Patents by Assignee Ford Motor Company

Application number: 20140230242
Abstract: A self-piercing die riveter having an indexable die table on the nose of its frame. The die table has a number of dies disposed thereon. The frame defines a first passage and a second passage in communication with and diverging from the first passage. An actuator for indexing the die table is located on the riveter outside of the nose of the frame and is connected to the die table through either shafts or belts disposed within the first and second passages. The die table has a number of detents that cooperate with a locating arm to hinder indexing of the die table and position the dies in-line with the path of a reciprocating punch.
Type: Application
Filed: February 18, 2013
Issued: August 21, 2014
Assignee: FORD MOTOR COMPANY
Inventors: Matthew Flis, William C. Moision
Application number: 20140236336
Abstract: A manufacturing process including a quality control procedure for verifying the completion of forming processes, heat treating and chemically treating parts. Sheet formed blanks, tubular blanks, extrusions and casting are traced through a manufacturing process from the time the parts are received. Metallurgical data relating to parts as received is recorded and marked on the parts. Forming data, heat treating data and chemical treating data may also be recorded by scanning and marking parts throughout the manufacturing process.
Type: Application
Filed: February 15, 2013
Issued: August 21, 2014
Assignee: Ford Motor Company
Inventors: Brett D. Irick, Jerome A. Berendt, Richard J. Hare, Stephen Kernosky, Laurent Bernard Chappuis, James Engle
Application number: 20140228997
Abstract: The present invention provides methods to create a pattern part, and a subsequent mold core package, that can be used in the casting process to cast one or more die components having a near net-shape of the finished part. In this way, the present invention provides a cast part which greatly reduces the amount of finishing work that needs to be performed on the part after casting. Further, the present invention provides a method which involves less upfront stock material to cast the near net-shape of the desired die component part. The present invention accomplishes this by providing an efficient and effective automated method to determine where and how to add appropriate mechanical features to a design model part to produce a manufacturing model part in a CAD software program.
Type: Application
Filed: February 11, 2013
Issued: August 14, 2014
Assignee: FORD MOTOR COMPANY
Inventors: John Phillips, Varinder Singh Saini, Scott Gafken, Richard Raymond Urban, Paul Christopher Susalla, Lixing Ma, Yuan-Ping Hu, David Michael Boren
Application number: 20140222480
Abstract: A set of test requests, a test calendar, and a list of prototype control models are received in a computing device having a processor and a memory. Each of the test requests includes an identifier for one of a plurality of tests to be performed and one or more attributes required to be included in a prototype to be used in the one of the tests. The test calendar includes a test duration and a list of build dates, each of the build dates associated with one of a plurality of prototypes to be available for testing on the respective build date. The list of prototype control models includes a list of possible buildable configurations of the prototypes. A control model compatibility list is generated, including, for each pair of prototypes in the plurality of prototypes, an indication of whether the prototypes in the pair are compatible for tests. A test schedule is generated using at least one of a heuristic and a mathematical optimization.
Type: Application
Filed: February 7, 2013
Issued: August 7, 2014
Assignee: Ford Motor Company
Inventors: Daniel Reich, Erica Klampfl, Ellen Barnes, Hassen Hammoud
Application number: 20140212774
Abstract: A gas reclaiming system is disclosed. The gas reclaiming system includes a getter device adapted to receive mixed gases and separate the mixed gases into at least one gas of interest and constituent gases. A recirculation loop is disposed in fluid communication with the getter device and adapted to receive the at least one gas of interest from the getter device. A gas reclaiming method is also disclosed.
Type: Application
Filed: March 29, 2014
Issued: July 31, 2014
Assignee: Ford Motor Company
Inventors: Milos Milacic, William Schank, Kurt Osborne
Application number: 20140201977
Abstract: An apparatus, tool and method for clearing a rivet from an automated riveting tool. The riveting tool has a nose that supports the rivet as the rivet is installed by a punch. A clamping ring engages a work piece while installing the rivet. A clamping ring engages a block, but defines a clearance area into which the rivet is ejected when an unsuitable rivet is detected. A sensor monitors the rivets in the nose and prevents installation of the rivet when the rivet in the nose is not suitable for installation. System controls are provided to stop insertion of an unsuitable rivet while the robot continues to move the rivet tool through the complete cycle without inserting rivets until the unsuitable rivet is cleared.
Type: Application
Filed: January 18, 2013
Issued: July 24, 2014
Assignee: FORD MOTOR COMPANY
Inventors: William C. Moision, Loi V. Nguyen
Patent number: 8786455
Abstract: A tool lubrication delivery monitoring system and a method of control. An accelerometer is provided to detect a position of a valve and fluid flow through the valve. Accelerometer data may be compared to a baseline profile to determine whether fluid flow or valve operation is within established parameters.
Type: Grant
Filed: June 23, 2011
Issued: July 22, 2014
Assignee: Ford Motor Company
Inventors: James William Perry, Chandra Jalluri
Patent number: D709010
Type: Grant
Filed: August 20, 2013
Issued: July 15, 2014
Assignee: Ford Motor Company
Inventors: J C. Mays, Moray S. Callum, Joel Piaskowski, Kemal Curic
Patent number: D709412
Type: Grant
Filed: November 14, 2013
Issued: July 22, 2014
Assignee: Ford Motor Company
Inventors: J C. Mays, Moray S. Callum, Joel Piaskowski, Kemal Curic
Patent number: D709413
Type: Grant
Filed: December 3, 2013
Issued: July 22, 2014
Assignee: Ford Motor Company
Inventors: Gordon M. Platto, Bradley A. Richards, Moray S. Callum, Joel Piaskowski, Richard Howard
Patent number: D709414
Type: Grant
Filed: December 3, 2013
Issued: July 22, 2014
Assignee: Ford Motor Company
Inventors: Gordon M. Platto, Bradley A. Richards, Moray S. Callum, Joel Piaskowski, Richard Howard
Patent number: D709415
Type: Grant
Filed: December 16, 2013
Issued: July 22, 2014
Assignee: Ford Motor Company
Inventors: J C. Mays, Moray S. Callum, Joel Piaskowski, Darrell Behmer, Kemal Curic
Patent number: D709416
Type: Grant
Filed: December 16, 2013
Issued: July 22, 2014
Assignee: Ford Motor Company
Inventors: J C. Mays, Moray S. Callum, Joel Piaskowski, Darrell Behmer, Kemal Curic
Patent number: D709810
Type: Grant
Filed: December 3, 2013
Issued: July 29, 2014
Assignee: Ford Motor Company
Inventors: Gordon M. Platto, Bradley A. Richards, Moray S. Callum, Joel Piaskowski, Richard Howard
Patent number: D709811
Type: Grant
Filed: December 3, 2013
Issued: July 29, 2014
Assignee: Ford Motor Company
Inventors: Gordon M. Platto, Bradley A. Richards, Moray S. Callum, Joel Piaskowski, Richard Howard
Patent number: D709812
Type: Grant
Filed: December 10, 2013
Issued: July 29, 2014
Assignee: Ford Motor Company
Inventors: Kevin George, George Bucher, Steven Gilmore, Shawn Wehrly
Patent number: D710762
Type: Grant
Filed: October 16, 2013
Issued: August 12, 2014
Assignee: Ford Motor Company
Inventors: J. C. Mays, Moray S. Callum, Joel Piaskowski, Darrell Paul Behmer, Kemal Curic, Garen Nicoghosian, Mark Kaski, Ehab N. Kaoud
Patent number: D710777
Type: Grant
Filed: December 21, 2012
Issued: August 12, 2014
Assignee: Ford Motor Company
Inventors: Gordon M. Platto, Anthony Lee Meyer, Brad Alan Richards
Patent number: D711025
Type: Grant
Filed: December 20, 2012
Issued: August 12, 2014
Assignee: Ford Motor Company
Inventors: Murat Gueler, Darrell Paul Behmer, Dillon Blanski, Sang Y. Kim
Patent number: D711303
Type: Grant
Filed: December 20, 2013
Issued: August 19, 2014
Assignee: Ford Motor Company
Inventors: Soo Young Kang-Morales, Antonio Molinari