Patents Examined by Leslie A. Nicholson, III
  • Patent number: 9873574
    Abstract: As an electronic component conveyance device that aligns a stack direction of internal electrodes in an electronic component in a highly reliable manner. An interval between a first sidewall and a second sidewall in a midstream part is larger than an interval P3 between the first sidewall and the second sidewall in a downstream part. A first magnetic force generation unit is provided lateral to the first sidewall in the midstream part. The height of a center of the first magnetic force generation unit with respect to a bottom surface is larger than P3/2.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2018
    Assignee: Murata Manufacturing Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Masaru Kakuho, Mitsuo Ebata, Naoto Tanaka
  • Patent number: 9874307
    Abstract: Portable stand system consists of two rigid plaques with perforated slots designed to interlock the two plaques into various configurations. The way to assemble the two plaques is by inserting them using the perforations indistinctively in order to achieve different x-shaped configurations according to the needs of the used. The system allows objects to be rearranged from their original position and/or angle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2018
    Inventor: Nestor Del Castillo
  • Patent number: 9868609
    Abstract: A sheet processing apparatus includes a pressing unit and a shifting unit. The pressing unit has a protrusion and presses the protrusion against a fold section of a sheet. The fold section extends in one direction. The shifting unit moves at least one of the protrusion of the pressing unit and the sheet so as to shift a pressing position, at which the fold section is pressed by the protrusion, in the one direction or in a direction opposite to the one direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Assignee: FUJI XEROX CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Hiroaki Awano, Hiroaki Mogi
  • Patent number: 9868594
    Abstract: The present invention aims to develop a dedicated control device for a transfer apparatus and a transfer apparatus controller that enables labor-saving wiring work, and to provide a conveying apparatus that switches a destination to which a conveyed object is to be conveyed by way of the transfer apparatus controller. A transfer apparatus includes a main conveying passage 101 that conveys a conveyed object 125 in one direction, an auxiliary conveying passage 102 for conveying a conveyed object 125 in a direction crossing the main conveying passage 101, and a lifting and lowering unit 115 that generates a height difference between both conveying passages 101 and 102 by lifting or lowering at least one of the conveying passages 101 and 102.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Assignee: Itoh Denki Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kazuo Itoh, Masayuki Toma, Yoshinori Nagai
  • Patent number: 9871353
    Abstract: A base assembly for the rack of a switchgear cabinet, comprising horizontal frame profiles which have the height h and which surround a base section of the rack, wherein at the height h, the frame profiles have a first horizontal mounting plane, is characterized in that, spaced from the first horizontal mounting plane, at least one additional mounting plane is provided, on or adjoining a fixed support which is formed at least sectionally on one or more of the frame profiles and projects into the base section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Assignee: RITTAL GMBH & CO. KG
    Inventors: Siegfried Boehme, Daniel Brueck, Wolfgang Reuter, Timo Schindler
  • Patent number: 9868223
    Abstract: A paper processing apparatus includes a pressing member which approaches and presses a paper bundle inserted into a space formed between the pressing member and a supporting member for supporting a paper, a cutting blade which cuts an end portion of the paper bundle pressed by the pressing member, a removal member having a front end portion which removes cutting waste of the paper bundle, a removal member which has a front end portion which reaches a position at which the paper bundle is pressed by the pressing member, and removes cutting waste of the paper bundle by the front end portion, and a control unit. The control unit controls the removal member such that the front end portion is positioned at a retreat position apart from the pressing member during an approaching operation in which the pressing member is approaching the paper bundle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Assignee: KONICA MINOLTA, INC.
    Inventor: Tsuyoshi Shiokawa
  • Patent number: 9862547
    Abstract: A multi-track conveyor for transporting containers includes two transport elements adjacent to one another to form a common transport surface on which the containers stand upright on their container bases. Each transport element has a dedicated electric drive motor. The drive motors are external-rotor motors with an internal stator connected in a torsion-resistant manner to a machine frame and with an external rotor, which forms an offset drive driving the respective transport element. The drive motors of at least two transport elements are coaxial with their motor axles oriented perpendicular to the transport direction. The stators of which are connected via a common support in a rotation-resistant manner to the machine frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2018
    Assignee: KHS GmbH
    Inventors: Martin Backhaus, Berthold Paroth
  • Patent number: 9856092
    Abstract: A system, method and an end effector may arrange into a group two articles within a stream of articles moving spaced apart and in a line in a conveying direction on a conveyor. The system, method, and end effector may contact and slow the more downstream of the two articles and then contact the more upstream of the two articles without substantially slowing the more upstream article to form the group. The end effector may include a downstream stop portion for contacting at least one of the articles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Assignee: Illinois Tool Woks Inc.
    Inventors: Matthew A. Job, Craig Kirkpatrick, Christopher Ray, Roger Johnston, Brett A. Stripe
  • Patent number: 9854779
    Abstract: Method of managing dairy animals in a free housing including a voluntary automatic milking system, and including determining TLM as the time since the last milking of an animal, determining AVMF as an average daily voluntary milking frequency for the animal, setting a desired milking interval DMI for the animal, marking the animal for manual collection if TLM and/or DMI fulfill a collecting criterion, making a list of marked animals, collecting and milking the marked animals, wherein the collecting criterion is fulfilled if TLM is above a first interval threshold, or if TLM is at least equal to the value of a mathematical function applied to the DMI, or if AVMF is below a frequency threshold, and TLM is above a second, shorter interval threshold MRI. Also a milking arrangement is disclosed with a milking robot having a control device arranged to perform the method.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Assignee: LELY PATENT N.V.
    Inventors: Age Hempenius, Sjors Meijers
  • Patent number: 9855658
    Abstract: A method, a drone device, and an adaptive robot control system (ARCS) for adaptively controlling a programmable robot are provided. The ARCS receives environmental parameters of a work environment where the drone device operates and geometrical information of a target object to be operated on by the programmable robot. The ARCS dynamically receives a calibrated spatial location of the target object in the work environment based on the environmental parameters and a discernment of the target object from the drone device. The ARCS determines control information including parts geometry of the target object, a task trajectory of a task to be performed on the target object, and a collision-free robotic motion trajectory for the programmable robot, and dynamically transmits the control information to the programmable robot via a communication network to adaptively control the programmable robot while accounting for misalignments of the target object in the work environment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Inventor: Rahul Babu
  • Patent number: 9854909
    Abstract: A bi-directional positioning sliding rail assembly includes a sliding rail set including an outer rail and an inner rail linearly slidably coupled together, an actuator mounted in the inner rail and providing a push member having opposing first push end and second push end, and a position-limiting mechanism mounted in the inner rail and including a first position-limiting member and a second position-limiting member that are pivotally connected to the inner rail and respectively disposed adjacent to the first push end and second push end of the push member and alternatively biasable relative to the inner rail by the actuator. Thus, the bi-directional positioning sliding rail assembly has the advantages of simple structure and ease of fabrication and use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Assignee: Nan Juen International Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: I-Hsiang Chiu
  • Patent number: 9856105
    Abstract: A sheet processing apparatus including a stapler for executing a stapling process, a sheet detection sensor for detecting a sheet as a processing target, and an execution button for receiving from a user an execution instruction to execute the stapling process, after the sheet detection sensor detects a sheet, in a case where the execution button is pressed before a predetermined time elapses, causes the stapler to execute the stapling process according to the execution button being pressed, and in a case where the execution button is not pressed, causes the stapler to execute the stapling process according to lapse of the predetermined time. Further, the sheet processing apparatus sets whether the execution of the stapling process according to the lapse of the predetermined time is enabled.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Masahiro Mutsuno, Masaki Kashiwagi, Satoshi Totsuka, Akinori Takeo
  • Patent number: 9850070
    Abstract: Belting for use in a conveyor. The belting includes a fabric base and an environmentally friendly rubber composition. The environmentally friendly rubber composition is applied to at least one surface of the fabric base. The environmentally friendly rubber composition includes a rubber component, a filler, a processing oil and a vulcanizing agent. The filler is provided at a concentration of between about 50 and 150 parts per hundred weight of the rubber component. The processing oil is substantially devoid of aromatic oil. The processing oil is provided at a concentration of between about 20 and 60 parts per hundred weight of the rubber component. The vulcanizing agent is provided at a concentration of between about 1 and 10 parts per hundred weight of the rubber component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Assignee: WCCO Belting, Inc.
    Inventor: Mark Beyer
  • Patent number: 9850074
    Abstract: A feeding apparatus for supplying electronic devices for pick-up comprises a guide track for guiding and feeding a plurality of electronic devices and a separator operative to receive electronic devices from the guide track for the electronic devices to be picked up from the separator. A protrusion is located on either of the guide track or the separator, and a cavity is located on the other of the guide track or the separator for receiving the protrusion. The protrusion and the cavity cooperate to form a substantially continuous surface for transferring the electronic devices to the separator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Assignee: ASM TECHNOLOGY SINGAPORE PTE LTD
    Inventors: Shing Kai Yip, Yu Sze Cheung, Chi Wah Cheng
  • Patent number: 9853593
    Abstract: A bracket for coupling frames of solar panels includes a spacer for positioning between frames. An elongated body passes through a slot in the spacer and is positionable within channels formed in the frames. A clamp secures to the spacer and is biased toward the slot and elongated body, such as by means of a spring. The clamp defines seats for receiving portions of the frames of the solar panels. Sloped portions on end portions of the clamp facilitate insertion of the frames between the elongated body and the clamp. Another type of bracket includes a spacer and clamp, the spacer having protuberances for insertion into channels in the frames. A flange extends from the spacer such that it extends between the frames when the protuberances are positioned within the channels. An L-foot or other fixture may secure to the flange to secure the solar panels to a structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Assignee: Spice Solar, Inc.
    Inventors: Barry Cinnamon, David Baker
  • Patent number: 9844281
    Abstract: The invention relates to a modular structure for a cardboard tower-like display, made up of shelf modules (a) each of which is made up of a cardboard sheet with a four-sided central area (10) whose corners form incoming vertexes (12) and whose sides are folding and flapping lines with respective flaps thereof; together with straight tubes which feature stud modules (b), with the same cross section than the perimeter tubular edges (11) of each shelf module (a), and connecting elements in the shape of corner studs (c), each of which has a central part (30) with arms (31), (32) and (33) projected into three orthogonal spatial directions which fit into the concurrent ends of the tubular edges (11) of each shelf module (a), and the ends corresponding to the tubes which constitute the stud modules (b).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2017
    Inventor: Julio Miarnau Fernandez
  • Patent number: 9844264
    Abstract: A multi-tray cabinet includes a cabinet body defining an interior compartment and a compound opening thereto formed by first and second openings merging and in an angular relationship with one another, first and second doors located on the cabinet body adjacent and at an angle relative to one another and being mounted to the cabinet body to undergo movement relative to one another and to the cabinet body in order to correspondingly open and close the first and second openings, pairs of opposing of tray support members attached in a vertically spaced relationship from one pair to another on a pair of opposite interior surfaces of the cabinet body and being aligned with the first opening, and a plurality of trays on respective opposing pairs of tray support members being insertable upon and removable from the tray support members through the first opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2017
    Inventor: Andrew Stewart, III
  • Patent number: 9845125
    Abstract: A multipurpose stand includes a first supporting unit, a second supporting unit and a vertical member. the first supporting unit includes the main body and the roller, the second supporting unit includes the first broad member, the second broad member and the third broad member, The vertical member comprises the first vertical section, the second vertical section and the enlarged end, wherein the second supporting unit is formed by cutting a plate material into the first broad member and the second broad member. The member connected with the third broad member is connected with the connecting member through a single point of the second supporting unit and the first supporting unit, and a vertical member is set between the first broad members of the second supporting unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2017
    Inventor: Yiang-Chou Liu
  • Patent number: 9840371
    Abstract: A cover shield system for a telescoping conveyor system and an associated telescoping conveyor are provided. The cover is extendable for covering a length of a telescoping portion of the conveyor system. A free end of the cover is connected to the telescoping portion at a far end. A shuttle assembly is biased to retract the cover for storage, for example by rolling the cover into the shuttle assembly under spring action. The shuttle assembly may be movably mounted to the telescoping portion of the conveyor system to allow relative movement of the shuttle assembly and the telescoping portion during telescopic extension/retraction of the conveyor system. The shuttle assembly is also anchored to the base portion at least during the telescopic extension. The cover may include reinforcement bars and/or connecting magnets. An idler roller may bias the cover toward the conveyor frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2017
    Assignee: Ty-Crop Manufacturing Ltd.
    Inventors: Dennis Keith Ho, James Ryan Brezden
  • Patent number: 9840370
    Abstract: A gripper (12) is disclosed having a base (24) that extends from a first end a second end and includes resilient (32) fingers that extend from the base between the first end and the second end. The resilient fingers (32) may be configured to generally conform to and engage with articles (34) being transferred when the base is mounted to a conveyor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2017
    Assignee: REXNORD INDUSTRIES, LLC
    Inventors: Rick Corlett, Mike Chin, Dean A. Wieting