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Brooks Automation Inc. | Date: 2016-12-12

A time-optimal trajectory generation method, for a robotic manipulator haying a transport path with at least one path segment, comprising generating a forward time-optimal trajectory of the manipulator along the at least one path segment from a start point of the at least one path segment towards an end point of the at least one path segment, generating a reverse time-optimal trajectory of the manipulator along the at least one path segment from the end point towards the start point of the at least one path segment, and combining the time-optimal forward and reverse trajectories to obtain a complete time optimal trajectory, where the forward and reverse trajectories of the at least one path segment are blended together with a smoothing bridge joining the time-optimal forward and reverse trajectories in a position-velocity reference frame with substantially no discontinuity between the time-optimal forward and reverse trajectories.


Patent
Brooks Automation Inc. | Date: 2016-12-05

A substrate processing apparatus including a frame defining a chamber with a substrate transport opening and a substrate transfer plane defined therein, a valve mounted to the frame and being configured to seal an atmosphere of the chamber when closed, the valve having a door movably disposed to open and close the substrate transport opening, and at least one substrate sensor element disposed on a side of the door and oriented to sense substrates located on the substrate transfer plane.


Patent
Brooks Automation Inc. | Date: 2016-12-21

A tray engine includes a vertical drive column, a rotation mechanism for rotating the vertical drive column, and an end effector attached to the vertical drive column. The end effector includes an end effector base attached to the vertical drive column. The end effector further includes a slide attached to the end effector base to support a tray, when present. The slide enables the tray to slide along a length of the end effector base. The tray engine includes a drive mechanism attached to the end effector base for moving along the length of the end effector base to enable the tray, when present, to slide linearly along the length and load or unload the tray to or from the slide.


Patent
Brooks Automation Inc. | Date: 2017-01-03

A system and method for concurrently and uniformly removing thermal energy from clustered specimen samples.


Patent
Brooks Automation Inc. | Date: 2017-01-25

A cryopump comprises a refrigerator, a condensing array cooled by the refrigerator, a radiation shield surrounding the condensing array and cooled by the refrigerator. The radiation shield has a frontal opening covered by a frontal array that is also cooled by the refrigerator. The frontal array comprises louvers across an otherwise substantially open center region of the frontal opening and an orifice plate across an outer region of the frontal opening. The hybrid frontal array allows for pumping speeds approximating those of a louver frontal array but with flow control comparable to an orifice plate.


Patent
Brooks Automation Inc. | Date: 2017-02-01

A sample storage including a frame and an array of sample container holding areas disposed within the frame where a spacing between adjacent sample container holding areas is independent of a gripping area for sample containers held by the sample storage.


Patent
Brooks Automation Inc. | Date: 2017-02-01

An apparatus includes a frame configured to hold sample holders in an array, a longitudinal axis of the sample holder extending outward of an array plane; a drive section connected to the frame; at least one transfer arm rotatably connected to the drive section so that each transfer arm rotates about a rotation axis oriented substantially parallel with the longitudinal axis and includes a sample holder gripper; and at least one push member movably connected to the drive section and being distinct from the sample holder gripper and configured for linear movement along the longitudinal axis, the at least one push member being configured so that engagement with at least a bottom or top surface of the sample holder effects longitudinal translation of the sample holder for one or more of capture and release of the sample holder by the respective transfer arm in the longitudinal direction.


Patent
Brooks Automation Inc. | Date: 2016-09-20

A cryopump comprises a refrigerator, a condensing array cooled by the refrigerator, a radiation shield surrounding the condensing array and cooled by the refrigerator. The radiation shield has a frontal opening covered by a frontal array that is also cooled by the refrigerator. The frontal array comprises louvers across an otherwise substantially open center region of the frontal opening and an orifice plate across an outer region of the frontal opening. The hybrid frontal array allows for pumping speeds approximating those of a louver frontal array but with flow control comparable to an orifice plate.


Patent
Brooks Automation Inc. | Date: 2016-02-03

A control system (100) for complex non linear machines including a clustered architecture comprising:- a master controller (105), one or more cluster controllers (110) each defining a cluster, remote controllers (115, 150) and end effectors,- a central control section including one or more first remote controllers, said first remote controllers being autonomous remote controllers (150) under direct control of the master controller and- a distributed control section including said cluster controller (110) controlled by the master controller (105), wherein each of said cluster controllers controls the activities of one or more second remote controllers (115) in said cluster, each of the first and second remote controllers being utilized to drive one or more axes of end effectors of complex multi axis non linear machines,wherein the master controller includes a processor configured to generate trajectories, run control algorithms and provide torque commands for implementation by the autonomous remote controller (150);and wherein said master controller and at least said one or more cluster controllers are connected together to a communication network (120) of said control system and defines nodes of said network.


Patent
Brooks Automation Inc. | Date: 2016-07-06

In accordance with an embodiment of the invention, there is provided a method for cooling a load, the method comprising:compressing a primary refrigerant (104) in a primary compressor (109) of a closed loop primary refrigeration system, the primary compressor (109) taking in a primary refrigerant at a low pressure and discharging the primary refrigerant at a high pressure;transferring the primary refrigerant (104) at the high pressure from the primary compressor (109) to an inlet of an insulated enclosure (110) , and returning the primary refrigerant at the low pressure from the insulated enclosure to the primary compressor;transferring the primary refrigerant at the high pressure to at least one heat exchanger within the insulated enclosure (110), and cooling the primary refrigerant in the at least one heat exchanger using heat exchange with a secondary refrigerant from a secondary refrigeration system, the secondary refrigeration system comprising at least one secondary cryogenic refrigerator (101, 102, 103);expanding the primary refrigerant using an expansion unit within the insulated enclosure (110), the expansion unit (107) receiving the primary refrigerant at the high pressure from the at least one heat exchanger and discharging the primary refrigerant at the low pressure;delivering (114) the primary refrigerant at the low pressure to the load (108) and returning the primary refrigerant from the load (108) to the primary refrigeration system; andcontrolling operation (139) of at least one of the primary refrigeration system and the secondary refrigeration system to provide a variable refrigeration capacity to the load.

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