Patents Examined by Ronald P Jarrett
  • 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
  • Patent number: 10626576
    Abstract: Disclosed power machines include a lift arm structure having a first arm pivotally mounted to a frame and a second arm, coupled to an implement interface, configured to telescopically extend from and retract into the first arm. A control system controls a first actuator to raise and lower the first arm, and controls a second actuator to extend and retract the second arm relative to the first arm. The control system is configured to control the first and second actuators to implement a lift operation, responsive to an operator input. During the lift operation, the first actuator raises the first arm and the second actuator extends and retracts the second arm to maintain a substantially linear path, such as a vertical path, of the implement interface or an implement attached to the implement interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Assignee: Clark Equipment Company
    Inventor: Jan Smekal
  • Patent number: 10612209
    Abstract: A variable connection size excavator mast device provides attachment for varied mast sizes and geometries eliminating need for a unique design for each excavator and deck type. The device includes a base plate and a pair of mast plates. The pair of mast plates is coupled to and extends upwardly from the mast plate. The mast plates are perpendicular to the base plate and parallel to each other. A fixed pin is coupled to and extends between the mast plates. A sliding pin is adjustably coupled to and extends between the mast plates. The sliding pin is parallel to the fixed pin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignee: Diamond Mowers LLC
    Inventor: Nathan E. Williams
  • Patent number: 10612208
    Abstract: An attachment holder for construction equipment includes a movable-side pin guidance surface configured to guide a movable-side coupling pin to a movable-side pin accommodation portion. The attachment holder also includes an excessive closure prevention portion configured to prevent a movable-side jaw from closing excessively with respect to a stationary-side jaw to enable the movable-side coupling pin to come into contact with the movable-side pin guidance surface, whether the movable-side coupling pin is of an attachment for the construction equipment that has a minimum pin-to-pin spacing or a maximum pin-to-pin spacing, in a case in which the movable-side coupling pin is to be accommodated in the movable-side pin accommodation portion by operating, for example, an arm of the construction machine so as to move the movable-side jaw closer to the movable-side coupling pin after a stationary-side coupling pin is accommodated in a stationary-side pin accommodation portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Inventor: Shun Maruyama
  • Patent number: 10597843
    Abstract: A compact utility loader is operated by a standing operator at the rear of a frame. A loader arm assembly comprises a scissors linkage on either side of the frame nesting around the prime mover. Each scissors linkage has an upper loader arm that is pivoted at its rear end to rears ends of a pair of lower loader arms such that the pivot connections to the upper loader arm move upwardly and forwardly relative to the frame during elevation of the loader arm assembly to provide a high lift capability. The frame is self-propelled by a differential drive and steering system that is operated by dual levers. A hand grip extends between and unifies the operation of the levers to permit the operator to more easily move the levers in the ways that are needed to provide either straight motion of the frame or turns of the frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Assignee: The Toro Company
    Inventors: John P. Azure, Joseph C. Knipp, James A. Kuemper
  • Patent number: 10596710
    Abstract: A substrate transport apparatus including a lower linearly driven effector structure with spaced paddles, and an upper linearly driven end effector structure with spaced paddles and no rotating joints above a paddle of the lower end effector structure. A drive subsystem is configured to linearly drive the lower end effector structure and to linearly drive the upper end effector structure independent of the lower end effector structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Assignee: Persimmon Technologies Corporation
    Inventors: Martin Hosek, Dennis Poole, Christopher Hofmeister
  • Patent number: 10589417
    Abstract: A system includes an automated guided vehicle (AGV). A loading table is positioned on the AGV. The loading table is configured and sized to hold more than one storage container. A frame extends from the AGV. A robotic arm is mounted to the frame. In one form, the frame includes a gantry that moves relative to the rest of the AGV. Alternatively or additionally, the robotic arm is able to move relative to the gantry. By holding more than one storage container, the AGV facilitates automatic batch picking or placing of items. The gantry increases the degrees of freedom of movement of the robotic arm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2020
    Assignee: Bastian Solutions, LLC
    Inventors: William A. Bastian, II, Aaron M. Jones
  • Patent number: 10590538
    Abstract: To reduce pumping time of a vacuum treatment chamber served by a transport arrangement in a transport chamber. The vacuum treatment chamber is split in a workpiece treatment compartment and in a pumping compartment in mutual free flow communication and arranged opposite each other with respect to a movement path of the transport arrangement serving the vacuum treatment chamber. The pumping compartment allows providing a pumping port of a flow cross-section area freely selectable independently from the geometry of the treatment compartment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2020
    Assignee: EVATEC AG
    Inventors: Bart Scholte Von Mast, Wolfgang Rietzler, Rogier Lodder, Rolf Bazlen, Daniel Rohrer
  • Patent number: 10580682
    Abstract: An apparatus including a robot drive having motors and coaxial drive shafts connected to the motors; and a robot arm connected to the robot drive. The robot arm includes two upper arms, a first set of forearms connected to a first one of the upper arms, a second set of forearms connected to a second one of the upper arms and end effectors connected to respective ones of the forearms. The first and second upper arms are connected to respective first and second ones of the coaxial drive shafts. The first set of the forearms is mounted on the first upper arm and connected to a third one of the coaxial drive shafts by respective first and second drive belt assemblies. The second set of the forearms is mounted to the second upper arm and connected to a fourth one of the coaxial drive shafts by respective third and fourth drive belt assemblies.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2020
    Assignee: Persimmon Technologies, Corp.
    Inventors: Martin Hosek, Scott Wilkas, Jacob Lipcon
  • Patent number: 10570581
    Abstract: A front loader includes a mast, and a mounting bracket that defines a channel configured to receive a mounting frame of a work vehicle. The front loader includes a latch disposed within the channel and pivotally coupled to the mounting bracket, and the latch is pivotable between a first, latched position configured to couple the mast to the mounting frame, and a second, unlatched position. The front loader includes a latching lever disposed within the channel and coupled to the latch. The latching lever is configured to move the latch between the first, latched position and the second, unlatched position based on a position of the mounting frame. The front loader includes an indicator lever coupled to the latch. The indicator lever is movable by the latch to indicate whether the latch is in the first, latched position or the second, unlatched position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2020
    Assignee: DEERE & COMPANY
    Inventors: Damien Faivre, Diego Villarreal
  • Patent number: 10556264
    Abstract: A device comprises a frame, a traversing unit with a first drive unit for moving the traversing unit with respect to the frame and a telescopic unit. The telescopic unit is equipped with a base movable along a first travel path with respect to the traversing unit, a support beam movable along a second travel path with respect to the base and a sliding carriage for transferring the component, the sliding carriage being movable along a third travel path with respect to the support beam, a second drive unit and a transmission. The transmission is at least formed to transmit a driving motion of the second drive unit to the base at a first transmission ratio, to support beam at a second transmission ratio and to the sliding carriage at a third transmission ratio.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2020
    Assignee: HSF Automation GmbH
    Inventor: Martin Hagel
  • Patent number: 10556351
    Abstract: A substrate transport apparatus for transporting substrates, the substrate transport apparatus including a frame, at least one transfer arm connected to the frame, at least one end effector mounted to the at least one transfer arm and at least one substrate support pad disposed on the at least one end effector, the at least one substrate support pad has a configuration that effects increased friction force, resulting from an increased friction coefficient, in at least one predetermined direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2020
    Assignee: BROOKS AUTOMATION, INC.
    Inventors: Ulysses Gilchrist, Jairo Terra Moura
  • Patent number: 10557211
    Abstract: In assembly of a conventional plating apparatus, a position of a processing tank is adjusted so that the processing tank is disposed at an ideal position. This adjustment takes time and effort to assemble a plating apparatus, and assembly of the plating apparatus requires a high cost. The invention provides a substrate transporting apparatus provided with a substrate holder for holding a substrate, a holder griping mechanism that grips the substrate holder, a substrate transporting section that transports the substrate holder, a rotation mechanism that rotationally moves the holder griping mechanism around a vertical direction as an axis, and a linear motion mechanism that linearly moves the holder griping mechanism in a direction perpendicular to a plane defined by a transporting direction of the substrate holder by the substrate transporting section and a vertical direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2020
    Assignee: EBARA CORPORATION
    Inventors: Gaku Yamasaki, Hirotaka Ohashi
  • Patent number: 10556781
    Abstract: A boom assembly including a boom defining a longitudinal direction pulley rotatably mounted on a pivot pin, the pivot pin having a first end with a first outer surface and a second end with a second outer surface, a pulley frame having a first part for receiving the first outer surface, a second part for receiving the second outer surface, a first hole for receiving a first adjustment rod and a second hole for receiving a second adjustment rod, the boom including a first receiving portion for receiving the first adjustment rod and a second receiving portion for receiving the second adjustment rod, the boom assembly being configured such that adjustment of the first and second adjustment rods causes movement of the pulley in the longitudinal direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2020
    Assignee: J. C. Bamford Excavators Limited
    Inventor: Andrew Mark Jones
  • Patent number: 10549970
    Abstract: A telehandler includes a fixed or articulated frame having a front frame segment and a rear frame segment separated by a connecting point. A cantilever support extends from a fixing point on the front frame segment aft beyond the connecting point to a boom support adjacent a distal end. A boom is pivotably secured at a boom pivot to the boom support.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2020
    Assignee: JLG INDUSTRIES, INC.
    Inventors: Ignacy Puszkiewicz, Robert S. Messina
  • Patent number: 10544564
    Abstract: The present invention aims to improve the strength of the portion of the swing frame for attaching the swing motor apparatus while reducing cost. A bottom plate of a swing frame is divided into a center bottom plate segment to which the swing motor apparatus mounting portion is attached, a front bottom plate segment that is positioned to the front side of the center bottom plate segment and to which the center joint mounting portion is attached, and a rear bottom plate segment positioned to the rear side of the center bottom plate segment, wherein: the center, front, and rear bottom plate segments and are formed integrally by welding; and the plate thickness of the center bottom plate segment is thicker than the plate thickness of the front bottom plate segment and the rear bottom plate segment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2020
    Assignee: Caterpillar SARL
    Inventors: Takeshi Tsuneyoshi, Takahiro Iwamoto, Takeshi Nakamura, Akito Nakai, Kentaro Nakayama, Dharmesh Kumar, Koichi Andatsu