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8915690 Transport system and transport method  
A transport system includes a first track that passes above loading ports of the processing devices, and an overhead travelling vehicle that travels along the first track and includes a hoist. A...
7991505 Materials-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...
6826453 Method and system for emission suppression in detection of data cartridge labels  
A system and method for minimizing electromagnetic radiation emissions from a data cartridge handling library employs intermittent operation of the video camera to ascertain correct bin locations...
6816332 Vertical and horizontal path sensing within a data storage and retrieval system  
An accessor moveably disposed within a data storage and retrieval system which includes at least one electromagnetic radiation emitter and at least one electromagnetic radiation detector, where...
6691001 Diagnostic port between independent robots  
An automated storage library structure, a structure of at least one robot operating within the automated storage library, and a method of connecting the robot to test equipment to facilitate...
6540467 Apparatus and method of semiconductor wafer protection  
A system and a method are provided for preventing damage to wafers arranged in a wafer cassette. In particular, an apparatus is provided to protect wafers arranged in a wafer cassette during...
6536559 Goods lift  
A storage lift has two columns, and a hoisting shaft for a conveyor unit (2) movable up and down between the two columns. A light grille (5) is arranged in the storage lift on the end of the...
6530735 Gripper assembly  
A controlled material transport system (MTS) for carrying materials to and from workstations, test equipment, and processing and assembly tools in a common facility. The present invention includes...
6520735 Method of automation for flow through storage  
An autonomous remote controlled vehicle for use in the automation of an existing refrigerated flow through storage facility food processing application. The remote vehicle is specifically designed...
6393335 Synchronous mounting and dismounting method and system for multiple accessor storage libraries  
An automated storage library for the storage and retrieval of cartridges and an associated method includes a frame having cartridge storage cells for storing cartridges and at least one cartridge...
6219313 System and method for adaptive cartridge engagement in an automated cartridge library  
A system and method of adaptively engaging cartridges stored in an automated cartridge library are provided. Upon receiving a request to extend a reach mechanism of a robot arm to engage a...
6213705 Tape storage library apparatus having integrated camera, proximity sensor, and reach safe sensor  
A tape storage library apparatus includes a gripper for handling tape cartridges and an integrated camera, proximity sensor, and reach safe sensor operable with a common light source for...
6192301 Self-diagnostic method for a forklift truck  
A self-diagnostic method is provided capable of testing condition of various components for a forklift truck selectively, displaying the result test codes collectively on a display after...
5927926 Carriage for storage-retrieval system with locking-engaging members  
A carriage is provided for a storage-retrieval system including a shelf assembly. The carriage includes a base member, at least one carrier region above the base member for supporting an object to...
5798920 Storage and retrieval machine control system having an encoder and an optical distance meter  
A storage and retrieval machine comprises a base, a carriage, and a control system. The control system is used to control the movement of the carriage in the vertical direction and/or the movement...
5768125 Apparatus for transferring a substantially circular article  
An apparatus for transferring a substantially circular article from a first unloading position to a second loading position compensates for misalignment of the article on a support arm. During...
5622470 Method and apparatus for adaptive cartridge retrieval and insertion in a storage library subsystem  
A method and associated apparatus within a storage library subsystem for simply adapting the motion of a robotic mechanism for moving media cartridges to allow for mechanical misalignments. When...
5219258 Illumination apparatus for a robotic object handling system  
The illumination system of the present invention is used with an object handling system to selectively illuminate a predefined target area in a manner that creates a dark area outside of the...
5164928 Error recovery in a cartridge handling system  
Disclosed is an optical disk handling system, called an autochanger, having two control systems to provide the six motions necessary to move optical disk cartridges from storage holding cells to...
5108254 Method for controlling a vehicle parking structure  
There are defined a lift space (E) and multi-storied housing spaces (X,Y) provided on at least one side out of the left side, right side, front, side, and rear side of the lift space (E). A three...
5064337 Handling apparatus for transferring carriers and a method of transferring carriers  
A handling apparatus, used for handling a carrier of semiconductor wafers, comprises a first mechanism for transferring a carrier between a loader/unloader table and a storage compartment, and a...
5059079 Particle-free storage for articles  
Apparatus for storing articles including walls defining a bin enclosure having an opening for transporting articles therethrough, a support for supporting articles in an article storage region in...
5044913 Device at multi platen presses  
A loading elevator for a multi-platen press is provided with a pusher which simultaneously transfers a number of transport plates loaded with stampings to the press. After press operations are...
4950118 System for loading and unloading trailers using automatic guided vehicles  
A system using free ranging automatic guided vehicles (AGVs) for loading and unloading material from a number of trailers is provided. The system employs a plurality of sensors for monitoring both...
4941794 Automated loading/unloading equipment  
As automated loading/unloading system is shown, which uses a lift truck 10 for loading and unloading cargos and adpated to travel between a container 90 and a coneyor 50, a rotatably disposed...
4869635 Apparatus for controllably positioning a lift mast assembly of a work vehicle  
An apparatus and method for controllably moving the carriage assembly of a automated load handling vehicle vertically and horizontally. The carriage assembly includes load detecting sensors which...
4861223 Automatic load push-pull slipsheet handler  
A load push-pull slipsheet handler is disclosed having automatic features adapting it particularly for use with driverless, automatically-guided vehicles. These features include proximity sensors...
4714399 Automatically-guided vehicle having load clamp  
An automatically-guided, driverless vehicle for handling loads has a selectively openable and closeable load clamp. The clamp is equipped with various sensors for automatically sensing the load...
4428708 Apparatus and method for fine positioning a vehicle at a storage bin in an automatic storage and retrieval system  
An automatic storage and retrieval system including a storage bin, having a mechanism for positioning a vehicle at the storage bin including a rough positioning mechanism with an encoder having a...
4266106 Lift truck load position sensing device  
A load position sensing device for load carriers, such as the fork lift of a fork lift truck, wherein the load carrier includes vertical support means and horizontal load-carrying means extending...
4212375 Aligning apparatus for material handling system  
A material handling system (10) has a lifting element (12) and first apparatus (14) for moving the lifting element (12). The system (10) is, for example, a work vehicle having mast mounted...
4010855 Warehouse system with pan transfer apparatus  
A shuttle assembly for use on a computer operated crane in an automated warehouse system. The crane has an elevatable platform and is movable along an aisle with horizontal storage racks on each...
3677420 STORAGE AND RETRIEVAL SYSTEM WITH A MOTOR CURRENT SENSING TO DETECT OBSTRUCTIONS  
An automatic warehouse system which allows an operator to sit at a fixed station and by placing punched cards into card readers and pressing a "GO" button can cause a fork to take one article from...
3677421 STORAGE COURIER BOUNDARY CONTROL SYSTEM  
In a warehouse having horizontal rows and vertical columns of bins in which packages are stored by a positive address code controlled courier (stacker crane), different size bins vary in height...
3606955 AUTOMATIC WAREHOUSING SYSTEM WITH MEANS CONTROLLING ELEVATOR MOVEMENT AND/OR LOAD CARRIER HORIZONTAL SPEED FOR STABILIZING LOAD CARRIER  
3560678 LOAD PRESENCE DETECTOR LEVER MOUNTED FOR PIVOTAL AND LONGITUDINAL MOVEMENT  
A load presence detector for a power-operated load handling fork assembly comprises a rotatable, longitudinally displaceable lever member. When the power-operated fork is extended, the lever...
3536209 AUTOMATIC MATERIAL-UNIT STORAGE AND METHOD  
3519148 AUTOMATIC STORAGE APPARATUS  
3519149 OVER HEIGHT LOAD PROTECTION FOR AUTOMATIC STORAGE SYSTEM  
3503530 TRANSFER CART FOR TRANSFERRING AN ARTICLE HANDLING VEHICLE BETWEEN AISLES OF A WAREHOUSE  
3502232 LOAD SIZE AND POSITION DETECTOR FOR AUTOMATIC STORAGE APPARATUS  
3455468 AUTOMATIC WAREHOUSE CONTROL FOR STORING LOADS OF VARYING SIZE  
3424322 AUTOMATIC WAREHOUSING SYSTEM AND METHOD  
3417879 Transporting systems  
3405819 Guard against obstructing load in an automatic warehousing system  
3398842 Apparatus for transferring beer kegs from storage to a conveyor  
3393814 Detecting device for improperly positioned loads in multi-level storage frame of a waehousing system  
3387724 Detecting device for an automatic warehousing system  
3372816 Detecting device for improperly positioned loads in an automatic warehousing system  
3323661 Load sensing apparatus  
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