Having Position Marking Patents (Class 700/58)
  • Patent number: 9684921
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for communicating information and e-shopping signals between servers within a closed circuit e-commerce, and between servers and shopping terminals via main router and interface of a building, propagating the information and e-shopping signals via at least one twisted pair including ASK and FSK modulated data and commands including high speed updating signals for updating the content and programs of said e-commerce stored in the shopping terminals. A delivery station for picking up and deliver the ordered merchandise located within the building or outside the building using delivery devices, and storage devices for verifying the pickup and deliver with no error.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2017
    Assignee: ELBEX VIDEO LTD.
    Inventor: David Elberbaum
  • Patent number: 9514490
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for communicating information and e-shopping signals between servers within a closed circuit e-commerce, and between servers and shopping terminals via main router and interface of a building, propagating the information and e-shopping signals via at least one twisted pair including ASK and FSK modulated data and commands including high speed updating signals for updating the content and programs of said e-commerce stored in the shopping terminals. A delivery station for picking up and deliver the ordered merchandise located within the building or outside the building using delivery devices, and storage devices for verifying the pickup and deliver with no error.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2016
    Assignee: ELBEX VIDEO LTD.
    Inventor: David Elberbaum
  • Patent number: 8838409
    Abstract: An installation error estimating device has a predicted pattern acquirer which obtains a predicted positioning distribution pattern, which is obtained by computing a characteristic pattern of a predicted positioning distribution obtained by predicting a logical positioning distribution, at each observation point where a wireless tag is installed for positioning; and an observation data inputter to which positioning results obtained from the wireless tags by a tag reader are input as observation data. A dispersion pattern analyzer computes a characteristic pattern of a measured positioning distribution, which is obtained by statistical analysis of the applicable positioning result, as a measured positioning distribution pattern at each observation point based on the observation. An installation error estimator computes the installation error for the tag reader using the predicted positioning distribution patterns obtained and the measured positioning distribution patterns computed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2014
    Assignee: Panasonic Corporation
    Inventors: Masamoto Tanabiki, Takashi Shimojima, Makoto Yasugi
  • Patent number: 8706264
    Abstract: A method for use in a part tracking system including a camera and a motion controller, the method comprising the steps of time synchronizing the motion controller and the camera at a trigger time when it is anticipated that a part is within the field of view of the camera, causing the camera to obtain an image, using the obtained image to determine an actual location of the part at the trigger time, comparing the actual location and the anticipated location of the part to identify a position difference and at the motion controller, using the position difference at the trigger time to adjust at least one operating characteristic of the automated system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2014
    Assignee: Cognex Corporation
    Inventor: Dale Peterson
  • Patent number: 8644965
    Abstract: Docking stations and docking methods are provided for use with marking devices used for marking the presence or absence of an underground facility in a dig area. The docking station may serve as a home base for storage of a marking device, for charging the battery of a marking device, for transferring data to and from a marking device, and for securing a marking device against unauthorized use and/or theft. The docking station may be a mobile docking station that is installed in a vehicle or may be a fixed docking station that is installed at a central location in the field, at a central office, at a home base facility, and the like.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2014
    Assignee: CertusView Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Steven E. Nielsen, Curtis Chambers, Jeffrey Farr
  • Patent number: 8600526
    Abstract: Docking stations and docking methods are provided for use with marking devices used for marking the presence or absence of an underground facility in a dig area. The docking station may serve as a home base for storage of a marking device, for charging the battery of a marking device, for transferring data to and from a marking device, and for securing a marking device against unauthorized use and/or theft. The docking station may be a mobile docking station that is installed in a vehicle or may be a fixed docking station that is installed at a central location in the field, at a central office, at a home base facility, and the like.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2013
    Assignee: CertusView Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Steven E. Nielsen, Curtis Chambers, Jeffrey Farr
  • Patent number: 8583264
    Abstract: Docking stations and docking methods are provided for use with marking devices used for marking the presence or absence of an underground facility in a dig area. The docking station may serve as a home base for storage of a marking device, for charging the battery of a marking device, for transferring data to and from a marking device, and for securing a marking device against unauthorized use and/or theft. The docking station may be a mobile docking station that is installed in a vehicle or may be a fixed docking station that is installed at a central location in the field, at a central office, at a home base facility, and the like.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2013
    Assignee: CertusView Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Steven E. Nielsen, Curtis Chambers, Jeffrey Farr
  • Patent number: 8552836
    Abstract: An alignment system for coupling a component to a vehicle includes at least one sensor target coupled to the component, and a controller assembly configured to transmit a signal towards the sensor target and receive a reflected signal from the sensor target, wherein the controller assembly is configured to output an orientation dataset for the component relative to the vehicle using the reflected signal. The system also includes a processing device communicatively coupled to the controller assembly, wherein the processing device is programmed to translate the orientation dataset and cause a set of component positioning signals based on the orientation dataset to be displayed at a user interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2013
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Joshua R. Pollema, James V. Leonard, Richard E. Meyer, John D. Musgraves, Jr., William J. Ebert
  • Patent number: 8489225
    Abstract: A system for performing alignment of two wafers is disclosed. The system comprises an optical coherence tomography system and a wafer alignment system. The wafer alignment system is configured and disposed to control the relative position of a first wafer and a second wafer. The optical coherence tomography system is configured and disposed to compute coordinate data for a plurality of alignment marks on the first wafer and second wafer, and send that coordinate data to the wafer alignment system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2013
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Yongchun Xin, Xu Ouyang, Yunsheng Song, Tso-Hui Ting
  • Patent number: 8412384
    Abstract: Quick recovery or recovery support of a faulty power generating facility by real time diagnoses such as facility failure diagnosis, supervision for failure symptoms, facility diagnosis by evaluation of performance using databases between the power generating facilities and an operation control system. The operation control system transfers information on operating status and secular characteristic changes of apparatus from power generating facilities or information from operators of selected power generating facilities. The level of a failure of a power generating facility which has a failure is evaluated and repairing information (e.g. recovery procedures, processes, required parts, inventory of the parts, possible failure causes, etc.) is automatically created from repairing information prepared in advance for each evaluation condition. The repairing information is then sent to the operation supporting section of the power generating facility.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2013
    Assignee: Hitachi, Ltd.
    Inventors: Naoyuki Nagafuchi, Yasushi Iwai, Hiraku Ikeda
  • Patent number: 8306654
    Abstract: A system is provided for aligning multi-sheet collations including a conveyance system having a transport deck for supporting and conveying the multi-sheet collation along a feed path. The system includes a first pair of registration members disposed orthogonal to the feed path and defining a processing station along the feed path. The registration members further define registration surfaces which are repositionable from an active position above the transport deck to an idle position below the transport deck. A first displacement mechanism raises and lowers the registration members into and out of the active and idle positions, and oscillates at least one of the registration surfaces forward and aft in a direction parallel to the feed path when the registration member is in its active position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2012
    Assignee: Pitney Bowes Inc.
    Inventors: Robert F. Marcinik, Russell W. Holbrook, Daniel J. Williams, Edward M. Ifkovits
  • Patent number: 8306660
    Abstract: A device for restoring positional information of a robot provided with a first member and a second member; a motor moving the second member; and a sensor outputting a sensor signal. The device includes an imaging section obtaining an image signal in a region including a first mark and a second mark; a mark position computation section computing a first positional relationship between the first mark and the second mark at a first time and a second positional relationship at a second time, based on an image signal obtained by the imaging section at the first time and at the second time; and a correction section correcting positional information depending on a sensor signal, based on the first and second positional relationship, a first sensor signal output by the sensor at the first time and a second sensor signal output by the sensor at the second time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2012
    Assignee: Fanuc Corporation
    Inventors: Kazunori Ban, Gang Shen, Kyouhei Kokubo
  • Patent number: 8300921
    Abstract: An object of the present invention is to provide an inspection apparatus and an inspection method for precisely detecting an amount of misalignment of a component mounted on a panel through an adhesive which contains conductive particles. An inspection apparatus according to an implementation of the present invention detects an amount of misalignment, from a predetermined mounting position, of a component mounted on a surface of a panel through an ACF.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2012
    Assignee: Panasonic Corporation
    Inventors: Takashi Iwahashi, Toshihiko Tsujikawa, Atsushi Katayama
  • Patent number: 8131115
    Abstract: For aligning two or more image elements on separate pages, a position of a common part of the image elements is determined relative to a predetermined reference position. The image elements are then shifted with respect to the reference positions such that each image element has substantially the same position relative to the reference position. The reference position may be determined relative to a page on which the image elements are to be printed. Contents of the image elements can be displayed superposed to enable a user to consider alignment and/or determine whether a common image part is present.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2012
    Assignee: Oce-Technologies B.V.
    Inventor: Marc M. J. Meijers
  • Patent number: 8131386
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for distributing stereo signal of an audio system integrated with an home automation system. The audio system is further integrated with intercom and video intercom including the controlling of the intercom communications and the home automation appliances via a network and the Internet. The stereo signals are encoded and distributed from a selector/encoder, via distributors or directly to speakers via at least one single twisted pair carrying the encoded signals multiplexed with serial signals and with microphone signals for communicating with the intercom or with e-station via the network or the Internet. The multiplexed signals are propagated via the same twisted pair that also feeds a constant current to the system devices or providing power via separated twisted pair. The speakers include wired or wireless remote control receivers and transmitters for propagating remote control signals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2012
    Assignee: Elbex Video Ltd.
    Inventor: David Elberbaum
  • Patent number: 8032605
    Abstract: A method of causing movement of at least one target device based on at least one of a plurality of motion programs stored on a content server connected to a network. At least one identified characteristic of the at least one target device is identified. At least one selected motion program is selected from the plurality of motion programs stored on the content server. The at least one identified characteristic and the at least one selected motion program are transferred to the motion server. A motion media data set is generated at the motion server for the target motion device based on the at least one identified characteristic of the target device and the at least one selected motion program. The motion media data set is transferred from the motion server to the target motion device to cause the target device to perform the desired sequence of movements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2003
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2011
    Assignee: Roy-G-Biv Corporation
    Inventors: David W. Brown, Jay S. Clark
  • Patent number: 7957834
    Abstract: Calculating a rotation center point on a plane of rotation of a positioning device by using a manipulator. The positioning device positions a workpiece by rotating the plane of rotation. The calculating includes a first step of obtaining location information of a predetermined position on the plane of rotation, a second step of rotating the plane of rotation of the positioning device 180 degrees, a third step of obtaining location information of the predetermined position on the 180-degree rotated plane of rotation, and a fourth step of calculating a point bisecting a straight line as the rotation center point of the plane of rotation of the positioning device from the location information obtained in the first step and the location information obtained in the third step, the straight line connecting the predetermined position of the first step and the predetermined position of the third step.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2011
    Assignee: Panasonic Corporation
    Inventors: Yoshiyuki Okazaki, Masaya Hirayama
  • Patent number: 7853352
    Abstract: A method of self calibrating a positioning system, by positioning a reference device provided with reference markings at different calibration locations, and sensing the positions of the reference markings at each calibration location, is provided. The calibration parameters are selected such that differences in relative positions of the sensed locations, expressed in actual coordinates for different calibration locations are reduced or preferably minimized.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 14, 2010
    Assignee: Mydata Automation AB
    Inventors: Peter Österlund, Roger Jonasson
  • Patent number: 7792622
    Abstract: The method and system for vehicular guidance comprises an imaging device for collecting color image data to facilitate distinguishing crop image data (e.g., crop rows) from background data. A definer defines a series of scan line segments generally perpendicular to a transverse axis of the vehicle or of the imaging device. An intensity evaluator determines scan line intensity data for each of the scan line segments. An alignment detector (e.g., search engine) identifies a preferential heading of the vehicle that is generally aligned with respect to a crop feature, associated with the crop image data, based on the determined scan line intensity meeting or exceeding a maximum value or minimum threshold value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2005
    Date of Patent: September 7, 2010
    Assignees: Deere & Company, Kansas State University Research Foundation
    Inventors: Jiantao Wei, Shufeng Han
  • Patent number: 7788197
    Abstract: A teaching apparatus and a teaching method that facilitates accurately setting a retainer at a target position, and minimizes troublesome steps in the manufacturing process, are to be provided. The teaching apparatus includes a first member held by the retainer of the carrying apparatus, a second member attached to the wafer boat (mounting rack) so as to oppose the first member held by the retainer when the retainer is set close to the target position, an output unit, and an arithmetic unit. The first member includes a distance sensor that generates a sensor signal representing a distance between the distance sensor and a surface of the second member opposing the first member. On the surface of the second member opposing the first member, a reference mark A is provided. The first member includes an imaging device that shoots an image including the reference mark A, and generates image data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2010
    Assignee: NEC Electronics Corporation
    Inventors: Toshihiro Tooyama, Hajime Samano
  • Publication number: 20100125348
    Abstract: An apparatus for correcting a positional offset of a bonding tool during bonding operations comprises a first fiducial mark and a second fiducial mark spaced from the first fiducial mark located on the bonding tool. A first imaging path emanates from the first fiducial mark and a second imaging path emanates from the second fiducial mark when the first and second fiducial marks are illuminated at a reference position. An optical system is positioned along the first and second imaging paths to view images of the first and second fiducial marks. A processor is operative to calculate a current position of the bonding tool and to compare it to a desired position so that the bonding tool's positional offset may be corrected by moving it to the desired position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 20, 2008
    Publication date: May 20, 2010
    Inventors: Kwok Kee CHUNG, Wing Hong LEUNG, Ka Fai FUNG, Chi Leung Vincent MOK, Shun Ming Kenneth FUNG
  • Patent number: 7715931
    Abstract: An alignment mechanism to align a microelectronic device to a socket, the device including an array of contact pads thereon. The mechanism includes a socket system having a socket and a device positioning mechanism disposed adjacent the socket and adapted to position the device in the socket. The mechanism also includes a control system adapted to receive alignment data on a position of the array of contact pads relative to two reference sides of the device, the control system further being adapted to control the device positioning mechanism as a function of alignment data to align the device in the socket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2010
    Assignee: Intel Corporation
    Inventors: John C. Johnson, Wei-ming Chi
  • Patent number: 7684916
    Abstract: An imaging device collects color image data to facilitate distinguishing crop image data from background data. A definer defines a series of scan line segments generally perpendicular to a transverse axis of the vehicle or of the imaging device. An intensity evaluator determines scan line intensity data for each of the scan line segments. An alignment detector identifies a preferential heading of the vehicle that is generally aligned with respect to a crop feature, associated with the crop image data, based on the determined scan line intensity meeting or exceeding a maximum value or minimum threshold value. A reliability estimator estimates a reliability of the vehicle heading based on compliance with an intensity level criteria associated with one or more crop rows.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2005
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2010
    Assignees: Deere & Company, Kansas State University Research Foundation
    Inventors: Jiantao Wei, Shufeng Han
  • Patent number: 7680545
    Abstract: This Invention provides for a method and system for speed measurement verification. The method comprises the step of automatically measuring the speed of a vehicle traveling on a surface which includes a fixed marker at a predetermined distance from a point where the speed of the vehicle is measured. The measured speed is automatically compared to a predetermined speed limit and if the speed limit is exceeded, the next step involves automatically calculating a time delay, which time delay is calculated according to the measured speed and the predetermined distance so as to predict when the vehicle, if traveling at the measured speed, will reach the marker. An image is then captured with a camera directed at the marker after expiration of the time delay so that, if the measured speed is accurate, the vehicle will be positioned proximate the marker so that the captured image showing the vehicle relative to the marker is able to serve as verification of the accuracy of the measured speed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2010
    Inventor: Rudiger Heinz Gebert
  • Patent number: 7657334
    Abstract: A lithographic apparatus includes a movable part and a controller to control a position quantity of the movable part. The controller includes a first controller transfer function and a second controller transfer function. A selector selects the first controller transfer function or the second controller transfer function depending on a state of the movable part. The first controller transfer function may be chosen in a substantially stationary state of the movable part, while in a substantially non-stationary state of the movable part, the second controller transfer function may be chosen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2005
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2010
    Assignee: ASML Netherlands B.V.
    Inventors: Youssef Karel Maria De Vos, Ronald Casper Kunst, Yin Tim Tso, Ramidin Izair Kamidi
  • Patent number: 7640068
    Abstract: A surveying instrument performs tracking of a target by controlling an orientation of a measuring unit relative to the target in two different angular directions. The control in one angular direction is based on detected light intensities which are modulated according to a first time pattern, and control of the orientation in the other angular direction is based on detected light intensities modulated according to a second time pattern just different from the first time pattern.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2009
    Assignee: Trimble AB
    Inventors: Johan Johnson, Anneli Utterback
  • Publication number: 20090204238
    Abstract: A marking system may hold a container from which markers are dispensed to mark the presence or absence of an underground facility in a dig area. The container may identify a marker characteristic regarding the markers in the container. The marking system may receive activation of a trigger, dispense a marker from the container when the trigger is activated, and store the marker characteristic and time data when the trigger is activated. In other embodiments, the marking system may dispense a marker, determine location data and/or time data, and substantially simultaneously trigger the dispensing of the marker and logging of the location data and/or the time data. The location data identifies a geographic location where the marker is dispensed and the time data identifies the time when the marker is dispensed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 2, 2009
    Publication date: August 13, 2009
    Inventors: Steven E. Nielsen, Curtis Chambers, Jeffrey Farr, Mark A. Conner, Rene A. Vazquez
  • Patent number: 7519448
    Abstract: A light source emits light toward a semiconductor wafer, and a light receiving sensor detects light passing a peripheral edge of the semiconductor wafer. Each coordinates of the peripheral edge of the semiconductor wafer is obtained from a result of the detection. Further, a center of the semiconductor wafer is obtained from a group of the coordinates. Then, an illumination device emits light toward the peripheral edge of the semiconductor wafer and an optical camera detects light reflected from the peripheral edge of the semiconductor wafer. A position of a “V”-shaped notch formed on the peripheral edge of the semiconductor wafer is obtained from a result of the detection. A handling position of the semiconductor wafer is determined based on the center of the semiconductor wafer and the position of the “V”-shaped notch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2009
    Assignee: Nitto Denko Corporation
    Inventors: Satoshi Ikeda, Masayuki Yamamoto
  • Publication number: 20080257080
    Abstract: A linear motion assembly comprising a first body arranged for operable communication with a second body for translation of the first body and the second body relative to one another. At least one of the two bodies carries a sensor that detects and monitors information related to performance-indicating characteristics of the assembly. A control module is arranged in communication with the sensor and monitors at least one performance-indicating characteristic of the linear motion assembly by monitoring corresponding signals received from the sensor. The control module also detects and provides an indication of a discrepancy in the performance-indicating characteristic.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 4, 2006
    Publication date: October 23, 2008
    Inventor: Bir Inder Singh
  • Patent number: 7437207
    Abstract: An apparatus and method performing a sequence of processing steps on a load supported by a processing plate. The load can include a single sheet on which a plurality of applications are performed or can include a plurality of panels on which respective applications are performed. For each application, at least one coarse target and at least one panel target are used to adjust the programmed coordinates for that application. After the first application of the load is processed using the coarse and panel targets, coarse and panel targets are located for the second application. Using the alignment provided by these targets, the second application is processed. Each subsequent application is similarly aligned and processed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2008
    Assignee: Electro Scientific Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeffrey Howerton, Mehmet Alpay, Ling Wen
  • Patent number: 7432681
    Abstract: A scanner system includes a servo control unit. A rotation angle of a rotating shaft supporting a mirror is detected, and an error of the detected value with respect to a commanded value is integrated by an integral compensator so that the detected value is able to track the commanded value. A tracking error proportional compensator is disposed in parallel with the integral compensator so as to add a correction value proportional to the error to the integrated value of the error. A plurality of gains are prepared for each of the integral compensator, the tracking error proportional compensator, a detected value proportional compensator and a detected value differential compensator of the servo control unit. Each gain is changed in accordance with a travel angle of the commanded value. Thus, the mirror can be positioned quickly so that the machining speed can be improved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2004
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2008
    Assignee: Hitachi Via Mechanics, Ltd.
    Inventors: Souichi Toyama, Haruaki Otsuki, Atsushi Sakamoto, Kenta Seki, Yaichi Okubo
  • Patent number: 7430456
    Abstract: Apparatus and method for reference point teaching for an articulated member, such as a robotic arm. An end effector is moved to form a witness mark on a medium at a target location. An updated reference point for the end effector is generated in relation to a detected coordinate of the witness mark. The end effector preferably supports a gage with a tapered probe, and a distal end of the probe contactingly engages the medium to form the witness mark. A vision system preferably detects the position of the witness mark after retraction of the end effector away from the mark. The medium preferably comprises paper, and the witness mark preferably comprises a hole punched therethrough. Alternatively, the medium comprises pressure sensitive paper and the mark is formed by the application of pressure thereto. The gage can comprise two probes that make two spaced apart witness marks, as desired.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2008
    Assignee: Seagate Technology LLC
    Inventor: Shawn A. Ruden
  • Publication number: 20080228294
    Abstract: A system may dispense a marker, determine location data or time data, and substantially simultaneously trigger the dispensing of the marker and logging of the location data that identifies a geographic location at which the marker is dispensed or the time data that identifies a time at which the marker is dispensed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 13, 2007
    Publication date: September 18, 2008
    Applicant: DYCOM IDENTITY, LLC
    Inventors: Steven Nielsen, Curtis Chambers, Jeffrey Farr, Mark A Conner
  • Patent number: 7408704
    Abstract: A device for an optically controlled micro-manipulation of biological specimens includes at least one micro-manipulator with at least one motor-displaceable cytotechnical instrument holder elements, and a microscope which has at least one functional motor-displaceable element coupled with the motor-displaceable holder in such fashion that, using a control element, a common displacement or adjustment of the holder and a displacement of the at least one functional element of the microscope can be executed in a coordinated fashion so that upon changing a size of a field of view by changing a microscope objective lens, a covered range of displacement of a cytotechnical instrument using the holder is adapted to a new field of view.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2008
    Assignee: Eppendorf AG
    Inventor: Andreas Maass
  • Publication number: 20080147210
    Abstract: A method for specifying a folding option for a print job includes displaying a file from the print job, after selection by a user for printing, the file comprising a legend, opening the file in a preview window, displaying markers in corners of the preview window, reading out a user selected marker, after selection of a displayed marker by a user, reading out a number of user set preprogrammed fold variables from a list of preprogrammed fold variables, and folding based on the user selected marker and the number of user set preprogrammed fold variables.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 29, 2007
    Publication date: June 19, 2008
    Applicant: OCE-TECHNOLOGIES B.V.
    Inventors: Timothy G. Moore, Randall F. Watterson, Wim Van Grimbergen, Paul Sluzak, Jason G. Stasiak, Willam Marvin Grasser, Scot A. Bryant
  • Patent number: 7373435
    Abstract: An Input/output (I/O) measurement block facility is provided that creates subchannel measurement blocks (comprising device busy values) related to performance of an I/O operation of a subchannel, wherein a device busy time value is a sum of time intervals when the subchannel is device busy during an attempt to initiate any one of a start function or a resume function at the subchannel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2005
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2008
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Scott M. Carlson, Greg A. Dyck, Tan Lu, Kenneth J. Oakes, Dale F. Riedy, Jr., William J. Rooney, John S. Trotter, Leslie W. Wyman, Harry M. Yudenfriend
  • Patent number: 7304826
    Abstract: A method and system for providing protection for a superconducting electrical cable located in a utility power network includes detecting a fault current on the superconducting electric cable, determining the cumulative total energy dissipated in the superconducting electrical cable from the fault current and at least one prior fault current over a predetermined time period, and determining whether to disconnect the superconducting electrical cable from the utility power network on the basis of the cumulative total energy dissipated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2007
    Assignees: American Superconductor Corporation, Nexans
    Inventors: Jie Yuan, James F. MaGuire, Arnaud Allais, Frank Schmidt
  • Patent number: 7221985
    Abstract: An on-screen calibration system for disc drives and the operating method thereof. The calibration system includes an autocollimator detecting the inclined angle of the stage of a disc drive. A control module is connected to the on-screen display module and a bar code scanner to receive the bar code of the pick-up module and compute a predetermined position data. A monitor displays a moving point according to the inclined angle and a target point according to the predetermined position data through an on-screen display module. The tilt-adjusting mechanism supporting the pick-up module is adjusted to shift the moving point overlapping the target point.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2003
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2007
    Assignee: Lite-On IT Corporation
    Inventors: Rei-Chang Chang, San-Chi Chien, Lih-Hwa Kuo, Sung-San Chang
  • Patent number: 7212883
    Abstract: A machine readable medium and a method are disclosed that determine whether a pattern of manufactured or simulated features violates a feature relating tolerance and determines acceptability of the pattern. Allowable tolerance may include feature relating tolerances and material conditions. Manufactured centers are drawn relative to a one true position. A circle drawn through or outside the manufactured centers is used to determine if there is feature relating tolerance violation. Material condition may also be used.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2004
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2007
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Paul C. Hollingshead, Craig A. Beike
  • Patent number: 7151967
    Abstract: A monitor with an adjustable angle and operating method thereof. The monitor includes a rotation component to control display angle, an OSD (On Screen Display) module, a microprocessor and a motor. The OSD module provides an interface from which a target angle can be selected, and the OSD module transmits a first control signal corresponding to the target angle to the microprocessor. The microprocessor transmits a second control signal corresponding to the first control signal to the motor. The motor drives the rotation component to automatically adjust angle of the monitor to the target angle according to the second control signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2004
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2006
    Assignee: Benq Corporation
    Inventors: Min-Jye Chen, Yun-Wen Liu, Ting-Hui Chih
  • Patent number: 7117047
    Abstract: A method and a system that enable the inspection of large envelopes and complex surfaces. This is accomplished by generating a rotation and translation transform which enables the process monitoring system to define the location of the product placed in a field of view of the process monitoring system, applying the transform to three dimensional CAD data defining the process being performed with respect to the product to provide transformed CAD data representative of three dimensional information in a two dimensional pattern of the process with respect to the process monitoring system, providing placement guidance signals at predetermined locations in relation to a region of the three dimensional product, and providing an inspection data gathering device having a handheld component and providing the predetermined locations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2002
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2006
    Assignee: Assembly Guidance Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Scott Blake, Buddy Ehrlich, Eric Eisack, Robert Luoma
  • Patent number: 7006879
    Abstract: In a separate process from a boring process, the prealignment is performed beforehand on the circuit board, employing an alignment device, to create the positional data indicating the position of boring the hole in a pattern within the circuit board. In the boring process, the circuit board is carried into the working apparatus. The panel alignment is made on the circuit board. The positional data for positioning the circuit board on a table of the working apparatus is created. The synthesis of the positional data created by the prealignment and the positional data created by the panel alignment is performed to calculate the boring position of the circuit board on the table. The hole is bored at the calculated position in the circuit board, employing a boring machine of the working apparatus. Thereafter, the circuit board is carried out from the working apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2001
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2006
    Assignee: Nitto Denko Corporation
    Inventor: Hitoshi Ishizaka
  • Patent number: 6973355
    Abstract: A positioning system including a sensor, a drive sequencer and an actuator. The sensor senses the actuator position and provides position signals to drive the sequencer which responsively computes and drives the actuator in open loop moves containing dwell intervals of position. The actuator positions a mirror or other load means to reflect an optical beam as desired. Either preprogrammed or non-repeating sequences of actuator stopping positions can be synchronized with a laser. During dwell times, mirror position accuracy better than 10 microradians is suitable for tuning CO2 pulse burst or CW lasers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2003
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2005
    Inventor: J. Gilbert Tisue
  • Patent number: 6973353
    Abstract: A programmable controller for controlling one or more outputs based on position indicated from a position transducer. The controller includes an interface that converts the transducer signals into a change in position, a transducer position counter that accumulates the change in transducer position, and a net forward position counter that accumulates the net forward position. The position counter updates when the transducer signals indicate a change of position. The net forward position counter updates when the value of the net forward position counter and the value of the transducer position counter are equal and the transducer interface indicates a forward movement. Each controller output has an independent comparator and width counter. The comparator examines the net forward position to determine when to change the output or begin a pulse. The width counter counts down to zero, which ends a pulse.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2003
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2005
    Inventor: Craig E. Goldman
  • Patent number: 6934591
    Abstract: A control system (102) operates within a dynamic range, and a follow-up system (104) is commanded to reduce a positional error between the follow-up system and the control system when the dynamic range is exceeded. A linear follow-up command may be initially provided once a dead band value (208) is exceeded. The follow-up system (104) is driven relative to its base mount (103) in a direction to reduce the positional error to within a null value range (214). The follow-up command may also implement a decay function to control the follow-up system (104). A control variable transfer function may also be utilized to gradually subtract the dead band value from the follow-up system position error command as a function of time. The decaying function may include linear as well as non-linear decaying functions. In one embodiment, a figure eight-type hysteresis control function may be implemented to control the inertial position of an inertial element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2002
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2005
    Assignee: Raytheon Company
    Inventor: Peter V. Messina
  • Patent number: 6934607
    Abstract: A visual indexing system (10) for assisting placement of an object (36) in a selected location upon a surface (16) moving in a selected direction at a selected speed relative to a stationary frame is provided. The indexing system includes a visual image generator (12) operable to project a visual image (18) upon the moving surface such that the visual image is reproduced upon the moving surface. The indexing system also includes a controller (14) adapted to control the location at which the visual image generator projects the reproduced visual image (18) upon the moving surface. The controller controls the location of the reproduced visual image such that the reproduced visual image moves in substantially the same selected direction and speed as the moving surface, thereby resulting in substantially no relative movement between the reproduced visual image and the moving surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2003
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2005
    Assignee: FMC Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: George Blaine
  • Patent number: 6909921
    Abstract: A room occupancy sensor, a home automation system and a method for automatic control of controlled devices throughout a home. A unique architecture of occupancy sensors includes entry/exit sensors for detecting movement through doorways that separate rooms in the home, room motion sensors for detecting room occupancy, spot sensors to detect occupancy of specific locations within the rooms, and house status sensors to detect the status of certain parameters of the home. A central controller communicates with the sensors and controlled objects over a communications network, where the sensors and controlled objects can be added to the system in a ‘plug and play’ manner. The central controller controls the controlled objects in response to the entry/exit sensors, room motion sensors, spot sensors and the house status sensors. This control is accomplished by assigning each room to one of a plurality of room states, which dictate how the controlled objects are controlled by the central controller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2000
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2005
    Assignee: Destiny Networks, Inc.
    Inventor: Brent Bilger
  • Patent number: 6873264
    Abstract: A rotational phase difference detecting system, a method that is capable of very accurately detecting a rotational phase difference between a plurality of rotating bodies, a machine operating-state monitoring system, and a method employing the rotational phase difference detecting system. The detecting system has a first rotating body with a first mark, a second rotating body with a second mark, a mark sensor for detecting the first mark, a first camera for imaging the second mark when the mark sensor detects the first mark, and a display section for displaying the second mark imaged by the first camera. The rotational phase difference is detected from a position of an image of the second mark displayed on the display section and is thus detected very accurately with a simple construction comprising the mark sensor, the first camera, and the display section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2001
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2005
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd.
    Inventors: Atsushi Ikeda, Hiroshi Yamashita, Masahiro Yamaguchi, Junichi Ibushi
  • Patent number: 6778948
    Abstract: An induced explosion of a firework ball is represented using a small processing volume. A range for an induced explosion is set around a firework ball to be exploded drawn on a display image, for example, as indicated by the broken line in FIG. 10A in accordance with attributes of the firework ball. A drawing range of each firework ball under management, the range being indicated by its attributes, is referred to, and any other firework ball drawn in the range is set as a firework ball to be exploded. As a result, the firework ball located around the exploded firework ball is also exploded as shown in FIG. 10B.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2000
    Date of Patent: August 17, 2004
    Assignee: Sony Computer Entertainment Inc.
    Inventors: Katsuyuki Kanetaka, Toshio Fukui
  • Patent number: 6778866
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for teaching a person how to perform a specific body motion in a consistent manner is based on electronically measuring one or more parameters of an actual body motion, comparing the one or more measured parameters with corresponding parameters of a target body motion, and providing a sensible feedback to the user based on a degree of correspondence between the one or more measured parameters and the corresponding target parameters. In a particular embodiment, the feedback is audible. More specifically the feedback is a musical tune that has a particular characteristic (such as rhythm) that is particularly suited to a particular body motion (such as a golf swing). The feedback may be in the form of electronically causing the musical tune to go off-key in proportion to a discrepancy between the actual body motion and the target body motion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2000
    Date of Patent: August 17, 2004
    Inventor: Ted S. Bettwy