Patents Examined by Gene O. Crawford
  • Patent number: 10657756
    Abstract: An article dispensing apparatus includes: one article discharging apparatus; and another article discharging apparatus, the one article discharging apparatus and the other article discharging apparatus being capable of being combined in a back-to-back manner. The one article discharging apparatus includes: a driving source; an output gear configured to rotate by a driving force from the driving source when a discharging instruction has been given to the one article discharging apparatus; link levers where each link lever is provided rotatably about an axis of the link lever; and a controller configured to perform return processing including rotating the output gear in another direction or one direction to return the output gear to a standby position when the output gear that has been rotated in the one direction or the other direction from the standby position by the discharge instruction does not return to the standby position within a preset time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: FUJI ELECTRIC CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Shirou Takeuchi, Takanori Suzuki
  • Patent number: 10657508
    Abstract: A product storage device includes: a main gate that is swingably provided to advance and move away from a product storage column, that advances to an advanced position, and that allows a downstream-most product to be taken out; a sub-gate that is swingably provided in association with the main gate; a sliding member that regulates the main gate from moving away and retracting from the product storage column; and a lever that allows the sliding member to be present at a regulation position, that switches to a regulation posture which regulates the sliding member from returning to the regulation position, and that then, when the main gate moves away from the product storage column in response to a take-out operation, switches to a standby posture when the main gate advances to the product storage column to allow the sliding member to return to the regulation position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: FUJI ELECTRIC CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Norio Nakajima, Hajime Erikawa, Katsuhiko Fukuda, Michihiko Makino, Takuya Sakatoku, Takuma Kakiuchi
  • Patent number: 10647458
    Abstract: A device (10) for optically controlling a face (13) of a blank (12) has a vacuum conveyor (20) capable of transporting the blank (12) along a path of travel (15) and which includes a conveyor belt (22) having an apertured structure of which the conveying path follows the path of travel (15) of the blank (12). A suction device (40) is suitable for pressing the blank (12) against the conveyor belt (14). An inspection device (30) inspects the face (13) of the blank (12) during its conveyance by the vacuum conveyor (20). The inspection device is located on the side opposite the vacuum conveyor (20). The suction device (40) delimits three separate successive suction sections (41, 42, 43) along the path of travel (15), including a central suction section (42) that extends opposite the inspection device (30), an upstream suction section (41) and a downstream suction section (43).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: BOBST MEX SA
    Inventors: Sacha Bourgeois, Dimitri Favini
  • Patent number: 10650642
    Abstract: A lottery ticket dispenser bin is configured for dispensing interconnected sealed ticket packs, and includes a housing having a front panel with a dispensing slot defined therein and a back panel. The housing has a bottom contour that includes a middle section on which the stack of ticket packs rest in an upright orientation, and a front wall that extends upwards towards the dispensing slot. A hump defines a transition surface between the middle section and the front wall, and an initial contact surface that retains a trailing ticket pack in the middle section as a leading ticket pack is pulled through the dispensing slot. The front wall defines a second contact surface against which the trailing ticket pack is pulled and bent as the leading ticket pack is pulled from the dispensing slot. An insert that defines the bottom contour is also provided for insertion into a ticket bin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: Scientific Games International, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeffrey D. Martineck, Sr., Timothy Masocol
  • Patent number: 10647500
    Abstract: A pet sanitation bag and accessory caddy for storing a plurality of pet sanitation bags and one or more pet care accessories, comprising a housing having an interior cavity and an upper and a lower dispensing aperture. The interior cavity is adapted to store the sanitation bags, while the upper and lower dispensing apertures provide access to the entire interior cavity and the sanitation bags stored therein. The housing further has a pet accessory hook adapted to allow the pet care accessory to be detachably secured, allowing a user to retrieve both the sanitation bags and the pet care accessory prior to conducting a pet related activity. The housing is further adapted to be secured to a vertical mounting surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Inventor: Anthony Madden
  • Patent number: 10647521
    Abstract: A material handling apparatus may be employed to transfer discrete loads of excavated waste from an excavator or other excavation equipment to a dumping location beyond the reach of the excavator. The material handling apparatus may include a mobile bridge supported by two or more crawlers that enable movement of the mobile bridge. The material handling apparatus may further include a conveyance mechanism that transfers material between first and second ends of the mobile bridge. The conveyance mechanism may transfer material to haul trucks at the second end of the mobile bridge, which may be disposed above the first end of the mobile bridge. The conveyance mechanism may receive material from an intermediate transfer mechanism at the first end of the mobile bridge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignees: THYSSENKRUPP INDUSTRIAL SOLUTIONS (USA), INC., thyssenkrupp AG
    Inventor: Martin S. Lurie
  • Patent number: 10647523
    Abstract: A transport pocket for the suspended transport of a transport item along a conveying direction via a suspended conveying device includes a pocket rear wall and a pouch wall that, together with the pocket rear wall, form a receiving compartment for the transport item. The receiving compartment forms a receiving opening for the transport item and is designed to assume an open position and a space-saving compact position. A fastener connects the transport pocket to a conveying member of the suspended conveying device. A cam element, which can interact with an activation device of the suspended conveying device, which is designed as a cam guide, and via which cam guide the receiving compartment can be moved into the open position or be held in this. The at least one cam element is arranged on the pouch wall of the transport pocket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: FERAG AG
    Inventor: Sergio Sigrist
  • Patent number: 10647524
    Abstract: A system for conveying dishware through a cleaning cycle. The system includes a conveyance assembly having a receiving surface to receive and retain dishware. The conveyance assembly rotates the receiving surfaces about an axis to convey the dishware to each of at least two unique locations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: DISHCRAFT ROBOTICS, INC.
    Inventors: Kevin Yuan Ma, Abigail Elizabeth Soong, Kent Michael Anderson, Paul Michael Birkmeyer
  • Patent number: 10647549
    Abstract: A chain drive (10) for a people conveyor (1) having a plurality of conveyance elements (4) comprises a drive chain (12) which is configured for driving the conveyance elements (4). The drive chain (12) includes a plurality of drive chain links (16) traveling along a closed path including a conveyance portion (5) and a return portion (7). The drive chain (12) further includes a plurality of linkages (42). Each linkage (42) is configured for coupling the drive chain (12) with one of the plurality of conveyance elements (4). The length of each linkage (42) along the path of the drive chain (12) is variable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: OTIS ELEVATOR COMPANY
    Inventor: Alexander Turek
  • Patent number: 10640293
    Abstract: A modular conveying assembly including a plurality of modules joined together, each module including a bushing housing, a coupling housed in the bushing housing, an axle coupled to the coupling and supported for rotation relative to the module, a drive pin coupled to the coupling, and a driven surface fixed to the drive pin. The modular conveying assembly also including a driving member that is in selective engagement with the driven surface to affect rotation of the axle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Assignee: REXNORD INDUSTRIES, LLC
    Inventors: Philip Michael Gabor, Justin Michael Stefanko
  • Patent number: 10640291
    Abstract: A control unit controls a sorting unit and a send-out unit to transport articles received by a receiving unit to an upstream accumulating unit so that articles that belong to the same article group are accumulated on the same upstream branch accumulating unit, and articles that belong to different article groups are accumulated on different upstream branch accumulating units, to transport articles accumulated in the upstream accumulating unit to a final accumulating unit so that articles that belong to the same article group are accumulated on different final branch accumulating units, and an article group with smaller designated sequence numbers is accumulated on a downstream side, in a transportation direction, of an article group with larger designated sequence numbers, and to send out articles accumulated in the final accumulating unit from the send-out unit in accordance with the designated sequence numbers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Assignee: Daifuku Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Masaru Iida
  • Patent number: 10643410
    Abstract: A bulk rivet container can include a cover and an adjacent RFID tag, and the cover can be moveable between a closed position and an open position. A cover exterior can have an opening recess. A peripheral side of the container can include an orienting protrusion and a container locking recess. The container can be designed to cooperate with a transfer cabinet having a rivet entry passage closable by a cabinet cover to which an RFID reader is coupled. The cabinet can have a locking protrusion and an opening protrusion oriented about the cabinet entry passage. The orienting protrusion, the container locking recess, and the container opening recess can be designed to be simultaneously couplable with the orienting recess, the container locking protrusion, and the container opening protrusion, respectively, while the RFID tag is simultaneously readable by the RFID reader.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Assignee: Newfrey LLC
    Inventor: Chuan Meng Kho
  • Patent number: 10638892
    Abstract: A dispensing package and method of using a dispensing package, the dispensing package including interior region defined by a top surface, a bottom surface, a front surface, a back surface, a first side and a second side; the top surface including an aperture for access to the interior region, the top surface being releasably sealed by a top cover; the bottom surface having a coating of an adhesive area on at least a portion of the bottom surface, where the adhesive area is releasably covered by a leaflet, where the leaflet has an area at least as large as the adhesive area, and where the leaflet is secured to the bottom surface of the package at a leaflet securement area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Assignee: Johnson & Johnson Consumer Inc.
    Inventors: Dimitri Bois, Simon Duronsoy, Florent Laffin
  • Patent number: 10639217
    Abstract: A description is given of a sterilising automatic dispenser apt to dispense flattened disposable devices as an aid to female urination in standing position provided with a curved portion, wherein the forward movement unit is apt to make the FUD move forwards in the outlet slot by direct pushing on the indentation of the FUD or by way of contact with friction of the FUD with the forward movement unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Assignee: SANIPLAST S.R.L.
    Inventor: Domingo Merry Del Val
  • Patent number: 10633195
    Abstract: A system for transferring units to/from a rail-guided suspended conveyor system includes a transfer conveying device with one or more first conveying units and a conveyor system with a plurality of second conveying units. The first and second conveying units each have a rack with tines and form a receptacle for bearing a unit. The system is configured such that in a transfer zone a rack of a first conveying unit of the transfer device and a rack of a second conveying unit of the conveyor system penetrate by meshing so with movement of the first and the second conveying unit relative to another either a unit initially on the rack of the first conveying unit remains on the rack of the second conveying unit, or a unit initially on the rack of the second conveying unit remains on the rack of the first conveying unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Assignee: FERAG AG
    Inventor: Urs Gadliger
  • Patent number: 10633187
    Abstract: A mesh-like conveyor belt is capable of varying in width and shape as it travels. The conveyor belt comprises a plurality of links, joints, and control elements. The joints connect the links to each other and allow the links to change their orientation within the conveying surface of the conveyor belt. The plurality of links and joints allow the conveyor belt to vary in width, shape, trajectory, and surface speed while in motion. The conveyor belt also includes control elements, built into the structure of the belt that are capable of engaging with external guides. When the conveyor belt is in motion, the control elements engage with and follow the paths determined by external guides thereby controlling the shape of the belt.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Assignee: Rabbit Designs LLC
    Inventors: Scott Elliott Frash, Jean Shannon Frash
  • Patent number: 10631665
    Abstract: Cutlery dispensing assemblies and methods for making and using same. In some examples, the cutlery dispensing assembly can include a chassis comprising a backbone, an upper support frame located at an upper end of the backbone, and a base located at a lower end of the backbone. A skewer mechanism can be at least partially disposed within the chassis and configured to contain a stack of the cutlery. The stack of the cutlery can include a bottom piece of cutlery and at least one other piece of cutlery. Each piece of cutlery can have an opening through which the skewer mechanism is configured to pass. The skewer mechanism can include an elongated body that is configured to pass through the opening of each piece of cutlery, and a lever extending from elongated the body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Assignee: GPCP IP Holdings LLC
    Inventor: Kyle Loucks
  • Patent number: 10633194
    Abstract: Techniques regarding a conveyance system with variable speed rollers are provided. For example, one or more embodiments described herein can comprise an apparatus, which can comprise a roller attached to a support member that is operatively coupled to a first gear. The first gear can drive a conveyance of the support member and the roller in a first direction. The apparatus can also comprise a shaft that can operatively couple the roller to a second gear. The second gear can drive a rotation of the roller in an axial direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Assignee: Thermal Product Solutions
    Inventor: Barry J. Opdahl
  • Patent number: 10633184
    Abstract: A warehousing system for storing and retrieving goods disposed in containers is provided. The system includes a multilevel storage array including an array of storage shelves for holding containers thereon, at least one substantially continuous lift for transporting containers to and from at least one level of the storage array, at least one transport vehicle located on the at least one level and configured to traverse a transport area transporting containers between the at least one continuous lift and container storage locations so that the at least one continuous lift communicates non-deterministically, via the transport vehicle, with storage locations of each of the storage shelves on the at least one level, an infeed transport system linked to the at least one continuous lift, and an order fulfillment station for generating order containers corresponding to customer orders where the order containers are entered onto the storage shelves of the storage array.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Assignee: SYMBOTIC, LLC
    Inventor: John Lert
  • Patent number: 10633196
    Abstract: A divider system for diverting objects from an infeed lane into one or more discharge lanes includes a dividing screw set, a discharge screw set, and a diverting mechanism. The dividing screw set conveys a sequence of objects to an output end of the screw set where the objects are divided by rotation of the dividing screw set and outputted alternately to first and second discharge screws of the discharge screw set to form a first series of objects conveyed by the first discharge screw and a second series of objects conveyed by the second discharge screw. The divider system includes a diverting mechanism which can be selectively actuated to divert objects from one discharge screw to the other discharge screw to form a diverted group.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Assignee: Morrison Timing Screw Co.
    Inventors: Nick Lynn Wilson, Mark Burk