Patents Examined by James R. Bidwell
  • Patent number: 10781059
    Abstract: A bag in which a content is put and of which a mouth portion is not sealed, is disposed in a substantially horizontal attitude in a takeoff area. A height direction position of an expected hold part of the bag and a height direction position of a hold member are caused to correspond to each other. The hold member is caused to hold the expected hold part of the bag disposed in the takeoff area in a state where the height direction position of the expected hold part of the bag and the height direction position of the hold member correspond to each other. The hold member is moved to transfer the bag from the takeoff area to a delivery area after the hold member holds the expected hold part of the bag disposed in the takeoff area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2020
    Assignee: TOYO JIDOKI CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Manabu Morino, Akihiro Yamagata, Kazuo Fukunaga, Yasuyuki Honda
  • Patent number: 10781854
    Abstract: A linear transport system for conveying an object, wherein the linear transport system comprises at least one stationary guide rail and at least one movable conveying device, wherein the conveying device comprises a first guide unit having a first track roller, a second track roller and a first turntable, wherein the first track roller and the second track roller are mounted in a rotatable manner at the first turntable and lie against the guide rail, wherein the guide rail comprises a longitudinal rail axis extending in the longitudinal direction, wherein the first turntable is mounted about a turntable axis in a rotatable manner, wherein the turntable axis is arranged in an inclined manner, in particular perpendicular, to the longitudinal rail axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2020
    Assignee: Beckhoff Automation GmbH
    Inventors: Joerg Neufeld, Uwe Pruessmeier
  • Patent number: 10765562
    Abstract: An apparatus transferring and rotating an object from a retaining station to a releasing station along an annular transfer path, the object has a first orientation in the retaining station which is different from a second orientation in the releasing station; the apparatus includes: a stator having a revolution body provided with a lateral surface on which a first cam profile is formed; a rotor that is rotatable about a first rotation axis with respect to the stator; at least one retaining head of the object connected to the rotor, which has a retaining element coupled to the first cam profile which can be rotated about a second axis of rotation with respect to the rotor; and wherein the stator has a second cam profile and the transferring and rotating apparatus has at least a first annular guide disposed along the transfer path and the head has at least one first slide supporting the retaining element and is slidably coupled to the first annular guide, the first slide being connected to the rotor by way of a
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Assignee: GDM S.p.A.
    Inventors: Matteo Piantoni, Valerio Soli, Marco Rosani, Federico Tordini, Francesco Passarotto, Andrea Duchini
  • Patent number: 10766714
    Abstract: A lifting device 1 includes an upper station 2, a lower station 3, and lifting and lowering placing tables 10 and 11. The upper station 2 and the lower station 3 have horizontal placing tables 5 and 6, respectively. The horizontal placing tables 5 and 6 move only in the horizontal direction. The lifting and lowering placing tables 10 and 11 move only in the vertical direction. When any of the lifting and lowering placing tables 10 and 11 is in the upper station 2, the upper side horizontal placing table 5 is at a position adjacent to the lifting and lowering placing tables 10 and 11 to form a series of conveying passages. When the lifting and lowering placing tables 10 and 11 move away from the upper station 2, the upper side horizontal placing table 5 moves to a position where the lifting and lowering placing tables 10 and 11 used to exist.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Assignee: Itoh Denki Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kazuo Itoh, Tatsuhiko Nakamura, Takuya Nagasawa
  • Patent number: 10766702
    Abstract: An improved modular chute comprising a stanchion comprising a plurality of rib connection points; a plurality of rib assemblies extending from the stanchion, each of the rib assemblies comprising at least a first rib, a second rib, and a tie rod connecting the first rib to the second rib; and a lining disposed within one or more of the rib assemblies, wherein the lining comprises a plurality of lining sections.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Assignee: TALOS ENGINEERED PRODUCTS, LLC
    Inventors: Zachary Casper, Jathan Richard, Gerrit Hale, Dewayne Sullivan, Matt Harvey
  • Patent number: 10766707
    Abstract: A wheel roller for a chain conveyor of an automated carwash has a more robust configuration due to a direction connection of the wheels to the carrier link. The wheel roller contains a carrier link forging having a main body with a carrier link formed as an unitary component, pins secured to the main body in a fixed, non-pivotable manner, and wheels attached to the pins.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Assignee: Sonny's Enterprises, LLC
    Inventors: Paul Fazio, Anthony Analetto
  • Patent number: 10759610
    Abstract: A bulk material shipping conveyor including a support assembly, a housing connected to the support assembly, a conveyor belt assembly partially positioned in the housing, a motor assembly coupled to the conveyor belt assembly, a hopper assembly including a receiving assembly including a plurality of walls and at least one movable flap extending above at least one of the plurality of walls, a gate assembly including a door movable between an open position and a closed position, and a transition assembly including a plurality of spaced apart conveyor supports, wherein at least one of the spaced apart conveyor supports is rotated relative to a longitudinal axis of the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2020
    Assignee: SANDBOX LOGISTICS, LLC
    Inventors: C. John Allegretti, Kevin S. Corrigan, Angelo L. Flamingo
  • Patent number: 10750775
    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: July 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Assignee: Altria Client Services LLC
    Inventor: Dwight David Williams
  • Patent number: 10752157
    Abstract: A compact payload stopper includes: an interface assembly that serves as a main structural member of the payload stopper, the payload stopper configured to stop the payload from moving off a mobile robot; a stopper blade assembly connected to the interface assembly so as to allow the stopper blade assembly to pivot about an axis of the interface assembly, the stopper blade assembly configured to have a disengaged position that allows for a payload to be moved onto or off the robot, the stopper blade assembly further configured to have an engaged position that stops the payload from moving off the robot; and a motor assembly comprising a motor, the motor assembly connected to the interface assembly, the motor assembly configured to apply a force to the stopper blade assembly, causing the stopper blade assembly to rotate into a desired position of the engaged position and the disengaged position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Assignee: Fetch Robotics, Inc.
    Inventors: Andrew John Zeller, Eric Diehr, Michael Janov, Paelle Powell
  • Patent number: 10752368
    Abstract: An evacuation assembly may comprise an evacuation slide and a first yoke coupled to the evacuation slide. The first yoke may comprise a first strap and a second strap. The first strap may be longer than the second strap. The evacuation assembly may optionally include a second yoke coupled to the evacuation slide. A first strap of the second yoke may be longer than a second strap of the second yoke.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Assignee: GOODRICH CORPORATION
    Inventors: Jaro S. Volny, Drew Hartman
  • Patent number: 10752443
    Abstract: Disclosed are various embodiments for an adjustable chute configured to funnel containers or packages into different types of bulk containers and bulk containers of different sizes. In one embodiment, the adjustable chute comprises a front panel, a rear panel, and first and second flexible sidewalls that can expand and contract between the front and rear panels. The front panel has a first hinged connection configured to move between a first position and a second position along a path of a chimney chute. The rear panel has a second hinged connection to the chimney chute.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Racha Lwali, Bruce Leardi
  • Patent number: 10753434
    Abstract: A chain tensioner (50; 500) for a conveying device (70) of a machine (1; 1?) for processing elements in the form of sheets (10), the conveying device (70) includes two lateral chain sets connected to the ends of transverse gripper bars (75) able to grasp the elements (10) and at least one chain-guiding device (90) configured to guide a respective chain set (80); the chain tensioner (50; 500) includes: an actuator (9) controlled by a control unit (8), a movable support (11), a transmission element (12) borne by the movable support (11), a rotary element (13) rotated by the actuator (9) and cooperating with the transmission element (12) in order to exert a thrust force on the movable support (11), the rotary element (13) being rotatable, to adjust the tension of the chain set (80). The actuator (9) is controlled in synchronism with the machine angle (MA). A machine (1; 1?) for processing elements and a method for tensioning the chain sets (80) of the conveying device (70) are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Assignee: BOBST MEX SA
    Inventor: Christophe Ruchet
  • Patent number: 10745207
    Abstract: Provided are a conveyor belt further enhancing the durability of loop coils embedded in the conveyor belt so as to detect vertical tears in the conveyor belt; and a belt conveyor system using the conveyor belt. A conveyor belt includes a core layer having a plurality of metal cords extending in the belt longitudinal direction arranged in parallel in the belt width direction; an upper cover rubber and a lower cover rubber disposed so as to interpose a core layer from above and below; a plurality of loop coils embedded at intervals in the belt longitudinal direction in the lower cover rubber; and protective layers being disposed between the core layer above and each of the loop coils below and embedded in the lower cover rubber at intervals in the belt longitudinal direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: The Yokohama Rubber Co., LTD.
    Inventor: Gang Hou
  • Patent number: 10745212
    Abstract: An auxiliary conveyor, which is connected with a main conveyor including at least two conveying paths, the auxiliary conveyor including a conveying part configured to receive a load from one of the at least two conveying paths and convey the load through the other of the at least two conveying paths; and a driving part connected with the conveying part and configured to drive the conveying part to move from one of the at least two conveying paths to the other of the at least two conveying paths.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: ABB Schweiz AG
    Inventors: Zhaofu Chi, Hao Gu, Jibo Yang
  • Patent number: 10745204
    Abstract: Provided is a conveyor such that, after stopping or restricting supply of granular material to a downstream device, it is possible to restart normal operation of conveying the granular material without delay. This conveyor includes: a casing having a conveying path of a granular material therein and having a discharge port for discharging the granular material to a downstream device; a plurality of conveying units accommodated in the casing and configured to convey the granular material to the discharge port by circulating along the conveying path; an opening/closing mechanism that opens and closes the discharge port; and a control unit that controls operation of the plurality of conveying units and the opening/closing mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: Sumitomo Seika Chemicals Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Ryota Sato, Katsuya Fujishiro, Kazuo Fujii
  • Patent number: 10745201
    Abstract: The output conveyor belt of a crosslapper for holding and conveying layers of card web laid to form a nonwoven is configured as an endless slatted belt with a plurality of transverse slats. The transverse slats comprise support surfaces for the nonwoven, which are formed by fibers or bristles projecting from the transverse slats.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: Oskar Dilo Maschinenfabrik KG
    Inventor: Johann Philipp Dilo
  • Patent number: 10737882
    Abstract: A conveyor belt including a carry cover layer, a reinforcement layer which is situated below the carry cover layer, and a pulley cover layer which is situated below the reinforcement layer, where the reinforcement layer is comprised of steel cordage and rubber matrix, and wherein the rubber matrix includes zinc oxide in an amount greater than 5 phr and a cobalt derivative in an amount of 1 phr or greater. In some cases, the rubber matrix includes zinc oxide in an amount of 11 phr or greater, or even in an amount of 16 phr or greater. In some cases, the rubber matrix includes the cobalt derivative in an amount of 2 phr or greater, or even in an amount of from 3 phr to 4 phr. In some aspects, the rubber matrix is devoid of lead oxide.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Assignee: ContiTech USA, Inc.
    Inventors: Katja Henning, Stefan Sostmann, Stavros Podias, Thomas George Burrowes
  • Patent number: 10730704
    Abstract: A robotic transport device for small components comprising transport mechanism being suspended at two suspension elements, wherein the two suspension elements are distanced from each other in the direction of transport and wherein the two suspension elements are constructed in such a way that each of them is, independently from each other, be shifted in a direction vertical or substantially vertical to the direction of transport.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: Beckhoff Automation GmbH
    Inventor: Melvin Haas
  • Patent number: 10730700
    Abstract: A spiral conveyor system may include a drum associated with a motor, wherein the drum extends from a drum bottom to a drum top. In addition, the system may include a conveyor belt traveling helically about the drum from an entrance end of the drum to an exit end of the drum. Further, the system may include a rib associated with the drum, wherein the rib extends radially from a surface of the drum, and at least one drive face positioned on the rib. The conveyor belt may include at least one belt surface configured to engage the at least one drive face. The length of the rib extends along the length of the drum from a first end of the rib to a terminus of the rib proximate the entrance end of the drum. In addition, the drum includes a ring that extends between the terminus of the rib and the entrance end of the drum.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: ASHWORTH BROS., INC.
    Inventors: Darroll Joseph Neely, Bryan Hobbs
  • Patent number: 10723561
    Abstract: An access hood assembly for a conveyor cover is provided. The access hood assembly embodies a cammed lock assembly at each corner, for easier and safer opening, with no tools required, wherein each cammed lock assembly can act to lock the hood or as a pivot point to pivot about to an open position, when the hood is opened from the opposing side, where the associated cammed lock assemblies have been moved to an unlocked position. The arcuate hood of the access hood assembly supports multiple connection points for each cammed lock assembly to engaged in a locked position for securely keeping the access hood propped open when desired.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Inventor: Shawn Michael Hoover