Means To Transfer A Load Back And Forth Between The Mainline Conveyor And The Work Station Patents (Class 198/346.2)
  • Patent number: 11514538
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and apparatus, including computer programs encoded on computer storage media, for processing order information are provided. One of the methods includes: receiving, by a server from a first client associated with a user, a request for generating an order, the request comprising identification information of a food establishment, identification information of the user, and information of a selected data object; generating, by the server, the order based on the request; sending, by the server, the order to a second client associated with a processing and preparing area of the food establishment; generating, by the server, a geometric code encoding identification information of the generated order; and sending, by the server to a third client associated with a raw material storage area of the food establishment, the generated geometric code and the information of the selected data object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2022
    Assignee: ALIBABA GROUP HOLDING LIMITED
    Inventor: Yuan Chen
  • Patent number: 11420853
    Abstract: System devices and methods for logistical handling and transfer of components and consumable assembly materials to support assembly or manufacturing operations. Through use of a transport vehicle having first and second container supports, the method allows in a component storage area and an assembly area, the transport vehicle both engaging or picking up a full or empty container and disengaging or depositing a full or empty container. In an alternate example, two separate transport vehicles can coordinatingly move together to engage or pick up a full or empty container and disengage or deposit a full or empty container in the component storage area or assembly area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2022
    Assignee: Comau LLC
    Inventors: Velibor Kilibarda, Freddie Tappo
  • Patent number: 11401119
    Abstract: A monorail tray conveyor in which a tray having magnets is driven along a single rail of a tray conveyor segment by stator coils housed in the rail. Carriage monorail segments including carriages that are driven along monorails have transfer rails that align with the rails of tray conveyor segments to transfer trays atop the carriage transfer rails between tray conveyor segments. The carriage monorail segments include horizontal translator segments, elevator segments, diverter segments, and filter segments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2022
    Assignee: Laitram, L.L.C.
    Inventor: Bryant G. Ragan
  • Patent number: 11396432
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and apparatuses are disclosed for automated container shaking systems. In one embodiment, an example container shaking system may include a first support disposed at a first side of a first container slot, a second support disposed at a second side of the first container slot, and a first moveable platform disposed on the first support and the second support. The first moveable platform may be configured to slide on the first support and the second support, and the first moveable platform may be configured to receive a first container. The system may include a first actuator coupled to the first moveable platform, the first actuator configured to push and pull the first moveable platform, and an optional first sensor configured to detect an item deposited into the first container. Feedback from the first sensor may optionally be used to trigger the first actuator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 26, 2022
    Assignee: AMAZON TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: Filippo Navarria, Vincenzo Acunzo, Tolga Kol, Stefano La Rovere, Xavier Jairo de Abreu de Abreu
  • Patent number: 11382246
    Abstract: A board work system including: a conveying and holding device including a pair of rails configured to support a board, and a changing mechanism configured to change a distance between the pair of rails, the conveying and holding device being configured to convey the board supported by the rails and hold the board at a work position; a work device configured to perform work with respect to the board held by the conveying and holding device from an underside of the board; a moving device configured to move the work device; and a control device, the control device including an acquiring section configured to acquire a rail spacing distance that is the distance between the pair of rails, and an operation control section configured to control operation of the moving device based on the rail spacing distance acquired by the acquiring section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2022
    Assignee: FUJI CORPORATION
    Inventor: Isao Fujie
  • Patent number: 11338331
    Abstract: A sorting installation sorts objects and contains a sorter for conveying objects and also an end station facility accepting objects. The sorter is configured to bring at least a few of the objects conveyed on the sorter in an object introduction direction, which is different from a local direction of object conveyance of the sorter in an area of the sorter adjoining the end station facility, into the end station facility. In order to make possible a fine distribution of the objects that is favorable in terms of the effort involved, the end station facility has a first object store, a second object store and also a transport facility. The transport facility is configured to transport the objects brought by the sorter into the end station facility optionally along a first transport path to the first object store or along a second transport path to the second object store.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2022
    Assignees: Siemens Aktiengesellschaft AG, Deutsche Post AG
    Inventors: Joern Becher, Bernd Hartmann, Reinhard Klink
  • Patent number: 11192213
    Abstract: An automated assembly apparatus, system and method of use thereof, characterized by comprising an assembly robot having a plurality of hands, the plurality of hands being movable in an X-axis direction and a Y-axis direction by an X-axis moving unit and a Y-axis moving unit, and a plurality of workbenches which are provided with Z-axis moving unit and which are movable in a Z-axis direction by the Z-axis moving unit. A work area is independently provided for the plurality of workbenches, a width of a predetermined work area among the work areas is larger than clearance widths of the plurality of hands, widths of the work areas other than the predetermined work area are smaller than the clearance widths of at least some of the plurality of hands, and the hand which performs a job on the predetermined work area is disposed at a lowermost level in the Z-axis direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 7, 2021
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Wataru Kogushi
  • Patent number: 11187713
    Abstract: A laboratory module for storing and providing access to a plurality of samples, the laboratory module comprising a plurality of bays comprising a plurality of guiding rails and a plurality of rack tray bays for accommodating a plurality of rack trays, and a transport chamber for transporting at least one sample rack to a storage location and for delivering at least one sample rack at predetermined times to a processing system. The transport chamber is adapted to align with any one of the plurality of guiding rails, comprised in the bays and in the rack trays, for placing and moving on the guiding rails the at least one sample rack, and a sensor for sensing the presence and location of a sample rack on any one of the guiding rails, and a barcode scanner that identifies the sample rack and a storage device for storing data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 30, 2021
    Assignee: STRATEC SE
    Inventors: Stephan Habrich, Martin Trump
  • Patent number: 11105847
    Abstract: An opener assembly for a data storage component testing system is disclosed. The opener assembly includes an actuator assembly with a first opener actuator and a body having a distal end, a proximal end, a first arm, and a second arm. The first and second arms extend between the proximal end and the distal end and define a spacing at the distal end. The first opener actuator is operatively coupled to the first and second arms and configured to actuate the actuator assembly between a closed position and an opened position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2021
    Assignee: Seagate Technology LLC
    Inventors: Brett R. Herdendorf, Ronald E. Anderson
  • Patent number: 10988320
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a screw transport apparatus for bottles, comprising: —a support structure, which extends longitudinally between a bottle inlet 1a and a bottle outlet 1b of the apparatus, and—a spiral-shaped helical body, which is associated with the support structure and extends axially parallel to the support structure between two own axial ends. The above spiral-shaped helical body can be rotated on itself about its own longitudinal axis to move bottles in cooperation with the support structure. The spiral-shaped helical body comprises at least two spiral-shaped seats, which extend coaxially between the two axial ends. They are angularly offset from each other and differ from each other by the shape and/or dimensions of the relative bottle housing compartment defined by each of them. The two spiral-shaped seats are intended to be used alternatively to the other for the transport of bottles having different shapes and/or dimensions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2021
    Inventors: Giuliano Boscaro, Alessandro Ticinelli
  • Patent number: 10946417
    Abstract: A high throughput sorting device is disclosed. The device includes a first sorter and a second sorter, each of the first and second sorters having a plurality of cells each configured to support, carry, and deposit an item. The device can also include at least one shared chute extending below a portion of the first sorter and a portion of the second sorter. The at least one chute can be configured to receive an item deposited by each of the plurality of cells and transport the item to an endpoint. The device can also include a base configured to support the at least one shared chute and the first and second sorters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2021
    Assignee: United States Postal Service
    Inventors: Scott R. Bombaugh, Tuan A. Le, Charles P. McLellan, Christopher M. Stratton
  • Patent number: 10843911
    Abstract: A lifting apparatus for an industrial processing station, i.e., a lifting table for conveying a body shell during series production of motor vehicles, wherein the lifting apparatus conveys a workpiece on a top frame moved in a purely vertical direction, where the lifting apparatus has, as first vertical guide, at least one isosceles slider-crank mechanism actuated by a motorized drive element, where the isosceles slider-crank mechanism, which consists of a fixed-bearing swing arm with a swing-arm bearing thereof, a control arm with a control-arm guide, a control-arm central joint and a fixed-bearing joint connected to the top frame, is configured to move via actuation of the tie rod acting on the fixed-bearing swing arm, and where particular use of an isosceles slider-crank mechanism, which is also known literature as a “Scott-Russell mechanism”, provides a simple and effective vertical guide system that allows low overall heights with a minimum production outlay.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2020
    Assignee: Siemens Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventor: Steven Walther
  • Patent number: 10773483
    Abstract: The magazine for embossing rollers includes a plurality of support seats for embossing rollers, adjacent to one another according to an alignment direction. The magazine further includes a guide system for guiding the seats in a handling direction. The seats are provided with mutual connecting members so as to be connected to, and released from, one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignee: Fabio Perini S.p.A.
    Inventors: Alessio Paolinelli, Alessandro Muchetti, Mauro Ricci
  • Patent number: 10773894
    Abstract: A transfer device for a transport container has a plurality of rotation/transport devices arranged in the form of a matrix. Each of the rotation/transport devices has a bearing for the transport container, wherein the bearing is formed at least as a three-point bearing and each of the rotation/transport devices has a dedicated drive for rotation purposes and a dedicated drive for transportation purposes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignee: Carl Zeiss VIsion International GmbH
    Inventors: Ralf Meschenmoser, Arne Schulz, Dennis Klora
  • Patent number: 10741862
    Abstract: A device for manufacturing a fuel cell component is provided. The device includes a movement device configured to load a gas diffusion layer from a magazine when the gas diffusion layer is loaded to an inlet of a conveyor and unload the gas diffusion layer from an outlet side of the conveyor. An adhesive layer forming device that is disposed over the conveyor forms an adhesive layer in an edge region of the gas diffusion layer. A drying device is configured to dry the adhesive layer formed in the gas diffusion layer. An inspection vision is configured to detect an image of the gas diffusion layer that the adhesive layer is formed. Additionally, a controller operates the movement device, the adhesive layer forming device, and the drying device and configured to use the image to determine a shape of the adhesive layer formed in the gas diffusion layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors Corporation
    Inventors: Young Gun Kim, Sun Ho Lee
  • Patent number: 10676287
    Abstract: An apparatus for transporting a case along a conveyor moving in a transport direction includes an engagement plate for positive engagement with the case. The engagement plate has a planar face and a vacuum source for vacuum attachment to a case outer surface face. The apparatus further includes a mechanism for moving the plate in the transport direction and for rotating the plate a selected angle from the transport direction. Related, corresponding, or associated methods for transporting a case along a conveyor moving in a transport direction are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: ILLINOIS TOOL WORKS INC.
    Inventors: Jon Paul Laskis, Robert C. Beesley, Joshua Riddle
  • Patent number: 10647519
    Abstract: A modular workstation transport apparatus is operable as one modular workstation transport apparatus in a series of modular workstation transport apparatus and includes: a first axial transport mechanism for transporting a workpiece along a first axial direction; a second axial transport mechanism for transporting the workpiece along a second axial direction; a first working area transport mechanism for transporting the workpiece between the working area and the first axial transport mechanism; and a second working area transport mechanism for transporting the workpiece between the working area and the second axial transport mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: ETUAN MECHATRONIC PTE LTD
    Inventors: Geck Leng Lim, Sen Lun Phan, Geck Ho Lim, Kay Yong Mok
  • Patent number: 10569961
    Abstract: A conveyor device for a transport container for spectacle lenses includes a linear conveyor unit for conveying the transport container in a rectilinear direction, a rotary unit for rotating the linear conveyor unit, and a first housing element for the rotary unit. The first housing element includes a plate and rotates conjointly with the linear conveyor unit in the direction of rotation. The first housing element that conjointly rotates in the rotation of the linear conveyor unit has a first opening through which the linear conveyor unit penetrates the plate and wherein the linear conveyor unit is spaced apart from the plane by an assigned gap dimension, which is smaller than or equal to 5 mm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2020
    Assignee: Carl Zeiss Vision International GmbH
    Inventors: Thomas Hofer, Ralf Meschenmoser
  • Patent number: 10538395
    Abstract: The present application relates to an apparatus for sorting a plurality of different objects and a corresponding method. The apparatus comprises at least one first sorting stage with at least two sorting lines, each having an input end and an output end. The input ends of the sorting lines of the first sorting stage are connected to an infeed conveyor for feeding the objects, and the output ends of the sorting lines of the first sorting stage are connected to a first transport conveyor for carrying the objects further. Arranged at the output ends of each of the sorting lines is an interrupter, which is designed to individually let out objects from the respective sorting line, and arranged at the output ends of each of the sorting lines is a device for counting and/or identifying the objects let out of the respective sorting line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2020
    Assignee: Vanderlande Industries B.V.
    Inventors: Ralf Ferdinand Schneuing, Andreas Dau
  • Patent number: 10493453
    Abstract: A mechanical actuator system for performing an assay on a disposable diagnostic cartridge having a plurality of fluid-containing blisters includes a body configured to carry the disposable diagnostic cartridge in stationary relation thereon. A lead screw is operably supported by the body and a drive motor is operably connected to the lead screw. A carriage is threadedly coupled to the lead screw, with the carriage having upper and lower wall spaced from one another. A roller is operably carried by the upper wall of the carriage. The roller is spaced from the lower wall for passage of the diagnostic cartridge between the roller and the lower wall. A driven gear is operably coupled to the roller in meshed engagement with the lead screw. Actuation of the drive motor causes the lead screw to rotate, thereby translating the carriage along the lead screw and concurrently causing the driven gear to rotate the roller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2019
    Inventor: David W. Wright
  • Patent number: 10286512
    Abstract: A machining system capable of preventing mist from leaking out from an enclosure to the outside. The machining system includes a first enclosure including an opening and configured to define a first space in which a workpiece is processed, a second enclosure arranged adjacent to the first enclosure and configured to define a second space communicating with the first space through the opening, wherein a robot which can advance to and retreat from the first space through the opening is installed in the second space, and a pressure adjustment device configured to increase a pressure in the second space higher than a pressure in the first space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: FANUC CORPORATION
    Inventor: Katsuyoshi Suzuki
  • Patent number: 10207294
    Abstract: Disclosed is a sorting and distribution system for sorting a number of different types of articles to a number of different clients depending on types and amounts of articles ordered by the different clients. The system comprises a plurality of article tracks and a plurality of order tracks arranged substantially transverse to the plurality of article tracks. Each order track is divided into m order track parts. The system further comprises a control unit controlling movement of the plurality of order tracks and movement of articles arranged on the plurality of article tracks to the plurality of order tracks such that an article positioned on a first article track is moved to a first order track part of a first order track when a first client to which the first order track part is associated has ordered a first article type.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Inventor: Talib Abedalsada Mahdi
  • Patent number: 10197622
    Abstract: A modular multiplexing interface assembly and corresponding methodology are provided for reducing semiconductor testing index time in automated semiconductor test equipment using robotic handlers. The modular multiplexing interface assembly includes a modular printed circuit multiplexing motherboard that attaches to the automated semiconductor test equipment, and a plurality of modular load boards, each modular load board being detachably connected, electrically and mechanically, to a robotic handler. The modular multiplexing interface assembly also includes a plurality of electrical cable bundles, each electrical cable bundle electrically connecting the printed circuit motherboard with one of the plurality of modular load boards, wherein the plurality of electrical cable bundles are trace-length matched for a designated digital signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: CELERINT, LLC.
    Inventor: Howard H. Roberts, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10167143
    Abstract: A method for adapting motion profiles of a plurality of individually controllable transport elements for transporting containers in a container treatment system along a transport path, wherein the plurality of transport elements are movably arranged along the transport path, the method includes the following steps: determining a treatment state of at least one container carried along by a first transport element, and/or determining an operational state of at least one first container treatment unit which is arranged downstream with respect to a position of the first transport element along the transport path, wherein the first transport element is moved by an open- and/or closed-loop control unit of the container treatment system as part of a stream of transport elements, and wherein the motion profile of the first transport element is adapted by the open- and/or closed-loop control unit in response to the determined treatment state and/or the determined operational state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: KRONES AG
    Inventors: Konrad Senn, Matthias Wahl, Toni Hifinger, Ralf Walter
  • Patent number: 10157114
    Abstract: Systems for testing a computer keyboard are provided. In some implementations, the system comprises: a plurality of elongate members, each having a first end and a second end; a support structure having a first surface, a second surface, and a plurality of apertures that pass through the support structure from the first surface to the second surface such that the plurality of apertures corresponds to a layout of keys of a computer keyboard, wherein a longitudinal axis of each of the plurality of elongate members is aligned with the plurality of apertures; and a roller that moves under a subset of apertures during operation of the system and contacts the elongate member thereby causing the elongate member to be displaced by at least a first amount such that the second end of the elongate member protrudes at least a second amount from the surface of the support structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2018
    Assignee: Google LLC
    Inventors: Yuan-Jen Chang, Chia Hang Yeh
  • Patent number: 10094845
    Abstract: According to an embodiment, a sample processing apparatus includes a detection section configured to detect pose information regarding a sample container which is configured to house a sample; and a raising section which turns the sample container in a predetermined direction based on the pose information regarding the sample container to raise the sample container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Assignee: AOI SEIKI CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Teruaki Itoh
  • Patent number: 9995856
    Abstract: A lens array fabrication method for fabricating a lens array includes: receiving pins (16) of a film attaching instrument (jig) in second guide holes (10) of a film-containing base plate; bonding a placement area and an adhesion layer (F); removing the pins (16); causing a detachment between a first detachment film (C) and a pressure-sensitive adhesive optical film (D); separating three layers (D) to (F) from two layers (B) and (C); receiving the pins (16) in first guide holes (7) of a lens array main unit; fitting a film holding protrusion (15) in a depression part (6); bonding the film (D) to a bonding region (i); removing the pins (16); and causing a detachment between the film (D) and a second detachment film (E).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Assignee: ENPLAS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Masahiro Tanazawa, Shimpei Morioka, Makoto Goto, Nobuhiro Hashimoto
  • Patent number: 9908696
    Abstract: Example pallet-conveyor systems may include a conveyor system configured with a delivery track arranged to move pallets to a delivery area, a recirculation loop, and a diverter mechanism. The system may include a computing system that selects an item for the recirculation loop based on future demand and causes a robotic device to maintain pallets of the selected item in the recirculation loop. The computing system may further receive an item request and determine that a requested item is available from the recirculation loop and responsively cause the diverter mechanism to divert the requested item from the recirculation loop to the delivery track. The computing system may also cause robotic devices to obtain and load pallets of remaining requested items onto the conveyer system for the delivery area, and cause pickers to remove one or more items from pallets at the delivery area in order to fulfill the item request.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Assignee: X Development LLC
    Inventor: John Zevenbergen
  • Patent number: 9896317
    Abstract: The present application is directed towards the handling of laboratory test tubes. More particularly to a specialized laboratory device that enables manual opening, closing and capping of multiple test tubes with integral sealing caps. The Laboratory Test Tube Handling Device permits the user to perform multiple processes simultaneously more efficiently and rapidly than current practice.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2018
    Inventor: John Kenneth Alexander Bell
  • Patent number: 9815155
    Abstract: A reconfigurable autonomous workstation includes a multi-faced superstructure including a horizontally-arranged frame section supported on a plurality of posts. The posts form a plurality of vertical faces arranged between adjacent pairs of the posts, the faces including first and second faces and a power distribution and position reference face. A controllable robotic arm suspends from the rectangular frame section, and a work table fixedly couples to the power distribution and position reference face. A plurality of conveyor tables are fixedly coupled to the work table including a first conveyor table through the first face and a second conveyor table through the second face. A vision system monitors the work table and each of the conveyor tables. A programmable controller monitors signal inputs from the vision system to identify and determine orientation of the component on the first conveyor table and control the robotic arm to execute an assembly task.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Yhu-Tin Lin, Jeffrey A. Abell, John Patrick Spicer
  • Patent number: 9702784
    Abstract: An apparatus including a first spindle group for chucking a first gear, whereby the first gear is mountable on the first spindle group so that it is rotatable, and a second spindle group for chucking a second gear, whereby the second gear is mountable on the second spindle group so that it is rotatable. The apparatus further defining a first linear axis oriented to perform a first linear displacement of the first spindle group relative to the second spindle group; a second linear axis oriented to perform a second linear displacement of the first spindle group relative to the second spindle group; and at least one of a swivel axis oriented to perform pivoting of the first spindle group thereabout, and a swivel axis oriented to perform pivoting of the second spindle group thereabout.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2017
    Assignee: KLINGELNBERG AG
    Inventor: Hartmuth Müller
  • Patent number: 9586246
    Abstract: A progressive forming machine having a frame supporting a plurality of workstations uniformly spaced in a horizontal plane, a transfer mechanism for shifting parts from one station to another and from a last station to a discharge station, a conveyor in the frame for lowering parts from the transfer discharge station, the conveyor having individual part carriers, the conveyor being arranged to present a carrier beneath the discharge station in timed relation to the operating cycle of the machine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2017
    Assignee: NATIONAL MACHINERY LLC
    Inventors: Stanley J. Wasserman, Douglas M. Hoerig
  • Patent number: 9555609
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to a method of making a door having first and second door facings and an internal doorframe. An interior side of a first facing is coated with quick acting adhesive. A frame is placed on the coated interior side about the periphery of the first facing. The frame is then coated with quick acting adhesive. An interior side of a second facing is placed on the coated frame. The facings and frame assembly are then compressed to form a door. The present invention also provides for an automated system of making the door.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2017
    Assignee: Masonite Corporation
    Inventor: Kenneth Charles Tyler
  • Patent number: 9505514
    Abstract: A method of processing rolls of fibrous materials. The method includes the steps of providing a module comprising an internal adjustment mechanism; attaching a first piece of equipment to the module to enable the module to perform a first function; adjusting the module for the first piece of equipment using the internal adjustment mechanism of the module; removing the first piece of equipment from the module; attaching a second piece of equipment to the module to enable the module to perform a second function; and adjusting the module for the second piece of equipment using the internal adjustment mechanism of the module, wherein the first piece of equipment is different than the second piece of equipment, and wherein the first function is different than the second function.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2016
    Assignee: The Proctor & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Matthew Bernard Overley, Wesley Bernard Brokopp, Joseph Clifford Noll, Jeffrey Dean Hartline
  • Patent number: 9457605
    Abstract: An inexpensive small-sized screen printing machine having low redundancy and high production efficiency and applicable to a dual conveying-type component mounting machine. A pair of substrate supporting tables juxtaposed in a specific direction is provided. Screen printing is alternately performed by a single print executing section in a common area which can be shared by the two substrate supporting tables. In doing so, when one substrate supporting table located at a print position among the pair of substrate supporting tables starts exiting the print position, the other substrate supporting table starts entry to the print position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2016
    Assignee: YAMAHA HATSUDOKI KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Yasushi Miyake, Takeshi Fujimoto
  • Patent number: 9417980
    Abstract: Systems for testing a computer keyboard are provided. In some implementations, the system comprises: a plurality of elongate members, each having a first end and a second end; a support structure having a first surface, a second surface, and a plurality of apertures that pass through the support structure from the first surface to the second surface such that the plurality of apertures corresponds to a layout of keys of a computer keyboard, wherein a longitudinal axis of each of the plurality of elongate members is aligned with the plurality of apertures; and a roller that moves under a subset of apertures during operation of the system and contacts the elongate member thereby causing the elongate member to be displaced by at least a first amount such that the second end of the elongate member protrudes at least a second amount from the surface of the support structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2016
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventors: Yuan-Jen Chang, Chia Hang Yeh
  • Patent number: 9365308
    Abstract: The invention addresses the problem of providing a medication cassette, which in addition to being capable of smooth automated dispensing despite being capable of storing large amounts of medication, allows accurate ascertainment of whether the medication has run out or is jammed. This medication cassette is provided with: a cylindrical body in which the medication is stored; a first rotating body capable of reciprocating movement inside the cylindrical body in the direction of the shaft center thereof; a second rotating body disposed on the outer circumference of the cylindrical body; a conveyed medication-detecting element for detecting medication that has been conveyed by the second rotating body; and a control element for moving the first rotating body upward when a medication detection signal is not output from the conveyed medication-detecting element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2016
    Assignee: YUYAMA MFG. CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Naoki Koike
  • Patent number: 9359138
    Abstract: An assembly/transport apparatus includes: a carrier on which a transport object is mounted; a transport track; a return track that overlies the transport track in a top/bottom direction; a first transfer device that transfers the carrier between the transport track and the return track; a second transfer device that transfers the carrier between the transport track and the return track; and a frame that supports the transport track, the return track, the first transfer device and the second transfer device. The transport track includes transport driving devices that cause the carrier to travel and stop. The return track includes return driving devices that cause the carrier to travel and stop. The first transfer device includes first transfer driving devices that cause the carrier to travel and stop. The second transfer device includes second transfer driving devices that cause the carrier to travel and stop.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2016
    Assignee: TSUBAKIMOTO CHAIN CO.
    Inventors: Hiroaki Hamada, Isao Takatori
  • Patent number: 9205998
    Abstract: A feeding device includes a guiding assembly and a clamping mechanism. The guiding assembly includes a guiding rod and a transfer rod coupled to the guiding rod. The transfer rod includes a rack. The clamping mechanism includes a driving assembly and a clamping assembly. The driving assembly includes a support frame, a first driver coupled to the support frame, a gear coupled to the first driver and meshing with the rack, and two guiding members adjustably coupled to the support frame and positioned at opposite sides of the guiding rod. The guiding members is latched to the guiding rod and configured to move the support frame to adjust a backlash between the gear and the rack. The clamping assembly is coupled to the support frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2015
    Assignees: FU DING ELECTRONICAL TECHNOLOGY (JIASHAN) CO., LTD., HON HAI PRECISION INDUSTRY CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Hong-Tao Ge
  • Patent number: 9045182
    Abstract: A plant for assembling mechanical parts on bodies of motor-vehicles comprises an endless conveying line and a plurality of pallets movable along the conveying line, each receiving mechanical parts of the motor-vehicle along a first section of the line. Means for loading a respective motor-vehicle body on a respective pallet at a loading station, located at the beginning of a second section of the conveying line, downstream of the abovementioned first section with reference direction of movement of the pallets are provided. At least one bolting station for bolting the mechanical parts on the respective body along the abovementioned second section is provided. The abovementioned second section of the line is superimposed to the first section and aligned therewith, so that the pallets move along a closed loop in a vertical plane, moving along the upper section in a direction opposite to their direction of movement along the lower section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2015
    Assignee: Comau S.p.A.
    Inventors: Sergio Cardani, Guido Rumiano, Angelo Putiri
  • Patent number: 8997969
    Abstract: A production cell for automated processing of workpieces has a protective fence and, arranged therein, at least one production device, for example a bending press, and at least one handling device. A workpiece transfer device for part carriers or workpieces is arranged in the production cell which workpiece transfer device forms a supply position and a delivery position. Here, a delivery device of the workpiece transfer device forms a first delivery path and a second delivery path which extends parallel to the former, wherein, furthermore, a conveyor for optional transfer of a part carrier between the delivery paths is provided on an actuating device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Assignee: TRUMPF Maschinen Austria GmbH & Co. KG.
    Inventor: Juergen Plakolm
  • Patent number: 8939076
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is an apparatus for depositing viscous material on an electronic substrate. The apparatus comprises a frame, an assembly material applicator coupled to the frame and configured to apply assembly material to the electronic substrate, a substrate support assembly, coupled to the frame, configured to support and secure the electronic substrate in a print position, and a transport system, coupled to the frame, to shuttle electronic substrates to and from the substrate support assembly, the transport system including a first track and a second track, the first track being mounted on a first displacement mechanism and the second track being mounted on a second displacement mechanism configured to laterally move the second track relative to the first track, the second displacement mechanism configured to raise the first track relative to the second track.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2015
    Assignee: Illinois Tool Works Inc.
    Inventor: Dennis G. Doyle
  • Patent number: 8877128
    Abstract: An empty rack transport line is arranged at a lower stage and independent of a main transport line, a fast emergency line and a reverse line. In a rack stocker, an inclined transport line connects the empty rack transport line to the rack stocker. The rack stocker is arranged between a storage module and a loading module. The rack stocker is capable of continuously supplying and collecting empty racks, while transport lines do not cross each other. It is, therefore, possible to continuously supply and collect empty racks in a simple configuration, without an increase in the system size, an intersection of transport lines and a reduction in processing capability. In addition, it is possible to provide an automated sample testing system that is highly extendable for various facility sizes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2014
    Assignee: Hitachi High-Technologies Corporation
    Inventors: Tatsuya Fukugaki, Masaaki Hanawa, Hiroshi Ohga
  • Publication number: 20140311857
    Abstract: A manufacturing system includes a first conveyer apparatus, a second conveyer apparatus and a manufacturing apparatus. The first conveyer apparatus has a first conveyer unit and a first elevator unit. The first elevator unit is adapted to drive the first conveyer unit to move upward or downward between first and second positions. The second conveyer apparatus has a second conveyer unit and a second elevator unit. The second elevator unit is adapted to drive the second conveyer unit to move upward or downward between third and fourth positions. The manufacturing apparatus disposed between the first and second conveyer apparatuses has a manufacturing unit, a third conveyer unit and a fourth conveyer unit. A conveying path of the third conveyer unit passes through the manufacturing unit. The first and third positions are aligned to the third conveyer unit. The second and fourth positions are aligned to the third conveyer unit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 22, 2013
    Publication date: October 23, 2014
    Applicant: Wistron Corporation
    Inventors: Chun-Kai Wang, Hsueh-Yen Lai, Xin-Hua Wang
  • Patent number: 8863685
    Abstract: A camera is used to take an image of an end surface of a honeycomb structure gripped by a hand. Based on the image, an initial rotation angle of the honeycomb structure around a vertical axis at a reference position where the image has been taken is recognized. An arm turning section is driven to convey the honeycomb structure gripped by the hand from the reference position to above a plugging mask. A rotation angle required to adjust the rotation angle of the honeycomb structure on the plugging mask to a desired final rotation angle is acquired based on the initial rotation angle recognized at the reference position and a rotation angle of the honeycomb structure around the vertical axis associated with the driving of the arm turning section from the reference position to above the plugging mask. The honeycomb structure is rotated based on the required rotation angle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2014
    Assignee: Sumitomo Chemical Company, Limited
    Inventors: Masaharu Mori, Ying Gong
  • Patent number: 8844707
    Abstract: A transfer system transfers a workpiece between stations of a production line spaced along a transfer axis. The transfer system comprises a frame having a main beam extending along the transfer axis. A plurality of transfer heads are spaced along the main beam with each of the transfer heads configured to independently move along the main beam along the transfer axis and relative to the main beam along a lift axis orthogonal to the transfer axis and a clamp axis orthogonal to the transfer and lift axes to accommodate for variation in spacing between each of the stations. Each of the transfer heads are suspended from the main beam and extend downwardly from the main beam beneath the main beam so that the transfer head is selectively moved outwardly, upwardly, and sideways away from the stations to provide access to the stations from the substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2014
    Assignee: Noble Engineering Company, Inc.
    Inventor: Brian Hulslander
  • Patent number: 8827064
    Abstract: A technique of operating a flow line is provided. The flow line includes two or more assembly stations for the assembly of a heavy machine. The technique involves installing a prepared assembly trailer in the flow line before or at a first assembly station. The prepared assembly trailer is connected to at least one flow line tow bar. If the prepared assembly trailer is installed before the first assembly station, then the assembly trailer is moved to the first assembly station. If not, all the flow line assembly trailers are moved to the next assembly station. The steps of moving the flow line assembly trailers are performed timewise stepwise.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2014
    Assignee: Siemens Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Rene Kroell Prammann Joergensen, Klaus Dietrich
  • Publication number: 20140246288
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method and a device for conveying strip-shaped or plate-shaped products (P), said method and device having the following method steps and features: supply (10, 20) the products (P) out of a continuously operating device, by means of which the products are produced, to the conveying device; convey (30, 40) the products (P) with conveying means in succession in the conveying device; and transfer (60) the products (P) from the conveying device to a device, by means of which the products (P) are continuously further processed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 17, 2012
    Publication date: September 4, 2014
    Applicant: LOESCH Verpackungstechnik GmbH
    Inventors: Heinz-Peter Hammacher, Andreas Maiwald
  • Publication number: 20140238820
    Abstract: A device for removing and replacing containers from and on a conveyor line includes a first lateral guide wall; a second lateral guide wall; and a rotating disc provided with at least a seating The rotating disc is arranged between the first lateral guide wall and the second lateral guide wall for removing a container to be treated from the conveyor line and for replacing a treated container on the conveyor line The device further includes a first guide member mobile between a first retracted position and a first advanced position and a second guide member mobile between a second retracted position and a second advanced position The rotating disc, the first guide member and the second guide member are phase-activatable such as to transfer containers from and onto the conveyor line.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 21, 2012
    Publication date: August 28, 2014
    Applicant: I.M.A INDSUTRIA MACCHINE AUTOMATICHE S.p.A.
    Inventor: Luigi Cavina
  • Patent number: 8807318
    Abstract: A multi-generational carrier platform is configured to carry substrate carriers of different sizes depending on processing needs. Multiple carrier adaptors are provided on one side of a support plate, and substrate carriers can be distributed among the carrier adaptors to mount a maximum number of substrates under the constraint of non-overlap of the substrates and the substrate carriers. The multi-generational carrier platform can be configured to provide rotation to each substrate carrier mounted thereupon, and is compatible with chemical mechanical planarization processes that require rotation of substrates against an abrasive surface. The multi-generational carrier platform facilitates maximum utilization of a processing area provided by a tool configured to process substrates of different sizes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2014
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventor: Michael F. Lofaro