Movable Grab Support Has Plurality Of Grabs Attached Thereto Patents (Class 414/736)
  • Patent number: 11034017
    Abstract: An actuator includes first and second ends defining an axis there between, and at least four inflatable chambers. Each inflatable chamber is resiliently deformable, elongate, and extends axially between the first and second ends and circumferentially about a central core defined between the ends and by the inflatable chambers. A first pair of the four inflatable chambers is contra rotatory about the core to a second pair of the four inflatable chambers. A pressure change in one or more of the inflatable chambers causes motion of the first end relative to the second end. The actuators can be employed in robots or robotic arms.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 15, 2021
    Assignee: UNIVERSITY OF DUNDEE
    Inventor: Luigi Manfredi
  • Patent number: 10720353
    Abstract: An opener apparatus that accommodates and opens a substrate carrier stack of substrate carriers stacked in a vertical direction, includes a movement mechanism that moves all of the substrate carriers or a sub-group of the substrate carriers relatively with respect to each other along a vertical axis in an opening operation to assume an unstacked state and to be positioned at defined vertical opened positions within the opener apparatus with vertical distances between vertically adjacent substrate carriers in the unstacked state. The opener apparatus also moves the substrate carriers in the unstacked state relatively with respect to each other along the vertical axis in a closing operation to reassume a stacked state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2020
    Assignee: MURATA MACHINERY, LTD.
    Inventors: Thomas Schober, Bernd Rahrbach, Christian Wohanka, Yves Fenner, Gerhard Dovids, John Fiddes
  • Patent number: 10464178
    Abstract: A docking assembly for docking and retrieving a filament holding device includes a motor casing rod defining a recess, filament holders and docking stations. Each filament holder defines a filament receiver channel for receiving the rod and a stop member that is selectively engaged with the recess of the rod, thus coupling a filament holder to the rod for retrieval of the filament holder. Each docking station includes a deployment latch operable to rotate when the rod is inserted into the docking receiver channel so that the deployment latch urges the stop member to the deployed configuration for coupling together the rod and the filament holder. Thus, a filament holder is captured for removal from the docking station. The docking apparatus includes a release lever that operates in reverse of the deployment latch so as to release a filament holder from the rod back to its docking station.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Inventors: Samuel J. Steeb, Eric Eugene Rolfe
  • Patent number: 10464760
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method and device for turning large-area panels, in particular glass panels, in extreme oversize of the order of magnitude of more than 40 meters in length and over 6 meters in width, wherein pick-up from the bath side or from the air side is possible, the method comprising the following features: a) the glass panels (2) delivered on conveyor rollers of a transport device (3) are gripped by means of a plurality of stacking robots (1) that extend for the entire length of the glass panel (2) and are installed on respective robot base frames (19) on the air side or on the bath side by means of pivotable suction frames (6) and suction cups (5) fastened thereto, b) the glass panel (2) gripped in this manner is pivoted jointly by the plurality of stacking robots and set down on a stacking shelf (4).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Assignee: Grenzebach Maschinebau GmbH
    Inventor: Christian Herfert
  • Patent number: 9745131
    Abstract: A system for assembling and dispensing an order made up of one or more individually packaged items from a plurality of different individually packaged items includes a storage module containing one or more packages of each of the items, and a conveyor having selectively assignable spaces configured to receive the packaged items associated with a particular order and to transport the packaged items to a processing location. A pick device is movable relative to the storage module and is configured to retrieve a package from the storage module. A transfer station adjacent the conveyor receives one or more of the packaged items from the pick device and an actuator associated with the transfer station moves the packaged items from the transfer station to the conveyor when the assigned space associated with the order is in registration with the transfer station.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2017
    Assignee: Remedi Technology Holdings, LLC
    Inventors: Kimberly Hawkes, Steven E. Schneider, Wyatt Culbertson, Christopher J. Fisher, Steven Hoenig
  • Patent number: 9346631
    Abstract: Two suction arms for picking up blister packs at a stamping station in a pick position and for placing the blister packs on a conveyor in a place position, wherein the suction arms are pivotable in opposite directions. Each suction arm has three segments supported pivotably around three different axes. The transfer movement of the blister packs from the pick position to the place position and back is a combination movement, which is composed at least of the pivoting movement of the three segments around the three axes. The second, middle segments are pivoted inward toward the center plane both when in the pick position and in the place position. During the pivoting movements between the pick position and the place position, the second segments are pivoted away from each other so that the suction arms can pass by each other without colliding.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2016
    Assignee: Uhlmann Pac-Systeme GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Bernd Haehnel, Roberto Linke
  • Patent number: 9151438
    Abstract: An apparatus of an automated object manipulation system includes a support base; a finger assembly mechanically coupled to the support base; a first drive unit operable to rotate the finger assembly about a first axis; a second drive unit operable to rotate the finger assembly about a second axis; a third drive unit operable to rotate the finger assembly about a third axis, and a processor capable of conducting a profile assessment; determining a manipulation program in response to the profile assessment; and controlling the finger assembly in response to the manipulation program where the finger assembly has a support bracket with a set of parallel jaws and the support bracket is mechanically coupled to the first drive unit, a linking bracket mechanically coupled to the second drive unit and a circular frame mechanically coupled to the finger assembly and the third drive unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2015
    Assignee: Rolls-Royce Corporation
    Inventors: Amir Shirkhodaie, Robert Moriarty, Kong Ma
  • Patent number: 8899905
    Abstract: A boom truck includes a telescopic lifting boom with a lifting unit and a support structure having a first support arranged on the chassis of the boom truck. A second support in the form of an elongated bearing and support beam body extends in the longitudinal direction of the boom truck. The beam body is pivotally mounted to the first support about a rear bearing axis, whereas the lifting boom is pivotally mounted to beam body about a front bearing axis. Actuators act on the beam body and the lifting boom as a unit and act to pivot the lifting boom about the front bearing axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2014
    Assignee: Cargotec Patenter AB
    Inventor: Kenneth Helgesson
  • 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
  • Patent number: 8777552
    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: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2014
    Assignee: J&L Group International, LLC
    Inventors: Christopher Ward, Craig Gendreau
  • Patent number: 8534633
    Abstract: A suction cup for a tool driven by vacuum is presented, the suction cup in a first or upper end arranged to be brought into fluid flow communication with a vacuum source and in its opposite end arranged to be brought tightly into contact with the surface of an object to be handled. The suction cup is in its lower end arranged to be coupled to a sealing ring having a sealing surface arranged between an outer periphery and a through-opening defined by an inner periphery, and the sealing ring in the region of its inner periphery having a lip arranged to engage with the suction cup, to which purpose the suction cup in its lower end has a circumferentially running groove) in which the peripheral region and the lip of the sealing ring is insertable under form fitting engagement and in a radially overlapping relation between the groove and the lip in the region (r) of engagement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2013
    Assignee: Xerex AB
    Inventor: Peter Tell
  • Patent number: 8523509
    Abstract: A robot has a structure in which finger joints do not interfere with each other. The robot includes a first actuator driving the finger joint, a first power transmission, a second actuator driving the finger joint, and a second power transmission. The first actuator and the first power transmission are coupled with a wrist joint so that the position of the first actuator and the first power transmission is changed. Accordingly, even if the wrist joint operates, the distance between the first actuator and the finger joint is constantly maintained.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2013
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kang Min Park, Ja Woo Lee, Yong-Jae Kim
  • Patent number: 8439625
    Abstract: The invention relates to an inspection system 10 for rolled products 20 of a milling station, comprising at least one plate turning device 11 with an arrangement of transferring turning arms 12 located on a turning shaft 14 and of receiving turning arms 13 located on a turning shaft 15. According to the invention it is thereby provided that the turning shaft 15 of the receiving turning arms 13 is arranged offset with respect to the turning shaft 14 of the transferring turning arms 12. The invention relates in addition to a method for examination of the surface of rolled products 20 of a milling station.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2013
    Assignee: SMS Siemag Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Gisbert Pass, Wilfried Modrow, Heinz-Adolf Mueller
  • Patent number: 8286448
    Abstract: A protected hollow glassware take-out device having a support equipped with drive means; a first arm fitted in rotary manner to and projecting from the support, and which is connected to and rotated by the drive means with respect to the support; a second arm, equipped with grippers, which is fitted in rotary manner to and projects from the first arm; and means for rotating the second arm synchronously with respect to the first, and in turn having a shaft, which is coaxial with a rotation member of the first arm, and is secured at one end to the support, and at the opposite end to the first arm; and a kinematic mechanism carried by the first arm and connecting the shaft to a rotation member of the second arm; controlled-yielding angular connecting means being located between the shaft and the support; and the rotation member of the first arm being connected to the first arm indirectly via torque transmission means with a predetermined break load.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2012
    Assignee: Bottero S.p.A.
    Inventors: Zdenko Kuz, Gianclaudio Borsarelli, Maurizio Barolo
  • Patent number: 8079799
    Abstract: A lifting apparatus is adapted for use in lifting a container having a pair of channels, each of the channels having a pair of open ends. The lifting apparatus includes an elongated support bar and a hook assembly mounted on each end of the support bar. Each of the hook assemblies includes a pair of hooks and a hydraulic cylinder and piston for rotating the hooks between open and closed positions. The container is lifted by lowering the support bar with the hooks in the open position until the hooks can be rotated into the open ends of the two channels. The hooks are then rotated to the closed position so that the hooks extend into the channels. The lifting apparatus is then raised to lift the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 20, 2011
    Assignee: Petersen Industries, Inc
    Inventors: Lee F. Rathbun, David H. Osburn
  • Patent number: 8070409
    Abstract: An apparatus to feed elongated metallic workpieces to a manufacturing process including a storage hopper configured to hold a plurality of workpieces that are randomly oriented and a movement device having a workpiece support that is automatically engageable with a workpiece.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2011
    Assignee: Ajax Tocco Magnethermic Corp.
    Inventors: Theodore E. Burke, Robert Amerine
  • Patent number: 7775954
    Abstract: A cutter shifting mechanism includes a main body having a longitudinal cylinder casing and a shaft is located in the longitudinal cylinder casing. An arm is connected to a lower end of the shaft so as to be connected with cutters. A longitudinal pushing device is connected to a top end of the shaft and a gear is rotatably mounted to the shaft. The gear is movable along a longitudinal axis of the shaft. A threaded rod is engaged with the gear and connected with a latitude pushing device. Each of the longitudinal and latitude pushing devices includes a pneumatic cylinder. The mechanism includes simple structure and can be manufactured at low cost. The pneumatic cylinders accurately operate the parts of the mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 17, 2010
    Inventor: Yi-Chun Liu
  • Patent number: 7766596
    Abstract: An attachment for a telescopic material handler supplies five degrees of freedom (DOF) for the task of picking, manipulating and aiding in the installation of vertical and horizontal wall cladding and other construction materials. The cladding can be of a size up to 1.3×8.0 m and a mass of 350 kg. The control and positioning of the load is accomplished through standard operation of the telehandler in conjunction with wireless control of the five DOF of the device. Hydraulic power for the device functions may be supplied through the telehandler auxiliary circuit. The auxiliary flow also powers a hydraulic generator, which supplies the device with electrical power for both system logic and control and vacuum generation. The cladding panels are handled by the vacuum system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2005
    Date of Patent: August 3, 2010
    Assignee: JLG Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Daniel Allen Smith, Korry D. Kobel, Ignacy Puszkiewicz, Christopher A. Haught, Todd Bradley Wyant
  • Patent number: 7407362
    Abstract: Method and apparatus for lifting sod, in which grass blades of the sod are inserted between one or more clamps. The clamps are closed to grip the grass blades and the clamps are then moved, with the sod suspended therefrom, to a desired location. The clamps can if desired also grip the thatch, and/or a portion of the soil, of the sod slab.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2004
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2008
    Assignee: 1045929 Ontario Limited
    Inventors: Gerardus J. Brouwer, Robert Milwain
  • Patent number: 7309203
    Abstract: A multi-modal container handling system includes a tool presentation platform mounted to a multi-axis robot. The platform has a number of mechanically locking collets for handling either empty or full containers, and a number of multi-jawed grippers telescopically mounted to the platform for handling empty containers. Both the collets and grippers may be used for moving empty containers, with the collets being used exclusively for inserting full containers into a shipping rack.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2004
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2007
    Assignee: AIDCO International, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeffrey A Clark, William A Frank, Phillip K Ickes
  • Patent number: 7299533
    Abstract: A method for processing a gear set through a lapping operation that includes: providing a lapping machine tool having a first spindle and a second spindle, the second spindle being rotatable about an axis that is generally perpendicular to a rotational axis of the first spindle, the lapping machine tool having a loading zone for loading the first and second spindles; providing a robot with an end effector; loading a first gear set to a first end of the end effector, the first gear set having a ring gear and a pinion gear; moving the first end of the end effector into the loading zone; and loading the first gear set to the lapping machine tool without removing the end effector from the loading zone such that the ring gear is loaded onto the first spindle and the pinion gear is loaded onto the second spindle. An end effector is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2007
    Assignee: American Axle & Manufacturing, Inc.
    Inventors: Daniel T Bickersteth, Robert G Greene, Kenneth J Gembel, II
  • Patent number: 7273343
    Abstract: A rotary transfer apparatus, comprising a frame structure; a rotatable main shaft supported by the frame structure; a first planetary member connected to the main shaft; at least one first planetary shaft rotatably connected to the first planetary member and rotating in relation to the main shaft; a secondary body connected to each first planetary shaft; a second planetary shaft rotatably connected to each secondary body and rotating in relation to the first planetary shaft; an article transfer mechanism connected to each second planetary shaft; and an offset cam mechanism. The article transfer mechanism is adapted for picking and placing articles, and has at least one stem connected to the second planetary shaft. Each stem has a distal end whose motion defines a product path about the main shaft. The product path has at least two apexes, with one apex wherein the distal end of the stem moves in an in-line motion and another apex wherein the distal end of the stem moves in a non-identical motion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2002
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2007
    Assignee: Graphic Packaging International, Inc.
    Inventor: Kelly Ziegler
  • Patent number: 7229110
    Abstract: A device for grabbing bottles comprises a frame, a first set of gripping heads, shoulder pads, extendable arms, a second set of gripping heads. The frame has a first and a second parallel elongated support structure. The first set of gripping heads is mounted on the first elongated support structure. Each shoulder pad is mounted on the first elongated support structure adjacent to the first set of gripping heads. The extendable arms are mounted on the second elongated support structure. The second set of gripping heads is mounted on an end of the extendable arms.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2002
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2007
    Inventor: David Tye
  • Patent number: 7044706
    Abstract: Manipulating a vehicle body panel includes utilizing a base plate, left and right screw rods, a motor, and clamping units. The base plate is connected to the arm of the robot. The left and right screw rods are rotatably mounted below the base plate by bearing blocks and each of the screw rods has a driven helical gear at an interior end thereof. The motor is disposed central to and above the base plate and has a rotating shaft. A driving helical gear is formed at an end of the rotating shaft and is engaged with both of the driven helical gears. The clamping units are respectively mounted to the left and right screw rods by a screw block. The clamping units clamp the vehicle body panel by laterally moving with respect to the base plate and move the vehicle body panel up and down.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2003
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2006
    Assignee: Hyundai Motor Company
    Inventor: Jae Hwan Jung
  • Patent number: 7029224
    Abstract: A method for transferring a thin plate is provided, in which three or more grasping claws of a transfer arm grasp the periphery of the thin plate in order to transfer it to a predetermined transfer position, and three or more holding claws hold the periphery of the thin plate in the transfer position. The transfer arm rotates about a shaft which is in a direction of a vector sum of a first vector perpendicular to a surface of the thin plate before transfer, and a second vector perpendicular to the surface of the thin plate after the transfer, to transfer the thin plate with changing the posture thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2003
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2006
    Assignee: Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Keishi Kubo, Keiichi Yoshizumi, Hiroyuki Takeuchi, Koji Handa, Takaaki Kassai
  • Patent number: 6971838
    Abstract: A feeder for porous battery plates has a vacuum-operated pickup head that is positioned above the plates. The pickup head pulls the top plate off of the stack of plates and moves it to an outfeed device. The opening in the pickup head has an area that is at least 50% of the surface area of the plate. The air flow through the opening in the pickup head is at least 200 CFM and the vacuum at the pickup head is less than 7 inches of water.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2002
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2005
    Assignee: Mitek Holdings, Inc.
    Inventors: David A. Johnson, Tobin Knighton
  • Patent number: 6837664
    Abstract: A rotary unloader (10) removes articles (26) from a magazine (24) and includes a carriage (12) rotating about a primary axis and a carrier (14), attached to the carriage (12), rotating about a secondary axis. The secondary axis is separated from the primary axis by a first radial spacing. The carrier (14) may have one or more handlers (16) attached at a second radial spacing. Where the carrier (14) includes multiple handlers (16), they may advantageously be equidistantly spaced and circumferentially located around the carrier (14). The first radial spacing is smaller than the second radial spacing to ensure an outward disposition of the handler (16) with regard to the primary axis. Rotation of the carriage (12) about the primary axis may be coupled to the rotation of the carrier (14) about the secondary axis by a gear system. The simultaneous rotation of the carriage (12) and the carrier (14) cooperates to produce a reciprocal motion of the handler (16).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2002
    Date of Patent: January 4, 2005
    Assignee: Douglas Machine, Inc.
    Inventors: Donovan R. Blakesley, Paul H. Wagner, Jeremiah D. Rumohr, David L. Anderson
  • Patent number: 6835042
    Abstract: A robotic loading cell for plastic utensils is characterized by a synchronized supply conveyor and gripping mechanism for packaging individual utensils from an integrally molded group or rack of utensils. The gripping device is operable to remove a plurality of individually stacked utensils from the integral racks. A robotic transfer mechanism connected with the gripping device transfers the utensils to a packaging assembly. Operation of the conveyor, gripper and robotic transfer device is coordinated through a programmed controller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2002
    Date of Patent: December 28, 2004
    Assignee: Flexicell Inc.
    Inventor: Johannes J. M. de Koning
  • Patent number: 6761527
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for removing an unvulcanized tire tread from a storage device (14) includes the step of inverting the tread (12) and transporting it to a roller conveyor in a single step. The tread (12) is picked up by a vacuum bar (80) fitted with a series of suction cups (76). Individual suction cups (76) can be selectively supplied with vacuum depending on the length of the tread (12). After the suction cups (76) have engaged the tread, the tread is raised from the storage device (14), inverted through 180 degrees, and then set onto a special slotted roller conveyor (130). The slotted roller conveyor (130) has a center slot (142) to receive the vacuum bar (80) as it passes therethrough. Side slots (144,146) in the conveyor receive arms (90,92) attached to the vacuum bar (80).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2002
    Date of Patent: July 13, 2004
    Assignee: The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company
    Inventors: George William Eisenzimmer, Larry Wayne Burner, Phillip Andrew Hynes
  • Patent number: 6761526
    Abstract: There is provided a picking apparatus for transferring semiconductor devices in a test handler to increase the number of devices transferred at one time and suitable for devices having different pitches.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2002
    Date of Patent: July 13, 2004
    Assignee: Mirae Corporation
    Inventor: Sang Soo Lee
  • Patent number: 6739826
    Abstract: A system for transferring a steel slab from a first roller table to a second roller table by lifting the top slab from a stack of slabs on the first table, and then transferring and lowering the slab onto the second table. Specifically, a gantry-type bridge trolley mechanism having suspended electromagnets is provided that is motor driven on a cantilevered runway over the slab unpiler table and the furnace table. A stabilizer system minimizes sway of the electromagnets and the slabs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2002
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2004
    Assignee: Kvaerner U.S. Inc.
    Inventor: Donald A. Gessler
  • Publication number: 20040081544
    Abstract: A feeder for porous battery plates has a vacuum-operated pickup head that is positioned above the plates. The pickup head pulls the top plate off of the stack of plates and moves it to an outfeed device. The opening in the pickup head has an area that is at least 50% of the surface area of the plate. The air flow through the opening in the pickup head is at least 200 CFM and the vacuum at the pickup head is less than 7 inches of water.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 28, 2002
    Publication date: April 29, 2004
    Inventors: David A. Johnson, Tobin Knighton
  • Patent number: 6722178
    Abstract: An automatic bending system includes an automatic bending press (46) including a pair of bending tools (48, 50) cooperating with each other, and an automatic manipulator (10) including a head (26) movable in a work space and provided with a toolholder member (29) intended to receive at least two take-up members (32, 34, 38, 42) independent from each other. The head (26) is rotatable about a first axis (28) and the toolholder member (29) is provided with tool attachment seats (30) arranged on opposite sides of said first axis (28) and rotatable about a second common axis (36) orthogonal to the first axis (28).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2001
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2004
    Assignee: Amada Company, Limited
    Inventors: Katsuhide Ito, Paolo Ariagno, Stefano Vergano
  • Patent number: 6503047
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a device for holding disk-shaped plastic substrates for pick-up and deposit. The device includes a holding device having at least one support unit for the plastic substrates, and a pick-up and/or deposit device on which a plastic substrate is mounted and from which the plastic substrate is picked-up or deposited. The holding device has a recess and the disk-shaped base body has a cylindrical protrusion on its side facing the holding device, which can be plugged into and releasably held mechanically or in a permanent-magnetic way in the recess.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 1999
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2003
    Assignee: Fairchild Technologies Optical Disc Equipment Group GmbH
    Inventor: Roland Zaiss
  • Patent number: 6494400
    Abstract: A new or fresh plastic film roll/depleted or exhausted plastic film roll tube or core exchange system comprises a plastic film roll dispenser mounting framework, a plastic film roll magazine assembly, and a new or fresh plastic film roll/depleted or exhausted plastic film roll tube or core exchange assembly. A supply of new or fresh plastic film rolls are serially mounted upon the new or fresh plastic film roll supply magazine, and the new or fresh plastic film roll/spent or exhausted plastic film roll core or tube exchange mechanism is utilized to remove a spent or exhausted plastic film roll core or tube from the plastic film roll dispenser mounting framework, remove a new or fresh plastic film roll from the supply magazine, and mount the new or fresh plastic film roll upon the plastic film roll dispenser mounting framework while the spent or exhausted plastic film roll core or tube is mounted upon the supply magazine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2000
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2002
    Assignee: Illinois Tool Works Inc.
    Inventors: Marco Zitella, Faruk M. Turfan
  • Patent number: 6457230
    Abstract: An automatic rear combination lamp removal system includes a base, a plurality of sliding blocks slidably mounted on the base for moving in four ways on the base, a plurality of fastener removers mounted on the sliding blocks for removing nuts fixing rear combination lamps to a vehicle, and a plurality of lamp holders pivotally mounted to the fastener removers for holding the rear combination lamps.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2000
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2002
    Assignee: Hyundai Motor Company
    Inventor: Cheol-Min Jin
  • Publication number: 20020091052
    Abstract: A device for removing flat articles, in particular blanks of collapsed boxes from a delivery station and for transferring them to a receiving station which has a transport device thereat. Plural suction arms each with suction devices thereon are provided, which suction arms move through a self-contained cycloidal path. The cycloidal path has several tips and curved segments lying therebetween. The delivery station and the receiving station are each arranged at a tip of the cycloidal path. A rotor is provided for moving the suction arms. A sun and planet gear arrangement is provided on the rotor, which sun and planet gear delineate the cycloidal path. The suction arms are aligned parallel to one another and preferably to the transport direction of the transport device in order to achieve in this manner a technically simple and reliable device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 10, 2002
    Publication date: July 11, 2002
    Inventors: Bruno Baumeister, Walter Baur
  • Publication number: 20020085906
    Abstract: A lifting device that simultaneously lifts a plurality of retaining wall blocks initially oriented in a triangular configuration on a pallet and allows them to be easily re-aligned in a linear configuration on a retaining wall. The lifting device comprises two pivoting lateral extending side arms with clamping units attached to their distal ends. Attached to the main planar frame is a central clamping unit. Each clamping unit includes an insert member that inserts into a large, vertically aligned hole formed in the block. When the clamping units are inserted into the hole and activated, three triangular aligned sets of blocks on a pallet may be lifted. The side arms are designed to pivot rearward so that the front surfaces of the blocks are longitudinally aligned and the blocks are positioned in a side-by-side manner. Once properly re-aligned, the lifting device is lowered so that the three blocks are simultaneously placed over the top row of the retaining wall.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 19, 2001
    Publication date: July 4, 2002
    Inventors: Loren D. Harris, David B. Harris, Brett A. Harris
  • Patent number: 6371717
    Abstract: A device for mechanically gripping, transporting, loading and unloading cylindrical containers of various sizes for attachment to a robotic arm. The containers may be bottles including drinking water bottles. The device includes a plurality of gripping mechanisms for gripping the containers. Support pins are also provided for supporting the rotational motion of full bottles. A system for efficiently removing empty containers from racks and simultaneously loading full containers is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2000
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2002
    Assignee: ABB Automation Inc.
    Inventors: Robert S. Grams, Scott K. Haddix
  • Patent number: 6213706
    Abstract: A loading device mounted to a collection vehicle is disclosed. The loading device may comprise several embodiments for scooping a soft-sided object through either a horizontal or vertical plane. The loading device is attached to a mechanized arm for compound angular displacement and operable between a stowed, extended, lift, and dump positions. A swivel mount interconnects the mechanized arm to the collection vehicle and further compounds the angular displacement and operating positions of the loading device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 1999
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2001
    Assignee: McNeilus Truck and Manufacturing, Inc.
    Inventor: Ronald E. Christenson
  • Patent number: 6135696
    Abstract: A machine tool center (10) displays at least one machine tool (11, 12, 13) which has a working area (17) accessible through an operator door (16) to process workpieces (21). Furthermore, a loading/unloading station (14) for the workpieces (21) and a loading device (22) which transports the workpieces (21) between the loading/unloading station (14) and the respective machine tool (11, 12, 13) and changes these at the machine tool (11, 12, 13) are also provided. In the new machine tool center (10) the loading device (22) is arranged below the working space (17) of the machine tool (11, 12, 13) (FIG. 1).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 1998
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2000
    Assignee: Chiron-Werke GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Rudolf Haninger, Hans-Henning Winkler
  • Patent number: 5993365
    Abstract: A tool attachment and release system for robotic arms which using a magnet for supplying the attractive force to hold the tool to the robotic arm while allowing separation of tools from the robotic arm without manual intervention. A series of tools are held at predetermined locations in a tool rack allowing the robot to automatically deposit therein or acquire therefrom a particular tool. Permanent magnets are mounted between steel inserts in the tool attachment block. The steel insert are used to direct and concentrate magnetic flux to the tool attachment surface and also to each of two shunt bar contact surfaces. During the attach and disconnect operations, magnetic flux shunt bars are placed in close proximity to the two shunt bar contact surfaces to thereby provide an alternative path for the magnetic flux. This greatly reduces but does not eliminate the attractive force between the tool adapter plate and the attachment block.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 1998
    Date of Patent: November 30, 1999
    Assignee: Eastman Kodak Company
    Inventors: Joseph E. Stagnitto, Camiel J. Raes, James A. White
  • Patent number: 5988960
    Abstract: A CNC machine tool has a plurality of collet chucks in a fixture that requires loading workpieces in these collets by hand. The workpieces are first assembled on a loading bar or holder so they can be collectively loaded in the ganged collet chuck for machining in the CNC machine. The holder has spaced stations, and each station includes a standard base adapter and an individualized parts adapter that fits onto the base adapter. Each parts adapter will be configured to accept a part to be machined.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 1998
    Date of Patent: November 23, 1999
    Inventor: James J. Hasler
  • Patent number: 5984624
    Abstract: The high speed rack loader/unloader system uses a two arm loading machine to allow flat pieces of material to be loaded on a horizontal conveyor from a vertical rack or to a vertical rack from a horizontal conveyor. The two arms are mounted on a single input, two output right angle gearbox. The outputs of the gearbox rotate in opposite directions so one arm is rotating up while the other arm is rotating down. The two arms are mounted at a roughly 90 degree angle from each other so one arm is at the conveyor while the other arm is at the rack. Each arm has a mechanism to allow the length of the arms to be positioned to four different lengths. Full extension, long extension, short extension and no extension. At the end of the arms are vacuum cups to hold the flat material during transfer. The rack is loaded on a moveable platform that indexes as pieces of material are added or removed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 1999
    Date of Patent: November 16, 1999
    Assignee: Glassline Corporation
    Inventors: Mark H. Opfer, Charles E. Gottschalk, Mark R. Kolkemeyer
  • Patent number: 5947879
    Abstract: A device for controlling a tool shaft of a cutting machine includes a casing in which the tool shaft is rotatably and movably received therein, the casing having a first and a second detection member, a first, a second and a third switch member respectively thereto, two racks selectably engaged with a toothed section of the tool shaft and each of the two racks having a damping device disposed therein. The tool shaft has head portion connected to a cylinder and the head portion has two rods extending therefrom. When the first rod is detected by the first detection member, and the head portion actuates the first switch member and one of the racks rotates the tool shaft till the second rod is detected by the second detection member so as to lower the tool shaft. The other rack is therefore engaged with and rotates the tool shaft till the damping device in the rack actuates the third switch member to raise the tool shaft to let the first rod be detected by the first detection member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 1998
    Date of Patent: September 7, 1999
    Inventor: Ho Wei Sun
  • Patent number: 5934859
    Abstract: A device for handling syringe bodies stored in trays. The device has a transfer unit for the syringe bodies and a movable matrix that cooperates with it. Recesses for the syringe bodies are embodied in the transfer unit. To secure the syringe bodies in the recesses, the transfer unit has pins that are supported so they can rotate and are provided with securing catches. To press the tray away from the syringe bodies, in one embodiment of the invention, a number of press struts are disposed on the matrix. The device according to the invention has the advantage that the handling of the syringe bodies occurs very gently. Furthermore, the device can advantageously be coupled to a handling robot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 1997
    Date of Patent: August 10, 1999
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventor: Bernd Goetzelmann
  • Patent number: 5910078
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to a rotary object feeder, which feeds objects from a first location to a second. The object feeder feeds the object from a pick-up location to an off-loading location, by moving an object pick-up member along a trajectory formed by rotating the object pick-up member about a first axis of rotation; rotating this first axis of rotation about a second axis of rotation substantially parallel to the first axis of rotation and spaced therefrom; rotating the second axis of rotation about a third axis of rotation substantially parallel to the second axis of rotation and spaced therefrom. The invention is particularly suited for use in a rotary carton feeder having numerous suction cup pick-up members, used to feed cartons from a pick-up location, through an operating location to a drop-off location. The relative rates of rotation of the pick-up members may be chosen to minimize their tangential velocities at the pick-up, operating or drop-off locations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 1997
    Date of Patent: June 8, 1999
    Assignee: H. J. Langen & Sons, Inc.
    Inventors: Peter Guttinger, Tony Spadafora, Michael Elent
  • Patent number: 5871326
    Abstract: A machine tool center (10) displays at least one machine tool (11, 12, 13) which has a working area (17) accessible through an operator door (16) to process workpieces (21). Furthermore, a loading/unloading station (14) for the workpieces (21) and a loading device (22) which transports the workpieces (21) between the loading/unloading station (14) and the respective machine tool (11, 12, 13) and changes these at the machine tool (11, 12, 13) are also provided. In the new machine tool center (10) the loading device (22) is arranged below the working space (17) of the machine tool (11, 12, 13) (FIG. 1).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 1996
    Date of Patent: February 16, 1999
    Assignee: Chiron-Werke GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Rudolf Haninger, Hans-Henning Winkler
  • Patent number: RE40690
    Abstract: A machine tool center (10) displays at least one machine tool (11, 12, 13) which has a working area (17) accessible through an operator door (16) to process workpieces (21). Furthermore, a loading/unloading station (14) for the workpieces (21) and a loading device (22) which transports the workpieces (21) between the loading/unloading station (14) and the respective machine tool (11, 12, 13) and changes these at the machine tool (11, 12, 13) are also provided. In the new machine tool center (10) the loading device (22) is arranged below the working space (17) of the machine tool (11, 12, 13) (FIG. 1).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2002
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2009
    Assignee: Chiron-Werke GmbH & Co., K.G.
    Inventors: Rudolf Haninger, Hans-Henning Winkler