For Work-holder For Assembly Or Disassembly Patents (Class 29/721)
  • Patent number: 10292274
    Abstract: In a device for producing and/or processing a workpiece, in particular circuit boards, in a work station, in particular for printing a corresponding blank or for checking finished circuit boards, at least one mark is provided on the workpiece. In this arrangement, at least one reference, which can be brought into alignment with the mark, is provided in the work station.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: Konrad GmbH
    Inventors: Michael Konrad, Stefan Werner
  • Patent number: 10271470
    Abstract: A linear motion device includes: a linear motion mechanism having: a beam elongated in one horizontal direction; a guide member disposed in the beam to extend in the one direction; a moving member disposed to be movable along the guide member; and a moving mechanism that moves the moving member. The beam includes a metallic tubular body formed with an opening portion penetrating the metallic tubular body in the one direction and a tubular reinforcing portion formed of a carbon fiber reinforced plastic and formed in close contact with an inner surface of the metallic tubular body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Tatsuya Sano
  • Patent number: 10184898
    Abstract: Imaging device is provided with lower lighting device, side lighting device, and camera; light is emitted to suction nozzle from below by the lower lighting device, and light is emitted onto the suction nozzle from a sideways direction by the side lighting device. Light emitted from the lower lighting device arrives at the camera via a first light path (the path between the two dotted lines); light emitted from the side lighting device arrives at the camera via a second light path (the path between the two dotted lines). Further, light emitted from the lower lighting device is blocked by light-blocking blocks so as not to arrive at the camera along the second light path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Assignee: FUJI CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kazumi Hoshikawa, Kenji Shimosaka
  • Patent number: 10150154
    Abstract: A tube bending machine for bending a length of a tubular workpiece and an associated tube feeder assembly are disclosed. The tube feeder assembly has a carriage assembly slidably mounted along a rail. A clamp assembly is reversibly mounted to and carried by the carriage assembly. The clamp assembly is adapted to be releasably secured to the workpiece. The clamp assembly and carriage assembly are configurable to align the workpiece central axis along the rail, whereby sliding of the carriage assembly with the workpiece mounted in the clamp assembly carries the workpiece along the rail.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Inventor: Robert Kyle Hughes, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10035231
    Abstract: A tool support structure includes a base; a tool rail that extends in an axial direction; a first mounting portion that is connected to the base; a second mounting portion that is connected to a first end of the tool rail and releasably connectable to the first mounting portion; a support receiver that is connected to the base, the support receiver has a housing, a clamp member, and a locking member; and a support member that has a first portion and a second portion, wherein the second portion and at least part of the first portion are configured to enter an axial open end of the housing of the support receiver and a clamp member of the support receiver is pivoted into engagement with the support member by a locking member of the support to restrain motion of the support member with respect to the support receiver.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2018
    Assignee: Norgren Automation Solutions, LLC
    Inventor: Corey Chappus
  • Patent number: 10004169
    Abstract: A bulk component supply device which is moved together with a mounting head which mounts electronic circuit components on a circuit substrate and of a component mounter device equipped with that bulk component supply device is disclosed. A bulk component driving device of the bulk component supply device is non-detachably provided on head main body of the mounting head, and a passage-equipped component case in which a component case and a component passage are fixed is detachably attached to head main body by a passage-equipped component case attachment device. When the holding by passage-equipped component case attachment device is in a released state, the passage-equipped component case can be removed while the bulk component driving device is held as in on head main body, and exchanged with a different passage-equipped component case. This exchange can be performed automatically by a passage-equipped component case exchange unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2018
    Assignee: FUJI MACHINE MFG. CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Mizuho Nozawa
  • Patent number: 9966357
    Abstract: A method includes moving a first bond head along a first guide apparatus for a first loop. The first guide apparatus is configured in a ring shape. The method also includes picking up a first die using the first bond head during the first loop, and aligning the first die with a first package substrate. The aligning the first die with the first package substrate includes moving the first package substrate in a first direction and a second direction. The first direction and the second direction are contained in a first plane parallel to the first loop. The method further includes placing the first die over the first package substrate during the first loop.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Assignee: Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Chien Ling Hwang, Ying-Jui Huang, Yi-Li Hsiao
  • Patent number: 9857787
    Abstract: A numerical controller extracts control object axis from an axis control program to be taught. On the other hand, history information on an axis movement caused by an operator's manual operation is recorded, and an axis (teaching object axis) to be taught by the operator is estimated from the recorded history information. If the estimated teaching object axis is not included in the control object axis, reflection of the position of the axis on the program by a teaching operation is prohibited.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Assignee: FANUC Corporation
    Inventor: Manabu Saitou
  • Patent number: 9804043
    Abstract: A tangential force sensor is used instead of a coaxial strain gauge to measure the torque required to produce the rotation of a part. The force sensor is coupled tangentially to the rotating part through a non-slip contact produced by a force applied radially on the part. A progressively increasing tangential force produced by translating the force sensor in a direction normal to the axis of rotation of the part is then applied to initiate and maintain its rotation. The radial force applied to the part is judiciously selected and measured such that the part is engaged with enough friction to ensure a non-slip condition. By measuring the tangential force applied to the part, the torque characteristics of the rotatable part are determined. By sensing and controlling the radial force applied to the part, damage to the part or the mechanism supporting it is avoided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2017
    Assignee: BRUKER NANO INC.
    Inventors: Douglas Werner, Adrian Correa, James Earle
  • Patent number: 9706695
    Abstract: In an electronic component mounting system 1 configured by coupling electronic component mounting devices M1 to M4A each having a first substrate transport mechanism 12A and a second substrate transport mechanism 12B together, the electronic component mounting device M4A includes a first tray feeder 20A that stores an electronic component extracted by a first mounting head 15A of a component mounting mechanism as a first work operation mechanism, and a second tray feeder 20B that stores an electronic component extracted by a second mounting head 15B of a component mounting mechanism as a second work operation mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2017
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Shuzo Yagi, Takashi Tamura, Hiroki Yamamoto, Toru Ikeda, Kazuhiro Kishikawa
  • Patent number: 9603294
    Abstract: An apparatus includes a pick and place system with a bonding head, picking head and support table. The picking head and support table are mounted on a carriage. The apparatus can be operated in a direct mode and a parallel mode. In the direct mode the carriage is in a first position (parked). A control unit operates the pick and place system to cause the bonding head to move a series of semiconductor chips from the wafer table to the substrate. In the parallel mode, the carriage is in a second position. The control unit operates the picking head, support table and pick and place system to repeatedly cause the picking head to move a semiconductor chip from the wafer table to the support table and the bonding head to move said semiconductor chip from the support table to the substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: ESEC AG
    Inventors: Guido Suter, Ruedi Grueter
  • Patent number: 9513624
    Abstract: Multirobotic management can involve communications between a command or leader robot and one or more client or follower robots through a cloud computing system. In an example implementation, a leader robot can receive first sensory data captured by a first follower robot and second sensory data captured by a second follower robot, determine a command function based on at least one of the first sensory data and the second sensory data, and communicate with at least one of the first follower robot and the second follower robot based on the command function.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2016
    Assignee: X Development LLC
    Inventors: Ryan Hickman, Chaitanya Gharpure
  • Patent number: 9497895
    Abstract: A pre-array temporary placement area A2 and a post-return temporary placement area A3 are set along with a lower receiving area A1. Temporary placement positions TP for lower receiving pins 22 in the pre-array temporary placement area A2 and the post-return temporary placement area A3 are previously assigned in consideration of requirements for preventing occurrence of interference between the lower receiving pins 22, which would otherwise occur during transfer of the lower receiving pins 22, and in accordance with array positions AP of the lower receiving pins 22 in the lower receiving area A1. Further, a transfer sequence is set in accordance with array positions AP.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2016
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Shirou Yamashita, Hironori Kitashima, Tadashi Endo, Hiroshi Matsumura, Mie Morishima
  • Patent number: 9374936
    Abstract: A workpiece mounting apparatus includes a transfer apparatus having a nozzle, a first imaging unit, and an image processor. The nozzle has opposed first and second ends, a suction hole at the first end, and a transparent end face member sealing the second end. The first imaging unit captures a first pattern for positioning a workpiece. The image processor identifies a reference position of the workpiece based on the first pattern captured. The workpiece mounting apparatus also includes a substrate support supporting a substrate with a second pattern for positioning, a second imaging unit for capturing the second pattern, and a positioning unit for controlling position of the nozzle. The image processor identifies a mounting target position on the substrate, based on the second pattern capture, and the positioning unit controls the nozzle to mount the workpiece on the substrate, when the reference position coincides with the mounting target position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2016
    Assignee: TDK CORPORATION
    Inventors: Toru Mizuno, Osamu Shindo, Hitoshi Nakayama
  • Patent number: 9263627
    Abstract: A method and structure for receiving a micro device on a receiving substrate are disclosed. A micro device such as a micro LED device is punched-through a passivation layer covering a conductive layer on the receiving substrate, and the passivation layer is hardened. In an embodiment the micro LED device is punched-through a B-staged thermoset material. In an embodiment the micro LED device is punched-through a thermoplastic material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2016
    Assignee: LuxVue Technology Corporation
    Inventors: John A. Higginson, Andreas Bibl, Hsin-Hua Hu
  • Patent number: 9240661
    Abstract: An apparatus comprising a feeding mechanism for displacing the carrier strip along a feed path; an image capture means adapted to capture an image of a portion of the feed path; and, an image processing means connected to the image capture means and being adapted to (a) determine the position of at least one terminal on the feed path from the image; (b) determine the pitch of the strip either from the image or from a pre-stored value; and, (c) calculate an alignment displacement of the strip along the feed path from the position and pitch such that a further terminal on the strip lies within a crimping zone on the feed path; the image processing means being connected to the feeding mechanism and adapted to provide a control signal thereto such that the feeding mechanism displaces the carrier strip along the feed path by the alignment displacement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 19, 2016
    Assignee: CIRCUITMASTER DESIGNS LIMITED
    Inventor: Andy Bainbridge
  • Patent number: 9226436
    Abstract: A component mounter includes: a nozzle having a nozzle main body and a reflecting part provided behind the nozzle main body and reflecting light from the front, the nozzle main body including a greatest outer periphery section provided to a front section of the nozzle main body, and the greatest outer periphery section of an outer periphery of the nozzle main body provided in front on the reflecting part; a first illuminating unit provided in front of the reflecting part and illuminating the reflecting part from the front with light; and an imaging unit provided in front of the nozzle and capturing the greatest outer periphery section positioned in front of the nozzle main body, using the light from the first illuminating light and reflected off the reflecting part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2015
    Assignee: Panasonic Intellectual Property Management Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Osamu Okuda, Hiroharu Tokunaga, Hideaki Katou, Tomio Tanaka
  • Patent number: 9179585
    Abstract: A positioning device is provided for inserting a pin into a PCB. The positioning device includes an X-Y platform and a reference platform. The X-Y platform includes a positioning point and supports a PCB having a first receiving passageway for receiving a pin. The reference platform supports a reference template having a reference point that corresponds with the first receiving passageway. An x-axis guide rail and a y-axis guide rail is disposed on the X-Y platform, such that the positioning point on the X-Y platform is moveable relative to the reference template in an x-axis direction and/or a y-axis direction to align the first receiving passageway on the PCB with a fixed insertion point of a pin insertion machine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2015
    Assignee: Tyco Electronics (Shanghai) Co. Ltd.
    Inventors: Youru Guo, Hao Zhang
  • Patent number: 9151442
    Abstract: A tool mounting system having at least one support tool structure with at least one tool connected to each of the at least one tool support. A first and second mounting portion is connected to each of the at least one tool support structure and is connectable to a first and second mount on a base, respectively. At least one of the first mounting portion or the second mounting portion has a particular mounting characteristic such that the first and second mounting portions are only correspondable to the first and second mounts of the base to ensure the proper position of the at least one tool support structure relative to the base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2015
    Assignee: Norgren Automation Solutions, LLC
    Inventors: Rick Hurst, Corey Chappus, Bryan Voss
  • Patent number: 9090357
    Abstract: A method of assembling a panelized aircraft fuselage comprises loading a keel structure on a cradle; attaching stanchions to a floor grid; positioning the floor grid and stanchions over the keel structure and attaching the stanchions to the keel structure; obtaining a full fuselage contour including locating lower panels on the floor grid while using the cradle, the floor grid, and the keel structure to support the lower panels, and locating upper panels on the lower panels; and fastening the lower panels to the keel structure and the upper panels. The fuselage is assembled upright from the keel structure without changing orientation of the fuselage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2015
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Harinder S. Oberoi, Blair P. Nelson, Alan S. Draper, Charles Y. Hu, Randall Matthewson, Branko Sarh
  • Patent number: 9027231
    Abstract: To enable positioning a robot arm and a workpiece with high accuracy while reducing vibrations of a camera. According to the claimed invention for this purpose, a robot station 100 includes a pedestal 103 to which robot arms 101 and 102 are fixed, a camera 106 which images an area including a working area 209 of the pedestal 103, and a booth 104 to which the camera 106 is fixed. The pedestal 103 is fixed to a floor surface, and the booth 104 is fixed to the floor surface without contacting the pedestal 103. The booth 104 is formed in the shape of a rectangular parallelepiped having a short side parallel to a workpiece conveying direction T and a long side perpendicular to the workpiece conveying direction T in a plan view.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2015
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Toshihiko Mimura, Yuichi Someya, Yuji Matsuo, Mikio Nakasugi, Ken Meisho, Masaichi Sato, Mahito Negishi
  • 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
  • Patent number: 8984743
    Abstract: An ejecting device includes a housing and a pushing mechanism received in the housing. The pushing mechanism includes a pushing component. The pushing component is movably secured to the housing for pushing an object. When the pushing mechanism is in a resisting state, the pushing component protrudes out of the housing to push the object. When the pushing mechanism is in an unresisting state, the pushing component retracts into the housing and disengages from the object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Assignees: Fu Tai Hua Industry (Shenzhen) Co., Ltd., Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Ting-Hui Deng
  • Publication number: 20150060933
    Abstract: An apparatus for supplying a support having a clean surface is provided. Alternatively, an apparatus for manufacturing a stack including a support and a remaining portion of a processed member whose one surface layer is separated is provided. A positioning portion, a slit formation portion, and a peeling portion are included. The positioning portion is provided with a first transfer mechanism of a stacked film including a support and a separator and a table for fixing the stacked film. The slit formation portion is provided with a cutter that can form a slit which does not pass through the separator. The peeling portion is provided with a second transfer mechanism and a peeling mechanism extending the separator and then peeling the separator. In addition, a pretreatment portion activating a support surface is included.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 26, 2014
    Publication date: March 5, 2015
    Inventors: Masakatsu OHNO, Kohei YOKOYAMA, Satoru IDOJIRI, Hisao IKEDA, Yasuhiro JINBO, Hiroki ADACHI, Yoshiharu HIRAKATA, Shingo EGUCHI
  • Patent number: 8966743
    Abstract: A device for changing the electrode of an electrode-holder tool of a welding device, with a first part configured to house an electrode-holder tool and including means to prevent the electrode-holder tool from moving, and a second part installed around the first part and covering the part of the electrode protruding outside the first part, where the second part can be separated from the first part by sliding along the electrode, and is able to rotate relative to the fixed part when it surrounds it, and where the second part is configured to tighten or untighten the mandrel and to attach the electrode and the second part, enabling it to be removed from the mandrel when the first part and the second part are separated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Assignee: Areva NC
    Inventors: Jean-Luc Allard, Jean-Pierre Schwanck
  • Patent number: 8959753
    Abstract: A catheter is provided for medical ultrasound imaging that can be effectively used in combination with other imaging modalities to detect medical structures of interest as well as the catheter. Markers are added to the catheter which allow more precise location identification of the catheter in the merging of the images from different modalities. Using a template, apertures for marker placement are formed in the catheter after creating the catheter housing. The ultrasound array may be used for accurate positioning of the template. Alternatively or additionally, a rigid insert with markers connects with the array. The insert holds the markers in place and may reduce artifacts in ultrasound scanning due to flexing of the array.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: Siemens Medical Solutions USA, Inc.
    Inventors: Lex J. Garbini, Wilko Gerwin Wilkening, Ricardo Espinosa
  • Patent number: 8950064
    Abstract: In a component mounting device (1) which has a first mounting lane (L1) and a second mounting lane (L2) and which is structured so as to be able to select either an independence mounting mode or an alternation mounting mode, when device type changing operation is performed with change of the type of boards which are the mounted objects, if a tape feeder float detecting sensor (17) that is provided in proximity of an opening (19) through which a part of the body or the foreign object enters in the component supplying part is, detects a part of the body such as a finger (26) of the operator or the foreign object, operation of the component mounting mechanism which belong to the mounting lane opposite to the mounting lane to which the component supplying part, in which the optical sensor is provided, belongs is stopped.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2015
    Assignee: Panasonic Corporation
    Inventors: Yoshiyuki Kitagawa, Shuzo Yagi, Takeyuki Kawase
  • Publication number: 20150033531
    Abstract: A number of variations may include a product including an installation device having a plurality of pillars which are constructed and arranged to accept a passenger airbag housing; wherein at least one sensor or switch is attached to the installation device which may physically engage at least one tab during the installation process and which may provide electronic feedback of the installation results. A number of variations may include a method including placing a passenger airbag assembly having at least one lock feature onto an instrument panel chute having at least one tab feature; placing the installation device having at least one sensor or switch attached to it onto the passenger airbag assembly; pressing down on the installation device to engage the at least one lock feature with the at least one tab feature; and wherein the at least one sensor or switch provides electronic feedback of the installation results.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 2, 2013
    Publication date: February 5, 2015
    Applicant: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Michael R. Kaphengst, Robert J. Scheuerman, Craig A. Rodriguez
  • Patent number: 8925186
    Abstract: According to an aspect of the invention, there is provided a chip die 2 manipulator apparatus arranged for picking and placing of a chip die 2 in a chip manufacturing process, wherein an imaging system 11 comprising an arc form convex spherical mirror 13 arranged at a second off-axis position B and centered relative to the center position 5; a folding mirror 4 arranged in a light path between the convex spherical mirror 13 and the center position 5 for folding the light path to a third off-axis position C; and an arc form concave spherical mirror 15 arranged at the third off-axis position C having a curvature to image from at least one of the center position 5 and the component 2 on the image detection system 9. The imaging system 11 corrects for the angled image detection of the center position 5.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2015
    Assignee: Nederlandse Organisatie voor Toegepast-Natuurwetenschappelijk Onderzoek TNO
    Inventors: Erwin John Van Zwet, Léon Van Dooren, Adrianus Johannes Petrus Maria Vermeer, Kees Moddemeijer
  • Patent number: 8918984
    Abstract: During operation of a vending machine, a dispensed product moves from a product dispensing location to a product retrieval location. To detect movement of the dispensed product to the dispensing location, the intensity of light at an array of pixels is monitored. The monitored array of pixels forms a portion of a larger group of pixels. A change in the intensity of light at pixels in the array of pixels is detected upon movement of a dispensed product to a product retrieval location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Inventors: Brent D. Garson, Aviel Dafna, Alessandro Ratti, Ezio Cesare Ratti
  • Patent number: 8918989
    Abstract: A device for aligning and prefixing a flat substrate on a carrier substrate for the further processing of the substrate. The device includes aligning means for aligning a substrate's outside contour relative to a carrier substrate's outside contour by engaging the substrate's outside contour. The alignment of the substrate is carried out along a substrate plane E that is parallel to a contact surface of the substrate. Attaching means is provided for at least partial prefixing of the aligned substrate on the carrier substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Assignee: EV Group GmbH
    Inventors: Jürgen Burggraf, Friedrich Paul Lindner, Stefan Pargfrieder, Daniel Burgstaller
  • Patent number: 8881384
    Abstract: When performing the device type changing operation with the change of the board type to undergo mounting, the component mounting device, which has a first mounting lane and a second mounting lane and which is structured so as to be able to select either an independent mounting mode or an alternate mounting mode, moves a mounting head of the mounting lane to and thereafter positions and fixes to a previously-set predetermined withdraw position [P] where entry of a portion of a body of an operator by way of an opening (19) formed in a protective cover (18a) can be prevented and where safety of the operator is not impaired even if a mounting head of a mounting lane on the other side has undergone collision.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2014
    Assignee: Panasonic Corporation
    Inventors: Yoshiyuki Kitagawa, Shuzo Yagi, Takeyuki Kawase
  • Patent number: 8881383
    Abstract: In a component mounting device (1) which includes a first mounting lane (L1) and a second mounting lane (L2) and for which an independence mounting mode and an alternation mounting mode are selectable, a first limited movable area (R1A) and a first limited movable area (R1B) in which the movements in the horizontal direction of a first mounting head (13A) and a second mounting head (13B) of the mounting lanes are permitted in the independence mounting mode, are set as areas different from second limited movable areas in the alternation mounting mode, to prevent the mounting head of the mounting lane which is continuously operating from entering into the area of the mounting lanes for which the device type changing operation is being performed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2014
    Assignee: Panasonic Corporation
    Inventors: Yoshiyuki Kitagawa, Shuzo Yagi, Takeyuki Kawase
  • Patent number: 8863371
    Abstract: A system for aligning and connecting components including a support structure and a measuring apparatus coupled to the support structure. The measuring apparatus is arranged to spatially analyze a first tubular component with respect to a second tubular component for determining an adjustment vector therebetween. An alignment apparatus is coupled to the support structure and in data communication with the measuring apparatus. The alignment apparatus includes a plurality of actuators operatively arranged in parallel for moving at least one of the first or second tubular components relative to the other for coaxially arranging the first and second tubular components in accordance with the adjustment vector. A connection apparatus is coupled to the support structure and operatively arranged for connecting the first and second tubular components together.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2014
    Assignee: Baker Hughes Incorporated
    Inventors: Dominik Brouwer, Joerg Lehr, Berend Denkena, Hans-Christian Möhring, Kai Litwinski
  • Patent number: 8857044
    Abstract: An system for manufacturing a field emission structure is provided that involves a magnet supplying device and a magnet placement device for placing each of a plurality of magnets at a corresponding location of a plurality of locations of the field emission structure. The corresponding location and a corresponding orientation of each of the magnets relative to each other are defined in accordance with a code that specifies at least one magnet of the plurality of magnets having a first polarity orientation and at least one other magnet of the plurality of magnets having a second polarity orientation that is opposite from the first polarity orientation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2014
    Assignee: Correlated Magnetics Research LLC
    Inventors: Larry W. Fullerton, Mark D. Roberts
  • Patent number: 8850693
    Abstract: An assembly tool for assembling a lens tube in a lens base includes a support base, a fastening unit, a first height sensor, and a second height sensor. The support base defines a positioning groove for receiving the lens base. The fastening unit includes a fastening pole and a torque meter connected to an end of the fastening pole. The fastening pole forms a plurality of connecting portions for engaging with the lens tube. The first height sensor is positioned on the support base to detect a height of the lens base. The second height sensor is positioned on the support base to detect a height of an optical lens formed by the lens tube and the lens base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2014
    Assignee: Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Chien-Chun Wang
  • Patent number: 8826518
    Abstract: The invention aims at reducing unevenness at the intersections of mutually crossing electrodes with a method of and an apparatus for forming electrodes on a substrate. After forming a number of finger electrodes on a substrate, wide bus electrodes intersecting them are formed by application of an application liquid. Upon applying the application liquid which contains an electrode material and a photo-curing resin to the substrate, the application liquid is irradiated with UV light after a predetermined time and the application liquid is thus made to harden. A time difference since applying until light irradiation is set based on the result of measurement on changes of the height of the application liquid experimentally applied.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2014
    Assignee: Dainippon Screen Mfg. Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Masakazu Sanada
  • Patent number: 8819923
    Abstract: In a joint apparatus, a transfer region and a processing region are formed. In the transfer region, a transfer mechanism transferring a first substrate, a second substrate, or a superposed substrate, a position adjusting mechanism adjusting an orientation in a horizontal direction of the first substrate or the second substrate, and a reversing mechanism reversing front and rear surfaces of the second substrate are provided. In the processing region, a first holding member mounting and holding the first substrate on an upper surface thereof, a second holding member holding the second substrate on a lower surface thereof, and a pressing and moving member bringing one end portion of the first substrate and one end portion of the second substrate into abutment with each other and pressing the one end portions when joining the first substrate and the second substrate together are provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2014
    Assignee: Tokyo Electron Limited
    Inventors: Takahiro Nishibayashi, Tatsuya Kitayama, Naoto Yoshitaka
  • Patent number: 8789266
    Abstract: An apparatus for manufacturing electronic parts is provided. The apparatus includes a head unit installed on a main body and configured to move up and down, a nozzle unit installed on the head unit and configured to move up and down, and a positioning unit sequentially displacing the head unit and the nozzle unit to a position where the electronic parts are on standby to suction the electronic parts using the nozzle unit. Thus, when the head unit is used to suction the electronic parts on standby at a standby position of the electronic parts, the head unit and the nozzle unit installed on the head unit are sequentially lowered, so that it is possible to relieve an impact occurring when the electronic parts are suctioned to the ends of nozzles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 29, 2014
    Assignee: Samsung Techwin Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Seong-Ku Kim
  • Patent number: 8782879
    Abstract: A workpiece transfer apparatus includes a nozzle unit and an imaging unit. The nozzle unit includes a tubular body, a suction hole opening at one end of the tubular body and an end face member of a transparent body sealing the other end of the tubular body. The imaging unit captures images of first patterns for positioning that are located on an upper surface of a workpiece. The size and shape of the suction hole fits within an outline of the upper surface of the workpiece. The end face member of the transparent body maintains a negative pressure inside the cylindrical body and permits optical penetration for the imaging unit. The imaging unit captures the image of the first pattern for positioning of the workpiece while the imaging unit views a suctioned surface of the workpiece through the transparent body and the suction hole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2014
    Assignee: TDK Corporation
    Inventors: Toru Mizuno, Osamu Shindo, Hitoshi Nakayama
  • Patent number: 8768514
    Abstract: An image taking system including: (a) a lighting device capable of changing a light emission time to various time length values; (b) an image taking device configured to take an image of a subject portion while light is being emitted by the lighting device; (c) a subject-portion moving device configured to move the subject portion relative to the image taking device, and capable of changing a movement velocity of the subject portion relative to the image taking device, to various velocity values; and (d) a control device configured, during movement of the subject portion by the subject-portion moving device, to cause the lighting device to emit the light for one of the time length values as the light emission time and to cause the image taking device to take the image, and is configured to control the movement velocity, such that an amount of the movement of the subject portion for the above-described one of the time length values is not larger than a predetermined movement amount.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 1, 2014
    Assignee: Fuji Machine Mfg. Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Kazumi Hoshikawa
  • Publication number: 20140157588
    Abstract: A single piece pulsed flow wing assembly method providing for horizontal wing manufacture is accomplished using synchronized automated vehicles guided in a predetermined manner to move and, locate wing structure in a plurality of assembly positions. Multi-axis assembly positioning systems (MAPS) are used at each assembly position to support and index components in the wing structure and determinant assembly techniques are used for indexing of the components. Modular automated manufacturing processes employing magnetic assembly clamping, drilling, fastener insertion, and sealant application are employed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 18, 2014
    Publication date: June 12, 2014
    Applicant: THE BOEING COMPANY
    Inventors: Philip W. Boyd, John W. Hall, Clayton L. Munk, James C. Roberts, Michael J. Fant, Richard D. Fiedler, Barry A. Lewis, Samuel R. Dobbs, Gary E. Mansell
  • Patent number: 8739393
    Abstract: It is an object to provide an electronic component mounting method that makes it possible to assure stable pickup operation even when a dimensional error attributable to a difference in production lot exists in electronic components or carrier tapes. During electronic component mounting adopting a tape splicing technique for splicing a carrier tape 15 already loaded on a tape feeder to a newly loaded carrier tape 15A, when an optical sensor 30 has detected a joint J between the already-loaded carrier tape 15 and the newly-loaded carrier tape 15A, a height measurement device 12 performs measurement of a component pickup height targeted for components P housed in the carrier tape 15A in connection with the tape feeder for which the joint J has been detected. Component pickup height data showing a target lowering height to which pickup nozzles 10a are to be lowered are updated on the basis of the measurement result.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2014
    Assignee: Panasonic Corporation
    Inventors: Shinji Yamamoto, Yasuyuki Ishitani
  • Patent number: 8726493
    Abstract: It is described a clamping system (30) of special conductors (S1, S2, S3) for a stator or rotor bar winding (U1, S1, S2, S3) for an electric machine, such as connection terminals (S1), jumpers (S2), neutrals or star points (S3), etc. The system (30) allows the special conductors (S1, S2, S3) to be clamped during a twisting step and/or a step of picking up such conductors from a twisting device (250). The system comprises a system axis (T-T), a plurality of grippers (10) aligned or able to be aligned along a circumference lying on a plane substantially perpendicular to the system axis (T-T) and actuation elements (50, 60, 70, 80, 90) of the grippers (10). Each gripper includes a pair of jaws (32, 33) mounted so as to be mobile in a plane transversal to said system axis (T-T).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2014
    Assignee: Tecnomatic S.p.A.
    Inventor: Sante Guercioni
  • Publication number: 20140123462
    Abstract: A seat assembling method for assembling at least one seat into an airplane, the method having the steps of position a seat installing device at a predetermined assembly position in the airplane, convey the at least one seat into the interior of the airplane to the seat installing device by means of a seat conveying device, transfer the seat from the seat conveying device to the seat installing device, and install the seat by means of the seat installing device which is positioned at the assembly position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 3, 2011
    Publication date: May 8, 2014
    Inventors: Patrick Rollfink, Daniel Meister
  • Patent number: 8707549
    Abstract: The present invention relates to ultrasound transducers for ultrasonic imaging systems and, in particular, to improved grip assemblies for ultrasound transducers. One grip assembly includes a locking plate defining first and second apertures and a coupling post extending from the locking plate. An interface plate has a first elongate extension being extendable at least partially through the first aperture and a second elongate extension being extendable at least partially through the second aperture. A handle is coupled to the locking plate and includes a grip, a coupling interface, and a neck extending between the grip and the coupling interface. The coupling interface defines a coupling aperture for receiving the coupling post.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2014
    Assignee: Boise State University
    Inventors: Joie Burns, Michelle Sabick, Seth Kuhlman, Carly Lockard, Brittany Siewert
  • Patent number: 8707548
    Abstract: An electronic component mounting apparatus includes a head unit, component supply device, camera unit, and controller controlling the head unit and component supply device. The component supply device has a holder holding electronic component accommodating tapes, each having storage cells arranged in a row, the storage cells storing electronic components, and a feeder forwarding the electronic component accommodating tapes and moving the storage cells to a suction area where the electronic component can be suctioned by the nozzle. The camera unit is fixed to a head support, and captures an image of the suction area. The controller analyzes the image of the suction area obtained by the camera unit. When the controller determines that a portion of the electronic component accommodating tape in the suction area is a spliced portion based on a result of the analysis, the controller determines that the electronic component accommodating tape is changed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2014
    Assignee: Juki Corporation
    Inventor: Tomotaka Abe
  • Patent number: 8701275
    Abstract: A surface mounting apparatus includes a mounting head which is movable in X and Y directions and which mounts an electronic component on a positioned board, and a board recognizing camera is fixed to a base and which moves integrally with the mounting head. A correction jig includes a correction mark which is imaged by the board recognizing camera, and an imaging result is used to correct temporal change in an interior portion of the camera including an optical system, and is fixed to the base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2014
    Assignee: Juki Corporation
    Inventor: Hiroyuki Kagaya
  • Patent number: 8677614
    Abstract: Provided are a chip mounting method and device. The chip mounting device comprises: a bonding head on which a device is loaded; and a controller which places the bonding head at a preparation height above a board, determines a search height at which a mounting position on the board, on which the device is to be mounted, is searched for by the controller, and lowers the bonding head from the preparation height to a bonding height via the search height and mounts the device on the mounting position on the board, by controlling movements of the bonding head, wherein the controller determines that the device touches the board if at least one of a plurality of conditions is satisfied.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 25, 2014
    Assignee: Samsung Techwin Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Bong-Joon Kim
  • Publication number: 20140068944
    Abstract: Systems and methods for assembling non-occluding earbuds are disclosed. The earbud includes a non-occluding housing having a directional sound port offset with respect to a center axis of the earbud. The housing can have an asymmetric shape amenable to in-the-ear retention. Additionally, the housing can have a seamless or nearly seamless construction even though two or more parts are joined together to form the housing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 7, 2012
    Publication date: March 13, 2014
    Applicant: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Jonathan Aase, Ian Davison, Kurt Stiehl, Brian Wark