ESI is dedicated to innovative creations. In past the three decades, ESI has generated robust patents and multi-domain public disclosures for our partners in the global robotics industry. Our work reaches a broad range of PCT global markets in the U.S., China, Canada, Europe, India, Korea, Germany, Japan and several other divisional jurisdictions. Until now, ESI owns 37 granted/issued patents and 74 filed patents, including 84 invention patents/applications and 27 design patents/applications.

Each year ESI presents new technologies to the public, adding tirelessly to our existing patents and assets.

MOBILE

MOBILE ROBOT

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The mobile robot includes a chassis, a pair of drive system, a manipulator arm with a turret. The pair of drive systems is operably connected to opposed sides of the chassis. The turret is rotationally attached to the platform. The first link of the manipulator arm is attached to the turret at a first joint. The manipulator arm has at least a first link,and the first link is adapted to function as a traction device.

DUAL MODE MOBILE ROBOT

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A dual mode mobile robot includes a platform and a pair of track wheel driving modules. The pair of track wheel driving modules are attached to opposing sides of the platform. Each of the track wheel driving modules has a track assembly; and a wheel assembly. Each of the track wheel drive modules is moveable from a track position to a wheel position.

MEDICAL

MRI COMPATIBLE ROBOT WITH CALIBRATION PHANTOM AND PHANTOM

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A medical robot for use inside an MRI includes a horizontal motion assembly, a vertical motion assembly and a controller. The horizontal motion assembly and the vertical assembly each includes a motion joint, an ultrasonic motor operably connected to the motion joint and an encoder operably con­nected to the ultrasonic motor. The motor and encoder are positioned proximate to the joint of the respective horizontal motion assembly and vertical motion assembly. Each motor has a cross section positioned in one of the axial and sagittal plane of the MRI. A medical instrument assembly is operably connectable to one of the moving joint of the vertical motion assembly. The controller is operably connected to the hori­zontal motion joint and the vertical motion joint and it is adapted to be powered off when the magnetic resonance imager is being used to collect images.

MEDICAL ROBOT FOR USE IN A MRI

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A medical robot for use inside a magnetic resonance imager includes a horizontal motion assembly, a vertical motion assembly and a controller. The horizontal motion assembly includes a motion joint, an ultrasonic motor operably con­nected to the motion joint and an encoder operably connected to the ultrasonic motor. The motor and encoder are positioned proximate to the joint of the horizontal motion assembly. The vertical motion assembly is operably connected to the hori­zontal motion assembly and it includes a motion joint, an ultrasonic motor operably connected to the motion joint and an encoder operably connected to the ultrasonic motor. The motor and encoder are positioned proximate to the joint of the vertical motion assembly. The controller is operably con­nected thereto and is adapted to be powered off when the magnetic resonance imager is being used to collect images. A medical instrument assembly is connectable to the medical robot.

ROBOT ARM

TWO JOINT MODULE

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A two joint module includes a module housing, a first joint and a second joint. The module housing has a structural support portion. The first joint has a first motor and a first motor axis and a first joint axis. The second joint has a second motor and a second motor axis and a second joint axis. The second joint axis is not parallel to the first joint axis. The first joint is attached to the structural support portion and the second joint is attached to the structural support portion.

RECONFIGURABLE MODULAR JOINT AND ROBOTS PRODUCED THEREFROM

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The present invention provides a reconfigurable modular drive joint that can be used as the basis for building and configuring robotic and automated systems as an intercon­nected network of individual nodes, with each node repre­senting a single modular joint. Each modular joint can be quickly set up in either a roll, pitch or yaw configuration. A large number of d1旺ιrent robot structures can be built using a small number of the modular joints in any of these three configurations. The modules are equipped with quick­connect mechanisms so that a new robot structure can be assembled in a few minutes. A robot or other automated system assembled from such modular joints is a true recon­figurable and modular system. The control system is decen­tralized. Each modular joint is provided with its own built-in control system and electronics. The modular joints each include a motor and associated sensors. An embedded con­trol system including a power amplifier for the motor, a sensor interface, microprocessor, and communication cir­cuitry are provided. The only external connections to each module is a communication bus between the modules and the host computer and a power supply bus.

CUSTOM

AUTOMATED MEAT GRADING METHOD AND APPARATUS

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The present invention relates to an automated grading pro­cess and apparatus for grading an animal carcass. The process includes the steps of generating and receiving sig­nals; determining the location of the ribs in the carcass therefrom; determining a predetermined reference point on the carcass; determining a probing location; and probing the carcass. As an example the predetermined reference point may be the first rib and the probe location may be between the third and fourth ribs. The present invention also includes a method for determining the location of the ribs and a method for determining the first rib. The apparatus includes a base, a clamping sub-system for positioning the carcass and a sensing-probing subsystem. The sensing-probing sub­system includes a signal generator and a signal receiver each directed at the clamped carcass; a method of determining the location of the ribs; a method of determining a predeter­mined reference point on the carcass; a method of deter­mining a probing location; and a probe. The probe is attached to a robotic arm.

AUTOMATIC SAMPLE LOADER FOR USE WITH A MASS SPECTROMETER

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An automatic sample loader is for use in association with a mass spectrometer and at least one vial containing a sample. The loader includes a vial block, an insertion head, an insertion,a mechanism for pushing the sample out of the vial and a mechanism for moving the insertion head relative to the vial. The vial block has at least one vial cavity and each vial cavity is adapted to receive a vial. The insertion head is adapted to be sealingly engageable in the vial cavity. The insertion tube is operably connected to the mass spectrometer through the insertion head, such that the tube extends into the vial when the insertion head is seal­ingly engaged in the vial cavity. The pushing mechanism is adapted to push the sample out of the vial and into the tube. The moving mechanism is adapted to move the insertion head relative to the vial block from an engaged position to a disengaged position.