Abstract: A side buffer includes a bottom portion on which a FOUP may be placed, a restriction portion, an article receiving portion, and a link portion. The restriction portion is movable between a restricting position and a retracted position. At the restricting position, the restriction portion restricts an inclination of the FOUP on the bottom portion. At the retracted position, the restriction portion allows the FOUP to move between the bottom portion and a position directly above the bottom portion. The article receiving portion is disposed so as to receive a force from the FOUP placed on the bottom portion. The link portion moves the restriction portion from the retracted position to the restricting position with the received force.
Abstract: An apparatus for moving loads from one position to another, employing an arrangement of a plurality of loop and/or spur tracks supported from above and having terminals converging in a direction of a pivot point having secured thereat a radial transfer track having a free swinging end adapted to couple with any of the loop and/or spur tracks to effect transfer of a hoisted load supported on one of the tracks, to another track via the radial transfer track. The radial transfer track is supported, adjacent its swinging end, on an arcuate support track which is concentric to an arcuate line passing through all of the converging terminals of the loop and/or spur tracks.