Workpiece Position Control Patents (Class 219/121.82)
  • Patent number: 10847403
    Abstract: A method of manufacturing device chips includes the steps of placing a workpiece on a table with a sheet of an insulating material being interposed between the table and the workpiece, attracting the sheet to the workpiece under electrostatic forces by applying a voltage between electrodes in the table to polarize the workpiece and the sheet, unloading the workpiece with the sheet attracted thereto from the table, processing the workpiece with the sheet attracted thereto to divide the workpiece into a plurality of device chips that correspond respectively to devices, and peeling off the device chips from the sheet by bringing an electrically conductive probe into contact with one, at a time, of areas of the sheet that correspond respectively to the device chips and applying a voltage to the probe thereby to release the sheet from the device chips that have attracted the sheet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2020
    Assignee: DISCO CORPORATION
    Inventor: Sakae Matsuzaki
  • Patent number: 10814432
    Abstract: In the method according to the disclosure for the unloading of a workpiece part from a workpiece, in parallel with processing time, by means of an unloading element, e.g. a vacuum sucker, the workpiece part is cut from an especially plate-form workpiece by means of a laser beam. The movement of the laser beam relative to the workpiece at least along a first movement axis (X) is divided into a movement of the workpiece and a movement of the laser beam. Before executing a final cut, which separates the workpiece part from the workpiece, the workpiece is decelerated until standstill and the final cut is then executed for example, by moving the laser beam. The workpiece part is being unloaded by an unloading element that operates at least partially during cutting of the workpiece. The unloading element operates according to one of three operating options.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2020
    Assignee: TRUMPF Werkzeugmaschinen GmbH + Co. KG
    Inventors: Frank Schmauder, Dieter Pfisterer, Jochen Bellon, Harald Mathias, Bernd Renz
  • Patent number: 10754327
    Abstract: To provide a numerical controller, a numerical control method and a numerical control program enabling to improve laser cutting speed. A numerical controller for dividing a laser cutting range into a plurality of sections and performing cutting in the respective sections with individual laser outputs includes a nonvolatile memory for storing division conditions and laser output conditions for the plurality of respective sections in association with a cutting condition identifier, and a CPU for specifying the cutting condition identifier as a command value along with an axial movement command in a cutting program, thereby sequentially applying the stored laser output conditions to the plurality of respective sections.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Assignee: FANUC CORPORATION
    Inventor: Masaki Oka
  • Patent number: 10646958
    Abstract: A manufacturing method and a manufacturing apparatus for a separator layer-coated electrode are provided capable of shortening the time required to cut out a separator layer-coated electrode with a laser beam. In a cutting process, a laser beam is irradiated to a laser irradiation target portion of a strip-shaped separator layer-coated electrode from a front-side separator layer side to cut a strip-shaped separator layer-coated electrode. Prior to the cutting process, a preheating process is conducted to preheat the front-side separator layer in the laser irradiation target portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Masakazu Umehara, Takahiro Kuhara, Shingo Komura
  • Patent number: 10644288
    Abstract: A separator-integrated electrode plate includes a current collector plate; an active material layer formed on the current collector plate; and a resin separator layer formed on the active material layer. A belt-like laser-cut end portion along a laser-cut edge that is laser-cut in a thickness direction of the separator-integrated electrode plate and forms part of a peripheral edge of the separator-integrated electrode plate has a resin-permeated portion in which a resin forming the resin separator layer permeates the active material layer over a width that is more than twice a thickness of the resin separator layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Takahiro Sakurai
  • Patent number: 10625419
    Abstract: A robotic system includes a robot and a processor configured to autonomously generate a master plan for movement of an end effector of the robot for operating on an operating surface of a workpiece in a physical environment. The master plan is based on a computer aided design (CAD) model of the workpiece and defines movement paths of the end effector based on a reach distance of a robotic arm of the robot at each of a plurality of working waypoints defined in the master plan and corresponding to fiducial markers on the workpiece. The processor registers the robot to the workpiece, iteratively adjusts an approximate workpiece position in a world map until matching an actual workpiece position in the physical environment, and constructs and executes a robotic arm trajectory causing the end effector to operate on the operating surface along the movement paths defined in the master plan.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Martin A. Szarski, Dominic Wierzbicki, Phillip James Haeusler
  • Patent number: 10518360
    Abstract: An enclosure for a laser in which on side of the enclosure includes a rotatable positioner and a vertically slidable door movable between open and closed positions. With the door in the open position, the positioner is free to rotate, thereby enabling an workstation to rotate into and out of the enclosure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2019
    Assignee: Illinois Tool Works Inc.
    Inventors: Robert Brown, William R. Giese, Erik Miller
  • Patent number: 10047421
    Abstract: A method for treating a material comprising: applying energy to a predetermined portion of the material in a controlled manner such that the local chemistry of the predetermined portion is altered to provide a predetermined result. When the material is a shape memory material, the predetermined result may be to provide an additional memory to the predetermined portion or to alter the pseudo-elastic properties of the shape memory material. In other examples, which are not necessarily restricted to shape memory materials, the process may be used to adjust the concentration of components at the surface to allow the formation of an oxide layer at the surface of the material to provide corrosion resistance; to remove contaminants from the material; to adjust surface texture; or to generate at least one additional phase particle in the material to provide a nucleation site for grain growth, which in turn, can strengthen the material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Assignee: SMARTER ALLOYS INC.
    Inventors: Mohammad Ibrahem Khan, Yunhong Norman Zhou
  • Patent number: 9694445
    Abstract: Disclosed is a pole sheet laser cutting machine. It comprises a base frame, a laser cutting device, a sheet-cutting robotic arm for driving the laser cutting device, a control system, and at least one sheet feeding assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2017
    Assignee: Geesun Automation Technology Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Qiang Chen, Guogen Xu
  • Patent number: 9580807
    Abstract: The subject of the invention is a process for obtaining a substrate (1) provided on at least one of its sides with a coating (2), comprising a step of depositing said coating (2) then a step of heat treatment of said coating using a main laser radiation (4), said process being characterized in that at least one portion (5, 14) of the main laser radiation (4) transmitted through said substrate (1) and/or reflected by said coating (2) is redirected in the direction of said substrate in order to form at least one secondary laser radiation (6, 7, 18).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2017
    Assignee: SAINT-GOBAIN GLASS FRANCE
    Inventors: Matthieu Bilaine, Li-Ya Yeh
  • Patent number: 9496538
    Abstract: A battery includes: an electricity-generating element; an exterior; an external terminal member; a current-collecting terminal member having a first end which is connected to the electricity-generating element and a second end, which extends outward of the exterior; and a platy connection member that, outside the exterior, interconnects the current-collecting terminal member and external terminal member. In the welding between the connection member and an outer peripheral side end portion of a swaged portion in which the second end of the current-collecting terminal member has been swaged toward an insertion hole of the connection member, an acute angle between a connecting line connecting the weld portion to a center of the second end and a longitudinally extending center line of the lid member is greater than or equal to 45 degrees. A production method for the battery and a battery production-purposed mask are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2016
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Tsuyoshi Ehara
  • Patent number: 9180551
    Abstract: A laser machine tool for the machining of workpieces by laser ablation comprising a moveable dual laser head (4). The laser machine tool has a dual laser head (4) intended for the emission of laser beams, whereby the laser head (4) incorporates in its housing two or more laser sources (8), each laser source emitting a different type of laser beams and whereby the two or more laser sources (8) incorporated in the laser head (4) cannot operate simultaneously for the machining of the workpiece.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2015
    Assignee: AGIE CHARMILLES NEW TECHNOLOGIES SA
    Inventor: Dino Cataldo Paganelli
  • Patent number: 9067280
    Abstract: An apparatus for etching multiple surfaces of a hydroformed powder coated luminaire reflector is described. The system includes a laser, one or more high speed scan heads, a laser marking station and a conveyance device. The system positions a reflector into optical alignment with the scan heads to allow permanent etching of the surface thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2015
    Assignee: GENLYTE THOMAS GROUP, LLC
    Inventor: Thomas V. Daily
  • Patent number: 9040870
    Abstract: A device for recontouring a gas turbine blade includes at least one support configured to rest on an edge of the gas turbine blade during the recontouring, at least one side bearing configured to rest on an intake side or an outlet side of the gas turbine blade during the recontouring and a machining unit for machining the gas turbine blade. The machining unit is configured to fuse at least one partial area of the edge of the gas turbine blade using a beam of energy that is targeted such that material of the blade solidifies into a new contour, substantially without the addition of supplementary material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2015
    Assignee: LUFTHANSA TECHNIK AG
    Inventor: Stefan Czerner
  • Patent number: 9029730
    Abstract: Disclosed is a laser peening apparatus, including: a liquid holding head to shape and hold liquid to trap plasma on a local surface of a workpiece; and a laser irradiation head to irradiate the surface with laser through the liquid held in the liquid holding head.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2015
    Assignee: Fuji Jukogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Takafumi Adachi, Toshimichi Ogisu
  • Patent number: 9029731
    Abstract: Systems and methods for laser processing continuously moving sheet material include one or more laser processing heads configured to illuminate the moving sheet material with one or more laser beams. The sheet material may include, for example, an optical film continuously moving from a first roller to a second roller during a laser process. In one embodiment, a vacuum chuck is configured to removably affix a first portion of the moving sheet material thereto. The vacuum chuck controls a velocity of the moving sheet material as the first portion is processed by the one or more laser beams. In one embodiment, a conveyor includes a plurality of vacuum chucks configured to successively affix to different portions of the sheet material during laser processing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2015
    Assignee: Electro Scientific Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Yasu Osako, Mark Unrath, Mark Kosmowski
  • Patent number: 9024233
    Abstract: Methods for cleaning a side edge of a thin film photovoltaic substrate utilizing a laser are provided. The method can include transporting the substrate in a machine direction to move the substrate past a first laser source, and focusing a first laser beam generated by the first laser source onto the side edge of the substrate such that the laser beam removes the thin film present on the side edge of the substrate. An apparatus is also generally provided for cleaning a first side edge and a second side edge of a thin film photovoltaic substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2015
    Assignee: First Solar, Inc.
    Inventor: Luke W. Jacobson
  • Publication number: 20150107033
    Abstract: The present invention relates to the automated cutting of pliable items. More particularly, the present invention relates to the automatic cutting and/or trimming of pliable items, such as a shoe upper that lacks uniformity. An image of the pliable item is captured having image features and a pattern is retrieved having pattern features, such as a proposed cut path. An image feature is compared to distance tolerances associated with pattern features to adjust the proposed cut path such that it satisfies the distance tolerances while providing a consistently sized and shaped trimmed item.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 21, 2013
    Publication date: April 23, 2015
    Applicant: Nike, Inc.
    Inventors: Chih-Chi Chang, Cheng-Yen Ho, Mike F. Quigley, Shu-Hui Wang
  • Patent number: 9012806
    Abstract: Provide a pulse laser processing device which facilitates stable microfabrication of the surface of a large target processing material, and an increase in the speed of microfabrication. The pulse laser processing device includes a reference clock oscillating circuit which generates a clock signal, a laser oscillator which emits a pulse laser beam synchronized with the clock signal, a laser scanner which scans a pulse laser beam only in a one-dimensional direction in synchronization with the clock signal, a stage on which the target processing material can be placed and which moves in a direction orthogonal to the one-dimensional direction, and a pulse picker which is provided on an optical path between the laser oscillator and laser scanner and which switches pass and block of the pulse laser beam in synchronization with the clock signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: Toshiba Kikai Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Makoto Hayashi
  • Publication number: 20150102021
    Abstract: A laser welding device may include: a frame including a lower die supporting at least two sheets of welding objects and an upper die mounted over the lower die to be spaced apart from the lower die; a pressing plate movably mounted on the upper die in a vertical direction and pressing the welding objects; a rotating member mounted on the pressing plate and rotating based on a pressing central shaft of the pressing plate; a tilting member disposed in a direction intersecting the pressing central shaft and connected to the rotating member to be tilted in a vertical direction; and a scanner head reciprocally mounted on the tilting member along a length direction, scanning the laser beam in an X axis and a Y axis, and irradiating the laser beam to the welding object.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 30, 2013
    Publication date: April 16, 2015
    Applicant: Hyundai Motor Company
    Inventors: Junkyoung Lee, Hyunwoo Lee
  • Patent number: 9007413
    Abstract: A system for creating marked can tabs may include an isolation mechanism located in the path of the tab material strip between a tab material dereeler and a tab forming press and a system suitable for marking the tab material strip. The isolation mechanism may be configured to convert discontinuous motion of the tab material strip proximate the tab forming press into continuous motion of the tab material strip at the dereeler. The system may be suitable for marking the tab material strip. The marking system may be located between the dereeler and the isolation mechanism such that the laser system acts on the tab material strip while it is moving at a relatively constant speed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignee: Crown Packaging Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Clifford J. Boisvert, Carlos Andŕes Mejia-Quinchia, Richard Mark Orlando Golding
  • Publication number: 20150090702
    Abstract: Provided is a laser cutting device and method which changes a cutting speed of a laser according to a difference between characteristics (absorption coefficients) of an object to be cut, so as to uniformly supply an energy of laser to the whole of the object, thereby preventing the object from being incompletely cut. A laser cutting device includes a database that stores information about a cutting pattern, a moving part that changes a location of a laser beam emitted to an object to be cut, a characteristic value input part that receives speed information from a user according to locations on the cutting pattern, and a control part that adjusts a moving speed of the laser beam by controlling the moving part according to the speed information from the characteristic value input part, and the information about the cutting pattern from the data base.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 10, 2014
    Publication date: April 2, 2015
    Applicant: LG CHEM, LTD.
    Inventors: Jin Ho BAN, Chang Bum AHN, Ki Hong MIN, Ji Won PARK, Myung Hoon KO, Seung Ho NA
  • Publication number: 20150076504
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a new generation of laser-crystallization approaches that can crystallize Si films for large displays at drastically increased effective crystallization rates. The particular scheme presented in this aspect of the disclosure is referred to as the advanced excimer-laser annealing (AELA) method, and it can be readily configured for manufacturing large OLED TVs using various available and proven technical components. As in ELA, it is mostly a partial-/near-complete-melting-regime-based crystallization approach that can, however, eventually achieve greater than one order of magnitude increase in the effective rate of crystallization than that of the conventional ELA technique utilizing the same laser source.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Publication date: March 19, 2015
    Inventor: James S. Im
  • Publication number: 20150069025
    Abstract: Cladding and remanufacturing a machine component includes directing cleaning and welding beams split from an incident laser beam toward the machine component, and moving the machine component relative the cleaning and welding beams such that the welding beam trails behind the cleaning beam along a common travel path. A surface of the machine component is decontaminated by the cleaning beam, whilst a cladding material is melted via the welding beam such that upon solidifying the cladding material forms a coating metallurgically bonded to base material and previously deposited cladding material of the machine component.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 10, 2013
    Publication date: March 12, 2015
    Applicant: Caterpillar, Inc.
    Inventors: Kegan Luick, Daniel Sordelet, Daniel T. Cavanaugh, Justin Embrey
  • Patent number: 8946587
    Abstract: A laser machining apparatus is provided with: a workpiece support unit; a machining head; and a machining head moving unit. The workpiece support unit includes: an end support part that supports a width end of a workpiece; and an inside support part that supports an inside portion of the workpiece in a width direction. The end support part is movable in a longitudinal direction independently from the inside support part in response to a movement of the machining head.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2015
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Takuo Kobayashi, Shin Yoshida, Izuru Hori, Masahiro Koike, Kenichi Fukami
  • Patent number: 8933374
    Abstract: A pulse laser machining apparatus and method generates a clock signal, emits a pulse laser beam in synchronization with the clock signal, scans the pulse laser beam in synchronization with the clock signal only in a one-dimensional direction, moves a stage in a direction perpendicular to the one-dimensional direction, passes or cuts off the pulse laser beam in synchronization with the clock signal, and controls the passing or cutting off of the pulse laser beam based on the number of light pulses of the pulse laser beam.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2015
    Assignee: Toshiba Kikai Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Makoto Hayashi
  • Publication number: 20140360991
    Abstract: A device for connecting two workpiece parts by means of laser beam welding. Producing a simply constructed and cost-effectively manufactured device for flat welding workpiece parts, with simultaneous compensation of workpiece tolerances, is achieved by a weld seam pattern with a number of weld seams arranged downstream of an adapted pressure unit of a laser beam source. The pressure unit has a plurality of channels extending through it with channel walls. The channel walls are a lattice-like arrangement of the first and second pressure elements which have integrated means for compensating tolerances, and which are designed to press the workpiece parts against one another in the z direction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 5, 2014
    Publication date: December 11, 2014
    Inventors: Christoph Steiner, Werner Wollmann
  • Patent number: 8907245
    Abstract: An apparatus for reducing resources for selecting seed to be produced in commercial quantities or for research is disclosed. Samples of seed which are candidates for selection are collected and given an identifier. Specific tissue or structure from candidate seed is removed. A test or analysis is performed on the candidate seed or the removed tissue or structure. Results of the test or analysis are recorded and correlated to the seed's identifier. The results are evaluated and a decision is made whether to select a candidate seed for commercial production or for research. Time, space, and labor associated with growing plants in an experimental plot or greenhouse and taking tissue samples from growing plants is saved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2014
    Assignee: Pioneer Hi Bred International Inc
    Inventor: Jason Cope
  • Patent number: 8884184
    Abstract: An apparatus for athermal ablation of a workpiece. The apparatus may include a laser device to direct a laser beam at the workpiece to remove a plurality of sections from the workpiece by athermal ablation. The removal may occur in a plurality of discrete motions that cause the laser beam to trace along outer perimeters of the sections in a specific order maintaining mechanical stability of the plurality of sections. The apparatus may further include a process gas nozzle to deliver process gas coaxially with the laser beam to clear debris and cool the workpiece, and a workpiece holder to hold and maneuver the workpiece during the removal of the plurality of sections.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2014
    Assignee: Raydiance, Inc.
    Inventors: David Gaudiosi, Michael Greenberg, Michael Mielke, Tim Booth, Gordon Masor
  • Patent number: 8872068
    Abstract: A system for modifying a hypotube may include a hypotube holding subsystem, a hypotube collection subsystem, and a cooling subsystem. The hypotube holding subsystem may be configured to inhibit sag of a held hypotube. The hypotube collection subsystem may be configured to collect a hypotube after laser cutting. The cooling subsystem may include a valve configured to direct gas into the hypotube collection subsystem.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2014
    Assignee: Insera Therapeutics, Inc.
    Inventors: Vallabh Janardhan, Vikram Janardhan
  • Patent number: 8866041
    Abstract: A manufacturing method of laser diode unit of the present invention includes steps: placing a laser diode on top of a solder member formed on a mounting surface of a submount, applying a pressing load to the laser diode and pressing the laser diode against the solder member, next, melting the solder member by heating the solder member at a temperature higher than a melting point of the solder member while the pressing load is being applied, and thereafter, bonding the laser diode to the submount by cooling and solidifying the solder member, thereafter, removing the pressing load, and softening the solidified solder member by heating the solder member at a temperature lower than the melting point of the solder member after the pressing load has been removed, and thereafter cooling and re-solidifying the solder member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2014
    Assignees: TDK Corporation, Rohm Co., Ltd, SAE Magnetics (H.K.) Ltd.
    Inventors: Koji Shimazawa, Osamu Shindo, Yoshihiro Tsuchiya, Yasuhiro Ito, Kenji Sakai
  • Patent number: 8859934
    Abstract: A method of removing slag formed during laser cutting a hypotube may include flowing cooling gas into a laser nozzle, directing flow of the cooling gas onto an external surface of the hypotube, and injecting cooling fluid into an inner lumen of the hypotube at a velocity. Flowing the cooling gas and injecting the cooling fluid may at least partially remove slag from the external surface of the hypotube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2014
    Assignee: Insera Therapeutics, Inc.
    Inventors: Vallabh Janardhan, Vikram Janardhan
  • Patent number: 8853591
    Abstract: A surface treatment equipment is designed for forming nickel barriers on a plurality of terminals for preventing solder wicking is disclosed. The surface treatment equipment includes a retractable feeding system, a laser engraving system, an image sensor, and a control system. The retractable feeding system is utilized to transmit a strip that has the terminals. The laser engraving system is utilized to ablate the terminals. The image sensor is utilized to collect a plurality of images of the ablated terminals. The control system receives the images to perform image recognition. When a defective terminal is recognized, the control system controls the retractable feeding system to transmit in reverse and controls the laser engraving system to repeatedly ablate the defective terminal. The defective terminals can be automatically recognized by the image sensor accompanying the control system. Thus, the drawback of a human visual inspection is solved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2014
    Assignee: Cheng Uei Precision Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Han-wei Wang, Jung-kuang Liu, Tsai-sheng Shen
  • Patent number: 8847109
    Abstract: In a method for machining a workpiece, a laser beam (5) is guided across the workpiece surface by means of a beam guide (2, 51), wherein the laser beam guide comprises a first guide (2) effecting a laser beam guide at a first path speed. The laser beam guide comprises a second guide (51) simultaneously operating with the first guide, which effects a laser beam guide at a second path speed, which is higher than the first path speed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2014
    Assignee: Sauer GmbH Lasertec
    Inventors: Michael Kuhl, Peter Hildebrand, Martin Reisacher
  • Patent number: 8841578
    Abstract: A laser blanking system for cutting material stock includes a first series of conveyor lanes that include a plurality of support conveyors which are situated in parallel, generally spaced apart relationships. A second series of conveyor lanes is situated downstream from the first series. The second series includes a plurality of support conveyors situated in parallel, generally spaced apart relationships with respect to each other. The laser blanking system further includes a multiple-axis gantry system. The multiple-axis gantry includes a moveable transverse-axis component is supported by and moveable along a longitudinal-axis component that is situated adjacent to a longitudinal edge of the first and second series. A moveable laser head is supported by the transverse-axis component. A controller operatively controls movements of each one conveyor of the first and second lanes, the transverse-axis component, and the laser head as stock material is indexed downstream and supported by the system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 23, 2014
    Assignee: Lasercoil Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: Jay G. Finn
  • Publication number: 20140272329
    Abstract: Optical elements with small increments in average density are formed in a substrate by laser micromachining using a variable aperture and a pattern mask set of pattern masks each having of shape-defining elements whose density differs among the pattern masks in first density increments. A laser light beam passes through a combined mask formed by the variable aperture and one pattern mask selected from the pattern mask set. The variable aperture controls beam size and the pattern mask spatially modulates its intensity. A focusing element focuses light from the combined mask on a small averaging region of the substrate. Different combinations of the size of the aperture mask and the selected pattern mask are used in combination at respective averaging regions of the substrate. The resulting average densities of the optical elements vary among the averaging regions in increments that are small compared to the first density increments.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 14, 2012
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: Rambus Delaware LLC
    Inventors: Timothy A. McCollum, Fumitomo Hide, Ian Hardcastle
  • Patent number: 8816244
    Abstract: A stent manufacturing device and methods for making intravascular stents and other medical devices. The stent manufacturing device may include a base, a laser or other cutting device coupled to the base, a horizontal motor coupled to the base, and a rotary motor coupled to the horizontal motor. A workpiece can be attached to the cutting device, for example adjacent the rotary motor, and the workpiece can be cut with the cutting device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2004
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2014
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Scimed, Inc.
    Inventors: Kenneth Merdan, Matt Shedlov
  • Patent number: 8785812
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a device for the treatment of a workpiece, in particular of a substantially flat substrate, comprising a table (2) for supporting the workpiece (5), a flow generation apparatus (6, 11) producing a gas flow (22) on a top face (17.1, 17.2) of the table (2) in a region between the workpiece (5) and the top face (17.1, 17.2) of the table (2), on which gas flow the workpiece (5) is supported during the treatment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2005
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2014
    Assignee: Tel Solar AG
    Inventors: Richard Grundmüller, Johannes Meier, Arthur Büchel
  • Patent number: 8780406
    Abstract: A visible laser beam scanned by a galvano-scanner system is aligned at each of positioning points on the top surface of a master work by manual operation to record sensor position signals of position sensors on galvano-scanners. The sensor position signals on each positioning point are recorded to create a drive pattern in accordance with recorded sensor position signals. The drive pattern no longer has optics system error sources including focus error and attachment error as well as errors caused by scale, offset and the like, also eliminating the need for entering a distance as far as the top surface of the work. Therefore, the drive pattern with error components removed can be created with ease.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2014
    Assignee: Harmonic Drive Systems Inc.
    Inventor: Nozomu Tanioka
  • Publication number: 20140183174
    Abstract: A crankshaft heat treatment device may include a base frame, a jig frame in which a crankshaft is rotatably supported and that is disposed to be able to move in a horizontal direction and in a vertical direction at the base frame, and a laser unit that is disposed in a predetermined fixed position and irradiates laser beam to a pin portion and a journal portion of the crankshaft so as to treat the pin portion and the journal portion with heat.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 19, 2013
    Publication date: July 3, 2014
    Applicant: Hyundai Motor Company
    Inventors: Woojun Yoon, Hee Myoung Cho
  • Patent number: 8766136
    Abstract: A welding tool is configured with a housing enclosing a fiber laser system which is operative to produce a weld seam for connecting two workpieces. The fiber laser system includes a focusing optic configured to focus the output beam of the system so that it propagates through an elongated slit formed in the bottom of the housing. The fiber laser system is capable to move along a predetermined path extending parallel to the longitudinal direction of the slit and limited by the perimeter thereof. The output beam is generated only when the slit sits upon at least one of the workpieces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 1, 2014
    Assignee: IPG Photonics Corporation
    Inventors: Berthold Kessler, Heribert Heinz
  • Patent number: 8735774
    Abstract: A laser beam propagates along a beam axis for incidence on a work surface mounted on a support. The support operatively connects to a positioning system moving at least one of the laser beam and the target specimen relative to each other to position the laser beam at selected locations on the work surface. At least one force reaction compensation motor is located in a common force plane with, and as close as possible to, a corresponding stage motor. Any moment arm between the compensation motor and the corresponding stage motor is reduced or eliminated, allowing the compensation motor to directly couple and react to stage forces with virtually zero moment arm. Six degrees of freedom can be controlled with only four motors, since each compensation motor is directly coupled and aligned to a corresponding stage motor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2014
    Assignee: Electro Scientific Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: Mark T. Kosmowski
  • Publication number: 20140076867
    Abstract: A treatment system comprises an energy source that generates a energy beam that is emitted along an energy beam pathway. A beam section shaper is positioned along the energy beam pathway that receives an incident energy beam and modifies a section shape thereof to output a shape-modified energy beam. A beam intensity shaper is positioned along the energy beam pathway that receives an incident energy beam having a first intensity profile and outputs an intensity-modified energy beam having a second intensity profile, wherein the first intensity profile has a relative maximum average intensity at a center region thereof and wherein the second intensity profile has a relative minimum average intensity at a center region thereof.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 8, 2013
    Publication date: March 20, 2014
    Inventors: Sanghyun Kim, Chalykh Roman, Jongju Park, Donggun Lee, Seongsue Kim
  • Publication number: 20140061173
    Abstract: An alignment system for permanently marking a workpiece with a marking device includes a camera, a display operatively connected to the camera and configured to generate an image as a function of camera input, a template having a marking area designation located in relation to the display such that the image is displayed against the marking area designation, and an adjustment table configured to allow controllable repositioning of the workpiece relative to the marking device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 4, 2012
    Publication date: March 6, 2014
    Applicant: UNITED TECHNOLOGIES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Frank J. Trzcinski, Kathryn M. Schwink
  • Publication number: 20140027420
    Abstract: Methods and systems for forming a scribe line in a thin film stack on an inner surface of a thin film photovoltaic superstrate are provided via the use of a cleaning laser beam and a scribing laser beam. The cleaning laser beam is focused directly onto the exposed surface of the superstrate such that the cleaning laser beam removes debris from the exposed surface of the superstrate, and the scribing laser beam is focused through the exposed surface of the superstrate and onto the thin film stack such that the scribing laser beam passes through the superstrate to form a scribe within the thin film stack on the inner surface of the superstrate. The method and system can further utilize a conveyor to transport the superstrate in a machine direction to move the superstrate past the cleaning laser source and the scribing laser source.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 27, 2012
    Publication date: January 30, 2014
    Applicant: PRIMESTAR SOLAR, INC.
    Inventors: Scott Daniel Feldman-Peabody, William J. Schaffer
  • Publication number: 20140027418
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a method for electrically contacting terminal faces of two substrates (6, 7), in particular of a chip (6) and of a carrier substrate (7). Furthermore, the invention relates to a device for performing a second phase of the method according to the invention. The method according to the invention takes place in two successive phases, wherein, in a first phase, the chip (6) is positioned with its terminal faces against terminal faces of the substrate (7) and laser energy (5) is applied to the chip (6) at the rear and, in a subsequent second phase, in a housing (3), a flux medium is applied and at the same time a reflow is performed by means of laser energy (5) being applied to the chip (6) at the rear, and a process of rinsing the housing interior is subsequently performed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 30, 2012
    Publication date: January 30, 2014
    Applicant: PAC TECH - PACKAGING TECHNOLOGIES GmbH
    Inventor: Ghassem Azdasht
  • Publication number: 20140008340
    Abstract: There is provided a hybrid ultraprecision machining device for manufacturing a micro-machined product from a workpiece, the machining device comprising: an electromagnetic-wave-machining means for roughly machining the workpiece; a precision-machining means for precisely machining the roughly machined workpiece, the precision-machining means being equipped with a replaceable cutting tool selected from the group consisting of a planar tool, a shaper tool, a fly-cutting tool, a diamond-turning tool and a micro-milling tool; a shape-measurement means for measuring a shape of the workpiece upon use of the electromagnetic-wave machining means and the precision-machining means; and a control means for controlling the electromagnetic-wave-machining means or the precision-machining means, based on information on the shape of the workpiece, the shape being measured by the shape-measuring means.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 16, 2013
    Publication date: January 9, 2014
    Applicant: PANASONIC CORPORATION
    Inventors: Noboru URATA, Kimitake OKUGAWA, Yoshiyuki UCHINONO, Takashi SHINDO
  • Publication number: 20130334186
    Abstract: A laser processing apparatus includes a laser beam branching mechanism provided between a laser oscillator and a focusing unit. The branching mechanism includes a branching unit for branching a laser beam into a plurality of laser beams. The branching unit includes a half-wave plate for 45° rotating the polarization plane of the laser beam. A first polarization beam splitter separates the laser beam passed through the half-wave plate into P polarized light and S polarized light. A first mirror reflects the P polarized light and a second mirror reflects the S polarized light. A second polarization beam splitter leads the reflected P polarized light and the reflected S polarized light to different optical paths extending in the same direction, and an angle adjusting mechanism adjusts the angle of reflection of at least one of the P polarized light and the S polarized light.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 5, 2013
    Publication date: December 19, 2013
    Inventor: Keiji NOMARU
  • Publication number: 20130338432
    Abstract: A fabric cutting system and/or method can include a mandrel having a body and first and second legs, a centered chuck, and an offset chuck, each chuck configured to receive either one of the legs or body to rotatingly support the mandrel between the chucks. When one of the legs is inserted into the centered chuck and the mandrel body is inserted into the offset chuck, the mandrel can be rotated and the fabric mounted on the mandrel can be cut about the leg at a location beyond the end of the other leg. One of the legs can include a leg extension removable from a leg base that when removed allows the other leg to be cut beyond the end of the leg base. The fabric can be cut with a cutting laser, which may be a multi-axis laser, and/or have low power.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 24, 2013
    Publication date: December 19, 2013
    Applicant: Atex Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Danny Severino, Paul Van Hulle, Timothy Warner
  • Publication number: 20130334185
    Abstract: A laser processing apparatus including a laser beam branching mechanism provided between a laser oscillator and a focusing unit. The laser beam branching mechanism includes a spread angle adjusting unit for adjusting the spread angle of a laser beam and a branching unit for branching the laser beam into a plurality of laser beams. The branching unit includes a half-wave plate, a first polarization beam splitter for separating the laser beam into P polarized light and S polarized light, a first mirror for reflecting the P polarized light, a second mirror for reflecting the S polarized light, and a second polarization beam splitter for leading the P polarized light reflected by the first mirror and the S polarized light reflected by the second mirror to different optical paths extending in the same direction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 5, 2013
    Publication date: December 19, 2013
    Inventor: Keiji NOMARU