System Includes Linear Conveyor Or Portion Thereof Which Shifts To Lift Or Lower Load Before Or After Linearly Conveying Load Relative To Adjacent Conveyor Section Patents (Class 198/463.3)
  • Patent number: 10611578
    Abstract: Conveying operation equipment has a conveying carriage with an operating region between a workpiece support portion and a side of the conveying carriage. A reciprocating movement path of an operation device is provided such that part or the whole of the operation device is overlaid on the operating region on the conveying carriage and a synchronous forward-traveling mechanism which makes the operation device travel synchronously with the conveying carriage is formed with a transmission mechanism in an upper portion of the conveying carriage and a passive portion in a bottom portion of the operation device and a transmission state switch which switches the transmission mechanism to a transmission state at the beginning end position of the reciprocating movement path and which switches the transmission mechanism to a transmission release state at the terminal end position of the reciprocating movement path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignees: Honda Motor Co., Ltd., Daifuku Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Takafumi Minoura, Yoshifumi Yasuda
  • Patent number: 9749431
    Abstract: Systems and techniques are disclosed for publishing related media content based on the velocity measure for media content. The velocity measure for the media content may be determined based on a change in engagement rate such as a change in rate of sharing the media content via social media. The related media content may be published on a media outlet such as a website, blog, and/or an aggregation page and the publication may provide more exposure to the media content.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2017
    Assignee: Mashable, Inc.
    Inventors: Peter Cashmore, Robyn Peterson, Chris Heald, Dimitri Dimoulakis, Mario Antonetti, Kevin Gisi, Darren Tome
  • Patent number: 9604258
    Abstract: A conveying system for intended use in sorting articles and related methods of conveying and sorting articles are disclosed. In one embodiment, the system comprises a first conveyor extending in a first direction and a second conveyor extending in a second direction, with the directions intersecting. A transfer conveyor, such as a transpositor conveyor, may be provided for transferring articles from one of the first conveyors to one of the second conveyors. The system may be used to sort articles delivered from one or more storage locations for distribution, or may instead be used to sort articles for delivery to one or more storage locations. Related aspects and methods are also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2017
    Assignee: SPAN TECH LLC
    Inventors: James L. Layne, Brian Keith Thomas, Steve C. Fye, Lewis W. Ward, Ervin Puskar
  • Patent number: 9448554
    Abstract: A vehicle-location recognition system includes an electronic recognition unit provided in a respective vehicle of an ordered set of vehicles which are introduced into an assembling process section, the electronic recognition unit storing an ID number of the respective vehicle therein. A sensor unit detects the electronic recognition unit as the vehicle passes by a location of the sensor unit along the assembling process section. A control unit stores the ID number in sequence order with the ID numbers of the vehicles of the ordered set of vehicles, and determines a location of a particular vehicle in the ordered set of vehicles based on the ordered sequence of stored ID numbers and information on the spacing intervals between vehicles in the assembling process section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2016
    Assignee: Hyundai Motor Company
    Inventor: Jae Hyun Lee
  • Publication number: 20150068870
    Abstract: The invention concerns a method for horizontal movement (26) of groups or layers of articles (10) from a first support level (22) of a first conveyor module (12) to a vertically movable second support level (24) of a second conveyor module (14) immediately downstream of the first conveyor module (12) in the direction of transport or transfer, in particular by means of a transfer device (18) that remains spatially associated with the first conveyor module (12) during the transfer (26). Shortly before or after reaching a final position of the transfer device (18), the respectively transferred group or layer of articles (10) is moved in the direction of transport on the second conveyor module (14) by means of a support surface (32) horizontally movable relative to this second conveyor module (14) and/or centred on the second conveyor module (14) before or during its vertical hoisting movement (42).
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 11, 2014
    Publication date: March 12, 2015
    Inventors: Erhard Beer, Martin Osterhammer, Georg Schweighofer
  • 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: 8931626
    Abstract: The invention relates to a system for the surface treatment of objects, comprising a treatment cabinet having an entry and an exit and a conveyor system comprising pulling or pushing means, by means of which an object can be conveyed in circulation in a transport direction through the treatment cabinet, thereby covering a transport distance. The object provides a transport length in the transport direction associated therewith, and the pulling or pushing means provide a drive distance in the transport direction. The conveyor system comprises a coupling device, by means of which the object can be coupled to the pulling or pushing means along the drive distance. The drive distance is shorter than the transport length of the object in the transport direction, and the coupling device is aligned so that the transport distance that can be covered by the object is longer than the drive distance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2015
    Assignee: Eisenmann AG
    Inventors: Juergen Heim, Eckard Riemrich
  • Patent number: 8887544
    Abstract: A conveyor apparatus conveys work that was conduction heated at an energizing position to a processing position that is separated from the energizing position in the horizontal direction in order to perform hot press-forming, and comprises: a holding member that freely clamps both end sections in the lengthwise direction of the work that has been conduction heated; a drive mechanism that moves the holding member from at least the energizing position to the processing position; and a guide member that extends between the energizing position and the processing position and guides and supports the middle section in the lengthwise direction of the work that has been conduction heated and is being conveyed toward the processing position. A hot press-forming apparatus comprises the conveyor apparatus when conveying conduction heated work to a downstream process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2014
    Assignee: Aisin Takaoka Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Katsunori Ishiguro, Masaki Furuhashi
  • Patent number: 8887894
    Abstract: A transferring mechanism includes a first transferring assembly, a second transferring assembly, and a catcher. The first transferring assembly and the second transferring assembly are arranged side by side. A transferring direction of the first transferring assembly is opposite to a transferring direction of the second transferring assembly. The catcher includes a pair of mounting blocks, a guiding member, a sliding member, a telescoping member, and a clamping member. The mounting blocks are positioned on the first transferring assembly and the second transferring assembly. Opposite ends of the guiding member are mounted on the pair of mounting blocks, the guiding member across the first transferring assembly and the second transferring assembly. The sliding member is slidably sleeved on the guiding member. The telescoping member is mounted on the sliding member. The catcher is mounted on the telescoping member for clamping a workpiece on the first transferring assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2014
    Assignees: Fu Ding Electronical Technology (Jiashan) Co., Ltd., Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Jian-Qiang Lu, Jian-Hua Xu
  • 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
  • Patent number: 8807323
    Abstract: A conveyor includes a frame having first and second spaced frame elements, first and second drive rollers between the frame elements, and a flexible belt mounted between the first and second drive rollers that has a load bearing portion and a return portion, the return portion extending between the first and second frame elements. The conveyor has a first end portion including the first drive roller, a second end portion including the second drive roller and a central portion including a midpoint between the first drive roller and the second drive roller, and the central portion of the conveyor includes a lift-table receiving space between the first drive roller and the second drive roller and between the first frame element and the second frame element, and the return portion of the belt extends between the load bearing portion and the lift-table-receiving space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2014
    Assignee: A. G. Stacker, Inc.
    Inventors: Clarence C. Allen, Jr., Kevin G. Gorby, Eric H. Crowe, Samantha L. J. Armstrong
  • Patent number: 8734079
    Abstract: A robotic device movable in a vertical direction between rails arranged in multiple rows at various levels with respect to ground. The robotic device has a frame, wheels coupled to the frame for moving the frame along the rails, and a movable platform provided on the frame. The platform is configured for moving the frame in a vertical direction between first rails and second rails arranged above the first rails, and for placing onto the robotic device first and second loads arranged at different levels with respect to the ground.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2014
    Inventor: Sergey N. Razumov
  • Patent number: 8721250
    Abstract: A robotic device movable in first, second and third mutually perpendicular directions along rails arranged in multiple rows, where the rails in a row are arranged along the first and second mutually perpendicular directions, and the multiple rows are arranged along the third direction perpendicular to the first and second directions. The robotic device has a frame, wheels coupled to the frame for moving the frame along the rails in the first and second directions, and support handles for lifting the frame in the third direction from first rails arranged in a first row of the rails to second rails arranged in a second row of the rails. The support handles are configured for providing engagement with the second rails so as to lift the robotic device in the third direction from the first rails to the second rails.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2014
    Inventor: Sergey N. Razumov
  • Patent number: 8684166
    Abstract: A system includes trays of a plurality of different widths and an unloading system for unloading cartons from the trays. The trays (20; 20?; 20?) each comprise a base (22) and a pair of end walls (30) extending upward from the base. The unloading system (200; 200?) comprises a plurality of fingers (202A-202I). Each of the end walls comprise a plurality of vertical slots (40) open to an upper edge of the end wall. The fingers are positioned and dimensioned to pass through the slots of the trays as the trays are delivered by the tray delivery conveyor to lift contents of the trays. The fingers are positioned so that some fingers pass through the slots of each of the different widths, but others pass only through slots of wider said widths.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 1, 2014
    Assignee: Swisslog Logistics, Inc.
    Inventors: David T. Huff, Asim Behera, Don L. Steketee, Edward L. Spicer
  • Patent number: 8662282
    Abstract: A pallet transferred by a pallet conveyor on a flat top conveyor belt is disclosed that includes a wiper blade for clearing debris from the conveyor belt. The pallet includes a pallet frame having a plurality of corner locations. The wiper blades are disposed at the corner locations to clear articles of debris from the conveyor belt as the conveyor belt moves relative to the pallet in a transfer direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 4, 2014
    Assignee: Ford Motor Company
    Inventors: Allen Withington, David Aaron Arlequeeuw, Daniel Marion
  • Patent number: 8613134
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is method of operating a piece of surface mount technology manufacturing equipment. The method comprises providing a piece of surface mount technology manufacturing equipment having a first substrate transport track disposed in a first position and a second substrate transport track disposed in a second position, moving the first substrate transport track from the first position to a third position, and moving the second substrate transport track from the second position to the first position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 24, 2013
    Assignee: Illinois Tool Works Inc.
    Inventor: Dennis G. Doyle
  • Publication number: 20130319819
    Abstract: The invention can be used with an automated mail tray filling apparatus for taking envelopes from a vertical stacker output of an inserter machine and placing them in mail trays. A take-away feeder is positioned over the vertical stacker table and is arranged to withdraw individual envelopes from the vertical stack in a sideways direction. The envelope is then redirected in a downward direction by ejecting the envelope into an open space. A downward tamping mechanism positioned above the open space moves downward to push on a top edge of the free-floating envelope. A downward transport positioned beneath the open space receives and transports envelopes pushed downward by the downward tamping mechanism.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 5, 2012
    Publication date: December 5, 2013
    Applicant: Pitney Bowes Inc.
    Inventors: Joseph J. KEANE, Donato C. Farole, Glenn A. Nester
  • Patent number: 8540070
    Abstract: A system is disclosed for transferring a cylindrical coil suspended on a first stem projecting horizontally from a first base to a remotely positioned and axially aligned second stem projecting horizontally from a second base. The system comprises a track extending between the first and second stems, a carriage movable along the track, and a conveyor on the carriage, with a receiving end and a delivery end. The carriage is movable along the track to a first location at which the receiving end of the conveyor underlies the coil suspended from the first stem. The conveyor is vertically adjustable from a lowered position spaced beneath the coil to an elevated position at which the coil is lifted from the first stem and supported on the receiving end of said conveyor, with the conveyor then being operable to shift the coil to a position supported on the conveyor delivery end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2013
    Assignee: Siemens Industry, Inc.
    Inventor: Ward Holloway P.E.
  • Patent number: 8534976
    Abstract: An apparatus for supporting a plurality of carriers or substrates is described. The apparatus includes a vacuum chamber and a rotatable support for supporting the plurality of carriers or substrates, wherein the support is provided within the vacuum chamber and is configured for rotating the supported plurality of carriers or substrates around a rotation axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2013
    Assignee: Applied Materials Inc.
    Inventors: Reiner Gertmann, Michael König
  • Patent number: 8528717
    Abstract: A printing apparatus including a pallet configured to receive a print substrate, a conveyer system configured to convey the pallet, and a plurality of work mechanisms arranged along a pallet conveying direction of the conveyer system. The work mechanisms are configured to conduct processing operations to the print substrate. The conveyer system includes an upper conveyer mechanism configured to sequentially convey the pallet to respective working positions of the work mechanisms, and a lower conveyer mechanism arranged below and along the upper conveyer mechanism. The lower conveyer mechanism is configured to convey the pallet in a direction opposite to the pallet conveying direction of the upper conveyer mechanism so that the conveyer system is structured to have an upper stage and a lower stage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2013
    Assignees: Mimaki Engineering Co., Ltd., Wiztec Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yukio Ando, Masahiro Hayashi
  • Publication number: 20130213769
    Abstract: The invention relates to a production cell (5) for automated processing of workpieces (9) having a protective fence (4) and, arranged therein, at least one production device (1), for example a bending press (8), and at least one handling device (2). A workpiece transfer device (12) for part carriers (20) or workpieces (9) is arranged in the production cell (5), which workpiece transfer device (12) forms a supply position (10) and a delivery position (11). Here, a delivery device (16) of the workpiece transfer device (12) forms a first delivery path (13) and a second delivery path (14) which extends parallel to the former, wherein, furthermore, a conveyor (33) for optional transfer of a part carrier (20) between the delivery paths (13, 14) is provided on an actuating device (17).
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 20, 2011
    Publication date: August 22, 2013
    Applicant: TRUMPF MASCHINEN AUSTRIA GMBH & CO. KG.
    Inventor: Juergen Plakolm
  • Patent number: 8496102
    Abstract: A method and device for collecting bodies, which are delivered in an irregular sequence, on a collecting belt, with the following features: a) the bodies which are delivered are moved more rapidly than predetermined by the running speed of the collecting belt (7), b) a pimpled belt (8) having ridges (12) is located in the end region of the collecting belt (7) and can be raised over the upper edge of the collecting belt (7) by means of a lifting device (5), c) the pimpled belt (8) is raised and accelerated as a function of being completely covered with bodies, and also a control program for carrying out the method.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2013
    Assignee: Grenzebach Maschinenbau GmbH
    Inventor: Rudolf Schäferling
  • Patent number: 8459439
    Abstract: A device for driving, dipping and turning bodyworks of motor vehicles, vans, truck cabs and metal article vessels, into processing basin, and for withdrawing the above elements from the processing basins, comprises a slidable framework, which can slide on sliding rails, supporting a pair of arms bearing, at free end portions thereof, a swinging shaft adapted to bear a supporting skid for supporting a bodywork, the sliding framework comprising at least a winch driving a drum, for winding a rope coupled to a respective arm at the swinging shaft, the slidable framework further comprises at least a rack, therealong an end portion of the respective arms coupled to framework slides.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2013
    Assignee: Geico S.p.A.
    Inventor: Giancarlo Guerra
  • Patent number: 8430229
    Abstract: Lifting device (1) for a conveyer system, comprising a housing (2) and a lift head (14), where the lift head (14) is adapted to hold a pallet (5). The lifting device (1) comprises a linear actuator (10) attached to a lift (14), said linear actuator (109) is adapted to lift a pallet (5) from a first, low position at the conveyor track to a second, raised position that is substantially vertical above the first position. The application also refers to a conveyer system and a method for lifting objects.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2013
    Assignee: FlexLink Components AB
    Inventor: Göran Abbestam
  • Patent number: 8356705
    Abstract: An improved handling device for driving, immersing/removing and rotating motor vehicle, truck cabin, van and metal article vessel bodyworks into/from processing basins is characterized in that said device comprises a sliding frame designed for sliding on sliding rails, driven by one or two driving chains, and supporting a pair of arms bearing, at their free end portion, a swinging platform, in turn adapted to bear a skid for supporting a bodywork, the sliding frame comprising one or two winch assemblies driving respective pulleys thereon are entrained ropes, belts, chains or the like, and being associated with a respective arm at a swinging shaft, said sliding frame comprising moreover two rack assemblies, therealong slide respective end portions of the arms coupled to the frame, said swinging platform being driven by a chain driving system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2013
    Assignee: Geico S.p.A.
    Inventor: Fabio Guerra
  • Patent number: 8272496
    Abstract: A transfer device is configured by a conveying part and a lifting part both fixed to a casing. The conveying part forms a latticework by two groups of rollers aligned in a first direction and a second direction in matrix and includes chains for rotating the group of rollers aligned in the first direction and the group of rollers aligned in the second direction per group and driving devices for conveyance. The lifting part includes a driving device for lifting, rectilinearly-movable members for performing a rectilinear motion, and converting members for converting the rectilinear motion of the rectilinearly-movable member to a rotational motion and further to a lifting motion so as to transmit the lifting motion to the rollers. The converting members are arranged at the respective lattice points to lift up and down either group of rollers concurrently, which form a flat surface to convey articles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2012
    Assignee: Itoh Denki Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kazuo Itoh, Yoichi Morimoto, Tomonobu Hasegawa, Kosuke Toda
  • Patent number: 8245833
    Abstract: To provide a substrate transport apparatus and a substrate transport method that enable curtailing of a mounting wait time incidental to movement of support pins. Height data pertaining to components 10 mounted on a back side of a substrate 1 are stored beforehand. During substrate carrying-in operation, support pins 7 are caused to descend according to component height data and wait at a height h1 where to be able to avoid interference with the components 10. During substrate carrying-out operation, the support pins 7 are caused to descend according to the component height data and recede to the height h1 where to be able to avoid interference with the components 10.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2012
    Assignee: Panasonic Corporation
    Inventor: Hideki Sumi
  • Publication number: 20120160633
    Abstract: A system includes a mounting machine, a first transferring device, a second transferring device, a third transferring device, a sensor, a control device electronically connected to the second transferring device, and a catching device. The first, second, and third transferring devices are arranged in sequence along the flow line to transmit a plurality of products. The first sensor detects the plurality of products at a predefined location. The first control device controls the second transferring device to go from a flow direction of the flow line. The catching device is movable relative to the mounting machine and catches the plurality of products at the predefined location. The first transferring device transmits the plurality of products to the second transferring device along the flow direction, and the third transferring device receives the plurality of products caught by the catching device. The invention further offers a method for processing products.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 3, 2011
    Publication date: June 28, 2012
    Applicants: HON HAI PRECISION INDUSTRY CO., LTD., HONG FU JIN PRECISION INDUSTRY (ShenZhen) CO., LTD.
    Inventors: FANG JIANG, HUI LV, YONG-HUA TANG, YUE-QIANG TANG
  • Patent number: 8205739
    Abstract: A continuous sharp chain conveyor system is disclosed wherein a workpiece may be elevated from the sharp chain conveyor while the workpiece is transported down the sharp chain conveyor such that the workpiece may be rotated to maintain the workpiece in an optimized position. The system includes a sharp chain which engages the workpiece, a first and a second skid positionable in parallel alignment with the sharp chain to elevate and lower the workpiece relative to the sharp chain, and pairs of rotatable positioning drive rolls positionable along the sharp chain to rotate the workpiece when the workpiece is elevated. The system may also include a plurality of hold-down rolls to maintain the workpiece on the sharp chain by exerting downward pressure on the workpiece. The pairs of rotatable positioning drive rolls may cooperatively displace the workpiece laterally and/or independently angularly displace the workpiece relative to the longitudinal centreline of the sharp chain.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2012
    Assignee: USNR/Kockums Cancar Company
    Inventor: Rory M. Mitchell
  • Patent number: 8151976
    Abstract: A device for transporting and shaking blanks supported on pallets has a shaking station with a shaking table, a feeding conveyor upstream of the shaking station in a transport direction of the blanks, and a discharge conveyor downstream of the shaking station in the transport direction of the blanks. The feeding and discharge conveyors each have a liftable and lowerable transport frame and a drive. The transport frames are movable back and forth by the drive for transporting the pallets. The drives are adjustable to an identical intermittent transport distance and an intermittent transport distance in a ratio of 2:1. On the transport frame of the discharge conveyor a support is provided in an area adjacent to the shaking station. The support raises the discharge conveyor's receiving surface for the pallets and has a receiving surface aligned approximately with a table top of the shaking table.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2012
    Assignee: Rekers GmbH Maschinen- und Anlagenbau
    Inventor: Norbert Foppe
  • Publication number: 20120067697
    Abstract: A rotating system to withdraw, to transport and to feed blanks having two rotating elements, a first sun shaft, a first planetary shaft and a second planetary shaft disposed coaxial among them, two first arms, a third planet shaft, one or more second arms, one or more gripper means, first transmission means able to rotate the first and the second planetary shafts, second transmission means able to rotate-oscillate the third planet shaft in an independent manner, first actuator means, second actuator means, synchronizer means.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 18, 2011
    Publication date: March 22, 2012
    Inventor: Cristina GAMBETTI
  • Patent number: 8061504
    Abstract: The present invention provides an apparatus for extracting parts from a general-purpose storage for various vehicle models, the apparatus including a synchronization bar and a driving bar, which transfer driving force by a pneumatic cylinder for providing power of linear reciprocating movement, and an automatic part dropping unit that drops the parts placed on a plurality of plates rotated by the rotation of a plurality of shafts configured to be rotated by the transferred driving force.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2011
    Assignee: Hyundai Motor Company
    Inventor: Kyung Chan Wi
  • Patent number: 8056701
    Abstract: The present invention increases an allowable maximum weight of an object to be loaded on a conveyance device using a carriage including an object support base movable vertically controlled by cam rails on the floor side without increasing the weight of the conveyance carriage itself, and is characterized in that the object support base 11 is supported movably vertically on a conveyance carriage 1 via a crosslink mechanism 10, the crosslink mechanism 10 is provided with an elevating cam follower roller 32 which moves up and down in conjunction with standing and falling movements of the crosslink mechanism 10, and in a conveyance carriage traveling path, a cam rail 50 which pushes up the elevating cam follower roller 32 is provided, wherein an urging means 45 which urges the object support base 11 upward is provided, and an urging force of the urging means 45 is set so as to move up the object support base 11 when no object is loaded on the object support base 11, however, when an object is loaded on the object
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2011
    Assignee: Daifuku Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Katsuhiro Sugimoto
  • Patent number: 8047756
    Abstract: An automatic load transfer device is provided for automated material handling systems of the type having a tow AGV pulling a train of trailers along a predetermined path between stations. The device has a base positioned adjacent to the path with spaced apart rails that support a movable carriage which shifts between retracted and extended positions. A conveyor having a plurality of side-by-side fingers with moving conveyor elements is supported on the carriage by a lift which shifts the conveyor between lowered and raised positions. The carriage, conveyor elements, and lift have separate drives that are operably connected with a controller which sequentially activates the same to load and/or unload loads onto and/or from the trailers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2011
    Assignee: Savant Automation, Inc.
    Inventors: Monte R. Tuffs, Garry A. Koff, Jerry L. Redmann, Jr.
  • Patent number: 8042240
    Abstract: A machine tool is provided with a machining unit, a base plate, an intermediate plate, a lower plate, and a pair of upper plates. The machining unit is fixed to a frame. The base plate is movable along a rail on the frame. The base plate moves a work piece toward and away from the machining unit. The intermediate plate is movable along the rail between the machining unit and the base plate. The intermediate plate pushes a reference plane of the work piece set on the base plate so that the work piece is positioned in a machining position. The lower plate is tiltably connected to the base plate and the upper plates are tiltably connected to the lower plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2011
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Shingo Mitsui, Shugo Arakawa, Makoto Izumi
  • Patent number: 8033423
    Abstract: A medicament storage and dispensing system (10) operable for storing and dispensing products (12) such as pre-packaged pharmaceutical boxes and/or bottles and broadly includes a cabinet (14); a plurality of product shelves (16) mounted within the cabinet; an infeed conveyor (18) for transporting products into the cabinet; an outfeed conveyor (20) for transporting products out of the cabinet; a transporter (22) moveable within the cabinet for transporting products between the shelves and the infeed and outfeed conveyors; and a control system (24) for controlling operation of the conveyors and the transporter in response to prescriptions received from a host computer (26). The shelves having a plurality of vertical walls (56) upon which the products rest and between which tines (130) of the transporter slide in order to retrieve products from and place products upon the shelves.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2011
    Assignee: ScriptPro LLC
    Inventor: Lawrence E. Guerra
  • Patent number: 7984802
    Abstract: The aim of the invention is to create an inspection system (1) for rolled products (2) of a milling station, which is to reliably prevent the texture of the substrate from being impressed and/or pressing through during processing of the rolled product (2), especially during grinding. Said aim is achieved by disposing a number of vertically adjustable rolled product clamps (6, 8) on a conveyor belt (4) for rolled products (2) in the inspection system (1).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 26, 2011
    Assignee: SMS Siemag Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Bernd Tiepelmann, Horst Oemkes
  • Patent number: 7971536
    Abstract: A conveyance device using a carriage having an object support base movable vertically controlled by cam rails on the floor side, has an automatic lock for locking the object support base at a rising limit position. Unlocking cam follower rollers of the automatic lock are provided higher than a conveyance carriage supporting level of a carriage traveling path. A cam follower roller for elevating the object support base is positioned higher than the conveyance carriage supporting level when the object support base is at the rising limit position. In an area in which the carriage traveling path and the aisle cross each other, a crossing aisle floor member is laid at the same level as the conveyance carriage supporting level, and the conveyance carriage can pass through this aisle crossing area in a state that the object support base is locked at the rising limit position by the automatic lock.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2011
    Assignee: Daifuku Co., Ltd
    Inventor: Katsuhiro Sugimoto
  • Patent number: 7941243
    Abstract: A very high density storage system comprising a storage grid having a number of storage cells and individual cargo carriers where a cargo carrier is stored in a storage cell. The storage system uses a unique set of individually actuatable gear drives on both the top and bottom of each storage cell, but installed at 90 degrees to each other, to move the cargo carrier to a specific storage cell. Software controls and manages the location of each cargo carrier such that when a specific cargo carrier is desired, software instructions cause the cargo carriers to be shuffled within the storage grid until the desired cargo carrier is located at the desired position, such as an unloading position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2011
    Assignee: BAE Systems Land & Armaments L.P.
    Inventors: Dennis W. Borgwarth, Adam Marsh, David W. Sullivan
  • Patent number: 7931138
    Abstract: An automatic tire transfer apparatus using a traverser comprises: a vertical lift adapted to lift and lower a tire from a tire storage place; a tire charge section adapted to be supplied with the tire from the vertical lift and adapted to automatically push the supplied tire in the progress direction of the tire; a traverser unit disposed at an outlet of the tire charge section and adapted to automatically transfer the tire supplied from the tire charge section in the progress direction of the tire while fixedly supporting the tire; a tire loader adapted to be supplied with the tire from the traverser unit and adapted to transfer the supplied tire to a tire assembling unit; and a controller adapted to control the overall operation of the tire charge section, the traverser unit and the tire loader.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2011
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors Corporation
    Inventor: Tae Yong Kim
  • Patent number: 7926644
    Abstract: The invention provides novel mechanisms and methods for effecting rotational and translational motion in three dimensions of objects carried by, or coupled to, actuators that move along a pathway. Vehicles or other conveyances (collectively, “vehicles”) that utilize mechanisms and methods can increase the performance of and decrease the cost of transportation, shipping, manufacturing, materials handling and other systems. In one aspect, the illustrated embodiment provides such a vehicle or other conveyance having two (or more) actuators adapted for movement along a pathway. The actuators are propelled or otherwise capable of motion, relative to each other so that the distance between can be increased or decreased. When desired, that distance can also be maintained the same, e.g., regardless of whether the actuators are moving.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2011
    Assignee: Magnemotion, Inc.
    Inventor: Jesse Mendenhall
  • Patent number: 7921985
    Abstract: A conveying method for an artificial stone process comprises placing stone on a trolley equipped with a catch basin, the trolley traveling along a track set to carry the stone to a processing region which has a top bracing unit, when the trolley carrying the stone to the processing region, the catch basin being braced upwardly and separated from the trolley, an engaging mechanism receiving the catch basin and delivering it to a processing station, thereby processing the stone on the catch basin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2011
    Inventor: Jame Huang
  • Patent number: 7909158
    Abstract: A walking-beam conveyor has a pair of longitudinally extending, parallel, and transversely spaced fixed support rails, at least one walking beam between and generally parallel to the rails, and at least two lifters underneath the walking beam and operable to raise the walking beam from a return position generally below the rails to a conveying position generally above the rails. In accordance with the invention a first longitudinally extensible hydraulic actuator has opposite longitudinal ends one of which is secured relative to the rails. A second longitudinally extensible hydraulic actuator has opposite longitudinal one of which is secured to the other end of the first actuator and the other of which is secured to the walking beam.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2011
    Assignee: BWG Bergwerk-und Walzwerk-Maschinenbau GmbH
    Inventors: Andreas Noé, Wolfgang Kalbfleisch, Herbert Beuther
  • Publication number: 20110061995
    Abstract: A system includes trays of a plurality of different widths and an unloading system for unloading cartons from the trays. The trays (20; 20?; 20?) each comprise a base (22) and a pair of end walls (30) extending upward from the base. The unloading system (200; 200?) comprises a plurality of fingers (202A-202I). Each of the end walls comprise a plurality of vertical slots (40) open to an upper edge of the end wall. The fingers are positioned and dimensioned to pass through the slots of the trays as the trays are delivered by the tray delivery conveyor to lift contents of the trays. The fingers are positioned so that some fingers pass through the slots of each of the different widths, but others pass only through slots of wider said widths.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 21, 2009
    Publication date: March 17, 2011
    Applicant: SWISSLOG LOGISTICS, INC.
    Inventors: David T. Huff, Asim Behera, Don L. Steketee, Edward L. Spicer
  • Patent number: 7900767
    Abstract: A manufacturing chain includes a building defining a manufacturing area and having a planar floor. A plurality of modular manufacturing stations are positioned in series within the manufacturing area and above the planar floor. An article transportation system includes a plurality of carrier tracks defining a transportation path, having at least one vertical discontinuity, through the plurality of modular manufacturing stations. A first vertical lift device moves a first carrier track, adjacent the vertical discontinuity, in a vertical direction relative to the transportation path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2011
    Assignee: Caterpillar Inc.
    Inventors: John M. Spangler, Mark E. Dietz
  • Publication number: 20110031091
    Abstract: A transport mechanism is configured to transport a work piece carrier within a buffer in fabrication facility, comprising: a transporter configured to travel on two rails, wherein the transporter comprises (i) a flat belt hoist mechanism configured to lift and to lower one or more work piece carriers, and (ii) a gripper mechanism configured to capture and to release the one or more work piece carriers.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 2, 2010
    Publication date: February 10, 2011
    Inventors: JOSEPH JOHN FATULA, JR., ROUMEN ILIEV DEYANOV, KEVIN TZOU, PABLO GONZALEZ, ROBERT CARLSON, JOHN BROOKS GREENE
  • Patent number: 7871232
    Abstract: A line feed system of the invention comprises a framework having a first end and a second end. At least one conveyor is carried on the framework. The conveyor comprises a drive system and a cart configured to engage the drive system. In one embodiment, the cart has a base that engages the drive system and a carriage that is movable, e.g., extensible and retractable, with respect to the base. In another embodiment, the drive system is extensible and retractable. The cart can also include one or more lift devices that can be raised and lowered with respect to the carriage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2006
    Date of Patent: January 18, 2011
    Inventor: David W. Lutz
  • Publication number: 20100326794
    Abstract: Modular conveying plant for elements or containers, comprises at least a conveyor (2, 3) provided with respective upper transport lines (4, 5) separated in two portions by an interchangeable intermediate module (30, 50, 70) where this intermediate module includes at least one among the continuation intermediate module (30), the intermediate module of lateral deviation (50), the intermediate module of bi-directional lateral exchange (70).
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 12, 2009
    Publication date: December 30, 2010
    Applicant: CARLE & MONTANARI S.P.A.
    Inventor: Daniele Manzon
  • Publication number: 20100307888
    Abstract: A conveyor system includes a kitting conveyor subsystem arranged to transport kits to a washing station, a washing conveyor subsystem arranged to receive kits from a kitting conveyor subsystem and to transport washed kits towards an assembly station, and an assembly conveyor subsystem to receive washed kits from the washing conveyor subsystem and transport the kits to an assembly station, wherein the kits traverse the system from the kitting conveyor subsystem to the assembly station automatically without human intervention. A self-adjusting conveyor includes a table top containing a conveyor belt, legs arranged to support the table top, an adjustment fixture arranged to adjust the table top to a working height, and a controller to return the table top to a home height upon activation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 9, 2009
    Publication date: December 9, 2010
    Applicant: XEROX CORPORATION
    Inventors: Constance H. Jones, Edwin G. Kepler, Matthew Ferguson
  • Publication number: 20100276251
    Abstract: A conveying method for an artificial stone process comprises placing stone on a trolley equipped with a catch basin, the trolley traveling along a track set to carry the stone to a processing region which has a top bracing unit, when the trolley carrying the stone to the processing region, the catch basin being braced upwardly and separated from the trolley, an engaging mechanism receiving the catch basin and delivering it to a processing station, thereby processing the stone on the catch basin.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 1, 2008
    Publication date: November 4, 2010
    Inventor: Jame Huang