US 10,035,653 B2
Systems and methods for manual handling
Charles E. Eller, Lake Saint Louis, MO (US); and Jonathan W. Joplin, Chesterfield, MO (US)
Assigned to Express Scripts Strategic Development, Inc., St. Louis, MO (US)
Filed by Express Scripts, Inc., St. Louis, MO (US)
Filed on Jul. 5, 2016, as Appl. No. 15/201,845.
Application 15/201,845 is a division of application No. 13/412,370, filed on Mar. 5, 2012, granted, now 9,394,107.
Claims priority of provisional application 61/449,523, filed on Mar. 4, 2011.
Prior Publication US 2016/0311618 A1, Oct. 27, 2016
Int. Cl. B65B 1/30 (2006.01); B65G 1/137 (2006.01); B65B 57/02 (2006.01); B65B 7/28 (2006.01); B65B 43/52 (2006.01); G06F 7/00 (2006.01); B07C 3/00 (2006.01); B07C 5/34 (2006.01); B21B 41/00 (2006.01); B07C 5/36 (2006.01); B07C 5/38 (2006.01); B67B 3/02 (2006.01); B67B 3/06 (2006.01); B67B 3/26 (2006.01); B65B 5/04 (2006.01); G06Q 10/08 (2012.01)
CPC B65G 1/1378 (2013.01) [B07C 3/00 (2013.01); B07C 5/34 (2013.01); B07C 5/3412 (2013.01); B07C 5/36 (2013.01); B07C 5/361 (2013.01); B07C 5/38 (2013.01); B21B 41/00 (2013.01); B65B 5/04 (2013.01); B65B 7/2807 (2013.01); B65B 7/2842 (2013.01); B65B 43/52 (2013.01); B65B 57/02 (2013.01); B65G 1/1373 (2013.01); B67B 3/02 (2013.01); B67B 3/06 (2013.01); B67B 3/26 (2013.01); G06F 7/00 (2013.01); G06Q 10/087 (2013.01)] 20 Claims
OG exemplary drawing
 
1. A method comprising:
scanning, by a scanner, a label of a container for a quantity of a prescription drug to obtain scanned data;
determining, by a processor, whether the container is to be distributed to a manual handling section based on the scanned data;
in response to the container being determined to be distributed to the manual handling section,
distributing, by a robot, the container from a distribution section to the manual handling section for manual handling and distributing companion order components of the prescription drug from a plurality of order components to a holding section when the container is being manually handled;
routing, by the robot, the container that has been manually handled from the manual handling section to the holding section via a delivery conveyor;
combining, by the robot, the container containing the quantity of the prescription drug with the companion order components in the holding section to group a prescription order; and
returning, by the robot, the prescription order to the distribution section via a return conveyor.