Hoist Or Elevator And Endless Or Rotary Carrier Patents (Class 414/564)
  • Patent number: 11014766
    Abstract: A description of a continuous conveyor is provided. The continuous conveyor includes a front segment, a central segment and a rear segment. At least the central segment has a conveying device for conveying objects and at least one height-adjustment device for adjusting the height of at least the conveying device from at least one lower, use position for conveying objects into an upper position. In a conveying position, the front segment, the conveying device of the central segment and the rear segment are arranged one behind the other in at least one conveying direction. Provision is made for a free space beneath the conveying device of the central segment in the upper position. The free space has a height of at least 160 cm, a width of at least 70 cm, and a depth corresponding to the width of the conveying device of the central segment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2021
    Assignee: Deutsche Post AG
    Inventors: Bernd Hartmann, Kai-Ulrich Ventz, René Schällig, Jana Mönster
  • Patent number: 11014768
    Abstract: A lumber transfer system includes an overhead track and a lower conveyor for retrieving and delivering boards from multiple racks of lumber to a platform leading to a saw. In some examples of operation, a board picker travels along the track to pick up a chosen board from one of the racks. The board picker then releases the board onto the conveyor. The conveyor conveys the board underneath the other racks and delivers the board to the saw feed platform. While the conveyor is conveying the board toward the saw feed platform, the board picker returns to the racks for another board. The board picker traveling along the track and handling boards while the conveyor delivers them to the saw saves production time and increases throughput.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2021
    Inventor: Steven L. Aylsworth
  • Patent number: 10766714
    Abstract: A lifting device 1 includes an upper station 2, a lower station 3, and lifting and lowering placing tables 10 and 11. The upper station 2 and the lower station 3 have horizontal placing tables 5 and 6, respectively. The horizontal placing tables 5 and 6 move only in the horizontal direction. The lifting and lowering placing tables 10 and 11 move only in the vertical direction. When any of the lifting and lowering placing tables 10 and 11 is in the upper station 2, the upper side horizontal placing table 5 is at a position adjacent to the lifting and lowering placing tables 10 and 11 to form a series of conveying passages. When the lifting and lowering placing tables 10 and 11 move away from the upper station 2, the upper side horizontal placing table 5 moves to a position where the lifting and lowering placing tables 10 and 11 used to exist.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Assignee: Itoh Denki Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kazuo Itoh, Tatsuhiko Nakamura, Takuya Nagasawa
  • Patent number: 10738765
    Abstract: An offshore wind turbine, having a supporting structure, having a nacelle, having a rotor, having an interior space, having at least one access opening, and having a means of ascent, such as a ladder, a staircase or the like, wherein the supporting structure has a tower and a foundation structure, wherein the tower supports the nacelle and the rotor, wherein the access opening is configured as an access for people to the interior space, wherein the means of ascent is arranged in the interior space, wherein the means of ascent is assigned to the access opening, and wherein no external work platform is arranged between the foundation structure and the access opening, as viewed along a vertical extent of the supporting structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Assignee: INNOGY SE
    Inventors: Daniel Bartminn, Joerg Johannes Weber, Bernadette Zipfel, Oliver Heinrich
  • Patent number: 10119523
    Abstract: A method for moving a wind turbine component (42) relative to a wind turbine (16) having a tower (18) with a door (26) for closing off an opening (90) through the tower (18) includes removably positioning a transport system (40) relative to the wind turbine (16), the transport system (40) having a track (44) and a powered drive device (118), such that a first end (78) of the track (44) is positioned outside the tower (18), a second end (80) of the track (44) is positioned inside the tower (18), and the track (44) extends through the opening (90) in the tower (18). The transport system (40) is configured to facilitate movement of the wind turbine component (42) between an inside of the tower (18) and an outside of the tower (18) through the opening (90). The method further comprises moving the wind turbine component (42) vertically within the tower (18) away from or toward the track (44) using the powered drive device (118) of the transport system (40).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: Vestas Wind Systems A/S
    Inventors: Rajasekaran Dhinakaran, Ben Møller Nielsen
  • Patent number: 9650217
    Abstract: The disclosure describes an apparatus including a bin sweep arm, a floor support in contact with a floor surface, and a vertical adjustment assembly positioned between floor support and the bin sweep arm and connected to the floor support and the bin sweep arm, wherein the vertical adjustment assembly automatically raises the bin sweep arm off the floor surface and automatically lowers the bin sweep arm to the floor surface in response to changes in weight disposed on the bin sweep arm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2017
    Assignee: SUDENGA INDUSTRIES, INC.
    Inventor: Alan G. Hoogestraat
  • Patent number: 9305815
    Abstract: A rail transport system and method for a semiconductor fabrication facility (FAB). In one embodiment, the system includes a network of stationary rails and a wheeled vehicle movable on the rails via rolling movement. The vehicle is operable to hold a wafer carrier that stores a plurality of wafers. A cross-floor transport system is provided that may include a vehicle lifter positioned near the network of rails that extends between a first elevation and a second elevation in the FAB. The lifter is configured and operable to receive the vehicle from rails at the first elevation and vertically transport the vehicle to rails at the second elevation without removing the wafer carrier from the wheeled vehicle. In one embodiment, the lifter is configured so that the vehicle may be rolled directly onto and off of the lifter for vertical transport.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2016
    Assignee: Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Chi-Feng Tung, Mao-Lin Kao, Hsiang-Yin Shen, Chin-Hsiang Lin
  • Patent number: 8950604
    Abstract: The present invention provides devices, apparatuses, and systems for lifting and mounting of clinical- and research-related equipment. In particular, the present invention provides a lift and mount system for mass spectrometers (e.g., for time of flight (TOF) mass spectrometers (MS)).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2015
    Assignee: IBIS Biosciences, Inc.
    Inventors: Jared J. Drader, Steven A. Hofstadler, Jose R. Gutierrez, Paul J. Gleason, Andrew J. Scherer, Rex O. Bare
  • Patent number: 8910325
    Abstract: A lifting apparatus for a lift system is disclosed. The apparatus includes a) a motor adapted for providing a lifting force, b) at least one connector operatively connected to the motor, the connector adapted for connecting a load-bearing component to the motor, c) an information receiver for receiving a load limit information about the load-bearing component, d) a motor controller electrically coupled to the motor and the information receiver, wherein the motor controller is adapted to limit the lifting force of the motor based on the load limit information received by the information receiver.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2014
    Assignee: ArjoHuntleigh Magog Inc.
    Inventors: Martin Faucher, Marie-Lou Joncas, Dennis-Alexandre Brulotte
  • Patent number: 8714904
    Abstract: An array of objects stands on a flexible web on a horizontal support, and a frame at the accumulation region gathers the objects at the downstream end into a group having a plurality of transverse rows. A transport element formed as a blind has an end edge and is shifted shiftable atop the web upstream in the direction between a ready position with the end edge spaced from the group standing on the web and a pickup position underlying the entire group. A lifting element underneath the web moves jointly with the transport element such that the web is raised immediately upstream of the end edge of the transport element to raise downstream edges of the objects and the transport element is engageable between the objects in the group and the web so the transport element can slide underneath the objects in the group.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2014
    Assignee: MSK-Verpackungs-Systeme GmbH
    Inventor: Frank Michels
  • Patent number: 8464414
    Abstract: A vertical mounted motor hoist and a method of hoisting a motor are provided. The motor hoist includes a threaded eye bolt for lifting the motor hoist; a sleeve threaded inside one end, and attached and held to the threaded eyebolt by means of a threaded plug and dowel pins and welding; and two safety chains for placement around the motor, each safety chain attachable to the sleeve by means of two oppositely positioned pinch bolts, each pinch bolt having a welded nut welded on to the sleeve and a jam nut tightened against the welded nuts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2013
    Inventor: Lorenzo R. Gutierrez
  • Publication number: 20130115033
    Abstract: A column of cups guided by their rims in elongated slots is spaced into desired cup pitch by one or more linear stars from which the cups can be transferred for packaging. The linear stars have lugs engaging and spacing the cups. In another aspect of the invention, cups are manipulated into patterns for final grouping and packaging and by a plurality of cup orienting pickers engaging, inverting and re-orienting the cups. In one final packaged cup group of two or more layers, alternating cups in each layer are inverted and a top lid of a cup in an upper layer is disposed on a top lid of a cup in a bottom layer, while a bottom of a cup in an upper layer is disposed on a bottom of a cup in a lower layer, and in an alternating pattern.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 2, 2012
    Publication date: May 9, 2013
    Inventors: Matthew R. Lukes, Jerome Brugger
  • Publication number: 20130056583
    Abstract: A handling system for handling objects in a vehicle comprises a storage apparatus that is positionable outside a vehicle cabin, an access device that is positionable in a vehicle cabin, and a transport device for transporting objects between the storage apparatus and the access device. The storage apparatus comprises a storage space and a connection station that is connectable to the transport device, wherein the storage apparatus comprises at least one drive device for moving carriers on which objects to be stored are held. The handling system comprises at least one guiding device that with the drive device guides the carriers on at least one circular path within the storage space. The storage space thus comprises a vertical flat shape that results in a significantly smaller reduction in the available cargo volume in a vehicle, while at the same time maximizing the design space available for passenger seats.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 20, 2012
    Publication date: March 7, 2013
    Applicant: AIRBUS OPERATIONS GMBH
    Inventor: AIRBUS OPERATIONS GMBH
  • Publication number: 20120288350
    Abstract: A system for loading and unloading food products. In one implementation the system includes transport means with a plurality of parallel belts upon which the products to be loaded move, and a tool adapted to load the products. The tool has support means adapted to pass through the gaps between the belts to load the product and to support the product when it is unloaded, and to perform the loading of the product moving it in an ascending vertical direction, the support means lifting the product from the transport means. The support means are adapted to rotate in relation to the support structure to unload the product, when they rotate, the support means have a peripheral speed equal to the speed at which the product moves during the unloading.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 11, 2012
    Publication date: November 15, 2012
    Applicant: ULMA PACKAGING TECHNOLOGICAL CENTER, S. COOP.
    Inventors: Eneko Izquierdo Ereño, Bernhard Isenschmid, Oliver Walter
  • Patent number: 8185234
    Abstract: The invention relates to a device and a method for controlling the loading and/or unloading process of an aeroplane. According to the invention, a parcel introduced into the aeroplane is identified, a weight is associated with the parcel, the position of the parcel inside the airplane is monitored, and the total weight and/or center of gravity of the aeroplane is calculated from the aeroplane information provided and the weights and positions of the parcels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2012
    Assignee: Rheinmetall Defence Electronics GmbH
    Inventors: Ronald Tietjen, Torsten Eilts, Ekkehard Zischow, Norbert Palubitzki
  • Publication number: 20120102882
    Abstract: The disclosure relates to a tray sealer comprising a tray conveyor, the conveyor being provided with tray reception means each configured for receiving a tray therein. The disclosure is characterized in that the tray sealer comprises, at a loading station, a loading robot for placing trays filled with a product into tray reception means and, at an unloading station, an unloading robot for removing trays which have been sealed by means of the tray sealer from the tray reception means. The disclosure also relates to a method of operating a tray sealer operable in intermittent operation cycles.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 26, 2011
    Publication date: May 3, 2012
    Applicant: MULTIVAC SEPP HAGGENMUELLER GMBH & CO. KG
    Inventors: Elmar Ehrmann, Bernd Jokele, Tieme Jan Slomp, Stefan Scheibel
  • Publication number: 20110286825
    Abstract: An array of objects stands on a flexible web on a horizontal support, and a frame at the accumulation region gathers the objects at the downstream end into a group having a plurality of transverse rows. A transport element formed as a blind has an end edge and is shifted shiftable atop the web upstream in the direction between a ready position with the end edge spaced from the group standing on the web and a pickup position underlying the entire group. A lifting element underneath the web moves jointly with the transport element such that the web is raised immediately upstream of the end edge of the transport element to raise downstream edges of the objects and the transport element is engageable between the objects in the group and the web so the transport element can slide underneath the objects in the group.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 29, 2011
    Publication date: November 24, 2011
    Inventor: Frank MICHELS
  • Publication number: 20110170998
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a system for picking a plurality of different articles in a fully automated manner, which are preferably stored in storage load supports (70, 72), into order load supports (34) in accordance with a picking order, comprising: a first conveyor (18) conveying the plurality of different articles (52), which are to be picked, from an article warehouse (16) as an article stream downstream relative to a manlessly operated order-picking station (37) including a fully automated gripping unit (30); at least one gripping unit (30), which can be lifted and lowered and which is particularly mounted on a ceiling, for gripping one, in particular one single, arbitrary article (52) from the stream at a receiving point (62) within a gripping area (56) on the first conveyor (18) and for transferring the gripped article (52) to a delivery point (60) outside the gripping area (56), wherein the receiving point (62) and the delivery point (60) are located within a working area (54) of the gripping u
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 23, 2010
    Publication date: July 14, 2011
    Inventor: Max Winkler
  • Patent number: 7758293
    Abstract: The invention relates to a device for loading and/or unloading a transport cargo hold, in particular on a good vehicle, comprising at least one transport unit, by means of which goods units, particularly several thereof, may be simultaneously transported. According to the invention, the costs of said device may be reduced and the flexibility increased, whereby the transport unit may at least partly be introduced into the transport cargo hold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2003
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2010
    Assignee: BSH Bosch und Siemens Hausgeraete GmbH
    Inventors: Egbert Classen, Klaus Sohn
  • Patent number: 7585143
    Abstract: A stocker apparatus includes a first tray stock section (70) for storing a plurality of empty trays (11a), a second tray stock section (80) for storing the plurality of empty trays (11a) loaded with products, tray supporting means (130) provided in the first tray stock section (70) and the second tray stock section (80) for mounting the trays (11) thereon, and lifting and lowering means for lifting and lowering the tray supporting means (130). The stocker apparatus further includes carrier means (140) for carrying the loaded tray to the second tray stock section (80). The stocker apparatus further includes an outer wall constituting member covering the first tray stock section (70) and the second tray stock portion (80) for shielding the first tray stock section (70) and the second tray stock section (80) from an external atmosphere.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2003
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2009
    Assignee: Tsubaki Seiko, Inc.
    Inventor: Yukihiro Hanaoka
  • Publication number: 20090060697
    Abstract: A container changing system able to prevent deterioration in the working rate of substrate processing apparatuses and deterioration in the amount of production of semiconductor devices. A second mounting portion is arranged between a carrier of a container conveying unit and a first mounting portion of a substrate processing apparatus with respect to a lifting direction of a container. The second mounting portion is configured to freely advance and withdraw to/from a lifting path of the container. A container lifting unit is arranged between the carrier and the second mounting portion with respect to the lifting direction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 12, 2008
    Publication date: March 5, 2009
    Applicant: TOKYO ELECTRON LIMITED
    Inventor: Shinji WAKABAYASHI
  • Patent number: 6287386
    Abstract: The present invention generally provides a rotary wafer carousel and related wafer handler for moving wafers or other workpieces through a processing system, i.e., a semiconductor fabrication tool. Generally, the present invention includes a rotary wafer carousel having a plurality of wafer seats disposed thereon to support one or more wafers. The rotary carousel is preferably disposed through the lid in a transfer chamber opposite the robot which is preferably disposed through the bottom of the transfer chamber. The rotary carousel and the robot cooperate to locate wafers adjacent to process chambers and move wafers into and out of various chambers of the system. The invention improves the throughput of the system by positioning wafers adjacent to the appropriate chamber to reduce the amount of movement required of the robot for transporting wafers between chambers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 1999
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2001
    Assignee: Applied Materials, Inc.
    Inventors: Ilya Perlov, Alexey Goder, Eugene Gantvarg
  • Patent number: 5951770
    Abstract: The present invention generally provides a rotary wafer carousel and related wafer handler for moving wafers or other workpieces through a processing system, i.e., a semiconductor fabrication tool. Generally, the present invention includes a rotary wafer carousel having a plurality of wafer seats disposed thereon to support one or more wafers. The rotary carousel is preferably disposed through the lid in a transfer chamber opposite the robot which is preferably disposed through the bottom of the transfer chamber. The rotary carousel and the robot cooperate to locate wafers adjacent to process chambers and move wafers into and out of various chambers of the system. The invention improves the throughput of the system by positioning wafers adjacent to the appropriate chamber to reduce the amount of movement required of the robot for transporting wafers between chambers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 1997
    Date of Patent: September 14, 1999
    Assignee: Applied Materials, Inc.
    Inventors: Ilya Perlov, Alexey Goder, Eugene Gantvarg
  • Patent number: 5829950
    Abstract: Process for loading spool pegs (10) of a spool rack (11) or the like with full yarn spools (12) set by a loading device (13) onto superimposed horizontally arranged pegs (16) of a transport carriage (15), which is moved by a drive motor (23) on a rail between the loading device (13) and the rack (11) and positioned with a sensor in front of the rack (11) in a predetermined position, wherein the carriage pegs (16) and the pegs (10) of the rack (11) are aligned. In order to avoid time-consuming and complicated setting operations, the process is performed so that the sensor (25) is set at the level of a peg tier (b) of the rack (11), that the travel segments (e.g. x1) of the transport carriage (15) are stored during its travels, that sensor signals triggered by the rack pegs (10) are stored in relation to the travel segments (e.g. x1), and that the transport carriage (15) is steered into its spool transfer position via the stored sensor signals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 1996
    Date of Patent: November 3, 1998
    Assignee: Sucker-Muller-Hacoba GmbH & Co.
    Inventor: Gunter Alder
  • Patent number: 5605429
    Abstract: In an apparatus for storing and automatically delivering cassette and/or pallets containing cassettes to a reader. The apparatus includes a plurality of cassette retaining sites. A door assembly is provided adjacent the portal for allowing access to the plurality of cassette retaining sites. The door assembly has at least one door slideably mounted to the apparatus for movement between a closed position and an open position. A door safety system is provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 1995
    Date of Patent: February 25, 1997
    Assignee: Eastman Kodak Company
    Inventors: Shahram Hejazi, Gary W. Shope, Jeffrey J. Yaskow, Carl A. Swanson, Michael J. Epner
  • Patent number: 5476355
    Abstract: A drop sling lumber sorter apparatus comprising a frame assembly including a plurality of bays for receiving pieces of sorted lumber. Each of the bays includes a rotatable drive shaft mounted to the frame assembly and a plurality of elongated, flexible, laterally spaced slings having a first end and a second end. The first end of each sling is mounted to the drive shaft. A pivoting hook and retriever assembly selectively capture and release the second end of each sling to the frame assembly. A spool assembly is mounted on the drive shaft for each sling. Each spool assembly is capable of guiding the sling onto the rotatable drive shaft. The slings are reeled onto or reeled off of the drive shaft as the drive shaft rotates. A tensioner assembly tensions the slings as they are reeled off of the drive shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 1994
    Date of Patent: December 19, 1995
    Assignee: NBS Trucking Inc.
    Inventor: Warner Bailey
  • Patent number: 5407315
    Abstract: An apparatus and method are disclosed directed to transferring articles from a first delivery conveyor to a second transfer and discharge conveyor located above the first delivery conveyor. The second transfer and discharge conveyor has a series of longitudinally spaced openings through which the articles are lifted from the first delivery conveyor for placement on the second transfer and discharge conveyor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 1994
    Date of Patent: April 18, 1995
    Assignees: Ossid Corporation, Ibaraki Seiki Machinery Company, Ltd.
    Inventor: Tadura Suga
  • Patent number: 5297434
    Abstract: Successive workpieces of a series of identical and/or different workpieces are measured at a monitoring station to which the workpieces are delivered by a conveyor serving to advance the workpieces along and/or against one or more orienting devices. A workpiece at the monitoring station is engaged by a clamping device which can enter an axial passage of the workpiece, or can engage a coaxial stud of the workpiece, and is mounted on an elevator which can shift a properly engaged workpiece above or below the transporting level. The workpiece is thereupon monitored by one or more sensors in suspended condition and is returned onto the conveyor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 1992
    Date of Patent: March 29, 1994
    Inventor: Karl-Wilhelm Stell
  • Patent number: 5161930
    Abstract: The unit includes an overhead line along which a large number of trollies or sorting containers move. Each is provided with a moving base like a small rotating mat enabling collection and depositing of packages to be sorted along the line. Each of these bases is mounted onto its respective trolley by way of a telescopic structure and along the line there are mechanisms to position each cell at a height corresponding to that of the collection devices where the packages are to be unloaded.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 1991
    Date of Patent: November 10, 1992
    Inventor: Francesco Canziani
  • Patent number: 5061148
    Abstract: A material handling apparatus includes a central tower having an elevated pivot point, a movable base, a support track that rests at its upper end on the central tower pivot and at its lower end on the movable base, and a trolley with hoist that moves along the support track. The apparatus can lift articles within the span of the support track and move them to other locations, by a combination of movement of the trolley and the movable base, and operation of the hoist. The crane is particularly well suited for the handling of articles and containers within domed structures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 1990
    Date of Patent: October 29, 1991
    Assignee: California Ammonia Co.
    Inventor: David Petz
  • Patent number: 4988252
    Abstract: In an apparatus for collectively holding a plurality of packages aligned in a row to supply them to pegs of a creel bogie, an apparatus for supplying packages to a warper creel includes a package holding mechanism and an empty take-up tube holding mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 1988
    Date of Patent: January 29, 1991
    Assignee: Murata Kikai Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Yoshio Yamamoto, Isao Nagasawa
  • Patent number: 4873878
    Abstract: An apparatus for inspecting and hangering laundered pairs of pants comprises an inspection station, a hangering station and a take-away device. The inspection station includes a pants gripper which supports a pair of pants at the waist with the legs in an extended position to permit simultaneous visual and touch inspection of the pants, after which the pant legs are folded along their creases on a folding table. Hangers are delivered one at a time to a hanger catch plate at one end of the folding table which supports the hangers slightly beneath the plane of the tabletop. The pant legs are slid along the folding table and partially draped over the end of the table and the bottom wire of the hanger supported on the hanger catch plate. A take-away device contacts the hook portion of the hanger and lifts it upwardly, carrying the pants therewith, and then discharges the hangered pants onto a take-away rail for movement to another station for further processing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 1987
    Date of Patent: October 17, 1989
    Assignee: Cintas Corporation
    Inventor: David W. Milton
  • Patent number: 4700824
    Abstract: A manufacturing installation having several fixed work stations and a handling device, said work stations being disposed along at least one handling bay. It further comprises a handling device having, on the one hand, an overhead transporter movable along the handling bay and having means for grasping, transporting and setting down a batch of a given number of objects and, on the other hand, at right angles to each work station, an intermediate take up and storage device having an upstream station for setting down by the transporter, a downstream station for taking up by the transporter and a conveyor capable of grasping the batch of objects as a whole at the upstream station, presenting the objects one by one at the work station and placing them as a whole in the downstream station, so as to completely decouple the operation of the transporter from each work station.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 1984
    Date of Patent: October 20, 1987
    Assignee: Societe Cogema, Framatome et Uranium Pechiney
    Inventors: Bernard Vere, Paul Mathevon
  • Patent number: 4669942
    Abstract: The present invention resides in a device comprising a package stock truck moved in the row direction of warper creels, a package feeding conveyor for feeding yarn supply packages to the position of the stock truck, a first package transfer mechanism for transferring the packages on the package feeding conveyor onto the stock truck, and a second package transfer mechanism for transferring the packages on the stock truck to each of pegs of the warper creels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 1985
    Date of Patent: June 2, 1987
    Assignee: Murata Kikai Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Nagasawa Isao
  • Patent number: 4561820
    Abstract: An article storage and retrieval system which includes a continuous track and a continuous article storage carousel supported from the track. The article storage carousel is movable in a horizontal direction and contains a plurality of horizontally spaced and vertically extending baskets. Each basket has vertically spaced compartments. A motor is included to drive the article storage carousel around the track. An elevator is mounted in a fixed position adjacent to the outside of the track and includes a vertically movable article engager for placement in or withdrawal from a preselected compartment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 1980
    Date of Patent: December 31, 1985
    Assignee: SPS Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: William F. Matheny, III, Clay Bernard, II, William M. Angell
  • Patent number: 4555215
    Abstract: A spool transporting assembly for the sequential transfer of textile spools wound on tubes, includes a spool preparation station having a support surface for textile spools, a spool receiving device, and a spool transporting device for transporting textile spools from the spool preparation station to the spool receiving device, the spool transporting device including a gripper head being movable in at least one plane into and out of a centered spool receiving position being fixed relative to the spool preparation station, the gripper head including gripper elements for gripping textile spools of different diameters in the centered spool receiving position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 1983
    Date of Patent: November 26, 1985
    Assignee: W. Schlafhorst & Co.
    Inventors: Hans Raasch, Hans Grecksch
  • Patent number: 4535605
    Abstract: An apparatus for extraction of articles frozen in moulds in a freezing machine, comprises means for insertion of retaining means in the moulds for engagement with the articles. The apparatus further comprises means for lifting the retaining means for extraction of the articles. The retaining means for each mould comprise at least two plate sections adapted for insertion in a mould along the inner surfaces of two side walls of the latter facing each other. The plate sections ensure that the subject article is firmly gripped for extraction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 1984
    Date of Patent: August 20, 1985
    Assignee: Brodrene Gram A/S
    Inventor: Klaus Gram
  • Patent number: 4526267
    Abstract: Completed, shaped and uncured tires are placed on an inclined chute having a gate mechanism for automatically transferring one tire to a tire carrier while the other tires are retained in the chute. The tire carrier raises and rotates the tire to an upper position for movement of a conveyor hook through a central aperture of the tire and into engagement with one side of the tire to move it out of the carrier into a supported position on the conveyor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 1982
    Date of Patent: July 2, 1985
    Assignee: The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company
    Inventors: Antony Harding, Roger Marthoz
  • Patent number: 4525121
    Abstract: A support body having a plurality of grasping fingers on opposite sides which are shaped in the form of an arc of a circle. The fingers move in a circular path for grasping and releasing articles with a minimum of clearance along the side of the articles. An arm supports each of the fingers by one end and has the second end of the arm rotationally supported from the support body at an angle. The first end of the arm is at an angle to the plane of the supported finger and the second end is at an angle to the first end. A lever is connected between the support body and the first ends of each arm for rotating the first ends about the second ends. A conveying system may be used with the pick up and release apparatus having a conveyor with spaced rollers in which compression plates are positioned at each end of the rollers for compressing the article for pickup.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 1984
    Date of Patent: June 25, 1985
    Inventor: Wesley D. Cawley
  • Patent number: 4459076
    Abstract: A machine for vertical transportation of goods from a packing line onto a pallet. The machine includes a vertically movable lifting device provided on a horizontally travelling wagon, the device being provided with lifting forks for receiving and lowering the pieces of packages. Counterweights are provided on the travelling wagon, the counterweights being connected to the lifting device by wires. The counterweights are heavier than the lifting device but the weight thereof is less than the total weight of the lifting device and the thereon loaded pieces of packages. The transmission comprises an endless loop, which is fixedly mounted to the lifting device, which is driven by a motor. During a cycle of operations the pieces of packages are fed from a packing line out onto the lifting forks of the machine until they abut a start impulse switch that starts the motor. Due to the weight of goods, the lifting forks are lowered until they are stopped by the pallet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 1982
    Date of Patent: July 10, 1984
    Inventor: Kent G. Pettersson
  • Patent number: 4451967
    Abstract: A crane system sheet feeder method and apparatus employed for depositing collections of bundles of sheets in locations related to specific ones of sheet feeders, such that each collection of bundles can be utilized by an overhead crane to deliver the individual bundles to a specific one of the sheet feeders in accordance with the supply of sheets on that feeder. The bundles are initially bound, and the overhead crane has apparatus for removing the binding and removing the end boards from the bundles so that the bundles are deposited in the feeders free of any bindings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 1982
    Date of Patent: June 5, 1984
    Assignee: Stobb, Inc.
    Inventor: Walter J. Stobb
  • Patent number: 4411357
    Abstract: A flipper assembly has a flipper plate and an aligned guide rail both of which provide a support surface for a movable assembly. The flipper plate is movable into and out of the plane of the support surface. An extension arm is mounted on the guide rail for movement in a horizontal plane thereon and for movement in a vertical direction at the location of the flipper plate if permitted by the position of the flipper plate. The flipper plate is counterbalanced to an open position permitting the carrier arm to be moved vertically at that location, but is automatically positioned in a down closed position supporting the carrier arm in the plane of the guide rail support, by an automatic camming action as the slide arm moves toward and onto the flipper plate. In the preferred embodiment, the flipper plate safety device is utilized in a multistation work processing conveyor apparatus and is mounted on a vertical elevator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 1980
    Date of Patent: October 25, 1983
    Assignee: Systems Engineering and Manufacturing Corp.
    Inventor: Samuel N. Caddell
  • Patent number: 4408666
    Abstract: An apparatus for handling sod includes a wheeled frame for moving along the ground and a forward frame section which is adapted to receive pallets of sod adjacent thereto. A conveyor is coupled to the frame for transporting pieces of sod between the pallet and the ground. A pair of foot supports are attached on either side of the wheeled frame for allowing workers to stand thereon while handling the sod either along the conveyor or on the pallet. The foot supports extend forward from adjacent a rear end of the conveyor to adjacent the pallet of sod.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 1981
    Date of Patent: October 11, 1983
    Inventor: Charles L. Lawson
  • Patent number: 4400841
    Abstract: A sheet handling apparatus and method for transferring horizontally oriented sheet articles from one location to another in an automated production line facility. The apparatus includes a vertically reciprocal elevator mounted on a horizontally reciprocal carriage and provided with a sheet pick-up head including grippers engageable with and disengageable from the opposed marginal edges of one or more superimposed sheet articles. The apparatus is especially suited for precisely placing paired sheets of glass on bending molds advanced on a conveyor system beneath the pick-up head. The molds are located and locked in position on the conveyor system in vertical registry with the pick-up head during transfer of the sheets from the head to the mold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 1981
    Date of Patent: August 30, 1983
    Assignee: Libbey-Owens-Ford Company
    Inventors: Roger M. Bresnahan, Paul D. Jepson
  • Patent number: 4391360
    Abstract: The invention is concerned with a machine for drawing yarn hanks from advancing hank carrying supports and doffing the drawn hanks on a carriage or container or conveyor belt. The machine comprises a pliers holder head wherein the pliers, each formed of two or more rods movable near one another, can be adjusted in spacing for adaptation to various dimensions of hanks. The head is rotatable about a horizontal axis to arrange the hanks in horizontal direction and is tiltable or upsettable about a further horizontal axis. Furthermore, the head is mounted to be movable parallel to the extension of the hank carrying supports, and preferably also parallel to the advancement or feeding of the hank carrying supports.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 1980
    Date of Patent: July 5, 1983
    Assignee: Officine Minnetti Di Ornella Raveggi & C.S.a.s.
    Inventor: Federico Minnetti
  • Patent number: 4363594
    Abstract: A pipe section positioning apparatus may be located partially below ground surface level, for example, in a trench to accurately lower and position heavy pipe sections, for example, concrete drain pipe sections, under control of a single operator who has an unobstructed view of the interior of the apparatus. The apparatus includes a body which may be positioned partially beneath ground level, an operator's platform attached to the body above ground level, an elevator within the body, a pipe cradle which is raised and lowered by the elevator and which temporarily holds a pipe section, a horizontally aligned track which is partially positioned beneath the pipe cradle to receive the pipe section and which is horizontally aligned, a ram which moves the pipe section horizontally on the track, and a pipe clamp assembly which clamps the pipe section and which then may be moved, under operator control, horizontally to accurately position and pipe section so that it may be joined with a previously laid pipe section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 1980
    Date of Patent: December 14, 1982
    Assignee: Perini Corporation
    Inventor: Andre Morin
  • Patent number: 4307667
    Abstract: A railroad track relaying train comprises, in addition to the cars for transporting the ballast screening machines and a car equipped with power-wrenches for fixing the tie-screws, a sequence of working cars including a tie- and rail-removing car, a ballast clearing car, and a tie and rail laying car, these cars being interconnected by means of coupling frames supported by caterpillar trucks adapted to keep the working cars on the selected path. The tie and rail removing car comprises an elevator capable of lifting and rotating at least one tie or a track span around ballast conveyors, in order to deposit at least one tie or track span upon a transport element. The train is capable of performing all of the operations necessary for removing the old track, excavating and screening the old ballast, and laying the new track on the screened ballast, without stopping its forward motion when removing the old track.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 1979
    Date of Patent: December 29, 1981
    Assignee: Les Fils D'Auguste Scheuchzer, S.A.
    Inventors: Fredy Scheuchzer, Fritz Buhler
  • Patent number: 4303363
    Abstract: An apparatus having an upper frame with a depending, telescopically elongatable and shortenable suspended structure for supporting at the lower end thereof a working platform in a converter or like metallurgical container, the upper frame being arranged to be supported at the upper end of the converter with the suspended structure extending down through an opening at the upper end of the converter. The apparatus has an endless conveyor which includes a vertical conveyor part extending from the upper frame to a point above the working platform, and a horizontal or inclined conveyor part situated outside the converter and the upper frame, the horizontal or inclined conveyor part permitting, upon elongation or shortening, shortening and elongation, respectively, of the vertical part of the endless conveyor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 1978
    Date of Patent: December 1, 1981
    Assignee: Cervinter AB
    Inventor: Carl G. Cervin
  • Patent number: 4285623
    Abstract: In a document storage and retrieval system of the type including at least one storage rack having a plurality of individual storage compartments, each of the compartments normally having positioned therein a cartridge holding a plurality of cards or the like, at least a first one of the compartments being empty and functioning as an access port for feeding cartridges into and removing cartridges from the storage rack, and a carriage assembly which travels on one side of the rack for transferring cartridges between the access port and the other storage compartments, the carriage assembly including a transport mechanism for moving cartridges thereon to and thereoff of, there is disclosed an improved transport and gate assembly positionable in a single empty storage compartment immediately below the access port which acts as a stop and cartridge presence sensor for blocking movement of a cartridge through the access port on to or off of the carriage assembly and which selectively retracts and allows movement of
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 1980
    Date of Patent: August 25, 1981
    Assignee: Infodetics Corporation
    Inventor: Edwin V. Stephens
  • Patent number: 4281953
    Abstract: A sort bin having substantially vertical bin walls and a vertically movable bin floor, the floor being mounted such that it is in a predetermined and fixed inclined attitude throughout its vertical movement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 1978
    Date of Patent: August 4, 1981
    Inventor: W. R. Newnes