Load Carried Along A Horizontal Linear Path (e.g., Pick And Place Type) Patents (Class 414/749.1)
  • Patent number: 11672109
    Abstract: Based on the measured values of the electrical characteristics of multiple components including a component positioned in the middle among many components held on the component tape, it is possible to more accurately estimate the electrical characteristics of the many components as compared with the case based on the measured value of the electrical characteristic of a component positioned at the leading end. Also, based on the statistically processed results of these measurement values, it is possible to appropriately evaluate the electrical characteristics of many components. Further, if the electrical characteristics of all of the components are measured, the evaluation can be performed more appropriately.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2023
    Inventor: Mitsuhiko Shibata
  • Patent number: 11530094
    Abstract: A method of fulfilling orders of goods of mixed packs and single packs of the same type. The goods are first stored as single packs of the same type and all of the goods allocated to an order are removed from a specified order storage rack aisle of a storage rack. Goods present in the storage racks required for the order that are not present within the specified order storage rack aisle are transferred into the order storage rack aisle from another storage rack aisle by a transverse transport process. A mixed pack for the order is generated by picking from packs of the same type, and a picking station is supplied with corresponding packs of the same type from the same storage racks, and the mixed pack is stored into the order storage rack aisle. The order, comprising single packs of the same type and mixed packs, is removed from the specified order storage rack aisle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 20, 2022
    Assignee: Dematic GmbH
    Inventor: Hans Christoph Meurer
  • Patent number: 11511480
    Abstract: A system is disclosed for additive manufacturing of a composite structure. The system may include a support, and a print head connected to and moveable by the support. The print head may include an outlet configured to discharge a continuous reinforcement at least partially coated in a matrix. The outlet may be moveable relative to the support. The print head may also include at least one actuator configured to cause movement of the outlet relative to the support.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2022
    Assignee: Continuous Composites Inc.
    Inventors: Rachael Kathleen Morris, Ryan C. Stockett
  • Patent number: 11251674
    Abstract: A cooling apparatus for an electric linear motor includes a carrier element configured for placement on an active part of the electric linear motor, a cooling element, and a retaining element configured to mount the cooling element on the carrier element. The retaining element has a first planar area on a side facing the active part of the electric linear motor and a second planar area on a side facing away from the active part of the electric linear motor. The retaining element has an opening sized to extend between the first and second planar areas for passage of a fastening element. Each of the first and second planar areas has formed therein a cutout circulating around the opening, with a sealing element being received in the cutout.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 15, 2022
    Assignee: Siemens Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventor: Michael Zisler
  • Patent number: 11090804
    Abstract: A displaying apparatus includes a virtual environment screen displaying a state of a robot identified, and a parameter setting screen numerically displaying the position and orientation data. When a changing a part of the position and orientation data are performed through the operating input unit, the part of the position and orientation data is changed according to the content of the operation and input. Position and orientation is calculated to identify the position or orientation of each part of the robot, based on the changed part of the position and orientation data, and new position and orientation data is calculated based on the position and orientation calculation. The content of virtual display on the virtual environment screen or numeric value display on the parameter setting screen of the displaying apparatus is updated, based on the changed part of position and orientation data, and the new position and orientation data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 17, 2021
    Inventor: Satoshi Sugaya
  • Patent number: 10865057
    Abstract: Transfer equipment, which is intended to be used in a load transfer appliance, includes a plastic sheet to be placed under the load and a stiffener plate which is attached as a stiffener to the plastic sheet. The transfer equipment also includes a second plastic sheet. In addition, in the transfer equipment, the stiffener plate is arranged between the plastic sheets. Also disclosed is a load transfer appliance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2020
    Assignee: Actiw Oy
    Inventor: Reijo Viinonen
  • Patent number: 10814440
    Abstract: A method and apparatus are disclosed for assembling an end effector for an automated modular tool. A processor is programmed with data corresponding to a portion of a part surface at a designated location. A setting fixture is driven with a plurality of linear motion actuators to a selected three-dimensional location relative to an adaptor bar of the modular tool that is attached to a frame. A tool setting head is rotated with a rotary drive. A platen is tilted with at least one platen tilting motor and gear set to angularly orient the platen to correspond to an angular orientation of the portion of the part surface at the designated location. An end effector is then placed on the platen and secured with a tooling arm to the adaptor bar.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2020
    Inventors: Alex F. Spillane, Rodney Dwain Phillips, Michael Fuller Frank
  • Patent number: 10525590
    Abstract: Example implementations may relate to a robotic system configured to provide feedback. In particular, the robotic system may determine a model of an environment in which the robotic system is operating. Based on this model, the robotic system may then determine one or more of a state or intended operation of the robotic system. Then, based one or more of the state or the intended operation, the robotic system may select one of one or more of the following to represent one or more of the state or the intended operation: visual feedback, auditory feedback, and one or more movements. Based on the selection, the robotic system may then engage in one or more of the visual feedback, the auditory feedback, and the one or more movements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Assignee: X Development LLC
    Inventor: James Joseph Kuffner
  • Patent number: 10231555
    Abstract: An infant care apparatus includes a base; a drive mechanism disposed on the base; a controller electronically coupled to the drive mechanism; and a support device coupled to the drive mechanism. The support device is configured to be moved in both a horizontal and vertical direction relative to the base by the drive mechanism. The drive mechanism is controlled by the controller to move the support device in a plurality of motion profiles relative to the base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: Thorley Industries LLC
    Inventors: Frederick Karl Hopke, Henry F. Thorne, Mary J. Koes, Robert D. Daley
  • Patent number: 10137785
    Abstract: The invention relates to a current collector system (1) for a vehicle (F) which can be moved in a longitudinal direction along a power rail arrangement (S) having at least one current collector trolley (3) and current collector contacts (5) arranged on this, which current collector contacts can be connected to the power rails (ST) of the power rail arrangement (S) and a telescopic arm (2) which can be fixed or is fixed to a vehicle (F), which telescopic arm can be extended and/or retracted by means of an adjustment drive, characterised in that the adjustment drive has at least one rigid chain arrangement (9) which is driven by at least a first rigid chain drive (8).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: Paul Vahle GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Werner Vahle, Michael Raabe, Thomas Muller
  • Patent number: 10137571
    Abstract: Provided are an operation control system and an operation control method for a movable member, which allow the movable range of the movable member to be utilized to the maximum while deformation of a mechanical element is prevented or reduced. An operation control system 1 includes: a movable member 26 having first mechanical elements 261, 262; an actuator 25 which moves the movable member 26 at a variable velocity; and a second mechanical element 27 which is fixed at a position so as to be capable of making contact with the first mechanical elements 261, 262. When the position and the velocity of the first mechanical element 261 or 262 depart from a predetermined allowable range in a two-dimensional coordinate system expressed by a position and a velocity, a stop instruction is outputted to the actuator 25.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Masahiko Osada, Yoshiki Kanemoto
  • Patent number: 10048177
    Abstract: An automated microscope slide staining system and staining apparatus and method that features a plurality of individually operable miniaturized pressurizable reaction compartments or a pressurizable common chamber for individually and independently processing a plurality of microscope slides. The apparatus preferably features independently movable slide support elements each having an individually operable heating element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Inventor: Lee H. Angros
  • Patent number: 9643324
    Abstract: A modular robot mechanism utilizing fixed drives, power sources, power delivery cables and electrical components for 4 or more axes in a protective enclosure while making it possible to provide spatial positioning and tilting degrees of freedom to an end effector suitable for using in a consumer product. Furthermore a robotic head mechanism is disclosed that creates additional degrees of freedom or states by combination of existing axes with spring loaded lock mechanisms eliminating need for conventional electrically actuated solenoid or pneumatic grippers making it possible for use as a home appliance. A method to control the robot mechanism and additional axis utilizing a matrix to decouple the input position to the remote actuator and Cartesian motion produced at the end effector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2017
    Assignee: GOURMEON INC.
    Inventors: Shambhu Nath Roy, Xiaoyi Huang
  • Patent number: 9573281
    Abstract: An industrial robot is provided with a horizontal multistage telescopic device. In the device, a slider is mounted to s base so as to be movable in a first direction and in a second direction which are opposite to each other along the horizontal direction. An output arm has an end in the second direction, the end being provided with an output arm support, and is expanded in the first direction from the output arm support. The output arm support is mounted to a slider so as to be horizontally movable in the first and second directions. The output arm has an end in the first direction, to which an end effector is mounted. A motor is mounted to an end of the slider in the second direction. A rotation transmitting member transmits torque of the motor to a second rotor of a movement mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Inventors: Yoshinori Takahashi, Takayuki Saito
  • Patent number: 9272412
    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: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2016
    Inventor: Ming-Lung Guo
  • Patent number: 9233411
    Abstract: A work transfer apparatus includes an arm to transfer workpieces to be processed into a machine or carry processed workpieces out of the machine, a crossbar coupled to the arm, and right and left holding devices provided at the left and right sides of the crossbar. The crossbar includes an internal member and right and left cylindrical external members. One of the external members is rotatably provided around an outer surface of the internal member. The apparatus also includes tilt drive devices provided to the arm and connected with the external members. One of the tilt drive devices rotates one of the external members around an axis of a longitudinal direction of the crossbar independently of another of the external members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2016
    Inventor: Keisuke Takeda
  • Patent number: 9140404
    Abstract: A rigging system adaptor which creates an infinite number of adjustability positions for a line array, wherein the adaptor is particularly well suited for use with a spine frame. The adaptor comprises a main frame having a longitudinally extending body to which a first attachment member, a second attachment member, and a mount are attached. The first attachment member may be fixed onto the main frame via a pair of lateral rods, wherein the lateral rods are oppositely situated from each other relative to the main frame. The second attachment member and the mount may be slidably engaged with the lateral rods such that they can move along the main frame and can be repositioned to meet the specific needs of a user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2015
    Assignee: POLAR FOCUS, INC.
    Inventor: Michael J. Akrep
  • Patent number: 9022714
    Abstract: A substrate processing system and substrate transferring method capable of transferring a substrate bi-directionally through the use of substrate transferring device provided between two rows of processing chambers arranged linearly, thereby improving the substrate-transferring efficiency, the substrate processing system includes a transfer chamber having at least one bi-directional substrate transferring device for bi-directionally transferring a substrate; and a plurality of processing chambers for applying a semiconductor-manufacturing process to the substrate, wherein the plurality of processing chambers are linearly arranged along two rows confronting each other, and the transfer chamber is interposed between the two rows of the processing chambers, wherein the bi-directional substrate transferring device have a moving unit inside the transfer chamber, and horizontally moved by a linear motor; and a bi-directional substrate transferring unit in the moving unit, the bi-directional substrate transferring u
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2015
    Assignee: Jusung Engineering Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kyoo Hwan Lee, Duck Won Moon, Jae Wook Choi
  • Patent number: 9009940
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for performing operations on a workpiece. A first frame in a frame system may be held on the workpiece by applying a vacuum to the first frame. A second frame in the frame system may be detached from the workpiece by applying a pressure to the second frame. The second frame may be moved to a location on the workpiece. The second frame may be attached to the workpiece by applying the vacuum to the second frame. An operation may be performed on the workpiece.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Branko Sarh, David Hassan Amirehteshami
  • Publication number: 20150098788
    Abstract: A substrate transfer chamber for unloading the substrates from the containers includes a housing-shaped main body and a plurality of container connecting mechanisms to which the containers are connected. In the main body, some of the container connecting mechanisms are arranged on top of one another in a height direction of the main body.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 6, 2014
    Publication date: April 9, 2015
    Inventors: Shinji WAKABAYASHI, Keisuke KONDOH, Sensho KOBAYASHI
  • Publication number: 20150078874
    Abstract: Embodiments of substrate transfer robot blades to engage and support a substrate during transfer are provided herein. In some embodiments, a substrate transfer robot may include a blade body having a blade support surface; and a plurality of compliant pads, each comprising a contact surface and an opposite bottom surface supported by the body and arranged to support a substrate when disposed on the substrate transfer robot blade.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 16, 2014
    Publication date: March 19, 2015
  • Publication number: 20150064809
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for a substrate support system for a substrate process chamber, the chamber comprising a chamber body enclosing a processing region, a primary substrate support and a secondary substrate support at least partially disposed in the processing region, the secondary substrate support circumscribing the primary substrate support, wherein one or both of the primary substrate support and the secondary substrate support are movable relative to each other, and the primary substrate support is rotatable relative to the secondary substrate support.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 8, 2014
    Publication date: March 5, 2015
    Inventor: Dmitry LUBOMIRSKY
  • Patent number: 8926259
    Abstract: A technology related to a pick-and-place apparatus for electronic device inspection equipment is provided. The pick-and-place apparatus includes the guiding unit that can interact with a loading element and can guide the picker to load the electronic devices at a correct position on the loading element. Therefore, the pick-and-place apparatus can allow the electronic devices, for example, semiconductor devices having a ball type of electrical contact lead (BGA, FBGA, etc.), to electrically contact the tester in a stable manner when the tester inspects the electronic devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2015
    Assignee: TechWing., Co. Ltd.
    Inventors: Yun-Sung Na, In-Gu Jeon, Dong-Hyun Yo, Young-Chul Lee
  • Publication number: 20150003951
    Abstract: A system includes a tape support surface configured to receive a plurality of tape spools, and a plurality of robotic accessors capable of picking the tape spools from the tape support surface, transporting the tape spools, and releasing the tape spools at a drop location. The accessors are capable of passing each other during the transporting. Another system includes a first tape support surface configured to receive a plurality of tape spools, a second tape support surface facing the first tape support surface, and a plurality of robotic accessors capable of picking the tape spools from the tape support surface, transporting the tape spools, and releasing the tape spools at a drop location. At least one of the accessors is capable of picking tape spools from both tape support surfaces.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 28, 2013
    Publication date: January 1, 2015
    Inventors: John S. Best, A. David Erpelding, Steven R. Hetzler, Daniel F. Smith
  • Patent number: 8920108
    Abstract: A manipulator for transporting work pieces, especially between two subsequent molding presses of a press working line, including a moving mechanism allowing three dimensional movements on the path between the molding presses, a supplemental arm attached to the moving mechanism and connected to this moving mechanism via a support member that allows a swiveling movement of the supplemental arm around a vertical axis of the support member as well as a translation movement of the supplemental arm with respect to the support member, and a tool support provided at the outer end of a supplemental arm, the tool support being rotatable around a horizontal first axis and around a second axis perpendicular to the first axis, the tool support including a tool reception that is rotatable around a third axis perpendicular with respect to the second axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Assignee: Wilfried Strothmann GmbH Maschinenbau und Handhabungstechnik
    Inventors: Bernd Naumann, Markus Wessling-Schäfers
  • Patent number: 8915695
    Abstract: In a transport system, carriers are attached to an endless belt configured to rotate in a circulating manner. At a station, a hand, a driver configured to move the hand in a rotation direction and a vertical direction, a moving distance sensor configured to measure a moving distance of the endless belt, a carrier sensor configured to detect one of the carriers at a position upstream of the hand along the rotation direction, and a signal processor configured to operate the hand are provided. To load an article, when the moving distance from a time point of detection of the carrier by the carrier sensor reaches a first moving distance, the hand is activated at a first acceleration, and to unload an article, when the moving distance from the time point of detection of the carrier by the carrier sensor reaches a second moving distance which is larger than the first moving distance, the hand is activated at a second acceleration which is larger than the first acceleration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 23, 2014
    Assignee: Murata Machinery, Ltd
    Inventor: Tomoya Kimata
  • Publication number: 20140369792
    Abstract: A device for combining cards and card supports in an application area, in which cards and card supports are united via an industrial manipulator, includes a card supplying element for supplying cards to the application area and a card support channel for supplying card supports to the application area, the device being designed as compact as possible. At least one card processing station, a measuring station and/or a reversible temporary storage area are arranged in the range of the manipulator.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 4, 2012
    Publication date: December 18, 2014
    Applicant: BOEWE SYSTEC GMBH
    Inventor: Heiner Kudrus
  • Patent number: 8910325
    Abstract: A lifting apparatus for a lift system is disclosed. The apparatus includes a) a motor adapted for providing a lifting force, b) at least one connector operatively connected to the motor, the connector adapted for connecting a load-bearing component to the motor, c) an information receiver for receiving a load limit information about the load-bearing component, d) a motor controller electrically coupled to the motor and the information receiver, wherein the motor controller is adapted to limit the lifting force of the motor based on the load limit information received by the information receiver.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2014
    Assignee: ArjoHuntleigh Magog Inc.
    Inventors: Martin Faucher, Marie-Lou Joncas, Dennis-Alexandre Brulotte
  • Patent number: 8911598
    Abstract: A production line includes a number of production units, production equipments and a sliding bracket. The sliding bracket slides between the production units. Each production unit includes at least one base unit which is made in series. The at least one base unit has an enclosure. The sliding bracket and the production equipment are received in the enclosure. The production units are arranged in a configuration such as straight line, U-shaped or rectangular.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2014
    Assignee: Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Shun-Ho Chen, Dong-Sheng Lin
  • Publication number: 20140350714
    Abstract: A substrate transfer robot includes a hand to approach a substrate storage on which a substrate is placed, and to hold the substrate. An arm moves the hand. A controller controls a position and orientation of the hand. When in plan view, a substrate holding center at a time when the hand is holding the substrate is adjacent to the substrate storage and is at an access start position at a predetermined distance from the substrate storage, the substrate holding center reaches a substrate placement position in the substrate storage with a hand center line inclined toward an access straight line and with the hand holding center overlapping the access straight line. The hand center line is oriented from a base to a distal end of the hand. The access straight line is perpendicular to a front surface of the substrate storage and associated with the hand approaching the substrate storage.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 22, 2014
    Publication date: November 27, 2014
    Inventors: Yoshiki KIMURA, Daisuke SHIN
  • Publication number: 20140341691
    Abstract: Disclosed is a bonding apparatus, comprising: i) a supporting device for supporting a supply of electronic devices; ii) an ejecting device for ejecting an electronic device from the supply of electronic devices; iii) a plurality of delivery devices, each delivery device being for delivering a substrate for bonding the electronic devices thereto; and iv) a plurality of transfer devices, each transfer device having a rotary transfer arm operable to transfer the electronic devices from the supply of electronic devices at one or more pick locations to a respective one of the substrates for bonding thereto, upon the electronic devices being ejected by the ejecting device from the supply of electronic devices at the one or more pick locations. A method of bonding electronic devices to substrates is also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 7, 2014
    Publication date: November 20, 2014
    Inventors: Kui Kam LAM, Yen Hsi TANG, Wing Fai LAM
  • Patent number: 8855817
    Abstract: A method for operating a system including at least two robots for handling parts and a robot control unit arranged for control of said at least two robots. Each of the robots is arranged with a parts handler device including a rigid arm with one end connected to the end element of an arm of the robot by a first swivel arranged for radial movement of the rigid arm in relation to the end element. Each of the robots is also arranged with a gripper connected to the rigid arm by a second swivel arranged for free, passive rotation of the gripper in relation to the rigid arm. The method includes generating instructions for the at least two robots to pick and/or move and/or place a part and sending the instructions to each robot simultaneously.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2014
    Assignee: ABB Research Ltd.
    Inventors: Ramon Casanelles, Francisco Cortés Grau
  • Publication number: 20140271082
    Abstract: A pick-and-place machine and method includes use of a passive component feeder cartridge including a feeder gear. Rotation of the feeder gear causes a component-bearing tape to be fed through the feeder cartridge. A pickup head includes a vacuum nozzle to pick up the components from the tape and a rack gear to engage and drive the feeder gear of the feeder cartridge via translational motion of the pickup head when operatively disposed with respect to a selected feeder cartridge.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Inventor: JOHN S. YOUNGQUIST
  • Publication number: 20140267682
    Abstract: A pick-and-place machine and method includes use of a passive component feeder cartridge including a feeder gear. Rotation of the feeder gear causes a component-bearing tape to be fed through the feeder cartridge. A pickup head includes a vacuum nozzle to pick up the components from the tape and a rack gear to engage and drive the feeder gear of the feeder cartridge via translational motion of the pickup head when operatively disposed with respect to a selected feeder cartridge.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Inventor: JOHN S. YOUNGQUIST
  • Publication number: 20140199150
    Abstract: An order picking system having a system for transferring an article from a source container to a reception container. A article holder is configured for taking the article from the source container and placing the article into the reception container. A protection case is movable between a source position above the source container and a reception position above the reception container. A gate is configured to provide an opening in a bottom portion of the protection case when the gate is in an open state, and to close the opening when the gate is in a closed state. The protection case is configured for moving from the source position to the reception position when the article holder transfers the article from the source container to the reception container. The article holder is configured to hold the article above the bottom portion of the protection case when the article holder is moved from the source container to the reception container.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 17, 2013
    Publication date: July 17, 2014
    Inventor: Sergey N. RAZUMOV
  • Patent number: 8777548
    Abstract: A pick-and-place apparatus for handling glass substrate is disclosed and which comprises a chassis and a transportation platform which includes a transferring device disposed on the chassis and includes a first frame and a plurality of transferring rods rotationally disposed across the first frame along a first reference direction. A vertical displacing mechanism is provided for moving the transportation platform to move vertically to a pre-determined height. And a horizontal displacing device is provided for moving the transportation platform to more along the first reference direction such that the transferring device can be moved in and out of the cartridge, wherein the first transferring rods rotationally move the glass substrate into the cartridge or out of the cartridge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2014
    Assignee: Shenzhen China Star Optoelectronics Technology Co., Ltd
    Inventors: Weibing Yang, Chun Hao Wu, Kun Hsien Lin, Yongqiang Wang, Erqing Zhu, Xiande Li
  • Publication number: 20140178168
    Abstract: A transporting device includes a support frame, a driving mechanism, a first picking mechanism, and a second picking mechanism. The driving mechanism is mounted on the support frame. The first picking mechanism includes a first sliding member slidably mounted on the support frame and driven by the driving mechanism, a first driving member mounted on the first sliding member, a hinge member comprising a hinge portion driven by the first driving member, a first connection portion rotatably connected to the hinge portion, and a second connection portion rotatably connected to the first connection portion. The second driving member includes a driving portion capable of telescoping and selectively latching with the second connection portion. Thus, the first connection portion and the first picking member are rotatable relative to the second connection portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 23, 2013
    Publication date: June 26, 2014
    Inventor: QIANG-WEI WANG
  • Patent number: 8754571
    Abstract: A two-axis inertial positioner comprises a cascaded stack of orthogonal actuators mounted on a base and a platform frictionally mounted to the top surface of one of the actuators. An alignment cartridge overlies the platform and a clamp block overlies the alignment cartridge. Ball and groove bearings are provided between the platform, alignment cartridge and clamp block to provide two axes of motion corresponding to the two operational axes of the actuators.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 17, 2014
    Inventor: Sergiy Pryadkin
  • Publication number: 20140154039
    Abstract: According to one exemplary embodiment, a manipulator device includes a base, first and second linear slides, a drive link, a drive member, a driven member and an end effector. The elements of the manipulator device cooperate to constrain the end effector to rotate about a remote center of motion that is displaced from a proximal center of motion as the drive link moves a carriage of the second linear slide along an arcuate path.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 10, 2012
    Publication date: June 5, 2014
    Inventors: Andrew Downie, Alexander James Redman
  • Patent number: 8733810
    Abstract: A robot system capable of purposely withdrawing a workpiece into a hand, and capable of sequentially and effectively taking out the workpiece, even when workpieces are randomly located. A hand has a base part attached to the front end of a robot arm, at least two fingers pivotally attached to base part, and a roller device arranged at a front end of each finger. The roller device is a rotating belt device having a small motor arranged in the finger, a driving roller driven by the motor via a drive transmitting means, and a driven roller rotated with the driving roller via a belt.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2014
    Assignee: Fanuc Corporation
    Inventor: Masaru Oda
  • Patent number: 8721253
    Abstract: A transfer apparatus for moving an item from a first to a second location. The apparatus includes a base, a platform movably supported by the base, a bracket movably supported by the platform, a table, and at least one transfer unit movably connected to the platform and perpendicularly displaceable with respect thereto. The platform and bracket are each provided with a follower that is operatively connected to a cam, and both of the cams are connected to a single rotatable shaft. In operation the shaft, which is connected to a suitable motive source, rotates the cams, which reciprocally move the platform and bracket in a generally parallel directions. As the platform is moved by its cam, the transfer unit is displaced parallel to the base. As the bracket is moved by its cam, the bracket displaces the table perpendicularly to the base, which, in turn displaces the transfer unit perpendicularly to the platform.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2014
    Assignee: MRG Tool and Die Corp.
    Inventors: Bruce James Ebeling, Jason Michael Binner
  • Publication number: 20140119873
    Abstract: The present invention provides a device for transporting cassette which is used to transport cassette among a crane in a stocker, a load port, and an unload port. A transport port zone is provided at the front-ends of the load port and the unload port, and a horizontal transport mechanism and a vertical transport mechanism are provided at the transport port zone, which transports the empty cassette from the load port to the predetermined unload port. The present invention further provides a corresponding method for transporting cassette. According to the embodiment of the present invention, it can reduce the transporting amount of the crane in the stocker, which effectively solves the bottleneck of excessive transportation of the crane in the stocker and increases the capacity.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 15, 2012
    Publication date: May 1, 2014
    Applicant: Shenzhen China Star Optoelectronics Technology Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Zenghong Chen, Chunhao Wu, Kunhsien Lin, Minghu Qi, Zhenhua Guo, Weibing Yang
  • Publication number: 20140119874
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a chassis assembly device of a vehicle assembly line used to assemble a plurality of components on a vehicle body in an assembly process including a main lift disposed on a carriage and configured to move along a carriage line, support a vehicle body, and lift upward or downward; and a sub lift unit disposed on the carriage to lift the plurality of components to an assembly position of the vehicle body.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 26, 2012
    Publication date: May 1, 2014
    Inventor: Young Hak Choi
  • Publication number: 20140112750
    Abstract: A transferring mechanism for transferring a workpiece from a tray to a fixture is provided. The transferring mechanism includes a main bracket defining an uploading hole thereon, an uploading assembly, a pick-up assembly and a transferring assembly. The pick-up assembly is located under the uploading hole. The pick-up assembly is mounted on the main bracket above the uploading hole. The transferring assembly includes a fixing bracket and a first transferring subassembly and a blocking member. The fixing bracket is mounted on the main bracket and located under the pick-up assembly. The first transferring subassembly is mounted on the fixing bracket. The blocking member is mounted on the first transferring subassembly and includes a driving portion. The driving portion moves upward to block and position the fixture to enable the pick-up assembly to release the workpiece on the fixture.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 30, 2013
    Publication date: April 24, 2014
  • Publication number: 20140105716
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an apparatus for transferring a substrate. The apparatus includes a supporting member; an elevating and rotating member; a transferring unit; a first arm whose one end is supported by the elevating and rotating member to be rotatable; a second arm whose one end is supported by the transferring unit to be rotatable and whose the other end is supported by the other end of the first arm to be rotatable; and an arm driving part, installed on the first arm, which drives the other end of the second arm to pivot on the other end of the first arm to allow the first arm and the second arm to be folded or unfolded and thus removes the state of singularity by rotating the other end of the second arm based on the other end of the first arm.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 2, 2013
    Publication date: April 17, 2014
    Applicant: TES Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Soo Jong LEE, Eun Jae CHOI, Sung Pyo LEE, Byoung Sam CHOI, Yoon Bum KIM, Hyeon Ju KIM, Jae Wan PARK, Jeong Yong KIM, Chang Hyun JEE, Jae Ok PARK
  • Patent number: 8695190
    Abstract: A method and an apparatus for performing operations on a workpiece is provided. A first frame in a frame system may be held on the workpiece by applying a vacuum to the first frame. A second frame in the frame system may be detached from the workpiece by applying a pressure to the second frame. The second frame may be moved to a location on the workpiece. The second frame may be attached to the workpiece by applying the vacuum to the second frame. An operation may be performed on the workpiece.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 15, 2014
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Branko Sarh, David Hassan Amirehteshami
  • Publication number: 20140093335
    Abstract: A rail transportation means used in bottled preparation manufacturing process is provided with a rail and a slide block slidably mounted on the rail. On the slide block are provided a first movable guideway, a second movable guideway, a position-switch device and a material loading-and-unloading mechanism. The rail transportation means is capable of automatically transporting feeding trays to and forth between the filling area and other relative equipments involved in the manufacturing process, such as the lyophilizer and the sealing device, without requiring manual intervention, thus allowing the bottled preparation manufacturing process to be carried out in a dust-free and sterile environment, increasing product yield and production efficiency.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 7, 2013
    Publication date: April 3, 2014
    Inventor: Wei-Hua CHIANG
  • Publication number: 20140072395
    Abstract: A medical workstation includes a position provided for medical personnel during a medical activity on a patient, and storage units for receiving medical instruments or tools. The storage units are arranged in the shape of an arc of a circle around the position provided for medical personnel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 5, 2013
    Publication date: March 13, 2014
    Inventors: Omid Abri, Svenia Karge, Thorsten Karge, Julian Verkin
  • Publication number: 20140056679
    Abstract: A wafer exchange apparatus is provided that is compact with excellent accessibility. The wafer exchange apparatus of the present invention includes a first and a second hands (10), (20), a first lifting means (30), a casing (40), a horizontal moving means (50) and a second lifting means (60). The first and the second hands (10), (20) are formed in shapes segmented in the left and right direction with generally line symmetry, and support a wafer (100). The first lifting means (30) moves the second hand (20) upward and downward. The casing (40) has the first lifting means (30) built-in, and supports the first hand (10) at a constant position in height while supporting the second hand (20) movably upward and downward. The horizontal moving means (50) moves the casing (40) horizontally. The second lifting means (60) moves the casing (40) upward and downward.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 5, 2012
    Publication date: February 27, 2014
    Applicant: TAZMO CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Hiroshi Yamabe, Hitoshi Obata, Katsuhiro Yamazoe, Yoshiki Nishijima, Kosuke Sakata, Shinichi Imai, Hiroaki Tsukimoto, Keiichi Matsukawa
  • Publication number: 20140017056
    Abstract: A substrate transport apparatus including a lower linearly driven effector structure with spaced paddles, and an upper linearly driven end effector structure with spaced paddles and no rotating joints above a paddle of the lower end effector structure. A drive subsystem is configured to linearly drive the lower end effector structure and to linearly drive the upper end effector structure independent of the lower end effector structure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 12, 2013
    Publication date: January 16, 2014
    Inventors: Martin Hosek, Dennis Poole, Christopher Hofmeister