Patents Examined by Gerald McClain
  • Patent number: 11065759
    Abstract: A hermetically sealed multi-axis articulated arm apparatus for use within a sealable isolator chamber is disclosed. In one general aspect, it comprises a rotational shaft that passes through an opening in the chamber, a sealing member disposed within the chamber for sealing the shaft to an inner surface of the chamber, interconnected hermetically sealed arm segments operably attached to the linear motion shaft; an end effector operably attached to a terminal arm segment among the arm segments, and at least one fully enclosed drive system for driving and controlling the shaft and the arm segments. The rotational shaft can further be a linear motion shaft for which the sealing member is a bellows. The materials for the parts of the apparatus exposed to the atmosphere of the chamber can be compatible with an aseptic and cleanable environment and the surfaces of the arm segments can be shaped to avoid pooling of contaminants.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2021
    Inventors: Ross M. Gold, Christopher Procyshyn, Jeroen Immerzeel, Steve Sang Joon Park
  • Patent number: 11065760
    Abstract: A multiaxial robot includes a first rotation module, a second rotation module, and a connecting member. The first rotation module includes a base and a plurality of arms. The arms are configured to rotate parallel to a first plane relative to the base. The second rotation module includes at least one wrist. The wrist is connected to the farthest arm arranged from the base in the first rotation module and configured to rotate parallel to a second plane relative to the first rotation module. The connecting member is pivotally connected to the base and connected to an adjacent one of the arms, or is connected between adjacent two of the arms and the wrist.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2021
    Assignees: Inventec Appliances (Pudong) Corporation, Inventec Appliances Corp.
    Inventors: Dai-Shui Ho, Chia-Hang Ho
  • Patent number: 11058041
    Abstract: There is provided a component mounter for mounting a component on a mounting target object, including: a mounting head comprising a base section having, in the interior thereof, a first gas passage and a second gas passage that does not communicate with the first gas passage; a lifting and lowering mechanism for lifting and lowering the base section; a suction nozzle having a nozzle section disposed below the base section and configured to be lifted up and lowered, as the base section is lifted up and lowered, to pick up the component through a negative pressure supplied to the first gas passage; a biasing section for biasing the nozzle section downwards while permitting the nozzle section to be pushed in towards the base section; and a valve for switching between presence and absence of communication between the second gas passage and the outside depending on whether a push-in amount of the nozzle section has not yet reached or reached a predetermined value; and a detecting device for detecting at least one
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2021
    Inventor: Hidetoshi Ito
  • Patent number: 11056377
    Abstract: A semiconductor pick and place apparatus comprises: a pick arm having a main body, and a conduit incorporated in the main body for permitting fluid flow through the main body via the conduit, the conduit further defining a holding orifice which is operative in use to secure a semiconductor die, the conduit being configured to convey light received from one side of the pick arm through the holding orifice and an alignment window located on the main body to an opposite side of the pick arm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2021
    Inventors: Kui Kam Lam, Kai Siu Lam, Cheuk Ki Tam, Nim Tak Wong, Ka Yee Mak
  • Patent number: 11047106
    Abstract: A skid-steer implement allows for the rotation of a tool attachment relative to the body of the skid-steer by coupling an attaching element and a rotation attachment device with a shaft and force generating devices. The slim construction of the device allows for bucket rotation while limiting the tipping load change caused by the extension of the implement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 29, 2021
    Assignee: Babl Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Gary L. Babl, Helen Pich
  • Patent number: 11043405
    Abstract: A method includes transferring a wafer from a process chamber onto a plurality of robotic fingers outside the process chamber, elevating a wafer chuck until reaching the wafer, applying a first suction force to the wafer using a vacuum hole on the wafer chuck, and applying a second suction force toward the wafer using a porous pipe around the wafer chuck.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 22, 2021
    Inventor: Ting-Yu Kang
  • Patent number: 11041285
    Abstract: An excavator machine includes an undercarriage assembly including a drive assembly, and a carriage assembly rotatably coupled to the undercarriage assembly and including an operator cab positioned at a front of the carriage assembly. The excavator machine also includes a boom assembly. The boom assembly is coupled to the carriage assembly via two branches, and the branches are coupled to the carriage assembly on opposing sides of the operator cab.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 22, 2021
    Assignee: Caterpillar Inc.
    Inventors: Terril James Johnson, David Eugene Cooper, Anthony Dean McNealy, Matthew Bunge, Andrew Sumners, Rustin Glenn Metzger, Corey Lee Gorman, Brad Robert Van De Veer
  • Patent number: 11027388
    Abstract: A machining system comprises a machining device that machines a workpiece, a set-up station with which pallet workpiece attachment/detachment is carried out, and a pallet conveyance device that conveys the pallet between the machining device and the set-up station. A partially cylindrical operator door, which can rotate around a set-up table on which the pallet is mounted, includes a partially cylindrical outer door and a partially cylindrical inner door which rotate following coaxial circular trajectories of different radii. The set-up station is provided with an interlocking mechanism that causes the outer door and the inner door to rotate in an interlocked manner so that a shielded state is constantly maintained between the operator side and the pallet conveyance device side.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2021
    Assignee: MAKINO J CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Takudai Maenosono, Takahiro Yoshida, Nobuhiro Uchida, Yuichi Aoyama
  • Patent number: 11024526
    Abstract: Processes and systems for cleaned storage of high level cleanliness articles, such as extreme ultraviolet (EUV) reticle carriers. A decontamination chamber cleans the stored workpieces. A purge gas system prevents contamination of the articles stored within the workpieces. A robot detects the condition of the storage compartment before delivering the workpiece. A monitor device monitors the conditions of the stocker.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2021
    Inventor: Lutz Rebstock
  • Patent number: 11020852
    Abstract: A substrate transport apparatus including; a frame, a substrate transport arm connected to the frame, the substrate transport arm having an end effector, and a drive section having at least one motor coupled to the substrate transport arm, wherein the at least one motor defines a kinematic portion of the drive section configured to effect kinematic motion of the substrate transport arm, and the drive section includes an accessory portion adjacent the kinematic portion, wherein the accessory portion has another motor, different and distinct from the at least one motor, the another motor of the accessory portion is operably coupled to and configured to drive one or more accessory device independent of the kinematic motion of the substrate transport arm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2021
    Inventors: Sean E Plaisted, Leigh F Sharrock, Chris Aitken
  • Patent number: 11021850
    Abstract: An industrial machine includes a frame having a base and a boom, an arm movably coupled to the boom, an attachment, a conduit, a first member, and a second member. The boom has a first end coupled to the base and a second end opposite the first end. The arm includes a first end and a second end. The attachment is coupled to the first end of the arm. The conduit extends from the frame to the arm. The first member is pivotably coupled to the frame and supports a first portion of the conduit as the arm moves relative to the boom. The second member is pivotably coupled between the first member and the arm, and supports a second portion of the conduit as the arm moves relative to the boom.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2021
    Assignee: Joy Global Surface Mining Inc
    Inventors: Douglas Maki, Ethan Pedretti, Anab Akanda, Jason Gaska, Christopher Jones, Matthew Loew, Andrew P. Dretzka, Jason Knuth
  • Patent number: 11021853
    Abstract: A connection system for coupling an implement to a work vehicle. The connection system includes a receiver assembly of the implement, which couples the implement to a connector assembly of the work vehicle. An implement frame includes a first end having a mounting portion and a second end coupled to a mounting assembly of the implement frame. The mounting portion of the implement frame couples the implement directly to a frame of the work vehicle. The receiver assembly is directly coupled to the implement frame. An alignment indicator system provides a visual indication of alignment of the receiver assembly with the connector assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2021
    Inventor: Daniel Owen Seacat
  • Patent number: 11022205
    Abstract: A transmission module for transmitting torques having a base, a first drive shaft, a second drive shaft parallel thereto, a first output shaft and a second output shaft, both rotatable about a common axis, the axes of the drive shafts are arranged parallel to the axis of the output shafts, a gear unit, where the two drive shafts, the gear unit and the first output shaft are rotatably supported in the base, and the second output shaft is rotatably supported in the first output shaft and the gear unit is designed in such a way that a synchronous rotary movement of the two output shafts can be effected by a rotary movement of the first drive shaft and a relative rotary movement of the two output shafts can be effected by a rotary movement of the second drive shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2021
    Assignee: TECAN TRADING AG
    Inventors: Joas Leemann, Christoph Latzer
  • Patent number: 11014232
    Abstract: According to one embodiment, a holding apparatus includes a holding part, a rotating part, a supporting part, and a moving mechanism. The holding part is configured to hold an article. The rotating part is configured to rotate the holding part. The supporting part is configured to support the article from below. The moving mechanism is configured to move the holding part with respect to the supporting part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2021
    Inventors: Hideichi Nakamoto, Atsushi Sugahara
  • Patent number: 11015317
    Abstract: A boom for an earth-moving machine, in particular an excavator, comprising rear and front boom parts that are cohesively assembled to form a boomerang-like boom structure, wherein the central connection between the boom parts is formed by a simple thick central connecting plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2021
    Assignee: Liebherr-France SAS
    Inventors: Guillaume Elbel, Johan Pleimelding, Thomas M√ľnch
  • Patent number: 11007655
    Abstract: A manipulation unit includes a body, a tool holder, and a manipulated portion. The body has a first end, a second end opposite to the first end, and a peripheral surface connecting the first end and the second end. The first end is attachable to a robot arm. The tool holder is connected to the second end and configured to hold a tool. The manipulated portion is provided on the peripheral surface. The manipulated portion includes a manipulation surface and a surrounding portion. The robot arm is to be operated via the manipulation surface. The surrounding portion surrounds the manipulation surface such that the manipulation surface is recessed from the surrounding portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 18, 2021
    Inventors: Yuichi Sato, Tamio Nakamura, Tetsuro Izumi, Takashi Nishimura, Shohei Ohno
  • Patent number: 10994934
    Abstract: A carrier (230) for a honeycomb body (220) and a method for manufacturing a honeycomb body(220) are provided. The carrier (230) comprises a first side support (234), a second side support (236), and a flexible sheet (240) suspended between the first (234) and second (236) side supports for supporting the honeycomb body (220). The method comprises placing a green honeycomb body (220) on the flexible sheet (240) and transporting the green honeycomb body (220).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Assignee: Corning Incorporated
    Inventor: John Christian Duroe
  • Patent number: 10994425
    Abstract: An apparatus for coupling a robot arm to a tool that is suspended by an ergonomic arm capable of supporting 3D motion of the tool within a working volume. The apparatus includes a tool sleeve configured to accept the tool, a freely rotating rotary fitting coupled to the tool sleeve, and a coupling that couples a distal end of the robot arm to the rotary fitting. When the tool is inserted into the tool sleeve, the tool is free to rotate around the rotational axis with respect to the robot arm, such that a motion of the distal end of the robot arm does not impose a torque between the robot arm and the tool around the rotational axis, and such that motion of the distal end of the robot arm repositions or reorients the tool within at least a portion of the working volume.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Inventor: Keith J. Wells
  • Patent number: 10994951
    Abstract: An electronic component handler includes an electronic component transporter transporting an electronic component in an arrangement state where a shuttle plate is arranged, the shuttle plate having a recess receiving the electronic component, a light source casting light, a light receiver receiving the light, a detector detecting presence/absence of the electronic component in the recess, and a negative pressure generator putting the recess under a negative pressure. The shuttle plate has a first flow path. The electronic component transporter has: a shuttle plate fastener having a second flow path communicated with the first flow path in the arrangement state and having the shuttle plate fixed thereto in the arrangement state, a transmission member sealing the second flow path and transmitting the light, and a driver driving the shuttle plate fastener. The negative pressure generator is coupled to the second flow path and sucks the electronic component in the recess.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Inventors: Fuyumi Takata, Noriaki Kotani
  • Patent number: 10987914
    Abstract: Provided is a gripping portion structure of a gravure plate-making robot in which the accurate gripping of an unprocessed plate-making roll and the positioning accuracy during transfer of the unprocessed plate-making roll to each processing device can be improved by causing a gravure plate-making robot to exhibit a high gripping force when gripping the unprocessed plate-making roll.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2021
    Inventors: Tatsuo Shigeta, Kaku Shigeta