Patents by Inventor Bruce Patrick Albrecht

Bruce Patrick Albrecht has filed for patents to protect the following inventions. This listing includes patent applications that are pending as well as patents that have already been granted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

  • Publication number: 20190105725
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to a remotely controlled welding machine. A remote control uses the welding circuit to transfer information to a welding power source. The information to be communicated to the power source includes welding power source output command information (amperage/voltage control), welding circuit on/off information (power source output contactor control), and power source mode control (constant voltage/constant current). A transmitter transmits the desired welding operational parameters to a receiver disposed in the power source. The transmitter is constructed to use only a small amount of power which, preferably, is supplied by one or two low voltage replaceable and/or rechargeable batteries. Additionally, an open circuit voltage is not created between the power source and an electrode holder when an arc is not present.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 4, 2018
    Publication date: April 11, 2019
    Inventors: Jon O. Reynolds, Bruce Patrick Albrecht, Eric Young, Michael W. Hogan
  • Patent number: 10239158
    Abstract: Laser hybrid welding systems adapted to identify and/or fix a weld defect occurring during a laser hybrid welding process are provided. Embodiments of the laser hybrid welding system may include one or more devices that provide feedback to a controller regarding one or more weld parameters. One embodiment of the laser hybrid welding system includes sensors that are adapted to measure the weld voltage and/or amperage during the welding process and transmit the acquired data to the controller for processing. Another embodiment of the laser hybrid welding system includes a lead camera and a lag camera that film an area directly in front of the weld location and directly behind the weld location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: Illinois Tool Works Inc.
    Inventor: Bruce Patrick Albrecht
  • Publication number: 20190084072
    Abstract: Welding system and method permit exchange of data with Smart Grid monitors and/or controllers. The welding systems include a welding power supply configured to convert power between the power grid and the welding power supply. A grid interface cooperates with control circuitry to transmit data to and/or from the grid monitors and/or controllers on the grid side. The control circuitry may control operation of the welding power supply based upon data from the grid. The system may include power generation devices (e.g., engine-drive generators) and energy storage devices (e.g., batteries). The control circuitry may control operation of such devices, the exchange of power between them, and the draw of power from the grid or the application of power to the grid based upon the data exchanged with the grid monitors and/or controllers.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 17, 2018
    Publication date: March 21, 2019
    Inventors: Thomas A. Bunker, Bruce Patrick Albrecht
  • Patent number: 10213864
    Abstract: A welding-type system is designed for wireless control and for inventory monitoring of welding consumables. The welding-type system includes a power source to produce a welding-type power, wherein the power source is operable in a plurality of operating modes. The welding-type system also includes a controller configured to set a plurality of operating parameters within the power source, at least one wireless monitoring device coupled to the controller, and at least one welding-type consumable associated with a wireless transmitter. The wireless transmitter is configured to emit low frequency magnetic signals having consumable data encoded therein that is indicative of the at least one welding-type consumable. The wireless monitoring device is arranged to communicate with the wireless transmitter by receiving and transmitting the low frequency magnetic signals, with the low frequency magnetic signals being transmitted at a frequency of approximately 131 kHz.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: ILLINOIS TOOL WORKS INC.
    Inventor: Bruce Patrick Albrecht
  • Publication number: 20190039162
    Abstract: Embodiments of a welding power supply include an engine adapted to drive a generator to produce a first power and a energy storage device adapted to discharge energy to produce a second power. The welding power supply also includes control circuitry adapted to detect a commanded output. The control circuitry is adapted to meet the commanded output by controlling access to power from the energy storage device to produce the second power when the commanded output is below a first predetermined load level. The control circuitry is further adapted to meet the commanded output by controlling access to power from the engine and the energy storage device to produce the first power and the second power when the commanded output is above a second predetermined load level.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 8, 2018
    Publication date: February 7, 2019
    Inventors: Bruce Patrick Albrecht, Allen R. Sykes
  • Publication number: 20190005846
    Abstract: Systems and methods for a weld training system are disclosed. An example weld training system includes: a mobile device configured to be attached to a welding accessory using a mount, the mobile device comprising one or more sensors, wherein the mobile device is configured to: gather, via the one or more sensors of the mobile device, information indicative of dynamic position or orientation of the mobile device during a welding procedure; and display, via a display of the mobile device, a welding environment based on the information.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 13, 2018
    Publication date: January 3, 2019
    Inventors: Anthony Van Bergen Salsich, William Joshua Becker, Bruce Patrick Albrecht
  • Patent number: 10144084
    Abstract: Welding system and method permit exchange of data with Smart Grid monitors and/or controllers. The welding systems include a welding power supply configured to convert power between the power grid and the welding power supply. A grid interface cooperates with control circuitry to transmit data to and/or from the grid monitors and/or controllers on the grid side. The control circuitry may control operation of the welding power supply based upon data from the grid. The system may include power generation devices (e.g., engine-drive generators) and energy storage devices (e.g., batteries). The control circuitry may control operation of such devices, the exchange of power between them, and the draw of power from the grid or the application of power to the grid based upon the data exchanged with the grid monitors and/or controllers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: ILLINOIS TOOL WORKS INC.
    Inventors: Thomas Allen Bunker, Bruce Patrick Albrecht
  • Patent number: 10144085
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to a remotely controlled welding machine. A remote control uses the welding circuit to transfer information to a welding power source. The information to be communicated to the power source includes welding power source output command information (amperage/voltage control), welding circuit on/off information (power source output contactor control), and power source mode control (constant voltage/constant current). A transmitter transmits the desired welding operational parameters to a receiver disposed in the power source. The transmitter is constructed to use only a small amount of power which, preferably, is supplied by one or two low voltage replaceable and/or rechargeable batteries. Additionally, an open circuit voltage is not created between the power source and an electrode holder when an arc is not present.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: Illinois Tool Works Inc.
    Inventors: Jon O. Reynolds, Bruce Patrick Albrecht, Eric Young, Michael W. Hogan
  • Patent number: 10096268
    Abstract: A system and device for welding training. In one example, a welding training system includes a display configured to show welding features related to a training welding operation. The system also includes a training workpiece having a substantially transparent weld joint configured to be placed adjacent to the display during the training welding operation. The system includes a processing device coupled to the display and configured to provide welding data relating to the training welding operation to the display. The system also includes a training torch comprising an optical sensor. The training torch is coupled to the processing device and configured to provide the processing device with data from the optical sensor corresponding to a position of the training torch relative to the training workpiece.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Assignee: Illinois Tool Works Inc.
    Inventor: Bruce Patrick Albrecht
  • Patent number: 10092971
    Abstract: Embodiments of a welding power supply include an engine adapted to drive a generator to produce a first power and a energy storage device adapted to discharge energy to produce a second power. The welding power supply also includes control circuitry adapted to detect a commanded output. The control circuitry is adapted to meet the commanded output by controlling access to power from the energy storage device to produce the second power when the commanded output is below a first predetermined load level. The control circuitry is further adapted to meet the commanded output by controlling access to power from the engine and the energy storage device to produce the first power and the second power when the commanded output is above a second predetermined load level.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Assignee: Iliinois Tool Works Inc.
    Inventors: Bruce Patrick Albrecht, Allen R. Sykes
  • Patent number: 10056010
    Abstract: A weld training system is provided. The weld training system includes a welding torch configured to perform a welding procedure and a mobile device coupled to the welding torch. The mobile device is configured to detect, via one or more sensors, dynamic position or orientation information of the welding torch during the welding procedure to determine one or more operating parameters of the welding procedure. The mobile device is also configured to display a welding environment based at least in part on the one or more operating parameters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2018
    Assignee: Illinois Tool Works Inc.
    Inventors: Anthony Van Bergen Salsich, William Joshua Becker, Bruce Patrick Albrecht
  • Publication number: 20180207743
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to a welding-type power source that includes a power source housing and an engine arranged in the power source housing to supply electrical power. An energy storage device is included that is in rechargeable association with the internal combustion engine and arranged to provide welding-type power for at least a given period.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 26, 2018
    Publication date: July 26, 2018
    Inventor: Bruce Patrick Albrecht
  • Publication number: 20180117702
    Abstract: Methods and devices for control for an automated welding system are provided. Disclosed control methods may include receiving a data set including one or more features of a joint to be welded and receiving a weld procedure for the joint to be welded. The weld procedure for the joint is determined based on a sample virtual weld performed by an operator, a stored procedure developed for a substantially similar weld joint, or a combination thereof. The method may further include determining one or more desired changes to the weld procedure based on the received features of the joint to be welded and generating an updated weld procedure by altering one or more parameters of the received weld procedure in accordance with the one or more desired changes, wherein the one or more parameters are included within a predetermined allowable data set.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 28, 2017
    Publication date: May 3, 2018
    Inventors: Bruce Patrick Albrecht, Todd Gerald Batzler, Michael Leo Weller
  • Patent number: 9925614
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to a welding-type power source that includes a power source housing and an engine arranged in the power source housing to supply electrical power. An energy storage device is included that is in rechargeable association with the internal combustion engine and arranged to provide welding-type power for at least a given period.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2018
    Assignee: Illinois Tool Works Inc.
    Inventor: Bruce Patrick Albrecht
  • Patent number: 9862051
    Abstract: A welding system or an enterprise using welding systems can communicate with cloud-based resources for the provision of services and products to facilitate the welding operations. The communications may be via wired or wireless media, and may be direct, or through other components, such as enterprise networks, peripheral devices, and so forth. The cloud-based resources may provide for storage of data, particularly welding data, processing of data, welding protocols, specifications and processes, financial transactions for the purchase, licensing or use of welding-related products and services, welding training, and so forth.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2018
    Assignee: Illinois Tool Works Inc.
    Inventors: Bruce Patrick Albrecht, Quinn William Schartner, Edward J. Panelli
  • Patent number: 9855622
    Abstract: Methods and devices for control for an automated welding system are provided. Disclosed control methods may include receiving a data set including one or more features of a joint to be welded and receiving a weld procedure for the joint to be welded. The weld procedure for the joint is determined based on a sample virtual weld performed by an operator, a stored procedure developed for a substantially similar weld joint, or a combination thereof. The method may further include determining one or more desired changes to the weld procedure based on the received features of the joint to be welded and generating an updated weld procedure by altering one or more parameters of the received weld procedure in accordance with the one or more desired changes, wherein the one or more parameters are included within a predetermined allowable data set.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Assignee: Illinois Tool Works Inc.
    Inventors: Bruce Patrick Albrecht, Todd Gerald Batzler, Michael Leo Weller
  • Publication number: 20170200395
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for weld training are provided. An example weld training system includes a computing device comprising a display device on a first side and a camera on a second side, the computing device configured to: capture images with the camera; process the captured images to identify a first simulation device as a simulation weld torch and a second simulation device as a simulation workpiece; and display images of a simulated welding operation on the display device of the computing device based on analyzing the captured images to detect indicia of weld performance, the images of the simulated welding operation reflecting the indicia of weld performance.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 6, 2017
    Publication date: July 13, 2017
    Inventors: Bruce Patrick Albrecht, Joseph C. Schneider
  • Publication number: 20170200384
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for weld training are provided. An example weld training system includes a display device, an input device, a processor, and a machine readable storage device comprising machine readable instructions. The instructions may be executed by the processor to: enable the user to design a weld procedure by selecting weld parameters; enabling the user to simulate setting up a simulated physical welding environment; simulating a welding operation on a simulated workpiece using the selected weld parameters in a welding model and a setup of the simulated physical welding environment to determine a modeled result of the welding operation; displaying a simulation animation of the welding operation on the display device according to the simulation; and displaying the modeled result on the display device using at least one of an image of a surface of a weld bead or a cross-section of the weld bead and the workpiece.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 6, 2017
    Publication date: July 13, 2017
    Inventor: Bruce Patrick Albrecht
  • Patent number: 9676050
    Abstract: Embodiments of a welding system including a controller adapted to implement a lockout mechanism are provided. The controller may be adapted to selectively activate a learn mode and a use mode of a component of the welding system. When the learn mode is activated, the controller receives an allowable data set and stores the allowable data set to memory. When the use mode is activated, the controller receives an operational data set, references the allowable data set to check if the operational data set is allowable, logs the operational data set and enables the component of the welding system to operate when the operational data set is allowable, and disables the component of the welding system when the operational data set is not allowable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignee: ILLINOIS TOOL WORKS INC.
    Inventor: Bruce Patrick Albrecht
  • Publication number: 20170157693
    Abstract: An automated welding system includes a welding robot and control circuitry. The welding bug robot includes a welding torch. The welding bug robot is configured to move on a track disposed around a circumference of a first pipe and perform a root pass welding operation at a joint between the first pipe and a second pipe. The control circuitry is configured to control movement of the welding bug robot around the circumference of the first pipe, apply a high energy welding phase via the welding torch to establish a first root condition, and apply a low energy welding phase via the welding torch to establish a second root condition.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 7, 2015
    Publication date: June 8, 2017
    Inventors: Bruce Patrick Albrecht, Steven Edward Barhorst