Patents Examined by Michael S Lowe
  • Patent number: 10497604
    Abstract: A transportation stage for transporting a photomask is provided. The transportation stage includes a vacuum source and a supporting plate. The supporting plate has a number of passages connected to the vacuum source. The transportation stage further includes a membrane positioned on the supporting plate. A number of through holes are formed on a middle region of the membrane and communicating with the passages. The transportation stage also includes an acoustic wave transducer positioned on the membrane and is configured generate an acoustic wave along the membrane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2019
    Assignee: TAIWAN SEMICONDUCTOR MANUFACTURING CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yu-Ching Lee, Yu-Piao Fang, Yu-Wei Liao
  • Patent number: 10492368
    Abstract: A grain cart and foldable auger assembly having an upper auger assembly portion with a discharge portion, a lower auger assembly portion with an intake portion, and a compound angle joint that allows the upper auger assembly portion to be moved between operating and transport positions. When in an operating position, the upper auger portion and the lower auger portion are offset from each other by an operating offset angle. When in a transport position, the upper auger assembly portion is offset from the lower auger assembly portion by a transport offset angle such that the upper auger assembly portions folded across the front of the grain cart in a non-obstructive and non-protruding manner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2019
    Assignee: Unverferth Manufacturing Company, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael D. Van Mill, Ronald J. Schlimgen, John Walvatne, Christopher M. Self
  • Patent number: 10472794
    Abstract: A front loader including: a pair of masts provided to a machine body frame of a work vehicle in a detachable manner; a pair of lifting arms coupled to the masts in a vertically rotatable manner; and a work equipment mounted to the lifting arms. Each lifting arm includes a front lifting arm attached to one of the masts and a rear lifting arm attached to the work equipment, each of the front lifting arm and the rear lifting arm has a hollow, rectangular cross-section. The rear end portion of the front lifting arm is inserted into the front end portion of the rear lifting arm, and is welded. The side plate of the rear lifting arm at a location corresponding to the insertion portion has a protruding portion that extends along the side plate of the front lifting arm, and the protruding portion is welded.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Assignee: YANMAR CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Tetsuya Iida
  • Patent number: 10475691
    Abstract: A substrate transfer hand is configured to sandwich a substrate between a plurality of receiving members and a gripping member and to fix the substrate by moving the gripping member with an actuator. The plurality of receiving members each have a flat plate-shaped support portion mounted on the main hand body, a substrate outer periphery holding portion supported on the support portion and configured to hold an outer periphery of the substrate, and a substrate lower surface holding portion supported on the support portion and configured to hold a lower surface of the substrate. The substrate outer periphery holding portion has a portion provided vertically from the support portion and configured to hold the substrate in contact with the outer periphery of the substrate. The substrate lower surface holding portion has a portion inclined from an outer peripheral side toward an inner side of the substrate to be held.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Assignee: EBARA CORPORATION
    Inventors: Toru Maruyama, Yasuyuki Motoshima, Yohei Eto
  • Patent number: 10450151
    Abstract: A laboratory sample distribution system is presented. The laboratory sample distribution system comprises a number 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. The system further comprises a transport plane to carry the container carriers and a number of electro-magnetic actuators being 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.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2019
    Assignee: Roche Diagnostics Operations, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Heise, Hans Schneider
  • Patent number: 10431489
    Abstract: Embodiments of apparatus for supporting a substrate are disclosed herein. In some embodiments, an apparatus for supporting a substrate includes: a support surface; and a plurality of substrate contact elements protruding from the support surface, wherein the plurality of substrate contact elements are formed of a material having a hardness less than or equal to a hardness of silicon, having a low adhesion, having a coefficient of static friction large enough to prevent sliding, having a surface roughness less than or equal to 10 Ra, and that is electrically conductive.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: APPLIED MATERIALS, INC.
    Inventors: Pulkit Agarwal, Song-Moon Suh, Glen Mori, Steven V. Sansoni
  • Patent number: 10403533
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for loading substrates in an inspection station is disclosed herein. In one embodiment a loading module for a substrate inspection station is disclosed herein. The loading module includes two arms, a plurality of substrate grippers, two rotatable support members, a conveyor, and at least one actuator. Each arm has a first end and a second end, wherein the second end is opposite the first end. Each substrate gripper is disposed at a respective end of each arm. Each rotatable support member is coupled to a respective one of the arms. The conveyor is disposed between the rotatable support members. The at least one actuator is configured to rotate the arms about the rotatable support members to selectively position the grippers over the conveyor in a location that allows a substrate held by the gripper to be released onto the conveyor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: APPLIED MATERIALS, INC.
    Inventors: Markus J. Stopper, Asaf Schlezinger
  • Patent number: 10384338
    Abstract: A robotic vehicle is provided with an extendable arm and a mandible structure. The mandible structure includes a pair of mandibles with toothed portions that cooperatively engage such that the mandibles may be opened and closed by applying a force to only one of the pair of mandibles. The mandible structure hangs freely from the extendable arm and is balanced so that the mandible structure naturally maintains a substantially vertical orientation. In the closed position, the mandible structure defines an interior cavity suitable for securely grasping a ring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: CARDINAL GIBBONS HIGH SCHOOL
    Inventors: Sean Michael Greene, Benjamin Gerard Gravel, Aaron Joseph Ruff, Sean Michael McDonald, Brian Alexander Nelson, Austin Laboy Schick, Colin Daniel Russell
  • Patent number: 10357015
    Abstract: A robotic attacher comprises a main arm suspended from a rail, a supplemental arm coupled to the main arm, and a gripping portion coupled to an extension of the supplemental arm. The gripping portion comprises a first grabber positioned side-by-side with a second grabber. The first grabber is operable to attach a first teat cup to a first teat of a dairy livestock and the second grabber is operable to tilt downward independent of the first grabber in conjunction with the first grabber attaching the first teat cup. The second grabber is operable to attach a second teat cup to a second teat of the dairy livestock and the first grabber is operable to tilt downward independent of the second grabber in conjunction with the second grabber attaching the second teat cup.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Assignee: Technologies Holdings Corp.
    Inventors: Peter Willem van der Sluis, Brad A. Schaller, Kent B. Toepfer, Robert J. Godfrey
  • Patent number: 10358789
    Abstract: A loader attachment system is configured so as to detachably attach a loader to a vehicle by detachably attaching a mast of the loader to a loader mount fixed on the vehicle. The loader attachment system includes a support device, a location device, and an engagement device. The support device is configured to support the mast on the loader mount so that the mast is rotatable relative to the loader mount. The location device is configured to locate the mast supported on the loader mount by the support device at an attachment position. The engagement device is configured to engage the mast at the attachment position with the loader mount so as to prevent the mast from rotating in a direction to detach the mast from the loader mount. The support device, the location device and the engagement device are configured independent of one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Assignee: YANMAR CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Jarrod Hyder
  • Patent number: 10344449
    Abstract: A lifting arrangement for a construction machine comprises a main arm (3) which is provided with a pivot connector (4) at a proximate end thereof and an equipment connector (5) at a distal end thereof, a main arm support means (6) for pivotably supporting said pivot connector (4) of said main arm (3), wherein said main arm support means (6) is movable in a direction which includes at least a component in the front-rear direction with respect to said frame arrangement. Further a guiding means (7) is provided which is engaged to said main arm (3) at a guided portion (10) of said main arm (3) positioned between said pivot connector (4) and said equipment connector (5).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: Guangxi LiuGong Machinery Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Edward Wagner
  • Patent number: 10340167
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a robot for transferring an article: a body configured to be moved while hanging on a moving rail; a holding unit configured to hold the article; a two-way sliding unit configured to be connected to the holding unit and slide the holding unit to both sides of the body; and an elevation-driving unit configured to be installed at the body and connected to the two-way sliding unit to elevate the two-way sliding unit along a height direction of the body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: DAIFUKU CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Dong-Gyu Yoo, Jae-Yoon Kim
  • Patent number: 10336558
    Abstract: This invention provides a transfer apparatus for loading/unloading a work into/from a processing apparatus, comprising: a main body being able to move in a horizontal direction; an arm portion pivotally provided with respect to the main body; a hand portion pivotally provided with respect to the arm portion, and configured to grip the work; and a control unit configured to horizontally swing the arm portion and move the main body in order for the hand portion to linearly move the work, when the hand portion facing the processing apparatus loads/unloads the work into/from the processing apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: HIRATA CORPORATION
    Inventors: Shinichi Matsunari, Akemichi Yamamoto
  • Patent number: 10322513
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a substrate handling robot includes a robot body, a robot arm mounted to the robot body, and an end effector mounted to the robot arm. The end effector includes first and second fingers each having one or more pins protruding therefrom, and a first motor for axially rotating the first finger. At least one pin of the first finger and one pin of the second finger are configured to mate with corresponding holes in the substrate. Rotation of the first finger imparts a tensional force to the substrate, suitable for reducing sag in ultra-thin substrates on the order of 20 to 800 microns. In certain embodiments, both fingers are rotatable, synchronously or independently. In certain embodiments, rotation is replaced by translational or pivoting planar motions, also imparting tensional force to the substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignee: GENMARK AUTOMATION, INC.
    Inventors: Alexander Todorov, Zlatko Manolov Sotirov
  • Patent number: 10300604
    Abstract: A gripping apparatus is configured to grip an object by a claw. The gripping apparatus includes an electric circuit passing through a first claw body, the object, and a second claw body, and a conduction judgment part for judging as to whether or not the electric circuit is electrically conductive. The electric circuit is shut off by a protective member, which protects the object, but becomes electrically conductive when the claw bodies and the object are in direct contact with each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: FANUC CORPORATION
    Inventor: Yoshinori Ochiishi
  • Patent number: 10276416
    Abstract: An industrial robot may include a first hand and a second hand, each of which is provided with a first hand portion including a substrate-mounting portion and a second hand portion having multiple substrate-mounting portions; a first arm rotatably joined to the first and second hand portion; a second arm rotatably joined to the first and second hand portion; an arm support portion; a column portion for holding said arm support portion; a first hand portion-rotating mechanism; a second hand portion-rotating mechanism; third hand portion-rotating mechanism; a fourth hand portion-rotating mechanism; a first arm-rotating mechanism structured to rotate said first arm with respect to said arm support portion; and a second arm-rotating mechanism structured to rotate said second arm with respect to said arm support portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: NIDEC SANKYO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yasuyuki Kitahara, Shigeyuki Kaino
  • Patent number: 10179986
    Abstract: A plow conversion kit includes a frame having a frame proximal end, a frame distal end, and a top surface extending between the proximal end and the distal end. A fixed bracket is fixed to the top surface of the frame. The fixed bracket has a fixed bracket proximal end and a fixed bracket distal end. A hydraulic cylinder has a cylinder proximal end pivotally connected to the fixed bracket and a cylinder distal end extending distally of the fixed bracket. A mounting bracket has a lower end pivotally connected to the fixed bracket distal end. A mount arm has a lower end pivotally connected to the mounting bracket. A pivot bracket has a lower end pivotally connected to the frame distal end, a central portion pivotally connected to the cylinder distal end, and a top end connectable to an upper portion of the mount arm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2019
    Inventor: Richard A Morrison, Sr.
  • Patent number: 10160625
    Abstract: A conveyance system includes a robot and a suspending device. The robot moves and conveys a workpiece in a horizontal direction. The suspending device includes a suspending mechanism, a lifting unit, and a support mechanism. The suspending mechanism suspends the workpiece, and the lifting unit lifts up and down the workpiece. The support mechanism supports the suspending mechanism such that the suspending mechanism is movable in the horizontal direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: KAWASAKI JUKOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Yasuhiko Hashimoto
  • Patent number: 10132055
    Abstract: A front-mounted clamshell scoop or shovel arrangement mounts onto the snowplow mounting bracket of the frame of a snowplow assembly when the blade has been removed. The scoop can be closed and lowered to scoop and pick up work-site debris or other materials, raised so the materials can be transported to a collection site, and the jaw portion is rocked to an open position to allow the material to drop from the clamshell scoop. In controls for the snowplow assembly serve to raise and lower the scoop and to open and close it.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Inventor: James Sharkey
  • Patent number: 10134621
    Abstract: A transfer apparatus including a frame, multiple arms connected to the frame, each arm having an end effector and an independent drive axis for extension and retraction of the respective arm with respect to other ones of the multiple arms, a linear rail defining a degree of freedom for the independent drive axis for extension and retraction of at least one arm, and a common drive axis shared by each arm and configured to pivot the multiple arms about a common pivot axis, wherein at least one of the multiple arms having another drive axis defining an independent degree of freedom with respect to other ones of the multiple arms.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: Brooks Automation, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert T. Caveney, Ulysses Gilchrist, Alexander Krupyshev