Patents Examined by Mark A. Deuble
  • Patent number: 10046916
    Abstract: A vibratory apparatus includes a first mass comprising a first deck with a path of travel between a first point and a second point along the first deck, a second mass comprising a second deck with a path of travel between a first point and a second point along the second deck, a shaft coupled to the first mass and at least one eccentric weight coupled to the shaft, and at least one resilient member in the form of a plate having a thickness, the plate coupled at a first end to the first deck and at a second end to the second deck, the plate having a thickness disposed transverse to the path of travel along the first and second decks, the plate having at least one opening formed therethrough to form a web having a spring characteristic.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Assignee: General Kinematics Corporation
    Inventors: Steve Massman, Vincent Brice
  • Patent number: 10040640
    Abstract: A side-by-side reducer (SSR) conveyor has one lateral side of driven rollers operating at a different longitudinal running speed than another lateral side of driven rollers. The one lateral has an input section of driven rollers skewed away from the other lateral side followed by a converging zone of driven rollers skewed toward the other lateral side. The separation prevents frictional contact between side-by-side cartons so that one can be longitudinally moved a different velocity than the other to converge in a tandem arrangement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2018
    Assignee: Intelligrated Headquarters, LLC
    Inventors: J. Bryan Boyce, Justin Brouk, Walter Bates Hammond
  • Patent number: 10040639
    Abstract: Devices and methods for buffering articles may include use of an infeed conveyor, an outfeed conveyor, and at least two accumulation conveyors defining a path extending between the infeed conveyor and the outfeed conveyor. Each accumulation conveyor includes an entrance portion adjacent the infeed conveyor for receiving articles from the infeed conveyor and an exit portion adjacent the outfeed conveyor for delivering articles to the outfeed conveyor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2018
    Assignee: Illinois Tool Works Inc.
    Inventors: Robert C. Beesley, Jason Bedenbaugh
  • Patent number: 10040633
    Abstract: A conveyor section for transportation or accumulation of articles such as cartons and totes includes a pair of spaced, opposing side rails, vertical frame members attached transversely between the pair of opposing side rails, and live rollers transversely attached for rotation between the opposing side. An upstream end idler and a downstream end idler both having a vertical axis of rotation are attached at respective upstream and downstream ends of the conveyor section. A drive belt is vertically elongate and supported for horizontal looping between the upstream and downstream end idlers. The drive belt supported and guided by the vertical frame members such that a drive loop side and a return loop side are horizontally positioned under the live rollers. The drive loop side of the drive belt is at selectively engageable to an undersurface of the live rollers. A drive motor is operatively coupled to drive the drive belt.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2018
    Assignee: Intelligrated Headquarters, LLC
    Inventors: Michael E. Moser, Kevin Lawrence Klueber, Jonathan Lim
  • Patent number: 10040635
    Abstract: A modular conveying assembly that includes a plurality of roller bodies, a driving member, a positive stop body, and a positive stop actuator. Each roller body includes a top surface, a driven axle mounted to the roller body for conveyance therewith, a roller fixed to the driven axle, and a driven surface fixed to the driven axle. The rollers define a support plane. The driving member selectively engages the driven surfaces to affect rotation of the driven axle. The positive stop body is coupled to the plurality of roller bodies and includes a positive stop that is movable relative to the positive stop body between a first position and a second position. The positive stop extends above the support plane in the second position. The positive stop actuator selectively engages the positive stop to move the positive stop between the first position and the second position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2018
    Inventors: Justin Michael Stefanko, Philip Michael Gabor
  • Patent number: 10035664
    Abstract: A transport apparatus comprises: transport means 150 which is equipped with transport members 152 for holding preforms 200 to be rotatable in a horizontal direction and transports the transport members 152 along a transport line 151; and positioning means 300 for aligning the preforms 200 in a predetermined direction. The transport members 152 include regulation members for regulating the rotation of the preforms 200 aligned in the predetermined direction by the positioning means 300.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2018
    Inventor: Haruhito Yumoto
  • Patent number: 10035520
    Abstract: A carriage for a rail-guided conveying system includes a carriage body, which is designed for embracing a runner rail and which includes a first and a second limb. The limbs are connected to one another by way of a transversely extending connecting section. The first limb has a first roller pair and the second limb has a second roller pair. The first and the second roller pair of the two limbs are arranged crosswise equal and offset to one another. In each case a first runner roller of the first and of the second roller pair is designed as a support roller, via which the load of the carriage can be transmitted onto the runner rail, and a second roller of the first and second roller pair is designed as a guide roller for guiding the carriage along the runner rail.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2018
    Assignee: FERAG AG
    Inventor: Roberto Fenile
  • Patent number: 10035658
    Abstract: An adjustable auger assembly for a trencher including an auger housing and a position attachment assembly. The auger housing having a central auger tube having a first end and a discharge end opposite the first end. An auger shaft is positioned within the auger tube and is rotatable relative to the central auger tube. At least one material inlet is positioned one of at the first end and between the first end and the discharge end. The position attachment assembly has a first component member coupled to the trencher, and a second component member coupled to the auger housing. The first component member is movably positionable relative to the second component member, to, in turn, adjust the position of the auger housing relative to the trencher.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2018
    Assignee: DeWind One-Pass Trenching LLC
    Inventors: Gregory Allen DeWind, Ryan DeWind
  • Patent number: 10035598
    Abstract: A system and method for operating a luggage inspection area. The method includes providing an entrance mechanism wherein luggage items are received into the luggage inspection area. A primary inspection mechanism and a primary checked bag reconciliation area are provided that are configured to inspect a predetermined throughput of luggage items. A primary material handling device is provided that extends between the entrance mechanism, the primary inspection mechanism and the primary checked bag reconciliation area. The occurrence of an upcoming peak event is determined, and in response, a supplemental inspection mechanism, a supplemental checked bag reconciliation area and a first supplemental material handling device are provided. The supplemental components provide increased throughput of luggage items inspected during the occurrence of the peak event and are configured to be portable such that they may be quickly and easily be added and removed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2018
    Inventors: Christopher Murphy, Robertus A. Schmit
  • Patent number: 10035611
    Abstract: A method of preparing wood for packing comprises: loading wood lengthwise into a conveyor system; conveying the wood pieces one-by-one onto a loading hatch in a predetermined orientation; when a wood piece is fully on the loading hatch, opening the loading hatch and dropping the wood piece in the predetermined orientation into a measuring compartment; repeating the conveying and dropping process so that multiple wood pieces are stacked in the same orientation in the measuring compartment; and, when a required amount of stacked wood is within the measuring compartment, dropping the stacked wood pieces into a packing area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2018
    Assignee: VEPAK AS
    Inventors: Ole Jansen Holtet, Morten Hvistendahl Evensmo, Jørgen Møinichen, Geir Turtum, Lars Martin Ranheim, Jon-Arne Pedersen, Elias Bjørne, Johannes Hatle Lundgaard, Peter Richard Britton, Fredrik Johansen
  • Patent number: 10035663
    Abstract: A packaging machine for placing articles into a carton includes rotating flight assemblies that receive a carton or carton blank, and rotate the carton blank and carton with articles while the flight assemblies move downstream. The flight assemblies each include two fixed segments and one segment that includes a block and associated bracket that rotate as the flight assembly is pulled through the machine by a conveying system. A method includes carton blanks being fed by a carton feeder onto the flight assemblies. Articles are formed into an article group, which is then placed onto a carton blank. As the blank and article group move in a downstream direction, the side panels of the carton blank are wrapped around the article group and the carton and article group are rotated to assist in closing the carton end flaps.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2018
    Assignee: Graphic Packaging International, LLC
    Inventors: Colin P. Ford, Robert Harold Irvine
  • Patent number: 10029854
    Abstract: A cartridge assembly for use in a load zone support includes a shaft that is able to be connected to an idler frame of a belt conveyor system. The cartridge assembly further includes a support plate coupled to the shaft and a wear pad coupled to the support plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2018
    Assignee: Superior Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: Jarrod J. Felton
  • Patent number: 10031150
    Abstract: A laboratory sample distribution system is presented. The laboratory sample distribution system comprises a plurality of container carriers. The container carriers each comprise at least one magnetically active device such as, for example, at least one permanent magnet, and carry a sample container containing a sample. The system further comprises a transport plane to carry the multiple container carriers and a plurality of electro-magnetic actuators stationary arranged below the transport plane. The electro-magnetic actuators move a container carrier on top of the transport plane by applying a magnetic force to the container carrier. The system also comprises at least one transfer device to transfer a sample item, wherein the sample item is a container carrier, a sample container, part of the sample and/or the complete sample, between the transport plane and a laboratory station such as, for example, a pre-analytical, an analytical and/or a post-analytical station.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2018
    Assignee: Roche Diagnostics Operations, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Heise, Hans Schneider
  • Patent number: 10022752
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a package sorting system has a sorting module that has a sorting station, an infeed conveyor, and first and second pairs of outfeed conveyors. The sorting station has a front end, a rear end, and first and second sides. The infeed conveyor conveys packages from an infeed end to the front end along a rearward direction. The first pair has first and second outfeed conveyors that adjoin the first side and that convey packages away from one another along the rearward and frontward directions, respectively. The second pair has third and fourth outfeed conveyors that adjoin the second side and that convey packages away from one another along the rearward and frontward directions, respectively. In operation, a person or machine at the sorting station receives incoming packages from the infeed conveyor and selectively places each package on one of the first, second, third, and fourth outfeed conveyors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Kevin Rothermel, Sumit Bhangdiya, Mark Bosley, Daniel Jeffry Frank, Christopher Frederic Lobo, Chad Zagar
  • Patent number: 10023395
    Abstract: A conveyor support includes a frame, a roller, and a retainer. The frame includes a support arm. The roller includes a shaft and a shell supported for rotation relative to the shaft, and the shaft includes an end. The retainer releasably secures the end of the shaft relative to the support arm. The retainer includes a first portion engaging a first side of the support arm and a second portion engaging a second side of the support arm. The second portion is biased toward the first portion to exert a compressive force on the support arm. At least one of the first portion and the second portion engages the shaft of the roller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: Joy Global Underground Mining LLC
    Inventor: Paul John Summerell
  • Patent number: 10023336
    Abstract: Provided is a produce pack arrangement system. The produce pack arrangement system comprises a produce supply station, a produce orientation and assembly station, and a produce packaging delivery station. The produce orientation and assembly station is configured to receive produce from the produce supply station and orient a set group of produce according to a desired predetermined arrangement prior to release to the produce packing delivery station.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: DG National MFG Inc.
    Inventor: Diogenes M. Gomez
  • Patent number: 10011430
    Abstract: A conveying device with a conveying chain, which includes a plurality of chain links, and a plurality of conveyed object containers, which are attached on the conveying chain, for receiving a conveyed object. The conveyed object containers are fastened to the conveying chain via holding elements connected to the conveying chain, wherein the conveyed object containers are held in each case by the holding element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Inventor: Carl Conrad Mäder
  • Patent number: 10005616
    Abstract: A method for filling the pockets of a transport device in the form of a suspension conveyor that includes one or more trolleys which are movably mounted on a trolley track in a trolley track direction and on each of which a pocket hanging downwards for receiving transported goods is arranged, the pocket being formed by at least one flexible material web that is planar when open and that is fastened at both ends to the trolley, forming a carrying loop or transport loop hanging downwards. The material web is releasably fastened by at least one end to the trolley. The method further includes the steps: a) advancing a closed pocket, b) opening the pocket by releasing the fastening of the at least one end of the material web to the trolley, c) filling the opened pocket with goods to be transported closing the pocket by fastening the at least one end of the material web to the trolley, and e) transporting away the filled and closed pocket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2018
    Assignee: FERAG AG
    Inventors: Roberto Fenile, Erich Kälin
  • Patent number: 10000346
    Abstract: A transport element for a distributing conveyor of a sorter of a sorting installation of a sorting system for sorting articles includes at least one first transport surface, which can be pivoted on both sides about an axis (“tilting axis”) in a transport direction of the transport element and is intended for accommodating at least one article which is to be sorted, and at least one second transport surface, which is inclined about an axis (“axis of inclination”) in the transport direction of the transport element and is intended for accommodating at least one article which is to be sorted. The at least one first transport surface, which can be pivoted on either side, is disposed above the at least one second, inclined transport surface. A distributing conveyor having a plurality of transport elements is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2018
    Assignee: Siemens Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventor: Peter Berdelle-Hilge
  • Patent number: 9994399
    Abstract: A feed unit, for example for feeding components to smoking article assembly apparatus, includes a rotary device having one or more channels (7) adapted to receive components, one on top of another, and one or more pushers (21) associated with each channel. The feed unit also has a track (14) to receive components from outlets of the one or more channels (7) and the rotary device is configured to rotate with respect to the track (14) so that components pass through the channels (7) and are pushed along the track by the pushers (21) for output from the feed unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Inventors: Gary Fallon, Kie Seon Park, Martin Fuller, Geoffrey Vernon, Andrew Cleall, James Stembridge, Thomas Grunfeld