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1. WO2001006905 - ROBOTIC SYSTEM

Publication Number WO/2001/006905
Publication Date 01.02.2001
International Application No. PCT/US2000/020109
International Filing Date 24.07.2000
IPC
A47L 9/04 2006.1
AHUMAN NECESSITIES
47FURNITURE; DOMESTIC ARTICLES OR APPLIANCES; COFFEE MILLS; SPICE MILLS; SUCTION CLEANERS IN GENERAL
LDOMESTIC WASHING OR CLEANING; SUCTION CLEANERS IN GENERAL
9Details or accessories of suction cleaners, e.g. mechanical means for controlling the suction or for effecting pulsating action; Storing devices specially adapted to suction cleaners or parts thereof; Carrying-vehicles specially adapted for suction cleaners
02Nozzles
04with driven brushes or agitators
A47L 11/34 2006.1
AHUMAN NECESSITIES
47FURNITURE; DOMESTIC ARTICLES OR APPLIANCES; COFFEE MILLS; SPICE MILLS; SUCTION CLEANERS IN GENERAL
LDOMESTIC WASHING OR CLEANING; SUCTION CLEANERS IN GENERAL
11Machines for cleaning floors, carpets, furniture, walls, or wall coverings
34Machines for treating carpets in position by liquid, foam, or vapour, e.g. by steam
A47L 11/40 2006.1
AHUMAN NECESSITIES
47FURNITURE; DOMESTIC ARTICLES OR APPLIANCES; COFFEE MILLS; SPICE MILLS; SUCTION CLEANERS IN GENERAL
LDOMESTIC WASHING OR CLEANING; SUCTION CLEANERS IN GENERAL
11Machines for cleaning floors, carpets, furniture, walls, or wall coverings
40Parts or details of machines not provided for in groups A47L11/02-A47L11/38108
B25J 9/00 2006.1
BPERFORMING OPERATIONS; TRANSPORTING
25HAND TOOLS; PORTABLE POWER-DRIVEN TOOLS; HANDLES FOR HAND IMPLEMENTS; WORKSHOP EQUIPMENT; MANIPULATORS
JMANIPULATORS; CHAMBERS PROVIDED WITH MANIPULATION DEVICES
9Programme-controlled manipulators
G05D 1/02 2006.1
GPHYSICS
05CONTROLLING; REGULATING
DSYSTEMS FOR CONTROLLING OR REGULATING NON-ELECTRIC VARIABLES
1Control of position, course, altitude, or attitude of land, water, air, or space vehicles, e.g. automatic pilot
02Control of position or course in two dimensions
CPC
A47L 11/34
AHUMAN NECESSITIES
47FURNITURE; DOMESTIC ARTICLES OR APPLIANCES; COFFEE MILLS; SPICE MILLS; SUCTION CLEANERS IN GENERAL
LDOMESTIC WASHING OR CLEANING
11Machines for cleaning floors, carpets, furniture, walls, or wall coverings
34Machines for treating carpets in position by liquid, foam, or vapour, e.g. by steam
A47L 11/40
AHUMAN NECESSITIES
47FURNITURE; DOMESTIC ARTICLES OR APPLIANCES; COFFEE MILLS; SPICE MILLS; SUCTION CLEANERS IN GENERAL
LDOMESTIC WASHING OR CLEANING
11Machines for cleaning floors, carpets, furniture, walls, or wall coverings
40Parts or details of machines not ; provided for in; groups A47L11/02 - A47L11/38, ; or not restricted to one of these groups; , e.g. handles, arrangements of switches, skirts, buffers, levers
A47L 11/4011
AHUMAN NECESSITIES
47FURNITURE; DOMESTIC ARTICLES OR APPLIANCES; COFFEE MILLS; SPICE MILLS; SUCTION CLEANERS IN GENERAL
LDOMESTIC WASHING OR CLEANING
11Machines for cleaning floors, carpets, furniture, walls, or wall coverings
40Parts or details of machines not ; provided for in; groups A47L11/02 - A47L11/38, ; or not restricted to one of these groups; , e.g. handles, arrangements of switches, skirts, buffers, levers
4011Regulation of the cleaning machine by electric means; Control systems and remote control systems therefor
A47L 11/4061
AHUMAN NECESSITIES
47FURNITURE; DOMESTIC ARTICLES OR APPLIANCES; COFFEE MILLS; SPICE MILLS; SUCTION CLEANERS IN GENERAL
LDOMESTIC WASHING OR CLEANING
11Machines for cleaning floors, carpets, furniture, walls, or wall coverings
40Parts or details of machines not ; provided for in; groups A47L11/02 - A47L11/38, ; or not restricted to one of these groups; , e.g. handles, arrangements of switches, skirts, buffers, levers
4061Steering means; Means for avoiding obstacles; Details related to the place where the driver is accommodated
A47L 2201/04
AHUMAN NECESSITIES
47FURNITURE; DOMESTIC ARTICLES OR APPLIANCES; COFFEE MILLS; SPICE MILLS; SUCTION CLEANERS IN GENERAL
LDOMESTIC WASHING OR CLEANING
2201Robotic cleaning machines, i.e. with automatic control of the travelling movement or the cleaning operation
04Automatic control of the travelling movement; Automatic obstacle detection
A47L 9/04
AHUMAN NECESSITIES
47FURNITURE; DOMESTIC ARTICLES OR APPLIANCES; COFFEE MILLS; SPICE MILLS; SUCTION CLEANERS IN GENERAL
LDOMESTIC WASHING OR CLEANING
9Details or accessories of suction cleaners, e.g. mechanical means for controlling the suction or for effecting pulsating action; Storing devices specially adapted to suction cleaners or parts thereof; Carrying-vehicles specially adapted for suction cleaners
02Nozzles
04with driven brushes or agitators
Applicants
  • THE PROCTER & GAMBLE COMPANY [US]/[US] (AllExceptUS)
  • BOTTOMLEY, Ian [GB]/[GB] (UsOnly)
  • COATES, David [GB]/[GB] (UsOnly)
  • GRAYDON, Andrew, Russell [GB]/[GB] (UsOnly)
  • STODDART, Barry [GB]/[GB] (UsOnly)
Inventors
  • BOTTOMLEY, Ian
  • COATES, David
  • GRAYDON, Andrew, Russell
  • STODDART, Barry
Agents
  • REED, T., David
Priority Data
9917348.624.07.1999GB
Publication Language English (en)
Filing Language English (EN)
Designated States
Title
(EN) ROBOTIC SYSTEM
(FR) SYSTEME ROBOTISE
Abstract
(EN) A self-propelled robot is disclosed for movement over a surface to be treated. The robot has a power supply (11) and a pair of wheels (8, 9) driven by motors (6, 7) for moving the robot over the surface. The robot is provided with means (120, 121) for providing sonic or ultrasonic energy to the surface. A mechanism (113, 115, 16) is also provided for controllably depositing a fluent material on to the surface. Navigation sensors (4, 13, 18, 21) provide signals for enabling the robot to navigate over the surface and one or more detectors (14, 15, 17) detect the presence of the material on the surface and provide signals indicative of its presence. A control system (100) receives the signals from the sensors and detectors and controls the motors and the depositing mechanism in dependence upon the signals received from the sensors and detectors.
(FR) On décrit un robot motorisé prévu pour se déplacer sur une surface devant être traitée. Le robot est équipé d'une alimentation (11) en puissance et d'une paire de roues (8, 9) entraînées par des moteurs (6, 7) qui servent à déplacer le robot sur la surface. Le robot comprend des dispositifs (120, 121) qui envoient de l'énergie sonore ou ultrasonore sur la surface. Un mécanisme (113, 115, 16) est également prévu pour déposer de manière commandée une matière fluide sur la surface. Des détecteurs de déplacement (4, 13, 18, 21) envoient des signaux qui permettent au robot de se déplacer sur la surface et un ou plusieurs détecteurs (14, 15, 17) détectent la présence de la matière sur la surface et envoient des signaux indiquant sa présence. Un système de commande (100) reçoit les signaux envoyés par les capteurs et les détecteurs et commande les moteurs et le mécanisme servant à déposer la matière fluide en fonction des signaux reçus en provenance des capteurs et des détecteurs.
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