For Emptying Contents Thereof Into Portable Receiving Means Patents (Class 414/404)
  • Patent number: 10947043
    Abstract: A mechanised container for use in a robotic storage and picking system is described. The container includes a base openable to deposit at least one item from the container in to a further container positioned by a load handling device beneath the first container. Each item can be stored in such mechanised containers in stacks within a robotic storage and picking system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2021
    Assignee: OCADO INNOVATION LIMITED
    Inventors: Lars Sverker Ture Lindbo, Andrew John Ingram-Tedd
  • Patent number: 10865006
    Abstract: A container disassembly workstation for a pharmacy order processing system includes a base, a desktop connected to the base and defining a container disassembly workspace, and a pharmaceutical receptacle assembly extending through the desktop. The pharmaceutical receptacle assembly includes a pharmaceutical dust separation screen configured to retain pharmaceuticals and to permit pharmaceutical dust to pass through the pharmaceutical dust separation screen. The pharmaceutical receptacle assembly also includes a pharmaceutical dust receptacle configured to receive the pharmaceutical dust separation screen and pharmaceutical dust from the pharmaceuticals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2020
    Assignee: Express Scripts Strategic Development, Inc.
    Inventor: Robert E. Hoffman
  • Patent number: 10535543
    Abstract: A teaching jig includes: a first plate that determines a substrate loading position in a forward/backward direction with respect to a substrate holder which holds a substrate; a second plate that determines the substrate loading position in a leftward/rightward direction with respect to the substrate holder, the second plate being installed to be perpendicular to the first plate and movable in the forward/backward direction; and a positioning target pin installed in the first plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2020
    Assignee: KOKUSAI ELECTRIC CORPORATION
    Inventors: Akihito Watanabe, Ryo Yamaguchi, Yasuhiro Joho, Katsumi Takashima
  • Patent number: 10395961
    Abstract: A posture changing device changes the posture of a substrate from one of horizontal and vertical postures to the other posture. In the posture changing device, before transfer of the substrate between a vertical holder and a pusher, a controller controls a holder shifting mechanism on the basis of a warped state of the substrate to shift the position in the thickness direction of a horizontal holder by a shift distance from the vertical holder, the shift distance being determined on the basis of the warped state. Thus, it is possible to suitably transfer the substrate between the vertical holder and the pusher, even if the substrate is warped, while preventing the substrate from coming into contact with the horizontal holder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: SCREEN Holdings Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Yukiteru Miyamoto
  • Patent number: 10290521
    Abstract: A substrate treating method for treating substrates with a substrate treating apparatus having an indexer section, a treating section and an interface section includes performing resist film forming treatment in parallel on a plurality of stories provided in the treating section and performing developing treatment in parallel on a plurality of stories provided in the treating section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: SCREEN Semiconductor Solutions Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yoshiteru Fukutomi, Tsuyoshi Mitsuhashi, Hiroyuki Ogura, Kenya Morinishi, Yasuo Kawamatsu, Hiromichi Nagashima
  • Patent number: 10147626
    Abstract: A wafer cassette and a method for placing a wafer are provided. The wafer cassette includes a box body including a plurality of groups of card slots formed on sidewalls of the box body. Each group of the card slots is configured to hold a wafer and includes a wafer input terminal. The wafer cassette also includes a guide device including a plurality of groups of guide slots configured to be docked to the wafer input terminals. Each group of the guide slots and a docking group of the card slots are formed at a same floor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignees: SEMICONDUCTOR MANUFACTURING INTERNATIONAL (SHANGHAI) CORPORATION, SEMICONDUCTOR MANUFACTURING INTERNATIONAL (BEIJING) CORPORATION
    Inventors: Si Jun Nian, Tzu Chieh Chien, Xiao Jin Li, Pan Lin Dong
  • Patent number: 10086510
    Abstract: A case packing system for loading articles into containers includes an article conveyor for conveying articles, a case conveyor for conveying containers, and first, second, and third bins. A first robotic mechanism moves articles on the article conveyor to the first, second, and third bins. A second robotic mechanism moves articles from the first, second, and third bins to containers on the case conveyor. A controller operatively coupled to the first robotic mechanism and the second robotic mechanism is configured to pick and place with the first robotic mechanism one or more conveyed articles into the first, second, and third bins, and grab and load with the second robotic mechanism one or more articles from the first, second, and third bins into containers on the case conveyor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: Fallas Automation, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark McAninch, Daniel Maeyaert, Jacob Cox, James Norris
  • Patent number: 9200362
    Abstract: A substrate holder stocker device capable of reducing foot print is provided. The device includes: a movable table A which holds a plurality of substrate holders side by side in a plate thickness direction thereof and moves back and forth; a movable table B which is provided parallel to the movable table A and holds a plurality of the substrate holders side by side in a plate thickness direction thereof, and which moves back and forth; and an inter-table transfer mechanism for allowing the substrate holder which is held by one of the movable tables A and B stopped at predetermined positions to be held by the other of the movable tables A and B.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2015
    Assignee: Canon Anelva Corporation
    Inventors: Ryuji Higashisaka, Hiroshi Sone
  • Patent number: 8899904
    Abstract: Provided is a device for pushing out lenses from a test tray to a lens tray. The device includes a pushing tray, two force application trays, and at least two bolts. The pushing tray includes a surface and four sidewalls. A number of projections extend upward from the first surface. The projections are configured for pushing the lenses. Two opposite sidewalls each define at least one threaded hole. Each of the force application trays defines at least one slot. A length of the at least one slot runs in direction parallel to the projections. The two force application trays are configured for clamping the test tray. Each bolt passes through a respective slot and is screwed into a respective threaded hole of the pushing tray.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2014
    Assignee: Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Chien-Chun Wang
  • Patent number: 8821725
    Abstract: A slurry handling and disposal system is provided for waste slurry and particulates. The system includes a waste bin provided with support structures for retaining a flexible removable filter element with a filter element supported above a floor of the waste bin. The particulate matter component of a volume of the waste slurry and particulates deposited in the filter element is retained in said filter element while the liquid component of the waste slurry and particulates are collected in a base portion of the waste bin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2014
    Inventor: Owen Charles Weston
  • Patent number: 8684653
    Abstract: A swing-away lift is provided. The swing-away lift may allow for mechanized dumping of the contents of a refuse receptacle into a refuse container. Further, the swing-away lift may allow unobstructed access to the refuse container for a refuse-gathering vehicle. The swing-away lift may include a pivot leg, a swing arm, and a lift unit, and may be utilized in conjunction with a refuse container and a refuse receptacle. The swing arm may be pivotably connected to the pivot leg, and may pivot between a first closed position and a second open position. The lift unit may provide mechanized lifting and dumping of a refuse receptacle into a refuse container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 1, 2014
    Assignee: The Heil Co.
    Inventors: Blake F. Applewhite, Bryan D. Anderson
  • Patent number: 8688262
    Abstract: A tube handling system with a semi-automatic lab tube selection apparatus for enabling a user to pick a select lab tube in a standard lab tube holding rack with open-bottom wells that contain one or more lab tubes that includes a tube selection unit having, a housing with a top deck having a tube rack support, a transport mechanism contained within the housing having a carriage assembly, with the carriage assembly having a carrier with a push-pin, a drive system that moves the carrier and the push-pin under the tube rack support, and an actuator that raises the push-pin on command for removal, and, a control system to locate the carrier and the push-pin at a select location corresponding to a selected position under an open-bottom well of a tube rack positioned on the tube rack support to raise the push-pin for removal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 1, 2014
    Inventors: David B. Miller, Alexander V. Drynkin
  • Patent number: 8657549
    Abstract: A long-term storage facility has an array of storage packages receiving respective cases containing radioactive materials. Each storage package has a lateral body delimiting a housing for receiving a case, the package body being closed at its top end and at its low end respectively by a removable head cover, and by a package base. The package base has a removable base cover, allowing insertion of the case via the low end of the body. The packages can be moved inside the facility by a mechanical lift. The facility includes a pivoting frame for swinging a storage package from a horizontal orientation in which the storage package is loaded to a vertical position in which the storage package is stored.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2014
    Assignees: Transnuclear, Inc., TN International
    Inventors: Robert L. Grubb, Jayant R. Bondre, Lise Wattez
  • Patent number: 8287224
    Abstract: The disclosure depicts an apparatus and method for transferring beverage glasses from a first a beverage glass containment rack to an empty second beverage glass containment rack. Each rack includes side walls and a plurality of chambers arrayed within the perimeter. Each chamber of the rack is adapted to contain a beverage glass. The apparatus has side walls bearing edges adapted to engage the perimeter of the glass rack when in a mounted position. It also has a center divider within an interior of the apparatus and orthogonal its side walls. A plurality of ducts is arrayed within the side walls, each respective duct passing through and coupled to the center divider such that each respective duct is positioned to fit within a respective chamber when in the mounted position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2012
    Inventor: Marc A Carpinelli
  • Patent number: 8182191
    Abstract: The device for unloading an open-top tray filled with flat articles placed in a stack on the bottom of the tray comprises a pivot member suitable for taking hold of the tray and for tilting its opening downwards. The device further comprises: a pusher for holding the flat articles at the bottom of the tray when the tray is tilted; a shuttle box moved by a conveyor between the pivot member and a box unloading zone remote from the pivot member, the shuttle box having a bottom with back and front walls that are retractable or removable relative to the bottom; a box tilting device for tilting the box into a tilted position immediately below the tray; and a moving paddle mounted to be moveable vertically and horizontally, and designed in such a manner as to retract the front wall of the box and as to be inserted between the back wall of the box and the stack of flat articles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2012
    Assignee: SOLYSTIC
    Inventors: Bruno Cartal, Francois Madar, Matthew Good
  • Patent number: 8142133
    Abstract: A method and system for converting mail between trays in a multiple pass mail sorting system using a plurality of different tray types. Mail from a first type of tray is unloaded and stacked along with mail from other trays to form a large stack. The large stack of mail is then broken down into smaller stacks which are transferred to one of several outputs where the mail is loaded into different types of trays.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2012
    Assignee: Northrop Grumman Systems Corp.
    Inventors: Mark Neebe, Matthew Good, Charles Miller
  • Patent number: 8133002
    Abstract: A method of forming stacks of wafers. One half of the number of the wafers provided serially in the transfer carrier is transferred out of the transfer carrier in the form of a first wafer stack in a mounted standby position located outside of the transfer carrier, then the other half of the number of wafers serially provided in the transfer carrier is moved out of the transfer carrier in the form of a second wafer stack and the second wafer stack is swiveled so that the wafers of the second wafer stack reach a position swiveled by 180° in relation to the position of the wafers of the first wafer stack in its standby position. The second wafer stack is transferred to the standby position of the first wafer stack, aligned to it and then joined together as form fitting with the first wafer stack.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2012
    Assignee: Jonas & Redmann Automationstechnik GmbH
    Inventors: Stefan Jonas, Lutz Redmann
  • Publication number: 20110229292
    Abstract: A swing-away lift is provided. The swing-away lift may allow for mechanized dumping of the contents of a refuse receptacle into a refuse container. Further, the swing-away lift may allow unobstructed access to the refuse container for a refuse-gathering vehicle. The swing-away lift may include a pivot leg, a swing arm, and a lift unit, and may be utilized in conjunction with a refuse container and a refuse receptacle. The swing arm may be pivotably connected to the pivot leg, and may pivot between a first closed position and a second open position. The lift unit may provide mechanized lifting and dumping of a refuse receptacle into a refuse container.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2011
    Publication date: September 22, 2011
    Applicant: THE HEIL CO.
    Inventors: Blake F. Applewhite, Bryan D. Anderson
  • Patent number: 8002511
    Abstract: A batch forming apparatus forms a batch of substrates by combining a plurality of substrates that have been taken out from a plurality of carriers each containing therein the substrates in a stacked manner. The batch forming apparatus includes: a substrate transfer mechanism that takes out the substrates from each carrier and transfer the substrates; a substrate relative positional relationship changing mechanism that rearranges one or more substrates out of the substrates transferred by the substrate transfer mechanism one by one relative to other substrates to change positional relationships of the substrates relative to each other; and a batch forming mechanism that forms a batch of substrates out of the substrates that have been transferred thereto by the substrate transfer mechanism, with positional relationships of the substrates having been changed relative to each other by the substrate relative positional relationship changing mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2011
    Assignee: Tokyo Electron Limited
    Inventors: Yuji Kamikawa, Koji Egashira
  • Patent number: 7993089
    Abstract: A system for extracting mail items in a mail processing system includes at least one pocket for containing at least one mail item and an extraction device. The pocket has a bottom area and two lateral walls, wherein each lateral wall has at least one opening. The pocket further includes a release mechanism at the bottom area configured to place the bottom area in an open state and a closed state. The extraction device is configured to engage the lateral walls of the pocket so that contact elements of the extraction device extend through the lateral walls and urge the at least one mail item away from inner surfaces of the lateral walls. The extraction device is further configured to cause the at least one mail item to pass through the bottom area when in the open state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2011
    Assignee: Siemens Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Peter Enenkel, Klaus Koenig
  • Publication number: 20110038697
    Abstract: A cart lifter is provided that is adapted to be mounted to a refuse container or directly to a refuse collection vehicle. A support is provided that is adapted to be pivotally mounted adjacent to the loading area of either the refuse container or the vehicle. First and second support arms are provided that are carried by the pivoting support. The support arms are movable relative to a support frame between a first position in which the support arms are adjacent the refuse container or vehicle and a second position in which the support arms are relatively angularly disposed with their free ends being spaced outwardly away from the support frame. A container capturer is provided for engaging and releasing a smaller refuse collection cart, and the free ends of each of the support arms are adapted to carry the container capturer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 12, 2010
    Publication date: February 17, 2011
    Inventors: Carlos Arrez, Ramiro Arrez
  • Patent number: 7882616
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a method can include providing first and second intermediate structures, each having first and second surfaces. Also, the method can include placing the first surface of the first intermediate structure adjacent to the first surface of the second intermediate structure, such that the first and second intermediate structures are in a stacked relationship. Additionally, the method can include simultaneously removing at least a portion of each of the second surfaces of the first and second intermediate structures while in the stacked relationship. Furthermore, the method can include forming a plating layer on each of the first and second surfaces of each of the first and second intermediate structures. Moreover, the method can include forming a magnetic layer on the second surface but not the first surface of each of the first and second intermediate structures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2005
    Date of Patent: February 8, 2011
    Assignee: Seagate Technology LLC
    Inventor: Joseph Allen
  • Patent number: 7877164
    Abstract: A method of assembling pallets 14, 20, 28 containing first stock units 50 for use in the fulfillment of stock orders, the method comprising the steps of providing a plurality of first pallets 14 each containing a quantity of the first stock units 50 and moving a portion of the first stock units 50 from at least one of the first pallets 14 onto one or more second pallets 20 in establishing desired quantities of the first stock units 50 in the first and second pallets 14, 20 for use in the fulfillment of the stock orders. In one form, the sequence of order fulfillment is controlled to increase the quantity of first stock units on the first pallets used in fulfilling the stock orders. A distribution system and control system is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 25, 2011
    Assignee: Dematic Pty, Ltd.
    Inventors: Adrian Alexander Grunbach, Max Francis Ferrigni
  • Publication number: 20100316473
    Abstract: The device (6) for unloading an open-top receptacle (2) filled with flat objects (3) arranged in a stack in the bottom of the receptacle comprises a pivoting member (18) capable of taking hold of the receptacle (2) and of downwardly inclining its opening (2a).
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 18, 2008
    Publication date: December 16, 2010
    Applicant: SOLYSTIC
    Inventors: Bruno Cartal, Francois Madar, Matthew Good
  • Patent number: 7789615
    Abstract: A manufacturing apparatus and associated method for handling disks disposed in merged pairs in a carrier is provided, wherein spacings between adjacent pairs of the disks are greater than spacings between disks forming each pair. The apparatus includes a first disk contacting surface defining a first cavity that is sized to receivingly engage a selected one of the pairs of disks. A second disk contacting surface defines second and third cavities that are sized to receivingly engage individual disks of the selected pair of disks, wherein disks that are operably engaged in the cavities are spatially separated more adjacent the second disk contacting surface than at the first disk contacting surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 7, 2010
    Assignee: Seagate Technology LLC
    Inventors: Gerardo Buitron, Thuan Luu, Barry Okamoto
  • Publication number: 20100215464
    Abstract: An automatic product distribution system is disclosed. The product distribution system includes a distribution platform and a transportation platform. The distribution platform is used for distributing the products in the main storage unit into the secondary storage unit. The transportation platform is used for transporting the main storage unit and the secondary storage unit. The transportation platform transports the main storage unit and the secondary storage unit to the distribution platform and the distribution platform executes a distribution operation. After the distribution operation is finished, the transportation platform transports the secondary storage unit out of the distribution platform and transports another secondary storage unit to the distribution platform so that the distribution platform executes a distribution operation again. Thereby, the distribution platform can continuously execute the distribution operations.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 17, 2009
    Publication date: August 26, 2010
    Applicant: INOTERA MEMORIES INC.
    Inventor: CHIANG-LUAN LIU
  • Patent number: 7771157
    Abstract: A wafer transfer machine transfers wafers from either of a first wafer cassette (55) and a second wafer cassette (56) having incompatible registration features into the other, and includes a support plate (30) having a top surface (38) for supporting the first and second wafer cassette. A first and second registration bosses attached to the top surface extend upward into registration features of the first and second wafer cassette, respectively. A carriage (1) is supported by and movable in opposite directions along a track mechanism (41A,B) that is attached in fixed relationship to the support plate (30). First and second wafer pushing members (10A,B) are supported by the carriage. Each wafer pushing member can be moved to push wafers in one of the wafer cassettes into the other by moving the carriage in one direction or the other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2001
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2010
    Assignee: Texas Instruments Incorporated
    Inventors: Curtis E. Farrell, Dennis D. Liu
  • Patent number: 7686565
    Abstract: A system and method is used to automatically process the contents of a containers. The contents may be bulk materials used by a business or organization. The container enters the system via a tow assembly mechanism, a grasping mechanism clasps the container, a lid secures the contents, the container is lifted and rotated to allow the contents of the container to exit the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2010
    Assignee: United States Postal Service
    Inventor: Carl Melvin Smith
  • Patent number: 7651310
    Abstract: A system for singling and transferring objects comprises an inlet area and an outlet area for objects from the system, transfer means for transferring such objects comprising containment members, and retrieval means for retrieving and depositing such objects in the containment members. The transfer means may be actuated, in use, independently of the retrieval means so as to transfer one or more objects to the outlet area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2002
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2010
    Assignee: Swisslog Italia S.p.A.
    Inventors: Franco Gambarelli, Roberto Vecchi
  • Patent number: 7648323
    Abstract: A system and method is used to automatically process the contents of a containers. The contents may be bulk materials used by a business or organization. The container enters the system via a tow assembly mechanism, a grasping mechanism clasps the container, a lid secures the contents, the container is lifted and rotated to allow the contents of the container to exit the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2002
    Date of Patent: January 19, 2010
    Assignee: United States Postal Service
    Inventor: Carol Melvin Smith
  • Publication number: 20100003114
    Abstract: A lug tender includes a conveyor belt-type feed bed having flexible conveyor belts for transporting lugs from a first, feed end, between side guard rails to a hopper or dumping end. At the hopper end, the side rails are omitted so that a grasping mechanism can address the side walls of the lug, grasping same and rotating the lug, inverting the lug over a feed hopper. Fruit carried by the lug is thus deposited in the feed hopper. A guard placed over the feed hopper prevents the lug from entering the feed hopper. A pusher bar displaces the lug across the guard to free up the hopper for the subsequent lug. The emptied lug can then be removed either manually or mechanically for recycling.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 7, 2008
    Publication date: January 7, 2010
    Inventor: John Mather
  • Patent number: 7643897
    Abstract: A method for automatically checking a sequence of loading boats and batches for a semiconductor manufacturing process is provided. According to a developed logic, a loading sequence is automatically calculated by a system. By comparing the actual loading sequence with the calculated sequence when the boats are entering, it is ensured that no errors occur when loading the boats in the batches. When loading the boats in the batches, operators can truly load the boats in the batches according to the entering sequence together with the current confirmation mechanism, so as to ensure the boat positions for the loaded materials to be correct. The method for automatically checking the sequence of loading boats and batches is further capable of calculating the loading sequence through the developed logic by automatically determining runnable boat positions for the material after recording a parameter for detecting a previous boat by the system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2010
    Assignee: United Microelectronics Corp.
    Inventor: Chien-Ting Kang
  • Patent number: 7553119
    Abstract: An automated flats handling system is provided that includes mail shuttles, a tray unloading section, a quality control area, a shuttle tilter, a shuttle return section and a stacker/loader. The tray unloading section has a conveyor and unloads mail from a standard tray into one of the shuttles. The quality control area also has a conveyor and facilitates grooming the mail in the shuttle. The shuttle tilter tilts each shuttle prior to unloading the mail from the shuttle. The shuttle return section also has a conveyor and returns the shuttles to the tray unloading section. The stacker/loader cooperates with the shuttle tilter and unloads the mail from the shuttles, creates a mail stack from the unloaded mail, and loads a portion of the mail stack into an automation compatible tray.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2009
    Assignee: Northrop Grumman Systems Corporation
    Inventors: Matthew Gene Good, Robert Lee Schlender, Thomas Anthony Hillerich, Jacob L. Timm, Charles Michael Miller, Mark Thomas Neebe
  • Patent number: 7506451
    Abstract: A guiding plate based vision alignment system for a test handler includes cameras, configured to view the position difference between a tested device and the corresponding contactor. A pick-and-place handler is configured to move the device. A guiding plate is configured to actuate guiding plate with one translation alignment feature and one rotation alignment feature to correct the position offset between the tested device and the corresponding contactor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2009
    Assignee: Delta Design, Inc.
    Inventors: Kexiang Ken Ding, Luis Muller, Stephen Aloysius Wetzel
  • Publication number: 20080260505
    Abstract: A carrier for carrying a packaged chip includes a housing having a holding space and at least one guiding hole. A guiding block ascends and descends along the guiding hole. A latch moves backwards and forwards as the guiding block ascends and descends to move into and out of the holding space.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 14, 2008
    Publication date: October 23, 2008
    Inventors: Kyoung Won Kang, Jeong Yong Moon, Hee Rak Beom, Jae Myeong Song, Hyeong Hee Kim
  • Publication number: 20080247851
    Abstract: A latching device is beneficial for holding a refuse cart to a refuse tipper. The latching device has a master cylinder in fluid communication with a slave cylinder. The slave cylinder is adapted to operate a latch to thereby retain the refuse cart on the refuse tipper.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 4, 2007
    Publication date: October 9, 2008
    Inventors: DARIN M. ROSENBOOM, JOSHUA L. KRIKKE, TROY D. S. HOWELL
  • Publication number: 20080219818
    Abstract: Disclosed are apparatuses and methods for use thereof for loading bulk material into freight containers. One apparatus comprises a hopper configured to receive bulk material that is sized and shaped to be at least partially enclosable by a container to occupy a substantial volume of the container and a ram. The rain comprises a plate and a driver configured to move the plate from a back end of the hopper to an open end of the hopper to expel material into a container. Another apparatus comprises a hopper configured to receive bulk material that is sized and shaped to be at least partially enclosable by a container to occupy a substantial volume the container and a reciprocating conveyor floor system. Optionally, the apparatus further include a stand and/or collapsible legs to further support the hopper.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 17, 2007
    Publication date: September 11, 2008
    Inventors: George Adams, Terry Scot Adams, Michael J. Adams
  • Publication number: 20080199289
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method and a device for emptying transport containers that are transported by transport devices. At least one gripper device is arranged over a support surface having at least one opening. A control controls the gripper device and occasions the gripper to clamp the transport container at its side walls that are oriented in parallel to the direction of transport and to lift it off the support surface. The height of the lifting movement of the gripper device allows the container to swing to a vertical position. The gripper device is then lowered for placing the container upside down onto the support surface over the opening in an emptying position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 12, 2005
    Publication date: August 21, 2008
    Applicant: SSI SCHÄFER PEEM GMBH
    Inventor: Gerhard Schafer
  • Patent number: 7407359
    Abstract: The invention relates to a funnel plate and method of use thereof which facilitates transfer of components from a first tray to a second tray assisting in the packaging, shipping, or assembly of electronic components. The invention provides a plate which includes at least one aperture having internal surfaces which are beveled. The sloped internal surfaces of the apertures precisely aligns electrical component transfer reducing the need for complex post-alignment testing. The funnel plates and processes of the present invention are easily integrated into modern in-line transfer machines.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2005
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2008
    Assignee: Danville Automation Holdings LLC
    Inventor: Thomas P. Sisson
  • Patent number: 7334979
    Abstract: A substrate transfer apparatus (100) includes a base (40), first and second cassettes (1, 2), a adjustable cassette (6), and a push unit (50). The adjustable cassette (6) is between the first and second cassettes, and has a pair of side walls (640), a top wall (630) interconnecting the side walls, and a height-adjusting mechanism (63). The base supports the first and second cassettes and the adjustable cassette thereon, and defines a central slide groove (41) therein. The push unit includes a slide portion (550) and an urging portion (500). The slide portion can slide in the central slide groove. The height-adjusting mechanism can adjust a height of the adjustable cassette according to the height of the first cassette and the height of second cassette. The urging portion can push substrates in the first cassette into the adjustable cassette and further into the second cassette.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 2004
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2008
    Assignee: Innolux Display Corp.
    Inventors: Cheng Doul Chuang, Chien-Sung Deng, Hung-Wen Yang
  • Patent number: 7322098
    Abstract: Various methods and apparatus for simultaneously processing two single-sided hard memory disks is provided. Disks are positioned in pairs, with one surface of one disk positioned adjacent one surface of the second disk, with the disk surfaces touching or with a slight separation between them. In this back-to-back orientation, the disk pairs may be processed using conventional double-sided disk processing equipment and techniques. However, each disk will not have two active surfaces. Because of the positioning of the disks during processing, only one surface of each disk will be subjected to full processing. Therefore, each disk will only have one active side.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2003
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2008
    Assignee: Maxtor Corporation
    Inventors: Gerardo Buitron, Clarence Gapay, John Grow, Bruce Hachtmann, Kwang Kon Kim, Huan Nguyen, Tom O'Hare
  • Patent number: 7159722
    Abstract: A system and method are set out for automatically extracting pods from a carousel shaped casing tower which include elements for engaging and moving the pods within the carousel while the carousel maintains its place. The pods travel on a track within the carousel which comprises six layers of pods. The extracting is performed in an extraction zone which may be located at least one end of the carousel while the loading of pods occurs at other locations. The pods include pockets for accommodating articles. The articles may be mail pieces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 2004
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2007
    Assignee: Siemens AG
    Inventor: Peter Berdelle-Hilge
  • Patent number: 7114908
    Abstract: An apparatus for stacking semiconductor wafers comprises a housing configured to releasably maintain a plurality of semiconductor wafers in fixed positions relative to the housing. The apparatus also includes a transfer guide proximate to the housing, the transfer guide configured to facilitate the transfer of the plurality of semiconductor wafers into the housing. Also included is a member configured to detach the semiconductor wafers from the housing so as to collect the semiconductor wafers into a stack.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2003
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2006
    Assignee: National Semiconductor Corporation
    Inventors: Roger Sarver, Dennis Moffat MacDonald
  • Patent number: 7094015
    Abstract: A device is used to convey empty rolls that have been removed by at least one roll changer of a web-fed rotary printing press. At least one empty roll receptacle can be displaced between the roll changer, where the empty rolls are held by the receptacle after they are removed by the roll changer, and an emptying station where the empty rolls are removed from the receptacle. A collection receptacle is provided at the emptying station. The empty rolls are emptied from the empty roll receptacle to the collection receptacle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2002
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2006
    Assignee: Koenig & Bauer Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Lothar Franz Hohmann, Klaus Walter Röder
  • Patent number: 7083376
    Abstract: Various methods and apparatus for handling a plurality of disks and repositioning them into pairs is provided. In one embodiment, a nest is configured to hold a cassette and includes a nest. The nest includes a curved surface with ribs or teeth extending therefrom which define a row of grooves. The grooves are dimensioned to hold a pair of disks in concentric contact merge orientation and the teeth facilitate movement of pairs of disks into the grooves.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2003
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2006
    Assignee: Maxtor Corporation
    Inventors: Walter Crofton, David Newman, Nghia Ta
  • Patent number: 6944944
    Abstract: Fastener delivery apparatus for automatically selecting and delivering fasteners such as rivets to a setting tool. The fasteners are pre-loaded in a package and dispense via at least one fastener delivery tube that interconnects the setting tool to a fastener feeder device. The fastener feeder device releases selected fasteners from the package into the delivery tube. The fasteners are transportable individually or in groups in the tube from the feeder device to the tool. A transfer station attached to the tool or the delivery tube transfers a fastener from the delivery apparatus into the tool, the transfer station being moveable between a first position in which an exit of the transfer station is adjacent to the tool so that a delivered fastener may be inserted by the transfer station into the tool and a second position in which it is clear of the tool so as to permit the tool or a portion thereof to move towards a workpiece to insert a loaded fastener. The delivery tube has wear resistant elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 1999
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2005
    Assignee: Henrob Limited
    Inventors: Rupert Andrew Craythorn, Ralph Fuhrmeister, Shane Peter Matthews, Wojciech Gostylla, Stuart Edmund Blacket, Nicholas Richard Clew, Michael Butler
  • Patent number: 6851912
    Abstract: An apparatus for transferring a sheet stack which is located on a first pallet to a second, different pallet. The apparatus is distinguished by a number of horizontal carrying rods which are disposed like a rake, are intended to engage temporarily under the sheet stack, can be moved in their longitudinal direction and in a vertical direction while the respective ends of the carrying rods are supported. The carrying rods are longer in length than a respective extent of both pallets in a direction of the carrying rods.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 1999
    Date of Patent: February 8, 2005
    Assignee: Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG
    Inventor: Erich Zahn
  • Publication number: 20040195077
    Abstract: An apparatus moves a plurality of transport media along a path of travel. The plurality of transport media define at least two groups of transport media, where each group of transport media has substantially identical transverse dimensions with respect to one another within one group of transport media, while having substantially different transverse dimensions with respect to another group of transport media. The apparatus includes a plurality of rollers rotatably mounted in fixed locations spaced along a path of travel. At least one motor is provided for driving at least one of the rollers in rotation. At least one transport media is supported on the rollers for movement along the path of travel in response to rotation of the roller by the motor. Each transport media has at least one elongate support member continuously engageable with at least two rollers simultaneously while the transport media moves along the path of travel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 4, 2003
    Publication date: October 7, 2004
    Inventor: Velibor Kilibarda
  • Publication number: 20040197174
    Abstract: A receiver frame loads and unloads a batch of semiconductor wafers onto wafer holders in a wafer boat. The wafer holders extends continuously about the perimeter of an overlying wafer. The receiver frame is provided with a plurality of supporting arms which are immovably mounted to a vertically extending structure. The supporting arms are coaxially aligned and vertically spaced in a manner corresponding with the spacing of the wafer holders in the wafer boat. Each supporting arm is configured to be accommodated below a support ring, with its distal end extending to align with the center region of the wafer holder. The distal end of each supporting arm is provided with at least three support pins to support a wafer vertically spaced above a wafer holder. To load wafers onto the wafer holders, after placing the wafers upon the support pins, the wafer holders are moved above the support pins so that the wafer holders contact and lift the wafers off the support pins.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 2, 2003
    Publication date: October 7, 2004
    Inventor: Jannes Remco Van Den Berg
  • Publication number: 20040161320
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for high speed tray unloading and mail transporting includes a tray unloading apparatus which receives a continuous stream of mail trays and sequentially unloads them in proper orientation onto a conveyor assembly; a dual conveyor system for delivering the unloaded mail to a transport system; and a spiral transport system having optimal drive means for controllably moving mail pieces from one location to another.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 17, 2004
    Publication date: August 19, 2004
    Applicant: BELL & HOWELL MAIL AND MESSAGING TECHNOLOGIES COMPANY
    Inventors: Eduard Svyatsky, Pashkeev Nikolai Vladimirovich, Sheihon Boris Markovich, Svyatsky Adolf Michailovich, Vadim Belyaev