Pivotably Or Rotatably Patents (Class 414/283)
  • Patent number: 10273085
    Abstract: An example process may include receiving a request identifying an action with respect to an item and a modular storage system. The modular storage system may include a plurality of shipping containers accessible from an item transfer facility. The process may also include identifying a particular shipping container of the plurality of shipping containers to fulfill the request. The process may also include identifying, within the particular shipping container, a particular storage module to fulfill the request. The particular storage module may include a particular plurality of storage containers. The process may also include identifying, from among the particular plurality of storage containers, a particular storage container to fulfill the request. The process may also include causing movement of the particular plurality of storage containers to move the particular storage container to an access position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Jon Stuart Battles, Timothy Alan Talda, Martin Peter Aalund
  • Patent number: 9017000
    Abstract: The present invention as disclosed herein is an improved vehicle parking structure and method for using the same. The vehicle parking structure provides for the automated storage and retrieval of vehicles in response to user inputs. In one aspect, the vehicle parking structure comprises one or more transfer rooms in which a vehicle operator may deposit and later retrieve a vehicle, a plurality of parking spaces of either fixed or variable dimensions, and one or more vehicle transporters used to move vehicles from the one or more transfer rooms to the plurality of parking spaces. The one or more vehicle transporters are in turn each preferably comprised of one or more vertical stabilizers, one or more tractors, one or more lifts, a lifting platform, and a dolly. The vehicle transporters move the lifting platform and dolly so that the dolly may be positioned to access a vehicle located in a transfer room or parking space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2015
    Assignee: Safe Parking Limited
    Inventors: Joseph Coleman McDowell, Jr., Michael Corbett Story, James Bowmer Story, Charles Jefferson Fritts, Juan Carlos Acevedo, Victor Dale Trotter, Len Keith Averyt, Christopher Corbett Story
  • Patent number: 8689918
    Abstract: Disclosed is an electric vehicle battery attaching/detaching device including a battery mounting unit formed on an electric vehicle to detachably mount a battery and provided with a connector pin module adapted to be lifted/lowered by a lifting/lowering means; a loader having a plurality of battery stands, each battery stand being adapted to detachably mount a fully-charged battery to be exchanged with the battery mounted on the battery mounting unit; and a battery attaching/detaching unit adapted to move along X-axis, Y-axis, and Z-axis between the battery mounting unit and the battery stand by means of a movement device, detach a battery mounted on the battery mounting unit or the battery stand, and exchange/mount the battery on the battery stand or the battery mounting unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 8, 2014
    Assignees: Motex Products Co., Ltd., KOOKMIN UNIV. Industry Academy Cooperation Foundation, Industry-Univ. Cooperation Foundation of Korea Aerospace Univ.
    Inventors: Chi-Man Yu, Joo-Sub Sim, Yong-Geu Park, Woong-Sung Jang, Yun-ha Kim, Jun-Seok Park, Woong-Chul Choi, Jay-Il Jeong
  • 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
  • Patent number: 8529182
    Abstract: A transport apparatus and a library apparatus are provided. The transport apparatus includes a holding mechanism, a base and a lifting/lowering mechanism. The holding mechanism holds an object to transport. The holding mechanism is mounted on a base. The lifting/lowering mechanism lifts and lowers the base in first directions. The drive mechanism moves the holding mechanism in a plane including second directions that are different from the first directions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2013
    Assignee: Fujitsu Limited
    Inventor: Tsukasa Minemura
  • Patent number: 8192133
    Abstract: A climate-controlled cabinet that includes a climate-controlled chamber for receiving a storage system, a carrier arranged in said chamber, and at least one storage tower arranged in said chamber and mounted to the carrier. The storage tower includes a plurality of locations for objects to be stored. A transport device is included for automatically transporting objects between the storage tower and an external system, and a shaker for automatically shaking the carrier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2012
    Assignee: Liconic AG
    Inventor: Cosmas G. Malin
  • Patent number: 8183829
    Abstract: A system employing wheeled vehicles, such as strollers. A plurality of the wheeled vehicles is provided, each having a docking element. A vehicle station has a docking port for each of at least some of the wheeled vehicles. Each docking port has a charging device and is shaped to engage a docking element of an engaged wheeled vehicle. At least two display screens are provided on the wheeled vehicle, one for an occupant and one for an operator. One or more screen drivers is provided for the display screens.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2012
    Assignee: Nelson Wittaker
    Inventor: Jay A. Maher
  • Patent number: 7588404
    Abstract: A container handling apparatus for use in loading and transporting a container from a first location to a second location is provided. The container handling apparatus includes a mast and support structure for supporting the container thereon. The support structure is vertically positionable relative to the mast. The container handling apparatus also includes a container interlocking member including an engaging portion for use in releasably engaging a container. The container interlocking member is horizontally positionable relative to the support structure and configured to provide a pivot axis about which the container can pivot relative to the interlocking member when engaged with the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2005
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2009
    Assignee: The Kroger Co.
    Inventor: James A. Sonon
  • 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
  • Publication number: 20090096148
    Abstract: A workpiece grasper and a workpiece transfer apparatus shorten the time that a processing facility must be stopped. A workpiece is transferred along a production line and processed in three or more processing facilities. A workpiece grasper grasps and places the workpiece to be transferred between the processing facilities. The workpiece grasper includes a rotation mechanism and two hands capable of grasping and placing the workpiece. The rotation mechanism rotates the two hands above a line along a transfer direction of the workpiece. The rotation mechanism changes the hands for grasping the workpiece from a processing facility and changes the hands for placing the grasped workpiece on a processing facility.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 7, 2008
    Publication date: April 16, 2009
    Applicant: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventor: Hirokazu Usui
  • Patent number: 7510362
    Abstract: A climate controlled cabinet with integrated transport device is provided with a movable carrier plate for receiving the storage towers. The carrier plate can be moved to provide better access to the interior walls and floor of the device, and/or it can be moved to shake the contents of the objects to be stored.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2003
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2009
    Assignee: Liconic AG
    Inventor: Cosmas G. Malin
  • Patent number: 7267517
    Abstract: An arcuate guide apparatus and method for collecting and moving material into or away from a selected bin (30a, 30b, 30c) that resides within an array of storage bins. The arcuate guide apparatus comprises three or more trolleys (90, 91, 92, 93, 94, 95a, 95b, 96, 97, 98, 99, 100, 101, 102, 103, 104, 105, 106, 107, 108) that move along at least one track (79, 80, 81, 82, 83, 84, 86a, 86b, 86c, 86d, 86e, 86f, 87a, 87b, 88a, 88b, 89) to create a guide assembly for a conveyor (60) or conveyor groups (67, 68, 69, 70).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2007
    Inventor: Dwight Eric Kinzer
  • Patent number: 7267518
    Abstract: An guide apparatus and method for collecting and moving material into or away from a selected bin (30a, 30b, 30c) that resides within an array of storage bins. The guide apparatus comprises three or more trolleys (90, 91, 92, 93, 94, 95a, 95b, 96, 97, 98, 99, 100, 101, 102, 103, 104, 105, 106, 107, 108) that move along at least one track (79, 80, 81, 82, 83, 84, 86a, 86b, 86c, 86d, 86e, 86f, 87a, 87b, 88a, 88b, 89) to create a guide assembly for a conveyor (60) or conveyor groups (67, 68, 69, 70).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2007
    Inventor: Dwight Eric Kinzer
  • Patent number: 7125215
    Abstract: A track-and-trolley conveyor guidance system for collecting and moving material into or away from a selected bin (30a, 30b, 30c) that resides within an array of storage bins. The conveying system comprises three or more trolleys (90, 91, 92, 93, 94, 95a, 95b, 96, 97, 98, 99, 100, 101, 102, 103, 104, 105, 106, 107, 108) that move along at least one track (79, 80, 81, 82, 83, 84, 86a, 86b, 86c, 86d, 86e, 86f, 87a, 87b, 88a, 88b, 89) to create a guide assembly for a conveyor (60).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2005
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2006
    Inventor: Dwight Eric Kinzer
  • Patent number: 7074001
    Abstract: A conveying system for distributing material into any bin in a horizontal array of storage bins comprises a circular guide positioned over the array of bins (24), a linear guide (22) that rotates along the circular guide, and a conveyor (30) that is supported by the linear guide. By rotating the linear guide and attached conveyor along the circular guide and by shuttling the conveyor linearly, the conveyor has an infinite number of discharge points to fill any one of the underlying array of bins.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2004
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2006
    Inventor: Dwight Eric Kinzer
  • Patent number: 6896466
    Abstract: A substrate processing apparatus includes a transport robot (TR1) formed with a telescopic vertical movement mechanism of a so-called telescopially nestable multi-tier construction. A drive mechanism (D1) is initially driven to move a support member (48) upwardly to simultaneously elevate a vertical movement member (42d). As the vertical movement member (42d) rises, a pulley (47c) simultaneously moves upwardly. As the pulley (47c) moves upwardly, a vertical movement member (42c) is lifted upwardly by a belt (L1). Similar actions elevate a pair of transport arms (31a, 31b) provided on the top of a vertical movement member (42a). The increase in the number of tiers of the nestable multi-tier structure precludes the increase in height of the transport robot (TR1) in its retracted position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2002
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2005
    Assignee: Dainippon Screen Mfg. Co, Ltd.
    Inventors: Joichi Nishimura, Masami Ohtani, Yasuhiko Hashimoto
  • Patent number: 6851910
    Abstract: Cartridge-handling apparatus for use in a media storage system. According to an embodiment of the invention, the cartridge-handling apparatus may comprise a platform mounted in the media storage system and movable along a displacement path defined therein. A carriage is mounted to the platform and rotatable about a line normal to the displacement path. In addition, a cartridge-engaging assembly is mounted to the carriage, and faces different directions when the carriage is so rotated. A lift system operatively associated with the cartridge-engaging assembly is provided for vertically positioning the cartridge-engaging assembly relative to the carriage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2002
    Date of Patent: February 8, 2005
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventor: Robert Wesley Luffel
  • Publication number: 20030002961
    Abstract: A processor for processing articles, such as semiconductor wafers, includes an enclosure defining a substantially enclosed clean processing chamber and at least one processing station disposed in the processing chamber. An interface section is disposed adjacent an interface end of the enclosure. The interface section includes at least one interface port through which a pod containing articles for processing are loaded or unloaded to or from the processor. An article extraction mechanism adapted to seal with the pod removes articles from the pod without exposing the articles to ambient atmospheric conditions in the interface section. The article processor also preferably includes an article insertion mechanism adapted to seal with a pod in the interface section. The article insertion mechanism allows insertion of the articles into the pod after processing by at least one processing station.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 25, 2002
    Publication date: January 2, 2003
    Applicant: Semitool, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeffry A. Davis, Kert L. Dolechek, Gary L. Curtis
  • Patent number: 6478524
    Abstract: The invention relates to a storage arrangement (15) and a storage receptacle (10) for objects (1), wherein the storage arrangement (15) has a storage device (14) with at least one storage shaft (14.1, 14.2) containing several storage spaces (13) arranged on top of each other, and a delivery device (34) for the short-term reception of the objects (1). The storage arrangement (15) furthermore has a transport device (16) with an object carrier (36), and has a vertical displacement device (40), a horizontal rotating device (38) and a horizontal displacement device (42) for displacing the object carrier (36) between the delivery device (34) and the storage spaces (13). The objects always take up the same angle in respect to the vertical line, wherein a base surface of the objects is preferably horizontally oriented. The storage receptacle (10) consists of a storage cabinet (12) and an integrated storage arrangement (15).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2000
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2002
    Assignee: Liconic AG
    Inventor: Cosmas Malin
  • Patent number: 6447232
    Abstract: A processor for processing articles, such as semiconductor wafers, in a substantially clean atmosphere is set forth. The processor includes an enclosure defining a substantially enclosed clean processing chamber and at least one processing station disposed in the processing chamber. An interface section is disposed adjacent an interface end of the enclosure. The interface section includes at least one interface port through which a pod containing articles for processing are loaded or unloaded to or from the processor. The interface section is hygienically separated from the processing chamber since the interface section is generally not as clean as the highly hygienic processing chamber. An article extraction mechanism adapted to seal with the pod is employed. The mechanism is disposed to allow extraction of the articles contained within the pod into the processing chamber without exposing the articles to ambient atmospheric conditions in the interface section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 1997
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2002
    Assignee: Semitool, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeffry A. Davis, Kert L. Dolechek, Gary L. Curtis
  • Patent number: 6409449
    Abstract: The invention relates to a commissioning system (1) with at least one high-speed automatic machine (2) which comprises at least one article shelf (3) with article shafts (4) which are adjacently and essentially vertically arranged, preferably in a slightly slanted manner, and which can be accessed from the front. Articles which are to be commissioned can be stored in said article shafts, whereby a shelf control unit (5) can travel and which is assigned to the article shelf can be positioned at each article shaft (4) and stores articles in said article shaft. According to the invention, the spatially moveable shelf control unit (5) is equipped with an article handling unit (6) which stores the articles of the same type or dimensions in a stacked manner without the use of a magazine, whereby an article stack (7) which is to be stored in. Simultaneously handled without a separate article stack magazine or receptacle by the shelf control unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 1999
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2002
    Assignee: Knapp Logistik Automation GmbH
    Inventors: Karl Freudelsperger, Manfred Preiss
  • Patent number: 6332744
    Abstract: A mast 18 of an automatic warehouse 10 is extended to a position under a floor 2 in a clean room in such a manner as to penetrate the floor 2, and a turn table 16 is installed under the floor. In addition, two types of stations, that is, a floor station 26 and an underfloor station 30 are provided, and shelves 14 are provided only in a floor space. The floor station 26 is connected to an unmanned carrier 34, while the underfloor station 30 is connected to a tracked cart 36. This automatic warehouse is easy to install and allows an underfloor space to be used to transfer articles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2000
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2001
    Assignee: Murata Kakai Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Masazumi Fukushima, Masatomi Kawaguchi
  • Patent number: 6325586
    Abstract: Case handling magazines and robot end effector for an automated storage and retrieval system in a warehouse include comb shelves for holding individual cases of goods. The case handling magazines are transported by conventional automated pallet handling stacker cranes and transfer cars. The magazine comb shelves and robot end effector have load carrying teeth spaced apart along the length of the shelves. The magazines include storage magazines for holding cases in conventional storage bays and transfer magazines for transferring cases to and from the storage magazines. The comb shelves of the storage magazines and transfer magazines are complementary with one another and enable the teeth of the comb shelves to intermesh with each other for transferring cases from a loaded comb shelf to an empty comb shelf. The robot end effector and some magazines include movable comb shelf segments that enable the selective transfer of all or less than all the cases on the loaded comb shelf to the unloaded comb shelf.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 1999
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2001
    Assignee: protoSight, Inc.
    Inventor: David H. Loy
  • Patent number: 6318944
    Abstract: A semiconductor fabricating apparatus having a vertical reaction furnace, a boat for holding plural wafers in a multi-layered fashion and being loaded into the vertical reaction furnace, a storage disposed at a location corresponding to the boat for storing at least one of the wafer cassettes, a wafer transfer device for transferring the wafer between the storage and the boat, a cassette transfer unit for transferring the wafer cassettes between the apparatus and outside thereof, a cassette transfer device for effecting the transfer of the wafer cassettes between the cassette transfer unit and the storage, and a plurality of cassette shelves disposed within a range allowing transfer of the wafer cassettes from the cassette transfer device for receiving the wafer cassettes in upwardly-oriented positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 1996
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2001
    Assignee: Kokusai Electric Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kazuhiro Shimeno, Kouji Tometsuka, Shigeo Ohba
  • Patent number: 6036812
    Abstract: A pill dispensing system includes a shelving unit in array form that holds a number of bulk containers, each holding a bulk amount of a pill to be dispensed. A computer controlled robot removes a selected bulk container and places it on a counter that also dispenses pills. The robot has an arm with a free end portion that can grip a bulk container or a single pill bottle to be filled. The robot is computer controlled to retrieve an empty pill bottle, place it on a label printing and applying unit, then place it next to the counter/dispenser to receive the selected number of selected prescription pills, then place the filled, labeled bottle on a conveyor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 1997
    Date of Patent: March 14, 2000
    Assignee: Automated Prescription Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeffrey P. Williams, Galina Potepalov, Allan T. Dolores, Michael Bergeron
  • Patent number: 6022180
    Abstract: A cartridge transferring robot for use in a library apparatus which is capable of certainly transferring a plurality of types of cartridges (media) to meet various needs from the users. In the present invention, for this purpose, in case where a plurality of types of cartridges are handled within the library apparatus, a picker section includes a type identifying mechanism to identify the type of the cartridge held in the picker section in a state of being gripped by a hand mechanism. Further, this invention is for transferring cartridges among a storage unit, a cartridge entry/exit station and a drive unit within a library apparatus storing a large number of cartridges such as magnetic tape cartridges and optical disk cartridges.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 1997
    Date of Patent: February 8, 2000
    Assignee: Fujitsu Limited
    Inventors: Nobuhiko Motoyama, Hiroshi Shibuya, Chikatsu Kato, Keiichi Saito, Daisuke Hori
  • Patent number: 5998963
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a service center and method designed to promote the use of a battery-powered, electric vehicle which allows a discharged battery to be easily and quickly replaced in the electric vehicle and then recharged for use in another electric vehicle. The service center and method uses a plurality of universally-adaptable batteries capable of being used in most, if not all, battery-powered, electric vehicles. The batteries are designed to be lifted into or lowered from a battery receiving space formed on the bottom of an electric vehicle. During use, the electric vehicles are driven into a service center. The batteries are unlocked from the vehicle and then conveniently removed and transported to a recharging unit located in the nearby recharging center. A second, recharged battery is then removed from the recharging unit and transported to the electric vehicle. The second battery is then installed and locked in position in the electric vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 1998
    Date of Patent: December 7, 1999
    Inventor: Einar Aarseth
  • Patent number: 5876172
    Abstract: An integrated container depot (10) comprises a first transit sector (11) with a cellular structure (13) having cells superimposed and adjacent to one another to form columns and rows of cells designed to receive containers; a second storage sector (12) consisting of a storage yard structure with areas for stacking containers; first devices (14, 18) for transferring containers to and from a container arrival and departure area (19) and cells of the cellular structure (13); second devices (15, 16, 17) for transferring containers to and from cells of the cellular structure (13) and areas of the storage yard structure, (12). Upon arrival of containers they are rapidly inserted into the cellular structure, from where they are extracted in a desired order for efficient stacking in the storage yard structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 1996
    Date of Patent: March 2, 1999
    Assignee: Fata Automation S.p.A.
    Inventor: Gaetano Di Rosa
  • Patent number: 5836735
    Abstract: A pass thru port, for use in an automated cartridge library, is capable of transferring a cartridge from one module of the automated cartridge library to another module of the automated cartridge library without the use of motors or other powered devices. A transfer cell accepts and holds a cartridge to be transferred from one module to another module. A spring loaded toggle mechanism operates to hold the transfer cell at one of the modules until operation of the pass thru port is initiated. The robot arm in either one of the modules is used to depress a lever on the pass thru port. Depression of the lever loads a move spring mechanism. When the lever is released by the robot arm, the force of the move spring mechanism overcomes the force of the toggle mechanism. This causes the transfer cell, holding a cartridge, to be rotated from one module to the other module. There are no separate motors or electrical devices associated with the pass thru port.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 1996
    Date of Patent: November 17, 1998
    Assignee: Storage Technology Corporation
    Inventors: Lester Marvin Yeakley, Joseph Paul Manes
  • Patent number: 5797557
    Abstract: Apparatus and systems for transporting a generally cylindrical package include: (a) a frame including a support device having at least one compressible support member and a pivot device for pivoting the support device about a generally vertical axis, the support device being movable along the generally vertical axis between (1) a first predetermined position spaced apart from and below an outer surface of a generally cylindrical package which is removably telescoped upon a generally horizontal member of a support at a first predetermined location and (2) a second predetermined position in which the compressible support member contacts and supports at least a portion of the outer surface of the generally cylindrical package; and (b) a carriage assembly connected to and supporting the frame, the carriage assembly including a carriage for moving the frame between (1) a first predetermined position proximate the support and (2) a second predetermined position horizontally spaced apart from the first predetermined
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 1997
    Date of Patent: August 25, 1998
    Assignee: PPG Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Songhao Wang, William L. Schaefer
  • Patent number: 5668460
    Abstract: A turntable is provided for use in recharging batteries of the type used in battery powered forklift trucks and the like. The turntable includes a peripheral array of charging stations each including a support platform and a battery charger for connection to and recharging of a battery on the platform. The turntable is rotatably driven in a stepwise manner to index the charging stations in succession to a transfer position. A push-pull ram at the transfer position draws a depleted battery from a forklift truck onto the platform of an empty charging station. The turntable is then indexed to move a recharged battery to the transfer position, and the push-pull ram installs the recharged battery on the forklift truck.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 1994
    Date of Patent: September 16, 1997
    Assignee: Lashstar, Inc.
    Inventors: Curtiss N. Lashlee, Ronald E. Starzl
  • Patent number: 5655870
    Abstract: A fork-lift apparatus for use in a stacker crane has a running apparatus for traveling forward and backward and a carriage provided with a fork device and arranged for upward and downward movements by a lift apparatus for the purpose of carrying a load with the fork device to and from a desired rack in a multi-tier automatic warehouse. In particular, the carriage has at its lower region a swivel device, a swivel frame driven by the swivel device for rotating movement, and a ram fork provided in the swivel frame as driven by a drive device for movement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 1996
    Date of Patent: August 12, 1997
    Assignees: Kawasaki Steel Corporation, Okumura Machinery Corporation
    Inventors: Sakihiko Yasuhara, Gennosuke Inoue, Shunji Kishimoto, Akiya Maeda, Katsuaki Murakami, Katsuhisa Haruta
  • Patent number: 5628604
    Abstract: A conveying system provides a cassette accommodating workpieces; a container containing the cassette; a transferring device for conveying the cassette while supporting it or conveying the container which is empty or contains the cassette while supporting it, the transferring device having a supporting device for supporting the cassette. In the conveying system, a handle is provided on the upper surface of the container so that it is supported by the supporting device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 1996
    Date of Patent: May 13, 1997
    Assignee: Shinko Electric Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Masanao Murata, Teppei Yamashita, Tsuyoshi Tanaka, Teruya Morita, Hiroyuki Oyobe
  • Patent number: 5615992
    Abstract: A method and an apparatus are particularly suitable for storing, unstoring, or relocating goods carriers of various dimensions, such as loaded or empty freight containers, in a multi-storied storage facility. The storage facility includes a storage rack having several storage levels with several storage locations or compartments on each storage level. A storage conveyor device is horizontally and vertically movable along the storage rack to carry a freight container to a selected storage compartment on a selected storage level. Depending on the dimensions of the freight container, and whether several containers are to be stored in a single storage compartment, each container can be deposited at a particular position within the storage compartment. The particular final position of each container within the storage compartment can be predetermined.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 1994
    Date of Patent: April 1, 1997
    Assignee: Carl Schenck AG
    Inventors: Hans Proske, Volker Treib, Horst Wuttke
  • Patent number: 5599155
    Abstract: An attachment for industrial trucks, especially lift trucks, is designed as a multi-articulated lever mechanism (11), preferably as a three-hinge arm. This is articulated to a support plate (1), which can be locked and/or fixed in a bracket of the industrial truck. The lever arms (5, 6, 7) of the lever mechanism (11) are rotatable in relation to one another in articulated axles (3, 8, 10), and can be driven, individually and/or in a simultaneous movement, at least in the horizontal direction by mechanical, hydraulic and/or electrical devices. A load pickup device (12), which can be used preferably as a pivoting retractable fork, is arranged at the last, freely hanging lever arm (7). At least one of the lever arms (5 or 6 or 7) is adjustable in height along its articulated axle (3 or 8 or 10).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 1995
    Date of Patent: February 4, 1997
    Assignee: Wagner Fordertechnik GmbH
    Inventors: Volker Rohm, Gerard Vesin, Ulrich Freundt
  • Patent number: 5466109
    Abstract: A carrying in-and-out device is provided with four posts which are disposed in a distributive arrangement. The provision of the four posts ensures sufficient strength of the device even if the posts are formed thin, and the distributive disposition of the posts minimizes the turbulence and swirls of clean air to be caused when the clean air collides with the posts. As a result, there is little agitation of dust particles inside a passage. The dust particles are carried along without being scattered, and thus, loads can be prevented from adhering to the dust particles. Dust particles produced in an upper frame are sucked by upper fans and then discharged into the posts. The dust particles on the posts are further sucked by lower fans to be discharged downward.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 1994
    Date of Patent: November 14, 1995
    Assignee: Daifuku Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Yukio Iizuka
  • Patent number: 5344269
    Abstract: An automatic retrieval system for retrieving selected articles, such as articles of clothing, provided on hangers at predetermined storage locations arranged in rows includes a transporter moving along a path above the row of storage locations for transporting retrieved articles to a delivery point. The transporter has a pivotal arm for moving retrieved hangers clear of the other hanging articles and for rotating the retrieved hangers so as to be transported end-on, thus producing a compact storage/retrieval facility. A pick-off/gripping device is provided at the end of the transporter arm for disengaging the selected hangers from the storage location at which they are held. Where the hangers are suspended from slots in a rail, the transporter may carry magnetic field detectors for detecting the open tops of the slots.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 1992
    Date of Patent: September 6, 1994
    Inventor: Edward J. K. Banks
  • Patent number: 5332363
    Abstract: A method for shifting goods in which goods arranged in a predetermined manner within a container having an opening portion are taken out of the container in such a manner as to correspond to the arrangement of the storing state of the goods. The method comprising the steps of superposing a goods take-out tool including partitions which are formed in such a manner as to correspond to the arrangement of the storing state of the goods on the opening portion of the container, and inverting the superposed container and goods take-out tool. The goods in the container can be taken into the goods take-out tool without changing the arrangement of the storing state of the goods.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 1992
    Date of Patent: July 26, 1994
    Assignee: KAO Corporation
    Inventors: Nobuhiro Tanaka, Eiji Hirata
  • Patent number: 5292221
    Abstract: Apparatus for moving a plurality of pallets loaded with building block and being supported in a vertical stack in parallel relation to one another. Uncured molded block is supported on pallets which are serially advanced on a conveyor toward an unloader. Pallets are arranged in a vertical stack for engagement with an unloader spade assembly having a plurality of laterally extending spades one above the other. The spades are constructed to support and lift the pallets when each is positioned under a corresponding pallet and the spade assembly is shifted upwardly. A transfer carriage is mounted on a track above the spade assembly for lateral shifting movement with the spade assembly being suspended therefrom. A pivot shaft is mounted on the transfer carriage for pivoting about a vertical axis and includes a driving end connected to the spade assembly for pivoting the spade assembly about the axis. Rollers are mounted on the transfer carriage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 1991
    Date of Patent: March 8, 1994
    Assignee: Columbia Machine, Inc.
    Inventor: Jaymes K. Fenander
  • Patent number: 5286157
    Abstract: A method and device for storing paper rolls in a storage area where the rolls are delivered and stored one above the other in recumbent fashion, and from where they are retrieved for further processing. The storage device includes a separate transport carriage for moving the paper rolls from a storing device into corridors in the storage shelving and back from storage to the storing device. To obviate the need for pallets, the paper rolls are stored in a recumbent position on a carrier surface which, supported on each side by a high supporting wall forming part of the running track of the transport carriage, adapts to the form of the circumference of the paper roll thereby allowing easily handling of the paper rolls.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 1991
    Date of Patent: February 15, 1994
    Inventors: Frans Vainio, Walther Hilber
  • Patent number: 5226782
    Abstract: A system for storing and retrieving items to and from a storage receptacle which includes a track riding dolly carrying a robotic item handler for inserting and extracting items to and from storage The dolly also carries a multishelved caddy for receiving a plurality of items thereon. The item handler has the capacity to access each of the shelves of the caddy and may execute, under computer control, a selected sequence of item transfers between the caddy and storage during a single passage of the dolly from an on/off load point past the storage receptacle. A multishelved caddy loader queues a plurality of items received from an on-load device independently of the caddy, via vertical repositioning, and performs a bulk transfer of the queued items to the caddy when the caddy is available. A mass offloader device permits the bulk transfer of a plurality of items from the caddy to an offload receiver.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 1990
    Date of Patent: July 13, 1993
    Assignee: Stanley-Vidmar, Inc.
    Inventor: Richard Rigling
  • 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: 5133632
    Abstract: In an automated warehouse for storing cartridge tapes, a plurality of the cartridge tapes are accommodated in horizontal cases as arrayed in rows and columns. A plurality of shelves each adapted to support a plurality of the horizontal cases thereon as aligned horizontally, are in turn supported from a rack in a cantilever fashion at a plurality of respective levels. A robot having an arm is movable along the front of the rack. The arm is rotatable in a plane parallel to the surfaces of the shelves. Preferably, the arm of the robot is extensible and retractable and also is vertically movable, so that a cartridge picker mounted at the tip end of the arm can easily access each of the cartridge tapes accommodated in the automated warehouse.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 1990
    Date of Patent: July 28, 1992
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Jukogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Mikio Aramaki, Seiki Tanaka, Shinichiro Hirano, Hidemasa Satoh, Jiro Agawa
  • 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: 5064337
    Abstract: A handling apparatus, used for handling a carrier of semiconductor wafers, comprises a first mechanism for transferring a carrier between a loader/unloader table and a storage compartment, and a second mechanism, for moving the first mechanism in both vertical and horizontal directions. The first mechanism includes an arm, a loading portion for loading the carrier, and an arm-rocking mechanism. The second mechanism moves the first mechanism to the loader/unloader table, picks up the carrier, and then moves the first mechanism to the storage compartment, where the arm is rocked, so as to discharge the object from the loading portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 1990
    Date of Patent: November 12, 1991
    Assignee: Tokyo Electron Limited
    Inventors: Teruo Asakawa, Tetsu Ohsawa
  • Patent number: 4986715
    Abstract: A stock unit for carriers includes a stocker having shelves, for storing carriers containing semiconductor wafers, a mounting port on which the carriers are temporarily mounted, and a handler for transporting the carriers between the shelf and the mounting port.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 1989
    Date of Patent: January 22, 1991
    Assignee: Tokyo Electron Limited
    Inventor: Teruo Asakawa
  • Patent number: 4979869
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a method of transporting boats into a dry boat storage building having a continuous outer wall, a doorway opening through the continuous outer wall, and a substantially annular boat storage rack within the boundary formed by the continuous outer wall and having a first plurality of boat storage cells arranged in a first arc centered about the doorway and extending through substantially 90.degree. of arc on each side of the doorway and having a second plurality of boat storage cells arranged in a second arc opposite the doorway and extending through substantially 180.degree.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 1989
    Date of Patent: December 25, 1990
    Assignee: Outboard Marine Corporation
    Inventor: Edmund P. Mullin, Jr.
  • 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: 4953488
    Abstract: A storage facility for units, such as boats, consists of a multi-story rotatable tower having radial storage region opening to exterior of the tower, and an elevator tower fixed adjacent the exterior of the tower. The elevator tower includes a lift car having fingers movable beneath a unit to be lifted and also movable substantially radially from a retracted position to an extended position enabling units to be inverted into or removed from the storage regions and lowered to or raised from a loading/unloading station at the base of the lift tower.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 1988
    Date of Patent: September 4, 1990
    Inventor: Heinrich Heidtmann
  • 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