Patents Examined by James R. Bidwell
  • Patent number: 11440748
    Abstract: A linear motor conveyor system including: at least one track section comprising: electronic circuitry housed within the track section; and a rotatable segment comprising an end profile that abuts another track section to form a stepped groove sealed by a gasket. A moving element for a linear motor conveyor system including: a body; a first set of bearings attached to the body and angled to abut against a first guide rail of a conveyor system having a protrusion with opposing angled profiles; a second set of bearing attached to the body and designed to abut against a flat profile of a second guide rail of the conveyor system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2022
    Inventors: Louis Ian Cameron, Albert Kleinikkink, Roger Hogan, Martin John Juritsch, Bradley James Woodward, Blake Robert Lambert
  • Patent number: 11440776
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a conveyor system comprising: a drive machine, a conveyor control unit configured to control operation of a conveyor device, a sensor array comprising at least one sensor mounted to the drive machine and adapted to measure one or more properties of the drive machine, a processing unit associated with the drive machine, wherein the processing unit is connected to the sensor array and configured to obtain and process measurement data from the sensor array to generate in-formation about an operation of the drive machine, and a communication channel between the conveyor control unit and the processing unit. The conveyor system may be an elevator system, an escalator system or a moving walk system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2022
    Assignee: Kone Corporation
    Inventors: Henri Wenlin, Antti Saarelainen, Janne Rossi, Asmo Tenhunen
  • Patent number: 11440739
    Abstract: Conveyors are disclosed having transport and operational configurations. Some embodiments include conveyor sections supportable on an upper support rail. Some embodiments are sized to be transported in a conveyor. Some embodiments include conveyor sections slidingly engaged with one another. Some embodiments include a reel for supporting a conveyor belt. Some embodiments include individually foldable conveyor sections.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2021
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2022
    Assignee: Superior Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Tom Koehl, Philip Rosen, Travis Thooft
  • Patent number: 11439874
    Abstract: Provided is a ball collecting drum, which is configured to roll on a surface to collect a plurality of balls on the surface. The ball collecting drum includes: a plurality of discs; an annular multi-row groove including annular grooves formed between adjacent discs of the plurality of discs. Ball pockets formed, on an outer periphery of the plurality of discs in the annular groove formed between the adjacent plurality of discs have elasticity to allow entry and exit of a ball, and are continuously formed in each of the annular grooves. Each of the ball pockets has a size so that only one ball is allowed to be held therein. The ball pockets formed in the adjacent annular grooves are formed at positions deviated from each other in a circumferential direction of the annular grooves.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2022
    Assignee: YAMABIKO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kenji Nakano, Ryota Yamada
  • Patent number: 11440054
    Abstract: A conveyance system includes a feeding device, a reading device, a weight measuring device, a storage device, a notification device, and an arithmetic control device which compares the number of pickings of the articles obtained by dividing a difference between the reference weight value and a measurement value after operation as a weight of the container after picking of the articles by the unit weight, with the number of incoming orders, determines whether there is an excess or deficiency, and when there is an excess or deficiency, notifies the excessive or deficient number of articles by the notification device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2022
    Assignee: YAHATA HOLDINGS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Noriyuki Suzuki, Kyuichi Nishizato
  • Patent number: 11433451
    Abstract: A tab stock feeder assembly for a press includes a plurality of support elements, a plurality of rotating elements, and a number of operative elements. Each rotating element is rotatably coupled to an associated support element. Each operative element coupled to at least one of the support element or one of the rotating element and wherein each the operative element is structured to be engaged by a rotating element. The tab stock feeder assembly further includes a wear reduction assembly including a plurality of wear reducing elements. A plurality of support elements have at least one wear reduction assembly wear reducing element disposed between a rotating element and the associated support element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2022
    Assignee: Stolle Machinery Company, LLC
    Inventors: Dennis Cornelius Stammen, Andrew Thomas Hogenkamp, Mark R. Mitchell
  • Patent number: 11434086
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and apparatuses are disclosed for automated item redistribution systems for containers. In one embodiment, an example system may include a shuttle configured to move adjacent to an array of containers arranged in a first row and a second row, the array of containers including a first container in the first row and a second container in the second row. Example systems may include a first camera configured to image containers in the first row, a second camera configured to image containers in the second row, a first container receptacle portion configured to receive containers, and a rake arm comprising a telescoping portion and a head portion. The head portion may be configured to rotate from a flat position to an angled position. The system may be configured to clear jams in individual containers of the array of containers using the rake arm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2022
    Assignee: AMAZON TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: Filippo Navarria, Vincenzo Acunzo, Tolga Kol, Stefano La Rovere, Xavier Jairo de Abreu de Abreu
  • Patent number: 11420833
    Abstract: A linear sorter sorts piece goods. The linear sorter contains a closed circulation of tracks having a plurality of cross-belt elements, in which the piece goods are transported on an upper run on the cross-belt elements and are sorted by unloading to corresponding destination points, and the cross-belt elements return on a lower run. The cross-belt elements are driven by linear motors. In order to simplify the maintenance and to have to keep fewer cross-belt elements available as replacement components, the linear motors for the cross-belt elements are controlled such that, as the cross-belt elements return on the lower run, the speed of the cross-belt elements is higher than the speed of the cross-belt elements while travelling on the upper run.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2022
    Assignee: Siemens Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventor: Carsten Aschpurwis
  • Patent number: 11420827
    Abstract: A belt scraper having a scraper element to be brought into abutment with a belt. The scraper element is pivotably arranged with reference to a pivoting axis. A spring element generates a torque acting on the scraper element. A sensor for determining a pivoting angle of the scraper element is a contactless sensor with an index part and a detecting part for detecting the position of the index part. The index part is arranged, at a distance from the pivoting axis, on a movable element that is coupled to the scraper element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2022
    Assignee: HOSCH F├Ârdertechnik GmbH
    Inventors: Claus Weimann, Martin Kiel
  • Patent number: 11407618
    Abstract: A control system and a control method for controlling the start and stop of multiple passenger conveyors are provided. The control system includes a remote camera for capturing images of the corresponding external state of the passenger conveyor in real time; a remote controller for controlling and collecting the operation state of the passenger conveyor; a monitoring server connected with each remote camera and the remote controller through a data network. The monitoring server uses an artificial intelligence algorithm to analyze images captured by the remote camera to determine whether there are passengers on the passenger conveyor; when the monitoring server determines that there are passengers on the passenger conveyor, the passenger conveyor is grouped into a non-automatic start and stop group; when the monitoring server determines that there are no passengers on the passenger conveyor, the passenger conveyor is grouped into an automatic start and stop group.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2021
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2022
    Assignee: KONE CORPORATION
    Inventors: Jinquan Fan, Zhong Chen
  • Patent number: 11407051
    Abstract: The application relates to a device and to an assembly line for producing a supporting structure for a passenger transport system, such as an escalator, which have a sequential arrangement of semi- or fully automatically operating and mutually cooperating assembly stations and a sequential order of assembly steps. Each of the assembly stations can include at least one holding device and at least a welding robot as well as, optionally, at least one handling robot. The assembly stations are configured in such a way that intermediate products can be produced efficiently by respective assembly steps. Each can be coordinated with a subsequent assembly station, so that the intermediate products can be passed sequentially with optimized short cycle times from assembly station to assembly station, to be able to provide a finished, load-bearing supporting structure at the end of the sequence.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2022
    Assignee: INVENTIO AG
    Inventors: Manfred Gartner, Richard Sch├╝tz, Thomas Koukal
  • Patent number: 11401119
    Abstract: A monorail tray conveyor in which a tray having magnets is driven along a single rail of a tray conveyor segment by stator coils housed in the rail. Carriage monorail segments including carriages that are driven along monorails have transfer rails that align with the rails of tray conveyor segments to transfer trays atop the carriage transfer rails between tray conveyor segments. The carriage monorail segments include horizontal translator segments, elevator segments, diverter segments, and filter segments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2022
    Assignee: Laitram, L.L.C.
    Inventor: Bryant G. Ragan
  • Patent number: 11396429
    Abstract: A conveyance device includes a pair of first and second support frames provided so as to be parallel to each other, and configured to define a conveyance track of a pallet; a driving unit provided on the first support frame and configured to apply a conveyance force to the pallet; a driven unit as a unit forming the pallet, configured to travel along a first guide portion of the first support frame by the driving unit; an auxiliary unit as a unit forming the pallet, connected to the driven unit via a placement member of the pallet and capable of freely traveling along a second guide portion of the second support frame, and a stopping unit including an engaging portion that engages with a portion of the driven unit, and configured to temporarily stop a movement of the pallet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 26, 2022
    Assignee: HIRATA CORPORATION
    Inventor: Shinji Yokoyama
  • Patent number: 11390468
    Abstract: An article sorting facility includes a plurality of storage members each configured to store one or more articles, a plurality of article transport vehicles each capable of traveling in at least a portion of a preset travel lane with one or more support members on board, each support member being configured to support one or more articles; a plurality of work areas each configured to allow work to be performed to transfer articles between one or more storage members and at least one of the one or more support members on board an article transport vehicle in the travel lane, wherein each of the work areas is located adjacent to one or more storage members and to the travel lane, wherein the plurality of work areas are arranged one adjacent to another along the travel lane, and wherein two or more article transport vehicles are in the travel lane simultaneously to travel in a line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 24, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2022
    Assignee: Daifuku Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Hiroyuki Mori
  • Patent number: 11390464
    Abstract: A mail sortation system includes a frame system, a conveyor carried by the frame system, a driven axle on one end of the conveyor, a pair of split idler axles, one idler axel on each side of the conveyor, a chain from each idler axel to the driven axel, and a chain slack adjustment mechanism. The idler axels are configured to rotate independently of each other. The chains are coupled to the conveyor, such that rotation of the driven axle causes the idler axles to rotate and the conveyor to translate. The chain slack adjustment mechanisms remove slack in each chain by increasing the distance between the driven axle and the idler axles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2021
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2022
    Assignee: National Presort, L.P.
    Inventor: Fred Ayala
  • Patent number: 11390488
    Abstract: A passenger conveyor diagnostic system includes a processor that stores at least one visual inspection diagnostic, and a passenger conveyor system including at least one sensor configured to capture one or both of an image and a sound. The processor applies the at least one visual inspection diagnostic to one or both of the image and the sound to generate a diagnosed status of the passenger conveyor system, and overlays the diagnosed status of the passenger conveyor system on the image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2022
    Assignee: OTIS ELEVATOR COMPANY
    Inventors: Pradeep Miriyala, Raushan Kumar, Rachit Sahgal
  • Patent number: 11393707
    Abstract: Provided is a contactless vertical transfer device using a linear motor. The contactless vertical transfer device using a linear motor includes: a transfer unit for picking up an article; and a linear motor located on a side portion of the transfer unit to move the transfer unit, wherein the linear motor comprises at least one driving unit that is located on a side portion of the transfer unit and provided with a mover which a coil is wound; and a rail unit that is located apart from the mover by a predetermined distance in a lateral direction and provided with a plurality of magnet portions disposed in a transfer direction of the transfer unit. The transfer unit is moved along the rail unit by a thrust force of the mover and the magnet portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2022
    Assignee: FOUNDATION OF SOONGSIL UNIVERSITY-INDUSTRY COOPERATION
    Inventor: Hyeong Joon Ahn
  • Patent number: 11377307
    Abstract: A transporter has stars arranged in series such that a container is transferred at a transfer point that is common to two successive stars. Some of the stars rotate about a fixed axis whereas other stars rotate about an axis that moves relative to the fixed axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2022
    Assignee: KHS GmbH
    Inventor: Andreas Krieg
  • Patent number: 11377300
    Abstract: Disclosed is a transport system for handling a plurality of different types of containers for medical equipment in a sterile processing department, the system comprises: a plurality of containers of a first type and a plurality of containers of a second type; conveyor stations for the plurality of containers, the conveyor stations being configured to transport the first type of containers and/or the second type of containers relative to the conveyor station; and a transport tray for supporting the first type of containers and the second type of containers, the transport tray having a set of securing elements configured to releasably secure the first type of containers to the transport tray and the second type of containers to the transport tray. The conveyor station is configured to transport the first type of containers and/or the second type of containers secured to the transport tray.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2021
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2022
    Assignee: Gibotech A/S
    Inventor: Henrik Anker
  • Patent number: 11377310
    Abstract: A magnetic levitation system for contactlessly holding and moving a carrier in a vacuum chamber, including a base defining a transportation track, a carrier movable above the base along the transportation track, and at least one magnetic bearing for generating a magnetic levitation force between the base and the carrier. The at least one magnetic bearing includes a first magnet unit arranged at the base and a second magnet unit arranged at the carrier. The magnetic levitation system further includes a magnetic side stabilization device for stabilizing the carrier in a lateral direction, the magnetic side stabilization device comprising a stabilization magnet unit arranged at the base, wherein at least one of the first magnet unit and the first stabilization magnet unit is arranged in a housing space of the base, the housing space being separated from an inner volume of the vacuum chamber by a separation wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2022
    Assignee: Applied Materials, Inc.
    Inventors: Henning Aust, Thorsten Meiss