Patents by Inventor William Todd Watson

William Todd Watson 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: 20210390681
    Abstract: A workpiece inspection and defect detection system includes a light source, a lens that inputs image light arising from a surface of a workpiece, and a camera that receives imaging light transmitted along an imaging optical path. The system utilizes images of workpieces acquired with the camera as training images to train a defect detection portion to detect defect images that include workpieces with defects. Anomaly detector classification characteristics are determined based on features of the training images. Run mode images of workpieces are acquired with the camera, and based on determined features from the images, the anomaly detector classification characteristics are utilized to determine if the images of the workpieces are classified as anomalous. In addition, the defect detection portion determines if images are defect images that include workpieces with defects and for which additional operations may be performed (e.g., metrology operations for measuring dimensions of the defects, etc.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 15, 2020
    Publication date: December 16, 2021
    Inventors: William Todd Watson, Robert Kamil Bryll, Shannon Roy Campbell
  • Patent number: 11150200
    Abstract: A workpiece inspection and defect detection system includes a light source, a lens that inputs image light arising from a surface of a workpiece, and a camera that receives imaging light transmitted along an imaging optical path. The system utilizes images of workpieces acquired with the camera as training images to train a defect detection portion to detect defect images that include workpieces with defects, and determines a performance of the defect detection portion as trained with the training images. Based on the performance of the defect detection portion, an indication is provided as to whether additional defect images should be provided for training. After training is complete, the camera is utilized to acquire new images of workpieces which are analyzed to determine defect images that include workpieces with defects, and for which additional operations may be performed (e.g., metrology operations for measuring dimensions of the defects, etc.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 19, 2021
    Assignee: Mitutoyo Corporation
    Inventors: William Todd Watson, Shannon Roy Campbell, Robert Kamil Bryll
  • Publication number: 20210016382
    Abstract: A travel speed sensing system includes an optical sensor configured to be coupled to a welding torch. The optical sensor is configured to sense light incident on the optical sensor, and the travel speed sensing system is configured to determine a travel speed of the welding torch, a direction of the welding torch, or both, based on the sensed light.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 24, 2020
    Publication date: January 21, 2021
    Inventors: Kyle Andrew Pfeifer, Todd Earl Holverson, William Todd Watson, Richard Martin Hutchison, William Joshua Becker
  • Patent number: 10890693
    Abstract: A tunable acoustic gradient (TAG) lens includes an acoustic wave generating element and a refractive fluid in a casing cavity surrounded by a lens casing. The lens casing includes case ends which each include a window configuration, a case end rim portion and an enhanced axial compliance portion. The window configuration includes a window and a window mounting portion having an overall window mount dimension along the axial direction. The enhanced axial compliance portion is coupled between the window mounting portion and the case end rim portion and includes a reduced thickness region characterized by a material thickness that is at most 75% of the associated window mount dimension. The axial compliance portion is configured to enhance the axial deflection of the window mounting portion compared to the case end rim portion, when a periodic drive signal is applied to the acoustic wave generating element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2021
    Assignee: Mitutoyo Corporation
    Inventors: William Todd Watson, Isaiah Freerksen
  • Publication number: 20200361014
    Abstract: A welding system includes a first sensor associated with a welding helmet and configured to sense a parameter indicative of a position of a welding torch relative to the welding helmet. The travel speed sensing system also includes a processing system communicatively coupled to the first sensor and configured to determine a position of the welding torch relative to a workpiece based on the sensed first parameter.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 24, 2020
    Publication date: November 19, 2020
    Inventors: Kyle Andrew Pfeifer, William Todd Watson, Richard Martin Hutchison, William Joshua Becker
  • Publication number: 20200200950
    Abstract: A tunable acoustic gradient (TAG) lens includes an acoustic wave generating element and a refractive fluid in a casing cavity surrounded by a lens casing. The lens casing includes case ends which each include a window configuration, a case end rim portion and an enhanced axial compliance portion. The window configuration includes a window and a window mounting portion having an overall window mount dimension along the axial direction. The enhanced axial compliance portion is coupled between the window mounting portion and the case end rim portion and includes a reduced thickness region characterized by a material thickness that is at most 75% of the associated window mount dimension. The axial compliance portion is configured to enhance the axial deflection of the window mounting portion compared to the case end rim portion, when a periodic drive signal is applied to the acoustic wave generating element.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 20, 2018
    Publication date: June 25, 2020
    Inventors: William Todd Watson, Isaiah Freerksen
  • Patent number: 10596650
    Abstract: A welding system includes a first sensor associated with a welding helmet and configured to sense a parameter indicative of a position of a welding torch relative to the welding helmet. The travel speed sensing system also includes a processing system communicatively coupled to the first sensor and configured to determine a position of the welding torch relative to a workpiece based on the sensed first parameter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Assignee: ILLINOIS TOOL WORKS INC.
    Inventors: Kyle Andrew Pfeifer, William Todd Watson, Richard Martin Hutchison, William Joshua Becker
  • Publication number: 20190337076
    Abstract: A welding system includes an orientation sensing system associated with a welding torch and is configured to sense a welding torch orientation relative to a direction of gravity. The welding system also includes a processing system communicatively couple to the orientation sensing system and configured to determine an angular position of the welding torch relative to a pipe based at least in part on the sense welding torch orientation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 1, 2019
    Publication date: November 7, 2019
    Inventors: Bruce Patrick Albrecht, William Todd Watson
  • Patent number: 10335883
    Abstract: A welding system includes an orientation sensing system associated with a welding torch and is configured to sense a welding torch orientation relative to a direction of gravity. The welding system also includes a processing system communicatively couple to the orientation sensing system and configured to determine an angular position of the welding torch relative to a pipe based at least in part on the sense welding torch orientation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: Illinois Tool Works Inc.
    Inventors: Bruce Patrick Albrecht, William Todd Watson
  • Patent number: 9771042
    Abstract: A system for classifying an occupant located on a seating surface of a vehicle seat. The system includes a movable element and an electrode located in the vehicle seat. A sensing circuit is provided to supply a signal to the conductor. The sensing circuit also includes measurement electronics configured to measure the signal to the conductor and the vibration of the moveable element. A controller is configured to discriminate between different types of objects located on the seating surface based on changes in the signal being supplied to the conductor and the vibration of the moveable element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 26, 2017
    Assignee: TK Holdings Inc.
    Inventors: William Todd Watson, Leonard Cech, James Gregory Stanley, Scott Kerby
  • Publication number: 20170095873
    Abstract: A travel speed sensing system includes an optical sensor configured to be coupled to a welding torch. The optical sensor is configured to sense light incident on the optical sensor, and the travel speed sensing system is configured to determine a travel speed of the welding torch, a direction of the welding torch, or both, based on the sensed light.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 19, 2016
    Publication date: April 6, 2017
    Inventors: Kyle Andrew Pfeifer, Todd Earl Holverson, William Todd Watson, Richard Martin Hutchison, William Joshua Becker
  • Publication number: 20170080509
    Abstract: A welding system includes a first sensor associated with a welding helmet and configured to sense a parameter indicative of a position of a welding torch relative to the welding helmet. The travel speed sensing system also includes a processing system communicatively coupled to the first sensor and configured to determine a position of the welding torch relative to a workpiece based on the sensed first parameter.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 5, 2016
    Publication date: March 23, 2017
    Inventors: Kyle Andrew Pfeifer, William Todd Watson, Richard Martin Hutchison, William Joshua Becker
  • Patent number: 9573215
    Abstract: A weld travel speed sensing system includes at least one sound sensor configured to sense a sound generated to allow determination of a position of a welding torch. The weld travel speed sensing system is configured to determine a position of a point on the welding torch based on the sensed sound.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: ILLINOIS TOOL WORKS INC.
    Inventors: Kyle Andrew Pfeifer, William Joshua Becker, William Todd Watson, Richard Martin Hutchison
  • Patent number: 9522437
    Abstract: A travel speed sensing system includes an optical sensor configured to be coupled to a welding torch. The optical sensor is configured to sense light incident on the optical sensor, and the travel speed sensing system is configured to determine a travel speed of the welding torch, a direction of the welding torch, or both, based on the sensed light.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 20, 2016
    Assignee: ILLINOIS TOOL WORKS INC.
    Inventors: Kyle Andrew Pfeifer, Todd Earl Holverson, William Todd Watson, Richard Martin Hutchison, William Joshua Becker
  • Patent number: 9511443
    Abstract: A welding system includes a first sensor associated with a welding helmet and configured to sense a parameter indicative of a position of a welding torch relative to the welding helmet. The travel speed sensing system also includes a processing system communicatively coupled to the first sensor and configured to determine a position of the welding torch relative to a workpiece based on the sensed first parameter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2016
    Assignee: ILLINOIS TOOL WORKS INC.
    Inventors: Kyle Andrew Pfeifer, William Todd Watson, Richard Martin Hutchison, William Joshua Becker
  • Publication number: 20160193680
    Abstract: An automated welding device comprises a camera, processing circuitry, a welding torch, and an electromechanical subsystem. The camera is operable to capture, using visible and/or infrared wavelengths, a high dynamic range image of one or more workpieces. The processing circuitry is operable to process the image for determination of physical characteristics of the one or more workpieces. The processing circuitry may be operable to generate, during welding of the one or more workpieces by the welding torch, electrical signals which are based on the determined physical characteristics of the one or more workpieces, and which control one or more welding parameters of the automated welding device during the welding of the one or more workpieces. The electromechanical subsystem is operable to convert the electrical signals into the one or more welding parameters of the automated welding device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 22, 2015
    Publication date: July 7, 2016
    Inventors: Francois Pesme, Christopher Hsu, William Todd Watson
  • Publication number: 20160193681
    Abstract: An automated welding device comprises a camera, processing circuitry, a welding torch, and an electromechanical subsystem. The camera is operable to capture, using visible and/or infrared wavelengths, an image of one or more workpieces. The processing circuitry is operable to synchronize the capture of the images to times when voltage between the welding torch and the one or more workpiece is below a determined threshold. The processing circuitry is operable to process the images for determination of physical characteristics of the one or more workpieces. The processing circuitry is operable to generate, during welding of the one or more workpieces by the welding torch, electrical signals which are based on the determined physical characteristics of the one or more workpieces, and which control one or more welding parameters of the automated welding device during the welding of the one or more workpieces.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 22, 2015
    Publication date: July 7, 2016
    Inventors: Francois Pesme, Christopher Hsu, William Todd Watson
  • Publication number: 20150352653
    Abstract: A welding system includes an orientation sensing system associated with a welding torch and is configured to sense a welding torch orientation relative to a direction of gravity. The welding system also includes a processing system communicatively couple to the orientation sensing system and configured to determine an angular position of the welding torch relative to a pipe based at least in part on the sense welding torch orientation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 5, 2014
    Publication date: December 10, 2015
    Inventors: Bruce Patrick Albrecht, William Todd Watson
  • Patent number: 8896684
    Abstract: A system and method for enhancing display content includes receiving a video signal made up of video frames from at least one image sensor and identifying a driving path based at least in part on steering wheel data. The system and method also includes performing a first segmentation on the at least one video frame to divide the at least one video frame into a plurality of segments containing input pixel data, altering input pixel data based on a segment associated with the input pixel data to create output pixel data and providing the at least one video frame comprising the output pixel data to a display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2014
    Assignee: TK Holdings Inc.
    Inventors: Adrian Valentin Muresan, William Todd Watson
  • Publication number: 20140163709
    Abstract: Various embodiments of the present disclosure provide an embedment positioning system that facilitates the positioning of a plurality of embedments along an edge of a concrete form. In one embodiment, the present disclosure provides an embedment positioning tape formed with embedment position indicators indicating the positions at which a plurality of embedments are to be positioned along a concrete form. In operation, a user unrolls and attaches the embedment positioning tape along the concrete form such that the control line location indicator lines up with the actual control line. The user then uses the embedment positioning indicators to position the embedments at the correct positions along the edge of the concrete form without having to hand-measure those positions for each embedment. The present disclosure also provides an embedment positioning tape forming system and method.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 3, 2013
    Publication date: June 12, 2014
    Applicant: lllinois Tool Works Inc.
    Inventors: Larry Moeller, Daniel Dina, William Todd Watson, George Matthew Davis