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Title: Automatic monitoring of the alignment and wear of vibration welding equipment

Abstract

A vibration welding system includes vibration welding equipment having a welding horn and anvil, a host machine, a check station, and a welding robot. At least one displacement sensor is positioned with respect to one of the welding equipment and the check station. The robot moves the horn and anvil via an arm to the check station, when a threshold condition is met, i.e., a predetermined amount of time has elapsed or a predetermined number of welds have been completed. The robot moves the horn and anvil to the check station, activates the at least one displacement sensor, at the check station, and determines a status condition of the welding equipment by processing the received signals. The status condition may be one of the alignment of the vibration welding equipment and the wear or degradation of the vibration welding equipment.

Inventors:
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Publication Date:
Research Org.:
GM Global Technology Operations LLC, Detroit, MI (United States)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE
OSTI Identifier:
1358241
Patent Number(s):
9,658,612
Application Number:
14/557,923
Assignee:
GM Global Technology Operations LLC DOEEE
DOE Contract Number:  
EE0002217
Resource Type:
Patent
Resource Relation:
Patent File Date: 2014 Dec 02
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
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Citation Formats

Spicer, John Patrick, Cai, Wayne W., Chakraborty, Debejyo, and Mink, Keith. Automatic monitoring of the alignment and wear of vibration welding equipment. United States: N. p., 2017. Web.
Spicer, John Patrick, Cai, Wayne W., Chakraborty, Debejyo, & Mink, Keith. Automatic monitoring of the alignment and wear of vibration welding equipment. United States.
Spicer, John Patrick, Cai, Wayne W., Chakraborty, Debejyo, and Mink, Keith. Tue . "Automatic monitoring of the alignment and wear of vibration welding equipment". United States. doi:. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/1358241.
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abstractNote = {A vibration welding system includes vibration welding equipment having a welding horn and anvil, a host machine, a check station, and a welding robot. At least one displacement sensor is positioned with respect to one of the welding equipment and the check station. The robot moves the horn and anvil via an arm to the check station, when a threshold condition is met, i.e., a predetermined amount of time has elapsed or a predetermined number of welds have been completed. The robot moves the horn and anvil to the check station, activates the at least one displacement sensor, at the check station, and determines a status condition of the welding equipment by processing the received signals. The status condition may be one of the alignment of the vibration welding equipment and the wear or degradation of the vibration welding equipment.},
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year = {Tue May 23 00:00:00 EDT 2017},
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