Patents by Inventor Richard Reuter

Richard Reuter 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: 10969661
    Abstract: An illumination system is provided for an optical system that includes an imaging device for acquiring an image of a target, for decoding of a symbol or other analysis. The illumination system can include a first light source configured to provide illumination of a first wavelength, a second light source configured to provide illumination of a second wavelength that is different from the first wavelength. The light sources can be controlled for operations that include: illuminating the target with the first and second light sources simultaneously for acquisition of the image of the target; and altering an illumination output of at least one of the first light source or the second light source, while maintaining non-zero illumination output for at least one of the first light source or the second light source, to indicate a status of the optical system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2021
    Assignee: COGNEX CORPORATION
    Inventors: Laurens Nunnink, Francisco Javier Azcona Guerrero, Richard Reuter, Andreas Weber, Ben Carey
  • Patent number: 10944891
    Abstract: A vision system camera, and associated methods of operation, having a multi-core processor, high-speed, high-resolution imager, FOVE, auto-focus lens and imager-connected pre-processor to pre-process image data provides the acquisition and processing speed, as well as the image resolution that are highly desirable in a wide range of applications. This arrangement effectively scans objects that require a wide field of view, vary in size and move relatively quickly with respect to the system field of view. This vision system provides a physical package with a wide variety of physical interconnections to support various options and control functions. The package effectively dissipates internally generated heat by arranging components to optimize heat transfer to the ambient environment and includes dissipating structure (e.g. fins) to facilitate such transfer. The system also enables a wide range of multi-core processes to optimize and load-balance both image processing and system operation (i.e.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 9, 2021
    Assignee: Cognex Corporation
    Inventors: Laurens Nunnink, Richard Reuter, Frank Winzen, Mario Joussen, Joerg Kesten, James A. Negro
  • Patent number: 10754122
    Abstract: An electronic device includes an electronic circuit board containing a processing element and a vision sensor. A carrier frame is used to support the electronic circuit board. An optical element is positioned over the sensor and supported by the carrier frame. The electronic circuit board is bent to reduce the length, thickness and/or width of the electronic device, without increasing the others of the length, thickness and/or width of the electronic device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Assignee: COGNEX CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kai Flugge, Laurens Nunnink, Richard Reuter, David R. King
  • Publication number: 20200257867
    Abstract: An image based code reader comprises an image sensor. The image sensor is configured to acquire an image of a code. Additionally, the image based code reader includes a lens configured to project an image scene including the code onto the image sensor, the lens comprising a variable optical power that controls a focus distance of the image based code reader. The image based code reader further includes a processor operatively coupled to the image sensor and the lens. The processor is configured to acquire the image of the code using only pixels located within a region of interest of the sensor, and a size of the region of interest is selected based on the focus distance of the reader.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 23, 2019
    Publication date: August 13, 2020
    Inventors: Pepe Fernandez-Dorado, Saul Sanz Rodriguez, Laurens Nunnink, Richard Reuter
  • Publication number: 20200252525
    Abstract: This invention provides a vision system with an exchangeable illumination assembly that allows for increased versatility in the type and configuration of illumination supplied to the system without altering the underlying optics, sensor, vision processor, or the associated housing. The vision system housing includes a front plate that optionally includes a plurality of mounting bases for accepting different types of lenses, and a connector that allows removable interconnection with the illustrative illumination assembly. The illumination assembly includes a cover that is light transmissive. The cover encloses an illumination component that can include a plurality of lighting elements that surround an aperture through which received light rays from the imaged scene pass through to the lens. The arrangement of lighting elements is highly variable and the user can be supplied with an illumination assembly that best suits its needs without need to change the vision system processor, sensor or housing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 2, 2019
    Publication date: August 6, 2020
    Inventors: Laurens Nunnink, Richard Reuter
  • Publication number: 20200233283
    Abstract: An illumination system is provided for an optical system that includes an imaging device for acquiring an image of a target, for decoding of a symbol or other analysis. The illumination system can include a first light source configured to provide illumination of a first wavelength, a second light source configured to provide illumination of a second wavelength that is different from the first wavelength. The light sources can be controlled for operations that include: illuminating the target with the first and second light sources simultaneously for acquisition of the image of the target; and altering an illumination output of at least one of the first light source or the second light source, while maintaining non-zero illumination output for at least one of the first light source or the second light source, to indicate a status of the optical system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 18, 2019
    Publication date: July 23, 2020
    Inventors: Laurens Nunnink, Francisco Javier Azcona Guerrero, Richard Reuter, Andreas Weber, Ben Carey
  • Patent number: 10701275
    Abstract: This invention provides a single-camera vision system, typically for use in logistics applications, that allows for adjustment of the camera viewing angle to accommodate a wide range of object heights and associated widths moving relative to an imaged scene with constant magnification. The camera assembly employs an image sensor that is more particularly suited to such applications, with an aspect (height-to-width) ratio of approximately 1:4 to 1:8. The camera assembly includes a distance sensor to determine the distance to the top of each object. The camera assembly employs a zoom lens that can change at relatively high speed (e.g. <10 ms) to allow adjustment of the viewing angle from object to object as each one passes under the camera's field of view (FOV). Optics that allow the image to be resolved on the image sensor within the desired range of viewing angles are provided in the camera lens assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: COGNEX CORPORATION
    Inventors: Laurens Nunnink, Esther Oteo Lozano, Richard Reuter, Matthew D. Engle
  • Patent number: 10515246
    Abstract: An image based code reader comprises an image sensor. The image sensor is configured to acquire an image of a code. Additionally, the image based code reader includes a lens configured to project an image scene including the code onto the image sensor, the lens comprising a variable optical power that controls a focus distance of the image based code reader. The image based code reader further includes a processor operatively coupled to the image sensor and the lens. The processor is configured to acquire the image of the code using only pixels located within a region of interest of the sensor, and a size of the region of interest is selected based on the focus distance of the reader.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 24, 2019
    Assignee: COGNEX CORPORATION
    Inventors: Pepe Fernandez-Dorado, Saul Sanz Rodriguez, Laurens Nunnink, Richard Reuter
  • Publication number: 20190379804
    Abstract: This invention provides a vision system camera, and associated methods of operation, having a multi-core processor, high-speed, high-resolution imager, FOVE, auto-focus lens and imager-connected pre-processor to pre-process image data provides the acquisition and processing speed, as well as the image resolution that are highly desirable in a wide range of applications. This arrangement effectively scans objects that require a wide field of view, vary in size and move relatively quickly with respect to the system field of view. This vision system provides a physical package with a wide variety of physical interconnections to support various options and control functions. The package effectively dissipates internally generated heat by arranging components to optimize heat transfer to the ambient environment and includes dissipating structure (e.g. fins) to facilitate such transfer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 10, 2018
    Publication date: December 12, 2019
    Inventors: Laurens Nunnink, Richard Reuter, Frank Winzen, Mario Joussen, Joerg Kesten, James A. Negro
  • Patent number: 10498933
    Abstract: This invention provides a vision system with an exchangeable illumination assembly that allows for increased versatility in the type and configuration of illumination supplied to the system without altering the underlying optics, sensor, vision processor, or the associated housing. The vision system housing includes a front plate that optionally includes a plurality of mounting bases for accepting different types of lenses, and a connector that allows removable interconnection with the illustrative illumination assembly. The illumination assembly includes a cover that is light transmissive. The cover encloses an illumination component that can include a plurality of lighting elements that surround an aperture through which received light rays from the imaged scene pass through to the lens. The arrangement of lighting elements is highly variable and the user can be supplied with an illumination assembly that best suits its needs without need to change the vision system processor, sensor or housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2019
    Assignee: COGNEX CORPORATION
    Inventors: Laurens Nunnink, Richard Reuter
  • Patent number: 10498934
    Abstract: This invention provides a vision system with an exchangeable illumination assembly that allows for increased versatility in the type and configuration of illumination supplied to the system without altering the underlying optics, sensor or vision processor, and their associated housing. The vision system housing includes a front plate that optionally includes a plurality of mounting bases for accepting different types of lenses. An optional connector is provided on the front plate to accept an electrical connection for a liquid lens component. The front plate includes a connector that allows removable interconnection with the illustrative illumination assembly. The illumination assembly includes a cover that is light transmissive on at lest the front face thereof. The cover encloses an illumination component that can include a plurality of lighting elements that surround an aperture through which received light rays from the imaged scene pass through to the lens.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2019
    Assignee: Cognex Corporation
    Inventors: Laurens Nunnink, Richard Reuter
  • Publication number: 20190018993
    Abstract: An image based code reader comprises an image sensor. The image sensor is configured to acquire an image of a code. Additionally, the image based code reader includes a lens configured to project an image scene including the code onto the image sensor, the lens comprising a variable optical power that controls a focus distance of the image based code reader. The image based code reader further includes a processor operatively coupled to the image sensor and the lens. The processor is configured to acquire the image of the code using only pixels located within a region of interest of the sensor, and a size of the region of interest is selected based on the focus distance of the reader.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 10, 2017
    Publication date: January 17, 2019
    Inventors: Pepe Fernandez-Dorado, Saul Sanz Rodriguez, Laurens Nunnink, Richard Reuter
  • Patent number: 10154177
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a vision system camera, and associated methods of operation, having a multi-core processor, high-speed, high-resolution imager, FOVE, auto-focus lens and imager-connected pre-processor to pre-process image data provides the acquisition and processing speed, as well as the image resolution that are highly desirable in a wide range of applications. This arrangement effectively scans objects that require a wide field of view, vary in size and move relatively quickly with respect to the system field of view. This vision system provides a physical package with a wide variety of physical interconnections to support various options and control functions. The package effectively dissipates internally generated heat by arranging components to optimize heat transfer to the ambient environment and includes dissipating structure (e.g. fins) to facilitate such transfer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Assignee: COGNEX CORPORATION
    Inventors: Laurens Nunnink, Richard Reuter, Frank Winzen, Mario Joussen, Joerg Kesten, James A. Negro
  • Patent number: 10116870
    Abstract: This invention provides a single-camera vision system, typically for use in logistics applications, that allows for adjustment of the camera viewing angle to accommodate a wide range of object heights and associated widths moving relative to an imaged scene with constant magnification. The camera assembly employs an image sensor that is more particularly suited to such applications, with an aspect (height-to-width) ratio of approximately 1:4 to 1:8. The camera assembly includes a distance sensor to determine the distance to the top of each object. The camera assembly employs a zoom lens that can change at relatively high speed (e.g. <10 ms) to allow adjustment of the viewing angle from object to object as each one passes under the camera's field of view (FOV). Optics that allow the image to be resolved on the image sensor within the desired range of viewing angles are provided in the camera lens assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Assignee: Cognex Corporation
    Inventors: Laurens Nunnink, Esther Oteo Lozano, Richard Reuter, Matthew D. Engle
  • Publication number: 20180231736
    Abstract: An electronic device includes an electronic circuit board containing a processing element and a vision sensor. A carrier frame is used to support the electronic circuit board. An optical element is positioned over the sensor and supported by the carrier frame. The electronic circuit board is bent to reduce the length, thickness and/or width of the electronic device, without increasing the others of the length, thickness and/or width of the electronic device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 28, 2017
    Publication date: August 16, 2018
    Inventors: Kai Flugge, Laurens Nunnink, Richard Reuter, David R. King
  • Publication number: 20180059758
    Abstract: This invention provides a module for a handheld device. The module includes an imager with optics and image acquisition/processing processors that provide high speed acquisition and handling of acquired image data. The acquired image data is processed by the device processor using a module application that resides within the device. A removable retaining component mounts within the module's base portion. The retaining component varies to accommodate different devices. The base portion includes appropriate ports enabling optical transmission to, for example, cameras and illuminators so that various native functions of the device can be employed as desired. The base portion also houses a battery and charging assembly e.g. an inductive charging unit. The inductive charging unit can be adapted to pass data, in addition to power, between the inductive coils and the charging unit can be interconnected to a data network with attached devices that employ data from the module.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 28, 2017
    Publication date: March 1, 2018
    Inventors: Bryan Boatner, Kai Fluegge, Mario Joussen, Laurens Nunnink, Carl W. Gerst, III, Richard Reuter
  • Patent number: 9746636
    Abstract: An electronic device includes an electronic circuit board containing a processing element and a vision sensor. A carrier frame is used to support the electronic circuit board. An optical element is positioned over the sensor and supported by the carrier frame. The electronic circuit board is bent to reduce the length, thickness and/or width of the electronic device, without increasing the others of the length, thickness and/or width of the electronic device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2017
    Assignee: Cognex Corporation
    Inventors: Kai Fl├╝gge, Laurens Nunnink, Richard Reuter, David R. King
  • Patent number: 9235541
    Abstract: A power/communication kit for use with a reader module where the code reader module includes a reader connector and a reader housing, the power/communication kit comprising a plurality of different power/communication modules wherein each module communicates via a different communication protocol and each includes a power source and a communication component suitable for communicating via an associated communication protocol, wherein, each of the modules is securable to the reader module in a similar fashion such that any one of the power/communication modules can be swapped for any other of the power/communication modules so that the reader can be used with different communication systems.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2016
    Assignee: COGNEX CORPORATION
    Inventors: Horst Theile, Richard Reuter
  • Publication number: 20150060550
    Abstract: A modular focus system for image based code readers includes swappable lens attachments enables fixed focus, manual focus, and variable focus operation from a single reader. A manual focus lens cap includes a manually adjustable focus ring to change the focus of the reader. A variable focus lens module includes a liquid lens that is manipulated by a voltage delivered via a pair of electrodes to adjust the focus of the reader. The lens attachments can be swapped out and replaced as needed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 7, 2014
    Publication date: March 5, 2015
    Applicant: COGNEX CORPORATION
    Inventors: Laurens Nunnink, Richard Reuter
  • Patent number: 8803060
    Abstract: A modular focus system for image based code readers includes swappable lens attachments enables fixed focus, manual focus, and variable focus operation from a single reader. A manual focus lens cap includes a manually adjustable focus ring to change the focus of the reader. A variable focus lens module includes a liquid lens that is manipulated by a voltage delivered via a pair of electrodes to adjust the focus of the reader. The lens attachments can be swapped out and replaced as needed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2014
    Assignee: Cognex Corporation
    Inventors: Laurens Nunnink, Richard Reuter