Processes Patents (Class 198/617)
  • Patent number: 11360110
    Abstract: The present invention is provided with: an automatic analysis device 200 for performing an analysis process to analyze a specimen that is to be analyzed; a specimen pre-processing module 100 for performing pre-processing to cause the specimen to enter a state in which the analysis process can be performed; a main conveyance line 161 for conveying a specimen container carrier 10 which accommodates the specimen that is to be analyzed and in which at least one specimen container can be mounted; and annular conveyance lines 111, 121, 131, 141, 151, 411 that are disposed adjacent to the main conveyance line 161 and that are moreover disposed so as to be capable of transferring the specimen container carrier 10 to and from the main conveyance line 161, the annular conveyance lines 111, 121, 131, 141, 151, 411 being capable of circulating and conveying the specimen container carrier 10 separately without the use of another conveyance line (e.g., a return line 162).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2022
    Assignee: Hitachi High-Tech Corporation
    Inventors: Shigeki Yamaguchi, Naoto Tsujimura, Tomoyuki Nemoto
  • Patent number: 11188024
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes an image forming unit configured to form an image using developer, a mount section on which a container containing the developer is mounted, a drive mechanism that includes a motor that rotates to supply the developer to the image forming unit from the container mounted on the mount section, and a controller configured to obtain an output value related to a load of the motor while rotating the motor without mounting the container on the mount section after the container is detached from the mount section, and detect a failure of the container detached from the mount section based on the output value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 30, 2021
    Inventor: Tetsuhiro Yoshimoto
  • Patent number: 11187001
    Abstract: A portable multi-sectioned boom concrete conveyor assembly includes a main conveyor boom section and a distal conveyor boom section. The distal conveyor boom section is hinged, relative to the main conveyor boom section, so that the distal conveyor boom section can be adjusted in order to provide concrete to a desired location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2021
    Date of Patent: November 30, 2021
    Inventor: Walter Bynum
  • Patent number: 10894697
    Abstract: The present invention discloses a self-detection device for a liner plate of a hoisting container and a detection method. The device mainly includes: a frame, a baffle-type hoist conveyor, a horizontal conveyor, a loading hopper assembly, an unloading hopper assembly, a liner plate assembly, and a hoisting container system. The loading hopper assembly is fixedly mounted to an upper right end of the frame, the unloading hopper assembly is fixedly mounted to a lower left end of the frame, the hoisting container system is arranged on an upper left portion of the frame and above the unloading hopper assembly, and the liner plate assembly is provided inside the hoisting container system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 19, 2021
    Inventors: Yuxing Peng, Zhencai Zhu, Zhentao Mi, Gongbo Zhou, Guohua Cao, Songyong Liu, Guoan Chen, Hao Lu, Wei Li, Junliang Liu
  • Patent number: 10527635
    Abstract: Systems, methods, devices, and apparatus for detecting sample defects in blood samples processed in automated processing systems are described herein. One aspect describes an automated blood sample processing apparatus having a pre-analytic specimen integrity monitoring device. Another aspect describes devices, systems, and methods for identifying blood components and properties in blood samples. Further aspects relate to systems and methods for setting reference ranges for sample defects and interference in blood samples. Additionally, devices, systems, and methods for identifying defective samples are described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Assignee: Cerner Innovation, Inc.
    Inventors: Sameer Bhatia, Anton F. Flieg, Jr., Joseph Eugene Rose, Stephen Ward
  • Patent number: 10357796
    Abstract: A melter for heating and melting particulate hot melt adhesive into a liquefied form is disclosed. The melter includes a heated receiving device having an interior with an inlet configured to receive the particulate hot melt adhesive and an outlet. A flexible hopper holds a supply of the particulate hot melt adhesive and a particulate hot melt adhesive feed device allows the particulate hot melt adhesive to be directed from the flexible hopper to the inlet of the heated receiving device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Assignee: Nordson Corporation
    Inventors: Christopher R. Chastine, Justin A. Clark, Peter W. Estelle, Howard B. Evans, Charles P. Ganzer, Manuel A. Guerrero, Enes Ramosevac, John M. Riney, Sang Hyub Shin, Leslie J. Varga
  • Patent number: 10245570
    Abstract: A multi-channel magnetic control system is provided, which is used for mixing fluids containing magnetic particles or separating magnetic species. In the multi-channel magnetic control system, a plurality of magnetic field switches are allocated to surround a plurality of channels, and the magnetization directions of the magnetic field switches are controlled to generate an uneven local magnetic field gradient, so as to achieve the purpose of fluid mixing or separating the magnetic species. This system can be also used as controllable flow resistance devices for magnetic fluids. Based on the demand of magnetic field distribution, overall or local control of the magnetic field switches can be executed to perform parallel processing over the multi-channel system of multi-dimensional allocation, so as to effectively save the processing time. The mixing or separation rate can be obtained via detecting residual magnetic species by magnetoresistive sensors arranged in inlets and outlets of channels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Inventors: Zung-Hang Wei, Jen-Hwa Hsu, Ching-Ray Chang, Hao-Ting Huang
  • Patent number: 10087018
    Abstract: The invention proceeds from a transporting apparatus for a packaging machine, for transferring pack groups, in particular groups of cardboard boxes and/or cardboard blanks, along a transporting route from at least a first pack-group arrangement in a first transporting-route portion into at least one further pack-group arrangement in at least one further transporting-route portion, wherein the first pack-group arrangement and the at least one further pack-group arrangement are spaced apart internally in each case by different distances, having at least two transporting units, which can be driven independently in a movement plane along the transporting route, at least between the first transporting-route portion and the further transporting-route portion, in a transporting direction and in a return direction, which is counter to the transporting direction, wherein the transporting units each have at least one driving element, by means of which, in at least one operating state, the respective transporting unit i
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventor: Andreas Baechle
  • Patent number: 10040642
    Abstract: Disclosed are various embodiments for a multiple speed, multiple conveyor storage system for items in a materials handling facility such as a fulfillment center. In one embodiment, the item storage system includes a first conveyor configured to operate at one speed, a second conveyor configured to operate at a different speed, and a transfer device configured to transfer items between the conveyors. The conveyors are each configured to store items in motion in a circuit arrangement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2018
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Christopher Albert Gorski
  • Patent number: 9964554
    Abstract: There is described an automation module for the manual introduction and pick up of biological specimens to be directly urgently interfaced with a testing module for laboratory diagnostics, comprising a pair of main lanes and one of secondary lanes on which carrying devices travel for carrying tubes containing said biological specimens. The automation module is provided with separate points for the introduction and the pickup of said tubes into/from said carrying devices, said points being along the secondary lane opposite to that interfaced with said testing module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Inventor: Gianandrea Pedrazzini
  • Patent number: 9797251
    Abstract: Systems and methods for controlling a conveyor in a mining system. The conveyor includes a sprocket, a chain, a hydraulic cylinder, one or more sensors, and a controller. In one implementation, the method includes sensing a characteristic associated with the conveyor, generating a signal based on the characteristic, determining a tension associated with the chain based on the signal, determining an amount of chain stretch based on the tension, and modifying a position of the hydraulic cylinder based on the amount of chain stretch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2017
    Assignee: Joy MM Delaware, Inc.
    Inventors: Brian Worthington, Phil Rees, Tim Proctor, Gordon Powell, Robert Smith
  • Patent number: 9651571
    Abstract: The present invention addresses the problem of inefficient utilization in a specimen pre-processing connection system due to integrated operation of a portion for connecting with pre-processing and a portion for connecting with an automated analysis system. The specific structure of the present invention contributes to providing a highly efficient system by causing a function for connecting to pre-processing and receiving a specimen from a pre-processing system and a function for connecting to an automated analysis system and transferring a specimen to the automated analysis system to each operate independently in a single unit, so that the functions do not affect each other during reset processing, and making it possible for either function to operate alone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2017
    Assignee: Hitachi High-Technologies Corporation
    Inventors: Takahiro Sasaki, Masashi Akutsu, Takeshi Matsuka, Kuniaki Onizawa, Naoto Tsujimura
  • Patent number: 9649806
    Abstract: A device (20) for gripping a container (16) made of a thermoplastic material, includes: a nose (30) having a main shaft (B) which is suitable for axially inserting into the neck (24) of the container (16); a plurality of jaws (46) which are mounted in the nose (30) in a radially mobile manner between a retracted position allowing the free axial sliding of the nose (30) in the neck (24) and an expanded position allowing the immobilization of the neck (24) in relation to the nose (30) by pressing against the inner part of the neck (24); and elements (54) for elastically returning the jaws to their expanded position, wherein the jaw assembly (46) is maintained circumferentially in a determined circumferential position in relation to the nose (30).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2017
    Inventors: Julien Le Roux, Yves-Alban Duclos, Pierre Heuzebroc, Franck Lacaille, Nicolas Chomel
  • Patent number: 9604182
    Abstract: A system includes a solid feed pump having a housing, a rotor disposed in the housing, a curved passage disposed between the rotor and the housing, a solid feed inlet coupled to the curved passage, and a solid feed outlet coupled to the curved passage. Also, a solids packing device is coupled to the solid feed inlet of the solid feed pump. The solids packing device includes a first channel configured to receive a solid feed with a first range of sizes, a second channel configured to receive transport assisting particles (TAP) with a second range of sizes. The first range is different from the second range. A third channel is configured to receive and mix the solid feed and the TAP to provide a solid feed-TAP mixture with the TAP filling interspatial spaces between the solid feed. The third channel is coupled to the solid feed inlet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2017
    Inventor: Thomas Frederick Leininger
  • Patent number: 9557233
    Abstract: A tension detector may detect and help correct tension in a lift cable. The cable may include a lift cable within a telescopic structure, such as a telescopic tower. The tension sensor may detect when the cable tension is outside a high tension threshold and a low tension threshold and trigger an alert when outside the thresholds. The alert may be an audible alert or a visual alert. A controller may prevent a user from making the tension worse and encourage an operator to correct the tension problem by preventing a winch from expanding or retracting the telescopic structure. The tension sensor may use springs to calibrate the thresholds for the high tension and low tension and a series of pulleys to manipulate an arm to engage a tension sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2017
    Assignee: US Tower Corp.
    Inventors: Ken Pereira, Mark Crawford
  • Patent number: 9132971
    Abstract: The present disclosure is directed, in part, to a method of transporting products. The method comprises providing a V-shaped conveying mechanism and positioning a plurality of the products on the V-shaped conveying mechanism such that a first portion of the plurality of the products engages a first side of the V-shaped conveying mechanism, and such that a second portion of the plurality of the products engages a second side of the V-shaped conveying mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2015
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Matthew Bernard Overly, Wesley Bernard Brokopp, Jr., Joseph Clifford Noll, Jeffrey Dean Hartline
  • Publication number: 20150144458
    Abstract: Embodiments of a tie plate sorter are disclosed wherein the tie plates are sorted and fed to an output device for further feeding to a tie plate distribution system. The tie plates may be oriented as needed. Exemplary methods are also provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 4, 2015
    Publication date: May 28, 2015
    Inventor: William R. Coots
  • Publication number: 20150144461
    Abstract: A glass sheet guidance apparatus includes a guidance member extending adjacent a conveyance path. In one example, an adjustment device selectively adjusts a length of the guidance member extending between a first holding structure and a second holding structure. In another example, the glass sheet guidance apparatus is configured to traverse a length of the guidance member and the glass sheet in a common direction of a conveyance path. Further examples include methods of guiding a glass sheet with the glass sheet guidance apparatus. In still further examples a method of manufacturing a glass sheet includes guiding the glass sheet.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 2, 2015
    Publication date: May 28, 2015
    Inventors: Nicholas Dominic Cavallaro, III, Keith Mitchell Hill, Naiyue Zhou
  • Publication number: 20150136566
    Abstract: A dumping system, for the dumping of material, in particular for the filling of a former strip mine, includes a conveyor belt with belt modules (7) suspended on cables and a traveling tripper (15), which is arranged traveling in the direction of conveying. The belt modules (7) are fastened by braced carrier cables (3) and suspension cables (5) fastened thereto in a mostly horizontal alignment. The traveling tripper (5) can travel on the belt modules (7). Furthermore, the slack of the carrier cables (3) may be compensated by a different length of the suspension cables (5), such that the belt modules (7) are aligned mostly horizontally. It is thus possible to span over the area to be dumped (for example, a pit) with cables and to dump material by means of the traveling tripper at all points of the bracing. Thus, it is not necessary to drive the dumped material.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 18, 2014
    Publication date: May 21, 2015
    Inventors: Dieter HOFFMANN, Martin KRESSNER
  • Publication number: 20150139773
    Abstract: A conveyor assembly for transporting tubular onto a drilling rig includes a plurality of conveyor sections coupled together end to end. The conveyor sections are configured to receive and transport the tubular. Each of the plurality of conveyor sections includes a conveyor belt having treads for transporting the tubular along the conveyor section. The conveyor assembly also includes an actuation assembly configured to transition the plurality of conveyor sections between a first orientation and a second orientation. The conveyor sections are not aligned in the first orientation, and the conveyor sections are substantially aligned in the second orientation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 19, 2013
    Publication date: May 21, 2015
    Applicant: Tesco Corporation
    Inventor: Kevin James Nikiforuk
  • Publication number: 20150122615
    Abstract: A transferring device for transferring and/or receiving cans, can blanks, or other containers out of or into a transferring or respectively receiving axis (U) which extends at an angle to a transport path (T), with multiple suction elements (3), which can be moved along the transport path (T) during transfer, each of which has at least one suction opening (4), and which can be connected to a negative pressure source, in order to retain the cans, can blanks, or other containers by means of suction during transport along the transport path (T), wherein the suction elements (3) are designed and/or arranged in a movable manner between a retracted and an extended position at least along some sections of the transferring and/or receiving axis (U), characterized in that the suction elements (3) are designed and arranged so as to be reversibly deformable during the movement along the transferring and/or receiving axis (U) such that the movement of the suction openings (4) together with the suctioned cans, can blanks
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 5, 2013
    Publication date: May 7, 2015
    Applicant: MALL HERLAN MB GMBH
    Inventors: Uwe Luz, Uwe Reich
  • Publication number: 20150114800
    Abstract: A method and an apparatus are provided for transporting shaped bodies such as, for example, substantially non-rigid, biscuit dough shaped bodies, from a receiving region into a transfer region, and for transferring the shaped bodies onto a transport surface such as, for example, a heated baking belt of a baking machine. The apparatus for transporting the shaped bodies includes a revolving driven conveyor belt which is guided over at least one deflecting roller, over a drive roller and around a transfer body in the region of the transport surface. The conveyor belt is laterally displaceable by a positioning apparatus at least over a section of its longitudinal extension.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 27, 2013
    Publication date: April 30, 2015
    Inventors: Johannes Haas, Josef Haas, Stefan Jiraschek, PETER Lambauer
  • Patent number: 9010522
    Abstract: An apparatus for conveying a cellulosic feedstock is disclosed. The apparatus comprises an enclosed volume having a lower surface comprising a plurality of longitudinally extending portions. Each longitudinally extending portion has an inner surface that is arcuate in transverse section. A plurality of conveyance members are provided within the enclosed volume. Each conveyance member is associated with one of the inner surfaces and configured to sweep the one of the inner surfaces. Additionally, a method for treating a cellulosic feedstock is disclosed. The method comprises providing a cellulosic feedstock being less than 100% saturated moisture. The cellulosic feedstock is introduced into a longitudinally extending enclosed volume, and conveyed longitudinally through the enclosed volume while being mixed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: Abengoa Bioenergy New Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Murray J. Burke, Sunalie N. Hillier, Quang A. Nguyen
  • Publication number: 20150101911
    Abstract: An articulated sample rack apparatus is disclosed. In one aspect, the articulated sample rack apparatus has a plurality of coupled rack components wherein at least some of the rack components have a receptacle having a bottom to receive a sample container, the rack having free ends and at least one hinge allowing articulation between at least some of the rack components. Conveyor systems and methods to convey sample racks are provided, as are other aspects.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 29, 2013
    Publication date: April 16, 2015
    Inventor: Glenn Friedman
  • Publication number: 20150090559
    Abstract: Techniques for automatically setting trim removal or stacking device arms. One point on a trim arm (such as an end) is attached to a transverse rail, along which that end moves, and provides an anchor point to which the trim arm can be angled. An automated device anchors that end of the trim arm, and locks it in place at a position designated by an operator. A skew adjustment pin couples to a second point on the trim arm, so that adjusting the position of the adjustment pin skews the trim arm's angle. An automated device anchors that second point of the trim arm, and locks it in place at a angle designated by an operator. A control system electronically measures the location of the first anchor point, and directs positioning devices to move trim arms, skew them, and lock or unlock those settings.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 30, 2014
    Publication date: April 2, 2015
    Inventors: Marius D. Batrin, Curtis A. Roth
  • Patent number: 8991591
    Abstract: A separator system includes a conveyance assembly and one or more blocking components. The conveyance assembly moves a leading group of product and a trailing group of product along a feed direction toward a packaging system to separately package the leading group of product into a first container and the trailing group of product into a second container. The one or more blocking components are disposed upstream of the packaging system along the feed direction. The one or more blocking components stop movement of the trailing group of product upstream of the packaging system along the feed direction while allowing the leading group of product to move toward the packaging system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Assignee: Illinois Tool Works Inc.
    Inventors: Joseph M. Fisher, Joseph A. Wukovits, John D. Sardina, Timothy J. Green, Eric K. Spina, Kerry Quinn
  • Publication number: 20150083551
    Abstract: Various apparatus embodiments include first, second, third and fourth idler shafts, and further include a first movable idler shaft having a first movable axis that is movable between a first axis position and a second axis position, and a second movable idler shaft having a second movable axis that is movable between a third axis position and fourth axis position. At least one linkage connects the first movable idler shaft to the second movable idler shaft. A motor linkage connects the at least one linkage to at least one motor for providing simultaneous movement of the first and second movable idler shafts.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 20, 2013
    Publication date: March 26, 2015
    Applicant: Delta Industrial Services, Inc.
    Inventor: David Schiebout
  • Publication number: 20150068872
    Abstract: A rescue auger has a transport tube that is approximately five feet long with a spout having an angled portion that is disposed on top of the transport tube to direct grain out from the transport tube. An auger is located within the transport tube to direct grain up and out towards the spout when rotated. An electric drill is used to operate the rescue auger by attaching the drill to a triangle shank on an exposed portion of the auger shank. An intake guard surrounds a lower portion of the transport tube and has a diameter a little larger than the diameter of the transport tube. A handle is located on a portion of the spout and allows a user to position and hold the rescue auger during use. The rescue auger is used in conjunction with a rescue tube which is first placed around the trapped victim.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 11, 2014
    Publication date: March 12, 2015
    Inventor: John Ziebell
  • Patent number: 8974170
    Abstract: A position adjustment assembly for an agricultural product conveyor, which delivers a product to a storage system, such as an air cart, includes an inner arm having a first end rotatably coupled to the air cart and a second end. An outer arm has a first end and a second end. The second end of the inner arm is rotatably coupled to the outer arm proximate to the first end of the outer arm. An intermediate link has a lateral positioning assembly to vary the length of the intermediate link.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2015
    Assignee: CNH Industrial Canada, Ltd.
    Inventors: Nicholas G. A. Ryder, Trevor L. Kowalchuk, Ethan C. S. Bent
  • Patent number: 8973740
    Abstract: The present disclosure is directed, in part, to a method of transporting rolls of a fibrous material. The method comprises providing a V-shaped conveying mechanism, stacking a plurality of the rolls of the fibrous material on the V-shaped conveying mechanism, and transporting the plurality of the rolls of the fibrous material between a first position and a second position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2015
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Matthew Bernard Overley, Wesley Bernard Brokopp, Joseph Clifford Noll, Jeffrey Dean Hartline
  • Publication number: 20150060236
    Abstract: A cover for a linear conveyer. The linear conveyer including a stationary module having a rail extending linearly and a stator including armature coils that is fixed to the rail, and a slider including a mover component having magnetic poles arranged linearly and a rail guide that is fitted on the rail. The slider sliding from an end surface of the rail along an elongated direction of the rail to be arranged on the rail and moving on the rail by a linear motor. The cover is attached to the slider to cover a magnetic pole face of the mover component of the slider. The cover has a thickness so as to come in contact with an end portion of the stationary module when the slider is mounted on the rail. The cover is detached from the slider by the contact with the end portion of the stationary module.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 31, 2014
    Publication date: March 5, 2015
    Inventor: Manabu KATAYAMA
  • Publication number: 20150047950
    Abstract: A motorized drive roller conveyor includes an upstream zone and a downstream zone, with each zone having a drive roller, an idler roller that is driven by the drive roller, and a sensor. The upstream zone and the downstream zone are controlled by a card, which measures a gap between a first item on the conveyor and a second item on the conveyor by beginning a counter when a trailing edge of the first item passes the sensor of the upstream zone and stopping the counter when a leading edge of the second item passes the sensor of the upstream zone to generate a counter value. If the first item is stopped in the downstream zone, the card of the upstream zone causes the drive roller of the upstream zone to advance the second item into the downstream zone for a distance derived from the counter value before stopping the transportation of the second item.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 25, 2014
    Publication date: February 19, 2015
    Inventors: Darin L. DANELSKI, Melvin W. HENRY
  • Patent number: 8955670
    Abstract: An absorbent article rotating apparatus includes a transporting section that transports an absorbent article along a transport direction with the absorbent article being sandwiched between a pair of belts, and a fixed member that rotates the absorbent article by coming into contact with a portion of an edge of the absorbent article, the portion being exposed from the belts, the edge being at a downstream side in the transport direction, the fixed member being fixed at a predetermined position in the transport direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2015
    Assignee: Uni-Charm Corporation
    Inventors: Seiji Murakami, Youji Shinomori
  • Publication number: 20150041045
    Abstract: The gluing device includes a log feeding path that extends at least partially between a flexible conveying member and a feeding surface; and a log inserter that sequentially introduces logs between the flexible conveying member and the feeding surface. The inserter includes a flexible input member, provided with pushing elements for pushing single logs between the flexible conveying member and the feeding surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 24, 2014
    Publication date: February 12, 2015
    Applicant: Fabio Perini S.p.A.
    Inventors: Mauro Gelli, Mauro Ricci
  • Publication number: 20150041283
    Abstract: The present invention provides a method and apparatus for transporting items of media along a transport path. The apparatus comprises a first transport member and a further transport member located opposite the first transport member to transport a bunch of media items located between said transport members along a transport path, a drive mechanism to move a one of the first and further transport members towards or away from a remainder one of the first and further transport members to selectively locate the first and further transport members in a selectable spaced apart relationship, and at least one sensor to determine a position of the one transport member with respect to the remainder one transport member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 6, 2013
    Publication date: February 12, 2015
    Applicant: NCR CORPORATION
    Inventors: Anthony Boon, Frank B. Dunn
  • Publication number: 20150041284
    Abstract: A dolly and methods for transporting and discharging items. The dolly includes a frame and one or more power conveyer assemblies. The one or more power conveyer assemblies include a set of transfer rollers and a drive mechanism. The drive mechanism includes a drive motor, a continuous drive belt, a set of idler pulleys, a plurality of electrical actuation members, and a foot actuation pedal. Engagement of the foot actuation pedal can cause the drive motor to rotate the continuous drive belt around the set of idler pulleys and the plurality of electrical actuation members to move the continuous drive belt into an interference position with the set of transfer rollers. This can result in rotation of the set of transfer rollers and application of a discharge force to items set upon them.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 7, 2013
    Publication date: February 12, 2015
    Applicant: Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc.
    Inventors: Randy Lee Pfeiffer, Aaron James Wilson, Kenneth W. Raider
  • Patent number: 8950570
    Abstract: A solids supply system having a solids deaeration zone and a solids pump zone, and a method for supplying the solids e.g., pulverized dry coal, to an application, e.g., gasification process. The solids deaeration zone includes a container having a passageway defined by one or more sloped walls. The solids deaeration zone is operable to deaerate and convey the solids to the solids pump zone. In the solids deaeration zone, the solids become sufficiently compacted prior to and upon entry into the solids pump zone to be effectively conveyed through the solids pump zone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2015
    Assignee: ExxonMobil Research and Engineering Company
    Inventors: James R. Bielenberg, Michael Raterman, Rathna P. Davuluri, John W. Fulton, Steven W. Meier
  • Publication number: 20150034455
    Abstract: Conveyor rollers rotated by electromagnetic induction to propel articles conveyed atop the rollers. A magnetic-field source induces a current in the electrically conductive rollers that causes them to rotate. The rollers can be mounted in conveyor belts or immobile mats. The magnetic-field source can be static if the rollers are advance through the field or dynamic. Alternatively, the rollers can be magnetic and induce a current in a stationary electrically conductive plate that creates interacting magnetic fields to rotate the rollers.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 12, 2013
    Publication date: February 5, 2015
    Applicant: Laitram, LLC
    Inventor: Bryant G. Ragan
  • Patent number: 8944235
    Abstract: The present disclosure is directed to a rotation assembly for a transfer member of a transfer assembly. The rotation assembly comprises a torque transmitting assembly comprising input and output members, a link comprising a first end operably coupled to the input member and a second end comprising a follower member, a shaft comprising a first end operably coupled to the output member and a second end engaged with a portion of the transfer member, and a track. The follower is movably engaged with the track and circumnavigates about a path in correspondence with the track. The follower member is moved radially relative to a first rotation axis by the track as it circumnavigates about the path to transmit torque through the torque transmitting assembly and to the shaft. The torque causes a portion of the transfer member to rotate between a first position and a second position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2015
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Clifford Theodore Papsdorf, Uwe Schneider
  • Publication number: 20150027854
    Abstract: A system and method for supercharging the feed system for a belt in tube conveyor for agricultural products, which enables achieving a full or near full fill level of the conveyor belt entering the intake end of the conveyor tube. The invention uses a crop delivery apparatus operable to propel an airborne flow of the crop material at least largely in a direction of movement of the conveyor belt, onto the belt surface after formation into a concave shape conforming to a lower portion of the conveyor tube. Additional capabilities include the ability to propel the crop material into an intake end of the conveyor tube, and provision of enclosing structure for containing and focusing the crop material flow. The system can accommodate various angles of tilt and sideward pivotal movement of the conveyor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 24, 2013
    Publication date: January 29, 2015
    Inventors: Edward H. Priepke, Scott D. Wilson, John J. Borsdorf, Jonathan E. Ricketts
  • Publication number: 20150027851
    Abstract: A distributor unit, suitable to distribute tablets, comprises an aligner channel cooperating with a transfer channel having an entrance zone. Feed means are associated to said transfer channel in order to work on the tablets.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Publication date: January 29, 2015
    Inventor: Ivano Baroncini
  • Patent number: 8939277
    Abstract: Silicon granules are conveyed in an encapsulated conveying channel by swaying movement of the channel produced by a permanent magnet excited by an external alternating electromagnetic field.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2015
    Assignee: Wacker Chemie AG
    Inventors: Bernhard Baumann, Norbert Ellinger, Gerhard Forstpointner
  • Publication number: 20150021146
    Abstract: A direct engagement drive system [108] for a tripper conveyor system is disclosed. The drive system [108] comprises lead [140?] and follow [140?] cogwheels, each driven by a programmable logic controller [108q] and variable frequency drive-controlled electric motor [108a]. The torque applied to each of the lead [140] and follow [140] cogwheels varies as a function of loading experienced by the cogwheels [140] and as a function of the location of the cogwheels [140] relative to a gap [159] or other discontinuity in a cog rail [150] provided on a conveyor [110]. A process for moving a tripper [100] along a conveyor [110] is also disclosed. Other mobile conveying device such as mobile hoppers, maintenance vehicles, stacking machines, conveying devices, or cranes may employ the drive systems [108] shown and described.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 29, 2012
    Publication date: January 22, 2015
    Inventors: Jason Leslie Hanks, Andrew Thad Marvin, Bruce Eddward Wadsworth
  • Publication number: 20150014123
    Abstract: A production system according to an embodiment includes a workpiece circulator, a robot, and a posture changer. The workpiece circulator circulates a workpiece along a certain path. The robot holds the workpiece circulated by the workpiece circulator in a holding region that is part of the certain path, to move the workpiece to a certain place. The posture changer is arranged in the workpiece circulator and changes a posture of the workpiece circulated by the workpiece circulator.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 2, 2014
    Publication date: January 15, 2015
    Inventors: Ryuichi MATSUDA, Toshiaki IKEDA, Keigo ISHIBASHI, Takahisa IKENAGA, Toshiyuki HARADA
  • Publication number: 20150014126
    Abstract: A multi-row magnetic dial assembly that conveys work pieces, such as fasteners, includes a work piece engaging surface disposed around an outer perimeter, adjacent a first dial surface and/or adjacent a second dial surface. Multiple magnets are disposed adjacent the work piece engaging surface to exert a magnetic force on work pieces to magnetically hold them against a dial. The magnets include a first magnet and a second magnet that exert magnetic forces so that the work piece engaging surface magnetically attracts and holds first and second rows (or more) of work pieces, the first row being distal from the second row by a row separation distance. The dial can be oriented in a horizontal plane or a non-horizontal plane. Related methods of operation are also provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 8, 2014
    Publication date: January 15, 2015
    Inventor: Gerald F. Snow
  • Patent number: 8931624
    Abstract: This invention relates to a transport foil/film as well as a transport system for holding and transport of at least one thin flexible substrate and a corresponding method and a use of a flexible transport foil/film for holding and for transport of at least one thin, flexible substrate, the substrates being able to be fixed or being fixed at least temporarily on the transport foil/film and the transport foil/film being drivable by driving means for transport of the substrates.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2015
    Assignee: EV Group E. Thallner GmbH
    Inventors: Friedrich Paul Lindner, Thomas Glinsner, Gerald Kreindl
  • Publication number: 20150008098
    Abstract: A method operates a conveyor installation having a belt and at least one drive drum for driving the belt. The torque acting on the drive drum is controlled, in order to alter the speed of the belt, within a time window that is defined by a first rotational speed of the drive drum and a second rotational speed of the drive drum.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 23, 2012
    Publication date: January 8, 2015
    Applicant: Siemens Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventor: Wolf-Martin Rasenack
  • Patent number: 8925711
    Abstract: Device for feeding metal into melting plant, in particular into melting furnace including hearth and lateral aperture. Device includes means to feed metal terminally associated with a connection conveyor including a loading plane and cooperating with translation and positioning means. Connection conveyor able to assume first position during continuous loading step, wherein its front terminal end is located substantially flush with the furnace internal wall through the aperture, to introduce metal inside the furnace; a second position distanced from the furnace wall during the step of tapping liquid metal from the furnace; and a third position while first loading the furnace, with the furnace switched off, wherein its loading plane front end is inside the furnace volume to be disposed in proximity to the distal internal wall opposite the furnace proximal internal wall, to unload and distribute a charge to cover at least part of the furnace bottom surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2015
    Assignee: Danieli & C. Officine Meccaniche SpA
    Inventors: Gianpietro Benedetti, Alfredo Poloni
  • Patent number: 8915353
    Abstract: A conveyor system having a roller-engagement mechanism and a method for conveying articles. The conveyor system includes an infeed conveyor feeding articles to a conveyor belt advancing in a direction of belt travel. The conveyor belt comprises obliquely rotatable rollers—single rollers or stacked sets of rollers—selectively activated by the roller-engagement mechanism. The roller-engagement mechanism has a rack supporting a plurality of flat belts. The flat belts advance in the direction of travel of the conveyor belt. The rack is movable between a first position in which the flat belts advancing with the conveyor belt contact the belt rollers to inhibit their rotation and carry articles atop the belt in the direction of belt travel and a second position in which the flat belts are out of contact with the belt rollers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 23, 2014
    Assignee: Laitram, L.L.C.
    Inventor: Matthew L. Fourney
  • Publication number: 20140353123
    Abstract: A vacuum roll includes an inner rotor, an intermediate stator, and an outer shell roll. The inner rotor has open and closed portions and is adapted to rotate within the intermediate stator which is rotationally fixed and also has open and closed portions. The outer shell roll has open and closed portions and is adapted to move around the intermediate stator. Together the inner rotor and the intermediate stator define an internal rotary valve interface adapted to control fluid communication between the interior chamber and the outer shell.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 30, 2013
    Publication date: December 4, 2014
    Inventors: Adam Nicholas Schoultz, Steven Todd Moore, Joseph John Sina, Charles Robert Sample, Gerald Keith Sosalla