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1. US20200397616 - ARC TIME RECORDING SYSTEM FOR AUTO-DARKENING WELDING HELMET

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Claims

1. A welding helmet, comprising:
an analog optical sensor configured to detect incoming light and output a signal indicative of a light intensity level; and
a control circuit configured to:
receive the signal from the analog optical sensor, and
record a welding time based on the signal from the analog optical sensor and a configured light level, wherein the welding time corresponds to a duration of time the light intensity level indicated by the analog optical sensor exceeds the configured light level.
2. The welding helmet of claim 1, wherein the configured light level is user selectable.
3. The welding helmet of claim 1, wherein the control circuit includes a counter configured to determine the welding time.
4. The welding helmet of claim 1, further comprising a transceiver configured to transmit at least the welding time to a welding power source or a computing device.
5. The welding helmet of claim 1, wherein the welding helmet includes an auto-darkening faceplate.
6. A welding helmet, comprising:
an arc detection system configured to detect one or more welding arcs that occur during one or more welding operations;
control circuitry configured to lighten or darken a lens assembly of the welding helmet based at least in part on the one or more welding arcs detected by the arc detection system, and to record a duration of an amount of time the one or more welding arcs are present according to the arc detection system, wherein the control circuitry is configured to record only the time of the one or more welding arcs detected by the arc detection system that have an arc intensity value greater than a predetermined threshold arc intensity; and
a storage device configured to store a sum of the duration of the welding arcs over a defined period of time.
7. The welding helmet of claim 6, wherein the predetermined threshold arc intensity is user selectable.
8. The welding helmet of claim 6, wherein the arc detection system includes at least one analog optical sensor configured to detect incoming light and output at least one signal indicative of the arc intensity level being an arc light intensity level.
9. The welding helmet of claim 6, wherein the arc detection system includes at least one magnetic field sensor configured to detect a magnetic field, or a change in a magnetic field, produced by the one or more welding arcs and output at least one signal indicative of the arc intensity level being an arc magnetic field intensity level.
10. The welding helmet of claim 6, further comprising a transceiver configured to transmit at least the duration of an amount of time the one or more welding arcs are present according to the arc detection system to a welding power source or a computing device.
11. A welding helmet, comprising:
an arc detection system configured to detect a plurality of welding arcs that occur during one or more welding operations;
control circuitry configured to lighten or darken a lens assembly of the welding helmet based at least in part on the plurality of welding arcs detected by the arc detection system, to determine a duration of a most recent welding arc of the plurality of welding arcs detected by the arc detection system, and to record the duration of the most recent welding arc of the plurality of welding arcs detected by the arc detection system having a respective arc light intensity value that is greater than a predetermined threshold arc light intensity; and
a storage device configured to store a total duration per period of time of a portion of the plurality of welding arcs detected by the arc detection system, wherein the total duration per period of time of the portion of the plurality of welding arcs detected by the arc detection system comprises a sum of the duration of welding arcs per period of time of the portion of the plurality of welding arcs.
12. The welding helmet of claim 11, wherein the period of time is one of a day, a week, or a month.
13. The welding helmet of claim 11, wherein the predetermined threshold arc light intensity is user selectable.
14. The welding helmet of claim 11, wherein the control circuitry includes a counter configured to determine the duration of the most recent welding arc of the plurality of welding arcs detected by the arc detection system.
15. The welding helmet of claim 11, wherein the arc detection system includes at least one of an analog optical sensor, a magnetic field sensor, or a high-resolution camera configured to detect the plurality of welding arcs that occur during one or more welding operations.
16. A welding helmet, comprising:
an arc detection system configured to detect one or more welding arcs that occur during one or more welding operations;
control circuitry configured to lighten or darken a lens assembly of the welding helmet based at least in part on the one or more welding arcs detected by the arc detection system, and to allow a variable duration of the one or more welding arcs detected to be reset by the arc detection system for welding arcs of the one or more welding arcs that have an arc intensity value greater than a predetermined arc intensity; and
a storage device configured to store the variable duration of the one or more welding arcs detected by the arc detection system that can be reset, where a first date provides a reference point relating to an earliest recordable sum of the variable duration of the one or more welding arcs per day, a second date is an earliest date chosen by a user to reset the variable duration of the one or more welding arcs per day, and a third date is a latest date chosen by the user to reset the variable duration of the one or more welding arcs per day.
17. The welding helmet of claim 16, wherein the control circuitry includes a counter configured to determine the variable duration of the one or more welding arcs detected that have an arc intensity value greater than the predetermined arc intensity.
18. The welding helmet of claim 16, wherein the predetermined arc intensity is user selectable.
19. The welding helmet of claim 16, wherein the arc detection system includes at least one of an analog optical sensor, a magnetic field sensor, or a high-resolution camera configured to detect the one or more welding arcs that occur during one or more welding operations.
20. The welding helmet of claim 16, further comprising a transceiver configured to transmit at least the variable duration of the one or more welding arcs detected, that have an arc intensity value greater than the predetermined arc intensity, to a welding power source or a computing device.