Patents Examined by Mark A. Deuble
  • Patent number: 10994944
    Abstract: A tunnel may have a housing with an entrance, an exit, and a pathway extending from the entrance to the exit through the housing. The tunnel may be used for performing operations, such as cleaning operations within the tunnel. A conveyor may be configured to move articles through the housing along the pathway. One or more detectors may be configured at discrete locations along the pathway. One or more curtains may be configured between the entrance and the exit of the housing to partition the pathway into two or more segments. One or more sensors may be configured in each curtain. The one or more sensors may be detectable by the one or more detectors to determine the presence, position, orientation, or other characteristic of each curtain.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Assignee: Hayes-Ivy Manufacturing, Inc.
    Inventor: Peter H Knight
  • Patent number: 10994947
    Abstract: An overhead reverse diverter for diverting cartons passing under the diverter along a primary transport path, the diverter including a diverter frame arranged over a space through which the cartons move along the primary transport path, a divert belt, and one or more divert paddles attached to the divert belt. The divert belt may be movable along a movement profile when the diverter is triggered to divert one or more of the cartons from the primary transport path, such that the one or more divert paddles are configured to sweep through the space through which the cartons pass as the divert belt moves along the movement profile to divert one or more of the cartons from the primary transport path along one or more divert paths.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Assignee: Bell and Howell, LLC
    Inventors: Neal J. Middelberg, Craig S. Adcock, Taner Lee Howard, Mark Gerard Paul, Richard Johnson
  • Patent number: 10994937
    Abstract: A conveyor including a conveyor belt and a first cleat. The conveyor belt has a first side edge that is opposite a second side edge. The conveyor belt also has a first belt end and a second belt end that is opposite the first belt end. The first cleat is attached to the conveyor belt. The first cleat includes a main cleat portion and a first tail cleat portion. The main cleat portion has a main cleat first end and a main cleat second end. The main cleat first end is closer to the first side edge than the main cleat second end. The main cleat portion is oriented at an angle of less than about 90 degrees with respect to the first side edge so that the main cleat first end is closer to the first belt end than the main cleat second end. The first tail cleat portion includes a tail cleat first end and a tail cleat second end. The tail cleat first end is closer to the first belt end than the tail cleat second end. The tail cleat second end is proximate the main cleat second end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Assignee: WCCO Belting, Inc.
    Inventors: Chad R. Haugen, Travis Mackey, Vineet Saxena, Carter Pedersen
  • Patent number: 10988319
    Abstract: A multi-belt conveyor is described. The multi-belt conveyor comprises a base assembly comprising a base frame that extends along a length of the multi-belt conveyor. Further, the multi-belt conveyor comprises a conveyor bed having a plurality of cartridges positioned adjacently to each other and mounted to the base frame. In this regard, each cartridge of the plurality of cartridges comprises a set of conveyor belts configured to move in a direction along the conveyor bed at a defined speed. Further, in accordance with some example embodiments, a cartridge of the plurality of cartridges is configured to be removed from the conveyor bed without removing an adjacent cartridge from the plurality of cartridges. Further, each cartridge of the multi-belt conveyor comprises an actuation assembly comprising: a drive pulley, a roller-slider bed comprising a plurality of rollers, and the set of conveyor belts mounted around the roller-slider bed and the drive pulley.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2021
    Assignee: INTELLIGRATED HEADQUARTERS, LLC
    Inventors: John Joseph Wilkins, Zachary Lee Robbe
  • Patent number: 10988327
    Abstract: A conveyor system for sorting articles being conveyed in a conveying direction. A first conveyor section includes a plurality of inclined conveyors for de-stacking articles. A second conveyor section includes at least one indexing conveyor for spacing a first group of articles from upstream articles. A third conveyor section includes a chicane conveying path for forming the first group of articles into a single row generally aligned with the conveying direction. Related methods are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2021
    Assignee: SPAN TECH LLC
    Inventors: James L. Layne, Stephen C. Fye, Scott Dayton Barbour, Aaron M. Cotton
  • Patent number: 10981729
    Abstract: Pallet for a conveyor system comprising a conveyor track, where the pallet comprises a housing having an upper side adapted to support an object, and an underside opposite to the upper side, where the underside is adapted to bear on a conveyor track, where the housing comprises a front side, a rear side, a right side and a left side, where the pallet comprises a rechargeable power source, a control unit, a wireless communication means and a plurality of actuating means arranged to be controlled by the control unit, where the actuating means are adapted to extend out of the housing or to retract into the housing by a control signal from the control unit. The advantage of the invention is that a self-contained pallet is provided, which can navigate through a conveyor system without the need of dedicated diverters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2021
    Assignee: Flexlink AB
    Inventor: Stefan Deuser
  • Patent number: 10974904
    Abstract: In one embodiment of the present disclosure, a drive chain system (22, 24) for a spiral conveyor belt (34) includes inner (52) and outer (62) drive chains driving the spiral conveyor belt, the inner and outer drive chains each including a plurality of links (70) defined by a plurality of first (72) and second (74) pitches connected by linking pins (84, 86) extending through holes (80, 82) in the pitches, wherein at least a portion of the linking pins of at least one of the inner and outer drive chains are hardened and/or dissimilar linking pins which are harder on an outer surface than other components in the inner and outer drive chains.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2021
    Assignee: John Bean Technologies Corporation
    Inventors: Scott E. Stang, Owen Eugene Morey
  • Patent number: 10967416
    Abstract: Linear conveyor for transferring workpieces between two consecutive positions in a throughput direction, including at least one axis extending in and linearly displaceable to the throughput direction, and a slide, disposed on and displaceable along each axis, and to which a carrier element for accommodating the workpiece is attached, each axis being telescopic and including a first axis element displaceable relative to the base, and a second axis element displaceable relative to the first axis element, on which slide is displaceably disposed, and a coupling for coupling of displacement movements of the first axis element, second axis element and slide with each other, such that when the first axis element is displaced relative to the base the second axis element is displaced relative to the first axis element and the slide relative to the second axis element in the same direction of displacement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2021
    Assignee: Strothmann Machines & Handling GmbH
    Inventors: Tim Büllesbach, Bernd Naumann, Andreas Senge
  • Patent number: 10968044
    Abstract: Apparatuses, systems, and methods of manufacturing are described that provide a drop link and associated conveying system for item transport. An example conveying system includes a telescopic side guide that includes one or more sections and a plurality of drop links each supported by respective sections. Each drop link includes an extension mechanism that movably attaches the drop link to the section. Each extension mechanism allows translation of the drop link relative the respective section of the telescopic side guide between a retracted position and an extended position in which a portion of the drop link extends at least partially beyond an outer edge of the respective section of the telescopic side guide.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2021
    Assignee: Transnorm System GmbH
    Inventors: Ondrej Neumann, Miroslav Kubo, Radim Mrazek
  • Patent number: 10968041
    Abstract: A conveyor belt includes a cut and gouge resistant cover layer defining a load carrying surface, a pulley layer disposed parallel to the cover layer, and a carcass comprising one or more reinforcement layers, where the carcass is disposed between the cover layer and the pulley layer. The cover layer is formed by curing an admixture including a rubber component, a sulfur curative, and an additive including oxidized high density polyethylene, maleated high density polyethylene, and/or non-functionalized high density polyethylene. The rubber component includes styrene-butadiene rubber and natural rubber. The cut and gouge resistant cover layer has a cut resistance and gouge resistance value of 1.00 grams or less, after the admixture is cured, and the cut and gouge resistant cover layer has an abrasion resistance of value of 110 or less after the admixture is cured.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2021
    Assignee: ContiTech Transportbandsysteme GmbH
    Inventors: Guangzhuo Rong, Thomas George Burrowes
  • Patent number: 10954077
    Abstract: Provided is a conveyor belt cleaning apparatus, and more particularly, to a conveyor belt cleaning apparatus capable of cleaning a conveyor belt by operating in a pneumatic manner using compressed air without using electricity. The conveyor belt cleaning apparatus uses the rodless cylinder so as to enable the steam spray nozzle to perform a reciprocating motion and make it easy to adjust a speed of the steam spray nozzle and adjust a spray range for an object to be cleaned. Further, the conveyor belt cleaning apparatus is structured such that a width in a left-right direction and a height in an up-down direction may be adjusted, such that the conveyor belt cleaning apparatus may be installed on conveyor belts having various sizes, thereby ensuring diversity of use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2021
    Assignee: SJE CORPORATION, LTD.
    Inventor: Ho-Moog Yoo
  • Patent number: 10954074
    Abstract: The various embodiments of the present invention disclose an apparatus, modular tracking unit and a method for conveyor belt alignment. The apparatus provides alignment sustenance and wide-angle coverage. The apparatus includes a plurality of modular tracking units, a linking mechanism including a connecting rope passing through a link of each of the modular tracking units and a pair of guide rollers. The invention triggers the pair of guided rollers on misalignment of the conveyor belt from original path. The guided roller activates the linking mechanism to move the modular tracking units in tandem for re-aligning the conveyor belt.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2021
    Inventors: Manoj Joseph Kallarackal, Harikrishnan R Nair, Moses D, Manimaran E
  • Patent number: 10954786
    Abstract: A feeder is described for the conveyance of material such as overburden or mineral from a working site, the feeder comprising a feed device having a material receiving end having a material receiving apron suitable for receiving material such as overburden or mineral at a working site; a material discharge end distal of the material receiving end; an endless conveyor disposed between the material receiving apron and the discharge end so as in use to cause material received at the material receiving apron to be conveyed to the material discharge end; a chassis supporting the feed device; a transport carriage supporting the chassis and adapted to cause the feeder to be movable across a surface for deployment in use. A system A system and method for the movement of material from a working site for example via transport trucks are also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2021
    Assignee: MMD Design & Consultancy Limited
    Inventor: Christopher Pearson
  • Patent number: 10947047
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are air-supported belt conveyors and independent conveyor subsystems that are selectively and independently designed to meet requirements that can change along the length of a conveyor, as well as from conveyor to conveyor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2021
    Assignee: BRUKS ROCKWOOD, LLC
    Inventors: Francis J. Warmoth, Bengt Axel Nilsson, Steven B. Bennett
  • Patent number: 10941006
    Abstract: The invention relates to a vertical diverter for a conveyor system having a lower conveyor track and an upper conveyor track, wherein the vertical diverter is provided and designed for vertically connecting the two conveyor tracks, and the vertical diverter has a lower diverter track and an upper diverter track. The vertical diverter is characterized in that the lower diverter track is shorter than the upper diverter track, that the lower diverter track is provided and designed to be lowered at least at one end in order to make room for the connection of the end of the upper diverter track to be lowered, and that the upper diverter track is provided and designed to be lowered at least at one end, and that the lowered end of the upper diverter track rests where the unlowered end of the lower diverter track previously rested.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 9, 2021
    Assignee: TRANSNORM SYSTEM GMBH
    Inventors: Kai-Ulrich Ventz, Rene Schaellig
  • Patent number: 10934098
    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: March 31, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2021
    Inventor: Lorin Reed
  • Patent number: 10934102
    Abstract: An order-picking installation for the order picking of items, in particular items transported in a hanging state, includes at least one supply station having a plurality of parallel supply locations, by which the items to be picked are supplied into the order-picking installation, and at least one dispatch station having a plurality of parallel dispatch locations, by which the picked items are discharged for dispatch, wherein at least one interim store is provided, for the order picking of the items, between the supply station and the dispatch station. The interim store includes a dynamic store for the interim storage of the items provided for order picking as well as a retrieval store, arranged downstream of the dynamic store, and intended for storing items which have been removed from the dynamic store and pre-sorted in the process, the dynamic store and the retrieval store arranged within a common circulatory conveyor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2021
    Assignee: FERAG AG
    Inventors: Sergio Sigrist, Francisco Javier López
  • Patent number: 10934095
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a modular belt having two or more longitudinal belt sections. Each belt section includes a traction element having a cord and a plurality of drive elements attached to the cord. The drive elements are spaced apart along a length of the cord. The belt section further includes a plurality of belt plates. Each belt plate is removably attached to a corresponding drive element of the traction element. The belt section may comprise at least one additional traction element to which each belt plate is attached. In this way, each belt plate may be attached to two or more traction elements. The modular belt includes two or more connectors, wherein each connector is configured to longitudinally couple two belt sections in order to form the modular belt as an endless belt.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2021
    Assignee: Habasit AG
    Inventors: Dietmar Elsner, Stefan Simmendinger, Markus Vetter
  • Patent number: 10925215
    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: April 21, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2021
    Assignee: Deere & Company
    Inventors: David W. Peters, Corwin M. Puryk, Michael T. Meschke, Adam J. Donohoe
  • Patent number: 10926978
    Abstract: Provided is a man conveyor apparatus (1), including: steps (17) connected in an endless manner; two or more drive motors (4a and 4b), each being configured to circulate the steps (17); a load detection device (10) configured to detect a load of the drive motors (4a and 4b); and a controller (11) configured to control an operation and stop of each of the drive motors (4a and 4b), wherein the controller (11) increases or decreases the number of the drive motors to be driven in accordance with a value of the load detected by the load detection device (10) and changes a drive motor to be driven as a main motor each time the number of drive motors to be driven is decreased.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2021
    Assignee: MITSUBISHI ELECTRIC CORPORATION
    Inventor: Ippei Kimura