With Predetermined Welding Operation Patents (Class 219/125.1)
  • Patent number: 10994357
    Abstract: The invention described herein generally pertains to a system and method for welder system that relates to creating a welding sequence for a welding environment in which the welding sequence is based upon real time data collected from a performed or previously performed welding procedure. Welding procedure information is collected and utilized to create a welding sequence to perform two or more welds in which at least one parameter is based on the collected welding procedure information (e.g., real world welding procedure).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Assignee: Lincoln Global, Inc.
    Inventors: Joseph A. Daniel, Daniel Fleming, Judah Henry
  • Patent number: 10988268
    Abstract: A system is provided for performing an operation on a component of an engine. The component includes a first side positioned within an interior of the engine. The system includes a first robotic arm defining a first distal end and including a first utility member positioned at the first distal end, the first robotic arm moveable to the interior of the engine to a location operably adjacent to the first side of the component; and a second robotic arm defining a second distal end and including a second utility member positioned at the second distal end, the second robotic arm also moveable to the interior of the engine to facilitate the first and second utility members performing the operation on the component of the engine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2021
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Andrew Crispin Graham, Herbert Chidsey Roberts, Lyle Timothy Rasch, Michael Dean Fullington, Wayne Ray Grady, David Scott Diwinsky, Michael Todd Stowe
  • Patent number: 10991267
    Abstract: Systems and methods to aid a welder or welding student. A system may provide a real-world arc welding system or a virtual reality arc welding system along with a computerized eyewear device having a head-up display (HUD). The computerized eyewear device may be worn by a user under a conventional welding helmet as eye glasses are worn and may wirelessly communicate with a welding power source of a real-world arc welding system or a programmable processor-based subsystem of a virtual reality arc welding system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2021
    Assignee: LINCOLN GLOBAL, INC.
    Inventors: William T. Matthews, Joseph A. Daniel
  • Patent number: 10974337
    Abstract: Present embodiments include an additive manufacturing tool configured to receive a metallic anchoring material and to supply a plurality of droplets to a part, wherein each droplet of the plurality of droplets comprises the metallic anchoring material and a mechanical oscillation system configured to mechanically oscillate a structural component of the additive manufacturing tool toward and away from the part, wherein the mechanical oscillation system comprises a motor, a cam coupled to the motor, and a piston coupled to the cam, wherein the piston is fixedly attached to the structural component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2021
    Assignee: Illinois Tool Works Inc.
    Inventors: Todd Earl Holverson, Christopher Hsu
  • Patent number: 10974345
    Abstract: A nozzle device includes three or more rail members, three or more slider members, three or more arm members, a nozzle portion, and a drive mechanism. The three or more rail members each includes rails parallel with each other. The three or more slider members are connected to the rail members to be movable along the rails, respectively. The three or more arm members are connected to the slider members, and movably and rotatably supported in the rail members through the slider members, respectively. The nozzle portion is rotatably connected to the three or more arm members to inject a material and emit an energy beam. The drive mechanism includes at least five actuators that set one of a relative position and a relative angle between each of combinations of two mutually connected elements among the rail members, the slider members, the arm members, and the nozzle portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2021
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba
    Inventor: Hiroshi Ohno
  • Patent number: 10906132
    Abstract: An additive manufacturing system configured to manufacture a component including scan strategies for efficient utilization of one or more laser arrays. The additive manufacturing system includes at least one laser device, each configured as a laser array, and a build platform. Each laser device is configured to generate a plurality of laser beams. The component is disposed on the build platform. The at least one laser device is configured to sweep across the component and the build platform in at least one of a radial direction, a circumferential direction or a modified zig-zag pattern and simultaneously operate the one or more of the plurality of individually operable laser beams corresponding to a pattern of the layer of a build to generate successive layers of a melted powdered material on the component and the build platform corresponding to the pattern of the layer of the build. A method of manufacturing a component with the additive manufacturing system is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2021
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: William Thomas Carter, Jason Harris Karp, Justin John Gambone, Jr., Lang Yuan, David Charles Bogdan, Jr., Victor Petrovish Ostroverkhov, Marshall Gordon Jones, Michael Evans Graham, Kevin George Harding
  • Patent number: 10900209
    Abstract: A method for making a sink with a supporting structure, comprising: drawing a sink including at least one basin and a rim extending outwardly from at least one side of the at least one basin; and coupling a support structure in the form of at least one channel to an underside of the at least one side of the rim using a tool; wherein the tool includes a channel support configured to receive one channel of the at least one channels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2021
    Assignee: KOHLER CO.
    Inventors: Jason R. Miller, Brian Siehr, Theodore Nikolai, Joseph Bolden
  • Patent number: 10850348
    Abstract: A device and method for alignment of parts for welding, having a bottom welding fixture and a top welding fixture. The bottom welding fixture has a plurality of fixed locating pins for positioning of parts to be welded and limiting movement of the parts in a first axis and a perpendicular second axis. At least pair of alignment block assemblies to actuate movement of the parts to be welded in the first and second axes. The alignment block assembly having an alignment block moveable from a first position to a second position for contacting and aligning the parts. An actuator coupled to the top welding or bottom welding fixture to actuate movement of the alignment block from the first position to the second position upon engagement of the top welding fixture to the bottom welding fixture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2020
    Assignee: DANA CANADA CORPORATION
    Inventors: Shuding Lin, Mike St. Pierre
  • Patent number: 10782676
    Abstract: A modular work cell for a production robot includes a base module, on which at least one production robot is arranged, disposed inside the modular work cell. The modular work cell further includes wall elements, a control cabinet, an access, and a feed unit for workpieces which is arranged between the access and the production robot. The base module, the control cabinet, the feed unit and the access form a mechanically and electrically interconnected transport assembly configured for transport. The wall elements can be transported separate from the transport assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2020
    Assignee: BENTELER MASCHINENBAU GMBH
    Inventors: Martin Besik, Radovan Kout, Jiri Malý, Petr Masilko, Vaclav Sula, Lukas Urban
  • Patent number: 10780526
    Abstract: A laser remote processing system, in particular a laser remote welding system, has a laser cell surrounded by a protective housing, in which a working robot having a remote laser tool and a first processing station in the working region of the working robot are arranged. In order to improve the efficiency of the system, a second processing station in the working region of the working robot, and at least one handling robot are furthermore arranged within the protective housing, it being possible to reposition workpieces between the first processing station or the second processing station and a buffer region with the handling robot. The buffer region is set up to receive workpieces and is integrated into the protective housing as an automatably actuable workpiece lock.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2020
    Assignee: Bayerische Motoren Werke Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventor: Stefan Beck
  • Patent number: 10766104
    Abstract: Various welding accessory apparatus are disclosed herein. A welding accessory apparatus can include a welding lens and a vacuum assembly. The welding lens can be configured to filter at least one of ultraviolet, infrared, and visible light to a shade number of at least two. The vacuum assembly can have at least one intake aperture positioned proximate to the welding lens. A welding accessory apparatus can include a welding lens and a flexible curtain. The welding lens can be configured to filter at least one of ultraviolet, infrared, and visible light to a shade number of at least two. The flexible curtain can be positioned proximate to the welding lens and can be configured to provide protection from sparks and spatter generated during welding. A welding accessory apparatus can include a shielding strip and a fastening member. The shielding strip can be one of fabric and flexible film. The shielding strip can be configured to provide protection from sparks and spatter generated during welding.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Inventor: Raymond Vanier
  • Patent number: 10744554
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for distributing a number of utilities. The number of utilities may be coupled between a number of utility sources and a utility fixture. The number of utilities may be coupled between the utility fixture and a mobile system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Harinder S. Oberoi, Alfredo Jose Gerosa, Kevin Marion Barrick, Quang T. Do, Yuanxin Charles Hu, Branko Sarh, Scott Allen Mackay, Jeffrey Lawrence Miller
  • Patent number: 10688581
    Abstract: A 3D metal printing machine or apparatus includes a welder that deposits one or more layers of metal, and a powered cutting tool that may be utilized to remove a portion of the metal deposited by the welder after the metal has solidified. Numerous layers of metal can be deposited and machined to form complex 3D metal parts. During fabrication, a part may be formed on a support whereby the part can be fabricated by welding and machining operations without removing the part from the support. A 3D CAD model of a part may be utilized to generate code that controls the 3D metal printing apparatus. A measuring device such as a probe or laser scanner may be utilized to measure the shape/size of parts in the 3D metal printing machine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: The Board of Trustees of Western Michigan University
    Inventors: James McQueen, Daniel T. Ziemer, Matthew W. Ziemer, Jacob Thomas Ives, Pavel Ikonomov
  • Patent number: 10661396
    Abstract: A robotic welding system comprises a supporting arm for attaching to a repositionable support structure, the supporting arm comprising a first mounting portion connectable to the repositionable support structure, and a second mounting portion rotatably coupled to the first mounting portion. A yaw rotary actuator rotates the second mounting portion about a yaw axis. A welding arm comprises a third mounting portion rotatably coupled to the second mounting portion of the supporting arm. A pitch rotary actuator rotates the third mounting portion about a pitch axis generally perpendicular to the yaw axis. A roll rotary actuator rotates a torch holder shaft about a roll axis generally perpendicular to the pitch axis. The shaft has a torch mounting portion for mounting a welding torch at an end thereof. A controller is operably coupled to the actuators to cause the welding torch to execute a welding pattern.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: Novarc Technologies Inc.
    Inventors: Abdolreza Abdollahi, Hassan Bateni, Soroush Karimzadeh
  • Patent number: 10625418
    Abstract: A control system, a controller, a control method and a recording medium capable of preventing damage to a cable occurring during an operation under control of a scara robot are provided. A control system includes a scara robot 300 and a controller configured to control the scara robot 300. The controller includes an acquisition unit configured to acquire a target position of a control object in the scara robot 300 and a decision unit configured to decide a rotational direction of an operation tool 332 so that a cable 333 does not collide with a component of the scara robot 300 when the control object moves to the target position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Assignee: OMRON Corporation
    Inventors: Daisuke Matsunaga, Igor Jovanovic, Diego Escudero-Rodrigo, Ferran Carlas Ponce, Raffaele Vito, Sandra Pallarés Gual
  • Patent number: 10603798
    Abstract: A robot includes a base; an articulated arm provided on the base; a sensor that is provided on the base and detects external force applied to the articulated arm; a controller that causes the articulated arm to perform a stop motion on a basis of a detected value of the sensor; and a cable having one end connected to devices mounted on a tip-side arm member of the articulated arm, and having the other end connected to the controller that controls the devices wherein the cable enters into the articulated arm from an arm member, passes through arm members which are disposed closer to the base side than the arm member is, and is connected to the controller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Assignee: FANUC CORPORATION
    Inventor: Junya Fujita
  • Patent number: 10599127
    Abstract: Embodiments for performing manufacture processes are disclosed. In one embodiment, a system includes a tool to be used in a manufacture process on a workpiece. The system includes a robot having an arm. The arm has an attachment point and is configured to move the tool, when attached to the attachment point, in multiple degrees of freedom during the manufacture process. A robot controller of the robot controls the movement of the arm based on motion parameters to perform the manufacture process via the tool. The system includes a power source having power electronics to generate electrical output power, based on electrical input parameters, provided to the tool during the manufacture process. A power source controller of the power source is configured to communicate with the robot controller, allowing a path planner component to generate the motion parameters used to perform the manufacture process while avoiding robot collision conflicts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Assignee: LINCOLN GLOBAL, INC.
    Inventors: Daniel J. Spieker, Levi J. Mitchell, Khaled M. Ben-Gharbia
  • Patent number: 10518351
    Abstract: Provided are: an arc welding method that suppresses occurrences of blow holes in initial parts and final parts in a Zn plated steel sheet and reduces the occupancy ratio for blow holes in the welded part as a whole; and a welded joint.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2019
    Assignee: NIPPON STEEL NISSHIN CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Tomokazu Nobutoki, Kazuaki Hosomi
  • Patent number: 10512982
    Abstract: A pipe assembly station for performing operations on a field joint during pipe assembly has an active rail extending around an opening through which the pipe can pass. Tool carriages are arranged to traverse along the active rail and around a periphery of the pipe. The station also comprises a standby position, distanced from the active rail and a switch arranged to transfer the tool carriage from the active rail to the standby position. By providing such a combination of a rail and a standby position, a tool carriage can be brought into position on the active rail to perform a pipe joining operation and can be subsequently set back to the standby position, where it is out of the way of operations taking place on the pipe. Such a switching arrangement allows for more effective use of the limited space around the joint.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 24, 2019
    Assignee: Shanghai Zhenhua Heavy Industries Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Laurent Daney
  • Patent number: 10449671
    Abstract: A method of constraining operation of a robot includes receiving, using network interface hardware of a robot, one or more robotic control instructions from a user, where the robotic control instructions instruct the robot to perform a robotic movement, determining whether the user providing the one or more robotic control instructions to the robot is a primary user or a secondary user, and comparing the robotic movement instructed by the one or more robotic control instructions with one or more robotic operation constraints. The method further includes determining whether the robotic movement instructed by the one or more robotic control instructions conflicts with the one or more robotic operation constraints and constraining operation of the robot when the user is the secondary user and the robotic movement instructed by the one or more robotic control instructions conflicts with the one or more robotic operation constraints.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2019
    Assignee: Toyota Research Institute, Inc.
    Inventor: Nikolaos Michalakis
  • Patent number: 10441372
    Abstract: A surgical instrument support arm of a teleoperated patient side cart may include a first arm portion including a first connector end and a second a second arm portion including a second connector end. The second arm portion may be removably connectable to the first arm portion via mating engagement of the first and second connector ends. The first and second connector ends may each include complementary mechanical connections and complementary electrical connections. At least one of the electrical connections of the first and second connector ends may include electrical shielding to protect against electrical interference in a position in which the electrical connections are matingly engaged. The electrical shielding may be configured to axially compress when the electrical connections of the first and second connector ends are matingly engaged.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignee: Intuitive Surgical Operations, Inc.
    Inventors: Roman L. Devengenzo, Alan W. Petersen, Bruce M. Schena
  • Patent number: 10442027
    Abstract: A welding system includes components equipped with digital communications circuitry for synchronization and coordination of tasks associated with the welding operation. The tasks may be initiated and terminated independently or in coordination based upon synchronization of this circuitry. Certain of the tasks may be performed by the components in an open-loop manner or in a closed-loop manner based upon feedback of welding parameters. Moreover, certain tasks may be independent of one another, or interdependent although carried out in parallel by the different system component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignee: ILLINOIS TOOL WORKS INC.
    Inventors: Bryan Dustin Marschke, James Donald Borowski, Peter D. Mehn
  • Patent number: 10427252
    Abstract: An ergonomic welding arm (1) includes a plurality of arm links (14, 20, 24) coupled by a plurality of joints (12, 18, 22). Each of the plurality of joints (12, 18, 22) is configured to allow the plurality of arm links (14, 20, 24) to be rotated about an axis with respect to a directly adjacent arm link (14, 20, 24). A first end of the welding arm (1) is configured to engage a support (4) for supporting the welding arm (1). A second end of the welding arm (1) is configured to engage a welding torch (10).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: ESAB AB
    Inventor: Josefin Ambring
  • Patent number: 10384292
    Abstract: A self-adjusting wire feeder mounting assembly includes a mount fixedly connectable to a multi-axis robotic arm, and a slidable, floating adapter plate for mounting of a wire feeder thereon. The adapter plate is coupled with and slidable about the mount, and the adapter plate is moveable relative to the mount when a force is applied to the wire feeder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: Illinois Tool Works Inc.
    Inventors: Ryan M. Lizotte, Lloyd J. Steed
  • Patent number: 10363628
    Abstract: Methods and devices for control for an automated welding system are provided. Disclosed control methods may include receiving a data set including one or more features of a joint to be welded and receiving a weld procedure for the joint to be welded. The weld procedure for the joint is determined based on a sample virtual weld performed by an operator, a stored procedure developed for a substantially similar weld joint, or a combination thereof. The method may further include determining one or more desired changes to the weld procedure based on the received features of the joint to be welded and generating an updated weld procedure by altering one or more parameters of the received weld procedure in accordance with the one or more desired changes, wherein the one or more parameters are included within a predetermined allowable data set.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Assignee: Illinois Tool Works Inc.
    Inventors: Bruce Patrick Albrecht, Todd Gerald Batzler, Michael Leo Weller
  • Patent number: 10343243
    Abstract: Cement or other liquid-like material fills the hollow tubes of a machine tool under construction. The machine tool structures are held rigidly against a fixture while the substance dries. The machine tool so constructed is relatively lightweight and rigid, and obviates the need for precision machining of large portions of the apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Inventor: Robert Swartz
  • Patent number: 10344892
    Abstract: A pipe processing tool that is configured to deform the end of a pipe so that the circumferential shape of the end of the pipe generally matches the circumferential shape of an adjacent pipe end. Matching the circumferential shapes of the pipe ends is advantageous during a pipe attachment process. The pipe processing tool can include a deformation ring with a plurality of pipe deformation members. Each pipe deformation member faces radially inward and is actuatable in a radial direction toward and away from the center of the deformation ring in order to permit engagement with the pipe. Each pipe deformation member is individually and separately actuatable from the other pipe deformation members so that the circumferential shapes of the pipes can be altered by controlling suitable ones of the pipe deformation members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: LAVALLEY INDUSTRIES, LLC
    Inventors: Jason Lavalley, Daniel Larson, Jesse Kilde
  • Patent number: 10286475
    Abstract: In certain embodiments, a system includes a master node device. The master node device includes communication circuitry configured to facilitate communication with a welding power supply unit via a long-range communication link, and to facilitate wireless communication with one or more welding-related devices via a short-range wireless communication network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: ILLINOIS TOOL WORKS INC.
    Inventors: Daniel Dina, Kathy Lee Downie
  • Patent number: 10289082
    Abstract: An app store includes a plurality of state machines that describe the function of a product. The system allows a user to select at least one app from this plurality of apps. The user may also customize the state machine represented by the app or parameters thereof. The selected state machine can be translated into a format readable by a semiconductor device in a target platform without requiring the user to generate computer code. The app store can also transact rights to use the app represented by the state machine. The state machine may be executed in a simulation environment, on a reference platform or development board, or on a semiconductor device in an end-user product to facilitate control in accordance with the state machine defined by the state machine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: DANFOSS POWER ELECTRONICS A/S
    Inventors: Ali Husain, Greg Jackson, Chris Knaack, David Stopher
  • Patent number: 10245671
    Abstract: A weld overlay system includes a workpiece jig holding a workpiece in manner that the workpiece center axis direction is parallel to X-axis direction, and rotates the workpiece in circumferential direction, a carriage, welding base supported on the carriage in manner that the welding base is displaceable with respect to the carriage in Y-axis direction and Z-axis direction, at least one pair of rollers and welding torch are supported on the welding base, and like. Pair of rollers include rotary shafts extend in parallel with the X-axis and are spaced apart from each other in Y-axis direction. The rollers are pressed against portion of the workpiece above the workpiece center axis C. The welding torch is supported on the welding base in manner that distances in Y-axis direction from the rotary shafts of the pair of rollers to the tip end of the welding torch are equal to each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: KAWASAKI JUKOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Masahiko Akamatsu, Shingo Yonemoto, Takanori Kozuki, Chiaki Ito
  • Patent number: 10216396
    Abstract: A system, computer-implemented method, and article for controlling a user interface of a portable welding system are described. An input signal receiver, operable on a processor, is configured to receive one or more input signals from one or more input devices. A display controller, operable on the processor, is configured to receive, input information based upon the one or more input signals. A display device is configured to display a user interface provided by the display controller, the user interface including a first portion including an adjustable value and a second portion including a non-adjustable value. The display controller is configured to highlight changes to the non-adjustable value based upon changes made using the one or more input devices to the adjustable value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: The ESAB Group, Inc.
    Inventors: Daryll Scott Evans, Mark Lowther, Cristiano Magalhães Campos Ferreira, Lee Roy Mantell, Xia Chen
  • Patent number: 10207413
    Abstract: An end effector is an end effector to be grasped by a robot including a hand having a plurality of first movable parts and a second movable part using the hand, including an operation unit operated by movements of the second movable part in first directions, and an actuation unit actuated by an operation of the operation unit, wherein concave portions into which the first movable parts are inserted are formed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Takayuki Maeda, Ryuichi Okada
  • Patent number: 10150177
    Abstract: A moving mechanism brings the rotational axis of each driven rotator into alignment with the rotational axis of a drive rotator, which has an engaging face extending along its rotational axis. Each driven rotator has an engageable face extending along the rotational axis of the drive rotator. Rotating the drive rotator while moving the driven rotator, of which the rotational axis is aligned with the rotational axis, toward the drive rotator will bring the engaging face into engagement with the engageable face.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Assignee: TIPMAN CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Thinh Huu Huynh, Anura Silva Marakkala Manage
  • Patent number: 10065259
    Abstract: A welding parameter derivation device of a welding machine having a torch and a weaving mechanism derives welding parameters in accordance with the cross-sectional shape of a weld portion of a new base metal. A database stores welding parameter data, and a welding parameter computation unit computes welding parameters for the shape of a groove or joint of a new base metal. Based on past welding parameter data for a shape similar to that of a groove or joint of a new base metal, and input data pertaining to the specifications of the welding machine, the computation unit derives welding parameter data for the new base metal, taking into account a parameter of the cross-sectional area of the weld portion formed on the new base metal, the bead height of the weld portion, the quantity of heat inputted to the new base metal, and a torch weaving parameter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: Kobe Steel, Ltd.
    Inventors: Toshihiko Nishimura, Masatoshi Hida
  • Patent number: 10024735
    Abstract: A series of time-sequenced heat energy data arrays or data stream sets of a weld process region are processed by a weld data array or data stream processing system to produce a heat energy data set output that is related to weld process region features or weld process region heat energy data. The heat energy data set output can be displayed to a system user and modified by system user input to the weld data array or data stream processing system; alternatively, or in combination, the system user output and input, the heat energy data set output, or data produced from the heat energy data set output by the weld data array or data stream processing system, can be transmitted to a weld process controller to adjust parameters in the weld process responsive to the output of the weld data array or data stream processing system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: THERMATOOL CORP.
    Inventors: Thomas Ignatowski, Michael A. Nallen, Lesley D. Frame, Sean Patrick Lynch
  • Patent number: 9969082
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to methods and systems for improving robotic task selection and execution. An example method includes determining an external environment state based on receiving information indicative of at least one aspect of an environment proximate to a robotic system having at least one actuator. The method also includes optionally determining a goal to be accomplished by a robotic system and determining a plurality of possible tasks each including at least one task involving the at least one actuator that may be carried out by the robotic system in pursuance of the goal. For each possible task group, the method includes determining a respective task group score based on an expected performance capability. The expected performance capability is based, at least in part, on the external environment state. The method includes selecting a task group based on the respective task group scores.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: Boston Dynamics, Inc.
    Inventors: Stephen Berard, Benjamin Swilling, Matthew Malchano
  • Patent number: 9862056
    Abstract: The invention relates to a single- or multi-wire welding torch (6), more specifically to a laser-hybrid single- or multi-wire welding head provided with the welding torch (6) which can be connected to a welding device via a hose pack and consists of several parts such as a torch handle, a tubular welding torch housing, a contact housing, a contact tube for each welding wire (21a, 21b), a gas nozzle (2) etc., wherein an internal insert (28) for receiving the contact tube(s) (20a, 20b) and the gas nozzle (2) is mounted in an end area of the welding torch housing. A fixing element (30) made at least partially of a flexible material is placed on the internal insert (28) or on the housing (2) for producing as required an, in particular, gas-tight connection between said internal insert (28) and the gas nozzle (2) pushed thereon. This connection can be established by the spatial extension of the fixing element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2018
    Assignee: Fronius International GmbH
    Inventors: Ewald Berger, Gerhard Miessbacher, Harald Nöbauer, Manfred Rührnössl, Herbert Staufer, Markus Steinmaurer
  • Patent number: 9862062
    Abstract: A welding clamp uses opposing metal pieces to clamp two pieces of sheet metal together with a defined gap between panels for the purpose of welding, in this case, butt welding. The clamp has an integral copper backing plate to provide weld backing support and thermal dissipation to the metal for improved butt weld results. The integral copper backing plate adds stiffness to the adjoined panels while providing a solid non-weldable backing support to the panels being joined, reducing or eliminating weld blow-through.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2018
    Inventor: Edward Gerald Palmer
  • Patent number: 9855619
    Abstract: An arc welding system includes a feeder to feed a consumable electrode to a welding torch. A power source supplies power to between the electrode and an object. A welding controller controls the feeder and the power source to cause a short-circuit state and an arc state to repeat between the electrode and the object. A robot moves the welding torch along a welding line. A robot controller controls the robot. A detector detects whether a state between the electrode and the object is the short-circuit state or the arc state. A determiner determines whether a first period or a second period has elapsed since the detector detected the arc state. An instructor instructs the robot controller to decelerate the welding torch when the determiner determines that the first period has elapsed, and to stop the welding torch when the determiner determines that the second period has elapsed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Assignee: KABUSHIKI KAISHA YASKAWA DENKI
    Inventors: Masafumi Murakami, Kiminori Nishimura
  • Patent number: 9840008
    Abstract: A robot system control method includes a first step through a fifth step. Particularly in the second step, a second transformation matrix that represents the positional relation between a first slave robot and a second slave robot is generated and stored in a master robot. In the fourth step, based on a second command obtained using a first transformation matrix and the second transformation matrix, the master robot instructs the second slave robot to operate. In the fifth step, the first slave robot and the second slave robot perform a cooperative operation with the master robot. Thus, in the state where a working robot that can perform TCP matching with only part of the other robots is set to a master robot, all of the robots can perform a cooperative operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2017
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Takamichi Komatsu, Tatsuya Ikeda
  • Patent number: 9827676
    Abstract: The present disclosure shows a robot module having a cell frame and a robot, wherein the cell frame has a base plate at which the robot is mounted and has at least one cell wall connected to the base plate, and wherein the robot module is equipped with a control module for the robot. The present disclosure furthermore comprises a feed module which is connectable to the robot module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Assignee: Liebherr-Verzahntechnik GmbH
    Inventors: Thomas Mattern, David Haenschke, Berhard Riedmiller
  • Patent number: 9770777
    Abstract: An arc welding apparatus includes: a detector configured to detect whether it is in a short state or an arc state between a consumable electrode and a welded article; a feed adjuster configured to apply a forward feed for feeding the consumable electrode when the arc state is detected and apply a reverse feed for feeding the consumable electrode when the short state is detected; a determiner configured to determine whether or not a predetermined period has elapsed after the detector has detected the short state; and an instructor configured to instruct the feed adjuster to continue the reverse feed even when the arc state is detected, until the determiner determines that the predetermined period has elapsed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 26, 2017
    Assignee: KABUSHIKI KAISHA YASKAWA DENKI
    Inventors: Masafumi Murakami, Taichi Sakamoto
  • Patent number: 9756456
    Abstract: In certain embodiments, a system includes a master node device. The master node device includes communication circuitry configured to facilitate communication with a welding power supply unit via a long-range communication link, and to facilitate wireless communication with one or more welding-related devices via a short-range wireless communication network. The master node device also includes control circuitry configured to associate the one or more welding-related devices with the short-range wireless communication network. The master node device further includes means for manually initiating association of the one or more welding-related devices with the short-range wireless communication network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2017
    Assignee: ILLINOIS TOOL WORKS INC.
    Inventors: Daniel Dina, Kathy Lee Downie
  • Patent number: 9707646
    Abstract: A method for semi-automatically reconditioning a railcar articulated connector that comprises a male portion including a parent casting material is provided. The method comprises applying weld material to a male portion of an articulated connector, mounting a housing mounting a housing defining an interior space to the male portion, the male connector within the interior space, centering and stabilizing the fixture laterally on the male portion, inserting a clamping mechanism attached to the housing within an opening of the male connector to affix the housing to the male portion, securing the clamping mechanism to a surface of the male portion, and automatically machining at least a portion of the weld and/or parent casting material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Assignee: TTX Company
    Inventors: Richard A. Brueckert, William A. Guess, Donald F. Kroesch
  • Patent number: 9592611
    Abstract: A workpiece mounting system mounts a sunroof member to an inner panel of a body. The workpiece mounting system is provided with a first robot, a second robot, and a control device for controlling the first and second robots. The control device performs a step of calculating as positional information the position of the sunroof member and the position of the inner panel by a CCD camera of the first robot, a step of holding and conveying the sunroof member by the first robot on the basis of the positional information and positioning the sunroof member relative to the inner panel, a step of temporarily fixing the sunroof member to the inner panel by the first robot, and a step of finally fixing the sunroof member to the inner panel by the second robot on the basis of the already calculated positional information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 14, 2017
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Kenichi Asamizu, Atsushi Osada, Yuichi Wakabayashi
  • Patent number: 9586289
    Abstract: The inventions disclosed by this application are for a cladding apparatus, a cladding head, and a method of cladding a relatively planar solid object such as a boiler waterwall. Cladding of non-horizontal surfaces is complicated by the effects of gravity as melted clad material trends to runoff the surface before the cladding material bonds to the appropriate location. The disclosed inventions overcome these limitations by controlling the relative angle of application by either rotating the workpiece or the cladding head through a pre-programmed sequence. Also presented in a compact design for a laser cladding head that facilitates such cladding by minimizing movement of the laser fiber and improves cladding speed over irregular shaped objects.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2017
    Assignee: Alabama Specialty Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Wayne Marion Penn, Donald G. Johnson
  • Patent number: 9545722
    Abstract: A robot system, includes: a robot; a camera configured to capture an image of operation of the robot; and a circuit configured to: control the robot so as to perform work in accordance with work contents information preliminarily stored to indicate a series of work contents; save image information captured by the camera during work performance by the robot in association with time information; and display the saved image information together with the time information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2017
    Assignee: KABUSHIKI KAISHA YASKAWA DENKI
    Inventors: Kenji Matsukuma, Makoto Umeno
  • Patent number: 9453777
    Abstract: A device for the attachment of correction weights for unbalance correction to a rotary body includes a supply unit (15) for supplying individual correction weights, an attachment device (2) for applying the correction weights to the rotary body and including a first receptacle (6) for a first correction weight and a second receptacle (7) for a second correction weight, a feed unit (16) for feeding supplied correction weights to the receptacles (6, 7).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2016
    Assignee: Schenck RoTec GmbH
    Inventor: Martin Rogalla
  • Patent number: 9427838
    Abstract: A head tool changer for use with a deposition-based digital manufacturing system, the head tool changer comprising a tooling unit configured to retain a deposition head, a grip unit configured to engage with tooling unit and to relay electrical power to the tooling unit, and a master unit operably mounted to a gantry and configured to engage with the tooling unit and to relay electrical power to the tooling unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2016
    Assignee: Stratasys, Inc.
    Inventors: James W. Comb, Joseph E. Labossiere, Michael D. Bosveld, David G. Bocek, Max Peters
  • Patent number: 9358727
    Abstract: A dual roll fabric welding or seaming machine is configured to seam pieces of sheet material to one another as the pieces move downstream. The machine includes modular gantries and various actor devices which may be readily mounted on any of the gantries to interact with the moving sheet material to achieve various functions, such as seaming pieces of sheet material together, forming hems, applying grommets to the sheet material, printing on the sheet material, connecting reinforcement strips or ropes to the sheet material and cutting the sheet material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2016
    Assignee: Miller Weldmaster Corporation
    Inventor: Brent G. Nussbaum