Patent Number: 6,170,163

Title: Method of assembling components of an assembly using a laser image system

Abstract: A method of assembling components of an assembly, such as the components of a truss, using a laser imaging system in combination with assembly jigs. The jigs may be slidably mounted on an assembly table wherein the jigs include laser alignment indicia on a top surface of the jigs spaced a predetermined distance from a side surface of the jigs. The method includes projecting an enlarged laser generated outline of at least a portion of the components to be assembled which is spaced laterally from an outline or template of the components in the assembled position a distance equal to the distance between the laser alignment indicia and the side surface of the jigs and spaced vertically a distance equal to the distance between the indicia and the work surface. The jigs are then moved on the work surface to align the laser alignment indicia with the enlarged outline and affixed relative to the work surface. Finally, the components are assembled on the work surface in generally abutting relation with the side surfaces of the jigs and assembled. Where the assembly method of this invention is used for assembling trusses, the laser generated outline may be used to orient the truss planks.

Inventors: Bordignon; Robert A. (Waterloo, CA), Bordignon; Richard M. (Conestogo, CA)

Assignee: Virtek Vision Corporation

International Classification: B25H 7/00 (20060101); B27F 7/15 (20060101); B27F 7/00 (20060101); B43L 013/20 ()

Expiration Date: 01/09/2018