Patents Assigned to Daifuku Co., Ltd.
  • Patent number: 10351354
    Abstract: A lifting facility for a workpiece is provided in a drying furnace for drying the workpiece, and comprises: a drop lift that conveys the workpiece so as to raise and lower the workpiece between one of a carrying-in position at which the workpiece is carried in the drying furnace and a carrying-out position at which the workpiece is carried out from the drying furnace and a high-temperature zone which is formed above the carrying-in position and the carrying-out position and in which the workpiece is dried; and a strut that supports the drop lift so as to raise and lower the drop lift. The strut is extended to the high-temperature zone in the drying furnace.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: DAIFUKU CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Kazuo Ueda, Kiyotoku Sone, Jun Kimura
  • Patent number: 10354898
    Abstract: A container storage facility includes a storage rack that has a plurality of storage sections as a storage section group, a gas supply device for supplying a cleaning gas to the storage sections via a branch-type supply pipe, a transport apparatus for transporting containers to the storage sections, and a control unit for controlling operation of the transport apparatus. When a container is first stored in a storage section included in the storage section group, the control unit controls operations of the transport apparatus so as to transport the container to a storage section to which the cleaning gas is supplied from an end area of the supply pipe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: Daifuku Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Takeshi Abe, Tadahiro Yoshimoto
  • Patent number: 10354897
    Abstract: A container storage facility has storage portions for storing containers, and supplies a purge gas to the interior of the containers. The container storage facility includes ejection portions that eject the purge gas, a gas supply device that controls the supply flow rate of the purge gas, a main pipe that conducts the purge gas output from the gas supply device, and branch pipes that are branched from the main pipe and are connected to the ejection portions. The ejection portions eject the purge gas regardless of whether or not containers are stored in the storage portions, and the gas supply device controls the supply flow rate of the purge gas so as to increase as the total number of containers stored in the storage portions decreases.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: Daifuku Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Takeshi Abe, Tadahiro Yoshimoto
  • Patent number: 10343855
    Abstract: An automatic case loader for loading product in a trailer is disclosed. A mobile base structure provides a support framework for a drive subassembly, conveyance subassembly, an industrial robot, a distance measurement sensor, and a control subassembly. Under the operation of the control subassembly, product advances through a powered transportation path to an industrial robot which places the product within the trailer. The control subassembly coordinates the selective articulated movement of the industrial robot and the activation of the drive subassembly based upon the distance measurement sensor detecting objects within a detection space, dimensions of the trailer provided to the control subassembly, and dimensions of the product provided to the control subassembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignees: Wymight Corporation, Daifuku Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Tim Criswell
  • Patent number: 10347518
    Abstract: A transport vehicle for transporting a transportation-target object to a placement location that is provided at a lower position, includes: a supporting portion configured to support the transportation-target object; a lifting/lowering portion configured to lift and lower the transportation-target object in a suspended state; and a weight detecting portion configured to detect a weight of the transportation-target object, wherein a lowering speed of the transportation-target object is increased after a detection value that is detected by the weight detecting portion while the transportation-target object is being lowered by the lifting/lowering portion in a state where the transportation-target object is supported by the supporting portion has become smaller than or equal to a first set value, and thereafter, the supporting of the transportation-target object by the supporting portion is canceled after the suspending of the transportation-target object by the lifting/lowering portion has been canceled.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: Daifuku Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Ryuya Murakami
  • Patent number: 10336561
    Abstract: An article loading facility includes: a transport unit; a loading unit; a setting unit; a first control unit; and a second control unit. The transport unit transports second supporting members from storage units to a transfer position. The loading unit loads target articles that are supported by the second supporting members, onto the first supporting member. The setting unit performs an arrangement setting process to set arrangement information for each of the plurality of target articles that are to be loaded onto the first supporting member, the arrangement information indicating the orientation and the position of the corresponding target article relative to the first supporting member, and performs an arrangement order setting process to set a type arrangement order that, when target articles of a plurality of types are to be loaded according to the arrangement information, indicates the order in which the plurality of types are to be arranged.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: DAIFUKU CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Takuya Gondoh, Shigeru Sugano, Atsushi Kurayama, Masami Iwai, Atsushi Minoo
  • Patent number: 10340167
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a robot for transferring an article: a body configured to be moved while hanging on a moving rail; a holding unit configured to hold the article; a two-way sliding unit configured to be connected to the holding unit and slide the holding unit to both sides of the body; and an elevation-driving unit configured to be installed at the body and connected to the two-way sliding unit to elevate the two-way sliding unit along a height direction of the body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: DAIFUKU CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Dong-Gyu Yoo, Jae-Yoon Kim
  • Patent number: 10310513
    Abstract: A conveyance control device executes: a control step of detecting entering to a merging point adjacent area set on adjacent to each merging point on the conveyance route; a detection step of detecting whether there is an obstacle around the carrying cart; a communication step of performing, when the entering to each merging point adjacent area is detected, local wireless communications with another carrying cart by using a common frequency band and a common identification code set to values different among merging points; and a merging point passing control step of starting the communication step when the other carrying cart is detected in the merging point adjacent area in the detection step, and causing passing of a merging point in accordance with a priority set to each entering passage to the merging point, after a handshake with the other carrying cart is successfully performed in the communication step.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignees: DAIFUKU CO., LTD., HOKUYO AUTOMATIC CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yoji Maejima, Tadashi Nishikawa, Yoshitaka Tanaka
  • Patent number: 10294690
    Abstract: A plurality of storage sections include one or more reference storage sections each of which is defined to be a storage section that has an occupiable area at least a portion of which extends over a same positional range along the first direction as a portion of an occupiable area in the support position. A transport device includes a projecting and retracting mechanism configured to project and retract along the first direction a holding member configured to hold an object of paying of respects, and is configured to move the holding member toward a partition wall side along the first direction when moving an object of paying of respects to a reference storage section or to the support position by means of the projecting and retracting mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: Daifuku Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hidenobu Shinnaka, Haruhito Furuya, Wataru Kiyokawa, Hideki Sato, Yukinori Kameda, Kazuya Arima
  • Patent number: 10294033
    Abstract: A conveyor apparatus that conveys articles supported by a plurality of arranged article supports, the conveyor apparatus including infilling members, each being disposed between the article supports. In one embodiment, the infilling member includes a plate contact part in contact with the article support such that the upward curvature of the plate contact part is larger than that of the tray contact part of the article support corresponding to the plate contact part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: DAIFUKU CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Yoshihiko Fujio
  • Patent number: 10287096
    Abstract: An article support rack is disclosed having a plurality of rack portions. Each shelf row includes one or more main body portions and rib portions, and is supported by shelf support members in a cantilever fashion from a back-face side. Each of the rib portions is located, in plan view, between two articles that are adjacent to each other along a first direction and that are supported by a lower level shelf row which is one of the shelf rows that is located one level below a shelf row to which the rib portion is provided. Each of the rib portions has a first portion located higher than lower level articles each of which is an article supported by the lower level shelf row, and a second portion located lower than the first portion. Each second portion is so located that the second portion does not overlap with the maximum width areas of a lower level article as seen along the first direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: Daifuku Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Tadahiro Yoshimoto, Hideo Yoshioka, Takeshi Abe
  • Patent number: 10283394
    Abstract: An article transport device includes an article support member for supporting an article having a plate-shaped flange portion in an upper portion thereof, with the article placed on its receiving member. The article support member further includes a restricting member which is positioned such that at least a portion of the restricting member is located across from at least a portion of a front side surface of the flange portion when the article is in the supported state, and which is configured to restrict the article in the supported state from moving at least in the front direction by distances greater than a movement distance specified in advance. The restricting member includes a pair of front restricting portions that are so located to be spaced apart from each other to form a gap, wherein the restricting member and the receiving member are fixedly connected to each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: Daifuku Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Takeshi Abe, Minehiko Hirate
  • Patent number: 10279911
    Abstract: A system and method for storing and sequencing a plurality of luggage items. The system includes containers with vertically stacked shelves and an automatic guided vehicle releasably attachable to the containers for transporting a container between a first predetermined area and a loading area with a loading assembly to move a luggage item from an entrance conveyor onto one of the shelves of the container. The containers may include wheels for being manually moved. A transport vehicle is provided for moving a plurality of containers together. The method includes determining a grouping criterion of the luggage item and sorting and sequencing luggage items onto containers according to the grouping criterion. Different embodiments of the loading assembly are provided with one using a packing automated vehicle and another using stacked platform conveyors. Several grouping criteria are provided which may depend on processing requirements of the luggage items.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignees: Jervis B. Webb Company, Daifuku Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Christopher Murphy, Robertus A. Schmit, Michael Fleming
  • Patent number: 10280013
    Abstract: An article loading facility includes an imaging device configured to capture an image of an article in a support member, and a weighing device configured to measure a weight of an article W in the support member. A controller is configured to perform a first determining operation, a second determining operation, and a third determining operation. The first determining operation is an operation in which an attitude and position of an article placed in the support member is determined based on image information from the imaging device. The second determining operation is an operation in which it is determined whether it is possible to place a target article in the support member in an attitude and position indicated by arrangement information based on arrangement information and attitude and position information obtained in the first determining operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: Daifuku Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Takuya Gondoh, Masami Iwai, Atsushi Minoo
  • Patent number: 10274943
    Abstract: A control system for controlling transport devices includes a first server that has a first storage unit and a first instruction unit, and a second server that has a second storage unit and a second instruction unit. In a first state, the first storage unit transmits first transport information to the first instruction unit, the first instruction unit transmits second transport information to a target transport device, and instruction unit information is stored in common in the first instruction unit and the second instruction unit. If the first instruction unit stops operating normally in the first state, the control state is switched to a second state, and in the second state, the first storage unit transmits the first transport information to the second instruction unit, and the second instruction unit transmits the second transport information to the target transport device based on the instruction unit information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: Daifuku Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Masahiro Takahara, Tomoaki Nishikawa, Tsuyoshi Uemura
  • Patent number: 10271700
    Abstract: A storage facility for objects of paying of respects includes a cleaning device which utilizes a dust removing member to remove dust from an outer surface of an object of paying of respects. The dust removing member is provided at a position that allows the dust removing member to act on an outer surface of an object of paying of respects that is being moved in a transport direction through transport operation by the transport system such that the dust removing member is in relative motion, in a direction opposite to the transport direction, with respect to the object of paying of respects as the object of paying of respects is moved in the transport direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: Daifuku Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hidenobu Shinnaka, Haruhito Furuya, Wataru Kiyokawa, Hideki Sato, Yukinori Kameda, Kazuya Arima
  • Patent number: 10274214
    Abstract: A storage facility is achieved that is capable of suppressing, with a simple configuration, the inactive gas concentration in the gas discharged to the outside of a storage space. The storage facility includes a storage device including a plurality of storage sections in an inside of a storage space formed so as to be partitioned from the outside, and an inactive gas supply portion that supplies inactive gas to an inside of a container stored in the storage section. The storage device includes a gas discharge portion that discharges, to the outside of the storage space, gas within the storage space that contains the gas discharged from the container. The gas discharge portion includes a restricting orifice portion serving as a restricting portion that restricts a flow rate of gas, and the restricting orifice portion is formed below a region where the storage sections are disposed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: Daifuku Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hiroshi Otsuka, Shinsuke Kawamura, Tadahiro Yoshimoto
  • Patent number: 10272931
    Abstract: A travel obstructing device comprises a supported portion configured to be placed on a railed track, a main body portion which is suspended from, and supported by, the supported portion, a power-receiving portion configured to receive electric power from a non-contact-type electricity supplying portion, and a warning device configured to receive electric power supplied from the power-receiving portion and to issue a warning.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: Daifuku Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Ryuya Murakami
  • Patent number: 10266351
    Abstract: An automatic truck unloader for unloading/unpacking product, such as boxes or cases, from trailers and containers is disclosed. In one embodiment, a mobile base structure provides a support framework for a drive subassembly, conveyance subassembly, an industrial robot, a distance measurement subassembly, and a control subassembly. Under the operation of the control subassembly, an industrial robot having a suction cup-based gripper arm selectively removes boxes from the trailer and places the boxes on a powered transportation path. The control subassembly coordinates the selective articulated movement of the industrial robot and the activation of the drive subassembly based upon the distance measurement subassembly detecting objects, including boxes, within a detection space, and dimensions of the trailer provided to the control subassembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignees: Wynright Corporation, Daifuku Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Tim Criswell
  • Patent number: 10252866
    Abstract: A conveyor system for conveying an article that is stored while being suspended from a rail, the conveyor system including a bag having a body and a suspending member that suspends the body, and reorienting devices that reorient the bag. The bag has an opening on the body such that the article is dropped into and discharged from the opening. The reorienting devices include engaging members that are engaged with the body. The engaging members are engaged with the interior of the body so as to reorient the body from at least one of an orientation for conveying the article to an orientation for dropping the article into the opening or from the orientation for conveying the article to an orientation for discharging the article from the opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: Daifuku Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yuichi Ueda, Noriyuki Wada, Masashige Iwata