Product Assembly Or Manufacturing Patents (Class 700/95)
  • Patent number: 9811898
    Abstract: An image analyzing apparatus, a non-transitory computer readable medium storing a program, and a method are provided for extracting voids from a three-dimensional image of a fiber-reinforced composite material. The image analyzing apparatus includes a processor which executes image processing to the three-dimensional image. The processor binarizes the three-dimensional image and creates a binary image, transforms the binary image into a distance and creates a distance image, executes closing processing to the binary image by using the distance image, extracts voids from differences between images before and after the closing processing, among the extracted voids, classifies voids that are adjacent to a background voxel as open voids, and classifies voids that are not adjacent to a background voxel as closed voids, and executes opening processing to the open voids in order to eliminate fake voids.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2017
    Assignees: IHI CORPORATION, THE UNIVERSITY OF TOKYO
    Inventors: Hiroyuki Hishida, Koichi Inagaki, Takeshi Nakamura, Takashi Michikawa, Hiromasa Suzuki
  • Patent number: 9740747
    Abstract: A similar design case example search apparatus includes a design case example storage unit that manages such information as specification values of design case examples of past products and costs and period for manufacturing the products; a recommended weight storage unit that stores recommended weight for every requirement specification categories; a requirement specification receiving unit that receives requirement specification values; a requirement specification satisfaction degree calculation unit that calculates a requirement specification satisfaction degree which is the degree that the specification values of each design case example stored in the design case example storage unit satisfy the requirement specification values; a recommended degree calculation unit that calculates a recommended value of a searched design case example based on the recommended weight stored in the recommended weight storage unit; and a search result display unit that displays searched products with similarity and recommend
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2017
    Assignee: HITACHI, LTD.
    Inventor: Noriyuki Haga
  • Patent number: 9678967
    Abstract: Information source agent systems and methods for distributed content storage and management using content signatures that use file identicality properties are provided. A data management system is provided that includes a content engine for managing the storage of file content, a content signature generator that generates a unique content signature for a file processed by the content engine, a content signature comparator that compares content signatures and a content signature repository that stores content signatures. Information source agents are provided that include content signature generators and content signature comparators. Methods are provided for the efficient management of files using content signatures that take advantage of file identicality properties. Content signature application modules and registries exist within information source clients and centralized servers to support the content signature methods.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignee: Callahan Cellular L.L.C.
    Inventors: Bruce Borden, Russell Brand
  • Patent number: 9679411
    Abstract: In an approach for updating instructions of machine repairs to a user interface, a processor populates a quantity of machine components used to construct a machine model. A processor receives the machine model constructed from the quantity of machine components. A processor couples the machine model with a set of vital product data. A processor associates a set of instructions for a repair procedure with the machine model and the vital product data file. A processor generates a visual representation of the repair procedure specific to the machine model.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: An Ding Chen, Timothy G. McNamara
  • Patent number: 9645696
    Abstract: A workflow authoring program generates a workflow. Further, a visual editor is invoked. In addition, a portion of a map is selected with the visual editor by marking a geo fence with boundaries that indicate the portion. The workflow authoring program also establishes a geo decision point in the workflow at which a determination is made if a condition is met within the geo fence.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2017
    Assignee: Adobe Systems Incorporated
    Inventor: Stacy Young
  • Patent number: 9626643
    Abstract: A method to be performed in a computer system in association with initiating a physical operation includes receiving a request object that corresponds to a request to initiate a physical operation. The method includes generating, using the request object, an information collection object configured to represent performance of the physical operation. The method includes obtaining data generated in the performance of the physical operation and recording the data in the information collection object. A computer system includes a request management module configured to generate the request object upon receiving a request to initiate a physical operation, and an information collection module configured to generate the information collection object using the request object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2005
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2017
    Assignee: SAP SE
    Inventors: Ami Heitner, Irena Kull, Amit Yaniv, Pavel Sosin, Sergio Rozenszajn, David Boaz
  • Patent number: 9575842
    Abstract: According to one embodiment of the present disclosure, a method for multiplex backup using next relative addresses may be provided. The method may include receiving a first chunk and a second chunk that are each associated with a first file. A next relative address may be appended to the first chunk. The next relative address may indicate a position in a storage device. The first chunk with the next relative address may be written to the storage device at a first address. The method may further include writing the second chunk to the storage device at the position indicated by the next relative address of the first chunk.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: CA, Inc.
    Inventor: Ai Huang
  • Patent number: 9569618
    Abstract: The present invention discloses an application attestation server and an application attestation method. Specially, there is provided an application attestation server that attests a certain application in a smart device, the application attestation server comprising: an executable code generation unit configured to generate executable codes for attestation with respect to the application; a transceiver configured to transmit an executable code randomly selected from the generated executable codes to the smart device, and receive a result of execution of the selected executable code with respect to the application from the smart device; a malicious application analysis unit configured to analyze whether the application is a malicious application based on the received result; and an analysis result providing unit configured to provide an analysis result of the malicious application analysis unit to a user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2017
    Assignee: KOREA UNIVERSITY RESEARCH AND BUSINESS FOUNDATION
    Inventors: Heejo Lee, Chanyoung Lee, Dongwon Seo, Jihwan Jeong
  • Patent number: 9569889
    Abstract: In an approach for updating instructions of machine repairs to a user interface, a processor populates a quantity of machine components used to construct a machine model. A processor receives the machine model constructed from the quantity of machine components. A processor couples the machine model with a set of vital product data. A processor associates a set of instructions for a repair procedure with the machine model and the vital product data file. A processor generates a visual representation of the repair procedure specific to the machine model.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2017
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: An Ding Chen, Timothy G. McNamara
  • Patent number: 9524285
    Abstract: A machine-implemented system and method for defining process information is disclosed. In one embodiment, the system or method allows a user to list processes, define processes using an input form, list process parameters, list sampling points, define sampling points using an input form, and list sampling point parameters for a chemical process or processes. Enhancements can include functionality that allows a user to list process streams, define process streams using an input form, list process stream parameters, list process stream chemicals, and list process chemicals. Other enhancements can include functionality that allows a user to list reports, render reports using an input form, and list sampling point logs. The objective is to allow users to log, report, and chart process data using electronic input forms that do not require the writing of programming code by the person defining the process or processes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 20, 2016
    Inventors: Kapaleeswar Madireddi, Bruno Levine, Arvind Panganamamula
  • Patent number: 9519524
    Abstract: A method of providing lock-based access to nodes in a concurrent linked list includes providing a plurality of striped lock objects. Each striped lock object is configured to lock at least one of the nodes in the concurrent linked list. An index is computed based on a value stored in a first node to be accessed in the concurrent linked list. A first one of the striped lock objects is identified based on the computed index. The first striped lock object is acquired, thereby locking and providing protected access to the first node.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2016
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Chunyan Song, Joshua Phillips, John Duffy, Tim Harris, Stephen H. Toub, Boby George
  • Patent number: 9473442
    Abstract: An improvement to an electronic mail program is disclosed. In particular, the improved electronic mail program enables a user to mark individual action items within a message and set attributes for each action item. In the preferred embodiment, attributes include priority, deadline, abstract, and responsibility. The electronic mail program stores the action items and associated attributes in a database and sends the message to one or more recipients. The electronic mail program then displays the message and action items to the recipients. Message recipients then navigate through the list of action items to read descriptions and to determine the priority and nature of the actions necessary. The responsibility attribute further indicates which recipient should respond to the action item. The improved electronic mail program updates the status of each action item in the database as recipients respond.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2016
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Danny Y. Chen, John H. Handy-Bosma, Keith R. Walker
  • Patent number: 9461976
    Abstract: Techniques are disclosed for provisioning Internet of Things (IoT) devices in accordance with a state machine model. More particularly, collections of IoT devices may be organized into enclaves, groups or “shoals” that operate as autonomous or semi-autonomous groups of devices functioning as a collective having a common objective or mission. IoT devices participating in a shoal may be provisioned with shoal-specific context information as part of their device-specific provisioning activity. By way of example, a shoal context object can include a current state variable and a target next state variable. The shoal's target next state variable establishes a goal (e.g., for provisioning activity) without dictating how the individual shoal members (IoT device) are to achieve that goal. This mechanism may be used to drive a shoal's separate devices through their individual provisioning state machines until the shoal itself is made operational.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2016
    Assignee: McAfee, Inc.
    Inventors: Ned Smith, Sven Schrecker
  • Patent number: 9390082
    Abstract: Some embodiments provide a cube viewer for rendering multiple cube views. The cube viewer receives cube data in response to a query to a multidimensional data storage (MDDS) that stores a MDDS cube. The cube viewer generates first and second cube views for first and second subsets of the received cube data. The cube viewer displays the first cube view related to the first subset of cube data. In response to interactions with the first cube view, the cube viewer identifies the second subset of the cube data. The cube viewer displays the previously generated second cube view related to the second subset of cube data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2016
    Assignee: BAY DYNAMICS, INC.
    Inventors: Ryan G. Stolte, Firas S. Rifai
  • Patent number: 9235664
    Abstract: A unified simulation system is provided. The unified simulation system includes an input database storing input data comprising an input parameter and environment information, a unified simulator executing a unified process-device-circuit simulation of characteristics of a semiconductor apparatus based on the input data and at least one predetermined model and outputting a simulation result as output data, and an output database storing the output data. The unified simulator includes a process simulator simulating at least one process based on the input data and outputting process characteristic data, a device simulator simulating at least one device based on the process characteristic data and outputting device characteristic data, and a circuit simulator simulating a circuit comprising the at least one device. Accordingly, multiple devices can be simultaneously optimized for the optimization of circuit characteristics and an accurate specification at process and device levels can be provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2016
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kyung Rok Kim, Kyu-Baik Chang, Young Kwan Park, Seung Chul Lee, Jin Kyu Park
  • Patent number: 9229628
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a method and an apparatus for remote control distance-measuring to generate an engineering blueprint. The method includes the steps of: building a wireless communication connection between a laser distance-measuring device and a touch sensitive control device; the touch sensitive control device automatically starting an engineering distance-measuring application program; the laser distance-measuring device selecting a required measured element of a measured object; the touch sensitive control device sending a distance-measuring instruction to the laser distance-measuring device, the laser distance-measuring device finishing a distance measurement and synchronously transmitting the measured data to the touch sensitive control device; under a blueprint labeling interface of the touch sensitive control device, finishing blueprint labeling.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2016
    Assignee: Shenzhen Everbest Machinery Industry Co., Ltd
    Inventor: Jianmin Yuan
  • Patent number: 9213544
    Abstract: Exemplary methods, apparatuses, and systems include a virtual desktop management (VDM) server receiving selection of a virtual desktop from an administrator device and receiving transmission of the virtual desktop from a virtual machine. The virtual desktop is generated by the virtual machine and transmitted concurrently to a remote client device and to the VDM server. The VDM server determines that the received transmission of the virtual desktop includes a policy state and, in response, provides the administrator device with limited management access to the selected virtual machine. The limited management access prevents the administrator device from accessing display data for the virtual desktop. The VDM facilitates sending a request to and receiving permission from the client device to enable the administrator device to access the display data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2015
    Assignee: VMware, Inc.
    Inventor: Rahul Dey
  • Patent number: 9207657
    Abstract: A manufacturing center configured for use with a plurality of tools and a plurality of nests. The manufacturing center includes a base configured for coupling with one of the plurality of nests. The base includes a base electrical connector. The manufacturing center also includes an arm configured for coupling with one of the plurality of tools. The arm has an end movable with respect to the base, and the end includes an arm electrical connector. A controller is operable to control movement of the arm and is in communication with the base electrical connector and the arm electrical connector. The controller is operable to identify which one of the plurality of tools is coupled with the arm and which one of the plurality of nests is coupled with the base at least in part by way of communication with the arm electrical connector and the base electrical connector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2015
    Assignee: CLOVER TECHNOLOGIES GROUP, LLC
    Inventors: Heymo Hormann, Robert Carducci, Rene Paul Beauchamp
  • Patent number: 9187188
    Abstract: A method for inspecting assembly of components in a structure includes acquiring a visual representation of at least a portion of the structure, and saving an electronic file of the visual representation on a computer readable medium. A three-dimensional design of the structure, which contains information on a proper position of the components within the structure, is accessed. The visual representation is compared with the three-dimensional design using a computer, and a feedback indicating a result of the comparison is generated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2015
    Assignee: PREMIUM AEROTEC GMBH
    Inventors: Ingo Richter, Michael Schomacker, Sebastian Schwanzar, Daniel Garmann, Steffen Sauer, Erik Trostmann, Dirk Berndt
  • Patent number: 9182892
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for identifying a condition of assembly. A model for an aircraft is identified. A state from states of assembly for the aircraft is identified. Parts present in the aircraft for the state selected for the aircraft are identified. Sections of the aircraft with the parts present in the aircraft are displayed for the state selected in a graphical user interface on a display device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2015
    Assignee: THE BOEING COMPANY
    Inventor: Christopher J. Senesac
  • Patent number: 9165275
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for identifying a redeployment of a distributed generator component, at least a portion of the method being performed by a controller comprising at least one processor. In one embodiment, the method comprises obtaining a first identification (ID) for a first component of a distributed generator (DG) and a second ID for a second component of the DG; generating an association between the first identifier and the second identifier, wherein the association identifies a relationship between the first and the second components; and comparing the association to a plurality of documented associations to determine whether the association has changed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2015
    Assignee: Emphase Energy, Inc.
    Inventor: Martin Fornage
  • Patent number: 9141581
    Abstract: In accordance with aspects of the disclosure, systems and methods are provided for production scheduling management by scheduling production events for each of a plurality of production resources used to manufacture one or more products relative to one or more time intervals while considering constraints related to product dependency trees for each of the one or more products. The systems and methods may include determining the constraints related to the product dependency trees for each of the one or more products, generating one or more potential production scheduling schemes for use of each production resource within the one or more time intervals while considering the constraints related to the product dependency trees for each of the one or more products, and generating a production schedule for the production events within the one or more time intervals based on the one or more potential production scheduling schemes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2015
    Assignee: SAP SE
    Inventors: Gufei Sun, Heng Wang, Wen-Syan Li
  • Patent number: 9110020
    Abstract: A local purging tool for purging a portion of a surface of a wafer with purging gas is disclosed. The purging tool includes a purging chamber configured to contain purging gas within a cavity of the purging chamber, a permeable portion of a surface of the purging chamber configured to diffuse purging gas from the cavity of the chamber to a portion of a surface of a wafer, and an aperture configured to transmit illumination received from an illumination source to a measurement location of the portion of the surface of the wafer and further configured to transmit illumination reflected from the measurement location to a detector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2015
    Assignee: KLA-Tencor Corporation
    Inventors: Hidong Kwak, Ward Dixon, Torsten R. Kaack, Ning-Yi Neil Wang, Jagjit Sandhu
  • Patent number: 9098867
    Abstract: A method that incorporates teachings of the present disclosure may include, for example, the steps of transmitting media content to a group of set top boxes for presentation with an overlay superimposed onto the media content, receiving a first comment from a first set top box of the group of set top boxes where the first comment is presentable with the overlay and the media content by the group of set top boxes, determining a first advertisement based on the first comment, and transmitting the first advertisement to the first set top box for presentation with the overlay and the media content. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2015
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, LP
    Inventors: Linda Roberts, E-Lee Chang, Ja-Young Sung, Natasha Barrett Schultz, Robert King
  • Patent number: 9055140
    Abstract: A system and method for providing hold queue prioritizing for a contact center includes an automated system and a contact receiver/director for connecting contacts to the automated system. A contact identifier obtains identifying information from each of the contacts connected to the system. A hold queue is coupled to the contact receiver/director for storing contact records associated with contacts connected to the automated system. A contact status identifier determines a connection status of each of the contacts in the hold queue and stores the connection status in the respective contact record for each contact. A contact-back identifier identifies a received contact-back by matching the contact identifying information associated with a contact to a contact record in the hold queue. The contact receiver/director selects a contact record with a “connected” connection status and connects the caller in the hold queue associated with the selected contact record to an available agent.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2015
    Assignee: Aspect Software, Inc.
    Inventor: Malcom Strandberg
  • Patent number: 9022560
    Abstract: A method for producing a series of base lenses, which cover a predetermined power range, wherein each base lens of the series has a base power different from the base powers of the other base lenses of the series, and has at least one diffractive base grating, the method comprising: specifying the base powers of each base lens of the series and calculating the base grating of each base lens of the series so as to minimize the color fringe of the respective base lens with the specified base power in a predetermined region of the spectacle lens.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2015
    Assignee: Rodenstock GmbH
    Inventors: Wolfgang Becken, Gregor Esser, Helmut Altheimer, Edda Wehner, Stephan Trumm, Werner Mueller, Dietmar Uttenweiler
  • Publication number: 20150105885
    Abstract: An industrial control system stores three types of models. Models of a first type are associated with models of a second type. When a model of the first type is associated with a model of a third type, the set of models of the second type that are associated with the model of the first type is established. The industrial control system can provide an indication of the set of models of the second type. The industrial control system also establishes the set of models of the first type that are associated with the set of models of the second type. The industrial control system provides an indication of the set of models of the first type. In some embodiments, the industrial control system is a recipe management system and the models of the first, second, and third types are capability models, equipment models, and recipe models.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 14, 2014
    Publication date: April 16, 2015
    Applicant: INVENSYS SYSTEMS, INC.
    Inventors: Eric P. Grove, Donald R. Tunnell, Jr., Christopher Justin Miller, William Yiu Leung Chan, Nicolas Pouyez
  • Publication number: 20150105886
    Abstract: A recipe management system executes a recipe on a piece of equipment in a process plant using one or more capabilities of the piece of equipment. A configuration system creates models of the capabilities, piece of equipment, and recipe and associates the capability models with the equipment model and recipe model. The recipe model can be used to execute the recipe on any piece of equipment with the capabilities with which it is associated. The equipment model can be used to execute any recipe that uses no capabilities other than those with which it is associated.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 14, 2014
    Publication date: April 16, 2015
    Applicant: Invensys Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Eric P. Grove, Donald R. Tunnell, JR., Christopher Justin Miller, William Yiu Leung Chan
  • Patent number: 9002495
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for producing a bevel gear wheel, in particular for rudder propellers, the teeth of which have a macro geometry specific to the gear wheels, the teeth of which can be described by flank and profile lines, the flanks of which have a tooth flank micro topography and the bearing surface of which represents the contact region of the inter-meshing teeth. The crown of a tooth flank corresponds to the elevation of the tooth flank center with respect to the tooth flank edge, wherein the course of the height and width crowns of the flank surface is substantially shaped like a circular arc.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Assignee: Schottel GmbH
    Inventor: Manfred Heer
  • Patent number: 8998637
    Abstract: Embodiments of electronic accessories for digital music players are disclosed herein. Other examples and related methods are also disclosed herein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Assignee: Belkin International, Inc.
    Inventors: Thorben Neu, Vincent Razo, David A. Kleeman
  • Patent number: 9002491
    Abstract: A method of generating a target surface {tilde over (S)}( ?) of an optical lens for the manufacture of the optical lens according to optical lens parameters ?, the method comprising: providing a set of L first surface difference data E(?j) each first surface difference data E(?j) corresponding to the surface difference between a pre-calculated surface S?jpc(??j) (j=1, . . . , L) and an initial surface S?jini (j=1, . . . , L), from which the target surface will be generated, according to the expression: E(?j)=S?jpc(??j)?S?jini (j=1, . . . , L) where ?j (j=1, . . .
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Assignee: Essilor International (Compagnie Generale d'Optique)
    Inventors: Pascal Allione, Fabien Muradore, Jordan Brouns
  • Patent number: 9000912
    Abstract: A monitoring apparatus includes a processor that executes a procedure, the procedure including outputting an alert when observation data satisfies a certain condition, the observation data being obtained at a certain time interval, suppressing the outputting of the alert in accordance with control, and performing control the suppressing until the certain time elapses since one of the outputting of the alert and the suppressing is performed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Assignee: Fujitsu Limited
    Inventors: Hirokazu Sato, Toshiyuki Ito, Yasuomi Iriyama, Yasumasa Oshiro, Tomohiro Nakamura, Tomonori Ota, Junya Hiramatsu, Yuta Inoue
  • Patent number: 8996156
    Abstract: A method and system for automated repair of a machine component is provided. According to the proposed method, a first geometry of the component, including a damaged portion of the component, is digitalized. A trough is then machined over the damaged portion of the component. The machining is numerically controlled using digitalized geometrical data of the first geometry of the component. A second geometry of the component is then digitalized subsequent to the machining, the second geometry including the trough. Subsequently, a material is deposited over the trough. The deposition of the material is numerically controlled digitalized geometrical data of the second geometry of the component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Assignee: Siemens Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Torsten Melzer-Jokisch, Dimitrios Thomaidis, Rolf Wilkenhöner
  • Patent number: 8996151
    Abstract: A method for visualization of product build which includes compilation of a virtual temporal configuration of an in-process assembly and visualization of the results using three-dimensional representations of the affected products and associated resources. An illustrative embodiment of the method includes formulating a plurality of installation plans each adapted to direct production of a portion of a product within a build sequence of the product and enabling three-dimensional virtual visualization of a temporal build state of the portion of a product for each of the installation plans.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Carl E. Bouffiou, Robert J. Schreiber, Steven E. Franzen, Joe Anelle, William A. Kehner, Mark E. VanHorne, Robert Lorbeski
  • Patent number: 8996155
    Abstract: A method for manufacturing objects/materials includes selectively arranging the predetermined components in a staging area, substantially simultaneously selectively removing two or more of the selectively arranged predetermined components according to a predetermined removal plan and substantially simultaneously placing the selectively removed components, the removed components being substantially simultaneously placed at a predetermined location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Assignee: Cornell University
    Inventors: Jonathan D. Hiller, Hod Lipson
  • Patent number: 8979528
    Abstract: An orthodontic bracket is disclosed having three archwire retention channels in the mesial-distal directions, a central channel and two side channels. The two side channels each include a pair of spaced apart inverted archwire retaining regions having a recess that opens generally towards the bracket base. Each such recess is for grasping or holding an archwire therein. Other aspects are directed to a self ligating orthodontic bracket system that includes a rotatable member for securing an archwire within a slot of a bracket; embodiments that include an orthodontic appliance and method of producing and using the same, and preferably employed in a lingual orthodontic system, that includes friction reducing features between an interior of an archwire slot portion of the appliance and an archwire placed within the archwire slot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Assignee: RMO, Inc.
    Inventors: Aldo Macchi, Jeffrey Allen Smith, Nam Trinh, Dennis Dupray, Christophe Gualano, Leon W. Laub
  • Patent number: 8981910
    Abstract: According to one embodiment, an RFID tag issuing apparatus includes a communication instructing unit, a search unit, and a misalignment amount detecting unit. The communication instructing unit instructs a reader-writer unit to communicate with the RFID tag at a reference position that is reached when the label is carried by a predetermined amount in a predetermined direction after the specific position on the label is detected by a label position detecting unit. The search unit repeats a carrying of the label and a communication instruction to the reader-writer unit when communication cannot be established with the RFID tag, and thus searches for a communication-available range with the RFID tag. The misalignment amount detecting unit detects an amount of carrying of the label to reach the communication-available range from the reference position, as a misalignment amount of the RFID tag.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Assignee: Toshiba Tec Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Kouichi Sano
  • Patent number: 8943419
    Abstract: Embodiments of a system, a method, and a computer-program product (e.g., software) for collaboratively generating content from multiple users is described. This system may allow multiple users to create and maintain content that includes a complicated object, including linked spatial and text information, which can include dynamic spatial relationships between components in the complicated object. In particular, the system may receive one or more modifications to content associated with the complicated object from one or more users, and may provide signals to display the modified complicated object in a 3-d space or virtual environment on a display based at least in part on the cumulative modifications.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2015
    Assignee: Palo Alto Research Center Incorporated
    Inventors: Nicolas B. Ducheneaut, Michael Roberts
  • Publication number: 20140379109
    Abstract: A protection circuit is coupled to a switch circuit of a machine tool for protection. The protection circuit comprises a fatigue protection unit and a misoperation protection unit. The fatigue protection unit comprises a first sensor, a first processor, a first controller, and an alarm module. The misoperation protection unit comprises a second sensor, a second processor, and a second controller. The protection circuit senses the degree of fatigue and the misoperation of people through the fatigue protection unit and the misoperation protection unit, then controls the machine tool to work or not to work to avoid accidents.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 20, 2014
    Publication date: December 25, 2014
    Inventors: LONG ZHAO, YI-HUNG PENG
  • Patent number: 8918194
    Abstract: A mounting-line power control device (100) includes: a target value obtaining unit (110) which obtains, for each mounting line, a target value for demand power for a first period; a priority obtaining unit (120) which obtains a first priority level of each mounting line; a target value changing unit (130) which decreases the target value for the demand power of a second mounting line in the first period when the demand power of a first mounting line in the first period exceeds its target value, the second mounting line having the lower first priority level than the first mounting line; and a power usage changing unit (140) which reduces power used in the first period by the component-mounted board production apparatus included in the second mounting line, such that the demand power of the second mounting line in the first period does not exceed the decreased target value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 23, 2014
    Assignee: Panasonic Corporation
    Inventors: Hiroyuki Kondo, Tomotaka Nishimoto, Masahiro Taniguchi, Masanori Ikeda, Kazuo Kido
  • Patent number: 8903531
    Abstract: A method of sorting laminates includes characterizing first shapes of laminates from measurements taken of each, assembling the laminates to derive a first relationship between the first shapes and yield loss, characterizing second shapes of the laminates from a reduced number of the measurements to derive a second relationship between the second shapes and yield loss, analyzing a change in the derived relationships to determine a least number of the measurements necessary for achieving the yield loss and sorting supplied laminates in accordance with a characterized shape of each, which is obtained from the least number of the measurements taken for each supplied laminate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2014
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Sylvain Pharand, Rejean Paul Levesque, Isabelle Paquin, Denis Plouffe, Matthieu Lirette-Gelinas
  • Publication number: 20140350707
    Abstract: A robot system according to one aspect of an embodiment includes a robot and a control unit. The robot performs multi-axis operations based on instructions on the operations from the control unit. The control unit causes a power source to supply power to a partially fabricated item that includes a movable member that is able to be controlled by receiving power, and instructs the robot to perform an operation of attaching a predetermined member to the partially fabricated item while controlling the movable member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 5, 2014
    Publication date: November 27, 2014
    Applicant: KABUSHIKI KAISHA YASKAWA DENKI
    Inventors: Kenji MATSUFUJI, Ken OKAWA, Takuya MURAYAMA, Kenichi MOTONAGA
  • Patent number: 8898619
    Abstract: A computer-implemented method, system, and computer-readable medium for determining if a software factory is ready to take on a software project is presented. In a preferred embodiment, the computer-implemented method includes the steps of: determining if an infrastructure for a software factory has been procured; determining if operational software needed to assemble work packets in an assembly line in the software factory has been installed; determining if a workflow event model for an assembly line in the software factory has been configured; determining if workload in the assembly line has been balanced; determining if communication channels between the software factory and a customer's computer system have been defined and cleared for data transmission; and in response to determining that any element described above has been determined not to have occurred, prohibiting an induction of a software project into the software factory.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2014
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Jarir K. Chaar, Ronald D. Finlayson, Thomas A. Jobson, Jr., Naomi M. Mitsumori, Francis X. Reddington
  • Patent number: 8893067
    Abstract: In one aspect, the present invention is directed to a technique of, and system for simulating, verifying, inspecting, characterizing, determining and/or evaluating the lithographic designs, techniques and/or systems, and/or individual functions performed thereby or components used therein. In one embodiment, the present invention is a system and method that accelerates lithography simulation, inspection, characterization and/or evaluation of the optical characteristics and/or properties, as well as the effects and/or interactions of lithographic systems and processing techniques.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2014
    Assignee: ASML Netherlands B.V.
    Inventors: Jun Ye, Yen-Wen Lu, Yu Cao, Luoqi Chen, Xun Chen
  • Patent number: 8881356
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for manufacturing a sitting orthosis, which is provided with a contact surface where the user of the sitting orthosis makes contact with the sitting orthosis, from a representation of the contact surface of the sitting orthosis. The method comprises of manufacturing a shell part on the basis of the representation of the contact surface by machining processable material under the control of the representation of the contact surface of the sitting orthosis; and arranging a covering layer on the thus obtained shell part. The invention also relates to a sitting orthosis. The sitting orthosis comprises a contact surface where the user of the sitting orthosis makes contact with the sitting orthosis, wherein the sitting orthosis is assembled from a shell part of a material processable by machining and wherein at least the contact surface is provided with a covering layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2014
    Assignee: Perteon Seats B.V.
    Inventors: Kamiel Reinier Zale Geenen, Bernard Jan Kamp, Simon Alexander Verheul, Jeroen Gerard Theodor Jans
  • Patent number: 8872661
    Abstract: A closed loop location detection system for use in monitoring simultaneously the presence or absence of objects in at least two locations, comprises at least one detectable element per location and adapted to be associated with a respective object to be monitored, and at least one detecting device adapted to detect the detectable elements of the objects and so determine whether objects are present in, or absent from, all of the locations being monitored. Means are provided for causing an object to be fed to a location determined to be devoid of objects by the detecting device. Typically, the closed loop location detection system uses RFID technology, e.g. the detection device comprises at least one antenna and the detectable element comprising at least one RF tag. There may be provided one such antenna for each location to be monitored, whereby for a given location, a respective antenna detects the presence or absence of a respective tag thereby determining whether an object is present in this given location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2014
    Assignee: Cogiscan, Inc.
    Inventors: Andre Corriveau, Francois Monette, Vincent Dubois
  • Patent number: 8873698
    Abstract: In a computer-implemented method of designing a nuclear reactor of a given reactor plant, an initial, test reactor core design is generated for the given plant based on a plurality of limits input by a user. The limits include a plurality of transient licensing constraints to be satisfied for operating the given plant. The method includes selecting, from a set of automated tools, one or more automated tools to evaluate the test core design, and operating one of more of selected automated tools to output data for display to the user. The displayed data is related to a core design that satisfies the limits inclusive of the transient licensing constraints.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2006
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2014
    Assignee: Global Nuclear Fuel—Americas, LLC
    Inventors: David Joseph Kropaczek, Jens Andersen, James Shaug, Mehdi Asgari
  • Publication number: 20140303763
    Abstract: A method of designing a wearable air blast wave energy protection device includes computer modeling at least two candidate reflective materials for a first human-protective and primarily reflective response to a specified incident air blast wave energy. The method includes selecting a layer of a first material from the at least two candidate reflective materials based at least partially on the computer modeling of the at least two candidate reflective materials. The method includes computer modeling at least two candidate attenuative materials for a second human-protective and primarily attenuative response to the specified incident air blast wave energy transmitted through the selected layer of the first material. The method includes selecting a layer of a second material from at least two candidate attenuative materials and electronically maintaining informational data corresponding to the selected layer of the first material and the selected layer of the second material.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 17, 2014
    Publication date: October 9, 2014
    Inventors: Philip Andrew Eckhoff, Roderick A. Hyde, Muriel Y. Ishikawa, Jordin T. Kare, Lowell L. Wood, JR.
  • Patent number: 8855799
    Abstract: An exemplary embodiment of the present disclosure illustrates an automated mass production method, adapted for an automated mass production system in manufacturing at least an electronic device having a storage unit, the method includes steps of: determining a protocol type of the Auto Handler to select one of the agents; establishing a first communication protocol communication between the MP tool module and the selected agent; establishing a second communication protocol communication between the selected agent and the Auto Handler; the Auto Handler outputting a processing command to the selected agent; the selected agent converting the processing command into a MP tool module executable MP tool instruction; and the selected agent outputting the corresponding MP tool instruction to the MP tool module so as to have the MP tool module executed the MP tool instruction to automatically perform a corresponding mass production process to the electronic device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2014
    Assignee: Skymedi Corporation
    Inventor: Ming-Xing Chen
  • Patent number: 8849440
    Abstract: Disclosed are embodiments of an improved design method, the results of which are a final design structure for an integrated circuit that incorporates, not only layout information, but also client-specific manufacturing information (e.g., import/export information, service requests, processing directives, purchase order requirements, design rule information, etc.) in the same data format in hierarchical form. Also disclosed are embodiments of a manufacturing control method and system. In these embodiments, a final design structure, such as that described above, is received at tape-in. The information contained therein (particularly, the client-specific manufacturing information) is sorted by type and then forwarded to the appropriate tools within the manufacturing facility for processing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2014
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Casey J. Grant, Kurt A. Tallman, Sabastian T. Ventrone