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Wilson Walter W: Work gripper. Gulf & Western Industrial Products Company, December 28, 1971: US3630391 (48 worldwide citation)

A work handling assembly especially adapted for automated equipment comprising a movable arm, piston means supported on said arm, and removable cam means supported on the piston means, the arm including guide means for controlling the line of movement of said cam means. Also supported on the arm is ...


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Hashimoto Yoshio: Manipulator. Kabushiki Kaisha Yachiyo Kogyo Kenkyusho, Polster Polster and Lucchesi, September 12, 1978: US04113115 (40 worldwide citation)

A manipulator for industrial purposes constructed with a housing for accommodating therein major component parts such as driving mechanism therefor; a main shaft held in a rotatable manner; an auxiliary shaft concentrically fitted in the main shaft; an arm member fixedly supported on the top of the ...


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Donald M Espy, James L Henry: Reorientation device for an object manipulator. The Bendix Corporation, Raymond J Eifler, Kenneth A Seaman, John R Benefiel, August 16, 1977: US04042122 (38 worldwide citation)

A reorientation device for use with a general purpose object manipulator is disclosed, comprised of an arrangement for rotating the object while in the grasp of the manipulator through predetermined detented angles, this reorientation thereby reducing the range of manipulation motions required to be ...


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Gisuke Kouno, Takuji Ashikari: Wafer holding apparatus. Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba, Finnegan Henderson Farabow Garrett & Dunner, May 28, 1996: US05520501 (34 worldwide citation)

A wafer holding apparatus comprises a susceptor unit having wafer support grooves where wafers are detachably fixed, a plurality of chuck claws so provided as to be movable by air cylinders relative to a chuck body and adapted to hold the outer edge of the wafer, a transfer arm for transferring the ...


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Lewis F Hart: Apparatus and method for aligning wafers. RCA, H Christoffersen, R P Williams, Sanford J Asman, February 27, 1979: US04141456 (32 worldwide citation)

The device includes an alignment station at which an operator can align a wafer under a microscope. Once the wafer is properly aligned, a transfer chuck is brought into position above the wafer and aligned with alignment pins located in fixed positions at the alignment station. The wafer is then fix ...


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Rothman Greg, Bybee Thomas, Murphy Dave, Harvey Chris, Kime Sheri, Wright Steve: Two-axis robot for specimen transfer. Lab Interlink, February 12, 2004: WO/2004/013640 (30 worldwide citation)

A two-axis robot (10) includes a vertical tubular post (66) mounted for rotation about its vertical axis, with a vertically slidable shaft (78) extending through the post.


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Harvey E Rhody, Billy C Leung, David H Xu: Automatic lens inspection system. Wesley Jessen Corporation, Brinks Hofer Gilson & Lione, April 4, 2000: US06047082 (30 worldwide citation)

An automatic system for inspecting contact lenses that are suspended in a saline solution within a lens holder. In the manufacturing process a first electronic image is taken of each lens disposed in its holder. Thereafter a second image is taken of the lens after the holder has been rotated and the ...


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Thomas Bönker, Klaus Dieter Gabriel, Uwe Lichtenvort: Control and guiding device for manually operating a handling unit, and modular construction kit for making such devices of different configuration. Demag Cranes & Components, Henry M Feiereisen, July 15, 2003: US06592321 (29 worldwide citation)

A device for manually maneuvering a handling unit, includes a mounting structure for attachment to a handling unit which is operated through actuation of a control mechanism connected to the mounting structure. A handle frame is connectable to the mounting structure and includes a cross member and a ...


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David J Crorey, Leland D Blatt: Automatic tool changer. Blatt D Leland, Basile and Hanlon, September 26, 1995: US05452981 (27 worldwide citation)

A production line which includes a shuttle conveyor extending between two work stations. A first transfer device for transferring a workpiece from one of the work stations to the conveyor and a second transfer device for transferring the workpiece to the second work station all equipped with workpie ...


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Hine Derek L: Method and apparatus for aligning silicon wafers.. Hine Design, May 2, 1990: EP0365589-A1 (25 worldwide citation)

Method and apparatus for transporting silicon wafers (50). Damage to the wafers (50) is minimized by supporting the wafer (50) solely by means of wafer supports (18, 19) which contact the wafer (50) only around the periphery thereof. Preferred supports (18, 19) are flanged wheels (18, 19) which are ...