Integrated System (computer Integrated Manufacturing (cim) Patents (Class 700/96)
  • Patent number: 7698010
    Abstract: The present invention provides methods, systems and computer program products for altering video images including superimposing objects onto the images, particularly addressed to identifying fastener insertion locations onto displayed images of a work pieces. The invention is capable of importing an image of a work piece contained in a computer file, displaying the image, and altering the displayed image and/or superimposing objects onto the image to show the location(s), sequence(s) and/or type(s) of fasteners to be inserted onto the displayed work piece according to operator input and instructions. After each insertion is completed, the display is again altered to show the completion. During use, the system is capable of tracking the fastener installations and updating the video display to show the current status of insertions on the work piece.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2005
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2010
    Assignee: Haeger, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeff Cannedy, Thomas Clark Boster
  • Patent number: 7684888
    Abstract: In one aspect a factory automation system for a wafer fab is provided. The factory automation system is adapted to facilitate cross-AMHS transfers of wafer lots within a semiconductor foundry. The factory automation system may include a first MCS and an associated first AMHS; a second MCS and an associated second AMHS; and a third MCS and an associated third AMHS. The system may also include a first bridge connecting the first AMHS and the second AMHS to allow a FOUP to travel between the first AMHS and the second AMHS. The system may also include a second bridge connecting the second AMHS and the third AMHS to allow a FOUP to travel between the second AMHS and the third AMHS. The system also includes a unified control unit in communication with the first, second, and third MCSs, the unified control unit for coordinating transfers of FOUPs between the first, second, and third AMHSs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2010
    Assignee: Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Hsieh-Chi Chen, Chih-Yuan Yu
  • Patent number: 7676295
    Abstract: A computer-implemented method for managing substrate processing data. Substrate process data is acquired while a substrate is processed in a plasma-processing chamber of a cluster tool. The method includes receiving meta-data that identifies at least one of an identification of the substrate and a process. The method further includes receiving from transducers process data streams, each of the process data streams pertaining to a process parameter being monitored. Individual data items in each of the process data streams are being collected in accordance to one of a first methodology and a second methodology. The first methodology represents data collection that is periodic in time. The second methodology represents data collection that happens when predefined events occur. The method also includes storing individual data items associated with process data streams in a single file. The single file stores only data pertaining to a single recipe used to process the substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2005
    Date of Patent: March 9, 2010
    Assignee: Lam Research Corporation
    Inventor: Chad R. Weetman
  • Patent number: 7668613
    Abstract: Activities within various environments (e.g., industrial control environment) can be automated through a number of interchangeable modules configured to perform an action or series of actions. Each interchangeable module can be dedicated to a specific function or task (e.g., quality control, performance) and can take into consideration various business aspects. A sequence in which the actions should be performed can be assigned and the appropriate module automatically initiated based on the sequence. A user can manually select a module in order to have a particular function automatically implemented, such as inserting a quality control module into a rack so that functions relating to quality control are automatically implemented. When a different task is desired, the quality control module can be removed and replaced with a different module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2010
    Assignee: Rockwell Automation Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: John J. Baier, Robert J. McGreevy
  • Publication number: 20100030353
    Abstract: A process control device includes a tracking controller receiving event information indicating that a product pass a predetermined location is received; a conductor unit for determining a corresponding process based on the event information; and a work instruction unit for issuing a work instruction for the product in the production line in response to the request from the conductor unit. The device further includes a work instruction past record control unit for controlling past record of the work instructions in response to an issue of the work instruction; a work instruction sequence order control unit for controlling a sequence order of the work instructions; and a work instruction sequence order storage for storing information of the sequence order of the work instructions to control the information of the sequence order of the work instructions in addition to the current location information of the product.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 4, 2009
    Publication date: February 4, 2010
    Inventors: Takeo KOISHI, Yoshitomi OOKURA, Kiyotaka FUJII, Teruhisa KOSEKI
  • Publication number: 20100023147
    Abstract: A method for reconfiguring a partially manufactured product during a manufacturing process is disclosed. The method can include reading a configuration of the partially manufactured product and reading at least one order for a manufactured product, wherein each order is associated with a target configuration. The method can further include reading a set of rules that match a given configuration with one of a set of target configurations and executing the set of rules upon the configuration of the partially manufactured product so as to match the configuration of the partially manufactured product with one of a target configuration of the at least one order. The method can further include initiating re-configuration of the partially manufactured product to the target configuration with which it was matched. Thus, the partially manufactured product is reused in the manufacturing process to fulfill an order it was not originally created to fulfill.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 28, 2008
    Publication date: January 28, 2010
    Applicant: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Ivory W. Knipfer, Jason S. Lee, Francis E. del Rosario, Antoine G. Sater, Hao H. Xu, Hui Zhang
  • Patent number: 7643892
    Abstract: A simulation that integrates historical data and real-time data as a test or simulation tool can capture an entry that relates to a desired output as function points. A determination can intellectually be made as to which activities can achieve the desired output. The activities can be process steps that can represent a workflow that can be automatically implemented by an MES Appliance or other enterprise components. If a simulation reveals that the desired output might not be achieved, a change to one or more function points can be analyzed in an attempt to achieve the desired result. This change can be input into a simulation tool through a feedback loop, for example. Another simulation can performed on the modified data until a determination is made that the desired output can be achieved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2010
    Assignee: Rockwell Automation Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Crisler Terrill Moor, John J. Baier, Kevin Chao, Lance Christopher Rodenfels, Richard Lee Ryan, Robert J. McGreevy
  • Publication number: 20090319058
    Abstract: The invention provides, in some aspects, systems for interaction with a control environment that includes controlled equipment along with control devices that monitor and control that controlled equipment. According to some of those aspects, such a system includes first functionality that generates output representing an operational status of the controlled equipment, as well as second functionality that generates output representing an operational of one or more of the control devices. An engine coordinates the first functionality and to the second functionality to generate an operational status of the control environment. A virtual reality environment generates, as a function of that operational status and one or more physical aspects of the control environment, a three-dimensional (“3D”) display of the control environment.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 19, 2009
    Publication date: December 24, 2009
    Applicant: INVENSYS SYSTEMS, INC.
    Inventors: Maurizio Rovaglio, Tobias Scheele
  • Publication number: 20090306799
    Abstract: The invention relates to a reconfigurable computer-controlled system based on the positioning of bolts. A greater density of bolts per unit area increases the variety of figures or shapes that can be defined by a frame or tool used in the industry, such that it is no longer necessary to construct rigid surfaces with each change made to the shape of the product to be produced or surface to be formed. The use of the memory effect material as an actuator in the reconfigurability mechanism is the key to the success of the reconfigurable system and the control system owing to the permissibility of small bolts which can be adapted to standard sizes and shapes. The invention also relates to the application of the mechatronic system which uses the positioning of bolts for the reconfigurability of surfaces in order to manufacture and shape materials.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 15, 2006
    Publication date: December 10, 2009
    Applicant: Instituto Tecnologico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey
    Inventors: Jorge Armando Cortes Ramirez, Rogelio de la Garza Giacoman, Ruth Oseki Valdes Nakamura, Rodrigo Berlanga Zamarron
  • Publication number: 20090300727
    Abstract: A server having an authority information storage configured to store therein authority information on an operation authority, a determination request information receiver configured to receive determination request information that is transmitted from a client and requests a permission/rejection determination on execution of a desired operation in the server or a client, a permission/rejection determination unit configured to make a permission/rejection determination in response to the determination request information received by the determination request information receiver based on the authority information, and a determination result information transmitter configured to transmit determination result information on a determination result made by the permission/rejection determination unit to the client that transmitted the determination request information.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 6, 2009
    Publication date: December 3, 2009
    Applicant: TOKYO ELECTRON LIMITED
    Inventors: Noriaki Shioyama, Yoshiaki Koshoji
  • Patent number: 7624371
    Abstract: The present invention provides an extensible automation development environment. A full development environment in its own right, the environment, in addition to supporting its own native objects, allows the integration of foreign (or “custom”) automation objects. Custom commands and custom events are also integrated into the environment and are handled by the same framework that handles native commands and events. Tools provided by the environment are made to work with custom objects as well as with native objects. For example, a common editor expands to incorporate a custom editor that handles custom data fields. A common browser expands to seamlessly incorporate a custom browser that may operate on custom automation objects from a custom database. All software entities, native and custom, can be developed and monitored within a single framework. Users operate seamlessly across heterogeneous automation environments, even though custom entities in the environment conform to their own operating standards.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2009
    Assignee: Invensys Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Sandeep Shashikant Kulkarni, Guruprasad Ranganarasimhan
  • Publication number: 20090287331
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for management of bio-fuel production research and development, comprising (1) mapping process template layers into process segments, wherein each process template layer specifies configuration of a bio-fuel manufacturing process via process segments, and wherein each process segment specifies a stage of the bio-fuel manufacturing process via a grouping of segment modules, (2) recording specified data at each segment module, wherein the specified data includes input data, output data, and environment data, (3) configuring workflow through each process segment according to the segment modules within respective process segments, and wherein the workflow specifies the segment modules that are present and the order of the segment modules, and (4) providing the specified data to a research and development lifecycle management module for determination of results based on tracking and comparison of specified data, and wherein segment modules are modified based on the determined resul
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 27, 2009
    Publication date: November 19, 2009
    Applicant: SHOMA INC.
    Inventors: Rabindra Chakraborty, Shoma Chakraborty
  • Publication number: 20090287330
    Abstract: A process to control product throughput in a multi-station manufacturing system is disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 19, 2008
    Publication date: November 19, 2009
    Inventors: Matthew Bernard Overley, Brian Kelly Bell
  • Patent number: 7620907
    Abstract: An extensible base process control and manufacturing information application development and execution software suite is disclosed that facilitates streamlined third party (e.g., OEM) development of derivative applications for particular vertical markets. The suite includes an object design toolkit that provides object template derivation tools for accessing and editing a set of base object templates. The objects derivable from the base templates include at least application objects deployed upon lower level hosting component objects of a supervisory process control and manufacturing information application. The toolkit also includes development tools for creating new base object templates that are added as extensions of the set of base object templates. In addition to the toolkit, the suite includes a set of marketing package customization tools facilitating seamlessly integrating changes by developers to the extensible base development and execution software suite.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2009
    Assignee: Invensys Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert M. Resnick, James P. McIntyre, Laurence G. Leblanc, Timothy Sowell, Pankaj H. Mody
  • Patent number: 7613535
    Abstract: A semiconductor manufacturing system includes a centralized computer integrated manufacturing (CIM) system; a plurality of sectional CIM systems respectively associated with a plurality of manufacturing facilities and coupled with the centralized CIM system; and a centralized basic record module, coupled and coordinated with the centralized CIM system, and designed for defining a unified process flow associated to a mobile object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2009
    Assignee: Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Larry Jann, Chien-Fei Cheng, I. Chun Chen, Liang Po Hsiung
  • Patent number: 7613534
    Abstract: A semiconductor fabrication architecture which includes a middleware component, a fabrication facility coupled to the middleware component, a real time dispatcher application program interface coupled between the fabrication facility and the middleware component, a work in progress application program interface coupled between the fabrication facility and the middleware component, an enterprise resource planning system coupled to the middleware component, and an order processing system coupled to the middleware component. The fabrication facility includes a manufacturing execution system and a real time dispatch system. The manufacturing execution system tracks overall processing of semiconductor wafers. The real time dispatch system provides near real time information regarding processing of semiconductor wafers. The real time dispatcher application program interfaces publishing information to the middleware component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2002
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2009
    Assignee: Advanced Micro Devices, Inc.
    Inventors: Marwane Jawad Yazback, Noel Curtis Rives, Carmen Adriana Maxim, Donald Craig Likes
  • Publication number: 20090271016
    Abstract: A control system for a modular reconfigurable numerically controlled machine comprising at least one memory storage device associated with each of a plurality of detachable modular components to store kinematic and connection information about the modular component. The information in the memory storage devices is read and processed by a main processing unit when the modular component is attached to a primary structure of the numerically controlled machine. The control system further comprises a plurality of component actuators, which receive control signals from the main processing unit, to actuate the modular components attached to the numerically controlled machine. A hardware component connector may provide at least one of a physical, electrical, communications, and pneumatic connection between the primary structure of the numerically controlled machine and the modular components.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 28, 2008
    Publication date: October 29, 2009
    Applicant: SPIRIT AEROSYSTEMS, INC.
    Inventors: Robert R. Wampler, Muhammad Zia Ullah
  • Patent number: 7610177
    Abstract: A manufacturing execution system for manufacturing a product is provided. The manufacturing execution system includes a manufacturing execution plan having a set of manufacturing steps to be executed for manufacturing the product, a planning component for determining a data collection plan of data to be collected during the execution of one of the manufacturing steps, a service interface for providing the data collection plan in response to a service request, and a database for storing data that has been collected in accordance with the determined data collection plan.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2006
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2009
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventors: Jayaraman Subramanian, Akhauri Prakash Kumar
  • Publication number: 20090260308
    Abstract: Carved solid face doors having inlaid overlays and methods of manufacture thereof are provided herein. In some embodiments, a carved, solid face door may include a solid base having a face and an opposing rear surface, wherein the face has a design carved into at least one section of the face; one or more channels carved into the face adjacent to the design, each channel having a depth that is below a depth of the design carved into face of the door adjacent to the channel; and one or more inlay panels disposed in the one or more channels.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 21, 2009
    Publication date: October 22, 2009
    Inventors: EDWARD FIMBEL, III, JEFFRY T. DEAL
  • Publication number: 20090259961
    Abstract: Methods and systems for integrating manufacturing equipment with factory automation software. In one embodiment, an equipment integrator (EI) has a user interface to facilitate user input of configuration information to provide an adaptable interface between a manufacturing tool and a manufacturing execution system (MES) that is operable over a plurality of manufacturing tools. The user configurable interface of the EI is adaptable so that tool-independent MES data collection requests may be satisfied by tool-specific data publication through the EI. In a further embodiment, data collected by the EI from a particular manufacturing tool is mapped to the MES without tool-specific interface coding. During processing, the configurable EI may fill a request from the MES for manufacturing data by collecting a data from the manufacturing tool, identifying data based on the configuration information and returning data satisfying a data keying criterion defined in the MES.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 15, 2008
    Publication date: October 15, 2009
    Inventors: M'hamed Farid Bakli, Parris C.M. Hawkins
  • Patent number: 7603262
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for computer modeling the production process is disclosed. An integrated product and process engineering system may be a computer modeling system that models both a generic production process and a specific individual production process. The integrated product and process engineering system may store one or more time dependent process parameters related to the production process and one or more engineering change numbers related to different product designs. The effective time periods of the time dependent process parameters may be compared with the effective time periods of the engineering change numbers. Various flags may be associated with each comparison to indicate the validity of the time dependent process parameter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2004
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2009
    Assignee: SAP AG
    Inventors: Martin Chen, Shailesh P. Mane, Gaurav Sharma, Qi Wang, Dallan Clancy, Mario Günter Rothenburg, Uwe Kohler
  • Patent number: 7603195
    Abstract: In at least one aspect, the invention provides an electronic device fabrication facility (Fab) that uses small lot carriers that may be transparently integrated into an existing Fab that uses large lot carriers. A manufacturing execution system (MES) may interact with the inventive small lot Fab as if the small lot Fab is any other Fab component in an existing large lot Fab without requiring knowledge of how to control small lot Fab components (e.g., beyond specifying a processing recipe). A small lot Fab according to the present invention may encapsulate the small lot Fab's internal use of small lot components and present itself to a large lot Fab's MES as if the small lot Fab is a component that uses large lot carriers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2006
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2009
    Assignee: Applied Materials, Inc.
    Inventors: Amitabh Puri, David Duffin, Eric A. Englhardt
  • Patent number: 7599756
    Abstract: A production moving line system. An illustrative embodiment of the production moving line system includes at least one metallic guide strip and at least one tow vehicle which may be adapted to follow the guide strip. The tow vehicle may include control circuitry and a power source and a wireless transceiver connected to the control circuitry. An assembly fixture cart may be coupled to the tow vehicle. A wireless communication link may be provided between a central control computer and the wireless transceiver of the tow vehicle. A production moving line method is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2009
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Brad J. Reeves, James S. Bradley, Richard S. Irvine, Chris G. McInelly
  • Patent number: 7593872
    Abstract: A method and system for designing a probe card from data provided by prospective customers via the Internet is provided. Design specifications are entered into the system by prospective customers and compiled into a database. The collective feasibility of each set of design specifications is determined by an automated computer system and communicated to the prospective customer. If feasible, additional software enables prospective customers to create verification packages according to their respective design specifications. These verification packages further consist of drawing files visually describing the final design and verification files confirming wafer bonding pad data. Verification packages are reviewed and forwarded to an applications engineer after customer approval. An interactive simulation of probe card performance is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2009
    Assignee: FormFactor, Inc.
    Inventors: Benjamin N. Eldridge, Mark W. Brandemuehl, Stefan Graef, Yves Parent
  • Patent number: 7580766
    Abstract: A method for manufacturing resource planning includes identifying multiple logical entities within a manufacturing facility; receiving supply information for each of the logical entities, the supply information for a particular logical entity including current and projected future inventories of resources assigned to the particular logical entity for use in manufacturing products; receiving demand information associated with manufacture of a requested product; identifying resources for use in manufacturing the requested product; and scheduling manufacture of the requested product using the identified resources at least one of the logical entities at least partially based on the supply information and the demand information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2004
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2009
    Assignee: Glovia International, Inc.
    Inventors: Anil Kumar Sharma, Hajime Tamura, Paul Miller, Quentin S. Brearley
  • Publication number: 20090206203
    Abstract: An aircraft wing box comprises a pair of half ribs (18, 20) joined to form a rib extending from an upper wing skin (12) to a lower wing skin (10). Each half rib (18) comprises a base (19) and a plurality of projections (4) that extend away from the base (19), the projections (4) defining a series of troughs (2a) and peaks (4a). Respective projections of one half rib (18) overlap with respective projections of the other half rib (20) thereby defining overlapping portions (3), the half ribs (18, 20) being joined in the regions of the overlapping portions (3). There may be projections (4) shaped such that the overlapping portion (3b) defined by the two projections is separated from the neutral axis N of the rib (18, 20).
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 19, 2007
    Publication date: August 20, 2009
    Inventor: Tristan Crawford
  • Patent number: 7574278
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for scheduling in a wafer fab. The method comprising means for weighting inventories according to at least one of logpoints or reticle, and photolithography units, means for scheduling one of said inventories on one of said photolithography units, wherein said one of said inventories has a maximal weighting and means for eliminating any of said inventories not scheduled according to constraints.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2009
    Assignee: Texas Instruments Incorporated
    Inventors: James Heskin, Mark Shepheard, Julia Lafoy
  • Patent number: 7574279
    Abstract: A manufacturing system, located at a manufacturing system site, includes a discharger for discharging a liquid material having fluidity onto a substrate, communication means for transmitting and receiving data through a communication line, and monitoring means for monitoring the state of the discharger and for outputting data obtained by the monitoring through the communication means. The communication means provides communication between the monitoring means at the manufacturing system site and a server located outside of the manufacturing system site. The monitoring means receives a control command from the server through the communication means.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2009
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventor: Hisashi Aruga
  • Publication number: 20090198349
    Abstract: A system (10) and method (200) for managing components in a control system can include a plurality of devices (150) operably coupled to a processing system (125) for controlling a process run by the processing system. A server (100) is in communication with the plurality of devices. A client (20) is in communication with the server (100), wherein the client (20) or an instance between the client and the server, such as controller (15), is operable to identify at least one relevant item associated with the plurality of devices (150). The at least one relevant item is one of a plurality of items to be added to a group, an inactive one of the plurality of items of the group being activated or one of the plurality of items of the group wherein the group is being activated.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 1, 2008
    Publication date: August 6, 2009
    Inventors: Seth G. Carpenter, Anuradha Vidyashankar, Timothy J. Fortin, Gary E. Bisenius, Beulah S. David
  • Patent number: 7570006
    Abstract: A computer (20) that determines a sequence of control vectors (16) using predetermined functional instructions. Each vector includes a number of vector elements (17). Each vector element (17) is designed for a maximum of one final drive unit (2 to 4) of a machine (1). Each control vector (16) comprises at least one vector element (17) for each final drive unit (2 to 4) of the machine (1). There is at least one positioning element (s*) for each final drive unit (2 to 4). The computer (20) stores the determined sequence of control vectors (16) as a control file (11). Once the file has been transmitted to a control unit (6) of the machine (1), the control unit retrieves the control file (11) and executes the stored sequence of control vectors (16). The control unit staggers the execution of successive control vectors (16) by a predetermined clock interval (delta t).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2005
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2009
    Assignee: Siemens Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventor: Jochen Bretschneider
  • Patent number: 7571017
    Abstract: An Intelligent Data Multiplexer (“IDM”) can be used to interface a plurality of host computers with a semiconductor manufacturing tool. In one embodiment, the IDM has a plurality of host-side ports configured to receive messages from each of the host computers interfaced with the semiconductor manufacturing tool. The IDM also includes a multiplexer configured to multiplex the messages received from the host-side ports. To process possible conflict messages from the host computers, the IDM has a conflict resolve module. The messages are then delivered from the IDM to the semiconductor manufacturing tool through a tool-side port used to connect the semiconductor manufacturing tool to the IDM.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2003
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2009
    Assignee: Applied Materials, Inc.
    Inventor: Alexey G. Goder
  • Patent number: 7567853
    Abstract: With this invention, expert knowledge from machine manufacturers is applied quickly at any time to a machine via the Internet, by providing a main computer (host) for the production and provision of machine-related data and/or services and a machine-side working computer (client), which is connected to the main computer via a data communication link and by means of which (client) machine state data can be acquired in real time and transmitted to the main computer, and by means of which machine-related data and/or services generated by the main computer as a function of such machine state data can be received by means of an analysis and evaluation unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2006
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2009
    Assignee: Siemens Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Volker Kreidler, Knut Lagies, Wolfgang Mutscheller
  • Patent number: 7551974
    Abstract: Plural combined processing machines perform various processes to workpieces W. The combined processing machines are arranged in a processing line according to a volume of products of the workpieces, operating time of the combined processing machines and a tact time to complete processing one of the workpieces. Each combined processing machine is determined to share one or more processes according to the volume of the products, the operating time and the tact time. The workpieces are transferred among the combined processing machines to be processed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2006
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2009
    Assignee: JTEKT Corporation
    Inventor: Yoshio Wakazono
  • Publication number: 20090157208
    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: Application
    Filed: December 15, 2008
    Publication date: June 18, 2009
    Applicant: SIEMENS AG
    Inventor: Marco Solimano
  • Patent number: 7548798
    Abstract: A paste dispenser and a method for controlling the same are disclosed. The paste dispenser includes a stage having a substrate mounted thereon, at least one nozzle dispensing a paste on the substrate by relative movement between the nozzle and the substrate, a measuring means provided at a position facing into an outlet of the nozzle and directly measuring a position of an exchange nozzle, and a controller converting a compensation value in accordance with a displacement of the exchange nozzle based on data measured by the measuring means.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2004
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2009
    Assignee: Top Engineering, Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kyu Yong Bang, Yong Kyu Seo
  • Patent number: 7546571
    Abstract: PCB Logical design data is stored in a database according to a connectivity-based data model. Circuit functional blocks, inputs and outputs of functional blocks, and signals are stored as separate data structures. Those structures may be edited by users at separate clients during concurrent editing sessions. Profile data for each of multiple users specifies logical design data elements accessible by, and PCB design software to be provided to, that user. The PCB design software may be plug-ins executable within a web browser at a client, and the client computers may communicate with the database via the Internet. Layout data may also be stored in the database, with elements of the layout data mapped to elements of the logical design data. Constraint data may also be stored in the database, with elements of the constraint data being mapped to elements of the layout data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2004
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2009
    Assignee: Mentor Graphics Corporation
    Inventors: Richard Mankin, Henry Potts, Reddy Tera
  • Publication number: 20090118851
    Abstract: Integration of factory level advanced process control (FL-APC) system and tool level advanced process control (TL-APC) system using selectable APC operation modes indicating different operational settings for the FL-APC system and at least one TL-APC system is disclosed. During operation, the FL-APC system controls operation of the TL-APC system. The invention allows a manufacturing execution system (MES) to have additional capability to run the process control functions at FL-APC system and/or TL-APC system, and allows integration of a variety of different tools with a TL-APC system. An implementation method, system and program product are also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 2, 2009
    Publication date: May 7, 2009
    Inventors: Gary W. Behm, Emily M. Hwang, Yue Li, Teresita Q. Magtoto
  • Publication number: 20090118850
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention provide a workpiece transportation control method and system that automatically processes a plurality of steps in a successive manner, thereby enhancing production efficiency. According to one embodiment, a transportation control method includes the steps of: monitoring the state of an automated manufacturing system to see if there is a request for transporting a workpiece; extracting the subsequent step path for the workpiece when a transportation request is issued; calculating a standard necessary period along the extracted step path; converting the subsequent standard necessary period into an evaluation value, issuing a transportation request, stacking tasks in response to other transportation requests; and selecting a workpiece with the shortest subsequent standard necessary period from the stacked transportation requests.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 6, 2008
    Publication date: May 7, 2009
    Applicant: Hitachi Global Storage Technologies Netherlands B. V.
    Inventors: Takahiro Nakagawa, Takeo Tsukuda, Ryosuke Mori, Youchi Nonaka
  • Publication number: 20090055014
    Abstract: An accompanying document for a printing substrate, which is to be printed in a printing press, is configured as an electronic data set that is stored in a memory of an RFID tag. Data relating to a production-preparatory generation of an adhesive surface, on the printing substrate to be fed to the printing press, is written into the data set. Data relating to the manufacturer of the printing substrate of to its supplier, and data relating to the manufacture of the printing substrate are also written into the data set. In the case of a commercial unit having a printing substrate that has been only partially printed during a production run of the printing press, the data set can be supplemented with data which, at least, characterizes an event. The event could relate to a break in the printing substrate or to changes to the commercial unit which occurred during the production process that was implemented in the printing press using the printing substrate of the commercial unit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 9, 2006
    Publication date: February 26, 2009
    Inventor: Erwin Paul Josef Lehrieder
  • Patent number: 7496422
    Abstract: A method for controlling a batch-type semiconductor processing apparatus is provided. The method checks whether a recipe set based on basic process information is within a recipe group stored in the semiconductor processing apparatus. The method also checks whether the quantity of wafers read through lot mapping is correlated to the quantity of wafers indicated by the basic process information. During the semiconductor fabrication process, the method also checks whether a current recipe of the semiconductor processing apparatus is correlated to the set recipe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2005
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2009
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Jae-Woo Chung, Jun Jung
  • Patent number: 7489980
    Abstract: Integration of factory level advanced process control (FL-APC) system and tool level advanced process control (TL-APC) system using selectable APC operation modes indicating different operational settings for the FL-APC system and at least one TL-APC system is disclosed. During operation, the FL-APC system controls operation of the TL-APC system. The invention allows a manufacturing execution system (MES) to have additional capability to run the process control functions at FL-APC system and/or TL-APC system, and allows integration of a variety of different tools with a TL-APC system. An implementation method, system and program product are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2006
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2009
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Gary W Behm, Emily M Hwang, Yue Li, Teresita Q Magtoto
  • Publication number: 20090037010
    Abstract: To obtain a communication driver performing data conversion between a equipment and a management unit even when different data formats are used in a manufacturing system, in which the equipment that is equipped with a device for controlling a machine based on an instruction from the management unit and the management unit having a management application program that manages the equipment are connected to the machine, the communication driver includes device drivers (51a, 51b) provided for each type of devices (22a, 22b) in the manufacturing system and controlling communications with the devices (22a, 22b), and equipment drivers (52A, 52B) provided for each type of machines (21A, 21B) in the manufacturing system and accessing the machines (21A, 21B) to be accessed by using the device drivers (51a, 51b) in accordance with an instruction from the management application program (31). The device drivers (51a, 51b) and the equipment drivers (52A, 52B) are hierarchized.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 31, 2005
    Publication date: February 5, 2009
    Applicant: MITSIBISHI ELECTRIC CORPORATION
    Inventors: Seiichi Kawano, Kenji Suzuki
  • Patent number: 7487003
    Abstract: A system that tracks a lot of items being manufactured comprises a receiver component that receives control logics for manufacturing the lot, the control logics include information relating to number of items within the lot and number of items within sublots. A partitioning component automatically creates a plurality of virtual sublots that represent sublots being manufactured. A tracking component automatically tracks each of the sublots across multiple processes during manufacture of the items and associates tracking data with corresponding virtual sublots.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2006
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2009
    Assignee: Rockwell Automation Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark A. Glavach, John T. Campbell, Jr., Scott A. Miller, Keith A. Overstreet, Randall P. Sadowski, David T. Sturrock
  • Patent number: 7478060
    Abstract: A method for ordering parts for a machine being serviced within an e-commerce environment transmits diagnostic data from a local computing device at the machine to a host computing device via a network. A part to be replaced within the machine is identified as a function of the diagnostic data. A part identifier is determined as a function of the part and retrofit information stored on the host computing device. The part identifier is transmitted from the host computing device to an order processing device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2001
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2009
    Assignee: Xerox Corporation
    Inventors: Alan Goldsmith, Wilbert D. Douglas
  • Patent number: 7475383
    Abstract: Provided is a method of fabricating a photo mask. The method includes preparing a model group including optical proximity correction (OPC) models and generating a preliminary mask layout using an integrated circuit (IC) layout. A contour image may be produced from the preliminary mask layout through a simulation using an optical model. Subsequently, the preliminary mask layout may be compared with the contour image and the comparison result may be analyzed to produce analysis data for providing criteria used in selecting an OPC model. An OPC model suitable for the preliminary mask layout may be selected from the model group based on the analysis data. An OPC process may be performed on the preliminary mask layout using the selected OPC model to generate a mask layout.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2006
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2009
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd.
    Inventors: Sung-Soo Suh, Young-Seog Kang, In-Sung Kim
  • Patent number: 7471990
    Abstract: The design/manufacture support system has a self company/correspondent parts number correspondence storing unit for storing the correspondence between parts numbers of self company and correspondent parts, a self company parts bill storage unit for storing a structure of parts of a self company product, a correspondent parts bill storage unit for storing a structure of parts purchased from a correspondent, a representative part creation unit for creating a representative part from the correspondence between self company and correspondent parts numbers stored in the self company/correspondent parts number correspondence storing unit, and a parts bill creation unit for creating a parts bill from the representative part created by the representative part creation unit, the self company parts bill stored in the self company parts bill storage unit and the correspondent parts bill stored in the correspondent parts bill storage unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2008
    Assignee: Hitachi, Ltd.
    Inventors: Miyako Hotta, Tomotoshi Ishida, Yoshihiro Murakami
  • Publication number: 20080319565
    Abstract: A computer program product for performing automated error checking in an automated production line, includes instructions for: receiving change information for changing a production process; comparing the change information to standard information for the production process; and reporting information from the comparing. Manufacturing execution software and a system for employing the manufacturing execution software are provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 25, 2007
    Publication date: December 25, 2008
    Applicant: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: David P. Colon, Bradley P. Jones, Jason J. Mazzotti, Richard P. Volant
  • Patent number: 7463935
    Abstract: An industrial controller that can be utilized in an environment that supports message queuing comprises a receiver component that receives a message from a queue, wherein the message conforms to a message queuing protocol. A message queuing component communicatively coupled to the receiver component interprets the message and alters control logics within the controller based at least in part upon contents of the message. Furthermore, for example, the message queuing engine can be configured to generated messages that conform to the message queuing protocol.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2008
    Assignee: Rockwell Automation Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Scott A. Miller, John T. Campbell, Jr., Mark A. Glavach, Keith A. Overstreet, Randall P. Sadowski, David T. Sturrock
  • Patent number: 7460923
    Abstract: A substrate processing system comprises a substrate processing apparatus, an information storage server and a support computer, which are connected to a network respectively. When the substrate processing apparatus causes a failure, an alarm processing part extracts a necessary relevant log file and stores the same in a hard disk of the information storage server. A failure information generation part generates failure information, which in turn is finally stored in the hard disk of the information storage servers as a failure information database. An apparatus information uncasing part renders the relevant log file and the failure information database readable from the support computer located in a remote place. Thus, the relevant log file and the failure information database can be immediately read. In other words, provided is a substrate processing system rendering operation information immediately readable from a remote place when the substrate processing apparatus causes a failure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2008
    Assignee: Dainippon Screen Mfg. Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Toru Kitamoto, Kenji Kamei, Hidekazu Inoue, Tetsuya Hamada
  • Publication number: 20080294279
    Abstract: A system for handling a production disturbance/opportunity event includes a network having data processing units running a MES software for controlling/monitoring a production process operating production components. A production modeler defines a plant model of the production process, and a production scheduler generates an executable production schedule for the execution of operating procedures for the production components. A production executor executes the production process following the generated executable production schedule, and a production disturbance/opportunity event identifier detects a production disturbance event and identifies a production opportunity event which allows to maintain an efficiency of the production process at least as close as possible to an efficiency given by the executable production schedule as originally generated by the production scheduler.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 22, 2008
    Publication date: November 27, 2008
    Applicant: Siemens Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventor: Fabio Tiozzo