JD has been granted a patent for scanning equipment that includes a rotatable rotating component, a scanning device, and a positioning device. The apparatus is designed to efficiently scan goods placed on the rotating component by positioning it at different predetermined positions. GlobalData’s report on JD gives a 360-degree view of the company including its patenting strategy. Buy the report here.

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Scanning equipment for goods on rotating component

Source: United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Credit: JD.com Inc

A recently granted patent (Publication Number: US11928547B2) discloses a scanning apparatus comprising a rotatable rotation component, a scanning device, and a positioning device. The apparatus is designed to position the rotation component at different predetermined positions for scanning items placed on it. The rotation component features positioning marks around its periphery, corresponding to the predetermined positions, with a detection position on the rotation component's surface. The positioning device detects these marks to accurately position the rotation component during scanning. The scanning apparatus includes a photoelectric sensor for detecting light-transmitting through holes as positioning marks, ensuring precise item scanning as the rotation component rotates.

Furthermore, the patent details a scanning method executed by the apparatus, involving receiving positioning signals from the positioning device to stop rotation, generating scanning instructions, and scanning items to acquire identification information. The method includes controlling the scanning device to follow preset scanning paths, recording failed scans for reevaluation, and capturing abnormal information if needed. Additional features like entering shelf life information, acquiring item quantities, and weighing items for comparison are also outlined. The patent further extends to a computer-readable storage medium storing a program implementing the scanning method, emphasizing the precision and efficiency of the scanning process for various items placed on the rotation component.

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