Patents by Inventor Carl Conrad Maeder

Carl Conrad Maeder has filed for patents to protect the following inventions. This listing includes patent applications that are pending as well as patents that have already been granted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

  • Patent number: 10399783
    Abstract: A conveying member for a conveyor includes a conveying element with a main surface, and a roller mechanism having a roller holder and at least one roller with a physical roller pivot. The roller holder can interact with an actuating device, is arranged on the conveying element and is designed such that the roller pivot is movable relative to the main surface of the conveying element between a first position and a second position. In the first and second positions of the roller pivot, the roller projects partly beyond the main surface of the conveying element. In the first position of the roller pivot, the roller assumes an arrested position in which rotation of the roller is arrested, and in the second position of the roller pivot, the roller assumes a freewheel position in which the roller rotates freely.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: WRH WALTER REIST HOLDING AG
    Inventors: Thomas Weber, Carl Conrad Mäder, René Moor
  • Publication number: 20190233219
    Abstract: A measuring device serves for acquiring measurement values for measuring a tension in a conveying system. The measuring device is designed to guide a conveying member from a first section of the measuring device to a second section of the measuring device, to effect a deflection of the conveying member with regard to a straight-lined connection between the first and the second section and to detect measurement values corresponding to a reaction force according to this deflection. The measuring device includes surfaces for guiding rollers of the conveying member. One of these surfaces is a deflecting surface for deflecting the conveying member. The deflecting surface is formed on a deflecting element of a measuring element, and the reaction force is a force which acts upon the measuring element.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 23, 2019
    Publication date: August 1, 2019
    Inventor: Carl Conrad Mäder
  • Patent number: 10364104
    Abstract: A transfer system for piece objects includes a pushing device and a main conveyor with a conveying region. The pushing device includes first and second pushing members. The transfer system includes a supply zone, which is behind the conveying region in a pushing direction. In an initial position of the pushing device, the first pushing member is between the conveying region and the supply zone and the second pushing member is behind the supply zone in the pushing direction. In an end position of the pushing device, the first pushing member is in front of the conveying region in the pushing direction and the second pushing member is between the conveying region and the supply zone. The first pushing member, between the initial position and the end position, is at a fixed spacing to, and in front, of the second pushing member in the pushing direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Assignee: WRH WALTER REIST HOLDING AG
    Inventor: Carl Conrad Mäder
  • Publication number: 20190100349
    Abstract: A transport carrier for transport of transport goods includes a transport carrier structure for carrying the transport goods on a horizontal plane of the transport carrier, having a top side, which defines the plane of the transport carrier, and a bottom side; and a retaining structure arranged on the top side of the transport carrier structure for restricting or preventing a horizontal movement of transport goods supported on the transport carrier structure with respect to the plane of the transport carrier. The retaining structure includes means which interact with bearing elements of the aforementioned transport goods standing on the transport carrier structure and thus cause a reversible fixation of the transport goods along at least one vector parallel to the plane of the transport carrier, such that a force which exceeds a certain threshold level must be expended parallel to the plane of the transport carrier to overcome said fixation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 28, 2018
    Publication date: April 4, 2019
    Applicant: WRH WALTER REIST HOLDING AG
    Inventor: Carl Conrad MÄDER
  • Publication number: 20180327186
    Abstract: The invention relates to a conveying system (1) for conveying items (2.1, 2.2) to be conveyed. The conveying system (1) comprises a conveying path (30) and at least one first conveying means (6) that can move along the conveying path (30) and is designed to convey a first item (2.1) to be conveyed. The conveying system (1) also comprises at least one second conveying means (7) which can move along the conveying path (30) along with the first conveying means (6) and which is designed to convey a second item (2.2) to be conveyed that is of a different type than the first item (2.1).
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 17, 2016
    Publication date: November 15, 2018
    Applicant: WRH WALTER REIST HOLDING AG
    Inventor: Carl Conrad MAEDER
  • Patent number: 10011430
    Abstract: A conveying device with a conveying chain, which includes a plurality of chain links, and a plurality of conveyed object containers, which are attached on the conveying chain, for receiving a conveyed object. The conveyed object containers are fastened to the conveying chain via holding elements connected to the conveying chain, wherein the conveyed object containers are held in each case by the holding element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Assignee: WRH WALTER REIST HOLDING AG
    Inventor: Carl Conrad Mäder
  • Patent number: 9963300
    Abstract: A collecting device for collecting discrete items that are delivered from a conveyor to a delivery location. The collecting device includes a collecting region with a collecting device, in which collecting region the discrete items are collected, a delay region with a discrete items support, and a feed region having a feed device. The delay region is prior to the collecting region and is the region in which the discrete items delivered from the conveyor are held up. The feed region is prior to the delay region and is the region through which the discrete items are fed from conveyor to the delay region. The delay region has a conveying mechanism that is capable of conveying the held-up discrete item from the delay region into the collecting region by way of a conveying-active movement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Assignee: WRH WALTER REIST HOLDING AG
    Inventors: Carl Conrad Mäder, Alexis Wiasmitinow
  • Publication number: 20180044120
    Abstract: A transfer system for piece objects includes a pushing device and a main conveyor with a conveying region. The pushing device includes first and second pushing members. The transfer system includes a supply zone, which is behind the conveying region in a pushing direction. In an initial position of the pushing device, the first pushing member is between the conveying region and the supply zone and the second pushing member is behind the supply zone in the pushing direction. In an end position of the pushing device, the first pushing member is in front of the conveying region in the pushing direction and the second pushing member is between the conveying region and the supply zone. The first pushing member, between the initial position and the end position, is at a fixed spacing to, and in front, of the second pushing member in the pushing direction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 4, 2017
    Publication date: February 15, 2018
    Inventor: Carl Conrad Mäder
  • Publication number: 20170369251
    Abstract: A conveying member for a conveyor includes a conveying element with a main surface, and a roller mechanism having a roller holder and at least one roller with a physical roller pivot. The roller holder can interact with an actuating device, is arranged on the conveying element and is designed such that the roller pivot is movable relative to the main surface of the conveying element between a first position and a second position. In the first and second positions of the roller pivot, the roller projects partly beyond the main surface of the conveying element. In the first position of the roller pivot, the roller assumes an arrested position in which rotation of the roller is arrested, and in the second position of the roller pivot, the roller assumes a freewheel position in which the roller rotates freely.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 4, 2016
    Publication date: December 28, 2017
    Inventors: Thomas Weber, Carl Conrad Mäder, René Moor
  • Publication number: 20170362041
    Abstract: A conveying unit that includes a base body, a conveying member with a rest element forming a rest surface and receiving a conveyed object, an inclining body that is connected to the conveying member, and an inclining mechanism for inclining the inclining body and, with this body, also the rest surface, with respect to the base body towards a delivery side for the purpose of delivering the conveyed object. The conveying member includes an encompassing frame that at least partly encompasses the rest surface of the rest element for the object to be conveyed and can therefore secure the conveyed object against sliding away from the rest surface, and the encompassing frame can be lifted to above the rest surface or be lowered to below the rest surface via control elements on the conveying unit, on inclining the inclining body to the delivery side.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 22, 2016
    Publication date: December 21, 2017
    Inventor: Carl Conrad Mäder
  • Publication number: 20170253433
    Abstract: A conveying device with a conveying chain, which includes a plurality of chain links, and a plurality of conveyed object containers, which are attached on the conveying chain, for receiving a conveyed object. The conveyed object containers are fastened to the conveying chain via holding elements connected to the conveying chain, wherein the conveyed object containers are held in each case by the holding element.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 1, 2017
    Publication date: September 7, 2017
    Inventor: Carl Conrad Mäder
  • Patent number: 9714143
    Abstract: A conveying system includes several conveying sections that are driven in each case by an individual drive. A regulation unit for regulating a regulated drive of one of the two conveying sections includes a measuring device and a regulating device. The measuring device measures loading of the conveying system in a coupling region between the conveying section and another conveying section. The regulating device regulates the regulated drive in accordance with the measured loading.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 25, 2017
    Assignee: FERAG AG
    Inventor: Carl Conrad Mäder
  • Publication number: 20170081127
    Abstract: A collecting device for collecting discrete items that are delivered from a conveyor to a delivery location. The collecting device includes a collecting region with a collecting device, in which collecting region the discrete items are collected, a delay region with a discrete items support, and a feed region having a feed device. The delay region is prior to the collecting region and is the region in which the discrete items delivered from the conveyor are held up. The feed region is prior to the delay region and is the region through which the discrete items are fed from conveyor to the delay region. The delay region has a conveying mechanism that is capable of conveying the held-up discrete item from the delay region into the collecting region by way of a conveying-active movement.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 15, 2016
    Publication date: March 23, 2017
    Inventors: Carl Conrad Mäder, Alexis Wiasmitinow
  • Patent number: 9376259
    Abstract: A gripper for gripping and held conveying of objects as well as a corresponding conveying installation. The gripper has a first gripper jaw and a second gripper jaw. The gripper jaws can assume an open and a closed condition relative to one another, can exert a clamping force onto the object to be gripped, and a restoring force in the direction of the closed condition acts upon the gripper jaws. Moreover, at least one control element is present, which is capable of interacting with a switch. The control element is designed as a cam guide and has a functional contour with at least one arcuate contour segment. The conveying installation with opening locations that include a switch of a first and second type and control elements that either interact with the switch of the first type or the switch of the second type.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2016
    Assignee: FERAG AG
    Inventor: Carl Conrad Mäder
  • Publication number: 20160068351
    Abstract: A conveying system includes several conveying sections that are driven in each case by an individual drive. A regulation unit for regulating a regulated drive of one of the two conveying sections includes a measuring device and a regulating device. The measuring device measures loading of the conveying system in a coupling region between the conveying section and another conveying section. The regulating device regulates the regulated drive in accordance with the measured loading.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 27, 2014
    Publication date: March 10, 2016
    Inventor: Carl Conrad MÄder
  • Publication number: 20150151918
    Abstract: A gripper for gripping and held conveying of objects as well as a corresponding conveying installation. The gripper has a first gripper jaw and a second gripper jaw. The gripper jaws can assume an open and a closed condition relative to one another, can exert a clamping force onto the object to be gripped, and a restoring force in the direction of the closed condition acts upon the gripper jaws. Moreover, at least one control element is present, which is capable of interacting with a switch. The control element is designed as a cam guide and has a functional contour with at least one arcuate contour segment. The conveying installation with opening locations that include a switch of a first and second type and control elements that either interact with the switch of the first type or the switch of the second type.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 17, 2013
    Publication date: June 4, 2015
    Inventor: Carl Conrad Mäder
  • Patent number: 8913286
    Abstract: An optical control method for use in print finishing, comprising the following steps: First, guiding a planar printed product along a conveying path past at least one optical sensor (14). Secondly, detecting an electronic image (2) by the optical sensor, wherein the electronic image (2) comprises at least one region of the printed product. Third, extracting orientation information of the printed product from the electronic image. Fourth, comparing (51) the orientation information of the printed product from the electronic image with reference orientation information, and generating at least one signal on the basis of a result of the comparison.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2014
    Assignee: Ferag AG
    Inventor: Carl Conrad Mäder
  • Patent number: 8823953
    Abstract: Method and apparatus (1a) for optical detection of the position of large-area printed products (10). The apparatus (1a) has conveyance means (2a) for movement of the printed products (10) along a conveyor path (4) past at least one contrasting light source (30), and at least one optical sensor (16). The conveyance means (2, 2a), the contrasting light source (30) and optical sensor (16) are arranged such that the printed products (10) can be conveyed between the contrasting light source (30) and the optical sensor (16).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2014
    Assignee: Ferag AG
    Inventor: Carl Conrad Maeder
  • Patent number: 8520902
    Abstract: An optical control method for use in print finishing, comprising the following steps: First, guiding a planar printed product (12, 13) along a conveying path past at least one optical sensor (14). Secondly, detecting an electronic image by the optical sensor (14), wherein the electronic image comprises at least one region of the printed product (12, 13). Thirdly, transferring the electronic image into a corrected image on the basis of corrective information, which converts a recording perspective of the at least one optical sensor (14) into a target perspective. Fourth, comparing the corrected image to a reference value or a reference image, and generating at least one signal (27) on the basis of a result of the comparison.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2013
    Assignee: Ferag AG
    Inventor: Carl Conrad Mäder
  • Patent number: 8378829
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for monitoring and/or controlling a transport device (10) wherein a plurality of similar products (17), in particular printed products, such as newspapers, magazines or similar are held in a detachable manner by means of individual clamps (12) that are arranged in a row, one behind the other, and are transported in sequence along a transport path (19). Improved operational reliability and controllability is characterized in that a contract-free read-in or read-out tag (T1-T5, Tn) is provided on the clamps (12), and that a reading-in/reading-out device (30) is disposed in the vicinity of the respective clamp for reading-in or reading-out data in the tags of a clamp (12), and is displaced with the respective clamp (12) over a selected section of the transport path (19).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2013
    Assignee: Ferag AG
    Inventor: Carl Conrad Mäder