Having A Conveyor Patents (Class 700/230)
  • Patent number: 10717365
    Abstract: A controller for an independent cart system simplifies programming and automatically adapts operation each mover travelling along a track. The controller includes a configuration table defining segments of the track, which includes a maximum velocity and/or a maximum acceleration for each mover within the segment. A motion command for a mover commands motion across multiple segments between the starting point and the ending point. As the mover travels, the controller receives a position feedback signal corresponding to the present location of the mover. The controller obtains the maximum velocity and/or maximum acceleration for the mover corresponding to the segment in which it is located. The controller automatically adjusts the speed and/or acceleration of the mover along the segment in which it is presently located. As the mover transitions between segments, the controller automatically adjusts the speed and/or acceleration according to the new segment in which the mover is located.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2020
    Assignee: Rockwell Automation Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Yuhong Huang, Oliver C. Haya, Neil R. Bentley, Robert H. Schmidt, Eric J. Wildi
  • Patent number: 10414043
    Abstract: A method for controlling motion of a robot relative to a conveyor flow direction of a moving conveyor includes the steps of: establishing a tracking frame for coordinating a position and movement of the robot relative to an object support surface of the conveyor; setting an upstream boundary perpendicular or skewed to a conveyor flow direction of the conveyor; setting a downstream boundary perpendicular or skewed to the conveyor flow direction; optionally setting a circular boundary partially overlapping the upstream boundary and the downstream boundary, wherein the upstream boundary, the downstream boundary and the circular boundary are positioned to define a picking area relative to the support surface; and operating the robot to pick objects from the picking area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Inventors: Min Ren Jean, Ganesh Kalbavi, Sai-Kai Cheng
  • Patent number: 10301122
    Abstract: A device for feeding items to a sorting machine, including: a conveyor plane (26) for feeding items or parcels along an advancement direction (A1); an optical detection device (18), to allow the acquisition, while the items are in motion on the conveyor plane (26) of the three-dimensional coordinates of a determined number of points on the surface of the items and to organize them into coordinate vectors; a manipulator (19) provided to pick the items from the conveyor plane (26) and to place the items picked in a desired position; a control system, provided to process, for each item in motion on the conveyor plane (26), the coordinate vectors in order to obtain a three-dimensional representation of the item, including the information based on which the control system handles the manipulator for picking and placing the items. The invention also relates to a sorting machine and a method for feeding items to a sorting machine aimed at increasing production capacity and accuracy thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Inventors: Lorenzo Moroni, Lorenzo Chierego, Attilio Soldavini
  • Patent number: 10294081
    Abstract: The present invention provides an escalator braking system and an escalator braking control method, belonging to the field of escalator braking control technology. In the escalator braking system and the escalator braking control method according to the present invention, a braking mode is determined based on the classification of failure information in combination with the corresponding image information, and a braking device is controlled based on the braking mode, so that the braking is more intelligent, scientific and accurate, the occurrence of security problems caused by the failure can be effectively prevented, and the probability of accident is reduced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Inventor: LongWen Wang
  • Patent number: 10143228
    Abstract: An automated food preparation system includes a seasoning-dispensing system, a sauce-dispensing system, and a conveyance system. The seasoning-dispensing system includes a plurality of vessels, a dispersion nozzle, and a conduit coupled to the dispersion nozzle. Each vessel contains one of a plurality of seasonings. The vessels are in selective communication with the conduit. The sauce-dispensing system includes a plurality of sauce reservoirs, a scanning head, and a plurality of tubes. Each sauce reservoirs contains one of a plurality of sauces. The scanning head includes openings each coupled with one of the sauce reservoirs via one of the tubes. The conveyance system transports a foodstuff between a seasoning position in which the foodstuff is disposed below the dispersion nozzle and a sauce position in which the foodstuff is disposed below the openings. The scanning head is movable to dispense one or more sauces onto the foodstuff.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: Creator, Inc.
    Inventors: Alexandros Vardakostas, Thomas Hanson, Michael Balsamo, Taylor Nicholson, James Brinkman, Oshin Nazarian
  • Patent number: 10081202
    Abstract: An inkjet printer including a feeding device configured to feed a sheet in a feeding direction, a platen configured to support the sheet, a recording device configured to eject ink on the sheet, contacting members configured to contact the sheet, a detector configured to detect an end portion position of the sheet in a width direction, and a controller configured to control the feeding device and the recording device is provided. The contacting members are arranged at intervals in the width direction, and the controller performs a suppression process in which at least one of the feeding device and the recording device is controlled to suppress a contact of the sheet with the recording device when the end portion position detected by the detector is a position between the two adjacent contacting members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2018
    Inventors: Satoru Arakane, Kenta Horade
  • Patent number: 9994347
    Abstract: A system for individually packaging medicine is provided with a medicine inspection device that is capable of performing inspection of medicine that is individually packaged using a device for individually packaging medicine or the like. The control device of the medicine inspection device is provided with an inspection database in which images of medicine are stored as master images and is capable of carrying out an inspection task using image matching processing that involves an image acquired by imaging. The control is also capable of performing similarity determination for determining whether a medicine that is similar to a medicine that is packaged in an individual wrapper is present in the inspection database in a state in which the reference scope of the inspection database is restricted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Assignee: YUYAMA MFG. CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Hiroyuki Yuyama, Hirokazu Amano, Hiromichi Tsuda, Dai Shimizube
  • Patent number: 9523981
    Abstract: A method and a device for monitoring the number of sheets in a drying oven and a management and control system of the drying oven are disclosed. The method for monitoring comprises: acquiring sheet inlet signals and sheet outlet signals during transmission of the sheets (S100), in which the sheet inlet signals include information about a number of sheets transmitted into the oven by a robot, and the sheet outlet signals include information about a number of sheets transmitted out of the oven by the robot; and calculating an actual number of sheets in the oven according to the sheet inlet signals and the sheet outlet signals (S200). Moreover, the monitoring device (1) comprising an acquisition module (11) and a calculation module (12) is disclosed, and the management and control system of a drying oven, comprising the above device, is disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 20, 2016
    Inventors: Dafu Cheng, MinGting Weng
  • Patent number: 9422116
    Abstract: A two-level hierarchical communication architecture for segmented material conveyors having separate motor zones for sensing and control is presented herein. The architecture utilizes peer-to-peer serial communications among a plurality of motor zones to coordinate the article handling actions of those zones. Specific communications connectivity and message content schemes are used to better provide ZPA functionality that is performed in prior art conveyors by discrete contact-logic single bit “look-ahead” wiring. Additional features of the present invention include variations on placements of one or more barcode, tag reader or article presence sensors; a variable speed ZPA scheme; and a token-passing scheme for relaying pre-arranged article routing decisions among zone controllers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2016
    Inventor: Karl E. Hase
  • Patent number: 9291584
    Abstract: The method of steel grade determination for a steel material having a substantially circular cross-section comprise: a detection step in which while a measurement section 2 including an irradiation section 21 for performing X-ray irradiation and a detection section 22 for detecting fluorescent X-rays is relatively moved along an outer peripheral surface of the steel material 4 with respect to the steel material for a predetermined time period necessary for analysis, the steel material is irradiated with X-rays from the irradiation section, and fluorescent X-rays radiated from the steel material are detected by the detection section; a calculation step of calculating a composition of the steel material based on fluorescent X-rays detected in the detection step; and a determination step of determining a steel grade of the steel material according to the composition calculated in the calculation step.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2016
    Inventors: Kenji Fujiwara, Hiroshi Kubota
  • Patent number: 9244421
    Abstract: A drive transmission device having motor, a first pulley configured to be driven to rotate by the motor, a second pulley configured to be connected to a device, and a belt unit configured to be wound around the first pulley and the second pulley. The belt unit includes a metal layer and a dielectric layer configured to be provided between the first pulley and the metal layer and between the second pulley and the metal layer. The drive transmission device also includes a voltage supply unit configured to supply voltage to cause attraction between the first and second pulleys and the belt and a controller configured to control the voltage of the voltage supply unit based on information indicating load of the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2016
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Kota Kiyama, Yuri Mori, Seiji Hara, Tadashi Matsumoto
  • Patent number: 9043013
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention provide systems and methods for assisting sort operators in identifying the appropriate location to sort an item. In accordance with one aspect of the invention, a system for identifying a particular bin from a plurality of bins for sorting a package is provided. The system includes a plurality of bins configured to receive sorted packages; an optical reader positioned to capture destination indicia associated with the package; a keypad comprising a plurality of keys, where in at least some of the keys are associated with individual bins of the plurality of bins and at least some of the keys include lights; and a control system. The control system is configured to: receive data from the optical reader relating to the destination indicia; identify a particular bin within the plurality of bins associated with the received data; and trigger illumination of one or more lights on the keypad.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2015
    Inventors: Louis Ragusa, James Cossey
  • Patent number: 9037289
    Abstract: A processing system according to embodiments has an article supplier which supplies an article; a first conveyor which conveys an object to be processed; a workbench which is provided on the downstream side of the first conveyor and places thereon the object to be processed, conveyed by the first conveyor; a robot which takes out the article from the article supplier and subjects the object to be processed, placed on the workbench, to an operation using the article according to a previously instructed operation movement; and a second conveyor which is provided on the downstream side of the workbench and conveys the object to be processed, which has been subjected to the operation by the robot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2015
    Inventors: Takashi Suyama, Junichi Imatome, Toru Kajiwara, Yoshiaki Yamamoto
  • Patent number: 9037290
    Abstract: Systems, methods, devices, and non-transitory processor readable media of the various embodiments enable control of a conveyor having a plurality of zones each having a control module configured to control a selectable speed of the zone. The various embodiments are disclosed in connection with, but not necessarily limited to, accumulation conveyors with control systems which selectively set the speeds of zones based on conditions of upstream and downstream zones. The various embodiments are directed to improving efficiency of accumulation systems by controlling zones based upon consideration of conditions of neighboring zones. The various embodiment also enable the generation and use of translation tables correlating zones with network addresses of their respective control modules.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2015
    Inventors: Raymond R. Neiser, Jason A. Johnson, Brian J. Resnick, Christopher Scott Anderson, Kevin L. Klueber, Matthew Ross Wicks, Richard L. Kerns
  • Patent number: 9031682
    Abstract: An eyeglass lens supplying system for supplying an eyeglass lens to a plurality of eyeglass lens processing apparatus includes: a plurality of conveyer line units, each of which includes: at least one conveyer line conveying a tray; a tray moving unit separating at least two trays from the conveyer line to move the trays to standby positions, and put the tray on the conveyer line; and a control unit obtaining processing information from a host computer; a carrying-in conveyer line connected to the conveyer line of the conveyer line unit; a carrying-out conveyer line connected to the conveyer line of the conveyer line unit; a main control unit communicating with each of the control units, and determines the processing apparatus to process the lens in the tray on the carrying-in conveyer unit, or determines the conveyer line unit to convey the tray on the carrying-in conveyer unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2015
    Assignee: Nidek Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Motoshi Tanaka, Yuya Nakako
  • Publication number: 20150120039
    Abstract: There is provided a medicinal agent filling device that allows reduction of the operator's time and effort when the operator fills a medicinal agent into a container. A medicinal agent filling device includes: a supply device for supplying a medicinal agent of interest to a container capable of being filled with the medicinal agent; a holding body having a plurality of holding sections, each of which can hold the container; a conveyance device for conveying the holding body and moving the holding body to a supply position at which the medicinal agent can be supplied from the supply device to the container held by any one of the plurality of holding sections; and a detecting unit for detecting the holding body located on an immediately upstream side of the supply position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 14, 2012
    Publication date: April 30, 2015
    Inventor: Masayoshi Nishibue
  • Patent number: 9014844
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for stacking receptacles in materials handling facilities. An automated receptacle stacker may be integrated into a materials handling system to receive empty receptacles from upstream stations via an input conveyance mechanism, add the receptacles to a stack in a stack hopper, detect when the stack is complete, and output the stack onto an output conveyance mechanism. The output conveyance mechanism may convey the stack to a palletization station, and the stacker may begin another stack. This process may continue to build and output stacks of empty receptacles. In some implementations the receptacles may be stackable only when oriented correctly; in these implementations, orientation of the receptacles may be detected prior to stacking and incorrectly oriented receptacles may be either rotated to the correct orientation or diverted to a second receptacle stacker.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Jackie W. Casey, Zachary Shane Morgan
  • Publication number: 20150101908
    Abstract: The present subject matter relates to article carriers and related methods for use in grading apparatus and in particular, but not exclusively, for use in grading fruit. The present subject matter provides an article carrying apparatus comprising a plurality of carrier lanes each for receiving and conveying a number of articles; one or more diverters arranged to control the distribution of received articles into the lanes; a sensor arranged to determine a capacity use parameter for each lane; and a controller arranged to control the position of each diverter dependent on the determined capacity use parameters.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 18, 2014
    Publication date: April 16, 2015
    Inventors: Lee Adrian Cook, Jonathan Patrick Jackson
  • Patent number: 9008832
    Abstract: A diamond sorting system comprising a diamond source for supplying one or more diamonds to be graded by a vision system having one or more cameras arranged to take one or more images of the diamond, and a processor arranged to receive the image data and execute an algorithm on the data to grade the diamond. The sorting system further comprising a diamond collection unit arranged to receive a graded diamond from the vision system and an electromechanical diamond transporter arranged to transport a diamond to be graded from the diamond source to the vision system, and further arranged to transport a graded diamond from the vision system to the diamond collection unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignee: Eternity Manufacturing Limited
    Inventor: Chung Fai Lo
  • Patent number: 9008831
    Abstract: A packaging system and method for receiving articles from a first location, such as a product delivery system, transporting the articles to a second location for unloading the articles such that they are placed in a desired orientation and number of columns, rows, and stacks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignee: Rockwell Automation, Inc.
    Inventors: Keith G. Jacobs, Glen C. Wernersbach, Mark F. Smith
  • Patent number: 9008834
    Abstract: An object of the present invention is to propose a computerized control device and a computer-implemented method for speed regulation during delivery of printed products to stacking devices which do not have at least some of the disadvantages of the known systems. It is in particular an object of the present invention to propose a computerized control device and a computer-implemented method for regulating the speed of a conveyor for delivering printed products to stacking devices which enable flexible production of stacks of different sizes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignee: Ferag AG
    Inventor: Stefan Forster
  • Patent number: 9008825
    Abstract: A container unloading system that is adapted to automatically unload containers from carts while the containers and carts reside in an unloading station. The containers may be off-loaded onto a conveyor. The system includes a frame that is movable along the path of ingress/egress of the carts, and a vertically and horizontally movable lifting device that is supported on the frame and adapted to engage and lift the containers. A number of sensors may be present to gather information about the carts and/or containers and to send corresponding signals to a controller that is programmed to automatically operate the system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignee: Honda Logistics North America, Inc.
    Inventors: Eric Gregg Benjamin, Masahiko Minamikawa
  • Patent number: 8996161
    Abstract: Control architecture for use with transport systems, such as linear drive systems, rotary drive systems, or a combination thereof, comprising a computer system having a controller for operating control system software for receiving input commands and protocols for creating a motion profile for each transport element, and a gateway for receiving the motion profile from the control system software and for operating gateway drive software that functions to select the appropriate drives to move each transport element along one or more tracks in accordance with their motion profiles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Assignee: Rockwell Automation, Inc.
    Inventors: Glen C. Wernersbach, Keith G. Jacobs
  • Patent number: 8996159
    Abstract: A handling system for containers includes an automated zone in which floor-bound, rubber-tired and driverless container transport vehicles are used which transport containers between container bridges and a container storage facility. A non-automated zone is provided in which floor-bound, rubber-tired and manned container transport vehicles are used, the container transport vehicles being optionally operable in a driverless or manned mode and thus being optionally transportable in the automated zone or the non-automated zone. A corresponding container transport vehicle which can be connected to an auxiliary device for control in the manned mode is characterized in that the auxiliary device comprises a driver's cab that is equipped with a control system for steering, motion control and braking in the manned mode, the container transport vehicle having a detachable fastening possibility for the driver's cab at the front face of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Assignee: Terex MHPS GmbH
    Inventors: Hermann Franzen, Armin Wieschemann, Jannis Moutsokapas
  • Patent number: 8996157
    Abstract: There is proposed a unit including a station for preparing orders, controlled by a control system. The station has a first circuit that includes a first outward conveyor, which receives containers for storing products, and an accumulator for accumulating a predetermined quantity of storage containers received on the first outward conveyor. The accumulator includes: at least one first shaft comprising superposed mobile positions that can each receive and downwardly move at least one storage container, the at least one first shaft vertically accumulating and sequentially dispensing storage containers previously placed in the positions; and at least one first elevator moving vertically along the at least one first chute up to each of the locations of the at least one first chute.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Assignee: Savoye
    Inventor: Jean-Michel Collin
  • Patent number: 8996160
    Abstract: An article storage device for storing a plurality of pallets and having a plurality of storage compartments includes a conveyor for conveying the pallets, the conveyor being divided into a plurality of control zones corresponding to the respective storage compartments and having controllers in the respective zones. At least the controllers in the zones between the both end control zones each have a motor functioning also as an arrival detector, a RAM, and a communication circuit, the motor being for detecting a pallet being entering the home control zone, the RAM being for memorizing information indicating whether a pallet exists in the home control zone, and the communication circuit being for transmitting the information to the controller in the downstream zone. The controllers each contain a program to move up the pallet to the downstream zone so as to store the pallet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Assignee: Itoh Denki Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kazuo Itoh, Shigeki Fukata
  • Publication number: 20150081090
    Abstract: A material handling system comprising: a platform for receiving a plurality of articles; a plurality of sorting bins, each bin in corresponding to an article type; an object recognition system for identifying an article on the platform and categorizing said article by specific article type; said 3D object recognition system including a 3D detector for detecting said article and a database containing data on characteristics of article types; an article engagement assembly for engaging and delivering said article to said corresponding sorting bin; wherein the object recognition system is arranged to identify the article based upon the data within said database and instructs the article engagement assembly to engage and place the article in said sorting bin.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 12, 2014
    Publication date: March 19, 2015
    Inventor: Junfeng DONG
  • Patent number: 8983651
    Abstract: Method and apparatus for controlling a conveyor system including a conveyor zone having a plurality of conveyor regions. A zone controller is configured to track the position of one or more articles within a controlled zone. The zone controller may be operatively coupled to controllers of adjacent zones, and may receive and transmit data relating to the position of articles in the controlled zone and whether the zone is accepting articles from the other controllers. Articles are moved within the controlled zone by selectively activating the zone based on determined positions of articles within the controlled zone, the positions of articles within adjacent zones, and/or the operating mode of the zone. The zone controller may thereby operate cooperatively with adjacent zones to manage spacing between articles by selectively positioning multiple articles within the zone, and may accumulate or discharge articles from the conveyor system in a desired arrangement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Assignee: Insight Automation, Inc.
    Inventors: Charles R. Combs, James P. Knapke, Dimitar Petrov, Kazuya Ichieda
  • Patent number: 8983652
    Abstract: A transporting apparatus includes a motor, a transporting mechanism which receives a power from the motor and transports the sheet, and a control section which controls the motor in accordance with a predetermined control sequence to make the transporting mechanism transport the sheet up to a target position, and detects an occurrence of an electric-current saturation phenomenon in the motor. When the control section detects the occurrence of the electric-current saturation phenomenon, the control section performs correction of the predetermined control sequence including correction in which a target transporting velocity of the sheet is lowered from a predetermined value determined in the predetermined control sequence, and controls the motor in accordance with the corrected control sequence to make the transporting mechanism transport the sheet so that the sheet is stopped at the target position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Mitsuhiro Nozaki
  • Patent number: 8983649
    Abstract: An automated storage system for vehicles or the like is provided with a guidance system that interacts with a remote-controlled transport system that transports a vehicle between an access location, such a drive-up location, and a storage location. More particularly, in one embodiment, an omni-directional, battery-powered, wirelessly-controlled, transport system or so-called automated guided vehicle (“AGV”) is designed to follow magnetic field generating wires and RFID chips on the floors of the parking facility to move forward, backward and side to side underneath cars that are parked on a flat surface. In one embodiment, the AGV automatically contracts and expands its body to slide its arms under the wheelbase of a car, lift the car, and roll with speed and precision in any direction on to a waiting lift, that will then raise and lower the AGV and its automobile payload toward its ultimate destination.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Assignee: Boomerang Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Stanley J. Checketts, Stott Barwick, Merin Swasey
  • Patent number: 8977387
    Abstract: A system for managing semiconductor production includes a conveyor to convey a wafer carrier to or from an overhead hoist transfer system. The system also includes a cross-system transport apparatus to transfer the wafer carrier between the conveyor and an overhead shuttle system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2015
    Assignee: Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Wei-Cheng Wang, Feng-Ning Lee
  • Publication number: 20150066203
    Abstract: The control of second to fourth paths (slave paths) is performed with reference to various settings and the sequence of the first path (master path), instead of various settings and sequences of the second to fourth paths, thus, control of all path groups is centralized by the sequence of the first path.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 28, 2014
    Publication date: March 5, 2015
    Inventor: Yuuki OONISHI
  • Publication number: 20150066202
    Abstract: A control apparatus controls a circulating conveyor having areas each of which stores one of articles. A storage stores inventory information indicating a state of storage of each of the articles. A computer executes a program to perform a controlling process of controlling the conveyor. The controlling process includes a receiving process of receiving an instruction of storing or carrying out an article, a computing process of computing, in response to reception of the instruction by the receiving process, an amount of travel of the conveyor based on the inventory information, the amount of travel being necessary to move one of the areas of the conveyor to a predetermined position at which one of the articles is stored in or carried out of the one of the areas, and a first controlling process of controlling an operation of the conveyor in accordance with the computed amount of travel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 25, 2014
    Publication date: March 5, 2015
    Applicant: RICOH COMPANY, LTD.
    Inventor: Takeshi EJIMA
  • Patent number: 8972046
    Abstract: A feed station feeds a flow of items along a transport path, in which a path, a path point W2 is orthogonal to the position of a first transport roller, a path point W3 is orthogonal to the position of a sensor, and a path point W4 is orthogonal to a second transport roller. A distance between W3 and W4 is smaller than the minimum length of the flat items and is greater than or equal to a distance between W4 and a path end point Wend. A distance between Wend and an intake point W4-Wend of the subsequent goods processing apparatus is much smaller than the W4-Wend distance. A transport velocity distance between the separated flat items at the start of the transport path is controlled to a minimum distance and is always the same size when the items leave the feed station.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Assignee: Francotyp-Postalia GmbH
    Inventors: Ralf Mueller, Volker Baum
  • Patent number: 8965567
    Abstract: A component of a material flow system for transporting goods has a mechatronics arrangement with transport elements, sensors and actuators for transporting the goods, a control device for controlling the mechatronics arrangement, interfaces to adjacent components and the surroundings, and an internal simulator for determining the future state of the component. The internal simulator co-operates with internal simulators of other components of the material flow system, for determining a prognosis of the future state of the installation of the material flow system. The decentralized internal simulators can be synchronously or asynchronously activated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: Siemens Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Georg Baier, Konstantin Keutner
  • Patent number: 8965560
    Abstract: A method for order picking products in an order picking facility having at least one rack for storing products and an assigned warehouse transport system for collecting and storing the products and for transferring the collected products to a transport system, by means of which the collected products are transported to a good-to-picker order picking station, at which the quantity of the collected products that is determined in a picking order is order-picked manually or automatically by a robot, into one order transport unit for each picking order. Product types corresponding to the picking order are collected, order-picked at the good-to-picker order picking station, one after the other, and the remaining products of the product type are stored via the transport system again in the rack.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: Knapp AG
    Inventors: Franz Mathi, Klaus Uller
  • Patent number: 8965558
    Abstract: A reconfigurable automated system is provided. The system comprises a backbone including a plurality of docking ports, at least one module including a connector for releasably coupling the module to the backbone, and a motion unit, connected to the backbone, for providing an object to the module when the module is coupled to the backbone. The module connector and one of the docking ports form a connection interface, including a mechanical alignment device and an electrical connection, when the module is operationally coupled to the backbone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2006
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: Thermo CRS Ltd.
    Inventors: Hansjoerg Werner Haas, Trevor Gordon Jones, Daniel Curtis McCrackin, Edgar Allison Outhouse, Thomas Ian Hatherley, Michael Paul Riff, Gregory Earl Lowe, Richard Alexander Huber, Jonathan David Wittchen, Bradley Kenneth Klinck, Michael Macalister Peck, Susan Hertz
  • Patent number: 8965568
    Abstract: A feed station has a pre-separation region, a separation region and a transport region in succession along a transport path. A first sensor is at the start of the separation region and a second sensor is at the start of the transport region. A control unit processes signals from the sensors and encoders to determine the position of the flat item, and is connected with a separation motor to drive the separation device, so that a flat item is separated from a stack with a predetermined separation velocity. If unacceptably small gaps exist between the flat items, the separation process is stopped when the leading edge of a subsequent flat item reaches the second sensor and is continued when the preceding separated flat item achieves a predetermined clearance from the leading edge of the aforementioned flat item due to its transport.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: Francotyp-Postalia GmbH
    Inventor: Frank Geserich
  • Patent number: 8958906
    Abstract: In an example embodiment, a router that is configured to pass a pneumatic carrier therethrough and comprises a solid continuous curved tube, a tube rotational support, and a drive. The tube includes a first open end and a second open end opposed of the first open end. The tube rotational support is in operative supporting connection with the tube and enables the tube to rotate about an axis. The first open end is generally aligned with the first opening. In a first rotational position of the tube, the second open end is generally aligned with a first of the plurality of second openings. In a second rotational position of the tube, the second open end is generally aligned with a second of the plurality of second openings. The drive is operative to cause the tube to move between the first and second rotational positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2015
    Assignee: Diebold Self-Service Systems division of Diebold, Incorporated
    Inventors: Mark DePietro, Michael Suteu, Neil Gromley, Daniel McIntyre, Steven Davis
  • Patent number: 8952568
    Abstract: The invention relates to a conveyor system for conveying individual piece goods, comprising: a number of conveyor motors and at least one control unit for sending data connected to each conveyor motor for regulating and/or controlling the conveyor motors. According to the invention, the control unit is connected with a bus line, a conveyor motor, and preferably each conveyor motor by means of the bus line, preferably without electrical contact. According to the invention, it is also provided that the modem(s) is/are designed in order to take energy for driving the conveyor motor and at least one data signal for control/regulation of the conveyor motor from the bus line and send them to the conveyor motor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2015
    Assignees: Interroll Holding AG, Sew-Eurodrive Gmgh & Co. KG
    Inventors: Georg H. Malina, Werner F. Spaeth
  • Patent number: 8954189
    Abstract: Sonic embodiments provide an agricultural commodity distribution system that provides secure distribution of an agricultural commodity to an authorized person. In some embodiments, the system comprises a server computing device, a data storage associated with the computing device, and a controller that activates the distribution to the authorized person. In some embodiments, the server is communicably connected to a mobile communication device of a person such that the person can send the distribution request to the server via the mobile communication device. The server of some embodiments is associated with the data storage such that the server can validate the distribution request against data stored in the data storage. The server of some embodiments is also communicably connected to the controller such that the server transmits an activation code to the controller when the distribution request is validated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2015
    Inventor: Aaron Jay Zimmerman
  • Patent number: 8948911
    Abstract: A control device (50) and a conveying method for conveying carriers (40 to 49) in a machine (1) are provided. The control device (50) comprises a determining unit (51) for determining the velocity of a carrier (40 to 49) in a first conveying device (10) in which carriers (40 to 49) are conveyed with magnetic force and with variable velocity for each carrier (40 to 49) from a first position to a second position different from the first position, and an evaluating unit (52) for evaluating the velocity of carriers (40 to 49) in a second conveying device (20) in which carriers (40 to 49) are conveyed from a second position to a third position different from the second position, wherein the determining unit (51) is arranged to determine the velocity of each carrier (40 to 49) in the first conveying device (10) on the basis of the evaluation result of the evaluating unit (52) so that the carriers (40 to 49) move continuously between the first and second conveying devices (10, 20).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2015
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventor: Menno Haring
  • Publication number: 20150025677
    Abstract: A detection device includes a transmission belt, a lifting mechanism positioned below the transmission belt, a sensor, a capturing unit, and a processor. The sensor generates a product presence signal after sensing the product within the field of view of the sensor. The capturing unit captures an image of the product in response to the product presence signal. The processor detects whether the product is transported to first predetermined position; controls the lifting mechanism to lift the product until the product is lifted within the field of view of the sensor, acquires the captured image of the product from the capturing unit, determines whether the captured image matches a predetermined image, and controls the lifting mechanism to lower the product down to the predetermined position on the transmission belt.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 18, 2014
    Publication date: January 22, 2015
    Inventor: TSUNG-JU CHIEN
  • Publication number: 20150025678
    Abstract: An automation system for an in vitro diagnostics environment includes a plurality of intelligent carriers that include onboard processing and navigation capabilities. A central management controller can communicate wirelessly with the carriers to direct the carriers to carry a fluid sample to testing stations along a track within the automation system. The carriers control local motion and navigate decision points, such as forks in the track, to reach the appropriate testing station independently. The carriers can utilize landmarks and distance encoding to reach destinations accurately and quickly, including, for example, within less than the time for a single operation cycle of an automated clinical analyzer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 1, 2013
    Publication date: January 22, 2015
    Inventors: Colin Mellars, Baris Yagci, Benjamin Pollack
  • Publication number: 20150019005
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a packaging line comprising a packaging machine and at least one additional component, wherein the packaging machine and the component each have an at least partially local control and the packaging line has a line regulation/control. The present invention further relates to a method for operating a packaging line comprising a packaging machine and at least one additional component, wherein the packaging machine and each component have an at least partially local control and the packaging line has a line regulation/control.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 5, 2013
    Publication date: January 15, 2015
    Inventors: Nelson Moreira da Costa, Tilman Naeher, Rolf Rein
  • Publication number: 20150019006
    Abstract: The robot system includes a first robot, a first robot controller, a loading information storage device, a second robot, and a second robot controller. The first robot holds and loads one or more target objects to form a loaded body. The first robot controller controls a movement of the first robot. The loading information storage device stores loading information of each target object loaded by the first robot. The second robot holds and unloads the one or more target objects from the loaded body. The second robot controller controls a movement of the second robot. The second robot controller comprises a first movement mode determining part. The first movement mode determining part determines a movement mode of the second robot based on the loading information of each target object. The second robot controller controls the movement of the second robot based on the movement mode.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 29, 2014
    Publication date: January 15, 2015
    Inventors: Osamu YOSHIDA, Tomohiro UENO, Eiji KIHARA, Taro NAMBA
  • Publication number: 20150019007
    Abstract: A method of processing items such as pieces of meat, by providing a stream of items by means of a primary conveyor means, allocating at least partly by means of a computer system one or more of said items to one of at least two workstations where said items are processed, e.g. cut and/or trimmed, resulting in one or more processed items, registering in said computer system information about a return of at least one of said one or more processed items to said primary conveyor means, and returning said at least one of said one or more processed items to said primary conveyor means in accordance with said information about a return, wherein the method further comprises keeping track of said items including when they are taken out and put back on the primary conveyor. The invention further relates to a processing system for carrying out the method.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 1, 2014
    Publication date: January 15, 2015
    Inventors: Brynjolfur Thorsson, Stefan Axelsson
  • Patent number: 8930015
    Abstract: A sorting system having a plurality of sorting assemblies where each sorting assembly has an image device that transmits an image of product to a controller that then actuates a robotic sorting device to remove damaged product through a suction tube based upon the transmitted image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2015
    Assignee: Bratney Companies
    Inventors: Thomas R. Johnston, Curt Mathew Davis
  • Patent number: 8930018
    Abstract: A device for controlling material flows may include at least one feeding device for feeding material of at least one type of material, at least one output device for outputting material of at least one type of material, a transport device for transporting the material, at least one sensor for determining at least one state-dependent parameter of the device, and a control device for controlling the devices, the control device being designed to process event-based signals, e.g., signals from the at least one sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2015
    Assignee: Siemens Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Stefan Boschert, Torsten Hellmuth, Hermann Georg Mayer, Roland Rosen, Martin Schneider
  • Patent number: 8930016
    Abstract: Method for arranging rod-like elements including cigarette parts such as filter and tobacco parts, in which elements are delivered to a conveyor having successive sectors which arrange the elements in separate rows along the conveyor. The type, number and location of element transported on the conveyor are determined by at least a single scanning of each successive element on the conveyor. The scanned results are transmitted to a control unit which assigns each sector of the conveyor information according to its contents. The elements are subsequently sorted based on the information received by the control unit according to the type and the number of parts each element is composed of, the orientation of these parts in relation to the direction of movement of the conveyor. Each of the successive elements is transferred to a predetermined receiving area based on the information received from the control unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2015
    Assignee: International Tobacco Machinery Poland Sp. z o.o.
    Inventors: Andrzej Stanikowski, Robert Chmielewski, Wojciech Jerzy Chojnacki, Andrzej Sulkowski, Marek Sieredzinski, Krzysztof Stolarski