Means Engaging Conveyor Or Load On A Conveyor To Align Load For Working Patents (Class 198/345.1)
  • Patent number: 10373856
    Abstract: A transfer head array includes a body and a plurality of transfer heads. The body includes a base portion and at least one wall portion. The wall portion is located on and stationary to the base portion. The wall portion has a top surface. The transfer heads are located on the top surface of the wall portion. The wall portion is continuous at least between two of the transfer heads.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: MIKRO MESA TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Li-Yi Chen
  • Patent number: 10285315
    Abstract: A board work system provided with multiple mounters and arranged in a line, wherein each mounter includes supply device, the supply device being configured from at least one tape feeder that supplies electronic components, and tape feeder holding table on which at least one of the tape feeders is detachably loaded.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: FUJI CORPORATION
    Inventors: Jun Iisaka, Takayuki Mizuno
  • Patent number: 10272962
    Abstract: An apparatus (14) and a method, for interchanging clamping frames (6-9) at an assembly station (2) for vehicle body parts, includes a storage device (15) for the clamping frames (6-9). The storage device (15) is provided with a plurality of controlled, rotatable frame magazines (16-19) and a frame conveyor (25) and an additional parallel frame transporter (31) which allow the clamping frames (6-9) to be conveyed in parallel between the frame magazines (16-19) and a workplace (10) in the assembly station (2). The clamping frames (6-9) are securely accommodated on the frame magazines (16-19).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: KUKA SYSTEMS GMBH
    Inventors: Per-Olaf Brockhoff, Marius Jakob
  • Patent number: 10099328
    Abstract: An air bearing slide (20) arranged on a rotational table (11) includes a movable table (40) that has a workpiece placement surface (42a) and that floats due to pressure of compression air to be movable horizontally in any direction. A workpiece auto-centering apparatus includes: a plurality of stopper apparatuses (30) that include an abutment portion (31a) against which a workpiece W can abut to center the workpiece W, and a pressing apparatus that presses the workpiece (W) such that the workpiece (W) abuts against the abutment portion (31a) of the stopper apparatuses (30). Thus, the workpiece auto-centering apparatus and auto-centering method have a simple configuration and can perform a workpiece centering operation in short cycle time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: NSK LTD.
    Inventor: Makoto Nakano
  • Patent number: 9829648
    Abstract: An optical fiber curing oven is used in the termination process of optical fiber cable assemblies to bond an optical fiber to a ferrule. The optical fiber curing oven includes an oven housing and a processor housing. A mounting plate is mounted inside the oven housing and is used to hold a fiber-mounting block. The mounting plate is connected to a fulcrum which allows the mounting plate to be tilted. Angling the mounting plate is useful in some curing applications. The fiber-mounting block attaches to the mounting plate and is used to secure optical fibers during the curing process. A heating element is embedded into the mounting plate and is used to heat the mounting block and cure epoxy that has been applied to an optical fiber. A control unit is included within the processor housing and is used to regulate the curing process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Inventor: Anthony Nicholson
  • Patent number: 9670002
    Abstract: A conveyor device includes: a first conveyor unit including a first supporting-and-conveying unit configured to convey the object; a turning unit configured to turn the first conveyor unit to change a traveling direction of the object; and a second conveyor unit including a pair of second supporting-and-conveying units provided adjacently to the first conveyor unit and configured to convey the object. The pair of the second supporting-and-conveying units and a driving-force transmitting unit configured to transmit driving force to the pair of the second supporting-and-conveying units are provided outside turning areas of the first conveyor unit in plan view. The first conveyor unit and the second conveyor unit are disposed so that a conveying area of the object in the second conveyor unit and the turning areas of the first conveyor unit overlap each other in plan view.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2017
    Assignee: MURATA MACHINERY, LTD.
    Inventor: Susumu Kato
  • Patent number: 9493201
    Abstract: A vehicle body positioning and locking devices for use in assembling a vehicle body positioned on a movable vehicle support positioned at a vehicle build station. The locking device includes a remote vehicle locking device for selectively securing and locking a vehicle body to a support pallet. The support pallet is accurately and precisely positioned at a build station through alignment and inserting engagement of locating pads in at least one four-way and at least one two way receiver mounted to a build station foundation. A compliant body clamp design is included to provide a desired clamping force between the pallet and a vehicle body across a range of motion of the body clamp to accommodate vehicle build variances.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2016
    Assignee: Comau, Inc.
    Inventors: Velibor Kilibarda, Michael R. Dugas
  • Patent number: 9281775
    Abstract: The invention relates to a clamping device (1), for example swing tensioners (1), bracing elements, machine vises or block cylinders, with a movable clamping element (2) for clamping a workpiece with a defined clamping force, and with an electric motor (10) for mechanically driving the clamping element (2), also with a control unit that controls the electric motor (10). The invention provides that the control unit detects an electrical operating parameter of the electric motor (10) as a measure of the clamping force. The contact of the clamping element with the workpiece is detected in this manner. Subsequently, the electric motor (10) is then driven further by a defined number of revolutions, the number of revolutions after contact with the workpiece defining the clamping force. The invention further comprises a corresponding control method.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2016
    Assignee: Ludwig Ehrhardt GmbH
    Inventors: Harald Kroell, Stefan Woerner, Nikolaus Heidt
  • Patent number: 9234935
    Abstract: An automation testing system for testing a motherboard includes a frame, a first jig plate, a second jig plate, a platform, a first driving mechanism, a second driving mechanism and a console computer. The frame includes a track, a debug docking board is detachably disposed on the first jig plate for docking with the motherboard, the platform is slidably installed on the track and disposed between the first jig plate and the second jig plate, and the platform is for holding the motherboard. The console computer controls the first driving mechanism to drive the platform to move in a first direction along the track, and controls the second driving mechanism to drive the second jig plate to move in a second direction perpendicular to the first direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2016
    Assignee: Wistron Corporation
    Inventors: Pei-Chih Wang, Xingxing Wang, Fei Wang, Haiyang Li, Zhaohong Han, Haibin Xin
  • Patent number: 9010524
    Abstract: A device for stopping and/or aligning transport goods on a conveying device, in particular a roller conveyor, device has a main part and a stopping device that can be moved out of the main part into a conveying path of the conveying device in order to stop and/or align the transport goods that are transported along the conveying path. The stopping device comprises at least two separate stops that can be moved between a working position, which projects into the conveying plane, and a rest position, which is retracted with respect to the conveying plane, by means of a common actuator device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: Thyssenkrupp System Engineering GmbH
    Inventor: Hardy Dörr
  • Publication number: 20150047948
    Abstract: A facility for repairing flaws in pieces of wood (3) has a device (13) for recognizing and surveying the flaws, has a conveyor device (1), which receives the pieces of wood (3) to be repaired in a manner correct for processing, and has tools, which are displaceable in multiple axes in relation to the pieces of wood (3) on the conveyor device (1), for repairing the flaws. To ensure advantageous design conditions, the conveyor device (1) forms a collar, which revolves about at least one vertical axis, made of receptacle segments (2) which hold the pieces of wood (3) in a vertical processing location, and the receptacle segments (2) are provided with the tools, which are displaceable in multiple axes, for repairing the flaws.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 14, 2014
    Publication date: February 19, 2015
    Applicant: GRUBER AUTOMATIONS GMBH
    Inventor: Josef GRUBER
  • Patent number: 8956476
    Abstract: The invention relates to a device for treating packaging means, particularly in the form of bottles and similar containers, comprising a conveying element that can be used to move the packaging means past at least one treatment module provided on at least one operating position, which module can be coupled to and decoupled from the treatment position, and mechanical coupling and/or centering means determining the position of the at least one treatment module after docking. The invention is characterized in that, in order to detect possible deviations of the treatment module coupled to the treatment machine from the target position, and/or to realign the coupled treatment module into the target position, at least one optical centering and adjusting means is provided, some of the functional elements of which are provided on the treatment module, and some are provided on the treatment machine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2015
    Assignee: KHS GmbH
    Inventor: Holger Stenner
  • Patent number: 8919528
    Abstract: A method system and device, to align a substrate on a surface, the device including a first intake and a second intake where the first intake is configured to accept a first fluid and the second intake is configured to accept a second fluid. The first fluid is channeled into the device to vertically move the device a distance, and the second fluid calibrated and channeled into the nozzle, the nozzle having a focusing outlet, and where the fluids are configured to exert a force to facilitate the alignment of the substrate on the surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Industrial Printing Ltd.
    Inventors: Yuval Dim, Nir Passi, Yaron Dekel
  • Patent number: 8899402
    Abstract: A positioning jig has a circular part with a diameter that is identical with a diameter of a semiconductor wafer and knock-pins for connecting a periphery of base plate around an opening in a base plate of a conveying tool for a semiconductor wafer. These knock-pins are respectively provided in four blades protruded from predetermined positions of the circular portion at least three directions. When adjusting the projection positions of supporting plates, the knock-pins are fitted into the opening of the base plate of the conveying tool for the semiconductor wafer. The supporting plates moves so that the knock-pins come into contact with an outer edge of the circular part of the prepared positioning jig. The adjusted supporting plates are then fixed on the base plate. The semiconductor wafer is mounted on the adjusted and fixed supporting plates so that the semiconductor wafer is positioned.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2014
    Assignee: Senju Metal Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Toshihiko Mutsuji
  • Patent number: 8893873
    Abstract: A material handling feed table having a driven conveyor mechanism to move a work piece. A reciprocating shuttle mechanism clamps and moves the work piece. A mechanism is provided to coordinate and operate movement of the driven conveyor mechanism in conjunction with the movement of the reciprocating shuttle mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2014
    Assignee: HE&M Inc.
    Inventor: Doug Harris
  • Patent number: 8875865
    Abstract: A linear dispensing system is provided that includes a plurality of channels, a pair of parallel rails, a plurality of carriers and a plurality of linear motor modules. The channels are configured to hold inventory products at an orientation. The pair of parallel rails is disposed at a bottom portion of the channels. The carriers are slidably disposed on the rails and have a conveyor unit configured to pick the inventory product from the channels while substantially maintaining the same geometric orientation as in the channel. The linear motor modules are disposed between the parallel rails and aligned end to end. The linear motor modules are coupled with the carriers and configured to pass the carriers to an adjacent linear motor module. Each carrier delivers a plurality of selected products of varying shapes to a universal escapement structure where the products are labeled, imaged, verified and dispensed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2014
    Assignee: Tension International, Inc.
    Inventor: Robert Terzini
  • Publication number: 20140311856
    Abstract: An operation apparatus of this invention includes a main pallet and a sub pallet detachable from the main pallet, and can convey a work and a part. The operation apparatus includes a lifting mechanism disconnecting, from the main pallet, the work placed on the main pallet and lift/lower the work; a moving mechanism detaching, from the main pallet, the sub pallet attached to the main pallet and lift/lower the sub pallet; a rotation mechanism holding the work lifted to a work operation region by the lifting mechanism; and an operation unit extracting the part from the sub pallet lifted to a part preparation region by the moving mechanism and assembling the part to the work.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 1, 2014
    Publication date: October 23, 2014
    Applicant: HIRATA CORPORATION
    Inventors: BUNGO MATSUMOTO, YUICHI ICHIHARA, HIROYUKI KURATANI
  • Publication number: 20140262683
    Abstract: A method of forming an oral product includes gripping a rod of oral product material with a gripping device, indexing the rod forward to have a leading end of the rod abut a stop at a first location, cutting a leading portion of the rod to create an oral product, moving the stop to a second location to allow the oral product to fall, moving the stop back to the first location, and repeating the process. A machine for forming an oral product can include a cutting device adapted to cut through a rod of plastic material, a stop spaced from the cutting device, the stop being adapted to be moved from a first location to a second location, a gripping device adapted to hold and index a rod towards the stop, and a load cell positioned to receive oral products cut from a rod by the cutting device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 12, 2014
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Inventors: Carl Gregory Miller, Charles Lester Dendy, Jeremy J. Straight, Gregory James Griscik
  • Publication number: 20140251754
    Abstract: Provided is an apparatus for handling containers. The apparatus comprises a moveable carrier, a plurality of treatment stations arranged on the moveable carrier for treating the containers, each treatment station having at least one element that is moveable in relation to the carrier, and a stationary guide curve. The elements are temporarily coupled to the guide curve. A movement between a treatment station of the plurality of treatment stations and the guide curve translates to a movement of the at least one element. A coupling device comprises at least one guide roller which at least temporarily contacts the guide curve. At least one of the guide roller or the guide curve includes an imidized polymer material.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 4, 2014
    Publication date: September 11, 2014
    Inventors: Thomas Hoellriegl, Florian Geltinger, Thomas Spitzer
  • Publication number: 20140238819
    Abstract: A simultaneously collapsing and conveying assembly adapted to collapse constructed collapsible crates along their collapsing lines is provided herein. The collapsing assembly includes a rotating means to rotate the constructed crates by approximately 90° such as to move the open face of the crate from upward facing to forward facing and simultaneously conveying and collapsing means to convey the crates and for applying pressure on the crates' two opposing side panels, as the crates are conveyed, such as to collapse said constructed crates along their collapsing lines.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 3, 2012
    Publication date: August 28, 2014
    Inventor: Mordechai Kleiner
  • Patent number: 8790064
    Abstract: A device is proposed for the positional orientation of plate-shaped parts (12), comprising continuous conveying equipment (13) for conveying plate-shaped parts (12), an optical measuring device (15) assigned to the continuous conveying equipment (13) for determining the actual position of at least one specific plate-shaped part (12) and for comparing this actual position to a stored set position and for determining the deviation of the actual position from the set position, and a control unit (20) coupled to the optical measuring device (15) for controlling a positioning unit (19) such that at least one specific plate-shaped part (12) the deviation of which from the set position was determined can be picked up by the positioning unit (19) in a pick-up region and deposited in a defined delivery region in the correct position corresponding to the set position for transfer on the continuous conveying equipment (13).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 29, 2014
    Assignee: Schuler Automation GmbH & Co. KG.
    Inventors: Reiner Dörner, Joachim Pottiez
  • Patent number: 8757357
    Abstract: The present invention provides an aligning apparatus for glass substrate to properly align the glass substrate during transfer along a conveyor. The aligning apparatus includes a plurality of rollers, at least a pair of directional beams, at least a pair of positioning devices, a piston, and a detecting device. The detecting device is used to detect whether there is an offset of the glass substrate during the transportation, and the piston will be triggered once an offset is found and determined. The piston will move the positioning device such that a portion of the positioning device which extends to the roller will push the offset glass substrate so as to bring the glass substrate back to the correct position. The present invention also discloses a method to conduct the alignment of the glass substrate. By the disclosure of the present invention, the glass substrate transferred on the rollers can be automatically adjusted and aligned once an offset is found.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2014
    Assignee: Shenzhen China Star Optoelectronics Technology Co., Ltd
    Inventors: Zhenhua Guo, Chunhao Wu, Kunhsien Lin, Yongqiang Wang, Weibing Yang, Yunshao Jiang
  • Patent number: 8733240
    Abstract: A destemmer system may be shown. The destemmer system may have a cleated conveyor belt with a first end and a second end. An orientator system may be above the first end of the cleated conveyor belt. The orientator may have means for placing at least one stemmed object onto the cleated conveyor belt. A vision system may be between the first end and the second end of the cleated conveyor belt. A positioning system may be between the vision system and the second end of the cleated conveyor belt. A destemmer may be at the second end of the cleated conveyor belt.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2014
    Inventor: Joseph A. Randazzo
  • Publication number: 20140138208
    Abstract: The present invention provides a transmission device and transmission method for glass substrate. The transmission device includes a transmission channel, a calibration mechanism and a decompression mechanism; wherein the transmission channel for loading and transmitting the glass substrate, the calibration mechanism being for calibrating position of the glass substrate, and the decompression mechanism collaborating with calibrating mechanism for applying a force to the glass substrate reduce the friction between the transmission channel and the glass substrate when the calibration mechanism calibrating the position of the glass substrate. As such, the abrasion or damage problem to the glass substrate can be prevented so as to improve the yield rate of the glass substrate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 27, 2012
    Publication date: May 22, 2014
    Inventors: Zhenhua Guo, Chunhao Wu, Kunhsien Lin, Zenghong Chen, Minghu Qi, Yunshao Jiang
  • Patent number: 8708131
    Abstract: A stopper cylinder is equipped with a body having a drive unit, a piston mechanism being displaceable along an axial direction in the interior of a tube connected to the body, and a stopper lever connected to the piston mechanism for stopping conveyance of a workpiece. Displacement of the piston mechanism is restricted by an electromagnetic lock mechanism, which is disposed on the body and is excited by supply of electric power. After approaching the workpiece, by releasing a locked state of the electromagnetic lock mechanism, the piston mechanism is displaced to a position facing the workpiece by an elastic force of a spring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2014
    Assignee: SMC Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Yoshihiro Fukano, Shoichi Makado, Masaki Miyahara
  • Patent number: 8684162
    Abstract: The invention relates to a device and a method for weighing containers (2) supplied along a conveying line (L). The device comprises: first weighing means (MP1) arranged on a first side (L1) of a stretch (T) of the conveying line (L) of containers (2) in a proximal position thereto; second weighing means (MP2) arranged at a side of the stretch (T) of the conveying line (L) of containers (2) in a distal position thereto; a supporting member (8) activatable between a first position (P1) in which it is arranged at the stretch (T) of the conveying line (L) for receiving the containers (2), a second position (P2) in which it engages with the first weighing means (MP1), and a third position (P3) in which it engages with the second weighing means (MP2); and first guide means (9) activatable between a guide configuration (C1), in which they are arranged at the stretch (T) in order to guide the containers (2) along the conveying line (L), and a disengaged position (C2).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 1, 2014
    Assignee: IMA Life S.r.l.
    Inventor: Luigi Cavina
  • Patent number: 8657097
    Abstract: A squaring-up device for a package converting line, located between a blank folding section and a folded-blank assembly section. The device has a frame, at least one jogger, having a deployed active position for correcting a geometry of a folded blank, and a drive for transporting the jogger. The squaring-up device includes an effector for moving the jogger from the active position to a retracted inactive position, and vice versa, and control the effector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2014
    Assignee: Rapidex S.M.
    Inventor: Philippe Vallee
  • Publication number: 20140008177
    Abstract: A tubular food product launching system and method for interacting with a product loading head is disclosed. The system includes a pick belt, positioned alongside product carrying intermediate belts. The pick belt supplies additional product to a product inspector or vision equipped robot cell to replace defective or missing product observed on the intermediate belt(s) with replacement product from the pick belt. The overall system speed, and pick belt speed, can be adjusted to accommodate varying product post-launcher fill-rates in accord with the nature of the product and the abilities and speed of the robot cell and/or product inspector, so as to reliably assure 100% final fill-rate as product is fed to the loading head.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 10, 2013
    Publication date: January 9, 2014
    Applicant: F.R. DRAKE COMPANY
    Inventors: George REED, Joseph POSGE, Keith HOPKINS
  • Publication number: 20130333615
    Abstract: Provided is a loading device that is provided in a tire testing machine including a testing station (30) provided with a spindle (31) attached with a tire (50) to be tested and feeds the tire (50) from a predetermined standby position to a testing position where the center of the spindle matches the center of the tire (50) in the testing station (30). The loading device includes: conveyors (1, 2) that convey the tire (50) from the standby position toward the testing position in a direction perpendicular to the axial direction of the tire; and positioning devices (6B, 20) that position the tire to be tested to a position, in which a front end of the tire in the feeding direction matches a point separated from the spindle by a predetermined distance, as the standby position. Setting of the standby position based on the position of the front end of the tire (50) in the feeding direction shortens the feeding distance and the feeding time and hence shortens the testing cycle time.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 12, 2012
    Publication date: December 19, 2013
    Applicant: KABUSHIKI KAISHA KOBE SEIKO SHO (KOBE STEEL, LTD.)
    Inventors: Takehiko Wakazono, Glen Thompson
  • Publication number: 20130292226
    Abstract: A pretreated-cardboard stripper that obtains a cardboard item and strips or blanks the cardboard item using laser cutting, die cutting or other techniques. The cardboard item may be a single item or multiple sections that are jointed together. After stripping or blanking, the stripper operates to sort the sections and joints from the waste by a vacuum sorter. The vacuum sorter includes a vacuum chamber with openings along its surface or certain areas of the surface and a peeler. After stripping, the pre-treated cardboard is transferred by the peeler along the surface of the vacuum chamber. The waste of the cardboard (areas between the sections and joints) may be coupled to the vacuum chamber surface while the pre-treated cardboard is being transferred by the peeler along the surface of the vacuum chamber, which has the advantage of operating to disconnect and thus sort the waste from the sections.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 2, 2013
    Publication date: November 7, 2013
    Applicant: HIGHCON SYSTEMS LTD
    Inventors: David Ben-David, Yaki Stern
  • Patent number: 8534446
    Abstract: The invention relates to a conveying device for the transport of components or component groups from and to one or more workstations, the conveying device comprising a conveying track and a component carrier truck moved on the conveying track, and there being provided in the region of the workstations, on the conveying track, positioning devices which cooperate with positioning devices on the component carrier truck in such a way that a desired position of the component carrier truck in the workstation is assumed in all three space directions (X, Y, Z) directly as a result of the travel-in movement of the component carrier truck into the workstation, characterized in that, during the entire travel-in movement of the component carrier truck into the workstation, each positioning device on the component carrier truck comes into contact with only its positioning device, determining the desired position, on the conveying track.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2013
    Assignee: EBZ Systec GmbH
    Inventors: Rainer Stadler, Alexander Schmeh
  • Patent number: 8522953
    Abstract: A conveyer device conveys a component assembly including a female screw component having a through hole defining a female screw, an assembling component to be assembled to the female screw component from above, and a bolt to be screwed to the female screw of the female screw component from above the assembling component to fix the assembling component. The conveyer device also includes a holding member for holding the female screw component and a screwing restriction mechanism for restricting the bolt, held by the assembling component while unscrewed from the female screw, from being screwed to the female screw. Thus, when the component assembly, to which the bolt is temporarily assembled without being engaged with the female screw, is conveyed while being held by the holding member via the female screw component, the bolt is prevented from being unintentionally screwed into the female screw as the result of vibration etc. caused by the conveyance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2013
    Assignee: Hirata Corporation
    Inventor: Yuichi Iwamoto
  • Patent number: 8459438
    Abstract: Workpiece conveyance device employs a workpiece conveying traveling body composed of a workpiece support carriage supporting a longitudinal central portion of a workpiece and two auxiliary carriages and positioned below both longitudinal end portions of the workpiece. The workpiece support carriage includes a workpiece high-position supporting means switchable between a rising posture of supporting the workpiece at a high position and a folded posture. The two auxiliary carriages nd include workpiece low-position supporting means and to support front and rear two places in the longitudinal direction of the workpiece at a height higher than the workpiece high-position supporting means in the folded posture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2013
    Assignee: Daifuku Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Masahiro Ooe
  • Publication number: 20130140135
    Abstract: Disclosed is a belt conveyor, which conveys solar wafers during fabrication, comprising: i) a plurality of endless metal strips for supporting the solar wafers; ii) a plurality of rotatable pulleys configured to receive the plurality of endless metal strips, and which rotate to convey each of the plurality of endless metal strips along a continuous path to thereby convey the solar wafers; and iii) an inspection device configured to inspect the solar wafers while the solar wafers are being conveyed by the plurality of endless metal strips.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 2, 2011
    Publication date: June 6, 2013
    Inventors: Lian Hok Tan, Wen Ge Tu
  • Publication number: 20130064950
    Abstract: A destemmer system may be shown. The destemmer system may have a cleated conveyor belt with a first end and a second end. An orientator system may be above the first end of the cleated conveyor belt. The orientator may have means for placing at least one stemmed object onto the cleated conveyor belt. A vision system may be between the first end and the second end of the cleated conveyor belt. A positioning system may be between the vision system and the second end of the cleated conveyor belt. A destemmer may be at the second end of the cleated conveyor belt.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 9, 2011
    Publication date: March 14, 2013
    Inventor: JOSEPH A. RANDAZZO
  • Publication number: 20130062158
    Abstract: The invention relates to a conveying device for the transport of components or component groups from and to one or more workstations, the conveying device comprising a conveying track and a component carrier truck moved on the conveying track, and there being provided in the region of the workstations, on the conveying track, positioning devices which cooperate with positioning means on the component carrier truck in such a way that a desired position of the component carrier truck in the workstation is assumed in all three space directions (X, Y, Z) directly as a result of the travel-in movement of the component carrier truck into the workstation, characterized in that, during the entire travel-in movement of the component carrier truck into the workstation, each positioning means on the component carrier truck comes into contact with only its positioning device, determining the desired position, on the conveying track.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 9, 2012
    Publication date: March 14, 2013
    Applicant: EBZ SYSTEC GMBH
    Inventor: EBZ Systec GmbH
  • Patent number: 8342311
    Abstract: A store-feeding device including a feeding conveyer with a belt catch that can be positioned in an infinitely variable fashion in a horizontal and/or vertical direction. The belt catch can be controlled by a controller such that products can be conveyed from a production station directly to the packaging station by a conveyer. If the packaging station is fully utilized or stopped, the belt catch can be positioned such that the products can be placed in the store. A further conveyer can be loaded with rejected or faulty series of products. For this purpose, the belt catch can be retracted and lowered.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Assignee: Rotzinger AG
    Inventor: Kurt Philipp
  • Publication number: 20120285797
    Abstract: Workpiece conveyance device employs a workpiece conveying traveling body composed of a workpiece support carriage supporting a longitudinal central portion of a workpiece and two auxiliary carriages and positioned below both longitudinal end portions of the workpiece. The workpiece support carriage includes a workpiece high-position supporting means switchable between a rising posture of supporting the workpiece at a high position and a folded posture. The two auxiliary carriages nd include workpiece low-position supporting means and to support front and rear two places in the longitudinal direction of the workpiece at a height higher than the workpiece high-position supporting means in the folded posture.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 26, 2012
    Publication date: November 15, 2012
    Inventor: Masahiro Ooe
  • Publication number: 20120228083
    Abstract: A linear dispensing system is provided that includes a plurality of channels, a pair of parallel rails, a plurality of carriers and a plurality of linear motor modules. The channels are configured to hold inventory products at an orientation. The pair of parallel rails is disposed at a bottom portion of the channels. The carriers are slidably disposed on the rails and have a conveyor unit configured to pick the inventory product from the channels while substantially maintaining the same geometric orientation as in the channel. The linear motor modules are disposed between the parallel rails and aligned end to end. The linear motor modules are coupled with the carriers and configured to pass the carriers to an adjacent linear motor module. Each carrier delivers a plurality of selected products of varying shapes to a universal escapement structure where the products are labeled, imaged, verified and dispensed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 8, 2012
    Publication date: September 13, 2012
    Applicant: TENSION ENVELOPE CORPORATION
    Inventor: Robert Terzini
  • Patent number: 8205736
    Abstract: A printing apparatus including a pallet configured to receive a print substrate, a conveyer mechanism configured to convey the pallet, and a working device configured to conduct a processing operation for printing on the print substrate on the pallet. The printing apparatus further includes a locating mechanism configured to stop the pallet at a first holding position and a first holding mechanism configured to hold the pallet, stopped at the first holding position by the first locating mechanism, to be spaced apart from the conveying mechanism. After the pallet being conveyed by the conveying mechanism is stopped by the first locating mechanism, the pallet is held to be spaced apart from the conveying mechanism by the first holding mechanism and the processing operation is conducted by the working device relative to the print substrate on the pallet thus held.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2012
    Assignees: Mimaki Engineering Co., Ltd., Wiztec Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yukio Ando, Masahiro Hayashi
  • Publication number: 20120145514
    Abstract: In a framing system for framing motor-vehicle bodies or sub-assemblies thereof, the body to be framed is located and clamped in position during the assembling operations by side locating and clamping structures (8). Each of these structures comprises a rigid supporting structure (82) including a base platform (82a) and a frame (81) which carries locating and clamping devices (D). The base platform (82a) is dimensioned in the direction parallel to a body conveyor line with a standard length proportionated to the length of the longest body type on which the system is to operate. Pillars (82b) for supporting the frame (81) are mounted on the platform (82a) at positions which are selected between different possible positions, displaced relative to each other longitudinally and/or transversely. Thus, the side locating and clamping structures (8) can be configured easily for different types of body and the system is able to operate on body types having also very relevant differences in length and/or width.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 22, 2010
    Publication date: June 14, 2012
    Applicant: Comau S.p.A.
    Inventors: Gianni Magni, Mauro Maestri
  • Patent number: 8157079
    Abstract: A transporting apparatus for a vehicle assembly plant having a base element that is displaceable on a transporting plane, at least two pedestal elements connected to the base element, where each pedestal element is rotatable about a rotational axis perpendicular to the transporting plane. In addition, a support element for holding a vehicle body is connected to each of the at least two pedestal elements, where the support element is moveable eccentrically with respect to the rotational axis of each pedestal element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2012
    Assignee: Siemens Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventor: Roland Heinz Assmann
  • Patent number: 8151972
    Abstract: A turnstile system for rotating manufacturing carts. The turnstile system includes a rotary assembly defining a longitudinal and a mounting assembly including a plurality of turnstile arms. Each of the plurality of turnstile arms has a first portion, a second portion, and a manufacturing cart connection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2012
    Assignee: Track Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: Robert R. Bogaczyk
  • Publication number: 20120080149
    Abstract: The invention relates to a device for treating packaging means, particularly in the form of bottles and similar containers, comprising a conveying element that can be used to move the packaging means past at least one treatment module provided on at least one operating position, which module can be coupled to and decoupled from the treatment position, and mechanical coupling and/or centering means determining the position of the at least one treatment module after docking. The invention is characterized in that, in order to detect possible deviations of the treatment module coupled to the treatment machine from the target position, and/or to realign the coupled treatment module into the target position, at least one optical centering and adjusting means is provided, some of the functional elements of which are provided on the treatment module, and some are provided on the treatment machine.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 14, 2010
    Publication date: April 5, 2012
    Applicant: KHS GmbH
    Inventor: Holger Stenner
  • Patent number: 8141694
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for producing and/or machining panels. The apparatus includes a transport device for transporting a panel along a transport path and a machining device for machining the panel as it moves via the transport device. The transport device includes a plurality of positioning devices arranged one behind the other and spaced apart by a distance along the transport path. Each positioning device includes upper and lower abutment mechanisms arranged opposite one another and on opposite sides of a panel plane, and being spaced apart by a distance. An adjusting device is used for setting the distance between the upper and lower abutment mechanisms. An actuating arrangement is structured and arranged to actuate the adjusting device of at least two of the plurality of positioning devices. An arrangement is used for independently adjusting each of the upper and lower abutment mechanisms of at least one of the plurality of positioning devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2012
    Assignee: Interglarion Limited
    Inventor: Rupert Krallinger
  • Patent number: 8136653
    Abstract: Under a state in which a long material (structural steel (A)) is sandwiched by pinch rollers (drive roller (21) and idle rollers (22)) of a pinch roller apparatus (20), the drive roller (21) is driven to rotate, and the structural steel (A) is conveyed forward. When a rear end portion of the structural steel (A) reaches a vicinity of the pinch roller apparatus (20), the rear end portion of the structural steel (A) is held by a holding portion (32) provided at a front end portion of a feed bar (36) of a feed bar device (30), and the feed bar (36) is caused to slide toward a working machine. Consequently, the structural steel (A) is conveyed forward through the pinch roller apparatus (20) and is positioned.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2012
    Assignee: Daito Seiki Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Taichi Okimoto
  • Patent number: 8132660
    Abstract: Provided is a system for handling a semiconductor module, the system may include a rotor, a rotational driving device, at least one insertion portion, and at least one extraction portion. The rotor may be configured to rotate clockwise and counterclockwise around a rotation axis. The rotational driving device may be configured to rotate the rotor. The at least one insertion portion may be connected to the rotor and may be configured to insert a semiconductor module into a socket. The at least one extraction portion may be connected to the rotor and may be configured to extract the semiconductor module from the socket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2012
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Chul-jun Park, Yong-soo Shin, Jae-woong Hwang, Jin-gi Kim
  • Publication number: 20120018279
    Abstract: A device for production of tubes, includes a plurality of mandrel assemblies, each comprising multiple mandrels on which the tubes can be produced in steps at a plurality of work stations, wherein the mandrel assemblies can be transported from work station to work station using transport means. The mandrels of at least one of the mandrel assemblies are distributed into a first and at least a second mandrel group, and in at least one of the work stations the first mandrel group can be moved from a processing position associated with the work station, in which the work station can interact with the first mandrel group to a park position associated with the work station, and the second mandrel group can be moved from a park position associated with the work station to a processing position associated with the work station.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 11, 2009
    Publication date: January 26, 2012
    Applicant: KMK LIZENCE LTD.
    Inventor: Julius Laubli
  • Patent number: 8080204
    Abstract: A method for positioning a sample in a diagnostic analyzer includes: providing two or more sample carriers on a conveyor; providing a fixed registration element for each sample carrier at predetermined locations along the conveyor; providing a flexure device positioned between the sample carrier and the conveyor; advancing the sample carrier beyond the fixed registration elements; reversing the conveyor direction to back at least one of the sample carriers into contact with its corresponding registration elements; continuing to reverse the conveyor until all sample carriers are in contact with their respective registration elements; whereby the flexure elements of the sample carriers in contact with the respective registration elements will deform as the conveyor reverses to allow all sample carriers to contact their respective registration elements, thereby providing a known position of the sample carrier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 20, 2011
    Assignee: Ortho-Clinical Diagnostics, Inc.
    Inventors: Dale Ryan, Johannes Porte
  • Publication number: 20110296966
    Abstract: A bread conveying apparatus and a bread slicing apparatus including the bread conveying apparatus, comprise a flight conveyer including a first flight for urging a bread, an endless revolving member on which the first flight is mounted, and a driving member and a driven member, the endless revolving member being wound around the driving member and driven member; a rail extending along a conveying path of the bread and supporting the first flight; and a rail size setting unit for setting a length of the rail with respect to an extending direction of the conveying path, wherein the length of the rail with respect to the conveying direction is set by the rail size setting unit based on a size of the bread.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 14, 2010
    Publication date: December 8, 2011
    Applicant: Oshikiri Machinery Ltd.
    Inventors: Yuzuru OKI, Masami Umetsu, Takahiro Hasegawa