Skip to Content
Find More Like This
Return to Search

Transducer-actuator systems and methods for performing on-machine measurements and automatic part alignment

United States Patent

9,389,058
July 12, 2016
View the Complete Patent at the US Patent & Trademark Office
Y-12 National Security Complex - Visit the Technology Transfer Website
Combined Transducer-Actuator System for Automatic Part Alignment
Systems and methods for performing on-machine measurements and automatic part alignment, including: a measurement component operable for determining the position of a part on a machine; and an actuation component operable for adjusting the position of the part by contacting the part with a predetermined force responsive to the determined position of the part. The measurement component consists of a transducer. The actuation component consists of a linear actuator. Optionally, the measurement component and the actuation component consist of a single linear actuator operable for contacting the part with a first lighter force for determining the position of the part and with a second harder force for adjusting the position of the part. The actuation component is utilized in a substantially horizontal configuration and the effects of gravitational drop of the part are accounted for in the force applied and the timing of the contact.
Barkman; William E. (Oak Ridge, TN), Dow; Thomas A. (Raleigh, NC), Garrard; Kenneth P. (Raleigh, NC), Marston; Zachary (Raleigh, NC)
Consolidated Nuclear Security, LLC (Oak Ridge, TN)
13/ 746,201
20140202018
January 21, 2013
STATEMENT REGARDING FEDERALLY SPONSORED RESEARCH OR DEVELOPMENT The U.S. Government has rights to the present disclosure pursuant to Contract No. AC05-00OR22800 between the U.S. Department of Energy and Babcock and Wilcox Technical Services Y-12, LLC.