Patents Examined by Gene O. Crawford
  • Patent number: 10709302
    Abstract: An improved sanitary wipe apparatus, a sterile, naturally sanitizing wipe adapted to be stored within a dispenser box and removed one-by-one for use by a person to remove anti-microbial agents from a top drinking surface of a beverage can before drinking therefrom.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Inventors: Stephen Roy, Shane Lynch
  • Patent number: 10710810
    Abstract: An O-ring and a conveyance apparatus are provided. The O-ring includes an O-ring body having an annular shape. The O-ring further includes a plurality of protrusions arranged at intervals on an outer annular surface of the O-ring body and configured to support a glass substrate and convey the glass substrate as the O-ring body rotates, so that a total area of contact between the glass substrate and the O-ring is reduced, thereby reducing a print area. In addition, after the protrusions and the glass substrate come into contact, contact marks are in a discontinuous state or, in other words, are in a spaced state, and prints are also discontinuous or spaced prints, thereby mitigating visual effects of the prints, and eliminating the prints at low costs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Inventor: Kai Chen
  • Patent number: 10709144
    Abstract: Method for detecting a prone/supine position of fish conveyed by a conveying device. The method includes conveying the fish with the conveying device in a longitudinal direction, optically scanning a ventral side and a dorsal side of the fish in order to determine a first brightness value profile of a first side and a second brightness value profile of a second side, determining a first ordered data series and a second ordered data series by ordering brightness values of the first brightness value profile and of the second brightness value profile according to a predefined ordering criterion, determining a first median from the first ordered data series and a second median from the second ordered data series, determining at least one differential value from the first median and the second median, and determining the prone/supine position by comparing the at least one differential value with at least one predetermined reference value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Inventors: Frank Schubert, Jan-Patrick Herbst
  • Patent number: 10713878
    Abstract: The present application provides an intake mechanism for a product into a merchandiser. The intake mechanism may include an input tray, a reciprocating assembly to maneuver the input tray, an identification module, and an input control system. The input control system permits access to the merchandiser as the input tray is maneuvered by the reciprocating assembly if the product is identified by the identification module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Inventors: Jurgen Roekens, Jacobus P. M. Dessing
  • Patent number: 10694903
    Abstract: A wipe dispenser and related methods are disclosed herein. In one form, a wall mounted wipe dispensing system is disclosed comprising a wall mount support bracket, a dispensing bag of wipes having a rigid collar from which to suspend the dispensing bag from the wall mount support bracket, and wherein the wall mount support bracket and dispensing bag have first mating structures for mating the dispensing bag to the wall mount support bracket. In other forms, a wall mounted support bracket is disclosed and/or replaceable wipe packaging is disclosed. In still other forms methods related to these are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: Medline Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Paige Wexler, Michael Turturro, Megan Henken
  • Patent number: 10694902
    Abstract: Embodiments are directed to a dispensing device and methods of using a dispensing device having an improved out indicator. The dispensing device includes a housing having a cavity. A tissue stack is disposed within the cavity, the tissue stack including a plurality of tissue sheets folded along a crease. An aperture is formed in a top surface of the housing such that a tissue sheet is removable from the cavity through the aperture. A portion of the tissue sheets includes an out indicator formed along a centerline of each tissue sheet and across the crease.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: GPCP IP Holdings LLC
    Inventors: Jared S. Felix, William G. Burr
  • Patent number: 10694904
    Abstract: The invention relates to a dispensing nozzle 2 for a container of wipes (not shown). The nozzle 2 features an annular projection 14 the inside of which features inward facing spikes 17. The spikes can be made from a flexible elastomer or a non flexible polypropylene material. The spikes 17 feature ‘slit’ sections of weakness that enables the spikes to flex upwardly when subjected to upward pressures from say a wipe (not shown) passing though the structure of the dispensing nozzle 2. If downward forces act on the wipe after it has been inserted into the nozzle so as to force the wipe 4 back into its container, two things happen. 1) The spikes 17 or spikes flex back to their original position thereby imposing space restrictions within the annular projection that imped wipe fall back. 2) The ends 20 of the spikes 17 dig into the wipe thereby impeding wipe fall back still further.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Inventor: Michael John Gordon
  • Patent number: 10696469
    Abstract: Generally, the present disclosure relates to a carton for dispensing compressed tissue sheets comprising a carton having an oversized carton opening and a compressed stack of tissues, such as facial tissues. The compressed carton can significantly reduce costs associated with shipping such low density products. The oversized carton opening permits the compressed stack of tissues to expand, releasing the compression of the tissue stack and allowing the tissues to be dispensed normally.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Inventors: James Alexander Hallam, Dennis Edward Fryer, Martin Christopher Bunce, Peter Booth, James Mallion
  • Patent number: 10689195
    Abstract: A system of buffer storage and sequencing of loads is configured to receive non-sequenced loads coming from at least one external unit and to provide sequenced loads to at least one preparing station. The system includes: a reciprocating lift having a single nacelle with K levels each enabling transportation of at least one load with K?2; at least one buffer storage unit; and a managing unit configured to organize first movements of loads from at least one inbound forward conveyor to the at least one buffer storage unit through the reciprocating lift, and second movements of loads from the at least one buffer storage unit to at least one outbound forward conveyor through the reciprocating lift.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: SAVOYE
    Inventors: Jean-Michel Collin, Stephane Pietrowicz
  • Patent number: 10689205
    Abstract: A package accumulating device is disclosed. The device conveys bag packages to a predetermined position while performing an accumulating operation that aligns the packages such that parts of each of the packages lie on top of parts of adjacent packages in a thickness direction. The device includes first and second conveyors, and a control unit. The first conveyor performs the accumulating operation. The second conveyor conveys a group of the packages aligned by the first conveyor. The control unit performs switching between a first state where a downstream end of the first conveyor and an upstream end of the second conveyor oppose each other when the second conveyor accepts the group of the packages from the first conveyor and a second state where a position of the upstream end of the second conveyor is lower than in the first state with respect to the downstream end of the first conveyor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: ISHIDA CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Tatsuya Iwasa, Yuji Yokota
  • Patent number: 10689232
    Abstract: The application relates to a floor covering of an escalator or moving walkway. The floor covering has a floor covering support, a first covering element and at least one adjoining covering element. At least one device which predetermines a single-possible, correct installation position of the covering elements on the floor covering support is arranged between at least the first covering element and the adjoining covering element, wherein, in the correct installation position, the first covering element and the adjoining covering element are arranged to be flush with the floor covering support and, in an incorrect installation position, at least part of the adjoining covering element is arranged in a visibly protruding manner on the floor covering support due to the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: Inventio AG
    Inventors: Alexander Pfeiler, Gerhard Kleewein, Manfred Gartner, Georg Wagenleitner
  • Patent number: 10689240
    Abstract: A beverage dispensing machine includes a countertop for a conveyor that carries a plurality of cup holders around a track. A front side of the beverage dispenser machine is accessible by an operator to remove cups from the plurality of cup holders. A cup tower has a plurality of cup dispenser tubes that are each configured to hold a respective stack of cups. A cup grabber is movable up and down into and between a raised position in which the cup grabber is positioned to grab a cup from one of the stacks of cups and place a cup into one of the plurality of cup holders.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: CORNELIUS, INC.
    Inventors: Richard Schultz, David Joyce, James A. Kasallis, Matt Dacanay, Milos Brablec
  • Patent number: 10689199
    Abstract: A continuous bar conveyor includes a plurality of bars, constrained at their ends by chains having links adapted to be engaged by motorized toothed wheels, so as to move the conveyor along fixed guides, and a plurality of spirals wrapping the bars in pairs, the links of the chains and the spirals limiting the maximum distance between adjacent bars, but also allowing their reciprocal movement, wherein, between adjacent successions of at least two bars wrapped by a spiral, there is at least one bar that is not wrapped by spirals, and to which a sheet of plastic material is constrained, having an elevated resistance to the operating temperature of the conveyor and a smooth, non-stick surface, the sheet resting on the upper surface defined by the spirals and having a dimension in the advancing direction of the conveyor smaller than the distance between successive bars not wrapped by spirals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Inventor: Leopoldo Lago
  • Patent number: 10689202
    Abstract: A system and an apparatus capable of independently driving movers are described herein. The system and apparatus includes: a track that forms a path for movers; a plurality of movers movably mounted on the track for moving along the path; and a plurality of drive elements fixedly arranged along the track. The drive elements each have a surface that is oriented to contact a driven member of the movers. The drive elements are configured to sequentially engage the driven member of a plurality of the movers to provide controlled independent motion of the movers along the track. The drive elements may be driven by rotary motors. A method of independently driving movers is also described herein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: The Procter and Gamble Company
    Inventors: Clifford Theodore Papsdorf, Jason Lee DeBruler
  • Patent number: 10689208
    Abstract: Disclosed is an apparatus for conveying glass panels contains a conveying device including a feed conveyor and a removal conveyor, and also a region with a processing station. A lifting device for glass panels is provided upstream of the processing station and a lowering device for glass panels is provided downstream of the processing station, wherein a linear-conveying device is provided between the lifting device and the lowering device. It is thus possible for glass panels to be moved, by raising action, linear movement and lowering action, around a first component located in the region in the processing station, the second component therefore passing the first component. During the passing operation, the second component always remains in the conveying plane, which is the same as the plane of the second component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Inventors: Leopold Mader, Werner Holzknecht
  • Patent number: 10689201
    Abstract: A material conveyor system container and method of making same. The container comprises a wear band generally disposed at the points of contact of the bucket with the material being conveyed by the bucket that is made from a highly abrasion resistant material and the rest of the bucket is made from a less expensive polymer, such as polyethylene.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: BRAIME GROUP PLC
    Inventor: Nicholas Braime
  • Patent number: 10689204
    Abstract: A belt conveyor includes rollers spaced apart in a conveying direction along a carryway run on which a conveyor belt is moved. Each of the rollers includes a cylindrical body including an outer circumferential peripheral surface, in contact with the conveyor belt, and a thickness extending between opposed ends, and a wear indicator between opposed ends for providing a visual indication of wear in the cylindrical body in one embodiment and an audible indication of wear in the cylindrical body in another embodiment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Inventors: Shannon Anderson, Branden Harrison, Albert McLemore, Braden Miller, Jason Truesdell
  • Patent number: 10683160
    Abstract: The disclosure provides at least an apparatus, method and system for a pill dispenser. The pill dispenser may be capable of dispensing a predetermined number of pills, and may include a push button; a container capable of containing a plurality of pills and including, at substantially an end portion thereof, a pill exit, and, on an inner circumference thereof, a threaded track; a cap that removably connects the push button and the container; and a dispenser fittedly positioned within the container. The dispenser may include a spring; threads capable of being rotatably received by the threaded track upon actuation of the push button; at least one pill stop at a portion thereof substantially adjacent to the pill exit; and a ramp therewithin capable of guiding ones of the plurality of pills to the pill stop upon compression of the spring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2020
    Assignee: NYPRO INC.
    Inventor: Robert G. Petit
  • Patent number: 10685527
    Abstract: A beverage dispenser for dispensing beverage containers includes an outer shell with an internal track that dispenses rolling beverage containers from the track and one or more internal ice liners that retain ice to keep the beverage containers chilled.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2020
    Assignee: Grupo Gallegos
    Inventors: Paul Lucker, Domingo Chozas, Saul Escobar
  • Patent number: 10683192
    Abstract: A moving walkway (1) comprises at least one endless belt (12) moving in a conveyance direction along a closed loop; a plurality of pallets (20); and a plurality of linkages (26a, 26b) rotatably connecting adjacent pallets (20) with each other. A mounting portion (20a) of each pallet (20) is rotatably connected to the at least one belt (12).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2020
    Inventors: Martin Michalke, Alexander Turek