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Timothy R Pryor: Robot tractors. Diffracto, Larson and Taylor, November 13, 1984: US04482960 (177 worldwide citation)

Disclosed is an electro-optical and microcomputer based method and apparatus for automatically guiding tractors and other farm machinery for the purpose of automatic crop planting, tending and harvesting. Also disclosed are means for automatic picking, excavating and other off-road uses in relativel ...


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Timothy R Pryor: Robot tractors. Diffracto, Larson and Taylor, September 6, 1988: US04769700 (151 worldwide citation)

Disclosed is an electro-optical and microcomputer based method and apparatus for automatically guiding tractors and other farm machinery for the purpose of automatic crop planting, tending and harvesting. A target is preferably located at one boundary of the field which serves as a reference. The po ...


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Omer L Hageniers: Triangulation data integrity. Diffracto, Larson and Taylor, November 10, 1987: US04705395 (134 worldwide citation)

Disclosed is an improved electro-optical triangulation distance sensing method and apparatus incorporating a reference detector to detect light returned from an object surface and so control light power, integration time (or other characteristic) of the primary image sensing photodetector. Ideally t ...


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Timothy R Pryor, Bernard Hockley, Nick Liptay Wagner, Omer L Hageniers, W J Pastorius: Method and apparatus for electro-optically determining the dimension, location and attitude of objects including light spot centroid determination. Diffracto, Larson and Taylor, November 17, 1992: US05164579 (125 worldwide citation)

A method and apparatus for optically determining the dimension of part surfaces. Particular embodiments describe optical triangulation based coordinate measurement machines capable of accurate measurement of complex surfaces, such as gear teeth and turbine blades. Other embodiments provide highly us ...


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Timothy R Pryor: Electro-optical sensors for manual control. Diffracto, Larson and Taylor, August 2, 1988: US04761072 (123 worldwide citation)

Novel method and apparatus are disclosed which assist in utilization of ranging type non-contact sensors with coordinate measurement machines (CMM's ) and other machines. Various visual and/or audible indicators are provided to assist the operator in using the machine.


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Pryor Timothy R: Apparatus and method for robot calibration.. Diffracto, August 1, 1984: EP0114505-A1 (116 worldwide citation)

Robotic apparatus is guided by a computer 14 which is calibrated by cameras 20, 21, 22 mounted on the robot arm 11 which view targets 15, 16 fixed at a work station 13 and comprising a pattern of four dots. The viewing takes place as the robot arm approaches the work station to carry out the intende ...


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Timothy R Pryor, Bernard Hockley, Nick Liptay Wagner, Omer L Hageniers, W J Pastorius: Method and apparatus for electro-optically determining the dimension, location and attitude of objects. Diffracto, Larson and Taylor, February 15, 1983: US04373804 (115 worldwide citation)

A method and apparatus for optically determining the dimension of part surfaces. Particular embodiments describe optical triangulation based coordinate measurement machines capable of accurate measurement of complex surfaces, such as gear teeth and turbine blades. Other embodiments provide highly us ...


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Donald A Clarke, Rodger L Reynolds, Timothy R Pryor: Panel surface flaw inspection. Diffracto, Larson and Taylor, December 16, 1986: US04629319 (113 worldwide citation)

This invention relates to electro-optical sensing of form type and other defects on surfaces such as sheet metal or plastic panels. Method and apparatus are disclosed for detection and quantification of defects such as dents, creases, low spots, flat spots, etc. which are a result of the manufacturi ...


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Timothy R Pryor: Electro-optical sensors for tool and robotic inspection. Diffracto, Larson and Taylor, December 31, 1985: US04561776 (74 worldwide citation)

An electro-optical sensor probe is removably mounted on a conventional machine tool, for example, at a location whereat a tool would normally be mounted, for sensing the condition of a workpiece. Signals received by the sensor probe can be conveyed to a control location either by radio telemetry or ...


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Timothy R Pryor: Robot calibration. Diffracto, Larson and Taylor, June 28, 1988: US04753569 (72 worldwide citation)

A method and apparatus for calibrating a computer guided robotic apparatus. At least one camera mounted on the robot arm or fixed at the work station views a target comprising a pattern of at least three dots fixed to the other of the robot arm or work station, such viewing taking place as the robot ...



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