Soldering Or Welding Patents (Class 434/234)
  • 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
  • Publication number: 20120189993
    Abstract: This written description uses examples to disclose the invention, including the best mode, and also to enable one of ordinary skill in the art to practice the invention, including making and using any devices or systems and performing any incorporated methods. The patentable scope of the invention is defined by the claims, and may include other examples that occur to those skilled in the art. Such other examples are intended to be within the scope of the claims if they have structural elements that are not different from the literal language of the claims, or if they include equivalent structural elements with insubstantial differences from the literal language of the claims.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 2, 2012
    Publication date: July 26, 2012
    Applicant: Lincoln Global, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael A. Kindig, Jason Leach, Antonius Aditjandra, Deanna Postlethwaite, Matt Bennett
  • Publication number: 20110183304
    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: April 7, 2011
    Publication date: July 28, 2011
    Applicant: LINCOLN GLOBAL, INC.
    Inventors: Matthew Wayne Wallace, Carl Peters
  • Publication number: 20110117527
    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: December 13, 2010
    Publication date: May 19, 2011
    Inventors: Christopher C. Conrardy, Victor M. Penrod, Paul C. Boulware, Constance T. Reichert Lamorte
  • Publication number: 20110091846
    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: Application
    Filed: June 3, 2009
    Publication date: April 21, 2011
    Inventors: Josef Kreindl, Stefan Glanseck
  • Publication number: 20110006047
    Abstract: A method and system for monitoring and characterizing the creation of a manual weld is disclosed. The system generally includes a welding gun having a target, an imaging system, a processor, and a display. During the creation of a manual weld, the imaging system captures a plurality of images of the target. The processor analyzes the plurality of images of the target to calculate a plurality of position and orientation characteristics associated with the manipulation of the welding gun during the welding process. The display illustrates at least one of the plurality of position and orientation characteristics to provide feedback regarding the creation of the weld. In one embodiment, the disclosed method and system may be utilized as a tool for training welders.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 8, 2009
    Publication date: January 13, 2011
  • Publication number: 20100062406
    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: Application
    Filed: July 10, 2009
    Publication date: March 11, 2010
    Applicant: 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
  • Publication number: 20100062405
    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: July 10, 2009
    Publication date: March 11, 2010
    Applicant: 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: 20090298024
    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: Application
    Filed: May 28, 2009
    Publication date: December 3, 2009
    Inventors: Todd Batzler, Bruce Albrecht, William J. Becker
  • Patent number: 7596541
    Abstract: The present invention is a method for conducting clinical trials. The clinical trial consists of the inventive system (10); a computing device (12); application database (11a), the personnel database (11b), and the trial data database; computing devices (14a), (14b), and (14c) for use by trial participants and trial investigators; computing device (15); computer devices (16a), (16b), and (16c) for use by trial monitors; computing devices (18a), (18b), and (18c) for use by laboratories to connect via the network (20).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2001
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2009
    Assignee: Medidata Solutions, Inc.
    Inventors: Glen M. deVries, Edward F. Ikeguchi, Alexis E. Te
  • Publication number: 20090057286
    Abstract: A welding device has a welding source and a welding-source peripheral device. The welding source has a welding-source-side storage section for storing a welding condition item and a transmitter for transmitting the welding condition item. On the other hand, the welding-source peripheral device has a receiver for receiving the welding condition item; a peripheral-device-side storage section for storing the welding condition item; a display for displaying the welding condition item; and a selecting section for selecting a proper item from the welding condition item. The structure above allows the welding device to be connected to various types of welding sources.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 4, 2007
    Publication date: March 5, 2009
    Inventors: Hideki Ihara, Yasuzo Tsuchiya, Kazunori Matsumoto
  • Patent number: 6572379
    Abstract: A welding kit to provide a welder with information and instructions concerning particular types of welds and the formation of such welds. The welding kit includes a welding instruction manual and several metal sheets that include a plurality of pre-cut metal pieces. The metal pieces are used to form one or more welding projects with instructions provided by the instruction manual.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2001
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2003
    Assignee: Lincoln Global, Inc.
    Inventors: Ronald J. Sears, Lawrence A. Boehnlein, Roland Zeder, Jennifer Zieserl, Gregoire Eva-Aby
  • Patent number: 6359566
    Abstract: Resistance welding machines may include one or more temperature sensors that measure the temperatures of one or more heat generating elements within the welding machine, such as the welding transformer, the welding cable, the welding gun and/or the welding current switching element. These heat generating elements generate heat due to the passage of the welding current and can be damaged if not properly cooled. A processor is provided to receive temperature signals from the temperature sensors(s) and actuate a warning output circuit when the temperature of one or more of the heat generating elements rises to a high temperature warning temperature. This high temperature warning temperature is preferably lower than an upper limit temperature at or above which the heat generating element may be damaged due to overheating.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2001
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2002
    Assignee: Nadex Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Shingo Kawai
  • Patent number: 6164972
    Abstract: An educational doll or action figure comprises the professional attire, tools and safety gear of a particular profession so as to give a child a hands-on learning experience regarding the requirements, responsibility and hazards involved in carrying out the profession. The educational doll or action figure preferably also includes a written, schematic and/or multimedia description of the attire, tools and safety gear of the profession so as to further the general knowledge of the child about the particular profession. The clothing, tools, safety gear and written description may be sold separately from the doll figure so as to allow the child to dress a single doll in a variety of professions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 1998
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2000
    Inventor: Andrew R. Winslow
  • Patent number: 5823785
    Abstract: A floor standing base supports a work holding manipulator table that is adapted to secure a vertical length of pipe for welding at a prepared juncture in the mounted pipe. The manipulator table is attached to the stand by a gimbal arrangement that allows it to tilt relative to a vertical axis a limited amount in all directions. Actuators also move the table a limited amount in all horizontal directions. The table movement actuators can be interlocked to produce a specific movement of the table and a table mounted workpiece. For certification work, requiring specific movement programs, recordings are provided to control the movement and movement relationships among the actuators. The recordings are, optionally, produced in the field by movement monitoring transducers attached to pipe being assembled in the actual representative environment. The record playback system controls all actuators and permits adjustment of the amplitude and rate of movement of the table for calibration and training purposes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 1997
    Date of Patent: October 20, 1998
    Inventor: Lee Matherne, Jr.
  • Patent number: 5320538
    Abstract: The system includes a computer (20), a detector (40) for detecting and tracking head orientation and head movement of an individual, a pair of tactile gloves (42, 44) which are donned by the individual (51) for detecting and transmitting to the computer (20) as input data orientation and movements of the hands of the individual inserted in the tactile gloves (42, 44), a stereoscopic, head-mounted display (31), a subsystem for enabling the computer to generate a stereoscopic image of the training environment, a subsystem for causing the stereoscopic image of the training environment to be displayed and changed by the computer relative to input data received by the computer relating to the head orientation and head movement of the individual, relative to input data received by the computer relating to orientation and movement of the hands of the individual inserted in the tactile gloves, and relative to input data reflecting realistic changes in the training environment that would be perceived by the individual
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 1992
    Date of Patent: June 14, 1994
    Assignee: Hughes Training, Inc.
    Inventor: David R. Baum
  • Patent number: 5180440
    Abstract: A thermocouple arrangement for developing, evaluating, monitoring and adjusting any process performed on or otherwise so as to thermally affect a printed circuit board assembly or other electronic assembly (including bare circuit board or boards in the manufacturing process), such as soldering/desoldering and various other production, rework and repair processes including cleaning, fluxing, preheating, thermocompression bonding and spot welding. In accordance with various embodiments, a layer of a first conductor material is applied on a first surface of an electrically insulative support, while a second layer of a second, dissimilar, conductor material is applied to at least one other surface of the support using conventional printed circuit board construction techniques.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 1992
    Date of Patent: January 19, 1993
    Assignee: Pace Incorporated
    Inventors: William J. Siegel, Louis A. Abbagnaro, William J. Kantter
  • Patent number: 4931018
    Abstract: A device for training, evaluating and providing practice for welders and particularly welders and welder students that use MIG, TIG and welding devices that employ movable consumable welding rods. The device includes a video monitor having a cathode ray tube, the face of which has visual displays thereon, including displays from which simulated welding parameters can be entered and displays which simulate different welding joints with a welding target to be followed by the operator while holding the selected welding tool. The present device uses a microprocessor and related electronic devices programmed to generate the displays and to control the various machine operations. The device also includes a unique way to produce the various control responses necessary to the operation including optical and electromagnetic responses.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 1987
    Date of Patent: June 5, 1990
    Assignee: Lenco, Inc.
    Inventors: Donald J. Herbst, Richard D. Fay, David L. Frericks, Bruce A. Blair
  • Patent number: 4867685
    Abstract: A tool-workpiece instructional system is provided for simulating operation on a workpiece in the form of a welding site as shown on a display, by a student using a tool such as a welding torch simulator. The torch is a mock-up of as real torch, having mock values and torch tip, but is not supplied with any gas. A light pen and mercury switches are mounted inside to detect torch position and angular position relative to the display. A computer with a control program uses information regarding parameters of torch location relative to the display, including torch angle, torch distance to the display, torch position as projected on the plane of the display, welding rod position (as detected by a touch screen on top of the display) and oxygen and acetylene valve positions of the welding torch, and uses the parameters to determine what would happen to a welding site during a real weld and addresses appropriate segments in a video disc player to display a simulation of the welding site in real time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 1987
    Date of Patent: September 19, 1989
    Assignee: The Trustees of the College of Aeronautics
    Inventors: George W. Brush, Lee T. Strickland, David C. Hon, Ronald E. Harding, Jane Sallis
  • Patent number: 4716273
    Abstract: An arc trainer for welders comprises a welding electrode simulator, a welding object simulating unit, a welding power source whose outputs are connected to the electrode simulator and to the welding object simulation unit, a unit controlling the quality of the simulated welding process and generation of feedback signals for the trainee, which is connected to the welding electrode simulator and to the welding power source, a unit monitoring variations of welding parameters, which is connected to the control unit and to the welding power source, and a helmet connected to the control unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 1986
    Date of Patent: December 29, 1987
    Assignee: Institute Problem Modelirovania V Energetike Akademii Nauk Ukrainskoi SSR
    Inventors: Boris E. Paton, Vsevolod V. Vasiliev, Valentin A. Bogdanovsky, Sergei N. Danilyak, Viktor M. Gavva, Jury P. Roiko, Valery A. Nushko
  • Patent number: 4699882
    Abstract: The invention concerns a stable glucose isomerase concentrate, in which the glucose isomerase is present as dissolved in a concentrated polyhydroxy compound containing water solution. The invention also concerns a process for the preparation of such a glucose isomerase concentrate, whereby(a) a suitable salt is added to a partially purified glucose isomerase solution obtained from fermentation, so as to crystallize the glucose isomerase,(b) the solution is cooled so as to promote crystallization of the glucose isomerase, and the crystal mass formed is separated, whereupon, if desired, one or several recrystallizations are performed, and(c) a carbohydrate or a concentrated water solution of same is added to the crystal mass obtained, which said mass is dissolved, whereby a stable glucose isomerase concentrate is obtained. The glucose isomerase concentrate in accordance with the invention is used for immobilizing the glucose isomerase on a carrier material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 1985
    Date of Patent: October 13, 1987
    Assignee: Suomen Sokeri Oi
    Inventor: Kalevi J. Visuri
  • Patent number: 4689021
    Abstract: A spark trainer for welders comprises a welding electrode simulator, an electric spark generator connected to the electrode simulator, a welding object simulation unit, a spark discharge being produced between said welding object simulation unit and the tip of the welding electrode simulator in order to simulate the welding arc, a unit for monitoring the position of the tip of the electrode simulator in relation to the simulated welding object, a welding process control unit having its input connected to the electrode simulator tip position monitoring unit, electric spark generator, and a helmet with earphones.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 1986
    Date of Patent: August 25, 1987
    Assignee: Institute Problem Modelirovaniya v Energetike an UKR.SSR
    Inventors: Vsevolod V. Vasiliev, Sergei N. Danilyak, Anna I. Levina, Valery A. Nushko, Jury P. Roiko
  • Patent number: 4680014
    Abstract: The welder's trainer comprises an welding electrode simulator, an electric-arc welding heat balance electronic model, a welding situation visual synthesis electronic model, a welding situation simulator made in the form of a television-type display, to which the welding situation visual synthesis electronic model is connected, and a training control and monitoring unit connected to the display through the visual synthesis electronic model.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 1985
    Date of Patent: July 14, 1987
    Assignee: Institute Problem Modelirovania v Energetike a An USSR
    Inventors: Boris E. Paton, Vsevolod V. Vasiliev, Valentin A. Bogdanovsky, Alexandr I. Baranov, Sergei N. Danilyak, Viktor A. Schegolev, Vladimir A. Chernoivanov, Vitaly I. Voloshin, Viktor M. Gavva, Vsevolod N. Bernadsky
  • Patent number: 4595368
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is an instructional apparatus for underwater electric welding. The workpiece to be welded is clampable to a submergible bench mounted in a water tank on a power adjustable bench controllable by the trainee's feet while his hands are located in gloves mounted in the tank wall. Foot controlled valve and water pump auxiliaries enable the trainee to free his hands from the gloves quickly by dumping the water and to refill the tank after he has replaced his hands in the gloves. Pilot lights indicate the energized or non-energized condition of each auxiliary.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 1985
    Date of Patent: June 17, 1986
    Inventor: Edgar C. Cole
  • Patent number: 4452589
    Abstract: An arc welding simulator for instructional use includes a handpiece that supports a retractably mounted heat tube. The handpiece and heat tube are sized and shaped to resemble an actual electric arc welding apparatus, including an electrode. The simulator includes a drive mechanism for retracting the heat tube at a predetermined rate that simulates consumption of an actual arc welding electrode. A source of hot, pressurized air provides a stream of hot air through the heat tube. The simulator is used in combination with heat-sensitive paper that is preferably imprinted with a predetermined pattern resembling the pattern of movement that is followed during actual arc welding. A trainee uses the simulator by attempting to superimpose a thermal trace on the imprinted pattern.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 1981
    Date of Patent: June 5, 1984
    Inventor: Tom G. Denison