Grab Patents (Class 414/729)
  • Patent number: 10773761
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for a walking robot. A first end effector connected to a first end of a robotic arm is moved relative to a surface of a structure and away from a second end effector connected to a second end of the robotic arm. The first end effector is secured relative to the surface of the structure after moving the first end effector relative to the surface. The second end effector connected to the second end of the robotic arm is moved relative to the surface of the structure and toward the first end effector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Joseph Lawrence Hafenrichter, Gary Ernest Georgeson
  • Patent number: 10731676
    Abstract: An actuator arrangement, having a drive for providing a rotational movement about an axis of rotation and which includes an actuator housing whose outer surface extends with a curved profiling along the axis of rotation and which delimits a working space, in which a working element is rotatably accommodated, which includes a drive shaft which penetrates a front surface of the actuator housing, wherein the actuator housing is penetrated by a working port, which is designed for a connection of the working space with a valve arrangement, and with a valve arrangement, which is designed for a provision of a fluid flow at the working port and which includes a valve module, which is accommodated in a valve shaft of a valve housing and which has a fluid port, wherein the valve housing extends with a profiling in the form of a circular ring section along the axis of rotation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: FESTO SE & Co. KG
    Inventor: Artem Beger
  • Patent number: 10688656
    Abstract: A continuum device/manipulator includes a first flexible tube, a low melting point (LMP) alloy disposed within the first flexible tube, and a temperature adjustment element that applies heat or cooling to change a phase of the LMP alloy. Changing the phase of the LMP alloy controls a flexibility of the first flexible tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: The Johns Hopkins University
    Inventors: Farshid Alambeigi, Reza Seifabadi, Mehran Armand
  • Patent number: 10675763
    Abstract: An information processing apparatus of the present invention correctly determines in advance whether interference occurs between an object around a target workpiece to be grasped, and a hand. The information processing apparatus includes an obtaining unit configured to obtain a range image of a space including a plurality of workpieces, an identification unit configured to identify, from the obtained range image, an area of the target workpiece to be grasped among the plurality of workpieces, an interference determination unit configured to determine whether interference occurs between an area included in the range image and a grasping unit configured to grasp the target workpiece, and an output unit configured to output, based on a result of the interference determination by the interference determination unit, a result of determination as to whether interference occurs between an area excluding the area of the target workpiece and the grasping unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Daisuke Watanabe, Shinji Uchiyama
  • Patent number: 10562182
    Abstract: A robot includes: a hand; and a control unit that operates the hand, in which the control unit generates three-dimensional point group information for a partial image forming a captured image obtained by an imaging unit, and causes the hand to hold an object included in the partial image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Tomoki Harada, Koichi Hashimoto, Shogo Arai
  • Patent number: 10537993
    Abstract: An apparatus for surface finishing includes a robot and an end effector. The end effector includes a compliance wrist having an axis of movement and coupled to the robot and a grinder tool coupled to the compliance wrist. The robot is configured to controllably position the end effector in three-dimensional space. The compliance wrist is configured to bias the grinder tool to a biased position relative to the robot and enable the grinder tool to move relative to the robot in response to an external force acting upon the grinder tool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2020
    Inventors: Matthew S. Ulliman, Jeff Martin
  • Patent number: 10532459
    Abstract: Setting a target region determined based on a positional relationship between an object and a holding unit at a time of holding the object with the holding unit, acquiring measurement data on a plurality of objects, recognizing positions and orientations of the plurality of objects based on the acquired measurement data and a three-dimensional shape model of the objects, calculating a position of the set target region for each of the plurality of recognized objects based on the recognized positions and orientations of the plurality of objects, performing interference judgment about interference between the holding unit and the object in an order determined based on the positions of the target regions, and causing the holding unit to hold one of the plurality of recognized objects based on a result of the performed interference judgment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2020
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Daisuke Watanabe
  • Patent number: 10525586
    Abstract: A robot includes a robot main body including an A-arm which rotates around an A-rotation axis, a B-arm which is cantilevered off the A-arm and rotates around a B-rotation axis, and a C-arm which is connected to the B-arm, to which an end effector is attached, and which rotates around a C-rotation axis. The A-arm includes a first restriction that is not exposed to the outside of the robot main body. The B-arm includes a clamp which is connected to the end effector and restricts a position of a flexible wiring or pipe, a second restriction that is not exposed to the outside of the robot main body and contacts on the first restriction, and a hole through which the wiring or the pipe is inserted. The C-arm includes a through-hole which penetrates the C-arm along the axial direction of the C-rotation axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Takuya Owa, Masaru Takahashi
  • Patent number: 10499999
    Abstract: An alignment system for controlling an alignment of a robotically controlled elongate member at an access site on a patient may include a longitudinal support rail and support arms coupled with and extending from the longitudinal support rail to form an alignment joint. One or more of the support arms may be configured to maintain the alignment of the elongate member with the access site during a surgical procedure. A method of aligning an elongate member with an access site may include determining a position of a stabilizer of an alignment joint and the access site on a patient, coupling the stabilizer to the access site on the patient, and automatically aligning the instrument driver with the stabilizer on the patient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2019
    Assignee: Auris Health, Inc.
    Inventor: Alan Lau Yu
  • Patent number: 10471607
    Abstract: An apparatus for controlling an end-effector assembly is provided. The apparatus includes a elongated element configured to engage the end-effector assembly and a drive assembly. A first motion transfer mechanism is disposed at an end of the elongated element. The first motion transfer mechanism is configured to transfer a rotational motion of the elongated element to a motion of the end-effector assembly. A second motion transfer mechanism is disposed at the second end of the elongated element. The second motion transfer mechanism is configured to transfer a motion of the drive assembly to the rotational motion of the elongated element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Assignee: TITAN MEDICAL INC.
    Inventors: Eric Butt, Jeff Ransden, Alexander Shvartsberg, Reiza Rayman
  • Patent number: 10471976
    Abstract: A railway maintenance device configured for autonomous or semi-autonomous operation in a rail environment is provided. The device can process image data to move about the rail environment and perform one or more actions in the rail environment. The actions can include one or more actions related to decoupling and/or attaching rail vehicles, and can be implemented by performing three-dimensional image processing. The device can be configured to move with any movement of a rail vehicle on which one or more actions are being performed. In an alternative embodiment, the various components configured to perform the action are implemented at a stationary location with respect to a rail line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Assignee: International Electronic Machines Corp.
    Inventor: Zahid F. Mian
  • Patent number: 10369691
    Abstract: A robot includes a first arm and a second arm. The first arm and the second arm have different mechanisms from each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Takema Yamazaki, Takashi Nagate
  • Patent number: 10232897
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for a walking robot. A first end effector connected to a first end of a robotic arm is moved relative to a surface of a structure and away from a second end effector connected to a second end of the robotic arm. The first end effector is secured relative to the surface of the structure after moving the first end effector relative to the surface. The second end effector connected to the second end of the robotic arm is moved relative to the surface of the structure and toward the first end effector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Joseph Lawrence Hafenrichter, Gary Ernest Georgeson
  • Patent number: 10213801
    Abstract: This solution is for painting the external walls of a building, and adopts a lightweight six axis robotic arm mounted on a mini-gondola hoisted by a pulley system with the controlling motor located within the mini-gondola, while another set of motor located on the pulley system at the roof-top end drives the mini-gondola to traverse laterally on a set of twin-rails on the roof-top of the building. Four vacuum suction cups mounted on the mini-gondola through linear actuator are used to secure the mini-gondola to the wall. Each linear actuator has three ultrasonic distance sensors that measure and manage the distance between the mini-gondola and the wall to be painted. Once the gondola is in position, the robotic arm will be activated to start the painting process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: Elid Technology International Pte Ltd
    Inventor: Hui Eng Lim
  • Patent number: 10214926
    Abstract: This solution is for washing and cleaning the external walls of a building, and adopts a lightweight six axis robotic arm mounted on a mini-gondola hoisted by a pulley system with the controlling motor located within the mini-gondola, while another set of motor located on the pulley system at the roof-top end drives the mini-gondola to traverse laterally on a set of twin-rails on the roof-top of the building. Four vacuum suction cups mounted on the minigondola through linear actuator are used to secure the mini-gondola to the wall. Each linear actuator has three ultrasonic distance sensors that measure and manage the distance between the mini-gondola and the wall to be cleaned. Once the gondola is in position, the robotic arm will be activated to start the cleaning process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: Elid Technology International Pte Ltd
    Inventor: Hui Eng Lim
  • Patent number: 10173330
    Abstract: A robot arm includes a first member, a second member, an actuator, and a speed reducer. The second member is pivotable relative to the first member about a pivot axis. The actuator is configured to pivotally move the second member relative to the first member about the pivot axis. The speed reducer is configured to couple the actuator to the second member to reduce a rotational speed of the second member relative to an output rotational speed of the actuator. The speed reducer includes a grease chamber in which grease is to be provided. The second member including an air chamber in which air is provided, the air chamber being connected to the grease chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: KABUSHIKI KAISHA YASKAWA DENKI
    Inventors: Kotaro Kojima, Kazunori Yamamoto, Tsuyoshi Ito
  • Patent number: 9981384
    Abstract: The present invention provides a mechanical arm and a pickup device. The mechanical arm includes a mechanical arm body and a pressure sensing system. The pressure sensing system is fixedly connected with the mechanical arm body, for sensing whether the mechanical arm body is to be collided with a picked-up object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2018
    Assignees: BOE TECHNOLOGY GROUP CO., LTD., BEIJING BOE DISPLAY TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Jian Wang, Bin Chang, Lizhu Yu, Lei Xiang
  • Patent number: 9840011
    Abstract: An industrial robot having parallel kinematics, comprising a robot base, a carrier element for accommodating a gripper or a tool, several movable, elongated actuating units, which are connected at one end thereof to drive units arranged on the robot base, and the other end of which is movably connected to the carrier element; an elongated hollow body, which has a continuous cavity and which is flexibly connected to the robot base; a joint, which has a continuous cavity and several degrees of freedom, by means of which joint the elongated hollow body is movably connected to the carrier element; and at least one supply line for a gripper arranged on the carrier element or a tool arranged on the carrier element, the supply line being guided through the cavity of the elongated hollow body and the cavity of the hollow joint from the robot base to the carrier element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2017
    Inventor: Hartmut Ilch
  • Patent number: 9821454
    Abstract: This link actuation device includes: a proximal end side link hub; a distal end side link hub; and three or more link mechanisms which each couple the distal end side link hub to the proximal end side link hub. Each link mechanism includes: proximal side and distal side end link members, and an intermediate link member. The link mechanism is provided with an actuator which arbitrarily changes the posture of the distal end side link hub relative to the proximal end side link hub. A workpiece is disposed on the proximal end side link hub, and an end effector is disposed in the distal end side link hub so as to face inside of arrangement of the link hubs and perform work onto the workpiece.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Assignee: NTN CORPORATION
    Inventors: Hiroshi Isobe, Seigo Sakata, Hiroyuki Yamada
  • Patent number: 9802325
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to tool arrangement having a one piece frame. The one piece frame that is solid and non-adjustable and includes a back side, front side and one or more extension walls extending away from the front side of the one piece frame. An attachment portion is located on said back side of the one piece frame for connecting the tool arrangement to a robotic arm. The one piece frame has at least three mounting locations formed at predetermine locations on said one piece frame. The at least three mounting locations are predetermined and non-adjustable locations on the one piece frame. The tool arrangement includes a stationary gripper connected to one of the three mounting locations and at least one four point gripper connected to another one of the three mounting locations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2017
    Assignee: Magna International Inc.
    Inventors: Tarner A. Houser, Jeffrey S. Thompson, Robert R. Perez, Ryan M. Dwornik
  • Patent number: 9782924
    Abstract: Method to manufacture at least one container includes disposing at least one parison within a mold assembly having at least one mold chamber defined therein, wherein at least a first portion of the at least one parison extends outside the mold assembly and at least a second portion of the at least one parison is disposed within the at least one mold chamber. With the mold assembly closed, the second portion of the at least one parison can be blow-molded to form at least one container body. The first portion of the at least one parison can be gripped with a gripper when the mold assembly is opened, and a stabilization member can be extended proximate to the gripper to engage a surface of the at least one container body. Gripping assemblies and systems are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2017
    Assignee: Graham Packaging Company, L.P.
    Inventor: Gabriele Pinardi
  • Patent number: 9782789
    Abstract: A robotic apparatus for painting a workpiece includes a redundant axis robot for use in a robotic painting system. The redundant axis of rotation provides the robot arm additional flexibility in avoiding obstacles and reaching an interior of the workpiece to apply paint thereto. The robotic apparatus could be a seven-axis robot arm or a five-axis parallel link panel opener robot arm for opening and/or closing the panel. The robot arms are mounted on at least one vertically oriented column adjacent a path of travel of the workpiece through a painting booth and the robot arms can be mounted on a common base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2017
    Assignee: FANUC AMERICA CORPORATION
    Inventors: Andrzej Grzegorz Bania, Michael G. Beem, James Bryon Gerds, II, Marcin Gora, Stan Henry McClosky, David Michael Moore, Matthew Ray Sikowski
  • Patent number: 9649771
    Abstract: A parallel robot includes a base casing, a plurality of arms, and an end unit. The base casing contains a plurality of actuators. Each of the arms is coupled to one of the actuators. The end unit is coupled to the plurality of arms. A communication hole for allowing piping and/or wiring to continue is formed in the base casing at its side facing the end unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2017
    Assignee: KABUSHIKI KAISHA YASKAWA DENKI
    Inventors: Nobuhiko Mihara, Takashi Sanada
  • Patent number: 9616564
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method and a system for controlling a robot, which has at least one redundant degree of freedom. The method according to the invention prevents the robot from colliding with its surrounding environment and/or from getting into an inconvenient position as a result of its redundancy, and does so without causing any disadvantageous displacement of the tool center point.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2017
    Assignee: KUKA Roboter GmbH
    Inventor: Bettina Pfaff
  • Patent number: 9616572
    Abstract: An information processing apparatus of the present invention correctly determines in advance whether interference occurs between an object around a target workpiece to be grasped, and a hand. The information processing apparatus includes an obtaining unit configured to obtain a range image of a space including a plurality of workpieces, an identification init configured to identify, from the obtained range image, an area of the target workpiece to be grasped among the plurality of workpieces, an interference determination unit configured to determine whether interference occurs between an area included in the range image and a grasping unit configured to grasp the target workpiece, and an output unit configured to output, based on a result of the interference determination by the interference determination unit, a result of determination as to whether interference occurs between an area excluding the area of the target workpiece and the grasping unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2017
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Daisuke Watanabe, Shinji Uchiyama
  • Patent number: 9592606
    Abstract: According to a method according to the invention for controlling a robot, in particular a human-collaborating robot, a robot- or task-specific redundancy of the robot is resolved, wherein, in order to resolve the redundancy, a pose-dependent inertia variable of the robot is minimized.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 14, 2017
    Assignee: KUKA Roboter GmbH
    Inventors: Jonas Rümping, Christian Sonner
  • Patent number: 9576363
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a device and a method of detecting arbitrarily piled objects, and a device and a method for picking a detected object. The present invention may provide a device and a method of detecting an object, which extract a unique local characterized part of the object by using a visual sensor, detect an object region, and estimate a posture from the detected object region. Also the present invention may provide an object picking system capable of being applied to an actual production process, such as assembling or packaging, in a cell producing method.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: ELECTRONICS AND TELECOMMUNICATIONS RESEARCH INSTITUTE
    Inventors: Kye Kyung Kim, Sang Seung Kang, Jae Yeon Lee, Jae Hong Kim, Joong Bae Kim, Jong Hyun Park
  • Patent number: 9527214
    Abstract: A robot apparatus includes an output unit that displays an image including an object on a screen, an input unit that receives an operation performed by a user for specifying information relating to an approximate range including the object in the image, an object extraction unit that extracts information regarding a two-dimensional contour of the object on the basis of the specification received by the input unit, and a position and attitude estimation unit that estimates information regarding a three-dimensional position and attitude of the object on the basis of the information regarding the two-dimensional contour.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2016
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Genta Kondo, Atsushi Miyamoto, Satoru Shimizu
  • Patent number: 9457481
    Abstract: The manipulator comprises a supporting device (11) having an assembly (13) rotatable about a vertical axis and an articulated parallelogram (21) with a swing arm (24). A pneumatic linear actuator (22), acts between the rotatable assembly (13) and the articulated parallelogram (21), for causing the arm (24) to rotate about a horizontal axis of oscillation. A slide (23) is connected to the actuator (22) and slidably mounted on the rotatable assembly (13) by means of a first vertical guide (30). The slide has a second horizontal guide (31) in which is engaged an element (32, 33) mounted on the swing arm (24).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2016
    Assignee: DALMEC S.P.A.
    Inventor: Giovanni Lorengo
  • Patent number: 9383752
    Abstract: A railway maintenance device configured for autonomous or semi-autonomous operation in a rail environment is provided. The device can process image data to move about the rail environment and perform one or more actions in the rail environment. The actions can include one or more actions related to decoupling and/or attaching rail vehicles, and can be implemented by performing three-dimensional image processing. The device can be configured to move with any movement of a rail vehicle on which one or more actions are being performed. In an alternative embodiment, the various components configured to perform the action are implemented at a stationary location with respect to a rail line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2016
    Assignee: International Electronic Machines Corp.
    Inventor: Zahid F. Mian
  • Patent number: 9312107
    Abstract: A disk handling apparatus for supporting a disk during material deposition at a deposition station, comprising a disk vacuum paddle having a centrally disposed groove, and a vacuum source disposed within the groove, wherein the paddle contacts the disk only at disk corners on opposing major surfaces of the disk, and wherein the disk remains spaced from the groove at its outer diameter during material deposition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2016
    Assignee: WD Media, LLC
    Inventor: Khoon H. Chean
  • Patent number: 9171079
    Abstract: In particular embodiments, a method includes receiving a query for particular sensor data among multiple sensor data from multiple sensors. The plurality of sensor data has been indexed according to a multi-dimensional array. One or more first ones of the dimensions include time, and one or more second ones of the dimensions include one or more pre-determined sensor-data attributes. The method includes translating the query to correspond to the indexing of the plurality of sensor data. The translated query includes one or more values for one or more of the dimensions of the multi-dimensional array. The method includes communicating the translated query to search among the plurality of sensor data according to its indexing to identify the particular sensor data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2015
    Assignee: Cisco Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Tarun Banka, Manoj Kumar Pandey, Debojyoti Dutta, Mainak Sen, Raja Suresh Krishna Balakrishnan
  • Patent number: 9161772
    Abstract: A surgical instrument for performing treatment to a treatment target portion includes a cylindrical elongated member; a treatment part, and a connection part. The connection part includes a first turning axis part provided to the elongated member, a second turning axis part provided to the treatment part, a first rolling guide part that is provided to the elongated member and includes a circular-arc-shaped part coaxial with the first turning axis part, a second rolling guide part that is provided to the treatment part and includes a rolling guide part including a circular-arc-shaped part coaxial with the second turning axis part, the rolling guide part rollingly contacting the first rolling guide part, and an engaging part that brings the treatment part and the elongated member into an engaging state. The connection part is detachable between the first turning axis part and the second turning axis part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2015
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Ryoji Hyodo
  • Patent number: 9054631
    Abstract: A servo control apparatus and method, the servo control apparatus including an input unit configured to receive an execution command with respect to one of a first control mode and a second control mode that are configured to control a motor, a plurality of detection units each configured to detect sensing data required for executing each of the first control mode and the second control mode, and a control unit configured to receive a feedback of the plurality of pieces of sensing data detected through the plurality of detection units while executing the first control mode, determine a point of time when a control mode is needed to be changed if the execution command with respect to the second control mode is input through the input unit, and check the sensing data required for executing the second control mode among the plurality of sensing data that are fed back.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2015
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Sung Gu Kwon
  • Patent number: 9039345
    Abstract: An apparatus for transferring articles is disclosed herein. The apparatus includes a layer formation table. The apparatus also includes means for supplying articles to the layer formation table. At least one row of the articles is formed at a first end of the layer formation table. The apparatus also includes a programmable robot including an end of arm tool for transferring the at least one row of the articles towards a second end of the layer formation table. The programmable robot is configured to form a plurality of rows of articles on the layer formation table. Each of the rows comprises a plurality of articles in side by side contact creating a void between adjacent articles in each of the rows. The programmable robot is configured to nest the articles of one of the rows in the voids of an adjacent row. The end of arm tool includes a multiplicity of guides which form lanes. The rows of articles fill the lanes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2015
    Inventor: Jonathan D. Parker
  • Publication number: 20150139769
    Abstract: A modular lifting system, including an enclosable lifting device support structure. The enclosable lifting device support structure includes a deployable top, a plurality of lateral sides, a base coupled to the plurality of lateral sides, and a plurality of extension arms. The deployable top is configured to support a lifting device on a first side of the deployable top. The plurality of extension arms are configured to extend and support the deployable top when the deployable top is deployed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 4, 2014
    Publication date: May 21, 2015
    Inventors: Ted J. Griffin, JR., Jason M. Ashby, Jeremy M. Bland, Derek R. Beckett
  • Publication number: 20150037126
    Abstract: An apparatus for transferring articles is disclosed herein. The apparatus includes a layer formation table. The apparatus also includes means for supplying articles to the layer formation table. At least one row of the articles is formed at a first end of the layer formation table. The apparatus also includes a programmable robot including an end of arm tool for transferring the at least one row of the articles towards a second end of the layer formation table. The programmable robot is configured to form a plurality of rows of articles on the layer formation table. Each of the rows comprises a plurality of articles in side by side contact creating a void between adjacent articles in each of the rows. The programmable robot is configured to nest the articles of one of the rows in the voids of an adjacent row. The end of arm tool includes a multiplicity of guides which form lanes. The rows of articles fill the lanes.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 3, 2014
    Publication date: February 5, 2015
    Applicant: KAUFMAN ENGINEERED SYSTEMS
    Inventor: Jonathan D. Parker
  • Publication number: 20150030426
    Abstract: A conductor lift attachment for a mobile boom or crane vehicle allowing temporarily support of power transmission conductors, e.g., for installation, repair, or maintenance operations. The conductor lift is hingedly attached to a boom tip so that the conductor lift is readily movable between deployed and stowed positions. The conductor lift comprises hinged arms that are selectively movable between opposed, parallel, and intermediate positions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 23, 2014
    Publication date: January 29, 2015
    Inventors: Raymond Fritel, Melanie K. Martin, Karsten Lee Farley
  • Publication number: 20150000419
    Abstract: A sensor device includes a sensor element which is formed by laminating a piezoelectric substance and an electrode, a first case and a second case which house the sensor element therein, and a pressing portion which presses the sensor element in the lamination direction of the piezoelectric substance and the electrode via the first and second cases.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 19, 2014
    Publication date: January 1, 2015
    Inventors: Kazuhiro TSUCHIYA, Toshiyuki KAMIYA
  • Patent number: 8892244
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus are provided for the automated assembly of individual tiles on a surface in a predetermined pattern. In one exemplary embodiment, an automated apparatus comprises a tile dispenser with an open ended shoe portion adapted for holding a stack of regularly shaped tiles, and a tile advancement mechanism for incrementally advancing tiles in the shoe toward the open end thereof. The automated apparatus may further comprise a robotic mechanism adapted to retrieve a tile from the end of the tile stack, and place the tile on the surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2014
    Assignee: Armorworks Enterprises LLC
    Inventors: Jay A. Taylor, Chris Stephen Hanisko, Aubrey Donald Ridgeway
  • Patent number: 8880217
    Abstract: A picking system includes a conveyer, a robot, a main camera, and a control device. The conveyer conveys workpieces. The robot performs a holding operation and a moving operation on the workpieces. The main camera captures the transport path of the conveyer. The control device detects the workpiece on the basis of the image captured by the main camera and instructs the robot to perform the holding operation on the detected workpiece. Moreover, the control device instructs the robot to perform the holding operation on the overlapped workpieces when the overlapping of the workpieces is detected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2014
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Yaskawa Denki
    Inventors: Tetsuro Izumi, Kenichi Koyanagi, Kenji Matsukuma, Yukio Hashiguchi
  • Patent number: 8863685
    Abstract: A camera is used to take an image of an end surface of a honeycomb structure gripped by a hand. Based on the image, an initial rotation angle of the honeycomb structure around a vertical axis at a reference position where the image has been taken is recognized. An arm turning section is driven to convey the honeycomb structure gripped by the hand from the reference position to above a plugging mask. A rotation angle required to adjust the rotation angle of the honeycomb structure on the plugging mask to a desired final rotation angle is acquired based on the initial rotation angle recognized at the reference position and a rotation angle of the honeycomb structure around the vertical axis associated with the driving of the arm turning section from the reference position to above the plugging mask. The honeycomb structure is rotated based on the required rotation angle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2014
    Assignee: Sumitomo Chemical Company, Limited
    Inventors: Masaharu Mori, Ying Gong
  • Patent number: 8857877
    Abstract: A reconfigurable end-effector attachable to a robotic arm, includes a master boom, a first branch assembly and a second branch assembly, a dual articulation mechanism. The dual articulation mechanism includes a first clutch attached to the first branch assembly and is configured to articulate the first branch assembly relative to the second branch assembly. The dual articulation mechanism further includes a second clutch attached to the master boom, the second branch assembly and the first clutch and is configured to simultaneously articulate the first and second branch assemblies relative to the master boom. The first and second branch assemblies each have limbs connected to branches supporting a plurality of tool modules. Each tool module includes an end element configurable to interact with a workpiece.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2014
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Yhu-Tin Lin, Andrew L. Bartos, Roland J. Menassa, Hyunshik Shin, Shinho Kang, Yong-Hyun Ju, Ki-Beom Kim, Sang-Yul Ju
  • Patent number: 8840356
    Abstract: A workpiece transporting apparatus includes a hand, a rotating portion for rotatably holding the hand, an arm provided in the hand and having one end provided at the rotating portion, and a holding portion provided in the hand and provided to another end of the arm for holding a workpiece, in which a center portion of the holding portion is disposed with a predetermined interval from an axial line extended from a rotational center of the rotating portion toward another end of the arm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 23, 2014
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Masayuki Kaneko, Taro Nakamura, Takayuki Hasegawa
  • Publication number: 20140271079
    Abstract: A work vehicle is disclosed having a chassis, a work tool rotatably coupled to the chassis, and one or more hydraulic dampers. The hydraulic damper includes a moveable body that resists rotation in a hydraulic chamber to resist rotation of the work tool relative to the chassis.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Inventors: Gary R. Fichtinger, Robert T. Carr, Timothy L. Jerew, Monica C. Allen
  • Publication number: 20140234064
    Abstract: A sealing system including a rotary sealing surface on a rotary shaft and a rotary shaft lip seal, of which the rotary sealing surface has a surface coating layer of a solid lubricant substance. The invention further includes an industrial robot having several axes of rotation, including a manipulator with drive units for rotating robot parts according to the axes of rotation of the robot, and at least one of the drive units having a rotary shaft provided with such a sealing system. In addition, the invention includes a method for providing a rotary sealing surface on a rotary shaft, including coating the intended sealing surface of the rotary shaft with a surface coating layer of a solid lubricant substance.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 30, 2014
    Publication date: August 21, 2014
    Inventors: Shanghua Li, Arne Broberg, Erik Johansson, Ake Oberg
  • Patent number: 8770909
    Abstract: This device is for the formation and transfer of rows of articles. In particular, the device is for the formation of a row of articles on a layer formation table and the transfer of the row from one processing operation to another. A programmable robot and EOAT easily sweeps or pushes the load (tier) down the layer formation table returns to it's original position. A single, programmable robot performs all functions. The absolute unique end of arm tooling (EOAT) is fitted to the robot. The articles of one row are nested in the voids between articles in an adjacent row.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2014
    Assignee: Kaufmann Engineered Group
    Inventor: Jonathan D. Parker
  • Publication number: 20140154036
    Abstract: An apparatus for the automated handling of workpieces comprising at least one gripper for picking the workpiece; a control for controlling the at least one gripper and an intermediate station for placing the workpiece, with the apparatus being configured such that the workpiece is placed in a defined position and/or defined orientation on the intermediate station and is picked up again with a changed orientation and/or with greater accuracy.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 27, 2013
    Publication date: June 5, 2014
    Inventors: Thomas Mattern, David Haenschke, Bernhard Riedmiller, Alois Mundt
  • Publication number: 20140154041
    Abstract: A robot includes a hand configured to process a workpiece, and an articulated-robot main body where the hand is mounted. The articulated-robot main body is displaced from a conveyance path of the workpiece in plan view.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 2, 2013
    Publication date: June 5, 2014
    Applicant: KABUSHIKI KAISHA YASKAWA DENKI
    Inventor: Takenori NAGAMATSU
  • Patent number: 8714903
    Abstract: A robot includes a base, a movable platform, a shaft rotatably connecting the movable platform and the base, three kinematic chains rotatably connecting the movable platform and the base, an end effector defining an air orifice, and a rotary member. The rotary member is rotatably connected to the movable platform, and two opposite ends of the rotary member are connected to the shaft and the end effector, respectively. The movable platform defines an air hole, and the rotary member defines an airflow passage communicating between the air hole and the air orifice.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2014
    Assignees: Hong Fu Jin Precision Industry (ShenZhen) Co., Ltd., Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Yong Feng