Method and apparatus for accurately positioning a tool on a mobile machine using on-board laser and positioning system

  • US 6,108,076 A
  • Filed: 12/21/1998
  • Issued: 08/22/2000
  • Est. Priority Date: 12/21/1998
  • Status: Expired due to Term
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1. A method of positioning a tool on a mobile unit, the method comprising:

  • storing on-board the mobile unit data representing the locations of a plurality of stationary reference points;

    using a positioning system on-board the mobile unit to determine the location of the mobile unit;

    selecting one of the stationary reference points based on the location of the mobile unit and the data representing the locations of the stationary reference points;

    transmitting a laser beam from a laser on-board the mobile unit to the selected stationary reference point; and

    determining a positional adjustment for the tool based on the location of the mobile unit and a parameter associated with the laser beam.

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