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Position detectors, methods of detecting position, and methods of providing positional detectors

United States Patent

May 14, 2002
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Position detectors, welding system position detectors, methods of detecting various positions, and methods of providing position detectors are described. In one embodiment, a welding system positional detector includes a base that is configured to engage and be moved along a curved surface of a welding work piece. At least one position detection apparatus is provided and is connected with the base and configured to measure angular position of the detector relative to a reference vector. In another embodiment, a welding system positional detector includes a weld head and at least one inclinometer mounted on the weld head. The one inclinometer is configured to develop positional data relative to a reference vector and the position of the weld head on a non-planar weldable work piece.
Weinberg; David M. (Idaho Falls, ID), Harding; L. Dean (Chubbuck, ID), Larsen; Eric D. (Idaho Falls, ID)
Bechtel BWXT Idaho LLC. (Idaho Falls, ID)
09/ 336,916
June 21, 1999
CONTRACTUAL ORIGIN OF THE INVENTION The United States Government has rights in this invention pursuant to Contract No. DE-AC07-94ID13223 between the United States Department of Energy and Lockheed Martin Idaho Technologies Company.