Including Position Sensor Patents (Class 29/712)
  • Patent number: 10184813
    Abstract: An inspection apparatus for performing an automated inspection operation across a surface of a workpiece is disclosed. The inspection apparatus may include a platen fabricated from a magnetic material and having a platen surface, and an inspection module disposed on the platen surface and having an inspection end effector. The inspection module may generate a magnetic field that biases the inspection module toward the platen, and may be operable to generate a magnetic flux to control movement of the inspection module over the platen surface to perform the automated inspection operation across the surface of the workpiece.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Phillip J. Crothers, Kurtis S. Willden
  • Patent number: 10039218
    Abstract: A method using an electronic circuit component mounter including a circuit substrate conveying and holding device, and a bulk feeder that is a head-side feeder which can be moved to any position on a plane inside the mounter. An electronic circuit component mounting system including a control device that performs control such that that the component holding tool positioned at a component pickup position for a component supplied from the head-side feeder and an electronic component contact each other, and the electronic circuit component and the head-side feeder contact each other during contact between the component holding tool positioned at a component mounting position and an electronic circuit component and during contact between the electronic circuit component and the circuit substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2018
    Assignee: FUJI MACHINE MFG. CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Tomokatsu Kubota, Junichi Suzuki
  • Patent number: 10011225
    Abstract: A system and a method for detecting a replacement component of a device. The method includes detecting a first identifier of a device which includes at least one replaceable component, using a mobile terminal; detecting a second identifier of at least one replacement component, using the mobile terminal; transmitting the detected first and second identifiers to a computing device; generating a control signal based on the first and second identifiers; transmitting the generated control signal to the device; and controlling the device with the aid of the control signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Assignee: ROBERT BOSCH GMBH
    Inventors: Michael Schmitt, Peter Schmitt
  • Patent number: 9992919
    Abstract: An electronic circuit component mounting machine including a suction nozzle lowered by a first linear motor and a second linear motor by two stages A drive circuit of the second linear motor includes a reaction force detecting section and a damage detecting section that detects damage of an electronic circuit component. A controller that controls the drive circuit includes an appropriate operation parameter determining section that determines an appropriate value of an operation parameter of the second linear motor using the reaction force detecting section and the damage detecting section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2018
    Assignee: FUJI MACHINE MFG. CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Koji Kawaguchi
  • Patent number: 9676432
    Abstract: Provided are a system and method for measuring a vehicle gap or step, where a vehicle body to which a hood, a door, and a trunk lid are assembled is seated on a carrier and moved along transfer lines. The system may be installed over the transfer lines and may include one or more door regulating units attached between the vehicle body and the door, upper rails in both sides above a workplace corresponding to the transfer lines, a moving frame movable below the upper rails, a forward/backward moving unit above the moving frame, a horizontal moving unit to move installation frames, a vertical moving unit in the installation frames to reciprocally move a sliding plate upwardly and downwardly, a measurement module movable and rotatable to measure the gap or the step, and an electronic tag on a roof of the vehicle body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 24, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignee: Hyundai Motor Company
    Inventor: Sangkyu Park
  • Patent number: 9370135
    Abstract: Image readers 6A and 6B that read images of electronic components held by first mounting heads 14A and 14B are each configured to have a line sensor arranged at an oblique arrangement angle with respect to a first direction, and in an image acquiring step of selecting any one of a first-directional scanning operation and a second-directional scanning operation is to be conducted by mounting heads 14A and 14B based on a predetermined scanning operation selecting condition set in advance, and acquiring image signals from the image readers 6A and 6B, image conversion processing of arranging one-dimensional images obtained by converting one-dimensional images sequentially output from the line sensor by an arrangement angle in parallel to generate a two-dimensional image is executed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2016
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yasuichi Okada, Masayuki Arase
  • Patent number: 8997325
    Abstract: The present application discloses methods and apparatus for installing fitting components, such as a conduit gripping device, on a conduit to form an assembly. The assembly is joinable with at least one other fitting component to form a fitting. The present application also discloses methods and apparatus for evaluating characteristics of components of a mechanically attached connection. Characteristics that may be evaluated include, but are not limited to, the position of a conduit gripping device on a conduit, an amount of axial compression or stroke of the conduit gripping device, an amount of clamping force applied to the conduit gripping device as the conduit gripping device is compressed, and an amount of torque applied to members that compresses the conduit gripping device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Assignee: Swagelok Company
    Inventors: Peter C. Williams, Kennan J. Malec, William J. Menz, Cal R. Brown, Mark A. Clason, Jeffrey M. Rubinski, Raymond Scott Milhoan, Michael Mussig, Jeffrey S. Rayle
  • Patent number: 8978232
    Abstract: A method of tightening and loosening threaded connectors in an object includes threadingly connecting a nut with a bolt introduced in the object with interposition of a washer between the nut and the object, turning the nut by a tool to tighten or loosen the bolt in the object with interposition of the washer, forming the washer with an outer body having a radially inner opening larger than a diameter of the bolt and radially outer surface adapted to absorb a reaction force of the tool, optionally also with a radially inner segment engageable with a thread of the bolt and connectable to the radially outer body with a limited axial frictional movement relative to the outer body, and optionally also with a spacer locatable between the radially inner segment and the nut, interposing only said radially outer body of the washer between the nut and the object for regular applications, optionally interposing the radially outer body and the radially inner segment together between the nut and object for applications w
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Inventor: John K. Junkers
  • Publication number: 20140331487
    Abstract: A tire mounting apparatus is constructed from a first working mechanism and a second working mechanism that are separate from each other. The first working mechanism is provided with a tire holding device for holding a tire and with a temporary tightening device for temporarily tightening nuts onto hub bolts to which the tire is mounted. The second working mechanism is provided with a final tightening device means for finally tightening the temporarily tightened nuts. The final tightening device includes two nut runners and an interval adjuster for adjusting an interval between the two nut runners.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 3, 2014
    Publication date: November 13, 2014
    Applicant: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Saeko KOMATSU, Yoshito OTAKE
  • Publication number: 20140298634
    Abstract: According to the present invention there is provided a component handling assembly, comprising, an index table which comprises one or more nests each of which is configured to cooperate with a component to hold the component as the index table is indexed, wherein the one or more nests are configured such that a component which cooperates with a nest is supported above the nest so that the one or more nests can cooperate with components of various sizes, and an alignment means operable to move a component into a predefined orientation before a component co-operates with a nest on the index table. There is further provided a corresponding method of handling a component.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 7, 2011
    Publication date: October 9, 2014
    Applicant: ISMECA SEMICONDUCTOR HOLDING SA
    Inventors: Giovanni Palmisano, Jacques André Matthey Junod, Pascal Dromard, Philippe Roy
  • Patent number: 8813348
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for evaluating characteristics of components of a mechanically attached connection are disclosed. Characteristics that may be evaluated include, but are not limited to, the position of a conduit gripping device on a conduit, an amount of axial compression or stroke of the conduit gripping device, and an amount of clamping force applied to the conduit gripping device as the conduit gripping device is axially compressed or stroked.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2014
    Assignee: Swagelok Company
    Inventors: Peter C. Williams, Jeffrey S. Rayle, Dale C. Arstein, Kennan Joseph Malec, William J. Menz, Cal R. Brown, Mark A. Clason, Jeffrey Michael Rubinski, Raymond Scott Milhoan, Michael Mussig
  • Patent number: 8782875
    Abstract: An object of the invention is to provide a component mounting apparatus which includes a plurality of substrate conveying lanes and which efficiently controls the order of carrying in of substrates, thereby capable of improving productivity, and also is to provide a substrate conveyance method in the component mounting apparatus. In a configuration which includes: component supplying units (20A, 20B) positioned lateral to conveyor lines including conveyors (10A, 10B, 10C, 10D) arranged in parallel; and a substrate distributing unit (M3B) configured to distribute substrates (13) delivered from an upstream apparatus, in the case where a substrate request signal (R) is output for a plurality of conveyors, a new substrate (13) is carried in from the substrate distributing unit (M3B) into conveyors (10A, 10D) which are closest to the component supplying units (20A, 20B) among the conveyors (10A, 10B, 10C, 10D).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2014
    Assignee: Panasonic Corporation
    Inventors: Takeyuki Kawase, Yoshiyuki Kitagawa, Shuzo Yagi
  • Patent number: 8763228
    Abstract: The invention relates to a device for inserting and crimping a ring on an attachment rod in a hole, comprising a robot, a monitoring and control system and an end tool designed to crimp the ring on the rod. The end tool includes a crimping device and a ring installation device which are solidly connected to a fine-positioning device, by means of which the end tool is attached to an end element of the robot. A ring insertion subassembly of the ring installation device and a crimping nose of the crimping device can move on the end tool so as to be positioned alternatively on an axis of an attachment to be installed, with no controlled movement of the robot when the end tool has been pre-positioned.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 1, 2014
    Assignee: European Aeronautic Defence And Space Company EADS France
    Inventor: Philippe Le Vacon
  • Publication number: 20140026379
    Abstract: An arrangement and a method are provided for upgrading/downgrading and maintenance (fitting, removal, selection, or repair) of a needle board (1) of a needle machine for nonwoven or needle felt production. The arrangement has at least one tool (2) and has a holding device (3) for holding the needle board (1). The tool (2) may be positioned relative to a needle bore (4) and/or a needle (5) of the needle board (1) by means of a control and drive device and at least one detection device. The arrangement increases the flexibility of the positioning of the tool and allows operations such as selection, repair of the needles by virtue of the tool (2) and the control and drive device being assigned at least one robot (7, 8). The robot (7, 8) is provided with at least one articulatedly mounted tool arm (9, 10) on which the tool (2) is arranged.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 12, 2012
    Publication date: January 30, 2014
    Inventors: Guido Herzog, Bernhard Knapp, Roberto Rahn, Marc Rochel
  • Patent number: 8528198
    Abstract: When a component mounting process by mounting heads is executed on substrates which are positioned alternately by two substrate carrying lines, a determination is made on whether or not a mounting turn can be completed every time the mounting heads perform the mounting turn, and when it is determined that one of the mounting turns performed by the mounting head cannot be completed, a component mounting process is executed on the substrate which is positioned by the substrate carrying line which is opposite to the substrate carrying line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2013
    Assignee: Panasonic Corporation
    Inventor: Kenichiro Ishimoto
  • Patent number: 8434215
    Abstract: A self-piercing rivet setting machine comprises a C-shaped arm and a receiver section disposed at one end of the C-shaped arm to receive a self-piercing rivet fed from a feeder. The receiver section has a rivet-reach detection sensor to detect the presence or absence of a self-piercing rivet in a driving chamber therein. If the rivet-reach detection sensor detects the absence of any self-piercing rivet in the driving chamber, the sensor outputs a signal to prevent a punch from being driven.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2013
    Assignee: Newfrey LLC
    Inventors: Nobuharu Naito, Masahiro Hasegawa, Itsuo Endo, Misao Tsutsumi, Takashige Sekimoto
  • Patent number: 8434214
    Abstract: Vehicle body assembly apparatus (10) includes a sensor assembly (11) having a lateral Y axis slide assembly (20), a longitudinal X axis assembly (22) and a vertical Z axis assembly (24) that respectively include magnetostrictive type linear sensors for sensing X, Y and Z locations of a vehicle body to control vehicle body assembly. Signals of the X, Y and Z locations are sent to a controller (12) that operates a robot (14r) that supports an end effector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2013
    Assignee: Utica Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventor: Timothy J. Marx
  • Patent number: 8365381
    Abstract: A system and method for mounting a vehicle closure member (62) on a vehicle body (40) utilizes vision sensing of a master gauge location (42) of the vehicle body, of coordination formations (48) on the vehicle body, and of opening extremities of a closure member opening of the vehicle body, and the sensing is used by a controller (34) to provide mounting of a hinge at a proper location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2013
    Assignee: Utica Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas J. Carter, Timothy J. Marx, Thomas W. French
  • Publication number: 20120272511
    Abstract: An object of the invention is to provide a component mounting apparatus which includes a plurality of substrate conveying lanes and which efficiently controls the order of carrying in of substrates, thereby capable of improving productivity, and also is to provide a substrate conveyance method in the component mounting apparatus. In a configuration which includes: component supplying units (20A, 20B) positioned lateral to conveyor lines including conveyors (10A, 10B, 10C, 10D) arranged in parallel; and a substrate distributing unit (M3B) configured to distribute substrates (13) delivered from an upstream apparatus, in the case where a substrate request signal (R) is output for a plurality of conveyors, a new substrate (13) is carried in from the substrate distributing unit (M3B) into conveyors (10A, 10D) which are closest to the component supplying units (20A, 20B) among the conveyors (10A, 10B, 10C, 10D).
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 29, 2010
    Publication date: November 1, 2012
    Applicant: PANASONIC CORPORATION
    Inventors: Takeyuki Kawase, Yoshiyuki Kitagawa, Shuzo Yagi
  • Patent number: 8225494
    Abstract: A pallet includes a platform and a plurality of support assemblies located at multiple positions on the platform. One support assembly is associated with each location of the component to be supported. Each support assembly has a linkage assembly to support and enable movement of a support element. The support assemblies also each include multiple bases secured to the platform, to position the support element in a desired location for each version of a component. An alignment mechanism on each base allows for rotational alignment of the support element relative to the pallet. An error proofing mechanism compares the selected location of the support element for each of the plurality of support assemblies and provides confirmation and correction information as required.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2012
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Nicolas Lauzier, Robin Stevenson
  • Patent number: 8215004
    Abstract: A fabrication line that utilizes a jig pallet that is commonly used in processing equipment to efficiently finish and assemble semifinished products of plural shapes. The jig pallet includes a holding member D for holding a semifinished product W and an opening/closing device G1 for opening and closing the holding member D, and allows the semifinished product W to be mounted and dismounted by opening and closing the holding member D with the opening/closing device G1. The jig pallet is transported to processing equipment M1, M2, and M3 to allow the semifinished product to be processed in the fabrication line. An opening/closing driving device G2 that engages the opening/closing device G1 to open and close the holding member is provided along the fabrication line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2012
    Assignee: Sintokogio, Ltd.
    Inventors: Masanori Tomioka, Tomohisa Nakamura, Susumu Fujita, Takanobu Tozaki
  • Patent number: 8171631
    Abstract: A positioning system used in assembling a scroll-type fluid machine exerts a horizontal thrust on a stationary scroll in a direction opposite to a direction in which an eccentric shaft end portion formed at one end of a rotary shaft is oriented while turning the rotary shaft, and determines an orbital path of the stationary scroll by measuring horizontal displacements thereof. While exerting the horizontal thrust, the positioning system incrementally presses the stationary scroll against a guide frame until a stable orbital path of the stationary scroll is obtained. When the orbital path is judged to be stable, the positioning system determines a fixing point on which the stationary scroll should be fixedly centered with respect to the guide frame, so that a scroll wrap of the stationary scroll and a scroll wrap of an orbiting scroll are correctly intermeshed, forming a series of pockets therebetween.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2012
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Electric Corporation
    Inventors: Shinobu Kokubun, Toshiaki Iwasaki, Tomohiro Shirahata
  • Patent number: 8166655
    Abstract: A positioning system used in assembling a scroll-type fluid machine exerts a horizontal thrust on a stationary scroll in a direction opposite to a direction in which an eccentric shaft end portion formed at one end of a rotary shaft is oriented while turning the rotary shaft, and determines an orbital path of the stationary scroll by measuring horizontal displacements thereof. While exerting the horizontal thrust, the positioning system incrementally presses the stationary scroll against a guide frame until a stable orbital path of the stationary scroll is obtained. When the orbital path is judged to be stable, the positioning system determines a fixing point on which the stationary scroll should be fixedly centered with respect to the guide frame, so that a scroll wrap of the stationary scroll and a scroll wrap of an orbiting scroll are correctly intermeshed, forming a series of pockets therebetween.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2012
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Electric Corporation
    Inventors: Shinobu Kokubun, Toshiaki Iwasaki, Tomohiro Shirahata
  • Patent number: 8166654
    Abstract: A positioning system used in assembling a scroll-type fluid machine exerts a horizontal thrust on a stationary scroll in a direction opposite to a direction in which an eccentric shaft end portion formed at one end of a rotary shaft is oriented while turning the rotary shaft, and determines an orbital path of the stationary scroll by measuring horizontal displacements thereof. While exerting the horizontal thrust, the positioning system incrementally presses the stationary scroll against a guide frame until a stable orbital path of the stationary scroll is obtained. When the orbital path is judged to be stable, the positioning system determines a fixing point on which the stationary scroll should be fixedly centered with respect to the guide frame, so that a scroll wrap of the stationary scroll and a scroll wrap of an orbiting scroll are correctly intermeshed, forming a series of pockets therebetween.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2012
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Electric Corporation
    Inventors: Shinobu Kokubun, Toshiaki Iwasaki, Tomohiro Shirahata
  • Patent number: 8108989
    Abstract: A manufacturing cell has a plurality of stations arranged in two rows having a main aisle therebetween. Each of the plurality of stations has a station-aisle interface that provides an interaction area to the main aisle. The manufacturing cell also comprises a plurality of storage units that are located within the cell along the main aisle and a guided forklift truck that traverses the main aisle without requiring steering control of a stock handler operating the forklift truck within the main aisle to relocate containers from the storage units to designated station-aisle interfaces and to remove containers from the designated station-aisle interfaces when work is completed at the corresponding stations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2012
    Assignee: Crown Equipment Corporation
    Inventors: Rick J. Muhlenkamp, David G. Schaefer, Todd A. Thomas, Stephen E. Wagner, Joel E. Zacharias
  • Publication number: 20110314672
    Abstract: The present invention generally relates to an automated solar cell electrical connection device that is positioned within an automated solar cell fabrication system. The automated solar cell electrical connection device includes a module and process for automatically attaching a junction box to a composite solar cell structure during the fabrication of a completed solar cell device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 30, 2011
    Publication date: December 29, 2011
    Applicant: APPLIED MATERIALS, INC.
    Inventors: DANNY CAM TOAN LU, Jeffrey S. Sullivan, David Tanner, Yacov Elgar
  • Patent number: 8006378
    Abstract: A positioning system used in assembling a scroll-type fluid machine includes a radial thrust mechanism driving motor for turning a radial thrust mechanism in synchronism with rotational phase of a rotary shaft, a vertical pressing mechanism for producing a vertical pressing force for pressing a stationary scroll against a frame, a displacement sensor for measuring horizontal displacements of a stationary scroll retaining mechanism from at least two directions, a first processor for calculating an orbital path of the stationary scroll from obtained measurement values, a second processor for evaluating stability of the orbital path of the stationary scroll based on vertical pressing force data and the orbital path of the stationary scroll, and a third processor for calculating a fixing point on which the stationary scroll is to be fixedly centered with respect to the frame when the orbital path of the stationary scroll is judged to be stable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2011
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Electric Corporation
    Inventors: Shinobu Kokubun, Toshiaki Iwasaki, Tomohiro Shirahata
  • Patent number: 7975373
    Abstract: A device and method for the molding of plugs as part of a pipe connection wherein the pipe connection is constructed as a sealing plug-in connection with a connecting piece and a plug that can be locked with the connecting piece. A molding slot is placed in the material of the plug with an expanding tool acting in a radial direction and a sensor subject to the radial deformation is arranged in the expanding jaw. The sensor records the radial deformation work of the expanding jaw and regulates the expanding drive.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2006
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2011
    Assignee: Henn GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Harald Hartmann, Werner Bachmann
  • Patent number: 7926167
    Abstract: A method to assemble a disk drive having a spindle that includes a hub. At least one disk is placed on the hub. A clamp is fastened to the hub by a plurality of threaded fasteners. Each of the plurality of threaded fasteners is initially tightened. After initial tightening, an initial couple imbalance of the spindle is determined. After the initial couple imbalance is determined, a first selected threaded fastener of the plurality of threaded fasteners is selected and rotated by a first amount of rotation that is significantly different from a second amount of rotation of a second selected threaded fastener of the plurality of threaded fasteners. The selection and rotation of the first selected threaded fastener of the plurality of fasteners is determined based on the initial couple imbalance of the spindle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2011
    Assignee: Western Digital Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael K. Liebman, Antony Tuyen Nguyen, Thomas Anthony Tacklind, August L. Klerks, Amir Norton
  • Patent number: 7918017
    Abstract: A plurality of reference electronic components (M1, M2) marked in advance are identified and recognized, and the positions of the plurality of the reference electronic components (M1, M2) positioned in the vicinity of an electronic component to be taken out (2a) and component arrangement information in a wafer mapping file (MF) stored in a storage device (11f) are used to calculate the position of the electronic component to be taken out (2a).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2011
    Assignee: Yamaha Hatsudoki Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Kazuhiro Kobayashi
  • Patent number: 7900331
    Abstract: A work (W) with a part assembling surface on many faces is rotated by a work holding jig (10) so as to sequentially convert each of the part assembling surfaces to the upward horizontal attitude, a bolt is fastened from above vertically while gripping an assembly part (B) by a part gripping device (12), and this is repeated so that an assembling operation can be carried out smoothly and an assembly space can be saved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2004
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2011
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Takashi Yoshida, Muneki Yamada, Tetsuo Ishii, Takaji Mukumoto
  • Patent number: 7874056
    Abstract: An assembling machine with a feeder is provided. The feeder feeds receiving components into an assembler, where a moveable coupling mechanism couples attaching components to the receiving components. Transporting mechanisms coupled to a plurality of drive trains deliver the receiving components across the feeder table and to the assembler. The transporting mechanisms alternate between a plurality of speeds so as to deliver the receiving components to the assembler such that the moveable coupling mechanism may operate at a continuous, periodic rate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 25, 2011
    Assignee: Box Partition Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Gordon H. Campbell
  • Patent number: 7849588
    Abstract: An electronic component mounting apparatus includes a component feeding device that supplies an electronic component to a pickup position, a suction nozzle that picks up the electronic component supplied to the pickup position and mounts the picked up electronic component on a printed board, a height level detection device that measures height levels of the printed board positioned in a mounting position, a monitor graphically that displays a warping state of a sample printed board positioned in the mounting position based on height level measurements by the height level detection device on predetermined positions of the sample printed board, a setting device that sets measurement positions for actual mounting operations using the monitor, a converting device that converts the set measurement positions into coordinates on the printed board, and a memory that stores the converted coordinates of the set measurement position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 14, 2010
    Assignee: Hitachi High-Tech Instruments Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Seiji Onishi
  • Patent number: 7818863
    Abstract: A window glass can be accurately and preferably mounted by correcting a displacement of a curved surface shape of the window glass in the crosswise direction even when there is a displacement of the curved surface shape of the window glass in the crosswise direction. A slit laser beam is irradiated with from slit laser beam irradiators 12c and 12d across the right and left ends of the window glass 6, the circumference of a window glass mounting opening 8, and a windshield pillar section 11; rotation adjustment of the window glass 6 is performed, based on a processed image obtained by image processing of images, which have been photographed with a CCD cameras 10c and 10d, of the slit laser beams, in such a way that clearances in the pressing direction at the right and left ends of the window glass 6 are the same as each other; and the window glass 6 is pressed onto a window glass mounting surface on the circumference of the window glass mounting opening 8 for mounting onto the surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2004
    Date of Patent: October 26, 2010
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Keiichiro Maekawa, Toshihisa Shimoda, Kenji Kusumegi, Takafumi Murakoshi
  • Patent number: 7814652
    Abstract: A sensor assembly for sensors such as microfabricated resonant sensors is disclosed. The disclosed assembly provides improved performance of the sensors by providing a thermally insensitive environment and short pathways for signals to travel to processing components. Further, the assembly provide modular construction for the sensors and housing modules, thereby allowing replacement of the sensors at a lower cost. The assembly includes a sensor module including a sensor formed on a conductive substrate with a cavity formed on one surface. The substrate has conductive vias extending from the cavity to a second surface of the substrate. A housing assembly accommodates the sensor and includes a rigid housing, preferably made from a ceramic. An electronic component, such as an amplifier, is mounted on the rigid housing. The electronic component electrically engages the vias substantially at the second surface of the substrate. The electronic component receive signals from the sensor through the vias.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 19, 2010
    Assignee: BioScale, Inc.
    Inventors: Colby Bellew, Boyce E. Collins, Kelvin Liu
  • Patent number: 7730608
    Abstract: A hinge feeder for feeding open hinges at a predetermined orientation to a receiver ready for use by an automatic door hinger. A dispenser is provided to hold a stack of closed hinges. The orientation of the top end and hinge joint of each hinge is sensed and the hinges sequentially dispensed at a uniform orientation, except for the pinhead location, to a rotator that rotates those hinges to bring their top ends to a desired side. The hinges are then opened by a leaf turner, fed to a stacker and the opened and oriented hinges then deposited in a stack by a stacker.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2006
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2010
    Assignee: Kval, Inc.
    Inventor: Andrew M. Kvalheim
  • Patent number: 7676900
    Abstract: The invention relates to an apparatus for processing electronic components mounted on a carrier, comprising at least two engaging elements which co-act when engaging on a carrier. The invention also relates to a processing element for processing electronic components mounted on a carrier, which processing element can be coupled interchangeably to an apparatus according to the invention. The invention furthermore relates to a method for product-related adjustment of such an apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2004
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2010
    Assignee: Fico B.V.
    Inventor: Wilhelmus Hendrikus Johannes Harmsen
  • Patent number: 7676916
    Abstract: In an electronic component mounting method of mounting electronic components on a substrate by means of soldering by using an electronic component mounting system having a screen printing apparatus and an electronic component mounting apparatus connected to each other to manufacture a mounting substrate, prior to a screen printing process, the positions of pattern holes provided in a screen mask are measured to calculate mask aperture data, and the coordinates of a mounting position when a component mounting operation is performed by a mounting head are calculated, on the basis of the mask aperture data. In this way, it is possible to calculate the positional deviation of solder, without measuring the position of solder after printing whenever the solder is printed, and to prevent defects in mounting due to the positional deviation of solder, which results in high productivity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2010
    Assignee: Panasonic Corporation
    Inventors: Yuji Otake, Toshitsugu Oba
  • Patent number: 7647684
    Abstract: A method of preparing flat articles for sorting includes the steps of: (1) receiving a bundle of flat items to be sorted, the bundle being wrapped with a flexible film such that the film forms an enclosed package of flat items, (2) placing the bundles on a substantially horizontal, substantially frictionless work surface, moving the bundle adjacent at least one film slitter, the film slitter being automatically activated when the bundle is moved adjacent the film slitter, (3) removing the cut film from the flat items, and (4) stacking the unbundled flat items in a cartridge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2003
    Date of Patent: January 19, 2010
    Assignee: Siemens Industry, Inc.
    Inventors: Dale E. Redford, Paul E. Bernard
  • Patent number: 7621053
    Abstract: An assembly apparatus for assembling components including a work surface, a laser projector, a computer controlling the laser projector to protect a laser image on the work surface, and an ejector lifting a completed assembly from the work surface having a retro-reflective surface within a field of view of the laser projector when the ejector is lifted, such that the laser projector scans the retro-reflective surface and the computer determines at least one of the number of completed assemblies made and the time required to make the assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2009
    Assignee: Virtek Vision International Inc.
    Inventor: Edward S. Bianchin
  • Patent number: 7614144
    Abstract: The present invention is intended to realize a hold posture inspection of a plurality of components sucked by a plurality of nozzle rows provided on a head with a single scanning operation, thereby reducing the time for the hold posture inspection and improving the accuracy thereof. In order to achieve such objections, the present invention includes: a head on which at least two nozzle rows are disposed, each of which includes at least one nozzle; a circuit board holding unit for holding a circuit board on which components conveyed by the head are mounted; and an inspection unit, provided on a moving path of the head from a supplying unit to the circuit board holding unit, for inspecting hold postures of the components held by the nozzles of the head and including sensors for posture inspection independent for the respective nozzle rows.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2004
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2009
    Assignee: Panasonic Corporation
    Inventors: Hiroshi Ota, Nobuhiro Nakai, Kensuke Kawasumi, Kimio Iizuka, Hirotsugu Uemori, Yoshinori Mochida, Keizo Izumida
  • Patent number: 7610668
    Abstract: An automated sidewall assembly machine is provided for attaching a sidewall panel to a top and bottom rail of a wheeled trailer. The machine comprises a frame, a carriage for longitudinal movement relative to the frame, an automated punch mounted proximate the frame and an automated riveting press mounted proximate the frame so that the sidewall assembly is movable by the carriage with respect to the frame, the automated punching machine and the automated riveting machine so that holes can be punched through one or more of the sidewall, the bottom rail and the top rail and rivets can be inserted into the punched holes to be mashed. A sensor is operably mounted to the sidewall assembly machine so that information obtained by the sensor can be used to drive the carriage, the automated punching machine and the automated riveting press.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2009
    Assignee: Great Dane Limited Partnership
    Inventors: Steven A. Sprague, P. Alan Whiten, R. Wayne Achtziger
  • Patent number: 7578051
    Abstract: A press machine for press fit assembly of a torsion bar to a pinion gear of a power steering system includes a controller and a support structure. A first holder supports a pinion gear, and a second holder supports a torsion bar of a spool-valve assembly of a power steering system. The press machine also includes a sensor adapted to determine a position of a torsion bar in the second holder relative to a pinion gear in the first holder. At least one powered actuator is connected to the support structure and the first or second holders. The powered actuator provides controlled translational and rotational motion to press fit a pinion gear to a torsion bar. The controller causes the powered actuator to rotate one of the holders relative to the other of the holders based, at least in part, upon the position of the torsion bar relative to the pinion gear to thereby provide proper alignment of the torsion bar and pinion gear upon completion of the press fit operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2005
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2009
    Assignee: Autocam Corporation
    Inventors: Edward W. Hekman, John E. Swistak, David J. Ruthven, David P. Deyoung
  • Patent number: 7571539
    Abstract: A component verification method for a mounter (100) that is capable of performing component verification with less labor. The method includes a position specification step (S12A) of specifying a placement position in the mounter (100) where a component tape is placed; a read step (S13) of reading component information from an IC tag (426b) that is attached to the component tape or a reel (426); and a verification step (S14) of verifying the component information and the placement position against component arrangement data that indicates components that should be mounted onto the board as well a position where the component tape should be placed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2004
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2009
    Assignee: Panasonic Corporation
    Inventors: Yasuhiro Maenishi, Chikashi Konishi, Ikuo Yoshida, Hiroyoshi Nishida, Masaya Matsumoto, Akihito Yamasaki, Takuya Yamazaki
  • Patent number: 7568279
    Abstract: A system and a method of installing an instrument panel in a motor vehicle. The system includes a decking arm assembly having a support structure for supporting the instrument panel, an actuator, a cradle disposed proximate the actuator, and a sensor assembly. The cradle engages a steering shaft assembly of the instrument panel when the actuator is in the advanced position and the sensor assembly does not indicate that the instrument panel is in a desired installation position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2005
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2009
    Assignee: Ford Motor Company
    Inventors: Keith Lohman, Ajay Gupta
  • Patent number: 7552529
    Abstract: A device for assembling electronic circuits comprises a placing station (7) for placing circuit components on a circuit carrier (1) held at a placing location (17), a fixing station (19) for fixing the circuit components to the circuit carrier (1) under the effect of heat, and a belt conveyor means (9) for conveying a circuit carrier from the placing location (17) to a take-over location (29) of the fixing station (19). The fixing station (19) comprises a heatable zone (22) and a manipulator (21) for raising the circuit carrier (1) from the take-over location (29) and placing it in the heatable zone (22). A continuous belt conveyor (9) of the belt conveyor means extends from the placing location (17) up to the take-over location (29).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2006
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2009
    Assignee: Ericsson AB
    Inventors: Willibald Konrath, Helmut Greiner, Klaus Scholl, Werner Horzer
  • Patent number: 7542151
    Abstract: By means of a method, at least one component is placed on at least one substrate. The component is picked-up by at least one placement machine and is placed at a desired position on the substrate. After the component is placed on the substrate, an image of the component placed on the substrate is taken by a camera. Any difference between the actual position of the component on the substrate and a desired position of the component on the substrate is established on account of the image. The positioning of another component to be placed on the substrate takes into account any such difference.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2004
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2009
    Assignee: Assembleon N.V.
    Inventors: Josephus M. M. Van Gastel, Johannes C. Jans, Rita M. A. Petit
  • Publication number: 20090100662
    Abstract: A new and improved automated gun tool dolly which comprises a plurality of nail guns, such as, for example, three nail guns, which are mounted upon a horizontally movable carriage assembly in a vertically and horizontally staggered mode so as to be disposed within a diagonal array. Movement of the carriage assembly along horizontally oriented guide rails is automatically controlled, such as, for example, by means of a programmable logic controller (PLC), such that the three nail guns are sequentially and continuously disposed at predetermined firing positions at which the nail guns are sequentially fired so as to insert nails within predetermined regions of 2×4 or 2×6 plate, header, or footer members of a wall panel or wall structure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 30, 2008
    Publication date: April 23, 2009
    Inventors: Aubrey Smith, Stephen Fleming, Robet Tucker, Douglas Dodd
  • Patent number: 7520040
    Abstract: The invention concerns a clip feed arrangement comprising a magazine bar having an entry and an exit for guiding a line of clips from a clip supply to a separating device of a closure apparatus, and a clip drive arranged in the region of the magazine bar. The clip drive has two drive elements which can be successively brought alternately into engagement with the line of clips and which are so designed that a first drive element in a condition of engagement travels in the advance direction on a first advance path in the form of a segment of a circle while a second drive element in a condition of being out of engagement travels in opposite relationship to the advance direction on a second advance path in the form of a segment of a circle and that the engagement and the travel direction of the drive elements are reversible, wherein the first and the second advance paths have the same axis of rotation about which the drive elements are reciprocatingly pivotable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2005
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2009
    Assignee: Poly-Clip System GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventor: Klaus Töpfer
  • Patent number: 7484289
    Abstract: An automated fabrication system is provided that utilizes electromagnetism to manipulate and/or sense the location of raw materials on a platform. Tools located around said platform may be utilized to fabricate a predetermined structure out of the raw materials. Tags that can be electromagnetically manipulated and sensed may be placed on passive raw materials. Structures fabricated from such a system may be, for example, a roof truss. Additionally, the fabrication system may be mobilized by way of a truck such that structures may be built on-site.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2005
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2009
    Assignee: Truss Research, Inc.
    Inventor: Joseph F. Pinkerton