Patents Examined by Jeffrey Shapiro
  • Patent number: 10902693
    Abstract: A document handling apparatus for recycling documents includes an authentication unit, a first recycling storage unit, a document cassette, and a controller. The authentication unit is for receiving an input document and classifying the input document as having a class that is one of a plurality of classes. The first recycling storage unit is adapted to store documents belonging to two or more of the plurality of classes. The document cassette is adapted to store received documents. The controller is adapted to direct the input document to one of the document cassette and the first recycling storage unit based on content of the first recycling storage unit and the class of the input document. Related apparatus, systems, techniques, and articles are also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2021
    Assignee: Crane Payment Innovations, Inc.
    Inventor: Neil Young
  • Patent number: 10896566
    Abstract: A coin input to a deposit opening is determined a denomination by a coin identifying device, and is allocated and held in a denomination storing and dispensing device in a course of being transported to a coin transporting and distributing device. The coin of a specified denomination is sent from the denomination storing and dispensing device based on a pay-out command, and paid out to a pay-out opening by a pay out transporting device. When the holding amount of the denomination storing and dispensing device becomes full, the coin is not allocated to the denomination storing and dispensing device by the coin transporting and distributing device, but is dropped to an overflow coin slot, guided to an overflow coin guiding tube juxtaposed to the denomination storing and dispensing device and held in an overflow coin storing unit arranged on the lower side of the denomination storing and dispensing device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 19, 2021
    Assignee: ASAHI SEIKO CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Masayoshi Umeda
  • Patent number: 10894663
    Abstract: An autonomous transport vehicle including a frame forming a payload area, telescoping arms movably mounted to the frame, each telescoping arm being configured for extension and retraction relative to the frame along an extension axis to effect transfer of at least one pickface to and from the payload area, and traversal, relative to the frame, in at least one direction that is angled to the extension axis, and at least one tab extending from each telescoping arm where the at least one tab extends in a direction transverse to the direction of extension and retraction, and the at least one tab on one of the telescoping arms opposes the at least one tab on another of the telescoping arms.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 19, 2021
    Assignee: Symbotic LLC
    Inventors: Michael J. Kapust, Gerald M. Friedman
  • Patent number: 10891819
    Abstract: The bezel assembly for data reception, for use with a bill validator in a financial transactional device, includes a bezel housing and a data reception assembly. The bezel housing includes a customer-facing front portion and a back plate connectable to the bill validator that is mounted within the transactional device cabinet. The front portion includes an insertion/dispensing slot for receiving currency and a projecting protrusion forward of the casing. The forward-extending protrusion accommodates at least a portion of the data reception assembly. The bezel assembly can include a wireless communication function that is communicably connectable with a mobile device via a wireless communication method, a manual entry function, a biometric reader, one or more cameras for scanning and decrypting 2D barcodes and the like, thus enhancing the overall functionality of the financial transactional device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2021
    Assignee: JCM American Corporation
    Inventors: Steve Johnson, Bryan Allen Wilcutt, Omar Jorge Rivera, Connie R. Masters, Scott A. Toth, Sr., Daniel Petersen, Brian Anthony Montano, Dominic Mohrhardt
  • Patent number: 10846970
    Abstract: Systems and methods for operating a vending system for renting carts or strollers. The methods comprise: performing tag read operations or barcode scan operations by a device disposed at a lock mechanism of the vending system to obtain a unique identifier for a cart or stroller; selecting, by a computing device of the vending system, an image from a plurality of pre-stored images based on the unique identifier; displaying, by the computing device, the selected image along with other images as part of a graphical user interface facilitating cart or stroller rental; receiving, by the computing device, at least one user input for renting a cart or stroller associated with one of the displayed images; and performing operations by the computing device to cause a release of the lock mechanism that is locking the rented cart or stroller to the vending system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2020
    Assignee: INNOVATIVE VENDING SOLUTIONS LLC
    Inventors: Richard Ruggiero, Gregory Ruggiero, Matthew Marino
  • Patent number: 10844951
    Abstract: An apparatus and method of controlling a torque transmitting apparatus having multiple selectively engageable couplers is provided. The multiple couplers may be selectively engaged and disengaged to provide a mechanical, friction or fluid coupling between portions of the torque transmitting apparatus and other components of a vehicle powertrain during various operational stages. The control apparatus includes a fluid pressure control device and a fluid flow control device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2020
    Assignee: Allison Transmission, Inc.
    Inventors: Charles F. Long, David C. Ames
  • Patent number: 10837218
    Abstract: A protective device which includes a sealed container which is made from a material which breaks under the effect of a shock wave in excess of a predetermined magnitude and a substance inside the container that gives rise to a bank note traceability factor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2020
    Assignee: MAGNETO IP HOLDINGS (PTY) LTD
    Inventor: Michael Donald Robson
  • Patent number: 10821822
    Abstract: A motor vehicle transmission including an interface to a drive unit, a drive shaft, an output shaft coaxial to the drive shaft, a differential transmission paraxial to the drive shaft, a device for forming gear ratios between the drive and output shafts, and an electric motor with a fixed stator and a rotatable rotor. The output shaft is connected with the differential transmission by a chain drive and a downstream gear set coaxial to the differential transmission. The electric motor is at an axial end of the transmission where the interface to the drive unit is formed. The rotor is connected with the drive shaft. The chain drive is axially between the differential transmission and the downstream gear set or the downstream gear set is axially between the chain drive and the differential transmission, and the chain drive is axially between the electric motor and the downstream gear set.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2020
    Assignee: ZF FRIEDRICHSHAFEN AG
    Inventors: Michael Roske, Raffael Kuberczyk, Juri Pawlakowitsch, Bernd Unseld, Thomas Rosemeier
  • Patent number: 10823266
    Abstract: A transmission device for a motor vehicle includes a first connecting shaft operatively connectable to a first subaxle of a wheel axle of the motor vehicle; a second connecting shaft operatively connectable to a second subaxle of the wheel axle; a coupling transmission having a drive shaft operatively connectable with a drive aggregate of the motor vehicle, and an output shaft operatively connectable with the first wheel axle, wherein via the coupling transmission the drive shaft is operatively connected with the output shaft and with the first and the second connecting shaft for torque distribution; and a superposition transmission, wherein the output shaft is operatively connectable with at least one of the first connecting shaft and the second connecting shaft via the superposition transmission by shifting the superposition transmission.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2020
    Assignee: AUDI AG
    Inventor: Christian Meixner
  • Patent number: 10814862
    Abstract: There is provided a hybrid vehicle comprising an engine; a first motor configured to generate a reverse voltage by rotation; a planetary gear mechanism configured such that three rotational elements are respectively connected with a driveshaft coupled with an axle, with the engine, and with the first motor; a second motor configured to input and output power from and to the driveshaft; a first inverter configured to drive the first motor; a second inverter configured to drive the second motor; a power storage device; and a converter placed between the power storage device and the first inverter along with the second inverter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2020
    Assignee: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Yu Shimizu, Takashi Ando
  • Patent number: 10794470
    Abstract: A gear with an oil distribution system includes a first area at least approximately rotationally symmetrical with, in its radially inner area, an opening. Via the opening, oil is introduced from a second area into the first area during operation. Downstream of the opening with respect to the second area, the first area includes a collecting area extending in the radial and circumferential directions of the first area. An acceleration appliance for the oil, connected to the first area, is provided in the collecting area so a substantially radial flow direction in the direction of a radially outer area of the collecting area is applied to the oil that is present in the collecting area when the first area rotates. An area of the engine provided downstream of an outlet opening is in or can be brought into operative connection with the main oil supply circuit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Assignee: ROLLS-ROYCE DEUTSCHLAND LTD & CO KG
    Inventors: Stephan Uhkoetter, Uwe Kracht, Jens Klostermann
  • Patent number: 10781058
    Abstract: The innovation disclosed herein is an improved palletiser for loading and packaging unstable articles, such as plastic, glass, steel, aluminium, etc. containers onto a pallet for bulk storage and/or transport. The innovation includes a pallet station having a pallet housing that receives pallets, a layer pad store substantially aligned with the pallet housing, a container lifting sub-assembly that receives a predetermined row of containers, a pusher assembly that urges the predetermined row of containers onto a pallet, and a layer pad transfer assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2020
    Inventor: Gary Tempany
  • Patent number: 10781915
    Abstract: A method is provided for controlling a gear shift from a forward gear to a reverse gear in a transmission arrangement, the method including the steps of: positioning a first locking mechanism and a first connecting mechanism at least in a partially engaged state for reducing a rotational speed of a planet carrier of a second planetary gear set; and positioning a second locking mechanism in an engaged state when a rotational speed of the planet carrier of the second planetary gear set is below a predetermined threshold limit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2020
    Assignee: Volvo Construction Equipment AB
    Inventors: Jan Dersjö, Per Mattsson, Johnny Arne
  • Patent number: 10777031
    Abstract: A coin detection system comprises an excitation coil, a radial magnetic gradiometer, an axial magnetic gradiometer, a signal excitation source, a drive circuit, an analog front-end circuit and a processor. After the excitation coil is excited by the signal excitation source and the drive circuit, the excitation coil generates an excitation magnetic field parallel to the axial direction of a coin, and under the influence of the excitation magnetic field, the coin generates an induced magnetic field through eddy currents induced in the coin; the radial magnetic gradiometer and the axial magnetic gradiometer detect the magnetic field components of the magnetic field in the radial direction and the axial direction of the coin, and the detected signal is transmitted to the analog front-end circuit for amplification; the processor processes and then outputs the amplified signal transmitted by the analog front-end circuit, and the material, design, denomination, etc.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignee: MultiDimension Technology Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: James Geza Deak, Haiping Guo
  • Patent number: 10769878
    Abstract: An automated-transaction machine includes a fascia gate mechanism for presenting and accepting notes of value. The fascia gate mechanism maintains structural integrity of the automated-transaction machine before a transaction, during a transaction, and after a transaction has taken place. The fascia gate mechanism comprises a separable gear drive for the opening and closing of the fascia gate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Assignee: Diebold Nixdorf, Incorporated
    Inventors: Brian Jones, Michael J. Harty, Thomas A. Vankirk, William Daniel Beskitt, Jeffrey M. Eastman, David A. Peters, Clinton Boley
  • Patent number: 10753405
    Abstract: A clutch assembly for a driveline of a motor vehicle comprises a friction plate clutch having an inner plate carrier, to which inner plates are connected in a rotationally fixed and axially movable way, and having an outer plate carrier to which outer plates are connected in a rotationally fixed and axially movable way, and wherein the inner plates and the outer plates jointly form a plate package, wherein the inner plate carrier comprises at least one bore in an axial overlapping region with the plate package through which bore oil can flow to the plate package, a supporting plate against which the plate package is axially supported, an axially movable pressure plate for axially loading the plate package, an operating device for operating the friction plate clutch by axially moving the pressure plate, a flow controller for controlling an oil volume flow rate through the at least one bore of the inner plate carrier, wherein the flow controller comprises a setting member which is operable by the operating devi
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Assignee: GKN Driveline Bruneck AG
    Inventors: Hanspeter Putzer, Sigmund Senoner, Kurt Thomaser, Peter Raffin, Ivan Gruber, Dieter Huber, Thomas Widmann
  • Patent number: 10755514
    Abstract: A drum storage module (50, 60) for receiving notes of value (16) has a winding drum (14) onto which the notes of value (16) are windable so as to be received between at least two foil belts (18 to 24). Further, a sensor for determining the maximum filling level of notes of value in the drum storage module (50, 60) is provided and has a light source (32) and a light receiver (34) arranged such that the beam path (36) from the light source (32) to the light receiver (34) extends parallel to the longitudinal axis (38) of the winding drum (14).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Assignee: Wincor Nixdorf International GMBH
    Inventor: Thomas Kemmerling
  • Patent number: 10738879
    Abstract: A planetary transmission with a carrier body, a plurality of pins, a retaining ring and a thrust plate. The carrier body defines a plurality of pin apertures, which are disposed concentrically about a central axis, and a ring groove into which the retaining ring is received. Each of the pins has a stepped axial end that defines first and second axial end surfaces that are spaced apart from one another. The pins are received into the pin apertures such that the first axial end surface extends from the carrier body. The thrust plate has a plate body and a plurality of tabs that extend radially outwardly from the plate body. Each of the tabs overlies the second axial end surface of an associated one of the pins such that the thrust plate is disposed along the central axis between the second axial end surfaces and the retaining ring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Assignee: BorgWarner Inc.
    Inventors: Shane E. Hurin, Lee V. Bolton
  • Patent number: 10724609
    Abstract: A system includes a mixer-wagon and a mechanical power transmission unit (100) to actuate the rotating members of the mixer-wagon; the transmission unit includes a box (20), a first shaft (1) accessible from the outside of the box (20) and a second shaft (4) accessible from the outside of the box (20). The first shaft (1) and the second shaft (4) are coupled by an epicyclical gear train (19).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Inventor: Edi Bondioli
  • Patent number: 10710445
    Abstract: A powertrain for a hybrid vehicle may include a planetary gear set; a first motor-generator connected to one rotation element of the planetary gear set and an engine connected to the first motor-generator; a second motor-generator connected to another rotation element of the planetary gear set; a second clutch connected to the other rotation element of the planetary gear set and a second drive gear connected to the second clutch; a first clutch connected to the rotation element to which the first motor-generator is connected and a first drive gear connected to the first clutch; and an output shaft having a first driven gear and a second driven gear engaged in the first drive gear and the second drive gear, respectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors Corporation
    Inventors: Jin Kook Kong, Yeon Min Cheong