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1. (WO1999009430) A SENSOR APPARATUS, AS WELL AS A METHOD OF DETERMINING THE POSITION OF AN OBJECT, IN PARTICULAR A TEAT OF AN ANIMAL TO BE MILKED
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Pub. No.: WO/1999/009430 International Application No.: PCT/NL1998/000460
Publication Date: 25.02.1999 International Filing Date: 13.08.1998
IPC:
A01J 5/017 (2006.01) ,G01C 3/10 (2006.01) ,G01S 7/481 (2006.01) ,G01S 13/06 (2006.01) ,G01S 15/06 (2006.01) ,G01S 17/06 (2006.01) ,G01S 17/42 (2006.01) ,G01S 17/46 (2006.01) ,G01S 17/88 (2006.01)
A HUMAN NECESSITIES
01
AGRICULTURE; FORESTRY; ANIMAL HUSBANDRY; HUNTING; TRAPPING; FISHING
J
MANUFACTURE OF DAIRY PRODUCTS
5
Milking machines or devices
017
Automatic attaching or detaching of clusters
G PHYSICS
01
MEASURING; TESTING
C
MEASURING DISTANCES, LEVELS OR BEARINGS; SURVEYING; NAVIGATION; GYROSCOPIC INSTRUMENTS; PHOTOGRAMMETRY OR VIDEOGRAMMETRY
3
Measuring distances in line of sight; Optical rangefinders
10
using a parallactic triangle with variable angles and a base of fixed length in the observation station, e.g. in the instrument
G PHYSICS
01
MEASURING; TESTING
S
RADIO DIRECTION-FINDING; RADIO NAVIGATION; DETERMINING DISTANCE OR VELOCITY BY USE OF RADIO WAVES; LOCATING OR PRESENCE-DETECTING BY USE OF THE REFLECTION OR RERADIATION OF RADIO WAVES; ANALOGOUS ARRANGEMENTS USING OTHER WAVES
7
Details of systems according to groups G01S13/, G01S15/, G01S17/127
48
of systems according to group G01S17/58
481
Constructional features, e.g. arrangements of optical elements
G PHYSICS
01
MEASURING; TESTING
S
RADIO DIRECTION-FINDING; RADIO NAVIGATION; DETERMINING DISTANCE OR VELOCITY BY USE OF RADIO WAVES; LOCATING OR PRESENCE-DETECTING BY USE OF THE REFLECTION OR RERADIATION OF RADIO WAVES; ANALOGOUS ARRANGEMENTS USING OTHER WAVES
13
Systems using the reflection or reradiation of radio waves, e.g. radar systems; Analogous systems using reflection or reradiation of waves whose nature or wavelength is irrelevant or unspecified
02
Systems using reflection of radio waves, e.g. primary radar systems; Analogous systems
06
Systems determining position data of a target
G PHYSICS
01
MEASURING; TESTING
S
RADIO DIRECTION-FINDING; RADIO NAVIGATION; DETERMINING DISTANCE OR VELOCITY BY USE OF RADIO WAVES; LOCATING OR PRESENCE-DETECTING BY USE OF THE REFLECTION OR RERADIATION OF RADIO WAVES; ANALOGOUS ARRANGEMENTS USING OTHER WAVES
15
Systems using the reflection or reradiation of acoustic waves, e.g. sonar systems
02
using reflection of acoustic waves
06
Systems determining position data of a target
G PHYSICS
01
MEASURING; TESTING
S
RADIO DIRECTION-FINDING; RADIO NAVIGATION; DETERMINING DISTANCE OR VELOCITY BY USE OF RADIO WAVES; LOCATING OR PRESENCE-DETECTING BY USE OF THE REFLECTION OR RERADIATION OF RADIO WAVES; ANALOGOUS ARRANGEMENTS USING OTHER WAVES
17
Systems using the reflection or reradiation of electromagnetic waves other than radio waves, e.g. lidar systems
02
Systems using the reflection of electromagnetic waves other than radio waves
06
Systems determining position data of a target
G PHYSICS
01
MEASURING; TESTING
S
RADIO DIRECTION-FINDING; RADIO NAVIGATION; DETERMINING DISTANCE OR VELOCITY BY USE OF RADIO WAVES; LOCATING OR PRESENCE-DETECTING BY USE OF THE REFLECTION OR RERADIATION OF RADIO WAVES; ANALOGOUS ARRANGEMENTS USING OTHER WAVES
17
Systems using the reflection or reradiation of electromagnetic waves other than radio waves, e.g. lidar systems
02
Systems using the reflection of electromagnetic waves other than radio waves
06
Systems determining position data of a target
42
Simultaneous measurement of distance and other coordinates
G PHYSICS
01
MEASURING; TESTING
S
RADIO DIRECTION-FINDING; RADIO NAVIGATION; DETERMINING DISTANCE OR VELOCITY BY USE OF RADIO WAVES; LOCATING OR PRESENCE-DETECTING BY USE OF THE REFLECTION OR RERADIATION OF RADIO WAVES; ANALOGOUS ARRANGEMENTS USING OTHER WAVES
17
Systems using the reflection or reradiation of electromagnetic waves other than radio waves, e.g. lidar systems
02
Systems using the reflection of electromagnetic waves other than radio waves
06
Systems determining position data of a target
46
Indirect determination of position data
G PHYSICS
01
MEASURING; TESTING
S
RADIO DIRECTION-FINDING; RADIO NAVIGATION; DETERMINING DISTANCE OR VELOCITY BY USE OF RADIO WAVES; LOCATING OR PRESENCE-DETECTING BY USE OF THE REFLECTION OR RERADIATION OF RADIO WAVES; ANALOGOUS ARRANGEMENTS USING OTHER WAVES
17
Systems using the reflection or reradiation of electromagnetic waves other than radio waves, e.g. lidar systems
88
Lidar systems, specially adapted for specific applications
Applicants:
MAASLAND N.V. [NL/NL]; 10 Weverskade NL-3155 PD Maasland, NL (AT, BE, CH, CY, DE, DK, ES, FI, FR, GB, GR, IE, IT, JP, LU, MC, NL, PT, SE)
FRANSEN, René [NL/NL]; NL (UsOnly)
VAN DER LELY, Alexander [NL/NL]; NL (UsOnly)
Inventors:
FRANSEN, René; NL
VAN DER LELY, Alexander; NL
Agent:
MULDER, Herman; 10 Weverskade NL-3155 PD Maasland, NL
Priority Data:
100680420.08.1997NL
Title (EN) A SENSOR APPARATUS, AS WELL AS A METHOD OF DETERMINING THE POSITION OF AN OBJECT, IN PARTICULAR A TEAT OF AN ANIMAL TO BE MILKED
(FR) APPAREIL DE DETECTION ET PROCEDE DE DETERMINATION DE LA POSITION D'UN OBJET, NOTAMMENT LA MAMELLE D'UN ANIMAL A TRAIRE
Abstract:
(EN) A sensor apparatus for determining the position of an object present in a space, in particular a teat (21) of an animal to be milked, relative to the sensor apparatus, which sensor apparatus is provided with at least one transmitter element (13, 14) and at least one receiver element (17, 18) which is designed to receive a ray or beam of rays (26, 27) reflected by the object, as well as with a first directional element (3) for directing the ray or beam of rays emanating from the transmitter element consecutively to different areas in that space and/or for directing the ray or beam of rays emanating from the object to the receiver element, the sensor apparatus furthermore comprising means for scanning the space separately in at least two subareas.
(FR) L'invention concerne un appareil de détection destiné à déterminer la position d'un objet présent dans un espace, notamment une mamelle (21) d'un animal à traire, par rapport à l'appareil de détection, cet appareil de détection comportant au moins un élément émetteur (13, 14) et au moins un élément récepteur (17, 18) conçu pour recevoir un rayon ou un faisceau de rayons (26, 27) reflété par l'objet, ainsi qu'au moins un élément d'orientation (3) destiné à orienter le rayon ou le faisceau de rayons émanant de l'élément émetteur consécutivement vers des zones différentes de l'espace et/ou à orienter le rayon ou le faisceau de rayons émanant de l'objet vers l'élément récepteur; l'appareil de détection comprend en outre un dispositif de balayage de l'espace séparément dans au moins deux sous-zones.
Designated States: JP, US
European Patent Office (AT, BE, CH, CY, DE, DK, ES, FI, FR, GB, GR, IE, IT, LU, MC, NL, PT, SE)
Publication Language: English (EN)
Filing Language: Dutch (NL)
Also published as:
EP0951651EP1555544US6118118JP2001504944 DE000069830472DK0951651
DK1555544