is turned down to be connected with the front side of the bottom wall, and the first bottled medication at the dispensing end is dispensed forward on the straight plate portion of the baffle and the blocking portion blocks the second bottled medication at the dispensing end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: SUZHOU XINSHENG AUTOMATION TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Haiying Lu
  • Patent number: 10744536
    Abstract: Equipment for sorting parcels in a logistics center, the equipment comprising an automated sorting conveyor mounted at a height over a platform and with sorting outlets equipped with sorting chutes in the form of ramps sloping downwards from respective sorting outlets of the conveyor to the platform below the conveyor, and shuttle trolleys mounted on wheels and for automatically moving non-standard parcels that cannot be machine-sorted on the sorting conveyor, the shuttle trolleys travelling along travel aisles passing under the ramps so as to optimize the footprint of the equipment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: SOLYSTIC
    Inventors: Emmanuel Miette, Luc Chirol
  • Patent number: 10745203
    Abstract: An embodiment includes a plurality of transport modules forming a transport path on which a carriage travels and a plurality of control units each provided to corresponding one of the plurality of transport modules and configured to perform position control of the carriage in accordance with a pre-stored drive condition and a control start timing, and one of the plurality of control units which corresponds to a first transport module that is one of the plurality of transport modules corrects the drive condition by using a difference between an entry timing at which the carriage enters the first transport module and the control start timing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Koji Tomoda, Takeshi Yamamoto, Hidetada Narahara
  • Patent number: 10743957
    Abstract: Apparatus and methods for applying a barrier to a medical scope are provided. An apparatus may comprise a source of film and a housing. The housing may comprise a chamber configured to support therein the source of film, and an opening provided through a wall of the housing to permit a portion of the film to extend out of the chamber when the film is dispensed. The housing may comprise a recess located such that the extended portion of the film is permitted to hang freely in proximity to the recess. The recess may be sized to receive a distal portion of the medical scope. The recess may be adapted to allow the extended portion of the film to be applied to the distal portion of the medical scope when the distal portion is placed into the recess with the portion of the film located therebetween.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: Sano Curatio, LLC
    Inventors: Richard Alan Swartzbaugh, Norman Tien-Yo Chien, Harvey Allan Bogarat, Barry Ray Hix, Michael Douglas Plaut, Mitchell Edward Skroski
  • Patent number: 10745214
    Abstract: A rotary feedthrough for a transport device having a rotary object carrier 3 with object carrier elements 6 arranged to be distributed around the circumference, on which carrier elements objects are placed which are transported on a circular movement path from work station to work station of a production facility. A transport device, a production facility for making products, and a method for transporting objects from work station to work station of a production facility are also described. The rotary feedthrough has a stationary component 19 having media inputs 20.1, 20.2, 20.3 for providing media for supplying actuator units 12.1, 12.2; 18.1, 18.2 of an object carrier element 6.1, 6.2. The rotary feedthrough has a plurality of components 24.1, 24.2, 24.3, 24.4 which are rotatable independently of one another about a common central axis 23 relative to the stationary component 19 and which each has media outputs 25.1, 25.2.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: FRESENIUS MEDICAL CARE DEUTSCHLAND GMBH
    Inventor: John Heppe
  • Patent number: 10737885
    Abstract: Provided is an automatic compensation, balancing and tensioning conveying chain wherein the conveying chain can automatically adjust the guide rails to extend and retract and be automatically tensioned and balanced to avoid the influence on the conveying efficiency of the conveying chain due to the slack of the conveying chain. In addition, the guide rail position maintaining components provide a reverse compensation force to the telescopic guide rail when the guide rail pre-warning limiting switches are triggered, so as to reduce the imbalance of movements of the sliding trolleys and avoid a situation that the sliding trolley may trigger an extreme position signal in advance to cause a false alarm and stop the entire conveying chain, thereby guaranteeing a dynamic balance of two tensioning stations and completely eliminating an elasticity change of the chain.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Assignee: CITIC Dicastal Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Lin Chen, Jie Lyu, Hongqing Xu, Wenming He, Kebin Wang, Jinyong Hao, Jianpeng Ning, Zhiying Ma