Patents Examined by Gene O. Crawford
  • 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
  • Patent number: 10633207
    Abstract: The present invention provides a method and apparatus for transporting a discrete element. A preferably rotatably driven vacuum commutation zone (or internal vacuum manifold), preferably internal to a preferably independently driven porous vacuum roll or drum is disclosed. The vacuum manifold applies vacuum through pores in the driven porous vacuum roll or puck in order to hold material against an external surface of the vacuum roll or puck. By independently controlling the vacuum commutation zone and the driven porous surface, unique motion profiles of the vacuum commutation zone relative to the driven porous surface can be provided. Micro vacuum commutation port structures are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Assignee: Curt G. Joa, Inc.
    Inventor: Jon Allen Pelland
  • 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: 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: 10625891
    Abstract: A bag supply device used in a rotary bag-filling packaging machine and including: an empty-bag holding member for holding a bag, a reciprocating mechanism for moving the empty-bag holding member back and forth between a bag receiving position and a bag delivery position, a first turning mechanism for turning the empty-bag holding member around a first axis parallel to a bag width direction thereof upon operation of the reciprocating mechanism and orienting the holding face of the empty-bag holding member vertically in the delivery position, and a second turning mechanism for turning the empty-bag holding member around a second axis parallel to a bag length direction thereof and causing the bag held by the empty-bag holding member in the delivery position to be directly across from the pair of grippers stopped in the empty bag supply position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Assignee: Toyo Jidoki Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Shinichi Fukeda, Tetsuaki Yomoda
  • Patent number: 10625943
    Abstract: A composite belt may include a profile, and a belt. The profile may have a strip, and nodules. The profile may be attached to the belt such that each nodule extends out from the belt. The composite belt may be included in a cooking apparatus that may also include a housing, a heat source, and a drive roller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Inventor: Timothy P. Pollock
  • Patent number: 10625957
    Abstract: A bulk loader system is disclosed that may include a conveyor unit in connection with a fuel-powered engine powering a hydraulic motor. The hydraulic motor may be used to operate the conveyor unit. The system may be configured to function while being mounted on a bed of a truck or be operated as a stand-alone unit. The unit may be sized such that an operator can stand on the deck of the truck along with the unit. The fuel-hydraulic powered motor can enable the conveyor unit to operate at variable speeds. The conveyor unit can be adjustable to facilitate controlling the direction of the material being transported via the conveyor. Some embodiments can include operating the hydraulics of the motor from the Power Take-Off (“PTO”) of the truck. Some embodiments can facilitate operation of the system in a hot or other harsh environment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Inventors: Christopher Davies, Kevin Goforth, Douglas D. Dolinar, Bruce W. Gouldey
  • Patent number: 10618148
    Abstract: [Problem] To provide a screw cutting mechanism that can stably feed screws to a driver bit by stabilizing the position of the screws, and that has an accurate and smooth cutting action.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Inventors: Yoshitake Ota, Hirofumi Oikawa
  • Patent number: 10622237
    Abstract: A conveying mechanism for conveying a wafer unit having a wafer disposed inside of and supported on an annular frame by a holding tape includes a housing tray housing the wafer unit therein and a transport unit supporting and transporting the housing tray between wafer treating apparatus. The housing tray includes a ceiling plate and a bottom plate that are interconnected by a pair of side walls facing each other across an opening defined in a side through which the wafer unit can be taken into and out of the housing tray. An air flow generator is disposed on the ceiling plate for generating air downflows in the housing tray that are directed from the ceiling plate into the opening. The transport unit conveys wafer units, one by one, between the wafer treating apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Inventors: Kazunari Tanaka, Satoshi Ohkawara
  • Patent number: 10618742
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a conveyor system comprising a plurality of work piece carriers, each presenting a machine readable and writable tag and being adapted for supporting at least one work piece during transportation. The system further comprises distribution highway conveyors each in the form of an endless conveyor adapted for transporting and circulating the work piece carriers, flow balancing conveyors and operation unit conveyors. Control of the system is achieved by autonomous switch control devices arranged at each intersection between conveyors to control the flow of the work piece carriers at the respective intersection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Assignee: EWAB Engineering AB
    Inventor: Mats Wahrén
  • Patent number: 10619985
    Abstract: A system and devices for storing and dispensing magazines that are pre-loaded with ammunition for firearms, the device including a body having a space therein, a dispensing opening, a supporting platform on which the magazines are supported, and a spring that biases the platform toward the dispensing opening to present the magazine, and the next magazine to the dispensing opening for discharge from the device. The spring is collapsible and has substantially rectangular segments. The top of the spring is captured within a space formed at the top of the platform, and the bottom of the spring is guided with a spring guide. The device may be carried on a person, and may releasably attach to a user's clothing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Inventor: Talmage P. Stewart, III
  • Patent number: 10611581
    Abstract: A conveyance device equipped with a rod-shaped member that includes a magnetic body; an arc-shaped opposing member which opposes part of a side surface of the rod-shaped member and which includes a magnetic body, the opposing member including connecting surfaces which are parallel with the central axis of the rod-shaped member and which connect an outer peripheral surface and an inner peripheral surface; a drive device which rotates the rod-shaped member around the central axis of the rod-shaped member and which changes the relative positions of the rod-shaped member and the opposing member; and a conveyance member which encloses the opposing member and which has retaining surfaces that touch the connecting surfaces of the arc-shaped opposing member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignee: Azbil Corporation
    Inventors: Mitsuharu Tanaka, Hisashi Beppu
  • Patent number: 10610454
    Abstract: Systems/methods for delivery and control of medications for patient use and, more particularly, to dispenser-based systems that facilitate access to and use of individually packaged sets of medications (e.g., pills, tablets and the like), and associated control functionalities that monitor and communicate the status/inventory of medications associated with the dispenser-based system, are provided. Systems/methods that include indicia associated with the packaged sets of medications and for “reading” the indicia to monitor or determine the status or position of the packaged set of medications are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Inventor: Rajwant Singh Mahal
  • Patent number: 10614651
    Abstract: A golf club dispenser comprises a vending subsystem, an information panel, and a golf club dispenser. The vending subsystem is configured to vend at least one golf club to a golfer through one or more suitable payment methods. At least one gravity slide is adapted to receive a golf club on the back side of the dispenser, and to allow the golf club to slide forward and downward until dispensed at the front side. A discharge assistant adjacent to the front side is configured to selectively release the golf club from the at least one gravity slide responsive to a control signal from the vending subsystem. The discharge assistant in different embodiments may comprise a sequential solenoid activation, a helical screw, or a rotating sprocket. In addition to the discharge assistant, a similar apparatus is preferably provided as an inlet assistant adjacent to the back side of the dispenser.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Inventor: Rodney W. Knight
  • Patent number: 10611584
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for grouping preferably empty long products (4) embodied as tins, tubes or cartridges, the products (4) being delivered by a delivering conveyor device (5), preferably from a production line for producing the products (4), and placed on a conveyer belt (3) and transported thereby at a conveying speed along a conveying section (S) in a conveying direction (F), a product group (P) comprising a plurality of the products (4) being transferred by transfer means (7) at the same time from the conveyor belt (3) into receiving means (6), the transfer means (7) for transferring the products (4) being moved during the movement with the product group (P) in the conveying direction (F) at an angle, particularly perpendicularly, to the conveying direction (F) in a transfer direction (T) towards the receiving means (6), the receiving means (6) being moved perpendicularly to the conveying direction (F) and perpendicularly to the transfer direction (T), in order to be able to receive the subs
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignee: Texa AG
    Inventor: Lukas Alig
  • Patent number: 10610342
    Abstract: The present invention provides a wall-mountable holder/dispenser for at least ten different shades of puck-shaped ingots from which dental crowns are fabricated. The holder/dispenser is formed from two snap-together pieces: an anterior portion and a posterior portion. Ten cylindrical columns are formed when the anterior and posterior portions are snapped together, with each portion forming one-half of each column. The posterior portion also includes a bottom extension for each column. Each extension underlies a column and provides a front opening through which an individual ingot can be extracted from the column with the fingers. Each extension has an upward protruding bump at the anterior end thereof which acts as a stop to prevent ingots from slipping out of the opening. Each column of the holder/dispenser is designed to hold a stack of identically colored zirconia ingots.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Inventors: Mark Aaron Willes, Jeffrey Iver Barney
  • Patent number: 10610319
    Abstract: A cartridge for receiving a plurality of adjacent, aligned, disposable gloves is described, the cartridge comprising a base; and a first element being arranged in use for alignment of the finger portions of the plurality of gloves. Furthermore, a machine arranged for dispensing a disposable glove is described, the machine comprising: an articulated arm arranged in use for contacting and retaining a first part of the glove and for moving said glove from a first position in which the glove is located in a cartridge containing one or more gloves, to a second position in which a second part of the said glove is able to be contacted with and retained by an anchoring means to open the cuff to allow a user to don the glove.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Inventors: Stephan Backhaus, Michelle Rosevear, Ryan Mischkulnig, Mark Bayly
  • Patent number: 10611553
    Abstract: A bag container dispenser includes a bag container. The container is formed of resilient material and has a bottom, a top, first and second sides, a front, a back and a removable access panel. The access panel has a top segment that includes a portion of the top and a connected front segment. The front segment has a height that extends from the bottom to the top. Stacked bags are sized and shaped to fit within the bag container. Each of the bags has a front wall, a back wall, an open top and a closure mechanism. The bags are dispensable from the container through an opening provided by removal of the access panel which may have a removable cover. A dispenser rack has a horizontal platform sized and shaped to support the bag container. Peripheral guards extend upward from the platform and constrain movement of the container during dispensing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Inventor: Jessica Tan
  • Patent number: 10611541
    Abstract: The invention provides a sheet material dispenser and more particularly a dispenser for storing and dispensing a compact stack of folded tissue products. The compact stack of folded tissues may be secured by the tension of a pair of opposed side panels having a generally elliptical shape. The elliptically shaped side panels result in a rigid, resilient frame-work such that the dispenser has sufficient resiliency to maintain its shape even after a portion of the folded tissue products have been dispensed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Inventors: Jessica Annette Ives Dieringer, Sara Jane Wille Stabelfeldt, Julie Ann Paveletzke, Jordyn Kaylee Somerville, Gacia Coronado, Christopher Peter Olson, Andrew Peter Bakken