Patents Examined by Gene O. Crawford
  • Patent number: 10737883
    Abstract: Methods and systems are provided for a conveyor system. In one example, a system may include a drive carriage comprising a plurality of magnets configured to magnetically couple to a conveyor pan. The plurality of magnets may be configured to maintain the conveyor pan in a fully locked position as the drive carriage actuates the conveyor pan.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Inventors: Devin Ray Reeser, Eric Jason Doern
  • Patent number: 10741002
    Abstract: A storage and dispensing station for a blister packaging machine for drug portions includes a base electrically coupled to the blister packaging machine and configured to dissipate an electrical charge to the blister packaging machine. A storage container is disposed on the base and includes a housing defining a receiving chamber for drug portions, a cylindrical receiving chamber and a bottom surface. A singulating device is rotatably disposed in the cylindrical receiving chamber and has multiple channels extending along the singulating device and parallel with a rotational axis of the singulating device. The singulating device also includes an electrically conductive coupling and a drive for rotating the singulating device. The singulating device is electrically conductive at least at an outer surface of the singulating device, and the outer surface comes into contact with drug portions. A conductor device provides an electrically conductive coupling between the outer surface and an electrical contact.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Inventors: Christoph Hellenbrand, Dietmar Gross
  • Patent number: 10737886
    Abstract: A conveyor apparatus with a chassis having first and second chassis parts that pivot relative to one another to allow an intermediate section of the chassis to be raised or lowered. This allows the height of the conveyor apparatus to be reduced for transport. When the conveyor is out of its deployed state, the conveyor is foldable and movable with respect to the chassis in a longitudinal direction. This allows the length of the conveyor apparatus to be reduced for transport.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Inventors: Gerard Grindel, Richard Byrne
  • Patent number: 10730702
    Abstract: A floor conveyor has a conveyed object support base portion supported on a conveying traveling body via a columnar support member that penetrates, in a vertical direction, a slit formed in a floor surface along a traveling path of the conveying traveling body. An auxiliary floor surface mechanism which narrows the width of the slit has protruding members protruding from the side of the slit to the center of the slit, where each of the protruding members includes a plate-shaped portion along a perpendicularly vertical direction and is held and biased by an elastic force in a protruding posture in which the protruding member protrudes to the center of the slit. When the protruding member contacts the columnar support member, the protruding member moves in the movement direction of the columnar support member against elasticity so as to allow the passage of the columnar support member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: Daifuku Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kazuaki Fukushima, Shotaro Kamiya, Yoshikazu Hirokari, Yoshitaka Ikeda
  • Patent number: 10730701
    Abstract: Spiral conveyors have a drive drum, wherein the drive drum comprises a plurality of drive drum bars connected around an outer perimeter of the drive drum, wherein a drive rod on a drive drum bar is distally located on the outer perimeter of the drive drum, wherein the drive drum bar comprises the drive rod; a face plate; and a support rib, wherein the support rib is connected to the drive rod through standoffs, and the face plate is located between the drive rod and the support rib, and the face plate is separated from the drive rod.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: John Bean Technologies Corporation
    Inventors: Brian P. Westcott, Adam J. Ramsdell, Scott M. Kane, Ryan C. Harrell, John J. Bauer, Robert C. Brod
  • Patent number: 10729288
    Abstract: A universal cover for hygiene cloth dispensers includes a flexible pouch for holding hygiene cloths stored in a plurality of different hygiene cloth dispensers. The flexible pouch has a top wall, a bottom wall, and an interior space between the top and bottom walls. The universal cover includes a seam that can be opened to an open position and resealed to a closed position to connect the top wall to the bottom wall. The open position defines a refill opening for receiving the different hygiene cloth dispensers. A dispensing opening is formed in the top wall of the universal cover. The dispensing opening is reinforced against deformation due to exposure to moisture, body oils, dirt, and stretching. The dispensing opening is sized such that different sized movable and non-movable covers of at least two different commercial hygiene cloth dispensers are accessible through the dispensing opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Inventor: Julie Moore
  • Patent number: 10730686
    Abstract: A confectionary item dispenser include a dispenser housing having a dispenser housing opening, a reservoir within the dispenser housing having a reservoir chute aligned with the dispenser housing opening, and a dispenser shield disposed within the dispenser housing and movable so that a dispenser shield opening can align with the dispenser housing opening and the reservoir chute at a dispensing position to dispense a confectionary item. An indeterminate outcome actuation mechanism with an actuation mechanism input device causes the dispenser shield to move between the dispensing position and a non-dispensing position when the actuation mechanism input device is displaced such that the dispenser shield may be disposed in one of the dispensing position and the non-dispensing position when the actuation mechanism input device is displaced so that a confectionary item may or may not be dispensed each time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: My Favorite Company, Inc.
    Inventors: Neil Wright, Mark Eisenberg
  • Patent number: 10730689
    Abstract: A protective phone cover dispenser dispenses sleeves that isolate a phone from contaminants in the external environment. The dispenser has a container, a storage compartment, a set of protective covers, an access hole, and an external device coupler. the storage compartment is located within the container and acts as a holding chamber for the set of protective covers. Each of the protective covers is a sleeve that is used to envelop the phone. Thus, isolating the phone from contaminants in the external environment. The access hole traverses through the container into the interior compartment so that a user is able to retrieve the protective covers stored within the interior compartment. The external device coupler is mounted onto the exterior surface of the container and is positioned offset from the access hole. Thus, the dispenser can be mounted onto an external structure without hindering the user from retrieving protective covers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Inventor: Eric Albert Yancy
  • Patent number: 10733827
    Abstract: A card storing case includes a left plate and a right plate arranged opposite to one another. An inner side of the left plate and an inner side of the right plate are respectively provided with a plurality of guide grooves. The card storing case further includes a card bracket slidably arranged in the guide groove. When a card is transferred into the card bracket, the card bracket slides along the guide groove, such that the card is moved and stored in the guide groove. A card bracket and a guide groove are arranged in the card storing case, such that a card is moved and stored in the guide groove via the card bracket, which not only shortens a transfer path of the card in a process of storing or withdrawing the card, but also reduces operation time in storing or withdrawing the card.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Inventors: Bin Wu, Xiaodong Qian, Kai Liu, Su Rong
  • Patent number: 10730698
    Abstract: Embodiments of product handling systems facilitate transfer of individual product items from incoming bulk form into dedicated trays for inspection, sorting, selection, and packaging. Inspection may comprise interrogation of product items within a tray by electromagnetic (e.g., optical, hyperspectral) or other (e.g., physical, acoustic, gas sensing, etc.) techniques. Prior to packaging, product items disposed within the tray may be stored in a moveable carousel responsible for controlling environmental factors such as temperature, humidity, illumination, ambient gases, product-to-product interactions, and/or others. Movement of product items from a carousel's transfer station to an outside staging position may be accomplished using robots and/or conveyor belts. Embodiments may allow rapid, low-cost consumer selection of specific individual product items based upon their accompanying metadata (e.g., source, identifier), in combination with the results of inspection (e.g., visual appearance).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: Fulfil Solutions, Inc.
    Inventors: Gilad Almogy, Jason Kalus, Nathan Beckett, David Cameron Hosken
  • Patent number: 10729289
    Abstract: A dispenser is disclosed that includes a housing defining an interior volume for receiving a stack of sheet products, an actuator, a dispensing member, a roller, and a support structure for engaging a front face of the stack including opposed shelves for supporting opposed sides of the front face. The actuator is operable by a user to activate a dispensing member to dispense a desired number of sheet products. The actuator includes two or more user interfaces that a user can actuate to transmit to the dispensing member an amount of movement corresponding to different numbers of sheet products being dispensed depending upon which of the user interfaces is actuated. The roller is located between the opposed shelves and engages and grips on the front face of the stack.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Inventors: John S. Formon, Joseph Wieser, Matthew T. Woerpel, Edward A. Raleigh, Jeffrey J. Brickl
  • Patent number: 10729858
    Abstract: A magazine (18) that stores a plurality of needles (56) configured to engage a medication pen (2) for medication delivery, the magazine (18) comprising a magazine housing (20) enclosing a removable array (26) having a plurality of hub chambers (22) each enclosing one of a plurality of needle hubs (50), a connector (28) in each of the plurality of hub chambers (22), each connector (28) engages one of the plurality of needle hubs (50), a plurality of peel tabs (30) each sealing one of the plurality of hub chambers (22), and an electronic indicator (62) to identify a status of the plurality of needle hubs (50), wherein the electronic indicator (62) identifies how many of the plurality of needle hubs (50) are unused.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: Becton, Dickinson and Company
    Inventors: Sudarsan Srinivasan, David Schiff, Stephan Lawson, Nicholas Hugh McGill
  • Patent number: 10723566
    Abstract: Device for lifting an article from a roller conveyor having a fork that can be raised and lowered, and having a plurality of spaced-apart elongate tines which, in the lowered position, move with the tines between or below the rollers of the roller conveyor in order to lift one or a plurality of articles from the rollers as the fork is being raised into the raised position with the tines, where the tines form a carrier surface for the article and the tines can be expanded in the direction transverse to the longitudinal extension thereof in order to form an expanded carrier surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: Dematic GmbH
    Inventors: Daniel Jarr, Max Reinhard Lewandoske, Daniel Huberth
  • Patent number: 10723567
    Abstract: A rolling member includes a rolling shaft; rolling wheels fixed to two ends of the rolling shaft, rolling surfaces of the rolling wheels being sleeved with flexible loops respectively; at least one first engagement structure provided on a rolling surface of each rolling wheel; at least one second engagement structure provided on a surface of each flexible loop facing toward the rolling surface of the rolling wheel; wherein the at least one first engagement structure engages with the at least one second engagement structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Inventors: Wanpeng Zhang, Peng Cheng, Menglei Zhang, Jiangbing Guan, Min Zhang, Zhenyu Zhang, Zhuoyue Bian, Yajun Han, Junyi Dai
  • Patent number: 10723557
    Abstract: A conveyor belt includes a repeating interconnected arrangement of: rods spaced apart in a longitudinal direction and each extending in a lateral direction and connecting links arranged on both ends of the rods. Each link includes a nose section extending in lateral direction and two legs arranged on either side of the nose section, the legs extending in longitudinal direction. The nose section and the two legs provide a U-shaped structure. Laterally aligned first openings are arranged in each of the legs adjacent to the nose section for reception of a rod. Laterally aligned second openings are arranged in each of the legs adjacent the free ends of the legs. The first openings of a first link are aligned with the second openings of a second link for reception of a rod thereinto.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: Frans Bakker Beheer B.V.
    Inventor: Willem Van Faassen
  • Patent number: 10723542
    Abstract: A binding strip storing and dispensing device for organizing and dispensing binding strips for quilting includes a box and a lid. The box has a top that is open and configured for insertion of a plurality of binding strips, which are used in binding quilts, into the box. The lid is hingedly coupled to the box and is selectively couplable to the box so that the lid is positioned to selectively close the top to contain the binding strips. A set of slots is positioned in the lid. Each slot is configured to allow extension of a respective binding strip from the lid, wherein the respective binding strip is positioned for grasping in a hand of a user, positioning the user for pulling a desired length of the respective binding strip through the slot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Inventor: Cheryl Newman
  • Patent number: 10717604
    Abstract: A linear fixed shaft drive assembly for use in a self-stacking industrial/commercial-grade spiral/gyro oven or freezer that includes a fixed, non-rotatable shaft having a cylindrical mounting portion, a bearing cup supported by the mounting portion, and a hub and shaft base that includes a shaft portion and flange portion. The flange portion is configured to couple to a first side of a flange extending from the bearing cup. A sprocket is mounted to an opposite second side of the flange extending from the bearing cup. The sprocket includes teeth configured to engage with a ball chain assembly of the oven or freezer. The bearing cup includes at least two permanently lubricated bearings. Rotation of the shaft portion of the hub and shaft base causes the bearing cup and sprocket to rotate on the mounting portion of the fixed, non-rotatable shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2020
    Assignee: Omar Associates, LLC
    Inventors: Chad W. Billman, Eric J. Wise
  • Patent number: 10716737
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are devices and systems for counting medication. In an aspect, the device can include a collapsible container assembly, the assembly comprising: a sheet comprising a plurality of predetermined fold lines, the plurality of predetermined fold lines configured to flex along the fold lines; wherein at least a portion of the sheet is configured to be folded along at least a portion of the fold lines into at least one predetermined shape having a predetermined volume; wherein the container assembly in a folded state is configured to releasably couple or engage a grid for collecting medication; and a grid comprising a plurality of openings, each opening configured to collect a unit of medication having a predetermined size and/or shape. Also disclosed herein are methods of using the disclosed counting devices and systems.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2020
    Assignee: Opportunity Solutions International Inc.
    Inventor: Joseph Krezanoski
  • Patent number: 10717602
    Abstract: A roll transporting conveyor for transporting bituminous membrane rolls along a feeding direction. The roll transporting conveyor comprises: a support frame provided with two beams spaced apart from each other and parallel to said feeding direction; two driving belts arranged at the respective beams; a plurality of crossbars extending in a bridge-like manner between a driving belt and the other at a preset distance along said feeding direction and having the opposite axial ends integral to the driving belts; a plurality of belt-shaped transport portions, each of which extends between two consecutive crossbars and is sized to form a hammock-shaped transport cradle having an approximately semi-cylindrical shape for holding a roll between two consecutive crossbars.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2020
    Assignee: Euroline S.r.l.
    Inventors: Alessandro Pavan, Antonio Fornasier
  • Patent number: 10717546
    Abstract: Self-contained mobile solar-powered escalator systems for aircraft entry comprising a security canopy and safety walls for protection, an electric cargo vehicle, an escalator, a lift system, exiting platform, leveler/stabilizers, heavy duty front and rear suspension, formal arriving platform, handrails, repair compartments, expandable waterproof and bulletproof canopy, distance light indicator, inflatable rubber bumper, and emergency brakes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2020
    Assignee: ESME, LLC
    Inventor: Daniel E. Guajardo, Sr.