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1. WO2020069326 - SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR ROBOTIC VEHICLE RETRIEVAL

Publication Number WO/2020/069326
Publication Date 02.04.2020
International Application No. PCT/US2019/053476
International Filing Date 27.09.2019
IPC
B65G 1/137 2006.01
BPERFORMING OPERATIONS; TRANSPORTING
65CONVEYING; PACKING; STORING; HANDLING THIN OR FILAMENTARY MATERIAL
GTRANSPORT OR STORAGE DEVICES, e.g. CONVEYORS FOR LOADING OR TIPPING, SHOP CONVEYOR SYSTEMS OR PNEUMATIC TUBE CONVEYORS
1Storing articles, individually or in orderly arrangement, in warehouses or magazines
02Storage devices
04mechanical
137with arrangements or automatic control means for selecting which articles are to be removed
B25J 5/00 2006.01
BPERFORMING OPERATIONS; TRANSPORTING
25HAND TOOLS; PORTABLE POWER-DRIVEN TOOLS; HANDLES FOR HAND IMPLEMENTS; WORKSHOP EQUIPMENT; MANIPULATORS
JMANIPULATORS; CHAMBERS PROVIDED WITH MANIPULATION DEVICES
5Manipulators mounted on wheels or on carriages
B25J 9/16 2006.01
BPERFORMING OPERATIONS; TRANSPORTING
25HAND TOOLS; PORTABLE POWER-DRIVEN TOOLS; HANDLES FOR HAND IMPLEMENTS; WORKSHOP EQUIPMENT; MANIPULATORS
JMANIPULATORS; CHAMBERS PROVIDED WITH MANIPULATION DEVICES
9Programme-controlled manipulators
16Programme controls
B65B 59/00 2006.01
BPERFORMING OPERATIONS; TRANSPORTING
65CONVEYING; PACKING; STORING; HANDLING THIN OR FILAMENTARY MATERIAL
BMACHINES, APPARATUS OR DEVICES FOR, OR METHODS OF, PACKAGING ARTICLES OR MATERIALS; UNPACKING
59Arrangements to enable machines to handle articles of different sizes, to produce packages of different sizes, to vary the contents of packages or to give access for cleaning or maintenance purposes
B66F 9/06 2006.01
BPERFORMING OPERATIONS; TRANSPORTING
66HOISTING; LIFTING; HAULING
FHOISTING, LIFTING, HAULING, OR PUSHING, NOT OTHERWISE PROVIDED FOR, e.g. DEVICES WHICH APPLY A LIFTING OR PUSHING FORCE DIRECTLY TO THE SURFACE OF A LOAD
9Devices for lifting or lowering bulky or heavy goods for loading or unloading purposes
06movable, with their loads, on wheels or the like, e.g. fork-lift trucks
G05B 19/418 2006.01
GPHYSICS
05CONTROLLING; REGULATING
BCONTROL OR REGULATING SYSTEMS IN GENERAL; FUNCTIONAL ELEMENTS OF SUCH SYSTEMS; MONITORING OR TESTING ARRANGEMENTS FOR SUCH SYSTEMS OR ELEMENTS
19Programme-control systems
02electric
418Total factory control, i.e. centrally controlling a plurality of machines, e.g. direct or distributed numerical control (DNC), flexible manufacturing systems (FMS), integrated manufacturing systems (IMS), computer integrated manufacturing (CIM)
CPC
B07C 2301/0016
BPERFORMING OPERATIONS; TRANSPORTING
07SEPARATING SOLIDS FROM SOLIDS; SORTING
CPOSTAL SORTING; SORTING INDIVIDUAL ARTICLES, OR BULK MATERIAL FIT TO BE SORTED PIECE-MEAL, e.g. BY PICKING
2301Sorting according to destination
0016RFID-tags
B07C 3/02
BPERFORMING OPERATIONS; TRANSPORTING
07SEPARATING SOLIDS FROM SOLIDS; SORTING
CPOSTAL SORTING; SORTING INDIVIDUAL ARTICLES, OR BULK MATERIAL FIT TO BE SORTED PIECE-MEAL, e.g. BY PICKING
3Sorting according to destination
02Apparatus characterised by the means used for distribution
B65G 1/0492
BPERFORMING OPERATIONS; TRANSPORTING
65CONVEYING; PACKING; STORING; HANDLING THIN OR FILAMENTARY MATERIAL
GTRANSPORT OR STORAGE DEVICES, e.g. CONVEYORS FOR LOADING OR TIPPING, SHOP CONVEYOR SYSTEMS OR PNEUMATIC TUBE CONVEYORS
1Storing articles, individually or in orderly arrangement, in warehouses or magazines
02Storage devices
04mechanical
0492with cars adapted to travel in storage aisles
B65G 1/1373
BPERFORMING OPERATIONS; TRANSPORTING
65CONVEYING; PACKING; STORING; HANDLING THIN OR FILAMENTARY MATERIAL
GTRANSPORT OR STORAGE DEVICES, e.g. CONVEYORS FOR LOADING OR TIPPING, SHOP CONVEYOR SYSTEMS OR PNEUMATIC TUBE CONVEYORS
1Storing articles, individually or in orderly arrangement, in warehouses or magazines
02Storage devices
04mechanical
137with arrangements or automatic control means for selecting which articles are to be removed
1373for fulfilling orders in warehouses
B65G 1/1375
BPERFORMING OPERATIONS; TRANSPORTING
65CONVEYING; PACKING; STORING; HANDLING THIN OR FILAMENTARY MATERIAL
GTRANSPORT OR STORAGE DEVICES, e.g. CONVEYORS FOR LOADING OR TIPPING, SHOP CONVEYOR SYSTEMS OR PNEUMATIC TUBE CONVEYORS
1Storing articles, individually or in orderly arrangement, in warehouses or magazines
02Storage devices
04mechanical
137with arrangements or automatic control means for selecting which articles are to be removed
1373for fulfilling orders in warehouses
1375the orders being assembled on a commissioning stacker-crane or truck
G05D 1/0287
GPHYSICS
05CONTROLLING; REGULATING
DSYSTEMS FOR CONTROLLING OR REGULATING NON-ELECTRIC VARIABLES
1Control of position, course or altitude of land, water, air, or space vehicles, e.g. automatic pilot
02Control of position or course in two dimensions
021specially adapted to land vehicles
0287involving a plurality of land vehicles, e.g. fleet or convoy travelling
Applicants
  • WALMART APOLLO, LLC [US]/[US]
Inventors
  • BELLAR, Jason
  • VELTEN, Jeremy
Agents
  • BURNS, David, R.
  • BAI, Mei
  • BENNETT, Coalton
  • BLAZESKI, George
  • BOWELS, Anita, M.
Priority Data
62/738,05828.09.2018US
Publication Language English (EN)
Filing Language English (EN)
Designated States
Title
(EN) SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR ROBOTIC VEHICLE RETRIEVAL
(FR) SYSTÈMES ET PROCÉDÉS POUR DISPOSITIFS DE RÉCUPÉRATION PAR VÉHICULES ROBOTISÉS
Abstract
(EN)
A robotic vehicle retrieval system that includes an automated sorting system and robotic vehicles configured to carry items in a facility is discussed. The automated sorting system is configured to instruct the robotic vehicles to retrieve items of a particular type at a pick-up location of the automated sorting system on demand and then retreat from the pick- up location as needed until each robotic vehicle is carrying a specified quantity of items of an item type. Upon reaching the specified quantity of items, the robotic vehicles deliver the items to designated locations in the facility.
(FR)
Cette invention concerne un système de récupération par véhicules robotisés qui comprend un système de tri automatisé et des véhicules robotisés configurés pour transporter des articles dans une installation. Le système de tri automatisé est configuré pour ordonner aux véhicules robotisés de récupérer à la demande des articles d'un type particulier à un emplacement de ramassage du système de tri automatisé, puis de se retirer de l'emplacement de ramassage selon les besoins jusqu'à ce que chaque véhicule robotisé transporte une quantité spécifiée d'articles d'un type d'article. Lorsqu'ils ont atteint la quantité spécifiée d'articles, les véhicules robotisés délivrent les articles à des emplacements désignés dans l'installation.
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