Kobe Steel had ten patents in artificial intelligence during Q4 2023.The patents filed by Kobe Steel Ltd in Q4 2023 involve a motion trajectory generation method for robots based on motion conditions and work directions, as well as a sorting destination determining device for dismantled parts based on slewing angles and opening/closing states. GlobalData’s report on Kobe Steel gives a 360-degreee view of the company including its patenting strategy. Buy the report here.

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Kobe Steel grant share with artificial intelligence as a theme is 20% in Q4 2023. Grant share is based on the ratio of number of grants to total number of patents.

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Application: Motion trajectory generation method for robot, motion trajectory generation apparatus for robot, robot system, and program (Patent ID: US20230398688A1)

The patent filed by Kobe Steel Ltd. describes a motion trajectory generation method for robots with multiple drive axes when performing work at different positions. The method involves obtaining a motion condition specific to the work position and generating a motion trajectory by searching through possible trajectories based on the motion condition. Priority levels are determined based on the motion condition and work directions, guiding the search for motion trajectories.

Additionally, the method includes an evaluation step to assess the searched motion trajectories based on priority levels. If a trajectory meets or exceeds a set threshold, it is selected, and the search process is terminated. The priority levels can be determined using a pre-specified database, a trained model from machine learning processes, or an evaluation function utilizing the motion condition as a parameter. This method aims to optimize robot motion trajectories efficiently based on specific work conditions and directions, particularly beneficial for applications like welding robots where precise movements are crucial.

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