Resilient Jaws Patents (Class 294/99.1)
  • Patent number: 10429040
    Abstract: An interchangeable adapter for changing a light bulb that includes a head piece that has a base plate with opposite first and second sides and that defines a platform at the first side. A primary gripping member extends from the platform of the first side of the base plate away from the second side. The primary gripping member is positioned substantially centrally with respect to the platform to engage the light bulb. A secondary gripping member extends from the platform of the first side of the base plate away from the second side. The secondary gripping member surrounds the primary gripping member and is configured to grip the light bulb. An engagement member extends from the second side of the base plate away from the first side for engaging a holder of the adapter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: GR Ventures L.L.C.
    Inventors: Joseph Gurwicz, Michael Rosen
  • Patent number: 10401021
    Abstract: An apparatus wherein an illuminator is attached to the grip of small tactical weapons or tools. This apparatus comprises the illuminator that is integrally mounted to the weapon grip and a stem that moves the illuminator face forward between two fingers. In the case of a revolver, the grip would extend between the middle finger and ring finger in one embodiment. It extend forward far enough so that the light could clearly illuminate the target without obstruction by the fingers. The same could be done with the grip of a knife or club.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Inventors: Derek Dwayne Gary, Derrick Wilfred Charbonnet
  • Patent number: 9969551
    Abstract: An article transport device includes a vertically movable member which is movable along the vertical direction, and a transfer device which is supported by the vertically movable member and is configured to transfer an article to or from any one of transfer target locations. The transfer device includes a support body which receives and supports an article and is projected and retracted between a projected position and a retracted position. And the support body includes a support member which is elastically deformable in the vertical direction, wherein the support body is configured to receive and support an article with the support member. A cushion member is provided to the vertically movable member such that the cushion member is spaced apart upwardly by a set distance from the article which is received and supported by the support member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: Daifuku Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Takeshi Abe, Atsushi Fujiwara
  • Patent number: 9947565
    Abstract: An improved stocker configuration for storing workpieces in a fabrication facility is disclosed, employing workpiece compartments arranged stationarily around a robot handling assembly. The robot handler can be designed with three degrees of freedom, to improve speed, throughput and minimum particle generation. In addition, the stocker storage area is stationary with the movable components are the robot assembly, thus further contributing to the cleanliness of the storage stocker. The stocker configuration can be open storage area for fast access, space saving and ease of clean air purging. The stocker configuration can provide highly dense workpiece storage, utilizing a circumferential edge gripper robot handling assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: Brooks Automation, Inc.
    Inventor: Lutz Rebstock
  • Patent number: 9867488
    Abstract: A tool assembly having a housing body with a top portion and a bottom portion. The tool assembly may have an axis defined by the housing body and extending through the top portion and the bottom portion, an opening defined in the housing and extending from an outer surface of the housing body towards the axis, a notch defined in the housing along the opening, and a module base having a collar. Wherein the module base is positionable within the opening and when the collar is at least partially positioned within the notch, the module base is at least partially positioned within the opening and restricted from moving axially along the axis relative to the housing body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Inventors: Ian Michael Wright, Deborah Alisia Flaig
  • Patent number: 9796069
    Abstract: An LED light installation device facilitates removal and installation of LED type lights into can light housings in an elevated position. The device includes a collar having a first end. The first end is open wherein the collar is configured for receiving an extension pole into the first end. A plate is coupled to a second end of the collar. The plate has a planar upper surface. Each of a plurality of projections is coupled to and extends outwardly from the upper surface of the plate wherein the projections are configured for extending through gaps in a heat sink portion of an LED light when the LED light rests on the upper surface of the plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2017
    Inventor: Eddie Howell, Jr.
  • Patent number: 9645170
    Abstract: A scanning probe microscope includes a cantilever that has a first attachment surface and a cantilever attachment portion that has a second attachment surface to which the first attachment surface of the cantilever is attached. Columnar elements including nanofibers or nanotubes are formed on the second attachment surface, and the second attachment surface adheres to the first attachment surface by using the columnar element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2017
    Assignee: HITACHI HIGH-TECH SCIENCE CORPORATION
    Inventor: Masatsugu Shigeno
  • Patent number: 9380681
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are a lighting switch apparatus and a lighting switching method, which can perform lighting control by blocking or passing light from a lighting device using a user's hand motion while the user may make input to a lighting switch by means of a capacitive touch on the lighting switch. The lighting switch apparatus includes a capacitive touch sensing unit for recognizing a user's touch. A hand motion visible light receiving unit receives visible light from a lighting device depending on motion of the user's hand. A control unit generates a touch-based lighting control signal based on results of touch recognition, controls the hand motion visible light receiving unit so that the user's hand motion-based signal is output based on the results of touch recognition, and generates a lighting control command by combining the lighting control signal with the user's hand motion-based signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2016
    Assignee: ELECTRONICS AND TELECOMMUNICATIONS RESEARCH INSTITUTE
    Inventors: You-Jin Kim, Dae-Ho Kim, Hyun-Seok Kim, Hyun-Jong Kim, Tae-Gyu Kang
  • Publication number: 20150091316
    Abstract: A container-handling or gripper arrangement. The abstract of the disclosure is submitted herewith as required by 37 C.F.R. §1.72(b). As stated in 37 C.F.R. §1.72(b): A brief abstract of the technical disclosure in the specification must commence on a separate sheet, preferably following the claims, under the heading “Abstract of the Disclosure.” The purpose of the abstract is to enable the Patent and Trademark Office and the public generally to determine quickly from a cursory inspection the nature and gist of the technical disclosure. The abstract shall not be used for interpreting the scope of the claims. Therefore, any statements made relating to the abstract are not intended to limit the claims in any manner and should not be interpreted as limiting the claims in any manner.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 8, 2014
    Publication date: April 2, 2015
    Inventor: Andreas FAHLDIECK
  • Publication number: 20150015010
    Abstract: A tool holder assembly, comprising, a first part (30) which is configured such that it is attachable to a mobile vehicle (50); and a second part (31) which is configured to cooperate with a tool (6); wherein the first and second parts (30,31) each comprises, a first flexible arm (8,10) and a second flexible arm (9,11) and one or more slots (14,15); wherein the first and second parts (30,31) are configured such that they can be arranged so that at least a portion (16,17,18,19) of the first and second flexible arms (8,9,10,11) of the each of the first and second parts (30,31) may be simultaneously received into the one or more slots (14,15) of the other part (30,31); and such that when the portion (16,17,18,19) of the first and second flexible arms (8,9,10,11) of the each of the first and second parts (30,31) are simultaneously received into the one or more slots (14,15) of the other part (30,31), the first and second flexible arms (8,9,10,11) of each part (30,31) are in a flexed position so that an elastic for
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 16, 2013
    Publication date: January 15, 2015
    Inventors: Patrick Eugster, Fabien Tache, Guillaume Boetsch, Benoit Dagon
  • Patent number: 8915527
    Abstract: Before chuck 20 is opened, coil spring 22 is compressed, and coil spring 22 applies downward force to holding nails 24. Accordingly, when the chuck 20 is opened, resultant force that opens the chuck 20 and the restoring force of the coil spring 22 causes the holding nails 24 to automatically move in oblique downward directions. As a result, the holding nails 24 move to positions that are laterally close to the holding target workpiece 26a. At this time, when other workpieces 26b and 26c neighbor the holding target workpiece 26a, the holding nails 24 can move the neighboring workpieces 26b and 26c from the workpiece 26a so as to flick away the neighboring workpieces 26b and 26c.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 23, 2014
    Assignee: Fanuc Corporation
    Inventor: Hideyuki Watanabe
  • Patent number: 8905450
    Abstract: Equipment for the handling of vials which comprises: a base on which at least part of the vials being handled is located and transverse supporting member for the vials in which the transverse supporting member exerts a force in a substantially transverse plane to the necks of the vials, which comprise supplementary supporting member for the vials; these supplementary supporting member applying a second force in a plane that is substantially inclined with respect to the plane in which the transverse supporting member exerts the first force.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2014
    Assignee: Kiro Robotics, S.L.
    Inventors: Jean-Philippe Aguerre, Borja Lizari Illarramendi, Susana Soto Iglesias, Naiara Telleria Garay, Gorka Garcia Etxebarria
  • 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: 8899646
    Abstract: A gripper formed as a single component includes a hoop portion connecting facing arms. Each arm may have a tang end, a jaw end and a pivot intermediate the tang and jaw ends and be attached to the hoop portion at the pivot to be pivotable to change the size of a jaw opening defined by the jaw ends. The hoop portion is cyclically loaded in use and configured to act as a stress concentrator for the gripper and provide a failure point for consistently initiating a failure crack in the hoop portion at time of failure of the gripper. Each of the facing arms is attachable to a base such that at failure, the fractured portions of the gripper are retained to the base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2014
    Assignee: Morrison Container Handling Solutions, Inc.
    Inventors: Nick Wilson, Lee Kuipers, Mark Burk
  • Publication number: 20140167432
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a tool for a microtechnical gripper. The tool of the invention comprises a tip having a support and first and second fingers disposed opposite one another in a chosen position. Each finger is connected to said support by a connecting element so as to be held in a rest position corresponding to said chosen position, the connecting element being flexible in order to allow said fingers to move with at least one degree of freedom relative to the support.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 24, 2012
    Publication date: June 19, 2014
    Inventors: David Heriban, Joël Agnus
  • Publication number: 20140138970
    Abstract: Four fingers forming a first finger pair and a second finger pair are driven in such a way that the four fingers move closer to or away from an object simultaneously at the same speed to grip the object. This eliminates the need to drive the fingers independently, which makes it possible to simplify the structure and control of the robot hand. Moreover, one of the two fingers forming the second finger pair is a deformable finger. Therefore, even when the second finger pair grasps the object before the first finger pair grasps the object, the deformable finger is deformed, and eventually it is possible to grasp the object with the four fingers. This allows the robot hand to grip various objects even though the robot hand has a simple structure and is controlled with ease.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 28, 2014
    Publication date: May 22, 2014
    Applicant: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Kenjiro MURAKAMI, Kazuto YOSHIMURA, Yoshinobu GOTO
  • Patent number: 8672376
    Abstract: A gripper formed as a single component includes a hoop portion connecting facing arms. Each arm may have a tang end, a jaw end and a pivot intermediate the tang and jaw ends and be attached to the hoop portion at the pivot to be pivotable to change the size of a jaw opening defined by the jaw ends. The hoop portion is cyclically loaded in use and configured to act as a stress concentrator for the gripper and provide a failure point for consistently initiating a failure crack in the hoop portion at time of failure of the gripper. Each of the facing arms is attachable to a base such that at failure, the fractured portions of the gripper are retained to the base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 18, 2014
    Assignee: Morrison Container Handling Solutions, Inc.
    Inventors: Nick Wilson, Lee Kuipers, Mark Burk
  • Publication number: 20140001361
    Abstract: A method is described for producing a micro-gripper, which comprises a base body and a gripping body connected integrally to the base body, which projects beyond the base body and provides a receptacle slot on a free end area in such a way that a micrometer-scale or sub-micrometer-scale object may be clamped in the receptacle slot for gripping and holding, as well as a micro-gripper according to the species.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 30, 2013
    Publication date: January 2, 2014
    Applicant: CARL ZEISS MICROSCOPY GMBH
    Inventors: Christian GROSSE, Frank ALTMANN, Michel SIMON, Hilmar HOFFMEISTER, Detlef RIEMER
  • 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
  • Publication number: 20130277995
    Abstract: A hand tool including a handle and a tool head. The tool head is a V-shaped or modified V-shaped tool head.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 30, 2012
    Publication date: October 24, 2013
    Inventor: Christopher Ryan LEE
  • Patent number: 8550519
    Abstract: A mechanical gripper adapted for grasping a plurality of differing objects, and comprising a plurality of fingers, wherein each finger includes at least one variable impedance member comprising an active material element, the element, when activated and deactivated, undergoes a reversible change in impedance, and the change in impedance enables the gripper to be advantageously reconfigured, and/or locked in a reconfigured state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2013
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Nilesh D. Mankame, Douglas Martin Linn, James W. Wells, Alan L. Browne, Nancy L. Johnson
  • 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
  • Publication number: 20130209210
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for transporting single and multiple reaction vessels. At least one reaction vessel is provided and at least one tray includes at least two seats for the at least one reaction vessel, and at least one gripper. One of the reaction vessel or the tray is engaged with the gripper at a first position. The gripped element is transported to a second position wherein the gripper is released. A gripping collar is provided both on the reaction vessel and the tray for the gripper to engage. At one transport stage one of the reaction vessel or the tray is engaged with the gripper at a first position by pushing the gripper from above to engage with the gripping collar and in a second stage the transported element is disengaged from the gripper by moving the gripper sideways in relation to the center axis of the gripping collar.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 28, 2011
    Publication date: August 15, 2013
    Applicant: THERMO FISHER SCIENTIFIC OY
    Inventor: Vesa Nuotio
  • Patent number: 8491251
    Abstract: A gripping device includes a gripping-device body mounted to an end of a working arm; two gripping members pivotably supported by this body in an opening-closing direction; and a driver that drives the gripping members to open and close them. At least one of the gripping members includes one of various kinds of detachable sections each including a gripping segment; a holding section pivotably connected to the gripping-device body about a central pivot shaft and selectively holding the detachable section in a detachable manner; and a coupling member for detachable coupling. The detachable section has a restrained segment having a detachable-section through-hole extending parallel to the central pivot shaft. The holding section has an opening-closing-direction restraining segment that restrains the restrained segment in the opening-closing direction and a holding wall to which the restrained segment is fastened with the coupling member from a direction parallel to the detachable-section through-hole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2013
    Assignee: Kobelco Construction Machinery Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Daisuke Muraoka, Takanori Yamasaki
  • Patent number: 8473094
    Abstract: A method and an apparatus for automatically removing pieces of luggage that have different surface properties and dimensions and getting the pieces of luggage ready for further transport by means of a gripper that is hingedly connected to a robot arm is described. The method includes: a) moving the gripper and the container that is to be emptied close together; b) determining the first piece of luggage to be removed; (c) gripping the piece of luggage using a horizontal suction elements (3) and withdrawing the luggage horizontally; d) if the vertical suction elements (4) are not yet able to sufficiently grip the luggage, the vertical suction elements (4) are repositioned and turned off, the vertical suction elements (5) are repositioned, and then turned on to re-grip the piece of luggage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2013
    Assignee: Grenzebach Maschinenbau GmbH
    Inventors: Felix Becker, Peter Rosenmeyer
  • Patent number: 8453309
    Abstract: In a device or method to change a belt in a machine assembly, a gripper is provided with two flat legs. The legs are held at one end and are free at the other ends. The legs are provided with a respective protective film on side surfaces facing towards one another to protect the belt. A first of the two legs facing towards the machine assembly in an exchange of the belt have a sliding film on its outer surface. The legs are designed such that they exert a gripping force over a width of the belt after sliding onto the belt and grip the belt so that the belt can be slid onto or removed from rollers of at least one of the roller types selected from the group consisting of a drive roller and a deflection roller provided in the machine assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2013
    Assignee: Ocè Printing Systems GmbH
    Inventors: Thomas Vizjak, Hans Winter
  • Patent number: 8424940
    Abstract: Clamp (1) for holding a container (2) by a neck (3) in a container handling machine (5), said clamp comprising a body (7) for mounting the clamp (1) on a rotary support (4), and a pair of resilient arms (11) protruding sidewise from the body (7) and each provided with a gripping jaw (12), wherein each resilient arm (11) comprises: an inner section (13) extending along the body (7) and connected thereto at a first back end junction (16); an intermediate section (14) extending substantially parallel to the inner section (13) and connected thereto at a front end junction (17); an outer section (15), provided, at a front end, with a gripping jaw (12), and extending substantially parallel to the intermediate section (14) and connected thereto at a second back end junction (18).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2013
    Assignee: Sidel Participations
    Inventor: Eric Sarda
  • Patent number: 8419342
    Abstract: A transfer device for transferring product stacks has a connecting element for connecting the transfer device to a transport device, and the transfer device has a number of receiver regions therein, that each receive a product stack. Each receiver region has guide elements with spring-loaded closure elements, and a plate that is movable in a spring-loaded manner toward the closing elements along the direction of the guide elements. When the transfer device with the product stacks therein reaches its transfer destination, the product stacks are pushed from the transfer device by the plates by spring force.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2013
    Assignee: Kuka Roboter GmbH
    Inventors: Norbert Cottone, Martin Peghini
  • Patent number: 8408618
    Abstract: Gripping pliers (1) are provided for grasping and holding an object. The gripping pliers include at least two gripping jaws (2), movable in reference to each other, along with a drive for an opening and closing motion of the gripping jaws (2). At least one of the gripping jaws (2) includes several fingers (3), arranged side-by-side in reference to each other with each being individually adjustable against a restoring force, approximately in an opening and closing direction. The gripping jaws (2) are each embodied in one piece with their respective fingers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2013
    Assignee: Zahoransky AG
    Inventors: Thomas Unmuth, Robert Steinebrunner
  • Patent number: 8365639
    Abstract: A device for gripping a cylindrical object comprises two gripping springs and an actuator, wherein: each gripping spring comprises a first end, a second end opposite the first end, and an arcuate section disposed therebetween; the gripping springs are disposed on the device such that the first ends are pivotally coupled to the device, and the arcuate sections oppose each other so as to define an opening through which the cylindrical object is inserted; and the actuator is mechanically coupled to at least one of the second ends of the gripping springs such that movement of the actuator causes the arcuate sections of the gripping springs to grip the cylindrical object when inserted into the opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2013
    Assignee: Motoman, Inc.
    Inventor: George H. Sutton
  • Patent number: 8333417
    Abstract: One or more embodiments of a flexible manipulator tools are provided. The flexible manipulator tool can include a distal end movable in at least one manipulation plane with respect to a proximal end. The flexible manipulator tool can also include at least two cheeks extending side by side to and spaced apart from each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2012
    Assignee: Karl Storz GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Rudolf Bannasch, Leif Kniese
  • Publication number: 20120292935
    Abstract: A gripper for pulling arrows, which are composed of an arrow head and an arrow shaft. The gripper comprises a handle, a gripper head and at least three hinges, wherein the handle and the gripper head comprise 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 by means of the first hinge as a first support. Two lever arm sections act as force arm sections, thus being assigned to the handle, and two lever arm sections act as load arm sections, thus being assigned to the gripper head. On each of the two lever arm sections that are assigned to the gripper head, a gripper jaw is pivoted in the interior of the gripper head.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 26, 2012
    Publication date: November 22, 2012
    Inventor: Karl-Heinz Bierfreund
  • Publication number: 20120205929
    Abstract: The disclosure relates to a gripping device comprising holders which exhibit a two-directional elasticity for picking up products with large dimensional tolerances.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 14, 2012
    Publication date: August 16, 2012
    Applicant: MULTIVAC SEPP HAGGENMUELLER GMBH & CO. KG
    Inventors: Michael Sdahl, Johannes Mühlschlegel
  • Patent number: 8220853
    Abstract: A clamping element for attaching a gripper onto a clamping tongue as well as a gripper with this kind of clamping element is provided. The clamping element has a longitudinal carrier the width of which substantially corresponds to the width of the clamping tongue and at least two mutually distanced clamping regions. At least one fastening element for the detachable fastening of the clamping elements to the clamping tongue (42, 44) is provided. The clamping element provides an improved force division as well as a secure support on the clamping tongue.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2012
    Assignee: Ferag AG
    Inventor: Carl Conrad Maeder
  • Patent number: 8186859
    Abstract: A clip with a light comprises a body including a first and a second clip members to be flexibly pressed, and an illuminating device disposed between the first and second clip members and having a receiving cylinder, a light received in the receiving cylinder and provided with a first and a second connecting legs, a cell set received in the receiving cylinder to supply power to the light, a power circuit mounted in the receiving cylinder and provided with an electrode of a rear end of the cell set electrically connected to the first connecting leg of the light and the second connecting leg electrically coupled to an electrode of a front end of the cell set, an actuating member series connected onto the power circuit and having pressing blocks extending out of the receiving cylinder to press and release the first and second clip members, controlling the actuating member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2012
    Inventor: Leo Shih
  • Patent number: 8172290
    Abstract: A gripper has a pair of supports 22A, 22B positioned on opposite sides of a bottle made of resin, and abutments 24A, 24B disposed respectively on the supports 22A, 22B for holding the bottle 4 made of resin, each of the abutments 24A, 24B have two thin plates 26A, 28A, 26B, 28B which are vertically spaced from each other. The abutments 24A, 24B hold the bottle 4 by gripping a neck 4a of the bottle 4 on its opposite sides. While holding the bottle 4, the supports 22A, 22B are held out of contact with an outer surface of the bottle 4, allowing the electron beam to travel around the neck 4a to sterilize the entire surface of the bottle 4.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2012
    Assignee: Shibuya Kogyo Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yukinobu Nishino, Tokuo Nishi, Yukihiro Yamamoto
  • Patent number: 8167607
    Abstract: The apparatus serves for blow molding containers. Preforms of a thermoplastic material are heated in the region of a heating zone and subsequently transferred to a blow molding device. The blow molding device is provided with at least one blow molding station for transforming the preforms into the containers. Provided for handling the preforms is a gripper-like transporting element (41) with two gripper arms (45, 46), which are arranged pivotably in relation to a gripper carrier (42). Each of the gripper arms can be pivoted by means of at least one lever and is coupled with a central element (49). The central element is arranged at least partly between the gripper arms. Each of the gripper arms is resiliently clamped with respect to the central element by at least one spring (56, 57).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2012
    Assignee: KHS Corpoplast GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Michael Linke, Michael Litzenberg, Rolf Baumgarte, Frank Lewi
  • Patent number: 8128142
    Abstract: A clamp for holding containers, having two rigid gripping arms that are pivotably supported about at least one axis in opposite direction and have clamp structures at one end, a force accumulator which is operative between the gripping arms, gripping-arm closing levers as extensions of the gripping arms towards the other axis side, a closing cam which is rotatable between the closing levers, with at least one closing lever being actuatable by the closing cam via an elastic deformation area, the deformation area is a section of an arm which acts on the closing cam and which is constructionally separated from the gripping arm and which is positively coupled with the gripping arm for joint pivotable movement, and a defined deformation space is provided at least in a substantially undeformed state of the section between a stop on the closing lever and the section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2012
    Assignee: Krones AG
    Inventor: Reiner Glotzl
  • Patent number: 8052187
    Abstract: An installation tool may include an extension member, a body portion disposed on the extension member, and a plurality of fingers flexibly protruding from the body portion. The plurality of fingers are adapted to releasably engage a cover assembly. The plurality of fingers and the body portion cooperate to retain the cover assembly in a first direction and allow disengagement of the cover assembly in a second direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2011
    Assignee: The Viking Corporation
    Inventors: Shawn G. Orr, Michael J. Oldham
  • Patent number: 8011708
    Abstract: The invention relates to a robot gripper having a fixing flange for detachably attaching it to a robot manipulator arm, and at least one actuator element which is supported in a frame, that actuates at least two gripper jaws indirectly or directly kinematically via at least one articulated unit. At least the fixing flange, the frame and the actuator element are manufactured integrally using a generative manufacturing method, and the actuator element is in the form of a bellows, enclosed an internal volume, which can be filled with a medium via at least one opening, and is capable of expanding, when filled with a medium, along a linear axis predetermined by the bellows design of the actuator element and of contracting, when the volume is emptied, in the opposite direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2011
    Assignee: Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft zur Forderung der Angewandten Forschung E.V.
    Inventors: Ralf Becker, Andrzej Grzesiak
  • Publication number: 20110170281
    Abstract: A pick up tool with illuminating and magnet attracting functions comprises a cylindrical member including cells provided therein, a control member disposed at the rear end of the cylindrical member and including a bolt for fitting a spring thereon, as the bolt is pressed to move, it may contact with the electrode output end of the cells, a sleeve mounted at the front end of the cylindrical member for confining the cells and including a spring fitted thereon and a string fixed at the front end thereof, the string including an expandable claw attached at the front end thereof, a tube secured at the front end of the sleeve for inserting the string and positioning the claw, a bulb affixed on the tube and including anode and cathode output wires, the anode output wire fixed on the tube, while the cathode output wire passing through the sleeve and contacting with the cathode output end of the cells, thereby simultaneously obtaining the picking and illumining purpose.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 9, 2010
    Publication date: July 14, 2011
    Inventor: Leo Shih
  • Patent number: 7942894
    Abstract: A vascular occlusion device deployment system is provided for deploying an embolic device at a preselected site within the vasculature of a patient. The deployment system includes a tubular element having a catch movably located within the tubular element. The catch has a normal open configuration and a closed configuration. When in the closed configuration, the catch grasps a headpiece of an embolic device. The tubular element has a constraining section and a releasing section. When the catch is within the constraining section of the tubular element, the constraining section acts upon the catch to keep the catch in a closed configuration. When the catch is moved to the releasing section, the catch returns to its normally open configuration and releases its grasp of the embolic device headpiece.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2011
    Assignee: Codman & Shurtleff, Inc.
    Inventor: Stephen West
  • Publication number: 20110109110
    Abstract: Clamp (1) for holding a container (2) by a neck (3) in a container handling machine (5), said clamp comprising a body (7) for mounting the clamp (1) on a rotary support (4), and a pair of resilient arms (11) protruding sidewise from the body (7) and each provided with a gripping jaw (12), wherein each resilient arm (11) comprises: an inner section (13) extending along the body (7) and connected thereto at a first back end junction (16); an intermediate section (14) extending substantially parallel to the inner section (13) and connected thereto at a front end junction (17); an outer section (15), provided, at a front end, with a gripping jaw (12), and extending substantially parallel to the intermediate section (14) and connected thereto at a second back end junction (18).
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 26, 2008
    Publication date: May 12, 2011
    Applicant: SIDEL PARTICIPATIONS
    Inventor: Eric Sarda
  • Patent number: 7922226
    Abstract: A gripping device for gripping a printed product including a rotatable first gripper arm having a first gripper pad and a pivot, a rotatable second gripper arm having a second gripper pad and a pivot, a first link connecting the first gripper arm and second gripper arm and a second link having a spring connected to the first link. A method is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2011
    Assignee: Goss International Americas, Inc.
    Inventor: Richard Daniel Curley
  • Patent number: 7918488
    Abstract: A disk chucking mechanism constructed with first, second and third link members forms a slider crank mechanism and the third link member is rotated by a drive of a forward/rearward actuator such as an air cylinder and chucking nails are provided which protrude perpendicularly to a longitudinal direction of the first or second link member. A rotation of the chucking nail protruded perpendicularly is stopped by engagement with a disk and a spring member is bent by further forward or rearward movement of the second link member to energize a first chucking nail in a direction for maintaining an engagement with the disk. The disk is chucked with a predetermined force by only the drive of the forward/rearward actuator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2011
    Assignee: Hitachi High-Technologies Corporation
    Inventors: Toshimitsu Shiraishi, Fujio Yamasaki, Yoshinori Tokumura
  • Patent number: 7891716
    Abstract: An installation tool may include an extension member, a body portion disposed on the extension member, and a plurality of fingers flexibly protruding from the body portion. The plurality of fingers are adapted to releasably engage a cover assembly. The plurality of fingers and the body portion cooperate to retain the cover assembly in a first direction and allow disengagement of the cover assembly in a second direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 22, 2011
    Assignee: The Viking Corporation
    Inventors: Shawn G. Orr, Michael J. Oldham
  • Patent number: 7789443
    Abstract: A gripper for use with a robot includes a support body for removably attaching the gripper to a moveable arm and a workpiece contact body having a groove extending along at least a portion of the contact body for engaging a curved outer edge of the workpiece. A coupling member connects the support body to the workpiece contact member and includes a flexure component that flexes to allow radial and/or tangential relative movement of the workpiece contact body with respect to the support body to diminish slippage between the workpiece and the contact body as the gripper engages the workpiece.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 7, 2010
    Assignee: Axcelis Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Joseph Gillespie, Alexander H Slocum, Allan Weed
  • Publication number: 20100187845
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention are directed to self-orienting object-grasping devices that facilitate grasping and raising of objects by individuals. Certain embodiments of the present invention are directed to self-orienting golf-flagpole-retrieving devices that are affixed to flagpoles to allow a golf player to raise the flagpole, using a golf club or similar object, to a height convenient for grasping the flagpole by a golf player.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 22, 2010
    Publication date: July 29, 2010
    Inventors: Michael W. Larson, Stephen A. Krippner, Leonard V. Valdez
  • Publication number: 20100178150
    Abstract: A tool for hoisting a coated steel belt of an elevator system that includes a back plate to which a plurality of clamp assemblies is mounted. Each of the clamp assemblies includes a clamp plate biased by a biasing member to resiliently secure each of the belts.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 16, 2006
    Publication date: July 15, 2010
    Inventors: Richard N. Fargo, Alicia Hayter
  • Publication number: 20100132511
    Abstract: A device for gripping a cylindrical object comprises two gripping springs and an actuator, wherein: each gripping spring comprises a first end, a second end opposite the first end, and an arcuate section disposed therebetween; the gripping springs are disposed on the device such that the first ends are pivotally coupled to the device, and the arcuate sections oppose each other so as to define an opening through which the cylindrical object is inserted; and the actuator is mechanically coupled to at least one of the second ends of the gripping springs such that movement of the actuator causes the arcuate sections of the gripping springs to grip the cylindrical object when inserted into the opening.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 19, 2009
    Publication date: June 3, 2010
    Applicant: Motoman, Inc.
    Inventor: George H. Sutton