Patents Examined by William R Harp
  • Patent number: 10934101
    Abstract: A material handling system for singulation of items is described. The material handling system can include, a singulation conveyor with a mechanical actuator. The mechanical actuator can be configured to manipulate an item on the singulation conveyor. Further, the material handling system can comprise a sensing unit comprising an imaging device that can be configured to capture an image of a zone of a singulation conveyor. Further, the material handling system can have a control unit that can be configured to classify, based on a classification model and the image, the item into a category. The category can be indicative of an orientation of the item with respect to another item and a conveying surface of the singulation conveyor. Further, the control unit can be configured to, generate instructions to cause actuation of a mechanical actuator to perform a singulation action based on the classification associated with the item.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2021
    Assignee: INTELLIGRATED HEADQUARTERS, LLC
    Inventors: Vincent Sines, Rob Schlender, Allay Desai, Bill McConnell, Gabe Difurio, Matthew Good
  • Patent number: 10919714
    Abstract: In a method for gas-flow carrying a solid particle, the solid particle includes a solid substance generating a dissociation equilibrium reaction that dissociates at least one type of gas component, and the solid particle is carried by a gas flow containing the gas component. The average particle diameter of the solid particle is preferably 0.1-1.0 mm. The solid particle is preferably carried by the gas flow in the state of a suspended flow, a fluidized flow, or a plug flow. The solid particle preferably includes a solid substance to generate a dissociation equilibrium reaction that dissociates at least one gas component and at least one solid component, and the solid particle is preferably carried by the gas flow in a carrying pipe and the solid particle or the solid component that has adhered to the interior surface of the carrying pipe is removed by the gas flow.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2021
    Assignee: KANTO DENKA KOGYO CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Go Takikawa, Shinsuke Katayama, Osamu Omae
  • Patent number: 10923997
    Abstract: Long-stator linear motor with vehicle arranged for movement along transport path. Motor includes holding structure(s) having drive coils, on which passive part of vehicle is arranged; and guide surface and guide track running along path. Passive part has first drive magnet(s) arranged parallel to guide surface with air gap. Vehicle has first profile member(s) arranged on guide track and positioned by pressing force acting in transverse direction onto guide track with respect to an ascending direction running normally to movement direction and transverse direction. First running member(s) support passive part on holding structure against attractive force acting between drive magnets and drive coils to ensure the air gap. Vehicle has first auxiliary guide member(s) which, interacting with an auxiliary guide on holding structure at least in divergence and/or convergence areas of path, delimits movement of vehicle in a positive and/or negative ascending direction at least on one side.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2021
    Assignee: B&R INDUSTRIAL AUTOMATION GMBH
    Inventors: Martin Hoeck, Alexander Dicker
  • Patent number: 10913619
    Abstract: A pneumatic delivery capsule usable in a pneumatic delivery tube has a tubular side wall extending along and centered on a longitudinal axis, respective capsule heads fixed to respective axially opposite ends of the tubular side wall and dimensioned to slide with the tubular side wall inside the pneumatic delivery tube, and two axially spaced roller bearings each having an outer race fixed to the tubular side wall and an inner race. An insert is fixed to and extends longitudinally between the inner races for receiving an object to be transported. This insert is rotatable on the bearings in the tubular side wall about the longitudinal axis of the tubular side wall with a center of gravity of the insert together with the object to be transported being radially outward of the longitudinal axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2021
    Assignee: ING. SUMETZBERGER GMBH
    Inventor: Peter Friedrich
  • Patent number: 10906757
    Abstract: The module (19) for a conveyor system for bulk goods has at least one first tubular section (20). A second tubular section (23), which is provided with at least one coupling piece (21), branches away from said first tubular section. The second tubular section (23) adjoins a valve (13) which has three connections (25, 26). The first connection forms a flow-connection with the second tubular section (23). The second connection (26) of the valve (13) can be selectively connected to the first connection (25) by means of a first line and to the third connection (25) by means of a second line (48).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2021
    Inventor: Walter Kramer
  • Patent number: 10906751
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a method for transferring products from an accumulation surface to an outlet conveyor configured to convey products in a longitudinal direction using an intermediate conveyor arranged between, and flush with, said accumulation surface and said outlet conveyor, and a pushing device the method comprises decelerating the intermediate conveyor and transferring the products between the accumulation surface and the intermediate conveyor by said pushing device and accelerating the intermediate conveyor end transferring the products from the intermediate conveyor to the outlet conveyor. The present invention also relates to a device for transferring products from an accumulation surface to an outlet conveyor, in particular one that is capable of carrying out the method according to the invention.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2021
    Assignee: SIDEL ENGINEERING & CONVEYING SOLUTIONS
    Inventor: Julien Berger
  • Patent number: 10906747
    Abstract: A conveyance system includes a conveyance device including a first conveyance mechanism configured to convey freight supplied from a loader, and a second conveyance mechanism configured to convey the freight supplied from the first conveyance mechanism, a weight detection device configured to detect weight of the freight loaded on the second conveyance mechanism, and a control apparatus. The control apparatus includes a first conveyance control unit configured to control the first conveyance mechanism. The first conveyance control unit controls the first conveyance mechanism based on a detection value of the weight detection device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2021
    Assignee: Komatsu Ltd.
    Inventors: Yasuaki Aga, Kazuhiko Iwata, Yuichi Kodama, Masaaki Uetake
  • Patent number: 10899557
    Abstract: Disclosed is a device for transferring products, which includes a delivery unit for delivering said products, which moves them one behind the other in a feed direction, and, on the other hand, an output conveyor, extending from the delivery unit, transversely to the delivery direction. This device further includes a rotary tool that rotates about a rotation axis, this tool having collectors distributed radially about the axis and being movable parallel to the delivery direction, such that the rotation of the tool causes each successive collector to release a group of products from the delivery means to the outlet conveyor. Also disclosed is a corresponding method.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2021
    Assignee: SIDEL PACKING SOLUTIONS
    Inventors: Damien Cirette, Dominique Rabec
  • Patent number: 10899556
    Abstract: A slaughtered animal meat handling device and a method for transporting meat products from a receiving area to a discharge area device are provided. The device includes at least one supply conveyor, a suction transporter and at least one return conveyor. Meat products that are not engaged by the suction transporter are transported away from the transfer area towards the receiving area by the return conveyor. The meat products are reintroduced onto the supply conveyor away for the transfer area, for again being transported towards the transfer area. The supply conveyor and the return conveyor provide a circulation of meat products. By reintroducing the meat products onto the supply conveyor away from the transfer area, the chance of getting the meat products correctly positioned on the supply conveyor with respect to a suction opening of the suction transporter is increased.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2021
    Assignee: MAREL POULTRY B.V.
    Inventors: Magnus Blondahl Kjartansson, Elias Halldor Bjarnason
  • Patent number: 10899564
    Abstract: A destacking conveyor having a conveyor belt with pushers selectively pushing stacked packages transverse to the conveying direction to one side of the conveyor against a vertical wall with a gap between the bottom of the wall and the belt to block the top package of a stack and allow the bottom package to pass through the gap and off the side of the belt to a reject bin. In another version a destacking conveyor uses a force applicator to apply a downward force against the top of a stack to hold the top package while the pushers slide the bottom package from under the top package.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2021
    Assignee: Laitram, L.L.C.
    Inventors: Dane Briddell, Matthew L. Fourney, Mark Costanzo, Leonard J. Reynolds, Jr., Eric Leefe
  • Patent number: 10875719
    Abstract: An inventory management system can include a tray, a tine, and an actuator. The tray can have a body defining a slot extending along a length of the tray and through a front and a rear of the tray. The tine can be sized to fit through the slot. The actuator can move the tine into a deployed position in which the tine is arranged to pass through the slot and contact an item in the tray to cause the item to fall out of the rear of the tray as tray moves by the tine. The actuator may also be capable of moving the tine into a stowed position in which the tine is arranged to avoid extending through the slot as the tray moves by the tine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2020
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: William Scott Kalm
  • Patent number: 10875723
    Abstract: A carrier link to convey at least one pellet-shaped article along a predetermined conveyer path in a direction of travel includes at least one pocket adapted to receive a pellet-shaped article and a lead-in surface provided to an upper exterior surface of the carrier link and extending into leading edges of the pocket. Each pocket includes a longitudinal axis that is transverse to a direction of travel of the carrier link. The lead-in surface provides a ramped or declined surface into the pocket to facilitate entry of the pellet-shaped article into the pocket. The lead-in surface is ramped or declined towards a side of the carrier link to facilitate rotating, guiding, and/or orienting of the pellet-shaped article into the pocket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2020
    Assignee: ACKLEY MACHINE CORPORATION
    Inventor: Vincent M. Deluccia, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10870542
    Abstract: An independently-driven platform used in vehicle assembly includes a side frame and a manually-initiated synchronizing apparatus mounted to the side frame. The manually-initiated synchronizing apparatus includes a linear actuator including a cylinder portion mounted to the side frame and a rod portion that extends and retracts from the cylinder portion. A conveying platform engagement member has a front that faces a conveying direction when synchronizing with a synchronization tab of a conveying platform, a rear that faces an upstream direction and a top connected to the rod portion of the manually-initiated synchronizing apparatus. The conveying platform engagement member has a notch in the rear that is configured to engage the synchronization tab.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 22, 2020
    Assignees: Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing, North America, Inc.
    Inventors: Ronald Scott Friend, Brian McElroy, Robert Aaron Allex
  • Patent number: 10870544
    Abstract: A height-adjusting device for a gripping and transporting mechanism for containers having a lifting cylinder comprises a cylinder base, a cylinder tube, a piston arranged sealingly slidable in the cylinder tube, a cylinder cover, and at least one first piston rod connected to the piston. The first piston rod is guided out of the cylinder tube through the cylinder cover in a sealing sliding manner by its end opposite from the piston, is arranged in the cylinder tube, and has at least one first and/or second fluid path. The first fluid path is pressurized by a pressurized fluid at the end of the first piston rod opposite from the piston, the first piston rod passes through the piston and communicates with a first cylinder interior at the cylinder base-side of the piston and/or the second fluid path communicates with a second cylinder interior at the cylinder cover-side of the piston.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 22, 2020
    Assignee: Tyrolon-Schulnig GmbH
    Inventors: Elmar Schulnig, Ludwig Schulnig
  • Patent number: 10858191
    Abstract: A flatwire conveyor belt assembly includes pickets defining a leading link and a trailing link, wherein adjacent pickets are coupled with a cross-rod that extends through openings formed in the leading link and in the trailing link of adjacent pickets. Top plates are coupled to the pickets and define a conveying surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2020
    Assignee: Cambridge International, Inc.
    Inventors: George H. Messick, Jr., Thomas O. Perdue, Remco van der Ende, Melody E. Fernaays
  • Patent number: 10857640
    Abstract: A lift assist and transfer assembly for lifting and moving a component through a travel distance is described. The assembly includes an overhead rail mounted to a ceiling of a work environment. The rail has a first end and a second end, corresponding to a loading area and a work area defining the travel distance. A carriage is slidably attached to the rail for supporting the component and a pneumatic cylinder element at the second end of the rail is attached an overhead fixture of the ceiling. The pneumatic cylinder element is biased into a retracted position and extends to an extended position upon actuation to move the second end of the rail downward. The carriage slides along the rail from the first end to the second end upon actuation of the cylinder to displace the second end of the rail such that the rail has a downward slope.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2020
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Khoi Nguyen, Mingyang Wu, Richard Stephenson
  • Patent number: 10850947
    Abstract: A people conveyor (1) comprises a truss (2) extending between two landing portions (20, 21); a band (12) of conveyance elements (13) forming a closed loop extending in a conveyance direction between the two landing portions (20, 21); a drive machine (25) configured for driving the band (12) of conveyance elements (13); and at least two magneto-inductive sensors (36a, 36b, 36c) mounted to the truss (2). The at least two magneto-inductive sensors (36a, 36b, 36c) are configured for providing sensor signals which allow determining the position and orientation of the drive machine (25) with respect to the truss (2).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2020
    Assignee: OTIS ELEVATOR COMPANY
    Inventor: Chan-Jong Park
  • Patent number: 10843879
    Abstract: A system and method for a loading station of a pneumatic transfer system is provided. The system and methods comprise structure and functionality to allow for loading of contents and materials to be provided into a loading station or entry point of a system. The system and methods further comprise structure and functionality to limit the risk of overloading a particular input point and ergonomic features to enhance a user experience.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2020
    Assignee: TRANS-VAC SYSTEMS LLC
    Inventor: George Archambault
  • Patent number: 10836585
    Abstract: In one aspect, an apparatus is provided for a conveyor belt system. The apparatus includes a conveyor belt cleaner having an elongate support and a pair of mounts configured to position the elongate support to extend across a conveyor belt. The apparatus includes a cleaner blade configured to be operatively mounted to the elongate support and engage a conveyor belt. The apparatus further includes a sensor configured to detect at least one characteristic of the elongate support as the elongate support vibrates during conveyor belt operation. A processor of the apparatus is configured to use the at least one characteristic of the elongate support to predict at least one property of the cleaner blade.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2020
    Assignee: Flexible Steel Lacing Company
    Inventors: Brett E. DeVries, Todd A. Zeilinger, Kurt Alan Dykema, David Adrian Moelker
  • Patent number: 10836584
    Abstract: A conveying system, such as a conveying system for material including non-ferrous metals, includes a conveying belt and a stabilizer. The conveying belt includes a conveying surface and is adapted to convey the material on the conveying surface. The stabilizer is configured to apply a stabilizing force onto the material on the conveyor belt such that the material is stabilized while being conveyed. A method of stabilizing material on a conveyor belt includes receiving the material on the conveying surface of the conveyor belt, conveying the material at a conveying speed with the conveyor belt, and applying the stabilizing force onto the material with a stabilizer such that vertical displacement of at least some of the material is dampened and/or minimized at the conveying speed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2020
    Assignee: NOVELIS INC.
    Inventors: Michael R. Kosmicki, Adwait A. Thakur