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Vibration welding system with thin film sensor

United States Patent

March 18, 2014
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A vibration welding system includes an anvil, a welding horn, a thin film sensor, and a process controller. The anvil and horn include working surfaces that contact a work piece during the welding process. The sensor measures a control value at the working surface. The measured control value is transmitted to the controller, which controls the system in part using the measured control value. The thin film sensor may include a plurality of thermopiles and thermocouples which collectively measure temperature and heat flux at the working surface. A method includes providing a welder device with a slot adjacent to a working surface of the welder device, inserting the thin film sensor into the slot, and using the sensor to measure a control value at the working surface. A process controller then controls the vibration welding system in part using the measured control value.
Cai; Wayne W. (Troy, MI), Abell; Jeffrey A. (Rochester Hills, MI), Li; Xiaochun (Madison, WI), Li; Hang (Madison, WI), Choi; Hongseok (Madison, WI), Zhao; Jingzhou (Madison, WI)
GM Global Technology Operations LLC (Detroit, MI), Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation (Madison, WI)
13/ 474,891
May 18, 2012
STATEMENT REGARDING FEDERALLY SPONSORED RESEARCH OR DEVELOPMENT This invention was made with the support of the United States Government under an Agreement/Project DE-EE0002217, Department of Energy Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, Battery Pack Manufacturing B511. The United States Government may have certain rights in this invention.