Motor Driven Patents (Class 220/211)
  • Patent number: 10283389
    Abstract: Disclosed is an adjustable semiconductor processing apparatus and a control method thereof. The apparatus comprises a micro chamber with an upper chamber portion defining an upper working surface and a lower chamber portion defining a lower working surface that are relatively moveable towards each other between an open position and a closed position. When the chamber is in the closed position, a cavity formed by the upper working surface and the lower working surface defines a gap between the upper working surface, the lower working surface and a semiconductor wafer received in the cavity for flow of a processing fluid. A drive device enables the upper working surface of the upper chamber portion or/and the lower working surface of the lower chamber portion to tilt or deform to control flow of chemical agents within the micro chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: WUXI HUAYING MICROELECTRONICS TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD
    Inventor: Sophia Wen
  • Patent number: 10130216
    Abstract: An electrically operated kitchen appliance includes a mixing container, an electric-motor operated mixer in the mixing container, and a lid for the mixing container, wherein the lid preferably can be locked by an electric motor. A combination of at least the following features is proposed: the electric motor (19) producing the locking has an output power of 1 to 10 watts; the electric motor acts on a locking part via a reduction gear train having a reduction greater than 50:1; the electric motor is a direct-current motor. A kitchen appliance of the type in question may furthermore have a first electric motor for locking the lid and a second electric motor for driving the mixer. The kitchen appliance may be designed in such a way that, when a rotational speed of the mixer is preselected, the first electric motor first performs the lid locking independently and the second electric motor is released to drive the mixer thereafter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: Vorwerk & Co. Interholding GmbH
    Inventor: Uwe Caldewey
  • Patent number: 10099539
    Abstract: A moon roof module includes a first transparent panel, a second transparent panel and a third transparent panel packaged in a compartment between the first transparent panel and the second transparent panel. The moon roof module also includes an actuator configured to displace the third transparent panel between a first position and a second position. A related method of switching a moon roof module between a transparent state and an opaque state is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Richard H. Wykoff, II, Kenneth Edward Nietering, Timothy J. Potter
  • Patent number: 9869949
    Abstract: A toner cartridge is provided. The toner cartridge can be removably mounted on an imaging device. The toner cartridge includes a housing with a toner storage; a toner outlet aligned with a toner inlet on the imaging device; and a switch assembly disposed between the toner outlet and the toner inlet and controlling toner in the toner cartridge to flow from the toner outlet into the toner inlet. The switch assembly slides between a first position to open the toner outlet and a second position to close the toner outlet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Assignee: NINESTAR CORPORATION
    Inventors: Wenchang Zhou, Wanhong Huang
  • Patent number: 9863454
    Abstract: An elastically averaging alignment and retention system for a sealable compartment includes a first component and a second component. The first component includes a first alignment member and an elastically deformable alignment element fixedly disposed with respect to the first alignment member, the elastically deformable alignment element having an elongated hollow tube. The second component includes a second alignment member and an alignment feature fixedly disposed with respect to the second alignment member, the alignment feature having a blind-end pocket. The elastically deformable alignment element is configured and disposed to interferingly, deformably and matingly engage the alignment feature. Portions of the elastically deformable alignment element when inserted into the alignment feature elastically deform to an elastically averaged final configuration that aligns the first component relative to the second component in at least two of four planar orthogonal directions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2018
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Steven E. Morris, Christopher J. Georgi, Jennifer P. Lawall, Gordan N. Noll
  • Patent number: 9377106
    Abstract: A filter vessel has a housing and a lid which together define an internal chamber for carrying a filter. A gasket is positioned between the lid and the housing. In a locked position, the lid and the housing are in sealed contact with the gasket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2016
    Assignee: Pall Corporation
    Inventor: Ronald Lewis Hartog
  • Patent number: 9371743
    Abstract: A cap assembly includes a plunger mounted to a retainer pin and a latch operable to retract the retainer pin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2016
    Assignee: United Technologies Corporation
    Inventors: Ryan K. Snyder, Kari L. Kisselbrack, Curtis J. Ruckey, Robert Howard
  • Publication number: 20150122688
    Abstract: Certain embodiments of the present invention include a retainer, a lid, and a sensor, where the sensor is configured to detect information about the retainer, the lid, or the contents in the retainer. The sensor also may be configured to communicate with an internal or external computer system, thereby facilitating showing the detected information as a representation via a display element. In certain embodiments, the system may include an action element such as an open/close lid opening assembly configured to permit automatically or manually opening or closing a drink aperture or another type of dispensing aperture.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 6, 2014
    Publication date: May 7, 2015
    Inventors: RICK DIAS, MARIVN LANE, SHAWN YOUNG, MICHAEL DENNIS TETREAULT, MICHAEL MURRAY, GARY VICTOR PIEPER, ERIC LEE FERGUSON
  • Publication number: 20150021325
    Abstract: A tissue paper box with automatic lid includes a case, a lid pivotally disposed on a top of a rear wall of the case, and at least one induction devices disposed on fringe of the lid. The rear wall of the case is hollow for receiving a driving mechanism, a deceleration mechanism, a circuit board, and a power supply. When the induction device detects objects approaching, the circuit board triggers a pivot axle to rotate via the deceleration mechanism to lift the lid up. Specifically, the pivot axle, the driving mechanism, the deceleration mechanism, the circuit board, and the power supply are arranged on a same plane parallel to the rear wall to reduce volume.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 18, 2013
    Publication date: January 22, 2015
    Inventor: Michael SHEK
  • Patent number: 8925753
    Abstract: A collection tank for use in a vacuum operated earth reduction system, the collection tank comprising a closed first end, an open second end defining a tank sealing flange and a body extending between the closed first end and the open second end. An internal chamber defined by the body, the closed first end and the open second end has a door coupled to the open second end and is configured to releasably seal the open second end. An automated door closer is coupled to a center of the door, wherein the automated door closer provides a closing force at the center of the door so that the closing force is equally distributed about a periphery of the door to seal the door against the tank sealing flange.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2015
    Assignee: McLaughlin Group, Inc.
    Inventor: Charles Robert Maybury, Jr.
  • Patent number: 8883071
    Abstract: An exemplary embodiment of the invention provides a molten metal containment structure, including a vessel having an internal volume for containing molten metal and an open upper end. The structure further includes a cover for the vessel having an underside facing the internal volume, the cover being movable between a closed position, covering the open upper end of the vessel with the underside of the cover, and an open position in which the cover is remote from the open upper end of the vessel to allow access to the internal volume from one side of the structure. The cover is attached to at least one lifting arm (preferably two or more) and at least on rotation control arm (preferably two or more). The lifting arm(s) operates to guide the cover from the open position to the closed position, and vice versa.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2014
    Assignee: Novelis Inc.
    Inventor: Eric W. Reeves
  • Publication number: 20140239624
    Abstract: A collection tank for use in a vacuum operated earth reduction system, the collection tank comprising a closed first end, an open second end defining a tank sealing flange and a body extending between the closed first end and the open second end. An internal chamber defined by the body, the closed first end and the open second end has a door coupled to the open second end and is configured to releasably seal the open second end. An automated door closer is coupled to a center of the door, wherein the automated door closer provides a closing force at the center of the door so that the closing force is equally distributed about a periphery of the door to seal the door against the tank sealing flange.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 30, 2014
    Publication date: August 28, 2014
    Applicant: McLaughlin Group, Inc.
    Inventor: Charles Robert Maybury, JR.
  • Publication number: 20140238986
    Abstract: An exemplary embodiment of the present invention discloses a waste receptacle including a base having an opening, a lid detachably coupled to the base, the lid being disposed over the opening, a sensor disposed in the base, and a motor electrically connected to the sensor, wherein the motor is configured to receive a signal from the sensor and raise the lid.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 27, 2014
    Publication date: August 28, 2014
    Inventors: Brenda Lee Crawford, Brian Patric Crawford, Kyle Jordan Crawford, Stephen Tyrel Crawford
  • Patent number: 8813986
    Abstract: A closure for a waste receptacle is provided. The closure comprises a moveable component mounted to the closure for movement between a closed position, wherein the moveable component prohibits waste from entering the waste receptacle and an open position wherein the moveable component facilitates the entry of waste into the waste receptacle. A motor is coupled to the moveable component and configured to move the moveable component between the open position and the closed position. A sensor is adapted to transmit a signal when waste is proximal or contacting the closure, wherein the sensor communicates with the motor to move the moveable component between the open position and the closed position to deposit the waste into the waste receptacle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2014
    Assignee: Covidien LP
    Inventors: Michael Liscio, Donna Moats, Mark Brian Finnestad, Anthony Trupiano, Charyn Miller, Derek Ottaviano
  • Patent number: 8766582
    Abstract: A trash can with a power operated lid can include a sensor assembly and a lifting mechanism. The sensor assembly can include at least one light emitter and at least one light receiver, the viewing area of the at least one light receiver being limited in size. The lifting mechanism can include a controller, a drive motor, and a lifting member. The trash can with power operated lid can further include at least one position sensor for detecting the position of the lid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 1, 2014
    Assignee: simplehuman, LLC
    Inventors: Frank Yang, Joseph Sandor, Orlando Cardenas
  • Patent number: 8757414
    Abstract: Herein described is a bin for collecting solid waste, in particular urban waste, provided with a device for weighing the products deposited by a single user, of the type made up of two containers, the outer covering one and the inner one for collecting waste. Such bin includes a rigid frame arranged in the gap between the two containers. Such frame rests on four stanchions on the bottom of the more outer container, where the wheels are applied, whereas on the upper edge some load cells are arranged, which support the most inner container so as to be able to detect the weight of the waste deposited in the bin by the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2014
    Assignee: Leader Time S.r.l.
    Inventors: Guido Roman, Roberto De Toni
  • Publication number: 20140151372
    Abstract: A door control system for a farm implement with a storage bin having a discharge opening and a door movable by a drive mechanism between open and dosed positions relative to the discharge opening includes a dual position door control system. The system may include an arm pivotally connected at one end to the storage bin such that the arm is rotatable between at least a first operating position and a second operating position and a controller connected to the arm and to the drive mechanism.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Publication date: June 5, 2014
    Inventors: Michael Van Mill, Ronald J. Schlimgen
  • Patent number: 8740011
    Abstract: A vacuum processing apparatus that includes a vacuum vessel; an opening disposed in a wall of the vacuum vessel, through which a sample to be processed is taken in and out; a valve body disposed outside the wall for airtightly sealing the opening; and a drive unit driving the valve body to carry out a sealing or opening operation. The drive unit includes a first member coupled to an actuator that moves along a substantially linear first direction as a result of operation of the actuator, and a second member coupled to the first member that moves along a substantially linear second direction that intersects with the first direction. The valve body, coupled to the second member, seals the opening as a result of movement of the second member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2014
    Assignee: Hitachi High-Technologies Corporation
    Inventors: Susumu Tauchi, Akitaka Makino
  • Patent number: 8716969
    Abstract: A trash can with a power operated lid can include a sensor assembly and a lifting mechanism. The sensor assembly can include at least one light emitter and at least one light receiver, the viewing area of the at least one light receiver being limited in size. The lifting mechanism can include a controller, a drive motor, and a lifting member. The trash can with power operated lid can further include at least one position sensor for detecting the position of the lid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2014
    Assignee: simplehuman, LLC
    Inventors: Frank Yang, Joseph Sandor, Orlando Cardenas
  • Patent number: 8686676
    Abstract: A trash can with a power operated lid can include a sensor assembly and a lifting mechanism. The sensor assembly can include at least one light emitter and at least one light receiver, the viewing area of the at least one light receiver being limited in size. The lifting mechanism can include a controller, a drive motor, and a lifting member. The trash can with power operated lid can further include at least one position sensor for detecting the position of the lid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 1, 2014
    Assignee: simplehuman, LLC
    Inventors: Frank Yang, Joseph Sandor, Orlando Cardenas
  • Patent number: 8678219
    Abstract: A lid operation arrangement of a container includes an automatic operated unit for automatically operating a lid panel, a foot operated unit for manually operating the lid panel, and a motorized unit operatively linked with the automatic operated unit and the foot operated unit. When the motorized unit is activated by the automatic operated unit, the motorized unit is arranged for generating a torque enhancing force to move the lid panel from the opened position to the closed position and for generating a decelerating force to move the lid panel back to the closed position from the opened position in a hydraulic manner. After the lid panel is lifted up to the opened position by the foot operated unit, the motorized unit only generates the decelerating force to move the lid panel back to the closed position from the opened position in a hydraulic manner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 25, 2014
    Inventors: Xin Wang, Jiangqun Chen
  • Patent number: 8569980
    Abstract: A trash can include a sensor for detecting the presence of an object near a portion of the trash can. The detection of the object can be used to signal the trash can to open its lid. The trash can include an electronic drive unit for opening and closing the lid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2013
    Assignee: simplehuman, LLC
    Inventors: Frank Yang, Tzu-Hao Wei, Myk Wayne Lum, Yoon J. Kim
  • Publication number: 20130256256
    Abstract: A time-lockable storage container having a single actuation button/dial to input a time period to lock the container.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 30, 2013
    Publication date: October 3, 2013
    Applicant: WAREHOUSE INNOVATIONS, INC
    Inventors: David Krippendorf, Ryan Tseng
  • Publication number: 20130233857
    Abstract: Various embodiments of a trash can assembly (e.g., a receptacle configured to receive refuse, recycleable materials, or otherwise), and related methods, are provided. Some embodiments of the trash can assembly include a body component and a lid configured to move between an open position and a closed position. In some variants, the lid can be moved between the open and closed positions by a power operated driving mechanism, such as a motor and/or other drivetrain components. In certain embodiments, the trash can assembly includes a clutch mechanism to facilitate manual operation of the lid while inhibiting or preventing damage to the motor and/or other drivetrain components.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 6, 2013
    Publication date: September 12, 2013
    Applicant: SIMPLEHUMAN, LLC
    Inventors: Frank Yang, David Wolbert, Joseph Sandor, Kenneth Yen, Orlando Cardenas, Michael Basha, Christopher Fruhauf
  • Publication number: 20130233853
    Abstract: A trash can with a power operated lid can include a lifting mechanism with a motor, a lifting member, and a variable gear. In some embodiments, the motor is operably connected with the variable gear such that the motor can drive the variable gear and/or the lifting member. In certain implementations, the variable gear includes one or more teeth with varying tooth radii. In some variants, the variable gear and a clutch member are engageable and are configured to allow manual operation of the lid.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 9, 2012
    Publication date: September 12, 2013
    Applicant: simplehuman, LLC
    Inventors: Frank Yang, Christopher Fruhauf, Michael Basha, David Wolbert, Kenneth Yen
  • Publication number: 20130213965
    Abstract: A garbage container of the present invention includes a main body, a sensor, a pedal, a connecting member, a driving mechanism, and a lid. A receiving opening is formed on a top of the main body. The pedal contacts with the sensor. The lid connects with the connecting member. When the pedal is pressed or released, a resistance of the sensor changes, and then the sensor sends a signal to a controller. After receiving signals, the controller drives the connecting member to elevate or to descend via the driving mechanism. When the pedal is pressed, the connecting member is elevated, and the lid is lifted to enable the receiving opening to communicate with an external space. When the connecting member is descended, the lid covers the receiving opening to unenable the receiving opening to communicate with the external space.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 22, 2012
    Publication date: August 22, 2013
    Inventor: Michael SHEK
  • Patent number: 8456120
    Abstract: A touch control arrangement is arranged for a container having a foldable cover being folded between an opened position and a closed position via an actuation unit. The touch control arrangement includes a power source and a touch actuator electrically linked to the power source, wherein the touch actuator is located out of the storage cavity of the container body and is arranged in such a manner that when the touch actuator is activated by a presence of a touch, the actuation unit is actuated to move the foldable cover from the closed position to the opened position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2013
    Inventor: Xin Wang
  • Publication number: 20130134163
    Abstract: A collection tank for use in a vacuum operated earth reduction system, the collection tank comprising a closed first end, an open second end defining a tank sealing flange and a body extending between the closed first end and the open second end. An internal chamber defined by the body, the closed first end and the open second end has a door coupled to the open second end and is configured to releasably seal the open second end. An automated door closer is coupled to a center of the door, wherein the automated door closer provides a closing force at the center of the door so that the closing force is equally distributed about a periphery of the door to seal the door against the tank sealing flange.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 28, 2013
    Publication date: May 30, 2013
    Applicant: McLaughlin Group, Inc.
    Inventor: McLaughlin Group, Inc.
  • Patent number: 8393502
    Abstract: A seed metering gate assembly (12) is provided for use with an upright seed bin (10) having a shiftable primary gate (24), wherein the gate assembly (12) provides an additional seed flow control function allowing more accurate dispensing of seed from the bin (10). The gate assembly (12) includes a seed hopper (13) equipped with a fore and aft-shiftable metering gate (42) movable between a closed position and an open position presenting a seed output passageway (40). Apparatus (62) is operably coupled with the gate member (42) in order to determine the travel of metering gate member between the fully closed position and a plurality of open positions presenting respective, differently sized passageways (40). The apparatus (62) preferably includes a rod (64) having a series of through openings (70) and coupled with the gate member (42), with a shiftable, motion-limiting collar (72) mounted on the rod (64) and securable at any of the openings (70) by a clip (76).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2013
    Assignee: USC, L.L.C.
    Inventors: Jim Renyer, Greg Renyer
  • Patent number: 8381933
    Abstract: A garbage bin includes a bin body, a bin head, an inducting window, a garbage inlet disposed on the bin head, a bin cover disposed on the garbage inlet, an upright shaft and a driving unit for making the upright shaft rotate. The upright shaft is connected to the driving unit, and the bin cover is connected to the upright shaft, in which the connecting point is not at the center of the bin cover. The advantages of the invention is that the rotating shaft of the bin cover is the upright shaft on the bin head, so when the bin cover rotates about the upright shaft, the bin cover opens horizontally about the upright shaft, so that the driving force is small, the energy consumption is low, and a user's hand is prevented from touching by the bin cover.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2013
    Inventors: Xin Wang, Jiangqun Chen
  • Patent number: 8378597
    Abstract: A cover assembly of a container includes a first part and a second part mounted on an open top of the container, the first part includes an opening and the second part includes a through hole which is located corresponding to the opening. The second part including two sidewalls and each sidewall has a plurality of guide slots such that a plurality of plates are respectively and slidably engaged with the guide slots between the two sidewalls to open the through hole or to close the through hole. A driving unit is located on the second part and driving the plates to move along the guide slots. An induction unit is connected to a front end of the first part and includes an induction member which activates the driving unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2013
    Inventor: Michael Shek
  • Patent number: 8360260
    Abstract: A collection tank for use in a vacuum operated earth reduction system, the collection tank comprising a closed first end, an open second end defining a tank sealing flange and a body extending between the closed first end and the open second end. An internal chamber defined by the body, the closed first end and the open second end has a door coupled to the open second end and is configured to releasably seal the open second end. An automated door closer is coupled to a center of the door, wherein the automated door closer provides a closing force at the center of the door so that the closing force is equally distributed about a periphery of the door to seal the door against the tank sealing flange.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2013
    Assignee: McLaughlin Group, Inc.
    Inventor: Charles Robert Maybury, Jr.
  • Publication number: 20120318796
    Abstract: The invention relates to a storage compartment comprising a storage space, a cover flap (3) covering the opening (5) of the storage space, said flap releasing the opening (5) in an opened position and closing it in a closed position, and a mechanism (4) for opening and closing the cover flap, wherein the mechanism comprises a first coupling rod (40) that is mounted on a first pivot rotatably about a first axis (41) in the storage space and comprises a second pivot spaced from the first pivot, and a lever (30) arranged rigidly on the cover flap is mounted on the second pivot rotatably about a second axis (42). According to the invention, a gear wheel section (33) that is in engagement with a further rotatably mounted gear wheel (44) is present on the cover flap, wherein the gear wheel is also arranged on the coupling rod.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 19, 2010
    Publication date: December 20, 2012
    Applicant: FAURECIA INNENRAUM SYSTEME GMBH
    Inventor: Volker Doll
  • Patent number: 8286822
    Abstract: The invention provides a highly reliable plasma processing apparatus having stable sealing performance. The vacuum processing apparatus comprises a vacuum vessel having its inside decompressed; an opening disposed in a wall of the vacuum vessel for communicating the inside with the outside thereof and through which a sample to be processed is taken in and out; a valve body 701 disposed outside the wall for airtightly sealing or opening the opening; and a drive unit for driving the valve body to carry out the sealing or opening operation, the drive unit comprising a first member 705 coupled to an actuator 702 that moves along a substantially linear first direction as a result of operation of the actuator, a second member 706 coupled to the first member 705 that moves along a substantially linear second direction that intersects with the first direction, and the valve body 701 coupled to the second member that seals the opening as a result of the movement of the second member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2012
    Assignee: Hitachi High-Technologies Corporation
    Inventors: Susumu Tauchi, Akitaka Makino
  • Publication number: 20120103238
    Abstract: An air seeder distribution apparatus has seed and fertilizer tanks, and a like plurality of metering devices mounted on each product tank. A manifold set comprises a like plurality of product manifolds and each manifold is separately fed from one metering device on each of the seed and fertilizer tanks. A control selectively starts and stops rotation of the feed roller of each metering device to feed product from either tank, or both tanks to the connected manifold. The weight of each tank can be displayed on a weight indicator. Balancing of the pressure in each supply conduit can be provided. A remote opener exerts downward force on the tank lid to maintain interior pressure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 9, 2011
    Publication date: May 3, 2012
    Applicant: STRAW TRACK MANUFACTURING, INC.
    Inventors: Norbert Beaujot, Greg Vennard, Neil Markham
  • Patent number: 8141734
    Abstract: A container includes a container body having a receiving cavity and a container opening communicating with the receiving cavity, a cover panel movably coupled mounted at the container opening to fold between a closed position and an opened position, and an induction actuation system. The induction actuation system includes an actuation unit to automatically drive the cover panel moving between the closed position and the opened position in responsive to a presence of a user and a power recharging arrangement which includes a battery unit detachably supported by the container body, wherein the battery unit is mounted at the container body to electrically connect to the actuation unit for resuming proper operation thereof and is detached from the container body for recharging purpose.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2012
    Inventors: Xin Wang, Jiangqun Chen
  • Patent number: 8127959
    Abstract: The invention relates to a closing device for a filler neck situated on a container, in particular for a container situated on a rail or road vehicle, which may be supplied to a loading station for loading with powdered or granular bulk goods. At least one filler neck (3), which is provided with a through opening and connected to the container interior (6), and a pivot device (30), which comprises two pivot arms (31, 61) mounted thereon, are situated on the container (5), using which two closure elements (35, 60) situated thereon are pivotable in relation thereto around a shared axis (Z) for the exterior and interior closing or opening of the through opening. At least one seal, which is provided with a pressure chamber oriented around the circumference, for example, and which may be impinged with pressure in the closed position and relieved of pressure to pivot the closure elements, is situated on the closure elements (35, 60) and/or on the filler neck (3).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2012
    Assignee: STAG AG
    Inventors: Christian Gloor, Hubert Meier, Walter Furgler, Daniel Pieth, Ekkehard Mosberger
  • Publication number: 20120048854
    Abstract: A container lid is adapted to be releasably mounted on a container and includes a base, a control mechanism bore on the base, and first and second hoods pivotally mounted and bore on the base. The control mechanism and first and second hoods are within an outer circumferential edge of the base. The first hood is engaged with and driven to pivot by the control mechanism. Moreover, the first and second hoods are structurally connected to each other in a manner that the pivoting of the first hood would cause the second hood to pivot oppositely from the first hood.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 1, 2010
    Publication date: March 1, 2012
    Inventor: Tsong-Yow Lin
  • Publication number: 20120037637
    Abstract: The invention generally relates to devices, systems and methods for storing and dispensing of a trash bag from the side and/or top of a trash dispenser. More specifically, the devices, systems, and methods disclose trash dispenser that can include at least one sidewall extending vertically from a base, a first opening that can be substantially blocked by a lid, and a second opening that can be substantially blocked by a gate. The first opening can be located at the top of trash dispenser and can be for receiving and/or removing rubbish and/or trash bags. The second opening can be located on at least one sidewall of the second opening and can be for removing and/or receiving trash bags. Further, by displacing the lid and gate, substantially un-blocking the first opening and second opening, trash bags can be laterally removed from the trash dispenser and/or can be removed without being required to be lifted solely vertically.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 16, 2011
    Publication date: February 16, 2012
    Inventors: Jeffrey J. Beyda, David Beyda
  • Publication number: 20120024851
    Abstract: An apparatus (1) for transferring a wall (2) of a transport container (3), particularly of an automotive body or a container, between a closed position and an open position, comprising at least one link (4) which is pivotably mounted about a rotational axis (4?, 4?) on the transport container (3) and on the wall (2) of the transport container (3), and a first drive (5) connected to the link (4) for pivoting the wall (2) from the closed position into the open position and vice versa, wherein a further drive (6) is provided, which is designed to displace the wall (2), at least in a region adjoining a corner region (3?) of the transport container, from the closed position substantially perpendicularly to the extension plane of the wall (2) away from the transport container (3), and vice versa.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 9, 2010
    Publication date: February 2, 2012
    Inventors: Johann Strasser, SR., Johann Strasser, JR., Wolfgang Strasser, Wolfgang Kalkhofer
  • Publication number: 20120000911
    Abstract: A touch control arrangement is arranged for a container having a foldable cover being folded between an opened position and a closed position via an actuation unit. The touch control arrangement includes a power source and a touch actuator electrically linked to the power source, wherein the touch actuator is located out of the storage cavity of the container body and is arranged in such a manner that when the touch actuator is activated by a presence of a touch, the actuation unit is actuated to move the foldable cover from the closed position to the opened position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 10, 2010
    Publication date: January 5, 2012
    Inventor: Xin Wang
  • Patent number: 8080952
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for an automated waste receptacle includes a waste flap, a motor positioned on a side of the waste flap and an actuator located in proximity of the top side of the waste flap. The actuator is configured to operate the motor and subsequently move the flap between open and closed positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 20, 2011
    Assignee: Adams Rite Aerospace, Inc.
    Inventors: Abbas Lotfi, Michael Lehmann
  • Publication number: 20110253714
    Abstract: A lift assist mechanism is provided for assisting lifting of a movable component that can move between lowered and raised positions relative to a fixed structure. The lift assist mechanism includes a lift assist spring connected to a spring shaft, and an elongated track in which an end of the lift assist spring or an end of the spring shaft are movably engaged. A spring lock restrains movement of the spring shaft when a lift assist is not required, and releases the spring shaft when a lift assist is required.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 18, 2011
    Publication date: October 20, 2011
    Applicant: BE INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY, INC.
    Inventors: Clarence IVESTER, Erik E. S. NILSEN, Robert K. BRAUER
  • Publication number: 20110220647
    Abstract: A trash can with a power operated lid can include a sensor assembly and a lifting mechanism. The sensor assembly can include at least one light emitter and at least one light receiver, the viewing area of the at least one light receiver being limited in size. The lifting mechanism can include a controller, a drive motor, and a lifting member. The trash can with power operated lid can further include at least one position sensor for detecting the position of the lid.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 4, 2011
    Publication date: September 15, 2011
    Applicant: simplehuman, LLC
    Inventors: Frank Yang, Joseph Sandor, Orlando Cardenas
  • Publication number: 20110220646
    Abstract: A trash can with a power operated lid can include a sensor assembly and a lifting mechanism. The sensor assembly can include at least one light emitter and at least one light receiver, the viewing area of the at least one light receiver being limited in size. The lifting mechanism can include a controller, a drive motor, and a lifting member. The trash can with power operated lid can further include at least one position sensor for detecting the position of the lid.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 4, 2011
    Publication date: September 15, 2011
    Applicant: SIMPLEHUMAN, LLC
    Inventors: Frank Yang, Joseph Sandor, Orlando Cardenas
  • Publication number: 20110220648
    Abstract: A trash can with a power operated lid can include a sensor assembly and a lifting mechanism. The sensor assembly can include at least one light emitter and at least one light receiver, the viewing area of the at least one light receiver being limited in size. The lifting mechanism can include a controller, a drive motor, and a lifting member. The trash can with power operated lid can further include at least one position sensor for detecting the position of the lid.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 4, 2011
    Publication date: September 15, 2011
    Applicant: SIMPLEHUMAN, LLC
    Inventors: Frank Yang, Joseph Sandor, Orlando Cardenas
  • Publication number: 20110174816
    Abstract: In a closure for closing the orifice (13) of a neck (12), in particular the orifice of a fuel filler neck for automotive vehicles, a spring mechanism is provided which takes the form of a tightening device for drawing the closure part (14) automatically into its final closed position. The movement of the closure part (14) is controlled by a first guide slot (19). The operating lever (35), by means of which the closure part is moved, is furthermore hinged to the closure part (14) by means of a second guide slot (39), which, when an opening force is introduced via the closure part (14), blocks the movement of the closure part (14) from its closed position in the opening direction so that the closure part (14) cannot be manually opened from outside.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 19, 2010
    Publication date: July 21, 2011
    Applicant: Temtec Fahrzeugtechnik Entwicklungsgesellschaft mbH
    Inventor: Angelika Barbara Maria Bauer
  • Publication number: 20110168707
    Abstract: An exemplary embodiment of the invention provides a molten metal containment structure, including a vessel having an internal volume for containing molten metal and an open upper end. The structure further includes a cover for the vessel having an underside facing the internal volume, the cover being movable between a closed position, covering the open upper end of the vessel with the underside of the cover, and an open position in which the cover is remote from the open upper end of the vessel to allow access to the internal volume from one side of the structure. The cover is attached to at least one lifting arm (preferably two or more) and at least on rotation control arm (preferably two or more). The lifting arm(s) operates to guide the cover from the open position to the closed position, and vice versa.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 11, 2011
    Publication date: July 14, 2011
    Inventor: Eric W. Reeves
  • Publication number: 20110127265
    Abstract: The invention relates to a sliding closure (1) for a receptacle containing molten metal, comprising a housing frame (3) that can be fastened to a spout of the receptacle, a refractory base plate (5) and a sliding unit (7) having a refractory sliding plate (8) that can be sealingly pressed against the base plate by means of spring elements (11) and a contiguous refractory spout sleeve (9) being contained in said housing frame. The case (4) has a second base plate (6) juxtaposed to the base plate (5) and can be displaced inside the housing frame (3) at a right angle to the direction of movement of the sliding unit (7) from an initial position in which the base plate (5) is in an operating position towards a final position in which the second base plate (6) is in the operating position. It is therefore possible to replace the base plate, which especially in converters wears outs very quickly, by a new base plate in a rapid and convenient manner without interrupting the casting operation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 3, 2009
    Publication date: June 2, 2011
    Applicant: STOPINC AKTIENGESELLSCHAFT
    Inventors: Benno Steiner, Werner Keller, Urs Truttmann
  • Publication number: 20110073598
    Abstract: A closure for a waste receptacle is provided. The closure comprises a moveable component mounted to the closure for movement between a closed position, wherein the moveable component prohibits waste from entering the waste receptacle and an open position wherein the moveable component facilitates the entry of waste into the waste receptacle. A motor is coupled to the moveable component and configured to move the moveable component between the open position and the closed position. A sensor is adapted to transmit a signal when waste is proximal or contacting the closure, wherein the sensor communicates with the motor to move the moveable component between the open position and the closed position to deposit the waste into the waste receptacle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 6, 2007
    Publication date: March 31, 2011
    Applicant: TYCO HEALTHCARE GROUP LP
    Inventors: Michael Liscio, Donna Moats, Mark Brian Finnestad, Anthony Trupiano, Charyn Miller, Derek Ottaviano