Patents Examined by Mark A. Deuble
  • Patent number: 10287105
    Abstract: A conveying apparatus includes a circulation track and a plurality of travelers movable along the circulation track under a control of a controller for conveying articles. If no preceding article-conveying traveler exists on the front side of one of the travelers planned for receiving and conveying the article detected by a detection section, the planned traveler serves as a no-article conveying traveler, and the other traveler located adjacent the planned traveler serves as an article conveying traveler.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: FUJI MACHINERY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Kazuki Hayashi, Sayumi Kato, Masanori Hashimoto
  • Patent number: 10280011
    Abstract: The stop position of a workpiece is detected by a position detection unit. A control unit calculates and records a difference between the detected stop position (actual stop position) and a reference stop position set in advance. After recording the difference multiple times, the control unit performs a statistical processing of the differences and calculates a compensation amount based on results of the statistical processing. In the next position detecting, the position detection unit is disposed at a compensated position which is obtained by adding the compensation amount to the reference stop position, and in this state, detects the position of a predetermined portion of the workpiece.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Nobuhiro Namba, Atsushi Ueyama, Masakazu Adachi, Akihiro Ishitani
  • Patent number: 10280045
    Abstract: A human transport device such as an escalator or a moving walkway may include tread elements connected into an endless transport belt, a drive unit for driving the transport belt, and a monitoring apparatus for detecting a faulty arrangement of at least one of the tread elements in the transport belt. The tread elements of the driven transport belt may pass through a transport region and a return region between a first return station and a second return station. The monitoring apparatus may have a detection means and a triggering unit. The detection means may be arranged in a direction of a longitudinal extension of the human transport device below the tread elements of the transport region between the first and second return stations. The detection means may be connected to the triggering unit, and the triggering unit may actuate upon mechanical influence on the detection means.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignees: THYSSENKRUPP ELEVATOR AG, THYSSENKRUPP AG
    Inventors: Irfan Akyurt, Christopher Busemann, Aurelio CastaƱo Lantero
  • Patent number: 10272585
    Abstract: A conveyor system for advancing tissue logs has a first log advancement member that conveys a lead tissue log toward a discharge end of a lane via a first drive, and a second log advancement member that conveys a successive tissue log after the lead tissue log toward the discharge end of the lane via a second drive. A controller is coupled to the first and second drives. The controller is adapted and configured to control: the first drive to move the first log advancement member between a start and finish position, the second drive to move the second log advancement member between the start and finish position, and the first drive independently of the second drive. A plurality of like lanes may be provided and the controller may also control the first and second drives of one lane independently of the first and second drives of another lane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: PAPER CONVERTING MACHINE COMPANY
    Inventors: Matthew J. Chike, Cory P. Gussert
  • Patent number: 10273134
    Abstract: Bottle caps are oriented and delivered in the proper orientation to a bottle capping machine by an apparatus having a rotating disk and radially extending tabs coupled to the disk such that the disks and radially extending tabs cooperate to carry properly oriented caps through a sort zone to an ejector. Improperly oriented caps fall from the disk without reaching the ejector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: PSR Automation Inc.
    Inventors: David R. Ramnarain, Brian D. Ramnarain, Christopher D. Ramnarain
  • Patent number: 10273088
    Abstract: A positively-driven, low tension conveyor belt has longitudinal rails extending on the drive surface of the belt to prevent or reduce vibration. The longitudinal rails form channels separating lanes of drive teeth on the drive surface to form drive pockets. The longitudinal rails protrude past the drive teeth and ride on a conveyor belt carryway during operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: Laitram, L.L.C.
    Inventors: Adam E. Bannerman, Gurvinder Gandhi
  • Patent number: 10259685
    Abstract: A conveyor device (2) comprises: a conveyance element (8) extending in a longitudinal direction between two spaced apart landing portions (4, 6) and configured to move for conveying people and/or goods between the two landing portions (4, 6); at least one balustrade (10, 12) located laterally at one side of the conveyance element (8) and extending along the longitudinal direction of the conveyance element (8); and at least one sensor (22, 23), which is configured for detecting the presence of a person in a detection zone (28) which is defined by a main detection direction (D), at least one detection angle (?, ?) and at least one detection range (R). The at least one sensor (22, 23) is located at or next to the at least one balustrade (10, 12), and the main detection direction (D) extends from the at least one sensor (22, 23) in a direction away from the balustrade (10, 12).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: OTIS ELEVATOR COMPANY
    Inventor: Wilfrid Fuchs
  • Patent number: 10259661
    Abstract: A conveying system and method for rotating conveyed product. The system can have a conveyor on which is conveyed a rolled product in a machine direction. The system can have conveyor having a first portion on which is conveyed a rolled product having an axis oriented in the machine direction, and the rolled product being partially wrapped in an open ended tube of polymer film. The system has a second portion on which the rolled product is rotated in a horizontal plane such that its axis is oriented in a cross machine direction, and a third portion on which the rolled product is conveyed while oriented in the cross machine direction to a sealing operation that seals the open ends of the tube of polymer film.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Matthew Bernard Overley, Wesley Bernard Brokopp, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10252864
    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: July 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: Joy Global Underground Mining LLC
    Inventor: Paul John Summerell
  • Patent number: 10252866
    Abstract: A conveyor system for conveying an article that is stored while being suspended from a rail, the conveyor system including a bag having a body and a suspending member that suspends the body, and reorienting devices that reorient the bag. The bag has an opening on the body such that the article is dropped into and discharged from the opening. The reorienting devices include engaging members that are engaged with the body. The engaging members are engaged with the interior of the body so as to reorient the body from at least one of an orientation for conveying the article to an orientation for dropping the article into the opening or from the orientation for conveying the article to an orientation for discharging the article from the opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: Daifuku Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yuichi Ueda, Noriyuki Wada, Masashige Iwata
  • Patent number: 10252825
    Abstract: A method of feeding rod-shaped consumer goods to a packing apparatus is provided, including providing a plurality of rod-shaped consumer goods to an upstream end of a stacking channel, and feeding the plurality of rod-shaped consumer goods along the stacking channel to a downstream end of the stacking channel. The upstream end of the stacking channel is higher than the downstream end in the vertical direction, and at least a portion of the stacking channel extends at an angle of between about 25 degrees and about 75 degrees with respect to the vertical direction. The method further includes receiving the plurality of rod-shaped consumer goods into a hopper from the downstream end of the stacking channel, and distributing the plurality of rod-shaped consumer goods from the hopper into a packing apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: Philip Morris Products S.A.
    Inventor: Pierre-Yves Gindrat
  • Patent number: 10232410
    Abstract: An article induction system for preparing a stream of articles, such as mail parcels, for processing employs a series of conveyors operating under control of a controller for feeding articles to an operator at a cull belt at an optimal paced rate. The article induction system includes a destacking section, a separation and alignment section, a buffer section and a culling section manned by an operator. A controller controls the speed of each component based on measurements provided by sensors so as to feed articles to the operator at a desired paced rate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: Laitram, L.L.C.
    Inventor: Stephen G. Wargo
  • Patent number: 10233026
    Abstract: A method is provided for removing slack in a chain conveyor driven between a first sprocket and a second sprocket, the first sprocket and the second sprocket rotating in a first direction. The method includes: locking the second sprocket to prevent rotation of the second sprocket in a second direction opposite the first direction; operating the first sprocket in the second direction to position a slack portion between the first sprocket and the second sprocket; and removing at least one chain link from the slack portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: Joy Global Underground Mining LLC
    Inventor: Gareth Rimmington
  • Patent number: 10233035
    Abstract: In one aspect, a transfer guard member having a body for being positioned in a gap intermediate conveying surfaces, an upper portion of the body for spanning the gap and outer portions of the upper body for slidingly engaging the conveying surfaces, and a pair of spaced, resilient legs having distal end portions for resiliently and slidingly engaging the conveying surfaces. In another aspect, a transfer guard member having a body and at least one attachment member of the body configured for being detachably fixed to a mounting bar. The body has at least one recess adjacent the attachment member for receiving at least one attachment member of another transfer guard member fixed to the mounting bar so that upper transfer surfaces of the attachment members are adjacent one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: Flexible Steel Lacing Company
    Inventor: Mark Steven Pettinga
  • Patent number: 10227179
    Abstract: A conveyor chute is suitable for use as a store for goods, such as packages and pieces of luggage. The conveyor chute has at least one sliding section with an inclined sliding surface with a direction of fall along the sliding surface as well as a sliding width. The sliding section has a width adjusting mechanism which allows the goods to be distributed across at least part of the sliding width and which thus allows the conveyor chute to be used in an improved manner for storing the goods.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: Siemens Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Michele Vitalini, Juergen Braun, Christoph Hofmann, Oliver Schitthelm
  • Patent number: 10221021
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an endless conveyor for transporting products, for example packaging units, along a transport path in a transport direction T, wherein the conveyor comprises: ?freely rotating supporting rollers (2) which extend substantially perpendicular to the transport direction, which are connected at both ends to conveyor elements (3), and which form an endless transport surface, and ?flights (4), connected to the conveyor at well-defined positions, which with a control are movable to and away from a carrying position above the transport surface, wherein, after such carrying position has been taken up, a product present on the transport surface is carried along in the transport direction T, wherein the flights comprise strip-shaped thresholds (41) which, from a rest position below at least the transport surface, can be moved up between the rollers to the carrying position. Suitable to carry and buffer along products over an incline and thus transport them.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: MOBA GROUP B.V.
    Inventors: Eric Koster, Bart Van Walderveen
  • Patent number: 10214361
    Abstract: We disclose an apparatus for maintaining a flow of grain moving toward a rotating sweep conveyor. A rake extends longitudinally along the sweep. The rake is disposed along the leading sidewall of the sweep such that the rake is in the path of movement of the sweep as the sweep rotates within the bin. The rake has a plurality of projections that protrude from a shaft. A reciprocating drive assembly is connected to the driven roller and to the shaft. The reciprocating drive assembly causes the shaft to move forward and backward along the longitudinal axis of the sweep. The reciprocating shaft movement causes the projections to engage grain piles in the path of the sweep, causing the pile to collapse into a flowable particulate to be received by the sweep.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: Illinois Grain & Seed, Inc.
    Inventors: Todd W. Kaeb, Andrew L. Stock, Nathan L. Kaeb
  • Patent number: 10214389
    Abstract: A drive chain (2a, 2b) for a chain drive comprises a plurality of chain links (10, 20) and joints (30) respectively connecting two of the chain links (10, 20) forming the drive chain (2a, 2b). The drive chain (2a, 2b) further comprises a plurality of carrier elements (40), each of said carrier elements (40) being linked to one of the chain links (10, 20) or joints (30) and supporting at least two support/engagement elements (43, 44), which are configured for supporting the drive chain (2a, 2b) and/or for engagement with an appropriate turnaround element (50; 90) for driving the drive chain (2a, 2b).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: OTIS ELEVATOR COMPANY
    Inventors: Alexander Turek, Walter Srb-Gaffron
  • Patent number: 10214358
    Abstract: A conveyor system comprising a series of rollers coupled to a side of a frame and configured to convey a plurality of conveyed articles thereacross along a direction of travel. Each of the rollers has a drive end. The series of rollers including a directly driven roller and a plurality of slave driven rollers disposed after the directly driven roller with respect to the direction of travel. The conveyor system includes a plurality of sheaves. Each of the sheaves is coupled to a drive end of one of the rollers. Each of the sheaves includes a plurality of V-shaped grooves formed in an outer surface thereof. The grooves are divided into an inner portion and an outer portion. An outer diameter of the inner portion of each of the sheaves is unequal to an outer diameter of the outer portion of each of the sheaves.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: LEWCO, INC.
    Inventor: Gerald T. Guerra
  • Patent number: 10214390
    Abstract: A plurality of steps are linked by endless step chains. Each of the steps includes: a step main body; first shafts that are disposed on the step main body; first step rollers that are disposed on the first shafts, and that are guided by the first guide rails; second shafts that are parallel to the first shafts; and second step rollers that are disposed on the second shafts, and that are guided by the second guide rails. The first shafts move along first pathways, and the second shafts move along second pathways. The second pathways are positioned inside the first pathways when viewed parallel to respective shaft axes of the first shafts. The step chains link each of the steps by joining the second shafts of each of the steps, and are disposed within a range of the step main body in an axial direction of the first shafts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Electric Corporation
    Inventor: Shingo Doi