Automated warehousing using robotic forklifts

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United States of America Patent

PATENT NO RE47108
SERIAL NO

15439301

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A system for automated inventory management and material handling removes the requirement to operate fully automatically or all-manual using conventional vertical storage and retrieval (S&R) machines. Inventory requests to place palletized material into storage at a specified lot location or retrieve palletized material from a specified lot are resolved into missions for autonomous fork trucks, equivalent mobile platforms, or manual fork truck drivers (and their equipment) that are autonomously or manually executed to effect the request. Automated trucks plan their own movements to execute the mission over the warehouse aisles or roadways sharing this space with manually driven trucks. Automated units drive to planned speed limits, manage their loads (stability control), stop, go, and merge at intersections according human driving rules, use on-board sensors to identify static and dynamic obstacles, and human traffic, and either avoid them or stop until potential collision risk is removed.

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CYBERNET SYSTEMS CORPANN ARBOR MI

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Inventor Name Address # of filed Patents Total Citations
Beach, Glenn J Grass Lake, US 32 1985
Jacobus, Charles J Ann Arbor, US 88 10224
Rowe, Steve Grass Lake, US 7 161

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