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1. WO1991000167 - GRIPPING AND MANIPULATING DEVICE AND HANDLING METHOD

Publication Number WO/1991/000167
Publication Date 10.01.1991
International Application No. PCT/GB1990/000995
International Filing Date 28.06.1990
Chapter 2 Demand Filed 28.01.1991
IPC
A01H 4/00 2006.01
AHUMAN NECESSITIES
01AGRICULTURE; FORESTRY; ANIMAL HUSBANDRY; HUNTING; TRAPPING; FISHING
HNEW PLANTS OR PROCESSES FOR OBTAINING THEM; PLANT REPRODUCTION BY TISSUE CULTURE TECHNIQUES
4Plant reproduction by tissue culture techniques
B25J 15/00 2006.01
BPERFORMING OPERATIONS; TRANSPORTING
25HAND TOOLS; PORTABLE POWER-DRIVEN TOOLS; HANDLES FOR HAND IMPLEMENTS; WORKSHOP EQUIPMENT; MANIPULATORS
JMANIPULATORS; CHAMBERS PROVIDED WITH MANIPULATION DEVICES
15Gripping heads
CPC
A01H 4/001
AHUMAN NECESSITIES
01AGRICULTURE; FORESTRY; ANIMAL HUSBANDRY; HUNTING; TRAPPING; FISHING
HNEW PLANTS OR PROCESSES FOR OBTAINING THEM; PLANT REPRODUCTION BY TISSUE CULTURE TECHNIQUES
4Plant reproduction by tissue culture techniques ; ; Tissue culture techniques therefor
001Culture apparatus for tissue culture; Culture media therefor
B25J 15/0004
BPERFORMING OPERATIONS; TRANSPORTING
25HAND TOOLS; PORTABLE POWER-DRIVEN TOOLS; MANIPULATORS
JMANIPULATORS; CHAMBERS PROVIDED WITH MANIPULATION DEVICES
15Gripping heads ; and other end effectors
0004with provision for adjusting the gripped object in the hand
Applicants
  • NATIONAL RESEARCH DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION [GB/GB]; 101 Newington Causeway London SE1 6BU, GB (AllExceptUS)
  • BILLINGTON, William, Peter [GB/GB]; GB (UsOnly)
  • BROWN, Frank, Raymond [GB/GB]; GB (UsOnly)
Inventors
  • BILLINGTON, William, Peter; GB
  • BROWN, Frank, Raymond; GB
Agents
  • LAIGHT, Martin, Harvey; W.H. Beck, Greener & Co. 7 Stone Buildings Lincoln's Inn London WC2A 3SZ, GB
Priority Data
8915025.430.06.1989GB
Publication Language English (EN)
Filing Language English (EN)
Designated States
Title
(EN) GRIPPING AND MANIPULATING DEVICE AND HANDLING METHOD
(FR) APPAREIL POUR SAISIR ET MANIPULER ET METHODE DE MANIPULATION
Abstract
(EN)
A device for gripping and manipulating a plantlet during micropropagation procedures, comprises a pair of cantilevered rollers (20 and 20A) projecting from a pair of support members (15 and 15A) which are pivotally mounted on a sub frame (11). The rollers are driven by respective stepper motors (23) and can be moved towards and away from each other by pivoting of the support members by means of a pneumatic cylinder (34). A plantlet can be gripped by controlled movement of the rollers apart and towards each other and can be lifted by rotation of the rollers in counter rotation. A further controlled movement can be applied by moving one of the rollers (20A) along the direction of its axis of rotation.
(FR)
Appareil pour saisir et manipuler un végétal de petite taille pendant les opérations de micro-propagation. Cet appareil se compose d'une paire de rouleaux en porte-à-faux (20, 20A) faisant saillie à partir d'une paire d'éléments de soutien (15 et 15A) montés de manière à pouvoir pivoter sur un châssis secondaire (1). Chacun des rouleaux est actionné par un moteur pas-à-pas (23). On peut ainsi les rapprocher ou les éloigner l'un de l'autre en faisant pivoter les éléments de soutien au moyen d'un cylindre pneumatique (34). La plante peut être saisie par un mouvement contrôlé des rouleaux qui s'approchent ou s'éloignent l'un de l'autre et peut être soulevée par rotation de ceux-ci en sens inverse. On peut aussi imprimer aux rouleaux un autre mouvement en déplaçant l'un d'entre eux (20A) dans la direction de son axe de rotation.
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