Patents Examined by Ronald P Jarrett
  • 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
  • Patent number: 10414040
    Abstract: A robotic dolly transfer system configured to transport dollies includes a full dolly transfer system and an empty dolly transfer system. The full dolly transfer system and the empty dolly transfer system individually include a rail assembly and a carriage. The carriage is slidably attached to the rail assembly and includes a bottom surface that has a post extending outwardly. The rail assembly includes a rail actuator assembly having an actuator and a receiver attached to the actuator. The receiver includes an opening that receives the post such that the post floats within the opening to permit the carriage to move a predetermined amount independent from the receiver. The actuator is configured to displace the receiver such that receiver contacts the post to slide the carriage with respect to the rail assembly. A end effector is pivotally connected to a transfer arm assembly and is configured to engage the dolly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc.
    Inventors: Keith J. Wells, Shigeo Akiyama, Alinine R. Ngosi
  • Patent number: 10407183
    Abstract: The invention provides a device for manipulating items of luggage. The device comprises a base member, an arm which is pivotable about a vertical pivot axis relative to the base member, and a carrying element having a supporting surface for supporting an item of luggage. The arm is designed to move the carrying element away from the vertical pivot axis and toward the vertical pivot axis. The device further comprises moving means for moving the arm in vertical direction, resistance means which, in an operative state thereof, offer resistance against movement of the carrying element both in vertical direction and in horizontal direction relative to the base member, and operating means to be operated by a person, which operating means are provided with an operating element to be operated with a hand of said person for controlling at least the resistance means.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Inventors: Marinus Adrianus Maria Potters, Odeke Nanda Manon Lenior, Edouard Frans Alexander Schinkel
  • Patent number: 10407866
    Abstract: The disclosure relates to a device for filling a bucket in a loading and transport device having a rear part of a frame structure with articulated arms rotatable by power units, and second arms attached by pivots to a bucket which is in a transport position rotatable by power units around pivots to an emptying position. A middle part of the bucket bottom is connected by pivots with a panel having rotatable arms. The panel is rotatable around pivots and is arranged to lift and shift material on top of the panel to the rear part of the bucket, after which, the front part of the bucket bottom is empty and the bucket is fillable by pushing forward and rotatable around a horizontal shaft such that a center of gravity of the bucket transfers onto a wheelbase of the loading and transport device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Inventor: Sakari Mononen
  • Patent number: 10403529
    Abstract: A carrier transport device capable of delivering a carrier to and from an external transport device which transports the carrier is provided. The carrier transport device includes a housing on which the carrier is mountable, first ports provided in the housing and configured to deliver the carrier to and from the external transport device, second ports provided in the housing and provided with a lid opening/closing mechanism, and a transfer machine provided in the housing and configured to transfer the carrier. The first ports, the transfer machine and the second ports are disposed under a transport path of the external transport device. The first ports and the second ports are disposed on both sides of the transfer machine. The second ports are configured at multiple stages.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Inventors: Shinji Wakabayashi, Keisuke Kondoh
  • Patent number: 10405470
    Abstract: A part feeding device of the present disclosure includes a main body; a conveyor; and a part detector. At a position further upstream than the part detector, the transporting passage includes a guide surface for guiding the lower surface of the part feeding tape, and a ceiling surface which faces the guide surface and is positioned at a position upwardly apart from the guide surface by the dimension larger than the thickness of the part feeding tape having the maximum thickness to be used in the part feeding device. The transporting passage includes a partial guide surface which supports the lower surface of the part feeding tape, and the partial guide surface includes an approaching portion approaching a ceiling surface in a downstream direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Inventors: Masashi Matsumori, Takashi Nakamura, Kazunori Ishikawa, Kozo Odawara
  • Patent number: 10391639
    Abstract: A transfer tool includes a substantially strip-shaped frame; a wrist-side slider provided on one side of the frame in a thickness direction in a manner capable of moving along a longitudinal direction of the frame; a workpiece-side slider provided on another side of the frame in the thickness direction in a manner capable of moving along the longitudinal direction; and a distal-end swing shaft attached to the workpiece-side slider. The shaft includes a support section supported by the workpiece-side slider in a manner capable of swinging around an axis line extending in a width direction of the frame and supporting a workpiece, and an actuator attached to the workpiece-side slider and causing the support section to swing. The actuator includes a motor, and a pair of gears that transmits driving force of the motor to the support section. At least one of the gears is formed into a fan shape.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: Fanuc Corporation
    Inventor: Shun Suyama
  • Patent number: 10392201
    Abstract: A vacuum powered pickup tool with mechanically moveable discrete nozzles allows for selective activation of the nozzles through the mechanical movement of the nozzles relative to a vacuum manifold. The movement of a nozzle from an inactive position where an inlet port of the nozzle is fluidly decoupled with the vacuum manifold to an active position where the inlet port is fluidly coupled with the vacuum manifold allows for independent activation of discrete nozzles of the pickup tool. Aspects also contemplate varying an associate manifold through movement of the manifolds accessible to the inlet port of the nozzle when in the active position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Adam Montoya, Raymundo Alatorre Mercado
  • Patent number: 10392784
    Abstract: An upper revolving structure (4) includes a revolving frame (6), an engine (7), a fuel tank (11), an operator's seat platform (16) provided by covering an upper side of the fuel tank (11), an operator's seat (18) mounted on the operator's seat platform (16), and a cab (22) covering a periphery of the operator's seat (18). The fuel tank (11) is disposed between the revolving frame (6) and the operator's seat platform (16), brought closer to a left surface part (25) side of the cab (22). A level gauge (29) is provided on an outer surface of the fuel tank (11). A fuel filling opening (27) surrounding a fuel filling port (11J) of the fuel tank (11) and a level gauge opening (28) are provided on the left surface part (25) of the cab (22).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: Hitachi Construction Machinery Tierra Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hiroshi Tabeta, Junya Kawamoto
  • Patent number: 10386661
    Abstract: An elevating mechanism is provided in the embodiments of the disclosure, which relates to the technical field of a substrate carrying mechanism device and is capable of decreasing incidence of an electrostatic-breakdown phenomenon of a substrate to be processed during an ascending-descending process thereof. The elevating mechanism is configured to carry the substrate to be processed, including a plurality of struts, each of which is provided at a supporting end thereof with a support portion which is in contact with the substrate to be processed, by means of a supporting surface provided on the support portion when the elevating mechanism carries the substrate to be processed; and an ionic wind supply.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Inventors: Min Xu, Zhen Wei, Shibo Guo, Qiang Zhang, Yongbo Gong, Mingming Shen
  • Patent number: 10376945
    Abstract: A workpiece transport device is used in a press machine. The workpiece transport device includes a pair of supports and drive mechanisms. The pair of supports support a holder useable to hold a workpiece, so as to allow movement in a transport direction of a workpiece. The drive mechanisms are provided to the pair of supports. The drive mechanisms are configured to move the supports in an up and down direction and a width direction. Each drive mechanism includes a first drive component and a second drive component with each including an electric motor as a drive source, a first link mechanism connecting the first drive component and the support, and a second link mechanism connecting the second drive component and the support.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Inventor: Hidetoshi Akashi
  • Patent number: 10381250
    Abstract: A method for introducing a substrate into a measuring apparatus, in particular a lithography mask into a coordinate measuring machine, includes the following steps: a) providing a first substrate in a start station; b) transporting the first substrate to a parking station; c) transporting a second substrate from the measuring apparatus to the start station; and d) transporting the first substrate from the parking station into the measuring apparatus. Measurements are carried out on the second substrate during the process of introducing the first substrate. A device for carrying out the method is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: Carl Zeiss SMT GmbH
    Inventor: Nico Wohlfarth
  • Patent number: 10378175
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a tractor bucket attachment may include an attachment head and a loop of flexible cable. The attachment head may include a mounting bracket and first and second cable attachment mechanisms. The mounting bracket may be configured to secure the attachment head to a tractor bucket, the tractor bucket having a front edge. The loop of flexible cable may have a first end and a second end, the first end being attached to the first cable attachment mechanism and the second end being attached to the second cable attachment mechanism. The loop of flexible cable may be configured to ensnare a bale against the front edge of the tractor bucket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Inventor: Keith Kenworthy
  • Patent number: 10369621
    Abstract: In a forming system in particular for metallic workpieces (31, 32) with several forming stations (21-23) a transport device (1) is provided with one or more rails (13) on which carriages (141, 142) can be moved. In a conventional mode of operation of the rails, it is provided that two carriages (141, 142) on the same rail (13) are moved by a varying distance relative to each other during the transport of a respective workpiece (31, 32) from one forming station (21-23) to another forming station (21-23), namely in particular are driven towards each other or away from each other with their distance relative to each other being increased or decreased. New production sequences can thereby be provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: Schuler Automation GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventor: Rolf Cisar
  • Patent number: 10363665
    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: March 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Assignee: Persimmon Technologies Corporation
    Inventors: Martin Hosek, Dennis Poole, Christopher Hofmeister
  • Patent number: 10354898
    Abstract: A container storage facility includes a storage rack that has a plurality of storage sections as a storage section group, a gas supply device for supplying a cleaning gas to the storage sections via a branch-type supply pipe, a transport apparatus for transporting containers to the storage sections, and a control unit for controlling operation of the transport apparatus. When a container is first stored in a storage section included in the storage section group, the control unit controls operations of the transport apparatus so as to transport the container to a storage section to which the cleaning gas is supplied from an end area of the supply pipe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: Daifuku Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Takeshi Abe, Tadahiro Yoshimoto
  • Patent number: 10337166
    Abstract: A front-loader arrangement (12) for an agricultural vehicle (10) with a bracket (16) and a mast arrangement (18) for fastening a front loader (13) to the bracket (16). The mast arrangement (18) comprises a contact point (53) for application onto a bearing point (36) of the bracket (16) and a displaceable locking element (54) that extends through at least one first opening (52, 52A) formed on the mast arrangement (18) and through at least one second opening (38) brought into alignment with the first opening (52, 52A). The locking element (54) is connected by a connection element (56) to an actuation element (58) arranged offset parallel to the locking element (54). The actuation element (58) can be actuated by an external force and the locking element (54) can be displaced by the connection element (56) and by the actuation of the actuation element (58) from the unlocked position into the locked position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: DEERE & COMPANY
    Inventor: David Rohou
  • Patent number: 10332768
    Abstract: A compact manufacturing device to automatically transport a wafer transport container. The compact manufacturing device comprises a processing chamber and a device front chamber provided inside a housing, a container mounting table provided in the housing to mount a substrate transport container accommodating a processing substrate, and a container transport mechanism. The container transport mechanism delivers the substrate transport container to the adjacent compact manufacturing device along a container transport path and/or receives the substrate transport container from adjacent compact manufacturing device along the container transport path when a plurality of the compact manufacturing devices are provided in parallel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Inventors: Shiro Hara, Hitoshi Maekawa
  • Patent number: 10323387
    Abstract: A bucket level indicator mechanism for use with work machine with a front mounted loader implement includes a carriage assembly having a carriage frame comprising a carriage back and first and second carriage endplates at longitudinal ends of the carriage back, a first end of the carriage assembly being pivotably connected to one of the masts, wherein the carriage back has a slot formed therein along a portion of its longitudinal length. At least one guide rod extends between the carriage endplates. A boom height compensating link is mounted on the upper arm section. The boom height compensating link has at least one fixed traveler configured to be received in the slot in the carriage back, the carriage assembly being mounted so as to slide relative the traveler, wherein as the loader boom is raised and lowered by extension or retraction of the lift actuator, the carriage assembly rotates relative the mast about a pivot as the traveler slides in the slot in the carriage back.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignee: AGCO Corporation
    Inventor: Steven John Schrag
  • Patent number: 10322515
    Abstract: A robot system includes a cell; and a first robot and a second robot which are provided in the cell, in which the first robot includes an n-th (n is an integer which is equal to or greater than 1) arm which rotates around an n-th rotating axis, and an (n+1)th arm which is provided to rotate around an (n+1)th rotating axis which is an axial direction different from an axial direction of the n-th rotating axis, in the n-th arm, in which the length of the n-th arm is longer than the length of the (n+1)th arm, and in which, when viewed from the (n+1)th rotating axis, the n-th arm and the (n+1)th arm overlap each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventor: Kazushige Akaha