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1. (WO2019028242) ROBOTIC GRIPPER FOR HANDLING MEAT PRODUCTS
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Pub. No.: WO/2019/028242 International Application No.: PCT/US2018/044987
Publication Date: 07.02.2019 International Filing Date: 02.08.2018
IPC:
B25J 15/00 (2006.01) ,B25J 15/12 (2006.01) ,B25J 15/06 (2006.01) ,B25J 9/14 (2006.01) ,B25J 11/00 (2006.01)
B PERFORMING OPERATIONS; TRANSPORTING
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HAND TOOLS; PORTABLE POWER-DRIVEN TOOLS; HANDLES FOR HAND IMPLEMENTS; WORKSHOP EQUIPMENT; MANIPULATORS
J
MANIPULATORS; CHAMBERS PROVIDED WITH MANIPULATION DEVICES
15
Gripping heads
B PERFORMING OPERATIONS; TRANSPORTING
25
HAND TOOLS; PORTABLE POWER-DRIVEN TOOLS; HANDLES FOR HAND IMPLEMENTS; WORKSHOP EQUIPMENT; MANIPULATORS
J
MANIPULATORS; CHAMBERS PROVIDED WITH MANIPULATION DEVICES
15
Gripping heads
08
having finger members
12
with flexible finger members
B PERFORMING OPERATIONS; TRANSPORTING
25
HAND TOOLS; PORTABLE POWER-DRIVEN TOOLS; HANDLES FOR HAND IMPLEMENTS; WORKSHOP EQUIPMENT; MANIPULATORS
J
MANIPULATORS; CHAMBERS PROVIDED WITH MANIPULATION DEVICES
15
Gripping heads
06
with vacuum or magnetic holding means
B PERFORMING OPERATIONS; TRANSPORTING
25
HAND TOOLS; PORTABLE POWER-DRIVEN TOOLS; HANDLES FOR HAND IMPLEMENTS; WORKSHOP EQUIPMENT; MANIPULATORS
J
MANIPULATORS; CHAMBERS PROVIDED WITH MANIPULATION DEVICES
9
Programme-controlled manipulators
10
characterised by positioning means for manipulator elements
14
fluid
B PERFORMING OPERATIONS; TRANSPORTING
25
HAND TOOLS; PORTABLE POWER-DRIVEN TOOLS; HANDLES FOR HAND IMPLEMENTS; WORKSHOP EQUIPMENT; MANIPULATORS
J
MANIPULATORS; CHAMBERS PROVIDED WITH MANIPULATION DEVICES
11
Manipulators not otherwise provided for
Applicants:
SOFT ROBOTICS, INC. [US/US]; 51 Moulton Street Cambridge, MA 02138, US
Inventors:
CURHAN, Jeffrey; US
WOMERSLEY, Thomas; US
LESSING, Joshua, Aaron; US
Agent:
FAGAN, Matthew, T.; US
BLUNI, Scott; US
Priority Data:
62/540,74703.08.2017US
62/542,05907.08.2017US
Title (EN) ROBOTIC GRIPPER FOR HANDLING MEAT PRODUCTS
(FR) PRÉHENSEUR ROBOTIQUE POUR MANIPULER DES PRODUITS CARNÉS
Abstract:
(EN) Robotic grippers have been employed to grasp and manipulate target objects. One task posing relatively unique problems is the handling of meat products, which can be difficult to grasp with a conventional gripper due to the surface texture and malleability of the meat, among other factors. Exemplary embodiments described herein provide robotic grippers having one or more fingers and a plate, the plate optionally providing suction capabilities. The actuators apply a small force to the edges of the grasping target. In suctioned embodiments, an array of suction holes within the plate support the center of the grasping target by applying a light vacuum force at many points along the surface thereof. In non-suctioned embodiments, the actuators grip the edges of the grasping target and the plate makes conformal contact with the grasping target to prevent it from folding or otherwise deforming or disintegrating from the gripping force of the actuators.
(FR) Des préhenseurs robotiques ont été employés pour saisir et manipuler des objets cibles. Une tâche posant des problèmes relativement uniques est la manipulation de produits carnés, qui peuvent être difficiles à saisir avec un préhenseur conventionnel en raison de la texture de la surface et de la malléabilité de la viande, entre autres facteurs. Des modes de réalisation décrits ici à titre d'exemple concernent des préhenseurs robotiques dotés d'un ou plusieurs doigts et d'une plaque, la plaque apportant éventuellement des capacités d'aspiration. Les actionneurs appliquent une petite force aux bords de la cible de préhension. Dans les modes de réalisation avec aspiration, un réseau de trous d'aspiration au sein de la plaque soutient le centre de la cible de préhension en appliquant une légère force d'aspiration en de nombreux points le long de sa surface. Dans les modes de réalisation sans aspiration, les actionneurs saisissent les bords de la cible de préhension et la plaque établit un contact conforme avec la cible de préhension pour l'empêcher de se plier ou de se déformer autrement, ou de se désintégrer sous l'effet de la force de préhension des actionneurs.
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Publication Language: English (EN)
Filing Language: English (EN)