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: 8061506
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a conveyor system and a method for merging or crossing of at least two conveyor lines (22, 24, 58) on which transport units (48, 50), particularly containers, are conveyed in an upstream direction (28), wherein the conveyor lines (22, 24) meet each other in an intersection point (26), wherein each of the conveyor lines (22, 24, 58) respectively comprises, upstream relative to the intersection point (26), one group (30, 34) of conveyor-line segments (32, 34), wherein the conveyor-line segments are respectively operable with a variable conveying velocity, the method comprising the following steps: conveying transport units (48, 50) towards the intersection point (26); detecting and determining a traffic density of the transport units (48, 50) on the conveyor lines (22, 24, 58), particularly at the conveyor-line segments (32-1, 34-1) which are located upstream; determining conveying velocities for the conveyor-line segments (32, 34) so that transport units (48, 50) which are conv
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2011
    Assignee: SSI Schäfer Peem GmbH
    Inventor: Gerhard Schäfer
  • Patent number: 8056176
    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: January 8, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2011
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Karen Lynn Claire-Zimmet, William Ralph Brown, Jr., Alexander Timothy Chenvainu, Chris Blain, Jens Uwe Stoerkel, Ulrich Pfeifer, Gerhard Schaefer
  • Patent number: 8037994
    Abstract: A method and an apparatus or system for sorting non-sorted containers in a predetermined sequence in an order-picking system includes a main conveying track by means of which the non-sorted containers are transported within the order-picking system, in particular to an order-picking workstation or into a container store, in a main conveying direction. The apparatus includes a conveying-track circuit, which can be connected to the main conveying track via an introduction point, for introducing containers into the conveying-track circuit, and via a discharge point, for discharging containers which are located in the conveying-track circuit. At least one transfer device is arranged within the conveying-track circuit such that containers can be exchanged between a first exchange point and a second exchange point of the conveying-track circuit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2011
    Assignee: SSI Schaefer Peem GmbH
    Inventor: Gerhard Schaefer
  • Patent number: 7991506
    Abstract: An automated order-picking system for conveying article units towards a workstation, including at least one storage rack having a plurality of storage locations for receiving load supports, on which or in which article units are stored, preferably by one sort only, wherein the storage rack is divided into rack regions, wherein each of the rack region comprises a plurality of rack planes which respectively comprise a plurality of storage locations being arranged side-by-side, one endlessly rotating central conveyor, particularly a conveyor belt, being arranged along a longitudinal side of the storage rack and preferably between two storage racks, and which is divided into a plurality of windows, a number of vertical elevators being arranged one behind the other along the longitudinal side of the storage rack, and which respectively comprise one load suspension device for receiving and delivering of at least one of the storage units.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2011
    Assignee: SSI Schaefer Noel GmbH Lager-und Systemtechnik
    Inventor: Gerhard Schäfer
  • Patent number: 7988406
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for operating an order-picking systems (100; 100?), wherein the order-picking system comprises a high-bay warehouse (10), at least one tray warehouse (16), at least one packing station (20; 32), and at least one shipping station (22), comprising the following steps: a) depalletizing (S20) in a layerwise manner packing units (42), which form a, particularly complete, pallet layer (40), from a pallet (44), particularly a EuroPallet, which respectively carries a plurality of packing units (42), which are to be picked, of a type of article, onto a correspondingly dimensioned tray (46); b) bringing (S30) the tray (46) loaded with the pallet layer (40) into the tray warehouse (16), preferably by means of a conveyor technique (14), a storage machine and/or a lift; c) recalling (S40) the tray (46) loaded with the pallet layer (40) in accordance with an order-picking order or several order-picking orders to the packing station (20; 32); removing in accordance with the order-picking or
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2011
    Assignee: SSI Schaefer Noell GmbH Lager-und Systemtechnik
    Inventor: Gerhard Schäfer
  • Publication number: 20110121629
    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: Application
    Filed: November 22, 2010
    Publication date: May 26, 2011
    Inventors: Michael ROTH, Gerhard Schäfer, Peter Thiel
  • Patent number: 7909190
    Abstract: For a storage, transport, stacking, and order-picking box (1) having a floor (2) and four walls (3a and 3b; 4a and 4b), of which at least one wall (4b) is designed as a movable element and in such a way that it can be latched to the adjacent walls (3a and 3b), wherein after being unlatched the one wall (4b) can be moved away to open up a large unloading opening (18) into the box interior, the movable box wall (4b) on at least one of its two outer edges has latching and unlatching means (9; 119) that are integrated into the wall structure, are freely accessible from the front, can be pivoted in a vertical plane in the clockwise and counterclockwise directions, and can be latched to the respective associated adjacent wall (3a and 3b).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2011
    Assignee: Fritz-Schafer GmbH
    Inventor: Gerhard Schäfer
  • Publication number: 20110005897
    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: Application
    Filed: September 14, 2009
    Publication date: January 13, 2011
    Inventor: Gerhard Schäfer
  • Publication number: 20110000041
    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: Application
    Filed: April 16, 2008
    Publication date: January 6, 2011
    Inventors: Martin Vitt, Gerhard Schaefer, Jens Stoerkel, Daniel Rudersdorf
  • Patent number: 7809467
    Abstract: Herein, a picking system and method for picking articles into order containers is disclosed, the system having a picking station which includes in at least one picking bucket, wherein first conveying means are arranged such that articles to be picked, which are picked via the picking buckets directly onto the first conveying means, can be conveyed into an order container associated with a picking order.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2006
    Date of Patent: October 5, 2010
    Assignee: SSI Schaefer Peem GmbH
    Inventor: Gerhard Schaefer
  • Patent number: 7793772
    Abstract: A conveyor line segment (N+1; N; N?1) with a predetermined length for accumulating several conveyed goods thereon, includes a conveying means (12) for moving the conveyed goods (A, B, C) thereon along a conveying direction (28), which is oriented parallel to a longitudinal direction of the segment (N), along the segment (N), wherein the conveying means (12) can be driven for being moved at a speed (vN), which is substantially constant, a sensor (10) for detecting that a conveyed good (A, B, C) is driven onto the segment (N), and a controlling unit (20; 22) coupled to the sensor (10) in order to move and stop the conveying means dependent on the detection signal of the sensor (10), and adapted to determine a geometrical length along the conveying direction (28) of incoming conveyed goods (A, B, C), and to not move further the conveying means (28) dependent on the determined length(s), if the segment (N) cannot receive other conveyed goods (A, B, C) any longer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2010
    Assignee: SSI Schafer Peem GmbH
    Inventor: Gerhard Schäfer
  • Publication number: 20100198391
    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: Application
    Filed: December 18, 2009
    Publication date: August 5, 2010
    Inventor: Gerhard Schäfer
  • Patent number: 7766151
    Abstract: A picking station for picking articles out of storage containers by a picking person, the picking station being connected to a conveying system which has a conveying track leading through a working area of the picking person, at least for the inward transport of storage containers, wherein the conveying track is tilted about its longitudinal axis in the direction of the picking person, at least in the working area of the picking person.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2005
    Date of Patent: August 3, 2010
    Assignee: SSI Schaefer Peem GmbH
    Inventor: Gerhard Schaefer
  • Publication number: 20100175298
    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: January 8, 2010
    Publication date: July 15, 2010
    Applicant: Premier Reticles, Ltd
    Inventors: Christopher Ryan Thomas, Andreas Gerhard Schaefer
  • Publication number: 20100158648
    Abstract: An order-picking system comprising a storage rack, wherein the rack (16, 18) is divided into a number of planes (RPi) arranged on top of each other each having rack-storage locations (54) arranged side-by-side, which are preferably formed by hold elements mounted laterally to rack posts, and wherein the rack is coupled to a vertical elevator, wherein the vertical elevator (12, 14) serves for transporting load supports (50) from a rack-plane level (RRi) of the storage rack (16, 18) to a handing-over level, and vice versa, wherein the elevator (12, 14) is provided with a first vertical traction unit (40) endlessly rotating, and a second vertical traction unit (42) endlessly rotating, wherein the first and second traction unit (40, 42) can be driven substantially synchronous and are distanced to each other such that a plurality of first support elements (48), which are mounted on the first traction unit (42), and a plurality of second support elements (48), which are mounted on the second traction unit (42), def
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 11, 2008
    Publication date: June 24, 2010
    Inventor: Gerhard Schäfer
  • Publication number: 20100155194
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a conveyor system and a method for merging or crossing of at least two conveyor lines (22, 24, 58) on which transport units (48, 50), particularly containers, are conveyed in an upstream direction (28), wherein the conveyor lines (22, 24) meet each other in an intersection point (26), wherein each of the conveyor lines (22, 24, 58) respectively comprises, upstream relative to the intersection point (26), one group (30, 34) of conveyor-line segments (32, 34), wherein the conveyor-line segments are respectively operable with a variable conveying velocity, the method comprising the following steps: conveying transport units (48, 50) towards the intersection point (26); detecting and determining a traffic density of the transport units (48, 50) on the conveyor lines (22, 24, 58), particularly at the conveyor-line segments (32-1, 34-1) which are located upstream; determining conveying velocities for the conveyor-line segments (32, 34) so that transport units (48, 50) which are conv
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 18, 2009
    Publication date: June 24, 2010
    Inventor: Gerhard Schäfer
  • Patent number: 7735625
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for unloading a load support, particularly a tray, which can be loaded with at least one packing unit, particularly with a pallet layer of packing units, includes a roller array comprising a plurality of driven rollers, and having a size which corresponds substantially to a size of a loading area of the load support; and a lifting mechanism lifting the roller array or lowering the load support such that the rollers engage through holes within the loading area of the load support, in order to remove from the loading area a packing unit, preferably in a desired manner, by driving the rollers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 15, 2010
    Assignee: SSI Schäfer Noell GmbH Lager- und Systemtechnik
    Inventor: Gerhard Schäfer
  • Patent number: 7707693
    Abstract: A connecting unit for loose ends of a traction device includes a body having a traction device passage to receive the ends of the traction device and a clamping device positioned in the traction device passage. The traction device passage has a first opening into which the ends of the traction device can be inserted. The clamping device is adapted to receive the ends of the traction device and has an adjustment mechanism which biases the clamping device in a direction of a wall of the traction device passage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2010
    Assignee: SSI Schaefer Peem GmbH
    Inventor: Gerhard Schaefer
  • Publication number: 20100036675
    Abstract: A storage rack (30) for use in an order-picking system (100) includes a plurality of rack planes (44) being arranged on top of each other, which respectively comprise a plurality of rack compartments (46, 48) being arranged side-by-side, a filling side (34) and a removal side (32), being different to the filling side (34), wherein the removal side preferably is arranged oppositely, wherein the rack compartments (46, 48) are filled with articles (66-70) at the filling side (34), wherein the articles in term are removed at the removal side (32) for the purpose of order-picking, and a plurality of serving units (52), each of which comprises at least a display element (54), a transmitter (62) and a receiver (64) and is at least arranged such at the filling side (34) that each of the rack compartments (46, 48) is assigned to one serving unit (52).
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 4, 2009
    Publication date: February 11, 2010
    Inventor: Gerhard Schäfer
  • Patent number: D646063
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2011
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Kathi Ballmaier, Gerhard Schäfer, Sören Wasow, Tilmann Winkler