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Quality status display for a vibration welding process

United States Patent

9,827,634
November 28, 2017
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A method includes receiving, during a vibration welding process, a set of sensory signals from a collection of sensors positioned with respect to a work piece during formation of a weld on or within the work piece. The method also includes receiving control signals from a welding controller during the process, with the control signals causing the welding horn to vibrate at a calibrated frequency, and processing the received sensory and control signals using a host machine. Additionally, the method includes displaying a predicted weld quality status on a surface of the work piece using a status projector. The method may include identifying and display a quality status of a suspect weld. The laser projector may project a laser beam directly onto or immediately adjacent to the suspect welds, e.g., as a red, green, blue laser or a gas laser having a switched color filter.
Spicer; John Patrick (Plymouth, MI), Abell; Jeffrey A. (Rochester Hills, MI), Wincek; Michael Anthony (Rochester Hills, MI), Chakraborty; Debejyo (Sterling Heights, MI), Bracey; Jennifer (Holly, MI), Wang; Hui (Highland, MI), Tavora; Peter W. (Sterling Heights, MI), Davis; Jeffrey S. (Grand Blanc, MI), Hutchinson; Daniel C. (Goodrich, MI), Reardon; Ronald L. (Fenton, MI), Utz; Shawn (Washington Township, MI)
GM Global Technology Operations LLC (Detroit, MI)
15/ 433,274
20170157714
February 15, 2017
STATEMENT REGARDING FEDERALLY SPONSORED RESEARCH OR DEVELOPMENT This invention was made with U.S. Government support under an Agreement/Project DE-EE0002217, Department of Energy Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, Battery Pack Manufacturing B511. The U.S. government may have certain rights in this invention.