Machining Patents (Class 700/159)
  • Patent number: 11307555
    Abstract: To provide a numerical control method and a processing device capable of generating a plurality of machine-specific machining programs, from one machining program to a single workpiece. A numerical control method is to be executed by a computer. The numerical control method includes a generating step of dividing, into a plurality of paths, a machining path of an original NC program for a machine configured to machine a single workpiece, corresponding to contents of machining to the workpiece in the original NC program, and of generating, on the basis of the respective divided machining paths, individual NC programs for machines corresponding to the respective machining paths.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2022
    Assignee: FANUC CORPORATION
    Inventor: Kazutaka Imanishi
  • Patent number: 11231699
    Abstract: A program analysis device divides a machining program into processes, obtains a command speed from the divided machining program for each process, and measures an actual speed of an axis for each process obtained when machining based on the machining program is performed. Then, the program analysis device calculates an integral value of the difference between the command speed and the actual speed, rearranges the order of the processes based on the calculated integral value, and creates screen data for displaying the sorted processes in order. Provided is an assistive technology for effectively improving the difference between the command speed of the machining program and the actual speed of an axis movement of a machine tool, based on the screen data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 25, 2022
    Assignee: FANUC CORPORATION
    Inventor: Hisateru Ishiwari
  • Patent number: 11220867
    Abstract: A method of manufacturing a drill bit or other oil-field tool includes aligning a cutting element support structure or a support structure for an alternative tool element to an image of a computer-generated model of a drill bit assembly or a computer-generated model of an alternative tool assembly. The method further includes placing a tool element on the support structure and comparing the placement of the tool element on the support structure to the placement of a model of the tool element on the image of the model of the tool assembly using real-time continuous deviation feedback. The method also includes adjusting the placement of the tool element on the element support structure to match the placement of the model of the tool element on the image of the model of the tool assembly and joining the tool element to the support structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 11, 2022
    Assignee: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventor: Usman Sami Ansari
  • Patent number: 11215964
    Abstract: A numerical controller comprises a restart position candidate setting unit configured to store information on a block serving as a restart position candidate where machining is to be restarted, on the basis of a result of an analysis of a machining program, a block head position drawing unit configured to draw, when the machining is interrupted, a machining position corresponding to a head of the block serving as a restart position candidate stored by the restart position candidate setting unit, on the machining path displayed on a machining path graphic screen, and a restart block setting unit configured to set a block corresponding to a machining position designated by a user from among the machining positions drawn by the block head position drawing unit, as a restart block.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 4, 2022
    Assignee: FANUC CORPORATION
    Inventors: Hyuma Igarashi, Takeshi Mochida
  • Patent number: 11217298
    Abstract: An apparatus includes a memory device interface comprising a first data output, a second data output, a third data output, and a fourth data output, as well as a first path corresponding to the first data output, a second path corresponding to the second data output, a third path corresponding to the third data output, and a fourth path corresponding to the fourth data output. The apparatus also includes a signal transmission circuit comprising a first output that when in operation transmits a first clock signal to the first path, the second path, the third path, and the fourth path and a second output that when in operation transmits a second clock signal to the first path, the second path, the third path, and the fourth path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 4, 2022
    Assignee: Micron Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Younghoon Oh, Michael V. Ho
  • Patent number: 11146728
    Abstract: A vehicle may include a camera configured to generate first image data based on tuning parameters; a first image controller including an image signal processor (ISP) configured to perform the image processing of the first image data; and a second image controller including the ISP configured to perform the image processing of the first image data. When the second image controller determines the tuning parameter based on an operation mode, the second image controller may be configured to transmit the determined tuning parameter to the camera, and the ISP of the first image controller may be configured to receive the first image data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 12, 2021
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors Corporation, Yura Corporation Co Ltd
    Inventors: Se Young Park, Jung Min Cha, Tae Ryong Kang
  • Patent number: 11138056
    Abstract: A system and method for unsupervised prediction of machine failures. The method includes monitoring sensory inputs related to at least one machine; analyzing, via at least unsupervised machine learning, the monitored sensory inputs, wherein the output of the unsupervised machine learning includes at least one indicator; identifying, based on the at least one indicator, at least one pattern; and determining, based on the at least one pattern and the monitored sensory inputs, at least one machine failure prediction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 5, 2021
    Assignee: Aktiebolaget SKF
    Inventors: David Lavid Ben Lulu, Eitan Vesely
  • Patent number: 11127204
    Abstract: An improved part optimization process in additive manufacturing is provided, which uses a finite element analysis only where boundary parameter differentiation is detected. For a given part being manufactured, such as in DMLS, thermal effects of adjacent volumes with no boundary parameter differentiation are ignored in the part optimization process. For example, if a given volume is over a volume of the same material, no computational analysis is conducted, but if a volume of metal is over air, then the computational analysis is conducted. This results in significantly less computational time being required. Further, the present invention uses computation equipment remote from the DMLS part production equipments, connected instead via the internet or other such “cloud computing” arrangements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2021
    Assignee: Siemens Industry Software Inc.
    Inventors: Joel Neidig, Hao Peng
  • Patent number: 11092941
    Abstract: A program creation device includes an analysis unit that analyzes a composite fixed cycle in which a predetermined cycle is repeated multiple times to create a plurality of command blocks CB1 to CB4 for each of the cycles for executing the cycle; a distribution unit that distributes the plurality of command blocks CB1 to CB4 created by the analysis unit sequentially as a command program for each of the plurality of tools; and a command adding unit that adds a first command word indicating a delay amount of delaying a start timing of the cycle of the second tool from a start timing of the cycle of the first tool on the basis of an analysis result obtained by the analysis unit to the command block CB2 or CB4.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 17, 2021
    Assignee: FANUC CORPORATION
    Inventor: Hiroshi Minami
  • Patent number: 11084171
    Abstract: A tool posture control apparatus includes a robot which supports a tool for performing a predetermined task on a target object, the robot capable of changing posture of the tool; a sensor supported by the robot; and a control device which changes the posture of the tool by controlling the robot, where the sensor measures a distance between the target object and a respective at a plurality of measurement reference positions around the tool, and the control device performs posture control process of controlling the robot in such a way that a measured-distance difference that is a difference between the distances measured by the sensor comes close to a target value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2021
    Assignee: FANUC CORPORATION
    Inventor: Mototsugu Takenami
  • Patent number: 11074813
    Abstract: Systems and methods provide, implement, and use using a computer-vision based methods of context-sensitive monitoring and characterization of driver behavior. Additional systems and methods are provided for unsupervised learning of action values, monitoring of a driver's environment, and transmitting visual information from a client to a server.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 27, 2021
    Assignee: NETRADYNE, INC.
    Inventors: David Jonathan Julian, Avneesh Agrawal
  • Patent number: 11070389
    Abstract: A method performed by a Building Management System (BMS) includes receiving a vibration dataset associated with a machine controlled by the BMS. The vibration dataset includes machine metadata, machine operating conditions, and one or more time waveforms. The method further includes assembling a feature vector comprising one or more features of the vibration dataset for input to a machine learning model. The machine learning model is associated with a component of the machine. The method further includes applying the feature vector to the machine learning model in order to generate a condition score for the component. The method further includes scheduling a maintenance event for the machine or changing a setpoint associated with the machine depending on the condition score.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2021
    Assignee: Johnson Controls Technology Company
    Inventors: Kelsey Carle Schuster, Youngchoon Park, Sudhi R. Sinha
  • Patent number: 11065803
    Abstract: A preform conveying device (100) of the invention includes a control unit that detects an arriving time at which a conveyor jig arrives at a reference position based on an output of a first encoder, and commands a second motor to move a conveyor arm to a target position at regular intervals from the arriving time. The target position in each command is a position obtained by adding, to a current position of the conveyor jig which is obtained based on a latest output of the first encoder which was obtained when the command has been issued, a moving distance by which the conveyor jig has advanced during a delay time T which spans from a time when the latest output is outputted from the first encoder to a time when the command is received by the second motor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2021
    Assignee: NISSEI ASB MACHINE CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Yoshiaki Tanabe
  • Patent number: 11003165
    Abstract: Apparatus and methods for transforming three dimensional object data are disclosed. In some examples, data representing a three dimensional object is received, the data comprising object property data indicative of at least one attribute of at least a portion of the three dimensional object. The object property data is transformed into a plurality of device independent object property data objects having a common data structure, each object property data object comprising a value indicative of each of a predetermined set of object properties.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2021
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventors: Jan Morovic, Peter Morovic, Juan Manuel Garcia Reyero Vinas
  • Patent number: 10962952
    Abstract: A servo control apparatus for a machine that performs machining by causing a plurality of synchronizing axes to operate cooperatively in synchronized relationship with a reference axis, the servo control apparatus comprising: a position detection unit for detecting at least one of the position of the servo motor and the position of a driven body; a position error calculation unit for calculating an error between the position command and the position detected by the position detection unit; a reference axis position acquisition unit for acquiring the positions of a plurality of reference axes; a reference axis selection unit for selecting one reference axis based on a machining condition of the driven body from among the plurality of reference axes whose positions have been acquired; and a learning control unit for performing learning control using an angle synchronization method, based on the error and the position of the selected reference axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2021
    Assignee: FANUC CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kouki Kameta, Naoto Sonoda
  • Patent number: 10955836
    Abstract: Provided is a method of detecting and preventing soft errors without performing multiplexing. As a result, it is possible to improve reliability of a device while suppressing an increase in mounting cost and reduction in operation speed accompanied with it. A diagnosis system includes an initial parameter generation unit which generates a plurality of initial parameters predicted on the basis of an external input; an operation unit which has a plurality of operators operating optimal solutions to the initial parameters by using an evaluation function describing a control object; and a diagnosis unit which diagnoses the operation unit on the basis of an output of the operation unit. When an optimal solution candidate giving an evaluation value deviating from a value taken by each evaluation value by a constant threshold or more among evaluation values corresponding to the optimal solutions to the initial parameters is found, the diagnosis unit diagnoses an error of the operation unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2021
    Assignee: Hitachi, Ltd.
    Inventors: Tatsuya Horiguchi, Teppei Hirotsu, Hiroshi Iwasawa
  • Patent number: 10955837
    Abstract: In a method for error detection and monitoring an electronically closed-loop or open-loop controlled machine part, operating parameters and monitoring parameters of machine parts are recorded and stored. A comparison group of comparable machine parts and comparable operating parameters is determined based on the recorded and stored operating parameters and a machine part to be compared. A statistical analysis procedure is used for creating a threshold value based on the determined comparison group, and for detecting a variance of at least one state or at least one of the monitoring parameters based on the threshold value. The variance is assigned to the machine part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2021
    Assignee: Siemens Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Detlef Krampe, Amit Verma
  • Patent number: 10955819
    Abstract: In a control method for the movement of a tool with a machine tool, the machine tool involves a numerically controlled machine tool, in order to produce an arbitrary required surface of a workpiece by machining. A numeric path program is created which describes the machining of the workpiece with the tool at machining points and which controls the control device. The numeric path program produces a path with respect to the geometric nature of the surface of the workpiece to be machined, with the path including a plurality of sample points and individual paths, with each individual path connecting a pair of the sample points to each other. The numeric path program is evaluated and selected on the basis of a geometric quality criterion, with the geometric quality criterion having continuity as at least one criterion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2021
    Assignee: Siemens Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Carsten Hamm, Florian Nikolaus Lorenz
  • Patent number: 10921777
    Abstract: A method for automated condition monitoring whereby techniques of automated vibration analysis and signal processing are combined with deep learning/machine learning techniques for an enhanced system of automated anomaly detection, problem classification, and problem regression. The method may be implemented in software, firmware or hardware to run autonomously. Machines monitored and analyzed according to the disclosed method are typically found in industrial plants or commercial applications, but the disclosed invention may be applied to any rotating equipment such as motors, fans, pumps, compressors, and etc., in any environment where they are functioning.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2021
    Assignee: Online Development, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael David Rich, Keith Allen Walton
  • Patent number: 10877463
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and devices for determining an optimized toolpath in a computer-aided manufacturing (CAM) system, wherein the optimized toolpath comprises a toolpath associated with a part of a workpiece and wherein the optimized toolpath is configured for a computer numerical control (CNC) machine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2020
    Assignee: D.P. TECHNOLOGY CORP.
    Inventors: Simone Petruzzi, Giuliano Sona
  • Patent number: 10837866
    Abstract: Embodiments provide a malfunction monitoring and early warning system which can learn the determined malfunction data. The malfunction monitoring and early warning system may be used in connection with engines of different fields such as industrial engines, wind turbine engines, rail transport engines. The malfunction monitoring and early warning system ensures early detection of malfunction, required maintenance, and early warning determination by monitoring the temperature, vibration, and speed information of the engine monitored by the system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2020
    Assignee: DELPHISONIC, INC.
    Inventor: Muhammet Ali Acur
  • Patent number: 10808367
    Abstract: A self-propelled construction machine comprises a control unit configured in such a way that a point of reference on the construction machine moves along a route. A processing unit is configured in such a way that the position of at least one kink on the target route is determined from the imported data, at least a portion of the target route is displayed, and, for the section of the target route in which the target route has the kink, an interpolation curve that is substantially free of kinks is calculated. The relevant section of the target route is replaced by the interpolation curve for the determination of a modelled route. The control of the drive device is then not based upon the predetermined target route, but rather the modelled target route.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Assignee: Wirtgen GmbH
    Inventors: Matthias Fritz, Martin Lenz, Cyrus Barimani
  • Patent number: 10732606
    Abstract: An information processing apparatus acquires detection information of a physical quantity that changes according to an operation state of a target device, transmits an acquisition request to the target device at predetermined time, to acquire context information relating to an operation status of the target device in response to the acquisition request, specifies a processing period in which the target device is in the middle of processing of the target object based on the predetermined time and the context information, extracts processing period detection information of the specified processing period from the detection information, and determines an occurrence of a defect relating to processing by the target device during the processing period based on the processing period detection information and the context information used for specifying the processing period.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventor: Haruomi Higashi
  • Patent number: 10725439
    Abstract: An apparatus for monitoring of a device including a moveable part, especially a rotating device, wherein the apparatus includes a control module which receives a measured vibration signal of the device provided by a sensor connected to the device, provides a spectrum of the measured vibration signal, pre-processes the spectrum to determine base frequencies and side frequencies, where the base frequencies are frequencies having peak powers corresponding to eigen frequencies of the device or faulty frequencies and the side frequencies correspond to other frequencies, where the control module additionally processes the base and side frequencies by applying separately a one-class classification on the base and side frequencies, combines the results of the one-class classifications to obtain a classification signal representing a confidence level, and outputs a decision support signal based on the classification signal, where the decision support signal indicates an error status of the monitored device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: Siemens Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Alexey Petrovich Kozionov, Oleg Vladimirovich Mangutov, Ilya Igorevich Mokhov
  • Patent number: 10691102
    Abstract: A machining technique management system of an integrated system in which a CAD; a CAM; and a CNC machine tool are connected to a shared database, the machining technique management system including: a machining state recorder that, in a case of the CNC machine tool executing the machining, records request information indicating a request demanded in the machining, and state information indicating the machining execution state to be associated as machining execution information in the shared database; and a machining information manager that compares each set of the machining execution information in which at least part of the request information matches, and defines machining execution information which was determined as satisfying a request in the request information better than other machining execution information based on a comparison result, as a candidate for machining technique information to be used for creation of the machining command at the CAM.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: FANUC CORPORATION
    Inventor: Yousuke Ootomo
  • Patent number: 10671053
    Abstract: A numerical controller (100) capable of shortening the cycle time during tool replacement without modifying an existing program is provided. A numerical controller (100) includes a block information checking unit (108) that analyzes a program for respective blocks. When it is determined that one or two or more feed axis positioning commands are present before a tool replacement command found in the analysis result of the program, the block information checking unit (108) modifies the analysis result of the program so that a rotating tool axis orientation operation in the tool replacement command is executed during execution of a feed axis positioning command in any one of the one or two or more feed axis positioning command blocks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: FANUC CORPORATION
    Inventor: Takenori Ono
  • Patent number: 10653064
    Abstract: User interfaces are displayed so that a user can select a plurality of different performance issues, along with a severity level for each issue. A solution (or a set of solutions) that address(es) the performance issues is identified and the solution (or set) is surfaced for user interaction. A control signal is generated based on user interaction with the surfaced solution (or set of solutions), in order to take corrective action on the harvester based upon the selected solution.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: Deere & Company
    Inventors: Douglas J. Bollin, Emily L. Seidel, Marguerite Taylor, Mario L. Donini
  • Patent number: 10628618
    Abstract: A drill bit (10), for example of a fixed cutter type, comprises at least one structure, for example a blade, having first and second rows of cutters (35a-h) thereon. The first row is configured to achieve suitable performance when the drill bit drills in concentric mode. The second row of cutters is configured to improve the performance of the first row of cutters when the drill bit drills in eccentric mode. For example, the second row increases depth of cut and wear resistance in eccentric mode drilling. The drill bit may be mounted on a bent motor (120) used in directional drilling.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Assignee: NOV Downhole Eurasia Limited
    Inventor: Laurence Mortimer
  • Patent number: 10603717
    Abstract: A system for manufacturing a Three Dimensional (3D) printed component is provided. The system includes a substrate adapted for at least partially 3D printing the component thereon. The substrate includes a first geometrical feature. The system also includes a plurality of processing stations interconnected to one another. Each of the plurality of processing stations is adapted to receive the substrate. Each of the plurality of processing stations includes a second geometrical feature adapted to interlock with the first geometrical feature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Assignee: Caterpillar Inc.
    Inventors: Marion B. Grant, Nathan John Parsons, Thierry Andre Marchione, Huijun Wang
  • Patent number: 10599128
    Abstract: A control apparatus for controlling a machine tool on the basis of a machining program is provided with: a storage unit which stores an inspection item list for a workpiece, said inspection item list being associated with the machining program; and a display unit which, when the machining program is executed, displays the stored inspection items associated with the machining program.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Assignee: MAKINO MILLING MACHINE CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Rie Kawai, Hideki Heishi, Toshimasa Uetama, Kenichi Ono
  • Patent number: 10564625
    Abstract: Improvements in a high speed smooth tool path is presented where the high speed smooth tool path to be used for primarily finishing for finishing any type of walls (negative/positive drafted) for any given bounded region be it 3, 4, 5, . . . n sided shape. The tool path incorporates a combined strategy for finishing the walls while removing any excess material leftover from a previous larger diameter cutter. This tool-motion can be utilized for roughing the regions by approximating the walls by offsetting the regions inwards. The finished boundaries are offset inwards and then cut using these methods. This is optimized as opposed to moving the cutter at a consistent speed in the cutting path. This is performed to eliminate the wasted tool-motion to the maximum extent. This technique is implemented for roughing any closed or open bounded areas regardless of the walls being straight, drafted (negative/positive or both).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Inventor: Samarinder Singh
  • Patent number: 10564204
    Abstract: A system for use with an electric machine is provided. The system includes a processor and a memory comprising a set of memory modules, which, when executed by the processor, cause the processor to perform certain operations. The operations include receiving operational data from the electric machine, and generating, based on the operational data, a first set of diagnostic data, by executing a first memory module from the set of memory modules. The operations further include generating, based on the operational data, a second set of diagnostic data, by executing a second memory module from the set of memory modules, the second memory module including a set of parameters associated with a diagnostics model of the electric machine. Furthermore, the operations include effecting, based on the operational data, the first set of diagnostic data, and the second set of diagnostic data, a change in at least one parameter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Luke Anthony Solomon, Stuart Gray, Michael Richard Doucette, Sergio Dominguez, Alexander Richard Sieman
  • Patent number: 10552511
    Abstract: The technique relates to a system and method for data-driven anomaly detection. This technique involves identifying region of interest from the data based on dimensionality reduction technique and change point detection algorithm. A reference data can be obtained separately or can be obtained from the test data also, wherein the reference data represent the normal operating condition of a system. The reference data are classified into different groups representing different modes of operation of the system. A control limit is determined for the different groups. The data within the region of interest are mapped with the different groups of the reference data and it is determined if the mapped data fall outside of the control limit of the mapped group. Finally, at least one abnormal event is detected by applying a heuristic algorithm on the data within the region of interest which are outside the control limit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2020
    Assignee: Infosys Limited
    Inventors: Lokendra Shastri, K. Antony Arokia Durai Raj, Balasubramanian Kanagasabapathi
  • Patent number: 10533920
    Abstract: Automatic fault diagnosis is performed on vibration data sensed from a machine. A set of faults to screen for is identified from the machine configuration. For each fault there are characteristic symptoms. For each characteristic symptom, there is a corresponding indication used to diagnose the symptom. The indications are based on analyses of the current vibration data. The diagnosed symptoms have weights assigned according to a Bayesian network, and are used to derive a Bayesian probability for the fault. A fault having a Bayesian probability exceeding a threshold value is identified as being present in the machine. For each fault a confidence level is derived. The confidence level for a first fault is based on a similarity between characteristic symptoms for the first fault and characteristic symptoms for each one of the other faults being screened.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2020
    Assignee: ACOEM France
    Inventors: Bertrand Wascat, Guillame Lavaure, Kamel Mekhnacha, Patrick Labeyrie, Thierry Mazoyer
  • Patent number: 10507528
    Abstract: A lathe including a moving headstock designed to rotate and move forward a workpiece to be turned in relation to an axis of translation and rotation. A guide bush is designed to be attached to a frame of the lathe and includes a bush spindle and a clamping mechanism. The guide bush is designed to operate either in bush mode or in grip mode and is designed to be moveable axially in relation to the frame along the axis of translation and rotation. The lathe is arranged to operate in a first mode in which the guide bush is driven axially by the moving headstock, and a second mode in which the axial position of the guide bush is static in relation to the frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2019
    Assignee: WATCH OUT SA
    Inventors: Philippe Jacot, Sebastien Laporte
  • Patent number: 10494913
    Abstract: A method includes receiving, at a computer, an Earth formation characteristic and a cutter characteristic of a cutter of an Earth drill bit and determining, with the computer, a cutting characteristic at an interface between the Earth formation and the cutter based on the Earth formation characteristic and the cutter characteristic using an Earth formation crushing model operating on the computer. The Earth formation crushing model includes an empirical determination of stress at the interface in a first of three mutually perpendicular axes and determinations of stress in the remaining two mutually perpendicular axes that are mathematical functions based on the empirical determination of stress. The method also includes outputting the determined cutting characteristic.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2019
    Assignee: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventor: Xianwu Ling
  • Patent number: 10429818
    Abstract: A numerical control device includes an operating condition acquisition unit, an executing part acquisition unit, a stopping factor acquisition unit, an acquired information storing unit, a reduction information storing unit, a stopping factor reduction information acquisition unit configured to acquire a reduction information of a stopping time corresponding to a stopping factor information from the reduction information storing unit, and a display unit configured to display the executing part and the stopping factor information and the reduction information of the stopping time corresponding to the stopping factor information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: FANUC Corporation
    Inventors: Ryousuke Taira, Kouichi Noda
  • Patent number: 10423669
    Abstract: A manufacturing process visualization apparatus is provided. The apparatus includes: at least one processor configured to implement: a data receiving unit which receives apparatus data from at least one production apparatus of a manufacturing process line processing a plurality of products; and a matching unit which extracts product record information about each of the products from the received apparatus data, classifies the extracted product record information as information corresponding to specific product flow properties of the manufacturing process line, generates product flow information indicating the specific product flow properties by using the classified product record information, and generates graphic process information about the manufacturing process line in which the product flow information about each product is represented in graphics; and a screen display which displays the generated graphic process pattern information on a screen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2019
    Assignee: HANWHA PRECISION MACHINERY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Jeong Yeon Seo, Cheol Hyung Cho, Hyun Jin Bang, Byung Hoon Lee
  • Patent number: 10401823
    Abstract: A pre-process simulation may calculate operating conditions of a machine tool by simulating a NC program and calculate predicted values indicative of the operating conditions. A real time monitoring system may compare actual values from the actual operation of a machine tool actually executing the NC program to the predicted values and determine whether to initiate a response. The operating conditions may be machine tool operating conditions. The comparison of actual values to predicted values may be based on a dynamic limit within which the predicted values fall which may vary based on the tool position, and the dynamic limit may include upper and lower limit boundaries.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: Makino Inc.
    Inventors: Zhigang Wang, Shogo Nakashima, Mark W. Larson
  • Patent number: 10310488
    Abstract: A numerical controller sequentially reads blocks contained in a machining program, analyzes the read blocks to identify a block that causes an alarm based on mismatch criterion information stored in advance, and generates alarm cause data. The numerical controller then generates, based on the generated alarm cause data, at least one set of proposal patch data for correcting the machining program in such a way that the cause of the alarm is solved and generates a corrected machining program that is the machining program to which the generated proposal patch data is applied.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: Fanuc Corporation
    Inventor: Shinichirou Itakura
  • Patent number: 10261500
    Abstract: A numerical controller calculates a tool path and a tool feed rate based on a cutting point path and a cutting point feed rate instructed by a skiving instruction when a block read from a machining program is the skiving instruction and controls a machining tool based on the calculated tool path and the tool feed rate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: FANUC Corporation
    Inventors: Shuji Ogawa, Motohiko Ito, Yukihiro Hiraishi
  • Patent number: 10234058
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus of assessing a test of a solenoid valve via a positioner are disclosed. An example apparatus includes a solenoid valve to enable an actuator to close an emergency valve and a valve positioner fluidly and communicatively coupled to the solenoid valve. The valve positioner is to instruct the solenoid valve to transition the solenoid valve from a first state to a second state. The valve positioner is to monitor a pressure change of a pressure chamber of the actuator in fluid communication with the solenoid valve relative to an initial pressure for a monitoring duration. The valve positioner is to identify a maximum pressure change during the monitoring duration and determine a ready state of the solenoid valve when the maximum pressure change is greater than a minimum trip value and the pressure change at a monitoring end time is less than a maximum reset value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: FISHER CONTROLS INTERNATIONAL LLC
    Inventors: Kenneth Junk, Shannon Jelken
  • Patent number: 10227038
    Abstract: The invention relates to a regulation speed display apparatus of a vehicle. The apparatus causes a display device to display a detected regulation speed as a standard regulation speed when a traffic sign in a shot landscape is not a traffic sign with an auxiliary sign. The apparatus causes the display device to display the detected regulation speed as the standard regulation speed when the traffic sign in the shot landscape is the traffic sign with the auxiliary sign and the detected regulation speed is larger than an already displayed standard regulation speed. The apparatus causes the display device to maintain the display of the already displayed standard regulation speed when the traffic sign in the shot landscape is the traffic sign with the auxiliary sign and the detected regulation speed is equal to or smaller than the already displayed standard regulation speed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Yusuke Fujimaki
  • Patent number: 10160082
    Abstract: A system and method for mapping the cutting of a plurality of features in a three dimensional workpiece with a plurality of cutting tools controlled by a plurality of cutting tool machines according to process information is disclosed. The method comprises receiving the process information describing cutting parameters the plurality of features from the plurality of cutting tool machines, parsing the process information to extract the cutting parameters, transforming each feature location in the workpiece from a three dimensional space to a two dimensional space, initiating a call to retrieve cutting tool tracking information from each cutting machine for each of the plurality of cutting tools while cutting the plurality of features in the three dimensional workpiece and providing cutting status associated with each feature at the coordinate transformed location of each feature for presentation in the two dimensional space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: THE BOEING COMPANY
    Inventor: Richard Agudelo
  • Patent number: 10132617
    Abstract: A method for measuring geometric surface characteristics of a flange surface positioned at an end of a tubular object, such as sections of a wind power generation tower. Also, a corresponding system. The method includes optically measuring, in each of a plurality of rotational positions of the tubular object, a set of measurement points at the surface of the flange, each set of measurement points being arranged in a sector along an arc at a first distance from the central axis of the tubular object, and being separated in a circumference direction of the flange, wherein said sectors are at least partly overlapping, so that at least two measurement points of each set essentially correspond to measurement points of at least one other set of measurement points, and wherein the arcs together extend over the entire circumference of the flange.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: EASY-LASER AB
    Inventor: Leif Törngren
  • Patent number: 10133253
    Abstract: An operation limiting device applicable to a wide variety of machine tools and which improves the freedom of setting an operation limiting area. Two or three drive axes (Xa, Za) in different directions are designated from among a plurality of drive axes in the machine tool and the designated drive axes (Xa, Za) form the two or three dimensional coordinate system. An area (Ar) for limiting the operation of the mobile body is set in the two or three dimensional coordinate system. A drive axis (Xa) which is in operation is determined, and in the two or three coordinate system including the drive axis which is in operation the operation of the mobile body is limited when the mobile body enters into the limiting area (Ar).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: JTEKT CORPORATION
    Inventors: Akihiro Shimizu, Hiroaki Sugiura, Toshihiro Yonezu
  • Patent number: 10133243
    Abstract: Methods, apparatus, and systems for operating a process plant include multiple user interface devices, each accessing process control data for display in dynamically generated user interfaces, and each operable to transfer device state directly to another device. A first user interface device stores instructions operable to cause a processor of the first user interface device to dynamically generate a user interface for displaying process data. Process data are provided to the first user interface device by a server coupled to a unitary, logical data storage area. When a second user interface device receives from a first user interface device data indicative of the state of the first user interface device, the second user interface device dynamically generates a user interface for displaying data on the second user interface device according to the received data indicative of the state of the first user interface device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: FISHER-ROSEMOUNT SYSTEMS, INC.
    Inventors: Mark J. Nixon, Ken J. Beoughter, Daniel D. Christensen
  • Patent number: 10124877
    Abstract: A method for measuring the position of a mobile structure in a set of reference axes, the structure comprising a plurality of intrinsic recurrent structural elements, comprising the following steps undertaken by a processor. Acquiring simultaneous images of the structure from a plurality of optical devices, each recurrent element being in a field of view of at least three separate optical devices. Extracting the recurrent elements from each image and determining their position in the image. Computing at least one indicator for each recurrent element detected in each image. Identifying each recurrent element by associating a unique identifier with each element, the identifier being related to the position of each optical device in the set of reference axes, and to at least one indicator associated with each element in each image. Determining the position, by implementing a photogrammetric algorithm, of each recurrent element in the set of reference axes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: Airbus Operations SAS
    Inventors: Jean-Christophe Bry, Claude Leonetti, Gregoire Pebernad De Langautier
  • Patent number: 10108178
    Abstract: The invention is a workpiece machining surface display method by means of which a machining mark generated when a workpiece machining surface is machined by a rotary tool comprising a cutting edge is displayed on a display device. Said workpiece machining surface display method contains: a first step in which the shape and position of an indentation generated by the cutting edge shaving the workpiece machining surface are predicted; and a second step in which an indentation image representing the shape of the indentation that has been predicted in the first step is displayed in association with the predicted position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: MAKINO MILLING MACHINE CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Jiro Yasukochi, Tadashi Kasahara
  • Patent number: 10101727
    Abstract: A common parameter interface generation program being configured to cause a processor to execute a method, including: assigning identification information for identifying a control device, acquiring a list of parameters of a selected control device from a design information storage unit, associating the acquired list with the identification information and the names of the selected control device in each of the design information to generate a common parameter and of registering the common parameter in a common parameter storage unit, and generating, in each of design tools, a common parameter interface that acquires the value of the parameter of the control device from the common parameter storage unit and reads out the value to the design information in a data format in data format definition information which defines the data format required when the parameter is treated in the design tools.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Electric Corporation
    Inventors: Kazuhisa Suzuki, Satoshi Iwatsu, Takayuki Yamaoka