Patents Examined by James Keenan
  • Patent number: 11186431
    Abstract: In accordance with presently disclosed embodiments, systems and methods for efficiently managing bulk material and dry additives to be mixed with bulk material in a blender are provided. The disclosed systems include a modular portable container that can be used to hold multiple types of dry flowable material for transportation about a work site. The different types of dry materials can be selectively released from the modular container for mixing with liquid and bulk material in a blender. The modular container generally includes a base structure that supports a number of individual, separable, and fully enclosed compartments. The compartments may each hold a different type of dry material, and the compartments may be arranged onto the base structure adjacent one another and removably secured to the base structure so that the compartments can be transported as a single unit about the work site.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 30, 2021
    Assignee: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Austin Carl Schaffner, Wesley John Warren, Bryan Chapman Lucas, Calvin L. Stegemoeller
  • Patent number: 11186216
    Abstract: A cargo hauler for hauling cargo that includes a rack assembly with a stationary frame and a tilting frame pivotally connected to the stationary frame, a rail assembly detachably connected to and extending rearwardly from the tilting frame, a carriage assembly including a carriage frame configured for supporting the cargo, and an actuating mechanism. The actuating mechanism is configured for tilting the tilting frame relative to the stationary frame, and for towing the carriage assembly from the ground over the rail assembly and onto to the tilting frame, and for lowering the carriage assembly from the tilting frame over the rail assembly and onto the ground.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 30, 2021
    Inventor: John M. Kretler
  • Patent number: 11167923
    Abstract: A method and a system for transporting inventory in a storage facility is provided. The system includes an inventory storage unit (ISU) and a transport vehicle. The ISU includes a base shelf, and a plurality of support plates mounted below the base shelf. The transport vehicle includes a top plate and a control device that controls movement of the top plate. Upon actuation of an interlocking mechanism of the transport vehicle that is aligned beneath the ISU, the top plate is lifted to a first height and then rotated for engaging the top plate with the support plates of the ISU. The engaged top plate is further lifted to a second height to lift the ISU off the work floor of a storage facility. Upon lifting the ISU, the transport vehicle transports the ISU to another location in the storage facility.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 9, 2021
    Assignee: GREY ORANGE PTE. LTD.
    Inventors: Jatin Sabhnani, Ravish Kumbhare, Siddhant Garg, Siddhant Sharma, Varun Saini
  • Patent number: 11149460
    Abstract: A parking system is described. The system includes a parking tower. The parking tower includes at least two levels and a vertical passageway. A vehicle gripping system is provided. The vehicle gripping system includes a 5 vertical lift frame vertically movable in the passageway. The vehicle gripping system also includes a horizontal slide frame slidably coupled to the vertical lift frame and horizontally movable relative to the vertical lift frame and across each level. A sliding wheel gripper is slidably coupled to and extending downwards from the horizontal slide frame, for releasably gripping a vehicle 10 by gripping the wheels of the vehicle. The sliding wheel gripper is longitudinally slidable along the horizontal slide frame between a release position and a gripping position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 19, 2021
    Assignee: EFFECT PARKING LIMITED
    Inventors: George Wing Chung Lee, Man Wing Lee
  • Patent number: 11142112
    Abstract: Embodiments for a trailer mounted log loader are described. The trailer mounted log loader includes an A-frame made of square beams which have a connection plate attached at one end forming an apex of the A-frame. A hollow connection adapter is positioned between and connected to the connection plates of the A-frame. An extendable boom arm is situated within the hollow connection adapter. The extendable boom arm has an attachment point at a distal end opposite from the hollow connection adapter where an attachable attachment is connectable to the extendable boom arm. A pair of pivot arms are connected to a base of the A-frame. The A-frame pivot arms are in turn pivotally connect to a pair of uprights . . . . The ability to remove the uprights from the support posts allows the trailer mounted log loader to be mounted to any trailer or truck bed or stored when not in use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2021
    Date of Patent: October 12, 2021
    Inventor: Dustin R. Cadwell
  • Patent number: 11142398
    Abstract: An order fulfillment system is disclosed including a multi-level tote storage structure, one or more autonomous mobile robots configured to pick, transport and place one or more tote; one or more workstations configured to accommodate a picker that transports one or more eaches from a tote on one of the autonomous mobile robots to a “put” location, wherein the autonomous mobile robots are configured to move from level to level in the order fulfillment apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 12, 2021
    Assignee: Alert Innovation Inc.
    Inventors: John G. Lert, Jr., William J. Fosnight
  • Patent number: 11142397
    Abstract: A system for an automated storage includes store blocks, in each of which store blocks there is at least one transverse aisle extending through the store block. In addition, in a store block there are several store aisles diverging from the transverse aisle. The system includes, in each store block, at least one parent car arranged to operate in the transverse aisle of the store block. In addition, the system includes one or more transfer cars arranged to operate across the store blocks on the store aisles arranged end-to-end in the parallel store blocks. The system further includes at least one shuttle arranged to operate in the store aisles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 12, 2021
    Assignee: Actiw Oy
    Inventors: Otto Utriainen, Jari Vartiainen
  • Patent number: 11142400
    Abstract: An automated warehouse storage system for storage and retrieval of items and conveying items within the storage system comprises a plurality of primary multilevel storage racks, the primary multilevel storage racks positioned parallel with one another, and extending in a first direction. The plurality of primary multilevel storage racks have at least one storage rack exchange level, in which items are delivered to or retrieved from the storage racks, and at least one exchange position in the at least one storage rack exchange level. At least one transfer shuttle is configured to travel in a second direction spanning the exchange positions of the storage racks and transverse to the first direction, with the transfer shuttle and the exchange positions configured for exchanging items between the transfer shuttle and the exchange positions of the storage racks to retrieve or deliver items.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 12, 2021
    Assignee: Dematic GmbH
    Inventor: Jad Abou-Chakra
  • Patent number: 11130629
    Abstract: A refuse container or can tipper apparatus is mounted at the passenger side of a refuse collection vehicle having a refuse box with an open upper end. The apparatus includes a pair of lifting arms and a pair of pivot arms which are pivotally connected to a vertically disposed support member which includes a hydraulic cylinder or an electric linear activator for pivotally moving the pair of lifting arms and the pair of pivot arms. The outer ends of the lifting arms and pivot arms have a can or container engagement assembly secured thereto which may be a grip arm assembly or a hook plate assembly. The can engagement assembly is moved into contact with the refuse container and lifts the refuse container to a position above the refuse box and dump the refuse in the refuse container into the refuse box.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2021
    Date of Patent: September 28, 2021
    Inventors: Cory A. Vaselaar, Craig G. Broyhill
  • Patent number: 11124360
    Abstract: A collection body is designed and coordinated so that equipment and frequently serviced components can be easily accessed by any operator while also staying away from lanes of traffic. The collection body is further designed so the main hopper is substantially rectangular, so that sidewalls are continuous and support operation of ejection pushers and related component. This configuration is also coordinated with the collection hopper and other collection mechanisms, so that overall coordination of all components is efficient and effective.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2021
    Assignee: Con-Tech Manufacturing, Inc.
    Inventors: Garwin McNeilus, Grant McNeilus, Brian Meldahl, Jay Attleson, Ryan Smith
  • Patent number: 11124400
    Abstract: The present invention is a personal watercraft lift and transporting cart. In particular, the present invention is directed to a lift that can lift and rotate a personal watercraft (“PWC”) so that repairs can be conducted more ergonomically. The lift preferably has two lifting arms attached to upright frame members. In turn, the upright frame members extend vertically from a mounting base. The lift also preferably has two actuators pivotally attached to the lifting arms at one end and attached to the mounting base at the other end. When the actuators extend, the lifting arms lift and rotate. The transporting cart preferably has a cart chassis, a hull bunk and two receivers, where the first and second receiver are spaced to allow insertion of the first and second lifting arms so that the cart can be lifted and rotated by the lift with PWC mounted on the cart.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2021
    Inventors: Brad Christian, Jeremy Kegher
  • Patent number: 11124358
    Abstract: A roller platform apparatus includes a rigid plate, a set of bearings mounted on the rigid plate, and a set of one or more bars attached to the rigid plate. The set of bars is configured to restrict movement of a load into a space between the set of bearings and lower than the height of the one of more bars, and the height of the one or more bars is lower than the height of the first set of bearings and higher than the rigid plate. At least one advantage in this approach is that an equipment rack can be transported without the use of casters that are permanently attached to the equipment rack.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2021
    Assignee: SUPER MICRO COMPUTER, INC.
    Inventors: Chinghorng (Charlie) Wu, Peter Wang
  • Patent number: 11124105
    Abstract: A solid waste displacement system, more specifically a system affixed to a mobile structure (such as, for instance, a truck bed, a trailer, and the like), provided. Such a system includes a drive shaft coupled to a movable wall assembly that provides sufficient force to push solid waste from the mobile structure along the drive shaft when operated. The drive shaft may be a chain driven device or any other like mechanism that accords movement and force to the movable wall assembly for such a solid waste displacement purpose. The device as well as the method of utilizing such a device on and/or within a mobile structure are encompassed herein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2021
    Inventors: Keith Little, James Harwell
  • Patent number: 11117760
    Abstract: An object processing system is disclosed that includes a plurality of track sections, and a plurality of remotely actuatable carriers for controlled movement along at least portions of the plurality of track sections, wherein each of the remotely controllable carriers is adapted to support and transport an object processing bin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2021
    Assignee: Berkshire Grey, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas Wagner, Kevin Ahearn, John Richard Amend, Jr., Benjamin Cohen, Michael Dawson-Haggerty, William Hartman Fort, Christopher Geyer, Jennifer Eileen King, Thomas Koletschka, Michael Cap Koval, Kyle Maroney, Matthew T. Mason, William Chu-Hyon McMahan, Gene Temple Price, Joseph Romano, Daniel Smith, Siddhartha Srinivasa, Prasanna Velagapudi, Thomas Allen
  • Patent number: 11117741
    Abstract: An object handling device handles a first object and a second object. A lower support beam, a first side frame and a second side frame define a lower object holding channel for supporting the first object. A first upper support beam and a second upper support beam define an upper object holding channel. An object lift vertically lifts the first object from the lower object holding channel to the upper object holding channel. A beam lift pivots the lower support beam and the first object. A lower hoist positions a second object within the lower object holding channel. A first telescoping support beam and a second telescoping support beam define an angled object displacement channel. An upper hoist links with the first object for displacing the first object along the angled object displacement channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2021
    Inventor: Mark D. Curley
  • Patent number: 11117752
    Abstract: Embodiments of the disclosure relate to automated dolly assemblies having loading and unloading racks and traveling along a track secured to a floor. In one embodiment, an automated dolly assembly includes a moveable frame having a mobility mechanism, one or more loading racks, one or more unloading racks, a receiver arm connected to the moveable frame and a moveable pulley connected to the receiver arm. The moveable pulley has weights. The mobility mechanism is coupled to a bottom surface of the moveable frame. The one or more loading racks and the one or more unloading racks are proximate to a top surface of the moveable frame. The receiver arm is rotatably moveable between a horizontal position and a vertical position and configured to engage the automated dolly assembly with an overhead conveyor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2021
    Assignee: TOYOTA MOTOR ENGINEERING & MANUFACTURING NORTH AMERICA, INC.
    Inventors: Scottie L. Foster, Bradley J. Garcia, Lloyd R. Holland, Michael C. Greenlee, Eric F. Cornett, Randall L. Johnson
  • Patent number: 11110842
    Abstract: A system for unloading and conveying material includes a drive over dump conveyor apparatus including a main frame with opposite lateral sides and a conveyor assembly. The system includes at least one ramp assembly mounted on one of the lateral sides and extendable to a utilization condition of the ramp assembly and retractable to a transport condition of the ramp assembly. The ramp assembly may include inboard and outboard ramp portions accordion foldable inwardly to the transport condition and foldable outwardly to the utilization condition. The system may include a movement assembly configured to move the ramp assembly between the transport and utilization conditions, actively extend the inboard ramp portion and passively extend the outboard ramp portion to the utilization position, and actively retract the inboard ramp portion and passively retract the outboard ramp portion to the transport position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 7, 2021
    Assignee: Masaba, Inc.
    Inventors: Daniel W. Brinkman, David W. Giere
  • Patent number: 11111122
    Abstract: A pallet lift includes a pair of outer tines movable between an expanded position spaced outward away from inner tines and a retracted position adjacent the inner tines. The inner and outer tines are supported by wheels at locations spaced away from the lift mechanism. A pallet includes a plurality of nestable feet that open outwardly of the pallet to reduce the footprint. A second pallet includes a side wall extending downward from side edges of the pallet to define an opening adjacent outer feet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 7, 2021
    Assignee: Rehrig Pacific Company
    Inventors: Philip A. King, Jon P. Hassell, William P. Apps, Dane Gin Mun Kalinowski
  • Patent number: 11110868
    Abstract: A raising and lowering device for support of load, where the raising and lowering device includes a first beam, a second beam, and at least one profile element. Each of the first and the second beam is connected to the at least one profile element through at least one strut. One end of each strut is supported through a slide and pivot connection and an opposite end of each strut is supported through a pivot connection. The device further includes at least one synchronizing element rotatably supported at each end of the at least one profile element. The at least one synchronizing element extends in a loop substantially around the entire length of the profile element, to which at least one synchronizing element each of the first and second beams, via a bracket, is connected to such that the first and second beams are movable relative to each other between a retracted position and an extended position of the raising and lowering device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 7, 2021
    Assignee: HPG AS
    Inventors: Helge Åsteson Dimmen, Pål Bierman Jørgensen, Teo Raanaas Tandberg, Jens Harald Seiertun, Martin Gudem Ringdalen
  • Patent number: 11105054
    Abstract: Device for delivering traffic cones that have a cone mantle that comprises a flange at its broadest end, comprising a repository for the traffic cones, comprising an outer drum and an inner drum, both arranged coaxially about the same length axis with respect to each other and mutually rotatable with respect to each other about said same axis wherein one of the inner and outer drum comprises a helix shaped groove at a side facing the other of the inner and outer drum, and the other of the inner and outer drum comprises a blocking, for at least partly prohibiting movement of a cone in the direction of the mutual movement of the inner and outer drum and a drive for mutually rotating the inner and outer drum.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2021
    Assignee: VERDEGRO HOLDING B.V.
    Inventors: Sjoerd De Groot, Gerrit Verwijs