Patents by Inventor Gerhard Schaefer

Gerhard Schaefer 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: 9199792
    Abstract: A sorting and distributing system (50) for sorting article units in accordance with customers' orders, the system having a high sorting performance and comprising: a rotary sorting conveyor (14), which may be closed, having a conveyor means, wherein the conveyor means is connected to a plurality of receiving devices (16), to which the article units are to be delivered. A plurality of target positions (54) is coupled to the sorting conveyor (14) and can supply articles units to the receiving devices (16) in accordance with a customer's order, wherein the target positions (54) are assigned to customers' orders. At least one filling station (10; 10?) manually fills the receiving devices (16) by article units, wherein the filling station (10; 10?) includes a plurality of filling buckets (12) each having an opening mechanism (18) at its lower end thereof, in order to allow supply of article units, which are order picked into the filling bucket (12), to the receiving devices (16) in an automated manner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2015
    Assignee: SSI SCHAFER NOEL GMBH LAGER—UND SYSTEMTECHNIK
    Inventor: Gerhard Schäfer
  • Patent number: 8984796
    Abstract: A scope adjustment system includes a turret cap assembly, a saddle assembly, and a quick spanner assembly. The turret cap assembly includes a ring with a plurality of regularly spaced apart teeth residing circumferentially around the ring. The saddle assembly includes a transportation element in mechanical communication with a plunger. The saddle assembly includes a click element to engage the teeth of the ring. The quick spanner assembly includes a bolt that may be coupled to the transportation element, a cam lock hinged to the bolt, and a pressure plate residing between the bolt and the cam lock. The bolt can be screwed into the transportation element, and the cam lock can be set to apply a force on the pressure plate such that the transportation element engages the plunger. When engaged, the plunger is responsive to rotations of the turret cap to adjust, e.g., an aiming reticle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Assignee: Tangent Theta Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher Ryan Thomas, Andreas Gerhard Schaefer
  • Patent number: 8827619
    Abstract: It is disclosed a order-picking method and a rack warehouse (10; 100; 200; 308) for order-picking goods stored in load supports (52), particularly on trays, comprising: at least one rack (20; 30) having first and second longitudinal sides (24, 25) and two front faces (22, 23), wherein the rack has at least one rack plane (40-44), wherein each rack plane (40-44) comprises a plurality of rack rows (46), wherein the rack rows (46) are arranged on top of each other and respectively comprise a plurality of rack positions (48) arranged side-by-side; at least one rack feeder (33) for each rack plane (40-44) comprising at least one load suspension device for the purpose of storing and retrieving load supports (52) into or from the rack positions (48) of a rack plane (40-44), wherein the rack feeder can travel in horizontal and vertical directions (37, 35) along the first longitudinal side (25) of the rack (20, 30), in order to store and retrieve load supports (52) in or from its rack plane (40-44); and several vertic
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2014
    Assignee: SSI Schafer Noell GmbH Lager—und Systemtechnik
    Inventor: Gerhard Schäfer
  • Patent number: 8707658
    Abstract: A method and a work station for order-picking and simultaneously packing articles onto a shipping support includes at least one rack which is divided into at least one rack plane respectively comprising a plurality of rack positions for storing load supports, wherein the articles to be picked are stored preferably in or on the load supports in rack positions; at least one vertical lift unit arranged adjacent to a longitudinal side of the rack and being adapted to retrieve load supports from such rack positions being adjacent to the lift unit; and at least a packing station, which is arranged within an immediate area of the lift unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2014
    Assignee: SSI Schafer Noell GmbH Lager- und Systemtechnik
    Inventor: Gerhard Schäfer
  • Patent number: 8677545
    Abstract: The invention relates to a toothbrush having a cleaning element formed of a plastic injection molded component, comprising an attachment segment for attachment in the head region of the toothbrush and a cleaning segment for cleaning teeth, and having at least one indentation in the region of the cleaning segment, around which the cleaning segment has an increased bending flexibility.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 25, 2014
    Assignee: Braun GmbH
    Inventors: Martin Vitt, Gerhard Schaefer, Jens Stoerkel, Daniel Rudersdorf
  • Patent number: 8671649
    Abstract: A work station for packing articles to be picked onto a shipping support includes a platform, a packing station, a platform on the platform, a shipping support station beneath the platform, a lifting device for lifting an empty or partially packed shipping support and for lowering completely packed shipping supports, and a track for transporting loose articles to be picked to the packing station dedicated to load supports which conveys the articles to be picked on load supports to the packing station or from the conveyor technique can be order-picked.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 18, 2014
    Assignee: SSI Schafer Noell GmbH Lager- und Systemtechnik
    Inventor: Gerhard Schäfer
  • Patent number: 8634954
    Abstract: A system and method for storing returned goods (56) of different type of goods in an order-picking system (10), wherein the order-picking system (10) comprises a container warehouse (12) for providing a plurality of storage containers (52, 54), and at least one workstation (14) at which the returned goods (56) in the storage containers (52) from the container warehouse (12) are, in a return mode, delivered, the method comprising the following steps: providing (70) at least one returned good (56) of a first type of goods at a delivering station (16), detecting (72) of each of the returned goods (56) and, preferably separately, delivering the returned goods (56) to a returned-goods conveyor (32) conveying the returned goods (56) to the workstation (14), identifying (74) the type of goods of each of the detected returned goods (56), identifying (76) a storage container (52) with which the respectively identified type of goods is associated, retrieving (78) the respectively associated storage container (52) from
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2014
    Assignee: SSI Schaefer Peem GmbH
    Inventor: Gerhard Schäfer
  • Patent number: 8517470
    Abstract: A fitting system (5) for a vehicle seat (1) includes a first fitting (10), a second fitting (50), a first transmission element (7) acting between the two fittings (10, 50), a free-pivoting device (54) assigned to the second fitting (50), a first operating element for adjusting the inclination, with the actuation thereof the two fittings (10, 50) being unlocked by using the first transmission element (7), and a second operating element for free pivoting. With the actuation of the second operating element, the first fitting (10) and the free-pivoting device (54) are unlocked. A second transmission element (80) is arranged between the two fittings (10, 50) and mounted on the fittings (10, 50), and which—independently of the first transmission element (7)—acts between the free-pivoting device (54) and the first fitting (10).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2013
    Assignee: Keiper GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Michael Roth, Gerhard Schäfer, Peter Thiel
  • Patent number: 8484789
    Abstract: Toothbrushes are provided which have various features that may include one or more tooth cleaning elements having a variety of shapes and sizes, one or more gum treating elements having a variety of shapes and sizes, and/or one or more soft tissue/tongue treating elements having a variety of shapes and sizes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2013
    Assignee: The Gillette Company
    Inventors: Karen Lynn Claire-Zimmet, William Ralph Brown, Jr., Alexander Timothy Chenvainu, Chris Blain, Jens Uwe Stoerkel, Ulrich Pfeifer, Gerhard Schaefer
  • Patent number: 8480347
    Abstract: An order-picking system and method includes a pallet warehouse (12), preferably in terms of a high-bay warehouse, being used as a supply warehouse dedicated to a plurality of, preferably different, packing units (40) which are stored, preferably by one sort only, on pallets (14) in the pallet warehouse (12); a tray warehouse (24) which is used as a picking buffer for supplying connected order-picking stations with packing units (40), wherein trays (38) are stored in the tray warehouse which have been loaded with a pallet layer of packing units (40) before; a conveyor (22) which transports from the pallet warehouse to the tray warehouse trays (38) which are respectively loaded with a pallet layer of packing units, particularly across longer distances; and at least a rack-transport unit (36) for trays (38), the rack-transport unit allowing receipt of a plurality of trays being respectively loaded with a pallet layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2013
    Inventor: Gerhard Schäfer
  • Publication number: 20130160344
    Abstract: A scope adjustment system includes a turret cap assembly, a saddle assembly, and a quick spanner assembly. The turret cap assembly includes a ring with a plurality of regularly spaced apart teeth residing circumferentially around the ring. The saddle assembly includes a transportation element in mechanical communication with a plunger. The saddle assembly includes a click element to engage the teeth of the ring. The quick spanner assembly includes a bolt that may be coupled to the transportation element, a cam lock hinged to the bolt, and a pressure plate residing between the bolt and the cam lock. The bolt can be screwed into the transportation element, and the cam lock can be set to apply a force on the pressure plate such that the transportation element engages the plunger. When engaged, the plunger is responsive to rotations of the turret cap to adjust, e.g., an aiming reticle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 19, 2012
    Publication date: June 27, 2013
    Inventors: Christopher Ryan Thomas, Andreas Gerhard Schaefer
  • Patent number: 8428771
    Abstract: The invention relates to a commissioning area comprising a buffers for order containers in which items can be commissioned, the buffer comprising a plurality of adjacent buffer regions for receiving order containers. A beam field is provided above the buffer in order to monitor the commissioning of items.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2013
    Assignee: SSI Schaefer Peem GmbH
    Inventor: Gerhard Schaefer
  • Patent number: 8312667
    Abstract: A scope adjustment system includes a turret cap assembly, a saddle assembly, and a quick spanner assembly. The turret cap assembly includes a ring with a plurality of regularly spaced apart teeth residing circumferentially around the ring. The saddle assembly includes a transportation element in mechanical communication with a plunger. The saddle assembly includes a click element to engage the teeth of the ring. The quick spanner assembly includes a bolt that may be coupled to the transportation element, a cam lock hinged to the bolt, and a pressure plate residing between the bolt and the cam lock. The bolt can be screwed into the transportation element, and the cam lock can be set to apply a force on the pressure plate such that the transportation element engages the plunger. When engaged, the plunger is responsive to rotations of the turret cap to adjust, e.g., an aiming reticle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2012
    Assignee: Premier Reticles, Ltd
    Inventors: Christopher Ryan Thomas, Andreas Gerhard Schaefer
  • Publication number: 20120277903
    Abstract: The invention relates to a commissioning area comprising a buffers for order containers in which items can be commissioned, the buffer comprising a plurality of adjacent buffer regions for receiving order containers. A beam field is provided above the buffer in order to monitor the commissioning of items.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 2, 2012
    Publication date: November 1, 2012
    Inventor: Gerhard Schaefer
  • Patent number: 8286828
    Abstract: A storage/transport container has a plurality of walls defining an upwardly open vessel having an upper rim and a generally flat cover panel hinged on one of the walls and having an inner edge. The rim has opposite to one of the walls structure forming another inner edge. The cover panel is pivotal into a closed position with the inner edges juxtaposed, retaining formations projecting generally perpendicularly from the inner edge of the cover panel and oppositely from the other inner edge that fit together in the closed position. Hooks are formed on the edges and positioned so as to be opened directly at each other in the closed position. The hooks normally are spaced apart but, on deformation of the cover panel, hook together and preventing separation of the edges.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2006
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2012
    Assignee: Fritz Schaefer GmbH
    Inventor: Gerhard Schäfer
  • Patent number: 8195326
    Abstract: The invention relates to a commissioning area (10) comprising a buffer (12) for order containers (14) in which items can be commissioned, said buffer (12) comprising a plurality of adjacent buffer regions for respectively receiving an order container (14). According to the invention, a beam field (16) is provided above the buffer (12) in order to monitor the commissioning of items (28).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2006
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2012
    Assignee: SSI Schaefer Peem GmbH
    Inventor: Gerhard Schaefer
  • Patent number: 8172071
    Abstract: A system (10) and method for packing an article (20) onto a shipping carrier (26), the article (20) having an arbitrary orientation relative to the conveyor (28) and being transported within an order-picking system on a conveyor (28; 28a, 28b) downstream towards a packing station (22), which includes a packing robot (12) for automatically loading the shipping carrier (26), wherein the article (20) is to be put down with one of its faces (38) onto the shipping carrier (26).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2012
    Assignee: SSI Schafer Noell GmbH Lager-und Systemtechnik
    Inventor: Gerhard Schäfer
  • Publication number: 20120011673
    Abstract: Toothbrushes are provided which have various features that may include one or more tooth cleaning elements having a variety of shapes and sizes, one or more gum treating elements having a variety of shapes and sizes, and/or one or more soft tissue/tongue treating elements having a variety of shapes and sizes.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 27, 2011
    Publication date: January 19, 2012
    Inventors: KAREN LYNN CLAIRE-ZIMMET, William Ralph Brown, JR., Alexander Timothy Chenvainu, Chris Blain, Jens Uwe Stoerkel, Ulrich Pfeifer, Gerhard Schaefer
  • Patent number: 8082059
    Abstract: An order-picker order picks in an order-picking zone, with the result that the first number of order-picking zones is equal to the second number of order-pickers, and in that the order-picking computer sets the boundaries between adjacent order-picking zones in a variable manner by means of a zone-allocation strategy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 20, 2011
    Assignee: SSI Schaefer Peem GmbH
    Inventors: Gerhard Schaefer, Timm Gudehus
  • Patent number: D673776
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Braun GmbH
    Inventors: Kathi Ballmaier, Gerhard Schäfer, Sören Wasow, Tilmann Winkler