Patents Examined by Ronald P Jarrett
  • Patent number: 10730068
    Abstract: A transfer and coating apparatus transfers a component from a conveyor to a coating station for application of a coating. The transfer apparatus includes a mast that can move about orthogonal axes in a horizontal plane and a mast having a carriage that can move vertically. The carriage includes a hook that swings about a horizontal axis relative to the mast for movement of the component in the horizontal direction. A sway bar extends between the hook and component to inhibit movement about a horizontal axis. The component is delivered to an upper compartment of a coating apparatus where it can be lowered in to a lower compartment containing coating material. Excess coating material is removed by an array of nozzles in the upper compartment as the component is raised from the coating material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: Automatic Coating Limited
    Inventor: Brad Bamford
  • Patent number: 10730695
    Abstract: A side-loading robotic arm for use with front-end loaders. The robotic arm is configured for disposition forward of a liftable container. The robotic arm includes a tip arm that is pivotable between a stowed position and an operational position. The stowed position stores the tip arm and gripper arms inside a vertical plane of the lifting forks of the front-end loader. Preferably, the tip arm and gripper arms are disposed in a cut-out recess on a sidewall of the liftable container. The operational position extends the tip arm and gripper arms outside of the vertical plane of the major lifting arms of the front-end loader.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Inventor: Anthony Stephen Kouri
  • Patent number: 10730190
    Abstract: A side-loading robotic arm for use with front-end loaders. The robotic arm is configured to separately and independently attach to the forks of the front-end loader, relative to a liftable container. With this configuration, the robotic arm is useable with any type of liftable container that might be useable with the front-end loader. The robotic arm includes a tip arm that is pivotable between a stowed position and an operational position. The stowed position stores the tip arm and gripper arms inside a vertical plane of the lifting forks of the front-end loader. The operational position extends the tip arm and gripper arms outside of the vertical plane of the major lifting arms of the front-end loader.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Inventor: Anthony Stephen Kouri
  • Patent number: 10724205
    Abstract: A front loader includes a working tool and an attachment body to which the working tool is attached, including a lock pin configured to attach and fix the working tool, a lock lever configured to move the lock pin between a releasing position and an attaching position, and a latching portion having a retaining mechanism configured to retain the lock lever at the releasing position and another mechanism configured to move the lock lever to the attaching position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: KUBOTA CORPORATION
    Inventors: Ryuichi Nadaoka, Yuta Ozeki, Masaki Abe, Koshiro Hirakawa
  • Patent number: 10718098
    Abstract: A utility loader incorporating a boom of adjustable length. The boom may include either or both of a left and right lift arm assembly, with each lift arm assembly including a rear lift arm that telescopically receives a front lift arm. Each lift arm assembly also includes an extension actuator adapted to telescopically extend and retract its front lift arm relative to its rear lift arm. A detection system may be provided and adapted to limit lift arm assembly extension based at least in part upon a load applied at a tool supported by the boom and a relative telescopic location of a front lift arm relative to its associated rear lift arm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2020
    Assignee: THE TORO COMPANY
    Inventors: Joseph P. Hager, Timothy J. Berg, David A. Murray, Caleb A. Olson, Scott T. Hoffman, Jeffrey R. Frank
  • Patent number: 10717611
    Abstract: Disclosed is a pick and place device comprising of a novel mechanism that can be used to pick up and move a payload from one location to another location and descend and release such payload before repeating the cycle. This same device can act as a rotary/linear linkage to provide the horizontal motion of the device and also become a straight-line generator to provide vertical motion and alternate between the two thus generating a rectangular type motion. This novel mechanism provides balanced force distribution through the system as well as appropriate acceleration control of the payload and moving mechanism components during the work cycle to ensure a smooth and efficient overall performance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2020
    Inventor: Dan Munteanu
  • Patent number: 10717608
    Abstract: A work-piece transfer apparatus, comprising at least one work-piece engagement structure; at least one first robot arm pivotally connected to the work-piece engagement structure; a first motor coupled to the first robot arm and being adapted for translating the first robot arm fore and aft in a generally horizontal direction; a second motor; at least one second robot arm being in operating driving relationship with the second motor and operatively coupled with the work-piece engagement structure for raising and lowering the work-piece engagement structure; and a support structure for supporting the apparatus or portions thereof; wherein the first motor and second motor are operated synchronously to raise, lower, and/or translate the work-piece engagement structure in a fore and aft direction by way of one or both of the first robot arm and second robot arm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2020
    Assignee: DIEBOTICS IP, LLC
    Inventor: Timothy Richard Launiere
  • Patent number: 10717605
    Abstract: There is provided a conveyance system that conveys a workpiece to each of plural processing apparatuses. The conveyance system includes a conveyance passage, an automated workpiece conveying vehicle that travels on the conveyance passage, a stock unit, and a control unit. The conveyance passage is set in a space directly above the processing apparatus across the plural processing apparatuses. The stock unit includes a workpiece conveying part that conveys the workpiece between a workpiece stocker that houses the workpiece supplied to the processing apparatus and the automated workpiece conveying vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2020
    Assignee: DISCO CORPORATION
    Inventor: Kazuma Sekiya
  • Patent number: 10710819
    Abstract: A processing system includes a robot arm with an end effector having a longitudinal axis, the robot arm having a reach of at least 45 inches, wherein the end effector includes: a first wafer pocket defined within the end effector at a first location along the longitudinal axis, wherein the first wafer pocket has the reach of at least 45 inches; and a second wafer pocket defined within the end effector at a second location along the longitudinal axis, wherein the second wafer pocket has a second reach that is less than 45 inches. The end effector is capable of concurrently carrying a first wafer in the first wafer pocket and a second wafer in the second wafer pocket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: APPLIED MATERIALS, INC.
    Inventors: Rajkumar Thanu, Damon K. Cox
  • Patent number: 10704231
    Abstract: A front loader includes a boom to which a bucket or a working implement other than the bucket is attached, a boom cylinder to move the boom, a first control valve to supply an operation fluid to the boom cylinder, a supporting member supporting the boom on a front portion of a vehicle body of a work machine, an attachment frame extending backward from the supporting member. The attachment frame is attached to a side portion of the vehicle body. The front loader further includes a second control valve to supply the operation fluid to the working implement. The second control valve is attached to the attachment frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: KUBOTA CORPORATION
    Inventors: Hiroaki Iizuka, Daniel Underwood, Chad Reeves, Patrick Penland
  • Patent number: 10697148
    Abstract: A hybrid loader boom arm assembly kit for a loader work vehicle includes a hollow first beam formed from a lightweight material, and a block formed from a second lightweight material. The block is configured to couple within the first beam. The kit includes at least one first steel reinforcing plate configured to couple to the first beam at the end, and at least one connecting plate configured to couple to the at least one first reinforcing plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: Deere & Company
    Inventors: Sanjeev M. Hallale, Mohamad S. El-Zein, Hector Portillo, Israel Priego, Daniel Chapa, Nathan F. Tortorella
  • Patent number: 10695879
    Abstract: This machining system includes: an automatic warehouse which receives a workpiece type to be moved to a predetermined supply position, and by which the workpiece of the received workpiece type moves to the supply position; a machine tool; a robot that transfers the workpiece moved to the supply position by the automatic warehouse, to a machine tool side, in order for the workpiece to be machined by the machine tool; and a robot control device that controls the robot, wherein the automatic warehouse stores a hand, the automatic warehouse receives a request for a type of hand to be moved to the supply position and moves the hand corresponding to the received request to the supply position, and the robot control device controls the robot to attach thereto the hand supplied to the supply position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: FANUC CORPORATION
    Inventor: Yoshihide Maeda
  • Patent number: 10695914
    Abstract: A gripper device (16; 30; 56; 90; 120) which is designed so as to be movable along a movement path, and which serves for grasping and holding a workpiece (70) and for moving the workpiece along the movement path, with at least one first contact section (18; 38; 66) which, to produce an operative pairing with the workpiece that effects the gripping or holding action, can be driven relative to a second contact section (20; 40; 68), which first contact section is assigned actuator means (22; 44; 54; 128), which are designed to exert a drive force in reaction to the application of a magnetic field, and which are composed of a magnetic shape-memory alloy material, wherein the actuator means for magnetic interaction are formed, for the application of a magnetic field, with magnetic field generating means that are static at one position of the movement path (52; 80; 86; 88), and/or with magnetic field generating means that are provided so as to be movable independently of the gripper device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: ETO Magnetic GmbH
    Inventors: Thomas Schiepp, Markus Laufenberg, Markus Raab, Bernhard Ernst
  • Patent number: 10699923
    Abstract: The present invention includes a transfer system for flipping and checking electronic devices. A first rotary device has a plurality of transfer heads configured to pick electronic devices from a wafer table and place the electronic devices on a transfer head of a second rotary device. Check stations can be positioned around the first and second rotary devices and configured to inspect or check the electronic devices during the flipping process. The transfer system can further include an imaging device to inspect the accuracy of picking and placing of the electronic devices during the flipping process. The wafer table and the first rotary device are inclined to increase the operation space. The system accurately picks, flips and transfers chips at a high operation speed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: MIT SEMICONDUCTOR PTE LTD
    Inventors: Siong Huat Neo, Kim Mone Kwong, Kok Yeow Lim, Zhi Qiang Mao
  • Patent number: 10689130
    Abstract: A transport arm for transporting objects comprising: an elongate beam coupled to a carriage, a first arm section movable along the elongate beam and a second arm section pivotally attached to the first arm section such that the second arm section an object engagement means for engaging an object to be transported arranged on the second arm section and an operator handle and a drive unit coupled to the first and the second arm section wherein the operator handle comprises a control means which is connected to the drive unit such that an operator by operating the control means may control the drive unit to pivot the second arm section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: LIFTS ALL AB
    Inventors: Olov Nyqvist, Jimmy Froby
  • Patent number: 10687449
    Abstract: A component delivery device includes an actuator that displaces an outer sleeve and an inner rod positioned within a cavity of the outer sleeve together from a retracted configuration to an extended configuration to move an ejectable component in relation to a feed head. The actuator further displaces the outer sleeve and not the inner rod to an ejection configuration to displace the ejectable component toward a workpiece. Displacing the outer sleeve and not the inner rod causes the outer sleeve to translate over the inner rod and compresses a biasing member that is disposed within the cavity and in engagement with the inner rod.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2020
    Assignee: MECHANICAL TURNKEY SOLUTIONS, INC.
    Inventors: Wayne Gollnick, Robert E. Obrecht
  • Patent number: 10675754
    Abstract: A robot system includes a first robot and a second robot, and the second robot has a base, a shaft provided translationally along an axis direction of a first axis on the base, and an arm provided rotatably with respect to the shaft, and the first robot can perform work on a work object that can be carried by the second robot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Ichiro Aoyama, Yasuhiko Asano, Makoto Ishida, Shintaro Dobashi, Hiroyuki Miyano, Toru Igarashi
  • Patent number: 10665489
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to an integrated chip (IC) processing tool having a die exchanger configured to automatically transfer a plurality of IC die between a die tray and a die boat, and an associated method. The integrated chip processing tool has a die exchanger configured to receive a die tray comprising a plurality of IC die. The die exchanger is configured to automatically transfer the plurality of IC die between the die tray and a die boat. An IC die processing tool is configured to receive the die boat from the die exchanger and to perform a processing step on the plurality of IC die within the die boat. By operating the die exchanger to automatically transfer IC die between the die tray and the die boat, the transfer time can be reduced and contamination and/or damage risks related to a manual transfer of IC die can be mitigated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Chien-Fa Lee, Hsu-Shui Liu, Jiun-Rong Pai, Pin-Yi Hsin, Shou-Wen Kuo, Patrick Lin
  • Patent number: 10640304
    Abstract: An apparatus for locating a preform on a mold includes a preform handling tool and a force sensor coupled to the preform handling tool such that the force sensor is capable of sensing forces applied to the preform during handling of the preform by the preform handling tool. The apparatus includes a control device that is arranged and operable to move the preform handling tool relative to the mold. A method of locating the preform on the mold includes picking up the preform using the preform handling tool and placing the preform in a vicinity of the mold. Positions on the mold are mapped with an edge of the preform with the aid of the force sensor. The preform is paced on the mold according to the mapped positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Assignee: CORNING INCORPORATED
    Inventors: Kevin Thomas Morris, Andrew Nathan Nassau, Michael George Shultz, Matthew John Towner, Kevin William Uhlig, Ljerka Ukrainczyk, Thomas Achille Yorio
  • Patent number: 10640948
    Abstract: A working device is provided wherein a tilt bucket 70 is pivotally joined, vertically swingably, to the tip of an arm 33 by a third pivot joint pin P3 and is vertically swung by a bucket cylinder 38 via first link members 81A, 81B and a second link member 82. The connection unit 100 to be connected to the first link members 81A, 81B is pivotally joined, vertically swingably, to the tip of the bucket cylinder 38. By switching the connection position of connection pins 131A, 131B of the connection unit 100 and the first link members 81A, 81B selectively between the position of a connection hole H1 and the position of a connection hole H2, the swing range and excavating force of the tilt bucket 70 are switched.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Assignee: Takeuchi Mfg. Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Akihiro Ishiai, Takenori Nishizawa