Patents Examined by Dean J. Kramer
  • Patent number: 11407123
    Abstract: Systems and methods for a telescoping suction gripper assembly are provided. In one embodiment, a robotic system comprises: a robot comprising a robotic actuator and at least one robotic arm mechanically coupled to the robotic actuator; a telescoping suction gripper assembly comprising a telescoping member and a suction gripper mechanism, wherein a first end of the telescoping member is coupled to a vacuum supply conduit via a first flexible conduit member and a second end of the telescoping member is coupled to the suction gripper mechanism by a second flexible conduit member, and wherein the suction gripper mechanism is pivotally coupled to the at least one robotic; wherein the telescoping member is configured to adjust in length in response to the at least one robotic arm relocating the suction gripper mechanism from a first position to a second position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2022
    Assignee: AMP Robotics Corporation
    Inventors: Carter J. Schultz, Brian J. Leach, Alexander C. Kee, Matanya B. Horowitz, Mark Baybutt
  • Patent number: 11400604
    Abstract: A vacuum gripper device including at least one suction cup including a fastener body from which there extends an elastically deformable skirt having a free annular edge for coming into contact with an object to be grasped. The suction cup includes at least one electrically conductive track secured at least to the skirt. The conductive track is made of a material that is electrically conductive and elastically deformable so as to deform together with the skirt. The device includes an electronic processor circuit that is connected electrically to two connection pads belonging to the conductive track and that is arranged to monitor an electrical property of the conductive track, which electrical property varies with the deformation of the conductive track, and to compare that property with reference data so as to anticipate a failure of the suction cup.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2022
    Assignee: COVAL
    Inventors: Pierre Milhau, Michel Cecchin
  • Patent number: 11400605
    Abstract: A rotatable cushioning pick-and-place device primarily comprises a motor, a body, a cushioning module and a pick-and-place module. The cushioning module is disposed in a first chamber of the body and comprises a rotary bearing which is connected to a drive shaft of the motor, and coupled to a driven shaft sleeve through a rotary follower. The rotary follower is driven by the rotary bearing to drive the driven shaft sleeve to rotate, thereby allowing the rotary bearing to displace relative to the driven shaft sleeve axially. The cushioning spring is arranged between the rotary bearing and the driven shaft sleeve. A first sealing ring and a second sealing ring of the pick-and-place module are fixed on the body to cooperatively and air-tightly seal the second chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2022
    Assignee: CHROMA ATE INC.
    Inventors: Chien-Ming Chen, Meng-Kung Lu, Ming-Yuan Huang
  • Patent number: 11389972
    Abstract: The present invention provides systems, methods, and apparatus for a vacuum tool having a switchable plate, such that a common vacuum tool may be adapted with different plates. A switchable plate may form the entirety of the vacuum tool's material contacting surface or a switchable plate may form a portion of the material contacting surface. The vacuum tool is effective for picking and placing one or more manufacturing parts utilizing a vacuum force.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2022
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Patrick Conall Regan, Kuo-Hung Lee, Chih-Chi Chang
  • Patent number: 11389950
    Abstract: The invention relates to a sorting system (100) for a machine tool for separating parts, in particular a laser cutting machine (200), having a gripper (110) that can be moved over a workpiece region (30) and is configured to receive cut parts (10) from the workpiece region (30), and an intermediate store (120) that can be moved over the workpiece region (30) and is configured to receive cut parts (10) from the gripper (110) and to unload the cut parts (10) into a store (40).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2022
    Assignee: BYSTRONIC LASER AG
    Inventor: Sebastian Röder
  • Patent number: 11389946
    Abstract: A contact prevention multi tool apparatus for allowing manipulation of various object types without direct contact includes a handle having a handle proximal end and a handle distal end. A has a housing proximal side coupled to the handle distal end. The housing defines a main storage compartment and has a main storage aperture extending through a housing left side to the main storage compartment. A main door is coupled to the housing. The main door is slidably engaged with the housing to selectively cover or expose the main storage compartment. An arm is coupled to the housing. The arm is coupled to a housing distal side of the housing. A spherical touch head is coupled to an arm distal end of the arm. A hook is coupled to the arm adjacent the touch head.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2022
    Inventor: Freddy Gomez De Cordova
  • Patent number: 11389951
    Abstract: A hand mechanism grips an object more favorably, regardless of the attitude and surrounding conditions of the object. When an object is to be gripped by a hand mechanism having three or more finger portions, at least one finger portion among the three or more finger portions functions as a state-altering finger portion for altering the attitude or the position of the object while contacting the object, and at least two finger portions among the finger portions other than the finger portion functioning as the state-altering finger portion function as gripping finger portions for gripping the object in a state where the attitude or the position has been altered by the state-altering finger portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2022
    Assignee: THK CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Shinji Kawabata, Yoshimasa Endo, Fumiya Koizumi, Yoshikazu Matsuo, Yuki Nomura, Toshiya Watanabe, Kenji Hidaka
  • Patent number: 11383392
    Abstract: A support frame for a handling device comprising a base body and at least two structural elements extending away from the base body, at least two structural elements being constructed similarly to each other in that they have at east the following common characteristics: a radial beam which is elongated and has a first end and a second end, the second end having a connecting section for connection to a pneumatically actuatable gripping element, a lattice wing which is integrally connected with the radial beam and runs between the first end of the radial beam and the second end of the radial beam, the lattice wing extending flatly away from the radial beam, wherein for each of the at least two structural elements the first end of the radial beam is integrally connected with the base body in a manner that the radial beam extends away from the base body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2022
    Assignee: J.Schmalz GmbH
    Inventors: Thomas Lorenz, Kevin Huber, Peter Gröning
  • Patent number: 11376748
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a wheel hub carrying manipulator which comprises a stand column, a forearm driving device and a claw hand device, wherein the stand column is fixed in the vertical direction, the claw hand device can drive a claw hand assembly to clamp and release a wheel hub through a connecting rod, by the manipulator, assembly line operation can be realized, the production efficiency can be greatly improved, the structure is simple, and the maintenance cost is low.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2022
    Assignee: CITIC DICASTAL CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Liwei Zhang
  • Patent number: 11380569
    Abstract: In an embodiment, a system includes: a cassette comprising a slit opening configured to house a wafer; a blade configured to move the wafer to and from the slit opening by extending into the slit opening, wherein a blade thickness of the blade is at most ? of a height of the slit opening and wherein the blade is configured to secure the wafer within a pocket on the blade that is at least ? of a wafer thickness of the wafer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2022
    Assignee: Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Chien-Chih Chen, Yao-Min Yu, Ching-Ling Lee, Ren-Dou Lee
  • Patent number: 11370641
    Abstract: A lightweight and flexible load bearing shackle that is configurable in operation. The shackle includes a bow made of a plurality of loops of synthetic fiber rope (e.g., polypropylene, nylon, polyester, polyethylene, Aramid, acrylic, mixtures of several fibers, co-polymer fibers, straight, braided, twisted). The loops of fiber rope may be contained within a sheathing configured as a single loop. The sheathing is secured together to form a receptacle (opening) in each leg of the bow that is reinforced with an eyelet. The eyelets may be split eyelets that include a first/second side mounted to a first/second side of the receptacle that are then secured together over the receptacle. A connection pin may be secured between the eyelets. The shackle may include a spacing mechanism (e.g., casing that connection pin traverses, connection pin that has wider center portion) between the legs to maintain the legs a certain distance apart.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2022
    Assignee: Chant Engineering Co. Inc.
    Inventor: Philip Chant
  • Patent number: 11370127
    Abstract: An end effector system is disclosed for a robotic system that includes a primary acquisition system that includes a primary end effector, and a secondary retention system that substantially surrounds at least a portion of the primary acquisition system, wherein at least a portion of the primary acquisition system may be drawn up within at least a portion of the secondary retention system such that the primary end effector system may be used to select an object from a plurality of objects, and the secondary retention system may be used to secure the object for rapid transport to an output destination.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2022
    Assignee: Berkshire Grey Operating Company, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas Wagner, Kevin Ahearn, Benjamin Cohen, Michael Dawson-Haggerty, Christopher Geyer, Thomas Koletschka, Kyle Maroney, Matthew T. Mason, Gene Temple Price, Joseph Romano, Daniel Smith, Siddhartha Srinivasa, Prasanna Velagapudi, Thomas Allen
  • Patent number: 11370130
    Abstract: The present invention improves the stability while suppressing increases in the size and heat generation amount of motors used in a hand mechanism. The hand mechanism includes a first driving mechanism for driving a first joint portion of each finger portion and a second driving mechanism for driving a second joint portion of each finger portion, the second joint portion being positioned further away from a tip end portion of the finger portion than the first joint portion. Further, the second driving mechanism is a mechanism having smaller back-drivability than the first driving mechanism. When pressing force is to be exerted on the object from gripping finger portions that are in contact with the object, the motors of the first driving mechanisms are driven to rotate in a direction for bending the first joint portions while the motors of the second driving mechanisms are held in a stopped state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2022
    Assignee: THK CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Yoshimasa Endo
  • Patent number: 11365054
    Abstract: A sheet carrier stand apparatus for carrying and supporting sheet material includes a handle including a handle frame and a grip portion. An extension body is coupled to the handle and has an extension proximal end coupled to the handle frame, an extension distal end, an extension inner side, and an extension outer side. A kickstand is coupled to the extension body. The kickstand has a kickstand proximal end pivotably coupled to the extension outer side and a kickstand distal end lying adjacent the extension distal end with the kickstand in a folded position. The kickstand pivots away from the extension body to an extended position. A cradle has a back lip coupled to the extension inner side adjacent the extension distal end, a cradle bottom perpendicularly extending from the back lip, and a front lip perpendicularly extending from the cradle bottom.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2022
    Inventor: Douglas K Brown
  • Patent number: 11352219
    Abstract: A gripper arm for a gripping device for gripping, holding and guiding in particular bottle-like containers includes a base body, a gripping section as well as at least one actuating roller arranged on the base body and rotatably mounted for interacting with a control cam of the gripping device. The at least one actuating roller is arranged on the base body so as to be replaceable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2022
    Assignee: TYROLON-SCHULNIG GMBH
    Inventor: Schulnig Elmar
  • Patent number: 11351675
    Abstract: A robotic end-effector to provide conformal object interaction. The end-effector has at least one finger with an inner portion or engaging side and one or more degrees of freedom. A jamming conformal pad is on the inner portion of the at least one finger. The jamming conformal pad has a compliant configuration in which the jamming conformal pad is compliant and configured to distribute across a surface of an object and, if contoured, infiltrate into any variations (e.g., indentations) in the surface, defining a conformal engaging surface configured to match and mate with the surface. The jamming conformal pad has a stiff configuration in which the jamming conformal pad is stiff or relatively stiff as compared to the jamming conformal pad in the compliant configuration, and which substantially maintains a shape of the conformal engaging surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2022
    Assignee: Sarcos Corp.
    Inventors: Marc X. Olivier, Fraser M. Smith
  • Patent number: 11351678
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and computer-readable media are disclosed for dynamically adjustable suction cups. In one embodiment, an example device may include a backplate, a gear coupled to the backplate and configured to move from a first position to a second position, a first suction cup segment having a first cavity, and a second suction cup segment disposed adjacent to the first suction cup segment, where a first portion of the second suction cup segment is disposed in the first cavity. Movement of the mechanical actuator from the first position to the second position may cause the first portion of the second suction cup segment to slide out of the first cavity, such that a surface area of a suction cup formed by the first suction cup segment and the second suction cup segment increases.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2022
    Assignee: AMAZON TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: Felipe De Arruda Camargo Polido, Noah Scott Wieckowski
  • Patent number: 11345015
    Abstract: An object retrieval device is disclosed. The retrieval device includes a retrieval end, a joint, and an extension arm. The retrieval end includes an adhesive portion and an arm portion. The arm portion includes a set of protrusions and adhesive portion includes surface segmentation. The joint is configured to pivot. The extension arm includes a first set of protrusions disposed at a first end of the extension arm. The first end of the extension arm is couplable to the arm portion of the retrieval end such that the first set of protrusions disposed on the extension arm align with the set of protrusions disposed on the arm portion of the retrieval end to form ridges.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2022
    Inventor: Mark Andrew Carlson
  • Patent number: 11337352
    Abstract: A digging fork has a shaft at an end of which extends in a row first, second, third and fourth tines. The second and third tines are angled towards each other to form a wedge shape and the first and fourth tines are substantially parallel to each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2022
    Assignee: OAKTHRIFT CORPORATION LTD.
    Inventor: James John Thorn
  • Patent number: 11332985
    Abstract: A secondary latch mechanism (also referred to as a lockout mechanism) for a gripping tool, such as a casing running tool (CRT), prevents activation of the CRT prior to full insertion of a tubular workpiece into the CRT. When embodied in a CRT, the lockout mechanism prevents activation of the CRT unless a fully-inserted tubular workpiece applies a selected axial load to a bumper mounted on the CRT. The lockout mechanism is operable between a locked state and an unlocked state. In the locked state, the lockout mechanism prevents relative axial movement between the CRT cage and mandrel, and keeps the CRT slips retracted away from the workpiece. When in the unlocked state, there is no significant restriction to the normal movement of the CRT components, and the CRT functions as if the lockout mechanism were not present.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2021
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2022
    Assignee: Noetic Technologies Inc.
    Inventor: Maurice W. Slack