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United States Patent Application

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A check fixture measures a total clamp force applied by a welder device. The welder device includes a welding horn having a plurality of weld pads and welding anvil having a plurality of weld pads. The check fixture includes a base member operatively supporting a plurality of force sensors. The base member and the force sensors are received between the weld pads of the welding horn and the anvil pads of the welding anvil. Each force sensor is configured to measure an individual clamp force applied thereto by corresponding weld and anvil pads when the base member is received between the welding horn and the welding anvil and the welder device is in the clamped position. The individual clamp forces are used to determine whether the weld and/or anvil pads are worn or misaligned.
Spicer, John Patrick (Plymouth, MI), Cai, Wayne W. (Troy, MI), Chakraborty, Debejyo (Novi, MI), Mink, Keith (Clarkston, MI)
14/ 566,130
December 10, 2014
STATEMENT REGARDING FEDERALLY SPONSORED RESEARCH OR DEVELOPMENT [0002] This invention was made with U.S. Government support under an Agreement/Project DE-EE0002217, Department of Energy American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009, Battery Pack Manufacturing B511. The U.S. government may have certain rights in this invention.