Patents Examined by Mark A. Deuble
  • Patent number: 11325786
    Abstract: A guide profile and a conveying system are disclosed. The conveying system is designed with a guide profile of this type. A slide bar of the guide profile is provided with an articulated leg so that it is possible to change the slide bar on the already installed conveying system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2021
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2022
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Hans-Peter Buttau, Markus Kiebel
  • Patent number: 11325784
    Abstract: A roller conveyor, comprising: a plurality of rollers (2) each of which has a cylindrical external surface (21), arranged to enable an object to be transported to rest; a motor (3); a transmission element (4), which kinematically connects the motor (3) to the rollers (2). The transmission element (4) is placed in contact with the external surface (21) of the rollers (2), or in contact with a portion of the rollers (2) which has the same diameter as the external surface (21), and in the same position as the contact point of the external surface with the element to be transported.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2022
    Assignee: SYSTEM CERAMICS S.P.A.
    Inventor: Marco Valentini
  • Patent number: 11319155
    Abstract: A sorting system for a conveying apparatus is disclosed. A conveying platform of the conveying apparatus includes turning driving devices disposed side by side at a branching position on the article conveying path, and each turning driving device includes a directional motor, and a wheel hub motor module and a driving device disposed above and below the directional motor, respectively. When the article conveyed by the conveying platform enters the branching position, a control module outputs and transmits control signals to the directional motors and the wheel hub motor modules, and a rotation shaft drives a fixing frame of the wheel hub motor module to horizontally turn to a preset angular position, and the wheel hub motor module drives a roller to vertically rotate to drive the article to convey to a predetermined position along a preset path, so that a sorting operation can be completed quickly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2021
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2022
    Inventors: Chiu-Fong Huang, Hsiang-Yueh Yu
  • Patent number: 11319154
    Abstract: A roller conveyor assembly construction system, including a rotatable jig assembly, a plurality of aligner assemblies, wherein each of the plurality of aligner assemblies is operatively connected to the jig assembly, a plurality of rollers located on each of the plurality of aligner assemblies, and a frame assembly operatively connected to the plurality of rollers, wherein the frame assembly is removably connected to each of the plurality of aligner assemblies.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2021
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2022
    Assignee: Itoh Denki USA Inc.
    Inventor: Richard R. Kosik, Sr.
  • Patent number: 11319157
    Abstract: The present invention includes conveying and sorting systems utilizing a plurality of continuous rails which support a plurality of sliding pucks that are urged forward using a plurality of sprocket wheels, and which utilize magnetically operated activation components for causing produce to be selectively dropped from cups carried by the pucks into sorting bins. The structures for the conveying and actuating components of the systems have smooth external surfaces reducing potential contamination by bacteria, contaminants and debris, thereby making them easily accessible for cleaning, and allowing for longer continuous operation times and higher efficiency.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2021
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2022
    Inventor: Lorin Reed
  • Patent number: 11312583
    Abstract: A joint connector for track sections of a conveyor wherein the track sections comprise a feature that requires alignment, the joint connector including: a first segment for attachment to an attachment feature of a first track section of the conveyor; and a second segment for attachment to an attachment feature of a second track section of the conveyor, wherein the second segment is configured to be adaptive to non-alignment of the attachment features of the first and second track sections in order to maintain alignment of the feature after installation of the joint connector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2022
    Inventors: Roger Hogan, Clayton Ditzend, Steve Aikens, Albert Kleinikkink
  • Patent number: 11312577
    Abstract: A conveyor system is described for use with a scanning apparatus (49) for the scanning of objects (43), such as bottles. The system comprises a transverse conveyor having a conveyor surface (45); a plurality of object support modules (41), each object support module (41) comprising a lower surface that sits upon the conveyor surface (45) of the conveyor and an upper part in which an object receiving recessed portion is defined, wherein the object receiving recessed portion defines an elongate recess having a constant transverse profile. A scanning system comprising the conveyor system in combination with an object scanner and a method of scanning embodying the principles of such a scanner are also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2022
    Assignee: KROMEK LIMITED
    Inventor: Benjamin John Cantwell
  • Patent number: 11305939
    Abstract: A transport device for transporting upright containers arranged in a single row, comprising a first clamping belt and a second clamping belt, between which the containers arranged in a single row are held and transported, and at least one first rotary cylinder and one second rotary cylinder, around which the containers held by the clamping belts are transported. The containers and the clamping belts are guided one after the other around the at least two rotary cylinders in such a way that the containers are each pressed against the respective rotary cylinder by the radially outer clamping belt.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2022
    Assignee: Heuft Systemtechnik GmbH
    Inventors: Bernhard Heuft, Olga Kasdorf
  • Patent number: 11299357
    Abstract: A transfer system for removing articles from trays includes a supply conveyor and a discharge conveyor A separation and transfer arrangement, including an article transport member, is interposed between a downstream end of the supply conveyor and an upstream end of the article discharge conveyor. The article transport member. Which may be a vacuum conveyor, acts on an upper end defined by each article to suspend the articles therebelow, and advances the articles from the downstream end of the supply conveyor to the upstream end of the discharge conveyor, which are at generally the same elevation. A tray transport member extends from the downstream end of the supply conveyor, and advances the trays downwardly in an upstream-to-downstream direction so that the trays are positioned below the upstream end of the discharge conveyor as the articles are deposited on the upstream end of the discharge conveyor by the article transport member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2021
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2022
    Assignee: Arrowhead Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Kenneth J. Daun, Mason A. Lee, Michael J Albright
  • Patent number: 11279566
    Abstract: Method of adjusting and tracking an conveyor belt arranged around at least two rotatable drums, the belt having a direction of travel along its length and orthogonally an axis of the at least two drums, whereby the adjustment of the belt is made by displacing at least one of the drums sideways seen in the direction of travel of the belt and thus the belt so that the belt directly gets into a desired position. A conveyor belt tracking arrangement, the drums are arranged with their axles in a frame and at least one drum is arranged with its axle in a pivot frame and the pivot frame is in turn adjustably arranged in the frame, and movable by means of a drum moving force, which in turn makes the whole drum, with the belt, to move with the pivot frame around a pivot point provided in an orthogonal plane along the centre of the belt seen in the direction of the belt at a distance from the drum, so that the belt is directly moved to a desired position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2022
    Assignee: IPCO SWEDEN AB
    Inventors: Patrik Hertel, Thomas Engvall
  • Patent number: 11279565
    Abstract: A roller assembly for use in a conveyor system is disclosed. The roller assembly includes a shaft and a roller rotatably mounted to the shaft. In one embodiment, the roller is made of ultra-high molecular weight plastic. Each roller has first and second ends. The roller assembly further includes a first collar and a second collar mounted on the shaft. The first collar is positioned at the first end of the roller and the second collar is positioned at the second end of the roller. Each collar is selectably affixable to the shaft so as to hold the roller in a fixed position along the length of the shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2022
    Assignee: Crown Plastics Co.
    Inventor: Peter Ellerhorst
  • Patent number: 11273991
    Abstract: An overhead conveyor system with an elongate box girder (9) having a first inner space with rails (12) and a second elongate inner space comprising an endless driven drive element (5, 6) is provided with at least one carrier (14, 14?) adapted to run on said rails (12) wherein said carrier is provided with an elongated body (C) supporting at least one friction driver (15), wherein said at least one friction driver is in the form of a friction arm assembly (19) with an upper end (20), a lower end (21) and an intermediate portion (22) between said upper and lower ends, said upper end comprising a friction shoe (25) adapted to be pressed upwards by the force of gravity towards engagement with the drive element (5) so as to transfer drive to the carrier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2022
    Assignee: OCS HOLDING AB
    Inventor: Jan Lewandovski
  • Patent number: 11267654
    Abstract: A transport system for transporting capsules within a machine for preparing capsules for producing capsules. Housings, wherein each housing is configured to house a capsule for producing beverages, and wherein the housings comprise at least a first housing for holding a first capsule and a second housing for holding a second capsule, wherein the second capsule is different in size and/or shape from the first capsule. Seats are configured to receive one of the housings with each seat configured to receive either the first housing or the second housing. An extractor extracts the first housing from a seat in which it is received. An insertor inserts the second housing into the seat. A machine for preparing capsules for producing beverages in which such a transport system is implemented is also presented.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2021
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2022
    Assignee: Aroma System, S.R.L.
    Inventors: Gino Rapparini, Maurizio Generali
  • Patent number: 11267652
    Abstract: The temporary store has circulating continuous chains on both sides of the product conveyor section, said continuous chains running through vertical chain loops via upper and lower deflections. Product carrier gondolas with product carriers are suspended on the chains, said product carriers being used to receive incoming products and convey the products to a product outlet. Each chain runs through an inlet-side and an outlet-side vertical loop. The upper deflections of the chain loops can be moved vertically in opposite directions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2022
    Assignee: ROTZINGER AG
    Inventor: Kurt Philipp
  • Patent number: 11261029
    Abstract: A brake mechanism for a brake caster is disclosed. In various embodiments, the brake mechanism includes a shaft; a guide plate having a roller; and a slider plate having a first axial facing surface with a slider plate trough and a slider plate peak, the slider plate configured to slide on the shaft in response to the roller interacting with the slider plate trough and the slider plate peak.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2022
    Assignee: Goodrich Corporation
    Inventors: Vinodkumar Shivalinga, Venkatesh Chitragar
  • Patent number: 11261041
    Abstract: A material-conveying system comprises a main conveyor for conveying material, a swing conveyor for conveying the material to the main conveyor and a processor for controlling a speed of the swing conveyor based on a feedback signal. The feedback signal may be indicative of a speed of the swing conveyor and/or a speed of a main conveyor. The feedback signal may be indicative of material level, belt slippage, flow rate, belt angle and/or material rollback.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2022
    Inventors: Joel Fehr, Zachary Johnson, Erin Blomert, Tyler Camm
  • Patent number: 11254507
    Abstract: An end unit (100) for a conveyor (1000) for use in a stage assembly comprises a first frame (110) installable in the stage assembly and a second frame (120). The second frame (120) comprises a rotatable body (130) for supporting a conveyor belt (300), and is arranged to pivot with respect to the first frame (110), so as to open in a direction transverse to a direction of motion of the conveyor belt (300). An intermediate unit (200) for a conveyor (1000) for use in a stage assembly is configured to be disposed between a pair of end units (100), and comprises a first frame (210) installable in the stage assembly and a second frame (220) comprising a support surface (223) for supporting a conveyor belt (300). The second frame (220) is pivotally attached to the first frame (210), so as to open in a direction transverse to a direction of motion of the conveyor belt (300). A conveyor (1000) comprises a pair of end units (100), and optionally one or more of the intermediate units (200).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 22, 2022
    Assignee: Brilliant Stages Limited
    Inventors: Giorgio Castronuovo, James Kempf
  • Patent number: 11254512
    Abstract: A machine includes a frame having a first frame member selectively coupled to a second frame member. The machine also includes an alignment and connection assembly including a protrusion coupled to the first frame member. The protrusion is receivable within the second frame member to align the first frame member with the second frame member. The alignment and connection assembly also includes a fastener coupled to the protrusion. The fastener is operable to secure the first frame member relative to the second frame member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 22, 2022
    Inventors: Charles M. Anderson, Jr., Charles W. Watson
  • Patent number: 11254508
    Abstract: A discrete conveyance unit for blueberries and similar fruit or vegetable products that can be installed in series along a processing line for blueberries, or similar fruit or vegetable products, includes a central plate, which can be moved cyclically along at least one portion of the line. The unit further includes a plurality of axially symmetrical supporting elements which are coupled to respective opposite lateral edges of the plate. Each adjacent pair of elements defines a respective support and accommodation seat for a corresponding blueberry, or similar fruit or vegetable product, so as to allow its discrete conveyance along the at least one portion of the line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 22, 2022
    Assignee: UNITEC S.P.A.
    Inventor: Luca Benedetti
  • Patent number: 11242208
    Abstract: A shoe sorter is described. The shoe sorter can include a switch plate that supports movement of a shoe pin of a pusher shoe, a finger, and an actuation arm. In some examples, the finger can be configured to be moved in a first direction in response to a portion of the shoe pin contacting a portion of the finger. The actuation arm can be pivotably engaged to the finger so that a movement of the finger in the first direction can cause a movement of the actuation arm in a second direction. In this regard, the actuation arm in the second direction can cause a change in a signal outputted by the photoelectric sensor coupled to the shoe sorter. This change in the signal can be used by a processor to determine that the shoe pin is misaligned.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2021
    Date of Patent: February 8, 2022
    Inventors: William M. Saurber, III, Eric Roth, Jacob D. Wieneke, Justin J. Zimmer, John Williams Rugh