Patents Examined by Saul Rodriguez
  • Patent number: 11136228
    Abstract: A forklift includes a lift bracket which is supported on a mast so as to be capable of being moved upward or downward along the mast, and a fork member having a fork claw portion on which a pallet is allowed to be placed, and supported on the lift bracket. The lift bracket has a support portion which is on a tip portion of the lift bracket and supports the fork member. When a weight is applied onto the fork claw portion, the fork member is configured to rotate around the support portion which is configured to serve as a pivot, in response to an application force exerted onto the fork claw portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 5, 2021
    Inventors: Noriyuki Hasegawa, Kensuke Futahashi
  • Patent number: 11130534
    Abstract: A self-propelled trailer is provided and includes a frame, a pair of rear drive wheels, a steerable wheel, a drive system, a platform and a lifting device. The frame forms an undercarriage chassis upon which the pair of rear drive wheels and steerable wheel secured to an undercarriage chassis along opposite ends thereof. The drive system includes a power system connected to the pair of rear drive wheels and a control system connected to the steerable wheel. The platform is positioned above and secured to the undercarriage chassis, and includes a planar deck and a subframe extending upward from the undercarriage chassis and spacing the planar deck therefrom. The lifting device is secured to the undercarriage chassis and positioned between the steerable wheel and the pair of rear drive wheels with respect to a length of the frame, and includes a crane extending upward from the frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 28, 2021
    Assignee: New Heights, LLC
    Inventor: Aaron Jay Beiler
  • Patent number: 11130661
    Abstract: A retention mechanism for retaining an agricultural machine in engagement with a fork assembly. The mechanism may be provided on the fork assembly, agricultural machine or split between them. The retention mechanism may be actuated by a foot associated with either the fork assembly or the agricultural machine. The retention mechanism may employ pivoting latches or a clamping mechanism that clamps upon the forks or tines.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 28, 2021
    Assignee: Hustler Equipment Limited
    Inventors: James Robert Currie, Richard Andrew Currie
  • Patent number: 11124371
    Abstract: A hinged and pronged plate apparatus for loading railway gondola cars with bulk material, such as municipal solid waste transported by trucks, in a cost-effective and spatially-convenient manner. The railway loading system can have multiple tiers, including a top tier, one or more middle tiers, and bottom tier, which provide working platforms and loading platforms for the gondola cars and vehicles containing the waste and workers that operate the system. The hinged and pronged plate can have a fin with perpendicular prongs extending from the fin. The hinged and pronged plate can be configured to cover the spaces between and surrounding the gondola cars and allows for easy and safe loading of bulk materials from trucks into gondola cars.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2021
    Inventor: Thomas F. Erickson, Jr.
  • Patent number: 11123880
    Abstract: A robot and an operating method thereof are provided. The robot includes a controller, a force sensor configured to be electrically connected to the controller, mounted in the robot, and sense an external force applied to the robot, an arm configured to be electrically connected to the controller so that an operation is controlled by the controller, an adsorber configured to adsorb a target object, and a coupler configured to couple the arm and the adsorber. The robot may transmit or receive a wireless signal on a mobile communication network constructed according to the 5G (generation) communication.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2021
    Inventors: Chul Ho Shin, Chang Eui Shin
  • Patent number: 11121014
    Abstract: A dummy wafer storage cassette for storing dummy wafers. The dummy wafer storage cassette may have more than 30 wafer slots for accommodating dummy wafers. The dummy wafer cassette may have substantially the same outer dimensions as a standardized wafer cassette with 25 wafer slots and a pitch of the wafer slots of the dummy wafer storage cassette may be smaller than a pitch between the wafer slots in the standardized wafer cassette.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2021
    Assignee: ASM IP HOLDING B.V.
    Inventors: Chris G. M. de Ridder, Theodorus G. M. Oosterlaken, Adriaan Garssen
  • Patent number: 11117507
    Abstract: A multi-configurable load ramp for a vehicle includes an outer ramp member, an inner ramp member pivotably coupled to the outer ramp member and movable between a deployed position extending from the outer ramp member, and a folded position where the inner ramp member is disposed nestingly within outer ramp member, and a vehicle attachment device coupled to one of the inner and outer ramp members. The vehicle attachment device includes a plate member and a hook member extending therefrom, the hook member having an upper jaw and a lower jaw at least partially defining a receiving slot to receive a portion of a tailgate. In the deployed position, one of the inner and outer ramp members is configured to couple to the tailgate via the vehicle attachment device to provide a ramp surface to load and/or unload objects from a cargo area of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2021
    Assignee: FCA US LLC
    Inventors: Daniel Teodorof, Andrew Partin, Bryan J Macek, Paul A Gardiner, Chad J Vermeulen, Kushal Pradhan, Kyle Neighbors, Jeffery E Long, James B Hunter, James J Metcalf, Charles R Kaiser, Jacob L Carpenter, Jereme A Berube
  • Patent number: 11117790
    Abstract: An industrial truck includes a main chassis, a transport platform to transport goods, a lifting device to raise and lower the transport platform, and a pushing device with at least one actuatable pushing arm. The pushing device displaces the goods relative to the transport platform.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2021
    Inventor: Juergen Keller
  • Patent number: 11105064
    Abstract: A swivelable adapter device used with skid steer loaders includes a mounting plate and a swiveling work tool plate for holding, rotating, and positioning skid steer attachments. Rotation about a longitudinal axis of skid steer arms is accomplished using a barrel within a barrel assembly allowing the work tool plate to be positioned from angles between horizontal and vertical. A mounting plate is attached to skid steer arms and is rigidly affixed to an inner barrel. An outer barrel with a notch plate and a work tool plate slides over a greased inner barrel. Swivel operation of the work tool plate is accomplished by hand, eliminating the need for hydraulic systems. Once positioned, the work tool plate is locked to a notch plate using a locking mechanism, such as a locking pin or locking latch. The device is reinforced with metal plates to handle torsion forces created by heavy loads.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2021
    Inventor: Wayne J. Smith
  • Patent number: 11107715
    Abstract: In an embodiment, the present invention discloses cleaned storage processes and systems for high level cleanliness articles, such as extreme ultraviolet (EUV) reticle carriers. A decontamination chamber can be used to clean the stored workpieces. A purge gas system can be used to prevent contamination of the articles stored within the workpieces. A robot can be used to detect the condition of the storage compartment before delivering the workpiece. A monitor device can be used to monitor the conditions of the stocker.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2021
    Inventor: Lutz Rebstock
  • Patent number: 11104309
    Abstract: A fork-arm lift tractor includes a vehicle body, a supporting plate disposed above the vehicle body, a lifting device for driving the supporting plate to be lifted, a front and rear fork-arm assemblies, a front and rear fork-arm drive assemblies. The front fork-arm assembly includes two front fork-arms rotatably disposed at the supporting plate. The rear fork-arm assembly includes two rear fork-arms rotatably disposed at the supporting plate, and the front and rear fork-arms may be deployed or retracted from both sides of the supporting plate. The front fork-arm driving assembly includes a front transmission part, and a front power device disposed at the supporting plate and may drive the front transmission part to move horizontally linearly so as to rotate the two front fork-arms. The rear fork-arm driving assembly has almost the same structure of the front fork-arm driving assembly and is used to rotate the two rear fork-arms.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2021
    Inventors: Yuan He, Jianmin Li, Hongqi Li, Yulan Li, Qiangqiang Wang, Yuanjing Li, Zhiqiang Chen, Li Zhang
  • Patent number: 11107717
    Abstract: A cassette transport device is disclosed which includes a smart cart, a base expansion frame mounted on the smart cart and a cassette-loading frame fixed to the base expansion frame. The cassette-loading frame is partitioned into several segments each accommodating a plurality of cassette trays. Each of the cassette trays defines, on its surface, a first trough and a second trough in the first trough. The first trough is configured to retain a cassette of a first size, and the second trough is configured to retain a cassette of a second size. With the first and second troughs, each of the cassette trays is able to retain a cassette of either the first or second size, making the cassette transport device possible to be used in transportation of the both types of cassettes with a high yield. Moreover, the smart cart is capable of automated transportation without human intervention or track construction while enabling savings in transportation cost, time and labor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2021
    Inventors: Lingyu Li, Qixin Xu
  • Patent number: 11097896
    Abstract: A variety of vehicle-based and warehouse-based solutions are provided to increase the adaptability, utility, and efficiency of materials handling vehicles in the warehouse environment, such as a materials handling vehicle comprising a picking attachment is secured to a fork carriage assembly and comprising an X-Y-Z-? positioner to engage and disengage a target tote such that movement of the picking attachment along a Z axis by the X-Y-Z-? positioner is independent of movement of the fork carriage assembly along the vertical axis Z? by the mast assembly and mast assembly control unit. The fork carriage assembly may comprise a mobile storage cart support platform defined by one or more cart lifting forks, and an anti-rock cart engagement mechanism configured to engage a mobile storage cart supported by the cart lifting forks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 24, 2021
    Assignee: Crown Equipment Corporation
    Inventors: Matthew J. Otto, Gregory S. Garmann, Mark E. Addison
  • Patent number: 11101163
    Abstract: In an embodiment, a system includes: an airlock; a first semiconductor processing chamber, a second semiconductor processing chamber; and a transfer module configured to move a sensor into and out of the first semiconductor processing chamber and the second semiconductor processing chamber, wherein the sensor is configured to: collect sensor data characterizing the first semiconductor processing chamber when within the first semiconductor processing chamber; and collect sensor data characterizing the second semiconductor processing chamber when within the second semiconductor processing chamber, wherein the transfer module, the first semiconductor processing chamber, and the second semiconductor processing chamber are within a controlled internal atmosphere on a first side of the airlock and separated by the airlock from an uncontrolled external atmosphere on a second side of the airlock.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 24, 2021
    Assignee: Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yan-Hong Liu, Hung-Wen Chen, Che-Fu Chen
  • Patent number: 11091081
    Abstract: A mat lift is disclosed. In an example, the mat lift may be configured to work with a truck-mounted crane to store and organize a plurality of mat pads. An example of the mat lift includes a channel track that extends rearwardly on a back end of the truck-mounted crane. The example channel track has a downward bend that extends the channel track vertically down a rear surface of the truck-mounted crane. The example channel track also includes a winch or roller that drives a cable or chain in order to move a trolley from a first horizontal end to a second vertical end of the channel track. In an example, the trolley includes a post member configured to receive at least one of the plurality of mat pads thereon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 17, 2021
    Inventor: Samuel Romero
  • Patent number: 11084670
    Abstract: Provided is a sorting device, comprising a guide rail and a material vehicle moving on the guide rail. A plurality of sorting ports are disposed on both sides of the guide rail, and at least one electromagnet is disposed at a position of the guide rail corresponding to a sorting port; the material vehicle includes a vehicle frame, a tray, at least one magnet and at least two elastically telescopic pieces; the vehicle frame is used to bear the tray, and the tray is rotatably connected to the vehicle frame; the magnet is disposed on a surface of the tray opposite to the material loading surface, and the magnet is connected to the electromagnet in an attraction way, and the elastically telescopic pieces and the tray, for maintaining the transportation state or resetting the tray after the unloading state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2021
    Assignee: Beijing Jingdong Qianshi Technology Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Weiquan He
  • Patent number: 11077968
    Abstract: The invention relates to a so-called stabilization method, consisting of completing the filling of traveling egg trays. In each of the successive trays, eggs taken from an available egg reservoir are deposited in empty locations. This reservoir is made up of egg receiving cells that are movable along rows of cells in series. Depending on a filling state of the tray being treated identifying the distribution of the empty locations relative to the full locations, the reservoir is automatically configured in a configuration of egg-bearing cells complementary to said filling state of the tray in progress, so as to next transfer eggs between the reservoir and the tray in progress by correspondence between empty locations and full locations in the tray and the presence or absence of an egg-bearing cell in the reservoir.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 3, 2021
    Assignee: Zoetis Services LLC
    Inventors: Pierre Robert, Franck Robert
  • Patent number: 11081272
    Abstract: A device support assembly for an electrical device, in particular a transformer or a power transformer, includes: a plurality of retaining units arranged on the device itself; and a support arrangement which has a plurality of load stabilizers. The electrical device is set down on the load stabilizers by the retaining units in an end position and/or rests and is arranged between the load stabilizers, at least in portions, after being set down.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 3, 2021
    Assignee: ABB Power Grids Switzerland AG
    Inventors: Andreas Roessig, Ewald-Peter Scholl, Thomas Schmidt
  • Patent number: 11072910
    Abstract: A plurality of electromagnetic proportional control valves are configured to control a pressure of a pilot oil generated by operation of a first control lever device and a second control lever device and, in accordance with the pressure of the pilot oil, adjust a flow rate of a hydraulic oil supplied to hydraulic cylinders. The plurality of electromagnetic proportional control valves are divided into a first valve block including at least one of the electromagnetic proportional control valves and a second valve block including at least one of the electromagnetic proportional control valves. The first valve block and the second valve block are arranged to be separated from each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 27, 2021
    Assignee: KOMATSU LTD.
    Inventors: Takeo Yamada, Shota Nakamura, Gousuke Nakashima
  • Patent number: 11072439
    Abstract: A mobile fixture includes a movable base, a support platform, an adaptor interface, at least one sensor, and a controller. The movable base is configured to travel over a floor. The support platform is articulable with respect to the base. The adaptor interface moves with the support platform, and is configured to mechanically interface with an attachment member. The at least one sensor is coupled to the adaptor interface and is configured to detect at least one of a force or movement resulting from an interaction between the adaptor interface and the attachment member. The controller is operably coupled to the movable base, support platform, and at least one sensor, and is configured to control movement of at least one of the movable base or support platform responsive to the at least one of the force or movement detected by the at least one sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 27, 2021
    Inventors: Jonathan B. Vance, Andrew Joseph Martignoni, III, Brian M. Finn