US 9,811,962 B2
Monitoring removal and replacement of tools within an inventory control system
Preston Phillips, Conway, AR (US); David C. Fly, Maumelle, AR (US); Matthew J. Lipsey, Sherwood, AR (US); Joseph Chwan, Jr., Mechanicsburg, PA (US); and Frederick J. Rogers, N. Little Rock, AR (US)
Assigned to SNAP-ON INCORPORATED, Kenosha, WI (US)
Filed by SNAP-ON INCORPORATED, Kenosha, WI (US)
Filed on Jun. 12, 2013, as Appl. No. 13/916,192.
Claims priority of provisional application 61/658,729, filed on Jun. 12, 2012.
Prior Publication US 2013/0328661 A1, Dec. 12, 2013
Int. Cl. G07C 9/00 (2006.01); G06K 9/00 (2006.01); G06F 3/0486 (2013.01); G06Q 10/08 (2012.01); B25H 3/00 (2006.01); B25H 3/02 (2006.01)
CPC G07C 9/00912 (2013.01) [B25H 3/00 (2013.01); B25H 3/028 (2013.01); G06F 3/0486 (2013.01); G06K 9/00771 (2013.01); G06Q 10/087 (2013.01); G07C 9/00031 (2013.01); G07C 9/00039 (2013.01); G07C 9/00111 (2013.01); G07C 9/00896 (2013.01)] 14 Claims
OG exemplary drawing
 
1. An inventory control system comprising:
a tool storage device including a drawer or a tray providing a pallet removably disposed in the drawer or tray, wherein the pallet includes storage locations for objects;
a sensing device configured to form an image of the drawer or tray; and
a data processor configured to track check out of the pallet and objects stored within the pallet by determining, based on the image of the drawer or tray formed by the sensing device, presence or absence of the pallet in the drawer or tray and presence or absence of objects within the storage locations of the pallet.