(19)
(11)EP 2 706 564 B1

(12)EUROPEAN PATENT SPECIFICATION

(45)Mention of the grant of the patent:
02.09.2020 Bulletin 2020/36

(21)Application number: 12779355.2

(22)Date of filing:  13.03.2012
(51)International Patent Classification (IPC): 
H01L 21/68(2006.01)
B65G 1/04(2006.01)
B65G 49/06(2006.01)
B65G 1/00(2006.01)
B65G 47/90(2006.01)
H01L 21/677(2006.01)
(86)International application number:
PCT/JP2012/001735
(87)International publication number:
WO 2012/150645 (08.11.2012 Gazette  2012/45)

(54)

ORIENTATION ADJUSTMENT DEVICE, AND ORIENTATION ADJUSTMENT METHOD

VORRICHTUNG ZUR AUSRICHTUNGSEINSTELLUNG UND VERFAHREN ZUR AUSRICHTUNGSEINSTELLUNG

DISPOSITIF DE RÉGLAGE D'ORIENTATION ET PROCÉDÉ DE RÉGLAGE D'ORIENTATION


(84)Designated Contracting States:
AL AT BE BG CH CY CZ DE DK EE ES FI FR GB GR HR HU IE IS IT LI LT LU LV MC MK MT NL NO PL PT RO RS SE SI SK SM TR

(30)Priority: 02.05.2011 JP 2011102723

(43)Date of publication of application:
12.03.2014 Bulletin 2014/11

(73)Proprietor: Murata Machinery, Ltd.
Kyoto-shi, Kyoto 601-8326 (JP)

(72)Inventor:
  • GAMBE, Masahiko
    Inuyama-shi Aichi 484-8502 (JP)

(74)Representative: Zimmermann, Tankred Klaus et al
Schoppe, Zimmermann, Stöckeler Zinkler, Schenk & Partner mbB Patentanwälte Radlkoferstrasse 2
81373 München
81373 München (DE)


(56)References cited: : 
EP-A1- 1 434 094
JP-A- 5 136 233
JP-A- 2006 086 253
JP-A- 2008 030 914
US-A1- 2004 227 924
EP-A1- 1 806 774
JP-A- 2005 221 618
JP-A- 2006 153 899
KR-B1- 100 774 828
  
      
    Note: Within nine months from the publication of the mention of the grant of the European patent, any person may give notice to the European Patent Office of opposition to the European patent granted. Notice of opposition shall be filed in a written reasoned statement. It shall not be deemed to have been filed until the opposition fee has been paid. (Art. 99(1) European Patent Convention).


    Description

    [Technical Field]



    [0001] The present invention relates to an orientation adjustment device for adjusting a relative orientation between an article and a placing base on which the article is placed.

    [Background Art]



    [0002] Conventional exposure devices fabricate electronic components by transferring circuit patterns written in reticles onto semiconductor devices. Here, the reticle, being housed in a pod for preventing contamination, is inserted into the exposure device. A direction in which the reticle is inserted into the exposure device depends on a model. More specifically, a direction in which the reticle is inserted into the exposure device is predetermined and a direction in which a pod having the reticle housed therein is inserted into the exposure device is also predetermined.

    [0003] Thus, conventional reticle storages have mechanisms for adjusting the orientation of a reticle in a pod, in accordance with a model of the exposure device. Specifically, there exists a reticle storage which has, as an orientation adjustment device, a mechanism of removing the reticle from the pod in a pod opener, rotating the reticle by a predetermined angle on a turntable, and housing the reticle back in the pod in the pod opener.

    [Citation List]


    [Patent Literature]



    [0004]  [PTL 1] Japanese Laid-Open Patent Publication No. 2008-30914

    [0005] KR 100 774 828 B1 describes an apparatus for changing a direction of a reticle in a specific direction. An apparatus for changing a direction of a reticle includes a reticle delivery unit, a rotating stage, and a rotary actuator. The reticle delivery unit delivers the reticle to reticle cases. The rotating stage is arranged at one side of the reticle case. The reticle is loaded on an upper surface of the rotating stage. The rotary actuator is coupled with the bottom of the stage. The rotary actuator is rotated in one direction. A grip of the reticle delivery unit receives operational power from a motor and rotates by the received operational power. In a further embodiment, the turning of the article can be performed by the reticle delivery unit having a motor allowing a rotation of the holding structure so that an article, for example a reticle, can be input into the case with a desired orientation.

    [Summary of Invention]


    [Technical Problem]



    [0006] According to the above mechanism, however, a need exists to move the reticle from the pod opener to the turntable, and, after rotating the reticle, move the reticle from the turntable back to the pod opener. As a result, there arises a problem that the process of transferring the reticle between the pod opener and the turntable is time consuming.

    [0007] Thus, the present invention is made in light of the above problems, and has an object to provide an orientation adjustment device which can adjust a relative orientation between an article and a placing base on which the article is placed, in a short time and with a few steps.

    [0008] This object is achieved by a device according to claim 1, and a method according to claim 5.

    [Solution to Problem]



    [0009] An orientation adjustment device according to one aspect of the present invention is a device which adjusts a relative orientation between an article and a placing base where a direction in which the article is inserted into an external device is predetermined and a direction in which the placing base having the article mounted thereon is inserted into the external device is predetermined. Specifically, the orientation adjustment device includes a pivot device for pivoting the placing base; a holding device for holding the article without changing an orientation of the article; and a controller for controlling the pivot device and the holding device to adjust the relative orientation between the article and the placing base to a predetermined orientation. Then, the controller causes: the holding device to hold the article in a state in which the article is separate from the placing base held by the pivot device; the pivot device to pivot the placing base in the state in which the article is separate from the placing base, from an initial position to an intended position; the holding device to place the article on the placing base which has been pivoted to the intended position; and the pivot device to pivot the placing base having the article placed thereon from the intended position to the initial position.

    [0010] According to the above configuration, unlike conventional, there is no need to transfer an article elsewhere. Thus, an amount of cycle time required for the transfer can be reduced. As a result, the relative orientation between the article and the placing base can be adjusted in a short time and with a few steps.

    [0011] Moreover, the holding device vertically may move, holding the article, and hold the article in a holding position upwardly separate by a predetermined distance from the placing base. This obviates the need of a process of positioning upon placing the article back onto the placing base after the placing base is pivoted. Thus, the orientation can be adjusted in a shorter time and with a fewer steps.

    [0012] Furthermore, the controller may cause the pivot device to start pivoting the placing base from the initial position to the intended position after the article is separated from the placing base by the holding device and before the article reaches the holding position. By separating the article from the placing base and pivoting the placing base in parallel, the orientation of the article can be adjusted in a shorter time and with a fewer steps.

    [0013]  Furthermore, the orientation adjustment device may include an orientation verification device for verifying the relative orientation between the article and the placing base. Then, after causing the pivot device to pivot the placing base to the initial position, the controller may cause the orientation verification device to verify the relative orientation between the article and the placing base. In this manner, the relative orientation between the article and the placing base is verified, which can then be sent on to the subsequent processing.

    [0014] An orientation adjustment method according to one aspect of the present invention is a method for adjusting a relative orientation between an article and a placing base, executed by an orientation adjustment device including a pivot device for pivoting a placing base, and a holding device for holding the article without changing an orientation of the article when a direction in which the article is inserted into an external device is predetermined and a direction in which the placing base having the article placed thereon is inserted into the external device is predetermined. Specifically, the orientation adjustment method includes: holding, by the holding device, the article in a state in which the article is separate from the placing base held by the pivot device; pivoting, by the pivot device, the placing base in the state in which the article is separate from the placing base, from an initial position to an intended position; and placing, the holding device, the article on the placing base which has been pivoted to the intended position; and pivoting, the pivot device, the placing base having the article placed thereon from the intended position to the initial position.

    [Advantageous Effects of Invention]



    [0015] According to the present invention, unlike conventional, there is no need to transfer an article elsewhere. Thus, a relative orientation between the article and the placing base can be adjusted in a short time and with a few steps.

    [Brief Description of Drawings]



    [0016] 

    [FIG. 1] FIG. 1 is a front view of a clean stocker according to an embodiment.

    [FIG. 2] FIG. 2 is a sectional view across II-II of FIG. 1.

    [FIG. 3] FIG. 3 is a sectional view across III-III of FIG. 1.

    [FIG. 4] FIG. 4 is a flowchart illustrating an orientation adjustment process.

    [FIG. 5] FIG. 5 is a side view of the interior of a pod opener, showing a state in S11.

    [FIG. 6] FIG. 6 is a side view of the interior of the pod opener, showing a state in S12.

    [FIG. 7] FIG. 7 is a plan view of the interior of the pod opener, showing a state in S13.

    [FIG. 8] FIG. 8 is a side view of the interior of the pod opener, showing a state in S14.

    [FIG. 9] FIG. 9 is a plan view of the interior of the pod opener, showing a state in S15.


    [Description of Embodiments]



    [0017] Hereinafter, an embodiment according to the present invention will be described, with reference to the accompanying drawings.

    [0018] First, referring to FIG. 1 to FIG. 3, the configuration of a clean stocker 100 which includes an orientation adjustment device according to the embodiment of the present invention will be described. FIG. 1 is a front view of the clean stocker 100 according to the embodiment. FIG. 2 is a sectional view across II-II of FIG. 1. FIG. 3 is a sectional view across III-III of FIG. 1.

    [0019] The clean stocker 100 is installed in a clean room at a semiconductor plant or a liquid crystal plant, and reticles (articles) for exposure, which are used in semiconductor substrates and liquid crystal substrates, and pods (containers), which house the reticles, are separately stored. It is assumed that a direction in which a reticle is inserted into the exposure device (external device) is predetermined and a direction in which a pod having a reticle placed thereon is inserted into the exposure device is predetermined.

    [0020] Specifically, the clean stocker 100 mainly includes a rotating rack 110, a reticle carrier device 120, a pod carrier device 130, a pod opener 140, an OHT auto load port 150, a manual load port 160, a fan filter unit (FFU) 170, and a controller 180. The rotating rack 110 includes a large number of vertical multi-shelves, and is partitioned into a rotating rack 111 for reticle and a rotating rack 112 for empty pod, starting from the top.

    [0021] An orientation adjustment device according to one embodiment of the present invention includes, for example, the pod opener 140 (more specifically, a placing unit 142 described below) serving as a pivot device, the reticle carrier device 120 serving as a holding device, and the controller 180, among components of the clean stocker 100. The configuration and the operation of each component will be described below.

    [0022] The rotating rack 111 for reticle is a rack to store reticles for exposure, which are used in semiconductor substrates and liquid crystal substrates. The rotating rack 112 for empty pod is a rack to store empty pods (Hereinafter, denoted as an "empty pod".) in which no reticles are housed. It should be noted that the number of pods stored in the rotating rack 112 for empty pod may be fewer than the number of reticles stored in the rotating rack 111 for reticle, and may be, for example, about 1/10 to about 1/100 of the number of reticles stored in the rotating rack 111.

    [0023] The rotating rack 111 for reticle and the rotating rack 112 for empty pod each may rotate as a unit and each shelf may be limited so as not to rotate independently. Alternatively, to rapidly retrieve and store the contents, each shelf may further be partitioned into vertically disposed blocks, and each block may independently rotate.

    [0024] The reticle carrier device 120 is installed to one side (on the left side in FIG. 1) on a front surface of the interior of the clean stocker 100. The reticle carrier device 120, for example, carries a reticle between the rotating rack 111 for reticle and the pod opener 140, and moves a position of a reticle in the pod opener 140.

    [0025] More specifically, the reticle carrier device 120 is two-stage arm 121 and 122 having a hand 123 on an end, and includes three joints 124, 125, and 126 which operate in a horizontal plane. The reticle carrier device 120 ascends and descends along with an ascending and descending guide 127. Specifically, the reticle carrier device 120 ascends and descends within a range of the ascending and descending guide 127, and causes each of the joints 124, 125, and 126 to operate independently, thereby carrying a reticle in any direction within reach of the two-stage arm 121 and 122.

    [0026] The pod carrier device 130 is installed to the other side (on the right side in FIG. 1) on the front surface of the interior of the clean stocker 100. The pod carrier device 130, for example, carries an empty pod between the rotating rack 112 for empty pod and the pod opener 140, and carries a pod having a reticle housed therein (hereinafter, denoted as a "pod containing a reticle") between the pod opener 140 and the OHT auto load port 150 and between the pod opener 140 and the manual load port 160.

    [0027] More specifically, the pod carrier device 130 is two-stage arm 131 and 132 having a hand 133 on an end, and includes three joints 134, 135, and 136 which operate in a horizontal plane. The pod carrier device 130 ascends and descends along with an ascending and descending guide 137. Specifically, the pod carrier device 130 ascends and descends within a range of the ascending and descending guide 137, and causes each of joints 134, 135, and 136 to operate independently, thereby carrying a pod in any direction within reach of the two-stage arm 131 and 132.

    [0028] The pod opener 140 is disposed to a front central portion of the interior of the clean stocker 100, i.e., between the reticle carrier device 120 and the pod carrier device 130. The pod opener 140 is used to, for example, house a reticle into an empty pod, remove the reticle from the pod containing the reticle, and adjust a relative orientation between the reticle and the pod. Details of the processing will be described below.

    [0029] The OHT auto load port 150 is a load port for overhead traveling vehicle, disposed in a front upper portion of the clean stocker 100, and is an interface through which a pod containing a reticle is stored/retrieved into/from an overhead traveling vehicle (not shown). The manual load port 160 is a load port for operator, disposed in a front lower portion of the clean stocker 100, and is an interface through which an operator stores and retrieves a pod containing a reticle.

    [0030] The controller 180 controls movable units of the clean stocker 100. For example, the controller 180 rotates the rotating rack 110 to a predetermined position, and controls operations of the reticle carrier device 120 and the pod carrier device 130. The details will be described below. It should be noted that the controller 180 may be a central processing unit (CPU) which loads a program and executes predetermined processing, or may be an integrated circuit which performs predetermined functionality.

    [0031] Next, the basic operation of the clean stocker 100 configured as set forth above will be described.

    [0032] First, when storing a pod containing a reticle into the clean stocker 100, the overhead traveling vehicle carries the pod containing the reticle into the OHT auto load port 150 or the operator carries the pod containing the reticle into the manual load port 160. Next, the pod containing the reticle carried in the clean stocker 100 is transferred to the pod opener 140 by the pod carrier device 130, and separated into the reticle and the empty pod. Then, the reticle is housed in the rotating rack 111 for reticle by the reticle carrier device 120, and the empty pod is housed in the rotating rack 112 for empty pod by the pod carrier device 130.

    [0033] On the other hand, when retrieving the pod containing the reticle from the clean stocker 100, the reticle carrier device 120 transfers a reticle to be retrieved, from the rotating rack 111 for reticle to the pod opener 140, and the pod carrier device 130 transfers an empty pod from the rotating rack 112 for empty pod to the pod opener 140. The reticle carried in the pod opener 140 is housed into the empty pod, transferred to the OHT auto load port 150 or the manual load port 160 by the pod carrier device 130, and retrieved from the clean stocker 100.

    [0034] Next, referring to FIG. 4 to FIG. 9, an orientation adjustment process of adjusting a relative orientation between a reticle and a pod will be described, with reference to the reticle carrier device 120, the pod carrier device 130, and the pod opener 140. FIG. 4 is a flowchart illustrating the orientation adjustment process. Each process step illustrated in FIG. 4 is controlled by the controller 180.

    [0035] First, the pod containing the reticle is placed on the pod opener 140 (S11). For example, a reticle 230 to be retrieved is transferred from the rotating rack 111 for reticle to the pod opener 140 by the reticle carrier device 120, a pod 200 which is empty is transferred from the rotating rack 112 for empty pod to the pod opener 140 by the pod carrier device 130, and the reticle 230 is housed in the pod 200 in the pod opener 140.

    [0036] Referring to FIG. 5, details of the pod opener 140 and the pod 200 will be described. FIG. 5 is a side view of the interior of the pod opener 140, showing a state in S11 of FIG. 4.

    [0037] First, the pod 200 includes a cover 210 and a door 220 which are vertically separable. Then, the pod 200 supports the reticle 230 by a plurality of projections 221 projecting from a top surface of the door 220, and houses the reticle 230 therein by covering the reticle 230 by the cover 210.

    [0038] The pod opener 140 includes a lock unit 141 which locks the cover 210, and the placing unit 142 which on which the door 220 is placed. Additionally, the placing unit 142 serves as an ascending and descending device which ascends and descends in a state in which the door 220 is placed on the ascending and descending device, and also serves as a pivot device which pivots in the horizontal plane.

    [0039] The pod opener 140 has an opening on a top surface. Then, the lock unit 141 is disposed on circumference of the opening. The placing unit 142 is disposed in the interior of the pod opener 140, located facing the opening in the top surface. The top surface of the pod opener 140 and a placement surface (a top surface) of the placing unit 142 are located on the same plane when the placing unit 142 has fully risen. Then, the pod 200 is placed on the placing unit 142 which has fully risen. This closes the opening of the pod opener 140 by the pod 200.

    [0040] FIG. 6 is a side view of the interior of the pod opener 140, showing a state in S12 of FIG. 4. As shown in FIG. 6, when the placing unit 142 having the pod 200 placed thereon descends, the door 220 descends together with the placing unit 142, the cover 210 is locked by the lock unit 141, thereby separating the cover 210 and the door 220.

    [0041] Then, by ascending and descending along with the ascending and descending guide 127 in a state where the reticle carrier device 120 is holding the reticle 230, the reticle carrier device 120 as the holding device holds the reticle 230 in a holding position separate by a predetermined distance above the door 220 (S12). Here, it is assumed that the reticle carrier device 120 is holding the reticle 230 without changing the orientation of the reticle 230.

    [0042] FIG. 7 is a plan view of the interior of the pod opener 140, showing a state in S13 of FIG. 4. As shown in FIG. 7, the placing unit 142 as the pivot device pivots the door 220 separated from the reticle 230, from an initial position to an intended position (S13). While a pivot angle between the initial position and the intended position is not particularly limited, the placing unit 142 pivots the door 220 by 180 degrees counterclockwise, for example.

    [0043] FIG. 8 is a side view of the interior of the pod opener 140, showing a state in S14 of FIG. 4. As shown in FIG. 8, by descending along with the ascending and descending guide 127, the reticle carrier device 120 places the reticle 230 on the door 220 pivoted to the intended position. Here, since the door 220 is pivoted by the placing unit 142, a relative orientation between the reticle 230 and the door 220 has changed while the reticle 230 is held without the reticle carrier device 120 changing the orientation of the reticle 230.

    [0044] FIG. 9 is a plan view of the interior of the pod opener 140, showing a state in S15 of FIG. 4. The placing unit 142 pivots the door 220 having the reticle 230 placed thereon from the intended position to the initial position (S15). Specifically, in the above example, the placing unit 142 pivots the door 220 by 180 degrees clockwise. This pivots the reticle 230 together with the door 220 so that a marker 231 located at the lower left corner of the reticle 230 moves to the upper right corner (a position indicated by a dashed box). It should be noted that the marker 231 may be any which can identify the orientation of the reticle 230, and may be a barcode for identifying the reticle 230, for example.

    [0045] According to the above method, the relative orientation between the reticle 230 and the pod 200 is adjustable in the pod opener 140. In other others, since there is no need to remove the reticle 230 and the pod 200 from the pod opener 140 and transfer them elsewhere, an amount of cycle time required for the transfer can be reduced. As a result, the relative orientation between the reticle 230 and the pod 200 can be adjusted in a short time and with a few steps.

    [0046] It should be noted that in S12 and S13 of FIG. 4, the placing unit 142 may start pivoting after the reticle carrier device 120 ascends to the holding position in a state in which the reticle carrier device 120 is holding the reticle 230. From a viewpoint of further reducing processing time for the orientation adjustment process, however, the controller 180 may cause the placing unit 142 to start pivoting the door 220 from the initial position to the intended position after the reticle 230 is separated from the door 220 by the reticle carrier device 120 and before the reticle 230 reaches the holding position.

    [0047] Alternatively, the clean stocker 100 may further include an orientation verification device (not shown) which verifies the relative orientation between the reticle 230 and the door 220. Then, the controller 180 may cause the orientation verification device to verify the relative orientation between the reticle 230 and the door 220 after the door 220 is pivoted to the initial position by the placing unit 142.

    [0048] More specifically, the orientation verification device may include a camera which captures an image of the reticle 230 from above. Then, after S15 of FIG. 4, the reticle carrier device 120 may remove the reticle 230 from the pod 200, and the orientation verification device may capture an image of the reticle 230 and verify whether the marker 231 is at a predetermined position.

    [0049] While in the above embodiment, the relative orientation between the reticle 230 and the pod 200 is adjusted in the clean stocker 100, the present invention is not limited thereto. The present invention includes, for example, a reticle orientation adjustment device which is independently installed outside of the clean stocker 100 and adjusts the relative orientation between the reticle 230 and the pod 200.

    [0050] Furthermore, the present invention is not limited to a device which adjusts the relative orientation between the reticle 230 and the pod 200, and also includes an orientation adjustment device which adjusts a relative orientation between any article and a placing base on which the article is placed. For example, the present invention may adjust a relative orientation between a liquid crystal panel and a pallet on which the liquid crystal panel is placed.

    [0051] Although illustrative embodiments of the present invention have been described herein with reference to the accompanying drawings, it is to be understood that the invention is not limited the those precise embodiments. The scope of the invention is defined by the claims.

    [Industrial Applicability]



    [0052] The present invention is advantageously utilized to orientation adjustment devices for adjusting a relative orientation between an article and a placing base on which the article is placed.

    [Reference Signs List]



    [0053] 
    100
    Clean stocker
    110
    Rotating rack
    111
    Rotating rack for reticle
    112
    Rotating rack for empty pod
    120
    Reticle carrier device
    121, 122, 131, 132
    Arm
    123, 133
    Hand
    124, 125, 126, 134, 135, 136
    Joint
    127, 137
    Ascending and descending guide
    130
    Pod carrier device
    140
    Pod opener
    141
    Lock unit
    142
    Placing unit
    150
    OHT auto load port
    160
    Manual load port
    170
    Fan filter unit
    180
    Controller
    200
    Pod
    210
    Cover
    220
    Door
    221
    Projection
    230
    Reticle
    231
    Marker



    Claims

    1. An orientation adjustment device for adjusting a relative orientation between an article (230) and a placing base (220) formed by a door of a pod (200) including a cover (210), the cover (210) and the door being vertically separable, wherein a direction in which the article (230) is inserted into an external device is predetermined and a direction in which the placing base (220) having the article (230) placed thereon is inserted into the external device is predetermined, the orientation adjustment device comprising:

    a pivot device (142) adapted to pivot the placing base (220);

    a holding device (120) adapted to hold the article (230) above the placing base (220) without changing an orientation of the article (230); and

    a controller (180) adapted to control the pivot device (142) and the holding device (120) to adjust the relative orientation between the article (230) and the placing base (220) to a predetermined orientation,

    wherein the controller (180) adapted to cause:

    the holding device (120) to hold the article (230) in a state in which the article (230) is separate upwardly from the placing base (220) held by the pivot device (142);

    the pivot device (142) to pivot the placing base (220) in the state in which the article (230) is separate from the placing base (220), from an initial position to an intended position;

    the holding device (120) to place the article (230), which has been held above the placing base (220), on the placing base (220) which has been pivoted to the intended position; and

    the pivot device (142) to pivot the placing base (220) having the article (230) placed thereon from the intended position to the initial position.


     
    2. The orientation adjustment device according to Claim 1,
    wherein the holding device (120) is adapted to vertically move, holding the article (230), and to hold the article (230) in a holding position upwardly separate by a predetermined distance from the placing base (220).
     
    3. The orientation adjustment device according to Claim 2,
    wherein the controller (180) is adapted to cause the pivot device (142) to start pivoting the placing base (220) from the initial position to the intended position after the article (230) is separated from the placing base (220) by the holding device (120) and before the article (230) reaches the holding position.
     
    4. The orientation adjustment device according to any of Claims 1 to 3, further comprising an orientation verification device adapted to verify the relative orientation between the article (230) and the placing base (220),
    wherein after causing the pivot device (142) to pivot the placing base (220) to the initial position, the controller (180) is adapted to cause the orientation verification device to verify the relative orientation between the article (230) and the placing base (220).
     
    5. An orientation adjustment method for adjusting a relative orientation between an article (230) and a placing base (220) formed by a door of a pod (200) including a cover (210), the cover (210) and the door being vertically separable, wherein, executed by an orientation adjustment device including a pivot device (142) for pivoting the placing base (220), and a holding device (120) for holding the article (230) above the placing base (220) without changing an orientation of the article (230), wherein a direction in which the article (230) is inserted into an external device is predetermined and a direction in which the placing base (220) having the article (230) placed thereon is inserted into the external device is predetermined, the orientation adjustment method comprising:

    holding (S12), by the holding device (120), the article (230) in a state in which the article (230) is separate upwardly from the placing base (220) held by the pivot device (142);

    pivoting (S13), by the pivot device (142), the placing base (220) in the state in which the article (230) is separate from the placing base (220), from an initial position to an intended position; and

    placing (S14), by the holding device (120), the article (230), which has been held above the placing base (220), on the placing base (220) which has been pivoted to the intended position; and

    pivoting (S15), by the pivot device (142), the placing base (220) having the article (230) placed thereon from the intended position to the initial position.


     


    Ansprüche

    1. Eine Ausrichtungseinstellvorrichtung zum Einstellen einer relativen Ausrichtung zwischen einem Artikel (230) und einer Anordnungsbasis (220), gebildet durch eine Tür eines Gehäuses (200), das eine Abdeckung (210) umfasst, wobei die Abdeckung (210) und die Tür vertikal trennbar sind, wobei eine Richtung vorbestimmt ist, in der der Artikel (230) in eine externe Vorrichtung eingesetzt wird, und eine Richtung vorbestimmt ist, in der die Anordnungsbasis (220) mit dem darauf angeordneten Artikel (230) in die externe Vorrichtung eingesetzt wird, wobei die Ausrichtungseinstellvorrichtung folgende Merkmale aufweist:

    eine Schwenkvorrichtung (142), die dazu angepasst ist, die Anordnungsbasis (220) zu schwenken;

    eine Haltevorrichtung (120), die dazu angepasst ist, den Artikel (230) über der Anordnungsbasis (220) zu halten, ohne eine Ausrichtung des Artikels (230) zu ändern; und

    eine Steuereinrichtung (180), die dazu angepasst ist, die Schwenkvorrichtung (142) und die Haltevorrichtung (120) zu steuern, um die relative Ausrichtung zwischen dem Artikel (230) und der Anordnungsbasis (220) auf eine vorbestimmte Ausrichtung einzustellen;

    wobei die Steuereinrichtung (180) dazu angepasst ist, Folgendes zu bewirken:

    die Haltevorrichtung (120) hält den Artikel (230) in einem Zustand, in dem der Artikel (230) von der Anordnungsbasis (220), die durch die Schwenkvorrichtung (142) gehalten wird, nach oben hin getrennt ist;

    die Schwenkeinrichtung (142) schwenkt die Anordnungsbasis (220) in dem Zustand, in dem der Artikel (230) von der Anordnungsbasis (220) getrennt ist, von einer anfänglichen Position zu einer angestrebten Position;

    die Haltevorrichtung (120) ordnet den Artikel (230), der über der Anordnungsbasis (220) gehalten wurde, auf der Anordnungsbasis (220) an, die zu der angestrebten Position geschwenkt wurde; und

    die Schwenkvorrichtung (142) schwenkt die Anordnungsbasis (220) mit dem darauf angeordneten Artikel (230) von der angestrebten Position zu der anfänglichen Position.


     
    2. Die Ausrichtungseinstellvorrichtung gemäß Anspruch 1,
    wobei die Haltevorrichtung (120) dazu angepasst ist, während dieselbe den Artikel (230) hält, sich vertikal zu bewegen und den Artikel (230) in einer Halteposition zu halten, die um einen vorbestimmten Abstand von der Anordnungsbasis (220) nach oben hin getrennt ist.
     
    3. Die Ausrichtungseinstellvorrichtung gemäß Anspruch 2,
    wobei die Steuereinrichtung (180) dazu angepasst ist, zu bewirken, dass die Schwenkvorrichtung (142) das Schwenken der Anordnungsbasis (220) von der anfänglichen Position zu der angestrebten Position startet, nachdem der Artikel (230) durch die Haltevorrichtung von der Anordnungsbasis (220) getrennt wird und bevor der Artikel (230) die Halteposition erreicht.
     
    4. Die Ausrichtungseinstellvorrichtung gemäß einem der Ansprüche 1 bis 3, die ferner eine Ausrichtungsüberprüfungsvorrichtung aufweist, die dazu angepasst ist, die relative Ausrichtung zwischen dem Artikel (230) und der Anordnungsbasis (220) zu überprüfen,
    wobei nach dem Bewirken, dass die Schwenkvorrichtung (142) die Anordnungsbasis (220) zu der anfänglichen Position schwenkt, die Steuereinrichtung (180) dazu angepasst ist, zu bewirken, dass die Ausrichtungsüberprüfungsvorrichtung die relative Ausrichtung zwischen dem Artikel (230) und der Anordnungsbasis (220) überprüft.
     
    5. Ein Ausrichtungseinstellverfahren zum Einstellen einer relativen Ausrichtung zwischen einem Artikel (230) und einer Anordnungsbasis (220), gebildet durch eine Tür eines Gehäuses (200), das eine Abdeckung (210) umfasst, wobei die Abdeckung (210) und die Tür vertikal trennbar sind, wobei unter Ausführung durch eine Ausrichtungseinstellvorrichtung, die eine Schwenkvorrichtung (142) zum Schwenken der Anordnungsbasis (220) und eine Haltevorrichtung (120) zum Halten des Artikels (230) über der Anordnungsbasis (220), ohne eine Ausrichtung des Artikels (230) zu ändern, umfasst, wobei eine Richtung vorbestimmt ist, in der der Artikel (230) in eine externe Vorrichtung eingesetzt wird, und eine Richtung vorbestimmt ist, in der die Anordnungsbasis (220) mit dem darauf angeordneten Artikel (230) in die externe Vorrichtung eingesetzt wird, das Ausrichtungseinstellverfahren folgende Schritte aufweist:

    Halten (S12), durch die Haltevorrichtung (120), des Artikels (230) in einem Zustand, in dem der Artikel (230) von der Anordnungsbasis (220), die durch die Schwenkvorrichtung (142) gehalten wird, nach oben hin getrennt ist;

    Schwenken (S13), durch die Schwenkvorrichtung (142), der Anordnungsbasis (220) in dem Zustand, in dem der Artikel (230) von der Anordnungsbasis (220) getrennt ist, von einer anfänglichen Position zu einer angestrebten Position; und

    Anordnen (S14), durch die Haltevorrichtung (120), des Artikels (230), der über der Anordnungsbasis (220) gehalten wurde, auf der Anordnungsbasis (220), die zu der angestrebten Position geschwenkt wurde; und

    Schwenken (S15), durch die Schwenkvorrichtung (142), der Anordnungsbasis (220) mit dem darauf angeordneten Artikel (230) von der angestrebten Position zu der anfänglichen Position.


     


    Revendications

    1. Dispositif de réglage d'orientation pour régler une orientation relative entre un article (230) et une base de placement (220) formée par une porte d'une nacelle (200) comportant un couvercle (210), le couvercle (210) et la porte pouvant être séparés verticalement, dans lequel est prédéterminée une direction dans laquelle l'article (230) est introduit dans un dispositif externe et est prédéterminée une direction dans laquelle la base de placement (220) présentant l'article (230) y placé est introduite dans le dispositif externe, le dispositif de réglage d'orientation comprenant:

    un dispositif de pivotement (142) adapté pour faire pivoter la base de placement (220);

    un dispositif de maintien (120) adapté pour maintenir l'article (230) au-dessus de la base de placement (220) sans changer une orientation de l'article (230); et

    un moyen de commande (180) adapté pour commander le dispositif de pivotement (142) et le dispositif de maintien (120) pour régler l'orientation relative entre l'article (230) et la base de placement (220) à une orientation prédéterminée,

    dans lequel le moyen de commande (180) est adapté pour amener:

    le dispositif de maintien (120) à maintenir l'article (230) dans un état dans lequel l'article (230) est séparé vers le haut de la base de placement (220) maintenue par le dispositif de pivotement (142);

    le dispositif de pivotement (142) à faire pivoter la base de placement (220) dans l'état dans lequel l'article (230) est séparé de la base de placement (220), d'une position initiale à une position prévue;

    le dispositif de maintien (120) à placer l'article (230) qui a été maintenu au-dessus de la base de placement (220) sur la base de placement (220) qui a été pivotée à la position prévue; et

    le dispositif de pivotement (142) à faire pivoter la base de placement (220) présentant l'article (230) y placé de la position prévue à la position initiale.


     
    2. Dispositif de réglage d'orientation selon la revendication 1,
    dans lequel le dispositif de maintien (120) est adapté pour se déplacer verticalement en maintenant l'article (230), et pour maintenir l'article (230) dans une position de maintien séparée vers le haut d'une distance prédéterminée de la base de placement (220).
     
    3. Dispositif de réglage d'orientation selon la revendication 2,
    dans lequel le moyen de commande (180) est adapté pour amener le dispositif de pivotement (142) à commencer à faire pivoter la base de placement (220) de la position initiale à la position prévue après que l'article (230) soit séparé de la base de placement (220) par le dispositif de maintien (120) et avant que l'article (230) n'atteigne la position de maintien.
     
    4. Dispositif de réglage d'orientation selon l'une quelconque des revendications 1 à 3, comprenant par ailleurs un dispositif de vérification d'orientation adapté pour vérifier l'orientation relative entre l'article (230) et la base de placement (220),
    dans lequel, après avoir amené le dispositif de pivotement (142) à faire pivoter la base de placement (220) vers la position initiale, le moyen de commande (180) est adapté pour amener le dispositif de vérification d'orientation à vérifier l'orientation relative entre l'article (230) et la base de placement (220).
     
    5. Procédé de réglage d'orientation pour régler une orientation relative entre un article (230) et une base de placement (220) formée par une porte d'une nacelle (200) comportant un couvercle (210), le couvercle (210) et la porte pouvant être séparés verticalement, dans lequel il est exécuté par un dispositif de réglage d'orientation comportant un dispositif de pivotement (142) destiné à faire pivoter la base de placement (220), et par un dispositif de maintien (120) destiné à maintenir l'article (230) au-dessus de la base de placement (220) sans changer une orientation de l'article (230), dans lequel est prédéterminée une direction dans laquelle l'article (230) est introduit dans un dispositif externe et est prédéterminée une direction dans laquelle la base de placement (220) présentant l'article (230) y placé est introduite dans le dispositif externe, le procédé de réglage de l'orientation comprenant le fait de:

    maintenir (S12), par le dispositif de maintien (120), l'article (230) dans un état dans lequel l'article (230) est séparé vers le haut de la base de placement (220) maintenue par le dispositif de pivotement (142);

    faire pivoter (S13), par le dispositif de pivotement (142), la base de placement (220) dans l'état dans lequel l'article (230) est séparé de la base de placement (220) d'une position initiale à une position prévue; et

    placer (S14), par le dispositif de maintien (120), l'article (230) qui a été maintenu au-dessus de la base de placement (220) sur la base de placement (220) qui a été pivotée à la position prévue; et

    faire pivoter (S15), par le dispositif de pivotement (142), la base de placement (220) présentant l'article (230) y placé de la position prévue à la position initiale.


     




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