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1. (WO2016054040) AUTOMATED LOADING SYSTEM

Pub. No.:    WO/2016/054040    International Application No.:    PCT/US2015/052942
Publication Date: Fri Apr 08 01:59:59 CEST 2016 International Filing Date: Wed Sep 30 01:59:59 CEST 2015
IPC: B25J 9/10
Applicants: AMAZON TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
Inventors: WORSLEY, Timothy Craig
SCHRADER, Karl Eric
BUNDY, Michael Ellsworth
RICE, Charles Edward
Title: AUTOMATED LOADING SYSTEM
Abstract:
Cable robots may be used to automatically load items onto one or more surfaces in any environment. An item may be received on a carrier that is connected to tensioning actuators of a cable robot by one or more cables in tension. The actuators of the robot may be manipulated in concert to move the carrier from a first position to a second position, which may be fixed or in motion, at which the item may be expelled from the carrier. The carrier may include induction wheels and/or conveyors for receiving the item thereon and for expelling the item therefrom. The cable robot may be provided in series with a conveyor and mounted to a frame, and used to load items onto a delivery vehicle, such that the frame may be withdrawn as items are loaded.