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1. CA2628909 - PROCESSING APPARATUS AND METHOD OF OPERATION THEREOF

Office Canada
Application Number 2628909
Application Date
Publication Number 2628909
Publication Date 18.05.2007
Grant Number
Grant Date 28.10.2014
Publication Kind C
IPC
B65D 85/06
BPERFORMING OPERATIONS; TRANSPORTING
65CONVEYING; PACKING; STORING; HANDLING THIN OR FILAMENTARY MATERIAL
DCONTAINERS FOR STORAGE OR TRANSPORT OF ARTICLES OR MATERIALS, e.g. BAGS, BARRELS, BOTTLES, BOXES, CANS, CARTONS, CRATES, DRUMS, JARS, TANKS, HOPPERS, FORWARDING CONTAINERS; ACCESSORIES, CLOSURES, OR FITTINGS THEREFOR; PACKAGING ELEMENTS; PACKAGES
85Containers, packaging elements or packages, specially adapted for particular articles or materials
02for annular articles
06for tyres
B60P 3/00
BPERFORMING OPERATIONS; TRANSPORTING
60VEHICLES IN GENERAL
PVEHICLES ADAPTED FOR LOAD TRANSPORTATION OR TO TRANSPORT, TO CARRY, OR TO COMPRISE SPECIAL LOADS OR OBJECTS
3Vehicles adapted to transport, to carry or to comprise special loads or objects
B65D 19/38
BPERFORMING OPERATIONS; TRANSPORTING
65CONVEYING; PACKING; STORING; HANDLING THIN OR FILAMENTARY MATERIAL
DCONTAINERS FOR STORAGE OR TRANSPORT OF ARTICLES OR MATERIALS, e.g. BAGS, BARRELS, BOTTLES, BOXES, CANS, CARTONS, CRATES, DRUMS, JARS, TANKS, HOPPERS, FORWARDING CONTAINERS; ACCESSORIES, CLOSURES, OR FITTINGS THEREFOR; PACKAGING ELEMENTS; PACKAGES
19Pallets or like platforms, with or without side walls, for supporting loads to be lifted or lowered
38Details or accessories
B65D 25/22
BPERFORMING OPERATIONS; TRANSPORTING
65CONVEYING; PACKING; STORING; HANDLING THIN OR FILAMENTARY MATERIAL
DCONTAINERS FOR STORAGE OR TRANSPORT OF ARTICLES OR MATERIALS, e.g. BAGS, BARRELS, BOTTLES, BOXES, CANS, CARTONS, CRATES, DRUMS, JARS, TANKS, HOPPERS, FORWARDING CONTAINERS; ACCESSORIES, CLOSURES, OR FITTINGS THEREFOR; PACKAGING ELEMENTS; PACKAGES
25Details of other kinds or types of rigid or semi-rigid containers
20External fittings
22for facilitating lifting or suspending of containers
B65G 35/00
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
35Mechanical conveyors not otherwise provided for
B66C 19/00
BPERFORMING OPERATIONS; TRANSPORTING
66HOISTING; LIFTING; HAULING
CCRANES; LOAD-ENGAGING ELEMENTS OR DEVICES FOR CRANES, CAPSTANS, WINCHES, OR TACKLES
19Cranes comprising trolleys or crabs running on fixed or movable bridges or gantries
CPC
B66D 3/18
BPERFORMING OPERATIONS; TRANSPORTING
66HOISTING; LIFTING; HAULING
DCAPSTANS; WINCHES; TACKLES, e.g. PULLEY BLOCKS; HOISTS
3Portable or mobile lifting or hauling appliances
18Power-operated hoists
B29D 30/0016
BPERFORMING OPERATIONS; TRANSPORTING
29WORKING OF PLASTICS; WORKING OF SUBSTANCES IN A PLASTIC STATE IN GENERAL
DPRODUCING PARTICULAR ARTICLES FROM PLASTICS OR FROM SUBSTANCES IN A PLASTIC STATE
30Producing pneumatic or solid tyres or parts thereof
0016Handling tyres or parts thereof, e.g. supplying, storing, conveying
B29D 2030/0022
BPERFORMING OPERATIONS; TRANSPORTING
29WORKING OF PLASTICS; WORKING OF SUBSTANCES IN A PLASTIC STATE IN GENERAL
DPRODUCING PARTICULAR ARTICLES FROM PLASTICS OR FROM SUBSTANCES IN A PLASTIC STATE
30Producing pneumatic or solid tyres or parts thereof
0016Handling tyres or parts thereof, e.g. supplying, storing, conveying
0022Handling green tyres, e.g. transferring or storing between tyre manufacturing steps
G05D 1/0225
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
0212with means for defining a desired trajectory
0225involving docking at a fixed facility, e.g. base station or loading bay
G05D 1/024
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
0231using optical position detecting means
0238using obstacle or wall sensors
024in combination with a laser
G05D 1/0242
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
0231using optical position detecting means
0242using non-visible light signals, e.g. IR or UV signals
Applicants RMT ROBOTICS LTD.
Priority Data 60/734,274 08.11.2005 US
Title
(EN) PROCESSING APPARATUS AND METHOD OF OPERATION THEREOF
(FR) APPAREIL DE TRAITEMENT ET PROCEDE D'UTILISATION CORRESPONDANT
Abstract
(EN)



A manufacturing facility includes a storage facility and a production
facility. Workpieces are located in the storage facility in temporary storage
accommodations, and are moved between the storage facility and stations in the
production facility by mobile carrier units. The temporary storage
accommodations may be units having a generally circular lading envelope, and
an hexagonal optimal packing density. The optimal packing density is such that
supports for the accommodation units lies outside the lading envelope circle,
but within the corner regions of the hexagons of the packing density pattern.
The accommodation units have lifting fittings that are accessible from the
corners of the hexagons, whether the same as those of the supports, or
different ones. The mobile carrier units may be automated guided vehicles The
guided vehicle may be electronically controlled to prick up and deliver
workpieces from one location to another, and may include self-navigating
software, and interactive communication with other guided vehicle to permit
suitable routes to be chosen, or to permit obstacles to be avoided. The
facility may include a vertical degree of freedom, or workpiece retrieval
apparatus used for transferring workpieces between the storage accommodations
and the automated guided vehicles, or to other locations. The workpiece
retrival apparatus may be mounted on a bridge, and may include a multi-element
raising any lowering array that is biased to oppose torsional deflection of
the lifting member.

Also published as
EP6804699
US12116403