Patent abstracts

Assembly Automation

ISSN: 0144-5154

Article publication date: 20 April 2010



(2010), "Patent abstracts", Assembly Automation, Vol. 30 No. 2.



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Patent abstracts

Article Type: Patent abstracts From: Assembly Automation, Volume 30, Issue 2

Title: Multitask aircraft auxiliary assembly system based on industrial robotApplicant: Univ. Zhejiang (CN)Patent number: CN101357687 (A)Publication date: February 4, 2009


The invention discloses a multi-mission aircraft auxiliary assembly system on the basis of an industrial robot, comprising crossing movable platforms which are symmetrically arranged at two sides of an aircraft shaft movable platform, an industrial robot, a tool garbage, a traveling lifting operation platform and a compacting mechanism, and a target installation flange and a took quick replacing device which are arranged at the end flange of the robot. The crossing movable platform comprises an upper layer of platforms and a lower layer of platforms and can move along the flight course and the wing extension direction of the aircraft; the movable industrial robot faces to the aircraft shaft when at the zero position; the tool garbage is arranged at the rear side of the robot; the operation tools hang inside the tool garbage according to codes and the automatic replacement of the tools is realized by the tool quick replacing device; the operation flow control and state monitoring of the whole system are carried out by a robot operation platform; the multi-mission aircraft auxiliary assembly system can be applied to the aircraft automation, flexible assembly production line, and completes the auxiliary assembly operation missions such as taking and positioning of system part, bore preparing of part butting surface, plane milling, punching of measuring points, etc.

Title: Highly flexible machine tool comprising several workpiece supportsApplicant: Witzig & Frank GmbH (DE)Patent number: US2008188363 (A1)Publication date: August 7, 2008


A machine tool has a work chamber, in which two workpiece supports can move independently of one another. A plurality of tool bits are also disposed in the work chamber. Movement devices which define movement regions are assigned to the workpiece supports. These movement devices overlap one another in a region in which a machining unit (35) can be disposed. With such a machine tool, very high flexibility in terms of the workpieces to be produced as well as high productivity are achieved. The machine tool (1) thus makes it possible to achieve high degrees of automation, even with small-scale mass production.

Title: Energy-saving heat-insulating building material automatic cutting production lineApplicant: Changsha Wuyang Ind. Equipment (CN)Patent number: CN201240007 (Y)Publication date: May 20, 2009


The utility model discloses an energy-saving and thermal-insulating cutting production line of building material automation, which comprises a feeding assembly, an initial cutting assembly, a standard cutting assembly, a processing assembly, a preheating assembly and a positioning assembly sequentially connected with each other according to working procedures; the initial cutting assembly and the standard cutting assembly are connected with a three-dimensional transportation mechanism through a bidirectional transportation mechanism and a transportation conveyor; an automatic stacking mechanism, a storage conveyor and a second automatic plate dividing mechanism are arranged between the standard cutting assembly and the processing assembly; and the processing assembly is connected with the preheating assembly through an automatic reversing mechanism. The cutting production line has the advantages of simple and compact structure, high degree of automation, high accuracy and high production capacity, saves labor, and can effectively use space, thereby avoiding influences on environment and people.

Title: Self-feeding mechanism of electromagnetic release apparatus automatic assembly machineApplicant: Zhejiang Hengda Electronic Equ. (CN)Patent number: CN201043083 (Y)Publication date: April 2, 2008


The utility model provides an automatic feeding mechanism of an electro-magnetic release automatic assembler, which is characterized in that: the mechanism is equipped with a sleeve, the sleeve is provided with a vertical through hole, the vertical through hole upper end and an automatic feeding vibration plate of upper capacitive spring are connected with an annular tube, the vertical through hole lower end and a lower afflux unit are connected with an annular tube and the annular tube is connected with an annular tuber of another containing push rod at the afflux unit, the sleeve side wall is equipped with two horizontal through holes vertically arranged and communicated with vertical through holes, one side of the sleeve is equipped with two cylinders vertically arranged, rod ends of the cylinders are separately equipped with catch rods, respectively, point to the two horizontal through holes, the cylinders are connected with and controlled by a solenoid valve, and the solenoid valve is connected with and controlled by a PLC programmable controller. The technical proposal has the advantages that: two catch rods can repeatedly advance and retreat in intervals, thereby inhibiting or laying down the springs in the vertical through holes in intervals to make the springs fall one by one, so that the procedure realizes automation, and improves work efficiency.

Title: Convenient, flexible and assembled intelligent parking garageApplicant: Hangzhou Desa Machinery Techno (CN)Patent number: CN101408074 (A)Publication date: April 15, 2009


The invention belongs to the technical field of automobile parking equipment, more particularly relates to a convenient and flexible assembly type intelligent parking garage. The parking garage comprises basic frameworks of parking stalls, chassis, parking stands, vehicle conveying tracks, intelligent trolleys, hoistway lifting devices and an intelligent control system, and is characterized in that the basic frameworks of the parking stalls are connected and arranged on the chassis, the parking stands are arranged on the upright columns of the basic frameworks of the parking stalls, the vehicle conveying tracks are arranged among the basic frameworks of the parking stalls, the intelligent trolleys are arranged on the vehicle conveying tracks, and the hoistway lifting devices are fixed on the basic frameworks of the parking stalls. The intelligent trolleys and the hoistway lifting devices are electrically connected with the intelligent control system, and the basic framework of the parking stall is formed by combining the upright column, a beam, a reinforced pull rod and an airfoil joint. The parking garage is characterized by simple structure, convenient combination, low manufacturing cost, fast vehicle access, and safety and stability, thus being an ideal convenient and flexible assembly type intelligent parking garage.

Title: Virtual inventory management system for harbor equipment manufacturing enterpriseApplicant: Univ. Shanghai Maritime (CN)Patent number: CN101493911 (A)Publication date: July 29, 2009


The invention discloses a virtual inventory management system for port equipment manufacturing enterprises. The system consists of functional modules such as goods supply market information management, in-transit inventory management, local inventory management, virtual inventory control, demand-triggering management, data warehouse/data analysis, and production-planning management. The system applies wireless communication technology, GIS/GPS technology, automatic identification technology, and intelligent information-processing technology and the like, takes full advantage of real-time data and triggers inventory replenishment and distribution by real-time inventory status and customer demands.

Title: Intelligent mass production planning and routing systemApplicant: IBM (USA)Patent number: US2009069919 (A1)Publication date: March 12, 2009


Embodiments of the present invention address deficiencies of the art in respect to manufacturing production and provide a method, system and computer program product for mass production planning and routing. In one embodiment of the invention, a method for mass production planning and routing can be provided. The method can include initiating a production process sequence to produce a product according to an initial routing receiving a request to change the initial routing to a new routing, dynamically comparing the initial routing to the new routing, removing each production process from the new routing that had already been completed in the initial routing, and resuming the production process sequence with the new routing.

Title: Intelligent clothing capable of detecting human body temperature and manufacturing method thereofApplicant: Univ. Tianjin Polytechnic (CN)Patent number: CN101263938 (A)Publication date: September 17, 2008


The invention relates to a smart garment for body temperature detection comprising a broadband light source arranged on the clothing, a coupler, a distributed optical fiber grating sensor, a F-P tunable filter and a packaged integrated circuit part; wherein the broadband light source is connected with distributed optical fiber grating sensor through the coupler and the distributed optical fiber grating sensor is connected with the F-P tunable filter through the coupler; the integrated circuit part comprises a microprocessor, a scanning voltage circuit, a light detector and a signal conditioning circuit; wherein the output interface of the microprocessor is connected with the scanning voltage circuit and the scanning voltage signal from the scanning voltage circuit is loaded on the driving end of the F-P tunable filter; the electrical signal generated after the output signal of the F-P tunable filter is received the photodetector is inputted to the microprocessor through the signal conditioning circuit. The invention also relates to the making method of the garment. The smart garment has the advantages of portable use and real-time detection for the body temperature.

Title: Intelligent production station and production methodApplicant: Harris Stratex Networks Operat. (USA); Srikumar Kesavan (USA); Pong Frank (USA)Patent number: WO2008079747 (A1)Publication date: July 3, 2008


One aspect related to design of systems and methods for manufacturing products that include technology in skiiied areas is configuring a production station for use by an operator without specialized skills. The present invention contemplates an approach to designing a station configurable to perform one or more of incoming inspection, assembly, testing, and branding. A preferred approach includes verifying data associated with units prior to accepting them for incorporation, preventing incorporation of an incorrect unit, and guiding an operator in possible remedial action. This approach includes storing data in a server and making such data substantially instantly accessible to production stations once written in the server. Such data preferably includes software to configure the production station such that the operator need not have specialized skills. A production station designed using this approach is particularly useful in the manufacture of an outdoor unit of a split-mount microwave radio system.

Title: Automated kitting for short build manufacturingApplicant: IBM (USA)Patent number: US2009171735 (A1)Publication date: July 2, 2009


A method for managing production of a product when components of the product are missing during a manufacturing process is provided. The method includes applying a first set of rules for determining whether a short work unit can be released for manufacturing and clearing the short work unit to build. The method further includes allocating for manufacturing components of the short work unit present in inventory and storing a record including a list of short components. The method further includes generating a first kit and storing a record including a location of the first kit. The method further includes initiating manufacturing of the first kit and determining that at least one of the shortest components of the short work unit are present in inventory. The method further includes generating a second kit for the short components of the short work unit that are present in inventory.

Title: System and method of monitoring and quantifying performance of an automated manufacturing facilityApplicant: Activplant Corp. (CA); Cocco Dennis P. (CA)Patent number: WO2008116282 (A1)Publication date: October 2, 2008


The present invention is directed to a method and system for identifying, quantifying and presenting to a user constraints in an automated manufacturing or processing facility. A data-processing system continuously receives basic status signals and state signals from automation equipment in the facility and evaluates and processes these signals to derive a throughput capability measure (a measure of constraint) of each given manufacturing workstation in the process. The throughput capability measure is expressed as a ratio of an ideal cycle time to an accumulated overcycled time. The accumulated overcycled time includes only delays and excludes any speed-up of a workstation. A constraint is identified as the workstation that has the lowest throughput capability measure as compared with all other workstations in a production line. Preferably, throughput capability measures for all workstations are presented to users graphically. Further drill-down can be provided for obtaining more detailed information about the constraint and capacity loss as well as entering information relevant to the constraint, such as a stoppage or slow-down.

Title: Scheduling tools with queue time constraintsApplicant: Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. (USA)Patent number: US7463939 (B1)Publication date: December 9, 2008


A method and apparatus for use in an automated manufacturing environment are disclosed. The method includes autonomously scheduling a consumer manufacturing domain entity for the consumption of services provided by a plurality of provider manufacturing domain entities in an automated process flow; and constraining the autonomous scheduling to lessen queue time violations in the process flow. The apparatus includes a program storage medium encoded with instructions that, when executed by a computing device, performs such a method; a computing apparatus programmed to perform such a method, and an automated process flow implementing such a method.

Title: Two-dimensional transfer station used as interface between a process tool and a transport system and a method of operating the sameInventor(s): Zimmerhackl Olaf (DE); Honold Alfred (DE)Patent number: US2009035101 (A1)Publication date: February 5, 2009


By providing a space-efficient transfer buffer system in a manufacturing environment, which may act as a local interface between an automated transport system and the load port assembly of a process tool under consideration, the I/O capability of the process tool may be significantly enhanced, while not unduly contributing to the overall width of the process tools. In particular, embodiments, an array-like arrangement of respective buffer places is used, wherein each buffer place is accessible by the transport system and may also interact with each of the load ports of the process tool.

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