Patents Examined by Yolanda Cumbess
  • Patent number: 9676551
    Abstract: An autonomous transport robot for transporting a payload, the autonomous transport robot includes a payload bed having at least one reference datum surface and at least one payload justification device, the at least one payload justification device being configured to position a payload on the payload bed in substantial contact with the at least one reference datum surface to place the payload in a predetermined position on the payload bed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignee: Symbotic, LLC
    Inventors: Stephen C. Toebes, Robert Sullivan, Forrest Buzan
  • Patent number: 9675003
    Abstract: A system for changing seed variety on a planter includes a plurality of row units with each row unit having a plurality of seed meters. Each seed meter has a guide for delivering seed to a transport member and a switch that is activated and deactivated by a switch actuator on the member. The transport member is an endless member. The endless member has adjustable sidewalls, cover, and lugs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignee: Kinze Manufacturing, Inc.
    Inventor: James E. Straeter
  • Patent number: 9669550
    Abstract: A pick and place device, a method and a computer program product for automatic pick-up-height adjustment. A first pneumatic system has a first and second controllable valves. The second controllable valve is connected with its input port to a vacuum source. An output port of the first controllable valve and an output port of the second controllable valve are connected to a common tube in fluid communication with at least one vacuum nozzle of the pick and place device. A second pneumatic system, with an inlet valve and an outlet valve are in fluid communication via a connecting tube. An open air exhaust and a flow controller are arranged in the connecting tube between the inlet valve and the outlet valve. A flow sensor detects the changes of the small air flow. The flow sensor is via a tube in fluid communication with the at least one vacuum nozzle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2017
    Assignee: KLA-Tencor Corporation
    Inventors: Bruno Accou, Erik De Block
  • Patent number: 9671772
    Abstract: One embodiment provides an apparatus. The apparatus includes a contextual clothing controller. The contextual clothing controller includes clothing selection logic. The clothing selection logic is to identify a clothing article based, at least in part, on a predicted target clothing characteristic. The clothing selection logic is further to determine a location of the identified clothing article in a storage system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2017
    Assignee: Intel Corporation
    Inventors: Shahar Taite, Tomer Rider
  • Patent number: 9670004
    Abstract: An article transport facility is provided with a first control device that controls an article transport vehicle in a first area in which articles are transported, and a second control device that controls the article transport vehicle in a second area in which adjustment of the article transport vehicle is performed. Based on a withdrawal instruction from the first control device, an operation control portion of an article transport vehicle that needs adjustment causes the article transport vehicle to enter the second area, and a communication control portion that can perform exclusive wireless communication with the first control device and the second control device changes the communication destination to the second control device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2017
    Assignee: Daifuku Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Takahiro Horii, Motohiro Fujita
  • Patent number: 9670011
    Abstract: A method of transshipping solid particulates in an aqueous suspension of solid particulates, comprising dispersing solid particulates in an aqueous liquid in the presence of at least one mineral suspending agent to form the aqueous suspension of solid particulates. The aqueous suspension of the solid particulates is hauled via a first vehicle a distance greater than or equal to 1 km. The aqueous suspension of the solid particulates is transferred from the first vehicle to a second vehicle. The aqueous suspension of solid particulates is hauled via a second vehicle a distance greater than or equal to 1 km.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2017
    Assignee: ACTIVE MINERALS INTERNATIONAL, LLC
    Inventors: Robert J. Purcell, Jr., Dennis C. Parker, Steven B. Feldman, Rudolph Coetzee
  • Patent number: 9663296
    Abstract: Some examples include charging an onboard power source of a mobile drive unit (MDU) of an inventory system while the MDU is operating in the inventory system, rather than removing the MDU from service for recharging. As an example, the MDU may receive instructions to retrieve an inventory holder, and an onboard power source of the MDU may be charged while the MDU and the inventory holder are located at the charging station.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2017
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Patrick Ryan Dingle, Matthew David Verminski, Peter K. Mansfield, Andrew Stubbs, Sean Hugh Breheny, Peter R. Wurman
  • Patent number: 9663309
    Abstract: An automated palletizer system comprises a plurality of container buffers and a sensor for measuring containers in the buffers. A controller computes a selected tier layout for building by a pallet loading machine in a tier of a pallet within a defined periphery. The controller computes candidate tier layouts, each comprising a two-dimensional arrangement of containers in the buffers. The controller calculates a value of a tier quality metric for each candidate layout, representing at least one of stability, area utilization and volume utilization. One of the candidate layouts is selected based on the tier quality metric and the pallet loading machine arranges containers according to the selected tier layout.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2017
    Assignee: LIQUOR CONTROL BOARD OF ONTARIO (LCBO)
    Inventors: Brian Priebe, Robert Millar
  • Patent number: 9663292
    Abstract: Forecasted drive unit dispatch is described. An inventory pod associated with a materials handling action is identified, and a first drive unit is requisitioned and dispatched to retrieve the inventory pod and return it to a materials handling station. Concurrently, the ongoing status of other materials handling actions are monitored over time. Based on the ongoing status, a timeframe for the completion of another materials handling action is determined. An inventory pod zone associated with the other materials handling action is identified, and a second drive unit is dispatched on a forecasted route toward the inventory pod zone based on the timeframe. Later, the second drive unit is redirected to a particular inventory pod within the inventory pod zone. The second drive unit arrives at the particular inventory pod in less time because it was dispatched on the forecasted route toward the inventory pod zone earlier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2017
    Assignee: AMAZON TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: Jeremiah David Brazeau, Tristan Bellman-Greenwood, Colin Brazeau
  • Patent number: 9658239
    Abstract: The invention concerns a laboratory product transport element for a laboratory transport system with an energy receiver and/or energy accumulator to provide drive power, at least one signal receiver to receive control signals, a control unit to generate drive signals as a function of at least one control signal obtained from the at least one signal receiver, movement devices for independent movement of the laboratory product transport element on a transfer path as a function of the drive signals of the control unit, in which the drive devices are driven by the drive power and at least one holder to hold a laboratory product being transported. The invention also concerns a laboratory transport system with at least one laboratory product transport element according to an embodiment of the invention and a transfer path arrangement. The invention also concerns methods for operation of laboratory transport systems according to an embodiment of the invention.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2017
    Assignee: Beckman Coulter, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Eberhardt, Martin Mueller, Sebastian Wiessner, Thomas Moix, Guillaume Ding, Jurjen Zoethout
  • Patent number: 9659802
    Abstract: A method comprises transferring a wafer carrier to or from an overhead hoist transfer (OHT) system using a conveyor. The method also comprises transferring the wafer carrier between the conveyor and an overhead shuttle (OHS) system using a cross-system transport apparatus. The method further comprises generating control signals using a controller to control at least one of the cross-system transport apparatus, the conveyor, or the loading or unloading of the wafer carrier at the OHT or the OHS. The cross-system transport apparatus comprises a lifting device configured to raise or lower the wafer carrier. The transferring of the wafer carrier between the conveyor and the OHS system comprises one or more of lifting or lowering the wafer carrier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2017
    Assignee: TAIWAN SEMICONDUCTOR MANUFACTURING COMPANY, LTD.
    Inventors: Wei-Cheng Wang, Feng-Ning Lee
  • Patent number: 9656301
    Abstract: A sorting system having a plurality of sorting assemblies where each sorting assembly has an image device that transmits an image of product to a controller that then actuates a robotic sorting device to remove damaged product through a suction tube based upon the transmitted image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2017
    Assignee: K. B. C. Group, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas R. Johnston, Curt Mathew Davis
  • Patent number: 9656805
    Abstract: A mobile base is provided that travels through areas for receiving items (e.g., from merchants, vendors, returns of items from users, etc.), wherein the items are transported to the mobile base by associated transportation units (e.g., automated aerial vehicles). The transportation units may be carried on the mobile base or may be stationed locally. Once an item is received by a transportation unit or at the mobile base, a credit or other payment may be issued to the supplier of the item, and the item may be recorded as available for sale in an inventory database. The mobile base may transport the received items to a materials handling facility, or the received items may be sold directly from the mobile base, for which transportation units may subsequently be utilized to transport the items to user specified delivery locations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2017
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Ethan Zane Evans, Atishkumar Kalyan
  • Patent number: 9658316
    Abstract: In accordance with some embodiments, a positioning calibration device arranged within a transfer buffer is provided. The positioning calibration device includes at least one target element and at least three positioning modules. The at least one target element is arranged on a wafer transportation apparatus within the transfer buffer. The transportation apparatus is utilized to transfer a wafer. The at least three positioning modules are utilized to detect the positions of the at least one target element by wireless communications for generating position information of the wafer transportation apparatus. The heights which each of the at least three positioning modules arranged at are not the same.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2017
    Assignee: TAIWAN SEMICONDUCTOR MANUFACTURING CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Chi-Wei Chang, Woo-Guan Chiong
  • Patent number: 9651571
    Abstract: The present invention addresses the problem of inefficient utilization in a specimen pre-processing connection system due to integrated operation of a portion for connecting with pre-processing and a portion for connecting with an automated analysis system. The specific structure of the present invention contributes to providing a highly efficient system by causing a function for connecting to pre-processing and receiving a specimen from a pre-processing system and a function for connecting to an automated analysis system and transferring a specimen to the automated analysis system to each operate independently in a single unit, so that the functions do not affect each other during reset processing, and making it possible for either function to operate alone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2017
    Assignee: Hitachi High-Technologies Corporation
    Inventors: Takahiro Sasaki, Masashi Akutsu, Takeshi Matsuka, Kuniaki Onizawa, Naoto Tsujimura
  • Patent number: 9643320
    Abstract: A pharmacy automation system having a robot having a hardware device and a software for internal mapping to perform simultaneous localization and mapping (SLAM) is disclosed herein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2017
    Inventors: Neil S Davey, Brendan Boyce Murphy, Sonya R Davey, Haris Godil
  • Patent number: 9643738
    Abstract: A method of loading a landing gear in an aircraft comprises accessing an ideal path specifying movement of the landing gear from a starting location to an expected mounting location on the aircraft; determining a difference between the expected mounting location and an actual mounting location on the aircraft; modifying the ideal path to move the expected mounting location to the actual mounting location; and moving the landing gear along the modified path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2017
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Matthew R. DesJardien, Blair P. Nelson, Allan M. Kremenich, Zeyad A. Al Aqrabawi, Brian Van Horne
  • Patent number: 9637319
    Abstract: An example system includes a first tote handling assembly having a wiper bar, a first plurality of actuators connected to and moveable with the first wiper bar, and a first tab associated with a first actuator of the first plurality of actuators. The system may also includes a second tote handling assembly disposed substantially adjacent and substantially parallel to the first tote handling assembly. The second tote handling assembly includes a second wiper bar, a second plurality of actuators connected to and moveable with the second wiper bar, and a second tab associated with a second actuator of the second plurality of actuators. In such a system, movement of the first wiper bar in a first direction along a transverse axis of the first tote handling assembly, while the first tab is engaged with a tote disposed on the first tote handling assembly, transfers the tote from the first tote handling assembly to the second tote handling assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2017
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: David Bruce McCalib, Jr., Brian C. Smith, Kirkwood Hines
  • Patent number: 9637323
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a medicine package inspection apparatus for inspecting whether or not accurate medicines have been packaged in medicine packages. The medicine package inspection apparatus includes: a conveying unit conveying the medicine packages; an image reading unit photographing the medicine packages and reading states of the medicines by the photographed image; an aligning unit uniformly spreading the medicines packaged in the medicine packages unit so as not to be overlapped with each other; and a displaying means pivotably installed on a front surface of the body and displaying a work state simultaneously with controlling a work of inspecting the medicine packages. The displaying means is pivotably and tiltably installed on the body through a pivoting and tilting unit and configures a portion of the body, such that an inner portion of the body is opened when the displaying means pivots.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2017
    Assignee: JVM Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Jun Ho Kim
  • Patent number: 9637310
    Abstract: Techniques for improving the efficiency and flexibility of inventory systems are described. In an example, multiple robots may be operated to move an item. The robots may be allocated to a mobile robot group configured to move the item according to an arrangement of these robots. Tasks for incrementally moving the item and dependencies between the tasks may be generated. Instructions about a first task may be sent to one of the robots. Progress about performing the first task may be received back from the robot. Based on the progress and a dependency from the first task, instructions about a second dependent task may be sent to a second robot. When performed by the respective robots, the first task and the second task may cause an incremental movement of the item by the mobile robot group.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2017
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Le Zou