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Article Type: Patent abstracts From: Industrial Robot: An International Journal, Volume 36, Issue 6
Title: Kitchen robot having a movable drive unit
Applicant: Erna Mas Makina Ticaret Ve San (TR)
Patent number: EP1989980
Publication date: November 12, 2008
Present invention is related to the use of a drive unit that is movable in vertical and horizontal/circular directions automatically and in a combined way via a locking switch located thereon and equipped with outlet shaft having a main motor and a motion transfer mechanism, and a motor actuating/speed adjusting electronic arrangement control switch in the devices for food preparation, i.e. in the kitchen robots.
Title: Meal support system
Applicant: Univ. Yamaguchi
Patent number: JP2008125696
Publication date: June 5, 2008
Problem to be solved: to provide a practical meal support system which is operated by a physically handicapped person who completely lost motor functions of upper limbs.
Solution: the meal support system includes a meal support robot which provides meals to a user, one or a plurality of imaging means which monitor the condition of the user and the condition of the meal support robot, a display means which provides information including a motion menu and a cursor to the user, and a control means which controls the meal support robot from the information of the imaging means and makes the display means display the information. The meal support robot includes a dish for foods to place foods, a food providing means for providing the food to the user, a food push-out means for pushing out the food on the dish on the food providing means, and a dish moving means 8 for moving the dish in the direction perpendicular to the push-out direction of the food push-out means. The food providing means, the food push-out means, and the dish moving means of the meal support robot are driven by an actuator, and each means is controlled by an orthogonal coordinate system.
Title: Fully automatic cooking robot system
Applicant: Weihong Li (CN)
Patent number: CN201055262
Publication date: May 7, 2008
Aiming at the defects of manual cooking or cooking carried out by unitary, scattered devices, the utility model provides an automatic cooking robot system, which includes six subsystems: an integrative machine subsystem with multiple functions, which can automatically and intelligently wash vegetables and dishes, store and preserve foods, and so on; an automatic, multifunctional vegetable cutter subsystem; an automatic, intelligent cooking ingredient machine subsystem and a ventilator system; an automatic cooking subsystem; an automatic rice-cooking machine subsystem; an automatic, intelligent digital cooking menu software control subsystem; and the system establishes an unique identification code for each part. The utility model can be widely applied to ordinary family kitchens, the kitchens of taverns and restaurants, catering and logistic kitchens, automatic on-the-spot cooked fast food-selling services and other occasions. By means of the control subsystem, the utility model can organically control the operation of the other subsystems, so the time spent on cooking activities can be greatly saved, the labour cost is effectively reduced and the social resources and the money which are used for cooking activities can be greatly saved.
Title: Remote controlled and program controlled automatic kitchen
Applicant: Xuan Yang (CN)
Patent number: CN101109930
Publication date: January 23, 2008
The utility model provides a remote and programmable controlled robot kitchen and the manufacturing method hereof, which is characterized in that the user puts through the statistical process control (SPC) exchange via the handset. Such SPC exchange is connected with the phone in parallel, so as to drive the kitchen remote controller to send out the remote-control command. The remote-control receiver communicates with the auto-rotated stir-fry machine and the power supply or the switch of the induction cooker or the gas cooker. As heated by the induction cooker or the gas cooker, the special pot of the auto-rotated stir-fry machine stir-fries the first pot of the food and then under the control of the time-controller, the auto-rotated stir-fry machine rotates immediately via the supported rotating mechanism, so that the second pot of food stops just above the induction cooker or the gas cooker. By parity of reasoning, all of the dishes can be stir-fried. Also, this principle can be used to control such galley equipment as the electric frying pan, the microwave oven and the rice cooker, etc.
Title: Gripping device, for example for a robot
Applicant: Scanvaegt Int As (DK); Pedersen Bjorn Heide (DK)
Patent number: WO2009026925
Publication date: March 5, 2009
A gripping device arranged for gripping an article, such as a food article, in particular a piece of meat, said gripping device comprising at least two gripping parts, pivotally suspended with respect to each other. At least one of the gripping parts is pivotally suspended and comprises a gripping arm and a gripping clamp, wherein the gripping arm is adapted for carrying the gripping clamp. The gripping device further comprises a flexible belt-shaped material, which extends at least between lower parts of the at least two gripping parts.
Title: Automatic or semiautomatic cooking apparatus based on parallel connection mechanism
Applicant: Shenzhen Aike Robotics Co Ltd (CN)
Patent number: CN101352303
Publication date: January 28, 2009
The invention discloses an automatic or semi-automatic cooking device based on a parallel mechanism. The device of the invention uses a motion mechanism with the parallel mechanism to drive a pan body to move in a space, thereby realizing the cooking actions of turning, pouring, wobbling of the pan body, and the like, so as to further realize automatic or semi-automatic cooking. The device of the invention can be realized by at least three methods as follows: first, a six degree-of-freedom parallel robot mechanism is used for realizing the drive of the pan body; second, a single set or a plurality of less degree-of-freedom parallel mechanisms are used for driving so as to realize the space motion of the pan body and the turning of food in the pan; third, series-parallel driving mixed by series and parallel mechanisms realizes the driving of the pan body. All the three methods can realize the complex motion of the pan body in the space, plan the cooking operation according to the characteristics of the mechanisms and finally realize the cooking of dishes.
Title: Gripping device having two sucker heads and a mechanical gripper
Applicant: Mars Inc (USA); Schreiber Marko (DE); Wolf Andreas (DE)
Patent number: WO2009007053
Publication date: January 15, 2009
A gripping device for an industrial robot for picking up and putting down soft objects, especially pieces of food, such as meat, fruit or small fish, with two spaced apart sucker heads, between which is disposed a mechanical gripper, having two gripping arms which are pivotably mounted about one or two spaced apart, parallel swivel axes, and with a bearing surface disposed between the sucker heads and between the gripping arms.