Manufacturing Or Product Inspection Patents (Class 382/141)
  • Patent number: 10691787
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for reading unique identifiers of an integrated circuit. The unique identifiers may be physically unclonable functions (PUFs), formed by high energy ions implanted into semiconductor material of the integrated circuit. The method may include electrically or optically stimulating each of the PUFs and sensing with an optical sensor optical characteristics of resulting light emitted from the PUFs. Then the method may include comparing values associated with the optical characteristics of the PUFs with groups of stored values in a circuit database. Each of the groups of stored values may be associated with optical characteristics of PUFs of a known authentic circuit. The method may then include the controller providing verification of authenticity of the integrated circuit when each of the values associated with the optical characteristics of the PUFs match the stored values of at least one of the groups in the circuit database.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: Honeywell Federal Manufacturing & Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: Daniel Jonathan Ewing
  • Patent number: 10679333
    Abstract: A defect in an image of a semiconductor wafer can be classified as an initial defect type based on the pixels in the image. Critical dimension uniformity parameters associated with the defect type can be retrieved from an electronic data storage unit. A level of defectivity of the defect can be quantified based on the critical dimension uniformity parameters. Defects also can be classified based on critical dimension attributes, topography attributes, or contrast attributes to determine a final defect type.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: KLA-Tencor Corporation
    Inventor: Hari Pathangi Sriraman
  • Patent number: 10650530
    Abstract: There are provided a system and method of vehicle image comparison, the method including: obtaining an input image capturing at least part of a vehicle; segmenting the input image into one or more input segments corresponding to one or more mechanical components; retrieving a set of reference images, thereby obtaining a respective set of corresponding reference segments for each input segment; and generating at least one difference map corresponding to at least one input segment, comprising, for each input segment: comparing the input segment with each corresponding reference segment thereof using a comparison model, giving rise to a set of difference map candidates each indicating probability of presence of DOI between the given input segment and the corresponding reference segment; and providing a difference map corresponding to the given input segment according to probability of each difference map candidate in the set of difference map candidates.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: UVEYE LTD.
    Inventors: Amir Hever, Ohad Hever, Ilya Bogomolny
  • Patent number: 10650340
    Abstract: A device may receive video of a facility from an image capture system. The video may show an individual within the facility, an object within the facility, or an activity being performed within the facility. The device may process the video using a technique to identify the individual within the facility, the object within the facility, or the activity being performed within the facility. The device may track the individual, the object, or the activity through the facility to facilitate an analysis of the individual, the object, or the activity. The device may perform the analysis of the individual, the object, or the activity using information related to tracking the individual, the object, or the activity. The device may perform an action related to the individual, the object, or the activity based on a result of the analysis. The action may positively impact operations of the facility.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: Accenture Global Solutions Limited
    Inventors: Robert A. Kovach, Brian H. Richards, Brian J. Green, Ramoj Kumar Paruchuri, Jordan Thomas, Sarah Crabb, Zhijie Wang, Hao Zhou, Manas R. Satapathy, Prashant Kumar Mehrotra, Anant Sharma, Peter Daniel Corkum
  • Patent number: 10643332
    Abstract: There are provided a system and method of vehicle image comparison, the method including: obtaining an input image comprising a plurality of image portions; retrieving a set of reference images; for each image portion, searching for a best matching reference portion in the set of reference images, comprising: i) for each given reference image: identifying a reference region; using a similarity model on the given image portion and the reference region to obtain a similarity map indicating a similarity between the image portion and a respective reference image portion; and selecting a reference image portion with the best similarity as a reference portion candidate; and ii) selecting the best matching reference portion; and comparing each given image portion with the best matching reference portion using a comparison model, giving rise to a difference map indicating probability of presence of DOI in the given image portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Assignee: UVEYE LTD.
    Inventors: Amir Hever, Ohad Hever, Ilya Bogomolny
  • Patent number: 10639947
    Abstract: A method for configuring an electronic housing mounted on a wheel of a motor vehicle for the purposes of transmitting signals intended for a central unit incorporated into the motor vehicle, involving dividing one turn of the wheel into a predetermined number n of referenced sectors, commanding the emission of a sequence of n successive signals, referred to as configuration signals, which are synchronized with the n referenced sectors and of emission duration tem?T/n, where T is the period of rotation of the wheel, identifying and memorizing the referenced sectors corresponding to the configuration signals received by the central unit, and configuring the electronic housing by selecting at least one of the identified referenced sectors for the subsequent emission of the signals intended for the central unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Assignees: Continental Automotive France, Continental Automotive GmbH
    Inventors: Nicolas Guinart, Jean-Philippe Boisset, Olivier Fudulea, Jean-Charles Huard
  • Patent number: 10628935
    Abstract: Methods and systems for identifying defects in an integrated circuit are provided. The method includes receiving input data of a pattern associated with an integrated circuit, determining feature data associated with features of the pattern using the input data, determining defect detection results associated with the pattern using the input data, the feature data, and defect detection techniques, and determining a defect identification result using the defect detection results. The system includes a processor and a memory. The memory is coupled to the processor and configured to store a set of instructions to receive input data of a pattern associated with an integrated circuit, determine feature data associated with features of the pattern using the input data, determine defect detection results associated with the pattern using the input data, the feature data, and defect detection techniques, and determine a defect identification result using the defect detection results.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Assignee: Zhongke Jingyuan Electron Limited
    Inventors: Zhaoli Zhang, Jie Lin, Zongchang Yu
  • Patent number: 10631308
    Abstract: A method includes transmitting, by transmitting circuitry of a base station, data to a user equipment (UE) in one of a plurality of measurement objects in a bandwidth part (BWP) of a first carrier during one of a plurality of measurement gap periods of the UE, and transmitting, by the transmitting circuitry, a preemption indication to the UE in a second carrier after the one of the plurality of measurement gap periods. The preemption indication contains at least one of time resource allocation information or frequency resource allocation information of the data contained in the one of the plurality of measurement objects.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Assignee: FG Innovation Company Limited
    Inventors: Yu-Hsin Cheng, Chie-Ming Chou
  • Patent number: 10618220
    Abstract: A cross-section measurement method measures a cross section of a three-dimensional object formed by an object-forming machine that laminates an object material at an object-forming point. The object-forming machine includes: a table; an object-forming head; a beam supporting the object-forming head; a driver that moves the object-forming head relative to the table along the beam; an object-former on the object-forming head that laminates the object material on the table to form the object; and an imager on the object-forming head and that captures an image of the object. The object-former and the imager are indirectly supported by the beam via the object-forming head. The method includes: controlling the driver and the object-former to form the object on the table; capturing an image of the object with the imager while the object is being formed; and measuring a cross section of the object based on the captured image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Assignee: MITUTOYO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Gyokubu Cho, Hidemitsu Asano, Masato Kon
  • Patent number: 10618534
    Abstract: A monitor vehicle for a rail system includes a wheeled trolley, an overhead vehicle, a supporting structure, and a first sensor. The wheeled trolley is above a rail of the rail system, is operable to move over the rail, and has a bottom surface. The overhead vehicle body is suspended by the wheeled trolley and below the rail. The supporting structure connects the wheeled trolley and the overhead vehicle body. The first sensor is on the bottom surface of the wheeled trolley and is configured to detect a first parameter of the rail of the rail system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Assignee: TAIWAN SEMICONDUCTOR MANUFACTURING CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Shih-Hung Chien, Jen-Ti Wang, Fu-Hsien Li, Chih-Hung Liu, Yung-Lin Hsu
  • Patent number: 10620263
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for optical probing of a DUT is disclosed. The system enables identifying, localizing and classifying faulty devices within the DUT. A selected area of the DUT is imaged while the DUT is receiving test signals, which may be static or dynamic, i.e., causing certain of the active devices to modulate. Light from the DUT is collected and is passed through a rotatable diffracting element prior to imaging it by a sensor and converting it into an electrical signal. The resulting image changes depending on the rotational positioning of the grating. The diffracted image is inspected to identify, localize and classify faulty devices within the DUT.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Assignee: FEI EFA, Inc.
    Inventors: Herve Deslandes, Prasad Sabbineni, Regina Freed
  • Patent number: 10599926
    Abstract: Pixel color values representing an image of a portion of a field are received where each pixel color value has a respective position within the image. A processor identifies groups of the received pixel color values as possibly representing a Nitrogen-deficient plant leaf. For each group of pixel color values, the processor converts the pixel color values into feature values that describe a shape and the processor uses the feature values describing the shape to determine whether the group of pixel color values represents a Nitrogen-deficient leaf of a plant. The processor stores in memory an indication that the portion of the field is deficient in Nitrogen based on the groups of pixel color values determined to represent a respective Nitrogen-deficient leaf.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Assignee: Regents of the University of Minnesota
    Inventors: Nikolaos Papanikolopoulos, Vassilios Morellas, Dimitris Zermas, David Mulla, Michael Bazakos, Daniel Kaiser
  • Patent number: 10600156
    Abstract: A restoring picture filtering method performed by a decoding device, according to the present invention, comprises the steps of: calculating the activity of an image of a target region of a restoring picture; determining the directivity of the image of the target region; selecting a particular filter within a filter set on the basis of the activity and the directivity; and performing filtering on the restoring picture on the basis of the selected filter. According to the present invention, adaptive filtering may be applied on the basis of image properties of a target block of a restoring picture, and the objective/subjective image quality of the restoring picture may be enhanced therethrough.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Chulkeun Kim, Junghak Nam
  • Patent number: 10599944
    Abstract: The disclosure is directed to providing visual feedback for inspection algorithms and difference filters used to process test and reference images from an inspection system. A user interface may be configured for displaying information and accepting user commands. A computing system communicatively coupled to the user interface may be configured to receive at least one set of test and reference images collected by the inspection system. The computing system may be further configured to provide at least one visual representation of the test and reference images via the user interface to show effects of an inspection algorithm and/or difference filter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Assignee: KLA-Tencor Corporation
    Inventors: Hucheng Lee, Junqing Huang, Lisheng Gao
  • Patent number: 10586323
    Abstract: To include generating a reference image based on a comparison between design data of a mask having patterns and an optical image of the mask in a first region of the mask designated in advance, and confirming whether the generated reference image has effectiveness, the generating and the confirming being performed by a reference circuit, in which the confirmation on whether the reference image has effectiveness includes adding, as a confirmation region in which whether the reference image has effectiveness is to be confirmed, a second region of the mask in addition to the first region set in advance as the confirmation region, the adding being performed by an addition circuit, and confirming whether the reference image has effectiveness in the confirmation region including the first region and the second region, the confirming being performed by the reference circuit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2020
    Assignee: NUFLARE TECHNOLOGY, INC.
    Inventors: Eiji Matsumoto, Manabu Isobe
  • Patent number: 10565344
    Abstract: Disclosed techniques conform standard cells in an integrated circuit design into a valid template pattern using a template-based approach to standard cell design. The template architecture stores valid patterns of circuit elements for the design. A Boolean expression comprising an aggregated set of Boolean assertions can be generated for each different combination of cell shape features and edge locations with the cell design to compute a solution that matches with a valid pattern in one of the templates. If the solution evaluates to a Boolean TRUE result, the cell shape(s) can be modified in accordance with the solution. If not, the granularity can be updated by incrementing an “adjustment neighborhood” value and iterating the computations for shape features and edge locations using the updated values for the analysis until a Boolean TRUE result is found or it is determined there is no solution for the set of expressions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Assignee: PDF Solutions, Inc.
    Inventor: Elizabeth Lagnese
  • Patent number: 10558856
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to optical character recognition using captured video. According to one embodiment, using a first image in stream of images depicting a document, the device extracts text data in a portion of the document depicted in the first image and determines a first confidence level regarding an accuracy of the extracted text data. If the first confidence level satisfies a threshold value, the device saves the extracted text data as recognized content of the source document. Otherwise, the device extracts the text data from the portion of the document as depicted in one or more second images in the stream and determines a second confidence level for the text data extracted from each second image until identifying one of the second images where the second confidence level associated with the text data extracted from the identified second image satisfies the threshold value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2020
    Assignee: INTUIT INC.
    Inventors: Vijay S. Yellapragada, Peijun Chiang, Sreeneel K. Maddika
  • Patent number: 10553142
    Abstract: Methods and systems are disclosed for measuring pixel-by-pixel luminosity and/or chrominance variations on a display, encoding and/or storing the measurements as a set of global and/or pixel-by-pixel correction factors, and/or digitally manipulating imagery with the inverse effect as the measured variations, such that the appearance of visual artifacts caused by the variations is reduced. These methods and systems may be used, for example, as part of the production process for virtual reality headsets, as well as in other applications that make high-fidelity use of displays exhibiting such artifacts (e.g., cell phones, watches, augmented reality displays, and the like).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2020
    Assignee: VALVE CORPORATION
    Inventor: Jeremy Selan
  • Patent number: 10551736
    Abstract: A method of designing an epitaxy template to direct self-assembly of a block copolymer on a substrate into an ordered target pattern involves providing a primary epitaxy template design and then varying the design to optimize a pattern fidelity statistic, such as placement error, relative to the target pattern by modelling predicted self-assembled block copolymer patterns and optimizing pattern placement as a function of a varied design parameter. In addition to varying a design parameter to optimize the pattern fidelity statistic, a random error in the template design is included prior to modelling predicted patterns in order to compensate for expected template inaccuracy in practice. The inclusion of a realistic random error in the template design, in addition to systematic variation of a design parameter, may improve the template design optimization to render the result less sensitive to error which may be inevitable in practice.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2020
    Assignee: ASML Netherlands B.V.
    Inventors: Jozef Maria Finders, Tamara Druzhinina, Emiel Peeters, Sander Frederik Wuister, Christianus Martinus Van Heesch, Eddy Cornelis Antonius Van Der Heijden, Henri Marie Joseph Boots
  • Patent number: 10551326
    Abstract: A method for measuring a semiconductor device is provided. A method for measuring a semiconductor device includes defining an interest area and an acceptable area in a chip area on a wafer; performing a first measurement of the chip area with a spectral imaging device to acquire spectrum data of the chip area; assuming the distribution of the spectrum data of a first pixel in the acceptable area is a normal distribution; calculating a distance from a central point on the normal distribution to second pixels in the interest area; selecting a position of a second pixel having a distance from the central point on the normal distribution greater than a predetermined range, among the second pixels, as a candidate position; and performing a second measurement of the candidate position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2020
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Hyo Hyeong Kang, Kang Woong Ko, Sung Yoon Ryu, Gil Woo Song, Jae Hyung Ahn, Chul Hyung Yoo, Kyoung Hwan Lee, Sung Ho Jang, Yong Ju Jeon, Hyoung Jo Jeon
  • Patent number: 10552950
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention disclose a method, computer program product, and system for mapping one or more inclusions in a mineral crystal. A set of image data associated with the mineral crystal is receiving. The received set of image data is analyzed. One or more inclusions associated with the mineral crystal is identified based on the analyzed image data. The identified one or more inclusions of the mineral crystal are mapped to a tree structure representing the surface of the mineral crystal. The mapped one or more inclusions are encoded as a chain-code associated with the mineral crystal. A radial distance between a center of mass value of the mineral crystal and a center of mass value of the identified one or more inclusions is calculated and a mineral crystal fingerprint is generated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2020
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Venkat K. Balagurusamy, Donna N. Eng Dillenberger, Joseph W. Ligman
  • Patent number: 10545844
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for print verification that reports defective printheads. One embodiment is a Print Verification System (PVS) that includes an interface to receive print data, and an imaging device to obtain image data of printed output of the print data. The PVS also includes a processor to detect a print error on a page by comparing the print data and the image data. The processor determines a lateral distance of a location of the print error with respect to an edge of the page, identifies a print engine that printed the page, determines a lateral offset of the print engine with respect to the edge of the page, identifies a printhead among a plurality of printheads of the print engine that caused the print error based on the lateral distance of the print error and the lateral offset of the print engine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2020
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventor: Carl Michael Dennison
  • Patent number: 10539512
    Abstract: Block-to-block reticle inspection includes acquiring a swath image of a portion of a reticle with a reticle inspection sub-system, identifying a first occurrence of a block in the swatch image and at least a second occurrence of the block in the swath image substantially similar to the first occurrence of the block and determining at least one of a location, one or more geometrical characteristics of the block and a spatial offset between the first occurrence of the block and the at least a second occurrence of the block.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2020
    Assignee: KLA-Tencor Corporation
    Inventors: Abdurrahman Sezginer, Patrick LoPresti, Joe Blecher, Rui-fang Shi, Yalin Xiong, John Fielden
  • Patent number: 10525551
    Abstract: A cladding-by-welding device, an erosion shield forming method, and a turbine blade manufacturing method forming an erosion shield having high erosion resistance including: a powder supply head; a laser head; a line generator configured to irradiate a measurement line beam; a imaging device; a movement mechanism configured to move the powder supply head and the laser head with respect to a base body; and at least one controller configured to cause a projection image on the base body of the measurement line beam acquired by the imaging device to overlap a predetermined position of the imaging device, to set a position where the projection image overlaps the predetermined position of the imaging device as a copying position, to control the movement mechanism based on the copying position, and to move the powder supply head and the laser head with respect to the base body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Assignee: MITSUBISHI HITACHI POWER SYSTEMS, LTD.
    Inventors: Takehisa Okuda, Motonari Machida, Yasuo Matsunami
  • Patent number: 10521708
    Abstract: An ingredient data system that ingests text and graphics of product labels associated with consumer products to check compliance with rules pertaining to what can be included on the product labels generally includes a memory having instructions stored thereon, and at least one processor to execute the instructions to transmit via a network a representation of a label view to a user interface on a client computing device that displays one or more of the base attributes associated with the first request, at least a portion of each of the images of one or more of the product labels of the consumer products designated under one or more of the base attributes associated with the first request, and at least a portion of details of noncompliance when one or more of the pieces of the constituent information are identified as impermissible according to the compliance information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2019
    Assignee: Label Insight, Inc.
    Inventors: Ronak Sheth, Anton Xavier, Dagan Xavier, Dheeraj Patri, Tyler Trollinger, Harrison Nguyen, John Castaldo, Jeffrey Williams, Abbie Bys, Paul Hutchinson, James Shedlick, Jack Mallers
  • Patent number: 10515445
    Abstract: Systems and methods for assessing a physical structure are provided. Information indicative of an infrared image that includes a portion of the physical structure is received, and one or more indicators within the infrared image exceeding a heat threshold are determined. A plurality of characteristics of the one or more indicators are determined. Information indicative of an image of the portion of the physical structure, corresponding to the infrared image, is received, and locations of the one or more indicators are determined. The image is analyzed according to the locations of the one or more indicators to determine information indicative of (i) a fastener coupled to the physical structure or (ii) damage to the physical structure, and the one or more indicators are classified according to the analysis. Based on the classification of the one or more indicators, a condition of the physical structure is determined.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 24, 2019
    Assignee: STATE FARM MUTUAL AUTOMOBILE INSURANCE COMPANY
    Inventors: James M. Freeman, Patrick H. Boyer, Nicholas U. Christopulos, Jonathan D. Maurer, Nathan L. Tofte, Jackie O. Jordan, II
  • Patent number: 10511827
    Abstract: An adaptable inspection unit includes an attachment mechanism, an inspection sensor device, a data port that is capable of transmitting information, and a power port that is connectable to a power source, all of which are physically connected together. The adaptable inspection unit also includes a memory circuit and a processor circuit. The processing circuit controls the inspection sensor device and writes information transmitted via the data port. The attachment mechanism is a mounting bracket, a mounting bracket receptacle, a weldable material, a clamp, an adhesive, a magnet, a latch, a lock, a locating pin, a rail, a slide, locking pin, a bolt, a screw, gravity or friction. The attachment mechanism is used to connect the adaptable inspection unit to a processing line such that the adaptable inspection unit is capable of capturing an image of a sample traveling along the processing line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2019
    Assignee: Qcify Inc.
    Inventors: Raf Peeters, Bert Peelaers, Bert Switten
  • Patent number: 10509328
    Abstract: Systems and methods discussed herein relate to patterning substrates during lithography and microlithography to form features to a set or sets of critical dimensions using dose. The dose maps are generated based upon images captured during manufacturing to account for process variation in a plurality of operations employed to pattern the substrates. The dose maps are used along with imaging programs to tune the voltages applied to various regions of a substrate in order to produce features to a set or sets of critical dimensions and compensate for upstream or downstream operations that may otherwise result in incorrect critical dimension formation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2019
    Assignee: Applied Materials, Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher Dennis Bencher, Joseph R. Johnson
  • Patent number: 10488180
    Abstract: An inspection target is illuminated by an illumination optical unit using a light source. Optical image data of a pattern disposed in the inspection target is acquired by an imaging unit by causing light transmitted or reflected to be incident to a first and second area of a sensor. Reference image data is generated, corresponding to the optical image data, from design data of the pattern. The optical image data is corrected by obtaining a fluctuation of a gradation value of optical image data acquired using light incident to the second area, and correcting a gradation value of optical image data acquired using the light incident to the first area. A line width of the pattern of the corrected data, and a line width error which is a difference between the line widths of corrected data and reference image data are obtained by the line width error obtaining unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Assignee: NuFlare Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Yasuhiro Yamashita, Riki Ogawa
  • Patent number: 10485734
    Abstract: The invention is related to an apparatus that includes: a housing attachable to a blister pack, at least one sensor attached to the housing and capable of sensing removal of a pill from an attached blister pack and a controller. The controller is configured to: determine a timing parameter for taking a pill, receive from the at least one sensor a signal, determine based on the signal if a pill was removed from the blister pack, and if a pill was not removed from the blister pack within a time period based on the timing parameter issue to an output unit a reminder signal for taking the pill.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Inventors: Yakov Bentkovski, Nimrod Kaplan
  • Patent number: 10473594
    Abstract: An arrangement for inspecting a container and a method for inspecting a container. The arrangement is also directed to software and a device for carrying out the inspecting wherein the method for inspecting includes receiving image data on a container, verifying the location and/or position data of the image data in relation to the container, analyzing the received image data, and detecting possible damage points.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Assignee: CONEXBIRD OY
    Inventors: Teuvo Heikkilä, Janne Juhala
  • Patent number: 10473515
    Abstract: A weight measuring device includes a displacement amount detector, a storage unit, and a weight calculator. The displacement amount detector detects, by using a captured image obtained by capturing a road and a vehicle present on the road, a displacement amount, in the captured image, corresponding to displacement caused on the road by application of a weight of the vehicle. The storage unit stores first information indicating a relation between the weight and the displacement amount. The weight calculator calculates the weight based on the displacement amount and the first information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Taro Imagawa
  • Patent number: 10458883
    Abstract: An apparatus and a process for controlling tires wherein the apparatus includes at least one control station which includes: a base; a rotating table mounted on the base so as to be able to rotate around a respective vertical rotation axis; at least one control device operatively active at the rotating table; and a movement device configured for rotating the rotating table around the vertical rotation axis. The rotating table has a substantially horizontal abutment portion configured for receiving and supporting a sidewall of a tire to be controlled. The abutment portion is movable in the horizontal plane according to two directions with respect to the vertical rotation axis by means of an actuator. A detection device is configured for detecting a shift between the vertical rotation axis and the main axis of the tire.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Assignee: PIRELLI TYRE S.P.A.
    Inventors: Vincenzo Boffa, Maurizio Marchini, Alessandro Held, Riccardo Antoj
  • Patent number: 10460638
    Abstract: A system to detect intermittent failures of a display system including a display and a display processing system is provided. The system may include, but is not limited to, a sensor system configured to capture a light level of the display, and a processor configured to cause the display processing system to generate the static image on the display, determine, when the display is displaying the static image, a baseline light level of the display, validate an existence of an intermittent display error when the light level of the display is greater than the baseline light level by a first predetermined amount or when the light level of the display is less than the baseline light level by a second predetermined amount at least once over the predetermined amount of time, determine a recurrence rate, and associate an error type with each instance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Assignee: HONEYWELL INTERNATIONAL INC.
    Inventor: Mark Perry Abbott
  • Patent number: 10451605
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a device, system and method to measure tackiness of a substance, such as pulp, with an on-line or an in-line sensor having a transparent plate with a surface where tacky particles can attach. Attached particles are identified by a camera behind the plate. The camera is focused to detect stationary particles attached to the surface. Measurement is performed directly from a process stream or from a sidesteam and the plate does not need to be removed from the process for the measurement. The plate material may be plastic, such as polycarbonate or acrylic. Additionally, the flow speed may be kept be low, e.g. <0.1 m/s at the measurement position, and/or there may be a stagnation point of flow at or near measurement where the flow speed approaches zero.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2019
    Assignee: KEMIRA OYJ
    Inventor: Matti Hietaniemi
  • Patent number: 10432897
    Abstract: An analytical recognition system includes a video camera, an antenna, and a data analytics module. The video camera is configured to capture video data. The antenna is configured to capture mobile communication device data. The data analytics module is configured to correlate the video data and the mobile communication device data to generate a profile of a person associated with the video data and the mobile communication device data. The profile has profile data including any one or a combination of the captured video data and the captured mobile communication data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Inventor: James Carey
  • Patent number: 10424519
    Abstract: An SEM image is acquired. The SEM image shows a metal line and a via hole disposed above the metal line. The via hole exposes a portion of the metal line vertically aligned with the via hole. A first portion and a second portion of the via hole are each vertically not aligned with the metal line and are disposed on opposite sides of the metal line. The acquired SEM image is processed to enhance a contrast between the first and second portions and their surrounding areas. A first dimension of the first portion and a second dimension of the second portion of the via hole are measured in a first direction. The first direction is different from a second direction along which the metal line extends. An overlay between the via hole and the metal line is determined based on the first dimension and the second dimension.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2019
    Assignee: TAIWAN SEMICONDUCTOR MANUFACTURING CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Cheng-Ming Ho, Po Shun Lin, Venkata Sripathi Sasanka Pratapa, Yi-Ju Wang
  • Patent number: 10417757
    Abstract: An image inspection apparatus is provided with an image sensing unit, a determination unit, and a reference image generation unit. The image sensing unit captures an inspection target. The determination unit takes a difference between a reference image that includes a solid image of the inspection target and a captured image that is captured of the inspection target. The determination unit thereby extracts an image that is not included in an image of the inspection target in the reference image, and determines the quality of the inspection target based on the extracted image. The reference image generation unit generates the reference image that is used by the determination unit by performing predetermined image processing to change to an image showing the inspection target that is included in the captured image into a solid image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: DAIHEN Corporation
    Inventor: Takumi Kobayashi
  • Patent number: 10410335
    Abstract: An inspection method and apparatus comprising, a step of reflecting linearly-polarized light having a predetermined wavelength using an non-polarizing beam splitter after transmitting the linearly-polarized light through a half-wave plate, irradiating a sample with the linearly-polarized light having a polarization plane of a predetermined angle, causing the light reflected by the sample to be incident to an image capturing sensor through a lens, the non-polarizing beam splitter, and an analyzer, and acquiring an optical image of a pattern formed on the sample; acquiring a plurality of optical images by changing an angle of the analyzer or the half-wave plate, and obtaining an angle of the analyzer or the half-wave plate such that a value of (?/?A) becomes a minimum; and a step of inspecting whether a defect of the pattern exists, wherein the pattern is a repetitive pattern having a period at a resolution limit or less.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignee: NuFlare Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Riki Ogawa, Masatoshi Hirono
  • Patent number: 10400206
    Abstract: A sterile work can be applied by a worker 29 to cells or the like through a glove 28 provided in an isolator 15. A work headset 31 outputting a work procedure of the sterile work vocally is prepared for the worker, and a check input device 39 is prepared for a checker 36. A management device 12 outputs the work procedure of the sterile work this time vocally to the work headset. When the fact that the worker has normally performed the sterile work this time is checked by the checker, and when the fact is input from the check input device to the management device, the management device performs the subsequent work procedure. Since the sterile work by the worker 29 can be monitored by the checker 36, a wrong work can be prevented from being performed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: SHIBUYA CORPORATION
    Inventor: Kenji Yoneda
  • Patent number: 10395354
    Abstract: In a conductive film, a method of evaluating a pattern in the conductive film, and a display device, thin metal lines of a wiring portion is formed in a wiring pattern having quadrilateral shapes of which angles are maintained and pitches are made to be irregular. From at least one point of view, in frequencies of the moirés that are equal to or less than a frequency threshold value and are calculated for each color from two peak frequencies and two peak intensities of 2DFFT spectra of transmittance image data of rhomboid wiring patterns which are not made to be irregular and luminance image data of pixel array patterns of the respective colors at the time of lighting up for each single color, the thin metal lines has a quadrilateral wiring pattern in which angles of rhomboid shapes of rhomboid wiring patterns, each of which allows the indicator of evaluation of moirés to be equal to or less than the evaluation threshold value, are made to be irregular in a predetermined range.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: FUJIFILM Corporation
    Inventor: Kazuchika Iwami
  • Patent number: 10368904
    Abstract: Embodiments include devices and methods configured to fractionally resect skin and/or fat. Fractional resection is applied as a stand-alone procedure in anatomical areas that are off-limits to conventional plastic surgery due to the poor tradeoff between the visibility of the incisional scar and amount of enhancement obtained. Fractional resection is also applied as an adjunct to established plastic surgery procedures such as liposuction, and is employed to significantly reduce the length of incisions required for a particular application. The shortening of incisions has application in both the aesthetic and reconstructive realms of plastic surgery.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: SRGI HOLDINGS, LLC
    Inventor: Edward Knowlton
  • Patent number: 10352871
    Abstract: A high-speed, 3-D method and system for optically inspecting parts are provided. The system includes a part transfer subsystem including a transfer mechanism adapted to support a part at a loading station and transfer the supported part from the loading station to an inspection station at which the part has a predetermined position and orientation for inspection. The system also includes an illumination assembly to simultaneously illuminate an end surface of the part and a peripheral surface of the part. The system further includes a lens and detector assembly to form an optical image of the illuminated end surface and an optical image of the illuminated peripheral surface of the part and to detect the optical images. The system still further includes a processor to process the detected optical images to obtain an end view of the part and a 3-D panoramic view of the peripheral surface of the part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: General Inspection, LLC
    Inventors: Michael G. Nygaard, Gregory M. Nygaard
  • Patent number: 10354231
    Abstract: An information processing device for supporting an operation procedure in maintenance of an apparatus includes a storage unit configured to store part list information for the operation procedure in the maintenance, and part definition information for specifying a part that the apparatus has; a specification unit configured to specify a part of an operation subject to be used in the operation procedure, and a first part number that is a number of the part, based on the part list information; a capturing unit configured to generate image data of an image of the apparatus; an analyzing unit configured to specify the part of the operation subject in the image data, and a second part number that is a number of the part, based on the part definition information; and a display control unit configured to display maintenance information based on a result of comparing the first and second part numbers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventor: Yutaka Yagiura
  • Patent number: 10345407
    Abstract: The invention provides for a method of operating a magnetic resonance system for acquiring magnetic resonance data (152) from a phantom (124) within a measurement (zone 108). The phantom comprises a known volume of at least one predetermined substance ((128), 130). The method comprises the step of acquiring (300) the magnetic resonance data by controlling the magnetic resonance system with pulse sequence instructions (150). The pulse sequence instructions cause the magnetic resonance system to acquire the magnetic resonance data according to a magnetic resonance fingerprinting technique. The pulse sequence instructions specify a train of pulse sequence repetitions. Each pulse sequence repetition has a repetition time chosen from a distribution of repetition times. Each pulse sequence repetition comprises a radio frequency pulse chosen from a distribution of radio frequency pulses. The distribution of radio frequency pulses cause magnetic spins to rotate to a distribution of flip angles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS N.V.
    Inventors: Peter Boernert, Mariya Ivanova Doneva, Thomas Erik Amthor, Peter Koken, Jochen Keupp
  • Patent number: 10338008
    Abstract: In a conductive film, a method of evaluating a pattern in the conductive film, and a display device, thin metal lines of at least one wiring portion of two wiring portions is formed in a wiring pattern where the opening portions, of which angles are maintained and pitches are made to be irregular with respect to rhomboid shapes of a regular rhomboid wiring pattern, have parallelogram shapes. In frequencies of the moirés that are equal to or less than a frequency threshold value and are calculated for each color from two peak frequencies and two peak intensities of 2DFFT spectra of image data of the wiring patterns of the two wiring portions and luminance image data of pixel array patterns of the respective colors at the time of lighting up for each single color, the wiring patterns of the two wiring portions are formed such that an indicator of evaluation of moirés is equal to or less than an evaluation threshold value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: FUJIFILM Corporation
    Inventor: Kazuchika Iwami
  • Patent number: 10332248
    Abstract: Methods and systems for analyzing and processing digital data comprising a plurality of infra-red (IR) video images acquired by a pulse thermography system are used to compute video data from the raw and smoothed video data acquired for the performance of non-destructive evaluation. New video data types computed may include but are not limited to contrast evolution data such as normalized contrast, converted contrast and normalized temperature contrast. Additionally, video data types computed comprise surface temperature, surface temperature rise and temperature simple contrast.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: The United States of America as represented by the Administator of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration
    Inventor: Ajay M. Koshti
  • Patent number: 10325364
    Abstract: A metrology system for obtaining a measurement representative of a thickness of a layer on a substrate includes a camera positioned to capture a color image of at least a portion of the substrate. A controller is configured to receive the color image from the camera, store a predetermined path in a coordinate space of at least two dimension including a first color channel and a second color channel, store a function that provides a value representative of a thickness as a function of a position on the predetermined path, determine a coordinate of a pixel in the coordinate space from color data in the color image for the pixel, determine a position of a point on the predetermined path that is closest to the coordinate of the pixel, and calculate a value representative of a thickness from the function and the position of the point on the predetermined path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignee: Applied Materials, Inc.
    Inventor: Dominic J. Benvegnu
  • Patent number: 10313695
    Abstract: A progressive JPEG bitstream may comprise an image component that is comprised of multiple scans of MCUs/data units that are in turn comprised of at least one MCU/data unit segment. Each MCU/data unit segment is successively scanned. The MCU/data unit segment is then reconstructed using multiple entropy decoders operating in parallel on different scans of each MCU/data unit segment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: Entropic Communications, LLC
    Inventor: Anurag Goel
  • Patent number: 10303968
    Abstract: The present disclosure discloses a method and an apparatus for processing image information. A specific implementation of the method comprises: recognizing each character in an original image and acquiring a position of the each character; matching a character in the original image with a character in a layout structured region of a template image, and recording identical characters or character strings in the original image and the template image as a matching point pair; acquiring a projective transformation matrix between the matching point pairs according to the position of the character in the original image and the position of the character in the layout structured region of the template image; registering the original image according to the projective transformation matrix to acquire a registered image; and recognizing the registered image to acquire a recognition result.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: Beijing Baidu Netcom Science and Technology Co., LTD.
    Inventor: Junyu Han