Plural Grippers For Plural Elements Patents (Class 414/226.01)
  • Patent number: 10622242
    Abstract: A pair of guide parts of a substrate inverting device comes in contact with the peripheral edge portion of a substrate on both sides in the width direction of the substrate. The switching mechanism changes a state of contact between the pair of guide parts and the substrate by switching the positions of the pair of guide parts between a first contact position and a second contact position. Each of the pair of guide parts has a first contact region and a second contact region. The second contact region is located at a position different in the up-down direction and the width direction from the position of the first contact region. The substrate inverting device is capable of switching regions of the guide parts that come in contact with the substrate between the first contact regions and the second contact regions in accordance with the state of the substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Assignee: SCREEN Holdings Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Ryo Muramoto
  • Patent number: 10597779
    Abstract: Apparatus and methods for aligning large susceptors in batch processing chambers are described. Apparatus and methods for controlling the parallelism of a susceptor relative to a gas distribution assembly are also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Assignee: Applied Materials, Inc.
    Inventors: William T. Weaver, Robert Brent Vopat, Joseph Yudovsky, Jason M. Schaller
  • Patent number: 10431480
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for processing a semiconductor is disclosed herein. In one embodiment, a processing system for semiconductor processing is disclosed. The processing chamber includes two transfer chambers, a processing chamber, and a rotation module. The processing chamber is coupled to the transfer chamber. The rotation module is positioned between the transfer chambers. The rotation module is configured to rotate the substrate. The transfer chambers are configured to transfer the substrate between the processing chamber and the transfer chamber. In another embodiment, a method for processing a substrate on the apparatus is disclosed herein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: APPLIED MATERIALS, INC.
    Inventors: Tuan Anh Nguyen, Amit Kumar Bansal, Juan Carlos Rocha-Alvarez
  • Patent number: 10403528
    Abstract: A substrate processing apparatus includes a process chamber and a transfer device configured to transfer a plurality of substrates to a substrate retainer. The transfer device includes a base; a first moving unit capable of linear motion; a first drive unit to drive the first moving unit. The first drive unit includes a first pulley group; a first motor coupled to a first pulley; and a first connecting member coupling the first belt and the first moving unit. A second moving unit is capable of linear motion. A second drive unit is in an enclosure of the first moving unit and drives the second moving unit. The second drive unit includes a second pulley group; a second belt wound on the second pulley group, a second motor coupled to drive a second pulley; and a second connecting member coupling the second belt and the second moving unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: KOKUSAI ELECTRIC CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yasuaki Komae, Takashi Nogami, Tomoshi Taniyama, Shigeru Odake
  • Patent number: 10256124
    Abstract: A system including a first linear bearing, a second linear bearing, a first shuttle, and a second shuttle. The first linear bearing is mounted in and disposed along a linear path of a transfer chamber. The second linear bearing is mounted on a same side of the transfer chamber as the first linear bearing and disposed along the linear path. The first shuttle rides on the first linear bearing and carries a first wafer. The second shuttle rides on the second linear bearing and carries a second wafer. The second shuttle moves independent of the first shuttle. During movement of the first shuttle and the second shuttle and during a first period of time, a first portion of the second shuttle is above the first shuttle such that the first portion of the second shuttle is vertically overlapping the first shuttle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: LAM RESEARCH CORPORATION
    Inventor: Benjamin W. Mooring
  • Patent number: 9964588
    Abstract: A handler for testing semiconductor device is disclosed. The handler for testing semiconductor device includes a socket plate having a test socket to be electrically connected to a tester, a device feeder configured to feed a semiconductor device to the test socket or recover the semiconductor device from the test socket, a camera obtaining an image of the test socket, a sensor sensing an exposing moment that at least one photographing area among photographing areas on the test socket is exposed to the camera, while the device feeder moves, and a controller configured to operate the camera to take a photograph at the exposing moment and to determine whether a semiconductor device remains in the test socket, using the image obtained by the camera.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Assignee: TECHWING CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Sung Il Kwon, Jae Hun Jeong
  • Patent number: 9786532
    Abstract: A substrate processing apparatus is described herein. The substrate processing apparatus comprises a transferring device including: a grasping section configured to grasp a substrate holder, a transferring section configured to transfer the substrate holder grasped by the grasping section, and a processing bath for storing a substrate held by the substrate holder so that a surface of the substrate is vertically oriented. The grasping section is configured to grasp the substrate holder with a surface of the substrate oriented horizontally. The transferring section is configured to transfer the substrate holder above the processing bath, with the surface of the substrate oriented horizontally.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2017
    Assignee: EBARA CORPORATION
    Inventors: Toshio Yokoyama, Masahiko Sekimoto, Kenichi Kobayashi, Kenichi Akazawa, Takashi Mitsuya, Keiichi Kurashina
  • Patent number: 9576833
    Abstract: A robot for a substrate processing system includes a first arm and a second arm each including a first arm portion connected to a base, a second arm portion connected to the first arm portion, and an end effector connected to the second arm portion. The first arm and the second arm are each configured to actuate between a fully retracted position and a plurality of extended positions. The end effector of the first arm is configured to support a first substrate and the end effector of the second arm is configured to support a second substrate. When the first arm and the second arm are in the respective fully retracted positions, the first substrate is spaced apart from and does not overlap the second substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: LAM RESEARCH CORPORATION
    Inventors: Richard Blank, Matt McLellan
  • Patent number: 9184071
    Abstract: A treating section includes a plurality of treating blocks juxtaposed horizontally. Each treating block is vertically divided into stories. Each story includes treating units and a main transport mechanism. Substrates are transportable between the same stories of the treating blocks. Further, the substrates are transportable between different stories. Thus, the apparatus can transport the substrates flexibly between the treating blocks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2015
    Assignee: Screen Semiconductor Solutions Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hiroyuki Ogura, Tsuyoshi Mitsuhashi, Yoshiteru Fukutomi, Kenya Morinishi, Yasuo Kawamatsu, Hiromichi Nagashima
  • 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
  • Patent number: 8989899
    Abstract: A transfer system according to an embodiment includes a robot and a determination unit. The robot includes robot hands that hold a workpiece in a thin plate shape and that are located at different heights. The determination unit determines the robot hands that hold the workpiece based on a combination of temperature of the workpiece to be held by each of the robot hands.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Yaskawa Denki
    Inventors: Ryuji Ando, Kazunori Hino, Shinichi Katsuda
  • Publication number: 20140377038
    Abstract: A rotating holder is envisioned to invert Petri dishes by 180° and to loosen the bottom from the cover, which has two positions to accommodate Petri dishes. By inverting the rotating holder around a rotation axis, the Petri dishes are reversed and inverted in the two positions. Thus the bottom of the upper Petri dish will be lowered and be engaged by a gripper.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 3, 2014
    Publication date: December 25, 2014
    Inventor: Cosmas G. MALIN
  • Publication number: 20140374217
    Abstract: A tray sealer that may be incorporated into a packaging facility, the tray sealer may include a tray feeder for collecting a plurality of trays that are conveyed on a continuously moving chain feeder. An embodiment of the tray feeder may comprise at least two train chains. Each train chain may be independently moveable and each train chain may be operable grouping the plurality of the trays into groups and transferring the groups to a sealing station. The group of trays may have number of trays that corresponds to the operation of the sealing station. The tray sealer may include the transfer of a group of trays by a gripper system to a sealing station of the tray sealer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 13, 2014
    Publication date: December 25, 2014
    Applicant: Multivac Sepp Haggenmuller GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventor: Wolfgang Buchenberg
  • Patent number: 8845262
    Abstract: A substrate processing apparatus includes a substrate transit table configured to mount thereon a plurality of substrates; a substrate processing chamber configured to process the substrate one by one; a substrate transfer device capable of loading the substrate into the substrate processing chamber from the substrate transit table and unloading the substrate from the substrate processing chamber to the substrate transit table; and N number of (N is an integer equal to or larger than 3) substrate holding devices provided at the substrate transfer device and configured to hold the substrates one by one. Here, a multiplicity of (2 to N?1 number of) substrates are concurrently held by 2 to N?1 number of substrate holding devices among the N number of substrate holding devices and one substrate is loaded into the substrate processing chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2014
    Assignee: Tokyo Electron Limited
    Inventors: Akira Murata, Issei Ueda, Osamu Kuroda, Kouji Kimoto, Masahiro Yoshida
  • Publication number: 20140212246
    Abstract: An apparatus for picking and placing or for picking and transferring or for picking, placing and pressing semiconductor components (10) is disclosed. The apparatus (10) comprises a motor for generating power to rotate a turret (6) which holds a plurality of pick up heads (7), a plurality of pressers (8), wherein each of said pressers (8) is a voice coil assembly (3) which consist of voice coil actuator assemblies (31), at least one stationary frame (1, 2) to secure said voice coil assemblies (3) and a controller means to control the direction and magnitude of displacement of said voice coil actuator assemblies (31). When current flows into voice coil in said voice coil actuator assembly (31), electromagnetic force is generated in vertical direction, forcing said actuators to press said pick up heads (7) located directly below said actuators at a particular moment, which in turn reaches to and press on wafers or semiconductor components located below said pick up heads.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 27, 2014
    Publication date: July 31, 2014
    Applicant: EXIS TECH SDN BHD
    Inventor: HENG LEE LEE
  • 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: 8758208
    Abstract: A tool handling device for machine tools, comprising a tool magazine having a transfer position for the transfer of the tools, including a tool changer movable between the transfer position and an exchange position, which has a rotatable double gripper, and a supporting structure movable on a foundation, on which the tool changer is mounted. In order to achieve fast tool changes in tight spaces on the machine, the supporting structure has an upper slide and a lower slide which can both be displaced by means of spindle drives in the same direction on a foundation, wherein a single drive motor is provided for driving the two spindle drives.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2014
    Assignee: Deckel Maho Pfronten GmbH
    Inventors: Matthias Mayr, Michael Trenkle, Hans Gronbach
  • 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: 8684168
    Abstract: A handler for electronic components, in particular IC's, comprising a feed unit for plungers with a pneumatic cylinder unit that can be displaced and that is coupled to a pneumatic cylinder displacement unit, which moves said cylinder unit back and forth in the axial direction of the plungers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 1, 2014
    Assignee: Multitest Elektronische Systeme GmbH
    Inventors: Stefan Thiel, Günther Jeserer, Andreas Wiesböck, Alexander Bauer
  • Patent number: 8657550
    Abstract: A crucible handling shuttle includes a pair of opposed dual crucible-gripping arms mounted on a rotatable head. The shuttle is removably plugged into a sliding block of a carriage to move between a furnace and a crucible loading station. The carriage includes mechanical, electrical, and pneumatic plugs or sockets which couple to mating sockets or plugs of the shuttle. A linear actuator extends between the carriage and the furnace base to raise and lower the carriage and shuttle coupled thereto.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2014
    Assignee: Leco Corporation
    Inventors: Gordon C. Ford, Raghu Murthy
  • Patent number: 8506231
    Abstract: A handler includes a device holding portion, which holds an uninspected device and loads the device in a measuring socket on a device tester, having a suction means for sucking the device by a very weak pushing force at the time of sucking the device from an uninspection tray and for loading the device in a measuring socket and also having a clamper capable of outputting a pushing force which can be changed at the time of the measurement contact. The device holding portion includes a position correcting mechanism for making a device position correction executed by an image recognizing and position correcting means.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2013
    Assignee: Tohoku Seiki Industries, Ltd.
    Inventors: Masayoshi Yokoo, Koichi Yoshida, Norikazu Kainuma
  • Publication number: 20130123089
    Abstract: Systems, methods and apparatus are described for a centrifuge module of a laboratory analysis system. Specimen containers may be weighed, loaded into a centrifuge adapter, and transported to a centrifuge module by an adapter shuttle. A centrifuge adapter gripper may transport the centrifuge adapter into a centrifuge for centrifugation. The centrifuge adapter may be transported by the centrifuge adapter gripper to an adapter shuttle for unloading of the specimen containers, which may be performed by a specimen container gripper. A centrifuge drawer that allows a centrifuge to be extended from its installed position is also described. Additional embodiments pertain to a sequence for replacing, in a centrifuge, a set of centrifuge adapters that have been centrifuged with a set of centrifuge adapters that have not been centrifuged. A sequence for loading specimen containers into centrifuge adapters is also described.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 7, 2012
    Publication date: May 16, 2013
    Applicant: Beckman Coulter, Inc.
    Inventor: Beckman Coulter, Inc.
  • Publication number: 20130115029
    Abstract: An apparatus (4) for inserting preformed electrical bar conductors (8) into an associable twisting device (12), comprising a supply device (28) of conductors (8), which are bent in a manner so as to have two substantially-rectilinear arms (16), parallel to each other, connected to each other by a curved portion (20), said electrical bar conductors (8) being arranged according to a supply direction (X-X). The apparatus (4) also comprises a transfer device (32) which draws a conductor (8) from the supply device (28) and rotates it 90 degrees into an insertion position in which it is arranged according to an insertion direction (Y-Y), perpendicular to said supply direction (X-X) and parallel to pockets (24) of an associable twisting device (12) of the conductors (8).
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 16, 2010
    Publication date: May 9, 2013
    Inventor: Sante Guercioni
  • Patent number: 8413790
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for synchronizing, and a transfer device for synchronizing, a movement pattern between two units in a packaging line, wherein one unit is intermittently operated and the second unit is continuously operated. The invention is particularly intended for a transfer device between an intermittently operated filler unit and a continuously operated cartoning machine. The transfer device is provided with a frame (13) arranged to support tube pickers-/placers (28) and is arranged to perform a simultaneous pivoting movement about a first and a second shaft (16, 31), and for rotation about a third shaft (48) at right angles to the second shaft (31). The frame is further provided with means for adjusting the spacing between the tubes and means for compensating for differences in vertical position during the rotating movement in the case where the containers picked from the part circular conveyor of the filling unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2013
    Assignee: Norden Machinery AB
    Inventor: Jan Nilsson
  • Patent number: 8322963
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention generally provide an apparatus and method for transferring substrates in a processing system (e.g., a cluster tool) that has an increased system throughput, increased system reliability, improved device yield performance, a more repeatable wafer processing history (or wafer history), and a reduced footprint when compared to conventional techniques.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2012
    Assignee: Applied Materials, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeffrey C. Hudgens, Jagan Rangarajan, Michael R. Rice, Penchala N. Kankanala
  • Patent number: 8202034
    Abstract: A robot according to this invention includes a driving mechanism, a first arm rotatably connected to the driving mechanism, a second arm rotatably connected to the first arm, and an X-shaped end effector rotatably disposed at the distal end of the second arm. Of the four distal ends of the end effector, two distal ends include holding units which can hold substrates in one direction, and the remaining two distal ends include holding units which can hold substrates in the opposite direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2012
    Assignee: Canon Anelva Corporation
    Inventors: Hiroshi Sone, Ryuji Higashisaka, Kazutoshi Yoshibayashi, Tatsunori Sato, Tatsuhiro Takahashi
  • Patent number: 8191233
    Abstract: According to one embodiment, a head stack assembly incorporating device connects a head stack assembly to the base of a magnetic disk device by screwing a connector on the bottom surface of the rotational shaft of the head stack assembly and a connector on the base of the magnetic device together. The head stack assembly incorporating device includes a chuck and a driving-force transmitter. The chuck pinches the rotational shaft of the head stack assembly from the upper surface of the head stack assembly to be fixed to the rotational shaft. The chuck is rotatable around the central axis of the rotational shaft. The driving-force transmitter transmits a rotational force to the chuck.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2012
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba
    Inventors: Ryousuke Naide, Takeshi Kurumizawa
  • Patent number: 8177469
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for handling disks as part of a magnetic disk manufacturing process is provided. In one embodiment, during a drying process the disks are engaged at the inner diameter rather than the outer diameter to eliminate the formation of residue on the surface of the disks at or proximate data zones. The disks may be engaged individually or in pairs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2012
    Assignee: Seagate Technology LLC
    Inventor: Daniel Peinovich
  • Patent number: 8167524
    Abstract: A semiconductor package handling system is provided comprising a package holder for receiving and holding singulated semiconductor packages, and a first inspection device which is arranged and configured to inspect a first surface of the packages while they are being held by the package holder. An offloading device receives the packages from the package holder and conveys them packages to an offloader, and a second inspection device is arranged and configured to inspect a second surface of the packages which is opposite from the first surface while they are being held by the offloading device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2012
    Assignee: ASM Assembly Automation Ltd
    Inventors: Chi Wah Cheng, Wang Lung Alan Tse, Tim Wai Tony Mak, Lap Kei Eric Chow
  • Patent number: 8161615
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for clamping and processing conveyor belt ends includes a stationary stand and a clamping member supported on the stand and configured to selectively retain an associated conveyor belt end therein. A belt processing member is configured to process the conveyor belt end retained in the clamping member, and a rail is detachably mounted on one of the stand member and the clamping member, and movably supports thereon the belt processing member for movement of the same along the conveyor belt end retained in the clamping member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2012
    Assignee: Mato Maschinen-Und Metallwarenfabrik Curt Matthaei GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Gerhard Borner, Thomas Wilk
  • Publication number: 20120093618
    Abstract: A method and an apparatus (A) are disclosed, for transferring a plurality of tubular receptacles (1) made of a fragile material, suitable for containing doses of medicinal substances, for example barrels (1) for syringes or vials, from containers (2, 20), in which the receptacles (1) are housable separated from one another, to a packing machine (M) for processing the receptacles (1). Each container (2, 20) houses a multiplicity of receptacles (1) and is transportable by a conveyor line (L) towards the packing machine (M). The method includes the following steps: a. collecting a plurality of receptacles (1) from a container (2, 20), maintaining the receptacles (1) separated from one another; b. arranging the collected receptacles (1) at an inlet (I) of the packing machine (M), in a predefined formation and kept separated from one another, and c.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 13, 2011
    Publication date: April 19, 2012
    Applicant: MARCHESINI GROUP S.P.A.
    Inventor: Giuseppe MONTI
  • Patent number: 8137046
    Abstract: A substrate transfer apparatus comprising: a plurality of floating-transfer guide plates adjacent to each other, each of guide plates having a plurality of floating gas ejecting holes; a gas supplying source; a tray to mount a substrate to be transferred, and that is floated by the floating gas; and a transfer arm for transferring the floated tray from the guide plate to the adjacent other guide plate, wherein the tray includes both side edges, and a contact/engagement portion formed at the respective both side edges for the transfer arm, each of the transfer arms including a base portion that can horizontally reciprocate along a rail provided so as to be parallel to the transfer direction, a guide portion provided to the base portion, that can horizontally reciprocate in a direction orthogonal to the transfer direction, and an arm portion provided to the guide portion, that can horizontally reciprocate in the direction parallel to the transfer direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2012
    Assignee: Sharp Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Katsushi Kishimoto, Yusuke Fukuoka, Noriyoshi Kohama, Yusuke Ozaki
  • Patent number: 8070409
    Abstract: An apparatus to feed elongated metallic workpieces to a manufacturing process including a storage hopper configured to hold a plurality of workpieces that are randomly oriented and a movement device having a workpiece support that is automatically engageable with a workpiece.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2011
    Assignee: Ajax Tocco Magnethermic Corp.
    Inventors: Theodore E. Burke, Robert Amerine
  • Patent number: 8037996
    Abstract: An apparatus for transferring a plurality of electronic components includes a row of pick heads operative to pick up the electronic components simultaneously from a first location and to place them at a second location. Additionally, there is a driving mechanism operative to drive the pick heads to move relative to one another in directions which are parallel to a length of the row of pick heads whereby to adjust a pitch width of the pick heads.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2011
    Assignee: ASM Assembly Automation Ltd
    Inventors: Chi Wah Cheng, Wang Lung Tse, Chi Hang Leung
  • Publication number: 20110248738
    Abstract: A wafer processing apparatus used for the testing of electronic devices comprises first and second clampers movably mounted on a shaft, each clamper being configured for holding a wafer carrier on which a wafer is mounted. Clamping fingers on each of the first and second clampers are operative to clamp onto the wafer carrier to hold the wafer carriers, and the clampers are operative to move the wafer carriers reciprocally between a loading position and a wafer processing location for processing the wafers.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 4, 2011
    Publication date: October 13, 2011
    Inventors: Chak Tong SZE, Pei Wei TSAI, Tin Yi CHAN, Wai Hong SIZTO, Cho Hin CHEUK
  • Publication number: 20110150610
    Abstract: An apparatus for transferring products, e.g. food products, from a pick-up region into a placement region includes a conveying device to convey the products into the pick-up region after one another in a conveying direction and at least one first and one second robot which are arranged spaced apart from one another when viewed in the conveying direction in the environment of the conveying device and which each include a robot base and an end effector movable relative to the robot base for picking up and placing down the products. The spacing between the robot base of the first robot and the robot base of the second robot can be set.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 16, 2010
    Publication date: June 23, 2011
    Applicant: Weber Maschinenbau GmbH Breidenbach
    Inventor: Guenther Weber
  • Publication number: 20110052349
    Abstract: A robot according to this invention includes a driving mechanism, a first arm rotatably connected to the driving mechanism, a second arm rotatably connected to the first arm, and an X-shaped end effector rotatably disposed at the distal end of the second arm. Of the four distal ends of the end effector, two distal ends include holding units which can hold substrates in one direction, and the remaining two distal ends include holding units which can hold substrates in the opposite direction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 1, 2010
    Publication date: March 3, 2011
    Applicant: CANON ANELVA CORPORATION
    Inventors: Hiroshi SONE, Ryuji HIGASHISAKA, Kazutoshi YOSHIBAYASHI, Tatsunori SATO, Tatsuhiro TAKAHASHI
  • Patent number: 7784784
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for transferring printed products conveyed in a shingled flow in a conveying direction by a conveyor to a transporter positioned above the conveyor. The shingled flow is conveyed with circulating clamps. Each printed product respectively projects with a leading end over a front end of a following printed product in the conveying direction and the circulating clamps respectively clamp the leading end of the printed products. Each printed product is lifted from below along one side of the shingled flow in a transfer region formed by the shingled flow and the above-positioned transporter. After the printed products are is lifted up, a trailing end of each printed product is gripped by a clamp of the transporter and then the printed products are further transported.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2010
    Assignee: Mueller Martini Holding AG
    Inventors: Rolf Meyerhans, Ueli Mattmann
  • Patent number: 7769488
    Abstract: A reconfigurable structure includes a plurality of selectively extensible and retractable limbs, at least one node pivotably receiving respective ends of at least two limbs, and an actuator associated with each limb for extending and retracting the limb. The structure may further include an addressable module associated with each actuator to control the actuator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2005
    Date of Patent: August 3, 2010
    Assignee: The United States of America as represented by the Administrator of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration
    Inventor: Steven A. Curtis
  • Patent number: 7762383
    Abstract: A freeze dryer comprises a chamber having a rectangular slot through which vials are inserted into the chamber. An assembly for loading and/or unloading the chamber comprises a transfer bar extending across the slot. The bar is pivotally attached at each end to first and second flat springs, each spring being wound on a respective rotatably mounted spool located proximate the slot. Drive means are provided for synchronously rotating the spools to effect movement of the bar into or out from the chamber and for selectively rotating the spools to raise or lower the bar.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2005
    Date of Patent: July 27, 2010
    Assignee: IMA Life S.r.l.
    Inventor: Franciscus Damen
  • Patent number: 7727454
    Abstract: The invention proposes a device (10) for transferring items (3) from an items (3) loading station (13) to an items (3) unloading station (14), which comprises: a group (18) of modules (19a-d) mounted such that they can move in a longitudinally direction, able to adopt a contracted configuration in which the modules (19a-d) are separated by a first spacing (pl), and a deployed configuration in which the modules (19a-d) are separated by a second spacing (F), means (34) of linking one module (19a) to another (19b), comprising a lever (38) mounted such that it is articulated on a first module (19b) and connected to a second module (19a), this lever (3) furthermore cooperating with a groove (46) having an intermediate section (46c) forming an angle with the direction of movement of the group (18) of modules (19a-d), and means (35, 36) of controlling the movement of the group (18). Application to the transfer of blanks from a heating station to a station for molding receptacles from blanks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2010
    Assignee: Sidel Participations
    Inventors: Philippe Freire-Diaz, Sylvain Auvray
  • Patent number: 7712806
    Abstract: A center robot is fixed approximately in a central portion of a process part. A coating unit, a drying unit, a transfer unit, a peeling unit, a film supplying unit and a reversing unit are arranged around the center robot. The center robot comprises a hand-for-substrate and a hand-for-film which are allowed to directly access the respective units. Within a process part, the center robot transports a sheet film and/or a substrate between the coating unit, the drying unit, the transfer unit and the film supplying unit, and a thin film is formed on the substrate using the sheet film.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2005
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2010
    Assignee: Dainippon Screen Mfg. Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Hideki Adachi
  • Publication number: 20100111651
    Abstract: A tactile wafer lifting apparatus includes a pedestal and a vertical drive connected to the pedestal. The vertical drive is defined to provide controlled upward and downward movement of the pedestal. The tactile wafer lifting apparatus also includes a wafer support member disposed over the pedestal. A tactile switch is disposed between the wafer support member and the pedestal such that sufficient downward force on the wafer support member causes activation of the tactile switch. The tactile switch is connected to the vertical drive so as to interrupt upward movement of the pedestal and wafer support member disposed thereover upon activation of the tactile switch.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 30, 2008
    Publication date: May 6, 2010
    Applicant: Lam Research Corporation
    Inventors: Keith E. Dawson, Dave Evans
  • Publication number: 20100104404
    Abstract: A handler includes a device holding portion, which holds an uninspected device and loads the device in a measuring socket on a device tester, having a suction means for sucking the device by a very weak pushing force at the time of sucking the device from an uninspection tray and for loading the device in a measuring socket and also having a clamper capable of outputting a pushing force which can be changed at the time of the measurement contact. The device holding portion includes a position correcting mechanism for making a device position correction executed by an image recognizing and position correcting means.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 16, 2007
    Publication date: April 29, 2010
    Applicant: TOHOKU SEIKI INDUSTRIES, LTD.
    Inventors: Masayoshi Yokoo, Koichi Yoshida, Norikazu Kainuma
  • Publication number: 20100080676
    Abstract: Provided are manufacturing facilities capable of manufacturing many kinds of products efficiently in a small lot without increasing their cost. The manufacturing facilities comprise working cells (21 and 22) having at least two machine tools (11 and 12) arranged for working a workpiece (W), a rinsing cell (23) having at least two rinsing devices (13) arranged for rinsing the workpiece worked, an inspecting cell (24) having at least two inspecting devices (14) arranged for inspecting leakage of the workpiece rinsed, and a robot arm (15) capable of gripping the workpiece and transferring the workpiece between the individual cells (21, 22, 23 and 24). The individual cells (21, 22, 23 and 24) are arranged around the robot arm (15).
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 16, 2007
    Publication date: April 1, 2010
    Applicant: MITSUBISHI HEAVY INDUSTRIES, LTD.
    Inventors: Haruhiko Niitani, Tsugumaru Yamashita, Noritaka Fujimura, Keiji Mizuta
  • Publication number: 20100068015
    Abstract: A method for reloading workpieces includes providing a manipulator having a connecting base and a plurality of grasping assemblies arranged on the connecting base, providing a plurality of original workpieces and a plurality of machined workpieces positioned in a plurality of machining positions, grasping the original workpieces by at least one grasping assembly, with at least one grasping assembly vacant, grasping one machined workpiece by one vacant grasping assembly, rotating the connecting base, so that one original workpiece is placed in one machining position by one grasping assembly, further rotating the connecting base until another vacant grasping assembly is opposite to another machining position, and repeating grasping the machined workpieces from the machining positions and placing the original workpieces on the machining positions until a last original workpiece is placed on one machining position. The manipulator used in the present method for reloading workpieces is also provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 29, 2009
    Publication date: March 18, 2010
    Applicants: HONG FU JIN PRECISION INDUSTRY (ShenZhen) CO., LTD, HON HAI PRECISION INDUSTRY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: CHI-HSIEN YEH, ZHONG QIN, ZHENG-JIE HAN
  • Publication number: 20100034625
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention relate to apparatus and method for supporting and transferring large area substrate in a vacuum condition. One embodiment of the present 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: Application
    Filed: January 9, 2009
    Publication date: February 11, 2010
    Applicant: APPLIED MATERIALS, INC.
    Inventor: KYUNG-TAE KIM
  • Publication number: 20090238665
    Abstract: A handling device for hoods of an aluminum production cell by fused bath electrolysis, including a positioning device and a hood-gripping device. The positioning device includes a vertical guide device, a mobile support mounted on the guide device so that it can be moved in at least a vertical direction during use, an articulated arm, a first framework mounted on the articulated arm so that it can pivot about a first rotation axis A substantially horizontal during use, a motor to make the first framework pivot about the first rotation axis A, a second framework mounted on the first framework so that it can be moved along the first translation axis B that is substantially horizontal during use, and means of displacing the second framework along the first translation axis B. The hood-gripping system is fixed to the second framework and includes a set of gripping devices designed to grip a set of hoods at a number of fixing points.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 20, 2005
    Publication date: September 24, 2009
    Applicant: E.C.L.
    Inventors: Alain Van Acker, Ludovic Demeulenaere
  • Publication number: 20090214326
    Abstract: A tray handling apparatus comprises a plurality of guides, a chuck device, a linear movement device, and a rack and pinion device. A space defined by the erected guides is used to hold a tray stack. The chuck of the chuck device is located at the center position of the bottom area of the space. The linear movement device is used to move the chuck relative to the guides. The rack and pinion device is used to cause the guides to move symmetrically. When an operator moves any one of the guides, the other guides move symmetrically and the center of the bottom area of the space surrounded by the guides remains at the same location during the movement of the guides. The operator does not need to adjust the position of the chuck if the positions of the guides are changed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 24, 2009
    Publication date: August 27, 2009
    Applicant: CHENG MEI INSTRUMENT TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.
    Inventor: CHENG TAO TSAI
  • Publication number: 20090162172
    Abstract: A substrate treating apparatus that transports a plurality of substrates with a transport unit includes the following elements. A treating section for treating the substrates, a table for receiving a FOUP (Front Opening Unified Pod) storing the plurality of substrates, and an attaching and detaching unit disposed between the treating section and the table for attaching and detaching a lid to/from an access opening of the FOUP placed on the table. The transport unit is movable to a transfer position opposed to the access opening of the FOUP across the attaching and detaching unit, and has a plurality of support members for supporting the plurality of substrates, the transport unit being arranged to transport the substrates as held by the support members between the treating section and the FOUP.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 19, 2008
    Publication date: June 25, 2009
    Inventor: Yukiteru MIYAMOTO