Comprising Load Gripping Elements Patents (Class 198/468.2)
  • Patent number: 10632044
    Abstract: An automatic or semi-automatic preparation system and process is provided for forming a medicament solution from a vial containing one of a liquid and a non-liquid material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Assignee: CORVIDA MEDICAL INC.
    Inventors: Jared Garfield, Gregory Lyon
  • Patent number: 10625953
    Abstract: A robot configured to perform a work to a moving workpiece is provided, which includes a first robotic arm provided at a tip end thereof with a guide tool configured to support the workpiece, a second robotic arm provided at a tip end thereof with a work tool configured to perform a specific work to the workpiece, and a control device configured to control operations of the first and second robotic arms. The control device controls the operations of the first and second robotic arms according to timing information for which the workpiece reaches a workspace of the robot so that the guide tool guides the workpiece located in the workspace into the space and the work tool performs the specific work to the workpiece guided into the space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Assignee: KAWASAKI JUKOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Shogo Hasegawa, Satoru Hibino, Hideshi Yamane, Hiroyuki Mizumoto, Kenji Bando, Daichi Himekawa, Junichi Matsuoka, Tatsuhiro Uto, Hiroki Kokushi, Souichi Tamada, Akihiro Haneda, Yukio Iwasaki
  • Patent number: 10609870
    Abstract: A material handling device for the loosening of forage, in particular silage from a silo. The material handling device is provided with a grab device provided with grab device members of which the edges facing towards each other are provided with cutting elements. The grab device members are movable between a closed position and an opened position, wherein the cutting elements are positioned at an angle with the vertical. This angle is in the range of ?25 to 25 degrees, preferably ?15 to 15 degrees with the vertical.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignee: Cornelis Hendricus Liet
    Inventor: Cornelis Hendricus Liet
  • Patent number: 10600441
    Abstract: An apparatus includes a motor configured to drive a driving element within a housing. A pivoting element on a shaft is connected to the housing. The pivoting element is connected to a moveable jaw device and configured to force the moveable jaw device at any given moment towards or away from a face of a storage disc, as the pivoting element pivots about a first axis. A fixed jaw device is connected to the housing. The moveable jaw device and the fixed jaw device form a gripper device configured to clamp a particular portion of opposite first and second surfaces of a storage disc.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: David J. Altknecht, Donald S. Bethune, William M. Dyer
  • Patent number: 10363635
    Abstract: An example system includes a moveable arm, a pick tool connected to the arm, and a controller. The pick tool includes a first finger, a second finger disposed opposite the first finger, a first handler disposed at a first end of the first finger, and a second handler disposed at a first end of the second finger. Rotation of the first and second handlers while first and second forces are applied to an item by the first and second handlers, respectively, causes movement of the item.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Ennio Claretti, Andrew D. Marchese, Andrew Stubbs, Ying Xu
  • Patent number: 10245727
    Abstract: An automated data center management system includes one or more equipment racks housing at least one server farm equipment, each of the at least one server farm equipment having a respective attachment point, a spare equipment repository having at least one replacement equipment, and a hardware management robot. The hardware management robot includes a robotic arm having an interface point, the interface point configured to couple to the attachment point. A hardware management controller is communicates with the hardware management robot, the hardware management controller including at least one processor, and non-transitory computer readable media having encoded thereon computer software comprising a set of instructions to receive a service request indicating a server farm equipment needing service, determine a location of the server farm equipment, generate a path to the location of the server farm equipment, and transmit the path to the hardware management robot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: CenturyLink Intellectual Property LLC
    Inventors: Robert J. Morrill, Jared E. Wray
  • Patent number: 10196164
    Abstract: A container conveying apparatus wherein retainers (1) are disposed along a retainer movement rail (52), and the one-time movement distance of a retainer is set to be an integer multiple of the spacing p of the retainers and to be different values in the two straight sections (A lane and B lane) of the retainer movement rail. If the maximum value of the one-time movement distance of a retainer in the straight sections is n times the spacing p, and the maximum number of retainers that can be disposed along the retainer movement rail is m, then the number of retainers actually disposed along the retainer movement rail is preferably m?n. The number of retainers m?n is an integer multiple of n, and all retainers disposed along the retainer movement rail are linked together in groups of n retainers at spacing p.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: Toyo Jidoki Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Kakue Nakamoto
  • Patent number: 10186295
    Abstract: An apparatus includes a first jaw device, a second jaw device, and a disc sensor configured to sense presence of a storage disc between the first jaw device and the second jaw device. The first jaw device and the second jaw device form a gripper device configured to clamp a particular portion of a storage disc including an arc segment along an outer edge of adjacent surfaces of the storage disc.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: David J. Altknecht, John S. Best, Donald S. Bethune, William M. Dyer, A. David Erpelding, Steven R. Hetzler, Drew B. Lawson, Daniel F. Smith
  • Patent number: 9981379
    Abstract: An example robotic gripping device includes two opposable gripping fingers and at least one actuator configured to move the two opposable gripping fingers towards and away from each other within a plane of motion. The robotic gripping device further includes a gripper base coupled to the two opposable gripping fingers, where the gripper base comprises an attachment interface. The robotic gripping device further includes a detachable elongated support member that mates with the attachment interface of the gripper base, such that when the elongated support member is attached to the attachment interface of the gripper base, the elongated support member extends parallel to the plane of motion of the two opposable gripping fingers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2018
    Assignee: X Development LLC
    Inventors: David Youmans, Marc Strauss
  • Patent number: 9943960
    Abstract: An automated data center management system includes one or more equipment racks housing at least one server farm equipment, each of the at least one server farm equipment having a respective attachment point, a spare equipment repository having at least one replacement equipment, and a hardware management robot. The hardware management robot includes a robotic arm having an interface point, the interface point configured to couple to the attachment point. A hardware management controller is communicates with the hardware management robot, the hardware management controller including at least one processor, and non-transitory computer readable media having encoded thereon computer software comprising a set of instructions to receive a service request indicating a server farm equipment needing service, determine a location of the server farm equipment, generate a path to the location of the server farm equipment, and transmit the path to the hardware management robot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: CenturyLink Intellectual Property LLC
    Inventors: Robert J. Morrill, Jared E. Wray
  • Patent number: 9821964
    Abstract: In a feeder (1) for feeding cut pieces of wood (2) from an accumulation conveyor (3) to a carrier conveyor (4), according to the invention, the feeder (1) comprises a first clamping jaw (6) that is disposed on a first moving device (5) as well as a second clamping jaw (8) that is arranged on a second moving device (7), the first clamping jaw (6) and the second clamping jaw (8) form a clamping unit (10) for clamping a cut piece of wood (2) in a conveying zone (9) and conveying the cut piece of wood (2) in a clamped state as the first clamping jaw (6) and the second clamping jaw (8) perform a movement in the same direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Assignee: Springer Maschinenfabrik AG
    Inventor: Franz Ebner
  • Patent number: 9597801
    Abstract: An automated data center management system includes one or more equipment racks housing at least one server farm equipment, each of the at least one server farm equipment having a respective attachment point, a spare equipment repository having at least one replacement equipment, and a hardware management robot. The hardware management robot includes a robotic arm having an interface point, the interface point configured to couple to the attachment point. A hardware management controller is communicates with the hardware management robot, the hardware management controller including at least one processor, and non-transitory computer readable media having encoded thereon computer software comprising a set of instructions to receive a service request indicating a server farm equipment needing service, determine a location of the server farm equipment, generate a path to the location of the server farm equipment, and transmit the path to the hardware management robot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: CenturyLink Intellectual Property LLC
    Inventors: Robert J. Morrill, Jared E. Wray
  • Patent number: 9527671
    Abstract: A platform member for a knuckle-linked conveyor belt includes a stabilizer for pushing a conveyed product towards a side rail to stabilize the product during conveyance. The platform member may include an upper portion forming a conveying surface and a lower portion stepped down from the upper port for receiving the forward end of an adjacent platform member. A connector on the lower portion connects the platform member to a corresponding body member in the conveyor belt. The upper portion overlies and protrudes forward from the front of the lower portion. Shaped side rails on the platform member are configured to allow overlapping between adjacent side rails to minimize gaps.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2016
    Assignee: Laitram, L.L.C.
    Inventors: Angela L. Marshall, Nicholas J. Judice, R. Scott Dailey, John F. Landrum, Jorge E. Nagel, Gilbert J. MacLachlan, Glenn R. McCall, Jr., Dennis K. Scates
  • Patent number: 9522204
    Abstract: A treatment apparatus (1) of closures (2, 22) for containers using a sterilizing substances, comprising: a rotating unit (6); dispensing means (16) of the sterilizing substance; at least two types of rails (7a, 7b), longitudinal and parallel, of which a first type of rails (7a) houses, by force of gravity, a first format of closures (2) and a second type of rails (7b) houses, by force of gravity, a second format of closures (22), the rails (7a, 7b) being solidly constrained to the rotating unit (6) and being arranged in such a way as to follow a circumferential extension thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 20, 2016
    Assignee: GEA PROCOMAC S.P.A.
    Inventors: Paolo Abelli, Fabio Callegari
  • Patent number: 9004260
    Abstract: A feeding device is used for hanging a workpiece on a fixture. The fixture includes two elastic portions. The feeding device includes a base for carrying the workpiece, a mounting seat, a driving member for driving the mounting seat, a guiding assembly, and a driving mechanism mounted on the mounting seat and connected to the guiding assembly for driving the guiding assembly. The guiding assembly passes through the base, and includes first and second guiding members. The driving member is capable of driving the first and second guiding members in the workpiece. The driving mechanism is capable of driving the first and second guiding members move away from each other to a position adjacent the inner walls of the workpiece, and the elastic portions resist against the inner walls of the workpiece, such that the workpiece is hung on the fixture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignees: Hong Fu Jin Precision Industry (ShenZhen) Co., Ltd., Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Bing Li, Bo Yang
  • Patent number: 8973734
    Abstract: A device for aligning and transferring articles including: a counter 3 for aligning, at a gathering position P, an article set W composed of a predetermined number of uncompressed articles; a discharger 4 for discharging the article set W aligned at the gathering position P to a receiving position P0; and at least one transfer bed for supporting a bottom surface of the article set W and reciprocating between the receiving position P0 and a hand-over position P1, P2, thereby receiving the article set W at the receiving position P0, transferring the article set W to the hand-over position P1, P2, and returning to the receiving position P0. The transfer bed L1, R1 and the second support section 20 for compressing the article set W are driven by first and second motors, respectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2015
    Assignee: Zuiko Corporation
    Inventor: Yukihiko Fujita
  • Publication number: 20150014125
    Abstract: A conveying system for material samples, especially medical samples, comprising a conveyor track forming at least one conveying section and a plurality of sample holders, designed to hold one sample vessel, which are self-propelled and displaceable along the conveying section. Each sample holder comprises a drive motor, an energy accumulator for supplying the motor with driving energy, at least one fiction wheel, drivable by the motor, for transmitting a force onto the track, and a control for controlling the travels of the sample holders. Signal transmission means are arranged in the track in predetermined positions along the conveying section and are adapted to form a near-field transmission section having signal receiving means arranged in the sample holders, said signal transmission means being connected to the control and adapted to transmit control data relating to the adjustment of driving parameters to the sample holders via the near-field transmission section.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 11, 2013
    Publication date: January 15, 2015
    Applicant: GLP SYSTEMS GMBh
    Inventor: Robert Hecht
  • Publication number: 20150014124
    Abstract: Provided is a glass substrate conveyance device (1), including a plurality of gripping means (10, 11) for gripping an upper edge portion (U) of a glass substrate (G) in a vertical posture so as to support the glass substrate (G) in a suspended manner, the glass substrate conveyance device (1) being configured to convey, in a conveyance direction (T) along the upper edge portion (U), the glass substrate (G) that is supported in the suspended manner by the plurality of gripping means (10, 11), in which the plurality of gripping means (10, 11) include at least one movable gripping means (10) that is changeable in position and/or posture in a horizontal plane.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 11, 2013
    Publication date: January 15, 2015
    Applicant: Nippon Electric Glass Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hiroyuki Tagawa, Masao Tsukada, Akihisa Saeki, Taiki Minari
  • Patent number: 8926259
    Abstract: A technology related to a pick-and-place apparatus for electronic device inspection equipment is provided. The pick-and-place apparatus includes the guiding unit that can interact with a loading element and can guide the picker to load the electronic devices at a correct position on the loading element. Therefore, the pick-and-place apparatus can allow the electronic devices, for example, semiconductor devices having a ball type of electrical contact lead (BGA, FBGA, etc.), to electrically contact the tester in a stable manner when the tester inspects the electronic devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2015
    Assignee: TechWing., Co. Ltd.
    Inventors: Yun-Sung Na, In-Gu Jeon, Dong-Hyun Yo, Young-Chul Lee
  • Patent number: 8905224
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a clamping mechanism for clamping a liquid crystal panel of a LCD, the clamping mechanism includes a base, a clamping member mounted on the base, and an elastic member connected to the base and applying a drawing force onto the clamping member to allow the clamping member under balanced outer force. With the clamping mechanism, the vertical position of the clamping mechanism can be adjusted as the height of the liquid crystal panel changes, thus, the clamping member can be kept coplanar with the liquid crystal panel, to avoid the fracture of the liquid crystal panel; meanwhile, with the elastic member, the frequency and the precision of adjusting the clamping mechanism can be decreased to reduce the maintaining cost of the clamping mechanism. The present disclosure further provides a carrying device and a transferring apparatus with the clamping mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2014
    Assignee: Shenzhen China Star Optoelectronics Technology Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Dong Li
  • Patent number: 8863685
    Abstract: A camera is used to take an image of an end surface of a honeycomb structure gripped by a hand. Based on the image, an initial rotation angle of the honeycomb structure around a vertical axis at a reference position where the image has been taken is recognized. An arm turning section is driven to convey the honeycomb structure gripped by the hand from the reference position to above a plugging mask. A rotation angle required to adjust the rotation angle of the honeycomb structure on the plugging mask to a desired final rotation angle is acquired based on the initial rotation angle recognized at the reference position and a rotation angle of the honeycomb structure around the vertical axis associated with the driving of the arm turning section from the reference position to above the plugging mask. The honeycomb structure is rotated based on the required rotation angle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2014
    Assignee: Sumitomo Chemical Company, Limited
    Inventors: Masaharu Mori, Ying Gong
  • Publication number: 20140291119
    Abstract: A device for transferring electronic components from a first carrier to a second carrier. A first receiving portion positions the first carrier on a support, wherein the electronic components are provided on a side of the first carrier, which faces away from the support. A second receiving portion positions the second carrier. The first receiving portion and the second receiving portion are arranged with respect to each other in such a manner that a gap separates the first carrier from the second carrier. A cap and/or the second receiving portion move from a first position into a second position to make the gap smaller. At least one slide lifts the first carrier, which is applied against the support, away from the support, and to move an electronic component provided on the first carrier, in the direction of the second carrier.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 12, 2012
    Publication date: October 2, 2014
    Applicant: MUEHLBAUER AG
    Inventors: Thomas Courts, Sigmund Niklas, Gerhard Schiller, Markus Dogariu
  • Patent number: 8844707
    Abstract: A transfer system transfers a workpiece between stations of a production line spaced along a transfer axis. The transfer system comprises a frame having a main beam extending along the transfer axis. A plurality of transfer heads are spaced along the main beam with each of the transfer heads configured to independently move along the main beam along the transfer axis and relative to the main beam along a lift axis orthogonal to the transfer axis and a clamp axis orthogonal to the transfer and lift axes to accommodate for variation in spacing between each of the stations. Each of the transfer heads are suspended from the main beam and extend downwardly from the main beam beneath the main beam so that the transfer head is selectively moved outwardly, upwardly, and sideways away from the stations to provide access to the stations from the substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2014
    Assignee: Noble Engineering Company, Inc.
    Inventor: Brian Hulslander
  • Publication number: 20140083818
    Abstract: A component transfer device according to the present invention includes a holding mechanism that positions and holds a component on a carrying surface located at a predetermined height and a pull-out unit that pulls out the component held on the carrying surface by the holding mechanism in a horizontal direction. The pull-out unit includes a grasping member that can separably grasp the component from a vertical direction, a cam member that causes the grasping member to perform a component grasping operation and a component releasing operation at predetermined timings by exercising a cam function to the grasping member, a driving mechanism that drives the cam member and the grasping member, and a restraint mechanism that restrains a relative movement of the cam member with respect to the movable holder upon grasping operation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 5, 2013
    Publication date: March 27, 2014
    Applicant: HIRATA CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yoichi HIRASAWA, Katsuyoshi TACHIBANA, Soichi TATENO, Toshihito SEKI
  • Patent number: 8651265
    Abstract: A conveyor includes a plate with a closed-loop track along which vials are driven in a continuous manner in holders arranged so as to be in free contact with each other in order to form a continuous stream along the track. Each holder includes a horizontal platen (72) to which is connected a plurality of vertical blades (72) forming a ring and capable of elastically moving away from the rotational axis of the platen, the inner surfaces thereof being intended for bearing against the periphery of a vial.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2014
    Inventors: Joël Vazeille, Patrick Chaigne
  • Publication number: 20140027244
    Abstract: A transferring mechanism includes a first transferring assembly, a second transferring assembly, and a catcher. The first transferring assembly and the second transferring assembly are arranged side by side. A transferring direction of the first transferring assembly is opposite to a transferring direction of the second transferring assembly. The catcher includes a pair of mounting blocks, a guiding member, a sliding member, a telescoping member, and a clamping member. The mounting blocks are positioned on the first transferring assembly and the second transferring assembly. Opposite ends of the guiding member are mounted on the pair of mounting blocks, the guiding member across the first transferring assembly and the second transferring assembly. The sliding member is slidably sleeved on the guiding member. The telescoping member is mounted on the sliding member. The catcher is mounted on the telescoping member for clamping a workpiece on the first transferring assembly.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 26, 2013
    Publication date: January 30, 2014
    Inventors: JIAN-QIANG LU, JIAN-HUA XU
  • Patent number: 8622198
    Abstract: An apparatus includes: a retainer moving between a shuttle and a socket; a presser holding a component; an adjuster moving the presser; a socket mark near the socket; a hand mark near the socket mark when the retainer is at a component mounting position; a first camera photographing a first image including the component and hand mark; a second camera photographing a second image including the socket mark and socket, and a third image including the socket mark and hand mark; a first calculator obtaining a first relative position between the socket mark and socket from the second image; a second calculator obtaining a second relative position between the socket mark and hand mark from the third image; and a third calculator obtaining a third relative position between the hand mark and component from the first image. The adjuster corrects the component's position based on the relative positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2014
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Takashi Yamazaki, Hiroaki Fujimori, Naohisa Maeda, Daisuke Kirihara, Satoshi Nakamura, Masami Maeda
  • Patent number: 8567588
    Abstract: A device for filling containers, in particular bottles and beakers with food products, in particular with low viscosity to pasty dairy and fat products, juices, waters and similar, comprising: an upper main element, a lower main element and lateral elements connecting the upper main element and the lower main element; and a plurality of support elements which are endlessly supported on rollers through the device past operating stations along the upper main element, the lateral element and the lower main element, wherein the support elements include receivers for containers which receivers are arranged in series transversal to a feed direction, wherein at least two support elements are arranged on a common frame and are run by the frame on rollers through the device in an endless manner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2013
    Assignee: Hamba Filltec GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventor: Martin Junk
  • Patent number: 8550766
    Abstract: Method and apparatus for aligning a small-size component with vacuum pick-up nozzles within turrets used with electronic components or assembly equipments. The method comprises the steps of picking-up the component with a pick-up nozzle; measuring a position of the component in respect to a defined value; bringing the component held by the pick-up nozzle in contact with a aligning device; holding the component with the aligning device and; moving the aligning device in order to align the component based on the position measurement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2013
    Assignee: Ismeca Semiconductor Holdings SA
    Inventors: Pascal Dromard, Sébastien Maier
  • Patent number: 8505710
    Abstract: In a transfer system, transport beams are displaced in three types of motions, i.e. toward each other, along a longitudinal extension thereof for advancement, and up and down. Two of these types of motions are triggered by a double-function motor. Such a double-function motor includes a shaft, which simultaneously rotates and displaces back and forth in linear fashion along the longitudinal extension thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2013
    Assignee: Siemens Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventor: Emil Egerer
  • Patent number: 8496426
    Abstract: A technology related to a pick-and-place apparatus for electronic device inspection equipment is provided. The pick-and-place apparatus includes the guiding unit that can interact with a loading element and can guide the picker to load the electronic devices at a correct position on the loading element. Therefore, the pick-and-place apparatus can allow the electronic devices, for example, semiconductor devices having a ball type of electrical contact lead (BGA, FBGA, etc.), to electrically contact the tester in a stable manner when the tester inspects the electronic devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2013
    Assignee: TechWing., Co. Ltd.
    Inventors: Yun-Sung Na, In-Gu Jeon, Dong Hyun Yo, Young-Chul Lee
  • Patent number: 8322017
    Abstract: A coverlay processing system includes a processing device and a conveyance device. The conveyance device is configured for moving the coverlay to the process device. The conveyance device includes a pulling member, a first securing member, a detector and a controller. The pulling member is configured for driving the coverlay. The first securing member is configured for stopping moving the coverlay. The detector is configured for detecting a moving state of the coverlay and is connected to the controller. The controller is connected to the processing device for managing the operation of the processing device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2012
    Assignees: FuKui Precision Component (Shenzhen) Co., Ltd., Zhen Ding Technology Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kai Liao, Ching-Hung Pi, Cheng-Ta Tu
  • Patent number: 8222543
    Abstract: Method and system for batching of supplied objects in batches in such a manner that a batch fulfils predefined criteria as regards the number of objects, weight, orientation and/or type(s) of objects, wherein the weight of each object is determined the objects are transported by means for object transport, a selective transferral of the objects from said means for object transport to batching means is performed by means of a plurality of handlings means of the robot type in as a group or batch of objects is produced in consideration of said predefined criteria, and wherein said group or batch of objects is transported further on by means of means for batch transportation. Preferably, said means for batch transportation may comprise a plurality of conveyor means.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2012
    Assignee: Scanvaegt International A/S
    Inventors: Henrik Grundtvig, Mikael Krogh, Henrik F Skyum, Ulrich Carlin Nielsen
  • Patent number: 8151974
    Abstract: A linear axle for contactless energy transmission has a belt with an electrical conductor, a movable carriage and a circuit that is movable with the carriage and which is electrically connected with the conductor. In addition, a locationally fixed circuit and an inductive coupling device are provided to inductively couple electrical energy from the locationally fixed circuit into the conductor of the belt.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2012
    Assignee: Komax Holding AG
    Inventors: Peter Flury, Christoph Peter, Dominik Staubli, Stefan Viviroli
  • Patent number: 8066468
    Abstract: The invention relates to collecting and conveying devices for stacks of sheets (3), comprising a collecting station (1) in which a corresponding number of sheet stacks (3) are formed simultaneously from several imbricated flows (2) of sheets which are guided adjacent to each other, a transversal transporter (4) which is arranged at a distance behind the collecting station (1) for transporting the finished stack of sheets (3) in a manner transversal to the direction of transport of the sheets in the collecting station (1) and a transfer device (5) which is used to transport the stack of sheets (3) from the collecting station (1) to the transversal transporter (4). According to the invention, a carriage (9) that can be displaced over a given path in a manner that is synchronous with the transversal support (4) is arranged adjacent thereto.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2011
    Assignee: Bielomatik Leuze GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Hansjoerg Klein, Axel Meyer
  • Patent number: 8061702
    Abstract: A device for removing folded signatures from a saddle-back conveyor includes a moving arm, a first gripper mounted on the moving arm, and an electromechanical actuator connected to the first gripper for opening and closing the first gripper, the electromechanical actuator being mounted on the moving arm. A method is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2011
    Assignee: Goss International Americas, Inc.
    Inventor: Nicholas J. Caunter
  • Publication number: 20110226587
    Abstract: An IC device conveying apparatus includes an IC device conveying shuttle, at least a pair of slide guide plates which are placed on the IC device conveying shuttle, and each of which has a plurality of slide guide holes, each of the plurality of slide guide holes being made in a direction inclined to a side of a corresponding slide guide plate, and a plurality of positioning members which guide the placed pair of slide guide plates such that the pair of slide guide plates slides in directions in which sides of the respective slide guide plates are separated from and come into contact with each other, the positioning members being secured to the IC device conveying shuttle and engaged with the plurality of slide guide holes, wherein each of the pair of slide guide plates comprises at least one IC device holding side on a side thereof facing a side of another slide guide plate, and an IC device is placed in an IC device holding space which is formed between at least a pair of the IC device holding sides of the
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 16, 2010
    Publication date: September 22, 2011
    Inventor: Mitsuo KOIZUMI
  • Patent number: 8016538
    Abstract: The station for weighing containers comprises a line for transporting containers to be filled with a predetermined product, a zone for dosing and filling the containers with the product, a first transferring organ for picking up and transferring an individual empty container to a weighing organ, a second transferring organ for picking up and transferring the container to the weighing organ after filling. The transferring organs respectively comprise an oscillating arm which is activated with alternating motion between a pick-up and release position of the container to be weighed in proximity of the transport line and a position of release and pick-up of the container nearby the weighing organ.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2011
    Assignee: Open Business Exchange Limited
    Inventor: Giuseppe Monti
  • Publication number: 20110114446
    Abstract: A transporter may move a payload along a linear path. The transporter may include a stationary base and a first arm assembly. The first arm assembly may include a first gear coupled to the stationary base, an idler gear that meshes with the first gear, and a second gear that meshes with the idler gear. The transporter may include a driver for rotating the first arm assembly around the axis of the first gear. A second arm assembly may be rigidly coupled to the second gear such that rotation of the second gear rotates the second arm assembly around the axis of the second gear. The second arm assembly may include a third axis that is parallel to the axes of the first and second gears. A payload engager may be disposed at the third axis, for engaging and disengaging the payload.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 19, 2009
    Publication date: May 19, 2011
    Inventor: William Burgermeister
  • Publication number: 20110056800
    Abstract: The device for transporting flat objects from an output unit to an input unit has a conveyor belt with several pairs of flaps to transport flat objects in suspended fashion. A feed unit serves to convey the flat objects into the flaps from below. Each flap has a first side piece and a second side piece, which define an intermediate space for holding an edge section of the flat object. The first side pieces and the second side pieces of the flaps of each pair of flaps face each other. Each flap can be pivoted between an open position for picking up and releasing the flat object and a closed position for transporting the flat objects.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 30, 2010
    Publication date: March 10, 2011
    Applicant: UHLMANN PAC-SYSTEME GMBH & CO. KG
    Inventor: Wolfgang Rodi
  • Patent number: 7870947
    Abstract: A gripper for holding and conveying flat objects (P) in a firmly held manner, in particular printed material such as newspapers, magazines or brochures, includes two clamping tongues (4 and 5) which can pivot relative to one another into an open and into a closed configuration, wherein the clamping tongues (4 and 5) are pressed against one another in the closed configuration. The distal ends of at least one of the clamping tongues (4 and 5) are fitted with two elastic arms (30) that extend laterally away from the clamping tongue, in the same direction as the clamping force, a clamping jaw (10, 11) being arranged at the free end of each of the arms. The contact surfaces of the clamping jaws of at least one clamping tongue adapt to fit the contact surface of an opposite clamping jaw or a clamped object, under compression force, for example, they are mounted on the arm (30) by means of a ball joint.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 18, 2011
    Assignee: Ferag AG
    Inventors: Carl Conrad Mäder, Konrad Auf der Maur
  • Publication number: 20100252400
    Abstract: A device for removing folded signatures from a saddle-back conveyor includes a moving arm, a first gripper mounted on the moving arm, and an electromechanical actuator connected to the first gripper for opening and closing the first gripper, the electromechanical actuator being mounted on the moving arm. A method is also provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 8, 2010
    Publication date: October 7, 2010
    Applicant: Goss International Americas, Inc.
    Inventor: Nicholas J. Caunter
  • Patent number: 7775373
    Abstract: Method and system for batching of supplied objects in batches using one or more robots and a plurality of conveyors in such a manner that a batch fulfils predefined criteria as regards the number of objects, weight, orientation and/or type(s) of objects.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2005
    Date of Patent: August 17, 2010
    Assignee: Scanvaegt International A/S
    Inventors: Henrik Grundtvig, Mikael Krogh, Henrik F. Skyum, Ulrich Carlin Nielsen
  • Patent number: 7766155
    Abstract: The invention relates to a transfer device (15) for transferring an article (9) in a printing machine (2), the device comprising a hinged manipulator arm (20), a hinged gripper clamp (22), and drive means adapted to drive both the manipulator arm (20) and the gripper clamp (22) together in rotation. The drive means include synchronization means adapted to inhibit the rotary movement of the gripper clamp (22) relative to the rotary movement of the manipulator arm (20), temporarily as a function of the position of the manipulator arm (20). The invention also provides a printing machine (2) including such a transfer device (15), and to an associated method.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 3, 2010
    Assignee: Machines Dubuit
    Inventor: François Dumenil
  • Patent number: 7762382
    Abstract: Method and system for transferring items (2) from an inlet flow or a bulk of items at a first area to a second area, from which the items are transferred in an orderly flow of items, whereby a plurality of gripping means (18) are used for transferring said items and whereby said method comprises the steps of moving at least one of said plurality of gripping means (18) towards at least part of said first area or vice versa, engaging one of said items by said at least one of said plurality of gripping means (18), moving said engaged item away from said first area, or vice versa, placing said engaged item at a selected position, and whereby said item is moved away from said second area in an orderly flow with at least one further item handled by another of said plurality of gripping means.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 27, 2010
    Assignee: Scanvaegt International A/S
    Inventor: Henrik Grundtvig
  • Patent number: 7748517
    Abstract: A device for removing folded signatures from a saddle-back conveyor includes a moving arm, a first gripper mounted on the moving arm, and an electromechanical actuator connected to the first gripper for opening and closing the first gripper, the electromechanical actuator being mounted on the moving arm. A method is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2004
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2010
    Assignee: Goss International Americas, Inc.
    Inventor: Nicholas J. Caunter
  • Patent number: 7717255
    Abstract: A conveying system includes a robotic arm, an end-of-arm-tool, carried by the robotic arm, and a conveyor. In one example, the end of arm tool includes a plurality of engagement mechanisms arranged in an array. Each engagement mechanism includes at least two opposed fingers moveable between engaged and released positions, and is thereby adapted to grasp a soft-sided article from the conveyor. The conveyor includes a plurality of parallel tracks, each track separated from an adjacent track by a groove. A plurality of stops is configured to stop a plurality of soft-sided articles in an array analogous to the arrayed engagement mechanisms of the end-of-arm tool. In operation, the opposed fingers of each engagement mechanism pass through the grooves defined within the conveyor, to grasp upstream and downstream sides of an article, respectively, and underneath the article, which is then lifted by the robotic arm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 18, 2010
    Assignee: Pearson Packaging Systems
    Inventors: Troy Scott, Chad E. Deines, Steven Gadau, Allen Jerome Chase
  • Patent number: 7715947
    Abstract: A system for lapping gear sets with a ring gear and a pinion gear. The system includes a lapping machine tool and a robot. The lapping machine tool has a first spindle and a second spindle. The second spindle is rotatable about an axis that is generally perpendicular to a rotational axis of the first spindle. The lapping machine tool has a loading zone for loading the first and second spindles. The robot has an end effector with a first end that is configured to hold one of the gear sets. The robot is configured to position the first end of the end effector into the loading zone and to load the first gear set to the lapping machine tool without removing the end effector from the loading zone such that the ring gear is loaded onto the first spindle and the pinion gear is loaded onto the second spindle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2010
    Assignee: American Axle & Manufacturing, Inc.
    Inventors: Daniel Thomas Bickersteth, Robert G. Greene, Kenneth John Gembel, II
  • Patent number: 7690498
    Abstract: In a device for relocating a product, in particular a blister, in a packaging machine and with an associated method, the product is received at a supply location and deposited at a deposition location. The relocating device has a first pivotable relocating arm and a second pivotable relocating arm which each have a holding mechanism for the product. The relocating arms can be adjusted along different trajectories between a transfer position at the common supply location and a deposition position at the common deposition location, and pass each other during their adjustment motion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2005
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2010
    Assignee: IWK Verpackungstechnik GmbH
    Inventors: Bernd Hähnel, Uwe Hieltscher, Martin Hornung
  • Publication number: 20100006398
    Abstract: An apparatus for segregating electronic components that engages and stops each of a plurality of electronic packages passing down a singulation tube is disclosed. In addition, the segregating apparatus is cable of segregating the electronic packages even though some of them had been linked together during the sealing process. The segregating apparatus includes a first swing arm to clip a electronic component, a second swing arm to clip another electronic component, and a third swing arm to depart the two electronic components, where all of components of the segregating apparatus are driven by a single driving force, reducing the size of the apparatus and the time needed for the segregating process.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 24, 2009
    Publication date: January 14, 2010
    Inventors: Yuan-Chi Lin, Chih-Hung Hsieh, Bob Huang