Patents Examined by Michael S Lowe
  • Patent number: 11648661
    Abstract: The disclosure concerns a pivoting unit for a handling robot for opening a flap (e.g. door) of a motor vehicle body, comprising a mounting flange, a gripper arm and a first gripping tool for gripping an engagement on the flap to be opened, the first gripping tool being mounted on the gripper arm, and a pivoting head for pivoting the gripper arm between an initial position and an engaged position. The disclosure provides that a second gripping tool is also mounted on the gripper arm, and that the two gripping tools on the gripper arm are adapted to be inserted in different insertion directions into engagement with the openable flap of the motor vehicle body, in particular from top to bottom for the first gripping tool and from bottom to top for the second gripping tool. The disclosure further comprises an associated method.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2023
    Assignee: Dürr Systems AG
    Inventor: Detlev Hannig
  • Patent number: 11613002
    Abstract: A substrate processing apparatus including a frame, a first arm coupled to the frame at a shoulder axis having a first upper arm, a first forearm and at least one substrate holder serially and rotatably coupled to each other, a second arm coupled to the frame at the shoulder axis where shoulder axes of rotation of the arms are substantially coincident, the second arm having a second upper arm, a second forearm and at least one substrate holder serially and rotatably coupled to each other, and a drive section connected to the frame and coupled to the arms, the drive section being configured to independently extend and rotate each arm where an axis of extension of the first arm is angled relative to an axis of extension of the second arm substantially at each angular position of at least one of the first arm or the second arm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2023
    Assignee: Brooks Automation US, LLC
    Inventors: Robert T. Caveney, Alexander G. Krupyshev, Martin R. Elliot, Christopher Hofmeister
  • Patent number: 11603655
    Abstract: A boom clamp attachment has a gib frame, a boom quick-connect, a shaft arm axle, a shaft arm torque assembly, and at least one gib clamp assembly. The gib clamp assembly has a clamp support member having a first gib clamp at a first end and second gib clamp at a second end. The gib clamp has a fixed finger and a moveable finger, the moveable finger controlled via hydraulics. The boom clamp may hoist, tilt, and position an assembled section of panels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 14, 2023
    Assignee: Innovatech Systems, LLC
    Inventors: James Barlow, James Harker
  • Patent number: 11565922
    Abstract: The movable lifting system (1, 2) comprising a telehandler (1) which in turn comprises: a movable lifting arm (11) provided at a distal end, with a coupling device (111) for the removable fixing of equipment (112) or of the type adapted to grip loads, such as a fork, grippers or the like, or of the type suitable for lifting persons and work tools such as a basket or the like; and a powertrain assembly for movement on the ground. The system (1, 2) further comprises: control means, arranged on board the telehandler (1), provided to manage the operation of the powertrain assembly, adapted to receive command signals and adapted to regulate the operation of the assembly according to the command signals; and command means (2), separate from the telehandler (1), to be activated by an operator (3) and predisposed to produce the command signals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2023
    Assignee: MANITOU ITALIA S.R.L.
    Inventor: Marco Iotti
  • Patent number: 11560692
    Abstract: A work machine includes: a vehicle body front part to which a front wheel is attached; a vehicle body rear part which is coupled to the vehicle body front part through an articulated mechanism and to which a rear wheel is attached; a working equipment coupled to the vehicle body front part; a headlight supported by the vehicle body front part and arranged above the front wheel; and a three-dimensional measurement device arranged on an outer side of the headlight in a vehicle width direction that is in parallel with a rotation axis of the front wheel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2023
    Assignee: Komatsu Ltd.
    Inventors: Yohei Seki, Masataka Ozaki, Kota Imanishi
  • Patent number: 11538705
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present disclosure provide a plasma processing system, comprising: a transfer chamber, the transfer chamber including a plurality of sidewalls, each sidewall being connected with a plurality of process chambers; each process chamber including a base therein, the base including a central point; wherein at least two process chambers connected to a same sidewall form one process chamber group, wherein a first distance is provided between the central points of two bases in a first process chamber group, and a second distance is provided between the central points of two bases in a second process chamber group, the first distance being greater than the second distance; and the transfer chamber comprises a mechanical transfer device; a rotating pedestal includes two independently movable robot arms thereon, the two robot arms; and the two robot arms both include a plurality of rotating shafts and a plurality of rotating arms, wherein a remote rotating arm of each robot arm further includes an end
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2022
    Inventors: Larry Lei, Qian Wang
  • Patent number: 11508597
    Abstract: A substrate aligner providing minimal substrate transporter extend and retract motions to quickly align substrate without back side damage while increasing the throughput of substrate processing. In one embodiment, the aligner having an inverted chuck connected to a frame with a substrate transfer system capable of transferring substrate from chuck to transporter without rotationally repositioning substrate. The inverted chuck eliminates aligner obstruction of substrate fiducials and along with the transfer system, allows transporter to remain within the frame during alignment. In another embodiment, the aligner has a rotatable sensor head connected to a frame and a substrate support with transparent rest pads for supporting the substrate during alignment so transporter can remain within the frame during alignment. Substrate alignment is performed independent of fiducial placement on support pads.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2022
    Assignee: Brook Automation US, LLC
    Inventors: Jairo T. Moura, Martin Hosek, Todd Bottomley, Ulysses Gilchrist
  • Patent number: 11453993
    Abstract: A coupling assembly for releasably mounting, and hydraulically coupling, a tool to a work machine. The coupling assembly includes a mount attachable to the work machine and configured to receive the tool in a mounted position of the tool, a rigid retaining body movable in translation relative to the mount along a translation axis between a retaining position for retaining the tool to the mount and a release position for releasing the tool from the mount, a first and a second actuator operable to move the retaining body between the retaining and release positions, and a hydraulic coupling manifold movable in translation relative to the mount along the translation axis for hydraulically coupling the tool to the machine, wherein the hydraulic coupling manifold uses the first and second actuators as guides for moving along the translation axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2022
    Assignee: Caterpillar Inc.
    Inventor: Peter Lauterslager
  • Patent number: 11443969
    Abstract: The present invention refers to a substrate holder loading device to be used in a clean room and a clean room treatment device containing such substrate holder loading device. Furthermore, the present invention refers to a method of loading a substrate holder with a first substrate, more preferably with a first and a second substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2022
    Assignee: Atotech Deutschland GmbH
    Inventors: Rüdiger Pretscher, Daniel Buchberger
  • Patent number: 11413761
    Abstract: The disclosed system includes a robot system with a robot having a modular platform and a controller operably coupled to the robot. The modular platform includes a plurality of mount connectors and a plurality of receiving port connectors. Each of the mount connectors is configured to attach to the robot and each of the receiving ports is configured to connect to an end effector such as a gripper, sensor or other tool. The modular platform is configured to mount to the robot in a plurality of orientations and to connect with a plurality of different end effectors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2022
    Assignee: ABB Schweiz AG
    Inventor: Matt Simkins
  • Patent number: 11414278
    Abstract: A multi-level hand apparatus includes a plurality of hands arranged in a vertical direction, and a plurality of clamp members disposed at the plurality of hands, respectively. Each of the clamp members is movable in a forward-rearward direction to clamp and release a workpiece. The apparatus further includes a movable head member extending in the vertical direction. Each clamp member includes a fixed spring receiving member, a movable spring receiving member movable in the forward-rearward direction, and a compression spring member arranged between the fixed spring receiving member and the movable spring receiving member. In each clamp member, the movable spring receiving member, as moving rearward, comes into contact with a front surface of the movable head member in a manner such that the movable spring receiving member is capable of moving in the vertical direction relative to the front surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2022
    Assignee: DAIHEN Corporation
    Inventors: Kimihiro Kasahara, Kunio Fukuma
  • Patent number: 11396733
    Abstract: A quick-change coupler device for coupling and uncoupling an implement attachment to a construction vehicle comprises a support member; first receiving members on one side of the support member for receiving a first coupling member; second receiving members disposed on the other side for receiving a second coupling member, the second receiving members having a locking member moveable between a release position for coupling or uncoupling the implement attachment and a coupling position for retaining the implement attachment on the coupler device; and a mechanical signaling mechanism for monitoring the locking status. The mechanical signaling mechanism comprises an assembly for signaling failure of the second coupling member to engage in the second receiving members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 26, 2022
    Assignee: OilQuick Deutschland KG
    Inventor: Michael Kollmann
  • Patent number: 11367636
    Abstract: A substrate transfer device and method as well as a photolithography apparatus are disclosed. The device includes a motion platform and a plurality of transfer stages which are arranged side-by-side along a first direction are configured to transfer substrates in a second direction that is perpendicular to the first direction. The motion platform includes a base table and a plurality of motion tables in movable connection with the base table. Each of the transfer stages is connected to, and movable in the first direction with, a corresponding one of the motion tables. A pre-alignment assembly for pre-alignment and positional adjustments of the substrates is provided on the motion platform and on the transfer stages. When one of the transfer stages is unloading a first substrate, another one of the transfer stages receives a second substrate and effectuates its first- and second-directional pre-alignment with the aid of the pre-alignment assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2022
    Assignee: Shanghai Micro Electronics Equipment (Group) Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Fulong Wu, Dong Ruan
  • Patent number: 11338448
    Abstract: A substrate gripping hand which grips a substrate with a disc shape, includes a base plate, and a guide member provided at the base plate, and having a L-shape when viewed from a horizontal direction, the guide member having a shape in which a base end portion of a bottom surface has a horizontal portion and a first corner portion which is a corner portion formed by the bottom surface and an inner wall surface has a curve line shape.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2022
    Inventors: Takayuki Fukushima, Tetsuya Yoshida, Shinya Kinoshita
  • Patent number: 11295976
    Abstract: A substrate support device includes a blade and at least one pad provided on the blade to support a substrate. The pad includes a first fixed member, a second fixed member, and a bridge. The first fixed member is provided at an outer portion of the blade. The outer portion is located outside an outer circumference portion of the substrate when the substrate is supported on the pad. The second fixed member is provided at an inner portion of the blade. The inner portion is under the substrate when the substrate is supported on the pad. The bridge is flexible and connects the first fixed member and the second fixed member to support the outer circumference portion of the substrate. An upper surface of the bridge is inclined downward from the first fixed member toward the second fixed member when the substrate is not supported on the pad.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2022
    Inventors: Joseph Chang, Katsuhiko Shimada, Nobuyuki Furukawa, Yong-Gu Kang
  • Patent number: 11261577
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a safety device for a quick coupler and, more particularly, to a safety device for a quick coupler, the safety device having an improved structure that is configured to improve the structure of a locking device, the locking device preventing the fixing hook from being arbitrarily released from a locking engagement, by using a safety plate that is laterally moved in a sliding manner by an elastic force of a DIE spring after a fixing hook and a first attachment pin are assembled together.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2022
    Inventors: Seung Hwan Lee, Su Ick Jang
  • Patent number: 11257707
    Abstract: A substrate gripping mechanism, for gripping a substrate between a fixed clamp portion to be engaged with an edge portion of a substrate and a movable clamp portion configured to reciprocate with respect to the fixed clamp portion by a reciprocating driving unit, includes an interlocking member configured to move together with the movable clamp portion, and a first sensor and a second sensor, each having a detection region and configured to detect whether or not the interlocking member exists in the detection region. The interlocking member has a first to a fourth portion connected in a reciprocating direction of the movable clamp portion. The first to the fourth portion have shapes to make detection results thereof by the first sensor and the second sensor different from each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 22, 2022
    Inventors: Masahiro Dogome, Keisuke Kondoh
  • Patent number: 11253994
    Abstract: A robot assembly for transporting a substrate is presented. The robot assembly having a first arm and a second arm supported by a column, the first arm further having a first limb, the first limb having a first set of revolute joint/line pairs configured to provide translation and rotation of the distal most link of the first limb in the horizontal plane. The assembly further having a second arm further having a second limb, the second limb comprising a second set of revolute joint/link pairs configured to provide translation and rotation of a distalmost link of the second limb in the horizontal plane. The first limb and second limb further having proximal revolute joints having a common vertical axis of rotation and a proximal inner joint housed in a common housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 22, 2022
    Inventor: Izya Kremerman
  • Patent number: 11244845
    Abstract: A vacuum chamber having a vacuum chamber; at least one processing region arranged in the vacuum chamber; and a substrate holding arrangement for transporting and/or positioning a substrate or multiple substrates in the processing region, wherein the substrate holding arrangement has: a first drive train with a first substrate holder, the first substrate holder being configured to rotatably hold one or more substrates, a second drive train with a first support arm, wherein the first substrate holder is held rotatably by the first support arm, a third drive train with a second substrate holder, the second substrate holder being configured for rotatably holding one or more substrates, and a fourth drive train with a second support arm, wherein the second substrate holder is held rotatably by the second support arm, and wherein the first, second, third and fourth drive trains are each configured to be controllable independently of one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 8, 2022
    Inventors: Joerg Pollack, Lutz Gottsmann, Georg Laimer
  • Patent number: 11242670
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a work machine, in particular to a hydraulic excavator, having at least one ballast device, wherein the ballast device comprises at least one ballast weight and at least one ballast support. The present disclosure is furthermore directed to a ballast weight for a corresponding work machine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 8, 2022
    Inventors: Bernd Wager, Dirk Asam