With Indication Of Presence Of Material Or Feature Patents (Class 250/559.4)
  • Patent number: 11110611
    Abstract: A method for automated detection of defects in a workpiece surface and generation of a robot program for the machining of the workpiece is described. In accordance with one embodiment, the method comprises the localization of defects in a surface of a workpiece as well as determining a three-dimensional topography of the localized defects and categorizing at least one localized defect based on its topography. Dependent on the defect category of the at least one defect, a machining process is selected and, in accordance with the selected machining process, a robot program for the robot-assisted machining of the at least one defect is generated with the assistance of a computer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 7, 2021
    Assignee: Atensor Engineering And Technology Systems GmbH
    Inventor: Kurt Häusler
  • Patent number: 11053090
    Abstract: A system for detecting envelopes from multi-fed documents in a scanning system with a scanning track along which documents move laterally toward a scanning station having a plurality of spaced apart penetrating detectors across the scanning track. The scanners detect a leading edge as a single layer material, i.e. without an air gap and the interior as having an air gap in the document scanned. If a document has an interior air gap, but the leading edge does not, it is first assumed to be an envelope.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2021
    Inventors: Marc Noviello, Jeremy Jowers
  • Patent number: 11029211
    Abstract: Flight based infrared imaging systems and related techniques, and in particular UAS based thermal imaging systems, are provided to improve the monitoring capabilities of such systems over conventional infrared monitoring systems. An infrared imaging system is configured to compensate for various environmental effects (e.g., position and/or strength of the sun, atmospheric effects) to provide high resolution and accuracy radiometric measurements of targets imaged by the infrared imaging system. An infrared imaging system is alternatively configured to monitor and determine environmental conditions, modify data received from infrared imaging systems and other systems, modify flight paths and other commands, and/or create a representation of the environment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2021
    Assignee: FLIR Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeffrey D. Frank, Theodore R. Hoelter, Nicholas Högasten, Austin A. Richards, Michael Kent, Julie R. Moreira, Pierre Boulanger, Raymond Valdes, Jonathan Li
  • Patent number: 11022553
    Abstract: A surface inspection system (10) for inspecting the surface of sheet elements (4) present in an inspection area (20). The system includes an image evaluation unit (18), a camera (12), a dark-field illuminator (14) and a bright-field illuminator (16). The image evaluation unit (18) subtracts a line image captured under bright-field illumination conditions from a line image captured under dark-field illumination conditions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2021
    Inventors: Matthieu Richard, Francis Pilloud
  • Patent number: 10948836
    Abstract: An imprint apparatus comprises: a dispensing unit that dispenses a liquid to a substrate; a first measurement unit that measures a time from when a signal for causing the liquid to be dispensed is outputted to the dispensing unit until when the dispensed liquid passes through a predetermined position; a second measurement unit that measures a position of the liquid on the substrate that is dispensed by the dispensing unit; and a control unit that controls the measurement by the first measurement unit and the second measurement unit, wherein the control unit performs measurement by the second measurement unit based on a measurement result by the first measurement unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2021
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Hisashi Namba, Yuichi Takahashi
  • Patent number: 10718722
    Abstract: Provided is a method of inspecting the back surface of an epitaxial wafer, capable of detecting pin mark defects in the back surface of the epitaxial wafer and quantitatively evaluating the defect size of individual point defects of the pin mark defects. The method of inspecting the back surface of an epitaxial wafer includes an imaging step of consecutively taking partial images of the back surface while moving the optical system using the scanning unit; an acquisition step of acquiring a full image of the back surface from the partial images; a detection step of detecting, in the full image, pin mark defects constituted by a set of a plurality of point defects present in the back surface of the silicon wafer 1; and a digitalization step of digitalizing the individual point defects to calculate the defect area of the individual point defects of the detected pin mark defects.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2020
    Assignee: SUMCO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Keiko Matsuo, Naoyuki Wada, Masahiko Egashira
  • Patent number: 10600177
    Abstract: Methods and systems are disclosed that provide nuisance reduction in images, such as semiconductor images that include one or more metal lines. A potential defect is correlated against pixel grey level intensity charts for two perpendicular axes. A position of the potential defect relative to a pattern, such as a metal line, is determined along the two axes. The potential defect can be classified as a defect of interest or nuisance event.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Assignee: KLA-Tencor Corporation
    Inventors: Bjorn Brauer, Junqing Huang, Lisheng Gao
  • Patent number: 10600208
    Abstract: An object detecting device, an object detecting method and a non-transitory computer-readable medium are provided. The object detecting method includes the following steps: A classifier generates a current color image and a current gray scale image. The classifier generates an initial characteristic pattern from the current color image via a neural network algorithm. The classifier adjusts a current dimension of the initial characteristic pattern to generate an adjusted characteristic pattern according to a gray scale image dimension of the current gray scale image. The classifier concatenates the adjusted characteristic pattern and the current gray scale image to calculate a class confidence. The classifier determines whether the class confidence is larger than a confidence threshold, and outputs a current classification result if the class confidence is larger than the confidence threshold. A storage device stories the current classification result.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Assignee: INDUSTRIAL TECHNOLOGY RESEARCH INSTITUTE
    Inventors: Pei-Jung Liang, Wei-Hao Lai
  • Patent number: 10594920
    Abstract: A device includes a time-of-flight ranging sensor configured to transmit optical pulse signals and to receive return optical pulse signals. The time-of-flight ranging sensor processes the return optical pulse signals to sense distances to a plurality of objects and to generate a confidence value indicating whether one of the plurality of objects has a highly reflective surface. The time-of-flight sensor generates a range estimation signal including a plurality of sensed distances and the confidence value. The image capture device includes autofocusing circuitry coupled to the time-of-flight sensor to receive the range estimation signal and configured to control focusing based upon the sensed distances responsive to the confidence value indicating none of the plurality of objects has a highly reflective surface. The autofocusing circuitry controls focusing independent of the sensed distances responsive to the confidence value indicating one of the objects has a highly reflective surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2020
    Assignee: STMICROELECTRONICS, INC.
    Inventors: Xiaoyong Yang, Darin K. Winterton, Arnaud Deleule
  • Patent number: 10575557
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for manufacturing multi-component aerosol forming articles, each aerosol forming article defining a longitudinal axis and comprising N components serially juxtaposed along the longitudinal axis, where N is an integer?2, the method comprising: —providing transporting means for transporting components of aerosol forming articles in a transporting direction, said transporting means defining seats along said transporting direction; —supplying seats of said transporting means with a first component for each aerosol forming article by positioning said first components one after the other along the transporting direction with their longitudinal axis parallel one to the others; —checking each seat for the presence of said first component; —adjoining a second component to the first component in a lengthwise axial manner in a given seat only if the first component is present in said given seat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2020
    Assignee: Philip Morris Products S.A.
    Inventor: Antonio Consolante
  • Patent number: 10527669
    Abstract: An IC device 4 of the present invention includes a robot arm 6 for conveying IC devices D to a test head 2 for testing the IC devices. The test head 2 includes sockets 3 having placement surfaces 3a onto which the IC devices D are placed and for attaching the IC devices placed on the placement surfaces to the test head. The robot arm 6 includes a contact head 61 for holding the IC devices while the IC devices are conveyed and for pressing the IC devices onto the test head during testing, and a non-contact displacement meter 71 that moves in association with the movement of the contact head 61. The non-contact displacement meter 71 is mounted on the robot arm 6 so as to measure a distance by emitting a beam in a direction perpendicular to the placement surfaces 3a.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Assignee: HappyJapan, Inc.
    Inventors: Shouhei Matsumoto, Shinichi Hasebe, Mitsuo Koizumi, Yoshinori Arai, Masayoshi Yokoo, Keitaro Harada
  • Patent number: 10486242
    Abstract: A drilling apparatus includes: a table supporting a plate; a drill machining a through-hole in the plate; an annular pressing member pressing the plate around the through-hole; a camera capturing a plate surface image through an inner space of the pressing member; and a moving device moving the drill between machining and retraction positions, the machining position being at which the drill center coincides with the pressing member center, the retraction position being a position at which the drill is positioned outside a field of view of the camera. Insertion holes distributed in a circumferential direction are formed in the pressing member, and illumination devices, each emitting light to the plate surface around the through-hole, are inserted in the respective insertion holes. An optical axis direction of each of the illumination devices inserted in the respective insertion holes and the plate surface form an angle of 25 to 60°.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Assignee: KAWASAKI JUKOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Kenji Kasahara, Tomoya Nakagawa, Osamu Ohji, Yuuki Hanawa, Shogo Kojima
  • Patent number: 10482710
    Abstract: Time required for exchanging game media for another type of game media can be shortened. A game medium exchange device includes: a display device; an arranging mechanism configured to hold one or more convertible game media and one or more inconvertible game media in such a manner that the convertible game media and the inconvertible game media are arranged in their respective sections of the arranging mechanism; an information acquiring mechanism configured to acquire game medium information including the currency values of the convertible game media and the inconvertible game media arranged in the arranging mechanism; and a control device configured to obtain total amounts of the currency values of the convertible game media and the inconvertible game media acquired by the information acquiring mechanism, and to display these total amounts on the display device in association with the convertible game media and the inconvertible game media.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignee: Universal Entertainment Corporation
    Inventor: Shinsuke Yamaguchi
  • Patent number: 10429719
    Abstract: An inspection system/method in which first optics direct continuous wave (CW) light at 181-185 nm to an inspected article, and second optics redirect image information affected by the article to detectors. A laser assembly generates the CW light by generating fourth harmonic light from first fundamental CW light having a first wavelength between 1 and 1.1 ?m, generating fifth harmonic light by mixing the fourth harmonic light with the first fundamental CW light, and mixing the fifth harmonic light with second light having a second wavelength between 1.26 and 1.82 ?m. An external cavity mixes the first light and the fourth harmonic light using a first nonlinear crystal. The CW light is generated using a second cavity that passes circulated second fundamental or signal CW light through a second nonlinear crystal, and directing the fifth harmonic light through the second nonlinear crystal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: KLA-Tencor Corporation
    Inventors: Yung-Ho Alex Chuang, Xiaoxu Lu, Baigang Zhang, John Fielden, Vladimir Dribinski
  • Patent number: 10302562
    Abstract: In a gloss evaluation method and a gloss evaluation apparatus according to the present invention, an intensity P of specular light obtained by illuminating an object to be measured with illumination light of spectral irradiance emitted from the reference machine is obtained from an intensity of specular light obtained by illuminating the object to be measured with first illumination light of spectral irradiance from a relevant machine, based on an intensity b of dispersed reflected light obtained by illuminating the object to be measured with the first illumination light, and a spectral reflectance of diffuse reflection light obtained by illuminating the object to be measured with predetermined second illumination light from a different illuminating angle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: KONICA MINOLTA, INC.
    Inventors: Toshio Kawano, Yushi Nobumoto
  • Patent number: 10145758
    Abstract: Embodiments herein describe techniques for testing optical components in a photonic chip using a testing structure disposed in a sacrificial region of a wafer. In one embodiment, the wafer is processed to form multiple photonic chips integrated into the wafer. While forming optical components in the photonic chips (e.g., modulators, detectors, waveguides, etc.), a testing structure can be formed in one or more sacrificial regions in the wafer. In one embodiment, the testing structure is arranged near an edge coupler in the photonic chip such that an optical signal can be transferred between the photonic chip and the testing structure. Moreover, the testing structure has a grating coupler disposed at or near a top surface of the wafer which permits optical signals to be transmitted into, or received from, the grating coupler when an optical probe is arranged above the grating coupler.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: Cisco Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Matthew J. Traverso, Ravi S. Tummidi, Mark A. Webster, Sandeep Razdan
  • Patent number: 10110854
    Abstract: Disclosed are embodiments of an ion beam sample preparation apparatus and methods. The methods operate on a sample disposed in a vacuum chamber and include steps of directing an intensity-controllable, tilt-angle controllable ion beam at a sample holder coupled to a rotation stage. The methods further include illuminating and capturing one or more images of the sample, extracting useful features from one or more images and thereafter adjusting the sample preparation steps. Further methods are disclosed for capturing sequences of images, programmatically rotating images, and displaying sequences of images with similar rotation angles. Further methods include extracting useful features from sequences of images that may change with respect to time as ion beam preparation continues.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: Gatan, Inc.
    Inventors: John Andrew Hunt, Steven Thomas Coyle, Michael Patrick Hassel-Shearer
  • Patent number: 10081508
    Abstract: A sheet feeder picking up and transporting sheets includes a transport unit transporting sheets along a sheet transport path one by one, a gap occurrence detection unit detecting, within a predetermined section of the sheet transport path, occurrence of a gap between sheets, and a controller controlling a timing of the transport of sheets according to a result of the detection. The gap occurrence detection unit includes a first detection unit and a second detection unit. The first detection unit is configured to detect light that is emitted toward the predetermined section, reaches a converging surface thereof across the predetermined section, and converged on a receiving element thereof. The second detection unit is configured to detect light reflected by a sheet passing through the predetermined section. The occurrence of the gap is detected based on outputs from the first detection unit and the second detection unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2018
    Assignee: Konica Minolta, Inc.
    Inventors: Takaki Kato, Yuji Kobayashi, Yuta Tachibana, Hiroshi Yamaguchi, Satoshi Teshima
  • Patent number: 10031457
    Abstract: An optical sensor including an irradiation system including an irradiation system including a light source unit having a light source, the irradiation system configured to emit a linearly polarized light of a first polarization direction onto a surface of an object, a polarizing optical element disposed on an optical path of the light that is emitted from the irradiation system and reflected by diffuse reflection from an incident plane of the object and configured to separate a linearly polarized light component of a second polarization direction, a first photodetector configured to receive the linearly polarized light component of the second polarization direction separated by the polarizing optical element, and a housing supporting the irradiation system, the polarizing optical element, and the first photodetector, where the light source unit is fixed to the housing in a light emitting direction of the light source unit via space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2018
    Assignee: RICOH COMPANY, LTD.
    Inventors: Yoshihiro Oba, Fumikazu Hoshi, Kazuma Goto, Yoshihiro Misaka
  • Patent number: 9990547
    Abstract: Methods and systems for determining features of interest for following within various frames of data received from multiple sensors of a device are disclosed. An example method may include receiving data from a plurality of sensors of a device. The method may also include determining, based on the data, motion data that is indicative of a movement of the device in an environment. The method may also include as the device moves in the environment, receiving image data from a camera of the device. The method may additionally include selecting, based at least in part on the motion data, features in the image data for feature-following. The method may further include estimating one or more of a position of the device or a velocity of the device in the environment as supported by the data from the plurality of sensors and feature-following of the selected features in the images.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2018
    Assignee: Google LLC
    Inventors: Johnny Lee, Joel Hesch
  • Patent number: 9859089
    Abstract: A structure for grounding an extreme ultraviolet mask (EUV mask) is provided to discharge the EUV mask during the inspection by an electron beam inspection tool. The structure for grounding an EUV mask includes at least one grounding pin to contact conductive areas on the EUV mask, wherein the EUV mask may have further conductive layer on sidewalls or/and back side. The inspection quality of the EUV mask is enhanced by using the electron beam inspection system because the accumulated charging on the EUV mask is grounded. The reflective surface of the EUV mask on a continuously moving stage is scanned by using the electron beam simultaneously. The moving direction of the stage is perpendicular to the scanning direction of the electron beam.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Assignee: HERMES MICROVISION INC.
    Inventors: Guochong Weng, Youjin Wang, Chiyan Kuan, Chung-Shih Pan
  • Patent number: 9819881
    Abstract: A detection camera includes an imaging optical unit and a light receiving unit that acquire image data, a first detection processing unit that detects a specified substance, a second detection processing unit that acquires distance information from the imaging optical unit to the specified substance, and a display control unit that outputs display data in which information regarding the specified substance is combined with the image data in a case where the distance information is in a detection target distance range.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yuuji Terashima, Naomi Shirai, Keiji Hirata
  • Patent number: 9818320
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention provide a device and a method for testing transparency effect of a transparent display substrate. The device comprises a transparency identification module, an optical measurement unit and a reference object including two kinds of regions of different colors. The optical measurement unit is able to directly measure brightness of the two kinds of regions of different colors of the reference object to acquire a first brightness difference, and to measure brightness of the two kinds of regions of different colors of the reference object through the transparent display substrate to acquire a second brightness difference.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Assignee: BOE TECHNOLOGY GROUP CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Xinli Ma, Hangman Lai
  • Patent number: 9805257
    Abstract: A printer has a light source that directs light toward a print medium path. An RGB sensor is positioned to receive light from the light source that is reflected by the print medium. An infrared light filter is situated between the RGB sensor and the paper to filter out infrared light. A programmed processor is coupled to an output of the RGB sensor in order to detect form elements in the output from the RGB light sensor, retrieve a stored electronic representation of a form, match the form elements to the stored electronic representation of the form to identify locations on the form, and control printing to the form.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2017
    Assignee: Datamax-O'Neil Corporation
    Inventor: Dmitriy Sergeevich Bozko
  • Patent number: 9781362
    Abstract: An image sensor capable of capturing an image formed by a lens includes a substrate and a bonding wire. The substrate has a pixel array and a bonding pad on a top surface of the substrate between the pixel array and a substrate edge. The bonding wire is electrically connected to the bonding pad and has a region forming a non-zero angle with respect to the substrate top surface. The non-zero angle is in at least one of a lower and an upper angular range for minimizing reflection of incident light on the region from reaching the image sensor. The lower angular range is selected such that the region reflects the incident light away from the pixel array toward a plane including the lens. The upper angular range is selected such that the region reflects the incident light to a clearance between the bonding pad and the pixel array.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2017
    Assignee: OmniVision Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Chao-Hung Lin, Hong Jun Li, Ping-Hsu Chen, Denis Chu
  • Patent number: 9770552
    Abstract: Air-in-line sensor systems and methods of using same are provided. The system includes an adapter (60) including first and second cylindrical portions defining a fluid flow channel, the first cylindrical portion comprising two adjacent wedge-shaped protrusions (68). Each wedge-shaped protrusion is infrared transmittive and defines an outer surface and an inner surface. The system further includes a tube and an infrared reflective sensor having an infrared light emitter (42,52) and an infrared light detector (44,54). The infrared light emitter and the infrared light detector are positioned at or near an adapter so that an infrared light can be transmitted to the adapter and at least a portion of the infrared light reflected off the adapter can be detected by the infrared light detector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 26, 2017
    Assignee: Nestec S.A.
    Inventors: Adam Hartman, Paul Nguyen, David Charles Cummings
  • Patent number: 9731919
    Abstract: A sheet conveying apparatus includes a curved sheet conveyance path through which a sheet passes, and a sensor that is disposed in the sheet conveyance path and detects the passing sheet. The sensor includes a light-emitting portion that collects light from a light source and irradiates the passing sheet in an irradiating range which is broader in a sheet conveyance direction than a width direction, and a light-receiving portion that receives the light arriving at and reflected from the sheet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2017
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Hiroshi Saito
  • Patent number: 9733615
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes a sheet transport path that transports a sheet on which an image has been recorded, the sheet transport path including a first guide surface and a second guide surface opposed to the first guide surface, an image reading unit disposed on the same side as the first guide surface of the sheet transport path to read the image, and a rotary element disposed on the same side as the second guide surface, the rotary element being rotatably disposed with a gap between the rotary element and the first guide surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2017
    Assignee: FUJI XEROX CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Shusaku Yokota, Yoshinori Wada, Kazutoshi Shima
  • Patent number: 9719941
    Abstract: A defect recognition system and a defect recognition method are described. The method includes inspecting a wafer to generate a defect map and locating at least one defect on the wafer by using the defect map; analyzing light reflected from one of the at least one defect to obtain a spectrum of the light; comparing a waveform of the obtained spectrum with a plurality of waveforms respectively in spectrums of different substances; and determining a composition of the defect based on the comparison.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2017
    Assignee: Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Chun-Jung Huang
  • Patent number: 9664503
    Abstract: An end position detection device includes a light emission unit including plural light sources for plural colors, respectively, each of the light sources being configured to emit line-like light of one of the colors which is long in a width direction to a conveyance object, the width direction being orthogonal to a conveyance direction of the conveyance object; a light reception unit including plural light reception elements, each configured to receive reflected light from the conveyance object and output a signal corresponding to a received amount of light, arranged in an array in the width direction; and a detection unit configured to detect an end position in the width direction of the conveyance object based on the signals output from the light reception elements in a case where the light sources for the respective colors simultaneously emit light to the conveyance object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2017
    Assignee: RICOH COMPANY, LTD.
    Inventor: Shogo Miura
  • Patent number: 9508017
    Abstract: Disclosed are a device for capturing an image of the iris and a user recognition device applying same in order to control access. According to one embodiment of the present invention, the device for capturing an image of the iris includes: a first light source corresponding to the left eye; a second light source corresponding to the right eye; a first duct disposed adjacent to the first light source for restricting the illumination angle of the first light source; a second duct disposed adjacent to the second light source for restricting the illumination angle of the second light source; a half mirror transmitting the light emitted from the first and second light sources in order to direct the light onto the left and right eyes, wherein the half mirror reflects the images of the left and right eyes; and left/right cameras respectively photographing the left and right eyes in order to recognize the irises.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2016
    Inventors: Gil-Soo Jung, You-Jung Kim
  • Patent number: 9480868
    Abstract: A fire-fighting device includes an extinguishing device arranged on an end region of a cantilever arm and is adjustable in at least one spatial direction. A penetration fixture is adjustable relative to the extinguishing device and has a double-acting pressure cylinder subjectable to pressure by a pressure medium from a hydraulic system via at least one control valve. The cylinder has a tubular continuous piston rod having a penetration tool on a protruding end having a through-hole and a nozzle head. At another end, the piston rod is connected in line with a supply mechanism for an extinguishing medium. Pressure accumulator elements are in fluid communication with a pressure chamber of the pressure cylinder for extending the penetration tool and with a return line for the pressure medium from another pressure chamber for retracting the penetration tool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2016
    Assignee: Rosenbauer International Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Josef Mikota, Johann Wieser
  • Patent number: 9403382
    Abstract: A printing apparatus includes an acidification treatment unit that acidifies at least a surface of a treatment object by irradiating the treatment object with plasma; an inkjet recording unit that records to the treatment object having been acidified by the acidification pretreatment unit in an inkjet recording system; and a control unit that specifies an ink to be used by the inkjet recording unit from at least two types of inks having different properties, based on the type of the treatment object and an amount of plasma energy used in a plasma treatment performed by the acidification treatment unit or based on a pH value of the surface of the treatment object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2016
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Toshitaka Osanai, Masakazu Yoshida, Junji Nakai, Hiroyoshi Matsumoto
  • Patent number: 9384532
    Abstract: An apparatus for improving fogged image using user-controllable root operator comprises an atmosphere brightness value calculation unit for receiving a fogged input image and calculating the value of the brightest pixel of the atmosphere, a transmission calculation unit for calculating the lower bound of transmission rate by using the pixel value calculated by the atmosphere brightness value calculation unit and the fogged input image, and calculating the transmission rate for each pixel by computation processing of power operation with the lower bound of transmission rate according to the user control value, a restoration image computation unit for outputting restored image in which the fog is removed by using the transmission rate calculated by the transmission rate computation unit and the fogged input image, and a post-processing unit for outputting a fog-eliminated image by performing brightness stretching or color processing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2016
    Assignee: Industry Foundation of Chonnam National University
    Inventors: Sung Hoon Hong, Jae Won Lee
  • Patent number: 9281164
    Abstract: One embodiment relates to a method of automated inspection of scattered hot spot areas on a manufactured substrate using an electron beam apparatus. A stage holding the substrate is moved along a swath path so as to move a field of view of the electron beam apparatus such that the moving field of view covers a target area on the substrate. Off-axis imaging of the hot spot areas within the moving field of view is performed. A number of hot spot areas within the moving field of view may be determined, and the speed of the stage movement may be adjusted based on the number of hot spot areas within the moving field of view. Another embodiment relates to an electron beam apparatus for inspecting scattered areas on a manufactured substrate. Other embodiments, aspects and features are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2016
    Assignee: KLA-Tencor Corporation
    Inventors: Sean X. Wu, Kini Vivekanand
  • Patent number: 9248979
    Abstract: Side edge position detection processing includes adjustment of the light amount of light-emitting devices, a process of determining a threshold value for detecting the side edge position, and a process of reading out the side edge position. If a sensor is provided between a transfer roller pair and a registration roller pair as in conventional devices, sufficient processing time cannot be ensured. Therefore, the sensor is provided between the conveyance roller pair and the registration roller pair, and the light amount adjustment is executed before the registration roller pair that is being stopped for skew correction is driven. Further, the processes of determining the threshold and reading out the side edge position are executed after driving of the registration roller pair is resumed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2016
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Tadahiro Sako
  • Patent number: 9229413
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes: an image forming unit configured to form an image on a sheet based on a job; a sheet conveyance unit configured to convey a sheet through a conveyance path; and a control unit configured to control conveyance of a sheet, in which, when a jam has occurred in a sheet of during conveyance, the control unit sets order information of dischargeable sheets among unusable sheets remaining inside the apparatus after occurrence of the jam based on whether there is an unusable sheet on which image formation has been completed in the image forming unit, and discharges the unusable sheet to an outside of the apparatus through the conveyance path based on the set order information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2016
    Assignee: KONICA MINOLTA, INC.
    Inventor: Yasushi Saitsu
  • Patent number: 9223485
    Abstract: An image processing apparatus includes a storage portion, an image processing portion, a display portion, a touch panel portion for detecting a touched position, and a processing portion. The storage portion stores image data. The image processing portion performs image processing on the image data. The display portion displays a preview image indicating image data content. The processing portion recognizes touched positions, recognizes a rectangular region having a diagonal connecting two touched positions, recognizes the specified region on the basis of sections overlapping with the rectangular region among a plurality of sections obtained by dividing the preview image, and controls the image processing portion to perform the process on data of a part of the image data corresponding to the specified region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2015
    Assignee: KYOCERA DOCUMENTS SOLUTIONS INC.
    Inventor: Yasushi Saito
  • Patent number: 9174319
    Abstract: A lathe tool rest including a light source for improving the illumination of the workpiece is described. The tool rest includes a vertical post having an upper end, a horizontal tool arm attached to the upper end of the post, and an LED illumination strip attached to the front side of the tool arm. The front side of the tool arm preferably includes a horizontal recess With the LED illumination strip being mounted within the recess.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2015
    Inventor: Michael Dougherty
  • Patent number: 9113084
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for generating an image of a seal impression. N still images of a face of a seal are combined. N is at least 2. The N still images of the face correspond respectively to N beams of light that had previously irradiated the face in succession from N respective different directions respectively corresponding to N different angles of incidence of the light on the face. The combining of the N images include generating in the composite image a common area of pixels that commonly appears on the face of the seal in all still images of the N still images. The common area includes a character area pertaining to where an engraved character is located on the face of the seal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2015
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Yasuhiro Kitabatake, Tetsuo Shiba
  • Patent number: 9103698
    Abstract: The invention relates to a transmission and reception unit for the detection of an angle of rotation comprising a light transmitter (20), a light receiver (22) and a transparent support (24) which is arranged therebetween and which lies areally on the light receiver (22) and covers it, wherein the light transmitter (20) is attached to the support (24) and irradiates in a direction (28) away from the light receiver (20), wherein the light transmitter (2) is arranged centrally above the light receiver (22) such that received light (32) can be incident past the light transmitter (22) on the light receiver (32) and to a rotary encoder comprising such a unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2015
    Assignee: Sick Stegmann GmbH
    Inventors: David Hopp, Reinhold Mutschler, Stefan Basler
  • Patent number: 9024252
    Abstract: An optical sensor apparatus includes an optically transmissive structure having planar first, second, and third faces, two or more light sources located outside the structure adjacent the first face, and a photodetector array located outside the prism adjacent the first face. The structure, light sources, and photodetector array are configured such that light from the light sources that is totally internally reflected at an optical interface between the prism and a sample outside the structure proximate the second face is reflected at the third face and incident on a portion of the photodetector array that depends on a refractive index of the sample. The light sources are positioned with respect to the structure and photodetector array such that the totally internally reflected light from each light source corresponds to a different range of refractive index of the sample and maps to a corresponding portion of the photodetector array.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2015
    Assignee: Entegris-Jetalon Solutions, Inc.
    Inventors: Ronald Chiarello, Shad Pierson, Christopher Wacinski, Mark Arbore, Yevgeny Anoikin
  • Patent number: 8973916
    Abstract: A medium accumulating device has an accumulation table on which a medium is accumulated, an elastic member that supports the accumulation table, and an accumulation table detector that detects lowering of the accumulation table. The accumulation table is sensed to determine whether the accumulation table lowers below a predetermined position to thereby determine whether or not a medium is accumulated on the accumulation table.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2015
    Assignee: Oki Electric Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Atsushi Takada
  • Patent number: 8912495
    Abstract: Multi-spectral defect inspection for 3D wafers is provided. One system configured to detect defects in one or more structures formed on a wafer includes an illumination subsystem configured to direct light in discrete spectral bands to the one or more structures formed on the wafer. At least some of the discrete spectral bands are in the near infrared (NIR) wavelength range. Each of the discrete spectral bands has a bandpass that is less than 100 nm. The system also includes a detection subsystem configured to generate output responsive to light in the discrete spectral bands reflected from the one or more structures. In addition, the system includes a computer subsystem configured to detect defects in the one or more structures on the wafer using the output.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2014
    Assignee: KLA-Tencor Corp.
    Inventor: Steven R. Lange
  • Patent number: 8890539
    Abstract: A method for testing a mask article includes steps of electrically connecting the mask article to an electrical sensor, applying a bias voltage to a plurality of testing sites of the mask article with a conductor, measuring at least one current distribution of the testing sites with the electrical sensor, and determining the quality of the mask article by taking the at least one current distribution into consideration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2014
    Inventor: Ming-Chih Chen
  • Patent number: 8885175
    Abstract: A device for determining the surface topology and associated color of a structure, such as a teeth segment, includes a scanner for providing depth data for points along a two-dimensional array substantially orthogonal to the depth direction, and an image acquisition means for providing color data for each of the points of the array, while the spatial disposition of the device with respect to the structure is maintained substantially unchanged. A processor combines the color data and depth data for each point in the array, thereby providing a three-dimensional color virtual model of the surface of the structure. A corresponding method for determining the surface topology and associate color of a structure is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2014
    Assignee: Cadent Ltd.
    Inventor: Noam Babayoff
  • Patent number: 8793079
    Abstract: 1st and 2nd pulsed waves are transmitted along 1st and 2nd transmit beams where at least one of the beams is broad in at least one direction, and the transmit timing between said 1st and 2nd pulsed waves are selected so that the pulsed wave fronts overlap in an overlap region R(r,t) that propagates along at least one measurement or image curve ?(r) in the material object. At least the scattered signal produced by nonlinear interaction between said 1st and 2nd waves in the overlap region is received and processed to form a nonlinear interaction scattering image signal along ?(r). The measurement or image curve ?(r) can be scanned laterally by either changing of the relative transmit timing between the 1st and 2nd pulsed waves or the direction of at least one of the 1st and 2nd transmit beams, or both. The methods are applicable to image nonlinear scattering sources for both electromagnetic and elastic waves, and combinations of these.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 29, 2014
    Assignee: Surf Technology AS
    Inventors: Bjørn A. J. Angelsen, Rune Hansen, Thor Andreas Tangen
  • Patent number: 8766223
    Abstract: A packaging machine and a device for monitoring a roll with film material wound thereon is disclosed. By means of a sensor arrangement, an end of the film material on the roll may be detected. The sensor arrangement includes at least one optoelectric sensor arranged stationary relative to a front side of the roll. The optoelectric sensor is designed such that a portion of an outer circumference of the rotating roll may be detected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 1, 2014
    Assignee: Krones AG
    Inventors: Peter Koch, Fabian Huber
  • Patent number: 8748789
    Abstract: An optical system configured to detect optical signals during imaging sessions. The optical system includes an objective lens that has a collecting end that is positioned proximate to a sample and configured to receive optical signals therefrom. The optical system also includes a removable path compensator that is configured to be located at an imaging position between the collecting end of the objective lens and the sample. The path compensator adjusts an optical path of the light emissions when in the imaging position. Also, the optical system includes a transfer device that is configured to move the path compensator. The transfer device locates the path compensator at the imaging position for a first imaging session and removes the path compensator from the imaging position for a second imaging session.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2014
    Assignee: Illumina, Inc.
    Inventors: Alexander Triener, Erik Allegoren, Wenyi Feng, Dale Buermann, Erik Olson, James Osmus
  • Patent number: 8742384
    Abstract: An optical system for detecting light from a 2D area of a sample (36) comprises a collection lens (34) for collecting light from a collection region of the sample. A light detector (44) is positionally fixed with respect to the sample, and a reflector arrangement (61) directs collected light to the detector. The reflector arrangement comprises movable components and the collection lens (34) is movable relative to the sample. The collection lens and the movable components are configurable to define different collection regions, and the movement of the components effects a direction of the light from the collection region to a substantially unchanged area of the light detector (44). This arrangement avoids the need for a bulky detector in order to detect signals from a 2D sample area formed by scanning across the sample.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2014
    Assignee: Koninklijke Philips N.V.
    Inventors: Erik Martinus Hubertus Petrus Van Dijk, Cornelius Antonius Hezemans