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Load-underlying members (e.g., racks, receptacles (or a compartmented receptacle), shelves, troughs, etc.)

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414 - Material or article handling

414266000 - PLURAL, STATIC STRUCTURES FOR SUPPORTING DISCRETE LOADS AND CHARGING OR DISCHARGING MEANS THEREFOR

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Class / Patent application numberDescriptionNumber of patent applications / Date published
414277000 Charging or discharging means includes load sustaining surface and device to transfer load, with horizontal component of movement, from or to surface or member 48
414273000 With control system responsive to changeable operating instructions 26
414281000 Charging or discharging means includes elevating device, movable in horizontal direction (e.g., portable, etc.), having load-sustaining surface 24
414268000 With means for selectively charging a plurality of receptacles from a single source, or selectively discharging a plurality of receptacles to a single destination 5
20090245985AUTOMATED WAREHOUSE AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING CLEAN ENVIRONMENT IN THE AUTOMATED WAREHOUSE - A measuring unit arranged to measure a clean environment is placed on a cell by a retrieval and storage apparatus to measure clean environment of the cell. Based on a measurement result, a fan filter unit or an exhaust vent is controlled to maintain the clean environment of the cell at a predetermined level or more.10-01-2009
20090148260TIRE RACK, LOADING AND UNLOADING SYSTEMS AND METHOD - A tire loading apparatus and method of packing tires that includes placing the tires in a rack, compressing the tires, and assembling the rack are disclosed. The apparatus includes one or more conveyors, scanners, and robots that load tires from a conveyor to a rack. A tire unloading apparatus is also disclosed. The unloading apparatus includes a scissor mechanism to raise and/or lower tire racks to an unloading platform. The unloading apparatus additionally includes one or more unloaders and conveyors. The sorting and unloading of tires is accomplished with one or more automated conveyors, scanners, and storage structures for reading information from incoming tires and using the tire information to sort and store the tires. A rack to improve compression and support of tires during storage and shipment is also disclosed.06-11-2009
20090185884METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR FULFILLING REQUESTS IN AN INVENTORY SYSTEM - A method for fulfilling requests in an inventory system includes receiving a request indicating an activity to be completed. The method also includes selecting a holder to fulfill the request and an inventory station at which to fulfill the request. The inventory station is associated with a queue that includes a plurality of queue spaces. The method further includes moving the selected holder from a first location to a second location remote from the selected inventory station. Additionally, the method also includes determining that a trigger event has occurred and, in response to determining that the trigger event has occurred, moving the selected holder from the second location to a queue space of a queue associated with the selected inventory station.07-23-2009
20100158647Automated order sequencing method and system - An automated case order preparation system including a crane for transporting groups of depalletized product cases to temporary storage on shelving, and to a plurality of gravity-powered case guides, for accumulating and dispensing cases to fulfill client order pallets.06-24-2010
20090297303Thin Plate Container and Processing Apparatus for Thin Plate Container - Arbitrary pieces of semiconductor wafers are supported flexibly on either the upper side or the lower side. The present invention is a thin plate container for supporting plural semiconductor wafers for use in carriage, storage, processing, etc. It comprises processing trays plurally stacked in a state of each supporting at least one semiconductor wafer individually and a coupling mechanism for integrally coupling the processing trays in a state where the processing trays are plurally stacked and separating the processing trays at an arbitrary location. Each processing tray has a one-side support for supporting at least one semiconductor wafer on its one side and the other-side support mutually fitted to the one-side support of the other processing tray on the other side to form a housing space sealed off from the external environment for constraining and supporting the thin plate. Accordingly, as many processing trays as the number of the semiconductor wafers are stacked to constitute the thin plate container.12-03-2009
414286000 With load-supporting pallet 4
20080267749PALLET TRANSFER SYSTEM - A pallet transfer system capable of smoothly transferring a pallet between a machine tool and a pallet conveying device is provided.10-30-2008
20110033271STORAGE PRODUCT CARRIER FOR ROLLABLE STORAGE PRODUCTS - The invention relates to a storage product carrier (02-10-2011
20100158648Vertical elevator and method for operating a rack by means of the vertical elevator - An order-picking system comprising a storage rack, wherein the rack (06-24-2010
20100247275AUTOMATED STOWAGE AND RETRIEVAL SYSTEM - Storage and retrieval systems and methods are provided to automate the process of handling a mixed inventory of palletized and containerized items. In one embodiment, the stowage and retrieval system comprises a storage area comprising a plurality of stationary cell modules arranged in a matrix, wherein each cell module comprises at least one motor. The system also comprises a plurality of carriers comprising at least one magnet disposed on an underside of each of the carriers and at least one engagement mechanism disposed on a top side of each of the carriers. The at least one magnet of the carrier is configured to engage the at least one motor of a corresponding cell module, and the at least one motor is configured to move the carrier within the storage area.09-30-2010
414276000 Inclined members 3
20090016864Article Storage Facility - The article storage facility comprises an article transporter configured to move along a path via an article transfer location with respect to an article storage rack; an article loader for bringing articles into and taking articles out of the article storage rack, provided to the article storage rack so as to project and retract between a protruding position for article receipt that projects to an outside of the article storage rack, and a retracted position for retracting toward the article storage rack; and a protrusion and retraction operating device provided to the article transporter, for causing the article loader to protrude and retract between the protruding position and the retracted position when the article transporter is at the article transfer location.01-15-2009
20110142582SHIPPING BAY OR SHELF IN A COMMISSIONING UNIT - A shipping bay arrangement (06-16-2011
20090074545Materials-handling system using autonomous transfer and transport vehicles - Methods and apparatus for selecting and combining packages in an outbound container by employing autonomous transfer and transport vehicles which move on a network of roadways to carry a plurality of individual cases each containing the same kind of product from a loading station and to a destination station where individual packages are combined in the outbound container. The travel of each vehicle through the roadway network is computer controlled, and each vehicle includes means for automatically loading and unloading packages from predetermined locations on the network.03-19-2009
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20130058742TRANSFER DEVICE - A transfer device transfers an object stored on one of a plurality of shelf plates of a shelf. The transfer device includes two pillars vertically standing in front of the shelf, an upper rail attached to upper front surfaces of the two pillars so as to tie the two pillars together, a vertical rail provided in a plane including the two pillars and slidably connected to a side surface of the upper rail, a lower rail provided under the vertical rail, attached to lower portions of the two pillars, and connected to the vertical rail in a manner which allows the vertical rail to slide, and a holding unit slidably connected to a side surface of the vertical rail and arranged to detachably hold the object.03-07-2013
20110014017STORAGE RETRIEVAL MACHINE - A storage retrieval machine comprising an input area, an array of storage locations, an output area, a carriage assembly adapted to hold a product when being transferred to and from the storage locations, and a drive mechanism positioned to move the carriage assembly. The drive mechanism includes a flexible element (e.g., a chain) tensioned between two points and having a plurality of spaced recesses, and a toothed element mounted to the carriage assembly and engaging the flexible element. Preferably, the flexible element is pre-tensioned to a certain percentage of the rated load of the flexible element (e.g., 10%, 20%, 30%, or 40% of the rated load). It is also preferred that the pre-tensioned load on the flexible element is greater than the service load that is anticipated to be applied to the chain during normal operation.01-20-2011
20110008137AUTOMATED THREE DIMENSIONAL WAREHOUSE - Provided is a multistory parking garage comprising first and second laminated racks arranged to face each other in parallel, first and second warehousing stations arranged adjacent to one end side of each of those laminated racks and having waiting conveyors of the same number of stages as that of the shelves of the laminated racks, transfer shuttles interposed between the first and second laminated racks and between the first and second warehousing stations, a lifting system having first and second lifts for transferring cargoes to and from standby conveyors in the first and second warehousing stations, and a conveyor system for transferring cargoes to and from the first and second lifts. At the same level, the conveying direction of the standby conveyors of the first warehousing station and the conveying direction of the standby conveyors of the second warehousing station are opposite to each other. The conveying direction of some of the standby conveyors in the first warehousing station is opposite to the conveying direction of the remaining standby conveyors in the first warehousing station.01-13-2011
20100290873INTEGRATED SYSTEMS FOR INTERFACING WITH SUBSTRATE CONTAINER STORAGE SYSTEMS - A storage system and methods for operating a storage system are disclosed. The storage system includes a storage system assembly positioned at a height that is greater than a height of a tool used for loading and unloading substrates to be processed. The storage system locally stores one or more containers of substrates. The storage system assembly includes a plurality of storage shelves, and each of the plurality of storage shelves have shelf plates with shelf features for supporting a container. Each of the plurality of storage shelves are coupled to a chain to enable horizontal movement and each is further coupled to a rail to enable guiding to one or more positions. A motor is coupled to a drive sprocket for moving the chain, such that each of the plurality of storage shelves move together along the rail to the one or more positions. The rail has at least some sections that are linear and some sections that are nonlinear and the sections are arranged in a loop. Example configurations of the storage system can include one or more of stationary shelves, extended horizontal tracks for hoists, conveyors at the level of the storage system assembly, and a manual loading station. The hoist, with an extended horizontal track can therefore interface with the manual loading station.11-18-2010
20100061833CONVEYOR SYSTEM, STORAGE AND RETRIEVAL DEVICE AND LOGISTICS SYSTEM - A conveyor system for conveying unit loads, comprising at least one conveyor element, said conveyor element comprising a conveyor for transporting at least two unit loads in a conveying direction, the at least two unit loads being arranged side by side in a direction transverse to the conveying direction and to a storage and retrieval device comprising at least one carrier and a load bearing module, wherein the load bearing module has at least two carriages. A logistics system for storage, retrieval and collation of unit loads, comprising at least a store for storing unit loads, and at least one conveyor system. Moreover, a method of operating a logistics system with at least one storage and retrieval device and/or a conveyor system is disclosed, wherein at the storage and retrieval device and/or the conveyor system at least two unit loads are operated at the same time.03-11-2010
20120070255Article Storage Facility - An article storage facility includes a storage rack that includes a plurality of storage units that store articles; a first article transport that includes a first vertically movable body guided by a first vertical guide and a first transit body configured to move along a path defined along the storage rack, the first vertical guide being provided in the first article transport so as to be positioned on one side of a lateral direction of the path; and a second article transport that includes a second vertically movable body guided by a second vertical guide and a second transit body configured to move along the path, the second vertical guide being provided in the second article transport so as to be positioned on the other lateral side of the path. The first transit body and the second transit body are configured so as to be able to pass each other.03-22-2012
20110142581PROCESS AND DEVICE FOR MANUALLY COMMISSIONING INDIVIDUALLY PACKAGED PRODUCTS WITH A FLOW SHELF - A method and an apparatus for manual order picking of items in an order-picking installation with a dynamic-storage rack (06-16-2011
20090003981Mobile Sample Storage and Retrieval Unit for a Laboratory Automated Sample Handling Worksystem - A mobile, thermally insulated storage and retrieval unit for housing tube racks on shelves and having an elevator and conveyor for moving racks between shelves and an exterior loading tray.01-01-2009
20110255940Cartridge-type-loading transit case system and method for loading electronic racks in a receiver rack - A cartridge-type-loading transit case system and method for loading electronic racks in a receiver rack aligning a front side of the transit case with a modular slot of the receiver rack and sliding a slidable sliding rack out of the transit case into the modular slot by exerting a force from a rear slide of the transit case.10-20-2011
20100028110HIGH DENSITY VARIABLE ACCESS STORAGE LIBRARY - A media storage library for storing a plurality of media cartridges is provided. The media storage library includes at least one media transfer mechanism, and a plurality of storage panels for storing media cartridges, including at least a first movable storage panel. The first storage panel is movable from the first position to a second position, and each storage panel of the plurality of movable storage panels includes at least a first access face for the at least one media transfer mechanism to access the media cartridges. An access space is formed between the first movable storage panel and a second storage panel, and the at least one media transfer mechanism is able to access the media cartridges via the access space and the first access face.02-04-2010
20120148379PASS-THROUGH MECHANISM FOR LINEAR TAPE LIBRARY - A pass-through mechanism that couples a first linear tape library string to a second linear tape library string is maintained. A first robotic assembly associated with the first linear tape library string places a tape from the first linear tape library string into the pass-through mechanism. The pass-through mechanism moves the tape to a position where the tape can be removed by a second robotic assembly associated with the second linear tape library string. The second robotic assembly removes the tape from the pass-through mechanism and places the tape into the second linear tape library string.06-14-2012
20110064547APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR LOADING A PACK STORING DEVICE - A method for loading a pack storing device of an order-picking line with packs, particularly packs of one or a plurality of beverage articles, including providing at least one group of packs, particularly a pallet, especially the at least one group of packs comprising packs at least of a single article, particularly beverage article; and manually loading the pack storing device with at least one pack from the at least one group of packs, particularly a pallet, by one or more operators.03-17-2011
20120045301Scalable stockers with automatic handling buffer - Scalable storage can be achieved with linear array storage of wafers, comprising two linear arrays of storage compartments on opposite walls, with a middle transfer mechanism. Together with a buffer station for automatic material handling system, a scalable bare wafer stocker can provide flexible and uninterrupted services to a fabrication facility.02-23-2012
20120009047AUTOMATIC WAREHOUSE AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF - An automatic warehouse includes a rack including vertically arranged shelves and traveling vehicles each of which is provided to a corresponding one of the shelves. The automatic warehouse includes stations receiving an article to be stored on and an article unloaded from the rack, elevators each mediating traffic of articles between the corresponding station and at least one of the traveling vehicles, and a shelf assigning unit assigning, to each of the stations, one or more of the shelves to which the station has priority of use over the rest of the stations.01-12-2012
20120163944HIGH SPEED INTERFOLDED LOG ACCUMULATOR - A log accumulator comprising a plurality of buckets, a feed arrangement and a transport system and methods are provided. The feed arrangement loads logs onto the buckets. The transport system transports the buckets past the feed arrangement for loading of the buckets. The transport system and the feed arrangement are configured to maintain the feed arrangement in a fixed relative position with one of the buckets for an extended period of time while the feed arrangement loads the one of the buckets. The accumulator may include an unload arrangement that operates to unload logs in substantially the same manner as the feed arrangement.06-28-2012
20120251277High Density Storage Facility - A high density storage facility including a plurality of rows of independently movable carriage racks, each row having a plurality of the independently movable carriage racks. Each carriage rack has a height, a length and a width, and defines a plurality of tiers, each tier defining at least one storage slot, the slots extending substantially the length of the carriage racks and being substantially open and accessible for inserting and removing objects into and from the width ends of the carriage racks. The carriage racks are disposed within the floor area and are independently movable along the floor in a direction consistent with the width of the floor area. Preferably, the carriage racks are arranged in the rows within the floor area with the lengthwise sides of the carriage racks being arranged substantially parallel to the lengthwise sides of the floor area.10-04-2012
20120076621EFFICIENT MOVES VIA DUAL PICKERS - A storage library is described that includes a shelf system adapted to support a number of tape cartridges. The storage library further includes a tape drive adapted to read and write data to and from tape cartridges. The storage library further possesses a single tape picker device that is adapted to hold two tape cartridges at the same time facilitating an exchange of a first tape cartridge intended to be loaded in the tape drive with a second tape cartridge ready to be removed from the tape drive with a single tape picker device.03-29-2012
20130022429AUTOMATED WAREHOUSE - An automated warehouse includes an apparatus main body transfer device. The apparatus main body includes a plurality of stationary shelves arranged horizontally and vertically, and having upper surfaces on which cassettes can be placed. The transfer device transfers the cassette by holding a flange of the cassette. The transfer device includes a vertical rail and a transfer head. The vertical rail includes an upper end adjacent to a supporting surface of a top stationary shelf. The transfer head is a member vertically movable along the vertical rail. The transfer head includes a vertical arm having a length such that the vertical arm can hold the flange of the cassette placed on the top stationary shelf.01-24-2013
20130101373EFFICIENT MOVES VIA SPARE CHAMBER - A magazine-based data storage library is described that includes plurality of chambers each adapted to hold a magazine, that in turn, is adapted to hold a plurality of tape cartridges. The storage library further includes a tape drive adapted to read and write data to and from tape cartridges. The storage library further includes a vacant chamber that shifts from a first chamber when a recently used magazine is disposed therein to a second chamber when a new magazine is withdrawn there from. The recently used magazine most recently being withdrawn from a different chamber than the first chamber where it is later disposed.04-25-2013
20130156531PLATE-SHAPED MEMBER STORAGE RACK, PLATE-SHAPED MEMBER TRANSFER FACILITY, AND PLATE-SHAPED MEMBER STORING METHOD - A rack includes: a rack main body including a storage space configured to store a plurality of plate-shaped members and a carry-in opening; a plurality of upper supporting portions configured to respectively support upper edge portions of the plurality of plate-shaped members; lower supporting portions respectively provided under the plurality of upper supporting portions and configured to respectively support lower edge portions of the plurality of standing plate-shaped members; and lower edge portion storage portions provided to be each located at an outer side of an end of the upper supporting portion and an end of the lower supporting portion in the arrangement direction and configured to store the lower edge portions of the plate-shaped members, and at least one of the upper supporting portions is configured to be able to support the upper edge portion of the plate-shaped member.06-20-2013
20120282067RACK-TO-RACK PACKAGED SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICE EXCHANGER - A rack-to-rack packaged semiconductor device exchanger has a length with a midpoint thereof, and includes an inner portion, a first outer rail and a second outer rail on opposite edges of the inner portion for accepting from opposite ends of the exchanger a first rack and a second rack configured to store packaged semiconductor devices therein. At least a first stopper has a retractable extended position which protrudes from the first outer rail for stopping the first rack or second rack from advancing past a location near the midpoint of the exchanger only from one direction. The first stopper and a second stopper can both be included.11-08-2012
20130202392Article Transport Facility - An article transport facility includes a first transport conveyer for transporting an article between a first transfer position outside the article storage and a position inside the article storage, and a second transport conveyer for transporting an article between a second transfer position outside the article storage and a position inside the article storage. An article transport vehicle is configured to be capable of transferring an article to or from one of the first transfer position and the second transfer position by vertically moving a grip portion with the article transport vehicle stopped at a transfer stop position in a path defined by a travel rail and is configured to be capable of transferring an article to or from the other of the first transfer position and the second transfer position by slidingly moving the grip portion with the article transport vehicle stopped at the transfer stop position.08-08-2013
20120093619TAPE CARTRIDGE HANDLER - A tape cartridge handler for transmitting a tape cartridge in a tape library. The handler comprises a deck for supporting a tape cartridge thereon; a gripper assembly in translatable engagement with the deck; and at least one arm in rotatable engagement with the gripper assembly, the arm being rotatable about a longitudinal axis of the arm and having a catch for engaging an aperture in a tape cartridge.04-19-2012

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