Harvest Automation, Inc.
|Harvest Automation, Inc. Patent applications|
|Patent application number||Title||Published|
|20150151933||ADAPTABLE CONTAINER HANDLING SYSTEM - An adaptable handling system featuring a boundary subsystem and one or more robots. Each robot typically includes a chassis, a container lift mechanism moveable with respect to the robot chassis for transporting at least one container, a drive subsystem for maneuvering the chassis, a boundary sensing subsystem, a container detection subsystem, and a controller. The controller is responsive to the boundary sensing subsystem and the container detection subsystem and is configured to control the drive subsystem to follow a boundary once intercepted until a container is detected and turn until another container is detected. The controller then controls the container lift mechanism to place a transported container proximate the second detected container.||06-04-2015|
|20150066281||ROLLER ASSEMBLY FOR AUTONOMOUS MOBILE ROBOTS - A roller assembly provides collision protection and stability to a mobile robot. The roller assembly includes a shaft forming an axis about which the roller assembly can rotate. The shaft has opposite ends configured to be supported by bearings in the robot. The roller assembly also includes an impact absorbing layer coaxially covering the shaft. It further includes a shell coaxially covering the impact absorbing layer having a lower coefficient of friction than the impact absorbing layer for providing low sliding friction.||03-05-2015|
|20140363264||GRIPPER ASSEMBLY FOR AUTONOMOUS MOBILE ROBOTS - A gripper assembly is provided for use in an autonomous mobile robot for grabbing and holding an object to be transported by the robot. The gripper assembly includes two rotatable shafts and two counter-rotating flippers, each fixedly connected to a different one of the rotatable shafts for engaging the object on opposite sides thereof. The gripper assembly also includes two drive elements, each engaging a different one of the rotatable shafts. Two drive arms engage the two drive elements to transfer torque and rotation from each drive arm to a respective drive element and rotatable shaft to open or close a respective flipper around the object. Each drive element can be disengaged from a respective drive arm and then rotated in order to adjust a radial position of a respective rotatable shaft and flipper relative to the drive arm so that objects of different sizes can be accommodated.||12-11-2014|
|20140316557||METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR MAINTENANCE AND OTHER PROCESSING OF CONTAINER-GROWN PLANTS USING AUTONOMOUS MOBILE ROBOTS - A system is provided for processing container-grown plants positioned in a given area. The system includes a processing station positioned in the area for processing the container-grown plants. It also includes one or more autonomous mobile container handling robots configured to: (i) travel to a source location in the area and pick up a container-grown plant, (ii) transport the container-grown plant to the processing station where a process is performed on the container-grown plant, (iii) transport the container-grown plant from the processing station to a destination location in the area, (iv) deposit the container-grown plant at the destination location, and (v) repeat (i) through (iv) for a set of container-grown plants in the source location.||10-23-2014|
|20130181544||EMERGENCY STOP METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR AUTONOMOUS MOBILE ROBOTS - An emergency stop system for an autonomous mobile robot includes a base unit connected to the robot and an element engageable by a user extending from the base unit. The element is movably held by the base unit in an operation mode position. The base unit includes a mechanism for detecting the presence of the element in the operation mode position and triggering an emergency stop of the robot when the element is moved out of the operation mode position by the user.||07-18-2013|
|20130110341||METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR MAINTENANCE AND OTHER PROCESSING OF CONTAINER-GROWN PLANTS USING AUTONOMOUS MOBILE ROBOTS||05-02-2013|
|20130110281||METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR AUTOMATED TRANSPORTATION OF ITEMS BETWEEN VARIABLE ENDPOINTS||05-02-2013|
|20110301757||ADAPTABLE CONTAINER HANDLING ROBOT WITH BOUNDARY SENSING SUBSYSTEM - An adaptable container handling robot includes a chassis, a container transport mechanism, a drive subsystem for maneuvering the chassis, a boundary sensing subsystem configured to reduce adverse effects of outdoor deployment, and a controller subsystem responsive to the boundary sensing subsystem. The controller subsystem is configured to detect a boundary, control the drive subsystem to turn in a given direction to align the robot with the boundary, and control the drive subsystem to follow the boundary.||12-08-2011|
Patent applications by Harvest Automation, Inc.