Patents Examined by Mark C. Hageman
  • Patent number: 10737804
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method by which an unmanned transport device docked on a receiving container is loaded with a payload container for a consignment, having a loading device for loading the transport device with the payload container, wherein the payload container has a bearing at its first end, the transport device has a loading opening on its underside for receiving the payload container, and the loading opening, at its front end, has a mating contour corresponding to the bearing, and the method has the following steps: the payload container, arranged on the loading device, is pivoted in relation to the horizontal by the loading device such that the first end is elevated in relation to a second, opposite end of the payload container, the loading device is raised until the payload container ends up at least with its first end located within and/or beneath the loading opening, and the payload container is pivoted by the loading device into the horizontal for introduction into the loading opening such
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Assignee: DEUTSCHE POST AG
    Inventors: Matthäus Pruski, Felix Vorwerk, Christoph Dautz
  • Patent number: 10723545
    Abstract: The present invention corresponds to materials storage devices; specifically to a specialized container for the storing of granulated raw materials and its operations support base; which has been created in response to the need of storing granulated raw materials, preferably silica meant to be used in, preferably but not limited to, petroleum wells; and which is fitted with specific modifications that facilitate both the loading and discharge of said raw materials in a shorter time lapse than that displayed by conventional technologies. The invention's preferred configuration contemplates the setting up of three containers on top of the operations support base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Inventors: Eddy Kornelsen, Jose Eliseo Meraz, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10717636
    Abstract: A fork-carriage apparatus for a lift truck includes: (a) a mounting frame assembly mountable to the lift truck for vertical movement; (b) a side shifter frame assembly slidably mounted to the mounting frame assembly; (c) a pivot frame assembly pivotably mounted to the side shifter frame assembly for translating therewith; (d) a fork assembly mounted to the pivot frame assembly for pivoting therewith; and (e) at least one load-pulling connector mounted to the pivot frame assembly and configured to connect a load to the fork-carriage apparatus for pulling the load.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2020
    Assignee: Lift Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Jody Addicott
  • Patent number: 10710805
    Abstract: A goods-to-man warehousing system comprises a multilevel racking system, a plurality of mobile storage units, a storage unit transporter, a pick-place vehicle, a mobile storage unit transfer node, and a warehouse management computing hub. The multilevel racking system comprises a vertically and horizontally distributed array of storage bays. One or more of the mobile storage units are positioned in respective ones of the storage bays of the multilevel racking system. The pick-place vehicle comprises pick-place hardware that enables the pick-place vehicle to transfer mobile storage units between a plurality of different, vertically displaced storage bays of the multilevel racking system and the mobile storage unit transfer node of the goods-to-man warehousing system. The storage unit transporter comprises storage unit engagement hardware that enables the storage unit transporter to transport mobile storage units to or from the mobile storage unit transfer node of the goods-to-man warehousing system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: Crown Equipment Corporation
    Inventors: Matthew J. Otto, Gregory S. Garmann, Mark E. Addison
  • Patent number: 10703589
    Abstract: A dry docking station that may include an interface that comprises an interface portion for contacting a self-propelled debris collecting robot when the self-propelled debris collecting robot is positioned at a container replacement position; a container manipulator that is arranged to assist, while the self-propelled solid debris collecting robot is contacted by the interface, in positioning a new debris collecting container into a debris collection position within the self-propelled debris collecting robot and to extract from the self-propelled debris collecting robot a used debris collecting container; a used container storage module for storing the used debris collecting container after the used debris collecting contains is extracted from the self-propelled debris collecting robot; and a new container storage module for storing the new debris collecting container before the new debris collecting container is positioned in the self-propelled debris collecting robot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: MAYTRONICS LTD.
    Inventor: Shay Witelson
  • Patent number: 10703586
    Abstract: A device for transporting freight articles in a ground or rail haul operations comprises a hollow housing including four corner sections, side walls, two center sections defining four openings each disposed between one edge of a center section and an edge of a respective corner section, a bottom portion and a top portion, wherein the two center portions are manufactured from see through or clear material. A door is mounted to selectively open and close a respective opening and swinging outwardly and towards a respective corner portion to selectively open the respective opening. Two channels are provided in the bottom portion, each in open communication with opposite sides of the bottom portion. Four feet or wheels are mounted on the bottom portion. Four receptacles are provided in the top portion, each sized and shaped to receive a foot therewithin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: KACI INTERMODAL SYSTEMS, LLC
    Inventors: Richard C Hathaway, M. Kent Bridges
  • Patent number: 10697987
    Abstract: An automated storage system for storing large quantities of samples in trays includes a storage compartment, a tray shuttle compartment abutting the storage compartment on one side and a plurality of independent modules on the other side. The modules perform processing of samples that are retrieved from the storage compartment by a tray shuttle, including extraction of selected samples from retrieved source trays and transfer of the selected samples into a separate, destination tray that can be further processed or removed from the system for use. The independent operation of the modules permits handling and processing to be performed simultaneously by different modules while the tray shuttle accesses additional samples within the storage compartment. In one embodiment, a vertical carousel is used to vertically align a desired tray with the tray shuttle, while the tray shuttle operates within a horizontal plane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: Brooks Automation, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert K. Neeper, Rhett L. Affleck, John E. Lillig
  • Patent number: 10696475
    Abstract: Granular material flows out through the discharge opening of a silo and through a sealed housing to a target location. A vent opening in a top portion of the silo has a vent cover operative to selectively open and close the vent opening. When the vent cover is closed, air movement into an upper portion of the silo is prevented. A gate is operative to control a flow of granular material through the discharge opening. A vacuum conduit has a lower input end thereof connected to an interior of the housing, and an upper output end thereof located in an upper portion of an interior of the silo. Material flowing out of the silo creates a vacuum drawing dust from the housing up the vacuum conduit into the silo.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: Quickthree Technology, LLC
    Inventors: Alvin Herman, Erin Herman
  • Patent number: 10696501
    Abstract: The invention relates to an aligning ramp for aligning a shipping container loaded on a vehicle, the aligning ramp including: a support structure; guiding means supported by the support structure above a base plane, which guiding means includes at least two guides arranged parallel and at a distance from each other, wherein each guide diverges relative to the base plane from a first position to a second position; an elongate carriage, wherein each end of the elongate carriage is guided by a guide of the guiding means; and connecting means arranged in longitudinal direction at a central position to the elongate carriage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: Leemans Waste Centre B.V.
    Inventor: Arjan Bert Leendert Lemans
  • Patent number: 10689193
    Abstract: A goods-to-man warehousing system comprises a multilevel racking system, a plurality of mobile storage units, a storage unit transporter, a pick-place vehicle, a mobile storage unit transfer node, and a warehouse management computing hub. The multilevel racking system comprises a vertically and horizontally distributed array of storage bays. One or more of the mobile storage units are positioned in respective ones of the storage bays of the multilevel racking system. The pick-place vehicle comprises pick-place hardware that enables the pick-place vehicle to transfer mobile storage units between a plurality of different, vertically displaced storage bays of the multilevel racking system and the mobile storage unit transfer node of the goods-to-man warehousing system. The storage unit transporter comprises storage unit engagement hardware that enables the storage unit transporter to transport mobile storage units to or from the mobile storage unit transfer node of the goods-to-man warehousing system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: Crown Equipment Corporation
    Inventors: Matthew J. Otto, Gregory S. Garmann, Mark E. Addison
  • Patent number: 10689213
    Abstract: Various example vehicle restraints for use at a loading dock for blocking and later releasing a vehicle's rear impact guard. In some examples, the vehicle restraint includes a hook-shaped barrier that rotates between a lowered position and a raised position. The barrier rotates up to block the rear impact guard and rotates down to release it. The barrier also translates or shifts forward and back between a retracted position and an extended position. The barrier shifts forward to relieve forward pressure that the vehicle might exert against the barrier just prior to releasing the rear impact guard.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: RITE-HITE HOLDING CORPORATION
    Inventors: Alan Mushynski, Leonard Kikstra, Matthew Sveum
  • Patent number: 10682537
    Abstract: Embodiments of a storage compartment for self-contained breathing apparatuses (SCBA) are provided. The storage compartment includes a deployment mechanism to facilitate efficient and ergonomic donning of the SCBA. Advantageously, the storage compartment is closed off from the cabin of a firetruck and is accessed from the exterior of the firetruck so that any chemicals that off-gas from the SCBA are contained in their own compartment separate from the interior of the firetruck's cabin. The SCBA are able to be deployed from the storage compartment in a variety of different ways. Each embodiment of the deployment mechanism is configured to deploy the SCBA from an elevated position within the storage compartment to an exterior position that is roughly at the level of a firefighter's back.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2020
    Assignee: Spartan Fire, LLC
    Inventor: James Roger Lackore, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10676278
    Abstract: A data storage system that moves and transfers components utilizing drone systems is disclosed. In one embodiment, the system includes a plurality of data storage libraries comprising a first data storage library for the storage, reading, and writing of data on a plurality of data storage cartridges and a second data storage library for the storage of data on a plurality of data storage cartridges, and at least one drone vehicle. The system also includes a processing device and a non-transitory, computer-readable memory containing programming instructions. The programming instructions are configured to cause the processing device to receive a request to transfer a data storage component to a destination location, in response to receiving the request, instruct a drone vehicle to transfer the data storage component to the destination location, and transfer the data storage component to the destination location by the drone vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Brian G. Goodman, Tom Haberman, Michael P. McIntosh, Shawn M. Nave, Kenny Nian Gan Qiu, George G. Zamora
  • Patent number: 10679878
    Abstract: A substrate processing apparatus includes a substrate processing part configured to process a substrate under a vacuum atmosphere, a substrate transfer part connected to the substrate processing part and configured to transfer the substrate under an air atmosphere, and a load lock part disposed between the substrate processing part and the substrate transfer part and configured to switch between the air atmosphere and the vacuum atmosphere. At least a part of the load lock part is disposed inside the substrate transfer part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: TOKYO ELECTRON LIMITED
    Inventor: Kazunari Sakata
  • Patent number: 10676298
    Abstract: A reloading supply system includes a loading cart (100) and a machine (200). The loading cart has a first material tray (120) that includes a first combed surface (122) configured to retain a supply material in the first material tray. The machine has a second material tray (220) that includes a second combed surface (222) configured to retain the supply material in the second material tray after the supply material is transferred from the first material tray of the loading cart to the second material tray of the machine. Teeth (124) of the first combed surface are configured to pass by teeth (224) of the second combed surface. The first combed surface and the second combed surface are configured such that the supply material in the first material tray is transferred to the second material tray as the teeth of the first combed surface pass by the teeth of the second combed surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: Sealed Air Corporation (US)
    Inventors: Thomas P. Orsini, Daniel N. LaFrance, Christopher C. Hamlin, Russell T. Christman
  • Patent number: 10679879
    Abstract: Provided is a substrate processing apparatus including a load-lock chamber; a transfer chamber connected to the load-lock chamber; and one or more processing chambers connected to the transfer chamber. The transfer chamber includes a transfer arm that transfers a substrate between the load-lock chamber and the one or more processing chambers, the load-lock chamber includes a plurality of load-lock stations for accommodating a plurality of substrates as a matrix of m×n. According to the substrate processing apparatus, a time taken to transfer substrates may be reduced greatly, and productivity may be improved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: ASM IP HOLDING B.V.
    Inventors: Soo Hyun Kim, Dae Youn Kim, Izumi Arai
  • Patent number: 10661987
    Abstract: A bin tipper includes a vertical support column, a cam track adjacent to the vertical support column, a structural member mounted to and configured to translate along the vertical support column, and a gripper assembly including a gripper mount having gripper arms mounted thereon that are configured to receive and hold a collection bin. The cam track includes a proximal portion parallel to the vertical support column and a distal portion provided at an angle with respect to the vertical support column. A first end of the gripper mount is pivotally mounted to the structural member and a second end of the gripper mount includes a cam follower extending therefrom that is configured to move within the proximal and distal portions of the cam track. The gripper assembly lifts and inverts the collection bin based on a position of the cam follower of the gripper mount within the cam track.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: SHRED-TECH CORPORATION
    Inventors: Constantin Vasilescu, Paul Hachkowski
  • Patent number: 10654396
    Abstract: A motorcycle carrier with retractable wheels. The present example provides a motorcycle carrier with retractable wheels (carrier) is a structure that allows a motorcycle to be parked on it and secured safely, typically during shipping or storage. The carrier may include wheels that may be extended to aid in moving a motorcycle stored on the carrier. The wheels may be retracted when the motorcycle is no longer being moved. When secured the carrier may also function as a work stand.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Inventor: James D Dees
  • Patent number: 10647508
    Abstract: A storage station includes a housing defining an inner space, and having a top and side passage for passage of a container. One or more funnels are provided at the top passage for guiding the passage of containers therethrough, and an actuator system is provided for, selectively, engaging a container with a suspension system and disengaging a container from a suspension system. Also provided is a transfer system that is inclusive of the storage station, a UAV, a reusable container; and methods of transferring reusable containers between UAVs, the storage station, and other transport stations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Inventors: Brandon Eck, Brett Wagner
  • Patent number: 10647559
    Abstract: A materials handling vehicle is provided comprising a pair of forks to be inserted in a longitudinal direction of the forks into a pallet having one or more stringers. A pallet clamp device is provided including first and second operating devices, one mounted in each fork for actuating respective punch members into engagement with an adjacent surface on the pallet. Each operating device comprises a module located within a cavity in one of the forks, the module including an actuator, one of the respective punch members, and a linkage structure connecting the actuator and the respective punch member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: Crown Equipment Corporation
    Inventors: Sebastian Schwarz, Martin Okroy