Patents Examined by Terrance L. Siemens
  • Patent number: 4545569
    Abstract: Apparatus is described for remotely positioning, connecting, and generally andling components in a hot cell of a reprocessing plant for spent nuclear fuels. The apparatus includes a housing mounting a first stationary clamp for holding one end of a pipe and a second movable clamp for holding the end of a second pipe to be welded to the first. By adjusting the movable clamp, the pipe therein can be aligned with the pipe in the stationary clamp. The movable clamp can be moved longitudinally to press the pipe ends together, upwardly to compensate for pipe out of round, and can be tilted where pipes are to be joined at an angle. The adjustment permits accurate alignment of the parts. A tool support is rotatably mounted on said stationary clamp to permit welding or other processing through 360.degree..
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 1982
    Date of Patent: October 8, 1985
    Assignee: Deutsche Gesellschaft fur Wiederaufarbeitung von Kernbrennstoffen mbH
    Inventors: Gunter Schroder, Joachim Kiehne
  • Patent number: 4545713
    Abstract: An articulating waveguide arm assembly, comprising long arm segments, (11, 12, 15, 17, 19) and short corner segments (13, 14, 16, 18) has a single-mode hollow dielectric waveguide located inside each segment and an optically reflecting device (33, 34, 37, 38, 39) located at the end of each segment. The waveguide assembly is mechanically affixed to a robot assembly having protruding side shields (65, 66). The robot assembly includes a pair of long arms (61, 62) corresponding to a pair of the waveguide arms (15, 17). Another waveguide arm segment (12) of the waveguide assembly passes over the protruding side shields and terminates in a pair of successive corner segments (13, 14) for enabling a laser beam propagating through this long arm segment to enter into one of the pair of long waveguide segments (61).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 1983
    Date of Patent: October 8, 1985
    Assignee: AT&T Bell Laboratories
    Inventors: Gerardo Beni, Thomas J. Bridges, Susan Hackwood, Chinlon Lin
  • Patent number: 4544322
    Abstract: The present disclosure is directed to an apparatus for removing or replacing a ships underwater propulsion shaft in a dry dock and transporting it from the ship to a work area. It has a mobile vehicular frame and a pair of spaced apart main cylinder ram lifts pivoted at their base to the vehicular frame, each lying beneath a primary and secondary shaft support for carrying the shaft to be removed. The shaft receiving and removing means is mounted at the upper ends of said main cylinder ram lifts. Auxiliary tilt cylinder and ram means each having one end pivoted to said vehicular frame and the other end pivotally connected to tilt the main cylinder and ram lifts toward and away from the ships part to be removed from or replaced on the ship.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 1983
    Date of Patent: October 1, 1985
    Inventor: Arthur J. Booker
  • Patent number: 4544318
    Abstract: A manufacturing system in which the automatic control of the system and the automatic control of a process management are organically coupled, thereby to sharply reduce the number of workers to be engaged in the manufacture. In order to establish both the versatility necessary for multiple type of treatment and the high efficiency necessary for large-quantity treatments, the arrangement of respective treatment sections is made the job-shop-type, and the construction of treating devices themselves included in the treatment sections is made the flow-shop-type, to achieve the consecutive automation. In order to also automate the management of the process, a stocker in which unfinished products are put is situated in a specified place of the system such as the central part thereof, while the process is put forward in such a manner that a conveyor machine controlled by a control unit having a computer reciprocates between the stocker and the groups of treatment sections.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 1983
    Date of Patent: October 1, 1985
    Assignee: Hitachi, Ltd.
    Inventors: Hiroto Nagatomo, Hisashi Maejima, Jun Suzuki, Keishin Fujikawa
  • Patent number: 4543034
    Abstract: A linear transfer stroking boom has a housing suspended from a support which may be the travel carriage of an overlying longitudinally reciprocal shuttle. A cylinder assembly is mounted within the housing and includes a reciprocal piston rod on a longitudinal axis. A plurality of parallel spaced guide rods are slidably mounted upon and extend through the ends of the housing and outwardly thereof. Boom mount plates span the ends of the guide rods with the piston rod secured to one boom mount plate. A pair of parallel spaced boom extension arms are removably mounted upon the boom mount plates and extend forwardly of the housing. A workpiece gripping assembly spans and depends from the free ends of the boom arms. Reciprocal movement of the piston rod effects corresponding longitudinal movements of the boom arms in the same direction as and simultaneous with feed corresponding movements of the travel carriage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 1984
    Date of Patent: September 24, 1985
    Assignee: L. Douglas Blatt
    Inventors: Leland F. Blatt, L. Douglas Blatt
  • Patent number: 4543033
    Abstract: A robot for purposes of production and/or assembly comprises an arm carrying a holder for a tool, operating device or the like and being movable in three dimensions in consequence of appropriate guides. The holder itself can have various degrees of freedom through arrangement of hinges, rotational axes or the like and all holder movements for individual operating processes may be programmable. The holder is connected indirectly or directly to the arm through a double parallelogram linkage integrated into one unit, wherein the parallelogram linkage rod pairs extend obliquely one to the other, and a pivot angle displacing mechanism is associated with this linkage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 1983
    Date of Patent: September 24, 1985
    Assignee: Karl-Franz Binder
    Inventors: Ladislaus Czermak, Winfried Steinhart, Karl-Franz Binder, Paul Steinhart
  • Patent number: 4543032
    Abstract: Changeable finger tools for the gripper of an object manipulator are held in place by a self-releasing detent supplemented by frictional forces produced by the gripper. The retention technique enables fast, efficient automatic changing of the finger tools.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 1983
    Date of Patent: September 24, 1985
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Theodore W. Leverett, Bela Musits
  • Patent number: 4540332
    Abstract: A swivel device for supporting a swivel unit thereon, including a hollow main frame and a comparatively slender rotatable shaft disposed upright within the hollow frame, connectable to the swivel unit at the upper end thereof and connected to a driving source at the lower end thereof through a transmission mechanism. All control cables and conduits for controlling the mechanisms mounted on the swivel unit are accommodated in the space formed within the hollow frame around the upright shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 1983
    Date of Patent: September 10, 1985
    Assignee: Fanuc Ltd.
    Inventors: Seiichiro Nakashima, Hajimu Inaba, Shigemi Inagaki
  • Patent number: 4537557
    Abstract: A remote center compliance (RCC) gripper system including: an erectable RCC device including a compliance unit having a plurality of compliance members; an articulated gripper mechanism interconnected with one end of the compliance unit and including a base having a generally centrally disposed joint and having a plurality of fingers extending therefrom; and apparatus for applying a force to the centrally disposed joint to fix the joint and erect the RCC device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 1982
    Date of Patent: August 27, 1985
    Assignee: The Charles Stark Draper Laboratory, Inc.
    Inventor: Daniel E. Whitney
  • Patent number: 4536124
    Abstract: A revolving-ladle turret having a turret member furnished with a pair of ladle-carrying arms, mounted on a platform which rotates about a vertical axis. The turret member is supported by a pair of articulated linkages similar to parallelograms of the double-handle type. The upper or bridge sides of the parallelograms are horizontal and rigidly supported by the platform and extend parallel to the ladle-carrying arms. These parallelograms have their respective handles shaped at right angles and are linked to the turret member in positions which are symmetrical to it about the axis of rotation of the platform. The articulated parallelograms fundamentally constitute synchronizing devices for the displacements of all of the points of the turret member and of the attached ladle-carrying arms.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 1982
    Date of Patent: August 20, 1985
    Assignee: Innse Innocenti Santeustacchio S.p.A.
    Inventor: Oreste Silvestri
  • Patent number: 4534695
    Abstract: A transport apparatus (10) for moving semiconductor wafers (12) between a cassette (15) and a process station (16), and from the process station to another cassette (17). A horizontally movable input shuttle (20) has three wafer holding elements (30, 32, 34) formed thereon. In a first position of the shuttle the second and third holding elements overly a pair of vertically movable lift plates (60), and in a second position of the shuttle the first and second holding elements overly the lift plates. A lifting mechanism (28) at the process station lifts wafers off the input shuttle when the shuttle is in its second position and deposits them on an output shuttle (22) which is essentially identical to the input shuttle. Wafers are lifted off the holding elements by the lift plates whenever the shuttle reaches either position, after which the lift plates replace the wafers on the shuttle and the shuttle is again moved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 1983
    Date of Patent: August 13, 1985
    Assignee: Eaton Corporation
    Inventors: Paul O. Stump, Calvin G. Taylor
  • Patent number: 4531882
    Abstract: A load handling vehicle having two mutually articulated chassis elements respectively carrying ground engaging wheels and a drive motor, the first chassis element carrying a prop located below the articulation pivot and moveable between a raised retracted position and a downwardly extended work position in which the prop raises the wheels of the second chassis element from the ground so that the second chassis element can be rotated about the articulation pivot to angularly position a load bearing arm carried by the second chassis element with respect to the longitudinal axis of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 1983
    Date of Patent: July 30, 1985
    Inventor: Gibert Pierre
  • Patent number: 4530636
    Abstract: A device for operating a hand of an industrial robot is so constructed that fluid pressure cylinders (43, 44) are provided as a driving mechanism of the hand (4) of the industrial robot, branch passages including a pressure-reducing valve (47) are provided in a fluid supply passage to the fluid pressure cylinders (43, 44), the supply of fluid is switched by solenoid valves (SV.sub.2, SV.sub.3, SV.sub.4), and the switching of the solenoid valves (SV.sub.2, SV.sub.3, SV.sub.4) is carried out in accordance with the selected grasping force which has been selected in the teaching mode of the industrial robot, whereby the grasping force of the hand can be controlled stepwisely.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 1982
    Date of Patent: July 23, 1985
    Assignee: Fujitsu Fanuc Limited
    Inventors: Hajimu Inaba, Shinsuke Sakakibara, Ryo Nihei
  • Patent number: 4529352
    Abstract: The present invention discloses a cable support which can assure smooth operation of an industrial robot. The cable support is substantially characterized by having a movable support on one end of an operating arm and an auxiliary support on the wrist-side end of the arm respectively, wherein the movable support consists of a first rotary shaft rotatably mounted on the operating arm, a slanted resilient support arm having the proximal end thereof rotatably mounted on the first rotary shaft, and a cable holder tiltably mounted on a second rotary shaft mounted on the slanted resilient support arm and the auxiliary support consists of a third rotary shaft mounted on the operating arm and a cable clamp rotatably mounted on the second rotary shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 1984
    Date of Patent: July 16, 1985
    Assignee: Yaskawa Electric Mfg. Co. Ltd.
    Inventors: Takeo Suzuki, Yoshihiro Yurita, Hideharu Zenpo
  • Patent number: 4527942
    Abstract: A system for positioning an electronic test head of a test system with respect to an electronic device handler. A housing is provided having a vertical shaft. A positioner assembly moves vertically with respect to the shaft and provides substantial movement in the horizontal plane with six degrees of freedom. The positioner assembly includes a section for attaching the test head. A counterbalancing assembly is coupled to the positioner assembly and has a counterweight to provide a substantially weightless condition to the positioner assembly with the test head attached.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 1982
    Date of Patent: July 9, 1985
    Assignee: InTest Corporation
    Inventor: Nathan R. Smith
  • Patent number: 4527934
    Abstract: Remotely-controlled manipulator carrier systems are used in large-area hot ells such as a facility for reprocessing irradiated nuclear fuel materials. The system is used to perform manual-like operations on the process equipment in the hot cell which is disposed in racks along two longitudinally extending walls of the hot cell enclosure, the racks being filled with process equipment and defining a passageway in the direction of the longitudinal axis of the enclosure. The system includes a vertical guide column which is connected to the bridge beam of an overhead bridge crane. A support is mounted on the guide column for movement up and down the column. An extendible arm is cantilever-mounted on the support and has a manipulator or other remotely-controlled apparatus at its outer end. The extendible arm is to be subjected to a minimal bending moment when work is done in the racks containing the process equipment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 1983
    Date of Patent: July 9, 1985
    Assignee: Deutsche Gesellschaft fur Wiederaufarbeitung von Kernbrennstoffen mbH
    Inventor: Klaus Blaseck
  • Patent number: 4527945
    Abstract: A swivelling handle includes three reduction gear assemblies, each assuring the control of movement about the three axes of rotation. Each reduction gear assembly has a first reduction stage and a second reduction stage with coaxial drive. This arrangement makes possible great compactness. The third motor can be placed transversally, essentially in the axis of the second reduction unit. Thus a swivelling handle is obtained with three axes of rotation, with full electrical controls, in which the movements of rotation are created by three independent electric motors corresponding to each of the three axes of rotation. The unit is especially compact and adaptable to any type of industrial robot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 1982
    Date of Patent: July 9, 1985
    Assignee: Regie Nationale des Usines Renault
    Inventors: Jean-Robert Passemard, Gaston Keledjian
  • Patent number: 4526505
    Abstract: An apparatus and method are provided for feeding elongated products, such as feeding large sausage chubs or loafs to a slicer, which apparatus includes a transport for engaging such elongated products during the feed mode. At the end of the feeding mode, the transport is disengaged from its feed mechanism and is rapidly retracted by a drive assembly to a location for re-engagement with the transport feed assembly. The transport drive assembly may include dual drive members such as ball screws and ball screw nuts which are synchronized such that as one ball screw nut moves toward the front of the apparatus, the other moves toward the rear of the apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 1983
    Date of Patent: July 2, 1985
    Assignee: Oscar Mayer Foods Corporation
    Inventors: Timothy G. Mally, Bruce W. Stengel
  • Patent number: 4523888
    Abstract: A portable combined engine-handling and metalworking machine having a base with wheels and casters, a vertical post or mast extending from the base to support a boom to form a hydraulically activated crane or hoist, an engine stand to support a motor or like object, and a hydraulic press and press assembly, which is formed from parts that are interchangeable with parts from the hydraulically activated crane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 1984
    Date of Patent: June 18, 1985
    Assignee: RSP Innovation Design Mfg., Inc.
    Inventors: Richard S. Pezzner, George L. Rader
  • Patent number: 4522554
    Abstract: In front loaders designed for drive-in attachment to tractors, two telescopic struts are pivotable between a stowed retracted position alongside the boom assembly which carries the bucket; a first deployed extended position for supporting the rear end of the detachable main portion of the loader, aided by auxiliary struts, when it is not attached to the tractor; and a second deployed extended position, in which the struts engage with abutments on the sub-frame which carries both the boom assembly and the hydraulic cylinders for pivoting the boom assembly and are secured to said cylinders, for locking the boom assembly in its fully raised position whilst the detachable main portion is attached to the tractor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 1983
    Date of Patent: June 11, 1985
    Assignee: David Brown Tractors Ltd.
    Inventors: Frederick Williams, Anthony D. Coe