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1. US20110303473 - Processing apparatus and method of operation thereof

Office United States of America
Application Number 13207614
Application Date 11.08.2011
Publication Number 20110303473
Publication Date 15.12.2011
Grant Number 08393480
Grant Date 12.03.2013
Publication Kind B2
IPC
A47F 7/04
AHUMAN NECESSITIES
47FURNITURE; DOMESTIC ARTICLES OR APPLIANCES; COFFEE MILLS; SPICE MILLS; SUCTION CLEANERS IN GENERAL
FSPECIAL FURNITURE, FITTINGS, OR ACCESSORIES FOR SHOPS, STOREHOUSES, BARS, RESTAURANTS, OR THE LIKE; PAYING COUNTERS
7Show stands, hangers, or shelves, adapted for particular articles or materials
04for tyres; for wheels
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 Pickard Douglas M.
RMT Robotics Limited
Baumann Richard
Pollard Tom
Hordyk John
Inventors Pickard Douglas M.
Baumann Richard
Pollard Tom
Hordyk John
Agents McCarthy T├ętrault LLP
Title
(EN) Processing apparatus and method of operation thereof
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 mobile carrier units may be automated guided vehicles and may include self-navigating software, and interactive communication with other guided vehicles to permit suitable routes to be chosen, or to permit obstacles to be avoided. The facility may include a workpiece retrieval apparatus used for transferring workpieces between the storage accommodations and the automated guided vehicles, or to other locations. The workpiece retrieval apparatus may be mounted on a bridge, and may include a multi-element raising and lowering array that is biased to oppose torsional deflection of the lifting member.

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