Patents (University of Northern Iowa)

Document Type

Patent

Publication Date

2-9-1999

Patent Number

5868840

Abstract

A spray gun for applying a liquid spray coating, such as paint, to a surface incorporates a light source and detection system for analyzing the position of the spray gun relative to a worksurface in order to optimize application of the coating to the surface. The light source is preferably in the form of a laser which emits a beam of light toward the worksurface. The laser is interconnected with the housing of the spray gun in a location over the spray gun handle so as not to effect the center of gravity of the spray gun. Optical sensors are mounted to the spray gun housing for receiving light reflected from the work-surface, and the sensors are interconnected with a processor for providing the operator with a real time visual indication as to compliance with predetermined paint application criteria. In addition, information can be stored to memory and downloaded for subsequent analysis.

Application Number

08/781895

Assignee

University of Northern Iowa Foundation

Assignee City

Cedar Falls

Assignee State

Iowa

Assignee Country

United States

Filing Date

12-30-1996

Language

EN

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