Device Raises Load Relative To Carrier Prior To Moving It Laterally Patents (Class 414/660)
  • Patent number: 9017009
    Abstract: A handling unit for relocating parts, comprises a base part and a handling arm, wherein the handling arm is guided in a linear direction along a first axis of movement and along a second axis of movement which extends transversely with respect to the first axis of movement such that it can be adjusted with respect to the base part, and wherein for guiding the handling arm, a guiding cam is provided on the base part and at least one cam follower is provided on the handling arm, wherein a first drive is provided for adjusting the handling arm along the first axis of movement and a second drive is provided for adjusting the handling arm along the second axis of movement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2015
    Assignee: Schunk GmbH & Co. KG Spann—und Greiftechnik
    Inventor: Georg Geith
  • 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: 8947879
    Abstract: A container that holds rack mountable electronics equipment includes a plurality of rack enclosures and a corresponding plurality of enclosure cooling units. Each rack enclosure is movably mounted in the container such it can move from a position abutting a front of an enclosure cooling unit to a maintenance and access position spaced apart from the enclosure cooling unit. Each enclosure cooling unit is capable of providing varying amounts of cool air to the rack enclosure it abuts, so that the interior of each rack enclosure can be maintained at a different temperature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2015
    Assignee: Smartcube, LLC
    Inventors: John P. Broome, Thomas S. Oberlin, Eduardo W. Nusser, Donald W. Kauffman
  • Patent number: 8641356
    Abstract: An elevating conveyance device with improved versatility which can be utilized for transferring an automobile body in an automobile assembly line, etc.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2014
    Assignee: Daifuku Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Hisashi Kyotani
  • Patent number: 8033778
    Abstract: The present invention proposes an elevating conveyance device with improved versatility which can be utilized for transferring an automobile body in an automobile assembly line, etc.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2011
    Assignee: Daifuku Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Hisashi Kyotani
  • Patent number: 7938612
    Abstract: A battery-changing vehicle includes a mobile carriage, a frame disposed above the mobile carriage, and a boom assembly connected to the frame. The mobile carriage defines a loading deck for receiving and transporting a battery. The boom assembly includes a lift hoist that lifts a battery to and from the loading deck. The lift hoist is capable of lateral movement between an extended disposition, at which the lift hoist is cantilevered away from the loading deck, and a withdrawn disposition, at which the lift hoist is disposed above the loading deck. The battery-changing vehicle may also include a transfer arm capable of transferring a battery to and from the loading deck.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2011
    Assignee: Multi-Shifter, Inc.
    Inventors: Eric D. Springston, John R. Pratt, Dale A. Williams
  • Patent number: 7841822
    Abstract: A manipulator for use with a lift truck includes a guide assembly mountable on a mast of a lift truck, a carriage assembly supported for movement along the guide assembly, and an arm assembly mounted on the carriage assembly for supporting a lift truck attachment such as a clamping apparatus. The arm assembly may include two arms pivotable with respect to each other about a substantially vertical axis. The manipulator can move a load in a widthwise direction of a lift truck and between opposite widthwise sides of a lift truck.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 30, 2010
    Assignee: Tygard Machine & Manufacturing Company
    Inventor: Edward Tygard
  • Patent number: 7632054
    Abstract: This invention relates to a forklift truck (1) of the type adapted to be mounted on a carrying vehicle, commonly referred to as a piggy-back forklift. The forklift truck has a forklift loading support comprising an upright bar (19) is mounted on the mast carriage (9) between the upright mast (11) and the side bar (7). The upright bar (19) may be pivotally mounted on the mast carriage, pivotable to and from a platform engaging position forward of the mast and a stowed position rearward of the front surface of the mast. The forklift loading support may be deployed very quickly and will not hinder loading of the forklift onto a carrying vehicle or require modification of the mounting gear for the forklift truck.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2009
    Assignee: Moffett Research & Development Limited
    Inventors: Barry McGrane, Kevin Turnbull
  • Publication number: 20080279669
    Abstract: A storage rack with a multiplicity of rack units (4, 5) comprises a stack of interspaced supporting mounts (72), arranged paired at opposing sidewalls (70) of the rack units in forming a storage location (3) for a tote (40). The tote (40) is designed for storage and retrieval in/from storage locations (3) by means of an automated transfer apparatus (1). The transfer apparatus (1) comprises a first transfer means (10) for travelling in a vertical direction (Z). Furthermore it comprises a second transfer means (20) for travelling in a first horizontal direction (X) supported by and relative to the first transfer means (10). To allow a simple adaptation of the storage rack to changes in the spatial situation the first transport means (10) consists of a multiplicity of releasably interconnected modules (13, 18, 61), the number of which can be varied depending on the number of rack units (4, 5).
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 21, 2006
    Publication date: November 13, 2008
    Applicant: HANEL & CO.
    Inventor: Joachim Hanel
  • Publication number: 20080131251
    Abstract: An apparatus for conveying and storing articles comprises an inlet/outlet slot, a plurality of storage spaces stacked vertically and transversely, and a movable bucket for conveying an article from the inlet/outlet slot to one of the storage spaces and conveying an article from one of the storage spaces to the inlet/outlet slot. The bucket comprises a bucket body, an arm projecting from the bucket body, a first driving roller provided on the arm and a guide projecting from the bucket body. The first driving roller and the guide enter one of the storage spaces to clamp an article, thereby enabling the article to be transferred from the bucket into the storage space and be taken from the storage space into the bucket.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 30, 2007
    Publication date: June 5, 2008
    Inventors: Naoto Sato, Masaru Tsunoda, Toshihiko Kurihara, Chiaki Kobayashi
  • Patent number: 7101139
    Abstract: A material handling system for use in storing and moving goods within multi-level storage warehouses, ocean going vessels and the like wherein storage areas are provided on at least one of the levels and wherein goods are automatically transferred to and from the storage areas and between the various levels by self-propelled load transfer vehicles. The load transfer vehicles move across the surface of the various levels and deliver are also movable within open vertical trunks between the levels to thereby move goods to any desired area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2003
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2006
    Inventor: Charles E. Benedict
  • Patent number: 7066704
    Abstract: A cart comprises a base frame, driver for extending an operational stroke of a hydraulic jack and transferring this movement into an up and down motion, a pair of elevating rods simultaneously lifted of lowered by movement of the driver, a pair of supporting frames for operably supporting the elevating rods by virtue of guide rollers, and a holder fixed to the elevating rods for lifting and lowering the component supply unit, wherein a multi purpose space is formed surrounded by the driver, the elevating rods, and the holder. By using a positioning mechanism containing a structure where a positioning pin of a fixing device fits into a V-shaped slot formed on a component supply unit side, a component supply unit may be positioned in two different directions by pushing the component supply unit in a single direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2000
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2006
    Assignee: Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Tadashi Endo, Takao Kashiwazaki, Akira Kabeshita
  • Patent number: 7001131
    Abstract: A forklift (1) of the type adapted to be transported on a carrying vehicle comprising a wheeled chassis (6) on which are mounted a pair of platform engaging load rest supports (15). The load rest supports (15) comprise a pair of spaced-apart upright bars (20) which have a contact surface for engagement at Y of a platform (2). The forklift truck (1) also has a mast (8) carrying extendable forks (9) to allow a load (3) to be placed on and removed from an extended position across the platform. The load rest support (15) allows the mast (8) to be tilted and if the mast (8) can also be side-shifted, then it can be side-shifted without interference with the platform (2). This further prevents tilting of the forklift (1) in the direction of the arrow A.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2003
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2006
    Assignee: Moffett Research and Development Limited
    Inventor: Eric O'Keeffe
  • Patent number: 6835040
    Abstract: An overhead conveyor system transports a selectable workpiece from vertically extending storage racks having a plurality of horizontally extending shelves with stationary stacks of workpieces to be processed on each shelf. Each shelf includes horizontally spaced shelf support members defining openings complementary to horizontally extending support members of a carriage. The horizontally extending members of the carriage are insertable between adjacent horizontally spaced shelf members to engage the upper most workpiece supported by the shelf located below the horizontally extending support members of the carriage. Workpiece engaging members operably associate or engage the upper-most workpiece with the carriage for movement vertically and horizontally along the path of travel to a workstation for processing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2002
    Date of Patent: December 28, 2004
    Inventor: Neil Quiring
  • Patent number: 5498117
    Abstract: A device for sidetracking a truck, which basically comprises a movable actuator element operable in a direction to and from the truck, a carriage connected to the movable actuator element, on which the truck is to be placed, the carriage means being provided, on an upper side thereof, with a lifting element for raising the truck so as to raise the truck from a floor, and a stationary actuator element connected to the movable actuator element, the stationary actuator element being extendable and retractable in a direction along the direction wherein the movable actuator means is operated with respect to the truck. With such a simple structure, the truck may be sidetracked, even in a direction orthogonal with the path along which the truck moves.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 1994
    Date of Patent: March 12, 1996
    Assignee: Tachi-S Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Takashi Nezu
  • Patent number: 5000641
    Abstract: A refuse conveyor system for a multi-floor building is disclosed, which includes: (a) a multi-floor building having a plurality of floors, (b) a vertical shaft defined by walls and extending through one or more floors of the multi-floor building, one of the walls having a window at portions corresponding to the respective floors of the multi-floor building, (c) a transport control system, (d) a refuse container for storing and conveying refuse, the refuse container having a closeable opening and a lid for closing the opening, (e) a compartment having a window on one side thereof and an opening on the top side thereof, the window facing and communicating with the window of the vertical shaft, (f) a weight sensor for checking the fullness of the refuse container with the refuse, (g) a transport mechanism for transporting the refuse container, the transport mechanism being operatively communicated with the transport control system, (h) a conveyor having a conveyor belt operatively communicated with the transport
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 1989
    Date of Patent: March 19, 1991
    Assignee: Shimizu Construction Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Koshin Kikuchi, Shinichi Ozaki
  • Patent number: 4909697
    Abstract: An automated work station which may be used when needed in conjunction with two vertical temporary holding conveyors makes use of a tiltable table and associated transition table for each conveyor. One tiltable table is shifted to a first upper horizontal position to receive empty boxes, one at a time, from its vertical conveyor. The other tiltable table is shifted to a first upper horizontal position to receive box units in which have been stored supply quantities of the different material items from which the operator selects specified quantities of items and places those items in the empty box units until an order is filled. The tiltable tables each have a tilted position for the operator's convenience while the boxes are being unloaded and loaded. When a box unit is to leave the tiltable table, the table is again tilted to a second and lower horizontal position from which the box unit is moved to a second lower horizontal level of the transition table.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 1988
    Date of Patent: March 20, 1990
    Assignee: Computer Aided Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Clay Bernard, II, Robert D. Lichti
  • Patent number: 4741657
    Abstract: A line stocking conveyor sequentially moves bins full of parts to an access position at an assembly line. Bins are sequentially moved between stations within a feeding channel by a reciprocating bed of linked conveying tables, each table including raisable pads for lifting and holding bins during movement of the bins between stations. Empty bins are conveyed to a return channel adjacent the feeding channel, and sequentially moved between stations of the return channel to a final removal station in the return channel by a reciprocating bed having raisable bed pads for lifting and carrying a bin during movement of the bed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 1986
    Date of Patent: May 3, 1988
    Assignee: Artco Corporation
    Inventor: Raymond L. Cassel
  • Patent number: 4558487
    Abstract: Workpieces of varying dimension, points of common contour and shape are loaded on a transfer shuttle at loading station I and located on a projected line of light at a common point on the workpieces from which they vary; the shuttle moves the workpieces to first work station II; the shuttle is retracted and reloaded with workpieces; the shuttle then picks up the workpieces in station II; the shuttle then deposits the reloaded workpieces in station II, and the workpieces from station II in station III; the shuttle is retracted and station III emptied; the shuttle is reloaded and the repetition continues until the desired number of workpieces are processed. During reloading and any necessary time dwell, work is performed at work stations II and III and work may be performed during advancing movement of the shuttle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 1984
    Date of Patent: December 17, 1985
    Assignee: William T. Sevald
    Inventor: Norman H. Vogt
  • Patent number: 4215622
    Abstract: A hydraulic control circuit especially for use with multi-function hydraulic devices, such as for industrial lift truck attachments, in which a combination of valve means are adapted to operate two or more hydraulic systems, the valve system being designed such that a minimum number of hydraulic conduits are required to connect the main hydraulic system to the hydraulic devices, as from a lift truck to an attachment supporting carriage on a lift truck upright, and no electric lines are required to be connected to switching devices between the hydraulic devices, such as to solenoid operated valves.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 1978
    Date of Patent: August 5, 1980
    Assignee: Clark Equipment Company
    Inventor: Willard L. Chichester
  • Patent number: 4195962
    Abstract: A platform loading system having an elevator platform mounted loader unit d a magazine mounted loader unit in each magazine served by the loader system. Each loader unit consists of one cargo tray and its associated tray transfer machinery. In each loader unit a cargo tray may occupy one of two positions, an upper position or a lower position. The load to be transferred is always carried by a tray in the upper position. Transfer of weapons between elevator platforms and magazines consists of a simultaneous exchange of a loaded and empty tray between mating loader units. The loaded tray traveling in the upper position passes over the empty tray in the lower position heading in the opposite direction. At completion of tray exchange, loaded trays may be off-loaded and the now empty tray lowered to the lower tray position by a tray jacking system as required by the next exchange operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 1976
    Date of Patent: April 1, 1980
    Assignee: The United States of America as represented by the Secretary of the Navy
    Inventors: Gordon J. Laskowski, Richard I. Schrick