Robotized transport and transfer system

  • US 9,452,851 B2
  • Filed: 12/06/2010
  • Issued: 09/27/2016
  • Est. Priority Date: 12/22/2009
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. A system for transporting and transferring a filled flexible package, having a top with an open mouth and a bottom, towards a flexible package closing system, the system comprising:

  • a lift-assist platform receiving the bottom of the flexible package in a filled state at a first position and supporting a substantial portion of a weight of the filled flexible package from the first position to a second position, vertically spaced-apart from the first position, the lift-assist platform comprising a displacing system to displace and support the filled flexible package in an upright configuration from the first position to the second position;

    a multi-axis robot having a gripper configured to grasp the top of the filled flexible package in the first position and maintain the top of the filled flexible package during displacement and transfer to the second position; and

    a controller operatively connected to the lift-assist platform and the multi-axis robot and synchronizing motion of the lift-assist platform and the multi-axis robot.

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