Device Comprises One Or More Conveyors Of Driven Roller Or Endless Apron Type Patents (Class 414/278)
  • Patent number: 10358288
    Abstract: The invention relates to a storage system which comprises at least one station, such as a goods input station, a goods relocation station, a goods picking station, or a goods removal station, and a storage shelf, which has a plurality of storage places for storing goods, which storage places are arranged adjacent to each other and/or one over the other. The storage system also comprises at least one goods transport vehicle, which transports at least one good from the station to the storage place or vice versa, and the transport occurs without the good being transferred onto another goods transport vehicle or another means of transport.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Inventor: Rudolf Hansl
  • Patent number: 10358291
    Abstract: In a picking system, commodities are efficiently transported to a picking area and a shipment area by one type of transportation vehicle travelling along a travelling route including a diverging section and a merging section. The picking system is provided with a transportation vehicle, racks, picking units, the shipment area, and a controller configured and programmed to control the transportation vehicle. The picking units are provided with a carrying-in station to which the transportation vehicle transports a container and a carrying-out station from which the transportation vehicle transports the container and the picked commodities. The transportation vehicle transports a container containing ordered commodities from the racks to a carrying-in station, the picked commodities to the shipment area, and a container after picking the commodities to the racks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Assignee: MURATA MACHINERY, LTD.
    Inventor: Akito Tai
  • Patent number: 10144616
    Abstract: A transportation system for a building includes a horizontal travel lane, a vertical travel lane, and a transportation cab configured for travel along the horizontal travel lane and vertical travel lane, a cab floor of the transportation cab orientable such that the cab floor is non perpendicular to a gravitational force acting on the transportation cab. A method of operating a transportation system for a building includes locating a transportation cab at a travel lane positioned at a building, accelerating the transportation cab in a non-vertical direction along the travel lane and orienting a cab floor of the transportation cab to be non-perpendicular to a gravitational force acting on the transportation cab during non-vertical acceleration of the transportation cab.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: OTIS ELEVATOR COMPANY
    Inventors: Arthur Hsu, Tadeusz Pawel Witczak
  • Patent number: 9876373
    Abstract: A storage device includes a frame and a plurality of adjusting structures. The frame includes a base and a plurality of partition components. The partition components stand on the base so that the partition components and the base form a plurality of accommodation spaces together. Each of the adjusting structures includes a sliding component and a blocking component that are connected to each other. The sliding components are slidable on the base. The blocking components are located within the accommodation spaces, respectively. The blocking components protrude from the base so that the base, the partition components and the blocking components form a plurality of storage compartments together. The sliding components are for sliding relative to the base so as to respectively adjust depths of the storage compartments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2018
    Assignee: AVer Information Inc
    Inventors: Hui-Lun Hung, Shu-Chen Chen
  • Patent number: 9055710
    Abstract: In a palette movement in which a palette (24) which holds a tray (6) whose components are used up is moved from a palette carrying part (27) where the palette (24) was carried for the exchange with a new tray (6) to a palette accommodating part (23), the accommodating address of the return destination is specified based on a readout result of a palette identification mark of a palette information readout sensor (32) and palette accommodating data which are stored in advance. Therefore, even if the components in two or more palettes (24) are used up in the same period, the palettes (24) can be returned to the palette accommodating parts (23) corresponding to the specified accommodating addresses of the return destinations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2015
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Mie Morishima
  • Patent number: 8974168
    Abstract: An automated storage/retrieval system has two pairs of multi-tier racks that are arranged in series. An elevator is disposed between the two pairs of multi-tier racks. The elevator enables a load to be delivered to and received from the two pairs of multi-tier racks. The automated storage/retrieval system having such a tandem structure not only can provide the same storage capacity as that of a conventional configuration in which two pairs of multi-tier racks are arranged in parallel, but also can be applied to a building with a limited height since the system does not need to have an extended height. Since only one elevator is needed, the number of units is less than that of a conventional system, reducing manufacturing cost and an installation space for the system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2015
    Assignee: Dematic Systems GmbH
    Inventor: Shin Yamashita
  • Patent number: 8926251
    Abstract: The present invention provides a container storage facility in which inert gas can be supplied to a container in a container storage section that can be moved between the storage position and the transfer position while preventing deterioration of the gas supply line and generation of dust to the extent possible. The container storage section of the container storage facility in accordance with the present invention includes a container support provided to be movable with respect to the fixed frame member between a storage position and a transfer position for transferring the container to and from a transporting device. The gas supply line of gas supply system for supplying the inactive gas to the container supported by the container support of the storage position includes a fixed side portion and a moving side portion which can be moved in unison with the container support.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2015
    Assignee: Daifuku Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yukio Iizuka, Suguru Shibata
  • Publication number: 20140377041
    Abstract: The apparatus is a Lift and Storage Racking Apparatus for Human Remains to store human remains in an efficient manner. The lift component of the apparatus, through other connected components, when operated will either raise or lower human remains vertically, while maintaining the horizontal orientation of the human remains. The storage component of the apparatus accommodates extraordinary variations in the height, width, depth, and weight of human remains. Parallel storage rollers, glides, slides, and/or bearings facilitate efficient loading and unloading, as well as, expansion of the depth of storage for multiple human remains. Additional vertical levels placed within the storage component proportionally increase the capacity of the storage component. The apparatus is suitable for new installation as well as existing spaces for the storage of human remains; including but not limited to temperature controlled environments, such as buildings, structures, rooms, coolers, and/or freezers.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 24, 2014
    Publication date: December 25, 2014
    Inventor: Kevin Edwin Humphreys
  • Patent number: 8876454
    Abstract: In a storage system (1; 18) with at least one shelving level (3, 4, 5, 6, 7), comprising at least one transport aisle (10), shelves (8, 9; 19, 20) situated alongside the transport aisle (10) with storage spaces (L) for products (P) and a level transport device (EBG) movable in the transport aisle (10) for approaching the storage spaces (L), with a conveyor system (2; 24) for supplying products (P) to the shelving level (3, 4, 5, 6, 7) and removing therefrom, with at least one intermediate buffer (Z), in which the products (P) supplied by means of the conveyor system (2; 24) are temporarily stored until their storage in a storage space (L) and in which products (P) that are removed from the storage places (L) are temporarily stored until their transfer to the conveyor system (2; 24), there is provided that substantially each storage space (L) has a movable compartment floor (F) and that the level transport device (EBG) has compartment floor-moving means, by means of which a compartment floor (F) may be transfe
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2014
    Assignee: Knapp AG
    Inventor: Roland Koholka
  • Patent number: 8807980
    Abstract: A magazine apparatus including a plurality of receiving elements that are constructed and arranged to separately receive individual blow molds each having a plurality of parts and each configured to shape plastic-material preforms into plastic-material containers. The magazine apparatus being constructed and arranged to store a plurality of blow molds outside the working operational area of a blow molding machine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2014
    Assignee: Krones AG
    Inventors: Rupert Meinzinger, Thomas Hoellriegl, Klaus Voth, Thomas Albrecht, Erik Blochmann
  • Patent number: 8805605
    Abstract: A system is provided that includes a control unit configured to be disposed on-board at least one of a first vehicle or a second vehicle. The control unit also is configured to receive an updated time of an event involving the first vehicle and the second vehicle traveling in a transportation network. The control unit also is configured to change a speed of said at least one of the first vehicle or the second vehicle in response to the updated time to arrive at the event. A method is provided that includes, at one of a first vehicle or a second vehicle, receiving an updated time of an event involving the first vehicle and the second vehicle in a transportation network. The method also includes changing a speed of said one of the first vehicle or the second vehicle in response to the updated tune to arrive at the event.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2014
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Jared Cooper, Mitchell Scott Wills, Kevin Campbell, John McElroy, Jian Li, Bruce Hancock, Sherri Boyd, Mason Samuels, Paul Denton, David Eldredge, Scott Dulmage
  • Publication number: 20140193227
    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 10, 2014
    Inventor: Walter Winkler
  • 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
  • Patent number: 8684651
    Abstract: An autonomous mobile robot includes a housing mounted on a track and controllable to move along the track and to stop at each selected location, two side covers pivotally mounted on the left and right sides of the housing and movable by a respective driving motor to close/open the left or right side of the housing, and a mechanism controllable to move a material carrier horizontally leftwards or rightwards to the outside of the housing after opening of the left-sided or right-sided side cover.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 1, 2014
    Inventor: Chin-Hsiung Wang
  • Patent number: 8559129
    Abstract: A pass-through accessor comprising a fixturing apparatus that can store a plurality of portable data storage cassettes. The pass-through accessor comprises a moveable gripper assembly comprising a plurality of gripping members. The gripper assembly releaseably attaches to a portable data storage cassette disposed in a storage slot, pulls that portable data storage cassette outwardly from the storage slot, and releaseably attaches that portable data storage cassette to one of a plurality of fixturing assemblies disposed on the fixturing apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2013
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Matthew Charles Compton, Louis Daniel Echevarria, Stefan Lehmann, Richard Albert Welp
  • Patent number: 8554643
    Abstract: A method and equipment to stack palletless and as to their size variable packages (1) on warehouse rack (15) and to retrieve them from the rack and to control the logistics of packages, in which the warehouse rack is furnished with an automatic packages stacking and retrieving robot, and in which the control of warehouse data and logistics takes place by a data system. Equipment (5) receives package (1), for instance, onto conveyor belt (2), equipment (5) carries out weighing of package (1), determination for the necessary space requirement, reading of remote code connected to package (1), as RFID code (20) in order to choose the rack space determined for it on basis of previous functions, and package (1) is retrieved from the rack steered either by the order of the user or of the data system, and the data from above mentioned stacking and retrieving functions are transmitted to the data system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2013
    Assignee: Suomen Teollisuusosa Oy
    Inventor: Sami Kortelainen
  • Publication number: 20130236278
    Abstract: The invention provides a trolley for use in a storage system comprising at least one row of side-by-side storage positions for containers, which trolley is reciprocally movable along a path of movement that extends parallel to the row for transferring a container between the trolley and a storage position located opposite the trolley. The trolley comprises a frame, at least one supporting arm and moving means for moving the at least one supporting arm forward and backward, transversely to the path of movement, relative to the frame between a passive position and at least one active position, in which at least one active position, in contrast to the passive position, the at least one supporting arm extends at least partially into a storage position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 7, 2013
    Publication date: September 12, 2013
    Applicant: VANDERLANDE INDUSTRIES B. V.
    Inventor: Jan Beewen
  • Patent number: 8491293
    Abstract: A magazine apparatus including a plurality of receiving elements that are constructed and arranged to separately receive individual blow molds each having a plurality of parts and each configured to shape plastic-material pre-forms into plastic-material containers. The magazine apparatus being constructed and arranged to store a plurality of blow molds outside the working operational area of a blow molding machine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2013
    Assignee: Krones AG
    Inventors: Rupert Meinzinger, Thomas Hoellriegl, Klaus Voth, Thomas Albrecht, Erik Blochmann
  • Patent number: 8480347
    Abstract: An order-picking system and method includes a pallet warehouse (12), preferably in terms of a high-bay warehouse, being used as a supply warehouse dedicated to a plurality of, preferably different, packing units (40) which are stored, preferably by one sort only, on pallets (14) in the pallet warehouse (12); a tray warehouse (24) which is used as a picking buffer for supplying connected order-picking stations with packing units (40), wherein trays (38) are stored in the tray warehouse which have been loaded with a pallet layer of packing units (40) before; a conveyor (22) which transports from the pallet warehouse to the tray warehouse trays (38) which are respectively loaded with a pallet layer of packing units, particularly across longer distances; and at least a rack-transport unit (36) for trays (38), the rack-transport unit allowing receipt of a plurality of trays being respectively loaded with a pallet layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2013
    Inventor: Gerhard Schäfer
  • Publication number: 20130094926
    Abstract: A rack-serving unit for storing boxes having an open box bottom, including a load pick-up device and at least one substantially horizontally telescopic article transport gripper including at least one rest for the articles for gripping under an article, is provided with a single telescopic gripper pin serving as article transport gripper and having a rest for the articles for gripping under the article in a just unstable position and at least one telescopic flank and/or a telescopic hold-down device for setting a stable transport position of the gripped article. In an order-picking warehouse equipped with said rack-serving unit having storing boxes with bottoms which are open in the center thereof, the telescopic gripper pin includes a rest for the articles of a width which is transverse to the telescoping direction for supporting the article in a just unstable position on the rest for the articles and the box bottom opening being just slightly broader than the width.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 12, 2012
    Publication date: April 18, 2013
    Applicant: KRONES AG
    Inventor: KRONES AG
  • Patent number: 8342792
    Abstract: Storing and retrieving articles in and from rack warehouses which are filled and emptied, wherein articles are stored on load supports at storage locations of at least one rack of rack warehouse comprises moving a storage and retrieval device, which is movable in a longitudinal direction of the rack and has a lifting table movable in height, to a receiving point of the rack; receiving a load support, which is loaded with an article, from the rack on a load suspension device of the storage and retrieval device; separating article from the received load support on the lifting table by means of a separation station; moving storage and retrieval device to hand-over point, where storage and retrieval device is coupled in a transverse direction of the rack to article conveyor extending in longitudinal direction of rack; and delivering separated article from lifting table to the article conveyor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Inventor: Rob A Schmit
  • Patent number: 8146729
    Abstract: Systems and methods in accordance with exemplary embodiments for assisting cargo onto and from elevators. The system may include deck subsystems comprising rollers, a motor, and a gearbox. The motor may drive the gearbox which may drive the rollers to assist in loading cargo onto an elevator and/or assist in unloading cargo from an elevator. Deck subsystems may be located on multiple deck levels. The system may include an elevator subsystem having rollers. The deck subsystem may include a telescopic driveshaft which may extend and drive the rollers on the elevator subsystem to assist in loading and/or unloading cargo onto and from the elevator subsystem.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2012
    Assignee: General Dynamics Armament and Technical Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeffrey Paul Wagner, Lloyd L. Ellison, Jr., James Michael Haley, Robert Merrill Alsop
  • Patent number: 8092140
    Abstract: A container storage and retrieval system (1) has first, second and third storage zones (2, 3, 4) for storing containers. The first storage zone (2) stores containers of product in frames (6), each frame (6) including a plurality of stacks (7) of containers. The second storage zone (3) stores containers of product in stacks (7). An automated retrieval system retrieves selected stacks of containers from the second storage zone (3) and replenishes the second zone (3) with containers by receiving frames (6). The third storage zone (4) includes a second automated retrieval system for retrieving selected partial stacks or stacks of containers, and replenishing the third storage zone with containers by receiving stacks from the second storage zone. Orders are collated by transferring a required number of complete frames (6) from the first storage zone (2), a required number of complete stacks (7) from the second storage zone (3) and a required number of stacks (7) or partial stacks from the third zone (4).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2012
    Assignee: Bakvertisi Limited
    Inventors: John Russell Baker, Sandra Louise Tulisi, Alan Sydney Calvert
  • Patent number: 7871231
    Abstract: An elevation conveyor 5 includes a turntable 17 and a roller conveyor 18. The roller conveyor 18 is supported onto the turntable 17. A turntable controller 7 turns the turntable 17 so that the roller conveyor 18 matches with a carrying direction of a conveyor rail for receiving or delivering a load and then drives the conveyor rail and the roller conveyor 18 to receive or deliver an FOUP 8. An elevation conveyor 5 is held in a cable 20a installed in an elevation space 9 through a coupling member 20b of a cableveyor 20, and can freely elevate and stop at a port 21 installed on each floor while being interlocked with motion of the cableveyor 20 caused by reciprocating circulation of the cableveyor 20 in a vertical direction by an elevation conveyor controller 4.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2006
    Date of Patent: January 18, 2011
    Assignee: Muratec Automation Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Munekuni Oshima
  • Patent number: 7857571
    Abstract: An apparatus for manufacturing capable of reducing footprint and a working time for loading substrates as short as possible, and a method using the same are disclosed. The apparatus includes a cassette to accommodate a plurality of substrates, a stocker in which the cassette is loaded, a process progressing unit to receive the respective substrates in the cassette and to perform a process, a loader having at least two hands and disposed between the stocker and the process progressing unit to receive and supply the respective substrates accommodated in the cassette on the stocker to the process progressing unit, and at least one withdrawing unit to withdraw and supply the respective substrates from the cassette to at least one of the hands in the loader.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 28, 2010
    Assignee: LG Display Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Yoon Ho Hwang
  • Publication number: 20100150690
    Abstract: In a storage lift comprising a plurality of shelf columns (3a, 3b) which lie next to one another and opposite one another on both sides of a conveying shaft (15), a horizontally displaceable support frame (18) for a conveyor (26) which is movable upwards and downwards is guided in the conveying shaft (15) on two guide rails (16, 17), of which one is connected fixedly to the base (23) of the conveying shaft (15) and one is arranged in the upper region thereof.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 6, 2006
    Publication date: June 17, 2010
    Inventors: Mathias Braun, Jurgen Reissig
  • Patent number: 7722307
    Abstract: A system for controlling stocked items to be picked in a warehouse. The system has a first support assembly upon which a plurality of items can be stored in a predetermined array, including a plurality of rows, and from which stored items can be picked from a first location. The first support assembly has at least (a) a first state with no item upon the first support assembly, (b) a second state with at least one item in at least one of the rows and no items in another of the rows and (c) a third state with at least one item in each of the plurality of rows. The system includes a repositioning assembly that is operable to cause an item upon the first support assembly to be shifted from a first position in a first row to a second position in a second row. An item upon the first support assembly is situated to be more accessible to an operator for picking from the first location with the item in the second position than with the item in the first position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 2004
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2010
    Assignee: Daifuku America Corporation
    Inventor: Steven G. Bell
  • Patent number: 7686560
    Abstract: A rack and conveyor shuttle system for placing and retrieving articles of various sizes including a rack system having a shelving framework of at least two tubes spaced apart from one another at a distance, wherein the distance between the tubes is sufficient to support the article in a single stack and a motorized, conveyor shuttle system having at least two finger-like conveyors spaced apart from one another at a distance, wherein the distance between the finger-like conveyors is sufficient to move in between the two tubes so as to engage the article wherein the conveyor shuttle system is adapted to interlace in between the rack system for both placing and retrieving the article.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2005
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2010
    Assignee: Conestoga Cold Storage
    Inventors: Larry Hermas Laurin, Gavin Leigh Sargeant, Fred James Kuper, George Richard Pipes, Sergay Douglas Liston
  • Patent number: 7553118
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for moving loaded pallets from one location to another, such as from a region of an assembly line to a vertically lower region of the same assembly line. A first conveyor track is angled downwardly from a source of loaded pallets toward a diverter, which is driven to pivot about one end. The diverter receives the pallet when the diverter is parallel to the first conveyor track and then pivots to a horizontal orientation at which it is unloaded. Upon the last object on the pallet being removed, the diverter pivots downwardly to become parallel to a second conveyor track that is angled downwardly from the diverter, and is released to slide down the second conveyor track. The pallet is preferably precisely located and clamped in the diverter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2009
    Assignee: The Schnipke Family LLC
    Inventor: Brian T. Doepker
  • Patent number: 7547174
    Abstract: A method for sorting mail to a case having a plurality of slots is described, wherein each slot corresponds to a destination. The method includes steps of loading a mail piece to be sorted into a delivery robot, determining for the mail piece a destination slot the mail piece is to be delivered to, moving the delivery robot along a rail disposed at the front of the case near the slots into proximity with an open end of the destination slot, inserting the mail piece from the delivery robot into the associated slot, and returning the delivery robot to a loading station whereby the cycle may be repeated. Such a method, when using a large number of robots moving along a common rail system, can sort a large volume of mail in carrier delivery order.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2006
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2009
    Assignee: Siemens Energy & Automation, Inc.
    Inventors: James M. Pippin, Floyd W. Worth, II, Dale E. Redford, Ottmar K. Kechel, George R. Mondie, Gerald A. Isaacs
  • Publication number: 20080247849
    Abstract: The method for the automatic feeding of metal section bars provides for seizing a group of metal section bars (2) from a store (3) by means of gripping tools (11) and for transferring the said group of metal section bars (2) in a lifted position. The metal section bars (2) are arranged on a transfer device (20) suited to transfer the metal section bars (2) on receiving means (30). In a suitable phase relationship, the counting of the metal section bars (2) transferred on the said receiving means (30) is carried out. Such operating cycle is repeated until a prefixed number of metal section bars (2) is reached. The whole of the metal section bars (2) is disentangled through the progressive sliding of the receiving means (30) along the longitudinal axis of the metal section bars (2).
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 9, 2006
    Publication date: October 9, 2008
    Inventor: Aronne Miglioranza
  • Patent number: 7344348
    Abstract: A storage and retrieval unit (1) is provided for operating a product storage shelving (2), which has at least one shelf, on which essentially cubic products (4, 5, 6) are arranged and held. The products can be removed and fed to a driven, essentially horizontal continuous belt (8) of a height-adjustable storage and retrieval unit that is movable along the product storage shelving. The products removed are centered by a centering device with a lateral product centering element (9), which is arranged on a transverse side of the continuous belt (8) in the area of at least one longitudinal end of the continuous belt. The lateral product centering element centers a product removed from the product storage shelving (2) against a lateral longitudinal stop (10) of the continuous belt (8). Differently configured cubic products may be handled by the storage and retrieval unit in an easy, fast and reliable manner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2002
    Date of Patent: March 18, 2008
    Assignee: Knapp Logistik Automation GmbH
    Inventor: Karl Freudelsperger
  • Patent number: 7281608
    Abstract: The invention relates to a rack serving device (1) with a load-bearing means (4) displaceable in the height direction of a mast (2), the mast (2) being guided by means of bogie assemblies (7, 8) on bottom and top guide tracks and mounted so as to be displaceable along the guide tracks by means of a bottom and top friction-locking displacement drive (13, 14). The bottom and the top adjusting mechanisms are guided by means of height and lateral guide elements on the guide track and are designed to be displaceable relative to the guide tracks by means of a drive system (33).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2002
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2007
    Assignee: TGW Transportgeräte GmbH
    Inventors: Rudolf Hansl, Thomas Schwingshandl, Wolfgang Ensinger, Herbert Aschauer
  • Patent number: 7249678
    Abstract: A sorting apparatus has at least two sorter cells arranged substantially one above the other. Sorter cells are fitted to a driving unit for moving the sorter cells from a horizontal loading plane to a horizontal discharge plane, both of which are assigned to the sorter cells. A vertical distance between the sorter cells is equal to the vertical distance between two loading planes arranged one above the other and to the vertical distance between the upper and lower plane of at least a first and a second pair of discharge planes arranged one above the other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2003
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2007
    Assignee: Otto (GmbH & Co KG)
    Inventor: Jürgen Schieleit
  • Patent number: 7101138
    Abstract: An automated material handling system that includes an extractor/buffer apparatus capable of simultaneously accessing multiple Work-In-Process (WIP) parts, thereby providing a highly efficient interface between WIP storage locations and transport equipment. The extractor/buffer apparatus includes multiple extractor/buffer modules, each module being configured to interface with a location for holding WIP parts that is a number of WIP parts deep. Each module includes a platform for holding multiple WIP parts. Further, multiple modules may be disposed side-by-side to form an extractor/buffer apparatus capable of handling multiple rows of WIP parts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2003
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2006
    Assignee: Brooks Automation, Inc.
    Inventors: William John Fosnight, Michael Bufano, Gerald Friedman, Robert Sullivan
  • Patent number: 7074002
    Abstract: A container (10) includes a body that has a bottom wall (12), a top wall (20), a back wall (14), and first and second end walls (16), (18) wherein the walls (12), (14), (16), (18), and (20) of the body define an open front (22) portion of the container body. The container (10) further includes a first (24), top (98), bottom (100), side (110), and diagonal (112) conveyors supported on the back wall (14) within the container (10) for supporting parts (28) between the conveyors (24), (98), (100), and (112) for sequentially loading and unloading the parts (28) on and off the conveyors (24), (98), (100), and (112). The container (10) may provide for an effective way for loading and unloading the container with variety of parts comprising different shapes and dimensions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2002
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2006
    Assignee: Griswold Machine & Engineering Inc.
    Inventors: Todd Michael Weeden, David Andrew Sandor
  • Patent number: 6918730
    Abstract: An apparatus for assisting an operator of an electric-component supply device including component feeders mounted on feeder support and each accommodating electric components, the apparatus including (a) a position indicator operable to indicate the feeder-mounting position at which the component feeder is to be mounted on the feeder support, and/or the feeder-mounting position at which the component feeder has been removed from the feeder support, and/or (b) a feeder indicator operable to indicate at least one of (i) the component feeder which has been mounted on the feeder support, (ii) the component feeder which is to be removed from the feeder support and (iii) the component feeder on which an intermediate operation is required to be performed between moments of the operations to mount and remove the component feeder on and from the feeder support.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2002
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2005
    Assignee: Fuji Machine Mfg. Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Takayoshi Kawai, Shinsuke Suhara, Yusuke Tsuchiya
  • Patent number: 6883681
    Abstract: A storage and dispensing system (10) for storing and dispensing pre-packaged pharmaceutical products (12) and other products. The system includes a cabinet (14); a plurality of product conveyors (16) mounted within the cabinet and each configured for holding at least one product; an infeed conveyor (18) for receiving products that are to be stored in the cabinet; an outfeed conveyor (20) for receiving products that are to be dispensed from the cabinet; and a transporter (22) moveable within the cabinet for transporting products between the product conveyors and the infeed and outfeed conveyors for storing products in or dispensing products from the cabinet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 1999
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2005
    Assignee: ScriptPro LLC
    Inventors: Michael E. Coughlin, Arpita Banerjee, Lawrence E. Guerra, Keith W. Kudera, Ronald A. Leonard, Hamid Massali, David M. McDonald, Fred T. Steinbach, Tim Surgeon
  • Patent number: 6877943
    Abstract: At least one supply roll is conveyed by use of a roll support surface. The supply roll can be placed on the roll support surface with its longitudinal axis essentially horizontal. The supply roll can be rolled in at least one conveying direction with its lateral surface on the roll support surface. At least one transport element, with at least one rotating drive device can be brought into contact with the lateral surface of the supply roll from below. The drive device can be driven in at least one conveying direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2001
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2005
    Assignee: Koenig & Bauer Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Erwin Paul Josef Lehrieder, Andreas Bruno Rösch
  • Patent number: 6824345
    Abstract: The invention relates to a load-bearing frame (18) for a conveyor device, in particular a shelf-stacking device (1), with a support frame (19) which can be secured on a lift (17) of the conveyor device and, disposed on it, mutually parallel support mechanisms with displaceable telescopic support arms for receiving a storage unit such as a pallet (6), box, etc., and a conveyor system forming a conveying direction extends parallel with a displacement direction of the support mechanisms (21). The conveyor system consists of conveyor mechanisms (27) with two linear conveyors (26) arranged in pairs, disposed symmetrically by reference to a mid-plane (31) and extending between the support mechanisms (21) perpendicular to the standing surface (8) of the shelf-stacking device (1), forming a conveyor direction parallel with a displacement direction of the support mechanisms (21).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2003
    Date of Patent: November 30, 2004
    Assignee: TGW Transportgeräte GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Rudolf Hansl, Josef Reischl
  • Patent number: 6805526
    Abstract: At least one vertical structure is constituted by plurality of planes, set one upon another, each of which can house at least one container. A lift truck is able to transport at least one of the containers and can move in a vertical direction in a vertical work space parallel to the vertical surface on which the planes are aligned. The lift truck on command can be positioned facing one of the planes, and can interact with the planes in order to remove or insert a single container. The invention comprises a plurality of the vertical structures which are arranged parallel and afford a plurality of the work spaces for movement of the lift truck and are conformed to enable transfer of the lift truck at least from one of the work spaces to another of the work spaces. Means are provided to operate a transfer of the lift truck from one of the work spaces to another as well as to displace of the lift truck at least in a vertical direction along a single work space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2002
    Date of Patent: October 19, 2004
    Assignee: System SpA
    Inventor: Franco Stefani
  • Publication number: 20040131451
    Abstract: A load pick-up device for use in an order-picking system with at least one prong is created, which is characterised in that parallel with the longitudinal axis of the prong a pair of conveyor chains connected to a drive and comprising two endlessly revolving conveyor chains is provided, and that the pair of conveyor chains or the prong is connected to a lifting gear for raising or lowering the pair of conveyor chains with respect to the prong, and respectively. In addition, a method for the storing of articles in a rack order-picking system is provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 13, 2002
    Publication date: July 8, 2004
    Inventor: Walter Winkler
  • Patent number: 6692211
    Abstract: The lifter 3 is moved upward until the storage shelf 2 on which the packaging box 9 that contains the transfusion bottles 13 corresponding to the prescription is stored. Then, the first conveyor mechanism 8 of the storage shelf 2 and the second conveyor mechanism 14 of the lifter 3 are driven to convey the packaging box 9 of the transfusion bottle 13 from the storage shelf 2 to the lifter 3. When the lifter 3 is moved downward to the lowermost position, the second conveyor mechanism 14 of the lifter 3 and the third conveyor mechanism 16 of the receiving table 4 are driven to convey the packaging box 9 of the transfusion bottle 13 from the lifter 3 to the receiving table 4. Subsequently, the grip mechanism 5 is driven to grip the transfusion bottle 13 in the packaging box 9 on the receiving table 4 and convey it to the collection container 20. Then, the transfusion bottle 13 is released above the collection container 20 and contained therein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2002
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2004
    Assignee: Yuyama Mfg. Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Shoji Yuyama, Tsuyoshi Kodama, Reiji Kitagawa
  • Patent number: 6685130
    Abstract: To a row of winding stations (1), in which rolls (8) of flat, bendable objects (e.g., printed products) positioned on roll supports (3) are processed or in which such rolls are produced, roll supports (3) are coupled to the winding stations and, if required, are exchanged, the coupled roll supports forming a first row (A) of roll supports parallel to the row of winding stations (1). Roll supports (3) are positioned in readiness for the exchange in a second row (B) of roll supports, which second row (B) is distances from the first row (A) by a transport alley (10). Each roll support in the second row is aligned to the one winding station (1), to which it is to be coupled. For every exchange, the roll support (3) coupled to the winding station (1) is moved transverse to the first row (A) into the transport alley (10) and is transported along the transport alley to its end and there is positioned in a third row (C) of roll supports, which is aligned in the direction of the transport alley (10) and adjoins it.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2001
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2004
    Assignee: Ferag AG
    Inventors: Hans Ulrich Stauber, Erwin Müller
  • Publication number: 20030185656
    Abstract: The invention relates to a support frame for a telescopic arm of a load-handling system for at least transferring storage units into and out of a racking system, which is guided in a respective guide mechanism extending in the longitudinal direction of the support frame having a lateral and elevation guide track, The telescopic arm has at least a respective middle and a top slide, which are displaceable relative to the support frame and to one another. The lateral and elevation guide track for the middle slide is arranged on a longitudinal side wall of the support frame. The top slide is in turn provided with a lateral and elevation guide track for the middle slide and has several drivers which are displaceable as necessary transversely to the longitudinal direction of the lateral and elevation guide track and into an operating position projecting beyond the external boundary of the top slide.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 29, 2002
    Publication date: October 2, 2003
    Inventor: Rudolf Hansl
  • Publication number: 20030133781
    Abstract: The invention relates to a device for conveying at least one supply roll, comprising a roll support surface on which the supply roll can be placed with its longitudinal axis extending essentially horizontally. The supply roll can be rolled out in at least one conveying direction with its lateral surface on said roll support surface. The device has at least one transport element with at least one rotating drive device. The carrying run of said drive device can be brought into contact with the lateral surface of the supply roll from below, directly or indirectly, and can be driven in at least one conveying direction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 28, 2002
    Publication date: July 17, 2003
    Inventors: Erwin Paul Josef Lehrieder, Andreas Bruno Rsch
  • Patent number: 6425723
    Abstract: In order to achieve a magazine structure in which any necessary cartridge can be removed or inserted while a magazine is mounted in an autoloading device, a carrier unit is equipped with a lock releasing mechanism at the distal ends of openable/closable arms thereof so that a cartridge received in the magazine may be individually released from locking. This prevents any failure on the reading and writing of data due to removal of any wrong cartridge since the cartridge to be released can be defined by a programmable operation of the carrier unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2000
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2002
    Assignee: Fujitsu Limited
    Inventors: Tomoyuki Okada, Yuji Kato, Hirofumi Saito, Takahisa Miyamoto, Kenichi Utsumi
  • Patent number: 6357985
    Abstract: A system for the automatic loading and/or unloading of products comprises a store (13, 19) with shelves inclined and provided with a mobile transversal blocking means (9, 12), and at least one traveling lift (3) provided with mobile bearing tops (4), also inclined and provided with at least one mobile transversal blocking means (9, 12). Said inclined shelves and bearing tops (4) are provided with transversal, parallel, idle and inclined rollers (5) whereon a product or a product container (1) can slide by gravity when the blocking means is lowered.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 1999
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2002
    Inventors: Lanfranco Anzani, Onorio Anzani
  • Publication number: 20020021955
    Abstract: With sidings 6,7 installed between main lines 4,5 of the track guided vehicle system and the upper part of the rack 24 of an automatic warehouse 20, articles are transferred directly between a stacker crane 22 and the primary ground linear conveyer vehicle 14. The main line is never blocked by the linear conveyance vehicle in the transferring in the section to the automatic warehouse, and the siding can be used as a turnout to overtake.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 8, 2001
    Publication date: February 21, 2002
    Applicant: Murata Kikai Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Masatomi Kawaguchi
  • Patent number: 6179541
    Abstract: This transfer device is to be supported by the tines of a forklift and supports a load such as a lumber pack to be transferred to a rack cell which have an anchor bar at its opening. The device comprises an underframe having tine receivers, and a mainframe which is movable with respect to the underframe towards the cell opening and which has hooks to hook onto said anchor bar. Said mainframe has rollers on which the load is supported. The system is motorized; first, the load remains centered with respect to the underframe when the mainframe is first shifted laterally of the forklift to hook onto the anchor upper bar of a selected rack cell because the frame rollers rotate in a direction opposite to the shifting direction; then the mainframe rollers rotate in the opposite direction to transfer the load into the rack cell.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 1999
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2001
    Inventors: Sylvain Rioux, Thierry Benayoun