Patents by Inventor Roberto Francisco-Yi Lu

Roberto Francisco-Yi Lu 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: 20240109337
    Abstract: A label printing and attaching system includes a label printing device and a label attaching device. The label printing device has an ink tape supply mechanism for supplying an ink tape with a label pattern. A label tape supply mechanism of the label printing device is adapted to supply a label tape that includes a carrier tape and blank label paper adhered to the carrier tape. The label printing device further includes a heat transfer machine adapted to heat transfer the label pattern on the ink tape onto the blank label paper of the label tape to obtain a desired label. The label attaching device has a label picker adapted to pick up the label with the printed label pattern from the label tape, and a moving device adapted to move the label picker to place the picked label with the printed label pattern onto a product.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 28, 2023
    Publication date: April 4, 2024
    Applicants: Tyco Electronics (Dongguan) Ltd., TE Connectivity Solutions GmbH, Tyco Electronics (Shanghai) Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Zongjie (Jason) Tao, Hongzhou (Andy) Shen, Dandan (Emily) Zhang, Roberto Francisco-Yi Lu, Guoqiang Liu, Ziqiang Xiong, Kai Fu, Xueyun Zhu, Yi Li, Xuyan Yu
  • Publication number: 20240110776
    Abstract: A detection device adapted to verify or determine a welding quality includes a housing, a moving assembly, a mounting bracket, and a rotating assembly. The moving assembly is movably installed on the housing and is adapted to be moved up and down in a vertical direction. The mounting bracket is fixed to the housing. The rotating assembly includes a rotating member rotatably connected to the mounting bracket and movably connected to the moving assembly, and a contact probe fixed to the rotating member. The contact probe is adapted to make sliding contact with a second component welded on a first component and to push the moving assembly to move in the vertical direction through the rotating member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 29, 2023
    Publication date: April 4, 2024
    Applicants: Tyco Electronics (Dongguan) Ltd., TE Connectivity Solutions GmbH, Tyco Electronics (Shanghai) Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Lei (Alex) Zhou, Dandan (Emily) Zhang, Roberto Francisco-Yi Lu, Xuyan Yu, Haoquan Yao, Hongzhou (Andy) Shen, Yi Li
  • Patent number: 11945658
    Abstract: A platform for processing a workpiece includes a transmission mechanism, a plurality of workstations and a plurality of movable vehicles. The transmission mechanism transports the workpiece to be processed to one of the plurality of workstations. Each movable vehicle includes a processing module and a docking interface adapted to connect with a docking station of each workstation. The movable vehicles are each adapted to move in and out of each workstation, and each processing module is adapted to process the workpiece transmitted to the workstation after the movable vehicle is moved in and positioned in the workstation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2022
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2024
    Assignees: TE Connectivity Solutions GmbH, Tyco Electronics (Shanghai) Co., Ltd., Tyco Electronics (Qingdao) Ltd.
    Inventors: Jian Cao, Lvhai (Samuel) Hu, Dandan (Emily) Zhang, Fengchun (Fred) Xie, An (Joshua) Yang, Yun (Shanghai) Liu, Wenhe Ma, Peng Ji, Zongjie (Jason) Tao, Roberto Francisco-Yi Lu, Tao Xu
  • Publication number: 20240101370
    Abstract: An object pickup system includes an object pickup device and a calculation device. The object pickup device includes a first bracket, a suction cup installed on the first bracket and adapted to be affixed to a top surface of an object, and a distance sensor installed on the first bracket and adapted to rotate with the first bracket to scan the top surface of the object. The calculation device is operatively connected to the distance sensor. The calculation device is adapted to calculate a distance from the top surface of the object to the distance sensor and a position of an edge of an opening on the top surface of the object based on the distance data collected by the distance sensor during a scanning operation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 26, 2023
    Publication date: March 28, 2024
    Applicants: TE Connectivity Solutions GmbH, Tyco Electronics (Shanghai) Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: An (Joshua) Yang, Lvhai (Samuel) Hu, Roberto Francisco-Yi Lu
  • Patent number: 11935216
    Abstract: A vision inspection system includes a sorting platform having an upper surface supporting parts for inspection. An inspection station is positioned adjacent the sorting platform including an imaging device to image the parts in a field of view. A vision inspection controller receives images from the imaging device. The vision inspection controller includes an image histogram tool to pre-process the images to improve contrast of the images by redistributing lightness values of the images based on adaptive histogram equalization processing to generate enhanced images. The vision inspection controller processes the enhanced images based on an image analysis model to determine inspection results for each of the parts. The vision inspection controller has an artificial intelligence learning module operated to customize and configure the image analysis model based on the enhanced images.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2024
    Assignees: Tyco Electronics (Shanghai) Co., Ltd., TE Connectivity Solutions GmbH
    Inventors: Roberto Francisco-Yi Lu, Sonny O. Osunkwo, Dandan Zhang, Jiankun Zhou, Lei Zhou
  • Patent number: 11933737
    Abstract: A detection device for detecting a workpiece with multiple surfaces includes a rotary table carrying the workpiece and moving the workpiece by rotation and a plurality of photographing devices arranged at a plurality of different positions around the rotary table. Each photographing device has an image capture device capturing an image of a corresponding surface of the workpiece that is moved to the image capture device. An orientation of the image capture device is defined by a first offset angle and a second offset angle when the image capture device captures the image of the corresponding surface of the workpiece.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2022
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2024
    Assignees: Tyco Electronics AMP Guangdong Ltd., TE Connectivity Solutions GmbH, Tyco Electronics (Shanghai) Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Lei (Alex) Zhou, Dandan (Emily) Zhang, Roberto Francisco-Yi Lu, Yanlin Huang, Yangqin Ma, Wei Yang, Guishou Chen, Ming Yang, Yuanyi Zhao
  • Patent number: 11933824
    Abstract: A power monitor comprises a current/voltage transformer, an electric energy meter connected in series with the current/voltage transformer, and at least one current regulating element connected between the current/voltage transformer and the electric energy meter. The current/voltage transformer connects the electric energy meter to a load to monitor the electric energy consumed by the load by the electric energy meter. When a current flowing from the current/voltage transformer to the electric energy meter is greater than or equal to a threshold current, the at least one current regulating element reduces the current to less than a rated maximum current of the electric energy meter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2022
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2024
    Assignees: Tyco Electronics (Shanghai) Co., Ltd., TE Connectivity Solutions GmbH
    Inventors: Zongjie (Jason) Tao, Dandan (Emily) Zhang, Roberto Francisco-Yi Lu
  • Patent number: 11921029
    Abstract: A product index mechanism for a product inspection system includes a material strip driving wheel and an index structure driving wheel. The material strip driving wheel engages with a material strip carrying a plurality of products to be inspected by an inspection device of the product inspection system. The driving wheel drives the material strip to move. The index structure driving wheel rotates synchronously with the material strip driving wheel and includes a plurality of product index structures thereon. As a product on the material strip is moved by the material strip driving wheel to an inspection position of the inspection device, one product index structure on the index structure driving wheel is rotated to a trigger position corresponding to a trigger of the inspection system. Activation of the trigger transmits a trigger signal to the inspection device to inspect the product.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2022
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2024
    Assignees: Tyco Electronics (Shanghai) Co., Ltd., TE Connectivity Solutions GmbH
    Inventors: Lei (Alex) Zhou, Dandan (Emily) Zhang, Roberto Francisco-Yi Lu, Lvhai (Samuel) Hu, Qing (Carrie) Zhou, Rong Zhang
  • 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: 11891201
    Abstract: A cable bundle taping device adapted to wind a tape on a coiled cable bundle includes a support frame, a conveying device mounted on the support frame and adapted to convey the tape to a standby position, a first driving wheel rotatably mounted on the support frame and having a slot extending radially inward from an outer edge of the first driving wheel, and a tape binding mechanism arranged on a side of at least one sidewall of the first driving wheel near a bottom of the slot and opposite to the tape in the standby position. The coiled cable bundle is bonded to an end of the tape at the standby position and pushed to the bottom of the slot. The tape is wound on the coiled cable bundle by rotating the tape binding mechanism under driving of the first driving wheel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2024
    Assignees: Tyco Electronics (Shanghai) Co., Ltd., TE Connectivity Solutions GmbH, Kunshan League Automechanism Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: An Yang, Lvhai Hu, Dandan Zhang, Roberto Francisco-Yi Lu, Jian Cao, Yun Liu, Yuting He, Haidong Wu, Hui Xiao
  • Patent number: 11891248
    Abstract: An article support device has a pair of support platforms arranged symmetrically and opposite to each other. Each of the support platforms includes a support frame, a support plate disposed on a top of the support frame and having a horizontal support top surface, and at least one positioning block installed on the horizontal support top surface. The horizontal support top surfaces of the support plates are located at a same height position. The article is supported on the horizontal support top surfaces and positioned between the positioning blocks on the support plates. An accommodation space is defined between the support plates and the support frames, and an automated guided vehicle moves into the accommodation space. An article carried on the article support device is loadable onto the automatic guided vehicle or the article carried on the automatic guided vehicle is unloadable onto the article support device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2024
    Assignees: Tyco Electronics (Shanghai) Co., Ltd., TE Connectivity Solutions GmbH, Kunshan Sanxin Plastic Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yingcong Deng, Ming Ni, Lei Yang, Dong Xu, Dandan Zhang, Fengchun Xie, Huabin Du, Roberto Francisco-Yi Lu, Yangming Wen, Ge Chen
  • Publication number: 20240017950
    Abstract: A product packaging tape winding device includes a moving bracket, a rotating shaft which is rotatably mounted on the moving bracket, and two groups of reels. The rotating shaft has two shaft parts extending from both sides of the moving bracket. The two groups of reels are installed on respective ones of the two shaft parts of the rotating shaft to rotate with the rotating shaft. The device is adapted such that when one group of reels has been fully wound with the product packaging tape, the moving bracket is moved to move the one group of reels from a working position to a standby position and move the other group of reels from the standby position to the working position, so as to continue winding the product packaging tape with the other group of reels.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 13, 2023
    Publication date: January 18, 2024
    Applicants: Tyco Electronics (Shanghai) Co., Ltd., TE Connectivity Germany GmbH, TE Connectivity Solutions GmbH
    Inventors: Fengchun (Fred) Xie, Lvhai (Samuel) Hu, Anatolij Lindt, Sven Uhl, Steffen Joas, Jian Cao, Roberto Francisco-Yi Lu, Frank Stredak, Dandan (Emily) Zhang, Xianghao (Jorge) Bao, Haidong Wu
  • 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: 20230416035
    Abstract: A reel handling machine includes first and second re-reeling assemblies coupled to a frame. The re-reeling assemblies each include a reel mount supporting a first reel and a re-reel mount supporting a second reel. The re-reeling assemblies operated to unwind a product strip from the first reel and rewind the product strip on the second reel. The reel handling machine includes a reel manipulator positioned proximate to the re-reeling assemblies configured to automatically remove the second reel from the re-reel mount after the product strip is rewound on the second reel and move the second reel to a remote location.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 24, 2022
    Publication date: December 28, 2023
    Inventors: Anthony L. Swann, Craig Roper, Sun Kyu Pak, Edward Niswander Meyers, Swapnilsinh Solanki, Roberto Francisco-Yi Lu
  • Patent number: 11851287
    Abstract: A carrier is configured to hold a product carried on a material strip during horizontal conveying of the material strip. The carrier comprises a first holding member positioned on the upper or lower side of the product on the material strip during the horizontal conveying of the material strip and extending along a conveying direction of the material strip. A first contact surface is formed on the side of the first holding member facing the product, the first contact surface is configured to contact the product during the horizontal conveying of the material strip to limit the up and down bouncing movement of the product.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2022
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2023
    Assignees: Tyco Electronics (Shanghai) Co., Ltd., Kunshan League Automechanism Co., Ltd., TE Connectivity Solutions GmbH
    Inventors: Lei (Alex) Zhou, Dandan (Emily) Zhang, Roberto Francisco-Yi Lu, Lvhai (Samuel) Hu, Qing (Carrie) Zhou, Yuting He, Jianglin Duan
  • Publication number: 20230364697
    Abstract: A soldering iron head includes a bottom surface, a first side surface, a second side surface opposite to the first side surface, and a positioning slot formed on the bottom surface and extending between the first side surface and the second side surface. The positioning slot is adapted to accommodate and position an exposed end conductor of a cable. The cross section of the positioning slot is trapezoidal in shape, absent a lower bottom. An upper bottom facing side of the trapezoidal cross section of the positioning slot gradually increases in width from the first side surface to the second side surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 10, 2023
    Publication date: November 16, 2023
    Applicants: Tyco Electronics (Dongguan) Ltd., TE Connectivity Solutions GmbH, Tyco Electronics (Shanghai) Co., Ltd., Kunshan League Automechanism Co., Ltd
    Inventors: Zongjie (Jason) Tao, Dandan (Emily) Zhang, Roberto Francisco-Yi Lu, Hongzhou (Andy) Shen, Yun Luo, Haidong Wu
  • Publication number: 20230369819
    Abstract: An insertion device for inserting a cable assembly into a housing comprises a cable control module and a housing control module. The cable control module includes a terminal clamping device adapted to clamp to two terminals of the cable assembly, and a core wire clamping device adapted to clamp to two core wires of the cable assembly on which the terminals are crimped. The housing control module includes a housing clamping device adapted to hold the housing while the two terminals are inserted into the housing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 12, 2023
    Publication date: November 16, 2023
    Applicants: Tyco Electronics (Shanghai) Co., Ltd., TE Connectivity Solutions GmbH
    Inventors: An (Joshua) Yang, Lvhai (Samuel) Hu, Roberto Francisco-Yi Lu
  • Patent number: 11761882
    Abstract: A connector visual inspection apparatus comprises a rotatable clamp for clamping a connector to be inspected. A first camera of the apparatus is arranged on one side of the clamp for capturing an end face image of the clamped connector along an axial direction of the connector. A computing device calculates an angular difference between an initial loading orientation and a predetermined orientation of the clamped connector according to the captured end face image. A drive device rotates the clamp around an axis that coincides with a central axis of the clamped connector by the calculated angular difference and into the predetermined orientation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2021
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2023
    Assignees: Tyco Electronics (Shanghai) Co., Ltd., TE Connectivity Morocco SARL, TE Connectiyity Solutions GmbH
    Inventors: An Yang, Lvhai Hu, Zouheir Atif, Roberto Francisco-Yi Lu