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Sensor Adaptive Machines, Inc. Patents
Assignee:
Sensor Adaptive Machines, Inc.
Address:
Windsor, CA
No. of patents:
36
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Patent Number Title Of Patent Date Issued
5956417 Robot vision using target holes, corners and other object features September 21, 1999
A method and apparatus uses naturally occurring object features as targets in a machine vision based robot (or other) guidance system. In one embodiment, a special high speed processor finds at least 3 pre-selected feature points on an object, which when considered with the data base for
5917726 Intelligent machining and manufacturing June 29, 1999
Methods and apparatus for "Intelligent" control of production processes such as machining, casting, heat treating and welding are disclosed. The key enabler of such control is electro-optical or other suitable sensors, generally non contact, capable of rapidly and accurately acquiring da
5910894 Sensor based assembly tooling improvements June 8, 1999
A method and apparatus for assembly particularly addressed to the assembly of automobiles and aircraft done with reconfigurable modular and "intelligent" tooling fixtures (also called jigs, or holding fixtures). Much of the capability of the system is brought by the optical or other
5883390 Method and apparatus for positioning a member in a desired attitude relative to the surface of a March 16, 1999
The invention provides a method and apparatus for positioning a member in a desired attitude relative to a surface of an object including, providing a positioning means for positioning the member, providing a non-contact sensor attached to the positioning means, using the sensor, sensing
5880459 Method and apparatus for control of a detector array based imaging March 9, 1999
A method and apparatus for control of a detector array based imaging system which includes analyzing the output of a photodetector array and modifying or controlling a photodetector array light gathering related variable based on the analysis. In particular, one embodiment of the inventi
5877491 Method and apparatus for imaging an object illuminated with light March 2, 1999
Method and apparatus for imaging an object illuminated with light onto a photodetector array including a microcomputer for controlling the light gathering of the photodetector array by varying the amount of light reflected onto the photodetector array and by varying a photodetector a
5866916 Method and apparatus for electro optically determining the dimension, location and attitude of o February 2, 1999
A method and apparatus for optically determining the dimension of part surfaces. Particular embodiments describe optical triangulation based coordinate measurement machines capable of accurate measurement of complex surfaces, such as gear teeth and turbine blades. Other embodiments provi
5866915 Method and apparatus for electro optically determining the dimension, location and attitude of o February 2, 1999
A method and apparatus for optically determining the dimension of part surfaces. Particular embodiments describe optical triangulation based coordinate measurement machines capable of accurate measurement of complex surfaces, such as gear teeth and turbine blades. Other embodiments provi
5854880 Target based determination of robot and sensor alignment December 29, 1998
Target based machine vision useful for alignment of sensors and other objects affixed to structures, robots and the like. While addressed particularly to alignment of machine vision systems relative to structures, the techniques disclosed are useful with a multitude of different sens
5854491 Method and apparatus for electro optically determining the dimension, location and attitude of o December 29, 1998
A method and apparatus for optically determining the dimension of part surfaces. Particular embodiments describe optical triangulation based coordinate measurement machines capable of accurate measurement of complex surfaces, such as gear teeth and turbine blades. Other embodiments provi
5828566 Vision assisted fixture construction October 27, 1998
A new method and apparatus for fabrication or alignment of fixtures, jigs and structures is disclosed. The invention uses target points on one or more details which are referenced to the overall structure via targets on the details. These targets are monitored by a TV camera unit which i
5825017 Method and apparatus for determining dimensions October 20, 1998
The invention primarily concerns improvements to turning, grinding milling and other machining processes using electro-optical sensors for analyzing images or patterns related to tools used to work objects. Also disclosed are unique electro-optical sensing methods and apparatus in their
5811827 Method and apparatus for electro-optically determining the dimension, location and attitude of o September 22, 1998
A method and apparatus for optically determining the dimension of part surfaces. Particular embodiments describe optical triangulation based coordinate measurement machines capable of accurate measurement of complex surfaces, such as gear teeth and turbine blades. Other embodiments provi
5811825 Method and apparatus for electro-optically determining the dimension, location and attitude of o September 22, 1998
A method and apparatus for optically determining the dimension of part surfaces. Particular embodiments describe optical triangulation based coordinate measurement machines capable of accurate measurement of complex surfaces, such as gear teeth and turbine blades. Other embodiments provi
5786602 Method and apparatus for electro-optically determining the dimension, location and attitude of o July 28, 1998
A method and apparatus for optically determining the dimension of part surfaces. Particular embodiments describe optical triangulation based coordinate measurement machines capable of accurate measurement of complex surfaces, such as gear teeth and turbine blades. Other embodiments provi
5773840 Method & apparatus for electro optically determining the dimension, location & attitude of objec June 30, 1998
A method and apparatus for optically determining the dimension of part surfaces. Particular embodiments describe optical triangulation based coordinate measurement machines capable of accurate measurement of complex surfaces, such as gear teeth and turbine blades. Other embodiments provi
5767525 Method and apparatus for electro-optically determining the dimension, location and attitude of o June 16, 1998
This invention discloses method and apparatus for optically determining the dimension of part surfaces. Particular embodiments describe optical triangulation based coordinate measurement machines capable of accurate measurement of complex surfaces, such as gear teeth and turbine blades.
5734172 Method and apparatus for electro optically determining the dimension, location and attitude of o March 31, 1998
A method and apparatus for optically determining the dimension of part surfaces. Particular embodiments describe optical triangulation based coordinate measurement machines capable of accurate measurement of complex surfaces, such as gear teeth and turbine blades. Other embodiments provi
5721677 Vision assisted fixture construction February 24, 1998
A new method and apparatus for fabrication or alignment of fixtures, jigs and structures is disclosed. The invention uses target points on one or more details which are referenced to the overall structure via targets on the details. These targets are monitored by a TV camera unit which i
5706408 Target based determination of robot and sensor alignment January 6, 1998
Target based machine vision useful for alignment of sensors and other objects affixed to structures, robots and the like. While addressed particularly to alignment of machine vision systems relative to structures, the techniques disclosed are useful with a multitude of different sens
5696673 Vision assisted fixture construction December 9, 1997
A new method and apparatus for fabrication or alignment of fixtures, jigs and structures is disclosed. The invention uses target points on one or more details which are referenced to the overall structure via targets on the details. These targets are monitored by a TV camera unit which i
5693953 Method and apparatus for electro optically determining the dimension, location and attitude of o December 2, 1997
A method and apparatus for optically determining the dimension of part surfaces. Particular embodiments describe optical triangulation based coordinate measurement machines capable of accurate measurement of complex surfaces, such as gear teeth and turbine blades. Other embodiments provi
5691545 Method and apparatus for electro-optically determining the dimension, location and attitude of o November 25, 1997
A method and apparatus for optically determining the dimension of part surfaces. Particular embodiments describe optical triangulation based coordinate measurement machines capable of accurate measurement of complex surfaces, such as gear teeth and turbine blades. Other embodiments provi
5684292 Method and apparatus for electro optically determining the dimension location and attitude of ob November 4, 1997
A method and apparatus for optically determining the dimension of part surfaces. Particular embodiments describe optical triangulation based coordinate measurement machines capable of accurate measurement of complex surfaces, such as gear teeth and turbine blades. Other embodiments provi
5677541 Method and apparatus for electro-optically determining the dimension, location and attitude of o October 14, 1997
This invention discloses method and apparatus for optically determining the dimension of part surfaces. Particular embodiments describe optical triangulation based coordinate measurement machines capable of accurate measurement of complex surfaces, such as gear teeth and turbine blades.
5670787 Method and apparatus for electro-optically determining the dimension, location and attitude of o September 23, 1997
A method and apparatus for optically determining the dimension of part surfaces. Particular embodiments describe optical triangulation based coordinate measurement machines capable of accurate measurement of complex surfaces, such as gear teeth and turbine blades. Other embodiments provi
5615108 Vision assisted fixture construction March 25, 1997
A method and apparatus for fabrication or alignment of fixtures, jigs and structures is disclosed. The invention uses target points on one or more details which are referenced to the overall structure via targets on the details. These targets are monitored by a TV camera unit which is
5608847 Vision target based assembly March 4, 1997
A method is provided for assembling objects using programmable robots. The robots are each operable with three or more degrees of freedom and the method includes grasping a first object with at least one of the robots, grasping a second object with at least one other robot, robotically
5602967 Vision target based assembly February 11, 1997
Methods and apparatuses for assemblying, handling, and fabrication are disclosed in which targets are used on objects. The targets can be specifically applied to the object, or can be an otherwise normal feature of the object. Conveniently, the targets are removable from the object or
5600760 Target based determination of robot and sensor alignment February 4, 1997
Target based machine vision useful for alignment of sensors and other objects affixed to structures, robots and the like. While addressed particularly to alignment of machine vision systems relative to structures, the techniques disclosed are useful with a multitude of different sens
5510625 Method and apparatus for electro optically determining the dimension, location and attitude of o April 23, 1996
A method and apparatus for optically determining the dimension of part surfaces. Particular embodiments describe optical triangulation based coordinate measurement machines capable of accurate measurement of complex surfaces, such as gear teeth and turbine blades. Other embodiments provi
5506682 Robot vision using targets April 9, 1996
Method and apparatus are disclosed for determining the position and attitude of objects, together with robotic systems employing same, and methods of targeting objects for such purposes. Particularly of interest is the application to continuous conveyors, particularly in the process of
5455765 Vision assisted fixture construction October 3, 1995
A new method and apparatus for fabrication or alignment of fixtures, jigs and structures is disclosed. The invention uses target points on one or more details which are referenced to the overall structure via targets on the details. These targets are monitored by a TV camera unit which i
5374830 Target based determination of robot and sensor alignment December 20, 1994
Target based machine vision useful for alignment of sensors and other objects affixed to structures, robots and the like. While addressed particularly to alignment of machine vision systems relative to structures, the techniques disclosed are useful with a multitude of different sens
5362970 Method and apparatus for electro-optically determining the dimension, location and attitude of o November 8, 1994
This invention discloses method and apparatus for optically determining the dimension of part surfaces. Particular embodiments describe optical triangulation based coordinate measurement machines capable of accurate measurement of complex surfaces, such as gear teeth and turbine blades.
5148591 Vision target based assembly September 22, 1992
Methods and apparatuses for assemblying, handling, and fabrication are disclosed in which targets are used on objects. The targets can be specifically applied to the object, or can be an otherwise normal feature of the object. Conveniently, the targets are removable from the object or

 
 
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