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: 10179695
    Abstract: An example item storage system may include a shipping container and a plurality of storage modules disposed within the interior of the shipping container. Each 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 frame may define an upper level to support a first plurality of moveable container carriers, and a lower level to support a second plurality of moveable container carriers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2019
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Jon Stuart Battles, Timothy Alan Talda, Martin Peter Aalund
  • Patent number: 10099867
    Abstract: Disclosed are various embodiments for an automated package unloading system. An automated package unloading system can include an end effector supported by a supporting frame which is mounted to a conveyor system. The end effector and/or the conveyor can be configured to move into and out of a container containing stacked packages. The end effector can be configured to attach to the packages and pull the packages from their original position. The end effector can further be configured to release the packages onto the underlying conveyor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: AMAZON TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: Chen Ge, Martin Peter Aalund, Samuel Gardner Garrett, Paul Roy Raines, Jr., Akhil Ranka, Sonia Thosar, Toby Ge Xu
  • Publication number: 20180284760
    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. In embodiments of the disclosed system, an operator may work assigned requests as those requests are received, which may eliminate downtime for the operator.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 28, 2017
    Publication date: October 4, 2018
    Inventors: Bhaskar Gupta, Martin Peter Aalund, Jeetendra G. Mirchandani
  • Patent number: 10071596
    Abstract: Concepts of an omnidirectional pinion wheel are described. In one embodiment, the wheel includes first and second rims each including inner and outer rim surfaces, and an annular ring of rollers affixed on the outer surface of one of the first and second annular rim. Using an axis of freedom of the rollers, the wheel can move sideways in addition to forward and backward. Further, when used with a vertical rack gear, the wheel can provide vertical displacement by engagement between teeth of the gear and the pinion ring. Additionally, various racks and tracks with teeth for pinion ring engagement are described along with an example vehicle capable of vertical displacement using the wheels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2018
    Assignee: AMAZON TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: Jayson Michael Jochim, Martin Peter Aalund, David Bruce McCalib, Jr., Jon Stuart Battles
  • Patent number: 10029865
    Abstract: Disclosed are various embodiments for a recirculating gantry system operating in parallel with multiple actuators on one or more gantries. A plurality of items are retrieved from a plurality of picking locations via a plurality of actuators disposed on a gantry spanning the picking locations. The gantry is moved along a horizontal track toward a plurality of stowage locations. The gantry is centered on the horizontal track. Individual items are deposited in respective ones of the stowage locations via the plurality of actuators as the gantry moves over the stowage locations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2018
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: David Bruce McCalib, Jr., Martin Peter Aalund, Bryan Gregory Drake, Tak Keung Joseph Lui, Brent Lutz
  • Publication number: 20180201439
    Abstract: An example item storage system may include a shipping container and a plurality of storage modules disposed within the interior of the shipping container. Each 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 frame may define an upper level to support a first plurality of moveable container carriers, and a lower level to support a second plurality of moveable container carriers.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 17, 2017
    Publication date: July 19, 2018
    Inventors: Jon Stuart Battles, Timothy Alan Talda, Martin Peter Aalund
  • Publication number: 20180201445
    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: Application
    Filed: January 17, 2017
    Publication date: July 19, 2018
    Inventors: Jon Stuart Battles, Timothy Alan Talda, Martin Peter Aalund
  • Publication number: 20180201442
    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: Application
    Filed: January 17, 2017
    Publication date: July 19, 2018
    Inventors: Jon Stuart Battles, Timothy Alan Talda, Martin Peter Aalund
  • Patent number: 9990521
    Abstract: A unique digital identifier of a bundled set of items may be generated based on imaging data or other information captured from the bundled set, stored, and used for any purpose. The imaging data or other information may depict or describe the bundled set after the items have been wrapped or otherwise combined in a unique manner using a binding agent, e.g., a sheet of shrink wrap, a rubber band, or any other materials. Unique digital identifiers of bundled sets of items may be stored in association with information regarding the items. When a bundled set of items is recognized based on its unique digital identifier, information regarding the bundled set may be accessed and used for any purpose, such as to identify a common container for the bundled set based on attributes of any of the items or an order with which the bundled set is associated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2018
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Martin Peter Aalund, Jon Stuart Battles, Michael Barrett Hill
  • Publication number: 20180134501
    Abstract: Disclosed are various embodiments for an automated package unloading system. An automated package unloading system can include an end effector supported by a supporting frame which is mounted to a conveyor system. The end effector and/or the conveyor can be configured to move into and out of a container containing stacked packages. The end effector can be configured to attach to the packages and pull the packages from their original position. The end effector can further be configured to release the packages onto the underlying conveyor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 15, 2016
    Publication date: May 17, 2018
    Inventors: Chen Ge, Martin Peter Aalund, Samuel Gardner Garrett, Paul Roy Raines, JR., Akhil Ranka, Sonia Thosar, Toby Ge Xu
  • Publication number: 20180068139
    Abstract: A unique digital identifier of a bundled set of items may be generated based on imaging data or other information captured from the bundled set, stored, and used for any purpose. The imaging data or other information may depict or describe the bundled set after the items have been wrapped or otherwise combined in a unique manner using a binding agent, e.g., a sheet of shrink wrap, a rubber band, or any other materials. Unique digital identifiers of bundled sets of items may be stored in association with information regarding the items. When a bundled set of items is recognized based on its unique digital identifier, information regarding the bundled set may be accessed and used for any purpose, such as to identify a common container for the bundled set based on attributes of any of the items or an order with which the bundled set is associated.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 6, 2016
    Publication date: March 8, 2018
    Inventors: Martin Peter Aalund, Jon Stuart Battles, Michael Barrett Hill
  • Publication number: 20170369244
    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: Application
    Filed: June 27, 2016
    Publication date: December 28, 2017
    Inventors: Jon Stuart Battles, Martin Peter Aalund, Toby Ge Xu, Samuel Gardner Garrett, Yan Yan
  • Patent number: 9802762
    Abstract: A container exchange station is provided in connection with a workspace of an inventory system. At the container exchange station, containers are exchanged between container holders and container shuttles. 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: June 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2017
    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
  • Patent number: 9696706
    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: December 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2017
    Assignee: AMAZON TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: Jayson Michael Jochim, Martin Peter Aalund, Jon Stuart Battles, Paul Roy Raines, Jr., Yan Yan
  • Publication number: 20170174436
    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: Application
    Filed: December 18, 2015
    Publication date: June 22, 2017
    Inventors: Martin Peter Aalund, Jon Stuart Battles, David Henry Clark, Ned Lecky, Jayson Michael Jochim
  • Publication number: 20170157980
    Abstract: Concepts of an omnidirectional pinion wheel are described. In one embodiment, the wheel includes first and second rims each including inner and outer rim surfaces, and an annular ring of rollers affixed on the outer surface of one of the first and second annular rim. Using an axis of freedom of the rollers, the wheel can move sideways in addition to forward and backward. Further, when used with a vertical rack gear, the wheel can provide vertical displacement by engagement between teeth of the gear and the pinion ring. Additionally, various racks and tracks with teeth for pinion ring engagement are described along with an example vehicle capable of vertical displacement using the wheels.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 21, 2017
    Publication date: June 8, 2017
    Inventors: Jayson Michael Jochim, Martin Peter Aalund, David Bruce McCalib, JR., Jon Stuart Battles
  • Patent number: 9616707
    Abstract: Concepts of an omnidirectional pinion wheel are described. In one embodiment, the wheel includes a hub, first and second annular rims each including inner and outer rim surfaces, spokes that extend from the hub to the first and second annular rims, a pinion ring including pinion rods that extend between the inner surfaces of the first and second annular rims, and first and second annular rings of rollers affixed on the outer surfaces of the first and second annular rims. Using an axis of freedom of the rollers, the wheel can move sideways in addition to forward and backward. Further, when used with a vertical rack gear, the wheel can provide vertical displacement by engagement between teeth of the gear and the pinion ring. Additionally, various racks and tracks with teeth for pinion ring engagement are described along with an example vehicle capable of vertical displacement using the wheels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2017
    Assignee: AMAZON TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: Jayson Michael Jochim, Martin Peter Aalund, David Bruce McCalib, Jr., Jon Stuart Battles
  • Patent number: 9600798
    Abstract: Disclosed are systems and methods for an automated materials handling facility. The automated materials handling facility uses a series of automated devices, such as automated guidance vehicles, mobile drive units, robotic arms, automated sorters, etc., to facilitate item receive, stow, pick, shipping and other aspects of materials handling. The automated devices are controlled by a materials handling control system that sends instructions to the various devices to coordinate operation of those devices and to coordinate flow of items through the materials handling system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Jon Stuart Battles, Jayson Michael Jochim, Martin Peter Aalund, Ned Lecky, Samuel Gardner Garrett, Paul Roy Raines, Jr., Kaushik Mani, Yan Yan, David Henry Clark, John Tan
  • Patent number: 9580002
    Abstract: Concepts of omnidirectional vehicle transport are described. In one embodiment, an omnidirectional vehicle includes a transportation platform, a drive system, and wheels. At a surface level, the vehicle can maneuver in any direction, including longitudinal and lateral directions. The vehicle can also be positioned to engage the wheels with a track having a rack gear to engage with the wheels. A control system of the vehicle can then drive the wheels in engagement with the track to raise the vehicle to a second level. At the second level, the vehicle can maneuver to transfer items onto the vehicle for transportation of the items back to the surface level. After the items are transferred onto the vehicle, it can be positioned for engagement with the track, and the control system can drive the wheels to lower the vehicle to the surface level and offload the items.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2017
    Assignee: AMAZON TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: Jayson Michael Jochim, Martin Peter Aalund, David Bruce McCalib, Jr., Jon Stuart Battles
  • Publication number: 20170043953
    Abstract: Disclosed are systems and methods for an automated materials handling facility. The automated materials handling facility uses a series of automated devices, such as automated guidance vehicles, mobile drive units, robotic arms, automated sorters, etc., to facilitate item receive, stow, pick, shipping and other aspects of materials handling. The automated devices are controlled by a materials handling control system that sends instructions to the various devices to coordinate operation of those devices and to coordinate flow of items through the materials handling system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 17, 2015
    Publication date: February 16, 2017
    Inventors: Jon Stuart Battles, Jayson Michael Jochim, Martin Peter Aalund, Ned Lecky, Samuel Gardner Garrett, Paul Roy Raines, JR., Kaushik Mani, Yan Yan, David Henry Clark, John Tan