Load-underlying Members (e.g., Racks, Receptacles (or A Compartmented Receptacle), Shelves, Troughs, Etc.) Patents (Class 414/267)
  • Patent number: 10956862
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and devices for implementing and managing order fulfilment processes are generally described. An order fulfilment system may include order management device configured to manage order information associated with a plurality of orders having one or more units orders for the order fulfillment system. The system may also include an order procurement device configured to receive order information from the order management device and to implement the fulfilment of the orders. The order procurement device may transmit completed order information to the order management device. The order management device may assign orders to the order procurement device responsive to receiving an indication that the order procurement device has completed an order. The orders may be assigned based on various order assignment factors, such as travel costs, order ranking, unit characteristics, customer characteristics, or the like.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2021
    Assignee: Matthews International Corporation
    Inventor: Darin Danelski
  • Patent number: 10939623
    Abstract: A seedling growing system includes: a cargo transport container provided with heat insulating treatment; a movement robot for moving on a path in the cargo transport container; seedling growing tray racks including a multi-shelf germination rack for holding, until germination, a seedling growing tray on which seeds are sown, a multi-shelf seedling growing rack for holding a seedling growing tray on which seedlings have germinated, and a multi-shelf shipment rack for holding a seedling growing tray for shipping grown seedlings; and an arm or table provided to the movement robot and capable of transferring each seedling growing tray between the movement robot and each of the multi-shelf germination rack, multi-shelf seedling growing rack, and the multi-shelf shipment rack.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 9, 2021
    Assignee: ELM INC.
    Inventors: Takakazu Miyahara, Kengo Wada, Masato Takeda, Shigemi Omochi
  • Patent number: 10888149
    Abstract: A backpack that uses magnetic forces to alter the load distribution on a user in accordance with embodiments of the invention are disclosed. In one embodiment, a backpack for changing load distribution on a user comprising: an outer portion comprising; a compartment to hold an inner portion; an opening; the inner portion comprising; a compartment configured for a load; an opening; a first plurality of magnets on the outer portion, wherein the first plurality of magnets is: oriented such that a consistent magnetic pole of each magnet points towards the compartment; a second plurality of magnets on the inner portion, wherein the second plurality of magnets is; oriented such that a consistent magnetic pole of each magnet points towards the compartment; wherein the first plurality of magnets is oriented such that a magnetic field of the first plurality of magnets exerts a repulsive force on the second plurality of magnets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2021
    Inventor: Andrea Jean Parker
  • Patent number: 10781060
    Abstract: An autonomous transport vehicle includes a frame forming a payload section configured to hold one or more pickfaces, a transfer arm movably mounted to the frame, a drive section connected to the frame, and a controller connected to the drive section, the controller being configured to effect an on-the-fly sortation of pickfaces carried by the autonomous transport vehicle according to a predetermined case out order sequence where the controller commands the drive section so that two or more pickfaces are picked from one or more first case unit holding locations and placed at one or more different second case unit holding locations according to the predetermined case out order sequence.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2020
    Assignee: Symbotic LLC
    Inventors: Michael Cyrulik, Todd E. Kepple, Scott Collins, Jason S. Sirois
  • Patent number: 10743516
    Abstract: Some embodiments of the present livestock structures comprise a floor, wherein the floor is configured to support livestock housing; a roof, wherein a majority of the roof is substantially parallel to the floor; and one or more supporting structures configured to support the roof; in some embodiments, the floor comprises a non-zero slope. Some embodiments of the present livestock structures comprise a passageway extending a majority of a distance between a first side and an opposing second side of the structure, wherein the passageway is positioned at an elevation that is below an elevation of the floor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: Big Box Dairy LLC
    Inventor: Dean Mason
  • Patent number: 10734267
    Abstract: A conveyance system includes: a first track and a second track arranged parallel in a vertical direction such that device ports are positioned therebelow and on one side thereof; a plurality of overhead conveyance vehicles configured to travel along each of the first track and the second track and each convey a FOUP, and storage shelves provided below and on the other side of the first track and the second track and each configured to have the FOUP placed thereon. Each of the overhead conveyance vehicles includes: a gripping unit capable of gripping the FOUP; a movement mechanism capable of moving the gripping unit to a position above the device ports or above the storage shelves; and a hoisting mechanism capable of raising and lowering the gripping unit, which has been moved to the position above each thereof by the movement mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: MURATA MACHINERY, LTD.
    Inventor: Yoichi Motoori
  • Patent number: 10696490
    Abstract: A system for ordering elements. The system includes i) a source with a plurality of elements that are randomly arranged; ii) a plurality of source output lines associated to the source; iii) a synchronising station with a plurality of synchronising channels; and iv) a processing unit configured for starting up and timing the functions of one or more from among the source with a plurality of elements, the plurality of source output lines and the synchronising station. The processing unit has a synchronising module configured for sending, independently, to each motorising means, one from among a setting signal of a predefined velocity or a stop signal. Also included is a method for ordering elements that describes the functions of the corresponding system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: SYSTEM LOGISTICS S.P.A.
    Inventors: Stefano Pederzini, Andrea Ori
  • Patent number: 10648995
    Abstract: Aspects of the present disclosure include systems and methods. According to certain embodiments, provided is an integrated analysis system that includes a first module including a sample analysis component and a first internal container conveyor system. The integrated analysis system further includes a second module including a second internal container conveyor system. The first and second modules are positioned adjacent each other such that the first and second internal container conveyor systems are aligned and adapted to transport containers from the first module to the second module. Also provided are methods of analyzing and preparing samples (e.g., blood and body fluid samples), as well as components that find use within the analysis systems of the present disclosure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: Abbott Laboratories
    Inventors: Roger W. Accurso, Jiong Wu, Richard G. Kendall, James A. Janik, Ronald J. Shanafelter, Robert Fahey, Svitlana Y. Berezhna, Trevor D. Shields, Mahmoud Janbakhsh, Daryl Wong, Jorge Haro, Michael J. Kennedy
  • Patent number: 10562705
    Abstract: A storage array in an automated storage and retrieval system includes storage spaces arrayed on racks along picking aisles, multiple level decks, where at least one deck communicates with each aisle, where the decks and aisles are configured to define a rolling surface for an autonomous transport vehicle at each level of the decks, racks along at least one aisle at each level are at multiple rack levels that are accessed from a respective rolling surface that is common to the multiple rack levels, and a vertical pitch between rack levels varies for a portion of a respective aisle, the vertical pitch between at least two rack levels of the portion of the respective aisle is related to another vertical pitch between at least two other rack levels of another aisle portion of the respective aisle so the vehicle effects multiple picks in ordered sequence in a common aisle pass.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Assignee: SYMBOTIC, LLC
    Inventors: Kirill K. Pankratov, Larry M. Sweet, Juergen D. Conrad, John F. Keating, Matt Gates
  • Patent number: 10377585
    Abstract: An autonomous transport vehicle includes a frame forming a payload section configured to hold one or more pickfaces, a transfer arm movably mounted to the frame, a drive section connected to the frame, and a controller connected to the drive section, the controller being configured to effect an on-the-fly sortation of pickfaces carried by the autonomous transport vehicle according to a predetermined case out order sequence where the controller commands the drive section so that two or more pickfaces are picked from one or more first case unit holding locations and placed at one or more different second case unit holding locations according to the predetermined case out order sequence.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: Symbotic, LLC
    Inventors: Michael Cyrulik, Todd E. Kepple, Scott Collins, Jason S. Sirois
  • Patent number: 10252862
    Abstract: A system and method for a picking station operation, provides switched flexibly between single-step- and dual-step-picking into various types of order containers. The task is solved by the provision of a second order container conveyor technique for transporting second order containers, in particular boxes, for receiving articles into order container bays, arranged also in the arrangement row, of the picking station.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: KNAPP, AG
    Inventors: Franz Mathi, Thomas Johaim, Peter Stock
  • Patent number: 10229383
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and devices for implementing and managing order fulfillment processes are generally described. An order fulfillment system may include order management device configured to manage order information associated with a plurality of orders having one or more units orders for the order fulfillment system. The system may also include an order procurement device configured to receive order information from the order management device and to implement the fulfillment of the orders. The order procurement device may transmit completed order information to the order management device. The order management device may assign orders to the order procurement device responsive to receiving an indication that the order procurement device has completed an order. The orders may be assigned based on various order assignment factors, such as travel costs, order ranking, unit characteristics, customer characteristics, or the like.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: Matthews International Corporation
    Inventor: Darin Danelski
  • Patent number: 10194596
    Abstract: An object of the present invention is to provide an organism cultivation facility suitable for industrial, economical, and large-scale cultivation of an organism by efficient air conditioning which is required for the cultivation of the organism. The object can be achieved with an organism cultivation facility comprising, in a building: a cultivation unit having organism containers capable of storing organisms, and a support structure that supports the organism containers; and a conveying device for the organism containers; wherein the organism cultivation facility has a partition wall(s) that can divide the space of the operating area of the conveying device into two or more spaces in the height direction, and at least a part of the partition wall is movable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: MITSUBISHI CHEMICAL CORPORATION
    Inventors: Akira Esaki, Akitoshi Yoshimoto, Kazuhiro Yatsukawa, Kazuhiro Hayashi
  • Patent number: 9974252
    Abstract: There is provided a vertically stacked multi-layer storage system suitable for the provision of temperature and/or humidity controlled storage of materials. There is particularly provided a vertically stacked multi-layer system having suitable lighting for use with any tray, pot, aeroponic and hydroponic plant growing system and apparatus to combine growing in an integrated growth tray having a suitable lighting source located under the growth tray.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: Intelligent Growth Solutions Limited
    Inventors: Henry Aykroyd, Peter Tyrell, Lewis Marriott, David Scott
  • Patent number: 9931644
    Abstract: A system for automatically processing a biological specimen is provided that includes an elevator comprising a plurality of shelves configured to receive a plurality of sample trays. The trays may comprise a plurality of sample containers containing a sample and having a plurality of respective caps engaged therewith. The trays may further include a plurality of centrifuge tube racks each containing a plurality of centrifuge tubes. The system may include a first transport mechanism, a second transport mechanism and a third transport mechanism. The system may include a chain-of-custody device configured to read identifiers on each of the containers. The system may also include a pipetting device configured to remove a portion from the sample containers and dispense the sample into the centrifuge tubes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2018
    Assignee: Becton, Dickinson and Company
    Inventors: Kevin Bailey, Christopher Embres, Donald Gorelick, Timothy R. Hansen, Dwight Livingston, Andre Scherz, Gerard Sevigny, Mark Talmer, Tong Zhou, Spencer Lovette
  • Patent number: 9884719
    Abstract: A storage array in an automated storage and retrieval system includes storage spaces arrayed on racks along picking aisles, multiple level decks, where at least one deck communicates with each aisle, where the decks and aisles are configured to define a rolling surface for an autonomous transport vehicle at each level of the decks, racks along at least one aisle at each level are at multiple rack levels that are accessed from a respective rolling surface that is common to the multiple rack levels, and a vertical pitch between rack levels varies for a portion of a respective aisle, the vertical pitch between at least two rack levels of the portion of the respective aisle is related to another vertical pitch between at least two other rack levels of another aisle portion of the respective aisle so the vehicle effects multiple picks in ordered sequence in a common aisle pass.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2018
    Assignee: Symbotic, LLC
    Inventors: Kirill K. Pankratov, Larry M. Sweet, Juergen D. Conrad, John F. Keating, Matt Gates
  • Patent number: 9850079
    Abstract: An autonomous transport vehicle includes a frame forming a payload section configured to hold one or more pickfaces, a transfer arm movably mounted to the frame, a drive section connected to the frame, and a controller connected to the drive section, the controller being configured to effect an on-the-fly sortation of pickfaces carried by the autonomous transport vehicle according to a predetermined case out order sequence where the controller commands the drive section so that two or more pickfaces are picked from one or more first case unit holding locations and placed at one or more different second case unit holding locations according to the predetermined case out order sequence.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Assignee: Symbotic, LLC
    Inventors: Michael Cyrulik, Todd E. Kepple, Scott Collins, Jason S. Sirois
  • Patent number: 9714139
    Abstract: The disclosed inventory system and methods can be used to improve storage time for storing less frequency accessed inventory items. Specifically, a mobile drive unit may be selected from a plurality of mobile drive units to store an inventory item by obtaining storage densities of available storage locations and selecting a storage location for an inventory item based on the projected frequency of access of the inventory item. An overhead drive unit may be selected over a ground drive unit to store less-frequently accessed inventory items in densely-packed storage areas. Inventory holders may be selected based on projected frequency of access of other inventory items stored therein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 25, 2017
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Aayush Aggarwal
  • Patent number: 9643801
    Abstract: The invention comprises a method for horizontal movement of a group or layer of articles (10) from a vertically movable first support level (38) of a first module (12) to a vertically movable second support level (40) of a second module (14) immediately downstream of the first conveyor module (12) in a direction of transport or transfer (20, 50) while substantially maintaining the relative positions of a plurality of articles (16) forming the group or layer of articles (10). The movement or transfer is carried out by means of a transfer device (19). Additionally, the horizontal movement of the group or layer of articles (10) while the first and second support levels (38, 40) of the first and second modules (12, 14), which can move vertically in a synchronized fashion during the transfer process, are approximately aligned.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2017
    Assignee: Krones AG
    Inventors: Erhard Beer, Martin Osterhammer
  • Patent number: 9582783
    Abstract: A method includes determining, by a management module, to complete an inventory request, the inventory request identifying an inventory item. The method also includes identifying, by the management module, an inventory holder storing the inventory item, and identifying, by the management module, a mobile drive unit to transport the inventory holder to an inventory station.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2017
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael C. Mountz, Peter R. Wurman
  • Patent number: 9487356
    Abstract: The disclosed inventory system and methods can be used to improve access time to less frequently accessed inventory items. Specifically, a mobile drive unit may be selected from a plurality of mobile drive units to retrieve or store an inventory item based on a density of the storage location of the inventory item and/or an estimated cost (e.g., estimated time) associated with the retrieval or storage of the inventory item. For instance, an overhead drive unit may be selected over a ground drive unit to retrieve inventory items from or store inventory items to densely-packed storage areas. As another example, an overhead drive unit may be selected over a ground drive unit when the cost of using the ground drive unit exceeds a threshold value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2016
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Aayush Aggarwal
  • Patent number: 9457956
    Abstract: A drawer device and a storage device improving workability are provided. A drawer device 1 includes supporting members 2a, 2b configured to be inserted in a gap under a FOUP 120 loaded on a shelf 134 and to be fixed to the shelf 134, and lifting members configured to switch between a first height position and a second height position where the first height position enables insertion of the supporting members 2a, 2b into the gap and the second height position allows the lifting member to lift the FOUP 120 higher than the first height position, and configured to allow the FOUP 120 to slide toward the front of the shelf 134 at the second height position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2016
    Assignee: MURATA MACHINERY, LTD.
    Inventors: Naruto Adachi, Yasuhisa Ito
  • Patent number: 9441339
    Abstract: Provided herein is an admixing apparatus and system that in various arrangements may be utilized to produce deicing solutions including salt brines. To facilitate cleaning of the interior of the device, a mixing hopper is utilized that includes a side access opening that allows for readily accessing the interior of the hopper and removing any sediment that has accumulated herein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2016
    Assignee: KOIS BROTHERS EQUIPMENT CO., INC.
    Inventor: Ernest J. Kois
  • Patent number: 9321391
    Abstract: The present invention provides a convertible cargo transportation vehicle. The convertible cargo transportation vehicle has a front end and a rear end with respect to the driving direction of the vehicle and comprises, in particular, a base frame, two or more containers attached to the base frame, the containers being arranged consecutively in the driving direction of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2016
    Assignee: German Pellets GmbH
    Inventors: Mikael Nielsen, Benjamin Neter
  • Patent number: 9242796
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention provides systems for a tape library shelf. In one embodiment, a tape library shelf is disclosed including a chassis, which contains tape cartridge slots for storing one or more tape cartridges. The tape library shelf includes at least one tape drive module, a control unit, and a moving device coupled to the chassis. The moving device is operatively connected to the control unit to move the chassis according to instructions received from the control unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2016
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Frank Krick, Thorsten Muehge, Erik Rueger, Daniel P. Wendler
  • Patent number: 9080998
    Abstract: An automated analyzer with an on-board fridge for long-term cooling of reagents, and a method for isolating and analyzing an analyte comprising long-term cooling of reagents.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2015
    Assignee: Roche Molecular Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Paul Frank, Andreas Gisler, Robert Huesler, Rolf Knobel, Markus Rinderknecht
  • Patent number: 9032620
    Abstract: Method for laterally replacing a heavy component of a plant assembly, the method including disconnecting the heavy component from other components of the plant assembly and from a base plate to which the heavy component is fixed; lifting the heavy component above the base plate with a lifting system provided within the base plate; connecting at least a pair of rails to the base plate, under the lifted heavy component, such that the at least a pair of rails extends at substantially a right angle relative to a longitudinal axis of the heavy component; lowering the heavy component on crawling mechanisms disposed on the at least a pair of rails; and laterally replacing the heavy component from the base plate and the other components of the plant assembly by actuating the crawling mechanisms.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2015
    Assignee: Nuovo Pignone S.P.A.
    Inventors: Luca Frassinelli, Stefano Rossin, Daniela Meiattini
  • Patent number: 9017551
    Abstract: A side access tank facility including an enclosure for containing water therein. The enclosure has an opening disposed in a side wall thereof. A cover covers the opening in a water sealing engagement with the enclosure. The side access tank facility further comprises an in-tank equipment holding structure for holding in-tank equipment at a predetermined position inside the enclosure. A moving mechanism is provided for moving the in-tank equipment holding structure between a position inside the enclosure and a position outside the enclosure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2015
    Assignee: Newterra Group Ltd.
    Inventors: Robert J. Kennedy, Jeff J. Kempson, Paul C. Brake
  • Publication number: 20150110587
    Abstract: An article transport system includes: a first transport device configured to transport an article within a first article storage area or a second article storage area; a second transport device configured to transport the article between the first article storage area and the second article storage area; an alternative power supplier configured to supply the second transport device with first power output by a first power part in the first transport device; and a power switcher configured to switch a power source for the second transport device from a second power part in the second transport device to the alternative power supplier, based on operation of the first transport device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 14, 2014
    Publication date: April 23, 2015
    Inventor: Daisuke HORI
  • Patent number: 9011068
    Abstract: Articles are stored while preventing disruption of the flow of clean air from an upper region to a lower region to alleviate degradation of clean air with an article supported by an article support. The article support (28) is provided with a movable body (30) which is supported to a fixed frame (29) to be movable in a far-near direction with respect to a travel path and which is formed to extend downwardly from the fixed frame (29), and a support member (31) formed to extend in the far-near direction from a lower end portion of the movable body (30).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: Daifuku Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yoshitaka Inui, Mitsuru Yoshida
  • Publication number: 20150104277
    Abstract: According to the disclosed embodiments, an illustrative product cartridge comprises first and second opposing walls separated by a distance defined by a product to be transported by the cartridge, the first and second walls configured to define a product access aperture to allow ingress and egress of a plurality of instances of the product between the first and second walls. The product cartridge also comprises product engaging members disposed on the first and second walls, the product engaging members configured to slidingly engage and secure the plurality of instances of the product in parallel when inserted into the product access aperture and at a defined spacing between the plurality of instances of the product. A transfer access aperture opposite the product access aperture is configured to allow an external object to substantially simultaneously push each of the plurality of instances of the product out of the product access aperture.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 18, 2014
    Publication date: April 16, 2015
    Inventors: David J. Dubiel, Glenn T. Douglas, Steven Garrant
  • Publication number: 20150098774
    Abstract: A system and method for surface mount assembly of PCBs, using an automated pick-and-place machine into which component tapes on reels are fed, uses component tape reels each of which has been pre-threaded into its appropriate tape guide and been stored as a reel/tape guide packet in an automated SMD storage tower, from which appropriate packets are retrieved for coupling to the pick-and-place machine.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 12, 2013
    Publication date: April 9, 2015
    Applicant: MICRONIC MYDATA AB
    Inventor: Nils Jacobsson
  • Publication number: 20150096682
    Abstract: In a chemical liquid container replacement device D2 configured to replace a chemical liquid container 50, multiple chemical liquid containers 50 respectively connected to base end sides of chemical liquid supply paths configured to supply chemical liquids, and a nozzle attachment/detachment device 61 is configured to attach/detach the base end side of the chemical liquid supply path with respect to the chemical liquid container 50 of a container arrangement section 60. A loading/unloading port 62 loads a new chemical liquid container 50 for performing a liquid process on a substrate W and unloads a completely used chemical liquid container 50. A container transfer device 7 unloads the completely used chemical liquid container 50 from the container arrangement section 60 toward the loading/unloading port 62 and loads the new chemical liquid containers 50 from the loading/unloading port 62 toward the container arrangement section 60.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 7, 2014
    Publication date: April 9, 2015
    Inventor: Tsunenaga Nakashima
  • Patent number: 8992866
    Abstract: An automated, refrigerated specimen management system (ARSIMS) to hold sealed and/or opened sample/specimen tubes and/or containers that can be in the pre-analytical, in-process, or post-analytical phase of processing. The ARSIMS ensures that each sample/specimen tube, whether it is sealed, capped, closed or open, can be stored at an ideal storage temperature according to the particular phase of processing and as appropriate for the combination of sample/specimen type and analyte(s) to be tested.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Assignee: Siemens Healthcare Diagnostics Inc.
    Inventors: Alexander Gelbman, Mark Edwards, Matthew Rosmarin, Ilya Malyarov, Benjamin Pollack, Elizabeth Bononno
  • Patent number: 8956098
    Abstract: A clean stocker includes a storage rack storing an article, a load port holding a case and including a loading and unloading space to load and unload the article to and from the held case, a transferring apparatus including a holding space to hold the article and transfer the article between the holding space and the storage rack and between the holding space and the case held in the loading and unloading space, the holding space being kept clean, and a first shield closing the holding space and traveling together with the transferring apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2015
    Assignee: Murata Machinery, Ltd.
    Inventor: Masahiko Gambe
  • Patent number: 8948908
    Abstract: A clean stocker includes: a reticle rotatable rack separately storing reticles and a pod; an empty pod rotatable rack; a manual load port supplying to an operator a pod including a reticle; a pod-with-reticle rotatable rack temporarily storing the pod including the reticle; a detecting unit detecting an instruction sent from the operator; a pod opener for, when a first instruction is detected, obtaining (i) a reticle from the reticle rotatable rack and (ii) an empty pod from the empty pod rotatable rack, and placing the obtained reticle into the empty pod; and a pod transporting apparatus (i) putting on the pod-with-reticle rotatable rack the pod including the reticle, and (ii) when a second instruction is detected, transporting the pod including the reticle from the pod-with-reticle rotatable rack to the manual load port.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2015
    Assignee: Murata Machinery, Ltd.
    Inventor: Misaki Nomura
  • Publication number: 20140308098
    Abstract: An autonomous transport vehicle for transferring case units to and from predefined storage areas in an automated case unit storage system, the automated case unit storage system including an array of multilevel storage racks with picking aisles passing therebetween and at least one multilevel vertical conveyor having movable shelves, the autonomous transport vehicle including a frame configured to traverse the picking aisles and a transfer deck connecting the picking aisles to the at least one multilevel vertical conveyor for transferring case units between the predefined storage areas and the at least one multilevel vertical conveyor, and a controller connected to the frame, the controller being configured to effect movement of the autonomous transport vehicle through the picking aisles for accessing each storage area within a respective level of the array of multilevel storage racks and each shelf of the at least one multilevel vertical conveyor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 11, 2013
    Publication date: October 16, 2014
    Applicant: Symbotic, LLC
    Inventors: John Lert, Stephen Toebes, Robert Sullivan
  • Patent number: 8851818
    Abstract: An automatic warehouse includes a rack including vertically arranged shelves and traveling vehicles each of which is provided to a corresponding one of the shelves. The automatic warehouse includes stations receiving an article to be stored on and an article unloaded from the rack, elevators each mediating traffic of articles between the corresponding station and at least one of the traveling vehicles, and a shelf assigning unit assigning, to each of the stations, one or more of the shelves to which the station has priority of use over the rest of the stations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2014
    Assignee: Murata Machinery, Ltd.
    Inventor: Kazuhiko Ogawa
  • Publication number: 20140227067
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for storing, transporting and distributing kegs. The apparatus comprising a keg shelving assembly with two or more stacked shelves. The shelves containing individual keg slots formed by two or more horizontally disposed rails. Stored kegs within the keg slots are accessed by a vertical sliding frame within a fixed frame vertical guidance assembly. A hinged platform is fixed to the vertical sliding frame having an open, horizontal position and a close vertical position relative to the vertical sliding frame. The apparatus further comprises a braking assembly that utilizes the downward force created by a load on the platform, to create a braking action opposing the downward force. This action allows a user to easily and efficiently lower a keg from one of the stacked shelves.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 10, 2014
    Publication date: August 14, 2014
    Inventors: Carl Stover, Craig T. Jones, Dennis Weber
  • Publication number: 20140212247
    Abstract: A chassis stacker having a first and a second vertical storage rack displaced from one another by a distance wide enough to accommodate a trailer chassis, and connected at a top end by a trolley rail support beam. A trolley is positioned on the trolley rail support beam, said trolley having an elevation system capable of raising and lowering a first and a second stabilizing beam that are suspended from the trolley and guided in their vertical motion by low-friction, storage-rack contact members attached at respective first and second ends of the elevating structure, said contact members in contact with an inner surface of the respective first and second vertical storage racks. A first and a second stabilizing-beam trolley is attached to the, respective, first and second stabilizing beams while a spreader containing a chassis-clamping mechanism extends between and attaches to the first and the second stabilizing beam trolley.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 26, 2012
    Publication date: July 31, 2014
    Applicant: MI-JACK PRODUCTS, INC.
    Inventors: Myron Glickman, John J. Lanigan, SR., John J. Lanigan, JR.
  • Publication number: 20140205399
    Abstract: An automatic storage rack is arranged along a route for a stacker crane. The automatic storage rack includes a rack apparatus body, and a plurality of shelves provided in the rack apparatus body. At least one of the shelves includes a base member fixed to the rack apparatus body, a placement member, and a height changing mechanism. The placement member is arranged to have an article placed thereon. The placement member is attached to the base member such that the placement member is movable relative to the placement member. The height changing mechanism is configured to change a height of the placement member relative to the base member when the placement member moves relative to the base member back and forth.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 19, 2012
    Publication date: July 24, 2014
    Applicant: MURATA MACHINERY, LTD.
    Inventors: Keita Sato, Osamu Fukuta, Takahiro Kanbe
  • Publication number: 20140182242
    Abstract: An automatic system for replenishing display shelves in retail businesses. The display shelves each including a shelf board having a conveyor belt circulating around the respective shelf board. Each of the display shelves further including a stop bar and a removable fall-off guard at respective front and rear sides of the display shelves to prevent goods from falling off the display shelves and, wherein, the display shelf is designed to cooperate with a shelf-stocking vehicle such that the fall-off guard is automatically opened when the display shelves are refilled by the shelf-stocking vehicle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 31, 2013
    Publication date: July 3, 2014
    Inventor: Walter Winkler
  • Publication number: 20140178161
    Abstract: A system for commissioning articles stored on source pallets in a pallet warehouse has a supply-conveyor line for supplying source pallets from the pallet warehouse to commissioning work stations having packing stations. Customer orders are assigned to a packing station. At the packing station a customer-transporting means is provided for picking up the articles to be directly commissioned from the source pallets. An outlet conveying line removes source pallets that are no longer needed from the commissioning work station back into the pallet warehouse or to another commissioning work station. An article arrival conveying line conveys the source pallets from an article arrival to the pallet warehouse. Automated guided vehicles are provided for conveying the source pallets along the article arrival conveying line, the supply-conveyor line and/or the outlet conveying line.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 21, 2012
    Publication date: June 26, 2014
    Applicant: Mossburger Logistics Network & Development KG
    Inventors: Michael MOOSBURGER, Martin Gleiss
  • Publication number: 20140169917
    Abstract: An automated storage system for the temporary storage of items. The system includes at least one conveyor belt, at least one storage room, and a mechanical movement unit for transferring the items from the conveyor belt to the storage room and from the storage room to the conveyor belt. The storage room includes a plurality of removable compartments for containing the items.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 4, 2012
    Publication date: June 19, 2014
    Applicant: Emmeti S.p.A.
    Inventor: Paolo Biondi
  • Patent number: 8739958
    Abstract: A shipping bay arrangement (1), preferably in an order-picking installation, for accepting and delivering containers (2), with ramps (3) which are arranged next to one another and one above the other, the outlets (A) of which can be reached manually by an operator and on the filling side of which, feeding and filling devices are arranged, wherein the ramps arranged next to one another respectively form a rack level (I, II, III, IV, V) of the shipping rack. A container feeding section (4) leads to a lift (5) of the shipping rack. The lift (5) transports a fed container (2) to a selected rack level, wherein a dedicated rail-guided level conveyor device (6) is provided at each rack level, and receives the fed container (2). The level conveyor device (6) can be made to move transversely in relation to the inlets (E) of the ramps (3) for transporting the fed container (2) to a selected ramp, and for filling the selected ramp with the fed container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2014
    Assignee: Knapp AG
    Inventor: Karl Freudelsperger
  • Patent number: 8721252
    Abstract: A work aligning system capable of easily altering the kind of works to be aligned. The work aligning system (1) comprises a storage device (10) in which nuts (11) are stored, a take-out base (30) on which the nuts (11) are placed, and a robot (20) for grasping and taking out the nuts from the take-out base (30) and aligning the nuts. An electromagnet (53) is provided at the tip end of the robot arm (23) of the robot (20). The storage device (10) is equipped with a plurality of buckets (131-134) in which nuts (11) of different kinds are stored, and a feed screw mechanism (14) for moving one bucket selected from the plurality of buckets (131-134) to a position near the take-out base (30). The take-out base (30) is equipped with a part (31) on which the nuts (11) are placed and a drive device (32) for discharging the nuts (11) on the part (31) to one bucket selected from the plurality of buckets (131-134).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2014
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Atsushi Osada, Kenichi Asamizu, Hirofumi Kimura
  • Patent number: 8707658
    Abstract: A method and a work station for order-picking and simultaneously packing articles onto a shipping support includes at least one rack which is divided into at least one rack plane respectively comprising a plurality of rack positions for storing load supports, wherein the articles to be picked are stored preferably in or on the load supports in rack positions; at least one vertical lift unit arranged adjacent to a longitudinal side of the rack and being adapted to retrieve load supports from such rack positions being adjacent to the lift unit; and at least a packing station, which is arranged within an immediate area of the lift unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2014
    Assignee: SSI Schafer Noell GmbH Lager- und Systemtechnik
    Inventor: Gerhard Schäfer
  • Publication number: 20140112741
    Abstract: An article storage facility includes a storage rack configured to store a semiconductor wafer and a reticle, and a storage and retrieval transport apparatus. The storage rack includes a first accommodation unit configured to store a wafer container for containing the semiconductor wafer, and a second accommodation unit configured to store a reticle container for containing the reticle. The storage and retrieval transport apparatus includes a holding unit configured to hold a top flange formed at an upper portion of the wafer container to support the wafer container in a hanging state. A flange portion configured to allow the storage and retrieval transport apparatus to hold the reticle container using the holding unit to support the reticle container in a hanging state is formed at an upper portion of the reticle container.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 26, 2013
    Publication date: April 24, 2014
    Applicant: Daifuku Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Daifuku Co., Ltd.
  • Patent number: 8694153
    Abstract: A method and laboratory system for handling sample tube racks are disclosed. The laboratory system includes a storage section (14) with a plurality of shelves (110) for storing a plurality of storage racks (SR), a disposal unit (18) for disposing sample tubes from the storage racks (SR), a robotic transfer system (510) for loading storage racks (SR) into the storage section (14), for retrieving storage racks (SR) from the storing section (14) and for bringing storage rack to the disposal unit (18) after a given storage time has elapsed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 8, 2014
    Assignee: Roche Diagnostics Operations, Inc.
    Inventors: Bruno Koch, Markus Kurmann, Marcel Lustenberger
  • Publication number: 20140072391
    Abstract: Automatic storage plant (1) of pallets, comprising: a plurality of storage lanes (11, 21, 31) of pallets substantially parallel with one another and arranged on a plurality of levels; at least one transfer lane (10, 20) substantially perpendicular to said storage lanes (11, 21, 31); a pallet transport mother shuttle (2, 22) movable in said transfer lane (10, 20); a pallet transport shuttle (3) movable in said storage lanes (11, 21, 31) and positionable in said transport mother shuttle (2); said pallet transport shuttle (3) being provided with handling means and with power supply means of said handling means; said transport mother shuttle (2) comprising charging means (4) of the power supply means of said transport shuttle (3).
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 20, 2012
    Publication date: March 13, 2014
    Applicant: AUOMHA S.R.L.
    Inventor: Paolo Del Popolo