Intelligent assembly systems and methods

  • US 6,553,321 B2
  • Filed: 08/24/2001
  • Issued: 04/22/2003
  • Est. Priority Date: 08/24/2001
  • Status: Expired due to Term
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1. A method for intelligent assembly, the method comprising the steps of:

  • inserting a fastener into an assembly;

    sensing a signature characteristic of the insertion of the fastener;

    evaluating the insertion of the fastener using the sensed signature characteristic;

    wherein the evaluating step comprises;

    counting a number of a plurality of insertions for at least one of an assembly process step and an entire assembly process;

    comparing the counted number of a plurality of insertions with a desired number of plurality of insertions; and

    determining whether the desired number of a plurality of insertions is made.

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