Means To Transfer A Load Back And Forth Between The Mainline Conveyor And The Work Station Patents (Class 198/346.2)
  • Patent number: 10286512
    Abstract: A machining system capable of preventing mist from leaking out from an enclosure to the outside. The machining system includes a first enclosure including an opening and configured to define a first space in which a workpiece is processed, a second enclosure arranged adjacent to the first enclosure and configured to define a second space communicating with the first space through the opening, wherein a robot which can advance to and retreat from the first space through the opening is installed in the second space, and a pressure adjustment device configured to increase a pressure in the second space higher than a pressure in the first space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: FANUC CORPORATION
    Inventor: Katsuyoshi Suzuki
  • Patent number: 10207294
    Abstract: Disclosed is a sorting and distribution system for sorting a number of different types of articles to a number of different clients depending on types and amounts of articles ordered by the different clients. The system comprises a plurality of article tracks and a plurality of order tracks arranged substantially transverse to the plurality of article tracks. Each order track is divided into m order track parts. The system further comprises a control unit controlling movement of the plurality of order tracks and movement of articles arranged on the plurality of article tracks to the plurality of order tracks such that an article positioned on a first article track is moved to a first order track part of a first order track when a first client to which the first order track part is associated has ordered a first article type.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Inventor: Talib Abedalsada Mahdi
  • Patent number: 10197622
    Abstract: A modular multiplexing interface assembly and corresponding methodology are provided for reducing semiconductor testing index time in automated semiconductor test equipment using robotic handlers. The modular multiplexing interface assembly includes a modular printed circuit multiplexing motherboard that attaches to the automated semiconductor test equipment, and a plurality of modular load boards, each modular load board being detachably connected, electrically and mechanically, to a robotic handler. The modular multiplexing interface assembly also includes a plurality of electrical cable bundles, each electrical cable bundle electrically connecting the printed circuit motherboard with one of the plurality of modular load boards, wherein the plurality of electrical cable bundles are trace-length matched for a designated digital signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: CELERINT, LLC.
    Inventor: Howard H. Roberts, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10167143
    Abstract: A method for adapting motion profiles of a plurality of individually controllable transport elements for transporting containers in a container treatment system along a transport path, wherein the plurality of transport elements are movably arranged along the transport path, the method includes the following steps: determining a treatment state of at least one container carried along by a first transport element, and/or determining an operational state of at least one first container treatment unit which is arranged downstream with respect to a position of the first transport element along the transport path, wherein the first transport element is moved by an open- and/or closed-loop control unit of the container treatment system as part of a stream of transport elements, and wherein the motion profile of the first transport element is adapted by the open- and/or closed-loop control unit in response to the determined treatment state and/or the determined operational state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: KRONES AG
    Inventors: Konrad Senn, Matthias Wahl, Toni Hifinger, Ralf Walter
  • Patent number: 10157114
    Abstract: Systems for testing a computer keyboard are provided. In some implementations, the system comprises: a plurality of elongate members, each having a first end and a second end; a support structure having a first surface, a second surface, and a plurality of apertures that pass through the support structure from the first surface to the second surface such that the plurality of apertures corresponds to a layout of keys of a computer keyboard, wherein a longitudinal axis of each of the plurality of elongate members is aligned with the plurality of apertures; and a roller that moves under a subset of apertures during operation of the system and contacts the elongate member thereby causing the elongate member to be displaced by at least a first amount such that the second end of the elongate member protrudes at least a second amount from the surface of the support structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2018
    Assignee: Google LLC
    Inventors: Yuan-Jen Chang, Chia Hang Yeh
  • Patent number: 10094845
    Abstract: According to an embodiment, a sample processing apparatus includes a detection section configured to detect pose information regarding a sample container which is configured to house a sample; and a raising section which turns the sample container in a predetermined direction based on the pose information regarding the sample container to raise the sample container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Assignee: AOI SEIKI CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Teruaki Itoh
  • Patent number: 9995856
    Abstract: A lens array fabrication method for fabricating a lens array includes: receiving pins (16) of a film attaching instrument (jig) in second guide holes (10) of a film-containing base plate; bonding a placement area and an adhesion layer (F); removing the pins (16); causing a detachment between a first detachment film (C) and a pressure-sensitive adhesive optical film (D); separating three layers (D) to (F) from two layers (B) and (C); receiving the pins (16) in first guide holes (7) of a lens array main unit; fitting a film holding protrusion (15) in a depression part (6); bonding the film (D) to a bonding region (i); removing the pins (16); and causing a detachment between the film (D) and a second detachment film (E).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Assignee: ENPLAS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Masahiro Tanazawa, Shimpei Morioka, Makoto Goto, Nobuhiro Hashimoto
  • Patent number: 9908696
    Abstract: Example pallet-conveyor systems may include a conveyor system configured with a delivery track arranged to move pallets to a delivery area, a recirculation loop, and a diverter mechanism. The system may include a computing system that selects an item for the recirculation loop based on future demand and causes a robotic device to maintain pallets of the selected item in the recirculation loop. The computing system may further receive an item request and determine that a requested item is available from the recirculation loop and responsively cause the diverter mechanism to divert the requested item from the recirculation loop to the delivery track. The computing system may also cause robotic devices to obtain and load pallets of remaining requested items onto the conveyer system for the delivery area, and cause pickers to remove one or more items from pallets at the delivery area in order to fulfill the item request.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Assignee: X Development LLC
    Inventor: John Zevenbergen
  • Patent number: 9896317
    Abstract: The present application is directed towards the handling of laboratory test tubes. More particularly to a specialized laboratory device that enables manual opening, closing and capping of multiple test tubes with integral sealing caps. The Laboratory Test Tube Handling Device permits the user to perform multiple processes simultaneously more efficiently and rapidly than current practice.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2018
    Inventor: John Kenneth Alexander Bell
  • Patent number: 9815155
    Abstract: A reconfigurable autonomous workstation includes a multi-faced superstructure including a horizontally-arranged frame section supported on a plurality of posts. The posts form a plurality of vertical faces arranged between adjacent pairs of the posts, the faces including first and second faces and a power distribution and position reference face. A controllable robotic arm suspends from the rectangular frame section, and a work table fixedly couples to the power distribution and position reference face. A plurality of conveyor tables are fixedly coupled to the work table including a first conveyor table through the first face and a second conveyor table through the second face. A vision system monitors the work table and each of the conveyor tables. A programmable controller monitors signal inputs from the vision system to identify and determine orientation of the component on the first conveyor table and control the robotic arm to execute an assembly task.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Yhu-Tin Lin, Jeffrey A. Abell, John Patrick Spicer
  • Patent number: 9702784
    Abstract: An apparatus including a first spindle group for chucking a first gear, whereby the first gear is mountable on the first spindle group so that it is rotatable, and a second spindle group for chucking a second gear, whereby the second gear is mountable on the second spindle group so that it is rotatable. The apparatus further defining a first linear axis oriented to perform a first linear displacement of the first spindle group relative to the second spindle group; a second linear axis oriented to perform a second linear displacement of the first spindle group relative to the second spindle group; and at least one of a swivel axis oriented to perform pivoting of the first spindle group thereabout, and a swivel axis oriented to perform pivoting of the second spindle group thereabout.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2017
    Assignee: KLINGELNBERG AG
    Inventor: Hartmuth Müller
  • Patent number: 9586246
    Abstract: A progressive forming machine having a frame supporting a plurality of workstations uniformly spaced in a horizontal plane, a transfer mechanism for shifting parts from one station to another and from a last station to a discharge station, a conveyor in the frame for lowering parts from the transfer discharge station, the conveyor having individual part carriers, the conveyor being arranged to present a carrier beneath the discharge station in timed relation to the operating cycle of the machine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2017
    Assignee: NATIONAL MACHINERY LLC
    Inventors: Stanley J. Wasserman, Douglas M. Hoerig
  • Patent number: 9555609
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to a method of making a door having first and second door facings and an internal doorframe. An interior side of a first facing is coated with quick acting adhesive. A frame is placed on the coated interior side about the periphery of the first facing. The frame is then coated with quick acting adhesive. An interior side of a second facing is placed on the coated frame. The facings and frame assembly are then compressed to form a door. The present invention also provides for an automated system of making the door.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2017
    Assignee: Masonite Corporation
    Inventor: Kenneth Charles Tyler
  • Patent number: 9505514
    Abstract: A method of processing rolls of fibrous materials. The method includes the steps of providing a module comprising an internal adjustment mechanism; attaching a first piece of equipment to the module to enable the module to perform a first function; adjusting the module for the first piece of equipment using the internal adjustment mechanism of the module; removing the first piece of equipment from the module; attaching a second piece of equipment to the module to enable the module to perform a second function; and adjusting the module for the second piece of equipment using the internal adjustment mechanism of the module, wherein the first piece of equipment is different than the second piece of equipment, and wherein the first function is different than the second function.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2016
    Assignee: The Proctor & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Matthew Bernard Overley, Wesley Bernard Brokopp, Joseph Clifford Noll, Jeffrey Dean Hartline
  • Patent number: 9457605
    Abstract: An inexpensive small-sized screen printing machine having low redundancy and high production efficiency and applicable to a dual conveying-type component mounting machine. A pair of substrate supporting tables juxtaposed in a specific direction is provided. Screen printing is alternately performed by a single print executing section in a common area which can be shared by the two substrate supporting tables. In doing so, when one substrate supporting table located at a print position among the pair of substrate supporting tables starts exiting the print position, the other substrate supporting table starts entry to the print position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2016
    Assignee: YAMAHA HATSUDOKI KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Yasushi Miyake, Takeshi Fujimoto
  • Patent number: 9417980
    Abstract: Systems for testing a computer keyboard are provided. In some implementations, the system comprises: a plurality of elongate members, each having a first end and a second end; a support structure having a first surface, a second surface, and a plurality of apertures that pass through the support structure from the first surface to the second surface such that the plurality of apertures corresponds to a layout of keys of a computer keyboard, wherein a longitudinal axis of each of the plurality of elongate members is aligned with the plurality of apertures; and a roller that moves under a subset of apertures during operation of the system and contacts the elongate member thereby causing the elongate member to be displaced by at least a first amount such that the second end of the elongate member protrudes at least a second amount from the surface of the support structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2016
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventors: Yuan-Jen Chang, Chia Hang Yeh
  • Patent number: 9365308
    Abstract: The invention addresses the problem of providing a medication cassette, which in addition to being capable of smooth automated dispensing despite being capable of storing large amounts of medication, allows accurate ascertainment of whether the medication has run out or is jammed. This medication cassette is provided with: a cylindrical body in which the medication is stored; a first rotating body capable of reciprocating movement inside the cylindrical body in the direction of the shaft center thereof; a second rotating body disposed on the outer circumference of the cylindrical body; a conveyed medication-detecting element for detecting medication that has been conveyed by the second rotating body; and a control element for moving the first rotating body upward when a medication detection signal is not output from the conveyed medication-detecting element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2016
    Assignee: YUYAMA MFG. CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Naoki Koike
  • Patent number: 9359138
    Abstract: An assembly/transport apparatus includes: a carrier on which a transport object is mounted; a transport track; a return track that overlies the transport track in a top/bottom direction; a first transfer device that transfers the carrier between the transport track and the return track; a second transfer device that transfers the carrier between the transport track and the return track; and a frame that supports the transport track, the return track, the first transfer device and the second transfer device. The transport track includes transport driving devices that cause the carrier to travel and stop. The return track includes return driving devices that cause the carrier to travel and stop. The first transfer device includes first transfer driving devices that cause the carrier to travel and stop. The second transfer device includes second transfer driving devices that cause the carrier to travel and stop.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2016
    Assignee: TSUBAKIMOTO CHAIN CO.
    Inventors: Hiroaki Hamada, Isao Takatori
  • Patent number: 9205998
    Abstract: A feeding device includes a guiding assembly and a clamping mechanism. The guiding assembly includes a guiding rod and a transfer rod coupled to the guiding rod. The transfer rod includes a rack. The clamping mechanism includes a driving assembly and a clamping assembly. The driving assembly includes a support frame, a first driver coupled to the support frame, a gear coupled to the first driver and meshing with the rack, and two guiding members adjustably coupled to the support frame and positioned at opposite sides of the guiding rod. The guiding members is latched to the guiding rod and configured to move the support frame to adjust a backlash between the gear and the rack. The clamping assembly is coupled to the support frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2015
    Assignees: FU DING ELECTRONICAL TECHNOLOGY (JIASHAN) CO., LTD., HON HAI PRECISION INDUSTRY CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Hong-Tao Ge
  • Patent number: 9045182
    Abstract: A plant for assembling mechanical parts on bodies of motor-vehicles comprises an endless conveying line and a plurality of pallets movable along the conveying line, each receiving mechanical parts of the motor-vehicle along a first section of the line. Means for loading a respective motor-vehicle body on a respective pallet at a loading station, located at the beginning of a second section of the conveying line, downstream of the abovementioned first section with reference direction of movement of the pallets are provided. At least one bolting station for bolting the mechanical parts on the respective body along the abovementioned second section is provided. The abovementioned second section of the line is superimposed to the first section and aligned therewith, so that the pallets move along a closed loop in a vertical plane, moving along the upper section in a direction opposite to their direction of movement along the lower section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2015
    Assignee: Comau S.p.A.
    Inventors: Sergio Cardani, Guido Rumiano, Angelo Putiri
  • Patent number: 8997969
    Abstract: A production cell for automated processing of workpieces has a protective fence and, arranged therein, at least one production device, for example a bending press, and at least one handling device. A workpiece transfer device for part carriers or workpieces is arranged in the production cell which workpiece transfer device forms a supply position and a delivery position. Here, a delivery device of the workpiece transfer device forms a first delivery path and a second delivery path which extends parallel to the former, wherein, furthermore, a conveyor for optional transfer of a part carrier between the delivery paths is provided on an actuating device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Assignee: TRUMPF Maschinen Austria GmbH & Co. KG.
    Inventor: Juergen Plakolm
  • Patent number: 8939076
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is an apparatus for depositing viscous material on an electronic substrate. The apparatus comprises a frame, an assembly material applicator coupled to the frame and configured to apply assembly material to the electronic substrate, a substrate support assembly, coupled to the frame, configured to support and secure the electronic substrate in a print position, and a transport system, coupled to the frame, to shuttle electronic substrates to and from the substrate support assembly, the transport system including a first track and a second track, the first track being mounted on a first displacement mechanism and the second track being mounted on a second displacement mechanism configured to laterally move the second track relative to the first track, the second displacement mechanism configured to raise the first track relative to the second track.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2015
    Assignee: Illinois Tool Works Inc.
    Inventor: Dennis G. Doyle
  • Patent number: 8877128
    Abstract: An empty rack transport line is arranged at a lower stage and independent of a main transport line, a fast emergency line and a reverse line. In a rack stocker, an inclined transport line connects the empty rack transport line to the rack stocker. The rack stocker is arranged between a storage module and a loading module. The rack stocker is capable of continuously supplying and collecting empty racks, while transport lines do not cross each other. It is, therefore, possible to continuously supply and collect empty racks in a simple configuration, without an increase in the system size, an intersection of transport lines and a reduction in processing capability. In addition, it is possible to provide an automated sample testing system that is highly extendable for various facility sizes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2014
    Assignee: Hitachi High-Technologies Corporation
    Inventors: Tatsuya Fukugaki, Masaaki Hanawa, Hiroshi Ohga
  • Publication number: 20140311857
    Abstract: A manufacturing system includes a first conveyer apparatus, a second conveyer apparatus and a manufacturing apparatus. The first conveyer apparatus has a first conveyer unit and a first elevator unit. The first elevator unit is adapted to drive the first conveyer unit to move upward or downward between first and second positions. The second conveyer apparatus has a second conveyer unit and a second elevator unit. The second elevator unit is adapted to drive the second conveyer unit to move upward or downward between third and fourth positions. The manufacturing apparatus disposed between the first and second conveyer apparatuses has a manufacturing unit, a third conveyer unit and a fourth conveyer unit. A conveying path of the third conveyer unit passes through the manufacturing unit. The first and third positions are aligned to the third conveyer unit. The second and fourth positions are aligned to the third conveyer unit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 22, 2013
    Publication date: October 23, 2014
    Applicant: Wistron Corporation
    Inventors: Chun-Kai Wang, Hsueh-Yen Lai, Xin-Hua Wang
  • Patent number: 8863685
    Abstract: A camera is used to take an image of an end surface of a honeycomb structure gripped by a hand. Based on the image, an initial rotation angle of the honeycomb structure around a vertical axis at a reference position where the image has been taken is recognized. An arm turning section is driven to convey the honeycomb structure gripped by the hand from the reference position to above a plugging mask. A rotation angle required to adjust the rotation angle of the honeycomb structure on the plugging mask to a desired final rotation angle is acquired based on the initial rotation angle recognized at the reference position and a rotation angle of the honeycomb structure around the vertical axis associated with the driving of the arm turning section from the reference position to above the plugging mask. The honeycomb structure is rotated based on the required rotation angle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2014
    Assignee: Sumitomo Chemical Company, Limited
    Inventors: Masaharu Mori, Ying Gong
  • Patent number: 8844707
    Abstract: A transfer system transfers a workpiece between stations of a production line spaced along a transfer axis. The transfer system comprises a frame having a main beam extending along the transfer axis. A plurality of transfer heads are spaced along the main beam with each of the transfer heads configured to independently move along the main beam along the transfer axis and relative to the main beam along a lift axis orthogonal to the transfer axis and a clamp axis orthogonal to the transfer and lift axes to accommodate for variation in spacing between each of the stations. Each of the transfer heads are suspended from the main beam and extend downwardly from the main beam beneath the main beam so that the transfer head is selectively moved outwardly, upwardly, and sideways away from the stations to provide access to the stations from the substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2014
    Assignee: Noble Engineering Company, Inc.
    Inventor: Brian Hulslander
  • Patent number: 8827064
    Abstract: A technique of operating a flow line is provided. The flow line includes two or more assembly stations for the assembly of a heavy machine. The technique involves installing a prepared assembly trailer in the flow line before or at a first assembly station. The prepared assembly trailer is connected to at least one flow line tow bar. If the prepared assembly trailer is installed before the first assembly station, then the assembly trailer is moved to the first assembly station. If not, all the flow line assembly trailers are moved to the next assembly station. The steps of moving the flow line assembly trailers are performed timewise stepwise.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2014
    Assignee: Siemens Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Rene Kroell Prammann Joergensen, Klaus Dietrich
  • Publication number: 20140246288
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method and a device for conveying strip-shaped or plate-shaped products (P), said method and device having the following method steps and features: supply (10, 20) the products (P) out of a continuously operating device, by means of which the products are produced, to the conveying device; convey (30, 40) the products (P) with conveying means in succession in the conveying device; and transfer (60) the products (P) from the conveying device to a device, by means of which the products (P) are continuously further processed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 17, 2012
    Publication date: September 4, 2014
    Applicant: LOESCH Verpackungstechnik GmbH
    Inventors: Heinz-Peter Hammacher, Andreas Maiwald
  • Publication number: 20140238820
    Abstract: A device for removing and replacing containers from and on a conveyor line includes a first lateral guide wall; a second lateral guide wall; and a rotating disc provided with at least a seating The rotating disc is arranged between the first lateral guide wall and the second lateral guide wall for removing a container to be treated from the conveyor line and for replacing a treated container on the conveyor line The device further includes a first guide member mobile between a first retracted position and a first advanced position and a second guide member mobile between a second retracted position and a second advanced position The rotating disc, the first guide member and the second guide member are phase-activatable such as to transfer containers from and onto the conveyor line.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 21, 2012
    Publication date: August 28, 2014
    Applicant: I.M.A INDSUTRIA MACCHINE AUTOMATICHE S.p.A.
    Inventor: Luigi Cavina
  • Patent number: 8807318
    Abstract: A multi-generational carrier platform is configured to carry substrate carriers of different sizes depending on processing needs. Multiple carrier adaptors are provided on one side of a support plate, and substrate carriers can be distributed among the carrier adaptors to mount a maximum number of substrates under the constraint of non-overlap of the substrates and the substrate carriers. The multi-generational carrier platform can be configured to provide rotation to each substrate carrier mounted thereupon, and is compatible with chemical mechanical planarization processes that require rotation of substrates against an abrasive surface. The multi-generational carrier platform facilitates maximum utilization of a processing area provided by a tool configured to process substrates of different sizes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2014
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventor: Michael F. Lofaro
  • Patent number: 8794427
    Abstract: A multi-generational carrier platform is configured to carry substrate carriers of different sizes depending on processing needs. Multiple carrier adaptors are provided on one side of a support plate, and substrate carriers can be distributed among the carrier adaptors to mount a maximum number of substrates under the constraint of non-overlap of the substrates and the substrate carriers. The multi-generational carrier platform can be configured to provide rotation to each substrate carrier mounted thereupon, and is compatible with chemical mechanical planarization processes that require rotation of substrates against an abrasive surface. The multi-generational carrier platform facilitates maximum utilization of a processing area provided by a tool configured to process substrates of different sizes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2014
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventor: Michael F. Lofaro
  • Patent number: 8789270
    Abstract: A system for manufacturing a side panel of a vehicle, the system including upper running rails and lower running rails to provide a movement path of a cart, the cart having a support frame, a transfer roller, and a friction bar provided at a bottom surface of the support frame, wherein the side panel may be mounted on the cart and the cart moves selectively along the upper running rails and the lower running rails, at least a friction drive unit and at least a friction wheel disposed along the upper and lower running rails wherein the at least a friction drive selectively rotates the at least a friction wheel to move the cart by selectively engaging at least one of the friction wheels with the friction bar of the cart, and an external unit supporting an edge portion of the side panel during key welding process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 29, 2014
    Assignee: Hyundai Motor Company
    Inventor: Se Kyu Kang
  • Patent number: 8789679
    Abstract: A transferring device includes a conveyer system, a reloading mechanism, and a jig. The reloading mechanism includes a blocking assembly and a grasping assembly. The blocking assembly includes a holding member mounted on the conveyer system, a stopping member, and a first driving member positioned on the holding member. The stopping member is connected to the first driving member. The grasping assembly includes a fixing member mounted on the conveyer system, a second driving member mounted on the fixing member, a third driving member mounted on the second driving member, and a pair of catches. The catches are positioned at opposite ends of the third driving member. The jig includes a top cover and a bottom cover engaged with the top cover. The jig is transferred on the conveyor system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 29, 2014
    Assignees: Fu Ding Electronical Technology (Jiashan) Co., Ltd., Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Jian-Qiang Lu, Jian-Hua Xu
  • Patent number: 8777541
    Abstract: A conveyor control apparatus of liquid crystal panel substrates and a control method thereof is disclosed. The apparatus has multiple first side pillars and multiple second side pillars mounted opposite to the first side pillars. A movement control assembly is mounted outside the first side pillars and the second side pillars. The movement control assembly is used to move to a slot where the liquid crystal panel substrate is to move is inserted, and control the certain liquid crystal panel substrate inserted in the slot to move out from the conveyor control apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2014
    Assignee: Shenzhen China Star Optoelectronics Technology Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Wen-da Cheng
  • Patent number: 8753060
    Abstract: An article transfer device with a simpler structure is provided which can transfer an article to a proper position. Operation of a first projecting and retracting motor is stopped when torque that is greater than or equal to a first preset value occurs in the first projecting and retracting motor when a first article holder is being projected toward a projected position by operation of the first projecting and retracting motor. And operation of a second projecting and retracting motor is stopped when torque that is greater than or equal to a first preset value occurs in the second projecting and retracting motor when a second article holder is being projected toward a projected position by operation of the second projecting and retracting motor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 17, 2014
    Assignee: Daifuku Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yuichi Ueda, Masashige Iwata, Tsutomu Okazaki, Takashi Nishihara, Kazuhiko Kodera
  • Patent number: 8708137
    Abstract: The object is to provide an article transporting device in which dust generation can be prevented and in which it is hard for the operator at the operator's transfer location to be injured. The device comprises a reciprocating movable body configured to move in a forward and backward directions on a travel path extending between an operator's transfer location P and a non-operator's transfer location Q, a cover body 22 which partially covers an area above the reciprocating movable body which travels over an entire length of the travel path, an article support 20 connected to the reciprocating movable body by a connecting portion which extends upwardly from the reciprocating movable body and vertically through the slit 24 provided to the cover body, the article support being configured to move above the cover body along a direction of the travel path. The slit is formed such that the connecting portion remains out of contact with the cover body, when the reciprocating movable body moves along the travel path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2014
    Assignee: Daifuku Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hideo Yoshioka, Shigeharu Tanii
  • Patent number: 8701862
    Abstract: A disk transportation device includes a pair of rotation arms that are rotatable respectively about a fulcrum shaft extending in the same direction as the axial direction of a center shaft of a disk-shaped recording medium in both sides thereof that pinch the transportation passage of the disk-shaped recording medium transported between a disk changer and a disk drive device; and four transportation rollers of which two at a time are rotatably supported on the pair of rotation arms respectively, wherein the four transportation rollers contact the outer peripheral surface of the disk-shaped recording medium respectively and the pair of rotation arms are rotated in opposite directions to each other in a state where one of the transportation rollers at a time is supported at the pair of the rotation arms respectively contact the outer peripheral surface of the disk-shaped recording medium.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2014
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Takeharu Takasawa, Takeshi Kubo, Naofumi Goto, Akira Suzuki
  • Patent number: 8651262
    Abstract: A circuit board inspection apparatus is equipped with a plurality of lane divided sections for transferring circuit boards, a plurality of movable transfer devices disposed on the plurality of the lane divided sections and having transfer portions for transferring the circuit boards, and visual recognition positions disposed adjacent to the plurality of the lane divided sections in a Y direction. The plurality of the movable transfer devices transfer the circuit boards from the lane divided sections to the visual recognition positions. One of the movable transfer devices has a height adjustment portion that moves a corresponding one of the transfer portions in a Z direction to prevent the movable transfer device from interfering with a corresponding one of the lane divided sections, in transferring one of the circuit boards from one of the lane divided sections to one of the visual recognition positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2014
    Assignee: Fuji Machine Mfg. Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Takeshi Kondo
  • Patent number: 8646590
    Abstract: In a revolution transport system for manufacturing and assembly lines with work stations arranged along the transport system, workpiece carriers are movably supported on a track formed by horizontally spaced outer and inner carrier and support rails extending around the transport system wherein each workpiece carrier includes a carriage movably supported on the outer rail and upper and lower rollers in engagement with upwardly facing and downwardly fairing surfaces of the intermediate or inner rail to prevent tilting of the workpiece carrier by forces acting on an outwardly projecting workpiece support arm of the workpiece carrier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2014
    Assignee: Expresso Deutschland GmbH
    Inventor: Herbert Tepel
  • Publication number: 20140034449
    Abstract: A ceiling transport carriage transfers an article at a first supporting position and receives the article from second supporting position in an article transfer section, in association with hoisting operations of a support unit. A ground transport device transports the article between the above two positions and a processing position where an article processing device effects a processing or operation on the article. The respective positions above are set in tandem in the article transfer section along a tandem direction along which the article processing device and the article transfer section are disposed in tandem. The ceiling transport carriage includes a movement operating mechanism for operating and moving a support unit along the tandem direction, to a position immediately above the first supporting position and to a position immediately above second supporting position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 25, 2013
    Publication date: February 6, 2014
    Applicant: DAIFUKU CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Daifuku Co., Ltd.
  • Patent number: 8607961
    Abstract: Various embodiments include a locating device for holding a puck in a locating position in a conveyer system, comprising a base portion, a rail section, and a rotating disc rotatable supported in the base portion and having a puck recess, where the locating device comprises a locating position between the puck recess of the rotating disc and a positioning means in the rail section, and that the locating device comprises resilient means adapted to hold a puck in the locating position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2013
    Assignee: FlexLink Components AB
    Inventor: Anders Ek
  • Patent number: 8590481
    Abstract: A dipping apparatus for dipping the workpiece W in a treatment bath. The workpiece is transferred while fixed on a conveying traveling body 2, and each one flipped upside down together into the treatment bath for carrying out a surface treatment of the workpiece W. The dipping apparatus is provided with a positioning and fixing device to position the conveying traveling body 2 onto the guide rail 17a on the rotation base 15 at a fixed position and to fix the conveying traveling body 2 to the rotation base 15. A feeding mechanism feeds the conveying traveling body 2 to the fixed position on the rotation base 15.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2013
    Assignee: Daifuku Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Shigeyoshi Nishihara, Takashi Fukuda, Hirohito Takeichi, Hirofumi Fujisaki
  • Publication number: 20130306434
    Abstract: A tray-handling station for manually loading or unloading piece goods on or from a tray, comprising a tray-conveyor system including a handling position for buffering at least one tray; a working area including at least partially a packing station, or a piece-good conveyor system; and a sliding-surface unit defining a handling plane together with the to-be-handled tray, the handling plane being arranged adjacent to the tray-conveyor system and the packing station, or the piece-good conveyor system; wherein the working area includes the handling position, at least partially, and is dimensioned such that a person moves, during removal of one of the piece goods from the tray located at the handling position, which serves as removal position, the piece good from the tray to a discharging area, which is located within the working area and which, at least partially, overlaps the packing station, or the piece-good-conveyor system, only by moving his/her upper body without a lift.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 24, 2013
    Publication date: November 21, 2013
    Applicant: SSI Schaefer Noell GmbH Lager-und Systemtechnik
    Inventor: Elmar ISSING
  • Publication number: 20130299307
    Abstract: The invention relates to a workstation of a food item processing system, said workstation comprising a food item reception area for receiving food items at the workstation from a primary conveyor of the food item processing system, a food item dispatch area for returning processed food items to the primary conveyor, a computer registration device arranged for obtaining information about a return of a processed food item from said food item dispatch area to said primary conveyor and sending said information to a computer system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 19, 2013
    Publication date: November 14, 2013
    Applicant: MAREL HF
    Inventors: Brynjolfur Thorsson, Stefan Axelsson
  • Patent number: 8561290
    Abstract: Work line module comprises a plurality of machines (103-106) having a plurality of working functions and non-work facility (107, 108) such as a conveying machine can cooperate so as to produce a necessary amount even if the necessary amount is varied. A plurality of work machines (103-106) for mechanically working a workpiece (124) and non-work facility (107, 108) for processing the workpiece (124). One work machine (106) is a multifunction furnishing machine having a function of measuring the workpiece (124) in addition to a function of mechanically working the workpiece (124). A conveying machine (109) having robots (185-187) for conveying the workpiece (124) between the work machines (103-106), and between the work machines (103-106) and the non-work facility (107, 108).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2013
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd.
    Inventors: Tsugumaru Yamashita, Noritaka Fujimura, Kenichiro Hirao
  • Patent number: 8499919
    Abstract: A machine for the preparation of pharmaceutical products has a pocket conveyor, mobile along a loop-shaped path and provided with a plurality of pockets, each adapted to receive and withhold a respective container, and a transfer device for transferring the containers with a rectilinear motion between the respective pockets and at least one operating station for executing an operation on the containers themselves.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2013
    Assignee: Health Robotics, S.r.l.
    Inventors: Paolo Giribona, Walter Bianco, Michele Minisini, Garcia Gaspar de Viedma Santoro
  • Patent number: 8474132
    Abstract: A product line assembly includes a plurality of containers detachably connected. Each of the plurality of containers includes a case and equipment received in the case. Each container is configured for performing an individual working procedure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2013
    Assignee: Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Shen-Chun Li, Hsien-Chuan Liang, Shou-Kuo Hsu
  • Publication number: 20130140136
    Abstract: Utility of a circuit-substrate working machine including a substrate conveyor device and a shuttle conveyor designed to shift a circuit substrate in a direction intersecting a conveying direction is improved. Based on transmission of a deliverable-state advance notification signal for one of conveyor lanes of an upstream printer, a movable conveyor lane of an intermediate shuttle conveyor is moved to a position continuous to the one conveyor lane. The circuit substrate is delivered to the movable conveyor lane in a state in which the movable conveyor lane is located at a circuit-substrate receiving position, a receivable-state advance notification signal is produced for a receiving lane for receiving the circuit substrate supplied from one of conveyor lanes of a downstream printer which has transmitted a deliverable-state advance notification signal, and a receivable-state signal and a deliverable-state signal are obtained. The circuit substrate is then delivered to the receiving lane.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 4, 2011
    Publication date: June 6, 2013
    Applicant: FUJI MACHINE MFG. CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Tsuyoshi Mizukoshi, Mitsuaki Kato
  • Patent number: 8453821
    Abstract: A device for transporting articles within a packaging machine is disclosed. The device includes at least one conveying system for the articles to be packaged or for the packaging units for the articles to be packaged. The conveying system includes a continuously circulating transport track. The at least one conveying system has several trays that can be connected to each individual transport track. Each conveying system is configured with an upper level and a lower level. A first lifting unit is associated with each conveying system at the beginning and a second lifting unit is associated with each conveying system at the end, said lifting units moving the trays at the beginning and at the end of the conveying system between the upper level and the lower level.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2013
    Assignee: Krones AG
    Inventors: Alban Hutter, Christian Canalicchio
  • Patent number: 8430227
    Abstract: A production device includes a plurality of processing units (41 to 45) arranged so as to consecutively perform a plurality of types of processing with respect to workpieces, a transport unit (30) that successively transports the workpieces toward processing units, a plurality of monitor operation panels (80, 90) capable of monitoring the processing in the plurality of processing units and performing an adjustment operation regarding the processing or performing an operation regarding the overall operation and stop, and a plurality of movable holding mechanisms (60, 70) that movably hold the respective monitor operation panels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2013
    Assignee: Hirata Corporation
    Inventors: Hisayuki Sueoka, Hitoshi Tsugawa, Susumu Noguchi