Patents Examined by Joe Dillon, Jr.
  • Patent number: 8011862
    Abstract: A transfer system for a carrier that features a flow supply tube in fluid communication with a flow supply generator and in fluid communication with a carrier transport tube network dimensioned for transfer reception of the carrier. The carrier transport tube network has a first carrier reception chamber provided with a first carrier stop point and a second carrier reception chamber with second carrier stop point. The flow supply tube has a single point contact with the carrier transport tube network to provide a single tube based flow connection with the carrier transport. Also, with the single point connection there can be positioned a brake valve in line with a first section of the carrier transport tube network and in line with a first section of said flow supply tube just a few feet above the stop point of one or both of the reception chambers to provide for rapid travel to the brake valve and efficient braking within just a few feet of the stop point.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2011
    Assignee: Hamilton Air Products, Inc
    Inventor: Lowell Scott
  • Patent number: 8006613
    Abstract: A transfer mechanism for transferring food product from a compartment of a food processing system includes a conduit having a first end portion configured to be in communication with the compartment and a second end portion, a fluid discharge positioned substantially within the conduit between the first end portion and the second end portion, and a pressurized fluid source in communication with the fluid discharge. The pressurized fluid source is operable to propel a fluid through the fluid discharge to move the food product from the first end portion of the conduit toward the second end portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2011
    Assignee: Lyco Manufacturing, Inc.
    Inventors: Glenn W. Stousland, David R. Zittel, Daniel D. Maupin, Steve J. Schultz, Scott K. Weisman
  • Patent number: 8002109
    Abstract: A drive roller assembly for engaging a conveyor belt assembly for movement of a conveyor belt includes a sandwich assembly of components including a pair of outer annular scalloped wheels for engaging a conveyor belt for its movement, a rectilinear drive shaft running through the drive nut, and bolt assemblies to hold the sandwich assembly together.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2011
    Assignee: Unique Metal Designs, Inc.
    Inventors: Don A. Rogers, Rick A. Musick
  • Patent number: 7997831
    Abstract: A microfabricated sheath flow structure for producing a sheath flow includes a primary sheath flow channel for conveying a sheath fluid, a sample inlet for injecting a sample into the sheath fluid in the primary sheath flow channel, a primary focusing region for focusing the sample within the sheath fluid and a secondary focusing region for providing additional focusing of the sample within the sheath fluid. The secondary focusing region may be formed by a flow channel intersecting the primary sheath flow channel to inject additional sheath fluid into the primary sheath flow channel from a selected direction. A sheath flow system may comprise a plurality of sheath flow structures operating in parallel on a microfluidic chip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2011
    Assignee: Cytonome/St, LLC
    Inventors: John R. Gilbert, Manish Deshpande, Bernard Bunner
  • Patent number: 7993081
    Abstract: A device capable of causing a substrate to float by a gas can suppress the consumption of a gas. The device includes a carrying passage along which a substrate is carried. The gas spouted through the gas spouting pores causes the substrate to float and creates gas flows in the carrying gas flow grooves to propel the substrate in a carrying direction. The carrying passage is divided with respect to the carrying direction into passage sections, and the spouting of the gas through groups of the gas spouting pores assigned respectively to the passage sections is controlled to suporess the consumption of the gas.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2011
    Assignee: Tokyo Electron Limited
    Inventor: Naruaki Iida
  • Patent number: 7992701
    Abstract: A conveyor system aligner, method of aligning and continuous aligning belt includes providing a belt support assembly having a generally vertical support surface and a channel defined in the support surface. A belt drive propels the aligning belt along the support surface and items, such as cartons, are conveyed past the aligning belt. A continuous aligning belt is provided that has a contact portion and a guide member. The contact portion has a contact surface and a glide surface. The glide surface is configured to travel along the support surface. The guide member is adapted to be captured by the channel and travels in the channel to support the aligning belt.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2011
    Assignee: Dematic Corp.
    Inventor: Stephen C. Wolf
  • Patent number: 7987966
    Abstract: A removable cartridge cleaner assembly is provided that allows for faster and easier removal of the belt cleaner blades out from under a conveyor belt. In one aspect the assembly includes a biasing surface of one of an elongate support assembly and a channel member configured to be engaged by a securing member and urge distal ends of legs of the channel member into tight engagement with the elongate support assembly and minimize debris accumulation therebetween. In another aspect, the elongate base member and rail member each include lateral portions configured to slidably engage corresponding wedge portions to urge the rail member toward the base member. A method of installing a belt cleaner assembly is also provided which includes camming a rail member downwardly toward the support member upper surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2011
    Assignee: Flexible Steel Lacing Company
    Inventors: Brett E. DeVries, Daniel J. Kuiper, Carl J. Hessler
  • Patent number: 7988386
    Abstract: A mounting assembly uses one hinge and one cam bolt mutually offset upon a two piece collar. A hopper tee has a member usually a vertical pipe and occasionally a horizontal pipe that connects to a hopper flange to receive bulk material. This assembly has two collars that mutually engage and surround a hopper flange. Pins pass through the collar pieces and the hopper flange then secure to tapped holes in the collar pieces to prevent rotation. A collar piece mounts a hook bolt and the other collar piece mounts a hinge in a spaced apart and offset manner. The other collar piece has a pivotal connection to a hinge arm and opposite the hinge arm, the hook bolt engages a cam. Opening the cam unfolds the tee downwardly while the hook bolt remains engaged. This partially open position allows for removal and installation of a valve. In opening and closing the assembly, the hinge arm spaces the flange below a hopper to admit a valve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2011
    Assignee: Bulk Tank, Inc.
    Inventor: David E. Sisk
  • Patent number: 7976259
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides for a system for feeding biomass into a pressured vessel, the system includes a screw-feeding housing, a drive motor, a rotary airlock, a first conveyor screw, a second conveyor screw, a barrel, a low friction liner attached to a substantial portion of the inside surface of the barrel, a pressure sensor positioned within the screw-feeding housing for monitoring backpressure, a compression disk, an actuator, a function controller which controls the pressure sensor, the drive motor and the actuator, and a control loop which comprises the function controller, the actuator, the drive motor, and the pressure sensor for monitoring backpressure within the screw-feeding housing and for controlling and adjusting the force applied by the actuator to the compression disk and the torque applied by the drive motor to the first conveyor screw, thereby effectuating an effectively sealed biomass plug.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2011
    Inventors: Joe David Craig, Joe Don Nevill, Lyle Allen Craig
  • Patent number: 7975829
    Abstract: An improved conveyor assembly includes a conveyor belt for conveying a product to one or more product operations is disclosed. Such conveyor assembly includes a pair of spaced apart side frames that support the conveyor belt and between which the conveyor belt rotates. The side frames are formed from an upstanding member and a inwardly extending horizontal member. Both the frame upstanding member and the frame horizontal member carry a series of elongated slots. One or more L-shaped brackets are formed from a generally upstanding member and an inwardly extending member. Both the bracket upstanding member and the bracket horizontal member carry a series of elongated slots. The bracket horizontal member slots are configured to overlay the frame elongate horizontal member slots, and the bracket upstanding member slots are configured to overlay the frame upstanding member slots for attaching components to the frames.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2011
    Assignee: Unique Metal Designs, Inc.
    Inventors: Don A. Rogers, Rick A. Musick
  • Patent number: 7975831
    Abstract: A conveying apparatus is capable of changing the forward motion direction (V1) of sheet articles (10) by means of a first rotating diverting member (4) situated above a lower active run (2h) of a second conveyor (2). The second conveyor is disposed at an angle (H1) with respect to the first conveyor (1) and the first rotating diverting member (4) is shaped like a cam with an active portion (4h) for moving the sheet article to the second conveyor without changing orientation of the sheet article. A third conveyor (3) can be added, at an angle (H2) with respect to the second conveyor, with a second rotating diverting member (5) for moving the sheet articles from the second conveyor to the third conveyor (3) without changing orientation of the sheet articles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2011
    Assignee: C.M.C. S.r.l.
    Inventor: Francesco Ponti
  • Patent number: 7972088
    Abstract: A conveyor which can be used to route oriented objects, such as caps, covers, lids, etc. from a finishing machine of the type including a belt, a vibrating bowl or other. The conveyor includes a module having a vertical conveyor in the form of a column with an adjustable height and an intermediate conveyor in the form of a casing which is disposed between the finishing machine and the column. In addition, the module includes channel-type devices for guiding the objects and devices for propelling the objects, in the form of jets of air pulsed through eyes. The channel and the eyes form a continuous assembly between the finishing machine and the upper end of the column. The conveyor also includes devices enabling the automatic ejection of objects from grooves provided in the belt of the machine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2005
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2011
    Assignee: Sidel Participations
    Inventors: Sean Dotson, Bill Klawonn, Mina Klawonn, legal representative, St├ęphane Lorange, Samuel Mathis, Doug Robertson, Emmanuel Roth, Gilles Waeldin, Curtis Welter
  • Patent number: 7971706
    Abstract: A conveyor having conveyor chain 100 adapted to be engaged and driven by drums 180 and 190 having spiral flights. The conveyor chain has a number of interconnected conveying modules 120, 140, 150 and 160. Selected modules 120 are aligned in the direction of travel parallel to the axis of rotation of the drums. Each of the aligned modules has a traveling guide socket 122 on the back surface, which engages with flight portions 180a and 190a of the spiral drums, so that the chain is advanced by the rotation of the drums. The modules are rectangular and are interconnected in columns and rows, preferably in a brick pattern.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2011
    Assignee: Tsubakimoto Chain Co.
    Inventors: Hajime Ozaki, Katsutoshi Shibayama, Satoshi Hotchi, Tsuyoshi Nakamura, Fukukazu Kato
  • Patent number: 7972089
    Abstract: Disclosed is a system of displacing a plurality of parts to be stocked and distributed, each part defining a first end and a second end. The system comprises a conduit, the conduit defining an interior to house an actuation fluid, an axis of displacement in the interior, and an interior surface; and a plurality of devices. Each device includes a periphery configured to contact the interior surface of the conduit and to move along the interior surface, a device first surface approximately perpendicular to the axis of displacement, the device first surface being subject to a pressure of the actuation fluid thereby subjecting the device to displacement in the conduit, a first device-end shaped to receive the first end of a corresponding first part in the plurality of parts, and a second device-end shaped to receive the second end of a corresponding second part in the plurality of parts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2005
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2011
    Assignee: F2 C2 System
    Inventors: Jean-Marc Auriol, Philippe Bornes
  • Patent number: 7971703
    Abstract: A conveying apparatus and a conveyed object inspection apparatus which can perform accurate, damage free image inspection. One conveying roller has a conveying surface formed in a spiral manner on an outer periphery surface thereof. The conveying surface is slanted with respect to the central axis narrowing toward other end side so as to convey a conveyed object while holding it between the conveying surface and other conveying roller. The other conveying roller has a tilt surface provided in a spiral manner on an outer periphery surface thereof. The tilt surface is slanted with respect to the central axis narrowing toward one end side. A feeding means can feed the conveyed object inbetween the conveying rollers. An inspection section has an image acquisition means capable of acquiring an image of an entire outer surface of the conveyed object, and an abnormality detecting means capable of detecting abnormality of the conveyed object based on the image A removing means can then remove an abnormal object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2011
    Assignee: Daikyo Seiko, Ltd.
    Inventors: Takemitu Sato, Satoshi Hasegawa, Masami Nakajima, Yasushi Toyama, Haruo Miyata
  • Patent number: 7972087
    Abstract: A vacuum transfer apparatus and process with weighing controls. An exemplary vacuum transfer apparatus includes a hopper that retains food product and includes a discharge port. A vacuum chamber has an inlet coupled to the discharge port of the hopper, and a member that is time-controlled to dispense product from the vacuum chamber. A portioning hopper receives product from the vacuum chamber and dispenses a predetermined weight of product.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2011
    Assignee: Food Processing Equipment Company
    Inventor: Alan L. Davison
  • Patent number: 7963387
    Abstract: Material handling apparatus (10) for collecting and handling particulate material such as particulate coal, the apparatus (10) comprising an elongated hollow conveyor housing (19) along which an endless chain (43) extends, the chain (43) carrying a plurality of transverse flights (44), the housing (19) being supported adjustably on a mobile chassis (11), and a materials collection head (31) at one end of the housing (19) which includes augers (38) for directing particulate material towards a central portion of the head (31) for engagement by the flights (44) which convey the collected materials along the housing (10) to an outlet (21).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2011
    Inventors: Keith Leslie Carmody, David Charles Shepherd
  • Patent number: 7954631
    Abstract: A chain link conveyor for use in material handling equipment such as a feed cart. The chain link conveyor comprises a series of sprockets and a pair of spaced apart chains trained around the sprockets. Each chain includes a series of interconnected links. Each link comprises a pair of sidebars and an interconnecting cross bar along with a pair of hooks that function to connect consecutive links and also function to form a sprocket centering gap that receives and guides respective sprockets through the link as the links moves over the sprockets. Various implementations of the chain link conveyor can be made. In one implementation the chain link conveyor is disposed in a feed cart.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2011
    Assignee: Weaverline, LLC
    Inventors: Frank Nevin Weaver, Frank Nolt Weaver
  • Patent number: 7946797
    Abstract: An egg transport system has an egg transport module (10) where eggs are stored on a plurality of shelves (20) on a transportable frame (30) with wheels (11). The module (10) is loaded or unloaded by a loader (50, 150) and unloader (70), both of which can be vertical aligned to enable loading/unloading of a selected one of the shelves (20).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2011
    Inventor: Colin James Smith
  • Patent number: 7946410
    Abstract: A hitch apparatus is provided for use on a first mobile machine such as a conveyor vehicle to be used with a second mobile machine connected to the first machine. The apparatus includes a track member adapted for mounting at an end of the first machine, this member providing a track having two opposite sides and bent to form a circular arc having a center of curvature. A hitch unit is mounted for rolling movement on the track and can pivotably connect the end of the first machine to the second machine. The hitch unit includes rollers for engaging both of the opposite sides so that the track is captured between the rollers. The first machine is able to pivot about a substantially vertical axis extending through the center of curvature relative to the second machine and is connected to the second machine for movement therewith.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2011
    Assignee: Prairie Machine & Parts Mfg. (1978) Ltd.
    Inventors: Maurice DeMong, Edward Krueckl