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20110184545DEVICE AND METHOD FOR FORMULATING A NUMERICAL MODEL OF A MANUFACTURED PRODUCT - A device and associated method for formulating, via an information technology device having a user interface, a numerical model of manufactured products, the numerical model including components, variables and constraints executes different steps successively. Each step stores, via the information technology device, the predetermined numerical data in order to construct the numerical model in memory. The numerical model may then be used to create a configuration of the manufactured product by making, via a user interface, choices among the structural, technical, manufacturing, and commercial characteristics of the numerical model of the manufactured product.07-28-2011
20130030560Apparatus and Method for Reducing Energy Use in Industrial Processes - An energy-saving optimizing program works closely with conventional process simulation programs by applying energy saving paradigms embodied in script files that may review data inherent in the simulation program to identify possible energy-saving opportunities. When the script files identify a possible energy savings, they may interact with the simulation program to evaluate the savings potential and present the same to a user. In this way opportunistic energy savings may be provided even for processes that resist close form global optimization.01-31-2013
20130085592METHOD FOR CHEMICAL MILLING AN APPARATUS WITH A FLOW PASSAGE - A method for manufacturing an apparatus with a flow passage includes providing a preform apparatus with a preform flow passage. Flow area of the preform flow passage is determined to provide determined flow area data. The determined flow area data is compared to reference flow area data to provide flow area comparison data. The preform apparatus is chemical milled based on the flow area comparison data.04-04-2013
20110196526Method and Assembly for Determining and/or Producing a Drive or Parts for a Drive and Interface and Method for Determining an Operational Reliability Factor Sb - An interface and method for determining an operational reliability factor S08-11-2011
20110196525METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR OPTIMIZING FILM PRODUCTION AND MINIMIZING FILM SCRAP - The present invention relates to a method of optimizing self-supporting film production which includes the steps of: determining at least one scrap factor which relates to a total amount of scrap in processing a film product; correlating the at least one scrap factor to at least one processing parameter; and adjusting the at least one processing parameter to reduce the total amount of scrap in processing the film product.08-11-2011
20110196524METHOD FOR PLANNING A DENTAL COMPONENT - Presented herein are methods and devices for designing dental components, such as physical models of a patient's anatomy, crowns and bridges. An operator of a prosthetic designing system can receive information, such as from a scanner, which provides information on the topology of the patient's dentition. The operator can use this information to design a custom prosthetic to fit the patient. Part of the designing process involves using a finish line defined for a preparation as a segmentation line for a physical die corresponding to the preparation, and using a path of draw line as an insertion axis line for a dental prosthetic.08-11-2011
20100082141METHOD FOR MANAGING AND CONTROLLING MANUFACTURING PROCESSES PLANNED BY AN ENTERPRISE RESOURCE PLANNING AND PRODUCED BY A PLANT FLOOR - A Manufacturing Executing System (MES) implements a planned manufacturing process and controls the corresponding production at the plant floor in a method and in a system for managing and controlling manufacturing processes planned by an Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) and produced by the plant floor. The method includes defining sequential process segments. Each sequential process segment includes a plurality of actions to be performed at a plant floor level. The method includes the execution of a software tool including the steps of activating a sequential process segment and sequentially executing the respective actions. The method further includes defining state machines including a plurality of states and state transitions corresponding to actions to be performed at plant floor. A state manager tool is executed to define the state machines. A software tool is activated by the state manager tool to execute the state transitions of the state machine.04-01-2010
20100076583Method of Making a Customized Wireless Communication Device - A method of making a customized wireless communication device (03-25-2010
20090177306PRESS LINE SYSTEM AND METHOD - An press line including at least one mechanical press with at least one electric drive motor, a ram, a mechanical unit for operating the press, and one other device or auxiliary production device. The press is arranged so that the speed of the at least one said drive motor may be varied during at least one pressing or non-pressing part of a press cycle. Improved operating characteristics and optimised energy use and cycle times are obtained by controlling the speed of the motor and synchronizing a movement of the press to a movement or position of at least other device, loader or other press. A system includes the press. A computer program controlls the press line.07-09-2009
20100036514Creating Multi-Layer/Multi-Input/Multi-Output (MLMIMO) Models for Metal-Gate Structures - The invention provides a method of processing a wafer using multilayer processing sequences and Multi-Layer/Multi-Input/Multi-Output (MLMIMO) models and libraries that can include one or more measurement procedures, one or more Poly-Etch (P-E) sequences, and one or more metal-gate etch sequences. The MLMIMO process control uses dynamically interacting behavioral modeling between multiple layers and/or multiple process steps. The multiple layers and/or the multiple process steps can be associated with the creation of lines, trenches, vias, spacers, contacts, and gate structures that can be created using isotropic and/or anisotropic etch processes.02-11-2010
20100106278PRODUCT-RELATED FEEDBACK FOR PROCESS CONTROL - A method, apparatus, and a system for performing a product feedback for process control are provided. Metrology data relating to a first workpiece is received. An end of line parameter relating to the first workpiece is received. The end of line parameter is correlated with the metrology data. A process control associated with a plurality of processes to be performed on a second workpiece is adjusted based upon the correlating.04-29-2010
20120185073Process Cost Analysis System - A method of process cost analysis that includes determining a per-unit cost function for executing a process step, determining a percentage-of-acceptable-parts function for executing a process step, and receiving production data into memory. The production data corresponds to a measured quality metric of the executed process step. The method further includes determining a probability density function for the received production data, executing on a processor a correlation routine for cross-correlating the cost function with the probability density function of the production data to provide a first cross-correlation, and executing on the processor the correlation routine for cross-correlating the percentage-of-acceptable-parts function with the probability density function of the production data to provide a second cross-correlation. The method includes determining an average effective per-unit cost to produce a resultant of the process step by dividing the first cross-correlation by the second cross-correlation.07-19-2012
20100070063PRODUCTION SEQUENCE DETERMINATION SUPPORT METHOD, PRODUCTION SEQUENCE DETERMINATION SUPPORT DEVICE, AND COMPUTER-READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM FOR COMPUTER PROGRAM - A production sequence determination support method is provided in which a computer is caused to perform determining types of specifications of the plurality of first products, displaying a screen for a user to specify individual priorities for the types of specifications, each of the priorities of the types of specifications being to produce one or more of the plurality of first products having the type of specifications, storing the priorities of the types of specifications specified by the user, determining the production sequence of the plurality of first products by sorting the plurality of first products in descending order of the priorities of the types of specifications thus stored, and displaying the production sequence of the plurality of first products thus determined.03-18-2010
20090326696 COMPUTATIONAL METHOD FOR DESIGN AND MANUFACTURE OF ELECTROCHEMICAL SYSTEMS - A method for manufacturing an electrochemical cell. The method includes generating spatial information including an anode geometry, a cathode geometry, a separator geometry, and one or more current collector geometries. The method also includes storing the spatial information including the anode geometry, the cathode geometry, the separator geometry, and the one or more current collector geometries into a database structure. In a specific embodiment, the method includes selecting one or more material properties from a plurality of materials and using the one or more material properties with the spatial information in a simulation program. The method includes outputting one or more performance parameters from the simulation program.12-31-2009
20120191234DIAGNOSING IN-LINE CRITICAL DIMENSION CONTROL ADJUSTMENTS USING OPTICAL PROXIMITY CORRECTION VERIFICATION - Solutions for diagnosing in-line critical dimension control adjustments in a lithographic process are disclosed. In one embodiment, a method includes: locating a control structure in a data set representing one of a chip or a kerf; simulating component dimensions within a region proximate to the control structure; determining a difference between the simulated component dimensions within the region and target component dimensions within the region; determining whether the difference exceeds a predetermined tolerance threshold; adjusting a simulation condition in response to determining the difference exceeds the predetermined tolerance threshold; and repeating the simulating of the component dimensions within the region, the determining of the difference, and the determining of whether the difference exceeds the predetermined tolerance threshold in response to the adjusting of the simulation condition.07-26-2012
20130073070Method for Calibrating a Manufacturing Process Model - Calibration of models for manufacturing processes that are subject to circuit layout proximity effects is performed, including optical proximity correction (OPC) model calibration. A target structure is produced using a layout and a manufacturing process. The target structure is illuminated and an electromagnetic scattering property is detected. A manufacturing process model for simulation of the manufacturing process is produced, which comprises at least one manufacturing process parameter determining a model electromagnetic scattering property using the manufacturing process model and the layout. The model electromagnetic scattering property is compared to the detected electromagnetic scattering property and based on the result of the comparison, calibrated manufacturing process parameters are output for calibrating the manufacturing process model. The determining and the layout may include determining structural information corresponding to the target structure using the manufacturing process model and determining the model electromagnetic scattering property using the structural information.03-21-2013
20100087943SYSTEMS, METHODS, AND TOOLS FOR PROOFING A COMPUTER-AIDED DESIGN OBJECT - Systems, methods, and tools for proofing computer-aided design (CAD) objects (e.g., CAD drawings or models). The objects are implemented with CAD software and represent an apparatus. An exemplary method includes receiving a CAD object representing the apparatus, determining criteria for proofing the CAD object, determining rules, extracting items of interest from the CAD object, comparing the extracted items with the rules, and tagging the extracted items based on the comparisons. An exemplary criterion for proofing the CAD object is the thickness (e.g., a sheet metal thickness) for the apparatus to be manufactured in.04-08-2010
20110066270Rapid Thermal Annealing Method for a Semiconductor Device - The present invention discloses a rapid thermal annealing method for a semiconductor device, which includes the steps of: establishing a ternary correspondence relationship among a device electrical parameter, an annealing temperature, and an STI distribution density; deriving an STI distribution density in a specific area of the semiconductor device and a target STI distribution density; determining whether the STI distribution density in the specific area is larger than the target STI distribution density; if the STI distribution density in the specific area is larger than the target STI distribution density, adding a virtual structure in the specific area to make the STI distribution density in the specific area equal to the target STI distribution density; and deriving from the ternary correspondence relationship a target annealing temperature corresponding to the target STI distribution density and performing an annealing process with the annealing temperature on the semiconductor device to achieve a target electrical parameter. The method can alleviate the phenomenon of temperature non-uniformity of a rapid thermal annealing process so as to avoid any influence thereof upon the electrical performance of the semiconductor device.03-17-2011
20120226373MULTI-MODE ULTRASONIC WELDING CONTROL AND OPTIMIZATION - A system and method for providing multi-mode control of an ultrasonic welding system. In one embodiment, the control modes include the energy of the weld, the time of the welding process and the compression displacement of the parts being welded during the welding process. The method includes providing thresholds for each of the modes, and terminating the welding process after the threshold for each mode has been reached, the threshold for more than one mode has been reached or the threshold for one of the modes has been reached. The welding control can be either open-loop or closed-loop, where the open-loop process provides the mode thresholds and once one or more of those thresholds is reached the welding process is terminated. The closed-loop control provides feedback of the weld energy and/or the compression displacement so that the weld power and/or weld pressure can be increased or decreased accordingly.09-06-2012
20110046767METHOD, SYSTEM, AND COMPUTER PROGRAM PRODUCT FOR PREPARING MULTIPLE LAYERS OF SEMICONDUCTOR SUBSTRATES FOR ELECTRONIC DESIGNS - Disclosed is an improved method, system, and computer program product for preparing multiple levels of semiconductor substrates for three-dimensional IC integration. Some embodiments utilize the process and design models to check and fabricate the insulating dielectric layer (IDL) separating the first and the second film stacks on separate substrates and then prepare the surface of the IDL to receive an additional layer of semiconductor substrate for further fabrication of the chips. Yet some other embodiments further employ the design and process models to ensure the IDL and the semiconductor substrate are sufficiently flat, or are otherwise satisfactory, so the three-dimensional integrated circuits meet the reliability, manufacturability, yield, or performance requirements. Yet some other embodiments further employ design and process models to place the vias connecting the multiple film stacks.02-24-2011
20100057237AUTOMATED MODEL BUILDING AND BATCH MODEL BUILDING FOR A MANUFACTURING PROCESS, PROCESS MONITORING, AND FAULT DETECTION - A method for creating a new model of a manufacturing process according to a multivariate analysis including selecting a set of data representative of multidimensional data measured during a step or phase of a manufacturing process. The method also includes determining a set of model generation conditions based on the set of data and generating the new model specifying intervals for the multidimensional data measured during a future manufacturing process based on the set of model generation conditions.03-04-2010
20100087944SEMICONDUCTOR MANUFACTURING APPARATUS, METHOD OF MANAGING APPARATUS OPERATION PARAMETERS, AND PROGRAM - A process information managing device including recipe storage units that store two or more recipes which comprise information about a process maintained by two or more control devices, and correspond to the two or more control devices, respectively, a receiving unit that receives process parameter information that is information about process parameters included in the two or more recipes, a recipe information obtaining unit that searches for a recipe in the recipe storage unit by using the process parameter information and obtains recipe information that is information about the found recipe, and an output unit that outputs the recipe information obtained by the recipe information obtaining unit makes it possible to easily determine the one or more recipes affecting a change in the process parameters.04-08-2010
20100057238SUPPLY PLANNING SYSTEM, PROGRAM THEREOF, AND SYNTHETIC METHOD - The present invention is directed to a technique to easily establish a supply plan which optimizes multiple evaluation indexes on the basis of the priorities of the multiple evaluation indexes. When the number of evaluation indexes stored in the evaluation index storage area is larger than a predetermined threshold, a processing is repeated for specifying two evaluation indexes from those stored in the evaluation index storage area, and synthesizing the specified evaluation indexes by using a weighing factor, until the number of evaluation indexes becomes equal to or less than the threshold.03-04-2010
20110282477ENDPOINT CONTROL OF MULTIPLE SUBSTRATES WITH MULTIPLE ZONES ON THE SAME PLATEN IN CHEMICAL MECHANICAL POLISHING - A plurality of substrates are polished simultaneously on the same polishing pad. A sequence of spectra is measured from each zone of each substrate, and for each measured spectrum in the sequence of spectra for each zone of each substrate, a best matching reference spectrum is determined from a library of reference spectra. For each zone of each substrate, a linear function is fit to a sequence of index values associated with the best matching reference spectra. For at least one zone, a projected time at which the zone will reach a target index value is determined based on the linear function, and the polishing parameter for at least one zone on at least one substrate is adjusted such that the at least one zone of the at least one substrate has closer to the target index at the projected time than without such adjustment.11-17-2011
20110004332METHOD OF DESIGNING A CONCRETE COMPOSITIONS HAVING DESIRED SLUMP WITH MINIMAL WATER AND PLASTICIZER - Methods of preparing design-optimized concrete compositions having target compressive strengths and slumps with a minimal amount of water are disclosed. In particular, the optimized concrete compositions are produced by analyzing pre-existing mix designs from a manufacture and determining the optimum amount of water required in the mix (i.e., optimized water to cement ratio) to obtain a target slump, yet allowing for the end-produced concrete composition to have a target compressive strength.01-06-2011
20110040400FEEDSTUFF FORMULATIONS - A method of formulating a feedstuff is provided which comprises the steps of: analysing the effect on one or both chemical and biological properties of the feedstuff of varying feedstuff ingredients and analysing the effect on the ingredient cost of the feedstuff of varying the feedstuff ingredients. The method further comprises a step of analysing the effect on a predicted production cost of the feedstuff of varying the feedstuff ingredients and a step of determining a desired formulation of a feedstuff for production on the basis of at least the analysed effects on the properties, on the ingredient cost and on the predicted production cost of varying the feedstuff ingredients.02-17-2011
20090018687PRODUCTION INSTRUCTION SYSTEM AND PRODUCTION INSTRUCTION METHOD - To create production instructions in a short period of time, in the presence of a divergence between a planned production number and the number of performance generated by variations of production volume due to variations of yield with respect to production lines of electronic device products such as a hard disk and a liquid crystal display, a product ratio of input volume to a production line (product mix) is changed by calculating the average number of performance and a standard deviation in an arbitrary period from the divergence between the planned number of production and the number of performance at the present and the production performance in the past; calculating a target achievement probability to a final target from the average number of performance, the standard deviation and the production performance at present; and comparing the target achievement probability to the final target with a threshold.01-15-2009
20100004773APPARATUS FOR CHARACTERIZATION OF THIN FILM PROPERTIES AND METHOD OF USING THE SAME - This invention provides an apparatus and method for characterization of thin film structures. More particularly, the present invention provides methods and devices for fast and accurate identification of optical constants, thickness, interface roughness and stresses of a sensing film structures by spectropolarimetric imaging technique. This invention also provides the method for active in-line manufacturing diagnostics and process control. The invention is broadly applicable with most important applications being manufacturing diagnostics, process control, quality control and characterization of solar cells, flat panel displays and semiconductor structures.01-07-2010
20110288670DEVICE FOR DETERMINING BUILD-TO-ORDER PRODUCTION PROCESS, PROGRAM, SYSTEM FOR DETERMINING BUILD-TO-ORDER PRODUCTION PROCESS, AND METHOD FOR DETERMINING BUILD-TO-ORDER PRODUCTION PROCESS - A build-to-order production process is determined in consideration of magnitude of demand. A lead time calculating section (11-24-2011
20110288669MASS PRODUCTION OF INDIVIDUALIZED MEDICAL DEVICES - A plurality of individual medical devices is created that define a medical device family. Within the family of medical devices, each of the plurality of medical devices has at least one dimension that, within an acceptable tolerance, is substantially equal to the same dimension of another of the plurality of medical devices. Thus, for each medical device in the family, another, corresponding medical device has at least one substantially similar dimension. For example, a first medical device may have a first value for a dimension and a second medical device may have a second value for the same dimension that is equal to one of the sum of the second dimension and the acceptable tolerance or the difference between the second dimension and the acceptable tolerance. Thus, each of the plurality of medical devices varies from another of the plurality of medical devices by the acceptable tolerance.11-24-2011
20090281650SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR DESIGNING ENERGY EFFICIENT MICROFLUIDIC CHANNEL DEVICES - In at least one embodiment, a method for diagnosing vascular disease is provided, the method comprising the steps of obtaining a vessel image showing a vasculature of a vessel identifying at least two measurements from the vasculature of the vessel, the measurements relating to at least two parameters, calculating a relationship between the at least two parameters from the at least two measurements to generate one or more vasculature data points, and comparing the one or more vasculature data points to data relative to a model vasculature to determine the extent of vascular disease. In an another embodiment, a method for diagnosing vascular disease in a patient's vascular tree is provided, the method comprising the steps of generating a model vascular tree from a minimum energy hypothesis calculation, and comparing the patient's vascular tree with the model vascular tree to determine the extent of vascular disease.11-12-2009
20090319071METHODS FOR CONTROLLING TIME SCALE OF GAS DELIVERY INTO A PROCESSING CHAMBER - A method for establishing a mass flow controller (MFC) control scheme, which is configured for reducing a time scale for gas delivery into a processing chamber, for a recipe is provided. The method includes identifying a set of delayed gas species utilized during execution of the recipe with a set of delivery time slower than a target delivery time scale. The method also includes establishing an initial overshoot strength and an initial overshoot duration for each gas specie of the set of delayed gas species. The method further includes establishing MFC control scheme by adjusting an MFC hardware for each gas specie during the execution of the recipe. Adjusting the MFC hardware includes applying the initial overshoot strength for the initial overshoot duration to determine if the MFC control scheme provides for each gas specie a pressure profile within a target accuracy of an equilibrium pressure for the processing chamber.12-24-2009
20110264254METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR REEL BUILDING AND ROLL RUNNABILITY IN MOVING WEB MANUFACTURING - A method and apparatus are set forth for controlling an actuator in a moving web manufacturing process, comprising measuring a plurality of actuator profiles and in response generating nominal response models thereof; generating a multivariable profile prediction based on the nominal response models; generating a multivariate control target based at least one of the actuator profiles; and adjusting control of the actuator by minimizing error between the multivariate control target and said multivariate profile prediction.10-27-2011
20090149980METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR PORTIONING WORKPIECES TO DIRECTLY-CONTROLLED AND INDIRECTLY-CONTROLLED SPECIFICATIONS - A method and system are provided for automatically portioning workpieces, such as food products, into both shape and other user-defined specification(s). Workpieces are portioned both to shape and weight, such as to a weight-specific uniform shape, by adjusting (e.g., scaling up and down or slightly modifying) a desired template shape until the desired weight is achieved depending on the varying thickness of each workpiece. For example, from a thicker workpiece, a smaller-sized piece having a predefined shape and weight is portioned, while from a thinner workpiece, a larger-sized piece having the same predefined shape and weight is portioned. The system permits a user to scan in and edit a desired (reference) shape to be used as a template in the portioning process.06-11-2009
20110196527CONTROL SYSTEM AND ASSOCIATED METHOD FOR CUTTING - The present invention relates to a system for controlling the cutting of a first rip out of a first board and a second rip out of the first board or out of a second board. The system including a control module which provides instructions to stack and/or align the first board and the second board or the first rip and the second rip and instructions to process the first rip and the second rip simultaneously.08-11-2011
20100274377DISCRETE ENERGY ASSIGNMENTS FOR MANUFACTURING SPECIFICATIONS - An industrial control system is provided. The system includes tagged data that is collected from a plurality of sustainability factor-associated data sources across an industrial automation environment, where the tagged data is associated with a portion of a process that is attributed to the sustainability factor data sources. A manufacturing model is associated with the tagged data, where the manufacturing model is employed to enhance the efficiencies of the process.10-28-2010
20090055009Method for Determining Machining Plane of Planar Material, Machining Method and Device for Determining Machining Plane and Flat Surface Machining Device - Provided is a surface machining method for performing machining such as cutting, grinding, electrical discharging or the like to obtain a planar material of a uniform thickness. This method includes the steps of mounting a planar material on a surface plate, setting the coordinate axis in the plane direction of the planar material to X, Y, and setting the coordinate axis in the height direction of the planar material to Z, virtualizing an XY plane including an origin of the Z direction measured as a distance (height) Z02-26-2009
20090287336METHOD OF ANALYZING AN ASSEMBLY OF PARTS WITH RESPECT TO A PREDETERMINED DESIGN CRITERION - The invention relates to a method of analyzing an assembly of parts with respect to at least one predetermined design criterion, characterized in that it comprises the following steps performed on the basis of the design data represented by digital mock-ups each reliably representing a part in three dimensions, the assembly of mock-ups together defining the assembly of parts in three dimensions: —identifying the parts of the assembly, —determining, among the parts thus identified of the assembly, several first pairs of parts which each define two parts in mechanical contact with one another, —determining, among the first pairs of parts, several second pairs of parts which each define two parts which conform to said at least one predetermined criterion, —identifying a set of second pairs of parts, —as a function of the set thus identified, determining the result of the analysis of the assembly of parts with respect to said at least one predetermined design criterion.11-19-2009
20090287337METHOD FOR MODELING AND EXECUTING A PRODUCTION RULE IN A DISCRETE MANUFACTURING SCENARIO - A method for modeling and executing a production rule of a production phase in a discrete manufacturing scenario, whereby the production rule is associated to a process element and contains predefined production steps and predefined dependencies between the production steps, contains the steps of loading a production rule into a production order manager, parsing the production rule, and retrieving the predefined production steps and the predefined dependencies. Optionally user-defined parameters for the predefined production steps and the predefined dependencies are input. A state machine is created and contains the production steps labeled each as a predefined state, and further contains the dependencies labeled each as a predefined transition between two predefined states. The state machine is then forwarded to a process controller.11-19-2009
20100228371SUBSTRATE POSITIONING DEVICE AND SUBSTRATE POSITIONING METHOD - It is intended to achieve a high level of positioning accuracy for a substrate assuming a two-layer structure constituted with a transparent layer with a high level of light transmissivity and a nontransparent layer with a low level of light transmissivity. A substrate positioning device according to the present invention characterized in that only the edge of the nontransparent layer, not the edge of the transparent layer, is exclusively detected and the substrate is positioned based upon the detection results.09-09-2010
20090112345DIMPLED GOLF BALL AND DIMPLE DISTRIBUTING METHOD - A golf ball having a plurality of dimples on its surface based on a dimple pattern determined by circle packing theory. In particular, the dimple pattern is determined by arranging a plurality of circles on a Riemann surface where each circle is not tangent to any other circle in more than one place.04-30-2009
20110172803FORMING SIMULATION METHOD, FORMING SIMULATOR, PROGRAM AND RECORDING MEDIUM THEREFOR, AND SIMULATION-BASED FORMING METHOD - A forming simulation method of an elastic-plastic material, which includes: calculating an element equivalent nodal force vector from stress tensor using a finite element method for one or a plurality of finite elements of a target configuration of the elastic-plastic material; and calculating the total equivalent nodal force vector of areas by integrating the element equivalent nodal force vector for the calculated one or more finite elements over all the areas or specified areas of the elastic-plastic material.07-14-2011
20110172802METHOD FOR USING MODIFIABLE TOOL CONTROL PARAMETERS TO CONTROL THE TEMPERATURE OF THE TOOL DURING FRICTION STIR WELDING - A new control variable is introduced, that when combined with previous dependent control criteria on other variables results in a control program that can create a superior weld while minimizing wear on the FSW tool, wherein the tool repeatedly experiences the same thermal and mechanical loading within specified control windows during every repeated weld sequence because flow stresses and tool loads are driven by temperature, and dependent control loops account for differences in material and heat that is transferred at different rates in varying locations throughout a friction stir weld.07-14-2011
20090292383SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR AUTOMATED ELECTRONIC DEVICE DESIGN - A system for the automated formation and control and execution of an electronic device design flow is disclosed which can enable more efficient electronic device design methodology with higher quality of results. Such a system as analysis methods, techniques, and tools, a knowledge database, a design database, a controller and reasoner, are described.11-26-2009
20100168896METHOD FOR IMPROVING A MANUFACTURING PROCESS - A factorial experiment is conducted on a manufacturing process to generate a response matrix. The responses are used to calculate individual contrasts in a document as well as replicates effects. The contrast sums are also calculated and displayed in the document. The largest of the contrast sums are identified, and effects associated with those contrast sums are tested for significance using an end count method. The information from the process transformed into “significant effects” information is used to adjust process variables to improve the manufacturing process by avoiding the effect or imparting it to a measurable response of the process.07-01-2010
20100274378TEST METHOD AND TEST APPARATUS FOR CHECKING THE FUNCTION OF A PAINTING DEVICE - The disclosure relates to a test method for functional testing of a painting device, comprising: connecting a test device to the painting device, capturing at least one process parameter of the painting device, and checking of a functionality of the painting device by the test device using the captured process variables of the painting device. The disclosure further relates to a corresponding test device for performing the method.10-28-2010
20090125138METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR THE FREE-FORM OPTIMIZATION OF BEVEL AND HYPOID GEARS - Method for the optimization of the surface geometry or of a variable, dependent on this, or variables, dependent on this, of bevel or hypoid gears for their production on a free-form machine which can be mapped to a free-form basic machine with at most six axes uniquely in a reversible way, even to symmetries, which has a gearwheel to be machined and a tool which are in each case rotatable about an axis, and the tool and the gearwheel to be machined are moveable, preferably displaceable or rotatable, with respect to one another along or about a plurality of axes, the optimization of the surface geometry or of the variable or variables, dependent on this, of the bevel or hypoid gearwheel taking place in that one or more control parameters, which has or have influence on the surface geometry or the variable or variables, dependent on this, of the bevel or hypoid gearwheel, is or are varied by means of a simulation of the gearwheel production process and/or a roll and/or a load-contact analysis on the free-form basic machine, until the surface geometry or the variable or variables, dependent on this, of the bevel or hypoid gearwheel thereby corresponds at least to a predetermined target value.05-14-2009
20100004771Method and System for Corrective Planning and Optimization of Processing Processes - The invention relates to a method and system for correcting programming and optimising treatment and/or subsequent treatment processes in technical installations, in particular in the paper industry, wherein the system comprises means for carrying an optimisation suitable for treatment processes and for corresponding subsequent treatment processes according to a production plan (01-07-2010
20090326695THROUGHPUT/YIELD OPTIMIZED MODEL PREDICTIVE CONTROL - The present invention provides novel techniques for optimizing throughput and yield using model predictive control techniques. In particular, the present techniques are presented in the context of biofuel production, wherein the trade off between yields of biofuel production and overall system throughput may be optimized. However, the present techniques may also be applied to any other suitable applications where a batch process of the system may affect a change in a property of the produced product, such as liquor processing.12-31-2009
20090024237Method and assembly for determining and/or producing a drive or parts for a drive and interface and method for determining an operational reliability factor SB - An interface and method for determining an operational reliability factor S01-22-2009
20090204247METHOD FOR CUSTOMIZING A BEARING BORE - A method for customizing a bearing bore in a housing so that the bearing assembly will transmit load in a desired manner over a predetermined range of operating temperatures.08-13-2009
20110144787METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR NON-DESTRUCTIVE DISTRIBUTION PROFILING OF AN ELEMENT IN A FILM - A method to determine a distribution profile of an element in a film. The method comprises exciting an electron energy of an element deposited in a first film, obtaining a first spectrum associating with the electron energy, and removing a background spectrum from the first spectrum. Removing the background value generates a processed spectrum. The method further includes matching the processed spectrum to a simulated spectrum with a known simulated distribution profile for the element in a film comparable to the first film. A distribution profile is obtained for the element in the first film based on the matching of the processed spectrum to a simulated spectrum selected from the set of simulated spectra.06-16-2011
20090099677Method For Anatomically Aware Automatic Faceplate Placement Protocols for Hearing Instrument Design - A method is provided for automatically determining the position of and placing a faceplate assembly on a hearing instrument shell that takes into account patient anatomical features. These anatomical features of the shell are used as landmarks for ensuring that the final position of the faceplate on the hearing instrument is optimized both in terms of esthetics and increased comfort. The protocols defined herein take advantage of the intrinsic features of the human ear anatomy and the geometry of the electronic components to ensure that design and manufacturing of ITEs are optimized for efficiency and the process can be completely automated to ensure consistence and practice reproducibility.04-16-2009
20090082892OPTIMIZING NON-PRODUCTIVE PART MOTION IN AN AUTOMATED TAPE LAYDOWN MACHINE - The non-productive motion of an automatic composite tape laydown machine is optimized to increase the overall rate of the laydown. Ordering of tape courses is analyzed to determine the time required to move between courses using a time function that reflects operating characteristics and limitations of the tape laydown machine. The ordering is optimized by re-ordering, grouping and/or partitioning the tape courses so as to reduce the non-productive motion of the machine. The optimized ordering is used by a NC program that controls the operation of the machine.03-26-2009
20110230997SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR CUTTING SUBSTRATE INTO WORKPIECES - A computer obtains user input from an input to control a cutter and a conveyor to cut a substrate. The control module of the computer calculates a total number of cuts of the substrate and a distance that the substrate moves before each cut of the substrate according to user input. A conveyer control module of the computer controls the conveyer to move the substrate, where a reminder signal is sent out after the substrate has moved the distance. A cutter control module of the computer controls the cutter to cut the substrate.09-22-2011
20110230998MODEL IMPORT FOR ELECTRONIC DESIGN AUTOMATION - Methods and systems for providing processing parameters in a secure format are disclosed. In one aspect, a method for providing semiconductor fabrication processing parameters to a design facility is disclosed. The method comprises providing a set of processing parameters of a fabrication facility; creating a model from the set of processing parameters; converting the model into a corresponding set of kernels; converting the set of kernels into a corresponding set of matrices; and communicating the set of matrices to the design facility. In another aspect, a method for providing semiconductor fabrication processing parameters is disclosed. The method comprises providing a set of processing parameters of a fabrication facility; creating a processing model from the set of processing parameters; encrypting the processing model into a format for use with a plurality of EDA tools; and communicating the encrypted processing model format to a design facility.09-22-2011
20110230996SYSTEMS, DEVICES, AND METHODS FOR CONTROLLING ELECTRICAL AND OPTICAL PROPERTIES OF TRANSPARENT CONDUCTORS - Systems, devices, and methods for designing and/or manufacturing transparent conductors. A system is operable to evaluate optical and electrical manufacturing criteria for a transparent conductor. The system includes a database including stored reference transparent conductor data, and a controller subsystem configured to compare input acceptance manufacturing criteria for a transparent conductor to stored reference transparent conductor data.09-22-2011
20120078406PROCESS FOR PREPARATION OF QUADRANGLE UNIT - Disclosed herein is a method of cutting one or more kinds of quadrangular unit pieces having a relatively small size from a quadrangular base material having a relatively large size using a cutter frame including a plurality of cutters to manufacture the quadrangular unit pieces, the method including (a) an inspection step of scanning a quadrangular base material in a longitudinal direction and in a lateral direction of the quadrangular base material to check positions of defects on the quadrangular base material, (b) a calculation step of calculating a yield when imaginarily cutting the quadrangular base material using two or more kinds of cutting frames, (c) a selection step of selecting one of the cutting frames in which the yield calculated at the calculation step (b) is within a range of upper 30%, and (d) a manufacturing step of cutting the quadrangular base material using the cutting frame selected at the selection step (c) to manufacture quadrangular unit pieces.03-29-2012
20090112344DESIGN OPTIMIZATION - A method for optimizing a design for a device is disclosed. Such an optimization is performed with respect to a predetermined metric, e.g. device speed, area, power consumption or yield. In one aspect, the method comprises obtaining a design for a device. The design comprises design components. The method also comprises determining from the design components at least one group of first design components that has a higher sensitivity to the predetermined metric than second design components. The first design components may be on the critical path in the design. The method further comprises tuning the first design components and the technology for manufacturing the first design components thus reducing the variability of the first design components and obtaining an optimized design with respect to the predetermined metric.04-30-2009
20120197424MACHINE TOOL, MACHINING METHOD, PROGRAM AND NC DATA GENERATION DEVICE - A work having a non-circular cross-section is machined by relative movement between the work and a tool, as the relative position and angle between the work and tool are changed at least within a plane including the cross-section of the work. In machining along a preset tool path, the difference between the relative angle at a point on the preset tool path which machining is started and that point on the preset tool path at which machining is finished is calculated. Time needed in machining along the preset tool path is equally divided by a preset number at equal time divisions, and positions on the tool path corresponding to equal time divisions are set as tool path points. When the tool moves through each point, the relative angle is continuously changed an angle corresponding to division of the difference of the relative angles by the preset number of equal time divisions (FIG. 08-02-2012
20100168894SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR DESIGNING A DIE TO YIELD A DESIRED COATING UNIFORMITY - In one embodiment, a computer implemented system and method for selecting dimensions of a die is disclosed. The method may include prompting a user to select a coating uniformity required to produce a particular coated product with the die. The user may also be prompted to select a slot height of the die. In some embodiments, the user may specify a value for one or more dimensions of the die. The method may then determine the total indicated run-out (TIR) of the coated product as a function of the dimensions of the die not having a user specified value. In certain embodiments, the method provides a thermal treatment process for reducing the number of finishing (e.g., grinding) cycles needed to produce a desired die flatness. In another embodiment, a computer implemented method for designing a coating die to achieve a desired coating uniformity with a particular coating fluid having a specified rheological characteristic is disclosed.07-01-2010
20090292382METHOD FOR SETTING ACTION STEPS OF MOLD CORE - A method for setting action steps of a mold core, used in a mold core control system, the method comprising setting the desired number of mold cores. The control system implements action mode settings for each mold core, based on individual requirements. The control system implements action timing settings for each mold core, based on individual requirements. The control system implements working parameter settings for each mold core, based on individual requirements.11-26-2009
20110112678ADVANCED PROCESS CONTROL FOR NEW TAPEOUT PRODUCT - The present disclosure provides a semiconductor manufacturing method. The method includes providing product data of a product, the product data including a sensitive product parameter; searching existing products according to the sensitive product parameter to identify a relevant product from the existing products; determining an initial value of a processing model parameter to the product using corresponding data of the relevant product; assigning the initial value of the processing model parameter to a processing model associated with a manufacturing process; thereafter, tuning a processing recipe using the processing model; and performing the manufacturing process to a semiconductor wafer using the processing recipe.05-12-2011
20100211203SUBSTRATE PROCESSING SYSTEM AND SUBSTRATE TRANSFER METHOD - The substrate processing system includes a controller that transfers the substrate by using a transfer apparatus or controls processing of the substrate in a processing apparatus. A recipe setter of the controller sets a processing recipe. A memory stores an initial reference location of a transfer arm, a first correlation between the processing recipe and a sidewall temperature of a processing chamber, and a second correlation between the sidewall temperature of the processing chamber and a compensated value of a reference location. A compensator compensates a reference location of the transfer arm based on the processing recipe set in the recipe setter and the initial reference location, the first correlation, and the second correlation stored in the memory.08-19-2010
20100100216MULTIPLE PRODUCT, MULTIPLE STEP OPTIMIZATION METHODS - Multiple product, multiple step optimization methods useful for manufacturing products. The optimization methods comprise defining a first group and a second group. The first and second groups each comprise at least two subgroups. One or more of the subgroups for each group comprises one or more variables and one or more constraints. The variables are optimized to obtain final values for the variables based on a defined objective subject to the constraints.04-22-2010
20100087942SYSTEMS, METHODS, AND TOOLS FOR PROOFING A COMPUTER-AIDED DESIGN OBJECT - Systems, methods, and tools for proofing computer-aided design (CAD) objects (e.g., CAD drawings or models). The objects are implemented with CAD software and represent an apparatus. An exemplary method includes receiving a CAD object representing the apparatus, determining criteria for proofing the CAD object, determining rules, extracting items of interest from the CAD object, comparing the extracted items with the rules, and tagging the extracted items based on the comparisons. An exemplary criterion for proofing the CAD object is the process (e.g., a type of casting process) for the apparatus to be manufactured with.04-08-2010
20100198386METHOD OF OPTIMIZING PROCESS RECIPE OF SUBSTRATE PROCESSING SYSTEM - The present invention is a method of optimizing a process recipe of a substrate processing system including: a substrate processing apparatus that performs a film deposition process of a substrate to be processed according to a process recipe; a data processing unit that executes a calculation for optimizing the process recipe; and a host computer; the substrate processing apparatus, the data processing unit, and the host computer being connected to each other through a network. The present invention includes the steps of: measuring a film thickness of a substrate to be processed that has been subjected to a film deposition process by the substrate processing apparatus; sending a command for conducting a process-recipe optimizing process from the host computer to the substrate processing apparatus, when the measured film thickness is deviated from a target film thickness and the deviation is beyond an allowable range; and in response to the command for conducing a process-recipe optimizing process from the host computer, sending required data from the substrate processing apparatus to the data processing unit, causing the data processing unit to execute a process-recipe optimizing calculation to calculate an optimum process recipe for achievement of the target film thickness, and updating the process recipe in the substrate processing apparatus based on the calculated result.08-05-2010
20090319070SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR DISCRETE SUPPLY CHAIN CONTROL AND OPTIMIZATION USING MODEL PREDICTIVE CONTROL - A system includes a first controller configured to monitor processes associated with a process facility and to generate control data for optimizing the process facility. The system also includes a second controller configured to use stochastic calculus of variations calculations to modify at least a portion of the control data. The second controller is configured to provide discrete supply chain control and optimization for the process facility and to track at least one of demand requirements and shipping requirements for product manufactured by a discrete supply chain manufacturing process. The system further includes third controllers configured to operate in accordance with the control data to control the processes and to optimize the process facility.12-24-2009
20090037013Automated Model Building and Model Updating - A system and computer-implemented method for creating a new model or updating a previously-created model based on a template are described. A template is generated from a previously-created model. The previously-created model specifies a set of parameters associated with a manufacturing process, a process tool or chamber. Variables associated with the manufacturing process are acquired, monitored, and analyzed. A statistical analysis (or multivariate statistical analysis) is employed to analyze the monitored variables and the set of parameters. When any of the monitored variables satisfy a threshold condition, a new model is created or the parameters of the previously-created model are updated, adjusted, or modified based on the template and the monitored variables. A user interface facilitating communication between a user and the systems and display of information is also described.02-05-2009
20090037014APPARATUS FOR ASSISTING DECISIONS FOR IMPROVEMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL LOAD - An apparatus for assisting decisions for improvement of environmental loads has: environmental load per-process collecting means; proportional distributing condition per-parts storing means for storing conditions to proportionally distribute the environmental loads every parts; parts attribute storing means; manufacturing condition storing means; parts attribute calculating condition storing means for storing environmental load calculating conditions to calculate the environmental load per parts; environmental load per-parts calculating means; environmental load per-parts/process storing means for storing the environmental loads every parts/process; bill of materials (BOM) storing means; product manufacturing amount storing means; contribution degree per-product/process evaluating means for collecting the environmental loads per parts/process and calculating a contribution degree of each product to the environmental load amount of each process by multiplying the collected environmental load amount by the number of products; and environmental load distribution table per-product/process storing means.02-05-2009
20110004333SUPERIOR CONCRETE MIX DESIGN WITH WORKABILITY OPTIMIZED GRADATION AND FIXED PASTE VOLUME - Methods for design-optimization of concrete compositions having workability optimized gradation and fixed cement paste volume are disclosed. In particular, the methods allow for designing and manufacturing of concrete compositions having target compressive strengths and slumps and having a fixed volume of cement paste based on target compressive strengths and/or target slump amounts using improved methods that more efficiently utilize all the components from a performance standpoint.01-06-2011
20100332008Activity Based Real-Time Production Instruction Adaptation - A manufacturing process for automatically delivering an appropriate level of instructions to a manufacturing operator on demand based on the manufacturing operator's level of activity and performance, the particular characteristics of the product being manufactured, and the particular production environment. Responsive to receiving an order for a product, the manufacturing process identifies an authorization level assigned to an operator performing a particular manufacturing activity on a part in the product and assigns a default level of instructions to the operator based on the authorization level. The process collects and models characteristics about the manufacturing environment, performance history of the operator, and knowledge decay of the operator to determine an appropriate level of instructions to provide to the operator performing a particular manufacturing activity. The manufacturing instructions associated with the appropriate level of instructions are then provided to the operator.12-30-2010
20100332009COMPUTERIZED PILLOW-FITTING METHODS AND APPARATUSES - Computerized methods and apparatuses fit a pillow to an individual based on the characteristics of the individual. A computerized pillow-fitting apparatus has a processor, an input device configured to input a plurality of parameters corresponding to an individual's characteristics; a determination unit which uses the processor to determine, in response to the input of the plurality of parameters, a pillow identifier based on the plurality of parameters; and an output device configured to output the pillow identifier and configured to cause a pillow to be produced based on the pillow identifier.12-30-2010
20100228370METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR TUNING ADVANCED PROCESS CONTROL PARAMETERS - A method of advanced process control (APC) for semiconductor fabrication is provided. The method includes providing a present wafer to be processed by a semiconductor processing tool, providing first data of previous wafers that have been processed by the semiconductor processing tool, decoupling noise from the first data to generate second data, evaluating an APC performance based on proximity of the second data to a target data, determining a control parameter based on the APC performance, and controlling the semiconductor processing tool with the control parameter to process the present wafer.09-09-2010
20110046765INFORMATION PROCESSING DEVICE, INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD, AND PROGRAM - An information processing device includes a target value receiving unit receiving one or more types of target values in a predetermined semiconductor manufacturing process; a parameter acquiring unit acquiring values of parameters during the semiconductor manufacturing process; an execution result acquiring unit acquiring one or more types of execution results indicating results of the semiconductor manufacturing process; an accumulation unit associating the execution results, the target values, and the values of parameters with one another and accumulating the same; a correlation acquiring unit acquiring correlation information indicating correlations among the execution results, the target values, and the values of parameters; an assist information acquiring unit acquiring assist information related to parameters with high correlation with respect to the target values received by the target value receiving unit by using the correlation information; and an output unit outputting the assist information acquired by the assist information acquiring unit.02-24-2011
20110046768Determining Characteristics of Electric Cables Using Terahertz Radiation - An apparatus, system and method are described for determining a characteristic of an electric cable using THz radiation. The THz radiation may non-destructively penetrate a carbon black semiconductor layer to detect a THz spectrum of a cross-linked polyethylene insulator. The THz spectrum can be analyzed to determine the characteristics of the electric cable, including concentrations of polar chemical by-products in the XLPE insulator and, and to control the production process of the electric cables.02-24-2011
20110046766METHOD FOR CREATING NUMERICAL CONTROL PROGRAMS - A method for creating an NC program for controlling a test run for determining, optimizing and/or validating processing parameters and/or control parameters of a processing operation on a laser processing machine comprises accessing a base NC program that includes at least one contour variable for the at least one test contour to be produced in the test run and at least one decision function for value assignment of a contour parameter to the contour variable, providing a selection function for selection by an operator of a combination of input values that are characteristic of the processing operation, and creating the NC program from the base NC program by automatic execution of the at least one decision function for assigning a contour parameter to the contour variable, the contour parameter being determined based on the combination of input values.02-24-2011
20110245953LIMIT REPOSITORY LIMIT MODEL AND RELATED SYSTEM AND METHOD - An apparatus includes at least one memory configured to store application information associated with multiple process control applications used to control an industrial process. The application information includes multiple boundaries associated with the process control applications. Each boundary is associated with at least one of multiple hierarchical levels. The apparatus also includes at least one processing device configured to alter the association of the boundaries with the hierarchical levels independent of the process control applications. The hierarchical levels associated with different levels of criticality regarding the industrial process. In addition, the apparatus includes at least one interface configured to receive data from and transmit data to the process control applications.10-06-2011
20090312859MODIFYING ENTRY ANGLES ASSOCIATED WITH CIRCULAR TOOLING ACTIONS TO IMPROVE THROUGHPUT IN PART MACHINING - An apparatus for controlling a trajectory along which a tooling positioner system moves tooling for machining multiple features of the same type in a component includes a first tooling trajectory having an entry velocity at a time when the tooling begins machining a first feature and an exit velocity at a time when the tooling completes machining of the first feature. A second tooling trajectory has an entry velocity at a time when the tooling begins machining a second feature and an exit velocity at a time when the tooling completes machining of the second feature. The entry and exit velocities of the second tooling trajectory are different from the respective entry and velocities of the first tooling trajectory. Methods for controlling a trajectory are also taught.12-17-2009
20090204246APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR OPTIMIZING OPERATION OF SUGAR DRYERS - A method includes determining how to adjust one or more manipulated variables using at least one model. The one or more manipulated variables are associated with a sugar dryer. The method also includes generating one or more control signals to control one or more controlled variables associated with the sugar dryer. The one or more controlled variables include an outfall temperature associated with the sugar dryer, and the one or more manipulated variables include a rate at which wet material is provided to the sugar dryer. The sugar dryer could include multiple sugar dryers. At least two of the sugar dryers could operate using different fuels. The one or more control signals could be generated to control the rates at which the wet material is provided to the multiple sugar dryers based on costs associated with the different fuels.08-13-2009
20090312858METHOD FOR DEFINING SAFE ZONES IN LASER MACHINING SYSTEMS - A method for defining machine cutting path safety zones for use in laser machining devices. The method includes indentifying safety zone positional coordinates in a computer aided design model, using a machine vision system to image the modeled physical machining device, determining the positional difference between the design model safety zone points and the imaged points and converting the design model safety zone coordinates into machine specific coordinates for input into a machining cutting path program.12-17-2009
20090216359PRUNING-BASED VARIATION-AWARE DESIGN - For application to analog, mixed-signal, and custom digital circuits, a system and method to begin with a complex problem description that encompasses many variables from statistical manufacturing, the circuit's environment, and the circuit's design parameters, but then apply techniques to prune the scope of the problem to make it manageable for manual design and more efficient automated design, and finally use that pruned problem for more efficient and effective design.08-27-2009
20110178622Manufacturing Design and Process Analysis System - Methods, apparatuses and systems that facilitate the design, production and/or measurement tasks associated with manufacturing and other processes. In one embodiment, the present invention provides an understanding of how the multiple characteristics of a given process output are related to each other and to process inputs. This knowledge facilitates a reduction in measurement costs. It also facilitates an understanding of the sometimes complex interrelationships between design targets, design tolerances, process inputs, process control variables, average process output and variation in the process output. As discussed in more detail below, embodiments of the present invention facilitate 1.) determination of design target values, 2.) determination of design specification limits, 3.) design of process inputs, 4.) determination of process control variable settings, and/or 5.) reduction of measurement costs.07-21-2011
20100070064METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR CONFIGURING HIGH CRI LED - A method and a system for configuring a high CRI LED is provided in this invention, by using an algorithm to compute which of at least two phosphors that can be mixed with the LED. A mixed-emitting spectrum can provide a high CRI white light at a predetermined color temperature.03-18-2010
20110098836HEATING ELEMENT LOCATION OPTIMIZATION - A method for optimizing the location of heating elements within a mold for a rubber article is provided. More particularly, a method is also provided for optimizing the position of one or more heating elements, e.g., curing pins or sipes, within the tread of a tire to improve the efficiency of the curing process.04-28-2011
20110251710Apparatus and Method for Tuning Control Parameter - An apparatus and a method for tuning control parameters are disclosed. The apparatus includes a parameter database, a user interface, a processing unit and a control unit. The parameter database stores several control parameter sets, which are classified into several data groups respectively corresponding to several total machining points. The user interface is for selecting one of the total machining points, and distributing the selected total machining point to at least one machining item to generate distribution data of points. The user interface is further for inputting embryo data. The processing unit selects one of the control parameter sets corresponding to the distribution data of points and the embryo data from the parameter database. The control unit controls a machine tool according to the corresponding one of the control parameter sets.10-13-2011
20110098835Parametric configurator for product design: system and method - The present invention is a system and method for parametric configuration of a complex product. The system includes a parametric configurator, a parametric configuration language, and a parametric data management system. The parametric configuration language facilitates the solution of a design using constraints on geometric, physical, technological, operational, or business parameters. The parametric configurator includes a hierarchical solver that partitions a design into a plurality of subdesigns; provides the choice to collectively or independently optimize sets of subdesigns; and rolls back the solution process to an earlier subdesign when a given subdesign is determined to not be viable. The parametric data management system accesses data on a tangible digital medium, the data including constraints, product models, and product model instances. The method transforms the physical and geometrical constraints into a concrete product design. The completed design can be used to generate a parts and features list from a manufacturer, to generate a quote, or to assemble, manufacture, or fabricate the product.04-28-2011
20120277897SELECTION OF POLISHING PARAMETERS TO GENERATE REMOVAL PROFILE - Values are selected for a plurality of controllable parameters of a chemical mechanical polishing system that includes a carrier head with a plurality of zones to apply independently controllable pressures on a substrate. Data is stored relating variation in removal profile on a front surface of the substrate to variation in the controllable parameters, the data including removal at a plurality of positions on the front surface of the substrate, there being a greater number of positions than chambers. A value is determined for each parameter of the plurality of controllable parameters to minimize a difference between a target removal profile and an expected removal profile calculated from the data relating variation in removal profile on a front surface of the substrate to variation in the parameters. The value for each parameter of the plurality of controllable parameters is stored.11-01-2012
20110213484Method and apparatus for performing pattern alignment to plurality of dies - A method for patterning a workpiece in a direct write machine in the manufacturing of a multilayer stack, wherein a first circuit pattern comprising patterns for connection points is transformed according to determined fitting tolerances to fit to connection points of a second circuit pattern and to circuit pattern(s) of specific features such as random placed dies, or group of dies, on or in the workpiece. The second layer may be a previously formed layer or a layer to be formed on the same workpiece or on a different workpiece for the stack. Pattern data associated with selected die is transformed into adjusted circuit pattern data using the transformation defined by the transformed positions such that the circuit pattern is fitted to the selected die(s).09-01-2011
20110153053APPARATUS FOR CONTROLLING GROWTH RATE OF PLANT IN GREENHOUSE AND CONTROLLING METHOD THEREOF - Provided is a plant growth control of an apparatus for controlling a growth rate of a plant growing in a greenhouse having a roof formed of a dye-sensitized panel. In the method, a wavelength of sunlight to pass through the dye-sensitized panel is selected according to external environment information. A wavelength control signal corresponding to the selected wavelength is proved to the dye-sensitized panel.06-23-2011
20100004772SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR MANAGING MATERIAL STORAGE VESSELS HAVING INFORMATION STORAGE ELEMENTS - Material management systems and methods include material storage vessels with information (e.g., electronic information) storage. Information may be communicated from a storage device to a process tool controller and employed to set or adjust a process tool operating parameter. Material information may be determined by remote analysis and subsequently communicated to an electronic information storage device of a vessel containing such material. Location and movement of material storage vessels within a customer facility may be automatically tracked, with further transfer of material-specific information. Product information may be associatively stored with material-specific information utilized in product manufacture.01-07-2010
20120203368METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR OPTIMIZING A SPECTACLE LENS BASED ON INDIVIDUAL PARAMETERS OF A WEARER - A method, a system and a computer program product are provide for optimizing a spectacle lens for a wearer with a selectable quality grade. In particular, a set of individual parameters is determined for the wearer and a desired quality grade is identified. Depending the identified quality grade, the set of individual parameters is adapted and a surface of the spectacle lens is calculated based on the adapted set of individual parameters.08-09-2012
20090287335PROCESSING DATA MANAGING SYSTEM, PROCESSING SYSTEM, AND PROCESSING DEVICE DATA MANAGING METHOD - A processing data managing system includes: a processing device 11-19-2009
20080243285Method For Scheduling and Controlling of Jobs and a Management Information System - A method for planning and control of jobs is disclosed, wherein work steps (10-02-2008
20080243286METHOD FOR COMPUTER-ASSISTED DETERMINATION OF AN OPTIMUM-FUEL CONTROL OF NOZZLES - Method for the computer-assisted determination of an optimum-fuel control of nozzles according to a control instruction b=Ax. A defined matrix transformation of starting constraints for the mass flow of the nozzles and of the minimization criterion thereby takes place in a computer-assisted manner, a data processing representation of a geometric description of the matrix-transformed starting constraints, a computer-assisted determination of limiting point sets of the geometric description of the starting constraints through a computer-assisted geometric search procedure in the vector space and the application of the matrix-transformed minimization criterion to the points of the limiting point sets.10-02-2008
20090171493SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR PERFORMANCE BASED PRODUCTION SCHEDULING AND DISPATCHING - Execution control systems for optimizing the efficiency of manufacturing processes are described in this application. For example, an execution management system may optimize IC processes and scheduling by analyzing a number of desired metrics along with system constraints, such as tool availability, tool reliability, etc, along with information from conventional processing tools such as APC and SPC. The optimized processing schedule may then be implemented in real-time and updated with new process requests and current information relating to tools and other metrics, thereby reducing human interaction and inefficiency. Other embodiments are also described in this application.07-02-2009
20110054658Method for Constant Power Density Scaling - A method for constant power density scaling in MOSFETs is provided. A method for manufacturing an integrated circuit includes computing fixed scaling factors for a first fabrication process based on a second fabrication process, computing settable scaling factors for the integrated circuit to be fabricated using the first fabrication process, determining parameters of the integrated circuit based on the settable scaling factors, and manufacturing the integrated circuit using the determined parameters. The first fabrication process creates devices having a smaller device dimension than the second fabrication process and the settable scaling factors are set based on the fixed scaling factors.03-03-2011
20100179678PV Wind Performance Enhancing Methods - Pressure equalization between upper and lower surfaces of PV modules of an array of PV modules can be enhanced in several ways. Air gaps opening into the air volume, defined between the PV modules and the support surface, should be provided between adjacent PV modules and along the periphery of the array. The ratio of this air volume to the total area of the air gaps should be minimized. Peripheral wind deflectors should be used to minimize aerodynamic drag forces on the PV modules. The time to equalize pressure between the upper and lower surfaces of the PV modules should be maintained below, for example, 10-20 milliseconds. The displacement created by wind gusts should be limited to, for example, 2-5 millimeters or less. For inclined PV modules, rear air deflectors are advised for each PV module and side air deflectors are advised for the periphery of the array.07-15-2010
20110257777Method and apparatus for performing pattern reconnection after individual or multipart alignment - A method for patterning a second layer of a work piece in a direct write machine in the manufacturing of a multilayer system-in-package stack. The work piece having a first layer with a plurality of electrical components in the form of dies arbitrarily placed. Each component having connection points where some need to be connected between the components. A first pattern wherein different zones comprising connection points of dies distributed in the first layer are associated with different requirements on alignment. The method comprising the steps of: a. Detecting sacred zones in first pattern that have a high requirement on alignment to selected features of the system-in-package stack or to the placed components; b. Detecting stretch zones of the first pattern that are allowed to have a lower requirement on alignment to other features of the system-in-package stack; c. Transforming the first pattern by calculating adjusted first pattern data comprising transformation of the original circuit pattern such that: i. connection points in adjacent sacred zones are aligned within a pre-settable alignment deviation parameter; and such that ii. deviations between the positions of corresponding connection points in the sacred zones are compensated for in the pattern for connection points of the stretch zones; d. writing a pattern on the layer of the work piece according to the adjusted pattern data. The first pattern may also be simultaneously matched to a second pattern.10-20-2011
20110060442METHODS AND ARRANGEMENT FOR DETECTING A WAFER-RELEASED EVENT WITHIN A PLASMA PROCESSING CHAMBER - A method for identifying an optimal time for mechanically removing a substrate from a lower electrode in a processing chamber of a plasma processing system is provided. The method includes employing a set of sensors to monitor a set of electrical characteristics of a plasma, wherein the plasma is formed over the substrate during a dechuck event. The method also includes sending processing data about the set of electrical characteristics to a data collection device. The method further includes comparing the processing data against a set of threshold values. The method yet also includes, if the processing data traverses the threshold values, removing the substrate from the lower electrode since a substrate-released event has occurred.03-10-2011
20110087356MODULAR LOW STRESS PACKAGE TECHNOLOGY - A method of designing a desired modular package assembly: determining the configuration and dimensions of the assembly from received user input design data, the assembly having a protective modular package cover with first and second fastening sections, subassembly receiving sections disposed between the fastening sections and having a cross member formed along the underside of the protective modular package cover and configured to receive a subassembly, and one or more subassemblies to be received by the subassembly receiving sections; determining an adhesive deposition strategy for deposition of an adhesive layer to the cross members of the subassembly receiving sections sufficient to affix the top side of the subassemblies to the cross members on the underside of the subassembly receiving sections; and incorporating the configuration and dimensions of the modular package assembly and the adhesive deposition strategy into a manufacturing assembly process configured to manufacture the modular package assembly.04-14-2011
20110087355METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR REVERSE ENGINEERING A PRODUCTION REQUEST IN A MES ENVIRONMENT - A method and a system for automatically generating a product production rule from a production request, include a reading module configured for reading production request data, a data filter module configured for selecting a set of data from the production request data, a treatment module configured for generating the product production rule, and a device for storing the product production rule.04-14-2011
20100082139ENERGY OPTIMIZER FOR DEHYDRATING BIOFUELS THROUGH DISTILLATION TOWERS AND MOLECULAR SIEVES - The present invention provides novel techniques for controlling the balance between energy usage and biofuels dehydration between a distillation process unit and molecular sieves with model predictive control technology. In particular, the present techniques are presented in the context of biofuel production, wherein control of the balance between energy usage and water removal in biofuel production may be optimized. However, the present techniques may also be applied to any other suitable applications, such as liquor processing, where energy may be used to remove water from the liquor.04-01-2010
20100082140MODEL PREDICTIVE CONTROL OF BIOFUEL DENATURANT BLENDING - The present invention provides novel techniques for controlling the blending of multiple fluids. In particular, the present techniques are presented in the context of biofuel production, wherein blending of a denaturant with an undenatured biofuel may be controlled and optimized. However, the present techniques may also be applied to any other suitable applications, such as the production of petroleum products, where multiple fluids may be blended.04-01-2010
20110190917METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR DEVELOPING, IMPROVING AND VERIFYING VIRTUAL METROLOGY MODELS IN A MANUFACTURING SYSTEM - A computing device develops a first non-adaptive virtual metrology (VM) model for a manufacturing process based on performing a non-adaptive regression using a first data set. Upon determining that an accuracy of the first non-adaptive VM model satisfies a first quality criterion, the computing device develops an adaptive VM model for the manufacturing process based on performing an adaptive regression using at least one of the first data set or a second data set. The computing device evaluates an accuracy of the adaptive VM model using a third data set that is larger than the first data set and the second data set. The computing device determines that the adaptive VM model is ready for use in production upon determining that an accuracy of the first adaptive VM model satisfies a second quality criterion that is more stringent than the first quality criterion.08-04-2011
20110190916System and Method for Management of Parameters Using Options and Variants in a Product Lifecycle Management System - A system, method, and computer program product for managing parameters in a product lifecycle management data processing system. A method includes creating a variant-specific project from a master dictionary, where the variant-specific project includes a plurality of parameter value objects. The method includes identifying a required parameter value corresponding to a first parameter value object, and assigning a task to a user to provide the required parameter value. The method includes receiving the required parameter value and storing the parameter value in the first parameter value object.08-04-2011
20100023150Method of Optimizing Weld Design for Concurrent Consideration of Performance and Manufacturing Requirements - A method of weld design for a work piece is provided. The work piece may be a unitary piece or a multi-component piece. The method includes determining a manufacturing feasible region of the work piece satisfying one or more predetermined manufacturing requirements including accessibility of welding components. The method includes determining a performance feasibility function satisfying one or more predetermined performance factors as applied in a performance simulation of the work piece. The workpiece may have a varying number of welds. An optimized weld design may be determined by minimizing an objective function, defined as a summation of the number of welds and the performance feasibility function, within the manufacturing feasible region. The optimized weld design is configured to have a minimum number of welds, and concurrently satisfy the predetermined manufacturing requirements and the performance factors.01-28-2010
20080300708Model-based planning using query-based component executable instructions - A method for planning machine control for a system includes determining one or more capabilities and one or more capability constraints for each component used to execute a plan for processing a job by the system. The plan is incrementally constructed based on the components, the one or more capabilities, and the one or more constraints. One or more sets of executable instructions are queried with incremental portions of the plan, wherein each set of executable instructions is associated with a different one of the components and represents the actions that are performed by its corresponding component, each incremental portion includes actions that are to be performed by its corresponding component, and each set of executable instructions executes the incremental portion it received. Upon receiving confirmation from each of the queried sets of executable instructions that indicates each of the components is able to perform the actions in the incremental portions, a final plan for processing the job is generated.12-04-2008
20100010657METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR ACTIVE DIAGNOSIS THROUGH LOGIC-BASED PLANNING - A control systems and methods are presented for controlling a production system, in which a model-based planner includes a formulation, such as a SAT formulation representing possible actions in the production, with a solver being used to provide a solution to the formulation based at least partially on production and diagnostic goals and the current plant condition, and a translation component translates the solution into a plan for execution in the plant.01-14-2010
20110112677METHOD FOR CONTROLLING A PHYSICAL PROPERTY OF A TUBULAR BLOWN FILM - A method for controlling a physical property of a collapsed blown film extruded form a ring-shaped extruder having a plurality of physical property controllers disposed around the extruder includes the following steps. First, an even number of longitudinal sections of the blown film are identified. Next, the physical property profile is measured a first time across the entire width of the collapsed film. Because the longitudinal sections at the ends of the collapsed film overlap themselves, the physical property of these two longitudinal sections is determined by dividing the measured value by two. The film is then rotated, and the physical property profile is measured a second time. Again, the physical property of the longitudinal sections at the ends of the rotated film are determined by dividing their measured value by two. Then the physical properties of the remaining longitudinal sections are determined by subtracting the physical property value of a longitudinal section which has been previously determined from a measured value from either the first or second physical property profile.05-12-2011
20110307089METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR PERFORMING A CHEMICAL OXIDE REMOVAL PROCESS - A processing system and method for chemical oxide removal (COR) is presented, wherein the processing system comprises a first treatment chamber and a second treatment chamber, wherein the first and second treatment chambers are coupled to one another. The first treatment chamber comprises a chemical treatment chamber that provides a temperature controlled chamber, and an independently temperature controlled substrate holder for supporting a substrate for chemical treatment. The substrate is exposed to a gaseous chemistry, such as HF/NH12-15-2011
20110307088Auto Device Skew Manufacturing - A system and method for manufacturing semiconductor devices is disclosed. An embodiment comprises using desired device parameters to choose an initial manufacturing recipe. Once chosen, the initial manufacturing recipe may be modified by determining and applying an offset adjustment based on previous manufacturing to tune the recipes for the particular equipment to be utilized in the manufacturing process.12-15-2011
20110137444On-Line Optimization of Induration of Wet Iron Ore Pellets on a Moving Grate - The present invention discloses a system for optimizing the operation of an induration furnace and a method thereof; the system comprising: an interactive means to monitor and control the furnace to provide an optimized furnace operation, calibration means for generating a plurality of ideal set points for validation purposes, and a processing unit receiving, in real-time, the online process data from the interactive means and compute therein a plurality of real-time active set points which are matched with corresponding ideal set points from the calibration means, wherein, if optimization is required, an optimizing signal is generated and communicated to the interactive means. The system predicts in real-time the process and product parameters, that cannot be measured directly, thus, providing real-time optimization of the furnace operation, and thereby reducing the operating and production costs.06-09-2011
20120310401ROTARY TISSUE PROCESSOR WITH CONFIGURABLE STATIONS - A configurable tissue processing system is disclosed that includes a plurality of configurable tissue processing stations, each station configured to receive tissue samples and selectively configurable to heat, agitate and apply either a positive pressure or a vacuum pressure to the received tissue samples; a transport mechanism that is configured to transport the tissue samples between the plurality of configurable tissue processing stations; and a control unit coupled to the plurality of configurable tissue processing stations and to the transport mechanism, the control unit controlling the transport mechanism to selectively position the tissue samples in the plurality of configurable tissue processing stations, and the control unit configuring each of the plurality of configurable tissue processing stations to heat, agitate and apply either a positive pressure or a vacuum pressure to the received samples. Also disclosed is a method of configuring the plurality of tissue processing stations.12-06-2012
20120004754Lens Customizing Method - Method for customizing an initial ophthalmic lens, the initial ophthalmic lens being customized so as to provide a customized ophthalmic lens, the method comprising: a initial ophthalmic lens data providing step (S01-05-2012
20100114354METHOD FOR ESTIMATING IMMEASURABLE PROCESS VARIABLES DURING A SERIES OF DISCRETE PROCESS CYCLES - A method for estimating a process variable associated with a series of operations of a manufacturing process includes deriving a model that represents a given operation of the manufacturing process. The operation has first, second, and third process variables associated therewith. The model includes the first, second, and third process variables. Variations in the first and second process variables during each of the operations are substantially immeasurable. The method further includes measuring the first process variable after a first one of the operations and measuring the third process variable during a second one of the operations using a sensing device. The method further includes estimating at least one of the first and second process variables during the second one of the operations using the measured first process variable, the measured third process variable, and the model. Additionally, the method includes controlling the second operation based on the at least one of the first and second estimated process variables.05-06-2010
20120116566METHOD OF PRODUCTION, APPARATUS AND SYSTEM - There is provided a method of regulating the formulation of a multi-component product comprising a product attribute profile, the method comprising providing a first and second component of the product, each component having a component attribute profile; supplying to a product formulation zone the first component and the second component in a desired ratio and combining the first and second components together to provide the product or a precursor thereof to yield a target product attribute profile; responsive to a change or predicted change in at least one component attribute profile, supplying information concerning the attribute change to a data processing apparatus and calculating with respect to that change an adjustment in the ratio to reduce the deviation of one or more attributes of the product attribute profile from the target product attribute profile. A production system is also provided.05-10-2012
20120116565TOTAL QUALITY MANAGEMENT SYSTEM FOR OPTIMIZING DRINK PROCESS FLOW - A system for managing an agricultural commodity based production system. The system can include a processor configured to aggregate material information, aggregate production information, receive production limits, receive product limits, and at least one of maximize or minimize a parameter of a product lineup including the at least one product based on the aggregate material information, the production information, the production limits; and the product limits. The material information can include quantity information, availability information, and quality information. The material information can be variable. The production information is associated with production resources of the at least one product. The production limits can establish operating tolerances of the production resources. The product limits can establish valid product configurations of at least one product.05-10-2012
20110166685PRESS-FORMING DEVICE, PRESS-FORMING METHOD, COMPUTER PROGRAM/SOFTWARE ARRANGEMENT AND STORAGE MEDIUM - Exemplary embodiments of a press-forming device, press-forming method, computer program/software arrangement and storage medium can be provided. The exemplary press-forming device can include a material characteristic input configured to input material characteristics. A state variable detector can be configured to measure a state variable comprising a metal mold distortion amount. A processing condition computer arrangement can be configured to determine from a first moment to a second moment at least one particular processing condition. Further, a processing condition controller can be configured to control the at least one processing condition from processing conditions.07-07-2011
20110166684YIELD PREDICTION FEEDBACK FOR CONTROLLING AN EQUIPMENT ENGINEERING SYSTEM - A yield prediction is received by a strategy engine. The strategy engine compares the end-of-line yield prediction to a plurality of rules. The strategy engine then instructs a component of an equipment engineering system to perform an action included in a rule that corresponds to the end-of-line yield prediction.07-07-2011
20120065760LENS AND MANUFACTURING METHOD OF LENS - A light incident surface of a lens is determined to have a shape of a virtual light incident surface (SF03-15-2012
20120059501Method of making apparatus for computing multiple sum of products - A hardware circuit component for executing multiple sum-of-products operations is manufactured as follows. A set of multiplexed sum-of-products functions of a plurality of operands (a, b, c, . . . ), any one of which functions can be selected in dependence upon a select value (sel) by multiplex operations, is received. The sum-of-products functions are then rearranged in a particular manner. The rearranged set of sum-of-products functions is merged into a single merged sum-of-products function containing one or more multiplexing operations. From this a layout design can be generated, and a hardware circuit component such as an integrated circuit manufactured from the layout design. The step of re-arranging the multiple sum-of-products functions comprises aligning the elements of the set of sum-of-products functions in such a manner that the amount of multiplexing in the single merged sum-of-products function is less than in the input set of sum-of-products functions. Additionally, negative terms in the sum-of-products functions are selectively negated so that particular products are always positive.03-08-2012
20110093108CUSTOMISED SURGICAL APPARATUS - A method for producing a customised surgical instrument or prosthesis for a specific patient is described. At least one x-ray image of a body part of the patient is captured. A statistical model having a dense set of anatomical correspondence points across the model is instantiated using image data derived from the at least one x-ray image to generate a patient specific model of the body part having a high accuracy surface. Patient specific data from the patient specific model is used to generate a design of the customised surgical instrument or prosthesis for use in a surgical procedure to be carried out on the body part. The surgical instrument or prosthesis is then manufactured using the design. A computer implemented method for generating the patient specific model of the body part is also described.04-21-2011
20120065759METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR DETERMINING A MIXING REGIME FOR USE IN THE PREPARATION OF ANIMAL FEED FROM A SET OF INGREDIENTS, AND A SYSTEM FOR PRODUCING THE ANIMAL FEED - A method and apparatus for determining a mixing regime for use in the preparation of an animal feed in which a main computer is programmed to store a master list of ingredients which are available to farmers and from which a farmer can select a specific set of ingredients for the preparation of animal feed. The main computer is programmed to store the ingredients in a look-up table cross-referenced with standard mixing periods to which the respective ingredients should be subjected during the mixing regime to produce an animal feed. Additionally, the look-up table contains mixing factors by which the standard mixing periods may be altered in order to take account of non-standard conditions, such as variations of the ingredients, the proportion of the particular ingredient, the average size or weight of the animals and the mixing apparatus and condition thereof in which the animal feed is to be mixed. The computer is programmed to determine the mixing period to which each ingredient is to be subjected in the mixing apparatus based on the corresponding standard mixing periods and any mixing factors which should be taken into account. The computer is programmed to then produce a sequence in which the ingredients are to be loaded into the mixing apparatus and the instants at which the respective ingredients are to be loaded into the mixing apparatus, so that each ingredient is subjected to the appropriate mixing period for that ingredient during the mixing cycle of the mixing regime, in order to avoid over-mixing and under-mixing of ingredients.03-15-2012
20120065761SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR OPTIMIZING LOOPING PARAMETERS AND LOOPING TRAJECTORIES IN THE FORMATION OF WIRE LOOPS - A method of forming a wire loop in connection with a semiconductor package is provided. The method includes the steps of: (1) providing package data related to the semiconductor package to a wire bonding machine; (2) providing at least one looping control value related to a desired wire loop to the wire bonding machine, the at least one looping control value including at least a loop height value related to the desired wire loop; (3) deriving looping parameters, using an algorithm, for forming the desired wire loop; (4) forming a first wire loop on the wire bonding machine using the looping parameters derived in step (3); (5) measuring actual looping control values of the first wire loop formed in step (4) corresponding to the at least one looping control value; and (6) comparing the actual looping control values measured in step (5) to the at least one looping control value provided in step (2).03-15-2012
20120109352NESTING DATA GENERATION DEVICE AND NESTING DATA GENERATION METHOD - A nesting data generation device generates nesting data for cutting off a part from a work supported by plural support projections. The nesting data generation device includes a nesting data generating unit that generates the nesting data by arranging a geometry of the part on the work. The nesting data generating unit performs, upon arranging the geometry of the part on the work, an avoidance process for avoiding an impediment due to the support projections. According to the nesting data generation device, the part can be prevented from welding on the support projections and the support projections can be prevented from welding upon arranging the geometry on the work by considering positions of the support projections, so that a drop-off and an inclination of the cut part can be prevented.05-03-2012
20110066271CHARGED PARTICLE BEAM WRITING METHOD AND APPARATUS THEREFOR - A charged particle beam writing method includes inputting layout information of a plurality of chips on which pattern formation is to be achieved, setting, using the layout information, a plurality of writing groups each being composed of at least one of the plurality of chips and each having writing conditions differing from each other, setting a frame which encloses a whole of all chip regions in all the plurality of writing groups, virtually dividing the frame into a plurality of stripe regions in a predetermined direction while keeping chips of writing groups differing from each other intermingled, setting an order of each of the plurality of stripe regions such that a reference position of the each of the plurality of stripe regions is located in order in the predetermined direction, and writing a pattern in the each of the plurality of stripe regions onto a target workpiece according to the order which has been set, by using a charged particle beam.03-17-2011
20110066273Imprint system and imprint method - An imprint system has a design data storing section which stores template information and remaining film thickness set value information, a vaporization-to-be-compensated storing section which stores a plurality of distributions of applied amounts for compensating vaporization, an arithmetic section which calculates a distribution of an applied amount for filling a pattern based upon said template information, calculates a distribution of an applied amount for forming a remaining film thickness based upon said remaining film thickness set value information, calculates a pattern density of the template from said template information, extracts a distribution of an applied amount for compensating vaporization, corresponding to this pattern density, from said vaporization-to-be-compensated storing section, and adds up this extracted distribution of an applied amount for compensating vaporization, said distribution of an applied amount for filling a pattern, and said distribution of an applied amount for forming a remaining film thickness, to calculate a distribution of an applied amount of the imprint member, and an application section which applies the imprint member on the substrate based upon said distribution of an applied amount of the imprint member.03-17-2011
20110066272CHARGED PARTICLE BEAM WRITING METHOD AND APPARATUS THEREFOR - A charged particle beam writing method includes inputting layout information of a plurality of chips on which pattern formation is to be achieved, setting, using the layout information, a plurality of writing groups each being composed of at least one of the plurality of chips and each having writing conditions differing from each other, setting, for each of the plurality of writing groups, a frame which encloses a whole of all chip regions in the each of the plurality of writing groups, virtually dividing the frame into a plurality of stripe regions in a predetermined direction, with respect to the each of the plurality of writing groups, setting, using the plurality of stripe regions of all the plurality of writing groups, an order of each of the plurality of stripe regions such that a reference position of the each of the plurality of stripe regions is located in order in the predetermined direction regardless of the plurality of writing groups, and writing a pattern in the each of the plurality of stripe regions onto a target workpiece according to the order which has been set, by using a charged particle beam.03-17-2011
20110035040METHOD AND A SYSTEM FOR THE EXTRAPOLATION OF DENSITOMETRIC MEASURED VALUES IN NOT MEASURED WAVELENGTH RANGES AT A PRINTING PRESS - The invention relates to a system and a method for controlling the composition of an ink mixture for at least one printing press, in which actual optical value of light are obtained, whereat the light has interacted at least with parts of the printing picture, which is generated by the printing press on the printing substrate using an ink mixture which is provided by an ink supply system and in which, due to the deviation of the actual optical value from optical reference values, a corrective ink mixture is created, which is added to the ink mixture which is provided by the ink supply system and which changes the ratio of the amounts of ink pigments therein, whereby first actual optical values are obtained inline, that is at running and just printed printing substrate, wherein these actual optical values are densitometrical values.02-10-2011
20110106286Generating A Power Model For An Electronic Device - An apparatus that generates a power model for an electronic device, an apparatus that operates in accordance with a generated power model, and methods for generating a power for an electronic device are disclosed. In a particular embodiment, a method of generating a power model for the electronic device includes reducing training data to identify a subset of operating parameters of an electronic device that contribute most to power consumption of the electronic device and generating the power model for the electronic device based on the reduced training data. The power model is operative to predict a power consumption value corresponding to the electronic device responsive to a set of operating parameter values corresponding to operation of the electronic device.05-05-2011
20090132079SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR REDUCING TOXIC WASTE IN MANUFACTURING PROCESSES - A system and method of optimizing a manufacturing process so as to reduce toxic waste in the process. In an embodiment, the method includes: describing the manufacturing process using a plurality of nodes, each node representing a component or a process; connecting the plurality of nodes with directed edges to form a directed graph, the directed graph representing possible manufacturing process flows from a begin node to an end node; assigning to each edge a value representative of a cost resulting from toxic waste generated by a component or process; and determining a shortest path from the begin node to the end node in the directed graph to identify manufacturing process flow having a minimum cost.05-21-2009
20090132078CONTROLLING DEVICE FOR SUBSTRATE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND METHOD THEREFOR - A target value that serves as a control value with feed forward control is optimized. A TL performs a feed forward and a feedback control of a PM. A storage unit stores a plurality of recipes indicating different processing sequences, and a target value that serves as a control value when performing an etching process. A communication unit causes an IMM to measure a processing state of the wafer and receives measurement information. A computation unit computes a feedback value for the current wafer processed in the current cycle, based on pre-processing and post-processing measurement information for the wafer. An update unit updates the target value using the feedback value. A recipe adjustment unit changes the recipe to change the process performed in the same PM. When the process is performed after changing, the updated target value is used to perform feed forward control of the wafer in the same PM.05-21-2009
20100249972METHOD FOR CONFIGURING GAS SUPPLY FOR ELECTRONICS FABRICATION FACILITIES - A system for supplying a reagent to multiple tools in an electronics fabrication facility is configured using a demand probability distribution. In specific examples the reagent is a non-atmospheric or a specialty gas and the demand probability distribution is developed using Monte Carlo statistical techniques.09-30-2010
20120221136AUTOMATED HIERARCHICAL CONFIGURATION OF CUSTOM PRODUCTS WITH COMPLEX GEOMETRIES: METHOD AND APPARATUS - The invention is a method and apparatus for automatically generating an optimal configuration of a product, using logic implemented on a digital computer processing system. A general configuration will be broken down into a hierarchy of subdesigns by a designer of an artifact type. A particular instance of the type must satisfy user-specified external parametric constraints. Constraints may take the form of a range of values for some performance characteristic or to satisfy laws or business requirements. Hierarchical decomposition facilitates solution of complex problems. Criteria for a best solution may be specified for a given subdesign, a collection of subdesigns, or globally. Tentative selection of a particular subdesign may impose internally generated constraints upon a subsequent subdesign. If no acceptable solution is found for a subdesign, the candidate overall configuration rolls back to the most complete viable partial collection of subdesigns. The method transforms constraints into a concrete design.08-30-2012
20120130524Method For Providing Finishing Parameters - A method implemented by computer means, for providing finishing parameters related to an ophthalmic lens adapted to a spectacle frame, wherein the method comprises: the step (S05-24-2012
20120316668Role-Based Product Management System Using Proxy Objects - A method and apparatus for identifying information for a product. User input selecting a proxy object in a product design on a computer system is received. The proxy object refers to a number of product standards used in the product design and is associated with a component in the product design. A role of a user is identified. A request for standards information for the component is sent to an interpreter module. The role of the user is included in the request. The standards information is received in a format based on the role of the operator such that the standards information is displayed in the computer system.12-13-2012
20120215336AUTOMATED HIERARCHICAL CONFIGURATION OF CUSTOM PRODUCTS WITH COMPLEX GEOMETRIES: METHOD AND APPARATUS - The invention is a method and apparatus for automatically generating an optimal configuration of a product, using logic implemented on a digital computer processing system. A general configuration will be broken down into a hierarchy of subdesigns by a designer of an artifact type. A particular instance of the type must satisfy user-specified external parametric constraints. Constraints may take the form of a range of values for some performance characteristic or to satisfy laws or business requirements. Hierarchical decomposition facilitates solution of complex problems. Criteria for a best solution may be specified for a given subdesign, a collection of subdesigns, or globally. Tentative selection of a particular subdesign may impose internally generated constraints upon a subsequent subdesign. If no acceptable solution is found for a subdesign, the candidate overall configuration rolls back to the most complete viable partial collection of subdesigns. The method transforms constraints into a concrete design.08-23-2012
20120173009AUTOMATIC POURING METHOD AND FACILITY THEREFOR - Provided herein is an automatic pouring method and equipment for the same that enable to inhibit the generation of residual molten metal in a ladle and thus the molten metal to be discharged therefrom can be eliminated. The method includes the steps of determining a set weight of the molten metal to be received in the ladle and number of pieces of the molds that could be poured with the ladle based on data on assigned numbers of respective molds to be poured, types of products to be cast, and set weights of the molten metal to be poured, receiving a weight of the molten metal that is greater than the set weight of the molten metal in the ladle, deriving a difference in weight between the actual weight of the molten metal that is received in the ladle and the set weight of the molten metal in the ladle, deriving a target weight of the molten metal to be poured by adding a part of the derived difference in weight to the set weight of the molten metal to be poured into the mold to be poured, and pouring the molten metal into the mold to be poured to target the target weight of the molten metal to be poured. The pouring of the molten metal is repeated by number of times that equals to the number of pieces of the molds that could be poured with the ladle such that the ladle would be emptied when the last mold in the number of pieces of the molds that could be poured with the ladle is poured.07-05-2012
20100049352SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR AUTOMATICALLY PROCESSING AND/OR MACHINING WORKPIECES - A system for automated processing of workpieces comprises at least one handling apparatus having at least one measuring arrangement configured to record at least one controlled variable and at least one regulatory device configured to interact with the at least one measuring arrangement to optimize the processing using the at least one control variable. The processing also includes machining, and the at least one handling apparatus includes a robot.02-25-2010
20100298961METHOD FOR SIMULATING NUMERICALLY CONTROLLED MILLING USING ADAPTIVELY SAMPLED DISTANCE FIELDS - Provided is a method performed on a processor for simulating the milling of an object by moving a shape along a path intersecting the object. A composite adaptively sampled distance field (ADF) is generated to represent the object, where the composite ADF includes a set of cells. Each cell in the composite ADF includes a set of distance fields and a procedural reconstruction method for reconstructing the object within the cell. The shape is represented by a shape distance field. The path is represented by a parametric function. A swept volume distance field is defined in a continuous manner to represent a swept volume generated by moving the shape along the path according to a swept volume reconstruction method which reconstructs the swept volume distance field at a sample point. The composite ADF is edited to incorporate the swept volume distance field into the composite ADF to simulate the milling.11-25-2010
20100298962INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, MANUFACTURING APPARATUS, AND DEVICE MANUFACTURING METHOD - An apparatus for updating control information of a manufacturing apparatus comprises: a storage configured to store consistency information indicating a consistency between a configuration of a manufacturing apparatus and control information and result information indicating a result of installing of control information in the manufacturing apparatus in association with each other; and a computer configured to execute, prior to updating of control information installed in the manufacturing apparatus with new control information, a determination as to whether the manufacturing apparatus which receives an instruction of the updating normally operates after the updating, based on the consistency information and the result information stored in the storage, and to update the control information installed in the manufacturing apparatus with the new control information if the determination is positive.11-25-2010
20090062951PRODUCTION CONDITION DETERMINING METHOD, PRODUCTION CONDITION DETERMINING APPARATUS, MOUNTER, AND PROGRAM - This invention provides a production condition determining method by which a production schedule of boards can be determined in a short time. The production condition determining method is for determining production conditions, under which various types of boards are to be produced. This method includes: judging whether or not all of part feeders necessary to produce the various types of boards can be stored simultaneously in part supplying units in a mounter, by comparing the number of the necessary part feeders, with the number of part feeders which can be stored in the part supplying units; and outputting a guidance for modifying the production conditions so that the various types of boards can be produced, when the judgment is made that all of the necessary part feeders cannot be stored simultaneously in the part supplying units.03-05-2009
20100292823Method and Computer Program for the Automatic Preparation of Technological Recipes for the Heat Treatment of Metal Workpieces in Industrial Furnaces and Device for Performing the Method and Computer Program - In order to plan the performance of heat treatment of metal workpieces before the beginning of the heat treatment in the particular industrial furnace and perform it autonomously thereafter, the invention proposes a method and computer program and an apparatus having a computer (11-18-2010
20080300709PROCESS CONTROL SYSTEM USING SPATIALLY DEPENDENT DATA FOR CONTROLLING A WEB-BASED PROCESS - System and method for controlling a process with spatially dependent conditions for producing a product with spatially dependent properties, e.g., a web/sheet-based process for producing a web/sheet-based product. Input data comprising a plurality of input data sets are provided to a neural network (analog or computer-based), each data set comprising values for one or more input parameters, each comprising a respective process condition or product property. The input data preserve spatial relationships of the input data. The neural network generates output data in accordance with the input data, the output data comprising a plurality of output data sets, each comprising values for one or more output parameters, each comprising a predicted process condition or product property. The output data preserve spatial relationships of the output data, which correspond to the spatial relationships of the input data. The output data are useable by a controller or operator to control the process.12-04-2008
20100145492Automated Custom Design Generation - A method includes obtaining a custom specification that describes at least one option for the product, obtaining predefined configuration data that includes a commodity feature definition that describes a plurality of commodities associated with the product, a commodity interface definition that describes interface requirements among said plurality of commodities, a design table that associates said commodity feature definition and said commodity interface definition for a commodity; and a hierarchy of said plurality of commodities, generating the design configuration as a function of said custom specification and said predefined configuration data, wherein said hierarchy of said plurality of commodities controls order in which said plurality of commodities are applied to said product for automatic generation of the design configuration and said commodity interface definition with said design table ensure coordination among said plurality of commodities.06-10-2010
20120265331FIVE-AXIS FLANK MILLING SYSTEM FOR MACHINING CURVED SURFACE AND THE TOOL-PATH PLANNING METHOD THEREOF - The invention discloses a five-axis flank milling system for machining curved surface and the method thereof, the system is capable of generating a tool path that minimizes the undercut error, overcut error, or the total machining error. The amount of the overcut, undercut, or total machining errors can be precisely controlled by adjustment of the cutter locations contained in a tool path. This invention is to transform tool path planning in five-axis flank milling into an optimal matching problem. The proposed mechanism of the invention significantly improves the manufacturing capability of five-axis flank milling. It enhances the machining quality by reducing various machining errors and provides a systematic approach to precise control of machining error in five-axis flank milling.10-18-2012
20120330451CONTROL SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR MATERIAL PROCESSING - Various embodiments are directed to methods of controlling torque delivered to a device for working material, the methods may comprise receiving, by a computer, a first value indicating an actual torque delivered by a common motor of the device to at least a portion of a plurality of work rolls of the device. The plurality of work rolls may be driven by the common motor, and may be arranged along a line direction aligned with an entry end. The methods may also comprise setting, by the computer, a torque limit for the common motor equal to the first value plus a torque limit increment for an additional work roll selected from the plurality of work rolls.12-27-2012
20120271445MULTIVARIABLE PREDICTIVE CONTROL OPTIMIZER FOR GLASS FIBER FORMING OPERATION - A system and method for determining and controlling for cure status of binder on a fibrous product are disclosed. Cure status is monitored by measuring one or more control variables and attempting to keep them within known control limits. Exemplary control variables include oven temperatures at various locations and color values of sections of the fibrous product. Sensors such as thermocouples and image capture systems sense these variables continuously online and provide input signals for a MPC processor-optimizer. The MPC optimizers balances the constraints according to a programmed optimization function and priority ranking of control variables and solves for optimal control setting on manipulatable variables, such as oven fan speed, oven setpoint temperatures and coolant water flow rate.10-25-2012
20110238196METHOD FOR SIMULATING ELECTROMAGNETIC FIELD, ELECTROMAGNETIC FIELD SIMULATION APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICE - According to one embodiment, a method is disclosed for simulating an electromagnetic field. The method can set a first mesh on a calculation region provided based on a medium through which an electromagnetic wave propagates. The method can calculate an electromagnetic field distribution on the first mesh by a frequency region solution based on characteristic values of the medium allocated on the first mesh. The method can set a second mesh on the calculation region. The method can allocate the electromagnetic field distribution obtained by the frequency region solution to the second mesh. In addition, the method can update the electromagnetic field distribution allocated to the second mesh in a predetermined time unit by a time region solution.09-29-2011
20110251709METHOD FOR DYNAMICALLY CONTROLLING A MANUFACTURING PROCESS USING PRODUCT OVER-DELIVERY - A method for dynamically controlling the output of a computerized manufacturing process includes storing a product target parameter in a computer memory of a computer system associated with the manufacturing process equipment. Control limit values for a product delivery statistic are provided and a product delivery parameter is continually monitored and values are stored in the computer memory. A unit product over-delivery amount is determined from the difference between the product delivery parameter and the product target parameter. A cumulative over-delivery amount is determined by summing the difference up to the current sequence number between monitored value for the previously-produced unit products and the product target parameter. A net difference is then determined between the unit product over-delivery target parameter and the cumulative over-delivery amount. A predetermined modifier is provided and the net difference is adjusted by the predetermined modifier to obtain a control limit adjustment, and the control limits are adjusted by the control limit adjustment.10-13-2011
20120089244METHOD FOR SLICING FOODSTUFFS - The disclosure describes a method for cutting a food product into slices for producing portions by taking into account the target weight thereof. Information about a remainder of the food product to be sliced is used to control corresponding actuators for a successive food product to be sliced.04-12-2012
20110276163SYSTEMS, METHODS, AND SOFTWARE FOR AUTOMATED DESIGN AND MANUFACTURING OF HVAC CONTROL PANELS - The present inventors devised, among other things, systems, methods, and software that radically simplify and reduce the time necessary to specify, design, manufacture, and document control panels and wiring harnesses for semi-custom and custom equipment, such as HVAC equipment. One exemplary system includes a computerized product configuration module that defines product family parameters from user input and outputs a product family data structure, for example, a coded character string, to a technical design module. The technical design module, which incorporates engineering design rules for control panels and wiring modules, automatically processes the coded character string, outputting detailed engineering drawings, component listings, and even assembly instructions to robotic manufacturing equipment. The exemplary system dramatic reduces the product specification and engineering time required for any custom control panel and makes it possible for OEMs to efficiently offering more options and shorter turn-around times to its customers.11-10-2011
20120101618Method and Apparatus for Generating a Surface of an Optical Lens - A method of generating a target surface {tilde over (S)}( 04-26-2012
20120101617PHOTOCHROMIC LENS MANUFACTURING SYSTEM, PHOTOCHROMIC LENS MANUFACTURING DEVICE, PHOTOCHROMIC LENS MANUFACTURING PROGRAM, RECORDING MEDIUM HAVING PHOTOCHROMIC LENS MANUFACTURING PROGRAM RECORDED THEREUPON, AND PHOTOCHROMIC LENS MANUFACTURING METHOD - An object of the present invention is to make it possible to manufacture a photochromic lens on made-to-order basis within short time, without keeping a stack of the photochromic lens. A photochromic lens manufacturing system has an orderer side computer (04-26-2012
20120101616MOLD DESIGNING APPARATUS, MOLD DESIGNING METHOD, MOLD DESIGNING SYSTEM AND MOLD DESIGNING PROGRAM - A mold is designed by calculating a distribution of a contact surface pressure of a mating surface of a mold under a casting condition, and setting a machining amount of the mating surface of the mold based on the calculated distribution of the contact surface pressure.04-26-2012
20100198385APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR SUPPORTING CREATION OF ASSEMBLY DATA - Techniques to manage position information of parts such that, if discrepancy of the parts occurs, the discrepancy can be detected and corrected while the advantages of using the constraint conditions can be offered. In one embodiment, when an input unit receives information of an icon click, a receiving section receives the information of the click, and a saving section saves the position and the angle of geographic data indicating the three-dimensional geometry of the part as absolute-position information calculated with reference to the absolute origin into the storage unit. Then, when updating geographic-data position information on the basis of relative-position information indicating the constraint condition in the assembly data, an updating section instructs a display-data output section to display the consistency/inconsistency with the stored absolute-position information on a display, and a correcting section corrects the updated geographic-data position information on the basis of the stored absolute-position information.08-05-2010
20100198384AUTOMATIC ESTIMATION OF WELDGUN SIZE USING SECTION GEOMETRY - A method for estimating a plurality of geometrical parameters defining the size of a weld gun that has particular application for automatically selecting a weld gun for a welding operation. The method includes iteratively estimating a plurality of geometric parameters based on part section curves corresponding to a direction of approach of the weld gun to weld point of the plurality of weld points. Thereafter, a set of valid weld gun sizes are calculated based on the estimated plurality of geometric parameters. Similarly all the valid weld gun sizes are calculated corresponding to each of the weld gun approach direction. Further, each set of the valid gun sizes are estimated for each of the weld point for the welding operation. Finally, a weld gun for performing the welding operation is selected based on the set of weld gun sizes corresponding to the welding operation.08-05-2010
20090326697SEMICONDUCTOR MANUFACTURING AUTOMATION SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR USING THE SAME - A semiconductor manufacturing automation system for automatically manufacturing a plurality of semiconductor products by using a plurality of tools is provided. The system comprises a database, a receiver module, a data retriever and a data loading module. The database stores a plurality of manufacturing recipes with respect to the semiconductor products respectively. Each of the manufacturing recipes records at least one of the tools for manufacturing the corresponding semiconductor product and a plurality of parameters for controlling each of the tools for manufacturing the corresponding semiconductor product. The receiver module is used for receiving a request for manufacturing one of the semiconductor products. The data retriever is used for retrieving one of the recipes from the database according to the request. The data loading module is used for automatically loading the retrieved recipe to the corresponding tools.12-31-2009
20100168895MASK VERIFICATION METHOD, METHOD OF MANUFACTURING SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICE, AND COMPUTER READABLE MEDIUM - A mask verification method includes setting optical parameters, verifying whether a pattern, which is obtained when a mask pattern other than a reference pattern of patterns on a mask is transferred on a substrate with use of the set optical parameters, satisfies dimensional specifications, and varying, when the pattern which is obtained when the mask pattern is transferred on the substrate is determined to fail to satisfy the dimensional specifications, the optical parameters at the time of transfer such that the pattern, which is obtained when the reference pattern is transferred on the substrate, satisfies a target dimensional condition, and verifying whether a pattern, which is obtained when the mask pattern other than the reference pattern of the patterns on the mask is transferred on the substrate with use of the varied optical parameters, satisfies the dimensional specifications.07-01-2010
20130018499PRODUCIBILITY ANALYSIS DURING ENGINEERING DESIGN OF COMPOSITE PARTS - A method comprises using a computer to access an engineering definition of a composite part and apply a set of rules governing material laydown prior to performing the laydown.01-17-2013
20130024019APPARATUS AND METHODS FOR END POINT DETERMINATION IN SEMICONDUCTOR PROCESSING - Methods and apparatus for performing end point determination are disclosed. An embodiment includes an apparatus comprising a process tool and a programmable processor. The process tool has an output for signaling in-situ measurements of physical parameters during processing of a wafer in the process tool, and the process tool has an input for receiving a signal indicating a modification of a recipe for the processing. The programmable processor is for executing a virtual metrology model of the process tool to estimate an estimated characteristic of the wafer achieved during the processing. The estimated characteristic is based on the in-situ measurements and the virtual metrology model. The programmable processor has an output for transmitting the signal when the estimated characteristic exceeds a predetermined threshold based on a target characteristic.01-24-2013
20120253496AUTOMATED ADJUSTMENT FOR PRODUCING ROLLS OF MATERIAL IN AN INDUSTRIAL PROCESS - Systems and other embodiments for altering a primary roll are described. A system can comprise a calculation component configured to proactively find a caliper for material of a primary roll based, at least in part, on a desired caliper for a material of a secondary roll. The secondary roll can be produced from the primary roll. The system can also comprise a controller configured to proactively cause the material of the primary roll to implement with the caliper in response to finding the caliper for the material of the primary roll.10-04-2012
20130096709COMPUTING DEVICE AND METHOD FOR GENERATING ENGINEERING TOLERANCES OF A MANUFACTURED OBJECT - In a method for generating engineering tolerances of a manufactured object using a computing device, the computing device sets engineering tolerances to a determined number of decimal places and stores the engineering tolerances into a storage system. The computing device receives a measured dimension of the manufactured object and a nominal dimension corresponding to the measured dimension. A number of decimal places of the nominal dimension is determined, and a pair of engineering tolerances of the manufactured object is retrieved from the storage system. The measured dimension, the nominal dimension, and the retrieved pair of engineering tolerances are displayed on a display device.04-18-2013
20100280644METHOD FOR DETERMINING AT LEAST ONE CONTROL PARAMETER OF A CONTROL ELEMENT IN A WEB TENSION CONTROL CIRCUIT FOR A PROCESSING MACHINE - The invention relates to a method for determining at least one controller parameter of a control element in a web tension control circuit for a processing machine for processing a web of material, in particular a shaftless printing press. The at least one controller parameter is determined as a function of at least one parameter characterizing the web of material, at least one parameter characterizing the processing machine, and at least one idle time.11-04-2010
20080201004LOCUS-INTERFERENCE VERIFICATION METHOD, APPARATUS, AND RECORDING MEDIUM STORING LOCUS-INTERFERENCE VERIFICATION PROGRAM - A locus-interference verification apparatus and method including generating locus models for the respective objects and storing the locus models, where each locus model represents a locus of at least a position where a maximum size is obtained and is generated by virtually moving model data of a corresponding object in accordance with the data regarding the locus of the corresponding object. The data regarding the locus is stored in a locus data storage and the model data is stored in a model data storage for each of the objects, and an intersection calculation is performed for all of the combinations of the locus models stored in the locus model data storage, and presence/absence of an overlapping model between the locus models is determined, where the overlapping model indicates an occurrence of an interference during a movement and/or a rotation of the objects.08-21-2008
20110213486METHOD AND DEVICE FOR CONTROLLING THE SOLIDIFICATION OF A CAST STRAND IN A STRAND CASTING PLANT IN STARTUP OF THE INJECTION PROCESS - A method for casting a cast strand (09-01-2011
20110213485Process Control Method With Integrated Database For Electronically Documenting The Configuration, Modification And Operation Of A Controlled Process - A process control method that automatically and comprehensively manages the creation, storage and use of electronic records during the operation of a controlled process and for governing and documenting the users that operate the computer systems that are involved in the creation, storage and use of the electronic records. The method controls a process, such as a chemical process, by receiving measurement information relating to the process, applying rules to the received measurement information to determine a desired response, and sending control information to at least one device associated with the process, so as to modify the process. The method maintains the rules, measurements and control activity in transaction logs or audit trails related thereto in a secure database. By providing convenient, centralized control of the process within a secure database, the method enhances compliance with the FDA regulations that permit electronic records to be regarded as the equivalent to paper records under 21 CFR Part 11.09-01-2011
20130150995ONLINE RECIPE SYNCHRONIZATION IN A REAL-TIME BATCH EXECUTIVE ENVIRONMENT - A method of executing a batch process in a manufacturing environment according to a product recipe, such that the product recipe specifies a plurality of actions and a plurality of parameters, includes performing at least one action of the batch process corresponding to a first version of the product recipe, receiving a second version of the product recipe, such that the second version of the product recipe is distinct from the first version of the product recipe, suspending the execution of the batch process prior to completion of the batch process, and resuming the execution of the batch process according to the second version of the product recipe.06-13-2013
20130138235PRODUCT QUALITY TRACING TO LOCATE UNSAFE PRODUCT MATERIAL - A method and apparatus of tracing product quality to improve product safety. The method and apparatus can rapidly locate sources of product raw materials causing product quality safety incidents, which prevent further development of incidents and additional losses. The method is based on using a product production plan, and creating product raw material combinations corresponding to product batches and decision rules for determining sources of unqualified product raw materials. In response to when a product quality issue arises using the decision rules when producing products according to the product raw material combinations helps to quickly determine the sources of unqualified product raw materials and improves product quality safety.05-30-2013
20100318210CONFIGURING RADIATION SOURCES TO SIMULTANEOUSLY IRRADIATE A SUBSTRATE - A computer program product and system for configuring J electromagnetic radiation sources (J≧2) to simultaneously irradiate a substrate. Each source has a different function of wavelength and angular distribution of emitted radiation. The substrate includes a base layer and I stacks (I≧2) thereon. P12-16-2010
20120029677CONTROL ASSET COMPARATIVE PERFORMANCE ANALYSIS SYSTEM AND METHODOLOGY - A system and method is provided for determining the variability induced on a process output. The method includes the analysis of input variable values to determine the total variability. A series of processes may be analyzed and ranked so that a process owner may gain an understanding of how a target process performs relative to the processes of other process owners. The method includes the generation of graphical process comparisons and advice regarding asset performance. The method also includes the estimation of cost impacts due to changes in induced variability.02-02-2012
20130204420COMPUTER APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR REAL-TIME MULTI-UNIT OPTIMIZATION - A method and system for real-time optimization of a process which is scheduled using a single-period or multi-period, steady-state planning model and optimization program which can be a Linear Program (LP) or Non-Linear Program (NLP), and is controlled by means of linear or non-linear multivariable constraint controls (MVC). A steady-state model based on first principles of chemistry and physics of a plant is applied with a non-linear optimizer to calculate the optimum operating point of said oil refinery at any desired frequency such that the refinery can be considered to be operating in steady-state. The economic optimum is a function of the price of feedstocks, products and intermediate streams as provided by the refinery planning optimization. The solution is implemented automatically by linear or non-linear multivariable constraint controllers operating each of the processing units of said plant.08-08-2013
20120095583ARCHITECTURE GUIDED OPTIMAL SYSTEM PRECISION DEFINITION ALGORITHM FOR CUSTOM INTEGRATED CIRCUIT - Systems and methods are disclosed to automatically determine an optimal number format representation for a model or code to be implemented in a custom integrated circuit (IC) by determining a ratio of dynamic range to static range in the model or code, and selecting a floating point or a fixed point number representation based on the ratio; determining the optimal number representation format based on a cost function that includes hardware area and power cost associated with a predetermined bit precision arithmetic; automatically generating a processor architecture customized to the optimal number representation format; and synthesizing the generated processor architecture into a computer readable description of the custom integrated circuit for semiconductor fabrication.04-19-2012
20120095582CHAMBER MATCH USING IMPORTANT VARIABLES FILTERED BY DYNAMIC MULTIVARIATE ANALYSIS - The present disclosure provides a method of chamber match. The method includes identifying a golden chamber designed operable to implement a semiconductor process; identifying a reference chamber designed operable for the semiconductor process; and extracting a matching index of a processing chamber relative to the golden chamber and the reference chamber using a dynamic variable analysis.04-19-2012

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