Patents Examined by Kaitlin S. Joerger
  • Patent number: 11981505
    Abstract: A storage system includes a storage grid and a container lift. The container lift includes a lifting assembly suspended from a spoolable lifting elements and arranged to be raised/lowered in order to raise/lower an accompanying storage container within the storage grid. The lifting assembly includes a lifting frame part for releasable attachment to a storage container and a guide shuttle arranged to guide the lifting frame part and any accompanying storage container as the lifting frame part is raised and lowered within the storage grid. The guide shuttle is arranged above the lifting frame part and includes guide elements arranged to stabilise and maintain horizontal alignment of the lifting frame part and any accompanying storage container. The framework features internal guide surfaces arranged to stabilise and maintain the horizontal alignment of the lifting frame part, when the guide shuttle is at a level above the top rail grid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2024
    Assignee: Autostore Technology AS
    Inventor: Trond Austrheim
  • Patent number: 11981029
    Abstract: Methods of assembling a controller for a commissioning device are provided. A method includes extending a delivery table in a first horizontal direction, the delivery table having a storage end and a retrieval end, disposing two elongated clamping jaws above the delivery table, extending, in a second horizontal direction perpendicular to the first horizontal direction, a first guide and a second guide that are parallel and spaced from one another in the first horizontal direction, coupling at least four clamping jaw carriages to the first and second guides, wherein at least two clamping jaw carriages separated from one another in the first horizontal direction are coupled to a single clamping jaw, respectively, and coupling at least four drive elements to a clamping jaw drive unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2022
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2024
    Assignee: BECTON DICKINSON ROWA GERMANY GMBH
    Inventor: Christoph Hellenbrand
  • Patent number: 11972967
    Abstract: A semiconductor-machine automatic leveling apparatus includes an inclination adjusting gear, a motor, a driving gear, an inclination acquisition mechanism and a controller. The inclination adjusting gear is configured to drive one side of a tabletop of a wafer transfer machine to move up and down. The driving gear is mounted on a rotation shaft of the motor and engaged with the inclination adjusting gear. The inclination acquisition mechanism is configured to acquire inclination information of the tabletop of the wafer transfer machine and electrically connected to the controller. The controller is electrically connected to the motor and configured to control the motor to operate according to the inclination information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2021
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2024
    Assignee: CHANGXIN MEMORY TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventor: Xueyu Liang
  • Patent number: 11970341
    Abstract: In an article transfer facility, a drive portion includes a first Z-axis drive portion configured to move a holding portion in a Z direction, a first X-axis drive portion configured to move the holding portion in an X direction, a first Y-axis drive portion configured to move the holding portion in a Y direction, and a second X-axis drive portion configured to move a placement portion in the X direction. A control portion executes first control in which an article at a first position is placed on the placement portion, and second control in which the article placed on the placement portion is arranged at a second position. In the first control, the drive portion is controlled such that the holding portion picks up the article at the first position and moves to a position on an upper side of the placement portion, and thereafter releases the article to place the article on the placement portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2024
    Assignee: Daifuku Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Kiyoshi Shimizu
  • Patent number: 11958687
    Abstract: The high-position robot includes a pallet fork; an image collector and a distance sensor are arranged on the pallet fork; the image collector is configured to collect positioning information provided on a target stock container and obtain image data representing a positional relationship between the pallet fork and a projection image of the positioning information on a specified plane; and the distance sensor is configured to measure a distance between the pallet fork and a target stock container and obtain distance data. After a pallet fork lifts a storage container to be placed up to a same height as a target layer of a target stock container, adjusting and controlling a positional relationship between the pallet fork and a projection image of positioning information on a specified plane; and adjusting and controlling a distance between the pallet fork and the target stock container according to distance data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2024
    Assignee: BEIJING GEEKPLUS TECHNOLOGY CO. LTD
    Inventor: Bin Ji
  • Patent number: 11955356
    Abstract: There is provided a processing system. The processing system comprises: a chamber in which a consumable member is installed; a storage module configured to store the consumable member; a position detection sensor configured to detect a position of the consumable member; a vacuum transfer module connected to the chamber and the storage module, the vacuum transfer module having a transfer robot configured to transfer the consumable member between the chamber and the storage module; and a controller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2021
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2024
    Assignee: TOKYO ELECTRON LIMITED
    Inventors: Norihiko Amikura, Masatomo Kita
  • Patent number: 11945647
    Abstract: A grabber assembly has a beam assembly with a bracket. A grabber gear assembly is coupled with the bracket. The grabber gear assembly has a pair of gear mechanisms coupled with the bracket. Each gear mechanism has a shaft and a pair of thrust bearings, one at each end of the shaft. A grabber arm mounting pad is coupled with each shaft. A gear section is coupled with each shaft. The gear sections of each shaft mesh with one another to drive the grabber arm mounting pads. An actuating driver is coupled with one of the shafts to drive the grabber gear assembly and move the arms between an open and grasping position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2022
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2024
    Assignee: The Heil Co.
    Inventor: Henry Michael Hund, Jr.
  • Patent number: 11948816
    Abstract: A transfer apparatus includes a first vacuum transfer module; a first transfer robot disposed in the first vacuum transfer module and at least one ring. In addition, a second vacuum transfer module is provided; and a second transfer robot is disposed in the second vacuum transfer module. A tubular connecting module is disposed between the first vacuum transfer module and the second vacuum transfer module. Further, the first vacuum transfer module, the second vacuum transfer module and the tubular connecting module are arranged along a first direction, with the tubular connecting module having a first length in the first direction, and the first length is smaller than the diameter of the wafer. A wafer support is rotatably attached to the tubular connecting module and at least three ring supporting members outwardly extend from the wafer support to support the at least one ring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2021
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2024
    Assignee: TOKYO ELECTRON LIMITED
    Inventors: Masahiro Dogome, Masatomo Kita
  • Patent number: 11932525
    Abstract: An automatic guided vehicle for handling reels includes a telescopic upright integral with a vehicle frame bearing a fork carriage provided with at least one pair of forks and connected to the telescopic upright with an equipment. The equipment includes a plurality of actuators and a plurality of sensors, the equipment including a pair of actuators for tilting the fork carriage, an actuator to control the global lateral translation of the fork carriage, at least one pair of actuators for the symmetrical movement of the forks towards and away from each other. Each fork has a substantially rectangular section with a height greater than the base. Opposite facing walls of the forks are flat and can be approached in direct contact with each other, the two coupled forks having bevels along all the four edges facing outwards. Each fork can have a ā€œVā€ shaped seat on the upper face.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2022
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2024
    Assignee: OCME S.R.L.
    Inventors: Giovanni Schiavi, Luigi Cerinelli, Giuliano Maccherozzi
  • Patent number: 11926514
    Abstract: A forklift includes a chassis, a mast hydraulically tiltable relative to the chassis in a primary tilting motion, a fork carriage for mounting forks for supporting a load, the fork carriage being hydraulically tiltable relative to the mast in a secondary tilting motion, and a hydraulic system having an operating element for a user to control the primary tilting motion and the secondary tilting motion. The hydraulic system is configured to carry out a hydraulic sequence control of the primary tilting motion and the secondary tilting motion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2023
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2024
    Assignee: PALFINGER AG
    Inventors: Eric O'Keeffe, Manuel Schwaighofer
  • Patent number: 11915960
    Abstract: A vertical batch furnace assembly for processing wafers comprising a cassette handling space, a wafer handling space, and an internal wall separating the cassette handling space and the wafer handling space. The cassette handling space is provided with a cassette storage configured to store a plurality of wafer cassettes. The cassette handling space is also provided with a cassette handler configured to transfer wafer cassettes between the cassette storage and a wafer transfer position. The wafer handling space is provided with a wafer handler configured to transfer wafers between a wafer cassette in the wafer transfer position and a wafer boat. The internal wall is provided with a wafer transfer opening adjacent the wafer transfer position for a wafer cassette from or to which wafers are to be transferred. The cassette storage comprises a cassette storage carousel with a diameter between 1.1 and 1.6 meter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2024
    Assignee: ASM IP Holding B.V.
    Inventor: Jeroen Fluit
  • Patent number: 11913116
    Abstract: Described herein is a technique capable of improving a uniformity of a semiconductor manufacturing process by placing a substrate at an appropriate position on the basis of actual installation dimensions of a reaction tube. According to one aspect of the technique, there is provided a substrate processing apparatus including: a boat on which substrates are placed; a process furnace including a reaction tube into which the boat is to be inserted, wherein a film is formed on the substrates placed on the boat in the reaction tube; and a substrate transport device configured to transfer the substrates into the boat, wherein the substrates are transferred into the boat by the substrate transport device referring to a virtual center axis of the reaction tube measured in advance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2024
    Assignee: Kokusai Electric Corporation
    Inventors: Motoya Takewaki, Tomoshi Taniyama
  • Patent number: 11912236
    Abstract: A vehicle ramp device includes a ramp plate deployed at a lower end of a door opening, a moving body moving in a deploying or retracting direction of the ramp plate, a support arm rotatably connected to the ramp plate and the moving body to allow a rear end portion of the ramp plate to be lifted up when the ramp plate is deployed, a fall prevention member rotatably connected to the ramp plate, an urging member urging the fall prevention member to make it stand on a side end portion of the ramp plate, and a pressing member abutting against the fall prevention member that moves downward together with the ramp plate having been lifted up based on a rotation of the support arm and pressing the fall prevention member to bend it on a top surface of the ramp plate against an urging force of the urging member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2024
    Assignee: AISIN CORPORATION
    Inventor: Eisuke Sato
  • Patent number: 11912548
    Abstract: A motorcycle loader 100 for moving a motorcycle 10 without turning the motorcycle 10 on, and in particular, moving the motorcycle 10 to an elevated surface by attaching a friction wheel 102 to one of the tires 16 of the motorcycle 10 using a frame 110 that attaches to the motorcycle 10, and uses a motor 103 operatively connected to the friction wheel 102 to power the friction wheel 102, which causes the motorcycle wheel 16 to turn, thereby mobilizing the motorcycle 10. A controller 104 connected to the motor 103 of the motorcycle loader 100 can control the power, direction, and speed of the motor 103. The controller 104 can be connected to the battery of the motorcycle 10 to power the friction wheel 102. A clamp 160 operatively connected to the friction wheel 102 can be used to engage or disengage the friction wheel 102 from the tire 16 of the motorcycle 10.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2021
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2024
    Inventor: Frank Iudica
  • Patent number: 11904753
    Abstract: A deck system for cargo compartment may including one or more of the following features: a first deck; a second deck, where at least one of the first deck and the second deck divide the cargo compartment into an upper sub-compartment and a lower sub-compartment; and an actuator that is mechanically coupled to the second deck, where operation of the actuator causes at least a portion of the second deck to move vertically relative to the first deck within the cargo compartment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2022
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2024
    Assignee: ANCRA INTERNATIONAL, LLC
    Inventors: Gregory Alan Kauffman, Jerome Thomas Jones, Matthew James Rommel
  • Patent number: 11905117
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to an apparatus and method for a load handling system such that direction change of a transporting device is more easily and quickly realised. A transporting device includes an omnidirectional driving unit, and is arranged to transport a container, the container being stored in a facility. The facility is arranged to store the container in a plurality of stacks, a plurality of pathways being arranged in cells so as to form a grid-like structure above the stacks, the transporting device being arranged to operate on the grid-like structure and to be driven in a first direction and/or second direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2022
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2024
    Assignee: OCADO INNOVATION LIMITED
    Inventors: Sean Clark, David Sharp
  • Patent number: 11904461
    Abstract: Disclosed is a payload transportation device for transporting a payload, which has a low height and in which driving wheels are configured to come into constant contact with a ground surface even when the ground surface is uneven.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2024
    Assignee: MOTION DEVICE INC.
    Inventor: Jong Chan Lee
  • Patent number: 11903344
    Abstract: A system for controlling an unloading system of an agricultural harvester includes a frame. A crop unloading system includes an unloading tube operably coupled to the frame and a spout operably coupled with the unloading tube. The crop unloading system is configured to discharge harvested crop from the agricultural harvester. A computing system is communicatively coupled to a user interface and the crop unloading system. The computing system is configured to store a predetermined unloading position based on a defined location of the unloading tube and a defined location of the spout received through one or more inputs. When an input is actuated for a minimum threshold, the computing system controls an operation of one or more actuators such that the unloading system is moved relative to the frame from a current position to the predetermined unloading position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2021
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2024
    Assignee: CNH Industrial America LLC
    Inventors: Daniel Reed, Paul Deysher
  • Patent number: 11891246
    Abstract: A container handling vehicle for picking up storage containers from a three-dimensional grid of an underlying storage system includes a first set of wheels for moving the vehicle along an X direction on a rail system of the grid; and a second set of wheels for moving the vehicle along a Y direction on the rail system of the grid. The Y direction is perpendicular to the X direction. The container handling vehicle includes a vehicle body having a vehicle body footprint defined by horizontal peripheries in the X and Y directions of the vehicle body. The vehicle body includes a first section and a second section. The first section has a first footprint and the second section has a second footprint. The first and second footprints are defined by horizontal peripheries in the X and Y directions of the first and second sections, respectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2022
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2024
    Assignee: Autostore Technology AS
    Inventor: Trond Austrheim
  • Patent number: 11878863
    Abstract: A transport system is a transport system that transports a luggage using a transport vehicle and a transport robot. In a state in which the transport robot and the transport vehicle are connected, the transport robot takes out the luggage from the transport vehicle, or stores the luggage in the transport vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2022
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2024
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Kunihiro Iwamoto, Yuta Itozawa, Hirotaka Komura, Yutaro Takagi