Integrated System (computer Integrated Manufacturing (cim) Patents (Class 700/96)
  • 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
  • Publication number: 20140343705
    Abstract: A computer-based system and method for the customized, on-demand production of minted metal pieces or minted metal assemblies is presented herein. Particularly, the system includes an on-demand management system and data storage device comprising a plurality of selectable metal data and/or selectable housing data for ordering, customizing and the on-demand production of minted metal and/or housings thereof.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 16, 2013
    Publication date: November 20, 2014
    Inventor: Roger A. Kessinger
  • 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: 8849438
    Abstract: A factory control server stores module configuration data for modules. The modules include processes for producing a final product and have corresponding module requirements. The factory control server analyzes in real-time actual product output data that is generated by a final product tester after a factory produces at least one final product to determine whether the actual product output data meets an expected product output. The factory control server analyzes actual module data in real-time to determine a new module requirement to cause new actual product output data for a subsequent final product to meet the expected product output in response to a determination that the actual product output data does not meet the expected product output. The factory control server notifies a module controller in real-time of the new module requirement. The module controller changes parameters in real-time to manufacture the subsequent final product.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2014
    Assignee: Applied Materials, Inc.
    Inventors: Suketu Arun Parikh, Alexander T. Schwarm, Sanjiv Mittal, Charles Gay
  • Patent number: 8849439
    Abstract: A plurality of individual medical devices is created that define a medical device family. Within the family of medical devices, each of the plurality of medical devices has at least one dimension that, within an acceptable tolerance, is substantially equal to the same dimension of another of the plurality of medical devices. Thus, for each medical device in the family, another, corresponding medical device has at least one substantially similar dimension. For example, a first medical device may have a first value for a dimension and a second medical device may have a second value for the same dimension that is equal to one of the sum of the second dimension and the acceptable tolerance or the difference between the second dimension and the acceptable tolerance. Thus, each of the plurality of medical devices varies from another of the plurality of medical devices by the acceptable tolerance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2014
    Assignee: Zimmer, Inc.
    Inventors: Adam H. Sanford, Dean M. J. Acker, Jeffrey D. Brown, Brian D. Earl, John E. Pendleton
  • Publication number: 20140277657
    Abstract: A manufacturing system includes: a plurality of processing devices capable of outputting processing information including a processing detail performed to a work; a processing tool capable of outputting backup information including a processing detail performed to the work; and a management device configured create management information by associating the processing information and the backup information with identification information identifying the work.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 19, 2014
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: KABUSHIKI KAISHA YASKAWA DENKI
    Inventors: Ryosuke TSUTSUMI, Ken OKAWA, Toshiyuki HARADA, Akihiro SHIOTA, Kenji MATSUFUJI
  • Patent number: 8832611
    Abstract: Systems and methods for process aware metrology are provided. One method includes selecting nominal values and one or more different values of process parameters for one or more process steps used to form the structure on the wafer, simulating one or more characteristics of the structure that would be formed on the wafer using the nominal values, and determining parameterization of the optical model based on how the one or more characteristics of the structure vary between at least two of the nominal values and the one or more different values.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2014
    Assignee: KLA-Tencor Corp.
    Inventors: Xuefeng Liu, Yung-Ho Alex Chuang, John Fielden, Bin-Ming Benjamin Tsai, Jingjing Zhang
  • Patent number: 8831927
    Abstract: An energy-saving optimizing program works closely with conventional process simulation programs by applying energy saving paradigms embodied in script files that may review data inherent in the simulation program to identify possible energy-saving opportunities. When the script files identify a possible energy savings, they may interact with the simulation program to evaluate the savings potential and present the same to a user. In this way opportunistic energy savings may be provided even for processes that resist close form global optimization.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2014
    Assignee: Rockwell Automation Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: David Allan March
  • Patent number: 8793642
    Abstract: A method for assembling an electrical circuit includes measuring actual values of components of a given type that are held in a stock, and storing the measured actual values in a computerized stock-record. An actual property of an electrical circuit under assembly is determined. Based on the determined actual property, and on a specified response of the circuit, a required value is calculated for a set of one or more of the components of the given type. Responsively to the calculated required value, the stock-record is searched, and a set of one or more of the components is selected from the stock and assembled into the circuit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 29, 2014
    Assignee: Biosense Webster (Israel), Ltd
    Inventor: Ran Glazer
  • Patent number: 8756792
    Abstract: A method assembling parts uses a shim for filling a void between interfacing part surfaces. The surface profile of each of the part surfaces is determined and a digital volume is generated that substantially matches the void. A three dimensional digital representation of the shim is generated by mapping the part surface profiles onto the digital volume. The shim is fabricated using the three dimensional representation of the shim.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2014
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Theodore M. Boyl-Davis, Darrell D. Jones, Tracy E. Zimmerman
  • Patent number: 8751031
    Abstract: A Mass Custom Manufacturing System and methods are provided. A single master file is created for a restoration (or multiple restorations for a single patient) from a scan. Copings/cores, abutments and other companion pieces are designed using the master file through a deconstruction method allowing for simultaneous CAM of those pieces. A centralized system controls design and manufacturing, allowing the system to “learn” from feedback from the CAM operations of prior pieces and incorporate such feedback into the design phase.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2014
    Assignee: Zircore, LLC
    Inventor: Robert D. Sager
  • Publication number: 20140156048
    Abstract: The present specification provides a novel process platform that replaces paper-based work instructions and data collection used for manufacturing products. Specifically, the present specification provides a method and platform for performing automated testing of a product being manufactured. The process platform of the present invention may be deployed at multiple locations and be integrated with existing quality control systems. The process platform includes a plurality of pre-defined instructions and is programmed to execute these instructions automatically at different stages for performing desired quality checks on the product being manufactured at multiple manufacturing stages.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 15, 2013
    Publication date: June 5, 2014
    Applicant: Spacelabs Healthcare LLC
    Inventor: Martin Dekker
  • Patent number: 8744609
    Abstract: A system is disclosed that simplifies configuring an MES entity corresponding to a SCADA system object representing plant equipment. The system includes an equipment model builder (EMB) that receives a set of configured UCO information for a modeled piece of plant equipment in a SCADA system. The EMB extracts relevant MES information from the utilization capability object and invokes an application interface on an MES database to create a corresponding entity (e.g., a database element). Another aspect of the disclosed system and methods involves the enhancement of a SCADA system object, through a new MES facet, to support acquiring and reporting equipment status received via the SCADA system to a corresponding MES entity. A raw reason code configuration interface is provided by UCO configurator computer software executed on a computer. Each raw reason code is associated with a prioritized logical expression defining circumstances under which the reason code becomes true.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2014
    Assignee: Invensys Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Eric Paul Grove, Steven M. Weinrich, Christopher Justin Miller
  • Patent number: 8738164
    Abstract: The invention is a method and apparatus for automatically generating an optimal configuration of a product, using logic implemented on a digital computer processing system. A general configuration will be broken down into a hierarchy of subdesigns by a designer of an artifact type. A particular instance of the type must satisfy user-specified external parametric constraints. Constraints may take the form of a range of values for some performance characteristic or to satisfy laws or business requirements. Hierarchical decomposition facilitates solution of complex problems. Criteria for a best solution may be specified for a given subdesign, a collection of subdesigns, or globally. Tentative selection of a particular subdesign may impose internally generated constraints upon a subsequent subdesign. If no acceptable solution is found for a subdesign, the candidate overall configuration rolls back to the most complete viable partial collection of subdesigns.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2014
    Assignee: Certusoft, Inc.
    Inventors: Sermet Yucel, M. Germana Paterlini, Samuel E. Martin, William D. Headrick
  • Patent number: 8731696
    Abstract: A method of making an article of footwear is disclosed. The method includes the steps of designing an article of footwear via a website, converting a footwear representation into a set of two-dimensional portions, printing the two dimensional portions onto a sheet material, cutting and assembling the two dimensional portions into a finalized article of footwear. The method further includes a step of shipping the article of footwear to a pre-designated shipping address. Systems for receiving an order for a customized article of footwear are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2014
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: David P. Jones, Bruce J. Kilgore, Elizabeth Langvin, James C. Meschter
  • Patent number: 8718807
    Abstract: A method includes initializing, at a first controller, at least one process step of a control recipe from a master recipe associated with a batch process in response to detection of an event associated with the batch process. The method also includes executing, at the first controller, the at least one process step of the control recipe. The method further includes initializing, at the first controller, at least one second process step of the control recipe while executing the at least one process step of the control recipe. Initializing the at least one process step of the control recipe from the master recipe may include copying only a portion of the master recipe into the control recipe that is needed to begin execution of the control recipe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2014
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventors: Juergen Rudnick, Muslim Gulam Kanji, Christopher Buonacuore, Cathleen F. Kilpatrick, Keith Anushko
  • Patent number: 8713489
    Abstract: A parameter correction method includes: obtaining, from a variability-aware simulation, a simulation result value of a predetermined product performance for a reference candidate value set concerning statistics of predetermined product characteristics; calculating a likelihood by substituting the reference candidate value set, the obtained simulation result value, statistics of measurement values of the predetermined product characteristics and a measurement value of the predetermined product performance into a likelihood function that is defined from a probability density function for the statistics of the predetermined product characteristics and a probability density function for the predetermined product performance, and is a function to calculate a combined likelihood of the statistics of the predetermined product characteristics and the predetermined product performance; and searching for a reference candidate value set in case where the calculated likelihood becomes maximum, by carrying out the obtaini
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2014
    Assignee: Fujitsu Limited
    Inventors: Hiroyuki Higuchi, Hidetoshi Matsuoka
  • Patent number: 8707243
    Abstract: A computer-implemented method for designing an electrical interconnect device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2014
    Assignee: Virginia Panel Corporation
    Inventors: Jeffery P. Stowers, Jamie L. Shand, Eric M. Husted, Christopher J. Church, Brian A. Linger, Gabriel G. Roffman
  • Patent number: 8688254
    Abstract: A method and system for simultaneously processing multiple substrates through an imaging beam process is provided. The system includes a plurality of direct write substrate exposure modules configured to receive a writing instruction from a data processing unit. The system and method of the invention utilizes multiple exposure modules receiving writing instructions from a single common data processing unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 1, 2014
    Assignee: Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company, Ltd.
    Inventor: Burn Jeng Lin
  • Patent number: 8676538
    Abstract: A method, apparatus and a system, for provided for performing a dynamic weighting technique for performing fault detection. The method comprises processing a workpiece and performing a fault detection analysis relating to the processing of the workpiece. The method further comprises determining a relationship of a parameter relating to the fault detection analysis to a detected fault and adjusting a weighting associated with the parameter based upon the relationship of the parameter to the detected fault.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2004
    Date of Patent: March 18, 2014
    Assignee: Advanced Micro Devices, Inc.
    Inventor: Matthew A. Purdy
  • Patent number: 8670855
    Abstract: A method is used for controlling a paced production line for processing airplane structural components, wherein the production line comprises at least one workstation having at least one processing machine. It is provided that the processing sequence in the workstation is determined for a production step by determining the expected or actual occupation of the working area by structural component(s) or structural component section(s) for the production step, and, on the basis of the occupation, all of the operations to be performed in this workstation in this production step are determined, and the processing sequence of these operations is optimized.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 11, 2014
    Assignee: Broetje Automation GmbH
    Inventor: Dirk Eickhorst
  • Patent number: 8655479
    Abstract: A method of determining conditions for machining a part so as to avoid vibration appearing during the machining. A machining stage is simulated by provisionally setting parameters of a function for modulating cutting speed, by deducing a corresponding surface state, by modifying parameters iteratively with the machining stage being simulated each time until the surface state reaches an acceptable value, and by performing the machining stage by causing the cutting speed to vary in application of the corresponding modulation function.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2014
    Assignee: SNECMA
    Inventors: Gerard Maurice Henri Coffignal, Philippe Lorong, Alexis Perez-Duarte
  • Patent number: 8639376
    Abstract: A system is disclosed that simplifies configuring an MES entity corresponding to a SCADA system object representing plant equipment. The system includes an equipment model builder (EMB) that receives a set of configured UCO information for a modeled piece of plant equipment in a SCADA system. The EMB extracts relevant MES information from the utilization capability object and invokes an application interface on an MES database to create a corresponding entity (e.g., a database element). Another aspect of the disclosed system and methods involves the enhancement of a SCADA system object, through a new MES facet, to support acquiring and reporting equipment status received via the SCADA system to a corresponding MES entity. A raw reason code configuration interface is provided by UCO configurator computer software executed on a computer. Each raw reason code is associated with a prioritized logical expression defining circumstances under which the reason code becomes true.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2014
    Assignee: Invensys Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Eric Paul Grove, Steven M. Weinrich, Christopher Justin Miller
  • Patent number: 8620467
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for assembling a complex product in a parallel process system wherein a collection of components are provided for assembling the complex product. The present invention involves transferring the collection of components to one of a plurality of similar computerized assembly cells through the use of a transport system. The collection of components is automatically assembled into the complex product through the use of the computerized assembly cells. The complex product is then transferred from one of the assembly cells to a computerized test cell, where the complex product is tested to ensure for the proper dimensioning and functioning of the complex product. The complex product is then transferred from the test cell via the transport system to either a part reject area or conveyor, if the product is defective, or to an automatic dunnage load or part return system, if the product is not defective.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2013
    Assignee: Comau Inc.
    Inventors: Richard A. Wallace, John Graham, Theodore Robert Brown
  • Patent number: 8615312
    Abstract: A method for orchestrating services of a service-oriented automation system (SOAS), system components (SMC, LCC) offering services (S, WS) that represent the functionality thereof and requesting services (S) of other system components (SMC, LCC), the behavior of the automation system (SOAS) being controlled by the orchestration of the services (S) of the system components (SMC, LCC) using an orchestration machine (OE), and to an orchestration machine for orchestrating services of a service-oriented automation system (SOAS). In order to achieve an orchestration of services at a device level, it is provided that the orchestration machine (OE) uses high-level Petri nets tailored to service-oriented systems and the orchestration of the services (S) at the device level is performed by interpretation and execution of various HLPN models, which represent the behavior of the automation system (SOAS) and/or the system components (SMC, LCC).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 24, 2013
    Assignee: Schneider Electric Automation GmbH
    Inventors: Armando Walter Colombo, Joao Marco Mendes, Paolo Leitao
  • Publication number: 20130338807
    Abstract: Systems and Methods for Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC) devices comprising a CNC integrated Computer-Aided Manufacturing (CAM) controller configured to input a CAD file and output a CAM file and a CAM integrated CNC controller configured to input the CAM file and output at least one command for at least one servo controller of a set of one or more servo controllers.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 18, 2013
    Publication date: December 19, 2013
    Inventor: Frank Erik Marino De Schepper
  • Patent number: 8612039
    Abstract: A method of making an article of footwear is disclosed. The method includes the steps of designing an article of footwear via a website, converting a footwear representation into a set of two-dimensional portions, printing the two dimensional portions onto a sheet material, cutting and assembling the two dimensional portions into a finalized article of footwear. The method further includes a step of shipping the article of footwear to a pre-designated shipping address. Systems for receiving an order for a customized article of footwear are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2013
    Assignee: Nike, Inc.
    Inventors: David P. Jones, Bruce J. Kilgore, Elizabeth Langvin, James C. Meschter
  • Patent number: 8612038
    Abstract: A processing system for performing a predetermined process on a target object includes one or more processing apparatuses that process the target object and a controller that controls the processing apparatuses. Here, the controller performs a control to select any one of a shutdown state in which a multiple number of end devices of the processing apparatuses are all stopped and a standby state in which some or all of the end devices are ready to perform a process on the target object, when the controller is shut down.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2013
    Assignee: Tokyo Electron Limited
    Inventors: Kenichi Kobayashi, Youichi Nakayama, Keiichiro Shiki
  • Publication number: 20130331973
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for controlling manufacturing equipment are provided herein. In some embodiments, a manufacturing system may include an integrated controller having one or more inputs to receive input values corresponding to operating information of at least one of a process tool, a mass flow controller or at least one sub-fab auxiliary system, wherein the integrated controller is configured to receive the input values, determine that an error condition is matched based on the received input values, and control the at least one sub-fab auxiliary system to operate at a fail-safe operating mode responsive to the determined error condition.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 16, 2013
    Publication date: December 12, 2013
    Inventors: DANIEL O. CLARK, YOUSSEF A. LOLDJ, SHAUN W. CRAWFORD, MAXIME CAYER, TONY H. TONG, ERIC RIESKE
  • Patent number: 8606386
    Abstract: Computerized scheduling methods and computerized scheduling systems according to exemplary embodiments. A computerized scheduling method may be stored in a memory and executed on one or more processors. The method may include defining a main multi-machine scheduling problem as a plurality of single machine scheduling problems; independently solving the plurality of single machine scheduling problems thereby calculating a plurality of near optimal single machine scheduling problem solutions; integrating the plurality of near optimal single machine scheduling problem solutions into a main multi-machine scheduling problem solution; and outputting the main multi-machine scheduling problem solution.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2013
    Inventor: Ana Maria Dias Medureira Pereira
  • Patent number: 8588952
    Abstract: A substrate processing system, which repeats a carrying cycle in which a substrate is carried sequentially in a carrying order indicated by module numbers assigned to the modules, respectively, from the module of a lower module number to that of a higher module number, and is capable of processing substrates at a high throughput even if some modules become unusable and, thereafter, become usable. A controller controls a carrier such that the carrier carries a substrate taken out from the module preceding a multimodule unit including a plurality of modules to the module nest in the carrying order to the module of the multimodule unit from which a substrate is carried out at time nearest to time when the substrate was carried out from the module preceding the multimodule.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2013
    Assignee: Tokyo Electron Limited
    Inventors: Kenichirou Matsuyama, Takeshi Matsumoto
  • Publication number: 20130297056
    Abstract: A production system which is centralizedly managed by a server so that electronic components fed from feeders are mounted on a board by each mounting apparatus, is configured so that the feeders are placed in predetermined placement regions of a feeder bank provided in the mounting apparatus, the server detects the placement regions where the feeders are placed, and manages the feeders and the placement regions in association with each other, and the mounting apparatus acquires management information from the server and automatically generates layout data indicating correspondence between the feeders and the placement regions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 1, 2013
    Publication date: November 7, 2013
    Applicant: JUKI CORPORATION
    Inventors: Tetsurou MIYAMOTO, Tadamasa OKUDA, Kouji SHIBATA
  • Publication number: 20130297055
    Abstract: A web-based automation control method and system for controlling a whole-flow production process are provided. The system includes a first production equipment; an inspection equipment; a warehouse controlling instrument designed to collect or monitor some elements concerning warehouse; an environmental parameter controlling instrument for collecting and monitoring variable environment elements; an input/output (I/O) cabinet connected to the first production equipment, the inspection equipment, the warehousing controlling instrument, environmental parameter controlling instrument; a programmable logic controller (PLC) cabinet connected to the I/O cabinet; a switch for connecting the PLC control cabinet with a manufacturing execution systems (MES) server; and a terminal connected to the manufacturing execution systems (MES) server via a communications network.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 4, 2012
    Publication date: November 7, 2013
    Inventor: Fei Wang
  • Patent number: 8560109
    Abstract: Various embodiments of the present invention relate to bi-directional communication between an Integrated Circuit (IC) layout editor and various generic layout and/or pattern data viewers. Further, the present invention provides a bi-directional control between the IC layout editor and the various generic layout and/or pattern data viewers and allows substantially simultaneous display of an IC design in various IC mask layout data formats. The IC layout editor and the various generic layout and/or pattern data viewers include various tools. The bi-directional communication connects these tools to form connected tools. Subsequently, the actions performed by a connected tool in response to user interactions are synchronized with the actions performed by other connected tools.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2013
    Assignee: Cadence Design Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Aaron A. Parr, Rodney Rigby, Cody Kyrobie, Li-Chien Ting
  • Patent number: 8561009
    Abstract: A method and system control for closing a plant application running on a manufacturing execution system (MES) application. The method includes the steps of providing to a set of classes, a custom shutdown rule to be customized at engineering time; defining, for certain classes belonging to the set of classis, certain shutdown rules with a set of actions to be performed by the MES application; notifying the closing request to the MES application; invoking the shutdown rules once for each object of the classes which have a defined shutdown rule; performing the actions defined in the invoked custom shutdown rules; by the MES application, closing or not closing the plant application according to the results of the invoked shutdown rules; by the MES application, notifying the PM launcher whether the plant application was closed or not.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2013
    Assignee: Siemens Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventor: Marco Solimano
  • Patent number: 8560106
    Abstract: A server receives equipment data from third party support equipment during operation of the third party support equipment in a manufacturing environment. The server receives the equipment data via a first port on the third party support equipment. The third party support equipment communicates with a process tool via a second port on third party support equipment. The server determines a future state of the third party support equipment based on the equipment data and notifies a user of the future state of the third party support equipment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2013
    Assignee: Applied Materials, Inc.
    Inventors: John R. Swyers, Manjunath Yedatore, Tony L. Davis, Donn Turner, Michael W. Johnson
  • Patent number: 8543233
    Abstract: A packaging system includes a packaging line comprising a filling machine for producing sealed packages containing food product and downstream distribution equipment connected by conveyors and each including a control system, a line controller for managing configuration, communication and control of the packaging line, a common overhead message display which displays visual information on the operation of the equipment, and a communication network for connecting the line controller to the equipment. The line controller includes a line configurator which reduces and secures effective line installation, start up and tuning at the manufacturing floor via “plug and play”, a line commander which optimizes line performance and product flows during production, a recipe manager which accommodates production flexibility by improving “easy to use” line resources and material, and a conveyor optimizer which optimizes product transportation along the conveyors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2013
    Assignee: Tetra Laval Holdings & Finance S.A.
    Inventors: Claudio Donati, Lorenzo Tacconi, Fabio Zerri
  • Patent number: 8532805
    Abstract: A method and a system control a manufacturing process of a plant via a MES system. The MES system is provided with a catalogue of a tool model, the catalogue of the tool model contains tool entities and tool methods on the tool entities. The tool entities contain engineering-time tool entities and run-time tool entities and the tool methods contain engineering-time tool methods and run-time tool methods. At engineering time or at run time, via a tool manager, the tool model catalogue is exposed and information on the tool model data is stored in a database. At engineering time, the specific engineering-time tool entities are defined by invoking engineering-time tool methods. At run time the specific tool entities are instantiated into run-time tool objects and the manufacturing process is controlled relative to physical plant tools by invoking the run-time tool methods on the run-time tool objects.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2013
    Assignee: Siemens Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Marco Mazzarone, Alessandro Raviola, Elena Reggio, Federico Risso
  • Patent number: 8532797
    Abstract: A mechanism for constructing generic control logic with versions of the logic automatically generated and stored for one or more protocols. The complexity of the one or more protocols may be hidden under a hood of the mechanism from the view of engineers, programmers and users so as to improve their productivity relative to control logic designs and applications.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2013
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventors: Stalin Gutha, Janaki Krishnaswamy, Lavanya Bhadriraju, Ankur Jhawar, Kevin B. Moore
  • Patent number: 8527078
    Abstract: A setup system at least including a substrate processing apparatus and a test terminal is provided. The substrate processing apparatus includes a plurality of process chambers, a plurality of process chamber control units, a comprehensive control unit and an operation unit. The test terminal is connected to the plurality of process chamber control units while the comprehensive control unit and the operation unit are disconnected from the plurality of process chamber control units. The test terminal transmits a process chamber test operation command to the plurality of process chamber control units by executing a test terminal program. The setup system is capable of reducing time necessary for a setup process when starting to operate the substrate processing apparatus with the plurality of process chambers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2013
    Assignee: Hitachi Kokusai Electric Inc.
    Inventor: Masanori Okuno
  • Patent number: 8527077
    Abstract: A method for specifying the behavior of autonomous and collaborative automation devices in manufacturing plants with a service-oriented architecture and to a service-oriented automation device. In order to describe the operating behavior of such devices, the invention proposes the steps of original setting-up of the automation device, including configuration, depiction of services, establishment of connections to other automation devices and transfer of the set-up to waiting original status, receiving the events through service operations, internal device interfaces of inputs/outputs and/or generated directly from the controls, evaluating the received events, executing the events and changing the state of the model-based middleware shell, wherein the system achieves the next state and is capable of receiving further events.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2013
    Assignee: Schneider Electric Automation GmbH
    Inventors: Armando Walter Colombo, Joao Marco Mendes
  • Publication number: 20130211568
    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: Application
    Filed: February 12, 2012
    Publication date: August 15, 2013
    Applicant: SKYMEDI CORPORATION
    Inventor: MING-XING CHEN
  • Publication number: 20130197683
    Abstract: A method for manufacturing parts and molds by: 1) slicing a three-dimensional CAD model of a part or mold; 2) planning a modeling path according to slicing data of the three-dimensional CAD model, whereby generating numerical control codes for modeling processing; and 3) performing fused deposition modeling of powders or wire material of metal, intermetallic compounds, ceramic and composite functional gradient materials by layer using a welding gun on a substrate layer via a numerical control gas shielded welding beam or laser beam according to a track specified by the numerical control code for each layer. A micro-roller or a micro-extrusion unit is installed at a contact area between melted and softened areas. The micro-roller or the micro-extrusion unit synchronously moves along with fused deposition area, which results in compressing and processing of the fused deposition area during the fused deposition modeling.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 15, 2012
    Publication date: August 1, 2013
    Applicant: HUAZHONG UNIVERSITY OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY
    Inventor: Huazhong University of Science and Technology
  • Patent number: 8483858
    Abstract: Embodiments of the invention disclose a method for optimizing a simulation of a machining of a workpiece performed by removing a set of swept volumes from a volume of the workpiece, wherein the volume is partitioned into a set of cells, comprising the steps of: associating with each cell a subset of distance fields representing a subset of swept volumes intersecting with the cell, wherein at least part of the subset of swept volumes forms a composite surface of the cell; subjecting the cell with a set of rays incident to the cell from at least one direction; and selecting a distance field of the subset of distance fields into an optimal subset associated with the cell, wherein a boundary of the swept volume represented by the distance field intersects with at least one ray at a point of intersection lying on the composite surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2013
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Electric Research Laboratories, Inc.
    Inventors: Alan Sullivan, William S. Yerazunis
  • Patent number: 8483860
    Abstract: The present application relates to a technique of calculating an environmental load amount of each product produced on a production line including types of processing apparatuses. Power consumption required for producing a product is obtained more accurately and in an earlier stage. Power consumption required for producing each product is obtained by using the power consumption for each product with respect to each apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2013
    Assignee: Hitachi, Ltd.
    Inventors: Tomohiko Akahori, Osamu Namikawa
  • Patent number: 8452423
    Abstract: Methods and systems for the design and implementation of optimal multivariable MPC controllers for fast-sampling constrained dynamic systems utilizing a primal-dual feasibility approach and/or a graph approach. The primal-dual feasibility approach can compute and store matrices defining constraints of quadratic programming problems in an off-line part in order to calculate vectors of Lagrange multipliers and an optimizer. Then primal-dual feasibility can be checked in an on-line part using the Lagrange multipliers and the optimizer can provide a unique optimal solution for the constrained dynamic system. The graph approach can compute and store the matrices and the vectors, and also prepare and store a structure of directed graph in off-line part. An optimizer for a given parameter vector can be determined in on-line part using the directed graph, the matrices and the vectors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2013
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventors: Jaroslav Pekar, Francesco Borrelli, Gregory Stewart
  • Patent number: 8447572
    Abstract: An analysis model control unit disposes at least two component models, which are to be used in assembly of a product to be evaluated, in virtual space displayed on a screen. A virtual glove controller moves and operates component models, which are disposed in virtual space, in accordance with an input operation signal of a user by a virtual glove. When the two component models are brought into contact with each other, a model conversion unit converts them into component analysis models. A deformed structure analysis unit executes structure analysis calculations with respect to the relative movement caused along with assembly of the two component analysis models after contact so as to calculate deformation and deformation stresses. An evaluation processing unit compares the deformation stress with a threshold stress of the material so as to evaluate whether assembly can be performed without breaking the components.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2013
    Assignee: Fujitsu Limited
    Inventor: Shigeo Ishikawa
  • Patent number: 8438119
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus, including systems and computer program products, for a services architecture design that provides enterprise services having foundation layer functionality at the level of an enterprise application. The design includes a set of service operations, process components, and optionally deployment units. Suitable business objects are also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2013
    Assignee: SAP AG
    Inventors: Joachim Puteick, Martin Rogge, Hendrik Geipel, Andrea Pluemper, Andreas Huppert, Kai-Uwe Pielka, Ashwin Reddy Yeddula, Matthias Schmitt, Toralf Grossmann, Andreas Neumann, Bare Said, Stefan Miller, Michael Neumann, Florian Rehfeld, Ingo Bruss, Horst Schaude, Michael Bauer, Andreas Morsch, Silke Storch, Klaus Bahr, Bernd Schmitt, Michael Meyringer, Dirk Henrich
  • Patent number: 8417367
    Abstract: A manufacturing exception handling system is described for use with a manufacturing execution system that controls a semiconductor manufacturing process. The present invention provides real time information to the user that identifies restrictions that have been placed on the use of entities and inventories in the semiconductor manufacturing process. The present invention also provides real time information to the user that identifies the persons who are authorized to remove the restrictions. The present invention saves the time and effort that would otherwise be required to find out why a restriction existed and who could remove the restriction during the semiconductor manufacturing process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2004
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2013
    Assignee: National Semiconductor Corporation
    Inventors: George Logsdon, Ramesh Rao, Teresa Colpaert, Michael A. Hart
  • Patent number: 8412368
    Abstract: A method includes generating a reticle transport job using a computing device. The reticle job identifies a selected reticle. A reticle pod available for transporting the reticle is autonomously identified using the computing device. The reticle transport job is updated suing the computing device with an identifier of the reticle pod.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2013
    Assignee: GLOBALFOUNDRIES Inc.
    Inventors: Diwaskar Adhikari, Raymond G. Goss