Patents Examined by Keith R Campbell
  • Patent number: 11104525
    Abstract: A machine for conveying containers is disclosed. The machine may include a guide, a main carriage slidably mounted on the guide, an auxiliary carriage slidably mounted on the guide, a pressing device mounted on the main carriage and movable between a raised and a lowered position, in which the pressing device applies a pressing force, a control unit electrically connected to the guide and configured for controlling the main carriage and the auxiliary carriage on the guide and a mutual distance thereof, an actuator connected to the pressing device and configured to move the pressing device between the raised position and the lowered position. The control unit is configured to command the variation of the mutual distance between the main carriage and the auxiliary carriage so as to activate the actuator, which is operatively interposed between the pressing device and the auxiliary carriage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2021
    Assignee: MAKRO LABELING S.R.L.
    Inventors: Davide Campedelli, Davide Vezzoni
  • Patent number: 11091321
    Abstract: A motor-driven conveyor roller for conveyor systems for conveying containers, pallets, and the like, includes a drum tube with a cavity formed therein and a longitudinal axis, a shaft which extends in the longitudinal axis and on which the drum tube is supported by at least one bearing, and an electric drive unit arranged in the cavity. The motor-driven conveyor includes a cooling sleeve which is fixed radially inwardly to the drum tube and at least partially radially surrounds the drive unit so that a radial air gap is formed between the drive unit and the cooling sleeve. The disclosure also relates to a manufacturing process for such a conveyor roller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 17, 2021
    Assignee: INTERROLL HOLDING AG
    Inventors: Ralf Dorok, Reinhold Weichbrodt
  • Patent number: 11091319
    Abstract: The present disclosure concerns a compaction apparatus having a hopper housing defining a hopper chamber to receive materials; a container storing the materials in a compacted fashion; a screw conveying the materials from the hopper chamber to the container and comprising a screw hopper segment extending in the hopper chamber; a partition assembly located between the hopper and the container; and a containment assembly comprising a flap mounted to the hopper housing and being movable between a loading configuration wherein the flap uncovers the screw hopper segment, and a containment configuration in which the flap at least partially covers the screw hopper segment to contain the materials in the hopper chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 17, 2021
    Assignee: Scranton Manuactunng Company Inc.
    Inventors: Christian Lapointe, Maxime Cantin
  • Patent number: 11078028
    Abstract: A method and system for an automatic parts conveying system includes a parts feeder configured to receive parts from a receiving bin, a linear conveyor for conveying parts away from the parts feeder to an installation robot. The installation robot includes a robot arm controlled by a controller and a parts handling device coupled to a distal end of the robot arm. The automatic parts conveying system also includes one or more vibrating elements positioned along at least one of the linear conveyor, the parts feeder, and the receiving bin to impart vibratory motions to the at least one of the linear conveyor, the parts feeder, and the receiving bin for stimulating the parts into motion. The automatic parts conveying system also includes an air assist portion configured to provide pressurized fluid to the parts to facilitate moving parts through the automatic parts conveying system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 3, 2021
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Paul Edward Groves, Raymond Ludwig Bennoit, Andrew Scott Schlueter, Kyle William Sloan, Christopher Allan McNab
  • Patent number: 11066249
    Abstract: A transport roller brush assembly that includes a base that is constructed to support a plurality of brush wires such that the plurality of brush wires are oriented to extend in a radial direction relative to an axis of rotation of an underlying material transport roller. The base is preferably split into at least two arcuate portions that can be removeably secured to one another preferably via cooperation of a plurality of collar or collar portions and such that the respective and preferably two arcuate portions generally circumscribe a transport roller when the base is secured thereto. Discrete brush assemblies are preferably provided in a plurality of inner and outer radial dimensions such that roller brush assemblies as disclosed herein can be used with transport rollers of various outer radial dimensions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2021
    Assignee: OSBORN, LLC
    Inventors: Zachary Baumgardner, William Anthony Kennedy, Brian Keiser
  • Patent number: 11066241
    Abstract: It is disclosed storage and order-picking system, comprising: a control device configured for performing two-stage picking of articles, wherein the two-stage picking comprises a first article-orientated picking stage, and a second order-orientated picking stage; a warehouse, wherein the articles in the warehouse are stored in storage containers in an article-pure manner, and wherein the articles are retrieved in an article-orientated manner from the warehouse in the first picking stage; a sorter comprising: a loop-shaped main line operated continuously; at least one branch line, wherein each of the branch lines is coupled, preferably mesh-shaped, to the main line and is operable discontinuously; and a plurality of sorter trays, wherein each of the trays is configured to be moved along the lines and to be fed into and out from the main line; one or more separation stations, wherein each of the separation stations: is coupled to the main line via one of the branch lines; is coupled to the warehouse for being su
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2021
    Assignee: SSI Schäfer Automation GmbH
    Inventors: Elmar Issing, Christian Herzmaier
  • Patent number: 11066242
    Abstract: A positive displacement sorter and method of diverting articles includes a conveying surface configured to convey articles in a longitudinal direction and at least one diagonal take-away lane, extending diagonally from the conveying surface to receive articles being diverted from said conveying surface. A plurality of pushers are configured to move together in a lateral direction in order to displace an item on the conveying surface to the diagonal take-away lane. A rotational system is configured to rotate a leading portion of a diverted article in the direction of the take-away lane. A belt drive system is provided for driving live roller conveyors about a curved section of a roller conveyor of the sorter. The drive belt is guided along a single conical drive plane that maintains the orientation of the drive belt relative to the single conical drive plane and limits twisting and stress in the drive belt.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2021
    Assignee: Dematic Corp.
    Inventors: Nolan R. Pilarz, Veronique Cole, Shreedhar Murthy Hebbur, Jeffery D. Duncan, Nicholas M. Thomas, Steven M. DeMan, John M. Karas, Jeffrey S. DeVries, Jeffery T. Boorsma, Thomas H. Triesenberg
  • Patent number: 11059678
    Abstract: A barrel elevator system for vertically moving barrels of liquid between a ground floor and any one of a number of floors at a warehouse for storage of the barrels. The barrel elevator system includes a support frame located in an elevator shaft and a series of cradle assemblies supported between a pair of lifting chains. A loading station is located on the ground floor for receiving barrels to be stored or for removing barrels after storage. Each floor includes a unloading station that allows barrels to be removed from the cradle for storage and returned to the cradles after storage. Each of the loading and unloading stations includes a shield assembly to restrict access to the elevator shaft. A rail section and handle are used to load and unload barrels from the cradles. The handle extends through the shield assembly for access by an operator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 13, 2021
    Assignee: PFLOW INDUSTRIES, INC.
    Inventors: Mark Webster, Michael Reilly
  • Patent number: 11059702
    Abstract: A monitoring system for an escalator including: a local gateway device; an analytic engine in communication with the local gateway device through a cloud computing network; a sensing apparatus in wireless communication with the local gateway device through a short-range wireless protocol, the sensing apparatus including: an inertial measurement unit sensor configured to detect acceleration data of the escalator, wherein at least one of the sensing apparatus, the local gateway device, and the analytic engine is configured to determine an operating mode of the escalator in response to at least the acceleration data; and an application for a computing device, the application being configured to display weather data simultaneously with the operating mode of the escalator on a display device of the computing device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 13, 2021
    Assignee: OTIS ELEVATOR COMPANY
    Inventor: Derk Oscar Pahlke
  • Patent number: 11053079
    Abstract: In an aspect, a mounting bracket for use with an automotive conveyor system is provided. A base portion has a set of apertures, the first set of apertures being elongated along a first direction, each of the set of apertures being dimensioned to receive a fastener for fastening the base portion to a trench wall. A cross-member coupler is coupled to the base portion and securable to a cross-member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2021
    Assignee: STEPHENSON TECHNOLOGIES INC.
    Inventors: Bartholomew John Boelryk, Robert Roy Stephenson
  • Patent number: 11053081
    Abstract: A direct drive spiral conveyor belt system that includes a drum configured to rotate about a drum axis and define a drive member, a belt configured to engage the drum and define a belt drive feature, and an engagement control ramp configured to rotate with the drum and selectively engage the belt. The engagement control ramp includes a first portion defining a first radial distance from the drum axis and a second portion defining a second radial distance from the drum axis, with the first radial distance being greater than the second radial distance. The second portion of the engagement control ramp is configured to selectively engage the belt and allow the belt drive feature to transition into engagement with the drive member as the drum rotates about the drum axis and the belt moves along the drum.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2021
    Assignee: Cambridge International, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas O. Perdue, Frank Salsone
  • Patent number: 11045841
    Abstract: The invention provides a device for sorting out containers which were applied an incorrect print by a direct printing machine. The device comprises a transport device for transporting pucks, which are adapted to transport containers, along a transport path away from the direct printing machine, where the transport path comprises at least a primary transport path and a secondary transport path, an inspection device for inspecting the print on the containers, a decoupling device, in particular comprising a pusher system or a slider system, for decoupling pucks from the primary transport path to the secondary transport path, and a control device adapted to control the decoupling device such that pucks with containers, for which the inspection device has detected an incorrect print, are decoupled to the secondary transport path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 29, 2021
    Assignee: KRONES AG
    Inventors: Veronika Bauer, Franz Weigl
  • Patent number: 11040730
    Abstract: An adjustable transfer mechanism for a power and free conveyor system includes a free track defining a conveyor path. A first power track defines a first drive path for a first drive member of the first power track to drive a trolley. The first power track is positioned to extend along the conveyor path up to a divergence point where the first power track diverges from the conveyor path. A second power track defines a second drive path for a second drive member of the second power track to drive the trolley. The second power track is positioned to extend along the conveyor path from a convergence point downstream of the divergence point so that the second drive member can pick up the trolley dropped off by the first power track. At least one of the divergence and convergence points is adjustable along the conveyor path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 22, 2021
    Assignee: SST Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Bradley S. Andreae, Anthony C Scoville
  • Patent number: 11034525
    Abstract: A conveyor belt condition monitoring apparatus is U-shaped, with two parallel arms arranged to extend across a conveyor belt from the side. The arms include ultrasonic sensors arranged to measure the distance to respective surfaces of the conveyor belt. One arm includes an eddy-current sensor arranged to measure the distance to a metallic core of the belt. The apparatus is arranged to be moved across the belt to provide a profile of belt condition across the width of the belt.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 15, 2021
    Assignee: Baseline Asset Technologies Pty Ltd
    Inventor: Kelvin Wright
  • Patent number: 11034551
    Abstract: A monitoring system for an escalator including: a local gateway device; an analytic engine in communication with the local gateway device through a cloud computing network; a sensing apparatus in wireless communication with the local gateway device through a short-range wireless protocol, the sensing apparatus including: an inertial measurement unit sensor configured to detect acceleration data of the escalator, wherein at least one of the sensing apparatus and the local gateway device is configured to determine a condition based monitoring (CBM) health score of the escalator in response to at least the acceleration data, and wherein the local gateway is configured wirelessly transmit the CBM health score of the escalator to the cloud computing network in a data package via a long-range wireless communication protocols.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 15, 2021
    Assignee: OTIS ELEVATOR COMPANY
    Inventor: Derk Oscar Pahlke
  • Patent number: 11021329
    Abstract: A tensioning assembly for a belt conveyor system includes a tension roller having a roller body and an axial shaft, a support frame for supporting the tension roller on first and second axial end portions of the shaft, and an abutment device articulated to the support frame and configured and adapted for movement between a first position in abutment against axial end portions of the shaft of the tension roller to locate the tension roller in an operative position relative to the support frame, and a second position in which the abutment means is withdrawn from axial end portions of the shaft of the tension roller such that the tension roller is movable to a release position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2021
    Assignee: METTLER-TOLEDO SAFELINE LTD.
    Inventors: Steve Howard, Michael Game, Raul Sanchez Barato
  • Patent number: 11021327
    Abstract: A telescopic material conveyer apparatus has a main boom assembly reinforced by a steel saddle frame connected to a turn table and a lift mechanism, an extension boom assembly adapted by two or more roller assemblies and connecting hardware to travel mechanically within the main boom assembly and to extend therefrom, one or more connected drive motors, a conveyer belt supported by frame architecture and a pulley and drive chain system, at least one hydraulic motor having operative connection to the turntable, lift mechanism and to a belt drive drum, at least one hydraulic valve connected inline in the hydraulic line controlling the belt drive motor, the valve electronically operable via input received from a load sensor integrated within or to the lift mechanism, a programmable load threshold determining open and close operation states of the valve and directing run and stop state operations of the conveyer belt.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2021
    Assignee: Cleasby LLC
    Inventors: Robin D Porter, Chad T Porter, Darren L Degraw
  • Patent number: 11014756
    Abstract: A conveyor system includes a conveyor assembly. The conveyor assembly includes a conveyor module, a power module, and a chassis supporting the conveyor module and the power module. The conveyor module includes a roller rotatable about an axis and a conveyor belt shiftable in response to rotation of the roller. The power module provides rotational power to the roller. The power module includes a power assembly and a drive configured to transmit rotational power to the roller from the power assembly. The power assembly includes a power source and a housing at least substantially surrounding the power source. The chassis integrally forms a portion of the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2021
    Assignee: Nidec Motor Corporation
    Inventors: Joshua M. Biro, William D. Moore, Richard J. Fadler
  • Patent number: 11014759
    Abstract: A roller ball assembly is provided. The assembly includes a primary roller ball supported by a support element that is composed of a superhard material. The assembly includes a cup defining a cavity within which the support element is positioned. A cap is coupled with the cup and positioned to retain the primary roller ball within the cavity. Also, a cup is disclosed for supporting roller balls. Additionally, disclosed are system and apparatus incorporating the assembly, as well as to methods of making and using the same.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2021
    Assignee: XR Downhole, LLC
    Inventors: David P. Miess, Gregory Prevost, Michael Williams, William W. King, Michael R. Reese
  • Patent number: 11008173
    Abstract: The bottom tier (24) of a conveyor belt (22) arranged in a spiral stack (26) is supported by and driven by inner and outer drive chains (28) and (30). The inner and outer drive chains are supported on and ride along support rails (32) and (34). The inner and outer drive chains are driven by a drive system (35) composed of inner and outer drive systems (36) and (38), each including a drive motor with a drive gear engaged with the inner and outer drive chains. Each of the motors is controlled by a separate variable frequency drive unit (114) and (116) which in turn are controlled by a control system (44). The control system (44) also controls the operation of a lubrication system (40) that supplies lubricant to the drive chains.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 18, 2021
    Assignee: John Bean Technologies AB
    Inventors: Jack Peter Urban Wilthorn, Ulf Göran Gramby, Bengt Anders Gerhard Bengtsson, Per Martin Ström