Automated box opening apparatus

  • US 7,720,567 B2
  • Filed: 12/09/2005
  • Issued: 05/18/2010
  • Est. Priority Date: 12/09/2005
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. A box processing apparatus, comprising:

  • a conveyor;

    a programmable motion device adjacent the conveyor for moving a cutting element in at least three orthogonal axes;

    at least one first sensor adjacent the conveyor for determining three orthogonal dimensions of a box;

    a memory for storing a plurality of cut definitions, each cut definition defining one or more box cuts; and

    a controller operably coupled to the conveyor, the programmable motion device, the at least one first sensor, and the memory, the controller being programmable to;

    operate the conveyor to move a box to a position relative to the programmable motion device,select one of the cut definitions in memory,create a path for moving the cutting element relative to the box based on the determined dimensions of the box and the selected cut definition, andoperate the programmable motion device to move the cutting element relative to the box according to the path to produce the one or more box cuts of the selected cut definition in the box with the cutting element.

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