Patents by Inventor Martin Peter Aalund

Martin Peter Aalund 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: 10507982
    Abstract: Described are systems, methods, and apparatus for managing the movement of inventory items within a materials handling facility using rollable containers and a gravity feed conveyance system. Inventory items are placed in the rollable containers and are routed to different locations within the materials handling facility along the gravity feed conveyance system, through use of gravitational forces that cause the rollable containers to roll. By using gravity to route inventory items within the materials handling facility, the energy and power requirements for the materials handling facility are reduced, which reduces overhead costs and which is better for the environment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2019
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Martin Peter Aalund, Jon Stuart Battles, David Henry Clark, Ned Lecky, Jayson Michael Jochim
  • Patent number: 10464212
    Abstract: Described herein is an inventory management system, and corresponding methods, in which robotic units are configured to execute at least a portion of a set of instructions in an automated manner. During execution of the set of instructions, robotic units may encounter tasks that they are unable to complete in an automated manner. The robotic units, upon encountering these tasks, may submit a request for manual operation to a control unit. In some embodiments, the request may be assigned to an available operator, which may take over control of the robotic unit using a remote manipulation device, to complete the task manually. Once the task has been completed manually, automated execution of the instructions may be resumed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Bhaskar Gupta, Martin Peter Aalund, Jeetendra G. Mirchandani
  • Patent number: 10450138
    Abstract: Containers can be exchanged between container holders and container shuttles using an inventory conveyance system within a workspace. The container holders are configured to hold one or more containers having consolidated inventory items in high density storage. The container shuttles are also configured to hold one or more containers for performing other operations with respect to inventory items in the one or more containers. The containers are configured to hold inventory items while the inventory items move for various operations throughout the workspace and while the inventory items are stowed in high density storage in the workspace.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2019
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Tamas Pikler, Fei Hoai Lee, Jeremiah Brazeau, Jon Stuart Battles, Martin Peter Aalund, Jayson Michael Jochim, Gregory Karl Lisso, Samuel Christopher Uhlman
  • Publication number: 20190308825
    Abstract: An apparatus for unloading packages (103) from a container (106), the apparatus comprising: a conveyor system (109); a supporting frame (209) mounted on the conveyor system, the supporting frame being substantially perpendicular to a length of the conveyor system; and an end effector assembly (112) coupled to the supporting frame and being moveable about a horizontal axis relative to the supporting frame, the end effector assembly comprising: a manifold plate (203) extending along a vertical plane that is generally parallel to the supporting frame; a gripping component (115) coupled to and extending outwardly from the manifold plate along the horizontal axis relative to the supporting frame, the gripping component being configured to engage with one or more of the packages stacked in the container; and one or more sensors (303), the one or more sensors being configured to determine a distance between the end effector assembly and the packages.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 3, 2017
    Publication date: October 10, 2019
    Inventors: Chen Ge, Martin Peter Aalund, Samuel Gardner Garrett, Paul Roy Raines, JR., Akhil Ranka, Sonia Thosar, Toby Ge Xu
  • Patent number: 10322878
    Abstract: In one embodiment, an inventory storage module has first and second guiderails that are spaced from one another along a lateral direction. Each guiderail has an upper track and a lower track, and first and second connecting tracks that connect the upper track to the lower track at first and second ends of the storage module, respectively. The module has a plurality of inventory carriers that are supported between the first and second guiderails, are arranged end-to-end along the upper and lower tracks along a longitudinal direction, and are elongate along the lateral direction. The module can also have a plurality of storage containers carried by each inventory carrier in a side-by-side relation along the lateral direction, where the plurality of storage containers carry a plurality of inventory items.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Dinesh Mahadevan, Martin Peter Aalund, Jon Stuart Battles, Jon David DeFant, Benjamin Douglas Garcia, Vahideh Kamranzadeh, George T. Davies, Steven Eric Nuetzman
  • Patent number: 10315859
    Abstract: Singulation system may utilize various features to singulate items, e.g., which may be different sizes from one another. For example, a conveyor may advance items along the length of the conveyor, and paddles arranged for protruding over respective portions of the conveyor may be selectively positionable based on conditions (such as a size or a jammed state) of items detected as present on a relevant part of the conveyor. Additionally or alternatively, a first conveyor may advance items at a first speed and in a first direction to sequentially drop the items onto a second conveyor positioned below the first conveyor, and the second conveyor may advance the received items at a second speed higher than the first speed and in a second direction different from the first direction, e.g., to increase space between items.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Longyu Zhao, Martin Peter Aalund, Stephanie Tomasetta
  • Publication number: 20190168965
    Abstract: In one embodiment, an inventory storage module has a pair of upper tracks and a pair of lower tracks that are connected to one another so as to define a closed movement path in a vertical plane. The module has a plurality of carriers arranged end-to-end along the upper and lower tracks. Each carrier is elongate along a direction that extends between a pair of the upper or lower tracks so as to carry a set of the storage containers that are arranged side-by-side. Each carrier has first and second first wheel assemblies that couple the carrier to the pairs of upper tracks and lower tracks when supported by the pairs of upper tracks and lower tracks, respectively. The storage module can move the inventory carriers around the movement path until a desired one of the inventory carriers is presented at one of the first and second ends.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 6, 2019
    Publication date: June 6, 2019
    Inventors: Dinesh Mahadevan, Martin Peter Aalund, Jon Stuart Battles, Jon David DeFant, Benjamin Douglas Garcia, Vahideh Kamranzadeh, George T. Davies, Steven Eric Nuetzman
  • Publication number: 20190161228
    Abstract: The apparatus includes a moveable support platform within the container to reduce a distance that items fall into the container when stowed. The support platform is lowered by a movement mechanism as items are placed into the container. The movement mechanism may be a bladder filled with air, a biasing device, a pneumatic device, or a mechanical device. The moveable support may form a bottom portion of the container during transport of the container. In some instances, the movement mechanism may lift items out of the container to empty the container at a destination.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 1, 2019
    Publication date: May 30, 2019
    Inventors: Samuel Gardner Garrett, Martin Peter Aalund, Vinay Balan, Michael Barrett Hill, David Bruce McCalib, JR., Timothy Alan Talda, Toby Ge Xu
  • Patent number: 10301121
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a system has a carousel that has a guiderail that forms a loop that has a loading position and an unloading position. The carousel also has a plurality of buckets, each having an upper end and a lower end. The lower end includes at least one bottom wall that is moveable between (i) a transporting configuration where the at least one bottom wall substantially closes the lower end of the bucket and (ii) a discharge configuration where the at least one bottom wall is moved so as to define an opening in the lower end of the bucket. The buckets are supported by the guiderail such that the buckets can be driven from the loading position towards the unloading position in the transporting configuration. The buckets can be transitioned to the discharge configuration so as to unload inventory items at the unloading position into a packaging material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Brian Hoffman, Martin Peter Aalund, David Alspaugh, Samuel Gardner Garrett, Paul Roy Raines, Jr., Timothy Alan Talda, Akshay Tilekar, Stephanie Tomasetta, Eric Wyman, Toby Ge Xu
  • Patent number: 10296870
    Abstract: A packaging system employs a cartridge having moveable walls such that the cartridge discharges or inducts one or more items into a cavity of a package, such as a film that is sealed into a pouch or mailer. A bottom wall of the cartridge is retracted relative to an end panel of the cartridge during the induction process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Brian Hoffman, Martin Peter Aalund, David Alspaugh, Samuel Gardner Garrett, Paul Roy Raines, Jr., Timothy Alan Talda, Akshay Tilekar, Stephanie Tomasetta, Eric Wyman, Toby Ge Xu
  • Patent number: 10287097
    Abstract: In one embodiment, an inventory storage system has a vertical stack of storage modules that extend from a first stack end to a second stack end, and are stacked on top of one another. Each storage module defines a path that forms a loop in a vertical plane, and each storage module has a plurality of inventory carriers that translate around the loop. The vertical stack has a first end section that extends from the first stack end towards the second stack end, and that includes a first end of each loop of the stack. The vertical stack also has a second end section that extends from the second stack end towards the first stack end, and that includes a second end of each loop of the stack. The sections can be transported separately by a truck or container and then coupled together at the destination.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Dinesh Mahadevan, Martin Peter Aalund, Jon Stuart Battles, Jon David DeFant, Benjamin Douglas Garcia, Vahideh Kamranzadeh, George T. Davies, Steven Eric Nuetzman
  • Patent number: 10273085
    Abstract: An example process may include receiving a request identifying an action with respect to an item and a modular storage system. The modular storage system may include a plurality of shipping containers accessible from an item transfer facility. The process may also include identifying a particular shipping container of the plurality of shipping containers to fulfill the request. The process may also include identifying, within the particular shipping container, a particular storage module to fulfill the request. The particular storage module may include a particular plurality of storage containers. The process may also include identifying, from among the particular plurality of storage containers, a particular storage container to fulfill the request. The process may also include causing movement of the particular plurality of storage containers to move the particular storage container to an access position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Jon Stuart Battles, Timothy Alan Talda, Martin Peter Aalund
  • Patent number: 10246257
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and devices are described herein for managing item storage using rotating platforms. In some examples, an item can be loaded on to a material conveyance device. The item then can be unloaded from the material conveyance device to a rotating platform. The rotating platform can include a sloped surface. Sensor data that identifies the item can be received. A robotic manipulator can be used to manipulate the item based at least in part on the sensor data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Jon Stuart Battles, Martin Peter Aalund, John Elias Darrow, Timothy Alan Talda
  • Patent number: 10239690
    Abstract: An example storage module may include an upper support structure, a lower support structure, and a frame. The upper support structure may engage with a corresponding lower support structure of a first different storage module. The lower support structure may engage with a corresponding upper support structure of a second different storage module. The frame may include a first component and a second component. Each component may include an upper portion, a lower portion, and a set of connecting portions. The upper portion may define an upper level of the storage module. The lower portion may define a lower level of the storage module. The set of connecting portions may connect the upper and lower portions. The storage module may also include a set of carrier devices to move in accordance with a movement path and support a set of storage containers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Jon Stuart Battles, Timothy Alan Talda, Martin Peter Aalund
  • Patent number: 10227154
    Abstract: A moveable support platform within a container may reduce a distance that items fall into the container when stowed. The moveable support platform is lowered by a movement mechanism as items are placed into the container. The movement mechanism may be a bladder filled with air, a biasing device, a pneumatic device, or a mechanical device. The moveable support platform may form a bottom portion of the container during transport of the container. In some instances, the movement mechanism may lift items out of the container to empty the container at a destination.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Samuel Gardner Garrett, Martin Peter Aalund, Vinay Balan, Michael Barrett Hill, David Bruce McCalib, Jr., Timothy Alan Talda, Toby Ge Xu
  • Patent number: 10221015
    Abstract: Described are systems, methods, and apparatus for automated item singulation. The system includes a singulation station in which a plurality of different type items may be transitioned onto a singulation table. The singulation table activates and the movement of the singulation table causes the items to de-shingle, separate in distance with respect to one another and migrate along the singulation table toward a pick conveyor. As the de-shingled and singulated items arrive on the pick conveyor they are detected and individually picked by a robotic unit and transitioned from the singulation station.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Jon Stuart Battles, Martin Peter Aalund, Toby Ge Xu, Samuel Gardner Garrett, Yan Yan
  • Patent number: 10197981
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for controlling the movement of portable receptacles within a materials handling facility are described. The materials handling facility utilizes at least one linear induction motor (LIM) to move the portable receptacles having conductive elements from a first location to a second location within the facility. The LIMs may be configured such that most, if not all, of the movement of the receptacles is controlled by the application of energy from the LIMs to the conductive elements of the receptacles. This energy may cause the receptacles to move from one LIM to another LIM, where each LIM in sequence can apply force to the receptacle to pass it to the next LIM in the sequence. In some implementations, the portable receptacles are configured such that at least a base portion of the receptacle includes a conductive element to interact with the LIMs, while maintaining an overall light-weight configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Jayson Michael Jochim, Martin Peter Aalund, Jon Stuart Battles, Paul Roy Raines, Jr., Yan Yan
  • Publication number: 20190023489
    Abstract: In one embodiment, an storage module has first and second guide rails that are spaced from one another along a lateral direction. Each guiderail has an upper track and a lower track spaced from one another along a vertical direction, and first and second connecting tracks that connect the upper track to the lower track at first and second ends, respectively. A plurality of inventory carriers that are supported between the guiderails and are arranged end-to-end along the upper and lower tracks. A drivetrain drives the carriers to translate along the upper and lower tracks at a first speed, and drives the carriers to translate along the connecting tracks at a second speed, faster than the first speed. Increasing the speed of the carriers at the connecting tracks can prevent the carriers from colliding with one another when transitioning between the upper track and the lower track.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 21, 2017
    Publication date: January 24, 2019
    Inventors: Dinesh Mahadevan, Martin Peter Aalund, Jon Stuart Battles, Jon David DeFant, Benjamin Douglas Garcia, Vahideh Kamranzadeh, George T. Davies, Steven Eric Nuetzman
  • Publication number: 20190023490
    Abstract: In one embodiment, an inventory storage module has first and second guiderails that are spaced from one another along a lateral direction. Each guiderail has an upper track and a lower track, and first and second connecting tracks that connect the upper track to the lower track at first and second ends of the storage module, respectively. The module has a plurality of inventory carriers that are supported between the first and second guiderails, are arranged end-to-end along the upper and lower tracks along a longitudinal direction, and are elongate along the lateral direction. The module can also have a plurality of storage containers carried by each inventory carrier in a side-by-side relation along the lateral direction, where the plurality of storage containers carry a plurality of inventory items.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 21, 2017
    Publication date: January 24, 2019
    Inventors: Dinesh Mahadevan, Martin Peter Aalund, Jon Stuart Battles, Jon David DeFant, Benjamin Douglas Garcia, Vahideh Kamranzadeh, George T. Davies, Steven Eric Nuetzman
  • Publication number: 20190023491
    Abstract: In one embodiment, an inventory storage system has a vertical stack of storage modules that extend from a first stack end to a second stack end, and are stacked on top of one another. Each storage module defines a path that forms a loop in a vertical plane, and each storage module has a plurality of inventory carriers that translate around the loop. The vertical stack has a first end section that extends from the first stack end towards the second stack end, and that includes a first end of each loop of the stack. The vertical stack also has a second end section that extends from the second stack end towards the first stack end, and that includes a second end of each loop of the stack. The sections can be transported separately by a truck or container and then coupled together at the destination.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 21, 2017
    Publication date: January 24, 2019
    Inventors: Dinesh Mahadevan, Martin Peter Aalund, Jon Stuart Battles, Jon David DeFant, Benjamin Douglas Garcia, Vahideh Kamranzadeh, George T. Davies, Steven Eric Nuetzman