Patents Examined by James R. Bidwell
  • Patent number: 11912512
    Abstract: A selectably configurable modular labware transport system including a labware bulk overhead transport system module forming an overhead transport path. The labware bulk overhead transport system module has a labware support, with at least a movable part of the labware support being configured to support labware thereon, and move longitudinally defining the overhead transport path. The labware support has more than one labware holding stations for holding a labware piece, each of the labware holding stations having a different location along the labware support and overhead transport path. The labware bulk overhead transport system module is communicably couplable to another labware bulk overhead transport system module that forms another different overhead transport path, and effects undisrupted transport of the labware throughout the overhead transport path with the labware bulk overhead transport system module both coupled to and uncoupled from the other labware bulk overhead transport system module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2022
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2024
    Assignee: HighRes Biosolutions, Inc.
    Inventors: Ulysses Gilchrist, Andrew Bennett
  • Patent number: 11912515
    Abstract: A system and method for parts handling including: a plurality of parts arranged in a first configuration; a linear motor conveyor including a linear motor track and a plurality of moving elements; a pick and place device configured to move at least a subset of the parts from the first configuration to the linear motor conveyor system; and a control system configured to: determine locations of the parts within the first configuration; control the linear motor conveyor to move the moving elements to positions related to the locations of the parts within the first configuration; control the pick and place device to move the parts generally simultaneously to the corresponding moving elements; and after receiving the parts, move the moving elements such that the parts are in a second configuration that is different from the first configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2022
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2024
    Assignee: ATS Corporation
    Inventor: Amir Rajabi
  • Patent number: 11912516
    Abstract: Systems and methods are disclosed for passive braking systems for container shuttles. An example system may include a track having a first portion and a ramp portion disposed at an angle, a first electromagnet disposed along the first portion, a shuttle with a permanent magnet that is configured to interact with the first electromagnet to propel the shuttle along the track, and a first metal block disposed along the ramp portion. The shuttle may enter the ramp portion at a first speed and exit the ramp portion at a second speed due to an eddy current induced in the first metal block by the permanent magnet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2022
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2024
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Zahin Nambiar, Ganesh Krishnamoorthy, Michael D. Assadi, Michael Alan Bray, Enrico Fortunato, Erika Regan Storvick
  • Patent number: 11912532
    Abstract: A moving walkway transit system having a moving walkway and a beltway control system for monitoring and controlling various operational aspects of the moving walkway. A method of using the beltway control system to operate and monitor the moving walkway.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2023
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2024
    Assignee: Beltways Inc.
    Inventors: Edip Yuksel, Matine Yuksel, Yahya John Yuksel
  • Patent number: 11905113
    Abstract: An upper shelf section of a holding rack includes an upper placement section fixed to a ceiling. A lower shelf section of the holding rack includes: a fixed support fixed to the upper shelf section, a lower placement section supported by the fixed support so as to be capable of advancing and retreating relative to a travel rail as viewed in a vertical direction; and a drive transmission mechanism drivable by a rack drive mechanism of a transport vehicle to cause the lower placement section to advance and retreat. The lower placement section is positioned directly below the upper placement section while in a retreated position, and is positioned directly below the travel rail while in an advanced position. The lower placement section is below a lower end of the transport vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2022
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2024
    Assignee: Daifuku Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Keisuke Shiroishi, Hiroshi Sakata, Yoshinari Wada
  • Patent number: 11892069
    Abstract: A cam wheel for accommodating a cam belt has a hub plate for mounting on a shaft and a plurality of cylindrical bolts including belt support areas for accommodating the cam belt. The cylindrical bolts are attached to the hub plate such that gaps are formed between the cylindrical bolts for accommodating cams of the cam belt in a positive locking manner. At a first end of the respective cylindrical bolts a shaft is formed which is inserted into an opening in the hub plate. The shaft is reshaped at its end to form a closing head in such a manner that the hub plate is clamped in between the closing head and a shoulder is formed between the shaft and the belt area support.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2022
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2024
    Assignee: ARNOLD JÄGER HOLDING GMBH
    Inventor: Johan Oord
  • Patent number: 11887876
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a system (100) for handling components (102). The system (100) comprises a turret assembly (200) comprising a turret (202) rotatable about a horizontal axis (204); and a plurality of end effectors (206) around the turret (202) and aligned radially from the horizontal axis (204). The system (100) further comprises a support assembly (300) arranged to support a source substrate (302) comprising singulated components (102); and a component transfer assembly (400) arranged to support a component transfer medium (402) for receiving the singulated components (102) from the end effectors (206). The turret assembly (200), support assembly (300), and component transfer assembly (400) are arranged vertically to each other. During rotation of the turret (202), 200 the end effectors (206) continually pick the singulated components (102) from the source substrate (302) and place the picked singulated components (102) on the component transfer medium (402).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2024
    Assignee: SEMICONDUCTOR TECHNOLOGIES & INSTRUMENTS PTE LTD
    Inventor: Chin Fong Han
  • Patent number: 11878325
    Abstract: System for use in directing a sorting operation comprises a server, a receptacle logical destination identification (ID) assignment engine, a plurality of receptacles, and an automated transport device for transporting and depositing articles into the receptacles. The system is configured to: assign a first logical destination ID to a first receptacle; and direct an automated transport device to transport and deposit a first article into the first receptacle associated with the first logical destination ID. The system is further configured to: determine that the first receptacle is full; re-assign the first logical destination ID to a second receptacle; and re-direct the automated transport device to transport and deposit the first article into the second receptacle associated with the first logical destination ID.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2023
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2024
    Inventors: James M. Serstad, Michael C. Futch
  • Patent number: 11878875
    Abstract: A comb for spacing apart articles. The comb includes protrusions defining recesses therebetween. At least one of the protrusion is longer than the protrusion located just in front of it. Also, a method of spacing apart articles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2022
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2024
    Inventors: Tawhid Farag, Daniel Farag Zada
  • Patent number: 11873172
    Abstract: A multi-piece component for a conveyor comprises a first section and a second section that mates with the first section around a shaft using a hygienic fastener to form a complete module. The hygienic fastener seals an interface between the fastener and the first section and between the first section and the second section. Chamfers facilitate positioning of the multi-piece component on a shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2024
    Inventors: Michael Hendrik DeGroot, Jake A. Mohan, Paul A. Marsman
  • Patent number: 11866265
    Abstract: A transport system (1) for transporting workpieces (2) which preferably consist at least in sections of wood, wood-based materials, plastic or the like, comprising at least one circulating transport means (15); a guide arrangement (4) for guiding the at least one circulating transport means (15); at least one sensor (10, 11, 12) for detecting at least one condition variable, in particular the preload force and/or instantaneous load on the at least one circulating transport means (15) and/or the dynamic behavior of at least one section (6, 8) of the transport system (1); and at least one actuator (13, 20) for influencing at least one condition variable of the transport system (1).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2024
    Assignee: HOMAG GMBH
    Inventors: Yimin Gan, Rolf Hofbauer, Jochen Beck, Michael Thumm, Ludwig Albrecht
  • Patent number: 11866266
    Abstract: A return roller is pivotally supported in a frame-fixed articulation region (20, 21) of a belt conveyor device having a transport belt. A pivot arm (30, 31) extends in a running direction (L) of the transport belt, orthogonal to a longitudinal axis (12) of the return roller, supporting it about the longitudinal axis. A pivot element (40) is spaced apart from the return roller in the running direction. A pivot bearing (22, 23) is arranged on the articulation region for mounting the pivot element for a pivoting movement of the pivot arm around a pivot axis between an operating position and an nonoperating position of the return roller. A bearing surface (24, 25), in a section perpendicular to the pivot axis, is formed as an open arc, with an opening (26, 27) having a center angle (?) of less than 180°.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2021
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2024
    Assignee: Mettler-Toledo Garvens GmbH
    Inventors: Florian Schwanitz, Mario Meyer, Gerrit Wittenbrink
  • Patent number: 11858744
    Abstract: The present invention relates to conveyors, comprising at least one circulating conveyor strand (7, 8), wherein the conveyor strand has at least one clamping connection (1), wherein at least one sensor (2) is arranged in the clamping connection (1), a transmitter (3) for wirelessly transmitting data is arranged on the conveyor strand (7, 8), the sensor (2) is connected with the transmitter (3), and a receiver (4) for receiving the data transmitted by the transmitter (3) is provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2022
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2024
    Assignee: Aumund Fördertechnik GmbH
    Inventors: Reiner Furthmann, Christian Kirschniok
  • Patent number: 11862498
    Abstract: A linear electrical machine comprising a frame with a level reference plane and an array of electromagnets, connected to the frame to form a drive plane at a predetermined height relative to the reference plane. The array of electromagnets being arranged so that a series of electromagnets of the array of electromagnets define at least one drive line within the drive plane, and each of the electromagnets being coupled to an alternating current power source energizing each electromagnet. At least one reaction platen of paramagnetic, diamagnetic, or non-magnetic conductive material disposed to cooperate with the electromagnets of the array of electromagnets so that excitation of the electromagnets with alternating current generates levitation and propulsion forces against the reaction platen that controllably levitate and propel the reaction platen along at least one drive line, in a controlled attitude relative to the drive plane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2022
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2024
    Assignee: Brooks Automation US, LLC
    Inventors: Jairo T. Moura, Roumen Botev
  • Patent number: 11858748
    Abstract: Example systems and methods for automated delivery of a food and/or beverage from a kitchen may be directed to a first vertically extending elevator configured to transport a payload to and from the kitchen. The payload may include a food and/or a beverage. Example systems also may include a laterally extending conveyor configured to transport the payload laterally from the first elevator to a second elevator. The second elevator is configured to transport the payload from the conveyor to a customer delivery window.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2021
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2024
    Assignee: Lab2Fab, LLC
    Inventors: Peter Ishiguro, Shawn Michael Lange, Hogan Hall Hempy
  • Patent number: 11851274
    Abstract: A conveyance apparatus includes a stator in which a plurality of coils is arranged along a first direction and a movable element to move along the plurality of coils. The stator includes a first magnet group including a plurality of first magnets arranged along the first direction and magnetized in one direction. The movable element includes a second magnet group including a plurality of second magnets arranged to face the plurality of coils, and a third magnet group including a plurality of third magnets arranged to face the first magnet group and magnetized in a direction repelling the first magnet group.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2022
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2023
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Takeshi Yamamoto
  • Patent number: 11851287
    Abstract: A carrier is configured to hold a product carried on a material strip during horizontal conveying of the material strip. The carrier comprises a first holding member positioned on the upper or lower side of the product on the material strip during the horizontal conveying of the material strip and extending along a conveying direction of the material strip. A first contact surface is formed on the side of the first holding member facing the product, the first contact surface is configured to contact the product during the horizontal conveying of the material strip to limit the up and down bouncing movement of the product.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2022
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2023
    Assignees: Tyco Electronics (Shanghai) Co., Ltd., Kunshan League Automechanism Co., Ltd., TE Connectivity Solutions GmbH
    Inventors: Lei (Alex) Zhou, Dandan (Emily) Zhang, Roberto Francisco-Yi Lu, Lvhai (Samuel) Hu, Qing (Carrie) Zhou, Yuting He, Jianglin Duan
  • Patent number: 11851282
    Abstract: The invention provides a conveying device having a conveying performance higher than that of the related art, a sample analysis system and sample pretreatment device with the conveying device and a method for conveying a conveyance object. A conveying device 1 includes a permanent magnet 10 which is provided on a sample rack 111 side, magnetic poles 25 each of which includes a core 22 made of a second magnetic body and a winding 21 wound around an outer periphery of the core 22, drive circuits 50 each of which supplies a current to the winding 21 of the magnetic pole 25, and current command calculation units 55 each of which controls a value of the current to be supplied to the winding 21 from the drive circuit 50. The current command calculation unit 55 makes the currents to be supplied to the windings 21 vary.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2023
    Assignee: Hitachi High-Tech Corporation
    Inventors: Yasuaki Aoyama, Ryosuke Hoshi, Hiroyuki Kobayashi, Satoru Kaneko, Takeshi Tamakoshi, Hiroshi Watanabe, Katsuhiro Kambara, Kuniaki Onizawa
  • Patent number: 11845617
    Abstract: A conveying method and system for a machine to fill bottles, with a non-circular cross-section, in particular for products in the pharmaceutical industry; the following are provided: a plurality of holding members designed to hold a plurality of bottles in a suspended position; movers to move the plurality of holding members along a processing path; and guides, which are arranged parallel to the processing path, allow the bottles to move only when the bottles are arranged according to a predetermined orientation, and force the bottles to assume and maintain the predetermined orientation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2023
    Assignee: G.D SOCIETA' PER AZIONI
    Inventors: Andrea Grimandi, Luca Testoni, Luca Federici
  • Patent number: 11840401
    Abstract: The technical field of engineering chains, specifically chains for the transport of raw material is provided, which purpose is to reduce the number of moving parts usually used in engineering chains with outboard wheels, without sacrificing optimal performance. To this end, it provides a straight plate chain mechanism with external and internal pitch, with a ratchet mechanism between the pitches, making the chain self-supporting and allowing it to only rotate in the internal direction when it has direct interaction with the sprocket, thus considerably reducing the possible catenaries.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2022
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2023
    Assignee: FORJAS BOLIVAR S.A.S.
    Inventors: Álvaro de Jesús Betancur Rivera, Daniel Muñoz Hernández, Gustavo Adolfo Urueña Orozco, Javier Humberto Toro Rios, Juan Sebastian Rivera Betancur, Sebastian Deossa Restrepo