With Weigher Loading Or Unloading Means Patents (Class 177/145)
  • Patent number: 10373303
    Abstract: A method for monitoring live poultry intended for slaughter includes checking managing parameters and process parameters of poultry flocks from breeding farms, and monitoring transportation of the flocks to a slaughterhouse and handling thereof at the slaughterhouse. Gas stunning parameters of the poultry are checked prior to throat-cutting thereof. Video shooting of the poultry's reactions during the stunning step is done to visually verify a degree of well-being thereof. Computer records are made available wherein a single video file corresponds to each poultry flock or group of flocks in which images of the visible reactions of the poultry are combined and synchronized with said managing and process parameters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Inventor: Massimo Zanotti
  • Patent number: 10336476
    Abstract: A method for monitoring a filled container, in particular a filled beverage container, which is conveyed on a conveyor, comprising the steps of taking up the container by a carriage, creating a spacing between the container and the conveyor, so that the entire weight of the container is retained by the carriage in a weighing region, and weighing the retained container in the weighing region using a load cell comprised by the carriage, the carriage being driven by a linear motor according to said method, and a monitoring system for filled containers, in particular filled beverage containers, for executing such a method.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: KRONES AG
    Inventors: Karl Aichinger, Reinhard Klinger
  • Patent number: 10331969
    Abstract: Various embodiments herein each include at least one of systems, devices, software, and methods that leverage images captured by imaging devices of product barcode scanners, which may include scanner-scale devices, and other imaging devices deployed at a Point of Sale (POS) terminal. One such embodiment, in the form of a method, includes identifying a scale-zero error condition and determining, based on a view of a scale surface provided by at least one imaging device, whether an item is present on the scale surface. In such embodiments, when no item is present on the scale surface, the method includes providing an instruction via an output device for proceeding with a scale zeroing process. Further in such embodiments, when an item is present on the scale surface, the method includes providing an instruction via the output device to remove the item present on the scale surface and restarting the method.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: NCR Corporation
    Inventors: Peter R. Charpentier, Jason Rambler
  • Patent number: 10168201
    Abstract: A dynamic weighing machine that comprises a set of buckets, a series of bucket-carrying supports and a transport system that moves the supports along at least one horizontal straight path, the buckets being able to adopt a weighing position (B) on their support in which the bucket is slightly raised with respect to the support, and the buckets comprising first and second sliding means, each one arranged on one side of the bucket and the machine has a weighing station with a scale with first and second rail means between which buckets in transit can pass through the weighing station when they adopt their weighing coupling position (B), sliding while being supported by their first and second sliding means, like a bogie.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: Girnet Internacional, S.L.
    Inventor: Ezequiel Giro Amigo
  • Patent number: 10151624
    Abstract: A virtual weight value is set, and a dummy run mode is set and activated. Then, a zero point, reference value used to calculate the weight value of articles to be weighed in each weighing hopper, is corrected based on the virtual weight value. This enables a dummy run of a combination scale to be performed with the actually empty weighing hopper being assumed to contain the articles equivalent to the virtual weight value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Assignee: Yamamoto Scale Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Takayuki Nagai, Masafumi Takimoto
  • Patent number: 10136616
    Abstract: A livestock feed wagon includes a moving frame, a feed container which is fitted on the frame for accommodating animal feed, in particular provided with feed mixer, and a movable arm construction having an operable gripper fitted thereto for grabbing an amount of animal feed. The arm construction is configured in such a way that the arm construction can pivot the gripper only in one plane from a first position for grabbing animal feed next to the livestock feed wagon to a second position for releasing the animal feed above the feed container. This makes it possible to provide a very simple and compact construction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: LELY PATENT N.V.
    Inventors: Karel Van Den Berg, Jan Lambertus Pastoor, Howard Sie, Arie Huyzer, Jan Martinus Van Kuilenburg
  • Patent number: 10094702
    Abstract: A weight determining system is for use with non-singulated and non-spaced arrangements of items on a conveyor system. The system includes an array of load cells, a scanning apparatus, and processors. Each of the items bears upon one or more of the load cells. Each of the load cells bears one or more of the items, and generates load data associated with them. The scanning apparatus generates scan data for the arrangements of the items on the conveyor. Based on the scan data, the processors: apportion the load data from each load cell to the items bearing on it; allocate to each item the load data apportioned from the various load cells; and determine a weight for each item. Also disclosed are a corresponding weight determining method, as well as a computer readable medium containing executable instructions to encode the processors to perform as aforesaid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Assignee: PUROLATOR INC.
    Inventors: James Cameron Laird, Andrew Silerio Vicencio, Kirk Edward Serjeantson, Theodore Pribytkov
  • Patent number: 10060784
    Abstract: A balance with a load changing device (14) that has a magazine table, mounted to be horizontally movable and having a plurality of vertical openings (26) arranged in groups. The balance (12) has a load cell (34) and a load receptor (42) with a carrier arrangement (44) corresponding to each of the groups of openings. The magazine table and the balance are height adjustable relative to each other. In a weighing position, a group of openings above the load receptor is penetrated by the carrier arrangement. In a changing position, the carrier arrangement is positioned lower than the openings in the magazine table. The magazine table is mounted at a fixed height relative to a base (16), and the balance is height adjustable relative to the base. The travel of the balance is upwardly limited by a stop (32), which is at a fixed height relative to the base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Assignee: Sartorius Lab Instruments GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Thomas Froehlich, Sigo Muehlich, Falko Hilbrunner, Thomas Fehling, Mario Schreiber
  • Patent number: 10048112
    Abstract: A weighing system for the dynamic weighing of transported commodities, including a housing with a drive and a weighing cell arranged therein. A drive shaft of the drive is fed through a first housing opening in the horizontal direction laterally out of the housing, and support elements can also be coupled through the same opening to the load receiver of the weighing cell arranged inside the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Assignee: Wipotec Wiege- und Positioniersysteme GmbH
    Inventors: Theo Düppre, Ralf Burkart, Stefan Mildenberger
  • Patent number: 10035592
    Abstract: A weight distribution associated with an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) may be determined prior to dispatch of the UAV and/or after the UAV returns from operation (e.g., a flight). In some embodiments, one or more UAVs may be placed on or proximate to a physical metrics acquisition (PMA) device. The PMA device may include a configurable scale and may be used to determine a distribution of weight of the UAV at three or more points associated with the UAV. The distribution of weight may be used generate analytics, which may include a total weight of a vehicle, a center of mass of the vehicle (in two or more dimensions), power requirements of the UAV for a given flight task (e.g., how much battery power the UAV requires, etc.), and/or other analytics. In various embodiments, the PMA device may perform moment of inertia tests for the UAV.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2018
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Jon T. Hanlon
  • Patent number: 10006800
    Abstract: The invention provides a device for weighing slaughter products, comprising a guide which extends along a conveying path, product carriers which can be moved along the guide and which are configured for suspending slaughter products therefrom, and weighing means comprising a weighbridge. Each product carrier comprises four runners, two of which runners are provided behind the other two runners, seen in the direction of movement. The four runners are configured to roll over the weighbridge along respective tracks during a weighing interval upon movement of the product carrier, which tracks extend parallel to each other, wherein the four runners roll over the weighbridge during the weighing interval and wherein the weighbridge and the four runners are configured such that the runners will roll simultaneously onto the weighbridge and simultaneously off the weighbridge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2018
    Assignee: MAREL STORK POULTRY PROCESSING B.V.
    Inventors: Erik Hendrikus Werner Peters, Gerardus Josef Gertrudis Reintjes, Tim Sander Rijerse
  • Patent number: 10004207
    Abstract: A livestock feed wagon includes a frame, a feed container which is fitted on the frame, in particular provided with a feed mixer, a gripper construction having a movable arm construction and a gripper fitted thereon for grabbing an amount of animal feed from a pile of animal feed, and a weighing device. The weighing device is arranged and configured to weigh a grabbed amount of animal feed by determining a change in the weight of at least the feed container and the gripper construction with the grabbed amount of animal feed. As a result thereof, it is possible to determine both the total loaded weight in the feed container and the weight of a grabbed chunk of animal feed using the same weighing device, so that the chunk, if it is either too heavy or too light, can be returned prior being unloaded, if desired.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2018
    Assignee: LELY PATENT N.V.
    Inventors: Karel Van Den Berg, Jan Lambertus Pastoor, Howard Sie, Arie Huyzer, Jan Martinus Van Kuilenburg
  • Patent number: 9952087
    Abstract: A conveyor system for transporting items from a receiving section to an outlet section, the conveyor system having plurality of first support members for transporting items and a weighing device. wherein a second support member is arranged at a first support member by way of a support assembly, allowing the second support member for being supported by the first support member in a first vertical position and for being moved relative to the first support member between the first vertical position and a second vertical position higher than the first vertical position. The conveyor system includes a lifting device for moving the second support member from the first vertical position towards the second vertical position. The weighing device is arranged for supporting the second support member when the second support member is in the second vertical position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Assignee: OPTIMUS SORTER HOLDING B.V.
    Inventor: Albert Hendriks
  • Patent number: 9778094
    Abstract: A dynamic scale to achieves a higher throughput, by at least one of a spring steel sheet being installed in the travel direction of the first shaft of the first transport belt, and/or the control of the motors as well as the transmission of the sensor signals taking place via ribbon cables which are arranged parallel to the transport belts, and/or an electronic evaluation of interference oscillations of the signals of the sensors of the weighing cell takes place, within at least one lowpass filter being used, and wherein at least two digital notch filters are used.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2017
    Assignee: Francotyp-Postalia GmbH
    Inventors: Frank Geserich, Stefan Beckmann, Andreas Blume, Karsten van der Waydbrink
  • Patent number: 9726534
    Abstract: Weighing device used with piece goods, having a belt conveyor, one or more below positioned scales of rigid arrangement and a support for goods being weighed. The belt conveyor has at least two belts. The support has at least one support extension guidable through between the belts, and the belts can move toward the scale such that support extensions are guided through between the conveyor belts without moving themselves. Goods moved on the belts are laid upon the support extensions and weighed. The conveyor unit above the scale is moveable, in its entirety, towards the weighing scale. Conveyor movement end positions are damped. The conveyor is moved by a single actuator, and at least two weighing scales are used with different weighing regions. A coating installation for car exhaust gas catalyst carriers is provided with the weighing device. A method of weighing piece goods using the weighing device is provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2017
    Assignee: UMICORE AG & CO. KG
    Inventor: Joachim Gempp
  • Patent number: 9658098
    Abstract: The invention provides a device for weighing slaughter products. The device comprises conveying means for conveying the slaughter products, the conveying means comprising a frame, two pulley means which are connected to the frame a fixed distance apart, being rotatable about two respective first vertical axes of rotation, an endless flexible conveying element which is passed over the two pulley means, which conveying element extends along a rectilinear weighing path between the two pulley means, a guide extending along a conveying path, hooks for the slaughter products, which hooks are connected to the conveying element at regular intervals and which are each provided with a guide elements for guiding cooperation with the guide.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2017
    Assignee: MAREL STORK POULTRY PROCESSING B.V.
    Inventors: Erik Hendrikus Werner Peters, Tim Sander Rijerse, Gerardus Josef Gertrudis Reintjes
  • Patent number: 9612149
    Abstract: Eccentric loading errors of a weighing cell (1) with a parallel guiding mechanism are determined and corrected or at least reduced. The weighing cell has a test weight actuating device (14), by which at least one test weight (15) is positioned successively on at least three test weight support points (16, 17, 18, 19, 20) of the test load receiver (4) that do not lie in a straight line. A processor unit (21) uses a control signal (S1) to position the test weight on the support points. A test weighing signal (T) is generated for each support point, and from these, eccentric loading errors are ascertained. A device for correcting the eccentric loading errors uses control signals (S2) from the processor unit to make a geometrical-mechanical change in the parallel guiding mechanism, using a first and a second actuating unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2017
    Assignee: Mettler-Toledo GmbH
    Inventor: Hans-Rudolf Burkhard
  • Patent number: 9581009
    Abstract: The invention pertains to methods and apparatus for monitoring loads on an arched tubing guide of a coiled tubing injector caused by tension on coiled tubing. The load is sensed by a load sensor, for example, a load cell placed in a strut that supports the arched tubing guide, or in a load pin or load cell placed within the structure arched tubing guide or the connection of the arched tubing guide to a frame for the coiled tubing injector, at a location where the load is representative of the load placed on an arched tubing guide by tension in the coiled tubing. The load sensor generates a feedback signal. The load is monitored, either by an operator or a controller, and torque applied to a reel around which the tubing is wound is adjusted to avoid, or in response to, excessive loads on the arched tubing guide.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2017
    Assignee: National Oilwell Varco, L.P.
    Inventors: Timothy S. Steffenhagen, William Benjamin White, David W. McCulloch
  • Patent number: 9439357
    Abstract: A square baler having a display system for providing the operator with an indication of the weight of completed bales to enable the operator to modify a setting of the baler that affects crop density within the bale in order to achieve a uniform bale weight. In the invention, the display serves to indicate to the operator a rolling average of the weight of a predetermined number of bales last discharged from the baler.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2016
    Assignee: CNH Industrial America LLC
    Inventor: Olivier Arnel Vanhercke
  • Patent number: 9310241
    Abstract: Device for weighing flat objects in motion comprising a conveyor (12) with drive rollers (22A, 22B) for conveying the flat objects along a transport path (14), a weighing plate (16) facing said transport path and comprising a set of free rollers (160) for receiving the flat objects, and a weighing sensor (18) attached to the weighing plate for measuring the weight of the flat objects during their passage between the conveyor and the weighing plate, wherein the weighing sensor is arranged above the transport path and the conveyor is adapted to move vertically in order to press the flat objects in motion against the weighing plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2016
    Assignee: NEOPOST TECHNOLOGIES
    Inventor: Laurent Farlotti
  • Patent number: 9279492
    Abstract: A planet pin for use in a planetary gear system and a gear system including a planet pin are disclosed. The inventive planet pin provides a plurality of radial passages in fluid communication with an axial passage which can advantageously eliminate, or substantially reduce, the need to orient a planet pin in a planetary gear system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2016
    Assignee: Schaeffler Technologies AG & Co. KG
    Inventors: Ryan Carlino, Joseph T. Griffin, Charles Schwab, Alfred Thomas
  • Patent number: 9250115
    Abstract: A method for weighing masses on a conveyor system (18) on which the masses to be weighed are advanced in horizontal direction and which includes a conveyor section (24) that is limp in a vertical bending direction, including the steps of continuously measuring the weight force that acts upon the limp conveyor section (24) while the masses are advanced on this conveyor section, recording a force/displacement function that indicates the weight force as a function of the distance traveled by the conveyor system (18), and calculating the mass flow rate of the conveyor system by evaluating the force/displacement function.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2016
    Assignee: Schröder Maschinenbau KG
    Inventor: Peter J. Danwerth
  • Patent number: 9248978
    Abstract: A positioning device for a polarization plate is disposed adjacent to a transferring roller for receiving the polarization plate transferred from the transferring roller and further roughly positioning the polarization plate. The positioning device includes a positioning platform, a driving mechanism; and a conveying mechanism located under the positioning platform and connected to the driving mechanism. The conveying mechanism is capable of being driven to move upwards relative to the positioning platform by the driving mechanism to be partly exposed above the positioning platform. The positioning device ensures that the whole polarization plate can enter the positioning platform from the transferring roller and be transferred to the target position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2016
    Assignee: Shenzhen China Star Optoelectronics Technology Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Jiasheng Lu, Desheng Yin
  • Patent number: 9176079
    Abstract: The invention relates to a device (10; 10a) for controlling pharmaceutical products (1) in particular, hard gelatin capsules, by means of a radiation source (11) preferably designed as an X-ray source, comprising a storage device (13) which receives the products (1) in an uncontrolled manner, and from which the products (1) are transferred to a transport element (15) in which the products (1) are arranged such that they form at least one row. The products (1) are transported in a clocked manner in the radiation area (25) of the radiation source (11) which exposes the products (1) to radiation, preferably perpendicular to the longitudinal direction thereof. A first stopping device (20) for separating the products (1) in the row is arranged upstream of the radiation source (11) in the direction of transportation (18) of the products (1), and at least one sensor element (28, 28a) coupled to an evaluation device (30) captures the radiation which passed through the products (1).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2015
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Werner Runft, Iulian Maga, Jens Schlipf, Martin Vogt
  • Patent number: 9146146
    Abstract: A weight determining system is for use with a non-singulated and non-spaced arrangement of items on a conveyor. The system includes an array of load cells, a scanning apparatus, and processors. Each of the items bears upon one or more of the load cells. Each of the load cells bears one or more of the items, and generates load data associated with them. The scanning apparatus generates scan data for the arrangement of the items on the conveyor. Based on the scan data, the processors: apportion the load data from each load cell to the items bearing on it; allocate to each item the load data apportioned from the various load cells; and determine a weight for each item. Also disclosed are a corresponding weight determining method, as well as a computer readable medium containing executable instructions to encode the processors to perform as aforesaid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2015
    Assignee: PUROLATOR INC.
    Inventors: Cameron James Laird, Andrew Silerio Vicencio, Kirk Edward Serjeantson
  • Patent number: 9095144
    Abstract: A weighing apparatus comprising a weigh deck, one or more load cells, and two staging bars. The weighing apparatus is configured to be installed in an existing conveyor system having a frame and a conveyor belt so that the weigh deck is generally flush with the frame and the weigh deck and the staging bars are positioned underneath the conveyor belt. The staging bars are positioned to mitigate weight measurement variations produced by the conveyor belt. In many cases, the staging bars are vertically adjustable. One or more weigh bridges can be incorporated into a production line or conveyor system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2015
    Assignee: General Mills, Inc.
    Inventors: Cara J. Sekerak, Terry G. Reishus, Craig A. Dowd, Craig E. Gustafson
  • Patent number: 9059646
    Abstract: A pulse processor includes a phase/pulse width sampler, a first calculator, a second calculator, a latching device, and a pulse width modulator. The phase/pulse width sampler generates an input direction signal, an input phase number and an input pulse width number according to a first signal and a second signal of the command pulse group. The first calculator is used for multiplying the input phase number by P/Q, thereby generating a target phase number, wherein P and Q are positive integers. The second calculator is used for multiplying the input pulse width number by Q/P, thereby generating a target pulse width number. The latching device receives the input direction signal and outputs a target direction signal. The pulse width modulator receives the target direction signal, the target phase number and the target pulse width number, and outputs a transferred pulse group.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2015
    Assignee: RDC SEMICONDUCTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Chang-Cheng Yap, Bo-Yuan Shih
  • Publication number: 20150114728
    Abstract: Weighing device used with piece goods, having a belt conveyor, one or more below positioned scales of rigid arrangement and a support for goods being weighed. The belt conveyor has at least two belts. The support has at least one support extension guidable through between the belts, and the belts can move toward the scale such that support extensions are guided through between the conveyor belts without moving themselves. Goods moved on the belts are laid upon the support extensions and weighed. The conveyor unit above the scale is moveable, in its entirety, towards the weighing scale. Conveyor movement end positions are damped. The conveyor is moved by a single actuator, and at least two weighing scales are used with different weighing regions. A coating installation for car exhaust gas catalyst carriers is provided with the weighing device. A method of weighing piece goods using the weighing device is provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 26, 2013
    Publication date: April 30, 2015
    Inventor: Joachim Gempp
  • Patent number: 9004838
    Abstract: An apparatus for characterizing a wafer comprising an aligner comprising a chuck for receiving and rotating the wafer, a sensor for detecting the position of the wafer as it is rotated, a first actuator for lowering and raising the wafer vertically, and a second actuator for moving the chuck horizontally; and a weighing scale comprising a weight sensor disposed proximate to the aligner, and a cantilevered arm extending laterally from the weight sensor over the chuck of the aligner, the cantilevered arm having a through hole surrounding the chuck. The chuck is vertically movable relative to the weighing scale from a first position in which the wafer is supported by the chuck to a second position in which the wafer is supported by the cantilevered arm of the weighing scale. A method for characterizing a wafer using the instant apparatus is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignee: Microtronic, Inc.
    Inventors: Reiner G. Fenske, David S. Denu
  • Patent number: 8969743
    Abstract: A dynamic scale has multiple weighing units, each equipped with a weighing cell and a weighing pan, the weighing pan lying in an upper plane and the weighing cell between a lower plane spaced from the upper plane in the direction of gravity. A transport device has a motor encoder and sensors, with the encoder and sensors being electrically connected with the inputs of a control unit. The multiple weighing units are serially adjacent in a transport path, with simultaneous cascaded arrangement of the weighing cells in the direction of gravity. The control unit simultaneously starts the weighing processes in all weighing cells in a dynamic weighing mode and controls a transport motor depending on signals of the sensors and the encoder and controls the dynamic scale depending on signals from the weighing cells.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Assignee: Francotyp-Postalia GmbH
    Inventors: Uwe Huebler, Axel Kieser, Torsten Schlaaff
  • Publication number: 20140326519
    Abstract: A checkweigher (10) for measuring the weight of a pre-metered dose of medicament in a pharmaceutical blister (12) is provided. The checkweigher comprises a rotatable blister support element (14) for supporting a plurality of blisters (12), an evacuation assembly (16) for sequentially accessing and removing the contents of the plurality of blisters (12) as the blister support element rotates, a load sensor (18) for weighing the blister support element (14) and the plurality of blisters (12), drive means (20) for moving the blister support element (14) to and from the load sensor (18), and a controller (22) for controlling the drive means (20). The plurality of blisters (12) may be provided as single blister units or as part of a blister pack.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 5, 2012
    Publication date: November 6, 2014
    Inventor: Philip Moulder
  • Patent number: 8851816
    Abstract: An apparatus for characterizing a wafer comprising an aligner comprising a chuck for receiving and rotating the wafer, a sensor for detecting the position of the wafer as it is rotated, a first actuator for lowering and raising the wafer vertically, and a second actuator for moving the chuck horizontally; and a weighing scale comprising a weight sensor disposed proximate to the aligner, and a cantilevered arm extending laterally from the weight sensor over the chuck of the aligner, the cantilevered arm having a through hole surrounding the chuck. The chuck is vertically movable relative to the weighing scale from a first position in which the wafer is supported by the chuck to a second position in which the wafer is supported by the cantilevered arm of the weighing scale. A method for characterizing a wafer using the instant apparatus is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2014
    Assignee: Microtronic, Inc.
    Inventors: Reiner G. Fenske, David S. Denu
  • Patent number: 8829366
    Abstract: A belt weighing array system for dispersed material in a transportation process of measurement is mainly composed of a weighing sensor (12), a bearing beam (11), a supporting roller holder (10), and weighing supporting rollers (3). On both ends of the supporting roller holder (10) formed by at least two parallel arms, the weighing supporting rollers (3) are supported respectively, and the middle part of the supporting roller holder (10) is fastened with the bearing beam (11) across both sides, which is connected to a force transfer unit of the weighing sensor (12) fixedly. The sensor belongs to single type weighing sensor, and its base is arranged fixedly on a frame of a belt transporter by both sides.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2014
    Inventor: Yanqiang Yuan
  • Publication number: 20140245809
    Abstract: A carrier unit for a weight switching device includes a first shift weight carrier (34-1) which moves vertically in relation to a base, for vertically mounting a first shift weight arrangement (22-1R, 22-1L) which has two spaced-apart, parallel carrier arms (30-1R, 30-1L) connected by a bridging piece (32-1). A second shift weight carrier (34-2R, 34-2L) for vertically mounting, with play, a second shift weight arrangement (22-2R, 22-2L) which likewise has two spaced-apart, parallel carrier arms (30-2R, 30-2L) connected by another bridging piece (32-2), is likewise arranged in a vertically movable manner in relation to the base. The carrier arm pair (30-1R, 30-10 of the first shift weight carrier (34-1) is arranged between and parallel to the carrier arm pair (30-2R, 30-2L) of the second shift weight carrier (34-2), and each shift weight carrier (34-1; 34-2) is articulated to a common crosspiece (12) by two parallel links (23-1R, 23-1L; 23-2R, 23-2L).
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 9, 2014
    Publication date: September 4, 2014
    Applicant: Sartorius Weighing Technology GmbH
    Inventors: Sigo Muelich, Ulrich Bajohr, Thomas Fehling
  • Patent number: 8816224
    Abstract: A droplet discharge device for discharging a liquid material onto a workpiece includes a droplet discharge head, a guide rail, a stage, a maintenance stage and a weight measurement device. The droplet discharge head discharges the liquid material. The guide rail extends in a prescribed direction. The stage, on which the workpiece is mounted, moves on the guide rail along the prescribed direction. The maintenance stage moves on the guide rail along the prescribed direction. The weight measurement device is disposed on the maintenance stage, the weight measurement device measuring weight of droplets discharged from the droplet discharge head and is able to be disposed at a location opposite the droplet discharge head when the maintenance stage moves along the guide rail.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2014
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Takatoshi Yamamoto, Kenji Kojima
  • Patent number: 8814420
    Abstract: The invention proposes a system for gravimetrically combining individual bulk material components in one or a plurality of transport container(s). The system comprises a plurality of storage containers for storing the bulk material components equipped with one dosing unit each in order to transfer a respective bulk material component into the transport container. Each of the storage containers is associated with a weighing means disposed below each storage container. The transport containers can be moved between the dosing units of the supply containers along a guidance and cooperate with the weighing means.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2014
    Assignee: AZO Holding GmbH
    Inventors: Frank Pahl, Helmut Bauer, Christian Leist
  • Patent number: 8759694
    Abstract: An apparatus for handling portions of products, in particular food products, having a product conveyor which conveys the portions after one another to at least one main conveyor track along a direction of conveying and having at least one sensor for recognizing portions of incorrect weight. A correction track is provided which has a first conveying section and a second conveying section. The first conveying section serves to branch off portions of incorrect weight from the main conveying track and to convey them to a weight correction station. The second conveying section serves to supply weight-corrected portions back to the main conveying track. The first conveying track and the second conveying track are separated from one another in the region of the weight correction station by an interruption of the correction track which prevents a transfer of portions of incorrect weight from the first conveying section to the second conveying section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2014
    Assignee: Weber Maschinenbau GmbH Breidenbach
    Inventor: Günther Weber
  • Patent number: 8716610
    Abstract: A handle integrated scale configured to fixedly attach to a liftable element that allows a user to ascertain the weight of said liftable element based on the amount of force exerted onto the handle integrated scale from the liftable element as it is lifted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2014
    Inventors: Jacobo Zyman Beer, Alex Zyman
  • Patent number: 8710380
    Abstract: An apparatus and a method weigh an object, in particular a flat item of mail, during transport. A conveying device having an endless conveying belt and a counterpart conveying element is able to temporarily grip an object in a clamping region and to transport it in a transporting direction. Weighing scales are able to weigh the object while the object is gripped in a clamping region. The damping element is configured to damp vibrations of an object gripped in the clamping region. The damping element has a surface which is curved in the transporting direction. The endless conveying belt is guided in such a way around the curved surface that the endless conveying belt rests areally against the curved surface in a damping region and the endless conveying belt and the counterpart conveying element are configured to guide the object gripped in the clamping region past the curved surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2014
    Assignee: Siemens Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventor: Jürgen Francke
  • Patent number: 8710379
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for checking the weighing one or more objects in a vibratory apparatus comprising the steps of accepting product into an in-line feeder to a discharge feeder without being weighed, determining an angle of decline of a fixed chute and a rotating chute based upon the flowing characteristics of the free flowing material being transferred, generating a sampling signal by a control system, the sampling signal causing the air cylinder to rotate the rotating chute in the position to capture the free flowing material and weighing the in-line sample for comparison purposes with the calculated weight.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2014
    Inventor: Gulzar Ahmed
  • Patent number: 8698012
    Abstract: A fast, dynamic scale has a weighing unit formed by a weighing cell and a transport mechanism with a first motor to drive the transport mechanism. The transport mechanism) is arranged with the motor on the weighing cell, so the weighing cell is loaded with a preliminary load. A first sensor is located at the beginning of the weighing unit. This first sensor emits a first signal to a control unit to start the weighing process for a cargo piece B. A second sensor emits a second signal to the control unit that thereupon generates a communication that a cargo piece Bn following the cargo piece B can be supplied. A weighing unit with a shortened effective length for the weighing is provided. The shortened length allows the interval between successive cargo pieces to be correspondingly shortened. A switchable extraction device is arranged after the weighing unit in the transport direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 15, 2014
    Assignee: Francotyp-Postalia GmbH
    Inventors: Uwe Huebler, Axel Kieser
  • Patent number: 8684162
    Abstract: The invention relates to a device and a method for weighing containers (2) supplied along a conveying line (L). The device comprises: first weighing means (MP1) arranged on a first side (L1) of a stretch (T) of the conveying line (L) of containers (2) in a proximal position thereto; second weighing means (MP2) arranged at a side of the stretch (T) of the conveying line (L) of containers (2) in a distal position thereto; a supporting member (8) activatable between a first position (P1) in which it is arranged at the stretch (T) of the conveying line (L) for receiving the containers (2), a second position (P2) in which it engages with the first weighing means (MP1), and a third position (P3) in which it engages with the second weighing means (MP2); and first guide means (9) activatable between a guide configuration (C1), in which they are arranged at the stretch (T) in order to guide the containers (2) along the conveying line (L), and a disengaged position (C2).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 1, 2014
    Assignee: IMA Life S.r.l.
    Inventor: Luigi Cavina
  • Publication number: 20130333956
    Abstract: Disclosed are a method of, as well as an apparatus for, weighing items of poultry, such as poultry or chicken carcasses, in conjunction with a meat processing systems (5, 7). The method includes: a first step of providing a weighing bridge (1) having force measuring means (25) with two load cells; a second step of conveying a suspended item of poultry in a predefined path extending over the weighing bridge (1); a third step of transferring substantially the weight of the suspended item of poultry onto the weighing bridge; and a fourth step of reading out values detected by the load cells of the force measuring means (25); and calculating an actual weight using an average of the detected force values over a predetermined period of time. The apparatus includes components for carrying out the method.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Publication date: December 19, 2013
    Inventors: Juul Floris van den Berg, Mark Thomas Gustaaf den Boer, Jacobus Eliza Hazenbroek
  • Patent number: 8610008
    Abstract: A conveyor belt scale (1) for transporting and weighing bulk material, having a rocker (6) that acts on a rod system (9), and having a weighing cell (11) connected with the rod system (9), is supposed to be configured in such a manner that the weighing cell, in particular, can also be reached from the outside. This is achieved in that the conveyor belt (2) is surrounded by a pressure-resistant, explosion-protected housing (7), whereby the rod system (9) that acts on the weighing cell (11) is passed out of the housing (7) by way of at least one elastic bearing (10) having a pressure-resistant seal, whereby the weighing cell (11) is positioned outside of the housing (7).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2013
    Assignee: FLSMIDTH A/S
    Inventor: Habib Futehally
  • Patent number: 8606660
    Abstract: A warehouse management system for automatically weighing and counting parts includes a management computer and a weighing device. The management computer communicates with the weighing device. The weighing device includes a base, a tray for carrying a parts bin, and a weighing module. A track is mounted to the base. A roller is mounted on the bottom of the tray and rides on the corresponding track. The tray can move over the track by the roller. The weighing module is attached to one end of the track. The tray together with the parts bin can be actuated to move to the weighing module so as to weigh and count the parts within the parts bin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2013
    Assignee: Transcell Electronic Scale (Nanjing) Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Charles Liang
  • Patent number: 8592695
    Abstract: A system is provided for analyzing a plurality of samples in a furnace. The system includes an upper holder including at least one opening adapted to engage at least one upper crucible. The system also includes a lower holder including at least one opening adapted to engage at least one lower crucible. The system includes a scale adapted to receive a lower crucible and weigh the lower crucible. The scale is further adapted to receive a combination of an upper crucible stacked on the lower crucible and weigh the combination. The system also includes means for moving the upper holder and the lower holder relative to each other and relative to the scale so that the scale selectively receives the lower crucible and the combination of the upper crucible stacked on the lower crucible. A method of testing samples in a furnace is provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2013
    Inventor: Jose Maria Las Navas Garcia
  • Publication number: 20130284522
    Abstract: The invention pertains to a weighing device for determining the weight of discrete weighing products in a speed-independent manner, wherein a weighing chute comprising a sliding surface that is inclined with respect to the horizontal is fed detached weighing products, and the load introduction direction of a weighing cell supporting the weighing chute is aligned perpendicularly to the sliding surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 2, 2013
    Publication date: October 31, 2013
    Inventor: Alexander Schulzki
  • Patent number: 8530764
    Abstract: A device for continuously weighing articles in arrival from a conveyor organ, of a type comprising: a weighing device (40) arranged downstream of the conveyor organ (80), which weighing device (40) is able to detect a weight of articles transiting continuously thereon, a first conveyor (20) for abutting and engaging a side of an article (X) in arrival from the conveyor organ (80), which first conveyor (20) transfers the article (X) towards the weighing device (40); a second conveyor (30) associated to the weighing device (40) and arranged for receiving the article (X) while the article (X) is engaged to and drawn by the first conveyor (20) and being activatable so as to be able to convey the article (X) at a second advancement velocity (V2) which is greater than the first advancement velocity (V1), so as to disengage the article (X) from the action of the first conveyor (20) and to advance the article (X) freely onto the weighing device (40) in order to detect a relative weight thereof and convey the article
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2013
    Assignee: Neri S.p.A.
    Inventor: Giuseppe Monti
  • Publication number: 20130175100
    Abstract: Device for weighing flat objects in motion comprising a conveyor (12) with drive rollers (22A, 22B) for conveying the flat objects along a transport path (14), a weighing plate (16) facing said transport path and comprising a set of free rollers (160) for receiving the flat objects, and a weighing sensor (18) attached to the weighing plate for measuring the weight of the flat objects during their passage between the conveyor and the weighing plate, wherein the weighing sensor is arranged above the transport path and the conveyor is adapted to move vertically in order to press the flat objects in motion against the weighing plate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 8, 2013
    Publication date: July 11, 2013
    Applicant: NEOPOST TECHNOLOGIES
    Inventor: NEOPOST TECHNOLOGIES
  • Patent number: 8481870
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for weighing an article, such as a mail piece, while the article is moving at high speed, for example along a transport of a sorter machine. An article (900) is received from an intake transport (1200), and gripped in a weighing station (1310), in between a capstan roller and a pinch roller (1316), which are synchronized to minimize slipping. A first precision servo system (1252, 1250) alters the speed of the article, and in the process acquires torque data for storage and analysis (1212, 1282). A second precision servo system (1260,1330) applies a constant force, via a tension arm (1320), urging the pinch roller (1316) against the capstan roller, independently of the thickness of the mail piece. Active electronic damping (FIG. 19) preferably is applied in the second servo system minimize vibration of the tension arm, but only while gripping the article.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2013
    Assignee: RAF Technology, Inc.
    Inventor: Bryan Turner