Conveying Apparatus Entirely Supported By Mobile Ground Engaging Means Patents (Class 198/300)
  • Patent number: 10843874
    Abstract: A mobile radial stacker for stockpiling bulk material is provided that includes a stacker frame, a linear conveyor mounted to the frame, the conveyor having a rear portion and a front portion and being designed to carry bulk material from a lower position adjacent the rear portion to a raised position adjacent the front portion, and a pair of wheels mounted to the frame to facilitate movement of the stacker around a work site or to another work site. Also provided is a pivot pad/king pin apparatus mounted to the stacker including an integral king pin and pivot pad that may be displaced from a first position with the king pin facing downward for engagement with a tractor fifth wheel to a second position with the pivot pad facing downward for placement on the ground for radial conveying operations. Another way to describe the depicted embodiments is a pivot pad/king pin apparatus that may be used with a radial stacker. The apparatus may include a body with a king pin and pivot pad integrally mounted into it.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2020
    Assignee: McCloskey International Limited
    Inventors: James Paschal McCloskey, Robert M. Wanamaker, Joseph Ashford
  • Patent number: 10696480
    Abstract: In one embodiment, an storage module has first and second guide rails that are spaced from one another along a lateral direction. Each guiderail has an upper track and a lower track spaced from one another along a vertical direction, and first and second connecting tracks that connect the upper track to the lower track at first and second ends, respectively. A plurality of inventory carriers that are supported between the guiderails and are arranged end-to-end along the upper and lower tracks. A drivetrain drives the carriers to translate along the upper and lower tracks at a first speed, and drives the carriers to translate along the connecting tracks at a second speed, faster than the first speed. Increasing the speed of the carriers at the connecting tracks can prevent the carriers from colliding with one another when transitioning between the upper track and the lower track.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Dinesh Mahadevan, Martin Peter Aalund, Jon Stuart Battles, Jon David DeFant, Benjamin Douglas Garcia, Vahideh Kamranzadeh, George T. Davies, Steven Eric Nuetzman
  • Patent number: 10625957
    Abstract: A bulk loader system is disclosed that may include a conveyor unit in connection with a fuel-powered engine powering a hydraulic motor. The hydraulic motor may be used to operate the conveyor unit. The system may be configured to function while being mounted on a bed of a truck or be operated as a stand-alone unit. The unit may be sized such that an operator can stand on the deck of the truck along with the unit. The fuel-hydraulic powered motor can enable the conveyor unit to operate at variable speeds. The conveyor unit can be adjustable to facilitate controlling the direction of the material being transported via the conveyor. Some embodiments can include operating the hydraulics of the motor from the Power Take-Off (“PTO”) of the truck. Some embodiments can facilitate operation of the system in a hot or other harsh environment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Inventors: Christopher Davies, Kevin Goforth, Douglas D. Dolinar, Bruce W. Gouldey
  • Patent number: 10287097
    Abstract: In one embodiment, an inventory storage system has a vertical stack of storage modules that extend from a first stack end to a second stack end, and are stacked on top of one another. Each storage module defines a path that forms a loop in a vertical plane, and each storage module has a plurality of inventory carriers that translate around the loop. The vertical stack has a first end section that extends from the first stack end towards the second stack end, and that includes a first end of each loop of the stack. The vertical stack also has a second end section that extends from the second stack end towards the first stack end, and that includes a second end of each loop of the stack. The sections can be transported separately by a truck or container and then coupled together at the destination.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Dinesh Mahadevan, Martin Peter Aalund, Jon Stuart Battles, Jon David DeFant, Benjamin Douglas Garcia, Vahideh Kamranzadeh, George T. Davies, Steven Eric Nuetzman
  • Patent number: 10279999
    Abstract: An automated storage/retrieval system is proposed. The system includes a control system, at least one storage unit having several levels at which loads can be picked or deposited and at least one interface conveyor for entries/exits of loads into and out of the system, and at least one elevator for a transfer of loads between the at least interface conveyor and the at least one storage unit. The at least one elevator is a multi-level elevator, and the automated storage/retrieval system furthermore includes at least one multi-level transfer device capable of simultaneously receiving, on several levels, a set of loads intended for or coming from at least one elevator; and at least one sequencer provided with elements of vertical moving and capable of transferring loads between the at least one multi-level transfer device and the at least one interface conveyor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: SAVOYE
    Inventors: Jean-Michel Collin, Stephane Pietrowicz
  • Patent number: 10239696
    Abstract: A conveyor cartridge that is removably coupled to a conveyor frame is provided. The conveyor cartridge comprises a cartridge frame, conveyor rollers, and a belt. The cartridge frame comprises a first side plate and an opposite second side plate, extended portions, and arcuate sloped surfaces. The first and second side plates delimit a direction of the conveyor cartridge transverse to a transport direction. Each extended portion is formed on a top surface of one of the first or second side plates and extends outward beyond the corresponding one of the first side plate and the second side plate in the direction transverse to the transport direction. The arcuate sloped surfaces are integrally formed on opposite end portions of the extended portions. The arcuate sloped surfaces are downwardly bowed on the opposite end portions to define a curved head portion and a curved tail portion for the extended portions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: Intelligrated Headquarters, LLC
    Inventor: Justin Brouk
  • Patent number: 10183812
    Abstract: A transportable drive-over conveyor system includes a drive-over hopper for receiving material and having a belt-type conveyor for conveying the material, a transition section pivotally connected to the drive-over hopper, an auger mounted at a downstream end of the transition section, and wheels beneath the auger that support and move the conveyor system. At least one wheel is a drive wheel. The wheels may be radially offset. The wheels may be arced to travel in arced tracks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Assignee: AG GROWTH INTERNATIONAL INC.
    Inventor: Brian Wilcox
  • Patent number: 10113275
    Abstract: A self-propelled ground milling machine includes a working roller, a hold-down device which is height-adjustable with respect to the traffic surface being arranged upstream of the working roller in the working direction, and a detection unit which determines a physical variable characteristic of an undesirable state of the operating process, wherein fragments are broken off from the traffic surface, apply compressive force to the hold-down device and can press the hold-down device into a raised position with respect to the traffic surface. A device for height-adjusting the hold-down device responds by applying a contact pressure, directed counter to the compressive force applied by the fragments, to the hold-down device. By applying sufficient contact pressure, the hold-down device can be effectively prevented from rising from the traffic surface, such that during the milling process it is at least made more difficult for fragments to break off undesirably from the traffic surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Assignee: Wirtgen GmbH
    Inventors: Christian Berning, Philip Verhaelen, Cyrus Barimani
  • Patent number: 9725249
    Abstract: An apparatus for mineral material processing including a movable frame and a side conveyor which is attached to the frame and a pivot joint for the side conveyor which pivot joint is attached between the side conveyor and the frame, and the side conveyor is pivotable horizontally around the pivot joint to one or more operating positions at least on one side of the processing apparatus and to a transportation position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2017
    Assignee: Metso Minerals, Inc.
    Inventors: Timo Horkko, Mikko Asikainen, Pasi Overmark, Tuomas Tuokko
  • Patent number: 9637318
    Abstract: A mobile robotic device with a conveyor that is configured to link up with another conveyor of a second mobile robotic device is described. In this manner, the mobile robotic devices may provide integrated, flexible conveyors and the ability to link conveyors to make an aggregate conveyor of any shape or size. Moreover, the mobile robotic device is configured to receive a conveyor from a storage unit and move the conveyor to another point within a physical space. The mobile robotic device also has the capability to rotate the conveyor, when docked, about the axis of the mobile robotic device (e.g., for sorting and other operations).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2017
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Mark Anthony Messina
  • Patent number: 9031682
    Abstract: An eyeglass lens supplying system for supplying an eyeglass lens to a plurality of eyeglass lens processing apparatus includes: a plurality of conveyer line units, each of which includes: at least one conveyer line conveying a tray; a tray moving unit separating at least two trays from the conveyer line to move the trays to standby positions, and put the tray on the conveyer line; and a control unit obtaining processing information from a host computer; a carrying-in conveyer line connected to the conveyer line of the conveyer line unit; a carrying-out conveyer line connected to the conveyer line of the conveyer line unit; a main control unit communicating with each of the control units, and determines the processing apparatus to process the lens in the tray on the carrying-in conveyer unit, or determines the conveyer line unit to convey the tray on the carrying-in conveyer unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2015
    Assignee: Nidek Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Motoshi Tanaka, Yuya Nakako
  • Publication number: 20150115691
    Abstract: A material haulage system that transports mining materials, such as but not limited to, coal, ore, etc., from a mine is provided. The material transport system includes a continuous conveyor that transports the mining material, a movable assembly that moves and/or supports the continuous conveyor, and a propulsion assembly attached to the movable assembly that maneuver the continuous conveyor through the mine.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 28, 2014
    Publication date: April 30, 2015
    Inventors: Cecil T. Brinager, Danny Keith Justice
  • Patent number: 9010515
    Abstract: A manually operated laundry load apparatus including a base unit, a conveyor assembly interconnected to the base unit and having a conveyor belt that is driven by a motor to move in an upwardly inclining direction, and a fork truck with a handle that is interconnected to the base unit to permit movement of the load chute.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: G.A. Braun, Inc.
    Inventors: Diedrich D. Willers, Mark William Zimmerman, Joseph B. Fiacchi, II, Stephen D. Wilbur, Joseph B. Gudenburr, IV
  • Publication number: 20150008094
    Abstract: A construction machine, according to the disclosure, for the processing and/or transport of material having a temperature-dependent viscosity is configured as a road finisher or a feeder. The construction machine comprises a machine frame on which a material bunker, an operator's platform, a primary drive as well as an undercarriage with propulsion elements are provided. The construction machine furthermore comprises a conveyor system which is configured to convey the material, wherein the conveyor system comprises at least one screw conveyor, and the at least one screw conveyor is supported by at least one bearing structure. The construction machine is characterized in that the at least one bearing structure can be heated by at least one heating element.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 30, 2014
    Publication date: January 8, 2015
    Applicant: JOSEPH VOEGELE AG
    Inventors: Bernhard ERDTMANN, Wolfgang MUELLER, Andre FELCHNER
  • Patent number: 8919537
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a device for the treatment of bulk material, comprising a platform 24?, 24?, 28 for supporting bulk material and at least one outfeeding device 28 arranged on the platform for feeding bulk material placed on the platform towards an outlet 29 arranged on the platform, wherein the feeding device has a feeding direction towards the outlet, a first and a second beam 30, 31, 32, 33 is arranged on the platform above the outfeeding device, which beams extends transversal to the feeding direction of the outfeeding device and at least a portion in over of the width of the outfeeding device, wherein the second beam 32 being arranged at a higher level above the outfeeding device than the first beam 31.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Assignee: Joseph Vogele AG
    Inventors: Conny Andersson, Allan Carlsson
  • Patent number: 8910779
    Abstract: A conveyor device with an elastic load-bearing means guided between a drive and a return roller which are spaced apart parallel to and opposite one another, wherein the load-bearing means circulates endlessly in a carrying run and a lower run, is flexible in all directions and is configured to receive articles to be conveyed, and which can be driven in a conveying direction by drive trains disposed on longitudinal edges of the load-bearing means, characterised in that a support means for the carrying run is located between the carrying run and the lower run, wherein the drive trains are stretched to a greater extent than a region of the load-bearing means located between them.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2014
    Assignee: Beumer GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Heino Heitplatz, Jan Josef Jesper
  • Patent number: 8910773
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a device for the treatment of bulk material, comprising a platform 24?, 24?, 28 for supporting bulk material and at least one outfeeding device 28 arranged on the platform for feeding bulk material placed on the platform towards an outlet 29 arranged on the platform, wherein the feeding device has a feeding direction towards the outlet, a first and a second beam 30, 31, 32, 33 is arranged on the platform above the outfeeding device, which beams extends transversal to the feeding direction of the outfeeding device and at least a portion in over of the width of the outfeeding device, wherein the second beam 32 being arranged at a higher level above the outfeeding device than the first beam 31.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2014
    Assignee: Joseph Vogele AG
    Inventors: Conny Andersson, Allan Carlsson
  • Patent number: 8875864
    Abstract: A system and method for material handling includes a first portable conveyor for feeding material to a mobile bridge conveyor for the material to be stacked via a stacker until a discharge end of the mobile bridge conveyor is at or within a predetermined distance of a discharge end of the first portable conveyor. The first portable conveyor moves away from the mobile bridge conveyor after the discharge end of mobile bridge conveyor is at or within the predetermined distance of the discharge end of the first portable conveyor. A second portable conveyor that feeds material to the first portable conveyor rotates such that a discharge end of the second portable conveyor is moved towards the mobile bridge conveyor until reaching a feeding position for feeding material to the mobile bridge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2014
    Assignee: FLSmidth A/S
    Inventors: Paul Emerson, Glenn Davis
  • Patent number: 8839947
    Abstract: A system for conveying biomass is disclosed. The system is configured to convey biomass for collection, transport, or processing. The system comprises a housing comprising an opening configured for the entry of biomass, at least one shoe skid configured to offset the housing in a vertical orientation, an apparatus at least partially within the housing comprising at least one rotating blade assembly, and a conduit configured to discharge biomass from the housing so that biomass entering into the housing can be projected by the apparatus through the conduit for collection or transport. The system may comprise conduit that is extendable and has articulation segments for vertical movement. The system may comprise a housing that comprises a member to dislodge the biomass from a pile to flow into the opening. The system may comprise at least one shoe skid that comprises a large surface area and projects forward of the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 23, 2014
    Assignee: POET Research, Inc.
    Inventors: James M. Geraets, Mark D. Stowers, Mark David Dilts, Mark Herbert Heupel
  • Patent number: 8820509
    Abstract: A conveyor system for a use with mining machine is provided. The conveyor system may have a plurality of conveyor segments operatively connected end-to-end, a first of the plurality of conveyor segments also being configured to connect to the mining machine. The conveyor system may also have a plurality of mobile base supports each being configured to support one of the plurality of conveyor segments, and at least one controller for communication with the mining machine and the plurality of mobile base supports. The at least one controller may be configured to determine a desired location of the mining machine different from a current location of the mining machine, and to determine a required trajectory of the plurality of conveyor segments based on the desired location of the mining machine. The at least one controller may also be configured to communicate the required trajectory to each of the plurality of mobile base supports to move the mobile base supports into alignment with the required trajectory.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2014
    Assignee: Caterpillar Inc.
    Inventor: Aaron R. Shatters
  • Patent number: 8814466
    Abstract: The invention relates to a charging vehicle (1) for conveying road-surfacing mix to a road-finishing machine, wherein the charging vehicle (1) comprises a conveyor assembly (5) and a machine drive (6). The invention is characterized in that the machine drive (6) is arranged on the charging vehicle (1) laterally offset with respect to the conveyor assembly device (5).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2014
    Assignee: Joseph Vogele AG
    Inventors: Martin Buschmann, Steffen Fickeisen, Tobias Elser, Helmut Kessler
  • Publication number: 20140197009
    Abstract: A conveyor means with an elastic load-bearing means guided between two drive and return rollers which are spaced apart parallel to and opposite one another, wherein the load-bearing means circulates endlessly in a carrying run and a lower run, is flexible in all directions and is configured to receive articles to be conveyed, and which can be driven in a conveying direction by means of drive trains disposed on longitudinal edges of the load-bearing means, characterised in that a support means for the carrying run is located between the carrying run and the lower run, wherein the drive trains are stretched to a greater extent than a region of the load-bearing means located between them.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 9, 2014
    Publication date: July 17, 2014
    Applicant: BEUMER GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Heino HEITPLATZ, Jan Josef JESPER
  • Publication number: 20140190788
    Abstract: A conveyor system (10) includes two tracked or wheeled carriages (12); a continuous conveyor belt (16) supported on the carriages (12); an actuator (18) for controlling the relative orientation of the carriages (12); carriage measuring means for measuring either the position of the actuator (18) or the relative orientation of the carriages (12); steering means for steering each carriage (12) while driven forward; distance measuring means for measuring the initial position of a select point on the conveyor system (10) and displacement of the select point from the initial position as the conveyor system (10) is driven forward; recording means for recording the initial position, displacement measurements, and measurements of the carriage measuring means corresponding to each displacement measurement, such that when the conveyor system (10) is driven in reverse, the conveyor system (10) uses the information stored in the recording means to adjust the actuator (18) and cause the conveyor system (10) to follow a si
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 16, 2012
    Publication date: July 10, 2014
    Inventor: Karl Heinz Nikolaus Finatzer
  • Patent number: 8739956
    Abstract: Embodiments herein provide a support structure for a radial conveyor. The support structure may include first and second wheel assemblies that may be selectively rotated between a travel position and an operating position. The support structure may include a drive assembly having a motor. The drive assembly may selectively engage and/or disengage the motor with one or more of the wheels of the first and/or second wheel assemblies. In some embodiments, the drive assembly may include a pinion coupled to the motor, and an actuating arm to selectively engage and/or disengage the pinion with a ring gear coupled to a first wheel of the first wheel assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2014
    Assignee: Construction Equipment Company
    Inventor: Roger G. Smith
  • Patent number: 8662285
    Abstract: A swing hopper is pivotally secured about vertical and horizontal axes to the inlet end of a swing auger which is pivotally connected to the main auger tube of a grain auger.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 4, 2014
    Inventor: Lynn Jesse
  • Patent number: 8646593
    Abstract: A device for the treatment of bulk material including a platform for supporting the bulk material and at least one outfeeding device on the platform for feeding bulk material placed on the platform towards an outlet arranged on the platform.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2014
    Assignee: Joseph Vogele AG
    Inventors: Conny Andersson, Allan Carlsson
  • Publication number: 20130341155
    Abstract: A manually operated laundry load apparatus including a base unit, a conveyor assembly interconnected to the base unit and having a conveyor belt that is driven by a motor to move in an upwardly inclining direction, and a fork truck with a handle that is interconnected to the base unit to permit movement of the load chute.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 7, 2012
    Publication date: December 26, 2013
    Applicant: G.A. BRAUN, INC.
    Inventors: Diedrich D. Willers, Mark William Zimmerman, Joseph B. Fiacchi, II, Stephen D. Wilbur, Joseph B. Gudenburr, IV
  • Publication number: 20130270060
    Abstract: In an agricultural conveyor, an auger housing is formed of modular tube sections and an inline drive assembly for driving rotation of the auger member relative to the auger housing which is connected in series between the modular tube sections. The auger housing is supported on an adjustable carriage frame for transport. The auger housing is supported on a portion of the carriage frame by a roller assembly having rollers engaging diametrically opposed top and bottom sides of the auger housing for rolling movement along the auger housing. The connection between at least one adjacent pair of modular tube sections is arranged to allow the roller assembly to roll across the connection along the length of the assembled auger housing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 18, 2013
    Publication date: October 17, 2013
    Inventors: Terry Douglas Houssian, Bradley Metro Zazula
  • Publication number: 20130213764
    Abstract: A mobilization device adapted to be attached to a piece of conveying equipment such as a gurney. The device includes a base. The coupling structure is connected with the base for supporting at least a portion of the conveying equipment. The device also includes a wheel assembly that is sized to hold the wheels of the conveying equipment off of the ground. The wheel assemblies of the device are used to move the conveying equipment and include tires having a relatively larger height and width to aid in increasing the mobility of the conveying equipment.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Publication date: August 22, 2013
    Inventors: Kevin Wilson Lawless, Charles Phillip Palanca, Phillip E. Chorney
  • Publication number: 20130118862
    Abstract: The embodiments of the Pivoting Conveyor System comprise a feed assembly, plurality of conveying assemblies, and a plurality of pivoting assemblies. These embodiments allow the entire embodiment to articulate in a wide variety of conformations and be placed in various orientations such that the feed assembly can be moved to adjust to the location of the mineral source, such as a rock formation, and transport the material from the quarrying location to the final storage location. In addition, the articulating motion of the embodiments allow for the end of the embodiments to be moved and adjusted as required to transport the material to the desired end location.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 15, 2012
    Publication date: May 16, 2013
    Applicant: All-Right Steel LLC
    Inventor: All-Right Steel LLC
  • Publication number: 20130092506
    Abstract: Embodiments herein provide a support structure for a radial conveyor. The support structure may include first and second wheel assemblies that may be selectively rotated between a travel position and an operating position. The support structure may include a drive assembly having a motor. The drive assembly may selectively engage and/or disengage the motor with one or more of the wheels of the first and/or second wheel assemblies. In some embodiments, the drive assembly may include a pinion coupled to the motor, and an actuating arm to selectively engage and/or disengage the pinion with a ring gear coupled to a first wheel of the first wheel assembly.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 14, 2011
    Publication date: April 18, 2013
    Applicant: CONSTRUCTION EQUIPMENT COMPANY
    Inventor: Roger G. Smith
  • Patent number: 8397902
    Abstract: A belt conveyor system is provided. Belt conveyor system comprises a belt conveyor comprising a first end and a second end. Belt conveyor system also comprises a first hopper located at the first end for loading bulk material onto the belt conveyor. Belt conveyor system also comprises a dispersion assembly on the second end, the dispersion assembly projects and radially disperses the bulk material onto a pile. Also provided is a belt conveyor apparatus for projecting bulk material onto a pile having a smooth profile. The belt conveyor apparatus comprises a dispersion assembly located at an unload end of a conveyor, the dispersion assembly comprises a dispersion roller and a structure for positioning the dispersion roller relative to the conveyor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2013
    Assignee: POET Research, Inc.
    Inventor: James M. Geraets
  • Publication number: 20130049437
    Abstract: A mining system and components for conveyance of mined material. The system may include a continuous miner, a series of one or more conveyor carts, and a loader, coupled in series. The loader may include a first end to be connected to the second end of the series of carts, a feeder assembly proximate to the first end of the loader and also having a first end and a second end, and an elevator at the second end of the feeder assembly. The feeder assembly may include a plurality of spaced paddles connected to endless chains. The paddles convey mined material through a bin and to the elevator. Carts may be stackable, with leg supports of an upper cart being received on the side rails of an adjacent lower cart. Couplings include male and female connectors that couple when advanced toward each other.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 23, 2011
    Publication date: February 28, 2013
    Applicant: VT LEEBOY, INC.
    Inventors: Ralph E. Whitley, Bill Wilkens, Keith Lee, Benjamine Gary Causby
  • Patent number: 8365896
    Abstract: A conveyor mover which may be used to move an auger conveyor or a belt conveyor from one location to another such as between grain bins. The mover is secured to the framework axle of the conveyor and is movable between a lower ground engaging position to an upper transport position. The mover includes at least one drive wheel which may be driven in either a forward direction or a rearward position. In one embodiment, a steer wheel assembly is secured to the conveyor tube adjacent the lower end thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2013
    Inventor: Lynn Jesse
  • Patent number: 8336704
    Abstract: An auger apparatus for moving in a forward direction into a quantity of granular material includes an enclosed housing having a horizontal main floor and right and left inclined floors sloping downward and outward from corresponding ends of the main floor, and walls extending upward from lower ends of the inclined floors. Right and left feed auger tubes extend laterally from the walls, and feed augers are mounted in the tubes. Outer front portions of the feed auger tubes are open to expose outer portions of the feed augers. A main auger tube extends upward from a top of the housing, and a main auger extends from the main floor upward through the main auger. A middle material moving apparatus is mounted forward of the housing and moves grain laterally to the exposed outer portions of the feed augers as the housing moves forward.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Inventor: Hubertus Dekoning
  • Patent number: 8322507
    Abstract: A mobile conveyor machine is provided for a cascading conveyor system in the form of a series of mobile conveyor machines pivotably connected together in the form of a conveyor train.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2012
    Assignee: Prairie Machine & Parts Mfg. (1978) Ltd.
    Inventors: Maurice DeMong, Edward Krueckl
  • Patent number: 8284993
    Abstract: A decentralized tracking system is discussed herein. The decentralized tracking system can be comprised of two or more tracking elements and be used to track packages moving on a conveyor system. Each tracking element can operate independently, despite being highly sophisticated and dynamically coordinated with one or more other tracking elements. The conveyor system can be a modular and/or accumulation conveyor system that has sorting functionality. The decentralized tracking system can be used to divert packages for sortation by, for example, embedding a destination zone into the package's tracking data and/or preprogramming conveyor zones to sort specific packages based on a package identifier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2012
    Assignee: Hytrol Conveyor Company, Inc.
    Inventors: Bryan Dale Taylor, Clifford Allen Mullis, Cole Jeremiah Prince
  • Patent number: 8272493
    Abstract: A swing auger drive attachment system for remotely moving a swing auger in a circular arc. The auxiliary drive attachment generally includes one or more mounting brackets each having a plurality of openings, the openings adapted to align with preexisting wheel mounting holes of a swing hopper to vertically adjustably attach the mounting bracket. The mounting bracket also being horizontally angularly offset so an attached wheel is aligned with a curved directional path of the swing hopper. Connected to the mounting bracket is a drive motor having a drive shaft and a wheel connected, the wheel having a coupler assembly to rotationally connect and disconnect the wheel from the drive shaft to provide motor-driven power to the wheel or allow free-rotation of the wheel. A control unit in communication with the drive motor may be connected to a remote controller or an onboard manual controller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2012
    Inventor: Greg L. Grengs
  • Publication number: 20120175218
    Abstract: A conveyor mover which may be used to move an auger conveyor or a belt conveyor from one location to another such as between grain bins. The mover is secured to the framework axle of the conveyor and is movable between a lower ground engaging position to an upper transport position. The mover includes at least one drive wheel which may be driven in either a forward direction or a rearward position. In one embodiment, a steer wheel assembly is secured to the conveyor tube adjacent the lower end thereof.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 14, 2011
    Publication date: July 12, 2012
    Inventor: Lynn Jesse
  • Patent number: 8176797
    Abstract: A system and method are provided for quantifying a degree of discontinuity of material flow from a meter roller. In an exemplary embodiment, flowable particulate material is fed into a meter roller. The meter roller is then rotated one revolution, and the output from the meter roller is collected and measured. Next, the meter roller is rotated one revolution in discrete increments, each increment having a substantially equal rotational angle. The output from the meter roller is then collected and measured for each increment. Finally, the measurement for each increment is compared to the measurement for the one revolution to determine a statistical parameter indicative of flow rate discontinuity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2012
    Assignee: CNH Canada, Ltd.
    Inventors: Jim Henry, Joel Gervais, Devon Schollar, Scott David Noble, Ka Po Catherine Hui
  • Publication number: 20110253502
    Abstract: A side shifting conveyor is provided for a surface mining operation. The conveyor generally includes conveyor sections and conveyor translation devices. Each conveyor translation device includes a drive operable to move the associated at least one conveyor section in a direction substantially perpendicular to the conveying direction. The conveyor further includes a controller operatively coupled to each drive for controlling operation of the drive and coordinating movement of the conveyor sections. A method for moving a conveyor in a surface mine generally includes sensing that a surface miner operable to deposit material onto the conveyor sections has moved beyond one of the conveyor sections, fixing a position relative to the surface mine of a conveyor translation device associated with one of the conveyor sections, and operating the conveyor translation device to move one of the conveyor sections in a direction substantially perpendicular to the conveying direction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 15, 2011
    Publication date: October 20, 2011
    Inventors: Brad Neilson, Michael S. Adamczyk, Joseph J. Zimmerman
  • Patent number: 8033384
    Abstract: An agricultural conveyor is supported on a pair of steerable wheels such that the steerable wheels are pivotal relative to the conveyor frame about respective upright axes. A hydraulically actuated steering mechanism is arranged to commonly pivot the steerable wheels together relative to the conveyor frame. A hydraulic connector is arranged to connect the hydraulically actuated steering mechanism to a controllable hydraulic output of the towing vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2011
    Inventor: Bernie John Toews
  • Patent number: 8033376
    Abstract: The steerable conveyor includes a conveyor frame supported on a first pair of wheels and a second pair of wheels at laterally opposed first and second sides of the conveyor. The conveyor includes a hitch for connection to a towing vehicle such that the conveyor is pivotal relative to the towing vehicle about a vertical steering axis. A steering mechanism is arranged to pivot all of the steerable wheels relative to the conveyor frame about respective upright steering axes in a common direction of rotation such that the conveyor is arranged to be steered relative to the towing vehicle about the vertical steering axis by steering the conveyor wheels relative to the conveyor frame when the conveyor is towed by the towing vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2011
    Inventors: Bernie John Toews, Dean Bernie Toews, Devin John Toews, Darren Bryce Toews
  • Publication number: 20110132719
    Abstract: A conveyor apparatus is provided that includes a frame and a cross conveyor. The cross conveyor has a movable belt sized and configured to receive and move material. The cross conveyor is supported by the frame. The frame has a base and a plurality of rotatable members attached to the base. The rotatable members are configured to rotate to move the frame. The frame is sized and configured to be positionable adjacent to a mobile bridge conveyor having a tripper conveyor device such that a portion of the cross conveyor is positionable under an upper end portion of the tripper conveyor device to receive material from the tripper conveyor device and move the material to a storage area or stacking area for stacking the material. The tripper is preferably constrained to the frame of the mobile bridge conveyor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 3, 2009
    Publication date: June 9, 2011
    Applicant: FLSMIDTH RAHCO INC.
    Inventors: Nicholas R. Tebbe, Glenn Davis
  • Publication number: 20110127138
    Abstract: An auger assembly transfers particulate material from a source area to a target area using a main auger, an open top swing auger or U-trough, and an extendable loading swing auger connected to one another. The main auger is supported on a wheeled frame similar to conventional grain augers while the U-trough is pivoted thereon, and the extendable loading swing auger is mounted on a rail system on the top of the U-trough. The inlet hopper of the extendable swing auger can be extended out to reach away from the main auger thus can be more easily positioned for proper alignment with the discharge hopper of a particulate material container even when the discharge hopper is within a confined space.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 26, 2010
    Publication date: June 2, 2011
    Inventor: Jerome Sanders
  • Patent number: 7949447
    Abstract: A steering system and method are capable of steering a plurality of vehicles arranged in a train with adjacent vehicles pivotally connected to each other for movement about a vertical axis. Each vehicle has a pair of steerable wheels with one pair at one end of the train being a selected leading pair having its steering angle determined by an operator. An electrical control system automatically steers all of the wheels trailing behind the leading pair. Vehicle angle sensors measure intercar angles between adjacent vehicles and provide this information to the control system. An indicator provides the controller with the current distance traveled by the train. Wheel angle sensors provide signals indicative of the current steering angle for each wheel pair. The controller adjusts the actual steering angle for each trailing pair to a desired angle by calculating adjustments based on the measurement inputs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2011
    Assignee: Prairie Machine & Parts Mfg. (1978) Ltd.
    Inventors: Maurice DeMong, Ashley Debnam
  • Publication number: 20110111679
    Abstract: Portioning and/or transport apparatus for portioning and/or transporting sausages. The apparatus includes a conveyor device having at least one conveyor element which is drivable by means of a drive motor and which can be brought into contact with a sausage for conveying the sausages.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 28, 2010
    Publication date: May 12, 2011
    Applicant: VEMAG MASCHINENBAU GMBH
    Inventor: Jörg Bilowski
  • Publication number: 20110088994
    Abstract: A vertical chain-driven conveyor apparatus includes two upright side frames, two sets of upper and lower sprockets mounted revolvably and respectively on the side frames, and a pair of endless chains, each trained on a respective set of the upper and lower sprockets for elevating and lowering a plurality of merchandise rolls. Each chain is guided by a guide rail unit to smoothly travel along an upright running route. A pair of chain-tension adjusting units are respectively coupled with the upper sprockets such that the upper sprockets can be moved upwardly relative to the lower sprockets to properly tense the chains.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 19, 2009
    Publication date: April 21, 2011
    Inventor: Tieh-Han WU
  • Patent number: 7918332
    Abstract: The present invention is a conveyor arrangement for a stamping die employed within a stamping press. The conveyor arrangement has a fixed conveyor with a protruding end, wherein the fixed conveyor is mounted on the die for receiving and shuttling stamped parts from the die. The conveyor arrangement also has a moveable conveyor with a supported first end and a cantilevered second end, wherein the moveable conveyor is arranged for positioning the second end under the fixed conveyor's protruding end for receiving and shuttling stamped parts from the fixed conveyor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2011
    Assignee: Chrysler Group LLC
    Inventors: Donald R. Vaughn, Jr., Mark A. Frondal, Charles J. Abramson
  • Publication number: 20110076115
    Abstract: A conveyor shuttle having a conveyor belt for conveying textiles across a wash alley from a washing machine (selected from among a plurality of washing machines) to a drying machine (selected from among a plurality of drying machines). The shuttle travels along the work alley among and between the washing machines and the drying machines. Some embodiments further include guide hardware to help guide soiled laundry into the washing machine. Some embodiments include an operator platform and an operator control system so that a human user can ride on the shuttle and help control various wash alley functions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 28, 2010
    Publication date: March 31, 2011
    Applicant: G.A. BRAUN, INC.
    Inventors: Michael C. Page, Stephen D. Wilbur, Joseph B. Gudenburr, IV, R. Scott Morse