Vacuum Or Mangetic Patents (Class 901/40)
  • Publication number: 20150130201
    Abstract: An end effector for the packaging industry comprises has a frame, a bridge on top of the frame, a rack and pinion assembly, actuation rods, carrier assemblies, and vacuum ports. The rack and pinion assembly is configured to be operatively connected to a robot's rotatable shaft, and to the actuation rods. The actuation rods are fixedly connected to one or more of the carrier assemblies. As the robot's shaft rotates, the rack and pinion assembly is actuated, which actuates the actuation rods, which causes the carrier assemblies fixedly connected to the actuation rods to move longitudinally along the frame. Each carrier assembly includes a carrier block and at least one pick-up member. Each carrier block has at least one arm with a grabber to cooperate with an adjacent arm with grabbers of an adjacent carrier block(s) of the same subgroup.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 9, 2014
    Publication date: May 14, 2015
    Inventor: Kevin George Crosby
  • Patent number: 9003644
    Abstract: A PNP apparatus may include a robotic arm, and a PNP tool head carried by the robotic arm. The PNP tool head may include a body configured to apply bonding pressure to a first area of an electronic device, and a pick-up tip movable between an extended position and a retracted position relative to the body as the pick-up tip rests against a second area of the electronic device. The pick-up tip may define a vacuum passageway therethrough to couple a vacuum source to the second area of the electronic device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignee: STMicroelectronics Pte Ltd
    Inventors: Hk Looi, Cheng-hai Cheh, HaiKin Toh
  • Patent number: 8991887
    Abstract: A suction structure includes a pad and a fixing base. The pad includes a contact portion which makes contact with a target object to be sucked and which has a seal wall, and a major surface portion which is surrounded by the contact portion and which defines an inner space in conjunction with the seal wall as the contact portion makes contact with the target object. The fixing base includes a support portion configured to support the pad at a position offset from the center of the major surface portion of the pad, and a suction hole configured to bring the inner space into communication with a vacuum source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Yaskawa Denki
    Inventors: Daisuke Shin, Machiko Kamijo, Ryuji Ando
  • Patent number: 8960750
    Abstract: A device for vacuum-lifting workpieces includes a driving assembly, a rotating table, a plurality of suction assemblies mounted on the rotating table spaced from each other, and a vacuum pump. Each suction assembly includes a suction cup. An airflow guiding part is configured to align each suction cup with a vacuum when the suction cup is positioned above a picking station. The driving assembly makes the suction cups communicate with the airflow guiding part in succession. Each suction assembly is capable of picking a different type of workpiece, therefore the suction device can take the place of a plurality of individual manipulators.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignees: Shenzhen Futaihong Precision Industry Co., Ltd., FIH (Hong Kong) Limited
    Inventors: Xu Gong, Bing Yu, Jian-Ping Jin
  • Patent number: 8960749
    Abstract: A vacuum suction apparatus is equipped with a body having a supply port, and a pad provided on a lower portion of the body to which a workpiece can be attracted under suction. The pad is constituted from a base plate accommodated in a space of the body, a flexible intermediate plate provided on a lower portion of the base plate, and a suction sheet body disposed on a lower portion of the intermediate plate and having a sheet that attracts the workpiece under suction. In addition, the base plate, the intermediate plate and the suction sheet body are stacked along an axial direction of the body. The rigidity of the base plate is highest, whereas the rigidities of the intermediate plate and the suction sheet body are lower in this order, and the flexibilities thereof are greater in this order from the base plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: SMC Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Yoshihiro Fukano, Shuzo Sakurai, Masahiko Someya
  • Publication number: 20150037131
    Abstract: A robotic carton unloader for automatic unloading of cartons from a carton pile, such as a carton pile stacked within a trailer. In various embodiments, a robotic carton unloader may comprise a conveyor system, a robotic positioner, and a manipulator having a conformable face configured to conform to irregularities of the carton pile, and the manipulator may be movable attached to an end of the robotic positioner.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 29, 2014
    Publication date: February 5, 2015
    Inventors: Michael L. Girtman, Brian E. Neville, Matthew Wicks
  • Publication number: 20150020358
    Abstract: The present invention discloses a method of motor vehicle sheet blanking and a system of the same, wherein the blanking method comprises: firstly, nesting for motor vehicle sheet material, and cutting it into group sheets with a shape and size confirmed by the multi length of the sheet; next, designing a backing die depending on scraps to be cut from the group sheet, and hollowing in areas corresponding to blanking openings in the backing die, in which the dimensions of the blanking openings are greater than that of the actual scraps to be cut; then, placing a group sheet onto the backing die; laser cutting the group sheet based on the shape of motor vehicle sheet, the cut scraps dropping through the blanking openings in the backing die onto a scrap conveyor belt underneath; stacking the cut sheets. The present invention can effectively process scraps cut from sheets and improve the blanking efficiency.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 8, 2012
    Publication date: January 22, 2015
    Applicant: BAOSHAN IRON & STEEL CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Ruimin Wu, Wenhai Jin, Qi Yan, Chengguo Jin, Saidan Yang, Yuming Wang, Junliang Qiao, Shengbo Pan, Changqing Lv
  • Patent number: 8936293
    Abstract: A device for use in the semiconductor industry includes a robotic arm whose end effector includes electromagnetic means to hold a substrate carrier. A pushing member can move independently of a flat, spatula-like portion of the device and is configured to exert force against the substrate carrier while the spatula-like portion is retracted from the substrate carrier, after the substrate carrier has been brought to its intended position. In this manner, the position of the substrate carrier is maintained at its intended position as the spatula-like portion is retracted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 20, 2015
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Christopher O. Lada, Stuart Stephen Papworth Parkin, Mahesh Govind Samant
  • Publication number: 20150015014
    Abstract: A suction structure includes a fixing base, a pad fixed to the fixing base and a seal member arranged between the pad and the fixing base. The pad includes a contact portion arranged to make contact with a target object to be sucked, a space surrounded by the contact portion, a suction hole through which the space communicates with a vacuum source via the seal member, and one or more support portions fixing the pad to the fixing base. Each of the support portions is arranged on an axis of tilting movement, and being provided with a twist portion for supporting the contact portion such that the contact portion makes the tilting movement about the axis.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 7, 2014
    Publication date: January 15, 2015
    Applicant: KABUSHIKI KAISHA YASKAWA DENKI
    Inventor: Masatoshi FURUICHI
  • Publication number: 20150016933
    Abstract: A transfer device includes a suction unit capable of sucking an object and a transfer unit moving the suction unit. The suction unit includes a base member; a plurality of nozzles provided for a plurality of types of objects; a housing room formation unit attached to the base member, forming a housing room for housing the other end portion side of the plurality of nozzles, and including a sealing unit facing air outlets; a negative pressure generation unit generating negative pressure inside the housing room; and a drive unit driving the plurality of nozzles such that the air outlet of a nozzle selected from the plurality of nozzles in accordance with a type of the object is separated from the sealing unit, and the air outlet of a non-selected nozzle is bumped against the sealing unit to be sealed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 1, 2014
    Publication date: January 15, 2015
    Applicant: FANUC CORPORATION
    Inventor: Yoshinori Ochiishi
  • Publication number: 20150008689
    Abstract: A suction structure includes a pad and a fixing base. The pad includes a contact portion which makes contact with a target object to be sucked and which has a seal wall, and a major surface portion which is surrounded by the contact portion and which defines an inner space in conjunction with the seal wall as the contact portion makes contact with the target object. The fixing base includes a support portion configured to support the pad at a position offset from the center of the major surface portion of the pad, and a suction hole configured to bring the inner space into communication with a vacuum source.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 4, 2014
    Publication date: January 8, 2015
    Applicant: KABUSHIKI KAISHA YASKAWA DENKI
    Inventors: Daisuke SHIN, Machiko KAMIJO, Ryuji ANDO
  • Publication number: 20150008690
    Abstract: A suction structure includes a fixing base, a pad, and a support body. The fixing base includes an annular wall portion. The pad includes a contact portion which makes contact with a target object to be sucked. The support body is installed on an inner circumferential surface of the annular wall portion, and the support body is configured to elastically support an outer circumferential surface of the pad at a lateral side of the pad. Further, the pad and the support body define an inner space, and the fixing base includes a suction hole which brings the inner space into communication with a vacuum source.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 7, 2014
    Publication date: January 8, 2015
    Applicant: KABUSHIKI KAISHA YASKAWA DENKI
    Inventor: Shinichi KOBUCHI
  • Publication number: 20150000068
    Abstract: The self-propelled cleaner (1) of the present invention includes an event detecting section (101) for detecting an event which relates to cleaning and has occurred in the cleaner, a feeling selecting section (201) for selecting, from a plurality of options, an operation mode with which the cleaner carries out an operation in response to the event, in accordance with measured information which relates to the cleaning and is measured by the cleaner, and a response operation control section (301) for controlling the cleaner to carry out the operation based on the operation information which is associated with the event and the operation mode.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 10, 2013
    Publication date: January 1, 2015
    Inventors: Masanori Tsuboi, Jitsuo Sakamoto, Masashi Matsumoto, Mami Yatake
  • Publication number: 20150001186
    Abstract: An all-in-one jigless projection loading system for a vehicle is adapted to load and assemble a body component to a vehicle body. The all-in-one jigless projection loading system may include: a fixing bracket fixed to an arm of a robot; a position adjusting member rotatably mounted to the fixing bracket; a gripper mounted to the fixing bracket to be movable backward and forward, and gripping the body component; an array unit mounted to the position adjusting member, and arraying the body component; and a welding unit mounted to the fixing bracket, and projection-welding the body component to a vehicle body.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 30, 2013
    Publication date: January 1, 2015
    Applicant: Hyundai Motor Company
    Inventor: Sung Phil Ryu
  • Patent number: 8924118
    Abstract: A transfer system according to an embodiment includes a transfer room, a robot, a trajectory generator, a determination unit, and an output unit. The transfer room has an exclusive area defined by a predetermined distance. The robot has an arm unit that is equipped with a robot hand transferring a thin plate-like workpiece and that operates in horizontal directions. The robot is installed in the transfer room so that a minimum turning area of the arm unit overlaps with a part of the exclusive area. The transfer system generates a trajectory of the robot hand, then determines, based on the generated trajectory, whether a part of the arm unit is included in the exclusive area, and outputs a predetermined signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Yaskawa Denki
    Inventors: Daisuke Shin, Yoshiki Kimura
  • Patent number: 8924009
    Abstract: A haptic device for telerobotic surgery, including a base; a linkage system having first and second linkage members coupled to the base; a motor that provides a motor force; a transmission including first and second driving pulleys arranged such that their faces form an angle and their axes form a plane, first and second idler pulleys offset from the plane and arranged between the first and second driving pulleys such that their axes divide the angle between the first and second driving pulleys, and a cable that traverses the first and second driving pulleys and the set of idler pulleys and transfers the motor force to the linkage system; an end effector coupled to distal ends of the first and second linkage members and maneuverable relative to the base; and a controller that modulates the motor force to simulate a body part at a point portion of the end effector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Assignees: The Board of Trustees of the Leland Stanford Junior University, Sandia Corporation
    Inventors: Curt Salisbury, J. Kenneth Salisbury, Jr.
  • Patent number: 8920108
    Abstract: A manipulator for transporting work pieces, especially between two subsequent molding presses of a press working line, including a moving mechanism allowing three dimensional movements on the path between the molding presses, a supplemental arm attached to the moving mechanism and connected to this moving mechanism via a support member that allows a swiveling movement of the supplemental arm around a vertical axis of the support member as well as a translation movement of the supplemental arm with respect to the support member, and a tool support provided at the outer end of a supplemental arm, the tool support being rotatable around a horizontal first axis and around a second axis perpendicular to the first axis, the tool support including a tool reception that is rotatable around a third axis perpendicular with respect to the second axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Assignee: Wilfried Strothmann GmbH Maschinenbau und Handhabungstechnik
    Inventors: Bernd Naumann, Markus Wessling-Schäfers
  • Publication number: 20140375072
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a gripper device which has multiple holding points. The gripper device according to the present invention comprises: a frame comprising a rotating shaft which is arranged in parallel; a holding means fixed by a bracket to one holding point on the rotating shaft; and a driving means which rotates the rotating shaft and the holding means. The gripper device effectively responds to holding points which vary depending on the type of article held so that the articles can be stably held.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 12, 2012
    Publication date: December 25, 2014
    Applicant: KOREA PNEUMATIC SYSTEM CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Ho-Young Cho
  • Patent number: 8892244
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus are provided for the automated assembly of individual tiles on a surface in a predetermined pattern. In one exemplary embodiment, an automated apparatus comprises a tile dispenser with an open ended shoe portion adapted for holding a stack of regularly shaped tiles, and a tile advancement mechanism for incrementally advancing tiles in the shoe toward the open end thereof. The automated apparatus may further comprise a robotic mechanism adapted to retrieve a tile from the end of the tile stack, and place the tile on the surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2014
    Assignee: Armorworks Enterprises LLC
    Inventors: Jay A. Taylor, Chris Stephen Hanisko, Aubrey Donald Ridgeway
  • Publication number: 20140334907
    Abstract: A system for remote object handling including a public safety vehicle having a front portion. An articulated arm has a first end and a second end distinct from the first end, the arm being coupled to the front portion at the first end, and has at least one pivot disposed between the first end and the second end. A gripping element is removably coupled to the second end, wherein the gripping element is one of a pincer device, a hand device having at least three fingers or a shovel. A video camera is also coupled to the second end. An arm control is disposed within the vehicle and is operable to control the operation of the arm, the manipulator and the video camera, and a video interface is coupled to the video camera which is operable to display output from the video camera.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 8, 2014
    Publication date: November 13, 2014
    Inventor: Robert L. Piccioni
  • Patent number: 8875593
    Abstract: A robot, such as a painting robot for painting components such as motor vehicle body components, is disclosed having a plurality of robot elements that are pivotable relative to each other. At least one flexible supply line may run from a proximal robot element to a distal robot element. The supply line may be axially displaceable in the proximal robot element relative to the longitudinal axis of the supply line, so that the supply line can perform an axial compensating motion during a pivot motion of the robot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2014
    Assignee: Duerr Systems GmbH
    Inventor: Andreas Collmer
  • Patent number: 8864200
    Abstract: A bellows 10 is configured for connection to an end effector of a robot and includes a valve 28 supported in the interior space of the bellows. A flow of low pressure air is induced from inside the bellows into a vacuum plenum 24 for retrieving a work product by the open end 16 of the bellows. High pressure air is moved through a conduit 50 into the valve to terminate the flow of low pressure air and terminate the suction applied by the bellows to the work product.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2014
    Assignee: AMF Automation Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Roland Lomerson, Jr., Michael W. Norton
  • Patent number: 8857877
    Abstract: A reconfigurable end-effector attachable to a robotic arm, includes a master boom, a first branch assembly and a second branch assembly, a dual articulation mechanism. The dual articulation mechanism includes a first clutch attached to the first branch assembly and is configured to articulate the first branch assembly relative to the second branch assembly. The dual articulation mechanism further includes a second clutch attached to the master boom, the second branch assembly and the first clutch and is configured to simultaneously articulate the first and second branch assemblies relative to the master boom. The first and second branch assemblies each have limbs connected to branches supporting a plurality of tool modules. Each tool module includes an end element configurable to interact with a workpiece.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2014
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Yhu-Tin Lin, Andrew L. Bartos, Roland J. Menassa, Hyunshik Shin, Shinho Kang, Yong-Hyun Ju, Ki-Beom Kim, Sang-Yul Ju
  • Patent number: 8855817
    Abstract: A method for operating a system including at least two robots for handling parts and a robot control unit arranged for control of said at least two robots. Each of the robots is arranged with a parts handler device including a rigid arm with one end connected to the end element of an arm of the robot by a first swivel arranged for radial movement of the rigid arm in relation to the end element. Each of the robots is also arranged with a gripper connected to the rigid arm by a second swivel arranged for free, passive rotation of the gripper in relation to the rigid arm. The method includes generating instructions for the at least two robots to pick and/or move and/or place a part and sending the instructions to each robot simultaneously.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2014
    Assignee: ABB Research Ltd.
    Inventors: Ramon Casanelles, Francisco Cortés Grau
  • Publication number: 20140289992
    Abstract: An autonomous floor cleaning robot includes a transport drive and control system arranged for autonomous movement of the robot over a floor for performing cleaning operations. The robot chassis carries a first cleaning zone comprising cleaning elements arranged to suction loose particulates up from the cleaning surface and a second cleaning zone comprising cleaning elements arraigned to apply a cleaning fluid onto the surface and to thereafter collect the cleaning fluid up from the surface after it has been used to clean the surface. The robot chassis carries a supply of cleaning fluid and a waste container for storing waste materials collected up from the cleaning surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 11, 2014
    Publication date: October 2, 2014
    Inventors: Andrew Ziegler, Christopher John Morse, Duane L. Gilbert, JR., Andrew Jones, Scott Pratt, Paul E. Sandin, Nancy Dussault
  • Publication number: 20140277721
    Abstract: A robot system includes a robot hand and a controller. The robot hand includes a plurality of holders configured to hold a workpiece placed on a workpiece placement stand using at least one of electromagnetic force and suction force. The controller is configured to control the plurality of holders to hold the workpiece while controlling the plurality of holders to switch between operation mode and nonoperation mode in accordance with at least one of a shape and a size of the workpiece.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2014
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: KABUSHIKI KAISHA YASKAWA DENKI
    Inventors: Toshihiro TOMO, Toshiaki SHIMONO
  • Patent number: 8788130
    Abstract: A rolling device configured to adhere to and roll over a ferrous surface comprising: a structure, a controller, an inertial measurement unit (IMU), and a plurality of electromagnets. The structure has inner and outer surfaces and a closed-shape cross section. The electromagnets are mounted to the inner surface and distributed over a periphery of the structure. The controller is operatively coupled to each of the electromagnets. The IMU is mounted within the structure and operatively coupled to provide inertial measurements to the controller. The controller is configured to cause the structure to roll over the ferrous surface in a desired direction by selectively energizing individual electromagnets while de-energizing other electromagnets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2014
    Assignee: The United States of America as represented by the Secretary of the Navy
    Inventors: Nghia X. Tran, James Eric Anderson
  • Publication number: 20140199153
    Abstract: The invention relates to an end effector for a manipulator, wherein the end effector interacts with a workpiece, wherein at least one carrier, configured in particular as a carrier plate, for a tool arrangement is provided, and wherein the tool arrangement serves to interact with the workpiece. It is proposed that the carrier is formed at least in part from a deformable material, in particular from an elastically deformable material, and that the carrier is assigned an actuating arrangement, by way of which the carrier is deformable and thus the tool arrangement is orientable in space.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 28, 2012
    Publication date: July 17, 2014
    Applicant: Broetje-Automation GmbH
    Inventors: Raphael Reinhold, Eike Jung
  • Publication number: 20140197652
    Abstract: An end effector module includes a palm base and robotic fingers extended from the palm base. Each robotic finger is composed of four joint shafts pivotally coupled with one another, and one of the four joint shafts, namely a start joint shaft, has a driving mechanism for driving a corresponding robotic finger to rotate, and each joint shaft has a driving mechanism to drive a next corresponding joint shaft to turn pivotally and bend with respect to other corresponding joint shafts, so that each robotic finger is module with four degrees of freedom for fine-tuning the position of a suction device installed at an end joint shaft, and the suction device can move along the normal direction of a suction point selected on the surface of a clamped object to achieve the effect of clamping and sucking an object securely without the risk of being loosened easily.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 15, 2013
    Publication date: July 17, 2014
    Applicant: PRECISION MACHINERY RESEARCH & DEVELOPMENT CENTER
    Inventor: PRECISION MACHINERY REAEARCH & DEVELOPMENT CENTER
  • Patent number: 8770640
    Abstract: A robot hand having a suction holding unit on one face side holds a plate-shaped work by suction. An outer circumferential edge of the plate-shaped work is held, without contact with a surface of the plate-shaped work, by an outer circumference holding unit provided on the other face side. The robot hand can be used to hold the plate-shaped work yet to be worked by the suction holding unit, and to hold the plate-shaped work having been worked by the outer circumference holding unit. This prevents working debris from being deposited on the plate-shaped work yet to be worked and prevents defective working from occurring. In addition, since the plate-shaped work having been worked is held by the outer circumference holding unit, the robot hand does not make contact with surfaces of the worked plate-shaped work, and, accordingly, no contact marks are formed on the surfaces of the work.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2014
    Assignee: Disco Corporation
    Inventor: Yasutomo Kimura
  • Patent number: 8761930
    Abstract: Telerobotic, telesurgical, and surgical robotic devices, systems, and methods selectively calibrate end effector jaws by bringing the jaw elements into engagement with each other. Commanded torque signals may bring the end effector elements into engagement while monitoring the resulting position of a drive system, optionally using a second derivative of the torque/position relationship so as to identify an end effector engagement position. Calibration can allow the end effector engagement position to correspond to a nominal closed position of an input handle by compensating for wear on the end effector, the end effector drive system, then manipulator, the manipulator drive system, the manipulator/end effector interfacing, and manufacturing tolerances.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2014
    Assignee: Intuitive Surgical Operations, Inc.
    Inventor: Tom Nixon
  • Patent number: 8747049
    Abstract: A transferring apparatus 1 includes a revolving base 13, two hand mechanisms 13 and 14, and two hand drive mechanisms 30 and 40. The hand mechanisms 13 and 14 are provided at a revolving base 13 so as to be rotatable about rotation axes L2 and L3, respectively. The hand mechanisms 13 and 14 are configured to be individually rotatable by hand drive mechanisms 30 and 40, respectively. Each of the hand mechanisms 13 and 14 includes an arm 20, a hand 21, and an interlock mechanism 26. The arms 21 are provided at the revolving link so as to be rotatable about the rotation axes L2 and L3, respectively. The hands 20 are respectively provided at the arms 21 so as to be rotatable about the hand axes L4 and L5, respectively. The interlock mechanism 26 is configured such that a reduction ratio of the hand 21 to the arm 20 is 1.55, and the arm 20 and the hand 21 operate in conjunction with each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2014
    Assignee: Kawasaki Jukogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Hirohiko Goto
  • Patent number: 8747045
    Abstract: A pipe handling system includes a pipe stabilizer for receiving a pipe as lateral movement of the pipe is controlled by a guide system. The end portion of the pipe stabilizer may include a magnetic member configured to releasably couple to the pipe. The end portion of the pipe stabilizer may be extended and retracted by a rotatable arm. The end portion of the pipe stabilizer may be moved by an adjustment mechanism relative to another portion of the stabilizer or a drill string at well center for fine tuning placement of the pipe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2014
    Assignee: National Oilwell Varco, L.P.
    Inventor: Jaroslav Belik
  • Patent number: 8738174
    Abstract: Provided is a substrate processing apparatus for loading substrates such as solar cell substrates on a tray in substrate processing equipment for processing a large number of substrates. The substrate processing apparatus includes: a tray carrying unit configured to receive and carry a tray; a substrate loading conveyor unit on which substrates to be loaded on a tray are arranged in a line; a substrate unloading conveyor unit on which substrates unloaded from a tray are arranged in a line; a first substrate carrying robot configured to pick up substrates from the substrate loading conveyor unit and carry the substrates to a tray placed on the tray carrying unit; and a second substrate carrying robot configured to pick up substrates from a tray placed on the tray carrying unit and carry the substrates to the substrate unloading conveyor unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2014
    Assignee: Semes Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Jaehyun You, Kyo Woog Koo
  • Patent number: 8727410
    Abstract: A method for manipulating an object with a remote vehicle having a manipulator attached to a manipulator arm. The manipulator comprises a jamming or other phase change material in a housing. The method comprises pressing the manipulator housing to the object, activating the jamming or other phase change material to cause the manipulator to grasp the object, and moving one or more of the manipulator arm and the remote vehicle to manipulate the object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2014
    Assignee: iRobot Corporation
    Inventors: Christopher Vernon Jones, Erik Edward Steltz, Annan Michael Mozeika
  • Patent number: 8718813
    Abstract: A mechanical implement adapted for use in an autonomously functioning device, such as a robot arm, and including an active material, such as shape memory polymer, element that when activated and/or deactivated is operable to modify the mechanical impedance of a joint or link in the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2014
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Nilesh D. Mankame, Douglas Martin Linn, James W. Wells, Alan L. Browne, Nancy L. Johnson
  • Publication number: 20140105717
    Abstract: A PNP apparatus may include a robotic arm, and a PNP tool head carried by the robotic arm. The PNP tool head may include a body configured to apply bonding pressure to a first area of an electronic device, and a pick-up tip movable between an extended position and a retracted position relative to the body as the pick-up tip rests against a second area of the electronic device. The pick-up tip may define a vacuum passageway therethrough to couple a vacuum source to the second area of the electronic device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 15, 2012
    Publication date: April 17, 2014
    Applicant: STMICROELECTRONICS ASIA PACIFIC PTE LTD (SINGAPORE)
    Inventors: Hk LOOI, Cheng-hai CHEH, HaiKin TOH
  • Patent number: 8684434
    Abstract: A valve 28 is positioned in the upper portion of the interior space of the bellows 10. A flow of low pressure air is induced inside the bellows when the valve elements 40 move away from the air inlet openings 38. When high pressure air is moved into the central portion of the valve housing 30, the valve elements 40 tend to move radially outwardly to block the air passages 38 and 42, thereby terminating the suction applied to the bellows.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 1, 2014
    Assignee: AMF Automation Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Roland Lomerson, Jr., Michael W. Norton
  • Patent number: 8657991
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to a process for manufacture of a solar panel string assembly for a solar canopy including: horizontally aligning two solar panel support channels substantially parallel to one another; applying an adhesive with a robotic tool to an upper portion of the solar panel support channels, the robotic tool comprising a fixed track aligned parallel with the two solar panel support channels, a robotic arm assembly movably supported by the track, a positioning member for adjusting the position of the robotic arm assembly along the track, and wherein the robotic arm comprises an adhesive applicator and a vacuum lift component; and lifting with the vacuum lift component of the robot arm assembly of the robotic tool and aligning a solar panel on top of the two solar panel support channels near opposing edges of the solar panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2014
    Assignee: Chevron U.S.A. Inc.
    Inventors: David S. Potter, Nathan Dion Fleischer, Jeffrey Paul Munoz
  • Publication number: 20140041145
    Abstract: An air-conditioning apparatus indoor unit is provided that is capable of cleaning so as to remove dust on furniture without any special device controller. An air-conditioning apparatus indoor unit 100 includes a controller 60. In an automatic cleaning mode (S1), when having determined on the basis of an image captured by an imaging device 50 that there is no person in a room 90 (S2), the controller 60 allows air to be blown to a stationary three-dimensional object 80 identified based on the image captured by the imaging device 50, for a predetermined time (S4) and, after the air blow is stopped (S5), issues an operation instruction for an autonomous vacuum cleaner 70 to clean and move (S6).
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 26, 2013
    Publication date: February 13, 2014
    Applicant: Mitsubishi Electric Corporation
    Inventor: Takashi MATSUMOTO
  • Patent number: 8641351
    Abstract: A robot control unit that turns off a holding unit for a plate member, while the plate member is placed on an end effector, and lower the end effector, by a predetermined distance, from an initial position higher than a preset temporary placing position toward the temporary placing position. Then the robot control unit switches the holding member, from an OFF state to an ON state, while the end effector is stopped, and determines whether the plate member is held by the holding unit, with a holding-state detection unit. When the plate member is held by the holding unit, the robot control unit turns off the holding unit while further lowering the end effector by the predetermined distance. When the plate member is not held by the holding unit, the robot control unit detects a position of the end effector at this point of time, as a normal placing position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2014
    Assignee: Kawasaki Jukogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Nobuyasu Shimomura
  • Patent number: 8632294
    Abstract: An end effector for use with a moving device has a frame and a plurality of operational members mounted for movement on the frame. The effector also has an actuation mechanism directly connected to a first operational member and is operable to move the first operational member from a first position to a second position, and from the second position to the first position. A linking apparatus is provided for linking the first operational member to a second operational member. The actuation mechanism moves the first operational member from the first position to the second position, and results in the second operational member being moved by the linking apparatus from a third position to a fourth position. The operational members can be pick up members for picking up items at one pitch and releasing them at a second pitch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2014
    Inventor: Milos Misha Subotincic
  • Patent number: 8630736
    Abstract: A conveying device capable of sequentially and efficiently picking up a plurality of randomly located rods, and conveying the picked up rod to a predetermined place, without using a complicated mechanism. A sucking unit has a nozzle attached to a robot hand, and is configured to move the nozzle close to an end of a first cylindrical portion of a rod to be picked. The nozzle is configured to hold the rod by being lifted while sucking the first portion within the nozzle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2014
    Assignee: Fanuc Corporation
    Inventors: Kazuo Hariki, Shigenori Kajio, Takaki Aiba
  • Patent number: 8599531
    Abstract: Systems, apparatus and methods for transporting substrates between system components of an electronic device manufacturing system are provided. The systems and apparatus include an electrostatic end effector having a base, an electrode pair on the base, and spacer members for spacing the substrate from the electrode pairs to provide a gap between the electrode pair and the substrate. Methods of the invention as well as numerous other aspects are provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2013
    Assignee: Applied Materials, Inc.
    Inventors: Satish Sundar, Jeffrey C. Hudgens, Prudhvi R. Chintalapati, William Nixon Taylor, Jr., William P. Laceky, Jeffrey A. Brodine, Dean C. Hruzek, Mario Dave Silvetti
  • Patent number: 8590956
    Abstract: A system for sensing, orienting, and transporting wafers in an automated wafer handling process that reduces the generation of particles and contamination so that the wafer yield is increased. The system includes a robotic arm for moving a wafer from one station to a destination station, and an end-effector connected to an end of the robotic arm for receiving the wafer. The end-effector includes a mechanism for gripping the wafer, a direct drive motor for rotating the wafer gripping mechanism, and at least one sensor for sensing the location and orientation of the wafer. A control processor calculates the location of the center and the notch of the wafer based on measurements by the sensor(s) and generates an alignment signal for rotating the wafer gripping mechanism so that the wafer is oriented at a predetermined position on the end-effector while the robotic arm is moving to another station.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2013
    Assignee: Brooks Automation, Inc.
    Inventor: Matthew W. Coady
  • Publication number: 20130297139
    Abstract: A method for operating an autonomous moving cleaning apparatus includes the steps of: a microcontroller unit (MCU) provides a digital signal which is processed through an encoding technique to form an encrypted encoding data set; the MCU continuously sends out the encrypted encoding data set; data values in the encrypted encoding data set are converted to high or low voltages to activate a light emission member to generate flicker light; a light receiving member continuously receives a string of reflective light corresponding to the flicker light to form a corresponding high or low voltage which is converted to a corresponding digital signal sent to the MCU to be compared with the encrypted coding data set for decoding; and the MCU controls operations of a servomotor based on decoding correctness and the detected corresponding digital signal. Thus the autonomous moving cleaning apparatus can function steadily without being interfered by external lights.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 7, 2012
    Publication date: November 7, 2013
    Inventor: Joseph Y. Ko
  • Patent number: 8575892
    Abstract: Provided is a charging apparatus for a moving robot including a charging terminal that is connected to a terminal for charging a battery of the moving robot; a power supply unit that supplies a charging voltage for charging the battery of the moving robot; a power switching unit that outputs a detection signal, depending on whether a voltage is applied from the charging terminal or not, and switches a current flow between the power supply unit and the charging terminal in accordance with an input control signal; and a control unit that responds to the detection signal so as to output the control signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2013
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventor: Young Gie Kim
  • Publication number: 20130285399
    Abstract: A clamp assembly comprises a first clamp including a plurality of magnet devices. Each magnet device includes a permanent magnet and a coil surrounding the permanent magnet. The clamp assembly further comprises a controller for pulsing the coils to selectively magnetize and demagnetize the permanent magnets.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 30, 2012
    Publication date: October 31, 2013
    Applicants: Massachusetts Institute of Technology, The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Branko Sarh, Daniela Lucia Rus, Andrew Dominic Marchese
  • Publication number: 20130272833
    Abstract: A system for layup of a solar cell string on a substrate includes a robotic arm having a pickbar attached to a free end thereof. The pickbar has an elongated body with a plurality of vacuum grippers spaced along the body each for gripping an individual solar cell of the solar cell string. A vacuum source applies a vacuum through the vacuum grippers to grip the solar cells and a controller connected to the robotic arm positioned the solar cell string gripped by the pickbar on a substrate. A pair of sensor assemblies mounted on the pickbar generates signals representing positions of portions of the solar cell string and features of the substrate. The controller responds to the signals for positioning the gripped solar cell string relative to the substrate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 8, 2013
    Publication date: October 17, 2013
    Applicant: KOMAX HOLDING AG
    Inventors: William D. Duncan, David J. Daniel, Brad M. Dingle, Shuang Ruan, Wayne A. Hendrix
  • Patent number: 8560121
    Abstract: A gripper grasps irregular and deformable work pieces so as to lift and hold packaged, processed, or raw, and manipulate the work pieces for the purpose of material handling, assembly, packaging, and other robotic and automated manipulative functions. A vacuum is induced at multiple points through a flexible gripping hood to provide lifting force to, and facilitate rapid movement of, work pieces. An array of lighting devices and a double ring array of segmented mirrors provide uniform illumination to ensure accurate positioning of the gripping hood with respect to the work piece to be manipulated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2013
    Assignee: Adept Technology, Inc.
    Inventor: Preben K. Hjørnet