Process Patents (Class 414/800)
  • 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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
  • 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: 20150125251
    Abstract: An apparatus and a method of using the apparatus for assisting in the carrying of an object having a handle are disclosed. The apparatus is in one embodiment a strap formed into a loop with a reinforcing member attached to a portion of the loop so as to create a rigid portion of the strap. The loop is passed through the handle of the object to be carried, with the rigid portion on the side of the handle away from the user. The user's hand is passed through the loop on the side facing the user and the user lets the weight of the object pull the loop onto the back of the user's wrist. The user can control the object by rotating the hand with minimal pressure by the fingers on the rigid portion of the loop.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 5, 2013
    Publication date: May 7, 2015
    Inventor: Joseph Friedberg
  • 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: 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: 20150118008
    Abstract: An enhanced material-processing device and method are disclosed, having a processing tool of substantially circular circumference, which is operative with a power tool having a rotating spindle and jaws, which clamp the processing tool. The enhanced material-processing device has a central opening that is entered concentrically in the processing tool for receiving a clutch mechanism, and a hub structure. The hub structure is associated with the clutch mechanism to form a slip clutch that is integrally mounted in the enhanced material-processing device and is operative by application of an axial compression friction fit on the processing tool, which slips relative to the rotating spindle when a threshold torque limit is reached. The clutch mechanism is preloaded in axial compression through a predetermined elastic strain distance to provide a friction fit having a torque limit threshold, which torque limit of the slip clutch is controllably pre-adjustable.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 23, 2014
    Publication date: April 30, 2015
    Inventor: Shmuel REZNIK
  • Publication number: 20150118006
    Abstract: A transport and storage apparatus includes two support members pivotally connected to a substantially rectangular base platform at opposed sides of the platform, and a plurality of wheels are attached to the bottom surface of the base platform. The base can include first and second end sections pivotally connected to a mid-section. The apparatus can be moved between a loading position in which the mid-section, the first end section and the second end section are substantially co-planar and the support members extend substantially upwardly from the base platform, to a storage position in which the support members lie flat on the upper surface of the base platform and the first and second end sections extend substantially perpendicular to the mid-section.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 11, 2014
    Publication date: April 30, 2015
    Inventor: Aisha Wallace-Riley
  • Publication number: 20150118007
    Abstract: Methods herein relate to aligning objects and can include aligning a transmitter and a receiver to establish a reference line, advancing one or more objects in a direction of advance toward the reference line, interrupting the reference line with the one or more objects and withdrawing the one or more objects opposite the direction of advance until the reference line is uninterrupted. Alternative or complementary aspects relating to alignment can include detecting an interruption of the reference line based on an object entering the path between the transmitter and the receiver, transmitting an interruption signal based on the detected interruption of the reference line detecting a reestablishment of the reference, and transmitting a continuity signal based on the detected reestablishment of the reference line. Systems for effecting such techniques are also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 25, 2014
    Publication date: April 30, 2015
    Inventor: Paul WEINER
  • Publication number: 20150118005
    Abstract: A device for commercial waste collection has a first container and a second container. A lid covers the first container. A first pair of lifting sleeves is attached to side surfaces of the first container for lifting the first container. A second pair of lifting sleeves is attached to side surfaces of the second container and positioned below the first pair of lifting sleeves. A third pair of lifting sleeves is attached to the side surfaces of the first container and aligned with the second pair of lifting sleeves. The second pair of lifting sleeves and the third pair of lifting sleeves are used together to lift both the first container and the second container together.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 28, 2013
    Publication date: April 30, 2015
    Inventors: Dave BENNETT, Jim Spahn, Steven D. Veatch
  • Publication number: 20150118009
    Abstract: A graphite wafer carrier for LED epitaxial wafer processes, having a plurality of wafer pocket profiles above the carrier for carrying the epitaxial wafer substrate. The inner edge of the wafer pocket profile is a concave step with a plurality of inward-extended support portions; and also has a graphite wafer carrier edge and an axle hole at the center of the graphite wafer carrier. The pocket profiles of different quantities and sizes can be arranged on the basis of different process parameters. The disclosed structure can reduce or eliminate airflow interference and improve the wafer edge yield.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 31, 2014
    Publication date: April 30, 2015
    Applicant: XIAMEN SANAN OPTOELECTRONICS TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: HSIANG-PIN HSIEH, QI NAN, LEI PAN
  • Publication number: 20150115197
    Abstract: A dust suppression composition includes a combination of a crusting agent, a dust suppression agent and a carrier. A method of suppressing dust of an aggregate material includes the step of contacting aggregate material with an effective amount of that dust suppression composition.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 28, 2013
    Publication date: April 30, 2015
    Applicant: Natural Alternatives, LLC
    Inventor: Todd Bloomer
  • Publication number: 20150114123
    Abstract: A gripper unit for handling a vessel for receiving biological material is proposed, inter alia. The vessel has a lid which can assume an open position and a closed position. The gripper unit comprises a gripper for gripping and releasing the vessel, and a lid holder, for holding a lid in a defined position in relation to the vessel. The defined position is an open position of the lid.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 24, 2014
    Publication date: April 30, 2015
    Inventors: Andreas SCHAEFER, Thomas VOIT, Walter TSCHOPP, Adrian GEIGER, Markus ZBINDEN, Harald HIBBING, Andreas KARL, Frank EIGEMEIER, Volker BEHRMANN, Dietmar KOPP, Andreas SCHMIEDE
  • 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
  • Publication number: 20150110586
    Abstract: Universal component lift apparatus for moving components of electronic device manufacturing systems is described. The universal component lift apparatus includes a track, a truck moveable along the track, and a lift apparatus adapted to couple to the truck, the lift apparatus including a wheeled base, a lift portion, and a boom adapted to couple to the component. Electronic device processing systems and methods of moving components thereof are described, as are numerous other aspects.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 22, 2014
    Publication date: April 23, 2015
    Inventors: Jeffrey C. Hudgens, Alpay Yilmaz
  • Publication number: 20150110594
    Abstract: A modifiable rack system can be connected to a vehicle such as a truck or a tractor, and includes a receptacle for holding a variety of items including materials and equipment. The rack system includes a variety of add-ons for organizing and retaining equipment, and a hinged tail gate for easy access. The rack system includes a trailer hitch so a rolling trailer, or the like, can be daisy-chained off the back end. Wheels can be mounted to the rack system so the rack system can used as a rolling cart. The rack system is able to withstand large forces during use because of a tow support spine, and associated structures, which impart tremendous strength.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 15, 2014
    Publication date: April 23, 2015
    Inventor: Timothy J. Descoteaux
  • Publication number: 20150110581
    Abstract: The invention disclosed an apparatus for lifting and sliding a structure attached to the wall, comprising a lifting platform extending out over the building on the roof, and a synchronous lifting and sliding system which is arranged on the lifting platform; wherein the lifting platform comprises two platform beams extending out over the building, and a lifting beam placed on the platform beam; the synchronous lifting and sliding system comprises a hydraulic lifter arranged on the lifting beam, a hydraulic push instrument kit connected to the lifting beam, and a controller; A connecting rod is connected to one end of the hydraulic push instrument kit, and several installing holes are arranged at regular intervals on the connecting rod; The distance between the adjacent installing holes of the connecting rod matches with a stroke of the hydraulic push instrument kit; An installing ear-plate is provided on the platform beam to connect with the connecting rod.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 23, 2014
    Publication date: April 23, 2015
    Applicants: Shanghai YeSheng Mechanical & Electrical Control Technology Co., LTD, Guangzhou Construction Engineering Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Long WANG, Jianming WEN, Junyue GAO, Wei WEI, Yuantao ZHAO, Quan SHAO, Yanfeng JIA