Patents Examined by Joe Dillon, Jr.
  • Patent number: 7699160
    Abstract: A conveyor comprising a plurality of modules (1) arranged one after the other, each of said modules comprising two parallel front and rear walls (2,3), two parallel lateral walls (17) and a top and bottom surface (15) and projecting from said front and rear wall a plurality of module link ends (4), the module ends (4) of one module intermeshing with the module ends of the previous and successive modules, said module ends (4) including coaxially aligned openings (5) adapted to receive a transverse pin (6) for realisably joining said modules, said pin (6) comprising a first cylindrically shaped portion (7) extending in said openings (5) and a second portion (8), radially departing from one end of said first portion, said pin being rotatable, about a longitudinal axis (L) of said first portion (7) of the pin (6), between a first position (F) not restricting the axial movement of said pin (6) in said openings (5) and a second position (R) restricting said axial movement, a lateral portion (9) of each of said modu
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2010
    Assignee: System Plast S.R.L.
    Inventor: Sergio Marsetti
  • Patent number: 7438507
    Abstract: A method of transporting pulverulent filling material through at least one line. The method comprises opening a chamber-like line region located in the at least one line, introducing the pulverulent filling material into the chamber-like line region, closing the chamber-like line region, and pressing the pulverulent filling material out of the chamber-like line region and at least partially into the at least one line using at least one compressed air pulse.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2006
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2008
    Assignee: Harro Höfliger Verpackungsmaschinen GmbH
    Inventor: Rolf Scharger
  • Patent number: 7426989
    Abstract: An escalator or moving walk has a truss that is supported in the area of its extreme ends. In the area between its two extreme ends, the truss has at least one tension element which, at a first end, is connected mechanically to the truss, and at a second end is connected to a fastening point. The tension element is constructed and tensioned such that it exerts a tensile force on the truss that acts at least partly in the direction of the earth's gravitational force.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 23, 2008
    Assignee: Inventio AG
    Inventor: David Krampl
  • Patent number: 7413388
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method and an apparatus for pneumatically conveying bulk material which does not flow readily, in which: bulk material is metered by means of one or more input device(s) (8) into a lateral conveyor (1); and the bulk material in the lateral conveyor is subsequently emptied via a transport line (19) wherein the metering of the bulk material into the lateral conveyor (1) is achieved by means of the input device(s) (8) and the emptying of the lateral conveyor (1) is effected with simultaneous action of a mechanical conveyor (9) in the lateral conveyor and inflowing compressed gas (17), with the mechanical conveyor (9) having a narrow clearance with respect to the lateral conveyor (1), so that the lateral conveyor is substantially emptied during the emptying process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2008
    Assignee: LANXESS Deutschland GmbH
    Inventor: Claus Krebs
  • Patent number: 7363106
    Abstract: A system and method provides for the identification and monitoring of carriers within a pneumatic carrier system. Each carrier which is to be employed within the system includes an identification device such as a radio frequency identification (RFID) chip which has stored thereon identification information for the carrier. Positioned throughout the system are communications devices such as antennas and readers which are employed to read and/or write identification information on the chip. When a carrier is put in the system, a destination location can be associated with the particular carrier ID. This associated information is then employed to, among many things, monitor and confirm identity of the carrier as it moves to its destination.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2008
    Assignee: Translogic Corporation
    Inventors: Kenneth Michael Hoganson, Gregory Richard Chaney, Bennett Charles Hinnen
  • Patent number: 7357244
    Abstract: The invention relates to a device for feeding book blocks, books or similar printed products (2), in step with the working cycle, to a subsequent processing machine. The infeed device comprises a continuous-drive accumulating conveyor (3); an arrestor (5), arranged at the downstream end of the continuous-drive accumulating conveyor (3), for cycled release of individual printed products (2); and a continuous-drive onward conveyor (11), which transports the printed products (2) by means of frictional force, for onward conveying of the separated printed products (2) to a defined transfer position (13) from which the printed products (2) are taken over, in step with the working cycle, by an infeed system (17) of the subsequent processing machine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2005
    Date of Patent: April 15, 2008
    Assignee: Kolbus GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventor: Harald Grewe
  • Patent number: 7353936
    Abstract: A wiper apparatus for sweeping or clearing debris from a surface, such as cuttings generated in a machining operation that have collected on a collecting surface, comprises rotatable wiper arms and dependent wiper blades. The wiper apparatus can be self-powered or it can be driven by a screw mechanism that engages the wiper arms, causing the wiper arms to rotate. The wipers are capable of relative movement in relation to the wiper arms, and the wipers may be rigid or flexible. Springs can be used to mount the wipers to the wiper arms. According to one embodiment, the wiper apparatus comprises a central portion including a hub to which the wiper arms are secured and a base adapted to be secured to the collecting surface. The hub is rotatably mounted to the base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2005
    Date of Patent: April 8, 2008
    Inventors: James Berry, Gary Berry, John B. Adrain
  • Patent number: 7347313
    Abstract: To equally space items along a first path, a predetermined number of items is moved towards each other to minimize distances between the items, and a gear mechanism is engaged with each item. The gear mechanism includes crossed bars, wherein pairs of the bars are coupled at middle joints so that each pair of bars forms an X-shaped structure and opposite ends of an X-shaped structure are coupled at end joints to respective ends of neighboring X-shaped structures. The gear mechanism is activated so that the gear mechanism acts upon each item and moves each item along the first path a predetermined distance to equally space the items.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2005
    Date of Patent: March 25, 2008
    Assignee: Siemens AG
    Inventor: Peter Berdelle-Hilge
  • Patent number: 7347649
    Abstract: To supply a powder lacquer sprayer, the coating powder is pressed by a pig through the supply line and, in the process, it is fluidized from the side of the pig which is turned toward the powder. The fluidization air can be led to the powder, for example, by a central passage opening of the pig or through an air permeable wall of the connection line. For the dosage of the coating powder, one uses the push medium which drives the pig.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2003
    Date of Patent: March 25, 2008
    Assignee: Durr Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas Duerr, Hans-Georg Fritz, Joachim Hering
  • Patent number: 7344018
    Abstract: A conveyor and associated method for diverting closely spaced articles conveyed along the conveyor. The conveyor includes a conveyor belt with belt rollers oriented to rotate on axes oblique to the direction of belt travel. A series of arrays of bearing surface elements are arranged end to end along the length of the conveyor. The bearing surfaces may be static or rotational. Each array defines a roller-control zone in which the array is selectively activated with its bearing surface elements in contract with the belt rollers or deactivated with its bearing surface elements out of contact with the belt rollers. As the belt advances through an activated roller-control zone, the belt rollers rotate to propel a conveyed article toward a side of the belt. The contiguous roller-control zones are sequentially activated and deactivated to direct articles to the side and off the belt or to let them pass straight through.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2005
    Date of Patent: March 18, 2008
    Assignee: Laitram, L.L.C.
    Inventors: Mark Costanzo, Eric M. Pressler, Matthew L. Fourney
  • Patent number: 7341406
    Abstract: A pneumatic transport system including an up receive/down send customer terminal having a pivot assembly for vertically and pivotally displacing a pneumatic carrier between a vertical position and an angularly disposed presentation position. The customer terminal includes a movable carrier cradle assembly to absorb relatively small impact forces from a vehicle mirror or other moving object. The carrier cradle assembly also includes a break away feature for limiting damage to the customer terminal from greater impact forces. A blower in the customer terminal is operative in pressure and vacuum modes to supply pressure differentials to selectively move the carrier. An up receive/down send operator terminal includes a rotatable door for opening and closing a carrier access opening. A component panel assembly is movable to allow access to terminal components of the operator terminal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 11, 2008
    Assignee: Diebold, Incorporated
    Inventors: Neil Gromley, Mark Mahaffey, Brian Wetrich, Robert Klatt, Dustin Cairns, Allan Bakerink
  • Patent number: 7331445
    Abstract: According to a first aspect of the invention there is provided a conveyor system that includes a rotatably-mounted drum and a conveyor belt that is movable along a path that includes a helical portion around the drum. During movement of the conveyor belt, a surface of the drum frictionally engages an inside edge of the conveyor belt along the helical portion of the path. Finally, a peripheral surface of a rotating driving element directly engages the drum and to rotate the drum thereby operatively to move the conveyor belt along the path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2004
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2008
    Assignee: Pride Conveyance
    Inventor: Bruce Roland
  • Patent number: 7331448
    Abstract: A roller cradle for use in a modular conveying assembly having a direction of travel in which an object is conveyed includes a first half and a second half. Each of the halves include integral hinge members defining a space therebetween. A roller having an axis of rotation substantially perpendicular to the direction of travel is retained in the space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2008
    Assignee: Rexnord Industries, LLC
    Inventors: James C. Stebnicki, Dean A. Wieting, Kevin S. Hansen
  • Patent number: 7328617
    Abstract: To reduce installation space for neutralization devices of neutralization of static electricity generated by work levitation air in an air levitation apparatus which levitates plate-shaped work by jettisoning of air. With an apparatus wherein multiple air jets are provided on a work levitation face for levitation of plate-shaped work, so as to levitate the work by jettisoning of air, an ionization device for ionizing the air is installed in the supply channel of the work levitation air, thereby neutralizing the static electricity generated by the work levitation air that is jettisoned.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2005
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2008
    Assignee: SMC Corporation
    Inventors: Hiroshi Miyachi, Takeshi Nishikawa, Satoshi Suzuki
  • Patent number: 7329071
    Abstract: Devices for the pneumatic conveying of particulate and powdery bulk goods to obtain high conveying speeds with low energy expenditure. The devices have a fluidized conveying pipe with fluidizing elements, in which pipe the fabric layers of the fluidizing elements are formed from two or a plurality of sintered and rolled metal wire fabric layers whose wires, at least those of the top outer layer, are tilted or bent downwards to form aligned flow channels inclined in the direction of conveying.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2006
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2008
    Assignee: IBAU Hamburg Ingenieurgesellschaft Industriebau mbH
    Inventor: Karl-Peter Sönnichsen
  • Patent number: 7326005
    Abstract: An air powered storage device is provided that is operative to temporarily store pneumatic carriers within a pneumatic carrier system. Generally, the device includes a pneumatic tube that is sized to permit the passage of pneumatic carriers. A gate member is selectively positionable into and out of an internal bore of the pneumatic tube to impede movement of pneumatic carriers there through. The device further includes a blower having a first fluid inlet disposed on a first side of the gate member and a fluid outlet disposed on a second side of the gate member. The fluid inlet and outlet are fluidly interconnected to the internal bore of the pneumatic tube such that the blower is selectively operable to generate a fluid flow through the internal bore between the fluid outlet and the fluid inlet. Such fluid flow may be utilized to reinitiate movement of a stopped carrier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2006
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2008
    Assignee: Translogic Corporation
    Inventors: Raymond Anthony Castro, Jim Podracky, Robert Trenconsky
  • Patent number: 7326025
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a warp detection system (200) for determining warping in a carrier (110) configured to carry substrates (120) for processing. In one embodiment, the system (200) includes a guide plate (210) configured to guide a path of the carrier (110) during the processing, where the guide plate (210) is positioned underneath the carrier (110). In addition, the system (220) includes a plurality of sensors (230) positioned within the guide plate (210), wherein each of the plurality of sensors (230) is configured to measure a distance of a respective area of the carrier (110) from the guide plate (210). Also in this embodiment, the system (200) includes a processing device (310) configured to receive the measured distances and determine warping in the carrier (110) based on differences between the measured distances.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2004
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2008
    Assignee: Texas Instruments Incorporated
    Inventors: Ramil A. Viluan, Raymond M. Partosa, Romulo D. Casallo, Jr., Melvin B. Alviar
  • Patent number: 7328084
    Abstract: A system and method provides for the identification and monitoring of carriers within a pneumatic carrier system. Each carrier which is to be employed within the system includes an identification device such as a radio frequency identification (RFID) chip which has stored thereon identification information for the carrier. Positioned throughout the system are communications devices such as antennas and readers which are employed to read and/or write identification information on the chip. When a carrier is put in the system, a destination location can be associated with the particular carrier ID. This associated information is then employed to, among many things, monitor and confirm identity of the carrier as it moves to its destination.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2006
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2008
    Assignee: Translogic Corporation
    Inventors: Kenneth Michael Hoganson, Gregory Richard Chaney, Bennett Charles Hinnen
  • Patent number: 7325674
    Abstract: A plate conveyor having overlapping plates and a plate-supporting sprocket chain composed of two parallel chain strands formed of inner link members and outer link members, facing ones of which are connected by link pins. The chain is in the form of at least two preassembled portions that are to be interconnected by terminal link segments. A first terminal link segment is comprised of two parallel, outwardly projecting terminal inner link members, with a plate connected to at least one of them. A second terminal link segment is formed by a terminal outer link member, one end of which is connected to a link pin. The terminal outer link member projects outwardly on one side of the second terminal link segment and is connected to a plate. An outer closure link member is disposed across from the terminal outer link member and has an end adapted to be placed on the link pin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2005
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2008
    Assignee: Aumund-Fördererbau GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventor: Karl-Josef Dufhaus
  • Patent number: 7320562
    Abstract: A pneumatic transport system including an up receive/down send customer terminal having a pivot assembly for vertically and pivotally displacing a pneumatic carrier between a vertical position and an angularly disposed presentation position. The customer terminal includes a movable carrier cradle assembly to absorb relatively small impact forces from a vehicle mirror or other moving object. The carrier cradle assembly also includes a break away feature for limiting damage to the customer terminal from greater impact forces. A blower in the customer terminal is operative in pressure and vacuum modes to supply pressure differentials to selectively move the carrier. An up receive/down send operator terminal includes a rotatable door for opening and closing a carrier access opening. A component panel assembly is movable to allow access to terminal components of the operator terminal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2006
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2008
    Assignee: Diebold, Incorporated
    Inventors: Neil Gromley, Mark Mahaffey, Brian Wetrich, Robert Klatt, Dustin Cairns, Allan Bakerink