Patents by Inventor Kenji Bando

Kenji Bando has filed for patents to protect the following inventions. This listing includes patent applications that are pending as well as patents that have already been granted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

  • Patent number: 11027418
    Abstract: A robot and a working method by the robot is capable of favorably carrying out a specific work without requiring a jig for fixing an object, such as a workpiece etc., a device for adjusting the posture of the object, etc. One example of the robot includes a first robotic arm having at a tip end a hand part according to a specific work to be performed to an object, and a second robotic arm having at a tip end a hand part according to an assisting work to assist the specific work. The first robotic arm is configured to perform the specific work to the object. The second robotic arm is configured to perform the assisting work to regulate a movement of the object in a given direction, when the first robotic arm performs the specific work.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2021
    Assignee: KAWASAKI JUKOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Shogo Hasegawa, Satoru Hibino, Hideshi Yamane, Hiroyuki Mizumoto, Kenji Bando, Daichi Himekawa, Junichi Matsuoka, Tatsuhiro Uto, Hiroki Kokushi, Soichi Tamada, Akihiro Haneda, Yukio Iwasaki
  • Patent number: 10926415
    Abstract: A robot system including a plurality of manipulation parts used to input a command of the specified character information, configured to send the input command of the specified character information to an information processing device, including a manipulation tool unit capable of manipulating the plurality of manipulation parts of the character input device; a robot arm unit capable of holding and moving the manipulation tool unit; an imaging device; a controller including: an imaging device control section to take an image of the paper document; a character string determiner section to determine an input target of the paper document; a manipulation part position determiner section corresponding to the character string; and a robot control section controlling the arm unit so the manipulation tool unit held by the arm unit moves while manipulating the manipulation part determined by the character string determiner section in an arrangement order of the character string.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2021
    Assignee: KAWASAKI JUKOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Yasuhiko Hashimoto, Shuhei Kuraoka, Shogo Hasegawa, Satoru Hibino, Hideshi Yamane, Hiroyuki Mizumoto, Kenji Bando, Daichi Himekawa, Junichi Matsuoka, Tatsuhiro Uto, Hiroki Kokushi, Souichi Tamada, Akihiro Haneda, Yukio Iwasaki
  • Patent number: 10695903
    Abstract: An articulated robot includes a pedestal and two or more modules supported by the pedestal. Each of the two or more modules includes a support member, a link member supported by the support member to be rotatable about a first axis, and a first drive unit provided in the link member and for rotating the link member about the first axis with respect to the support member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: KAWASAKI JUKOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Yasuhiko Hashimoto, Takahiro Inada, Kenji Bando, Yoshiaki Tanaka, Junichi Murakami, Satoru Hibino, Yukio Iwasaki
  • Publication number: 20200170120
    Abstract: A lead wire insertion method for inserting a lead wire of an electronic component with a lead wire into a through hole formed in the wiring board includes a third step of placing a jig on the wiring board so that one side surface of the jig faces the another electronic component, and a bottom side end of an inner wall of a guide hole of the jig is fitted to a through hole formed in the wiring board, in which the guide hole is opened and formed in the one side surface of the jig so that a cross-sectional area becomes smaller from a top surface to a bottom surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 6, 2018
    Publication date: May 28, 2020
    Applicant: KAWASAKI JUKOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Yasuhiko HASHIMOTO, Kenji BANDO, Toshimitsu KIMURA
  • Patent number: 10625953
    Abstract: A robot configured to perform a work to a moving workpiece is provided, which includes a first robotic arm provided at a tip end thereof with a guide tool configured to support the workpiece, a second robotic arm provided at a tip end thereof with a work tool configured to perform a specific work to the workpiece, and a control device configured to control operations of the first and second robotic arms. The control device controls the operations of the first and second robotic arms according to timing information for which the workpiece reaches a workspace of the robot so that the guide tool guides the workpiece located in the workspace into the space and the work tool performs the specific work to the workpiece guided into the space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Assignee: KAWASAKI JUKOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Shogo Hasegawa, Satoru Hibino, Hideshi Yamane, Hiroyuki Mizumoto, Kenji Bando, Daichi Himekawa, Junichi Matsuoka, Tatsuhiro Uto, Hiroki Kokushi, Souichi Tamada, Akihiro Haneda, Yukio Iwasaki
  • Publication number: 20200101602
    Abstract: A food holding apparatus includes: a base portion; a holding portion at the base portion and configured to hold a side portion of the food; a placing portion at the base portion, the food being placed on the placing portion; and a control portion configured to control a movement of the holding portion and a movement of the placing portion. With the side portion of the food held by the holding portion, the control portion controls at least one of the movement of the holding portion relative to the base portion and the movement of the placing portion relative to the base portion to place the food on the placing portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 2, 2018
    Publication date: April 2, 2020
    Applicant: KAWASAKI JUKOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Kenji BANDO, Kazunori HIRATA
  • Publication number: 20200068719
    Abstract: A component mounting device includes: a holding body, pressing mechanism to press the holding body to move on a given route, position detector to detect a position of the holding body, and controller to control the mechanism. The route including: a start position of the holding body at which an insertion pin held by the body is separated from an insertion hole of a substrate, a first position range wherein the insertion pin is partially inserted, and a section position range wherein the insertion pin is fully inserted. When the holding body is pressed by a first pressing force to move on the given route from the start position toward the second position range, the controller controls the pressing mechanism to press the holding body by a pressing force different from the first pressing force, when the holding body stops at a position before or within the first position range.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 24, 2017
    Publication date: February 27, 2020
    Applicant: KAWASAKI JUKOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Kenji BANDO, Shuhei KURAOKA, Toshimitsu KIMURA, Kazunori HIRATA
  • Publication number: 20200039090
    Abstract: A holding device for foods is configured to hold self-standable foods each having a front surface and a rear surface parallel to the front surface. The holding device for the foods includes a holding part configured to hold the foods in a standing state where the front surfaces face in a first direction and in a state where the foods are lined up in the first direction. The holding part includes a plurality of pairs of holding members each configured to pinch each of the foods from both sides in the first direction, and actuator members each configured to independently operate each of the pairs of holding members.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 5, 2017
    Publication date: February 6, 2020
    Applicant: KAWASAKI JUKOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Kenji BANDO, Kazunori HIRATA
  • Publication number: 20200030990
    Abstract: A food holding apparatus configured to hold and release an ingredient having fluidity, including: a base; robot arm coupled to the base; end effector at a tip end of the arm; and controller configured to control an operation of the arm and of the end effector. The end effector includes: a base portion; rotational joint having a rotation axis parallel to a horizontal direction in at least one of postures of the arm; rotary portion rotatably coupled to the base portion by the rotational joint; and a tip end portion attached to the rotary portion and including a concave portion. The controller makes the rotational joint of the tip end portion in a predetermined reference state normally rotate to hold part of the ingredient, stored in a predetermined container, inside the concave portion, and makes the rotational joint of the tip end portion reversely rotate to release the ingredient.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 2, 2018
    Publication date: January 30, 2020
    Applicant: KAWASAKI JUKOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Kenji BANDO, Kazunori HIRATA
  • Publication number: 20200009725
    Abstract: A holding device for food includes a second posture detecting part configured to detect that all the plurality of foods fed to the given positions are in the second posture, and a control part configured to control operation of the second holding part to hold the plurality of foods in the second posture so that the foods are piled up in the given direction, when the second posture detecting part detects that all the plurality of foods are in the second posture at the given positions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 7, 2017
    Publication date: January 9, 2020
    Applicant: KAWASAKI JUKOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Yasuhiko HASHIMOTO, Kenji BANDO, Kazunori HIRATA, Keita SASAKI
  • Publication number: 20190357585
    Abstract: A wrapping device is a device configured to wrap sheet-like food around shaped food. The wrapping device includes a main body, two guide members at a given interval therebetween so as to protrude from the main body, and a control part configured to control at least one of the two guide members. The control part controls operation of the two guide members so that, in a state where the sheet-like food is placed on the two guide members and the food placed on the sheet-like food passes through between the two guide members, a part of at least one of the two guide members moves an end of the sheet-like food toward the center of the food to wrap the end of the sheet-like food around the food.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 6, 2018
    Publication date: November 28, 2019
    Applicant: KAWASAKI JUKOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Kenji BANDO, Kazunori HIRATA
  • Publication number: 20190351563
    Abstract: A holding device for food includes a right hand part configured to hold the food in a first posture where a first surface part is oriented horizontally, and to be changeable the posture of the food from the first posture into a second posture where a second surface part is oriented horizontally, a right arm (food feeding part) configured to sequentially feed the food held in the second posture by the first holding part to a given position, a left hand part (second holding part) configured to hold a plurality of foods fed to the given position in the second posture, the foods being held so as to be laterally piled up in a given direction, and a left arm (food accommodating part) configured to accommodate the plurality of foods held by the left hand part into a given container.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 7, 2017
    Publication date: November 21, 2019
    Applicant: KAWASAKI JUKOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Kenji BANDO, Kazunori HIRATA, Keita SASAKI, Yasuhiko HASHIMOTO
  • Publication number: 20190350249
    Abstract: An extraction mechanism is an extraction mechanism of dried seaweed, configured to adhere the dried seaweed to molded rice ball. The mechanism includes an accommodation body configured to accommodate a plurality of dried seaweeds in a stacked manner, an opening formed in a bottom of the accommodation body and configured to expose a lowermost dried seaweed, and a control device. The control device is configured to extract the lowermost dried seaweed by positioning the opening of the accommodation body at a location near directly above the rice ball, and moving at least one of the accommodation body and the rice ball in a stacking direction of the dried seaweeds to change a relative distance between the lowermost dried seaweed exposed from the opening of the accommodation body and the rice ball.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 25, 2017
    Publication date: November 21, 2019
    Applicant: KAWASAKI JUKOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Kenji BANDO
  • Publication number: 20190344436
    Abstract: A transferring system includes a robot including a first arm having a first grip part and a second arm having a second grip part, a transferring device including a pair of to-be-gripped parts a pair of holding parts configured to hold a workpiece, and an elevator configured to ascend and descend the holding part, and a control device configured to control the robot and the transferring device. The control device operates the elevator so that the to-be-gripped parts move to a first position that is a position at which the first grip part or the second grip part is able to grip the to-be-gripped part, when causing the pair of holding parts to hold the workpiece.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 26, 2018
    Publication date: November 14, 2019
    Applicant: KAWASAKI JUKOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Yasuhiko HASHIMOTO, Kenji BANDO, Kazunori HIRATA
  • Publication number: 20190300212
    Abstract: A robot is a robot configured to pack food in a container, and includes a first arm configured to move a plate-shaped part, a second arm configured to move a cylindrical part having a top opening and a bottom opening, and a control device. The control device operates the first arm and the second arm so that the cylindrical part and the plate-shaped part are moved above the container, while covering by the plate-shaped part the bottom opening of the cylindrical part where the food is accommodated, and the plate-shaped part is moved over the container to open the bottom opening.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 7, 2017
    Publication date: October 3, 2019
    Applicant: KAWASAKI JUKOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Yasuhiko HASHIMOTO, Kenji BANDO, Kazunori HIRATA
  • Publication number: 20190281882
    Abstract: A robot configured to apply liquid to food accommodated in a container includes an imaging unit configured to image one of the container and the food, a first arm configured to move a dispensing unit configured to dispense the liquid, a second arm configured to move a spreading unit configured to spread the liquid dispensed on the food, and a control device. The control device actuates the first arm to move the dispensing unit based on a position and a tilt of the one of the container and the food imaged by the imaging unit and actuates the second arm to move the spreading unit based on the position and the tilt.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 24, 2017
    Publication date: September 19, 2019
    Applicant: KAWASAKI JUKOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Kenji BANDO, Shuhei KURAOKA
  • Patent number: 10406681
    Abstract: A robot includes: a restricting member configured to restrict a horizontal movement of a predetermined workpiece; and a workpiece moving member configured to generate an action for horizontally moving the workpiece. The controller performs a control operation of positioning the workpiece at a stop position in such a manner that: based on predetermined size information of the workpiece and preset stop position information of the workpiece, the restricting member is positioned at a predetermined restricting position included in the stop position for the workpiece, and the workpiece moving member acts on the workpiece and is moved toward the restricting position to horizontally move the workpiece; and the workpiece is brought into contact with the restricting member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignee: KAWASAKI JUKOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Junichi Murakami, Kenji Bando, Yukio Iwasaki, Satoru Hibino, Yoshiaki Tanaka, Yasuhiko Hashimoto, Takahiro Inada
  • Publication number: 20190256301
    Abstract: A packing device of food includes a feeding part configured to supply the food, a gripping part configured to grip a plurality of foods at both sides of a plurality of foods in a direction in which the plurality of foods are placed in order by the feeding part, and a conveying part configured to convey onto a tray the plurality of foods gripped by the gripping part.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 1, 2017
    Publication date: August 22, 2019
    Applicant: KAWASAKI JUKOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Yasuhiko HASHIMOTO, Shogo HASEGAWA, Kenji BANDO, Keiichi TANAKA, Hiroshi KATAFUCHI, Kazunori HIRATA
  • Publication number: 20190202069
    Abstract: A holding device for foods is configured to hold the foods that are self-standable and have a front surface and a rear surface parallel to the front surface. The device includes a first holding part configured to hold the foods lined up in a first direction in a standing state where the front surfaces face in the first direction. The first holding part includes a first support member configured to support the foods at one of the front surface of the food located at a front end when seen in the first direction and the rear surface of the food 40 located at a tail end when seen in the first direction, and a pair of holding members configured to pinch the foods from both sides in the first direction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 25, 2017
    Publication date: July 4, 2019
    Applicant: KAWASAKI JUKOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Kenji BANDO, Kazunori HIRATA
  • Patent number: 10338597
    Abstract: A self-traveling articulated robot for working in a production factory is provided, which includes a carriage having at least two operation shafts driven by servomotors, respectively, and self-travelable in a two-dimensional plane, a robotic arm supported by the carriage and having at least one operation shaft driven by a servomotor and constituting a joint, an end effector provided to a tip portion of the robotic arm, and a control unit provided in the carriage and for controlling the operation shaft of the robotic arm and the operation shafts of the carriage to operate in cooperation with each other so that a control point defined in one of the robotic arm and the end effector reaches a target position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: KAWASAKI JUKOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Yasuhiko Hashimoto, Takahiro Inada, Kenji Bando, Yoshiaki Tanaka, Junichi Murakami, Satoru Hibino, Yukio Iwasaki