Patents Examined by Glenn F Myers
  • Patent number: 11186470
    Abstract: The present subject matter relates to a multi-tine lifting implement, which, when mounted on a vehicle such as a skid steer loader, can pry and lift objects such as concrete or asphalt slabs or pavement, pieces of concrete or asphalt, rocks, shrubs, small trees, and the like. The implement has removeable sides, and a top portion that is removeable and replaceable with a grapple. Tines may be supported by reinforced sleeves.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 30, 2021
    Inventor: Deloren E. Anderson
  • Patent number: 11180067
    Abstract: A rapid loading sled for use during the transportation of wheeled vehicles via trailer or truck. The sled includes a body with a frame and deck that provide a low profile surface for loading and securing a wheeled vehicle to before the sled is loaded on a trailer or truck for transportation. The sled includes a sliding assembly to improve maneuverability during loading and a winch system for guiding the retractable cable of a winch during operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 23, 2021
    Inventor: Frank D. Marcum
  • Patent number: 11174098
    Abstract: A logistics apparatus for transporting frac sand, frac liquid, and/or drill cuttings between a terminal and a well pad. The apparatus includes a container having a top and bottom. The top having one or more inlet port for receiving frac sand and a liquid outlet. The inlet orts can be secured by watertight covers. The bottom of the container is configured as a hopper having an opening secured by a railcar gate. The apparatus, in position having the railcar gate at bottom, can be used to store and transport frac sand. The apparatus can be inverted for transporting the frac liquid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2021
    Date of Patent: November 16, 2021
    Inventor: Frederick A Garfinkel
  • Patent number: 11171029
    Abstract: A carrier door opener includes one or more connector devices configured to interface with a door of a substrate carrier located at a load port. The carrier door opener further includes an outer surface forming a groove and a load port seal seated in the groove. The load port seal is configured to seal against a first portion of a planar surface of a panel of the load port around a panel opening formed by the panel. A second portion of the planar surface of the panel is configured to seal to a factory interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 9, 2021
    Assignee: Applied Materials, Inc.
    Inventors: David T. Blahnik, Paul B. Reuter, Luke W. Bonecutter, Douglas B. Baumgarten
  • Patent number: 11167965
    Abstract: This invention relates to a truck mounted forklift for mounting on the rear of a carrying vehicle, the truck mounted forklift having a lifting assembly mounted on the chassis, the lifting assembly comprising a linkage, the linkage comprising: an elongate first link connected at its proximal end to the chassis by a pivot joint; an elongate second link connected at its proximal end to the distal end of the first link by a pivot joint; a fork carriage connected to the distal end of the second link by a pivot joint; a plurality of link cylinders for actuating the links; and a tilt cylinder for actuating the fork carriage. By having such a truck mounted forklift, top far side loads will be accessible without the lifting assembly coming into contact with the roof of the carrying vehicle or with bottom near side loads. Additionally, the front wheels of the truck mounted forklift will not need to be positioned under the carrying vehicle to reach top far side loads.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 9, 2021
    Assignee: CARGOTEC RESEARCH & DEVELOPMENT IRELAND LIMITED
    Inventors: Kevin Turnbull, Sarah Grogan
  • Patent number: 11171027
    Abstract: A storing system includes: a traveling rail including a plurality of first rails extending in a first direction and a plurality of second rails extending in a second direction, the first rails and the second rails being disposed in a grid pattern on the same horizontal plane to form lengthwise and crosswise a plurality of opening areas each of which is surrounded by a pair of the first rails and a pair of the second rails; a vehicle including a traveling unit and a transfer unit; and a storage unit on which a FOUP is to be placed. The storage unit includes a plurality of rack units adjacent to each other. Each of the rack units includes a placement member on which the FOUP is to be placed, is provided such that the placement member is positioned directly below the corresponding opening area, and is detachable from the traveling rail.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 9, 2021
    Assignee: Murata Machinery, Ltd.
    Inventor: Yasuhisa Ito
  • Patent number: 11167922
    Abstract: A system and method for handling shipping containers is described. The container handling system comprises a crane, the crane comprising crane load handling devices. The container handling system further comprises conveyance means, the conveyance means further comprising transversal load handling devices. The system further comprises storage and sortation means for storing the containers in a series of stacks disposed beneath a grid, the grid comprising a series of load handling devices operable thereon. The crane load handling device removes a container from a ship, transports it to transversal load handling means operable on a conveyor. The container is moved on the conveyor to a transfer point where it is collected by a robotic load handling device for transport to the storage and sortation area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 9, 2021
    Assignee: OCADO INNOVATION LIMITED
    Inventors: Lars Sverker Ture Lindbo, Andrew John Ingram-Tedd, Pawel Karolinczak, Matthew Whelan
  • Patent number: 11161688
    Abstract: An exemplary robotic parking device of the present disclosure includes a number of stacks of containers. The stacks being positioned within a frame structure including uprights and a horizontal grid disposed above the stacks. The grid having substantially perpendicular rails on which load handling devices can run. Cars or vehicles are positioned in containers and are moved into and out of the stacks by the robotic handling devices running on the grid. The cars are put into the grid at entry points that may be positioned at points under the stacks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 2, 2021
    Assignee: OCADO INNOVATION LIMITED
    Inventors: Lars Sverker Ture Lindbo, Andrew John Ingram-Tedd, Pawel Karolinczak, Matthew Whelan
  • Patent number: 11155451
    Abstract: A forklift truck mounted on wheels comprises a drive system and tilting lifting means, a fork (1) adapted to lift loads with the aid of two substantially parallel arms (2) carried by uprights (3) which are substantially vertical or oblique depending on the working position, said fork (1) comprising a loading stop (10) disposed on each of the uprights (3) of the fork, each stop (10) comprising a bearing face (11) for loads having a straight profile and an angled docking face (12) for loads having a circular arc profile.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 26, 2021
    Assignee: COMPAGNIE GENERALE DES ETABLISSEMENTS MICHELIN
    Inventors: Sylvain Grandjean, Giancarlo Pegoraro
  • Patent number: 11155972
    Abstract: System for deploying and collecting road sticks. A loading frame is mounted on a vehicle and comprises a road stick depot. A stick collecting device is arranged on a first clamp in a stick handling frame. A stick-deployment device is arranged movable back and forth along a beam in the driving direction of the vehicle. The stick-deployment device comprises a funnel, rotational drives, a ground plate and drive means to move the stick-deployment device vertically. The system is arranged to deploy and collect road sticks while the vehicle is in motion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 26, 2021
    Assignee: ROADTECH AS
    Inventor: Peder Kristian Strømsvåg
  • Patent number: 11145527
    Abstract: A method for transporting a cassette pod for containing semiconductor wafers is provided. The method includes transporting a cassette pod configured to receive a semiconductor wafer with a transporting apparatus. The method further includes supplying a gas from a cylinder into a housing of the cassette pod. The cylinder is externally positioned on the housing. The method also includes detecting a gas pressure in the cylinder with a detection element. In addition, the method includes issuing a signal to the transporting apparatus when the gas pressure in the cylinder is lower than a predetermined limit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 12, 2021
    Assignee: TAIWAN SEMICONDUCTOR MANUFACTURING CO., LTD
    Inventors: Wei-Yu Lai, Hung-Wen Chen
  • Patent number: 11142924
    Abstract: A vehicle connection system of a multi-story building, may include a building having a plurality of floors, provided with an elevator moving between the plurality of floors, and having at least one station provided inside or outside of the building so that the vehicle is configured to be docked to the at least a station; an elevator board provided at a bottom portion of the elevator to allow the vehicle to be loaded to the elevator or unloaded from the elevator and moving between floors of the building when the elevator is driven; a parking robot which is placed in a standby state on the elevator board, and when the vehicle enters the elevator board, allows the vehicle to be loaded on the elevator board and moved to a docking point; and a server communicatively connected to the building, the elevator board, and the parking robot, to manage statuses of the stations, and designate the docking point when the vehicle enters the elevator, and transmit the same to the elevator board and the parking robot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 12, 2021
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Corporation
    Inventors: Dong Eun Cha, Jin Ho Hwang, Sang Heon Lee
  • Patent number: 11135960
    Abstract: A loading ramp assembly comprises a ramp body, a pivot bar, a first clamp and a second clamp. The ramp body includes a detent. The pivot bar includes a bore that receives the detent. The first clamp is disposed on the first side of the pivot bar and the second clamp is disposed on the second side of the pivot bar. The proximal end of the ramp body is rotatably connected to the pivot bar at a position on the pivot bar between the first clamp and the second clamp. The ramp body is rotatable on the pivot bar from a loading position to a stowed position and is also inwardly and outwardly slidable on the pivot bar. The first clamp and second clamp can assume a loosened configuration and a clamped configuration. In the loosened configuration the pivot bar is rotatably positionable such that the bore can assume a selected angular orientation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 5, 2021
    Assignee: ETRAILER CORPORATION
    Inventors: Daniel Perotti, Thomas Bross
  • Patent number: 11135108
    Abstract: A ramp apparatus of a door for a vehicle is provided. The ramp apparatus includes a door configured to open and close an interior of a vehicle, the door having an interior space, a guide unit installed in the interior space of the door, wherein the guide unit is configured to be slid to be extracted to an outside of the door or to be inserted into the door, and a ramp mechanism installed in the guide unit, wherein the ramp mechanism is configured to be rotatable, the ramp mechanism comprising a plurality of ramp panels connected to each other and rotatable with respect to each other, wherein the ramp panels are configured to be folded when being located in the interior of the door and to be unfolded when being extracted to the outside of the door by the guide unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 5, 2021
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors Corporation
    Inventors: Min Han Kim, Jae Yong Kim
  • Patent number: 11139192
    Abstract: Disclosed are a substrate treating apparatus and a substrate transporting method. A first ID block takes a substrate from a carrier placed on a carrier platform and sends the taken substrate to one of six treatment layers. Moreover, a second ID block returns the substrate, sent from the treatment layer, for example, to a carrier placed on a platform. This allows the first ID block to transport many substrates to the six treatment layers arranged in an upward/downward direction more rapidly. Moreover, this simultaneously allows the second ID block to transport many substrates, having been sent from the six treatment layers arranged in the upward/downward direction, to the carrier more rapidly. As a result, a throughput of a substrate treating apparatus can be enhanced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 5, 2021
    Inventors: Joji Kuwahara, Koji Kaneyama
  • Patent number: 11136205
    Abstract: An auger can be drivingly coupled to an input shaft of a wheel reduction gearbox. The wheel reduction gearbox can drivingly couple the input shaft to an output shaft of the wheel reduction gearbox. The output shaft can be drivingly coupled to a sweep end wheel. The sweep end wheel can include a plurality of tread brackets, a wheel plate, and an adjustable coupling corresponding to each of the tread brackets. Each adjustable coupling can selectively couple one of the tread brackets to the wheel plate in one of a plurality of radial positions. Each of the plurality of radial positions can correspond to the tread bracket being located at a different radial distance from a central axis of rotation of the wheel plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 5, 2021
    Assignee: CTB, Inc.
    Inventors: Adam K. Gutwein, Mark S. Dingeldein, Jeffrey E. Walker
  • Patent number: 11124391
    Abstract: An adaptor including a pair of lifting beams for lifting two or more shipping containers in a side by side configuration, each container having corner fittings provided with lifting/fastening sockets. Each lifting beam is designed to extend across one end of the top of the containers to be lifted and has pairs of connectors designed to connect to the lifting sockets provided in the tops of the containers. Each lifting beam, or connecting beams extending between the lifting beams, have sockets for detachable connection with an associated crane or lifting machine to lift the adaptor and containers. Each lifting beam is also a continuous extendable component having first and second portions which are movable relative to each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2021
    Assignee: BLOK Container Systems Limited
    Inventors: Martin Clive-Smith, Edward Henry Reynolds
  • Patent number: 11127617
    Abstract: A storage device for use with at least one batch furnace for batch treatment of wafers supported in a wafer boat is disclosed. The storage device comprises a cassette storage carousel for storing a plurality of wafer cassettes on rotatable platform stages. A carousel housing bounds a mini-environment chamber in which the platform stages are accommodated. A gas recirculation circuit of the storage device subsequently comprises a gas inlet channel, a gas inlet filter, the mini-environment chamber, a plurality of gas outlet openings in a bottom wall of the carousel housing, a plenum housing bounding a plenum chamber, a plenum chamber outlet, a gas circulation pump connecting the plenum chamber outlet to an inlet end of the gas inlet duct.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2021
    Assignee: ASM IP Holding B.V.
    Inventor: Adriaan Garssen
  • Patent number: 11129317
    Abstract: A reel holder includes: a plate-shaped rotating plate; multiple reel support portions evenly arranged in a circumferential direction about the center of the rotating plate, and supporting the tape reels such that each of the tape reels is rotatable about the center thereof; and a rotating plate support portion supporting the rotating plate such that the rotating plate is rotatable about the center of the rotating plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2021
    Assignee: FANUC CORPORATION
    Inventor: Yoshio Motowaki
  • Patent number: 11127616
    Abstract: A substrate accommodation device includes a casing, a gas supply that supplies a gas into the casing, and a transfer structure which retains substrates vertically spaced apart from each other and vertically transfers the substrates first-in-first-out from a carry-in position to a carry-out position within the casing. The gas heats or cools the substrates as the substrates are transferred first-in-first-out from the carry-in position to the carry-out position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2021
    Assignee: NISSIN ION EQUIPMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Koyu Ueno, Masatoshi Onoda