Method of manufacturing a product from a workpiece

  • US 6,039,168 A
  • Filed: 06/07/1995
  • Issued: 03/21/2000
  • Est. Priority Date: 04/16/1971
  • Status: Expired due to Term
First Claim
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1. A method of manufacturing a product from a workpiece at at least first and second work stations comprising:

  • a. performing at least one operation on a first workpiece at the first work station;

    b. indicating that the first workpiece is ready for transfer from the first work station;

    c. indicating that the second work station is prepared to receive a workpiece, including the first workpiece;

    d. initiating transfer of the first workpiece from the first work station to the second work station in response to the indicating of steps b. and c.;

    e. assuring that the first workpiece is no longer present at the first work station after initiating the transfer before proceeding with another step d. for another workpiece;

    f. performing at least one operation on the first workpiece at the second work station;

    g. performing at least one operation on a second workpiece at the first work station; and

    h. continuing the performing at least one operation on the first workpiece at the second work station simultaneous with and independent of the performing at least one operation on the second workpiece at the first work station.

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