Patents Examined by Mark A. Deuble
  • Patent number: 10099859
    Abstract: A modular spiral belt constructed of a series of hingedly interconnected belt modules arranged in a helical stack. The modular spiral belt includes outer side plates, inner side plates and intermediate attachment members. The intermediate attachment members provide support for the conveyor belt to prevent sagging in an intermediate region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: Laitram, L.L.C.
    Inventor: David W. Bogle
  • Patent number: 10099865
    Abstract: A method and a device are created according to the invention for conveying piece products on one or several tracks, which are arranged side by side and substantially parallel to one another, in such a manner that the products are conveyed further having been separated out from a product stream into singles on each of the tracks and then aligned at uniform spacings and/or in groups. In this case, the products are first of all fed on each track as a single-row product stream on a first conveying device at a first speed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Inventors: Heinz-Peter Hammacher, Tobias Hetzer
  • Patent number: 10087013
    Abstract: A drive system for a motorized roller that includes a secondary stator external to the motorized roller. The outer shell of the motorized roller contains electrically conductive or magnetic material to form an induction, permanent-magnet, or reluctance motor with the secondary stator and boosts or bucks the torque of the motorized roller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: Laitram, L.L.C.
    Inventors: Bryant G. Ragan, John F. Landrum, Robert L. Rosen
  • Patent number: 10087009
    Abstract: The invention relates to a conveyor device (20) for a material machining device (10), comprising a base portion (110) and a transport portion (24). The base portion (110) is designed for coupling to the material machining device (10) and is connected to the transport portion (24) via joint portion (30) such that the transport portion (24) is rotatable or pivotal and can be folded inwards about a longitudinal axis between an operation position and a transport position on at least one part of the adjustment path of the transport portion (24) by means of a first and a second rotary joint (36, 35).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: Kleemann GmbH
    Inventors: Christian Weller, Felix Franzen
  • Patent number: 10087018
    Abstract: The invention proceeds from a transporting apparatus for a packaging machine, for transferring pack groups, in particular groups of cardboard boxes and/or cardboard blanks, along a transporting route from at least a first pack-group arrangement in a first transporting-route portion into at least one further pack-group arrangement in at least one further transporting-route portion, wherein the first pack-group arrangement and the at least one further pack-group arrangement are spaced apart internally in each case by different distances, having at least two transporting units, which can be driven independently in a movement plane along the transporting route, at least between the first transporting-route portion and the further transporting-route portion, in a transporting direction and in a return direction, which is counter to the transporting direction, wherein the transporting units each have at least one driving element, by means of which, in at least one operating state, the respective transporting unit i
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventor: Andreas Baechle
  • Patent number: 10077179
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a rotor of an apparatus for forming and/or filling containers made from preforms. The object of the invention is to propose a rotor of such an apparatus, that allows the preforms or the filled containers to be transferred with reduced forces to a processing station downstream. This object is achieved by a rotor 100 of such an apparatus having a rotational axis A and having processing stations that rotate about the rotational axis for receiving preforms or containers, wherein the processing stations move along a closed path 1 about the rotational axis A, which is characterized in that the distance of path 1 from the rotational axis A varies depending upon the position on path 1, and the radius of curvature of path 1 in at least one section 12 is greater than the greatest distance of path 1 from the rotational axis A.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2018
    Assignee: KHS Corpoplast GmbH
    Inventors: Michael Linke, Michael Litzenberg, Niels Meyer
  • Patent number: 10071865
    Abstract: A machine (1) for separating elements (100) comprising multiple tracks (2), each of which defines a feed track (2a), wherein the track (2) includes an outlet opening (20) through which the elements (100) exit; multiple vibration devices (3), each of which is individually connected to only one track (2) and suited for transmitting mechanical vibrations to the connected track (2) to generate feed of the elements (100) along the feed track (2a); a detection mechanism (4) for detecting the elements (100) which leave the track (2) through the outlet opening (20); a control mechanism (5) for controlling the separation machine (1) which control mechanism is functionally connected to the detection mechanism (4) and the vibration devices (3) and suited for commanding stop of one of the vibration devices (3), if the detection mechanism (4) detects passage of an element (100) through the outlet opening (20) of the connected track (2).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2018
    Assignee: BÜHLER AG
    Inventor: Roberto Maggioni
  • Patent number: 10065757
    Abstract: The invention relates to a conveyor device (10) for conveying food products on a plurality of parallel conveyor tracks and for formatting the food products in a specific product format, especially for conveying and formatting stacks or interleaved units made of a plurality of slices of cheese or meat products. It is proposed that the conveyor device (10) fills a product gap on one of the conveyor tracks incoming on the input side with a food product so that on the output side all parallel conveyor tracks are supplied with the food products. The invention also includes a corresponding method.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Inventor: Jürgen Bialy
  • Patent number: 10070567
    Abstract: In embodiments, a PCB reflow process may be carried out by the components of an automated system working together to separate PCBs from reflow carriers and transport the reflow carriers back to a previous station of the PCB reflow system. The automated reflow carrier recycling system that is described herein may include a clip unlocking mechanism, a PCB pickup mechanism, a shifter, one or more lifters, and one or more overhead conveyors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: ARRIS Enterprises LLC
    Inventors: Hung-Lueh Chen, Chun-Hau Teng, Hsiu-Lan Yen, Chen-Hsiang Chen, Tung-Tsan Hsu
  • Patent number: 10065804
    Abstract: A chain fault diagnosis system and a chain fault diagnosis method for a scraper conveyor are provided. The diagnosis system includes a strain rosette attached on a top end surface of each sprocket tooth of the scraper conveyor. The strain rosette is connected to a signal gathering unit fixed on a scraper conveyor roller through a shielded conductor, the signal gathering unit sends a gathered signal to a wireless receiving device by means of wireless transmission, and the wireless receiving device transmits the gathered signal obtained thereby to an industrial control computer through a USB interface. The diagnosis method includes the following three steps: chain dislocation/skip fault judgment, chain breakage fault judgment and chain seizure fault judgment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Inventors: Fan Jiang, Zhencai Zhu, Wei Li, Sunyang Wu, Gongbo Zhou, Guohua Cao, Yuxing Peng, Hao Lu, Chunli Hua
  • Patent number: 10059569
    Abstract: A monitoring system and a monitoring method for a passenger conveying device, and the passenger conveying device. The monitoring system comprises an imaging sensor and/or a depth sensing sensor for sensing a monitoring area of the passenger conveying device to acquire data frames; and a processing device for performing data processing on the data frames to monitor whether the monitoring area is abnormal, and configured to comprise: a background acquisition module for acquiring a background model based on data frames sensed when the monitoring area is in a normal state; a foreground detection module for comparing data frames sensed in real time with the background model to obtain a foreground object; a foreground feature extraction module for extracting a corresponding foreground object markup feature from the foreground object; and a state judgment module for judging whether the foreground object belongs to an abnormal population.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Inventors: Hui Fang, Zhen Jia, Yanzhi Chen, Alan Matthew Finn, Arthur Hsu, Jianwei Zhao, ZhaoXia Hu, Qiang Li, Anna Su, Longwen Wang, XuLei Guo, Alois Senger
  • Patent number: 10058964
    Abstract: A transport device for transporting a work piece along consecutively arranged processing stations of a production installation or a forming press. The transport device includes a first handling installation which transports the work piece which is assigned to the transport device and/or to a transport device which comprises a first transport rail which is longitudinally vertically and/or transversely displaceable. The first handling installation is arranged at the first transport rail or at one of the processing stations and/or at the production installation or at the forming press. A drive is assigned to the transport device. The drive drives the first transport rail and/or the at least one handling installation. The first handling installation is one-dimensionally or multi-dimensionally displaceable so that a multi-axis transport of the work piece is flexibly realized by the first handling installation alone or through an interaction of the first handling installation with the transport rail.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Inventors: Thomas Spiesshofer, Ulrich Amann, Ralf Heudorfer
  • Patent number: 10059524
    Abstract: A conveyor lift assembly adapted for use on a conveyor assembly having a frame, and at least one main conveyor cylinder for moving the frame between a substantially horizontal position and an elevated position. The conveyor lift assembly includes a lower member disposed on the undercarriage of the conveyor assembly, an upper member adapted to be moved substantially vertically relative to the frame, and an actuator having a first end and a second end and being adapted to move between a retracted position and an extended position. The first end of the actuator is attached to the lower member and the second end is attached to the upper member, the actuator is adapted to move the upper member relative to the lower member, and the upper member is adapted contact the frame. A method for moving the frame between the substantially horizontal position and the elevated position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Assignee: Kolberg-Pioneer, Inc.
    Inventors: Joe Rust, Travis Hinnerichs, Andrew In't Veld, Kaleb Stepanek
  • Patent number: 10053300
    Abstract: To develop a transfer device which has a lower overall height than that of a conventional technology. A transfer device 1 includes a main conveying unit 3 equipped with main conveying bodies 82, a sub conveying unit 2 equipped with sub conveying bodies 14, a lifting and lowering mechanism 4 which lifts and lowers the main conveying unit 3 and the sub conveying unit 2 such that the respective units 3 and 2 are located at different positions in the up-down direction, and a motor 5 which operates the lifting and lowering mechanism 4. A planar position of the motor 5 resides in a planar area overlapping with the main conveying bodies 82 and the sub conveying bodies 14. A position of the motor 5 in the height direction is set such that a part or the whole of the motor 5 is located above a height of a lower end of a rotational track or a traveling track of any one of the conveying bodies 82 and 14 in a lowered state of any one of the conveying units 3 and 2.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2018
    Assignee: Itoh Denki Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kazuo Itoh, Tatsuhiko Nakamura, Jun Maekawa
  • 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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