Patents Assigned to DEMATIC GMBH
  • Patent number: 10773889
    Abstract: A method of fulfilling orders in a warehouse with an order fulfillment area comprising the steps—storing slow-moving items in a first storage comprising mobile shelf units, automated transportation of slow-moving items needed for order fulfillment on the mobile shelf units from the first storage to an unloading station, where at least one of the slow-moving items needed for a certain order is manually transferred into a receptacle, routing of the receptacles directly to picking stations if needed right away, otherwise routing of the receptacles to a second storage and storing the receptacles therein. When all of the items to complete an order are available and/or are stored in the second storage, retrieving the receptacles containing items for fulfillment of the certain order and transporting to one of the picking stations for specific item retrieval for fulfilling the certain order.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignee: Dematic GmbH
    Inventor: Shin Yamashita
  • Patent number: 10723566
    Abstract: Device for lifting an article from a roller conveyor having a fork that can be raised and lowered, and having a plurality of spaced-apart elongate tines which, in the lowered position, move with the tines between or below the rollers of the roller conveyor in order to lift one or a plurality of articles from the rollers as the fork is being raised into the raised position with the tines, where the tines form a carrier surface for the article and the tines can be expanded in the direction transverse to the longitudinal extension thereof in order to form an expanded carrier surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: Dematic GmbH
    Inventors: Daniel Jarr, Max Reinhard Lewandoske, Daniel Huberth
  • Patent number: 10625939
    Abstract: A method for placing packets into and/or out of storage with or without loading aids into/from a particular storage rack aisle of a storage rack, wherein a distribution path conveys packets into storage and/or out of storage, wherein the distribution path comprises adjacent introducing and/or discharging devices which lead to incoming and/or outgoing paths which each supply goods to a storage rack aisle or remove goods therefrom. If the incoming/outgoing path of a destination storage rack aisle is overloaded, the packet is supplied to another incoming/outgoing path of another intermediate storage rack aisle, wherein a transfer takes place from the intermediate storage rack aisle to the destination storage rack aisle or vice-versa within the storage rack.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Assignee: Dematic GmbH
    Inventor: Hans Christoph Meurer
  • Patent number: 10579965
    Abstract: A method of supplying a palletizing device with goods for order-related palletization in a warehouse, which method may include delivering pallets to the incoming goods area of the warehouse and temporarily storing the pallets. Pallets containing goods required for replenishing of a buffer storage area may be removed from temporary storage and depalletized from the pallets in a depalletizer. The goods can be singulated and buffered in a buffer storage area. The buffer storage area can be connected to the palletizing device, and the goods required for an order can be removed from the temporary storage and transported to the palletizing device individually and in a controlled manner according to a specified sequence. The buffer storage area may be supplied with new goods from the pallets in the temporary storage by removal therefrom, depalletizing and singulation by means of a dynamic adaptation of the quantity removed from storage and depalletized.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2020
    Assignee: Dematic GmbH
    Inventor: Hans Christoph Meurer
  • Patent number: 10513401
    Abstract: A method for changing the alignment of articles in a conveying flow, wherein, by a rotary projection projecting into the conveying path of a conveyor of a material handling system, the alignment of the article is achieved via the force of the conveying flow, and the conveying flow runs obliquely in front of the rotary projection in relation to the direction thereof, in order to ensure the contacting of the article on the rotary projection. The rotary projection is configured such that it can move in a transverse manner in relation to the conveying flow, in such a way that the extension thereof into the conveying flow is variable, wherein the scale of the extension of the rotary projection into the conveying flow is determined based on the respective article.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 24, 2019
    Assignee: Dematic GmbH
    Inventor: Volker Dieter Rollwa
  • Patent number: 10421610
    Abstract: A method for operating a warehouse, in which a modular shelving rack warehouse having a plurality of levels and spaces is manually supplied and emptied of goods by order pickers, wherein a placing and removing of goods is possible at at least one central transfer point between the shelves of a level, and wherein the transfer points arranged at different levels are each connected to each other and to a common warehouse entrance and exit in respect of materials handling technology, and a corresponding warehouse.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2019
    Assignee: Dematic GmbH
    Inventor: Hans Christoph Meurer
  • Patent number: 10421619
    Abstract: A method for placing packets having a length different from the width into and out of storage in a storage rack in which the packet is oriented extending longitudinally and transversely as selected and the orientation can be changed between a distribution path and it being placed into or out of storage. The orientation of the packet can be changed by 90 degrees between a distribution path and the storage rack, for which purpose in each case two incoming paths and/or outgoing paths are disposed in a crossing arrangement between the distribution path and the storage rack, wherein via each incoming path and/or outgoing path at least two storage rack aisles can be reached or emptied, and a 90 degree deflector is disposed at the crossing point in order to change the incoming or outgoing path as selected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2019
    Assignee: Dematic GmbH
    Inventor: Hans Christoph Meurer
  • Patent number: 10414587
    Abstract: A single-level rack serving apparatus for transporting load units, which comprises two chassis halves each having a pair of rollers and each having an extendible arm, a storage region between the chassis halves and a connection structure, wherein the chassis halves are connected to one another by the connection structure and travel on running rails by the rollers. The arms serve to pull up or push down load units onto or from the storage region which comprises at least two first and second lateral supporting plates for supportingly carrying the load units. The size of the storage region can be varied by varying the spacing between the arms together with the lateral supporting plates. A further third supporting plate is arranged between the first and second lateral supporting plates such that it supports a load unit centrally from below in the storage region irrespective of the size of the storage region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: Dematic GmbH
    Inventors: Matthias Wehner, Michael Becker, Hartwig Reckemeier, Pascal Rehm
  • Patent number: 10144589
    Abstract: A method of order fulfilling and replenishment of storage units in a storage facility can be provided. The storage units can be stored in a plurality of storage racking units and levels of a storage racking, with at least one storage-entry feeding line and at least one outbound line being provided for each storage module. Additionally, at least one automatic storage and retrieval device can be provided for retrieval of storage units from the multilevel racking or storage into the multilevel racking, and at least one picking station to which storage units are fed can also be provided for picking for fulfilling orders. Thus, fully or partially deplenished or depleted storage units can be replenished or consolidated on the fly directly at the picking station by the picker.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: Dematic GmbH
    Inventor: Shin Yamashita
  • Patent number: 10023386
    Abstract: A conveyor for suspended objects includes a first rail profile having a first upper track and a second track arranged below the first track, a conveyor chain that can be moved continuously in a direction of conveyance in the first track. The conveyor includes holding adapters for holding objects to be conveyed, with each holding adapter having a head part that is mounted so as to roll in the second track and is coupled to the conveyor chain. A sorting portion having a switch that follows in the direction of conveyance and via which the holding adapters can be transferred from the first rail profile to a second rail profile. The switch includes an overdrive and a drive belt, with the overdrive configured such that during operation the running speed of the drive belt is higher than the running speed of the conveyor chain.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: Dematic GmbH
    Inventor: Thomas Otto
  • Patent number: 10011425
    Abstract: A conveyor for suspended objects has a first rail profile having a first, upper track and a second track arranged below the first track, a conveyor chain having lateral friction roller pressing surfaces to drive the conveyor chain continuously in the first track. Holding adapters for conveyed objects are coupled to the conveyor chain, with the holding adapters being transferred into the first rail profile by an induct switch. A pressing piece arranged on a side of the conveyor chain opposite the drive roller is adjustable between an active and a passive position. The adjustment path of the pressing piece is dimensioned such that in the active position the conveyor chain is in contact with the drive roller and in the passive position the conveyor chain is not in contact with the drive roller, whereby in the active position the drive roller can be driven by the conveyor chain.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Assignee: Dematic GmbH
    Inventor: Thomas Otto
  • Patent number: 9975699
    Abstract: A method of fulfilling orders by making orders available in order units by picking from product units in a storage facility is provided herein. The storage facility generally includes a manual storage and picking area and an automated storage and retrieval racking area, which automated storage and retrieval racking area can be arranged downstream or upstream from the manual picking area and connected to the manual picking area by a routing conveyor, which leads to a shipping area. In addition, the manual storage and picking area can include manual picking stations supplied and arranged along the extension of the routing conveyor so as to supply the routing conveyor with order units picked at the manual picking stations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: Dematic GmbH
    Inventor: Shin Yamashita
  • Patent number: 9862556
    Abstract: A device for automatically stacking packages on an intermediate plate in a predetermined spatial arrangement for forming a stack, comprising at least one feed conveyor which arranges the individual packages in a predetermined order; a lifting and lowering unit for lifting and lowering the intermediate plate; a sliding plate and a pusher, in order to transport the packages in the Z-direction to the predetermined position in the stack, and with the intermediate plate comprising two partially displaceable plates.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2018
    Assignee: Dematic GmbH
    Inventor: Jörg Cavelius
  • Patent number: 9776812
    Abstract: A device and method for automatically stacking packages on a roll container in a predetermined spatial arrangement for forming a stack, comprising at least one feed conveyor which arranges the individual packages in a predetermined order; a lifting and lowering unit for lifting and lowering of the roll container in the Y-direction; at least one sliding plate and one pusher in order to transport the packages in the Z-direction to the predetermined position in the stack; moveable journals being provided in order to separate the lateral walls of the roll container. In a particular embodiment the journals are arranged on rotating disks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2017
    Assignee: Dematic GmbH
    Inventor: Jörg Cavelius
  • Patent number: 9771218
    Abstract: Disclosed is a method for picking items according to the goods-to-man principle a picking station in which items are placed in order load carriers that are conveyed through the picking station in a row, and the put place of the order load carriers in the row changes when a chronologically preceding order load carrier is loaded and conveyed away. This disclosure also relates to a corresponding order picking station.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 26, 2017
    Assignee: Dematic GmbH
    Inventor: Hans Christoph Meurer
  • Patent number: 9738462
    Abstract: A device for automatically stacking packages on a support comprising at least one feeding conveyor; a lifting and lowering unit for lifting and lowering a pallet; a position conveyor embodied as a travel container, which is arranged horizontally and longitudinally to one side of the storage place, in order to position the packages in the X-direction; at least one sliding plate and a pusher in order to transport the packages from the travel path in the Z-direction to the predetermined position in the stack. The at least one sliding plate may comprise a flat, strip-like plate that can move horizontally and longitudinally on the side of the storage place and transversally thereto, in order to remove packages from the positioning conveyor in the X direction when pushed by the pusher and arranging on the pallet in the Z-direction. The travel container contains pivotable stops and can be moved on rails.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2017
    Assignee: Dematic GmbH
    Inventor: Jörg Cavelius
  • Patent number: 9315337
    Abstract: Device for automatic stacking of packages on a support in a predetermined spatial arrangement for formation of a stack, having at least one supply conveyor which provides the separated packages (W) in a predetermined succession, a lifting and lowering unit for lifting and lowering a support disposed in a stacking site in the Y direction and a displacement device which adjoin an output end of the supply conveyor and which receive packages (W) from the supply conveyor (2) and transport them to the predetermined position in the stack (S). The displacement device includes a positioning conveyor adjoining the output end of the supply conveyor and being disposed horizontally and longitudinally with respect to one side of the stacking site in order to position the packages (W) in the X direction, and at least one pushing plate and a pusher (14) in order to transport the packages (W) from the positioning conveyor in the Z direction to the predetermined position in the stack (S).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2016
    Assignee: Dematic GmbH
    Inventor: Joerg Cavelius
  • Patent number: 9254930
    Abstract: A method of storing and picking individual articles and/or packaging units in a storage system includes separating and transferring individual articles from incoming-load carriers and depalletizing and separating packaging units from incoming-load carriers. Individual articles, load carriers and packaging units are transported to a warehouse for intermediate storage of individual articles on or in load carriers and packaging units. Individual articles and packing units are picked at a picking area and the picked articles or packing units loaded onto order-load carriers. Individual articles, load carriers and packaging units are transported from the warehouse to the picking area. Load carriers are used only for the transportation and storage of non-conveyable individual articles or non-conveyable packing units and conveyable packaging units and wherein conveyable individual articles are transported and stored directly and without load carriers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2016
    Assignee: Dematic GmbH
    Inventor: Holger Cremer
  • Patent number: 8763785
    Abstract: A system and method are provided for unloading trays loaded with articles using a first supply conveyor on which trays to be unloaded are delivered. The trays include a frame with a peripheral raised edge and a base having at least one aperture and a transport plate for the articles, the transport trays being positioned on the base of the frame. A lowering device is provided for lowering the frame of the tray, substantially without vertical movement of the transport plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 1, 2014
    Assignee: Dematic GmbH
    Inventors: Axel Schwardt, Roland Fritzsche
  • Publication number: 20140174885
    Abstract: Device for automatic stacking of packages on a support in a predetermined spatial arrangement for formation of a stack, having at least one supply conveyor which provides the separated packages (W) in a predetermined succession, a lifting and lowering unit for lifting and lowering a support disposed in a stacking site in the Y direction and a displacement device which adjoin an output end of the supply conveyor and which receive packages (W) from the supply conveyor (2) and transport them to the predetermined position in the stack (S). The displacement device includes a positioning conveyor adjoining the output end of the supply conveyor and being disposed horizontally and longitudinally with respect to one side of the stacking site in order to position the packages (W) in the X direction, and at least one pushing plate and a pusher (14) in order to transport the packages (W) from the positioning conveyor in the Z direction to the predetermined position in the stack (S).
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 26, 2013
    Publication date: June 26, 2014
    Applicant: DEMATIC GMBH
    Inventor: Joerg Cavelius