Patents Examined by Yolanda Cumbess
  • Patent number: 9630776
    Abstract: Features are disclosed for using location awareness, bin capacity, and environmental cues to provide in context guidance to the associate when stowing items such as at a fulfillment center. In accordance with aspects of the present disclosure, the associate may scan an item he or she may want to stow. In response, lights on the bins in the associate's vicinity are illuminated to indicate bins in which the item can be stowed (e.g., because the item fits in the bin) without breaking stow etiquette. For example, in order to prevent mix up, stow etiquette may indicate that two types of erasers should not be stored in the same bin. As yet another example, stow etiquette may indicate that an item should not be stowed in a bin, even if it fits and there is room, so that a total weight for the bin is not exceeded.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2017
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Adrian Christopher Quan, Jamie Marie Holland, Kimberly Anne Lewis, Benjamin Lee Farrow
  • Patent number: 9633329
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention address deficiencies of the art in respect to staging manufactured items and provide a method, system and computer program product for staging items in a manufacturing environment. In an embodiment of the invention, a method for staging items in a manufacturing environment can be provided. The method can include defining attributes of staging locations in a distribution area of the manufacturing environment, defining a set of staging strategies for use in the distribution area of the manufacturing environment, receiving a manufactured item in the distribution area and obtaining characteristics of the manufactured item, and comparing the obtained characteristics of the manufactured item to the set of staging strategies to select the staging strategy to apply to the manufactured item.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2017
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Jason S. Lee, Ivory W. Knipfer, Antoine Sater, Manivannan Thavasi, Yajun Tu
  • Patent number: 9624034
    Abstract: An item may be outfitted with a cartridge for varying a net density of the item and deposited in a body of liquid for storage. The cartridge may cause a net density of the item to exceed a density of the liquid, or to fall below the density of the liquid, and to descend or ascend within the liquid, as desired. The cartridge may also cause a net density of the item to equal the density of the liquid, and thus remain at a constant depth. The cartridge may be configured to receive acoustic signals or other forms of instructions for varying a net density of the item, and may send acoustic signals or other messages identifying a depth or position of the item. The cartridge may thus enable an item to be stored at any depth within the liquid, and be retrieved upon demand.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2017
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Jeremiah David Brazeau
  • Patent number: 9626714
    Abstract: A method of fulfilling orders and order fulfillment system includes a mobile assembly cart having a plurality of order assembly positions and a pointer assembly. The pointer assembly generates a beam and directs the beam to at least one of said assembly positions for selectively identifying at least one of the assembly positions for putting an item to or retrieving an order from each identified position. The assembly cart can be positioned with respect to the pointer assembly for the picking or putting and moved away from the pointer assembly after the picking or putting.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2017
    Assignee: Dematic Corp.
    Inventors: William R. Boer, William R. Yates
  • Patent number: 9616533
    Abstract: An industrial plant includes a plurality of first operating stations and a plurality of second operating stations, respectively placed at a first level (H1) and at a second higher level or height (H2). Each of the operating stations is adapted to carry out a production activity on the industrial product, at least one of the activities being one among a manufacturing, processing, forming, transforming and assembling activity of an industrial product. The plant includes a moving system configured to transport the industrial product, by lifting and/or lowering the industrial product from at least one of the first operating stations to at least one of the second operating stations. A central control system controls the moving system by automatically moving the industrial product between the operating stations as a function of a predetermined principle and based on the state of occupancy of the operating stations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2017
    Assignee: ALENIA AERMACCHI S.P.A.
    Inventors: Francesco Attucci, Giuseppe Navarra, Franco Magri, Renato Acquati
  • Patent number: 9617074
    Abstract: Methods and picking devices for storing a plurality of identical piece goods in the picking device in which the number of identical piece goods is automatically detected are provided. Multiple piece goods are placed in a support area of a storage device and a determination that a last piece good has been placed is made. Upon detection, the piece goods are moved into a removal area of the storage device and a gripping apparatus of an operating unit moves into the removal area, grasps the piece goods, and moves them from the removal area onto a support table of the operating unit. The number of piece goods situated in the support area is determined based on piece goods data and size data of the piece goods that are detected with a sensor system, after it has been detected that a last piece good has been placed in the support area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2017
    Assignee: CareFusion Germany 326 GmbH
    Inventor: Christoph Hellenbrand
  • Patent number: 9613334
    Abstract: A picking method includes having in a mobile device data and an application running on the mobile device. An order made up of a number of items to be picked from the warehouse is communicated from a host to a client application of the mobile device. The mobile device provides instructions of a sequence of locations to pick and the items to be picked at each location without further communications from the host. A corresponding picking system is provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2017
    Assignee: Dematic Corp.
    Inventors: Dale A. Moore, Stephen E. Hoffman
  • Patent number: 9611105
    Abstract: A method for transporting items via a delivery system includes identifying an item to be transported via the delivery system by acquiring identifying information from an identifying element applied to the item, determining an item-specific transport characteristic of the item based on the acquired identifying information and setting parameters for a transport of the item based on the transport characteristic of the item.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2017
    Assignee: PEVCO SYSTEMS INTERNATIONAL INC.
    Inventors: William Cooke Powder, Steven Dahl
  • Patent number: 9604781
    Abstract: A method of filling orders and order fulfillment system includes storing inventory receptacles in an automated warehouse, some having a plurality of different types of inventory items. A queue of orders is maintained in a computer system, each including at least one inventory item. Each order is selected from the queue and assigned to a pick station. The computer system retrieves inventory receptacle(s) from the automated warehouse for the selected order and supplies the receptacle(s) to the pick station. The computer system identifies to an operator which inventory item is to be segregated with the selected order in at least one put receptacle. One or more of the put receptacles receives inventory items for at least one individual order and is directed to a secondary order processing station where items are separated into individual orders.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2017
    Assignee: DEMATIC CORP.
    Inventors: Criston S. Stevens, Martin E. Schubilske
  • Patent number: 9598237
    Abstract: A maintenance access system for a storage and retrieval system having a storage and retrieval space and automated transport vehicles disposed in the space. The system includes at least one maintenance access control unit associated with a portion of the space, at least one barrier in the space and defining a boundary of the portion of the space and configured to substantially prevent the passage of the vehicles past the at least one barrier, and a controller connected to the control unit, the controller being configured to receive a signal from the at least one control unit for isolating the portion of the space associated with the at least one control unit, were the controller in response to the signal closes the at least one barrier isolating the portion of the space and effects the removal from or shutting down of vehicles within the portion of the space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: Symbotic LLC
    Inventors: Michael Cyrulik, Robert Sullivan
  • Patent number: 9592961
    Abstract: A robot-enabled method of picking cases in a warehouse is provided. A robotic vehicle includes a processor configured to access a memory, a user input device, an output device, and a load platform, and has access to an electronically stored representation of a warehouse. The representation includes a map that defines aisles for storing items arranged as pick faces within the warehouse. A pick list is generated from an order; the pick list provides identifications of items to be picked to fulfill the order. Determined from the pick list is a plurality of stops at pick faces associated with the items. A route within the map is generated that includes the plurality of stops. The robotic vehicle iteratively guides itself along the route and automatically stops at each of the plurality of stops to enable loading of the items from the pick list onto the load platform.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 14, 2017
    Assignee: Seegrid Corporation
    Inventor: Mitchell Weiss
  • Patent number: 9592964
    Abstract: Techniques are described with regard to determining and controlling a location and status of assets directly and/or indirectly. The techniques may be used to track and control the respective locations and status of any number of objects. Applications include but are not limited to tracking dry and refrigerated trailers and their status in a supply-chain yard; tracking pallets and boxes and their status in a warehouse; tracking items in a retail environment; tracking finished goods and work in progress in and around a manufacturing plant; tracking vehicles in a parking lot; tracking cargo and equipment at an airport; tracking equipment in a lay down yard; etc. In all cases the laborious and error prone data gathering is replaced with automated data collection methods reducing cost, increasing accuracy, and increasing efficiency.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 14, 2017
    Assignee: PINC SOLUTIONS
    Inventor: Aleks Göllü
  • Patent number: 9573768
    Abstract: When a controller determines based on state information that the article handling device is in a normal condition, the controller is configured to transmit to the managing device as the notifying information, normal condition notifying information which includes normal condition determination information which indicates that the article handling device is in a normal condition or normal condition notifying information which includes the normal condition determination information and normal-time information generated based on the state information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: Daifuku Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Tadashi Nishikawa, Ryou Yamashita
  • Patent number: 9576834
    Abstract: A stocker includes a storage shelf, an output-relay shelf, a first crane, an output shelf, a second crane, and a controller. The storage shelf has a plurality of storage spaces. The output-relay shelf has a plurality of first output-relay spaces. The output shelf has an output space. The controller is configured to drive the first crane to preferentially transfer a first wafer carrier stored in one of the storage spaces to an empty one of the first output-relay spaces according to a delivery command defining a high priority of the first wafer carrier, and configured to drive the second crane to preferentially transfer the first wafer carrier from the first output-relay space storing the first wafer carrier to the output space according to the delivery command if the output space is empty.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: TAIWAN SEMICONDUCTOR MANUFACTURING CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Wei-Cheng Wang, Feng-Ning Lee, Bing-Yuan Cheng
  • Patent number: 9577620
    Abstract: In various embodiments, a printed circuit arrangement may be provided. The printed circuit arrangement may include a processor circuit. The printed circuit arrangement may further include a printed main circuit arrangement in electrical connection with a first input node of the processor circuit. The printed main circuit arrangement may be configured to receive at least one input signal and generate a main circuit signal based on the at least one input signal after a first delay from receiving the at least one input signal. The printed circuit arrangement may further include a printed reference circuit arrangement in electrical connection with a second input node of the processor circuit. The printed reference circuit arrangement may be configured to receive a further input signal, may have a second delay and may be configured such that the second delay adapts to the first delay.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: Agency for Science, Technology and Research
    Inventors: Kok Leong Chang, Jie Zhang, Weng Yew Lee
  • Patent number: 9566714
    Abstract: An apparatus for monitoring food consumption by an individual from a food compartment wherein the food compartment may contain or hold solids or liquids. In one example, the apparatus includes a feed arm operative to transfer food from the food compartment to an individual; and, a sensor(s) used in part to determine the quantity or type of the solid or liquids in the food compartment or container. Determining the quantity and/or type of food in the food compartment prior to and after the individual has ceased consuming food from the food compartment the amount or quantity of the food can be determined. Based on such knowledge the nutritional value of the food may be determined and if needed transmitted to a remote location. In addition, sensors may also monitor an individual's physical data and communicate such data to a remote location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2017
    Inventor: Jonathan P. Dekar
  • Patent number: 9563194
    Abstract: The present invention is a robotic system for maintaining product inventory and dispensing products upon request from a customer or other user. Product items are stored in an inventory storage unit (ISU), one item per bin. Controller logic allows items to be stored in, and retrieved from, arbitrarily-assigned storage locations. The bins hang on rails within drawers. In a replenishment operation, the system transfers empty bins to an operator station for replenishment. An operator fills the empty bins with product items. The system inserts these bins into drawers in the ISU. In a purge operation, the operator enters an identifier of a class of product to be removed. The system moves the bins containing the affected items to the operator station. After the product items are removed, the empty bins are moved to the ISU.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2017
    Assignee: BBY SOLUTIONS, INC.
    Inventors: Chad Stiernagle, Glendon T. Kraetsch, Dean R. LaValle, Cameron P. Sheikholeslami
  • Patent number: 9561636
    Abstract: A device for adjusting components of a printing material processing machine, in particular a folding-box gluing machine, includes at least one group of processing stations which have an associated operating element and a remote control as well as a safety-path computer and an operating-path computer. A first step for initiating an adjustment process of the components is carried out by a common signal transmitter both when operating a switch on the machine and when operating the remote control.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2017
    Assignee: Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG
    Inventors: Wolfgang Diehr, Markus Donges, Andreas Geider, Uwe Hartstock, Michael Rehberg, Frank Schmid
  • Patent number: 9563197
    Abstract: The present invention is a robotic system for maintaining product inventory and dispensing products upon request from a customer or other user. Product items are stored in an inventory storage unit (ISU), one item per bin. Controller logic allows items to be stored in, and retrieved from, arbitrarily-assigned storage locations. The bins hang on rails within drawers. Upon a request from a consumer (or other user) for a plurality of product items, the robot retrieves a bin holding the first item from the ISU, and places the bin onto a shelf that moves with the robot. The additional items are handled similarly. Once all the items are on the shelf, the robot transfers them to a dispensing chute to the consumer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2017
    Assignee: BBY SOLUTIONS, INC.
    Inventors: Chad Stiernagle, Glendon T. Kraetsch, Dean R. LaValle, Cameron P. Sheikholeslami
  • Patent number: 9546042
    Abstract: A rack storage system 1 and a method for controlling the movement path of a storage and retrieval device in a rack storage system, including at least one storage and retrieval device with at least two movement axes x, y which can be controlled independently of one another and are operated by electric motors, to carry out a movement from a starting point to a target point 4 to transfer stored goods within the rack storage system and/or into or out of the rack storage system, having a control unit for controlling the motors of the movement axes x, y and an electric intermediate circuit for exchanging fed-back electrical energy between the motors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2017
    Assignee: KEURO Besitz GmbH & Co. EDV-Dienstleistungs KG
    Inventors: Armin Stolzer, Christoph Mutschler