Patents Examined by Saul Rodriguez
  • Patent number: 12037206
    Abstract: According to the present embodiment, a cargo-handling apparatus includes a plurality of upper surface sucking portions, at least one side surface sucking portion, a detector, a first moving device, a control unit, and a conveyor. The control unit is configured to select an upper surface sucking portion to be used from the upper surface sucking portions based on the information on the upper surface detected by the detector and control the first moving device to suck the upper surface by the selected upper surface sucking portion and suck the side surface by the side surface sucking portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2024
    Assignees: KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOSHIBA, TOSHIBA INFRASTRUCTURE SYSTEMS & SOLUTIONS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Yosuke Yabe
  • Patent number: 12037185
    Abstract: A robot comprises an auger-based drive system, a memory, and a processor coupled with the memory and configured to control movement of the robot via the auger-based drive system. The processor obtains a first measurement of an angle of slope of a portion of piled granular material in a bulk store. In response to the first measurement satisfying a first condition, the robot traverses the portion of piled granular material to incite sediment gravity flow in the portion of piled granular material by disruption of viscosity of the portion of piled granular material through agitation of the portion of piled granular material by auger rotation of the auger-based drive system. The processor obtains a second measurement of the angle of slope of the portion of piled granular material. In response to the second measurement satisfying a second condition, the robot ceases traversal of the portion of piled granular material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2021
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2024
    Assignee: Grain Weevil Corporation
    Inventors: Benjamin H. Johnson, Chad E. Johnson, Zane Zents
  • Patent number: 12033881
    Abstract: Semiconductor substrate support assemblies may include an electrostatic chuck body having a substrate support surface. The electrostatic chuck body may define a plurality of protrusions extending from the substrate support surface. The assemblies may include an electrode embedded within the electrostatic chuck body. The electrode may define apertures through the electrode in line with the plurality of protrusions extending from the substrate support surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2021
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2024
    Assignee: Applied Materials, Inc.
    Inventors: Sumanth Banda, Vladimir Knyazik, Stephen D. Prouty
  • Patent number: 12030717
    Abstract: A container-handling vehicle includes a vehicle body and a lifting device for lifting a storage container from a grid. The lifting device includes a lifting band drive assembly connected to the vehicle body, a horizontal lifting frame for releasable connection to a storage container, and four lifting bands connecting the lifting band drive assembly to the lifting frame. The lifting band drive assembly includes a lifting shaft assembly having a lifting shaft and at least one motor for rotating the lifting shaft. The lifting shaft includes a first end section and a second end section. Two of the lifting bands are connected at each of the first and second end sections. The lifting shaft assembly includes at least one electrical insulating element arranged such that the lifting bands connected at the first end section is electrically insulated from the lifting bands connected at the second end section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2022
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2024
    Assignee: AUTOSTORE TECHNOLOGY AS
    Inventor: Trond Austrheim
  • Patent number: 12030730
    Abstract: A handling device comprising an extending support, comprising a first projection element which is arranged on the support in a rotationally fixed and/or non-displaceable manner and extends in a first projection plane transversely to the support in a first projection direction, comprising a second projection element which is connected to the first projection element via a first joint so as to be pivotable in a second projection plane, comprising a third projection element which is connected to the second projection element via a second joint so as to be pivotable in a third projection plane, wherein, along the support axis, the first projection plane overlies the second projection plane and the second projection plane overlies the third projection plane, wherein the second projection element can be pivoted under the first projection element and the third projection element can be pivoted under the second projection element and the first projection element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2022
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2024
    Assignee: J. Schmalz GmbH
    Inventors: Ernst Thielicke, Steffen Beck, Jonathan Kohler, Hans Burt, Sandro Katz
  • Patent number: 12026660
    Abstract: A secured container is can be configured to accept deliveries of goods, parcels or other items ordered by a user. The container is secured such that a delivery may be made whist the delivery location is unattended whilst ensuring the delivery is safe. The secured container may be accessed by autonomous vehicles such as drones or quadcopters or other flying platforms.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2024
    Assignee: OCADO INNOVATION LIMITED
    Inventors: Paul Clarke, Andrew John Ingram-Tedd, Pawel Karolinczak
  • Patent number: 12024412
    Abstract: A load-bearing assembly including a clamping-force sensor in a pivoting support assembly that is adjustable to vary a radial spacing between a pivot pin and a clamp pad mounted on the support assembly. A plurality of clamping-force sensors may be included in a plurality of pivoting clamp pad support assemblies to support a clamp pad and may be arranged to sense the magnitude of a clamping force exerted by a particular adjustable pivoting clamp pad support assembly and send signals indicative of the magnitude of the force to a controller. A load sensor may be located between a pivot pin and a bearing block, or strain gauges may be mounted in the pivoting bearing block so as to measure forces carried through the bearing block. Force values sensed and transmitted to the controller may be used to evaluate and adjust the clamp arm assembly to grasp a load with a desired clamping force or distribution of clamping forces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2024
    Assignee: Cascade Corporation
    Inventors: Brian Sinclair White, Davide Roncari, Christopher M. Walthers
  • Patent number: 12027383
    Abstract: A device and method for alignment of a first contact surface of a first substrate with a second contact surface of a second substrate which can be held on a second platform includes first X-Y positions of first alignment keys located along the first contact surface, and second X-Y positions of second alignment keys which correspond to the first alignment keys and which are located along the second contact surface. The first contact surface can be aligned based on the first X-Y positions in the first alignment position and the second contact surface can be aligned based on the second X-Y positions in the second alignment position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2022
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2024
    Assignee: EV GROUP E. THALLNER GMBH
    Inventor: Daniel Figura
  • Patent number: 12017874
    Abstract: An orientation switching apparatus capable of placing a pallet which is in a vertical orientation and holding a group of tires in a stacked state into a horizontal orientation, and placing a pallet which is in a horizontal orientation and holding a group of tires in a horizontally arranged state into the vertical orientation, includes: a base that holds the pallet; a switching drive device which switches the orientation of the pallet held, by rotating the base; a standing device which pushes a leaning tire located at one end of the group of tires toward the other end to cause the leaning tire to stand; and a restricting device which restricts movement of the tires.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2024
    Assignee: Murata Machinery, Ltd.
    Inventor: Yasuhiro Ukai
  • Patent number: 12017896
    Abstract: The invention relates to a lifting machine (1) comprising a lifting arm (3), a rolling chassis (2) equipped with at least one front axle (5) and one rear axle (6), and a sensor for measuring the tilt of the lifting arm (3) in relation to the chassis (2), the rear axle (6) being pivotably mounted around an axis that is parallel to the longitudinal axis of the machine (1). The rear pivoting axle (6) is mounted to freely pivot inside an angular range defined by two abutments supported by said chassis (2), the front axle (5) is coupled to the chassis (2) by a pivoting connection with an axis that is parallel to the longitudinal axis of the machine (1) and is equipped with an activatable/deactivatable suspension (9) in order to allow the relative pivoting between the front axle (5) and the chassis (2) to be damped, said suspension (9) being deactivated at least when the angle value measured by sensor (4) for measuring the tilt of the lifting arm (3) is greater than a predetermined threshold value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2024
    Assignee: MANITOU BF
    Inventor: Vincent Chaillou
  • Patent number: 12017617
    Abstract: A cargo rack system having a base framework that attaches to a vehicle. The base framework has an inclined framing element and a horizontal framing element. Linkage mounts are disposed within the interior of the framing elements, wherein the linkage mounts are accessible through slots. A linear actuator reciprocally moves the linkage mounts between a first position and a second position. A cargo frame is provided. Linkages connect the cargo frame to the linkage mounts moved by the linear actuator. The linkages move the cargo frame between a first configuration, wherein the primary plane of the cargo frame is parallel to the inclined framing element, and a second configuration, wherein the primary plane of the cargo frame is parallel to the horizontal framing element. The cargo frame has extension arms that can be selectively extended and retracted in the primary plane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2024
    Inventor: John F. Pilkington
  • Patent number: 12017841
    Abstract: A substrate container including a container body, a filter member, a back cover is provided. The container body having a top face, a bottom face opposing the top face, a back plate of a first height connecting the top face and the bottom face, a front opening located between the top face and the bottom face, and a back opening opposing the front opening. The front opening enables passage of a substrate and the back opening is located on the back plate and has a smaller second height. The filter member covers the back opening. The back cover establishes sealing engagement with the container body. A gas guiding channel extending in a direction of the first height is formed between the back cover and the container body. The back cover and the filter member define a buffering compartment, and the gas guiding channel has an outlet connecting the buffering compartment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2021
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2024
    Assignee: GUDENG PRECISION INDUSTRIAL CO., LTD
    Inventors: Ming-Chien Chiu, Chia-Ho Chuang, Kuo-Hua Lee, Shu-Hung Lin, Hao-Kang Hsia
  • Patent number: 12012725
    Abstract: Provided is a loading work vehicle capable of improving work efficiency even when working on a slippery road surface. An HST-traveling-drive wheel loader 1 comprises a step-on amount detection sensor 610, a discharge pressure detection sensor 75, a mode switch device 60, and a controller 5. The controller 5 is configured to: determine whether a limit mode is selected by the mode switch device 60; specify an operation state of the wheel loader 1 when determining that the limit mode is selected; limit maximum traction force to a first set value which is set based on a static friction coefficient ? and vehicle weight when specifying that a bucket 23 is pushed into a natural ground 100; and increase the maximum traction force from the first set value when specifying that excavation of the natural ground 100 is started.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2024
    Assignee: HITACHI CONSTRUCTION MACHINERY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Koji Hyodo, Masaki Yoshikawa, Tetsuji Tanaka, Masaki Nukii
  • Patent number: 12007157
    Abstract: A transportable refrigerated container has an interior chamber sub-divided into separate compartments by movable partitions that allow free air circulation to maintain the compartments at the same temperature and a plurality of security doors in at least one of the sides of the container, each door affording access only to a selected respective compartment or group of compartments. A method of distributing perishable goods from a supply depot to a plurality of customers utilizes such a container. At the supply depot, goods for different customers are loaded into separate compartments and the container is then transported to a location convenient to all the customers. There, delivery drivers who can each only open a door leading to a compartment containing goods intended for a specific customer, transfer the goods from the compartment onto a smaller vehicle and deliver them to their respective customer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2022
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2024
    Assignee: Caprera Limited
    Inventors: Jeremy Hibbert-Garibaldi, Lucas John Dawe
  • Patent number: 12006196
    Abstract: A handling robot used in a field of warehouse logistics comprises a mobile chassis, and a storage shelf. The storage shelf is mounted to the mobile chassis and comprises a plurality of layered plate components distributed at different heights. The handling robot further comprises a handling device configured to transport a material to a layered plate of the plurality of layered plate components, and a lift component configured to drive the handling device to lift relative to the storage shelf.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2022
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2024
    Assignee: HAI ROBOTICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Zhe Kong, Qingxin Zhan, Yeguang Chen
  • Patent number: 12006198
    Abstract: A cooler panel lifting assembly includes a jig having substantially vertically oriented bars spaced apart from each other with an attachment device for attaching the jig to a lifting mechanism; and a roller for rolling the jig loaded with a plurality of panels in a direction of the lifting mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2024
    Inventor: Jeffrey L. Owens
  • Patent number: 12006168
    Abstract: An automated storage and retrieval system includes a storage array of storage locations for case units. An in-out case conveyor is capable of bi-directionally transporting case units to and from the storage array, and an in-out loaded pallet conveyor is capable of bi-directionally transporting loaded pallets towards and away from the storage array. A palletizer-depalletizer cell includes a bi-directional pallet transport system with more than one independently driven pallet transports, each with a different pallet holder independently movable relative to a cell frame. Placement of case units commissioning a pallet layer loading a pallet, and removal of case units decommissioning a pallet layer unloading another pallet are both effected at the common pallet layer interface at a predetermined level of the cell frame. The pallet transports independently index a first and a second of the different pallet holders, each independently holding the pallet loading at the common pallet layer interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2022
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2024
    Assignee: Symbotic LLC
    Inventors: Robert Sullivan, Gregory Thronson, Christopher Kiley, Todd E. Kepple, Jared Ploss
  • Patent number: 12005478
    Abstract: A multi-tiered automated parcel sortation system is utilized to sort parcels according to a common destination. A first tier includes an automated sorter configured to transport parcels from a source location to a release destination. A second tier includes accumulation containers each associated with a shipping destination, and the release destination within the first tier is a positioned directly above the accumulation container associated with the shipping destination of the parcel. Once transported to the release destination, a parcel is released into the accumulation container, and once the accumulation container is filled, the accumulation of parcels within the container is released into a third tier, which may include conveyors or autonomous guided vehicles with transport containers. In the third tier, the parcels are transported away for further processing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2023
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2024
    Assignee: United Parcel Service of America, Inc.
    Inventors: Julian Leland Bell, Gregory Casanova Brown, II, Stephens Woodrough, Dameion Teres Drake
  • Patent number: 12006708
    Abstract: A concrete container has a barrel having an open top, a closed bottom, and a discharge conduit near the closed bottom extending away from the barrel, a hose connected to the discharge conduit, and a valve attached to the discharge conduit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2023
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2024
    Inventor: Robert H. Koerner
  • Patent number: 12006187
    Abstract: A crawler type crane having a base carrier unit having a control unit associated therewith and an upper portion assembly having a boom portion coupled at end to the base carrier unit and to a jib portion at an opposed end. The boom portion includes one or more selected boom sections that are articulatable relative to each other. The crane also includes a multi-function attachment unit that is coupled to the jib portion and has a grappling unit for grasping a work piece and a saw attachment unit for cutting the workpiece. The crane can also include a first fluid regulating device coupled to the jib portion for regulating a fluid to the jib portion and to the multi-function attachment unit and a second fluid regulating device coupled to the boom portion for regulating a fluid to the winch element and to the multi-function attachment unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2021
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2024
    Assignee: Fascan International, Inc.
    Inventor: Bernie James Faloney, Jr.