Patents Examined by Keith R Campbell
  • Patent number: 10689205
    Abstract: A package accumulating device is disclosed. The device conveys bag packages to a predetermined position while performing an accumulating operation that aligns the packages such that parts of each of the packages lie on top of parts of adjacent packages in a thickness direction. The device includes first and second conveyors, and a control unit. The first conveyor performs the accumulating operation. The second conveyor conveys a group of the packages aligned by the first conveyor. The control unit performs switching between a first state where a downstream end of the first conveyor and an upstream end of the second conveyor oppose each other when the second conveyor accepts the group of the packages from the first conveyor and a second state where a position of the upstream end of the second conveyor is lower than in the first state with respect to the downstream end of the first conveyor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: ISHIDA CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Tatsuya Iwasa, Yuji Yokota
  • Patent number: 10689201
    Abstract: A material conveyor system container and method of making same. The container comprises a wear band generally disposed at the points of contact of the bucket with the material being conveyed by the bucket that is made from a highly abrasion resistant material and the rest of the bucket is made from a less expensive polymer, such as polyethylene.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: BRAIME GROUP PLC
    Inventor: Nicholas Braime
  • Patent number: 10689199
    Abstract: A continuous bar conveyor includes a plurality of bars, constrained at their ends by chains having links adapted to be engaged by motorized toothed wheels, so as to move the conveyor along fixed guides, and a plurality of spirals wrapping the bars in pairs, the links of the chains and the spirals limiting the maximum distance between adjacent bars, but also allowing their reciprocal movement, wherein, between adjacent successions of at least two bars wrapped by a spiral, there is at least one bar that is not wrapped by spirals, and to which a sheet of plastic material is constrained, having an elevated resistance to the operating temperature of the conveyor and a smooth, non-stick surface, the sheet resting on the upper surface defined by the spirals and having a dimension in the advancing direction of the conveyor smaller than the distance between successive bars not wrapped by spirals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Inventor: Leopoldo Lago
  • Patent number: 10683192
    Abstract: A moving walkway (1) comprises at least one endless belt (12) moving in a conveyance direction along a closed loop; a plurality of pallets (20); and a plurality of linkages (26a, 26b) rotatably connecting adjacent pallets (20) with each other. A mounting portion (20a) of each pallet (20) is rotatably connected to the at least one belt (12).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2020
    Inventors: Martin Michalke, Alexander Turek
  • Patent number: 10676322
    Abstract: Provided is a drip-proof device for a passenger conveyer, which is capable of improving working efficiency of maintenance work performed in a machine room. The drip-proof device for a passenger conveyor includes gutters, which are provided to a floor plate for opening and closing an opening portion of a machine room, and are each configured to receive water passing through a gap between wall surfaces of the opening portion and the floor plate, and a gutter displacement device configured to displace the gutters. Each of the gutters is displaced between a water-receiving position for receiving the water passing through the gap and a receiving position for allowing removal of the floor plate through the opening portion. The gutter displacement device includes a rotary member configured to rotate through an operation of the rotary member- and rods configured to displace the gutters through the rotation of the rotary member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Electric Corporation
    Inventor: Yuji Hayashi
  • Patent number: 10676287
    Abstract: An apparatus for transporting a case along a conveyor moving in a transport direction includes an engagement plate for positive engagement with the case. The engagement plate has a planar face and a vacuum source for vacuum attachment to a case outer surface face. The apparatus further includes a mechanism for moving the plate in the transport direction and for rotating the plate a selected angle from the transport direction. Related, corresponding, or associated methods for transporting a case along a conveyor moving in a transport direction are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Inventors: Jon Paul Laskis, Robert C. Beesley, Joshua Riddle
  • Patent number: 10669103
    Abstract: A transport device for transporting objects from workstation to workstation in a production system is described along with a production system for manufacturing products, in particular containers filled with a medical product. The transport device has a stationary assembly 2, an object carrier 3 rotatable about an axis of rotation 4 in successive work cycles, a plurality of object carrier elements 6, which are arranged circumferentially distributed and movable relative to the object carrier on a circular path 8, and to which coupling elements 14 are assigned, which can take on only a first switching position or a second switching position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Inventors: John Heppe, Franz Kugelmann, Matthias Meisinger
  • Patent number: 10661998
    Abstract: A method for transferring a workpiece carrier in a manufacturing facility from a first conveying portion, which is controlled by a first controller, to a second conveying portion, which is controlled by a second controller is provided. The conveying portions each have a toothed belt. On the basis of an internal timer in the two controllers, a desired position of a virtual tooth space in the transfer region of the conveying portions is calculated, taking the predefined movement speed of the workpiece carrier into consideration and taking the tooth pitch of the toothed belts into consideration. The toothed belts are controlled and synchronized by the respective controller via the drive units such that a first tooth space of the first toothed belt and a second tooth space of the second toothed belt are synchronized with the desired position of the virtual tooth space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: STIWA Holding GmbH
    Inventors: Michael Pauditz, Norbert Soeser
  • Patent number: 10661995
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a roller assembly for a trolley conveyor that moves along a rail track including a flange and a web. The roller assembly for a trolley conveyor includes a pair of brackets that is placed respectively on both sides of the rail track, that has the shape of cranks corresponding to each other and that includes a mounting hole for installing a below-described shaft, a roller that is rotatably coupled to the upper end of the bracket so as to be mounted on the web and slide, and a shaft that penetrates the roller, that is coupled to the roller and that is inserted into and fixed to the mounting hole. The roller assembly with the configuration may have a simple structure, may be easily assembled and disassembled and may ensure durability.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Inventor: Jong II Cho
  • Patent number: 10654664
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a tray locator assembly for aligning one or more trays in a tray-based automated storage and retrieval system. The tray locator assembly may include one or more guide pin assemblies having one or more guide pins engaging with one or more slots formed in a surface of at least one tray of the one or more trays. The tray locator assembly may further include at least one translational actuator to move the one or more guide pins inserted into the one or more slots so as to translate the at least one tray, wherein the translation of the at least one tray separates a second group of trays having a second size from a first group of trays having a first size along the conveyance plane to a second position in order to reduce tolerance stack up associated with the first group of trays.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Inventors: Todd Eliot Green, Robert Anderson, Darius Scott
  • Patent number: 10647524
    Abstract: A system for conveying dishware through a cleaning cycle. The system includes a conveyance assembly having a receiving surface to receive and retain dishware. The conveyance assembly rotates the receiving surfaces about an axis to convey the dishware to each of at least two unique locations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Inventors: Kevin Yuan Ma, Abigail Elizabeth Soong, Kent Michael Anderson, Paul Michael Birkmeyer
  • Patent number: 10640291
    Abstract: A control unit controls a sorting unit and a send-out unit to transport articles received by a receiving unit to an upstream accumulating unit so that articles that belong to the same article group are accumulated on the same upstream branch accumulating unit, and articles that belong to different article groups are accumulated on different upstream branch accumulating units, to transport articles accumulated in the upstream accumulating unit to a final accumulating unit so that articles that belong to the same article group are accumulated on different final branch accumulating units, and an article group with smaller designated sequence numbers is accumulated on a downstream side, in a transportation direction, of an article group with larger designated sequence numbers, and to send out articles accumulated in the final accumulating unit from the send-out unit in accordance with the designated sequence numbers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Assignee: Daifuku Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Masaru Iida
  • Patent number: 10640293
    Abstract: A modular conveying assembly including a plurality of modules joined together, each module including a bushing housing, a coupling housed in the bushing housing, an axle coupled to the coupling and supported for rotation relative to the module, a drive pin coupled to the coupling, and a driven surface fixed to the drive pin. The modular conveying assembly also including a driving member that is in selective engagement with the driven surface to affect rotation of the axle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Inventors: Philip Michael Gabor, Justin Michael Stefanko
  • Patent number: 10633207
    Abstract: The present invention provides a method and apparatus for transporting a discrete element. A preferably rotatably driven vacuum commutation zone (or internal vacuum manifold), preferably internal to a preferably independently driven porous vacuum roll or drum is disclosed. The vacuum manifold applies vacuum through pores in the driven porous vacuum roll or puck in order to hold material against an external surface of the vacuum roll or puck. By independently controlling the vacuum commutation zone and the driven porous surface, unique motion profiles of the vacuum commutation zone relative to the driven porous surface can be provided. Micro vacuum commutation port structures are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Assignee: Curt G. Joa, Inc.
    Inventor: Jon Allen Pelland
  • Patent number: 10633195
    Abstract: A system for transferring units to/from a rail-guided suspended conveyor system includes a transfer conveying device with one or more first conveying units and a conveyor system with a plurality of second conveying units. The first and second conveying units each have a rack with tines and form a receptacle for bearing a unit. The system is configured such that in a transfer zone a rack of a first conveying unit of the transfer device and a rack of a second conveying unit of the conveyor system penetrate by meshing so with movement of the first and the second conveying unit relative to another either a unit initially on the rack of the first conveying unit remains on the rack of the second conveying unit, or a unit initially on the rack of the second conveying unit remains on the rack of the first conveying unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Assignee: FERAG AG
    Inventor: Urs Gadliger
  • Patent number: 10618742
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a conveyor system comprising a plurality of work piece carriers, each presenting a machine readable and writable tag and being adapted for supporting at least one work piece during transportation. The system further comprises distribution highway conveyors each in the form of an endless conveyor adapted for transporting and circulating the work piece carriers, flow balancing conveyors and operation unit conveyors. Control of the system is achieved by autonomous switch control devices arranged at each intersection between conveyors to control the flow of the work piece carriers at the respective intersection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Assignee: EWAB Engineering AB
    Inventor: Mats Wahrén
  • Patent number: 10604357
    Abstract: An article transfer system including: a transfer device that transfers an article in one direction; a travel distance detecting unit that sequentially detects a distance the article transferred by the transfer device has traveled; an article sensing unit that senses passage of the article transferred by the transfer device; an image capturing unit that photographs the article, the image capturing unit being disposed downstream of the article sensing unit in a transfer direction of the transfer device; a position-and-orientation detecting unit that processes an image captured with the image capturing unit to extract the article and detect a position and an orientation of the article; and a removal unit that removes the article, which has been sensed with the article sensing unit but not extracted by the process performed in the position-and-orientation detecting unit, from the transfer device, the removal unit being disposed downstream of the image capturing unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Inventor: Masafumi Ooba
  • Patent number: 10583981
    Abstract: A method for constructing a carton flow bed rack (1) includes specifying a number of levels of the carton flow bed rack (1). The method also includes specifying whether and where each level has a load end, and/or an unload end, and/or a stop end. The method further includes specifying at least one of a height, a width, and a depth of the carton flow bed rack and providing and dimensioning components for assembling the carton flow bed rack according to the specifications.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2020
    Inventor: Jean Michel Laplace
  • Patent number: 10577184
    Abstract: A conveyor track assembly section for a mechanical chain comprises a base plate, a wear track profile and a securing member. In some embodiments, the securing member has two arms forming an L shape, and in other embodiments, the securing member has three arms forming a C shape. The securing member is used to secure the wear track profile to the base plate. The mechanical chain is received within the wear track profile. A conveyor track assembly section may further comprise a plurality of placement pins and a plurality of securing members to secure and align the wear track profile and the base plate. Multiple conveyor track assembly sections may be assembled together to form a conveyor track assembly for the mechanical chain.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2020
    Inventor: George W. Massey, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10577196
    Abstract: Present embodiments include a linear drive transport system. The system includes a plurality of fixed tracks and a junction track disposed on a conveyor configured to align the junction track with each of the plurality of fixed tracks. The plurality of fixed tracks and the junction track include one of electromagnetic coils or permanent magnets arranged in series along the respective plurality of fixed tracks and the junction track. Further, present embodiments include a plurality of movers configured to move along the fixed tracks and configured to transition between each of the plurality of fixed tracks and the junction track when aligned, wherein the movers comprise the other of the electromagnetic coils or the permanent magnets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2020
    Assignee: Rockwell Automation Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Glen C. Wernersbach, Keith G. Jacobs, Dean L. Higgins, James A. Craver, Peter T. Boyle