Work Positioning Patents (Class 700/114)
  • Patent number: 9979338
    Abstract: An agricultural vehicle system including a towing vehicle and an implement towed by the towing vehicle. The towing vehicle supplying pressurized hydraulic fluid to the implement. The implement includes a chassis, an electrical generation device carried by the chassis and a hydraulic flow control system. The electrical generation device has a hydraulically driven motor coupled to the pressurized hydraulic fluid. The hydraulic flow control system is configured to alter a flow of the hydraulic fluid to the motor and to maintain a speed of the motor, with the speed being dependent upon a configuration input defining a configuration of the implement to which the electrical generation device is coupled.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: CNH Industrial America LLC
    Inventors: Tyson J. Dollinger, David Schulte, Robert Longua
  • Patent number: 9858475
    Abstract: In a minimally invasive surgical system, a plurality of video images is acquired. Each image includes a hand pose image. Depth data for the hand pose image is also acquired or synthesized. The hand pose image is segmented from the image using the depth data. The segmented image is combined with an acquired surgical site image using the depth data. The combined image is displayed to a person at a surgeon's console of the minimally invasive surgical system. Processing each of the video images in the plurality video images in this way reproduces the hand gesture overlaid on the video of the surgical site in the display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Assignee: Intuitive Surgical Operations, Inc.
    Inventors: Brandon D. Itkowitz, Simon P. DiMaio, Tao Zhao
  • Patent number: 9531314
    Abstract: A motor drive system includes a power sub-assembly that comprises power electronic components and driver circuitry for controlling gate drive signals to the power electronic components. A control sub-assembly is removably mounted to the power sub-assembly and comprises control circuitry for implementing a motor control routine for control of an electric motor. In operation, all control signals originate in the control-subassembly, and are transmitted via mating connectors to the power sub-assembly for driving the motor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2016
    Assignee: Rockwell Automation Asia Pacific Business Center Pte. Ltd.
    Inventors: Donald Yuen Leong Tio, Jimmy See Yong Koh, Scott Peter Miles
  • Patent number: 9513618
    Abstract: A numerical controller controls a five-axis machine which machines a workpiece mounted on a table by means of at least three linear axes and two rotation axes. The numerical controller calculates a tool direction relative to the workpiece as a tool direction vector, roll-pitch-yaw angles, or Euler angles, based on respective positions of the two rotation axes, and displays the tool direction relative to the workpiece on a display, based on the result of the calculation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2016
    Assignee: FANUC Corporation
    Inventor: Kimio Abe
  • Patent number: 9293383
    Abstract: Reading reliability of a code formed in a semiconductor device is improved. A manufacturing method of semiconductor devices according to one embodiment includes a step of forming a sealing body MR in a plurality of device regions DVP with a code (first identification information) MK3 being formed outside the device regions DVP of a wiring substrate. Also, the manufacturing method of semiconductor devices according to one embodiment includes a step of, after forming the sealing body MR, reading the code MK3 and affixing another code (second identification information) to the sealing body MR. Further, before the step of forming the sealing body MR, a dam part DM is formed between a marking region MKR in which the code MK3 is formed and the device regions DVP.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2016
    Assignee: RENESAS ELECTRONICS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Masakatsu Suzuki, Koji Saito, Mamoru Otake
  • Patent number: 9250542
    Abstract: According to one embodiment, a method includes preliminarily measuring the amount of overlay or alignment shift of the mark for overlay or alignment measurement while sequentially shifting a position of a measurement area relative to the mark for overlay or alignment measurement so as to position the mark for overlay or alignment measurement on each of a plurality of partial areas. The measurement area corresponds to a field angle of the optical measurement system, and an inside of the measurement area is two-dimensionally divided into the partial areas. The method includes calculating a tool-induced shift regarding a characteristic deviation of the optical measurement system for each of the plurality of partial areas based on a preliminarily measured result of the amount of overlay or alignment shift. The method includes determining a partial area to be used from among the plurality of partial areas on the basis of the tool-induced shift calculated for each of the plurality of partial areas.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2016
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba
    Inventor: Kazutaka Ishigo
  • Patent number: 9158212
    Abstract: According to one embodiment, there is provided an exposure apparatus including an acquisition unit, and a calculation unit. The acquisition unit obtains a plurality of measured values. The plurality of measured values is measured for a plurality of focus offset quantities different from each other. Each of the plurality of measured values represents positional deviation distribution within a shot area. The calculation unit calculates a plurality of distortion errors from the plurality of measured values and obtains a correlation between the focus offset quantity and alignment compensation value to compensate for the distortion error, in response to the plurality of focus offset quantities and the plurality of distortion errors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2015
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba
    Inventor: Kazutaka Ishigo
  • Publication number: 20150142157
    Abstract: An automated bender and its method of operation according to some embodiments of the disclosure is provided. The automated bender includes a carousel which has all of the necessary components for bending a variety of conduit sizes provided thereon. The carousel can be rotated to a desired bending position to bend a particular type of conduit. A straight workpiece is fed into the automated bender and a bent workpiece, which may have multiple bends therein, is output from the automated bender. This bending process is performed without manual intervention. Software for achieving same is provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 14, 2014
    Publication date: May 21, 2015
    Inventors: Sean Daugherty, Jeffrey Plummer, Ryan Mantell, Gerald Tully
  • Publication number: 20150134099
    Abstract: A workpiece machining device with a calibration function, which is capable of correcting for positioning such that zero points of an industrial robot and a workpiece coincide with each other, is capable of: simplifying a configuration of a workpiece support as compared to when movement of the work support holding the workpiece is controlled for correction to reduce size and cost of the workpiece machining device, and automating positioning work of making the zero points of the workpiece and the industrial robot coincide with each other to achieve labor-saving of work machining work. Three-dimensional machining data is calibrated based on displacement data in X-, Y-, and Z-axis directions computed by a comparison unit to make the zero points of the industrial robot and the workpiece. The industrial robot is then driven and controlled based on the calibrated three-dimensional machining data to perform machining for the workpiece.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 16, 2014
    Publication date: May 14, 2015
    Inventors: Tatsumi HISHIKAWA, Hirofumi SEGAWA
  • Patent number: 9026242
    Abstract: A position correcting system, method and tool for guiding a tool during its use based on its location relative to the material being worked on. Provided is a system and tool which uses its auto correcting technology to precisely rout or cut material. The invention provides a camera which is used to track the visual features of the surface of the material being cut to build a map and locate an image on that map used to reference the location of the tool for auto-correction of the cutting path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2015
    Assignee: Taktia LLC
    Inventors: Alec Rivers, Ilan Moyer
  • Publication number: 20150112471
    Abstract: A data collection system for distributing data from at least one target asset to at least one software application, comprising a machine platform and a data routing system. The machine platform stores data associated with the at least one target asset. The data routing system collects data from the machine platform. The data routing system operates in a pass through mode and a data processing mode. In the pass through mode, data is passed from the at least one target asset to the at least one software application without modification. In the data processing mode, the data routing system generates modified data based on the data stored by the machine platform and sends the modified data to the at least one software application.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 6, 2014
    Publication date: April 23, 2015
    Inventors: DAVID W. BROWN, JAY S. CLARK
  • Patent number: 9014836
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for manufacturing a structure. A part for the structure may be supported on a plurality of mobile fixtures configured to control an orientation of the part. The part for the structure may be moved using the plurality of mobile fixtures to a number of stations for performing a number of operations for manufacturing the structure using the part. The plurality of mobile fixtures may be configured to move in a coordinated manner and substantially maintain a desired orientation for the part while moving the part to a station in the number of stations. The number of operations for manufacturing the structure may be performed at the number of stations while the plurality of mobile fixtures supports the part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Paul Reed Stone, Clayton Lynn Munk, Eric M. Reid
  • Patent number: 9008817
    Abstract: Disclosed is a substrate positioning apparatus capable of accurately performing positioning of a center of a circular-shape substrate with respect to a rotating shaft. The substrate positioning apparatus includes: a substrate disposing part; a first positioning mechanism including a first reference part contacting a side of the substrate; a second positioning mechanism including a second reference part contacting the side of the substrate; a first driver configured to drive the first positioning mechanism; a controller configured to control the drive of the first positioning mechanism. In particular, the second reference part contacts the substrate at a contact part and includes an elastic part that applies force in a moving direction of the first driver to the contact part and a detector that detects position information of the second positioning mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignee: Tokyo Electron Limited
    Inventor: Yoshifumi Amano
  • Patent number: 8996154
    Abstract: A robot system according to one aspect of an embodiment includes a robot and an instructing module. The robot holds one of a plurality of feed materials used for processing a workpiece. The instructing module gives instructions to the robot, when the feed materials are used for processing the single workpiece, for an operation in which the feed material held last in the previous round of processing a workpiece is used first in the subsequent round of processing a workpiece.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Yaskawa Denki
    Inventors: Takashi Shiino, Keigo Ishibashi
  • Publication number: 20150081079
    Abstract: A technology is provided to enable lowering the fault generation rate related to a parts installation device. A parts installation device (100) (calculation device (150)) fetches or calculates state parameter values that represent the relative position relationship or the distance of a part holder and a part during the operation of removing and holding, calculates the fluctuation values of the state parameters, and corrects parameters having a small increase in the cycle time and is effective in reducing fluctuations among the parameter values of the holding position of the part holder, stop time, operating speed, and operation acceleration when the value of the fluctuations exceeds a first threshold.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 9, 2013
    Publication date: March 19, 2015
    Inventors: Ryoji Asakura, Kenji Tamaki, Masahiro Hoshino, Hiroto Sekiguchi, Tomise Koyama
  • Publication number: 20150081078
    Abstract: A numeric control machine tool of the type comprising: a basement; a substantially rectilinear main supporting crossmember which extends above the basement and has two axial ends structured so as to rest stably and in an axially sliding manner on two reciprocally parallel rectilinear guides present on the basement; a movable slide which is fixed protruding onto a side of the main supporting crossmember, with the possibility of moving along the body of the main supporting crossmember; a substantially rectilinear vertical movable tower, which is fixed on the movable slide in a substantially vertical position and with the possibility of translating with respect to the movable slide in a vertical direction; and a tool-hold head which is fixed on the lower end of said vertical movable tower; the main supporting crossmember being structured so as stably to support the weight of the movable slide, the vertical movable tower and the tool-holder head, and the numeric control machine tool also comprising a substantiall
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 25, 2013
    Publication date: March 19, 2015
    Inventors: Carlo Frascati, Vladi Parpajola
  • Publication number: 20150073579
    Abstract: Gauge system, including methods and apparatus, for positioning workpieces according to entered and/or calculated target dimensions and processing the workpieces with a tool to generate products having the target dimensions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 21, 2014
    Publication date: March 12, 2015
    Applicant: LEAN TOOL SYSTEMS, LLC
    Inventors: Spencer B. Dick, Stuart R. Aldrich, Brennan J. McClure, David L. Lee, Brandon J. Vaughn, Simon A. Soot, Norman F. Gorny, Matthew T. Harris, Richard R. Gilmore
  • Patent number: 8972036
    Abstract: Only a wafer for QC check may be transferred and a production wafer may prevent from being transferred into an assigned process chamber whose QC check is not completed after a maintenance task, and the production wafer may be processed the assigned process chamber after the completion of the QC check. The wafer for QC check is transferred while inhibiting a transfer of the production wafer into the assigned process chamber, and the production wafer is transferred into each of the process chambers of the plurality except the assigned process chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Assignee: Hitachi Kokusai Electric Inc.
    Inventor: Makoto Nomura
  • Patent number: 8965552
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a method and a device for titling, which can achieve automatic correction when deviation occurs between a real titling position of a product to be titled and a preset titling position, so as to avoid an ID shift phenomenon, and thus ensure accuracy of titling positions and improve titling efficiency. The titling method provided in the present disclosure comprises: determining a real titling position of a product to be titled; comparing the real titling position with a preset titling position; and titling the product to be titled in accordance with the comparison result.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: Beijing Boe Optoelectronics Technology Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Fengguo Wang
  • Patent number: 8957960
    Abstract: A machine vision system program editing environment includes near real time context generation. Rather than requiring execution of all preceding instructions of a part program in order to generate a realistic context for subsequent edits, surrogate data operations using previously saved data replace execution of certain sets of instructions. The surrogate data may be saved during the actual execution of operations that are recorded in a part program. An edit mode of execution substitutes that data as a surrogate for executing the operations that would otherwise generate that data. Significant time savings may be achieved for context generation, such that editing occurs within an operating context which may be repeatedly refreshed for accuracy in near real time. This supports convenient program modification by relatively unskilled users, using the native user interface of the machine vision system, rather than difficult to use text-based or graphical object-based editing environments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2015
    Assignee: Mitutoyo Corporation
    Inventors: Barry Saylor, Dahai Yu, Ryan Northrup, Gyokubu Cho, Akira Takada
  • Patent number: 8958901
    Abstract: Manufacturing of a shoe or a portion of a shoe is enhanced by executing various shoe-manufacturing processes in an automated fashion. For example, information describing a shoe part may be determined, such as an identification, an orientation, a color, a surface topography, an alignment, a size, etc. Based on the information describing the shoe part, automated shoe-manufacturing apparatuses may be instructed to apply various shoe-manufacturing processes to the shoe part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2015
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventor: Patrick Conall Regan
  • Publication number: 20150045931
    Abstract: Each of a plurality of connection devices in a machine control system includes: a motion program storage unit for storing a motion program to be executed by a motion controller to control the connection device; and a motion program transmission unit for transmitting the motion program stored in the motion program storage unit to the motion controller. The motion controller includes: a motion program acquisition unit for acquiring the motion program for controlling each of the plurality of connection devices connected for communication to the motion controller from the connection devices; and a control unit for controlling each of the connection devices by executing the motion program acquired by the motion program acquisition unit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 27, 2014
    Publication date: February 12, 2015
    Inventor: Naoki MIZUNO
  • Publication number: 20150045929
    Abstract: A fastening guarantee system for vehicle assembly is used in a vehicle assembly line for assembling a fastening object to a vehicle body conveyed on a conveyer line with fastening members. The system may include i) a vehicle body sensing unit that senses a vehicle body entering the conveyer line and the distance to the vehicle body, ii) a plurality of tool sensing units at predetermined intervals along the conveyer line that senses the position of a fastening tool, iii) an inertia sensor module that senses the angle and the displacement of the fastening tool, iv) a tool controller, and v) the fastening tool.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 18, 2013
    Publication date: February 12, 2015
    Applicant: Hyundai Motor Company
    Inventors: Jaehyun Lee, Sung Phil Ryu
  • Publication number: 20150045930
    Abstract: A test device includes a base, a locating component installed on the base, a platform disposed on the base, an operating component, a driving component installed on the platform, at least one light emitting component, at least one sensing component and a control unit. The driving component is for driving the operating component. The at least one light emitting component is disposed on at least one track of the platform for emitting light. The at least one sensing component is for sensing the light emitted from the at least one light emitting component and reflected from the workpiece. The control unit determines whether to control the driving component to drive the operating component to move to the workpiece according a sensing result of the at least one sensing component sensing the light emitted from the at least one light emitting component and reflected from the workpiece.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 1, 2014
    Publication date: February 12, 2015
    Applicant: Wistron Corporation
    Inventors: Chieh-Jo Wang, Chia-Hsiung Hsueh, Yuan-Shun Chang, Chun-Wang Lin
  • Patent number: 8954183
    Abstract: A method of manufacturing in which a robot arm is used to pick up a workpiece which is subsequently scanned by a scanner and positioned relative to a manufacturing system for manufacturing in order to eliminate the use of a bespoke jig.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2015
    Assignee: Airbus Operations Limited
    Inventors: Amir Kayani, Michael Poad
  • Publication number: 20150039119
    Abstract: According to an exemplary embodiment of the present disclosure, a method of setting up a work piece based on a vision is present. The method of setting up a work piece based on a vision comprises: calculating a start point of a work piece from the image of a work piece within a vision screen formed by a camera; capturing an image when a tool is captured in the vision screen; and calculating an offset value of the tool from the captured image.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 23, 2013
    Publication date: February 5, 2015
    Inventors: Gye Bong Jang, Dong Hwan Kim
  • Patent number: 8941726
    Abstract: A set of images is acquired of a scene by a camera. The scene includes a moving object, and a relative difference of a motion of the camera and a motion of the object is substantially zero. Statistical properties of pixels in the images are determined, and a statistical method is applied to the statistical properties to identify pixels corresponding to the object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2015
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Electric Research Laboratories, Inc.
    Inventors: Tim K. Marks, Ashok Veeraraghavan, Yuichi Taguchi
  • Publication number: 20150025670
    Abstract: Substrate processing including correction for deposition location is described, including a combinatorial processing chamber that incorporates the correction. The combinatorial processing chamber can be used to process multiple regions of a substrate using different processing parameters on different regions. For example, one region can have one material deposited on it and another region can have a different material deposited on it, although other combinations and variations are possible. The combinatorial processing chamber uses a rotating and revolving substrate pedestal to be able to deposit on all locations or positions on a substrate. The combinatorial processing chamber uses a correction factor that accounts for variations in alignment and/or configuration of the processing chamber so that the actual location of deposition of a region is approximately the same as a desired location of deposition.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 2, 2014
    Publication date: January 22, 2015
    Inventors: Jeremy Cheng, Indranil De, Ho Yin Owen Fong, Zhendong Hong, Dan Wang
  • Patent number: 8938315
    Abstract: A method for verifying completion of a task is provided. In various embodiments, the method includes obtaining location coordinates of at least one location sensor within a work cell. The at least one sensor is affixed to a tool used to operate on a feature of a structure to be assembled, fabricated or inspected. The method additionally includes, generating a virtual object locus based on the location coordinates of the at least one location sensor. The virtual object locus corresponds to a computerized schematic of the structure to be assembled and represents of all possible locations of an object end of the tool within the work cell. The method further includes, identifying one of a plurality of candidate features as the most likely to be the feature operated on by the tool. The identification is based on a probability calculation for each of the candidate features that each respective candidate feature is the feature operated on by the tool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 20, 2015
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Philip L. Freeman, Thomas E. Shepherd, Christopher K. Zuver
  • Publication number: 20150018999
    Abstract: A joint guarantee system for vehicle assembly is applied to a vehicle assembly line that assembles an assembling object to a vehicle carried through on a conveyer line as an assembling element, and includes a vehicle detector that detects the vehicle entering the conveyer line, tool detectors disposed along the conveyer line that detect a position of an assembling tool on the conveyer line, an inertial sensor module installed in the assembling tool that detects an angle and a displacement of the assembling tool for an assembling point of the vehicle and the assembling object, a tool controller that applies control signals corresponding to a predetermined assembling point of the vehicle and the assembling object, a kind of assembling element, and assembling torque of the assembling tool, to the assembling tool, and a main controller that processes and stores the above information.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 9, 2014
    Publication date: January 15, 2015
    Inventors: Jaehyun Lee, Sung Phil Ryu
  • Patent number: 8924000
    Abstract: A problem that the present invention is to solve is to provide a parts mounting related work device which can prevent the occurrence of an unexpected operation failure and an erroneous stopping of the whole system which are attributed to an error in combination of working head and working equipment. A storage part (24c) stores combinations of types of working heads (H) and types of working equipment (E) which correspond to contents of work that is performed on a board (PB), and a determination part (24d) determines whether or not the combination of the type of the working head (H) which is currently detected by a head type detector and the type of the working equipment which is currently detected by an equipment type detector coincides with any of combinations stored in the storage part (24c).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Assignee: Panasonic Intellectual Property Management Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yuzuru Inaba, Osamu Okuda
  • Patent number: 8914143
    Abstract: System and method for handling substrates in a lithography manufacturing process are disclosed. In one embodiment, a system for handling substrates in a lithography manufacturing process includes a plurality of porous chucks positioned above a substrate for imaging, a plurality of pressure sources configured to apply pressured air towards the substrate through the plurality of porous chucks, a plurality of vacuums configured to apply suction force away from the substrate, and a controller with control logic configured to hold the substrate in place by controlling the pressured air applied by the plurality of pressure sources and the suction force generated by the plurality of vacuums.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2014
    Assignee: Applied Materials, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeffrey Kaskey, Thomas Laidig, Dave Markle, Jang-Fung Chen
  • Publication number: 20140352511
    Abstract: An apparatus includes an information obtaining device configured to obtain information about cutting or printing of an object, a projector configured to be capable of projecting a marker onto the object, and a control device configured to instruct the apparatus to specify a position on the object based on the information obtained by the information obtaining device and to cause the projector to project the marker onto the object based on the specified position on the object.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 27, 2014
    Publication date: December 4, 2014
    Applicant: BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Yoko Yamanashi, Mika Matsushima, Masayuki Hori
  • Patent number: 8900363
    Abstract: An inline vacuum processing apparatus includes a deposition unit, a process execution unit, a determination unit, and a control unit. The deposition unit causes one deposition chamber of a first deposition chamber and a second deposition chamber to execute a deposition process. The process execution unit causes the other deposition chamber to execute a process necessary for the deposition process. The determination unit measures the number of substrates processed in one deposition chamber and determines whether all substrates included in a first lot have undergone the deposition process. The control unit switches, based on a determination result from the determination unit, a process to be executed in each of the first deposition chamber and the second deposition chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2014
    Assignee: Canon Anelva Corporation
    Inventor: Masahiro Kawata
  • Publication number: 20140350709
    Abstract: A numerical controller obtains a necessary moving distance for the completion of movement in each interpolation period, based on a moving distance for each block and the input ratio of a distance by which movement is completed in each interpolation period to the moving distance for each block. If the obtained moving distance is shorter than the moving distance for each interpolation period based on an initially set feed speed, the feed speed is changed to a speed for moving the moving distance in each interpolation period.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 22, 2014
    Publication date: November 27, 2014
    Applicant: FANUC Corporation
    Inventor: Takeshi MOCHIDA
  • Patent number: 8897906
    Abstract: A vacuum processing apparatus includes a robot connected to a vacuum container to carry a wafer on one of its two arms to or from a processing chamber; a unit to detect an amount of deviation of the wafer from a predetermined wafer mounting position on the arm that may occur when the robot carries the wafer into or out of the processing chamber; and an adjusting device to adjust the operation of the robot based on the detected amount of deviation. The adjusting device adjusts the robot operation based on the result of a teaching operation performed in advance. After being subjected to the initial teaching operation, the robot again undergoes a second teaching operation according to the information on the amount of wafer position deviation that is detected by moving the wafer in a predetermined transfer pattern, before the wafer processing is performed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2014
    Assignee: Hitachi High-Technologies Corporation
    Inventors: Tomohiro Ohashi, Akitaka Makino, Hiroho Kitada, Hideki Kihara
  • Patent number: 8892239
    Abstract: The disclosure describes a method for cutting a food product into slices for producing portions by taking into account the target weight thereof. Information about a remainder of the food product to be sliced is used to control corresponding actuators for a successive food product to be sliced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2014
    Assignee: Weber Maschinenbau GmbH Breidenbach
    Inventor: Günther Weber
  • Patent number: 8863374
    Abstract: A production plant, particularly for suitcases and trunks, such suitcases and trunks comprising at least two half-shells mutually associated so as to form at least one internal containment compartment. The plant comprises: at least one station for loading at least one half-shell; at least one work island which has at least one dispenser of perimetric gasket seals; at least one storage area for the half-shells; at least one center for mating the half-shells, so as to form substantially the finished product, such as a suitcase and a trunk; at least one station for unloading the finished product.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2014
    Assignee: G.T. Line S.r.l.
    Inventor: Massimo Tonelli
  • Publication number: 20140309762
    Abstract: A manufacturing method for joining first and second members to create a joined piece using a robot with pre-inputted instruction data. The method includes operating the robot to hold the second member for joining to the first member and photographing the second member to obtain an image of the second member at the holding position; comparing the image to a reference image of a joining position of a reference second member joined to a reference first member; determining a deviation amount by which the holding position of the second member deviates from the joining position in the reference image; determining a correction amount for correcting the holding position of the second member is to be corrected in order to reduce the deviation amount of the holding position of the second member; correcting the holding position of the second member according to the correction amount, and then subsequently joining the first and second members.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 16, 2012
    Publication date: October 16, 2014
    Applicant: Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Junji Hayata, Satoru Takizawa
  • Publication number: 20140259476
    Abstract: A broom assembly for a vehicle includes a frame, a broom core axle rotatably coupled to the frame and defining an axis around which a broom rotates when in use, an actuator coupled to the frame and positioned to raise and lower the broom core axle relative to the frame, and a controller. The controller has an output for adjusting the actuator and an input for receiving position information from a sensor. The controller is configured to use the received position information to automatically lower the broom core axle over a period of operation to account for an estimated wear of the broom.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2014
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Inventors: Bashar M. Amin, Mitch F. Sears, Benjamin G. Lochner, Jason M. Ollanketo, Jason R. Shively, Sean Strosahl, Kellie Watters
  • Publication number: 20140277677
    Abstract: A production processing system includes a plurality of processing tools configured to process workpieces, an equipment which can be shared by the plurality of processing tools, a transfer device configured to transfer the workpieces to the plurality of processing tools, a host computer configured to create a transfer plan including information on timings for the workpieces to be carried in and carried out of the plurality of processing tools by the transfer device, a group controller configured to generate a use plan for the equipment based on acquired information, and a shared controller configured to control processing timings of the equipment and each of the plurality of processing tools based on the use plan, an operational state of the equipment, and use information including at least one of use reservation, inquiry, execution, and release information for the equipment by each of the plurality of processing tools.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 23, 2014
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: TOKYO ELECTRON LIMITED
    Inventor: Takahiro ITO
  • Publication number: 20140277676
    Abstract: A global navigation satellite system (GNSS) based control system is provided for positioning a working component relative to a work surface. Inertial measurement unit (IMU) sensors, such as accelerometers and gyroscopes, are mounted on the working component and provide positioning signals to a control compute engine. A method of positioning a working component relative to a work surface using GNSS-based positioning signals is also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2014
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: AgJunction LLC
    Inventors: Joshua M. Gattis, Steven A. Koch
  • Publication number: 20140277675
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus are disclosed for controlling machine configurations. An example method disclosed herein includes identifying a machine configuration, the machine configuration comprising a host machine connected to an auxiliary machine; determining a desired trajectory based on at least one of the host machine turning, a desired work path, or an alignment of the host machine and the auxiliary machine; and controlling steering of the auxiliary machine based on a desired trajectory of the host machine.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: Deere & Company
    Inventors: Noel Wayne Anderson, Bryan Kirk Buerkle, Niels Dybro
  • Patent number: 8825182
    Abstract: A position control system to control the position of a movable object, including a position measurement system configured to determine an actual position related quantity of the movable object; a set-point generator to provide a position related set-point signal of the movable object; a comparator to provide an error signal on the basis of a comparison of the actual position related quantity and the position related set-point signal, a controller to provide a control signal on the basis of the error signal, a feed-forward device to provide a feed-forward signal on the basis of the position related set-point signal, and one or more actuators to act on the movable object on the basis of the control signal and the feed-forward signal, wherein the feed-forward device includes a disturbance force correction table including estimations of disturbance forces exerted on the movable object in dependence of a position of the movable object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2014
    Assignee: ASML Netherlands B.V.
    Inventors: Wilhelmus Franciscus Johannes Simons, Norbertus Josephus Martinus Van Den Nieuwelaar, Marcel François Heertjes, Joost Jozef Hendrik Gielis, Ferdinand Bernardus Johannus Wilhelmus Maria Hendriks
  • Publication number: 20140244022
    Abstract: A digital control processing device used for processing work pieces includes a base, a rough adjusting module, at least one micro adjusting module, and a processing head module. The rough adjusting module includes a first slider board, a base board slidably mounted on the first slider board along a first direction, a second slider board; and an third slider board slidably mounted on the second slider board along a second direction. The micro adjusting module is mounted on the base board. The processing head module is slidably mounted on the third slider board along a third direction. The processing head module includes at least two processing heads. The rough adjusting module and the micro adjusting module adjust the work pieces to desired positions for the processing heads to process the work pieces.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 18, 2013
    Publication date: August 28, 2014
    Applicants: FIH (Hong Kong) Limited, SHENZHEN FUTAIHONG PRECISION INDUSTRY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: JIE GAO, BING YU, JIAN-PING JIN
  • Publication number: 20140238545
    Abstract: A system, device, and method for processing a length of material are provided. A material-working device has first and second cutting devices, each having different cutting capacities. Data relating to the length and diameter at a plurality of points of the material is received, and used to determine at least one cutting position along its length. The diameter of the length of material at the cutting position is determined, and used to select either the first cutting device or second cutting device for use in performing a cut at the cutting position based on the cutting capacity of each cutting device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 28, 2014
    Publication date: August 28, 2014
    Inventor: Brett James Kaye
  • Patent number: 8813348
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for evaluating characteristics of components of a mechanically attached connection are disclosed. Characteristics that may be evaluated include, but are not limited to, the position of a conduit gripping device on a conduit, an amount of axial compression or stroke of the conduit gripping device, and an amount of clamping force applied to the conduit gripping device as the conduit gripping device is axially compressed or stroked.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2014
    Assignee: Swagelok Company
    Inventors: Peter C. Williams, Jeffrey S. Rayle, Dale C. Arstein, Kennan Joseph Malec, William J. Menz, Cal R. Brown, Mark A. Clason, Jeffrey Michael Rubinski, Raymond Scott Milhoan, Michael Mussig
  • Patent number: 8812146
    Abstract: Apparatus, method, and system for combining a plurality of items into a batch having a set number of items. Number of items are put together onto a production line to form a batch along with non-batch items which are not suitable for inclusion within the batch onto the production line. The batch is advanced on the production line as a partial batch without the non-batch item being added to it when a batch is not complete. A reminder batch is created after the non-batch items have been added to the production line and the remainder batch includes the number of items that must be added to the partial batch to make a full batch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2014
    Assignee: Marel Food System HF.
    Inventors: Hordur Einarsson, Arni Einarsson, Hrafnkell Eiriksson
  • Publication number: 20140228996
    Abstract: A method for virtually calibrating a CNC machine including the steps of selecting a true axis of movement of a toolhead of the CNC machine, instructing the toolhead to travel along the true axis of movement, selecting multiple points along an actual axis traveled by the toolhead, comparing the distance of the multiple points along the actual axis from the true axis to determine offset amounts from the true axis corresponding to a lack of straightness, and modifying g-code instructions to compensate for the offset amounts before uploading the g-codes to a CNC controller.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 14, 2014
    Publication date: August 14, 2014
    Inventor: Timothy Owens
  • Publication number: 20140222186
    Abstract: Provided are a control method and a control device that can make the range of periodic activity (amplitude of reciprocal movement) of an object of control, such as an industrial robot, the same as a case in which the reduction device has no backlash or the same as the amplitude of a position instruction signal. A control device (3) that carries out position control for an arm (5), which carries out periodic movement, while compensating for backlash in the arm (5) is provided with a control unit (15) that adds to a position instruction signal, which gives instructions for the position of the arm (5), a backlash quantity signal after the backlash quantity signal has been shifted so as to be delayed by a delay time, generates a final position instruction signal, and carries out position control of the arm (5) on the basis of the final position instruction signal that has been generated, said backlash quantity signal compensating for backlash.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 2, 2012
    Publication date: August 7, 2014
    Applicant: KABUSHIKI KAISHA KOBE SEIKO SHO (KOBE STEEL, LTD.)
    Inventors: Takashi Wada, Yoshiharu Nishida, Shuichi Inada, Yoshihide Inoue