Patents Examined by Jonathan D Snelting
  • Patent number: 10059535
    Abstract: A bulk storage and dispensing system has transportable silos releasably secured at bottom ends thereof to a fixed silo location on a site surface. A conveyor assembly is releasably secured to a fixed conveyor location on the site surface adjacent to the silos and includes a lower output conveyor, an upper input conveyor, a rigid upper frame, and a conveyor raising mechanism operative to raise the conveyor assembly from a lowered transport position to a raised operating position. The lower output conveyor receives granular material from each silo and discharges same at a desired location. The upper input conveyor receives granular material when in the raised operating position and directs same into each silo. Upper silo locks lock upper portions of the silos to the rigid upper frame of the conveyor assembly when the rigid upper frame is in the raised operating position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Assignee: Quickthree Technology, LLC
    Inventors: Alvin Herman, Erin Herman
  • Patent number: 10017337
    Abstract: A rail-road intermodal freight system. In an embodiment, a conveyor system is provided for placing rail cars in a position for loading shipping containers thereon, while an over-the-road trailer is secured to the rail car. Rail cars have a frame with a front end and a rear end, and a bogie having at least four flanged rail wheels is pivotally mounted to the rear of the frame of the rail car. A method for unloading the rail cars includes lifting the front of the frame of the rail cars and pivoting the rail cars by an angle alpha from the track direction at an unloading area, and lowering the front end of the frame to the ground to allow truck access to trailers on the rail car. By utilizing the method, efficient loading and unloading of train involved in intermodal shipments may save considerable time, and thus reduce costs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2018
    Assignee: SEA-TRAIN EXPRESS—LLC
    Inventor: David Kun
  • Patent number: 10017229
    Abstract: A marine cargo loader and handrail device includes a base plate, a post and a platform that is pivotally mounted to the post to allow the platform to move upward and downward. The platform can have two positions, the stored and deployed positions. When stored, the platform is in an upright position. When deployed, the platform is in a substantially horizontal plane with respect to the post. The device may also include a gas dampener to allow for a smooth descent from the stored position downward to the deployed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2018
    Inventor: Michael P. Ziaylek
  • Patent number: 8011871
    Abstract: Reels of material are transported by being disposed on a first transport carriage which is, in turn, disposed on a second transport carriage. The second transport carriage travels between a reel storage area, that has a plurality of storage spaces, and a reel changer of a web-processing machine. The second transport carriage, together with the first transport carriage and the reel of material that is deposited on the first transport carriage then travels to an offload or unload position of the reel changer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2005
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2011
    Assignee: Koenig & Bauer Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Erwin Paul Josef Lehrieder, Josef Herbert Olbort
  • Patent number: 7988405
    Abstract: A pallet jack is disclosed that comprises a left tine, center tine, and a right tine. The center tine is about 2 times the width of each of the left and right tines, though other widths of the center tine can also be implemented. Because the center tine is about twice the width of the left and right tines, two pallets, side-by-side, can be carried simultaneously with only three tines. According to another embodiment of the pallet jack, a portion of the center tine (a right-most portion) and the right tine can have raised areas that enable an operator of the pallet jack to lift a right pallet that sits on the raised areas higher than the left pallet. The left pallet sits on the left tine and center tine without the raised areas (at a lower height). Thus, the operator of the pallet jack can place the left pallet in a first location without disengaging the tines from the right pallet, or without lowering the right pallet all the way to the ground (or a first location surface).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2011
    Inventor: Stanley Charles Ellington
  • Patent number: 7988403
    Abstract: The bulk materials cart has a dual unload system including at least two inclined belt conveyors bounding an enclosed cavity. A first belt conveyor is operable for conveying bulk materials from the cavity to an unloading conveyor extendable from that side of the cart. A second belt conveyor is operable for conveying bulk materials upwardly and over another side of the cart. The dual unload system is automatically operable in a first mode operating the first belt conveyor and the unloading conveyor for conveying the bulk materials away from the cart, and in a second mode operating the second belt conveyor for conveying the bulk materials over the side of the cart.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2011
    Assignee: CNH America LLC
    Inventor: Jonathan E. Ricketts
  • Patent number: 7972103
    Abstract: Apparatus for transferring settled or suspended solids from an open vessel into a closed vessel, the apparatus comprising a suction line which extends from the closed vessel to the open vessel via drive means, such as a pump or compressor, and a solids feed line which extends from a solids outlet in the open vessel to a solids inlet in the closed vessel, a fluidising apparatus being provided to fluidise the solids in the open vessel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2003
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2011
    Assignee: Cameron International Corporation
    Inventors: James Edward Delves, David John Parkinson
  • Patent number: 7959398
    Abstract: An apparatus for rotary dumping of rail cars, including a backside airflow diverter, a backside hood for removing contaminated air from the back side of the pit and at least two baffles on a rotational frame, the baffles each presenting a leading edge that contacts the backside airflow diverter during at least a portion of rotational motion. At least one air intake is positioned to pass through the upper surface of the backside diverter into the backside hood at a location where pressure in the backside hood is maintained at a substantially neutral or negative level even when pressure in the material receiving pit is increased by a down rush of air caused by the exit of the load from the railcar.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2011
    Assignee: Air-Cure Incorporated
    Inventors: Michael R Harris, Jason Santers
  • Patent number: 7942622
    Abstract: In a vacuum transfer chamber 10, a position detecting mechanism 33 for detecting the positions of semiconductor wafers W is arranged. The semiconductor wafers W disposed at predetermined positions in a load lock chamber 17 and vacuum processing chambers 11 to 16 are transferred to the position detecting mechanism 33 by a vacuum transfer mechanism 30 and the positions of the wafers are detected. Then, based on the detection results, aligning between the load lock chamber 17 and the vacuum processing chambers 11 to 16 is performed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2011
    Assignee: Tokyo Electron Limited
    Inventors: Keisuke Kondoh, Hiroshi Koizumi
  • Patent number: 7942619
    Abstract: In the present invention, a base 43 of a robot 27 is fixed to a fixing portion 53 of a frame divided body 50. The base 43 allows force exerted from a robot main body 27A to be transmitted to the fixing portion 53 of the frame divided body 50. Contrary, the fixing portion 53 of the frame divided body 50 has rigidity which can prevent the force exerted from the base 43 of the robot 27 from being transmitted to a main body constituting member 51. Accordingly, the base 43 of the robot 27 has only to possess a function for connecting the robot main body 27A and the frame divided body 50. Therefore, even though reducing its rigidity, transmission of vibration to the wafer processing apparatus can be prevented, as well as occurrence of malfunctioning in the substrate processing work can be prevented. In addition, increasing the rigidity of the frame divided body 50 can be achieved easier with a simpler construction and more effective than increasing the rigidity of the robot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2011
    Assignee: Kawasaki Jukogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Yasuhiko Hashimoto, Masao Takatori, Yasuo Hirooka
  • Patent number: 7938613
    Abstract: An unloading conveyor apparatus and system for an agricultural harvester including a spout controllably directable for enabling distributing grain in a desired manner within a region of a receiving storage container, or a transporting truck, wagon, or other vehicle, and configurable as a closure for the conveyor for preventing entry of contaminants and the like. The spout can advantageously extend both the distance and range of variability of grain delivery location, and the free end of the spout can include a cover for improving grain delivery accuracy and wind resistance, and a break open feature to prevent damage. The spout can also be rotatable laterally about the end of the conveyor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2011
    Assignee: CNH America LLC
    Inventors: Denver R. Yoder, Andrew J. Horst
  • Patent number: 7927059
    Abstract: A pipeline padding machine includes a debris-resistant escalator flight. A pipeline padding machine includes an escalator assembly with multiple flight sections attached to a track. A gap between leading and trailing edges of respective adjacent flight sections may be substantially the same when the track is substantially straight, and when the track is at its maximum curvature. Leading and trailing edge portions of each flight section may be angled relative to a longitudinal axis of a corresponding track section by a same angle as that between adjacent track sections when the track is at its maximum curvature. The edge portions of respective adjacent flight sections may be substantially parallel to each other when the track is at its maximum curvature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2011
    Assignee: Worldwide Machinery Pipeline Division
    Inventors: Giordano Grassi, Ricky L. Layh
  • Patent number: 7896602
    Abstract: An improved stocker configuration for storing workpieces in a fabrication facility is disclosed, employing workpiece compartments arranged stationarily around a robot handling assembly. The robot handler can be designed with three degrees of freedom, to improve speed, throughput and minimum minimum particle generation. In addition, the stocker storage area is stationary with the movable components are the robot assembly, thus further contributing to the cleanliness of the storage stocker. The stocker configuration can be open storage area for fast access, space saving and ease of clean air purging. The stocker configuration can provide highly dense workpiece storage, utilizing a circumferential edge gripper robot handling assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2011
    Inventor: Lutz Rebstock
  • Patent number: 7878753
    Abstract: A rotatable apparatus for repairing and restoring vehicle body shells including a pair of vertically positioned hoops placed in a parallel relation mounted to the body shell for rotation about a horizontal axis. A plurality of connecting members attached in a spoke-like manner to support the body shell. A pair of generally stationary roller-bases supports the hoop assembly and facilitates rotation. The roller-bases include foot-operated brakes to prevent rotation of the assembly. A jacking-arm device facilitates the transfer of the assembly from the roller-bases to the removably connected upright rolling supports for traversing an area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 1, 2011
    Inventors: Douglas James Kielian, Stephanie Sue Kielian
  • Patent number: 7871232
    Abstract: A line feed system of the invention comprises a framework having a first end and a second end. At least one conveyor is carried on the framework. The conveyor comprises a drive system and a cart configured to engage the drive system. In one embodiment, the cart has a base that engages the drive system and a carriage that is movable, e.g., extensible and retractable, with respect to the base. In another embodiment, the drive system is extensible and retractable. The cart can also include one or more lift devices that can be raised and lowered with respect to the carriage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2006
    Date of Patent: January 18, 2011
    Inventor: David W. Lutz
  • Patent number: 7862285
    Abstract: Disclosed is a hoist trolley having a pair of jacking plates with apertures for attaching the plates to a compressor. Fixed to the opposing ends of the jack-plates are telescopic legs with extendable retractable wheels and a screw jack that is used to elevate the load, once the plates are attached, enabling the wheels to be extended. Once extended, the jack base plate is raised with the wheels supporting the load. Transporting the load is accomplished by providing a pair of rails cantilevered from a stand. Also provides are additional elements to enhance the range of applications for the compressor trolley including a pry bar incorporating a motive member whereby the bar can be used in the similar function of supporting some part of the load while moving to a workspace and a depending pivot arm having one element of a fastener, with the other incorporated into an opposing jacking plate. Furthermore, the spaced apart trolley rails can include integral rollers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2006
    Date of Patent: January 4, 2011
    Inventor: Michael J Dove
  • Patent number: 7857572
    Abstract: A load moving system includes a pair of lifting assemblies. The assemblies are positioned on opposite sides of a load to be carried. Each of the assemblies includes a plate. A vertical wall is attached to the plate and the plate extends forward from a bottom edge of the vertical wall. The plate is extendable under the load and the vertical wall is positionable against the load. An upper wall is attached to an upper portion of the vertical wall and extends rearward of the vertical wall. A pair of wheel assemblies is provided. Each of the wheel assemblies is positioned below and is rotatably coupled to the upper wall. A pair of support posts is attached to and extends upwardly from the upper wall. A coupling assembly releasably couples the support posts to the load.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 28, 2010
    Inventor: David D. Thompson
  • Patent number: 7837424
    Abstract: A storage and retrieval system includes a continuous track and a plurality of individual storage units stacked in multiple columns or rows. Each storage unit is engaged with the track for selective movement along the track. Each storage unit includes two sets of wheels, a first set of wheels for engaging the continuous track, and a second set of wheels for engaging support rails disposed above an upper rail of first and second tracks of the continuous track, so as to support the storage unit as the storage unit passes gaps in the upper rail due to intermediate vertical rails extending downwardly intermediate ends thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 23, 2010
    Assignee: Worthwhile Products
    Inventor: Stanley B. Solomon
  • Patent number: 7837423
    Abstract: A silo for storing viscous material such as sludge, the silo comprising a floor and a perimeter wall connected to the floor, is disclosed. The silo further comprises a moveable frame adjacent to the floor wherein the frame defines an area less than the area of the floor, and an opening in the floor. A crosspiece having opposite ends mounted to generally opposing portions of the perimeter wall is provided within the silo adjacent to the moveable frame. The crosspiece contains a surface facing the floor and is positioned adjacent to the frame. The crosspiece further comprises one or more diverter portions connected to the crosspiece which extend from the floor facing surface of the crosspiece towards the floor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2005
    Date of Patent: November 23, 2010
    Assignee: Schwing Bioset, Incorporated
    Inventors: Charles G. Brey, Franz Tillman
  • Patent number: 7824146
    Abstract: Automated systems and methods for adapting semiconductor fabrication tools to process wafers of different diameters are described. In one embodiment, a method comprises providing a semiconductor fabrication tool, placing an adapter ring on a plurality of ring holders via a robotic arm, the plurality of ring holders being operable to support the adapter ring at a vertical distance from a stage heater and the stage heater being movable in a vertical direction, placing a first semiconductor wafer on the stage heater via the robotic arm, the first semiconductor wafer having a first diameter, and moving the stage heater upward to receive the adapter ring from the plurality of ring holders and to cover a portion of the stage heater during processing of the first semiconductor wafer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 2, 2010
    Assignee: Advanced Technology Development Facility
    Inventors: Khamsidi Lanee, Gerry Moore