Patents Examined by Lester Rushin
  • Patent number: 11072499
    Abstract: A board turner assembly may include an endless chain, first and second groups of turning arms pivotably coupled with the endless chain and disposed along opposite sides thereof, an upper guide with an inclined surface, an actuator selectively operable to move the upper guide between a resting position and an extended position, and one or more endless belts. The turning arms may be spaced apart at regular intervals that are offset on one side of the chain relative to the other. The groups of turning arms may be operated in an alternating fashion to turn selected boards to a desired orientation (e.g., wane side up). Corresponding methods and systems are also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 27, 2021
    Assignee: USNR, LLC
    Inventors: Tim Staal, Thomas Congdon
  • Patent number: 11059676
    Abstract: Various embodiments disclosed herein provide for an improved accumulation conveyor and systems and methods for controlling a high rate, high density tunable accumulation conveyor. In one embodiment, an accumulation conveyor system determines whether an item detection variable associated with a second zone of a plurality of zones is satisfied, wherein the second zone is downstream of a first zone. The accumulation conveyor system determines whether at least one of two operational characteristic variables is satisfied. In an instance where both the item detection variable and at least one operational characteristic variable are satisfied, the accumulation conveyor system is configured to set a zone operating state associated with the first zone to inactive and send a command signal comprising the zone operating state associated with the first zone to a control module associated with the first zone. In another embodiment, an improved method for adjusting aggressiveness is disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 13, 2021
    Assignee: Intelligrated Headquarters, LLC
    Inventors: Jason-David Nitzberg, Jason A. Johnson, Raymond Neiser
  • Patent number: 11059673
    Abstract: A conveyance system for conveying a workpiece to each of a plurality of processing apparatuses includes a track extending over the plurality of processing apparatuses and fixed to the upper portions of the processing apparatuses; an automated conveying vehicle for traveling on the track, the automated conveying vehicle including a storage member having a housing space for housing the workpiece therein, a traveling member coupled from above to the storage member, a traveling mechanism mounted on the traveling member, a lifting and lowering mechanism mounted on the traveling member, for lifting and lowering the storage member while suspending the storage member from above, and a receiver for receiving control signals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 13, 2021
    Assignee: DISCO CORPORATION
    Inventor: Kazuma Sekiya
  • Patent number: 11053078
    Abstract: A roller assembly comprises a first axle having a first inner shaft and a second axle having a second inner shaft. The roller assembly may further comprise a plurality of roller elements between the first inner shaft and the second inner shaft. The roller assembly may further comprise a roller disposed between a first tension strap and a second tensions strap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2021
    Assignee: Goodrich Corporation
    Inventors: Wesley K. Stegmiller, Wallace Harold Larson, Dustin Paul Scheer
  • Patent number: 11046532
    Abstract: A composite panel tooling system may include a forming platform having a contoured surface configured to support a layup of composite material to form a contoured composite part. The system may further include a flexible carrier removably disposed on the contoured surface and comprising a frame, where the frame is configured to receive a set of double-sided vacuum grippers within a set of apertures defined within the frame, and where each double-sided vacuum gripper of the set of double-sided vacuum grippers is configured to connect to a pneumatic system to induce a vacuum on a first side of each vacuum gripper for gripping the contoured surface and on a second side of each vacuum gripper for gripping a surface of the contoured composite part after the contoured composite part has been formed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 29, 2021
    Assignee: THE BOEING COMPANY
    Inventor: Clifford D. Borowicz
  • Patent number: 11027918
    Abstract: A transfer device and a stacker crane can stabilize the posture of a conveyed object on a placement portion in a horizontal direction even when the conveyed object is conveyed at high speed. The transfer device transfers the storage container by advancing and retreating the hand on which the storage container is placed. The transfer device is provided with a gripper that grips the storage container placed on a hand in the X direction that is the horizontal direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2021
    Assignee: Murata Machinery, Ltd.
    Inventors: Jun Sai, Kazuhiro Ishikawa
  • Patent number: 11022197
    Abstract: In accordance with one aspect of the present disclosure, a fastener is provided for securing to an end of a conveyor belt having cables. The fastener comprises a crimp configured to be fixed to a conveyor belt cable and a connector. The connector has a unitary, one-piece fastener body with an upper portion for being disposed adjacent an upper surface of the conveyor belt end and a lower portion for being disposed adjacent a lower surface of the conveyor belt end. The upper and lower portions are spaced apart to receive the crimp therebetween and permit the conveyor belt cable to extend in an outboard direction between the upper and lower portions. The connector includes a stop arranged to block inboard movement of the crimp and the conveyor belt cable fixed thereto.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2021
    Assignee: Flexible Steel Lacing Company
    Inventors: Daniel W. Dailey, Brett E. DeVries, John Dale Culbertson
  • Patent number: 11014764
    Abstract: The invention relates to an apparatus for aligning box-shaped articles of various sizes on a conveyor belt, as well as a printing station, a reading station, and a labelling station including said apparatus. The apparatus comprises an input conveyor belt operable to move transversally with respect to an output conveyor belt conveying direction, to adapt to a transverse size of a transported box-shaped article, and feed said output conveyor belt with corresponding aligned article.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2021
    Assignee: SICPA HOLDING SA
    Inventors: Urs Müller, Tobias Scherer
  • Patent number: 11014761
    Abstract: A conveyor condition monitor, for use with a conveyor comprising a plurality of trollies (12) running along a conveyor rail (14) and linked to one another by a chain link system, is disclosed. The monitor comprises a conveyor monitoring station (3) and a first deformation sensor (5a, 5b). The deformation sensor (5b) is in communication with the conveyor monitor, and is adapted to notify the conveyor monitor of the presence of a deformed (13b) trolley (12) in the conveyor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2021
    Assignee: Castrol Limited
    Inventors: Scott Alan Johnson, Richard Allen Moen, William Thomas Preble
  • Patent number: 11001450
    Abstract: Systems for automatically leveling a base frame of a bulk material transport conveyor include radial travel wheels mounted on generally opposing sides of the base frame that can move from a raised position above the ground to a lowered position in contact with the ground to permit radial travel of the conveyor. Actuators normally used to raise or lower the radial travel wheels may be actuated automatically by a controller in response to a signal from an inclination and/or limit sensor mounted on the conveyor that represents a non-level orientation of the conveyor, to level the base frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2021
    Assignee: Superior Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Brett Nelson, Scott Oberg, Steven Haugen, Bryan Weiss
  • Patent number: 10994930
    Abstract: A warehousing system for storing and retrieving goods disposed in containers is provided. The system includes a multilevel storage array including an array of storage shelves for holding containers thereon, at least one substantially continuous lift for transporting containers to and from at least one level of the storage array, at least one transport vehicle located on the at least one level and configured to traverse a transport area transporting containers between the at least one continuous lift and container storage locations so that the at least one continuous lift communicates non-deterministically, via the transport vehicle, with storage locations of each of the storage shelves on the at least one level, an infeed transport system linked to the at least one continuous lift, and an order fulfillment station for generating order containers corresponding to customer orders where the order containers are entered onto the storage shelves of the storage array.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Assignee: Symbotic LLC
    Inventor: John Lert
  • Patent number: 10989476
    Abstract: A conveyor grate for conveying bulk material (preferably cement clinker) in a conveying direction, which has at least two conveying means and at least one motor for advancing such conveying means in the conveying direction and for retracting the conveying means, The grate can be installed and operated at reduced costs, if a first of these conveying means is coupled via a first clutch to the motor and a second of these conveying means is coupled via a second clutch to the same motor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2021
    Inventor: Jörg Hammerich
  • Patent number: 10968080
    Abstract: A drive belt (10; 20; 60) for a people conveyor comprises: a load bearing portion (12; 22; 62) extending in a longitudinal direction and having a length extending in the longitudinal direction and a width extending in a width direction; and a plurality of rollers (17; 27; 67) accommodated within the width of the load bearing portion (12; 22; 62). At least a part of the load bearing portion (12; 22; 62) is provided with a drive belt engagement structure (13; 23; 63). The drive belt engagement structure (13; 23; 63) in particular includes teeth (14, 25; 24), grooves (16; 26), and/or openings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2021
    Assignee: OTIS ELEVATOR COMPANY
    Inventors: Alexander Turek, Andreas Glueck
  • Patent number: 10954105
    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 passenger detection engine in communication with the analytic engine through a cloud computing network, the passenger detection engine being configured to determine passenger data of the escalator; and 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 a condition based monitoring (CBM) health Score of the escalator in response to at least the acceleration data, wherein the analytic engine is configured to adjust the CBM health score in response to at least the passenger data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2021
    Assignee: OTIS ELEVATOR COMPANY
    Inventors: Derk Oscar Pahlke, Philipp Schedl, Robert Takacs
  • Patent number: 10954106
    Abstract: Disclosed is an escalator system including handrail, the system having: a handrail including a handrail base and a handrail cover operationally connected to the handrail base, a first sensor disposed between the handrail base and the handrail cover and a first controller for controlling the first sensor, and wherein the first sensor processes data representing a sensed parameter, whereby the system identifies the occurrence of a trigger event and executes a first responsive measure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2021
    Assignee: OTIS ELEVATOR COMPANY
    Inventor: Ravikiran Singaraju
  • Patent number: 10952462
    Abstract: A method and a kit for adjusting a machine for wrapping or packing articles, including a conveyor associated with an electric motor where, in an operating condition, the motor drives the conveyor in rotation about its axis of rotation. The method includes associating the conveyor with a reference integral with the conveyor and disposed at an angular position about its axis of rotation; detecting the angular position of the conveyor relative to the force of gravity by measuring the angle between a radial line passing through the reference and the force of gravity; detecting the angular position of the axis of the motor relative to a zero reference associated with an angular position transducer of the motor; calculating and storing the angular displacement between the angular positions of the motor and the conveyor corresponding to the angular displacement between the zero reference and the force of gravity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2021
    Assignee: G.D S.P.A.
    Inventors: Giuliano Gamberini, Daniele Salvadeo, Alberto Dani, Massimo Sartoni, Luca Federici
  • Patent number: 10946993
    Abstract: The invention relates to a wrapping device (300) for wrapping a band around a wound up roll (5?), characterised in:—a storage (301) for said band (303) to be wrapped around said wound up roll (5?),—a first conveyor (330) positionable adjacent said wound roll (5?), for conveying said band (303) to said roll (5?),—said first conveyor (330) comprising a cylindrical drum configured for rotation about an axis (W),—said drum (330) having a surface configured for receiving and transferring said band (303) to said wound up roll (5?) by a vacuum applied to said band (303) via apertures (331) formed in said surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2021
    Assignee: ROLL-O-MATIC A/S
    Inventors: John Buk Jensen, Mads Sandahl Christensen
  • Patent number: 10947050
    Abstract: A conveyor system (1) for the continuous or discontinuous conveyance of a reactive and/or hot and/or abrasive material to be conveyed along a conveyor path includes a system housing (3) enclosing the conveyor path, which has at least one fluid inlet (5) for the introduction of fluid into the system housing (3), at least one fluid outlet (7, 9) for the discharge of fluid out of the system housing (3), a charging inlet (4) for introducing material to be conveyed into the system housing (3), and, apart from the at least one fluid inlet (5), the at least one fluid outlet (7, 9) and the charging inlet (4), are implemented in a technically fluid-tight manner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2021
    Inventor: Gerald Rosenfellner
  • Patent number: 10941834
    Abstract: A splice system for a conveyor belt system includes a plurality of spaced tractive rods; a plurality of rows of flat wire pickets transversely disposed with respect to a direction of travel and interconnecting the plurality of spaced tractive rods, wherein at least one of the rows of flat wire pickets includes an outer edge link on each end thereof, the outer edge link including a reverse-turn closed edge on an outer side thereof; and wherein movement of at least one of the plurality of rods is restricted by the reverse-turn closed edge on the outer edge link.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 9, 2021
    Assignee: Cambridge International, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeffrey D. Ulchak, Thomas O. Perdue, George H. Messick, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10926959
    Abstract: A motor-driven conveying roller for conveying installations for conveying containers, pallets and the like, having a roller body, of which the outer circumferential surface constitutes a bearing surface for articles, having a drive unit, which is arranged within an interior of the roller body, and having a coupling unit, which is designed to transmit a torque from the drive unit to an inner circumferential surface of the interior of the roller body and has a coupling bushing, which has a drive portion, connected to the drive unit, and an outer peripheral output portion, wherein the coupling bushing is connected to the inner circumferential surface of the roller body in a frictionally fitting and/or integral manner, for torque-transmitting purposes, only at certain points.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2021
    Assignee: INTERROLL HOLDING AG
    Inventors: Harry Lindemann, Dominik Langensiepen, Reinhold Weichbrodt