Patents by Inventor Du Wen

Du Wen 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).

  • Patent number: 11912457
    Abstract: A robotic labeling system includes a package locating system and a package identification station identifying a package orientation. The robotic labeling system includes a label application station having first and second label printers and first and second label applicators. The label printers are both capable of printing a shipping label and a customer specific label. The first label applicator applies a first label (either the shipping label or the customer specific label) to a first side of the package while the second label applicator applies a second label (other of the shipping label or the customer specific label) to a second side of the package different than the first side. The printing and application of the labels is based on the orientation of the package.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2022
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2024
    Assignees: Tyco Electronics Shanghai Co. Ltd., TE Connectivity Solutions GmbH
    Inventors: Martin Fevre, Du Wen, Sonny O. Osunkwo, Lei Zhou, Jiankun Zhou, Roberto Francisco-Yi Lu
  • Publication number: 20240042559
    Abstract: A part manipulator includes a robot arm movable in three-dimensional space between a pick station and a place station. The part manipulator includes an end effector coupled to a distal end of the robot arm. The end effector includes a rotation platform rotatable between a first position and a second position. The end effector includes a part gripper coupled to the rotation platform movable between a releasing position and a holding position. The part gripper is configured to hold a part in the holding position. The part gripper is rotated by the rotation platform as the rotation platform is rotated from the first position to the second position to move the part from a picking orientation to a placing orientation. The end effector picks up the part in the picking orientation at the pick station. The end effector releases the part in the placing orientation at the place station.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 9, 2022
    Publication date: February 8, 2024
    Inventors: Sonny O. Osunkwo, Xianghao Bao, Roberto Francisco-Yi Lu, Swapnilsinh Solanki, Du Wen, Lei Zhou, Pablo Plascencia, Kellen Haile, Dongfang Zong
  • Patent number: 11873130
    Abstract: A robotic labeling system includes a package locating system, a package identification system having a scanning device configured to scan an identification tag on the package to identify an orientation of the package in the labeling station, and a label application system including a label printer and a label applicator. The label printer prints at least one label for the package. The label applicator includes a multi-axis robot having an arm movable in three-dimensional space. The label applicator has a portrait end effector coupled to the arm configured to transport the label from the label printer to the package in a portrait orientation. The label applicator has a landscape end effector coupled to the arm configured to transport the label from the label printer to the package in a landscape orientation. The label applicator is operated based on the orientation of the package in the labeling station as determined by the scanning device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2021
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2024
    Inventors: Du Wen, Edward T. Price, III, Hung Nguyen, Roberto Francisco-Yi Lu, Jiankun Zhou
  • Patent number: 11867639
    Abstract: A film inspection system includes a film positioner having a film holder configured to hold a printed film having a printed layer on a substrate of the printed film. The film holder is configured to fix a perimeter of the printed film. The film positioner includes a film stretcher positioned relative to the film holder to interface with the printed film. The film stretcher is movable relative to the film holder to stretch the printed film at a stretch area while the perimeter of the printed film is fixed by the film holder. The film inspection system includes a vision system having an imaging device configured to image the printed film at a scan area within the stretch area. The film holder and the imaging device are movable relative to each other to move the scan area along the printed layer to image the printed layer of the printed film.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2021
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2024
    Inventors: Du Wen, Anthony L Swann, Roberto Francisco-Yi Lu
  • Publication number: 20230303354
    Abstract: A mobile reel transport device includes an automated guided vehicle (AGV) having a mobile cart with wheels for maneuvering through a facility. The AGV includes a reel manipulator mounted to the mobile cart. The reel manipulator has a movable component movable relative to the mobile cart and an end effector at a distal end of the movable component. The end effector is configured to pick up and manipulate a reel. The AGV includes a reel positioning device at the distal end of the movable component. The reel positioning device includes an imaging device for imaging the reel and environment and generating an image. The reel manipulator is operable to move the end effector based on the image.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 20, 2022
    Publication date: September 28, 2023
    Inventors: Yiyun Fei, Swapnilsinh Solanki, Du Wen, Sonny O. Osunkwo, An Yang
  • Publication number: 20230215032
    Abstract: A bubble measurement system includes a bubble detector including a vessel having a flow path configured to receive a flow of fluid including air bubbles from a bubble generator and an imaging system. The imaging system includes an imaging device for imaging the fluid and air bubbles in the flow path of the vessel of the bubble detector. The imaging system has an imaging controller coupled to the imaging device and receiving images from the imaging device. The imaging controller processes the images to measure bubble size of each air bubble passing through the bubble detector. The imaging controller includes a pairing module comparing successive images and the air bubbles in successive images to measure all bubbles flowing through the vessel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 4, 2022
    Publication date: July 6, 2023
    Inventors: Shu Wang, Du Wen, Roberto Francisco-Yi Lu, Jiankun Zhou
  • Publication number: 20230192343
    Abstract: A robotic labeling system includes a package locating system, a package identification system having a scanning device configured to scan an identification tag on the package to identify an orientation of the package in the labeling station, and a label application system including a label printer and a label applicator. The label printer prints at least one label for the package. The label applicator includes a multi-axis robot having an arm movable in three-dimensional space. The label applicator has a portrait end effector coupled to the arm configured to transport the label from the label printer to the package in a portrait orientation. The label applicator has a landscape end effector coupled to the arm configured to transport the label from the label printer to the package in a landscape orientation. The label applicator is operated based on the orientation of the package in the labeling station as determined by the scanning device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 21, 2021
    Publication date: June 22, 2023
    Inventors: Du Wen, Edward T. Price, III, Hung Nguyen, Roberto Francisco-Yi Lu, Jiankun Zhou
  • Publication number: 20230077585
    Abstract: A film inspection system includes a film positioner having a film holder configured to hold a printed film having a printed layer on a substrate of the printed film. The film holder is configured to fix a perimeter of the printed film. The film positioner includes a film stretcher positioned relative to the film holder to interface with the printed film. The film stretcher is movable relative to the film holder to stretch the printed film at a stretch area while the perimeter of the printed film is fixed by the film holder. The film inspection system includes a vision system having an imaging device configured to image the printed film at a scan area within the stretch area. The film holder and the imaging device are movable relative to each other to move the scan area along the printed layer to image the printed layer of the printed film.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 15, 2021
    Publication date: March 16, 2023
    Inventors: Du Wen, Anthony L Swann, Roberto Francisco-Yi Lu
  • Publication number: 20230077112
    Abstract: A bubble measurement system includes a bubble detector including a vessel having a flow path configured to receive a flow of fluid includes air bubbles from a bubble generator. The bubble measurement system includes an imaging system having an imaging device for imaging the fluid and air bubbles in the flow path of the vessel of the bubble detector. The imaging system has an imaging controller coupled to the imaging device and receiving images from the imaging device. The imaging controller processes the images to measure bubble size of each air bubble passing through the bubble detector.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 22, 2021
    Publication date: March 9, 2023
    Inventors: Du Wen, Roberto Francisco-Yi Lu, Shu Wang, Lei Zhou, Michael Ritchie, Michael Pedrick, Philip Amante, Sonny O. Osunkwo
  • Patent number: 11557027
    Abstract: A vision inspection system includes a sorting platform having an upper surface supporting parts for inspection, wherein the parts are configured to be loaded onto the upper surface of the sorting platform in a random orientation. The vision inspection system includes an inspection station including an imaging device. The vision inspection system includes a vision inspection controller receiving images and processing the images based on an image analysis model to determine inspection results for each of the parts. The vision inspection controller has a shape recognition tool configured to recognize the parts in the field of view regardless of the orientation of the parts on the sorting platform. The vision inspection controller has an AI learning module operated to customize and configure the image analysis model based on the images received from the imaging device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2023
    Inventors: Du Wen, Lei Zhou, Tim Darr, Roberto Francisco-Yi Lu
  • Patent number: 11518567
    Abstract: A robotic labeling system includes a package locating system for locating a package at a labeling station and a package identification system having a scanning device configured to scan an identification tag on the package to identify the package. The package identification system has a package measurement module configured to determine at least one dimension of the package and a package orientation module configured to determine an orientation of the package in the labeling station. The robotic labeling system includes a label application system including a label printer printing a label for the package based on an identity of the package determined by the scanning device and a label applicator operated to apply the label based on a measurement input from the package measurement module and based on an orientation input from the package orientation module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2022
    Inventors: Swapnilsinh Solanki, Du Wen, Hung Nguyen, Roberto Francisco-Yi Lu, Tim Darr, Xinping Deng, Kevin Eshleman
  • Publication number: 20220371763
    Abstract: A robotic labeling system includes a package locating system and a package identification station identifying a package orientation. The robotic labeling system includes a label application station having first and second label printers and first and second label applicators. The label printers are both capable of printing a shipping label and a customer specific label. The first label applicator applies a first label (either the shipping label or the customer specific label) to a first side of the package while the second label applicator applies a second label (other of the shipping label or the customer specific label) to a second side of the package different than the first side. The printing and application of the labels is based on the orientation of the package.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 27, 2022
    Publication date: November 24, 2022
    Inventors: Martin Fevre, Du Wen, Sonny O. Osunkwo, Lei Zhou, Jiankun Zhou, Roberto Francisco-Yi Lu
  • Patent number: 11383874
    Abstract: A robotic labeling system for labeling packages on a pallet includes a depalletizing station having a pallet holding a plurality of unlabeled packages and a palletizing station having a pallet configured to receive a plurality of labeled packaged. The robotic labeling system includes a labeling station configured to successively receive the packages for labeling. The labeling station has a labeling device preparing labels for the packages and a label applicator moving the labels from the labeling device to the corresponding packages. The labeling station includes a label verification scanning device scanning the applied labels for label verification. The robotic labeling system includes a palletizing robot moving the unlabeled packages from the depalletizing station to the labeling station for label application and moving the labeled packages from the labeling station to the palletizing station after label verification.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2022
    Inventors: Du Wen, Jiankun Zhou, Swapnilsinh Solanki, Xinping Deng, Roberto Francisco-Yi Lu
  • Patent number: 11370575
    Abstract: A robotic labeling system for packages includes a package database management system including a package database storing package data and a package labeling controller communicatively coupled to the package database management system. The robotic labeling system includes a package locating system receiving locating inputs from the package labeling controller for locating the packages at a labeling station and a package identification system having a scanning device scanning an identification tag on the package to determine the package identification and orientation. The robotic labeling system includes a label application system having a labeling device and label applicator that prepares and applies a shipping label and a customer specific label to the package based on the content data stored in the package database. The robotic labeling system may verify the applied labels based on the scanned data on the package and either discharging or rejecting the package based on the scanned data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2022
    Inventors: Du Wen, Kevin Eshleman, Swapnilsinh Solanki, Jiankun Zhou, Roberto Francisco-Yi Lu
  • Patent number: 11295436
    Abstract: A vision inspection system includes a rotary sorting platform rotated about an axis to rotate parts. The vision inspection system includes an inspection station positioned adjacent the rotary sorting platform including imaging devices to image different sides of the parts. The vision inspection system includes a vision inspection controller receiving images from the imaging devices and processing the images from the imaging devices based on an image analysis model. The vision inspection controller processes the images to determine inspection results for each of the parts. The vision inspection controller has an artificial intelligence learning module operated to update the image analysis model based on the images received from the imaging devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2022
    Inventors: Du Wen, Dale F. Pells, Tim Darr, Sun Kyu Pak, Anthony L. Swann, Kevin Eshleman
  • Publication number: 20220097892
    Abstract: A robotic labeling system for packages includes a package database management system including a package database storing package data and a package labeling controller communicatively coupled to the package database management system. The robotic labeling system includes a package locating system receiving locating inputs from the package labeling controller for locating the packages at a labeling station and a package identification system having a scanning device scanning an identification tag on the package to determine the package identification and orientation. The robotic labeling system includes a label application system having a labeling device and label applicator that prepares and applies a shipping label and a customer specific label to the package based on the content data stored in the package database. The robotic labeling system may verify the applied labels based on the scanned data on the package and either discharging or rejecting the package based on the scanned data.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 30, 2020
    Publication date: March 31, 2022
    Inventors: Du Wen, Kevin Eshleman, Swapnilsinh Solanki, Jiankun Zhou, Roberto Francisco-Yi Lu
  • Publication number: 20220097889
    Abstract: A robotic labeling system for labeling packages on a pallet includes a depalletizing station having a pallet holding a plurality of unlabeled packages and a palletizing station having a pallet configured to receive a plurality of labeled packaged. The robotic labeling system includes a labeling station configured to successively receive the packages for labeling. The labeling station has a labeling device preparing labels for the packages and a label applicator moving the labels from the labeling device to the corresponding packages. The labeling station includes a label verification scanning device scanning the applied labels for label verification. The robotic labeling system includes a palletizing robot moving the unlabeled packages from the depalletizing station to the labeling station for label application and moving the labeled packages from the labeling station to the palletizing station after label verification.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 30, 2020
    Publication date: March 31, 2022
    Inventors: Du Wen, Jiankun Zhou, Swapnilsinh Solanki, Xinping Deng, Roberto Francisco-Yi Lu
  • Patent number: 11267604
    Abstract: A robotic labeling system includes a package locating system and a package identification system identifying a package orientation. The robotic labeling system includes a label application system having first and second label printers and first and second label applicators. The label printers are both capable of printing a shipping label and a customer specific label. The first label applicator applies a first label (either the shipping label or the customer specific label) to a first side of the package while the second label applicator applies a second label (other of the shipping label or the customer specific label) to a second side of the package different than the first side. The printing and application of the labels is based on the orientation of the package.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2022
    Inventors: Swapnilsinh Solanki, Du Wen, Jiankun Zhou, Roberto Francisco-Yi Lu
  • Publication number: 20220024628
    Abstract: A robotic labeling system includes a package locating system for locating a package at a labeling station and a package identification system having a scanning device configured to scan an identification tag on the package to identify the package. The package identification system has a package measurement module configured to determine at least one dimension of the package and a package orientation module configured to determine an orientation of the package in the labeling station. The robotic labeling system includes a label application system including a label printer printing a label for the package based on an identity of the package determined by the scanning device and a label applicator operated to apply the label based on a measurement input from the package measurement module and based on an orientation input from the package orientation module.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 24, 2020
    Publication date: January 27, 2022
    Inventors: Swapnilsinh Solanki, Du Wen, Hung Nguyen, Roberto Francisco-Yi Lu, Tim Darr, Xinping Deng, Kevin Eshleman
  • Publication number: 20220024629
    Abstract: A robotic labeling system includes a package locating system and a package identification system identifying a package orientation. The robotic labeling system includes a label application system having first and second label printers and first and second label applicators. The label printers are both capable of printing a shipping label and a customer specific label. The first label applicator applies a first label (either the shipping label or the customer specific label) to a first side of the package while the second label applicator applies a second label (other of the shipping label or the customer specific label) to a second side of the package different than the first side. The printing and application of the labels is based on the orientation of the package.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 21, 2020
    Publication date: January 27, 2022
    Inventors: Swapnilsinh Solanki, Du Wen, Jiankun Zhou, Roberto Francisco-Yi Lu