Article Handling Patents (Class 700/213)
  • Patent number: 10725462
    Abstract: A synchronization primitive provides robots with locks, monitors, semaphores, or other mechanisms for reserving temporary access to a shared limited set of resources required by the robots in performing different tasks. Through non-conflicting establishment of the synchronization primitives across the set of resources, robots can prioritize the order with which assigned tasks are completed and minimize wait times for resources needed to complete each of the assigned tasks, thereby maximizing the number of tasks simultaneously executed by the robots and optimizing task completion. The synchronization primitives and resulting resource allocation can be implemented with a centralized coordinator or with peer-to-peer robotic messaging, whereby private keys and blockchains secure the precedence and establishment of synchronization primitives by different robots.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: inVia Robotics, Inc.
    Inventors: Randolph Charles Voorhies, Lior Elazary, Daniel Frank Parks, II
  • Patent number: 10719060
    Abstract: A method for optimizing at least one motion profile, a computer program product for performing the method and a related control device for this purpose, wherein commencing from a master motion profile, at least one slave motion profile describes a motion of an actuator, the respective slave motion profile being connected via a cam disk function and/or a kinematic transformation, where the motion profiles are divided into areas, based constraints of slave motion profiles, the maximum speed of the master motion profile is computed for each area, a difference between the highest and the lowest maximum speed is selected, the area having the highest maximum speed is subsequently reduced, and the area having the lowest maximum speed is enlarged, until the difference between the two maximum speeds is less than a tolerance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2020
    Assignee: Siemens Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Dirk Mattil, Sebastian Thiemann, Andreas Werner
  • Patent number: 10685357
    Abstract: A method of authorizing transactions is provided that includes receiving from a user an action parameter, associating the action parameter with a user profile associated with the user, storing the action parameter, receiving an authorization request from a merchant for a transaction with the user, comparing the action parameter with transaction identification information, and sending an authorization response in response to comparing the action parameter with transaction identification information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2020
    Assignee: AMERICAN EXPRESS TRAVEL RELATED SERVICES COMPANY, INC.
    Inventors: Kathi Bernstein, David Ockwell, Michael Stuart Smith
  • Patent number: 10654174
    Abstract: An end of arm tool subassembly includes three identical linear drive mechanisms connected directly together to provide three directions of movement. Each linear drive mechanism includes a base defined by a longitudinal axis and a slide movably coupled to the base. The base has at least one mounting surface disposed parallel to the longitudinal axis and an end mounting surface disposed perpendicular to the longitudinal axis. The slide traverses in a direction parallel to the longitudinal axis and has a slide mounting surface thereon. One of the identical linear drive mechanisms is directly attached to the end mounting surface of the base of another linear drive mechanism to provide two of the three directions of movement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: FESTO SE & CO. KG
    Inventors: Boaz Eidelberg, Matthew Quigley, Ralph Weinmuller, Patrick Haran, Mustansir Faizullabhoy, Thomas Pilock, Jack Zhu, Stephen Vidler, Anwar Chitayat
  • Patent number: 10656649
    Abstract: A monitoring system for automated detection of egress or ingress of a drive unit between first and second spaces in an inventory system includes a path for conveying the drive unit between the first and second spaces that defines an intermediate space between the two spaces. A sensor is configured to detect passage of the drive unit between the first space and the intermediate space, and an identification sensor is arranged to read an identifier of the drive unit. In combination with an inventory management system, the monitoring system can be used to update and maintain accuracy of a virtual representation of a physical inventory space that employs automated drive units or shuttles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Samuel Gardner Garrett, Patrick Mahaney
  • Patent number: 10649446
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided herein for operating a conveyance system (e.g., a conveyor belt, tilt plane, robotic arm) of a mobile drive unit (MDU) independent of the MDU's navigation system. The MDU may be configured to obtain, convey, and deliver items within the workspace. Navigation information related to navigating the MDU within a workspace may be obtained. Operations of a navigational system of the MDU may be performed to move the MDU to various locations within the workspace in accordance with the navigation information. Conveyance information related to physically obtaining and/or delivering an item within the workspace may be obtained by the MDU (e.g., via conveyance-related fiducial markers and/or sensors of the MDU). At least one operation of a conveyance system of the MDU may be executed which may cause the item to be physically relocated based at least in part on the conveyance information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Brandon William Porter, Jon Stuart Battles, William George Bowes, David Henry Clark, Scott Dresser
  • Patent number: 10650667
    Abstract: Implementations of a system for determining the relevancy of a plurality of alarms may include: a plurality of sensors configured to be coupled to a patient, wherein the plurality of sensors is configured to gather physiological data, a medical monitoring device coupled to the plurality of sensors through a telecommunication channel, and wherein the medical monitoring device is configured to determine a physiological state of the patient using the physiological data. The medical monitoring device may be further configured to issue a plurality of alarm states, and a processing unit coupled to the medical monitoring device through a telecommunication channel, is then configured to evaluate the plurality of alarm states, determine the relevancy of each alarm state of the plurality of alarm states, and issue one or more alarms corresponding with each relevant alarm state to a computing device associated with a user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignees: Arizona Board of Regents acting for and on behalf of Northern Arizona University, The Regents of the University of Michigan
    Inventors: Fatemeh Afghah, Abolfazl Razi, Kayvan Najarian, Sayedmohammadreza Soroushmehr
  • Patent number: 10642165
    Abstract: An automated photomask storage and retrieval system includes a plurality of mobile storage units aligned in a first direction. Each mobile storage unit is movable in the first direction and includes a plurality of storage cells. A gantry is disposed over the plurality of mobile storage units. The gantry includes a supporting frame movable in the first direction. The plurality of mobile storage units interpose a pair of supporting members of the supporting frame. A beam connects the pair of supporting members and is movable along the pair of supporting members in a second direction perpendicular to the first direction. The beam includes a plurality of buffer cells. A robotic arm is disposed adjacent to the plurality of buffer cells and movable along the beam. The robotic arm is configured to transfer a container containing a photomask between a storage cell and a buffer cell.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Assignee: Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Chun-Jung Huang, Chien-Fa Lee, Yiang-Luen Lin, Sam Chin
  • Patent number: 10625427
    Abstract: Systems and methods for automating robotic end effector alignment using real-time data from multiple distance sensors to control relative translational and rotational motion. In accordance with one embodiment, the alignment process involves computation of offset distance and rotational angles to guide a robotic end effector to a desired location relative to a target object. The relative alignment process enables the development of robotic motion path planning applications that minimize on-line and off-line motion path script creation, resulting in an easier-to-use robotic application. A relative alignment process with an independent (off-board) method for target object coordinate system registration can be used. One example implementation uses a finite-state machine configuration to control a holonomic motion robotic platform with rotational end effector used for grid-based scan acquisition for non-destructive inspection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: James J. Troy, Gary E. Georgeson, Scott W. Lea, Daniel James Wright
  • Patent number: 10621811
    Abstract: Systems for storing items in customer-owned product storages at an automated locker are provided. An example system can include: an automated locker comprising a plurality of product storages and a three-dimensional (3D) point cloud scanner; a platform, wherein the platform comprises: a processor; and a non-transitory computer-readable storage medium having instructions stored which, when executed by the processor, cause the processor to perform operations comprising: receiving a request from a customer to rent a product storage located in one of a plurality of automated lockers; assigning the product storage to the customer; selecting a payment method by the customer and confirming a payment transaction; issuing a verification code to the entity to retrieve the item; automatically retrieving the first item from the product storage; and processing, via the 3D point cloud scanner, a return request from the customer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Assignee: WALMART APOLLO, LLC
    Inventors: David Tovey, Todd Mattingly, Bruce Wilkinson, Robert Armstrong
  • Patent number: 10621506
    Abstract: A system for detection of human or vehicle activity comprising at least one sensor adapted to generate a signal and at least one processor operating to denoise the signal; generate an autocorrelation of the signal; partition the signal into a predetermined number of overlapping segments to form a time series of data; generate symbols for the overlapping segments; compare the pattern of generated symbols with known predetermined patterns of symbols representing human or vehicular activity; determine whether a threshold probability is exceeded which attributes the data signal to human or vehicular activity; analyze the patterns presented in the data signal by transforming the patterns of symbols into states; determine the transitions between states; and classify the signal as to being attributable to human or vehicular activity based upon the transitions between states. A method of detection and classification of sensor data signals via detecting patterns using time series analysis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Assignee: The United States of America as represented by the Secretary of the Army
    Inventors: Soumalya Sarkar, Thyagaraju Damarla, Asok Ray
  • Patent number: 10583983
    Abstract: A gas supplying device has a plurality of connectors each of which is configured to be connected to a container stored in the corresponding one of supplying storage sections, supply lines configured to divide and supply gas to the plurality of connectors, and a mass flow controller configured to control a flow rate of gas that flows through one of the supply lines. The supply lines include first supply lines each of which is installed to a corresponding supplying storage sections, a second supply line installed upstream of the first supply lines, and a branching supply line for dividing gas supplied from the second supply line into the first supply lines. The mass flow controller is installed in the second supply line and in an installation area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2020
    Assignee: Daifuku Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Shinsuke Kawamura, Tadahiro Yoshimoto
  • Patent number: 10579964
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a method for replenishing containers with goods from stock keeping units (SKUs) arriving at a replenishment area in a distribution center. A central controller receives a first set of data comprising a plurality of first predefined threshold values, each indicative of a maximum capacity of goods in a corresponding SKU. The central controller associates the first set of data to a second set of data comprising one or more container identifiers having a second predefined threshold value indicative of a capacity of a corresponding container. Further, the central controller generates an ordered sequence of container identifiers indicative of the containers to be retrieved to the replenishment area for receiving goods from the plurality of SKUs based on the association of the first set of data with the second set of data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2020
    Assignee: Intelligrated Headquarters, LLC
    Inventors: Christopher M. Engel, Eric Spitzley, Mark David Steinkamp
  • Patent number: 10572853
    Abstract: An computer-implemented inventory control system and a method of inventory control which includes an inventory control program executable to analyze a sensor signal generated by a distance sensor having a fixed position at a target location to calculate the inventory level of a target product positioned at the target location based on separation distance between the distance sensor and the target product.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2020
    Assignee: Encompass Technologies, LLP
    Inventor: Jonathan W. O'Neil
  • Patent number: 10558364
    Abstract: A module manages memory in a computer. The module monitors usage of a primary memory associated with the computer. The primary memory stores memory blocks in a ready state. In response to primary memory usage by the memory blocks in the ready state exceeding a ready state threshold, the module compresses at least some of the memory blocks in the ready state to form memory blocks in a ready and compressed state. In response to primary memory usage by the memory blocks in the ready and compressed state exceeding a release threshold, the module releases at least some of the memory blocks in the ready and compressed state. In response to primary memory usage by the memory blocks in the compressed state exceeding a compressed threshold, the module transfers at least some memory blocks in the compressed state to a secondary memory associated with the computer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2020
    Assignee: Alteryx, Inc.
    Inventors: Edward P. Harding, Jr., Adam David Riley, Christopher H. Kingsley
  • Patent number: 10556339
    Abstract: A mobile robot includes a receiving unit that receives a request for providing a service, a notifying unit that notifies a client that the request is received by performing an operation oriented toward the client who has made the request, a moving unit that moves toward a user designated as a receiver of the service in accordance with the request, and a providing unit that provides the service.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2020
    Assignee: FUJI XEROX CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Hideki Fujimoto, Mariko Miyazaki, Hajime Kajiyama, Akira Ichikawa, Naoya Ogata, Tetsuya Kobayashi, Toshihiko Shibusawa, Masatoshi Maruo, Kunitoshi Yamamoto
  • Patent number: 10548679
    Abstract: A method of controlling a movement of a medical instrument comprises receiving an input instruction from an operator input device movement and determining a control factor based on the input instruction. The method also comprises receiving a motion scaling parameter determined from the control factor and mapping the input instruction to an output instruction for a medical instrument movement. The mapping includes applying the motion scaling parameter to the input instruction to create the output instruction. The method also includes moving the medical instrument according to the output instruction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2020
    Assignee: INTUITIVE SURGICAL OPERATIONS INC.
    Inventors: Christopher R. Carlson, Federico Barbagli
  • Patent number: 10532885
    Abstract: Autonomous vehicles may be deployed to areas where an item is in demand, and configured to fulfill orders for the item received from the areas. The autonomous vehicles are loaded with the item and dispatched to the area under their own power or in a carrier. When an order for the item is received, an autonomous vehicle delivers the item to a location in the area. Autonomous vehicles may also be equipped with a 3D printer or other equipment and loaded with materials for manufacturing the item. When an order for the item is received, the autonomous vehicle manufactures the item from such materials, and delivers the item. Autonomous vehicles may be configured for collaboration, such as to deliver or manufacture items in multiple stages and to transfer the items between vehicles. Autonomous vehicles may also be configured to automatically access locations in the area, e.g., using wireless access codes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2020
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Tye Michael Brady, Darren Ernest Canavor, Ethan Zane Evans, Pragyana K. Mishra, Hilliard Bruce Siegel
  • Patent number: 10513034
    Abstract: A method of controlling a non-productive movement of a tool from a starting position to an end position in a travel envelope of a machine tool includes the steps of a) providing a collision-free first trajectory for the non-productive movement of the tool, b) determining a second trajectory that is improved over the first trajectory with regard to a selectable target parameter using an algorithm, and c) checking the second trajectory for collisions and, if the second trajectory is free of collisions, providing an instruction corresponding to the second trajectory. The first trajectory in step a) includes plural rectilinear segments and the second trajectory in step b) includes a polynomial segment and, if the second trajectory is not free of collisions in step c), steps b) to c) are repeated so that the algorithm is provided with a modified model of the travel envelope in a repeat of step b).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 24, 2019
    Assignee: SIEMENS AKTIENGESELLSCHAFT
    Inventors: Jochen Bretschneider, Hartmut Linke
  • Patent number: 10505267
    Abstract: An antenna device includes a base and a coil element that includes a coil conductor, first and second terminals respectively connected to first and second ends of the coil conductor, and third and fourth terminals extended from a secondary coil conductive portion of the coil conductor. First, second, third, and fourth electrodes and a radiating conductor are disposed on the base. The first electrode is connected to the first terminal and links to a power feed circuit. The second electrode is connected to the second terminal and links to the power feed circuit. The third electrode is connected to the third terminal. The fourth electrode is connected to the fourth terminal. The radiating conductor links to the third electrode and the fourth electrode. The coil element and the radiating conductor are magnetically coupled to a communication-partner antenna.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2019
    Assignee: MURATA MANUFACTURING CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Noboru Kato, Nobuyuki Tenno
  • Patent number: 10479604
    Abstract: System and method for item management are provided. The system includes storage compartments, a scanner on each storage compartment, a memory, and at least one processor. Each scanner is configured to scan an identification code on an item that is picked up from and placed down in the storage compartment. The processor is coupled to the scanner and the memory. The processor is configured to: decode an identification code on an item scanned by one scanner; generate decoding information for the identification code upon a successful decoding; determine an operation type of the item based on the scanning of the identification code on the item; obtain item location information for the identification code, based on the one scanner for the identification code; and update item management information according to the decoding information, the item location information, and the operation type of the item for the identification code.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignee: BOE TECHNOLOGY GROUP CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Lihua Geng, Masakazu Okamura
  • Patent number: 10447974
    Abstract: A system to record equipment location in an equipment rack is disclosed. The system includes a support frame having at least one slot. An identification label is located in proximity to the support frame. The identification label corresponds to the location of the slot. A device is installed in the at least one slot. An imaging sensor is coupled to the device and captures an image of the identification label.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignee: QUANTA COMPUTER INC.
    Inventor: Yung-Fu Li
  • Patent number: 10423921
    Abstract: In some embodiments, apparatuses and methods are provided herein useful to manage reservations and deliveries for a docking station. More specifically, the various embodiments described herein track spaces on a docking station to determine whether one or more spaces are available when requested by a delivery device. Each space on the docking station has a corresponding capacity unit for each location on the docking station. The transactions for the capacity units are tracked in a ledger, with available capacity units indicating an open location on the docking station or contracted out capacity units indicating that either the location has a locker secured thereto or that the location is reserved for a future delivery.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2019
    Assignee: Walmart Apollo, LLC
    Inventors: Bruce W. Wilkinson, Todd D. Mattingly
  • Patent number: 10421188
    Abstract: Novel tools and techniques for the automated tracking of services performed on machines by service robots, technicians, and other devices are provided. A system includes a robot fingerprint reader, service tool, and robot fingerprint database. The robot fingerprint reader may be associated with a machine receiving service and configured to receive a robot fingerprint from the service tool. The service tool may be associated with the device performing the service, and include an interface that is configured to allow the robot fingerprint to be obtained by the robot fingerprint reader. The service robot may be configured to register the robot fingerprint with the robot fingerprint database, and the robot fingerprint database may be configured to create an entry associated with the robot fingerprint of the device performing the service.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2019
    Assignee: CenturyLink Intellectual Property LLC
    Inventors: Michael K. Bugenhagen, William R. Walker, Kevin G. Jones
  • Patent number: 10421646
    Abstract: Load handling equipment comprises vertical support structures between which transport means are mounted to be moved along a horizontal support structure between the vertical support structures to move a load relative to the support structures, and a distance-measuring device capable of generating distance measurement data is mounted in at least one of said support structures. The distance-measuring device is arranged to generate distance measurement data on at least two of the following objects relative to their mounting position, the objects comprising: a vehicle positioned beneath or on a side of the load handling equipment, the door of a vehicle, a person, a load, a reflector and transport means for moving a load.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2019
    Assignee: KONECRANES GLOBAL CORPORATION
    Inventors: Ville Mannari, Thomas Gylling, Teemu Paasikivi
  • Patent number: 10413906
    Abstract: An improved deposition aid for manual sample preparation, particularly on flat MALDI sample supports, comprises a holder for a sample support with several sample sites, which is adapted to standardized sample supports for ionization with matrix-assisted laser desorption and a device which projects a two-dimensional optical image, or a suitable sequence of images, onto the sample sites. The image, or sequence of images, is constructed such that a selected sample site or group of selected sample sites is highlighted in a way which can be perceived by the human eye, at least with respect to neighboring, not-selected sample sites. The deposition aid also includes an interface for confirming the manual deposition and/or a device for the automatic detection of a manual deposition process; and a guidance system which selects a sample site or group of sample sites, and controls the device accordingly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Inventors: Christian Schmid, Martin Sch├╝renberg
  • Patent number: 10403322
    Abstract: The present description is directed to moving a car within a shuttle connection that connects a first library string and a second library string contained in a shuttle complex. The shuttle complex determines a first library string data chunk count of a first library string, determines a second library string data chunk count of a second library string, and moves the car within the shuttle connection to the first library string if the first library string data chunk count is greater than the second library string data chunk count. A library string data chunk count is generally the sum of respective cartridge data chunk counts of each cartridge located within the library string. The library string data chunk count may be updated after a data chunk write to a cartridge located within the library string, may be updated after a cartridge is moved from the library string, and may be updated after a cartridge is moved to the library string.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Tohru Hasegawa, Yuhko Hasegawa
  • Patent number: 10402773
    Abstract: A system for use in delivering physical customer items to a customer is described. The system includes a database and a server computer. The database includes customer item lists that include customer item records indicative of physical customer-owned items previously collected from customers. The server computer includes a processor that is programmed to display a website including a plurality of consumer goods and allow the customer to select goods for purchase and delivery. The processor also retrieves a customer item list associated with the customer, displays customer-owned items that are eligible for delivery, and allows the customer to select eligible customer-owned items to be included in a customer delivery order request. The processor also generates and displays a delivery order report including the selected consumer goods, the selected eligible customer-owned items, and a customer specified delivery location for use in assembling and delivering the goods and customer-owned items.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: WALMART APOLLO, LLC
    Inventors: Chandrasekar Ramalingam, Varun Sahu, Nelnish Singh, Sathish Ragu Vignesh Rathinam, Gurucharan Shiriyaar
  • Patent number: 10339493
    Abstract: Described is a system and method for presenting event information to a user and, if necessary, obtaining confirmation of different aspects (user, item, action) of the event. In some implementations, an event includes a user, an action, and an item. For example, an event may include a user picking an item from an inventory location, a user placing an item into a tote associated with the user, etc. if the aspects of the event cannot be determined with a high enough degree of confidence, a user interface may be generated and sent to the user requesting confirmation of one or more of the aspects of the event.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Jason Michael Famularo, Amber Autrey Taylor, Dilip Kumar, Gianna Lise Puerini, Thomas Meilandt Mathiesen
  • Patent number: 10340176
    Abstract: There is provided a substrate mounting method of bringing a substrate close to a mounting table to mount the substrate on the mounting table by reducing a protrusion amount of a plurality of projections configured to protrude from a substrate-mounting surface of the mounting table and to support the substrate, the protrusion amount being defined to protrude from the substrate-mounting surface. The method includes: after at least a portion of the substrate is brought into contact with the substrate-mounting surface, halting an operation of bringing the substrate close to the mounting table; and after the halting the operation of bringing the substrate close to the mounting table, resuming the operation of bringing the substrate close to the mounting table.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: TOKYO ELECTRON LIMITED
    Inventors: Toshiaki Fujisato, Hiroaki Ashizawa, Taichi Monden, Yasushi Fujii, Yu Nunoshige
  • Patent number: 10329090
    Abstract: Techniques are provided for controlling an order-picking, rack-transporting robot. More specifically, the robot is controlled to select a minimized number of movable racks storing ordered products identified in one or more orders for product deliveries, while still ensuring that all ordered products are included.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: SAP SE
    Inventors: Yonghui Wang, Yingjie Han, Xutan Zhao, Zhengxiang Zhang
  • Patent number: 10322876
    Abstract: A method for storing piece goods of different dimensions in storage channels conveys the goods to the channels using a piece goods receiving device movable along the channels in an x direction and into the channels using a transport device extendible into the channels in a z direction. The goods are stored tightly-packed in the channels. A width dimension of the goods is detected and the goods are assigned to the different width classes. The goods are supplied to a pick-up station selectively according to width classes using a conveying system, then transferred to the receiving device, and using the transport device a group of goods is moved from the receiving device into the channel simultaneously in a storage direction and in a depth direction of the channel so that a lateral wall of the rearmost good in the storage direction is substantially flush with the channel end edge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignee: TGW Logistics Group GmbH
    Inventors: Peter Preidt, Harald Johannes Schroepf
  • Patent number: 10324196
    Abstract: There is a method of and a system for determining a location of a mobile device having both a module that is part of a terrestrial-based location system and a module that is part of a satellite-based global positioning system. The system comprises a remote system. The mobile device is configured to activate one of the location determining modules of the mobile device, where the type of either location determining module activated is selected according to a location module type datum in a message received by the mobile device from the remote system. The mobile device establishes a connection between the mobile device and the remote system and the remote system receives the determined location. A type of location determining module to be next used by the mobile device is determined or a period of time before the module device next determines it location is determined. A message is send from the remote system to the mobile device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignee: Geomoby Pty Ltd
    Inventor: Christophe Baudia
  • Patent number: 10317119
    Abstract: Disclosed are various embodiments for fulfillment of perishable goods using transportable climate-controlled units. A computing environment may control operation and transportation of network-enabled refrigeration units using mobile drive units capable of navigating a materials handing center or other space. The mobile drive units may recharge or otherwise provide power to the refrigeration units, for example, as they are transported.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: Amazon Technologiess, Inc.
    Inventor: Le Zou
  • Patent number: 10308430
    Abstract: Autonomous vehicles may be deployed to areas where an item is in demand, and configured to fulfill orders for the item received from the areas. The autonomous vehicles are loaded with the item and dispatched to the area under their own power or in a carrier. When an order for the item is received, an autonomous vehicle delivers the item to a location in the area. Autonomous vehicles may also be equipped with a 3D printer or other equipment and loaded with materials for manufacturing the item. When an order for the item is received, the autonomous vehicle manufactures the item from such materials, and delivers the item. Autonomous vehicles may be configured for collaboration, such as to deliver or manufacture items in multiple stages and to transfer the items between vehicles. Autonomous vehicles may also be configured to automatically access locations in the area, e.g., using wireless access codes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Tye Michael Brady, Darren Ernest Canavor, Ethan Zane Evans, Pragyana K. Mishra, Hilliard Bruce Siegel
  • Patent number: 10259694
    Abstract: A system and method for monitoring an industrial vehicle are presented. The system includes a first imaging subsystem for acquiring a plurality of load-carrying-portion images. A cargo-detection subsystem is configured for analyzing each of the plurality of load-carrying-portion images to determine whether cargo is positioned on the load-carrying portion. A power-detection subsystem is configured for determining when the industrial vehicle is running. A motion-detection subsystem is configured for determining when the industrial vehicle is in motion. An analytics subsystem is configured for calculating the amount of time that the industrial vehicle is running, the amount of time that the industrial vehicle is running while cargo is positioned on the load-carrying portion, the amount of time the industrial vehicle is in motion, and the amount of time the industrial vehicle is in motion while cargo is positioned on the load-carrying portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: Hand Held Products, Inc.
    Inventor: Taylor Smith
  • Patent number: 10242399
    Abstract: A method for managing inventory carriers using mobile robotic units (MRUs) in a pod that is configured to receive online orders at a replenishment station for pickup by customers at a delivery station includes receiving, by an MRU, instructions that identify a first inventory carrier, moving the MRU to a location of the identified inventory carrier, and using the MRU to transport the identified inventory carrier to the replenishment station for pickup by a delivery vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: Myrmex, Inc.
    Inventors: Ioannis Kanellos, Eugenios Fainekos, Orestis Fainekos
  • Patent number: 10229843
    Abstract: Provided is a substrate processing apparatus including: a substrate processing unit configured to accommodate a substrate in a processing chamber, and process the substrate; and a control unit including a storage unit, a main storage unit, and a user interface unit. The control unit includes: recipe optimizing means configured to calculate a difference between measurement data obtained by measuring a processing result of the substrate and a target value, and optimize a recipe by changing some of processing conditions of the recipe so that the difference becomes smaller, and recipe batch-optimizing means configured to retrieve a batch-optimizable recipe in the storage unit in connection with the recipe and change some of processing conditions on the retrieved recipe like the recipe, on which the optimization is being performed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: Tokyo Electron Limited
    Inventors: Hiroichi Ohta, Kozo Minami
  • Patent number: 10173326
    Abstract: A teaching method for an industrial robot may include, while the hand is lifted up and down by the lifting mechanism, detecting, with the first sensor, a position of either the installation unit or a teaching jig to be installed on the installation unit in a vertical direction; while the hand is transferred in the first direction by the transfer mechanism, detecting, with the first sensor, a position of either the installation unit or the teaching jig in the first direction; while the hand is transferred in the first direction by the transfer mechanism, detecting, with the second sensor, a position of either the installation unit or the teaching jig in the first direction; and calculating a position of either the installation unit or the teaching jig in the second direction, in order to teach a position of the transfer object to be installed on the installation unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: NIDEC SANKYO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Tetsuya Inomata, Masami Hosokawa
  • Patent number: 10162991
    Abstract: A composition is provided that includes a carbonaceous feed material to be combusted to generate an off-gas and an identifier. The identifier is associated with a predetermined composition, characteristic or property of the feed material or the off-gas.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: ADA-ES, Inc.
    Inventor: Sharon Sjostrom
  • Patent number: 10155314
    Abstract: A machine that is capable of assembling a copy of itself from a feedstock of parts is described. The machine operates on a lattice or grid on which it is able to move and from which it receives power and control signals. The machine (assembler) is composed of modules that each perform some functionality. In the simplest case, only three module types are needed: a linear step module, a gripper, and an anchor. The linear step module is capable of moving from one lattice location to the next, the gripper module is capable of gripping other modules, and the anchor module is capable of attaching the machine to the grid. With these three primitives it is possible for this simple machine to move on the grid using inchworm-like motions, pick up other modules, and assemble a copy of itself.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2018
    Assignee: Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    Inventors: William Kai Langford, Amanda Ghassaei, Neil Gershenfeld
  • Patent number: 10157265
    Abstract: A dispensing device and a method of operating a dispensing device for use in studying a consumable unit used by a clinical study participant are provided. The device comprises a housing that includes a delivery aperture and a compartment configured to store an unconsumed consumable unit therein. The device further includes a dispensing mechanism located within the housing and configured to release the stored unconsumed consumable unit to the clinical study participant via the delivery aperture upon verifying the identity of the clinical study participant and a controller configured to interface with the dispensing mechanism and the user input device. A user input device is also included and is configured to receive input from the clinical study participant corresponding to identification information relating to the clinical study participant and is further configured to receive input from the clinical study participant in response to one or more questionnaires relating to consumption of the consumable unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2018
    Assignee: RAI STRATEGIC HOLDINGS, INC.
    Inventor: John H. Darnell
  • Patent number: 10144589
    Abstract: A method of order fulfilling and replenishment of storage units in a storage facility can be provided. The storage units can be stored in a plurality of storage racking units and levels of a storage racking, with at least one storage-entry feeding line and at least one outbound line being provided for each storage module. Additionally, at least one automatic storage and retrieval device can be provided for retrieval of storage units from the multilevel racking or storage into the multilevel racking, and at least one picking station to which storage units are fed can also be provided for picking for fulfilling orders. Thus, fully or partially deplenished or depleted storage units can be replenished or consolidated on the fly directly at the picking station by the picker.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: Dematic GmbH
    Inventor: Shin Yamashita
  • Patent number: 10126949
    Abstract: The library server according to certain aspects can manage the use of tape drives according to the data requirements of different storage operation cells. The library server according to certain aspects can also facilitate automatic management of tape media in a tape library by allocating the tapes and slots to different cells. For instance, the library server can manage the positioning and placement of the tapes into appropriate slots within the tape library.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: Commvault Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Manoj Kumar Vijayan, Rajiv Kottomtharayil, Jaidev Oppath Kochunni
  • Patent number: 10112298
    Abstract: Embodiments for assigning tasks to a robot device by a processor. A target region may be selected from a displayed image of an image capturing device. One or more tasks may be defined according to a plurality of objects displayed within the target region such that the defined one or more tasks are arranged according to a task workflow. The defined one or more tasks may be communicated to a self-directed device thereby assigning the self-directed robot to perform the defined one or more tasks according to the task workflow.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: David B. Lection, Sarbajit K. Rakshit, Mark B. Stevens, John D. Wilson
  • Patent number: 10113408
    Abstract: A computerized control system performs controlled pressure drilling in a formation with a drilling system according to a plan. A setup of at least the plan, the formation, and the drilling system is configured in the control system, and the setup is integrated with the drilling system. Functioning of the set up can then be conducted using one of a plurality of control modes, including an operating mode and a simulating mode. The control system functions the setup according to the operating mode for operational interaction with the setup using the integration of the setup with the drilling system. The control system can switch from the operating mode to the simulating mode for simulated interaction with the setup. The control system simulates for at least a time period the functioning of the setup according to the simulating mode using the integration of the setup with the drilling system. Current operations continue as at least one simulated operation or event is projected in the future.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Assignee: Weatherford Technology Holdings, LLC
    Inventors: Ilia Pobedinski, Sanjit Roy, Ferhat Gumus, Koray Kinik, Iain Cook, Lev Ring, Guy Feasey
  • Patent number: 10108095
    Abstract: An automated photomask storage and retrieval system includes a plurality of mobile storage units aligned in a first direction. Each mobile storage unit is movable in the first direction and includes a plurality of storage cells. A gantry is disposed over the plurality of mobile storage units. The gantry includes a supporting frame movable in the first direction. The plurality of mobile storage units interpose a pair of supporting members of the supporting frame. A beam connects the pair of supporting members and is movable along the pair of supporting members in a second direction perpendicular to the first direction. The beam includes a plurality of buffer cells. A robotic arm is disposed adjacent to the plurality of buffer cells and movable along the beam. The robotic arm is configured to transfer a container containing a photomask between a storage cell and a buffer cell.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Chun-Jung Huang, Chien-Fa Lee, Yiang-Luen Lin, Sam Chin
  • Patent number: 10099609
    Abstract: A site-aware controller and various sensors determine if objects are located within a safety dome surrounding a machine such as a construction vehicle. The site-aware controller compares data from the various sensors to determine if the machine or independently moveable implements located on the machine are capable of impacting objects within the safety dome and/or travel of the machine into restricted areas. Detection of objects within the safety dome can trigger alerts (e.g., visual and/or audible) to an operator of the machine of a particular situation. Detection of objects within the safety dome can also prevent further movement of the machine or independently moveable implements located on the machine to prevent impacting the objects. The system can also prevent movement of the machine into restricted areas.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: InfoMobility S.r.L.
    Inventors: Daniele Pagliani, Nicola Finardi, Aldo Longhi, Ivan Di Federico
  • Patent number: 10088550
    Abstract: Embodiments relate generally to systems and methods for updating the location information for a gas detector device. A gas detector device may comprise a wireless scanner operable to receive information from one or more passive tags. In some cases, the passive tags may comprise location information. When the gas detector scans a passive tag, the location information stored on the gas detector may be updated accordingly. In some cases, the subsequent readings of the gas detector may be associated with the updated location information. In some cases, the passive tags may be located at critical areas within a facility, such as entrances or exits to locations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventors: Kirk William Johnson, Mahdi Javer, Stephen Mroszczak
  • Patent number: 10071822
    Abstract: A system and method of operating a checked bag reconciliation area of an airport. The method includes transporting a luggage item from an entrance mechanism to one of a plurality of inspection stations. Once the luggage item is at the inspection station, the method proceeds by conducting an inspection of the luggage item by the agent at the inspection station. The step of transporting the luggage item includes transporting the luggage item to the inspection station with the luggage item disposed on an automatic material handling device, and the step of conducting an inspection of the luggage item by the agent includes conducting the inspection of the luggage item while the luggage item is disposed on the automatic material handling device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2018
    Assignee: JERVIS B. WEBB COMPANY
    Inventors: Todd Alderman, Michael Fleming, Christopher Murphy