System Includes A Load Supported By A Conveyor Portion Which Is Separable From The Conveyor Drive Patents (Class 198/465.1)
  • Patent number: 11509243
    Abstract: To make it possible to freely move a moving body between level surfaces located at different heights that are not connected by a vertical member. A moving body includes a movable moving part, an expansion/contraction part disposed in the moving part and configured to expand and contract in a vertical direction, a first engagement part disposed at a tip of the expansion/contraction part and configured to engage with a member located in a surrounding environment, and a control unit configured to control the moving part and the expansion/contraction part. The control unit moves the moving part to a target height position by engaging the first engagement part with a member located at the target height position and then expanding or contracting the expansion/contraction part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2022
    Inventors: Kunihiro Iwamoto, Yuta Itozawa, Hirotaka Komura
  • Patent number: 11498766
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a warehousing system, a material transporting method, a control terminal, a robot and a storage medium. Where the robot performs material fetching according to a control instruction of a control terminal, transports a material to a destination, and automatically docks with a conveyor line at the destination so as to automatically transport the material to the conveyor line. Manual participation is not needed in the material transporting process, therefore material transporting efficiency can be improved; besides, by configuring different conveyor lines corresponding to different workstations, the material conveying of each workstation does not affect each other, and the workstation with low material processing efficiency does not cause effect on other workstations, thereby facilitating to improve overall work efficiency of all workstations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2021
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2022
    Inventors: Hongxia Zhou, Xiaolong Li, Xin Ai
  • Patent number: 11389835
    Abstract: A method of sorting articles with a sorter apparatus and a sorter apparatus having a conveying surface that is adapted to transport articles in a direction of conveyance and a mechanism adapted to displace articles on the conveying surface, the sorter apparatus having an endless web of bodies travelling in an endless loop defining the conveying surface includes a distributed drive system having at least one drive that is adapted to produce to provide force with at least one of the bodies to propel the endless web. A diagnostic device traveling with the web and positioned at one of the bodies of the endless web. The diagnostic device is adapted to monitor operation of the sorter apparatus and includes at least one sensor that is adapted to detect at least one parameter of a proximate drive that is proximate to the at least one sensor, and a controller adapted to receive the at least one parameter from the at least one sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2022
    Assignee: Dematic Corp.
    Inventors: Daniel J. Nowicki, Randall J. Carlson, James R. VanOeffelen, Martin J. Stanish
  • Patent number: 11150257
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a sample rack loading system and loading method, and a chemiluminescence detector. The loading system includes: a sample rack storage device, provided with multiple sample holders for storing sample racks; a sample rack transmission device, comprising a rail component and a sample rack block piece mechanism; and a sample rack transfer device, transfers the sample racks between the sample rack storage device and the sample rack transmission device; the sample rack block piece mechanism is configured to block or unblock transmission passages of the rail component; and a guide block is arranged on the sample rack transfer device. When transfer rails of the sample rack transfer device are in abutment with the transmission passages, the guide block drives the sample rack block piece mechanism to unblock the transmission passages.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 19, 2021
    Assignee: Shenzhen New Industries Biomedical Engineering Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Xiaotao Chen, Li Yin, Liang Zhu, Yixian Wang, Xiongjie Zhang, Gang Zhou
  • Patent number: 11027924
    Abstract: In the present device for moving endless conveyor chains, link conveyor chains are moved within C-shaped guides. Mounted in breaks in the guides is a chain actuating mechanism configured as two parallel chain drives. As the conveyor chains move, their rollers are engaged by grips disposed on the chain drives. The invention makes it possible to create a compact device for smoothly and evenly moving endless conveyor chains in different planes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2021
    Inventor: Alexei Igorevich Makhalin
  • Patent number: 11021328
    Abstract: A packaging machine having several work stations, a transport chain and a chain deflection pulley on which the transport chain is mounted. The transport chain comprises chain clips, each chain clip having an upper part and a lower part, wherein the upper part and/or the lower part may be moveable relative to each other to move the chain clips between an open position and a closed position. The material blank may be introduced into the open chain clips and secured in the closed chain clips to transport the material blank in a direction of transport using the transport chain. A chain opening mechanism may be actively and operably changed between an opening state and a closing state in order to open and close at least one chain clip disposed on a planar oriented section of the transport chain and/or to maintain an already opened chain clip in an open state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2021
    Inventors: Tobias Guggenberger, Peter Kovacs, Robert Maier, Konrad Mößnang, Christian Lau
  • Patent number: 10981729
    Abstract: Pallet for a conveyor system comprising a conveyor track, where the pallet comprises a housing having an upper side adapted to support an object, and an underside opposite to the upper side, where the underside is adapted to bear on a conveyor track, where the housing comprises a front side, a rear side, a right side and a left side, where the pallet comprises a rechargeable power source, a control unit, a wireless communication means and a plurality of actuating means arranged to be controlled by the control unit, where the actuating means are adapted to extend out of the housing or to retract into the housing by a control signal from the control unit. The advantage of the invention is that a self-contained pallet is provided, which can navigate through a conveyor system without the need of dedicated diverters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2021
    Assignee: Flexlink AB
    Inventor: Stefan Deuser
  • Patent number: 10969769
    Abstract: An automobile factory planning system and method for controlling a cycle time. The system comprises a conveyor belt configured to transport a plurality of automobiles at a controlled displacement velocity along a manufacturing path through the automobile factory. A feedback device is configured to provide a visual indicator of a designated position at which a next automobile is to be placed on the conveyor belt relative to the position of a previous automobile. The designated position is calculated as a function of the cycle time and the displacement velocity of the conveyor belt.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2021
    Inventor: Cornelis Hendrik Mijndert Menke
  • Patent number: 10954080
    Abstract: A conversion assembly for transferring an item from a first tray to a second tray. The conversion assembly includes a paddle assembly, a first tine assembly comprising one or more tines coupled to a first rotating shaft, and a second tine assembly comprising one or more tines coupled to a second rotating shaft. The first tine assembly is configured to facilitate emptying the item from the first tray onto the paddle assembly and the second tine assembly is configured to facilitate moving the first tray to a second conveyor while the item remains on the paddle assembly. The first tine assembly alters an orientation of the second tray to a position to receive the item from the paddle assembly, and wherein the paddle assembly is configured to move the second tray and the item back onto a first conveyor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2021
    Assignee: Intelligrated Headquarters, LLC
    Inventors: Darin Dickey, William McConnell
  • Patent number: 10944342
    Abstract: A secure roller controller of a roller conveyor system for logistics services includes a monitoring circuit, a controller module and a driving circuit and is electrically connected to a motor. The monitoring circuit is electrically connected to the controller module and the driving circuit to receive a power signal from the driving circuit. The controller module is electrically connected to the driving circuit to receive the power signal and instruct the driving circuit to drive the motor for speed adjustment according to the power signal. When instantly detecting that the power signal is irregular, the monitoring circuit transmits an irregularity signal to the controller module for the controller module to instantly decelerate a rotation speed of the motor to a safe rotation speed through the driving circuit. Accordingly, burn-down of the motor and the secure roller controller can be avoided to enhance operational stability and safety.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 9, 2021
    Assignee: Worldwide Logistics Corporation
    Inventor: Chi-Chiao Wang
  • Patent number: 10926960
    Abstract: In an overhead conveyance vehicle that travels along a rail serving as a conveyance track mounted on a ceiling and conveys a target magazine along the rail, when an elevating unit holding the magazine is hoisted or lowered between a conveyance position and a transfer position, a controller for controlling the operation of the overhead conveyance vehicle determines, based on an image captured by a camera, the presence or absence of an obstacle in an imaging range captured by the camera.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2021
    Assignee: DAIFUKU CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Takeshi Shin, Tetsuji Nakae
  • Patent number: 10769579
    Abstract: This disclosure describes a system for associating multiple totes with a single profile so that items placed into any of the multiple totes are identified on a profile item identifier list. For example, if two users located in a materials handling facility are picking items that are to be consolidated or otherwise treated together, each user may select a different tote and move separately through the materials handling facility. As either user picks items and places those items into a corresponding tote, a profile item identifier list is updated to include an item identifier for each picked item.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Korwin Jon Smith, Amber Autrey Taylor, Alexander Michael McNamara, Sridhar Boyapati, Jason Michael Famularo, Thomas Meilandt Mathiesen
  • Patent number: 10725060
    Abstract: A method of tube slot localization is provided using a tray coordinate system and a camera coordinate system. The method includes receiving, a series of images from at least one camera of a tray comprising tube slots arranged in a matrix of rows and columns. Each tube slot is configured to receive a sample tube. The method also includes automatically detecting fiducial markers disposed on cross sectional areas between the tube slots on the tray and receiving an encoder value indicating when each row of the tray is substantially at the center of the camera's field of view. The method further includes determining calibration information to provide mapping of locations from the tray coordinate system to locations from the camera coordinate system and automatically aligning the tray based on the encoder value and calibration information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: Siemens Healthcare Diagnostics Inc.
    Inventors: Yao-Jen Chang, Patrick Wissmann, Wen Wu, Guillaume Dumont, Benjamin Pollack, Terrence Chen
  • Patent number: 10689206
    Abstract: The invention provides a transport device for transporting pucks which are configured for container transport, comprising a puck transport section for transporting pucks to and from a container treatment machine. The transport device comprises a puck buffer from which pucks can be coupled into the puck transport section and to which pucks decoupled from the puck transport section can be fed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: KRONES AG
    Inventors: Veronika Bauer, Thomas Mildner, Michael Jogsch, Johannes Duenzinger, Stefan Heigl, Peter Muehlstein, Christian Paul
  • Patent number: 10661998
    Abstract: A method for transferring a workpiece carrier in a manufacturing facility from a first conveying portion, which is controlled by a first controller, to a second conveying portion, which is controlled by a second controller is provided. The conveying portions each have a toothed belt. On the basis of an internal timer in the two controllers, a desired position of a virtual tooth space in the transfer region of the conveying portions is calculated, taking the predefined movement speed of the workpiece carrier into consideration and taking the tooth pitch of the toothed belts into consideration. The toothed belts are controlled and synchronized by the respective controller via the drive units such that a first tooth space of the first toothed belt and a second tooth space of the second toothed belt are synchronized with the desired position of the virtual tooth space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: STIWA Holding GmbH
    Inventors: Michael Pauditz, Norbert Soeser
  • Patent number: 10597233
    Abstract: The invention relates to a rail module (1) having rail portions (2) and having a linear drive for moving a rail-bound carriage. The linear drive has at least one drive module (4) which can be brought into operative connection with at least one reaction element. Here, the reaction element is secured, independently of the drive module (4), to the carriage in a drive region and the drive module (4) is arranged fixedly in relation to the rail module (1). When the rail module (1) is used as intended, the rail-bound carriage can be moved along at least a first or a second movement axis. The invention also relates to a rail transport system made up of at least two of the rail modules.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Assignee: ATL Systems GmbH
    Inventors: Johannes Herbig, Martin Kaltenbach
  • Patent number: 10578632
    Abstract: A transport device unit for a transport device assembled using a plurality of transport device units is presented. The transport device unit comprises a base plate module with a base plate for fixing the transport device unit to a support frame, an actuator module with a plurality of electro-magnetic actuators, where the actuator module is supported by the base plate module, and a driving surface module with a driving surface element, where the driving surface element is arranged above the actuator module covering the actuators and configured to carry sample container carriers. A transport device, a system for at least partially disassembling the transport device, and a laboratory sample distribution system comprising a transport device are also presented. In addition, a laboratory automation system comprising a laboratory sample distribution system is also presented.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2020
    Assignee: Roche Diagnostics Operations, Inc.
    Inventors: Hans Schneider, Eugen Lusser, Marcel Kaeppeli, Tobias Huber, Pius Hermann, Matthias Edelmann
  • Patent number: 10472184
    Abstract: A transport device for transporting containers with a plurality of pucks, each designed for receiving a container and for standing transport of the container, the transport device having an intermediate starwheel and a container lifting device to adjust the vertical position of the containers, and the transport device permitting the containers to be transported by the pucks to an inlet of a treatment machine and away from an outlet of the treatment machine. The container lifting device of the transport device is integrally formed with or attached to the intermediate starwheel and is formed and arranged in operation such that it lifts the containers, for removing the containers from the pucks, before they pass through a treatment section of the treatment machine and lowers the containers, for inserting the containers into the pucks, after they have passed through the treatment section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Assignee: KRONES AG
    Inventor: Veronika Bauer
  • Patent number: 10440985
    Abstract: A tray for containing products with reduced longitudinal dimensions, including a plurality of accumulation chambers, each of which is delimited by a rear wall, a base wall and two side walls for containing a layer of a plurality of the products stored according to an ordered orientation and covering an entire surface of the rear wall The accumulation chambers define modules whose respective rear walls are parallel to each other and a distance between two rear walls of two adjacent modules is substantially the same as reduced longitudinal dimensions of the products contained therein. Each tray includes a plurality of stackable modules which can be closed in a pack to define the thickness of the tray itself. A connecting and disconnecting mechanism is provided between each module and another so that the tray may be composed of a variable number of modules.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignee: G.D. S.P.A.
    Inventors: Ivan Eusepi, Marco Esposti, Massimo Sartoni
  • Patent number: 10414597
    Abstract: Provided is a pallet car for the transport of bulk material for a thermal treatment thereof. The pallet car comprises a frame with at least two opposed cross-beams on which grate bars rest and two end pieces each connecting the cross-beams with each other, which each include at least two rollers and at least one side wall. In the pallet car, the grate bars and/or the side walls and/or the insulating plates are made of a ceramic fiber composite, wherein the fibers are metallic and high-temperature resistant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: OUTOTEC (FINLAND) OY
    Inventors: Timo Rodenheber, Roger Becker, Pierre Manthey, Astrid Asquino, Till Weber, Michael Ströder, Isabella Vandermaelen
  • Patent number: 10350717
    Abstract: An electronic apparatus production system is disclosed. The electronic apparatus production system comprises a transmission rail in the form of a substantially closed loop, a plurality of storage trays circulating on the transmission rail, each of the storage trays comprising a plurality of holding portions to hold a plurality of components with different shapes, an automatic distributor configured to mount the components with different shapes on respective holding portions, and an automatic assembler configured to grip the components on the storage tray.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignees: TE Connectivity Corporation, Tyco Electronics (Dongguan) Co. Ltd., Zhuhai Yingzhi Tech Co. Ltd., Tyco Electronics (Shanghai) Co. Ltd.
    Inventors: Hongzhou Shen, Dandan Zhang, Kok Wai Wong, George Dubniczki
  • Patent number: 10353380
    Abstract: A tool identification system for fitting to a tool includes a data memory configured to store data specific to the tool, and a standardized data interface configured to provide the data for a superordinate device having a corresponding data interface. The data memory is included in a microprocessor system configured to keep the standardized data interface ready, with the result that the data in the data memory can be read or written by a device using the microprocessor system and using the standardized data interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventor: Andreas Mader
  • Patent number: 10274506
    Abstract: In the past, when centering the center of a liquid surface and fixation thereof proved difficult during mounting a container into an automatic analytical apparatus, there was sometimes the possibility that the accuracy of checking the liquid surface conditions and the pipetting precision could not be ensured. When this problem occurred, there was the possibility that the reliability of the analysis results would be diminished. Accordingly, an automatic analytical apparatus is provided with a probe for suctioning a liquid to be used in analysis, wherein the apparatus is provided with a transport apparatus for transporting a container accommodating the liquid, and a container-clamping apparatus for clamping the container transported by the transport apparatus. The container-clamping apparatus has a vibration suppression mechanism for retaining the clamped container with an elastic body, and a centering retention mechanism with which centering of the container center can be fixed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: Hitachi High-Technologies Corporation
    Inventors: Kazuhiro Noda, Yoichiro Suzuki
  • Patent number: 10015974
    Abstract: Method and processing line for inspecting a poultry carcass and/or a viscera package taken out from the poultry carcass. The poultry carcass and/or viscera package may be suspended from a poultry carrier and a viscera carrier that move in the processing line. The inspection may be carried out by an inspector selecting a particular poultry carcass and/or viscera package as to be rejected. A selection device can be operated to select the poultry carcass and/or viscera package suspended from the carrier to be rejected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2018
    Inventors: Aloysius Christianus Maria Van Steijn, Evert Kikstra, Hermanus Laurentius Zomerdijk, Rick Sebastiaan Van Stralen
  • Patent number: 10015919
    Abstract: In a tape feeder which serves as a component supply device which is used for supplying components in a component mounter, a first unit which serves as a tape feed unit which pitch feeds a carrier tape which holds components to a component suction position using a pitch feeding sprocket drive mechanism, and a third unit and a second unit which serve as a tape supply unit which is attachable and detachable in relation to the tape feed unit and which supplies the carrier tape to the tape feed unit are selectively used according to the supply mode of the carrier tape to be used.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Inventors: Chikara Takata, Yasuo Takanami, Yasuo Oku
  • Patent number: 10005476
    Abstract: A conveyance device utilizing coupled wagons includes front and rear adjacent wagons and a pair of left and right coupling units coupling left and right side portions of the adjacent wagons. The coupling units are switchable between a coupled state in which the left and right side portions of the adjacent wagons are respectively allowed for relative horizontal rotations about vertical shafts and an uncoupled state. A first coupling control mechanism operating at least one of the coupling units is provided at a horizontal turn path section in a travel path. By the operation of the first coupling control mechanism, the conveying traveling body can enter the horizontal turn path section while the coupling unit on the inner side of the horizontal turn path section is in the coupled state and the coupling unit on the outer side of the horizontal turn path section is in the uncoupled state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2018
    Assignee: Daifuku Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Masahiro Ooe
  • Patent number: 9995787
    Abstract: A substrate manufacturing apparatus includes a test apparatus including a test handler module for performing a test process on a substrate. The test handler module may include a conveyor unit to transfer a substrate, a handler unit for performing a test process on the substrate, and a transfer unit for transferring the substrate between the conveyor unit and the handler unit. The conveyor unit may include a feed conveyor and a discharge conveyor spaced apart from the feed conveyor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Assignees: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., Semes Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Youngchul Lee, Semin Kwon, JinHwan Lee, Jea-Muk Oh, Kyungsook Lee, Nam-Hong Lee
  • Patent number: 9989547
    Abstract: A laboratory sample distribution system is presented. The system comprises sample container carriers carrying a sample container and comprising a magnetically active device. The system also comprises a transport plane supporting the sample container carriers and comprises drive modules comprising first line shaped conductors extending in a first direction and arranged parallel to each other and second line shaped conductors extending in a second direction and arranged parallel to each other. The system comprises a driver electrically connected to each of the first and second conductors of the drive modules. The driver selectively applies a drive current and/or voltage to the first and second conductors such that a conductor current results in the conductors driven by the drive current and/or voltage. The conductor current selectively causes a drive force to the sample container carriers such that the sample container carriers move along individual transport paths on the transport plane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2018
    Assignee: Roche Diagnostics Operations, Inc.
    Inventor: Christoph Pedain
  • Patent number: 9952242
    Abstract: A laboratory sample distribution system having a recovery device and a laboratory automation system having such a laboratory sample distribution system are presented. The recovery device is adapted to manipulate items such as sample container carriers or sample containers on a transport plane of the laboratory sample distribution system in the case of an error condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Assignee: Roche Diagnostics Operations, Inc.
    Inventor: Christian Riether
  • Patent number: 9938088
    Abstract: A conveying device has interlockingly coupled, rectilinear screw shafts which are driven by a motor. The screw shafts are juxtaposed to an inclined rectilinear portion of a gradient portion in a traveling route of a conveying traveling body and to at least fixed regions adjacent to the gradient portion of respective upper and lower horizontal route portions connected to respective ends of the gradient portion. The conveying traveling body has a pair of front and rear driven rollers engaging with the screw shafts, and an interval between the pair of front and rear driven rollers is set to a length not shorter than a rectilinear distance between end portions of the screw shafts positioned at respective sides of each of arcuate portions at respective upper and lower ends of the gradient portion to make the conveying traveling body travel continuously between the respective upper and lower horizontal route portions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Assignee: Daifuku Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Hisashi Kyotani
  • Patent number: 9924732
    Abstract: Apparatus, system and method embodiments for molding soft confectionery are included herein include a conveyor system arranged for conveying a plurality of trays in a serial succession, a loading unit arranged for loading the trays onto the conveyor system, a depositing unit arranged for depositing liquid confectionery in mold cavities of at least two trays simultaneously, and an unloading unit arranged for unloading the trays from the conveyor system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2018
    Assignee: Tanis Confectionery B.V.
    Inventor: Leonard Johannes Tanis
  • Patent number: 9862548
    Abstract: A drive unit for driving a carriage which can be displaced along a transporting path comprises a barrel cam, which can be driven to rotate and has a drive groove for engagement of a driver arranged on the carriage, and also comprises a control device for controlling the drive of the carriage. The barrel cam has a first barrel portion and a second barrel portion, which is separate from the first, wherein the barrel portions can be driven independently of one another, and wherein the control device is designed so that, once the carriage has been received from a separate drive unit, it can accelerate the carriage with the first barrel portion and can supply the accelerated carriage to the second barrel portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2018
    Assignee: WEISS GMBH
    Inventor: Uwe Weiss
  • Patent number: 9840010
    Abstract: A system, method, and apparatus for changing a set of old tools for a set of new tools may be presented. The system may comprise a crawler robot, a robotic arm, a tool changer, a vision system, and at least one of a tool rack or a storage area. The tool changer may be an end effector of the robotic arm. The tool changer may comprise a number of grippers and a number of movement assemblies. The number of grippers may perform at least one of moving a set of new tools to the crawler robot or removing the set of old tools from the crawler robot. The number of movement assemblies may be associated with the number of grippers. The vision system may be associated with at least one of the robotic arm and the tool changer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2017
    Inventors: Tristan E. Lee, David M. Foisy
  • Patent number: 9810706
    Abstract: A vertical conveying device for the transport of sample container carriers having sample tubes received therein between a bottom level and a top level of a sample distribution system is presented. The vertical conveying device comprises a plurality of conveying surfaces which are movable along a circulating path. A sample distribution system having such a vertical conveying device and to a laboratory automation system having such a sample distribution system are also presented.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2017
    Assignee: Roche Diagnostics Operations, Inc.
    Inventors: Christian Riether, Hans Schneider
  • Patent number: 9722212
    Abstract: The sizes of an evaporation mask used for a full-color light-emitting device and an evaporation mask used for a lighting device are different from each other. For this reason, separate evaporation masks are necessary, and in the case of processing a large number of substrates at once, many evaporation masks are prepared in accordance with the number of substrates to be processed, thereby increasing the total footprint of a manufacturing apparatus. One object of the present invention is to solve a problem of such an increase. A full-color display device can be manufactured by using a color filter and white light-emitting elements in combination. By this manner, a manufacturing line for the light-emitting device can have some steps in common with a manufacturing line for the lighting device; consequently, the total footprint of the manufacturing apparatus is reduced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2017
    Assignee: Semiconductor Energy Laboratory Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Shunpei Yamazaki
  • Patent number: 9671418
    Abstract: An automation system for use with in vitro diagnostics includes a track configured to provide one or more paths and a plurality of payload carriers having payload carrier types. One or more of the plurality of payload carrier types has a different payload carrier dimension in a direction of travel than another payload carrier type. The system includes a plurality of carriers configured to move along the track in the direction of travel. Each of the plurality of carriers has a substantially identical carrier dimension in the direction of travel and configured to hold any one of the plurality of payload carrier types. The system includes a controller configured to navigate the plurality of carriers along the track based on at least one of: (i) the substantially identical carrier dimension in the direction of travel; and (ii) one or more of the different payload carrier dimensions in the direction of travel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2017
    Assignee: Siemens Healthcare Diagnostics Inc.
    Inventors: Colin Mellars, Baris Yagci, Benjamin S. Pollack
  • Patent number: 9527682
    Abstract: In a device for removing planar objects (2), such as glass panes, from a frame (1) on which the objects (2) are stacked in abutment, wherein spacers (3) are arranged between objects (2), and wherein holding devices (5) are arranged on a support (4) in order to remove the objects (2), at least one removal device (7) for spacers (3) is arranged on the support (4) in the region above the holding devices and preferably has at least one penetration body (8) for spacers (3).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2016
    Inventor: Hannes Endlicher
  • Patent number: 9474194
    Abstract: An electronic component mounting system configured by joining together a plurality of electronic component mounting apparatuses (M2) to (M5*), each of which has a first mounting lane (L1) and a second mounting lane (L2), is configured so as to be able to carry out any one selected from a first operation mode of letting one operation performance mechanism carry out operation performance while taking as a target only a substrate of a substrate conveyance mechanism corresponding to the operation performance mechanism and a second operation mode in which one operation performance mechanism can carry out operation performance while taking as targets all of a plurality of substrates conveyed by a plurality of substrate conveyance mechanisms, and only the two electronic component mounting apparatuses (M5*) each of which is equipped with a tray feeder (30) is brought into the second operation mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2016
    Inventors: Takeyuki Kawase, Kazuhiko Itose
  • Patent number: 9463926
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an automated storage cabinet for trolleys. It includes a device for automatically handling a single trolley with a handling basket including a vertical plate perpendicular to the waiting area, vertically movable between the floor of the waiting area and any one of the levels of the trolley storage cabinet, and two side flanks, connected to the vertical plate and provided with structure for supporting, on either side, two opposite sides of a trolley in the waiting area and for transferring the supported trolley through an opening of the predetermined compartment. The handling device can include structure for inserting the trolley into or extracting the trolley from the predetermined compartment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2016
    Assignee: Airbus Operations (S.A.S.)
    Inventor: Bernard Guering
  • Patent number: 9456505
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a setup method for deciding component feeding apparatuses to be attached to each of mounting machines in a component mounting system. The setup method includes a first step of deciding component feeding apparatuses to be attached to each of the mounting machines based on substrate data defining components to be mounted by each of the mounting machines; a second step of determining whether or not there is within the components included in the substrate data a sole mounted component to be mounted by only one mounting machine among the multiple mounting machines; and a third step of deciding, when the determination is made that the sole mounted component exists, to attach component feeding apparatuses feeding the sole mounted component or an alternative component capable of replacing the sole mounted component onto at least one mounting machine other than the only one mounting machine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2016
    Inventor: Masaru Sakamoto
  • Patent number: 9422112
    Abstract: Systems and methods for controlling a conveyor in a mining system. The conveyor includes a sprocket, a chain, a hydraulic cylinder, one or more sensors, and a controller. In one implementation, the method includes sensing a characteristic associated with the conveyor, generating a signal based on the characteristic, determining a tension associated with the chain based on the signal, determining an amount of chain stretch based on the tension, and modifying a position of the hydraulic cylinder based on the amount of chain stretch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2016
    Assignee: Joy MM Delaware, Inc.
    Inventors: Brian Worthington, Phil Rees, Tim Proctor, Gordon Powell, Robert Smith
  • Patent number: 9382074
    Abstract: A screw-drive conveying apparatus has on a conveying traveling body side, a first driven roller pair having a shorter distance between two driven front and rear rollers and a second driven roller pair having a longer distance between two driven front and rear rollers. A first screw shaft row with which the respective driven rollers of the first driven roller pair are engaged and a second screw shaft row with which the respective driven rollers of the second driven roller pair are engaged are provided on a traveling path side. The length of screw discontinued spaces between both screw shaft rows is equal to the distance between the driven rollers of the driven roller pair engaged with the screw shaft row on the upstream side.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2016
    Assignee: Daifuku Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hiroshi Nishikawa, Toshiyuki Iba
  • Patent number: 9359143
    Abstract: A conveyance device has a carriage drive for driving and propelling a pair of left and right carriage units which individually support left and right sides of an object to be conveyed. A pair of left and right screw shafts is pivotally supported in a rotatable manner along the movement path of the carriage units. Driven rollers are pivotally supported in a rotatable manner by the carriage units and engage with the screw shafts. A transmission connects the pair of left and right screw shafts through the outside of a conveyance path such that the left and right screw shafts are linked and coupled; and a single motor drives the pair of left and right screw shafts through the transmission means.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2016
    Assignee: DAIFUKU Co., LTD.
    Inventors: Kouetsu Ishii, Shinji Katsuta, Akio Kimura, Shigeyoshi Nishihara, Toshiyuki Iba, Yutaro Hyogo
  • Patent number: 9239335
    Abstract: A laboratory sample distribution system is presented. The laboratory sample distribution system comprises a plurality of container carriers. The container carriers each comprise at least one magnetically active device such as, for example, at least one permanent magnet, and carry a sample container containing a sample. The system further comprises a transport plane to carry the multiple container carriers and a plurality of electro-magnetic actuators stationary arranged below the transport plane. The electro-magnetic actuators move a container carrier on top of the transport plane by applying a magnetic force to the container carrier. The system also comprises at least one transfer device to transfer a sample item, wherein the sample item is a container carrier, a sample container, part of the sample and/or the complete sample, between the transport plane and a laboratory station such as, for example, a pre-analytical, an analytical and/or a post-analytical station.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 19, 2016
    Assignee: Roche Diagnostics Operations, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Heise, Hans Schneider
  • Patent number: 9200377
    Abstract: A panel frame carrier, comprises: a frame body; a transverse first rail assembly arranged at a front side of the frame body; a transverse second rail assembly arranged at a rear side of the frame body; a transformed rail arranged on a support plate; a longitudinal carrying assembly provided for supporting a support plate to drive the longitudinal displacement of the support plate; a panel frame including a sliding platform moveably disposed on the any rails mentioned above; a first moving member provided for pushing the panel frame from the first moving member to the transformed rail; and a second moving member provided for pushing the panel frame from the panel frame to the second moving member; whereby the panel frame is transmitted from an end of the first rail assembly through the transformed rail to the second rail assembly and vice versa.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2015
    Inventors: Hsin-Chi Iou, Chien-Wei Chang
  • Patent number: 9150388
    Abstract: A hoist apparatus includes branch guide rails with a branch point, the branch point defining a branching point between first and second traveling rails, and the branch guide rails including first guide rails having a cross-section in a first direction, and second guide rails having a cross-section in a second direction and connected to the first guide rails, and a traveling unit configured to travel along the branch guide rails, the traveling unit including first auxiliary wheels configured to roll and contact a first side of the second guide rails.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2015
    Inventors: Byung-kook Yoo, Young-hoon Lee
  • Patent number: 9038813
    Abstract: A device for transporting vehicle bodies, on which standardized holding components are provided. A guide device is provided for at least one continuous drive train which having a driving side and a slack side, and having a first return element and at least one second return element around which the at least one continuous drive train circulates. The at least one continuous drive train supports a plurality of coupling elements which are arranged and aligned in such a manner that they can work together with the standardized holding components provided on the vehicle body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2015
    Assignee: EISENMANN AG
    Inventors: Joerg Robbin, Thomas Hennig
  • Patent number: 8978874
    Abstract: A friction drive carriage-type conveying apparatus in which a conveying carriage is constituted of a plurality of carriage units to located in series in a moving direction of the conveying carriage, and the respective carriage units to are connected at one of left and right lateral side portions of the conveying carriage in a straightforward posture so as to be horizontally bendable about vertical joint axes and positioned on a straight line parallel to the moving direction, and a friction drive load bar is constituted of a plurality of load bar units to divided for every carriage unit to and attached at positions on the straight line, and the respective load bar units are horizontally bendable about the joint axes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Assignee: Daifuku Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Masahiro Ooe
  • Patent number: 8973736
    Abstract: A specimen transport system with magnetic damping and method for transporting specimens with magnetic damping are disclosed. A conveyance device transports sample carriers configured to carry specimen containers. One or more of the sample carriers include magnets. The system may also include a diverting arm having a magnet. When a first sample carrier is transported toward a second sample carrier, a first sample carrier magnet coupled to the first sample carrier repels a second sample carrier magnet coupled to the second sample carrier. When a sample carrier is transported toward a diverting arm, a diverting arm magnet of the diverting arm repels a sample carrier magnet of the sample carrier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2015
    Assignee: Beckman Coulter, Inc.
    Inventors: Charles W. Johns, Samuel H. Rizzotte
  • Patent number: 8973745
    Abstract: A carrier element (20) for receiving and transporting articles (10) or containers within a production facility. The carrier element (20) includes a receiving portion (22) with a receiving opening (24) for the article (10) or the container. The carrier element (20) includes a fastening portion (30), which is arranged spatially separate from the receiving portion. The fastening portion (30) includes at least one hollow inside area (34) and at least one opening (40) in a section of the outer casing (31). This opening (40) provides an open connection to the inside area (34) of the fastening portion (30). At least one functional surface (45) is arranged in the hollow inside area (34) for the purpose of creating a force-locking and/or form-locking connection to a coupling device (50) of the production facility.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2015
    Assignee: Krones Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Robert Scheibenpflug, Martin Seger