Patents Examined by Thomas Randazzo
  • Patent number: 11453551
    Abstract: This disclosure includes an item storage and retrieval device comprising one or more stacked circular disks, each disk having a slot on its radius to the center and rotating on a central column such that, when slots on higher disks are aligned, a target disk may be accessed below for item storage or retrieval; which device may further comprise a disk item access unit for placement, orientation, and retrieval; which device may further comprise one or more RFID readers; and which device may further comprise a system and interface for managing and optimizing item storage to and retrieval from stacked circular disks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2022
    Assignee: Capps Oy
    Inventors: Teemu Oittinen, Ilpo Hakkarainen
  • Patent number: 11453553
    Abstract: A method and apparatus are provided for delivering items to a plurality of storage locations is provided. The system includes a plurality of storage locations. The storage locations may be positioned to provide an aisle and a plurality of delivery vehicles may be operable within the aisle to deliver items to the storage locations. The system may include a track that the guides the vehicles to the storage locations. A reorientation assembly may be provided for re-orienting the vehicles relative to the track to reduce misalignment between the vehicles and the track.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2022
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2022
    Assignee: OPEX Corporation
    Inventors: Michael York, Joseph Lakawicz, Stuart Ligo
  • Patent number: 11453552
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and machine-executable coded instruction sets are disclosed for fully- and/or partly automated handling of goods. The disclosure provides improvements in the storage and retrieval of storage and delivery containers in order processing systems.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2022
    Assignee: OCADO INNOVATION LIMITED
    Inventors: Lars Sverker Ture Lindbo, Andrew John Ingram-Tedd, Stuart Richard North, Robert Rolf Stadie
  • Patent number: 11447025
    Abstract: When it is detected that the charging of a battery is finished, a server transmits transport-out instructions for a vehicle to a vehicle transport apparatus, and when receiving the transport-out instructions transmitted from the server, the vehicle transport apparatus transports the vehicle, for which the charging of the battery is finished, out of a charging space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2022
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Naoto Shikano, Tomoki Murozono, Shuhei Kondo
  • Patent number: 11440741
    Abstract: An automated warehouse has a main path, secondary paths, a main vehicle movable along the main path, one or more auxiliary vehicles movable along the secondary paths, and an access point. On each vehicle a wireless device receiving and sending wireless signals and a control unit associated with safety modules including a safety-certified watchdog timer and a counter are installed. The wireless devices send check signals containing the value of the counter of the respective vehicle to the access point, which sends signals in response to received check signals When a response signal is received from a wireless device, the respective counter is incremented and the associated watchdog timer starts to measure time when the value of the counter differs from the value received via check signals. Each control unit de-energizes the respective vehicle when a time longer than a predetermined time is detected via the watchdog timer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2022
    Assignee: EUROFORK S.P.A.
    Inventors: Alessandro Garola, Gianluca Rolfo
  • Patent number: 11433798
    Abstract: An article storage system includes a moving object configured to house an article and move on a road, and a server configured to manage information of the moving object and information of a user who uses the moving object, store user identification information for identifying the user and moving object identification information for identifying the moving object used by the user in association with each other, acquire a request from the user relating to housing of the article in the moving object or take-out of the article from the moving object, and when the request from the user is acquired, specify the moving object to be used by the user based on the user identification information and the moving object identification information and perform control such that the specified moving object moves from a predetermined place on the road to a place that is different from the predetermined place.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2022
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Yusuke Kaneko, Masato Endo, Shinji Sassa, Takahiro Shiga, Yohei Tanigawa
  • Patent number: 11427229
    Abstract: Intermodal vehicles may be loaded with items and an aerial vehicle, and directed to travel to areas where demand for the items is known or anticipated. The intermodal vehicles may be coupled to locomotives, container ships, road tractors or other vehicles, and equipped with systems for loading one or more items onto the aerial vehicle, and for launching or retrieving the aerial vehicle while the intermodal vehicles are in motion. The areas where the demand is known or anticipated may be identified on any basis, including but not limited to past histories of purchases or deliveries to such areas, or events that are scheduled to occur in such areas. Additionally, intermodal vehicles may be loaded with replacement parts and/or inspection equipment, and configured to conduct repairs, servicing operations or inspections on aerial vehicles within the intermodal vehicles, while the intermodal vehicles are in motion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2022
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Brian C. Beckman, Nicholas Bjone
  • Patent number: 11426873
    Abstract: In one aspect the invention relates to a sorting system (SortS) for sorting processed parts (P) from a workpiece (W), which has been processed by a laser processing machine (L), in particular a laser sheet processing machine, comprising:—A working table (WT) for supporting the workpiece (W) with the processed parts (P), which have been processed by the processing machine (L),—A fleet of interacting legged mobile robots (MR) for sorting the processed parts (P) in a collaborative manner to a target destination.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2022
    Assignee: BYSTRONIC LASER A.G
    Inventors: Michael Berger, Alexandre Paradzinets
  • Patent number: 11420329
    Abstract: A sortation system is disclosed that includes a programmable motion device including an end effector, a perception system for recognizing any of the identity, location, and orientation of an object presented in a plurality of objects, a grasp selection system for selecting a grasp location on the object, the grasp location being chosen to provide a secure grasp of the object by the end effector to permit the object to be moved from the plurality of objects to one of a plurality of destination locations, and a motion planning system for providing a motion path for the transport of the object when grasped by the end effector from the plurality of objects to the one of the plurality of destination locations, wherein the motion path is chosen to provide a path from the plurality of objects to the one of the plurality of destination locations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2022
    Assignee: Berkshire Grey Operating Company, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas Wagner, Kevin Ahearn, Benjamin Cohen, Michael Dawson-Haggerty, Christopher Geyer, Thomas Koletschka, Kyle Maroney, Matthew T. Mason, Gene Temple Price, Joseph Romano, Daniel Smith, Siddhartha Srinivasa, Prasanna Velagapudi, Thomas Allen
  • Patent number: 11420831
    Abstract: An apparatus for picking up and positioning an item includes a vacuum assembly capable of applying a suction force to the item. The apparatus further includes an item engaging plate positioned adjacent the vacuum assembly in a first position for engaging with and picking the item. The engaging plate is moveable to a second position by one or more actuators that reduce a suction force experienced at the engaging plate to deposit or place the item. The one or more fans may additionally be controlled to limit a suction force generated during a disengagement operation where the item is being deposited or placed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2022
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Wen-Ruei Chang, Kuo-Hung Lee, Hung-Yu Wu
  • Patent number: 11413767
    Abstract: A system includes a light emitter attached to a destination chamber, the light emitter to emit a collimated light beam across an entrance to the destination chamber. The system includes an end effector attached to a distal end of an arm of a robot. The system includes a two-dimensional (2D) area sensor disposed on the end effector at a location that coincides with the collimated light beam while the end effector reaches within the destination chamber. The 2D area sensor is to detect a location of the collimated light beam incident on a surface of the 2D area sensor and transmit, to a controller coupled to the robot, sensing data including the location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2022
    Assignee: Applied Materials, Inc.
    Inventors: Preetham Kariyaiah Shivanna, Jeffrey Hudgens, Paul Zachary Wirth
  • Patent number: 11414272
    Abstract: An automated storage system for receiving, storing, and dispensing items is herein proposed. The system has an enclosure, which defines a storage volume, and a port which selectively connects the storage volume to the ambient space for deposit and retrieval of items. The system also includes a plurality of containers for containing at least one item being stored as well as a support structure for supporting the plurality of containers in the storage volume. The containers feature a base, an envelope extending from the base, and an opening opposing the base and providing access to an inner volume defined by the base and envelope for containing at least one item. The system includes a manipulator for transporting the containers between an access position at the port and a storage position at the support structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2022
    Assignee: ShipMyPacket Oy
    Inventors: Jukka Lempiäinen, Ykä Huhtala
  • Patent number: 11407533
    Abstract: A method for reconciliation in a drug filling line includes providing a batch number relating to a predetermined batch of containers to be filled with a drug. Each one of the containers is marked with a unique identifier differentiating and/or identifying each container among others. Each unique identifier is stored and associated with the batch number by a processing and control unit, before starting the filling step of each container. Filled containers are flashed by at least one identifier reader to check correspondence between the batch number being processed and each filled container, in order to validate or reject in real time each container with respect to a predetermined batch being processed by the filling line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2022
    Assignee: NUOVA OMPI S.R.L.
    Inventors: Christophe Bureau, Tod Urquhart, Pierre-Emmanuel Leteurtre
  • Patent number: 11401110
    Abstract: Provided herein is a mobile robot including: a first carrying device configured to carry a first item; a second carrying device configured to carry a second item; a control device connected to the first driving device and the second driving device and configured to control operation of the first driving device and the second driving device; the first driving device configured to drive, under control of the control device, the mobile robot to travel along a delivery path matching routings of the first item and the second item; and the second driving device, connected to the first carrying device and the second carrying device and configured to drive, under the control of the control device, the first carrying device to deliver the first item and the second carrying device to deliver the second item.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2022
    Assignee: Beijing Geekplus Technology Co. Ltd
    Inventor: Hongbo Li
  • Patent number: 11402831
    Abstract: A processing system for processing objects using a programmable motion device is disclosed. The processing system includes a perception unit for perceiving identifying indicia representative of an identity of a plurality of objects received from an input conveyance system, an acquisition system for acquiring an object from the plurality of objects at an input area using an end effector of the programmable motion device, wherein the programmable motion device is adapted for assisting in the delivery of the object to an identified processing bin, and the identified processing bin is associated with the identifying indicia and said identified processing location is provided as one of a plurality of processing bins, and a delivery system for bringing the identified processing bin toward the object, where the delivery system includes a carrier for carrying the identified processing bin toward the object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2022
    Assignee: Berkshire Grey Operating Company, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas Wagner, Kevin Ahearn, John Richard Amend, Jr., Benjamin Cohen, Michael Dawson-Haggerty, William Hartman Fort, Christopher Geyer, Jennifer Eileen King, Thomas Koletschka, Michael Cap Koval, Kyle Maroney, Matthew T. Mason, William Chu-Hyon McMahan, Gene Temple Price, Joseph Romano, Daniel Smith, Siddhartha Srinivasa, Prasanna Velagapudi, Thomas Allen
  • Patent number: 11390461
    Abstract: An automated storage and retrieval system that includes a rail system that includes a first set of parallel tracks arranged in a horizontal plane and extending in a first direction, and a second set of parallel tracks arranged in the horizontal plane and extending in a second direction that is orthogonal to the first direction. The first and second sets of tracks form a grid pattern in the horizontal plane including a plurality of adjacent grid cells, each grid cell includes a grid opening defined by a pair of neighboring tracks of the first set of tracks and a pair of neighboring tracks of the second set of tracks; and a plurality of stacks of storage containers arranged in storage columns located beneath the rail system, where each storage column is located vertically below a grid opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2022
    Assignee: Autostore Technology AS
    Inventors: Jørgen Djuve Heggebø, Trond Austrheim
  • Patent number: 11390504
    Abstract: A robotic shuttle system includes a rack system and one or more shuttles. The rack system includes a rack and a shuttle frame. The rack has storage locations for containers containing items. The shuttle frame has rails disposed along the rack. The shuttle includes a powertrain, container transfer mechanism, and a robot arm. The power train is configured to move the shuttle along the rails of the rack and on a surface outside of the rack system. The container transfer mechanism is configured to transfer the containers between the rack and the shuttle. The robot arm extends from the shuttle to transfer the items between one of the containers on the shuttle and a container in a container holder of the shuttle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2022
    Assignee: Bastian Solutions, LLC
    Inventors: William A. Bastian, II, Hans Tokpa Leidenfrost, Timothy R. Nelson, Tiffany Lee Greyson, Jeremiah Scott Schroeder
  • Patent number: 11389260
    Abstract: A surgical tray efficiency system comprising a vertical rack assembly for holding and displaying a plurality of surgical instrument trays, a sterile barrier covering the vertical rack assembly and including tray location identifiers, and a standardization software platform including a customizable interactive planogram is described. The customizable interactive planogram software helps operating room staff arrange the instrument trays on the vertical rack assembly according to a predetermined customizable location ID, and create/load/access information related to the surgical procedure/trays/instruments before, during, and after the surgery.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2022
    Assignee: Flex Operating Room, Inc.
    Inventor: Jeffrey Gerstner
  • Patent number: 11389965
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to verifying an initial object estimation of an object. A two-dimensional (2D) image representative of an environment including one or more objects may be obtained. The 2D image may be inspected to detect edges of an object. The edges may be processed to verify or update an initial object estimation to increase the accuracy of an object detection result.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2022
    Assignee: MUJIN, Inc.
    Inventors: Jinze Yu, Jose Jeronimo Moreira Rodrigues
  • Patent number: 11383930
    Abstract: A delivery system generates a pick sheet containing a plurality of SKUs based upon an order. A loaded pallet is imaged to identify the SKUs on the loaded pallet, which are compared to the order prior to the loaded pallet leaving the distribution center. The loaded pallet may be imaged while being wrapped with stretch wrap. At the point of delivery, the loaded pallet may be imaged again and analyzed to compare with the pick sheet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2021
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2022
    Assignee: Rehrig Pacific Company
    Inventors: Robert Lee Martin, Jr., Kalpana Mahesh, Rachel Herstad, Georgey John, Hari Durga Tatineni, Rahul Agarwal, Jason Crawford Miller, Ravi Raghunathan, Joseph Melendez, Deanna Petrochilos, Charles Burden