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1. (WO2017041007) IMPROVED ROBOTIC ARTICLE HANDLING SYSTEM & OPERATIONS

Pub. No.:    WO/2017/041007    International Application No.:    PCT/US2016/050222
Publication Date: Fri Mar 10 00:59:59 CET 2017 International Filing Date: Sat Sep 03 01:59:59 CEST 2016
IPC: B65B 35/36
Applicants: DOUGLAS MACHINE INC.
Inventors: PETERMAN, Thomas H.
DAVIS, Christopher T.
TOYLI, Matthew D.
FREDERICK, Aaron M.
LUKANEN, Richard W., Jr.
HARREN, Christopher D.
Title: IMPROVED ROBOTIC ARTICLE HANDLING SYSTEM & OPERATIONS
Abstract:
A top loading assembly is provided. The assembly includes a robotic arm and an article collector assembly supported thereby. The robotic arm is characterized by first and second arm segments and three pivotable arm joints, a first arm joint J1 being a distal arm joint for operatively supporting said collector assembly, a second arm joint J2 being an intermediate arm joint, and a third arm joint J3 being a terminal/anchorable arm joint. The collector assembly, directable from an article collection locus to a collected article loading locus, includes a collector adapted to effectuate select clamping in relation to articles collected by the collector during direction of the collector assembly from the article collection locus to the collected article loading locus.