Process Patents (Class 414/800)
  • Patent number: 11484378
    Abstract: A hand grip apparatus for receiving operator input includes a body having a proximal end and a distal interface end for coupling to an input apparatus. A first control lever is attached to the body and extends away from the proximal end and terminates in a finger grip for receiving one of the operator's fingers. A second control lever is attached to the body and extends away from the proximal end terminating in a thumb grip for receiving the operator's thumb. Movement of at least one of the control levers is operable to produce a first control signal representing the movement. An input control is included on the body between the grip ends and has an actuator surface angled towards the finger grip end and configured to produce a second control signal in response to actuation by one of the operator's fingers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2022
    Assignee: Titan Medical Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas Andrew Lutzow, Daniel P. Smith, Peter John Kenneth Cameron
  • Patent number: 11465888
    Abstract: A lifting system for a vehicle including a powered winch, a telescopic hoist, jib, or arm and an attachment means on the vehicle for allowing the hoist arm to be pivotally adjusted. The attachment means is provided as a mounting plate which is mounted beneath the vehicle. The mounting plate includes receiving sections that receive a bottom distal end of the telescopic hoist arm. The hoist arm then upwardly extends from the bottom of the mounting plate and is supported to the vehicle using straps. Furthermore, the winch is provided as an integral part of the vehicle which is then fed through to the hoist arm an received by a pulley member located on a distal top end of the hoist arm. The winch is then secured to an anchor which is adapted to receive a load to be transported by the lifting system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2022
    Inventor: Jason Laidler
  • Patent number: 11464594
    Abstract: A hand grip apparatus for receiving operator input includes a body having a proximal end and a distal interface end for coupling to an input apparatus. A first control lever is attached to the body and extends away from the proximal end and terminates in a finger grip for receiving one of the operator's fingers. A second control lever is attached to the body and extends away from the proximal end terminating in a thumb grip for receiving the operator's thumb. Movement of at least one of the control levers is operable to produce a first control signal representing the movement. An input control is included on the body between the grip ends and has an actuator surface angled towards the finger grip end and configured to produce a second control signal in response to actuation by one of the operator's fingers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2021
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2022
    Assignee: Titan Medical Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas Andrew Lutzow, Daniel P. Smith, Peter John Kenneth Cameron
  • Patent number: 11396169
    Abstract: The cargo liner is configured for use with a cargo carrying vehicle. The cargo liner is a protective structure that covers the supporting surface of the cargo carrying vehicle that supports the cargo. The cargo liner forms a protective barrier that prevents the cargo from damaging the supporting surface. The protective barrier formed by the cargo liner transfers the load of the cargo to the supporting surface of the cargo carrying vehicle that supports the cargo. The cargo liner is formed from a composite material. The cargo liner is temperature resistant. By temperature resistant is meant that has a melting point greater than 500 F (260 C). The composite material that forms the cargo liner has a structure selected from the group consisting of: a) a base structure; b) a flexible structure; and, c) a panel structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 26, 2022
    Inventor: Damarius Pollard
  • Patent number: 11351677
    Abstract: In the manufacture of certain cosmetics packaging, small metal pans are used to carry the cosmetic material, and these are incorporated in cosmetics carriers. The cosmetic material is initially in a powder form that is compressed into the pan prior to the pan being assembled into a carrier A multi-pan insertion tool includes a control plate and one or more interface plates that can, in turn, be attached to the control plate. Each interface plate corresponds to a different pan configuration. The interface plate includes a plurality of protrusion sites that each correspond to a single pan. An air passage from each protrusion site passes through the tool to the valve on the control plate that is controlled by an operator (either open or closed). A vacuum hose is attached to the valve to create the necessary vacuum/suction. The operator can then use the tool to pick up multiple pans at once, using suction, and then deposit the pans into a press for powder loading and then compression of the powder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2022
    Assignee: Oxygen Development LLC
    Inventor: Jeronimo Olea
  • Patent number: 11322380
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a substrate transfer system, which includes a main body, a tray cassette base, a tray aligner, a tray robot, a substrate cassette base, a substrate aligner, a substrate robot and a Bernoulli robot. The tray can be transferred to the tray aligner by the tray robot. The substrate can be transferred to the substrate aligner by the substrate robot. By the Bernoulli robot, the substrate can be transferred from the substrate aligner to the tray on the tray aligner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2021
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2022
    Assignee: SKY TECH INC.
    Inventors: Jing-Cheng Lin, Jung-Hua Chang
  • Patent number: 11287804
    Abstract: A mobile manufacturing platform including a control unit; a manufacturing unit operatively coupled to the control unit, the manufacturing unit configured to fabricate a component using an automated manufacturing process based on a three-dimensional solid model of the component; and a quality test unit operatively coupled to the control unit and configured to perform testing on one of the component and a sample of material used to fabricate the component; wherein the platform is configured for transport via a vehicle to a worksite.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2022
    Assignee: Mueller International, LLC
    Inventors: Timofey Sitnikov, Jason White Bradley, Paul Gifford, Aurelian Ioan Furcoiu
  • Patent number: 11279021
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for controlling a robot is provided. In this robot, direct teaching can be performed while updating a position command on the basis of an applied external force. In the method and apparatus, a proximity region is set inside a boundary of an operation-allowed range of the robot, the proximity region being indicative of a proximity of the boundary. Stored is an external force applied when a monitoring point provided in the robot reaches the proximity region as a reference external force. And performed is comparing the reference external force with a current external force when a current position of the monitoring point is in the proximity region, to thereby determine a direction that facilitates movement away from the proximity region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2022
    Assignee: DENSO WAVE INCORPORATED
    Inventors: Masanori Sato, Yuto Kawachi
  • Patent number: 11186261
    Abstract: A parked freight trailer stabilizer and restraint comprising: (a) a kingpin receiver configured to lock onto a kingpin of a parked freight trailer; (b) a jack operatively coupled to the kingpin receiver, the jack repositionable between a retracted position and an extended position; (c) a tail hold operatively coupled to the kingpin receiver, the tail hold repositionable between a stowed position and a restraining position, the tail hold configured to engage a ground mount; and, (d) a transport receiver configured to engage a transport vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 30, 2021
    Assignee: Stabilock, LLC
    Inventor: Thomas Terrance Kimener
  • Patent number: 11053025
    Abstract: A method and system for alleviating a load is provided. A support system is positioned at a nominal location with respect to an object. The support system comprises jacks and supports. Each of the supports is associated with one of the jacks. The object is positioned on the support system. The support system with the object is moved across a path. The height of each of the jacks is adjusted as the support system moves along the path to maintain a desired minimum load on each jack. Maintaining the desired minimum load prevents damage to the object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2021
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Benjamin Samuel Merrit, Patrick B. Stone, Don J. Russell, Brennan John Dunlap
  • Patent number: 10923381
    Abstract: An electrostatic chuck device includes: an electrostatic chuck part which incorporates an internal electrode for electrostatic attraction and has a placing surface on which a plate-like sample is placed; a base part which cools the electrostatic chuck part; and an adhesion layer which bonds the electrostatic chuck part and the base part to integrate the parts together, in which a first through-hole is provided in the electrostatic chuck part, a second through-hole that communicates with the first through-hole is provided in the base part, a tubular insulator is fixed in the second through-hole, an annular sealing member is sandwiched between the electrostatic chuck part and a distal end surface of the insulator, wherein the distal end surface is located on the electrostatic chuck part side of the insulator, and a tubular insulating wall member is located at the inner side of the sealing member in the radial direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2021
    Assignee: SUMITOMO OSAKA CEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Mamoru Kosakai, Yukio Miura, Kazunori Ishimura, Keisuke Maeda, Hitoshi Kouno, Yuuki Kinpara, Shinichi Maeta, Tomomi Ito
  • Patent number: 10923378
    Abstract: A method for transferring components from a transfer head to a receiving substrate is disclosed. The method includes monitoring signals indicative of a pitch mismatch between locations on the transfer head and locations on the receiving substrate and actuating at least one actuator based at least in part on the monitored signals to reduce the mismatch of the pitch of the locations on the transfer head and the locations on the receiving substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2021
    Assignee: Seagate Technology LLC
    Inventors: Javier I Guzman, I-Fei Tsu, Michael J Conover, Declan Macken
  • Patent number: 10759600
    Abstract: An autonomous transport vehicle for transferring case units to and from predefined storage areas in an automated case unit storage system, the automated case unit storage system including an array of multilevel storage racks with picking aisles passing therebetween and at least one multilevel vertical conveyor having movable shelves, the autonomous transport vehicle including a frame configured to traverse the picking aisles and a transfer deck connecting the picking aisles to the at least one multilevel vertical conveyor for transferring case units between the predefined storage areas and the at least one multilevel vertical conveyor, and a controller connected to the frame, the controller being configured to effect movement of the autonomous transport vehicle through the picking aisles for accessing each storage area within a respective level of the array of multilevel storage racks and each shelf of the at least one multilevel vertical conveyor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2020
    Assignee: Symbotic LLC
    Inventors: Robert Sullivan, John Lert, Stephen C. Toebes, Foster Hinshaw, Nathan Ulrich
  • Patent number: 10697257
    Abstract: A system includes a casing running tool and a tubular measurement system coupled to an internal shaft of the casing running tool and configured to measure data indicative of a grappling force of the casing running tool on a tubular. The measured data indicative of the grappling force includes a number of turns of the internal shaft and/or a torque experienced by the internal shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: Nabors Drilling Technologies USA, Inc.
    Inventors: Brian Dale Dewald, Doug Christian Greening
  • Patent number: 10625421
    Abstract: The control system includes a first controller, a second controller, and a third controller. The third controller includes a first communication module, a second communication module, and a control processing module configured to output a first operation command for operating the first controlled object to the first controller via the first communication module, configured to output a second operation command for operating the second controlled object to the second controller via the second communication module, configured to acquire information on a current position of the first controlled object from the first controller via the first communication module, and configured to correct the second operation command on a basis of information on the current position of the first controlled object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Inventors: Masao Ojima, Kazuo Fujino
  • Patent number: 10562141
    Abstract: Provided is a tool switching/holding device including: a base; a Y-axis slide base; a Y-axis actuator that moves the Y-axis slide base in a Y-axis direction; X-axis slide bases that are provided on the Y-axis slide base; tool mounting members that are provided on the X-axis slide bases and on which a tool is mounted; an X-axis actuator that selectively holds one of the tool mounting members and that moves the held tool mounting member in the X-axis direction; and retreating/locking sections that cause the tool mounting member other than the tool mounting member that is selectively held by the X-axis actuator to retreat to a position away from the X-axis actuator in the Y-axis direction or the X-axis direction and that lock the retreating tool mounting member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Assignee: Fanuc Corporation
    Inventor: Ryouji Kitamura
  • Patent number: 10529600
    Abstract: A decoupling system includes a deflection plate configured for coupling across a low pressure orifice of a low pressure chamber. The deflection plate includes one or more vacuum pores extending through the deflection plate. A peeling flange is coupled with a remainder of the deflection plate at a compliant joint. A die profile opening extends from the compliant joint around the peeling flange in the shape of a die profile. The die profile opening separates the peeling flange from the remainder of the deflection plate. The peeling flange includes relaxed and peeling configurations configured to decouple a die from a die media. In the relaxed configuration the peeling flange is coincident with the remainder of the deflection plate. In the peeling configuration the peeling flange is deflected, and at least a portion of the flange is spaced from the remainder of the deflection plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Assignee: Intel Corporation
    Inventors: Bassam M. Ziadeh, Nathan P. Heckathorne, Douglas Heymann
  • Patent number: 10507993
    Abstract: A method of leveling a parked freight trailer at a loading dock, the method comprising: (a) positioning a portable stabilizing device at least partially underneath a forward portion of the parked freight trailer; (b) positioning a lift associated with the portable stabilizing device to bear weight of the forward portion of the parked freight trailer; (c) reorienting the parked freight trailer so a floor of the parked freight trailer goes from a substantially non-parallel orientation to an approximately parallel orientation with respect to a floor of the loading dock by repositioning at least one of the jack and a landing gear of the parked freight trailer; and, (e) maintaining the lift in a weight bearing position while goods are at least one of unloaded from or loaded onto the parked freight trailer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2019
    Assignee: Stabilock, LLC
    Inventor: Thomas Terrance Kimener
  • Patent number: 10452071
    Abstract: A method for identifying objects by an autonomous robot. Images of a work environment are captured by an image sensor positioned on the autonomous robot. An object dictionary containing image data regarding a set of objects is preloaded into the system. Captured images are transmitted to an image processor that processes the images to generate feature vector and identify objects within the images by comparison to objects in the object dictionary. Upon identifying an object in an image as an object from the object dictionary, the system executes a set of preprogrammed responses, which may include altering a movement path to avoid colliding with or driving over the object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2019
    Assignee: AI Incorporated
    Inventors: Ali Ebrahimi Afrouzi, Soroush Mehrnia
  • Patent number: 10407990
    Abstract: A hydraulic fracturing system has a pump driven by an electrically powered motor. The pump pressurizes fluid which is piped into a wellbore to fracture a subterranean formation. The pump and motor are mounted on a trailer that is hitched to a tractor. A platform assembly is mounted onto the trailer, and which is selectively moveable between deployed and stowed configurations. The platform assembly includes a platform, a lateral rail assembly mounted to the platform, and gates on the forward and aft ends of the platform. The rail assembly and gates define a safety barrier to prevent operations personnel from falling off the platform. In the stowed configuration the platform assembly is anchored in place over wheels on the trailer. In the deployed configuration, the platform assembly provides work surface so that operations personnel can readily access the pump on the trailer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignee: U.S. Well Services, LLC
    Inventors: Jared Oehring, Brandon Neil Hinderliter
  • Patent number: 10343875
    Abstract: The assembly includes a tool with a stem having a first end having a projecting portion such as a ring, and a second end adapted to be engaged by lifting equipment. The assembly also includes a stem receiving portion formed in a wind turbine part to be lifted. The stem of the tool is adapted to be freely passed through the stem receiving portion until the first end of the stem is locked to the stem receiving portion, thereby preventing the stem from separating from the stem receiving portion when lifting the wind turbine part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: GE RENEWABLE TECHNOLOGIES WIND B.V.
    Inventors: Pere Cortada Acosta, Ricardo Lázaro, Ferran Roura, Laura Carrión
  • Patent number: 10308299
    Abstract: Systems and methods for moving at least one load transporting apparatus may include the load transporting apparatus(es) configured to move in at least one direction, at least one feedback sensing device disposed on and/or within the load transporting apparatus where the sensing device obtains movement measurements of the load transporting apparatus, a first location to receive a pre-determined input, a second location to receive the movement measurement(s), and a processing circuit to compare the movement measurement(s) to the pre-determined input. In a non-limiting embodiment, a pre-loading system may prepare the load transporting apparatus for movement prior to moving or lifting a load by depressing at least one component of the load transporting apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: Hydraulic Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: Carl Flynt Higginbotham, III
  • Patent number: 10308450
    Abstract: A method of leveling a parked semi-trailer at a loading dock, the method comprising: (a) positioning a portable stabilizing device at least partially underneath a forward portion of the parked semi-trailer; (b) positioning a lift associated with the portable stabilizing device to bear weight of the forward portion of the parked semi-trailer; (c) reorienting the parked semi-trailer so a floor of the parked semi-trailer goes from a substantially parallel orientation to an approximately non-parallel orientation with respect to a horizontal floor of the loading dock by repositioning at least one of the jack and a landing gear of the parked semi-trailer; and, (e) maintaining the lift in a weight bearing position while goods are at least one of unloaded from or loaded onto the parked semi-trailer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: Stabilock, LLC
    Inventor: Thomas Terrance Kimener
  • Patent number: 10294912
    Abstract: A blade attaching method is provided for a power generating apparatus which may include a blade, a hub having a blade attaching part, a bearing, a generator, and a pitch drive mechanism. The method may include, but is not limited to: a step of attaching a suspension device to the blade; a step of lifting the blade; a step of holding the blade so that the blade attaching part of the hub faces the blade root part of the; a step of rotating the blade attaching part by the pitch drive mechanism to a set angular position while holding the hub; and a step of fixing the blade to the hub after rotating the blade attaching part to the set angular position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: MITSUBISHI HEAVY INDUSTRIES, LTD.
    Inventor: Yoshiyuki Amano
  • Patent number: 10209166
    Abstract: A system for processing biological specimens mounted on microscope slides by adding and removing processing fluids from microscope slides by means of capillary action using a slide holder capable of holding multiple microscope slides, and a spacer positioned in between two slides of a slide pair to create a capillary gap. A capillary gap adjuster can be used to pinch and release one end of the slide pair to create a pulsatile action to mix the reagent within the capillary gap. The system may further include a reagent holder, an absorbent pad, a series of reagent baths, and an incubator for holding one or more slide holders.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Inventors: Alfonso Heras, Jose Vargas, Jack Novak
  • Patent number: 9969041
    Abstract: A deformable thin object spreading device and method are disclosed. The device includes a control part configured to: control a clamping unit and a moving mechanism to cause the clamping unit to clamp a first point of a deformable thin object; cause an endpoint detecting part to detect a first endpoint; control the clamping unit and the moving mechanism to cause the clamping unit to clamp the first endpoint; cause the endpoint detecting part to detect a second endpoint; control the clamping unit and the moving mechanism to cause the clamping unit to clamp both of the first endpoint and the second endpoint; cause the endpoint detecting part to detect a third endpoint; and control the clamping unit and the moving mechanism to cause the clamping unit to clamp both of the first endpoint or the second endpoint and the third endpoint of the deformable thin object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignees: Seven Dreamers Laboratories, Inc., Panasonic Corporation
    Inventors: Yoshimasa Endo, Hiroshi Kitagawa, Hiroshi Kimura
  • Patent number: 9630545
    Abstract: A cargo space includes a rear lift gate moveable between opened and closed positions to allow movement of palletized containers into and out of the cargo space. The cargo space has a substantially horizontal floor with first and second sets of laterally spaced, parallel, longitudinal tracks. The tracks extend from the front to the lift gate at the rear of the cargo space. At least one set of tracks is positioned transverse to the longitudinal tracks. The tracks slidably support cargo container pallets. A system of actuators, guides and locks enable programmed movement of the pallets along the tracks into and out of the cargo space as well as within the cargo space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2017
    Assignee: JKC Development, Inc.
    Inventors: J. Kevin Corrigan, Colm K. Corrigan
  • Patent number: 9618568
    Abstract: A method of testing a semiconductor device using the test equipment includes loading an undivided printed circuit board (PCB) including unit PCBs in a test equipment. A semiconductor device is mounted in each of the unit PCBs. Product information of the undivided PCB loaded in the test equipment is confirmed. The undivided PCB whose product information has been confirmed is electrically connected to one of a plurality of main testers of the test equipment. Each of the main testers includes a main test interface directly connected to a cloud server in which firmwares for various kinds of tests are stored. The product information of the undivided PCB is transmitted to the main tester electrically connected to the undivided PCB. The main tester to which the product information has been transmitted performs a main test of the undivided PCB using the product information. The undivided PCB on which the main test has been performed by the main tester is unloaded from the test equipment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2017
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Young-Chul Lee, Nam-Hong Lee, Kyung-Sook Lee, Jung-Hyun Park, Sang-Youl Lee
  • Patent number: 9540878
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for inspecting and tallying pipe in a well completion system. In one embodiment, at least one sensor determines the length of a pipe and/or at least one thread protector sensor determines whether the thread protectors are removed from both ends of the pipe. The sensors may be located in a mast assembly, a pipe arm, a walkway adjacent said pipe arm used to urge pipe towards the pipe arm, or various other places as desired. A moveable control van with a control system receives signals from the sensors. The control van comprises a system which also keeps a tally of the total amount of pipe currently in the wellbore. In one embodiment, memory chips may be used on the pipe to store a history of the pipe. The sensors then communicate this information back to the control system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2017
    Assignee: Superior Energy Services—North America Services, Inc
    Inventor: Mark J. Flusche
  • Patent number: 9416767
    Abstract: A method for handling a wind powerplant's rotor hub or to handle a wind powerplant's rotor using a hoist, in particular for erecting a wind powerplant or for assembling or disassembling a rotor to and from such a powerplant, in particular a hub or a rotor being configured by means of one assembly side to the wind powerplant's tower, the hub or rotor being raised or held by the hoist. In the raised state, the hub is tilted by a tilting mechanism acting on it out of the initial, raised position by a predetermined angle of tilting, or the rotor is tilted by a tilting mechanism acting on the rotor blade roots of the rotor through a predetermined angle of tilting. A mechanism to handle a wind powerplant's rotor hub of a wind powerplant's rotor, in particular for assembling or dismantling a rotor to or from its wind powerplant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2016
    Assignee: SENVION SE
    Inventors: Alf Trede, Oliver Heinecke, Carsten Eusterbarkey
  • Patent number: 9409507
    Abstract: A method of moving freight which utilizes removable storage units or containers that have the same or similar size and which can be positioned on a specially designed truck frame and/or a trailer frame. The storage units are filled with freight such as household goods, taken to a storage facility or warehouse and stored by removing the entire storage unit from the truck or trailer utilizing, for example, a fork lift. The freight can be reloaded by loading the storage unit onto a truck or a trailer, which then delivers the freight to its final destination where it is removed from the storage unit. Multiple storage units loaded at different locations can be transported by the same truck and trailer from the warehouse to separate final unloading destinations. The truck and trailer are connected by a stinger steer mechanism which adjusts the distance between the truck and trailer providing a more versatile unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2016
    Assignee: Magna Van Development Company LLC
    Inventors: David S. Budd, Donald L. Gibson, Jr., George Gauntt, Scott Stewart, Kevin Patrick, Ron Shearer
  • Patent number: 9371213
    Abstract: A triangular lift frame may include a first load block, a second load block and a third lift block, each load block including a hoist ring at each end. A first frame member extends between the first and second load blocks; a second frame member extends between the second and third load blocks; and a third frame member extends between the first and third load blocks. The frame members are arranged in a triangular fashion. In one embodiment, the triangular fashion may be such that a load force carried by each respective pair of load blocks is transmitted linearly longitudinally along a respective frame member extending between the respective pair of load blocks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2016
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventor: Steven Nicholas Bernat
  • Patent number: 9303620
    Abstract: Disclosed is a holding device for holding a hub to be installed at a nacelle. The holding device includes a carrier element with a first connection interface configured to connect the holding device to a lifting system, and a second connection interface configured to connect the device to a blade pitch bearing of the hub. Further disclosed is a pitch operating device for operating a blade pitch angle adjustment device of a hub to be mounted to a nacelle. The pitch operating device includes an actuating unit and a power interface for connecting the pitch operating device to the blade pitch angle adjustment device. Further disclosed is a hub installation system including such a holding device and such a pitch operating device. Further, a method for installing a hub at a nacelle and a method for dismounting a hub from a nacelle are described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2016
    Assignee: SIEMENS AKTIENGESELLSCHAFT
    Inventor: Peter Loevenskjold Falkenberg
  • Patent number: 9290362
    Abstract: A remote heave compensation system associated with a crane on a vessel may include a heave compensator arranged remotely from the crane and configured to translate in association with and to compensate for heaving motion of the vessel, an equalizer arranged on the crane and coupled to an end of a multiline system of the crane, a heave line secured to the equalizer at a first end and secured to the heave compensator at a second end, wherein compensating motion of the heave compensator is transferred to the equalizer by the heave line to compensate for heaving motion of the vessel and stabilize objects suspended from the multiline system of the crane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2016
    Assignee: National Oilwell Varco, L.P.
    Inventor: John E. Hey
  • Patent number: 9285416
    Abstract: A substrate manufacturing apparatus includes a test apparatus including a test handler module for performing a test process on a substrate. The test handler module may include a conveyor unit to transfer a substrate, a handler unit for performing a test process on the substrate, and a transfer unit for transferring the substrate between the conveyor unit and the handler unit. The conveyor unit may include a feed conveyor and a discharge conveyor spaced apart from the feed conveyor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2016
    Assignees: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., Semes Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Youngchul Lee, Semin Kwon, JinHwan Lee, Jea-Muk Oh, Kyungsook Lee, Nam-Hong Lee
  • Patent number: 9073238
    Abstract: A process for reusing rockwool production by-product into marketable bricks is disclosed. The process includes, in a brick forming facility, sequentially dumping incoming rockwool production by-product in a mixing bunker in a first direction, acquiring the rockwool production by-product from the mixing bunker in a second direction, and forming bricks with the mixed rockwool production by-product. Acquiring the rockwool production by-product in the second direction mixes the rockwool production by-product from two non-sequential dumps.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2015
    Inventor: Francis A. Lesters
  • Publication number: 20150147141
    Abstract: A pick-and-place head for picking a plurality of work-pieces from at least one first location and for placing the plurality of work-pieces at least one second location is disclosed. The pick-and-place head exhibits a plurality of nozzles, wherein each nozzle is configured to engage one of the work-pieces by action of a vacuum. At least one nozzle has an individual vacuum supply and at least two further nozzles have a shared vacuum supply. A corresponding method is also disclosed, the method including the steps of approaching at least one of the plurality of work-pieces with a respective nozzle and then starting generation of a vacuum at each respective nozzle. The generation of vacuum in at least one nozzle is achieved by an individual vacuum supply, and generation of vacuum in at least two further nozzles is achieved by a shared vacuum supply of the at least two further nozzles.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 12, 2015
    Publication date: May 28, 2015
    Inventor: Carl Truyens
  • Publication number: 20150147152
    Abstract: A pipe connection guide arrangement is adapted to align a first pipe section having a first flange with a second pipe section having a second flange. The arrangement includes a guide bar to be attached to the first pipe section in a manner in which the guide bar projects longitudinally beyond the first flange. Similarly, a guide funnel is to be attached to a second pipe section, wherein the guide funnel is adapted to receive and locate the guide bar to laterally align the first pipe section to the second pipe section. A stopper bar is provided on the guide bar forward of the first flange, wherein the stopper bar is adapted to abut against the guide funnel to longitudinally align the first pipe section.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 21, 2012
    Publication date: May 28, 2015
    Inventors: Garry Ray VAN HEERDEN, Ian TYNDALE-BISCOE
  • Publication number: 20150147151
    Abstract: Methods for the positioning of equipment are disclosed. One method of the present disclosure can include substantially aligning an equipment support structure with an equipment fixture point of a casing structure; adjusting the equipment support structure to have a selected height and a selected angle; sliding the equipment support structure across a platform having the selected height and the selected angle to reach the equipment fixture point; and coupling a piece of equipment to one of the equipment support structure and the equipment fixture point.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 25, 2013
    Publication date: May 28, 2015
    Applicant: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Thomas Alan Mogle, II, Kyle Joseph Conger, Michael Alan Davi, Stuart Craig Hanson, Robert Joseph Rohrssen
  • Publication number: 20150139760
    Abstract: Provided is a substrate conveyance method where a segment which can simultaneously hold M pieces of substrates defined by an integer M of 2 or more is provided, and a substrate conveyance part can simultaneously convey N pieces of substrates defined by an integer N of 2 or more which is not a divisor of the integer M from the segment or toward the segment. The substrate conveyance part performs a substrate conveyance cycle repeatedly where when N pieces of variables ik defined by integers k of 1 to N are arbitrary integers of 0 or more and not more than (M/N) and satisfy a relationship of M=N×i1+ . . . +1×iN, a conveyance step where a substrate conveyance step of simultaneously conveying (N?k?1) pieces of substrates from the segment or toward the segment by the substrate conveyance part is performed ik times is performed with respect to the conveyance step where the number of times of the substrate conveyance steps is defined by each variable which is a natural number out of N pieces of variables ik.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 19, 2014
    Publication date: May 21, 2015
    Inventor: Yoshifumi OKADA
  • Publication number: 20150132089
    Abstract: This disclosure relates to a system and method for changing tires. A tire-changing device can comprise a frame and a tire holder. The frame can comprise a U-shaped frame and an L-shaped frame. The U-shaped frame can comprise a base and a pair of shafts. Each of the shafts can be connected at both ends of the base. The L-shaped frame can comprise a short beam and a long beam. One end of the short beam can be attached at the bottom of the long beam. The other end of the short beam can be connected at the middle portion of the base. The tire holder can be attachable with the L-shaped frame. The tire holder can comprise a base plate, a plurality of prongs, and an L-shaped connector. The base plate can comprise a disc and a plurality of blades. The disc can be placed at the center of the blades. Each of the prongs can be attached at the top edge portion of each of the blades. The L-shaped connector can comprise a vertical member and a horizontal member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 12, 2014
    Publication date: May 14, 2015
    Inventor: Dion Shondal Clanton
  • Publication number: 20150132082
    Abstract: A system and method for pre-assembly of interior casework components for a wall space of a dwelling unit employs a container box formed as a rigid container shell in a quadrangular shape sized to fit through a standard minimum door opening of a dwelling unit. The container shell is formed by a bottom panel, upright side panels, top panel, rear panel, and removable front cover panel joined together by fastener members. The container box is mounted on roller wheels for delivery in a dwelling unit. A plurality of casework components are pre-assembled in the container shell and are installed in place when the container box is positioned in the dwelling unit. The container box may be formed as a half-height system of upper or lower casework components, and may be combined with other container box systems modularly.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 11, 2013
    Publication date: May 14, 2015
    Inventors: Michael N. Goshi, Wai T. Kwok, Alan Ho, Vernon D. Inoshita
  • Publication number: 20150132097
    Abstract: The present invention is a file cabinet with a roller positioned on the bottom of the cabinet in proximity to a front edge of the cabinet to prevent the cabinet from tipping over when acted on by a force generally perpendicular to the front edge. The present invention also provides a method of moving the file cabinet by rolling the file cabinet on the roller.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 8, 2014
    Publication date: May 14, 2015
    Inventor: Ralph Lipsey BARNETT
  • Publication number: 20150132098
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for the handling of products in a product-handling installation, comprising the following method steps: a) providing at least one product on a flexible placing area, b) placing a cage, which is equipped with at least one displaceable supporting-body group, onto the flexible placing area, c) imparting at least one deflection to the flexible placing area and displacing the deflection along the flexible placing area, and d) simultaneously retracting the at least one supporting-body group into a gap created by the at least one deflection between the flexible placing area and a lower side of the products. The invention further relates to a method for the palletizing of products. Furthermore, a device for the handling of products and the use of said device for the palletizing of products is proposed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 2, 2011
    Publication date: May 14, 2015
    Applicant: Langhammer GmbH
    Inventors: Georg Schmitt, Enrico Pes
  • Publication number: 20150134106
    Abstract: A control system for and methods of controlling a product delivery system are provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 2, 2014
    Publication date: May 14, 2015
    Inventors: JEFF BOYER, JOSEPH TODD PIATNIK, FERNANDO A. UBIDIA, AARON M. STEIN, JOHN F. LEWIS
  • Publication number: 20150132099
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for lifting an object (1) from the sea floor, comprising the steps: coupling of the object (1) to a buoyancy balloon (10), and a buoyant motion of said buoyancy balloon (10) with the object (1), the buoyancy balloon (10) being filled with a buoyancy liquid such as, for example, water, the temperature of which is higher than the temperature of the sea water surrounding said buoyancy balloon (10). The invention also relates to a balloon device (100) which is configured for lifting an object (1) from the sea floor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 3, 2013
    Publication date: May 14, 2015
    Inventors: Guenter R. Fuhr, Heiko Zimmermann
  • Publication number: 20150125252
    Abstract: A crawler for transporting loads, having at least two chain drive units (12a, 12b) and a bearing unit (16) on a chassis (14) between the chain drive units (12a, 12b), to a system comprising a plurality of crawlers of this type and to a method for transporting loads. In order to provide a crawler, and a system and a method, by means of which very large loads can be transported simply and exactly in a controllable manner, the bearing unit has a load pickup (20) for a load to be transported, and has a hoist cylinder (18) having a piston (19) for adjusting the height of the load pickup (20).
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 27, 2013
    Publication date: May 7, 2015
    Inventor: Nikolaus BERZEN RATZEL
  • Publication number: 20150125250
    Abstract: A cart enabling a single person to pull a livestock chute across the ground. The cart includes a bar having a handle and wheels provided at opposing ends. The bar includes first and second members pivotally engaged together. A crossbar pivotally mounted on the bar includes first and second arms configured to engage handles on a lower front end of the chute. When the bar is in a collapsed position, where the first and second members are disposed at an angle to each other, the first and second arms are insertable into the chute handles. When the bar is moved to an erected position, where the first and second members are aligned along the same plane, a force is applied to a footrest on the bar. The arms lift the front end of the chute off the ground and the cart's wheels move under the front end of the chute.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 1, 2013
    Publication date: May 7, 2015
    Applicant: WEAVER LEATHER, LLC
    Inventor: Steven K. Sindlinger
  • Publication number: 20150125253
    Abstract: Methods and systems for recovering, processing, containing, and transporting water obtained from an ice source, i.e., a glacier, ice sheet, ice cap, etc., are described herein. The ice obtained from the ice source holds unique properties and is processed as a beverage for consumption having unique properties. Further, the resulting product is produced and transported with minimal human alteration and reduced energy input as compared to conventional methods for packaging water.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 22, 2014
    Publication date: May 7, 2015
    Inventors: Allen Szydlowski, Ian SZYDLOWSKI, Mickey FOUTS
  • Publication number: 20150125254
    Abstract: Different advantageous embodiments provide a method and apparatus to increase a clearance of a cargo area of an aircraft. The apparatus and method may comprise an aircraft with a cargo area. A tray system may have a plurality of segment trays with each segment tray positioned between a plurality of floor beams located underneath a surface of the floor of the cargo area. A plurality of rollers in the tray system may be configured to allow an object to be moved across the cargo area.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 10, 2015
    Publication date: May 7, 2015
    Inventors: Sergey D. Barmichev, Harry Wilbert Slusher, Gary Peter Seagrave