Advancing Work To Successive Stations (i.e., Assembly Line) Patents (Class 29/430)
  • Patent number: 11498109
    Abstract: A method of forming a closure member may include: providing a support member with an outer support surface; providing a member including a first member made of electrically conductive material, wherein the first member includes a first tubular sleeve extending along a longitudinal direction between a first top end and a first bottom end; positioning the member on the support member; applying a magnetic field on the member to deform at least a portion of the first tubular sleeve around the support member to form the closure member; and/or removing the formed closure member from the support member for subsequently fitting the formed closure member on a neck of a container or a closure body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2022
    Assignee: Guala Closures S.p.A.
    Inventors: Luca Viale, Marco Giovannini, Andrea Pozzi
  • Patent number: 11491591
    Abstract: An attachment device attaches a plurality of attachment target members to an attachment portion formed in a circumferential direction of a rotating main body portion. A first measurement unit measures a physical amount concerning a perimeter of the attachment portion. An attachment unit attaches, to the attachment portion, the plurality of attachment target members selected based on the physical amount concerning the perimeter measured by the first measurement unit. A second measurement unit measures a physical amount concerning a gap between the adjacent attachment target members to be attached by the attachment unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2021
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2022
    Assignee: HIRATA CORPORATION
    Inventors: Keisuke Teramoto, Masaru Kozaki
  • Patent number: 11447039
    Abstract: A communication seat-type vehicle having communication seats arranged at locations to allow the passengers seated thereon to talk face-to-face, four wheels including two front wheels and two rear wheels, a driving source configured to apply driving force to at least one of the four wheels, a steering mechanism configured to steer at least one of the four wheels, and a vehicle body frame which is at least partially provided between front ends of the two front wheels and rear ends of the two rear wheels in the vehicle front-rear direction, and in which a cabin space is provided to accommodate the passengers. The vehicle body frame has a front H-shaped frame structure including a ceiling frame, a floor frame provided directly below the ceiling frame, a front H-shaped frame including two front pillars and a front intermediate transverse frame connecting the two front pillars, and a rear frame including two rear pillars.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2022
    Assignee: YAMAHA HATSUDOKI KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Arato Takahashi
  • Patent number: 11428524
    Abstract: A generating device that includes: a unit for generating triggering positions, a unit for generating, during the course of the movement of the moving element, actual positions of said moving element, this unit further including a unit for measuring successive effective positions of the moving element, the actual positions including at least these measured effective positions, a unit for comparing, for a current triggering position, the actual positions successive to this current triggering position in such a way as to identify, among these successive actual positions, the closest actual position to said current triggering position, and this within a given limit, and a unit for generating a pulsed signal for the current triggering position, if and when the moving element reaches said closest actual position and that this position is situated within the given limit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2022
    Assignee: MICRO-CONTRÔLE-SPECTRA PHYSICS
    Inventors: Daniel Gvero, Christophe Ahrens
  • Patent number: 11335477
    Abstract: A power cable has an insulated conductor; a copper water barrier, in form of a tube with a welding line, surrounding each insulated conductor; and a polymeric sheath surrounding each copper water barrier. The copper water barrier has a thickness and the polymeric sheath has a thickness such that a ratio between the thickness of the copper water barrier and the thickness of the polymeric sheath is 0.15 at most.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2022
    Assignee: PRYSMIAN S.p.A.
    Inventors: Fabrizio Cristofani, Paolo Liboi, Silvio Frigerio, Giovanni Pozzati
  • Patent number: 11332209
    Abstract: A robot system has at least one robot that performs predetermined work on at least first and second work portions among a plurality of work portions, and a plurality of locators each having a locate pin movable in three axial directions orthogonal to one another, and that position the workpiece with the locate pins being inserted into the holes at a first position where the robot performs work on the first work portion, and a control device that controls operation of the plurality of locators, in which after the work of the robot on the first work portion is completed, the control device controls the plurality of locators while keeping a state that the locate pins are inserted into the holes, so as to change a position of the workpiece from the first position to a second position where the robot performs work on the second work portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2022
    Assignee: KAWASAKI JUKOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Kazumi Fukuhara, Hitoshi Nariai
  • Patent number: 11267088
    Abstract: A nail plater apparatus includes at least one nail plate magazine configured to hold a plurality of nail plates, and at least one nail plate extractor assembly associated with the at least one nail plate magazine and configured to position at least one nail plate therefrom to at least one nail plate pressing area. A board feeder is configured to position a board to a board receiving area. At least one nail plate presser assembly is adjacent the board receiving area and aligned with the at least one nail plate pressing area and configured to press the at least one nail plate into the board.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2022
    Assignee: CHEP Technology Pty Limited
    Inventors: Dwight Bryan Whitfield, Sr., Frank S. Lusczakoski
  • Patent number: 11260911
    Abstract: A frame for a personal electric vehicle includes (a) a chassis floorpan extending axially between a front and a rear and laterally between opposite sides, the floorpan having a floor and a sidewall extending upwardly from a periphery of the floor to a raised peripheral edge of the floorpan; and (b) a safety cage mounted to the chassis floorpan and comprising a plurality of interconnected tubular members defining an occupant interior. The tubular members include a plurality of pillars spaced apart from each other along the peripheral edge and fixed against the sidewall for securing the safety cage to the chassis floorpan.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2021
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2022
    Assignee: ELVY INC.
    Inventor: Frank Stronach
  • Patent number: 11254033
    Abstract: An automated method and system for making painted vehicle body panel skins and vehicle body panels, such as instrument panels, are provided wherein throughput and equipment utilization are greatly improved at a relatively low cost. The method includes transferring a mold having a mold surface from an entrance station to a paint station within a dispensing area. The method further includes applying paint on the mold surface to form a layer of paint on the mold surface at the paint station. The method still further includes spraying curable polyurethane elastomer on the painted surface at a spray station within the dispensing area. The paint and spray stations may be coincident.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 22, 2022
    Assignee: Global IP Holdings, LLC
    Inventors: Larry J. Winget, Darius J. Preisler, Jason T. Murar, William G. Krowl
  • Patent number: 11253897
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a method and a device for manufacturing plate part blanks for a heat exchanger. A sheet material (2) in the form of continuous sheeting is worked between two rolls (5, 6) with opposite surface patterns (7, 7?, 8) to form profiled plate part blanks (3, 3?,3?) into the sheet material (2) so that the rolls (5, 6) are synchronized to rotate at substantially same rate by controlling the rotation of them in relation to each other with common synchronization gear (9), which gear is coupled to the rolls (5, 6) by means of shafts (10, 11) with disk pack or gear couplings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 22, 2022
    Assignee: VAHTERUS OY
    Inventors: Mauri Kontu, Paavo Pitkänen
  • Patent number: 11195640
    Abstract: Process for manufacturing a power cable includes: providing a power cable core having an electric conductor; providing a copper foil; providing a protective strip over the power cable core, the protective strip having a radially inner and outer surface and being made of copper with a coating; folding the copper foil around the power cable core so as to bring two longitudinal copper foil rims to contact one to the other; welding the two contacted longitudinal copper foil rims thus obtaining a copper sheath in form of a tube with a welding seam; reducing the diameter of the copper sheath to put it into direct contact with the power cable core and the protective strip; heating the protective strip and the copper sheath at a temperature higher than the melting temperature of the coating of the strip so that the coating fuses in the welding seam.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 7, 2021
    Assignee: PRYSMIAN S.p.A.
    Inventors: Giovanni Pozzati, Fabrizio Cristofani, Silvio Frigerio, Paolo Liboi
  • Patent number: 11186334
    Abstract: Object adjusting apparatus and related methods for use with automotive manufacturing systems are disclosed. A disclosed object adjuster for an automotive manufacturing system includes a frame. The object adjuster also includes a guide supported by the frame and positioned near a conveyor configured to convey an object. The object adjuster also includes a receiver slidably coupled to the guide. The receiver includes a portion that is configured to engage an attachment movably coupled to the object to adjust the attachment when the object moves.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 30, 2021
    Assignee: TOYOTA MOTOR ENGINEERING & MANUFACTURING NORTH AMERICA, INC.
    Inventor: Anna M. Cokeley
  • Patent number: 11150644
    Abstract: Technologies for steering sensors in a payload carrier structure on an autonomous vehicle (AV) are described herein. An example method can include receiving, by a motor control system on the AV, instructions for controlling a motor on the motor control system to reposition the payload carrier structure from a first position to a second position; based on the instructions, sending, by a controller on the motor control system to a motor driver on the motor control system, a command instructing the motor driver to reposition the payload carrier structure from the first position to the second position; sending, by the motor driver to the motor, a control signal generated by the motor driver based on the command, the control signal controlling the motor to reposition the payload carrier structure to the second position; and moving, by the motor, the payload carrier structure and sensors to the second position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 19, 2021
    Assignee: GM Cruise Holdings, LLC
    Inventors: Yung Change Ko, Shane McGuire, Radu Raduta, Brendan Hermalyn, Joseph Robbins, Mabel Lee, Nate Herse, Roger Lo
  • Patent number: 10928835
    Abstract: Systems and methods for flexible conveyance in an assembly-line or manufacturing process are disclosed. A fleet of self-driving vehicles and a fleet-management system can be used to convey workpieces through a sequence of workstations at which operations are performed in order to produce a finished assembly. An assembly can be transported to a first workstation using a self-driving vehicle, where an operation is performed on the assembly. Subsequently, the assembly can be transported to a second workstation using the self-driving vehicle. The operation can be performed on the assembly while it is being conveyed by the self-driving vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2021
    Assignee: CLEARPATH ROBOTICS INC.
    Inventors: Ryan Christopher Gariepy, Andrew Dobson, Nir Rikovitch, William John Alexander Torrens, Roydyn Clayton
  • Patent number: 10914337
    Abstract: A fastener locating and retention structure which includes a dog house attached to a part. The doghouse includes at least three walls and an opening in the fourth wall large enough for allowing a T-stud shaft portion to enter. A top surface it provided for extending inward from the walls. The top surface has an aperture formed there in by two pairs of spring retention legs which oppose each other engage the shaft portion of the T-stud on either side of the shaft thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2021
    Assignee: Magna Exteriors Inc.
    Inventors: Daniel R. Dobbs, Gregory A. Engele
  • Patent number: 10737404
    Abstract: A nailing machine for assembling wood pallets includes a nailing station and an advancement and guiding component which form a substantially horizontal resting surface at the nailing station configured for the assembly of at least two superimposed wood pieces to be assembled by nailing to provide a pallet. The nailing station includes at least one nailing head, each of which is associated with at least one nailing stem, which can move along a substantially vertical direction with respect to the resting surface between an inactive position, in which the lower end of the nailing stem is spaced from the upper surface of the superimposed wood pieces, and an active position, in which the lower end of the nailing stem is moved closer to, or made to penetrate, the upper surface of the superimposed wood pieces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Inventor: Giancarlo Storti
  • Patent number: 10518972
    Abstract: A system for the transfer, storage and distribution of intermodal containers of a plurality of lengths. The system comprises a first storage area comprising a first plurality of shafts arranged in a grid pattern along a first and second axis, a plurality of gantry cranes slidably disposed along the first axis and extending beyond the storage area, a roof structure disposed at a distance above the plurality of shafts, and a plurality of overhead cranes slidably associated with the plurality of tracks. The shafts disposed in rows along the first axis are configured to store intermodal containers of a plurality of lengths. The shafts disposed in a given row along the second axis are configured to store intermodal containers of a corresponding length. The plurality of gantry cranes are each configured to attach to and transport an intermodal container from a first location to one of a plurality of platforms slidably disposed along the first axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2019
    Assignee: SuperDock LLC
    Inventors: David Alba, Samuel Alba
  • Patent number: 10458659
    Abstract: A spring clip for attaching a radiant burner unit to a cooktop includes a retention tab having a portion extending in a first direction and a retention arm defining a lever portion projecting away from the retention tab to an end displaced from the tab in a second direction generally normal to the first direction. The retention arm further defines a resiliently deformable section facilitating movement of the lever toward and away from the retention tab. The spring clip further includes a snap tab positioned opposite the retention arm from the retention tab and resiliently deflectable toward and away from the retention tab.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventor: Alexander S. Pille
  • Patent number: 10449674
    Abstract: A part support apparatus for supporting a plurality of parts which form a product by being connected to each other includes a plurality of support robots arranged in a work space and supporting the plurality of parts, a control unit controlling the plurality of support robots, and a storage unit storing a form pattern of each support robot corresponding to a type of a product. Each of the plurality of support robots includes a support unit supporting a part, and a multiaxial robot to which the support unit is attached, and which changes the posture and position of the support unit. The control unit controls the posture and position of each support unit by the multiaxial robot based on the form pattern, such that the plurality of parts are arranged to be connectable to each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2019
    Assignee: HIRATA CORPORATION
    Inventor: Masaru Kozaki
  • Patent number: 10392062
    Abstract: An example instrument panel includes a plurality of modules and first and second section. Each section includes a module-receiving area. The plurality of modules are interchangeable. The module-receiving areas can each receive at least one of the plurality of modules. An alternate instrument panel and a method of assembling also include interchangeable modules.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Inventors: Chain Sandhu, Lev Lilov, Jeffrey Michael Bisson
  • Patent number: 10394228
    Abstract: A combination of batch exchange carts that includes all of the feeders that supply components to be used in the post-changeover production from the multiple batch exchange units prepared in preparation space is decided based on the component information of feeders loaded on batch exchange carts used in the pre-changeover production and setup information of batch exchange carts that can be used for exchange memorized in memory device (component information of feeders loaded on batch exchange carts in preparation space), and then an operator is notified of the decided combination of batch exchange carts by sound or by the display of a mobile terminal or display device of production management computer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: FUJI CORPORATION
    Inventor: Teruyuki Ohashi
  • Patent number: 10220882
    Abstract: A vehicle body lower portion structure includes: a lower frame member formed as a chamber that extends in a vehicle body longitudinal direction, having a guide portion at inner surfaces of wall portions that structure the chamber, the lower frame member being disposed at a vehicle body lower side; and a reinforcing member formed as a second chamber that extends in the vehicle body longitudinal direction, having a plurality of projections at outer surfaces of wall portions that structure the second chamber, the reinforcing member being provided within the chamber of the lower frame member in a state in which the plurality of projections are made to contact the guide portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Tatsuya Ayukawa
  • Patent number: 10112299
    Abstract: A machining apparatus includes a robot including a first arm portion, a second arm portion, a tip portion, a second actuator swinging the first arm portion around a second axis, a third actuator swinging the second arm portion around a third axis, a seventh actuator adjusting a distance between the second axis and the third axis, and an end effector provided to a tip portion and applying machining to a workpiece. The robot is positioned such that a movable range of a tip portion of the first arm portion or a base end portion of the second arm portion interferes with the workpiece when the first arm portion is rotated around the second axis, where the distance is made longest, in a state where the robot exactly faces the workpiece.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Assignee: KABUSHIKI KAISHA YASKAWA DENKI
    Inventors: Tatsuo Hiro, Kuniaki Katamine, Ryuta Kagawa, Yusuke Kinoshita, Manabu Okahisa, Masami Nakakura
  • Patent number: 10086877
    Abstract: A vehicle body is disclosed having a roof materially joined to the vehicle body via adhesive bonding. A locking structure is provided that holds the roof on the vehicle body, securing it against detaching in the vertical direction of the vehicle and allowing a movement by the roof relative to the vehicle body, in particular a temperature-induced expansion movement, in the longitudinal direction of the vehicle and/or transverse direction of the vehicle. The locking structure includes a latching element and a counter-latching element such as a stop element that is engages with the latching element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventor: Marcus Lange
  • Patent number: 10005508
    Abstract: A headliner assembly apparatus includes an input delivery device attempting to deliver an input related to a predetermined headliner to a controller that is in communication with the input delivery device. An indexing assembly is in communication with the controller, wherein the indexing assembly positions at least one headliner detail in an installation position in response to the input related to the predetermined headliner. A headliner support is adapted to position the predetermined headliner, wherein the predetermined headliner is placed on the indexing assembly, and wherein the headliner is placed to engage the at least one headliner detail in the installation position. A detail installing assembly couples the at least one headliner detail in the installation position to the predetermined headliner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2018
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: David Huelke
  • Patent number: 9981305
    Abstract: A method for manufacturing a body panel, the method includes drawing a metal sheet into a body panel, trimming a first and second portion of the body panel to form a first and second opening and a cross member. The cross member extends between the first and second openings. The method further includes trimming a portion of the cross member to form a first and a second retention tab and forming a flange in the edge of the first opening, the edge of the second opening and the first and second retention tabs. The method further includes trimming the first and second retention tabs at the edge of the first and second opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2018
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Ritesh Dixit, Yi-Chun Li
  • Patent number: 9975581
    Abstract: A metallic joint 18 having a substantially T-shaped cross section configured to join an inner surface in a vehicle width direction of a FRP side wall member 13 extending in a front-rear direction and an outer end in the vehicle width direction of a FRP standing wall member 14 extending in the vehicle width direction includes left-right joining surfaces 18b and 18c joined to an inner surface in the vehicle width direction of the side wall member 13, and a front-rear joining surface 18a which extends inward in the vehicle width direction from an intermediate portion in the front-rear direction of the left-right joining surfaces 18b and 18c and is joined to a front surface or a rear surface of the outer end in the vehicle width direction of the standing wall member 14.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Shotaro Ayuzawa, Minoru Sakamoto
  • Patent number: 9911632
    Abstract: According to an aspect herein, there is provided a method of decorating multiple parts, the method includes: loading a plurality of parts onto a pallet; registering location of each of the plurality of parts in relation to the pallet; registering location of each of the plurality of parts with each of a plurality of templates; decorating the plurality of parts using the plurality of templates; and inspecting the decorated parts to monitor for defects. According to another aspect herein, there is provided a method of decorating a part, the method includes: positioning a part for decoration; starting a decoration process for the part; and adjusting one or more parameters of the decoration process during the decoration process based on predetermined characteristics of the part or the decoration to provide for enhanced print coverage or quality.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Assignee: ATS Automation Tooling Systems Inc.
    Inventor: Joel Anthony Patrick Dunlop
  • Patent number: 9856081
    Abstract: A system for the transfer, storage and distribution of intermodal containers of a plurality of lengths. The system comprises a first storage area comprising a first plurality of shafts arranged in a grid pattern along a first and second axis, a plurality of gantry cranes slidably disposed along the first axis and extending beyond the storage area, a roof structure disposed at a distance above the plurality of shafts, and a plurality of overhead cranes slidably associated with the plurality of tracks. The shafts disposed in rows along the first axis are configured to store intermodal containers of a plurality of lengths. The shafts disposed in a given row along the second axis are configured to store intermodal containers of a corresponding length. The plurality of gantry cranes are each configured to attach to and transport an intermodal container from a first location to one of a plurality of platforms slidably disposed along the first axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Assignee: SUPERDOCK, LLC
    Inventors: David Alba, Samuel Alba
  • Patent number: 9851108
    Abstract: An appliance includes a spring clip for attaching a radiant burner unit to a cooktop includes a body extending in a lateral direction. A retention tab projects from the body and extends in the lateral direction adjacent the body. A retention arm projects from the body and defines a first spring loop and a lever. The spring loop biases the lever toward the retention tab. The spring clip further includes a snap tab having a support arm projecting from the body in a vertical direction and a tab resiliently flexible toward and away from the support arm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventor: Alexander S. Pille
  • Patent number: 9802664
    Abstract: Methods for welding motor vehicle body component subassemblies at a weld stations are disclosed. First and second pallets may be arranged for reciprocal movement between a load/unload station and the weld station and the pallets are alternately moved from a load/unload station to the weld station while the other pallet is moved from the weld station to a load/unload station. Each pallet may have a plurality of substations for receipt of component subassemblies and, while each pallet is at the load/unload station, the component subassembly at each substation is moved to the next successive substation and a further component is added to the moved component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2017
    Assignee: Comau LLC
    Inventor: Velibor Kilibarda
  • Patent number: 9796051
    Abstract: A welding method and system (4) using a robotic arm (10), a welding robot (18) and a welding table (2) placed at an angle from horizontal to hold two C-channels (6 and 8) facing each other to maintain position and be welded together. C-channels (6 and 8) face each other to form a closed channel at increased welding speed with less materials having resulting benefits including constant welding, less distortion, and less welding material. Welding begins with restraining C-channels (6 and 8) in conjunction with the angled welding table (2). A robotic arm (10) handles C-channels (6 and 8) to move, place and restrain them relative to each other and the welding table (2). A pressing tool (12) may be a set of pressure-exerting tools (26). A welding robot (18) with a seam finding system (24) preferably welds the restrained C-channels (6 and 8) from top to bottom.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2017
    Assignee: METALSA S.A. DE C.V.
    Inventors: David Bricker, Marvin Lewis Adams, Juan Villarreal Garcia, Jason Belcher, Troy Fackler
  • Patent number: 9789911
    Abstract: A roof frame for a motor vehicle is disclosed. At least one partial element of the roof frame is massive-formed, preferably forged, from a light metal blank.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2017
    Assignee: Daimler AG
    Inventors: Michael Bendiks, Stefan Hummel, Manfred Kempf, Thomas Rudlaff, Lutz Storsberg, Juergen Thalemann
  • Patent number: 9778646
    Abstract: A robot controller used in a system having a machine tool and a robot, by which the robot is properly operated corresponding to an operation state of the machine tool. The robot controller has a data communicating part which obtains data representing an operation state of the machine tool at predetermined timing; a motion pattern storing part which stores a plurality of motion patterns of the robot for the machine tool; and a motion controlling part which selects a motion pattern from the stored plurality of motion patterns when an abnormality occurs in the machine tool or when an operation state of the machine tool satisfies a predefined condition, and operates the robot based on the selected motion pattern, the selected pattern being associated with an operation state of the machine tool when an abnormality occurs or when the operation state satisfies the predefined condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2017
    Assignee: FANUC CORPORATION
    Inventor: Yoshitaka Ikeda
  • Patent number: 9657800
    Abstract: The mattress assemblies have an array of springs extending from a sheet. Each spring in the array may be manufactured by choosing a position for the spring, cutting a profile of the sheet spring in the sheet, peeling back or bending the profile or tab of the sheet, and shaping the profile to form the sheet spring. The array of springs may be formed from creating a plurality of such springs along rows and columns. In certain embodiments, multiple sheets may be stacked to form the sheet spring array.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2017
    Assignee: DREAMWELL, LTD.
    Inventor: Michael S. DeFranks
  • Patent number: 9594367
    Abstract: A process controller a procedure module that includes instructions for executing a procedure, and a plurality of supplemental procedure modules, each of which includes instructions for executing one of a plurality of supplemental procedures. The process controller also includes a process monitor processor configured to receive an input electronic signal indicative of a status of a process feature, apply logic based on the input electronic signal, and generate an output electronic signal in response to the input electronic signal. The process controller also includes a sequence engine processor configured to execute the procedure, receive the output electronic signal, apply logic based on the output electronic signal, select one or more of the plurality of supplemental procedures based on the received output electronic signal, and execute the selected one or more of the plurality of supplemental procedures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 14, 2017
    Assignee: ROCKWELL AUTOMATION TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: Paul R. D'Mura, Kenneth S. Plache, Michael D. Kalan, Kenwood H. Hall, Sujeet Chand
  • Patent number: 9533403
    Abstract: A system and method for vehicle assembly may include a vehicle body sensing unit sensing positions of vehicle bodies conveyed at regular intervals along a vehicle body convey line, a tool sensing unit disposed on a fastening tool for assembling parts to a vehicle body and sensing movement displacement of the fastening tool with respect to an origin of the fastening tool, a tool controller that transmits a fastening torque value of a predetermined part to the fastening tool in accordance with the movement displacement of the fastening tool and records an accumulated value of the movement displacement of the fastening tool, and a main controller that stores a result value of fastening the part, corresponding to a vehicle number of the vehicle body, on the basis of the accumulated value of the movement displacement of the fastening tool and positional information of the vehicle body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2017
    Assignee: Hyundai Motor Company
    Inventors: Jaehyun Lee, Sung Phil Ryu
  • Patent number: 9511807
    Abstract: A component transferring system for a vehicle assembly line may include a carriage unit that is operated by an electrical signal to move along a vehicle assembly line, the carriage unit including a cylinder unit that is disposed at both sides of a front side and a rear side to move up and down in accordance with the moving direction, a both side conveyor that is disposed along a moving route of the carriage unit, and a carriage lifting unit that is disposed at an inside of the both side conveyor in at least one area of the vehicle assembly line to move an object loaded on the carriage unit to the both side conveyor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2016
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Hanjinfas
    Inventors: Yumin Song, Jong Ho Maeng, Young Gee Kim
  • Patent number: 9492833
    Abstract: A method of automatically controlling a painting process in which an optimum production condition can be set by analyzing data on a production condition of a painting product, in particular, by which when a large number of inferior products are generated due to LOT, a tracing operation for identifying a cause of error in a production procedure can be performed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2016
    Assignee: Yurim Infosys Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Hyun Bo Sim
  • Patent number: 9469350
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides an underbody manufacturing method and a vehicle underbody. The method includes determining dimensions for the vehicle underbody and underbody panels, selecting the underbody panels, putting the underbody panels in a stamping die for stamping to form concave and convex parts on the underbody panels, welding the stamped underbody panels to splice the underbody in the length direction and/or the width direction, so as to make the underbody reach the determined length and width. Underbodies with various dimensions can be formed using the same stamping die, and accordingly, die cost is saved and vehicle development time is shortened, which provides convenience for diversified body designs on the whole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2016
    Assignee: THUNDER POWER HONG KONG LTD.
    Inventor: Tai-Te Wu
  • Patent number: 9434432
    Abstract: A method for assembling motor vehicles, in particular personal motor vehicles having a self-supporting shell involves equipping the respective shell of the motor vehicle with a corresponding chassis and equipping the chassis with vehicle wheels at least before an end of a main assembly line has been reached.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2016
    Assignee: Daimler AG
    Inventors: Christoph Grevener, Uwe Habisreitinger, Andreas Krevet, Matthias Mueller, Thomas Stark, Konrad Wirth, Michael Zuern
  • Patent number: 9422016
    Abstract: A method for mounting side doors on motor-vehicle bodies involves detecting—by means of optoelectronic systems—a plurality of dimensions measured along coordinates X, Y, Z, on the body and on the door units, with the aid of the proper references, for qualifying the geometric conditions of the coupling between the doors and the cooperating door receiving seats. On the basis of the detected dimensions, the method determines the mounting positions of each pair of hinge elements to be secured to the body and to the doors for accurate fit. The method involves mounting the hinge elements on the body in the determined positions, and mounting the doors on the body by connecting the body hinge elements and the door hinge elements to each other by simultaneously inserting articulation pins in seats, without requiring further operations for adjusting and recording geometrical settings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2016
    Assignees: C.R.F. SOCIETÀ CONSORTILE PER AZIONI, COMAU S.P.A.
    Inventor: Carlo Mangiarino
  • Patent number: 9238493
    Abstract: Provided is a method which comprises: an attaching step of attaching a pair of installation jigs, respectively, to right and left opposite lateral portions of a support member; a clamping step of clamping the clampable surface portion of each of the installation jigs by a clamping unit of a transfer device; a temporarily mounting step of transferring the instrument panel module to the front of the passenger compartment by the transfer device to temporarily mount each of the right and left mounting brackets to a sidewall of a vehicle body; and a fastening step of, after the temporarily mounting step, detaching the installation jigs from the support member, and fastening each of the right and left mounting brackets to the sidewall of the vehicle body in the vehicle width direction by a fastening bolt.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 19, 2016
    Assignee: Mazda Motor Corporation
    Inventors: Hiroyuki Tamagawa, Hironobu Morita, Makoto Shimoda, Noriyuki Kawamoto, Yuki Itoh, Shunsuke Nobuoka, Kazuhiro Tanaka, Takayuki Furukawa, Takashi Shimizu, Motonori Moriwaki
  • Patent number: 9168618
    Abstract: A manufacturing assembly and a method for locating a face insert in a golf club head during manufacture are disclosed herein. In particular, the manufacturing assembly comprises a face locating fixture sized to receive a golf club face insert and a pick fixture configured to removably attach to the face insert. The manufacturing assembly may further comprise a holding fixture sized to receive a golf club head and hold it in place while the face insert is aligned with the head during assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2015
    Assignee: CALLAWAY GOLF COMPANY
    Inventors: Alan C. Bettencourt, Robert Maple
  • Patent number: 9156509
    Abstract: A door transportation method in a vehicle body assembly line, in which the vehicle body is placed and transported on a vehicle body transportation carriage of a floor conveyer, and thereby components are assembled to the vehicle body, includes: placing and transporting the door, which is detached from the vehicle body, on a door placing section arranged on a base stand of the vehicle body transportation carriage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2015
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Kenji Shimizu
  • Patent number: 9038257
    Abstract: The present invention relates to methods and an apparatuses for loading and unloading objects into/from corresponding cavities in holders at a high count rate. For loading, a plurality of objects are present on an object path which mutually converges with a holder path. For unloading, the object path mutually diverges from the holder path. Integration of this method and apparatus respectively into a method of manufacturing unleaky containers and a corresponding apparatus for leak testing containers is also proposed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2015
    Inventor: Martin Lehmann
  • Patent number: 9032620
    Abstract: Method for laterally replacing a heavy component of a plant assembly, the method including disconnecting the heavy component from other components of the plant assembly and from a base plate to which the heavy component is fixed; lifting the heavy component above the base plate with a lifting system provided within the base plate; connecting at least a pair of rails to the base plate, under the lifted heavy component, such that the at least a pair of rails extends at substantially a right angle relative to a longitudinal axis of the heavy component; lowering the heavy component on crawling mechanisms disposed on the at least a pair of rails; and laterally replacing the heavy component from the base plate and the other components of the plant assembly by actuating the crawling mechanisms.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2015
    Assignee: Nuovo Pignone S.P.A.
    Inventors: Luca Frassinelli, Stefano Rossin, Daniela Meiattini
  • Patent number: 9027215
    Abstract: A production apparatus for producing a component assembly by sequentially performing predetermined processes in a plurality of processing areas (A1 to A6) arranged in a ring formation and then, by separating a jig. The apparatus includes a rotational table main body (20), a plurality of holding/transfer units (30) rotatable integrally with the rotational table main body and capable of holding an object and transferring the same onto processing tables in the plurality of processing areas, a plurality of loading portions (40) provided on the rotational table main body corresponding to the plurality of holding/transfer units and capable of loading the jig, and a plurality of processing units (60 to 110) provided for performing predetermined processes in the plurality of processing areas.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2015
    Assignee: Hirata Corporation
    Inventors: Hisayuki Sueoka, Susumu Noguchi, Hiroyuki Shiga, Hitoshi Tsugawa
  • Patent number: 9003655
    Abstract: A method for maintenance, in particular repair, of gas turbines, in particular aeroengines. Gas turbines are disassembled, with modules and/or assemblies and/or individual parts of the gas turbines then being inspected and/or repaired, and then assembled from inspected and/or repaired and/or new modules and/or assemblies and/or individual parts. The maintenance is subdivided into at least two repair steps, wherein modules and/or assemblies and/or individual parts to be repaired are moved through repair stations in order to move the modules and/or assemblies and/or individual parts of the or each gas turbine to repair stations adapted for this purpose in order to carry out the repair steps. The repair stations may be arranged in repair lines, with gas turbine modules, assemblies and/or individual parts being directed to different repair lines after inspection. The method permits gas turbine maintenance to be performed in a conveyer belt manner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2004
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignee: MTU Aero Engines GmbH
    Inventor: Klaus Hanreich
  • Patent number: 8985565
    Abstract: A pipe fitting system to fit a selected one of one or more pipes, one or more flanges and one or more fittings that includes one or more fitting cradles, a fitting rest with a pair of apertures, the fitting rest is removably secured to the bottom fitting bed and a plurality of cinch chains each with a first end, the cinch chains are used to secure one or more fitting cradles to a fitting beam. The system also includes a high tensile steel racquet wrench to loosen and to tighten the bolts of the pipe fitting system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Inventor: Robert Mann