Engaging Element Moves Load Vertically And Horizontally Patents (Class 198/468.6)
  • Patent number: 10576528
    Abstract: A steel bar transverse stepping conveying equipment is provided, including a base, and a front movable clamp area and a rear fixed clamp area arranged on the base. The front movable clamp area and the rear fixed clamp area are connected by a rear fixed clamp area connecting guiderail mechanism for relative translation. A method for controlling the steel bar transverse stepping conveying equipment is further provided. The steel bar transverse stepping conveying equipment is provided with a plurality of clamp mechanisms. A front-movable-clamp-area clamp clamps the steel bar and shifts the steel bar to a next position step by step; then the steel bar is clamped by a rear fixed clamp area clamp, and the front-movable-clamp-area clamp is released and returned to an original position; and the previous action is repeated until the stepping conveying of the steel bar is completed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2020
    Assignee: BEIJING WU LONGXING TECHNOLOGY DEVELOPMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Kaiyu Wang
  • Patent number: 10384619
    Abstract: A mounting mechanism for mounting a moveable bearing part relative to a counter-bearing part, including the moveable bearing part with a plurality of bearing elements, the counter-bearing part with counter-bearing elements which are locally moveable relative to the remaining counter-bearing part from a starting position into a deformation position and vice versa, wherein the bearing elements a contact surface each lie on a counter-contact surface of the counter-bearing elements each for the force transmission from the bearing elements to the counter-bearing elements so that the bearing elements are in mechanical operative connection with the counter-bearing elements because of the contact between bearing elements and the counter-bearing elements and a movement of the bearing part with the bearing elements causes a local relative movement of those counter-bearing elements from the starting position into the deformation position, which counter-bearing elements are in mechanical operative connection with the bea
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventor: Marten Wittorf
  • Patent number: 10358241
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a gripper device for picking up and releasing a group of food slices, the group of slices being arranged with a slice at one end lying on a support surface and each subsequent slice through to the slice at the other end lying against the preceding slice and being displaced relative to the preceding slice. A counter hold is provided opposite a first structure which comprises a first blade portion. A displacement mechanism is provided for moving at least one of the first structure and the counter hold away from and towards the other. A tilting mechanism is able to rotate the blade portion. To pick up a group of food slices, at least one of the first structure and the counter hold moves towards the other. The tilting mechanism rotates the first blade portion such that it tilts towards the counter hold causing the group of food slices to be arranged in a stack between the first blade portion and the counter hold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Assignee: Thurne-Middleby Ltd
    Inventor: Ben James Wilson Findlay
  • Patent number: 10286503
    Abstract: A fastener delivery system includes an escapement mechanism configured to control dispensing of associated fasteners located in a column one associated fastener at a time and a rotate and present apparatus operable with the escapement mechanism. The apparatus is configured to rotate between a fastener receiving position and a fastener loading position. In the fastener receiving position the apparatus is adapted to receive each associated fastener released from the escapement mechanism, and in the fastener loading position the apparatus is configured to present each associated fastener to an associated fastener installation device. The escapement mechanism is adjustable in a height direction relative to the apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Samuel J. Neumeier, George Alexander Hollis, Samuel Thompson, Kaleb T. Allen, John Michael Scelsi
  • Patent number: 10266379
    Abstract: The invention relates to an industrial truck, in particular a tri-lateral stacker. The industrial truck may include a lateral pusher having a degree of freedom of movement that is oriented laterally, transversely to the main direction of travel of the industrial truck, and a lateral push drive device that can be controlled by a control device of the industrial truck for moving the lateral pusher along a lateral push frame. The industrial truck may include a device for reducing transverse vibrations, such as vibration components that are transverse to the main direction of travel of the industrial track. In a vibration-damping operating mode, the lateral push drive device can be operated as a component of the device for reducing vibrations, wherein the device allows the lateral pusher to move relative to the lateral push frame so as to reduce vibrations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: JUNGHEINRICH AKTIENGESELLSCHAFT
    Inventors: Carsten Schöttke, Ernst-Peter Magens, Jürgen Schmalzl, Hubert Bibernell
  • Patent number: 9249001
    Abstract: A universal load-handling device to be used with an industrial truck comprising a longitudinal support fixable in a transverse direction to a lifting carrier in a transversally displaceable manner by a longitudinal-support drive; a plurality of prongs and a plurality of linear conveyors respectively assigned to the prongs, wherein the linear conveyors protrude vertically over the prongs, in order to carry the loading goods on the linear conveyors and to move the loading goods in the transverse direction relative to the prongs; and wherein the prongs are supported on the longitudinal support by a width-adjustment drive so that they are displaceable longitudinally.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2016
    Assignee: SSI Schaäfer Noell gmbH Lager- und Systemtechnik
    Inventor: Rob Lalesse
  • Patent number: 9193083
    Abstract: A handling mechanism for handling workpieces includes a first sliding assembly, a second sliding assembly, a driving assembly, a loading assembly and a clamping assembly. The driving assembly is connected to the first sliding assembly and the second sliding assembly. The loading assembly is slidably clamped between the first sliding assembly and the second sliding assembly. The clamping assembly is fixed to the loading assembly for clamping and placing workpieces one by one. The first sliding assembly and the second sliding assembly are driven by the driving assembly to slide along a same direction or in two opposing directions, to enable the loading assembly to slide with the first sliding assembly or to slide along a direction perpendicular to the sliding direction of the first sliding assembly. A punching machine using the handling mechanism is also disclosed, in which workpieces are placed by clamping assembly on lower mold for punching.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2015
    Assignees: HONG FU JIN PRECISION INDUSTRY (ShenZhen) CO., LTD., HON HAI PRECISION INDUSTRY CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Wen-Sheng Chen
  • Patent number: 9033131
    Abstract: A transferring mechanism for transferring a workpiece from a tray to a fixture is provided. The transferring mechanism includes a main bracket defining an uploading hole thereon, an uploading assembly, a pick-up assembly and a transferring assembly. The pick-up assembly is located under the uploading hole. The pick-up assembly is mounted on the main bracket above the uploading hole. The transferring assembly includes a fixing bracket and a first transferring subassembly and a blocking member. The fixing bracket is mounted on the main bracket and located under the pick-up assembly. The first transferring subassembly is mounted on the fixing bracket. The blocking member is mounted on the first transferring subassembly and includes a driving portion. The driving portion moves upward to block and position the fixture to enable the pick-up assembly to release the workpiece on the fixture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2015
    Assignee: HON HAI PRECISION INDUSTRY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Teh-Yuh Lee, Wei-Jung Hung
  • Patent number: 9010520
    Abstract: A module for transferring a component of an I. S. glass molding machine, such as a blow head, between a first position and a second position along a transfer curve. The transfer curve includes a first partial movement consisting of a pivot movement around a horizontally extending axis and a second partial movement consisting of a vertically oriented linear movement in which the blow head is moved to its active position, resting to form a seal on the mouth area of a mold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: Heye International GmbH
    Inventor: Benedikt Felgenhauer
  • 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: 8926314
    Abstract: A transport device and a transport method for a container treatment plant as well as a blow molding machine is provided. The transport device comprises at least one transport star for transporting receptacles to or away from a treatment station of the container treatment plant, wherein the at least one transport star is arranged obliquely to the treatment station.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2015
    Assignee: Krones AG
    Inventors: Jochen Forsthoevel, Franz Gmeiner
  • Patent number: 8899406
    Abstract: A system, mechanism, and method for physically manipulating media, especially in a data storage environment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2014
    Assignee: Spectra Logic, Corporation
    Inventor: Nicholas Aldo Nespeca
  • 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
  • Publication number: 20140332346
    Abstract: A conveyor system is provided including a rail having a starting block at a first end and a stopper at a second end. A coaster assembly is configured to travel along the rail. The coaster assembly includes an upper bearing that engages a top of the rail and a side bearing that engages a side of the rail. A parts delivery device is attached to the coaster assembly.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 13, 2014
    Publication date: November 13, 2014
    Applicant: H & R INDUSTRIAL, LLC
    Inventors: John L. Iseminger, Lacy E. Millikan
  • Patent number: 8863685
    Abstract: A camera is used to take an image of an end surface of a honeycomb structure gripped by a hand. Based on the image, an initial rotation angle of the honeycomb structure around a vertical axis at a reference position where the image has been taken is recognized. An arm turning section is driven to convey the honeycomb structure gripped by the hand from the reference position to above a plugging mask. A rotation angle required to adjust the rotation angle of the honeycomb structure on the plugging mask to a desired final rotation angle is acquired based on the initial rotation angle recognized at the reference position and a rotation angle of the honeycomb structure around the vertical axis associated with the driving of the arm turning section from the reference position to above the plugging mask. The honeycomb structure is rotated based on the required rotation angle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2014
    Assignee: Sumitomo Chemical Company, Limited
    Inventors: Masaharu Mori, Ying Gong
  • Patent number: 8844707
    Abstract: A transfer system transfers a workpiece between stations of a production line spaced along a transfer axis. The transfer system comprises a frame having a main beam extending along the transfer axis. A plurality of transfer heads are spaced along the main beam with each of the transfer heads configured to independently move along the main beam along the transfer axis and relative to the main beam along a lift axis orthogonal to the transfer axis and a clamp axis orthogonal to the transfer and lift axes to accommodate for variation in spacing between each of the stations. Each of the transfer heads are suspended from the main beam and extend downwardly from the main beam beneath the main beam so that the transfer head is selectively moved outwardly, upwardly, and sideways away from the stations to provide access to the stations from the substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2014
    Assignee: Noble Engineering Company, Inc.
    Inventor: Brian Hulslander
  • Patent number: 8807328
    Abstract: A conveyor system for conveying objects, particularly vehicle bodies, in an immersion treatment system, comprising at least one conveyor carriage having a chassis supporting at least one load-bearing wheel that can rotate about a rotary axis. At least one object can be attached to a mounting device that can pivot about a pivot axis. The at least one load-bearing wheel runs on a guide rail. The conveyor carriage is moved along the guide rail using drive means. The rotary axis of the at least one load-bearing wheel and the pivot axis of the mounting device are disposed coaxially to each other. An immersion treatment system comprising such a conveyor system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2014
    Assignee: Eisenmann AG
    Inventor: Alexander Schurba
  • Patent number: 8721251
    Abstract: A robotic device for carrying loads is 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 platform provided on the frame to carry a first load when the frame is moved in a vertical direction between first rails and second rails arranged above the first rails. Movable carriages are configured for being moved in the vertical direction at distance greater than a distance between the first rails and the second rails. A lifting mechanism moves the carriages in the vertical direction with respect to the frame. Support handles are arranged on the movable carriages and configured for providing engagement with the first or second rails to raise the frame above the respective rails to a level sufficient to disengage the wheels from the respective rails.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2014
    Inventor: Sergey N. Razumov
  • Patent number: 8720493
    Abstract: The invention relates to the filling of a frozen dessert product in a container, by performing the steps of: arranging at least one container to be filled on a slat conveyor, moving the container on the slat conveyor towards a dispensing nozzle, vertically displacing at least one slat supporting the container, and horizontally displacing the slat supporting the container in a direction perpendicular to the transport direction of the slat conveyor, while dispensing the product from the dispensing nozzle into the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2014
    Assignee: Nestec S.A.
    Inventors: Steffen Dose, Jean-Michel Christophe Marchon
  • 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: 8708133
    Abstract: A system for loading and unloading food products. In one implementation the system includes a transport device with a plurality of parallel belts upon which the products to be loaded move, and a tool adapted to load the products. The tool has a support adapted to pass through the gaps between the belts to load the product and to support the product when it is unloaded, and to perform the loading of the product moving it in an ascending vertical direction, the support lifting the product from the transport device. The support is adapted to rotate in relation to the support structure to unload the product, when they rotate, the support has a peripheral speed equal to the speed at which the product moves during the unloading.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2014
    Assignee: ULMA Packaging Technological Center, S. Coop
    Inventors: Eneko Izquierdo Ereño, Bernhard Isenschmid, Oliver Walter
  • Patent number: 8690510
    Abstract: A robotic device movable in a vertical direction and in prescribed horizontal directions along rails arranged in the prescribed horizontal directions in multiple rows provided at various levels with respect to ground. The robotic device has a frame, wheels coupled to the frame and configured for moving the frame along the rails, and support handles for lifting the frame in the vertical 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 to lift the robotic device in the vertical direction, and for turning the frame into a desired horizontal direction by pushing against the second rails on an intersection between the second rails and third rails arranged in the same row as the second rails.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 8, 2014
    Inventor: Sergey N. Razumov
  • Patent number: 8684167
    Abstract: An apparatus for dispensing a pallet sleeve beneath a load comprises a conveyor component including conveyor elements configured to convey the load thereon in a first direction, one or more stations spaced apart along the first direction and a mechanism for changing the relative vertical positions of the conveyor elements and the stations. The apparatus further includes a pallet sleeve dispenser adjacent the conveyor component and configured for storing pallet sleeves in spaced apart sections aligned with a corresponding station. A drive element associated with each of the stations is configured to engage a pallet sleeve to drive the pallet sleeve from the dispenser to the conveyor component in a second direction substantially perpendicular to the first direction. A retention mechanism is provided to support a stack of pallet sleeves above a lowermost sleeve being driven from the dispenser to the position underneath the load on the conveyor component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 1, 2014
    Assignee: Systec Corporation
    Inventors: Christopher Harris, Sean Finley
  • Publication number: 20130284564
    Abstract: The invention relates to a transport device (1) for workpieces (2) which have a longitudinal axis (L), in particular for pipes or for round stock, by way of which transport device (1) the workpieces (2) can be conveyed from a first location (3) to a second location (4) in a conveying direction (F) transversely with respect to their longitudinal axis (L), wherein the transport device (1) has: at least two stationary storage carriers (5, 6) which are arranged spaced apart in the conveying direction (F) for the intermediate storage of the workpieces (2) to be conveyed, at least one first conveying rack (7) with a number of storage surfaces (8) which are spaced apart in a conveying direction (F) for the workpieces (2), at least two drive shafts (9, 10) which are arranged parallel to one another and are driven synchronously, and at least two first rocker arms (11, 12), wherein each first rocker arm (11, 12) is connected fixedly to a drive shaft (9, 10) so as to rotate with it and in an articulated manner to the fi
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 4, 2012
    Publication date: October 31, 2013
    Applicant: SMS MEER GMBH
    Inventor: Karl-Josef Esser
  • Patent number: 8550231
    Abstract: A conveying device includes a housing, a linear driving mechanism, a first sliding assembly, a second sliding assembly, and a carrying mechanism. The linear driving mechanism is assembled within the housing. The first sliding assembly is slidably assembled together with the second sliding assembly within the housing, and both sliding assemblies are driven by the linear driving mechanism to slide horizontally. The carrying mechanism is slidably sandwiched between the first sliding assembly and the second sliding assembly. The first sliding assembly and the second sliding assembly are driven by the linear driving mechanism to slide within the housing along either a same direction or along opposite directions. The carrying mechanism may slide linearly together with the first sliding assembly and the second sliding assembly, or slide upwards and downwards perpendicular to the linear sliding direction of the first sliding assembly and the second sliding assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2013
    Assignees: Hong Fu Jin Precision Industry (ShenZhen) Co., Ltd., Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hai-Yuan Li, Chia-Peng Day, Shih-Ying Shen, Wen-Tao Wang, Xue-Shun Xing
  • 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: 8459442
    Abstract: An inter-travel-paths transport device transports articles between a first article transfer location and a second article transfer location. It extends in a space upwardly of the article processing devices and connects the first and second article transfer locations. A first transport device transfers an article to or from an article transferring point by vertically moving its holding portion and of transferring an article to or from the first article transfer location by slidingly moving the holding portion at a position which overlaps with the first travel path portion. A second movement slide transport device vertically transfers an article to or from an article transferring point in the same manner with respect to the second travel path portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2013
    Assignee: Daifuku Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yuichi Morimoto, Takeshi Chuma
  • Patent number: 8454296
    Abstract: Apparatus and methods for moving a tubular member to and from an elevated drilling rig floor. A support structure has an elongate indentation in its upper surface. A ramp assembly comprises telescoping assemblies having nested tubular elements extendable between retracted and deployed positions, thus forming a guide extending from the elongate indentation towards the drilling rig floor. Indexers may urge the tubular member towards or away from the elongate indentation. Kickers may urge the tubular member into or out of the elongate indentation, and may be operable via actuators which also operate the indexers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2013
    Assignee: Canrig Drilling Technology Ltd.
    Inventors: Andrew Gerber, Douglas A. Hunter
  • Patent number: 8439624
    Abstract: A transfer apparatus which performs long-distance transfer at a high speed, while preventing dimensions of the apparatus from increasing. Specifically, a transfer apparatus transfers a work to a pressing machine The transfer apparatus is provided with a base section, a follower arm, which is connected to the base section on the base-section end side such that the follower arm can rotate and vertically slide, and a first driving arm which is rotatably connected to the base section on the base-section end side. The transfer apparatus also includes a driving arm, which is rotatably connected to the first driving arm on the base-section end side and rotatably connected to the follower arm on the leading end side, and a holding apparatus arranged on the leading end side of the follower arm for holding the work.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2013
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yoshihiro Kageyama, Hiroyuki Nobuta, Yasuhiro Matsui, Tatsuya Sato
  • Patent number: 8430226
    Abstract: A work transfer apparatus includes a holding unit (100) that rotates together with a rotation table (20) as a transferring mechanism intermittently driven to be fed, a lifting and lowering unit (200) for lowering the holding unit in order to transfer a workpiece held by the holding unit onto a processing table (30) as well as lifting the holding unit in order to transfer the workpiece held on the processing table onto the holding unit, and a fixing unit (300) that fixes the workpiece held on the holding unit and releases the workpiece when transferring the workpiece onto the processing table.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2013
    Assignee: Hirata Corporation
    Inventors: Naoyuki Tokunaga, Yoshiaki Araki, Hitoshi Tsugawa
  • Patent number: 8408381
    Abstract: A carriage-type conveying apparatus with a workpiece support base and an elevating drive has a passive shaft interlocked with the elevating drive and a lock to prevent descent of the workpiece support base A power source carriage capable of traveling synchronously with the conveying carriage is aside of a traveling path of the conveying carriage at a workpiece support height changing position so as to be reciprocable along the traveling path. The power source carriage has a transmission shaft driven by a power source and a separable interlock to interlock the passive shaft and a transmission shaft with each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2013
    Assignees: Daifuku Co., Ltd., Daifuku (China) Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Masami Murakami, Jianguo Wang
  • Patent number: 8381388
    Abstract: A method for handling a stator bar at a braze station including: lifting the stator bar from a platform, wherein the stator bar is in a substantially horizontal orientation on the platform; turning the stator bar from the horizontal orientation to an orientation at least 45 degrees from horizontal; aligning an upper end of the bar with a brazing station and positioning a lower end of the bar in a pit; turning the bar to reverse positions of the ends of the bar, and returning the stator bar to a horizontal orientation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2013
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: David Robert Schumacher, Yu Wang, Vincenzo Sofia, Alan Michael Iversen, Jeffrey Michael Breznak
  • Publication number: 20130026006
    Abstract: A conveyor system for conveying objects, particularly vehicle bodies, in an immersion treatment system, comprising at least one conveyor carriage having a chassis supporting at least one load-bearing wheel that can rotate about a rotary axis. At least one object can be attached to a mounting device that can pivot about a pivot axis. The at least one load-bearing wheel runs on a guide rail. The conveyor carriage is moved along the guide rail using drive means. The rotary axis of the at least one load-bearing wheel and the pivot axis of the mounting device are disposed coaxially to each other. An immersion treatment system comprising such a conveyor system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 13, 2011
    Publication date: January 31, 2013
    Inventor: Alexander Schurba
  • Patent number: 8276740
    Abstract: A method and apparatus are provided for sorting or retrieving items to/from a plurality of destinations areas. The items are loaded onto one of a plurality of independently controlled delivery vehicles. The delivery vehicles follow a track that guides the delivery vehicles to/from the destination areas, which are positioned along the track. Once at the appropriate destination area, an item is transferred between the delivery vehicle and the destination area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2012
    Assignee: Opex Corporation
    Inventors: George Hayduchok, Robert R. DeWitt
  • Publication number: 20120241287
    Abstract: A singulator for sorting a single item from a supply of such items stored randomly in bulk is provided, including at least one primary vertically reciprocating elevator defining a platform reciprocating between first lower position in which the platform receives and holds an initially limited number of the items delivered from bulk storage, and a first upper position in which the items are delivered to at least one secondary elevator. Each secondary elevator has a second platform and reciprocates between a second lower position in which the second platform receives a further limited number of the items and a second upper position in which the items are delivered to a desired location. The platforms are constructed and arranged for orienting the items in a desired orientation at the desired location.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 22, 2011
    Publication date: September 27, 2012
    Inventors: Michael T. Pier, Kurt D. Ashbrenner
  • Patent number: 8118153
    Abstract: A shuttle-type conveying system to convey an article. The system includes a feeding and collecting device capable of setting a cassette in which articles to be conveyed are stacked as they are on a rotating and feeding table, a pickup device taking out the article and placing it on a receiving/delivery table, and a conveying device feeding the article on the receiving/delivery table to another receiving/delivery table by a shuttle conveying portion traveling on conveying paths below the receiving/delivery table. After the article is lifted up by the shuttle conveying portion and moved to outside the receiving/delivery table, the article is lowered below the receiving/delivery table and made to travel under the receiving/delivery table to another receiving/delivery table.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2012
    Assignees: Rorze Corporation, Is Technology Japan, Inc.
    Inventors: Yukito Yamasaki, Teruyoshi Munakata
  • Patent number: 8104601
    Abstract: A method and apparatus are provided for sorting items to a plurality of sort destinations. The items are loaded onto one of a plurality of independently controlled delivery vehicles. The delivery vehicles follow a track that guides the delivery vehicles to the sort destinations, which are positioned along the track. Once at the appropriate sort destination, the delivery vehicle ejects the item to the sort destination and returns to receive another item to be delivered.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2012
    Assignee: Opex Corporation
    Inventors: George Hayduchok, Robert R. DeWitt
  • Publication number: 20120006651
    Abstract: A method for collecting and orienting packages and a system for accomplishing the same. The invention describes a method for collecting and orienting packages on a system. The system comprises at least one arm coupled to at least one end effector. The end effector, in a pickup orientation, collects packages from an upstream conveyor. The arm then manipulates the end effector into a delivery position whereby the packages are deposited into a packaging chamber. The end effector can change the orientation of the packages so that they can be packaged in a container.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 12, 2010
    Publication date: January 12, 2012
    Applicant: FRITO-LAY NORTH AMERICA, INC.
    Inventor: Kevin Cote
  • Patent number: 8079459
    Abstract: A transporter may move a payload along a linear path. The transporter may include a stationary base and a first arm assembly. The first arm assembly may include a first gear coupled to the stationary base, an idler gear that meshes with the first gear, and a second gear that meshes with the idler gear. The transporter may include a driver for rotating the first arm assembly around the axis of the first gear. A second arm assembly may be rigidly coupled to the second gear such that rotation of the second gear rotates the second arm assembly around the axis of the second gear. The second arm assembly may include a third axis that is parallel to the axes of the first and second gears. A payload engager may be disposed at the third axis, for engaging and disengaging the payload.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 20, 2011
    Assignee: The Unites States of America as represented by the Secretary of the Army
    Inventor: William Burgermeister
  • 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: 8011491
    Abstract: A conveyance apparatus has a conveyance carriage for conveying a vehicle body, a vehicle-body support, a synchronous traveling carriage capable of traveling in synchronization with the conveyance carriage from a start point position to an end point position, a lifter provided with an elevating base that ascends via an aperture arranged on a floor surface of the conveyance carriage, and an elevating table for supporting an engine of an engine carrying-in carriage that stops at a fixed stop position and is lifted up to a predetermined height by the elevating base of the lifter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2011
    Assignee: Daifuku Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Susumu Nakagawa, Nobuyuki Tanaka, Shigeyoshi Nishihara
  • Patent number: 8006824
    Abstract: A storage system of the present invention includes a storage area for arranging and storing articles (W), a carrying-in line (200) for carrying in the articles (W) toward the storage area, and a transfer mechanism (300) arranged on an upper region of the storage area in order to transfer the articles (W) carried in by the carrying-in line to the storage area. The storage area includes a supporting table (100) for arranging and supporting a plurality of pallets (P) capable of loading the articles (W), and the transfer mechanism (300) transfers the articles (W) to the pallets (P) supported on the supporting table (100). Since an operation for transferring the articles stored directly on the floor face as before to the pallets is not required, a carrying-out process is simplified and efficiency of storage process of the articles as a whole (carrying-in from the outside, transfer to the storage area, carrying-out to the outside) is improved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2011
    Assignee: Hirata Corporation
    Inventors: Ryoichi Wada, Issei Isaka, Kunio Katayanagi
  • Patent number: 7980807
    Abstract: A load-handling apparatus having a frame and a load movement component part accommodated on said frame in such a way that it is capable of relative movement, the load movement component part being guided on the frame by a plurality of rolling bodies for the relative movement along a guide axis, the plurality of rolling bodies comprising at least one arrangement of circulating rolling bodies, with a supporting section, in which rolling bodies in the event of a relative movement of the frame and the load movement component part roll along a guide track and a rolling track, and a return section, in which the rolling bodies during the relative movement of the frame and the load movement component part move from an outlet end region of the supporting section towards its inlet end region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2011
    Assignee: Jungheinrich Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventor: Michael Schoenauer
  • Patent number: 7954624
    Abstract: A shuttle-type conveying system to convey an article. The system includes a feeding and collecting device capable of setting a cassette in which articles to be conveyed are stacked as they are on a rotating and feeding table, a pickup device taking out the article and placing it on a receiving/delivery table, and a conveying device feeding the article on the receiving/delivery table to another receiving/delivery table by a shuttle conveying portion traveling on conveying paths below the receiving/delivery table. After the article is lifted up by the shuttle conveying portion and moved to outside the receiving/delivery table, the article is lowered below the receiving/delivery table and made to travel under the receiving/delivery table to another receiving/delivery table.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2006
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2011
    Assignees: Rorze Corporation, Is Technology Japan, Inc.
    Inventors: Yukito Yamasaki, Teruyoshi Munakata
  • 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: 7921986
    Abstract: Aspects of the invention provide a hoisting and lowering driving engagement multi-row chain in which the weight of the chain is balanced across the chain width direction so as to improve the load balance. This allows the weight of articles to be hoisted and lowered more stably hoisted and at higher positions, and results in an improvement of endurance of the chain, reduction of driving noise, miniaturization of the chain size, while the biasing or deflecting of intermediate tooth plates and inner tooth plates in the chain width direction is suppressed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2011
    Assignee: Tsubakimoto Chain Co.
    Inventors: Takahisa Ando, Toshihiko Takashima, Takeshi Kondo, Michio Oitaka
  • 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
  • Patent number: 7891967
    Abstract: A lifting apparatus includes at least one carrying means that is mounted on a compensation bearing unit and that is for receiving and/or delivering a polymer melt, and in particular a tacky polymer melt.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 22, 2011
    Assignee: Schmidt & Heinzmann GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventor: Richard Brüssel
  • Publication number: 20110017132
    Abstract: An overhead conveyor system for transporting articles, especially for transporting vehicle bodies, in a treatment line comprises at least one transport carriage which has a fastening device to which at least one article can be fastened. The transport carriage can be displaced along the track by at least one drive means. The transport carriage is designed in such a manner that the fastening device can be transported at least along one section of the track, in a laterally offset manner with respect to the track. The invention further relates to a dip coating line comprising at least one dip-coating tank which can be filled with a treatment liquid, into which tank articles to be treated, especially vehicle bodies, are dipped. A conveying system can displace the articles to be treated towards the dip-coating tanker, into the inner edge of the dip-coating tanker, out of the dip-coating tank and away therefrom.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 27, 2009
    Publication date: January 27, 2011
    Applicant: EISENMANN ANLAGENBAU GMBH & CO. KG
    Inventor: Joerg Robbin
  • Publication number: 20100270124
    Abstract: A conveyor method and apparatus for transporting and presenting plant products, such as fruit, vegetables, or similar articles, to a pick-up device on a packing machine which packs plant products in cartons by layer. The conveyor comprises a frame, a set of pulleys and belts within the frame, and a set of pre-formed, interchangeable pattern plates that are readily replaceable by alternative pattern plates. The method comprises loading the pre-formed, interchangeable pattern plates at a loading end of the conveyor and transporting them to a pick-up end of the conveyor where the articles are unloaded by a pick-up head on a packing machine.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 8, 2008
    Publication date: October 28, 2010
    Applicant: SUNKIST GROWERS, INC.
    Inventors: Richard D. Heck, David E. Gadea