Load Holding Or Supporting Element Including Gripping Means Patents (Class 414/225.01)
  • Patent number: 10289095
    Abstract: A wire electric discharge machining system according to the present invention includes: a wire electric discharge machine that relatively moves a wire electrode and a workpiece to be machined according to a program, and subjects the workpiece to be machined to electric discharge machining by the wire electrode; at least one hand; a robot which mounts the hand on a head of an arm, and operates an object to be operated; and a visual sensor that detects a position of a machined workpiece in a machining tank, which has been cut from the workpiece to be machined by the electric discharge machining, wherein the robot performs an operation of removing the machined workpiece from the machining tank, based on the position of the machined workpiece, which has been detected by the visual sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: FANUC CORPORATION
    Inventor: Shunichi Saito
  • Patent number: 10239215
    Abstract: Provided a transfer tool including a substantially strip-shaped frame, a wrist-side slider to be attached to a wrist of a robot, provided on one side of the frame in a thickness direction in a manner capable of moving along a longitudinal direction of the frame, a workpiece-side slider provided on another side of the frame in the thickness direction in a manner capable of moving along the longitudinal direction of the frame, and a distal-end swing shaft attached to the workpiece-side slider, where the distal-end swing shaft includes a workpiece support section supported by the workpiece-side slider in a manner capable of swinging around an axis line extending in a width direction of the frame, the workpiece support section being for supporting a workpiece, and an actuator attached to the workpiece-side slider, the actuator being for causing the workpiece support section to swing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: Fanuc Corporation
    Inventor: Takeshi Hasuo
  • Patent number: 10239172
    Abstract: A gear manufacturing machine for which a machining tool detachably attached to a tool spindle is exchanged by means of an automatic tool changer, wherein the automatic tool changer is provided with: tool holding means for detachably holding a machining tool to be exchanged; moving means for moving the tool holding means in a direction parallel to the axial direction of the tool spindle; and rotating means for rotating the tool holding means.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Machine Tool Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kazuyuki Ishizu, Noritaka Fujimura, Yoko Hirono, Tatsuro Takagi
  • Patent number: 10157763
    Abstract: Systems and methods for facilitating expeditious handling and processing of semiconductor substrates with a minimal number of handling devices. Such a system may include an entry load-lock configured to transfer substrates from an atmospheric environment to a vacuum chamber, an alignment station disposed in the vacuum chamber and configured to adjust orientations of substrates, a first vacuum robot configured to move substrates from the entry load-lock to the alignment station, a process station disposed in the vacuum chamber and configured to perform a designated process on substrates, first and second exit load-locks configured to transfer substrates from the vacuum chamber to the atmospheric environment, and a second vacuum robot configured to move substrates from the alignment station to the process station and further configured to move substrates from the process station to the first exit load-lock and to the second exit load-lock in an alternating fashion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2018
    Assignee: VARIAN SEMICONDUCTOR EQUIPMENT ASSOCIATES, INC.
    Inventors: Robert J. Mitchell, Eric Hermanson, Benjamin B. Riordon
  • Patent number: 10120365
    Abstract: A machining system of the present invention includes a robot having a hand, a processing machine to rotate a machining tool, a control unit which controls the processing machine and the robot so as to rotate the machining tool and press a workpiece held by the hand against the machining tool to thereby machine the workpiece, and a force sensor which detects force acting between the workpiece and the machining tool when the workpiece is pressed against the machining tool by the robot and is machined by the machining tool. The control unit regulates the workpiece feed speed of the robot and the rotational speed of the machining tool so that the force value detected by the force sensor is between a predetermined upper threshold and a predetermined lower threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: FANUC CORPORATION
    Inventor: Yoshitake Furuya
  • Patent number: 10046922
    Abstract: A feed unit, for example for feeding components (2) to smoking article assembly apparatus, having a stationary guide member (14) and a dispensing unit configured to dispense components (2) into the stationary guide member (14). The dispensing unit has one or more channels (7) to receive components (2) one on top of the other, and each channel (7) has a control gate (12) to apply suction/gaseous flow to control output of components (2) from the channel (7) for onward conveyance through the stationary guide member (14).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Assignee: BRITISH AMERICAN TOBACCO (INVESTMENTS) LIMITED
    Inventors: Gary Fallon, Kie Seon Park, Martin Fuller, Geoffrey Vernon, Andrew Cleall, James Stembridge, Thomas Grunfeld
  • Patent number: 10041996
    Abstract: When a pressure plate is positioned above an electronic component placed in a measurement socket of an electronic-component measurement apparatus, a cam-follower drive mechanism of a measurement pressure mechanism is horizontally driven to lower the pressure plate via a cam block, whereby the pressure plate presses the electronic component against the measurement socket at a predetermined pressure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2018
    Assignee: Synax Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Takamitsu Aihara
  • Patent number: 9821958
    Abstract: Utilities (e.g., systems, apparatuses, methods) that reduce robotic assembly contention in media element storage libraries by translating (e.g., displacing) a robot arm of a first robotic assembly mounted over a first storage array of a storage library away from a central reference plane as the robot arm is being pivoted into a first position adjacent the first storage array to allow a robot arm of a second robotic assembly to slide or otherwise move past the robot arm of the first robotic assembly, even when the robot arms of the first and second robot arms are disposed at the same height (e.g., along a z-axis) within the storage library. For instance, a pivot member of the robot arm may be mounted on a carriage that is configured to translate between the first and second storage arrays in response to the pivot member being pivoted about a pivot axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Assignee: Oracle International Corporation
    Inventors: Joseph Paul Manes, Daniel James Plutt, Timothy Craig Ostwald
  • Patent number: 9674978
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention disclose a plug-in mechanism, a subrack including the plug-in mechanism, and a finished board, and relate to a power mechanism, so as to implement fast and reliable plug-in and plug-out by using a lever assistance effect, and a gearing effect of a parallelogram mechanism. The plug-in mechanism provided by an embodiment of the present invention is configured to be disposed between a sub-carrier frame and a parent carrier frame to implement plug-in and plug-out of the sub-carrier frame in the parent carrier frame, and the plug-in mechanism includes a driving part and a gearing part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2017
    Assignee: Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Dingqiang Wu, Dongli Wang, Yao Li
  • Patent number: 9390954
    Abstract: A substrate transfer robot includes a hand and a controller. The hand includes at least one detector configured to detect an arrangement state of a substrate in a substrate storage. The controller is configured to control the at least one detector to detect the arrangement state of the substrate in the substrate storage with the hand inclined in plan view toward a rotation center of the substrate transfer robot relative to a substrate storage center line. The substrate storage center line is in a direction perpendicular to a front surface of the substrate storage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2016
    Assignee: KABUSHIKI KAISHA YASKAWA DENKI
    Inventor: Yoshiki Kimura
  • Patent number: 9378997
    Abstract: A substrate holding mechanism includes a substrate holding claw for holding the substrate. The substrate holding claw includes a slant face for sliding the substrate thereon. Height of the slant face is increased from the inside of a space for holding the substrate toward the outside of the space. A crossing angle formed by a direction in which a machining mark is formed on the slant face and a direction in which the substrate is slid is not less than 0 degree and not more than 45 degrees at least in a partial region of the slant face.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2016
    Assignee: EBARA CORPORATION
    Inventor: Hiroaki Nishida
  • Patent number: 9355879
    Abstract: A substrate transfer robot includes a hand and a controller. The hand includes at least one detector configured to detect an arrangement state of a substrate in a substrate storage. The controller is configured to control the at least one detector to detect the arrangement state of the substrate in the substrate storage with the hand inclined in plan view toward a rotation center of the substrate transfer robot relative to a substrate storage center line. The substrate storage center line is in a direction perpendicular to a front surface of the substrate storage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2016
    Assignee: KABUSHIKI KAISHA YASKAWA DENKI
    Inventor: Yoshiki Kimura
  • Patent number: 9225793
    Abstract: In particular embodiments, a method includes accessing sensor data from sensor nodes in a sensor network and aggregating the sensor data for communication to an indexer in the sensor network. The aggregation of the sensor data includes deduplicating the sensor data; validating the sensor data; formatting the sensor; generating metadata for the sensor data; and time-stamping the sensor data. The metadata identifies one or more pre-determined attributes of the sensor data. The method also includes communicating the aggregated sensor data to the indexer in the sensor network. The indexer is configured to index the aggregated sensor data according to a multi-dimensional array for querying of the aggregated sensor data along with other aggregated sensor data. One or more first ones of the dimensions of the multi-dimensional array include time and one or more second ones of the dimensions of the multi-dimensional include one or more of the pre-determined sensor-data attributes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2015
    Assignee: Cisco Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Debojyoti Dutta, Mainak Sen, Manoj Kumar Pandey, Tarun Banka, Raja Suresh Krishna Balakrishnan
  • Publication number: 20150135789
    Abstract: A tube bending machine for bending a length of a tubular workpiece and an associated tube feeder assembly are disclosed. The tube feeder assembly has a carriage assembly slidably mounted along a rail. A clamp assembly is reversibly mounted to and carried by the carriage assembly. The clamp assembly is adapted to be releasably secured to the workpiece. The clamp assembly and carriage assembly are configurable to align the workpiece central axis along the rail, whereby sliding of the carriage assembly with the workpiece mounted in the clamp assembly carries the workpiece along the rail.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 14, 2014
    Publication date: May 21, 2015
    Inventor: Robert Kyle Hughes, JR.
  • Publication number: 20150132088
    Abstract: According to one embodiment, a sheet insert device includes a cassette having a plurality of containing portions each of which contains a plurality of sheets in a vertically stacked state, a moving structure to move the cassette so that the plurality of containing portions are arranged in turn at a pulling-out position, a grip arm to grip the plurality of sheets contained in the containing portion arranged at the pulling-out position in the stacking direction, and a transferring structure which moves the grip arm, to pull out the plurality of sheets at the pulling-out position which are gripped by the grip arm from the containing portion, and transfers the plurality of sheets to a sheet loading part without changing the posture.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 6, 2014
    Publication date: May 14, 2015
    Inventors: Iwao Tsuji, Kazuhiro Mukai
  • Publication number: 20150125242
    Abstract: The invention relates to a device for transferring, depositing and positioning films that are used as cores in coating-core tablets, in matrices of tablet presses, said device comprising at least three modules, a. module 1 (11) comprising at least one storage unit that contains the films, and/or at least one supply unit that supplies the films for transfer by a second module, b. module 2 (12) comprising at least one transfer unit, at least one conveyor belt (17) and at least one intake wheel (22), c. module 3 (13) comprising at least one controllable vacuum head (25) which comprises a removal device that removes the films from the carriers (28) of module 2 (12) using a vacuum and deposits them in the matrices of the tablet press (14).
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 16, 2014
    Publication date: May 7, 2015
    Applicant: Korsch AG
    Inventors: Michael Schmett, Stefan Mies, Wolfgang Korsch
  • Patent number: 9022716
    Abstract: A work conveying system sequentially conveys a workpiece to multiple working apparatuses and includes a rail track disposed along the multiple working apparatuses and multiple conveyor robots disposed on the rail track and movable on the rail track independently. In addition, a delivery control unit controls the multiple conveyor robots for delivering the workpiece between adjacent conveyor robots. Any one of the multiple conveyor robots can be controlled for isolated individual movement on the rail track between adjacent working apparatuses to sequentially deliver the workpiece.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2015
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Kazunori Yabe
  • Publication number: 20150117988
    Abstract: A cassette transfer apparatus includes a holding unit configured to hold a cassette having a wafer loaded therein, the cassette having at least one stepped part, and the holding unit including at least one holding part configured to have the at least one stepped part placed thereon. The at least one stepped part includes a pair of stepped parts provided at opposite surfaces of the cassette, and the at least one holding part includes a pair of holding parts that extends back and forth and is configured to have the pair of stepped parts placed thereon.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 24, 2014
    Publication date: April 30, 2015
    Inventors: Nam-Su YUK, Kyung-Won KANG, Tae-Hun KIM, Se-Ho PARK, Juno PARK, Yong-Won LEE
  • Patent number: 9015929
    Abstract: An apparatus for inserting a preformed electrical bar conductor into a twisting device of the conductor, the apparatus comprising: a supply device that arranges the preformed bar conductor into a supply direction (X-X), the preformed bar conductor having two rectilinear arms that are parallel to each other and connected to each other by a curved portion; a transfer device that draws the conductor from the supply device into a grip position in which the conductor is arranged along the supply direction (X-X) and rotates it 90 degrees into an insertion position in which the conductor is arranged along an insertion direction (Y-Y), perpendicular to the supply direction (X-X) and parallel to a pocket on the twisting device; and an insertion device that inserts the conductor into the twisting device, the insertion device equipped with thrust means that move the conductor along the insertion direction (Y-Y) until the conductor is at least partially inserted in the pocket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2015
    Assignee: Tecnomatic S.p.A.
    Inventor: Sante Guercioni
  • Publication number: 20150093219
    Abstract: Provided by the present invention are a thermally conductive sheet feeder and a method for feeding a thermally conductive sheet, which are a thermally conductive sheet feeder and a method for feeding a thermally conductive sheet using an emboss carrier tape, wherein the emboss carrier tape provided on its surface with a plurality of pockets, each having one thermally conductive sheet accommodated therein, and a cover film to protect surface of the emboss carrier tape are rolled up in a reel-like form.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 29, 2013
    Publication date: April 2, 2015
    Inventors: Yasuhisa Ishihara, Akihiro Endo
  • Publication number: 20150078865
    Abstract: A positioning apparatus to position an object defining a receiving space includes a bracket, a positioning block, a positioning sensor, a number of positioning suction nozzles, a row of light transmitters, a row of light sensors, and a controller electrically coupled to the positioning sensor and the light sensors. The bracket includes a supporting plate. The positioning block is mounted on the supporting plate. The positioning sensor and positioning suction nozzles are installed to the positioning block. The light transmitters and the light sensors are mounted on two opposite sides of the supporting plate. The object is supported on the supporting plate, and the positioning block is received in the receiving space of the object. The controller controls the positioning suction nozzles to suck the object. The row of light transmitters and the row of light sensors are used for testing whether the object is positioned or not.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 17, 2013
    Publication date: March 19, 2015
    Applicants: HON HAI PRECISION INDUSTRY CO.,LTD., HONG FU JIN PRECISION INDUSTRY (ShenZhen) CO., LTD
    Inventor: GUANG-JIAN WANG
  • Publication number: 20150071741
    Abstract: An egg processing apparatus is provided. Such an apparatus includes a processing head and processing devices associated therewith. Each processing device has an end configured to interact with an avian egg. Each processing device is capable of being selectively held in a non-contact or contact position with respect to an avian egg during a processing sequence such that a first subset of the processing devices is in the non-contact position while simultaneously having a second subset of the processing devices in the contact position. An associated method is also provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 8, 2014
    Publication date: March 12, 2015
    Inventors: Michael Glenn Schnupper, Ramin Karimpour, Thomas Zelmer, Daniel Scott Rees, Steven Jay Edwards
  • Patent number: 8965572
    Abstract: In recent years, frames have gotten larger in size and thinner, and warping of the frames has posed a problem. If a warp of a frame is large, there is a high possibility that fetching the frame may fail. If fetching the frame fails, that is, if the frame cannot be fetched, the lead time of mounting gets longer. Further, the frame that cannot be fetched has to be manually removed by an operator. Therefore, a man-hour increases. According to the present invention, before a loader feeder fetches a frame from a frame magazine, a loader lifter is moved in a Y direction. Thereafter, the loader feeder fetches the frame from the frame magazine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: Hitachi High-Tech Instruments Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Tatsuyuki Ohkubo, Mitsuo Yoda
  • Patent number: 8956568
    Abstract: A sample transfer mechanism of the present invention is characterized broadly by a sample gripping method in which a downward part of a sample vessel is gripped and a cover that achieves an effect as a guide such that gripping arms that grip the sample vessel avoid contact with other objects and bypass surrounding objects, particularly, the sample vessels in approaching and retracting motions. To enhance the effect as the guide and to ensure that the sample vessels can be mounted with a high degree of integration, the shape of the cover and disposition of the sample transfer mechanism are characterized in a number of manners. Thus, a sample transfer mechanism that can perform a transfer process safely with high throughput even under conditions in which a variety of types of sample vessels is mixed together and the sample vessels are mounted with a high degree of integration is provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2015
    Assignee: Hitachi High-Technologies Corporation
    Inventors: Akihiro Ohiso, Yoshiteru Hirama, Tatsuya Fukugaki, Tetsuya Isobe, Hiroaki Sakai
  • Patent number: 8948904
    Abstract: A work picking system according to embodiments includes a three-dimensional measuring unit, a hand, a calculating unit, a determining unit, and an instructing unit. The three-dimensional measuring unit measures a three-dimensional shape of a work that is a gripping target. The hand is provided on a terminal movable unit of a multi-axis robot and includes a mechanism that changes a distance between gripping claws and a mechanism that changes a tip end direction of the gripping claws. The determining unit determines a tip end direction of the gripping claws based on the attitude of the work calculated by the calculating unit and a direction of a rotation axis of the terminal movable unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2015
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Yaskawa Denki
    Inventors: Takuya Murayama, Jun Goto, Shinji Ogasawara
  • Patent number: 8939696
    Abstract: A carrier transfer for automatically transferring a substrate carrier includes a gripper detachably coupled to the substrate carrier, the substrate carrier including a plurality of substrates and at least one open gate through which the plurality of substrates are loaded into or unloaded from the substrate carrier. The gripper includes a gate blocking unit secured to the gripper and configured to shift to a blocking position, the blocking position being a position of the gate blocking unit that partially blocks the gate to prevent the plurality of substrates from being separated from the substrate carrier during the automatic transferring of the substrate carrier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2015
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Jae-Nam Lee, In-Cheol Kim, Jong-Hoon Kim, Hee-Sang Yang, Yu-Dong Won, Sung-Yeol Lee, Jong-In Lee, Min-Gu Chang, Woo-Chul Jeon
  • Publication number: 20140373875
    Abstract: Apparatus and methods for integrating tissue processors and embedding systems. An apparatus, of one aspect, includes a robot. The robot has a work envelope that encompasses a location having a tissue holder and an input of an embedding system. The tissue holder has at least one processed tissue. The robot is configured to transfer the tissue holder from the location to the input of the embedding system. A method, of one aspect, may include moving a robot to a location having a tissue holder. The tissue holder may have at least one processed tissue. The robot may engage with the tissue holder at the location. The robot may move the tissue holder from the location to an input to an embedding system. The robot may disengage from the tissue holder at the input to the embedding system. Other methods, apparatus, and systems are also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 8, 2014
    Publication date: December 25, 2014
    Inventors: Gilles Lefebvre, Robert E. Evans
  • Patent number: 8918204
    Abstract: A transport unit (1) is provided for workpieces (2), in particular sheet metal parts, between neighboring placement areas or machining devices (3, 4), in particular presses. The transport unit (1) includes a multi-axis robot (5) having a gripper tool (9). A controllable transfer unit (6) is also provided that is guided by the robot (5). The unit includes an advancement unit (7) and a pivot unit (8) for the gripper tool (9).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 23, 2014
    Assignee: Kuka Systems GmbH
    Inventors: Yong-Hak Cho, Thomas Holecek, Matthias Gastl, Sebastian Mocker, Thomas Henneke
  • Patent number: 8911197
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method and to an apparatus for the rapid transport of glass sheets between different manufacturing stations in a spacious manufacturing plant for producing photovoltaic elements, wherein said manufacturing plant is subject to clean room conditions, comprising the following features: a) a freely movable mounting for conveying a lifting portal, b) at least one vertical lifting carriage for vertically transporting a glass sheet by means of a telescoping jack plate, wherein said plate can be extended in two opposite directions, has a local lowering and raising function and can transport a glass sheet continuously from one side of the vertical lifting carriage to the other side, c) for operation, the mechanically moved parts are encapsulated free of emissions in a clean room and made of abrasion-proof material, d) a cordless energy supply unit for operating the mounting.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2014
    Assignee: Grenzebach Maschinenbau GmbH
    Inventor: Thomas Rossmann
  • Publication number: 20140363260
    Abstract: The invention relates to a positioning device for use in a tire building system and a method for positioning a bead. The device includes a holding unit including a substantially planar holding surface having a first side, a transport unit movable parallel to the holding surface and including a gripper for gripping the bead and moving the gripped bead substantially along the holding surface, and a bead retainer arranged for at least temporarily retaining the bead in abutment against the holding surface at the first side thereof. The gripper is moveable between a first position in which the gripper projects at least partially out of the holding surface at the first side thereof for gripping the bead, and a second position, in which the gripper is completely arranged behind the holding surface, as viewed from the first side.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Publication date: December 11, 2014
    Applicant: VMI HOLLAND B.V.
    Inventors: Marco Slot, Gerardus Johannes Catharina Van Laar
  • Publication number: 20140345783
    Abstract: A method and a plant for managing the production cycle of a plant for building tyres for vehicle wheels, wherein the plant provides for a storage region for anchoring annular structures and a plurality of processing stations at least one of which is associated with a forming drum, includes feeding a plurality of anchoring annular structures to the storage region, picking up the anchoring annular structures from the storage region at a predetermined picking-up position that does not change on changing of the types of the anchoring annular structures, and feeding the picked-up anchoring annular structures to the processing station associated with the forming drum.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 27, 2012
    Publication date: November 27, 2014
    Inventors: Maurizio Marchini, Albert Berenguer
  • Publication number: 20140301809
    Abstract: The recording medium delivery mechanism includes a slider, a holding lever, a biasing portion, a lever-opening operation portion, and a housing and discharging drive unit. The slider is supported on a chassis to be movable in housing and discharging directions of a recording medium. The holding lever is rotatably supported by the slider and configured to hold the recording medium. The biasing portion is configured to bias the holding lever toward the recording medium. The lever-opening operation portion is provided to the holding lever, is engaged with a lever engagement portion provided to the chassis by a movement of the slider in the discharging direction of the recording medium, and configured to rotate the holding lever in a direction away from the recording medium. The housing and discharging drive unit is configured to move the chassis and the slider in the housing and discharging directions of the recording medium.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 28, 2014
    Publication date: October 9, 2014
    Applicant: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Wataru Nonaka, Osamu Shimizu, Keiji Jitsukawa
  • Publication number: 20140288695
    Abstract: The invention relates to an operating method for a positioning system 1, in particular for the structural assembly of aircraft, wherein the positioning system 1 comprises a plurality of positioners 2a, 2b, 2c, each of which has at least one manipulator M. The manipulators M grasp a component B and manipulate it in a synchronised manner, while it is jointly grasped by the manipulators M.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 15, 2012
    Publication date: September 25, 2014
    Inventors: Alexander Meissner, Jens H├Ącker, Dirk Poppe, Nihat Biyiklioglu, Taoufik Mbarek
  • Publication number: 20140286735
    Abstract: A lift mechanism for a glass substrate in an exposure machine is provided, which comprises a base, a lift platform mounted on the top of the base and used to lift the glass substrate, lift bars mounted on the perimeter of the base, and at least one adsorbing devices mounted above the glass substrate; the lift bars are used to lift the perimeter of the glass substrate; each of the adsorbing devices is used to adsorb the upper surface of the substrate and able to move along the vertical direction and the horizontal direction. The lift mechanism for the glass substrate comprises a lift platform, and it has good integrality and uniform temperature, which is benefit for the HVA optically aligning of the glass substrate. Furthermore, the switch between the two-part lift method and the three-part lift method will be simple and with high working efficiency.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 25, 2013
    Publication date: September 25, 2014
    Applicant: SHENZHEN CHINA STAR OPTOELECTRONICS TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Xiaocheng Liu
  • Publication number: 20140271058
    Abstract: A system (10) and method for positioning a hot glass sheet G on a roll conveyor 24 for further processing utilizes sensors (60, 62, 64) for sensing a conveyed glass sheet position and a turntable (72) having an actuator (74) for providing axial shifting of rolls (26) supported on the turntable to properly locate the glass sheet G, without any sliding between the glass sheet and the conveyor rolls, both rotationally and laterally for further processing which is specifically disclosed as forming.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: GLASSTECH, INC.
    Inventors: David B. Nitschke, Dean M. Nitschke
  • Publication number: 20140271059
    Abstract: A feed mechanism to feed objects for insertion into tobacco industry products including a rotary member for receiving objects, the rotary member having a plurality of channels, each channel being adapted so that in use objects assemble in a row in the channel which rotates with the rotary member, each channel having an outlet for dispensing an object from the channel, and a pneumatic mechanism configured to hold an object in a row prior to the object being dispensed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 29, 2014
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: Tobacco Research and Development Institute (Proprietary) Limited
    Inventor: Gerhard LE ROUX
  • Publication number: 20140271060
    Abstract: A feed mechanism to feed objects for insertion into tobacco industry products including a rotary member for receiving objects, the rotary member having a plurality of channels, each channel being adapted so that in use objects assemble in a row in the channel which rotates with the rotary member, each channel having an outlet for dispensing an object from the channel, and a pneumatic mechanism configured to hold an object in a row prior to the object being dispensed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 29, 2014
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: Tobacco Research and Development Institute (Proprietary) Limited
    Inventor: Gerhard LE ROUX
  • Publication number: 20140255131
    Abstract: A handling device includes a support seat defining an inserting hole, a first driving member, and a handling assembly. The first driving member is assembled to the support seat and is aligned with the inserting hole. The handling assembly includes a mounting seat, a transmission subassembly, a second driving member, and a suction subassembly. The mounting seat is assembled to a side of the support seat opposite to the first driving member, the mounting seat is adjacent to the inserting hole. The transmission subassembly is assembled to the support seat. The second driving member is assembled to the mounting seat and connected to the transmission subassembly. The suction subassembly is assembled to the transmission subassembly. Wherein the first driving member extends through the inserting hole and supports a workpiece, the suction subassembly sucks the workpiece, the second driving member drives the transmission subassembly to handle the workpiece to a workstation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 27, 2014
    Publication date: September 11, 2014
    Applicants: HON HAI PRECISION INDUSTRY CO., LTD., FU DING ELECTRONICAL TECHNOLOGY (JIASHAN) CO.,LTD.
    Inventors: HONG-TAO GE, XIANG-TAO ZHANG, LONG-FEI LI
  • Publication number: 20140234978
    Abstract: A laboratory sample distribution system is presented. The laboratory sample distribution system comprises a plurality of container carriers. The container carriers each comprise at least one magnetically active device such as, for example, at least one permanent magnet, and carry a sample container containing a sample. The system further comprises a transport plane to carry the multiple container carriers and a plurality of electro-magnetic actuators stationary arranged below the transport plane. The electro-magnetic actuators move a container carrier on top of the transport plane by applying a magnetic force to the container carrier. The system also comprises at least one transfer device to transfer a sample item, wherein the sample item is a container carrier, a sample container, part of the sample and/or the complete sample, between the transport plane and a laboratory station such as, for example, a pre-analytical, an analytical and/or a post-analytical station.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 28, 2014
    Publication date: August 21, 2014
    Applicant: Roche Diagnostics Operations, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Heise, Hans Schneider
  • Publication number: 20140219750
    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: Application
    Filed: April 11, 2014
    Publication date: August 7, 2014
    Applicant: Dynamic Micro Systems, Semiconductor Equipment GmbH
    Inventor: Lutz Rebstock
  • Publication number: 20140196366
    Abstract: 1.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 8, 2012
    Publication date: July 17, 2014
    Applicant: NUPLANT PTY LTD
    Inventor: Robert Dixon Teasdale
  • Patent number: 8770907
    Abstract: A cryopreservation vessel of the present invention includes a vessel body which holds a low-temperature liquefied gas, a cap which closes an opening section of the vessel body and has a plurality of through holes that are formed so as to pass through in a vertical direction, and ampoule storing tools which are housed so as to be able to pass through the through holes of the cap, and the ampoule storing tools are each comprised of a support pillar and a plurality of ampoule storing sections which are equipped with the support pillar so as to be arrayed in a vertical direction of the support pillar.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 11, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2014
    Assignee: Taiyo Nippon Sanso Corporation
    Inventors: Shigehiro Yoshimura, Masahiro Takeuchi, Mamoru Fujita, Hidetoshi Ohta
  • Patent number: 8770906
    Abstract: A substrate support apparatus has a substrate holding portion to be inserted into a center hole formed in a substrate to support the substrate in a vertical orientation, and includes a first connecting plate connected to the substrate holding portion and a second connecting plate which faces the first connecting plate and is connectable to a transport robot that transports the substrate to a substrate holder. In addition, a shock absorbing member is arranged between the first connecting plate and the second connecting plate so as to allow a movement of the first connecting plate relative to the second connecting plate in horizontal and vertical directions. Support members are configured to connect the first connecting plate to the second connecting plate while allowing the movement of the first connecting plate relative to the second connecting plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2014
    Assignee: Canon Anelva Corporation
    Inventors: Masahiro Atsumi, Masaaki Ishida
  • Publication number: 20140161572
    Abstract: An integrated grip arm for transfer reticles and carrier boxes is disclosed for improving throughput, yield and reliability of transport equipment. The 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 further comprise sensor or means to select the right gripper for the right reticles or carrier boxes.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 16, 2014
    Publication date: June 12, 2014
    Applicant: Dynamic Micro Systems, Semiconductor Equipment Gmb
    Inventor: Lutz Rebstock
  • Patent number: 8731706
    Abstract: A vacuum processing apparatus includes a plurality of vacuum containers; a vacuumized transfer unit connected with the vacuum containers and having a transfer chamber; a plurality of lock chambers connected to the vacuumized transfer unit; a vacuumized transferring section arranged in the transfer chamber to transfer the sample between each of the lock chambers and each of the processing chambers inside the plurality of vacuum containers; an atmospheric transfer container having a space through which the sample is transferred under the atmospheric pressure; an atmospheric transfer unit arranged in the atmospheric transfer container and adapted to transfer the sample from a cassette; and a controller operative on the basis of schedule information of a plurality of operations to adjust the operations, the information including times of stagnation of the plurality of samples and set therefor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2014
    Assignee: Hitachi High-Technologies Corporation
    Inventors: Shingo Kimura, Shouji Okiguchi, Akira Kagoshima, Shinji Obama
  • Patent number: 8707893
    Abstract: A substrate treatment system includes a plurality of treatment apparatuses, a position adjustment apparatus adjusting a center position of the substrate, a substrate transfer apparatus transferring the substrate to the treatment apparatuses and the position adjustment apparatus, and a control unit controlling operations of the apparatuses. The substrate transfer apparatus includes an arm part curved along a peripheral edge portion of the substrate with a radius of curvature larger than a radius of the substrate, and a holding part projecting inward from the arm part and holding a rear surface of the substrate. The position adjustment apparatus includes a mounting table which holds a central portion of the rear surface of the substrate and is rotatable and horizontally movable. The control unit controls the mounting table such that the center position of the substrate held on the mounting table is aligned with a center position of the arm part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2014
    Assignee: Tokyo Electron Limited
    Inventors: Masatoshi Deguchi, Hideo Funakoshi, Toshichika Takei, Norifumi Sato, Wataru Kiyota, Daisuke Ishimaru, Shinichi Machidori, Ikuo Sunaka, Shigenori Kamei
  • Publication number: 20140106648
    Abstract: A glass-plate working apparatus includes a glass-plate supporting portion 20a of a feed conveyor 7, a glass-plate supporting portion 20b of a cutting section 2, a glass-plate supporting portion 20c of a bend-breaking section 4, a glass-plate supporting portion 20d of a grinding section 3, and a glass-plate supporting portion 20e of a discharge conveyor 8; a cutting head 9, a bend-breaking device 66, and a grinding head 10 for processing glass plates 5 which are respectively supported by the supporting portions 20b, 20c, and 20d; and a transporting device 89 for transporting the glass plate 5 on the supporting portion 20a onto the supporting portion 20b, the glass plate 5 on the supporting portion 20b onto the supporting portion 20c, the glass plate 5 on the supporting portion 20c onto the supporting portion 20d, and the glass plate 5 on the supporting portion 20d onto the supporting portion 20e, respectively.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 17, 2013
    Publication date: April 17, 2014
    Applicant: BANDO KIKO CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Kazuaki BANDO
  • Publication number: 20140093337
    Abstract: For the transport of a substrate from a cassette to a back surface cleaning processing unit in a cleaning processing block, a transfer robot rotates the substrate through 90 degrees from a horizontal attitude in which the front surface of the substrate is positioned to face upward into a standing attitude while transporting the substrate out of a cassette to a substrate passing part, and passes the substrate in the standing attitude to the substrate passing part. The substrate passing part holds the substrate in the standing attitude. A main transport robot receives the substrate held in the standing attitude. The main transport robot rotates the substrate through 90 degrees from the standing attitude into a horizontal attitude in which the back surface of the substrate is positioned to face upward while transporting the substrate from the substrate passing part to the back surface cleaning processing unit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 6, 2013
    Publication date: April 3, 2014
    Applicant: DAINIPPON SCREEN MFG CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Motoyasu HAYASHI, Jun SHIBUKAWA, Mitsukazu TAKAHASHI
  • Patent number: 8668423
    Abstract: A grasping device includes a first member, a fixed member fixed to the first member, a first finger member fixed to one end of the first member, a slide mechanism fixed to the first member, a first slider member slidably attached to the slide mechanism, a second member fixed to the first slider member at one end thereof, a guide mechanism fixed to the second member, a second slider member slidably attached to the guide mechanism, a second finger member fixed to the second slider member, and a displacement increasing mechanism that transmits a relative displacement between the fixed member and the first slider member to the second slider member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 11, 2014
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Yaskawa Denki
    Inventor: Kenichi Motonaga
  • Publication number: 20140056670
    Abstract: The invention is a transfer arrangement for transporting and/or positioning and/or aligning a workpiece and is used in particular in presses or press lines. A cross member can be moved and/or pivoted in a plurality of directions in space. The movement of the cross member is controlled or regulated by means of a control unit and by means of a corresponding number of axial drives. A servomotor is located on the cross member. A base support can be coupled to the cross member and a drivable shaft is arranged on the base support. A coupling arrangement of the cross member interacts with a mating connecting means on the base support to establish the mechanical fastening. A coupling means interacts with a mating coupling means to establish a rotational connection between the servomotor and the drivable shaft. A workpiece gripping arrangement is present on the base support.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 5, 2012
    Publication date: February 27, 2014
    Applicant: SCHULER PRESSEN GMBH
    Inventor: Markus Gebhard