Patents Examined by James Keenan
  • Patent number: 10834874
    Abstract: A crop cart unloading system for efficiently unloading a harvested crop from a crop cart. The crop cart unloading system generally includes a hopper having a floor conveyor movably positioned with respect to a lower floor, a plurality of sidewalls extending upwardly from the lower floor, an unloading door movably connected to an unloading end of the hopper, and an upper opening defined by an upper edge of the plurality of sidewalls for receiving a field crop. The hopper is pivotally connected to a support frame having a plurality of wheels. A first actuator is connected between the support frame and the hopper to lift the unloading end of the hopper. An unloading conveyor is attached to the unloading end of the hopper to receive and discharge a field crop from the hopper.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2020
    Assignee: Safe-T-Pull, Inc.
    Inventor: Burnell R. Kringstad
  • Patent number: 10836577
    Abstract: A robotic service device is described for use on a robotic picking system grid. The robotic service device is capable of driving to any location on the grid order to perform maintenance operations or cleaning. Additionally, the service device may be used to rescue robotic load handling devices operational in the picking system. The robotic service device may include a releasable docking mechanism to enable it to dock and latch on to malfunctioning load handling devices. The service device may also be provided with cleaning capability and a camera to enable the condition of the grid and other robotic devices to be monitored.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2020
    Inventors: Mark Fryer, Andy Ingram-Tedd, Siddique Shaikh, Sverker Lindbo
  • Patent number: 10821038
    Abstract: A ramp system comprising a cradle adapted to be received in a vehicle storage area, a first ramp member defining a first top surface and comprising a proximal end hingeably connected to a distal end of the cradle, and a second ramp member defining a second top surface, the second ramp member being separate from the first ramp member. In use, the first ramp member is pivotable between a first position and a second position wherein the first ramp member is oriented towards the ground surface and the second ramp member is movable between a first position and second position wherein the second ramp member is oriented towards the ground surface. In the second positions, the first and second top surfaces of the first and second ramp members define rolling surfaces allowing a wheelchair to roll over the first and second surfaces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2020
    Assignee: Freedom Motors, Inc.
    Inventor: Paul Collett
  • Patent number: 10823507
    Abstract: A Material hopper, in particular for a blast furnace, includes a containing hollow shell for storing material, the shell having an upper shell part with an inlet portion and an asymmetric funnel-shaped lower shell part with an outlet portion, a wear plate arrangement covers at least part of an inner wall of the lower shell part, the wear plate arrangement having a plurality of wear plates arranged adjacent to one another in a plurality of rows stacked along the inner wall, the wear plates being arranged in rows that follow parallel mounting lines that are defined by the intersection of the lower shell part with planes perpendicular to the axis of a virtual right circular cone substantially matching the shape of the funnel-shaped lower shell part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2020
    Assignee: PAUL WURTH S.A.
    Inventors: Paul Tockert, Chris Kaufmann
  • Patent number: 10815079
    Abstract: A transfer arrangement for transferring a semi-trailer onto an intermodal pocket wagon from a ground location beside the wagon, or vice versa, may include base roller beams of a first lifting mechanism supported by the ground at the ground location and intended for lifting the semi-trailer up from the ground. Corresponding wagon roller beams of a second lifting mechanism may be supported by the rail or the ground under the wagon. The wagon roller beams may be elevated to substantially the same height as the base roller beams or lowered towards the ground. A transfer mechanism may be provided for transferring the semi-trailer sideways from the first lifting mechanism to the second lifting mechanism in the elevated condition thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2020
    Assignee: SIDESTACKER AB
    Inventor: Peter Linde
  • Patent number: 10815105
    Abstract: A quick-connect connection system assembly for attaching attachments or tools to industrial and construction equipment for purposes of moving and placing materials and items, particularly heavy items, at varying heights relative to the ground. The connection system can have a mounting mechanism that generally comprises a rotatable latch that can be selectively retained in at least one of an open position and a closed position, including through the use of a magnet coupled with the mounting mechanism. The rotatable latch can be selectively rotated between the open and closed positioned via interaction with a cross member of the industrial equipment and the effect of forces acting upon the rotatable latch member, and with limited interaction by an operator of the industrial equipment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2020
    Inventors: Ross T. Gault, Terrence S. Melvin
  • Patent number: 10807796
    Abstract: A remotely operated vehicle assembly for picking up storage bins from a storage system and a method for change of vehicle direction. The vehicle assembly has a vehicle body with a cavity suitable for receiving a storage bin stored within the storage system, a lifting device for lifting the containers into the cavity and a displacement motor for lifting one of two sets of wheels in or out of engagement with an underlying track for changing vehicle direction. The wheels are arranged at outer side walls of the vehicle body facing away from the cavity, arranged at, or near, each of the respective two corners of the lower edge of the vehicle body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Assignee: Autostore Technology AS
    Inventors: Ingvar Hognaland, Ivar Fjeldheim, Trond Austrheim, Borge Bekken
  • Patent number: 10807848
    Abstract: Apparatus for moving different movable loads. The apparatus includes channels that can be engaged by a fork lift, pallet jack, or other powered mover. The apparatus also includes a mounting plate disposed between the channels. The mounting plate includes a receiver channel. The apparatus includes a plurality of load support tools that can selectively engage the receiver channel. The load support tools include different respective end effectors. A load can be engaged with the end effector of a selected load support tool such that the apparatus can move the load.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Inventors: Christian A. Brunckhorst, Nicholas J. Brimlow
  • Patent number: 10800439
    Abstract: An interconnected cabinet moving system for Information Technology (IT) equipment is disclosed that includes a support assembly that supports the interconnected cabinets, lifting devices engaged with the support assembly that lifts and moves the support assembly, and a stabilizer assembly attached to the lifting devices that extends over the interconnected cabinets and to stabilize the interconnected cabinets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Assignee: WELLS FARGO BANK, N.A.
    Inventors: Robert Martin, Scott Bristol, Kelly Fulmer, Joseph LaCoco, Ryan Murphy
  • Patent number: 10793174
    Abstract: A handling trolley for at least one container (C) for its leakproof connection to an insulator via hermetically sealed connection, the connection being achieved by rotation of the container (C) relative to part of the insulator about an approximately vertical axis, the trolley (CH) comprising a support plate intended to support the container (C), structure enabling displacement of the trolley relative to the floor, structure for lifting the container in order to mate the container to the insulator, the first position indexing rod (26) on the trolley (CH) relative to the insulator intended to coincide with the second position indexing rod on the insulator, and angular orientation notch (24) on the container (C) relative to the trolley (CH) such that the container (C) is in a specified position relative to the insulator when the trolley (CH) is in a position determined by the correspondence between the first and second position indexing rods.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Inventors: Mathieu Giboyau, Wenceslas Daniel
  • Patent number: 10793045
    Abstract: A roll off trailer includes first and second trolley assemblies and a hoisting cable connected at one end to the first trolley assemble and extending about a sheave in each of the first and second trolley assemblies. The cable connects to a container. The second trolley is displaced t in a first direction while simultaneously drawing the container via the cable from the first grounded container to a second container position generally midway atop the trailer. Then, the first trolley is displaced in a second direction while simultaneously drawing the container via the cable from the second container position to a third container position generally adjacent the front of the trailer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Assignee: Mac Trailer Manufacturing, Inc.
    Inventor: Scott A. Kibler
  • Patent number: 10781061
    Abstract: The present invention provides an automatic loading apparatus including a loading platform and a transfer plate. The transfer plate includes a rolling portion and a ramp portion. The rolling portion includes plural roller modules. Each of the roller modules includes a metal frame and plural upper rollers and lower rollers disposed in the metal frame. An upper surface of the transfer plate is made up of the upper rollers, and a lower surface of the transfer plate is made up of the lower rollers. The ramp portion is connected to the rolling portion and arranged on one end of the transfer plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2020
    Inventors: Yu-Feng Huang, Ting-Wang Yi, Yi-Chien Chen
  • Patent number: 10773890
    Abstract: A device for selectively picking up and depositing articles to an automatic warehouse, comprising: a support plane (2), for the temporary support of an article (A); a temporary support (3), for the temporary support of a tray (V) intended to contain a predetermined number of articles (A); a manipulator (4, 5), structured to grasp and release an article (A) and to translate the article (A) between the support plane (2) and the temporary support (3). The manipulator (4, 5) and the temporary support (3) are movable relative to one another along a vertical direction, between a position of maximum distance and a position of minimum distance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Inventor: Franco Stefani
  • Patent number: 10759614
    Abstract: An apparatus for rotary dumping of rail cars, including a material receiving pit. A rotary rail car dumper includes a rotational frame supporting at least one baffle. The rotational frame is configured to dump a load from a rail car during rotational motion of the rotational frame between an upright position wherein the entire load is in the rail car and a dumping position wherein the load can exit the rail car. A backside airflow diverter is located beneath the rotational frame and includes a curved upper surface. A lower margin of the at least one baffle contacts the curved upper surface during at least part of the rotational motion of the rotational frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2020
    Assignee: Air-Cure, Incorporated
    Inventors: Michael R. Harris, Dennis D. Hall, Kal N. Ugargol
  • Patent number: 10759595
    Abstract: A barrel is capable of vacuum loading and unloading, gravity unloading and loading, and pneumatic unloading. A roll-off skid is coupled to the barrel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2020
    Assignee: The Modern Group, Ltd.
    Inventor: Gary R. Markham
  • Patent number: 10759321
    Abstract: Method and apparatus for an extendable logging trailer constructed of left and right main I-beam members having left and right male telescoping beams moving on rollers on the bottom inner flange of the main I-beam members. The male telescoping beams allow the trailer to be retractable or extendable so that it can assist in offloading the logs/pipes from the logging trailer. In operation, a front bolster and push rack are moved in unison by a first hydraulic cylinder toward the rear of the trailer at the same time as a rear bolster is moved by a second hydraulic cylinder toward the front of the trailer thereby causing the length of the trailer to shorten.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2020
    Inventor: William Wayne Cook, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10741433
    Abstract: In an embodiment, a wafer pod includes: a cavity configured to receive and store a wafer; an alignment fiducial within the cavity, wherein: the alignment fiducial comprises two lines orthogonal to each other, and the alignment fiducial is configured to be detected by a robotic arm alignment sensor disposed on a robotic arm, wherein the alignment fiducial defines an alignment orientation for a robotic arm gripper hand to enter into the cavity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Assignee: Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Chao-Hsiang Liu
  • Patent number: 10723550
    Abstract: A lifting device on a heavy goods vehicle is described, for lifting and emptying waste collection containers, having a telescopically extensible boom, which has a coupling tool for coupling to a waste collection container. An extensible support is attached on a rotating platform and has at least one interleaved, telescopically extensible profile, wherein the boom is provided at the upper end of the support with a pivot element between boom and support, so that the boom is pivotable in a vertical plane about a pivot axis. The extensible profile is designed as an internal runner having a fixed tube and runners having a polygonal footprint, and a carrier head is provided at the end of the support, which is formed as L-shaped having an overhanging carrier plate in relation to the support, which carrier plate has the pivot axis of the boom and a support for the pivot element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: Villiger Public Systems GmbH
    Inventor: Paul Villiger
  • Patent number: 10727087
    Abstract: Disclosed is a substrate transporting device including a transport mechanism, a transport chamber, a first exhaust fan, and a controller. The transport mechanism is movable in parallel in a given direction. The transport chamber includes a first wall disposed on a first side of the given direction of the transport mechanism, and a plurality of transportation ports each used for moving the substrate between an exterior and an interior of the transport chamber. The first exhaust fan is disposed closer to the first wall than any of the transportation ports, and exhausts gas in the transport chamber outside the transport chamber. The controller performs control such that, when the transport mechanism moves toward the first wall in a first proximal area whose distance from the first wall is of a given value or less, an exhaust amount of the first exhaust fan is larger than that when the transport mechanism moves toward the first wall out of the first proximal area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: SCREEN Holdings Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Joji Kuwahara
  • Patent number: 10717598
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a storage unit for containment, shipping, and storage of articles. The storage unit includes a base and a frame. In various embodiments, the frame may be generally rectangular and defining a storage region therein. The base of the storage unit is designed to matingly engage with a removable wheeled dolly. In a typical embodiment, the dolly facilitates maneuverability and positioning of the storage unit, particularly in confined areas. In various embodiments, a single dolly may facilitate manipulation of multiple storage units, wherein the dolly may be attached to a storage unit while the storage unit is in use and removed when the storage unit is in long-term storage, thereby reducing the space required to store the storage unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2020
    Inventor: Daniel P. Davison, Jr.