Abstract

A multi-actuator robotic device for performing knot-tying is provided herein. The device performs an automatic knot-tying to mimic human hand making a clove hitch knot using a sequence of coordinated string delivery and capturing actions and is particularly useful in the field of hop twining. In one example, the device uses four pneumatic actuators to perform …

Legal parties

Party
Inventors (applicants): Qin Zhang, Henry J. Charvet, Long He
Assignees (initial): S.S. Steiner, Inc. (New York, US)
Agents: Hayes Soloway P.C. (attorney)

The application was examined by Shaun R Hurley (USPTO dept. 3765)

Claims

  • 1. A knot-tying device for tying a secure knot around a structure with a string; …
  • 2. The knot-tying device of claim 1 , wherein the structure is a wire. …
  • 3. The knot-tying device of claim 2 , wherein the wire is part of a trellis …

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Drawings

Brief Description of the Drawings

Many aspects of the invention can be better understood with reference to the following drawings. The components in the drawings are not necessarily to scale, emphasis instead being placed …

Description

Field of the Invention

This disclosure relates generally to automated devices for knot-tying. The disclosure has particular utility as a robotic knot-tying device that is useful for tying knots on overhead trellis wires in hop twining …

Cross Reference to Related Application

This Application claims priority from U.S. Provisional Application Ser. No. 61/567,498, filed Dec. 6, 2011, the contents of which are incorporated herein by reference in its …

Detailed Description of the Invention

In the following description, reference is made to the accompanying drawings, which form a part hereof, and in which is shown, by way of illustration, various embodiments of the present …

More details about Knot-Tying Device and Method

Miscellaneous patent data

The claim number 1 is selected as exemplary, the exemplary patent drawings are Illustration schematically showing one example, Schematic showing a trajectory plan, Schematic showing the operation of the pneumatic, Knot-Tying Device and Method, similar categories include Pivoted inner jaw, Bands, chains, or like moving receivers, adapted to support articles substantially horizontally, e.g. for separation from top of pile, Continuous winding apparatus for winding on two or more winding heads in succession, Methods, Knots, Hand Implements, Swifts or reels adapted solely for the formation of hanks or skeins, Skips, cages, racks, or containers, adapted solely for the transport or storage of bobbins, cops, or the like, Square knot, the assignee is a United States company, the application publication date is Jul. 26, 2012, the grant number is 08573656 (publication number), the inventor's name is Long He, the inventor's state is WA, city - Prosser, the protection scope is defined by 16 claims, particularly claims a knot-tying device for tying a secure knot around a structure with a string…, originally classified under Knotters, the patent grant was extended by 5 days, the invention is named Knot-Tying Device and Method, the application was examined by Shaun R Hurley (3765 USPTO department), the application number is 13/559,408 (U.S.), the assignee organization is S.S. Steiner, Inc., located in New York (US), 13 figures depict the invention details, the recorded agent's company is Hayes Soloway P.C., developed by Qin Zhang et al., the invention description is illustrated by 4 drawings, the known applicant's name is He Long, the applicant's city - Prosser, state - WA, the grant date is Nov. 5, 2013 (publication date).

Invention classification information

The invention is classified under Knotters, by knotting. The designated search classifications include Square knot, Cord holders, Needles, Methods, Knotters, Miscellaneous, Cord guides.

Patent details
Publication number 08573656
Publication date Nov. 5, 2013
Kind code B1
Application number 13/559,408
Application date Jul. 26, 2012
Application type U
Application series code 13
Extension term 5
National classification 289/2
Total number of claims 16
Exemplary claims 1
Number of drawings 4
Number of figures 13
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