Patents Examined by James R. Bidwell
  • Patent number: 10384819
    Abstract: A unit for grouping together and aligning capsules for extraction or infusion products including a first rotary unit equipped with first seats for receiving capsules designed to receive respective capsules from a transport element of a machine for forming capsules; a second rotary unit operating in conjunction with the first rotary unit to receive from the latter, in a predetermined transfer region, capsules and equipped with a first rotary element equipped with respective second seats receiving capsules and a second rotary element equipped with respective third seats for receiving capsules, with the first and second rotary elements which can be rotated independently in the same direction of rotation for picking up, alternately and in succession, capsules from the first rotary unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: GIMA S.P.A.
    Inventors: Davide Baraccani, Pierluigi Castellari
  • Patent number: 10384881
    Abstract: A belt conveyor and a method for determining an energy consumption of a belt conveyor on a basis of conveyor belt segments or on a basis of installation sections of the belt conveyor. The belt conveyor has at least one drive for driving a conveyor belt formed of conveyor belt segments. The belt conveyor has a control device, which is fed signals of a first sensor system for sensing the energy consumption of the drive and of a second sensor system for sensing a loading that can be assigned to a section of the conveyor belt and of a third sensor system for detecting connecting sections between conveyor belt segments. The control device determines an energy consumption on the basis of installation sections and/or conveyor belt segments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: Voith Patent GmbH
    Inventor: Manfred Ziegler
  • Patent number: 10384875
    Abstract: An injection molded plastic chain module comprising a substantially elongate conveying body and a hinge structure located at a bottom side of the module for hingedly connecting a front and a rear side of the module with adjacent modules. The conveying body comprises two wing shaped portions extending laterally away from the hinge structure, and comprising a respective top plate portion that defines a part of a supporting surface for supporting products to be transported, wherein each of said top plate portions has a thickness of less than ? of the total thickness of the respective wing shaped portion. Further, each wing shaped portion comprises one or more downwardly extending supporting wall portions for supporting the respective top plate portion. The module may merely consist of a plurality of relatively thin plate and/or wall portions, preferably all having a substantially equal thickness.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: REXNORD FLATTOP EUROPE B.V.
    Inventors: Cornelis Hendrik Mijndert Menke, Remco van der Ende
  • Patent number: 10377574
    Abstract: Provided is a conveyor belt wear monitoring system including a non-contact sensor arranged facing a surface of an upper cover rubber. A distance to the surface of the upper cover rubber is detected using the non-contact sensor in a predetermined range in a belt width direction of the upper cover rubber of the traveling conveyor belt. An amount of wear of the upper cover rubber is obtained by comparing the detection data with pre-stored reference data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: The Yokohama Rubber Co., LTD.
    Inventor: Gang Hou
  • Patent number: 10375986
    Abstract: A spacing drum comprising: a segment receiving drum section capable of receiving a predetermined number of segments per revolution of the drum from a procession of segments approaching the segment receiving drum section at a segment-feed spacing and a segment-feed speed; a segment releasing drum section capable of releasing the predetermined number of segments at a segment-release spacing and a segment-release speed; and a radial profile flight comprising a continuous arc segment extending across at least portions of the segment receiving drum section and the segment releasing drum section. Associated methods are also provided, including method of changing pitch along a spacing drum progressively with a radial profile flight.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: Altria Client Services LLC
    Inventor: Dwight David Williams
  • Patent number: 10370195
    Abstract: To make it possible to operate a conveyor installation (1) in the form of a long stator linear motor in a simple manner, a first trigger point (Tx) is defined in at least one first position (Px) on the conveying track (2) and a first program code (Fx) which can be executed in the system controller (6) and with which a transport unit (TEn) is moved along a track section of the conveying track (2) in accordance with a defined movement profile is assigned to the first trigger point (Tx), and this program code (Fx) is executed for each transport unit (TEn) that reaches the first trigger point (Tx).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: B&R INDUSTRIAL AUTOMATION GMBH
    Inventor: Stefan Huber
  • Patent number: 10370194
    Abstract: A pressure sealed elevating conveyor for non-ambient temperatures having a pressure sealed shroud allowing lifting of a material while in a pressure sealed environment. In some embodiments, the pressure sealed elevating conveyor has structural details that allow the pressure sealed elevating conveyor to be used at very high or very low temperatures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: Olds Elevator LLC
    Inventors: Richard S. McIntosh, William N. Skelly, Jack Gilchrist
  • Patent number: 10364101
    Abstract: A spiral conveyor system with a positive drive system includes a rotating drum with at least one rib that is attached to drum. The rib includes a drive face for engaging a conveyor belt. The height of the rib above of the surface of the drum varies along a length of the drive element. The rib may be directly attached to the drum or may be a part of a drive element attached to the drum. The conveyor belt includes at least one belt surface configured to engage the at least one drive face, such as a protruding tab with a flat surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Assignee: Ashworth Bros., Inc.
    Inventors: Darroll Joseph Neely, Bryan Hobbs
  • Patent number: 10358019
    Abstract: A recreational vehicle escape slide assembly includes a recreational vehicle that has an emergency exit window. The emergency exit window has a opening mechanism for opening the emergency exit vehicle. A slide unit is coupled to the recreational vehicle and the slide unit is aligned with the emergency exit window. The slide unit is inflated into a deployed position when the emergency exit window is opened to safely transport a user to the ground in the event of an emergency. An inflation unit is coupled to the recreational vehicle and the inflation unit is operationally coupled to the opening mechanism of the emergency exit window. The inflation unit is in fluid communication with the slide unit. The inflation unit is turned on to inflate the slide unit when the opening mechanism opens the emergency exit window.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Inventors: Clint Wood, Gabriel Anthony Sena, Sr.
  • Patent number: 10351353
    Abstract: A conveyor has looped conveying belts extending between grooved inlet and outlet rollers mounted to a frame, these rollers driven by motorized drive rollers. Each belt has an outwardly facing surface which engages a conveyed article, and an inwardly extending protrusion which engages the grooves of rollers rotatably mounted between parallel plates. The plates extend downwardly to be fixed to cross members which extend between the sides of the frame. A subframe supports upper rolls which are driven by belts connected to lower rolls, including motorized drive rolls. The subframe is mounted to an elevator platform to move the upper rolls between a retracted position and an extended position in which the upper rolls extend beyond the conveying belts which pass through gaps between the upper rolls, such that a conveyed article is moved by the upper rolls in a direction perpendicular to the direction of the conveying belts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: SKARLUPKA MFG., INC.
    Inventor: Donald Bruce Skarlupka
  • Patent number: 10343880
    Abstract: Presented herein is a system and method for moving a shelving system includes a plurality of contact members, a plurality of lifting mechanisms, and a plurality of cross members. A single lifting mechanism is coupled with each end of each of the plurality of contact members. The coupling between a lifting mechanisms and an end of a contact member is secured with a locking mechanism. Each cross member is coupled with two adjacent contact members or the lifting mechanisms therewith. The lifting mechanisms may be activated to raise or lowered the contact members coupled therewith, for example by rotating a hand crank. As the contact members are raised, they engage the feet of the shelving system and raise the shelving system off of the floor. The shelving system may then be moved to a desired location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: Gondola Train
    Inventor: Richard Walsh
  • Patent number: 10343853
    Abstract: A conveyor system with a pop-up transfer assembly for transferring articles off the end of conveyor belt having protrusions extending above the belt's outer conveying surface. The transfer assembly is cantilevered over the reversing path of the conveyor belt from a pivot. When a protrusion from the belt hits the transfer assembly, the transfer assembly pivots away from the belt about the pivot. When the protrusion is clear, the transfer assembly drops, by gravity, back to its home position proximate the belt. A bilateral transfer assembly is cantilevered in opposite directions to transfer articles off the end of one conveyor belt onto another conveyor belt that may or may not have protrusions. The transfer assembly can have powered driving surfaces to aid the transfer of articles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: Laitram, L.L.C.
    Inventors: Elena Rose Yasinski, Kevin W. Guernsey, Timothy J. DeRoche, Brian R. Lee
  • Patent number: 10336551
    Abstract: Aspects of the present disclosure include an over-travel limiting system having an coupling assembly configured to couple to an overhead rail, a track assembly including a track engagement feature, wherein the track assembly is disposed at an angle with respect to the coupling assembly, an arm assembly having an arm and a track guide portion mateably engageable with the track engagement feature of the track assembly, the arm assembly being configured to move along the track engagement feature between a first position and a second position, and one or more proximity sensors coupled to at least one of the track assembly and the arm assembly and configured to detect movement of the arm assembly with respect to the track assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Benjamin B. MacArthur, John Osborne
  • Patent number: 10336560
    Abstract: A transfer apparatus comprises a first rod-shaped member comprising a magnetic material; a first terminal member configured to allow insertion of a first end portion of the first rod-shaped member; a second terminal member configured to allow insertion of a second end portion of the first rod-shaped member; a second rod-shaped member comprising a magnetic material; a third terminal member configured to allow insertion of a first end portion of the second rod-shaped member; a fourth terminal member configured to allow insertion of a second end portion of the second rod-shaped member; a coupling member coupling the second terminal member and the third terminal member; and an opposite member facing a part of side surfaces of the first and second rod-shaped members, wherein the first rod-shaped member and the first terminal member are not fixed, the first rod-shaped member and the second terminal member are fixed to each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: Azbil Corporation
    Inventors: Hisashi Beppu, Yoichi Okawa
  • Patent number: 10334974
    Abstract: A carrier component for a track system may comprise a carrier and a pair of rollers coupled to one another by the carrier. Each of the rollers may include at least one rolling surface configured to engage opposing sides of a track. At least one of the rollers may be spring-loaded and biased toward the other. Alternatively, or additionally, at least one spring loaded roller may include an armature connected to a pivot of the carrier, wherein the armature may be biased by a coil spring for coupling the at least one spring loaded roller with a track.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Inventors: Raymond Laniado, Michael Barenboym
  • Patent number: 10336557
    Abstract: The invention relates to device, method and packaging facility having a transport section (17) for feeding article arrangements (5) in a transport direction (TR) to a packaging module (18). The transport section (17) comprises a transfer plate (15), on which the articles (2) of the article arrangements (5) are movable in a sliding manner. Located above the transfer plate (15) are pushing devices (16) for moving the articles (2) on the transfer plate (15), with the pushing devices (16) being movable in transport direction (TR) at least in some areas. The transport section (17) furthermore comprises outer guide elements (20) and inner guide elements (21) disposed on the transfer plate (15), with the outer guide elements (20) laterally delimiting the transport section (17) and, with the inner guide elements (21) being readjustable by at least one readjustment mechanism that is disposed at least partly below the transfer plate (15).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: Krones Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Stephan Wittmann, Juergen Werner, Herbert Spindler, Thomas Wimmer
  • Patent number: 10336550
    Abstract: The disclosure relates to a support structure for supporting a belt of an enclosed belt conveyor between two transport units and a corresponding method. The support structure between two transport units includes a first end element having a main extension in a longitudinal direction, a width extension in a width direction orthogonal to the longitudinal direction, and a height extension in a height direction orthogonal to the longitudinal and the width direction. At least one guide assembly is arranged to engage opposite longitudinal edges of the belt. A first telescopic element is connected to the first end element, wherein an outer end of the first end element has a first end connector arranged to form a connection with a first transport unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: SANDVIK INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY AB
    Inventors: Hubert Rieger, Stefan Dampfhofer
  • Patent number: 10336555
    Abstract: The baggage handling and delivery system provides a plurality of secure pickup stations for individual passengers to receiver their baggage. A plurality of interconnected conveyer belts are used to create a variety of different routes for baggage to follow, with each individual route terminating at a pickup station. Each baggage item is provided with an identifier, such as a bar code, a radio frequency identification (RFID) tag or the like, such that each item of baggage associated with an individual passenger is routed to the specific pickup station assigned to that passenger. Under guidance of a connected controller, each item of baggage entering the baggage handling and delivery system is scanned and routed along a specific path to be received by the appropriate pickup station. Each pickup station is secure and accessible only to the assigned passenger.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: King Saud University
    Inventors: Heba Abdullatif Kurdi, Mohannad Yousef Abdulghani
  • Patent number: 10329093
    Abstract: A conversion bracket for converting a conveyor frame to accommodate a conveyor belt. The bracket includes a base, a plurality of shaft holders extending from a first end of the base and a plurality of wearstrip receptacles extending from a second end of the base. The bracket attaches to a shaft of a conveyor frame by inserting the shaft into the shaft holders. Wearstrips are inserted into the wearstrip receptacles, which are oriented and configured so that the inserted wearstrips rest on the tops of the shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: Laitram, L.L.C.
    Inventor: Adam E. Bannerman
  • Patent number: 10322390
    Abstract: A biomass cake pressure-feeding apparatus includes: a screw pump including a first screw with a helical first conveying thread, a second screw with a helical second conveying thread, and a casing accommodating the first screw and the second screw such that the first screw and the second screw are parallel to each other, the screw pump being configured to feed biomass cake to a high pressure reactor, the biomass cake being obtained by adding water to powdery biomass; and a throttle part positioned downstream of the screw pump and configured to form a material seal made of the biomass cake by restricting a flow of the biomass cake.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignee: KAWASAKI JUKOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Shoji Tsujita, Noriaki Izumi, Hironori Tajiri, Hiromasa Kusuda, Takashi Nishino, Ryoji Obara, Hideo Tanaka