Of Reorienting Article Patents (Class 414/816)
  • Patent number: 10879100
    Abstract: A device includes a substrate holding unit 25 configured to hold a substrate and be movable in a transversal direction to transfer the substrate from one module to another module; a first detecting unit 3 configured to detect a position of the substrate on the substrate holding unit 25 before the substrate holding unit 25 transfers the substrate into the another module after receiving the substrate from the one module; second detecting units 55 and 56 configured to detect a position deviation between a position of the substrate holding unit 25, which is located at a temporary position set to transfer the substrate into the another module, and the temporary position; and a position determining unit 10 configured to determine a transfer position where the substrate is transferred into the another module based on the position of the substrate on the substrate holding unit 25 and the position deviation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2020
    Assignee: TOKYO ELECTRON LIMITED
    Inventors: Tokutarou Hayashi, Hiroki Harada, Akihiro Teramoto, Tooru Tokimatu, Masahiro Abe, Kazutoshi Ishimaru
  • Publication number: 20150139774
    Abstract: A rotary chuck includes a clamp assembly, a first drive mechanism for operating the clamp assembly to clamp an associated workpiece, a frame rotationally fixed to the clamp assembly, and a second drive mechanism for rotating the frame and the clamp assembly. The second drive mechanism can rotate the frame and the clamp assembly around 360 degrees. A pair of alignment springs are engaged with a mounting plate upon which the second drive mechanism is mounted. The mounting plate can pivot relative to a stable surface to which it is mounted, and the springs limit the pivotal movement. Each first and second drive mechanism includes a motor, and are connected to a microprocessor for operation of the respective motor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 15, 2013
    Publication date: May 21, 2015
    Applicant: Greenlee Textron Inc.
    Inventors: Ryan Mantell, Jeffery Plummer, Gerald Tully, Sean Daugherty
  • Publication number: 20150118003
    Abstract: A system for turning over a vehicle frame defining openings and having a longitudinal center axis includes first and second robots each having an end effector. Each end effector has a pair of oppositely-positioned locator pins, at least one of which is selectively moveable toward the other. A controller is used to control the positioning of the frame via the robots and end effector by executing method instructions to cause the robots to align the locator pins of the end effectors with the openings of the frame, and to insert the aligned locator pins into the openings toward the center axis from outside of the vehicle frame. The robots lift the frame from a first conveyor, with weight of the vehicle frame born by the locator pins during the lift. The robots also rotate the frame about the center axis and lower the vehicle frame onto a second conveyor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 30, 2013
    Publication date: April 30, 2015
    Applicant: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Christopher E. Bacalia, John M. Lux, Andrew J. Buckland, Theodore R. Burton, Douglas M. Linn
  • Publication number: 20150118001
    Abstract: A system for producing a fibre-reinforced composite module, such as a panel module, having an integrated stiffening structure for an aircraft or spacecraft includes a form core assembly station for assembling a plurality of form cores covered with reinforcing fibre layers to constitute at least one stiffening element of the integrated stiffening structure, a form core placement station which receives assembled form cores from the assembly station for placing or depositing the assembled form cores in or on a moulding tool, and a turning station for rotating or inverting the assembled form cores. The turning station is configured to convey or transport the assembled form cores from the assembly station to the placement station. The turning station defines a path which is configured to rotate or invert the assembled form cores as they are conveyed or moved to the placement station.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 24, 2014
    Publication date: April 30, 2015
    Applicant: Airbus Operations GmbH
    Inventors: Alexander Engels, Pierre Zahlen, Lars Meyer
  • Publication number: 20150107111
    Abstract: A formation and rotation apparatus for use in forming and rotating interconnected sections of a cylindrical workpiece, including a frame and a head arranged within the frame, the head defining two slots and being operatively rotated via an integral drive assembly. A first slide block is slidably disposed within one of the two slots, and a second slide block is disposed within another of the two slots, each of the first and the second slide blocks include a cutting wheel and a beading wheel for successively forming each of the interconnected sections. An armature having an axis of rotation is also provided, along with a gripping mechanism being operatively connected to the armature. A drive mechanism selectively rotates the armature about the axis of rotation after the gripping means has closed about one of the interconnected sections.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 28, 2014
    Publication date: April 23, 2015
    Applicant: FORMTEK, INC.
    Inventor: Leland M. Rieck
  • Publication number: 20150094849
    Abstract: According to various aspects, exemplary embodiments are disclosed of automatic container orientation systems. Also disclosed are methods for automatically orienting containers. In an exemplary embodiment, a system for automatically orienting containers generally includes one or more cameras, a controller, and an orientation unit. The one or more cameras are configured to obtain data relating to an orientation of at least one container to be included in a package. The controller is in communication with the one or more cameras for receiving the data and is configured to use the data to determine an amount of rotation needed for the at least one container to orient the at least one container in a desired final orientation. The orientation unit is configured to rotate the at least one container by the determined amount of rotation to thereby orient the at least one container in the desired final orientation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 1, 2014
    Publication date: April 2, 2015
    Inventors: Brian R. Stork, Todd Rio
  • Publication number: 20150076026
    Abstract: A method of reducing a wetness gradient development for a package of wet wipes is provided. The method includes, after wet wipes are enclosed within a package to form the package of wet wipes, locating the package of wet wipes in a first orientation such that a first side faces downward and an opposite second side faces upward to form a first wetness gradient after a preselected amount of time. Prior to opening the package of wet wipes, the method includes inverting the package of wet wipes according to a predetermined turning schedule to place the package of wet wipes in a second orientation such that the first side faces upward and the second side faces downward to form a second wetness gradient that is different from the first wetness gradient.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 23, 2014
    Publication date: March 19, 2015
    Inventors: Joerg Mueller, Randall Glenn Marsh, Jacqueline Marie Duderstadt, Luis Omar Gonzalez-Mendez
  • Publication number: 20150063965
    Abstract: A mechanism is disclosed for controlling the position of a heavy object, such as a part of a vehicle, in an x, y, z coordinate plane. The mechanism includes linear positioners, such as rail-guided carriage assemblies spanning the width of the mechanism, as well as longitudinal rails and blocks running the length of the mechanism. A lift table is mounted to the linear positioners such that the mechanism can be used to move the heavy object to virtually any desired position and orientation in the x, y, z coordinate plane.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 2, 2014
    Publication date: March 5, 2015
    Applicant: The Boeing Company
    Inventor: Matthew J Frizzell
  • Publication number: 20150063969
    Abstract: A semiconductor device is aligned by placing the semiconductor device in a nest between first and second sections of the nest when the nest is in a receiving position in which the first and second sections are spaced further apart from one another than when the nest is in an aligning position. The nest is moved from the receiving position to the aligning position with the semiconductor device in the nest so that the first and second sections are spaced closer to one another and align the semiconductor device in the nest. The semiconductor device is removed from the nest after the semiconductor device is aligned.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 4, 2013
    Publication date: March 5, 2015
    Inventors: Nee Wan Khoo, Horst Groeninger
  • Publication number: 20150042786
    Abstract: A position controller, including a moving part configured to process or measure a workpiece, a laser unit disposed on one side of the moving part and configured to radiate a laser, a mask on which a laser image is formed corresponding to the irradiated laser, and a position control unit configured to position the moving part based on information of the laser image.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 22, 2014
    Publication date: February 12, 2015
    Applicant: Samsung Display Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Jeong-Won Han
  • Publication number: 20150016943
    Abstract: Some embodiments of the present disclosure relate to a method of alignment which includes defining a plurality of fields on the face of a wafer, and organizing the plurality of fields into an orthogonal field structure and two or more continuous field structures. A first number of alignment structure positions are measured within each field of the two or more continuous field structures, and a second number of alignment structure positions are measured within each field of the orthogonal field structure, the second number being greater than the first number. The feature or layer is then aligned to the previously formed feature or layer based upon the measured alignment structure positions of the two or more continuous field structures and the orthogonal field structure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 12, 2013
    Publication date: January 15, 2015
    Applicant: Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yi-Ping Hsieh, Yung-Yao Lee, Ying Ying Wang, Shin-Rung Lu
  • Publication number: 20150016942
    Abstract: A system includes a lift member configured to removably couple with a lifting device and a support member coupled to the lift member. The support member includes a first arm having a first end portion configured to removably engage a first section of an electronics panel, and a second arm having a second end portion offset by an arm distance from the first end portion. The second end portion is configured to selectively move to adjust the arm distance to removably engage a second section of the electronics panel opposite to the first section. The first and second end portions are configured to engage the electronics panel in a first orientation, to support the electronics panel during a transition to a second orientation, and to disengage the electronics panel in the second orientation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 9, 2013
    Publication date: January 15, 2015
    Inventors: Jonathan Daniel Bahlatzis, David Christopher Burbank, Tony Allen Harrington
  • Patent number: 8926260
    Abstract: An automated, high volume container manipulator and process useful with an agricultural seed box. In an exemplary application, the manipulator removes an upper ring of a seed box, rotates the ring 180 degrees and places the ring over the lower seed box base in a nested condition. Container lid removal, transport and replacement devices and processes are also included.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2015
    Assignee: Green-Age Products and Services, LLC
    Inventors: Harold W. Parslow, II, Terry Pelc
  • Publication number: 20140377038
    Abstract: A rotating holder is envisioned to invert Petri dishes by 180° and to loosen the bottom from the cover, which has two positions to accommodate Petri dishes. By inverting the rotating holder around a rotation axis, the Petri dishes are reversed and inverted in the two positions. Thus the bottom of the upper Petri dish will be lowered and be engaged by a gripper.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 3, 2014
    Publication date: December 25, 2014
    Inventor: Cosmas G. MALIN
  • Publication number: 20140369799
    Abstract: A tissue roll handling clamp, mountable on a vehicle such as a lift truck, has elongate, substantially equal-length, thin clamp arms with opposed tissue-engagement clamping surfaces. The clamp arms are capable of movement in unison by a frame assembly to alternative positions where the clamp arms extend longitudinally from the frame assembly selectively in either substantially horizontal or substantially vertical directions of extension. The frame assembly is capable of maintaining the respective clamping surfaces at substantially equal elevations to each other during such movement to substantially equalize the distribution of the weight of a clamped tissue roll between the opposed tissue-engagement clamping surfaces.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 17, 2013
    Publication date: December 18, 2014
    Inventor: Stephen P. Lyda
  • Patent number: 8909369
    Abstract: A transport device is configured to transport different kinds of articles which have different lengths from the held portion or a position corresponding to the held portion to one end portion along the fore and aft direction. There are provided an article detection device for detecting an article, end detection device for detecting the one end portion, along the fore and aft direction, of the article detected by the article detecting device, and a determination device for determining the kind of the article based on detected information from the article detecting device and detected information from the end detection device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2014
    Assignee: Daifuku Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Shinsuke Kawamura, Takahiro Horii
  • Publication number: 20140334908
    Abstract: The invention provides a tool for moving a drivetrain component (1) in a nacelle (53) of a horizontal axis wind turbine, the nacelle comprising a nacelle structure (55, 56), the component (1) being connected, in operation of the wind turbine, to a rotor (51) of the wind turbine, the tool comprising -at least drive unit (407) for moving the component in relation to the nacelle in a direction parallel to the rotational axis of the rotor, and -a plurality of position adjustment devices (405, 406) adapted to be located between the nacelle structure and the component, and distributed so that rotational movement of the component can be provided by coordinated control of the position adjustment devices.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 15, 2012
    Publication date: November 13, 2014
    Applicant: VESTAS WIND SYSTEMS A/S
    Inventors: Erland Falk Hansen, Morten Mogensen, Mads Damgaard
  • Patent number: 8882076
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for rotating articles stored on a pallet without rotating the entire pallet. The turntable of the present invention is located on the pallet or integrated into the top surface of the pallet. By rotating the pallet within the rack, the articles thereon may be loaded and unloaded from a position directly in front of the picker.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2014
    Assignee: Unex Manufacturing, Inc.
    Inventor: David Scelfo
  • Publication number: 20140328655
    Abstract: Assemblies and methods for the handling, transporting and/or positioning component parts include a jig assembly for supporting a component part is provided with an elongate spar assembly, a plurality of rib assemblies attached to the spar, and a plurality of tensionable strap assemblies operatively associated with the rib assemblies for capturing and holding the component part against the rib assemblies. The strap assemblies may include a strap ratchet mechanism and a strap, so that operation of the strap ratchet mechanism allows strap slack to be removed thereby tensioning the strap. The jig assembly may be positioned and oriented by suspension cables and a hoist mechanism to allow it to be removably connected to a moveable transport dolly.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 3, 2013
    Publication date: November 6, 2014
    Applicant: Embraer S.A.
    Inventor: Embraer S.A.
  • Publication number: 20140328650
    Abstract: A pipe handling apparatus for handling pipe stands and stands of collars. The pipe handling apparatus improves the safety and efficiency of a rotary drilling operation. The pipe handling apparatus is integrated with a derrick monkey board, away from the heavy machinery within the derrick. The pipe handling apparatus is used for handling, storing and replacing pipe stands during the tripping out and tripping in processes.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 17, 2013
    Publication date: November 6, 2014
    Applicant: HONGHUA AMERICA, LLC
    Inventor: Guoqiang HU
  • Publication number: 20140321958
    Abstract: A clean stocker includes an orientation adjustment device that includes a pivot device which pivots a placing base, a reticle carrier device which holds an article without changing an orientation of the article, and a controller which controls the pivot device and the reticle carrier device. The controller is programmed to cause the article to be held in a state in which the article is separate from the placing base held by the pivot device, the placing base in the state in which the article is separate therefrom to be pivoted from an initial position to an intended position, the article to be placed on the placing base which has been pivoted to the intended position, and the placing base having the article placed thereon to be pivoted from the intended position to the initial position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 13, 2012
    Publication date: October 30, 2014
    Applicant: MURATA MACHINERY, LTD.
    Inventor: Masahiko Gambe
  • Patent number: 8845259
    Abstract: The invention concerns a method and corresponding apparatus of transferring a piece of cloth (3) from a pair of spreader clamps (4,5) to a conveyor (1) via a transverse boom, where the piece of cloth is first suspended and straightened between the spreader clamps, then delivered to the transverse boom (8,9), and subsequently delivered from the transverse boom to the conveyor. Apart from that, a straightening of the fore edge of the piece of cloth is performed, seen in the direction of conveyance of the conveyor, after its delivery from the clamps to the transverse boom has been initiated, but before it is delivered to the conveyor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2014
    Assignee: Jensen Denmark A/S
    Inventors: Steen Nielsen, Henrik Munch Jensen, Niels Peter Madsen
  • Publication number: 20140286744
    Abstract: An automated vehicle centering system for use with a transport mechanism in an automated parking facility comprising a rotatable platform for aligning a vehicle with a conveying direction of the transport mechanism; a plurality of weighing platforms on said rotatable platform for sensing a distribution of a weight of said vehicle on the tires of said vehicle; and a controller to calculate a center of weight for the tires based on said sensing and to determine a centerline of said vehicle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 21, 2013
    Publication date: September 25, 2014
    Applicant: Unitronics Parking Solutions Ltd.
    Inventors: Haim SHANI, Zvi RAZ
  • Publication number: 20140271086
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a flipping module operable to flip a workpiece delivered by a robot in a vacuum transfer chamber (VTC) includes a gripper disposed outside a working envelope of the robot in a parked position in a vacuum environment of the VTC, and an actuator operable to move the gripper from the parked position to a receiving position, and to rotate the gripper and workpiece to thereby flip the workpiece.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: GENMARK AUTOMATION, INC.
    Inventors: Alexander Todorov, Zlatko Manolov Sotirov
  • Publication number: 20140271085
    Abstract: A substrate position aligner includes a substrate holding assembly, a plurality of rollers, a rotation mechanism, and a sensor. The substrate holding assembly is configured to hold a substrate in a vertical orientation. The plurality of rollers include at least two idler rollers and a drive roller. Each roller has a point on its perimeter spaced on a common radius from a center of substrate rotation defined within the substrate holding assembly. The sensor is positioned approximately on the common radius and configured to detect the presence of an orientation cut in the substrate when the orientation cut is not orientated within a range between about ?44 degrees and about +44 degrees from horizontal. A method of aligning a substrate having an orientation cut includes sensing a presence of the orientation cut when the orientation cut is not orientated within the above recited range.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 3, 2014
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: Applied Materials, Inc.
    Inventor: Manoj A. GAJENDRA
  • Publication number: 20140263162
    Abstract: A series of hot-fill, PET bottles, includes a first bottle with a first volume and a first front profile; and a second bottle with a second volume and a second front profile. The first volume and the second volume are different and the first front profile and the second front profile are substantially the same.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 24, 2013
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: Ocean Spray Cranberries, Inc.
    Inventors: Philip Napoli, Richard Boiros, Toshimasa Tanaka
  • 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: 20140247039
    Abstract: The disclosed invention provides apparatus, systems, and methods for orientating an object in an enclosed area using a magnetic dipole deployed in the enclosed area and thereafter applying an external rotating magnetic field for applying a rotational force to the dipole along one or more selected axis. The external magnetic field is moved to manipulate object in the desired direction(s) of movement.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 13, 2014
    Publication date: September 4, 2014
    Applicant: ANKON TECHNOLOGIES CO., LTD
    Inventors: Xiaodong Duan, Guohua Xiao, Xinhong Wang
  • Publication number: 20140219764
    Abstract: An apparatus for centering workpieces of different sizes, particularly wafers, featuring a single plane centering guide. The guide features a plate having a cutout region with a first arcuate cutout within which a portion of a circumference of a first circular workpiece is nestable and a second arcuate cutout adjacent to and deeper than the first arcuate cutout and centered along the cutout region within which a portion of a circumference of a smaller second circular workpiece is nestable. The arcuate cutouts and nested workpiece have centers of curvature along a common centerline that are collinear with a linear path. The workpiece delivery device horizontally moveable along the linear path, delivers a workpiece to the nesting position thereby centering the workpiece relative to the first or second arcuate cutout. From the centered position, the workpiece delivery device may deliver the workpiece to a predetermined position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 4, 2013
    Publication date: August 7, 2014
    Applicant: Spintrac Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: Alan W. Kukas
  • Publication number: 20140219770
    Abstract: For use in loading heavy sticks of plastic pipe into a pipe fusion machine, a pipe storage rack with hydraulically powered pipe stick dispensers and stands allows sticks of pipe stored on the rack to roll gravitationally onto a rocking V-shaped dispenser cam disposed between the rack and the fusion machine loading path for one-stick-at-a-time loading onto powered track and roller stands which enable Cartesian manipulation of the stick into the fusion machine. The cam is adjustable to suit pipe stick diameters ranging from 20? to 48?. Many sticks can be stored at one time, releasing heavy lifting equipment and operators to work elsewhere. The process requires only one operator using a pendant controller and the pipe sticks are handled by heavy equipment only when being loaded onto the racks.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 7, 2014
    Publication date: August 7, 2014
    Applicant: McElroy Manufacturing, Inc.
    Inventors: James R. Perrault, David Warren Porter, Brandon William Jackman, William Barton Draeger, Bobby L. Murray, Timothy M. Thoman, Arthur H. McElroy, II
  • Publication number: 20140193312
    Abstract: The invention relates to an apparatus for positioning a sample carrier plate, wherein the apparatus comprises a main body for receiving the sample carrier plate, positioning stops which are disposed in opposing first corner regions of the main body and are prestressed for clamping the sample carrier plate and mounted displaceably, an actuating device which is disposed at the main body and is equipped such that by actuating the actuating device the positioning stops can be transferred between an operating state engaging the sample carrier plate and an operating state releasing the sample carrier plate, and comprises a force transmitting element which is equipped to transmit an actuating force from the actuating device to the positioning stops.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 12, 2014
    Publication date: July 10, 2014
    Applicant: Quantifoil Instruments GmbH
    Inventors: Olaf Hoyer, Andreas Vester, Patrick Heinrich
  • Publication number: 20140193232
    Abstract: An apparatus for flipping a semiconductor device comprises a platform comprising a carrier and a roller system, a positioning unit above the platform and comprising a circular opening, and an elevating unit connecting the platform and the positioning unit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 8, 2014
    Publication date: July 10, 2014
    Applicant: Epistar Corporation
    Inventors: Chih-Wei WEI, Chia-Liang HSU
  • Publication number: 20140178170
    Abstract: A device for rotating flat products, in particular sheets or stacks of sheets, moved in a first direction from a first orientation into a second orientation, by a predetermined total rotation angle, by means of a first rotating device, in which the product is rotated first by a first rotation angle, and by means of at least one second rotating device, in which the product is later rotated by a second rotation angle. The first and second rotating devices are arranged one after the other in transport direction, and each rotating device includes rotating elements, which engage with the product for the rotating process. In order to be able to process products having different formats at the highest possible throughput and as failure-free as possible, and in order to ensure as mild a treatment of the products as possible, at least the first rotating device includes switchable engagement elements by means of which the rotating elements can be engaged with or disengaged from the product at selected times.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 19, 2013
    Publication date: June 26, 2014
    Applicant: BOEWE SYSTEC GmbH
    Inventor: Bernd HOEPNER
  • Patent number: 8755935
    Abstract: A substrate holder positioning method, capable of positioning a substrate holder without using any positioning jig, includes: measuring a first position of a substrate held on a substrate holder included in a substrate carrying mechanism; carrying the substrate held on the substrate holder to a substrate rotating unit for holding and rotating the substrate; turning the substrate held by the substrate rotating unit through a predetermined angle by the substrate rotating unit; transferring the substrate turned by the substrate rotating unit from the substrate rotating unit to the substrate holder; measuring a second position of the substrate transferred from the substrate rotating unit to the substrate holder; determining the position of the center of rotation of the substrate rotating unit on the basis of the first and the second position; and positioning the substrate holder on the basis of the position of the center of rotation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 17, 2014
    Assignee: Tokyo Electron Limited
    Inventors: Yuichi Douki, Tokutarou Hayashi, Naruaki Iida, Suguru Enokida
  • 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: 20140119613
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for orientating discrete objects, such as gemstones, is described. The method comprises providing the objects on a travelling path; providing a pair of opposed walls (38) extending generally along the direction of the path; and generating relative oscillatory movement (14) between the pair of walls (38) and the travelling path (in a direction generally transverse to the direction of the path), so that the pair of walls (38) imparts lateral force to the objects to thereby urge them into their most stable orientation as they progress along the path. A device for checking the orientation of the discrete objects is also described.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 20, 2012
    Publication date: May 1, 2014
    Applicant: DE BEERS CENTENARY AG
    Inventors: Siobhan D'Gama, Maxwell Ralph Willis, Nicholas Matthew Davies, Graham Ralph Powell
  • Publication number: 20140112751
    Abstract: The methods and apparatuses disclosed herein operate to change the orientation of an absorbent article. The apparatus includes a transfer apparatus having a frame that is rotatable about a first axis of rotation and a transfer member that is rotatable about a second axis of rotation. The method includes advancing an absorbent article in a machine direction. The absorbent article is defined by a longitudinal centerline intersected by a lateral centerline at a center. The method includes rotating the absorbent article from a first orientation where the longitudinal centerline extends in a cross direction to a second orientation where the longitudinal centerline extends in the machine direction. The method includes shifting the absorbent article such that the center of the absorbent article shifts from a first cross-directional position to a second cross-directional position. The steps of rotating the absorbent article and shifting the absorbent article may occur concurrently.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 27, 2013
    Publication date: April 24, 2014
    Applicant: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Uwe SCHNEIDER, Todd Douglas LENSER, Clifford Theodore PAPSDORF
  • Publication number: 20140044516
    Abstract: The invention relates to a system for individually supporting components (20), comprising at least one component (20) each comprising a front face (21) and a back face (22) opposite the front face (21), and a supporting device comprising a member (40) supporting said components (20), characterized in that the supporting member (40) is provided with cells (2) each one being delimited by a wall, with at least a part of the cells (41) each receiving a component (20) by the front face (21) thereof, with the cells (41) including a zone supporting a contact zone of the component (20), with the supporting zone and the contact zone being so configured that the surface of the front face (21) of the component (20) is not in contact with the wall of the cell (41).
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 1, 2013
    Publication date: February 13, 2014
    Inventors: Loic SANCHEZ, Laurent Bally, Brigitte Montmayeul
  • Publication number: 20130343861
    Abstract: A foldable dolly for use with a truss. The dolly is also extendable.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 27, 2013
    Publication date: December 26, 2013
    Applicant: PRODUCTION RESOURCE GROUP L.L.C
    Inventor: Scott Gross
  • Publication number: 20130302134
    Abstract: A substrate centering device for an organic material deposition system comprises: a plurality of substrate support holders configured to be reciprocally movable in a facing direction within an organic material deposition chamber and supporting both side portions of a substrate loaded by a robot; a substrate centering unit configured to be reciprocally movable at each of the substrate support holders and centering the substrate by guiding both side portions of the substrate; and a plurality of substrate clampers configured to be reciprocally movable in a vertical direction at each of the substrate support holders, and clamping the substrate that has been centered by the substrate centering unit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 15, 2013
    Publication date: November 14, 2013
    Inventors: Jae-Mork Park, You-Min Cha, Won-Seok Cho, Jae-Hong Ahn, Min-Jeong Hwang
  • Publication number: 20130302135
    Abstract: A gripping element of a bag for pharmaceutical products is provided with two gripping devices adapted to withhold two opposite edges of the bag itself.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 16, 2013
    Publication date: November 14, 2013
    Inventors: Simone Giampieri, Federico Ricavi
  • Publication number: 20130295284
    Abstract: A substrate holder and method for using it to move a substrate. The holder comprises a frame having an inner periphery defining a first opening for receiving the substrate, and a shoulder projecting laterally inward from the inner periphery of the frame for supporting the substrate in the first frame opening. The shoulder has an inner periphery defining a second opening smaller than the first opening for receiving a substrate support. The holder and a substrate therein is moved to a position above the substrate support and then lowered to a position in which the shoulder of the holder is positioned below a top surface of the substrate support and the substrate is deposited on the top surface of the substrate support.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 3, 2013
    Publication date: November 7, 2013
    Inventors: Stephen Lambert, Dennis Mullins, Cuong Manh Ta
  • Publication number: 20130292062
    Abstract: According to an embodiment of the present disclosure, a substrate inverting device for inverting front and rear surfaces of a substrate is provided. The substrate includes a first holding unit configured to hold one surface of the substrate and a second holding unit disposed to face the first holding unit and configured to hold one surface of the substrate. Further, the substrate includes a moving mechanism configured to relatively move at least one of the first holding unit and the second holding unit to approach each other and stay spaced apart from each other, and a transfer mechanism configured to hold the one surface of the substrate. In this case, a support of the substrate in the first holding unit, the second holding unit and the transfer mechanism is performed by a Bernoulli chuck.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 12, 2012
    Publication date: November 7, 2013
    Applicant: TOKYO ELECTRON LIMITED
    Inventors: Yasuharu Iwashita, Osamu Hirakawa, Masaru Honda, Akira Fukutomi
  • Publication number: 20130287536
    Abstract: Devices and methods are provided for positioning and/or rotating a substrate without solid contact, such as by floating the wafer on a thin layer of gas. Since there is no solid contact with components of a processing chamber, features on the wafer are used to determine wafer position and rotational speed. Closed loop control systems are provided with capacitive sensors to monitor the position of the edge of the wafer in a horizontal plane. Control systems may also monitor the position of a wafer feature as it rotates, such as a notch in the edge of the wafer. Because the presence of a notch can disrupt sensors facing the edge of the wafer, methods and devices to reduce or eliminate this disruption are also provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 25, 2013
    Publication date: October 31, 2013
    Applicant: Applied Materials, Inc.
    Inventor: Blake Koelmel
  • Patent number: 8571704
    Abstract: A substrate transfer apparatus that reduces the quantity of sensors used to detect the position of a substrate so as to simplify the structure and lower costs. The substrate transfer apparatus transfers a substrate (S) between a core chamber (11) and a peripheral chamber (12 or 13). A transfer robot (15) is arranged in the core chamber. The transfer robot includes a hand (17) for carrying the substrate and is capable of extending/drawing and pivoting the hand. A sensor (19) detects an edge surface of the substrate. The sensor is arranged at a position that the edge surface of the substrate passes by when the hand is extended/drawn between the core chamber and the peripheral chamber and that the edge surface of the substrate passes by when the hand is pivoted in the core chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2013
    Assignee: ULVAC, Inc.
    Inventors: Takafumi Kawaguchi, Kenji Ago, Toshio Koike
  • Publication number: 20130259637
    Abstract: A media cassette loader is described. The media cassette loader comprises a base; a media loading surface inclined at an angle to the base; and an end wall upstanding from a lower end of the media loading surface. The end wall supports media items stacked on the media loading surface. The media loading surface and the end wall are dimensioned to be accommodated within a media cassette body. This allows the media cassette body to be placed over the media loading surface when stacked with media items so that the cassette body surrounds the stacked media items.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 30, 2012
    Publication date: October 3, 2013
    Applicant: NCR CORPORATION
    Inventors: Gardiner Arthur, Nicholas Cooke
  • Publication number: 20130243654
    Abstract: High-speed, automated analyzers for analyses of biological fluids, such as whole blood or blood-derived components, include specialized analyzer and sample transfer features permitting injection-to-injection analysis times on the order of one minute. The analyzers are particularly designed for HPLC analysis for glycated and nonglycated proteinaceous species in blood samples.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 16, 2012
    Publication date: September 19, 2013
    Inventors: Jon Davis, Roger L. Donley, Michael Farnet, Harold M. Donley, Seth Powers, Joshua Wears, Sam Schlageck
  • Publication number: 20130236287
    Abstract: In a shadow mask-substrate alignment method, a substrate is provided that includes a grate having a plurality of spaced bars and a shadow mask is provided that includes a grate having a plurality of spaced bars. Also provided is a light source-light receiver pair that defines a path of light therebetween. The grate of the substrate and the grate of the shadow mask are caused to be positioned in the path of the light. Thereafter, the orientation of the substrate, the shadow mask, or both are caused to be adjusted to position the grate of the substrate, the grate of the shadow mask, or both until a predetermined amount of light or a predetermined range of an amount of light on the path passing through the grates is received by the light receiver.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 23, 2011
    Publication date: September 12, 2013
    Applicant: ADVANTECH GLOBAL, LTD
    Inventor: Nobuhiko Tamura
  • Publication number: 20130236283
    Abstract: A wafer aligning apparatus includes first and second wafer holders supporting first and second wafers, respectively, a holder moving unit configured to move at least one of the first and second wafer holders such that the first and second wafers are pre-aligned and face each other, one or more observing units arranged in a horizontal direction with respect to the pre-aligned first and second wafers and configured to observe edge portions of the first and second wafers in a state in which the first and second wafers are pre-aligned with each other by the holder moving unit and a controlling unit configured to control the holder moving unit to realign the first and second wafers when the edge portions of the first and second wafers are outside of a desired alignment state based on information observed by the one or more observing units.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 28, 2013
    Publication date: September 12, 2013
    Applicant: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Seung Woo Choi, Gyeong Seon Park
  • Publication number: 20130236275
    Abstract: Provided are an apparatus and method for supplying a light-emitting diode (LED) wafer that may quickly and accurately transfer LED wafers by acquiring position information of pockets in a carrier in which the LED wafers are to be seated. The apparatus may include a cassette in which a plurality of LED wafers are loaded, a carrier including a plurality of pockets in which the LED wafers are seated, an aligning unit to align the LED wafers that are to be seated in the carrier, a transfer robot to transfer the LED wafers from the cassette to the aligning unit, a picker to hold, in an adsorbed state, the LED wafers transferred to the aligning unit, or to release the adsorbed state, a capturing unit to fix the picker, and to acquire position information of the pockets, and an LED wafer loading robot to transfer the picker and the capturing unit from the aligning unit to the carrier.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 9, 2012
    Publication date: September 12, 2013
    Applicants: ROBOSTAR CO., LTD., LG CNS CO., LTD
    Inventors: In Hwan RYU, Hak Pyo LEE, Il Chan Yang, Sung Kyu CHOI, Byeong Seung LEE