Patents by Inventor Ted Staton Cook

Ted Staton Cook 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: 10914570
    Abstract: An inductive position detector (IPD) for stylus position measurement in a scanning probe comprises a coil board configuration located along a central axis in the probe with a motion volume extending on opposite sides of the coil board configuration. The coil board configuration includes N top rotary sensing coils (RSCs) and a top axial sensing coil configuration (ASCC), and N bottom RSCs and a bottom ASCC. A pair of stylus-coupled conductive disruptors move along Z (axial) and X-Y (rotary) directions in the motion volume. A generating coil (GC) of the coil board configuration generates a changing magnetic flux (e.g., encompassing all or at least part of the disruptors), and coil signals indicate the disruptors and/or stylus positions. Areas of the conductive disruptors may be larger than an area of the generating coil in some implementations, and the conductive disruptors may each comprise a plurality of concentric conductive loops, spirals, etc.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2021
    Assignee: MITUTOYO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Christopher Richard Hamner, Ted Staton Cook, Scott Allen Harsila, Kazuhiko Hidaka
  • Patent number: 10866080
    Abstract: An inductive position detector (IPD) for stylus position measurement in a scanning probe comprises two substrates located along a central axis in the probe with a motion volume therebetween, each including N rotary sensing coils (RSCs) and respective axial sensing coil configurations (ASCC). A stylus-coupled conductive disruptor moves along Z (axial) and X-Y (rotary) directions in the motion volume. A generating coil (GC) generates a changing magnetic flux encompassing the disruptor and coils, and coil signals indicate the disruptor and/or stylus position. Axial projection of the disruptor defines axial sensing overlap area (ASOA) with the ASCC, and rotary sensing overlap areas (RSOAs) with respective RSCs. The IPD is configured such that the ASOA is independent of disruptor position, and N complementary pairs (CPs) of RSCs are provided, wherein the magnitude of the change in the RSOA in the two coils of a CP is the same for any disruptor displacement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2020
    Assignee: Mitutoyo Corporation
    Inventors: Ted Staton Cook, Scott Allen Harsila
  • Publication number: 20200300670
    Abstract: A pitch compensated inductive position encoder includes a scale comprising first and second tracks including periodic patterns having a wavelength W, a detector, and signal processing. The second track pattern may be shifted along the measuring direction by a pattern offset STO relative to the first track pattern. In the detector, first-track and second-track field generating coil portions generate fields in first and second interior areas aligned with the first and second pattern tracks, respectively. First and second sensing coil configurations that are aligned with the first and second tracks, respectively, are offset relative to one another by STO+/?0.5*W along the measuring direction. In various embodiments, the first and second sensing coil configurations may have the same sequence of individual coil polarities if the generated field polarities are different, and may have inverted or opposite sequences if the generated field polarities are the same.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 10, 2020
    Publication date: September 24, 2020
    Inventor: Ted Staton Cook
  • Patent number: 10775199
    Abstract: A pitch compensated inductive position encoder includes a scale comprising first and second tracks including periodic patterns having a wavelength W, a detector, and signal processing. The second track pattern may be shifted along the measuring direction by a pattern offset STO relative to the first track pattern. In the detector, first-track and second-track field generating coil portions generate fields in first and second interior areas aligned with the first and second pattern tracks, respectively. First and second sensing coil configurations that are aligned with the first and second tracks, respectively, are offset relative to one another by STO+/?0.5*W along the measuring direction. In various embodiments, the first and second sensing coil configurations may have the same sequence of individual coil polarities if the generated field polarities are different, and may have inverted or opposite sequences if the generated field polarities are the same.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignee: Mitutoyo Corporation
    Inventor: Ted Staton Cook
  • Patent number: 10724877
    Abstract: An absolute position encoder comprises a scale and a detector overlaying the scale. The scale includes a periodic pattern of wavelength Wf and a code pattern having bit length Wcode. The detector includes a set of periodic pattern sensors and M sets of code pattern sensors. M is at least two. The configuration principles include: a) Wcode is larger than Wf and at most M*Wf, and b) the sets of code pattern sensors are located along the measuring axis at respective alignment positions configured such that as the code pattern moves in a single direction it moves by successive alignment intervals that are each at most Wf to align with successive alignment positions. Signal processing is provided to determine the absolute position based on the M respective sets of code detector signals and on spatially periodic signals arising in the periodic pattern sensing elements due to the periodic pattern.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: Mitutoyo Corporation
    Inventors: James Allen Hitchman, Ted Staton Cook
  • Publication number: 20200141714
    Abstract: An inductive position detector (IPD) for stylus position measurement in a scanning probe comprises two substrates located along a central axis in the probe with a motion volume therebetween, each including N rotary sensing coils (RSCs) and respective axial sensing coil configurations (ASCC). A stylus-coupled conductive disruptor moves along Z (axial) and X-Y (rotary) directions in the motion volume. A generating coil (GC) generates a changing magnetic flux encompassing the disruptor and coils, and coil signals indicate the disruptor and/or stylus position. Axial projection of the disruptor defines axial sensing overlap area (ASOA) with the ASCC, and rotary sensing overlap areas (RSOAs) with respective RSCs. The IPD is configured such that the ASOA is independent of disruptor position, and N complementary pairs (CPs) of RSCs are provided, wherein the magnitude of the change in the RSOA in the two coils of a CP is the same for any disruptor displacement.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 1, 2018
    Publication date: May 7, 2020
    Inventors: Ted Staton Cook, Scott Allen Harsila
  • Publication number: 20200141717
    Abstract: An inductive position detector (IPD) for stylus position measurement in a scanning probe comprises a coil board configuration located along a central axis in the probe with a motion volume extending on opposite sides of the coil board configuration. The coil board configuration includes N top rotary sensing coils (RSCs) and a top axial sensing coil configuration (ASCC), and N bottom RSCs and a bottom ASCC. A pair of stylus-coupled conductive disruptors move along Z (axial) and X-Y (rotary) directions in the motion volume. A generating coil (GC) of the coil board configuration generates a changing magnetic flux (e.g., encompassing all or at least part of the disruptors), and coil signals indicate the disruptors and/or stylus positions. Areas of the conductive disruptors may be larger than an area of the generating coil in some implementations, and the conductive disruptors may each comprise a plurality of concentric conductive loops, spirals, etc.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 30, 2019
    Publication date: May 7, 2020
    Inventors: Christopher Richard Hamner, Ted Staton Cook, Scott Allen Harsila, Kazuhiko Hidaka
  • Patent number: 10612943
    Abstract: An electronic position encoder includes a scale comprising first and second pattern tracks including respective signal modulating scale patterns, a detector and a signal processing configuration. The detector includes first-track and second-track field generating coil portions that surround first and second interior areas aligned with the first pattern track and second pattern track, respectively. The first-track and second-track field generating coil portions each include first and second elongated portions extending along the measuring axis direction, connected to end portions extending along a y-axis direction transverse to the measuring axis. The detector includes sensing elements that span across the first and second interior areas along the y-axis direction. A nominal y-axis trace width dimension of the elongated portions is at least 0.1 times a y-axis width of the first and/or second interior areas. In various implementations, a shielded end section may be used to connect the elongated portions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignee: Mitutoyo Corporation
    Inventor: Ted Staton Cook
  • Patent number: 10591316
    Abstract: An electronic position encoder includes a scale comprising a pattern track having a track width dimension along a y-axis direction that is perpendicular to an x-axis measuring axis direction, a detector, and a signal processing configuration. The detector includes a field generating coil configuration fixed on a multi-layer printed circuit board (PCB), including a field generating coil portion that surrounds an interior area aligned with the pattern track and includes first and second elongated portions having a trace width along the y-axis direction, which is at least 0.1 times a y-axis width of the interior area. The detector includes conductive receiver loops arranged along the x-axis direction and fixed on the PCB.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2020
    Assignee: Mitutoyo Corporation
    Inventor: Ted Staton Cook
  • Patent number: 10578827
    Abstract: A vision system includes a variable focal length (VFL) lens system, a light source, an exposure time controller and a camera. The VFL lens system includes a tunable acoustic gradient index of refraction (TAG) lens that is controlled to provide a nominally sinusoidal modulation of a focus position. The light source includes a continuous illumination source connected to a source driver that drives the continuous illumination source based on a quasi-sinusoidal periodic drive function to provide corresponding quasi-sinusoidal periodic intensity modulated light. The camera provides a workpiece image based on an image exposure that inputs workpiece image light that arises from illuminating the workpiece with the quasi-sinusoidal periodic intensity modulated light. Utilization of the quasi-sinusoidal periodic intensity modulated light in combination with the nominally sinusoidal focus position modulation results in uniform image exposures and other advantages (e.g.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2020
    Assignee: Mitutoyo Corporation
    Inventor: Ted Staton Cook
  • Patent number: 10551217
    Abstract: An electronic position encoder includes a scale comprising a first pattern track of signal modulating elements (SME) periodically arranged at a wavelength ?1 and a second pattern track of SME periodically arranged at a wavelength ?2, a detector, and a signal processing configuration. The detector includes a field generating coil configuration, a first set of sensing elements configured to provide detector signals based on the first pattern track, and a second set of sensing elements configured to provide detector signals based on the second pattern track. The first set of sensing elements include a first spatial phase subset of sensing elements and a second spatial phase subset of sensing elements that are connected to the signal processing configuration via at least a first pair and a second pair of connection lines that include respective crossover segments that extend across or overlap the second pattern track.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2020
    Assignee: Mitutoyo Corporation
    Inventor: Ted Staton Cook
  • Publication number: 20200003583
    Abstract: An electronic position encoder includes a scale comprising a first pattern track of signal modulating elements (SME) periodically arranged at a wavelength ?1 and a second pattern track of SME periodically arranged at a wavelength ?2, a detector, and a signal processing configuration. The detector includes a field generating coil configuration, a first set of sensing elements configured to provide detector signals based on the first pattern track, and a second set of sensing elements configured to provide detector signals based on the second pattern track. The first set of sensing elements include a first spatial phase subset of sensing elements and a second spatial phase subset of sensing elements that are connected to the signal processing configuration via at least a first pair and a second pair of connection lines that include respective crossover segments that extend across or overlap the second pattern track.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 29, 2018
    Publication date: January 2, 2020
    Inventor: Ted Staton Cook
  • Publication number: 20200003581
    Abstract: An inductive type position encoder includes a scale, a detector portion and a signal processor. The scale includes a periodic pattern of signal modulating elements (SME) arranged along a measuring axis, with a spatial wavelength W1. One type of SME in the pattern comprises similar conductive plates or loops. The detector portion comprises sensing elements and a field generating coil that generates a changing magnetic flux. The sensing elements may comprise conductive loop portions arranged along the measuring axis and configured to provide detector signals which respond to a local effect on the changing magnetic flux provided by adjacent SME's. In various implementations, the first type of SMEs have an average dimension DSME along the measuring axis direction that is greater than DSEN and at least .55*W1 and at most 0.8*W1, which provides advantageous detector signal characteristics.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 28, 2018
    Publication date: January 2, 2020
    Inventors: Ted Staton Cook, James Allen Hitchman, Yoshiaki Kato
  • Patent number: 10520335
    Abstract: An electronic position encoder is provided including a scale, a detector and a signal processing configuration. The scale extends along an x-axis direction and includes a signal modulating scale pattern. The detector includes sensing elements and a field generating coil that surrounds an interior coil area. The field generating coil includes first and second elongated portions that each extend along the x-axis direction, connected by an end portion. The elongated portions have a nominal generating trace width dimension along the y-axis direction that is at least 0.1 times the nominal interior coil area width dimension in various embodiments. In various implementations, a conductive shield region of the detector may reduce the effect of a shielded end section of the end portion of the field generating coil on the sensing elements. The shielded end section may be located on a different PCB layer than the elongated portions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2019
    Assignee: Mitutoyo Corporation
    Inventor: Ted Staton Cook
  • Publication number: 20190331873
    Abstract: A vision system includes a variable focal length (VFL) lens system, a light source, an exposure time controller and a camera. The VFL lens system includes a tunable acoustic gradient index of refraction (TAG) lens that is controlled to provide a nominally sinusoidal modulation of a focus position. The light source includes a continuous illumination source connected to a source driver that drives the continuous illumination source based on a quasi-sinusoidal periodic drive function to provide corresponding quasi-sinusoidal periodic intensity modulated light. The camera provides a workpiece image based on an image exposure that inputs workpiece image light that arises from illuminating the workpiece with the quasi-sinusoidal periodic intensity modulated light. Utilization of the quasi-sinusoidal periodic intensity modulated light in combination with the nominally sinusoidal focus position modulation results in uniform image exposures and other advantages (e.g.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 27, 2018
    Publication date: October 31, 2019
    Inventor: Ted Staton Cook
  • Publication number: 20190301895
    Abstract: An electronic position encoder includes a scale comprising a pattern track having a track width dimension along a y-axis direction that is perpendicular to an x-axis measuring axis direction, a detector, and a signal processing configuration. The detector includes a field generating coil configuration fixed on a multi-layer printed circuit board (PCB), including a field generating coil portion that surrounds an interior area aligned with the pattern track and includes first and second elongated portions having a trace width along the y-axis direction, which is at least 0.1 times a y-axis width of the interior area. The detector includes conductive receiver loops arranged along the x-axis direction and fixed on the PCB.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 30, 2018
    Publication date: October 3, 2019
    Inventor: Ted Staton Cook
  • Patent number: 10422666
    Abstract: An electronic position encoder comprises a scale including a periodic scale pattern along a measuring axis direction having a scale period Ps, and a detector portion comprising a first group of sensing elements, a second group of sensing elements, and a signal processing configuration. The second group of sensing elements is located at a group position which is equal to K2*Ps+PS/M relative to the first group of sensing elements along the measuring axis direction, where K2 and M are integers. The signal processing configuration independently acquires a first set of detector signals from the first group of sensing elements, and a second set of detector signals from the second group of sensing elements, and determines a relative position between the detector portion and the scale pattern based on the first set of detector signals and the second set of detector signals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2019
    Assignee: Mitutoyo Corporation
    Inventor: Ted Staton Cook
  • Publication number: 20190120660
    Abstract: An absolute position encoder comprises a scale and a detector overlaying the scale. The scale includes a periodic pattern of wavelength Wf and a code pattern having bit length Wcode. The detector includes a set of periodic pattern sensors and M sets of code pattern sensors. M is at least two. The configuration principles include: a) Wcode is larger than Wf and at most M*Wf, and b) the sets of code pattern sensors are located along the measuring axis at respective alignment positions configured such that as the code pattern moves in a single direction it moves by successive alignment intervals that are each at most Wf to align with successive alignment positions. Signal processing is provided to determine the absolute position based on the M respective sets of code detector signals and on spatially periodic signals arising in the periodic pattern sensing elements due to the periodic pattern.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 23, 2017
    Publication date: April 25, 2019
    Inventors: James Allen Hitchman, Ted Staton Cook
  • Publication number: 20180195880
    Abstract: A pitch compensated inductive position encoder includes a scale comprising first and second tracks including periodic patterns having a wavelength W, a detector, and signal processing. The second track pattern may be shifted along the measuring direction by a pattern offset STO relative to the first track pattern. In the detector, first-track and second-track field generating coil portions generate fields in first and second interior areas aligned with the first and second pattern tracks, respectively. First and second sensing coil configurations that are aligned with the first and second tracks, respectively, are offset relative to one another by STO+/?0.5*W along the measuring direction. In various embodiments, the first and second sensing coil configurations may have the same sequence of individual coil polarities if the generated field polarities are different, and may have inverted or opposite sequences if the generated field polarities are the same.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 2, 2018
    Publication date: July 12, 2018
    Inventor: Ted Staton Cook
  • Publication number: 20180180452
    Abstract: An electronic position encoder comprises a scale including a periodic scale pattern along a measuring axis direction having a scale period Ps, and a detector portion comprising a first group of sensing elements, a second group of sensing elements, and a signal processing configuration. The second group of sensing elements is located at a group position which is equal to K2*Ps+PS/M relative to the first group of sensing elements along the measuring axis direction, where K2 and M are integers. The signal processing configuration independently acquires a first set of detector signals from the first group of sensing elements, and a second set of detector signals from the second group of sensing elements, and determines a relative position between the detector portion and the scale pattern based on the first set of detector signals and the second set of detector signals.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 23, 2016
    Publication date: June 28, 2018
    Inventor: Ted Staton Cook