Patents Represented by Attorney, Agent or Law Firm Vincent Ciamacco
  • Patent number: 6799473
    Abstract: A load cell alignment apparatus for aligning a load cell during an axial tension test of a brake cable. The apparatus includes a mounting structure, an alignment structure, a biasing device, and the load cell. The alignment structure is connected between the mounting structure and the biasing device. The biasing device is connected to the load cell and applies a tension preload to the load cell, and the alignment structure, in response to the tension preload, properly aligns the load cell with an axis for subsequent measurement of applied tension on the brake cable. The alignment structure permits only linear axial tension to be applied to the load cell in response to application of a further tension load on the load cell.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2002
    Date of Patent: October 5, 2004
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Steve Adrian
  • Patent number: 6779423
    Abstract: A kickoff socket assembly includes a socket and an insert member that fits closely inside the socket. The insert member includes a body portion and a projection. The projection integrally extends from the body portion, and has a distal end disposed a predetermined distance from the open end of the socket, and is narrower in diameter than the body portion of the insert member. In use, a nut is placed over the projection such that the projection extends partially through the nut. The nut is engaged with a threaded shaft and the socket is rotated to drive the nut onto the shaft. Rotation of the nut is stopped by engagement of the distal end of the projection with the shaft when the nut is threaded the predetermined distance on the shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2002
    Date of Patent: August 24, 2004
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Gary Hammons, Russell Gygi, James Gatchel, Robert Bogard
  • Patent number: 6779585
    Abstract: A method for filling a ladle cup of a ladle assembly with molten aluminum to reduce formation of aluminum oxides. The ladle cup is rotated into alignment with an axis of a ladle arm, which carries the ladle cup, such that a plane defined by the ladle cup rim is generally parallel to the ladle arm axis and the opening of the ladle cup faces parallel to a surface of the molten aluminum. The ladle cup is inserted into the bath of molten aluminum while maintained in alignment with the ladle arm axis. When the ladle cup reaches its final position within the bath of molten aluminum, the ladle cup is rotated to a desired angular orientation, which corresponds to a desired shot weight, and then is raised out of the molten aluminum while being retained in the desired angular orientation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2002
    Date of Patent: August 24, 2004
    Assignee: Honda Giken Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Mark Zumberger, Steve Pape, John David Pinkerton, Jr., Josh Edwards, Keith Bergman, Yukio Kawai
  • Patent number: 6761404
    Abstract: A securable protective seat cover, system and method. For a manually adjustable vehicle seat, a securable protective seat cover apparatus includes a seat cushion and an adjustor bar. The apparatus also includes a plastic film shaped to cover the vehicle seat. The film includes a front portion that includes a first seal portion, a second seal portion, and a surrounding portion. The first and second seal portions are directly secured to one another at a side of the adjustor bar so as to attach the surrounding portion to the adjustor bar. For a power adjustable vehicle seat, a temporary plastic protective seat cover system includes a front cover mounted below the power adjustable vehicle seat. The front cover includes a hook. The system also includes a plastic film that is shaped to cover the vehicle seat and is adapted to be secured to the hook.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2002
    Date of Patent: July 13, 2004
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Dustin Parker, Kyle Davidson
  • Patent number: 6760794
    Abstract: Vehicle identification number (VIN) data acquisition and stamping center control, wherein a main computer supplies VIN data to a PLC disposed at the stamping center, and the PLC stores a quantity of VIN data, up to a predetermined maximum, in an input buffer memory of the PLC in order to permit the stamping center to continue operating even when the network connection with the main computer is broken. The PLC also includes an output buffer memory in which stamped VINs may be stored until the network connection is restored, at which point the stamped VINs are transmitted to the main computer. Alternative semi-automatic and manual modes of operation permit the stamping center to continue operating even when the supply of VIN data from the input buffer memory is exhausted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2002
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2004
    Assignee: Honda Giken Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: John Deno, Jay Johnson, Rick Dalton
  • Patent number: 6670803
    Abstract: An apparatus for determining a velocity of a part through a part feeder tube. The part feeder tube defines an axis. The apparatus includes first and second sensors spaced axially from each other by a predetermined distance (d). The first sensor sends a first signal in response to sensing the part and the second sensor sends a second, subsequent signal in response to sensing the part. The velocity of the part is based on the distance (d) and the first and second signals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2002
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2003
    Assignee: Honda Giken Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Brent Rankin
  • Patent number: 6666097
    Abstract: A force measuring device and method for determining a force required to move a cart. The force measuring device includes a force generating device, a load member, a load cell, and a controller. The force generating device is connected to the load member and moves the load member toward or away from the cart so as to apply pushing or pulling forces to the cart. The load cell is disposed between the load member and the cart, and transmits sensed force data to the controller. During a test, the controller collects the force data from the load cell. By testing carts of various configurations under all expected loading conditions, the performance of each cart configuration can be experimentally determined. The performance data is assembled in a database to permit a user to identify an optimum cart for an intended application.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2001
    Date of Patent: December 23, 2003
    Assignee: Honda Giken Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Robert T. Smith
  • Patent number: 6659160
    Abstract: A reverse break stamp hook assembly and method for breaking a biscuit from a casting. The reverse break stamp hook assembly is mounted to an upper trim die of conventional stamping equipment, and includes a leg that hangs from a pivot attached to a mounting bracket and a counterweight arm that extends from the pivot. The hook includes an angled front portion and a catch portion. As the upper trim die moves toward a lower trim die during the downstroke, the angled front portion of the hook contacts an edge of the biscuit. The contact between the edge of the biscuit and the angled front portion of the hook causes the hook to pivot away from the biscuit until the catch portion passes below the biscuit. The counterweight causes the hook to pivot back toward the biscuit, positioning the catch portion under the biscuit. During the upstroke, the catch portion engages the bottom side of the biscuit and causes the biscuit to break from the part as the upper trim die is raised.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2002
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2003
    Assignee: Honda Giken Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Robert Dague, Jr.
  • Patent number: 6615676
    Abstract: A method and system for tensioning a belt, the system including a tensioning measuring head, a controller, and an air impact gun. The tension measuring head includes a vibration sensor and a belt striker. The controller activates the belt striker and receives signals from the vibration sensor indicative of the vibrations set up in the belt being tensioned. The measured vibrations are indicative of the tension on the belt, and are used by the controller to deactivate the air impact gun when the belt tension is determined to be at a desired level.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2001
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2003
    Assignee: Honda Giken Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Brent C Rankin
  • Patent number: 6616848
    Abstract: A die lube recovery and recycling system includes a weir tank, a filtration assembly, and a holding tank. The weir tank receives used, dirty die lube and filters large particles therefrom. Preliminarily filtered die lube is pumped through the filtration assembly and reconditioned die lube is delivered to the holding tank. A level of reconditioned die lube in the holding tank is monitored and, the die lube is replenished with fresh die lube from a fresh die lube source when the level falls below a predetermined level. A die lube pressure booster is used to withdraw die lube from the holding tank, pressurize the withdrawn die lube, and spray the pressurized die lube on a die in a casting machine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2001
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2003
    Assignee: Honda Giken Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Michael R. Steiner
  • Patent number: 6588962
    Abstract: A gap checking device includes a housing, a plunger, and a paint applicator. The housing defines a paint reservoir in which a proximal end of the plunger is received. The plunger is movable between a closed position sealing the reservoir and an open position permitting the release of paint from the reservoir. When the plunger is open, paint flows along the plunger toward a distal end of the plunger. The paint applicator, which is disposed near the distal end of the plunger, is specially shaped and sized to check a gap between a pair of surfaces, such as the gap in an end surface of a control shaft. To check the gap, the distal end of the plunger is inserted into the gap, and the device housing is forced toward the end surface. The distal end of the housing moves axially toward the end surface of the control shaft. If the gap is not too small, the end surface of the control shaft engages the paint applicator and is thereby coated with paint.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2002
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2003
    Assignee: Honda Giken Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: David Schmitt
  • Patent number: 6588916
    Abstract: A paint booth lighting fixture having a sealed enclosure that receives a plurality of light bulbs, each of the bulbs having an individually adjustable reflector movably secured adjacent thereto. The reflectors are movable to direct light in a desired direction. The reflectors are held in a desired position and include an elongated body defining a series of elongated reflective surfaces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2001
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2003
    Assignee: Honda Giken Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Guy Belair
  • Patent number: 6568507
    Abstract: A system and method for removing liquids from engines, the system including first and second liquid storage tanks that are disposed for serial flow therebetween, a pressure source, and a vacuum source. The first liquid storage tank is continuously connected to the vacuum source, while the second liquid storage tank is alternatively connected to either the vacuum source, during filling, or the pressure source, during draining. Opening and closing the valves is controlled in response to sensed liquid levels in the tanks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2001
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2003
    Assignee: Honda Giken Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Kevin R. Chandler
  • Patent number: 6516655
    Abstract: A method and device for testing a metal part for weakness to deformation. The device includes a motor that moves a shaft and a load applicator toward and away from a part being tested. The motor is activated in accordance with a predetermined sequence and in dependence upon pressure sensed by a load cell associated with the shaft. In the method, displacement is measured by a displacement measuring device throughout the testing sequence in order to determine the part's resistance to deformation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2002
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2003
    Assignee: Honda Giken Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Steve Adrian
  • Patent number: 6450072
    Abstract: A tappet screw adjuster having an outer sleeve, an inner shaft, a bearing block, a handle, and a rotary coupling disposed between the bearing block and the inner shaft. The rotary coupling is designed such that the bearing block and inner shaft rotate together when a load on the inner shaft is below a predetermined level and such that the bearing block and inner shaft do not rotate together when the load on the inner shaft exceeds the predetermined level. The rotary coupling includes a tension setting device, which is threadably secured to the bearing block, and a friction plate. The friction plate includes an annular projection that is received within a groove provided on the tension setting device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2000
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2002
    Assignee: Honda of America Mfg., Inc.
    Inventor: Karsten G. Koester