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: 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
  • Publication number: 20190193277
    Abstract: A robot is provided which includes a first arm provided with a first holding part having a contact surface formed so as to conform to the shape of an outer circumferential surface of a cylindrical workpiece, and a second arm provided with a second holding part formed into one of a plate shape and a bar shape.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 29, 2017
    Publication date: June 27, 2019
    Applicant: KAWASAKI JUKOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Kenji BANDO, Kazunori HIRATA
  • Publication number: 20190161289
    Abstract: A packing device of food includes a feeding part configured to supply food, a gripping part configured to grip a plurality of foods 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. The gripping part has a pair of pinching members configured to pinch the plurality of foods from both sides in directions in which the plurality of foods are placed in order.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 1, 2017
    Publication date: May 30, 2019
    Applicant: KAWASAKI JUKOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Yasuhiko HASHIMOTO, Shogo HASEGAWA, Kenji BANDO, Keiichi TANAKA, Hiroshi KATAFUCHI, Kazunori HIRATA
  • Publication number: 20190159372
    Abstract: An electronic-component inserting device includes a component gripper configured to hold a main body of an electronic component, an operating member provided to the component gripper, a lead gripper configured to grip the leads of the electronic component held by the component gripper, and a moving device configured to move the component gripper in a first direction relatively to the lead gripper. The lead gripper has a pair of fingers configured to pinch the leads from both sides in second directions perpendicular to the first direction, and a biasing member configured to bias the pair of fingers so that fingertips of the fingers are opened. The fingers are provided with acted parts on which an acting force from the operating member acts so that the fingertips of the fingers are closed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 25, 2017
    Publication date: May 23, 2019
    Applicant: KAWASAKI JUKOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Yasuhiko HASHIMOTO, Shogo HASEGAWA, Kenji BANDO, Keiichi TANAKA, Soichi TAMADA, Yukio IWASAKI, Hiroshi KATAFUCHI, Kenji WAKIYAMA, Takuma UCHIDA, Kazunori HIRATA
  • Patent number: 10265864
    Abstract: A workpiece reverse support device has a pair of workpiece pinching members for abutting on their respective opposing side portions of the workpiece held by the robot hand so as to pinch the workpiece and a pinching state switching unit for switching the pair of workpiece pinching members between a pinching state of pinching the workpiece and a releasing state of releasing the workpiece. In a workpiece reverse support device for supporting a face/back reverse of a workpiece in a robot hand, flexibility of its installation state, namely installation location, installation posture, or the like can be enhanced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: KAWASAKI JUKOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Junichi Murakami, Kenji Bando, Shuhei Kuraoka, Yukio Iwasaki, Takayuki Yoshimura
  • Patent number: 10232506
    Abstract: Production system including a rail extending horizontally, and an articulated robot that is self-travelable along the rail parallel to an extending direction of the rail. The robot includes a carriage having at least one operating shaft configured to be driven by a servomotor and to self-travel along the rail, a slider projecting toward the rail from the carriage and configured to releasably engage with the rail, a robotic arm supported by the carriage and having at least one operating shaft driven by a servomotor and constitutes a joint, an end effector provided to a tip-end of the robotic arm, and a control unit inside the carriage configured to control the operating shafts of the robotic arm and the carriage so a control point defined in the robotic arm or the end effector reaches a target position by a collaboration of the operating shafts of the robotic arm and the carriage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: KAWASAKI JUKOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Yasuhiko Hashimoto, Takahiro Inada, Kenji Bando, Yoshiaki Tanaka, Junichi Murakami, Satoru Hibino, Yukio Iwasaki
  • Patent number: 10213918
    Abstract: A dual-arm robot includes a first arm and a second arm, each having a first link rotatable about a first axis, and a second link rotatably coupled to the first link and defined with an end effector attaching portion. The first link of the first arm is disposed to be separated from the first link of the second arm in an extending direction of the first axis. Further, the second link of the first arm and the second link of the second arm are disposed so as to be located between the first link of the first arm and the first link of the second arm in the extending direction of the first axis and so that the end effector attaching portions are located at substantially the same position in the extending direction of the first axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: KAWASAKI JUKOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Yasuhiko Hashimoto, Takahiro Inada, Kenji Bando, Yoshiaki Tanaka, Junichi Murakami, Satoru Hibino, Yukio Iwasaki
  • Publication number: 20180339412
    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: Application
    Filed: November 16, 2016
    Publication date: November 29, 2018
    Applicant: 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
  • Publication number: 20180339867
    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: Application
    Filed: November 15, 2016
    Publication date: November 29, 2018
    Applicant: 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: 20180326575
    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: Application
    Filed: November 11, 2016
    Publication date: November 15, 2018
    Applicant: 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: 9904259
    Abstract: A plate member reversing system adapted for sequentially reversing and transferring a plurality of plate members, includes a second delta robot, a reversing device and a second transfer device. The second delta robot is configured such that it sequentially holds the plate members and transfers and places them onto the reversing device. The reversing device, onto which the plate member is transferred and placed in a horizontal position by the second delta robot, is configured such that, while the transferred and placed plate member is being held by application of suction with its upper surface in an open state, it reverses the upper and the lower surfaces of the plate member. In addition, the second transfer device receives the reversed plate member from the reversing device and transfers it in a reversed state and in a horizontal position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2018
    Assignee: KAWASAKI JUKOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Kenji Bando, Toshihiko Miyazaki, Shuhei Kuraoka
  • Publication number: 20180015613
    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: Application
    Filed: December 26, 2014
    Publication date: January 18, 2018
    Applicant: KAWASAKI JUKOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Junichi MURAKAMI, Kenji BANDO, Yukio IWASAKI, Satoru HIBINO, Yoshiaki TANAKA, Yasuhiko HASHIMOTO, Takahiro INADA
  • Publication number: 20170371342
    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: Application
    Filed: December 26, 2014
    Publication date: December 28, 2017
    Applicant: KAWASAKI JUKOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Yasuhiko HASHIMOTO, Takahiro INADA, Kenji BANDO, Yoshiaki TANAKA, Junichi MURAKAMI, Satoru HIBINO, Yukio IWASAKI
  • Publication number: 20170341221
    Abstract: Production system including a rail extending horizontally, and an articulated robot that is self-travelable along the rail parallel to an extending direction of the rail. The robot includes a carriage having at least one operating shaft configured to be driven by a servomotor and to self-travel along the rail, a slider projecting toward the rail from the carriage and configured to releasably engage with the rail, a robotic arm supported by the carriage and having at least one operating shaft driven by a servomotor and constitutes a joint, an end effector provided to a tip-end of the robotic arm, and a control unit inside the carriage configured to control the operating shafts of the robotic arm and the carriage so a control point defined in the robotic arm or the end effector reaches a target position by a collaboration of the operating shafts of the robotic arm and the carriage.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 26, 2014
    Publication date: November 30, 2017
    Applicant: KAWASAKI JUKOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Yasuhiko HASHIMOTO, Takahiro INADA, Kenji BANDO, Yoshiaki TANAKA, Junichi MURAKAMI, Satoru HIBINO, Yukio IWASAKI
  • Publication number: 20170341224
    Abstract: A dual-arm robot includes a first arm and a second arm, each having a first link rotatable about a first axis, and a second link rotatably coupled to the first link and defined with an end effector attaching portion. The first link of the first arm is disposed to be separated from the first link of the second arm in an extending direction of the first axis. Further, the second link of the first arm and the second link of the second arm are disposed so as to be located between the first link of the first arm and the first link of the second arm in the extending direction of the first axis and so that the end effector attaching portions are located at substantially the same position in the extending direction of the first axis.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 26, 2014
    Publication date: November 30, 2017
    Applicant: KAWASAKI JUKOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Yasuhiko HASHIMOTO, Takahiro INADA, Kenji BANDO, Yoshiaki TANAKA, Junichi MURAKAMI, Satoru HIBINO, Yukio IWASAKI
  • Publication number: 20170334064
    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: Application
    Filed: December 26, 2014
    Publication date: November 23, 2017
    Applicant: KAWASAKI JUKOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Yasuhiko HASHIMOTO, Takahiro INADA, Kenji BANDO, Yoshiaki TANAKA, Junichi MURAKAMI, Satoru HIBINO, Yukio IWASAKI
  • Patent number: 9773691
    Abstract: A substrate conveying system includes a substrate supply unit including a movable rack and an up-down unit which moves the movable rack down, a lift unit which has one or more ejection holes which eject a gas upward and is configured to lift-up the substrate supported on the movable rack by the pressure of the gas ejected through ejection holes when the up-down unit moves the movable rack down, and a conveying unit which includes a conveyor, and hook elements extending upward from the conveyor, and is configured to push in a conveying direction the substrate W being lifted-up by the pressure of the gas ejected through the ejection holes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 26, 2017
    Assignee: KAWASAKI JUKOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Kenji Bando, Takuya Fukuda, Soichi Tamada
  • Publication number: 20160325439
    Abstract: A robot hand has a hand base portion mounted on the distal end of the arm, a workpiece holding unit provided to the hand base portion, and a workpiece positioning unit for positioning the workpiece held by the workpiece holding unit in a predetermined position with respect to the workpiece holding unit. The workpiece holding unit has an sucking portion for sucking the surface of the workpiece so as to releasably hold the workpiece, and the sucking portion is elastically deformable in a direction parallel to the surface of the workpiece in the state that the workpiece is sucked. A robot hand having a function of positioning a workpiece in a predetermined position with respect to a workpiece holding unit can be provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 9, 2014
    Publication date: November 10, 2016
    Applicant: KAWASAKI JUKOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Junichi MURAKAMI, Kenji BANDO, Shuhei KURAOKA, Yukio IWASAKI, Takayuki YOSHIMURA
  • Publication number: 20160325400
    Abstract: A robot cell has a cell skeleton, a ceiling-suspended type robot installed inside of the cell skeleton and having a robot hand for holding a workpiece, and a processing device installed inside of the cell skeleton so as to process the workpiece in a state of being held by the robot hand. In a robot cell for processing a workpiece in a state of being held by a robot hand by a processing device, its space efficiency can be improved.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 9, 2014
    Publication date: November 10, 2016
    Applicant: KAWASAKI JUKOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Junichi MURAKAMI, Kenji BANDO, Shuhei KURAOKA, Yukio IWASAKI, Takayuki YOSHIMURA
  • Publication number: 20160318191
    Abstract: A workpiece reverse support device has a pair of workpiece pinching members for abutting on their respective opposing side portions of the workpiece held by the robot hand so as to pinch the workpiece and a pinching state switching unit for switching the pair of workpiece pinching members between a pinching state of pinching the workpiece and a releasing state of releasing the workpiece. In a workpiece reverse support device for supporting a face/back reverse of a workpiece in a robot hand, flexibility of its installation state, namely installation location, installation posture, or the like can be enhanced.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 9, 2014
    Publication date: November 3, 2016
    Applicant: KAWASAKI JUKOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Junichi MURAKAMI, Kenji BANDO, Shuhei KURAOKA, Yukio IWASAKI, Takayuki YOSHIMURA