Patents Examined by Gerald McClain
  • Patent number: 10770326
    Abstract: A positioning device, in particular a wafer transportation container positioning device, for positioning a wafer transportation container in a loading and/or unloading position of a loading and/or unloading station which is configured at least for loading and/or unloading wafers from the wafer transportation container. The positioning device, in particular the wafer transportation container positioning device, comprises a positioning mechanism which is configured for contactless positioning of the wafer transportation container in a coupling process between the wafer transportation container and the loading and/or unloading station.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Assignee: VAT Holding AG
    Inventors: Florian Ehrne, Martin Netzer, Andreas Hofer, Marco Apolloni
  • Patent number: 10766718
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a tool that is to be mounted on a handling device and grips pallet bases, the tool including a frame and a gripper for the bases that is mounted on the frame. The gripper is movable in the frame in such a way as to cooperate with a single edge of a pallet. The present invention relates to a corresponding transfer apparatus and a corresponding method.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Assignee: SIDEL END OF LINE SOLUTIONS FRANCE
    Inventors: Laurent Ferre, Didier Maudet
  • Patent number: 10759062
    Abstract: Example systems and methods are described that are capable of gripping objects. In one implementation, a system includes a first finger that includes a plurality of teeth and a second finger that is mechanically coupled to the first finger and includes a plurality of teeth. The first finger and the second finger are configured to move apart when the first finger and the second finger are moved in a first direction against an object. The first finger and second finger are further configured to grip the object when the first finger and the second finger are moved in a second direction that is substantially opposite to the first direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2020
    Assignee: Dishcraft Robotics, Inc.
    Inventors: Kevin Ma, Paul M. Birkmeyer, Kent Anderson, Stephen Morfey
  • Patent number: 10753063
    Abstract: A front loader includes a link operating mechanism spanning a bucket and a stand. The link operating mechanism is configured to cause, using a swing force of the bucket, a bending and stretching link to bend so that propping and supporting of the bending and stretching link are released.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Assignee: Kubota Corporation
    Inventors: Robert Stewart Boyd, Erik Baker
  • Patent number: 10745219
    Abstract: A manipulator apparatus for manipulating an article is disclosed. The apparatus includes an arm including a connecting end and a working end, an arm actuator coupled with the connecting end by an arm linkage, a lift actuator coupled with the connecting end, an end effector coupled with the working end by a rotatable connection, the end effector having an engagement orientation relative to the working end, and at least one cable coupled between the connecting end of the arm and the rotatable connection. The arm actuator is operable to cause the arm linkage to move the working end until the end effector engages an article in the engagement orientation; the lift actuator is operable to cause the connecting end to lift the working end, the end effector, and the article; and the cable is coupled to transmit movement of the connecting end to the rotatable connection to maintain the engagement orientation of the end effector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: Advanced Intelligent Systems Inc.
    Inventors: Farhang Bidram, Mohammadreza Yavari, Vahid Mehrabi, Amirmasoud Ghasemi Toudeshki, Seyed Mehdi Mirsadeghi, Thomas Julian Havens
  • Patent number: 10745888
    Abstract: A work vehicle is formed from a plurality of ground-contacting motive elements, a chassis, an operator station, a switch, and a hydraulic manifold. The operator station has a joystick having a manually-actuable control element used to actuate the switch. The hydraulic manifold has a pair of primary hydraulic ports, first and second pairs of secondary hydraulic ports, and a control valve. The control valve is actuated by the switch and is adapted to allow pressurized hydraulic fluid to flow through a selected one of the first or second pair of secondary hydraulic ports. Each pair of secondary hydraulic ports fluidly communicates with a hydraulic actuator carried by a work attachment. By actuating the control element on the joystick, the operator can conveniently switch the hydraulic control of the joystick between different hydraulic operations on the attachment without leaving the operator's station.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: The Charles Machine Works, Inc.
    Inventor: Brant Douglas Kukuk
  • Patent number: 10748799
    Abstract: A transport apparatus including a drive section connected to a frame and including a multi-drive shaft spindle, with at least one coaxial shaft spindle, more than one different interchangeable motor module arranged in a stack, each having a motor operably coupled thereto and defining a corresponding independent drive axis, and a can seal disposed between the stator and rotor of each motor module and hermetically sealing the stator and rotor from each other, at least one of the motor modules is selectable for placement in the stack from other different interchangeable motor modules, each having a different predetermined characteristic, independent of placement in the stack, that defines a different predetermined drive characteristic of the corresponding drive axis, independent of shaft spindle location, so that selection of the at least one motor module determines the different predetermined drive characteristic of the corresponding axis different from another of the independent drive axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: Brooks Automation, Inc.
    Inventor: Robert T. Caveney
  • Patent number: 10737313
    Abstract: A transport apparatus for transferring workpieces in a processing device includes at least two stations having at least two gripping tool units arranged on a gripping tool support which is movable back and forth between the stations of the processing device. The gripping tool support is movably mounted so as to be linearly guided and mounted by a parallelogram guide arrangement so as to be displaceable transversely with respect to its linearly guided movability. The gripping tool support is movable by a gripping tool support drive with two crank gear arrangements each having a gripping tool support drive motor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Assignee: Hatebur Umformmaschinen AG
    Inventors: Markus Moser, Simon Reimer, Andreas Maritz, Andreas Matt
  • Patent number: 10737817
    Abstract: A robotic handling apparatus includes a vertical motion mechanism and a first arm member connected to the vertical motion mechanism. The first arm member is movable in a vertical direction by the vertical motion mechanism. The robotic handling apparatus includes a second arm member connected to the vertical motion mechanism via the first arm member, and a first drive unit configured to drive the second arm member to pivot about a first axis. An end effector is connected to the second arm to transfer an article from a first position to a second position by the motion of the vertical motion mechanism, first arm member, and second arm member, the first arm member being mounted to a side of the vertical motion mechanism relative to the vertical direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Assignee: YASKAWA AMERICA, INC.
    Inventors: John Charles Rogers, Hiroyuki Handa, John D. Payne, Carl Michael Traynor
  • Patent number: 10710818
    Abstract: In the method for transferring blister packs from a first and a second pick position to a common place position, the blister packs in the first and second pick positions are arranged next to each other in a row and are each outwardly offset from the longitudinal center plane of the transfer unit. Then the two blister packs are picked successively by two suction arms and placed from above in the place position, which is in the area of the longitudinal center plane. After the placing step, the blister packs in the place positions have a rotation of 180° around their centers in comparison to their orientation in the pick positions; and in addition the blister packs acquire a lateral offset during the transfer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: UHLMANN PAC-SYSTEME GMBH & CO. KG
    Inventors: Bernd Haehnel, Sebastian Binder
  • Patent number: 10695903
    Abstract: An articulated robot includes a pedestal and two or more modules supported by the pedestal. Each of the two or more modules includes a support member, a link member supported by the support member to be rotatable about a first axis, and a first drive unit provided in the link member and for rotating the link member about the first axis with respect to the support member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: KAWASAKI JUKOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Yasuhiko Hashimoto, Takahiro Inada, Kenji Bando, Yoshiaki Tanaka, Junichi Murakami, Satoru Hibino, Yukio Iwasaki
  • Patent number: 10699928
    Abstract: A transport system includes an overhead transport vehicle that travels on a first track and is capable of delivering and receiving an article to and from a load port of a processing tool; a storage rack having a plurality of shelves that store the articles arranged in a vertical direction; a crane that travels on a second track parallel with the first track and is capable of delivering and receiving the article to and from the load port and the storage rack, respectively; and a first buffer arranged at a position where the crane that has stopped traveling at a position to deliver or receive the article to or from the load port is able to deliver or receive the article.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: Murata Machinery, Ltd.
    Inventor: Yoichi Motoori
  • Patent number: 10688669
    Abstract: A quick change end effector system for use with a robot includes: a quick change end effector configured for application to a task to be completed by a robot, the quick change end effector further comprising an end effector magnet; and a robotic manipulator configured to lock to the end effector, the robotic manipulator further configured to use the end effector to complete the task, the robotic manipulator comprising a manipulator magnet, the manipulator magnet being configured to magnetically attract the end effector magnet, thereby locking the manipulator in a mechanically strong connection to the quick change end effector, wherein upon disengagement of the magnetic attraction locking the manipulator to the quick change end effector, the quick change end effector can be quickly removed from the manipulator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: Fetch Robotics, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Ferguson, Mark Medonis
  • Patent number: 10676893
    Abstract: A self-leveling front-end loader for attachment to a tractor. The self-leveling front-end loader includes a support structure configured to be attached to the tractor, and two extendable booms, each boom including a proximal leg, a distal leg, and a self-leveling hydraulic linkage configured to maintain the tilt angle of an accessory, such as a bucket. Each extendable boom has a boom extension hydraulic cylinder for extending the boom by up to 2 to 4 feet, a lift hydraulic cylinder to lift each boom, a self-leveling hydraulic cylinder, and a tilt hydraulic cylinder to tilt the accessory. The extendable booms enhance the capability of the front-end loader to position payload higher and farther than a standard front end loader, while preserving the stability and lifting capacity of the front-end loader. The booms have a traditional “dogleg” bend of 105 to 135 degrees, providing the two booms a wide range of motion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Inventor: Larry Irby Williams
  • Patent number: 10672639
    Abstract: A system for sending a cassette pod is provided. The system includes a processing machine having a load port for receiving the cassette pod. The system further includes a manipulating apparatus positioned above the processing machine. The manipulating apparatus includes an intermediate module having a stage and a driving mechanism connected to the stage to change the position of the stage. The manipulating apparatus further includes a conveyor module having a gripper assembly for grasping the cassette pod.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: TAIWAN SEMICONDUCTOR MANUFACTURING CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Tsung-Sheng Kuo
  • Patent number: 10662611
    Abstract: A loading bucket may comprise a bucket body with an interior and a front and a rear. The bucket body has a lower wall with a forward edge and an upper surface, a rear wall, a pair of opposite side walls, and at least one guide being positioned adjacent to a juncture of the lower wall and one side wall. The bucket may include a pusher mounted on the bucket body to move along the guide over the lower wall upper surface between retracted and extended positions. The retracted position may be characterized by the pusher being located toward the rear wall of the body and the extended position may be characterized by the pusher being moved away from the rear wall of the bucket body. The bucket may include a pusher actuation assembly configured to move the pusher between the retracted and extended positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Inventor: Brad Mohns
  • Patent number: 10658216
    Abstract: A transfer system includes a transfer chamber having transfer positions, a first robot provided in the transfer chamber to transfer articles between the transfer positions, a second robot provided in the transfer chamber to transfer articles between the transfer positions, and a retreat unit configured to move one robot among the first robot and the second robot to a retreat position by changing a height of the one robot such that the one robot does not interfere with an operating range of another robot among the first robot and the second robot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: KABUSHIKI KAISHA YASKAWA DENKI
    Inventors: Osamu Komiyaji, Hiroki Sanemasa
  • Patent number: 10647514
    Abstract: 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 robot, and the loading device (16-19) is driven in a displaceable manner, and can be guided over at least one of the two sides of the outer contour of the transport robot, and can be brought into contact with the item to be transported (13), wherein the loading device (16-19) is formed by at least one loading arm (7, 8; 17, 18), designed as a longitudinal conveyor (6) for gripping under the bottom surface of the item to be transported (13).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: Heron Innovations Factory GmbH
    Inventor: Christian Beer
  • Patent number: 10651073
    Abstract: A sample transfer system includes a sample-mounting member mounting a sample thereonto, and a sample-moving device lifting the sample to move the sample between the sample-mounting member and another location. The sample-mounting member includes a first predetermined sample-mounting region mounting the sample, and a recessed part on or around a side of the first predetermined sample-mounting region. The sample-moving device includes a first sample-holding device, the first sample-holding device including a sample-holding surface facing the sample to be lifted, a first contact member contacting with part of the sample, and a movement mechanism moving the first contact member in a direction along the sample-holding surface. Part of the contact member enters the recessed part when the first sample-holding device is brought ill proximity to the first predetermined sample-mounting region, the part of the contact member moving within the recessed part by operating the movement mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: KANEKA CORPORATION
    Inventors: Minoru Miyamoto, Yutaka Yanagihara, Hideyuki Makita
  • Patent number: 10634625
    Abstract: A transfer system includes a robot arm configured to hold a core, which is tubular, of at least one separator roll from a side of a first side surface of the at least one separator roll. The at least one separator roll includes the core and a separator, wound around an outer circumferential surface of the core. The robot arm is further configured to take out the at least one separator roll from a rack. A defect inspection device is configured to hold the core from a side of a second side surface of the at least one separator roll, receive the at least one separator roll from the robot arm, and inspect, for a defect, the at least one separator roll thus received.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Assignee: SUMITOMO CHEMICAL COMPANY, LIMITED
    Inventors: Yoshitaka Shinomiya, Yasuyuki Kondo, Koji Kashu