Patents Examined by Ronald P Jarrett
  • Patent number: 10526174
    Abstract: A modular lifting system, including an enclosable lifting device support structure. The enclosable lifting device support structure includes a deployable top, a plurality of lateral sides, a base coupled to the plurality of lateral sides, and a plurality of extension arms. The deployable top is configured to support a lifting device on a first side of the deployable top. The plurality of extension arms are configured to extend and support the deployable top when the deployable top is deployed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Assignee: Core Laboratories LP
    Inventors: Ted J. Griffin, Jr., Jason M. Ashby, Jeremy M. Bland, Derek R. Beckett
  • Patent number: 10518418
    Abstract: The present disclosure generally relates to semiconductor process equipment used to transfer semiconductor substrates between process chambers. More specifically, embodiments described herein are related to systems and methods used to transfer, or swap, semiconductor substrates between process chambers using a transport device that employs at least two blades for the concurrent transfer of substrates between processing chambers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2019
    Assignee: APPLIED MATERIALS, INC.
    Inventors: Dale R. Du Bois, Juan Carlos Rocha-Alvarez, Karthik Janakiraman, Hari K. Ponnekanti, Sanjeev Baluja, Prajeeth Wilton
  • Patent number: 10500719
    Abstract: Robots including spaced upper arms are described. The robot includes first and second upper arms rotatable about a shoulder axis wherein the second upper arm is spaced from the first upper arm. The other robot components (first and second forearms, first and second wrist members, and first and second end effectors) are interleaved in the space between the first and second upper arms. Each of the first and second upper arms and first and second forearms may be individually and independently controlled. Methods of operating the robot and electronic device processing systems including the robot are provided, as are numerous other aspects.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2019
    Assignee: Applied Materials, Inc.
    Inventors: Karuppasamy Muthukamatchi, Damon K. Cox, Jeffrey C. Hudgens
  • Patent number: 10494787
    Abstract: A working machine includes: a boom base portion including: an inner side wall; and an outer side wall disposed opposite to the inner side wall; a lift link disposed on a rear portion of the boom base portion; and a boom cylinder disposed in front of the lift link. One end side of the lift link is inserted between the inner side wall and the outer side wall and is pivotally supported on the boom base portion. The other end side of the lift link is pivotally supported on the machine body. One end of the boom cylinder is inserted between the inner side wall and the outer side wall in front of the lift link and is pivotally supported on the boom base portion. The other end of the boom cylinder is pivotally supported on the machine body by below the lift link.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2019
    Assignee: KUBOTA CORPORATION
    Inventors: Toshihiko Takemura, Shunichiro Mori
  • Patent number: 10493636
    Abstract: A system including a lumber-pickup arm having a plurality of suction cups in a staggered configuration to pick up a piece of lumber that may be cracked, crooked or askew on the pile of lumber from which it is to be picked. In some embodiments, the system performs a method that includes locating a selected piece of lumber to be picked up; lowering the pickup arm so that at least some of the plurality of suction cups are seated on a first surface of the selected piece of lumber; reducing air pressure within the at least some of the plurality of suction cups; raising and moving the pickup arm to move the piece of lumber to a first destination; and increasing air pressure within the at least some of the plurality of suction cups to release the piece of lumber at the first destination Cups not holding vacuum are deactivated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2019
    Assignee: Wein Holding LLC
    Inventor: Steven R. Weinschenk
  • Patent number: 10478966
    Abstract: A workpiece support system includes: a workpiece support device that supports a workpiece by a support body having a support that comes in contact with the workpiece; and a robot that is separately provided outside the workpiece support device and moves the support, wherein the support is configured to be movable within a predetermined range and lockable at an arbitrary position, and wherein, by grasping a part of the locked support body, the robot unlocks the support and moves the unlocked support according to the shape of the workpiece.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Tomohiko Sekiguchi, Masataka Mizuno, Kazuyuki Ogusu, Kenichi Asakuma, Kimihiro Nanaeda
  • Patent number: 10483151
    Abstract: According to one embodiment, a substrate transfer apparatus includes: a first gripping plate; a first claw that is supported by the first gripping plate, and has an abutment surface abutting on the outer peripheral surface of a substrate located above and below a surface of the first gripping plate; a second gripping plate arranged as overlapping with the first gripping plate; a second claw that is supported by the second gripping plate, and has an abutment surface abutting on the outer peripheral surface of the substrate located above and below the surface of the first gripping plate; and a gripping part configured to move the first gripping plate and the second gripping plate relative to each other such that the first claw and the second claw move close to and away from each other in a direction intersecting the outer peripheral surface of the substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignee: SHIBAURA MECHATRONICS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Masaaki Furuya
  • Patent number: 10475684
    Abstract: A supporting device includes a supporting member including a first positioning member positioning a bottom of a first article and inhibiting horizontal movement of the first article, and a second positioning member positioning a bottom of a second article and inhibiting horizontal movement of the second article. The first and second positioning members release the articles when elevated. The supporting device includes a first anti-drop member preventing the first article from being elevated and released and a second anti-drop member preventing the second article from being elevated and released. The first positioning member is higher than the second positioning member. The end of the first article closer to the first and second anti-drop members is nearer or equally distant to the first and second anti-drop members than a corresponding end of the second article. The second anti-drop member is retracted from the end of the first article when the first positioning member positions the first article.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Assignee: MURATA MACHINERY, LTD.
    Inventor: Haruki Ogo
  • Patent number: 10477747
    Abstract: A component placement device is provided. The component placement device includes a machine frame, a subframe supported by the machine frame, and a component pickup unit. The component pickup unit is movable relative to the subframe. The component pickup unit is movable by a first drive at least in a direction of movement. The component placement device includes a movable counter-mass being movable relative to the subframe by a second drive in a direction opposite to the direction of movement of the component pickup unit to at least partially counteract a reactive force exerted on the subframe by the component pickup unit during movement of the component pickup unit in the direction of movement relative to the subframe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Assignee: Assembléon B.V.
    Inventor: Richard Adrianus Johannes van der Burg
  • Patent number: 10465358
    Abstract: A working machine includes: a boom base portion including: an inner side wall; and an outer side wall disposed opposite to the inner side wall; a lift link disposed on a rear portion of the boom base portion; and a boom cylinder disposed in front of the lift link. One end side of the lift link is inserted between the inner side wall and the outer side wall and is pivotally supported on the boom base portion. The other end side of the lift link is pivotally supported on the machine body. One end of the boom cylinder is inserted between the inner side wall and the outer side wall in front of the lift link and is pivotally supported on the boom base portion. The other end of the boom cylinder is pivotally supported on the machine body by below the lift link.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Assignee: KUBOTA CORPORATION
    Inventors: Toshihiko Takemura, Shunichiro Mori, Hiroshi Koyamatsu, Hayato Ido, Shigeki Morishita
  • Patent number: 10457533
    Abstract: A telehandler includes a frame assembly, tractive elements, a cabin, a boom assembly, and a locking mechanism selectively reconfigurable between a locked configuration and an unlocked configuration. The boom assembly includes a base boom section having a proximal end pivotably coupled to the frame assembly and a distal end opposite the proximal end, an intermediate boom section pivotably coupled to the distal end of the base boom section, and an upper boom section having a proximal end pivotably coupled to the intermediate boom section and a distal end configured to be coupled to an implement. The boom assembly is configured to move freely when the locking mechanism is in the unlocked configuration. In the locked configuration, the locking mechanism is configured to couple the intermediate boom section to the frame assembly such that the locking mechanism limits rotation of the base boom section relative to the frame assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Assignee: Oshkosh Corporation
    Inventors: Ignacy Puszkiewicz, Michael Indermuhle, Matthew Gilbride
  • Patent number: 10457480
    Abstract: A cantilevered dumping system comprising a dumping mechanism that is adapted to be repositioned (e.g., reversed) relative to a base structure such that there may be multiple modes of operation of the dumping mechanism relative to the base structure (e.g., loading of materials and/or movement of the dumping mechanism, etc.). An exemplary embodiment of a dumping system may allow for the connections of a dumping mechanism to a base structure to be changed (e.g., reversed) such that the operation of the dumping mechanism relative to the base structure (e.g., loading of materials and/or movement of the dumping mechanism, etc.) is different. Another embodiment of a dumping system may include a base structure that includes multiple guide plates and/or guide rails to facilitate the desired modes of operation of a dumping mechanism relative to the base structure (e.g., loading of materials and/or movement of the dumping mechanism, etc.).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Inventors: Mark E. Koenig, Larry E. Koenig
  • Patent number: 10457184
    Abstract: A cart assemblies and methods of use for supporting and positioning a work piece during manufacturing. The cart assembly includes a table with a work surface configured to support the work piece. The table is connected to a base that is configured to move the table along a work floor. A lift mechanism adjusts the elevation of the table above the work floor, and a tilt mechanism adjusts an angle of the table relative to the work floor. The lift and tilt mechanisms may be used separately or simultaneously to adjust the position of the table as needed. The cart assembly also includes a trolley. The trolley is configured to receive and support the work piece away from the base. This provides for access to additional sections of the work piece during assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Assignee: THE BOEING COMPANY
    Inventors: Curtis L. Hall, Jr., Jeffrey Lee Sherman, Jeremy Potthast
  • Patent number: 10456908
    Abstract: Described herein is a multi-axial industrial robot, in particular of a SCARA type, where the base structure designed to enable installation of the robot on an external supporting structure, can be mounted according to two opposite orientations, where one orientation is upside down with respect to the other, while at the same time the operating head of the robot may instead maintain one and the same orientation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Assignee: Comau S.p.A.
    Inventors: Stefano Bordegnoni, Francesco Ciniello
  • Patent number: 10449678
    Abstract: According to the invention, there is provided a boat which comprises, a surface on which a plurality of electronic components can be supported, the surface having a plurality holes defined therein through which a vacuum can be passed to hold components on the surface; and a first vacuum inlet which is in fluid communication with the plurality of holes, wherein the first vacuum inlet can be fluidly connected to a first vacuum generating means so that the first vacuum generating means can provide a vacuum at the plurality of holes; a second vacuum inlet which is in fluid communication with the same plurality of holes with which the first vacuum inlet is in fluid communication with, wherein the second vacuum inlet can be fluidly connected to a second vacuum generating means so that the second vacuum generating means can provide a vacuum at the plurality of holes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2019
    Assignee: Rasco GMBH
    Inventors: Michel Charpie, Rainer Hittmann, Serge Künzli, Max Schaule, Dieter Schmid, Andreas Wiesböck, Thomas Schottl
  • Patent number: 10446432
    Abstract: A conveyance system includes a conveyance chamber including a second side wall opposite to a first side wall in a depth direction of the conveyance chamber. A robot is disposed in the conveyance chamber. The robot includes a body, a first arm, a second aim, and a hand. The body is disposed between the second side wall and a reference position in the depth direction. A second leading end of the second arm is positioned between a restricted position and the reference position in the depth direction when a first inter-axis direction and a second inter-axis direction are substantially perpendicular to the first side wall. A controller is connected to the robot to control the robot to limit entrance into an area between the first side wall and the restricted position in the depth direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignee: KABUSHIKI KAISHA YASKAWA DENKI
    Inventors: Hiroki Sanemasa, Daisuke Shin, Hisaya Inoue, Ryosuke Watanabe
  • Patent number: 10438833
    Abstract: A substrate support includes an inner portion arranged to support a substrate, a lift ring surrounding the inner portion, the lift ring arranged to support an outer edge of the substrate, and a controller configured to control an actuator to adjust a height of the lift ring relative to the inner portion by selectively raising and lowering at least one of the lift ring and the inner portion of the substrate support. To adjust the height of the lift ring, the controller selectively adjusts the height of the lift ring to a transfer height for transfer of the substrate to the lift ring and retrieval of the substrate from the lift ring, and adjusts the height of the lift ring to a processing height for processing of the substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Assignee: LAM RESEARCH CORPORATION
    Inventors: Brian Severson, Ivelin Angelov, James Eugene Caron
  • Patent number: 10435281
    Abstract: A Multi-Armed Lifting Accessory is disclosed herein which is compact and transportable in various deployments. The Multi-Armed Lifting Accessory is advantageous and useful as it has hingedly connected loading and support arms attached to a main lifter body. The supporting arms are spring loaded allowing the Multi-Armed Lifting Accessory to stably engage with irregular shaped objects such as barge lid or a skidsteer loader and allows for flexible engagement and balanced lifting operations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Assignee: Rockford Rigging, Inc.
    Inventor: John Morris
  • Patent number: 10431486
    Abstract: The invention relates to wafer aligning device (1) and a corresponding method for aligning a wafer (2) into a specified rotational angular position (as), having a wafer table (20) with a table receiving area (30) for receiving the wafer (2) on a table receiving area plane (T) and having an aligning means (40) with an aligning receiving area (50) which is designed to align the wafer (2) into a specified rotational angular position. The aligning receiving area (50) is arranged in an aligning position (PA) above the table receiving area plane (T) of the wafer table (20) when receiving the wafer (2), and at least one of the aligning receiving area (50) and the table receiving area (30) is designed to place a wafer (2) received in the aligning receiving area (50) on the table receiving area (30) upon traversing the aligning receiving area (50) and the table receiving area plane (T) by means of a vertical movement relative to the other of the aligning receiving area (50) and the table receiving area (30).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: MUETEC AUTOMOTIVE MIKROSKOPIE UND MESSTECHNIK GMBH
    Inventor: Josef Ammerl
  • Patent number: 10422104
    Abstract: A stand 18 is maintained under a stored posture when the stand 18 is pivoted toward the stored posture side in association with a dumping actin of a bucket 13 and a lock mechanism 25 is switched to a locking state. The stand is switched to an in-use posture when the lock mechanism 25 is switched to a releasing state while the stand 18 is maintained under the stored posture by the lock mechanism 25.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2019
    Assignee: Kubota Corporation
    Inventors: Akihiko Mori, Masataka Takagi, Takahiro Yonekura, Masaki Abe