Patents Examined by Lester Rushin, III
  • Patent number: 11597607
    Abstract: An automated material handling system includes: at least one state detecting sensor disposed inside or outside the carrier to detect an internal state of the carrier including a degree of pollution in the carrier; a carrier interface to transmit a carrier state value; a carrier controller including a controller interface disposed on the plate to obtain a carrier state value by communicating with the carrier interface, and a carrier control unit configured to generate carrier management information including the carrier state value obtained through the controller interface and current location information of the carrier and output the carrier management information to a server; and a server configured to analyze an internal pollution state of the carrier based on the carrier management information provided by the carrier controller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2023
    Assignee: CANTOPS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Hak Seo Oh, Sang Kyo Ahn, Jin Hwan Ko, Sang Gyu Han, Sung Ik Kim, Sung Hyuk Youn, Jung Kil Park, Kyung Min Lee, Se Hun Lee, Won Ho Kang, Eun Duk Kim
  • Patent number: 11554924
    Abstract: An apparatus and a method for transferring articles from a pick-up area to a delivery area, wherein there is provided a guide element having a guide surface which moves along a closed path at a base speed, and wherein there are provided a plurality of transfer elements, each of which is provided with a gripping surface for holding an article and is movable with respect to the guide surface with a relative speed, so that, with respect to a stationary reference system, each of the transfer elements moves along the closed path with a compound speed given by an algebraic sum of the base speed and the respective relative speed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2021
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2023
    Inventors: Gabriele Sablone, Carlo Di Sabatino, Donato Crisante, Massimiliano Rossetti
  • Patent number: 11548734
    Abstract: A grid sorter for discharging articles received from many inputs to selected discharge destinations. The grid sorter comprises a rectangular grid of parallel conveyor lines. Each line has a series of bidirectional conveyors fed articles by infeed conveyors at each end of the line. Omnidirectional-roller sorters, at the intersections of the conveyor lines, can pass articles received from one line in multiple directions: along that same line; in either direction to an intersecting line; or obliquely to a selected discharge between lines. Omnidirectional rollers in the omnidirectional-roller sorters are controlled by a controller to push articles in selected directions to predetermined discharge destinations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2023
    Assignee: Laitram, L.L.C.
    Inventor: Matthew L. Fourney
  • Patent number: 11536647
    Abstract: A measurement system and a method for measuring a coefficient of friction on a slidable conveyor belt in a direction of movement are provided. The system includes a disk floatingly placed on the conveyor belt and having a bottom surface, wherefrom projects at least one rounded element that rests on the conveyor belt, having a shape that, regardless of the relative orientation of the disk and the conveyor belt, at least one rounded element extends along a direction not parallel to the direction of movement, a pair of abutment elements maintaining the disk fixed with respect to the direction of movement of the conveyor belt, and a pair of load cells operatively associated with the abutment elements and with the disk, to measure a thrust force exerted by the disk on each load cell by effect of the relative sliding of the conveyor belt with respect to the disk.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2022
    Assignee: SYSTEM PLAST S.R.L.
    Inventors: Piet Oostdijk, Giorgio Varisco, Francesco Giuseppe Zani
  • Patent number: 11535453
    Abstract: An automatic electromechanical braking roller system includes a power drive unit (PDU) comprising a sensor configured to detect a speed of a unit load device (ULD), a controller configured to receive a speed signal corresponding to a speed of the ULD from the sensor, and an electromechanical braking roller (EBR) spaced apart from the PDU and configured to receive a braking signal from the controller in response to the speed of the ULD being greater than a threshold value. In response to the speed of the ULD being less than the threshold value, the EBR is configured to rotate freely about an axis in a first state. In response to the speed of the ULD being greater than the threshold value, the EBR is configured to reduce the speed of the ULD in a second state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2022
    Assignee: Goodrich Corporation
    Inventors: Vishnu Gopan, Narain Jayaprakash
  • Patent number: 11511942
    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: April 22, 2021
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2022
    Assignee: Superior Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Brett Nelson, Scott Oberg, Steven Haugen, Bryan Weiss
  • Patent number: 11492208
    Abstract: A rotative lumber piece charger for transferring lumber pieces. The rotative lumber piece charger comprises: a driving shaft rotating about a longitudinal axis and a transfer wheel comprising a main body mounted to the driving shaft and rotating therewith. The rotative lumber piece charger also comprises a lumber piece grasping assembly rotatably connected to the main body and rotatable with respect to the main body about a lumber rotation axis. The lumber piece grasping assembly is operative to grasp a section of a corresponding one of the lumber pieces, temporarily retain the section of the lumber piece and release the lumber piece. The rotative lumber piece charger further comprises an angular orientation control system connected to the lumber piece grasping assembly. The angular orientation control system rotates the lumber piece grasping assembly about the lumber rotation axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2022
    Inventor: Claude Gravel
  • Patent number: 11493110
    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: February 10, 2021
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2022
    Assignee: Cambridge International, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeffrey D. Ulchak, Thomas O. Perdue, George H. Messick, Jr.
  • Patent number: 11485590
    Abstract: Driverless transport vehicles or DTVs, which are automatically guided vehicles, are gaining importance in the sorting of cargo. A method for loading a driverless transport vehicle with a cargo item in a transfer point, includes loading the DTV with the cargo item by using a known delivery system during the journey of the DTV. In order to prevent cargo items from falling during loading, a higher-level control sets the delivery speed of the cargo item and the speed of travel before the cargo item is transferred to the transport vehicle, such that the delivery speed component of the transport direction is equal to the speed of travel of the transport vehicle. In this way, the continued use of existing delivery systems such as are known under the term HSI (high speed induction) is possible. A system for loading a driverless transport vehicle is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2022
    Assignee: Siemens Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventor: Carsten Aschpurwis
  • Patent number: 11465860
    Abstract: A steel plate suspension conveying device and method thereof, includes an initial suspension module, an intermediate transfer module and a tail end unloading module that are respectively provided with a plurality of electromagnets, wherein the electromagnets (5-6) of the initial suspension module controls the steel plate for suspension, the electromagnets (7-14) of the intermediate transfer module controls the motion of the steel plate toward the tail end unloading module, and the electromagnets (15-17) of the tail end unloading module controls the landing of the steel plate; sensor modules (18) installed on the electromagnets, and are capable of detecting the position, speed and temperature information of the steel plate conveyed by the electromagnets; a central processing unit (4) receiving the information sent by the sensor modules (18) and adjusts the magnitude of a current/voltage flowing into the electromagnets, thereby adjusting the magnitude of the electromagnet attraction applied by the electromagnet
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2022
    Inventors: Yongfang Deng, Weichao Zhang, Jie Yang, Bin Deng
  • Patent number: 11459188
    Abstract: The present invention relates to the field of using different sensing and detection methods to determine parcel flow density 1D lineal, 2D area or 3D volumetrically on a selected section of a feed conveyor and receiving conveyor and adjusting conveyor speed ratios proportioned according to ratio of desired density to current density to increase the density or volume of parcels in a selected area of the receiving conveyor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2021
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2022
    Assignee: Fives Intralogistics Corp.
    Inventors: Steven Vann Schroader, Gus Nowotny
  • Patent number: 11453558
    Abstract: A singulation conveyor is described. The singulation conveyor includes multiple rollers, for example, a first roller and a second roller. In some example embodiments, the first roller can be of a first roller cross-sectional profile and the second roller can be of a second roller cross-sectional profile. The first roller cross-sectional profile can be defined by a sleeve mounted around a circumference of the first roller and a dowel positioned between the sleeve and the first roller. Further, in some examples, the first roller cross-sectional profile can be different from the second roller cross-sectional profile. Furthermore, according to some examples, the first roller and the second roller can be configured to be rotated based on a first rotation pattern and a second rotation pattern respectively, to cause singulation of a shingled item.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2022
    Inventors: Matthew Good, William McConnell, Darius Scott, Joseph Joice
  • Patent number: 11447343
    Abstract: A temperature monitor is provided for use on a conveyor belt. The temperature monitor includes a first wall and a second wall. The first wall and the second wall are generally parallel to one another. The temperature monitor also includes a first anchor and a second anchor. The first wall is attached to the first anchor at a first end and the first wall is attached to the second anchor at a second end. The second wall is attached to the first anchor at a first end and the second wall is attached to the second anchor at a second end. The temperature monitor further includes a temperature deformation mechanism defined between the first wall and the second wall. The temperature deformation mechanism is altered in an instance in which a predetermined temperature is reached. A method of manufacturing a temperature monitor and a temperature monitor system are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2022
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventor: Kuna Venkat Satya Rama Kishore
  • Patent number: 11447344
    Abstract: Sorting system for sorting products as well as method for application thereof. The sorting system comprises a central control system and a number of combinations of an elongated carrying body and a pusher body. The carrying bodies extend parallel to each other and are each configured for carrying a product to be sorted. The sorting system further comprises a displacing device for moving the combinations. Each combination is further provided with a further displacing device that is provided with an on-board driving device for moving the pusher body in a sorting direction along the carrying body for pushing a product carried by the carrying body off of the carrying body with the pusher body, as well as with an on-board control system that is configured for receiving destination data emanating from the central control system and for driving the on-board driving device hereto.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2022
    Assignee: Vanderlande Industries B.V.
    Inventor: Koen Maarten Geert Grobben
  • Patent number: 11440747
    Abstract: A belt conveyor is configured for conveying products in a conveying direction and defines a width extending in a transverse direction orthogonal to the conveying direction, and a height direction orthogonal to the conveying and transverse directions. An ejector is fixed to the belt conveyor and acts in the transverse direction for sorting out/discharging products. The ejector has an end region which faces the product to be sorted out, and has a base body mounted in a base position on the belt conveyor by means of a holder. The basic position of the base body can be adjusted by means of an adjusting device of the holder in the transverse direction within an adjustment path so that the end area of the non-actuated ejector in the transverse direction can protrude across the belt conveyor width by at least half of that width, or more.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2021
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2022
    Assignee: Wipotec GmbH
    Inventors: Markus Jochen Walter, Lukas Müller
  • Patent number: 11440744
    Abstract: System and methods for estimating the number of packages in a measurement zone to gauge package flow. A linear array of distance-measuring sensors measures the height profile of a mass of packages conveyed past. The profile is differentiated, and steps in the differentiated profile are counted to detect package edges and to produce an estimate of the number of packages in the measurement zone. The estimate can be used to adjust the speed of the conveyor to provide a constant package flow.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2022
    Assignee: Laitram, L.L.C.
    Inventors: William S. Murray, Jeremiah E. Oertling
  • Patent number: 11401111
    Abstract: A conveyor apparatus includes a supporting plate and a conveyor module. The supporting plate is connected to the conveyor module. The supporting plate includes a first power and communication terminal that is configured to provide the conveyor module with power and a communication connection. The conveyor module is connected to the supporting plate. The conveyor module is detachable and includes a second power and communication terminal that is connected to the first power and communication terminal to receive the power and to perform the communication connection. The first and second power and communication terminals are detachable, with an ability to be connected to and disconnected from each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2022
    Assignee: SK hynix Inc.
    Inventor: Dong Ju Seok
  • Patent number: 11396395
    Abstract: An automatic bag loading system includes a transfer arm configured to grab a bag and transfer the bag from a conveyor a bag gripper, which then rotates the bag to a filling station. The system further includes a detection device to detect a location of a leading edge of the bag between the conveyor and the bag gripper.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 26, 2022
    Assignee: Viking Masek Global Packaging
    Inventors: Michael Schaap, Seth Weedman, Jamie Vertz
  • Patent number: 11390465
    Abstract: A modular sensing device has multiple assembling components, and at least one object-detection sensor. The assembling components extend along a direction. Each one of the assembling components has a housing being tubular and an electrical connecting device mounted inside the housing. The housings of the multiple assembling components are detachably connected in sequence. The at least one object-detection sensor is mounted to one of the assembling components. The electrical connecting devices of the assembling components are electrically connected in sequence and are electrically connected to the at least one object-detection sensor. The detachable housings of the assembling components make the modular sensing device applicable to conveyors of different widths and promote flexibility of installation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2022
    Inventor: Shan-Lung Chuang
  • Patent number: 11383932
    Abstract: A spiral conveyor for positively driving a conveyor belt along a helical path. The spiral conveyor includes a rotating cylindrical tower with parallel drive members extending from the bottom to the top of the tower on its periphery. Each drive member includes an outwardly protruding ridge that varies in height from the bottom to the top of the tower. The variations in height facilitate the belt's entry onto and exit from the tower and robust, positive driving engagement with the inside edge of the belt along the majority of its path along the tower.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2022
    Assignee: Laitram, L.L.C.
    Inventors: Casper Fedde Talsma, David W. Bogle