Patents Examined by James R. Bidwell
  • Patent number: 11124370
    Abstract: A feeding unit to feed a component in an automatic manufacturing machine; has: at least one holding head designed to receive and hold the component; a closed curved guide arranged in a fixed position along an application path; an equipment supporting the holding head and provided with at least one slide coupled to the guide by a plurality of wheels; a linear electric motor, and a movable slider electro-magnetically coupled to the stator and is rigidly connected to the slide. The guide has, on the surface in contact with the wheels, a first transverse profile having a concavity or a convexity; the wheels have, on the surface in contact with the guide, a second transverse profile, which has a convexity or a concavity, and generates, with the first profile, a shape coupling between the guide and the wheels, which forbids a transverse movement of the slide relative to the guide.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2021
    Assignee: GDM S.p.A.
    Inventors: Federico Tordini, Massimo Pallavera, Marco Rosani, Matteo Piantoni
  • Patent number: 11124366
    Abstract: The present disclosure illustrates an inspection apparatus for a display panel and a testing method for display panel. The inspection apparatus includes a platform, a feeding device, a rotatable bearing stage, an optical panel inspection device, a discharging device, a rotation driving device and a transfer device. The platform includes a support frame having a loading-and-unloading area and an inspection area. The feeding device transports the display panel along a feeding direction. The rotation driving device includes a rotation axis and a rotation driving mechanism. The rotation axis has an end fixed at a central part of a bottom surface of the rotatable bearing stage, and the rotation driving mechanism can rotate the rotation axis. The display panel placed on the rotatable bearing stage can be exchanged between the loading-and-unloading area and the inspection area when the rotatable bearing stage is rotated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2021
    Assignees: HKC Corporation Limited, Chongqing HKC Optoelectronics Technology Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Chia-Jen Tsai
  • Patent number: 11124364
    Abstract: An energy harvesting brake system may comprise a shaft, a roller cylinder, and a piezoelectric material. The roller cylinder may be configured to rotate relative to the shaft in response to a target moving relative to a platform. The piezoelectric material may be in operable communication with the shaft and the roller cylinder such that relative rotational motion between the shaft and the roller cylinder causes cyclic stress in the piezoelectric material thereby generating electrical energy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2021
    Assignee: Goodrich Corporation
    Inventors: Venkatesh Chitragar, Vinodkumar Shivalinga
  • Patent number: 11117788
    Abstract: Provided is a guide rail cleaning device, including: a first cleaning portion including a first cleaning member configured to clean a driving-roller guide rail for a step; a second cleaning portion including a second cleaning member configured to clean a trailing-roller guide rail; and a mounting plate. The mounting plate is removably mounted to a step shaft having a driving roller fixed thereto. The first cleaning portion and the second cleaning portion are mounted to the mounting plate. The first cleaning member is brought into abutment against the driving-roller guide rail. The second cleaning member is brought into abutment against the trailing-roller guide rail. With this, the driving-roller guide rail and the trailing-roller guide rail are simultaneously cleaned through use of the first cleaning member and the second cleaning member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2021
    Assignee: MITSUBISHI ELECTRIC CORPORATION
    Inventor: Hirohito Tanabe
  • Patent number: 11117751
    Abstract: An enclosed belt conveyor system has a rail track (1) and spaced apart carriages (35) that run on wheels (40) supported by the trail track. A continuous carry belt (10) is supported by the carriages (35) and has an enclosed configuration where the carry belt (10) encloses a bulk material for transport by the system. One or more belt guides (45) are positioned along the rail track (1) and engage the continuous carry belt to maintain it in its enclosed configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2021
    Inventors: Craig Anthony Wheeler, Michael Carr, Bin Chen
  • Patent number: 11116228
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a method for removing a rod-like element from a loading position of a hanging line in which the rod-like element can successively be loaded with sausage-shaped products, each of which contain a flowable filling material in a tubular or bag-shaped packaging casing provided with a suspension element through which the sausage-shaped products can be suspended on the rod-like element in the loading position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2021
    Assignee: Poly-clip System GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventor: Markus Scheding
  • Patent number: 11117756
    Abstract: A feeding unit to feed components in an automatic manufacturing machine; the feeding unit has: a plurality of sucking holding heads, which are each designed to receive and hold a corresponding component; a closed curved guide, which is arranged in a fixed position along the application path; a plurality of equipment, each supporting a corresponding holding head and provided with at least one slide, which is coupled to the guide so as to freely slide along the guide by a plurality of wheels; a suction chamber, which is mounted so as to rotate around a rotation axis; and a flexible connection system, which pneumatically connects the suction chamber to each holding head.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2021
    Assignee: GDM S.p.A.
    Inventors: Federico Tordini, Massimo Pallavera, Marco Rosani, Matteo Piantoni
  • Patent number: 11111084
    Abstract: A dispensing system (e.g., in a warehouse or other item-fulfillment environment) can include a tray holder sized for releasably receiving a tray. A rotational actuator may operate to pivot the tray holder between a first position aligned for receipt in the tray holder of a tray in a recumbent orientation and a second position in which the tray is arranged in an upended orientation. When the tray is in the upended orientation, an opening system may engage a door on an end of the tray to move the door from a closed state in which items contained in the tray are prevented from falling out of the tray and to an open state in which the items are allowed to fall out of the tray.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 7, 2021
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: William Scott Kalm, Kevin Senh Ly
  • Patent number: 11104522
    Abstract: A vehicle operated cleaning bin for cleaning a storage grid of a storage system, wherein the cleaning bin includes a connector for attaching the cleaning bin to a lifting device of a remotely operating vehicle being configured to vertically convey the cleaning bin inside a column of the storage grid by aid of the lifting device, and a plurality of cleaners for removing foreign debris from the storage grid. The plurality of cleaners are arranged on at least one lateral wall of the cleaning bin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2021
    Assignee: Autostore Technology AS
    Inventors: Ingvar Hognaland, Ivar Fjeldheim, Trond Austrheim
  • Patent number: 11104551
    Abstract: An escalator includes movable step segments. Each step segment includes a rectangular step plate with a constant height, a tread, and four corners. The tread of each step segment is in a horizontal position during a front transport movement and in an oblique position during a rear return movement. Four wheels which include two front wheels and two rear wheels are assigned to each step segment, with one wheel being mounted at each of the four corners. Two endless transport chains transport the two front wheels at a front transport section. Two first tracks have the two rear wheels run thereon without being attached to any of the two endless transport chains. Two rear second transport tracks are arranged in a rear return transport section. The two rear second transport tracks transport each step segment back with the tread in an oblique position via the two endless transport chains.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2021
    Inventors: Michael Kollmey, Birgit Struve, Antje Proske, Christine Mahn, Katrin Weste
  • Patent number: 11102933
    Abstract: Systems and methods for controlling a configuration of a bale chute of a baler and, particularly, a square baler are disclosed. In some implementations, the baler includes a linkage and an actuator that is operable to move the bale chute between an extended position and a retracted position and to lock the bale chute in the retracted position. For example, the bale chute may be retracted into a retracted position when the baler is determined not to be producing bales, when a bale is not protruding from the baler, and when the baler is being transported.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2021
    Assignee: Deere & Company
    Inventors: Hunter T. Kelderman, Timothy J. Kraus
  • Patent number: 11104521
    Abstract: An apparatus for transporting aggregates or similar includes a conveyor belt for aggregates or similar and an actuating mechanism actuating advancement of the conveyor belt. The apparatus includes a plurality of thermal cameras positioned along the development of the conveyor belt and configured to detect the temperature of the conveyor belt in a plurality of detection positions positioned along the development of the conveyor belt. The apparatus further includes a processing and control unit communicating data with each one of thermal cameras of the plurality of thermal cameras to receive input temperature data detected by each thermal camera. The processing and control unit is configured to estimate the extent and origin position of an overheating phenomenon of the conveyor belt on the basis of the temperature detected in correspondence of at least two detection positions of the plurality of detection positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2021
    Assignee: BM GROUP HOLDING S.P.A.
    Inventors: Mirko Bottini, Andrea Tonini, Michael Corradi
  • Patent number: 11097905
    Abstract: A transport device including a support body having an upper part on which a plurality of articles can be arranged; an unloading device which pushes the plurality of articles arranged on the support body; a belt conveyor which transports the articles pushed out from the support body; a slider which moves the articles arranged on the support body and also moves the articles arranged on the conveyor belt, thereby separating the articles; and a lift which is disposed between the support body and the conveyor belt and which rises to a higher position than the upper surfaces of both the support body and the conveyor belt when the articles arranged on the support body and the articles arranged on the conveyor belt have been separated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 24, 2021
    Assignee: AZBIL CORPORATION
    Inventor: Hisashi Beppu
  • Patent number: 11097848
    Abstract: An evacuation slide may comprise a sliding surface extending from a head end to a toe end of the evacuation slide. An extendable dropdown volume may be configured to increase a height of the sliding surface at the toe end of the evacuation slide. The extendable dropdown volume may be configured to remain in a stowed position at a first sill height and deploy at a second sill height greater than the first sill height.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 24, 2021
    Assignee: Goodrich Corporation
    Inventors: Timothy C. Haynes, Abel Sanchez, Ana Adilene Esparza
  • Patent number: 11091326
    Abstract: A luggage conveyor device for efficiently supplying a plurality of inspection objects to be inspected or individual items in general to an inspection device (4) is provided. The conveyor device (1, 2, 3) is particularly efficiently designed such that an inspection object inspection is carried out quickly and smoothly. A correspondingly designed method for operating the conveyor device (1, 2, 3), and to a computer program product including control commands for implementing the method or operating the conveyor device (1, 2, 3) are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 17, 2021
    Assignee: Smiths Detection Germany GmbH
    Inventors: Alexandra Seifert, Andreas Busch
  • Patent number: 11083205
    Abstract: A poultry chiller includes a tank and an auger rotatably held in the tank. The auger includes a first auger section and a second auger section. The first auger section includes a first auger shaft and a first auger flight. The first auger flight includes a first helical portion on the first auger shaft and a first flight extension that extends away from the first helical portion. The second auger section includes a second auger shaft coupled to the first auger shaft and a second auger flight. The second auger flight includes a second helical portion on the second auger shaft and a second flight extension that extends away from the second helical portion. The chiller includes a hanger bearing assembly between the first and second auger sections and extending to an upper portion of the tank.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2021
    Assignee: Morris & Associates, Inc.
    Inventor: John P. Shell
  • Patent number: 11078029
    Abstract: Conventionally, in industries, different complex profiles (e.g., objects) are extruded and cut to required lengths for handling these profiles. This requires moving profiles from one location to another and placing them together with other similar or identical profiles which is currently a manual process. Present disclosure provides an apparatus for re-orientation of profiles for easy pick and place of these profiles from one location to another location. The apparatus includes actuator arm assemblies that are actuated for movement in upward and downward direction, wherein actuated rollers are trigged to move upward/downward directions accordingly. Profile is placed in initial position on an endless re-orienting belt above the surface of actuator arm assemblies wherein each actuator arm assembly is actuated to move the profile from one sub-region to another sub-region until the profile attains a desired orientation for pick and place of the re-oriented profile to desired location with required angle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 3, 2021
    Assignee: TATA CONSULTANCY SERVICES LIMITED
    Inventor: Venkatesh Prasad Bangalore Srinivas
  • Patent number: 11072497
    Abstract: An automatic belt biasing device is provided for biasing a drive belt into frictional contact with rollers of a conveyor. The belt biasing device maintains a drive belt in contact with rollers of a live roller conveyor to provide drive for the rollers to propel items or packages along the conveyor. A spring attached to a pivot arm or pair of scissoring pivot arms adjusts a biasing force applied by guide wheels of the belt biasing device to the drive belt due to changes in drive belt tension. The belt biasing device may be selectively adjustable based on required roller pitch distances. The belt biasing device is pivotably coupled to the roller conveyor allowing the guide wheels to apply equal pressure to the drive belt while allowing the pivot arms to actuate and increase or decrease the biasing force provided by the belt biasing device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 27, 2021
    Assignee: Dematic Corp.
    Inventors: Jeffery D. Duncan, Nicholas M. Thomas, Nolan R. Pilarz, Thomas H. Triesenberg, Shreedhar M. Hebbur
  • Patent number: 11072498
    Abstract: A conveyor system for conveying goods having a lying conveyor for conveying the goods horizontally, where the lying conveyor includes a sorting device with multiple delivery points, and having an overhead conveyor, by way of which the goods are conveyed in a suspended manner on a goods carrier, where the overhead conveyor is connected to at least one of the delivery points for delivering the goods.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 27, 2021
    Assignee: Dürkopp Fördertechnik GmbH
    Inventors: Thomas Schnadwinkel, Doris Elebracht
  • Patent number: 11066243
    Abstract: A conveyor for transporting and elevating articles and a method and system for conveying articles up inclines is provided. The conveyor has a conveyor belt and a plurality of support elements extending outward from the article-conveying surface of the conveyor belt advancing upward along the incline. The conveyor may be positioned at an inclined angle relative to the horizontal ground, i.e., between about 5° and 85° or the conveyor can be substantially vertical, i.e., about 90° relative to the horizontal ground. The support elements prevent conveyed articles from sliding down the conveyor belt on the inclined conveyor and carry and hold articles on substantially vertical conveyors. The article-conveying surface of the conveyor belt may provide a low-friction retention surface to articles leaning away from the conveyor belt on the incline.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2021
    Assignee: Multilift, Inc.
    Inventors: Job Bacon-Maldonado, III, Robert D. Drost, Chris K. Miller, Kenneth B. Drost, Job Maldonado, Jr., Kenton C. Ensor