Patents Examined by Mark A. Deuble
  • Patent number: 12043492
    Abstract: The invention relates to a conveyor belt for transporting food products having a packaging composed of a magnetizable material, in particular cans, along a transport direction, wherein the conveyor belt comprises a belt body and a transport belt that runs around the belt body in the operation of the conveyor belt and that has an upper run and a lower run. The belt body is provided with a magnet arrangement that generates a magnetic field that acts in the direction of the upper run of the transport belt and that has a higher value at the belt entry side than at the belt exit side.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2022
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2024
    Assignee: Bizerba SE & Co. KG
    Inventors: Michael Haas, Philipp Troger, Saniya Pawar
  • Patent number: 12043493
    Abstract: A sorting device for sorting out discrete products from a product stream includes a friction element driven by a roller. The friction element is movable to press against a product to be sorted out and thereby apply a frictional force to the product to sort the product out of the product stream.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2022
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2024
    Assignee: Wipotec GmbH
    Inventors: Hans-Sebastian Höhler, Ernst Moritz Müller
  • Patent number: 12037199
    Abstract: A hygienic interface structure is provided for installation in a modular conveyor belt of the type assembled from a plurality of substantially identical modular belt links, where the modular belt link has a main body extending in the modular belt link's width direction, and where a plurality of eye parts extend forwards and rearwards from the main body, the eye parts being spaced in the width direction of the modular belt link, such that when two modular conveyor bell links are pushed together, the eye parts on one link will inter-fit between eye parts on the other modular belt link.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2021
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2024
    Inventor: Kenneth Westergaard Andersen
  • Patent number: 12031027
    Abstract: Graphene is an allotrope or one of the several physical forms of carbon, other examples being graphite, fullerenes, and diamond. At the atomic level, it is in the form a sheet with a thickness nominally under 1.0 nanometer and up to 1 micron in diameter. Sheets of such dimensions when added to other composites facilitate increases in thermal and electrical conductivity and in the case of elastomer nanocomposites, improvements in hysteresis, compounding ingredient dispersion, aging resistance, and reductions in permeability. In the case of conveyor belt cover compounds, natural rubber based formulations are preferred due to high tensile strength, tear strength and damage resistance, and high resistance to abrasion. Graphene as a performance additive enables further improvement in these critical properties.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2023
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2024
    Inventors: Douglas Paschall, Michael Brendan Rodgers, Adel F. Halasa
  • Patent number: 12029220
    Abstract: Compact orienting and transferring device for unitary elongated food products (1) comprising a circular conveyor (10) surrounded by a limitative wall (11) with an extraction opening (12); an extractor device including an extraction path (31, 32, 33) defined on a first conveyor (21) and with an intake end connected to the extraction opening (12), and a circular wheel (40) including a circular groove (50) on the wheel periphery, the first conveyor (21) being a conveyor belt wider than the circular groove entrance (53), a circular portion of the first conveyor (21) being directly supported on the wheel periphery covering the circular groove entrance (53) on a portion of that wheel periphery, defining a circular portion (32) of the extraction path (31, 32, 33) within the circular groove (50).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2021
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2024
    Inventors: Josep Lagares Gamero, Federico Scalerandi
  • Patent number: 12030724
    Abstract: Heavy duty conveyor belts having excellent resistance to high temperatures. These conveyor belts can be repeatedly exposed to temperatures of greater than 150° C. or even greater than 200° C. without compromising the strength or reliability of the belt while providing a greatly extended service life. The conveyor belts generally include a reinforcement layer, a carry cover layer disposed above the reinforcement layer, a pulley cover layer disposed beneath the reinforcement layer. The carry cover layer contains a high temperature resistant compound based upon a peroxide curable rubber mixture of ethylene propylene copolymer with ethylene based polyolefin elastomer, and in some aspects, further includes a combination of diphenylamine (DPA), zinc 2-mercaptomethyl benzimidazole (ZMTI), and 2,2,4-trimethyl-1,2-dihydroquinoline (TMQ), and additionally, any other suitable additives.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2022
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2024
    Assignee: ContiTech Transportbandsysteme GmbH
    Inventor: Grant Prater
  • Patent number: 12024367
    Abstract: Automated container provisioning systems described herein may include one or more pairs of transport belts, one or more guide surfaces, and one or more sensors. The transport belts may engage flaps or other portions of containers, and the guide surfaces may support surfaces or other portions of containers, in order to transport containers to downstream stations within a facility. In addition, the sensors may detect containers during transport, responsive to which various additional operations may be performed with respect to containers, such as sortation, printing, labeling, tracking, packing, accumulation, or others.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2022
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2024
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: John Daryl Day, Raashid Mohammed
  • Patent number: 12012286
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a conveying system for conveying goods, the conveying system including a conveying belt, which includes conveying modules and pins, that: (1) is drivable about turning wheels along a closed path, (2) is provided with receiving cavities, in which the conveying belt is free from conveying modules and from pins along a length greater than the intermediate distance (t) between the pins, and (3) is designed to be continuous adjacent to the lateral sides of the receiving cavities. The conveying system further includes carriers, where each carrier: (1) is hingeably attached to a pin, on a front side of a receiving cavity, between a folded-down position and a folded-up position, (2) has a height greater than a said intermediate distance (t), and (3) extends entirely within the path of the conveying belt in the receiving cavity, between said turning wheels (7), at a discharge point (X) and in the folded-down position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2021
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2024
    Inventors: Lieven Demuynck, Piet Rommelaere
  • Patent number: 12012291
    Abstract: Parcel processing systems and methods. A method for singulating parcels includes receiving an input stream of a plurality of parcels (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9) including at least a leading parcel (1) and a lagging parcel (2) in a singulator system (10). The method includes updating position information of the leading parcel (1) and the lagging parcel (2) on a list (1650). The method includes determining a leading speed of the leading parcel (1). The method includes determining an actual gap between the leading parcel (1) and the lagging parcel (2). The method includes determining a speed factor between the leading parcel (1) and the lagging parcel (2). The method includes setting a lagging speed of the lagging parcel (2) according to the leading speed and the speed factor. The method includes controlling conveyors (20) to transport the leading parcel (1) at the leading speed and to transport the lagging parcel (2) at the lagging speed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2024
    Assignee: Körber Supply Chain LLC
    Inventor: Ahmad Elmardini
  • Patent number: 12006158
    Abstract: A shield gate includes a door member disposed in a gap region located between an intra-area transport unit and an extra-area transport unit in a transport direction in a closed state in which the shield gate shields an opening, and is disposed at a position displaced from the gap region in an open state in which the shield gate opens the opening. A second interval is a length of the gap region that allows the door member to be disposed, during at least a part of a non-transport period, the length of the gap region is set to be greater than or equal to the second interval, and the shield gate is in the closed state, and, during the transport period, the shield gate is in the open state, and the length of the gap region is set to a first interval that is shorter than the second interval.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2024
    Assignee: Daifuku Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Masaya Miyamoto, Manabu Onayama
  • Patent number: 12006156
    Abstract: A machine for processing tubing includes a chamber, a heater, a conveyor belt that passes through an interior space of the chamber, each of twenty or more links of the conveyor belt further comprising a generally planar outer-facing surface, each adjacent to a generally planar outer-facing surface of at least one other link, forming a generally planar composite surface along a substantially linear sub-path, and wherein a first link and a second link each comprises a first longitudinally-extending barricade adjacent a first side and a second longitudinally-extending barricade adjacent a second side of the at least one generally planar outer-facing surface, the barricades separated by a transverse distance that is less than one-half of the width of the conveyor belt, and wherein when the first and second link are in the substantially linear sub-path, a distance between the distal end of the first link and the proximal end of the second link is less than a total length of the substantially linear sub-path, such
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2024
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2024
    Assignee: COG Engineering Inc.
    Inventor: Gregg Hallam
  • Patent number: 12006155
    Abstract: A helical conveyor for conveying piece goods comprises a frame and an endless conveyor belt which is drivable with respect to the frame along a helical track which extends about a centerline. The conveyor belt comprises discrete supporting members each comprising a substantially rigid slat and a roller. The slats follow a first helical path including a first inclination angle along the first helical path with respect to a base plane extending perpendicularly to the centerline and a second helical path including a second inclination angle along the second helical path with respect to the base plane. Each of the rollers is mounted to the corresponding slat such that the difference of an angle between the rolling direction and the base plane and the second inclination angle is smaller than the difference between the first and second inclination angles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2022
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2024
    Inventor: Wouter Balk
  • Patent number: 12006154
    Abstract: A load carrier for loading and unloading a container includes rigid load-carrier segments, each having a length and width in first and second directions, respectively, and an upper side in a third direction. In a first state, the upper sides are parallel to one another and, in the first direction, one behind the other, to form a planar loading surface. The segments are mutually connected in an articulated manner such that they are pivotable to one another about pivot axes parallel to the second direction. In the first state, a respective segment which, in the first direction, follows a respectively other segment, is pivotable, by its upper side, toward the upper side of the other segments, so that, by the segments being rolled up in spiral form, the load carrier is transferrable from the first into a second state and, by unrolling, is transferrable back into the first state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2022
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2024
    Assignee: PHS Logistiktechnik GmbH
    Inventors: Andreas Wolfschluckner, Matthias Fritz
  • Patent number: 11999572
    Abstract: The invention relates to a conveying system for conveying a material to be conveyed along a conveying path. The conveying system includes a conveying chamber in which the conveying path is arranged. At least one component of a conveying mechanism for conveying the material to be conveyed is arranged outside the conveying chamber. The conveying mechanism includes a traction drive having at least one traction element by means of which carrying elements can be moved in order to convey the material to be conveyed. The carrying elements are arranged in the conveying chamber and protrude through a through-opening out of the conveying chamber. Inside the conveying chamber and/or in the region of the through-opening, the surfaces of the carrying elements are at least partially provided with a thermal insulation material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2024
    Assignee: Primetals Technologies Austria GmbH
    Inventor: Gerald Rosenfellner
  • Patent number: 11993461
    Abstract: A device for guiding a conveyor belt, having a guide unit with an outer and an inner hollow-cylindrical body, the inner hollow-cylindrical body having a first central axis and being arranged in the outer hollow-cylindrical body, which has a second central axis, and both hollow-cylindrical bodies each have a central axis, with at least one bearing for rotatably mounting the outer hollow-cylindrical body on the inner hollow-cylindrical body and with an articulation body designed for mounting the inner hollow-cylindrical body on a central axle, wherein the articulation body is further designed to allow a horizontal and/or vertical change in angle of the first and/or second central axis relative to a central axis of the central axle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2022
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2024
    Assignee: ScrapeTec GmbH
    Inventors: Wilfried Dünnwald, Michael Prenner, Thorsten Koth
  • Patent number: 11980925
    Abstract: A sheet metal processing plant includes a conveyor defining a receiving surface for a workpiece and a conveying direction in a conveying plane and being embodied for conveying the workpiece, the workpiece having a bottom side and a top side, and a turning unit embodied for turning the workpiece received on the receiving surface from the bottom side to the top side. The turning unit includes a manipulator embodied to lift the bottom side of the workpiece off the receiving surface, to perform a turning operation of the workpiece and to place the top side of the workpiece on the receiving surface of the conveyor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2021
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2024
    Assignee: TRUMPF Maschinen Austria Gmbh &Co. KG.
    Inventors: Rainer Grassl, Daniel Kreisbichler, Martin Kurcz, Maximilian Lang, Herbert Lehner, Albert Mayrhofer, Johannes Reisinger, Stefan Richter, Thomas Weiss, Karin Wesely
  • Patent number: 11980895
    Abstract: A maceration conveyor assembly feeding into a first mill of a milling tandem, where output from the mill is delivered onto another conveyor and carried to the next mill in the tandem. Low pol maceration liquid is returned to the conveyor via return lines to respective distribution weirs. Weirs include overflows which extend across the conveyor. The conveyor assembly includes an inlet end and an outlet end all supported on a supporting framework so that the assembly is inclined from the inlet end to the outlet end. The frame supports respective side walls of a conveyor trough between which travels an endless plate conveyor. The endless plate conveyor comprises interconnected perforated plates adapted to pivot relative to each other in chain like fashion so that the endless plate conveyor effectively functions as a belt conveyor having rigid plates interconnected in pivotal fashion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2023
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2024
    Inventor: Alan Lewis Fitzmaurice
  • Patent number: 11981513
    Abstract: A return roller assembly that is designed for use as part of a conveyor assembly to improve the ability to clean the conveyor assembly. The return roller assembly includes a roller shaft that extends between side walls of a conveyor frame. A plurality of support rollers are positioned along the length of the roller shaft to support a lower run of a continuous conveyor belt. A spacer is positioned between each of the support rollers to define the position of the rollers along the roller shaft. The spacer can be snapped onto the roller shaft and includes a series of standoffs that space the inner surface of the spacer from the roller shaft. A series of cleaning fins extend radially from the outer surface of the spacer and impart rotation to the spacer relative to the roller shaft during cleaning with a spray of water. The spacer can be formed from an extrusion cut to length.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2022
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2024
    Assignee: Dorner Mfg. Corp.
    Inventors: David Waldenberger, Craig Bude
  • Patent number: 11970338
    Abstract: A conveyor system for translating objects is disclosed, each object with vertical protrusions extending upward and/or downward from one or more sides of the object. The conveyor system can accommodate structural members such as roof truss members, on which connector plates are affixed and from which the connector plates protrude vertically up, down, or both. The conveyor system may have a slide or some other support for the objects. The slide or other support may be narrow. The slide or other support can be tall, relative to an object. The conveyor system may have an engagement tool driven by an overhead carriage to translate the objects along the slide or other support. The engagement tool may be narrow. The engagement tool can be tall, relative to an object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2022
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2024
    Assignee: House of Design LLC
    Inventor: Shane Christopher Dittrich
  • Patent number: 11970340
    Abstract: A significantly self-contained station for providing selective control and operation of motorized equipment (such as a conveyor) via a momentary contact switch or wireless remote, where the self-contained station is connected to and receives power from an existing service disconnect line of the equipment, where upon the service disconnect line being powered, the self-contained station receives power to provide electrical signals to a motor contactor of the self-contained station, which then selectively provides electrical signal to a motor of the equipment to selectively operate the equipment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2022
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2024
    Assignee: Industrial Maintenance Services, Inc.
    Inventor: Michael G. Parrott