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1. (US20180330134) SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR PROCESSING OBJECTS INCLUDING SPACE EFFICIENT DISTRIBUTION STATIONS AND AUTOMATED OUTPUT PROCESSING

Application Number: 15956442 Application Date: 18.04.2018
Publication Number: 20180330134 Publication Date: 15.11.2018
Publication Kind : A1
IPC:
G06K 7/10
B65G 25/04
B07C 5/34
B65G 47/46
B65G 47/12
B65G 47/18
G PHYSICS
06
COMPUTING; CALCULATING; COUNTING
K
RECOGNITION OF DATA; PRESENTATION OF DATA; RECORD CARRIERS; HANDLING RECORD CARRIERS
7
Methods or arrangements for sensing record carriers
10
by electromagnetic radiation, e.g. optical sensing; by corpuscular radiation
B PERFORMING OPERATIONS; TRANSPORTING
65
CONVEYING; PACKING; STORING; HANDLING THIN OR FILAMENTARY MATERIAL
G
TRANSPORT OR STORAGE DEVICES, e.g. CONVEYORS FOR LOADING OR TIPPING, SHOP CONVEYOR SYSTEMS OR PNEUMATIC TUBE CONVEYORS
25
Conveyers comprising a cyclically-moving, e.g. reciprocating, carrier or impeller which is disengaged from the load during the return part of its movement
04
the carrier or impeller having identical forward and return paths of movement, e.g. reciprocating conveyers
B PERFORMING OPERATIONS; TRANSPORTING
07
SEPARATING SOLIDS FROM SOLIDS; SORTING
C
POSTAL SORTING; SORTING INDIVIDUAL ARTICLES, OR BULK MATERIAL FIT TO BE SORTED PIECE-MEAL, e.g. BY PICKING
5
Sorting according to a characteristic or feature of the articles or material being sorted, e.g. by control effected by devices which detect or measure such characteristic or feature; Sorting by manually actuated devices, e.g. switches
34
Sorting according to other particular properties
B PERFORMING OPERATIONS; TRANSPORTING
65
CONVEYING; PACKING; STORING; HANDLING THIN OR FILAMENTARY MATERIAL
G
TRANSPORT OR STORAGE DEVICES, e.g. CONVEYORS FOR LOADING OR TIPPING, SHOP CONVEYOR SYSTEMS OR PNEUMATIC TUBE CONVEYORS
47
Article or material-handling devices associated with conveyers; Methods employing such devices
34
Devices for discharging articles or materials from conveyers
46
with distribution, e.g. automatically, to desired points
B PERFORMING OPERATIONS; TRANSPORTING
65
CONVEYING; PACKING; STORING; HANDLING THIN OR FILAMENTARY MATERIAL
G
TRANSPORT OR STORAGE DEVICES, e.g. CONVEYORS FOR LOADING OR TIPPING, SHOP CONVEYOR SYSTEMS OR PNEUMATIC TUBE CONVEYORS
47
Article or material-handling devices associated with conveyers; Methods employing such devices
02
Devices for feeding articles or materials to conveyers
04
for feeding articles
12
from disorderly-arranged article piles or from loose assemblages of articles
B PERFORMING OPERATIONS; TRANSPORTING
65
CONVEYING; PACKING; STORING; HANDLING THIN OR FILAMENTARY MATERIAL
G
TRANSPORT OR STORAGE DEVICES, e.g. CONVEYORS FOR LOADING OR TIPPING, SHOP CONVEYOR SYSTEMS OR PNEUMATIC TUBE CONVEYORS
47
Article or material-handling devices associated with conveyers; Methods employing such devices
02
Devices for feeding articles or materials to conveyers
16
for feeding materials in bulk
18
Arrangements or applications of hoppers or chutes
CPC:
B07C 5/3412
B65G 25/04
B65G 47/12
B65G 47/18
B65G 47/46
G06K 7/10693
Applicants: Berkshire Grey, Inc.
Inventors: Thomas WAGNER
Kevin AHEARN
John Richard AMEND, JR.
Benjamin COHEN
Michael DAWSON-HAGGERTY
William Hartman FORT
Christopher GEYER
Victoria HINCHEY
Jennifer Elieen KING
Thomas KOLETSCHKA
MIchael Cap KOVAL
Kyle MARONEY
Matthew T. MASON
William Chu-Hyon MCMAHAN
Gene Temple PRICE
Joseph ROMANO
Daniel SMITH
Siddhartha SRINIVASA
Prasanna VELAGAPUDI
Thomas ALLEN
Priority Data:
Title: (EN) SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR PROCESSING OBJECTS INCLUDING SPACE EFFICIENT DISTRIBUTION STATIONS AND AUTOMATED OUTPUT PROCESSING
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(EN)

A space efficient automated processing system for processing objects is disclosed. The processing system includes an input conveyance system for moving objects from an input area in at least an input conveyance vector that includes an input conveyance horizontal direction component and an input conveyance vertical direction component, a perception system for receiving objects from the input conveyance system and for providing perception data regarding an object, a primary transport system for receiving the object from the perception system and for providing transport of the object along at least a primary transport vector including an primary transport horizontal component and a primary transport vertical component that is generally opposite the input conveyance horizontal direction component, and at least two secondary transport systems, each of which receives the object from the primary transport system and moves the object in either of reciprocal directions that are each generally parallel with the input conveyance horizontal direction component and the primary direction horizontal direction component.