System Includes A Load Supported By A Conveyor Portion Which Is Separable From The Conveyor Drive Patents (Class 198/465.1)
  • 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: 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: 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: 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
    Assignee: MEYN FOOD PROCESSING TECHNOLOGY B.V.
    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
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    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
    Assignee: THE BOEING COMPANY
    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
    Assignee: LISEC AUSTRIA GMBH
    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
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    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
    Assignee: YAMAHA HATSUDOKI KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    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
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    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
  • Patent number: 8944238
    Abstract: A closed transport track, includes two tubular or rod-shaped guide rails (12, 14), which are arranged parallel to and substantially vertically on top of each other. At least one transport module (10) is connected to each guide rail (12, 14) via at least one support roll pair (46, 48), wherein the rolls of each support roll pair (46, 48) can be rotated about roll axes (a) which are substantially perpendicular to a guide rail axis (x) and include an angle of less than 180° and the rolls are seated against one of the guide rails (12, 14) in a detent position. The support roll pairs (46, 48) are non-positively seated against the guide rails (12, 14) via at least one force element (40), which acts on the support roll pairs (46, 48).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2015
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventor: Andreas Baechle
  • Patent number: 8919532
    Abstract: Disclosed is a modular delivery system that includes a guide rail (1) with which is associated at least one delivery station (6) for delivering an object to an end position (5), and a trolley (2) which is movable along the guide rail (1) for transporting an object. A delivery position (4) of the trolley (2) is determined by each associated delivery station (6), and the trolley (2) is repeatedly deliverable to at least one of the delivery positions (4). The trolley (2) has a delivery table (3) which can be placed on and removed from the trolley (2) horizontally, and the delivery table (3) is transferable from every delivery position (4) to the associated end position (5) and from every end position (5) to the associated delivery position (4).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Assignee: ASKION GmbH
    Inventors: Daniel Buergermeister, Andreas Kaestner
  • Publication number: 20140360841
    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: Application
    Filed: June 7, 2013
    Publication date: December 11, 2014
    Inventor: Masahiro Ooe
  • Patent number: 8905223
    Abstract: This invention provides a conveying apparatus which conveys a workpiece. The conveying apparatus includes a pallet which supports the workpiece, a conveyor which supports one side of the pallet in a direction perpendicular to a conveyance direction from below the pallet, and includes a conveyance roller for conveying the pallet and a driving source for driving the conveyance roller, and a heaving suppression guide member which extends along the conveyor, abuts against the other side of the pallet in the direction perpendicular to the conveyance direction, and suppresses heaving of the pallet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2014
    Assignee: Hirata Corporation
    Inventors: Yuichi Ichihara, Bungo Matsumoto
  • Patent number: 8887893
    Abstract: A work system according to embodiments includes a robot and work stations. The robot performs a predetermined work on a workpiece as a work target. The work stations are places where the predetermined work is performed on the workpiece. The robot performs conveying of the workpiece between the work stations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2014
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Yaskawa Denki
    Inventors: Ryosuke Tsutsumi, Hiroaki Murakami, Yoshihisa Nagano
  • Publication number: 20140335632
    Abstract: Provided is a semiconductor device that suppresses the occurrence of defects due to photocorrosion. A method for manufacturing the semiconductor device includes the steps of: forming an insulating layer with a concave portion over a substrate; forming a conductive film over the insulating film and the inside of the concave portion; polishing and removing the conductive film positioned over the insulating layer; and cleaning the insulating layer in a light-shielded state. Between the step of polishing and the step of cleaning, or after the step of cleaning, the substrate SUB is moved by detecting the presence or absence of the substrate SUB in the light-shielded state using an infrared sensor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 29, 2014
    Publication date: November 13, 2014
    Applicant: Renesas Electronics Corporation
    Inventor: Takayuki Nosaka
  • Patent number: 8839943
    Abstract: A conveyor apparatus for an assembly line having a number of assembly stations is provided. The conveyor apparatus has a guide realized to define a path of travel for an assembly station, an engaging unit for engaging an assembly station to the guide, and a driving unit for driving the engaging unit along the guide such that the assembly station is moved through successive stages of the assembly line. The assembly line is used for assembling a generator for a wind turbine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 2, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 23, 2014
    Assignee: Siemens Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Kenneth Damgaard Hoell, Jakob Mikkelsen, John Krath Pedersen, Martin Bach Soerensen
  • Publication number: 20140231220
    Abstract: A sorting apparatus for sorting piece goods (12), having at least a first moving transport unit (22) for transporting at least one piece good (12) in a main transport direction (18), the first transport unit (22) has a chassis (38) for the movement, a transfer unit (32) which moves the piece good (12) in a transfer direction (50), and a drive unit (34) fixed to the first transport unit (22) for driving the piece good (12) in the transfer direction (50). The sorting apparatus has a coupling device (62) for coupling the chassis (38) to the drive unit (34) at least for a period of time.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 24, 2012
    Publication date: August 21, 2014
    Inventors: Torsten Tanz, Michele Vitalini
  • 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: 8789685
    Abstract: A conveying device includes a supporting platform, a rolling member, a driving member, and a conveying assembly. The rolling member rotatably is mounted on the supporting platform. The driving member is connected to the rolling member, for driving the rolling member to rotate along an axis. The conveying assembly includes a supporting member, a fixing member, and several rollers. The fixing member is mounted on a side of the supporting member towards the supporting platform, and defines an arcuate mounting surface. The rollers are mounted on the arcuate mounting surface, and resist the rolling member. Sets of two rollers are located on opposite sides of the rolling member. The rotation axes of the rollers are inclined relative to the rotation axis of the rolling member, which enable the rotation of the rolling member to drive the rollers to rotate and slide along the rolling member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 29, 2014
    Assignees: Hong Fu Jin Precision Industry (ShenZhen) Co., Ltd., Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Bing Li, Bo Yang, Yong Zhang
  • Patent number: 8757362
    Abstract: A conveyor system that transports a plurality of pallets includes: at least two driving devices that each have an engaging portion to be engaged with the pallet located at an upstream-side end portion in a pallet transport direction and that moves the engaging portion in a state where the engaging portion is engaged with the pallet to thereby simultaneously push the plurality of pallets; and a transport portion on which the plurality of pallets are mounted and that is able to transport the plurality of pallets pushed by the driving devices. The conveyor system is configured to transport the plurality of pallets at a constant speed by engaging the engaging portion of one of the driving devices with the pallet and causing the one of the driving devices to start pushing the plurality of pallets by the time when another one of the driving devices completes pushing the plurality of pallets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2014
    Assignees: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha, Shinmei Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Akio Ono, Mitsuhiro Harada, Taiki Murao
  • Patent number: 8701866
    Abstract: A mat for the transport of an object on a top surface of the mat is disclosed. The mat comprises elastic material, and reinforcements are provided in the mat that are enclosed at least partially by the elastic material. The reinforcements are aligned parallel or approximately parallel to one another, and the elastic material and the reinforcements interact in such a way that a flexing of the mat at a first arc of curvature in a first plane can take place with less force than at a second arc of curvature in a second plane. A transfer device for at least one object in combination with the mat is also disclosed, whereby the transfer device comprises means for moving a mat and means for guiding the mat out of a transport plane. Methods for transferring an object are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2014
    Assignee: Krones AG
    Inventor: Tilo Olszak
  • Publication number: 20140102853
    Abstract: An apparatus for conveying a plurality of parts to a substrate in a configuration which is offset from the centerline of the supply feed of discrete parts is disclosed as well as the related process. Such an apparatus and process are suitable for use in the production of products where one or more components of the product must be spatially shifted from their incoming location relative to the movement of the assembly line to a second position which is offset from its incoming location and orientation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 17, 2013
    Publication date: April 17, 2014
    Applicant: Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc.
    Inventor: Adam N. Schoultz
  • Publication number: 20140061002
    Abstract: A spindle conveyor for conveying workpieces, in particular vehicle wheels, having a rail system that includes at least one support rail. Multiple conveyor carriages have a chassis that can be moved on the support rail in a conveying direction and a supporting device for workpieces which is entrained by the chassis. Each workpiece can be mounted on a workpiece spindle which is part of the supporting device which has a pair of workpiece spindles mounted so as to be rotatable as a unit relative to the chassis about a vertical axis of rotation and can be moved at least into a first rotational position and a second rotational position. Also a station for treating workpieces, in particular vehicle wheels, with such a spindle conveyor which allows the workpieces to be conveyed through the station.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 26, 2012
    Publication date: March 6, 2014
    Applicant: EISENMANN AG
    Inventors: Reiner Starz, Ulrich Hofbauer
  • Publication number: 20140014470
    Abstract: A robotic device movable in first, second and third mutually perpendicular directions along rails arranged in multiple rows, where the rails in a row are arranged along the first and second mutually perpendicular directions, and the multiple rows are arranged along the third direction perpendicular to the first and second directions. The robotic device has a frame, wheels coupled to the frame for moving the frame along the rails in the first and second directions, and support handles for lifting the frame in the third direction from first rails arranged in a first row of the rails to second rails arranged in a second row of the rails. The support handles are configured for providing engagement with the second rails so as to lift the robotic device in the third direction from the first rails to the second rails.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 11, 2012
    Publication date: January 16, 2014
    Inventor: Sergey N. RAZUMOV