Having A Plurality Of Suction Ports Or Apertures Patents (Class 294/188)
  • Patent number: 10457071
    Abstract: A system and method for printing on a multi-dimensional object includes at least one print head configured to eject marking material onto a surface of the multi-dimensional object, a support member positioned parallel to a plane formed by the at least one print head, and an object holder. The object holder includes a moving frame configured to traverse the support member, at least one granule-filled collapsible membrane configured to be retained within the moving frame and at least partially collapsible around the multi-dimensional object when a volume of air is withdrawn therefrom, and at least one inflatable bladder associated with the moving frame and configured to be inflated to retain the at least one collapsible membrane within the moving frame when air is withdrawn from the at least one collapsible membrane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Assignee: Xerox Corporation
    Inventors: Timothy P. Foley, D. Clay Johnson, Mark A. Atwood, Eliud Robles Flores
  • Patent number: 10410907
    Abstract: A sample-holding device for holding and lifting a sample includes a sample-holding surface facing the sample; and a positioning member provided at a peripheral part of the sample-holding surface, the positioning member comprising a contact part having an outward-facing part on a back side thereof; a first rounded or chamfered end; and a second rounded or chamfered end, wherein the contact part contacts with part of the sample when the sample is held or when the sample is off-point, wherein the first end is an end of a section comprising the contact part or a part smoothly continuing from the contact part, the end being on a distant side from the sample-holding surface, and the second end is an end of the outward-facing part, the end being located on a tipping side of the outward-facing part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignee: KANEKA CORPORATION
    Inventors: Takashi Suezaki, Ryota Mishima
  • Patent number: 10391716
    Abstract: An apparatus and related method of utilizing articulating vacuum plates to manipulate a film or polymeric sheet and form a three dimensional article is provided. The apparatus can be in the form of an articulating vacuum plate system which includes one or more plates or mold parts that are configured to support a sheet, constructed for example, from a polymeric film, in a two dimensional configuration or a three dimensional configuration in a first mode. The apparatus is constructed so that the plates and/or mold parts can articulate or move so as to reconfigure the sheet from a generally planar configuration into a second three dimensional configuration in a second mode for further forming, optionally while the plates and/or mold parts apply vacuum to the sheet while the plates and/or mold parts articulate, so that the plates and/or mold parts bend or otherwise manipulate the configuration and shape of the sheet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: Grotown VI, LLC
    Inventors: John P. Mankowski, William J. Kuiper
  • Patent number: 10329126
    Abstract: Device for manipulating a flat object (1), comprising a lifting hook (2) and a traverse (4) with suction cups (5), which are evacuated by a vacuum pump (6). The traverse is connected to the hook via a bearing structure (7), so that the traverse can be rotated (R) and be tilted (K). The vacuum pump tilts but does not co-rotate with the traverse and the object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: Vacuum Lifting Holland Beheer B.V.
    Inventor: Steven Van Den Brink
  • Patent number: 10308038
    Abstract: An apparatus for holding three-dimensional parts for printing includes a frame with sides and a solid bottom and a part gripping membrane mounted across the face of the frame. A biasing membrane is mounted at the midpoint of the frame height to form an air chamber between the frame bottom and the biasing membrane and a vacuum chamber between the biasing membrane and the part gripping membrane positioned on the face of the frame. To grip a part, the gripping membrane is stretched over the part, positive pressure is applied to the air chamber to compress the granular material within the air chamber and further stretch the gripping membrane over the part, and then vacuum is applied to the vacuum chamber between the two membranes to maintain the granular material compression and grip on the part when air pressure is relieved from the air chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: Xerox Corporation
    Inventors: Linn C Hoover, Paul M Fromm, Erwin Ruiz, Jeffrey J Bradway
  • Patent number: 10259123
    Abstract: A vacuum suction device has a transfer base, multiple suction heads, a vacuum generator, a pressure balance set, and a first pressure blow set. Each one of the suction heads has at least one channel and a withdraw end. The vacuum generator is connected with a vacuum circuit electromagnetic valve. The first end of the pressure balance set is connected with the channel of each suction head. The second pressure blow set is connected with the third pipe and has a second pressure blow electromagnetic valve, a pressure regulator, and a pressure source. The first pressure blow set is connected to the fourth pipe and has a pressure blow electromagnetic valve and a pressure source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Inventor: Hsin-Po Huang
  • Patent number: 10189167
    Abstract: A suction device is attached to a leading-end section of an articulated arm, attached by suction to a plate-shaped structural member having a curvature at least in a predetermined direction. The suction device includes a support part attached to the leading-end section of the articulated arm; a pair of suction mechanisms having a pair of suction surfaces and disposed apart from each other in an X direction with the attachment position of the support part to the leading-end section interposed between the pair of suction mechanisms; and a pair of first angle adjustment mechanisms capable of adjusting the angle of inclination, in the X direction, of each of the pair of suction surfaces of the pair of the suction mechanisms.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: MITSUBISHI HEAVY INDUSTRIES, LTD.
    Inventors: Takayuki Shimizu, Naoto Azusawa, Kenichi Tsuruda, Hiroki Azuma, Takuya Goto
  • Patent number: 10105967
    Abstract: In one example, a media support includes a sheet of suction cups in which each suction cup has a port through which air may be evacuated from the cup. In another example, a detachable cover for a vacuum table includes: a sheet having a flat front surface, a flat back surface and multiple suction cups arranged across the front surface of the sheet Each suction cup has a port to the back surface of the sheet to connect to a corresponding vacuum hole in the table when the cover is attached to the table.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: HP SCITEX LTD.
    Inventors: Yaron Dekel, Alex Veis, Yuval Dim
  • Patent number: 10087020
    Abstract: A system for securing, holding and aligning an object in a rigid subassembly include a conformable gripper ball. The gripper ball having the capability to conform to an object and then hold the object after contact. The conformability of the gripper ball is changed with air pressure to allow the gripper ball to hold the object. The gripper ball is mounted onto a rigid frame, which can then be docked into a loading station of a printer that prints on 3-D objects. With the addition of a vision system, the gripper assembly could be used with alignment markings on the loading station to allow manual alignment of the object to the rigid subassembly prior to loading into the printer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: Xerox Corporation
    Inventors: Erwin Ruiz, Linn C Hoover, Jeffrey J Bradway, Paul M Fromm
  • Patent number: 10011020
    Abstract: An end effector system is disclosed for a robotic system that includes a primary acquisition system that includes a primary end effector, and a secondary retention system that substantially surrounds at least a portion of the primary acquisition system, wherein at least a portion of the primary acquisition system may be drawn up within at least a portion of the secondary retention system such that the primary end effector system may be used to select an object from a plurality of objects, and the secondary retention system may be used to secure the object for rapid transport to an output destination.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Assignee: Berkshire Grey, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas Wagner, Kevin Ahearn, Benjamin Cohen, Michael Dawson-Haggerty, Christopher Geyer, Thomas Koletschka, Kyle Maroney, Matthew T. Mason, Gene Temple Price, Joseph Romano, Daniel Smith, Siddhartha Srinivasa, Prasanna Velagapudi, Thomas Allen
  • Patent number: 9854812
    Abstract: An oven contains a continuous chain of baking tongs that can be opened and closed, and locked in the closed state. The chain circulates in the oven and moves through the baking chamber in two transport planes, one above the other. A device for opening the baking tongs, a delivery station, a loading station, a device for closing the baking tongs, and a device for locking the tongs are successively arranged in the running direction of the baking tongs, in the front part of the oven, along the upper transport plane. A product removal device contains a flatly arranged rotating support and is arranged in the delivery station. The rotating support carries removal elements embodied as suction elements along the outer periphery thereof, which it uses to remove the baked products from the open baking tongs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Assignee: Haas Food Equipment GmbH
    Inventors: Johannes Haas, Josef Haas, Stefan Jiraschek, Erich Koletnik, Johann Sachsenhofer
  • Patent number: 9761469
    Abstract: An unloading mechanism for removing workpieces from a transporting film can include a bottom plate, a picking assembly, and a storage assembly. The picking assembly can include a driving member coupled to the bottom plate, a pressing member coupled to the driving member, and a picking member coupled to the pressing member. The pressing member can define a receiving hole along an axis. The picking member can include a connecting rod coupled to the bottom plate, and a suction member coupled to the connecting rod. The suction member can be coupled to the second end and protruding out of the pressing member. The storage assembly can include a base plate configured to support the transporting film, and a pressing plate stacked on the base plate and the transporting film.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2017
    Assignee: ANHUI HONGQING PRECISION MACHINE CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Li-Cai Yuan, Tzyy-Chyi Tsai, Dong-Sheng Lin
  • Patent number: 9611976
    Abstract: A system of mitigating force in a mechanical system, the system comprising a frame member, a first rail connected to the frame member, a second rail connected to the frame member and extending along the frame member in parallel to the first rail, an assembly movably engaging the first and second rails, and a first bracket located between the first and second rails, with at least one first bracket attachment secured to the frame member, the first bracket sharing an upper edge with a lower edge of the first rail, such that a downward force applied on the first rail is distributed to the first bracket and the frame member via the at least one first bracket attachment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2017
    Assignee: United States Postal Service
    Inventors: Dongliang Yang, Matthew G. Good, Leung M. Shiu
  • Patent number: 9604367
    Abstract: A surface area vacuum gripper having a housing with suction openings for sucking a workpiece to be gripped, at least one cover plate that seals the end face of the housing, an insertion element that can be inserted into the housing, wherein the insertion element can be fixed at the cover plate and comprises at least one opening which is flow-connected with the suction openings in the housing, the cover plate comprising a compressed air inlet. The insertion element comprises a functional device for controlling a flow through the opening of the insert.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2017
    Assignee: J. Schrnalz GmbH
    Inventor: Leonhard Harter
  • Patent number: 9555550
    Abstract: A holding device (10) having a plurality of gripping devices (18) which are arranged displaceable relative to each other on a support structure (12) in such manner that by their displacement gripping devices (18) are adjustable to a free-form surface. The support structure (12) comprises a plurality of mutually associated movable support elements (22) on which are arranged gripping devices (18), wherein a plurality of support elements (22) are arranged in a row and are connected to form a carrying chain (24) such that the carrying chain (24) is form-adjustable by the movement of the support elements (22) relative to each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2017
    Assignee: J. Schmalz GmbH
    Inventors: Thomas Eisele, Harald Kuolt, Marcus Eberle, Walter Dunkmann, Aline Defranceski, Florian Fritz, Hermann Reinisch
  • Patent number: 9435937
    Abstract: Display backlight structures may provide backlight illumination that passes through display layers in the display. Computer-controlled equipment such as robotic arms with gripper structures may be used in assembling backlight layers such as a reflector, light guide plate, diffusers, and prism films into a backlight unit. The grippers may include mechanical grippers and vacuum heads. A vacuum gripper head may have a plenum to which a perforated plate and porous layer are attached for distributing the vacuum. Computer-controlled air sources may be used to blow streams of deionized air between backlight layers to separate the backlight layers during assembly. Release liners may be removed using robotic arms and grippers. Translation stages may move a backlight layer storage frame between stations. A cleaning tool with a solvent dispenser and air jets may clean backlight layers. A camera system may be used during alignment and positioning operations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2016
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventor: Babar M. Koraishy
  • Patent number: 9437882
    Abstract: A holding apparatus for a fuel cell gasket has a support having a flat surface part which attracts the gasket and serves to stack a frame-shaped gasket on an outer circumference of an electrolyte membrane or a gas diffusion layer constituting a membrane electrode assembly on which a catalyst layer is disposed. The flat surface part has a frame-shaped recess corresponding to a shape of the gasket, and the recess is connected to an air-sucking section, with the gasket attracted by sucking air in the recess.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2016
    Assignee: Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kei Ono, Masaya Yamamoto, Kenichi Toyoshima, Norifumi Horibe, Takayuki Terasaki
  • Patent number: 9390958
    Abstract: A transfer unit transferring a wafer from or to a cassette is provided. The transfer unit includes a holding portion holding the wafer under suction and a driving portion moving the holding portion. The holding portion includes a body, a plurality of suction openings formed on the upper surface of the body so as to be spaced from each other, a vacuum transmitting passage connected to a vacuum source for transmitting a vacuum from the vacuum source to the suction openings, and a plurality of suction pads provided at the suction openings, each suction pad being formed of an elastic material. The suction openings are spaced from each other in the radial direction of the wafer, and the suction pads are selectively provided at any desired ones of the suction openings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2016
    Assignee: DISCO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kenta Onishi, Kimitake Mantoku, Shigefumi Okada, Hiroyuki Urabe, Yuki Watanabe
  • Patent number: 9339936
    Abstract: A device for lifting and positioning an object generates a low pressure by a whirlwind for suctioning the object. The device includes a housing having a suction opening. The housing has at least one friction element which at least partly covers the suction opening. The friction element can have a three-dimensional structure. The device can facilitate handling of objects having a curved shape or rough surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2016
    Assignee: BDT MEDIA AUTOMATION GMBH
    Inventor: Peter Xavier Kearney
  • Patent number: 9138900
    Abstract: A transport configured to cooperate with a mechanical arm to pick up and place rubber plugs, includes a housing, a piston assembly received in the housing and a pickup assembly. The pickup assembly includes a guide base and a pickup member. The guide base defines a second receiving cavity. The housing also defines a first receiving cavity coupling with the second receiving cavity. A first tracheal joint and a second tracheal joint are provided on the housing. The piston assembly is slidably received in the first receiving cavity and driven by the first tracheal joint. The piston assembly defines a channel coupling with the second tracheal joint. The pickup member includes a connecting portion and an ejection portion inserting through the connecting portion. The connecting portion is received in the second receiving cavity. The ejection portion defines an air vent.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2015
    Assignees: HONG FU JIN PRECISION INDUSTRY (ShenZhen) CO., LTD., HON HAI PRECISION INDUSTRY CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Hong-Qi Wang
  • Patent number: 9128672
    Abstract: Aspects of the present disclosure provide techniques for stabilizing a computing device having a touch screen display on a flat surface. This helps prevent the device from being inadvertently moved, tipped over or otherwise displaced by a user when the display screen is tapped. By using a fan or a type of air pump to evacuate air from underneath a bottom surface of the device, a low-pressure region can be created that effectively pins the device to the flat surface. An airtight vacuum seal on the bottom of the device prevents air from entering or escaping the low-pressure region that has been created. A configurable actuator mounted within the device may regulate airflow to and from this low-pressure region. The fans or pump used to create the airtight seal may also be used for thermal management of internal device components.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2015
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventor: Kenneth Ryan Loo
  • Patent number: 9033386
    Abstract: A gripper (1) for a contact lens (CL) includes a gripper head (10) having a bearing surface (11), the bearing surface (11) having at least one opening (110) through which underpressure can be applied in order to suck the contact lens (CL) against the bearing surface (11) and through which overpressure can be applied in order to release the contact lens (CL) from the bearing surface (11). The gripper further includes a detection opening (111) in the bearing surface (11) through which a separate underpressure can be applied.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2015
    Assignee: Novartis AG
    Inventors: Roger Biel, Günter Lässig, Michael Wolf, Fabian Kern
  • Publication number: 20150130201
    Abstract: An end effector for the packaging industry comprises has a frame, a bridge on top of the frame, a rack and pinion assembly, actuation rods, carrier assemblies, and vacuum ports. The rack and pinion assembly is configured to be operatively connected to a robot's rotatable shaft, and to the actuation rods. The actuation rods are fixedly connected to one or more of the carrier assemblies. As the robot's shaft rotates, the rack and pinion assembly is actuated, which actuates the actuation rods, which causes the carrier assemblies fixedly connected to the actuation rods to move longitudinally along the frame. Each carrier assembly includes a carrier block and at least one pick-up member. Each carrier block has at least one arm with a grabber to cooperate with an adjacent arm with grabbers of an adjacent carrier block(s) of the same subgroup.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 9, 2014
    Publication date: May 14, 2015
    Inventor: Kevin George Crosby
  • Patent number: 9010827
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and apparatus are provided to enable a vacuum tool to have a switchable plate, such that a common vacuum tool may be adapted with different plates. A switchable plate may form the entirety of the vacuum tool's material contacting surface or a switchable plate may form a portion of the material contacting surface. The vacuum tool is effective for picking and placing one or more manufacturing parts utilizing a vacuum force.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Patrick Conall Regan, Kuo-Hung Lee, Chih-Chi Chang
  • Publication number: 20150086316
    Abstract: Systems, apparatus and methods including pneumatic end effectors for transporting substrates between system components of electronic device manufacturing systems are provided. In one aspect, an end effector has a base adapted to be connected to a robotic component, and one or more pneumatic suction elements positioned on the base. Applying a pneumatic source to the pneumatic suction element draws a substrate into contact with contact pads of the end effector. Methods and systems, as well as numerous other aspects are disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 25, 2014
    Publication date: March 26, 2015
    Inventors: Daniel Greenberg, Ayan Majumdar
  • Publication number: 20150076849
    Abstract: An end handler and method for processing a device are presented. The end handler includes a mating portion for mating with a tool and a support portion for supporting a film frame on a support surface. The support portion includes a support base section, extension sections extending from the support base section, and vacuum ports on the support surface for facilitating mating of the film frame on the support surface. Each of the vacuum port includes at least one reservoir having at least one vacuum opening in fluid communication with at least one vacuum source. The vacuum ports being configured to principally maintain a slimmest profile with strongest suction force possible.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 22, 2013
    Publication date: March 19, 2015
    Inventors: Jian Ping Jin, Lee Kwang Heng
  • Publication number: 20150066199
    Abstract: A robot hand of a first robot that handles an article includes a baseplate; an attraction pad that is disposed at the baseplate and that is configured to hold the article; and first to third proximity sensors to that are disposed at the baseplate, each of the proximity sensors being configured to detect whether or not the article exists at a side of the attraction pad.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 29, 2014
    Publication date: March 5, 2015
    Applicant: KABUSHIKI KAISHA YASKAWA DENKI
    Inventor: Toshiaki SHIMONO
  • Patent number: 8960750
    Abstract: A device for vacuum-lifting workpieces includes a driving assembly, a rotating table, a plurality of suction assemblies mounted on the rotating table spaced from each other, and a vacuum pump. Each suction assembly includes a suction cup. An airflow guiding part is configured to align each suction cup with a vacuum when the suction cup is positioned above a picking station. The driving assembly makes the suction cups communicate with the airflow guiding part in succession. Each suction assembly is capable of picking a different type of workpiece, therefore the suction device can take the place of a plurality of individual manipulators.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignees: Shenzhen Futaihong Precision Industry Co., Ltd., FIH (Hong Kong) Limited
    Inventors: Xu Gong, Bing Yu, Jian-Ping Jin
  • Patent number: 8960751
    Abstract: Systems of the present invention relate to apparatus for a multi-aperture vacuum tool that is comprised of a distributed vacuum tool that has a number of apertures distributed across an area for manipulating material portion, such as textile, mesh, cloth, and foam. The multi-aperture vacuum tool is also comprised of a refined vacuum tool. The refined vacuum tool generally has a couple of apertures that allow the refined vacuum tool to manipulate smaller portions of material than that which are handled by the distributed vacuum tool. Further, it is contemplated that an affixing tool, such as an ultrasonic welder, is also incorporated with exemplary aspects of the multi-aperture vacuum tool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Patrick Conall Regan, Kuo-Hung Lee, Chih-Chi Chang, Ming-Feng Jean
  • Patent number: 8960749
    Abstract: A vacuum suction apparatus is equipped with a body having a supply port, and a pad provided on a lower portion of the body to which a workpiece can be attracted under suction. The pad is constituted from a base plate accommodated in a space of the body, a flexible intermediate plate provided on a lower portion of the base plate, and a suction sheet body disposed on a lower portion of the intermediate plate and having a sheet that attracts the workpiece under suction. In addition, the base plate, the intermediate plate and the suction sheet body are stacked along an axial direction of the body. The rigidity of the base plate is highest, whereas the rigidities of the intermediate plate and the suction sheet body are lower in this order, and the flexibilities thereof are greater in this order from the base plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: SMC Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Yoshihiro Fukano, Shuzo Sakurai, Masahiko Someya
  • Patent number: 8955919
    Abstract: An excavation apparatus is disclosed. The excavation apparatus includes a chassis having a length that extends from a front end to a rear end of the chassis. The chassis also has a width oriented perpendicular to the length. A boom is pivotally attached to the rear end of the chassis. A cutting component mounted to the boom. A shroud structure at least partially covers the cutting component. A source of vacuum is in fluid communication with an interior of the shroud structure for drawing air containing dust from the interior of the shroud structure. A filter filters the air drawn from the interior of the shroud structure by the source of vacuum. A dust barrier projects downwardly from the shroud structure and extends along at least a portion of a perimeter of the shroud structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2015
    Assignee: Vermeer Manufacturing Company
    Inventors: David William Gift, James Thaddeus Schmidt, Mark Cooper
  • Publication number: 20150028612
    Abstract: Ventilated vacuum structures such as pucks and rings are disclosed for carrying portions of disposable products during manufacturing. Air flow enters vacuum commutation ports on an article carrying structure from vents nearby, the vents receiving air from a side, a top or an underside of the article carrying structure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 24, 2014
    Publication date: January 29, 2015
    Inventors: ROBERT E. ANDREWS, Gottfried Jason Hohm
  • Publication number: 20150015013
    Abstract: A vacuum gripper for gripping a work-piece includes a flat or curved gripper plate having at least one suction port. A work-piece suction throttling zone is formed around the suction port. The gripper plate has at least one recess provided at a side facing the work-piece and arranged beyond the work-piece suction throttling zone (6) formed around the suction port. At least one vent hole is formed within each of the recesses.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 23, 2014
    Publication date: January 15, 2015
    Applicant: Zimmermann & Schilp Handhabungstechnik GmbH
    Inventors: Michael Schilp, JOSEF ZIMMERMANN, ADOLF ZITZMANN
  • Publication number: 20140375072
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a gripper device which has multiple holding points. The gripper device according to the present invention comprises: a frame comprising a rotating shaft which is arranged in parallel; a holding means fixed by a bracket to one holding point on the rotating shaft; and a driving means which rotates the rotating shaft and the holding means. The gripper device effectively responds to holding points which vary depending on the type of article held so that the articles can be stably held.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 12, 2012
    Publication date: December 25, 2014
    Applicant: KOREA PNEUMATIC SYSTEM CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Ho-Young Cho
  • Publication number: 20140377049
    Abstract: A robotic container reorganizer has a robot arm that holds a robotic tool. The robotic tool can reconfigure a plurality of articles from a first configuration to a second configuration. The robotic arm may pick up a collection of articles in a first configuration with the robotic tool, and may reconfigure the articles with the robotic tool into a second configuration. The second configuration of articles may be set down after reconfiguration. The first configuration of articles has a first width and a first length, and the second configuration has a second length and a second width. The first width and the first length of the first configuration differ from the second width and the second length of the second configuration.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 24, 2014
    Publication date: December 25, 2014
    Inventor: Michael Girtman
  • Patent number: 8899650
    Abstract: An adsorbent in a board conveying hand includes: a pad for adsorbing a board in contact with the board; and an elastic member interposed between the fork and the pad and provided with an adsorption passage for allowing an adsorbing fluid to pass between the fork and the pad, wherein a part of the elastic member is deformed, thus arbitrarily varying a projection amount of the pad from the fork.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2014
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Yaskawa Denki
    Inventors: Makoto Furuta, Toru Nakako, Tetsuya Yamasaki
  • Publication number: 20140346795
    Abstract: A gripper (1) for a contact lens (CL) includes a gripper head (10) having a bearing surface (11), the bearing surface (11) having at least one opening (110) through which underpressure can be applied in order to suck the contact lens (CL) against the bearing surface (11) and through which overpressure can be applied in order to release the contact lens (CL) from the bearing surface (11). The gripper further includes a detection opening (111) in the bearing surface (11) through which a separate underpressure can be applied.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 29, 2014
    Publication date: November 27, 2014
    Inventors: Roger Biel, Günter Lässig, Michael Wolf, Fabian Kern
  • Publication number: 20140341699
    Abstract: Vacuum effectors comprising: (a) a wall defining an enclosed opening and having a rim defining a lip plane; (b) a negative pressure source; (c) a shroud covering the rim; and (d) optionally a permeable support member spanning the enclosed opening, the support member being substantially planar and recessed a selected depth from the lip plane. Also, methods of manipulating work pieces using such vacuum effectors.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 28, 2012
    Publication date: November 20, 2014
    Inventors: Waldo L. Lopez, Bruce E. Tait, Fred J. Roska, Kevin B. Newhouse
  • Patent number: 8881380
    Abstract: There is provided a component mounting apparatus, which includes: a nozzle which sucks a component; a nozzle supporting member, on which the nozzle is installed, which moves in a vertical direction with respect to an upper surface of a substrate on which the component sucked at the nozzle is mounted; an optical system which captures an image of a leading edge portion of the nozzle where the component is sucked in a component mounting operation, from a side direction, such that an optical axis of the optical system is inclined at a predetermined angle with respect to a sucking surface of the nozzle; and an analyzer which analyzes the image of the leading edge portion to determine whether a sucking state of the component sucked by the nozzle is normal or abnormal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2014
    Assignee: Samsung Techwin Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Hatase Takayuki
  • Patent number: 8882165
    Abstract: A passive universal gripper includes a mass of granular material encased in an elastic membrane. Using a combination of positive and negative pressure, the gripper can rapidly grip and release a wide range of objects that are typically challenging for conventional universal grippers, such as flat objects, soft objects, or objects with complex geometries. The gripper passively conforms to the shape of a target object, then vacuum-hardens to grip it rigidly; later using positive pressure to reverse this transition—releasing the object and returning to a deformable state. The apparatus and method enable the fast ejection of objects from the gripper, as well as essentially instantaneous reset time between releasing and gripping.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2014
    Assignee: Cornell University
    Inventors: Hod Lipson, John R. Amend, Jr., Heinrich Jaeger, Eric Brown
  • Patent number: 8878399
    Abstract: A multi-shaft linear motor formed by a plurality of single-shaft linear motors is disclosed. Each of the single-shaft linear motors is provided with a magnetic body and an armature. Each of the single-shaft linear motors includes a base plate. The base plate has a base surface defining the moving direction, wherein the stator is fixed onto the base surface along the moving direction, and the mover is attached onto the base surface in a movable manner reciprocating along the moving direction and in opposed relation to the stator. The single-shaft linear motors are stacked in a stacking direction perpendicular to the base surface in such a way that the single-shaft linear motors are individually detachable as a unit, the base plate thereof contains the stator and the mover.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2014
    Assignee: Yamaha Hatsudoki Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Naoki Hanamura, Kiyotaka Sakai
  • Publication number: 20140252787
    Abstract: A gripper system which utilizes two different suction systems is disclosed. This gripper system utilizes one suction system to pick up an item, while using the second suction system to hold the item. In some embodiments, a Venturi device based suction system is used as the first suction system to pick up the item, as this type of system is proficient at picking up items without requiring initial contact to create a seal. In some embodiments, a vacuum based system is used as the second suction system, as this type of system is able to hold items cost effectively.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 19, 2014
    Publication date: September 11, 2014
    Applicant: Varian Semiconductor Equipment Associates, Inc.
    Inventors: Jason Schaller, Robert Brent Vopat
  • Patent number: 8827252
    Abstract: The invention concerns a plant for manufacturing parts made of composite material, in particular sections for an aircraft fuselage, having at least a compaction station in which, in operation, there are provided a mandrel coated of composite material to be compacted and a transport mechanism arranged to transport at least one compaction device on said composite material. The transport mechanism is associated with at least one sling having at least one strip of porous material that, in operation, is in direct contact with the compaction device, and the sling is configured to transport the compaction device onto the composite material through application of a vacuum source at least to the strip of porous material. The invention also concerns a method of and an apparatus for manufacturing parts made of composite material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2014
    Assignee: Alenia Aermacchi S.p.A.
    Inventors: Claude Sauvestre, Fabrizio Turris, Claudio Berionni, Giovanni Lanfranco
  • Publication number: 20140227072
    Abstract: A wafer transfer blade including a body including metal oxide and configured to support a wafer, and an adsorbing part on the body, the adsorbing part having at least one therein and configured to apply vacuum pressure to attach the wafer on the body may be provided. The body may include metal oxide to prevent static electricity.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 12, 2014
    Publication date: August 14, 2014
    Applicant: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Dong-Yoon LEE, Jun-Young MUN, Dong-Il PARK, Suk-Yong JUNG, Bo-Young HWANG
  • Patent number: 8801066
    Abstract: A gripper (1) for a contact lens (CL) includes a gripper head (10) having a bearing surface (11), the bearing surface (11) having at least one opening (110) through which underpressure can be applied in order to suck the contact lens (CL) against the bearing surface (11) and through which overpressure can be applied in order to release the contact lens (CL) from the bearing surface (11). The gripper further includes a detection opening (111) in the bearing surface (11) through which a separate underpressure can be applied.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2014
    Assignee: Novartis AG
    Inventors: Roger Biel, Günter Lässig, Michael Wolf, Fabian Kern
  • Publication number: 20140216662
    Abstract: Systems of the present invention relate to apparatus for a multi-aperture vacuum tool that is comprised of a distributed vacuum tool that has a number of apertures distributed across an area for manipulating material portion, such as textile, mesh, cloth, and foam. The multi-aperture vacuum tool is also comprised of a refined vacuum tool. The refined vacuum tool generally has a couple of apertures that allow the refined vacuum tool to manipulate smaller portions of material than that which are handled by the distributed vacuum tool. Further, it is contemplated that an affixing tool, such as an ultrasonic welder, is also incorporated with exemplary aspects of the multi-aperture vacuum tool.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 11, 2014
    Publication date: August 7, 2014
    Applicant: Nike, Inc.
    Inventors: Patrick Conall Regan, Kuo-Hung Lee, Chih-Chi Chang, Ming-Feng Jean
  • Publication number: 20140199153
    Abstract: The invention relates to an end effector for a manipulator, wherein the end effector interacts with a workpiece, wherein at least one carrier, configured in particular as a carrier plate, for a tool arrangement is provided, and wherein the tool arrangement serves to interact with the workpiece. It is proposed that the carrier is formed at least in part from a deformable material, in particular from an elastically deformable material, and that the carrier is assigned an actuating arrangement, by way of which the carrier is deformable and thus the tool arrangement is orientable in space.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 28, 2012
    Publication date: July 17, 2014
    Applicant: Broetje-Automation GmbH
    Inventors: Raphael Reinhold, Eike Jung
  • Publication number: 20140197652
    Abstract: An end effector module includes a palm base and robotic fingers extended from the palm base. Each robotic finger is composed of four joint shafts pivotally coupled with one another, and one of the four joint shafts, namely a start joint shaft, has a driving mechanism for driving a corresponding robotic finger to rotate, and each joint shaft has a driving mechanism to drive a next corresponding joint shaft to turn pivotally and bend with respect to other corresponding joint shafts, so that each robotic finger is module with four degrees of freedom for fine-tuning the position of a suction device installed at an end joint shaft, and the suction device can move along the normal direction of a suction point selected on the surface of a clamped object to achieve the effect of clamping and sucking an object securely without the risk of being loosened easily.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 15, 2013
    Publication date: July 17, 2014
    Applicant: PRECISION MACHINERY RESEARCH & DEVELOPMENT CENTER
    Inventor: PRECISION MACHINERY REAEARCH & DEVELOPMENT CENTER
  • Patent number: 8770640
    Abstract: A robot hand having a suction holding unit on one face side holds a plate-shaped work by suction. An outer circumferential edge of the plate-shaped work is held, without contact with a surface of the plate-shaped work, by an outer circumference holding unit provided on the other face side. The robot hand can be used to hold the plate-shaped work yet to be worked by the suction holding unit, and to hold the plate-shaped work having been worked by the outer circumference holding unit. This prevents working debris from being deposited on the plate-shaped work yet to be worked and prevents defective working from occurring. In addition, since the plate-shaped work having been worked is held by the outer circumference holding unit, the robot hand does not make contact with surfaces of the worked plate-shaped work, and, accordingly, no contact marks are formed on the surfaces of the work.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2014
    Assignee: Disco Corporation
    Inventor: Yasutomo Kimura
  • Publication number: 20140183889
    Abstract: A device for vacuum-lifting workpieces includes a driving assembly, a rotating table, a plurality of suction assemblies mounted on the rotating table spaced from each other, and a vacuum pump. Each suction assembly includes a suction cup. An airflow guiding part is configured to align each suction cup with a vacuum when the suction cup is positioned above a picking station. The driving assembly makes the suction cups communicate with the airflow guiding part in succession. Each suction assembly is capable of picking a different type of workpiece, therefore the suction device can take the place of a plurality of individual manipulators.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 18, 2013
    Publication date: July 3, 2014
    Inventors: XU GONG, BING YU, JIAN-PING JIN