Patents Assigned to ATS Automation Tooling Systems Inc.
  • Patent number: 10974914
    Abstract: A linear motor conveyor system including: a track comprising a shaped guide rail; a plurality of moving elements, each moving element having: a body; at least two bearings supported by the body and configured to match with the shaped guide rail, wherein the bearings are mounted to the moving element such that the moving elements overlap along the direction of the track providing a reduced tooling pitch between the moving elements. A moving element for moving on a track of a conveyor system, the moving element including: a first set of bearings shaped to match with a first shaped guide rail; a second set of bearings configured to abut against a second guide rail; and a body supporting the first and the second bearing, wherein the body is shaped to allow the first bearing to at least partially overlap the body of an adjacent moving element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2021
    Assignee: ATS Automation Tooling Systems Inc.
    Inventors: Albert Kleinikkink, Roger Hogan, Ian Cameron
  • Patent number: 10916998
    Abstract: A method for manufacturing a curvilinear track section including: forming a curvilinear track portion; cutting out a first slot grouping from an exterior edge of the curvilinear track portion, wherein the first slot grouping is at a first predetermined angle; cutting out a second slot grouping from the exterior edge of the curvilinear track portion, wherein the second slot grouping is at a second predetermined angle; and inserting motor units into the first and second slot groupings. A curvilinear track section having: a curvilinear track portion; a first slot grouping formed in an exterior edge of the curvilinear track portion, wherein the first slot grouping is at a predetermined angle relative to the exterior edge; a second slot grouping formed in the exterior edge of the curvilinear track portion, wherein the second slot grouping is at a second predetermined angle; and motor units inserted into the first and second slot groupings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2021
    Assignee: ATS AUTOMATION TOOLING SYSTEMS INC.
    Inventors: Albert Kleinikkink, John Ditner, Don Mowat, Ryan Scott, Graham Knap, Ryan Chubb
  • Patent number: 10670079
    Abstract: A linear motor conveyor system and method for lubrication including: a linear motor track comprising a first guide rail and a second guide rail, wherein the first guide rail has a shaped profile and the second guide rail has a flat profile; at least one moving element provided to the linear motor track comprising a first bearing having a shaped profile with a first bearing surface of polymer configured to engage the first guide rail and a second bearing having a flat profile with a second bearing surface configured to engage the second guide rail; and a lubrication system provided to one of the track and the at least one moving element and configured to provide a lubricant between the first guide rail and the first bearing surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: ATS AUTOMATION TOOLING SYSTEMS INC.
    Inventors: Albert John Kleinikkink, Ryan Scott, Don Mowat
  • Patent number: 10589973
    Abstract: An automated device for producing a closed part, commencing with an open part having a cap joined with a hinge to a body, the device comprising: a tool having a guide surface defined in an operating plane substantially orthogonal to a hinge axis; a part gripper disposed on a computer numerically controlled shuttle, the part gripper operable to: select an open part from a stream of identical open parts; engage one of: the cap; and the body, on a start point on the guide surface; slide the open part, within the operating plane from the start point to a finish point on the guide surface, to rotate the cap about the hinge axis from an open position to a closed position relative to the body; and release the closed part from the part gripper at a release station.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2020
    Assignee: ATS Automation Tooling Systems Inc.
    Inventors: Kenneth Wayne Nicholson, Philip David Munroe, Martin George Smith, Robert David Almas
  • Patent number: 10300793
    Abstract: A system and method for providing power to a plurality of moving elements in a transport system that include: tracking a position of each of the plurality of moving elements in the transport system; and selectively operating a power system provided to the transport system based on the position of each of the plurality of the moving element such that power is independently transferred to each of the plurality of moving elements. In another embodiment, the system and method include: adapting the plurality of moving elements to receive power from a drive component used to drive the plurality of moving elements along the transport system; and controlling the drive component to provide power to the plurality of moving elements, and, in particular, while the moving elements are moving.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: ATS AUTOMATION TOOLING SYSTEMS INC.
    Inventors: Darragh Staunton, Albert Kleinikkink, John Ditner, Scott Lindsay, Javan Taylor
  • Patent number: 10273096
    Abstract: A conveyor system including: a track comprising a first magnetic element; and a moving element comprising a second magnetic element for interacting with the track to provide a magnetic force that retains the moving element on the track; wherein absent the magnetic force, the moving element is released from the track. In another aspect, a conveyor system includes: a track having at least one guide rail; and a moving element; wherein a magnetic force controls movement of the moving element in a direction of travel and the magnetic force supports the moving element in a second direction perpendicular to the direction of travel; and wherein the at least one guide rail supports the moving element in a third direction perpendicular to both the direction of travel and the second direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: ATS AUTOMATION TOOLING SYSTEMS INC.
    Inventors: Albert John Kleinikkink, Donald James Mowat, Ryan Lloyd Willis Arthur Scott
  • Patent number: 9957116
    Abstract: A system for providing vacuum to a moving element of a transport system, the system includes: a vacuum chamber on the moving element for storing vacuum; a vacuum source; a vacuum inlet provided on the vacuum chamber and for connection to the vacuum source; and a vacuum outlet in communication with the vacuum chamber and positioned on the moving element. The vacuum source may be provided on and travel with the moving element or on the transport system and periodically engage with the vacuum chamber. Where the vacuum source is provided on the moving element, a vacuum chamber may not be required. Further, the vacuum source may be driven by electrical energy and/or mechanical energy in various configurations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Assignee: ATS Automation Tooling Systems Inc.
    Inventors: Darragh Staunton, Albert Kleinikkink
  • Patent number: 9923444
    Abstract: A method for manufacturing a curvilinear track section including: forming a curvilinear track portion; cutting out a first slot grouping from an exterior edge of the curvilinear track portion, wherein the first slot grouping is at a first predetermined angle; cutting out a second slot grouping from the exterior edge of the curvilinear track portion, wherein the second slot grouping is at a second predetermined angle; and inserting motor units into the first and second slot groupings. A curvilinear track section having: a curvilinear track portion; a first slot grouping formed in an exterior edge of the curvilinear track portion, wherein the first slot grouping is at a predetermined angle relative to the exterior edge; a second slot grouping formed in the exterior edge of the curvilinear track portion, wherein the second slot grouping is at a second predetermined angle; and motor units inserted into the first and second slot groupings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2018
    Assignee: ATS Automation Tooling Systems Inc.
    Inventors: Albert Kleinikkink, John Ditner, Don Mowat, Ryan Scott, Graham Knap, Ryan Chubb
  • Patent number: 9920991
    Abstract: Various embodiments of methods and devices for drying coated stents in an oven are described herein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2018
    Assignees: ABBOTT CARDIOVASCULAR SYSTEMS INC., ATS AUTOMATION TOOLING SYSTEMS INC.
    Inventors: Sidney Watterodt, Sang joon Park, David Rego, Anthony S. Andreacchi, Yung-Ming Chen, Arnoldo M. Currlin, Antonio Garcia, Jason Van Sciver, Bryan D. Glenn, Matthew J. Gillick, John E. Papp
  • Patent number: 9911632
    Abstract: According to an aspect herein, there is provided a method of decorating multiple parts, the method includes: loading a plurality of parts onto a pallet; registering location of each of the plurality of parts in relation to the pallet; registering location of each of the plurality of parts with each of a plurality of templates; decorating the plurality of parts using the plurality of templates; and inspecting the decorated parts to monitor for defects. According to another aspect herein, there is provided a method of decorating a part, the method includes: positioning a part for decoration; starting a decoration process for the part; and adjusting one or more parameters of the decoration process during the decoration process based on predetermined characteristics of the part or the decoration to provide for enhanced print coverage or quality.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Assignee: ATS Automation Tooling Systems Inc.
    Inventor: Joel Anthony Patrick Dunlop
  • Patent number: 9828191
    Abstract: There is provided a conveyor system including: a track comprising a first magnetic element; and a moving element comprising a second magnetic element for interacting with the track to provide a magnetic force that retains the moving element on the track; wherein absent the magnetic force, the moving element is released from the track. In another aspect, there is provided a conveyor system that includes: a track having at least one guide rail; and a moving element; wherein a magnetic force controls movement of the moving element in a direction of travel and the magnetic force supports the moving element in a second direction perpendicular to the direction of travel; and wherein the at least one guide rail supports the moving element in a third direction perpendicular to both the direction of travel and the second direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Assignee: ATS AUTOMATION TOOLING SYSTEMS INC.
    Inventors: Albert John Kleinikkink, Donald James Mowat, Ryan Lloyd Willis Arthur Scott
  • Patent number: 9630203
    Abstract: Various embodiments of methods and devices for coating stents are described herein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2017
    Assignees: Abbott Cardiovasular Systems Inc., ATS Automation Tooling Systems Inc.
    Inventors: David Rego, Kurt Kilchenmann, Sang joon Park, Mark Haight, Anthony S. Andreacchi, Yung-Ming Chen, Arnoldo M. Currlin, Antonio Garcia, Jason Van Sciver, Thomas David Esbeck, Bryan D. Glenn, Patrick A. Tuohy, Richard Baillargeon, Edward P. Garcia, Steven E. Lehner, Ian Coulson
  • Patent number: 9600851
    Abstract: A system for tracking position and identification of a moving element on a conveyor system having a track, the system including: a machine readable medium provided to one of the moving element or the track, wherein the machine readable medium is configured with at least two channels with a predetermined phase difference therebetween; a sensor provided to the other of the moving element or the track, wherein the sensor is configured to read the at least two channels; and a controller configured to receive data from the sensor and determine a position and/or identification of the moving element on the track based on the phase difference.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: ATS AUTOMATION TOOLING SYSTEMS INC.
    Inventors: Albert John Kleinikkink, John Leo Ditner, Graham Richard Knap
  • Patent number: 9568436
    Abstract: There is provided a system for inspecting an edge area of a transparent media, the transparent media having a decoration on a surface, the system includes: an illuminator to direct light to the transparent media for inspection, wherein the illuminator directs light to the transparent media at an oblique angle relative to a surface of the transparent media which is opposite the surface with the decoration; an optical element to capture light transmitted through the transparent media; and a sensor to obtain an image from the light captured by the optical element. There is also provided a method for inspecting an edge area of a transparent media, where the transparent media has a decoration on a surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2017
    Assignee: ATS AUTOMATION TOOLING SYSTEMS INC.
    Inventor: Gerald Wootton
  • Publication number: 20170038144
    Abstract: Various embodiments of methods and devices for drying coated stents in an oven are described herein.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 18, 2016
    Publication date: February 9, 2017
    Applicants: ABBOTT CARDIOVASCULAR SYSTEMS INC., ATS AUTOMATION TOOLING SYSTEMS INC.
    Inventors: Sidney Watterodt, Sang joon Park, David Rego, Anthony S. Andreacchi, Yung-Ming Chen, Arnoldo M. Currlin, Antonio Garcia, Jason Van Sciver, Bryan D. Glenn, Matthew J. Gillick, John E. Papp
  • Patent number: 9551570
    Abstract: A method of optical sensing comprising generating optical data associated with an object of interest, generating non-optical data associated with the object of interest, and analyzing the optical and non-optical data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2017
    Assignee: ATS AUTOMATION TOOLING SYSTEMS INC.
    Inventors: Jason Stavnitzky, Ian Cameron
  • Patent number: 9527158
    Abstract: A method and system for preparing polysilicon slim rods, the method and system including: placing a piece of polysilicon on a fixture; applying a predetermined laser beam or abrasive jet to the piece of polysilicon; and separating a polysilicon slim rod from the piece of polysilicon. The laser beam may be used for either cutting or for cracking depending on the operating parameters chosen. There may also be various combinations of cutting and cracking used in order to separate the slim rod from the piece of polysilicon. For example, the laser cut may be a scribing and/or partial cut and the separation may be completed by cracking the remaining silicon. In this case, the cracking may be accomplished by, for example, mechanical bending or laser cracking. Generally speaking, a laser beam used for cracking may be different from and have differing operating parameters from a laser beam used for cutting.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2016
    Assignee: ATS AUTOMATION TOOLING SYSTEMS INC.
    Inventor: Gerald Wootton
  • Patent number: 9505560
    Abstract: A system for controlling moving elements including: a zone controller; a first network and a second network; at least one first motor gateway associated with a portion of the conveyor and assigned to the first network; and at least one second motor gateway associated with a different portion of the conveyor and assigned to the second network; wherein the zone controller and the motor gateways are configured to: communicate data to control the moving elements via the first and second networks in a structured manner to compensate for network or processing timing. A method for controlling moving elements including: communicating data related to control of the moving element conveyor, in a structured manner to compensate for network or processing timing, between a zone controller and first and second motor gateways.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2016
    Assignee: ATS AUTOMATION TOOLING SYSTEMS INC.
    Inventors: Albert Kleinikkink, John Ditner, Graham Knap, Allan Dubeau
  • Patent number: D878001
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2020
    Assignee: ATS AUTOMATION TOOLING SYSTEMS INC.
    Inventors: Albert Kleinikkink, Louis Ian Cameron, Roger Hogan
  • Patent number: D895922
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Assignee: ATS AUTOMATION TOOLING SYSTEMS INC.
    Inventors: Albert Kleinikkink, Ian Cameron, Roger Hogan