Patents Examined by Kaitlin Joerger
  • Patent number: 9914467
    Abstract: A clamp assembly is provided for securing to preexisting studs or support members. The clamp assembly comprises a compression fitting adapted to be secured to a plurality of different sized studs or wall supports, and further to support additional supports including, but not limited, horizontal support members. A support and movement device is further provided that is selectively connectable to clamp and support members of the disclosure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2018
    Inventor: Daniel M. Nyce
  • Patent number: 9889786
    Abstract: A tailgate assembly is provided for a pickup truck tailgate. The tailgate assembly includes a tailgate, a bracket, an L-shaped platform, and a retractable link. The L-shaped platform is pivotally attached to the bracket, which is selectively attachable to the tailgate. The L-shaped platform pivots about a pivot point to assist in loading objects into the truck bed by lifting them into the truck bed and rolling/sliding them into the truck bed. The retractable link facilitates the pivoting of the L-shaped platform and is attached to the bracket and a distal end of the L-shaped platform.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2018
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Dragan B. Stojkovic, Jack Marchlewski
  • Patent number: 9890549
    Abstract: Storage system for vehicles, in particular two-wheeled vehicles, bicycles or motorcycles, having a substantially closed housing with a storage region which is not accessible from the outside and with at least one closable loading and unloading station (2) of the vehicles, a transportation system (3, 4, 5) for conveying the vehicles from the at least one loading and unloading station (2) into the storage region and within the storage region, wherein the vehicles can be stored and conveyed in mutually separate containers (9).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2018
    Inventors: Riccardo Gambarotta, Alessandro Gambarotta
  • Patent number: 9884719
    Abstract: A storage array in an automated storage and retrieval system includes storage spaces arrayed on racks along picking aisles, multiple level decks, where at least one deck communicates with each aisle, where the decks and aisles are configured to define a rolling surface for an autonomous transport vehicle at each level of the decks, racks along at least one aisle at each level are at multiple rack levels that are accessed from a respective rolling surface that is common to the multiple rack levels, and a vertical pitch between rack levels varies for a portion of a respective aisle, the vertical pitch between at least two rack levels of the portion of the respective aisle is related to another vertical pitch between at least two other rack levels of another aisle portion of the respective aisle so the vehicle effects multiple picks in ordered sequence in a common aisle pass.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2018
    Assignee: Symbotic, LLC
    Inventors: Kirill K. Pankratov, Larry M. Sweet, Juergen D. Conrad, John F. Keating, Matt Gates
  • Patent number: 9884575
    Abstract: A container for transporting and storing landscaping materials includes a rectangular container body having a bottom wall, a pair of side walls, and an end wall which define an open-ended chamber; and a vertical ramp end wall that is pivotally displaceable between a normal vertical closed position, and a downwardly inclined loading position, which pivot arrangement includes a pair of horizontal pivot shafts arranged collinearly transversely of the container on opposite sides of the protruding ends of a pair of guide rails that extend longitudinally beneath the bottom wall. To afford manual operation of the massive ramp wall, a counter-balancing spring arrangement is provided including a pair of torsion springs mounted concentrically on these two pivot shafts for biasing the ramp wall from the loading position upwardly toward the closed position with an aggregate torque force that is generally equal to the weight of the ramp wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2018
    Assignee: Dropstor, Inc.
    Inventor: Dennis W. Melancon, Jr.
  • Patent number: 9868455
    Abstract: A system for ballasting tents, includes a ballast (3) cast of concrete. Each ballast has a top surface (33t). A front surface (4) has a rectangular pocket (5), sized to receive a lifting fork (19). The pocket (5) extends through the front surface (4) and through the back surface (93). The front surface has a front recess (9) below the pocket (5). A front tie-down (32D), is cast into the ballast. The front tie-down has a bend extending out from the concrete into the front recess (9), but not out beyond the front surface (4). There is a top recess (7) in the top surface (33t). A top tie-down point (6) is cast into the ballast, extending into the top recess (7), but not extending above the top surface (33t).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Inventor: Nicholas Deninno
  • Patent number: 9868379
    Abstract: A vehicle for transporting boxes in a loading volume, the boxes being stacked on at least one trolley with wheels, engaging with at least one guide rail attached to the floor to guide the movement of said trolley. The vehicle has at least one device exerting a horizontal force on a row of boxes placed on at least one trolley to move them towards an opening of the vehicle. The vehicle furthermore has at least one roof bar holding, at the upper portion, at least one stack of boxes placed on a trolley. The presence of a roof bar ensures that the boxes are properly held in the loading volume, thus preventing breakage during transportation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Assignee: GRUAU LAVAL
    Inventor: David Boscher
  • Patent number: 9862297
    Abstract: A vehicle trailer system for loading, transporting and unloading a load includes a wheeled trailer structure for attachment to a towing vehicle; a carriage mounted for bidirectional travel on the trailer structure; a carriage hitch carried by the carriage, the carriage hitch configured for coupling to the load; a movable, preferably pivotable arm carried by the trailer structure; and an arm actuating cylinder operably engaging the movable arm to selectively position the movable arm in lowered and raised positions. In a first raised position, the movable arm can suspend a cable attached to the load and lift the load when the cable is pulled by a winch. In a second raised position, the movable arm can arrange the cable so that it presents a strong vertical component for lowering the load onto the carriage hitch. When the movable arm is arranged in the lowered position, the carriage can travel over the movable arm as the cable pulls the load onto the trailer structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2018
    Assignee: SELECTRAILERS, L.L.C
    Inventors: Frederick W. Anton Engelbrecht, Richard Alan Stahl, Marshall Roy Crosby
  • Patent number: 9850079
    Abstract: An autonomous transport vehicle includes a frame forming a payload section configured to hold one or more pickfaces, a transfer arm movably mounted to the frame, a drive section connected to the frame, and a controller connected to the drive section, the controller being configured to effect an on-the-fly sortation of pickfaces carried by the autonomous transport vehicle according to a predetermined case out order sequence where the controller commands the drive section so that two or more pickfaces are picked from one or more first case unit holding locations and placed at one or more different second case unit holding locations according to the predetermined case out order sequence.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Assignee: Symbotic, LLC
    Inventors: Michael Cyrulik, Todd E. Kepple, Scott Collins, Jason S. Sirois
  • Patent number: 9845209
    Abstract: Example vehicle restraint apparatus and methods of operating the same are disclosed herein. An example method includes moving a barrier via a vehicle restraint drive unit relative to a main body proximate the dock between a fully extended position to block the vehicle, a fully retracted position to release the vehicle, and a plurality of intermediate positions between the fully extended position and the fully retracted position; monitoring a status of the barrier as the barrier moves through the plurality of intermediate positions; comparing the status to a reference value; determining that an event has occurred based on the comparison of the status and the reference value; and providing an output in response to determining that the event has occurred.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2017
    Assignee: Rite Hite Holding Corporation
    Inventors: Bradley J. Stone, Jason Senfleben, Paul J. Maly
  • Patent number: 9842754
    Abstract: In the present invention, a substrate is placed at a predetermined position on a substrate support even though the substrate is deviated on a substrate transfer unit. There is provided a substrate processing apparatus that includes a process chamber, a transfer chamber accommodating a substrate transfer unit, a substrate detecting unit, a memory unit configured to store a first reference position information, a second reference position information and a substrate reference position information and a controller configured to generate a detected position information representing a position of a substrate being transferred in the transfer chamber based on a detection result and to control the substrate transfer unit to place the substrate based on the detected position information, the first reference position information, the substrate reference position information and a difference between the first reference position information and the second reference position information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2017
    Assignee: Hitachi Kokusai Electric, Inc.
    Inventors: Akira Takahashi, Takeshi Yasui, Hiroyuki Ogawa, Kazuya Nabeta, Naoya Matsuura
  • Patent number: 9834124
    Abstract: The wheeled vehicle enables heavy loads that are mounted on low-height legs to be lifted and transported. Indeed, it is provided with a plurality of wheeled modules (6, 7, 19) that are articulated to each other and have large-diameter wheels. The means for raising the load are centrally placed relative to the longitudinal axis of the wheeled modules. The raising thereof by central jacks makes it possible to lift the load (3) and the loading platform (20) thereof, the ends of which rest on each of the end wheeled modules (46, 47) by way of articulated jacks that control the height of the loading platform (20). Application to the transfer of hoods for waste containers to be stored.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2017
    Inventors: Damien Pons, Jean-François Herve, Rudy Southway, François-Sylvain Crosnier
  • Patent number: 9815672
    Abstract: A loading apparatus, in particular for conveying freight over a road surface and loading it into a transporting vehicle and unloading it therefrom, comprises a basic structure, a loading structure, with a freight holder, and a double-action lifting device between the basic structure and the loading structure. The loading structure here comprises a lifting frame, on which the lifting device acts, and a freight carrier, which is mounted on the lifting frame, via a pull-out guide with a pull-out direction oriented transversely to the lifting direction, and has the freight holder. An undercarriage serving for advancing the loading apparatus over the road surface is part of the freight carrier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Inventor: Ulrich Baudermann
  • Patent number: 9815398
    Abstract: A harvesting machine crop unloading spout assembly includes an unloading tube elbow terminating at a first end in a first flange that is secured to the outlet of a harvesting machine crop tank. The first flange includes one or more bearings permitting it to swivel about a swivel axis and the unloading tube elbow includes a cranked portion terminating at a second end in an opening. The spout assembly further includes a fixed member adjacent the unloading tube elbow, the unloading tube elbow connected to the fixed member by way of a pivot the axis of which coincides with the swivel axis. The spout assembly includes a rotatable drive gear and a motor drivingly engaged therewith for causing rotation of the unloading tube elbow about the swivel axis, the axis of rotation of the drive gear also coinciding with the swivel axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Assignee: CNH Industrial America LLC
    Inventors: Frank R. G. Duquesne, Pieter Vandevelde
  • Patent number: 9791849
    Abstract: A process for detecting foreign particle defects and scratch defects on semiconductor products including detecting foreign particle and scratch defects on the semiconductor products; placing the semiconductor products in a first wafer carrier and docking to a first load port of a semiconductor processing tool; opening a door of the first wafer carrier; transferring the semiconductor products from the first wafer carrier through the first load port to and through an interior of the semiconductor processing tool to a second load port of the semiconductor processing tool; transferring the semiconductor products from the second load port to a second wafer carrier; closing a door of the second wafer carrier and undocking from the second load port; and detecting foreign particle and scratch defects on the semiconductor products and comparing to the foreign particle defects on the semiconductor products prior to placing the semiconductor products in the first wafer carrier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2017
    Assignee: GlobalFoundries, Inc.
    Inventors: David F. Cutilli, Matthew J. Hartnett, Keith A. Robishaw, Glenn M. Stefanski
  • Patent number: 9783076
    Abstract: An electric vehicle (10) includes a power battery module (20) detachably installed at a predetermined installation position of the electric vehicle (10); the power battery module (20) includes a housing (21), a plurality of battery cells installed in the housing (21), rolling wheels (22) and a handle (23) installed on the housing, and an electric power output port. A lifting device capable of releasably holding the power battery module (20) and lifting the power battery module (20) from a ground proximity position on or near the ground to the predetermined installation position is installed at the electric vehicle. As the electric vehicle (10) is provided with the lifting device, installation and removal of the power battery thereof can be accomplished without using other installation equipment. Furthermore, the detachable power battery module (20) can be moved by a user without excessive effort.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2017
    Assignees: Zhejiang Geely Holding Group Co., Ltd, Zhejiang Geely Automobile Research Institute Co., Ltd
    Inventor: Shufu Li
  • Patent number: 9776367
    Abstract: Provided is an unloading system and a method for unloading a tire tread carrier, wherein the tire tread carrier includes a plurality of plates, wherein each plate is arranged for supporting at least one tread for a tire, wherein the unloading system includes an arm with a retaining device for picking up and retaining treads, wherein the arm is provided with a lifting device that is arranged to move together with the arm for lifting one of the plates, wherein a control system is arranged for controlling a drive system to position the arm in a starting position in which the lifting device extends at least partially underneath said one plate and to subsequently move the arm upwards such that the lifting device is moved towards a lifting position, thereby lifting said one plate; from the closed position towards the open position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2017
    Assignee: VMI HOLLAND B.V.
    Inventors: Henk-Jan Grolleman, Roel Kramer
  • Patent number: 9776793
    Abstract: A method and a device for moving objects (44) on shelves (14;16) of a storing systems by operating a shuttle (42) between a plurality of ends of said shelves comprising the steps of engaging a first strip (30) at a first side of a support head (46) of said shuttle, engaging a second strip (30?) at a second side of said support head of said shuttle (42) opposing said first side, and displacing said shuttle (42) along said shelves (14; 16) by pushing and retracting said strips (30, 30?). Propelling means (38) are arranged to displace said shuttle (42) along said shelves (14; 16) by pushing and retracting said strips (30; 30?).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2017
    Assignee: KNAPP AG
    Inventor: Bo Lindblom
  • Patent number: 9776790
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a height-extensible container-type warehouse that is manufactured in a container type at a factory, can be transported to a desired place, and can be increased in height at the place by coupling a section, which exceeds a height limit under the Road Traffic Act and is separately manufactured, to an opening of the warehouse in order to increase the height thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2017
    Inventor: Yeong-Jong Kwon
  • Patent number: 9771216
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a method for retrieving medication packages from a pharmacy order-picking device. In modern pharmacy order-picking devices, medication packages are stored for space optimization, which can cause a number of heavy packages to be stored on one shelf, causing the shelf to bend, which may prevent retrieval. In the method according to the disclosure, an operating device (20) is displaced in a displacement position to a predetermined shelf position, at least one medication package (30) on a shelf (11) belonging to the shelf position is moved with a gripping device (22) in the direction of a support (21) and it is then checked whether the at least one medication package (30) has moved fully onto the support (21).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 26, 2017
    Assignee: CareFusion Germany 326 GmbH
    Inventors: Christoph Hellenbrand, Andreas Klapperich, Dennis Reif