While Qualcomm is Guilty of Gouging Asian Smartphone OEMs, the Chip Maker Believes that Apple is the Problem
Apple's Third Major Folding iPhone Invention has come to Light Illustrating a Dual Fold-Out/Fold-In Form Factor

Apple Invents a Multi-Scan X-Ray Robotic System for Inspecting Internal Components of an iDevice

1AF X88 COVER X-RAY SCANS

 

Today the US Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that reveals their X-ray scanning system that allows engineers to inspect the internals of an iDevice for defects or problems before heading to production. It's just one of Apple's quality control systems.

 

2af 88 x-ray scans of iDevices

Apple's invention relates to a fixture designed to receive an electronic device (or devices) in order to perform a computerized (or computed) tomography ("CT") scan of the electronic device. CT scanning may include a radiation source that emits radiation, such as X-ray radiation, some of which penetrates through the electronic devices as well as the fixture. The radiation passing through the fixture and the electronic device may be received at a detection mechanism to create a two-dimensional image of the electronic device. Further, while receiving the radiation, the fixture and the electronic device may be rotated 360 degrees around a longitudinal axis extending defining a center of rotation (or axis of rotation) of the fixture to produce multiple two-dimensional images. Each two-dimensional image may be an image of the electronic device orientated at an angle, including a fraction of an angle, with respect to the radiation source. These two-dimensional images may combine to define a three-dimensional image of the electronic device.

 

Apple's patent FIG. 6 noted below illustrates an isometric view of a system used to perform CT scanning operation.

 

3AF 88 XRAY DEVICE FOR INSPECTING IDEVICE INTERNALS

 

The resultant three-dimensional image of the CT scan can be used to analyze the electronic device. For example, the image can determine whether an internal component of the electronic, such as a button or a camera module, is properly assembled in accordance with a design specification of the electronic device. Further, the image may determine whether the internal component was damaged during assembly.

 

The fixture may be made from one or more materials that allow the radiation to readily pass through the fixture. For example, the fixture may be formed from a polymeric material such as plastic. In this regard, the fixture may be formed using a three-dimensional printing apparatus ("3D printer") allowing the fixture to include a variety of customizable sizes and shapes to carry a variety of electronic devices.

 

A "three-dimension printer" refers to a printing apparatus that emits a polymeric material in order to form a three-dimensional structure. However, the fixture may be formed by other methods. For example, the fixture may include a polymeric material injected molded into a mold cavity that defines the size and shape of the fixture. Further, the fixture may be formed from a block of polymeric material that undergoes a material removal process.

 

4AF X88 X-RAY INSPECTION DEVICE SYSTEM

Apple's patent FIG. 1 illustrates an isometric view of an embodiment of a fixture suitable for use with a CT scan; FIG. 4 illustrates a front view of the fixture having a first electronic device and a second electronic device secured with the fixture; FIG. 5 illustrates a side view of a fixture showing an electronic device positioned at an angle with respect to a support column.

 

Apple's patent FIG. 14 noted below illustrates an isometric view of an alternate embodiment of a fixture having several discrete adhesive features disposed throughout a support column of the fixture.

 

5AF ADHESIVE SYSTEM TO ASSIST IN HOLDING AN IDEVICE IN PLACE FOR XRAY

 

Apple's patent application was filed back in Q3 2015.

 

14 Notice BarPatently Apple presents a detailed summary of patent applications with associated graphics for journalistic news purposes as each such patent application is revealed by the U.S. Patent & Trade Office. Readers are cautioned that the full text of any patent application should be read in its entirety for full and accurate details. About Making Comments on our Site: Patently Apple reserves the right to post, dismiss or edit any comments. Those using abusive language or behavior will result in being blacklisted on Disqus.

 

Comments

The comments to this entry are closed.