With Means To Facilitate Working, Treating, Or Inspecting Conveyed Load At A Station Patents (Class 198/339.1)
  • Patent number: 10286441
    Abstract: A feed apparatus for successive processing of hollow bodies at processing stations which are arranged in a ring-shaped manner, to a necking machine for successive processing of hollow bodies, to a method for successive feeding of hollow bodies at processing stations which are arranged in a ring-shaped manner, and to a corresponding computer program. In order to allow a relatively large number of processing stations to be provided, without there being an excessive space requirement or similarly inefficient resource utilization, a feed apparatus is proposed for successive processing of hollow bodies at processing stations which are arranged in a ring-shaped manner, having a first circulating guide for first processing stations and a second circulating guide for second processing stations, one of the guides being arranged within the other guide, and having a moving unit for moving a hollow body into the first guide and/or the second guide.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Inventor: Manfred Weis
  • Patent number: 10242898
    Abstract: An article transport facility includes an alignment portion that aligns the position of an inspection unit that is transferred to a transport target location with a proper support position, and a position detection device for detecting the position of a detection target portion provided on a holding portion is provided in the inspection unit. The horizontal offset amount of the holding portion relative to the proper support position is measured based on detection information from the position detection device in a state in which the inspection unit is aligned with the proper support position and the holding portion is positioned at a release position or a release movement position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: Daifuku Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Tomotaka Kinugawa
  • Patent number: 10126317
    Abstract: A laboratory sample distribution system is presented. The laboratory sample distribution system comprises a plurality of container carriers. The container carriers each comprise at least one magnetically active device such as, for example, at least one permanent magnet, and carry a sample container containing a sample. The system further comprises a transport plane to carry the multiple container carriers and a plurality of electro-magnetic actuators stationary arranged below the transport plane. The electro-magnetic actuators move a container carrier on top of the transport plane by applying a magnetic force to the container carrier. The system also comprises at least one transfer device to transfer a sample item, wherein the sample item is a container carrier, a sample container, part of the sample and/or the complete sample, between the transport plane and a laboratory station such as, for example, a pre-analytical, an analytical and/or a post-analytical station.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: Roche Diagnostics Operations, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Heise, Hans Schneider
  • Patent number: 10093025
    Abstract: The present invention provides a part conveyor system comprising an attitude adjusting jig which adjusts the attitude of a part which has an axis part and a head part, and a conveyor device which takes out and conveys the part from the attitude adjusting jig. The attitude adjusting jig is provided with a recessed part which has an inside space which is sandwiched between a pair of upward slanted surfaces facing each other, a groove part which is formed at the bottom of the recessed part for holding the axis part of the part, and a magnet which is arranged in the groove part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Inventors: Yuichiro Kiyama, Masaru Oda, Toshimichi Yoshinaga
  • Patent number: 10039220
    Abstract: A method for retrieving and presenting objects in an automated Surface Mount Device (SMD) warehouse adapted to obtain information related to upcoming SMT jobs, the method comprising receiving at least one of input data and a parameter representing a position within said automated Surface Mount Device (SMD) warehouse; retrieving a bin from said position within said automated SMD warehouse at least partly based on said at least one of input data and/or a parameter representing said position within said automated Surface Mount Device (SMD) warehouse; and -presenting said retrieved bin at, or close to, an output port, such as an opening, of said automated Surface Mount Device (SMD) warehouse.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2018
    Assignee: Mycronic AB
    Inventors: Nils Jacobsson, Roger Jonasson
  • Patent number: 9944470
    Abstract: Systems and methods of associating data to an item being transported by a conveying system are disclosed. The item and data associated with the item are received at a first zone of the conveying system. The data is stored in a first computer-readable storage medium associated with the first zone. The item is transported to a second zone of the conveying system, and the data stored in the first computer-readable storage medium is transferred to a second computer-readable storage medium associated with the second zone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: Matthews International Corporation
    Inventor: Darin Danelski
  • Patent number: 9896289
    Abstract: A method of automatically mounting a sheet from a cutting table onto a spacer frame of an insulating glass unit begins with identifying a position and orientation of a specified sheet on the cutting table and moving a robotic sheet pickup apparatus to a corresponding position to that identified for the sheet. An edge of the specified sheet is lifted off of the table, beginning with mechanical suction that brings a corner of the sheet to within proximity of a primary vacuum suction of the pickup apparatus. In particular, the pickup apparatus may have a substantially planar platen with a set of channels coupled to a vacuum source. Once the sheet is fully picked up by vacuum suction, the sheet is laid upon a top surface of a tilt table, which can be simply the platen inverted. The table (or platen) is tilted to bring a corner of the sheet to abut against physical fences. Once the position and orientation of the sheet is so known, the sheet is oriented to correspond to a frame, and attached thereto.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2018
    Assignee: Southwall Technologies Inc.
    Inventors: Vonn Sawatzky, Tom Engbersen, Christian H. Stoessel, Kayur A. Patel, Mark Cargill, Carlos Salinas, Jr.
  • Patent number: 9864941
    Abstract: Magnetic core made of soft magnetic material with a data medium attached to, mounted on or integrated in the magnetic core, with data in machine-readable form being stored on the data medium, the data representing at least one magnetic parameter of the magnetic core or its corresponding electrical parameter, measured at at least two different temperatures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2018
    Inventors: Harald Hundt, Markus Wehring, Nina Friedenberger, Achim Kipper
  • Patent number: 9698117
    Abstract: The die bonding apparatus including a transferring unit, a loading member loading a substrate to the transferring unit, an unloading member unloading the substrate from the transferring unit, a wafer holder supporting a wafer providing dies, and a bonding member picking up one of the dies from the wafer and bonding the picked-up die to the substrate loaded on the transferring unit by pressuring the picked-up die against the substrate using a gas may be provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2017
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yongdae Ha, Jaeryoung Lee, Chulmin Kim, Yisung Hwang, Teaseog Um, Yongjin Jung
  • Patent number: 9656356
    Abstract: An insulated glass unit (IGU) assembly station can include an assembly table, a conveyor assembly, and a projection component. The assembly table can have a table surface configured to receive first and second transparent window components, the table surface being positioned at an incline relative to a vertical position. The conveyor assembly can be configured to translate the first and second transparent window components along a translation pathway from a first end of the table surface to a second end of the table surface, the translation pathway being substantially parallel to the table surface. The projection component can be adjacent to the assembly table and can be configured to engage the first transparent window component to translate at least a bottom portion of the first transparent window component between an initial position and a first assembly position offset from the translation pathway.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2017
    Assignee: GUARDIAN IG, LLC
    Inventor: Corey E. Pemberton
  • Patent number: 9532015
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method, the method comprises exposing an image frame of an object to be monitored by an area image sensor, transmitting a part of the exposed image frame to an image data processing device, analyzing the part and if the part is detected to comprise a predefined event, said image data processing device is arranged to transmit a trigger signal for triggering said area image sensor so that said area image sensor transmits a bigger part of at least one further image frame to said image data processing device for further analysis, and if not the area image sensor continues to expose at least one further image frame and to transmit a part of said at least one exposed further image frame. The invention further relates to a machine vision system for performing the method and a computer program product comprising instructions to perform the method.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2016
    Assignee: Procemex OY
    Inventor: Jari Ritoniemi
  • Patent number: 9475646
    Abstract: A laminated chip writing device having a tower, a plurality of chip writing units arranged on the tower, and a driving mechanism for driving the tower and the chip writing units linearly. The plurality of chip writing units are arranged on the tower along an inclination direction having an angle between 0° and 90° in a horizontal direction. The two adjacent chip writing units are staggered on one another in the horizontal direction to form a staggered space. An arrangement direction of the chip writing units on the tower is parallel to the linear movement direction of the chip writing units. When any chip writing unit arrives at a card access position, the clearance in the chip writing unit and the staggered space under the clearance form a passage in which working dial teeth pushes a card.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2016
    Assignee: Guangzhou Mingsen Technologies Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Kailai Wang
  • Patent number: 9446908
    Abstract: Systems and methods of associating data to an item being transported by a conveying system are disclosed. The item and data associated with the item are received at a first zone of the conveying system. The data is stored in a first computer-readable storage medium associated with the first zone. The item is transported to a second zone of the conveying system, and the data stored in the first computer-readable storage medium is transferred to a second computer-readable storage medium associated with the second zone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2016
    Inventor: Darin Danelski
  • Patent number: 9038807
    Abstract: An assembly line, wherein at least one operating branch of fixed length accommodates a number of platforms aligned with one another and with a given travelling direction; each platform being designed to receive a respective vehicle body, feed it in the travelling direction, and subject it to a succession of n assembly operations along the operating branch; each platform being designed for connection to at least one longitudinal extension to assume a total length, which depends on the length of the body carried, and ranges between a minimum length equal to the length of the platform with no extension, and a maximum length; and the length of the operating branch being equal to n times the maximum length.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2015
    Assignee: Fiat Group Automobiles S.p.A.
    Inventors: Denny Monti, Giulio Talarico, Marco Cavaglia′, Elio Tordella, Salvatore Fazio
  • Publication number: 20150139772
    Abstract: The invention relates to a device for transporting objects, in particular packaging means, said device comprising a continuous conveying section (3) and a plurality of conveying assemblies (40) that circulate on the conveying section (3). Each conveying assembly (40) comprises a first conveying element (4) and a second conveying element (5) and each of said conveying elements (4, 5) can be driven individually and independently of one another. The conveying elements (4, 5) are designed to jointly transport one individual object (2).
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 18, 2013
    Publication date: May 21, 2015
    Inventors: Reinhard Rapp, Ruediger Grabowski, Josef Weis
  • Publication number: 20150128397
    Abstract: A vehicle body component mounting system is provided with, along a conveyance path for a vehicle body, an upstream component mounting work area using a cell production system, a central component mounting work area in which the vehicle body is conveyed by an overhead conveyor, and a downstream component mounting work area using the cell production system in this order. Components other than principal components are mounted to the vehicle body using the cell production system. The cell production system is adaptable by increasing the number of component boxes, and thus an increase in the length of the line is prevented. The increase in the length of the line is prevented by using a line production system as a base and also using the cell production system as a part thereof.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 7, 2013
    Publication date: May 14, 2015
    Inventors: Nobuhiro Kozasa, Katsuyoshi Tsutsumida, Hidetoshi Takahashi, Tomonori Iwasaki, Katsutoshi Ebana, Gentoku Fujii, Yoshiki Asano, Yoshio Nagasawa, Kenji Tatsuda, Hitoshi Suzukawa, Koichi Sano, Mamoru Miyamura, Kunihiko Oba, Yuji Kawamura, Tadao Kurosawa, Yohei Yamada
  • 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: 20150122173
    Abstract: In order to provide a crossmember device for a floor unit of a coating and/or processing chamber where components of a drive device for a conveying device are protected from unwanted contamination, it is proposed that the crossmember device includes a crossmember and a force-transmitting drive element of a drive device, wherein the drive element is arranged at least in portions in an interior of the crossmember.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 26, 2013
    Publication date: May 7, 2015
    Inventors: Andreas Federmann, Mario Reiber, Michael Baitinger, Samuel Caspari
  • Publication number: 20150114796
    Abstract: The invention relates to a conveyor device (2) for the conveyance of workplaces (4, 6, 8), specifically of circuit boards, in the conveyance direction (T) along a conveyance path (10). The conveyor device (2) is equipped both with primary conveyance means (18) and with secondary conveyance means (22) for conveyance of the workpiece along a first or second partial path (20, 24) of the conveyance path (10), wherein workplaces (4, 6, 8) are fed to the first partial path (20) via the second partial path (24).
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 24, 2014
    Publication date: April 30, 2015
    Applicant: Viscom AG
    Inventor: Martin Heuser
  • Patent number: 9005715
    Abstract: A system and method of painting parts of large dimensions that present a certain amount of flexibility that makes their shape geometrically unstable in the event of being moved. The surface of a part is moved in front of a paint spray device by an arm of a robot, while the spray device remains stationary relative to the robot and while the part is being deformed. Other elements include a gripper for gripping parts of large dimensions, the gripper being adapted to implement the method; an installation; and a booth for performing surface treatment of parts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignee: Compagnie Plastic Omnium
    Inventor: David Tresse
  • Patent number: 8967368
    Abstract: An apparatus for processing electronic devices includes a rotary turret having first device concentric around the rotary turret, which transfer the electronic devices; a rotary wheel having second device holders concentric around the rotary wheel, which receive the electronic devices and a processing device to process the electronic devices. The rotary turret rotates the first device holders along a first circular path, and the rotary wheel rotates the second device holders along a second circular path. The first axis of the rotary turret is perpendicular to the second axis of the rotary wheel, and that a projection of the second circular path of the second device holders in a direction perpendicular to the second axis of the rotary wheel onto the first circular path of the first device holders defines a line from the inside to the outside of the first circular path of the first device holders.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Assignee: ASM Technology Singapore Pte Ltd
    Inventors: Chi Wah Cheng, Kai Fung Lau
  • Patent number: 8959878
    Abstract: A tablet inspecting device which can overcome counting and discrimination errors is provided. A medicine packaging envelope strip is formed by connecting in a strip shape multiple envelopes separated when a user takes tablets, and is imaged, thus counting the tablets. A conveyance passage along which the strip is conveyed in an associated longitudinal direction, conveyance mechanism, and gap forming part forming a gap between adjacent tablets, the conveyance passage including a horizontal passage, a first inclined passage with upward inclination extending from the horizontal passage, and a second inclined passage with downward inclination and an upper end spaced apart from an upper end of the first passage, the gap forming part including a rod body having projecting portions staggered throughout a peripheral surface thereof, being arranged at the space approximately orthogonal to the conveyance direction, and being rotatable about a center axis thereof, are provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: Ookuma Electronic Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Keiji Okuma
  • Publication number: 20150047947
    Abstract: An enclosed two-part computer controlled cyclical and sequential through-flow conveying, usage and metering System (200) is disclosed, for use in the electric vehicle motive power provision industries, for said two-part enclosed System to sequentially convey small-volume rechargeable Cell-Modules by sequential conveyor-means in a metered through-flow sequential conveying manner within said two-part System wherein the first part is a Stationary Part that includes a specially manufactured Cell-Module dispensing Bowser and a specially manufactured Cell-Module Charging-Bay and wherein the second part is a Movable Part that includes a specially manufactured or specially adapted Cell-Module powered electric Vehicle having a specially manufactured Cell-Module Chamber installed within. A Nozzle (3) and a Portal (4) respectively provide means for the Stationary Part and the Movable Part to exchange a choosable plurality of small-volume rechargeable Cell-Modules (100) and (500).
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 11, 2014
    Publication date: February 19, 2015
    Inventor: Gordon Roy Tait
  • Publication number: 20150027850
    Abstract: A spraying system includes a spraying device, a toasting device, a conveyor line, and a turning device. The spraying device is configured to spray a workpiece. The toasting device is configured to toast the workpiece. The conveyor line passes through the spraying device and the toasting device and is configured to convey the workpiece. The turning device is coupled to the conveyor line and includes a first fixing frame across the conveyor line, a turning mechanism, and a blocking member. The turning mechanism includes a bearing frame detachably coupled to the conveyor line, a rotation shaft rotatably coupled to the bearing frame; a rotatable member coupled to the rotation shaft; and a positioning member coupled to the rotation shaft and configured to couple the workpiece. The blocking member is coupled to the fixing frame and configured to block the rotatable member to rotate the rotation shaft, the positioning member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 29, 2014
    Publication date: January 29, 2015
  • Publication number: 20150014121
    Abstract: The invention relates to a device for providing a bead to a number of workstations, the device includes a frame and a turret rotatable relative to the frame around an indexing axis between one or more predetermined positions relative to the frame, the turret including arms extending substantially radially relative to the indexing axis and being provided with bead-holding members for holding a substantially circular bead, wherein each of the bead-holding members is adapted to rotate around an associated axis of rotation for rotating a bead around its center.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 28, 2013
    Publication date: January 15, 2015
    Inventors: Marco Slot, Gerardus Johannes Catharina Van Laar
  • Publication number: 20150008096
    Abstract: A thin-section sample fabrication apparatus includes a sample table that places a thin section cut out from an embedding block, a transporting mechanism that moves the thin section to the vicinity of the sample table, a liquid phase forming portion that forms a liquid phase having a predetermined amount of transfer liquid which continues from the transport surface onto the sample table, and a thin-section transfer portion that transfers the thin section onto the sample table so that a surface of the thin section opposing the transport surface opposes the sample table by surface tension of the liquid phase formed by the liquid phase forming portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 6, 2013
    Publication date: January 8, 2015
    Inventor: Tetsumasa Ito
  • Publication number: 20140374214
    Abstract: A traveling type immersion treatment apparatus for a vehicle body has a speed control device which controls the traveling speed of the conveying traveling body according to the angle of rotation of a rotary shaft that rotates the vehicle body. Between an upright position and a 90° rotation position the forward speed of the conveying traveling body is gradually decreased in relation to a reference conveying speed; then the forward speed of the conveying traveling body is gradually increased in relation to the reference conveying speed until the vehicle body reaches a 270° rotation position from the 90° rotation position; and then the forward speed of the conveying traveling body is gradually decreased in relation to the reference conveying speed until the vehicle body returns to the original upright position from the 270° rotation position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 9, 2014
    Publication date: December 25, 2014
    Applicant: DAIFUKU CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Shigeyoshi Nishihara
  • Patent number: 8915348
    Abstract: A breakage prevention mechanism includes a pair of arms which is synchronized and moves approximately parallel, and a crossbar bridged between the top end of the arms. Both end of the crossbar and the arm are connected pivotably around two axis. Both end of the crossbar are configured to be slidable against the arm in X axis direction. A plunger is placed between both end of the crossbar and arm, which protects the crossbar by restraining the pivoting and the sliding of both in the normal condition and releasing the restraint when the unintended force is given.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 23, 2014
    Assignee: Aida Engineering, Ltd.
    Inventors: Keisuke Takeda, Seiji Nakoshi, Takashi Koshimizu
  • Publication number: 20140353114
    Abstract: A system for weighing containers includes a movable member having a peripheral edge in which a recess forms a seat for drawing a container, the movable member being activatable in a first movement direction such that a first wall of the seat abuts and draws the container; a container-weighing cell comprising a support plane for receiving and supporting the container; a container guide. The weighing cell, the movable member and the guide are reciprocally arranged such that when the container is drawn by the movable member the container can slide on the support plane and be guided by guide externally of the seat. The movable member is further activatable in a second, opposed, movement direction to detach the seat from the container and leave the container on the support plane for weighing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 21, 2012
    Publication date: December 4, 2014
    Inventor: Luigi Cavina
  • Publication number: 20140352612
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a transfer apparatus for transfer to and/or from a processing machine, in particular an internal lacquering machine, for processing cylindrical containers with or without a closed bottom, in particular made of aluminium or steel, wherein the processing machine comprises a holding dial provided with holding elements for holding the cylindrical containers, to a processing system including such transfer apparatus and to a corresponding transfer method and it is an object of the present invention to provide such transfer apparatus, which allows for transferring cylindrical containers with or without a closed bottom to a processing machine the holding elements of which having radially and tangentially fixed positions relative to the holding dial and being equally distributed with a first mutual pacing on a circle with a reduced need for maintenance and/or cleaning.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 28, 2014
    Publication date: December 4, 2014
    Applicant: Mall + Herlan Italia Srl
    Inventors: Sergio Persico, Flavio Vailati
  • Publication number: 20140338177
    Abstract: An apparatus for assembling panels and locking elements comprises a feeding conveyor for substantially continuously supplying a panel, a processing assembly including a magazine for receiving the continuously supplied panels, the processing assembly being provided with an indexing system for taking the panels from the magazine in a substantially discontinuous manner to a plurality of processing stations, including a machining station for making a recess into a panel, an inserting station for inserting a locking element into a recess of a panel, and a discharge station for discharging the assembled panel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 13, 2012
    Publication date: November 20, 2014
    Applicant: Spanolux N.V.-Div. Balterio
    Inventors: Bruno Paul Louis Vermeulen, Jan Eddy De Rick
  • Publication number: 20140326578
    Abstract: A product storage apparatus for collectively storing processed products includes an endless loop member that is circularly moved along a path, plural holders each of which is fixed to the endless loop member with a predetermined pitch and holds the processed products, and a drive unit that circularly moves the endless loop member to circularly move the plurality of holders intermittently by stopping the endless loop member temporarily at every move by a mathematical product of the pitch and a natural number n. According to the product storage apparatus, it is possible to store the processed products with high space efficiency.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 5, 2012
    Publication date: November 6, 2014
    Inventors: Kentaro Kaneko, Yuji Araki
  • Patent number: 8869967
    Abstract: A dynamic load lock chamber that includes a plurality of actuators positioned along its length to achieve a desired pressure gradient from an atmospheric pressure side to a processing pressure side of the chamber is provided. The chamber includes a transport belt continuously running through the chamber to transport substrates from the atmospheric pressure side to the processing pressure side of the chamber, if situated on an inlet side of a production line, and from the processing pressure side to the atmospheric pressure side of the chamber, if positioned on an outlet side of the production line. Separation mechanisms may be attached to the belt to separate discrete regions within the chamber into a plurality of discrete volumes. Substrates may be disposed between the separation mechanisms, such that separation between adjacent pressure regions within the chamber is maintained as the substrates are transported through the chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2014
    Assignee: Applied Materials, Inc.
    Inventors: Wolfgang Buschbeck, Juergen Henrich, Andreas Lopp, Susanne Schlaefer
  • Patent number: 8869692
    Abstract: A transport table, comprising a transport web; an unwinding roller for unwinding the transport web therefrom; a first return element; a second return element; a winding roller for winding thereon the unwound transport web; a first frame with which the first and the second return element are connected; and a second frame with which the unwinding roller and the winding roller are rotatably connected, wherein the unwinding roller, the winding roller and the return elements together are designed for stretching the transport web such that between the first and the second return element a surface of the transport web is available as transport surface, and wherein the second frame is movable along a path substantially parallel to said transport surface with respect to the first frame. The invention also discloses a method for the use of the transport table.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2014
    Assignee: OTB Solar B.V.
    Inventors: Cornelius Adrianus Henricus Van Der Avoort, Robbert Hilmar Backer, Cornelius Petrus Du Pau, Marcel Peeren
  • Publication number: 20140311855
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for cyclically shielding a work chamber opening (25) when loading and unloading workpieces using a conveyor device (10) that passes through the work chamber opening. A first shielding element (21) is placed at a workpiece loading station (11.1), and a second shielding element (22) is placed behind a second workpiece placement location (11.2), as viewed in the conveying direction. When the first workpiece is loaded into the work chamber (20), the first shielding element (21) is placed at or in the work chamber opening (25) by advancing the conveyor device (10). The first shielding element (21) is then removed from the work chamber opening (25) and placed behind the second shielding element (22). These steps are repeated with subsequent workpiece placement locations (11.2, 11.3, . . . ) of the conveyor device (10) and with respective cross-over changes of the shielding elements (21, 22).
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 5, 2012
    Publication date: October 23, 2014
    Inventors: Berthold Kampen, Josef Artmann, Heinrich Dropmann
  • Patent number: 8857605
    Abstract: The feeder and positioner for trays for food products (209) according to the invention comprises A) at least one conveyor guide (227); B) at least one conveyor chain (211) which for a section further upstream is substantially side-by-side with the at least one conveyor guide, and is designed to engage with a plurality of trays (V) and to make them advance along the at least one conveyor guide (227). At a moving pulley (213) the conveyor chain (211) is substantially diverted from the path of the at least one conveyor guide (227) so as to disengage from the trays (V). The feeder and positioner (209) comprises a slide (223) on which the pulley (213) is mounted. By moving repeatedly, the slide (213) moves the point in which the trays (V) disengage from the chain (211) and deposits a plurality of N trays in a row on the guide (227). The N trays can be picked up simultaneously from the guide (227).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2014
    Assignee: Reepack S.R.L.
    Inventor: Livio Valli
  • Patent number: 8851268
    Abstract: An apparatus for manufacturing an absorbent article includes a processing device that, processes semi-finished products, and an inspecting device that inspects whether an actual processing position by the processing device is within an allowable range of the process target position on the semi-finished product. The inspecting device includes, a sensor section located in the transport direction and outputting a detection signal while the actual processing position of the semi-finished product is being detected, a reference signal outputting section outputting a reference signal having a waveform in which one wavelength is equivalent to a unit transport amount corresponding to a single semi-finished product, the reference signal having a first waveform portion at a phase corresponding to the allowable range in the wavelength, and a determining section determining whether the actual processing position is within the allowable range by comparing the detection signal with the reference signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2014
    Assignee: Uni-Charm Corporation
    Inventor: Noritomo Kameda
  • Publication number: 20140284494
    Abstract: Biomass (e.g., plant biomass, animal biomass, and municipal waste biomass) or other materials are processed to produce useful intermediates and products, such as energy, fuels, foods or materials. For example, systems and methods are described that can be used to treat feedstock materials, such as cellulosic and/or lignocellulosic materials, in a vault in which the walls and optionally the ceiling include discrete units. Such vaults are re-configurable.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 9, 2014
    Publication date: September 25, 2014
    Inventors: Marshall MEDOFF, Thomas Craig MASTERMAN, Robert PARADIS
  • Publication number: 20140262680
    Abstract: A conveyance system includes a plurality of feed-forward track segments each having an upwardly facing channel and a friction drive member disposed in the channel. At least one carrier is supported for movement along the feed-forward track segments by frictional engagement between the carrier and the friction drive member. The conveyance system may further include a plurality of return track segments disposed above the feed-forward track segments. A catwalk may be positioned between the feed-forward track segments and the return track segments.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2014
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Inventors: Kevin J. Laurence, William R. Cremont, Walter J. Jakubiec, Michael Carter, Rodney E. Bereznicki
  • Publication number: 20140262681
    Abstract: A conveyance system includes a plurality of feed-forward track segments aligned end-to end, each having an upwardly facing channel and at least one linear motor disposed in the channel. At least one carrier is supported for movement along the track segments. Each carrier includes at least one magnet that cooperates with the linear motors to move the carrier along the respective feed-forward track segments. The conveyance system may further include a plurality of return track segments spaced from the plurality of feed-forward track segments.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2014
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Inventors: Kevin J. Laurence, Michael P. LaRose, Scott J. Hoder, Kenneth V. DeYonker, Joseph P. Peet, Walter J. Jakubiec
  • Patent number: 8829396
    Abstract: A new class of work-piece conveyors, comprising zero-mass, shadow-less transport systems, with a drive having a pair of parallel, laterally spaced, movable chains defining a processing path, with fingers projecting transversely toward the process path centerline. The gap between fingers eliminates conveyor tube/rod supports, improving wafer quality and conserving energy. Implementations include wire chain, band and roller chain transports to which fingers are secured. Fingers are angled down so that the intersection of the bottom and side edges of the work-piece make only point contacts with each finger. A pair of finger chains implement a single lane drive; adding center bilateral finger drive chains with oppositely pointing fingers implement a multi-lane system. The inventive method includes individually configurable processing temperature profiles in side-by-side lanes, on a zone-by-zone, upper and lower half basis for broad processing flexibility.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2014
    Assignee: TP Solar, Inc.
    Inventors: Luis Alejandro Rey Garcia, Richard W. Parks, Peter G. Ragay
  • Patent number: 8828776
    Abstract: Multi-zone, solar cell diffusion furnaces having a plurality of radiant element (SiC) or/and high intensity IR lamp heated process zones, including baffle, ramp-up, firing, soaking and cooling zone(s). The transport of solar cell wafers, e.g., silicon, selenium, germanium or gallium-based solar cell wafers, through the furnace is implemented by use of an ultra low-mass, wafer transport system comprising laterally spaced shielded, synchronously driven, metal bands or chains carrying non-rotating alumina tubes suspended on wires between them. The wafers rest on raised circumferential standoffs spaced laterally along the alumina tubes, which reduces contamination. The high intensity IR flux rapidly photo-radiation conditions the wafers so that diffusion occurs >3× faster than conventional high-mass thermal furnaces. Longitudinal side wall heaters comprising coil heaters in Inconel sheaths inserted in carrier tubes are employed to insure even heating of wafer edges adjacent the side walls.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2014
    Assignee: TP Solar, Inc.
    Inventors: Richard W. Parks, Luis Alejandro Rey Garcia, Peter G. Ragay
  • Publication number: 20140237981
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a conveyor system that may be used with an agricultural harvester, such as a round baler, waste baler, combine, sugarcane harvester or cotton harvester. More particularly, the conveyor system utilizes at least a first and a second conveyor belt of which at least one of the conveyor belts is independently movable in the forward and backward directions. The speed and direction of the conveyor belts can be controlled to optimize continuous baling of harvested crop in the agricultural baler.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 22, 2013
    Publication date: August 28, 2014
    Applicant: CNH CANADA, LTD.
    Inventor: Martin J. ROBERGE
  • Patent number: 8813940
    Abstract: A device for filling containers, in particular bottles or beakers with food products, comprising: an upper main element, a lower main element which are the main elements of the device; lateral elements connecting the main elements; a plurality of support elements continuously arranged at one another without a continuous drive device and provided with receivers for the containers and moved through the device and along the elements and along operating stations; running rails on which the support elements rest while being moved through the main elements; a drive which moves the support elements at least along the operating stations; and at least one lateral element configured as an elevator through which the support elements alternate between the main elements when moving through the device, wherein the elevator includes a exclusively vertically movable lifting device for moving the support elements from one main element into another main element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2014
    Assignee: Hamba Filltec GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventor: Martin Junk
  • Patent number: 8805585
    Abstract: A handling apparatus having a belt conveyor (2) for conveying a work (10), a robot (4) for performing a predetermined operation for the work (10), a visual sensor (3) for photographing the work (10) being conveyed to produce work data indicating each work (10) in the photographed image, and a robot controller (5) for gathering the work data for each image thereby to produce a tracking data, and for storing the tracking data in a database, thereby to control the robot (4) with the database so that a predetermined operation is performed on the work (10) transferred to the position of the robot (4). The robot controller (5) performs a predetermined calculation on the work data read out from the database, detects the overlapped work data, and cancels the control of the actions of the robot (4) based on the overlapped work data. The robot controller (5) rearranges the sequences, in which the robot (4) performs the operation on each work (10).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2014
    Assignee: Toshiba Kikai Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Yasunori Nishihara
  • Publication number: 20140216892
    Abstract: A material transfer device is configured for transferring a number of molding assemblies. The material transfer device includes a controlling box and a transfer mechanism. The transfer mechanism includes a receiving chamber, a driving device, and a supporting structure. The receiving chamber is fixedly positioned on the controlling box. The driving device is positioned on a side surface of the receiving chamber. The supporting structure includes a holder and a supporting plate. The holder is positioned on the driving device, and configured to hold the molding assemblies. The supporting plate is positioned on the holder. The driving device drives the supporting structure to move, relative to the receiving chamber.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 31, 2013
    Publication date: August 7, 2014
    Inventor: MING-LUNG GUO
  • Publication number: 20140202829
    Abstract: The invention concerns a laboratory product transport element for a laboratory transport system with an energy receiver and/or energy accumulator to provide drive power, at least one signal receiver to receive control signals, a control unit to generate drive signals as a function of at least one control signal obtained from the at least one signal receiver, movement devices for independent movement of the laboratory product transport element on a transfer path as a function of the drive signals of the control unit, in which the drive devices are driven by the drive power and at least one holder to hold a laboratory product being transported. The invention also concerns a laboratory transport system with at least one laboratory product transport element according to an embodiment of the invention and a transfer path arrangement. The invention also concerns methods for operation of laboratory transport systems according to an embodiment of the invention.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 11, 2012
    Publication date: July 24, 2014
    Applicant: BECKMAN COULTER, INC.
    Inventors: Michael Eberhardt, Martin Mueller, Sebastian Wiessner
  • Publication number: 20140190132
    Abstract: Machine (1) for converting paper comprising a starwheel unit (10) equipped with at least one cylindrical body having a plurality of grooves (15), each of which is configured to receive a respective sheet (11) of a plurality of folded sheets (11) that are carried in turn, for example between two transmission belts (200, 201), along a feeding direction (101), for example a direction substantially tangential to the starwheel unit (10). The starwheel unit rotates about a rotation axis (110), for example in a counterclockwise direction, and discharges in turn the sheets (11) present in the grooves (15) onto a formation table (20, 120). More precisely, the folded sheets are discharged to achieve a predetermined angular release position, in order to form a stack (50) of folded sheets (11). The machine (1) can comprise a transfer means for transferring the formed stacks (50) from the table (20, 120) to said conveying means (30).
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 23, 2012
    Publication date: July 10, 2014
    Inventor: Alessandro De Matteis
  • Patent number: 8763792
    Abstract: A conveyance system includes a traveling member to transport an article installed for movement along a travel guide. A drive source arranged to drive the traveling member is a linear motor including an armature, disposed along the travel guide, and a mover on the secondary side installed on the traveling member. The travel guide includes a rectilinear section and a curved section. The armatures of the linear motor are spaced at a distance from each other and arranged such that a plurality of the armatures are arranged along the rectilinear section and the curved section of the travel guide. The travel guide is arranged to accommodate a plurality of traveling members mounted thereon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 1, 2014
    Assignee: Murata Machinery, Ltd.
    Inventors: Kazuya Iwasaki, Kazuhiro Ishikawa
  • Publication number: 20140151185
    Abstract: A system and device for use in a security area, and more particularly, a rack system and holding device for placing various objects that are processed through a security area are taught.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 6, 2014
    Publication date: June 5, 2014
    Inventor: Joseph T Ambrefe, JR.