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1. (WO2018201244) GRIPPER, SYSTEM AND PROCESS FOR GRIPPING, ORIENTING AND HANDLING A BIOLOGICAL HORTICULTURAL OBJECT

Pub. No.:    WO/2018/201244    International Application No.:    PCT/CA2018/050515
Publication Date: Fri Nov 09 00:59:59 CET 2018 International Filing Date: Wed May 02 01:59:59 CEST 2018
IPC: B65G 47/24
A01G 7/00
B25J 15/00
B25J 19/04
B25J 9/18
Applicants: VINELAND RESEARCH AND INNOVATIONS CENTRE INC.
Inventors: MOHR, Christopher Allan Douglas
AVIGAD, Gideon
NAIDU, Jyoti Prakash
MISHRA, Ranjan Kumar
Title: GRIPPER, SYSTEM AND PROCESS FOR GRIPPING, ORIENTING AND HANDLING A BIOLOGICAL HORTICULTURAL OBJECT
Abstract:
A gripper has a mounting bracket, opposed rotatable gripper heads mounted on the bracket, a translation actuator configured to translate at least one of the gripper heads along a gripper head rotation axis to grip a horticultural object between the gripper heads, a drive shaft configured to rotate the object, at least one rotation actuator configured to rotate at least one of the gripper heads to rotate the object between the gripper heads, and the at least one rotation actuator configured to rotate the drive shaft. The gripper heads are rotatable about a common gripper head rotation axis. The drive shaft is configured to rotate the object about a second rotation axis orthogonal to the gripper head rotation axis, the second rotation axis passing between the gripper heads. The gripper is useful in systems and processes for handling solid three-dimensional biological horticultural objects.