US Patent No. 9,114,537

TOOLING SYSTEM WITH ELECTRONIC SIGNAL MAINTENANCE


Patent No. 9,114,537
Issue Date August 25, 2015
Title Tooling System With Electronic Signal Maintenance
Inventorship David Wise, Lexington, SC (US)
Martin Douglas Rola, Lexington, SC (US)
Assignee Apex Brands, Inc., Sparks, MD (US)

Claim of US Patent No. 9,114,537

1. A method providing power to one or more tools during a manufacturing process, the method comprising:
attaching a tool cluster to a robotic device and providing power through the robotic device to each of a plurality of tools
on the tool cluster;

performing operations with the tools while the tool cluster is attached to and powered through the robotic device;
performing a functional test on the tools of the tool cluster while the tool cluster is attached to the robotic device and
after performing the operations, the functional test determining whether the tool is operating according to predetermined
criteria;

detaching the tool cluster from the robotic device;
providing power to the tools through an alternate power source separate from the robotic device while the tool cluster is
detached from the robotic device, the power source providing a lesser amount of voltage to the tools than the robotic device,
the lesser amount of voltage being adequate to maintain the tools in a functional ready state;

reattaching the tool cluster to the robotic device and again providing power to the tools through the robotic device; and
performing operations with the tools without again performing the functional test on the tools.