Using Optical Instrument (excludes Mere Human Eyeballing) Patents (Class 29/407.04)
  • Patent number: 10362719
    Abstract: A component mounting machine including a head having two right and left nozzle holders to which suction nozzles are detachably attached, and a nozzle station having multiple sockets for accommodating the suction nozzles. The multiple sockets are arrayed at the same interval as an interval of the right and left nozzle holders. The suction nozzles mounted on the right and left adjacent nozzle holders can be simultaneously returned to right and left empty sockets, and the suction nozzles accommodated in the right and left adjacent sockets can be simultaneously mounted on the right and left nozzle holders.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Assignee: FUJI CORPORATION
    Inventors: Jun Iisaka, Shigeto Oyama
  • Patent number: 10349245
    Abstract: An information processing apparatus includes a sender and a receiver. The sender sends a character in a virtual space to a robot device. The receiver receives authorization to operate the robot device in return for the character sent to the robot device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: FUJI XEROX CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Kengo Tokuchi
  • Patent number: 10295331
    Abstract: A method of monitoring a hazardous zone (2) and a safe optoelectronic distance sensor (1) for monitoring a hazardous zone (2) at a movable machine part (3) having a protected zone (4), wherein the safe distance sensor (1) is arranged at the movable machine part (3), wherein a tool (5) is arranged at the movable machine part (3), wherein a plurality of distance sensors (1) are arranged in a modular manner and wherein the protected zone (4) is adapted to the tool (5).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: SICK AG
    Inventors: Magnus Albert, Markus Hammes, Jorg Sigmund
  • Patent number: 10235801
    Abstract: A method for adjusting the comfort level of a helmet includes the steps of acquiring head shape data by measuring a three-dimensional shape of a head of a wearer of a helmet, inputting inner surface shape data showing a three-dimensional shape of a helmet inner surface, acquiring space information showing a space between the head and the helmet inner surface on the basis of the head shape data and the inner surface shape data, and displaying additional images showing the space information on a display part by superimposing the additional images on i) a shape image showing the inner surface shape data or ii) the shape image showing the head shape data and the inner surface shape data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: SHOEI CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Takashi Ebisawa
  • Patent number: 10217211
    Abstract: A method for placing electronic components onto a circuit board, comprising the following steps: Placing a component to be placed of a first component type into a starting position; creating a component image of the component to be placed in the starting position; creating a circuit board region image of a circuit board of a first circuit board region type; calculating a travel path for moving the component to be placed into a final position on the circuit board based upon an image overlay of the component image and a previously saved reference component image of a reference component of the first component type, and based upon a previously saved reference travel path of the reference component from a reference starting position into a reference final position on a reference circuit board of the first circuit board region type, and based upon an image overlay of the circuit board region image and a previously saved reference circuit board region image of the reference circuit board; moving the component to be
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: ERSA GmbH
    Inventors: Udo Hofmann, Wolfram Sinn, Sergei Richter
  • Patent number: 10214275
    Abstract: A method of installing a fixture, such as a bracket, in a fuselage structure of an aircraft includes the steps of: providing or generating a three-dimensional digital model of the fixture; arranging a head of an additive manufacturing apparatus in the fuselage structure; and forming the fixture in situ in the fuselage structure with the head of the additive manufacturing apparatus based upon the digital model of the fixture. The fixture is installed in the fuselage structure by bonding or fusing the fixture to the fuselage structure as the fixture is formed. A fixture, such as a bracket, which is generated in situ in a fuselage structure of an aircraft based upon a three-dimensional digital model, wherein the fixture is bonded or fused to the fuselage structure as the fixture is formed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: Airbus Operations GmbH
    Inventor: Robert Alexander Goehlich
  • Patent number: 10204406
    Abstract: A system includes one or more sets of reflective visual markers, a light source configured to emit light, and a controller communicatively coupled to the light source. Each set of reflective visual markers is coupled to a component of a welding system. Each reflective visual marker is configured to reflect the emitted light received from the light source towards one or more cameras. The controller is configured to control illumination settings of the light source based at least in part on a status of the welding system being utilized to perform a live-arc welding operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Assignee: Illinois Tool Works Inc.
    Inventors: William Joshua Becker, Jeffrey Dale Weber
  • Patent number: 10197809
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a holographic display system including: a projection object having a three-dimensional shape corresponding to an original item; an image projection unit comprising projectors projecting unit images of parts selected from a three-dimensional image of the original item on the projection object; and a reflector disposed adjacent to the projection object and reflecting images reflected from the projection object to provide an augmented three-dimensional holographic image. In the disclosure, the unit images corresponding to a three-dimensional image of an original item are projected on the projection object having a three-dimensional shape corresponding to the original item using the projectors and reflected by the projection object and augmented by the reflector, thereby providing a virtual image having three dimensional information corresponding to the original item, whereby a proper image is provided to an observer even when the viewpoint of the observer is changed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: GWANGJU INSTITUTE OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY
    Inventors: Yong Yi Lee, Kwan Heng Lee, Moon Gu Son, Bilal Ahmed, Jong Hun Lee
  • Patent number: 10159559
    Abstract: A stent-graft, including a generally tubular vascular graft of biocompatible material, and a plurality of bio-resorbable discrete annular members spaced apart along a longitudinal axis of the vascular graft and attached thereto.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: C. R. Bard, Inc.
    Inventor: John D. McDermott
  • Patent number: 10131268
    Abstract: A laser unit (2) for a vehicle headlight with a laser diode (11) and, associated with the laser diode (11), adjustable optics with optical elements comprising at least one collimator, wherein at least one optical element selected from the group consisting of a collimator (13, 22) and a deflection mirror (20) is mounted so that it can pivot about at least one spatial axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: ZKW Group GmbH
    Inventor: Matthias Mayer
  • Patent number: 10104275
    Abstract: A lens barrel (3) holding an imaging lens (2) is inserted into a carrier (5) accommodated in an actuator (4), and the carrier (5) is held at a position in an optical axis direction of the imaging lens (2) by the actuator (4). The position of the imaging lens (2) in the optical axis direction and the eccentricity of the imaging lens (2) are adjusted on the basis of imaging information of an image sensor (6), and the lens barrel (3) is fixed to the carrier (5).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: SHARP KABUSHIKI KAISHa
    Inventors: Norimichi Shigemitsu, Yoshihiro Sekimoto, Masahiro Nakamura
  • Patent number: 10086514
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present disclosure include a robotic method for processing an aircraft component that includes determining feature positions by illuminating with light, imaging the reflected light with a camera, and processing images from the camera. The method further includes determining a position offset of the features by comparing to a model of the aircraft component, determining a path offset for movement by a robot arm, and modifying the aircraft component using a processing tool coupled to the robot arm. A robotic system for processing an aircraft component includes a light emitting device and a camera configured for respectively illuminating and imaging features of an aircraft component, a gripper tool for gripping and moving the aircraft component to a workstation, a processing tool for modifying the aircraft component, and a controller to control the light emitting device, camera, gripper tool, workstation, and processing tool to modify the aircraft component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: Textron Innovations, Inc.
    Inventors: Darren Fair, Austin Garbers
  • Patent number: 10071455
    Abstract: A tool measuring apparatus for measuring a height of a punch body and a die includes a measurement device that measures a distance from a punch reference position that is set preliminarily to an end surface of the punch body, and a distance from a die reference position that is set preliminarily to an end surface of the die. The punch reference position and the die reference position are placed independently from each other. According to the tool measuring apparatus, it is possible to measure a punch body and a die easily even in a case where a size of the punch body and a size of the die are significantly different from each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2018
    Assignee: AMADA COMPANY, LIMITED
    Inventor: Masami Iwamoto
  • Patent number: 9902070
    Abstract: A robot system which can adjust the position of a coolant nozzle at a lower cost, that is, a robot system which comprises a robot, a robot controller which controls the operation of the robot, and a notification part which notifies the type of the workpiece which is processed by the machine tool to the robot controller. The robot controller determines the target position of the coolant nozzle with respect to the workpiece to be processed based on the type of the workpiece which is obtained from the notification part and makes the coolant nozzle move by the robot so as to place the coolant nozzle at the target position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2018
    Assignee: FANUC CORPORATION
    Inventor: Keisuke Kunihiro
  • Patent number: 9895766
    Abstract: An all-in-one jigless projection loading system for a vehicle is adapted to load and assemble a body component to a vehicle body. The all-in-one jigless projection loading system may include: a fixing bracket fixed to an arm of a robot; a position adjusting member rotatably mounted to the fixing bracket; a gripper mounted to the fixing bracket to be movable backward and forward, and gripping the body component; an array unit mounted to the position adjusting member, and arraying the body component; and a welding unit mounted to the fixing bracket, and projection-welding the body component to a vehicle body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2018
    Assignee: Hyundai Motor Company
    Inventor: Sung Phil Ryu
  • Patent number: 9855655
    Abstract: A robot system comprises a first robot which supports a suspending jig for suspending a workpiece, a second robot which supports a hand, and a control device which performs cooperative control for causing the first robot and the second robot to operate cooperatively. The hand grasps the workpiece at a portion which is lower than a mating portion of the workpiece. In the robot system, the control device performs cooperative control so that the workpiece is conveyed while a condition in which the hand grasps the article is maintained.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Assignee: FANUC CORPORATION
    Inventors: Hiroshi Inutake, Daisuke Itou
  • Patent number: 9651935
    Abstract: A method is provided for establishing a physical reference inside an airplane representing the airplane's optimized line of flight based on the as-built orientation of aerodynamically significant features of the airplane. Values generated for aerodynamic pitch, roll and yaw representing the optimized line of flight are used to orient a tool reference surface outside the airplane. The orientation of the tool reference surface is recorded using an inertial reference unit placed on the tool reference surface. The tool reference surface and inertial reference unit are moved into the airplane where they are used to establish the physical reference on the airframe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2017
    Assignee: THE BOEING COMPANY
    Inventor: Patrick B. Stone
  • Patent number: 9648795
    Abstract: A pick-and-place tool configured to pick and place at least one die on a workpiece includes a mounting head. The mounting head includes a die position determining unit configured to one of measure and detect an actual position of at least one die during a time between the placement of the at least one die on the workpiece and the picking up of a subsequent die for placement on the workpiece.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2017
    Assignee: MYCRONIC AB
    Inventors: Per-Erik Gustafsson, Mikael Wahlsten
  • Patent number: 9616429
    Abstract: The invention concerns a control and positioning system for the indication of the mounting position of an exchangeable wear lining element at a surface at a wall that is subject to wear, which may be constituted by, for example, the inner surface of a rotating drum at an ore grinder. The wear lining element is supported at the free end of a maneuverable arm that is a component of a lifting arrangement that is controlled during the handling of the wear lining element during a mounting operation by a crane operator. The wall is provided with a set of mounting holes and the wear lining element is equipped on its lower surface with a set of attachment means. The wear lining element is intended to be tightened against the surface by means of supplementary attachment means that are introduced through the mounting holes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2017
    Assignee: Metso Minerals (Sweden) AB
    Inventors: Tage Moller, Lars Furtenbach, Dennis Johansson
  • Patent number: 9572295
    Abstract: In an electronic component mounting method, a light-emitting element is temporarily fixed to a board by solder paste and adhesive, the adhesive is cured to fix a main body of the light-emitting element to the board, and solder is melted to bond a terminal of the light-emitting element to the board. The method includes: detecting a positional deviation of an emission portion in a top surface of the light-emitting element; detecting a position of the light-emitting element in a state in which the light-emitting element is held by an absorption nozzle; positioning the emission portion to a prescribed position on the board based on the positional deviation and the position of the light-emitting element; mounting the light-emitting element on the board at a position deviated from the prescribed position by the positional deviation; curing the adhesive; and heating the board to melt the solder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2017
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Naoki Azuma, Masayuki Kuwabara
  • Patent number: 9517560
    Abstract: A control apparatus calculates a calibration value based on a position in the robot coordinate system 41 and a position in the vision coordinate system 42, for at least three teaching points set within a calibration area. Markers 21 of two of the three teaching points have the same inclination in relation to an optical axis of a camera 3 as a visual sensor, and the two points are placed on different positions of the same plane normal to the optical axis. The remaining one of the three teaching points other than the two points is set such that the inclination of the marker 21 in relation to the optical axis is different from that of the two points. As a result, influence of a large quantization error in the optical axis direction as a measurement error of the camera 3 can be reduced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2016
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Shingo Amano
  • Patent number: 9501080
    Abstract: A multiple output comparator compares a first input signal and a second input signal. An output mirror circuit receives the comparison and sets an output signal at a first output terminal of the multiple output comparator to a digital state indicating that the magnitude of the is greater than or lesser than the second signal. An offset generator creates an offset signal for adjusting a threshold signal level at the output mirror circuit such that the difference of the and the second signal is combined with the offset signal. The output mirror circuit transfers provides a digital state to another output terminal indicating that the is greater than or lesser than the second signal as adjusted by the adjustment signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2016
    Assignee: Dialog Semiconductor (UK) Limited
    Inventor: Mark Childs
  • Patent number: 9461569
    Abstract: A motor control device controls a motor using an angle data signal and a rotational speed signal output from a rotation detector detecting a rotation state of a rotating shaft of the motor. The motor control device includes a speed control unit that outputs a torque instruction signal corresponding to a difference between the rotational speed of the rotating shaft and a speed instruction using the speed instruction of the rotating shaft and the rotational speed signal, a limit value setting unit that sets a torque limit value indicating the maximum value of the torque applied to the rotating shaft, and a torque limit control unit that limits the torque of the rotating shaft driven by the torque instruction signal to the torque limit value or less.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2016
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Isamu Sejimo, Daisuke Sato
  • Patent number: 9447706
    Abstract: A bearing frame or cylinder head cover of an internal combustion engine may include at least one camshaft mounted therein. The camshaft may be tunnel-mounted in at least two bearing openings arranged along a bearing channel. At least two radial bearings may be arranged on the camshaft, each of the radial bearings having an outer bearing shell. The outer bearing shells of the at least two radial bearings may include different outer diameters, each of the respective outer diameters adapted to be complementary to an inner diameter of the associated bearing opening. The inner diameters of the bearing openings may decrease in a direction of assembly of the camshaft along the bearing channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2016
    Assignee: Mahle International GmbH
    Inventors: Frank Dautel, Thomas Flender, Klaus Heidenberger, Antonio Menonna, Kurt Schwellenbach, Stefan Steichele
  • Patent number: 9430849
    Abstract: Device and method for performing a measurement of at least one geometrical dimension of an object, where: a reference model of the object is acquired; the object is gripped by gripping elements (5) and a first image of the object is taken via optical elements (2); the object is translated and rotated in the three dimension by the gripping elements while images of the object are taken by the optical elements (2) until reaching a condition representative of the superimposition of the perimeter of the image of the object or of a portion of it with those of the reference model; then the measurement of the geometrical dimension is performed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2016
    Assignee: GEVIS SRL
    Inventor: Giovanni Agazzi
  • Patent number: 9368045
    Abstract: A system and device for welding training. In one example, a welding system includes a device configured to be used with the welding system. The device includes a first marker having a first shape and a first color. The welding device also includes a second marker having a second shape and a second color. The first and second colors are different or the first and second shapes are different. Further, the first and second markers are configured to be detected by a video game system, a computer accessory, or some combination thereof, to determine a position of the device, an orientation of the device, or some combination thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2016
    Assignee: ILLINOIS TOOL WORKS INC.
    Inventor: William J. Becker
  • Patent number: 9363937
    Abstract: Sod harvester stacking head and stacking conveyor configurations can increase the rate at which sod can be harvested. The movement of the stacking head and/or the stacking conveyor can be controlled to maximize the rate at which the stacking head can remove sod from the stacking conveyor. A stacking head can employ multiple pick up positions. A stacking conveyor may also advance sod for pick up at varying rates. A stacking head may include a pivoting connection to allow the stacking head to rotate around a pivot during a pick up operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2016
    Assignee: FIREFLY AUTOMATIX, INC.
    Inventors: Steven R. Aposhian, Eric E. Aston, William M. Decker, Samuel Drake
  • Patent number: 9296465
    Abstract: The method for manufacturing the structure includes an imaging device installation process in which a camera that obtains an image of a target hole formed in an upper panel is installed on the rear spar, and a positioning process in which relative positions are positioned by relatively moving the upper panel and the rear spar while the image of the target hole obtained by the camera and displayed on a monitor screen is aligned with a target line preset on the monitor screen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2016
    Assignee: MITSUBISHI HEAVY INDUSTRIES, LTD.
    Inventors: Shigemi Yamane, Mikio Nakamura
  • Patent number: 9282651
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a pin-less registration and inductive heating system involving the use of a pre-alignment station for imaging an initial position of a laminate element, an imaging and computer operation control system for determining a required correction factor between an alignment of the laminate element at the pre-alignment station and a preferred stack orientation for the laminate element, and an alignment and transfer system for securely gripping, transferring, and repositioning a laminate element from a top position to the preferred stack orientation employing a preferred four-axis orientation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2016
    Assignee: DUETTO INTEGRATED SYSTEMS, INC.
    Inventors: Anthony Faraci, Gary N. Sortino
  • Patent number: 9162361
    Abstract: A gap/height difference measurement system for a vehicle may include a reflection light sensing unit on a the transportation conveyor line and sensing reflection light reflected from the vehicle body transported depending on illuminance of an illumination, a measurement robot measuring the gap and the height difference between the vehicle body and each panel that move while being installed at both sides of the transportation conveyor line in a width direction of the vehicle body at one side spaced from the reflection light sensing unit in a movement direction of the vehicle body, and a controller receiving a signal sensed by the reflection light sensing unit and comparing the received signal with a predetermined value to control the illuminance of the illumination and outputting a specification depending on a vehicle type of the vehicle body transported to the measurement robot to control the measurement robot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2015
    Assignee: HYUNDAI MOTOR COMPANY
    Inventor: Sangkyu Park
  • Patent number: 9146090
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for adjusting an alignment of a movable component relative to a substrate holder. An alignment tool is placed on the substrate holder. A nozzle is coupled with the movable component. The movable component and the nozzle are positioned such that a planar surface of the movable component contact a planar surface of the alignment tool, and the nozzle has a non-contacting relationship with the alignment tool. The planar surface of the movable component is leveled to be parallel with the planar surface of the alignment tool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2015
    Assignee: GLOBALFOUNDRIES INC.
    Inventors: Jeffrey J. Grimes, Dennis P. Hogan
  • Patent number: 9138895
    Abstract: A method for picking up an article using a robot arm includes capturing images with a camera and processing the captured images to locate a machine-readable symbol affixed to the article. The machine-readable symbol includes an orientation pattern and encoded information pertaining to the article. The orientation pattern provides information to determine x, y, and z coordinates and Rx, Ry and Rz of a gripping tool attached to the robot arm. The encoded information provides information to determine the appropriate gripping tool, gripping location and gripping motion path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2015
    Assignee: RECOGNITION ROBOTICS, INC.
    Inventor: Simon Melikian
  • Patent number: 9089970
    Abstract: A robotic apparatus and system for cutting turbine bucket covers on a turbine rotor are provided. The robotic apparatus includes a grinding device operable to drive a grinding wheel, a robotic arm coupled to the grinding device, a base member coupled to the robotic arm, a vision system for locating the fastener on the turbine bucket cover, and a control system. The base member is mounted independently of the turbine bucket cover. The control system is coupled to the vision system, the grinding device, and the robotic apparatus, and configured to control movement of the robotic apparatus and the grinding device based upon vision system data and spatial information related to the turbine bucket cover. The system includes at least a portion of a turbine rotor including a turbine bucket cover having at least one fastener thereon, and a robotic device for cutting the turbine bucket cover.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2015
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Todd George Kudas, Brian David Albin
  • Publication number: 20150147029
    Abstract: An optical communication module includes a substrate, an optical-electric conversion unit located on and electrically connected to the substrate, and a lens unit. The lens unit includes a first surface facing the substrate and a second surface opposite to the first surface. The first surface includes a lens and defines two through holes extending from the second surface to the first surface. The lens is configured for coupling the optical-electric conversion unit to the lens unit. An optical axis of the lens is perpendicular to the substrate and on a first plane. Center lines of the two through holes are perpendicular to the substrate and on a second plane. The first plane is parallel with the second plane. The through holes are configured for aligning the lens with the optical-electric conversion unit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 18, 2013
    Publication date: May 28, 2015
    Applicant: HON HAI PRECISION INDUSTRY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: I-THUN LIN, YI HUNG
  • Publication number: 20150113801
    Abstract: A method for manufacturing a gravure plate includes, setting a certain measurement area on a surface of the gravure plate, finding at least one of a spatial volume that is the total of the volume of a space formed by a plurality of cells located in the measurement area and an average depth obtained by dividing the spatial volume by a surface area of the measurement area, and adjusting, based on a relationship between at least one of the spatial volume and the average depth and an application thickness of a printing material after printing, at least one of the spatial volume and the average depth so as to fall within at least one of a specified value range for the spatial volume and a specified value range for the average depth determined in accordance with a target value range for the application thickness.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 3, 2014
    Publication date: April 30, 2015
    Applicant: MURATA MANUFACTURING CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Kunxian CAO, Yoshiharu KUBOTA
  • Patent number: 9009952
    Abstract: An apparatus for assembling a lens module and an image sensor to form a camera module. The apparatus comprises i) a positioning system for adjusting a relative arrangement between the lens module and the image sensor; and ii) an inspection system operative to view fiducials of the lens modules and the image sensor. In particular, the positioning system is configured to align the lens module and the image sensor based on a relative alignment of the respective fiducials of the lens module and the image sensor as viewed by the inspection system. A method of assembling a lens module and an image sensor to form a camera module is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: ASM Technology Singapore Pte. Ltd.
    Inventors: Po Lam Au, Ming Lok Yeung, Tung Yeung Tsoi, Yu Luen Suen
  • Publication number: 20150099425
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for sanding a number of surface features on a surface of an object. A first type of operation may be performed on the number of surface features on the surface of the object using a first end effector. Feedback laser data may be generated about the number of surface features after the first type of operation has been performed using a laser device. A second type of operation may be performed on the number of surface features using a second end effector and the feedback laser data to rework the number of surface features until the number of surface features has been reworked to within selected tolerances.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 8, 2013
    Publication date: April 9, 2015
    Applicant: THE BOEING COMPANY
    Inventor: Thomas Edward Trnka
  • Patent number: 8984732
    Abstract: A method of assembling a structure of timber lengths, e.g. roof trusses, includes a number of upper and lower structure lengths or pieces, as well as a number of diagonals or braces etc., in which the timber lengths are laid out and fixed to one another. The structure formed from the timber lengths fixed to one another is observed by a first camera for positional determination of the structure and comparison of observation data with structure data and for controlling at least a second camera. The structure is fed into a unit for pressing in place of jointing pieces, e.g. corrugated fasteners, over the joints between the timber lengths by at least one positionable press unit, and the second camera observes the infed structure and positions the press unit at the correct position over a joint for pressing in place of a jointing piece.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Assignee: Randek Bautech AB
    Inventor: Åke Svensson
  • Publication number: 20150081029
    Abstract: Improved implants, systems, tools and related methods for bi-cruciate retaining joint treatment are disclosed, including patient-adapted implants, systems, tools, and methods.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 6, 2013
    Publication date: March 19, 2015
    Inventors: Raymond A. Bojarski, Philipp Lang, John Slamin, Terrance Wong
  • Publication number: 20150077682
    Abstract: A display device includes a housing, a display panel mounted in the housing, and at least one aligning unit. The housing includes at least one pair of opposite sidewalls, each sidewall defines at least one light hole corresponding to the light hole defined in the opposite sidewall. Each aligning unit includes an optical fiber and two collimating lenses, one collimating lens is arranged between and aligned with one end of the optical fiber and one light hole, the other collimating lens is arranged between and aligned with the other end of the optical fiber and one other light hole corresponding to the one light hole.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 19, 2013
    Publication date: March 19, 2015
    Applicant: HON HAI PRECISION INDUSTRY CO., LTD.
    Inventor: YI HUNG
  • Patent number: 8978967
    Abstract: A method and apparatus are used to visually recognize and install fasteners on a structure. An electronic image of the fastener is recorded, and is processed by a computer operated image recognition program to identify the fastener. The computer provides installation instructions and an installation tool based on the identity of the fastener.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Assignee: The Boeing Campany
    Inventors: James D. Gamboa, Raymond J. Slesinski, William P. Zanteson, Leslie A. Hoeckelman
  • Patent number: 8967537
    Abstract: The invention relates to an arrangement of a plurality of oxygen breathing devices, in particular for providing oxygen to passenger or crew of an aircraft, each oxygen breathing device comprising an oxygen source, wherein oxygen is stored, in particular in chemically bound form or compressed form, an oxygen guiding device for guiding oxygen from the oxygen source to a person. According to the invention, an arrangement of a plurality of oxygen breathing devices is provided, wherein a first one of said plurality of oxygen breathing devices further comprises an integrated transmitter comprising a sender adapted for wireless communication with a receiver of a second one of said oxygen breathing devices and a receiver adapted for wireless communication with a sender of said second oxygen breathing device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Assignee: Zodiac Aerotechnics
    Inventors: Wolfgang Rittner, Rudiger Meckes, Peter Glosekotter, Christoph Bauer
  • Patent number: 8959739
    Abstract: An alignment kit for aiming a variable rotating pool cleaning nozzle assembly in a pool is disclosed. The alignment kit includes an aiming tool and a locking tool. The aiming tool includes a tray that includes a plurality of aiming reference figures, a cleaning arc indicator coupled to the tray, and a base rotatably coupled to the tray. The cleaning arc indicator includes an adjustable visual area representing a cleaning arc of a variably rotating pool cleaning nozzle assembly. The cleaning arc indicator may include a first ring and a second ring interleaved together and the adjustable visual area may include an area of the second ring not covered by the first ring. The base includes an aiming reference marker adjacent the tray and one or more indexing lugs. The locking tool includes a plurality of aiming symbols and one or more locking lugs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: GSG Holding, Inc.
    Inventors: John M. Goettl, Steve Sharp
  • Publication number: 20150033532
    Abstract: A method for connecting a first component to a second component having a through hole includes the following steps: bringing the two components against one another and positioning them relative to one another, detecting the spatial position of the hole by a position detection electronic unit, positioning a connecting element at a location within the hole as a function of the spatial position of the hole or as a function of position data determined by the position detection electronic unit, connecting the connecting element to the first component, with the result that the connecting element projects into or through the hole, and clipping onto the connecting element a clip element which holds the two components together.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 16, 2014
    Publication date: February 5, 2015
    Inventors: Johann VAN NIEKERK, Eva VIETZE, Erik MARTIN
  • Patent number: 8918976
    Abstract: An automated pallet inspection station includes a frame, a transport system carried by the frame for transporting a pallet to be inspected, and at least one pallet feature sensing head adjacent the transport system for inspecting the pallet. The at least one pallet feature sensing head includes a downward looking pallet feature sensing head positioned above the transport system for inspecting a top surface of the pallet, and an upward looking pallet feature sensing head positioned below the transport system for inspecting a bottom surface of the pallet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Assignee: Chep Technology Pty Limited
    Inventors: Steve Townsend, Michael David Lucas
  • Publication number: 20140359993
    Abstract: A syringe plunger driver system capable of capturing syringes of widely varying sizes comprises a pair of asymmetric plunger retainer arms pivotally mounted to a plunger driver. The system includes a low profile driver having a length that exceeds its width so that it may be mounted adjacent control modules and other operational modules. The arms are biased toward each other and one arm is longer than the other with a notch on an inside edge to receive the tip of the shorter arm when capturing small syringe flanges. A rotation knob mounted to the front surface of the low profile driver forces the arms apart when rotated to a first rotation position. A force sensor is mounted in the driver to detect occlusions in the fluid line. A processor monitors the force sensed by the force sensor and provides an alarm if the force exceeds a threshold.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 25, 2014
    Publication date: December 11, 2014
    Inventors: Matthew G. Morris, Donal F. Schwartz
  • Publication number: 20140346318
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a method for assembling a circuit carrier with a housing component and furthermore to an optical unit for emitting and/or receiving radiation that is fabricated using this particular method of assembling and aligning the circuit carrier with the housing component. The method comprises the following steps: providing said circuit carrier, wherein on said circuit carrier there is arranged at least one electronic component, and providing said housing component having at least one first opening; aligning said circuit carrier in a way that said electronic component is aligned with respect to said first opening in the housing component, wherein the electronic component is directly used as a fiducial for its own position on the circuit carrier; fixing the circuit carrier at the housing component.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 27, 2014
    Publication date: November 27, 2014
    Applicant: CEDES SAFETY & AUTOMATION AG
    Inventors: Martin Hardegger, Henry Schulze
  • Publication number: 20140325810
    Abstract: A riveting apparatus for creating a plurality of rivet joints along the surface of a workpiece includes a tool device controllable by tool control data in order to create countersunk holes on the workpiece and to set countersunk rivets in the created countersunk holes. The riveting apparatus also includes a programmable control device to generate the tool control data for the tool device and an optical sensing device for optically sensing the workpiece surface and for supplying sensing data. The control device evaluates the sensing data in order to obtain geometric data that represent at least one geometric parameter of a countersunk hole that has already been created, and to correct as required the tool control data for a countersunk hole that is subsequently to be created based on the result of an evaluation of the obtained geometric data.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 11, 2012
    Publication date: November 6, 2014
    Inventors: Michael Schneider, Juergen Morisse, Torsten Halbmeyer, Fredo Eisenhauer
  • Patent number: 8857029
    Abstract: A mounting apparatus includes a substrate; an optical component having a first surface on which light from the substrate is incident and a second surface from which the incident light goes out after the incident light is refracted; an adjustment unit that adjusts a position of the substrate and a position of the optical component by moving the substrate and the optical component relatively with the first surface of the optical component and the substrate being opposed to each other; an imaging unit that is arranged in an optical path of the light that goes out from the second surface; and a control unit that controls an amount by which the adjustment unit moves the substrate and the optical component relatively according to image data which is captured by the imaging unit, and that mounts the optical component on the substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2014
    Assignee: Olympus Corporation
    Inventor: Hiroyuki Motohara
  • Publication number: 20140259599
    Abstract: A hand-held torque tool includes a hand tool chassis and a vision system. The hand tool chassis includes a motor configured to operate a work head and a camera located in a fixed position relative to the work head. The vision system includes a wireless controller which transmits images captured by the camera, a wireless display located remotely from the hand tool chassis that is configured to display images captured by the camera, and a mounting structure attached to the wireless display. The mounting structure is configured to be placed on or about a portion of a body of a user of the hand-held torque tool. Methods of tightening a fastener and installing automobile components within an automobile are also provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 24, 2013
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Jared L. Glaspell, Brent Allen Bowers, Mengtang Sun, Zewen Yu, Xin Zhang, Richard J. Barr, Kevin P. Swanger