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5974355 Automatic time series pattern creating method  
The present invention relates to the creating of an aircrew flight scheduling pattern as a time series pattern, and aims at facilitating the effective crew flight scheduling pattern creation by...
5969971 Apparatus and method for thermal normalization in three-dimensional article manufacturing  
A method and apparatus for forming a three-dimensional article includes dispensing build material and thermally normalizing predetermined portions thereof at predetermined intervals during...
5966504 Apparatus and method for printing  
A system and method for employing a digital representation of a color image to be printed in a printing system is provided. The method includes generating at least one raster representation of the...
5960405 Worldwide marketing logistics network including strategically located centers for frequency programming crystal oscillators to customer specification  
A worldwide logistics network includes a processing center for receiving customer orders for crystal oscillators over communications links, processing the orders, and generating work orders that...
5956251 Statistical tolerancing  
A process of establishing valid statistical dimensional tolerance limits for designs of detail parts that will enable accurate prediction of an economically acceptable degree of non-conformance of...
5950170 Method to maximize capacity in IC fabrication  
A method to maximize throughput of a group of multi-process machines whereby the number of each kind machine is determined. Then, the machine assignment of each machine is assigned a variable....
5946214 Computer implemented method for estimating fabrication yield for semiconductor integrated circuit including memory blocks with redundant rows and/or columns  
A computer is used to estimate a fabrication yield for a semiconductor product under design which includes a plurality of integrated circuit dies, each of which includes a memory cache having a...
5943235 Rapid prototyping system and method with support region data processing  
Embodiments of the instant invention are directed to various methods and an apparatus for building a three-dimensional object represented by object data and support data using thermal...
5943230 Computer-implemented inter-chamber synchronization in a multiple chamber substrate processing system  
A computer-implemented method of achieving inter-chamber synchronization in a system for integrated circuit manufacturing that includes first and second chambers. In particular, the disclosed...
5943245 Motor application and selection method and apparatus  
Variable speed AC motors are selected in accordance with user defined characteristics. A reference database containing information on a selected variety of frame/modules is modified in accordance...
5943484 Advanced material requirements planning in microelectronics manufacturing  
A computer implemented decision support tool serves as an Advanced Material Requirements Planning (AMRP) solver to generate a match between existing assets and demands across multiple manufacturing...
5936860 Object oriented technology framework for warehouse control  
An object oriented framework provides a set of objects that perform warehouse control functioning and that permit a framework user to add extensions for specific processing features, thereby...
5933351 System and method for locating dies cut from a silicon wafer on a wafer table  
A method for locating dies (70) cut from a silicon wafer (54) on a wafer table (14) is provided. The method includes removing a first group of dies (70) with a robot assembly (16). Wafer location...
5914880 Method and apparatus for controlling a transfer machine  
A system for controlling a manufacturing system including a plurality of working units is described. Each working unit has an operational tool and a unit controller which controls the corresponding...
5910894 Sensor based assembly tooling improvements  
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...
5905650 Failure analyzer  
Failures detected by a tester are collated with defects detected by a defect checking device (Step S6). The collation is performed by retrieving defects coincident with each failure within a...
5905651 Parts identification system for powder spray coating system  
Parts to be treated in a powder spray coating system are identified by moving the parts relative to an array of sensors. A plurality of sensor readings is created by sensing the presence or absence...
5903457 Automated material storage and retrieval system for production lines  
An automated material handling process in production lines and an automated material storage and retrieval system for production line. Six material retrieval operating modes are disclosed and...
5896293 Method of managing information exchanged between production information supervisory computer and line supervisory computers for production of photo film cartridge  
Supervisory computers are individually disposed in a molding line for molding a pair of shell halves, a cartridge assembly line for assembling a cartridge shell from the pair of shell halves and...
5884242 Focus spot detection method and system  
A method and system for detecting focus spots. Data from a file created during stepper operation is extracted to get field coordinate position, leveling scheme, and tilt with respect to the x- and...
5883985 Method for compensating image data to adjust for characteristics of a network output device  
To transmit images over a network between an imager and one of several reproduction devices, an correction function is determined which adjusts the image to produce optimal reproductions from the...
5877970 Analytical method and system for the design of iron club heads  
A method for the design of a golf club head includes the selection, by the designer, of dimensions which define the basic shape of the golf club head. Once the basic shape of the club head is...
5870718 Computer-printer terminal for producing composite greeting and gift certificate card  
A computer-printer Internet terminal adapted to produce under the control of its user a composite greeting and gift certificate card redeemable by the named recipient at a retail establishment...
5864777 Method of predicting volume of finished combustion chambers from a raw cylinder head casting  
A method of predicting volume of finished combustion chambers from a raw cylinder head casting including the steps of capturing cylinder head geometry of a raw cylinder head casting, transforming...
5831854 Method and device for supporting the repair of defective substrates  
A method and device for supporting the repair of defective portions of a substrate when the defective portions have been discovered during an inspection process. A recorder records defective data...
5826238 Daily target generation and machine allocation with priority  
A method and system are provided for operating a data processing system including a data base computer system and a resource allocation computer for control of resource allocation in a...
5805465 Operator support system  
An operator support system comprises an operation guidance generating unit 14 for displaying operation procedures to an operator on the basis of plant monitoring data, and a running operation...
5801946 Assembly prompting system  
A method for prompting an operator during assembly of a product includes the initial step of recording a list of tasks for the operator to complete in a sequential order to assemble the product....
5796986 Method and apparatus for linking computer aided design databases with numerical control machine database  
An integrated manufacture and design system and a database translator that allows use of a subset of data directly from a CAD database to provide the necessary control data for use in a CAM...
5787283 Framework for manufacturing logistics decision support  
A tool including a framework suitable for manufacturing logistics decision support. The tool comprises means for providing an object-oriented technology framework, the framework comprising: means...
5784278 Processing system with an integrated identification structure  
An identification structure is associated with the processing system according to the invention. The identification structure is a structure covering the processing system and usable for ordering...
5777876 Database manufacturing process management system  
A database system provides a manufacturing factory environment which integrates a plurality of manufacturing processes used to control the manufacture of a number of electronic board products on a...
5774364 Fastening device  
A device for sequentially fastening elements of different types to a carrier material, preferably for fastening closing elements, such as, snap fastener elements, to articles of textile, leather or...
5774688 Format adjustment apparatus and method for bookbinding  
The set-up procedure for a bookbinding machine is accomplished through the use of a portable computer with an integral data transceiver. Adjustable machine element position information is entered...
5768133 WIP/move management tool for semiconductor manufacturing plant and method of operation thereof  
An interactive data processing system and/or method is a management tool for a manufacturing plant including a shop floor control system. A server contains a data engine for extracting data, a load...
5764513 Check system for production process procedure  
Disclosed is a check system for a production process procedure in a production line for a plurality of items with its varying quantity which has a plurality of production steps, which has the steps...
5764518 Self reproducing fundamental fabricating machine system  
A system of units for constructing or replicating a means (10,10,10p) including means of diverse materials consisting of a plurality of pieces (20,22,23, 156-165) having at least one indicia (18)...
5757647 Computer assisted, manual workstation  
A workstation for cutting glass into panes includes a personal computer having a board for receiving signals from a transmitter and a video board for controlling a second display in addition to and...
5737581 Quality system implementation simulator  
A process is disclosed for simulating on a computer system the implementation of a quality system on a business having a product flow. The process entails first inputting a selection of quality...
5723517 System for controlling the color of compounded polymer(s) using in-process color measurements  
A system for controlling the color of compounded polymer(s) comprises: a compounder for mixing the constituents of the compounded polymer(s) to produce a substantially homogeneous mixture; a sensor...
5712985 System and method for estimating business demand based on business influences  
A demand forecasting and production scheduling system and method creates production schedules for various business items describing a forecasted demand for the business items in a number of future...
5684706 System having multiple user input stations and multiple mail preparation apparatus for preparing and franking a mail piece  
A system for producing mail pieces. The system includes a plurality of apparatus each having a first printer for printing documents and a second printer for printing envelopes and a mail finishing...
5664112 Integrated hazardous substances management unit  
Apparatus that provides an integrated approach for all management activities for hazardous substances used or generated at a facility, including form generation and compliance with the reporting...
5659477 Self reproducing fundamental fabricating machines (F-Units)  
A system of units for constructing or replicating a structure (10,10,10 . . . ) including diverse materials consisting of a plurality of pieces (20, 22, 23, 156-165) having at least one indicia...
5659478 Rapid product realization process  
A process for designing and optimally fabricating a plastic object begins by creating a surface model (215) of the object on a digital computer. The surface model contains information about the...
5655110 Method for setting and adjusting process parameters to maintain acceptable critical dimensions across each die of mass-produced semiconductor wafers  
A method and system are disclosed for: (a) matching a machine-implemented process simulator with an actual fabrication line, (b) using the matched model to simulate the statistical results of mass...
5654792 Projection exposure apparatus which determines the minimum number of shots to optimially expose the substrate surface  
Disclosed is a projection exposure apparatus for projecting a pattern of an original onto different regions on a substrate sequentially, wherein, on the basis of information related to a chip...
5646859 Method and apparatus for defining a template for assembling a structure  
A method and apparatus for generating a template for use in assembling a structure such as a truss. One or more laser scanners mounted above a work surface are controlled by a computer to generate...
5636144 Evaluation and ranking of manufacturing line non-numeric information  
An apparatus and method for quantitatively ranking the performance of each attribute contributing to a manufacturing process. Various signals representing the measure (i.e., quality or yield) of a...
5630072 Relia process: integrated relational object unit identification and location addressing processes  
Automatic processes for relational identification and recording of object units and their locations, in conjunction with traditional Hierarchy Coded Location Addressing, to directly support...