Additional Movement Is Rotational Patents (Class 414/590)
  • Patent number: 11120985
    Abstract: A substrate transfer device configured to transfer a substrate while holding a first surface of the substrate by a substrate holder and configured to deliver a second surface of the substrate is provided. The substrate transfer device includes a tilting mechanism configured to perform tilting of the substrate holder when viewed from a side; and a fixing mechanism configured to stop the tilting of the substrate holder when viewed from the side.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2021
    Assignee: TOKYO ELECTRON LIMITED
    Inventor: Munehisa Kodama
  • Patent number: 10974326
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a drilling instrument for machining tubes in tube sheets of heat exchangers in a radioactive environment, comprising a transport device having clamping elements and having a drilling device with clamping fingers, which are arranged in each case on a common first side. The transport device and the drilling device are connected to a support device having a support plate on which a resting plate of the drilling device rests. In addition, the support plate is connected to the resting plate by way of at least one movable connecting element, and the resting plate is connected to the support plate in a play-free manner in a first position of the connecting element, wherein the resting plate exhibits predefinable play with regard to the carrier plate in a second position of the connecting element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2021
    Assignee: Westinghouse Electric Germany GmbH
    Inventor: Fritz Ziegelmeyer
  • Patent number: 10802475
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for the positioning of a feature of a tray such that a robot may place a component in the feature are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Assignee: Elite Robotics
    Inventors: Zachary Francis, Robert Kay
  • Patent number: 10793174
    Abstract: A handling trolley for at least one container (C) for its leakproof connection to an insulator via hermetically sealed connection, the connection being achieved by rotation of the container (C) relative to part of the insulator about an approximately vertical axis, the trolley (CH) comprising a support plate intended to support the container (C), structure enabling displacement of the trolley relative to the floor, structure for lifting the container in order to mate the container to the insulator, the first position indexing rod (26) on the trolley (CH) relative to the insulator intended to coincide with the second position indexing rod on the insulator, and angular orientation notch (24) on the container (C) relative to the trolley (CH) such that the container (C) is in a specified position relative to the insulator when the trolley (CH) is in a position determined by the correspondence between the first and second position indexing rods.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Assignee: GETINGE LA CALHENE
    Inventors: Mathieu Giboyau, Wenceslas Daniel
  • Patent number: 10751888
    Abstract: A manipulator apparatus for operating on articles is disclosed. The apparatus includes a column having a mounting portion for securing the manipulator to a base and an extensible portion that is moveable over an extension range with respect to the mounting portion in response to an actuation force provided by a column actuator. The apparatus also includes an arm mounted to the extensible portion of the column at an arm joint and rotatable about the arm joint in response to an actuation torque provided by an arm rotation actuator. The apparatus further includes an end effector operably configured to perform an operation on the articles, the end effector being mounted at an end effector joint disposed at an end of the arm distal to the arm joint, the end effector being rotatable about the end effector joint in response to an actuation torque provided by an end effector rotation actuator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Assignee: Advanced Intelligent Systems Inc.
    Inventors: Farhang Bidram, Amirmasoud Ghasemi Toudeshki
  • Patent number: 10676288
    Abstract: This application discloses a feeding device for a crucible, belonging to the field of display technology. The feeding device includes: a base, a robot arm and a bottle holder. The base is movably connected to one end of the robot arm, the one end of the robot arm can move linearly on the base, a motion trajectory of the robot arm is parallel to a lengthwise direction of the crucible. The bottle holder is disposed at the other end of the robot arm and the bottle holder is rotatable at the other end. This application can protect operator's health, improve production efficiency and reduce production costs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignees: BOE TECHNOLOGY GROUP CO., LTD., CHENGDU BOE OPTOELECTRONICS TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Chang Luo, Haidong Wu, Kening Zheng
  • Patent number: 10294989
    Abstract: A linear motion guide device has a high rigidity, a good linear motion guiding accuracy, and as little rattling as possible. The linear motion guide device prevents sand, water or other contaminants from entering its actuator main body, and features low maintenance requirement. A linear motion member of the linear motion guide device includes a plurality of axially divided segments. Each of these segments supports a plurality of guided members which make contact with two, mutually paired, guide surfaces of a housing. A preload can be applied between the guide surfaces and the guided member. The housing has a sealed structure, with a pressure inside the housing higher than an external pressure, for preventing external sand and water from entering the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: NTN Corporation
    Inventors: Tomoyuki Owada, Masaki Kagami
  • Patent number: 9643738
    Abstract: A method of loading a landing gear in an aircraft comprises accessing an ideal path specifying movement of the landing gear from a starting location to an expected mounting location on the aircraft; determining a difference between the expected mounting location and an actual mounting location on the aircraft; modifying the ideal path to move the expected mounting location to the actual mounting location; and moving the landing gear along the modified path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2017
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Matthew R. DesJardien, Blair P. Nelson, Allan M. Kremenich, Zeyad A. Al Aqrabawi, Brian Van Horne
  • Patent number: 9545724
    Abstract: A tray engine includes a vertical drive column, a rotation mechanism for rotating the vertical drive column, and an end effector attached to the vertical drive column. The end effector includes an end effector base attached to the vertical drive column. The end effector further includes a slide attached to the end effector base to support a tray, when present. The slide enables the tray to slide along a length of the end effector base. The tray engine includes a drive mechanism attached to the end effector base for moving along the length of the end effector base to enable the tray, when present, to slide linearly along the length and load or unload the tray to or from the slide.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2017
    Assignee: Brooks Automation, Inc.
    Inventors: Anthony C. Bonora, Brian Compian, Jeff P. Henderson, Robert W. Carlson
  • Patent number: 9032603
    Abstract: While a second component is brought into contact with a first component, the first component and the second component are rotated with respect to each other around a specific rotation axis, and rotation of the first component and the second component is stopped when a moment created around the rotation axis exceeds a predetermined threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2015
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Yuya Yamamoto
  • Publication number: 20150134106
    Abstract: A control system for and methods of controlling a product delivery system are provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 2, 2014
    Publication date: May 14, 2015
    Inventors: JEFF BOYER, JOSEPH TODD PIATNIK, FERNANDO A. UBIDIA, AARON M. STEIN, JOHN F. LEWIS
  • Publication number: 20150063965
    Abstract: A mechanism is disclosed for controlling the position of a heavy object, such as a part of a vehicle, in an x, y, z coordinate plane. The mechanism includes linear positioners, such as rail-guided carriage assemblies spanning the width of the mechanism, as well as longitudinal rails and blocks running the length of the mechanism. A lift table is mounted to the linear positioners such that the mechanism can be used to move the heavy object to virtually any desired position and orientation in the x, y, z coordinate plane.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 2, 2014
    Publication date: March 5, 2015
    Applicant: The Boeing Company
    Inventor: Matthew J Frizzell
  • Patent number: 8968654
    Abstract: A fluid delivery system includes a laboratory instrument that operates using fluid retained in one or more containers. The containers are supported on a motor-driven lift that is configured to transport the containers between a lowered position suitable for handling and an elevated position suitable for the delivery of fluid to the instrument by gravity. The lift includes a bench-mountable base, a tubular column extending upward from the base, an elongated lead screw extending longitudinally through the column, a drive mechanism for rotatably driving the lead screw, a carriage slidably mounted over the tubular column and mechanically coupled to the lead screw, a platform removably coupled to the carriage for supporting the containers, and a control system for regulating operation of the drive mechanism. During operation, a slot provided in the column restricts travel of the platform along a predefined path that is linear in part and helical in part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Assignee: Automation Solutions, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas Matthew Kendall, Matthew Charles Tierney, Joseph Scott Cantara
  • Patent number: 8938875
    Abstract: A component aligning apparatus includes a component aligning jig, in which electronic components to be aligned have a rectangular parallelepiped shape whose length dimension is L, width dimension is W, and thickness dimension is T, the component aligning jig includes electronic component accommodating recesses opening on a surface, the depth Z of the accommodating recesses is shorter than the length L of the electronic components so that a single electronic component is held in each of the electronic component accommodating recesses while partially projecting upwards from each of the recesses with the WT surface on one side facing up, and letting s be the shortest separation that is larger than the thickness T and is the narrowest distance between opposing inside surfaces of each of the accommodating recesses when each of the accommodating recesses is seen in plan view, W>S>T.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2015
    Assignee: Murata Manufacturing Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Toshiki Miyazaki
  • Patent number: 8920103
    Abstract: A rotary end effector for use for the high speed handling of workpieces, such as solar cells, is disclosed. The rotary end effector is capable of infinite rotation. The rotary end effector has a gripper bracket, capable of supporting a plurality of grippers, arranged in any configuration, such as a 4×1 linear array. Each gripper is in communication with a suction system, wherein, in some embodiments, each gripper can be selectively enabled and disabled. Provisions are also made to allow electrical components, such as proximity sensors, to be mounted on the rotating gripper bracket. In another embodiment, an end effector with multiple surfaces, each with a plurality of grippers, is used.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Assignee: Varian Semiconductor Equipment Associates, Inc.
    Inventors: Jason Schaller, Robert Vopat
  • Publication number: 20140262979
    Abstract: A tray engine includes a vertical drive column, a rotation mechanism for rotating the vertical drive column, and an end effector attached to the vertical drive column. The end effector includes an end effector base attached to the vertical drive column. The end effector further includes a slide attached to the end effector base to support a tray, when present. The slide enables the tray to slide along a length of the end effector base. The tray engine includes a drive mechanism attached to the end effector base for moving along the length of the end effector base to enable the tray, when present, to slide linearly along the length and load or unload the tray to or from the slide.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Inventors: Anthony C. Bonora, Brian Compian, Jeff P. Henderson, Robert W. Carlson
  • Patent number: 8752283
    Abstract: A method for operating an assembly tool includes deposing a first component on an assembly surface with a first tool tip of a manipulator having a range of motion defined by a plane and an axis that is substantially normal to the plane, deposing a second component on the assembly surface, changing an orientation of the assembly surface relative to the axis from a first orientation to a second orientation, lifting the first component from the assembly surface with a second tool tip of the manipulator, and deposing the first component on the second component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 17, 2014
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Tymon Barwicz, Bing Dang
  • Publication number: 20140161576
    Abstract: A workpiece transfer device includes a base, a rotating portion rotatably mounted on the base, and a transfer mechanism mounted on the rotating portion. The transfer mechanism includes a rotational housing, at least one bearing table, and a driving device. The bearing table is received in the rotational housing. The bearing table is configured to support a workpiece. The driving device is operable to drive the bearing table to slide in the rotational housing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 22, 2013
    Publication date: June 12, 2014
    Applicant: HON HAI PRECISION INDUSTRY CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Ming-Lung Guo
  • Publication number: 20140119865
    Abstract: A device for picking up and positioning small pieces of adhesive tapes is provided. The device includes a number of suction members for picking up the adhesive tapes. The device further includes a driving unit to drive the suction members to move to various positions by turn, thereby positioning the adhesive tapes to various positions by turn.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 21, 2013
    Publication date: May 1, 2014
    Inventors: QING-HUA CHEN, BIN-BIN LEI, WEN-TAO LIAO
  • Patent number: 8677798
    Abstract: A device for turning over a flattening element having a plurality of spaced-apart cylinders rotatably mounted on a frame and a device for securing it to the turning-over device, includes two uprights extending vertically from a base. A supporting and securing device for the flattening element engages with the securing device of the flattening element. The supporting and securing device is disposed between the uprights. A device rotates the supporting and securing device about a horizontal axis between a first position in which, when the flattening element is connected to the turning-over device, the cylinders of the flattening element are oriented downward, and a second position in which, when the flattening element is connected to the turning-over device, the cylinders of the flattening element are oriented upward. Vertical translation drive devices vertically translate the supporting and securing device. Each vertical translation drive device is connected to one respective upright.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 25, 2014
    Assignee: Siemens VAi Metals Technologies SAS
    Inventors: Jean-Pierre Chazal, Bernard Dumas, Vincent Philippaux
  • Patent number: 8678738
    Abstract: Equipment for transferring biological products containers from an interface support to a transport device and vice-versa for biological containers, positioned at different heights. The equipment including a frame to which a holding device for biological products containers is connected vertically mobile with respect to the frame and provided with fingers suitable to hold, transfer and release a container for biological products. The frame is integer with a sliding device along a bar fixed to an inclinable body. The inclinable body being in its turn rotatingly connected to a sustaining body, and a regulation device for the inclination of the inclinable body, and consequently of the bar, with respect to the sustaining body being present in function of the difference of height existing between the interfacing support and the transport device for biological products containers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 25, 2014
    Assignee: Inpeco Holding Ltd
    Inventor: Gianandrea Pedrazzini
  • Publication number: 20140017050
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for lowering a display object in synchronization with a particular timing or event. The display object is lowered by a lifting apparatus. In particular, the display object is a guitar and the lifting apparatus is a crane.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 12, 2013
    Publication date: January 16, 2014
    Applicant: Hard Rock Cafe International (USA)
    Inventors: Michael Benson, Gilberto Alex Merchan
  • Publication number: 20130343851
    Abstract: A fluid delivery system includes a laboratory instrument that operates using fluid retained in one or more containers. The containers are supported on a motor-driven lift that is configured to transport the containers between a lowered position suitable for handling and an elevated position suitable for the delivery of fluid to the instrument by gravity. The lift includes a bench-mountable base, a tubular column extending upward from the base, an elongated lead screw extending longitudinally through the column, a drive mechanism for rotatably driving the lead screw, a carriage slidably mounted over the tubular column and mechanically coupled to the lead screw, a platform removably coupled to the carriage for supporting the containers, and a control system for regulating operation of the drive mechanism. During operation, a slot provided in the column restricts travel of the platform along a predefined path that is linear in part and helical in part.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 10, 2013
    Publication date: December 26, 2013
    Inventors: Thomas Matthew Kendall, Matthew Charles Tierney, Joseph Scott Cantara
  • Patent number: 8591161
    Abstract: A maneuvering autonomous rotorcraft cargo attachment system for engaging two mating elements of a coupling mechanism includes a first system on a ship deck to position a first coupling mechanism element in response to positioning commands and a second system attached to a rotorcraft hoist cable to position the second coupling mechanism element in response to positioning commands. A controller calculates and issues the positioning commands to the first and second positioning systems thereby effecting engagement of the two coupling elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2013
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventor: Roger D. Bernhardt
  • Patent number: 8500385
    Abstract: A robotic arm is for holding a molding item. The robotic arm includes a mount; a lifting mechanism mounted to the mount; a horizontal driving device; a rotating assembly mounted between the lifting mechanism and the horizontal driving device to rotate the horizontal driving device relative to the lifting mechanism; a holder for holding the molding item, the holder mounted on the horizontal driving device. The lifting mechanism cause the holder to move relative to the mount in a first direction, the horizontal driving device moves the holder relative to the mount and the lifting mechanism in a second direction perpendicular to the first direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2013
    Assignees: Shenzhen Futaihong Precision Industry Co., Ltd., FIH (Hong Kong) Limited
    Inventors: Jian-Ping Jin, Zhen-Gang Xie
  • Patent number: 8444107
    Abstract: An apparatus for supporting a load comprises a pivot apparatus coupled to the load and movable with the load; and a base stationary relative to the pivot apparatus. At least two areas of support are situated between the pivot apparatus and the base. Respectively opposite force components are at the two areas of support. The two areas of support move along a one curved path to tilt the load.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2004
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2013
    Assignee: inTEST Corporation
    Inventors: Henri M. Akouka, Christopher L. West, Charles Nappen
  • Patent number: 8419338
    Abstract: Since both a driving means for lifting a work and a driving means for turning operation must have been arranged in a conventional work transfer apparatus, the apparatus has been large in size and heavy in weight. A work transfer apparatus is provided with a holding tool for holding a window, i.e., the work, and a supporting arm for movably supporting the holding tool. The window held by the holding tool is transferred by a supporting arm to window frames to which the window is to be assembled, and the posture of the window is changed to that corresponds to the window frames. Furthermore, the supporting arm is configured to be a closed loop link mechanism wherein a plurality of links are connected to form a closed loop. The posture of the holding tool one link of a pair of links connected to the holding tool of the supporting arm can be fixed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2013
    Assignee: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Hitoshi Konosu, Tadashi Odashima
  • Patent number: 8403316
    Abstract: There is disclosed an elevator for holding a workpiece, the elevator comprising a turntable and adapted to slide along a support chain to thereby vertically displace the elevator. There is further disclosed a method of assembling a workpiece, the method comprising the steps of stacking first and second workpiece sections on a turntable elevator; and sliding the elevator along a support chain to thereby vertically position the workpiece.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2013
    Inventors: Art Ducherer, Daryl Garrison, Joseph Bowser, Timothy Brace, Terrance Forget, Blaine Ross
  • Publication number: 20130017042
    Abstract: A manipulator includes a first base, a second base, a rotating shaft, a swing arm, and a grasping member. The second base is mounted to the first base, and capable of moving along an X-axis with respect to the first base. The rotating shaft is mounted to the second base, and capable of rotating around a Z-axis perpendicular to the X-axis. The swing arm is mounted to the rotating shaft, and capable of moving along the Z-axis. The grasping member is mounted to a swinging arm wherein the grasping member is taken by the swing arm to rotate on a plane perpendicular to the Z-axis.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 19, 2012
    Publication date: January 17, 2013
    Applicant: HON HAI PRECISION INDUSTRY CO., LTD.
    Inventor: PEI-CHONG TANG
  • Publication number: 20120328399
    Abstract: This handling tool for blades (11) comprises two semi-covers (1) hinged (2) on the leading edge, with enclosures on the trailing edge and double internal wall. A part (10) of the double wall is shifted towards the inside of the existing gap, reducing its volume and, with its movement, trapping the blade (11) without damaging it. The external part of each semi-cover (1) has several shafts (6) incorporating a retaining system that permits blade rotation (11) securely and at a controlled speed. The cited rotation control mechanism (8) is fit onto several ends that are supplemented with several cables (4) that raise and lower the blade (11) as necessary.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 18, 2011
    Publication date: December 27, 2012
    Inventors: Gonzalo Coloma Fernandez, Beinat Gaminde Larreta
  • Patent number: 8251632
    Abstract: A system for transporting planar SOFC stack is disclosed, which comprises: a frame, for carrying a cell stack; a robotic arm, for grabbing and holding the cell stack; and a driver, coupled to the frame and the robotic arm and being used for driving the robotic arm. With the aforesaid system, the cell stack can be moved in and out of a high temperature furnace smoothly and rapidly, and then into a fuel cell control system, maintaining balance and stability of the cell stack.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 24, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2012
    Assignee: Institute of Nuclear Energy Research Atomic Energy Council, Executive Yuan
    Inventors: Hunh-Hsiang Lin, Ruey-Yi Lee, Yung-Neng Cheng
  • Publication number: 20120213623
    Abstract: A conveying device capable of sequentially and efficiently picking up a plurality of randomly located rods, and conveying the picked up rod to a predetermined place, without using a complicated mechanism. A sucking unit has a nozzle attached to a robot hand, and is configured to move the nozzle close to an end of a first cylindrical portion of a rod to be picked. The nozzle is configured to hold the rod by being lifted while sucking the first portion within the nozzle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 17, 2012
    Publication date: August 23, 2012
    Applicant: FANUC CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kazuo HARIKI, Shigenori KAJIO, Takaki AIBA
  • Patent number: 8226072
    Abstract: If the rotation angle in a rotation direction allowed by a joint portion detected by the angle sensor is no more than a predetermined lower limit or no less than a predetermined upper limit, the controller maintains the released state of the brake mechanism so that the rotation of the workpiece in the direction is not restricted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2012
    Assignee: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Hideyuki Murayama
  • Patent number: 8212578
    Abstract: A manipulator system comprising a column unit and a carriage supported by the column unit and configured to move along a desired axis of translation. A marker is provided on the column unit along the axis of translation. A sensor is associated with the carriage and configured to sense a position along the marker. A position display unit is configured to receive a position signal from the sensor and display a current position of the carriage along the axis of translation. In another aspect, the column unit defines at least one slot. A lock assembly is attached to the carriage and includes a tang axially moveable between an unlocked position wherein the tang is disengaged from the at least one slot and a locked position wherein the tang is engaged in the at least one slot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2012
    Assignee: inTEST Corporation
    Inventors: Andreas Gajda, Hermann Weissacher
  • Publication number: 20120163948
    Abstract: A door opening method and device are provided that can reduce the size of the installation location of a robot, as well as achieve a reduction in cycle time. In a dual arm robot, two arms are rotated by each of an shaft S1 and an shaft S2. As a result, a door opening action (Step ST2) is realized by rotation using the shaft S1. Then, a movement to enter an interior side of a door (91) in order to perform a bolt loosening action is realized by rotation using the shaft S1 and shaft S2. The movement in this case is movement such as to face the direction of the door (91). As a result, when moving to a door holding position (Step S26), the dual arm robot is at an attitude facilitating performing a bolt loosening action.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 27, 2011
    Publication date: June 28, 2012
    Applicant: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Kenichi Asamizu, Masashi Iwata, Tomohisa Katayama, Gentoku Fujii, Sumio Noguchi
  • Publication number: 20120148377
    Abstract: A workpiece positioning device according to an embodiment includes a first moving unit that is movable in a horizontal direction, a second moving unit that is movable in a vertical direction, and a rotating unit that is placed on either an upper end or a lower end of the second moving unit. The second moving unit and the rotating unit are kept within the width of the first moving unit that is perpendicular to the moving direction of the first moving unit on a horizontal plane.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 22, 2011
    Publication date: June 14, 2012
    Applicant: Kabushiki Kaisha Yaskawa Denki
    Inventors: Kazuki SUZUMURA, Takahiko KANAMORI, Tomoyuki SHIRAKI
  • Publication number: 20120076626
    Abstract: There is described apparatus and methods for transporting and processing substrates including wafers as to efficiently produce at reasonable costs improved throughput as compared to systems in use today. A linear transport chamber includes linear tracks and robot arms riding on the linear tracks to linearly transfer substrates along the sides of processing chambers for feeding substrates into a controlled atmosphere through a load lock and then along a transport chamber as a way of reaching processing chambers. A four-axis robot arm is disclosed, capable of linear translation, rotation and articulation, and z-motion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 31, 2011
    Publication date: March 29, 2012
    Inventors: Gee Sun Hoey, Terry Bluck, Hoang Huy Vu, Jimin Ryu
  • Publication number: 20120039699
    Abstract: A method of forming layered stacks of bundles includes providing a gripping appliance comprising a first gripping assembly and a second gripping assembly. The first gripping assembly is configured for grasping one or more first bundles and the second gripping assembly is configured for grasping one or more second bundles. The first and second gripping assemblies are configured such that first and second bundles grasped thereby may be reoriented relative to one another. The method further includes retrieving from a first location one or more first bundles with the first gripping assembly and one or more second bundles with the second gripping assembly and transporting the first and second bundles to a second location, During transport of the first and second bundles, the bundles are reoriented relative to one another. The bundles are deposited at a selected position in the second location to form at least a partial layer of a layered stack of bundles.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 28, 2011
    Publication date: February 16, 2012
    Inventors: Christopher Ward, Craig Gendreau
  • Publication number: 20120014772
    Abstract: There is disclosed an elevator for holding a workpiece, the elevator comprising a turntable and adapted to slide along a support chain to thereby vertically displace the elevator. There is further disclosed a method of assembling a workpiece, the method comprising the steps of stacking first and second workpiece sections on a turntable elevator; and sliding the elevator along a support chain to thereby vertically position the workpiece.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 27, 2011
    Publication date: January 19, 2012
    Applicant: 1540049 ALBERTA LTD.
    Inventors: Art DUCHERER, Daryl GARRISON, Joseph BOWSER, Timothy BRACE, Terrance FORGET, Blaine ROSS
  • Publication number: 20110286826
    Abstract: A substrate support apparatus which can support a substrate having a center hole, comprises a support portion which can support the substrate. The support portion includes a support groove with a cross-sectional shape in which a groove width gradually increases in a counter-gravitational direction, and a width of the support groove between two end portions is larger than a width of the support groove at the center thereof.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 11, 2011
    Publication date: November 24, 2011
    Applicant: CANON ANELVA CORPORATION
    Inventors: Tadashi Ikeda, Gen Goshokubo, Hiroshi Sone
  • Publication number: 20110238205
    Abstract: A robot for lifting an object, including systems and methods, are herein described. One embodiment comprises a robot is disclosed having a generally planar receiving surface for receiving and holding an object. The receiving surface is lowered and raised using a vertical movement mechanism. To move the receiving surface to an appropriate location, the receiving surface and the vertical movement mechanism are connected to a mobile platform. In some exemplary embodiments, the robot can also have a sweeping mechanism to sweep an object onto at least a portion of the receiving surface. The sweeping mechanism can take various forms but in one exemplary embodiment, the sweeping mechanism is an “L”-shaped arm pivotably connected to the robot, preferably the receiving surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 4, 2011
    Publication date: September 29, 2011
    Applicant: GEORGIA TECH RESEARCH CORPORATION
    Inventors: Charles C. Kemp, Zhe Xu, Zhengqin Fan
  • Publication number: 20110222999
    Abstract: An industrial robot includes a hand on which a workpiece is placed, an arm that takes out the hand from a predetermined position of the workpiece and supplies the hand, an up-down moving mechanism connected to the arm by a support member, a pedestal provided at a lower portion of the up-down moving mechanism, and a pendulum stopper provided on a base on which the pedestal turns.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 11, 2011
    Publication date: September 15, 2011
    Applicant: KABUSHIKI KAISHA YASKAWA DENKI
    Inventors: Taizo KUBOTA, Kentaro TANAKA, Osamu HARADA
  • Publication number: 20110222998
    Abstract: There is disclosed an elevator for holding a workpiece, the elevator comprising a turntable and adapted to slide along a support chain to thereby vertically displace the elevator. There is further disclosed a method of assembling a workpiece, the method comprising the steps of stacking first and second workpiece sections on a turntable elevator; and sliding the elevator along a support chain to thereby vertically position the workpiece.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 28, 2010
    Publication date: September 15, 2011
    Applicant: 1540049 ALBERTA LTD.
    Inventors: Art DUCHERER, Daryl GARRISON, Joseph BOWSER, Timothy BRACE, Terrance FORGET, Blaine ROSS
  • Publication number: 20110211937
    Abstract: A manipulator for a load has a stand, an accommodation connected to the stand (2, 8) for the load, wherein the accommodation allows movement of the load with respect to the stand with respect to at least a first axis, a drive having a rope pull or a chain or belt drive which supports the movement of the load along the first axis, and an elasticity means acting along the first axis. The elasticity means has a frame translationally displaceable along the first axis with respect to the stand and elastically retained which supports a guiding element of the drive.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 20, 2009
    Publication date: September 1, 2011
    Applicant: ESMO AG
    Inventor: Josef Weinberger
  • Patent number: 7997845
    Abstract: A sheet handling device for handling large sheets of glass or other sheet material, the device comprising a wheeled trolley having an upright support shaft (2), a carriage movable along the shaft (2) into a selected position, and at least two vacuum grips mounted to the carriage to engage the sheet at positions displaced in the height direction of the sheet. In another embodiment the carriage is movable by operation of a winch. The trolley is normally used in conjunction with a second like trolley so that the vacuum grips of the two trolleys engage the sheet at spaced positions along the length of the sheet. The two trolleys are preferably interconnected by releasable bracing which can be stored on the trolleys for ease of transportation. In a further embodiment there is also disclosed a glass installation guide to facilitate guidance of a large glass sheet into a frame during installation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2004
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2011
    Assignee: Quantum Workhealth Programmes Pty, Ltd.
    Inventor: Ricardo Carlei
  • Patent number: 7850413
    Abstract: An apparatus for transporting inventory items includes a housing, a drive module, a docking module, an elevating shaft, and a rotation module. The drive module is capable of propelling the apparatus in at least a first direction. The docking head is capable of coupling to or supporting an inventory holder. The rotation module is capable of inducing rotation in the housing relative to the elevating shaft. The elevating shaft connects to the docking head and is capable of raising the docking head when the housing is rotated relative to the elevating shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 14, 2010
    Assignee: Kiva Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: Richard R. Fontana
  • Patent number: 7830776
    Abstract: An IC recording device includes a material feeding portion, a material receiving portion, a recording portion and a transferring portion. The material feeding portion serves to suck ICs by vacuum technology to take ICs from a transfer belt and place them upon the material receiving portion. The material receiving portion can correct the positions of the ICs. The inner side of a seat of the material receiving portion has an inclined surface for guiding the ICs. The seat can rotate the IC to a correct direction according to the transferring angle of the IC in the feeding process. One of two ends of the material feeding portion has a suction opening for transferring the IC from the material receiving portion to a burner and the suction opening at another end serves to take out a recorded IC and place the IC on a transfer belt.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 9, 2010
    Assignee: Leap Electronic Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: An-Sung Wang
  • Patent number: 7762757
    Abstract: A workpiece transfer system includes a bracket rotatably supported on a support part, a rotary drive mechanism provided on the support part in order to rotate the bracket, a workpiece support arm swingably and axially supported on the bracket, a swing drive mechanism provided on the bracket in order to swing the workpiece support arm, and a workpiece retainer provided on a tip end part of the workpiece support arm and retaining a workpiece that is to be transferred, the workpiece being inclined by operation of the swing drive mechanism when the rotary drive mechanism is operated so that a center of gravity of the workpiece comes on the vicinity of an axis of rotation of the rotary drive mechanism. This reduces the rotational load on the rotary drive mechanism, and since a small size and a reduction in weight can be achieved for the system, the workpiece transfer system and method enables a single worker to easily give a workpiece an inclination and inversion attitude change.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2005
    Date of Patent: July 27, 2010
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Minoru Ueda, Masami Mitsuhashi, Nobuo Mashino, Eisaku Andou, Yasushi Tokoyo
  • Publication number: 20100119343
    Abstract: An apparatus for loading and unloading a main landing gear (“MLG”) of an aircraft includes a fixture that is adapted to couple to a truck of the MLG such that a sagittal plane of the fixture is parallel to or coplanar with a sagittal plane of the MLG and both translational forces and turning moments applied to the fixture are coupled directly through the fixture to the MLG, a mechanism for controllably translating the fixture in the sagittal plane thereof, and a mechanism for controllably rotating the fixture in the sagittal plane thereof.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 9, 2009
    Publication date: May 13, 2010
    Applicant: THE BOEING COMPANY
    Inventors: Oliver J. Groves, Gary F. Heilman, Charles D. Harrison, Bart M. Taylor, Se Y. Chun, Tae H. Kim, Gregory Koyfman, Edward D. Oare, Jacob D. Viring, Michael H. Konen
  • Publication number: 20100054901
    Abstract: A wafer alignment platform serves to align a wafer so as to make the wafer be carried by a vacuum device that is vertically movable and revolvable. A laser detecting device detects a positioning mark on the wafer and aligns the positioning mark to a directional mark so as to automatically perform center alignment and orientation of the wafer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 28, 2008
    Publication date: March 4, 2010
    Inventor: Gao-Heng Lin