US Patent No. 10,035,653


Patent No. 10,035,653
Issue Date July 31, 2018
Title Systems And Methods For Manual Handling
Inventorship Charles E. Eller, Lake Saint Louis, MO (US)
Jonathan W. Joplin, Chesterfield, MO (US)
Assignee Express Scripts Strategic Development, Inc., St. Louis, MO (US)

Claim of US Patent No. 10,035,653

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.