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Material or article handling

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01/22/2015 > 9 patent applications in 9 patent subcategories.

20150023767 - Method and apparatus for loading railcars with crop material: Methods and apparatuses for loading a railcar with crop material. A grain cart has a frame, ground wheels, a hitch assembly, a storage container and an auger assembly having a discharge end for removing particulate material from the storage container discharging it out the discharge end. A spout can be... Agent:

20150023768 - Transport device for samples in a microtome: A transport device (100) for samples (310) in a microtome having a transport arm (112) that is mounted longitudinally movably, has an entraining element (114) mounted pivotably on the transport arm. The entraining element is movable into a first position in which it entrains a sample present on a transport... Agent:

20150023769 - Bulk material handling device: A bulk material handling device can comprise a base and a frame rotatably coupled about the base. The frame can have a first bin engagement feature. The bulk material handling device can also comprise a carriage slidably coupled to the frame. The carriage can have a second bin engagement feature.... Agent:

20150023770 - Dispensing bulk trailer for conveying and unloading articles: A detachable trailer for conveying and unloading articles in bulk is provided, including a frame configured for movement along a substrate and supporting generally vertically extending posts, a container mounted to the frame and configured for receiving the articles, the container being pivotally movable in a swinging action about a... Agent:

20150023771 - Work vehicle boom assembly providing improved visability: A work vehicle has a boom assembly for a work implement that provides an improved sightline between the cabin and work implement. The boom assembly can be a dual function boom having a wishbone configuration with an elongated body supporting the work implement and at the other end having branch... Agent: Deere & Company

20150023772 - Gate valve with conveyor for cargo: A transport robot having a loading device (16-19) and loading arms for loading and unloading items to be transported (13) on the transport robot, wherein the item to be transported (13) is stored in a high-bay storage shelving (12) at the side of the direction of travel for the transport... Agent:

20150023773 - Pallet dispenser and method thereof: A method for dispensing pallets, comprising: moving a pallet stack held in a movable frame from a pallet-storage position to a pallet-dispensation position including: raising the pallet stack held in the movable frame, the movable frame being configured to be moved between the pallet-storage position and the pallet-dispensation position once... Agent:

20150023774 - Folding guard rail method and apparatus: The present invention is for a safety guard rail system having folding guard rails designed to be raised or lowered at their base by a single individual from an acceptable safe distance from the edge of a precipice, such as the edge of a building roof. A sliding sleeve hinge... Agent:

20150023775 - System and method of material handling using one or more imaging devices on the transferring vehicle to control the material distribution into the storage portion of the receiving vehicle: First imaging device collects first image data, whereas second imaging device collects second image data of a storage portion. A container identification module identifies a container perimeter of the storage portion in at least one of the collected first image data and the collected second image data. A spout identification... Agent: Deere & Company

01/15/2015 > 21 patent applications in 19 patent subcategories.

20150016923 - Load and torque resistant caliper exoskeleton: An exoskeleton assembly having an upper body support assembly pivotally connected to a lower body support assembly. A caliper assembly is connected to the lower and upper body support assemblies and includes a load arm attached to a differential strut. The caliper assembly has links pivotally attached to the upper... Agent:

20150016924 - Raise-assist and smart energy system for a pipe handling apparatus: The invention relates to a pipe handling apparatus that delivers and positions tubulars at a wellhead and a device for assisting pivotal movement of a boom relative to a base of the apparatus. A pneumatic spring assembly is pivotally connected between the boom and base. During operation, the pneumatic spring... Agent: T&t Engineering Services, Inc.

20150016925 - Drilling-pipe handling apparatus and method: A drilling-pipe handling apparatus and a method for handling drilling-pipes in a drilling rig, and is concerned particularly with apparatus and a method for racking drilling-pipes in an oil drilling rig. The pipe handling apparatus includes a pipe engaging portion, a movable positioning unit for moving the pipe engaging portion,... Agent: Canrig Drilling Technology Ltd.

20150016926 - Pod having top cover aperture for detecting surrounding gas within the pod: A storage Pod for semiconductor substrates includes a top cover formed from a non-air permeable (NAP) material having faces including a top and a plurality of sides. A bottom base plate has a locking structure configured for providing a locking position for locking the sides, and for providing an unlocked... Agent: Texas Instruments Incorporated

20150016927 - Bobbin changing device: The invention relates to a bobbin changing device (1) for feeding bobbins to and/or removing bobbins from a processing system (40) which can wind a strand-like material onto a bobbin and/or from a bobbin, wherein the bobbin changing device (1) has at least one conveyor system (30) which comprises, for... Agent:

20150016928 - Container: A container (1) for transportation and/or storage of items is provided with under-slung lifting formations (8, 9) for aiding lifting of the container, rotatable support members (10, 11) upon which the container may be moved, and/or means (17) for securing like containers positioned in side by side relationship to be... Agent: Belron Hungary Kft - Zug Branch

20150016929 - Container tilting apparatus: The present invention relates to a container tilting apparatus which includes at least one base section, and at least two tilt arms, with each of the tilt arms being pivotably connected to a base section. The tilt arms may be configured to engage different portions of the container. Also included... Agent: A Ward Attachments Limited

20150016930 - Adjustable motorcycle trailer assembly: A trailer assembly is disclosed that is operable to transport vehicles. The trailer assembly includes at least two tires and a first frame section, a second frame section, and a third frame section. The tires are coupled to the first frame section. The second frame section includes a platform configured... Agent:

20150016931 - Winch mechanism for a carrier truck: A mechanism for a winch assembly includes a link assembly and a bracket. The link assembly includes an actuator having an end configured to be coupled to a winch free spool device, a bushing coupled to the actuator, and a projection extending from the bushing. The bracket defines an aperture... Agent:

20150016932 - Construction machine: A first accommodating case (13) which is located more forward than a fuel tank (12) and is small in height dimension (H1) of an upper surface (13E) is provided on the right side of a revolving frame (5). A second accommodating case (16) the position of an upper surface (16E)... Agent:

20150016933 - Transfer device sucking and transferring object: A transfer device includes a suction unit capable of sucking an object and a transfer unit moving the suction unit. The suction unit includes a base member; a plurality of nozzles provided for a plurality of types of objects; a housing room formation unit attached to the base member, forming... Agent: Fanuc Corporation

20150016934 - Hydraulic assembly and logging equipment using same: A hydraulic assembly including a pivot connection defining a pivot axis, a hydraulic element linked to the pivot connection, and a connector for connecting a hydraulic conduit to the hydraulic element. The connector defines a connection axis and the connector is configured such that the connection axis approximately intersects the... Agent:

20150016935 - Substrate retaining device: Included are: a support mechanism configured to change a pitch at which a plurality of substrate retaining units are arranged; urging mechanisms provided for the respective substrate retaining units and configured to urge the movable units to cause movable retaining members to press-hold substrates; and a push back mechanism configured... Agent:

20150016936 - Substrate transfer method and device: A substrate transfer method includes: a step of placing a first and a second substrate on a first and a second alignment part which are arranged to be vertically spaced from each other by using a first and a second pick. The method further includes a first positioning step of... Agent: Tokyo Electron Limited

20150016937 - Transport device: A device is presented in which individual sample containers can be conveyed from a start position to a target position. The role of start position and target position is interchangeable. The movement of a gripper is a combined lifting movement and translation movement. With the aid of a simple drive,... Agent: Roche Diagnostics Operations, Inc.

20150016938 - Sorting machine for sorting flat articles on edge at a reduced noise level: A sorting machine (1) for sorting flat articles on edge, which machine has sorting outlets (2) for stacking the sorted flat articles, each of which sorting outlets is equipped with a stacking actuator (5) and with at least one slide plate (4) having a front face (40) against which the... Agent: Solystic

20150016940 - Modular moving system and apparatus: 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... Agent:

20150016939 - Raising a tower segment: A raising device realized to be connected to a tower segment of a wind turbine is provided. The raising device comprises a connection member to a raising machine and a plurality of holding members positioned at predefined distances from each other and orientated to be movable in radial locking directions... Agent: Siemens Aktiengesellschaft

20150016941 - Sealed substrate carriers and systems and methods for transporting substrates: An electronic device manufacturing system is disclosed. The system includes a processing tool having one or more processing chambers each adapted to perform an electronic device manufacturing process on one or more substrates; a substrate carrier adapted to couple to the system and carry one or more substrates; and a... Agent:

20150016943 - Lithographic overlay sampling: Some embodiments of the present disclosure relate to a method of alignment which includes defining a plurality of fields on the face of a wafer, and organizing the plurality of fields into an orthogonal field structure and two or more continuous field structures. A first number of alignment structure positions... Agent: Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co., Ltd.

20150016942 - System and method for lifting an electronics panel: A system includes a lift member configured to removably couple with a lifting device and a support member coupled to the lift member. The support member includes a first arm having a first end portion configured to removably engage a first section of an electronics panel, and a second arm... Agent:

01/08/2015 > 5 patent applications in 5 patent subcategories.

20150010377 - Pipe handling apparatus and method: Equipment for moving tubular members from a storage rack to an elevated platform floor is disclosed. A base-mounted articulated support structure has an arcuate trough mounted on top thereof. Loading arms are secured to a side of the pivotal trough for picking up one tubular member from the rack and... Agent: Warrior Energy Services Corporation

20150010378 - Storage mechanism and feeding device using the same: A feeding device includes a storage mechanism and an adsorbing mechanism. The storage mechanism includes two side plates substantially parallel to each other, two support members slidably coupled between the two side plates, two driving members, and two feeding trays. The driving members are mounted to one of the two... Agent:

20150010379 - Process apparatus with on-the-fly substrate centering: A substrate processing apparatus including a frame defining a chamber with a substrate transport opening and a substrate transfer plane defined therein, a valve mounted to the frame and being configured to seal an atmosphere of the chamber when closed, the valve having a door movably disposed to open and... Agent:

20150010380 - Apparatus and method for dispensing vehicle balancing weights: An apparatus and a method for dispensing vehicle balancing weights are disclosed. The dispenser comprises a transport unit arranged below a cartridge for storing balancing weights. The transport unit moves a balancing weight from a selected section of the cartridge on a belt conveyor for further transporting the balancing weight... Agent:

20150010381 - Wafer processing chamber and method for transferring wafer in the same: A wafer processing chamber and a method for transferring wafer in the same are provided to prevent the arcing issue. In the embodiments, a wafer is positioned on the focus ring, and a lifting apparatus is provided outside the wafer such as corresponding to the focus ring. The lifting apparatus... Agent:

01/01/2015 > 16 patent applications in 14 patent subcategories.

20150003940 - Self feeding device having a user prompt feature: A feeding device including a feed arm assembly operative to transfer food from a food compartment to a feed position located adjacent an individual. The feeding device including a timer that times the period the feed arm assembly remains stationary. An indicator connected to the timing circuit becomes active when... Agent:

20150003941 - Storage system and storage method: A storage system comprises a storage structure having storage sections and a carry-in-and-out portion, one or more environment adjusters for adjusting storage environment individually for each of the storage sections, an environment managing portion for collecting information about storage environment and controls operation of the one or more environment adjusters,... Agent:

20150003942 - Article storage facility and article storage method: Proper article storage management is made possible in the article storage facility which stores articles in containers and in an inactive gas environment. The article storage facility includes a storage rack having storage sections, a transport portion which transports containers to the storage sections, gas supplying portions each of which... Agent:

20150003943 - Proppant discharge system and a container for use in such a proppant discharge system: A proppant discharge system has a container with an outlet positioned in a bottom thereof and a gate affixed adjacent the outlet so as to be movable between a first position covering the outlet to a second position opening the outlet, and a support structure having an actuator thereon. The... Agent:

20150003944 - System and apparatus for loading/unloading cargo from suv or truck bed: A lift mechanism for an associated cargo carrier includes a rail configured for sliding movement between a first position received within a footprint of the carrier and a second position extended outwardly from the carrier footprint. A leg assembly is configured for extending movement between a first position received in... Agent:

20150003945 - Industrial robot provided with horizontal multistage telescopic device: An industrial robot is provided with a horizontal multistage telescopic device. In the device, a slider is mounted to s base so as to be movable in a first direction and in a second direction which are opposite to each other along the horizontal direction. An output arm has an... Agent:

20150003946 - Platform for order picker: A platform for an order picker assembly is disclosed. The platform includes a frame assembly. The frame assembly includes a first support member and a second support member. The first and second support members are laterally spaced apart from one another and define a first axis therebetween. The platform also... Agent: Caterpillar Inc.

20150003947 - Boom utilized in a geometric end effector system: A boom has a cylindrical body with a coupling flange at each end. The body is manufactured from a carbon fiber material. During construction of the carbon fiber body, an electronic feedback mechanism is embedded into the carbon fiber. The electronic feedback mechanism may be a simple electronic strain gauge.... Agent:

20150003948 - Configurable counterweight device and system for a material handling machine: The present invention provides a configurable and variable counterweight system for a material handling machine comprising one or more planar paths, said planar paths containing any one or combinations of straight, curved or angled portions between at least a first and second end, said planar path having transferrable counterweights, said... Agent:

20150003949 - Boom for working machine: In the case of arranging hydraulic hoses inside a boom, to make it possible for the hydraulic hoses to smoothly move along part of a hose introduction hole when the boom is vertically swung. On the inner surface side of the upper wall of the body part, an enlarged opening... Agent:

20150003950 - Reel system within boom: A mining machine includes a boom having an interior chamber, a saddle block coupled to the boom, a handle slidably coupled to the saddle block, and a reel system disposed at least partially within the chamber.... Agent:

20150003951 - High performance tape system: A system includes a tape support surface configured to receive a plurality of tape spools, and a plurality of robotic accessors capable of picking the tape spools from the tape support surface, transporting the tape spools, and releasing the tape spools at a drop location. The accessors are capable of... Agent:

20150003952 - Polycrystalline silicon rod carrying tool, and polycrystalline silicon rod retrieval method: Air bags (220A, 220B) are provided respectively at two planes facing each other on the inner circumference surface of a cylindrical member (210). Retrieving polycrystalline silicon rods (11) involves accommodating it inside the cylindrical member (210) of a carrying tool (200), for example, by putting the cylindrical member (210) on... Agent: Shin-etsu Chemical Co., Ltd.

20150003954 - Method for handling tower sections of a tower and device for handling tower sections: In a method for handling tower sections for a tower, in particular a wind power plant, wherein the finished tower sections are at least stored, transported and sequentially set up at least partially one on top of another, the tower sections are each already equipped on their ends with a... Agent: General Electric Company

20150003953 - Tee marker transport device: A handheld golf tee marker transport device including a handle with an adjustable grasping mechanism at the base is provided. The adjustable grasping mechanism can be used to lift and position a plurality of golf tee marker geometries. The device eliminates the need for a user to bend over to... Agent:

20150003955 - Proppant discharge system and a container for use in such a proppant discharge system: A proppant discharge system has a container with an outlet formed at a bottom thereof and a gate slidably affixed at the outlet so as to be movable between a first position covering the outlet to a second position opening the outlet, and a support structure having an actuator thereon.... Agent:

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