Of Elongated Material (e.g., Timber, Veneer, Web) Patents (Class 700/167)
  • Patent number: 10503156
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus to define stages for multi-variate batch control analytics are disclosed. An example method includes determining, with the processor, a current stage in a current batch process based on a current value of a batch stage parameter. The current value of the batch stage parameter determined based on process control data associated with process parameters in the current batch process. The current stage determined independent of batch events defined by at least one of a start or an end of procedures, unit procedures, operations, or phases in a batch recipe. The example method further includes applying, with the processor, a model to the current batch process, the model corresponding to the current stage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2019
    Assignee: Fisher-Rosemount Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: Steve Murray
  • Patent number: 9895819
    Abstract: Aspects of continuous feed fabric cutting are described. In one example, a system includes a textile cutter having a cutting table and a laser cutting assembly. The laser cutting assembly includes a set of laser cut modules arranged in a row to provide a combined laser cutting span across at least a portion of the cutting table. The laser cut modules provide respective laser cutting spans which, collectively, form the combined laser cutting span across the cutting table. As a textile sheet is fed across the cutting table of the textile cutter, one or more textile panels or pieces of fabric can be cut out from the textile sheet using laser beams along the region where the textile sheet intersects or crosses the combined laser cutting span. The laser cutting assembly can provide continuous cutting as a sheet is being fed across the cutting table.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2018
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Rouzbeh Safavi Aminpour
  • Patent number: 9760622
    Abstract: A method for computerized batching of huge populations of electronic documents, including computerized assignment of electronic documents into at least one sequence of electronic document batches such that each document is assigned to a batch in the sequence of batches and such that there is no conflict between batching requirements, the following batching requirements being maintained by a suitably programmed processor: a. pre-defined subsets of documents are always kept together in the same batch, b. batches are equal in size, c. the population is partitioned into clusters, and all documents in any given batch belong to a single cluster rather than to two or more clusters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2017
    Assignee: Microsoft Israel Research and Development (2002) Ltd.
    Inventor: Yiftach Ravid
  • Patent number: 9623578
    Abstract: Aspects of on demand apparel manufacturing are described. A system of on demand apparel manufacturing includes a textile printer, textile cutter, and a computing device. The computing device is configured to perform a process including aggregating orders for products, organizing the orders according to a productivity factor, and arranging panels for products in the orders into an aggregated textile panel template. Arranging the panels can include aligning the panels among each other to reduce scrap in a textile sheet or orienting the panels with a thread, weave, nap, or knit pattern in the textile sheet, for example. The process can further include instructing the textile printer to print a plurality of panels for the products on the textile sheet based on the aggregated textile panel template, and instructing the textile cutter to cut the plurality of panels out from the textile sheet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2017
    Assignee: AMAZON TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: Rouzbeh Safavi Aminpour, Aaron Takayanagi Barnet, Nancy Yi Liang, Adam N. Alexander, James Richard Wilson, Javier Govea Mata
  • Patent number: 8924002
    Abstract: A method and programmed apparatus for cutting graphics from substantially-identical sheets with graphics and registration marks printed thereon using a plotter and controlled cutter and sensor movable over the sheets, including: (1) sensing work-surface positions of the marks of a sheet and calculating an expected work-surface position for each such mark based on the work-surface positions of other marks of the sheet; (2) classifying each mark as active or inactive based on a first error criterion and applying the classification to corresponding marks of a subsequent sheet, the active marks being fewer than the total number of printed marks; (3) sensing the work-surface positions of the active marks of the subsequent sheet; and (4) cutting the graphics from the subsequent sheet based on the sensed positions of the active marks, thereby reducing the time for accurate cut-processing of the subsequent sheet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Assignee: i-cut, Inc.
    Inventors: Geo Andersen, Steen Mikkelsen
  • Publication number: 20140343708
    Abstract: A system and a method for optimizing a rotational orientation of a cylindrical workpiece for a shaping process. The system having a first scanner configured to perform a first scan of the workpiece. A processor configured to perform a first optimization using data from the first scan to determine a first amount of rotation. A turning mechanism configured to perform a first rotation of the workpiece. A second scanner configured to perform a second scan of the workpiece after the first rotation. The processor further configured to determine a second actual rotational orientation of the workpiece using the data from first scan and data from the second scan, to perform a second optimization using the data from first scan to determine a second amount of rotation. The turning mechanism further configured to perform a second rotation of the workpiece by the second amount of rotation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 20, 2014
    Publication date: November 20, 2014
    Inventor: Robert Cecil, JR.
  • Patent number: 8818547
    Abstract: A pre-plating station may include an automated pre-plating device configured to receive a cut truss member and at least partially fasten a connector plate to a portion of the truss member based on truss design data prior to communication of the truss member to a truss assembly location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2014
    Assignee: Illinois Tool Works Inc.
    Inventors: David L. McAdoo, Timothy K. McAdoo
  • Publication number: 20140107830
    Abstract: A method detects parameters of a traversing or circulating material web in a material processing machine. At least one oscillation parameter of at least one transverse oscillation which occurs on the material web is detected contactlessly by at least one sensor. At least one parameter of the material web which results from said oscillation parameter is determined. Furthermore, a device detects parameters of a traversing or circulating material web in a material processing machine.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2012
    Publication date: April 17, 2014
    Applicant: SIEMENS AKTIENGESELLSCHAFT
    Inventors: Peter Lange, Christian Merkel, Gerd Michaelis, Stefan Schwarzer, Alexander Stukenkemper, Andreas Ziroff
  • Patent number: 8478436
    Abstract: A truss assembly station may include a truss assembler. The truss assembler may be configured to enable assembly of a truss from truss members by providing an automatic sequential placement of the truss members based at least in part upon a planned location of pre-plated truss members within an assembled truss. The pre-plated truss members may be truss members including at least one connector plate installed thereon prior to placement at the truss assembly station.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2013
    Assignee: Illinois Tool Works Inc.
    Inventors: David L. McAdoo, Timothy K. McAdoo
  • Patent number: 8447425
    Abstract: An adaptive assembly line for assembly of a continuous first web to a continuous or discontinuous second web. The assembly line includes a control device. The control devices includes a first camera arranged to take a first picture of the first web before assembly of the first web to the second web. The control device is arranged to use the first picture for determining the position of a first center line in the first web. The control device is arranged to use the first picture for controlling the position of the first web and/or the second web so that the first center line becomes aligned with a second center line comprised in the second web during assembly of the first web to the second web.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2013
    Assignee: SCA Hygiene Products AB
    Inventors: Lennart Hjalmarsson, Sophia Törnqvist, Anders Belin
  • Patent number: 8417369
    Abstract: A device for processing objects which are conveyed one after another in a continuous manner, or a quasi endless material web, includes tools revolving on a revolving path. In one variant of the device, the tools are controllably pivotable relative to the revolving path in a manner such that their pivot position is adapted in a controlled manner to the objects to be processed or the material web, independently of an orientation of the revolving path. In a further variant of the device, the device includes at least one drive, which are controllable in a manner such that the tools in groups or individually, may be driven simultaneously at different speeds on the revolving path. This, for example, is realized by way of two drives, wherein each second tool is coupled to the first drive, and the other tools to the second drive.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2013
    Assignee: Ferag AG
    Inventors: Werner Honegger, Roman Dax
  • Patent number: 8340788
    Abstract: A method for tuning operation of servo motors includes selecting a plurality of discrete positions in a guillotine blade cycle for which to determine tuning coefficients, determining tuning coefficients at the discrete positions, interpolating tuning coefficients for positions between the discrete positions, and applying the determined and the interpolated tuning coefficients to the servo motor. The servo motors may be used in connection with a guillotine cutter for separating individual sheets from a continuous web. The guillotine cutter blade may be driven by a servo motor to cyclically lower and raise to transversely cut the web transported below the cutter blade.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: Pitney Bowes Inc.
    Inventors: John W. Sussmeier, Arthur H. DePoi, Gerald F. Leitz
  • Patent number: 8195868
    Abstract: Enhanced functionality is provided in memory devices by enhancing the control logic to recognize predetermined data sequences. Standard (legacy) device operations are used to communicate the predetermined data sequences, thereby allowing existing device drivers to be used with the enhanced devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2012
    Assignee: Renesas Electronics America Inc.
    Inventor: Sami Nassar
  • Publication number: 20110218667
    Abstract: A forming machine for producing formed parts by forming wire, tube or other elongated workpieces has a plurality of driven machine axes, a drive system having a plurality of electrical drives for driving the machine axes, a control device for the coordinated control of operating movements of the machine axes in a production process according to an operating program specific to the production process, and a speed setting device for setting the operating speed of the forming machine for the production process. An operator information system is used to determine and output at least one item of operator information which makes it possible for the operator to control the operating speed with respect to at least one control criterion which represents the energy consumption required for production.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 8, 2010
    Publication date: September 8, 2011
    Applicant: WAFIOS AG
    Inventors: Uwe-Peter Weigmann, Wolfgang Krueger
  • Patent number: 7996483
    Abstract: Adaptive caching techniques are described. In an implementation, a head end defines a plurality of cache periods having associated criteria. Request data for content is obtained and utilized to associate the content with the defined cache periods based on a comparison of the request data with the associated criteria. Then, the content is cached at the head end for the associated cache period.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2011
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventor: Amit A. Dhodapkar
  • Patent number: 7974731
    Abstract: The disclosure relates to a computer-implemented method for stacking wood products. In some embodiments, the disclosure the steps of designing at least two types of engineered wood products via a software application; producing the at least two types of engineered wood products based on the designs utilizing a saw in conjunction with the software application; designating, via the software application, at least two bins to hold the at least two different types of engineered wood products; selecting a first bin for depositing a first type of engineered wood product; selecting a second bin for depositing a second type of engineered wood product; automatically placing the first type of engineered wood product into the first bin; and automatically placing the second type of engineered wood product into the second bin. The at least two types of engineered wood products are at least two of: panels, I-joists, headers and dimensional lumber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2011
    Assignee: Weyerhaeuser NR Company
    Inventor: George H. Sander
  • Patent number: 7966714
    Abstract: Systems, including method and apparatus, for processing workpieces driven automatically along a linear path to a plurality of positions disposed substantially along the linear path. In some embodiments, a workpiece may be processed at one or more of the positions using two or more processing stations, such as a first processing station that cuts the workpiece into segments and a second processing station that performs another processing operation on the workpiece.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2011
    Assignee: Precision Automation, Inc.
    Inventors: Spencer B. Dick, Stuart Aldrich, David A. Morgan, David Lee
  • Patent number: 7886642
    Abstract: A light source is used to illuminate a sawn portion of a piece of wood and exposed surfaces of the saw blade on both sides of the sawn portion. The sawn portion and the exposed surfaces of the saw blade are then imaged substantially concurrently using a single image generator. At least one geometric characteristic of the sawn portion and at least one geometric characteristic of the saw blade are determined based on the imaging.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 15, 2011
    Assignee: EB Associates, Inc.
    Inventor: Earl Barker
  • Patent number: 7853349
    Abstract: The geometric characteristics for a plurality of boards that have been completely sawn by a gangsaw are determined. A sawn surface of one of the plurality of boards is then logically associated with one of the plurality of saw blades in the gangsaw.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 14, 2010
    Assignee: EB Associates, Inc.
    Inventor: Earl Barker
  • Patent number: 7801637
    Abstract: Provided is a system for cutting and sorting of engineered wood products. Using appropriate software, a designer may model an entire house's structural frame. The dimensions and labeling for individual members of the structure are extracted from the model and captured by the software. The software may batch and optimize the products to be cut on the saw and develop sawing control instructions. The instructions are used by the saw to process the parts according to the house structure design. As the parts are processed by the saw, they are discharged and sent to an outfeed system that will stack the engineered wood products according to the parameters defined by the workstation operator. The system can handle the multiple lengths and widths of engineered wood parts from the saw and stack them in the order the software may specify.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2010
    Assignee: Weyerhaeuser NR Company
    Inventor: George H Sander
  • Publication number: 20100161096
    Abstract: A method for identifying the cutting pattern for pieces of wood such as logs comprises the operating steps of: obtaining a virtual three-dimensional model (1) of the density of a piece of wood; selecting a possible first virtual cutting pattern (4) for the piece of wood which may allow one or more semi-finished products (3) to be obtained from the piece of wood; virtually applying the first virtual cutting pattern (4) to the three-dimensional model (1) of the piece of wood to obtain one or more virtual semi-finished products (3); virtually associating with the virtual semi-finished products (3) the corresponding density identified on the basis of the three-dimensional model (1); repeating the selection, application and association steps for a plurality of different possible cutting patterns (4); comparing the semi-finished products (3) which can be obtained with the different cutting patterns (4) and, on the basis of said comparison, selecting the actual cutting pattern (4).
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 15, 2009
    Publication date: June 24, 2010
    Applicant: MICROTEC S.R.L.
    Inventor: FEDERICO GIUDICEANDREA
  • Publication number: 20100065155
    Abstract: A system and a method for monitoring the performance of a subsystem of a forest machine. The method comprises the steps of: collecting data relating to the function of said subsystem or the performing of said function; determining one or more characteristic values to describe the performance continually according to data; and monitoring the variation of said one or more characteristic values in time, wherein, for example, the variation of said one or more characteristic values in time is displayed in the form of a graphic presentation to the user.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 12, 2006
    Publication date: March 18, 2010
    Applicant: JOHN DEERE FORESTRY OY
    Inventors: Arto Peltomae, Aki Putkonen, Kari Lehmusvaara, Timo Käppi
  • Publication number: 20100012227
    Abstract: A lumber processing system for cutting lumber into predetermined shapes broadly includes a scanning section, a computer section and a cutting section. Incoming lumber is scanned in the scanning section using two-color cameras capturing images first under normal lighting and second under ultraviolet (black) lighting for illumination of pre-marked defects. Images are processed in the computer section to produce a polygonal model of the lumber. A series of auxiliary packing computers review the model and determine separate solutions for cutting the lumber. Parts are then ‘punched’ from the lumber in the cutting section utilizing high power lasers cutting from both sides of the lumber simultaneously.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 30, 2009
    Publication date: January 21, 2010
    Inventors: Greg Zielke, John Moody
  • Publication number: 20090276079
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a method of machining a master link disposed at a distal end of a chain and constituting a part of a track chain link of a lower driving device used in an endless track vehicle (a bulldozer, an excavator). According to the present invention, it is possible to rapidly perform the machining work by secondarily adjusting the horizontal degree and the vertical degree of the integrally manufactured front and rear master link in a short time after primarily wire cutting it by using an exclusive clamping jig for the primary wire cut and an exclusive clamping jig for the secondary machining center, and machine the interference portion generated at the time of the assembly of the master link with the corresponding product, by using the machining center provided with the ball end mill, the flat end mill, and the chamfer end mill, in a short time, thereby achieving reduction of the machining time, maintaining the uniform quality and reduction of the production expense.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 26, 2009
    Publication date: November 5, 2009
    Applicant: Daechang Forging Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Bum Je Cho
  • Publication number: 20090255607
    Abstract: At least one geometric characteristic for each of a number of pieces of lumber is determined. Each of the pieces of lumber may then be logically associated with at least one of a log or a cant from which the piece of lumber was sawn.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 15, 2009
    Publication date: October 15, 2009
    Inventor: Earl Barker
  • Publication number: 20090228134
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for manufacturing wings includes a fixture that holds wing panels for drilling and edge trimming by accurate numerically controlled machine tools using original numerical part definition records, utilizing spatial relationships between key features of detail parts or subassemblies as represented by coordination features machined into the parts and subassemblies, thereby making the parts and subassemblies intrinsically determinant of the dimensions and contour of the wing. Spars are attached to the wing panel using the coordination holes to locate the spars accurately on the panel in accordance with the original engineering design, and in-spar ribs are attached to rib posts on the spar using accurately drilled coordination holes in the ends of the rib and in the rib post. The wing contour is determined by the configuration of the spars and ribs rather than by any conventional hard tooling which determines the wing contour in conventional processes.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 31, 2009
    Publication date: September 10, 2009
    Applicant: THE BOEING COMPANY
    Inventors: Clayton L. Munk, Paul E. Nelson, David E. Strand
  • Publication number: 20090216363
    Abstract: A work head adapted to support at least one elongate work piece, said work head having a first drive shaft capable of rotation about a central axis, said work pieces being supported from the work head at a position spaced radially from the central axis such that the axis of each work piece is in the same plane as the central axis, the work pieces supported from the work head to be capable of rotation about their central axes, the drive shaft adapted to be caused to rotate by a first drive, the work pieces adapted to be caused to rotate by a second drive.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 24, 2005
    Publication date: August 27, 2009
    Applicant: EASTLAND MEDICAL SYSTEMS LTD.
    Inventor: Philip Bunce
  • Publication number: 20090095379
    Abstract: The geometric characteristics for a plurality of boards that have been completely sawn by a gangsaw are determined. A sawn surface of one of the plurality of boards is then logically associated with one of the plurality of saw blades in the gangsaw.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 16, 2007
    Publication date: April 16, 2009
    Inventor: Earl Barker
  • Publication number: 20090095377
    Abstract: At least one geometric characteristic for each of a number of pieces of lumber is determined. Each of the pieces of lumber may then be logically associated with at least one of a log or a cant from which the piece of lumber was sawn.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 16, 2007
    Publication date: April 16, 2009
    Inventor: Earl Barker
  • Patent number: 7475581
    Abstract: A method of increasing control precision of a path of a product in a leveling machine including: a fixed support cage; two leveling assemblies with parallel rollers, which are placed above and below the strip respectively; devices necessary to adjust the interlocking of the rollers; a mechanism for measuring leveling forces at least of two sides of the machine; and a theoretical pre-setting model. The method directly measures at least one value for the spacing of the leveling rollers, which is compared to reference values, and uses the members for adjusting the position of the leveling rollers to maintain the measured values equal to the reference values. The method is particularly suitable for machines used to level flat metal products.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2004
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2009
    Assignee: Siemens VAI Metals Technologies SAS
    Inventor: Andrzej Farnik
  • Patent number: 7451164
    Abstract: According to the present invention, techniques for controlling copying of logical volumes within a computer storage system are provided. A representative embodiment includes a plurality of storage devices controlled by a control unit, one or more processors, and a buffer memory for temporarily storing data read from the storage devices within the control unit. The storage devices can be addressed as logical volumes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2003
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2008
    Assignee: Hitachi, Ltd.
    Inventors: Kouji Arai, Susumu Suzuki, Hironori Yasukawa
  • Patent number: 7437278
    Abstract: A simulation method according to which a simulation apparatus, including a storage unit, generates a simulant image indicating a cut-out position of a wooden piece in raw wood and a shape of the wooden piece having a predetermined three-dimensional shape at shaping of the wooden piece from the raw wood, includes receiving an input of a grain pattern which is to appear on a surface of a wooden piece cut out from the raw wood; determining whether a wooden piece can be cut out from the raw wood so that the wooden piece has the three-dimensional shape and a surface showing a similar grain pattern to the received grain pattern; generating a simulant image indicating a cut-out position and a shape of the wooden piece in the raw wood, when it is determined that the wooden piece can be cut out; and outputting the generated simulant image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2006
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2008
    Assignee: Olympus Corporation
    Inventor: Tatsuya Suzuki
  • Patent number: 7347234
    Abstract: The invention concerns a method for optimizing the veneer yield in veneer peeling. The contour of the log to be peeled is determined and the peeling axes at the ends of the log are determined by simulating the veneer yield. The desired veneer yield is determined at least as two veneer products having their own grades. These desired veneer products serve as basic values for the optimizing calculation. The maximum grade of the veneer yield is calculated, based on the dimensions and grades of the veneer products, as well as by iterating the places of the peeling axes and simulating the peeling process. When the peeling axes of the log ends giving the maximum grade yield have been found, the log is placed according to these peeling axes in the lathe and peeled into a veneer web to be cut with a clipper into said desired veneer products.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 25, 2008
    Assignee: Raute Oyj
    Inventor: Mika Hyysti
  • Publication number: 20070288118
    Abstract: A system and method for profiling and manufacturing curved arches includes cutting out the outer dimensions of individual curved sections from sheet material, each curved section including an outer radius, an inner radius, a top surface, a bottom surface, a male end and a corresponding female end. Assembling together the individual curved sections by joining interferingly end to end male ends with female ends to form an assembled curved section. Milling a profile into the top surface of the assembled curved section thereby resulting in an assembled curved section with a profiled top surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 18, 2007
    Publication date: December 13, 2007
    Inventor: ED VAES
  • Patent number: 7245981
    Abstract: A material handling system with a drag mechanism including a wheel for a table saw that controls the orientation and speed of material as it moves through the system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2005
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2007
    Assignee: Precision Automation, Inc.
    Inventors: Spencer B. Dick, Stuart Aldrich, David A. Morgan
  • Patent number: 7221995
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for centering a log for veneer peeling in a lathe. In the method the log is first centered in the centering arrangement of the lathe equipment using centering alignment data based on the contour of the log. On the basis of the thus determined centering data, a computer simulation of peeling is carried out and the results thereof are displayed. The operator performs an alternative centering based on visual evaluation of the log end and, using this centering data, another computer simulation of log peeling is carried out. The peeling outcomes are displayed as an image. The peeling outcomes of all simulations are compared with each other and the centering of actual peeling operation is performed using the centering data giving the optimum yield of peeling.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2004
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2007
    Inventor: Mika Hyysti
  • Patent number: 7200458
    Abstract: A “woodprint™” characterization and identification technique unique employs cameras (16), lighting (14), camera interface hardware (18), a computer (20), and/or image processing software to collect and analyze surface characteristics of pieces of wood (8) to track them through an automated production process in real-time with information that is specific to each wood piece (8), such as what machining is required, its value, and/or its destination. When a wood piece (8) reaches a point in the production process where a decision is required, its unique identity is used to retrieve appropriate information previously determined and assigned to the wood piece (8).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2004
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2007
    Assignee: Lucidyne Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: George M. Carman, Patrick S. Freeman, Ofer Heyman, William J. Briskey
  • Patent number: 7140283
    Abstract: A method and apparatus are disclosed for performing finishing operations on at least one graphics area on a graphics sheet, the graphics sheet having a graphics side, an opposite process side, and reference features, the graphics side bearing the graphics area(s) and registration marks in predetermined positions with respect to the graphics area(s). The method comprises positioning the graphics sheet on a sheet-receiving surface, sensing from the graphics side the positions of the registration marks, determining the coordinates of the graphics area(s) with respect to the sheet-receiving surface as if viewable from the process side, and performing finishing operations on the process side of the graphics sheet based on such determination, whereby such process-side finishing operations compensate for variations of the graphics area(s).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2004
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2006
    Assignee: Mikkelsen Graphic Engineering
    Inventors: Peter Alsten, Steen Mikkelsen, Geo Andersen
  • Patent number: 7117576
    Abstract: A method for producing window components using polymer based, metallurgy based, extruded, injection molded, or wood material is provided. This invention provides a low cost, highly reliable, low defect method of producing window components by machining from a singular piece of material, providing bendable portions, with angled portions adapted to fit together to define a wide range of window shapes and sizes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2002
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2006
    Assignee: VinylLink, LLC
    Inventor: Frank LaSusa
  • Patent number: 7043323
    Abstract: A glass product cutting line includes a CNC cutting table, a sheet feeding device for feeding glass sheets to the glass cutting table, a plurality of harp racks, a sorting device and a dynamic cutting line control system. The control system optimizes the work piece layout on the individual sheets with a biasing favoring individual work pieces assigned to a leading harp rack. The bias tends to cut work pieces of the leading harp rack on leading sheets fill the leading harp rack in a minimum time. The system allows for removal of a filled leading harp rack, by designating a new leading harp rack for the control system, which then dynamically adjusts the bias and associated cutting scheduling.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2005
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2006
    Assignee: Billco Manufacturing, Incorporated
    Inventor: Johannes F. Passant
  • Patent number: 7040204
    Abstract: A method for preparing a graphic on a sheet of material which also includes at least one registration mark at and about the graphic in predetermined positions. The method involves the steps of applying the graphic and at least one registration mark on a sheet of material in positions according to layout data, transferring the layout data to a processing controller, placing the sheet of material on a sheet-receiving surface, sensing the position of the registration mark on the sheet of material, and utilizing the layout data and the position of the registration mark to precisely narrow-path-process around the graphic on the sheet of material. Certain embodiments use either (a) a subset of marks which is applied on one side of graphic or certain reference features, such as edges and corners of the sheet and elements of the graphic, to ascertain the position and orientation of the sheet on the apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2002
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2006
    Assignee: Mikkelsen Graphic Engineering
    Inventors: Steen Mikkelsen, Peter Alsten, Geo Andersen, David G. Jansson
  • Patent number: 7036411
    Abstract: An active measurement and control system for a material cutting apparatus. The apparatus comprises a cutting tool which may be pivoted for cutting a workpiece in a cutting area at a selectable angle. The cutting area defines a datum plane, and a feed table with a shuttle vise is used to move the workpiece toward the cutting area. A controller controls the feed distance of the shuttle vise and the cutting angle of the tool in response to a signal from a sensor used for sensing a transverse dimension of the workpiece relative to the datum plane. In this way, the feed distance and cutting angle are adjusted to compensate for variations in the transverse dimension. This transverse dimension can include a displacement from the datum plane of a distal and/or proximate surface of the workpiece. A method of cutting a workpiece is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2002
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2006
    Assignee: HEM, Inc.
    Inventors: Gerald R. Harris, Mark P. Richards, Michael L. Jackson
  • Patent number: 6879873
    Abstract: A glass product cutting line includes a CNC cutting table, a sheet feeding device for feeding glass sheets to the glass cutting table, a plurality of harp racks, a sorting device and a dynamic cutting line control system. The control system optimizes the workpiece layout on the individual sheets with a biasing favoring individual workpieces assigned to a leading harp rack. The bias tends to cut workpieces of the leading harp rack on leading sheets fill the leading harp rack in a minimum time. The system allows for removal of a filled leading harp rack, by designating a new leading harp rack for the control system, which then dynamically adjusts the bias and associated cutting scheduling.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2003
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2005
    Assignee: Billco Manufacturing Inc.
    Inventor: Johannes F. Passant
  • Publication number: 20040236458
    Abstract: A glass cutting station having a controller that lays out a pattern of lites to be cut from set of glass sheets to fulfill the lite requirements of a multiple number of cutting batches. The controller identifies one or more underutilized glass sheets in a first set of glass sheets that have free space with no lites designated to be cut in the first batch. The controller also lays out a pattern of lites to be cut to fulfill the lite requirements of an additional or second batch in the number of batches by utilizing at least some of the free space on the underutilized glass sheets of the first set of glass sheets. Additionally the controller designates other glass sheets from which to cut other lites in the additional batch.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 17, 2003
    Publication date: November 25, 2004
    Inventors: Byron C. Clayton, Timothy B. McGlinchy, William V. Perry, Paul Victor Dorsch
  • Publication number: 20040199283
    Abstract: A system of processing material involves cutting pieces of material pursuant to a cut list and managing remaining salvage and defect pieces.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 20, 2003
    Publication date: October 7, 2004
    Inventors: Spencer B. Dick, David Lee, David A. Morgan
  • Patent number: 6799086
    Abstract: A robot control system includes a scenario receiver to receive a robot control program or scenario, a scenario register to incorporate the received scenario in the robot, a scenario selector to select a scenario for execution thereof from scenarios beforehand incorporated in the robot and scenarios added to the robot, and a scenario executor to execute the selected scenario. Therefore, there are provided a robot, a robot control system, and a program of the same in which a new control program module can be added to a robot control program.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2002
    Date of Patent: September 28, 2004
    Assignee: NEC Corporation
    Inventor: Yasuyuki Toki
  • Patent number: 6772661
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for cutting a graphics area from a sheet of material which includes such graphics area. The method involves applying a plurality of registration marks on the sheet at and about the graphics area in predetermined positions at the time the graphics are applied thereto, sensing the locations of the registration marks on the sheet of material at the time of cutting, and cutting the graphics area from the ready-to-cut sheet along a path determined in response to the sensed locations positions of the registration marks with respect to the graphics area at that time, whereby precise cutting occurs despite two-dimensional distortion of the sheet prior to cutting.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2000
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2004
    Assignee: Mikkelsen Graphic Engineering
    Inventors: Steen Mikkelsen, Geo Andersen
  • Patent number: 6705363
    Abstract: A log processor and log processing method scans a log (L) at a first station (18) so that the longitudinal centerline (32) and a sawing scheme for the log can be automatically determined by a controller (4). The log is oriented at a second station (24) so that the longitudinal centerline is oriented with respect to a vertical plane passing through the feed line. The position of the log is automatically adjusted at third and fourth stations (36, 42) so that the saw blade path (56) through the log is generally parallel to the feed line as the log passes a log exit (12) and through a saw (14). The sawing scheme can include variable tapering sawing from split taper sawing to full taper sawing. Differential steering chain assemblies (37) may be used at the fourth station and may each include continuous loop, log-engaging chains (106) which engage the log above and below the log. Log chipping, profiling heads (62) may be used on either side of the feed line, such as at a fifth station.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2001
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2004
    Inventors: Ronald W. McGehee, Rory M. Mitchell
  • Patent number: 6695021
    Abstract: A molding machine for machining workpieces of wood or plastic material has a transport path for transporting workpieces in a transport direction and adjustable spindles arranged sequentially in the transport direction on the transport path. Tools are fixedly connected on the spindles. Adjusting elements are drivingly connected to the spindles. First indicator devices are coupled to the adjusting elements and indicate a position of the spindles relative to a reference point of the machine, respectively. At least one data storage device is connected to the indicator devices and configured to save position data of the spindles and to allow retrieval of the position data of the spindles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2002
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2004
    Assignee: Michael Weinig Aktiegesellschaft
    Inventor: Heinrich Englert
  • Patent number: 6688352
    Abstract: The invention relates to a work center for wood working including: a support base (1) for the pieces to be worked; a structure (6), mobile along said base in the direction of a first numerically controlled axis (X); a support (12) of a tool group (13) mounted on said structure and mobile, under numeric control, along a second axis orthogonal the first two, wherein a second tool group (15) is provided, mounted on said support (12), said second tool group (15) being mobile between a first position in which it fits completely within said support (12) and a second position in which said second tool group protrudes from the said support (12). According to a second preferred embodiment, the machine includes, mounted onto the same structure (6), a second carriage mobile along said second axis and supporting a second tool group mobile along said third axis (Z) orthogonal to the first two.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2002
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2004
    Assignee: Uniteam S.p.A.
    Inventors: Sante Marchioro, Valentino Borriero