Moving Projector Patents (Class 118/323)
  • Patent number: 11440041
    Abstract: A station for treating motor-vehicle bodies and/or components may include: a booth including at least one entrance for a motor-vehicle body and/or component and at least one exit for the motor-vehicle body and/or component; a system configured to move the motor-vehicle body and/or component between the at least one entrance and the at least one exit; at least one robot configured to treat the motor-vehicle body and/or component in the booth by spraying fluid toward the motor-vehicle body and/or component; and a platform inside the booth configured to support the motor-vehicle body and/or component. The system may be configured to rotate with the platform so as to align with the at least one entrance in order to receive the motor-vehicle body and/or component, and so as to align with the at least one exit in order to release the motor-vehicle body and/or component. The booth may have an octagonal shape.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2022
    Assignee: GEICO S.p.A.
    Inventors: Paolo Colombaroli, Giampaolo Covizzi, Aldo Viola
  • Patent number: 11420744
    Abstract: An automated drone-based surface treatment material delivery system includes a drone having a body, at least one propeller rotatably supported by the body, at least one propeller motor supported by the body and configured to selectively apply motive power to the at least one propeller, and a controller supported by the body and configured to control a flight path of the drone at least by manipulating a speed of the at least one propeller. The drone also has a rotary atomizer supported by the body for movement therewith. The rotary atomizer includes a rotating dispersion structure configured to disperse a surface treatment material from a material supply.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2021
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2022
    Assignee: EFC SYSTEMS, INC.
    Inventors: Gunnar Van Der Steur, Joseph Cichocki
  • Patent number: 11383258
    Abstract: A next generation painting robot with advanced fluid delivery system, enhanced kinematics and a service airlock compartment. The painting robot includes a fluid delivery system which places color changing valves and pumping hardware on the back side of the robot's mounting pedestal, where it can be serviced without a technician having to enter the spray booth. Additionally, the robot enables routine cleaning and maintenance to be performed without personnel entering the spray booth and without stopping the vehicle conveyor, due to simplified outer arm design, improved home positioning and an airlock booth adjacent to the robot pedestal. Service personnel can clean and service the applicator and other components on the outer arm from the airlock booth, while other robots continue painting parts moving on the conveyor, without allowing fume-laden vapors into the operator aisle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2022
    Assignee: FANUC AMERICA CORPORATION
    Inventor: Scott J. Clifford
  • Patent number: 11234334
    Abstract: A printer deposits material onto a substrate as part of a manufacturing process for an electronic product; at least one transported component experiences error, which affects the deposition. This error is mitigated using transducers that equalize position of the component, e.g., to provide an “ideal” conveyance path, thereby permitting precise droplet placement notwithstanding the error. In one embodiment, an optical guide (e.g., using a laser) is used to define a desired path; sensors mounted to the component dynamically detect deviation from this path, with this deviation then being used to drive the transducers to immediately counteract the deviation. This error correction scheme can be applied to correct for more than type of transport error, for example, to correct for error in a substrate transport path, a printhead transport path and/or split-axis transport non-orthogonality.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 25, 2022
    Assignee: KATEEVA, INC.
    Inventors: Eliyahu Vronsky, Karl Mathia, Alexander Sou-Kang Ko
  • Patent number: 11213839
    Abstract: A coating device includes a rotary head, a power supply part that applies a voltage to the rotary head, and a control part that controls the power supply part. The rotary head is configured so that a coating material is electrostatically atomized. The control part is configured so as to calculate a discharge current based on a total current flowing from the power supply part to the rotary head and a leak current, and control the power supply part based on the discharge current.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 4, 2022
    Assignees: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA, Trinity Industrial Corporation, Ransburg Industrial Finishing K.K.
    Inventors: Shinji Tani, Akira Numasato, Kazuki Tanaka, Takahito Kondo, Yuki Murai, Yuki Hirai, Atsushi Tomita, Kenji Okamoto, Naohiro Masuda
  • Patent number: 11173511
    Abstract: An automated mobile sprayer (AMS) includes a mobile base, an applicator arm supported by the mobile base, and a nozzle extending from the applicator arm. The nozzle receives fluid from a fluid supply and generates an atomized fluid spray for application to a surface. The applicator arm moves vertically relative to the mobile base and the surface to cause the nozzle to generate a vertical fluid stripe. The mobile base moves laterally relative to the surface to cause the nozzle to generate a horizontal fluid stripe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 16, 2021
    Assignee: Graco Minnesota Inc.
    Inventors: David J. Thompson, Jon M. Knutson, Dale D. Johnson
  • Patent number: 11029153
    Abstract: A system includes a laser measuring module. The laser measuring module is configured to provide a length measurement. The system further includes at least one display module. The display module is configured to electronically display at least one measuring point. The display module is further configured to be separate or removable from the laser measuring module. The bearings of the at least one measuring point are taken using the laser measuring module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2021
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Steffen Assmann, Stoyan Todorov
  • Patent number: 11000997
    Abstract: An extruder has a valve assembly configured to move pins to open and close the nozzles in a multi-nozzle extruder head independently. The pins of the valve assembly that are driven by actuators into and out of engagement with nozzles in the extruder head are positioned within sleeves that extend between the valve assembly and the extruder head. A gap is provided between the extruder head and the end of the sleeves proximate the extruder head to enable thermoplastic material leaking from the extruder that contacts the pins to remain in a melted or plastic state so the thermoplastic material does not interfere with the movement of the pins.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2021
    Assignee: Xerox Corporation
    Inventors: Christopher G. Lynn, Peter J. Nystrom, David A. Mantell
  • Patent number: 10953938
    Abstract: Apparatus and methods for the automated non-destructive inspection of wind turbine blades. In one embodiment, the automated apparatus includes: a cart comprising a cart frame, a multiplicity of wheels, and a cart motor for driving rotation of at least one wheel; a multiplicity of cables depending from the cart; a multiplicity of crawler vehicles respectively attached to the multiplicity of cables, each crawler vehicle comprising a crawler vehicle frame and a set of wheels; and a multiplicity of maintenance tools respectively coupled to the crawler vehicle frames of the multiplicity of crawler vehicles. The crawler vehicles are equipped with suction devices to enable adherence to the surface and may be configured for holonomic motion during such adherence.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2021
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Gary E. Georgeson, Joseph L. Hafenrichter
  • Patent number: 10940644
    Abstract: In a state in which an insert (310) is embedded in an embedding opening of a panel (300) and a nozzle (211) of a dispenser (210) is located above an injection hole of the insert, an air cylinder (230) presses an edge of a discharge port (212) of the nozzle on an edge of the injection hole of the insert. Subsequently, the dispenser discharges an adhesive from the discharge port of the nozzle. The adhesive is injected from the injection hole of the insert, and fills a gap between the insert and the panel. Therefore, the insert is fixed to the panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 9, 2021
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Electric Corporation
    Inventors: Naoto Kato, Seiichiro Arakawa, Eiji Tsuzuki, Kazuma Shioda
  • Patent number: 10913162
    Abstract: A robot system and a control method of a robot are provided. The robot system includes a robot, a liquid application part being provided on the robot, an application thickness measurement part measuring an application thickness of a liquid applied by the liquid application part, a distance measurement part measuring a first distance from the distance measurement part to an application object, a control part controlling the robot based on the first distance so that a second distance from the liquid application part to the application object becomes constant, a supply amount adjustment part adjusting a supply amount of the liquid to the application object according to the application thickness measured by the application thickness measurement part, wherein the distance measurement part, the liquid application part and the application thickness measurement part are arranged in this order in an application direction of the liquid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2021
    Assignee: OMRON Corporation
    Inventor: Kazuhiro Takizawa
  • Patent number: 10888992
    Abstract: A robot system includes a workpiece supplier, a work robot, and a support. The workpiece supplier is to turn a workpiece about a workpiece turning axis to position the workpiece at a work position. The work robot includes a base and a robot arm. The robot arm is connected to the base turnably about an arm turning axis to perform a work on the workpiece at the work position. The arm turning axis crosses the workpiece turning axis. The support connects the workpiece supplier and the base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2021
    Assignee: KABUSHIKI KAISHA YASKAWA DENKI
    Inventors: Tsuyoshi Konno, Keigo Ishioka, Hironobu Miura, Tsuyoshi Ito
  • Patent number: 10875044
    Abstract: A robotic vehicle, in particular for spraying insulation material, comprises a chassis (110), at least two driven wheels (122) having a common axis of rotation, and a wheel connecting member (151) which connects the two wheels (122). The wheel connecting member (151) is connected to the chassis by a pivotal connection which allows the wheel connecting member to pivot with respect to the chassis about a pivoting axis transverse to the common axis of rotation of the wheels. The wheel connecting member (151) may be removably mounted to the chassis (110).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2020
    Assignee: Q-Bot Limited
    Inventors: Daniel Taylor, Matthew Holloway, Miguel Julia Cristobal, Thomas Lipinski
  • Patent number: 10828656
    Abstract: A system and method have been shown for the effective implementation of a height and rotational adjustment system for one or more spray guns for use in a line striper.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2020
    Assignee: AVANT-GARDE IP LLC
    Inventors: Scott Ferguson, Ramraj Soundararajan
  • Patent number: 10799905
    Abstract: A method of controlling application of material onto a substrate includes ejecting atomized droplets from an array of micro-applicators while the array of micro-applicators cyclically moves about at least one axis. The atomized droplets from each of the plurality of micro-applicators overlap with atomized droplets from adjacent micro-applicators and a diffuse overlap of deposited atomized droplets from adjacent micro-applicators is provided on a surface of the substrate. The array of micro-applicators cyclically rotates back and forth around the at least one axis and/or moves back and forth parallel to the at least one axis. For example, the at least one axis can be a central axis of the array of micro-applicators, a length axis of the array of micro-applicators, a width axis of the array of micro-applicators, and the like. Also, the array of micro-applicators can be part of an ultrasonic material applicator used to paint vehicles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Assignee: Ford Motor Company
    Inventors: Christopher Michael Seubert, Mark Edward Nichols, Kevin Richard John Ellwood, Wanjiao Liu
  • Patent number: 10793941
    Abstract: A plasma spraying system is provided for coating a substrate. The plasma spraying system includes a plasma gun, a nozzle and a mounting system. The plasma gun is adapted to direct plasma towards the substrate. The nozzle is adapted to direct coating medium into the plasma. The mounting system is adapted to rotate the nozzle to change an angle of incidence between the coating medium and the plasma.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Assignee: Raytheon Technologies Corporation
    Inventor: Jessica L. Serra
  • Patent number: 10724838
    Abstract: A dispense for dispensing an adhesive onto a remote surface, such as a case mouth and primer ammunition. The dispense includes a reservoir containing an adhesive; a positive displacement pump; and a nozzle having a tapered tip. The positive displacement pump delivers a predetermined amount of the adhesive, preferably an anaerobic adhesive, from the reservoir to the nozzle at predetermined intervals. The nozzle discharges the predetermined amount of adhesive through the air and at least 1/16-inch onto the remote surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: Henkel IP & Holding GmbH
    Inventors: Steven J. Hemsen, Bryan DesRoches, Edward A. Y. Fisher
  • Patent number: 10717114
    Abstract: A cup wash disk for cleaning a photoresist process tool is provided. An upper plate is arranged over a lower plate to define a cavity between the upper and lower plates. The lower plate comprises peripheral openings in fluid communication with the cavity and arranged along a periphery of the lower plate. A plurality of shims is arranged between the upper and lower plates to space the upper and lower plates and to define slits between the upper and lower plates. The slits are in fluid communication with the cavity. A method for cleaning the photoresist process tool using the cup wash disk is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2020
    Assignee: Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hua-Kuang Teng, Yu-Xiang Lin, Tien-Zeng Fang
  • Patent number: 10493481
    Abstract: The disclosure relates to a coating method for coating a component with a coating agent, comprising the following steps: moving an application device over a component surface of the component to be coated, delivering a coating agent jet (9) from the application device to the component surface that is to be coated, defining switching points on the component surface for initiating a switching action, in particular for switching on or switching off a coating agent jet, and performing the switching action when one of the switching points is reached. The disclosure provides the following steps: marking the switching points on the component surface by generating a switching marking on the component surface at the individual switching points, detecting the switching markings corresponding to the individual switching points during movement of the application device, and performing the switching actions when the switching markings are detected on the component surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2019
    Assignee: DÜRR SYSTEMS AG
    Inventors: Hans-Georg Fritz, Benjamin Wöhr, Marcus Kleiner, Moritz Bubek
  • Patent number: 10486175
    Abstract: A paint spraying machine includes an apparatus for containing and removing the leakage of paint drops from a rotating joint, without the risk of damaging the article being sprayed, and thus without the need for downtime to replace sealing elements. The rotating joint includes a hollow shaft for distributing paint, a drum including a plurality of flanges that define separate chambers for different paints, a plurality of seals for separating the different paints in the different chambers which together form a high-pressure circuit, a low-pressure circuit to refrigerate the seals, improve their sealing and possibly intercept leaking paint, and a plurality of centering rings provide for correct assembly of the seals and the correct alignment of different flanges. The rings are hollow, and allow for the passage of the refrigerating/cleaning liquid under low pressure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Assignee: Cefla Societa' Cooperativa
    Inventors: Cristian Pungetti, Stefano Chiarini
  • Patent number: 10478972
    Abstract: A method of covering a surface of a building, the method comprising spraying an expandable foam material onto the surface and allowing the foam material to solidify whereby to form a covering of the surface and a robotic vehicle configured to carry out the method.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignee: Q-Bot Limited
    Inventors: Tomasz B. Lipinski, Peter Childs, Mathew Holloway
  • Patent number: 10464082
    Abstract: The disclosure relates to a coating system for coating components with a coating agent, in particular a painting system for painting motor vehicle bodywork components, comprising a first coating system component (12, 13) which during operation produces waste heat as a by-product and forms a heat source, and a second coating system component (1, 5) which is heated during operation and forms a heat sink. The disclosure provides that the waste heat of the first coating system component (12, 13) is fed to the second coating system component (1, 5) for heating. The disclosure further relates to a corresponding operating method.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Assignee: DÜRR SYSTEMS AG
    Inventor: Matthias Imle
  • Patent number: 10464095
    Abstract: A coating device comprises at least one application apparatus to discharge a coating agent from at least one coating agent nozzle. The application apparatus is configured to apply an oscillation to at least one of the coating agent and at least one coating agent jet such that at least one of the coating agent and the at least one coating agent jet break up into droplets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Assignee: Dürr Systems GmbH
    Inventors: Hans-Georg Fritz, Marcus Kleiner, Timo Beyl
  • Patent number: 10343181
    Abstract: An applicator assembly for treating a surface includes a material applicator configured to dispense a treatment material on a surface and an applicator clamp configured to support and position a dispensing end of the material applicator. An applicator tip is inserted into a dispensing aperture formed in the applicator clamp, and the applicator tip is configured to receive the treatment material from the dispensing end of the material applicator. The applicator assembly further includes an applicator bracket configured to slidably attach the material applicator and applicator clamp to an assembly support frame. Additionally, an automated applicator actuator operatively attached to the assembly support frame and applicator bracket manipulates the applicator bracket between a first position and a second position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventor: Son N. Ngo
  • Patent number: 10335809
    Abstract: Rotating projector for a coating product including a spraying device having a circular spraying edge, driving means for driving the spraying device around a rotational axis, a body including primary openings arranged on a primary contour for ejecting primary air jets in a primary direction. The air jets having an axial component and an orthoradial component which are nonzero. The primary direction has a nonzero radial component, which is centrifugal relative to the rotation axis. Each primary jet extends along the rotational axis at a distance from the rotational axis than the radius of the spraying edge. The body includes secondary openings arranged on a secondary contour for ejecting the secondary air jets in a secondary direction having axial and centripetal radial components. The secondary jets hit an external surface of the spraying device. The contours coincide with a circle centered about the rotation axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: SAMES KREMLIN
    Inventors: Eric Prus, Sylvain Perinet, David Vincent, Olivier Gourbat
  • Patent number: 10303145
    Abstract: A fluid system for the reliable operation of an actuator controlled by fluid means, including a control device, a valve controller, fluid control valves that are designed to influence fluid flows on at least one actuator, sensors designed to determine a state of the actuator and a monitoring device designed to process the sensor signals and to provide a monitoring signal to the valve controller. The control device is designed in accordance with a first safety category of a safety standard and the valve controller, the fluid control valves, the sensors and the monitoring device are designed in accordance with a second safety category of the safety standard, wherein said second safety category is positioned at a higher level than the first safety category within the safety standard.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: FESTO AG & CO. KG
    Inventors: Martin Gehrke, Tilmann Bork, Helmut Deichert
  • Patent number: 10259137
    Abstract: Systems and methods are disclosed for spray printing construction. In some embodiments, a system may include a rotating truss, which in some embodiments may be arch-shaped. The system may further include a sprayer apparatus configured to connect to and move along the truss, and a processor circuit configured to execute computer instructions to print a building structure using the sprayer apparatus and the rotating truss. In another embodiment, a method may include determining a spray pattern for creating a printable structure at a computer control system, and implementing, on the computer control system, the spray pattern to create the printable structure, including rotating an arched truss system supporting an adjustable spray printer, adjusting a position of the spray printer on the arched truss system, and activating the spray printer to execute the determined spray pattern.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Inventor: Noah Israel
  • Patent number: 10258418
    Abstract: In some aspects, a control algorithm is provided for manipulating a pair of articulation arms configured to control an articulation angle of an end effector of a robotic surgical instrument. Other aspects of the present disclosure focus on the robotic arm system, including the pair of articulation arms coupled to the end effector and guided by independent motors controlled by a control circuit. Each of the articulation arms are designed to exert antagonistic forces competing against each other that are apportioned according to a ratio specified in the control algorithm. The ratio of the antagonistic forces may be used to determine the articulation angle of the head or end effector of the robotic surgical arm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: Ethicon LLC
    Inventors: Frederick E. Shelton, IV, Jason L. Harris, David C. Yates
  • Patent number: 10236188
    Abstract: An electrostatic nozzle includes a first pipe, a second pipe, and a third pipe. The first pipe is configured of a conductor. Voltage is applied on the first pipe by a power source. The second pipe is configured of an insulator and connected to the first pipe. The third pipe is configured of a metal, connected to the second pipe, insulated from the first pipe by the second pipe, and thinner than the second pipe. Liquid which has flown through the first pipe, the second pipe, and the third pipe is discharged from a distal end of the third pipe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Atsuko Yamanaka
  • Patent number: 10150131
    Abstract: Methods for simultaneously dispensing a first fluid pattern at a first dispense region with a first applicator and a second fluid pattern at a second dispense region with a second applicator. The first and second applicators are moved toward their respective dispense regions with a positioner. While dispensing, the second applicator is moved relative to the first applicator in a direction or directions parallel to a first axis, a second axis, and/or a third axis, the axes being mutually orthogonal. The first dispense region may be provided with a unique first tilt and/or a unique first contour relative to the reference plane and along the third axis. Systems for dispensing fluid include a primary positioner supporting a first applicator, and a secondary positioner coupled to the primary positioner and supporting a second applicator and configured to move the second applicator relative to the first applicator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Assignee: Nordson Corporation
    Inventors: Christopher L. Giusti, Philip P. Maiorca, Mark S. Meier, David N. Padgett
  • Patent number: 10151578
    Abstract: A thickness measurement device includes a chassis provided with an installation surface on which a measurement object is installed and a facing surface disposed parallel to the installation surface with a gap therebetween. A distance measurement instrument measures the distances to objects in two opposite directions. A movement mechanism positions the distance measurement instrument at a measurement point between the installation surface and the facing surface such that the measurement directions thereof are aligned with the direction along the gap between the installation surface and the facing surface. An arithmetic unit calculates the difference between the total of the distances measured at the measurement point in a state in which the measurement object is not installed on the installation surface and the total of the distances measured in a state in which the measurement object is installed on the installation surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Assignee: FANUC CORPORATION
    Inventor: Yoshio Motowaki
  • Patent number: 10092923
    Abstract: This system has an articulated robot having an arm and a base portion which rotatably supports the arm; and a rotation positioner to which the base portion of the articulated robot is mounted. A turn axis of the base portion of the articulated robot is orthogonal to a rotation axis of the rotation positioner. Thus, interference of a workpiece with the arm can be avoided and flexibility of works performed by the robot can be expanded.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Assignee: KAWASAKI JUKOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Shinji Kitamura, Ryo Taniuchi, Nobuhiro Demura
  • Patent number: 10086398
    Abstract: Provided is an application device for applying and spreading an application liquid to and on a predetermined application area of a target surface, which is capable of smearing the application liquid on the application area. The application device (D) includes a brush unit (4) having a brush bristle bundle (41a), and performs a step of causing, while moving a nozzle orifice (32a) of a dispenser (3) along at least a portion of the surface of a rivet (S1) and an area of a wall (Sp) surrounding the base of the rivet (S1), a sealing liquid to be ejected from the nozzle orifice (32a) and to adhere to the portion, and thereafter, a step of spreading the adhering sealing liquid by causing the brush bristle bundle (41a) to slide on the surface of the rivet (S1) and the area of wall (Sp) surrounding the base of the rivet (S1).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: SHINMAYAWA INDUSTRIES, LTD.
    Inventors: Daisuke Akaishi, Shuichi Adachi, Hitoshi Kamei, Naoya Kishimoto
  • Patent number: 10000907
    Abstract: A window assembly that can be opened and closed includes a transparent grid to prevent an operator from extending an arm through the opened window and into the path of a lift arm without impairing the vision of the operator. The window assembly may include more than one openable panes and/or one or more transparent stationary panes. The window may also include a sensor to sense if the window is compromised and may cause the lift arm vehicle to take a safety action if a compromise is detected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2018
    Assignee: Wacker Neuson Production Americas, L.L.C.
    Inventor: Aaron Hill
  • Patent number: 9981280
    Abstract: A device for the application of a liquid fluid to a peripheral area of a lid using pistols for injecting said liquid fluid. The device includes an articulated mechanical device combined with at least two coaxial tubular shafts: a main supply shaft and a lower shaft, where a lower end of the main supply shaft connects to a first part of the articulated mechanical device, while a second part of the articulated mechanical device connects to a lower end of the lower shaft. The two coaxial tubular shafts rotate independently by means of transmission devices. The main supply shaft is arranged in an inner hole of the lower shaft, which is arranged coaxially around at least one section of the main supply shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2018
    Assignee: Industrias Peñalver, S.L.
    Inventor: José Peñalver García
  • Patent number: 9962722
    Abstract: A paint circulation system includes a paint reservoir, a pressure transducer, a servo motor driven pump, an electronic servo drive and controller, one or more paint applicators in a spray booth and an isolation valve. The pressure transducer provides a signal to the controller indicating the current pressure in the system. The servo pump is controlled by the controller and servo drive, draws paint from the reservoir and maintains the desired pressure in the system. The isolation valve is downstream from the applicators and is closed when paint is requested by the applicators. When paint is flowing to the applicators, the servo drive adjusts pump speed to maintain the desired system pressure as sensed by the pressure transducer. When paint is not requested, the isolation valve is open and the servo pump motor operates to provide a minimum flow rate to circulate paint from, and return it to, the reservoir.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventor: James M. Sute
  • Patent number: 9941131
    Abstract: A method for applying developer over a semiconductor wafer is provided. The method includes moving a nozzle over the center of the semiconductor wafer. The nozzle extends across the semiconductor wafer. The method also includes rotating the semiconductor wafer by a dispensing rotation angle that is less than 180 degrees. The method further includes dispensing developer over the semiconductor wafer relative to alignment marks formed on the semiconductor wafer while the semiconductor wafer is rotated by the dispensing rotation angle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Assignee: TAIWAN SEMICONDUCTOR MANUFACTURING CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Ming-Hung Lin, Hsiao-Yi Wang, Yen-Min Liao, Hsin-Jung Lu, Diau-Tang Huang
  • Patent number: 9919330
    Abstract: An installation for spraying a coating product on objects, such as motor vehicle bodies, that are moved by a conveyor (4) parallel to a conveying axis (X4) and having base (102) and mobile (104-108) portions. A multi-axis spraying robot (50) is dedicated to spraying a coating product. A multi-axis handling robot (60) is dedicated to maneuvering the mobile portion (104-106-108) of an object (100) to be coated relative to the base portion (102). Each robot is movable parallel to the conveying axis. Ventilation means provide a flow of ventilation air (F1) inside a booth (3), perpendicular to the conveying axis (X4). The spraying and handling robots (50, 60) are both slidably mounted along a same rail (8) parallel to the conveying axis (X4), and can pass each other. The rail is disposed upstream from the objects to be coated (100), in the direction of flow of the ventilation air (F1).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2018
    Assignee: SAMES KREMLIN
    Inventors: François Letard, Patrick Ballu
  • Patent number: 9909212
    Abstract: Disclosed is an apparatus for processing a surface of a substrate by subjecting the surface of a substrate to successive surface reactions of at least a first precursor and a second precursor. The apparatus includes at least one nozzle head having two or more two or more precursor zones for subjecting the surface of the substrate to at least the first and second precursors and a moving mechanism for moving the nozzle head in oscillating movement between a first end position and a second end position. The moving mechanism is arranged to store at least part of the kinetic energy of the nozzle head released in oscillating movement of the nozzle head.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Assignee: BENEQ OY
    Inventors: Tapani Alasaarela, Pekka Soininen
  • Patent number: 9904265
    Abstract: A system for providing an individually configured small control system. A list of possible individual configuration settings for configurable small control systems is kept ready in a configuration device and, from the list, by means of the individual selection and combination of individual configuration settings, an individual overall configuration setting of a small control system to be configured is predefined. An optical code is generated based on the predefinition of the individual overall configuration setting, within which code all the necessary data for provisioning the small control system to be configured individually on the basis of the individual overall configuration setting is stored. The optical code is provided to a process control apparatus, which reads and decodes said code and, on the basis of the data stored therein, controls the logistical process as far as the provision of the individually configured small control system based on the individual overall configuration setting.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2018
    Assignee: Phoenix Contact GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Steffen Schlette, Thomas Huettemeier
  • Patent number: 9889474
    Abstract: A spraying device comprises: a conveyer comprising a mesh crawler belt configured to carry an object to be sprayed; a baking chamber for heating the object to be sprayed; a spraying chamber having at least one atomizing nozzle disposed within the spraying chamber, the atomizing nozzle being configured to uniformly spray a coating solution on a surface of the object to be sprayed; a cleaning chamber for cleaning the mesh crawler belt and recycling the coating solution carried by the mesh crawler belt; and a solution storage apparatus for storing the coating solution that the spraying chamber needs for spraying; wherein the mesh crawler belt passes successively through the baking chamber, the spraying chamber and the cleaning chamber. The device of the present invention can ensure uniformity of the thickness of a coating layer on the magnet. In addition, the device can improve spraying efficiency and save raw material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2018
    Assignee: Tianhe (Baotou) Advanced Tech Magnet Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Juchang Miao, Yong Zhai, Jianxin Ma, Enfeng Gao, Yanling Song, Shulin Diao, Yi Dong, Haibo Yi, Shujie Wu, Yi Yuan, Ya Chen, Wenjie Yuan
  • Patent number: 9873158
    Abstract: Improvements to a table saw include a system for automatically adjusting the height of the cutting blade in relation to the height of the workpiece, a system for providing fine adjustment of the height or bevel angle of the saw blade or work surface, and a system for automatic speed control and shut-off for the saw blade.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2018
    Assignees: Robert Bosch Tool Corporation, Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Jan Koegel, Michael Luginbill, Marin Assaliyski
  • Patent number: 9842751
    Abstract: Disclosed is a substrate liquid processing apparatus. The apparatus includes: a substrate holding unit configured to hold a substrate horizontally; a nozzle configured to eject a processing liquid in a transversal direction toward a liquid arrival target position set on the substrate held by the substrate holding unit from an ejection port which is located at an injection position spaced away from the liquid arrival target position by a predetermined distance horizontally; and a liquid receiving unit provided below the nozzle to receive the processing liquid dropping from the ejection port of the nozzle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2017
    Assignee: Tokyo Electron Limited
    Inventors: Shouta Umezaki, Yoshihiro Kai, Kazuki Kosai, Mitsuo Tanaka
  • Patent number: 9802403
    Abstract: An ink printing process employs per-nozzle droplet volume measurement and processing software that plans droplet combinations to reach specific aggregate ink fills per target region, guaranteeing compliance with minimum and maximum ink fills set by specification. In various embodiments, different droplet combinations are produced through different printhead/substrate scan offsets, offsets between printheads, the use of different nozzle drive waveforms, and/or other techniques. These combinations can be based on repeated, rapid droplet measurements that develop understandings for each nozzle of means and spreads for expected droplet volume, velocity and trajectory, with combinations of droplets being planned based on these statistical parameters. Optionally, random fill variation can be introduced so as to mitigate Mura effects in a finished display device. The disclosed techniques have many possible applications.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2017
    Assignee: Kateeva, Inc.
    Inventors: Nahid Harjee, Lucas D. Barkley, Christopher R. Hauf, Eliyahu Vronsky, Conor F. Madigan, Gregory Lewis, Alexander Sou-Kang Ko, Valerie Gassend
  • Patent number: 9795984
    Abstract: A coating apparatus and method allow for precise control of the application of a coating material on a substrate and provides a data recording system which is useful for certifying a coating job and assessing when and where any abnormalities occur.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2017
    Inventors: Steffon L. Hoppel, James W. Davidson
  • Patent number: 9764573
    Abstract: A method for printing at least one section of a flat or preferably curved surface of an object includes using a relative movement between an inkjet head and the object to move the inkjet head along a first path and print a first track in the process and to move the inkjet head along a second path and print a second track in the process. A first track edge of the first track and a second track edge of the second track meet at a point and enclose an angle between about 1° and about 179° at the point. The method permits the curved surface to be printed without perceptible track connections.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG
    Inventors: Heiner Pitz, Matthias Schloerholz
  • Patent number: 9653325
    Abstract: A processing machine of an underfill process comprises a carrier, an automated device, a scanning mechanism, an identifying device and a host. The carrier is suitable for carrying a package substrate provided with chips bonded thereon. The automated device has a dispenser for filling an underfill between each chip and the package substrate. The scanning mechanism is configured on the carrier, and the identifying device is driven by the scanning mechanism to move along a predetermined path over the package substrate and identify positions of the chips before the dispenser fills the underfill between each chip and the package substrate. The identifying device is suitable for outputting an identifying result of chip position, and a movement of the identifying device is independent from a movement of the dispenser. The host receives the identifying result and locates the dispenser of the automated device according to the identifying result.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2017
    Assignee: Powertech Technology Inc.
    Inventor: Hung-Chieh Huang
  • Patent number: 9523547
    Abstract: A device is provided for repairing erosion damage to a bore of a railgun with metal powder. The bore has a surface contour that extends longitudinally of the railgun. The device includes a housing, a profilometer sensor and a nozzle. The housing has a configuration that conforms to the surface contour and an upstream face on a longitudinal end. The profilometer sensor mounts to the upstream face to measure depth of the erosion and indicate a divot in the bore that involves repair to match the surface contour. The nozzle mounts to the upstream face to spray the metal powder from a reservoir within the housing in response to the divot indicated by the profilometer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 20, 2016
    Assignee: The United States Of America as represented by the Secretary of the Navy
    Inventor: Logan M. Compton
  • Patent number: 9457425
    Abstract: A method of manufacturing a glazing having a frequency selective surface comprising the steps of: a) depositing a coating on a substrate, said coating being non-transmitting to radio frequency (RF) radiation; b) providing a laser beam and c) removing a portion of the coating by laser ablation to form one or more curves and/or lines having a spacing selected to provide transparency of the coating to RF radiation of a desired wavelength; characterized by d) directing the laser beam and/or moving the substrate such that the relative motion of the intersection of the laser beam and the coating, with respect to the substrate, comprises motion in a first dimension, wherein said motion is simultaneously superimposed with a reciprocating motion in a second dimension; e) translating said intersection in the second dimension; and f) repeating at least step d) out of steps d) to f).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2016
    Assignee: PILKINGTON GROUP LIMITED
    Inventor: Peter Paulus
  • Patent number: 9399231
    Abstract: A bearing air passage through which bearing air is supplied toward an air bearing of an air motor and a turbine air passage through which driving air is supplied toward a turbine are provided in a housing. An annular space surrounding the air motor is provided between the housing and a cover. A bearing air branch passage connecting the annular space and the bearing air passage to each other and a turbine air branch passage for connecting the annular space and the turbine air passage to each other are provided. The air branch passages lead a part of the compressed air to the annular space and keep the cover in a heated state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 26, 2016
    Assignee: ABB K.K.
    Inventor: Kuniharu Yamauchi