US Pat. No. 9,918,419

FLEXIBLE ASSEMBLY MACHINE, SYSTEM AND METHOD

UNIVERSAL INSTRUMENTS COR...

1. A pick and place head comprising:
a nozzle configured to pick up a component;
an attachment mechanism for attaching the pick and place head to a continuous circuitous track such that the pick and place
head is movable along the continuous circuitous track; and

a position sensing system for sensing the position of the pick and place head with respect to the continuous circuitous track
in two or more dimensions, the position sensing system including a first sensor and a second sensor separately disposed and
spaced apart on the pick and place head, wherein the first and second sensors are configured for determining rotation of the
pick and place head with respect to the continuous circuitous track in a first plane during movement of the pick and place
head along the continuous circuitous track, wherein the position sensing system includes a third sensor and a fourth sensor
separately disposed and spaced apart on the pick and place head for determining rotation of the pick and place head with respect
to the continuous circuitous track in a second plane that is perpendicular to the first plane during movement of the pick
and place head along the continuous circuitous track.

US Pat. No. 9,814,170

FLEXIBLE ASSEMBLY MACHINE, SYSTEM AND METHOD

UNIVERSAL INSTRUMENTS COR...

1. An assembly machine comprising:
a circuitous track;
a dispensing head configured to at least partially assemble an unfinished product; and
a permanent magnet linear motor system located within the dispensing head and the track, wherein the permanent magnet linear
motor system is configured to provide attachment of the dispensing head to the circuitous track and configured to provide
motion of the dispensing head along the circuitous track, wherein the dispensing head is attached to the circuitous track
by a magnetic attraction between an element of the dispensing head and an element of the circuitous track.

US Pat. No. 10,058,018

FLEXIBLE ASSEMBLY MACHINE, SYSTEM AND METHOD

UNIVERSAL INSTRUMENTS COR...

1. An assembly machine comprising:a plurality of track modules, each track module including a section of track, the plurality of track modules connectable to form a continuous circuitous track, the continuous circuitous track configured to receive a dispensing head, the dispensing head configured to rotate about the continuous circuitous track and at least partially assemble an unfinished product;
a first feeder module mechanically-attached to a first length of the continuous circuitous track, configured to feed a component to the dispensing head; and
a first placement module mechanically-attached to a second length of the continuous circuitous track, configured to receive the unfinished product, wherein the dispensing head is configured to place the component on the unfinished product;
wherein the assembly machine is reconfigurable by attaching or removing one or more of the plurality of track modules, the first feeder module and the first placement module.

US Pat. No. 10,052,705

3D TSV ASSEMBLY METHOD FOR MASS REFLOW

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1. A method comprising:a) picking up a plate with a nozzle at an assembly machine, the plate including at least one opening to allow air to flow therethrough;
b) picking up a die with the nozzle such that the plate is located between the nozzle and the die to create a first plate and die combination;
c) placing the first plate and die combination onto one of a device, substrate or another die such that the plate is located on top of the die;
d) populating a plurality of plate and die combinations, including the first plate and die combination, on the one of the device, substrate or another die by repeating steps a)-c) at least once;
e) transferring, after the populating, the plurality of plate and die combinations and the one of the device, substrate or another die and the die from the assembly machine to a heat chamber;
f) heating the one of the device, substrate or another die and the die and the plurality of plate and die combinations in the heat chamber to permanently attach the dies of the plurality of plate and die combinations to the one of the device, substrate or another die;
g) transferring, after the heating, the one of the device, substrate or another die and the plurality of plate and die combinations to a plate removal machine; and
h) removing the plates of the plurality of plate and die combinations from the dies of the plurality of plate and die combinations by the plate removal machine.

US Pat. No. 9,955,618

PICK AND PLACE HEAD WITH INTERNAL VACCUM AND AIR PRESSURE SUPPLY, SYSTEM AND METHOD

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1. A dispensing head comprising:a motor;
an air pump operably connected to and powered by the motor, the air pump including a first cylinder and a second cylinder; and
a first spindle connected to the first cylinder of the air pump and the second cylinder of the air pump, wherein the first cylinder of the air pump is configured to create a first airflow in the first spindle, wherein the second cylinder of the air pump is configured to create a second airflow in the first spindle.

US Pat. No. 9,951,449

SEWING MACHINE, SYSTEM AND METHOD

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1. A method comprising:providing a household type sewing machine, the household type sewing machine including an image capture device;
providing a mobile device;
providing, by a host server, an application to the mobile device,
facilitating, by the application, a connection between the mobile device and the sewing machine,
providing, by the application, instructions relating to a sewing pattern on a display of the mobile device;
capturing, by the image capture device, a video of a workpiece being sewn by the household type sewing machine; and
sending the video captured by the image capture device to a mobile device wirelessly over at least one of an internet and a wireless local area network.

US Pat. No. 10,189,654

TEST DEVICE FOR ESTABLISHING, VERIFYING, AND/OR MANAGING ACCURACY

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1. A method comprising:picking a component with a pick and place nozzle of a pick and place machine, the component including a first magnetic element; and
placing the component on a surface of a test device with the pick and place nozzle, the test device including a second magnetic element, wherein a vacuum holding force of the pick and place nozzle when holding the component exceeds a force of magnetic attraction between the first magnetic element and the second magnetic element after the component is placed on the surface, wherein the surface is made of glass, and wherein the second magnetic element is a ferromagnetic layer that is located under the surface.

US Pat. No. 10,893,638

DISPENSING HEAD HAVING A NOZZLE HEATER DEVICE, SYSTEM AND METHOD

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1. A dispensing head comprising:a first spindle configured for movement in a vertical direction;
a first nozzle operatively attached to the spindle; and
a heater device removably attachable to the dispensing head, the heater device including:
a heat source; and
an opening configured to receive the first nozzle, wherein the heat source is configured to heat the first nozzle above an ambient temperature,
wherein the heater device remains stationary relative to a main body of the dispensing head during picking and placing by the first spindle.