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Title: Position detectors, methods of detecting position, and methods of providing positional detectors

Position detectors, welding system position detectors, methods of detecting various positions, and methods of providing position detectors are described. In one embodiment, a welding system positional detector includes a base that is configured to engage and be moved along a curved surface of a welding work piece. At least one position detection apparatus is provided and is connected with the base and configured to measure angular position of the detector relative to a reference vector. In another embodiment, a welding system positional detector includes a weld head and at least one inclinometer mounted on the weld head. The one inclinometer is configured to develop positional data relative to a reference vector and the position of the weld head on a non-planar weldable work piece.
 [1] ;  [2] ;  [1]
  1. (Idaho Falls, ID)
  2. (Chubbuck, ID)
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Report Number(s):
US 6385857
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Research Org:
Idaho National Engineering and Environmental Laboratory, Idaho Falls, ID
Country of Publication:
United States
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