Patents Examined by Lester III Rushin
  • Patent number: 10364104
    Abstract: A transfer system for piece objects includes a pushing device and a main conveyor with a conveying region. The pushing device includes first and second pushing members. The transfer system includes a supply zone, which is behind the conveying region in a pushing direction. In an initial position of the pushing device, the first pushing member is between the conveying region and the supply zone and the second pushing member is behind the supply zone in the pushing direction. In an end position of the pushing device, the first pushing member is in front of the conveying region in the pushing direction and the second pushing member is between the conveying region and the supply zone. The first pushing member, between the initial position and the end position, is at a fixed spacing to, and in front, of the second pushing member in the pushing direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Assignee: WRH WALTER REIST HOLDING AG
    Inventor: Carl Conrad Mäder
  • Patent number: 10315860
    Abstract: An article handling device is provided. In one embodiment, a system for article handling is provided. The system has first and second article handling devices that each have one or more gripping assemblies arranged around their periphery. The gripping assemblies are selectably movable between an open position and a closed position based on the relative position of the first and second article handling devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: The Procter and Gamble Company
    Inventors: Jeffrey Kyle Werner, Robert Scott Bollinger, Cedric Dsouza, Kevin Shih Shaw
  • Patent number: 10287098
    Abstract: A modular eye link conveyor belt and method of assembling a modular eye link conveyor belt includes (a) welding a plurality of eyelets and bar links to a cross wire having a predetermined module width to form at least one first module row; (b) welding a plurality of eyelets and bar links to a cross wire having a predetermined module width to form at least one second module row; connecting the first module row and the second module row with a cross rod extending through the plurality of eyelets and thereby forming a first module; repeating steps (a) and (b) and forming a second module; and connecting the first module and the second module with a cross rod extending through the plurality of eyelets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: CAMBRIDGE INTERNATIONAL, INC.
    Inventors: Robert E. Maine, Jr., George H. Messick, Jr., Thomas O. Perdue, Jeffrey D. Ulchak
  • Patent number: 10259657
    Abstract: A dust cover has a base body and an outer cover. The base body is a cylinder and is made of an electrically conductive material. The base body has an axis, a bearing block, and an axial hole. The bearing block is located at an outer surface of the base body. The axial hole is formed axially through the base body. The outer cover is a circular disk and is made of an electrically non-conductive material. The outer cover has an axis, a first end, a second end, a cover body, and an axial hole. The first end of the outer cover is connected with the base body. The axis of the outer cover is the same as the axis of the base body. The axial hole is formed axially through the outer cover and communicates with the axial hole of the base body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: Worldwide Logistics Corporation
    Inventor: Kuo-Chieh Chuang
  • Patent number: 10233025
    Abstract: An idler wheel support for a conveyor belt comprises a gear rack adjustment mechanism or for use in adjusting the position of one end portion an idler wheel supporting frame. The gear rack is provided at said one end portion of the frame, such as on a foot, or on a base to which the foot is slidably coupled. A tool comprising a gear is selectively positioned for pivoting on the foot or base that does not have the gear rack with the gear engaged with the gear rack. When so engaged, pivoting the gear shifts said one end portion of the frame and adjusts the angle of the frame relative to the longitudinal conveyor frame axis and adjusts the longitudinal tracking of the conveyor belt. The gear can be mounted on a lever and positioned for pivotal engagement with the gear rack to enable adjustment of the belt tracking while the belt is moving.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: Transco Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: Greg Mattila
  • Patent number: 10232962
    Abstract: An article dropping apparatus may include a first shutter and a second shutter. A first movable member is movable relative to the first shutter. A second movable member is movable relative to the second shutter. An article may be supported by the first shutter and the second shutter to extend therebetween when the first shutter and the second shutter are positioned at closed positions. The first movable member and the second movable member may keep a relative position with respect to the article, via use of clamping members, during the movement of the first and second shutters from closed positions to open positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: YUTAKA MFG. CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Masayasu Kurachi, Katsumi Kuno
  • Patent number: 10226795
    Abstract: A typing tunnel off-loading and sorting system includes an off-loading conveyor, cameras and photoelectric eye. The overhead cameras detect the item size and whether it is cubic in nature and type and size of its footprint. An in-line slide sorter having alternating conveyor rollers and pop-up belts pass through to, or divert articles from, a downstream conveyor. The vision based system may also be used to detect space between articles and insert articles in the unoccupied space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: Fives Intralogistics Corp.
    Inventor: Steven Vann Schroader
  • Patent number: 10183843
    Abstract: The present invention relates to step roller monitoring and maintenance personnel monitoring of a passenger conveyor, and belongs to the field of passenger conveyor technologies. In the monitoring system and monitoring method of the present invention, an imaging sensor and/or a depth sensing sensor is used to sense the step roller/maintenance personnel of the passenger conveyor to acquire data frames, and the data frames are analyzed and processed to monitor whether the movement or position of the step roller/activity or position of the maintenance personnel is in a normal state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Assignee: OTIS ELEVATOR COMPANY
    Inventors: ZhaoXia Hu, JianGuo Li, Alois Senger, Hui Fang, Zhen Jia, Jianwei Zhao, Qiang Li, Anna Su, Alan Matthew Finn, Wei Ge, Yanying Chen, LongWen Wang, DuEon Kim
  • Patent number: 10173843
    Abstract: An arrangement for conveying an electronic device in a testing system includes a conveyor arrangement, a plate having at least one opening for the conveyor arrangement, and an elevator configured to elevate the conveyor arrangement through the at least one opening of the plate. The conveyor arrangement is configured to receive and convey the electronic device when the conveyor arrangement extends through the at least one opening. The elevator is further configured to lower the conveyor arrangement through the at least one opening of the plate. The plate is configured to receive the electronic device from the conveyor arrangement in response to lowering the conveyor arrangement through the at least one opening. The plate is further configured to move with respect to the conveyor arrangement, and to carry the electronic device to a testing area of the testing system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: JOT AUTOMATION OY
    Inventor: Mika Puttonen
  • Patent number: 10159359
    Abstract: An article feed device for feeding articles along a feeding direction towards a front edge of a shelf being provided with the article feed device. A least one roller carrier has a longitudinal extension which is parallel to the feeding direction and comprises a number of roller receiving seats for rotationally receiving the rollers. The roller carrier is arranged to be longitudinally inserted in the profile rails for fixation of the rollers. The roller carrier comprises end stops for preventing relative longitudinal displacement between the roller carrier and the first profile rails when mounted. The roller carrier is divided into at least two section arranged one after the other in the longitudinal direction. Each section is arranged to be inserted from a respective longitudinal end of the first profile rails and comprising cooperating snap engagement means for mutual engagement of one section to the other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: HL DISPLAY AB
    Inventors: Martin Borg, Isak Åberg
  • Patent number: 10160257
    Abstract: An orientation changing apparatus includes a transport path along which a transport object is transported and that includes a portion having a space; a changing unit that changes an orientation of the transport object transported toward the space, the changing unit changing the orientation in the space by applying a rotational force to the transport object in a direction that crosses a transporting direction in which the transport object is transported; and a receiving unit that receives the transport object after the orientation of the transport object is changed by the changing unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: FUJI XEROX CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Mutsuo Suga
  • Patent number: 10150617
    Abstract: A conveyor flight for a chain comprising at least two spaced apart links, and two side plates that connect the links, with each side plate including two spaced apart extension pins extending from the side plate. The flight comprises a metal support, and the metal support includes two spaced apart cylindrical portions adapted to receive the two spaced apart extension pins. The flight also includes a flexible casing surrounding the metal support.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Assignee: Joy Global Underground Mining LLC
    Inventor: Michael L. O'Neill
  • Patent number: 10124992
    Abstract: An endless handrail manufacturing method includes: a first step of cutting the dorsal part on one end side and the dorsal part on the other end side of a belt-like molded product to expose a tension member from the end portions; a second step of heating the product on the one end side, then removing the softened resin member, and then exposing a canvas from the end portion; a third step of heating the product with a heating jig to dent the abdominal part; a fourth step of applying an adhesive to the terminal on the one end side or the terminal on the other end side of the product, then fitting the former terminal to the latter terminal of the product; and a fifth step of supplementing a resin to the fitting portion, then hot pressing the fitting portion to fusion-bond the terminals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: MITSUBISHI ELECTRIC CORPORATION
    Inventors: Hidetoshi Takeyama, Atsuhiko Yoshida, Fumiya Murata
  • Patent number: 10086943
    Abstract: A system for moving loads comprising a cargo compartment floor, at least one roller track comprising rollers arranged one behind the other in the cargo compartment floor, at least one guideway in the floor and extending parallel to the at least one track, and at least one transport vehicle removably accommodated in and movable along the guideway. The transport vehicle comprises at least one connecting element movable between first and second operating positions. In the first operating position, the connecting element is configured so the transport vehicle is positionable beneath a load on the roller track, and in the second operating position, the connecting element is configured to interact with the load to connect the load to the transport vehicle, so the load is entrained when the transport vehicle moves along the guideway. The transport vehicle further comprises a drive mechanism to move the transport vehicle along the guideway.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: AIRBUS OPERATIONS GMBH
    Inventors: Hans Joachim Schoen, Sascha Nowarre, Patrick Dittmer, Nils Hendrik Hoppe, Thies Andreas Ernst-Friedrich Beinke
  • Patent number: 10073446
    Abstract: An automated modular quality control center assembly for tubulars having an automated inlet module, an automated transfer module, and an automated parameter defined segregation module. The automated inlet module has a pipe conveyor, which receives the tubulars from an initial pipe rack. The tubulars are rolled off the automated inlet module pipe conveyor to an automated transfer module pipe conveyor. The tubulars on the automated transfer module pipe conveyor pass in close proximity to and are scanned by the survey instrument detector. An automated pass fail pipe conveyor receives the tubulars from automated transfer module pipe conveyor. A pass test exit pipe rack or a fail test exit pipe rack receives the tubulars from the automated pass fail pipe conveyor that pass or fail a preset survey instrument limit of the survey instrument detector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2018
    Inventors: Daniel Wayne Snow, Chad Michael Snow
  • Patent number: 10059532
    Abstract: A conveyor for use with panel-shaped workpieces which can be fed to a machining such as a profile machining is disclosed. The workpieces to be machined are components used in the furniture and structural element industry, such as floor panels, doors, tabletops, or the like. The conveyor belt of the conveyor has a profiling element in a direction of extension, which profiling element is in engagement with a guide element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Assignee: HOMAG HOLZBEARBEITUNGSSYSTEME GMBH
    Inventor: Peter Rathgeber
  • Patent number: 10056280
    Abstract: A transporting system includes a first rail including a first region and a second region, the first region being a region where the first rail extends linearly and the second region being a region where the first rail is curved. A second rail includes a third region, separated from the first region, and a fourth region overlapping the second region, wherein the first and second rails merge at a joining location that includes the second region and the fourth region. Optical lines are disposed in the second region and the fourth region, wherein the optical lines are parallel to each other in the fourth region. A first transporting unit travels on the first rail. A second transporting unit travels on the second rail. A first controller controls the traveling of the first and second transporting units using light transmitted or received through the optical lines.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2018
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Kun-Jin Ryu, Hyun-Min Lee, Youn-Boo Jung, Sung-Hyun Jo
  • Patent number: 10052662
    Abstract: Sorting device comprising several sorting carts, which can be moved along a sorting track in a transport direction and in each case are provided with a load receiving device for controlled receipt and delivery of individually packaged goods, with a quantity of discharge points at which individually packaged goods can be specifically delivered according to a respective sorting destination from the sorting carts, wherein each discharge point has a width, wherein the width of at least some discharge points can be adjusted while the sorting device is operating, and method for sorting individually packaged goods using the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2018
    Assignee: BEUMER GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventor: Stefan Harrer
  • Patent number: 10046922
    Abstract: A feed unit, for example for feeding components (2) to smoking article assembly apparatus, having a stationary guide member (14) and a dispensing unit configured to dispense components (2) into the stationary guide member (14). The dispensing unit has one or more channels (7) to receive components (2) one on top of the other, and each channel (7) has a control gate (12) to apply suction/gaseous flow to control output of components (2) from the channel (7) for onward conveyance through the stationary guide member (14).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Assignee: BRITISH AMERICAN TOBACCO (INVESTMENTS) LIMITED
    Inventors: Gary Fallon, Kie Seon Park, Martin Fuller, Geoffrey Vernon, Andrew Cleall, James Stembridge, Thomas Grunfeld
  • Patent number: 10036253
    Abstract: A control system for a material gathering mechanism includes a gathering head configured to gather material from aground surface, a plurality of gathering members configured to transport the material gathered by the gathering head towards a material conveying apparatus, and a jam detection device for detecting a jam condition in movement of one or more of the plurality of gathering members and generate signals indicative of the jam condition. The control system further includes a controller communicably coupled to the plurality of gathering members and the jam detection member. The controller receives signals indicative of the jam condition from the jam detection device. The controller initiates a sequence of stopping, delaying, and restarting the gathering member on receiving the signals indicative of the jam condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2018
    Assignee: Caterpillar Inc.
    Inventors: Carl Moberg, Fabian Wolf, Konstantin Halle, Justin Philip Pahl, Bjoern-Andre Huehn