Sintering, Soldering, Or Bonding Patents (Class 700/212)
  • Patent number: 11262738
    Abstract: A method and a device for the functional testing and evaluation of a control system. The method for functional testing of sensors, actuators, and/or a control logic system of a control system controlled in at least a partly automated manner has the following: sending at least one stimulus to a sensor, an actuator, and/or to the control logic system of the control system; reading out at least one reaction of the control system from the sensor, from the actuator, from the control logic system, and/or from a connection between these components; and using a metric module to compare the reaction with a stored expected reaction, the metric module determining a metric according to which deviations of the read-out reaction from the expected reaction are to be evaluated with respect to the intended function of the control system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2022
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Achim Feyerabend, Elena Pancera, Heinz Hertlein, Oliver Pink, Thomas Goeppel
  • Patent number: 11120546
    Abstract: An optical characterization system and a method of using the same are disclosed. The system comprises a controller configured to be communicatively coupled with one or more detectors configured to receive illumination from a sample and generate image data. One or more processors may be configured to receive images of dies on the sample, calculate dissimilarity values for all combinations of the images, perform a cluster analysis to partition the combinations of the images into two or more clusters, generate a reference image for a cluster of the two or more clusters using two or more of the combinations of the images in the cluster; and detect one or more defects on the sample by comparing a test image in the cluster to the reference image for the cluster.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2021
    Assignee: KLA Corporation
    Inventors: Bjorn Brauer, Nurmohammed Patwary, Sangbong Park, Xiaochun Li
  • Patent number: 10802465
    Abstract: A method for accessing a computer-numerically-controlled machine can include receiving a command to be executed by the computer-numerically-controlled machine. A hardware state of a component in the computer-numerically-controlled machine can be determined by receiving, from the component, data indicative of the hardware state. An origin of the command including a user identification of a user who sent the command and/or a machine identification of a device that sent the command can be determined. Whether the computer-numerically-controlled machine is allowed to execute the command can be determined by applying a set of rules and based on the hardware state and/or the origin of the command. In response to determining that the computer-numerically-controlled machine is allowed to execute the command, the command can be executed at the computer-numerically-controlled machine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Assignee: Glowforge Inc.
    Inventors: Daniel Shapiro, Mark Gosselin, Anthony Wright, Scott Haug, Linden Wright
  • Patent number: 10693524
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a device and method for producing low-frequency magnetic-field signals to enable long-range wireless communication through conductive media. The magnetic-field signals can be generated by mechanically moving permanent magnets. In some examples, transmitters are capable of transmitting signals in the ultra-low and very-low frequency ranges (e.g., 100 Hz-30 kHz), utilizing a small amount of power.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS
    Inventors: Gaurav Bahl, Sameh Tawfick, Rhinithaa P Thanalakshme, Ali Kanj, Inbar Grinberg, Jennifer Bernhard
  • Patent number: 10365192
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for rapid screening of material properties in a plurality of additively manufactured test specimens. The apparatus includes a build plate having the plurality of additively manufactured test specimens disposed on a first substantially planar surface. The plurality of additively manufactured test specimens are coupled to at least one actuator to one of individually or simultaneously translationally displace each of the test specimens along an axis “z”, and perpendicular to the build plane of the build plate to test material properties of each of the plurality of additively manufactured test specimens. A sensor is coupled to each of the plurality of additively manufactured test specimens. Load vs. displacement data may be used to monitor the progression of monotonic and/or cyclic tests of the plurality of additively manufactured test specimens.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Andrew David Deal, Timothy Hanlon, Vipul Kumar Gupta, Erica Elizabeth Sampson, Justin John Gambone, Jr., Scott Michael Oppenheimer, Laura Cerully Dial
  • Patent number: 9162310
    Abstract: Enhanced power factor correction for a welding-based power supply includes a controller that tracks a rectified input voltage waveform and detects zero-crossing events therein. The controller generates an ideal sinusoidal current reference signal synchronized by expected zero-crossings in the supplied power. The reference signal is used in a current control loop within the controller to control the power electronics such that the waveform of the current drawn by the power supply matches the waveform of the input voltage. The frequency of the supplied power may be calculated using the expected zero-crossings and used to adjust the expected zero-crossings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2015
    Assignee: Illinois Tool Works Inc.
    Inventors: Steven J. Geissler, Todd G. Batzler, Michael D. Madsen
  • Publication number: 20150057791
    Abstract: A control system for controlling at least one welding process includes at least two welding controllers and at least one operator interface for controlling the welding controllers and at least one interface layer. The control system further includes control commands from an operator interface being at least partially transmitted to the welding controllers as a control and/or querying command via the at least one interface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 20, 2014
    Publication date: February 26, 2015
    Inventor: Dhruv Kalia
  • Publication number: 20150057790
    Abstract: A control system for controlling at least one welding process includes at least two welding controllers and at least two operator interfaces configured to control the welding controllers. The control system further includes at least one web page display element that is configured to communicate with at least one of the at least two welding controllers and the at least one operator interface and/or is included in the at least two welding controllers. The at least one web page display element is configured to query welding parameters of the at least two welding controllers continuously or at temporal predefinable intervals of time and/or control the at least two welding controllers dependently or independently of each other.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 20, 2014
    Publication date: February 26, 2015
    Inventor: Dhruv Kalia
  • Patent number: 8934999
    Abstract: A robotic processing system includes a microprocessor-controlled workpiece processor having a mobile processing element to be positioned independently in three orthogonal dimensions with respect to each of a plurality of target locations on a workpiece, with each particular target location of the plurality of target locations including an element to be processed, the mobile processing element processing the element at each particular target location by first moving to an initial location that is offset from the particular target location in a single dimension and then second moving along the single dimension towards the element at the particular target location until a contact signal is detected; and a control, coupled to the workpiece and to the mobile processing element, communicating the contact signal to the workpiece processor when the processing element makes physical contact with the element at the particular target location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2015
    Assignee: Tesla Motors, Inc.
    Inventor: Nicholas R. Kalayjian
  • Patent number: 8925791
    Abstract: A system includes host and learning machines. Each machine has a processor in electrical communication with at least one sensor. Instructions for predicting a binary quality status of an item of interest during a repeatable process are recorded in memory. The binary quality status includes passing and failing binary classes. The learning machine receives signals from the at least one sensor and identifies candidate features. Features are extracted from the candidate features, each more predictive of the binary quality status. The extracted features are mapped to a dimensional space having a number of dimensions proportional to the number of extracted features. The dimensional space includes most of the passing class and excludes at least 90 percent of the failing class. Received signals are compared to the boundaries of the recorded dimensional space to predict, in real time, the binary quality status of a subsequent item of interest.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2015
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Jeffrey A Abell, John Patrick Spicer, Michael Anthony Wincek, Hui Wang, Debejyo Chakraborty
  • Patent number: 8757469
    Abstract: A system includes host and learning machines in electrical communication with sensors positioned with respect to an item of interest, e.g., a weld, and memory. The host executes instructions from memory to predict a binary quality status of the item. The learning machine receives signals from the sensor(s), identifies candidate features, and extracts features from the candidates that are more predictive of the binary quality status relative to other candidate features. The learning machine maps the extracted features to a dimensional space that includes most of the items from a passing binary class and excludes all or most of the items from a failing binary class. The host also compares the received signals for a subsequent item of interest to the dimensional space to thereby predict, in real time, the binary quality status of the subsequent item of interest.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2014
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Jeffrey A Abell, John Patrick Spicer, Michael Anthony Wincek, Hui Wang, Debejyo Chakraborty
  • Patent number: 8718812
    Abstract: A method of making an aerofoil blink comprising a plurality of aerofoil blades joined to a disc to extend radially outwardly therefrom is provided. The method includes the step of: (a) modelling a linear friction welding process in which a blade member is joined to the disc, the blade member having a stub for joining to the disc, wherein the modelling provides results which are indicative of the welding power at positions along the stub during the welding process; (b) identifying adaptations to the stub using the modelling results to compensate for differences in welding power along the stub during the welding process; (c) providing a blade member having a stub with the identified adaptations; and (d) joining the provided blade member to the disc by the linear friction welding process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2014
    Assignee: Rolls-Royce PLC
    Inventor: Simon E. Bray
  • Patent number: 8592722
    Abstract: A system and method for determining settings or parameters for a welding-type power source are provided. By presenting an operator with an interface that is positioned along the path of a weld cable and configured to input weld characteristics, an operator is not required to determine electrical parameters for setting a welding-type power source output at the power source. The interface is presented to the operator at a remote welding-type device, such as a wire feeder, a weld robot, a torch, or the like. From the operator-specified weld characteristics, the system and method determine appropriate settings for the power source. In some embodiments, the system and method may automatically set the power source accordingly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2013
    Assignee: Illinois Tool Works Inc.
    Inventors: James F. Ulrich, Bruce Albrecht, Todd E. Holverson
  • Publication number: 20130211579
    Abstract: A robotic processing system includes a microprocessor-controlled workpiece processor having a mobile processing element to be positioned independently in three orthogonal dimensions with respect to each of a plurality of target locations on a workpiece, with each particular target location of the plurality of target locations including an element to be processed, the mobile processing element processing the element at each particular target location by first moving to an initial location that is offset from the particular target location in a single dimension and then second moving along the single dimension towards the element at the particular target location until a contact signal is detected; and a control, coupled to the workpiece and to the mobile processing element, communicating the contact signal to the workpiece processor when the processing element makes physical contact with the element at the particular target location.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 13, 2012
    Publication date: August 15, 2013
    Applicant: TESLA MOTORS, INC.
    Inventor: Nicholas Robert Kalayjian
  • Patent number: 8463422
    Abstract: An extruder or injection molding machine with user-specifically monitoring and regulating processing of plastic materials includes a material feed, a plasticizer, and a mold. A process input variable, e.g. cost of the apparatus, raw material, power, and processed quantity, can be inputted with an input device and transmitted to a controller. A process monitoring variable, e.g. the duration of a product cycle, product cost, raw material used/power consumed per product cycle, expected purchase price for a given quantity of a product, and number of product cycles until maintenance, can be determined in real time from a process control variable and/or process input variable. A value of a process monitoring variable, such as the actual desired, or mean value, the value integrated since starting, the history or tendency of this value, can be outputted on an output device in form of a characteristic diagram.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2013
    Assignee: KraussMaffei Technologies GmbH
    Inventors: Markus Betsche, Günther Grimm, Arno Wyrwoll
  • Patent number: 8449708
    Abstract: A device for the thermal bonding of a flexible covering (13) to a support (12), using a fluidized bed of particles (4), includes an internal zone, called a heating box (10) smaller in size than that of the enclosure (2), which is placed approximately at the center of the latter, the heating box having a gas distributor (6b), a diffusion mesh (7b) and a gas feed system (5b, 9) that are separate and isolated from those of the enclosure, and heating elements (11) designed to be placed in the particle bed. A thermal bonding method suitable for being implemented by this device is also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2013
    Assignee: C-Gex System's
    Inventors: Christian Guilhem, Jacques Guilhem
  • Patent number: 8271124
    Abstract: An object is heated to a preheating temperature in an atmosphere of a reducing gas under the atmospheric pressure while adjusting the setting of the emissivity of a non-contact temperature measuring part and regulating the temperature of the object according to the measured value measured by a contact temperature measuring part. The pressure of the atmosphere is reduced. The object is further heated to a heating temperature under a lowered pressure while regulating the temperature of the object according to the measured value measured by the non-contact temperature measuring part whose setting of the emissivity is adjusted during the heating process to the preheating temperature. The pressure of the atmosphere is increased back to the atmospheric pressure while maintaining the heating temperature of the object. The temperature of the object is decreased under the atmospheric pressure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2012
    Assignees: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha, Hirata Corporation
    Inventors: Sotaro Ol, Masanari Matsuura, Tomoyuki Kubota, Masaya Tsuruta
  • Publication number: 20120150338
    Abstract: An apparatus for generating a saddle-shaped trajectory for intersection of two cylindrical conduits. The apparatus includes an encoder module, a motorized axial module connected with the encoder module and movable only in a direction parallel to a longitudinal axis of an intersecting cylindrical conduit and a motorized rotatable module connected with the motorized axial module and rotatable around the longitudinal axis of the intersecting cylindrical conduit. Control software provided in one of the modules includes an algorithm providing control of the modules for generation of the saddle-shaped trajectory on the two cylindrical conduits. The algorithm requires input of only a radius of each of the cylindrical conduits.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 9, 2010
    Publication date: June 14, 2012
    Applicant: OPERATIONS TECHNOLOGY DEVELOPMENT, NFP
    Inventors: James LOUIS, Francis Xavier HENNESSEY, Daniel Thomas GERMATA
  • Patent number: 8140179
    Abstract: The present invention includes an apparatus and method by which the three-dimensional form or configuration of a distorted workpiece, such as a turbine component, is reverse engineered, and then this reverse engineering capability is combined with welding equipment, preferably a laser powder fusion welder, all integrally carried within a single machine, whereby a tool path unique to each workpiece is created and the welding machine accurately replaces lost material on the workpiece. The present invention consists of a series of operations or steps, preferably carried out by a single machine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2012
    Assignee: S.E. Huffman Corp.
    Inventors: David E. Drechsler, James N. Cobb, J. Michael Humber
  • Patent number: 8115138
    Abstract: System(s) and method(s) that facilitates comprehensive identification and designation of welding procedures. A configuration component facilitates configuring the welding system with respect to pre-defined procedures and/or parameters and facilitates naming of the configured welding system. A storage component that stores the configured welding system in a readily accessible memory location. A remote access component can facilitate remotely accessing the welding system, the configuration of the welding system alterable by way of the remote access component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2005
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2012
    Assignee: Lincoln Global, Inc.
    Inventors: Ronald Robert Jacovetty, Dmitry Brant
  • Publication number: 20120022683
    Abstract: An apparatus and computer program are disclosed for processing at least one workpiece using a rotary tool with rotating member for contacting and processing the workpiece. The methods include oscillating the rotary tool laterally with respect to a selected propagation path for the rotating member with respect to the workpiece to define an oscillation path for the rotating member. The methods further include obtaining force signals or parameters related to the force experienced by the rotary tool at least while the rotating member is disposed at the extremes of the oscillation. The force signals or parameters associated with the extremes can then be analyzed to determine a lateral position of the selected path with respect to a target path and a lateral offset value can be determined based on the lateral position. The lateral distance between the selected path and the target path can be decreased based on the lateral offset value.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 7, 2011
    Publication date: January 26, 2012
    Applicant: Vanderbilt University
    Inventors: Paul Fleming, David H. LAMMLEIN, George E. COOK, Don Mitchell WILKES, Alvin M. STRAUSS, David R. DELAPP, Daniel A. HARTMAN
  • Publication number: 20110190926
    Abstract: A device for the thermal bonding of a flexible covering (13) to a support (12), using a fluidized bed of particles (4), includes an internal zone, called a heating box (10) smaller in size than that of the enclosure (2), which is placed approximately at the center of the latter, the heating box having a gas distributor (6b), a diffusion mesh (7b) and a gas feed system (5b, 9) that are separate and isolated from those of the enclosure, and heating elements (11) designed to be placed in the particle bed. A thermal bonding method suitable for being implemented by this device is also described.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 19, 2009
    Publication date: August 4, 2011
    Applicant: C GEX SYSTEM'S
    Inventors: Christian Guilhem, Jacques Guilhem
  • Patent number: 7941241
    Abstract: An optical fabrication method which is capable of adjusting a hardness and a density needed for each optical fabrication area in fabricating a three-dimensional fabricated article through sintering with a light beam, and is excellent in a working efficiency performs the steps of forming a powder layer of a predetermined thickness and then sintering the powder layer with a light beam, a predetermined number of times, cutting a periphery of the powder layers, and changing a degree of sintering by changing an amount of irradiation per unit area of a light-beam sintered surface according to a shortest distance from a peripheral surface of each powder layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2011
    Assignee: Matsuura Machinery Corporation
    Inventors: Norio Takinami, Toshio Maeda
  • Patent number: 7860609
    Abstract: A robot multi-arm control system includes robot controllers that communicate via a network to transmit synchronization information from a master controller to one or more slave controllers in order to coordinate manufacturing processes. The system accounts for the network communication delay when synchronizing the event timing for process and motion synchronization.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 28, 2010
    Assignee: Fanuc Robotics America, Inc.
    Inventors: Akihiro Yanagita, Jianming Tao, Tien L. Chang, Ho Cheung Wong, H. Dean McGee, Chi-Keng Tsai, Sai-Kai Cheng, Steven E. Nickel, Hadi Akeel
  • Publication number: 20100301103
    Abstract: Two pipes are arranged end to end, the pipes being shaped such that a groove is defined between the ends of the pipe. A plurality of welding torches are used to weld in the groove, such that at least some of the welding torches perform a first welding pass, the welding characteristics of the torches are adjusted and at least some of the welding torches are used to perform a second welding pass. At least one torch welds in a first sector in the first welding pass and a second sector in the second welding pass, the second sector being different to the first. The sectors might overlap or might not overlap.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 19, 2009
    Publication date: December 2, 2010
    Applicant: SAIPEM S.P.A.
    Inventor: Renato Bonelli
  • Publication number: 20100290319
    Abstract: In illustrative implementations of this invention, a mechanical clock is produced in a manner such that, once its separate parts are made, the clock requires no further assembly. In one implementation of this invention, a mechanical clock is designed using standard CAD (computer-aided design) modeling tools and made with a rapid prototyping machine. The support material used in rapid prototyping is then removed. Once the support material is removed, the clock runs without any additional assembly. In this implementation, the clock contains all the components that are required and they are all constructed in the rapid prototyping process.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 13, 2010
    Publication date: November 18, 2010
    Inventors: Robert Swartz, Peter Schmitt
  • Publication number: 20100286809
    Abstract: An analytical model generating-apparatus including: an input portion which inputs CAD data describing at least a first part and a second part, face-to-face angle threshold data, face-to-face distance threshold data, and leg length data of a welding bead; a CAD data reading-portion; a welding bead retrieving-portion comparing an angle between the first part and the second part with the face-to-face angle threshold data so as to retrieve a place where the welding bead should be produced; a clearance checking-portion comparing a distance between the first part and the second part with the face-to-face distance threshold data; a virtual shape creating-portion creating a virtual shape in the clearance between the first part and the second part; a welding bead producing-portion producing the welding bead in the virtual shape based on the leg length data of the welding bead; and a CAD data saving-portion saving CAD data including the produced welding bead.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 7, 2010
    Publication date: November 11, 2010
    Inventors: Ichiro KATAOKA, Ichiro Nishigaki, Takashi Yokohari, Masayuki Hariya
  • Publication number: 20100280646
    Abstract: A method for quality control during ultrasonic bonding, in which a transducer bonding tool unit and an ultrasonic generator are used and in which, during the bonding, one or more sensors are used to sense measurement signals for one or more parameters, which can vary during the bonding, for assessing the bond quality and/or for influencing the bonding, and which proposes that, during the bonding, at least one speed profile measurement signal representing the time/speed profile of the tip of the ultrasonic tool in the direction of oscillation thereof be sensed. The invention also relates to a bonding apparatus which is suitable for carrying out the method. Furthermore, the invention relates to other quality control methods for ultrasonic bonding and to bonding apparatuses which are suitable for carrying out these methods.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 12, 2010
    Publication date: November 4, 2010
    Inventors: Hans-Juergen Hesse, Michael Broekelmann, Sebastian Hagenkoetter
  • Publication number: 20100268372
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for connecting material webs disposed with overlapping edges, wherein an automatic welding machine having a driven chassis and a drive unit disposed thereon and a welding unit is guided along the overlap zone of the material webs to be connected, such that the carried welding unit connects the edges to be connected to one another. The invention further relates to an automatic welding machine for performing the method.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 11, 2008
    Publication date: October 21, 2010
    Inventors: Reto Zurbuchen, Ulrich Gubler
  • Patent number: 7815812
    Abstract: A method for controlling a process for fabricating integrated devices on a substrate. The method includes ex-situ and in-situ measurements of pre-etch and post-etch dimensions for structures formed on the substrate and uses the results of the measurements to adjust process recipes and to control the operational status of etch and external substrate processing equipment. In one exemplary application, the method is used during a multi-pass process for fabricating a capacitive structure of a trench capacitor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2006
    Date of Patent: October 19, 2010
    Assignee: Applied Materials, Inc.
    Inventors: Matthew F. Davis, Lei Lian, Barbara Schmidt
  • Publication number: 20100262273
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for the manufacture of pouches (30) from foil (44) or the like for bulk goods or fibrous material, preferably for tobacco (31), wherein a continuous foil web (44) and/or at least one further continuous material web (41) are guided along at least one welding station (45, 46, 47, 104), at which portions of the foil (33a) (and/or of the at least one further material (41) are welded, preferably to other portions of the foil (34a) and/or to the further material (41), in particular to parts of a multiaction sealing means (41). In this method, the foil web (44) and/or the at least one further material web (41) are guided, in particular cyclically, at least approximately in a vertical direction along the at least one welding station (45, 46, 47, 104), and/or the continuous foil web (44) and/or the at least one further material web (41) are welded, in particular cyclically, by ultrasonic welding.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 3, 2010
    Publication date: October 14, 2010
    Applicant: Focke & Co. (GmbH & Co. KG)
    Inventors: Thomas Dose, Andreas Storcks, Hagen Geske
  • Patent number: 7809465
    Abstract: Soldering can be performed in a state where the temperature in an object zone is stable, regardless of the heat capacity of a soldering object. A soldering device includes: a position calculation unit which calculates the position of a heated object according to operational information of a conveyer which sequentially transfers the heated object into a plurality of zones for heat processing communicated with each other; a heat capacity calculation unit which calculates the heat capacity of the heated object; and a temperature management unit which controls the temperature in an object zone into which the heated object is carried, upon receiving positional information from the position calculation unit. The temperature management unit feedforward-controls the temperature in the object zone by adjusting the heat capacity of the object zone according to the heat capacity calculated by the heat capacity calculation unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 5, 2010
    Assignees: Tamura Corporation, Tamura Fa System Corporation
    Inventors: Takahito Yamaguchi, Kiyoshi Dohzono
  • Patent number: 7797072
    Abstract: A prosthetic limb has an outer surface that is a mirror image of an intact limb. The intact limb is scanned and the surface data is manipulated to create a virtual mirror image. The end of the amputated limb is also scanned to obtain socket data. A virtual limb is designed using a computer program based upon the mirror image and end of the amputated limb data. The computer program is also used to design a removable fairing that provides color and texture to the prosthetic limb.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2010
    Assignee: Bespoke Innovations, Inc.
    Inventor: Scott Summit
  • Patent number: 7783100
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for inspecting and analyzing welded structures includes a laser for directing at least one beam of light at a weld bead to define at least one visible profile line; a camera directed at the weld bead for capturing an image of the at least one profile line and generating a usable image signal based on the image; and a preprogrammed microprocessor assembly configured for receiving the usable image signal and processing the signal as an image to determine a dimension of the weld bead defined along the at least one profile line and comparing the dimension of the weld bead with a predetermined dimension set point to determine the quality of the weld bead.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 24, 2010
    Assignee: Topy America, Inc.
    Inventors: Stephen Byington, Keith Carpenter
  • Patent number: 7764191
    Abstract: The claimed subject matter provides a system and/or a method that facilitates utilizing a radio frequency identification (RFID) tag associated with an object. An RFID component can receive extended data from the RFID tag that identifies an operation. An automation device can then manipulate the object based at least in part upon the extended data and the identified operation. Moreover, a controller can be utilized to control the automation device, wherein the controller utilizes an internal database and/or data store to provide efficient access to specific information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2005
    Date of Patent: July 27, 2010
    Assignee: Rockwell Automation Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Kenwood H. Hall, Vivek R. Bapat, Sujeet Chand, Richard A. Morse, Joseph P. Owen, Jr., Arthur P. Pietrzyk, Andreas Somogyi, Kenneth A. Tinnell
  • Publication number: 20100174392
    Abstract: A process for establishing manufacturing parameters includes computer simulating a manufacture of a laser-sintered part based on a set of manufacturing parameters, calculating a set of physical properties of the simulated manufacture, and modifying the set of manufacturing parameters based on the calculated set in order to obtain a desired set of physical properties.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 20, 2009
    Publication date: July 8, 2010
    Inventors: Jeffrey E. Fink, Tracy L. Taylor, Lori A. Narvett, Bryon L. Shapey
  • Publication number: 20100152870
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for controlling robots for welding three-dimensional workpieces, comprising the following steps: positioning and tacking profiles to a plate in order to form the workpiece to be welded, depicting the workpiece by means of a three-dimensional imaging system in the form of three-dimensional pixels, determining the geometric data of the plate and profiles, including the allocation of cutouts and final cutting shapes from the three-dimensional pixels, determining the weld seam data from the geometric data while considering the profile placement lines and the contact lines of profiles, allocating the weld seam data to parameterizable specifications for the weld plan into stored predefined movement patterns of the robot, and into commands for the control of the welding process.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 19, 2008
    Publication date: June 17, 2010
    Applicants: FRAUNHOFER-GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FOERDERUNG DER ANGEWANDTEN FORSCHUNG E.V., UNIVERSITAET ROSTOCK
    Inventors: Martin Christoph Wanner, Alexander Zych, Uwe Pfletscher
  • Publication number: 20100121472
    Abstract: A remote high-performance computing material joining and material forming modeling system (100) enables a remote user (10) using a user input device (20) to use high speed computing capabilities to model materials joining and material forming processes. The modeling system (100) includes an interface module (200), an application module (300), a computing module (400), and a scheduling module (500). The interface module (200) is in operative communication with the user input device (20), as well as the application module (300), the computing module (400), and the scheduling module (500). The application module (300) is in operative communication with the interface module (200) and the computing module (400). The scheduling module (500) is in operative communication with the interface module (200) and the computing module (400). Lastly, the computing module (400) is in operative communication with the interface module (200), the application module (300), and the scheduling module (500).
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 21, 2008
    Publication date: May 13, 2010
    Inventors: Sudarsanam S. Babu, Chris Conrardy, Shuchi P. Khurana, Wei Zhang, Wei Gan
  • Publication number: 20100121475
    Abstract: A method for manufacturing a co-molded insert part for use in composite, plastic, or metal parts is disclosed. The method comprises the step of providing a three-dimensional molding insert produced by a layer additive manufacturing process. The method further comprises the step of applying a layer material in contact with at least a portion of the molding insert. The method further comprises the step of co-molding the layer material and the molding insert simultaneously to produce a co-molded insert part.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 13, 2008
    Publication date: May 13, 2010
    Applicant: THE BOEING COMPANY
    Inventor: Brett I. Lyons
  • Publication number: 20100121479
    Abstract: An object is heated to a preheating temperature in an atmosphere of a reducing gas under the atmospheric pressure while adjusting the setting of the emissivity of a non-contact temperature measuring part and regulating the temperature of the object according to the measured value measured by a contact temperature measuring part. The pressure of the atmosphere is reduced. The object is further heated to a heating temperature under a lowered pressure while regulating the temperature of the object according to the measured value measured by the non-contact temperature measuring part whose setting of the emissivity is adjusted during the heating process to the preheating temperature. The pressure of the atmosphere is increased back to the atmospheric pressure while maintaining the heating temperature of the object. The temperature of the object is decreased under the atmospheric pressure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 8, 2008
    Publication date: May 13, 2010
    Applicants: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha, Hirata Corporation
    Inventors: Sotaro Ol, Masanari Matsuura, Tomoyuki Kubota, Masaya Tsuruta
  • Publication number: 20100106285
    Abstract: A system and method for the welding of drill bits using an automated robot or robots.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 22, 2009
    Publication date: April 29, 2010
    Inventor: Alan J. Massey
  • Patent number: 7705269
    Abstract: Warning and shutdown systems and methods are presented for providing advance warnings of pending fault conditions to an operator of an arc processing system. The warning system comprises an input, a logic system, and a signaling system, where the input receives a sensor signal indicative of an operational condition of the arc processing system, the logic system detects a pending fault condition based on the sensor signal, and the signaling system provides a warning signal to the operator, wherein the warning signal is indicative of the pending fault condition. Shutdown apparatus is provided which has a sensor input, a logic system to detect a fault condition, and a shutdown system that selectively shuts the arc processing system down a predetermined time period after fault detection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2005
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2010
    Assignee: Lincoln Global, Inc.
    Inventor: Joseph A. Daniel
  • Publication number: 20090326706
    Abstract: A process of for creating process build parameters includes creating a set of process build parameters for laser-sintering of a part based on a thermal model of a parts bed of a laser sintering machine and empirical data from prior laser-sintered parts built in the parts bed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 20, 2009
    Publication date: December 31, 2009
    Inventors: Jeffrey E. Fink, Tracy L. Taylor, Lori A. Wegner, Bryon Shapey
  • Publication number: 20090234483
    Abstract: The invention describes a remote access unit (31) and a method for managing welding devices (1) which are connected to a network (27) via interfaces (28), including a connection for connecting to the network (27), a display for displaying the welding devices (1) and their parameters and/or configurations, a memory for storing the parameters and/or configurations of the welding devices (1), and input units for operation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 7, 2006
    Publication date: September 17, 2009
    Inventors: Tomas Leko, Markus Pernegger, Manuel Rumpl, Roland Schick, Markus Stöger, Manfred Wittmann
  • Patent number: 7575708
    Abstract: A process of fabricating aerospace parts using selective laser sintering is provided, wherein the process generally comprises the steps of preparing a powder nylon material, loading the powder nylon material into a laser sintering machine, warming up the powder nylon material according to build warm-up parameters, building the part according to build parameters and part parameters, and cooling down the part according to build cool-down parameters. As a result, parts are produced that are directly used in aerospace structures, which meet the stringent performance requirements of aerospace applications, rather than as rapid prototypes as with conventional selective laser sintering processes. Additionally, specific designs for aerospace parts such as ducts, panels, and shrouds are provided that are produced by the selective laser sintering process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2005
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2009
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Jeffrey E. DeGrange, Daniel F. Beilman, Robert P. Willer, Roger L. Spielman, Tracy L. Taylor, Kevin L. Wannemuehler, Jeffrey Fink, Gary G. Bond
  • Patent number: 7555387
    Abstract: A product location display system and method are provided that allow travel related product information, such as the geographic location of hotels, to be displayed on an interactive display. An application server of the product location display system receives user inputted criteria for a travel product search. A location management system determines a location for the travel product being searched based on the inputted criteria. Sub-locations associated with the geographic location being searched are pre-defined as being within the searched geographic location and stored within a location database memory component coupled with the location management system. A display configuration component of the location management system arranges and displays results of the search for the travel product by the sub-locations defined as being within the searched location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2006
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2009
    Assignee: Orbitz, L.L.C.
    Inventors: Dennis Sladky, Jeffrey D. Sippel, Ryan M. Lutterbach, Andrew S. Day, David S. Goodman, Bradley D. Jaehn, Andrew C. Zavattero, Emilia A. Apostolova, Subashini B. Mangalam, Douglas R. O. Barth, Anthony J. Czupryna
  • Patent number: 7539603
    Abstract: A computer-implemented solid modeling system that determines whether a gap exists between components based on internal loops of the components, and then generates a fillet or groove weld bead that fills the gap between the components. The gap is a component hole gap between components where one or more internal loops of a first component fully or partially encircles a second component, and the valid internal loops identify whether the second component passes through the first component through the component hole gap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2005
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2009
    Assignee: Autodesk, Inc.
    Inventor: Somashekar Ramachandran Subrahmanyam
  • Patent number: 7455210
    Abstract: A processing operation control method controls a processing operation in which a rotary tool 1 is rotated by a rotative drive unit 51, and presses the rotating rotary tool 1 is pressed by a pressing unit 52 to force the rotating rotary tool 1 into workpieces W1 and W2. Load placed on the rotary tool 1 during the processing operation is measured, an optimum rotating speed at which the rotary tool 1 is to be rotated and/or an optimum pressure to be applied to the rotary tool 1 for processing the workpieces W1 and W2 is determined on the basis of the measured load placed on the rotary tool 1. The rotative drive unit 51 and/or the pressing unit 52 are controlled on the basis of the optimum rotating speed at which the rotary tool 1 is to be rotated and/or the optimum pressure to be applied to the rotary tool 1.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2002
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2008
    Assignee: Kawasaki Jukogyo Kabushiki Kaishi
    Inventors: Yasuhide Nagao, Hajime Kashiki, Kotoyoshi Murakami
  • Publication number: 20080111252
    Abstract: In accordance with the invention, a bump is formed on top of a die bond pad by forming a ball bond there. Then, without severing the wire, the capillary undergoes a set of coordinated motions to fold the wire on top of the ball bond. The wire is then bonded on top of the ball bond bump without severing the wire. This is then followed by a further set of coordinated xy motions to from the loop and bring the capillary over the second bond site (e.g., on the lead frame). The wire is then stitch bonded to the second bond site and the tail severed to complete the wire loop interconnect.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 20, 2007
    Publication date: May 15, 2008
    Applicant: KULICKE AND SOFFA INDUSTRIES, INC.
    Inventors: Ivy W. Qin, Robert Wise
  • Publication number: 20080082196
    Abstract: An automated manufacturing system, intermediate control device for implementation in such a system, and method of performing a manufacturing operation are disclosed. In at least some embodiments, the automated manufacturing system includes a first sensor that provides a first output signal, a first controllable device, and a first process controller capable of issuing a first command to the first controllable device. The system further includes a first intermediate control device coupled between the first sensor and the first process controller. The first intermediate control device receives the first output signal and determines, based at least in part upon the first output signal, whether to send an additional signal to the first process controller indicative of a failure condition.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 29, 2006
    Publication date: April 3, 2008
    Inventors: Gregory S. Wiese, Suresh R. Nair