Patents Examined by Lester Rushin
  • Patent number: 10723566
    Abstract: Device for lifting an article from a roller conveyor having a fork that can be raised and lowered, and having a plurality of spaced-apart elongate tines which, in the lowered position, move with the tines between or below the rollers of the roller conveyor in order to lift one or a plurality of articles from the rollers as the fork is being raised into the raised position with the tines, where the tines form a carrier surface for the article and the tines can be expanded in the direction transverse to the longitudinal extension thereof in order to form an expanded carrier surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: Dematic GmbH
    Inventors: Daniel Jarr, Max Reinhard Lewandoske, Daniel Huberth
  • Patent number: 10723567
    Abstract: A rolling member includes a rolling shaft; rolling wheels fixed to two ends of the rolling shaft, rolling surfaces of the rolling wheels being sleeved with flexible loops respectively; at least one first engagement structure provided on a rolling surface of each rolling wheel; at least one second engagement structure provided on a surface of each flexible loop facing toward the rolling surface of the rolling wheel; wherein the at least one first engagement structure engages with the at least one second engagement structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Inventors: Wanpeng Zhang, Peng Cheng, Menglei Zhang, Jiangbing Guan, Min Zhang, Zhenyu Zhang, Zhuoyue Bian, Yajun Han, Junyi Dai
  • Patent number: 10710810
    Abstract: An O-ring and a conveyance apparatus are provided. The O-ring includes an O-ring body having an annular shape. The O-ring further includes a plurality of protrusions arranged at intervals on an outer annular surface of the O-ring body and configured to support a glass substrate and convey the glass substrate as the O-ring body rotates, so that a total area of contact between the glass substrate and the O-ring is reduced, thereby reducing a print area. In addition, after the protrusions and the glass substrate come into contact, contact marks are in a discontinuous state or, in other words, are in a spaced state, and prints are also discontinuous or spaced prints, thereby mitigating visual effects of the prints, and eliminating the prints at low costs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Inventor: Kai Chen
  • Patent number: 10689204
    Abstract: A belt conveyor includes rollers spaced apart in a conveying direction along a carryway run on which a conveyor belt is moved. Each of the rollers includes a cylindrical body including an outer circumferential peripheral surface, in contact with the conveyor belt, and a thickness extending between opposed ends, and a wear indicator between opposed ends for providing a visual indication of wear in the cylindrical body in one embodiment and an audible indication of wear in the cylindrical body in another embodiment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Inventors: Shannon Anderson, Branden Harrison, Albert McLemore, Braden Miller, Jason Truesdell
  • Patent number: 10689202
    Abstract: A system and an apparatus capable of independently driving movers are described herein. The system and apparatus includes: a track that forms a path for movers; a plurality of movers movably mounted on the track for moving along the path; and a plurality of drive elements fixedly arranged along the track. The drive elements each have a surface that is oriented to contact a driven member of the movers. The drive elements are configured to sequentially engage the driven member of a plurality of the movers to provide controlled independent motion of the movers along the track. The drive elements may be driven by rotary motors. A method of independently driving movers is also described herein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: The Procter and Gamble Company
    Inventors: Clifford Theodore Papsdorf, Jason Lee DeBruler
  • Patent number: 10669106
    Abstract: A carriage transport system, including a transport path formed of a plurality of transporting modules; a plurality of lower-order controllers each configured to conduct drive control of a carriage on a covered transporting module among the plurality of transporting modules; and a higher-order controller configured to control the plurality of lower-order controllers, wherein the plurality of lower-order controllers each receive a drive instruction for the carriage on the transport path from the higher-order controller in advance, and when respectively receiving one-group transport instructions transmitted from the higher-order controller simultaneously at the same timing, the plurality of lower-order controllers each apply the drive instruction to one of the carriage that is present on the covered transporting module and the carriage that is to enter the covered transporting module in an order of entering the covered transporting module, to thereby conduct the drive control of the carriage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Inventor: Takeshi Yamamoto
  • Patent number: 10654651
    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: May 10, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: Cambridge International, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert E. Maine, Jr., George H. Messick, Jr., Thomas O. Perdue, Jeffrey D. Ulchak
  • Patent number: 10633187
    Abstract: A mesh-like conveyor belt is capable of varying in width and shape as it travels. The conveyor belt comprises a plurality of links, joints, and control elements. The joints connect the links to each other and allow the links to change their orientation within the conveying surface of the conveyor belt. The plurality of links and joints allow the conveyor belt to vary in width, shape, trajectory, and surface speed while in motion. The conveyor belt also includes control elements, built into the structure of the belt that are capable of engaging with external guides. When the conveyor belt is in motion, the control elements engage with and follow the paths determined by external guides thereby controlling the shape of the belt.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Assignee: Rabbit Designs LLC
    Inventors: Scott Elliott Frash, Jean Shannon Frash
  • Patent number: 10625957
    Abstract: A bulk loader system is disclosed that may include a conveyor unit in connection with a fuel-powered engine powering a hydraulic motor. The hydraulic motor may be used to operate the conveyor unit. The system may be configured to function while being mounted on a bed of a truck or be operated as a stand-alone unit. The unit may be sized such that an operator can stand on the deck of the truck along with the unit. The fuel-hydraulic powered motor can enable the conveyor unit to operate at variable speeds. The conveyor unit can be adjustable to facilitate controlling the direction of the material being transported via the conveyor. Some embodiments can include operating the hydraulics of the motor from the Power Take-Off (“PTO”) of the truck. Some embodiments can facilitate operation of the system in a hot or other harsh environment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Inventors: Christopher Davies, Kevin Goforth, Douglas D. Dolinar, Bruce W. Gouldey
  • Patent number: 10622237
    Abstract: A conveying mechanism for conveying a wafer unit having a wafer disposed inside of and supported on an annular frame by a holding tape includes a housing tray housing the wafer unit therein and a transport unit supporting and transporting the housing tray between wafer treating apparatus. The housing tray includes a ceiling plate and a bottom plate that are interconnected by a pair of side walls facing each other across an opening defined in a side through which the wafer unit can be taken into and out of the housing tray. An air flow generator is disposed on the ceiling plate for generating air downflows in the housing tray that are directed from the ceiling plate into the opening. The transport unit conveys wafer units, one by one, between the wafer treating apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Inventors: Kazunari Tanaka, Satoshi Ohkawara
  • Patent number: 10611581
    Abstract: A conveyance device equipped with a rod-shaped member that includes a magnetic body; an arc-shaped opposing member which opposes part of a side surface of the rod-shaped member and which includes a magnetic body, the opposing member including connecting surfaces which are parallel with the central axis of the rod-shaped member and which connect an outer peripheral surface and an inner peripheral surface; a drive device which rotates the rod-shaped member around the central axis of the rod-shaped member and which changes the relative positions of the rod-shaped member and the opposing member; and a conveyance member which encloses the opposing member and which has retaining surfaces that touch the connecting surfaces of the arc-shaped opposing member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignee: Azbil Corporation
    Inventors: Mitsuharu Tanaka, Hisashi Beppu
  • Patent number: 10611584
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for grouping preferably empty long products (4) embodied as tins, tubes or cartridges, the products (4) being delivered by a delivering conveyor device (5), preferably from a production line for producing the products (4), and placed on a conveyer belt (3) and transported thereby at a conveying speed along a conveying section (S) in a conveying direction (F), a product group (P) comprising a plurality of the products (4) being transferred by transfer means (7) at the same time from the conveyor belt (3) into receiving means (6), the transfer means (7) for transferring the products (4) being moved during the movement with the product group (P) in the conveying direction (F) at an angle, particularly perpendicularly, to the conveying direction (F) in a transfer direction (T) towards the receiving means (6), the receiving means (6) being moved perpendicularly to the conveying direction (F) and perpendicularly to the transfer direction (T), in order to be able to receive the subs
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignee: Texa AG
    Inventor: Lukas Alig
  • Patent number: 10597234
    Abstract: A controller of a robotic material handling system performs a method that conveys articles from a pile within a confined space. One or more articles per operation are robotically moved onto a vertically-positionable nose conveyor surface conveys toward a narrower rearward conveyor. Controller detects a jammed article that is at least partially supported by the nose conveyor and that has failed to fully convey onto the rearward. The controller attempts to dislodge the jammed article by causing at least one of: (i) vertically repositioning the nose conveyor surface; and (ii) activating at least one of the two or more parallel conveyors of the nose conveyor surface to run in a forward direction. After the attempt to dislodge, the controller activates at least one parallel conveyor that is contact with the jammed article in a rearward direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Assignee: Intelligrated Headquarters, LLC
    Inventors: Dominic George Clucas, Matthew R. Wicks
  • Patent number: 10597235
    Abstract: Various embodiments described herein generally relate to techniques for conveying articles on a conveyor system of a robotic material handling system in a material handling environment. In accordance with an embodiment, the robotic material handling system includes a front portion and a rearward conveyor. The front portion may be expandable to a first configuration and retractable to a second configuration. On detecting a jam on the front portion, the robotic material handling system may actuate expansion of the front portion to the first configuration, and attempt to dislodge the jammed articles by causing one or more of (i) separating the jammed articles by activating one or more of a plurality of zones of the front portion under the jammed articles, and/or (ii) activating one or more of the plurality of zones under the jammed articles in a reverse direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Inventors: Dominic George Clucas, Matthew R. Wicks
  • Patent number: 10583988
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a flexibly positioned power drive unit (“PDU) system. The flexibly positioned PDU system may comprise a flexibly positioned PDU comprising a PDU hinged portion and a track coupled to the flexibly positioned PDU, wherein the flexibly positioned PDU is configured to move along a cargo deck and the PDU hinged portion is configured to move a cargo unit from a first location to a second location via the track.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2020
    Inventors: Lawrence E. Zeidner, Kunal Srivastava, Thomas A. Frewen
  • Patent number: 10583993
    Abstract: Systems and methods for automatically leveling a base frame of a bulk material transport conveyor include raising or lowering either or both radial travel wheels mounted on generally opposing sides of the base frame. Actuators normally used to raise or lower the radial travel wheel actuators may be controlled in response to inclination and/or limit sensors mounted on the conveyor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2020
    Assignee: Superior Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Brett Nelson, Scott Oberg, Steven Haugen, Bryan Weiss
  • Patent number: 10569970
    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: January 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2020
    Assignee: USNR, LLC
    Inventors: Tim Staal, Thomas Congdon
  • Patent number: 10562653
    Abstract: An egg sorting and packaging method and assembly, wherein eggs are placed on an endless egg conveyor (2) by means of an egg supply device (3). The eggs are selectively moved from the endless egg conveyor into packaging lines (6a-6c), in which packaging lines the eggs are packed into egg packages. Eggs which are not released into one of the packaging lines remain on the endless egg conveyor and are recycled to pass by the packaging lines again in order to be released into one of the packaging lines.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Inventors: Dirk Willem Wikkerink, Jan Hordijk
  • Patent number: 10562708
    Abstract: A roller system has a frame, a plurality of rollers (supported by the frame) forming a roller plane, and an external rotor motor (“motor”) spaced from the roller plane. As an external rotor motor, the motor has a stator and an external rotor radially outward of the stator to substantially circumscribe the stator. To kinetically couple the motor with the rollers, the system also has a transmission coupling coupled with the external rotor and at least one of the rollers. The transmission coupling and external rotor are configured so that rotation of the external rotor causes the at least one roller to rotate in response to a torque received through the transmission coupling.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Assignee: VOLTA 24 LLC
    Inventors: Kamran Ramezani, Jason Ocain, Tony Hill, Dean Panas
  • Patent number: 10532839
    Abstract: An egg sorting and packaging assembly comprising an endless egg conveyor, an egg supply device for supplying and moving eggs onto the endless egg conveyor, and one or more packaging lines associated with the endless egg conveyor. The one or more packaging lines are configured and arranged to receive eggs from the endless egg conveyor. The egg supply device is adapted and arranged to remove eggs from the supply device that would have to be placed on a position on the endless egg conveyor that is already occupied by an egg that could not be received in a packaging line, and leads the removed egg back to an egg supply line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2020
    Inventors: Dirk Willem Wikkerink, Jan Hordijk