Integrated System (computer Integrated Manufacturing (cim) Patents (Class 700/96)
  • Patent number: 10480903
    Abstract: A method includes providing a visual representation of a targeting environment to a display of a rifle scope, where the visual representation includes a target and a reticle. The method further includes receiving a trigger pull signal at a processor coupled to the display, determining an impact location of a virtual shot in response to receiving the trigger pull signal, and dynamically adjusting the target within the visual representation in response to determining the impact location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignee: TrackingPoint, Inc.
    Inventors: John Hancock Lupher, John Francis McHale
  • Patent number: 10444747
    Abstract: A power generation system includes a power generator operatively connected to a plurality of sensors and a processor. The processor is configured to observe usage-based or event-based data regarding one or more components and consumables of the power generator. A usage-based service schedule is observed for the one or more event-based components and consumables. Operation-based data is received from the plurality of sensors regarding the functioning of the power generation system and one or more operation-based components and consumables of the power generator. An operation-based service schedule is determined for the one or more operation-based components and consumables based on the operation-based data. A blended service schedule is generated, the blended service schedule including the usage-based service schedule and the operation-based service schedule. The blended service schedule is then provided to at least one of a local monitor or a remote monitor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignee: Cummins Power Generation IP, Inc.
    Inventors: Kevin Keene, Benjamin S. Fuchs
  • Patent number: 10401871
    Abstract: A travelling vehicle system that allows smooth travelling of a priority travelling vehicle includes travelling vehicles that travel along a route and a host controller that controls the travelling vehicles. The host controller includes a priority travelling vehicle transmitter that selects a priority travelling vehicle among the travelling vehicles, a passage command transmitter that transmits a passage command to a normal travelling vehicle to pass through a point in a predetermined range on the route which the priority travelling vehicle is scheduled to pass through, the normal travelling vehicle having a stop command to schedule to stop at the point, and a cancel command transmitter that transmits a cancel command to the normal travelling vehicle to cancel the given passage command when the priority travelling vehicle passes through the point.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: MURATA MACHINERY, LTD.
    Inventor: Kazumi Harasaki
  • Patent number: 10395222
    Abstract: An information display method includes a step of inputting, by an input, a work information for identifying a maintenance work to be conducted in a plant, and a step of displaying, by a display, a set of device-state-related information generated by at least a field device associated with the maintenance work identified by the work information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: Yokogawa Electric Corporation
    Inventor: Mitsuhiro Washiro
  • Patent number: 10382541
    Abstract: An application design server, method and system are provided. The application design server according to an exemplary embodiment includes a communicator configured to receive design data from a first host device and a controller configured to, in response to receiving a request for the design data from a second host device, transmit the received design data to the second host device, and in response to receiving updated design data corresponding to the design data from the first host device, control the communicator to transmit the updated design data to the second host device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Sang-hyun Park, Yoon-hoe Gu, Ji-hye Kwon, Soo-jung Kim, Go-eun Lee
  • Patent number: 10380510
    Abstract: The different advantageous embodiments provide a method for inventory management. A number of parts to monitor is identified. A number of agents is generated to form a number of agent societies. A number of tasks is assigned to the number of agent societies. Dynamic task result data is received from the number of agent societies. Inventory information is predicted based on the task result data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Brian N. Slack, Douglas J. Dwyer, William E. Krechel
  • Patent number: 10373087
    Abstract: A system and method for optimally managing aircraft assets according to which a maintenance activity, costs, and aircraft asset deposition are addressed. In one embodiment, the aircraft assets are aircraft and/or engines.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: American Airlines, Inc.
    Inventors: Su-hsia Yang, June Ma, Mei Zhang, Hadi Purnomo, Louis Matthew Pfeifer
  • Patent number: 10356046
    Abstract: Communication in industrial control is restricted (42). Virtual private network functionality is integrated (32) within a programmable logic controller (20) of an industrial control network so that physical access to network interface (16) is insufficient to access information. The programmable logic controller (20) only accepts commands or messages provided through the virtual private network interface (21, 23, 25, 27, 29, 31) and does not accept (42) messages routed directly to the programmable logic controller (20) itself, preventing security breaches in communications.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: SIEMENS AKTIENGESELLSCHAFT
    Inventor: Derrick Southerland
  • Patent number: 10339063
    Abstract: A processor includes an operations scheduler to schedule execution of operations at, for example, a set of execution units or a cache of the processor. The operations scheduler periodically adds sets of operations to a tracking array, and further identifies when an operation in the tracked set is blocked from execution scheduling in response to, for example, identifying that the operation is dependent on another operation that has not completed execution. The processor further includes a counter that is adjusted each time an operation in the tracking array is blocked from execution, and is reset each time an operation in the tracking array is executed. When the value of the counter exceeds a threshold, the operations scheduler prioritizes the remaining tracked operations for execution scheduling.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: Advanced Micro Devices, Inc.
    Inventors: Paul James Moyer, Richard Martin Born
  • Patent number: 10325236
    Abstract: A semiconductor bullet lot dispatch system is provided. The semiconductor bullet lot dispatch system includes a plurality of lots having bullet lots and non-bullet lots, and a processing site having a plurality of load ports used to run the lots. The semiconductor bullet lot dispatch system also includes a bullet lot arriving time initial module configured to collect work flow information of the lots and calculate bullet lot arriving time intervals; and a port remaining time initial module configured to calculate port next available time intervals. Further, the semiconductor bullet lot dispatch system includes a future constraint check module configured to match the bullet lots with the load ports, and a bullet lot scenario engine module configured to calculate a total available lot count of each of available load ports and dispatch the bullet lots to the load ports.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignee: SEMICONDUCTOR MANUFACTURING INTERNATIONAL (SHANGHAI) CORPORATION
    Inventors: Anthony Zhao, Allen Wu, Teresa Yu, Xiaobing Tan
  • Patent number: 10311637
    Abstract: A process identifies an anchor point of reference in a physical environment, the anchor point being a common point in each field of view of a plurality of users. The process establishes a grid structure in a field of view of a first user, the grid structure being a three-dimensional augmented reality object virtually positioned based on the anchor point at a common, static location in the environment relative to the users and for presentation to the users. The process selects a user-specific point of reference that corresponds to cell(s) of the grid structure against which the first user works in contributing to a collaborative construction of an augmented reality digital model. Based on receiving input from the first user, the process places augmented reality digital model elements into the cell(s), where contribution of the elements by the first user are reflected in the grid structure for the users.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Harish Bharti, Abhay K. Patra, Sarbajit K. Rakshit
  • Patent number: 10254730
    Abstract: A method of evaluating and validating additive manufacturing operations includes generating a multidimensional space defined by a plurality of bounds, each of the bounds being defined on a distinct parameter of an additive manufacturing process and each of the parameters being directly related to the occurrence of a horizontal lack of fusion flaw, each of the parameters being a dimension in a multi-dimensional coordinate system, determining a coordinate position of at least one additive manufacturing operation within the multi-dimensional coordinate system, and categorizing the operation as free of horizontal lack of fusion flaws when the coordinate position is within the multi-dimensional space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: United Technologies Corporation
    Inventors: Sergei F. Burlatsky, Dmitri Novikov, William J. Brindley, David Ulrich Furrer
  • Patent number: 10252508
    Abstract: A method of evaluating and validating additive manufacturing operations includes generating a multidimensional space defined by a plurality of bounds, determining a coordinate position of at least one additive manufacturing operation within the multi-dimensional coordinate system, and categorizing the operation as flaw free when the coordinate position is within the multi-dimensional space. Each of the bounds is defined on a distinct parameter of an additive manufacturing process, each of said parameters being a dimension in a multi-dimensional coordinate system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: United Technologies Corporation
    Inventors: Sergei F. Burlatsky, Dmitri Novikov, William J. Brindley, David Ulrich Furrer
  • Patent number: 10252509
    Abstract: A method of evaluating and validating additive manufacturing operations includes generating a multidimensional space defined by a plurality of bounds, each of the bounds being defined on a distinct parameter of an additive manufacturing process and each of the parameters affecting the occurrence of a keyhole porosity flaw, each of the parameters being a dimension in a multi-dimensional coordinate system, determining a coordinate position of at least one additive manufacturing operation within the multi-dimensional coordinate system, and categorizing the operation as free of keyhole porosity flaws when the coordinate position is within the multi-dimensional space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: United Technologies Corporation
    Inventors: Sergei F. Burlatsky, Dmitri Novikov, William J. Brindley, David Ulrich Furrer
  • Patent number: 10252511
    Abstract: A method of evaluating and validating additive manufacturing operations includes generating a multidimensional space defined by a plurality of bounds, each of the bounds being defined on a distinct parameter of an additive manufacturing process and each of the bounds being directly related to the occurrence of a balling flaw, each of the parameters being a dimension in a multi-dimensional coordinate system, determining a coordinate position of at least one additive manufacturing operation within the multi-dimensional coordinate system, and categorizing the operation as free of balling flaws when the coordinate position is within the multi-dimensional space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: United Technologies Corporation
    Inventors: Sergei F. Burlatsky, Dmitri Novikov, William J. Brindley, David Ulrich Furrer
  • Patent number: 10252512
    Abstract: A method of evaluating and validating additive manufacturing operations includes generating a multidimensional space defined by a plurality of bounds, each of the bounds being defined on a distinct parameter of an additive manufacturing process and each of the bounds being directly related to the occurrence of a vertical lack of fusion flaw, each of the parameters being a dimension in a multi-dimensional coordinate system, determining a coordinate position of at least one additive manufacturing operation within the multi-dimensional coordinate system, and categorizing the operation as free of vertical lack of fusion flaws when the coordinate position is within the multi-dimensional space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: United Technologies Corporation
    Inventors: Sergei F. Burlatsky, Dmitri Novikov, William J. Brindley, David Ulrich Furrer
  • Patent number: 10252510
    Abstract: A method of evaluating and validating additive manufacturing operations includes generating a multidimensional space defined by a plurality of bounds, each of the bounds being defined on a distinct parameter of an additive manufacturing process and each of the bounds being directly related to the occurrence of a downskin roughness flaw, each of the parameters being a dimension in a multi-dimensional coordinate system, determining a coordinate position of at least one additive manufacturing operation within the multi-dimensional coordinate system, and categorizing the operation as free of downskin roughness flaws when the coordinate position is within the multi-dimensional space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: United Technologies Corporation
    Inventors: Sergei F. Burlatsky, Dmitri Novikov, William J. Brindley, David Ulrich Furrer
  • Patent number: 10185583
    Abstract: A computer implemented method, computer program product, and system for continuous replication in a virtual environment comprising recovering, replication of, a volume on a first site after the crash of the first site, receiving, using an API, the differences between a previous point in time of the first volume and the current point in time of the first volume wherein the volume is being replicated to a second site, and using the determined differences to restore replication of the first volume of the replication site at the second site.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Assignee: EMC IP Holding Company LLC
    Inventors: Assaf Natanzon, Saar Cohen
  • Patent number: 10121107
    Abstract: A machine learning device and a machine learning method for optimizing timing at which a tool is to be compensated in a machine tool, and a machine tool including the machine learning device. The machine learning device includes a state observation unit for observing a time interval for compensating the tool, a processing error amount of a workpiece processed by the machine tool, and a machine working ratio of the machine tool as state variables, and a learning unit for learning an action value with respect to a change of a tool compensation interval based on the tool compensation interval, the processing error amount of a workpiece, and the machine working ratio that are observed by the state observation unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: FANUC CORPORATION
    Inventor: Fumito Yukawa
  • Patent number: 10112348
    Abstract: A fiber placement system is provided. The fiber placement system provides a plurality of working zones relative to a common gantry system. Such a configuration permits for the use of one working zone while another working zone is loaded/unloaded with parts. Also provided is a method for manufacturing composite parts using a fiber placement system having a plurality of working zones arranged relative to a common gantry.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Assignee: Ingersoll Machine Tools, Inc.
    Inventor: Tino Oldani
  • Patent number: 9998511
    Abstract: A system processes streaming data and includes at least one processor. The system may write streaming data received from a data source as messages in queues at a queuing cluster. The queuing cluster includes a coordinator node to direct the messages to non-coordinator nodes of the queuing cluster. The system may retrieve the data from the queues based on subscription of topics and store the retrieved data in a consumable repository.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Timothy M. Fox, Anyi Li, Scott J. McCallen, Douglas S. Meil, Kaveh Noorbakhsh
  • Patent number: 9992248
    Abstract: A system processes streaming data and includes at least one processor. The system may write streaming data received from a data source as messages in queues at a queuing cluster. The queuing cluster includes a coordinator node to direct the messages to non-coordinator nodes of the queuing cluster. The system may retrieve the data from the queues based on subscription of topics and store the retrieved data in a consumable repository.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2018
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Timothy M. Fox, Anyi Li, Scott J. McCallen, Douglas S. Meil, Kaveh Noorbakhsh
  • Patent number: 9898702
    Abstract: An apparatus for managing decision support related events and solutions includes a plurality of case management elements. Each of the case management elements is in communication with at least an associated one of a corresponding plurality of portal access controllers associated with a corresponding unit within an organization. Each of the case management elements includes at least a corresponding one of a plurality of solution elements. Each of the solution elements is configured to receive solution information from the at least one corresponding portal access controller and to communicate the solution information only with each other one of the solution elements. The solution information comprises data regarding a decision support related event associated with a case associated with the corresponding unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2006
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2018
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Kenneth G. Owens, William E. Krechel, Brian N. Slack
  • Patent number: 9880694
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for visualizing an assembly of parts for an aircraft. A shop order instance is identified for the assembly of parts for the aircraft. A volume is identified for the shop order instance. The assembly of parts is displayed within the volume in context with a number of assemblies of other parts within the volume.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2018
    Assignee: THE BOEING COMPANY
    Inventor: Christopher J. Senesac
  • Patent number: 9767495
    Abstract: In various implementations, sales orders are received and product requirement specifications are generated based on the sales orders. Planning for the production of the goods occurs based on the product requirement specification and the goods are produced based on the plan.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: SAP SE
    Inventors: Bernhard Lokowandt, Achim Clemens
  • Patent number: 9756145
    Abstract: An information providing apparatus includes a processor configured to input an inquiry for a change date candidate for changing specifications of hardware resources used in information processing related to a service; and a storage unit configured to store at least one among a planned backup date for a process result of the information processing related to the service and a planned restore date for the information processing related to the service using the process result. The processor is further configured to determine as the change date candidate, a date within at least one period among a first period from a date of input of the inquiry until the planned backup date and a second period after the planned restore date, by referring to the storage unit, and to output the determined change date candidate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2017
    Assignee: FUJITSU LIMITED
    Inventors: Kenichiroh Narita, Hiroshi Katayama, Yuuichi Inamura
  • Patent number: 9721222
    Abstract: A system and method is disclosed for parallelizing order-by-order planning in a supply chain network. The system includes a database configured to store data describing a demand priority sequence, each demand priority sequence comprising at least one demand of an end-item and data describing the supply chain network comprising a plurality of network components, each network component configured to supply one or more items to satisfy demand. The system further includes a server coupled with the database, the server accesses the data describing the demand priority sequence and accesses the data describing the supply chain network. The server further creates mapping tables for each end-item, generates a dependency map for each end-item, generates a list of demand levels, and generates an order plan of end-items for planning in parallel comprising the orders planned for the demands at each demand level.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2017
    Assignee: JDA Software Group, Inc.
    Inventors: Gayathri Chennimalai, Jayan Moorkanat, Srinivasulu Reddy, Bhanu Gotluru
  • Patent number: 9576037
    Abstract: Techniques are disclosed to determine data quality issues in data processing jobs. The data processing job is received, the data processing job specifying one or more processing steps designed based on one or more data schemas and further specifies one or more desired quality metrics to measure at the one or more processing steps. One or more state machines are provided, that are generated based on the quality metrics and on the data schemas. Input data to the data process job are processed using the one or more state machines, in order to generate output data and a set of data quality records characterizing a set of data quality issues identified during the execution of the data processing job.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Jeff J. Li, Yong Li
  • Patent number: 9576036
    Abstract: Techniques are disclosed to determine data quality issues in data processing jobs. The data processing job is received, the data processing job specifying one or more processing steps designed based on one or more data schemas and further specifies one or more desired quality metrics to measure at the one or more processing steps. One or more state machines are provided, that are generated based on the quality metrics and on the data schemas. Input data to the data process job are processed using the one or more state machines, in order to generate output data and a set of data quality records characterizing a set of data quality issues identified during the execution of the data processing job.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Jeff J. Li, Yong Li
  • Patent number: 9356822
    Abstract: Aspects of the present disclosure describe a smart docking station. The smart docking station may contain a data transfer and an electrical connection which allow a sensor wafer to be charged and to upload and download data. The smart docking station may be located at an off-track storage position above a tool. This location enables an automated materials handling system (AMHS) to retrieve the sensor wafer and deliver it to a tool requiring analysis. The sensor wafer may be stored in a smart front opening unified pod (FOUP). It is emphasized that this abstract is provided to comply with the rules requiring an abstract that will allow a searcher or other reader to quickly ascertain the subject matter of the technical disclosure. It is submitted with the understanding that it will not be used to interpret or limit the scope or meaning of the claims.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2016
    Assignee: KLA-Tencor Corporation
    Inventor: Earl Jensen
  • Patent number: 9342811
    Abstract: A method for fulfilling inventory requests includes receiving an inventory request requesting an inventory item and selecting the requested inventory item from an inventory holder. The method further includes storing the requested inventory item in an order holder associated with the inventory request and moving the order holder to a storage space. In addition, the method includes detecting a triggering event and in response to detecting the triggering event, retrieving the order holder from the storage space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2016
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Cordell Mountz, Peter R. Wurman
  • Patent number: 9187800
    Abstract: A manufacturing process including a quality control procedure for verifying the completion of forming processes, heat treating and chemically treating parts. Sheet formed blanks, tubular blanks, extrusions and casting are traced through a manufacturing process from the time the parts are received. Metallurgical data relating to parts as received is recorded and marked on the parts. Forming data, heat treating data and chemical treating data may also be recorded by scanning and marking parts throughout the manufacturing process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2015
    Assignee: Ford Motor Company
    Inventors: Brett D. Irick, Jerome A. Berendt, Richard J. Hare, Stephen Kernosky, Laurent Bernard Chappuis, James Engle
  • Patent number: 9183521
    Abstract: A statistical inventory management system may optimize inventory investment using historical usage and/or consumption of an inventory component by determining one or more target inventory levels (e.g., replenishment levels). Historical usage data may be summed for a plurality of at least partially non-overlapping time periods that may be each equal in duration to a supplier lead-time period for the component to create lead-time usage data. The lead-time usage data may be utilized to more accurately determine future inventory levels (e.g., target inventory levels) because the lead-time usage data may have a reduced variance compared to, for example, day-to-day usage. The inventory management system may be employable by a computing system having a display module (e.g., GUI) that allows a user to receive at least one graphical representation indicative of at least one target inventory level of at least one inventory component (e.g., by selectively interacting with the display module).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2015
    Assignee: FLOWVISION, LLC
    Inventors: Michael Henderson, David Pytel, Gerson Cortes
  • Patent number: 9184994
    Abstract: A downtime calculator for a computer network system has a downtime request module, a user activity computation engine, and a downtime computation engine. The downtime request module receives attributes of a downtime request for the computer network system. The user activity computation engine determines activities of the computer network system based on geographic regions and local times of users accessing the computer network system. The downtime computation engine calculates a recommended downtime of the computer network system based on the attributes of the downtime request and user activities on the computer network system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2015
    Assignee: SAP SE
    Inventor: Vinod Vijayakumaran
  • Patent number: 9128738
    Abstract: An information processing device stores, in a storage device, command execution user data associating an attribute of a command with a name of a user entitled to execute the command. When execution of the command is requested, a service of the information processing device extracts, from the command execution user data, a name of a user entitled to execute the requested command and executes the command with the extracted user name.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2015
    Assignee: Sanken Electric Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Tetsuki Iwata
  • Patent number: 9128653
    Abstract: An implementation of a print job processing sub-system includes a first bundle configured for rendering print jobs for a first print device and a second bundle configured for rendering print jobs for a second print device. The sub-system also includes a regionally-aware component configured to direct print jobs to the first or second bundles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2004
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2015
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Khaled S. Sedky, Oliver H. Foehr
  • Patent number: 9110460
    Abstract: A management system for operation items used in manufacturing on a production line includes a module on which one of several production based operation items is storable as a header of a group list in relation to a manufacturing sub-system. For each production based operation item, at least one non-production based operation item is storable as a content of the corresponding group list, so that a hierarchical subdivision of production/non-production operation items in a plurality of group lists is provided in order to input them on a processing unit in a standard form. Since a hierarchical subdivision of production/non-production operation items in a plurality of group lists is permanently provided for each subsystem and their processes to be managed, a very simple and uniform/universal structure for management of all items can be advantageously obtained in a central way at the processing unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2015
    Assignee: Siemens Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventor: Marco Magagnini
  • Patent number: 9037279
    Abstract: A first embodiment is a method for semiconductor process control comprising clustering processing tools of a processing stage into a tool cluster based on processing data and forming a prediction model for processing a semiconductor wafer based on the tool cluster. A second embodiment is a method for semiconductor process control comprising providing cluster routes between first stage tool clusters and second stage tool clusters, assigning a comparative optimization ranking to each cluster route, and scheduling processing of wafers. The comparative optimization ranking identifies comparatively which cluster routes provide for high wafer processing uniformity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2015
    Assignee: Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Francis Ko, Tzu-yu Wang, Kewei Zuo, Henry Lo, Jean Wang, Chih-Wei Lai
  • Publication number: 20150134092
    Abstract: A method produces a pharmaceutical product using a manufacture execution system (MES), and an automation system, such as a batch system. The automation system is configured to drive and to monitor production machines located at a plant floor level. The method is characterized in that it communicatively couples the MES with the automation system, it receives at the MES from the automation system at least one event representative of a situation that has occurred at the plant floor level and relative to the machines, and it depends on the event received at the MES starting at least one workflow controlled by the MES.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 6, 2014
    Publication date: May 14, 2015
    Inventors: JEAN-JACQUES LIENERS, FRÉDÉRIC PELLÉ, NUNO RODRIGUES CASTANHEIRA
  • Publication number: 20150120029
    Abstract: A modular manufacturing system and methods of using are provided. The modular manufacturing system includes a plurality of manufacturing heads that perform different manufacturing processes. These heads may include multi-axial machining heads, fiber placement heads including fiber tow and fiber tape lay-up heads. The heads are fixably attachable to a single positioning system that can manipulate the various heads along a plurality of different degrees of freedom relative to a tool or material blank.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 5, 2015
    Publication date: April 30, 2015
    Applicant: Ingersoll Machine Tools, Inc.
    Inventor: Tino Oldani
  • Patent number: 9014835
    Abstract: A method on a processor customizes a fixation plate for repairing a bone fracture. A digital CAD model of an implant contains smooth analytic geometry representations including NURBS. The CAD geometry is directly manipulated to generate a customized implant CAD model that conforms to the desired region of the bone surface of a patient. Direct manipulation of NURBS geometry is computationally fast and suitable for interactive planning. The patient specific customized implant is produced directly from the generated customized CAD model with a standard CNC machine before surgery. The patient customized implant is implanted in the patient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: Siemens Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Sergei Azernikov, Suraj Ravi Musuvathy, Tong Fang
  • 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: 8983644
    Abstract: A manufacturing execution system (MES) with virtual-metrology capabilities and a manufacturing system including the MES are provided. The MES is built on a middleware architecture (such as an object request broker architecture), and includes an equipment manager, a virtual metrology system (VMS), a statistical process control (SPC) system, an alarm manager and a scheduler. The manufacturing system includes a first process tool, a second process tool, a metrology tool, the aforementioned MES, a first R2R (Run-to-Run) controller and a second R2R controller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Assignee: National Cheng Kung University
    Inventors: Fan-Tien Cheng, Chi-An Kao, Hsien-Cheng Huang, Yung-Cheng Chang
  • Patent number: 8965551
    Abstract: A defect analyzing method includes acquiring a position and a size of a defect obtained in a defect inspection of a semiconductor device and a waveform of a reflected light in a region which includes the defect, the waveform being obtained in an optical inspection; acquiring process step information which includes a plurality of process steps to manufacture the semiconductor device and a processing content per the process step; performing a process simulation of the semiconductor device based on the position and the size of the defect and the process step information; performing an optical simulation on a result of the process simulation thereby to generate a waveform of a reflected light; calculating a similarity degree between the acquired waveform of the reflected light and the generated waveform of the reflected light; and judging whether or not the calculated similarity degree exceeds a threshold value registered in advance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba
    Inventor: Yoshiyuki Shioyama
  • Patent number: 8958900
    Abstract: A method for importing data from a first system into a second system includes receiving configuration information about data storage structures in the first and second systems and information about communicating with the first and second systems. Information to be used in creating an import configuration file is entered via a user interface. The import configuration file is for use in preparing the second system to receive data from the first system. Based on the information about data storage structures, the information about communicating with the first and second systems, and the information entered via the user interface, the import configuration file is created to prepare the second system to receive data from the first system. Based on the import configuration file, data is transferred from the first system into the second system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2015
    Assignee: CSI Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Kevin D. Steele, Anthony J. Hayzen, Michael D. Rich, Deane M. Horn
  • Patent number: 8954180
    Abstract: A modular manufacturing system and methods of using are provided. The modular manufacturing system includes a plurality of manufacturing heads that perform different manufacturing processes. These heads may include multi-axial machining heads, fiber placement heads including fiber tow and fiber tape lay-up heads. The heads are fixably attachable to a single positioning system that can manipulate the various heads along a plurality of different degrees of freedom relative to a tool or material blank.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2015
    Assignee: Ingersoll Machine Tools, Inc.
    Inventor: Tino Oldani
  • 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
  • Patent number: 8912683
    Abstract: A smart responsive electrical load (10) is operatively connectable to an electricity supply network (20). The smart responsive electrical load (10) comprises an electrical power-consuming device (30) and a control arrangement (40) for controlling a supply of electrical power from the network (20) to the device (30). The control arrangement (60, 110, 150, 160, 170) is operable to impose a variable time delay (tp) before supplying electrical power to the device (30) after a request for power to be provided to the device (30). The variable time delay (tp) is a function of a state of the network (20), for example its frequency (f) and/or its voltage amplitude (V). Optionally, the device (30) is a battery charger, for example for use with a rechargeable electric vehicle. Beneficially, the smart responsive load (10) is supplied with electrical power from a population of micro-generation devices (500) operable to provide supply network response.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2014
    Assignee: Open Energi Limited
    Inventors: Andrew Dames, Kimon Roussopoulos, Tim Norris, Andrew Howe
  • Patent number: 8909363
    Abstract: A dental prosthesis is made by externally machining successive layers of wax, each of which is formed on a previous prosthesis layer and/or on a coping. Each wax layer is used to form a mold in situ over the previous prosthesis layer/coping, and the appropriate prosthesis material is cast or otherwise molded to conform to the wax layer by the mold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2014
    Assignee: Align Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Avi Kopelman, Eldad Taub
  • Patent number: 8903528
    Abstract: An embodiment of the present invention is a method of remotely managing a vessel forming production line, the method comprising communicating from a remote data processing resource a plurality of consumer or event data to a controller, the controller controls a plurality of vessel forming stations having a plurality of shape forming operations and a plurality of non-shape forming operations, configuring each of the plurality of shape forming operations and the plurality of non-shape forming operations based in part on the plurality of consumer or event data to manufacture the shaped vessel, and manufacturing the shaped vessel. Other embodiments include completing a sales transaction resulting in generation of the plurality of consumer or event data, generating the plurality of consumer or event data based in part on the current status of an event, and decorating the shaped vessel based in part on the plurality of consumer or event data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2014
    Assignee: The Coca-Cola Company
    Inventors: Katherine W. Allen, Alejandro Jose Santamaria, John E. Adams, Scott C. Biondich, Ruth Karina Espinel, Gopalaswamy Rajesh, H. Brock Kolls