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6021358 Three dimensional model and mold making method using thick-slice subtractive fabrication  
A method of rapid prototyping which can utilize existing subtractive fabrication devices for the purpose of forming complex three-dimensional objects from a computer model. The method extends the...
6018688 Apparatus and method for determining whether to load a workpiece into a working device using stored and updated status flags  
An apparatus and a method for production control whereby checks for cross contamination removal are made automatically to control whether to load a workpiece into a given working device depending...
6009406 Methodology and computer-based tools for re-engineering a custom-engineered product line  
An in-depth review of a product line is conducted, including customer interviews, in order to identify customer specifications that are more complex than customer needs. Customer needs are...
6003012 Methodology and computer-based tools for design, production and sales of customized switchboards  
An in-depth review of the switchboard business, including customer interviews, revealed that customer specifications were more complex than customer needs. Customer needs were quantified, and a...
6000829 Semiconductor integrated circuit capable of compensating for flucuations in power supply voltage level and method of manufacturing the same  
In a semiconductor integrated circuit, a CMOS logic circuit receives a voltage from a power-source line, while releasing a current through a ground line. A constant-voltage auxiliary circuit is...
6000801 Multi-color laser projector for optical layup template and the like  
A system that projects a multi-color laser beam image based on assembly or alignment data of a manufacturing process onto a work surface. The system provides, for example, an optical layup template...
5991528 Expert manufacturing system  
An expert manufacturing system generates a manufacturing plan for producing a part in an automated manufacturing system. The expert manufacturing system generates a multipurpose manufacturing...
5988845 Universal unit for automatically configuring three-dimensional structures of a desired shape  
A three-dimensional universal unit includes multiple identically configured assembly units, each having a central unit body, arms that can rotate relative to the unit body, the arms extending from...
5988854 Data unifying procedure determining system and applicable article manufacturing procedure determining system  
When an element process has been given, an initial graph is produced, a dependency graph is deformed from the initial graph, and then the dependency graph is deconstructed so that a process...
5984503 Method and apparatus for entering and displaying structure information in a machining system  
A method and apparatus for displaying and entering information associated with structures in a machining system, wherein each structure is associated with at least one setup in the machining...
5980083 Machine and method for positioning tire beads  
In order to rationalize and make profitable the use of machines for positing the beads of tires for finishing mounted, deliverable assemblies, the machine according to the invention comprises two...
5980084 Method and apparatus for automated assembly  
A process and apparatus generates a sequence of steps for assembly or disassembly of a mechanical system. Each step in the sequence is geometrically feasible, i.e., the part motions required are...
5974246 Method of determining optimum product design parameters and system therefor  
Several levels of a plurality (n) of design parameters of a product are inputted to means for designing trial products to output a trial product list based on a given orthogonal table (step 201)....
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)...