Patents Assigned to Crafford Precision Products Co.
  • Patent number: 5592809
    Abstract: Apparatus is disclosed for forming a single wire link which can be joined to a preformed jewelry article. The apparatus includes an electric motor-driven cam assembly that provides for sequential operation of the wire feeding and link forming devices. A single wire section is severed from a wire stock, bent into a U-shaped configuration and fed to a link forming station within a common working plane where the U-shaped wire element can be formed into a link and joined to a jewelry article. The link forming apparatus avoids the use of a magazine for storing a plurality of U-shaped wire element thus eliminating unused U-shaped wire elements in the magazine when switching wire stock. The apparatus is constructed in a manner which readily permits quick and easy changing of the feeding and forming dies when switching to different size wire stock. The apparatus further provides a simple adjustment mechanism for adjusting the length of the wire section severed from the wire stock.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 1995
    Date of Patent: January 14, 1997
    Assignee: Crafford Precision Products Co.
    Inventors: Anthony Marcotrigiano, James T. Pepper
  • Patent number: 5278389
    Abstract: Arc welding apparatus for use in conjunction with conventional link forming apparatus is operable for welding the closed ends of a link after it is formed. The electrode is mounted on a swinging arm which presents the electrode from the front of the assembly and positions the electrode substantially over the top of the link for welding thereof. The vertical, horizontal and angular positions of the electrode are adjustable by means of threaded adjustment knobs. A shield and gas tube are mounted adjacent to the tip end of the electrode and move simultaneously with the electrode into position over the link during a welding operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 1992
    Date of Patent: January 11, 1994
    Assignee: Crafford Precision Products Co.
    Inventors: David P. Braman, James T. Pepper, Anthony Marcotrigiano
  • Patent number: 5271132
    Abstract: An automatic stone setting machine includes a vibratory parts feeder which orients the stones in the correct position for pick-up and a pick-up quill which is capable of sensing the position of the stone on the end of the quill. The vibratory parts feeder includes an escapement having a v-shaped track, an aperture at the end of the track and a cover plate mounted over the track. The track and cover plate cooperate to create a passageway which only allows correctly oriented stones to pass through to the pick-up point. The pick-up end of the pick-up quill has an inwardly tapered side portion, a flat seat at the inner end of the tapered side portion and four circumferentially spaced vacuum ports located in the tapered side portion. The flat seat receives the top of the stone and the tapered side portion receives the angled side faces of the stone which block the vacuum ports. A vacuum sensor is provided to sense the level of vacuum applied through the vacuum ports.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 1992
    Date of Patent: December 21, 1993
    Assignee: Crafford Precision Products Co.
    Inventors: James T. Pepper, James J. Wardle, David P. Braman
  • Patent number: 5064987
    Abstract: A resistance welding apparatus includes a power supply, a pair of welding electrodes and a welding circuit which is operative for controlling the operation of the electrodes to effect a welding operation. The welding circuit is operative for controlling the operation of the electrodes so that a welding operation can only be carried out on a workpiece assembly in the event that the resistance in the circuit path between the electrodes is within a range which is not likely to cause arcing between one or both of the electrodes and the workpiece assembly. The welding circuit further includes a current comparator for controlling the level of the current passed through the electrode during a welding operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 1990
    Date of Patent: November 12, 1991
    Assignee: Crafford Precision Products Co.
    Inventor: David P. Braman