Manufacturing Patents (Class 348/86)
  • Patent number: 11410298
    Abstract: A process for automated component inspection includes the steps of calibrating an imaging device mounted on a table; calibrating a coordinate measuring machine mounted on the table, the coordinate measuring machine comprising a fixture coupled to an arm of the coordinate measuring machine; coupling a component to the fixture; acquiring an image of said component with said imaging device; registering a baseline dimensioned image to the component image; applying the baseline dimensioned image to a damage detection algorithm; and determining component damage by the damage detection algorithm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2022
    Assignee: Raytheon Technologies Corporation
    Inventors: Alan Matthew Finn, Jose Miguel Pasini, Edgar A. Bernal, Ozgur Erdinc, Ziyou Xiong, Gene B. Donskoy, Sergio S. Frutuoso, Joseph A. Sylvestro, Richard W. Osborne, III, Olusegun T. Oshin, William L. Rall
  • Patent number: 11410294
    Abstract: An example system includes a sensor housing defining a plurality of horizontal layers and a controller. The sensor housing includes a plurality of light-emitted diode (LED) light sources, a plurality of cameras, and a plurality of optical devices. Each camera of the plurality of cameras is positioned within a respective horizontal layer of the plurality of horizontal layers and configured to detect a respective range of wavelengths of light. The plurality of optical devices is configured to receive light reflected by the surface through a common input lens and direct the light to one of the cameras of the plurality of cameras depending on a wavelength of the light. The controller is configured to receive signals from the plurality of cameras indicative of the light reflected by the surface and determine whether there is any foreign object debris material on the surface using the signals from the plurality of cameras.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2021
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2022
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventor: Morteza Safai
  • Patent number: 11341508
    Abstract: Techniques described herein relate to executing and monitoring physical simulations within a digital credential platform. Physical simulation evaluation systems may be implemented including sensor-based monitoring systems, simulation output systems, and/or simulation environment control systems. Particular types of digital credential simulations may be determined and executed within a physical environment, during which a plurality of sensors may be used to monitor the physical actions of a credential receiver during physical simulation. The physical action data may be analyzed and compared to digital credential requirements to determine one or more digital credentials to be generated and issued to the credential receiver.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2022
    Assignee: PEARSON EDUCATION, INC.
    Inventors: Mark Mercury, Jarin Schmidt, E. Clarke Porter, Peter Pascale, Andrew Stockinger, Ronald D. Lancaster, Jr.
  • Patent number: 11309689
    Abstract: A spark plug including an insulator and a metallic member such as a metallic shell. In the spark plug, a mark such as a two-dimensional code is provided on the surface of at least one of the insulator and the metallic member. Also, a protective layer covers the mark. The protective layer is optically transparent and contains a fluorescent substance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2021
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2022
    Assignee: NGK SPARK PLUG CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Junji Kimura
  • Patent number: 11303852
    Abstract: An information processing device includes a container engine configured to logically allocate hardware resources on an operating system, construct a cluster for operating a container using the allocated hardware resources, and operate the container on the cluster, and an orchestration tool configured to construct a node that serves as an execution environment of a pod including one or more containers on the cluster, manage an operation of the pod on the node, and perform a restoration operation on the pod when the pod is not in a predetermined operating state. Further, the pods include a reliability calculation pod configured to calculate a reliability of each sensor based on sensor information acquired from the sensor, and a sensor information processing pod configured to perform predetermined information processing based on sensor information from one or more of the sensors calculated to have a high reliability by the reliability calculation pod.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2022
    Assignee: LATONA, INC.
    Inventors: Satoshi Takahashi, Antoine Sauvage
  • Patent number: 11295959
    Abstract: There is provided a technique that includes: imaging a gas supply hole configured to supply a plasma-converted gas into a process chamber by using an imaging device disposed in the process chamber; detecting a plasma emission intensity based on an image of the imaged gas supply hole; and determining at least one of whether abnormal plasma discharge has occurred and whether plasma flickering has occurred based on the detected plasma emission intensity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2022
    Assignee: KOKUSAI ELECTRIC CORPORATION
    Inventors: Tsuyoshi Takeda, Tatsuya Nishino
  • Patent number: 11222481
    Abstract: The visualization apparatus comprises: a display that enables visualization of a predetermined information by superimposing the predetermined information in a three-dimensional space; a three-dimensional sensor that detects coordinate information of objects existing in the three-dimensional space within a display range of the display; a fitting unit that sequentially acquires coordinate information of each object detected by the three-dimensional sensor, matches the coordinate information of the object with a three-dimensional model of a target object prepared in advance for each acquisition to specify the target object from among the objects, and sequentially fits the three-dimensional model to the specified target object; and a display control unit that make the display to display a back surface shape of the target object detected by the three-dimensional sensor with respect to the front in a gaze direction by superimposing and displaying a three-dimensional model corresponding to a shape viewed from the fr
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 11, 2022
    Assignee: MITUTOYO CORPORATION
    Inventor: Shinsaku Abe
  • Patent number: 11170244
    Abstract: A device for analyzing a worker's work state, the analysis involving generation of determination data for determining whether worker's manual work is performed in a predetermined work order. This device includes imaging and setting units. The imaging unit images, a work video, a worker's manual working state in which the worker repeatedly performs predetermined work. This predetermined work is performed by repeating a plurality of fundamental work operations by hand. Based on a predetermined motion which is previously set for each of the fundamental work operations, the setting unit sets delimitation information to delimit the work video every fundamental work operation at a timing when the predetermined motion is detected. In the device, a generation unit generates determination data which includes both the imaged work video and the set delimitation information. Based on the determination data, the worker's manual work can be analyzed in various ways.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 9, 2021
    Assignee: DENSO WAVE INCORPORATED
    Inventors: Ryo Ozawa, Tsu Ryo, Kenichi Yoshida, Yousuke Yamaguchi, Takuya Sakai, Motoaki Watabe, Yoshiki Morimoto, Takuya Yoda
  • Patent number: 11092498
    Abstract: A thermal measurement system includes a thermocouple configured to couple to a location of a heating element of an electronic smoking article. The thermocouple is structured to measure a surface temperature of the location. A thermocouple data module is operatively connected to the thermocouple and is structured to receive data of the surface temperature from the thermocouple. A pneumatic system is configured to connect to an end of the electronic smoking article and draw an air flow through the electronic smoking article. The pneumatic system includes a solenoid valve having an open state that causes air to flow through the electronic smoking article. The solenoid valve has a closed state that prevents air flow through the electronic smoking article. An infrared camera is disposed over the viewing window. The infrared camera is configured to measure a wire temperature of a heating element wire of the electronic smoking article.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 17, 2021
    Assignee: R. J. Reynolds Tobacco Company
    Inventors: David T. Szabo, Stephen C. Reynolds, Josef Strasser, Amanda S. Gammons, Michael R. Kuhlman, Thomas Pettenski, George Brand, Kent C. Hofacre
  • Patent number: 11056366
    Abstract: A metrology system may include one or more casings that fit within an interior cavity of a sample transport device, an illumination source within one of the one or more casings, one or more illumination optics within one of the one or more casings for directing illumination from the illumination source to a sample located in the interior cavity of the sample transport device, one or more collection optics within one of the one or more casings for light from the sample in response to the illumination from the illumination source, and one or more detectors within one of the one or more casings for generating metrology data based on at least a portion of the light collected by the one or more collection optics.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2021
    Assignee: KLA Corporation
    Inventors: Giampietro Bieli, Robert Tas, Kevin O'Brien, Shankar Krishnan, Joshua Butler
  • Patent number: 11049067
    Abstract: A workflow management system (WMS) coordinates, controls, and monitors item picking assets, item retrieval assets, and order packaging assets in performance of different workflows. The WMS optimizes the different workflows by assigning tasks to the different assets in a manner that minimizes overall execution time, cost, and resource utilization. Some optimizations include maximizing or prioritizing item pick rate, item packaging rate, or both. Assets integrated with the WMS and under WMS control include human workers, autonomous robots, and resources used in performance of the workflows.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 29, 2021
    Assignee: INVIA ROBOTICS, INC.
    Inventors: Sagar Pandya, Daniel Frank Parks, II, Randolph Charles Voorhies, Lior Elazary
  • Patent number: 10853686
    Abstract: In various implementations, a computing device is configured to provide a live preview of salient contours generated on a live digital video feed. In particular, a designer can use a computing device with a camera, such as a smart phone, to view a real-time preview of salient contours generated from edges detected in frames of a live digital video feed prior to capture, thereby eliminating the unpredictability of salient contours generated from a previously captured image. In some implementations, the salient contours are overlaid on a greyscale conversion of the live digital video feed for improved processing and visual contrast. Other implementations modify aspects of edge-detecting or post-processing filters for improved performance on mobile computing devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2020
    Assignee: ADOBE INC.
    Inventors: Atishay Jain, Shamit Kumar Mehta, Stakshi Jindal Garg, Geoffrey Charles Dowd, Arian Behzadi, Joseph Michael Andolina, David Ericksen
  • Patent number: 10834861
    Abstract: A component determination device and a component determination method for an electronic component, the component including a reference section formed as a different member to the multiple electrodes. The component determination device includes: a measuring device configured to measure positions of multiple reference points set on the reference section and a position of a measurement point set on each of the multiple electrodes; a plane calculating section configured to calculate a reference plane representing a position of the upper surface of the circuit board with respect to the component main body when the electronic component is mounted on the circuit board based on the positions of the multiple reference points; and a suitability determining section configured to determine whether the electronic component is suitable based on a distance between the reference plane and the multiple measurement points.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2020
    Assignee: FUJI CORPORATION
    Inventors: Nobuyuki Ishikawa, Katsunori Tanaka
  • Patent number: 10831263
    Abstract: A technique for dynamic augmented reality media creation includes an analysis of reality content received by a device. Augmentation data is identified based on the analysis of the reality content, and then the augmentation data is displayed to the user via the device. A capture module determines whether the reality content meets capture event criteria and, if the criteria is met, augmented reality content is created and captured prior to a display of the augmentation data to the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2020
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventor: Corville O. Allen
  • Patent number: 10831262
    Abstract: A technique for dynamic augmented reality media creation includes an analysis of reality content received by a device. Augmentation data is identified based on the analysis of the reality content, and then the augmentation data is displayed to the user via the device. A capture module determines whether the reality content meets capture event criteria and, if the criteria is met, augmented reality content is created and captured prior to a display of the augmentation data to the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2020
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventor: Corville O. Allen
  • Patent number: 10816588
    Abstract: A noise source monitoring apparatus includes: an imaging unit for capturing an image of multiple switch units; an event time acquisition unit for acquiring a noise event time of a noise occurring in a control device; a switching time recognition unit for recognizing an on/off switching time of each of the multiple switch units; a correlation calculation unit for calculating, for every switch unit, the degree of correlation between occurrence of the noise and the on/off switching of the switch unit; and a display control unit for causing a display unit to display information indicating the degree of correlation for every switch unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2020
    Assignee: FANUC CORPORATION
    Inventors: Makine Yuyama, Tetsuro Matsudaira
  • Patent number: 10809205
    Abstract: Apparatuses and methods for detecting failures in a photoreactive 3D printing system include a light-emitting device configured to emit light into and along a plane of a membrane or of a substrate below the membrane. The membrane is a bottom surface of a resin tub. The light has a wavelength that is different from a photopolymerization wavelength of resin in the resin tub. The membrane or substrate is transparent to the wavelength of the light and to the photopolymerization wavelength. An imaging device is oriented to capture an image of the light emitted from the membrane or the substrate. A detection system is in communication with the imaging device, the detection system being configured to detect a spatial or temporal disruption in the image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Assignee: Intrepid Automation
    Inventors: Ben Wynne, Jamie Lynn Etcheson, Christopher Sean Tanner, Robert Lee Mueller, Ivan Dejesus Chousal
  • Patent number: 10799908
    Abstract: A device which prints an electrically conductive pattern on a downhole tool using electrical ink includes a print head assembly and gripper claw assembly to print and manipulate the downhole tool during printing, respectively. The electrically conductive pattern may be an antenna coil, circuit or other desired pattern. After printing, the accuracy of the pattern is verified by the system and an impact resistant coating is applied to the pattern.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Assignee: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventor: Robert L. Reynolds
  • Patent number: 10786725
    Abstract: A system for analysis of use of a sliding board comprising at least one piezoelectric element configured to be secured to the sliding board and generate electric energy during deformations of the sliding board; and an electronic processing circuit configured for estimating at least one parameter of use of the sliding board and configured to be connected to the sliding board. The electronic processing circuit is powered by the electric energy generated by the at least one piezoelectric element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2020
    Assignees: Skis Rossignol, Commissariat a l'Energie Atomique et aux Energies
    Inventors: Nicolas Puget, Johan Vailli, Pierre Gasnier, S├ębastien Brulais, Prince Arnaud Ramahefa-Andry, Jean-Philippe Gros
  • Patent number: 10699419
    Abstract: Systems, techniques, and computer-program products are provided for tracking and traceability of parts of a finished product. In some embodiments, the tracking and traceability generates streams of semantic data obtained from an imaging sensor system that records the execution of a manufacturing process in industrial equipment. The execution of the manufacturing process yields a finished product from initial materials and/or parts. The tracking and traceability also implements artificial reasoning about the execution of the manufacturing process to generate assertions that characterize the execution of the manufacturing process. Semantic data and assertions can be aggregated into a digital trace record that tracks a defined component of the finished product throughout the execution of the manufacturing process and permit tracing the component to a defined event within the manufacturing process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: Siemens Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Tao Cui, Justinian Rosca, Hasan Sinan Bank
  • Patent number: 10635080
    Abstract: This work region estimation device, which estimates a region in which a worker performs work, is provided with an orientation acquisition unit that acquires worker orientation information, and a work region calculation unit that, on the basis of the orientation information and a worker body model, calculates a region in which a worker operation is forecast.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Assignee: OMRON Corporation
    Inventors: Sayaka Naito, Yoshikazu Mori, Kazuki Kasai, Osamu Nishizaki
  • Patent number: 10618131
    Abstract: A laser patterning alignment method provides a way to position a target at a working distance in a laser patterning system such that fiducial marks on the target are positioned in view of at least three laser patterning system cameras, and with each laser patterning system camera, to locate a fiducial mark on the target and sending location data of the located fiducial mark to a controller, to determine corrections required to align expected fiducial mark locations with the sent fiducial mark location data, and to adjust the laser patterning system with the determined corrections.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Assignee: nLIGHT, Inc.
    Inventors: Vito P. Errico, Roger C. Shipman
  • Patent number: 10603810
    Abstract: A jig system for trimming of a one or more uncut boards. Said jig system comprises a two halves, a bracket mating system, a one or more male portions, a one or more female sockets, a first end, a second end, a first lathe adapter assembly, and a second lathe adapter assembly. Said two halves comprise a first half and a second half. Said two halves are configured to selectively mate with one another. Said two halves comprises an assembled configuration and a disassembled configuration. Said assembled configuration comprises said two halves mated with one another. Said disassembled configuration comprise said two halves detached from one another. Said two halves comprise an angled irons having a substantially L-shape. Said two halves comprise a bend, an inner sides, an outer sides, a first planar portion and a second planar portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Inventor: Edgar Rodriguez
  • Patent number: 10598637
    Abstract: According to embodiments of the technology, an automated thermal desorption system includes a sample tube including a chamber to contain an analyte, visible indicia on the sample tube, a thermal desorption apparatus, and a sample tube monitoring system. The thermal desorption apparatus is configured to receive the sample tube and includes a heating device. The heating device is configured to heat the sample tube in the thermal desorption apparatus and thereby desorb the analyte from the sample tube. The sample tube monitoring system includes: an optical sensor configured to read the visible indicia on the sample tube and to generate an output signal corresponding thereto; and a controller configured to receive the output signal corresponding to the visible indicia from the optical sensor and to determine an orientation of the sample tube with respect to the thermal desorption apparatus based on the output signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Assignee: PerkinElmer Health Sciences, Inc.
    Inventors: Samuel Tolley, Andrew Tipler
  • Patent number: 10602099
    Abstract: The present disclosure describes methods and systems for integrating third party automation systems. One computer-implemented method includes calculating, by at least one of a first device and a second device, a risk level, and controlling, by the at least one of the first device and the second device, a switch based on the risk level. If the risk level is less than a predetermined value, the switch is controlled to power on an image display and capturing device. Data is displayed by the first device and received by the second device through visual recognition on the image display and capturing device. If the risk level is not less than the predetermined value, the switch is controlled to power off the image display and capturing device. Data transfer from the first device to the second device through visual recognition on the image display and capturing device is stopped.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Assignee: Saudi Arabian Oil Company
    Inventors: Hussain Al-Salem, Fouad M. Alkhabbaz, Srinidhi Mallur
  • Patent number: 10537233
    Abstract: To suppress sudden changes in brightness due to a disturbance in a captured image, provided is a medical observation device, including: an acquisition section that acquires a sensing result of a brightness of an image of a subject in a living organism; and a control section that decides, according to a first interval in which the brightness sensing result indicates a value inside a certain range, a second interval in which to maintain an exposure of an imaging section at an exposure corresponding to a value included in the range.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2020
    Assignees: SONY CORPORATION, SONY OLYMPUS MEDICAL SOLUTIONS INC.
    Inventors: Masashi Murakita, Takahiro Yamamoto
  • Patent number: 10521923
    Abstract: A part program generating device includes a CAD data memory storing CAD data of a work piece, a measurement condition definer receiving an input operation performed by a user and defining a measurement procedure, and a part program generator converting the measurement procedure defined by the measurement condition definer into a part program language. The measurement condition definer provides the user with, as a graphical user interface, an editing window capable of editing the measurement procedure in an editing language and a command icon providing a command to be used for defining the measurement procedure as an icon. The command icon includes a circumvention move command icon instructing to overcome a barrier when displacing a sensor from a start point to a target point.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2019
    Assignee: MITUTOYO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Tetsuya Koga, Tsukasa Kojima
  • Patent number: 10452129
    Abstract: A technique for dynamic augmented reality media creation includes an analysis of received reality data. Augmentation data is identified based on the analysis of the reality data, and then augmented reality content is generated and displayed to the user. A capture module determines whether the reality data meets stored capture event criteria and, if the criteria is met, image content of the augmented reality content is captured.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2019
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventor: Corville O. Allen
  • Patent number: 10452130
    Abstract: A technique for dynamic augmented reality media creation includes an analysis of received reality data. Augmentation data is identified based on the analysis of the reality data, and then augmented reality content is generated and displayed to the user on a display. A capture module determines whether the reality data meets stored capture event criteria and, if the criteria is met, image content of the augmented reality content is captured.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2019
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventor: Corville O. Allen
  • Patent number: 10448548
    Abstract: There is provided an inspection apparatus which inspects a board on which a mounting apparatus mounts a component, including a detecting unit (an inspection process unit and an inspection camera) that detects inspection information including a positional deviation amount of the component which is mounted on the board, a determining unit that determines whether the detected positional deviation amount falls within a predetermined first range, a transmission unit that transmits the detected positional deviation amount to the mounting apparatus; and a determination unit that determines whether to transmit the detected positional deviation amount to the mounting apparatus. In addition, in a case where it is determined that the positional deviation amount falls within the first range and it is determined that a predetermined condition is satisfied, the determination unit suspends transmission of the positional deviation amount to the mounting apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Ryouji Eguchi, Toshihiko Nagaya
  • Patent number: 10438336
    Abstract: A drug inspection device includes an image acquisition unit that acquires a plurality of captured images obtained by imaging a bundle of drug sheets bundled in a state where at least some thereof overlap each other, the image acquisition unit acquiring the captured images including at least some of respective drug sheets with respect to all the drug sheets; a drug classification specifying unit that specifies a drug classification from the captured images; an outer edge information extraction unit that extracts information of an outer edge of each of the drug sheets from the captured images; a number-of-sheets counting unit that counts the number of drug sheets based on the information; an outermost layer sheet specifying unit that specifies an outermost layer sheet present on an outermost surface portion of the bundle; and a first drug counting unit that counts the number of drugs in the outermost layer sheet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Assignee: FUJIFILM Corporation
    Inventor: Tetsuya Takamori
  • Patent number: 10365090
    Abstract: In an aspect of the invention, first and second images having parallax are acquired by an imaging unit (202) including a first imaging part (202A) and a second imaging part (202B), and an angle between an imaging direction of the imaging unit (202) and a normal direction of a flat surface of an object to be inspected having the flat surface is calculated on the basis of the acquired first and second images. The pan/tilt of the imaging unit (202) are controlled by a pan/tilt control unit (210), but images for inspection showing the object to be inspected are taken and acquired by the imaging unit in a case in which the calculated angle is controlled to an angle within an allowable angle range.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Assignee: FUJIFILM Corporation
    Inventors: Mikio Watanabe, Fuminori Irie
  • Patent number: 10360531
    Abstract: A technology is provided for robot implemented item manipulation. In one example, a method includes analyzing one or more items including a target item for manipulation, using machine vision rules, to identify the target item. When a determination is made that the robot is unable to perform the manipulation, a request may be transmitted requesting human assistance. An electronic response may be received in response to the request which includes an instruction for manipulating the target item. The robot may manipulate the target item using the instruction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Timothy Stallman, Menashe Garber, Andrew M. Sweeney
  • Patent number: 10340116
    Abstract: A method, computer program product and a system for imaging an area that includes an upper surface and hole. The method may include acquiring, by a charged particle imager, a first image of a first type of electrons of the area while the charged particle imager is at a first configuration; acquiring, by the charged particle imager, a second image of the first type of electrons of the area and a first image of a second type of electrons of the area while the charged particle imager is at a second configuration that differs from the first configuration; and generating a hybrid image of the area based on (i) a first image of the first type of electrons of the upper surface, (ii) an inter-image offset, and (iii) a first image of the second type of electrons of the bottom of the hole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: APPLIED MATERIALS ISRAEL LTD.
    Inventors: Ran Schleyen, Vladislav Kaplan, Shachar Paz
  • Patent number: 10249544
    Abstract: Provided are a method of inspecting a surface and a method of manufacturing a semiconductor device. The methods include preparing a substrate, selecting a spatial resolution of a first optical device by setting a magnification of an imaging optical system, emitting multi-wavelength light toward a first measurement area of the substrate and obtaining first wavelength-specific images, generating first spectrum data based on the first wavelength-specific images, generating first spectrum data of respective pixels based on the first wavelength-specific images, and extracting a spectrum of at least one first inspection area having a range of the first measurement area or less from the first spectrum data, and analyzing the spectrum. The first optical device includes a light source, an objective lens, a detector, and an imaging optical system. The obtaining first wavelength-specific images includes using the imaging optical system and the detector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Sung-yoon Ryu, Chung-sam Jun, Yu-sin Yang, Yun-jung Jee, Gil-woo Song
  • Patent number: 10232512
    Abstract: An apparatus for setting a conveyor coordinate system in a robot system. The apparatus includes features provided on a movable part of a conveyor; a sensor provided on a robot; a first coordinate acquiring section for making the sensor detect positions of two features, when the movable part is in a first position, and acquiring two first coordinates in a base coordinate system of the robot; a conveying operation executing section for making the movable part perform a conveying operation from the first position toward a second position; a second coordinate acquiring section for making the sensor detect a position of one feature, when the movable part is in the second position, and acquiring one second coordinate in the base coordinate system; and a coordinate system determining section for determining the conveyor coordinate system based on a conveying operation direction, two first coordinates and one second coordinate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: FANUC CORPORATION
    Inventors: Masafumi Ooba, Ichiro Kanno
  • Patent number: 10233563
    Abstract: The present invention provides the device for detecting an island position of an ingot growing furnace, comprising a control means for detecting the position of an island by analyzing the image obtained by the photographing means, wherein the control means derives a plurality of singularities with respect to the temperature or brightness from the image, derives a plurality of connection lines respectively forming straight lines by the mutual connection of a series of the singularities, considers an area in which the most intersections are generated as an island among areas in which the plurality of connection lines intersect each other, and determines whether the island is positioned in a seed contact area in which the seed is set to be lowered.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: Korea Institute of Industrial Technology
    Inventors: Sung Ryul Kim, Churl Min Kim, Hyung Ho Jo, Youngchul Lee, Hyoung Jae Kim
  • Patent number: 10217206
    Abstract: An inspection method whereby, in a case in which a nozzle palette is imaged from above and light reflected by a reflection plate is not included in captured image data of a loading hole of the nozzle palette, it is determined that a suction nozzle is loaded in the loading hole. Meanwhile, in a case in which light reflected by the reflection plate is included in the captured image data of the loading hole, it is determined that a suction nozzle is not loaded in the loading hole. Further, in a case in which it is determined that a suction nozzle is loaded in the loading hole, air is ejected toward the loading hole. Then, it is redetermined whether reflected light reflected by the reflection plate is included in the captured image data of the loading hole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: FUJI CORPORATION
    Inventor: Hideki Hosaka
  • Patent number: 10161879
    Abstract: This present invention relates to an apparatus and method for measuring the profile and reflective optical power of one or more surfaces of transparent sheets and transmissive optical power and thickness of one or more transparent sheets at a plurality of locations over the complete transparent sheet. The measurement results are presented to a user graphically and all data is stored for further processing, process control, and quality assurance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: LiteSentry Corporation
    Inventor: Eric Hegstrom
  • Patent number: 10126117
    Abstract: A system includes a processor configured to receive a design model for a blade that has multiple diffuser holes. The processor is also configured to generate multiple points along an edge of each of the multiple diffuser holes. Further, the processor is configured to generate multiple vectors and each of the multiple points includes a corresponding vector. Moreover, each of the multiple vectors originates at the corresponding vector's corresponding point. Further, the processor is configured to apply the multiple vectors to inspect one or more manufactured diffuser holes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Jason Anton Byers, Anthony Centa, Zhaoli Hu, Brian Christopher Wheeler
  • Patent number: 10065284
    Abstract: The present invention discloses an online general vehicle wheel deburring device comprising a frame, an air cylinder, a guide rail, a servo electric cylinder and the like, wherein a vehicle wheel on a roller way is initially positioned by a sensor, a clamping cylinder clamps the vehicle wheel by using four V-shaped rollers by virtue of gears, gear racks and the guide rails IV, and the vehicle wheel is rotated in a clamping state under the action of a driving motor; the angle of a brush can be randomly adjusted by the servo electric cylinder I by virtue of the guide rail the angle of the brush can be randomly adjusted by the servo electric cylinder II by virtue of the guide rail I; the lifting height of the brush can be adjusted by the lift cylinder by virtue of the guide rail III.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: CITIC DICASTAL CO., LTD
    Inventors: Bowen Xue, Jiandong Guo
  • Patent number: 10043146
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a method and device for estimating efficiency of an employee of an organization. In one embodiment, the input data is received from one or more data sources. The input data is classified into one of location data, video data, voice data and text data of the employee. Using the location data and the video data, the trajectory information of the employee is generated. The trajectory information, the voice data and the text data are correlated. Based on the correlation, the efficiency of the employee is estimated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2018
    Assignee: WIPRO LIMITED
    Inventors: Sreevidya Khatravath, Manikhantan Sanakara Raman, Abhishek Suman
  • Patent number: 10040169
    Abstract: The present invention provides a system and method for wirelessly controlling an operating device by way of a wireless connection between the operating device and a computing device. The computing device provides an interface for controlling the operating device. The interface includes a switch for use as a deadman switch, whereby releasing the switch will cease the operation of the operating device. The user may remotely control the operating device via the computing device while the switch is actuated. Upon releasing the switch, the computer device wirelessly halts the operating device for safety.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2018
    Assignee: Terydon, Inc.
    Inventors: Terry D. Gromes, Sr., Terry D. Gromes, Jr., Jon M. Shockey, Jr., William C. Jackson
  • Patent number: 10037504
    Abstract: A method, non-transitory computer readable medium, and productivity assessment computing device that identifies entities present in frames of a video. Entity movement across the frames is plotted to obtain a trajectory of the entities. Interactions of one or more of the entities in each of the frames are identified. A unique sequence encoding is generated for subtasks performed by each of the entities. One of the subtasks is classified as a waste subtask based on one or more of the interactions corresponding to the one of the subtasks and the trajectory and a type of each of the entities associated with the interactions. The sequence encodings of the one of the subtasks are correlated with a number of frames per second of the video to determine waste duration value(s) for a task and the waste duration value(s) are output.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2018
    Assignee: Wipro Limited
    Inventors: Krupal Chandresh Modi, Rinku Vatnani, Akash Gupta, Akbar Abdulmalik Ladak
  • Patent number: 10027885
    Abstract: An image measuring apparatus is configured such that an image of a measured object placed on a stage is captured by a camera, the captured image is displayed on, a captured image display screen, and determination results based on results of a measurement are displayed in an overview list separately from the captured image of the measured object. The image measuring apparatus includes an individual determination results display region displaying individual determination results for each measurement position; and an overall determination results display region displaying overall determination results for the measured object as a unit. The image measuring apparatus is configured to display the individual determination results and the overall determination results together.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: MITUTOYO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Gyokubu Cho, Akira Takada, Takashi Hanamura, Takuho Maeda
  • Patent number: 10015354
    Abstract: A method including generating first images and/or text on a plurality of items, printing a plurality of unique identifiers, each unique identifier being printed over the images and/or text on a corresponding one of the plurality of items, capturing a plurality of second images, each second image including a corresponding one of the plurality of unique identifiers, and storing the captured plurality of second images in a computer readable memory.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Assignee: OPTIC SECURITY GROUP, INC.
    Inventor: Dean Hill
  • Patent number: 9978136
    Abstract: A medicine packet inspection apparatus is provided. The medicine packet inspection apparatus includes a transfer unit configured to transfer medicine packets containing medicines, a photographing unit configured to photograph each medicine packet, a lighting unit configured to provide light to the medicine packet, and a controller configured to control the lighting unit to sequentially provide lights of different colors to the medicine packet and to control the photographing unit to photograph the medicine packet plural times corresponding to the lights of different colors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: JVM CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Jun Ho Kim
  • Patent number: 9841276
    Abstract: A system for acquiring surface data from one of the surfaces of a curved glass sheet and developing a surface definition of the glass sheet includes a conveyor for conveying the glass sheet in a first direction, at least one display projecting a preselected multi-phase non-repeating contrasting pattern, and at least one camera, each one of the cameras uniquely paired with one of the displays. The system may also include a control programmed to execute logic for controlling each of the camera/display pairs to acquire the desired images, and logic for analyzing and combining the data acquired by the cameras to construct a definition of the surface of the glass sheet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2017
    Assignee: Glasstech, Inc.
    Inventors: Jason C. Addington, Michael J. Vild, Benjamin L. Moran
  • Patent number: 9830694
    Abstract: A method is provided for defining operations for acquiring a multi-exposure image of a workpiece including first and second regions of interest at different Z heights. The multi-exposure image is acquired by a machine vision inspection system including strobed illumination and a variable focal length lens (e.g., a tunable acoustic gradient index of refraction lens) used for periodically modulating a focus position. During a learn mode, first and second multi-exposure timing values for instances of strobed illumination are determined that correspond with first and second phase timings of the periodically modulated focus position that produce sufficient image focus for the first and second regions of interest. Data indicative of the multi-exposure timing difference is recorded and is subsequently utilized (e.g., during a run mode) to define operations for acquiring a multi-exposure image of first and second regions of interest on a current workpiece that is similar to the representative workpiece.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Assignee: Mitutoyo Corporation
    Inventor: Robert Kamil Bryll
  • Patent number: 9689806
    Abstract: To facilitate adjusting of a distance from an inspection target to an illumination section by providing a movable illumination section that is movable independently of the imaging section. An illumination apparatus has a plurality of LEDs arranged in a substantially annular form, a light diffusion member for diffusing light emitted from the plurality of LEDs, and a lighting control part for lighting the plurality of light sources in accordance with a predetermined lighting pattern when designated to start lighting. In particular, the illumination apparatus moves independently of a camera to adjust a distance to a workpiece.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2017
    Assignee: Keyence Corporation
    Inventor: Hajime Matsuda