Patents Examined by Gerald McClain
  • Patent number: 10556778
    Abstract: A work machine includes a traveling undercarriage, an upper rotating structure swingably mounted on the traveling undercarriage, a cab mounted on the upper rotating structure, an attachment including multiple work elements and attached to the upper rotating structure, an end attachment attached to the end of the attachment, a first sensor configured to obtain the angles of rotation of the work elements, a second sensor configured to obtain the angle of rotation of the end attachment, and a control device configured to restrict or stop the motion of reducing a distance between the end attachment and the cab in response to determining that the end attachment has entered a predetermined region based on the outputs of the first sensor and the second sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2020
    Inventor: Yoshimitsu Yuzawa
  • Patent number: 10549420
    Abstract: A linear axis robotic structure including a Z-tower. A vertical drive is configured within the Z-tower, and a vertical drive mechanism is adapted to integrate with the vertical drive for linear movement along the Z-tower along a Z-axis. A first section arm is adapted to attach to the vertical drive mechanism and having a horizontal orientation, wherein the first section arm is configured for linear movement along the Z-tower with movement of the vertical drive mechanism. A first linear drive is configured within the first section arm. A first linear drive mechanism is adapted to integrate with the first linear drive for linear movement along the first section arm along a Y-axis. A first gripper is adapted to attach to the first linear drive mechanism and adapted for linear movement along the Y-axis with movement of the first linear drive mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2020
    Assignee: Kimball Electronics Indiana, Inc.
    Inventors: Anthony C. Bonora, Lawrence A. Wise
  • Patent number: 10550541
    Abstract: A connection system for connecting an implement to a work vehicle has a movable arm and an operator control area. The connection system includes a lock assembly and a control switch. The lock assembly is able to be coupled to the movable arm. The lock assembly includes a pin and an electrically operated actuator. The pin is able to engage a portion of the implement. The actuator is coupled to the pin for translating the pin. The control switch is positioned for engagement from within the operator control area. The control switch is able to be in selective electrical communication with the actuator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2020
    Assignee: DEERE & COMPANY
    Inventors: Jose Angel Diaz, Jesus Armando Montalvo Urbina
  • Patent number: 10543596
    Abstract: An apparatus including a robot drive, a first arm having a first upper arm, a first forearm and a first end effector, where the first end effector comprises a first and second substrate support sections and a leg located between the first and second support sections which connects the substrate support sections to a wrist joint with the first forearm, and where a connection of the leg to the wrist joint is offset unequal distances relative to respective centerlines of the first and second substrate support sections, and a second arm having a second upper arm connected to the robot drive, where the first and second upper arms are connected to a first shaft of the robot drive to be rotated in unison, and where the wrist joint does not intersect the drive axis while the first arm is being extended and retracted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2020
    Assignee: Persimmon Technologies Corporation
    Inventors: Martin Hosek, Christopher Hofmeister
  • Patent number: 10537998
    Abstract: A compact lightweight robotic end-effector has a large range of possible applied force. The end-effector includes one or more underactuated appendages, where each appendage is driven by a single motor connected to a driving cable wound throughout the appendage. The driving cable may be a flat cable or a cable with another non-circular cross section. The driving cable may be wrapped through a series of pulleys and/or bearings within the appendage to reduce frictional losses. The design of the pulley path may allow a desired mechanical response by the appendage, and the mechanical response may be optimized for a grasping process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2020
    Assignee: SRI International
    Inventors: Curt Salisbury, Mike Stevens, Zachery Shivers
  • Patent number: 10519623
    Abstract: A stand of a front loader includes: a main body that is disposed on a boom and swings between a supporting position in which the main body supports a front loader and a storage position in which the main body is stored; a grounding-member swing shaft that is disposed on the main body and engages with the boom to hold the main body in the storage position; a swinging member swingably disposed on the boom; and an engagement lever disposed on the swinging member, wherein the main body has a guiding hole that guides the engagement lever to regulate a swinging range of the main body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2019
    Assignee: Kubota Corporation
    Inventors: Ryuichi Nadaoka, Yuta Ozeki, Koshiro Hirakawa
  • Patent number: 10512996
    Abstract: A gantry loader having at least one carriage travelable at a horizontal guide rail, in particular for the transport of workpieces between stations of a production system, wherein the carriage has at least one drive. The present energy is characterized in that the carriage has an energy store for the at least partial energy supply of the drive.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 24, 2019
    Assignee: Liebherr-Verzahntechnik GmbH
    Inventors: David Haenschke, Christof Porsche, Thomas Mattern
  • Patent number: 10515835
    Abstract: The invention disclosed relates generally to handling substrates and wafers. In an example embodiment, to an improved wafer and substrate carrier or carrier system, method or apparatus. More specifically, to a carrier with improved abilities which may provide high density carriers, improved efficiency and other abilities such as increased cleanliness and reduced contamination to wafers during handling, storage or processing as well as higher density storage and better stocking, storage and handling abilities.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 24, 2019
    Inventors: Gerhard Dovids, Yves Fenner, John Fiddes, Christian Wohanka, Bernd Rahrbach
  • Patent number: 10508409
    Abstract: An excavator machine includes an undercarriage assembly including a drive assembly, and a carriage assembly rotatably coupled to the undercarriage assembly and including an operator cab positioned at a front of the carriage assembly. The excavator machine also includes a boom assembly. The boom assembly is coupled to the carriage assembly via two branches, and the branches are coupled to the carriage assembly on opposing sides of the operator cab.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2019
    Assignee: Caterpillar Inc.
    Inventors: Terril James Johnson, David Eugene Cooper, Anthony Dean McNealy, Matthew Bunge, Andrew Sumners, Rustin Glenn Metzger, Corey Lee Gorman, Brad Robert Van De Veer
  • Patent number: 10500933
    Abstract: An apparatus for loading and deploying cargo from a motor vehicle includes a liftgate, a liftgate drive module to displace the liftgate between a closed position and an opened position, a cargo receiver carried on the liftgate and an actuator to raise and lower cargo with respect to the cargo receiver. Related methods of deploying cargo and loading cargo are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: Matthew Scott Newman
  • Patent number: 10493618
    Abstract: A multi-axis mechanical gripper includes a bottom moving mechanism, a vertical moving mechanism slidably connected to the bottom moving mechanism, horizontal moving mechanisms slidably connected to the vertical moving mechanism, and clamping devices slidably connected to the horizontal moving mechanisms and used for clamping materials. The clamping devices can be adjusted to the position of to-be-clamped materials through the cooperation of the bottom moving mechanism, the vertical moving mechanism and the horizontal moving mechanisms. The mechanical gripper is able to move along multiple axes, thereby being high in transfer efficiency, simple in structure, high in automation degree and capable of effectively relieving the labor intensity of workers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2019
    Assignee: Jiangsu Fine Storage Information Technology Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yilin Liu, Hui Luo
  • Patent number: 10487536
    Abstract: A stake pulling apparatus includes a base having a vertical support extending therefrom; a lever pivotally engaged with the vertical support at a first end of the lever; a head integrally connected to the lever at the first end; a mouth extending from the head and to open and close around a stake; and a handle engaged with the mouth to open and close the mouth; the lever provides a means to apply torque force to a stake engaged with the mouth to remove the stake from the ground.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Inventors: Eleazar G. Botello, Eden A. Botello, Jose R. Botello
  • Patent number: 10486278
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for delivering and retrieving workpieces to and from a machine table. This invention also relates to an apparatus for receiving at the machine table workpieces which are delivered to and retrieved by the delivery system. Carriers move along a conveyor without a loading arm rotating with respect to a supply table and also without the supply table rotating with respect to the loading arm. The receiver has pivot arms that act in a scissor-like manner to open and close an opening that lockingly engages a connector connected to a pallet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Inventors: Michael Paul Cayley, Sr., Timothy J. Hilger
  • Patent number: 10479619
    Abstract: A separator suction device that corrects warpage without damaging stacked separators is provided. The separator suction device is capable of suctioning and conveying a separator stored in a state where a plurality of the separators are stacked. The separator suction device includes a first arm that includes a first suction portion capable of suctioning the separator by a negative pressure, a second arm that includes a second suction portion capable of suctioning the separator by a negative pressure, and a turning mechanism that moves the first arm and the second arm to selectively arrange the first arm and the second arm at any one of a follow-up position to follow a warped shape of the separator or a correction position to correct the warpage of the separator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Inventor: Michihisa Mochizuki
  • Patent number: 10483143
    Abstract: An end effector has a hand base portion at least a part of which advances below a lowermost substrate or above an uppermost substrate of a plurality of substrates stored in a substrate storing portion, a substrate holding unit provided to the hand base portion so as to hold the two or more substrates including the lowermost substrate or the uppermost substrate, and a protrusion amount change unit for changing a protrusion amount of the substrate holding unit from a reference surface including the surface of the hand base portion opposed to the lowermost substrate or the uppermost substrate. The protrusion amount change unit has a single drive source applying a drive force to the whole substrate holding unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Inventors: Yasuhiko Hashimoto, Takayuki Fukushima, Ryosuke Kanamaru, Shinya Kinoshita, Daiki Miyagawa
  • Patent number: 10480154
    Abstract: Disclosed embodiments include implement carriers and power machines with implement carriers. In some embodiments, the implement carriers have a mounting structure having first and second mounting structure surfaces with first and second pluralities of mounting features located along the first mounting structure surfaces, respectively. Each of the second plurality of mounted features is aligned with one of the first plurality of mounting features. The mounting structure is configured to receive an implement in a first attitude and a second attitude different from the first attitude.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignee: Clark Equipment Company
    Inventors: Jim M. Breuer, Kevin J. Zent, Jonathan J. Roehrl, Scott N. Schuh
  • Patent number: 10472095
    Abstract: A mobile fixture includes a movable base, a support platform, an adaptor interface, at least one sensor, and a controller. The movable base is configured to travel over a floor. The support platform is articulable with respect to the base. The adaptor interface moves with the support platform, and is configured to mechanically interface with an attachment member. The at least one sensor is coupled to the adaptor interface and is configured to detect at least one of a force or movement resulting from an interaction between the adaptor interface and the attachment member. The controller is operably coupled to the movable base, support platform, and at least one sensor, and is configured to control movement of at least one of the movable base or support platform responsive to the at least one of the force or movement detected by the at least one sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Jonathan B. Vance, Andrew Joseph Martignoni, III, Brian M. Finn
  • Patent number: 10458094
    Abstract: An adaptor for quickly, easily, and safely attaching and removing compatible tools from the end of a boom of an excavating machine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Inventor: Adam Weaver
  • Patent number: 10450717
    Abstract: In accordance with an example embodiment, a structural attachment assembly for a work vehicle is disclosed. The structural attachment assembly comprises opposing first and second connector ends. The first connector end is arranged for removable or fixed coupling to a frame of the work vehicle and the second connector end is arranged for removable or fixed coupling to another member of the attachment assembly. A support structure is coupled to and interposedly arranged between the first connector end and the second connector end. The support structure comprises a plurality of walls with inner surfaces defining an interior cavity. The interior cavity comprises a first reinforcement member and a second reinforcement member relatively arranged to form a structural reinforcement member that extends substantially through a length of the interior cavity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2019
    Assignee: DEERE & COMPANY
    Inventors: Benjamin R. Wagner, Hema V. Guthy, Sankaran Subramaniam, Nathan F. Tortorella, Mohamad S. El-Zein, Timothy A. Klousia, Wylie E. Pfaff, Hector Portillo
  • Patent number: 10450175
    Abstract: A lifting system includes a base and an upright extending from the base. An articulating arm assembly is coupled to the upright. The articulating arm assembly has a platform coupled thereto. The lifting system further includes a prime mover. The prime mover engages the articulating arm assembly to elevate the platform to a desired height.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2019
    Inventor: Jason Mast