Patents Examined by Gene O. Crawford
  • 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
    Assignee: OTIS ELEVATOR COMPANY
    Inventors: Martin Michalke, Alexander Turek
  • Patent number: 10676322
    Abstract: Provided is a drip-proof device for a passenger conveyer, which is capable of improving working efficiency of maintenance work performed in a machine room. The drip-proof device for a passenger conveyor includes gutters, which are provided to a floor plate for opening and closing an opening portion of a machine room, and are each configured to receive water passing through a gap between wall surfaces of the opening portion and the floor plate, and a gutter displacement device configured to displace the gutters. Each of the gutters is displaced between a water-receiving position for receiving the water passing through the gap and a receiving position for allowing removal of the floor plate through the opening portion. The gutter displacement device includes a rotary member configured to rotate through an operation of the rotary member- and rods configured to displace the gutters through the rotation of the rotary member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Electric Corporation
    Inventor: Yuji Hayashi
  • Patent number: 10676284
    Abstract: An apparatus, method, and system are provided to accept a delivery through an opening such as a window in a wall of a package that is transported by any aerial vehicle such as a drone or other similar device. The system is completely installed on the inside of the building and extends out through the portal to receive the package from the aerial vehicle. Once the package has been transferred to this system from the aerial vehicle, it moves the package into the building through the same opening and sufficiently distances itself and the package from the opening so that the window or portal can close. The package is then placed on the floor in front of the window or portal and the apparatus moves the package to a position that allows for a space to place another package following a future delivery.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: Corverity Corporation
    Inventor: Joseph Urban
  • Patent number: 10675776
    Abstract: A fastener delivery system for transporting and dispensing fasteners comprises a source of pressurized air, a dispenser configured for dispensing each of the fasteners into a workpiece, a first pathway providing a first passageway for the fasteners to pass through, and a second pathway providing a second passageway for the fasteners to pass through. Each of the first pathway and the second pathway is placed in selective fluid communication with the source of pressurized air to blow one of the fasteners disposed in the first pathway or the second pathway towards the dispenser. The dispenser includes a toggle feature for alternatingly receiving the fasteners from each of the first pathway and the second pathway. Each of the pathways includes an air brake mechanism for decelerating each of the fasteners as each of the fasteners approaches the dispenser.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: ALLIANCE AUTOMATION, LLC
    Inventors: Chet Wenninger, Karl Klopfenstein, Josh Foltz, Jason Daniels, Mark Seiler
  • Patent number: 10675216
    Abstract: A medicine container closure device for recording and broadcasting information about the contents of a container includes a housing that defines an interior space. The housing is configured to couple to a bottle to selectively close the bottle. A power module and a recording-playback assembly are coupled to the housing and are positioned in the interior space. The recording-playback assembly is operationally coupled to the power module. The recording-playback assembly is configured to record and broadcast information regarding the contents of the bottle, such as a name, a usage, a purpose, and a date to refill the contents.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Inventor: Gilberto Mejia
  • Patent number: 10674876
    Abstract: An inventive dispenser for storing and dispensing hygiene products is disclosed. The dispenser includes, in a closed state, a rear wall, two opposite side walls, a front wall, and an upper wall. The dispenser further includes a dispensing opening and an openable cover that may be opened for refill of the dispenser. At least one wall of the dispenser includes a support structure made at least mainly of plastic material. An outer thin metal sheet is laminated to an exterior surface of the support structure, and the surface of the metal sheet includes a curved surface in at least one direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: ESSITY HYGIENE AND HEALTH AKTIEBOLAG
    Inventors: Björn Larsson, Peter Orgna
  • Patent number: 10676285
    Abstract: A motor-driven conveying roller comprises a roller body which extends along a longitudinal axis, an axle element, a bearing unit for rotatably mounting the roller body in relation to the axle element, a drive motor which is arranged within the roller body and is mechanically coupled to the axle element and to the roller body for generating a torque between the axle element and the roller body, an electrical plug-in connection which is arranged in a cavity in the axle element and which comprises a plug and a socket that may be coupled to one another in a releasable manner to establish a single- to multiple-pole electrical plug-in connection, and an electrical connecting line between the electrical plug-in connection and the drive motor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: INTERROLL HOLDING AG
    Inventor: Jurriaen Van Holthe Tot Echten
  • Patent number: 10676287
    Abstract: An apparatus for transporting a case along a conveyor moving in a transport direction includes an engagement plate for positive engagement with the case. The engagement plate has a planar face and a vacuum source for vacuum attachment to a case outer surface face. The apparatus further includes a mechanism for moving the plate in the transport direction and for rotating the plate a selected angle from the transport direction. Related, corresponding, or associated methods for transporting a case along a conveyor moving in a transport direction are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: ILLINOIS TOOL WORKS INC.
    Inventors: Jon Paul Laskis, Robert C. Beesley, Joshua Riddle
  • Patent number: 10669099
    Abstract: A roller system has a frame, a plurality of rollers (supported by the frame) forming a roller plane, and an external rotor motor (“motor”) spaced from the roller plane. As an external rotor motor, the motor has a stator and an external rotor radially outward of the stator to substantially circumscribe the stator. To kinetically couple the motor with the rollers, the system also has a transmission coupling coupled with the external rotor and at least one of the rollers. The transmission coupling and external rotor are configured so that rotation of the external rotor causes the at least one roller to rotate in response to a torque received through the transmission coupling.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Inventors: Kamran Ramezani, Jason Ocain, Tony Hill, Dean Panas
  • Patent number: 10669106
    Abstract: A carriage transport system, including a transport path formed of a plurality of transporting modules; a plurality of lower-order controllers each configured to conduct drive control of a carriage on a covered transporting module among the plurality of transporting modules; and a higher-order controller configured to control the plurality of lower-order controllers, wherein the plurality of lower-order controllers each receive a drive instruction for the carriage on the transport path from the higher-order controller in advance, and when respectively receiving one-group transport instructions transmitted from the higher-order controller simultaneously at the same timing, the plurality of lower-order controllers each apply the drive instruction to one of the carriage that is present on the covered transporting module and the carriage that is to enter the covered transporting module in an order of entering the covered transporting module, to thereby conduct the drive control of the carriage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Takeshi Yamamoto
  • Patent number: 10669050
    Abstract: A transport and feed unit for preforms, in particular for PET bottles, in which the transport and feed unit can be charged with preforms at its upstream end and supplies the preforms to a conveyor unit arranged at the downstream end of the transport and feed unit. The transport and feed unit has a first conveyor and a second conveyor, in which at the downstream end of the first conveyor a funnel-like device is provided through which the preforms reach the second conveyor which supplies the preforms to the conveyor unit arranged at its downstream end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: M. TANNER AG
    Inventor: Marcel Tanner
  • Patent number: 10669103
    Abstract: A transport device for transporting objects from workstation to workstation in a production system is described along with a production system for manufacturing products, in particular containers filled with a medical product. The transport device has a stationary assembly 2, an object carrier 3 rotatable about an axis of rotation 4 in successive work cycles, a plurality of object carrier elements 6, which are arranged circumferentially distributed and movable relative to the object carrier on a circular path 8, and to which coupling elements 14 are assigned, which can take on only a first switching position or a second switching position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: FRESENIUS MEDICAL CARE DEUTSCHLAND GMBH
    Inventors: John Heppe, Franz Kugelmann, Matthias Meisinger
  • Patent number: 10661998
    Abstract: A method for transferring a workpiece carrier in a manufacturing facility from a first conveying portion, which is controlled by a first controller, to a second conveying portion, which is controlled by a second controller is provided. The conveying portions each have a toothed belt. On the basis of an internal timer in the two controllers, a desired position of a virtual tooth space in the transfer region of the conveying portions is calculated, taking the predefined movement speed of the workpiece carrier into consideration and taking the tooth pitch of the toothed belts into consideration. The toothed belts are controlled and synchronized by the respective controller via the drive units such that a first tooth space of the first toothed belt and a second tooth space of the second toothed belt are synchronized with the desired position of the virtual tooth space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: STIWA Holding GmbH
    Inventors: Michael Pauditz, Norbert Soeser
  • Patent number: 10661994
    Abstract: A transfer conveyor for food process lines is equipped with hardware to enable pivoting in place and other hardware to enable and reversible expansion and contraction of the transfer conveyor, or at least the upper, food-product carrying run of the endless conveyor belt therefor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Inventors: Robert G. Nothum, Jr., Ryan Doyle Nothum
  • Patent number: 10661995
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a roller assembly for a trolley conveyor that moves along a rail track including a flange and a web. The roller assembly for a trolley conveyor includes a pair of brackets that is placed respectively on both sides of the rail track, that has the shape of cranks corresponding to each other and that includes a mounting hole for installing a below-described shaft, a roller that is rotatably coupled to the upper end of the bracket so as to be mounted on the web and slide, and a shaft that penetrates the roller, that is coupled to the roller and that is inserted into and fixed to the mounting hole. The roller assembly with the configuration may have a simple structure, may be easily assembled and disassembled and may ensure durability.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Inventor: Jong II Cho
  • Patent number: 10653572
    Abstract: A gown dispenser system has a plurality of gowns, each having a back region, the gowns folded and stacked back region facing up, such that, pulling on the back region of a gown on top of the stack removes that gown from the stack and exposes the back region of the next gown in the stack, an enclosure containing the stack of gowns, the enclosure having an opening exposing the back region of the gown at the top of the stack, enabling a user to grasp the exposed back region and pull the topmost gown from the enclosure, exposing the next gown in the stack. Gowns are drawn from the enclosure one-at-a-time, at need.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Inventor: Neil Andrew Louwrens
  • Patent number: 10654651
    Abstract: A modular eye link conveyor belt and method of assembling a modular eye link conveyor belt includes (a) welding a plurality of eyelets and bar links to a cross wire having a predetermined module width to form at least one first module row; (b) welding a plurality of eyelets and bar links to a cross wire having a predetermined module width to form at least one second module row; connecting the first module row and the second module row with a cross rod extending through the plurality of eyelets and thereby forming a first module; repeating steps (a) and (b) and forming a second module; and connecting the first module and the second module with a cross rod extending through the plurality of eyelets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: Cambridge International, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert E. Maine, Jr., George H. Messick, Jr., Thomas O. Perdue, Jeffrey D. Ulchak
  • Patent number: 10653584
    Abstract: A dispensing assembly which includes a case having a superior component and inferior component, the superior component and inferior component operatively arranged to form a first cavity therebetween. A tablet disc is arranged within the first cavity having a plurality of tablets disposed about a circumference of the tablet disc, where the tablet disc is arranged to rotate about a central axis and within the case. The assembly further includes a lock to prevent rotation of the tablet disc in a first rotational direction during a first predetermined time interval. The lock includes a first component and a second component. The first component includes a display and a first circuit connected to the display. The second component includes an actuator, a catch, a plurality of teeth on an outer circumferential surface of the second component, and a ratchet operatively arranged to engage with the plurality of teeth and the case.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: Pill Development Group, LLC
    Inventors: Robert Owen Brady, Joseph B. Bujalski, Jeffery S. Heitzenrater, Matthew William Vergin, Jon Colin Leonard, Joel Raymond Chartier
  • Patent number: 10654664
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a tray locator assembly for aligning one or more trays in a tray-based automated storage and retrieval system. The tray locator assembly may include one or more guide pin assemblies having one or more guide pins engaging with one or more slots formed in a surface of at least one tray of the one or more trays. The tray locator assembly may further include at least one translational actuator to move the one or more guide pins inserted into the one or more slots so as to translate the at least one tray, wherein the translation of the at least one tray separates a second group of trays having a second size from a first group of trays having a first size along the conveyance plane to a second position in order to reduce tolerance stack up associated with the first group of trays.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: INTELLIGRATED HEADQUARTERS, LLC
    Inventors: Todd Eliot Green, Robert Anderson, Darius Scott
  • Patent number: 10654659
    Abstract: A conveyor controller for being implemented into a conveyor system includes control circuitry and one or more network interfaces for coupling with other conveyor controllers. In one embodiment, the control circuitry configured for detecting whether another conveyor controller is connected and to determine which network interface is used in order to set the direction of the conveyor system. In another embodiment, the control circuitry is configured, to receive configuration data from a conveyor controller connected to a network interface, and to detect if another conveyor controller is and to transmit configuration message to another conveyor controller that includes additional configuration data associated with the conveyor controller. In still another embodiment, the control circuitry transmits configuration data to a replacement conveyor controller upon getting a request from the replacement conveyor controller that has been connected to a network interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: Insight Automation, Inc.
    Inventors: Charles R. Combs, James P. Knapke, Dimitar Ivanov Petrov, Timothy A. Barnes, David W. Sellers