Coordinate Movable Probe Or Machine Patents (Class 33/503)
  • Patent number: 10719947
    Abstract: A three-dimensional (3D) measurement system and method is provided. The system includes a noncontact measurement device, an annotation member and a processor. The noncontact measurement device being operable to measure a distance from the noncontact measurement device to a surface. The annotation member is coupled to the noncontact measurement device. The processor is operably coupled to the noncontact measurement device and the annotation member, the processor operable to execute computer instructions when executed on the processor for determining 3D coordinates of at least one point in a field of view based at least in part on the distance, recording an annotation in response to an input from a user, and associating the annotation with the at least one point.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2020
    Assignee: FARO TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: Reinhard Becker, Martin Ossig, Joseph A. Arezone, Gerrit Hillebrand, Rene Pfeiffer, Daniel Döring
  • Patent number: 10671047
    Abstract: A method and system for drilling holes in a repaired composite structure. Four corner holes are selected from holes outside of a repaired area in the repaired composite structure. The four corner holes define a rectangle encompassing the repaired area with sides that each include a pair of corner holes with intermediate holes in between. A surface representation is generated based on a scan of the repaired composite structure that includes the rectangle. Side hole locations between a corresponding pair of corner holes are generated for each side of the rectangle. Grid vector lines are generated between corresponding pairs of side hole locations on opposite sides of the rectangle. The grid vector lines intersect each other at intersection points on the surface representation. Point coordinates are determined for intersection points that lie within the repaired area. A path is created for drilling holes at point coordinates for the intersection points.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Michelle Crivella, Christopher L. Brooks, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10663273
    Abstract: A coordinate measuring machine includes: a table and a column which are configured to relatively move in a predetermined moving direction; a guide surface formed on the table and having a guide region and a drive region extending in the moving direction in parallel to each other; at least one air pad formed to the column and facing the guide region; and a drive roller formed to the column and rolling on the drive region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: MITUTOYO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Masahiro Sakamoto, Yoshikazu Ooyama, Masato Takizawa, Koji Takesako
  • Patent number: 10656616
    Abstract: A control device, a control program and a control system are provided. The control device includes: a first identification device for giving a first command as a command value to a drive device and determining a torque required for the controlled object to execute the first command; a second identification device for giving a second command as the command value and a third command as a compensation command to the drive device and determining a preceding switching time based on a response from the controlled object; a command value updating device for sequentially updating the command value based on a predetermined target trajectory; and a compensation command updating device for sequentially updating the compensation command based on the command value. The compensation command updating device updates the compensation command according to a moving direction after a reversal of the moving direction of the controlled object in the target trajectory.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: OMRON Corporation
    Inventors: SitiAisyah Azizan, Masaki Namie, Mikiko Manabe
  • Patent number: 10654172
    Abstract: A robot includes a movable unit that is movable in a first region and a second region. In a case where a first portion of the movable unit is positioned within the second region, a speed of the first portion is not 0 and is limited to a speed lower than the maximum speed of the first portion in a case where the first portion is positioned within the first region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Izumi Iida, Hiroyuki Kawada
  • Patent number: 10641592
    Abstract: A portable coordinate measurement machine (CMM) includes an articulated arm including rotary joints. At least one of the rotary joints includes bearings; a shaft that engages an inner diameter of the bearings, the shaft configured to rotate about an axis of rotation of the bearings; a housing having at least one port that engages an outer diameter of at least one of the bearings; and at least one transducer configured to output an angle signal corresponding to an angle of rotation of the shaft relative to the housing about the axis of rotation. The shaft has two ends, the two ends may be concentric to within one tenth of thousands of an inch (0.0001?), or the at least one port of the housing may have no portion whose diameter is narrower than the outer diameter of the first bearing or the second bearing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Assignee: SA08700334
    Inventor: Allen Sajedi
  • Patent number: 10634478
    Abstract: A portable coordinate measurement machine (CMM) includes a manually-positionable articulated arm having first and second ends, the articulated arm including a plurality of arm segments and a plurality of rotary joints. At least one of the rotary joints from the plurality of rotary joints includes first and second bearings, a shaft configured to rotate about an axis of rotation of the first bearing and the second bearing, at least one transducer configured to output an angle signal corresponding to an angle of rotation of the shaft about the axis of rotation, and a serial communication circuit configured to receive via serial communication a capture command.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Assignee: SA08700334
    Inventor: Allen Sajedi
  • Patent number: 10620609
    Abstract: A control device, a control program and a control system are provided. The control device includes: a first identification device for giving a first command as a command value to a drive device and determining a torque required for the controlled object to execute the first command; a second identification device for giving a second command as the command value and a third command as a compensation command to the drive device and determining a preceding switching time based on a response from the controlled object; a command value updating device for sequentially updating the command value based on a predetermined target trajectory; and a compensation command updating device for sequentially updating the compensation command based on the command value. The compensation command updating device updates the compensation command according to a moving direction after a reversal of the moving direction of the controlled object in the target trajectory.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Assignee: OMRON Corporation
    Inventors: SitiAisyah Azizan, Masaki Namie, Mikiko Manabe
  • Patent number: 10612907
    Abstract: The invention relates to a device and a method for tactile/optical measuring of geometric features and structures on a workpiece. In order to be able to precisely align the probe extension for performing precise measurements without problems, a probe is proposed comprising a probe extension (13) having a flexurally elastic design at least in segments and having a mounting segment for mounting in a receptacle (14) comprising a mounting segment (60) implemented as a rotational lock.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignee: WERTH MESSETECHNIK GMBH
    Inventors: Ralf Christoph, Ingomar Schmidt, Benjamin Hopp, Sebastian Zoeller, Markus Hechler, Stefan Gruenwald, Andreas Ettemeyer, Sabine Linz-Dittrich, Matthias Andraes
  • Patent number: 10598521
    Abstract: Apparatuses, systems and methods associated with a metrology system for high-speed, non-contact coordinate measurements of parts are disclosed herein. In embodiments, the metrology system includes a metrology bridge to be coupled to a measurement assembly. The measurement assembly may include a stage moveable across multiple independent axes. The bridge may include a housing, mounting members coupled to the housing, and a plurality of sensors mounted within the housing. The mounting members may rotatably couple the housing to the measurement assembly. Further, sensor elements of the plurality of sensor devices may be aligned along a length of the housing and may be directed out of the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Assignee: DWFritz Automation, Inc.
    Inventors: Derek Aqui, Mark Baker, Chris Barns, Robert Batten, Shawn Boling, Jared Greco, Garrett Headrick, Clint Vandergiessen
  • Patent number: 10584981
    Abstract: There is provided a surface texture measuring apparatus in which a measurement device is replaced easily and safely. A measurement device is replaceable by attaching and detaching the measurement device to and from a drive mechanism part. The measurement device includes a bracket, and the bracket includes a first connector for transmitting and receiving a signal to and from the measurement device and feeding to the measurement device. The drive mechanism part includes a support frame to which the bracket is detachably attached, and the support frame includes a second connector electrically connected to the first connector. The signal is transmitted and received between the first connector and the second connector, and the first connector is fed from the second connector while the first connector and the second connector are connected. Insertion and removal between the first connector and the second connector to attach and detach the measurement device to and from the drive mechanism part is hot swappable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2020
    Assignee: MITUTOYO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Toshihiko Kajihara, Nobuyuki Hama, Tatsuki Nakayama, Toshihiro Kanematsu, Hiroomi Honda
  • Patent number: 10585419
    Abstract: A non-volatile computer readable storage medium has instructions executed by a processor to collect from a communication interface a first set of probe signals from a three dimensional axis gauge characterizing axis directions of a table. Axes directions for the table relative to a vise on the table are computed from the first set of probe signals. A second set of probe signals from electronic gauge blocks that characterize position of the table are collected from the communication interface. Actual table positions are computed from the second set of probe signals. Table position residuals between the actual table positions and desired table positions are computed. The table position residuals are conveyed to the communication interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2020
    Assignee: BENEFICIAL MACHINE TOOLS LLC
    Inventors: George Benedict, Gary Schmitt
  • Patent number: 10569421
    Abstract: To improve production efficiency while maintaining stability of an operation of a robot arm. A dust position determination unit determines whether there is a read error based on a read result of a detection head of an encoder. In a case where the dust position determination unit determines that there is a read error, an error determination unit judges in which region, among an allowable region and a non-allowable region, the read error occurs. In a case where the read error is judged to occur in the allowable region, the error determination unit continues an operation of the robot arm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2020
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Kenji Shino
  • Patent number: 10563969
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for correcting errors in a bearing cartridge used in a portable articulated arm coordinate measurement machine (AACMM) is provided. The method includes providing a cartridge having a first bearing and a second bearing arranged in a fixed relationship to define an axis, the cartridge further including an angle measurement device configured to measure a rotation of a portion of the cartridge about the axis. A plurality of angles is measured with the angle measurement device. A first plurality of displacements is determined at a first position along the axis, each of the first plurality of displacements being associated with one of the plurality of angles. Compensation values are determined based at least in part on the plurality of angles and the first plurality of displacements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Assignee: FARO TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: Robert E. Bridges, Raymond Sullivan, Eric J. Moy, Michael J. Hale
  • Patent number: 10562186
    Abstract: A robot control system and a method for camera calibration verification is presented. The robot control system is configured to perform a first camera calibration, and to control a robot arm to move a verification symbol to a reference location. The robot control system further receives, from a camera, a reference image of the verification symbol, and determines a reference image coordinate for the verification symbol. The robot control system further controls the robot arm to move the verification symbol to the reference location again during an idle period, receives an additional image of the verification symbol, and determines a verification image coordinate. The robot control system determines a deviation parameter value based the reference image coordinate and the verification image coordinate, and whether the deviation parameter value exceeds a defined threshold, and performs a second camera calibration if the threshold is exceeded.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Assignee: MUJIN, INC.
    Inventors: Russell Islam, Xutao Ye, Rosen Diankov
  • Patent number: 10551184
    Abstract: A measuring head includes a first slide mechanism for a first measurement axis provided to be detachable to external moving devices; a second slide mechanism for a second measurement axis held to be movable by the first slide mechanism; a third slide mechanism for a third measurement axis held to be movable by the second slide mechanism; a probe held to be movable by the third slide mechanism; pneumatic cylinders for connecting slider parts and guide parts included in each slide mechanism; and automatic pressure regulators for respectively changing air pressures supplied to each pneumatic cylinder in accordance with measurement postures of the measuring head.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2020
    Assignee: MITUTOYO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Sadayuki Matsumiya, Tomoyuki Miyazaki, Shuichi Kamiyama, Hideyuki Arai
  • Patent number: 10539417
    Abstract: A computer-assisted method for determining dimensional properties of a measurement object using a coordinate measuring machine. An image representation of the measurement object is shown to a user and the user selects a first geometric element of the measurement object, resulting in the display of eligible test features for the selected first geometric element. The eligible test features are automatically determined from a plurality of typical test features stored in a database, by the selected first geometric element being assigned to one of a plurality of predefined measurement elements stored in the database. A defined measurement sequence is generated in a computer-assisted manner based on the test feature selected by the user. Individual measured values are recorded on the first geometric element using the defined measurement sequence.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2020
    Assignee: CARL ZEISS INDUSTRIELLE MESSTECHNIK GMBH
    Inventors: Florian Dotschkal, Günter Haas, Josef Wanner, Florian Mayer, Tobias Schramm
  • Patent number: 10527397
    Abstract: A first position measurement device (“FPMD”) is configured to control and operate both standalone and combined device operating modes. During the combined device operating mode, the FPMD inputs second-device measurement sample outputs provided by a second position measurement device (“SPMD”) via an inter-device communication connection. The FPMD and the SPMD are held in a fixed relationship in a workpiece measurement arrangement (e.g., with transverse measuring axes). Concurrent measurement data sets are determined as including at least a first-device measurement sample output from the FPMD and a second-device measurement sample output from the SPMD corresponding to concurrent first-device and second-device sample periods. Each concurrent measurement data set is associated with a corresponding measurement sample region on the workpiece. A combined measurement data output (e.g.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Assignee: Mitutoyo Corporation
    Inventor: Michael Nahum
  • Patent number: 10514244
    Abstract: A roundness measuring machine includes: a base; a table rotatable relative to the base; a probe configured to scan a surface of a workpiece mounted on the table; a motor configured to rotate the table; and a control device configured to control a rotation of the motor. The control device includes: a starting current detector configured to detect a starting current of the motor; and an acceleration/deceleration time setting unit configured to detect at least one of acceleration time and deceleration time for the motor in accordance with the starting current. The roundness measuring machine can suitably set the acceleration time and the deceleration time for the motor corresponding to the inertia moment of the workpiece mounted on the table.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 24, 2019
    Assignee: MITUTOYO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Tatsuki Nakayama, Yoshiyuki Omori
  • Patent number: 10508895
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a method for single-point probing of a workpiece by means of a sensor, in particular a tactile sensor, of a coordinate measuring machine, comprising the steps of providing a variable at least indirectly representing a required accuracy of the single-point probing, providing a parameter data set, wherein the parameter data set has prescriptions for regulating and/or evaluating the single-point probing with the required accuracy, and carrying out the single-point probing of the workpiece, wherein the coordinate measuring machine is regulated on the basis of the provided parameter data set and/or an evaluation is carried out on the basis of the provided parameter data set. Furthermore, a coordinate measuring machine for single-point probing of a workpiece is proposed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2019
    Assignee: CARL ZEISS INDUSTRIELLE MESSTECHNIK GMBH
    Inventors: Guenter Grupp, Otto Ruck, Eugen Aubele
  • Patent number: 10495455
    Abstract: A coordinate measuring machine based on a delta robot structure comprising a base plate, arms, a movable platform with a probe, and a control unit for controlling the movement of the movable platform. The base plate is configured to accommodate a first workpiece and the probe is arranged the movable platform so as to utilize the free inside space of the delta robot structure between the arms as measuring volume.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2019
    Assignee: HEXAGON TECHNOLOGY CENTER GMBH
    Inventors: Bo Pettersson, Norbert Steffens, Pascal Jordil
  • Patent number: 10495441
    Abstract: A probing element for measuring at least one measurement object is provided. The probing element includes at least one first optical sensor configured to generate at least one first sensor signal depending on a fine shape of at least one surface of the measurement object, at least one second sensor configured to generate at least one second sensor signal depending on at least one of a coarse shape of the measurement object, and a distance to the measurement object. The at least one first optical sensor has a first measurement region and the at least one second sensor has a second measurement region. The at least one first optical sensor is at least partly integrated in the at least one second sensor to permit the first measurement region and the second measurement region to at least partly overlap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2019
    Assignee: Carl Zeiss Industrielle Messtechnik GmbH
    Inventors: Aksel Goehnermeier, Ferdinand Bader, Dietrich Imkamp
  • Patent number: 10480965
    Abstract: Surface measuring device for measuring a surface of a workpiece has a device base body, and a measuring probe that by use of a feed apparatus is movable along a feed axis relative to a workpiece to be measured. The measuring probe has a probe base body and a probe element, connected to the probe base body, for scanning the workpiece in the direction of a measuring axis. The probe base body is connected to the measuring device base body via the feed apparatus. An oscillation damper is associated with the measuring probe, and is designed and configured for oscillation rate-dependent damping of oscillations of the probe base body of the measuring probe, and is active between the probe base body and the device base body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignee: JENOPTIK Industrial Metrology Germany GmbH
    Inventor: Raimund Volk
  • Patent number: 10471515
    Abstract: The disclosure relates to a measuring device for a machine tool comprising a tool drive. The measuring device may include a measurement head and a displaceably mounted protective cover, which can be moved by being driven by the tool drive in such a way that this protective cover selectively covers the measurement head or frees it for measurement. The disclosure furthermore relates to a machine tool having such a measuring device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Assignee: Schaeffler Technologies AG & Co. KG
    Inventor: Klaus Daut
  • Patent number: 10466029
    Abstract: A method for correcting an angular deviation between a real angle and an ideal angle between motion axes of a coordinate measuring device. The angular deviation depends on position, temperature, and/or loading mass. Values of a position-dependent angular deviation for partial measurement ranges of the coordinate measuring device are determined, and/or a difference between the angular deviation in a partial measurement range and a total measurement range, and the position-dependent angular deviation is corrected by using these values. Values of the temperature-dependent angular deviation for at least two different temperatures are determined and the deviation is corrected based on these.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Assignee: Carl Zeiss Industrielle Messtechnik GmbH
    Inventors: Andreas Fuchs, Tobias Held, Rainer Sagemueller, Dominik Seitz
  • Patent number: 10453213
    Abstract: The described positional awareness techniques employing visual-inertial sensory data gathering and analysis hardware with reference to specific example implementations implement improvements in the use of sensors, techniques and hardware design that can enable specific embodiments to provide positional awareness to machines with improved speed and accuracy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2019
    Assignee: Trifo, Inc.
    Inventors: Grace Tsai, Zhe Zhang, Shaoshan Liu
  • Patent number: 10444006
    Abstract: A three-dimensional (3D) measuring system and a method of determining a distance is provided. The 3D measuring system includes a display and an imager device. The imager device having a projector, a first camera and a second camera arranged in a predetermined geometric relationship, the first and second camera each having a photosensitive array with a plurality of pixels that transmit a signal in response to a wavelength of light. The projector projects a pattern that includes at least one element. The system further having one or more processors operably coupled to the display, the projector, and the first and second camera. The processors are responsive to computer instructions for determining a distance to the at least one element and changing an indicator on the display corresponding to the distance relative to a predetermined projector-to-object distance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignee: FARO TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: Matthew Armstrong, Christopher S. Garcia, Theodore J. Hordeski, Jr., Michael Veksland, Yevgeniy Vinshtok
  • Patent number: 10427255
    Abstract: A production plant for vehicle body components includes a production area with a plurality of automatic program-controlled production devices and a provision for workpieces. The production plant further includes a provision for various application-specific tools and a conveying device that flexibly connects the production devices to one another and to the external provisions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: KUKA Systems GmbH
    Inventor: Paul Thorwarth
  • Patent number: 10429179
    Abstract: A stylus holder for a stylus, the stylus having a measuring machine adapter, a shaft, and a stylus tip. The stylus holder includes a body which is designed to receive the stylus and has a moveable securing element on the body. The body has a base which is designed to receive the measuring machine adapter, and the securing element has support surfaces, which can be moved relative to the base plane into a securing position resting on the measuring machine adapter provided in the base, and interaction areas in order to release the securing position of the support surfaces resting on the measuring machine adapter via the areas and/or in order to ensure the securing position by means of a hood or a support.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: CARL ZEISS 3D AUTOMATION GMBH
    Inventor: Frank Richter
  • Patent number: 10422619
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for identifying geometric deviations of a real motion guide from an ideal motion guide in a coordinate-measuring machine having a sensor for measuring a workpiece, or in a machine tool having a tool for processing a workpiece, wherein the coordinate-measuring machine or the machine tool has a movable part which is guided along the motion guide and by the motion guide.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2019
    Assignee: CARL ZEISS INDUSTRIELLE MESSTECHNIK GMBH
    Inventors: Elmar Werner, Andreas Fuchs, Dominic Bulling
  • Patent number: 10415950
    Abstract: A system is provided for communicating between a 3D metrology instrument and a portable computing device via near field communications. In one embodiment, the metrology device is an articulated coordinate measurement machine (AACMM), a laser tracker, a laser scanner or a triangulation scanner, and the portable communications device is a cellular phone or a tablet. The portable device may use the NFC to retrieve data stored on a circuit associated with an object to be inspected and use the data to perform an inspection on the object using the metrology device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: FARO TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventor: Yu Gong
  • Patent number: 10401144
    Abstract: A coordinate measuring machine (1) for determining at least one spatial coordinate of a measurement point of an object (15) to be measured, comprising a base (5) and a drive mechanism, adapted to drive a probe head (13) in a manner such that the probe head (13) is capable to move relative to the base (5) for approaching a measurement point, characterized by a first range camera (3, 33) having a range image sensor with a sensor array, wherein the range camera (3, 33) is adapted to be directed to the object (15) for providing a range image (23) of the object (15), and wherein range pixels of the range image are used for creating a point cloud with 3D-positions of target points of the object (15), and a controller, adapted to control the drive mechanism on the basis of 3D-positions of the target points.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: HEXAGON TECHNOLOGY CENTER GMBH
    Inventors: Bo Pettersson, Knut Siercks, Eugen Voit, Jürg Hinderling, Benedikt Zebhauser, Klaus Schneider, Pascal Jordil
  • Patent number: 10399326
    Abstract: A probe for an additive manufacturing system includes a probe body having a first air port therethrough between an inlet and an outlet, and a location sensing probe extending from the probe body. The location sensing probe includes a probe end and a probe bar, the probe bar coupled between the probe body and the probe end, and a channel surrounding the probe bar, the channel having an inner tube having an inlet proximate the probe body and an outlet proximate the probe end. A method of determining a position of an item being printed in an additive manufacturing system, includes probing the position with a location sensing probe having a resolution finer than a print resolution of the print head.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: STRATASYS, INC.
    Inventors: Brent Jorgenson, Michael D. Bosveld, Logan R. Kiene, Jerome W. Goetzke, Benjamin L. Braton, David Mulcrone
  • Patent number: 10396319
    Abstract: A Battery Pack for portable CMM technology. The battery gives the CMM a longer operating period and extends battery time. The battery pack is configured to work with different operating voltages required by measurement equipment made by various manufactures'. The battery pack also provides a common mounting platform adapted to be utilized with the standard 3½-8 threaded equipment and accessories.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Inventors: Jason Elliot Nabors, Jesse Lewis Nabors
  • Patent number: 10365175
    Abstract: A surface pressure measuring device includes an abutting plate, a lift, a probe, a piezo actuator and a controller. A pinhole is formed in the abutting plate at an abutting surface that abuts a target. The lift causes the target to abut the abutting surface such that the target is compressed to a predetermined thickness. The probe is inserted through the pinhole to be movable in an axial direction of the pinhole. The piezo actuator holds a state in which a tip surface is flush with the abutting surface as the probe resists a repulsive force received from the target while the lift causes the target to abut the abutting surface. The controller calculates a local surface pressure of the target from a load applied to the probe and an area of the tip surface of the probe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Tsutomu Hosoi, Ryotaro Okamoto, Takahiro Fukuda, Shinichi Miura
  • Patent number: 10335963
    Abstract: A position and an orientation of an object are measured with high accuracy. An approximate position-orientation of a target object is obtained, positional information of the target object is obtained by measuring the target object using a noncontact sensor, positional information of contact positions touched by a contact sensor is obtained by bringing the contact sensor into contact with the target object, and a position-orientation of the target object is obtained by associating shape information of the target object with the positional information of the target object and the positional information of the contact positions in accordance with the approximate position-orientation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Yusuke Nakazato, Kazuhiko Kobayashi, Masahiro Suzuki
  • Patent number: 10337853
    Abstract: A coordinate measurement device comprises an articulated arm having a first end, a second end, and a plurality of jointed arm segments therebetween. Each arm segment defines at least one axis of rotation. A laser scanner assembly is coupled to the second end of the arm and is rotatable about a last axis of rotation of the articulated arm. The laser scanner assembly comprises a laser and an image sensor. The laser is positioned on an opposite side of the last axis of rotation from the image sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: HEXAGON METROLOGY, INC.
    Inventor: Paul Ferrari
  • Patent number: 10323938
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for calibrating a measuring device, comprising the following steps: moving, with finite accuracy and thus with positioning error, to various points that lie in a testing volume of the measuring device and that can be characterized by spatial and/or angular coordinates, generating measurement signals at the respective points, and determining parameters of a computing model of the measuring device from the measurement signals and the spatial and/or angular coordinates. The method is characterized in that a coordinate system to which the coordinates of the points of the testing volume relate is defined from points moved to with error, by associating predetermined coordinate values with exactly six coordinates of three points.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignee: Carl Mahr Holding GmbH
    Inventors: Goran Baer, Christof Pruss, Wolfgang Osten
  • Patent number: 10314555
    Abstract: An apparatus includes a base. The base includes a first mount configured to receive a first device. First and second guides overlap each other, are each pivotally coupled with the base, and each include an arcuate body. The chassis is received by the first guide and the second guide so as to be configured for sliding along the first guide and the second guide. The chassis includes a second mount for receiving a second device for movement of the second device between a first set of points defining a reference spherical cap relative to the base. A member may be provided between the chassis and an actuator operable to move among a set of points defining a reference plane so as to cause movement of the chassis among another set of points defining a reference spherical cap about the first mount for the first device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: David Lyle Woods, Jon Joseph Varteresian, Andrew Waddell Boone
  • Patent number: 10315309
    Abstract: A modular robotic snake-arm assembly is described which is animated principally by an articulated drive shaft that threads the length of the snake-arm. The articulated drive shaft is driven by a motor in the fixed base. One or more clutch mechanisms in each segment couple with the articulated drive shaft so as to cause all snake arms further from the base to reorient in either one or two angles, in either direction. Snake-arm segments can be coupled end-to-end to form a robotic snake arm of great length.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Inventor: Lon Radin
  • Patent number: 10317186
    Abstract: An articulating probe for use with a coordinate measuring machine comprises an attachment portion, a measuring portion, and at least one articulating joint. The attachment portion can be configured for attachment to a coordinate measuring machine. The measuring portion can be configured to contact an object to be measured by the coordinate measuring machine. The at least one articulating joint can be configured to allow rotation between the attachment portion and the measuring portion. Further, the articulating joint can comprise an angular sensor configured to measure an angle of the joint.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: HEXAGON METROLOGY, INC.
    Inventors: Paul Ferrari, Hyun Kwon Jung, James F. McKnight
  • Patent number: 10288503
    Abstract: A surface pressure measuring device includes an abutting plate, a lift, a probe, a piezo actuator and a controller. A pinhole is formed in the abutting plate at an abutting surface that abuts a target. The lift causes the target to abut the abutting surface such that the target is compressed to a predetermined thickness. The probe is inserted through the pinhole to be movable in an axial direction of the pinhole. The piezo actuator holds a state in which a tip surface is flush with the abutting surface as the probe resists a repulsive force received from the target while the lift causes the target to abut the abutting surface. The controller calculates a local surface pressure of the target from a load applied to the probe and an area of the tip surface of the probe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Tsutomu Hosoi, Ryotaro Okamoto, Takahiro Fukuda, Shinichi Miura
  • Patent number: 10288403
    Abstract: A single sensor type three-dimensional micro/nano contact trigger measuring probe is provided which is characterized in respectively providing a probe unit and a measuring unit in the base. In the probe unit, the leaf spring is supported on the circular-ring base, a circular suspension plate is provided on the leaf spring, and beam splitter prisms and wedge block are fixedly provided on the circular suspension plate. The stylus and the circular suspension plate are fixedly connected in a “T” shape. The measuring unit projects the straight light emitted by a laser device through the beam splitter prisms and wedge block and then the straight light is focused on the four-quadrant detector. Measuring the offset of the probe by the four-quadrant detector, in such a manner that single sensor type three-dimensional micrometer contact trigger measurement is achieved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: HEFEI UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY
    Inventors: Ruijun Li, Zhenying Cheng, Chen Chen, Kuangchao Fan
  • Patent number: 10281259
    Abstract: A measurement device having a camera captures images of an object at three or more different poses. A processor determines 3D coordinates of an edge point of the object based at least in part on the captured 2D images and pose data provided by the measurement device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: FARO TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: Robert E. Bridges, Joydeep Yadav
  • Patent number: 10281579
    Abstract: A method for operating a confocal white light sensor on a coordinate measuring machine including a sensor carrier configured to couple a coordinate measurement sensor that is movable in a straight movement direction relative to a base of the coordinate measuring machine is provided. A confocal white light sensor is coupled to the sensor carrier and oriented in the straight movement direction toward a reference body. The sensor carrier and the reference body are moved relative to one another in the straight movement direction, and a measurement signal representing a distance between the confocal white light sensor and the reference body is generated at different movement positions. Information relating to a relationship between measurement signals of the confocal white light sensor and an actual distance of the white light sensor to a measurement object is obtained and a measurement value of the object distance is generated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: Carl Zeiss Industrielle Messtechnik GmbH
    Inventors: Rudolf Kern, Jochen Burger, Kurt Brenner
  • Patent number: 10274301
    Abstract: A workpiece contour (13) at least first and second contour geometries (K1-K2) adjoining one another tangentially at a first transition point (U1). Measurement points (M) are recorded along the geometries (K1-K2). Using some measurement points within the first geometry (K1), a first replacement element (G1) is determined and assigned to the first geometry (K1). Analogously, using some measurement points (M) of the second geometry (K2) a second geometry element (G2) assigned to the latter is determined. The size and/or the position of the second geometry element (G2) are calculated under the boundary condition that the second replacement element (G2) adjoins the first replacement element (G1) tangentially. The tangential transition point between the two replacement elements (G1), (G2) forms the first transition point (U1). This method can be iterated using additional or other measurement points (M), until the first transition point (U1) is determined with sufficient accuracy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 4, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: Carl Mahr Holding GmbH
    Inventor: Hero Weber
  • Patent number: 10267629
    Abstract: The present invention provides a dimensional measurement probe unit (100) for attachment to a probe head (200) of a localizer (300), comprising: a measurement probe (150) for dimensional measurement of an object (400); a revolute joint (170) integrated into the measurement probe (150); and a probe unit interface (120) for repeated dismountable connection to a probe head (200) wherein the probe unit interface (120) is revolutely connected to the measurement probe (150) by the revolute joint (170).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: NIKON METROLOGY NV
    Inventors: Frank Thys, Hans Thielemans, Raf Nysen, Laurens Van Horenbeek
  • Patent number: 10267614
    Abstract: A portable coordinate measurement machine (CMM) includes an articulated arm including arm segments and rotary joints. At least one of the rotary joints includes a shaft configured to rotate about an axis of rotation of at least one of the rotary joints. The shaft includes a middle portion and first and second end portions fixedly attached to ends of the middle portion. At least one of the rotary joints includes first and second housing ends, the first housing end having an inner diameter that engages an outer diameter of the first bearing and the second housing end having an inner diameter that engages an outer diameter of the second bearing. The first and second bearings are preloaded to remove play.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: SA08700334
    Inventor: Allen Sajedi
  • Patent number: 10260856
    Abstract: A method of inspecting an object with a camera probe for capturing an image of an object, the camera probe being movable along a path by a measurement apparatus, at least a part of the camera probe being rotatable about at least one axis. The method includes: a) the measurement apparatus moving the camera probe relative to the object along an inspection path and b) for at least one period as the camera probe moves along the inspection path: turning at least a part of the camera probe about the at least one axis thereby slowing the passage of a feature of interest on the object across the camera probe's field of view; and capturing at least one image of the feature of interest during at least a portion of the turning.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: RENISHAW PLC
    Inventor: Timothy Charles Featherstone
  • Patent number: 10254102
    Abstract: An articulated arm coordinate measurement machine is provided with a configurable arm bus. The arm bus being comprised of a plurality of busses that may be selectively coupled to form one or more logical data communications busses. The logical busses may be configured to allow accessory devices to be coupled to the arm and transmit data at higher speeds and at lower costs than may be possible using data busses having fixed communications protocols. In one embodiment, one or more communications switches may be arranged in the probe end of the arm to selectively combine the busses into a logical bus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: FARO TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: Frederick John York, Yu Gong