Patents by Inventor William Joshua Becker

William Joshua Becker 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: 20220133542
    Abstract: Described herein are examples of smart welding helmets having a plurality of functions that go beyond conventional welding helmets. For example, a smart welding helmet may be configured to detect if/when the helmet surpasses one or more temperature thresholds, which may alert an operator if they have been welding too close and/or for too long. Other example smart helmet functions may include the ability to display (and/or otherwise output) feedback/guidance and/or welding information, as well as communicate with appropriate personnel. In some examples, the smart welding helmet may be configured to selectively enable/disable certain functions of the smart welding helmet to accommodate the needs of a particular operator and/or groups of operators.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 29, 2021
    Publication date: May 5, 2022
    Inventors: William Joshua Becker, Joseph C. Schneider
  • Patent number: 11322037
    Abstract: Systems for simulating joining operations, such as welding, are disclosed. In some examples, a system may use a mobile device for conducting welding simulations, such as for purposes of training. In some examples, the system may additionally, or alternatively, use modular workpieces. In some examples, the system may additionally, or alternatively, conduct the welding simulation based on one or more selected pieces of welding equipment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2022
    Assignees: Illinois Tool Works Inc., Seabery Soluciones, S.L., Seabery North America, Inc.
    Inventors: William Joshua Becker, Mitchell James Muske, Justin Monroe Blount, Joseph C. Schneider, Victor López Márquez, Juan Jose Chica Barrera, Pedro Gerardo Marquinez Torrecilla, Javier Castilla Gutiérrez
  • Publication number: 20220126404
    Abstract: Described herein are examples of torch tracking systems that monitor travel directions, speeds, and/or distances of welding torches using retractable cords. In some examples, the torch tracking systems use a sensor to measure a speed at which a reel extends and/or retracts a cord, and/or measure a length of the cord that is extended and/or retracted. The reel or cord can be attached to some portion of the welding torch, such that movement of the torch away from the reel causes the reel to extend more cord, and movement towards the reel allows a spring loaded spool of the reel to automatically retract the cord. While reel based torch tracking systems may provide coarser tracking than the more complex and/or expensive torch tracking solutions, their simplicity and low cost may make them an attractive alternative.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 22, 2021
    Publication date: April 28, 2022
    Inventors: William Joshua Becker, James Francis Rappl
  • Patent number: 11288978
    Abstract: Systems and methods for gas tungsten arc welding (GTAW) training systems are described. In some examples, a GTAW training system includes a GTAW torch and filler rod attachment having one or more markers to facilitate position and/or orientation detection and/or tracking of the GTAW torch and/or filler rod. One or more sensors of the GTAW training system may be configured to capture data relating to the markers of the GTAW torch and/or filler rod attachment. A training controller of the GTAW training system may use the markers and/or sensor data to track and/or determine positions, orientations, and/or movement of the GTAW torch and/or filler rod. The positions, orientations, and/or movement may be analyzed in conjunction with welding parameter data to provide training feedback.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2022
    Assignee: Illinois Tool Works Inc.
    Inventor: William Joshua Becker
  • Publication number: 20220031516
    Abstract: Described herein are examples of smart helmet modules that can be affixed to conventional welding helmets. In some examples, a smart helmet module may include one or more sensors configured to detect if/when welding is occurring, and/or whether a welding helmet is being worn in an up or down position, or not at all. In some examples, a smart helmet module may include one or more helmet devices configured to automatically activate or deactivate based on whether welding is taking place and/or the welding helmet is being worn up, down, or not at all.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 7, 2021
    Publication date: February 3, 2022
    Inventors: William Joshua Becker, Mitchell James Muske, James Francis Rappl
  • Publication number: 20220031515
    Abstract: Described herein are examples of smart helmet modules that can be affixed to conventional welding helmets. In some examples, a smart helmet module may include one or more sensors configured to detect if/when welding is occurring, and/or whether a welding helmet is being worn in an up or down position, or not at all. In some examples, a smart helmet module may include one or more helmet devices configured to automatically activate or deactivate based on whether welding is taking place and/or the welding helmet is being worn up, down, or not at all.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 7, 2021
    Publication date: February 3, 2022
    Inventors: William Joshua Becker, Mitchell James Muske, James Francis Rappl
  • Patent number: 11192199
    Abstract: A system includes one or more sets of reflective visual markers, a light source configured to emit light, and a controller communicatively coupled to the light source. Each set of reflective visual markers is coupled to a component of a welding system. Each reflective visual marker is configured to reflect the emitted light received from the light source towards one or more cameras. The controller is configured to control illumination settings of the light source based at least in part on a status of the welding system being utilized to perform a live-arc welding operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 7, 2021
    Assignee: ILLINOIS TOOL WORKS INC.
    Inventors: William Joshua Becker, Jeffrey Dale Weber
  • Publication number: 20210369501
    Abstract: A welding helmet for detecting arc data is provided. One embodiment of the welding helmet includes an arc detection system configured to detect one or more welding arcs that occur during one or more welding operations. The welding helmet also includes control circuitry configured to count a number of the one or more welding arcs detected by the arc detection system. The welding helmet includes a storage device configured to store the number of the one or more welding arcs.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 16, 2021
    Publication date: December 2, 2021
    Inventors: William Joshua Becker, Kyle A. Pfeifer, Eric T. Sommers
  • Publication number: 20210312832
    Abstract: An example weld training system includes: an orientation device; a mobile device; and a mount configured to attach the mobile device to a welding accessory, wherein the mobile device comprises: one or more sensors including at least a camera; a processor; and a machine readable storage device storing machine readable instructions which, when executed by the processor, cause the processor to: recognize identifiers on the orientation device based on images captured via the camera; determine at least one of position information or orientation information for a welding torch with respect to the orientation device based on the recognized identifiers; and display, via a display of the mobile device, a welding operation based on the at least the position information or the orientation information.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 16, 2021
    Publication date: October 7, 2021
    Inventors: Anthony Van Bergen Salsich, William Joshua Becker, Bruce Patrick Albrecht
  • Patent number: 11127133
    Abstract: A welding system includes one or more cameras and a controller coupled to the one or more cameras. The one or more cameras are configured to detect a plurality of sets of visual markers of a welding device, where each each set is oriented in a respective marker direction. The controller is configured to determine one or more marker directions of one or more respective sets of visual markers based on a detected set of visual markers, to select one of the sets of visual markers as a tracked set of visual markers based at least in part on a determined marker direction of the tracked set of visual markers, to associate a rigid body model to the tracked set of visual markers, and to determine a position and an orientation of the welding device based on the associated rigid body model of the tracked set of visual markers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2021
    Assignee: Illinois Tool Works Inc.
    Inventors: William Joshua Becker, Jeffrey Dale Weber
  • Patent number: 11127313
    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: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2021
    Assignee: Illinois Tool Works Inc.
    Inventors: Anthony Van Bergen Salsich, William Joshua Becker, Bruce Patrick Albrecht
  • Patent number: 11081020
    Abstract: Present embodiments include systems and methods for stick welding applications. In certain embodiments, simulation stick welding electrode holders may include stick electrode retraction assemblies configured to mechanically retract a simulation stick electrode toward the stick electrode retraction assembly to simulate consumption of the simulation stick electrode during a simulated stick welding process. In addition, in certain embodiments, stick welding electrode holders may include various input and output elements that enable, for example, control inputs to be input via the stick welding electrode holders, and operational statuses to be output via the stick welding electrode holders. Furthermore, in certain embodiments, a welding training system interface may be used to facilitate communication and cooperation of various stick welding electrode holders with a welding training system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 3, 2021
    Assignee: Illinois Tool Works Inc.
    Inventors: William Joshua Becker, David Paul Marcusen
  • Publication number: 20210174704
    Abstract: A welding system includes a welding torch. The welding torch includes a sensor configured to detect a motion associated with the welding torch, a temperature associated with the welding torch, or some combination thereof. A display of the welding torch is activated, a determination is made that the welding torch has been involved in a high impact event, live welding using the welding torch is disabled, a software selection is made, or some combination thereof, based on the motion, the temperature, or some combination thereof.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 17, 2021
    Publication date: June 10, 2021
    Inventors: William Joshua Becker, James M. Walker, Jeremy J. Erdmann
  • Publication number: 20210158716
    Abstract: Systems for simulating joining operations, such as welding, are disclosed. In some examples, a system may use a mobile device for conducting welding simulations, such as for purposes of training. In some examples, the system may additionally, or alternatively, use modular workpieces. In some examples, the system may additionally, or alternatively, conduct the welding simulation based on one or more selected pieces of welding equipment.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 24, 2020
    Publication date: May 27, 2021
    Inventors: William Joshua Becker, Olivia Arreola, Mitchell James Muske, Beatriz Rodriguez Zalvide, Jose Miguel Escobar Garrido, Pedro Gerardo Marquinez Torrecilla
  • Publication number: 20210158717
    Abstract: Systems for simulating joining operations, such as welding, are disclosed. In some examples, a system may use a mobile device for conducting welding simulations, such as for purposes of training. In some examples, the system may additionally, or alternatively, use modular workpieces. In some examples, the system may additionally, or alternatively, conduct the welding simulation based on one or more selected pieces of welding equipment.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 24, 2020
    Publication date: May 27, 2021
    Inventors: William Joshua Becker, Mitchell James Muske, Justin Monroe Blount, Joseph C. Schneider, Victor López Márquez, Juan Jose Chica Barrera, Pedro Gerardo Marquinez Torrecilla, Javier Castilla Gutiérrez
  • Publication number: 20210158724
    Abstract: Systems for simulating joining operations, such as welding, are disclosed. In some examples, a system may use a mobile device for conducting welding simulations, such as for purposes of training. In some examples, the system may additionally, or alternatively, use modular workpieces. In some examples, the system may additionally, or alternatively, conduct the welding simulation based on one or more selected pieces of welding equipment.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 24, 2020
    Publication date: May 27, 2021
    Inventors: William Joshua Becker, Olivia Arreola, Mitchell James Muske, Veronika Pashkina, Pedro Gerardo Marquinez Torrecilla
  • Patent number: 11014183
    Abstract: An embodiment of a system includes a marking tool configured to apply one or more markers on a first surface of a workpiece for a live welding session. The one or more markers have known geometric properties that may facilitate determination of the first surface and a weld joint. An embodiment of a method includes applying a first set of one or more markers to a first surface of a workpiece, detecting the applied first set of one or more markers with a camera, and determining, via processing circuitry coupled to the camera, at least one of the first surface of the workpiece and a weld joint based at least in part on the detected first set of one or more markers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2021
    Assignee: Illinois Tool Works Inc.
    Inventors: William Joshua Becker, Kyle Andrew Pfiefer
  • Publication number: 20210074181
    Abstract: A method of operating a welding system includes receiving welding data corresponding to a welding session for a weld, receiving a location selection from an operator, and displaying on a display a graphical representation of welding parameters of the welding selection corresponding to the location selection. The welding data includes welding parameters, including a work angle of a welding torch, a travel angle of the welding torch, a contact tip to work distance, a travel speed of the welding torch along a path of the weld, an aim of the welding torch, or any combination thereof. The location selection corresponds to a point along the path of the weld traversed by the welding torch.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 17, 2020
    Publication date: March 11, 2021
    Inventors: William Joshua Becker, Richard Beeson
  • Publication number: 20210027656
    Abstract: Systems and methods for gas tungsten arc welding (GTAW) training systems are described. In some examples, a GTAW training system includes a GTAW torch and filler rod attachment having one or more markers to facilitate position and/or orientation detection and/or tracking of the GTAW torch and/or filler rod. One or more sensors of the GTAW training system may be configured to capture data relating to the markers of the GTAW torch and/or filler rod attachment. A training controller of the GTAW training system may use the markers and/or sensor data to track and/or determine positions, orientations, and/or movement of the GTAW torch and/or filler rod. The positions, orientations, and/or movement may be analyzed in conjunction with welding parameter data to provide training feedback.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 22, 2019
    Publication date: January 28, 2021
    Inventor: William Joshua Becker
  • Publication number: 20210027657
    Abstract: Connection boxes for gas tungsten arc welding (GTAW) training systems are described. In some examples, a connection box of the GTAW training system coordinates delivery of welding-type power to a GTAW torch during training. In some examples, a remote control (e.g., foot pedal) may be activated at different levels to command different levels of welding-type power be delivered to the GTAW torch from a welding-type power supply. In some examples, the connection box may selectively enable or disable communication between the remote control and welding-type power supply during training.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 22, 2019
    Publication date: January 28, 2021
    Inventor: William Joshua Becker