Bottle Inspection Patents (Class 382/142)
  • Patent number: 10257473
    Abstract: A doorbell device is provided. The doorbell device includes a first camera unit, a second camera unit, a doorbell button, and a processing unit. The first camera unit includes a first camera lens and a first image sensor, generating a first video. The second camera unit includes a second camera lens and a second image sensor, generating a second video. The processing unit selectively activates one of the first camera unit and the second camera unit according to at least one of the first video, the second video, and a state of the doorbell button.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: SERCOMM CORPORATION
    Inventors: Shiou-Hua Hu, Benjamin Yeh, Yen-Ju Hsu
  • Patent number: 10147176
    Abstract: Described herein are various technologies pertaining to automated container inspection. A region in an image of a container is labeled as being subject to depicting reflections. When determining whether or not the container is defective based upon the image of the container, values of pixels of the image are compared to corresponding statistics of such pixels, where the statistics can identify an acceptable distribution of values for a pixel. For pixels in the above-mentioned region, more variance in the values of the pixels is allowed (compared to allowed variance when analyzing values of pixels outside of the region) when determining whether or not the container is defective based upon the values of the pixels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: APPLIED VISION CORPORATION
    Inventors: Richard A. Sones, Craig A. Miller
  • Patent number: 9852261
    Abstract: Methods and systems for graphical medicine display are described. In one embodiment, prescription drug data associated with a prescription drug is accessed. The prescription drug is associated with a member. The prescription drug data includes prescription name data, prescription packaging data, prescription pill data, and dosage data. A prescription pill indicator and a prescription package indicator based on the prescription drug data are determined. A medicine display based on the prescription drug data associated with the prescription drug is generated. The medicine display includes the prescription pill indicator in association with the prescription package indicator, a prescription name indicator, and a dosage indicator. The prescription name data, the prescription packaging data, and the prescription pill data are associated with the prescription drug and the dosage data is associated with the member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Assignee: Express Scripts Strategic Development, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Ross Havard, Timothy Andrew Cox, Grant Paris Miller, Katherine Harini Sundararaman
  • Patent number: 9613266
    Abstract: A complex background-oriented optical character recognition method and device are provided. The method of the present invention includes: collecting image information to obtain a collected image; according to character characteristics, acquiring a target character region from the collected image, and taking same as a target object; extracting character edge information in the target object using a differential method to obtain an extracted image; superposing the target object and the extracted image to obtain a recovery image; conducting inversion and Gaussian filtration processing on the recovery image to obtain a processed image; searching for a target character location in the processed image; and recognizing the target character location. On this basis, accurate and quick locating and recognition of characters can be realized on the basis of effectively suppressing background noise and highlighting character information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2017
    Assignee: GRG Banking Equipment Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Tiancai Liang, Liangxu Chen, Xingyu Zhao
  • Patent number: 9189911
    Abstract: A reverse vending machine, including: a chamber adapted to receive an object returned to the reverse vending machine; a plurality of cameras arranged around the perimeter of the chamber for viewing said object; a transparent or translucent plate arranged such that the cameras in use view the object obliquely through the transparent or translucent plate; and means adapted to couple light into the plate such that the light undergoes total internal reflection in the plate. Also, a method of detecting dirt in a reverse vending machine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2015
    Assignee: TOMRA SYSTEMS ASA
    Inventors: Tom Øystein Kavli, Johnny Njåstad, Geir Sæther
  • Patent number: 9092650
    Abstract: Methods, systems and apparatus for determining the presence of a cap on a container are provided. An exemplary method comprises capturing an image of an object; extracting an area of interest from the image; determining from the image a position of one or more edges of the object; and determining the presence of a cap based on a comparison of the one or more edge positions to reference data. Numerous other aspects are provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2015
    Assignee: Siemens Healthcare Diagnostics Inc.
    Inventor: Viatcheslav Pronkine
  • Patent number: 9057711
    Abstract: An inspection apparatus and method, which can perform defect determination and estimate a defect on a mask and the resultant influence on a wafer. Each of the transfer images is reviewed in order of following (1) to (3): (1) when the degree of defect identified in the first comparing unit is at or exceeding a third threshold and an error ratio corresponding to the defect is at or exceeding a fourth threshold; (2) when the degree of a defect identified in the first comparing unit is less than the third threshold, and an error ratio corresponding to the defect is at or exceeding a fourth threshold; and (3) when the degree of a defect identified in the first comparing unit is at or exceeding a third threshold, and an error ratio corresponding to the defect is less than the fourth threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2015
    Assignee: NuFlare Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Hideo Tsuchiya, Takafumi Inoue, Nobutaka Kikuiri
  • Patent number: 9036894
    Abstract: In a method and apparatus for identifying an embossed character, light of one color is directed in one direction across the embossed character to illuminate certain character parts and light of another color is directed in another direction across the embossed character to illuminate other character parts. Image data for the two colors are captured and are subjected to separate image processing to detect edges highlighted by the directed light. The processed images are combined and supplemented with OCR analysis before being compared with predicted characters. Based on the comparison, a determination is made as to the probable identity of the character.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2015
    Assignee: MEDAVAIL, INC.
    Inventor: Richard Panetta
  • Patent number: 9002096
    Abstract: Methods, systems and apparatus for determining a level of a sample are provided. An image of a sample housed in a container is captured, wherein the image is represented as a two dimensional array of intensities of light. An area of interest is extracted from the image. A filter is applied to the area of interest. The filtered area is collapsed into a one dimensional array. The one dimensional array is masked. The level of the sample in the container is determined based on the masked one dimensional array. Numerous other aspects are provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Assignee: Siemens Healthcare Diagnostics Inc.
    Inventor: Viatcheslav Pronkine
  • Publication number: 20150071523
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for inspecting containers, such as bottles or similar containers. The abstract of the disclosure is submitted herewith as required by 37 C.F.R. §1.72(b). As stated in 37 C.F.R. §1.72(b): A brief abstract of the technical disclosure in the specification must commence on a separate sheet, preferably following the claims, under the heading “Abstract of the Disclosure.” The purpose of the abstract is to enable the Patent and Trademark Office and the public generally to determine quickly from a cursory inspection the nature and gist of the technical disclosure. The abstract shall not be used for interpreting the scope of the claims. Therefore, any statements made relating to the abstract are not intended to limit the claims in any manner and should not be interpreted as limiting the claims in any manner.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 17, 2014
    Publication date: March 12, 2015
    Inventors: Jürgen HERRMANN, Wolfgang SCHORN, Marius Michael HERRMANN, Xiang ZHANG
  • Patent number: 8967041
    Abstract: The invention relates to a device for aligning containers (1) comprising at least one detection system (7). In order to be able to apply identically orientated and aligned labels even to containers without embossings, the invention proposes that at least one detection system (7) is configured as a cover detection system (7) and is disposed so that a closure element (4) disposed on the container (1) can be detected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Assignee: KHS GmbH
    Inventors: Jan Peter Hecktor, Marius Michael Herrmann
  • Publication number: 20150010229
    Abstract: The torque which is required to open a plastic screw closure which is screwed onto a bottle is determined without contact by the rotation position of the screwed-on plastic screw closure in relation to the bottle being established. The rotation position is established by evaluating an image on the basis of a mark on the bottle and a mark on the screw closure. Ventilation slots which interrupt the turns of the screw thread on the bottle neck can be used as the mark on the bottle, and a predetermined breaking point on a securing ring of the screw closure can be used as the mark on the screw closure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 25, 2013
    Publication date: January 8, 2015
    Inventor: Bernhard Heuft
  • Patent number: 8921733
    Abstract: Removing material from the surface of a first circuit comprises generating a first laser pulse using a pulse generator; targeting a spot on the first circuit using a focusing component; delivering the first laser pulse to the spot on the first circuit, the first circuit including a digital component; ablating material from the spot using the first laser pulse without changing a state of the digital component; testing performance of the first circuit, the testing being performed without reinitializing the circuit between the steps of ablating material and testing performance. Targeting the spot on the first circuit comprises generating a second laser pulse using a pulse generator; delivering a second laser pulse to a sacrificial piece of material; detecting the position of the ablation caused by the second laser pulse with a vision system that forms an image; and using this image to guide the first laser to the spot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Assignee: Raydiance, Inc.
    Inventors: David Gaudiosi, Laurent Vaissie
  • Patent number: 8923599
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a method and an arrangement for representing the characteristics of an object with a measuring system, in which either the measuring system or the object is designed to move in relation to one another in a predefined direction of movement. The object preferably is designed to move in relation to the measuring system. At least one light source is designed to illuminate the object with a light which is incident upon the object and has a limited extension in the direction of movement. An imaging sensor, which is arranged on the same side of the object as the light source is designed to pick up light reflected from the object and to convert this into electrical charges. An image-processing unit is furthermore designed to create a digital representation of the object from said electrical charges.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2004
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Assignee: Sick IVP AB
    Inventors: Anders Åström, Erik Åstrand
  • Patent number: 8917312
    Abstract: An optical defect detection system is provided for recording an image of a transparency for detecting optical defects therein. The transparency may be formed with a contour. The defect detection system may comprise a light source, a diffuser and an image recording device for recording images of the transparency. The light source is configured to emit light and may be positioned adjacent one of the sides of the transparency. The image recording device may be positioned on a side of the transparency opposite the diffuser. The diffuser may be contoured complementary to the contour of the transparency and may be positioned between the light source and the transparency.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 23, 2014
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Michael P. Gleason, Daniel E. Pulcher, Douglas E. Reed, Anthony C. Roberts, Matthew M. Thomas
  • Patent number: 8860802
    Abstract: An inspection station identifies defects such as artifacts (e.g., dust, hair, particles) in the sealing areas of sealed sterile packages. A multi-head optical scanner can include at least two fiber optic sensors each comprised of a bundle of optical fibers arranged into a linear face coupled to an image processing module and oriented towards a scanning area of sealed packages moving through a conveyance system. An image processing module can analyze input from the at least two fiber optic sensor arrangements to identify artifacts in the sealing areas of the sealed packages.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2014
    Inventor: Youri N. Djachiachvili
  • Publication number: 20140294238
    Abstract: A method for examining filled containers, which are filled with CO2-containing products such as beer or lemonade, for contaminants such as glass fragments, including examining, e.g. by means of a camera, a container for gas bubbles in the product/in the container and/or for gas mists in the container, and sorting out the container, if gas bubbles are determined in the product and/or if CO2 mists are determined in the container, and re-examining the container at a later time.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 3, 2012
    Publication date: October 2, 2014
    Applicant: KRONES AG
    Inventor: Herbert Kolb
  • Patent number: 8811720
    Abstract: In accordance with particular embodiments, a method includes receiving LIDAR data associated with a geographic area and generating a three-dimensional image of the geographic area based on the LIDAR data. The method further includes presenting at least a first portion of the three-dimensional image to a user based on a camera at a first location. The first portion of the three-dimensional image is presented from a walking perspective. The method also includes navigating the three-dimensional image based on a first input received from the user. The first input is used to direct the camera to move along a path in the walking perspective based on the first input and the three-dimensional image. The method further includes presenting at least a second portion of the three-dimensional image to the user based on navigating the camera to a second location. The second portion of the three dimensional image presented from the walking perspective.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2014
    Assignee: Raytheon Company
    Inventor: Steven B. Seida
  • Publication number: 20140185917
    Abstract: In a method and apparatus for identifying an embossed character, light of one color is directed in one direction across the embossed character to illuminate certain character parts and light of another color is directed in another direction across the embossed character to illuminate other character parts. Image data for the two colors are captured and are subjected to separate image processing to detect edges highlighted by the directed light. The processed images are combined and supplemented with OCR analysis before being compared with predicted characters. Based on the comparison, a determination is made as to the probable identity of the character.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 4, 2013
    Publication date: July 3, 2014
    Inventor: Richard Panetta
  • Publication number: 20140161343
    Abstract: A method for processing a container includes inspecting it by using an optical recorder of an inspection unit, capturing container image data representative of actual images, sending it to an evaluation and control unit of the inspection unit having a main processor and a graphics card having graphics processors, using the graphics card, comparing the actual images with desired images at least in part by using the graphics processors for pipelining calculations associated with the comparison, and then finally, using the graphics card, sending evaluated data representative of the comparison to the main processor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 7, 2012
    Publication date: June 12, 2014
    Applicant: KHS GmbH
    Inventors: Katrin Preckel, Michael Nick, Werner Van de Wynckel
  • Publication number: 20140119634
    Abstract: The glass bottle inspection method and apparatus performs successively producing differential images from original images successively captured from the glass bottle to be inspected while the glass bottle is being rotated about its own axis, comparing the differential images with the template to judge whether the glass bottle is defect-free or not, and combining all the differential images obtained from the glass bottle to be inspected in one inspection cycle to produce a differential composite image, using the differential composite image as a provisional template when all the differential images obtained from the glass bottle in one inspection cycle are judged as representing a defect-free glass bottle, and correcting the template using the provisional template.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 15, 2011
    Publication date: May 1, 2014
    Applicant: KIRIN TECHNO-SYSTEM COMPANY, LIMITED
    Inventor: Masaaki Numazu
  • Patent number: 8711350
    Abstract: The invention relates to a test method for checking an inspection device, comprising at least the steps of: generating a prescribed number of faulty and/or correctly labelled containers or test containers; moving the faulty containers or test containers past the inspection device, which detects the faulty containers or test containers and generates a signal for ejecting the faulty containers or test containers, or indicates a value relative to the expected and the measured faulty and/or correctly labelled containers. The test method can be started or performed manually or automatically, and is suitable, for example, for checking a label seating inspection device for correct functionality, or optionally for confirming the faulty functioning thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2014
    Assignee: KHS GmbH
    Inventors: Theo Motter, Frank Fischer
  • Patent number: 8698831
    Abstract: This invention provides an image processing device and an image processing method capable of generating synthetic image data containing effective image information without being influenced by the variation of the photographing environment. A correcting portion updates (shifts) a “brightness” upper and lower limit range according to a deviation ?E received from a deviation calculating portion. The correcting portion accepts an initial value Emax0 of the “brightness” upper limit and an initial value Emin0 of the lower limit in advance, so that the “brightness” upper limit and lower limit after update is (Emax0+?E) and (Emin0+?E), respectively. The “brightness” upper and lower limit range after the update calculated by the correcting portion is provided to a tone mapping unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 15, 2014
    Assignee: Omron Corporation
    Inventors: Yutaka Kato, Yutaka Kiuchi
  • Patent number: 8620062
    Abstract: An apparatus for the detection of a geometrical position of plastics material containers, for example, plastics material pre-forms, having a base member and a thread region may include an image-recording device, which records a locally resolved image of the plastics material container. The image-recording device is arranged in such a way that it observes the plastics material container substantially along its longitudinal direction. The apparatus includes an illumination device, which illuminates at least one region of the plastics material container observed by the image-recording device, and an evaluation device, which on the basis of an image recorded by the image-recording device determines a rotary setting of the plastics material container with respect to its longitudinal direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2013
    Assignee: Krones AG
    Inventor: Rainer Kwirandt
  • Patent number: 8600148
    Abstract: A device for inspecting the external surfaces of containers using a radiation device which directs light onto a container to be inspected. The device includes a transport device for transporting the container with respect to the radiation device, and an image capturing device which captures the container illuminated by the radiation device, with a background being located behind the container with respect to the image capturing device, with respect which the container can be imaged. The background has both a lighter area and a darker area by comparison with this lighter area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 24, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2013
    Assignee: Krones AG
    Inventor: Rainer Kwirandt
  • Patent number: 8594416
    Abstract: A plurality of first multivalued images of non-defective items picked up by an image pickup device are obtained, and a plurality of characteristic amounts at least including a pixel value of a color component and edge intensities in two different directions are extracted for each pixel in the obtained first multivalued images. Selection of any one of the plurality of extracted characteristic amounts is received, and the characteristic amount of which selection is received is extracted, whereby a distribution range for determining the non-defective item is calculated. A second multivalued image of a determination target object is obtained, and the characteristic amount of which selection is received is extracted for each pixel in the obtained second multivalued image, whereby determination is made as to whether the characteristic amount is included in the distribution range corresponding to the extracted characteristic amount.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2013
    Assignee: Keyence Corporation
    Inventor: Kazuhito Saeki
  • Patent number: 8582863
    Abstract: A string emanating from a packaging machine is arranged in a slot by means of a feed inlet and placed in a winding shaft (12). This placement is assisted by the use of positioning brushes (4). After the initial introduction, winding up takes place upon rotation of the winding shaft and upon further engagement of the string in the slot (14) in the winding shaft. The winding shaft is provided on a carrying disc (5) and said carrying disc is also arranged so as to be rotatable. During the first stage, the section of the string emanating from the supply path is pulled with constant force. After the string has been separated from the remaining material, the winding is carried out. Subsequently, the rotating shaft with the string, through rotation of the carrying disc, reaches a next position in which pressing the reel and thus adhesion of the reel end moves the winding shaft out of the reel. The reel has already been checked prior to entering the winding device to determine whether it has to be inspected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2013
    Assignee: Global Factories B.V.
    Inventor: Richard Rudolf Theodoor Van Den Brink
  • Patent number: 8577145
    Abstract: In a method and apparatus for identifying an embossed character, light of one color is directed in one direction across the embossed character to illuminate certain character parts and light of another color is directed in another direction across the embossed character to illuminate other character parts. Image data for the two colors are captured and are subjected to separate image processing to detect edges highlighted by the directed light. The processed images are combined and supplemented with OCR analysis before being compared with predicted characters. Based on the comparison, a determination is made as to the probable identity of the character.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2013
    Assignee: PCAS Patient Care Automation Services Inc.
    Inventor: Richard Panetta
  • Patent number: 8571297
    Abstract: The invention is directed to a prescription imaging system for capturing, storing and displaying images of prescription bottles during the prescription fulfillment process to monitor the quality of the fulfillment process. The system includes one or more pill cameras for capturing images of pills dispensed into one or more prescription bottles and one or more label cameras for capturing images of the bottle labels. The images are stored on a storage device in a database record. The images can be used to verify that the pills in each bottle correspond with the associated prescription.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2013
    Assignee: Express Scripts, Inc.
    Inventors: Charles E. Eller, Herbert A. Youngs
  • Patent number: 8564656
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for recognizing surface characteristics of metallurgical products, especially continuously cast products and rolled products. According to said method, a defined section of the product surface (12, 12?) is irradiated by at least two radiation sources of different wavelengths, from different directions, and the irradiated surface section is optoelectronically detected. Three light sources (21, 22, 23) are oriented towards the product surface (12, 12?), as radiation sources, under the same angle (a), the positions thereof being in three planes (E1, E2, E3) forming a 120 DEG angle and being perpendicular to the product surface (12, 12?). In this way, instructive information about metallurgical products can be determined and stored in a very short space of time such that the products can be determined in a perfectly identified manner for the reprocessing, in terms of the surface quality or surface structure thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2013
    Assignee: SMS Concast AG
    Inventor: Tobias Rauber
  • Patent number: 8559697
    Abstract: A mask inspection system includes irradiation means for irradiating a sample with an electron beam, electron detection means for detecting a quantity of electrons generated from the sample, image processing means, storage means, and control means for determining divided areas in such a way that divided images adjacent to each other overlap with each other, and acquiring the divided images of the respective divided areas. The control means extracts two divided images adjacent to each other in a predetermined sequence, then detects an image of a same pattern formation area included in an overlap area, and determines the detected image to be a combination reference image. The control means then combines the two divided images adjacent to each other on the basis of the combination reference image to thereby form an entire SEM image of the observed area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2013
    Assignee: Advantest Corp.
    Inventors: Tsutomu Murakawa, Yoshiaki Ogiso
  • Patent number: 8548268
    Abstract: A device to analyze and determine the movement characteristics of products moving in a determinate direction of feed (F) and emitting radiations, in particular products exiting from a casting line, comprises a camera to continuously acquire images of the product moving in the direction of feed (F) in at least two successive instants of time, and an electronic processing unit by means of which the comparison between at least two successive images acquired is carried out, using mathematical algorithms based on the image correlation principle, in order to determine the spatial displacement of the images and then the movement characteristics of the product moving in the direction of feed (F) are analyzed and determined.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2013
    Assignee: Danieli Automation SpA
    Inventors: Ferruccio Della Vedova, Lorenzo Ciani
  • Patent number: 8538128
    Abstract: A method for determining the location of an additive, especially an additive that is not visible to a consumer, in an article with respect to a surface feature of the article is provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2013
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: André Mellin, Michael Paul Hausfeld, John Matthew Anast
  • Patent number: 8520077
    Abstract: A color-unevenness inspection apparatus includes: an image pickup section picking up an image of an inspection target for a color-unevenness inspection; an image generation section generating an uneven-color image by determining one or more uneven-color regions existing in the picked-up image of the inspection target obtained by the image pickup section, and by classifying unit regions included in each of the uneven-color regions into a plurality of color groups; a calculation section calculating, on the uneven-color regions in the uneven-color image, an evaluation parameter to be used in the color-unevenness inspection; a correction section making a correction to the calculated evaluation parameter in consideration of a difference of color-unevenness visibility between the color groups; and an inspection section performing the color-unevenness inspection, based on a resultant evaluation parameter obtained by the correction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2013
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Kunihiko Nagamine, Satoshi Tomioka
  • Patent number: 8477989
    Abstract: A method of acquiring an image of a pharmaceutical in a colored, transparent pharmaceutical vial includes the steps of: providing a generally cylindrical, colored, transparent pharmaceutical vial having a closed lower end, the lower end having a radially outward lower section, a radially inward upper section, and a transition section that merges with the upper and lower sections; identifying the transition section of the vial with a vision system; detecting the color of the transition section; illuminating the vial; acquiring an image of the vial and pharmaceutical; and adjusting the colors of the image based on the color of the transition section. In some embodiments, the method further comprises the step of comparing the image to a pre-stored image of an expected pharmaceutical to determine whether the identity of the pharmaceutical in the vial matches the identity of the expected pharmaceutical. This method can improve the reliability and consistency of the images produced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2013
    Assignee: Parata Systems, LLC
    Inventor: Stefano Bresolin
  • Patent number: 8462203
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a method and system for monitoring and controlling a glass container forming process. The radiation emitted by each hot glass container is measured with measurement unit immediately after the forming machine. The described method normalizes the measurement from glass container to glass container and thereby removes the effects of overall temperature variations between glass containers, changing ambient conditions, and other variations affecting the measurements, which provides a unique quality reference for each glass container. By reviewing this reference for each produced glass container, the quality of the produced containers can be improved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2013
    Assignee: Emhart Glass S.A.
    Inventors: Mark Edwin Holtkamp, Teunis René Brummelman
  • Patent number: 8442297
    Abstract: Methods and mark verification systems for evaluating the quality of a two-dimensional matrix dot peen mark on an object are provided. An exemplary embodiment of the methods includes scanning a two-dimensional matrix dot peen mark disposed on a surface of an object with a laser displacement sensor to generate three-dimensional scanned data for the mark, the mark including a plurality of dots disposed in a plurality of rows and columns on the surface; and determining whether the mark passes a verification test based on the scanned data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2013
    Assignee: Arinc Incorporated
    Inventors: Roger K. Tyler, Ronald D. Fowler
  • Patent number: 8400503
    Abstract: A method and apparatus are provided for automatic application and monitoring of a structure to be applied onto substrate. A plurality of cameras positioned around an application facility are utilized to monitor the automatic application of a structure on a substrate by means of a stereometry procedure. Three-dimensional recognition of a reference contour position results in the overlapping area to be used for gross adjustment of the application facility prior to applying the structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2004
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2013
    Assignee: Quiss GmbH
    Inventors: Jan Anders Linnenkohl, Andreas Tomtschko, Mirko Berger, Roman Raab
  • Patent number: 8379963
    Abstract: This solution relates to machine vision computing environments, and more specifically relates to a system and method for selectively accelerating the execution of image processing applications using a cell computing system. The invention provides a high performance machine vision system over the prior art and provides a method for executing image processing applications on a Cell and BPE3 image processing system. Moreover, implementations of the invention provide a machine vision system and method for distributing and managing the execution of image processing applications at a fine-grained level via a PCIe connected system. The hybrid system is replaced with the BPE3 and the switch is also eliminated from the prior in order to meet over 1 GB processing requirement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2013
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Moon J. Kim, Yumi Mori, Hiroki Nakano, Masakuni Okada
  • Publication number: 20130039564
    Abstract: The invention is directed to a prescription imaging system for capturing, storing and displaying images of prescription bottles during the prescription fulfillment process to monitor the quality of the fulfillment process. The system includes one or more pill cameras for capturing images of pills dispensed into one or more prescription bottles and one or more label cameras for capturing images of the bottle labels. The images are stored on a storage device in a database record. The images can be used to verify that the pills in each bottle correspond with the associated prescription.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 16, 2012
    Publication date: February 14, 2013
    Applicant: EXPRESS SCRIPTS, INC.
    Inventor: Express Scripts, Inc.
  • Patent number: 8295582
    Abstract: The invention is directed to a prescription imaging system for capturing, storing and displaying images of prescription bottles during the prescription fulfillment process to monitor the quality of the fulfillment process. The system includes one or more pill cameras for capturing images of pills dispensed into one or more prescription bottles and one or more label cameras for capturing images of the bottle labels. The images are stored on a storage device in a database record. The images can be used to verify that the pills in each bottle correspond with the associated prescription.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2012
    Assignee: Express Scripts, Inc.
    Inventors: Charles E. Eller, Herbert A. Youngs
  • Patent number: 8254659
    Abstract: A method comprises projecting a light and shade pattern defined by preset optic parameters through a body, detecting an image of the light and shade pattern through the body to obtain a detected image, processing the detected image to highlight any irregularities of the light and shade pattern in the detected image; an apparatus comprises a light-source for projecting a light and shade pattern defined by preset optic parameters through a body, an image-detecting device for detecting an image of the light and shade pattern through the body to obtain a detected image and a processing device for processing the detected image in such a way as to highlight any irregularities of the light and shade pattern in the detected image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2005
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2012
    Assignee: Sacmi Cooperativa Meccanici Imolasocieta Cooperativa
    Inventors: Sanzio Caroli, Donato Laico
  • Patent number: 8189919
    Abstract: A method and system for container identification are disclosed. The method comprises obtaining a plurality of digital images of a character sequence on the container, extracting the character sequences from the images, combining the character sequences into at least one identification code candidate, and selecting one of the candidates as the identification code. The system comprises at least one camera and a computer system that is electrically coupled to the camera, whereby when the computer system receives a trigger signal, said computer system takes a plurality of digital images from the camera, produces character sequences as partial recognition results for the plurality of digital images, and combines the partial recognition results together to produce the identification code.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2012
    Inventors: Chung Mong Lee, Wing Kin Wong, Ka Yu Sin
  • Patent number: 8135206
    Abstract: A machine for inspecting glass containers rotating at an inspection station. A camera images an area of interest on the glass container (the finish for example) and the area is imaged at angular increments. An anomalous object is analyzed in each image and the deviation of its center relative to a datum is measured. A deviation less than a maximum enables the control to identify the object as a blister.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2012
    Assignee: Emhart Glass S.A.
    Inventors: Richard A. Sones, Richard D. Diehr, Amir R. Novini
  • Patent number: 8134695
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for measurement of the stress in and thickness of the walls of glass containers is disclosed that uses fluorescence to quickly and accurately ascertain both the thickness of the stress layers and the wall thickness in addition to the stress curve in glass containers. The apparatus and method may be used to quickly and accurately measure both the stress in and the thickness of the side walls of glass containers throughout the circumference of the glass containers. The apparatus and method are adapted for large scale glass container manufacturing, and are capable of high speed measurement of the stress in and the thickness of the side walls of glass containers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2012
    Assignee: Emhart Glass S.A.
    Inventors: William J. Furnas, Sarath K. Tennakoon, Gary C. Weber
  • Patent number: 8094293
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for measurement of the stress in and thickness of flat glass or curved glass segments is disclosed that uses fluorescence to quickly and accurately ascertain both the thickness of the stress layers and the wall thickness in addition to the stress curve in flat glass or curved glass segments. The apparatus and method may be used to quickly and accurately measure both the stress in and the thickness of flat glass or curved glass segments at a plurality of various locations therein. The apparatus and method are adapted for large scale flat glass or curved glass segment manufacturing, and are capable of high speed measurement of the stress in and the thickness of the flat glass or curved glass segments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2012
    Assignee: Emhart Glass S.A.
    Inventors: William J. Furnas, Sarath K. Tennakoon, Gary C. Weber
  • Publication number: 20110299757
    Abstract: The invention is directed to a prescription imaging system for capturing, storing and displaying images of prescription bottles during the prescription fulfillment process to monitor the quality of the fulfillment process. The system includes one or more pill cameras for capturing images of pills dispensed into one or more prescription bottles and one or more label cameras for capturing images of the bottle labels. The images are stored on a storage device in a database record. The images can be used to verify that the pills in each bottle correspond with the associated prescription.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 13, 2011
    Publication date: December 8, 2011
    Applicant: EXPRESS SCRIPTS, INC.
    Inventors: Charles E. Eller, Herbert A. Youngs
  • Patent number: 8067722
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a method for inspecting packagings for a liquid product, such as drinks, including: setting a packaging into rotation, irradiating the packaging during the rotation with a radiation of a predetermined wavelength, making at least one series of at least two recordings of at least a part of the content of the packaging during the rotation, with an image recording device suitable for making recordings at the predetermined wavelength.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2004
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2011
    Assignee: Heineken Technical Services B.V.
    Inventors: Jensen Peter Akkerman, Bernardus Cornelis Johannes Landman
  • Publication number: 20110267450
    Abstract: Methods, systems and apparatus for determining the presence of a cap on a container are provided. An exemplary method comprises capturing an image of an object; extracting an area of interest from the image; determining from the image a position of one or more edges of the object; and determining the presence of a cap based on a comparison of the one or more edge positions to reference data. Numerous other aspects are provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 5, 2010
    Publication date: November 3, 2011
    Applicant: Siemens Healthcare Diagnostics Inc.
    Inventor: Viatcheslav Pronkine
  • Patent number: 8049871
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for measurement of the stress in and thickness of flat glass or curved glass segments is disclosed that uses fluorescence to quickly and accurately ascertain both the thickness of the stress layers and the wall thickness in addition to the stress curve in flat glass or curved glass segments. The apparatus and method may be used to quickly and accurately measure both the stress in and the thickness of flat glass or curved glass segments at a plurality of various locations therein. The apparatus and method are adapted for large scale flat glass or curved glass segment manufacturing, and are capable of high speed measurement of the stress in and the thickness of the flat glass or curved glass segments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2011
    Assignee: Emhart Glass S.A.
    Inventors: William J. Furnas, Sarath K. Tennakoon, Gary C. Weber