Patent Number: 6,167,607

Title: Vision target based assembly

Abstract: 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 covered by another object during an assemblying process. One or more robots and imaging devices for the targets are used. The robots can be used to handle or assemble a part, or a fixture may be used in conjunction with the robots. Conveniently, the CAD design system is used in designing the targets as well as for the assembly process using the targets. A plurality of targets can also be used to monitor and inspect a forming process such as on a sheet panel.

Inventors: Pryor; Timothy R. (Tecumseh, CA)

Assignee: Great Lakes Intellectual Property

International Classification: A01B 69/04 (20060101); B23P 19/00 (20060101); B25J 9/16 (20060101); B25J 13/08 (20060101); B25J 19/02 (20060101); B25J 18/00 (20060101); B62D 1/28 (20060101); B62D 1/00 (20060101); G01B 11/00 (20060101); G05B 19/19 (20060101); G05B 19/401 (20060101); G05B 19/39 (20060101); G05D 1/02 (20060101); B23Q 017/00 ()

Expiration Date: 01/02/2018