Patents Examined by Glenn F Myers
  • Patent number: 10846973
    Abstract: A device for the accurate and efficient handling of objects, in particular packages, comprises a pick up group consisting of at least one toothed carrier bar and adapted to rotate according to two limit positions; in one of said positions, the bar disengages the packages; a handling group is provided, such as a main comb, with the function of moving the packages by pushing them when the carrier bar is in the working position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2020
    Assignee: SANTA LUCIA PHARMA APPS S.R.L.
    Inventors: Andrea Patrick Ungaro, Giorgio Pavesi, Fulvio Rudello
  • Patent number: 10830536
    Abstract: A roller transport assembly includes a cart assembly and a roller carriage assembly. The roller carriage assembly is slidably mounted to the cart assembly and has at least one chamber for housing a roller. Each of the chambers includes a linear rail extending along a first axis and a roller coupling device attached to and slidable along the linear rail. The roller coupling device is operable to couple to the roller and move the roller along the first axis adjacent and parallel with the linear rail.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2020
    Assignee: Ford Motor Company
    Inventors: James Engle, Frank Bishop, Elizabeth Bullard, Thomas Kendall
  • Patent number: 10829027
    Abstract: A vehicle carrier mountable to a vehicle frame, and a method for using same, including a tiltable subframe pivotally attached to a rear end of the vehicle frame, and a slidable bed with a transverse hinge mounted on and slidably attached to the subframe. The subframe is tiltable, enabling a rear portion of the bed to lay generally horizontally flat along the ground, and thereby provide an essentially zero-degree loading angle for a vehicle to be transported, while the front portion of the bed remains slidably attached to the inclined subframe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2020
    Assignee: Miller Industries Towing Equipment, Inc.
    Inventor: Ronald B. Nespor
  • Patent number: 10831112
    Abstract: Provided herein are approaches for processing reticle blanks. In one approach, a reticle processing system includes a support assembly having a plate coupled to a frame, and a carrier assembly coupled to the support assembly. In one approach, the carrier assembly includes a carrier base coupled to the plate, a reticle disposed over the carrier base, and a carrier shield disposed over the reticle, wherein the carrier shield may include a central opening formed therein, allowing for placement and extraction of the reticle. In one approach, when the carrier assembly is placed atop the support assembly, a plurality of pins extend from the plate through corresponding openings in the carrier base, the plurality of pins supporting the carrier assembly so the carrier base, the reticle, and the carrier shield are each independently supported and vertically separated from one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2020
    Assignee: Applied Materials, Inc.
    Inventors: James Strassner, Charles Carlson, Robert Brent Vopat, Jeffrey Blahnik
  • Patent number: 10822185
    Abstract: Features for loading, transporting and unloading of items are disclosed. Systems, devices and methods for such operations using a tray are described. In some embodiments, a tray having a moveable bottom allows for switching between a configuration for loading and unloading items in and out of the tray and a configuration for transportation of items inside the tray. The trays may also be stacked, for transportation of multiple trays at once, and nested, for saving space when storing the trays. In some embodiments, the trays may be used in conjunction with loading and unloading systems.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2020
    Assignee: United States Postal Service
    Inventors: Christopher M. Stratton, Gregory J. Smith, Thomas C. Potter, Wayne R. Perry-Eaton
  • Patent number: 10813802
    Abstract: A ramp assembly for a passenger using a wheelchair to enter or exit a motorized vehicle. The ramp assembly includes a rail assembly having a track with a first portion extending longitudinally along the rail and a second portion inclined with the first portion. A ramp is operatively connected to the rail assembly. The ramp includes a first body and a second body that articulates with respect to the first body, wherein the ramp moves along the rail assembly and includes a storage position and a deployed position. A first roller is operatively connected to the first body and a second roller is operatively connected to the second body. The first body and the second body of the ramp are generally planar in the storage position and the first body is inclined with respect to the second body in the deployed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2020
    Assignee: THE BRAUN CORPORATION
    Inventors: Anthony S. Hill, Robert E. Bettcher, III
  • Patent number: 10815075
    Abstract: A system includes a robot configured to load and/or unload from a location, such as a cargo carrier or building. The robot includes a base unit that has a transport system to move the base unit. A mast extends from the base unit, and the mast has a mast conveyor. An End of Arm Tool (EoAT) is coupled to the mast. The EoAT includes an EoAT conveyor configured to move a cargo item to and from the mast conveyor. A gripper mechanism is configured to move between a retracted position where the gripper mechanism is clear of the cargo item on the EoAT conveyor and an extended position where the gripper mechanism is able to grip the cargo item.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2020
    Assignee: Bastian Solutions, LLC
    Inventors: William A. Bastian, II, Ariel Marie Roberts, Craig Adam Lawrence, Eugene Anthony Oskay, Joshua Michael Hoeing
  • Patent number: 10807798
    Abstract: In one embodiment, an inventory storage module has first to fourth conveyor segments that define a conveying loop. The module translates storage totes around the conveying loop using, at least in part, first and second actuator assemblies. The first actuator assembly has a first actuator and a first crossbar connected to the first actuator. The first actuator assembly moves the first crossbar in a first direction such that the first crossbar engages and pushes totes along the first conveyor segment in the first direction. The second actuator assembly has a second actuator and a second crossbar connected to the second actuator. The second actuator assembly moves the second crossbar in a second direction, opposite the first direction, such that the second crossbar engages and pushes totes along the second segment in the second direction. The third and fourth segments transfer totes between the first and second segments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: William Scott Kalm, Benjamin Douglas Garcia, Vahideh Kamranzadeh, Dinesh Mahadevan, Seshachalamgupta Motamarri, Tyson Wittrock
  • Patent number: 10806648
    Abstract: A ramp assembly for use to accommodate a wheel-chaired passenger to enter or exit a motorized vehicle includes a ramp body having a length defined along a longitudinal direction, a first side rail pivotably coupled to the ramp body, a second side rail pivotably coupled to the ramp body, and a hinge plate pivotably coupled to the ramp body. The ramp assembly further includes a first arm and a second arm coupled to a bottom surface of the ramp body. The first side rail and second side rail are pivotably moved between a folded position in which the first and second side rails pivot inwardly and a raised position in which the side rails are oriented perpendicular to the ramp body. The first arm operably pivots the first side rail between its folded and raised position, and the second arm operably pivots the second side rail between its folded and raised position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Assignee: THE BRAUN CORPORATION
    Inventors: Greg Perkins, Michael Laird, Eric Kitchel
  • Patent number: 10800606
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for selecting and combining items in an outbound container through the use of autonomous vehicles, each of which includes means for automatically loading and unloading a payload, to perform both transfer and transport functions in moving containers of items within a workspace via a network of roadways. Under computer control, said autonomous vehicles transfer and transport case containers of item units between incoming receiving stations, intermediate storage locations, and outgoing order-assembly stations where entire containers or individual item units are combined in the outbound container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Assignee: Symbotic LLC
    Inventor: John G. Lert, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10793046
    Abstract: The rack and pinion lift for a tailgate is configured for use with a pickup truck. The rack and pinion lift for a tailgate is a moving platform. The rack and pinion lift for a tailgate is configured for use as a cargo lift. Specifically, the moving platform formed by the rack and pinion lift for a tailgate: a) raises and lowers cargo between the ground and an elevation that is roughly level with the bed of the pickup truck. The rack and pinion lift for a tailgate comprises a port structure, a starboard platform, and a loading platform. The port structure mounts on the tailgate. The starboard structure mounts on the tailgate. The loading platform attaches to the port structure and the starboard structure. The port structure and the starboard structure vertically raise and lower the loading platform.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Inventor: Jayson Jenkins
  • Patent number: 10792200
    Abstract: An assistive mobility device comprising a seat and knee pad, the knee pad arranged to lift a person in a kneeling position into said seat and stabilize said person in said seat, maintaining supportive contact with the person's legs. The seat and knee pad each have an independent rotational tilt adjustment and can be raised and lowered together.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Assignee: RapAdapt LLC
    Inventors: Devin Hamilton, Robert Karz
  • Patent number: 10787633
    Abstract: A liquid transport method is disclosed for efficiently producing cell cultures. The liquid transport method of the present disclosure, which is in processing of cells, includes: a) a step in which a container holding a liquid is gripped by a gripping tool of a robot; and b) a step in which the liquid in the container is transported to a collection container by rotating the gripped container. In steps a) and b) the robot operates such as not to pass over a vertical line of an opening of the collection container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2020
    Assignee: TERUMO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Kouichirou Yori, Makoto Jinno
  • Patent number: 10787328
    Abstract: A system for allowing a chassis for an intermodal shipping container having fittings and a floor to be secured to a loading dock is provided. The system is capable of being stowed away into the chassis when not in use, and moveable to a locking position for interfacing with the dock's restraining system when the chassis is to be secured to the loading dock.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2020
    Assignee: Liftgate Lok, Inc.
    Inventor: Jeffrey Soule
  • Patent number: 10790174
    Abstract: A wafer transport assembly includes a first wafer transport module and a second wafer transport module. A buffer module, arranged between the first wafer transport module and the second wafer transport module, includes a first buffer stack and a second buffer stack. Outer sides of the first wafer transport module are coupled to first and second process modules, respectively, and outer sides of the second wafer transport module are coupled to third and fourth process modules, respectively. The first wafer transport module, the second wafer transport module, and the buffer module define a continuous wafer transport volume providing a controlled environment within the wafer transport assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2020
    Assignee: LAM RESEARCH CORPORATION
    Inventors: John Daugherty, David Trussell, Michael Kellogg, Christopher Pena, Richard H. Gould, Klay Kunkel
  • Patent number: 10780814
    Abstract: Described and shown is a method for delivery and/or collection of at least one mailing. In order to reduce the associated cost and effort a vehicle (1) is drives to at least one receptacle (3) through public traffic at least in part and the at least one mailing to be delivered is taken from the vehicle (1) and placed into the receptacle (3) by a transfer device attached to the vehicle (1) and/or the at least one mailing to be collected is brought from the receptacle (3) to the vehicle (1) by the transfer device attached to the vehicle (1).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2020
    Assignee: Deutsche Post AG
    Inventors: Christoph Hempsch, Daniel Meyer, Jörg Salomon, Farhad Shahed, Thomas Vogel
  • Patent number: 10773887
    Abstract: An article transport facility includes an article transport device capable of moving along a moving direction in movement sections. The movement sections include a transporting movement section and an out-of-the-way movement section. A work platform includes one or more out-of-trajectory portions located to at least one side along a lateral direction with respect to a mast trajectory, and one or more in-trajectory portions which are located in an area of the mast trajectory that excludes an area in which the mast is located when the article transport device is in the out-of-the-way stop position. Each of the one or more in-trajectory portions is configured to be capable of being moved to a support position located in the mast trajectory, and to an out-of-the-way position in which the in-trajectory portion is out of the mast trajectory along the lateral direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignee: Daifuku Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kazuya Omori, Takeshi Abe
  • Patent number: 10773908
    Abstract: A ramp assembly with an inboard ramp section, an outboard ramp section pivotally coupled to the outboard ramp section, a knob coupled to one of the inboard ramp section or the outboard ramp section, a ramp latch coupled to the other of the inboard ramp section or the outboard ramp section, the ramp latch comprising, an elongated shaft extending from a proximal section towards a distal section, a first arcuate jaw extending from the distal section away from the elongated shaft, a second arcuate jaw extending from the distal section away from the elongated shaft, the first and second arcuate jaw defining an opening therebetween, and wherein the knob is selectively positionable at least partially within the opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignee: The Braun Corporation
    Inventors: Aaron Kiser, James Stoner
  • Patent number: 10773889
    Abstract: A method of fulfilling orders in a warehouse with an order fulfillment area comprising the steps—storing slow-moving items in a first storage comprising mobile shelf units, automated transportation of slow-moving items needed for order fulfillment on the mobile shelf units from the first storage to an unloading station, where at least one of the slow-moving items needed for a certain order is manually transferred into a receptacle, routing of the receptacles directly to picking stations if needed right away, otherwise routing of the receptacles to a second storage and storing the receptacles therein. When all of the items to complete an order are available and/or are stored in the second storage, retrieving the receptacles containing items for fulfillment of the certain order and transporting to one of the picking stations for specific item retrieval for fulfilling the certain order.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignee: Dematic GmbH
    Inventor: Shin Yamashita
  • Patent number: 10766693
    Abstract: This disclosure provides a discharge actuation apparatus that is configured to not only fully open and close a sliding gate of a bulk material container, but also move the gate pin to a neutral position with respect to a keeper slot of the bulk container and a receiver slot of the discharge actuation apparatus to ensure proper alignment of the receiver slot and the keeper slot with the gate pin of the bulk container to reduce the likelihood of damage to the receiver or the bulk container during the container's replacement on to the receiver.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Assignee: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Bryan Chapman Lucas, Wesley John Warren, Chad Adam Fisher