Soldering Or Welding Patents (Class 434/234)
  • Patent number: 9767713
    Abstract: A real-time virtual reality welding system including a programmable processor-based subsystem, a spatial tracker operatively connected to the programmable processor-based subsystem, at least one mock welding tool capable of being spatially tracked by the spatial tracker, and at least one display device operatively connected to the programmable processor-based subsystem. The system is capable of simulating, in virtual reality space, a weld puddle having real-time molten metal fluidity and heat dissipation characteristics. The system is further capable of displaying the simulated weld puddle on the display device in real-time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: LINCOLN GLOBAL, INC.
    Inventors: Carl Peters, Deanna Postlethwaite, Matthew Wayne Wallace
  • Patent number: 9724787
    Abstract: A welding system includes a first position detection system, a second position detection system independent of the first position detection system, and a controller coupled to the first and second position detection systems. The first position detection system is configured to generate a first output corresponding to a first position and a first orientation of a welding torch during a welding session for a weld. The second position detection system is configured to generate a second output corresponding to a second position and a second orientation of the welding torch during the welding session. The controller is configured to determine welding parameters during the welding session based at least in part on the first output, the second output, or any combination thereof. The welding parameters may include a work angle, a travel angle, a contact tip to work distance, a travel speed, an aim, or any combination thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2017
    Assignee: ILLINOIS TOOL WORKS INC.
    Inventors: William Joshua Becker, Richard Beeson
  • Patent number: 9573215
    Abstract: A weld travel speed sensing system includes at least one sound sensor configured to sense a sound generated to allow determination of a position of a welding torch. The weld travel speed sensing system is configured to determine a position of a point on the welding torch based on the sensed sound.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: ILLINOIS TOOL WORKS INC.
    Inventors: Kyle Andrew Pfeifer, William Joshua Becker, William Todd Watson, Richard Martin Hutchison
  • Patent number: 9352411
    Abstract: A welding training system includes one or more welding operator device which provides positional feedback relevant to a quality weld. The positional feedback is analyzed and, when the positional feedback is outside of a predetermined range, a signal is provided to the welding operator. In one embodiment, tactile feedback is provided in a welding gun.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2016
    Assignee: ILLINOIS TOOL WORKS INC.
    Inventors: Todd Batzler, Bruce Albrecht, William J. Becker
  • Patent number: 9336686
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention pertain to a computer program product and processor based computing system that provides processing means for executing coded instructions and input means for interacting with said processing means to create a virtual welding environment. The system establishes an objective to change a functional or operational state of a virtual article, and directs the end user to perform at least one virtual welding operation for changing its functional state. The system trains new users and inexperienced welders on the fundamental aspects of welding and other technical aspects.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2016
    Assignee: Lincoln Global, Inc.
    Inventors: Carl Peters, Deanna Postlethwaite, Matthew Wayne Wallace
  • Patent number: 9269279
    Abstract: A system for training welders that includes a data generating component, a data capturing component and a data processing and visualization component. The data generating component operates in real time and derives data from an actual manually-executed weld and further includes a weld process-specific jig, a calibration block positioned on the jig, wherein the geometric configuration of the calibration block is specific to a particular type of weld joint, a weld coupon positioned on the welding process-specific jig adjacent to the calibration block, a welding gun for use by a trainee, wherein the welding gun is operative to form the weld; and at least one target mounted on the welding gun that is recognized by the data processing and visualization component for providing multidimensional position and orientation feedback to the trainee.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2016
    Assignee: Lincoln Global, Inc.
    Inventors: Victor Matthew Penrod, Paul C. Boulware, Christopher C. Conrardy, Constance T. Reichert LaMorte
  • Patent number: 9196169
    Abstract: A real-time virtual reality welding system including a programmable processor-based subsystem, a spatial tracker operatively connected to the programmable processor-based subsystem, at least one mock welding tool capable of being spatially tracked by the spatial tracker, and at least one display device operatively connected to the programmable processor-based subsystem. The system is capable of simulating, in virtual reality space, a weld puddle having real-time molten metal fluidity and heat dissipation characteristics. The system is further capable of importing data into the virtual reality welding system and analyzing the data to characterize a student welder's progress and to provide training.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2015
    Assignee: Lincoln Global, Inc.
    Inventors: Matthew Wayne Wallace, Carl Peters, Antonius Aditjandra
  • Patent number: 9101994
    Abstract: A system and device for welding training. In one example, a welding training system includes a display configured to show welding features related to a training welding operation. The system also includes a training workpiece having a substantially transparent weld joint configured to be placed adjacent to the display during the training welding operation. The system includes a processing device coupled to the display and configured to provide welding data relating to the training welding operation to the display. The system also includes a training torch comprising an optical sensor. The training torch is coupled to the processing device and configured to provide the processing device with data from the optical sensor corresponding to a position of the training torch relative to the training workpiece.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2015
    Assignee: ILLINOIS TOOL WORKS INC.
    Inventor: Bruce Patrick Albrecht
  • Patent number: 9050678
    Abstract: An arc welder including an integrated monitor is disclosed. The monitor is capable of monitoring variables during a welding process and weighting the variables accordingly, quantifying overall quality of a weld, obtaining and using data indicative of a good weld, improving production and quality control for an automated welding process, teaching proper welding techniques, identifying cost savings for a welding process, and deriving optimal welding settings to be used as pre-sets for different welding processes or applications.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2015
    Assignee: Lincoln Global, Inc.
    Inventors: Joseph A. Daniel, Bruce J. Chantry
  • Publication number: 20150125836
    Abstract: A virtual welding station includes a virtual sequencer for simulating different welding techniques and non-welding operations. The virtual welding station can be used to train an operator on the production of complete assemblies.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 29, 2014
    Publication date: May 7, 2015
    Inventors: Joseph A. Daniel, Deanna Postlethwaite, George D. Blankenship
  • Patent number: 9011154
    Abstract: A virtual reality welding process and system is described which includes a programmable processor based subsystem, a spatial tracker operatively connected to the programmable processor based subsystem, a mock welding tool capable of being spatially tracked by the spatial tracker in which the mock welding tool includes two or more adapters. Each adapter emulates the real-world appearance of a particular weld type and interfaces with a base that is removably coupled to each of the two or more adapters. The base has one or more sensors to determine spatial location relative to the spatial tracker. The programmable processor based subsystem executes an appropriate instruction set associated with each adapter to render a display to the user on a face-mounted display device commensurate for each of the two or more adapters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: Lincoln Global, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael A. Kindig, Jason Leach, Antonius Aditjandra, Deanna Postlethwaite, Matt Bennett
  • Patent number: 8992226
    Abstract: A mock welding unicoupon for a virtual welding system includes a first exterior surface and a second exterior surface perpendicular to the first exterior surface. The first exterior surface and the second exterior surface together provide a plurality of grooves configured for simulation of a plurality of different types groove welds on the mock welding unicoupon. A curved exterior surface is configured for simulation of a pipe fillet weld on the mock welding unicoupon. A magnet source is configured to generate a magnetic field around the mock welding unicoupon for tracking movements of a mock welding tool with respect to the mock welding unicoupon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Assignee: Lincoln Global, Inc.
    Inventors: Jason Leach, Antonius Aditjandra, Deanna Postlethwaite
  • Patent number: 8986013
    Abstract: A system and device for welding training. In one example, a welding training system includes a display configured to show welding features related to a training welding operation. The system also includes a training workpiece having a substantially transparent weld joint configured to be placed adjacent to the display during the training welding operation. The system includes a processing device coupled to the display and configured to provide welding data relating to the training welding operation to the display. The system also includes a training torch comprising an optical sensor. The training torch is coupled to the processing device and configured to provide the processing device with data from the optical sensor corresponding to a position of the training torch relative to the training workpiece.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Assignee: Illinois Tool Works Inc.
    Inventor: Bruce Patrick Albrecht
  • Publication number: 20150072323
    Abstract: A learning management system (LMS) for tracking student progress as students learn how to weld in a real-time, simulated, virtual reality welding training environment. Systems and methods to help welding instructors and students manage the data associated with instruction and learning in a virtual reality welding environment are provided. Welding student training data generated by students while using virtual reality welding systems is stored in a centralized database. The centralized database is accessible by a user (e.g., a welding instructor) using a personal computer having a learning management software application (LMSA) installed thereon. The LMSA is configured to allow the user to access at least a portion of the student training data for one or more of viewing, analysis, grading, and reporting.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 26, 2014
    Publication date: March 12, 2015
    Applicant: LINCOLN GLOBAL, INC.
    Inventors: Deanna Postlethwaite, Matthew Wayne Wallace, David Anthony Zboray, Sarah Evans
  • Publication number: 20150056585
    Abstract: A system and method for monitoring manual welding that includes a welding system that further includes hardware and software components for gathering and processing data in real time, wherein the data is derived from an actual welding exercise conducted by a welder; providing the system with part information, process variable control targets, and acceptability limits; selecting a part to be welded from the part information; indicating a production task to be completed on the part; performing the indicated production task; providing real-time feedback to the welder performing the task; evaluating the quality of the welder's performance of the task based on the process variable control targets and acceptability limits; if necessary, requiring remedial action with regard to the quality of the performance of the task; and storing data gathered from the evaluation of the performance of the task.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 2, 2014
    Publication date: February 26, 2015
    Applicant: EWI, INC.
    Inventors: Paul Christopher Boulware, Christopher C. Conrardy, Douglas A. Clark, M. William Forquer
  • Publication number: 20150056586
    Abstract: A system for training welders that includes a data generating component, a data capturing component and a data processing and visualization component. The data generating component operates in real time and derives data from an actual manually-executed weld and further includes a weld process-specific jig, a calibration block positioned on the jig, wherein the geometric configuration of the calibration block is specific to a particular type of weld joint, a weld coupon positioned on the welding process-specific jig adjacent to the calibration block, a welding gun for use by a trainee, wherein the welding gun is operative to form the weld; and at least one target mounted on the welding gun that is recognized by the data processing and visualization component for providing multidimensional position and orientation feedback to the trainee.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 28, 2014
    Publication date: February 26, 2015
    Applicant: EDISON WELDING INSTITUTE, INC.
    Inventors: Victor Matthew PENROD, Paul C. BOULWARE, Christopher C. CONRARDY, Constance T. REICHERT LaMORTE
  • Publication number: 20150056584
    Abstract: A method for manual welder training that includes providing a welding training apparatus that includes both hardware and software components and that is operative to gather and process data in real time, wherein the data is derived from an actual training exercise conducted by a welding trainee; selecting training objectives from a predetermined number of predefined objectives; initializing a curriculum, wherein the curriculum is based on the selected training objectives; performing at least one training exercise, wherein the training exercise is a component of the curriculum; providing real-time feedback to the trainee, wherein the real-time feedback is based on the performance of the trainee during the training exercise; evaluating the performance of the trainee based on data gathered and processed during the training exercise; optionally, adapting the curriculum based on the trainee's performance evaluation; and awarding credentials or certifications to the trainee following successful completion of the cu
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 2, 2014
    Publication date: February 26, 2015
    Applicant: EWI, INC.
    Inventors: Paul Christopher Boulware, Christopher C. Conrardy, Douglas A. Clark, M. William Forquer
  • Patent number: 8915740
    Abstract: A simulator facilitates virtual welding activity of pipe and open root weld joints. The simulator may include a logic processor based system operable to execute coded instructions for generating an interactive welding environment that emulates welding activity on a section of virtual pipe having at least one virtual weld joint. It also includes a display connected to the logic processor based system for visually depicting the interactive welding environment, wherein the display depicts the section of virtual pipe. A mock welding tool is provided for performing virtual welding activity on the at least one weld joint in real time where one or more sensors are adapted to track movement of the input device in real time for communicating data about the movement of the input device to the logic processor based system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 23, 2014
    Assignee: Lincoln Global, Inc.
    Inventors: David Anthony Zboray, Matthew Alan Bennett, Matthew Wayne Wallace, Jeremiah Hennessey, Yvette Christine Dudac, Zachary Steven Lenker, Andrew Paul Lundell, Paul Dana, Eric A. Preisz, Lynn Briggs, Richard B. Droller, Eric C. Briggs
  • Patent number: 8911237
    Abstract: A simulator facilitates virtual welding activity of orbital weld joints. The simulator may include a logic processor based system operable to execute coded instructions for generating an interactive welding environment that emulates welding activity on a section of virtual pipe having at least one virtual weld joint. It also includes a display connected to the logic processor based system for visually depicting the interactive welding environment, wherein the display depicts the section of virtual pipe. A pendant is provided for performing welding equipment setup and virtual welding activity on the at least one weld joint in real time where one or more sensors are adapted to track movement of the input device in real time for communicating data about the movement of the input device to the logic processor based system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2014
    Assignee: Lincoln Global, Inc.
    Inventors: Deanna Postlethwaite, Matthew Wayne Wallace, David Anthony Zboray, Zachary Steven Lenker
  • Publication number: 20140346158
    Abstract: Systems and methods to aid a welder or welding student. A system may provide a real-world arc welding system or a virtual reality arc welding system along with a computerized eyewear device having a head-up display (HUD). The computerized eyewear device may be worn by a user under a conventional welding helmet as eye glasses are worn and may wirelessly communicate with a welding power source of a real-world arc welding system or a programmable processor-based subsystem of a virtual reality arc welding system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 13, 2013
    Publication date: November 27, 2014
    Applicant: LINCOLN GLOBAL, INC.
    Inventor: William T. Matthews
  • Publication number: 20140322684
    Abstract: A simulator facilitating virtual welding activity. The simulator may include a logic processor based subsystem operable to generate an interactive welding environment in virtual reality space that emulates welding activity by simulating a virtual weld puddle having dynamic, real time molten metal fluidity and heat dissipation characteristics, responsive to performing a simulated welding activity in real time. The simulator may include a foot pedal device in operative communication with the logic processor based subsystem and configured to affect a characteristic of the virtual weld puddle in real time, responsive to user control of the foot pedal device. The simulator may be configured to track the movements of a mock welding tool and a mock filler wire and determine interaction between the virtual weld puddle, a corresponding virtual welding tool, and a corresponding filler wire in virtual reality space that would result in the welding tool becoming contaminated.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 9, 2014
    Publication date: October 30, 2014
    Applicant: LINCOLN GLOBAL, INC.
    Inventors: Matthew Wayne Wallace, David Anthony Zboray, Antonius Aditjandra, Adam Lee Webb, Deanna Postlethwaite, Zachary Steven Lenker
  • Publication number: 20140315167
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method and a device (1) for simulating an electrode welding process having an electrode holder simulator (2) and a simulated electrode (3) arranged thereon, a simulated workpiece (4), an input device (6), an output device (7) and a control device (10). For the ideal training of an electrode welding process under conditions as real as possible, the control device (10) is connected to a memory (11) for storing parameters (Pi) of an ideal motion of the electrode holder simulator (2) during an ignition process and is designed for detecting the parameters (Pr) during an actual motion of the electrode holder simulator (2) and comparing them to the stored parameters (Pi) of the ideal motion of the electrode holder simulator during an ignition process and displaying the deviations between the parameters (Pr) of the actual motion and the parameters (Pi) of the ideal motion in the output device (7).
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 18, 2014
    Publication date: October 23, 2014
    Applicant: FRONIUS INTERNATIONAL GMBH
    Inventors: Josef KREINDL, Andreas HUMMELBRUNNER, Harald GRUBMAIR, Wolfgang POELLHUBER
  • Patent number: 8851896
    Abstract: A simulator facilitating virtual welding activity. The simulator may include a logic processor based subsystem operable to generate an interactive welding environment in virtual reality space that emulates welding activity by simulating a virtual weld puddle having dynamic, real time molten metal fluidity and heat dissipation characteristics, responsive to performing a simulated welding activity in real time. The simulator may include a foot pedal device in operative communication with the logic processor based subsystem and configured to affect a characteristic of the virtual weld puddle in real time, responsive to user control of the foot pedal device. The simulator may be configured to track the movements of a mock welding tool and a mock filler wire and determine interaction between the virtual weld puddle, a corresponding virtual welding tool, and a corresponding filler wire in virtual reality space that would result in the welding tool becoming contaminated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2014
    Assignee: Lincoln Global, Inc.
    Inventors: Matthew Wayne Wallace, David Anthony Zboray, Antonius Aditjandra, Adam Lee Webb, Deanna Postlethwaite, Zachary Steven Lenker
  • Publication number: 20140272838
    Abstract: A welding training system includes a camera configured to capture video data corresponding to a welding training operation. The welding training system also includes a storage device configured to store the video data, and to store welding parameter data corresponding to the welding training operation. The welding training system includes a welding training software configured to retrieve the video data from the storage device, to retrieve the welding parameter data from the storage device, to synchronize the video data with the welding parameter data, and to provide the synchronized video and welding parameter data to a display device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Inventor: William J. Becker
  • Publication number: 20140272836
    Abstract: A welding training system includes a welding surface, a computer configured to execute a welding training software, and a calibration device. The welding training system also includes a sensor communicatively coupled to the computer and configured to sense a position of the calibration device, an orientation of the calibration device, or some combination thereof. The sensor is also configured to provide calibration data to the welding training software to calibrate a location of the welding surface relative to the sensor. The calibration data includes the position of the calibration device, the orientation of the calibration device, or some combination thereof.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: Illinois Tool Works Inc.
    Inventor: William J. Becker
  • Publication number: 20140272837
    Abstract: A welding training system includes a welding training software having three or more modes. The three or more modes include a live-arc mode, a simulation mode, a virtual reality mode, an augmented reality mode, or some combination thereof. The live-arc mode is configured to enable training using a live welding arc, the simulation mode is configured to enable training using a welding simulation, the virtual reality mode is configured to enable training using a virtual reality simulation, and the augmented reality mode is configured to enable training using an augmented reality simulation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Inventor: William J. Becker
  • Publication number: 20140272835
    Abstract: A welding training system includes a welding training software having a first training mode configured to simulate a welding arc and a second training mode configured to use a live welding arc. The welding training system is configured to block welding power flow between a welding power supply and a welding torch while the welding training software is in the first training mode. The welding training system is also configured to enable the welding power to flow between the welding power supply and the welding torch while the welding training software is in the second training mode.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Inventor: William J. Becker
  • Publication number: 20140234813
    Abstract: Virtual reality arc welding systems that provide virtual reality simulations for training purposes. Virtual reality welding systems to aid in training welding students may provide a spatial tracker, at least one mock welding tool, a user interface for the input of information into the system, and intelligent connections to web sites on the internet.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 9, 2014
    Publication date: August 21, 2014
    Applicant: LINCOLN GLOBAL, INC.
    Inventors: Carl Peters, Deanna Postlethwaite, Matthew Wayne Wallace
  • Publication number: 20140220522
    Abstract: Virtual reality arc welding systems that provide virtual reality simulations for training purposes. Virtual reality welding systems to aid in training welding students may provide a programmable processor-based subsystem, a rendering engine, an analysis engine, and recommended corrective actions based on virtual testing results.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 9, 2014
    Publication date: August 7, 2014
    Applicant: LINCOLN GLOBAL, INC.
    Inventors: Carl Peters, Deanna Postlethwaite, Matthew Wayne Wallace
  • Publication number: 20140205976
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention pertain to a computer program product and processor based computing system that provides processing means for executing coded instructions and input means for interacting with said processing means to create a virtual welding environment. The system establishes an objective to change a functional or operational state of a virtual article, and directs the end user to perform at least one virtual welding operation for changing its functional state. The system trains new users and inexperienced welders on the fundamental aspects of welding and other technical aspects.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 25, 2014
    Publication date: July 24, 2014
    Applicant: Lincoln Global, Inc.
    Inventors: Carl Peters, Deanna Postlethwaite, Matthew Wayne Wallace
  • Patent number: 8777629
    Abstract: The invention relates to a device (1) and a method for simulating a welding process. The device comprises a computer (2) having an input device (11) and an output device (6), a welding torch (3), a magnetic position monitoring device having at least one transmitter and a plurality of sensors, a retaining device (15) for a workpiece (4) used for the simulation and a visualization device (16) for generating a two- or three-dimensional image on the output device (6). The retaining device (15) has a recess into which the workpiece (4) can be inserted, at least one transmitter of the position monitoring device being arranged below the recess at as small a distance from the workpiece as possible, and the retaining device (15) being designed as a small, portable box to be placed on a table (10).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2014
    Assignee: Fronius International GmbH
    Inventors: Josef Kreindl, Stefan Glanseck
  • Patent number: 8747116
    Abstract: A real-time virtual reality welding system including a programmable processor-based subsystem, a spatial tracker operatively connected to the programmable processor-based subsystem, at least one mock welding tool capable of being spatially tracked by the spatial tracker, and at least one display device operatively connected to the programmable processor-based subsystem. The system is capable of simulating, in virtual reality space, a weld puddle having real-time molten metal fluidity and heat dissipation characteristics. The system is further capable of displaying the simulated weld puddle on the display device in real-time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2014
    Assignee: Lincoln Global, Inc.
    Inventors: David Anthony Zboray, Matthew Alan Bennett, Matthew Wayne Wallace, Jeremiah Hennessey, Yvette Christine Dudac, Zachary Steven Lenker, Andrew Paul Lundell, Paul Dana, Eric A. Preisz
  • Publication number: 20140134579
    Abstract: A system and device for welding training. In one example, a welding training system includes a position detecting system configured to detect a distance between the position detecting system and objects within a field of view of the position detecting system, and to produce a map corresponding to the objects. The welding training system also includes a markers configured to be coupled to a device of the welding training system. Furthermore, the markers are configured to be detected by the position detecting system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 13, 2013
    Publication date: May 15, 2014
    Applicant: ILLINOIS TOOL WORKS INC.
    Inventor: William J. Becker
  • Publication number: 20140134580
    Abstract: A system and device for welding training. In one example, a welding system includes a device configured to be used with the welding system. The device includes a first marker having a first shape and a first color. The welding device also includes a second marker having a second shape and a second color. The first and second colors are different or the first and second shapes are different. Further, the first and second markers are configured to be detected by a video game system, a computer accessory, or some combination thereof, to determine a position of the device, an orientation of the device, or some combination thereof.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 13, 2013
    Publication date: May 15, 2014
    Applicant: ILLINOIS TOOL WORKS INC.
    Inventor: William J. Becker
  • Publication number: 20140065584
    Abstract: Arc welding simulations that provide simulation of virtual destructive and non-destructive testing and inspection of virtual weldments for training purposes. The virtual testing simulations may be performed on virtual weldments created using a virtual reality welding simulator system (e.g., a virtual reality arc welding (VRAW) system). The virtual inspection simulations may be performed on “pre-canned” (i.e. pre-defined) virtual weldments or using virtual weldments created using a virtual reality welding simulator system. In general, virtual testing may be performed using a virtual reality welding simulator system (e.g., a virtual reality arc welding (VRAW) system), and virtual inspection may be performed using a standalone virtual weldment inspection (VWI) system or using a virtual reality welding simulator system (e.g., a virtual reality arc welding (VRAW) system).
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 8, 2013
    Publication date: March 6, 2014
    Applicant: LINCOLN GLOBAL, INC.
    Inventors: MATTHEW WAYNE WALLACE, CARL PETERS
  • Patent number: 8657605
    Abstract: Arc welding simulations that provide simulation of virtual destructive and non-destructive testing and inspection of virtual weldments for training purposes. The virtual testing simulations may be performed on virtual weldments created using a virtual reality welding simulator system (e.g., a virtual reality arc welding (VRAW) system). The virtual inspection simulations may be performed on “pre-canned” (i.e. pre-defined) virtual weldments or using virtual weldments created using a virtual reality welding simulator system. In general, virtual testing may be performed using a virtual reality welding simulator system (e.g., a virtual reality arc welding (VRAW) system), and virtual inspection may be performed using a standalone virtual weldment inspection (VWI) system or using a virtual reality welding simulator system (e.g., a virtual reality arc welding (VRAW) system).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2014
    Assignee: Lincoln Global, Inc.
    Inventors: Matthew Wayne Wallace, Carl Peters
  • Publication number: 20140038144
    Abstract: An arc welder including an integrated monitor is disclosed. The monitor is capable of monitoring variables during a welding process and weighting the variables accordingly, quantifying overall quality of a weld, obtaining and using data indicative of a good weld, improving production and quality control for an automated welding process, teaching proper welding techniques, identifying cost savings for a welding process, and deriving optimal welding settings to be used as pre-sets for different welding processes or applications.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 3, 2013
    Publication date: February 6, 2014
    Applicant: Lincoln Global, Inc.
    Inventors: Joseph A. Daniel, Bruce J. Chantry
  • Publication number: 20140038143
    Abstract: An arc welder including an integrated monitor is disclosed. The monitor is capable of monitoring variables during a welding process and weighting the variables accordingly, quantifying overall quality of a weld, obtaining and using data indicative of a good weld, improving production and quality control for an automated welding process, teaching proper welding techniques, identifying cost savings for a welding process, and deriving optimal welding settings to be used as pre-sets for different welding processes or applications.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 3, 2013
    Publication date: February 6, 2014
    Applicant: Lincoln Global, Inc.
    Inventors: Joseph A. Daniel, Bruce J. Chantry
  • Publication number: 20140017642
    Abstract: A simulator facilitates virtual welding activity of orbital weld joints. The simulator may include a logic processor based system operable to execute coded instructions for generating an interactive welding environment that emulates welding activity on a section of virtual pipe having at least one virtual weld joint. It also includes a display connected to the logic processor based system for visually depicting the interactive welding environment, wherein the display depicts the section of virtual pipe. A pendant is provided for performing welding equipment setup and virtual welding activity on the at least one weld joint in real time where one or more sensors are adapted to track movement of the input device in real time for communicating data about the movement of the input device to the logic processor based system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 11, 2013
    Publication date: January 16, 2014
    Applicant: LINCOLN GLOBAL INC.
    Inventors: Deanna Postlethwaite, Matthew Wayne Wallace, David Anthony Zboray, Zachary Steven Lenker
  • Publication number: 20130288211
    Abstract: A welding, plasma cutting, or heat induction system to train a welding operator. The system includes a display configured to show a prerecorded video selected from multiple prerecorded videos. The prerecorded videos correspond to a welding application, a plasma cutting application, a heat induction application, or some combination thereof.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 27, 2013
    Publication date: October 31, 2013
    Applicant: Illinois Tool Works Inc.
    Inventors: Jon Michael Patterson, Bruce Patrick Albrecht
  • Publication number: 20130252214
    Abstract: The system allows training and qualification of a user performing a skill-related training exercise involving body motion in a workspace. A training environment is selected through a computer apparatus, and variables, parameters and controls of the training environment and the training exercise are adjusted. Use of an input device by the user is monitored. The 3D angles and spatial coordinates of reference points related to the input device are monitored through a detection device. A simulated 3D dynamic environment reflecting effects caused by actions performed by the user on objects is computed in real time as a function of the training environment selected. Images of the simulated 3D dynamic environment in real time are generated on a display device viewable by the user as a function of a computed organ of vision-object relation. Data indicative of the actions performed by the user and the effects of the actions are recorded and user qualification is set as a function of the recorded data.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 9, 2013
    Publication date: September 26, 2013
    Applicant: 123 Certification, Inc.
    Inventor: Claude Choquet
  • Publication number: 20130230832
    Abstract: A real-time virtual reality welding system including a programmable processor-based subsystem, a spatial tracker operatively connected to the programmable processor-based subsystem, at least one mock welding tool capable of being spatially tracked by the spatial tracker, and at least one display device operatively connected to the programmable processor-based subsystem. The system is capable of simulating, in virtual reality space, a weld puddle having real-time molten metal fluidity and heat dissipation characteristics. The system is further capable of displaying the simulated weld puddle on the display device in real-time.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 11, 2013
    Publication date: September 5, 2013
    Inventors: Carl Peters, Deanna Postlethwaite, Matthew Wayne Wallace
  • Patent number: 8512043
    Abstract: The system allows training and qualification of a user performing a skill-related training exercise involving body motion in a workspace. A training environment is selected through a computer apparatus, and variables, parameters and controls of the training environment and the training exercise are adjusted. Use of an input device by the user is monitored. The 3D angles and spatial coordinates of reference points related to the input device are monitored through a detection device. A simulated 3D dynamic environment reflecting effects caused by actions performed by the user on objects is computed in real time as a function of the training environment selected. Images of the simulated 3D dynamic environment in real time are generated on a display device viewable by the user as a function of a computed organ of vision-object relation. Data indicative of the actions performed by the user and the effects of the actions are recorded and user qualification is set as a function of the recorded data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2005
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2013
    Assignee: 123 Certification, Inc.
    Inventor: Claude Choquet
  • Publication number: 20130209976
    Abstract: A simulator facilitates virtual welding activity of orbital weld joints. The simulator may include a logic processor based system operable to execute coded instructions for generating an interactive welding environment that emulates welding activity on a section of virtual pipe having at least one virtual weld joint. It also includes a display connected to the logic processor based system for visually depicting the interactive welding environment, wherein the display depicts the section of virtual pipe. A pendant is provided for performing welding equipment setup and virtual welding activity on the at least one weld joint in real time where one or more sensors are adapted to track movement of the input device in real time for communicating data about the movement of the input device to the logic processor based system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 10, 2012
    Publication date: August 15, 2013
    Applicant: LINCOLN GLOBAL, INC.
    Inventors: Deanna Postlethwaite, Matthew Wayne Wallace, David Anthony Zboray, Zachary Steven Lenker
  • Publication number: 20130196296
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention pertain to a computer program product and processor based computing system that provides processing means for executing coded instructions and input means for interacting with said processing means to create a virtual welding environment. The system establishes an objective to change a functional or operational state of a virtual article, and directs the end user to perform at least one virtual welding operation for changing its functional state.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Publication date: August 1, 2013
    Inventors: Carl Peters, Deanna Postlethwaite, Matthew Wayne Wallace
  • Publication number: 20130189658
    Abstract: Virtual reality arc welding systems that provide virtual reality simulations for training purposes. Virtual reality welding systems to aid in training welding students may provide intelligent connections to web sites on the internet, overlays of ideal weld puddles, recommended corrective actions based on virtual testing results, simulations of virtual environments with safety hazards, and simulations of relationships between improperly set welding parameters and weld defects and discontinuities.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 11, 2013
    Publication date: July 25, 2013
    Inventors: Carl Peters, Deanna Postlethwaite, Matthew Wayne Wallace
  • Publication number: 20130189657
    Abstract: A simulator facilitating virtual welding activity. The simulator may include a logic processor based subsystem operable to generate an interactive welding environment in virtual reality space that emulates welding activity by simulating a virtual weld puddle having dynamic, real time molten metal fluidity and heat dissipation characteristics, responsive to performing a simulated welding activity in real time. The simulator may include a foot pedal device in operative communication with the logic processor based subsystem and configured to affect a characteristic of the virtual weld puddle in real time, responsive to user control of the foot pedal device. The simulator may be configured to track the movements of a mock welding tool and a mock filler wire and determine interaction between the virtual weld puddle, a corresponding virtual welding tool, and a corresponding filler wire in virtual reality space that would result in the welding tool becoming contaminated.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 11, 2013
    Publication date: July 25, 2013
    Inventors: Matthew Wayne Wallace, David Anthony Zboray, Antonius Aditjandra, Adam Lee Webb, Deanna Postlethwaite, Zachary Steven Lenker
  • Publication number: 20130183645
    Abstract: A real-time virtual reality welding system including a programmable processor-based subsystem, a spatial tracker operatively connected to the programmable processor-based subsystem, at least one mock welding tool capable of being spatially tracked by the spatial tracker, and at least one display device operatively connected to the programmable processor-based subsystem. The system is capable of simulating, in virtual reality space, a weld puddle having real-time molten metal fluidity and heat dissipation characteristics. The system is further capable of importing data into the virtual reality welding system and analyzing the data to characterize a student welder's progress and to provide training.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 11, 2013
    Publication date: July 18, 2013
    Inventors: Matthew Wayne Wallace, Carl Peters, Antonius Aditjandra
  • Publication number: 20130040270
    Abstract: A system and device for welding training. In one example, a welding training system includes a display configured to show welding features related to a training welding operation. The system also includes a training workpiece having a substantially transparent weld joint configured to be placed adjacent to the display during the training welding operation. The system includes a processing device coupled to the display and configured to provide welding data relating to the training welding operation to the display. The system also includes a training torch comprising an optical sensor. The training torch is coupled to the processing device and configured to provide the processing device with data from the optical sensor corresponding to a position of the training torch relative to the training workpiece.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 31, 2012
    Publication date: February 14, 2013
    Applicant: IIlinois Tool Works Inc.
    Inventor: Bruce Patrick Albrecht
  • Patent number: 8248324
    Abstract: A display device that includes a housing that houses a display, and a control panel. Control panel and display are connected to a controller disposed inside of the housing. A control device can also be attached to display device. The control device is configured to resemble a welding gun. The control device is also connected to the controller. A viewer, such as welding mask viewer, is be mounted to the housing of display device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2012
    Assignee: Lincoln Global, Inc.
    Inventor: David J. Nangle