Patents Examined by Kavel Singh
  • Patent number: 10899537
    Abstract: Waste chute devices and methods for using the same are provided. In some embodiments, a method for operating waste chutes comprises: receiving, using a hardware processor of a waste chute device, an identity associated with a user of the waste chute device; in response to receiving the identity associated with the user, allowing, using the hardware processor, a door of the waste chute device to be opened; determining, using the hardware processor, a number of items and at least one type associated with the items that have been placed in an opening of the waste chute device; determining, using the hardware processor, that the door of the waste chute device has been closed; updating, using the hardware processor, information associated with the user based on the number of items and the at least one type of items that have been placed in the opening of the waste chute device; and providing, using the hardware processor, the user with the updated information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2021
    Assignee: Sidewalk Labs LLC
    Inventors: Rohit Thomas Aggarwala, Anand Naga Babu, Jesse Shapins, Matthew Eli Breuer, Violet Whitney, Daniel Henry Vanderkam, Michael Constantine Mattheakis, Thomas Joseph Kennedy, Amanda Meurer
  • Patent number: 10889447
    Abstract: A conveyor comprising a first profile unit (1) and a second profile unit (2), wherein the profile units comprise a support profile (10, 20) and a side profile (11, 21) that can be releasably connected to each other to form a composed structure whose cross-sections comprise lateral openings (12, 22), at least one conveyor unit (4) that can be arranged between the two profile units, wherein each conveyor unit (4) comprises a first side wall (40) and a second side wall (41), and wherein conveying elements (44, 45) are arranged between the side walls (40, 41), wherein the side walls (40, 41) can be releasably arranged in the lateral openings (12, 22) of the profile units (1, 2) to form composed structures with a closed cross-section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2021
    Assignee: AVANCON SA
    Inventor: Dieter Specht
  • Patent number: 10889445
    Abstract: An extended life conveyor chain in which a wheeled chain member (e.g. a chain link or chain supporting trolley) includes a projecting detent which engages a detent receiver on a load bearing wheel inner member locking the inner member against rotation with respect to the link. A rotating outer wheel rotates around the inner member. This relieves torsional pressure on a swaged connection between the inner non-rotating wheel portion and a fixed axle on the link and prevents resulting wear.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2021
    Assignee: Frost Tech LLC
    Inventors: Richard A. Hyvarinen, Chuck Deschaine, Charles C. Frost
  • Patent number: 10889453
    Abstract: Transfer wheel (1) for transferring objects (40, 41) comprises at least a seat module (3). The seat module comprises a seat (2) located at the peripheral face of the transfer wheel and adapted for accommodating an object on the seat. The at least one seat module is a resilient seat module, wherein a position of the seat of the seat module is adaptable in radial direction of the transfer wheel. Also provided is a method for transferring objects.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2021
    Assignee: Philip Morris Products S.A.
    Inventors: Massimiliano Bertoldo, Nicolo Tonegutti
  • Patent number: 10889450
    Abstract: The present disclosure is related to a device for aligning a number of packages including at least one bottom belt. In some embodiments, the at least one bottom belt may include a first end portion for receiving packages and a second end portion for exiting packages. In some embodiments, said at least one bottom belt may include a laterally declined portion facing a support surface arranged along a side of the at least one bottom belt, whereby in use, packages conveyed by the at least one bottom belt move laterally towards the support surface for alignment thereto due to the laterally declined portion and by means of gravity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2021
    Assignee: Tetra Laval Holdings & Finance S.A.
    Inventors: Joel Nordin, Staffan Lindén
  • Patent number: 10875715
    Abstract: A transfer cassette including a base plate, an interlock assembly, a securement plate, and a plate tab. The interlock assembly is arranged on a first edge of the base plate and includes a support arranged on the base plate and a locking finger rotatably arranged on the support. The securement plate is arranged on a second edge of the base plate, opposite the first edge. The plate tab is partially secured to and extending from the base plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2020
    Assignee: Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc.
    Inventor: Randy L. Pfeiffer
  • Patent number: 10875720
    Abstract: A conveyor assembly includes a motor, a gear assembly operatively coupled to the motor, and a paddle assembly including a plurality of paddles operatively coupled to the gear assembly. Each paddle extends longitudinally between opposing housing walls. Each paddle includes a plurality of blades and a plurality of gaps that are alternatingly disposed along a shaft that extends through a center of each blade. A first portion of paddles includes a first portion of blades and a first portion of gaps. A second portion of paddles includes a second portion of blades and a second portion of gaps. The first portion of blades can rotate through the second portion of gaps. The second portion of blades can rotate through the first portion of gaps. The paddles can sequentially rotate about the respective paddle axes such that each paddle can be disposed at a different angular position than an adjacent paddle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2020
    Assignee: Creator, Inc.
    Inventors: Patrick Sherman, Taylor Nicholson, Benjamin Shih, Abigail Soong
  • Patent number: 10874039
    Abstract: A component mounting system includes a board transport line for transporting a board from an upstream to a downstream and a work station disposed in the board transport line and performing component mounting work. The board transport line transports a board introduced in the downstream of the work station to the work station, and transports the board from the work station to the downstream when mounting of a component on the board is completed in the work station.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 22, 2020
    Inventors: Joy Poothokaran, Kazuyuki Nagase, Michiaki Mawatari
  • Patent number: 10870539
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a belt with a protrusion, including: a belt main body including tooth portions at a predetermined tooth pitch on an inner surface of the belt in a longitudinal direction, and a cord extending in the longitudinal direction and arranged at a predetermined cord pitch in a width direction; and a protruding portion formed on a back surface of the belt main body by an integral formation, in which: the cord has a fineness of 900 to 1100 deniers, and a ratio of a total of intervals between the adjacent cords to a belt width of 12 to 45%; and the protruding portion is arranged outside the tooth portions, has a hardness of 81 to 91 degrees, and has a base width smaller than the tooth pitch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 22, 2020
    Assignee: Mitsuboshi Belting Ltd.
    Inventors: Kentaro Arimachi, Akira Takenaka, Takahide Okazawa
  • Patent number: 10870545
    Abstract: The invention relates to a device and to a method for safely and quickly transferring new glass sheets from the production line to a transport vehicle, having the following features; a) a glass-sheet roller conveyor (8) having a glass-rack gripping and stacking device (7) for receiving glass sheets (9) from a production line, b) two parallel running rails (12) extending centrically at a right angle toward the glass-sheet roller conveyor (8), an underfloor energy supply rail (24) being arranged in the region between the running rails (12), c) at least one glass-rack carriage (3), which moves on the running rails (12) and which has at least one glass rack (4, 6) lying on said glass-rack carriage, a glass rack (4, 6) being able to be loaded with obliquely positioned glass sheets (9) and the glass racks (4, 6) being fixed in the oblique position by means of a pivoting device (14), and d) a rotary device (2) arranged in the course of the running rails for rotating a glass-rack carriage (3) by 180 degrees for loadi
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 22, 2020
    Inventors: Edwin Lang, Christian Herfert
  • Patent number: 10865049
    Abstract: Conveyor apparatus, systems and methods are provided. Some embodiments include pivot assemblies for folding a conveyor frame between transport and operational configurations. In some embodiments, one or more frame sections of the conveyor frame are sized to be received in a shipping container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2020
    Assignee: Superior Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Lafe Grimm, Philip Rosen
  • Patent number: 10865046
    Abstract: A conveyor chain having links joined by link pin biased into any of multiple operating positions with its positioning head blocked against rotation by engagement with a detent on a positioning link. The pin can be lifted so that its head is above the level of the detent, rotated to a new operating position, and allowed to be biased back into its position with the head again blocked against rotation by the detent, whereby the wear surface of the pin can be changed to accommodate for chain wear occurring when a link rotates relative to the link pin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2020
    Assignee: Frost Tech LLC
    Inventor: Charles C. Frost
  • Patent number: 10858196
    Abstract: A conveyor with a belt for transporting an object between a first end and a second end of the conveyor is provided. The conveyor may have a first belt drive transmission at the first end and a second belt drive transmission at the second end. The drive transmission may be configured as freewheel-types in respective directions. The conveyor may have an intermediate transmission system arranged between the first end and the second end and having a first communication with the first belt drive transmission and having a second communication with the second belt drive transmission. The conveyor may have a drive system in communication with a drive shaft in the intermediate transmission system, and may be configured to turn the drive shaft bidirectional in a first drive direction and a second drive direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2020
    Inventors: Jonas Andersson, Niklas Grandin, Stefan Gustavsson
  • Patent number: 10856461
    Abstract: A work system includes multiple work devices aligned along a board conveyance line, a replenishing device having a sensor for detecting presence or absence of an interfering object and configured to move in parallel with the board conveyance line while detecting the presence or absence of the interfering object by the sensor to replenish necessary members to the multiple work devices, and a draw-out device configured to draw out at least one of the multiple work devices in a direction orthogonal to a direction along the board conveyance line. When a draw-out request for the work device is made, the replenishing device performs an automatic draw-out process of moving to a position in which a draw-out position of the work device to be pulled forward is included within a detection range of the sensor, so as to determine whether the interfering object is detected by the sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2020
    Inventors: Hirotaka Hirayama, Yusuke Nara
  • Patent number: 10850935
    Abstract: A document feeder assisting device includes a document stacker to stack a document to be conveyed toward a feed port of an automatic document feeder, a pressing device to press the document toward a document placement surface of the document stacker, and a conveyance device to convey the document. The document is stacked on the document placement surface exposed above with the pressing device moved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2020
    Assignee: RICOH COMPANY, LTD.
    Inventor: Makoto Noda
  • Patent number: 10843880
    Abstract: A tray conveyor in which plastic trays with rows of embedded translators are driven by stators. Washing stations in cleaning zones are provided to automatically clean empty trays in the conveyor's return path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2020
    Assignee: Laitram, L.L.C.
    Inventors: Bryant G. Ragan, Matthew L. Fourney
  • Patent number: 10829346
    Abstract: A moving walkway (1) comprises at least one endless belt (12) moving in a conveyance direction along a closed loop and a plurality of pallets (20). The closed loop comprises a conveyance portion (16) and a return portion (18) extending between two turnaround portions (5, 7), respectively. Each of the pallets (20) comprises at least one mounting portion (20a, 20b) rotatably attached to the at least one belt (12), and at least one mechanical connection (21) connecting the pallet (20) with the at least one mounting portion (20a) of an adjacent pallet (20).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2020
    Inventors: Thomas Illedits, Alexander Turek, Martin Michalke
  • Patent number: 10822173
    Abstract: A linking system adapted to link a plurality of products comprises a supply device having a tray with a slide slot adapted to load a first row of products therein, a gripping device having a gripper adapted to grip the first row of products and a moving mechanism adapted to move the gripper, and a holder adapted to hold the first row of products. The gripping device is adapted to move the first row of products from the supply device to a holding position on the holder and the holder is adapted to hold the first row of products at the holding position. The gripping device is further adapted to grip a second row of products from the supply device and link the second row of products to the first row of products held by the holder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2020
    Assignees: Tyco Electronics (Shanghai) Co. Ltd., TE Connectivity Corporation
    Inventors: Jian Cao, Lvhai Hu, Fengchun Xie, Yun Liu, Xiaochen Yu, Roberto Francisco-Yi Lu
  • Patent number: 10822133
    Abstract: An automated system and method wrap the fastening ties around the body of a continuous stream of facemasks in a facemask production line. The facemasks are oriented such that each facemask has a leading pair of ties and a trailing pair of ties extending from a body in a conveying direction of the production line. At a wrapping station in the production line, the body is subsequently clamped with an automated clamping device in geared engagement with a rail. The body is rotated relative to a rotation axis through the body to cause the leading and trailing pairs of ties to further wrap around the body by inducing relative linear movement between the clamping device and the rail.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2020
    Assignee: O&M Halyard, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark T. Pamperin, Joseph P. Weber, Anthony S. Spencer, Eric C. Steindorf
  • Patent number: 10822186
    Abstract: A process is for the maintenance of a belt conveyor, which includes a longitudinal conveyor belt and a number of support stations for the conveyor belt distributed along the conveyor belt. Each support station includes a cradle on which the conveyor belt rests. The process includes inserting an inflatable pad in a deflated state below the conveyor belt, in a lifting position near one of the support stations, inflating the inflatable pad to an inflated state in which the conveyor belt rests directly on the inflatable pad and no longer rests on the cradle of the support station, performing a maintenance operation on the support station, and deflating the inflatable pad to its deflated state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2020
    Inventor: René Brunone