Patents Examined by Gregory W. Adams
  • Patent number: 11452297
    Abstract: A robot gripper that takes stacked patties from a conveyor and moves then to a packaging device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2022
    Inventor: Tracy Brian Hare
  • Patent number: 11447925
    Abstract: A conversion kit for converting a front-loader bucket for use as a forklift, a bale transporter or similar object mover. Parallel tine assemblies pivoted to a bucket top include tines that normally project forwardly, and cooperating vertical arms linked to the tines. The arms are fastened at their bottoms within protective elbow brackets to which the tines are pinned. The arms support hollow pivot sleeves penetrated by axle members that enable tine assembly rotation. A plurality of box-like receivers forming sockets enable the quick connection and/or disconnection of parts. Lower receiver sockets removably support pivot sleeves secured to quick-connect plugs that are penetrated by axle segments. A pair of rigid, tine stowage brackets may be secured at the rear. After the projecting tines are unpinned from front mounted elbow brackets, the tine assembly may rotate over the bucket to an out-of-the way position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2021
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2022
    Inventor: Robert L. Conner, Jr.
  • Patent number: 11440749
    Abstract: A method for forming packages of blister packages including sealing a blister package with an item inside; moving the blister packages on a conveyor toward a blister package stacker; receiving the blister packages one at a time in a nest inlet of the blister package stacker and holding the received blister package in a nest assembly; inserting one blister package at a time into a bottom of a blister package collection tower section by upward movement of the blister; retaining the inserted package in the blister package collection tower section; and repeating the receiving, inserting, and retaining to form a stack of the blister packages in the blister package collection tower section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2022
    Inventors: Bobby Owen Archer, Bruce Scott Dunn, Jan Bohlmann
  • Patent number: 11428056
    Abstract: A pipe puller removably couples to a pipe handler skate using two manually removable pins. The pipe puller includes at least one slide and linear bearing combination, a skate plate affixed adjacent a first end of the slide and interposed between a front skate face and a pipe in the skidway, a pipe grasp pivotal between a first position disengaged from the pipe and a second position engaged with the pipe, linkage coupling the skate plate to pipe grasp and converting reciprocal movement of the skate plate into rotary movement of the pipe grasp, and a puller stop bracket secured to the pipe handler. A pair of force threshold activated pipe grasp assists retain the pipe grasp in either pipe-engaged or pipe-disengaged position until a force threshold is reached greater than and separate from the static and dynamic coefficients of friction of the various pintles and linear bearings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2021
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2022
    Assignee: FORUM US, INC.
    Inventors: Michael R. Jeseritz, Tyler J. Ellingson
  • Patent number: 11427414
    Abstract: A palletizing elevator is provided that lowers gradually a pallet thereon from an upper level as it is filled with products, and by providing an empty pallet infeed system that moves empty pallets towards the palletizing elevator simultaneously to the palletizing of products thereon. The empty pallet infeed system includes an empty pallet elevator for raising empty pallets to the upper level and a conveying system between the empty pallet elevator and the palletizing elevator for moving the empty pallets of from the empty pallet elevator at the upper level to the palletizing elevator while a pallet is moved by the palletizing elevator during its filling.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2021
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2022
    Inventors: Marc Ducharme, Jean-Francois Forget, Robert Jodoin, Cédric Kessler, Régis Métivier, Sylvain-Paul Morency
  • Patent number: 11427361
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for filling containers with value documents and to a system for processing value documents, wherein the apparatus has: a container receiving device which is adapted to receive a container stack having two or several containers for receiving value documents, a lid receiving device which is adapted to receive a lid stack having two or several lids for closing the containers, a container removal device which is adapted to remove, preferably, the respectively lowermost container from the container stack, a closing device and a transport device which is adapted to convey the container removed from the container stack to a filling station, in which the container can be filled with value documents, and to convey the container filled with value documents to the closing device which is adapted to remove a lid from the lid stack and close the filled container with the removed lid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2022
    Inventors: Erwin Demmeler, Thomas Hildebrandt, Andreas Jakobs
  • Patent number: 11427428
    Abstract: A medium discharging device includes a side cursor, a moving unit, a discharge unit, and a side guide. The side cursor is provided in a processing tray and is provided movable in an intersecting direction intersecting a discharging direction of the medium, aligns an end portion of a media bundle in the intersecting direction, and guides the media bundle in the discharging direction when the media bundle is discharged. The moving unit moves the side cursor in the intersecting direction. The discharge unit discharges the media bundle from the processing tray to the discharge tray where the media bundle is placed. When the media bundle is discharged, the side guide is disposed alongside the side cursor in the discharging direction and restricts movement of the media bundle in the intersecting direction, which is discharged by the discharger.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2022
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Tsuyoshi Furumido, Shota Hiramatsu, Katsuyuki Kondo, Chiaki Shimada
  • Patent number: 11420712
    Abstract: This document describes a system for the deployment, towing and recovery of marine equipment from a waterborne carrier, which carrier comprises a hoisting arrangement for lifting the marine equipment into the water. The system cooperates with the hoisting arrangement, and comprises a lateral deployment-recovery assembly for deployment and recovery on a lateral side of the carrier, and includes: a tow winch and an aft lateral outrigger connected to the carrier. The assembly also comprises a tow line guide and a guider winch including a guide line attachable to the tow line guide. The aft outrigger comprises a seat for the tow line guide and a sheave for the guide line to enable guiding of the tow line guide to the seat. The document also describes a method.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2022
    Assignee: Furgo N.V.
    Inventors: Mike Chivers, Hans Van Der Wiel, Sebastiaan Cornelis Antonius Van Veldhuizen
  • Patent number: 11417996
    Abstract: A connector fitting device for fitting a female connector to a male connector includes a movable arm body connected to a base on a base end side of the movable arm body and a gripper connected to a distal end side of the movable arm body. The connector fitting device is configured to move the gripper to an arbitrary position in a three-dimensional space and in an arbitrary direction in the three-dimensional space. The movable arm body includes a device main body, a first arm, a second arm, and a third arm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2022
    Inventor: Shin Nemoto
  • Patent number: 11414310
    Abstract: A cabinet lifting assembly for lifting overhead cabinets for installation includes a scissor lift that is positionable between a lifted position and a lowered position. The scissor lift includes a base, a top, a pair of scissors and a screw extending between the scissors. A fitting is coupled to the screw to be engaged by a chuck on a drill thereby facilitating the screw to be rotated in the first direction or the second direction. A panel is coupled to the top of the scissor lift. A support is coupled to the panel such to have an overhead cabinet positioned thereon thereby facilitating the scissor lift to lift and lower the overhead cabinet for installation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2022
    Inventor: Jay Cowden
  • Patent number: 11413218
    Abstract: Pill sorting devices are described herein that include a cavity formed from a bottom, a front, a first side wall, and a second side wall, a channel formed at the intersection of the first side wall and the second side wall, and a delivery channel within the front and first side wall or the within the front and the second side wall, wherein the delivery channel is offset from the channel. The pill sorting, counting, and dispensing device can be useful for people with arthritis or poor sight, or could be used commercially in pharmacies or industrially. Methods of making and using the pill sorting, counting, and dispensing devices are also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2022
    Inventor: Ira Spector
  • Patent number: 11408175
    Abstract: A device that includes pier caps. Each pier cap is configured to couple to a pole that is at least partially embedded below a surface of a ground. The device further includes threaded rods coupled with the pier caps. The device further includes an assembly frame that includes a base plate and coupling arms. The base plate includes a first plurality of openings that are configured to interface with a structure that is installed onto the base plate. The first plurality of openings are configured to allow a position of the structure to be adjusted radially about the base plate. Each coupling arm includes a second plurality of openings that are configured to allow a position of the assembly frame to be adjusted along a horizontal plane. Each coupling arm is coupled to a threaded rod and a position for each coupling arm is adjustable vertically along the threaded rod.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2021
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2022
    Inventors: Guy L. Faries, Daniel G. Beard
  • Patent number: 11401117
    Abstract: A device for moving a stack of products using a robot. The robot has an articulated arm and a first gripper for the stack of products. The first gripper is disposed on the articulated arm. A gripping device is disposed on the articulated arm, the gripping device contains the first gripper and a second gripper, the first and second grippers are positionable relative to one another. Robot advantageously provides a method of moving stacks of products in an automated way and in particular of depositing them in a turned or unturned arrangement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2021
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2022
    Assignee: Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG
    Inventors: Herbert Ackermann, Udo Ganter, Martin Haupt-Terlau, Joachim Krumma, Gerhard Lubberger
  • Patent number: 11401118
    Abstract: A method of handling bulk cargo, including suspending, with a spreader of a container crane, a cargo handling system above a dock where a ship loaded with bulk cargo lands, the cargo handling system including a frame having an engaging portion engageable with the spreader of the container crane, a blower attached to the frame and configured to suck air, and a separator attached to the frame and configured to separate bulk cargo sucked along with the air from the air sucked by the blower. While the cargo handling system is suspended above the dock, using the cargo handling system to suck up the bulk cargo from the ship with the blower of the cargo handling system together with the air; separate the bulk cargo from the air with the separator of the cargo handling system; and discharge the separated bulk cargo from the cargo handling system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2021
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2022
    Assignee: SHIBAKAI CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Manabu Araki, Toru Araki
  • Patent number: 11401755
    Abstract: A ground drilling device having a drilling carriage, which defines a drill string axis, a rod magazine for a plurality of different rod sections and a transfer device for the transfer of a rod section between the rod magazine and the drill string axis, wherein the rod magazine is adapted for a horizontal arrangement of the rod sections in adjacent compartments for access by means of the transfer device from above, wherein a control unit of the transfer device is designed to select a particular rod section in the rod magazine depending on at least one borehole parameter and/or at least one rod section parameter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2022
    Assignee: TRACTO-TECHNIK GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Sebastian Fischer, Niklas Berens
  • Patent number: 11390472
    Abstract: A colony basket and method of using the same for handling poultry from DOC through the growing process and on to a production facility comprising a harvesting system, a loading system, a transport system, an unloading and storing system, hanging system and cleaning system. The system and method performs the steps of harvesting and colonizing live poultry into a singly stackable and transportable colony basket, stacking and loading the trays on a transport, unloading and temporarily storing the poultry for subsequent processing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2022
    Inventors: Doug Foreman, Stephen Brannan, James Ruff, David Lee Mantooth, Thoodorc Burnett
  • Patent number: 11382835
    Abstract: A multiple dose spoon device for scooping, retaining, and delivering to a patient a specific number of mini-tablets from a container, e.g., bottle, or bulk pile, of mini-tablets. The device comprises a top housing, a bottom housing, and one or two sliders movably positioned between top housing and bottom housing, said: a) top housing having a plurality of nests, and also having a handle with an open window and slider retention notches, and b) one or two sliders with slider tabs, having a plurality of sequential whole number markings equivalent to the plurality of nests, and a plurality minus 1 of tablet blocking ribs, wherein slider movement is regulated by the slider retention notches, and wherein the plurality of nests and the plurality of whole number markings are a same number. Alternatively, the top housing does not have slider retention notches, and the one or two sliders have slider retention notches.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2022
    Assignee: Merck, Sharp & Dohme LLC
    Inventors: Annaniy Berenshteyn, Mikhail Gotliboym, Christopher Granelli
  • Patent number: 11377315
    Abstract: According to one embodiment, the image processing apparatus includes an apparatus main body, a sheet feed cassette, a pull-in member, and a biasing member. The sheet feed cassette is provided to be insertable into the apparatus main body. The pull-in member pushes the sheet feed cassette from a pull-in start position to a pull-in complete position to pull in the sheet feed cassette to the apparatus main body. The biasing member biases the pull-in member in the insertion direction. The biasing force of the biasing member in the state where the pull-in member is at a first position closer to the pull-in complete position than the pull-in start position is larger than the biasing force of the biasing member in the state where the pull-in member is at a second position closer to the pull-in start position than the first position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2021
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2022
    Inventor: Katsuya Oshida
  • Patent number: 11370566
    Abstract: A system for transferring a first group of components of electronic cigarettes from first to second operating stations includes a flat collecting surface extending from a feeding zone to a releasing zone. A feeding device receives the components and feeds them onto the collecting surface. A first abutment element abuts the first component of the first group. A second abutment element abuts the last component of the first group. A compacting and stabilizing device moves the components closer together and stabilizes their positions. A first movement device moves the first and second abutment elements along the collecting surface to transfer the first group to the releasing zone. A tray faces the releasing zone to receive the first group. A pushing device pushes the components from the releasing zone into the tray. A transferring device transfers the tray with the first group towards the second operating station.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2022
    Assignee: G.D S.P.A.
    Inventors: Luca Testoni, Luca Lanzarini, Francesco Renco, Luca Mariani, Mirco Legnani, Massimo Sartoni, Luca Federici
  • Patent number: 11370623
    Abstract: A device for supplying lids to a can seamer includes a destacking screw for conveying lids that are fed in via a lid feed, for transferring the correctly separated lids to a downstream transport and/or treatment device, and for interrupting the supply of the lids to the downstream transport and/or treatment device in the event of an interruption of production. Methods for supplying lids to a can seamer are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2022
    Assignee: KRONES AG
    Inventors: Sebastian Langwieser, Michael Trummet