US 11,053,073 B2
Storage system with partition means and methods
Paul Clarke, Hertfordshire (GB); Lars Sverker Ture Lindbo, Hertfordshire (GB); and Andrew John Ingram-Tedd, Hertfordshire (GB)
Assigned to OCADO INNOVATION LIMITED, Hatfield Herts (GB)
Appl. No. 15/555,814
Filed by Ocado Innovation Limited, Hertfordshire (GB)
PCT Filed Apr. 15, 2016, PCT No. PCT/EP2016/058405
§ 371(c)(1), (2) Date Sep. 5, 2017,
PCT Pub. No. WO2016/166323, PCT Pub. Date Oct. 20, 2016.
Claims priority of application No. 1506365 (GB), filed on Apr. 15, 2015; application No. 1514428 (GB), filed on Aug. 13, 2015; application No. 1518089 (GB), filed on Oct. 13, 2015; application No. 1518091 (GB), filed on Oct. 13, 2015; application No. 1518094 (GB), filed on Oct. 13, 2015; application No. 1518111 (GB), filed on Oct. 13, 2015; application No. 1518115 (GB), filed on Oct. 13, 2015; application No. 1518117 (GB), filed on Oct. 13, 2015; application No. 1602332 (GB), filed on Feb. 9, 2016; and application No. 1603328 (GB), filed on Feb. 25, 2016.
Prior Publication US 2018/0044110 A1, Feb. 15, 2018
Int. Cl. B65G 1/04 (2006.01); B65G 57/03 (2006.01); E04H 6/18 (2006.01); A01G 9/02 (2018.01); A01G 9/16 (2006.01); A01G 9/18 (2006.01); A01G 31/06 (2006.01); A47L 7/00 (2006.01); B62D 33/02 (2006.01); B65D 21/02 (2006.01); B65G 1/06 (2006.01); B65G 1/137 (2006.01); B65G 63/00 (2006.01); B65G 67/02 (2006.01); E04B 1/348 (2006.01); E06B 9/68 (2006.01)
CPC B65G 1/0464 (2013.01) [A01G 9/022 (2013.01); A01G 9/16 (2013.01); A01G 9/18 (2013.01); A01G 31/06 (2013.01); A47L 7/0047 (2013.01); B62D 33/02 (2013.01); B62D 33/0207 (2013.01); B65D 21/0212 (2013.01); B65G 1/0407 (2013.01); B65G 1/0478 (2013.01); B65G 1/065 (2013.01); B65G 1/137 (2013.01); B65G 57/03 (2013.01); B65G 63/004 (2013.01); B65G 67/02 (2013.01); B65G 2207/22 (2013.01); B65G 2207/40 (2013.01); E04B 1/34807 (2013.01); E04H 6/18 (2013.01); E06B 9/68 (2013.01); E06B 2009/6818 (2013.01); Y02A 40/25 (2018.01); Y02P 60/14 (2015.11); Y02P 60/21 (2015.11); Y10S 901/01 (2013.01)] 19 Claims
OG exemplary drawing
 
1. A storage system comprising:
a first set of parallel rails and a second set of parallel rails extending transverse to the first set in a substantially horizontal plane to form a grid having a plurality of grid spaces;
a set of uprights, the uprights and rails together defining a framework;
a plurality of storage containers arranged in stacks, located beneath the rails and within the framework; and
at least one load handling device disposed above and operable on the rails, arranged to move laterally above the stacks on the rails, the at least one load handling device having a lifting device arranged to lift one or more containers, or parts thereof, from a stack;
wherein the system includes deployable partition means, the deployable partition means being positioned adjacent the underside of the grid and arranged to divide the storage system into separately sealable portions while allowing the at least one load handling device access to the plurality of storage containers arranged in the stacks, such that the movement of the at least one load handling device operative on the rails is unimpeded.