Article Storing, Retrieval, Or Arrangement (e.g., Warehousing, Automated Library) Patents (Class 700/214)
  • Patent number: 11062707
    Abstract: A location monitoring system tracks a location of a user within a healthcare facility. When the user is detected in a patient room an electronic controller activates a voice command database having a plurality of voice commands specific to the user. A microphone located in the patient room receives one of the plurality of voice commands. The electronic controller transmits the one of the plurality of voice commands to a remote device positioned outside of the patient room.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 13, 2021
    Assignee: Hill-Rom Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Jerald W. Judy, Bita Akhlaghi, David O. Melgar, Daniel Sampson, Edwin N. Swift, Jennifer A. Gunn, Darren S. Hudgins, Patrick D. Harrison, William B. Richard
  • Patent number: 11059673
    Abstract: A conveyance system for conveying a workpiece to each of a plurality of processing apparatuses includes a track extending over the plurality of processing apparatuses and fixed to the upper portions of the processing apparatuses; an automated conveying vehicle for traveling on the track, the automated conveying vehicle including a storage member having a housing space for housing the workpiece therein, a traveling member coupled from above to the storage member, a traveling mechanism mounted on the traveling member, a lifting and lowering mechanism mounted on the traveling member, for lifting and lowering the storage member while suspending the storage member from above, and a receiver for receiving control signals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 13, 2021
    Assignee: DISCO CORPORATION
    Inventor: Kazuma Sekiya
  • Patent number: 11054841
    Abstract: A system and related methods for management, planning and control of a connected fleet of vehicles. A unique, single integrated platform may be provided for management, planning and control of a connected fleet of vehicles, including fleet planning, in-fleeting operations, vehicle acquisition and provisioning, vehicle assignment, vehicle transfers, vehicle use operations, vehicle servicing, vehicle maintenance and repairs, and de-fleeting operations. Fleet communications can be by cellular, wireless, or low earth orbit satellite communications. Fleet vehicles include a programmable TCU installed in the vehicle and connected, directly or indirectly, to the CAN bus or similar vehicle network, and carries out various operations, including controlling vehicle access. Where outside communications links are not available, access to a vehicle may be through a protected, secure, single-use token stored on a user's computing device upon making a reservation, which is later securely communicated to the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2021
    Assignee: AVIS BUDGET CAR RENTAL, LLC
    Inventor: John Turato
  • Patent number: 11055664
    Abstract: Computerized methods for modifying at least one component of a clinical order are provided. The methods may include receiving a clinical order, the clinical order having a first component associated with a first phase and a second component associated with a second phase, wherein the first and second components have a first attribute in common, receiving an indication to modify the first attribute of the first component, and modifying the first attribute of the first component and the second component based on the indication received. The methods may further include associating the first and second components of the clinical order to form a cross-phase group and displaying the first and second components in association with an electronic record, e.g., an electronic medical record, in conjunction with a cross-phase group identifier to identify the components as members of the cross-phase group. Computerized systems for performing the disclosed methods are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2006
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2021
    Assignee: Cerner Innovation, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael A. Ash, John Q. DeVerter
  • Patent number: 11038848
    Abstract: An automated system comprising a processor and a database are described. The processor executes communication software reading: at least one image corresponding to an identifier of a blood product from a donor; and at least one database storing at least one communication from a receiver of the blood product. The communication software executed by the processor determines an intermediary from the identifier and contacts the intermediary to obtain contact information of the donor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 15, 2021
    Assignee: Oklahoma Blood Institute
    Inventors: John Brooks Armitage, Justin Ryan Redwine
  • Patent number: 11031131
    Abstract: A system for medicine dosage compliance may comprise a dispensing component that provides for medicine to be dispensed based at least upon authorized identification of a user and a secondary authorizer. The dispensing component may comprise an identity authentication component that automatically authenticates an identity of the user and the secondary authorizer at the time of a dispensing event. The system may further comprise a communication component providing one or more notifications to one or more third parties. The communication component may comprise a wireless personal area networking component that sets up a local networking connection between the dispensing component and a local device to share data between the dispensing component and a local device. The local device may communicatively be coupled to a remote network component. A notification component may generate notification information of the dispensing event for one or more third parties.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2021
    Assignee: FIRSTENERGY CORP.
    Inventors: Dennis Marshall Chack, Brett William Reynolds, Michele Domiano Jones, Amanda Marie Kidder, Timothy William Wechter, David Lynn Griffing, Lauren Rae Lucas, Josh Ryan Schulte, Cheryl Ann Brubaker-Schaub, Kenneth Michael Burns, James Thomas Petroski, Benjamin Back Rose, Carl Anthony Shotwell, William Bagnal Timms, III, Jon Eric Washington
  • Patent number: 11014238
    Abstract: Disclosed autonomous mobile robot systems can be used to safely and efficiently navigate through a facility while avoiding objects in the path of the autonomous mobile robot during completion of a task. Specifically, a first bounded area based on first sensor data may be generated around an autonomous mobile robot where the first sensor data is used to identify objects in a travel path for the autonomous mobile robot and determine a speed for navigating the facility. A second bounded area of a size less than the first bounded area may be generated around the autonomous mobile robot based on speed information from propulsion components of the autonomous mobile robot. A new travel path and new speed information may be generated based on identifying an object in the travel path, dimensional measurements of a space around the object, and a current size of the second bounded area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2021
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Stephen Charles Paschall, II, Justin Croyle, Shilpi Gupta, Anatoly Mitlin, Ashish Shah
  • Patent number: 10997648
    Abstract: Methods and systems for allocating cells of a sorting apparatus include associating, in a database, an identifier of the sorting apparatus with an identifier of a first container storing a first item of the purchase order, the purchase order including a second item stored in a second container; before associating the sorting apparatus with the second container, receiving an identifier of the first item; determining, in the database using the identifier of the first item, whether any cell of the sorting apparatus is associated with the purchase order; when no cell of the sorting apparatus is associated with the purchase order, associating, in the database, an identifier of a cell of the sorting apparatus with the identifier of the purchase order; and transmitting a first signal to a computer associated with a worker instructing placement of the first item in the cell.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Assignee: Coupang Corp.
    Inventors: Woong Kim, Sang Ho Yim, Sung Jin Park, Hyeon Chang Baek, Yoo Suk Kim, Hyunggeun Ji
  • Patent number: 10956858
    Abstract: A method, apparatus and computer program product for static warehouse area sizing and slotting of a multi-mode forward area. Method includes: receiving article dimensional attributes and demand information of more than article identified by a stock keeping unit (SKU); receiving storage dimensional attributes of more than one storage configuration of pick media; for each of a forward area and a reserve area, receiving a picking cost and a restocking cost for each storage configuration; optimizing slotting of each of the SKUs based upon the article dimensional attributes and the storage dimensional attributes; defining possible designs of the more than one storage configuration up to a maximum size of a facility; calculating a first cost for each design in picking and restocking in the forward area and a second cost for each design in picking from reserve area; and optimizing forward area based upon a difference between first and second costs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2021
    Assignee: Intelligrated Headquarters, LLC
    Inventor: Parvaneh Jahani
  • Patent number: 10957000
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides an item picking method, so that an item stored in a warehouse can be picked and placed in a picking vehicle. Specifically, the warehouse may be divided into one or more picking areas. A picking management device may divide a picking task for items into different picking sub-tasks according to picking areas in which the items are located. One picking vehicle corresponds to several picking sub-tasks. The picking management device allocates an automated guided vehicle (AGV) for a picking sub-task, causing the AGV to move the picking vehicle to a picking area corresponding to the picking sub-task. The picking management device may send task information of the picking sub-task to a picking device corresponding to the picking area. The picking device executes the picking sub-task according to the task information, so as to pick an item and place the item in the picking vehicle, thereby implementing the automation of an item picking process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2021
    Assignee: Cainiao Smart Logistics Holding Limited
    Inventors: Haibing Chen, Yuhsuan Chou, Chengjian Wang, Lijun Zhu, Ruipeng Luan, Heng Liu, Kailiang Tong
  • Patent number: 10938885
    Abstract: A system, method, and apparatus for transferring blood donation files are disclosed. An example system includes a collection device located at a blood donation site and a collection server located in a remote location. The example collection device is configured to store blood donation information from blood donors within a blood donation batch file located at a designated directory of a memory, and store metadata related to the blood donation information to the blood donation batch file. The example collection device also transmits the blood donation batch file to a registered user device. The example collection server is configured to determine the registered user device is available via a network connection. Responsive to determining the user device is connected, the collection server acquires the blood donation batch file from the user device and aggregates the blood donation batch file with blood donation batch files received from other registered user devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2021
    Assignee: New York Blood Center, Inc.
    Inventor: Sabyasachi Sarkar
  • Patent number: 10922746
    Abstract: In a subscription vehicle system that enables customers to select and swap between a fleet of available vehicles, the vehicles are evaluated to identify which vehicles would be the best fit in view of a customer request and other information pertaining to the customer. The customer request and information is examined to identify particular attributes that are being sought. Based on these attributes, the available vehicles are assigned a score that reflects the level of satisfaction that the vehicle is anticipated to provide for the customer. The vehicles with the highest scores can be considered as candidates for fulfilling the customer request.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2021
    Assignee: CLUTCH TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Brady L. Rackley, III, John R Phelps, Adam J. Carley, Vincent G. Zappa, Steven S. Neel, Sangameswar Venkatraman, Kyle L. Clements, Stuart H. Childs, James F. Heller
  • Patent number: 10917784
    Abstract: A method for pairing a device with a vehicle of a plurality of shared vehicles. The method includes receiving an advertisement message from the device and, in response to receiving the advertisement message, initiating an attempt to pair with the device. The method further includes determining if the device has previously paired with at least one vehicle of the plurality of shared vehicles. In response to the device having previously paired with the at least one vehicle of the plurality of shared vehicles, the method includes accessing a shared vehicle database and identifying security information corresponding to (i) a device address of the device and (ii) a vehicle ID of the vehicle. The method also includes instructing the vehicle and the device to use the identified security information to pair the device with the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2021
    Assignees: DENSO International America, Inc., DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventor: Kyle Golsch
  • Patent number: 10895870
    Abstract: Systems, methods, devices, and other techniques for a dynamic fabrication system. In some implementations, a computing system obtains a digital model of a physical structure. A fabrication plan for the physical structure is generated. The fabrication plan is provided to a fabrication system to execute the automated fabrication procedure according to the fabrication plan. A set of operations are performed for each of at least a subset of tasks from a set of tasks executed by the fabrication system during an automated fabrication procedure to identify an adjusted fabrication plan. The fabrication system is directed to continue execution of the automated fabrication procedure according to the adjusted fabrication plan.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 19, 2021
    Assignee: X Development LLC
    Inventor: Ytai Ben-Tsvi
  • Patent number: 10885495
    Abstract: Systems and methods for autonomous provision replenishment are disclosed. Parts used in a manufacturing process are stored in an intermediate stock queue. When the parts are consumed by the manufacturing process and the number of parts in the queue falls below a threshold, a provision-replenishment signal is generated. One or more self-driving material-transport vehicles, a fleet-management system, and a provision-notification device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2021
    Assignee: CLEARPATH ROBOTICS INC.
    Inventors: Ryan Christopher Gariepy, Simon Drexler, Roydyn Clayton
  • Patent number: 10872312
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and other embodiments associated with identifying and generating pick lists for ordered items in delivery containers with mixed non-delineated inventory are described. In one embodiment, a method includes identifying whether a container includes ordered items that are mixed with items for a general inventory of a retail store. The container is a delivery container provided from a warehouse to supply the retail store. The ordered items are items for fulfilling one or more of a plurality of customer orders. The example method may also include generating an electronic pick list for the container in response to identifying that the container includes the ordered items. The electronic pick list identifies the ordered items in the container and causes the ordered items to be diverted from the general inventory of the retail store when the container is unpacked.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 22, 2020
    Assignee: Oracle International Corporation
    Inventors: Rebecca Maifeld, Steven Gooijer, Brian Voelz
  • Patent number: 10867279
    Abstract: A method and system for piece-picking or piece put-away within a logistics facility. The system includes a central server and at least one mobile manipulation robot. The central server is configured to communicate with the robots to send and receive piece-picking data which includes a unique identification for each piece to be picked, a location within the logistics facility of the pieces to be picked, and a route for the robot to take within the logistics facility. The robots can then autonomously navigate and position themselves within the logistics facility by recognition of landmarks by at least one of a plurality of sensors. The sensors also provide signals related to detection, identification, and location of a piece to be picked or put-away, and processors on the robots analyze the sensor information to generate movements of a unique articulated arm and end effector on the robot to pick or put-away the piece.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2020
    Assignee: IAM ROBOTICS, LLC
    Inventors: Thomas Galluzzo, Vladimir Altman, Jean-Sebastien Valois
  • Patent number: 10861078
    Abstract: This disclosure describes a system for fulfilling items at a materials handling facility. In some instances, a predicted items list that identifies items that are likely to be picked by a user are determined and, when the user arrives at the materials handling facility, those predicted items are presented to the user for selection. For example, predicted items may be determined and an inventory holder that holds one or more of those predicted items may be retrieved by a mobile drive unit (such as a Kiva mobile drive unit) and presented to the user at a retrieval area. The user may pick the items they desire from the presented inventory holder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2020
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Ozgur Dogan, Gianna Lise Puerini, Michael Cordell Mountz, Steve Kessel
  • Patent number: 10860978
    Abstract: Systems and methods described herein pertain to maintaining a virtual representation of a workspace in a material handling system and updating the virtual representation without downtime. Methods described include maintaining an initial virtual representation of a material handling grid, receiving an updated virtual representation, and generating and implementing an intermediate virtual representation that does not conflict with the initial virtual representation. Methods further include, upon determining that the intermediate virtual representation is performing without conflicts, deploying the updated virtual representation to replace the intermediate virtual representation without halting operations in the workspace. Multiple intermediate virtual representations can be generated to allow for complex changes, and the deployments performed in series.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2020
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Aayush Aggarwal, Michael T. Barbehenn, James Plumley, Le Zou
  • Patent number: 10843333
    Abstract: A method of processing objects using a programmable motion device is disclosed. The method includes the steps of providing an input conveyance system by which input bins of objects may be provided to a processing station that includes the programmable motion device that includes an end effector, perceiving at the processing station identifying indicia representative of an identity of a plurality of objects at an input area of the input conveyance system, grasping the an acquired object using the end effector, moving the acquired object toward an identified processing container using the programmable motion device, the identified processing container being associated with the identifying indicia and said identified processing container being provided as one of a plurality of processing containers at the processing station, and providing an output conveyance system in communication with the processing station, by which processing containers that contain processed objects may be provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2020
    Assignee: Berkshire Grey, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas Wagner, Kevin Ahearn, Benjamin Cohen, Michael Dawson-Haggerty, Christopher Geyer, Victoria Hinchey, Thomas Koletschka, Kyle Maroney, Matthew T. Mason, Gene Temple Price, Joseph Romano, Daniel Smith, Siddhartha Srinivasa, Prasanna Velagapudi, Thomas Allen
  • Patent number: 10832207
    Abstract: A system for managing medications facilitates documentation of medication returned from remote dispensing units to a central storage location such as a pharmacy vault. The system may be especially useful in facilitating the tracking of controlled substances. The system receives an indication that a medication previously removed from the remote dispensing units has been designated for return to the medication management system. The system computes an estimated return amount of the medication, and causes a queued return list to be displayed at the central storage location. The system can accommodate multiple remote dispensing devices and multiple medications.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2020
    Assignee: Omnicell, Inc.
    Inventors: John Vahlberg, Mike Dougan
  • Patent number: 10828834
    Abstract: A system (1) for additive manufacturing of three-dimensional objects, comprising one or more working stations (21), which are provided for performing at least one working process in the additive manufacturing of three-dimensional objects, at least one freely positionable mobile storage unit (2) comprising a rack-like storage device (4) comprising at least one storage room (5) provided for storing at least one powder module (6), especially for the purpose of conveying the powder module (6) between different working stations (21) of the system (1), and at least one driverless, freely movable mobile conveying unit (3) comprising a receiving device (12) provided for receiving at least one mobile storage unit (2) for the purpose of conveying the storage unit (2) between different working stations (21) of the system (1).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2020
    Assignee: CONCEPT LASER GMBH
    Inventors: Florian Bechmann, Ralf Hetzel, Jens Stammberger, Fabian Zeulner, Alexander Hofmann
  • Patent number: 10807800
    Abstract: A warehouse automation system adapted to improve warehouse operating productivity includes a plurality of carts for transporting products within a warehouse and a controller. The controller is adapted to associate a first one of the plurality of carts with a first person and to control the first cart to lead the first person around the warehouse. According to one advantage, the time the first person spends restocking, picking, counting, sorting, moving, and packing product into customer orders and shipments, for example, is reduced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Assignee: 6 River Systems, LLC
    Inventors: Rylan Hamilton, Jerome Dubois, Christopher Cacioppo, Timothy Higgins
  • Patent number: 10803369
    Abstract: A method of generating dimensioning assist information for an item includes: obtaining data associated with a physical size of a graphical dimensioning aid associated with the item; generating dimensioning assist information by encoding the data into a machine-readable data object carried by the item. A method of dimensioning an item includes, at a dimensioning system: capturing an image of the item and the graphical dimensioning aid carried by the item; detecting an edge of the item within the captured image; determining a measurement of the edge; detecting the graphical dimensioning aid within the captured image; determining a measurement of the graphical dimensioning aid; decoding a physical size of the graphical dimensioning aid from a machine-readable data object carried by the item; and dimensioning the edge based on the measurement of the edge, the measurement of the graphical dimensioning aid, and the physical size.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Assignee: Zebra Technologies Corporation
    Inventor: James J. O'Hagan
  • Patent number: 10799051
    Abstract: A smart locker system includes an enclosure unit and a cassette unit. The smart locker is extendable by adding additional enclosure units and the cassette units. The cassette unit includes storage bins and a control bin. The cassette unit contains different size of storage bins and a control bin. The smart locker system further includes a touch screen and authentication devices. The smart locker system can arrange the storage bins and the control bins to maintain the height of the smart locker system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Assignee: SIGNIFI SOLUTIONS INC.
    Inventors: John Paul Schmider, Kieran Maguire, Eloisa Vera, Yong Suk Jin, Shamira Jaffer
  • Patent number: 10796278
    Abstract: A computer-based technology is provided to optimize a warehouse space, such as warehouse racks. The technology determines a storage duration of a pallet in a warehouse, and further determines an optimal storage location for the pallet in the warehouse. For example, the technology can determine how long an inbound pallet will stay in a warehouse, and locate an optimal area of the warehouse to store the pallet. Such an optimal pallet storage area is selected to reduce labor costs in transporting the pallet in, within, and out of the warehouse and further optimize the management of multiple pallets in the warehouse as a whole. In addition, the technology can consider the size of the pallet in determining the optimal storage location in the warehouse.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Assignee: Lineage Logistics, LLC
    Inventors: Daniel Thomas Wintz, Michael Lingzhi Li, Elliott Gerard Wolf, Chloe Mawer, Caitlin Voegele, Zhou Daisy Fang, Maya Ileana Choudhury, Julia Long, Sudarsan Thattai, Jeffrey Alvarez Rivera
  • Patent number: 10782822
    Abstract: Described in detail herein are systems and methods for an augmented touch-sensitive display system. A portable electronic device can render on the touch-sensitive display a physical scene within the field of view of the image capturing device. The portable electronic device, can parse the physical scene rendered on the touch-sensitive display into discrete elements based on dimensions of items in the physical scene. The portable electronic device can superimpose a selectable link on the at least one of the discrete elements on the touch-sensitive display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2020
    Assignee: Walmart Apollo, LLC
    Inventors: Benjamin D. Enssle, David Blair Brightwell, Cristy Crane Brooks, Greg A. Bryan
  • Patent number: 10773935
    Abstract: In embodiments, a conveying apparatus includes a base, a wheel, a lifter, a lower side distance detection unit, and a control unit. The wheel is connected to the base via a suspension mechanism and is rotatable. The lifter is able to be lifted and lowered with respect to the base in a direction of a conveyance target. The lower side distance detection unit detects a lower side distance between a reference surface of the base and a ground contact surface of the wheel. The control unit controls a lifting/lowering operation of the lifter and rotative driving of the wheel. The control unit causes the lifter to be lifted and lowered based on the lower side distance and to support a part of a weight of the conveyance target, and causes the wheel to be rotatively driven and to convey the conveyance target.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba
    Inventors: Daisuke Yamamoto, Hideki Ogawa, Takafumi Sonoura, Atsushi Sadamoto, Hiroshi Ohtsu
  • Patent number: 10755227
    Abstract: Systems and methods described herein pertain to maintaining a virtual representation of a workspace in a material handling system and updating the virtual representation. Methods described include maintaining the virtual representation of a material handling grid, maintaining one or more clients operable to direct movement of the plurality of drive units in the workspace; receiving an instruction to update the virtual representation of the drive-unit navigable grid including an updated virtual representation of the workspace; and querying a subset of the one or more clients to determine whether the update to the virtual representation would cause one conflicts within the workspace. Potential conflicts include, but are not limited to, “stranded” resources which are no longer positioned on the material handling grid, and/or workstations that have not yet been suspended prior to the update.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Aayush Aggarwal, Vishnu Ayyagari, Matthew Paul Bell, Sarfraz Banglawala, James Plumley
  • Patent number: 10750754
    Abstract: Systems and apparatus are provided for maintaining an ultra low oxygen concentration in a shipping container for the purpose of preventing spoilage of perishable food products. The system and apparatus may contain a composition of a mixture of gases including one or more of nitrogen, carbon dioxide, and another inert gas, wherein the mixture of gases positively pressurizes the shipping container with an ultra low oxygen concentration. The system and apparatus may use one or more sensors to monitor the composition of the mixture of gases, and may use one or more controllers to release the compressed gases into the interior of the container. The controller may release the compressed gases at a variable rate of release sufficient to maintain the ultra low oxygen concentration and to ensure consistent concentrations of the mixture of gases with the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Assignee: Australis Aquaculture, LLC
    Inventor: Joshua N. Goldman
  • Patent number: 10722921
    Abstract: Sorting systems and methods for large quantities of items in industrial processes are described. The systems, devices and methods are for receiving, sorting and removing items dynamically. A first group of items, such as letters or other mail pieces, are injected by a belt into a pocket to a form a first stack, and a divider is extended near the first stack. The divider allows for a second group of items to either be injected to form a second stack behind the divider, or to be diverted and injected into another pocket. The first stack can be removed while the second group is being injected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: UNITED STATES POSTAL SERVICE
    Inventors: Christopher M. Stratton, Gregory J. Smith, Thomas C. Potter
  • Patent number: 10703567
    Abstract: An autonomous transport robot for transporting a payload, the autonomous transport robot includes a payload bed having at least one reference datum surface and at least one payload justification device, the at least one payload justification device being configured to position a payload on the payload bed in substantial contact with the at least one reference datum surface to place the payload in a predetermined position on the payload bed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: NEXTSHIFT ROBOTICS, INC.
    Inventors: Charles Grinnell, Joe Jones, John Kawola, Mary Ellen Sparrow, Stephen C. Toebes, Clara Vu, Matthew Aprea
  • Patent number: 10672094
    Abstract: This invention is a dynamically reconfigurable pick-put system comprising: a digitally transformable mobile unit having a mobile unit computer and a mobile unit light bar controller, with a set of transformable mobile unit computer readable instructions included with the digitally transformable mobile unit that can digitally transform the mobile unit from a mobile unit configuration to a stationary unit configuration and can (a) direct a user to a particular stationary unit, actuate the mobile unit light bar to identify a location on the digitally transformable mobile unit where the item picked from the stationary unit is to be placed on the digitally transformable mobile unit, when in the mobile unit configuration, and (b) actuate the mobile unit light bar to identify the location of an item on the digitally transformable mobile unit to be picked when in the stationary unit configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: Fastfetch Corporation
    Inventor: John C. Peck
  • Patent number: 10664795
    Abstract: This disclosure describes a system for managing inventory as it transitions into a materials handling facility, as it transitions between locations within a materials handling facility and/or as it transitions out of a materials handling facility. In some instances, a total weight associated with a user pattern may be monitored by sensors of a base surface and weight of inventory items may be monitored by sensors at the inventory locations. When a user associated with the user pattern retrieves an item from an inventory location, the decrease in the weight at the inventory location will correspond with the increase in total weight associated with the user pattern. Accordingly, the item may be tracked from the inventory location and associated with the user pattern based on the corresponding changes in weight.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Spencer Worley, Alexander Michael McNamara, Natalie Thuy-Tien Nguyen
  • Patent number: 10643089
    Abstract: An information processing apparatus for processing an image includes circuitry unit and a communication interface. The circuitry acquires identification information to identify a set of one or more objects to be imaged by an imaging device according to a predetermined imaging sequence. The communication interface transmits at least one image of the set of one or more objects that is captured by the imaging device in association with the identification information, to a management device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Assignee: RICOH COMPANY, LTD.
    Inventors: Hirohisa Inamoto, Yusuke Fukuoka, Tadayoshi Nakatani, Kei Kushimoto, Takuji Nomura
  • Patent number: 10633184
    Abstract: A warehousing system for storing and retrieving goods disposed in containers is provided. The system includes a multilevel storage array including an array of storage shelves for holding containers thereon, at least one substantially continuous lift for transporting containers to and from at least one level of the storage array, at least one transport vehicle located on the at least one level and configured to traverse a transport area transporting containers between the at least one continuous lift and container storage locations so that the at least one continuous lift communicates non-deterministically, via the transport vehicle, with storage locations of each of the storage shelves on the at least one level, an infeed transport system linked to the at least one continuous lift, and an order fulfillment station for generating order containers corresponding to customer orders where the order containers are entered onto the storage shelves of the storage array.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Assignee: SYMBOTIC, LLC
    Inventor: John Lert
  • Patent number: 10603793
    Abstract: A work assisting system includes a sensor unit that detects a position and an orientation of at least one body part of a worker; a supply unit that supplies a part or a tool to the worker; and a cell controller that controls the supply unit, the cell controller including a machine learning unit that constructs a model by learning a work status of the worker on the basis of the detected position and orientation, and a work status determining unit that determines the work status of the worker by using the constructed model. The supply unit selects the part or tool on the basis of the determined work status and changes the position and orientation of the part or tool on the basis of the position and orientation of the at least one body part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Assignee: FANUC CORPORATION
    Inventor: Masafumi Ooba
  • Patent number: 10572133
    Abstract: Technologies described herein provide a mixed environment display of attached control elements. The techniques disclosed herein enable users of a first computing device to interact with a remote computing device configured to control an object, such as a light, appliance, or any other suitable object. Configurations disclosed herein enable the first computing device to cause one or more actions, such as a selection of the object or the display of a user interface, by capturing and analyzing input data defining the performance of one or more gestures, such as a user looking at the object controlled by the second computing device. Rendered graphical elements configured to enable the control of the object can be displayed with a real-world view of the object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2020
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: David M. Hill, Andrew William Jean, Jeffrey J. Evertt, Alan M. Jones, Richard C. Roesler, Charles W. Carlson, Emiko V. Charbonneau, James Dack
  • Patent number: 10556337
    Abstract: A method of controlling a robot includes: generating a plurality of behavior objects corresponding to a plurality of behaviors to be performed by the robot; calculating an expected time expected to be taken by the robot to perform each of the behaviors; mapping each of the behavior object to the expected time; adding the behavior objects to a behavior flow list; and displaying the behavior flow list.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2020
    Assignee: HANWHA PRECISION MACHINERY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Jong Hwa Park, Byung Hoon Lee, Hyung Suk Lee
  • Patent number: 10521812
    Abstract: Systems, graphical user interfaces and methods for upgrading from one or more digital media assets to a set of digital media assets over a network are described. A potential purchaser can be notified of available upgrade opportunities that are available for purchase. The potential purchaser can elect to pursue an upgrade opportunity so as to purchase a set of digital media assets. Upon upgrading to the set of digital media assets, the digital media assets within the set of digital media assets are made available to the purchaser. According to one aspect, a graphical user interface facilitates presenting and requesting upgrade opportunities. According to another aspect, equivalency rules and/or eligibility rules can be used to control which sets of digital media assets are available for upgrade by respective potential purchasers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2019
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Tracy Pirnack, Patrice Gautier, Debra Ameerally, Hiro Mitsuji, Alan Ward, George Campbell, Darren Ming Lew, Sam Gharabally, Ricardo D. Cortes
  • Patent number: 10489870
    Abstract: According to one aspect, a system for transporting products that includes at least one picking robot including at least one robot processor, and at least one order-processing device including at least one order-processing processor in data communication with the at least one robot processor. At least one of the order-processing processor and the robot processor is configured to receive at least one order including at least one product to be picked, generate at least one picking itinerary based upon the at least one order and warehouse information, generate at least one travel path for the at least one robot based upon the picking itinerary, and direct the robot along the travel path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Assignee: Tulip.IO Inc.
    Inventors: Ali Asaria, Jeffery Woods
  • Patent number: 10481612
    Abstract: Described herein are an apparatus and a method of fulfilling an order. The method includes: determining, by circuitry of an information processing apparatus, the order to be processed; selecting an operator station where the order will be fulfilled, a rack that includes an item required to fulfill the order, and a vehicle to transport the rack to the operator station; transmitting at least a portion of a transportation path to the selected vehicle; and monitoring locations of the selected vehicle along the transportation path based on marker information received for each marker of a plurality of markers that is detected by the selected vehicle, wherein the plurality of markers is located at predetermined positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignee: GREY ORANGE PTE. LTD.
    Inventors: Akash Gupta, Wolfgang Kurt Hoeltgen, Samay Kohli, Gaurav Kejriwal, Srijan Choudhary, Tushar Agrawal, Swarnik
  • Patent number: 10482341
    Abstract: The object recognition device includes an imaging unit that captures images of a predetermined monitoring area to acquire a three-dimensional image and a two-dimensional image, an object extraction unit that extracts an area having pixels whose pixel values are within a predetermined range from the three-dimensional image acquired by the imaging unit, an image searching unit that searches the two-dimensional image, acquired by the imaging unit, for a reference image registered in advance according to the type of an object, and a determination unit that determines the type of the object depending on whether or not the reference image searched for by the image searching unit exists in the area extracted by the object extraction unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignee: FANUC CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yuuki Takahashi, Atsushi Watanabe, Minoru Nakamura
  • Patent number: 10471475
    Abstract: Sorting systems and methods for large quantities of items in industrial processes are described. The systems, devices and methods are for receiving, sorting and removing items dynamically. A first group of items, such as letters or other mail pieces, are injected by a belt into a pocket to a form a first stack, and a divider is extended near the first stack. The divider allows for a second group of items to either be injected to form a second stack behind the divider, or to be diverted and injected into another pocket. The first stack can be removed while the second group is being injected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Assignee: United States Postal Service
    Inventors: Christopher M. Stratton, Gregory J. Smith, Thomas C. Potter
  • Patent number: 10456523
    Abstract: An infusion device providing an in-progress infusion of at least one of a drug or a fluid consistent with one or more parameters of a first care area in a hospital can be transitioned to a second care area of the hospital. Details of the in-progress infusion can be compared against one or more second parameters defined for the second care area, and a compatibility determination can be made between the in-progress infusion and the one or more second parameters defined for the seconds care area. A handling mode of the in-progress infusion in the second care area can be selected based on the compatibility determination, and the in-progress infusion can be resolved consistent with the selected handling mode. Related apparatus, systems, techniques and articles are also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Assignee: CareFusion 303, Inc.
    Inventors: Gregory Borges, Jeffrey L. Gaetano, Eugene Arthur Rozell, Stephen Bollish
  • Patent number: 10453002
    Abstract: Examples described may enable consolidating pallets of items in a warehouse. An example method includes receiving real-time item information including pallet locations in a warehouse and inventory of items arranged on the pallets; based on the real-time item information, identifying a set of pallets of which at least one pallet includes less than a threshold quantity of a type of item; receiving real-time robotics information and determining, based on the real-time item and robotics information, an amount of time to condense the items on the set of pallets into a single pallet and a quantity of pallets that will become empty as a result of condensing the items; and, based on the amount of time being less than a threshold time and the quantity of pallets exceeding a threshold quantity of pallets, causing robotic devices to condense the items into the single pallet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2019
    Assignee: X Development LLC
    Inventors: Christopher Hance, Daniel Shaffer
  • Patent number: 10438100
    Abstract: A method of generating dimensioning assist information for an item includes: obtaining data associated with a physical size of a graphical dimensioning aid associated with the item; generating dimensioning assist information by encoding the data into a machine-readable data object carried by the item. A method of dimensioning an item includes, at a dimensioning system: capturing an image of the item and the graphical dimensioning aid carried by the item; detecting an edge of the item within the captured image; determining a measurement of the edge; detecting the graphical dimensioning aid within the captured image; determining a measurement of the graphical dimensioning aid; decoding a physical size of the graphical dimensioning aid from a machine-readable data object carried by the item; and dimensioning the edge based on the measurement of the edge, the measurement of the graphical dimensioning aid, and the physical size.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Assignee: Zebra Technologies Corporation
    Inventor: James J. O'Hagan
  • Patent number: 10423150
    Abstract: A system for order fulfillment using one or more robots includes: a server configured to receive an order comprising an order item; inventory storage operably connected to the server, the inventory storage comprising order items; an actor robot operably connected to and selected by the server, the actor robot configured to perform one or more of picking the order item from inventory storage, moving the order item, and positioning the order item; and an order robot operably connected to the server, the order robot configured to collect the order item, wherein the order item is positioned by the actor robot so as to be accessible to the order robot, so as to perform order fulfillment using one or more robots.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2019
    Assignee: Fetch Robotics, Inc.
    Inventors: Melonee Wise, Michael Ferguson
  • Patent number: 10402890
    Abstract: Implementations of the present invention relate to systems and methods for receiving an order that has been gathered and is ready for packaging. After the order is received, a tracking code can be scanned. The tracking code may be associated with packaging information relating to the order's packaging attributes. A request can then be send to a packaging system to generate a packaging template. The packaging system can then generate the requested packaging template.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: Packsize LLC
    Inventors: Niklas Pettersson, Chris R. Featherstone, Clinton P. Smith, Robert Lingstuyl, Jeffrey Lee Rasmussen
  • Patent number: 10399777
    Abstract: An autonomous transport robot for transporting a payload, the autonomous transport robot includes a payload bed having at least one reference datum surface and at least one payload justification device, the at least one payload justification device being configured to position a payload on the payload bed in substantial contact with the at least one reference datum surface to place the payload in a predetermined position on the payload bed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: Nextshift Robotics, Inc.
    Inventors: Charles Grinnell, Joe Jones, John Kawola, Mary Ellen Sparrow, Stephen C. Toebes, Clara Vu, Matthew Aprea