US Pat. No. 9,061,357

HIGH PRECISION CHUCK WITH CENTERING FUNCTION

FUJI MACHINE MFG. CO., LT...

1. A vertical lathe comprising:
a spindle;
a chuck attached to said spindle and rotatable together with said spindle;
a tool post configured to hold a tool;
a moving device configured to move said tool post: and
a control device configured to control said moving device, so as to control movement of the tool held by said tool post relative
to an object chucked by said chuck during machining performed by said vertical lathe,

wherein said chuck includes:
(i) a main body having a central axis:
(ii) three jaws each movably held med to said main body;
(iii) a jaw driving device configured to cause each of said three jaws to be radially moved relative to said main body in
synchronization with one another, said jaw driving device including (iii-1) a driving member which is slidably fitted with
a central guide provided in a central portion of said main body, and which is movable in opposite directions parallel to an
axial direction parallel to said central axis, and (iii-2) a movement converting mechanism provided between said driving member
and said three jaws, and configured to convert axial movement of said driving member into radial movement of each of said
three jaws,

(iv) a biasing device biasing said driving member relative to said main body in a forward direction that is one of said opposite
directions; and

(v) a force receiving portion configured to receive, from a front side of a front surface of said main body, a backward force
forcing said driving member to be moved, against a biasing force generated by said biasing device, in a backward direction
that is the other of said opposite directions, and

wherein said control device is configured to control said moving device so as to move said tool post relative to said chuck,
such that said tool post applies the backward force to said force receiving portion of said chuck, thereby moving said driving
member in the backward direction and causing said three jaws to be radially moved relative to said main body.

US Pat. No. 9,510,494

AUTOMATIC SPLICING DEVICE

FUJI MACHINE MFG. CO., LT...

1. An automatic splicing device which connects number one and number two tape provided with cavities for storing components
and indexing holes at fixed intervals using splicing tape at a splicing position, comprising:
number one and number two cutting devices for respectively cutting each unnecessary section from the tail end of number one
tape and the leading end of number two tape at number one and number two cutting positions;

number one and number two tape indexing devices for respectively conveying the number one and number two tapes along number
one and number two conveyance paths and positioning sequentially cutting points for the number one and number two tapes at
the number one and number two cutting positions and the splicing position;

number one and number two takeup devices for respectively taking up the number one and number two unnecessary sections cut
from the number one and number two tapes each respectively provided between the number one and number two cutting positions
and the splicing position;

a control device for controlling each action of the number one and number two tape indexing devices, the number one and number
two cutting devices, and the number one and number two takeup devices;

wherein the number one and number two takeup devices comprise:
number one and number two takeup members formed with number one and number two movable conveyance paths which make up part
of the number one and number two conveyance paths and provided between the number one and number two cutting positions and
the splicing position;

number one and number two takeup member moving devices for moving the number one and number two takeup members between the
number one and number two conveyance positions at which the number one and number two movable conveyance paths are in a line
with the number one and number two conveyance paths, and number one and number two aperture forming positions at which number
one and number two apertures for taking up the number one and number two unnecessary sections of the number one and number
two tapes that are conveyed on the number one and number two conveyance paths are formed between the number one and number
two cutting positions in the number one and number two conveyance paths and the splicing position;

wherein the control device moves the number one and number two takeup member moving devices so that the number one and number
two takeup members are positioned at the number one and number two aperture forming positions until the number one and the
number two indexing devices position the number one and number two tape cutting points at the number one and number two cutting
positions; and,

when the number one and number two cutting devices complete the cutting of the number one and number two unnecessary sections,
moves the number one and number two takeup member moving devices so that the number one and number two takeup members are
positioned at the number one and number two conveyance positions.

US Pat. No. 9,474,195

IMAGE GENERATING APPARATUS AND IMAGE GENERATING METHOD

FUJI MACHINE MFG. CO., LT...

1. An image generating apparatus used for generating an image for inspecting an orientation of an electronic component mounted
on a plurality of substrates of an identical type, the image generating apparatus comprising:
a lighting apparatus that emits illumination light to an imaging area where at least a part of the electronic component is
located;

an imaging apparatus that images the imaging area irradiated with the illumination light; and
an image processing apparatus that generates a before-adjustment image based on a captured image obtained by the imaging,
generates an adjusted image by adjusting luminance of the before-adjustment image, and generates an optimal image by setting
a difference in average luminance between a designated area and a comparison area that is other than the designated area in
the adjusted image largest,

wherein
the image processing apparatus combines a plurality of single-color images obtained by decomposing, according to color components,
each of a plurality of the captured images obtained from a first one of the substrates to generate the before-adjustment image,
generates the adjusted image by adjusting luminance of the before-adjustment image, and generates the optimal image by setting
the difference in average luminance between the designated area and the comparison area that is other than the designated
area in the adjusted image largest, and

the image processing apparatus generates the optimal image from another one of the captured images obtained from a second
or subsequent one of the substrates, by using a condition (including an imaging condition of the captured image) obtained
in the course of generating the optimal image from the captured image.

US Pat. No. 9,137,936

ELECTRONIC-CIRCUIT-COMPONENT SUPPLYING DEVICE

FUJI MACHINE MFG. CO., LT...

10. A tape feeder configured to feed a taped component in a longitudinal direction of a carrier tape, the taped component
having a plurality of component-accommodating recesses arranged at regular pitches in the longitudinal direction and each
accommodating an electronic circuit component, the tape feeder being configured to sequentially position the plurality of
component-accommodating recesses at a component supply portion, the tape feeder comprising:
a first portion including: (i) the component supply portion, and (ii) a taped-component guide portion configured to guide
the taped component drawn from a reel on which the taped component is wound to the component supply portion; and

a second portion including a taped-component feeding device configured to feed the taped component to the component supply
portion, the second portion being configured to hold the first portion such that the first portion is movable in the longitudinal
direction while being held by the second portion, the second portion being separable from the first portion, wherein:

when the first portion is mounted on the second portion, the component supply portion is disposed at a component supply position
at which the electrical circuit component is picked up.

US Pat. No. 9,073,301

SCREEN PRINTING MACHINE HAVING A SCREEN POSITION ADJUSTING DEVICE

FUJI MACHINE MFG. CO., LT...

1. A screen printing machine configured to print solder cream on a circuit substrate through a through hole of a mask, the
screen printing machine comprising:
a main body frame;
a mask frame configured to hold the mask;
a mask frame receiver held by the main body frame and configured to move relative to the main body frame in a parallel direction
that is parallel to the mask, the mask frame receiver being configured to receive the mask frame;

a squeegee moving device configured to move together with the mask frame receiver while the mask frame receiver is moving
relative to the main body frame in the parallel direction, the squeegee moving device being configured to move a squeegee;

a substrate support device configured to support the circuit substrate, the substrate support device being unmovable relative
to the main body frame at least in the parallel direction that is parallel to the mask; and

a position adjusting device configured to adjust a position of the mask frame receiver relative to the main body frame in
the parallel direction, the position adjusting device being provided between the mask frame receiver and the main body frame,

wherein:
the position adjusting device is configured to adjust a first position and a second position of the mask frame receiver respectively
in a first direction and a second direction which intersect each other in an adjustment plane parallel to the parallel direction,
the position adjusting device being configured to adjust a rotational position of the mask frame receiver about a rotation
axis perpendicular to the adjustment plane, and

the position adjusting device includes:
two first slides provided at respective two positions spaced apart from each other in the first direction such that positions
of the first two slides in the second direction are adjustable,

two second slides held by the two first slides, respectively, so as to be movable relative to the respective first slides
in the first direction,

two first rotational members fixed to the mask frame receiver and held by the two second slides, respectively, such that each
of two first rotational members is rotatable relative to a corresponding one of the two second slides about a rotation axis
perpendicular to the adjustment plane,

a third slide provided at a position spaced apart from the two first slides in the second direction such that a position of
the third slide in the first direction is adjustable,

a fourth slide held by the third slide so as to be movable relative to the third slide in the second direction, and
a second rotational member fixed to the mask frame receiver and held by the fourth slide so as to be rotatable relative to
the fourth slide and about a rotation axis perpendicular to the adjustment plane.

US Pat. No. 9,055,708

SUBSTRATE-RELATED-OPERATION PERFORMING APPARATUS AND SUBSTRATE-RELATED-OPERATION PERFORMING SYSTEM

FUJI MACHINE MFG. CO., LT...

1. A substrate-related-operation performing apparatus configured to perform a substrate-related operation to a circuit substrate,
the apparatus comprising:
an operation performing head configured to perform the substrate-related operation to the circuit substrate;
a head supporting member to which the operation performing head is attached;
a head moving device configured to move the head supporting member and move the operation performing head attached thereto,
on a plane parallel to the circuit substrate; and

an image taking device supported by the head supporting member such that when the head supporting member is moved by the head
moving device, the image taking device is moved with the operation performing head so as to take an image of a fiducial mark
affixed to a surface of the circuit substrate, wherein:

an arbitrary sort of operation performing head selected from: (a) an applying head configured to perform an adhesive applying
operation, (b) a mounting head configured to perform a component mounting operation, or (c) an inspecting head configured
to perform an inspecting operation about results of a performed substrate-related operation, is attached as the operation
performing head to the head supporting member, and

each sort of operation performing head, of either: (a) the applying head, (b) the mounting head, or (c) the inspecting head,
when attached, is capable of being: (i) removed from the head supporting member, (ii) exchanged with either of the other two
sorts of operation performing heads, and (iii) replaced by either of the other two sorts of operation performing heads on
the head supporting member.

US Pat. No. 9,351,434

BULK FEEDER WITH FLEXIBLE PORTION

FUJI MACHINE MFG. CO., LT...

1. A bulk feeder, comprising:
a storage section for storing multiple electronic components in a loose state;
a supply passage for guiding the electronic components stored in the storage section to a supply position while arranged in
a single line, the supply passage including a groove block member and the supply position as at a first end of the groove
block member; and

an actuator at the first end of the groove block member that adjusts the supply position while an electronic component of
the multiple electronic components is supplied to the supply position,

wherein the groove block member includes a flexible portion that extends from a second end of the groove block member to the
actuator, the flexible portion bending in response to the actuator.

US Pat. No. 9,204,586

ELECTRONIC-CIRCUIT ASSEMBLING PROCESS

FUJI MACHINE MFG. CO., LT...

1. An electronic-circuit assembling process for assembling an electronic circuit using an electronic-circuit assembling system,
a plurality of electronic circuit components supplied from at least one component supplier of a component supplying device
being mounted onto a circuit board supported by a board supporting device, the plurality of electronic circuit components
includes different-property components having respective electrical properties such that the electrical properties of at least
two of the different-property components are different from each other, and the different-property components being handled
as if they had the same electrical properties in a control for controlling mounting of the electronic circuit components onto
the circuit board,
said electronic-circuit assembling process comprising:
determining a plurality of mount-position groups such that each one of the determined plurality of mount-position groups is
constituted by a plurality of mount positions in which the different-property components are to mounted onto the circuit board;

obtaining a different-property-component-related information that includes: (a) a property-related information that enables
recognition of the electrical property of each of the different-property components which is supplied from a corresponding
one of the at least one component supplier, and (b) a different-property-component supply position that is a position of the
corresponding one of the at least one component supplier which supplies the each of the different-property components, such
that the different-property-component-related information is obtained by detecting at least one of the property-related information
and the different-property-component supply position;

mounting, based on at least information related to the obtained different-property-component supply position, the plurality
of electronic circuit components including the different-property components, onto the circuit board, such that the different-property
components that are the same as each other with respect to electrical property value are mounted onto the respective mount
position of each one of the plurality of mount-position groups; and

providing the circuit board with the obtained property-related information of each of the different-property components that
is mounted on the circuit board, such that the provided property-related information of each of the different-property components
is correlated with a corresponding one of the plurality of mount-position groups.

US Pat. No. 9,346,625

WORK SYSTEM FOR SUBSTRATES AND WORKING MACHINE

FUJI MACHINE MFG. CO., LT...

9. A working machine comprising:
a pair of substrate conveyance devices that conveys circuit substrates through two distinct working paths parallel to each
other along a horizontal working plane of the working machine; and

an individual control device configured to control operations of the pair of substrate conveyance devices,
wherein the individual control device includes an individual substrate conveyance control unit configured to control the operations
of the pair of substrate conveyance devices so that a circuit substrate of which a work result is not good is conveyed to
the working machine earlier than a circuit substrate of which a work result is good in a state in which both the circuit substrate
of which the work result is good and the circuit substrate of which the work result is not good are able to be conveyed to
the working machine via separate of the two distinct working paths by another working machine disposed upstream of the working
machine.

US Pat. No. 9,452,897

COMPONENT MOUNTER

FUJI MACHINE MFG. CO., LT...

1. A component mounter comprising:
a rotary head to which multiple nozzle holders that hold multiple suction nozzles which pick up a component are attached at
predetermined intervals in a circumferential direction so as to be lowerable;

a head holding unit that exchangeably holds the rotary head;
a head moving device that moves the head holding unit;
an R-axis driving mechanism, provided on the head holding unit, that revolves the multiple nozzle holders and the multiple
suction nozzles together in a circumferential direction of the rotary head by rotating the rotary head;

a lever engaging piece provided on each of the multiple nozzle holders; and
a Z-axis driving mechanism that lowers and raises the suction nozzle held on the nozzle holder by lowering and raising the
nozzle holder by engaging the lever engaging piece of, from among the multiple nozzle holders, the nozzle holder that is to
perform component pickup and mounting operation from above and below with a pushing down member and a Z-axis lever;

wherein the rotary head is rotated a predetermined angle each time by the R-axis driving mechanism so as to perform component
pickup and mounting operations by lowering and raising the multiple nozzle holders in the order in which the nozzle holders
are arranged using the Z-axis driving mechanism, the interval between the lever engaging piece of a first holder which is
the nozzle holder which performs component pickup and mounting operations first and the lever engaging piece of a last holder
which is the nozzle holder which performs component pickup and mounting operations last is set at an interval at which engagement
with the Z-axis lever is released, and the interval between the lever engaging piece of the first holder and the lever engaging
piece of the last holder is used as a passage through which the Z-axis lever passes in an up and down direction when the rotary
head is attached to and removed from the head holding unit,

wherein, except for the interval between the lever engaging piece of the first holder and the lever engaging piece of the
last holder, the intervals between the lever engaging piece of each of the nozzle holders are set at an interval at which
the engagement of the lever engaging piece with the Z-axis lever and the pushing down member is not released, and during component
pickup and mounting operations the lowering and raising operations of the nozzle holder by the Z-axis driving mechanism and
the rotating operation of the rotary head by the R-axis driving mechanism overlap,

wherein the pushing down member is a roller member, and
wherein a location where the Z-axis lever holds the roller member is disposed at a greater radial location than the roller
member.

US Pat. No. 9,485,895

CENTRAL CONTROL DEVICE AND CENTRALIZED CONTROL METHOD

FUJI MACHINE MFG. CO., LT...

1. A central control device used in an assembling work machine for performing a manufacture work to control, in a centralized
manner, a plurality of work-element performing apparatuses each configured to perform one of a plurality of work elements
that constitute the manufacture work, by sequentially transmitting a plurality of motion commands, each of the plurality of
motion commands being a command for one motion to be performed by one of the plurality of work-element performing apparatuses,
the assembling work machine being configured to assemble a first component and a second component into an assembled article,
the plurality of work-element performing apparatuses including:
a conveyor configured to convey at least one of (i) the first component and (ii) the assembled article, as a first one of
the plurality of work elements,

a component supplier configured to supply the second component, as a second one of the plurality of work elements, and
a work head configured to perform a motion necessary for assembling the second component to the first component, as a third
one of the plurality of work elements,

the central control device comprising:
a source-data storage section configured to store source data in which a matter of each of the plurality of work elements
to be performed by each of the conveyor, the component supplier, and the work head is encoded;

a motion-command generating section configured to generate the plurality of motion commands on the basis of the source data;
and

a command-transmission processing section configured to perform transmission processing to transmit the plurality of motion
commands generated by the motion-command generating section to the conveyor, the component supplier, and the work head, wherein

the source data is created for each manufacture work to be performed,
details of motions of the conveyor, the component supplier, and the work head are contained in the source data,
the manufacture work comprises a plurality of unit works, each of the plurality of unit works including a series of a plurality
of motions to be performed by at least one of the plurality of work-element performing apparatuses,

the source data has a hierarchical structure including (1)a plurality of unit-work codes corresponding to the plurality of
unit works, each of the plurality of unit-work codes indicating one of the plurality of unit works, and (2) a plurality of
motion-code groups, each of the plurality of motion-code groups being associated with one of the plurality of unit-work codes,
each of the plurality of motion-codes groups indicating the series of the plurality of motions that is to be performed by
the at least one of the plurality of work-element performing apparatuses, and

a plurality of motion codes included in a first one of the plurality of motion-code groups which is associated with a first
one of the plurality of unit-work codes and the plurality of motion codes included in a second one of the plurality of motion-codes
groups which is associated with a second one of the plurality of unit-work codes are common motion group codes which differ
only in motion parameters for the series of the plurality of motions which are indicated by the plurality of motion codes
and which are to be performed by the at least one of the plurality of work-element performing apparatuses.

US Pat. No. 9,120,383

RECIPROCATING DEVICE

FUJI MACHINE MFG. CO., LT...

7. A reciprocating device comprising:
a track;
a movable body provided reciprocally on the track;
a moving device that moves the movable body,
a movement control device that drivingly controls the moving device;
an electric power control device that controls the output of electric power for movement of the movable body;
a first power transmission unit connected to the electric power device and provided on one end side of the track;
a second power transmission unit connected to the electric power control device and provided on the other end side of the
track; and

a power receiving unit connected to the movement control device and provided on the movable body;
wherein electric power supplied from the electric power control device to the first and the second power transmission units
is transmitted wirelessly to the first and the second power receiving units to be received by the first and the second power
receiving units and wherein the received electric power is supplied to the movement control device whereby the moving device
is drivingly controlled to reciprocate the movable body along the track, and wherein the electric power control device controls
a power sum of the electric power transmitted and received from the first power transmission unit and the electric power transmitted
and received from the second power transmission unit to become constant irrespective of changes in the distance between the
first power transmission unit and the power receiving unit and the distance between the second power transmission unit and
the power receiving unit.

US Pat. No. 9,374,935

MANUFACTURE WORK MACHINE

FUJI MACHINE MFG. CO., LT...

1. A manufacture work machine for performing a manufacture work, comprising:
a plurality of work-element performing apparatuses each configured to perform one of a plurality of work elements that comprise
the manufacture work, wherein

the plurality of work-element performing apparatuses include:
a plurality of work head devices comprising a first work head device and a second work head device which are mutually different
in a kind of a work to be performed; and

a head moving device configured to move the plurality of work head devices,
the head moving device includes a planar-type moving device configured to move the plurality of work head devices as a unit
along one plane and configured not to move the plurality of work head devices independently of each other along the one plane,

the manufacture work machine is an assembling work machine configured to perform, as the manufacture work, an assembling work
of assembling a plurality of components into an assembled article and which is configured to perform, as at least a part of
the assembling work, a work of mounting, onto a first component as one of the plurality of components, a second component
as another one of the plurality of components,

the first work head device is configured to perform holding of the second component, as a work necessary for mounting the
second component onto the first component,

the head moving device includes a plurality of up-down-direction moving devices configured to move the plurality of work head
devices independently of each other in an up-down direction,

the head moving device includes a plurality of head holding portions for respectively holding the plurality of work head devices,
the up-down-direction moving devices are configured to move the plurality of work head devices in the up-down direction by
respectively moving the head holding portions, and

the manufacture work machine further comprises an image taking device attached to one of the head holding portions that holds
the first work head device, the image taking device being configured to be moved, in the up-down direction, by one of the
plurality of up-down-direction moving devices that moves the first work head device, such that the image taking device is
moved together with the first work head device.

US Pat. No. 9,302,484

INK JET PRINTING DEVICE

FUJI MACHINE MFG. CO., LT...

1. An inkjet printing device comprising:
a head unit including an inkjet head that prints by jetting ink onto a printing target item, and including a tank attachment
section to which an ink tank to store ink supplied to the inkjet head is exchangeably attached;

a tank storage unit which stores at least one ink tank to be used for exchange;
a tank exchange mechanism which removes the ink tank attached to the tank attachment section and attaches the ink tank to
be used for exchange, removed from the tank storage unit, to the tank attachment section; and

a control device that controls the ink tank exchange operation of the tank exchange mechanism,
wherein the at least one tank to be used for exchange is moved within the tank storage unit towards the tank exchange mechanism
by an arrangement pitch of the tank storage unit.

US Pat. No. 9,211,616

METHOD OF CONSTRUCTING MANUFACTURE SYSTEM

FUJI MACHINE MFG. CO., LT...

1. A method of constructing a manufacture system for manufacturing one product by sequential manufacture works each of which
is performed by each of at least one manufacture work machine, the method comprising:
preparing, for said each of the at least one manufacture work machine, a main apparatus including: (a) a main frame on which
are to be installed a plurality of work-element performing apparatuses each of which is configured to perform a corresponding
one of a plurality of work elements that constitute a manufacture work as one of the sequential manufacture works, wherein
the plurality of work-element performing apparatuses comprises a work head device, a conveyor, and a component supplier; and
(b) a central control device configured to control the plurality of work-element performing apparatuses in a centralized manner;

preparing, for said each of the at least one manufacture work machine, the plurality of work-element performing apparatuses;
installing the plurality of work-element performing apparatuses prepared for said each of the at least one manufacture work
machine, on the main frame of the main apparatus prepared for said each of the at least one manufacture work machine;

executing setting, via the central control device of the main apparatus prepared for said each of the at least one manufacture
work machine, for controlling the plurality of work-element performing apparatuses prepared for said each of the at least
one manufacture work machine in the centralized manner and for inputting source data, wherein the source data comprises a
plurality of motion codes, and a format of each motion code is common to the work tread device, the conveyor, and the component
supplier.

US Pat. No. 9,520,317

CHIP SUPPLYING APPARATUS

FUJI MACHINE MFG. CO., LT...

1. A chip supplying apparatus which supplies a chip to a mounting machine which mounts the chip on a substrate, the chip supply
apparatus comprising:
a wafer table which holds a wafer sheet at a position where an operation head of the mounting machine can receive the chip,
the wafer table including

a frame including a front frame plate and a rear frame plate,
a stopper which is fixed to a center of the front frame plate and configured to abut against a front end of the wafer sheet,
a pair of clamp mechanisms which clamps both side ends of the wafer sheet and each of the pair of clamp mechanisms is supported
by the front frame plate and the rear frame plate,

wherein the pair of clamp mechanisms is configured to be moved in a right-and-left direction with respect to the frame.

US Pat. No. 9,397,538

LINEAR MOTOR

FUJI MACHINE MFG. CO., LT...

1. A linear motor comprising:
a stator including multiple magnetic force generating members provided in a row;
a moving element including multiple coils provided in a row in an axis line direction of the stator and wound around an outside
of the stator; and

a heat transfer member dissipating heat generated by the coils which is between adjacent coils of the multiple coils and along
a side of the coils, wherein

the heat transfer member includes a heat collection section with a flat surface in contact with an end side surface of a coil
of the multiple coils and the heat collection section includes a curved outer circumferential surface in a coil winding direction.

US Pat. No. 9,291,302

DEVICE ATTACHMENT MEMBER

FUJI MACHINE MFG. CO., LT...

1. A device attachment member used for a manufacture work machine, the manufacture work machine being equipped with a device
necessary for performing a manufacture work, a main frame on which the device is to be installed, and a controller configured
to control the device, the device attachment member comprising:
a main body configured to be attached to the device;
an identification-information recording medium in which is recorded identification information, the device being identified
by the controller based on the identification information upon transmission of the identification information to the controller
via first transmission path, the identification-information recording medium being incorporated in the main body; and

a communication cable provided on the main body and through which the controller transmits a command for controlling the device
via a second transmission path which is different from the first transmission path.

US Pat. No. 9,375,913

SCREEN PRINTER HAVING STRUCTURE FOR SOLDER AMOUNT ESTIMATION

FUJI MACHINE MFG. CO., LT...

1. A screen printer which performs printing by moving solder which is placed on a screen using a squeegee, the screen printer
comprising:
a head, on which the squeegee is mounted;
a parallel movement device that causes the head and the screen to move relatively in a direction parallel to the screen;
a perpendicular movement device that causes the head and the screen to move relatively in a direction perpendicular to the
screen;

position detection device that detects a relative position between the squeegee and the screen;
optical detection device which is provided such that an optical axis position is capable of moving relative to the screen
due to the parallel movement device, and which detects the screen and the solder at the optical axis position in distinction
from each other;

printing completion time control device configured to, when printing is completed, control the perpendicular movement device
such that the squeegee and the screen move relatively in a direction perpendicular to the screen to a position at which the
squeegee is at least separated from a state of being in contact with one end side of the solder in a printing direction, and,
after the controlling is performed, controlling the parallel movement device such that the head and the screen move relatively
in a direction parallel to the screen until at least another end side of the solder in the printing direction is detected
by the optical detection device; and

solder amount estimation device configured to estimate an amount of solder on the screen based on the relative position between
the squeegee and the screen which is detected by the position detection device when the printing is completed, and the relative
position between the squeegee and the screen which is detected by the position detection device when the other end of the
solder in the printing direction is detected by the optical detection device.

US Pat. No. 9,174,315

COMPONENT MOUNTING METHOD AND COMPONENT MOUNTING APPARATUS

FUJI MACHINE MFG. CO., LT...

1. A component mounting method in a component mounting apparatus comprising:
a board holding device having a holding member that, in order to mount a component on a board having a non-planar component
mounting surface, holds the board at a holding position on a board holding surface and turns the board;

a board transfer device that loads and unloads the board with respect to the board holding surface of the holding member;
a component supply device that supplies the component to be mounted on the board; and
a component loading device that picks up the component from the component supply device and moves the component in two orthogonal
directions within a horizontal plane and in a vertical direction to mount the component at a mounting portion on the board
held at the holding position on the board holding surface;

the component mounting method comprising:
a board information inputting step of inputting board information relating to the position of a positioned portion for positioning
the board on the board holding surface and the position of the mounting portion;

a board loading and holding step of loading the board to the holding position on the board holding surface by the board transfer
device and of holding the loaded board at the holding position on the board holding surface by holding means provided in the
board holding device;

a board turning step of turning the holding member of the board holding device so that a normal line to the mounting portion
on the non-planar component mounting surface is directed in the vertical direction, based on board holding device information
stored in advance that relates to the position in the board holding device of a turn shaft for the holding member, a positional
relation between the turn shaft and the board holding surface and the position of the holding position on the board holding
surface, and the inputted board information;

a compensated mounting position calculating step of calculating compensation amounts in the two orthogonal directions within
the horizontal plane and the vertical direction for the position of the mounting portion whose normal line is directed in
the vertical direction at the board turning step, based on a turn amount of the holding member at the board turning step,
the board holding device information and the board information and of calculating a compensated mounting position from the
compensation amounts in the two orthogonal directions within the horizontal plane and in the vertical direction and the board
information; and

a component mounting step of mounting the component at the mounting portion on the board based on the compensated mounting
position.

US Pat. No. 9,109,986

SUCTION NOZZLE AND ABNORMALITY DETECTION DEVICE THEREFOR

FUJI MACHINE MFG. CO., LT...

1. An abnormality detection device for a suction nozzle including a nozzle holder, a nozzle portion that adsorbs a component,
the nozzle portion being vertically movable, and biasing means for biasing downward the nozzle portion, the abnormality detection
device comprising:
an air flow path in the nozzle holder that is opened and closed by vertical movement of the nozzle portion; and
detection means for detecting an amount or a pressure of air flow in the air flow path are provided to the nozzle holder,
and

wherein a defect of the vertical movement of the nozzle portion is detected by supplying air to the air flow path and monitoring
the amount or pressure of the air flow by the detection means.

US Pat. No. 9,363,936

MANUFACTURE WORK MACHINE AND MANUFACTURE WORK SYSTEM

FUJI MACHINE MFG. CO., LT...

1. A manufacture work machine for performing, on a base member, a manufacture work that is assembling of an other component
with the base member, comprising:
a plurality of work-element performing apparatuses each of which is configured to perform one of a plurality of work elements
that constitute the manufacture work, the plurality of work-element performing apparatuses including (i) a conveyor configured
to perform, as one of the plurality of work elements, conveyance of the base member, (ii) a mounter configured to perform,
as another one of the plurality of work elements, mounting of the other component on the base member, and (iii) a supplier
configured to perform, as still another one of the plurality of work elements, supplying of the other component; and

a central control device configured to control the plurality of work-element performing apparatuses in a centralized manner,
wherein

the central control device includes a central communication section and is configured to transmit, according to one protocol
common to all of the plurality of work-element performing apparatuses, a motion command in a specific programming language,
via the central communication section,

each of the plurality of work-element performing apparatuses is controlled based on the motion command transmitted according
to the one protocol and includes an individual control device configured to control an operation thereof, and the individual
control device is configured to control the operation of one of the plurality of work-element performing apparatuses that
is controlled by the individual control device, on the basis of a motion command transmitted from the central control device,

the individual control device includes (a) an individual communication section configured to receive, according to the one
protocol, the motion command transmitted from the central control device and (b) a command converting section configured to
convert the motion command received by the individual communication section into a motion command in a programming language
that the individual control device can handle, the individual control device being configured to control the one of the plurality
of work-element performing apparatuses that is controlled by the individual control device, on the basis of the motion command
converted by the command converting section,

the manufacture work machine further comprises a plurality of communication cables which are provided respectively for the
plurality of work-element performing apparatuses and each of which is for transmitting the motion command from the central
communication section of the central control device to the individual communication section of the individual control device,
and

the plurality of communication cables are identical in kind.

US Pat. No. 9,329,590

MACHINE TOOL

FUJI MACHINE MFG. CO., LT...

1. A machine tool comprising:
a controller including a storage unit configured to store correction history data including correction amounts of the positions
of tools input to the storage unit and time of day when the correction amounts are input, in association with the tools, the
correction history data including the number of machined workpieces at the time of the input of the correction amount;

a display device configured to display a time-based graph showing a relationship between the time of day and the correction
amount for each tool, where the time of day is shown as the hour of day, the display device being configured to switch and
display the time-based graph and a machining-based graph showing a relationship between the number of machined workpieces
and the correction amount for each tool,

wherein when a direction where a spindle extends is defined as a spindle direction and a direction orthogonal to the spindle
direction is defined as an orthogonal direction, the display device displays and switches the time-based graph and the machining-based
graph for each of the spindle direction and the orthogonal direction; and

a driving device configured to adjust the position of each tool,
the controller being configured to adjust a driving amount of the driving device in order to adjust the position of each tool
based on a current correction amount input to the storage unit.

US Pat. No. 9,327,911

BULK FEEDER AND ELECTRONIC COMPONENT MOUNTING DEVICE

FUJI MACHINE MFG. CO., LT...

1. A bulk feeder comprising:
a housing including a case member which is a plate;
a storage section for storing multiple electronic components in a loose state; and
a supply passage for guiding the electronic components stored in the storage section to an electronic component supply position
while arranged in a single line which supplies electronic components to the supply position,

wherein the supply passage, as well as arranging electronic components stored in the storage section in a single line by relying
on magnetic force, includes a magnetic force dependent supply passage for indexing from the storage section, and an air pressure
dependent supply passage connected to the magnetic force dependent supply passage for indexing electronic components indexed
from the magnetic force dependent supply passage to the supply position by relying on positive pressure or negative pressure
air,

wherein the magnetic force dependent supply passage is formed in a fitting surface of the case member,
wherein the bulk feeder further comprises a magnetic force dependent indexing device which uses a magnet and by movement of
that magnet indexes electronic components from the storage section to the air pressure dependent supply passage via the magnetic
force dependent supply passage, and

wherein the magnetic force dependent indexing device is a turntable which is disc shaped and rotatable around a center axis
thereof, the magnetic force dependent indexing device is provided in a recess section formed in the case member, and the recess
section opens in a surface of the case member on a side opposite to the fitting surface of the case member.

US Pat. No. 9,452,481

REACTIVE-SPECIES SUPPLY DEVICE AND SURFACE TREATMENT APPARATUS

FUJI MACHINE MFG. CO., LT...

1. A reactive-species supply device configured to supply a treatment gas to an electric discharge space that is formed by
at least one pair of electrodes, for thereby supplying at least a reactive species formed in a plasma, to an object through
a reactive-species output port, said reactive-species supply device comprising:
a reactive-species outlet passage disposed between said electric discharge space and said reactive-species output port; and
an earth ground member disposed in a portion of said reactive-species outlet passage, said portion of said reactive-species
outlet passage being distant, by a given distance, from said reactive-species output port,

wherein said reactive-species outlet passage has (a) a main passage communicating said electric discharge space and said reactive-species
output port and (b) a branch passage connected to said main passage,

and wherein said earth ground member is provided to close said branch passage.

US Pat. No. 9,438,777

COMPONENT-MOUNTING MACHINE

FUJI MACHINE MFG. CO., LT...

1. A component-mounting machine, comprising:
a component-mounting head that includes a suction nozzle which sucks a component to mount on a substrate and includes an imaging
reference mark; and

a sucked-component position detection device which captures images of the imaging reference mark and the sucked component
sucked by the suction nozzle simultaneously to detect a position of the sucked component with respect to the imaging reference
mark, wherein

the sucked-component position detection device includes an imaging unit which is provided on a base side of the component-mounting
machine and has an image sensor and a lens; and a first refraction member which alters a focal position of a first optical
path that connects the image sensor, the lens and the imaging reference mark,

the first refraction member is provided on the base side and at a position lower than a focal position of a second optical
path that connects the image sensor, the lens, and the sucked component, and

the imaging reference mark is higher than the sucked component in a height direction of the component-mounting head.

US Pat. No. 9,378,993

WAFER-RELATED DATA MANAGEMENT METHOD AND WAFER-RELATED DATA CREATION DEVICE

FUJI MACHINE MFG. CO., LT...

1. A wafer-related data management method which manages wafer-related data used by a die supply device which performs pickup
of a die of multiple dies from a wafer pallet that includes a wafer on a dicing sheet diced into the multiple dies, by picking
up with a suction nozzle while partially separating an adhesive section of the die from the dicing sheet by using a pusher
pin to raise the adhesive section, which is done when lowering the suction nozzle, the wafer-related data management method
comprising:
creating the wafer-related data using a wafer-related data creation device comprising a setting stand for setting a target
wafer pallet which is the target for the wafer-related data creation, a test-use suction nozzle for picking up a die on a
dicing sheet of the target wafer pallet set on the setting stand, a test-use pusher pin for pushing up an adhesive section
of the die on the dicing sheet of the target wafer pallet which is being attempted to be picked up by the test-use suction
nozzle, and a test-use camera for capturing images of the die on the dicing sheet of the target wafer pallet;

processing the image captured by the test-use camera;
performing push movement of the test-use pusher pin and die pickup movement of the test-use suction nozzle; and
storing the wafer-related data created by the wafer-related data creation device in a memory and linking the wafer-related
data with a pallet ID of the wafer pallet from which the wafer-related data was created.

US Pat. No. 9,326,436

MANUFACTURE WORK MACHINE AND MANUFACTURE WORK SYSTEM

FUJI MACHINE MFG. CO., LT...

1. A manufacture work machine for performing, on a base member, a manufacture work that is assembling of an other component
with the base member, comprising:
a plurality of work-element performing apparatuses each of which is configured to perform one of a plurality of work elements
that constitute the manufacture work, the plurality of work-element performing apparatuses including (i) a conveyor configured
to perform, as one of the plurality of work elements, conveyance of the base member, (ii) a mounter configured to perform,
as another one of the plurality of work elements, mounting of the other component on the base member, and (iii) a supplier
configured to perform, as still another one of the plurality of work elements, supplying of the other component; and

a central control device configured to control the plurality of work-element performing apparatuses in a centralized manner,
wherein

the central control device includes a central communication section and is configured to transmit, according to one protocol
common to all of the plurality of work-element performing apparatuses, a motion command in a specific programming language,
via the central communication section,

each of the plurality of work-element performing apparatuses is controlled based on the motion command transmitted according
to the one protocol and includes an individual control device configured to control an operation thereof, and the individual
control device is configured to control the operation of one of the plurality of work-element performing apparatuses that
is controlled by the individual control device, on the basis of a motion command transmitted from the central control device,

the individual control device includes (a) an individual communication section configured to receive, according to the one
protocol, the motion command transmitted from the central control device and (b) a command converting section configured to
convert the motion command received by the individual communication section into a motion command in a programming language
that the individual control device can handle, the individual control device being configured to control the one of the plurality
of work-element performing apparatuses that is controlled by the individual control device, on the basis of the motion command
converted by the command converting section,

the manufacture work machine further comprises a plurality of communication cables which are provided respectively for the
plurality of work-element performing apparatuses and each of which is for transmitting the motion command from the central
communication section of the central control device to the individual communication section of the individual control device,
and

the plurality of communication cables are identical in kind.

US Pat. No. 9,736,970

AUTOMATIC TAPE SETTING APPARATUS

FUJI MACHINE MFG. CO., LT...

1. An automatic tape setting apparatus that sets a component package tape in a tape feeder, the automatic tape setting apparatus
comprising:
a feeder holding stand that detachably holds the tape feeder;
a tape transport device that transports a component package tape from a tape reel to a pitch feed mechanism section of the
tape feeder, the component package tape including a top tape adhered to an upper surface of a carrier tape including components
spaced apart by predetermined pitches;

a tape transfer device that clamps a leading end of the top tape adhered to the carrier tape that is transported to the pitch
feed mechanism section and peels the top tape from the carrier tape in a top tape peeling section, and transfers the top tape
to a top tape delivery mechanism section of the tape feeder; and

a tape holding releasing device that releases a first tape holding section of the tape feeder when the component package tape
is transported by the tape transport device and set to the pitch feed mechanism section, causes the first tape holding section
to hold the component package tape after the component package tape is set, releases a second tape holding section of the
tape feeder when the top tape is transferred by the tape transfer device and set to a top tape delivery mechanism section
of the tape feeder, and causes the second tape holding section to hold the top tape after the top tape is set,

wherein the tape holding releasing device is disposed laterally of the feeder holding stand, and
wherein the tape holding releasing device includes a first lever to interact with the first tape holding section and a second
lever to interact with the second tape holding section.

US Pat. No. 9,642,295

COMPONENT MOUNTING DEVICE

FUJI MACHINE MFG. CO., LT...

1. A component mounting device that performs applying of a viscous fluid to a board and mounting of a held component to a
board, the component mounting device comprising:
a storing device that stores multiple types of heads that include a mounting head with a component holding tool that holds
and releases a component, and a dispensing head with a dispensing tool that dispenses the viscous fluid from a dispensing
outlet;

a head holding device that exchangeably holds the heads;
a head moving device that moves the head holding device;
a head exchange control device that exchanges one of the mounting head and the dispensing head being held on the head holding
device for the other of the mounting head and the dispensing head by controlling the head moving device and exchanging the
head being held on the head holding device for the head stored in the storing device;

an imaging device that, in a case in which the head holding device is holding the mounting head, images the component holding
tool of the mounting head from the side and acquires component holding tool image data, and in a case in which the head holding
device is holding the dispensing head, images the dispensing tool of the dispensing head from the side and acquires dispensing
tool image data; and

an inspection device that performs component related inspection of at least one of the component holding tool and the component
held by the component holding tool based on the component holding tool image data, and that performs dispensing related inspection
of at least one of the dispensing tool and the viscous fluid dispensed from the dispensing outlet of the dispensing tool based
on the dispensing tool image data.

US Pat. No. 9,661,795

MOUNTING SYSTEM

FUJI MACHINE MFG. CO., LT...

1. A mounting system which mounts an LED element on a board and mounts a lens so as to cover the LED element, the system comprising:
one or more board operation execution machines configured to execute an operation with respect to the board; and
a control device configured to control the operation of the one or more board operation execution machines,
wherein the control device includes an LED element mounting unit configured to control the one or more board operation execution
machines to mount the LED element in a predetermined mounting position which is a preset position on the board,

a deviation amount acquisition unit configured to acquire a deviation amount between a mounting position of the LED element
mounted by the LED element mounting unit and the predetermined mounting position,

a first lens mounting unit configured to control the one or more board operation execution machines to mount the lens on the
board to cover the LED element using the mounting position of the LED element mounted on the board as a reference, when the
deviation amount is smaller than a threshold value, and

a second lens mounting unit different from the first lens mounting unit configured to control the one or more board operation
execution machines to mount the lens in a preset position on the board to cover the LED element, regardless of the mounting
position of the LED element mounted on the board, when the deviation amount is equal to or greater than the threshold value.

US Pat. No. 9,522,429

WORKPIECE MACHINING APPARATUS

FUJI MACHINE MFG. CO., LT...

1. A workpiece machining apparatus comprising:
a headstock to which a workpiece is attached when coordinate axes orthogonal to each other are set to a Z-axis and an X-axis;
a tool rest being movable in the Z-axis direction and the X-axis direction; and
a rotary tool unit attached to the tool rest,
wherein the headstock has a support member being movable in the Z-axis direction, the support member has a spindle side contact
portion in an end portion in the Z-axis direction,

wherein the rotary tool unit has a tool body having a tool side contact portion with which the spindle side contact portion
of the support member can come into contact in the Z-axis direction, and a tool protruding from the tool body and being rotatable
around its own axis,

wherein the tool which is rotating machines the workpiece by moving the tool body in the Z-axis direction in a state where
the spindle side contact portion and the tool side contact portion are brought into contact with each other,

wherein when a coordinate axis orthogonal to the Z-axis and the X-axis is set to a Y-axis, the tool protrudes from the tool
body in the Y-axis direction,

wherein the workpiece has a through-hole extending in the Z-axis direction,
wherein the tool forms a groove extending in the Z-axis direction in the through-hole by moving the tool body inside the through-hole
in the Z-axis direction, and

wherein the spindle side contact portion and the tool side contact portion are engageable with each other in a state of being
deviated from each other in the X-axis direction.

US Pat. No. 9,713,241

REACTIVE-SPECIES SUPPLY DEVICE AND SURFACE TREATMENT APPARATUS

FUJI MACHINE MFG. CO., LT...

1. A reactive-species supply device configured to supply a treatment gas to an electric discharge space, for thereby supplying
at least a reactive species formed in a plasma, to an object, said reactive-species supply device comprising:
a main body;
at least one pair of electrodes having an elongated shape; and
an electrode protection device configured to protect said electrodes from the treatment gas, wherein
each of said at least one pair of electrodes consists of two electrodes that are held by said main body, such that said two
electrodes are spaced apart from each other in a width direction of said main body, and such that said two electrodes are
parallel to each other,

said electrode protection device includes electrode covers that are held by said main body, such that each of said electrodes
is covered at an outer circumferential surface thereof by a corresponding one of said electrode covers, each of said electrode
covers having a cylindrical shape,

each adjacent two of said electrode covers have: (i) a top portion having an opening through which a respective electrode
extends in a lengthwise direction, along an x-axis, away from the main body; and (ii) respective electric-discharge openings
provided in respective side portions of each adjacent two of said electrode covers, the respective electric-discharge openings
being opposed to each other in said width direction, along a y-axis, and

said electric discharge space is defined between the respective side portions of each of said at least one pair of electrodes.

US Pat. No. 9,573,783

SPLICING DEVICE AND SPLICING METHOD

FUJI MACHINE MFG. CO., LT...

1. A splicing device which connects a number one carrier tape and a number two carrier tape each provided with cavities for
storing components and indexing holes at fixed intervals using a splicing tape, comprising:
number one and number two cutting devices for respectively cutting at a predetermined cutting position a tail end of the number
one carrier tape and a leading end of the number two carrier tape;

a positioning device for indexing the number one and number two carrier tapes cut by the number one and number two cutting
devices in an indexing direction towards each other and for positioning them at a splicing position, the positioning device
including positioning pins that engage in the indexing holes of the number one carrier tape and the indexing holes of the
number two carrier tape; and

a joining device which, at the splicing position, uses the splicing tape indexed in a direction perpendicular to the indexing
direction of the number one and number two carrier tapes, wherein

the splicing tape includes a first piece and a second piece that are each connected to a protective tape on a first side of
the splicing tape and an attachment surface of the splicing tape that is configured to be connected to the number one and
number two carrier tapes is on a second side of the splicing tape,

with the splicing tape positioned at the splicing position, the joining device engages the first piece by the positioning
pins and joins the first piece to a top surface of the number one and the number two carrier tapes, and

the joining device folds the protective tape, engages the second piece by the positioning pins, and joins the second piece
to a bottom surface of the number one and number two carrier tapes.

US Pat. No. 9,756,769

FEEDER AUTOMATIC DISTRIBUTION CONTROL DEVICE AND FEEDER AUTOMATIC DISTRIBUTION CONTROL METHOD

FUJI MACHINE MFG. CO., LT...

6. A feeder automatic distribution control method in a component mounting line including a plurality of mounting modules that
include mounting heads disposed along a transport direction of a circuit board, the feeder automatic distribution control
method comprising steps of:
concurrently recovering a first feeder from a first mounting module among the mounting modules and replenishing the first
mounting module with a second feeder on an upstream side of the first mounting module; and

subsequently, concurrently recovering a third feeder from a second mounting module among the mounting modules which is adjacent
to the first mounting module and replenishing the second mounting module with a fourth feeder on an upstream side of the second
mounting module.

US Pat. No. 9,756,230

MOUNTING AND INSPECTION DATA CREATION DEVICE AND MOUNTING AND INSPECTION DATA CREATION METHOD

FUJI MACHINE MFG. CO., LT...

1. A mounting and inspection data creation device for creating mounting data used by a vision processing device of a component
mounter for components which are supplied by a component supply device being held on suction nozzles to be mounted on a board,
and for creating inspection data used by a vision processing device of an inspection machine to inspect the mounted component
on the board, comprising:
a transparent component setting holder which sets a component which is a target for data creation in a state in which both
a pickup side and a mounting side of the component are imaged,

a first camera which takes images of the pickup side of the component set in the transparent component setting holder, and
a second camera which takes images of the mounting side of the component set in the transparent setting holder,

a lower side shielding plate which moves in a horizontal direction and screens a background area in a component bottom side
direction when taking an image of the pickup side of the component,

a top side shielding plate which moves in the horizontal direction and screens a background area in a component top side direction
when taking an image of the mounting side of the component, and

circuitry configured to
create the mounting data based on the image of the mounting side of the component taken by the second camera, and
create the inspection data based on the image of the pickup side of the component by the first camera.

US Pat. No. 9,600,702

IMAGE PROCESSING SYSTEM AND ASSISTANCE SYSTEM

FUJI MACHINE MFG. CO., LT...

1. An assistance system, comprising:
an image processing system, comprising:
a mark in which at least a pair of fiducial lines set to regulation lengths are arranged in a parallel manner or at a predetermined
angle so as to form a regulation angle, or four or more fiducial points not on the same straight line virtually configuring
the pair of fiducial lines are arranged, and an information display portion presenting predetermined information is included
in a region formed by the pair of fiducial lines;

a camera that is relatively movable with respect to the mark;
an information acquisition unit that acquires image data of the mark through image capturing performed by the camera and acquires
the information presented in the information display portion of the mark, out of the image data;

a distance calculation unit that calculates a distance from the camera to the mark in an optical axis direction based on the
regulation lengths of the pair of fiducial lines and apparent lengths of the pair of fiducial lines in the image data;

an angle calculation unit that calculates a tilt angle of the camera with respect to the mark based on the regulation angle
of the pair of fiducial lines and an apparent angle formed by the pair of fiducial lines in the image data;

a mobile body that is provided with the camera and is movable with respect to the mark; and
a movement control unit that controls a movement of the mobile body,
wherein the information of the information display portion includes control information related to at least one of a movement
path and a movement speed of the mobile body with respect to the mark,

wherein the movement control unit controls movement of the mobile body based on the control information acquired by the information
acquisition unit,

wherein the mobile body configures an assistance apparatus which aids motion of an person receiving assistance, and
wherein the information of the information display portion includes at least one item of personal information which specifies
the person receiving assistance and aid information which is related to the aid.

US Pat. No. 9,668,395

COMPONENT MOUNTING LINE TRACEABILITY INFORMATION MANAGEMENT SYSTEM AND TRACEABILITY INFORMATION MANAGEMENT METHOD

FUJI MACHINE MFG. CO., LT...

1. A component mounting line traceability information management system that manages traceability information of a board on
which components are mounted produced at the component mounting line provided with a component mounter that mounts components
on a circuit board, the component mounting line traceability information management system comprising:
a board ID code label assigned to a circuit board that is loaded into the component mounting line, board identification information
(hereinafter referred to as “board ID”) being coded and stored on the board ID code label;

a code reading device that reads the board ID from the board ID code label of the circuit board loaded into the component
mounting line;

a code label feeder that assigns a provisional board ID code label on which is stored a coded provisional board ID;
a code label assigning device that assigns the provisional board ID code label, assigning of which was prepared at the code
label feeder when the code reading device failed to read the board ID, to the panel ID for which reading failed; and

a traceability information management device that performs management by linking traceability information of a board on which
components are mounted to the board ID or the provisional board ID read by the code reading device, and registering the traceability
information in a database.

US Pat. No. 9,656,454

SCREEN PRINTING METHOD AND SCREEN PRINTING DEVICE

FUJI MACHINE MFG. CO., LT...

1. A screen printing method that performs screen printing of a predetermined pattern on an upper surface of a circuit board,
which is carried into an area below a screen mask, by raising the circuit board, holding the circuit board in a state of coming
into contact with a lower surface of the screen mask, and moving a squeegee while the squeegee is in contact with an upper
surface of the screen mask, the method comprising:
performing a destaticizing action that removes static electricity with which a screen mask is charged, through a conductive
mask support member, which is positioned on a lateral side of the circuit board, before bringing the circuit board into contact
with the lower surface of the screen mask, by bringing the mask support member into contact with the lower surface of the
screen mask as a result of raising the mask support member; and

subsequently performing screen printing by bringing the circuit board into contact with the lower surface of the screen mask
as a result of raising the circuit board.

US Pat. No. 9,659,357

DEVICE FOR CORRECTING IMAGE PROCESSING DATA, AND METHOD FOR CORRECTING IMAGE PROCESSING DATA

FUJI MACHINE MFG. CO., LT...

1. A device for correcting image processing data which, at a component mounting machine configuring a component mounting line
in which a component is placed at a component mounting position on a board, corrects previously memorized image processing
data of the component, comprising:
an error detection means which detects an error based on the image processing data and a component image taken of the component;
a data creation means which creates the image processing data based on the component image;
an image display means which on a display device displays a created data image that is created based on created image processing
data created by the data creation means; and

a data usage permission entry means with which a usage permission command for the created image processing data is entered,
wherein the data creation means creates the image processing data based on a determination that the component is a type of
component for which automatic creation is possible,

wherein the image display means displays the created image processing data superimposed on a board image taken of the component
mounting position of the board at which the component is mounted,

wherein the usage permission command is based on a comparison between the created image processing data and the taken board
image, and

wherein the component mounting machine includes a mounting head including a suction nozzle and a first camera for taking the
board image, and a second camera for taking the component image when the component is held on the suction nozzle.

US Pat. No. 9,673,349

STRINGING DEVICE AND STRINGING METHOD AS WELL AS PHOTOVOLTAIC MODULE MANUFACTURING DEVICE AND MANUFACTURING METHOD

FUJI MACHINE MFG. CO., LT...

1. A stringing device for electrically connecting electrodes formed respectively in photovoltaic cells via a conductive member,
comprising:
a number one joining unit which joins a first photovoltaic cell supplied with its light receiving surface facing up to a first
conductive member;

a number two joining unit which joins a second photovoltaic cell supplied with its light receiving surface facing down to
a second conductive member;

a number one cell conveyance unit and a number two cell conveyance unit which convey respectively in the X direction the first
photovoltaic cell joined to the first conductive member and the second photovoltaic cell joined to the second conductive member;

a number one cell stand and a number two cell stand provided respectively next to the number one and number two cell conveyance
units;

a moving device which moves one of the first photovoltaic and second photovoltaic cells conveyed by one of the number one
and number two cell conveyance units to one of the number one and number two cell stands; and

an inverting-and-moving device which rotates around an axis line parallel to the X direction to move and invert the other
one of the first photovoltaic and second photovoltaic cells conveyed by the other of the number one and number two cell conveyance
units to the other of the number one and number two cell stands.

US Pat. No. 9,788,470

COMPONENT SUPPLY DEVICE

FUJI MACHINE MFG. CO., LT...

1. A component supply device arranged adjacent to a mounter having a mounting head that mounts components on a board, the
component supply device supplying the components to the mounter, comprising:
a wafer sheet replenishment section which replenishes a wafer sheet on which multiple components are arranged; and
a wafer sheet conveyance section which conveys a wafer sheet supplied from the wafer sheet replenishment section, the wafer
sheet conveyance section including a table on which the wafer sheet is carried and a pickup head which picks up a component
on the wafer sheet carried on the table;

wherein the pickup head includes multiple component supply side suction nozzles, and a switching mechanism which switches
the multiple component supply side suction nozzles between a pickup position at which a respective tip of the multiple component
supply side suction nozzles faces down and between a transfer position at which the respective tip of the multiple component
supply side suction nozzles faces up;

wherein the switching mechanism includes a pinion gear fixed to a rotation axis around which the multiple component supply
side suction nozzles rotate, the pinion gear engaged with a rack which is movable to rotate the pinion gear; and

wherein an arrangement of the multiple component supply side suction nozzles corresponds to an arrangement of multiple mounter
side suction nozzles equipped on the mounting head of the mounter.

US Pat. No. 9,669,549

MOTION SETTING METHOD

FUJI MACHINE MFG. CO., LT...

1. A motion setting method of a standing and sitting motion-supporting robot that supports standing and sitting motions being
at least one of a standing motion and a sitting motion of a care receiver, the method comprising:
storing in a memory of the robot a predetermined base tracking path of the standing and sitting motions, the predetermined
base tracking path being a single ideal tracking path selected from multiple predetermined patterns;

storing in the memory of the robot a chest angle estimation map;
inputting a height of the care receiver into an input device of the robot;
obtaining a custom tracking path by correcting the predetermined base tracking path of the standing and sitting motions of
the robot in accordance with the height of the care receiver and a position of a predetermined body portion of the care receiver,
the position of the predetermined body portion being a start point of the custom tracking path that is determined by a position
of a support portion of the robot that supports the care receiver;

determining ideal chest angles at a plurality of positions along the custom tracking path from the chest angle estimation
map based on the height of the care receiver; and

moving the support portion of the robot to the ideal chest angles in accordance with moving the robot along the custom tracking
path.

US Pat. No. 9,814,168

AUTOMATIC FEEDER EXCHANGING SYSTEM

FUJI MACHINE MFG. CO., LT...

1. An automatic feeder exchanging system that automatically exchanges a feeder for which exchange is necessary from multiple
feeders set in a feeder setting area of a component mounter, the automatic feeder exchanging system comprising:
a feeder stocking area at which a feeder to be exchanged with the feeder for which exchange is necessary stands by;
an exchange robot that pulls out the feeder for which exchange is necessary from the feeder setting area and pulls out a feeder
that supplies the same components as the feeder for which exchange is necessary from the multiple feeders standing by at the
feeder stock area;

a storage means that, in a case in which the feeder pulled out from the feeder setting area is a feeder with components remaining,
stores a link between the component remaining quantity and the feeder; and

an exchange period setting means that sets an exchange period of each feeder set in the feeder setting area such that the
exchange period of each feeder does not overlap with the exchange period of another feeder,

wherein
the exchange robot, at the exchange period set by the exchange period setting means, pulls out the feeders from the feeder
setting area for which the exchange period has arrived, collects at least the feeders with components remaining into the feeder
stock area, pulls out feeders that supply the same components as the feeders for which the exchange period has arrived from
the multiple feeders standing by in the feeder stock area, and sets the feeders pulled out from the feeder stock area in the
feeder setting area, and

the exchange period setting means, when the exchange robot sets the feeders with components remaining in the feeder setting
area, sets the exchange period of the feeders with components remaining using the component remaining quantity stored in the
storage means.

US Pat. No. 9,643,790

MANUFACTURING WORK MACHINE

FUJI MACHINE MFG. CO., LT...

1. A manufacturing work machine provided with an adjustment mechanism including an adjustment section for adjusting an inclination
of an adjustment target body which is one of a base and a conveyance device which is arranged on the base, the manufacturing
work machine comprising:
an adjustment section operation device which adjusts the inclination of the adjustment target body by operating the adjustment
section;

a moving device which moves the adjustment section operation device to an arbitrary position above the base;
a control device which controls operations of the adjustment section operation device;
an inclination checker for confirming the inclination of the adjustment target body; and
an imaging device capable of imaging the inclination checker,
wherein the adjustment section is arranged within a movement range of the adjustment section operation device according to
the moving device, and

wherein the control device controls the operations of the adjustment section operation device based on imaging data of the
inclination checker which is imaged by the imaging device.

US Pat. No. 9,669,980

FEEDER MANAGEMENT SYSTEM OF COMPONENT MOUNTING APPARATUS

FUJI MACHINE MFG. CO., LT...

1. A feeder management system of a component mounting apparatus that performs a mounting operation of a tape supplier on a
slot of a feeder body including a plurality of slots in a state where a tape feeder is set on a feeder set stand of the component
mounting apparatus, comprising:
a tape feeder that is configured such that a plurality of tape suppliers that guide a plurality of component supply tapes
pulled out from a plurality of tape reels to a component pick-up position are individually and detachably mounted on the plurality
of slots of the feeder body, each of the plurality of tape suppliers including a handle section, the handle section including
a position pin on a front end portion of the handle section that is configured to be inserted in a position hole of the feeder
body when mounted and the handle section including a detected section on a upper surface of the handle section;

a component identification information recording section which is provided in the tape reel and in which component identification
information identifying a component stored in the component supply tape wound around the tape reel is recorded or stored;

an instruction display section that is provided respectively in the plurality of slots of the feeder body and that instructs
displaying of which slot on which the tape supplier is to be mounted is instructed to an operator;

component identification information reading means for reading the component identification information from the component
identification information recording section of the tape reel;

display switching means for allowing the instruction display section to display the instruction of the slot that is to be
mounted among the plurality of slots based on the component identification information read by the component identification
information reading means;

mounting confirmation means for confirming on which slot the tape supplier is mounted in the instruction display section by
detecting the detected section when the positioning pin is inserted into the positioning hole; and

collating means for determining whether or not the component in which the component identification information is read in
the component identification information reading means is supplied from a correct slot by comparing the slot confirmed by
the mounting confirmation means to the slot displayed by the instruction display section.

US Pat. No. 9,839,170

FEEDER

FUJI MACHINE MFG. CO., LT...

1. A feeder for inserting carrier tape, in which many components are successively stored in a conveyance direction and in
which engaging holes which have a prescribed relationship with the components are formed at a regular pitch interval in the
conveyance direction, into an insertion section, and feeding the carrier tape such that the components are sequentially supplied
to a supply position on a side opposite to the insertion section, the feeder comprising:
a main body;
a downstream sprocket rotatably provided on the insertion section of the main body; and
an upstream sprocket rotatably provided further upstream in the conveyance direction than the downstream sprocket;
wherein downstream engaging protrusions that engage with the engaging holes are formed at a fixed angle around an entire outer
circumference of the downstream sprocket; and

wherein upstream engaging protrusions that engage with the engaging holes are formed at a fixed angle around a first portion
of an outer circumference of the upstream sprocket, a second portion of the outer circumference of the upstream sprocket is
free of the upstream engaging protrusions, and a circumferential distance of the second portion of the outer circumference
of the upstream sprocket is greater than a circumferential distance of the first portion of the outer circumference of the
upstream sprocket.

US Pat. No. 9,832,919

ELECTRONIC CIRCUIT COMPONENT MOUNTING HEAD

FUJI MACHINE MFG. CO., LT...

1. An electronic circuit component mounting head comprising:
a head main body;
a raising-lowering member which is guided on the head main body as to be capable of being raised and/or lowered;
a first raising-lowering driving device which raises and/or lowers the raising-lowering member with respect to the head main
body;

a component holding tool which holds an electronic circuit component and is held by the raising-lowering member as to be capable
of being raised and/or lowered relative to the raising-lowering member;

a second raising-lowering driving device which is raised and/or lowered together with the raising-lowering member by the first
raising-lowering driving device and which raises and/or lowers the component holding tool relative to the raising-lowering
member;

a biasing device provided between the raising-lowering member and the component holding tool, the biasing device biases the
component holding tool either up or down relative to the raising-lowering member; and

a stopper provided on the raising-lowering member,
wherein the second raising-lowering driving device engages with the component holding tool against a biasing force of the
biasing device without acting via an elastic member, and in that state, the second raising-lowering driving device mounts
the electronic circuit component on a circuit substrate,

wherein the stopper defines the upper raising limit or lower lowering limit of the component holding tool based on the biasing
force of the biasing device, and

wherein the second raising-lowering driving device separates the component holding tool, which contacts the stopper due to
the biasing force of the biasing device, from the stopper against the biasing force of the biasing device, and in that state,
the second raising-lowering driving device mounts the electronic circuit component on the circuit substrate.

US Pat. No. 9,802,264

SOLDER SUPPLY DEVICE INCLUDING A SENSOR TO DETECT MOVEMENT OF A SOLDER CONTAINER

FUJI MACHINE MFG. CO., LT...

1. A solder supply device comprising:
a solder container housing liquid solder that includes a tubular section, an opening at a first end, and a bottom at a second
end, the solder container including a flange section closer to the first end of the solder container than to the second end
of the solder container:

an outer tube that is tubular with an opening at a first end of the outer tube and a bottom at a second end of the outer tube,
the outer tube slidably stores the solder container inside the outer tube, the outer tube including a first inner circumferential
surface closer to the first end of the outer tube and a second inner circumferential surface closer to the second end of the
outer tube, an inside diameter of the first inner circumferential surface being greater than an outer diameter of the flange
section of the solder container, and an inside diameter of the second inner circumferential surface being greater than an
outer diameter of the tubular section of the solder container:

an inner tube including a cylindrical tube section and a ring section which covers an edge of the cylindrical tube section
of the inner tube; and

a supply nozzle including a nozzle section and a flange section, for ejecting solder from the solder container, that is inserted
into the solder container, and

wherein the flange section of the supply nozzle is fixedly provided on an outer circumferential section of the nozzle section
and that is engaged inside of the solder container from the opening of the solder container,

wherein the supply nozzle is fixedly held by the ring section of the inner tube,
wherein the solder supply device supplies solder from a tip of the nozzle section by moving the solder container such that
the flange section of the supply nozzle advances inside the solder container and the solder exits the supply nozzle via a
nozzle hole in the nozzle section, the solder container being moved by air being supplied to an air chamber that is demarcated
by the second end of the solder container and the second end of the outer tube such that the bottom of the solder container
moves towards the supply nozzle, and

wherein the solder supply device includes
a magnet provided on an outer circumferential surface of the solder container, and
a sensor provided at a fixed position facing the outer circumferential surface of the solder container so as to detect an
approaching of the magnet due to movement of the solder container.

US Pat. No. 9,802,399

FEEDER

FUJI MACHINE MFG. CO., LT...

1. A feeder capable of continuously feeding a first carrier tape and a second carrier tape to a component supply position
without splicing, the feeder comprising:
multiple types of tape peeling units, which are based on the type of carrier tape to be fed by the feeder, that are detachably
attached to a tip section of the feeder;

a cutter member, which is provided on the multiple types of tape peeling units, that peels an edge of cover tape of the carrier
tape to reveal a component stored in a storage section of the carrier tape;

an identification mark provided on the multiple types of tape peeling units;
an identification sensor, which is provided on a main body of the feeder, that identifies the identification mark;
a comparing section that compares information recognized by the identification sensor and information of the component stored
in the carrier tape; and

a fold-over member that erects the edge of the cover tape which was peeled by the cutter member and folds over the edge of
the cover tape in a width direction of the cover tape,

wherein a gap is formed between the fold-over member and a partition of the main body, the partition and the fold-over member
overlapping in a width direction of the cover tape, and

wherein a folded portion of the cover tape is inserted in the gap by the fold-over member.
US Pat. No. 9,781,870

COMPONENT SUPPLY DEVICE

FUJI MACHINE MFG. CO., LT...

1. A component supply device arranged adjacent to a mounter that mounts components on a board, the component supply device
supplying the components to the mounter, comprising:
a wafer sheet replenishment section which replenishes a wafer sheet on which multiple components are arranged in a specified
pattern on the wafer sheet; and

a wafer sheet conveyance section which conveys a wafer sheet supplied from the wafer sheet replenishment section to the mounter,
the wafer sheet conveyance section including a moving slider which moves between a position near the wafer sheet replenishment
section and a position near the mounter, a table which includes a loading surface on which a wafer sheet is loaded and which
is supported on the moving slider, and a rotating mechanism which rotates the table around a specific rotation axis perpendicular
with respect to the loading surface;

wherein the table is supported on the moving slider by a first support point, a second support point, and a third support
point which are provided on a circumference with the rotation axis at the center;

wherein the rotating mechanism includes: a first guide that moves the first support point in an arc with respect to the rotation
axis, an actuator directly connected to the first support point to move the first support point along the first guide, a first
driven-guide which moves the second support point in an arc with respect to the rotation axis when the first support point
is moved along the first guide, and a second driven-guide which moves the third support point in an arc with respect to the
rotation axis when the first support point is moved along the first guide.

US Pat. No. 9,772,256

TOOL ABNORMALITY DETERMINATION SYSTEM

FUJI MACHINE MFG. CO., LT...

1. A tool abnormality determination system which monitors a tool that machines a workpiece comprising:
a controller configured to
determine a monitoring range,
store the monitoring range, and
compare the monitoring range to a load of the tool during machining; and
an interface that notifies, when the load of the tool exceeds the monitoring range, an operator of a question regarding whether
or not the tool is in an abnormal condition other than abrasion,

wherein the load of the tool is at least one of a load of a first actuator which moves the tool and a load of a second actuator
which moves the workpiece,

wherein one machining operation on the single workpiece is set to one cycle, and
the controller is configured to determine the monitoring range by:
a sampling step of sampling load data regarding the load of the workpiece of the cycle in a state where the interface does
not notify the operator of the question;

a peak hold step of acquiring a low-load-side peak hold value and a high-load-side peak hold value based on the sampled load
data; and

a monitoring range setting step of setting a lower limit threshold value, which is obtained by correcting the low-load-side
peak hold value downward using an offset amount, and an upper limit threshold value, which is obtained by correcting the high-load-side
peak hold value upward using the offset amount, and setting a distance between the lower limit threshold value and the upper
limit threshold value to the monitoring range, and

wherein the interface includes an abnormality button for an input indicating that the tool is in the abnormal condition and
a normality button for an input indicating that the tool is not in the abnormal condition,

the controller being responsive to operation of the abnormality button in response to the question so as not to update the
monitoring range, and

the controller being responsive to operation of the normality button in response to the question to update the monitoring
range.

US Pat. No. 9,731,922

AUTOMATIC SPLICING DEVICE

FUJI MACHINE MFG. CO., LT...

1. An automatic splicing device which connects number one tape and number two tape provided with cavities for storing components
and indexing holes at fixed intervals using splicing tape, comprising:
number one and number two cutting devices for respectively cutting at number one and number two cutting positions respective
unnecessary sections at a tail end of the number one tape and a leading end of the number two tape;

number one and number two indexing devices for conveying the number one and number two tapes respectively along number one
and number two conveyance paths and positioning number one and number two cutting points of the number one and number two
tapes in order at the number and number two cutting positions and a splicing position;

number one and number two detection devices for detecting respectively number one and number two cavities of the number one
and number two tapes conveyed along the number one and number two conveyance paths, and number one and number two components
stored in the number one and number two cavities, at number one and number two detection positions provided respectively in
the number one and number two conveyance paths;

a control device for controlling each operation of number one and number two tape indexing devices, the number one and number
two cutting devices and a joining device;

wherein the control device has:
a pitch calculating means for calculating a predetermined pitch between the number one and number two cavities based on at
least one of the number one and number two cavities detected by at least one of the number one and number two detection devices;

a number one and number two cutting point calculating device for calculating respectively the number one and number two cutting
points of the number one and number two tapes from a number one distance between the number one detection position and the
number one cutting position, and a number two distance between the number two detection position and the number two cutting
position, and the predetermined pitch calculated by the pitch calculating means, based on a number one and number two component
presence signal output after the number one and number two detections devices detect a switch from the number one and number
two cavities without the number one and number two components to the number one and number two cavities with the number one
and number two components; and

a number one and number two cutting position deciding means which control the number one and number two tape indexing devices
and move the number one and number two tapes the number one and number two distances after the number one and number two component
presence signal is output to respectively decide conveyance positions of the number one and number two cutting points at the
number one and number two cutting positions.

US Pat. No. 9,804,587

PRODUCTION SYSTEM AND PROGRAM SWITCHING METHOD USED IN THE SAME

FUJI MACHINE MFG. CO., LT...

1. A production system that includes a plurality of production lines with different structures and can produce products with
the same type of board using the plurality of production lines, each production line including a plurality of production facilities,
the production system comprising:
a program storage device that stores at least one program which is executed by each production facility to produce the products;
a readable display board information management table in which readable display board information having a readable display
board name and a product name recorded therein is registered;

a product information management table in which a program list is stored as a database for each combination of the product
name and a production line name; and

processing circuitry configured to:
acquire the product name from the readable display board information management table and acquire a program list corresponding
to the combination of the acquired product name and the production line name from the product information management table;
and

search for a corresponding program from the program storage device based on the acquired program list, transmit the searched
program to each production facility of the plurality of production lines, and switch a preexisting program of each production
facility of the plurality of production lines with the searched program.

US Pat. No. 9,804,592

OPTIMIZATION PROGRAM AND SUBSTRATE PROCESS SYSTEM

FUJI MACHINE MFG. CO., LT...

1. An optimization device that optimizes a process procedure for each of a plurality of process machines in a substrate process
system which includes the plurality of process machines, each of the plurality of processing machines having a pair of substrate
transportation devices for transporting circuit substrates on two paths and being arranged in a row, and the circuit substrates
being transported on the two paths from an upstream process machine to a downstream process machine among the plurality of
process machines, the device comprising:
first process setting means for setting a process procedure for each of the plurality of process machines so as to optimize
a total process time that is a sum of (i) a process time for each of the plurality of process machines for a circuit substrate
being transported on one of the two paths and (ii) a process time for each of the plurality of process machines for a circuit
substrate being transported on an other of the two paths;

second process setting means for setting a process procedure for each of the plurality of process machines so as to:
optimize a process time for each of the plurality of process machines for a circuit substrate being transported on the one
of the two paths, and

optimize a process time for each of the plurality of process machines for a circuit substrate being transported on the other
of the two paths; and

procedure selecting means for selecting one of a first process procedure and a second process procedure, the first process
procedure being a process procedure that is set for each of the plurality of process machines by the first process setting
means, and the second process procedure being a process procedure that is set for each of the plurality of process machines
by the second process setting means,

wherein the procedure selecting means selects the one of the first process procedure and the second process procedure based
on whether circuit substrates that are planned for production in the substrate process system are processed on only one of
the two paths or on both of the two paths.

US Pat. No. 9,770,377

MOVEMENT ASSISTANCE ROBOT

FUJI MACHINE MFG. CO., LT...

1. A movement assistance robot which assists a movement of a care receiver comprising:
a base that travels using drive wheels driven by a drive source;
a robot arm unit that includes multiple arms which are disposed in the base and are relatively movable to and from each other
by a drive unit, and that is configured to be transformable into multiple form types in accordance with respective multiple
movement postures of the care receiver;

a holding unit that is disposed in a distal end portion of the robot arm unit, and that supports the care receiver;
a selective operation unit that selects a form type from the multiple form types; and
a transformation control unit that drives the drive unit, and that transforms the robot arm unit into the form type which
is selected by the selective operation unit,

wherein the robot arm unit is configured to be transformable into:
a first form type coping with a first movement posture in which the care receiver walks and moves while holding the holding
unit under his or her arms,

a second form type coping with a second movement posture in which the care receiver walks and moves while gripping and pressing
a handle disposed in the distal end portion of the robot an unit,

a third form type coping with a third movement posture in which the care receiver walks and moves while placing his or her
elbow on and pressing an upper surface of the holding unit,

a fourth form type coping with a fourth movement posture in which the care receiver moves while standing and riding on a footrest
disposed in the base, and

a fifth form type coping with a fifth movement posture in which the care receiver moves while sitting and riding on a chair
disposed in the base.

US Pat. No. 9,769,969

ELECTRONIC CIRCUIT COMPONENT MOUNTING HEAD

FUJI MACHINE MFG. CO., LT...

1. An electronic circuit component mounting head comprising:
a head main body;
a rotating-raising-lowering axis held on the head main body as to be capable of being rotated about an axis line and raised
and/or lowered in a direction parallel to the axis line;

a raising-lowering axis rotating device which rotates the rotating-raising-lowering axis with respect to the head main body;
a first raising-lowering driving device which raises and/or lowers the rotating-raising-lowering axis with respect to the
head main body;

a component holding tool which holds an electronic circuit component and is held as to be not capable of being rotated but
capable of being raised and/or lowered relatively to the rotating-raising-lowering axis by the rotating-raising-lowering axis
rotating device; and

a second raising-lowering driving device which is provided outside the component holding tool and the rotating-raising-lowering
axis and which is raised and/or lowered together with the rotating-raising-lowering axis by the first raising-lowering driving
device,

wherein the second raising-lowering driving device includes a holding tool engaging section which engages the component holding
tool in a state which allows rotation of the component holding tool without acting via an elastic member, and the second raising-lowering
driving device raises and/or lowers the component holding tool relative to the rotating-raising-lowering axis by the holding
tool engaging section to mount the electronic circuit component on a circuit substrate.

US Pat. No. 9,763,335

BALL MOUNTING METHOD AND WORKING MACHINE FOR BOARD

FUJI MACHINE MFG. CO., LT...

1. A working machine for a circuit board comprising:
a holding device that is provided on a base and holds the circuit board at a position where work for the circuit board is
performed;

a working device that selectively performs work for mounting conductive balls on the circuit board by a ball holder holding
the conductive balls and that selectively performs work for transferring viscous fluid onto the circuit board by a viscous
fluid transfer tool including transfer pins that transfer the viscous fluid, which adheres to tip end portions thereof, to
the circuit board, the ball holder and the viscous fluid transfer tool being configured to be interchangeable on the working
device;

a moving device that moves the working device to a position on the base;
at least one viscous fluid tray in which the viscous fluid is stored; and
a control device that controls operation of the working device and the moving device,
wherein the control device includes:
a transfer pin immersing unit that immerses the transfer pins of the viscous fluid transfer tool in the viscous fluid stored
in the at least one viscous fluid tray,

a viscous fluid transferring unit that transfers the viscous fluid onto the circuit board by the transfer pins having been
immersed in the viscous fluid,

a ball immersing unit that immerses the conductive balls held by the ball holder in the viscous fluid stored in the at least
one viscous fluid tray after the working device exchanges the viscous fluid transfer tool with the ball holder, and

a ball mounting unit that mounts the conductive balls having been immersed in the viscous fluid on the circuit board onto
which the viscous fluid has been transferred by the viscous fluid transferring unit,

wherein the working machine includes a first tray and a second tray as the at least one viscous fluid tray, and viscous fluid
of the first tray has a viscosity higher than a viscosity of viscous fluid of the second tray,

wherein the transfer pin immersing unit immerses the transfer pins in the viscous fluid of the first tray, and
wherein the ball immersing unit immerses the conductive balls, which are held by the ball holder, in the viscous fluid of
the second tray.

US Pat. No. 9,815,121

MACHINING HEAD

FUJI MACHINE MFG. CO., LT...

1. A machining head comprising:
a base body;
a turret, support by the base body and provided with multiple rotating tools, that rotates about an axis such that one of
the multiple rotating tools for performing machining is positioned at a specific position; and

a single motor supported by the base body,
wherein, during the machining, the single motor performs both rotation of the multiple rotating tools and rotation of the
turret,

wherein the turret includes a cylindrical tubular portion positioned such that a central axis thereof coincides with the axis
of rotation of the turret, the machining head further comprising:

a main spindle rotatably held by the tubular portion in a state of being coaxially inserted into the tubular portion and rotated
by rotation of a motor shaft as a rotary shaft of the motor;

multiple tool holding shafts rotatably held by the turret and respectively holding the multiple rotating tools;
a tool rotation transmission mechanism that transmits the rotation of the main spindle to each of the multiple tool holding
shafts as rotation of the respective tool holding shafts; and

a switchable turret rotation transmission mechanism capable of transmitting the rotation of the motor shaft to the turret
as the rotation of the turret and releasing the transmission of the motor shaft to the turret such that the turret does not
rotate, and

wherein the switchable turret rotation transmission mechanism includes:
a rotary tube externally fitted with the tubular portion of the turret and rotated about the axis by the rotation of the motor
shaft:

a relative moving device moving one of the rotary tube and the tubular portion of the turret with respect to the other between
a first position and a second position in an axial direction as a direction in which the axis extends; and

a spline mechanism configured to have a spline formed in an inner peripheral portion of the rotary tube and a spline formed
in an outer peripheral portion of the tubular portion of the turret, the splines meshing with each other in a state where
one of the rotary tube and the tubular portion of the turret is positioned at the first position, and the splines not meshing
with each other in a state where one of the rotary tube and the tubular portion of the turret is positioned at the second
position.

US Pat. No. 9,818,236

PRODUCTION LINE MONITORING DEVICE

FUJI MACHINE MFG. CO., LT...

1. A production line monitoring device comprising:
a defect indication detection unit that detects an indication of a production defect of a production line; and
a defect cause identification unit that identifies a cause of the production defect,
wherein the defect indication detection unit collects measurement information that is measured by an inspection apparatus
for each reference that identifies a position on products, and detects an indication of the production defect from a change
with time of the measurement information at the references, the defect indication detection unit detects the indication of
the production defect when a first process capability index of one of the references calculated from the measurement information
or an incidence of the production defect of the one of the references calculated from the measurement information is not within
a first predetermined standard range, and

the defect cause identification unit performs stratified analysis based on production information that is related to the one
of the references when the defect indication detection unit detects the indication of the production defect, and identifies
a cause of the production defect when a second process capability index calculated from a result of the stratified analysis
of the production information related to the one of the references or an incidence of the production information of the one
of the references is not within a second predetermined standard range.

US Pat. No. 9,801,317

PRODUCTION MANAGEMENT SYSTEM FOR COMPONENT MOUNTING MACHINE

FUJI MACHINE MFG. CO., LT...

1. A production management system for a component mounting machine, comprising:
two mounting heads and two lanes which convey two circuit boards in parallel;
two feeder set bases disposed so as to interpose the two lanes; and
a plurality of feeders set in each feeder set base, and which mounts, on the circuit board of each lane, components that are
supplied from the feeders of each feeder set base being sucked by each mounting head,

wherein in a same direction production mode in which component mounting boards are produced to the same specifications by
the circuit boards being conveyed in the same front/back direction in the two lanes, the component mounting machine is configured
to be able to produce the component mounting boards to the same specifications using one set of NC data, by arranging the
feeders of the two feeder set bases in the same manner, and setting the mounting order of the components on the circuit boards
in the two lanes to be the same, and

wherein the production management system for a component mounting machine includes: an adjustment device which adjusts the
arrangement of the feeders and the mounting order of the components such that a difference between production times of the
two lanes in the same direction production mode is a predetermined value or lower.

US Pat. No. 9,801,320

DEVICE FOR JUDGING WHETHER SPLICING OF CARRIER TAPES IS ALLOWED

FUJI MACHINE MFG. CO., LT...

1. A device that judges whether splicing of carrier tapes, which house multiple electronic components at a specified interval,
wound around different reels is allowed, the device comprising:
a data management section; and
a judging section,
wherein the data management section creates an association between and memorizes a reel ID of a first reel and of a second
reel, a type of electronic components housed in a carrier tape wound around the first reel and the second reel, a remaining
quantity of electronic components housed in the carrier tape wound around the first reel and the second reel, and a maximum
possible winding quantity of electronic components to the first reel and to the second reel, and

wherein the judging section, in a case in which a total of the remaining quantities of electronic components of the first
reel and the second reel exceeds the maximum possible winding quantity of the reel to be wound onto selected from the first
reel and the second reel, judges that splicing of the carrier tapes is not allowed.

US Pat. No. 9,776,221

METHOD FOR MANAGING AND DEVICE FOR MANAGING NOZZLE CLEANING PERIOD

FUJI MACHINE MFG. CO., LT...

1. A nozzle cleaning period management device comprising:
a cleaning device that cleans suction nozzles that are used in order to perform vacuum retention of an electronic component;
a flow rate measurement device that measures a flow rate that flows through the suction nozzles;
a reduction amount calculation device that calculates a unit flow rate reduction amount of the flow rate of the suction nozzle
per a number of times of mounting of electronic components on the basis of a flow rate difference before and after cleaning,
which is measured by the flow rate measurement device; and

an estimation device that estimates a cleaning period, which subsequently cleans the suction nozzles, on the basis of the
unit flow rate reduction amount, which is calculated by the reduction amount calculation device, and a flow rate after cleaning.

US Pat. No. 9,778,647

WORKING MACHINE AND POSITIONAL DEVIATION DATA ACQUISITION METHOD

FUJI MACHINE MFG. CO., LT...

1. A work machine, comprising:
a working head which includes (a) a lifting and lowering unit including a working device and a first lifting and lowering
device which lifts and lowers the working device along a first lifting and lowering axis line that extends in a vertical direction,
and (b) a second lifting and lowering device which lifts and lowers the lifting and lowering unit along a second lifting and
lowering axis line that extends in the vertical direction; a head moving device which moves the working head in a perpendicular
direction which is perpendicular to the vertical direction; and

a control device which controls the first lifting and lowering device, the second lifting and lowering device, and the head
moving device,

wherein the control device includes:
a target position determining section which determines each of a first target lifted and lowered position which is a target
of a lifted and lowered position of the working device, a second target lifted and lowered position which is a target of a
lifted and lowered position of the lifting and lowering unit, and a head target moving position which is a target of a moving
position of the working head in the perpendicular direction, when work is performed by the working device,

a positional deviation data memory section which stores positional deviation data in which the positional deviation of the
working device in the perpendicular direction at least due to an inclination of the first lifting and lowering axis line and
an inclination of the second lifting and lowering axis line is associated with both the lifted and lowered position of the
working device and the lifted and lowered position of the lifting and lowering unit,

a head target moving position correcting section which corrects the determined head target moving position based on the determined
first target lifted and lowered position and the second target lifted and lowered position with reference to the stored positional
deviation data, and

a work performing section which performs work by the working device by controlling the first lifting and lowering device,
the second lifting and lowering device, and the head moving device based on the determined first target lifted and lowered
position, the determined second target lifted and lowered position, and the corrected head target moving position.

US Pat. No. 9,831,720

ELECTROSTATIC-COUPLING CONTACTLESS POWER SUPPLY DEVICE

FUJI MACHINE MFG. CO., LT...

1. An electrostatic-coupling contactless power supply device comprising:
a power supply electrode that is provided on a track portion, the track portion including a plurality of magnets arranged
in a line;

a high-frequency power source circuit that supplies high-frequency power to the power supply electrode;
a movable portion that moves linearly relative to the track portion, the movable portion including an armature that generates
a propulsive force against the magnets;

a power receiving electrode that is provided on the movable portion, that faces the power supply electrode so as to be spaced
apart from the power supply electrode, and that receives high-frequency power in a contactless manner; and

a power receiving circuit that converts the high-frequency power received by the power receiving electrode and supplies the
converted high-frequency power to an electrical load provided on the movable portion, the electrical load including the armature,
the power supply electrode being formed of a plurality of segment electrodes which are arranged in a line in a moving direction
of the movable portion and to which power is individually supplied from the high-frequency power source circuit,

the electrostatic-coupling contactless power supply device further comprising:
a plurality of switches that are connected between the high-frequency power source circuit and the segment electrodes, respectively,
and are opened and closed independently of one another;

a current detecting circuit that individually detects segment currents flowing in the respective segment electrodes; and
a switch controller that controls the switches on the basis of at least one of a magnitude and an increase/decrease state
of each of the segment currents changing with the movement of the movable portion so that only a part of the plurality of
switches are closed.

US Pat. No. 9,825,508

LINEAR MOTOR DEVICE

FUJI MACHINE MFG. CO., LT...

1. A linear motor device comprising:
a track member with multiple magnets with alternating N poles and S poles arranged along a moving direction; and
a moving body including an armature which includes a core and coil, the moving body being movably mounted on the track member,
wherein a driving force in the moving direction is generated between magnetic flux of the core when current is passed through
the coil and between the magnets of the track member,

wherein the core has a cross-shape including a first bar and a second bar that cross at a central portion, ends of the first
bar are contacting protrusions configured to contact an adjacent core of the moving body,

wherein the second bar includes a first yoke and a second yoke that are separated by the first bar
wherein the coil is divided and wound around each of the first yoke and the second yoke, and
wherein the armature also includes a heat conduction member arranged in a cooling passage formed in the first bar of the core
and in the contacting protrusion.

US Pat. No. 9,474,195

IMAGE GENERATING APPARATUS AND IMAGE GENERATING METHOD

FUJI MACHINE MFG. CO., LT...

1. An image generating apparatus used for generating an image for inspecting an orientation of an electronic component mounted
on a plurality of substrates of an identical type, the image generating apparatus comprising:
a lighting apparatus that emits illumination light to an imaging area where at least a part of the electronic component is
located;

an imaging apparatus that images the imaging area irradiated with the illumination light; and
an image processing apparatus that generates a before-adjustment image based on a captured image obtained by the imaging,
generates an adjusted image by adjusting luminance of the before-adjustment image, and generates an optimal image by setting
a difference in average luminance between a designated area and a comparison area that is other than the designated area in
the adjusted image largest,

wherein
the image processing apparatus combines a plurality of single-color images obtained by decomposing, according to color components,
each of a plurality of the captured images obtained from a first one of the substrates to generate the before-adjustment image,
generates the adjusted image by adjusting luminance of the before-adjustment image, and generates the optimal image by setting
the difference in average luminance between the designated area and the comparison area that is other than the designated
area in the adjusted image largest, and

the image processing apparatus generates the optimal image from another one of the captured images obtained from a second
or subsequent one of the substrates, by using a condition (including an imaging condition of the captured image) obtained
in the course of generating the optimal image from the captured image.