Arm Motion Controller Patents (Class 901/2)
  • Publication number: 20150148948
    Abstract: Current handheld marking devices typically use hand movement to create marks on a surface. Marks, in this context, can be defined as an area on a surface having different physical properties from its surroundings. Such marks are created by the motion of a marking region that travels on a surface plane, creating a mark over time. Examples of such devices are: pens, brushes, markers, spray tools, and engraving instruments. Marking devices carry motion from the brain, to the hand, through the device and onto the surface. A feedback loop is created from the brain to hands to a final mark on a surface. The mark is observed as it is created and loops back into the brain. This creative mark making loop is the process to generate a visual element or design on a surface. Typically this loop is consistent across handheld marking devices.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 23, 2013
    Publication date: May 28, 2015
    Inventors: Dilip Singh, Michael Isner
  • Publication number: 20150148956
    Abstract: An evaluation value Ek on a trajectory error ek between an actual trajectory yk and a target trajectory x is calculated. In a case where the calculated evaluation value Ek is better than a best evaluation value Ebest, the best evaluation value Ebest is updated by the evaluation value Ek and is stored. A commanded trajectory uk in this situation is employed as a best commanded trajectory ubest and stored. In a case where the calculated evaluation value Ek is worse than the best evaluation value Ebest, a compensator that calculates a correction of the trajectory ?uk+1 is changed to another compensator and the correction of the trajectory ?uk+1 is calculated. A commanded trajectory in the next-time operation uk+1 is calculated from the correction of the trajectory ?uk+1 and the best commanded trajectory ubest.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 21, 2014
    Publication date: May 28, 2015
    Inventor: Mahito Negishi
  • Patent number: 9043030
    Abstract: A manipulator and a method of generating the shortest path along which the manipulator moves to grip an object without collision with the object models a target object and a gripper into a spherical shape, measures a current position of the gripper and a position of the target object and a target position of the gripper, calculates an arc-shaped path in a two-dimensional plane along which the gripper needs to move by calculating an included angle of a triangle consisting of the position of the object and the current position and target position of the gripper, transforms the arc-shaped path in the two-dimensional plane into an arc-shaped path in a three-dimensional space using a transform matrix consisting of the position of the object and the current position and target position of the gripper, thereby automatically generating the shortest path of the manipulator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2015
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Jong Do Choi, Kyung Shik Roh, Young Bo Shim
  • Patent number: 9040284
    Abstract: Systems and methods of sample processing and temperature control are disclosed. The invention may especially relate to temperature control, and may in some embodiments be methods of temperature control of an automated sample processing system and methods of automated sample processing. Specifically, the present invention provides temperature control in relation to sample processing systems and methods of processing samples, and in some embodiments provides temperature control in relation to sample carriers and processing materials such as reagents. Corresponding systems and devices are disclosed, including sample processing systems (1), sample carrier temperature regulation systems (60), reagent temperature regulation systems, sample processing control systems, and temperature regulation devices, among other embodiments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2015
    Assignee: DAKO DENMARK A/S
    Inventors: Kristopher Buchanan, Marc Key, John Favuzzi, Rosanne Welcher, Benno Guggenheimer, Robert Clark, Michael Barber, Bob Lathrop
  • Patent number: 9043027
    Abstract: A method of controlling an operation of a robotically-controlled surgical instrument can include receiving a first input signal at a controller indicative of a user's readiness to actuate the surgical instrument to perform a surgical procedure, outputting an output signal from the controller to provide feedback to the user in response to the received first input signal, receiving a second input signal at the controller confirming the user's readiness to actuate the surgical instrument, outputting an actuation signal from the controller in response to receiving the second input signal, and actuating the surgical instrument to perform the surgical procedure based on the actuation signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2015
    Assignee: Intuitive Surgical Operations, Inc.
    Inventors: Kevin Durant, Michael Hanuschik, Paul W. Mohr, Jack Hsia
  • Publication number: 20150121983
    Abstract: A robot system includes an end effector, a robot arm, and a controller. The end effector includes a pressure roller and a linear motion mechanism. The linear motion mechanism is configured to move the pressure roller with respect to a pressed surface. The robot arm is configured to support the end effector. The controller is configured to control the linear motion mechanism to move the pressure roller to make a pressing force of the pressure roller against the pressed surface approximately uniform.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 31, 2014
    Publication date: May 7, 2015
    Applicant: KABUSHIKI KAISHA YASKAWA DENKI
    Inventors: Manabu OKAHISA, Masami NAKAKURA, Teppei SONODA
  • Publication number: 20150127141
    Abstract: A robot includes a force detection unit and an arm including an end effector. The arm applies a force acting in a predetermined direction to a first workpiece so that the first workpiece is pressed against at least a first surface and a second surface of a second workpiece.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 30, 2014
    Publication date: May 7, 2015
    Inventors: Hiroyuki KAWADA, Yuki KIYOSAWA, Makoto KUDO
  • Publication number: 20150127153
    Abstract: A robot performs, after i-th (i is a natural number) work, i+1-th work different from the i-th work and performs, after j-th (j is a natural number satisfying j?i) work, j+1-th work different from the j-th work. The robot performs the i+1-th work after the i-th work without changing information concerning correction in a joint of the robot during the i-th work, performs robot calibration after the j-th work, and performs the j+1-th work after performing the robot calibration.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 4, 2014
    Publication date: May 7, 2015
    Inventors: Yukihiro YAMAGUCHI, Taro ISHIGE
  • Publication number: 20150127158
    Abstract: A robot includes a robot arm, a force sensor, and a control unit configured to control the operation of the robot art. The control unit initializes the force sensor while the robot arm is moving at uniform speed. It is preferable that the control unit initializes the force sensor while the robot arm is moving at the uniform speed and the amplitude of a detection value of the force sensor is smaller than a threshold.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 31, 2014
    Publication date: May 7, 2015
    Inventor: Yasuhiro SHIMODAIRA
  • Publication number: 20150127124
    Abstract: An apparatus of this invention is directed to an information processing apparatus that controls a device from an information processing apparatus in conformity with an operation condition of the device acquired by a portable terminal when the device is connected to the portable terminal. The information processing apparatus includes a device information receiver that receives, via a network, device information acquired by the portable terminal including a device connector, an operation information receiver that receives, via the network, operation condition information representing an operation condition of the device acquired by the portable terminal, and a device controller that controls the device based on the received device information and operation condition information.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 22, 2013
    Publication date: May 7, 2015
    Applicant: NEC Corporation
    Inventor: Yoshikazu Kobayashi
  • Publication number: 20150127019
    Abstract: A medical manipulator includes an insertion part including an external cylindrical tube that has a bendingly manipulable bending part and that has flexibility; a manipulation part; an arm part which is provided on a distal end part of the insertion part; a mode-input part which is provided on the manipulation part and is capable of inputting a mode; and a control part that selectively controls the bending part and the arm part such that the bending part and the arm part are controlled to enter one of two states consisting of a locked state in which the bending part and the arm part are locked in a predetermined state in which the manipulation input is not accepted, and a non-locked state, on the basis of the manipulation input and a mode input to the mode-input part.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 12, 2015
    Publication date: May 7, 2015
    Applicant: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Takahiro KOMURO, Masatoshi IIDA
  • Patent number: 9026250
    Abstract: A robotic arm is mounted on a personal mobility device, such as a wheelchair, scooter or the like, and is controlled with a user input interface, also mounted on the personal mobility device. The user input interface has a grip operable by the user to move in a plurality of orthogonal directions, both spatially and angularly, having articulating arms supporting a housing with a pivot member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2015
    Assignee: Harris Corporation
    Inventors: Matthew D. Summer, Paul M. Bosscher, Laurance H. Davis, III
  • Publication number: 20150120048
    Abstract: Robotic system (100) includes a processing device (512) and a plurality of robot actuators (501) to cause a specified motion of the robot (102). The processing device (512) responds to one or more user robot commands (115) initiated by a control operator input at a remote control console (108). A user robot command will specify a first movement of the robot from a first position to a second position. The processing device will compare a current pose of the robot to an earlier pose of the robot to determine a difference between the current pose and the earlier pose. Based on this comparing, the processing device will selectively transform the user robot command to a latency-corrected robot command which specifies a second movement for the robot which is different from the first movement.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 24, 2013
    Publication date: April 30, 2015
    Applicant: HARRIS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Matthew D. Summer, Paul M. Bosscher, Michael J. Summer, Miguel Ortega-Morales
  • Publication number: 20150114149
    Abstract: A robot includes a base; a trunk linked to the base; a multi-joint robot arm rotatably linked to the trunk; and an elevating mechanism capable of bringing the trunk to a low position and a high position higher than the low position, and a time taken when a tip of the multi-joint robot arm is moved by a predetermined distance when the trunk is at the high position is longer than a time taken when the tip of the multi-joint robot arm is moved by a predetermined distance when the trunk is at the low position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 23, 2014
    Publication date: April 30, 2015
    Inventors: Akihiro GOMI, Masaki MOTOYOSHI
  • Patent number: 9020642
    Abstract: A robot controller includes a force control unit that outputs a correction value of a target track of a robot based on a detected sensor value acquired from a force sensor, a target value output unit that obtains a target value by performing correction processing on the target track based on the correction value and outputs the obtained target value, and a robot control unit that performs feedback control of the robot based on the target value. The force control unit includes an impedance processor that obtains a solution of a differential equation in force control as the correction value before the conversion processing, and a nonlinear convertor that obtains the correction value after the conversion processing by performing nonlinear conversion processing on the correction value before the conversion processing acquired from the impedance processor and outputs the obtained correction value after the conversion processing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2015
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventor: Mitsuhiro Inazumi
  • Publication number: 20150112481
    Abstract: A robotic system has arms, arm processors, arm supervisor, and system supervisor. Each arm includes nodes for controlling motors in the arm. Each node, including each arm processor, detects faults affecting the node, places the node into a safe state upon detecting a fault, propagates a fault notification, diagnoses the fault and classifies it, and sends an error message to the supervisor processor. The arm supervisor may detect faults affecting an arm and also perform fault reaction activities. The system supervisor handles the fault as either a system or local fault depending upon its class. For system faults, a fault notification is sent to the arm processors of non-failed arms so that the non-failed arms are placed in the safe state. For local faults, a degraded operation option is provided to a user and if the fault is classified as recoverable, a recovery option is provided to the user.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 25, 2014
    Publication date: April 23, 2015
    Inventors: CHRISTOPHER R. BURNS, Vaughn Fuelling, Gregory K. Toth, Akash Patel
  • Publication number: 20150112484
    Abstract: In a trajectory control device (10) for an articulated robot, a first dynamic characteristic calculation unit (300) is provided with a high-frequency cutoff characteristic having a cutoff frequency which is lower than the natural oscillation frequency of the robot, performs filtering processing with respect to a joint-angle command value (?c), and outputs a processed joint-angle target value (?d). A second dynamic characteristic calculation unit (400) is provided with a high-frequency cutoff characteristic having a cutoff frequency which is lower than that of the first dynamic characteristic calculation unit (300), performs filtering processing with respect to the output from a coupling-torque compensation command value calculation unit (200), and outputs a processed coupling-torque compensation value (cd).
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 30, 2013
    Publication date: April 23, 2015
    Applicant: KABUSHIKI KAISHA KOBE SEIKO SHO (KOBE STEEL, LTD.)
    Inventors: Yoshiharu Nishida, Takashi Wada, Yoshihide Inoue, Shuichi Inada
  • Patent number: 9014853
    Abstract: A pair of manipulators are caused to take a plurality of attitudes in a state where distal ends of the manipulators are coupled to each other, coordinates of joints between links at each attitude change are acquired on the basis of detection signals, at each attitude change, of rotary encoders provided for servomotors that drive the links of the manipulators, and a position and attitude of an installation point of a slave robot with reference to an installation point of a master robot are calculated on the basis of the joint coordinates acquired at the corresponding attitude change in a forward kinematics manner. A deviation vector for each attitude change between actual measured values of the installation point of the slave robot and the calculated values of the installation point of the slave robot is calculated, and robot constants of both manipulators are identified from the deviation vector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: JTEKT Corporation
    Inventors: Hiromichi Ohta, Yasuharu Mukai, Kazuya Numazaki
  • Patent number: 9014856
    Abstract: In one embodiment of the invention, a control system for a robotic surgical instrument is provided including a torque saturation limiter, a torque to current converter coupled to the torque saturation limiter, and a motor coupled to the torque to current converter. The torque saturation limiter receives a desired torque signal for one or more end effectors and limits the desired torque to a range between an upper torque limit and a lower torque limit generating a bounded torque signal. The torque to current converter transforms a torque signal into a current signal. The motor drives an end effector of one or more end effectors to the bounded torque signal in response to the first current signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: Intuitive Surgical Operations, Inc.
    Inventors: Scott Manzo, Nitish Swarup
  • Publication number: 20150104283
    Abstract: A robot system according to embodiments includes a robot including an arm, and a work table. On the work table, an object used for work performed by the robot by using the arm is placed. The arm of the robot includes a first arm portion, a second arm portion, and a third arm portion. The first arm portion supports an end effector to be rotatable about a first rotation axis at a distal end thereof. The second arm portion supports a base end of the first arm portion to be swingable about a second rotation axis substantially perpendicular to the first rotation axis. The third arm portion supports a base end of the second arm portion to be swingable about a third rotation axis substantially perpendicular to the second rotation axis.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 19, 2014
    Publication date: April 16, 2015
    Applicant: KABUSHIKI KAISHA YASKAWA DENKI
    Inventors: Kazuyoshi NOGAMI, Tamio NAKAMURA, Takashi NISHIMURA, Takashi SUYAMA, Nobukazu MIYAUCHI
  • Publication number: 20150105891
    Abstract: A bioassembly system having a tissue/object modeling software component fully and seamlessly integrated with a robotic bioassembly workstation component for the computer-assisted design, fabrication and assembly of biological and non-biological constructs. The robotic bioassembly workstation includes a six-axis robot providing the capability for oblique-angle printing, printing by non-sequential planar layering, and printing on print substrates having variable surface topographies, enabling fabrication of more complex bio-constructs including tissues, organs and vascular trees.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 10, 2014
    Publication date: April 16, 2015
    Applicant: ADVANCED SOLUTIONS LIFE SCIENCES, LLC
    Inventors: Michael Golway, Justin C. Palmer, Jeffrey Kyle Eli, Joshua D. Bartlett, Ellsworth H. Collins
  • Publication number: 20150105905
    Abstract: In an elastic-deformation-compensation control device (10), a first dynamic characteristic calculation unit (300) performs filtering processing with respect to a motor-angle command value (?mc) outputted from a motor-angle-command-value calculation unit (600), and outputs a processed motor-angle target value (?md). A second dynamic characteristic calculation unit (400) is provided with a high-frequency cutoff characteristic having a cutoff frequency which is lower than that of the first dynamic characteristic calculation unit (300), performs filtering processing with respect to the output from an axial force torque calculation unit (200), and outputs a processed axial force torque compensation value (fd).
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 30, 2013
    Publication date: April 16, 2015
    Applicant: Kabushiki Kaisha Kobe Seiko Sho (Kobe Steel, Ltd.)
    Inventors: Yoshiharu Nishida, Takashi Wada, Yoshihide Inoue, Shuichi Inada
  • Publication number: 20150100461
    Abstract: Mobile robotic system allows multiple users to visit authentic places without physically being there. Users with variable requirements are able to take part in controlling a single controllable device simultaneously; users take part in controlling robot's movement according to their interest. A system administrator selects and defines criteria for robot's movement; the mobile robot with video and audio devices on it is remotely controlled by a server which selects the robot's movement according to the users and system administrator criteria. The server provides information to users; the robot's location influences the content of the information. Such robotic system may be used for shopping, visiting museums and other public touristic attractions over the Internet.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 4, 2013
    Publication date: April 9, 2015
    Inventors: Dan Baryakar, Andreea Baryakar
  • Publication number: 20150100194
    Abstract: A trajectory generation device includes a storage unit that stores a plurality of trajectories; a trajectory acquisition unit that acquires a trajectory, corresponding to an environment similar to a current environment, from the plurality of trajectories stored in the storage unit; and a trajectory generation unit that calculates a longest trajectory part, which is present in a moving object moving area in the trajectory acquired by the trajectory acquisition unit, and generates a trajectory by connecting both ends of the calculated longest trajectory part to a predetermined start point and a predetermined end point respectively.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Publication date: April 9, 2015
    Applicant: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Koji Terada
  • Publication number: 20150100147
    Abstract: After a forward end of a workpiece is inserted into a through-hole and fitting is started, a follow operation of moving the workpiece to follow the shape of the through-hole is performed during the movement of the workpiece in a fitting direction. At this time, the workpiece is fitted into the through-hole while a control point of a robot is changed in a direction opposite to the fitting direction according to the amount of movement of the workpiece in the fitting direction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 16, 2014
    Publication date: April 9, 2015
    Applicant: KABUSHIKI KAISHA YASKAWA DENKI
    Inventors: Tetsuro IZUMI, Yukio HASHIGUCHI, Takuya FUKUDA, Ryoichi NAGAI
  • Publication number: 20150100156
    Abstract: A method, robot arrangement and computer program product for tuning a dynamical model of an industrial robot on a foundation. The parameter determining device includes a model memory with a first dynamical model of the robot, the first dynamical model including first model parameters representing dynamical properties of the robot; and a second dynamical model of a foundation to which the robot is to be attached, the second dynamical model including second model parameters representing dynamical properties of the foundation, and a parameter adjusting unit that obtains information about dynamical properties of the foundation by ordering the actuator to move the robot and by receiving, from the detector, measurements of at least one property affected by the movement; and set at least one of the second model parameters on the basis of the dynamical properties of the foundation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 15, 2014
    Publication date: April 9, 2015
    Inventors: Ingvar Jonsson, Stig Moberg, Sven Hanssen
  • Publication number: 20150099970
    Abstract: A movement device and a manipulator configuration are provided for contact and/or invasive examination or treatment of the human or animal body under the influence of increased and/or changing acceleration. Wherein a functional head can be moved relative to a base along a plurality of degrees of freedom movable by drive devices and at least one drive device is constituted as a force-limited drive device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 6, 2013
    Publication date: April 9, 2015
    Applicant: AMST-SYSTEMTECHNIK GMBH
    Inventors: Richard Schluesselberger, Sen., Richard Schluesselberger, Jun., Rainer Schluesselberger, Norman Eisenkoeck
  • Patent number: 9002504
    Abstract: The present disclosure is directed to methods and systems for evaluating wafer size handling capabilities of wafer handling robots and wafer stations in a wafer processing environment. In one embodiment, a method is provided in which size parameters for each of one or more wafer stations and one or more robot hands of a wafer handling robot are set based on user input. A user command identifying a desired robot hand and a desired wafer station is received. A first size parameter of the desired robot hand is compared to a second size parameter of the desired wafer station. If the first size parameter is equal to the second size parameter, or if the second size parameter is an all-size parameter, the user command is executed. If the first size parameter is not equal to the second size parameter, an error is generated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Assignee: Kawasaki Robotics (USA) Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas Miu, Shinya Kitano, Simon Jeyapalan, Ming Zeng, Avish A. Bharwani
  • Patent number: 9002518
    Abstract: In one embodiment of the invention, a control system for a robotic surgical instrument is provided including a torque saturation limiter, a torque to current converter coupled to the torque saturation limiter, and a motor coupled to the torque to current converter. The torque saturation limiter receives a desired torque signal for one or more end effectors and limits the desired torque to a range between an upper torque limit and a lower torque limit generating a bounded torque signal. The torque to current converter transforms a torque signal into a current signal. The motor drives an end effector of one or more end effectors to the bounded torque signal in response to the first current signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Assignee: Intuitive Surgical Operations, Inc.
    Inventors: Scott Manzo, Nitish Swarup
  • Publication number: 20150089880
    Abstract: A method of manufacturing PDC drill bits includes inspecting a plurality of cutters. The method further includes inspecting a plurality of pockets of a bit body. A cutter of the plurality of cutters is assigned to a pocket of the plurality of pockets based on the inspection of the plurality of cutters and the inspection of the plurality of cutter pockets. A robot positions the cutter inside the pocket and applies heat to a brazing material to produce a molten brazing material within the pocket.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 27, 2013
    Publication date: April 2, 2015
    Applicant: VAREL EUROPE S.A.S.
    Inventors: Alfazazi Dourfaye, Gary M. Thigpen
  • Patent number: 8996169
    Abstract: A computer-assisted surgery system may have a robotic arm including a surgical tool and a processor communicatively connected to the robotic arm. The processor may be configured to receive, from a neural monitor, a signal indicative of a distance between the surgical tool and a portion of a patient's anatomy including nervous tissue. The processor may be further configured to generate a command for altering a degree to which the robotic arm resists movement based on the signal received from the neural monitor; and send the command to the robotic arm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Assignee: MAKO Surgical Corp.
    Inventors: Chris Alan Lightcap, Hyosig Kang
  • Publication number: 20150088300
    Abstract: A robotic end effector system and method having a plurality of end effectors which are selectively suitable for particular applications on a workpiece. The end effectors include a resident controller adapted to execute tasks specific to the end effector and are rapidly attachable and removable from the robot for easy change over to different workpieces.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 29, 2014
    Publication date: March 26, 2015
    Inventors: Velibor Kilibarda, Joseph Cyrek, David Reid
  • Publication number: 20150082596
    Abstract: The invention provides for apparatus (10) for lifting a conveyor belt (13) supported on a series of idler rollers (19) on a belt conveyor (11), the apparatus (10) comprising a body (4) selectively movable along the belt conveyor (11) and a belt lifting assembly (50) mounted on the body (41) and operable to engage the conveyor belt (13) to lift the belt from, and subsequently lower said belt onto, an idler roller operatively supporting the belt on the conveyor (11).
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 15, 2013
    Publication date: March 26, 2015
    Applicants: SANDPIT INNOVATION PTY LTD, LEWIS AUSTRALIA PTY LTD
    Inventor: Aaron Leigh Carter
  • Publication number: 20150088309
    Abstract: A method for operating a multi-limb manipulator which includes electric actuators assigned to manipulator limbs, control units assigned to the actuators, including: the provision of desired movement values for the actuator to an actuator dynamic model and the determination of an electric desired current value for the actuator, the transfer of the desired current value to a controller designed for outputting an actuator current to the actuator with the inclusion of the desired current value and of a measured actual current value and a measured actual position of the actuator, wherein a difference between the desired current value and the actual current value is determined as a required positional deviation, and wherein the positional deviation is added to the desired distance fed into the actuator dynamic model to facilitate a diversion movement of the manipulator limb operated by the actuator on the occurrence of an external disturbing force.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 24, 2014
    Publication date: March 26, 2015
    Inventors: Matthias Doll, Armin Hartmann, Rudiger Neumann
  • Publication number: 20150082740
    Abstract: A brick laying system where an operator such as a mason works proximate a moveable platform having a robotic arm assembly, a mortar applicator with a mortar transfer device, and a brick transfer device to build structures. The robotically assisted brick laying system may also contain a stabilizer having a disturbance sensing and a disturbance correcting component that provides compensation for disturbances caused by load shifting, movement of the platform, wind, operator movement, and the like. In addition, the robotically assisted brick laying system has a sensing and positioning component for controlling placement of the moveable platform and robotic arm assembly. The interoperability of the system with a mason or skilled operator removes much of the manual labor component of brick laying, allowing the mason more time to focus on craftsmanship and quality, thus improving the end product and the overall working conditions of the mason.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 1, 2014
    Publication date: March 26, 2015
    Inventors: Scott Lawrence Peters, Nathan Podkaminer, Thomas Charles Coller
  • Patent number: 8989897
    Abstract: A calibration system for a robot and its peripheral includes an emitter attached to the robot or its peripheral and emits a laser beam and a receiver also mounted to the robot or its peripheral at a point to permit calibration and for receiving the laser beam and to permit calculations to determine the dimension between the emitter and the receiver.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2005
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Assignee: Dynalog, Inc.
    Inventor: Pierre de Smet
  • Publication number: 20150081095
    Abstract: Provided is a robot further improved in safety. The robot includes at least one link which is rotatably coupled around an axis, a motor which rotates the link around the axis, a first sensor which detects a rotation state of the motor, and a second sensor which detects a rotation state of the link. The robot also includes a controller which controls the rotation of the link based on information from the first sensor. The controller determines an operation state of at least one of the first sensor and the second sensor, based on first information from the first sensor and second information from the second sensor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 20, 2014
    Publication date: March 19, 2015
    Applicant: KABUSHIKI KAISHA YASKAWA DENKI
    Inventors: Tomoyuki SHIRAKI, Atsushi ICHIBANGASE, Yuji SAJIKAWA, Tomohiro MATSUO, Shinichi ISHIKAWA, Tomoki KAWANO
  • Patent number: 8983659
    Abstract: A robot system according to the embodiments includes a robot that includes a hand including a gripping mechanism that grips a thin plate-shaped work and an arm that moves the hand, and a robot control apparatus that controls the robot. The robot control apparatus, when causing the robot to transfer the work at a predetermined work transfer position by controlling the robot, performs a presence/absence confirmation of the work by operating the gripping mechanism while causing the hand to retract after the hand reaches the work transfer position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Yaskawa Denki
    Inventor: Yoshiki Kimura
  • Publication number: 20150073597
    Abstract: A cooperative-control robot includes a base component, a mobile platform arranged proximate the base component, a translation assembly operatively connected to the base component and the mobile platform and configured to move the mobile platform with translational degrees of freedom substantially without rotation with respect to said the component, a tool assembly connected to the mobile platform, and a control system configured to communicate with the translation assembly to control motion of the mobile platform in response to forces by a user applied to at least a portion of the cooperative-control robot. The translation assembly includes at least three independently operable actuator arms, each connected to a separate position of the mobile platform. A robotic system includes two or more the cooperative-control robots.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 13, 2014
    Publication date: March 12, 2015
    Inventors: Kevin C. Olds, Russell H. Taylor
  • Patent number: 8977378
    Abstract: Disclosed are methods and systems for using hieroglyphs for communication in a rapid fabrication environment. The method includes receiving, by a control system for an articulated robotic arm, one or more images of a fabrication machine build space. The method includes identifying, by the control system, a hieroglyph present in the one or more images and translating the identified hieroglyph into one or more instructions for manipulation of the articulated robotic arm. The method includes causing the articulated robotic arm to carry out the instructions translated from the identified hieroglyph. Accordingly foreign objects are inserted into fabricated objects during an automated rapid fabrication process without extensive redesign of the rapid fabrication machine. In some implementations, an unmodified third-party stereolithographic rapid fabrication machine can be used.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2015
    Assignee: Northeastern University
    Inventors: Brian Weinberg, Constantinos Mavroidis
  • Publication number: 20150059149
    Abstract: A robot system includes a robot that includes arms each including multiple joints, a controller configured to control an operation of the robot, and a tip stocker configured to supply a tip box with a pipette tip attached to and detached from a pipette with an operation of the robot. In addition, the tip stocker includes a movable member configured to be movable in accordance with an operation of the robot.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 26, 2014
    Publication date: March 5, 2015
    Applicant: KABUSHIKI KAISHA YASKAWA DENKI
    Inventor: Kohei MIYAUCHI
  • Publication number: 20150063954
    Abstract: Systems and methods for facilitating expeditious handling and processing of semiconductor substrates with a minimal number of handling devices. Such a system may include an entry load-lock configured to transfer substrates from an atmospheric environment to a vacuum chamber, an alignment station disposed in the vacuum chamber and configured to adjust orientations of substrates, a first vacuum robot configured to move substrates from the entry load-lock to the alignment station, a process station disposed in the vacuum chamber and configured to perform a designated process on substrates, first and second exit load-locks configured to transfer substrates from the vacuum chamber to the atmospheric environment, and a second vacuum robot configured to move substrates from the alignment station to the process station and further configured to move substrates from the process station to the first exit load-lock and to the second exit load-lock in an alternating fashion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 29, 2013
    Publication date: March 5, 2015
    Applicant: Varian Semiconductor Equipment Associates, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert J. Mitchell, Eric Hermanson, Benjamin B. Riordon
  • Publication number: 20150063973
    Abstract: A robotic carton unloader for automatic unloading of cartons from a carton pile. In various embodiments, a robotic carton unloader may comprise a mobile body, a movable robotic arm attached to the mobile body and comprising an end effector configured to unload a row of cartons in a side-by-side orientation from the carton pile, and a conveyor system mounted on the mobile body and configured to receive the row of cartons from the end effector in the side-by-side orientation. In various embodiments the conveyor system may comprise a front-end descrambler and a central descrambler coupled to the front-end descrambler. In various embodiments, the robotic arm may be configured to straddle at least a portion of the mobile body and at least a portion of the conveyor system such that the conveyor system conveys cartons from the carton pile through the robotic arm.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 28, 2014
    Publication date: March 5, 2015
    Inventors: Michael L. Girtman, Matthew Wicks
  • Patent number: 8969086
    Abstract: A sample processing system 101 that may be automated and methods are disclosed where sample(s) 198 are arranged on a carrier element 197 and a process operation control system 171 automatically processes the sample(s) perhaps robotically according to an desired aggregation of event dictated by an input 173. Alteration of an initial aggregated event topology may be accepted while the system is processing an initial aggregation and varied-parameter robotic control simulation functionalities 606 may be accomplished to determine an enhanced sequence for processing. Suggested operator actions may be displayed that might further enhance the scheduling of the altered aggregated event topology together with an automatic operator need prompt 608 that may inform an operator of a need for a particular action in order to accomplish the desired tasks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Assignee: Dako Denmark A/S
    Inventors: Marc Key, Gordon Feingold, Rosanne Welcher
  • Patent number: 8965575
    Abstract: In a robot simulator, a central processing unit (CPU) determines whether or not a portion of an operable area set for each of a right-hand system and a left-hand system of a robot overlaps. If it is determined that the portion of the operable area overlaps and that an obstacle is positioned within the operable areas, the CPU color-codes and displays an image of the operable area of each of the right-hand system and the left-hand system reset in adherence to the obstacle in a display. As a result the operable areas in a periphery of the obstacle, differing for each of the right-hand system and the left-hand system, are displayed in a clearly discernable state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: Denso Wave Incorporated
    Inventor: Koji Kamiya
  • Patent number: 8965571
    Abstract: A brick laying system where an operator such as a mason works proximate a moveable platform having a robotic arm assembly, a mortar applicator with a mortar transfer device, and a brick transfer device to build structures. The robotically assisted brick laying system may also contain a stabilizer having a disturbance sensing and a disturbance correcting component that provides compensation for disturbances caused by load shifting, movement of the platform, wind, operator movement, and the like. In addition, the robotically assisted brick laying system has a sensing and positioning component for controlling placement of the moveable platform and robotic arm assembly. The interoperability of the system with a mason or skilled operator removes much of the manual labor component of brick laying, allowing the mason more time to focus on craftsmanship and quality, thus improving the end product and the overall working conditions of the mason.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: Construction Robotics, LLC
    Inventors: Scott Lawrence Peters, Nathan Podkaminer, Thomas Charles Coller
  • Publication number: 20150032243
    Abstract: A robot system according to an aspect of the embodiment includes at least one robot, a transporter, and a controller. The robot performs multi-axial operation based on an operation instruction by the controller. The transporter has a pair of guides arranged parallel to each other along a predetermined transport direction, the guides having a variable spacing therebetween, transports a workpiece to a working position of the robot while restricting the movement of the workpiece present in an area between the pair of guides toward the direction of the spacing, and sandwiches and holds the workpiece by the pair of guides at the working position. The controller instructs the robot to perform the operation to apply predetermined processing to the workpiece held at the working position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 15, 2014
    Publication date: January 29, 2015
    Applicant: KABUSHIKI KAISHA YASKAWA DENKI
    Inventors: Takashi SHIINO, Keigo ISHIBASHI, Toshiaki IKEDA, Toshiyuki HARADA, Shoji KOYAKUMARU
  • Publication number: 20150032252
    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: Application
    Filed: July 25, 2014
    Publication date: January 29, 2015
    Applicant: IAM Robotics, LLC
    Inventors: Thomas Galluzzo, Jean Sebastien Valois, Vladimir Altman
  • Publication number: 20150025684
    Abstract: Disclosed is a technique that reduces the amount of calculation necessary for time optimal control. An interpolation function calculating part 361 calculates an interpolation function that passes through a plurality of interpolated teach points for interpolation between respective teach points. Further, a differential coefficient calculating part 362 calculates each differential coefficient obtained by differentiating each vector component included each interpolated teach point by a variable number of the interpolation function. Further, an estimated value calculating part 365 calculates an estimated velocity of each joint in each interpolated teach point on the basis of each pass velocity and each differential coefficient.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 28, 2013
    Publication date: January 22, 2015
    Inventor: Mahito Negishi
  • Publication number: 20150019003
    Abstract: A robot system according to an aspect of an embodiment includes a robot, a determination unit (work determination unit), a selection unit (chucking direction selection unit), and an instruction unit. The robot has a robot hand (hand) including three or more chuck jaws. The determination unit obtains information on a member formed including a substantially ring shape, and determines a state of the member. The selection unit selects whether to hold the member with the chuck jaws from an inner peripheral side or outer peripheral side based on the determination result of the determination unit. The instruction unit instructs the robot to perform operations of transporting the member while holding the member with the chuck jaws based on the selection result of the selection unit, and assembling a predetermined processed product using the member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 3, 2014
    Publication date: January 15, 2015
    Applicant: KABUSHIKI KAISHA YASKAWA DENKI
    Inventors: Hiroaki MURAKAMI, Ryosuke TSUTSUMI, Kenichi MOTONAGA, Yoshihisa NAGANO