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1. (WO2018039464) AUTOMATIC STORAGE AND RETRIEVAL SYSTEM WITH PLANAR MOTION MECHANISM

Pub. No.:    WO/2018/039464    International Application No.:    PCT/US2017/048435
Publication Date: Fri Mar 02 00:59:59 CET 2018 International Filing Date: Fri Aug 25 01:59:59 CEST 2017
IPC: B65G 1/12
Applicants: HALL, David, R.
BLANCH, Joseph
PRIDDIS, Andrew
PRIDDIS, Eimi
CHEATHAM, Kevin
Inventors: HALL, David, R.
BLANCH, Joseph
PRIDDIS, Andrew
PRIDDIS, Eimi
CHEATHAM, Kevin
Title: AUTOMATIC STORAGE AND RETRIEVAL SYSTEM WITH PLANAR MOTION MECHANISM
Abstract:
The invention is an automated storage and retrieval system in which objects within the system may be repositioned one at a time in a circular or non-circular sequence. The system comprises a frame with one or more walls, one or more movable objects arranged in columns within the frame, one or more connectors mounted to the walls to which the movable objects are attached, and one or more planar motion mechanisms mounted to the frame. The system further comprises suspending the objects from the planar motion mechanisms to reposition the objects within the frame. Preferably, the planar motion mechanism is an H-bot. The objects can be storage bins or appliances. Advantages of the system are that it objects can be retrieved more quickly, the system can operate at less than full capacity, and the objects do not stack and therefore do not have strict structural requirements.