Patents Examined by Mark A. Deuble
  • Patent number: 10173842
    Abstract: A roller (3; 3?) has a stationary rod (40) arranged along a longitudinal axis (L) and a tubular roller shell (10) arranged around the rod (40). At least one bearing assembly (20; 20?) is arranged on the rod (40) so that the roller shell (10) can rotate about the longitudinal axis (L) of the roller (3; 3?). An internal assembly (30; 30?) is on the rod (40) within the roller shell (10) and is coupled to the roller shell (10) via the bearing assembly (20; 20?). Thus, upon rotation of the roller shell (10), an exchange of force occurs between the internal assembly (30; 30?) and the roller shell (10). The internal assembly (30; 30?) is coupled to the bearing assembly (20; 20?) by an end (31) that faces the bearing assembly (20; 20?) so that the internal assembly (30; 30?) can tilt relative to the bearing assembly (20; 20?).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Inventor: Siegmund Dudek
  • Patent number: 10173848
    Abstract: The invention relates to a conveying arrangement comprising at least one mover (20) which has at least one permanent magnet (19) connected to the mover (20), said permanent magnet (19) cooperating with at least one coil plane (18) of a drive surface (13) to drive the mover (20) particularly without contact, and further comprising at least one conveying system (30, 38), preferably conveying products (32), characterized in that the conveying system (30, 38), preferably a conveyor belt, is arranged between the drive surface (13) and the mover (20).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventor: Alfred Wipf
  • Patent number: 10175611
    Abstract: A toner conveyance device includes a conveying screw having a shaft and a spiral blade. The spiral blade includes a start end-side blade adjacent to a bearing positioned at a start end part side in a toner conveyance path, a terminal-side blade adjacent to a bearing positioned at a terminal part side, and an intermediate blade. A toner discharge port is provided between the intermediate blade and the terminal-side blade. A spiral winding direction of the terminal-side blade is opposite to that of the intermediate blade, a spiral winding direction of the start end-side blade is equal to that of the intermediate blade, and a blade diameter of the start end-side blade and a blade diameter of the terminal-side blade are smaller than that of the intermediate blade.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Inventor: Shinji Nemoto
  • Patent number: 10167097
    Abstract: An apparatus for the transverse welding of a tape traveling in a machine direction, comprising: a stationary structure, a rotary structure rotatable with respect to the stationary structure about a rotation axis perpendicular to said machine direction, a plurality of welding units carried by said rotary structure and spaced apart in a circumferential direction, wherein each of said welding units comprises an inner welding element fixed relative to the rotary structure and an outer welding element cyclically movable with respect to the rotary structure between a release position and an operative position, and vice versa, wherein each of said outer welding elements during the movement from said release position to said operative position, and vice versa, performs an angular rotation movement about a respective radial axis perpendicular to said rotation axis, and a linear translation movement along said radial axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: CAVANNA S.P.A.
    Inventors: Elio Brolli, Valerio Alotto, Agostino Iossa
  • Patent number: 10160600
    Abstract: The present technology provides a conveyor belt. An upper cover rubber and a lower cover rubber are respectively disposed above and below a core layer so as to sandwich the core layer, which core layer is composed of a plurality of steel cords extending side by side in parallel. The outer diameter of the steel cords is not less than 0.35 mm and not greater than 6.0 mm, and the side-by-side pitch P of the steel cords is greater than 0.35 mm and not greater than 7.0 mm. The steel cords are embedded extending in the longitudinal direction of the conveyor belt.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: The Yokohama Rubber Co., LTD.
    Inventors: Gang Hou, Ryotaro Suefuji, Atsushi Miyajima
  • Patent number: 10150621
    Abstract: A tube conveyor with a device for protecting the conveyor belt of the tube conveyor against volumetric overloading, the tube conveyor containing a middle part, situated between a filling site and a discharge site. The conveyor belt coiled essentially into the shape of a tube by the action of rollers mounted on roller stands, a measuring stand is arranged behind the filling site, the measuring stand comprising a stationary frame and a swiveling frame able to pivot relative to the stationary frame, the stationary frame comprising lower rollers mounted beneath a horizontal transverse axis of the coiled conveyor belt, the swiveling frame having upper inclined rollers mounted above the horizontal transverse axis of the coiled conveyor belt and having a force measuring device provided for continuous detection of the loading forces transferred from the conveyor belt, and provided for sending signals representing the loading forces to a control unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Assignee: Schenck Process s.r.o.
    Inventors: Michal Chlebovec, Jiri Zelenka
  • Patent number: 10150626
    Abstract: A goods to operator workstation is attachable to an input and a discharge conveyor system. The goods to operator workstation comprises a container staging platform that receives a product container from the input conveyor system and linearly moves the product container to an order pick position for an operator to pick articles from. A holding platform is pivotally movable between the order pick position and a discharge position to discharge a picked order container onto the discharge conveyor system after picking. Wherein when the holding platform moves back to the order pick position, the holding platform passes through the staging platform to transfer the order container from the staging platform to the holding platform so that the staging platform can retract and receive a new order container from the input conveyor system while the operator is picking.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Inventor: Brett Logan Eisenberg
  • Patent number: 10143597
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to assembling, advancing, reorienting, and/or transferring stretched elastic parts during the assembly of absorbent articles. As described herein, a transfer assembly reorients a stretched elastic part from a first orientation, wherein the direction of stretch is generally parallel to the machine direction, to a second orientation, wherein the direction of stretch is generally perpendicular to the machine direction. The reoriented elastic part is then transferred to a carrier while maintaining the stretched condition of the elastic part. The orientation and/or configuration of vacuum apertures in a carrier surface relative to the direction of stretch of the elastic part and relative to the machine direction helps to prevent the elastic part from contracting, while at the same time helps to allow the elastic part to slide off the carrier surface without snagging and/or sticking to aperture perimeter edges.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Daniel Patrick Findley, Joseph Allen Eckstein
  • Patent number: 10138066
    Abstract: The present disclosure proposes a substrate transporting device having a drive motor configured to drive the drive shaft, transporting belts driven by the drive shaft and configured to transport glass substrates at an operating speed when the drive shaft is driven by the drive motor, a rail arranged between the transporting belts, and a pushing block arranged on the rail and moving along a transporting direction of the glass substrates at a moving speed in accordance with the operating speed of the transporting belts, for pushing the glass substrate to shift horizontally along the transporting direction of the glass substrate to prevent the glass substrate from being crooked. In this way, the orientation of the glass substrate is corrected, and the accuracy of the transportation of the glass substrate is ensured. The occurrence of machine disorder due to a crooked glass panel is reduced as well.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: Shenzhen China Star Optoelectronics Technology Co., Ltd
    Inventors: Lei Chen, Dong Li
  • Patent number: 10138073
    Abstract: A feed unit, for example for feeding components to smoking article assembly apparatus, has a guide member (14) and a plurality of pushers (21) arranged to push components (2) along a path defined by the guide member (14) for output from the feed unit. The guide member (14) is arranged to separate the components (2) into separate streams (63, 64) according to their orientation. The stream (63) of non-correctly oriented components (2) comprises a channel that is helically rotated to orientate correctly said components (2). Both streams (63, 64) converge downstream said helical section to achieve a single flow of components (2) of similar orientation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Inventors: Gary Fallon, Kie Seon Park, Martin Fuller, Geoffrey Vernon, Andrew Cleall, James Stembridge, Thomas Grunfeld
  • Patent number: 10131458
    Abstract: The Adjustable Chute is a user friendly product for consumers to dispose of lawn debris and or grass clippings collected from a grass catcher from a lawn mower. The Adjustable Chute is constructed of durable materials for longevity and reliability purposes. The unique design of the Adjustable Chute with the upper portion rectangular for easy attachment of the grass catchers itself, and lower portion tapered for easy disposal of yard waste or grass clippings, allows hands free transfer of yard waste from a grass catcher through the Adjustable Chute into the waiting collection brown bag. The Adjustable was conceived through personal necessity after realizing how incredibly difficult it is to transfer grass clippings after being collected in a grass catcher from the grass catcher into the brown recycle bag.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Inventor: Raalakhann Llinear Williams, Sr.
  • Patent number: 10124965
    Abstract: A device (1) for conveying products, has a first conveying portion (2), referred to as a quick portion (2), and a second conveying portion (3), referred to as a slow portion (3), in which the products then circulate in a linear fashion in a longitudinal conveying direction (4), normally slower than in the quick portion (2). The products circulate from the quick portion (2) towards the slow portion (3), in which they are then organized into a flow that is wider than in the quick portion (2), the quick portion (2) and the slow portion (3) being placed next to one another. Upstream from the slow portion (3), the quick portion (2) has an upstream guide (5) which is directed angularly towards the slow portion (3). A method for implementing the device is also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Inventors: Zmaj Petrovic, Anthony Gehin
  • Patent number: 10126317
    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: November 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: Roche Diagnostics Operations, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Heise, Hans Schneider
  • Patent number: 10118769
    Abstract: The present invention provides an improved conveyor system that provides for a magnetically driven conveyor system in which a sidewall of the conveyor may have minimal or no perforations therein for connecting rollers or other conveying structures in the conveyor bed to an external driving mechanism. The conveyor system may also provide gapless or nearly gapless roller bed that prevents or reduces the accumulation of debris and contaminants in and between the hardware of the conveyor bed. The system of the present invention may provide a more efficient and sanitary conveyor system for produce washing or other food processing application that requires less maintenance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Inventor: Lorin Reed
  • Patent number: 10118773
    Abstract: An automated method and system for distributing prescription vials from upstream locations of a pharmacy to various downstream destinations using a stacked configuration of outbound lanes so that vials will enter the first outbound lane that is not blocked. The distribution table of the present invention has a lower portion having outbound lanes and an upper portion having outbound lanes and where the table is adapted to move vials in a loop pattern around the lower and upper portions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: Humana Inc.
    Inventor: Michael Mahar
  • Patent number: 10121307
    Abstract: A product speed checking apparatus for attaching to a vibratory conveying system and a method thereof for dispensing product, including a sample pan mounted to capture flow of product between two vibratory conveyors; a first sensor and a second sensor, each placed separately at a predetermined distance from one another and each capable of independently reading product handled by the sample pan; and, a programmable logic controller operatively arranged to calculate an approximate time between the reading of product by the first sensor and the reading of product by the second sensor and computing product speed by dividing distance between two sensors with the travel time between the two sensors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Inventor: Gulzar Ahmed
  • Patent number: 10111785
    Abstract: Maker machine to manufacture hygiene absorbent articles and having: a feeding line which feeds a continuous strip of impermeable material, which is intended to define a succession of sheets of impermeable material; and at least one operating unit which feeds a corresponding component of the hygiene absorbent articles to the sheets of impermeable material carried by the feeding line by way of an application device; the application device has at least one sucking pick-up head and a conveyor provided with an annular guide which is arranged in fixed position along an application path, a slide which supports the sucking pick-up head and is coupled to the guide so as to freely slide along the guide, and a linear electric motor, which has a stator that is arranged in a fixed position along the guide and a mobile slider which is electro-magnetically coupled to the stator so as to receive, from the stator a driving force and is rigidly connected to the slide.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Assignee: GDM S.p.A.
    Inventors: Matteo Piantoni, Valerio Soli
  • Patent number: 10112804
    Abstract: In order to improve safety, an escalator system is configured to drive an escalator in response to a signal received from a user interface located in a first end of the escalator, and to stop movement of the escalator in response to detection of opening of an access cover plate in a second end of the escalator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Inventors: Ari Jussila, Toni Hirvonen
  • Patent number: 10106329
    Abstract: A trolley intended to transport a belt conveyor, including a loading station for loading support posts on the trolley, an unloading station for unloading the support posts off the trolley, a guiding structure for guiding the support posts from the loading station to the unloading station, and means for moving the trolley along a movement direction forming an angle with an axis connecting the loading and unloading stations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Inventor: René Brunone
  • Patent number: 10106316
    Abstract: A cargo carousel system for shipping containers is provided that can include a frame configured to fit within a shipping container and a cargo carousel mechanism in the frame that can move cargo pod platforms, configured for holding cargo pods, in a continuous loop path in the frame. The system can further include two frames side-by-side in the shipping, each frame with its own cargo carousel system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Inventor: Glen Munholland