Gripping Element Patents (Class 294/902)
  • Patent number: 10307203
    Abstract: An end effector assembly (12) for an electrosurgical instrument comprises a pair of opposing first and second jaw members (13, 14), at least one of the jaw members being movable relative to the other between a first open position in which the jaw members are disposed in a spaced relation relative to one another, and a second closed position in which the jaw members cooperate to grasp tissue therebetween. The first jaw member (13) includes a first tissue-contacting surface (17) and the second jaw member includes a second tissue-contacting surface (19). The first tissue-contacting surface (17) comprises a plurality of ridges (23) extending parallel to one another in a first longitudinal direction, and the second tissue-contacting surface (19) comprises a plurality of ridges (24) extending parallel to one another in a second longitudinal direction, the first longitudinal direction being different from the second longitudinal direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: GYRUS MEDICAL LIMITED
    Inventor: Hayley Louise Wyatt
  • Patent number: 10278475
    Abstract: A mascara application system includes an applicator for mascara and a mascara container. The applicator may include two brushes, and have a reverse tweezers arrangement, by which the brushes may be spaced apart from one another when pressure is applied to a handle portion of the applicator, and the brushes may be positioned adjacent to one another when no pressure is applied to the handle portion. An optional applicator container may hold a handle portion of the applicator, while enabling its actuation to operate the applicator. The mascara container, which holds mascara and is configured to receive the brushes, may include a separate portal for each brush, as well as a squeegee or other element for removing excess mascara from each brush. Methods for applying mascara to lashes are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Inventor: Lisa Hatch
  • Patent number: 9867677
    Abstract: A dental membrane placement forceps which includes a thin spatula on the tip of one arm of the forceps. The spatula has a concave inward face juxtaposed the tip on the opposing forceps arm and is oriented substantially perpendicular to the direction in which the opposing forceps tips move inward toward one another to grip the object (i.e., the gripping plane). The concave inward face of the spatula is concave in one direction. The forceps is useful for placing flat, flexible materials such as a membrane used for regenerative osseous surgery in dentistry.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Inventor: Brad Fulkerson
  • Patent number: 9004561
    Abstract: In an embodiment, the present invention discloses a EUV cleaner system and process for cleaning a EUV carrier. The euv cleaner system comprises separate dirty and cleaned environments, separate cleaning chambers for different components of the double container carrier, gripper arms for picking and placing different components using a same robot handler, gripper arms for holding different components at different locations, horizontal spin cleaning and drying for outer container, hot water and hot air (70 C) cleaning process, vertical nozzles and rasterizing megasonic nozzles for cleaning inner container with hot air nozzles for drying, separate vacuum decontamination chambers for outgassing different components, for example, one for inner and one for outer container with high vacuum (e.g., <10?6 Torr) with purge gas, heaters and RGA sensors inside the vacuum chamber, purge gas assembling station, and purge gas loading and unloading station.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Inventor: Lutz Rebstock
  • Patent number: 8979155
    Abstract: The present invention provides an apparatus for automated vertical placement of a small rod at a predetermined location, where the apparatus includes a parallel pneumatic gripper having a driver mechanism and a double-v shaped interlocking jaw assembly configured to receive, secure, and release a small rod in a substantially vertical position in response to corresponding signals generated by the driver mechanism. The present invention also provides a robotic system for automated gross retrieval and precise placement of a small rod. The present invention further provides a process for automated gross retrieval of at least one small rod and subsequent precise and substantially vertical placement thereof into a platform at a predetermined location and at a predetermined depth.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Assignee: MPI Incorporated
    Inventors: Keith Hedrick, Aaron Phipps, Matthew Dina, Daniel Sapio
  • Patent number: 8936287
    Abstract: A tweezer device and method of using that provides an improved gripping tip concept for gripping a work object. The tweezer device comprises two gripping tip bodies arranged in a symmetric vee configuration supported on a first flexible tweezer beam, and a third gripping tip body supported on a second flexible tweezer beam arranged in such a manner that the third gripping tip body engages a work object and directs a force on the work object that is approximately coplanar with the plane of symmetry of the vee configured structure in a manner that pushes the work object into contact with the two vee configured gripping tip bodies thus forming two lines of contact between the work object and the vee configured tip bodies.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 20, 2015
    Inventor: Stephen Burton Stayton
  • Patent number: 8910985
    Abstract: A gripper apparatus for removing and replacing objects such as containers or vials in an array of containers has a gripper head which extends downward from a support arm, a planetary gear assembly mounted in the gripper head including at least three planet gears, and at least one gripping grip extending downward from each planet gear and projecting beyond a lower end of the gripper head. A drive motor drives the planetary gear assembly to rotate the planet gears in opposite directions, moving the grips inward and outward along predetermined paths to grip and carry an object and release the object when in a desired location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2014
    Assignee: Brooks Automation, Inc.
    Inventor: Robert K. Neeper
  • Patent number: 8899649
    Abstract: A clamping device includes a driving mechanism and a pair of clamping mechanisms. Each clamping mechanism includes a clipping member, an installing plate, a positioning member, a resisting plate, and an elastic member. The clipping members are movably connected to the driving mechanism. A protrusion protrudes from the clipping member, and includes a first inclined surface. The installing plate defines an opening. The protrusion passes through the opening. The positioning member is inserted into the installing plate and fixed with the clipping member. The resisting plate is movably mounted on the installing plate. An abutting portion protrudes from the resisting plate, and passes through the opening. The abutting portion comprises a second inclined surface resisting the first inclined surface, the elastic member is sandwiched between the installing plate and the resisting plate, for providing a resetting force to the resisting plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2014
    Assignees: Hong Fu Jin Precision Industry (ShenZhen) Co., Ltd., Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Bing Li, Bo Yang
  • Patent number: 8882437
    Abstract: A non-contact holding device (1) attached to a parallel mechanism robot (100) has a square plate-like base member (10), a Bernoulli chuck (20) attached to the center on a rear surface of the base member (10), and eight pin-like guide members (30) that are disposed facing each other with the Bernoulli chuck (20) therebetween and that are provided on the rear surface of the base member (10) in a protruding manner. The guide members (30) facing each other are configured to be able to move away from each other. These guide members (30) move away from each other along inner surfaces of guide holes (72) of a workpiece mounting tray (70, 71) as the Bernoulli chuck (20) approaches a workpiece mounting surface (75) of the workpiece mounting tray (70, 71).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2014
    Assignee: Murata Machinery, Ltd.
    Inventor: Hideaki Nakanishi
  • Patent number: 8864202
    Abstract: An end effector is disclosed for use in substrate processing. The end effector includes a effector body portion, a contact pad pocket formed in the end effector body, a spring retaining pocket formed in the end effector body adjacent the contact pad pocket and extending to an edge of the end effector body, and a pair of through-holes extending from the spring retaining pocket to the contact pad pocket. The end effector can include a contact pad seated within the contact pad pocket, the contact pad having at least one retaining channel formed therein, and a retaining spring having a pair of retaining arms extending from the retaining spring pocket through the through-holes and into the contact pad pocket. The retaining arms may extend at least partially into the at least one retaining channel of the contact pad and may thereby restrict movement of the contact pad.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2014
    Assignee: Varian Semiconductor Equipment Associates, Inc.
    Inventor: Michael A. Schrameyer
  • Patent number: 8827339
    Abstract: A robot hand having an attachment portion that is held when incorporated into a robot includes CFRP laminated to each other and a vibration-damping elastic layer that is disposed between the CFRP layer and the CFRP layer. The vibration-damping elastic layer includes viscoelastic resin regions including a viscoelastic resin and a high-rigidity resin region including high-rigidity resin. The viscoelastic resin regions and the high-rigidity resin region are alternately arranged along the direction intersecting the longitudinal direction of the CFRP layer in the attachment portion. The viscoelastic resin regions improve vibration-damping properties on the robot hand. As the viscoelastic resin regions and the high-rigidity resin region having relatively higher rigidity are alternately arranged along the direction intersecting the longitudinal direction of the CFRP layers, flexural rigidity along the longitudinal direction of the CFRP layer is improved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2014
    Assignee: JX Nippon Oil & Energy Corporation
    Inventors: Shinichi Takemura, Hiroyasu Ihara
  • Patent number: 8807613
    Abstract: A mechanized gripping apparatus for grabbing collection containers of a range of sizes is disclosed. The apparatus has converging opposed cylinder-operated finger arrangements which pivot together to close about a container for gripping and open to release a container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2014
    Assignee: McNeilus Truck and Manufacturing, Inc.
    Inventors: Troy D. Howell, Daniel F. Kubista
  • Patent number: 8800249
    Abstract: The medicament dispensing machine enables to use vials having various sizes and shapes without changing a part in the machine or without performing a special operation. The medicament dispensing machine contains a discharging unit that receives a vial filled with a medicament from a medicament filling means and discharges out of a vial discharging window. The discharging unit contains a vial gripping means having a pair of gripping arms that grip a vial, a body of gripping means having the vial gripping means, a moving means that moves the vial gripping means from the medicament filling means to the vial discharging window, and an orientation changing mechanism that changes the orientation of the body of gripping means. With a coordination of the movement of the body of gripping means toward the vial discharging window, the orientation changing mechanism makes the gripping arms orient to the vial discharging window.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2014
    Assignee: Yuyama Mfg. Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Shoji Yuyama, Naoki Koike, Takafumi Imai, Yoshinori Kumano, Akira Maeda, Mitsuhiro Mitani
  • Patent number: 8801060
    Abstract: A carry-assist apparatus for moving heavy, cumbersome objects. The apparatus has a handle segment, an adjustable shaft segment and a hook segment, each segment of which is configured and dimensioned to permit the assembly of a spatially variable carry-assist apparatus. The hook segment is formed with a bottom having a bottom end to which optional nubs may be secured to provide positive, secure engagement to the object being lifted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2014
    Inventors: Thomas H. Smith, Richard Edgerly
  • Patent number: 8777287
    Abstract: A reaching apparatus is provided for allowing a user to utilize gross motor skills to actuate the reaching apparatus. The reaching apparatus includes a fixed and a sliding handle on a shaft. An internal pulley system is connected between the first and second handles such that sliding of the second handle activates the pulley system to move the claw of the reaching apparatus between an open and closed configuration. The claw may be locked in an open and/or closed configuration by rotation of the handle on the shaft. The pulley system can be set to specific resistance to activate the claw upon different gross motor levels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2014
    Assignee: DMS Holdings, Inc.
    Inventors: Kristin Ludwig, Joel Gray, Olivier Franck Currat, James Blaine Wolford, Brian David Blankstein, Alexander Nathan Garfield, Andrea Ellen Fraga, Saad Ahmad Chaudry, Martin Rathgeber, Leo Chan, Tara Marie Arnold, Alan Yefsky
  • Patent number: 8752873
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a gripper device for transporting a rack (3) for microscope slides (4), in particular in systems for preparing tissue samples for histological examinations, the gripper device having a gripping mechanism including a pair of gripping arms (2), whose ends are configured as gripping sections (7) for gripping the rack. In order to provide a gripper device which can be used in a versatile manner in automated stainers and coverslippers and contributes to reducing the cost of manufacture, it is proposed that the gripping sections (7) be provided with first profiles (17) for gripping the rack (3) in a vertical position and second profiles (18) for gripping the rack (3) in a horizontal position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 17, 2014
    Assignee: Leica Biosystems Nussloch GmbH
    Inventor: Midhat Hajrovic
  • Patent number: 8714610
    Abstract: A lift truck clamp arm assembly for engaging large cartons, which may contain large household appliances. Pivoting clamp pad support assemblies are adjustable to vary a radial spacing between a pivot pin and a clamp pad supported on the clamp arm assembly by attachment to the adjustable clamp pad support assembly, to provide desired pressure concentrations at selected parts of a carton to be gripped.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2014
    Assignee: Cascade Corporation
    Inventors: Andrea Dal Dosso, Brian Sinclair White
  • Patent number: 8696042
    Abstract: In an embodiment, the present invention discloses a EUV cleaner system and process for cleaning a EUV carrier. The euv cleaner system comprises separate dirty and cleaned environments, separate cleaning chambers for different components of the double container carrier, gripper arms for picking and placing different components using a same robot handler, gripper arms for holding different components at different locations, horizontal spin cleaning and drying for outer container, hot water and hot air (70C) cleaning process, vertical nozzles and rasterizing megasonic nozzles for cleaning inner container with hot air nozzles for drying, separate vacuum decontamination chambers for outgassing different components, for example, one for inner and one for outer container with high vacuum (e.g., <10?6 Torr) with purge gas, heaters and RGA sensors inside the vacuum chamber, purge gas assembling station, and purge gas loading and unloading station.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 15, 2014
    Assignee: DYNAMIC MICRO SYSTEM Semiconductor Equipment GmbH
    Inventor: Lutz Rebstock
  • Patent number: 8651543
    Abstract: The grasping apparatus includes a grasping portion for grasping a workpiece. This grasping portion has i) pawl portions having squeezing portions that squeeze the workpiece, and ii) contact portions, each of which has an inner bag made of elastic material, and a granular substance that is filled in the inner bag. The contact portions are attached to portions of the squeezing portions that contact the workpiece, and harden the granular substance while keeping it in an appropriate shape by increasing a volume ratio of the granular substance to an inner volume of the inner bags. Retaining portions that have concavo-convex shapes are formed on the attaching surfaces that are portions of the squeezing portions that the contact portions attach to.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2014
    Assignee: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Hirofumi Matsuoka, Masayuki Tamura
  • Patent number: 8632110
    Abstract: The invention relates to a gripping device for picking up and transporting a product. An elastic belt that is provided on the gripping device lies against a surface section of the product when the product is picked up by the gripping device. The elastic belt can thereby be pressed against the surface section of the product by at least one spring element in order to hold the product securely in the gripping device during transport.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2014
    Assignee: Multivac Sepp Haggenmueller GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventor: Kurt Waizenegger
  • Patent number: 8622452
    Abstract: A recess has a proximal-end-side surface and a distal-end-side surface. When an intersection between a straight line included in the proximal-end-side surface and a straight line included in the distal-end-side surface is a base point, a line passing through the base point is a base line, a line between two claw portions, passing through an end point of the recess and orthogonal to the base line is an orthogonal line, the angle ? made between the base line, and the straight line included in the distal-end-side surface is greater than 0 degrees and less than 90 degrees, the angle ? made between the orthogonal line, and the straight line included in the proximal-end-side surface is greater than 0 degrees and less than 90 degrees, and the length d from the base point to the orthogonal line is greater than 0.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2014
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Yukihiro Yamaguchi, Kazuhiro Kosuge, Yasuhisa Hirata, Kengo Yamaguchi, Aya Kaisumi
  • Patent number: 8608217
    Abstract: A tool for grasping an electronic component that includes a first arm and a second arm resiliently joined together at one end and each separately extending to free end opposite from each other and spaced apart while at rest. The tool further includes a first and a second extension each attaching to the free end of the respective arms, and a lateral member extending from each extension towards the opposing extension. The extensions and lateral members each have at least one contact surface and the bottom surfaces of the lateral members and inner surfaces of the extensions recede from the contact surfaces, reducing the surface area of contact when an object is grasped with the tool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2013
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventor: Jian Meng
  • Patent number: 8596699
    Abstract: A gripping device comprising holders which exhibit a two-directional elasticity for picking up products with large dimensional tolerances. The gripping device may comprise two grippers disposed in opposed relationship with one another. At least one of the grippers may be movable towards the other. Each of the grippers may include a holder and a gripping jaw attached to the holder. The holder may be a C-shaped portion that exhibits a two-directional elasticity to allow horizontal as well as a vertical movement of the gripping jaw. At least one of the holders may be coupled to a linear actuator to move the gripper in at least a substantially horizontal direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2013
    Assignee: Multivac Sepp Haggenmueller GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Michael Sdahl, Johannes Mühlschlegel
  • Patent number: 8592714
    Abstract: A gripper device for laser welding and vision inspection is provided which includes a frame unit releasably mounted on a front end of an arm of a robot and a clamping unit mounted on the frame unit. Additionally, embodied in this single gripper device is a laser-vision exchange (first) module, a laser-vision sharing (second) module and a laser-vision target (third) module all embodied in a single gripper device to irradiate laser beam for welding a welding object and obtain a vision source of an inspection object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2013
    Assignee: Hyundai Motor Company
    Inventor: Jung Whan Yeum
  • Patent number: 8585112
    Abstract: A sample conveying mechanism minimizes a risk of damage to a sample typified particularly by a photomask, and the sample conveying mechanism provides the sample retention mechanism for holding the sample so as to be suspended and is configured such that a portion close to a pattern surface of the sample is separated from a projection section of a flange for suspending the sample, thereby inhibiting a contact between the pattern surface and members configuring the conveying mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2013
    Assignee: Hitachi High-Technologies Corporation
    Inventors: Katsuya Kawakami, Masahiro Tsunoda, Takashi Gunji, Hidetoshi Sato
  • Patent number: 8567470
    Abstract: A tool and method for removing a film from a surface is provided, wherein the tool can include a frame, a handle operably coupled to the frame, a number of wheels operably coupled to the frame, a cylinder rotatably coupled to the frame, an arm rotatably coupled to the frame, and a number of separating devices operably coupled to the arm. In some embodiments, the wheels can rotate about one or more axes parallel to the surface. The cylinder, which collects the removed film, rotates about an axis that can also be parallel to the surface. The arm can rotate about an axis that can also be parallel to the surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2013
    Assignee: Diversey, Inc.
    Inventors: Ryan E. Kron, Nathan E. Ludtke, Lance D. Brown, Douglas S. Rodenkirch, Stephen A. Latham, Daniel R. Bullis, Jr.
  • Patent number: 8534728
    Abstract: A method for grasping an object includes moving a first and second gripping pad (116) respectively to first and second locations in which a first face (117) of the first gripping pad is opposed from a second face (117) of the second gripping pad and spaced apart a distance. Two or more of pins (118) included in each gripping pad are extended from at least the first face in a direction toward the second face. Thereafter, an extension distance for each of the pins is independently determined responsive to a resistance encountered by each of the pins as a result of the extending. As a result of the independently determining step, an object-defined gripping contour is provided as formed by distal ends of the pins.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2013
    Assignee: Harris Corporation
    Inventors: Paul M. Bosscher, Matthew D. Summer
  • Patent number: 8534731
    Abstract: A grasping apparatus includes a robot and a grasping assembly. The grasping assembly is rotatably mounted to the robot and includes a cylinder, two grasping plates, two grasping blocks and two first resilient members. The cylinder is secured to the robot. The two grasping plates are rotatably attached to the cylinder. The cylinder is capable of driving the two grasping plates to rotate towards each other. Each grasping block is slidably attached to each grasping plate. Each first resilient member is secured between each grasping block and each of the two grasping plates. When the two grasping plates are rotated towards each other, the two grasping blocks are adapted to sandwich a product therebetween.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2013
    Assignees: Hong Fu Jin Precision Industry (ShenZhen) Co., Ltd., Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Wan-Cheng Lin, Zhong-Liang Jian, Zhong-Qun Li
  • Patent number: 8517440
    Abstract: A lift truck clamp arm assembly for engaging large cartons, which may contain large household appliances. Pivoting clamp pad support assemblies are adjustable to vary a radial spacing between a pivot pin and a clamp pad supported on the clamp arm assembly by attachment to the adjustable clamp pad support assembly, to provide desired pressure concentrations at selected parts of a carton to be gripped.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2013
    Assignee: Cascade Corporation
    Inventors: Andrea Dal Dosso, Brian Sinclair White
  • Patent number: 8511730
    Abstract: Apparatus and method for engaging an article. The apparatus has a base portion, an end portion disposed adjacent the base portion. The end portion is moveable in relation to the base portion generally along the longitudinal centerline. One or more bands are joined to and extend between the base portion and the end portion. At least one of the bands bends away from the longitudinal centerline when the end portion is moved toward the base portion from the disengaged configuration to the activated configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2013
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Eric Shawn Goudy, Michel Kenneth Whetstone, William Russel Clem
  • Patent number: 8500385
    Abstract: A robotic arm is for holding a molding item. The robotic arm includes a mount; a lifting mechanism mounted to the mount; a horizontal driving device; a rotating assembly mounted between the lifting mechanism and the horizontal driving device to rotate the horizontal driving device relative to the lifting mechanism; a holder for holding the molding item, the holder mounted on the horizontal driving device. The lifting mechanism cause the holder to move relative to the mount in a first direction, the horizontal driving device moves the holder relative to the mount and the lifting mechanism in a second direction perpendicular to the first direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2013
    Assignees: Shenzhen Futaihong Precision Industry Co., Ltd., FIH (Hong Kong) Limited
    Inventors: Jian-Ping Jin, Zhen-Gang Xie
  • Patent number: 8469422
    Abstract: A system and method for providing weed extraction so Industrial, Commercial and Home users (ICAHUs) can assure that unwanted weeds can be easily and effectively extracted. The system and method allows ICAHUs to work safely and efficiently and to extract weeds by using a hand-held device that can easily penetrate the ground around weeds, secure the unwanted weed, and aid the user in extracting the weed from the ground. ICAHUs can easily operate the levers of the device which operate jaws to secure to weeds. Specialized debris passages in the jaws of the device allow for debris to be passed through the jaws of the device which allow to for continued use and a greatly reduced need to clean the device during use. The method comprises a system in which unwanted weeds may be easily secured and extracted by the user without an increased risk of accidents or without unnecessary steps or procedures for cleaning.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2013
    Inventor: Larry Carter
  • Patent number: 8465072
    Abstract: The present invention discloses a panel transferring apparatus. The panel transferring apparatus includes a panel supporting mechanism for supporting a panel. The panel supporting mechanism includes a plurality of primary supports spaced apart from each other; and a plurality of secondary supports disposed on the primary supports and extending lateral to the primary supports. The primary supports and the secondary supports cooperate to support the panel. The present invention further discloses a panel supporting mechanism. A contact area between the panel supporting mechanism and the panel is increased by disposing the plurality of secondary supports on the plurality of primary supports. Thereby, flexure of the panel is lessened, the production cost is lowered and the production cycle is shortened.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2013
    Assignee: Shenzhen China Star Optoelectronics Technology Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Jo Shan Wu, Kuan-Cheng Lee
  • Patent number: 8454068
    Abstract: A chuck hand 1 includes a pressing mechanism 14 having a pusher 25 which presses a semiconductor process wafer 3 in the direction of a front guide 12 to thereby grip the semiconductor process wafer 3. The pressing mechanism 14 further has a pusher supporting body 22 and a buffering member 28. The pusher supporting body 22 is configured such that it can advance and retract. The pusher supporting body 22 is disposed in the pusher 25 such that it can slide back and forth. A gap 26a is defined forward relative to the pusher supporting body 22. The buffering member 28, which has a low bounce and is elastically deformable, is interposingly placed in the gap 26a. When the pusher supporting body 22 moves forward, it pushes the pusher 25 through the buffering member 28 whereby the pusher 25 is moved forward. The pusher 25 is abutted and pressed against the semiconductor process wafer 3.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2013
    Assignee: Kawasaki Jukogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Yasuhiko Hashimoto, Tośhiaki Yoshida
  • Patent number: 8454070
    Abstract: A gripper for pulling arrows, wherein the gripper comprises a handle, a gripper head and three hinges. The handle and gripper head comprising two first legs extending in an elongated manner, which are connected to one another via the first hinge, which has a first rotation axis aligned transversely to the elongated extension of the legs, so that two counteracting levers are provided via a first hinge as a first support, wherein two lever arm sections act as force arm sections and arranged on the handle and two lever arm sections act as load arm sections and consequently are arranged on the gripper head, and wherein on each of the two lever arm sections that are arranged on the gripper head, a gripper jaw is pivoted in the interior of the gripper head via a second hinge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2013
    Assignee: Karl-Heinz Bierfreund
    Inventor: Karl-Heinz Bierfreund
  • Patent number: 8439414
    Abstract: A gripper apparatus for removing and replacing objects such as containers or vials in an array of containers has a gripper head which extends downward from a support arm, a planetary gear assembly mounted in the gripper head including at least three planet gears, and at least one gripping pin extending downward from each planet gear and projecting beyond a lower end of the gripper head. A drive motor drives the planetary gear assembly to rotate the planet gears in opposite directions, moving the pins inward and outward along predetermined paths to grip and carry an object and release the object when in a desired location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2013
    Assignee: Brooks Automation, Inc.
    Inventor: Robert K. Neeper
  • Patent number: 8434286
    Abstract: The medicament dispensing machine enables to use vials having various sizes and shapes without changing a part in the machine or without performing a special operation. The medicament dispensing machine contains a discharging unit that receives a vial filled with a medicament from a medicament filling means and discharges out of a vial discharging window. The discharging unit contains a vial gripping means having a pair of gripping arms that grip a vial, a body of gripping means having the vial gripping means, a moving means that moves the vial gripping means from the medicament filling means to the vial discharging window, and an orientation changing mechanism that changes the orientation of the body of gripping means. With a coordination of the movement of the body of gripping means toward the vial discharging window, the orientation changing mechanism makes the gripping arms orient to the vial discharging window.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2013
    Assignee: Yuyama Manufacturing Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Shoji Yuyama, Naoki Koike, Takafumi Imai, Yoshinori Kumano, Akira Maeda, Mitsuhiro Mitani
  • Patent number: 8408617
    Abstract: A gripping device, for gripping underwater pipelines at the laying stage, has jaws that are pressed onto a pipeline extending along an axis-substantially parallel to a laying direction, and have respective friction pads that are brought cyclically into contact with the outer face of the pipeline; and auxiliary gripping tools, which have panels for covering respective friction pads, and are selectively connectable to the jaws to increase grip between the jaws and the pipeline.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2013
    Assignee: Saipem S.p.A.
    Inventors: Michel Baylot, Nicolas Boutin
  • Patent number: 8382180
    Abstract: An apparatus for transferring substrates in a processing system where the substrate is exposed to high temperatures is provided. In one embodiment a blade for transporting a substrate is provided. The blade comprises a base having an arcuate lateral shoulder, a first finger extending outward from and perpendicular to the base, a second finger extending outward from the base and parallel to and spaced-apart from the first finger, a first support tab configured to support the substrate and positioned along the arcuate lateral shoulder, a second support tab configured to support the substrate and coupled with the first finger, and a third support tab configured to support the substrate coupled with the second finger, wherein the arcuate lateral shoulder extends from an outer edge of the first finger to an outer edge of the second finger.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2013
    Assignee: Applied Material, Inc.
    Inventors: Dinesh Kanawade, Craig R. Metzner, Chandrasekhar Balasubramanyam
  • Patent number: 8376428
    Abstract: An integrated grip arm comprises a plurality of grippers to accommodate a plurality of reticles and carrier boxes without the need of separate arm or gripper changes. The integrated grip arm can comprise an edge gripper for gripping a reticle or a carrier box at the edges, and a fork gripper for gripping a reticle or a carrier box at a top and a bottom portions. The integrated grip arm can comprise an edge gripper for gripping a wafer from the edges and an end effector for holding a wafer from the bottom. The integrated grip arm can comprise a vertical gripper for gripping a workpiece from a vertical position and a horizontal gripper for gripping a workpiece from a horizontal position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2013
    Assignee: Dynamic Micro System Semiconductor Equipment GmbH
    Inventor: Lutz Rebstock
  • Patent number: 8376429
    Abstract: A pair of spring-biased pivoting levers is provided with a pair of flexible elastic grips. Each grip is contoured to conform to the surface of a jar and to elastically deform around a jar as a user squeezes the levers together. Each grip can be formed with an arcuate groove for receiving an annular rib commonly formed on canning jars.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2013
    Inventors: Scott Hager, Linda Edgar
  • Patent number: 8376433
    Abstract: An apparatus for grabbing and lifting a case having side walls each formed with a hole has a plurality of grabs each having a plurality of pivotal lift arms each having a lower end provided with a horizontally projecting finger engageable into one of the holes. The fingers of each grab are vertically offset from one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2013
    Assignee: Krones AG
    Inventors: Kai Wegener, Peter Kirschner, Alexander Baier
  • Patent number: 8356849
    Abstract: A handling tool for handling a pellicle which is used in the lithography carried out in a manufacturing process of semiconductor devices, comprising a handle, a main shaft connected with a fore-end of the handle to form a T-shaped part, two parallel arms protruding forward from the both ends of the said main shaft orthogonally to form a U-shaped part, and four pellicle frame holders of which two are each provided on the inward side surface of each arm respectively, wherein the arms are designed in a manner such that they are both capable of moving towards and away from each other so as to be able to adjust the arm-to-arm distance, and the said holders are provided so that they can grasp the frame's side surfaces at the four corners of the pellicle frame when the said arms are closed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2013
    Assignee: Shin-Etsu Chemical Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Toru Shirasaki
  • Patent number: 8348317
    Abstract: A holding apparatus has: a first sleeve having a first arm and a first handle; a second sleeve having a second arm and a second handle; a coupling element that couples together the first and second sleeves about an axis of rotation, with an overlap between the first and second arms upon sufficient rotation of the second sleeve about the axis of rotation towards a closed position of the holding apparatus; an adjustable receiving structure formed of inwardly oriented receiving surfaces of the first and second arms and configured to receive and retain an object upon sufficient rotation of the second sleeve about the axis of rotation towards the closed position; a quick release mechanism; and an adjustable sizing element configured to be in releasable engagement with the quick release mechanism that releasably maintains an adjustable size of the adjustable receiving structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Inventor: Mark C. Bird
  • Patent number: 8322766
    Abstract: A gripper applied in a transport mechanism for transporting a wafer is provided. The transport mechanism includes a bar. The gripper includes a fixing member fixed to the bar, and a carrying member. The fixing member includes two grooves adjacent to the bottom of the fixing member. Each groove includes an entrance and a retaining portion. The carrying member includes a notch and a first claw. The notch is located at the top of the carrying member and communicates two opposite sides of the carrying member. The notch includes two inner walls, each having a protrusion. The carrying member is assembled to the fixing member by sliding each protrusion along one of the grooves from the corresponding entrance and until abutting against the corresponding retaining portion. The first claw is located at a first sidewall of the carrying member. The edge of the wafer is supportable by the first claw.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2012
    Assignee: Gintech Energy Corporation
    Inventors: William Hsiung, Shih-Chun Lo, Tony Lin
  • Patent number: 8287015
    Abstract: A gripper device is provided for picking up and releasing an article. The device includes a support (15, 16) and a pair of grippers (10, 11) pivotally mounted on the support for movement of their distal ends towards and away from each other. A belt (1) is belt arranged to extend across the gap defined between the distal ends of the grippers when they are spaced apart so that the belt is able to extend over the article to be picked up and to extend around the article when the grippers have been moved towards each other to pick up the article.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2012
    Assignee: AEW Delford Systems Limited
    Inventor: Richard John Hawes
  • Patent number: 8276959
    Abstract: Embodiments of the invention relate to apparatus and method for supporting and transferring large area substrate in a vacuum condition. One embodiment of the invention provides an apparatus comprising one or more end effectors having a plurality of end effector pads disposed thereon without mechanically joining to the one or more end effectors. In one embodiment, a plurality of end effector pad assemblies are coupled to one or more end effectors by magnetic force.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2012
    Assignee: Applied Materials, Inc.
    Inventor: Kyung-Tae Kim
  • Patent number: 8271138
    Abstract: Gripper devices for handling syringes and automated pharmacy admixture systems (APASs) that utilize such gripper devices. The gripper devices may include various gripper finger profiles, substantially tapered or angled gripping surfaces and/or gripper fingers interleaving to reduce radial distortion of the syringes to be grasped while opposing axial motion of the syringes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2012
    Assignee: Intelligent Hospital Systems Ltd.
    Inventors: Walter W. Eliuk, Ronald H. Rob, Richard L. Jones, Dustin Deck
  • Patent number: 8240729
    Abstract: The disclosure relates to a gripper finger including a surface area for clamping. This area this area is covered with a membrane including at least one section, which is substantially made of a shape memory polymer (SMP). The disclosure relates also to a gripper tool including such gripper finger and a method for adjusting such a gripper tool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2012
    Assignee: ABB AG
    Inventor: Timothy Vittor
  • Patent number: 8226140
    Abstract: An article holding assembly for rotatably securing and hoisting various types of articles is provided. The article holding assembly is a clamp type article holding assembly having interchangeable end effectors rotatably secured to bottom ends of clamp arms. The end effectors act to secure the article and to allow the operator to rotate the article once secured and hoisted. For each article that the article holding assembly is to rotatably secure and lift, a specific pair of end effectors is provided. The end effectors are readily secured to and removed from the clamp arms.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2012
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Matt Dietrich, Freedus McDermitt