Communication With Another Machine Patents (Class 901/6)

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  • 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
  • Patent number: 9002514
    Abstract: Methods and systems for positioning wafers using a dual side-by-side end effector robot are provided. The methods involve performing place moves using dual side-by-side end effector robots with active wafer position correction. According to various embodiments, the methods may be used for placement into a process module, loadlock or other destination by a dual wafer transfer robot. The methods provide nearly double the throughput of a single wafer transfer schemes by transferring two wafers with the same number of moves.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Assignee: Novellus Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Damon Genetti, Shawn Hamilton, Rich Blank, Sheldon Templeton
  • Patent number: 8892224
    Abstract: Continuous change of state directions are graphically provided on a display screen to assist a user in performing necessary action(s) for transitioning between operating modes in a medical robotic system or performing corrective action. A graphical representation of a target state of an element of the medical robotic system is displayed on a display screen viewable by the user. Current states of the element and indications directing the user to manipulate the element towards the target state are continuously determined and graphical representations of the continuously determined current states and indications are displayed on the display screen along with that of the target state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2014
    Assignee: Intuitive Surgical Operations, Inc.
    Inventors: Paul W. Mohr, David W. Robinson
  • Patent number: 8868234
    Abstract: A communication system for communicating over high-latency, low bandwidth networks includes a communications processor configured to receive a collection of data from a local system, and a transceiver in communication with the communications processor. The transceiver is configured to transmit and receive data over a network according to a plurality of communication parameters. The communications processor is configured to divide the collection of data into a plurality of data streams; assign a priority level to each of the respective data streams, where the priority level reflects the criticality of the respective data stream; and modify a communication parameter of at least one of the plurality of data streams according to the priority of the at least one data stream.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2014
    Assignees: GM Global Technology Operations LLC, The United States of America as Represented by the Administrator of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration
    Inventors: Adam M. Sanders, Philip A. Strawser
  • Patent number: 8818554
    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: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2014
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Seung Jai Lee, Suk Ryun Son
  • Patent number: 8740880
    Abstract: A device is provided for positioning a patient with respect to a radiation, the device being a polyarticulated robot including: —at least one linear horizontal displacement rail, —a connecting part capable of carrying out translations with respect to the linear rail and pivoting about an axis of rotation vertical to that linear rail, and —a robotic arm connected to the connecting part, the robotic arm including a wrist with concurrent axes of rotation connected to a patient support.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2014
    Assignee: Bureau Francais d'Ingenierie
    Inventors: Samuel Pinault, Régis Ferrand, Jérôme Chemouny
  • Patent number: 8731714
    Abstract: A robotic system includes a controller and one or more robots each having a plurality of robotic joints. Each of the robotic joints is independently controllable to thereby execute a cooperative work task having at least one task execution fork, leading to multiple independent subtasks. The controller coordinates motion of the robot(s) during execution of the cooperative work task. The controller groups the robotic joints into task-specific robotic subsystems, and synchronizes motion of different subsystems during execution of the various subtasks of the cooperative work task. A method for executing the cooperative work task using the robotic system includes automatically grouping the robotic joints into task-specific subsystems, and assigning subtasks of the cooperative work task to the subsystems upon reaching a task execution fork. The method further includes coordinating execution of the subtasks after reaching the task execution fork.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2014
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Adam M. Sanders, Matthew J. Reiland
  • Patent number: 8688244
    Abstract: In order to flexibly identify the current operating state of control elements which are used to control a process installation, the invention provides a method for identifying the operating state of at least one control element, which is designed for an active and a passive operating state, for a control apparatus, wherein, in the active operating state, the control element controls a process function of an area of a process installation, comprising the following steps: the control apparatus is connected to the process installation, the control element is functionally associated with the process function, and the operating state of the control element is identified as active on the basis of successful functional association of the control element with the process function.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 1, 2014
    Assignee: Phoenix Contact GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Johannes Kalhoff, Thomas Huettemeier
  • Patent number: 8682502
    Abstract: A method for controlling one or more remote vehicles may comprise manipulating a remote dexterous control device, translating movement of the remote dexterous control device into movement of the one or more remote vehicles, and providing a sliding work window allowing control of the one or more remote vehicles' entire range of motion without sacrificing control resolution.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 25, 2014
    Assignee: iRobot Corporation
    Inventors: Jacob Curtis Jurmain, Aaron John Powers, Marc Vollenweider, Jeffrey Joseph Berkley
  • Publication number: 20130338679
    Abstract: A surgical robot for performing minimally invasive surgery (e.g. in the eye) is provided. A cannula connection is positioned at a fixed surgical arm part and aligned with a movable surgical arm part movable with respect to the fixed surgical arm part. A surgical instrument can be mounted at the movable part. The surgical instrument can pass through the cannula connection. Reference arm(s) and manipulation arm(s) connect a base element with the fixed surgical arm part.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 20, 2013
    Publication date: December 19, 2013
    Inventors: Petrus Carolus Johannes Nicolaas Rosielle, Hildebert Christiaan Matthijs Meenink
  • Patent number: 8583274
    Abstract: Continuous change of state directions are graphically provided on a display screen to assist a user in performing necessary action(s) for transitioning between operating modes in a medical robotic system or performing corrective action. A graphical representation of a target state of an element of the medical robotic system is displayed on a display screen viewable by the user. Current states of the element and indications directing the user to manipulate the element towards the target state are continuously determined and graphical representations of the continuously determined current states and indications are displayed on the display screen along with that of the target state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2013
    Assignee: Intuitive Surgical Operations, Inc.
    Inventors: Paul W. Mohr, David W. Robinson
  • Patent number: 8571628
    Abstract: In one aspect, the invention relates to a method for generating a haptic penalty force, including in one embodiment, the steps of: defining a primary proxy position; defining a secondary proxy position; defining a HIP position; generating a first force in response to the primary proxy position and the HIP position and generating a second force in response to the secondary proxy position and the HIP position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2006
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2013
    Assignee: MAKO Surgical Corp.
    Inventors: Hyosig Kang, Arthur E. Quaid, Dennis Moses
  • Patent number: 8504200
    Abstract: A system and method for operating robots in a robot competition. One embodiment of the system may include operator interfaces, where each operator interface is operable to control movement of a respective robot. A respective operator interface may be in communication with an associated operator radio, where each radio may have a low power RF output signal. A robot controller may be coupled to each robot in the robot competition. A robot radio may be coupled to a respective robot and in communication with a respective robot controller and operator radio. The robot radios may have a low power RF output signal while communicating with the respective operator radios. Alternatively, the radios may be short range radios, where a distance of communication may be a maximum of approximately 500 feet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2013
    Assignee: Innovation First, Inc.
    Inventors: David A. Norman, Robert H. Mimlitch, III, Paul S. Adams
  • Patent number: 8489237
    Abstract: Methods correcting wafer position error are provided. The methods involve measuring wafer position error on a robot during transfer to an intermediate station. This measurement data is then used by a second robot to perform wafer pick moves from the intermediate station with corrections to center the wafer. Wafer position correction may be performed at only one location during the transfer process. Also provided are systems and apparatuses for transferring wafers using an intermediate station.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2013
    Assignee: Novellus Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Chris Gage, Damon Genetti
  • Patent number: 8467886
    Abstract: A mobile object apparatus is provided. The mobile object apparatus includes an object having a first function; a moving unit that is capable of moving so as to move the object; a driving unit configured to drive the moving unit; and a receiver configured to receive a command from outside. The driving unit controls the moving unit according to the command received so that a second function is achieved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2006
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2013
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventor: Tetsujiro Kondo
  • Publication number: 20130110287
    Abstract: Provided is a system and method for a organizing a robotic storage system. The robotic storage system includes a plurality of storage locations of varying priority and varying distance to a data read/write device. The robot storage system further includes a plurality of portable data storage elements each having at least three fields, a load field, a read/write field and a user determined field. A temporary storage location within the robotic storage system for each data storage element is determined at least in part by evaluating the data storage element's load field, read/write field and user determined fields to determine a heat value and correlating the heat value to the storage locations. An associated method of use is also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 26, 2011
    Publication date: May 2, 2013
    Applicant: Spectra Logic Corporation
    Inventors: Nathan Christopher Thompson, Matthew Thomas Starr, Robert Edward Weber
  • Patent number: 8423159
    Abstract: A method for synchronizing a first machine of a manufacturing process section arranged to carry out a production cycle including a working part and a non-working part. The first machine is operated in conjunction with at least one second machine. The first machine carries out a process during the working part of the cycle on a workpiece that is loaded into and/or unloaded out of the first machine by the at least one second machine during the non-working part of each process cycle. Also, a system for carrying out the method and a computer program.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2013
    Assignee: ABB Research Ltd.
    Inventor: Sjoerd Bosga
  • Publication number: 20130066469
    Abstract: A remote control station that controls a robot through a network. The remote control station transmits a robot control command that includes information to move the robot. The remote control station monitors at least one network parameter and scales the robot control command as a function of the network parameter. For example, the remote control station can monitor network latency and scale the robot control command to slow down the robot with an increase in the latency of the network. Such an approach can reduce the amount of overshoot or overcorrection by a user driving the robot.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 7, 2012
    Publication date: March 14, 2013
    Applicant: InTouch Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: InTouch Technologies, Inc.
  • Patent number: 8393971
    Abstract: A vehicle chase game includes a first game object and a second game object. A second game object scans for a projected spot on an overhead surface. The second game object detects the projected spot on the overhead surface and gathers location information based on the detected projected spot. The second game object generates a position of a first game object based on the location information. The second game object transfers the position of the first game object to the chase game application program. The chase game application program selects a behavior based on the position of the first game object, where a goal of the behavior is to drive the second game object to intercept the first game object. The chase game application program sends instructions to the second game object's mechanical and electrical systems to execute the selected behaviors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2013
    Assignee: Evolution Robotics, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Dooley, Nikolai Romanov, Paolo Pirjanian, Lihu Chiu, Enrico Di Bernardo
  • Patent number: 8386112
    Abstract: A vessel hull robot navigation subsystem and method for a robot including a drive subsystem onboard the robot for driving the robot about the hull. A sensor subsystem onboard the robot outputs data combining robot and vessel motion. A memory onboard the robot includes data concerning the configuration of the hull and a desired path of travel for the robot. A fix subsystem communicates position fix data to the robot. A navigation processor onboard the robot is responsive to the memory data, the sensor subsystem, the position fix data, and the data concerning vessel motion. The navigation processor is configured to determine the position of the robot on the hull by canceling, form the sensor subsystem output data combining both robot and vessel motion, the determined vessel motion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2013
    Assignee: Raytheon Company
    Inventors: James H. Rooney, III, Stephen C. Jacobsen, Fraser Smith
  • Patent number: 8374421
    Abstract: Methods and systems for robot and cloud communication are described. A robot may interact with the cloud to perform any number of actions using video captured from a point-of-view or in the vicinity of the robot. The cloud may be configured to extract still frames from compressed video received from the robot at a frame rate determined based on a number of factors, including the robot's surrounding environment, the available bandwidth, or actions being performed. The cloud may be configured to request that a compressed video with higher frame rate be sent so that the cloud can extract still frames at a higher frame rate. Further, the cloud may be configured to request that a second compressed video from a second perspective be sent to provide additional environment information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2013
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventor: Ryan Hickman
  • Patent number: 8327531
    Abstract: In a production system general-purpose cell for general-purpose use in processing and transportation of a received workpiece in a production system of processing and delivering the workpiece, the production system general-purpose cell includes a base unit having a planar shape of quadrangle and supporting at least a robot for use in transportation of the workpiece such that the robot is movable on the planar area of quadrangle, a parts supply unit for supplying parts of the workpiece to the robot supported by the base unit, and a processing area extending outside the base unit. The robot supported by the base unit having a motion range set in a range from inside to outside the base unit in a form including at least part of the processing area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2012
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Masatoshi Ono, Christoph Meyerhoff
  • Patent number: 8315720
    Abstract: Continuous change of state directions are graphically provided on a display screen to assist a user in performing necessary action(s) for transitioning between operating modes in a medical robotic system or performing corrective action. A graphical representation of a target state of an element of the medical robotic system is displayed on a display screen viewable by the user. Current states of the element and indications directing the user to manipulate the element towards the target state are continuously determined and graphical representations of the continuously determined current states and indications are displayed on the display screen along with that of the target state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2012
    Assignee: Intuitive Surgical Operations, Inc.
    Inventors: Paul W. Mohr, David W. Robinson
  • Patent number: 8250743
    Abstract: The processing system (10) serves for processing a moving workpiece (12) by means of an industrial robot (16) that can be rigidly coupled, intermittently, to the workpiece (12) and/or to a movable workpiece carrier unit (14), the industrial robot (16), when in a decoupled operating position (42), being carried by a carrier device (18) that is movable, independently of a workpiece, by means of a drive unit (20) acting with active drive, and, when in a coupled operating position (44), being floatingly mounted relative to the carrier device (18) by means of a floating bearing system (22).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2012
    Assignee: Daimler AG
    Inventor: Uwe Habisreitinger
  • Patent number: 8182198
    Abstract: A redundantable robotic mechanism is disclosed for improving reliability of tranport equipment. The redundantable robot assembly typically comprises independent robots with separate controls, motors, linkage arms, or power, thus providing the capability of operation even if parts of the assembly are not operational or when parts of the assembly are removed for repair. The redundantable robot assembly can be also designed to allow in-situ servicing, e.g. servicing one robot when the other is running. The disclosed redundantable robot assembly provides virtual uninterrupted process flow, and thus greatly increases the yield for the manufacturing facility.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2012
    Assignee: Dynamic Micro Systems Semiconductor Equipment GmbH
    Inventor: Lutz Rebstock
  • Patent number: 8155789
    Abstract: An offline programming device for preparing an operation program for making a robot with a hand perform a handling operation for an object with respect to a machine tool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2012
    Assignee: Panuc Ltd
    Inventors: Yoshiharu Nagatsuka, Kozo Inoue
  • Publication number: 20120072019
    Abstract: A robotic system includes a controller and one or more robots each having a plurality of robotic joints. Each of the robotic joints is independently controllable to thereby execute a cooperative work task having at least one task execution fork, leading to multiple independent subtasks. The controller coordinates motion of the robot(s) during execution of the cooperative work task. The controller groups the robotic joints into task-specific robotic subsystems, and synchronizes motion of different subsystems during execution of the various subtasks of the cooperative work task. A method for executing the cooperative work task using the robotic system includes automatically grouping the robotic joints into task-specific subsystems, and assigning subtasks of the cooperative work task to the subsystems upon reaching a task execution fork. The method further includes coordinating execution of the subtasks after reaching the task execution fork.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 22, 2010
    Publication date: March 22, 2012
    Applicant: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS, INC.
    Inventors: Adam M. Sanders, Matthew J. Reiland
  • Patent number: 8099189
    Abstract: Ball robot comprising a shell, a diametric main axle, at least one pendulum, and a drive mechanism comprising at least two drive motors, wherein the drive motors are arranged on the pendulum(s) in the vicinity of the inner surface of the shell. There is also provided a ball robot with a ball shaped shell, a diametric axle attached to the shell concentric with the main axis of rotation of the shell, and a drive mechanism located inside the shell and supported by the diametric axle, wherein the diametric axle is arranged to accommodate for dimensional changes of the shell along the main axis of rotation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2005
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2012
    Assignee: Rotundus AB
    Inventors: Viktor Kaznov, Fredrik Bruhn, Per Samuelsson, Lars Stenmark
  • Patent number: 8099192
    Abstract: A method is provided for teaching a transfer robot used in conjunction with a workpiece processing system including a pedestal assembly, a light sensor having an optical input fixedly coupled to the pedestal assembly, a transfer robot having an end effector, and a processing chamber containing the pedestal assembly and light sensor. The method includes the steps of producing light within the processing chamber, moving the end effector over the optical input such that amount of light reaching the light sensor varies in relation to the position of the end effector, and recording the signal gain as the end effector is moved over the optical input. The method also includes the step of establishing from the recorded signal gain a desired position of the end effector relative to the pedestal assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2012
    Assignee: Novellus Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Damon Genetti, Heinrich Von Bunau, Tarek Radwan, Karen Townsend
  • Patent number: 8095237
    Abstract: A method of three-dimensional object location and guidance to allow robotic manipulation of an object with variable position and orientation using a sensor array which is a collection of one or more sensors capable of forming a single image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2003
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2012
    Assignee: RoboticVISIONTech LLC
    Inventors: Babak Habibi, Simona Pescaru, Mohammad Sameti, Remus Florinel Boca
  • Patent number: 8060252
    Abstract: Methods correcting wafer position error are provided. The methods involve measuring wafer position error on a robot, e.g. a dual side-by-side end effector robot, during transfer to an intermediate station. This measurement data is then used by a second robot to perform wafer pick moves from the intermediate station with corrections to center the wafer. Wafer position correction may be performed at only one location during the transfer process. Also provided are systems and apparatuses for transferring wafers using an intermediate station.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2011
    Assignee: Novellus Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Chris Gage, Damon Genetti
  • Patent number: 8049601
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for controlling one or more servos coupled to a model vehicle. An input signal having a series of input pulses encoded at an input pulse repetition frequency is received at a receiver coupled to a model vehicle having one or more servos. The input signal is decoded at the receiver. A servo control pulse is generated using at least one of the input pulses at the receiver. The servo control pulse is outputted to at least one of the servos at an output pulse repetition frequency that is different from the input pulse repetition frequency.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2011
    Assignee: Castle Creations, Inc.
    Inventors: Richard A. Hofer, Jonathan R. Feldkamp
  • Patent number: 8032253
    Abstract: In an automatic machine system comprising a mechanism unit (1) including at least one driving mechanism, a controller (2) for controlling a driving operation of the mechanism unit (1), and a teaching unit (3) for operating the mechanism unit (1), the teaching unit (3) includes a teaching unit communicating portion for carrying out a wireless communication with the controller (2) and a first field intensity monitoring portion (13) for monitoring a field intensity of communication data in the teaching unit communicating portion, and the controller (2) includes a controller communicating portion for carrying out a wireless communication with the teaching unit (3), a second field intensity monitoring portion (26) for monitoring a field intensity of communication data in the controller communicating portion, and a driving portion for driving the mechanism unit (1) based on an operation signal sent from the teaching unit (3) in the controller communicating portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2006
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2011
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Yaskawa Denki
    Inventors: Hideo Nagata, Michiharu Tanaka
  • Publication number: 20110218672
    Abstract: The invention relates to a robot comprising storage means designed to store at least one computer program which, when executed, causes the robot to act according to a particular behavior, characterized in that it comprises loading means able to load, from remote computer equipment, a computer program which, when executed, causes the robot to act according to a particular behavior, and saving means able to save the duly loaded computer program in said storage means. Said loading means are designed to transmit a load request to the remote equipment to initiate the loading of the computer program from the remote equipment. The robot comprises at least one memory for storing evolution parameters, and the loading means are also designed to transmit the request according to the evolution parameters.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 7, 2008
    Publication date: September 8, 2011
    Applicant: ALDEBARAN ROBOTICS S.A
    Inventors: Bruno Maisonnier, Fabien Bardinet
  • Patent number: 8014898
    Abstract: A robot controller (7) controlling a robot (1) used combined with a machine tool (5, 6) provided with a communication unit (9) connecting the robot controller to a machine tool, a detection unit (52) detecting through the communication unit a type and number of machine tools, and a setting unit (55) setting the robot controller based on the type and number of machine tools detected by the detection unit. Due to this, machine tool and robot startup work can be simply and easily performed without requiring skill or increasing the startup man-hours. The setting unit selects one setting file from among a plurality of setting files for the robot controller, stored in the robot controller, based on the type and number of machine tools detected by the detection unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2011
    Assignee: Fanuc Ltd
    Inventors: Hiroji Nishi, Yoshitaka Ikeda
  • Patent number: 8005572
    Abstract: An apparatus provides selective communication between multiple programmable robot controllers and one or more teaching devices connected by a network. The network controls communication between the teaching devices and the controllers including active tasks and passive tasks for preventing communication of active tasks between any of the controllers and more than one of any of the teaching devices. The network permits communication of the passive tasks between any of the controllers and one of the teaching devices communicating active tasks with another one of the controllers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2011
    Assignee: Fanuc Robotics America, Inc.
    Inventors: Judy A. Evans, Kenneth W. Krause, Glenn F Nowak
  • Patent number: 7987575
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method and a device for applying films (10) to interior wall sections of the bodywork (7) of a vehicle with the aid of an instrument or robot (6) comprising a multi-membered articulated arm (18, 19) and gripping elements (21) for the films. To reduce the mounting time, the robot (6) is driven through an opening (14) in the interior of the bodywork (7), the films (10) to be applied are transported by transport elements (11) to the vicinity of the interior or into the interior of the bodywork (7) and the delivered films (10) are taken from the transport elements by the robot (6) and its gripping elements (21) and are applied to the respective interior wall sections.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2005
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2011
    Assignee: AKsys GmbH
    Inventors: Ernst Hotz, Josef Polak
  • Patent number: 7945349
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a method and a system for facilitating calibration of a robot cell including one or more objects (8) and an industrial robot (1,2,3) performing work in connection to the objects, wherein the robot cell is programmed by means of an off-line programming tool including a graphical component for generating 2D or 3D graphics based on graphical models of the objects.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2011
    Assignee: ABB Technology AB
    Inventors: Tommy Y. Svensson, Magnus K. Gustafsson, Mathias Haage
  • Patent number: 7937186
    Abstract: A device and a method for automatically setting an interlock based on a suitable interference area obtained by executing an offline simulation in relation to a system including a plurality of robots. The device executes the simulation on the offline programming system based on a motion program so as to determine a moving path of the robots and a two-dimensional interference area between the robots. Next, the device calculates a first three-dimensional interference area by moving the two-dimensional area in the vertical direction and calculates an accurate second three-dimensional interference area within the first interference area, using three-dimensional models of the robots.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2011
    Assignee: Fanuc Ltd
    Inventors: Yoshiharu Nagatsuka, Toshiya Takeda
  • Patent number: 7874227
    Abstract: The user's movement of the joints on a master mechanism is converted to electrical energy to control a kinematically similar arrangement of joints on a slave mechanism. Bi-directional, dynamic, force reflecting control of the slave mechanism is provided without a need for sensors, software, computers, or external power sources.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 25, 2011
    Inventor: Daniel Steven Sanchez
  • Patent number: 7865266
    Abstract: Improved robotic surgical systems, devices, and methods include selectably associatable master/slave pairs, often having more manipulator arms than will be moved simultaneously by the two hands of a surgeon. Four manipulator arms can support an image capture device, a left hand tissue manipulation tool, a right hand tissue manipulation tool, and a fourth surgical instrument, particularly for stabilizing, retracting, tool change, or other functions benefiting from intermittent movement. The four or more arms may sequentially be controlled by left and right master input control devices. The fourth arm may be used to support another image capture device, and control of some or all of the arms may be transferred back-and-forth between the operator and an assistant. Two or more robotic systems each having master controls and slave manipulators may be coupled to enable cooperative surgery between two or more operators.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2003
    Date of Patent: January 4, 2011
    Assignee: Intuitive Surgical Operations, Inc.
    Inventors: Frederic H. Moll, David J. Rosa, Andris D. Ramans, Steven J. Blumenkranz, Gary S. Guthart, Gunter D. Niemeyer, William C. Nowlin, J. Kenneth Salisbury, Jr., Michael J. Tierney
  • Patent number: 7860614
    Abstract: A trainer for training a human to use a physical robot in a physical environment, the physical robot being controlled in the physical environment by an operator control unit, the trainer comprising an input device; a visual display; a computer connected to the input device and the visual display; and computer software disposed in the computer for creating a virtual robot and a virtual environment on the visual display, the virtual robot and the virtual environment being simulations of the physical robot and the physical environment wherein interaction between the virtual robot and the virtual environment simulates interaction between the physical robot and the physical environment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 28, 2010
    Assignee: The United States of America as represented by the Secretary of the Army
    Inventor: Bernard D. Reger
  • Publication number: 20100325623
    Abstract: A transmission-side robot control device (21) and a receiving-side robot control device (21) each include an EPROM (27) which stores a software update program and robot motion control software, a RAM (24) which stores the software update program read from the first storage section (27), and storage media (26B) which stores update software. An external terminal or a host computer for software update is not needed, and a plurality of robot control devices can be standardized to have even an old version. It is not necessary to check a version currently stored, and the update can be performed at high speed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 13, 2010
    Publication date: December 23, 2010
    Inventor: Tatsuya Ikeda
  • Patent number: 7792606
    Abstract: A partial surface of a total surface, divided into several partial surfaces, is allocated to one of several mobile units by determining the partial surface of the total surface and allocating one of the several mobile units with a reservation. The mobile unit transmits allocation information indicating the allocation of the partial surface. The reservation is lifted and the allocation of the partial surface is validated when the one of the several mobile units receives no allocation rejection information from at least one of the other mobile units, indicating a rejection of the allocation of the partial surface. If rejection information is received, the reservation is lifted and the allocation of the partial surface is invalidated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2002
    Date of Patent: September 7, 2010
    Assignee: Siemens Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventor: Markus Jäger
  • Patent number: 7783384
    Abstract: An ambidextrous robotic master controller includes a mounting base secured to a support, a shoulder member pivotally connected to the mounting base and, connected in series to the shoulder, an upper arm member, a forearm member, an inner wrist member, and an outer wrist member. An ambidextrous grip link is pivotally connected to the outer wrist member and is movable to a right hand position or a left hand position. An ambidextrous hand grip member is pivotally connected to the grip link member. The controller includes suitable encoders engaged between connected elements thereof to sense and signal relative movement therebetween. The controller is usable by either a right or left handed person to control a manipulator device having links and joints analogous to the links and joints of the controller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 24, 2010
    Inventor: Brett W. Kraft
  • Patent number: 7762759
    Abstract: Device and method to pick up and remove from a bundle one or more bars in order to arrange them for use in an operating machine. The device comprises first magnetic means to separate from the bundle an end segment of a plurality of bars and to arrange at least the end segments of plurality bars on a plane distanced with respect to the bundle. The device comprises second magnetic means to pick up, from the first magnetic means, at least one bar at a time from the plurality of bars and to unload the at least one bar in a desired release position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2004
    Date of Patent: July 27, 2010
    Assignee: M.E.P. Macchine Elettroniche Piegatrici SpA
    Inventors: Giorgio Del Fabro, Marcello Del Fabro
  • Publication number: 20100179690
    Abstract: A system for automated adaption of a process parameter of a handling device includes a supervision device configured to selectively monitor at least one process parameter and/or to adapt the at least one process parameter of the handling device in an automated manner based on specifications and/or the environment and/or in a rule-based manner in interaction with a control/regulation device, wherein environment/safety-specific specifications and/or regulations are complied with and/or implemented irrespective of the type of a respective working process, wherein the system is configured to interact with the control/regulation device configured to monitor, control and/or regulate the handling device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 2, 2008
    Publication date: July 15, 2010
    Applicant: ABB RESEARCH LTD.
    Inventors: Bjoern Matthias, Roland Krieger
  • Patent number: 7715947
    Abstract: A system for lapping gear sets with a ring gear and a pinion gear. The system includes a lapping machine tool and a robot. The lapping machine tool has a first spindle and a second spindle. The second spindle is rotatable about an axis that is generally perpendicular to a rotational axis of the first spindle. The lapping machine tool has a loading zone for loading the first and second spindles. The robot has an end effector with a first end that is configured to hold one of the gear sets. The robot is configured to position the first end of the end effector into the loading zone and to load the first gear set to the lapping machine tool without removing the end effector from the loading zone such that the ring gear is loaded onto the first spindle and the pinion gear is loaded onto the second spindle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2010
    Assignee: American Axle & Manufacturing, Inc.
    Inventors: Daniel Thomas Bickersteth, Robert G. Greene, Kenneth John Gembel, II
  • Publication number: 20100111357
    Abstract: The present invention discloses a method and system to track and process the received postal items in their personal mailbox. The present invention resides inside the personal mailbox of a user. When mail item arrives in the mailbox, controller initiates the tiny robot arm to pick up the item and moves it to scanner and initiates the scanner to scan the item. Controller then collects associated entities of the received mail item using OCR and sends a notification to the user. An associated entity includes sender name and address and other information on the face of the mail item. If there is no sender address in the mail item then controller realizes that the received mail item is junk/unwanted and sends it to shredder using robot arm for trash.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 17, 2009
    Publication date: May 6, 2010
    Inventor: Johnson Manuel-Devadoss
  • Patent number: 7643905
    Abstract: A robot program correcting apparatus, which displays three-dimensional models of a robot and a workpiece simultaneously on the screen of a display apparatus, and corrects an operation program for the robot, includes: a unit retrieving a robot operation program and a working position based on at least either a line or a surface computed from touchup points and on a touchup position or points representing a working position specified on the screen; a difference computing unit computing a difference between at least either the line or surface computed from the touchup points and at least either a line or a surface computed from the plurality of points as position information representing the retrieved working position; and a correcting unit correcting the robot operation program by computing the amount of correction based on the difference, thereby reducing the number of steps required when correcting the robot operation program.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2006
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2010
    Assignee: Fanuc Ltd
    Inventors: Atsushi Watanabe, Yoshiharu Nagatsuka