Patents Examined by Michael McCullough
  • Patent number: 10179711
    Abstract: A portable lift assembly that is temporarily mountable to the ends of standardized shipping containers, that allows cargo to be loaded and unloaded without a raised loading dock. The assembly includes a frame having pin members that engage standard corner castings on the access end of a shipping container so that the weight of the lift assembly and cargo are borne by the end of the container. Cargo is raised and lowered on a platform, with power being supplied from onboard the portable assembly. The portable assembly may be transported between containers and installed using a forklift or similar machine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2019
    Inventor: Michael T. Moore
  • Patent number: 9987963
    Abstract: A device that may be mounted on a bed of a pickup truck to enable smaller vehicles, such as motorcycles, snowmobiles, or all-terrain vehicles to enter from the ground level upon a platform of the loading device. This is accomplished by the loading device having a ramp that can be pulled outwardly or rearwardly from said device, and a motorcycle can drive up the ramp to the platform. A dolly slide is pulled outwardly from the device, and extends above the tailgate. The ramp then extends downwardly from the dolly slide, so that no weight or load is displaced on the tailgate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2018
    Inventor: Paul Verwys
  • Patent number: 9902390
    Abstract: When the accelerator and the brake pedal are simultaneously depressed, braking occurs with drive force being produced. This increases the amount of heat produced by a friction braking device. Therefore, when the accelerator and the brake pedal are simultaneously depressed (S100: Yes), the range of use for a regenerative braking device is increased by expanding the regenerative braking limit (S101), thereby decreasing the range of use for the friction braking device, so that the produced heat to be suppressed. As a result, it is possible to simplify the friction braking device and eliminate the need to install a cooling mechanism equipped a high cooling performance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2018
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Toshiya Hashimoto, Hideaki Yaguchi
  • Patent number: 9873975
    Abstract: The invention concerns a method and corresponding apparatus of transferring a piece of cloth from a pair of spreader clamps to a conveyor via a transverse boom, where the piece of cloth is first suspended and straightened between the spreader clamps, then delivered to the transverse boom, and subsequently delivered from the transverse boom to the conveyor. Apart from that, a straightening of the fore edge of the piece of cloth is performed, seen in the direction of conveyance of the conveyor, after its delivery from the clamps to the transverse boom has been initiated, but before it is delivered to the conveyor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2018
    Assignee: JENSEN DENMARK A/S
    Inventors: Steen Nielsen, Henrik Munch Jensen, Niels Peter Madsen
  • Patent number: 9862003
    Abstract: Disclosed is a vibrating material sorting screen with a substantially variable tilt angle and a tilt angle measuring device where the screen has a gear box which is horizontal when the screen is horizontal and inclined when the screen is inclined and further where the gear box has a plurality of oil level sensors or indicators therein which are sized, placed and configured to provide proper oil volume while the screen is oriented horizontally or at various inclines.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2018
    Assignee: Terex USA, LLC
    Inventor: Edwin J. Sauser
  • Patent number: 9858064
    Abstract: In a first illustrative embodiment, a system includes a mobile device processor configured to communicate wirelessly with both a remote server and a vehicle computing system (VCS). The processor is further configured to query the VCS for a module version, relay the module version to a remote system and receive information relating to an updated module version and module. The processor is also configured to query the VCS for vehicle battery information, inform a user of battery sufficiency for a recommended installation of the updated module, and, responsive to a user instruction to proceed with installation, instruct the VCS to download and install the updated module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: David Chase Mitchell, Chad Evert Esselink, Darren Peter Shelcusky, Michael Raymond Westra
  • Patent number: 9851643
    Abstract: Systems and methods to control particle generation in a reticle inspection system are presented. The number of particles added to a reticle during an entire load-inspect-unload sequence of a reticle inspection system is reduced by performing all reticle contact events in a controlled, flowing air environment. In one embodiment, the reticle is fixed to a carrier by clamping outside of the vacuum environment, and the carrier, rather than the reticle, is coupled to the reticle stage of the inspection system. In this manner, the high levels of back-side particulation associated with electrostatic chucking are avoided. In addition, the carrier is configured to be coupled to the reticle stage in any of four different orientations separated by ninety degrees.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Assignee: KLA-Tencor Corporation
    Inventors: Francis Charles Chilese, Ulrich Pohlmann, Detlef Wolter, Joseph Fleming Walsh
  • Patent number: 9840388
    Abstract: Apparatus and a method for transporting and positioning of balancing weights connected together to form a chain of balancing weights is disclosed. A drive means comprises at least a transport wheel and/or a transport belt. The drive means has at least one cam to interface with a gap between two adjacent balancing weights of the chain of balancing weights. Furthermore a cutter may be provided for cutting of balancing weights from the chain.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2017
    Assignee: WEGMANN AUTOMOTIVE GMBH & CO. KG
    Inventor: Hans-Ulrich Bürgel
  • Patent number: 9840181
    Abstract: A mounting system for mounting a lift gate on a structure is provided, the lift gate having a lift platform supported between a pair of spaced support columns. The mounting system comprises a first mounting member configured for attachment onto said structure, wherein the first mounting member includes a support protrusion for engaging an opening in a wall of a corresponding lift gate support column. The mounting system further comprises a second mounting member configured for attachment onto said structure, wherein the second mounting member includes a support protrusion for engaging an opening in a wall of a corresponding lift gate support column. When the mounting members are attached to the structure and the corresponding lift gate support columns are mounted on the support protrusions, the mounting members support the lift gate on the structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2017
    Assignee: MAXON INDUSTRIES, INC.
    Inventors: Levon Hambardzumyan, Karapet Ablabutyan, Paul Bark, Sheralin Lafferty
  • Patent number: 9834393
    Abstract: A system for holding items includes a base tier including two or more totes and one or more higher tiers stacked on the base tier. Each of the higher tiers includes one or more totes stacked on a tote of a lower tier. Totes in of the tiers are laterally cross coupled to one another. The totes include lateral openings that allow removal of items through the lateral opening while the totes are stacked in place.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2017
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Douglas C. Bryan, Darryl I. Jensen, Hunter Dean Helal, Mangesh S. Kolharkar, David H. Clark
  • Patent number: 9821979
    Abstract: The invention concerns a capstan reel (10) and a method for transporting an elongated article (6, 6a, 6b, 39, 42, 43, 45a, 47) between a floating vessel (2) and a body of water situated below the vessel, and a vessel applying such a capstan reel. The capstan reel comprises a rotatable cylindrical body (100) for spooling the elongated article around the body's axial axis (11), said body comprising a cylindrical contacting surface (35) for indirectly supporting at least a portion of the elongated article.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Assignee: PARKBURN PRECISION HANDLING SYSTEMS LIMITED
    Inventors: Johan Peter Schwartz, Kjetil Hoyer
  • Patent number: 9821967
    Abstract: An image recording device having a recording unit to record an image on a sheet is provided. The image recording unit includes a feed guide defining a first conveying path; an arm disposed between the recording unit and the tray, the arm having a feed roller rotatably disposed at a free end and configured to feed the sheet in the tray to the first conveying path. The arm pivots between a first arm position, and a second arm position. The return guide pivots between a first return guide position, and a second return guide position. A space occupied by the return guide in the first return guide position overlaps a space occupied by the arm in the second arm position. The return guide is in the second return guide position when the arm is in the second arm position which is retracted from an insertion space occupied by the tray.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Assignee: BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Kenji Samoto, Yuji Koga
  • Patent number: 9808834
    Abstract: A mobile screening apparatus includes a support chassis. The support chassis is configured for carrying at least one screening assembly having a top screen deck and at least one further screen deck below the top screen deck. At least at least one primary feed mechanism is configured for arrangement in communication with any one or more of the top and further screen decks to feed material to be screened onto said any one or more of the top and further screen decks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2017
    Assignee: AAA Screens Pty Ltd
    Inventor: John Andersen
  • Patent number: 9803297
    Abstract: The invention relates to an apparatus for passing at least one fiber tow multiple times through an oxidation furnace by means of godets, the at least one fiber tow being diverted via at least one godet that is arranged offset. According to the invention, the godet comprises a shaft on which at least two single rollers are arranged to be mounted, each single roller being arranged so as to be rotatable on the shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2017
    Assignee: OERLIKON TEXTILE GMBH & CO. KG
    Inventors: Erwin Glawion, Rolf Schröder, Christian Knörzer
  • Patent number: 9789574
    Abstract: The invention refers to a feed and load unit serving for feeding or removing one or more work pieces in the machining chamber of a machine tool for machining purposes. For this the feed and load unit comprises at least two work piece carriers movably on a guide path. The work piece carrier serves for picking up at least one work piece. In the guide path a guide path section, angularly or diagonally to the direction of conveying of the work pieces on the guide path, movably by a drive is, provided. The guide path section is able to pick up at least one work piece carrier. The guide path section is shifted for loading and unloading purposes in the direction of the machining chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2017
    Assignee: Grob-Werke GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventor: Burkhart H. C. Grob
  • Patent number: 9784041
    Abstract: A riser having a riser body having an interior surface, an exterior surface, and two spaced-apart ends, at least one identification assembly on the riser body, the identification assembly having an assembly body and a wave energizable apparatus in the body, the assembly body having an interior surface, an exterior surface, and a channel therethrough in which is positioned part of the riser body, the assembly body releasably secured on the riser body, and the wave energizable apparatus positioned within the assembly body. This abstract is provided to comply with the rules requiring an abstract which will allow a searcher or other reader to quickly ascertain the subject matter of the technical disclosure and is submitted with the understanding that it will not be used to interpret or limit the scope or meaning of the claims, 37 C.F.R. 1.72(b).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2017
    Assignee: NATIONAL OILWELL VARCO L.P.
    Inventors: Nathan Kinert, Leon Ellison, Rheinhold Kammann, Manfred Worms, Clive Lam, Guy L. McClung, III
  • Patent number: 9779977
    Abstract: An end effector includes first, second, third, fourth, fifth, sixth, and seventh substrate support pads. A method of handling a substrate with the end effector in a substrate processing system includes engaging a peripheral edge of the substrate with the second, fifth, and sixth substrate support pads. The method also includes moving the end effector a first distance into a processing chamber of the substrate processing system. The method further includes disengaging the peripheral edge of the substrate from the second, fifth, and sixth substrate support pads. The method additionally includes moving the end effector a second distance into the processing chamber of the substrate processing system, and engaging the peripheral edge of the substrate with the first, third, fourth, and seventh substrate support pads.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2017
    Assignee: LAM RESEARCH CORPORATION
    Inventors: Ross Embertson, Brandon Senn, Austin Ngo, Matthew J. Rodnick
  • Patent number: 9776334
    Abstract: An apparatus for automatic pitch conversion for pick and place heads, comprising at least one auto pitch station for adjusting a pitch in a X-coordinate direction and/or adjusting a pitch in a Y-coordinate direction of pickers/grippers of a pick and place heads; a first actuator, operated by a motor gear assembly of the at least one auto pitch station, wherein the first actuator changes the pitch in the X-coordinate direction distance between rows of pickers/grippers of the respective pick and place head; and a second actuator operated by the same motor gear assembly, wherein the second actuator changes the pitch in the Y-coordinate direction between the pickers/grippers within a row of the respective pick and place head. A method for automatic pitch conversion of pick and place heads and a pick and place head and a pick and place device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2017
    Assignee: KLA-Tencor Corporation
    Inventors: Bert Vangilbergen, Erik De Block, Jimmy Vermeulen, KW Cheung, KC Leung, Bruno Accou, Carl Truyens, Karel Van Gils
  • Patent number: 9770974
    Abstract: A shutter mechanism is adapted to be provided to a grill opening in a vehicle body. Opening and closing operations of the shutter mechanism are controlled by an electronic control unit (ECU). The ECU determines whether a vehicle is in a traveling end state. If the vehicle is in the traveling end state, the ECU determines whether or not the shutter mechanism is in an open state. If the ECU determines that the open state of the shutter mechanism cannot be confirmed, the ECU controls the shutter mechanism to open the shutter mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 26, 2017
    Assignee: AISIN SEIKI KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Yoshimasa Asano, Eri Yamamoto, Hitoshi Takayanagi
  • Patent number: 9770823
    Abstract: The present teachings provide a method of controlling a remote vehicle having an end effector and an image sensing device. The method includes obtaining an image of an object with the image sensing device, determining a ray from a focal point of the image to the object based on the obtained image, positioning the end effector of the remote vehicle to align with the determined ray, and moving the end effector along the determined ray to approach the object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 26, 2017
    Assignee: IROBOT DEFENSE HOLDINGS, INC.
    Inventors: Wesley Hanan Huang, Emilie A. Phillips