Miscellaneous Patents (Class 901/50)
  • Publication number: 20100010669
    Abstract: An event execution method and system for a robot synchronized with a mobile terminal is provided for enabling a robot synchronized with a mobile terminal or a character displayed in the mobile terminal to execute an event on behalf of the mobile terminal and share experience points of the character displayed in the mobile terminal. The event execution system includes a mobile terminal and a robot synchronized with the mobile terminal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 6, 2009
    Publication date: January 14, 2010
    Applicant: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO. LTD.
    Inventors: Seung Jai LEE, Suk Ryun SON
  • Publication number: 20090317214
    Abstract: A semiconductor manufacturing system, an interface system, a carrier, and a method for providing an ambient controlled environment is disclosed. The semiconductor manufacturing system comprises a plurality of process chambers; at least one interface system, wherein the interface system includes a first ambient control element; at least one carrier, wherein the carrier comprises a second ambient control element; and a control module coupled to the plurality of process chambers, the at least one interface system, and the at least one carrier.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 5, 2009
    Publication date: December 24, 2009
    Applicant: TAIWAN SEMICONDUCTOR MANUFACTURING COMPANY, LTD.
    Inventors: Yi-Li Hsiao, Chen-Hua Yu, Jean Wang, Ming-che Ho, Chien-Ling Hwang, Jui-Pin Hung
  • Publication number: 20090319627
    Abstract: A system to provide various content services based on a network to users includes a service provider to provide a service using the network, a user to receive the service, and a service framework to provide the service to the user through the network. The service framework includes a messenger device that manages the service transmitted between the service provider and the user. Content services, which are being provided based on a network, can be provided to various terminals including not only a PC and a mobile phone, but also a robot. Thus, extending services is easy and the user can conveniently receive desired information from a knowledge provider or website without performing repetitive operations.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 19, 2009
    Publication date: December 24, 2009
    Applicant: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Tae Sin HA, Woosup Han, Won Jun Ko, Byung Kwon Choi
  • Publication number: 20090308327
    Abstract: An apparatus for displacing objects. The apparatus comprises a displaceable support and a holding device for holding objects that is fastened to the support (1). The holding device is detachably fastened to the support (1). An assembly of such an apparatus and a stable with a lying area and a walking area for calves and with a treatment place for calves. The holding device is a gripper or a container for holding a calf.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 28, 2006
    Publication date: December 17, 2009
    Applicant: MAASLAND N.V.
    Inventor: Karel Van Den Berg
  • Publication number: 20090305308
    Abstract: The present invention discloses a method for identifying cell-specific protein combination patterns of cell surfaces of circulating cells of the immune system of a human or animal for the identification of different stages of organ-specific chronic inflammatory diseases or tumour diseases comprising the following steps: a) providing a sample of circulating cells of the immune system of a human or animal showing an organ-specific chronic inflammatory disease or tumour disease and providing a sample of circulating cells of the same cell type of the immune system of a healthy human or animal; b) determining cell-specific protein combination patterns of the cell surfaces of said healthy and pathologically modified cells; c) comparing the resulting protein combination patterns of the cell surfaces of said healthy and pathologically modified cells and subtracting the coincident parts of the protein combination patterns of said healthy and pathologically modified cells, thereby determining a cell-specific protein co
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 21, 2006
    Publication date: December 10, 2009
    Inventor: Walter Schubert
  • Publication number: 20090299751
    Abstract: A robot apparatus including an input unit to receive a voice command from a user, a determination unit to determine whether a voice command is repeated a predetermined number of times, and a control unit to register a shortcut command to shorten a voice command if it is determined a voice command is repeated a predetermined number of times. A shortcut command to shorten a voice command of a user is generated, and thus user convenience is enhanced.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 19, 2008
    Publication date: December 3, 2009
    Applicant: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Hyun-ryong Jung
  • Publication number: 20090271023
    Abstract: The present invention realizes an automated system which automatically performs all processes including an inputting process, a bonding process, and a punching process using a robot in manufacturing an integrated part of an MEA and GDLs. Accordingly, with the automated system, it is possible to improve productivity and ensure consistent product quality.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 14, 2008
    Publication date: October 29, 2009
    Applicants: HYUNDAI MOTOR COMPANY, KIA MOTORS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Jin Ho Lee
  • Publication number: 20090260584
    Abstract: In a steam generator, a flow resistance adjusting unit for a primary cooling water is provided in an inlet nozzle provided at an incoming water chamber or an outlet nozzle provided at an outgoing water chamber.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 20, 2006
    Publication date: October 22, 2009
    Applicant: MITSUBISHI HEAVY INDUSTRIES, LTD.
    Inventors: Hisato Watakabe, Tomoyuki Inoue
  • Publication number: 20090252582
    Abstract: There is described a wafer processing system for thinned wafers that are easily broken during handling. The system protects against breakage during handling and provides for temperature controls during processing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 16, 2009
    Publication date: October 8, 2009
    Inventors: Terry BLUCK, Stuart SCOLLAY, Edric TONG
  • Publication number: 20090244524
    Abstract: A method may include bending a first optical fiber of a plurality of optical fibers; measuring light leaked from the first optical fiber with a photo detector; robotically moving the photo detector to a second optical fiber of the plurality of optical fibers; bending the second optical fiber; and measuring light leaked from the second other optical fiber with the photo detector.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 10, 2009
    Publication date: October 1, 2009
    Applicant: Verizon Services Organization Inc.
    Inventors: Tiejun J. Xia, Glenn A. Wellbrock
  • Publication number: 20090241047
    Abstract: The present invention provides a teaching box configured such that an operator can optionally change a coloration and a size of a text displayed on a display area. The teaching box includes a main menu area, a pulldown menu area, a status area, a general-purpose area, and a message area, for monitoring and controlling an operation of an industrial robot which is operated in a plurality of modes including a teaching mode and an operation setting mode. The main menu area includes a customization portion operable to change a size and a coloration of a text, and a display portion operable to display the text set by the customization portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 10, 2006
    Publication date: September 24, 2009
    Applicant: KABUSHIKI KAISHA YASKAWA DENKI
    Inventors: Kouichi Kuwahara, Yumie Kubota, Tomohiro Matsuo
  • Publication number: 20090234788
    Abstract: A method for time travel, which allows an object or a group of objects to travel into the past or the future, as well as a method to cut objects from the past or future and paste them to the current environment. The present invention, called the practical time machine, requires teams of super intelligent robots that work together in the virtual world and the real world to generate a perfect timeline of planet Earth. The timeline of Earth records all objects, events and actions every fraction of a nanosecond for the past or the future. A time traveler will set a time travel date; the time traveler can be one object or a group of objects. Next, atom manipulators are scattered throughout the Earth to change objects in our current environment based on the timeline; and incrementally, change the current environment until the time travel date. Each atom manipulator is intelligent and manipulates the current environment as well as generating ghost machines to manipulate the current environment.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 24, 2009
    Publication date: September 17, 2009
    Inventor: Mitchell Kwok
  • Publication number: 20090234488
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for managing the delivery of component parts and tooling to a robotic welding assembly positioned on a motor vehicle body assembly line. Automatic guided vehicles deliver component parts from a source of parts to a parts staging area on the robotic welding assembly including a substage awaiting area, a substage in-use area and a substage empty area, and further automatic guided vehicles deliver tooling from a tooling management area to the robotic welding assembly whereafter the tooling, upon model changeover, is moved to a tooling use area proximate the assembly line whereafter, upon further model changeover, the tooling is removed from the tooling use area and loaded onto an automatic guided vehicle for return to the tooling management area.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 31, 2008
    Publication date: September 17, 2009
    Applicant: COMAU, INC.
    Inventor: Velibor Kilibarda
  • Publication number: 20090223878
    Abstract: Method and system for batching of supplied objects in batches in such a manner that a batch fulfils predefined criteria as regards the number of objects, weight, orientation and/or type(s) of objects, wherein the weight of each object is determined the objects are transported by means for object transport, a selective transferral of the objects from said means for object transport to batching means is performed by means of a plurality of handlings means of the robot type in as a group or batch of objects is produced in consideration of said predefined criteria, and wherein said group or batch of objects is transported further on by means of means for batch transportation. Preferably, said means for batch transportation may comprise a plurality of conveyor means.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 12, 2005
    Publication date: September 10, 2009
    Applicant: SCANVAEGT INTERNATIONAL A/S
    Inventors: Henrik Grundtvig, Mikael Krogh, Henrik F. Skyum, Ulrich Carlin Nielsen
  • Publication number: 20090228120
    Abstract: The invention relates to an apparatus and a method for controlling at least one machine, such as an industrial robot, having drives, safety peripheral components and a controller for a machine, and also having a safety controller. In this arrangement, the safety controller has superordinate access over the respective machine controller both to the machine drives and to the safety peripherals. This achieves the most easily configurable integration of the safety control loop into the operating control loops.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 20, 2006
    Publication date: September 10, 2009
    Applicant: KUKA ROBOTER GMBH
    Inventor: Bernd Fiebiger
  • Publication number: 20090221233
    Abstract: A rotating device includes a communication unit including a transmitting portion having a first ring-shaped coil, a first ring-shaped magnetic body covering the first ring-shaped coil and a first terminal connected to the first ring-shaped coil, and a receiving portion having a second ring-shaped coil, a second ring-shaped magnetic body covering the second ring-shaped coil and a second terminal connected to the second ring-shaped coil, and a bearing connecting a hollow fixed portion to a hollow rotating portion, which is capable of rotating with respect to the fixed portion, in which the first ring-shaped coil and the second ring-shaped coil are formed so as to be wound around a rotation axis of the bearing, the first ring-shaped magnetic body and the second ring-shaped magnetic body face each other with a gap formed in the direction of the rotation axis, and the communication unit is provided inside the fixed portion and the rotating portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 25, 2009
    Publication date: September 3, 2009
    Applicant: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventor: Takeshi Nakajima
  • Publication number: 20090202336
    Abstract: Methods and systems are provided. The invention includes performing a handshake directly between a load port associated with process equipment and material handling equipment; and transferring a carrier between the material handling equipment and the load port based on the handshake. Numerous other aspects are provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 11, 2009
    Publication date: August 13, 2009
    Applicant: APPLIED MATERIALS, INC.
    Inventors: Vinay K. Shah, Sushant S. Koshti
  • Publication number: 20090198381
    Abstract: Robots and methods implemented therein implement an active repurposing of temporal-spatial information. A robot can be configured to analyze the information to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of the primary service function that generated the information originally. A robot can be configured to use the information to create a three dimensional (3D) model of the facility, which can be used for a number of functions such as creating virtual tours of the environment, or porting the environment into video games. A robot can be configured to use the information to recognize and classify objects in the facility so that the ensuing catalog can be used to locate selected objects later, or to provide a global catalog of all items, such as is needed for insurance documentation of facility effects.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 28, 2009
    Publication date: August 6, 2009
    Applicant: SEEGRID CORPORATION
    Inventors: Scott Justin-Marl Friedman, Hans Peter Moravec
  • Publication number: 20090196714
    Abstract: According to the invention, a transport box ‘1) may be connected to an interface (2) and contain a basket ‘3) in which the substrates (4) may be placed. The basket (3) consists of a set of plates (3a-3f), stacked one after the other and individually replaceable. The basket (3) is entirely shifted to the interior of the interface (2), then the means of movement isolating a selected plate by moving the adjacent places, allowing the robot (5) to come and extract the selected substrate. When in a transport position, the plates (3a-3f) are in contact with each other, therefore reducing the amount of space taken up by the substrates (4).
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 31, 2007
    Publication date: August 6, 2009
    Inventors: Raphael Sylvestre, Erwan Godot, Gloria Sogan
  • Publication number: 20090193993
    Abstract: Wireless detonator assemblies (51-59) in use, form a cross-communicating network of wireless “detonator assemblies, such that communication of each wireless detonator assembly (57-59) with an associated blasting machine (50) can occur either directly, or via relay of signals (61-69) between other wireless detonator assemblies (51-56) in the network. Wireless detonator assemblies (51-59) can disseminate information (such as status information, identity information, firing codes, delay times and environmental conditions) among all of the wireless detonator assemblies in the network, while compensating for signal transmission relay delays at nodes in the network, thereby enabling the wireless detonator assemblies to detonate the explosive charges in accordance with the delay times. Various wireless detonator assemblies and corresponding blasting apparatus are disclosed and claimed. Methods of blasting using the wireless detonator assemblies and blasting apparatus are also disclosed and claimed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 24, 2006
    Publication date: August 6, 2009
    Applicant: Orica Explosives Technology Pty Ltd.
    Inventors: Dirk Hummel, Michael John McCann
  • Publication number: 20090192656
    Abstract: An automated data storage library with storage shelves, data storage drive(s), a bus bar; and a robot accessor with a drive system for moving the robot accessor, an accessor communication interface, a bus bar relay configured to engage and disengage the bus bar; a robot control configured to operate the drive system to move the robot accessor, to operate the picker, to operate the bus bar relay to engage the bus bar when the robot accessor is stationary; and a power storage system configured to receive power via the bus bar relay when the bus bar relay engages the bus bar, to store the received power, and to deliver the stored power to the robot accessor at least when the bus bar relay is disengaged.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 17, 2009
    Publication date: July 30, 2009
    Inventor: MARK DELORMAN SCHULTZ
  • Publication number: 20090177306
    Abstract: An press line including at least one mechanical press with at least one electric drive motor, a ram, a mechanical unit for operating the press, and one other device or auxiliary production device. The press is arranged so that the speed of the at least one said drive motor may be varied during at least one pressing or non-pressing part of a press cycle. Improved operating characteristics and optimised energy use and cycle times are obtained by controlling the speed of the motor and synchronizing a movement of the press to a movement or position of at least other device, loader or other press. A system includes the press. A computer program controlls the press line.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 2, 2007
    Publication date: July 9, 2009
    Applicant: ABB RESEARCH LTD.
    Inventors: Sjoerd Bosga, Marc Segura Golorons
  • Publication number: 20090177307
    Abstract: There is provided a production management system that requires no backup step for performing a backup operation when trouble occurs in a robot, and can increase workability of a repair operation of the robot. The production management system for a production line mixedly including robot operation steps and manual operation steps, including: a monitor that displays the cause of abnormality that occurs in the robot operation step; a warning device that warns of occurrence of abnormality in the robot operation step; and a robot reversing device that reverses the orientation of a robot when abnormality occurs in the robot, wherein production is continued by changing the robot operation step where the abnormality occurs to the manual operation step. Also, a repair operation is performed for the robot reversed by the robot reversing device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 3, 2006
    Publication date: July 9, 2009
    Applicant: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Katsuhisa Miyazaki, Shinji Kobayashi, Yoshio Matsuoka, Yoshio Hata, Jun Hikoe
  • Publication number: 20090174122
    Abstract: A green tyre is built on a forming drum and then transferred to a bead moulding and pre-vulcanisation station where each bead of the tyre is moulded by tightening it between two axially opposite clamping surfaces respectively carried by an axially external annular locating element and an axially internal annular locating element consisting of radially expandable circumferential sectors. The tightened beads can be pre-vulcanised through heat supply by means of electric resistors integrated into the axially external annular locating elements. The tyre with the tightened and possibly pre-vulcanised beads is transferred to a moulding cavity having an inner wall substantially conforming to the shape of an outer surface of the moulded tyre to carry out moulding and complete vulcanisation of the tyre.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 11, 2006
    Publication date: July 9, 2009
    Inventor: Gianni Mancini
  • Publication number: 20090175709
    Abstract: A so-called transfer chamber in a semiconductor processing apparatus in which an FIMS system is secured is separated into a second chamber in which a transfer robot is disposed and a first chamber that is minute and includes a door capable of holding a cap of a pod as the FIMS system. In the second chamber, higher pressure than in the first chamber is maintained by a minute amount of nitrogen. In the first chamber, usually, a down flow of clean air is used via the FFU. When the wafer is transferred, a down flow of nitrogen is used. Thus, oxidation gas in the transfer chamber and released substances caused the FFU can be decreased.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 19, 2008
    Publication date: July 9, 2009
    Applicant: TDK CORPORATION
    Inventors: TSUTOMU OKABE, TOSHIHIKO MIYAJIMA
  • Publication number: 20090157221
    Abstract: A robot includes a storage unit, a card, a wireless communication module, a center controller, action units, and drive units. The action units execute motions. The medium contains an electronic identifier to identify the robot. The storage unit stores predetermined motion control programs for control the action units to motion. The wireless communication module receives a text message from the mobile phone, the text message comprising a tag corresponding to one motion control program. A center controller invokes a corresponding one of predetermined motion control programs corresponding to the tag. The drive units drive the action units to motion under the control of the corresponding motion control program.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 9, 2008
    Publication date: June 18, 2009
    Applicant: HON HAI PRECISION INDUSTRY CO., LTD.
    Inventor: KIM-YEUNG SIP
  • Publication number: 20090157226
    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: Application
    Filed: November 18, 2005
    Publication date: June 18, 2009
    Inventor: Pierre de Smet
  • Publication number: 20090157223
    Abstract: A robot chatting system includes an interface for generating a chatting text including robot motion having a text part and a motion part; a robot chatting server for providing a robot chatting service between chatting persons, using the chatting text including robot motion; a first unit for generating motion control data corresponding to the motion part of the chatting text including robot motion; a second unit for converting the text part of the chatting text including robot motion into speech data; and a robot for outputting the speech data through a speaker and simultaneously motioning based on the motion control data. Therefore, when the user inputs text and its corresponding motions and sends the input text, the other user's robot reads the text and performs the relevant motions, thereby providing the robot chatting service of good quality.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 12, 2008
    Publication date: June 18, 2009
    Applicant: Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute
    Inventors: Joong-Ki PARK, Byung Ho Chung, Hyun Sook Cho
  • Publication number: 20090148266
    Abstract: In a method and device for depalletizing stack containers, the stacked containers are supported by at least one support base, and the stacked containers on the support base are frictionally engaged and lifted on two opposite sides thereof.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 8, 2007
    Publication date: June 11, 2009
    Inventors: Michael Baumann, Herbert Fellner
  • Publication number: 20090148260
    Abstract: A tire loading apparatus and method of packing tires that includes placing the tires in a rack, compressing the tires, and assembling the rack are disclosed. The apparatus includes one or more conveyors, scanners, and robots that load tires from a conveyor to a rack. A tire unloading apparatus is also disclosed. The unloading apparatus includes a scissor mechanism to raise and/or lower tire racks to an unloading platform. The unloading apparatus additionally includes one or more unloaders and conveyors. The sorting and unloading of tires is accomplished with one or more automated conveyors, scanners, and storage structures for reading information from incoming tires and using the tire information to sort and store the tires. A rack to improve compression and support of tires during storage and shipment is also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 16, 2008
    Publication date: June 11, 2009
    Applicant: LINWELL, INC.
    Inventors: Wendell B. Leimbach, James Wheeler Marshal, Rick Wallace
  • Publication number: 20090145363
    Abstract: A milking system comprises a plurality of apparatuses (11a-g), wherein each of the apparatuses comprises a device (12a-g) for performing an action related to the operation of the milking system; a microprocessor (13a-g); an error message generating system (14a-g) for generating error messages (21) about errors that have occurred in the apparatus; and means (15a-g) for communicating said error messages to all other ones of the apparatuses. Each of the error messages comprises information, preferably categorized information, regarding the nature (22) and severity (23) and optionally physical location of the error and is interpretable by all other ones of the apparatuses.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 13, 2006
    Publication date: June 11, 2009
    Inventor: Thomas Caldenius
  • Publication number: 20090150142
    Abstract: A robot includes a knowledge acquisition unit for extracting words from external instruction information, a network construction unit for constructing a network from the extracted words and updating weightings between the words, and a behavior determination unit for determining a behavior on the basis of a word network in which relationships between the words are weighted on a network.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 5, 2008
    Publication date: June 11, 2009
    Applicant: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Haeyeon LEE, Tetsunari INAMURA, Masayuki INABA
  • Publication number: 20090146019
    Abstract: A cable guide device for an industrial robot is disclosed. The cable guide device includes a tube ring coupled to an end portion of a cable tube of an industrial robot, a cable distributor insertedly coupled in the tube ring and having a plurality of cable inserting holes through which cables introduced into the cable tube pass, a tube clamp rotatably fitted around an outer peripheral surface of the tube ring and having a ring shape, a head coupling unit coupled to the tube clamp, and a clamp supporting unit having a first end portion fitted around an outer surface of an arm of the industrial robot and a second end portion coupled to the head coupling unit, to keep the cable tube at a predetermined distance away from the outer surface of the arm.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 10, 2007
    Publication date: June 11, 2009
    Inventor: Kwang Sul Choi
  • Publication number: 20090143909
    Abstract: A network-based robot system includes an activity creating device creating activities in hierarchical structure, and a robot downloading the activity tree over a communication network and executing an activity selected in the activity tree. The activities describe action execution procedures to be run by the robot and are arranged in an activity tree.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 2, 2008
    Publication date: June 4, 2009
    Applicant: ELECRTONICS AND TELECOMMUNICATIONS RESEARCH INSTITUTE
    Inventors: Seung-Ik LEE, Sung Hoon Kim
  • Publication number: 20090132445
    Abstract: A machine classification learning method titled Generalized Reduced Error Logistic Regression (RELR) is presented. The method overcomes significant limitations in prior art logistic regression and other machine classification learning methods. The method is applicable to all current applications of logistic regression, but has significantly greater accuracy using smaller sample sizes and larger numbers of input variables than other machine classification learning methods including prior art logistic regression.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 12, 2008
    Publication date: May 21, 2009
    Inventor: Daniel M. Rice
  • Publication number: 20090132085
    Abstract: A method and an apparatus for detecting condition changes in a robot system. The method includes logging a work cycle representative signal at a first and a second occasion, logging, synchronously with the logging of the work cycle representative signal, a reference signal associated with work cycles at the first and second occasions, selecting the reference signal from signals having the following characteristics: a signal influenced by the path performed by the robot, a signal calculated by the robot system, and a signal that is identical at both the occasions if a manipulator of the robot performs a movement along exactly the same path at the first and second occasions, synchronizing the representative signals utilizing the logged reference signals, and comparing the synchronized signals to determine if any condition changes have occurred between the first and second occasions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 27, 2008
    Publication date: May 21, 2009
    Applicant: ABB RESEARCH LTD.
    Inventors: Niclas Sjostrand, Ivan Lundberg, Johan Gunnar, Shiva Sander-Tavallaey
  • Publication number: 20090132057
    Abstract: A control system is disclosed for controlling the movements of a plurality of mechanical units. The control system includes a plurality of independent control units, each including one or more control programs having instructions for controlling movements of at least one mechanical unit, and software for executing the control programs, wherein each control unit is configured to be put into any of a plurality of different states independent of states of remaining control units. A single server unit contains the plurality of independent control units, the server including memory for storing the control programs and the software for executing the control programs, a processor having at least one core, communication hardware for communicating with a network, and a resource-distributing unit adapted to distribute real and virtual hardware resources of the server unit to the control units, such that the control units share the real and virtual hardware resources of the server unit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 10, 2008
    Publication date: May 21, 2009
    Applicant: ABB Research Ltd.
    Inventors: Tommy KETTU, Anders Wall, Goran Mustapic, Peter J. Eriksson
  • Publication number: 20090121673
    Abstract: A charging system for a walking robot which charges a battery mounted on the walking robot by connecting a power supplying connector provided in a charging station to a power receiving connector in the walking robot, wherein the walking robot is capable of moving without significant restrictions during charging. The charging system includes a lock mechanism for locking the power supplying connector to the power receiving connector. A connector holder holds the power supplying connector detachably, an advancing/retracting mechanism advances and retracts the connector holder in the anteroposterior direction, and a lock operation mechanism performs a lock operation and an unlock operation of the lock mechanism via the connector holder. After an advance of the connector holder, the lock mechanism performs the lock operation to lock the power supplying connector to the power receiving connector. Thereafter, the connector holder is retracted out of the power supplying connector.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 7, 2008
    Publication date: May 14, 2009
    Applicant: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Takashi Nakayama, Koji Okazaki, Masaaki Muromachi
  • Publication number: 20090118863
    Abstract: A system, method, and computer program product for avoiding collision of a body segment with other structures in an articulated system are described. According to one aspect, a collision function is determined for avoiding such collision. A distance between the body segment and one such structure is measured. A weighting matrix is generated based on the collision function and the distance, and used to determine a redirected motion for the body segment. The body segment is redirected based on the redirected motion to avoid colliding with the structure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 24, 2008
    Publication date: May 7, 2009
    Applicant: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: BEHZAD DARIUSH
  • Publication number: 20090114672
    Abstract: A medication dispenser provides automation to the steps of locating and acquiring medications to be administered to a patient. The medication dispenser includes an enclosure providing a secure environment for storing medications in multiple sized medication storage bins. The medication storage bins are hung in storage racks located within the enclosure. A robot system is also provided within the enclosure for moving bins between the storage racks and a medication dispensing area. The medication dispensing area includes doors configured to open to define an opening for passing a selected bin through the enclosure. The medication storage bin includes multiple sub-compartments, each configured to receive a single medically related item. The medication storage bin is moved through the opening to present the first sub-compartment containing a medically related item, while other sub-compartment containing medically related items remain within the enclosure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 31, 2008
    Publication date: May 7, 2009
    Applicant: CERNER INNOVATION, INC.
    Inventors: Edward J. Schifman, William A. Bedore
  • Publication number: 20090108017
    Abstract: A medication dispenser provides automation to the steps of locating and acquiring medications to be administered to a patient. The medication dispenser includes an enclosure providing a secure environment for storing medications in multiple sized medication storage bins. The medication storage bins are hung in storage racks located within the enclosure. A robot system is also provided within the enclosure for moving bins between the storage racks and a medication dispensing area. The medication dispensing area includes doors configured to open to define an opening for passing a selected bin through the enclosure. The medication storage bin includes a bulk bin loading drawing for loading medication storage bins into the medication dispensing apparatus.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 31, 2008
    Publication date: April 30, 2009
    Applicant: CERNER INNOVATION, INC.
    Inventors: Edward J. Schifman, William A. Bedore
  • Patent number: 7525275
    Abstract: An impact absorbing mechanism, provided to a foot 5 of an extremity of each of two movable legs 2 of a bipedal walking robot 1 having the two movable legs 2, includes: an upper base plate 5-a joined to a foot joint 4 of each of the movable legs 2; a lower base plate 5b positioned below the upper base plate, and being opposite to the upper base plate; and three elastic members 6 anisotropic in terms of elasticity, which are arranged at equal intervals in the circumferential direction about the yaw axis YA extending in a direction perpendicular to the upper base plate 5a, between the upper base plate 5a and the lower base plate 5b, each of which allows the lower base plate 5b to make elastic displacement relative to the upper base plate 5a in the same direction as axis YA extends, while each of which inhibits the lower base plate 5b from making elastic displacement relative to the upper base plate 5a in directions orthogonal to the yaw axis direction, and which join the upper base plate 5a and the lower base pl
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2003
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2009
    Assignee: Kawada Industries
    Inventors: Shigehiko Ohta, Toshikazu Kawasaki, Takakatsu Isozumi
  • Publication number: 20090097948
    Abstract: The invention relates to a device (1) and to a method for moving liquid containers (2). Said device comprises a support unit (3) which is implemented to receive the liquid containers (2); a base unit (5) in relation to which the support unit (3) is mounted in an essentially horizontally free oscillating manner by means of connection elements (7); and movement means (6) for moving the support unit (3) in relation to the base unit (5). The inventive device (1) is characterized in that the support unit (3) comprises at least one support element (20,21) whereon at least one movement mass (8) is movably fastened. The at least one movement mass (8) interacts with a movement means (6) which is fastened to the same support element (20,21) and can also be moved thereby. Thereby, the movements of the at least one movement mass (8) set the same supporting support element (20,21) and the liquid containers (2) received by the support surface (28) of the support unit (3) into corresponding counter movements.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 4, 2006
    Publication date: April 16, 2009
    Inventors: Adi Zuppiger, Roland Fuchs, Urs Knecht
  • Publication number: 20090092476
    Abstract: A device is described for providing different auxiliary materials by a palleting robot for palleting objects at a palleting site. A palleting cell has storage sites, and the device is provided with a single supply site. A palleting cell is supplied with the auxiliary materials. The storage sites are arranged at a side of the supply site sequentially in a direction of transportation so that a gap of the auxiliary materials at one of the storage sites is closed by the auxiliary materials that are located at one of the storage sites and/or the supply site in the direction of transportation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 6, 2008
    Publication date: April 9, 2009
    Applicant: WINKLER + DUNNEBIER AG
    Inventor: Thomas Salm
  • Publication number: 20090084927
    Abstract: An industrial robot capable of being decomposed into multiple units at the time of conveyance of the robot and being conveyed individually in units: wherein each of the units has a holding bracket for conveyance means to hold the unit in order to convey the unit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 20, 2008
    Publication date: April 2, 2009
    Applicant: FANUC LTD
    Inventors: Ryo NIHEI, Satoshi KINOSHITA, Ryuji TAKIKAWA
  • Publication number: 20090078562
    Abstract: At least one substrate location sensor is provided on a piece of equipment containing two adjoined chambers between which substrates may be transferred one at a time. Deviation of substrate position from a predetermined optimal position is measured as a substrate is transferred between the two adjoined chambers. Measured data on the deviation of substrate position is entered into a statistical control program hosted in a computing means. The measured data indicates the level of performance of the robot and/or the condition of alignment of components in one of the two chambers. As the statistical control generates flags based on the measured data, maintenance activities may be performed. Thus, maintenance activities may be performed on a “as-needed” basis, determined by the measurement data on performance of the equipment.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 20, 2007
    Publication date: March 26, 2009
    Applicant: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Gary J. Johnson, Mark L. Reath, David C. Strippe
  • Publication number: 20090078533
    Abstract: Apparatus for processing generally elongate curved products having two ends and having a longitudinal axis extending in the elongate direction, in particular vegetables or fruit, for instance cucumbers, the processing comprising in succession at least: conveying the products with an endless conveyor in a conveying direction T in a substantially horizontal plane, the products positioned with their longitudinal axis substantially perpendicular to the conveying direction T; orienting these products with an orienting unit, and taking up the oriented products with a take-up unit for a further handling; wherein the orienting unit comprises two supporting points for each product, with at least one supporting point situated at some distance from an end of the product, wherein the orienting unit is configured for orienting during conveying, and wherein the products upon orienting rotate substantially about their longitudinal axis.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 10, 2008
    Publication date: March 26, 2009
    Inventors: Johannes Cornelis Joseph Tas, Petrus Johannes Koot
  • Publication number: 20090074549
    Abstract: Device for receiving and for transporting an article, which device has receiving means which are slid under the article by a sliding means, the receiving means being formed by a belt which revolves around deflections means, the deflection means being formed by tensioning struts (26) which are tensioned relative to one another and are arranged on the sliding means (20).
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 12, 2008
    Publication date: March 19, 2009
    Inventors: Jan Binder, Steffen Mayer
  • Publication number: 20090076651
    Abstract: Provided are an apparatus and method of calculating the position of a robot, which determine the position of a robot and create a map of the surroundings of the robot which account for the travel state of the robot. The apparatus includes a state variable calculation module which calculates a plurality of state variables regarding a travel state of the robot by using a plurality of Kalman filters; a travel state determination module which determines the travel state of the robot based on the results of the calculation performed by the state variable calculation module; and a state variable update module which updates the state variables according to the result of the determination performed by the travel state determination module.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 12, 2008
    Publication date: March 19, 2009
    Applicant: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Hyoung-Ki Lee, Ki-Wan Choi, Ji-Young Park, Seok-Won Bang
  • Publication number: 20090076653
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for adjusting and controlling an automatically controlled manipulator, for example a robot. This is often achieved with the aid of dynamic manipulator models, taking into account friction torques, which occur in gear mechanisms that are provided to displace axes of the manipulator. A model for the gear mechanism friction torque is determined for at least one axis, based on driven axis speeds and axis accelerations, in addition to a motor temperature on the drive side of one of the motors that is associated with the relevant axis, said model also being used to determine target values, such as a motor position or a motor current. The inventive method is characterised in that the gear mechanism friction torque that complies with the model is determined in accordance with a gear mechanism temperature.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 16, 2005
    Publication date: March 19, 2009
    Applicant: KUKA ROBOTER GMBH
    Inventors: Gerhard Hietmann, Martin Weiss