Including Additional Means To Move Surface Horizontally Relative To Device Patents (Class 414/282)
  • Patent number: 5328316
    Abstract: A storage and retrieval system includes a plurality of storage bins arranged in spaced fashion. An extraction mechanism is provided to engage an edge of the bin defined by a sidewall and a bottom of the bin for moving the bin with respect to a storage location and a shuttle device. The extraction mechanism is movable along a first path in either direction with respect to a longitudinal axis of an aisle. The extractor mechanism is extendable below the bottom of a bin in a rest position, such as at a storage location. When the extractor mechanism has reached a position adjacent to the outermost end limit of travel, a tab actuating mechanism is engaged to move upwardly extending tabs between an extended position and a retracted position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 1992
    Date of Patent: July 12, 1994
    Inventor: Christopher J. Hoffmann
  • Patent number: 5279393
    Abstract: A storage and retrieval machine comprising a mast having a generally vertical outer surface, a carriage movable vertically along the mast, a bearing assembly including a wheel which is rotatably supported by the carriage, which rolls along the mast surface, and which is movable relative to the carriage in the direction perpendicular to the mast surface, a pad of low-friction material mounted on the carriage, and a spring biasing the wheel toward the mast surface such that the pad is normally spaced from the mast surface and such that the wheel moves relative to the carriage so that the pad engages the mast surface when the force exerted on the wheel by the mast surface exceeds a predetermined amount, and a shuttle supported by the carriage for horizontal movement relative thereto.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 1992
    Date of Patent: January 18, 1994
    Assignee: Harnischfeger Engineers, Inc.
    Inventor: Kurt M. Lloyd
  • Patent number: 5249904
    Abstract: An article transfer and storage system provided with a stationary stocker capable of storing a plural number of articles and a stock handler located movably on the front side of the stationary stocker. The travel drive mechanism for the stock handler is received in a lower portion of the stationary stocker. The stock handler includes an arm mechanism having a drive arm and a follower arm flexibly connected to each other by an intermediate shaft, and an article holder provided at an end of the follower arm. An operating mechanism translates rotation of a drive shaft into horizontal movement of the article holder. Each one of the arms has a hollow box-like shape to accommodate the operating mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 1992
    Date of Patent: October 5, 1993
    Assignee: Tsubakimoto Chain Co.
    Inventors: Yuji Wakita, Hideaki Haruna
  • Patent number: 5238350
    Abstract: A horizontally displaceable receiving table for picking up and setting down package-like articles includes a displaceable transporting device, with roller-like pick-up members at its end relative to the direction of travel. The receiving table is displaced towards the articles by a first drive at a velocity which is decreased when the table is in close proximity to the vertical face surface of the articles. The pick-up member is then driven by a second drive such that the pick-up member engages the article and lifts the article onto the receiving table. The receiving table and the transporting device are then driven countercurrently at the same speed until they have substantially moved under the article. The receiving table permits picking up and setting down package-like articles at designated times and locations without damage to the articles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 1991
    Date of Patent: August 24, 1993
    Assignee: Digitron AG
    Inventors: Walter Krieg, Andreas Wohlfahrt
  • Patent number: 5222855
    Abstract: An automated work center for use in materials handling operations is disclosed. The work center includes a randomly accessible vertically moving temporary storage queue 11 for receiving containers 25 that hold material goods. A fixed loading ramp 20 is arranged to receive containers 20 from an external system and to load the received containers onto the storage queue 11. A work area 5 having a plurality of rotatable work tables 7 provides an gives the operator access to the containers. A delivery system 14 transfers containers between the storage queue 11 and the work tables 7 and a takeaway system 16 transfers containers between the work area and the conveyor network. An automated control system 17 coordinates the delivery of containers between the temporary storage queue 11 and the work area 5. A consolidation queue 18 having a multiplicity of vertically spaced shelfs may be disposed opposite the work tables 7 to facilitate the consolidation of ordered goods.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 1992
    Date of Patent: June 29, 1993
    Assignee: Computer Aided Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Clay Bernard, II, Daniel C. Perry
  • Patent number: 5213463
    Abstract: Two tray-supporting racks are located on opposite sides of an elevator carriage which carries a mechanized retrieving system for withdrawing trays from either rack and delivering them to a work area. The elevator carriage is vertically driven by a motor, sprockets, and chains. A transport chain travels on sprockets mounted on end plates of the elevator carriage. Transport rollers on the chain engage transport blocks on selected trays to produce lateral movement of the trays onto and off of their respective racks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 1990
    Date of Patent: May 25, 1993
    Inventors: Michel Rothlisberger, Herbert Goddard
  • Patent number: 5211523
    Abstract: An assembly for the controlled programmed handling of articles includes autoguided and robotized vehicles and a plurality of work stations and storage areas. There is a computer communication system between a host computer, the vehicles, and the work and storage areas. The vehicles have manipulator devices to move articles from the vehicle to the work stations and storage areas and vice versa. The work stations include a receiving area, a work area, and an output area with detector devices for detecting articles in each area and for communicating same to the computer. Each vehicle has a non-traction wheel and an encoder device communicating with the non-traction wheel for converting rotation of the non-traction wheel into distance travelled by the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 1991
    Date of Patent: May 18, 1993
    Assignee: Investronica, S.A.
    Inventors: Mario Andrada Galan, Fernando Diaz Zorita, Juan Carlos Cristos
  • Patent number: 5207555
    Abstract: The secondary fork 36 is composed of an aluminum extrusion which is formed integrally with a pair of right and left outward guide rail grooves 40a, 40b to be fitted with the guide rollers 45, 46 provided on the fixed fork 35 side and a pair of right and left inward guide rail grooves 41a, 41b to be fitted with the guide rollers 47, 48 provided on the primary fork 37 side, so as to form the secondary fork 36 in a single member. As a result, assembling operation is not needed, and therefore the number of parts and the assembling processes of the running fork type load transfer apparatus can be greatly curtailed, so as to reduce the cost.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 1991
    Date of Patent: May 4, 1993
    Assignee: Daifuku Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Yoji Shirai
  • Patent number: 5180269
    Abstract: A yarn package supply and empty bobbin removing apparatus for a warper creel, for removing empty bobbins from a plurality of pegs of a creel and putting yarn packages on the pegs, which includes a yarn package transfer frame having a shape resembling the letter H and supported so as to be located opposite to the pegs. The yarn package transfer frame is provided with holding devices arranged in two rows separated from each other by a distance corresponding to the distance between the adjacent rows of pegs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 1991
    Date of Patent: January 19, 1993
    Assignee: Murata Kikai Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Yoshiyuki Nishioka
  • Patent number: 5174454
    Abstract: The method is characterized by identifying each form stack (8) with regard to the identity received during manufacture thereof, the information received regarding the identity of the form stack (8), comparing the information received regarding the identity of the form stack (8) with stored information regarding the identities of one or more form stacks (8) sorted in the storage system (11), sorting form stacks (8) with a certain identity in such compartments in the storage system (11) containing a form stack or form stacks (8) with the same identity if, during the identity comparison, it is determined that there is/are one or more form stacks (8) with the same identity in a certain compartment in the storage system (11), sorting form stacks (8) with a certain identity in a free compartment in the storage system (11) if, during the identity comparison, it is determined that there is/are not one or more form stacks (8) with the same identity in the storage system, and removing stored identity information when a
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 1991
    Date of Patent: December 29, 1992
    Inventor: Gothe A. K. Parkander
  • Patent number: 5174707
    Abstract: A three-dimensional manufacturing and assembly plant for installing assembly lines three-dimensionally. The plant comprises a three-dimensional high-rise rack having a plurality of shelves multilayeredly arranged for storing articles and a plurality of multilayered assembly units and provided at least on one side of the three-dimensional rack for supporting assembly lines. The assembly unit includes a plurality of frame members arranged lengthwise and crosswise and a floor detachably placed on the frame members. The floor comprises a plurality of panel members made of transparent and ventilative material. Further, the plant comprises a three-dimensional high-rise rack and having a plurality of shelves multilayeredly arranged for storing articles and an assembly line supporting structure provided at least on one side of the three-dimensional rack for supporting assembly lines.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 1991
    Date of Patent: December 29, 1992
    Assignee: Ohbayashi Corp.
    Inventors: Masazumi Suekane, Hideki Yamaguchi
  • Patent number: 5156514
    Abstract: In a shelf-type store for magazines with material in rod or plate form, an apparatus is described for putting the material, contained in the magazines, into and out of store and for selecting it. For this purpose the magazines are moved with the aid of a transport car mobile beneath the shelving units, one of the magazine places of the truck including a hoist device. Adapted to this, the station for putting material into and out of store, lying outside the shelving units, is arranged with two reception levels, arranged one above the other for the magazines, of which the upper level is reachable for the transport car through its hoist device while the lower level may be brought into connection with the level of the transport car directly by a transfer device for the magazines.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 1991
    Date of Patent: October 20, 1992
    Assignee: Keuro Maschinenbau GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventor: Horst Zah
  • Patent number: 5149241
    Abstract: A novel dual mast storage and retrieval vehicle comprising structure which maintains each mast essentially vertical as variably weighted heavy loads are placed on a carriage disposed between the masts. Each mast is disposed near the center of a separately supported base such that bending of the base under such loads induces little off-vertical deflection to the mast. The separately supported bases are coupled by a connector which comprises cross-aisle and vertical degrees of freedom but is strictly constrained in the down-aisle direction. In the currently preferred embodiment, two down-aisle drive motors, in master/slave relationship, provide a synchronous drive for the vehicle. Further, interconnecting joints a strut at the top of the masts and of the carriage comprise hinges which resist propagation of mast induced moments caused by beam deflection or vehicle dynamics.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 1991
    Date of Patent: September 22, 1992
    Assignee: Eaton-Kenway, Inc.
    Inventors: Ralph B. Haymore, Mark I. Johnson
  • Patent number: 5149242
    Abstract: A novel vertical drive assembly for a storage and retrieval vehicle wherein a cable drive motor is horizontally juxtaposed between a lift cable winding and unwinding drum. The vertical drive assembly is modularly assembled on a frame and is attachable and detachable from the vehicle as a unit. The vertical drive assembly comprises, in seriatim, the motor, a belt drive sprocket wheel, a drive belt, a belt driven sprocket wheel, and, juxtaposed and on the same axis as the driven sprocket wheel, an input adapter, a speed reducer, and the drum. The motor is attached to the frame by jacks used to raise and lower the motor to adjust tension in the belt. To stay within the width of the vehicle, the input adapter and speed reducer are at least partly disposed within the core of the drum with the speed reducer providing a bearing for the drum. To reduce starting inertia, sprocket wheels are fabricated from lightweight material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 1991
    Date of Patent: September 22, 1992
    Assignee: Eaton-Kenway, Inc.
    Inventor: Ralph B. Haymore
  • Patent number: 5149654
    Abstract: An incubation apparatus for microtiter plates includes an heating chamber and a incubation chamber. The heating chamber has a controllable hot air generator over which are arranged air guide devices for equalizing and distributing a stream of hot air to the microtiter plates. Air return devices are provided for collecting and returning hot air to the hot air generator. The heating chamber can be closed by a gate, and incubation chamber is divided by shelves into a plurality of compartments for receiving the microtiter plates. It is possible to close each compartment with a gate, and the side walls of the compartments are provided with heating devices. Furthermore, the incubation apparatus is provided with a gripping and transporting device having a working platform that is vertically displaceable and having a horizontally displaceable gripping arm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 1990
    Date of Patent: September 22, 1992
    Assignee: Hoechst Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Jurgen Gross, Holger Pufahl, Dieter Sanger, Karl-Heinz Schaller, Hugo Wilmes
  • Patent number: 5116182
    Abstract: An automatic car parking system comprised of a parking rack and at least one car lifting feeder. The parking rack is divided into a plurality of parking spaces. The car lifting feeder has a pair of comb-like wings for carrying a car into a pair of comb-like platforms which are made on each parking space in the parking rack.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 1990
    Date of Patent: May 26, 1992
    Inventor: Bao N. Lin
  • Patent number: 5112183
    Abstract: A side-loading all-terrain fork lift vehicle for handling heavy loads which are long relative to their width, e.g., junked cars, in a storage facility having multi-level racks separated by narrow aisles and with restricted vertical clearance between levels. The vehicle body has an elongated load-carrying frame section which includes a longitudinal torsion beam at one side, two transverse torsion beams at its front and rear ends, two transverse medial beams defining a guideway for the mast-carrying trolley, and cross-brace beams between the torsion beams and the medial beams. The front and rear wheel axles are supported by respective rocker frames pivotally mounted on the associated transverse torsion beams and adapted to be angularly moved up and down by respective hydraulic piston and cylinder units which enable the frame section to be lowered so as to rest on the ground during on-loading and off-loading for maximum stability of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 1991
    Date of Patent: May 12, 1992
    Assignee: Howard G. Nusbaum
    Inventors: Howard G. Nusbaum, James A. Bevan
  • Patent number: 5098246
    Abstract: An apparatus for a solid parking installatin to load several automobiles in a limited space is disclosed herein. This apparatus includes a solid parking installation of the apartment type which has a plurality of floors and loading spaces that are mutually crossed and assembled from H-shaped steel. Chains for driving are mounted to the horizontal shaped beams, the position of the chains being determined by the height of the solid parking installation. Wires and extensible springs are connected to one end of the chains. A cage is provided for moving along a guide rail, the guide rail being installed at one side of the solid parking installation. A system for shifting the cage to the right and left, is installed within the cage, which cooperates with a system for shifting the cage to the right and left, located along the horizontal H-beams. A motorized system for rotating a table, fixed to the cage is included. Finally a system for controlling the tension of the chain is included.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 1989
    Date of Patent: March 24, 1992
    Inventor: Soo-Cheol Jung
  • Patent number: 5087164
    Abstract: An apparatus for storing a plurality of rolls includes a frame having a top and a base end forming a plurality of vertical stock spaces, each having an adjacent elevating passage. Brackets are disposed in each stock space for storing rolls in a vertically stacked, horizontally oriented disposition. A rail is disposed along the top of the frame, and a pickup flatcar runs on the rail. A carrier is operatively connected to the pickup flatcar and is movable up and down the elevating passages to pick-up and store rolls individually in the stock spaces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 1990
    Date of Patent: February 11, 1992
    Assignee: Maeda Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Kenichi Mukaimoto
  • Patent number: 5076751
    Abstract: Newsprint roll handling apparatus for a reelroom having a row of reelstands each equipped with spindles adapted to coaxially engage and rotate a cylindrical newsprint roll on a reelstand axis. The apparatus comprises storage racks installed in the reelroom and providing superimposed horizontal rows of storage bins adjacent to the reelstands and extending perpendicular to the reelstand axes, each storage bin being adapted to hold an individual newsprint roll positioned with its axis extending substantially parallel to the reelstand axes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 1990
    Date of Patent: December 31, 1991
    Assignee: Jervis B. Webb Company
    Inventor: Alfred J. Kafka
  • Patent number: 5054986
    Abstract: Heavy articles such as metal coils are transferred to and from storage locations in a storage area by a system of tracks and carriages including non-powered carriages which transport the articles directly and self-propelled carriages which move perpendicularly to the direction of movement of the non-powered carriages. The non-powered carriages are moved off and onto the self-propelled carriages by feeders carried by the self-propelled carriages. In one form of the invention, the above-mentioned self-propelled carriages are transferred to and from tracks in a parallel track array by an additional self-propelled carriage movable along a track extending perpendicular to the tracks of the parallel track array.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 1990
    Date of Patent: October 8, 1991
    Assignee: Tsubakimoto Chain Co.
    Inventors: Tadao Hirano, Hiroshi Yanagase
  • Patent number: 5051051
    Abstract: A rack and die mover including a die rack frame having a storage structure attached thereto for holding a plurality of elongated dies in a substantially horizontal orientation. A lateral translating mechanism is attached to the frame so that when dies are placed thereon they can be moved to one side of the frame over toward the pressbrake machine where they can be slid onto or off from the pressbrake machine. A mechanism is also provided for selectively adjusting the vertical position of the lateral translating mechanism with respect to the frame whereby it can be used to transfer a die to or from a machine at more than one vertical level. A lift frame is provided which has arms thereon for extending under the elongated dies for lifting them up off of either the storage rack or up off of the lateral translating mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 1990
    Date of Patent: September 24, 1991
    Assignee: Simonsen Iron Works, Inc.
    Inventor: Dale L. Grabill
  • Patent number: 5044859
    Abstract: A control system for a storage and retrieval machine is disclosed in which a supervisory control is responsive to operating commands from a remote source to provide operating instructions for the control of the base, carriage and shuttle of the storage and retrieval machine. Separate controls for the base, the carriage and the shuttle respectively contain base, carriage and shuttle operating parameters. The base, carriage and shuttle controls are responsive to operating instructions from the supervisory control to respectively control movement of the base, carriage and shuttle in accord with the associated base, carriage and shuttle operating instructions and parameters. A base drive, carriage drive and a shuttle drive are also provided and each include a drive control which produces drive control instructions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 1989
    Date of Patent: September 3, 1991
    Assignee: Harnischfeger Engineers, Inc.
    Inventors: B. Chuck Sorensen, Craig A. Devroy
  • Patent number: 5032053
    Abstract: A goods handling facility having a storage rack with vertically aligned sves, storage containers disposed within the racks, a shelf conveying device movable alongside the storage rack, a support frame disposed within the shelf conveying device, and at least one transport frame supported in the support frame with shelves for the storage containers. A charging device for collecting individual storage containers from the storage racks is mounted at the support frame and is displaceable relative to the support frame. Lot forming takes place at a stationary goods removing station from a transport frame deposited thereat. The charging device is adapted to transfer storage containers from the transport frame into the storage rack, and vice versa. At the goods removing station a transport frame is removed from the support frame of the shelf conveying device permitting an exchange of transport frames. The exchanged transport frame is then moved alongside the storage rack.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 1989
    Date of Patent: July 16, 1991
    Assignee: Gesellschaft fur Roboter und Logistiktechnologie, Rollotec AG
    Inventor: Walter Krieg
  • Patent number: 5030055
    Abstract: A physically integrated manufacturing and materials handling system comprising a conveyor system and a storage system. A conveyor system is described which includes means for receiving pallets having metal sheets or the like placed thereon so that the metal sheets may be removed therefrom and placed on a storage system pallet. The loaded storage system pallets are transported to storage bays or other locations within the facility by means of an electronically guided forklift truck.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 1990
    Date of Patent: July 9, 1991
    Assignee: Millard Manufacturing Corp.
    Inventors: Ronald K. Parks, Arden K. Zink
  • Patent number: 5015140
    Abstract: A shuttle guide for a shuttle of a storage and retrieval machine having a mast and a carriage on which the shuttle is mounted. The shuttle includes first and second plates movable relative to each other in directions transverse to the mast for carrying and depositing in or retrieving a load from a storage space. The shuttle guide comprises a first guide member having a downward facing straight guide surface extending in the transverse directions of movement of the plates and a second guide member having an upward facing inclined guide surface. The inclined guide surface is inclined upwardly relative to one of the transverse directions. A first guide roller is positioned in engagement with the straight guide surface and a second guide roller is positioned such that it is engageable with the inclined guide surface and guides one of the moveable plates in an upwardly inclined direction toward a storage space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 1989
    Date of Patent: May 14, 1991
    Assignee: Harnischfeger Engineers, Inc.
    Inventor: David A. Kling
  • Patent number: 5011363
    Abstract: A fork extension and retraction system for use with stockpickers automatically extends and retracts hydraulically extendable forks of a stockpicker when the load handler carrying the forks has moved to its extended position on the load side of the vehicle, and it also automatically retracts the forks if they have drifted from a home position before performing other fork related activities. Switches in the fork carriage assembly sense when the extendable forks are in the home position and near the home position. Other switches sense when the load handler assembly has reached its extreme positions on either side of the operator's platform. Still other switches are used to slow the traverse movement of the load handler assembly as it approaches its extreme positions, thus to cushion the shock of the load handler stopping. A control circuit senses the condition of these switches and controls the operation of both the load handle and the fork extension hydraulic system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 1989
    Date of Patent: April 30, 1991
    Assignee: Crown Equipment Corporation
    Inventors: Walter Conley, III, Ned E. Dammeyer, Kim A. Klopfleisch
  • Patent number: 5003417
    Abstract: A magnetic tape cassette transport/accessor assembly is actuated by a sprocket driven, belt drive system. First and second belt drives drive the transport/accessor assembly in horizontal and vertical directions and are tensioned by spring dampener assemblies. Each spring dampener assembly dampens rough and jerky movements and effects smooth and gentle acceleration and deceleration of the transport/accessor assembly. Each spring dampener assembly also provides compensation for belt drive wear, belt stretching and differential thermal expansion and contraction of the belt.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 1988
    Date of Patent: March 26, 1991
    Assignee: Datatape Incorporated
    Inventor: Frederic F. Grant
  • Patent number: 4998858
    Abstract: An industrial truck for picking up a laterally disposed load from the ground or from racks comprises at least one chassis beam, which extends transversely to the longitudinal direction of the track, an extending and retracting drive for laterally moving a load carrier subassembly including load carrier arms. A lifting drive is provided for vertically moving the load carrier subassembly relative to at least chassis beam. The load carrier arms of the forked load carrier or corresponding roller-carrying arms, which are transversely movable, are provided with downwardly extensible load-supporting rollers, which are adapted to support the load during a transverse movement of the load carrier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 1988
    Date of Patent: March 12, 1991
    Assignee: Firma Jungheinrich Unternehmensverwaltung KG
    Inventor: Ernst-Peter Magens
  • Patent number: 4995774
    Abstract: A side-loading all-terrain fork lift vehicle for handling heavy loads which are long relative to their width, e.g., junked cars, and are stored in multi-level racks separated by narrow aisles and having restricted vertical clearance between levels. The vehicle body, which is about 28 feet long, has a longitudinal, low-slung, load-carrying frame section in front of an operator's cab and at its front and rear ends is mounted by hydraulic piston and cylinder units on front and rear ground wheels which can be independently driven and steered in forward or reverse through a full 180.degree. arc for straight ahead and sideways movements, for radius turning movement, and for crabwise movement. The mast is mounted on a trolley guided for reciprocal movement along a pair of transverse beams in the mid-region of the frame section which can be lowered by the hydraulic units so as to rest on the ground during on-loading and off-loading for maximum stability of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 1989
    Date of Patent: February 26, 1991
    Assignee: Robert R. Gerzel
    Inventor: Howard G. Nusbaum
  • Patent number: 4993906
    Abstract: A green tire feed system provided between the forming process and the vulcanizing process in a tire manufacturing installation. This green tire feed system comprises pallets, each adapted to be charged with green tires, pallet loading tables disposed respectively in front of the respective vulcanizing machines installed in a row, shelves disposed in opposition to the pallet loading tables, a stacker crane adapted to travel through a passageway formed between a row of the pallet loading tables and a row of the shelves, a station for receiving pallets sent from forming machines and from the pallet loading tables, and control devices for controlling the stacker crane. The stacker crane is controlled by the control means to transport a pallet charged with green tires form the station to the shelves and from the shelves to the pallet loading table, and to transport an empty pallet from the pallet loading table to the station.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 1989
    Date of Patent: February 19, 1991
    Assignee: Bridgestone Corporation
    Inventors: Seiichiro Nisimura, Toshifumi Hata, Kenji Yamashita
  • Patent number: 4988262
    Abstract: A double reach shuttle assembly for a storage and retrieval machine. Latch mechanisms are provided on the movable elements of the shuttle to control the sequence of extension of the movable elements thereby reducing the amount of space required beneath a load in a storage rack to accommodate the shuttle elements when the double reach shuttle is used in a single reach mode. As the shuttle extends, each movable element remains stationary until the element above it reaches a predetermined point relative thereto. The invention further provides additional latch mechanisms which insure that the load carrying element of the shuttle is the last to retract.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 1989
    Date of Patent: January 29, 1991
    Assignee: Eaton Corporation
    Inventor: Paul K. Gines
  • Patent number: 4988252
    Abstract: In an apparatus for collectively holding a plurality of packages aligned in a row to supply them to pegs of a creel bogie, an apparatus for supplying packages to a warper creel includes a package holding mechanism and an empty take-up tube holding mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 1988
    Date of Patent: January 29, 1991
    Assignee: Murata Kikai Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Yoshio Yamamoto, Isao Nagasawa
  • Patent number: 4984106
    Abstract: An automated magnetic tape cartridge library system includes a cabinet (24) having a door (26) removably and pivotally connected thereto. The cabinet (24) houses a plurality of tape drives (56A-56E) and a plurality of racks (70) wherein magnetic tape cartridges are stored. A cartridge transport assembly (100) serves to retrieve a cartridge from a rack (70) and to load the cartridge into a target tape drive (56), and vice versa. Movement of the cartridge transport assembly (100) along X, Y and Z rectangular coordinate axes is effected by X, Y, and Z displacement systems (104, 106, 108). The cartridge transport assembly (100) and the X, Y and Z displacement systems (104, 106, 108) are all mounted on the removable, pivotal door (26). The cartridge transport assembly (100) includes a pair of engagement fingers (402A, 402B) which engage a selected cartridge upon contact with the cartridge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 1988
    Date of Patent: January 8, 1991
    Assignee: Exabyte Corporation
    Inventors: Zoltan L. Herger, Vladimir Nejezchleb
  • Patent number: 4984107
    Abstract: A magnetic tape cassette transport/accessor assembly for use in a system including magnetic tape cassette storage and magnetic tape cassette record/reproduce apparatus. The cassette transport/accessor assembly transports cassettes between locations in the system in a gentle and reliable manner. The magnetic tape cassette transport/accessor assembly includes upper and lower carriages having spring-biased, V-grooved wheels, which travel on spaced, parallel, upper and lower V-shaped horizontal rails located at the top and bottom of the cassette storage and record/reproduce apparatus. An accessor platform travels on two vertical rails rigidly mounted on the upper and lower carriages. The accessor platform supports two accessor assemblies which travel laterally on lead screws to effect insertion and extraction of magnetic tape cassettes. The transport/accessor assembly is lightweight since no actuating motors or motor supports are mounted on it.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 1988
    Date of Patent: January 8, 1991
    Assignee: Datatape Incorporated
    Inventors: Ionel Mondocea, John P. Grant, Frederic F. Grant
  • Patent number: 4984108
    Abstract: In a magnetic tape cassette storage and magnetic tape cassette record/reproduce system, disclosed is an accessor which inserts or extracts a cassette from a storage location or a record/reproduce device. The accessor includes a cassette gripper assembly which handles different sizes of cassettes. Lateral motion of the accessor (a) actuates the gripper assembly to grip and ungrip a cassette and (b) effects locking and unlocking of the gripper assembly. A pair of accessors are mounted on an accessor platform so that one accessor can insert a cassette while the other accessor extracts a cassette, either at the same location (record/reproduce device) or at different locations (storage compartments).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 1988
    Date of Patent: January 8, 1991
    Assignee: Datatape Incorporated
    Inventors: Frederic F. Grant, John P. Grant
  • Patent number: 4971508
    Abstract: In a storage facility for heavy coils or the like, coils are transported to and from stationary rests by a first carriage which include a hydraulic lift. The first carriage is carried by a second carriage which moves perpendicularly to the path of the first carriage and which has its own heavy article-supporting rest. Transfer of heavy articles from rest to rest takes place by operation of the hydraulic lift in conjunction with lateral movement of the first carriage. The second carriage is self-propelled, and also carries a hydraulic pump unit for powering the lift through a flexible coupling which allows limited movement of the first carriage away from the second carriage. A third carriage, which is self-propelled and movable perpendicularly to the path of the second carriage, receives the second carriage to carry the second carriage, with a first carriage on it, to and away from the storage facility. The second and third carriages are movable independently of each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 1990
    Date of Patent: November 20, 1990
    Assignee: Tsubakimoto Chain Co.
    Inventors: JPX, Shoji Miyahara, Hiroshi Yanagase, Fusao Sonehara
  • Patent number: 4969791
    Abstract: The apparatus has a frame formed with vertical and horizontal supports to which are assembled a plurality of parallel spaced shelves. A horizontal load girder is vertically movable along vertical supports with load pickup oriented toward the shelf arrangement. The frame is movable toward and away from a storage shelf arrangement while the load pickup maintaining its vertical position; to this end, the frame has deflection wheels, substantially at its upper and lower corners, for a tensioning arrangement extended in a FIG. 8 in the vertical direction; with their upper and lower ends, the tension means are attached in stationary fashion, likewise in a FIG. 8, either to the shelf arrangement or to a point corresponding to the maximum distance of the frame from the shelf arrangement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 1989
    Date of Patent: November 13, 1990
    Assignee: STOPA Stahlbau GmbH & Co.
    Inventor: Paul Stolzer
  • Patent number: 4964776
    Abstract: An article transfer and storage system provided with a stationary stocker capable of storing a plural number of articles and a stock handler located movably on the front side of the stationary stocker. The travel drive mechanism for the stock handler is received in a lower portion of the stationary stocker. The stock handler includes an arm mechanism having a drive arm and a follower arm flexibly connected to each other by an intermediate shaft, and an article holder provided at an end of the follower arm. An operating mechanism translates rotation of a drive shaft into horizontal movement of the article holder. Each one of the arms has a hollow box-like shape to accommodate the operating mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 1988
    Date of Patent: October 23, 1990
    Assignee: Tsubakimoto Chain Co.
    Inventors: Yuji Wakita, Hideaki Haruna
  • Patent number: 4946327
    Abstract: A film carriage assembly for supporting a film platter in a secured manner including a housing, a surface supported by the housing and adapted to support a film platter thereon with the surface being rotatable to any position between a substantially horizontal position and a substantially vertical position and with the film platter being disposed securely on the surface such that it is prevented from movement relative to the surface when the surface is rotated to any position between a substantially horizontal position and a substantially vertical position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 1989
    Date of Patent: August 7, 1990
    Inventor: Samuel Kinsora
  • Patent number: 4936730
    Abstract: An elevated garage which includes a vertical framework structure having an entrance, through which cars are introduced; a plurality of parking spaces for accommodating the cars, wherein the packing spaces are piled in vertical one or more rows; an elevator including a lift movable up and down in the framework structure, the lift being adapted to receive a pallet on which the car is placed; an expander provided on the lift, the expander being expandable toward the parking space; a shelf provided in each parking space in such a manner as to be free from the expander, the shelf being adapted to support the pallet; and a rotor for turning the car into an appropriate posture for riding on the pallet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 1989
    Date of Patent: June 26, 1990
    Assignee: Nissei Build Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Hiroshi Morioka
  • Patent number: 4932176
    Abstract: A telescopic mast system has a base tube, a plurality of axially movable coaxial inner tubes nestable successively within each other and within the base tube, and a winch supported at the lower end of the base tube with a pair of preferably wire ropes driven thereby for extending and retracting the inner tubes. The base and inner tubes have collars at their respective ends, the collars of adjacent tubes engaging each other to limit extension thereof and to provide additional structural support during application of bending loads on the mast system. The ropes are connected to pulleys mounted near or within tube collars so that the ropes and pulleys are totally enclosed within the mast system. As the winch is rotated in one direction, the ropes axially move the inner tubes from a nested or stowed position within the base tube to a fully vertically extended operational position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 1988
    Date of Patent: June 12, 1990
    Assignee: GTE Government Systems Corporation
    Inventors: John E. Roberts, Jerome L. Hitchcock
  • Patent number: 4890367
    Abstract: A crematory loader apparatus is provided for loading objects to be incinerated into a preheated crematory. The loader has a frame along with a slidable support surface attached to the frame for supporting an object thereon which slides in a track supporting the slidable top surface during sliding of the top surface between a first position for loading the object onto the slidable support surface and a second position canterlevering the slidable support surface into the crematory. A plurality of legs are attached to the frame and support the frame and the slidable support surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 1989
    Date of Patent: January 2, 1990
    Inventor: James P. Crawford
  • Patent number: 4887953
    Abstract: The installation comprises an endless circulating shelf plant which is divided into a plurality of individual endless bucket belts having run returning stations with horizontal run returning axis in a common plane. A shelf serving apparatus is located in front of this plane and can access every location of the shelves of the individual endless bucket belts which arrive in the mentioned plane. Due to the combination of the endless circulating shelves and the shelf serving apparatus the access time is substantially optimized by the installation which also utilizes the available space to its best.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 1988
    Date of Patent: December 19, 1989
    Assignee: System Schultheis AG
    Inventor: Bruno A. Greub
  • Patent number: 4844680
    Abstract: An automatic article feeding apparatus which includes a stocker for housing pallets for containing articles such as parts for assembly, interchangeable tools or the like, a first pallet operating device for transferring the pallets from the stocker to an automatic assembling machine and vice versa, a second pallet operating device for feeding the loaded pallets containing the articles to said stocker and discharging the empty pallets to the outside, and control means for controlling the operations of the pallet operating devices in accordance with the actuation of said automatic assembling machine and the signals indicating the position of the loaded pallet housed in said stocker and the empty portion in said stocker.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 1986
    Date of Patent: July 4, 1989
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Hideaki Kawata, Yusaku Azuma, Kenzi Kuroki, Osamu Shigematsu
  • Patent number: 4838749
    Abstract: A storage assembly or facility comprises a shelving block having compartments, a lifting jack and a tie bar. The lifting jack is operatively connected to the tie bar for vertically shifting the tie bar in front of a vertical array of storage compartments. The tie bar is provided with a plurality of telescoping receiver members for inserting into the compartments and subsequently removing therefrom items to be stored. For storing goods of different sizes, the compartments have a modular length equal to the common width of a plurality of columns of the compartment array.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 1987
    Date of Patent: June 13, 1989
    Assignee: Tepora Transportsysteme Entwicklungs-GmbH
    Inventor: Tomislav Potocjnak
  • Patent number: 4820109
    Abstract: A bidirectional transfer mechanism is provided for independent or simultaneous X-axis and Y-axis precision displacement of a mobile component, such as a video cassette pick-up unit for retrieving or returning video cassettes from a cassette library. The transfer mechanism comprises an upright column assembly supported on a machine frame for X-axis displacement and carrying the pick-up unit for Y-axis displacement. A first drive cable is connected to the upper and lower ends of the column assembly and threaded over a first set of pulleys on the machine frame, with a portion of the first cable being wrapped about a motor-driven winding drum for displacing the column assembly in the X-axis direction. A second drive cable has a portion thereof wrapped about another motor-driven winding drum and is threaded about a second set of pulleys on the column assembly and the pick-up unit, whereby drum rotation displaces the pick-up unit along the column assembly in the Y-axis direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 1986
    Date of Patent: April 11, 1989
    Assignee: Ampex Corporation
    Inventor: William F. Witt
  • Patent number: 4818169
    Abstract: A high precision automated wafer inspection station provides a base table area on which an X-Y stage is movable in mutually orthogonal directions relative to an inspection axis in alignment with a microscope or measuring instrument which is mounted on a bridge support above the table. The stage mechanism includes a wafer-supporting vacuum chuck having a top engagement surface for receiving and retaining the wafer, the chuck being rotatable about a central axis to provide angular positioning of the wafer, and focusable along the inspection axis. The wafer is moved on a dual probe mechanism in a horizontal plane from a first cassette controlled by an elevator at one side back to the first cassette, or to a second cassette controlled by an elevator at the opposite side of the table area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 1985
    Date of Patent: April 4, 1989
    Inventors: Richard R. Schram, deceased, by Gary R. Schram, executor
  • Patent number: 4812102
    Abstract: A machine for transporting tote pans to and from storage compartments arranged longitudinally in vertical rows along an aisle includes a vertically movable carriage provided with a pair of longitudinally spaced, transversely extending tote pan supporting guides which are transversely shiftable between centered and tote pan transfer positions. Associated with the guides is a pair of endless chains, each arranged in a horizontal orbit extending below one of the guides around the sides and ends thereof and carrying a pair of equidistantly spaced pins projecting above the support level of the guide, the pins on one chain being aligned longitudinally with the pins on the other chain. The chains are driven simultaneously in opposite directions on a storage or retrieval cycle synchronously with a cam which shifts the support assembly transversely.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 1987
    Date of Patent: March 14, 1989
    Assignee: Jervis B. Webb Company
    Inventors: Harry E. Smith, William E. Riedner
  • Patent number: H683
    Abstract: A method of loading a cell of a vertical launching system missile launcher n a combatant ship with a canistered missile from a supply ship wherein the canistered missile is transferred from the supply ship to a fixed guide on the deck of the combatant ship, upended in the guide, moved away to a position over the cell of the missile launcher, and then lowered into the cell.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 1989
    Date of Patent: October 3, 1989
    Assignee: The United States of America as represented by the Secretary of the Navy
    Inventor: James E. Brubaker