Patents by Inventor Cornelis Hendrik Mijndert Menke

Cornelis Hendrik Mijndert Menke 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: 10759606
    Abstract: A modular conveyor, comprising a plurality of modules successive in transport direction, each comprising a body part with a transport surface for transporting products thereon, which body part during use is hingedly coupled via a hinge pin to the body part of a successive module. The successive modules are adjustable from an assembly position to an operative position. In the working position the hinge pin can be introduced from outside of the body parts into a receiving space formed by the successive modules or can be taken out of that receiving space to outside of the body parts due to that the hinge pin is released by the body parts to move in longitudinal direction and/or transverse direction of its longitudinal axis. In the operative position the hinge pin is retained in the receiving space formed by the body parts of the successive modules due to that the movement of the hinge pin both in longitudinal direction and in transverse direction of its longitudinal axis is limited by the body parts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2020
    Assignees: REXNORD FLATTOP EUROPE B.V., REXNORD FLATTOP EUROPE S.R.L.
    Inventors: Leonardus Adrianus Catharinus Cornelissen, Cornelis Hendrik Mijndert Menke, Andrea Andreoli, Guido Marchiani
  • Publication number: 20200102149
    Abstract: A conveying system, comprising a modular conveyor belt supported on a conveyor track so that top surfaces of the modules of the conveyor belt present a conveying face that in use moves along the track in a conveying direction, and at least one plastic bottle supported at its bottom on the conveying face via one or more textured surfaces at a bottom of the bottle. The disclosure also includes a method of conveying bottles, wherein plastic bottles are supported with their bottoms on a moving conveying face of a conveyor, and wherein the conveying face and the bottom of the bottle are conveyed via one or more textured surfaces at a bottom of the bottle. The disclosure further includes use of at least one textured bottom surface of a plastic bottle for conveying, and a blow mold for blow molding a plastic bottle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 2, 2019
    Publication date: April 2, 2020
    Inventors: Cornelis Hendrik Mijndert MENKE, Leonardus Adrianus Catharinus CORNELISSEN
  • Publication number: 20200048012
    Abstract: Embodiments of the invention provide systems and methods for monitoring and removing contaminants from a conveyor surface based upon predicted frictional engagement qualities detected on a conveyor surface. In some examples, the methods may include monitoring the conveyor surface with at least one sensor configured to sense a condition on the conveyor surface. The sensor may detect the presence of a contaminant, and communicate the location of the detected contaminant to a processor. A treatment cycle may then be initiated to remove or displace the contaminant from the conveyor surface after the presence of a contaminant has been detected.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 31, 2017
    Publication date: February 13, 2020
    Inventors: Andrea Andreoli, Cornelis Hendrik Mijndert Menke, Justin Michael Stefanko, Philip Michael Gabor
  • Patent number: 10526147
    Abstract: A conveying system (1), comprising a modular conveyor belt (2) supported on a conveyor track (3) so that top surfaces (4) of the modules (5) of the conveyor belt present a conveying face (6) that in use moves along the track in a conveying direction, and at least one plastic bottle supported at its bottom on the conveying face via one or more textured surfaces at a bottom of the bottle. The disclosure also includes a method of conveying bottles, wherein plastic bottles are supported with their bottoms on a moving conveying face of a conveyor, and wherein the conveying face and the bottom of the bottle are conveyed via one or more textured surfaces (12) at a bottom of the bottle. The disclosure further includes use of at least one textured bottom surface of a plastic bottle for conveying, and a blow mold for blow molding a plastic bottle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Assignee: REXNORD FLATTOP EUROPE B.V.
    Inventors: Cornelis Hendrik Mijndert Menke, Leonardus Adrianus Catharinus Cornelissen
  • Patent number: 10427881
    Abstract: Coupling of conveyor belt modules A module (2) for a modular conveyor chain, comprising a link portion (3) made of sheet metal that includes a substantially elongate conveying body (4), the conveying body having a central hinge loop (5A) on one longitudinal side thereof and a pair of offset hinge loops (5B) on an opposite longitudinal side thereof that are interspaced to receive the central hinge loop of a link portion of a consecutive module therebetween. The central hinge loop and/or or the offset hinge loops are distanced with their free end(s) from a bottom face of the conveying body to form a through pass aperture (16) through which a hinge pin (12) held in the hinge receiving space(s) of the hinge loops of other module may pass transversely to its axis into or out of its hinge receiving space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: Rexnord FlatTop Europe B.V.
    Inventors: Cornelis Hendrik Mijndert Menke, Franciscus Maria Bal, Leonardus Adrianus Catharinus Cornelissen
  • Publication number: 20190276240
    Abstract: A modular conveyor, comprising a plurality of modules successive in transport direction, each comprising a body part with a transport surface for transporting products thereon, which body part during use is hingedly coupled via a hinge pin to the body part of a successive module. The successive modules are adjustable from an assembly position to an operative position. In the working position the hinge pin can be introduced from outside of the body parts into a receiving space formed by the successive modules or can be taken out of that receiving space to outside of the body parts due to that the hinge pin is released by the body parts to move in longitudinal direction and/or transverse direction of its longitudinal axis. In the operative position the hinge pin is retained in the receiving space formed by the body parts of the successive modules due to that the movement of the hinge pin both in longitudinal direction and in transverse direction of its longitudinal axis is limited by the body parts.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 14, 2017
    Publication date: September 12, 2019
    Inventors: LEONARDUS ADRIANUS CATHARINUS CORNELISSEN, CORNELIS HENDRIK MIJNDERT MENKE, ANDREA ANDREOLI, GUIDO MARCHIANI
  • Patent number: 10399793
    Abstract: Method and system (10) for transporting products (2). A conveyor surface (1) is moving at a conveyor velocity (VI). Products (2) are provided on the conveyor surface (1) in a measurement zone (M). The products (2) move through the measurement zone (M) with a product velocity (V2) that is at least initially different than the conveyor velocity (VI). A contact between the products (2) and the relatively moving conveyor surface (1) causes the products (2) to accelerate or decelerate (a) in the measurement zone (M) depending on a kinetic friction coefficient (?k) there between. A control signal (S) is indicative of the acceleration or deceleration (a) of the products (2) in the measurement zone (M). The kinetic friction coefficient (?k) is controlled based on the control signal (S) to keep the acceleration or deceleration (a) within a predetermined threshold range.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: REXNORD FLATTOP EUROPE B.V.
    Inventors: Andrea Andreoli, Cornelis Hendrik Mijndert Menke, Justin Michael Stefanko
  • Patent number: 10384875
    Abstract: An injection molded plastic chain module comprising a substantially elongate conveying body and a hinge structure located at a bottom side of the module for hingedly connecting a front and a rear side of the module with adjacent modules. The conveying body comprises two wing shaped portions extending laterally away from the hinge structure, and comprising a respective top plate portion that defines a part of a supporting surface for supporting products to be transported, wherein each of said top plate portions has a thickness of less than ? of the total thickness of the respective wing shaped portion. Further, each wing shaped portion comprises one or more downwardly extending supporting wall portions for supporting the respective top plate portion. The module may merely consist of a plurality of relatively thin plate and/or wall portions, preferably all having a substantially equal thickness.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: REXNORD FLATTOP EUROPE B.V.
    Inventors: Cornelis Hendrik Mijndert Menke, Remco van der Ende
  • Publication number: 20190084772
    Abstract: Method and system (10) for transporting products (2). A conveyor surface (1) is moving at a conveyor velocity (VI). Products (2) are provided on the conveyor surface (1) in a measurement zone (M). The products (2) move through the measurement zone (M) with a product velocity (V2) that is at least initially different than the conveyor velocity (VI). A contact between the products (2) and the relatively moving conveyor surface (1) causes the products (2) to accelerate or decelerate (a) in the measurement zone (M) depending on a kinetic friction coefficient (?k) there between. A control signal (S) is indicative of the acceleration or deceleration (a) of the products (2) in the measurement zone (M). The kinetic friction coefficient (?k) is controlled based on the control signal (S) to keep the acceleration or deceleration (a) within a predetermined threshold range.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 1, 2017
    Publication date: March 21, 2019
    Applicant: REXNORD FLATOP EUROPE B.V.
    Inventors: Andrea Andreoli, Cornelis Hendrik Mijndert Menke, Justin Michael Stefanko
  • Patent number: 10221020
    Abstract: A transfer device (19), comprising a carrier (21) including a number of mutually spaced-apart, substantially parallel extending transfer fingers (22) that in use reach into grooves (14) between ribs (13) on a conveying surface of a grooved conveyor belt (2). Back parts (23) of the fingers form a comb shaped part (24) of a substantially planar slide-over surface (25) of the transfer device. The carrier further includes a conveyor guide track (26) that is lowered with respect to the slide over surface and that extends transversely to the fingers, and that in use is provided with a cross conveyor belt (6) movable in a conveying direction transversely to the fingers, so that a conveying surface (9) of the cross conveyor belt forms a conveying part (27) of the slide-over surface that is substantially contiguous to and flush with the comb shaped part (24).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: REXNORD FLATTOP EUROPE B.V.
    Inventors: Cornelis Hendrik Mijndert Menke, Leonardus Adrianus Catharinus Cornelissen, Remco van der Ende
  • Patent number: 10183808
    Abstract: A module (1) for a modular conveyor chain (8), comprising a link portion (2) made of sheet metal that includes a substantially elongate conveying body (3), having a centrally located coupling piece (4) on one longitudinal side thereof and a pair of coupling pieces (4) on an opposite longitudinal side thereof, that are inter-spaced to receive the centrally located coupling piece of a link portion of a consecutive module therebetween, wherein the coupling pieces extend from the body part to loop around a receiving space (5) for a hinge pin (7), wherein the coupling pieces form less then a three quarter loop relative to a plane defined by the conveying body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Assignee: REXNORD FLATTOP EUROPE B.V.
    Inventor: Cornelis Hendrik Mijndert Menke
  • Patent number: 10124960
    Abstract: A modular conveyor (1) comprising a conveyor mat or chain (2) constructed of a series of links (3) hingedly connected together into an endless loop arranged to be circulated around two spaced diverting wheel units (4, 5). Each link is positioned at a pitch distance from an adjacent link, which pitch distance is at least substantially the same throughout the conveyor mar or chain. At least one of the diverting wheel units (5) comprises a drive shaft (9), a drive wheel (10) mounted on the drive shaft and drivingly engaging the conveyor mat or chain and further an upper idler wheel (12) mounted on an idler wheel shaft. The upper idler wheel shaft is positioned above the drive wheel shaft, such that intermediate distance between said upper idler wheel shaft and drive shaft equals a distance of (n times the pitch distance+substantially a ½ time the pitch distance).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: REXNORD FLATTOP EUROPE B.V.
    Inventor: Cornelis Hendrik Mijndert Menke
  • Publication number: 20180312339
    Abstract: An injection molded plastic chain module comprising a substantially elongate conveying body and a hinge structure located at a bottom side of the module for hingedly connecting a front and a rear side of the module with adjacent modules. The conveying body comprises two wing shaped portions extending laterally away from the hinge structure, and comprising a respective top plate portion that defines a part of a supporting surface for supporting products to be transported, wherein each of said top plate portions has a thickness of less than ? of the total thickness of the respective wing shaped portion. Further, each wing shaped portion comprises one or more downwardly extending supporting wall portions for supporting the respective top plate portion. The module may merely consist of a plurality of relatively thin plate and/or wall portions, preferably all having a substantially equal thickness.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 28, 2016
    Publication date: November 1, 2018
    Inventors: Cornelis Hendrik Mijndert Menke, Remco van der Ende
  • Publication number: 20180284738
    Abstract: An automobile factory planning system and method for controlling a cycle time. The system comprises a conveyor belt configured to transport a plurality of automobiles at a controlled displacement velocity along a manufacturing path through the automobile factory. A feedback device is configured to provide a visual indicator of a designated position at which a next automobile is to be placed on the conveyor belt relative to the position of a previous automobile. The designated position is calculated as a function of the cycle time and the displacement velocity of the conveyor belt.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 3, 2016
    Publication date: October 4, 2018
    Inventor: Cornelis Hendrik Mijndert Menke
  • Publication number: 20180244474
    Abstract: A modular conveyor (1) comprising a conveyor mat or chain (2) constructed of a series of links (3) hingedly connected together into an endless loop arranged to be circulated around two spaced diverting wheel units (4, 5). Each link is positioned at a pitch distance from an adjacent link, which pitch distance is at least substantially the same throughout the conveyor mar or chain. At least one of the diverting wheel units (5) comprises a drive shaft (9), a drive wheel (10) mounted on the drive shaft and drivingly engaging the conveyor mat or chain and further an upper idler wheel (12) mounted on an idler wheel shaft. The upper idler wheel shaft is positioned above the drive wheel shaft, such that intermediate distance between said upper idler wheel shaft and drive shaft equals a distance of (n times the pitch distance+substantially a ½ time the pitch distance).
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 4, 2016
    Publication date: August 30, 2018
    Inventor: Cornelis Hendrik Mijndert Menke
  • Publication number: 20180134495
    Abstract: A module (1) for a modular conveyor chain (8), comprising a link portion (2) made of sheet metal that includes a substantially elongate conveying body (3), having a centrally located coupling piece (4) on one longitudinal side thereof and a pair of coupling pieces (4) on an opposite longitudinal side thereof, that are inter-spaced to receive the centrally located coupling piece of a link portion of a consecutive module therebetween, wherein the coupling pieces extend from the body part to loop around a receiving space (5) for a hinge pin (7), wherein the coupling pieces form less then a three quarter loop relative to a plane defined by the conveying body.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 9, 2014
    Publication date: May 17, 2018
    Inventor: Cornelis Hendrik Mijndert Menke
  • Patent number: 9938085
    Abstract: Module (1) for a modular conveyor mat, comprising a body part (2) extending transversely to a conveying direction with a top (3) and a bottom (4), which bottom is provided with a tooth chamber (6) for receiving a driving tooth of a sprocket wheel. The body part, at a front (7) and rear (8), is provided with a series of hinge parts (9) and receiving spaces (10) alternately successive transversely to the conveying direction, so that successive modules (1) are hingedly couplable using hinge pins (11) extending through hinge bores (13) provided in the hinge parts. The front is part of a front body part (2A) of the module and the rear is part of a rear body part (2B) of the module. The front and rear body parts are hingedly connected with each other relative to a pivoting axis (Z), which traverses the tooth chamber (6).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Assignee: REXNORD FLATTOP EUROPE B.V.
    Inventors: Rick Wilhelmus van den Berg, Cornelis Hendrik Mijndert Menke
  • Patent number: 9834382
    Abstract: In a method for manufacturing such a modular belt link, a mold having a mold cavity is used comprising a number of U-shaped profiles, which are configured and arranged such as to—after injecting polymeric material into the mold cavity—form an aperture in each of the link ends by providing for each link end at least two laterally adjoining, partly overlapping oblong U-shaped recesses which are alternately oriented such that the open end of one of the U-shaped recesses opens in the top support surface and the open end of an immediately adjoining U-shaped recess opens in the bottom surface. The invention relates also to a modular belt link manufactured with such a method and a modular conveyor belt comprising such modular belt links.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2017
    Assignee: REXNORD FLATTOP EUROPE B.V.
    Inventors: Rick Wilhelmus Van Den Berg, Cornelis Hendrik Mijndert Menke
  • Publication number: 20170260003
    Abstract: A conveying system (1), comprising a modular conveyor belt (2) supported on a conveyor track (3) so that top surfaces (4) of the modules (5) of the conveyor belt present a conveying face (6) that in use moves along the track in a conveying direction, and at least one plastic bottle supported at its bottom on the conveying face via one or more textured surfaces at a bottom of the bottle. The disclosure also includes a method of conveying bottles, wherein plastic bottles are supported with their bottoms on a moving conveying face of a conveyor, and wherein the conveying face and the bottom of the bottle are conveyed via one or more textured surfaces (12) at a bottom of the bottle. The disclosure further includes use of at least one textured bottom surface of a plastic bottle for conveying, and a blow mold for blow molding a plastic bottle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 4, 2015
    Publication date: September 14, 2017
    Inventors: Cornelis Hendrik Mijndert MENKE, Leonardus Adrianus Catharinus CORNELISSEN
  • Publication number: 20170137225
    Abstract: In a method for manufacturing such a modular belt link, a mold having a mold cavity is used comprising a number of U-shaped profiles, which are configured and arranged such as to—after injecting polymeric material (6) into the mold cavity—form an aperture (2e) in each of the link ends (2c) by providing for each link end (2c) at least two laterally adjoining, partly overlapping oblong U-shaped recesses (2j1, 2j2), which are alternately oriented such that the open end of one of the U-shaped recesses (2j2) opens in the top support surface and the open end of an immediately adjoining U-shaped recess (2j1) opens in the bottom surface. The invention relates also to a modular belt link manufactured with such a method and a modular conveyor belt comprising such modular belt links.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 17, 2015
    Publication date: May 18, 2017
    Inventors: Rick Wilhelmus Van Den Berg, Cornelis Hendrik Mijndert Menke