By Conveying An Item That Has A Position Characteristic And Rotating The Item Until It Is Positioned Patents (Class 198/394)
  • Patent number: 11383972
    Abstract: A method for producing a microstructure in a substrate with a membrane-like bridging or overhanging surface includes modifying the substrate, which is made of glass, by laser radiation along a peripheral contour. A membrane layer is applied over a surface of the substrate for producing the bridging or overhanging surface, wherein, at least in partial surfaces enclosing the peripheral contour of the laser modifications, a sacrificial layer is disposed between the substrate and the membrane layer. A side of the substrate facing away from the membrane layer is exposed to an etching attack such that material is removed primarily along the peripheral contour until the sacrificial layer is reached and there is a disintegration or reduction of the sacrificial layer and a separation of a connection of a part of the substrate enclosed by the peripheral contour from the surrounding substrate and from the membrane layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2022
    Inventors: Roman Ostholt, Norbert Ambrosius
  • Patent number: 11292286
    Abstract: A transport device and a method for producing a coin with use of the transport device. The transport device is used to transport blanks to a minting station. A drivable first transport part having a plurality of first transport pockets is provided. A first clearance exists between the outer contour of the blank and the inner contour of the first transport pocket. The transport device has a second transport part having a plurality of second transport pockets. A second clearance is provided between the outer contour of the blank and the inner contour of the second transport pocket. The second clearance is larger than the first clearance. The blanks are transferred at a transfer location from a particular first transport pocket into a second transport pocket. The blanks are transported in the second transport pocket to the minting station, and a coin is minted there from the blank.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2022
    Inventors: Carsten Brechling, Wolfgang Hoyler, Simon Kneer, Horst Jaeschke
  • Patent number: 11078029
    Abstract: Conventionally, in industries, different complex profiles (e.g., objects) are extruded and cut to required lengths for handling these profiles. This requires moving profiles from one location to another and placing them together with other similar or identical profiles which is currently a manual process. Present disclosure provides an apparatus for re-orientation of profiles for easy pick and place of these profiles from one location to another location. The apparatus includes actuator arm assemblies that are actuated for movement in upward and downward direction, wherein actuated rollers are trigged to move upward/downward directions accordingly. Profile is placed in initial position on an endless re-orienting belt above the surface of actuator arm assemblies wherein each actuator arm assembly is actuated to move the profile from one sub-region to another sub-region until the profile attains a desired orientation for pick and place of the re-oriented profile to desired location with required angle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 3, 2021
    Inventor: Venkatesh Prasad Bangalore Srinivas
  • Patent number: 10961061
    Abstract: The present disclosure generally relates to pick and place robotic systems. An exemplary system for orienting an object comprises: a scanner configured to detect a label on the object; an upper conveyor belt; a flipping conveyor belt located at an end of the upper conveyor belt, wherein the upper conveyor belt is configured to transport the object toward the flipping conveyor belt, wherein the flipping conveyor belt is configured to, in a first orientation or position, rotate and exert a frictional force on the object to reorient the object while the object is in contact with the upper conveyor belt, wherein the flipping conveyor belt is configured to, in a second orientation or position, allow the object to drop off the end of the upper conveyor belt.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2021
    Assignee: XYZ Robotics Global Inc.
    Inventors: Aidan Eric Rose, Jason Chua Yap, Kuan-Ting Yu, Jiaji Zhou
  • Patent number: 10792706
    Abstract: A processing system including a singulation system is disclosed. The singulation system includes a conveying system for moving objects to be processed from a source area along a first direction, a detection system for detecting objects at the conveying system, and for selecting certain selected objects for redistribution on the conveying system, and a movement redistribution system for redistributing the certain selected objects on the conveying system for providing a singulated stream of objects.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Assignee: Berkshire Grey, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas Wagner, Kevin Ahearn, John Richard Amend, Jr., Benjamin Cohen, Michael Dawson-Haggerty, William Hartman Fort, Christopher Geyer, Jennifer Eileen King, Thomas Koletschka, Michael Cap Koval, Kyle Maroney, Matthew T. Mason, William Chu-Hyon McMahan, Gene Temple Price, Joseph Romano, Daniel Smith, Siddhartha Srinivasa, Prasanna Velagapudi, Thomas Allen
  • Patent number: 10779514
    Abstract: A method and an apparatus are capable of automatically performing an operation of mounting shellfishes to a pin inserted in a vertical rope. Insertion holes are formed in ears of two shellfishes in parallel. While each pin is cut out one by one from a series of pins formed of a large number of continuous pins, the cut-out pins are inserted through the vertical rope at substantially equal intervals. A pipe-shaped guide is inserted through the insertion hole of each of the two shellfishes, and an end portion of the guide inserted through the insertion hole is put on each end portion of the pin. The pin and the two guides are arranged in a straight line. The shellfishes are transferred and mounted onto the pin by sliding the two shellfishes along the respective guides beyond shellfish locking protrusions of the pin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2020
    Inventors: Hiroaki Sugiyama, Yukikatsu Toyosawa
  • Patent number: 10727090
    Abstract: A substrate processing apparatus includes a spin chuck, rotating a disk-shaped substrate around a rotational axis while holding it horizontally, a cylindrical guard, receiving a processing liquid scattered outward from the substrate held by the spin chuck, and a centering unit, which brings a center of the substrate close to the rotational axis. The centering unit includes a pusher, contacting the substrate on the spin chuck, and a linear motor, moving the pusher horizontally to move the substrate horizontally with respect to the spin chuck. At least a portion of the linear motor is disposed above the guard such as to overlap with the guard in plan view.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: SCREEN Holdings Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Noriyuki Kikumoto, Toyohide Hayashi, Naoto Fujita, Michinori Iwao, Wataru Sakai
  • Patent number: 10720354
    Abstract: A workpiece alignment system has a light emission apparatus to direct a beam of light toward a first side of a workpiece through a first polarizer apparatus. A light receiver apparatus positioned on a second side of the workpiece receives the beam of light through a second polarizer apparatus between the workpiece and the light receiver apparatus. A workpiece support supports the workpiece. A rotation device selectively supports and rotates the workpiece support about a support axis. A controller determines a position of the workpiece based on an amount of the beam of light received by the light receiver apparatus. The controller determines a position of the workpiece when the workpiece is supported and rotated based, at least in part, on a rotational position of the workpiece support and at least a portion of the beam of light received by the light receiver apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2020
    Assignee: Axcelis Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Neil James Bassom
  • Patent number: 10712147
    Abstract: A measurement system includes a measuring instrument, a measurement control device, and a ranging device. The measuring instrument includes a base that is to be fixed to a tool shaft of a machining apparatus, a first rod and a second rod that are connected to the base, and a first measuring head and a second measuring head that are fixed to the respective rods and irradiate an object to be measured with measurement light. The measurement control device acquires a distance I between the first measuring head and an inner peripheral surface of the hole of the object to be measured, and a distance O between the second measuring head and an outer peripheral surface of the object from the ranging device, and calculates the thickness of the object on the basis of the distance I, the distance O, and a distance between the first and second measuring heads.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: Hitachi Metals, Ltd.
    Inventors: Masahiro Watanabe, Koji Utsumi, Shigeyoshi Fujihara, Yusuke Omuro, Shinji Kayama
  • Patent number: 10569966
    Abstract: A device includes a carrier to carry and transport rectangular objects in a transport direction; a meter to measure a dimension of the object and/or measure a spacing between successive objects; and a controller to rotate at least one object and/or adjust said spacing. The meter can measure an outer dimension of a side surface of the object. The controller can align the side surface in line with the transport direction. A method includes: providing at least one object; measuring a dimension of the object and/or measuring a spacing between successive objects; and rotating at least one object around an upright axis line and/or adjusting a spacing between successive objects. Measuring the dimension includes measuring an outer dimension of a side surface of the object. Rotating the at least one object around the upright axis line includes aligning the side surface in line with a transport direction of said object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2020
    Inventors: Martijn Smit, Yoran Hessel Van Urk
  • Patent number: 10528026
    Abstract: An apparatus for orienting a partially coated spherical-object includes a pedestal, a camera, and a controller. The spherical object contains a coating over a portion of a surface. The coating defines a spherical-cap, and the spherical cap defines a polar-axis. The polar-axis is oriented normal to a plane defining a base of the spherical cap, wherein an intersection of the plane and the surface defines a boundary line. The pedestal retains the spherical object and selectively rotates the spherical object about a longitudinal axis of the pedestal. The camera captures an image of the spherical object on the pedestal. The controller is in communication with the pedestal and the camera. The controller is operable to control the rotation of the pedestal, detect the boundary line in the image, and determine when the pedestal has positioned the spherical object to cause the boundary line to have a zero curvature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Inventors: Ray Bassett, Joseph F. LaFrance, Thomas Rider
  • Patent number: 10458020
    Abstract: There is disclosed a substrate processing apparatus which can align a center of a substrate, such as a wafer, with a central axis of a substrate stage with high accuracy. The substrate processing apparatus includes: an eccentricity detector configured to obtain an amount of eccentricity and an eccentricity direction of a center of the substrate, when held on a centering stage, from a central axis of the centering stage; and an aligner configured to perform a centering operation of moving and rotating the centering stage until the center of the substrate on the centering stage is located on a central axis of a processing stage. The aligner is configured to calculate a distance by which the centering stage is to be moved and an angle through which the centering stage is to be rotated, based on an initial relative position of the central axis of the centering stage with respect to the central axis of the processing stage, the amount of eccentricity, and the eccentricity direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Assignee: Ebara Corporation
    Inventors: Yu Ishii, Fong-Jie Du, Makoto Kashiwagi
  • Patent number: 10405682
    Abstract: The present application discloses an ordered food and drink conveying apparatus capable of restricting an exclusive area and improving conveyance efficiency while enabling conveyance of large and small dishes or trays having various sizes. The ordered food and drink conveying apparatus disclosed by the present application includes: a plurality of conveyors being arranged in a side-by-side relationship and conveying foods and drinks to customer seats from a kitchen; and a controller controlling motions of the plurality of conveyors, synchronizing the motions of the plurality of conveyors in a first mode selected when there are foods and drinks being so placed as to straddle the plurality of conveyors, and asynchronizing the motions of the plurality of conveyors in a second mode selected when there are none of the foods and the drinks being so placed as to straddle the plurality of conveyors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignee: Ishino Seisakusho Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Haruki Ishino, Takehiro Kawaguchi, Shigeru Kubo
  • Patent number: 10401159
    Abstract: An apparatus for detecting a pre-aligning element at a wafer and a method for pre-aligning a wafer are disclosed. In an embodiment, the apparatus includes a sensor arrangement configured to illuminate subsequent edge portions of the wafer edge and to output a first and a second sensor signal, wherein the first sensor signal is based on the transmitted fractions of the illumination and the second sensor signal is based on the reflected fractions of the illumination; and an evaluation unit configured to evaluate the first sensor signal and to determine a first position information indicating a coarse position of the pre-aligning element, and, after having determined the first position information, to determine a second position information based on the second sensor signal and the first position information, wherein the second position information indicates a fine position of the pre-aligning element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: Infineon Technologies AG
    Inventors: Thomas Zell, Horst Kittner
  • Patent number: 10370136
    Abstract: Example methods and systems are disclosed for on-demand packaging of one or more items. According to one example, a method can include receiving an order for the item(s) and determining characteristic-information for the item(s) using a computer system. The characteristic-information includes an indication of at least a size and a shape of the item(s). The method also includes processing the characteristic-information based on design criteria to determine an arrangement of the item(s) within at least one container volume, and a configuration for a protective structure to hold the item(s) in the arrangement within the container volume(s). The method can further include, in response to the processing the characteristic-information, forming the protective structure according to the configuration, placing the item(s) into the protective structure according to the arrangement, and placing the protective structure and the item(s) in the container volume(s).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: X Development LLC
    Inventors: Jeff Linnell, Matthew Bitterman, Tobias Kinnebrew
  • Patent number: 10336487
    Abstract: A process for the management of a flow of products along a plant for making and packing respective articles, in particular in the form of rolls, such as rolls of toilet paper or paper towels, an apparatus for making and packing the articles, in particular including one or more lines for making and packing the articles, a rewinding machine for making the semi-finished product and elements for accumulating or storing the semi-finished products, from which the making and packing apparatus, that is, the respective making and packing line, receives the semi-finished product and which, in turn, receives the semi-finished product from the rewinding machine for making a semi-finished product. According to the process, the respective operating speed of the respective line of the making and packing apparatus downstream is adjusted in such a way that the semi-finished product in the accumulation elements is kept around a predetermined filling level.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: PULSAR S.R.L.
    Inventor: Massimo Franzaroli
  • Patent number: 10259656
    Abstract: The problem of singulating oblong articles that are unloaded in an arbitrary orientation onto a conveyor has been solved in that the conveying trough is divided into a central, lower part and surrounding upwards-and-outwards extending parts, whereby the central part vibrates with a longitudinal amplitude that is higher than that of the upwards-and-outwards extending parts at the same frequency.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: Newtec Engineering A/S
    Inventors: Jiri Musil, Anders Blicher Petersen
  • Patent number: 10183772
    Abstract: A machine for moving containers to be processed along a feed path. Containers are fed to an infeed station and an infeed transfer unit. The infeed transfer unit is configured to pick up one container at a time and carry it to a loading station of a carousel. The carousel includes supports for the containers. A detector detects an initial orientation of each container. A control unit calculates the angle of rotation of each support in order to orient each container loaded on a support of the carousel in a final predetermined orientation as a function of the initial orientation detected by the detector and the movement of the transfer unit. The support is rotated by the calculated angle of rotation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Inventor: Simone Marcantoni
  • Patent number: 10118772
    Abstract: A machine for carrying out at least one operation onto a first article and a second article is disclosed. The machine comprises feeding means for advancing a succession of the first article and the second article along a path and with a first speed; a first operative group, which comprises a first tool configured for carrying out operation onto the first article and which can be operated with a second speed associated to the first speed; gap creating means selectively controllable to create a first gap, which is arranged inside succession and is bounded between the first article and the second article; and a second operative group, which comprises a second tool configured for carrying out operation onto the second article and which can be operated at the second speed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Inventors: James Carmichael, Marco Ferri, Nicola Veneziani
  • Patent number: 10081490
    Abstract: An adjustable rack assembly includes a base frame defining an upper end and an open front side and an extension frame defining an upper end, a bottom end and an open front side. The extension frame is slidably mounted to the base frame. The assembly further includes an actuator coupled between the base frame and the extension frame and operable to move the extension frame between a collapsed position and an extended position. A compartment unit is supported by the extension frame and is at least partially collapsible to accommodate the movement of the extension frame between the collapsed position and the extended position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2018
    Assignee: Diverse Global Industrial Solutions
    Inventor: Robert Schaftenaar
  • Patent number: 10074192
    Abstract: A method of controlling a substrate inspection apparatus, which includes a stage configured to mount a substrate thereon and move in first and second moving directions and a camera configured to photograph the stage. The method includes: calculating in each quadrant divided by X and Y axis defining a coordinate system of an image photographed by the camera, a deviation of the X axis in a rotational direction with respect to the first moving direction or a deviation of the Y axis in the rotational direction with respect to the second moving direction; correcting a position of a photographed target in the coordinate system of the image photographed by the camera based on the calculated deviation in the rotational direction; and performing an alignment of the stage based on the corrected position of the target.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2018
    Inventors: Kenta Saiki, Shinji Akaike
  • Patent number: 10073135
    Abstract: Among other things, one or more techniques or systems for evaluating a tiered semiconductor structure, such as a stacked CMOS structure, for misalignment are provided. In an embodiment, a connectivity test is performed on vias between a first layer and a second layer to determine a via diameter and a via offset that are used to evaluate misalignment. In an embodiment, a connectivity test for vias within a first layer is performed to determine an alignment rotation based upon which vias are connected through a conductive arc within a second layer or which vias are connected to a conductive pattern out of a set of conductive patterns. In this way, the via diameter, the via offset, or the alignment rotation are used to evaluate the tiered semiconductor structure, such as during a stacked CMOS process, for misalignment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2018
    Inventors: Mill-Jer Wang, Ching-Nen Peng, Hung-Chih Lin, Hao Chen, Mincent Lee
  • Patent number: 9966290
    Abstract: A wafer alignment system includes an image capture module that captures an image of a wafer positioned on a robot. An image analysis module analyzes the image to determine a position of the wafer on the robot. A position correction module calculates adjustment data based on the determined position of the wafer on the robot. A system control module controls the robot to at least one of place the wafer and retrieve the wafer based on the calculated adjustment data and a nominal position of the wafer on the robot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Inventor: Brandon Senn
  • Patent number: 9895775
    Abstract: An assembly system, such as welding system, includes an assembly station that is configured to assemble a component to a part in a loaded position. A drag conveyor includes a movable conveyor member that supports multiple locating elements configured to cooperate with a locating feature on a part. A friction bar is arranged along the locating elements, and the locating elements extend beyond the friction bar. The friction bar is configured to support the part and reorient the part from an unoriented position to an oriented position while the movable conveyor member drags the part along the friction bar. A robot is configured to transfer a part from the oriented position on the conveyor to the loaded position at the assembly station, such as a welding unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2018
    Assignee: DOBEN LIMITED
    Inventors: Larry Koscielski, Gregory I. Heuchan, Eric Michaud, Matt Branoff, Darcey D. Renaud
  • Patent number: 9779507
    Abstract: A method and system are provided for determining an orientation of a unit dose package, such as by determining whether the cavity that houses the medication is facing upwards or downwards. As a result of the determination of the orientation of the unit dose package, a method and system may also be provided for selectively picking a unit dose package, thereby enabling automated restocking of singulated unit dose packages by taking into account the orientation of the unit dose packages.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2017
    Inventors: Patrick Joseph Braun, James Anderson Smith
  • Patent number: 9704762
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for determining substrate integrity and alignment are described. Devices as described herein can include a transfer chamber, one or more process chambers, a loadlock chamber a first optical device, a second optical device and a radiation source positioned outside and above an opening for the loadlock chamber. Methods as described herein can include delivering a substrate to an opening in a process chamber, activating the optical device and the radiation source and capturing a plurality of images, extracting a substrate edge pattern from the plurality of images, comparing the substrate edge pattern to an expected edge pattern to determine a level of edge variance and adjusting or stopping a process if the level of edge variance is outside of an edge variation range.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2017
    Inventors: Ilias Iliopoulos, Shuo Na, Kelby Yancy, Chunsheng Chen
  • Patent number: 9528943
    Abstract: The invention relates to a device for detecting and/or determining the position of a barrier layer contained in the wall of a tubular packaging material. The device comprises an infrared source and an infrared receiver, said source and said receiver being placed so as to transmit (receive, respectively) infrared radiation through part of the wall of a tube containing a barrier layer to be analyzed. The invention also relates to a method of detecting and/or determining the position of a barrier layer contained in the wall of a tubular packaging material 15, the method comprising transmitting infrared radiation through a tube wall containing a barrier layer, receiving and analyzing said infrared radiation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2016
    Inventor: Leonard Medico
  • Patent number: 9496160
    Abstract: A workpiece orientation is determined by camera during transfer to a load lock, and the orientation is corrected during load lock pump down.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2016
    Inventor: Michael Carl Hankes
  • Patent number: 9361590
    Abstract: There is provided an information processing apparatus including a manipulation model learning unit configured to learn a manipulation model regarding manipulation of a first object by a second object, by use of an actual image that is an actually observed image including the first object and the second object, the manipulation model associating a position and a change in state of the second object, when a state of the second object changes at a position in an object reference coordinate system with the first object regarded as a reference, with a change in state of the first object caused by the change in state of the second object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2016
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Kuniaki Noda, Kenta Kawamoto, Peter Duerr, Kohtaro Sabe
  • Patent number: 9352507
    Abstract: A separator device for preforms with an alignment device for handling incorrectly aligned preforms, wherein the separator device is a roller sorter with two transport rollers rotating in opposite directions to one another, between which rollers preforms are transported in a conveying direction, in a suspended manner and with an intended alignment. The alignment device has a rotating body mounted rotatably about an axis, which body is arranged above the roller sorter so that the rotating body projects into the movement path of incorrectly aligned preforms. The rotating body is designed to exert an alignment force on incorrectly aligned preforms. The rotating body also projects into the movement path of the preforms with the intended alignment and is therefore designed and arranged to exert an alignment force only on incorrectly aligned preforms.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2016
    Inventors: Alexander Heller, Dieter Holler
  • Patent number: 9327911
    Abstract: A bulk feeder including a storage section storing multiple electronic components in a loose state and a supply passage guiding the electronic components stored in that storage section to an electronic component supply position while arranged in a single line. The supply path, as well as arranging electronic components stored in the storage section in a single line by relying on magnetic force of permanent magnets, includes a magnetic force dependent supply passage for indexing from the storage section, and an air pressure dependent supply passage indexing electronic components indexed from the magnetic force dependent supply passage to the supply position by relying on positive pressure or negative pressure air blown from air passages. By combining the appropriate advantages of magnetic force and air pressure respectively, it is possible to perform supply of electronic components ideally and practicality of the bulk feeder is improved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2016
    Assignee: FUJI MACHINE MFG. CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Mizuho Nozawa
  • Patent number: 9227823
    Abstract: This rolling bearing assembly (2) comprises a rolling bearing (4) with an inner ring (8), an outer ring (6) and several rolling bodies (10) between the inner and outer rings, at least one sensor (30) adapted to detect a rotation parameter of a first ring (8) with respect to a second ring (6) of the rolling bearing and a support member (40) holding the sensor (30) in position with respect to the rolling bearing (4). The support member (40) holds the sensor (30) in a position such that at least one connecting pin (34, 36, 38) of the sensor (30) extends in a volume (46) defined by the support member (40) and adapted to accommodate an electrical connector (100).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2016
    Inventors: Francois Niarfeix, Gertjan Van Amerongen
  • Patent number: 9221613
    Abstract: An apparatus for treating containers includes an annularly closed guiding-and-carrying element, a chain of container carriers, and a central drive. Each container carrier receives a container and has a holding-and-centering unit, an individual drive, and guide unit. The drive is configured to turn the container about its axis. The guide unit circulates the container carriers on the guiding-and-carrying element. A vertical axis of the holding-and-centering unit and that of the drive are congruent with the container axis. The guiding-and-carrying element has straight sections and curved sections. Each holding-and-centering units is connected by connecting elements that are mounted or secured on it in a manner flush with its vertical axis or concentrically to the rotational axis of the holding-and-centering unit. As a result, all endlessly circulating axes of rotation of the holding-and-centering units and containers located therein move at a common speed in every section of the guiding-and-carrying element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2015
    Assignee: KHS GmbH
    Inventors: Jorg Koppers, Thomas Nitsch
  • Patent number: 9212009
    Abstract: A conveyor system for re-orienting strips of laminated corrugated board which includes: a first conveyor assembly; and a second conveyor assembly, wherein the first conveyor assembly conveys a plurality of adjacent strips having an upright orientation to the second conveyor assembly; wherein the second conveyor assembly includes a conveyor belt configured to convey the plurality of adjacent strips at a faster speed to that at which the strips are delivered to the second conveyor assembly by the first conveyor assembly; and wherein the acceleration of each strip upon contacting the second conveyor assembly causes that strip to move away from the adjacent strip and tip over from the upright orientation to a flat orientation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2015
    Assignee: Corcel IP Limited
    Inventors: Patrick Petrus Antonius Maria Van Berlo, Jason Paul Rogers
  • Patent number: 9187201
    Abstract: An apparatus for the treatment of containers may include at least one conveying device, which conveys the containers along a pre-set conveying path, and at least one treatment device, which treats the container in a pre-determined manner. The apparatus may include at least one size part which is capable of being arranged in an exchangeable manner on a carrier. A first transmitter device, which at least intermittently emits a signal which is characteristic of the first transmitter device, is arranged on the size part, and the apparatus has at least one first receiver device for receiving the first signal. The apparatus may further include a second signal communication device, which emits or receives a second characteristic signal, wherein the receiver device is designed in such a way that it determines from the signals emitted whether the size part is in a predetermined position with respect to the apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2015
    Assignee: KRONES AG
    Inventor: Manfred Ziegler
  • Patent number: 9169085
    Abstract: A transfer assembly includes a transfer starwheel having recesses to receive an article. Each recess includes a vacuum port and at least one insert formed from a compliant material. The at least one insert at least partially defines a shape of the recess, which corresponds to an aspect of the article. The transfer assembly includes a mounting hub including a plurality of circumferential sets of vacuum openings extending axially along the mounting hub and coupled to a vacuum source. A vacuum is delivered to the vacuum openings. The transfer starwheel is mounted on a mounting hub to align the vacuum ports of the transfer starwheel with a selected set of vacuum openings on the mounting hub. The mounting hub rotates so that the transfer starwheel receives the article into one of the recesses at a first position and rotates to a second position while holding the article with the vacuum.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2015
    Assignee: Belvac Production Machinery, Inc.
    Inventors: Joseph G. Schill, Harold J. Marshall
  • Patent number: 8939272
    Abstract: The invention relates to an article orienting machine for elongate articles, said machine comprising an endless first conveyor by which articles are conveyed with a first predetermined spacing, said elongate articles having their main axes arranged transverse to the direction of movement of said conveyor; at least a first and a second wheel on which the conveyor is supported; a first drive means arranged to rotate one of the wheels on which the conveyor is supported; and opposed pairs of holders attached to said endless conveyor at said first predetermined spacing, each pair of holders being arranged to contact and support an elongate article at opposite ends thereof while the article is received and released by the article orienting machine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2015
    Assignee: Norden Machinery AB
    Inventor: Jan Nilsson
  • Patent number: 8939275
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a substrate transfer system, comprising a number of roller assemblies used for mobile transfer of the glass substrate on it, and a controller used for controlling rotation of the roller assemblies; the substrate transfer system further comprises a substrate positioning device, which is arranged at the end of the transfer direction of the glass substrate by the roller assemblies; the substrate positioning device comprises a positioning pole, which is used for blocking and positioning the glass substrate transferred by the roller assemblies; and a buffer positioning mechanism on which the positioning pole is mounted on, providing mobile buffer for the positioning pole and driving the positioning pole to reset. A buffer reset mechanism is arranged for controlling the position of the positioning pole, and the positioning deviation of the substrate can be further eliminated; it can provide buffer contact for eliminating the risk of fragmentation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2015
    Assignee: Shenzhen China Star Optoelectronics Technology Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yongqiang Wang, Chun hao Wu, Kun hsien Lin, Minghu Qi, Weibing Yang, Zenghong Chen, Zhenhua Guo, Yunshao Jiang, Zhiyou Shu
  • Patent number: 8794428
    Abstract: Storage or handling device comprising at least one pair of rollers (11), the axes (rr?) of which are mutually parallel and are arranged a suitable distance (d) apart such that they can support a carcass (2) of substantially cylindrical shape of a tire that is in the process of being manufactured. The rollers (11) are mounted on a chassis (12) and are driven in rotation in the same direction (R) about their respective axes (rr?). One of the rollers (11) of said pair has a radial profile of sinusoidal overall shape comprising a succession of crests and of troughs, and the other roller of the pair has a cylindrical overall profile.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2014
    Assignees: Compagnie Generale des Etablissements Michelin, Michelin Recherche et Technique S.A.
    Inventors: Guy Sabathe, Francis Marti
  • Patent number: 8727098
    Abstract: A system for aligning items, such as bottles, includes a rotating plate and a diverter arm that extends outward over a top surface of the plate towards the plate edge. A rotating channel may surround the plate. In operation, bottles are dropped onto the plate and rotated by the plate against the arm. The distance between the top surface of the arm and the plate surface is such that the arm generally diverts the bottles outward and guides them into free gaps within the channel. The distance is also configured such that as bottles back-up, waiting for free channel gaps, the arm allows any buckling bottles to pass over and back onto the plate, rather than into the channel. The distance may also be configured such that the arm acts like a scoop. As bottles back-up behind the arm, the arm presses under the bottles along the arm and passes them over, relieving the pressure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2014
    Assignee: Auto Kaps, LLC
    Inventor: Kenneth J. Herzog
  • Patent number: 8701865
    Abstract: The invention includes a machine for handling and unscrambling empty containers provided with a bottom and with an opening. The machine comprises a carousel rotating about an axis of rotation and is provided with a plurality of pockets. Each of the pockets is provided with a respective channel for descent of the containers through gravity towards a handling area below. The machine further comprises a carousel feeding device equipped with a detecting system which detects the orientation of the containers before the containers are unscrambled. A respective unscrambling station of the containers is provided for each pocket which is controlled on the basis of information supplied by the detecting system and designed to arrange said containers correctly unscrambled with said opening facing upwards.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2014
    Inventor: Lorenzo Forni
  • Patent number: 8632333
    Abstract: An apparatus and a method for handling a container product, in particular a container or a preform for producing a container, where the product is provided with an orientation mark and adapted to be rotated to a predetermined rotary angle position relative to a holder by an orienting means. To do so in a structurally simple and reliable manner, the orienting means are arranged at a transfer site between a holder of a first conveying unit and a holder of a second conveying unit, at which the holders move relative to one another in an accompanying movement, and the rotary movement of the product to the predetermined rotary angle position is derived from the relative movement of the holders.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2014
    Assignee: Krones AG
    Inventors: Christian Holzer, Konrad Senn
  • Patent number: 8607960
    Abstract: An egg orientation mechanism orients eggs within an egg handling machine including a plurality of randomly arranged eggs on a first egg conveying mechanism. A lifter mechanism located on the first egg conveying mechanism raises each egg away from the egg conveying mechanism to off balance and rotate the egg so that the egg is oriented to with larger end of egg leading as egg is released into a second egg conveying mechanism. A clamshell egg receiver includes a front wall, a rear wall and egg receiving space formed between front wall and the rear wall. Either one of front wall or rear wall pivots about a pivot point located below a centerline of the egg receiving space. A method of releasing an egg includes holding an egg by an egg holder, rotating the egg holder and releasing the egg at an angle greater or less than 90 degrees.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2013
    Assignee: Sanovo Technology Group
    Inventors: George N. Bliss, Keith H. Pietila
  • Patent number: 8584832
    Abstract: A system and method for skew correction of a mailpiece includes moving the mailpiece along a path of travel in a first orientation toward a first drive roller and a second drive roller. Control of the mailpiece is established in the first orientation by the drive rollers. A first skew correction of the mailpiece is implemented by employing the first drive roller and the second drive roller to align the mailpiece with respect to the path of travel. The first drive roller and the second drive roller may be employed to change the orientation of the stopped mailpiece from the first orientation to a second orientation with respect to the path of travel. A second skew correction may be implemented by employing the first drive roller and the second drive roller to align the mailpiece in the second orientation with respect to the path of travel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2013
    Assignee: Pitney Bowes Inc.
    Inventors: Arthur H. Depoi, John W. Sussmeier
  • Patent number: 8534485
    Abstract: A lid (2) for a can (1) has a general shape defining a main plane (9) and a depression (10) arranged in the lid. The bottom wall of the depression is tilted relative to the main plane of the lid, and to a method for orientating lids.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2013
    Assignee: Impress Group B.V.
    Inventor: Hein Willem Leendert Van Jaarsveld
  • Patent number: 8534454
    Abstract: The web conveyor conveys a continuous web for L size or M size. The conveyor includes a guide mechanism changing a passing position of a side edge portion of the web, a detection mechanism detecting the passing position of the edge portion of the web, and a drive mechanism moving the guide mechanism and the detection mechanism together in the cross direction of the web according to the L size or M size, by being in contact with a first side edge portion and a second side edge portion of the web. The drive mechanism moves the guide mechanism and the detection mechanism by an equal traveling distance in the cross direction of the web.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2013
    Assignee: Uni-Charm Corporation
    Inventor: Hiroki Yamamoto
  • Patent number: 8413788
    Abstract: A turning mechanism includes a disc-shaped rotatable carriage comprising receptacles spaced around an edge, each receptacle being adapted to receive one of polarized electronic component and including an air channel; a turn channel projecting out of the edge of the carriage, the turn channel being arc and comprising an inlet communicating with one receptacle and including a first sensor, and an outlet communicating with another receptacle and including a second sensor; an auxiliary air passageway proximate to the first sensor and projecting inward out of the turn channel, the auxiliary air passageway communicating with the turn channel and comprising an air outlet; and a polarity detector disposed externally of the carriage and being proximate to the inlet, the polarity detector being adapted to detect polarity of the polarized electronic component proximate thereto.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2013
    Inventor: Zhao-Lin Wan
  • Patent number: 8037993
    Abstract: A container carrier turning device for a specimen container provided with an ID barcode and inserted into a carrier made advancing by a conveyor belt. The turning device includes a carrier stopping arrangement for rotatably engaging a lateral surface of the carrier to stop the advancing movement of the carrier while leaving it free to rotate around the container axis, and a carrier pressing arrangement for rotatably engaging an upper surface of the carrier. An elastic arrangement forces the carrier pressing arrangement to a carrier engaging position. An idle bearing, opposite to the carrier stopping arrangement, facilitates the carrier rotation. An RFID antenna is associated with the carrier turning device to identify a container carrier tag.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2006
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2011
    Assignee: Inpeco IP Ltd.
    Inventor: Glanandrea Pedrazzini
  • Patent number: 8028816
    Abstract: A bench-supported container handling system includes a bottom panel and a container manipulating device. A container conveying assembly is configured for transporting containers along a first direction while a container part conveying assembly is configured for transporting a part of the container along a second direction that intersects with the first direction. The first direction and the second direction are configured so as to create an area where the container manipulating device can be disposed. Additional aspects include a capping assembly and a labeling assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2011
    Assignee: Par Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Paul Smith, Michael Callahan, William H. Collier, Albert J. Sturm, Jr.
  • Patent number: 7980380
    Abstract: A beverage bottling plant for filling bottles with a liquid beverage material having bottle plate support tables therein. The abstract of the disclosure is submitted herewith as required by 37 C.F.R. §1.72(b). As stated in 37 C.F.R. §1.72(b): A brief abstract of the technical disclosure in the specification must commence on a separate sheet, preferably following the claims, under the heading “Abstract of the Disclosure.” The purpose of the abstract is to enable the Patent and Trademark Office and the public generally to determine quickly from a cursory inspection the nature and gist of the technical disclosure. The abstract shall not be used for interpreting the scope of the claims. Therefore, any statements made relating to the abstract are not intended to limit the claims in any manner and should not be interpreted as limiting the claims in any manner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2011
    Assignee: KHS GmbH
    Inventor: Heinz Thielmann