Having Variable Conveying Length Patents (Class 198/812)
  • Patent number: 10786910
    Abstract: Expandable robotic arms are described. A robotic arm may include a series of expandable segments connected to each other. Further, each of the expandable segments may be individually controlled to expand and/or tilt with one or two tilt degrees of freedom. In operation, the robotic arm may expand sequentially segment by segment from a proximal most segment to a distal most segment to reach a target position and orientation from an initial position and orientation. A variety of methods and algorithms for pathfinding and otherwise operating such a robotic arm are also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2020
    Assignee: Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    Inventors: Haruhiko Harry Asada, Abbas Munir Shikari
  • Patent number: 10781045
    Abstract: A box moving device is disclosed. The box moving device changes the position of a box having four side surfaces. The box moving device is equipped with a conveyor and a movement control unit. The movement control unit drives the conveyor to cause the box to move from a first position to a second position. The conveyor can alternately switch between a first state, in which it is contracted along a moving direction of the box, and a second state, in which it is extended along the moving direction of the box. The movement control unit causes the box to move from the first position to the second position by driving the conveyor that is in a holding mode in which it holds at least one of the side surfaces of the box and simultaneously switching the conveyor from the first state to the second state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2020
    Assignee: ISHIDA CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yuji Yokota, Yoshinobu Shimomae
  • Patent number: 10569976
    Abstract: Methodologies, systems, and computer-readable media are provided for relocating pallets and receptacles. A shipping motor vehicle has a weight sensor within a cargo area that measures a weight of a pallet or a receptacle. A location sensor located within the cargo area identifies available storage locations within the cargo area, and a computing device equipped with a processor computes a destination location within the cargo area for the pallet or receptacle based, at least in part, on the weight of the pallet or receptacle measured by the weight sensor. An internal conveyor system located within the shipping motor vehicle receives the pallet or receptacle from an external conveyor system and automatically relocates the pallet or receptacle to the destination location within the cargo area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2020
    Assignee: Walmart Apollo, LLC
    Inventors: Steven Jackson Lewis, George Burdine
  • Patent number: 10509192
    Abstract: A camera system comprising a zoom lens is disclosed. The camera system may be used in a measuring apparatus, having a tube-like guide system having a tube body, which defines a tube interior and an optical axis, a sensor module disposed downstream of the guide system and an optical sensor for detecting optical radiation, at least one first carriage which has an optical assembly having at least one optical element and an optical system carrier, is arranged in a manner linearly moveable along the optical axis in the tube interior and is mounted in a manner guided substantially without play through the tube body in a plane perpendicular to the optical axis, and a first drive system for moving the first carriage along the optical axis, said first drive system being decoupled from the guide system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2019
    Assignee: LEICA GEOSYSTEMS AG
    Inventors: Marco Lüscher, Veroljub Maksimovic
  • Patent number: 10435245
    Abstract: A conveyor apparatus comprising a base frame and an extendable frame, wherein the extendable frame is supported by, and typically within, the base frame. A drive assembly configured to displace the extendable frame with respect to the base frame between an extended state and a retracted state. The extendable frame comprises a plurality of frame parts in an end-to-end arrangement, the at least two adjacent frame parts are pivotably coupled together for pivoting about a transverse axis that is perpendicular to a longitudinal axis of the extendable frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Assignee: Terex GB Limited
    Inventor: Terence Bratton
  • Patent number: 10370203
    Abstract: A device for handling objects includes an unloading head, onto which the objects can be transported and from which the objects can be unloaded by an operator. A lifting apparatus is connected to the unloading head. The height of the unloading head can be adjusted by way of the lifting apparatus and a sensing apparatus that can be activated and the height of the unloading head can be adjusted. In order to achieve a throughput increase in the handling of objects, the sensing apparatus is arranged in such a way that the sensing apparatus can be triggered by the operator by way of an object that is located on the unloading head.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: Siemens Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventor: Peter Enenkel
  • Patent number: 10011431
    Abstract: A long run conveyor system is disclosed in which at least a portion thereof traverses a slope sufficiently steep so that tensile force associated with overcoming the effects of the slope is greater per unit length than tensile force per unit length of run due to main frictional resistance of the conveyor system. The long run conveyor system includes an external belt defining a continuous loop traversing an entire route of the conveyor system and is configured to transport material load across the entire route. The conveyor system also includes an internal belt positioned inside the continuous loop of the external belt, which also traverses substantially the entire route. An upper side of the internal belt operably engages an underside of the external belt. The internal and external belts are configured such that each respectively carries an approximately equal amount of belt tension.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Assignee: THYSSENKRUPP INDUSTRIAL SOLUTIONS (USA), INC.
    Inventors: Christof Brewka, Martin S. Lurie, R. Steven Kasper
  • Patent number: 9856089
    Abstract: An accumulating portal conveyor comprises a conveyor belt, a frame for supporting and guiding the belt, which frame includes a first helical path and a second helical path spaced from the first helical path, a bridging path and a return path. Under operating conditions the belt successively follows the first helical path upwardly, the bridging path, the second helical path downwardly and the return path, and such that in transverse direction of an upright plane through central centerlines of the first and second helical paths. The bridging path includes a static part having a fixed position with respect to the helical paths and a dynamic portion displaceable in transverse direction of the upright plane to change the path length of the belt. At least a portion of the return path is displaceable for compensating the change of the path length of the belt at the bridging path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Assignee: SPECIALTY CONVEYOR B.V.
    Inventor: Wouter Balk
  • Patent number: 9850073
    Abstract: A tensioning mechanism for a conveyor system includes a first end including a drive unit, an anchor structure, a continuous belt extending at least partially between the drive unit and the anchor structure, a first carriage, and a second carriage. The first carriage is coupled to the drive unit and supports a portion of the belt. The first carriage is supported for movement relative to the drive unit to adjust a tension in the belt, and the first carriage is movable between the drive unit and an intermediate position. The second carriage is releasably secured to the anchor structure and supports another portion of the belt. The second carriage is supported for movement relative to the anchor structure between a first position and a second position. A distance between the first end and the second carriage defining a take-up length, and movement of the second carriage changes the take-up length.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Assignee: Joy MM Delaware, Inc.
    Inventors: Andrew P. de Lore, Travers T. Wood
  • Patent number: 9828199
    Abstract: A transfer device for one or more flat substrates (4, 4a, 4b), which can be inserted between two successive units upstream and downstream (3, 6, 9) in a packaging production machine (1), the device including a bridge (14) with an upper surface (16) providing a junction between the upstream unit (3, 6) and the downstream unit (9). An adjustment device (19) varies a length (L1, L2) of the bridge (14). The bridge (14) is a static apron on which the substrate (4, 4a, 4b) slides, having a fixed transversal end (36) and a mobile transversal end (22). The adjustment device (19) varies a position of the mobile end (22), as a function of a spacing (E1, E2) between the two units.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Assignee: BOBST SA
    Inventor: Giovanni Compagnone
  • Patent number: 9731901
    Abstract: A conveyor system, at least a portion of which may traverse a continuous slope sufficiently steep such that tensile forces associated with overcoming the effects of the slope are several times larger per unit length of run than tensile forces per unit length of run due to main frictional resistance of the conveyor system, may include a belt-on-belt drive. The belt-on-belt drive may include at least one internal belt configured to operably engage the carry belt of the conveyor system so as to frictionally drive the carry belt over the sloped run. The longitudinal stiffness of the at least one internal belt may be at least twice the external belt's longitudinal stiffness. At the portion of the external belt driven by the at least one internal belt, the rate of tension rise in the external belt may be configured to be approximately zero or a modestly higher rate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2017
    Assignee: THYSSENKRUPP INDUSTRIAL SOLUTIONS (USA), INC.
    Inventors: Martin S. Lurie, R. Steven Kasper
  • Patent number: 9669843
    Abstract: An overhead railway and trolley for transporting miners out of a mine. The railway is formed by connected rails that are mounted to a roof of a mine. The trolley is mounted to a bottom flange of the rails and includes wheel assemblies having at least two wheels mounted side-by-side, and each is configured to engage and roll along a top surface of the bottom flange. The trolley has a clicker that is configured to engage protrusions extending away from the bottom flange. The clicker permits the trolley to travel out of the mine but prevents it from traveling into the mine. The trolley also includes a pair of handles that are configured to be gripped by a miner standing on a floor of the mine as he travels from the beginning of the railway to the ending (i.e., the egress direction).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2017
    Inventor: Jeremiah David Heaton
  • Patent number: 9533691
    Abstract: An overhead railway and trolley for transporting miners out of a mine. The railway is formed by connected rails that are mounted to a roof of a mine. The trolley is mounted to a bottom flange of the rails and includes wheel assemblies having at least two wheels mounted side-by-side, and each is configured to engage and roll along a top surface of the bottom flange. The trolley has a clicker that is configured to engage protrusions extending away from the bottom flange. The clicker permits the trolley to travel out of the mine but prevents it from traveling into the mine. The trolley also includes a pair of handles that are configured to be gripped by a miner standing on a floor of the mine as he travels from the beginning of the railway to the ending (i.e., the egress direction).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2017
    Inventor: Jeremiah David Heaton
  • Patent number: 9452887
    Abstract: The present invention provides a method of installing a conveyor belt in an underground mine comprising the steps of installing a monorail in the mine, mounting at least two conveyor belt cradles on the monorail, coupling at least two of the conveyor belt cradles by a chain of predetermined length, coupling a conveyor belt to the conveyor belt cradles, coupling at least one conveyor belt cradle to an end roller, and moving the end roller to a predetermined point in the mine, wherein the moving the end roller pulls the conveyor belt cradles apart by the predetermined length, positioning the cradles in a desired location in the mine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2016
    Inventor: Gordon Gordon
  • Patent number: 9376256
    Abstract: The invention relates to a tray sealer having a feed belt comprising a drive unit and a belt body having a conveyor belt. The belt body is adapted to be dismounted, together with the conveyor belt, from the drive unit without making use of a tool. An exchange unit is provided on or at the tray sealer, the exchange unit being configured for accommodating the belt body when the belt body is dismounted from the drive unit. A corresponding method for exchanging or cleaning at least one of a conveyor belt, a belt body and/or a drive unit of a tray sealer is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2016
    Assignee: MULTIVAC SEPP HAGGENMUELLER SE & CO. KG
    Inventors: Albert Gabler, Wolfgang Negele, David Kelly
  • Patent number: 9365389
    Abstract: A delivery and removal system used to transport, install, and remove a belt for use with mining equipment. The system includes a first frame member and a second frame member. A deck extending between the first frame member and the second frame member, and a winder is supported by the deck and rotatable relative to the first frame member and the second frame member about the deck. The system includes a drive system for driving movement of the winder. A free end of the belt is coupled to the winder. When the drive system is driven in a first direction, the winder rotates in a first direction such that the belt winds about the deck and when the drive system is driven in a second direction, the winder rotates in a second direction such that the belt unwinds from the deck.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2016
    Assignee: Joy MM Delaware, Inc.
    Inventors: Daniel J. Armour, Larry Atkinson, Donald Allen, Delbert Preuninger
  • Patent number: 9290321
    Abstract: A storage section for the intermediate storage of articles, packaged or piece goods of a conveyor device. The storage section has at least one storage span on a first level and at least one empty span on a second level that is connected with the storage span. The storage span has two flexible loading and transport sections that run parallel to one another in opposite directions on the first level for the articles, packaged or piece goods to be stored, connected by a first diversion section. The endlessly circulating loading and transport sections are connected by a second diverting section in the area of the empty span. The positions of the first diversion section and the second diversion section can be changed in opposite directions such that a storage volume of the storage span can be varied.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2016
    Assignee: Krones AG
    Inventors: Martin Seger, Johann Huettner, Matthias Wahl
  • Patent number: 9096023
    Abstract: A system for the continuous production of fiber-reinforced resin sheets during the production of fiber-reinforced molded parts by extrusion in a molding press, wherein a production device for producing resin sheets, comprising a mixing device for combining at least one resin base having fibers and a fulling and saturating device for mixing the fibers with the resin base into a resin sheet is arranged in succession, a thickening device is arranged for maturation of the resin sheet and a transfer device is arranged for cutting the resin sheet to length to a cut sheet for subsequent transfer of at least one cut sheet to the molding press; in the thickening device there is a transport section between the inlet point of the resin sheet into and an outlet point of the resin sheet out of the thickening device. At least one positioning device is arranged substantially within the thickening device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2015
    Assignee: DIEFFENBACHER GMBH MASCHINEN-UND ANLAGENBAU
    Inventor: Matthias Graf
  • Patent number: 9056723
    Abstract: The invention relates to a device for transporting individual products (1) of, in particular, predefined dimensions in a transport direction A, wherein the device includes two upper belt segments (2, 3) adjacent to each other at a transition point (8), having variable length in the transport direction and each extending from an inner deflection (7, 8) at the transition point (6) to an outer deflection (9, 10) at the other end, wherein the two upper belt segments (2, 3) each are supported by a plurality of support means (11) spaced apart from each other in the transport direction, the distance between same changing as the length of the upper belt segments (2, 3) varies.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2015
    Assignee: Hochland SE
    Inventor: Andreas Biggel
  • Publication number: 20150144465
    Abstract: Telescopic conveyor belt, with a base conveyor section, a telescopic conveyor section on the base conveyor section and which can be extended and retracted telescopically, in and counter to a direction of extension, an endlessly circulating conveyor belt forming a conveyor surface and which, with its carrying run, is led along an upper surface of the base conveyor section and of the telescopic conveyor section, a base guide trough closed on the underside and arranged between the conveyor belt and the base conveyor section, has a carrying area for accommodating the conveyor belt and has raised guide areas following on laterally from the carrying area, and a telescopic guide trough closed on the underside and arranged between the conveyor belt and the telescopic conveyor section and has a carrying area for accommodating the conveyor belt and has raised guide areas following on laterally from the carrying area.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 28, 2014
    Publication date: May 28, 2015
    Inventor: Udo RAUSCH
  • Patent number: 9017240
    Abstract: A transporting apparatus for transporting flat, sheet-like material through one or more processing stations of a sheet-processing machine includes at least one upper conveying apparatus and at least one lower conveying apparatus with conveying devices which are in contact with one another. The upper and lower conveying apparatuses are fastened in such a way that they can be altered freely in length. A sheet-processing machine with a transporting apparatus is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2015
    Assignee: Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG
    Inventors: Wolfgang Diehr, Martin Mertens, Sedat Padar
  • Patent number: 9004264
    Abstract: An extendable conveyor disclosed herein includes a base unit and a mechanically extendable section, which is adjustably positionable between a nested position within the base unit and an extended position telescoped forwardly from the base unit. The conveyor includes a conveying surface for conveying articles extending at least partially on an upper side of the mechanically extendable section. The mechanically extendable section is an outmost mechanically extendable section and the outmost mechanically extendable section has a modular front end portion which can carry a loading set and an unloading set.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignee: Caljan Rite-Hite APS
    Inventors: Anders Stougaard Baek, IV, Allan Falk, Mads Oestergaard, Brian Bondegaard Nielsen
  • Publication number: 20150060241
    Abstract: An extendable conveyor disclosed herein includes a base unit including a fixed base unit section positionable onto a ground and a mechanically extendable base unit section. The mechanically extendable base unit is adjustably positionable incrementally between a fully nested position within the fixed base unit section and a fully extended position telescoped forwardly from the fixed base unit section. A mechanically extendable conveyor section is coupled to the mechanically extendable base unit section, where the mechanically extendable conveyor section is adjustably positionable incrementally between a fully nested position within the mechanically extendable base unit section and a fully extended position telescoped forwardly from the mechanically extendable base unit section. A conveying surface to convey articles extends at least partially on an upper side of the fixed base unit section, the mechanically extendable base unit section and the mechanically extendable conveyor section.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 21, 2014
    Publication date: March 5, 2015
    Inventor: Anders Stougaard Baek, IV
  • Patent number: 8960417
    Abstract: A device is provided for detecting and adjusting the tension of the scraper chain. The device identifies broken chain as it leaves the return sprocket and enters the top race of the conveyor. When detected, the chain can be stopped automatically by the armored face conveyor control system, to avoid the potential for further damage, and warn the operators that repair of the chain is required. The device also provides a conveyor with sliding frames at both ends to allow the conveyor ends to be independently adjusted to each end of the coal block, whilst maintaining good chain tension and control.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: Joy MM Delaware, Inc.
    Inventor: Ronald P. Vasey
  • Patent number: 8955667
    Abstract: A bulk material handling system and method use a horizontal boom frame supporting a conveyor mechanism for bulk material that is slidable relative to the horizontal boom frame. The conveyor mechanism is positioned such that, with bulk material received at a fixed location, or loading axis, on the horizontal boom frame, a portion of the conveyor mechanism will always be positioned to receive bulk material. The horizontal boom frame can also be made rotatable about the loading axis. By rotating the horizontal boom frame and advancing or withdrawing the conveyor mechanism, the discharge point for bulk materials relative to the loading axis can be altered radially and angularly without interrupting the flow of bulk materials through the system. A supply bridge assembly can be employed to bring the bulk materials to the loading axis of the boom.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2015
    Assignee: Rail-Veyor Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: Merton F. Dibble
  • Patent number: 8931623
    Abstract: The invention relates to an accumulation device (4) comprising a first linear conveyor belt (5) and a second linear conveyor belt (6), a third conveyor belt (7) forming a semi-circle and configured for transferring items from the first to the second conveyor belt and translation means (10, 11) of the third belt relative to the first and second belt. The accumulation device comprises two ramp systems (23, 24) attached respectively to the two ends (7a, 7b) of the third belt. The first ramp system (23) deforms the first belt to constitute a first slope ensuring that items rise from the first belt to the third belt. The second ramp system (24) deforms the second belt to constitute a second slope ensuring that items descend from the third belt to the second belt. Displacement of the third conveyor belt at the same time enables displacement of the first and second slopes formed on the first and second belt. The invention also relates to an installation equipped with such an accumulation device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2015
    Inventor: Hervé Deflandre
  • Patent number: 8851275
    Abstract: A screening examination system for screening and examining paper roll is disclosed to include a first conveyor unit, which comprises a first movable wheel set, a first drive wheel, a first fixed wheel and a first conveyor belt, a second conveyor unit, which comprises a second movable wheel set, a second drive wheel, a second fixed wheel and a second conveyor belt, and an examination unit, which examine test products and adjusts the relative positioning between the first movable wheel set and the second movable wheel set subject to examination result for enabling defective products to fall into the gap between the first conveyor unit and the second conveyor unit, accordingly, quality product to be delivered from the first conveyor unit to the second conveyor unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2014
    Assignee: Chan Li Machniery Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Tung-I Tsai
  • Patent number: 8851278
    Abstract: The present invention extends to a lifting system for lifting a portion of a conveyor. The lifting system maintains the length of the conveyor while changing the shape of the conveyor to lift the top surface of the conveyor belt towards a stacking head. This design facilitates the quick lifting and lowering of slabs of sod while minimizing the stress on the sod harvesting machine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2014
    Assignee: FireFly Equipment, LLC
    Inventors: Steven R. Aposhian, Eric E. Aston, William M. Decker, Samuel Drake, Isaac R. Jones
  • Patent number: 8833539
    Abstract: A belt conveyor system for creating an overland material transport assembly on a ground surface comprises a frame configured for transportation over the ground surface, a plurality of pivotally connected conveyor belt support sections, a head pulley assembly mounted to the first end of the frame, a tail pulley assembly mounted to one of the conveyor belt support sections, and a conveyor belt. The plurality of pivotally connected conveyor belt support sections are supportable on the frame in a transport configuration wherein the plurality of support sections are accordion-folded relative to one another. The plurality of pivotally connected conveyor belt support sections are movable to a material transport configuration wherein the plurality of support sections are unfolded.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2014
    Assignee: Superior Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Corbin J. Fehr, Bruce J. Berlinger, Jarrod J. Felton
  • Patent number: 8833546
    Abstract: A web product sorting machine includes a first conveyor unit, a second conveyor unit set adjacent to the first conveyor unit, and a screening unit. A gap is defined between the first conveyor unit and the second conveyor unit. The first conveyor unit is adapted for delivering web products and tail wastes and for enabling web products to be sent to the second conveyor unit. The screening unit is set above the first conveyor unit for screening the web products and the tail wastes to cause each passed tail waste to fall onto the first conveyor unit from a standing position and then to fall out of the first conveyor unit through the gap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2014
    Assignee: Chan Li Machinery Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Tung-I Tsai
  • Patent number: 8827623
    Abstract: The invention pertains to a device for loading goods into and/or unloading goods from a loading space 25, particularly a container, with a conveyor arm 1 that features a transfer station 5, 7, 9 for receiving the goods in the region of its proximal end and a transfer station 21, 23 for delivering the goods in the region of its distal end, wherein the conveyor arm 1 features a transport section 13, 15, 17, 19, 21 for transporting the goods from the transfer station 5, 7, 9 to the transfer station 20, wherein the transfer station 20 is realized in the form of a transfer and/or removal head 21, 23 that automatically deposits the goods at a predefined position in the loading space (25) and/or automatically picks up the goods from a predefined position in the loading space (25), and wherein the conveyor arm 1 is able to continuously transport the stream of successive goods to and/or from the predefined position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2014
    Assignee: Wipotec Wiege- und Positioniersysteme GmbH
    Inventors: Johannes Stelter, Klaus Edelmann, Rudolf Schäfer, Theo Düppre, Kurt Arnold
  • Patent number: 8827069
    Abstract: A conveyor assembly (26) includes a first frame (50) supporting a first conveyor (28) for feeding material in a first conveying direction. The conveyor assembly (26) also includes a second frame (60) supporting a second conveyor (30) for feeding material in a second conveying direction parallel to the first conveying direction. The second frame (60) is movable with respect to the first frame (50) along the second conveying direction between a retracted position and an extended position. A side shield (70) is connected to a side of the second frame (60) and shields the second conveyor (30) laterally. An elongate, flexible seal (94) is mounted to the side shield (70), the flexible seal (94) bridging a gap between the side shield (70) and the second frame (60).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2014
    Assignee: Deere & Company
    Inventors: Justin C Freehill, Douglas G Temple, Bruce A Coers, Shane Marty Anderson
  • Publication number: 20140202835
    Abstract: A material processing apparatus comprising a body, and a conveyor that is movable between a deployed state and a transport state. The conveyor comprises a feed end, a discharge end and conveying means configured to carry material from the feed end to the discharge end. The discharge end is coupled to the body and, in the deployed state, the conveyor extends from the body with the feed end being spaced apart from the body by the conveying means. In the transport state, the conveyor is folded with respect to the body.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 9, 2014
    Publication date: July 24, 2014
    Inventor: Paul Watters
  • Patent number: 8770376
    Abstract: A buffer conveyor for conveying and buffering products, comprising at least a first elongated conveyor (7), which can be driven in a first direction, a second elongated conveyor (8), which can be driven in a second, opposite direction, and a transfer unit (12) having an inlet end and an outlet end, wherein a transfer element of the transfer unit describes a path between the inlet end and the outlet end which makes at most a small angle with the horizontal and which extends outside the area defined by the adjacent paths of the first and the second conveyor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2014
    Assignee: Specialty Conveyor B.V.
    Inventor: Jan-Willem Takens
  • Patent number: 8770390
    Abstract: An improved conveyor belt assembly is provided with telescoping housing sections and a tension system for extending and retracting the sections relative to one another to maintain a selected tension on the conveyor belt. The assembly also has a lower end with a stepped profile matching the stepped profile of the cleated belt, so as to pick up and discharge fallen seeds or material and eliminate gaps where fallen seeds and material may collect. One or more scrapers are provided adjacent the lower track of the belt to push stray seeds and material off the lower track for pick up by the cleated belt at the lower end of the assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2014
    Assignee: Woodhaven Capital Corp.
    Inventors: Juan Neufeld, Samuel John Plett, Bernie Thiessen
  • Patent number: 8752816
    Abstract: An inserter system including a first station operative to output personal inserts for inserting in envelopes, an inserter operative to insert the personal inserts in the envelopes, and a dynamic buffer operative to convey the personal inserts from the first station to the inserter, the dynamic buffer including a partition-less adjustable length conveyor and an inserter-interface conveyor, wherein the adjustable length conveyor conveys the personal inserts from the first station to the inserter-interface conveyor and the inserter grabs the personal inserts from the inserter-interface conveyor, and wherein the inserter grabbing the personal inserts determines a speed of operation of the inserter-interface conveyor, including a timing at which the inserter-interface conveyor grabs the personal inserts from the adjustable length conveyor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 17, 2014
    Assignee: Beeri Printers
    Inventor: Giora Oz
  • Patent number: 8714334
    Abstract: An extendable boom loader and system. The extendable boom loader includes a distal boom element and a package tray. The boom element includes a package stop that moves to a first position blocking passage of packages and a second position allowing passage of packages, and a securing mechanism that holds the package stop in the first position. The package tray moves to first and second positions, respectively retracted within and extending from the boom element. The tray includes a tray package stop apparatus that prevents packages from sliding off a distal end of the tray. The distal boom element further includes a drawer unit that moves to first and second positions, respectively retracted within and extending from the tray. The drawer unit is configured to pivot down, while in its second position, to reach a floor of a container being loaded using the extendable boom loader.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2014
    Assignee: Siemens Industry, Inc.
    Inventors: Shenghong W. Yang, Richard M. Kern
  • Patent number: 8701869
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to an apparatus for moving a dolly longitudinally along its base. The apparatus comprises a first motorized drive that transmits a drive from a motorized unit to a first rotating axle mounted on the apparatus. A second motorized drive transmits the drive from the first rotating axle to the dolly, thereby moving the dolly longitudinally along the base. The apparatus is environmentally friendly and may be operated in a wide range of temperatures, including in sub-freezing climates.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2014
    Assignee: Supermetal Structures Inc.
    Inventors: Marc Robitaille, Stephane Desrosiers
  • Patent number: 8678174
    Abstract: A method for buffering products, such as bottles, cans and pots, wherein the products are carried upwards on a moving, inclined first conveying surface at a first flow rate. The products on the first conveying surface can accumulate against a guide member at the upper end of the first conveying surface, after which the products are guided from the guide member onto a second conveying surface, on which they are conveyed onwards at a second flow rate. The first conveying surface is disposed at such an angle and is provided with such a surface condition that the dragging force exerted on the products from the first conveying surface is just a little greater than the force of gravity being exerted on the products in the direction along the conveying surface. As a result, the products can be buffered in a simple manner, while the products exert only little pressure on each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2005
    Date of Patent: March 25, 2014
    Assignee: Ambaflex International B.V.
    Inventor: Wouter Balk
  • Patent number: 8662291
    Abstract: A telescopic belt conveyor includes a base conveyor unit (4), an outer conveyor unit (10) and optionally one or more intermediate conveyor units (6, 8). The outer conveyor unit (10) and any intermediate conveyor units (6, 8) are mounted on the base conveyor unit and extendable telescopically therefrom in an extension direction. The outer conveyor unit (10) includes a pivotable conveyor section (12) that is mounted for pivoting movement about a substantially horizontal pivot axis. A conveyor belt (14) is supported by the base conveyor unit (4), the outer conveyor unit (10) and the intermediate conveyor units (6, 8), the conveyor belt providing a conveyor surface that extends continuously along an upper surface of the base conveyor unit (4), the outer conveyor unit (10) and the intermediate conveyor units (6, 8). The pivotable conveyor section (12) has a free end remote from the pivot axis whose height relative to a ground surface may be adjusted by pivoting movement of the pivotable conveyor section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 4, 2014
    Assignee: Sovex Limited
    Inventor: Martin Henderson
  • Publication number: 20130327615
    Abstract: An object transport apparatus comprises a transport conveyor. Objects are compelled to move through an object space adjacent to the transport conveyor. A plurality of flights is disposed along a variable path and constrained to move along that path. A variable portion of the path is disposed adjacent to the transport conveyor. The flights disposed along the adjacent portion occupy a portion of the object space of the transport conveyor. A first transfer element is disposed along the variable path. The motion of the first transfer element varies the length of the variable path adjacent to the transport conveyor. An object sensor is disposed to detect objects upstream of the transfer element in the object space of the transport element. A controller interacts with a transfer element drive to alter the position of the transfer element along the variable path according to the output of the sensor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 7, 2012
    Publication date: December 12, 2013
    Inventor: Robert P. Cassoni
  • Patent number: 8596446
    Abstract: A method and a device for generation formatted total packages 29 comprising a defined number of adjoining equally sized individual pieces 10 formed in particular of a food product, whereby the individual pieces 10 are transported along the conveyor lines laying on conveyor belts, Whereby the individual pieces 10 on a first conveyor belt B1 are supplied at a mutual distance and at a speed VB1 to a second conveyor belt B2, B3, which forms a buffer line and which adjoins the first conveyor belt B1 in transport direction, whereby the individual pieces 10 at the beginning of the second conveyor belt B2, B3 are accumulated to a buffer stack 21 of adjoining individual pieces 10, whereby the buffer stack 21 is transported on the second conveyor belt B2, B3 at the speed VB2 which is lower than VB1, whereby at the end of the second conveyor belt B2, B3 total packages 29 are separated from the buffer stack 21 by means of a discharging conveyor belt B4 which, during the process of separating from the buffer stack 21, has
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2013
    Assignee: Hochland SE
    Inventors: Andreas Biggel, Stefan Hofer
  • Publication number: 20130199899
    Abstract: The invention relates to a device for transporting individual products (1) of in particular predefined dimensions in a transport direction A, wherein the device comprises two upper belt segments (2, 3) adjacent to each other at a transition point (8), having variable length in the transport direction and each extending from an inner deflection (7, 8) designed at the transition point (6) to an outer deflection (9, 10) designed at the other end, wherein the two upper belt segments (2, 3) each are supported by a plurality of support means (11) spaced apart from each other in the transport direction, the distance between same changing as the length of the upper belt segments (2, 3) varies.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 14, 2011
    Publication date: August 8, 2013
    Applicant: HOCHLAND SE
    Inventor: Andreas Biggel
  • Patent number: 8496104
    Abstract: Communications systems and methods for transmitting extendible conveyor control signals along an extendible conveyor. A conveyor communication system includes a first transceiver for use on a stationary boom of an extendible conveyor system, configured to communicate with a conveyor main control of the extendible conveyor system. The conveyor communication system includes a second transceiver for use at an end boom of the extendible conveyor system, configured to communicate with a control station on the end boom. The second transceiver is configured to receive wireless communications from the first transceiver over a wireless communications link.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2013
    Assignee: Siemens Industry, Inc.
    Inventors: Shenghong W. Yang, Yuh-Jing Ho
  • Patent number: 8469181
    Abstract: A device having a variable-capacity store (3) formed with the aid of conveyors on two neighboring levels having one input channel (1), formed by a lower conveyor (4) and an upper conveyor (5), and one output channel (2), formed by an upper conveyor (6) and a lower conveyor (7), having a back plate (12), which is coupled with a slide (16) separating the levels of the store (3), equipped with a separating conveyor (17) so that they jointly effect to and fro motion, parallel to the horizontal conveyors, with the surface of the back plate (12), concave on the side of the store (3), is formed a the chain conveyor (13), characterized by the fact that the upper input conveyor (5) has at the end an arched part (8) pointing upwards, and the lower output conveyor (7) has at the beginning an arched part (9) pointing downwards, so that the two conveyors (5 and 7) approach each other with the arched parts (8 and 9).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2013
    Assignee: International Tobacco Machinery Poland SP.ZO.O
    Inventors: Jacek Figarski, Leszek Sikora, Radoslaw Owczarek
  • Publication number: 20130118866
    Abstract: A telescopic belt conveyor includes a base conveyor unit (4), an outer conveyor unit (10) and optionally one or more intermediate conveyor units (6, 8). The outer conveyor unit (10) and any intermediate conveyor units (6, 8) are mounted on the base conveyor unit and extendable telescopically therefrom in an extension direction. The outer conveyor unit (10) includes a pivotable conveyor section (12) that is mounted for pivoting movement about a substantially horizontal pivot axis. A conveyor belt (14) is supported by the base conveyor unit (4), the outer conveyor unit (10) and the intermediate conveyor units (6, 8), the conveyor belt providing a conveyor surface that extends continuously along an upper surface of the base conveyor unit (4), the outer conveyor unit (10) and the intermediate conveyor units (6, 8). The pivotable conveyor section (12) has a free end remote from the pivot axis whose height relative to a ground surface may be adjusted by pivoting movement of the pivotable conveyor section.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 5, 2011
    Publication date: May 16, 2013
    Inventor: Martin Henderson
  • Publication number: 20130087434
    Abstract: The invention relates to a conveyor device (20), wherein the conveyor device (20) comprises a frame, guide elements (10) supported by the frame, and a conveyor belt (7) guided around the guide elements (10). The invention is characterized in that the frame is assembled from a plurality of frame modules (21, 22, 23), wherein at least one of the frame modules (21, 22, 23) is exchangeable in order to alter the length of the conveyor device (20).
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 13, 2011
    Publication date: April 11, 2013
    Applicant: JOSEPH VOGELE AG
    Inventors: Steffen Fickeisen, Joschka Neumann
  • Patent number: 8408383
    Abstract: Methods of mounting a conveyor belt to a telescoping conveyor include: (a) providing a conveyor belt configured to mount to a telescoping conveyor mechanism; (b) pivoting a first idler roller to an operative fixed position; and (c) translating an idler residing below the first idler roller upward and rearward into its respective operative fixed position to thereby mount a telescoping conveyor belt.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2013
    Assignee: Tipper Tie, Inc.
    Inventor: Thomas E. Whittlesey
  • Patent number: 8397901
    Abstract: An extendable boom conveyor system and method. The extendable boom system includes first and second boom elements, an operator control, and a controller. The first boom element includes a brake mechanism, which includes a pin configured to be positioned in an engaged position and a disengaged position. The second boom element includes a feature configured to engage the pin in the engaged position and prevent motion of the first boom element relative to the second boom element in at least a first direction. The controller is configured to receive an operator signal from the operator control and activate the brake mechanism responsive to the operator signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2013
    Assignee: Siemens Industry, Inc.
    Inventors: David J. Brouwer, Jeffrey D. Price
  • Patent number: 8398469
    Abstract: An agricultural work machine for performing harvesting operations. The agricultural work machine includes a support structure. An unloading system is coupled to the support structure and is configured to transport an agricultural product received from a hopper to an off-machine location. The unloading system includes a transfer assembly having a discharge chute. A positioning system is configured to adjust at least one of an elevation, a length and a rotational position of the transfer assembly to position the discharge chute. A control system is configured to automatically locate the discharge chute from a stowed position to a desired unload position of a plurality of preset unload positions upon receiving an operator input via an operator input device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2013
    Assignee: Deere & Company
    Inventors: Bruce A. Coers, Daniel J. Burke, Ryan P. Mackin