Fluid Pressure Patents (Class 221/278)
  • Patent number: 9745139
    Abstract: A device for the transport of singled objects comprising a first tube section, delimiting a loading channel from a rear aperture to a front aperture, a loading aperture for the insertion of the singled object in the loading channel, a second tube section connected to the rear aperture of the first tube section and delimiting a guide channel, a thrust generator suitable to generate in the loading channel a thrust in the transport direction, a transport support suitable to accommodate the object and arranged in the loading channel in such a way as to be launched in the transport direction along the guide channel and a rebound device positioned in the guide channel to make the transport support bounce, causing the release of the object from transport.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2017
    Assignee: LANGATECH S.R.L.
    Inventors: Alessandro Bonino, Giovanni Bonino
  • Patent number: 8950626
    Abstract: The invention relates to a device (D) for storing and dispensing parts (P) of the type that comprises a rigid parallelepiped container (100) receiving at least one winding of a flexible storage pipe (200), wherein at least one end (220) of said pipe (200) opens to the outside and said end (220) is provided with a dispensing head (300), while the other end (210) is supplied with movement fluid, characterized in that the pipe (200) used for storing the parts (P) is made of a polyether-based polyurethane of about 64 shore D.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2015
    Assignee: Eris Sarl
    Inventors: Pierre Auriol, Jean-Marc Auriol
  • Patent number: 8936176
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to dispensers of bedding materials for laboratory animal cages. According to one embodiment of a dispensing unit, materials are drawn into a storage chute by a vacuum and dispensing is accomplished in a dispenser comprising a plurality of dispensing chutes having dispensing openings through which material is dispensed into cages. While in a first position, a material directing gate allows the materials to be dispensed through one of the dispensing chutes into a first number of cages, and through another one of the dispensing chutes into a second number of cages while in a second position. According to another embodiment of the present invention, the vacuum from the vacuum blower is utilized to remove dust from the dispensing area where material is dispensed into cages. Another aspect of the present invention is directed to a system for aligning, indexing and drying laboratory animal cages which have already been cleaned in a cleaning station.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 20, 2015
    Assignee: Audubon Machinery Corporation
    Inventor: Philippe Roe
  • Publication number: 20140367404
    Abstract: An apparatus for delivering a discrete cord having a supply path comprising a fluid flow, a deployed cord supply, a transfer member having a first surface comprising one or more orifices capable of receiving the deployed cord supply, and a cutting apparatus comprising a cutting implement enabled to sever the deployed cord supply to form a discrete cord. The fluid flow directs the deployed cord supply towards the transfer member first surface. The transfer member first surface abuts the cutting apparatus.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 17, 2014
    Publication date: December 18, 2014
    Inventors: Kevin Charles Strong, Evan Joseph Durling, Jason Matthew Orndorff
  • Patent number: 8833604
    Abstract: An apparatus for dispensing solid articles includes a housing and a gate system. The housing defines a dispensing channel and a portal through which articles can flow along a dispensing pathway. The gate system includes a gate member positioned in the dispensing pathway. The gate member is selectively positionable between an open position and a closed position. When the gate member is in the open position, the gate member permits the articles to pass through the portal and, when the gate member is in the closed position, the gate member blocks the articles from passing through the portal. The gate system is configured such that the gate member is passively transitionable between the open and closed positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2014
    Assignee: Parata Systems, LLC
    Inventors: Edward Joseph Karwacki, Jr., Bryan Patrick Farnsworth, Dennis Vaders, John Richard Sink, Jody DuMond, Daniel Gardiner, Jennifer Ann Mauger
  • Patent number: 8827113
    Abstract: An apparatus for dispensing articles includes a housing, a gas source, a drive mechanism and an agitation jet device. The housing defines: a hopper chamber to hold the articles; a dispensing channel fluidly connected to the hopper chamber, the dispensing channel having an inlet and an outlet and defining a flow path therebetween; and an agitation outlet. The gas source provides a positive pressure supply gas flow having a first pressure, a first velocity and a first mass flow rate. The drive mechanism conveys articles through the dispensing channel along the flow path. The agitation jet device is interposed and fluidly connected between the gas source and the agitation outlet. The agitation jet device includes a feed opening to receive the supply gas flow and a jet opening to convert the supply gas flow to a pressurized agitation gas flow through the agitation outlet to agitate articles in the hopper chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2014
    Assignee: Parata Systems, LLC
    Inventors: Richard D. Michelli, Andrew Kirk Dummer
  • Patent number: 8813997
    Abstract: An apparatus for dispensing solid pharmaceutical articles includes a housing, a drive mechanism and a sensor system. The housing defines a dispensing passage having a dispensing inlet and a dispensing outlet downstream of the dispensing inlet. The drive mechanism serves to force the articles along a path through the dispensing passage between the dispensing inlet and the dispensing outlet. The sensor system includes first and second sensors operative to detect articles passing through the dispensing passage and a controller to receive and use detection signals from the first and second sensors to monitor dispensing performance of the apparatus. The first and second sensors are spaced apart along the dispensing channel such that the second sensor is located downstream of the first sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2014
    Assignee: Parata Systems, LLC
    Inventors: Edward Joseph Karwacki, Jr., Richard D. Michelli, David Newcomb
  • Patent number: 8805575
    Abstract: A method for delivering fasteners to a remote installation tool is provided. The method includes delivering a first fastener of a first type to a remote installation tool in response to receiving a request for a fastener of the first type from an operator and staging a second fastener of the first type for delivery to the remote installation tool. The staging begins prior to receiving a request for another fastener of the first type from the operator. The staging includes retrieving the second fastener of the first type from a storage location and transferring the second fastener of the first type from the storage location to a staging location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2014
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Daniel David Bloch, Robert E. Bender
  • Patent number: 8798788
    Abstract: An automated method for dispensing pharmaceuticals particularly tablets and capsules, and other small discrete objects, includes: receiving prescription information, selecting a container, labeling the container, dispensing the tablets or capsules into the labeled container, applying a closure to the filled, labeled container, and offloading the container to a designated location. Preferably, the tablets are dispensed with high speed dispensing bins that employ forced air to agitate and singulate the tablets. The other functions within the system are typically carried out at stations designed to offer speed, flexibility and precision to the dispensing operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2014
    Assignee: Parata Systems, LLC
    Inventors: Jeffrey P. Williams, Richard Michelli, Jasper Pollard, Simon Kelly, David Newcomb, Jess Eberdt, Pete Klein
  • Publication number: 20140201972
    Abstract: An air-driven feeder tool is provided for presenting swagable collars one at a time for placement on the shanks of lockbolts and thereby made ready for the application of a swaging tool. The swaging tool breaks off a pintail from the lockbolt and a vacuum system draws the broken-off pintails through a vacuum device and into a receptacle for safe disposal. The feeder mechanism comprises a magazine holding a supply f side-by-side collars, a presentation piece holding a short working collars and a worker-actuable trigger mechanism between the two queues for transferring collars, one at a time, from the magazine to the presentation queue. Two embodiments of the feeder tool are disclosed, each with a unique trigger position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 18, 2013
    Publication date: July 24, 2014
    Applicant: GAGE BILT, INC.
    Inventors: Joseph BUTVIN, Bruce T. GODFREY, Brian H. LEIGH, Tony P. POTTS
  • Patent number: 8777054
    Abstract: An apparatus for dispensing solid articles includes a manifold assembly. The manifold assembly includes a manifold and a door assembly. The manifold has a plenum and an inlet port in fluid communication with the plenum. The door assembly includes a door panel and a shield. The door panel is selectively moveable between a closed position, wherein the door panel restricts airflow through the inlet port, and an open position, wherein the door panel permits airflow through the inlet port. The shield defines a pocket to receive the door panel in the open position and thereby reduce or restrict flow of air behind the door panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2014
    Assignee: PARATA Systems, LLC
    Inventors: Demetris P. Young, Bradley Kenneth Smith, Deborah H. Heller
  • Patent number: 8770437
    Abstract: An apparatus for dispensing solid articles includes a housing and at least one vacuum source. The housing defines a hopper chamber to hold the articles and a dispensing channel fluidly connected to the hopper chamber. The dispensing channel has an inlet and an outlet defining a dispensing flow path therebetween. The vacuum source is adapted to provide a vacuum pressure and induce a gas flow in the housing. The apparatus is configured to generate a forward drive gas flow from the vacuum pressure and induced gas flow, and the forward drive gas flow conveys articles through the dispensing channel along the dispensing flow path in a direction from the inlet to the outlet to dispense the articles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2014
    Assignee: Parata Systems, LLC
    Inventor: Richard D. Michelli
  • Patent number: 8774962
    Abstract: An automated method for dispensing pharmaceuticals particularly tablets and capsules, and other small discrete objects, includes: receiving prescription information, selecting a container, labeling the container, dispensing the tablets or capsules into the labeled container, applying a closure to the filled, labeled container, and offloading the container to a designated location. Preferably, the tablets are dispensed with high speed dispensing bins that employ forced air to agitate and singulate the tablets. The other functions within the system are typically carried out at stations designed to offer speed, flexibility and precision to the dispensing operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2004
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2014
    Assignee: Parata Systems, LLC
    Inventors: Jeffrey P. Williams, Richard Michelli, Jasper Pollard, Simon Kelly, David Newcomb, Jess Eberdt, Pete Klein
  • Patent number: 8763853
    Abstract: A device for providing connection elements, such as rivets and the like has a storage unit with at least one outlet, two stacked, replaceable cartridges each having at least one output flange for dispensing connection elements, and a cartridge guide and a detachable cartridge lock assigned to each cartridge which for its installation is slideable via the cartridge guide to an operating position and fixable by the cartridge lock assigned to the cartridge guide and engaged with the cartridge for locking.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 1, 2014
    Assignee: Broetje Automation GmbH
    Inventor: Mathias Voelz
  • Publication number: 20140151392
    Abstract: An apparatus for dispensing solid articles includes a manifold assembly. The manifold assembly includes a manifold and a door assembly. The manifold has a plenum and an inlet port in fluid communication with the plenum. The door assembly includes a door panel and a shield. The door panel is selectively moveable between a closed position, wherein the door panel restricts airflow through the inlet port, and an open position, wherein the door panel permits airflow through the inlet port. The shield defines a pocket to receive the door panel in the open position and thereby reduce or restrict flow of air behind the door panel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 10, 2014
    Publication date: June 5, 2014
    Applicant: Parata Systems, LLC
    Inventors: Demetris P. Young, Bradley Kenneth Smith, Deborah Mary Hinzman
  • Patent number: 8714405
    Abstract: A chute assembly for an object dispensing apparatus includes: a chute configured at a first end to attach to and convey objects from an object dispenser; a funnel having an inlet that merges with a second end of the chute and an outlet; a door attached to the funnel, the door being movable between a closed position, in which the door covers the funnel outlet and prevents access to objects within the funnel, and an open position, in which the door does not cover the funnel outlet and allows access to objects within the funnel; an object agitation unit configured to agitate objects in the funnel to prevent such objects from jamming in the funnel; and a locking unit associated with the door that prevents the door from moving to the open position without authorization.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2014
    Assignee: Parata Systems, LLC
    Inventors: Bryan Patrick Farnsworth, Edward J. Karwacki, Jr., Jennifer Ann Mauger, David Alan Calderwood
  • Patent number: 8651326
    Abstract: A singulating and counting device includes a bulk housing for storing a plurality of substantially identical articles, an exit channel, and in the exit channel, forwardly- and rearwardly-directed jet apertures, each of which is fluidly connected to a positive pressure source. A forwardly-directed jet generated by the positive pressure source through the forward jet aperture can accelerate singulated articles in the exit channel, thereby increasing the interval between individual articles and rendering them more easily and accurately counted. A rearwardly-directed jet generated by the positive pressure source through the rearwardly-directed jet aperture can cause articles in the exit channel to return to the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2003
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2014
    Assignee: Parata Systems, LLC
    Inventors: Jasper Pollard, Richard D. Michelli, Charles A. Pell, Ryan Moody, Jeff Williams
  • Publication number: 20130292400
    Abstract: An apparatus for dispensing solid articles includes a housing and at least one vacuum source. The housing defines a hopper chamber to hold the articles and a dispensing channel fluidly connected to the hopper chamber. The dispensing channel has an inlet and an outlet defining a dispensing flow path therebetween. The vacuum source is adapted to provide a vacuum pressure and induce a gas flow in the housing. The apparatus is configured to generate a forward drive gas flow from the vacuum pressure and induced gas flow, and the forward drive gas flow conveys articles through the dispensing channel along the dispensing flow path in a direction from the inlet to the outlet to dispense the articles.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 3, 2013
    Publication date: November 7, 2013
    Inventor: Richard D. Michelli
  • Publication number: 20130248549
    Abstract: An apparatus for dispensing solid articles includes a housing and a gate system. The housing defines a dispensing channel and a portal through which articles can flow along a dispensing pathway. The gate system includes a gate member positioned in the dispensing pathway. The gate member is selectively positionable between an open position and a closed position. When the gate member is in the open position, the gate member permits the articles to pass through the portal and, when the gate member is in the closed position, the gate member blocks the articles from passing through the portal. The gate system is configured such that the gate member is passively transitionable between the open and closed positions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 21, 2013
    Publication date: September 26, 2013
    Applicant: PARATA Systems, LLC
    Inventors: Edward Joseph Karwacki, JR., Bryan Patrick Farnsworth, Dennis Vaders, John Richard Sink, Jody DuMond, Jennifer Ann Mauger
  • Patent number: 8499967
    Abstract: An apparatus for dispensing solid articles includes a housing and at least one vacuum source. The housing defines a hopper chamber to hold the articles and a dispensing channel fluidly connected to the hopper chamber. The dispensing channel has an inlet and an outlet defining a dispensing flow path therebetween. The vacuum source is adapted to provide a vacuum pressure and induce a gas flow in the housing. The apparatus is configured to generate a forward drive gas flow from the vacuum pressure and induced gas flow, and the forward drive gas flow conveys articles through the dispensing channel along the dispensing flow path in a direction from the inlet to the outlet to dispense the articles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2013
    Assignee: Parata Systems, LLC
    Inventor: Richard D. Michelli
  • Patent number: 8464901
    Abstract: An apparatus for dispensing solid articles includes a housing and a gate system. The housing defines a dispensing channel and a portal through which articles can flow along a dispensing pathway. The gate system includes a gate member positioned in the dispensing pathway. The gate member is selectively positionable between an open position and a closed position. When the gate member is in the open position, the gate member permits the articles to pass through the portal and, when the gate member is in the closed position, the gate member blocks the articles from passing through the portal. The gate system is configured such that the gate member is passively transitionable between the open and closed positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2013
    Assignee: PARATA Systems, LLC
    Inventors: Edward Joseph Karwacki, Jr., Bryan Patrick Farnsworth, Dennis Vaders, John Richard Sink, Jody DuMond, Daniel Gardiner
  • Patent number: 8467899
    Abstract: An apparatus for dispensing solid pharmaceutical articles includes a housing, a drive mechanism and a sensor system. The housing defines a dispensing passage having a dispensing inlet and a dispensing outlet downstream of the dispensing inlet. The drive mechanism serves to force the articles along a path through the dispensing passage between the dispensing inlet and the dispensing outlet. The sensor system includes first and second sensors operative to detect articles passing through the dispensing passage and a controller to receive and use detection signals from the first and second sensors to monitor dispensing performance of the apparatus. The first and second sensors are spaced apart along the dispensing channel such that the second sensor is located downstream of the first sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2013
    Assignee: PARATA Systems, LLC
    Inventors: Edward Joseph Karwacki, Jr., Richard D. Michelli, David Newcomb
  • Patent number: 8459496
    Abstract: A machine particularly adapted for dispensing light items (19) packaged in symmetrical, frustum-shaped containers. The items are propelled through a tubular cartridge (3) by compressed air, and in the absence of any solid pushing, pulling or carrying device, then individually dispensed. A flow of compressed air generated by a blower (28) is s fed to the back of the cartridge. The items are dispensed under control of a toggling dual-gate mechanism (26, 27) at the front end of the cartridge. The dual-gate mechanism of a removable magazine (2) grouping a number of cartridges can be selectively addressed and activated by means of a solenoid-driven cross-bar assembly (38).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2006
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2013
    Inventors: Anton K. Simson, Henri J. A. Charmasson
  • Publication number: 20130039733
    Abstract: Pick and place tape release techniques and tools that allow thin, fragile semiconductor dies to be removed from wafer tape with reduced tape release forces applied to the semiconductor dies. For example, a method for removing semiconductor die from wafer tape includes mounting a wafer ring having wafer tape and one or more dies attached to the wafer tape, and aligning an ejector pin assembly under a target die to be removed from the wafer tape. The ejector pin assembly includes a vacuum housing, an ejector pin, a suction plate, and an aperture formed in the suction plate in alignment with the ejector pin. A vacuum is generated in the vacuum housing to draw the tape against a surface of the suction plate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 11, 2011
    Publication date: February 14, 2013
    Applicant: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventor: Bucknell C. Webb
  • Patent number: 8360274
    Abstract: A medication delivering device includes a delivering unit and a negative pressure unit. The delivering unit includes a cylinder, a retractable part and a tip element. The cylinder has a first opening and a second opening. The retractable part connects the cylinder with the tip element. The tip element has a first end, a second end and a channel. The first end passes through the first opening and is received within the cylinder. The second end is located at an outlet of a pill container. The channel penetrates from the first end to the second end to link with the interior of the cylinder. The negative pressure unit connects to the second opening for providing negative pressure to the interior of the cylinder and the channel of the tip element, so that the tip element sucks up a pill on the outlet of the pill container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2013
    Assignee: Industrial Technology Research Institute
    Inventors: Te-Yang Shen, Chung-Chu Chen
  • Patent number: 8348094
    Abstract: A singulating disc, carried by a housing, has a plurality of openings around its periphery. The disc rotates vertically through a pickup chamber of a hopper carried by the housing. A vacuum is pulled through the openings by a pump which is connected to the disc. Items are placed in the hopper and, via gravity, fall to the bottom of the hopper where they contact the periphery of the rotating disc. The vacuum at the openings attaches an item and holds it while the disc rotates. At the top of the discs rotation, a diverter directs the item into a path depending on the results of a fragment detection and/or counting mechanism. Items that are allowed to pass by the diverter are scraped off the disc into another path by a scraper. Negative pressure is used to singulate and count a multitude of sizes and shapes of items with no calibration. Retractable paddles, a vacuum management system, and RFID tags may be incorporated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Parata Systems, LLC
    Inventors: Steven J. Remis, Adam Hahn, Raymond Rhodes, John Volkar
  • Patent number: 8326455
    Abstract: Methods for controlling the dispensing of medication are provided. The method can include holding at least one medication within a dispenser and alerting a patient that a dose of medication is to be taken or an optional dose of medication is available to be taken. Once the patient is present for receiving a does of medication, the identification of the patient can be confirmed. Upon confirmation of the identification, a dose of medication for the patient can then be dispensed and removal of medication from dispenser can be confirmed. The method can also include providing a location determination device with the dispenser to permit locating the dispenser.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2012
    Inventor: Lawrence A. Dunn
  • Patent number: 8240506
    Abstract: An apparatus for dispensing pharmaceutical articles includes a housing assembly and an adjustment system. The housing assembly includes a first inlet wall and a second inlet wall that is moveable relative to the first inlet wall. The housing assembly defines a hopper chamber that houses pharmaceutical articles, and a dispensing channel fluidly connected to the hopper chamber. The dispensing channel has an inlet and an outlet and defines a flow path. The inlet is defined at least in part by the first and second inlet walls. The adjustment system is operable to adjust the position of the second inlet wall relative to the first inlet wall to adjust the size of the inlet to singulate the pharmaceutical articles passing through the inlet. The adjustment system includes an input mechanism and an operator feedback mechanism. The input mechanism is selectively operable by an operator to selectively move the second inlet wall relative to the first inlet wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2012
    Assignee: Parata Systems, LLC
    Inventors: Kurt Kulberg, Bryan Patrick Farnsworth, Richard D. Michelli, Stanley R. Buisman
  • Patent number: 8234838
    Abstract: There is provided a medicine dispensing system configured such that a medicine dispensing device includes a sub unit having a function to dispense medicine that is connected to a medicine dispensing device that includes a main unit having a function of packing medicines. There is also provided a medicine dispensing device that can be appropriately integrated with such a medicine dispensing system. The medicine dispensing system includes, in some embodiments a main unit, a sub unit and a transfer device connecting the main unit and the sub unit. The medicine dispensing system transfers the medicine dispensed in the sub unit to the main unit by means of a transfer device and dispenses the medicine at a medicine packing part together with the medicine dispensed from a main storage part in the main unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2012
    Assignee: Yuyama Mfg. Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Itsuo Yasunaga, Chisei Asaoka, Norifumi Oike, Kensuke Kaminishi, Masahiko Kasuya, Nakaji Takeda, Hiromichi Tsuda, Yasuyuki Morita, Shinya Taira, Tomohiro Sugimoto, Naomichi Toyota
  • Publication number: 20120187141
    Abstract: An apparatus for dispensing solid articles includes a manifold assembly. The manifold assembly includes a manifold and a door assembly. The manifold has a plenum and an inlet port in fluid communication with the plenum. The door assembly includes a door panel and a shield. The door panel is selectively moveable between a closed position, wherein the door panel restricts airflow through the inlet port, and an open position, wherein the door panel permits airflow through the inlet port. The shield defines a pocket to receive the door panel in the open position and thereby reduce or restrict flow of air behind the door panel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 19, 2012
    Publication date: July 26, 2012
    Inventors: Demetris P. Young, Bradley Kenneth Smith, Deborah H. Heller
  • Patent number: 8220658
    Abstract: A system for evaporating excess water from a source includes a housing having: an air inlet, the air inlet directing air in a first direction; an air outlet; a plurality of channels arranged generally perpendicular to the first direction, the channels having undulations; and a water reservoir that feeds water into the channels. In some embodiments, baffles are created with walls that depend from the ceiling of the housing and that are interdigitated with dividers that separate the channels. This configuration can remove water generated by the source (such as an external compressor unit) in a quick and efficient manner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2012
    Assignee: Parata Systems, LLC
    Inventors: Jason Cora, Matthew P. Daniels
  • Publication number: 20120006845
    Abstract: Fastener clearing systems and methods for a fastener delivery system are provided. In one embodiment, a system includes an extractor tool having one or more vacuum generators in fluid communication with a catcher for retaining fasteners during transport. The vacuum generators are selectively activated to draw fasteners into the catcher. A backflow port is formed in the extractor tool and introduces pressurized air into the catcher to dislodge fasteners that adhere to the catcher after the vacuum generators have been deactivated. The backflow port may be formed in a fitting positioned between vacuum generators and securing the vacuum generators to one another. The vacuum generators and fitting may define a common fluid channel opening into a fastener seat adapted to receive a portion of a fastener.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 19, 2011
    Publication date: January 12, 2012
    Inventors: Daniel D. Bloch, Robert E. Bender
  • Patent number: 8079291
    Abstract: An exemplary fastener feeder includes a pair of guiders, a slot cover and a blocker. The guiders define a sliding slot therebetween. Each guider includes a sloped part and a level part, bodies of the fasteners are capable of being received in the sliding slot, and a head of each fastener is capable of sliding down from the sloped parts and stopping on the level parts. The slot cover defines an opening for providing a path through which a fastener pickup device can pass through and engage with a fastener located on the level parts. The blocker is located below the level parts. When the fastener pickup device moves the fastener head engaged therewith away from the opening and a length of the fastener is greater than a distance between the blocker and the level parts, the fastener is blocked by blocker and disengaged from the fastener pickup device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 20, 2011
    Assignees: Hong Fu Jin Precision Industry (ShenZhen) Co., Ltd., Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yuan Luo, Hu-Dong Guo
  • Patent number: 8079494
    Abstract: A product delivery system for delivering a product from a storage area to a dispensing area, such as for use in a vending machine. The product delivery system may include a vacuum holding device, a robotic positioning system, a reel and cable system, and a controller. A feature is the provision of a picker head with a built-in vacuum generating source that may be carried by a robotically movable arm system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 20, 2011
    Assignee: Tandem Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Fernando A. Ubidia, Aaron M. Stein, John Lewis
  • Patent number: 8046898
    Abstract: Fastener clearing systems and methods for a fastener delivery system are provided. In one embodiment, a system includes an extractor tool having one or more vacuum generators in fluid communication with a catcher for retaining fasteners during transport. The vacuum generators are selectively activated to draw fasteners into the catcher. A backflow port is formed in the extractor tool and introduces pressurized air into the catcher to dislodge fasteners that adhere to the catcher after the vacuum generators have been deactivated. The backflow port may be formed in a fitting positioned between vacuum generators and securing the vacuum generators to one another. The vacuum generators and fitting may define a common fluid channel opening into a fastener seat adapted to receive a portion of a fastener.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2005
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2011
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Daniel D. Bloch, Robert E. Bender
  • Patent number: 8025180
    Abstract: The present invention refers to an apparatus for dispensing capsules, preferably single-use, disposable capsules for the production of beverages, brews and the like, intended for use in connection with automatic food-product vending machines. The inventive capsule dispensing apparatus includes a plurality of receptacles adapted to accommodate capsules in a stacked arrangement, at least a rotary pick-up device provided with two or more compartments distributed about the axis of rotation thereof for removing the capsules from the receptacles, and a conveyor. The capsule dispensing apparatus is characterized in that between the at least a pick-up device and the conveyor there is arranged a distribution tray including a plurality of guide partitions adapted to enable the capsules to undergo a rotary motion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2011
    Assignee: N & W Global Vending S.p.A.
    Inventor: Alessandro Magno
  • Patent number: 7988017
    Abstract: An apparatus for dispensing pharmaceutical articles includes a housing assembly and an adjustment system. The housing assembly includes a first inlet wall and a second inlet wall that is moveable relative to the first inlet wall. The housing assembly defines a hopper chamber that houses pharmaceutical articles, and a dispensing channel fluidly connected to the hopper chamber. The dispensing channel has an inlet and an outlet and defines a flow path. The inlet is defined at least in part by the first and second inlet walls. The adjustment system is operable to adjust the position of the second inlet wall relative to the first inlet wall to adjust the size of the inlet to singulate the pharmaceutical articles passing through the inlet. The adjustment system includes an input mechanism and an operator feedback mechanism. The input mechanism is selectively operable by an operator to selectively move the second inlet wall relative to the first inlet wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2011
    Assignee: Parata Systems, LLC
    Inventors: Kurt Kulberg, Bryan Patrick Farnsworth, Richard D. Michelli, Stanley R. Buisman
  • Patent number: 7975877
    Abstract: A bead feeder for serially delivering beads to a downstream location comprises a bead supply wheel which rotates about a vertical axis. The bead supply wheel includes a bead supply bowl and a plurality of radially arranged channels below the bowl connected to rotate with the bowl. Discharge openings in the bowl are in alignment with the radially arranged channels to delivery beads to those channels, and a bead receiving pocket is positioned at the outer end of each channel. A transfer wheel picks up beads from the bead receiving pockets and transfers those beads to a delivery wheel by vacuum transfer and release. The delivery wheel serially delivers the beads to the downstream location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2011
    Assignee: Philip Morris USA Inc.
    Inventors: Martin T. Garthaffner, Travis M. Garthaffner, George R. Scott, Jeremy J. Straight, James D. Evans, David Goldstein, Martin Heidorn
  • Publication number: 20110121013
    Abstract: The invention relates to a dispenser device for dispensing components designed for enabling parts to be assembled together. The device comprises: a main storage magazine for storing the components; an extraction plate for extracting components, which plate has an inclined edge that is arranged to come to bear on the components; actuation means for actuating the plate so as to drive it in up-and-down vertical reciprocating motion, and so as to remove the components upwards; and a temporary storage system for temporarily storing the components, which system has an upstream portion arranged to come into register with the edge when the plate is in the high position, and to enable components to be transferred from the plate into said storage system, which system is provided with transfer means arranged to convey the components from the upstream portion towards a downstream portion that is designed to enable the components to be extracted in succession from the device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 8, 2009
    Publication date: May 26, 2011
    Inventor: Jean Yves Delattre
  • Publication number: 20110068117
    Abstract: An apparatus for dispensing solid articles includes a dispensing channel, a housing and an article supply regulation system. The dispensing channel has an inlet and an outlet and defines a dispensing path therebetween. The housing defines a hopper chamber to hold the articles. The hopper chamber is in fluid communication with the inlet of the dispensing channel. The housing includes a floor. The article supply regulation system includes a first divider wall, a second divider wall and a third divider wall configured and positioned in the hopper chamber to define, in combination with the housing: a front region between the inlet and the first divider wall; a first rear region between the first divider wall and the second divider wall; a second rear region between the second divider wall and the third divider wall; and a third rear region on a side of the third divider wall opposite the second rear region.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 2, 2010
    Publication date: March 24, 2011
    Inventors: Richard D. Michelli, Andrew Kirk Dummer, Bryan Patrick Farnsworth, Christopher Todd Hilliard
  • Patent number: 7909207
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method of determining a status condition of a medicament container having a memory contained therein for storing medicament effect data, such as, for example, drug interaction, side effect, and other information for determining the status condition of the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2011
    Inventors: Michael Handfield, Helene Laliberte
  • Patent number: 7894919
    Abstract: A method of dispensing a flowable conductive paste onto a greensheet from a dispensing apparatus comprising an orifice member having first and second surfaces and a bore therethrough between the surfaces, a pressurized chamber adjacent the orifice member first surface containing the paste, and a punch having a face movable through the orifice member bore. The method comprises positioning the punch outside the orifice member bore such that the punch face is spaced from the orifice member first surface, flowing a desired amount of paste onto the punch face, moving the paste on the punch face through the orifice member bore until the punch face extends beyond the orifice member second surface, and contacting the workpiece with the paste while still on the punch face to deposit the paste on the greensheet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 22, 2011
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Thomas Weiss, James N Humenik, Mark J LaPlante, David C Long
  • Patent number: 7887874
    Abstract: A method of dispensing a flowable conductive paste onto a greensheet from a dispensing apparatus comprising an orifice member having first and second surfaces and a bore therethrough between the surfaces, a pressurized chamber adjacent the orifice member first surface containing the paste, and a punch having a face movable through the orifice member bore. The method comprises positioning the punch outside the orifice member bore such that the punch face is spaced from the orifice member first surface, flowing a desired amount of paste onto the punch face, moving the paste on the punch face through the orifice member bore until the punch face extends beyond the orifice member second surface, and contacting the workpiece with the paste while still on the punch face to deposit the paste on the greensheet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 15, 2011
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Thomas Weiss, James N Humenik, Mark J LaPlante, David C Long
  • Publication number: 20110031262
    Abstract: An apparatus for dispensing pharmaceutical articles includes a housing and a gas source to provide a positive pressure supply gas flow. The housing defines a hopper chamber to hold the articles, a dispensing channel fluidly connected to the hopper chamber, a drive jet outlet, and an agitation outlet. The dispensing channel has an inlet and an outlet and defines a flow path therebetween. The gas source is fluidly connected to each of the drive jet outlet and the agitation outlet to provide: a pressurized drive jet gas flow through the drive jet outlet to convey articles through the dispensing channel along the flow path; and a pressurized agitation gas flow through the agitation outlet to agitate articles in the hopper chamber.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 14, 2010
    Publication date: February 10, 2011
    Inventors: Andrew Kirk Dummer, Bryan Patrick Farnsworth, Richard D. Michelli, Jeffrey P. Williams, David Alan Calderwood
  • Patent number: 7882981
    Abstract: The invention concerns a device for storing and dispensing (D) parts such as rivets comprising a frame (100) provided with zones for receiving (100?) cartridges (200) for storing parts such as rivets displaced by a transporting fluid. The invention is characterized in that it comprises a mobile dispensing head (300) for gripping and evacuating in single units parts stored in the cartridge (200) in front of which it is urged to be placed, said mobile head being associated with a plurality of dispensing tubes (310) whereof the diameter corresponds to the type of parts to be dispensed. The invention is applicable to storage and dispensing of parts such as rivets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2003
    Date of Patent: February 8, 2011
    Assignees: F2 C2 System
    Inventors: Jean Marc Auriol, Philippe Bornes
  • Publication number: 20110000409
    Abstract: In an air pressurized system for use in delivering seeds in an agricultural planter from a main hopper to plural remote bins each associated with a respective seed discharge unit, an air/seed mixture is provided to a seed discharge unit via an air pressure dissipator which vents the air to the atmosphere in controlling the rate at which seed is delivered to the seed discharge unit. The air pressure dissipator includes an upper, angled tube having an outwardly tapered lower end adapted to receive an upper end of a perforated screen tube which extends into the seed discharge unit. As the seed discharge unit fills with seed during operation, the air pressure dissipator regulates the air flow entraining and transporting the seed by directing a portion of the air to the atmosphere when necessary to provide seed to the seed discharge unit to substantially match the seed discharge rate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 17, 2009
    Publication date: January 6, 2011
    Applicant: Kinze Manufacturing, Inc.
    Inventors: Matthew Wilhelmi, Kenneth Shoup, Daniel Koop
  • Patent number: 7861889
    Abstract: A thin-part feeding device is provided which is compact and efficient. The device has a funnel portion with a feeding opening at the bottom thereof, a take-out tube for taking out thin parts from the funnel portion, and a receiving portion with separate opening for receiving thin parts from the discharge opening. The receiving portion is movable, and the receiving opening is sized to receive only one thin part. The device is operative to repeat a state where the receiving opening faces the discharge opening, and a state where the receiving opening is away from the discharge opening to enable thin parts to be taken out from the receiving opening. The device also features a novel, posture-correcting portion to correct vertical posture of thin parts, a delivery portion for receiving posture-corrected thin parts, and a transporting portion as described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2006
    Date of Patent: January 4, 2011
    Assignee: Asahi Seiki Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Kanji Ishigure
  • Patent number: 7837061
    Abstract: An apparatus for dispensing pharmaceutical articles includes a housing and a gas source to provide a positive pressure supply gas flow. The housing defines a hopper chamber to hold the articles, a dispensing channel fluidly connected to the hopper chamber, a drive jet outlet, and an agitation outlet. The dispensing channel has an inlet and an outlet and defines a flow path therebetween. The gas source is fluidly connected to each of the drive jet outlet and the agitation outlet to provide: a pressurized drive jet gas flow through the drive jet outlet to convey articles through the dispensing channel along the flow path; and a pressurized agitation gas flow through the agitation outlet to agitate articles in the hopper chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 23, 2010
    Assignee: PARATA Systems, LLC
    Inventors: Andrew Kirk Dummer, Bryan Patrick Farnsworth, Richard D. Michelli, Jeffrey P. Williams, David Alan Calderwood
  • Publication number: 20100282771
    Abstract: The invention relates to a device (D) for storing and dispensing parts (P) of the type that comprises a rigid parallelepiped container (100) receiving at least one winding of a flexible storage pipe (200), wherein at least one end (220) of said pipe (200) opens to the outside and said end (220) is provided with a dispensing head (300), while the other end (210) is supplied with movement fluid, characterised in that the pipe (200) used for storing the parts (P) is made of a polyether-based polyurethane of about 64 shore D.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 22, 2008
    Publication date: November 11, 2010
    Inventor: Pierre AURIOL
  • Publication number: 20100252566
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to dispensers of bedding materials for laboratory animal cages. According to one embodiment of a dispensing unit, materials are drawn into a storage chute by a vacuum and dispensing is accomplished in a dispenser comprising a plurality of dispensing chutes having dispensing openings through which material is dispensed into cages. While in a first position, a material directing gate allows the materials to be dispensed through one of the dispensing chutes into a first number of cages, and through another one of the dispensing chutes into a second number of cages while in a second position. According to another embodiment of the present invention, the vacuum from the vacuum blower is utilized to remove dust from the dispensing area where material is dispensed into cages. Another aspect of the present invention is directed to a system for aligning, indexing and drying laboratory animal cages which have already been cleaned in a cleaning station.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 29, 2010
    Publication date: October 7, 2010
    Inventor: Philippe Roe