Patents Examined by Mark A. Deuble
  • Patent number: 10653066
    Abstract: A feederhouse conveyor system for an agricultural harvesting machine is provided. The feederhouse conveyor system includes a power transmitting system. The power transmitting system includes first rollers, second rollers, and power transmitting bands. The power transmitting bands are configured to each transmit power between each of the first rollers and the second rollers. The feederhouse conveyor system also includes rigid cross members, configured to each attach near each end to at least one of the power transmitting bands, and flexible cross members configured to each attach near each end to at least one of the power transmitting bands. The centerlines which extend through the rigid cross members and the flexible cross members are parallel. The mat attaches to the flexible cross members by a pocket in the mat through which the flexible cross members extend.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: Deere & Company
    Inventors: David W. Peters, Corwin M. Puryk, Michael T. Meschke, Adam J. Donohoe
  • Patent number: 10654650
    Abstract: A barrel rolling safety device and a method relating to using the barrel safety rolling device are disclosed herein. The barrel safety rolling device includes a base plate having a plurality of apertures, a stopping arm having at least a first end, a second end, and a stopping arm aperture, and a pin having at least a removal ring. Each of the apertures may be configured to receive the pin, and one or more bushings allow the stopping arm to rotate between various positions based on which aperture of the apertures receives the pin. In various embodiments, the stopping arm may allow a barrel to traverse a dunnage in a first direction, but prevent the barrel from traversing the dunnage in a second direction. In various embodiments, the stopping arm may prevent the barrel from traversing the rack in both the first direction and second direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: Uncommon Solutions, LLC
    Inventor: John Rae Engle
  • Patent number: 10647520
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method which comprises determining first geometry information of a first object stream of a plurality of objects, which are transported on a first conveyor. The method also comprises determining second geometry information of a second object stream of a plurality of objects which are transported on a second conveyor. The first conveyor is configured to transport objects at a first speed, and the second conveyor is configured to transport objects at a second speed. The first conveyor and the second conveyor are arranged in such a way that the objects which are transported by the first conveyor move onto the second conveyor. The method also comprises adjusting the first speed of the first conveyor and/or adjusting the second speed of the second conveyor on the basis of the determined first geometry information and/or the determined second geometry information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignees: Deutsche Post AG, Transnorm System GmbH
    Inventors: Bernd Hartmann, Ali Özyigit, Kai-Ulrich Ventz, René Schällig
  • Patent number: 10640296
    Abstract: A motor-driven conveyor roller comprises a conveyor roller tube, a first axle unit inserted into a first end of the conveyor roller tube, a first bearing unit at the first end, around which the conveyor roller tube is mounted so as to be correspondingly rotatable around the first axle unit, a drive unit, and a first gearing arranged in the conveyor roller tube and which transmits a torque, generated by the drive unit, between the conveyor roller tube and the first axle unit. An end cap is connected fixedly in terms of torque to the conveyor roller tube at the first end and to which the first gearing is connected fixedly in terms of torque at a first gearing connection section of the end cap, wherein the end cap has a second gearing connection section, which is different from the first gearing connection section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Assignee: INTERROLL HOLDING AG
    Inventor: Erwin Mans
  • Patent number: 10625332
    Abstract: A handling apparatus including a support plane configured to support a plurality of metal products with an oblong development, and handling devices configured to pick up a metal product from a pick-up zone of the support plane and to deliver it to a delivery zone. Movement devices are associated with the support plane configured to distribute the metal products on the support plane and to move them toward the pick-up zone. The handling devices comprise a plurality of transfer arms provided with magnetic holding elements in order to magnetically hold one of the metal products.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Assignee: M.E.P. MACCHINE ELETTRONICHE PIEGATRICI S.P.A.
    Inventor: Giorgio Del Fabro
  • Patent number: 10625948
    Abstract: A conveyance system includes a plurality of coils arranged so as to form a row at a predetermined pitch, a carriage configured to move along the row through use of an electromagnetic force received from the plurality of coils as a driving force, a plurality of drivers configured to cause an electric current to flow through coils to be controlled among the plurality of coils to provide the driving force to the carriage, and a controller configured to switch the coils to be controlled, which are assigned to each of the plurality of drivers, among the plurality of coils. As the coils to be controlled, which are assigned to each of the plurality of drivers, among the plurality of coils, coils for each predetermined interval of at least two pitches based on a distance between carriages determined in advance are assigned to each of the plurality of drivers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Nobuaki Fujii, Takeshi Yamamoto
  • Patent number: 10625985
    Abstract: A pedestrian conveyor includes a torsional vibration damper system, the torsional vibration damper system including a shaft, a cylindrical housing attached to the shaft and being configured to dampen vibrations of the shaft, a first gear, and a second gear.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Assignee: KONE CORPORATION
    Inventors: Giovanni Hawkins, Julian Justin
  • Patent number: 10618737
    Abstract: A conveying device (1) is specified, having two frame profiles (2, 3) and a conveying roller (4), arranged in between, with a drive motor (5) and a brake (6). The drive motor (5), located closer to the first frame profile (2), is connected in this case to a power supply bus (10) positioned on the first frame profile (2), and the brake (6), located closer to the second frame profile (3), is connected to a power supply bus (12) positioned on the second frame profile (3). In an operating method for the conveying roller (4), the drive motor (5)/the brake (6) are operated with a first voltage (U1) and associated electronic controllers (17, 30) are operated with a second, lower voltage (U2). In addition, the brake (6) is completely released/ventilated only with a time delay after the application of an electric voltage to the drive motor (5) for the purpose of starting up the conveying roller (4).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Assignee: TGW Mechanics GmbH
    Inventors: Stefan Hofer, Franz Weissenboeck, Christoph Wolkerstorfer
  • Patent number: 10618740
    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: November 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Inventor: Lorin Reed
  • Patent number: 10611579
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to end caps for extruded floor slats that are built into moving floor conveyor systems. The end cap has a portion that is inserted in the hollow end of an extrusion and is held in place by self-threading screws that thread directly into the material making up the end cap and the floor slat at the same time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignee: Keith Manufacturing Co.
    Inventor: Brandon O'Brien
  • Patent number: 10611574
    Abstract: A brake assembly for a conveyor system includes a first bracket, a second bracket and a brake member. The first bracket is configured to receive a channel of the conveyor system. The second bracket is spaced from the first bracket and configured to receive the channel of the conveyor system. The brake member is pivotally connected to the second bracket. A pivot axis about which the brake member is configured to pivot is disposed outwardly of the second bracket. A biasing member is configured to bias the brake member inwardly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignee: Nissan North America, Inc.
    Inventors: Sang Lee, Michael Davis
  • Patent number: 10604356
    Abstract: An article conveying device 4 includes a movable conveyer 12 for conveying a culture vessel 3 (article) and longitudinal mover 13b for moving the movable conveyer 21, and a conveyer driving motor 14 is provided separately from the movable conveyer 12, and a driving magnet MA rotated by a driving shaft 32 driven by the conveyer driving motor 14 and a driven magnet MB provided on the movable conveyer 12 and connected to the driving magnet MA by a magnetic force in a non-contact manner are provided. A plurality of the driven magnets MB is provided along a moving direction of the movable conveyer 12 by the longitudinal mover 13b, and an interval between the plurality of the driven magnets MB is matched with a moving distance of the movable conveyer 12 by the longitudinal mover 13b.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Assignee: Shibuya Corporation
    Inventors: Kazuhito Tanimoto, Tetsuya Nishimura
  • Patent number: 10604342
    Abstract: A wall includes first and second shelves defining a space therebetween and each have bottom and top surfaces, the top being planar and smooth between induction and outlet sides. A track assembly on the bottom of the first shelf defines guides parallel with the induction and outlet sides and defining sequential slots. A partition has top and bottom portions telescopically coupled for relative vertical translation between a first position, where pins of the bottom portion anchor within receptacles of the second shelf, and a second position, in which the pins are remote from the receptacles. Rollers coupled to the top portion roll along the guides to translate the partition therealong. Locking members opposite the rollers each slide along a latch structure between a locked position in which a locking pin resides within one of the slots and an unlocked position in which the locking pin is remote from each slot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Jaemi Cheri Tiangco Bermudez, Mangesh Kolharkar, Doug Bryan, Darryl Jensen
  • Patent number: 10604346
    Abstract: A module is for a modular conveyor belt having a roller conveyor surface. The module includes a base body including a first end and an opposite second end along a feeding direction of the belt and at each of which an articulation eye is defined for a cylindrical hinge articulation respectively with a second end and with a first end of adjacent modules. The base body also includes a first surface from which supports project for supporting at least one shaft on which at least one roller is mounted. A distance between the articulation axis defined by each of the cylindrical hinges and an orthogonal projection of a longitudinal axis of the at least one shaft on a reference plane is not null and is less than a sum of a radius of the at least one roller and of half the height L of the respective articulation eye.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Assignee: REGINA CATENE CALIBRATE S.p.A.
    Inventors: Carlo Garbagnati, Norberto Cattaneo
  • Patent number: 10604354
    Abstract: A moving item may be treated using a treatment member. Data may be obtained that includes a width of the moving item, a maximum speed of movement for a treatment member across the moving item to provide a required level of treatment, a speed of movement of the moving item, and a length of the moving item. An extent of movement of the treatment member across the moving item in each reciprocal movement of the treatment member and a speed of reciprocal movement of the treatment member across the moving item may be calculated based at least on the data to provide a required level of treatment across the moving item. The treatment member is reciprocally moved in a required pattern across the moving item based at least on the calculated extent of movement and the calculated speed of movement to provide a full treatment coverage of the moving item.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Inventor: Keith David Handy
  • Patent number: 10597047
    Abstract: A transport vehicle includes a container for receiving bulk material which is disposed on a vehicle frame and is pivoted, together with a bottom conveyor belt and a third conveyor belt, relative to the vehicle frame about a pivot axis extending in a longitudinal direction of the vehicle in order to maintain a horizontal conveying plane, relative to a transverse direction of the vehicle, for the bottom conveyor belt and the third conveyor belt, independently of a transverse inclination of the track. Thus, a problem-free bulk material transport is possible even in the event of a transverse inclination of the track. A method of loading and unloading a transport vehicle which is mobile on a track is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Assignee: Plasser & Theurer Export von Bahnbaumaschinen Gesellschaft m.b.H.
    Inventor: Patrick Hoetzendorfer
  • Patent number: 10597261
    Abstract: A transport device for conveying passengers between first and second landing areas in a conveying direction may include a skirt member and a balustrade, which may include lower and upper sides, extending between the landing areas. The skirt member may be secured to the lower side. An endless moving handrail may form a loop. A first section of the handrail moves along the upper side of the balustrade in the conveying direction, and a second section of the handrail moves within the skirt member opposite the conveying direction. Two turnaround sections are disposed between the first and second sections near the first and second landing areas, respectively. At least one of the turnaround sections includes a cover member that renders part of the turnaround section of the handrail inaccessible to passengers. The cover member may comprise a positioning mechanism for adjustably positioning the cover member relative to the balustrade.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Assignees: THYSSENKRUPP ELEVATOR INNOVATION CENTER S.A., THYSSENKRUPP AG
    Inventors: Juan Domingo González Pantiga, Elena González Ruibal, Jonatan Hernández Álvarez
  • Patent number: 10589943
    Abstract: A system for forming and moving an article array including a consolidation area having a support surface for receiving and arranging rows of articles to form an article array from an article row delivery device while the consolidation area continuously stabilizingly supports the periphery of the article rows positioned on the support surface as the article rows are arranged to form the article array that is moved onto a transfer support surface for moving the article array toward a collection area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2020
    Assignee: DYCO, INC.
    Inventors: Peter D Yohe, Ronald H Cordingly
  • Patent number: 10583991
    Abstract: A slide rail assembly for moving an object on a transfer path, includes a rail, a slide arm, and a finger. The rail extends in a transfer direction of the transfer path. The slide arm is slidably connected to the rail. The slide arm is moveable in the transfer direction between a retracted position and an extended position. The finger is connected to the slide arm. The finger is moveable between an engaged position and a disengaged position upon movement of the slide arm between the retracted position and the extended position. In the engaged position the finger is engaged with the object such that upon movement of the slide arm from the retracted position towards the extended position the object is moved in the transfer direction along the transfer path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2020
    Assignee: Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc.
    Inventor: Shigeo Akiyama
  • Patent number: 10583473
    Abstract: During stabilization of a metal band (1) on a roller path (2), the band (1) is to be only minimally cooled via the stabilisation. A device for that includes multiple protective runners (3), each oriented in the conveyor direction (R), for guiding the band (1), wherein the protective runners (3) are arranged above the roller path (2) and the protective runners (3) are at a distance from one another in a width direction (B) of the band (1). Multiple rows (4) of nozzles are arranged in the conveyor direction (R) or in the width direction (B) of the band. Each row (4) of nozzles includes multiple nozzles (5). The nozzles (5) are set back in relation to an underside of the protective runners (3), such that an arched band (1) cannot come into contact with the nozzles (5).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2020
    Assignee: PRIMETALS TECHNOLOGIES AUSTRIA GMBH
    Inventors: Bernd Linzer, Pascal Ostheimer, Juergen Schiefer, Michael Zahedi