Conduit Patents (Class 59/78.1)
  • Patent number: 9476480
    Abstract: Energy guiding chain, whose chain links (1, 2) each consist of two side straps (3, 4) that are connected to each other by cross-members (5, 6), where the cross-members display a bearing area (7) on at least one of their ends and, seen in the longitudinal direction of the side straps (3, 4), a contact area (9) outside the bearing area. To avoid the accumulation of foreign bodies, the side (11) of the contact area of the cross-members facing from the inside of the chain outwards displays a convex curvature or a linear slope towards its contact surface (10) and encloses an angle of <90° with the inner side (3a, 4a) of the respective side strap, such that the contact surface (10) moves along the inner side of the side strap towards the inside of the chain when the cross-member is pivoted open until a completely opened position is reached.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2016
    Assignee: igus GmbH
    Inventors: Andreas Hermey, Thilo-Alexander Jaeker, Stefan Strack
  • Patent number: 9375320
    Abstract: Systems, devices and methods relating to a spinal implant for placement in a disc space of a spine are described. A spinal implant (1) can include a plurality of wedge members including a leading wedge (22), a trailing wedge (28), and one or more intermediary wedges (26) therebetween. The spinal implant (1) can be configured to have a first linear configuration in which the plurality of wedge members are in a linearly expanded form and a second circular configuration in which the plurality of wedge members are positioned circumferentially relative to a center axis. In its first configuration, the spinal implant (1) can be delivered to a disc space, whereby it can assume its second configuration within the disc space, thereby forming a replacement nucleus. The spinal implant (1) can be kept in its first configuration by a rod member (41) received as through the plurality of wedge members. The wedge members can be slidably removed off of the rod member (41) and can assume the second configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2016
    Assignee: Spinal USA, Inc.
    Inventors: John Lawrence Walker, Michael Molleston
  • Patent number: 9328795
    Abstract: The invention relates to a cable carrier chain (1) for carrying cables, hoses or the like, having a plurality of links (2, 3) which form two parallel link strands connected by transverse webs and which can be angled relative to one another by means of articulated connection, wherein the articulated connection between adjacent links (2, 3) is formed by a joint element (5) which is elastically deformable in the angling direction of the links and which is preferably arranged in the longitudinal central plane (S2), which runs in the longitudinal direction of the cable carrier chain, of the links.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2016
    Assignee: Igus GmbH
    Inventors: Günter Blase, Thilo-Alexander Jaeker
  • Patent number: 9325159
    Abstract: A power conducting device guides lines, hoses or the like between a stationary connection point and a moving connection point. The power conducting device includes a first line guiding device having a first end link, a second end link, and a section that deflects between the links and is connected to the links. The line guiding device defines a channel for receiving lines, hoses or the like. The power conducting device further includes a first guiding channel, which defines a first inner ring and a first outer ring. The first line guiding device is arranged in the first guiding channel. The first end link connects to the first inner ring and the second end link connects to the first outer ring. At least one second guiding channel defines a second outer ring and a second inner ring. Certain channels can be rotated about a common axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2016
    Assignee: Tsubaki Kabelschlepp GmbH
    Inventor: Jonathan Spies
  • Patent number: 9265581
    Abstract: Medical apparatus, including a local medical tool and a remote medical tool, located remotely from the local medical tool. The apparatus includes a lockable joint, physically connected to the local medical tool, that is operable in a locked state or in an unlocked state. A handle is physically connected to the lockable joint, so that in the locked state of the joint, movements of the handle are directly transferred to corresponding movements of the local medical tool. The apparatus includes sensors that are configured, in the unlocked state of the joint, to measure motions of the handle with respect to the lockable joint. The apparatus also includes a controller, which in the unlocked state of the joint receives indications of the motions of the handle with respect to the lockable joint, and which is configured to apply the indications to generate corresponding motions for the remote medical tool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2016
    Assignee: Gyrus ACMI, Inc.
    Inventors: Adi Navve, Shai Finkman, Doron Adler
  • Patent number: 9188194
    Abstract: An energy guiding chain for guiding hoses, cables and the like, comprising a number of chain links which are connected to one another in an articulated manner and are formed by mutually parallel link plates and cross members connecting the lateral link plates, the link plates being linked to form parallel strands of link plates wherein each lateral link plate strand is formed by alternating inner link plates and outer link plates. At least some of the outer link plates are provided with rollers, whereas only the inner link plates comprise limit stops which delimit the pivot angle between adjoining link plates. The energy guiding chain offers improved running behavior, which can be adjusted in a simple manner to different radii of curvature, and which can be produced economically.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2015
    Assignee: Igus GmbH
    Inventor: Andreas Hermey
  • Patent number: 9182055
    Abstract: A cable drag chain includes a first chain including a plurality of first connecting members each including a base plate and two mounting plates each defining a slot, a second chain including a plurality of second connecting members each including a base board and two mounting boards each defining a through hole, and two latching members each including a post. The base plates are coupled with each other end-to-end to form the first chain, and the base boards are coupled with each other end-to-end to form the second chain. The two posts of the two latching members detachably engage in the two slots of the first connecting member and the two slots of the second connecting member located at two opposite ends of the cable drag chain.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2015
    Assignee: HON HAI PRECISION INDUSTRY CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Hung-Chun Lu
  • Patent number: 9173312
    Abstract: An apparatus comprising a wall of a drawer adapted to secure a set of cables at a first end, the set of cables can be housed in a cable housing, the wall coupled to a roller and a flattening appendage. In some implementations, the apparatus can include a deck including a plate adapted to secure the set of cables at a second end, the plate located at a midpoint of the deck. Alternatively, a drawer is adapted to slide along the deck, a shelf attached to the drawer. The flattening appendage presses down on the first end of the set of cables and the roller presses down on the second end of the set of cables as the drawer is opened and closed such that the set of cables is stored neatly under the drawer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2015
    Assignee: Quanta Computer Inc.
    Inventors: Maw-Zan Jau, Chao-Jung Chen, Chih-Ming Chen, Wei-Cheng Tseng, Chung-Hsin Tsai
  • Patent number: 9163699
    Abstract: On an energy guiding chain, for guiding hoses, cables and the like, with a number of chain links (1) connected to each other in articulated fashion, said links being formed by side straps (11, 12), which are parallel to each other and connected to form parallel side strap strands, and cross-members (31) connecting them, where the side straps can be pivoted relative to each other about a pivoting axis common to two adjacent side straps, where the energy guiding chain can be traversed in such a way that it forms a loop having an upper strand, a lower strand and a deflection zone connecting them, as a result of which an inner side and an outer side in relation to the loop is defined on the chain links, and where at least one end of the cross-members (31a) on the outer side of the chain links (1) can be detached from the side strap and pivoted in order to open the chain link (1), while the cross-members (31i) on the inner side of the chain links are permanently connected to the side straps, it is envisaged that r
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2015
    Assignee: Igus GmbH
    Inventor: Thilo-Alexander Jaeker
  • Patent number: 9151360
    Abstract: A metal connection plate of a chain link of an energy chain, which metal connecting plate has two ends, wherein one end has first elements and the other end has second elements, wherein the first elements can be inserted into the second elements of a further connecting plate in such a way that the connecting plates are rotatably connected to each other. The first and second elements are each formed by a hole having a border. The borders form stop surfaces corresponding to each other, which stop surfaces protrude substantially perpendicularly to an extent to the connecting plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2015
    Assignee: Tsubaki Kabelschlepp GmbH
    Inventors: Thomas Ameis, Stefan Engel, Mark Daub, Sven Kratzke, Ulrich Wagener
  • Patent number: 9070419
    Abstract: An electronic device includes a chassis, first and second sliding tray modules, first and second cables, and first and second cable-protecting members. The chassis includes a main sliding rail and has a bottom surface. The first and second sliding tray modules respectively contain a plurality of first and second storage modules. The first and second cables are respectively electrically connected to the first and second storage modules. The first cable-protecting member includes a plurality of first connecting units pivotally connected one by one. The first connecting units retain the first cable to move at a first height relative to the bottom surface. The second cable-protecting member includes a plurality of second connecting units pivotally connected one by one. The second connecting units retain the second cable to move at a second height relative to the bottom surface. The first height is different from the second height.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2015
    Assignees: Inventec (Pudong) Technology Corporation, INVENTEC CORPORATION
    Inventors: Fonly Zhu, Ping-Wei Peng
  • Patent number: 9057420
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a protective guiding device for used in cable, including: a plurality of connection rack units for being connected and formed as a chain; and two turning and positioning structures, each of the structures includes an intermediate member and a fasten member, and adjacent surfaces defined on the two members are formed with a plurality of positioning concave parts and positioning convex parts capable of being mutually engaged; when the fasten member is outwardly pulled, and a buckle hole thereof is enabled to compress an elastic member relative to a buckle hook of the intermediate member, so the positioning convex parts and positioning concave parts are released and the fasten member can be turned to a desired angle then be released for allowing the elastic member to be stretched, so the positioning convex parts and the positioning concave parts are engaged for forming a positioning status.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2015
    Assignee: KANG YANG HARDWARE ENTERPRISE CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Shu-Li Hsieh
  • Publication number: 20150128556
    Abstract: The invention relates to an energy guiding chain (1) for guiding hoses, cables and the like, comprising a number of chain links which are connected to one another in an articulated manner and are formed by mutually parallel link plates (11, 12) and cross members (21) connecting the lateral link plates, said link plates being linked to form parallel strands of link plates. The lateral link plates can pivot relative to one another about a pivot axis that is common to two respectively adjacent lateral link plates. The energy guiding chain (1) can be displaced in such a way that it forms a loop having an upper strand, a lower strand, and a deflection zone connecting said two strands, thus defining an inner face and an outer face of the chain links in relation to the loop. The upper strand lies on the lower strand under at least partial contact of the inner faces of chain links.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 16, 2013
    Publication date: May 14, 2015
    Applicant: igus GmbH
    Inventor: Andreas Hermey
  • Patent number: 9029698
    Abstract: A cable protection and guide device is provided, which prevents abrasion of the cable skin of a cable or the like and holds the position of a multi joint link with high precision. The cable protection and guide device is characterized in that the multi-joint link includes a link member and a holding member attached to the link member for holding the cable. The holding member includes a cylindrical base portion and a holding portion formed integrally with the cylindrical base portion, wherein the cylindrical base portion is engaged with a circular through hole of the link member, and the holding portion extends outward from the cylindrical base portion in a multi joint link width direction and is bifurcated for holding the cable from two sides, i.e. multi-joint link flexional inner side and multi-joint link flexional outer side. The holding member is rotatable with respect to the link member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2015
    Assignee: Tsubakimoto Chain Co.
    Inventor: Shoichiro Komiya
  • Patent number: 9027320
    Abstract: Hollow ornaments in the form of closed links with ornamental and functional openings for producing rings, earrings, pendant bangles necklaces or bracelets and in the form of continuous array of closed links with functional and ornamental openings, which are joint free; and process for producing them.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2015
    Inventor: Neeraj Nevatia
  • Publication number: 20150121834
    Abstract: A robochain including a plurality of link units, a connecting member (1300) between the link units, a hollow part formed inside the link unit (1100) for enabling the connecting member (1300) to be detachably attached to each of the link units, and a neck part (1316) formed in the connecting member (1300) for preventing the connecting member (1300) from being easily detached from the hollow part (1118). Repair of a link plate is facilitated by simply separating the engaging part of the connecting member from the hollow part.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 26, 2013
    Publication date: May 7, 2015
    Inventor: Du Jin Kim
  • Patent number: 9018527
    Abstract: A cable protection and guide device, which prevents abrasion of the cable skin of a cable or the like and holds the position of a multi-joint link with high precision, is provided. The multi-joint link includes a link member and a holding member attached to the link member for holding the cable. The holding member has a base part to be engaged with a link side locking part and a holding part that extends from the base part, wherein the base part and the holding part are integrally formed. One of the link side locking part and the base part includes a pair of locking concaves arranged in the multi-joint link width direction while the other one includes a pair of locking claws arranged in the multi-joint link width direction and extending in a link flexional inner-outer direction to be engaged with the locking concaves respectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2015
    Assignee: Tsubakimoto Chain Co.
    Inventor: Shoichiro Komiya
  • Patent number: 8997448
    Abstract: A supporting and guiding device for power lines 2 is intended for use in association with an excavation tool 15 mounted on a drilling machine 1. The device is formed by at least one supporting branch 4, having spacer elements 3, wherein a cable 16 is inserted into at least one housing in said spacer 3, and at least one supply hose 22 for the at least one line 2. The supply hose 22 contains hydraulic hoses and/or electric cables for signal transmission. The device includes transversal connection elements or cross members 42 which are adapted to support supply hoses 22 and are connected to the branch 4. Cable 16 of branch 4 runs through each spacer 3; also, the same cable 16 is subject to a preload generated by the insertion of at least one tensioning element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Assignee: Soilmec S.p.A.
    Inventor: Giovanni Casadei
  • Publication number: 20150089917
    Abstract: On an energy guiding chain, for guiding hoses, cables and the like, with a number of chain links (1) connected to each other in articulated fashion, said links being formed by side straps (11, 12), which are parallel to each other and connected to form parallel side strap strands, and cross-members (31) connecting them, where the side straps can be pivoted relative to each other about a pivoting axis common to two adjacent side straps, where the energy guiding chain can be traversed in such a way that it forms a loop having an upper strand, a lower strand and a deflection zone connecting them, as a result of which an inner side and an outer side in relation to the loop is defined on the chain links, and where at least one end of the cross-members (31a) on the outer side of the chain links (1) can be detached from the side strap and pivoted in order to open the chain link (1), while the cross-members (31i) on the inner side of the chain links are permanently connected to the side straps, it is envisaged that r
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 11, 2013
    Publication date: April 2, 2015
    Inventor: Thilo-Alexander Jaeker
  • Patent number: 8991147
    Abstract: An apparatus to support a cable is provided and includes a channel shaped track, in which the cable is retained, which is formed to define a plurality of pairs of holes on opposing sides of the track at substantially equal intervals and slots that each extend from respective tops of each of the holes to an exterior surface of the track, and a plurality of support members, each of which extends across the track and between at least a portion of adjacent pairs of the holes, to thereby be respectively positioned to prevent the cable from propagating toward the exterior surface of the track.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Allen K. Bates, Daniel J. Winarski, George G. Zamora
  • Publication number: 20150059311
    Abstract: A metal connection plate of a chain link of an energy chain, which metal connecting plate has two ends, wherein one end has first elements and the other end has second elements, wherein the first elements can be inserted into the second elements of a further connecting plate in such a way that the connecting plates are rotatably connected to each other. The first and second elements are each formed by a hole having a border. The borders form stop surfaces corresponding to each other, which stop surfaces protrude substantially perpendicularly to an extent to the connecting plate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 25, 2013
    Publication date: March 5, 2015
    Applicant: Tsubaki Kabelschlepp GmbH
    Inventors: Thomas Ameis, Stefan Engel, Mark Daub, Sven Kratzke, Ulrich Wagener
  • Patent number: 8950822
    Abstract: A chain link assembly, a cable chain assembly and a mining system. The cable handler individual links may include an enclosed section for the fiber optic cable separate from other services for the machine. A flexible material or other structure may assemble the fiber optic cable in the cable handler in a manner in which it “snakes” about the centerline to provide ample slack in the fiber optic cable to, for example, prevent over tension.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2015
    Assignee: Joy MM Delaware, Inc.
    Inventors: Edward F. Niederriter, Shawn W. Franklin, James E. Haughey
  • Patent number: 8943790
    Abstract: An apparatus for transporting a drag chain service loop comprising a frame, wherein said frame encloses the drag chain, and wherein said frame may be attached directly to a drilling rig mast while said drag chain remains enclosed therein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2015
    Assignee: Nabors Drilling USA
    Inventors: Ted Royer, Todd Fox
  • Publication number: 20150000243
    Abstract: The power conducting device includes at least one first and one second line guiding device. The power conducting device has a first guiding channel and a second guiding channel which can be twisted about a common axis. The first line guiding device is arranged in the first guiding channel and the second line guiding device is arranged in the second guiding channel. The line guiding devices in each case have an end member and a connecting member, the end member being connected either to a respective inner ring or outer ring, and the connecting member being connected to the respectively other outer ring or inner ring.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 31, 2013
    Publication date: January 1, 2015
    Inventors: Jonathan Spies, Thomas Ameis, Uwe Kemper
  • Patent number: 8921697
    Abstract: In accordance with one embodiment of the present disclosure, a cable protector system is provided. The system includes a first component, the first component comprising a top surface, a bottom surface, and two opposing ends. The first component defines a channel extending between the two opposing ends. The system also comprises a second component, the second component being substantially identical to the first component. When the first and second components are coupled, each of the top surfaces are substantially co-planar and each of the bottom surfaces are substantially co-planar and the channels together define a single channel extending between the first component and second component. The channel is configured to receive at least one cable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Inventor: Michael Todd Potter
  • Patent number: 8919093
    Abstract: A cable protection and guide device capable of preventing abrasion powder that is otherwise generated when a link side plate slides on a support surface while switching between a linear position and a flexional position. The link side plate integrally includes: a front side plate portion connected to a longitudinally preceding link side plate to form a cable flexional inner circumferential side; a rear side plate portion connected to a longitudinally succeeding link side plate to form a cable flexional outer circumferential side; and, a flexible linkage portion interposed between the front and rear side plate portions. The rear side plate portion includes a first flexional outer circumferential end surface in an arc shape and provided on the cable flexional outer circumferential side, and, an arc center of the first flexional outer circumferential end surface longitudinally preceding a center of the linkage portion of the succeeding link side plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Assignee: Tsubakimoto Chain Co.
    Inventor: Shoichiro Komiya
  • Patent number: 8915056
    Abstract: A device for supporting and guiding supplying lines used with a digging tool on a drilling machine is described. The device comprises a support branch, formed by a plurality of spacers, adjacent to one another in which a rope or tie-rod is inserted in a housing comprised in the spacers, a supplying pipe for the supplying line and a crosspiece comprising a seat adapted to support the supplying pipe. Each pair of adjacent spacers comprises retaining means. Each retaining means comprises a retaining element, associated to a first spacer of a pair of adjacent spacers, and a slot having a shape substantially matching the shape of the retaining element, associated to a second spacer of the pair of adjacent spacers. A retaining element, during use, engages with a slot allowing relative axial movement, in the longitudinal direction of the rope, of a predetermined amount.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 23, 2014
    Assignee: Soilmec S.p.A.
    Inventor: Davide Trevisani
  • Patent number: 8918207
    Abstract: A robotic surgical system includes a master controller with an input handle and robotic manipulator assemblies including a surgical end effector and an endoscopic camera. The input handle is translatable to provide a position and rotatable to provide an orientation. A control system couples the master controller to the first and second manipulator assemblies. The control system moves the surgical end effector in response to the position and orientation of the input handle. The control system moves the input handle to orient the input handle to correspond to an orientation of the surgical end effector from a viewpoint of the endoscopic camera during the repositioning of at least one of the input handle position, the end effector, or the endoscopic camera. The control system may move the surgical end effector only in a first mode and orients the input handle only in a second mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 23, 2014
    Assignee: Intuitive Surgical Operations, Inc.
    Inventor: Giuseppe M. Prisco
  • Patent number: 8904745
    Abstract: A link for a linear carrier chain is disclosed, said link including side and end walls connected together to form a duct for a hose, cable or the like, said walls being connected by means of flanges adjacent edges of some of said walls, said flanges being slidably engaged in slots in others of said walls and wherein said flanges are disposed at outwardly directed oblique angles to reduce stress concentrations at the base thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2014
    Assignee: Cobraco IP Pty Limited
    Inventors: Paul Anthony Daly, Tony J Gardner
  • Publication number: 20140345245
    Abstract: The present invention concerns a cable assembly curvature limiter for limiting the curvature of a cable assembly in a transition from a vertical direction to a horizontal direction. The invention further concerns an offshore facility comprising the cable assembly curvature limiter and a method of suspending the cable assembly from an upper level of an offshore facility.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 19, 2012
    Publication date: November 27, 2014
    Applicant: SIEMENS AKTIENGESELLSCAFT
    Inventors: Niels Joergen Borch-Jensen, Johnny Soerensen
  • Patent number: 8893465
    Abstract: A cable protection and guide device is provided, which prevents abrasion of the cable skin of a cable or the like and holds the position of a multi-joint link with high precision. The cable protection and guide device is characterized in that the multi-joint link includes a link member and a pair of holding members attached to the link member for holding the cable. A flexional inner side holding member has an inner side base part and an inner side holding part that are integrally formed. A flexional outer side holding member has an outer side base part and an outer side holding part that are integrally formed, and the outer side holding part cooperates with the inner side holding part to hold the cable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2014
    Assignee: Tsubakimoto Chain Co.
    Inventor: Shoichiro Komiya
  • Patent number: 8857148
    Abstract: Component of a chain element of an energy-conducting chain, wherein the component has a cavity which is produced by means of a fluid internal pressure injection molding method, or is formed from a micro-cellular foam.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2014
    Assignee: Tsubaki Kabelschlepp GmbH
    Inventors: Uwe Kemper, Heiner Samen, Jochen Bensberg, Thomas Wendig
  • Patent number: 8821104
    Abstract: A loader work machine is disclosed in which a base portion of each of right/left arms (77) is received by an arm support portion (164) of a first lift link (81) and pivotally supported by a first arm shaft (88), and a hydraulic pipe arrangement (167) connected to a hydraulic actuator (98) extend through an support frame (11) from inside to outside of its inner wall (12), and toward an arm (77). The base portion of the arm (77) is supported to the arm support portion (164) at a position adjacent a link outer wall (157) in a transverse direction so that a hose accommodation space (165) is formed between a link inner wall (156) and an internal side face of the base portion of the arm (77). The hydraulic pipe arrangement (167) runs frontward of the first arm shaft (88) and a first link shaft (85), and is disposed in the hose accommodation space (165).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2014
    Assignee: Kubota Corporation
    Inventors: Toyoaki Yasuda, Masanori Fujino, Toshihiko Takemura, Yasuo Nakata, Yoshitaka Matsubara, Yoshihiro Ueda, Yuuki Takano, Yusuke Kawai, Ryohei Sumiyoshi, Hiroyuki Anami, Naoya Muramoto, Kenji Mitsui, Youhei Kawano, Takeshi Ikumura
  • Patent number: 8806847
    Abstract: An energy guiding chain for guiding cables, flexible tubes or the like comprises a plurality of chain links (1, 2, 3) which are articulated to each other and which each include two lateral straps (1a, 1b, 2a, 2b, 3a, 3b) and upper and lower cross-members (4) connecting said lateral straps.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2014
    Assignee: Igus GmbH
    Inventors: Günter Blase, Andreas Hermey
  • Patent number: 8807490
    Abstract: There is provided a cable protection and guide apparatus that improves efficiency of cable insertion and maintenance when a connecting arm attached to a link plate by a hinge structure is disconnected. In order to removably connect the connecting arm to the link plate, the guide apparatus has the hinge structure composed of a hinge stem and a hook that is rotatably engaged with the hinge stem. The hinge structure has a disengagement preventing portion that prevents the hook from disengaging from the hinge stem and a rotation restricting portion that restricts the rotation of the connecting arm in the disconnected condition. The rotation restricting portion is composed of a link-side engagement element and an arm-side engagement element. In the rotation restricting condition effected by engagement of the link-side and arm-side engagement elements, a rotational angle of the connecting arm is an obtuse angle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2014
    Assignee: Tsubakimoto Chain Co.
    Inventor: Shoichiro Komiya
  • Publication number: 20140215996
    Abstract: An apparatus for transporting a drag chain service loop comprising a frame, wherein said frame encloses the drag chain, and wherein said frame may be attached directly to a drilling rig mast while said drag chain remains enclosed therein.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 4, 2014
    Publication date: August 7, 2014
    Applicant: Nabors Drilling USA
    Inventors: Ted Royer, Todd Fox
  • Patent number: 8769922
    Abstract: A guidance chain for guiding a connection line, such as a cable, electrical cable, fiber glass cable, water line, gas line or fluid line, between parts of a medical diagnostic apparatus which are moved relative to each other, includes plural chain elements, where consecutive chain elements are moveable relative to each other about a respective imaginary or real rotation axis for realizing a folding movement of the guidance chain. The guidance chain is constructed such that it has a pre-set curvature in an unfolded state, and the radial extensions of the rotation axes are originating from substantially the same point in a folded state of the guidance chain.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2014
    Assignee: Koninklijke Philips N.V.
    Inventors: Antonius Maria Rijken, Martinus Antonius Maria Cuppen, Ravindra Bhat, Arthur Robert Van Es
  • Publication number: 20140182262
    Abstract: A cable protection and guide device is provided, which prevents abrasion of the cable skin of a cable or the like and holds the position of a multi-joint link with high precision. The cable protection and guide device is characterized in that the multi-joint link includes a link member and a pair of holding members attached to the link member for holding the cable. A flexional inner side holding member has an inner side base part and an inner side holding part that are integrally formed. A flexional outer side holding member has an outer side base part and an outer side holding part that are integrally formed, and the outer side holding part cooperates with the inner side holding part to hold the cable.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 21, 2013
    Publication date: July 3, 2014
    Applicant: TSUBAKIMOTO CHAIN CO.
    Inventor: SHOICHIRO KOMIYA
  • Patent number: 8745965
    Abstract: A flexible cable guide is provided that includes, but is not limited to a first chain link with a first longitudinal axis, a front region and a tubular first inner surface that extends in longitudinal direction, and a second chain link with a second longitudinal axis, a rear region and a tubular second inner surface that extends in longitudinal direction. The front region of the first chain link is connected to the rear region of the second chain link pivotably about a pivoting axis that extends perpendicular to the longitudinal axes of the chain links, such that it can be pivoted leftward and rightward referred to the first longitudinal axis up to a maximum pivoting angle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2014
    Assignee: Airbus Operations GmbH
    Inventors: Detlef Tiegs, Sten Gatzke
  • Patent number: 8746631
    Abstract: An article carrier robot includes: a horizontal base; a horizontally movable unit supported by the horizontal base so as to be movable in a horizontal direction; a robot main body supported by the horizontally movable unit; at least one of wiring and piping introduced into the robot main body from the horizontal base; and a restriction unit supported by the horizontally movable unit so as to be swayable about a pivot provided to the horizontally movable unit. The restriction unit is configured to restrict deformation of a part of the at least one of wiring and piping.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2014
    Assignee: Kawasaki Jukogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Yasuhiko Hashimoto, Toshiaki Yoshida, Tetsuya Yoshida
  • Patent number: 8739507
    Abstract: A convertible interlocking cable track system for receiving and handling a flexible member for use in a longwall mining operation. The cable track system includes a series of links adapted to retain the flexible member, each of the links including a single pull link adapted to interconnect with adjacent links, wherein the single pull link is configured to cooperate with a cable control member to form an opening for receiving and handling the flexible member. The cable control member comprises either a shaped rod to form a single pull cable track system, or an outer link to convert the single pull link to a twin pull link in order to satisfy certain loading requirements. The cable track system also includes a securing arrangement for securing the cable control member to the single pull link and an interlocking system for joining the series of links to one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2014
    Inventor: Ceiriog Hughes
  • Patent number: 8733077
    Abstract: A transmission line guide chain includes a plurality of connected chain links that define a through-passage to receive transmission lines. The chain links include a first chain link that defines a through-hole that forms a portion of the through-passage. A first divider is disposed in the through-hole and a second divider is removably seated on the first divider to provide a stack of dividers in the through-hole. The stack of dividers divides the through-hole into a plurality of compartments that can each receive at least one transmission line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2014
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventors: Daniel Gutiérrez García, Lorena Fernández Llorens, Ignacio Picatoste Olloqui
  • Patent number: 8720178
    Abstract: A component for a line routing system including at least one line routing device having at least one section of the surface of the component that is flocked. The component of line routing device is at least one of a chain link, a chain link plate of a chain link, a transverse web of a chain link, a cover of a chain link, a dividing web of a chain link, a guide element, a housing, a line, and a hose.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2014
    Assignee: Tsubaki Kabelschlepp GmbH
    Inventors: Thomas Wendig, Werner Eul
  • Patent number: 8707670
    Abstract: A cable protection and guide device is capable of preventing noise and abrasion powder generated by a flexion outer circumferential connecting arm and avoiding disconnection of the arm. The device includes: a number of link frame bodies each having link side plates each having a front side plate portion connected longitudinally to a preceding link side plate to form a cable flexion inner circumferential side; a rear side plate portion connected longitudinally to a succeeding link side plate to form a cable flexion outer circumferential side; and, a flexible linkage portion interposed between the front and rear side plate portions. The link frame body also includes a flexion outer circumferential-side connecting arm whose flexion outer circumferential-side surface is provided so as to be closer to the cable flexion inner circumferential side than a flexion outer circumferential edge of the rear side plate portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2014
    Assignee: Tsubakimoto Chain Co.
    Inventor: Shoichiro Komiya
  • Publication number: 20140102070
    Abstract: A link for a linear carrier chain is disclosed, said link including side and end walls connected together to form a duct for a hose, cable or the like, said walls being connected by means of flanges adjacent edges of some of said walls, said flanges being slidably engaged in slots in others of said walls and wherein said flanges are disposed at outwardly directed oblique angles to reduce stress concentrations at the base thereof.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 25, 2011
    Publication date: April 17, 2014
    Applicant: COBRACO IP PTY LIMITED
    Inventors: Paul Anthony Daly, Tony Gardner
  • Patent number: 8695320
    Abstract: A non-back-bending chain having a plurality of links wherein said links include a rounded portion, a right flat portion, a bottom portion, and a left flat portion. The rounded portion allows the chain to bend or coil in one direction. The flat portions, when in contact, prevent the chain from bending in the opposite direction. Therefore, a chain that can be used to both “push” and “pull” is provided. Further, the chain can be used to provide a rigid extension that can be used to support a force even when only supported by one end. The chain can be retracted for storage and bunched or coiled.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 15, 2014
    Assignee: Zike, LLC
    Inventors: Nathan A. Scolari, George Reiter
  • Publication number: 20140096499
    Abstract: A transmission line guide chain includes a plurality of connected chain links that define a through-passage to receive transmission lines. The chain links include a first chain link that defines a through-hole that forms a portion of the through-passage. A first divider is disposed in the through-hole and a second divider is removably seated on the first divider to provide a stack of dividers in the through-hole. The stack of dividers divides the through-hole into a plurality of compartments that can each receive at least one transmission line.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 4, 2012
    Publication date: April 10, 2014
    Applicant: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventors: Daniel Gutiérrez García, Lorena Fernández Llorens, Ignacio Picatoste Olloqui
  • Publication number: 20140090350
    Abstract: A power conducting device guides lines, hoses or the like between a stationary connection point and a moving connection point. The power conducting device includes a first line guiding device having a first end link, a second end link, and a section that deflects between the links and is connected to the links. The line guiding device defines a channel for receiving lines, hoses or the like. The power conducting device further includes a first guiding channel, which defines a first inner ring and a first outer ring. The first line guiding device is arranged in the first guiding channel. The first end link connects to the first inner ring and the second end link connects to the first outer ring. At least one second guiding channel defines a second outer ring and a second inner ring. Certain channels can be rotated about a common axis.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 28, 2012
    Publication date: April 3, 2014
    Applicant: Tsubaki Kabelschlepp GmbH
    Inventor: Jonathan Spies
  • Publication number: 20140083075
    Abstract: A convertible interlocking cable track system for receiving and handling a flexible member for use in a longwall mining operation. The cable track system includes a series of links adapted to retain the flexible member, each of the links including a single pull link adapted to interconnect with adjacent links, wherein the single pull link is configured to cooperate with a cable control member to form an opening for receiving and handling the flexible member. The cable control member comprises either a shaped rod to form a single pull cable track system, or an outer link to convert the single pull link to a twin pull link in order to satisfy certain loading requirements. The cable track system also includes a securing arrangement for securing the cable control member to the single pull link and an interlocking system for joining the series of links to one another.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 21, 2012
    Publication date: March 27, 2014
    Inventor: Ceiriog Hughes
  • Patent number: 8656697
    Abstract: A steerable multi-linked device. The device includes a first multi-linked mechanism and a second multi-linked mechanism. At least one of the first and second multi-linked mechanisms is steerable and includes a modular link assembly at an end thereof. The modular link assembly includes a base, and a tip removably connected to the base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2014
    Assignee: Carnegie Mellon University
    Inventors: Brett Zubiate, Howard M. Choset, Amir Degani, Michael Schwerin