Patents Assigned to Fives Machining Systems, Inc.
  • Patent number: 11141937
    Abstract: A tape lamination head for applying composite tape onto a mold or mandrel amid the formation of a composite workpiece. The tape lamination head is but one component of a larger tape lamination machine and assembly. Among its components, the tape lamination head includes a tape supply reel, a backing paper take-up reel, and a tape tension control system. The tape tension control system has a first dancer roller assembly located downstream of the tape supply reel and has a second dancer roller assembly located upstream of the backing paper take-up reel. The first dancer roller assembly can include a first roller, a first guide, a first actuator, a first lock, and a first position sensor. The second dancer roller assembly can include a second roller, a second guide, a second actuator, a second lock, and a second position sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 12, 2021
    Assignee: FIVES MACHINING SYSTEMS, INC.
    Inventors: Nicholas Boroughs, Duncan Kochhar-Lindgren, Cody Casteneda, Nicholas Gacek, Amanda Kotchon
  • Patent number: 11135787
    Abstract: A fiber placement head assembly for applying a plurality of composite tape segments on a mold that includes a fiber placement head configured to receive composite tape from a composite tape source and apply the composite tape to the mold. The assembly also includes one or more air-operating conveyors, coupled with the fiber placement head, each having an inlet that is configured to receive an end of composite tape from the composite tape source, an outlet configured to provide the end of composite tape to the fiber placement head, and one or more inline vacuum conveyors that are configured to receive compressed fluid from a source and direct the compressed fluid toward the outlet thereby transporting the end of the composite tape from the inlet to the outlet and into the fiber placement head.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 5, 2021
    Assignee: FIVES MACHINING SYSTEMS, INC.
    Inventors: Michael N. Grimshaw, Christopher D. Nicholson
  • Patent number: 11117334
    Abstract: A fiber placement head for applying a plurality of composite tape segments on a mold, including one or more lane assemblies each having one or more fluid passageways that receive compressed air; a piston assembly that selectively moves relative to the lane assembly in response to receipt of compressed air; an attachment site configured to releasably couple the lane assembly to a portion of the fiber placement head; an aperture in the lane assembly configured to receive a fastener that releasably couples a subassembly to the lane module, wherein a piston from the piston assembly engages the subassembly; and a subassembly releasably coupled to each lane module by the fastener received by the aperture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2021
    Assignee: FIVES MACHINING SYSTEMS, INC.
    Inventors: Stanislaus J. Blaszczyk, Christopher D. Nicholson, Brent L. Keller, Martha A. Bauer, Jeffrey C. Roberts
  • Patent number: 10059067
    Abstract: A composite placement machine has a simplified fiber delivery path from a creel to a lay-up table. A carriage is mounted for motion in the Y-axis along the length of an overhead beam. A composite placement head having a shiftable compaction roller is supported by the carriage. A stationary creel at one end of the overhead beam forms a band of composite material having a width that extends in the X-axis. A lay-up table is mounted for motion in the X-axis and rotary motion about a C-axis that is perpendicular to the X and Y-axes. The motion of the head in the Y-axis, the shiftable compaction roller, and the motion of the lay-up table X-axis and the C-axis allows the head to apply composite material to the lay-up table in both Y-axis directions in any orientation without twisting the band of composite material relative to the X and Y-axes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Assignee: FIVES MACHINING SYSTEMS, INC.
    Inventors: Milo Vaniglia, Richard A. Curless, Daniel Allman
  • Patent number: 10000357
    Abstract: A passive tensioning system is disclosed for composite material that is dispensed by a composite placement machine. A spool is mounted on a spool shaft and material on the spool is pulled from the spool and applied to a surface. The tensioning system has a drag brake on the spool shaft and a drag brake control for the drag brake. A dancer roll is mounted on a linear slide having a spring force and a slide control is provided for the linear slide. A control system continually varies the drag brake control and the slide control to control the tension of the composite material based on the instantaneous operating characteristics of the composite placement machine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2018
    Assignee: FIVES MACHINING SYSTEMS, INC.
    Inventors: John Brockman, Milo Vaniglia
  • Publication number: 20170101286
    Abstract: A passive tensioning system is disclosed for composite material that is dispensed by a composite placement machine. A spool is mounted on a spool shaft and material on the spool is pulled from the spool and applied to a surface. The tensioning system has a drag brake on the spool shaft and a drag brake control for the drag brake. A dancer roll is mounted on a linear slide having a spring force and a slide control is provided for the linear slide. A control system continually varies the drag brake control and the slide control to control the tension of the composite material based on the instantaneous operating characteristics of the composite placement machine.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 13, 2015
    Publication date: April 13, 2017
    Applicant: FIVES MACHINING SYSTEMS, INC.
    Inventors: John Brockman, Milo Vaniglia
  • Patent number: 9315007
    Abstract: A composites lamination system uses a six-axis positioner and multiple removable heads for applying composite material to a tool. The six-axis positioner has a gantry and a wrist. The gantry has two spaced uprights that support a crossbeam that is movable in the X-axis. A workzone containing a tool is positioned between the two spaced uprights. A movable column is supported on the crossbeam, and is movable relative to the crossbeam in the Y-axis and the Z-axis. A wrist mounted on the column rotates around an I-axis parallel to the X-axis, around a J-axis parallel to the Y-axis, and around a K-axis parallel to the Z-axis. A replaceable head is mounted on the wrist so that the gantry and the wrist provide six axis of motion for the replaceable head, and removal of the head from the wrist allows the six axis of motion to remain with the positioner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2016
    Assignee: Fives Machining Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: Milo M. Vaniglia
  • Publication number: 20150336337
    Abstract: A process uses predictive modeling software for selectively applying relief cuts and tension to the fibers in a 2-dimensional panel prior to shaping the panel into a 3-dimensional part. The predictive modeling software identifies areas of fiber tension in the final molded product, and relief cuts are made in those areas. The plies are loaded into grippers attached to a supporting frame and predictive modeling software is used to identify areas of fiber compression in the final molded product. Tension is applied to the identified areas of fiber compression. The panel is molded in a form and cure press, and the tension is maintained on the material while closing the mold halves. The molded part is able to conform to the final mold shape without tearing in areas of tension and without material buildup in areas of compression in the final molded part or post mold distortion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 18, 2013
    Publication date: November 26, 2015
    Applicant: FIVES MACHINING SYSTEMS, INC.
    Inventors: Daniel ALLMAN, Richard A. CURLESS, Jay S. HISSETT
  • Patent number: 8931725
    Abstract: An apparatus for loading spools into a creel of a fiber placement machine that is used to charge a mold includes a creel loader and a spool magazine carried by the creel loader. At least one loader mandrel in the spool magazine receives full spools and transfers the full spools to the creel of the fiber placement machine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2015
    Assignee: Fives Machining Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael N. Grimshaw, Randall A. Kappesser, Milo M. Vaniglia, Debra Carol Dettman
  • Patent number: 8919409
    Abstract: A fiber placement machine has a fiber placement head and a K-axis housing that is supplied with fiber tow from a creel. The fiber placement head is mounted on the front of the K-axis housing. The fiber placement head has a compaction roller and a cut, clamp, and restart mechanism positioned adjacent to the compaction roller that receives fiber tow from the K-axis housing. A separable coupling connects the fiber placement head to the K-axis housing, whereby the fiber placement head may be disconnected from the K-axis housing for docking purposes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Assignee: Fives Machining Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: Robert E. Borgmann
  • Patent number: 8919410
    Abstract: A fiber placement system for producing small sized flat laminates having a length and width that extends in the X and Y axes, and a constant height measured in the Z-axis includes a fixed creel for delivering fiber used by the system, and a fixed bracket attached to the creel. A fiber placement head is supported by the fixed bracket and a movable table for supporting a tool is positioned under the fiber placement head. The fiber placement head is fixed in the X, Y, and Z-axis during the application of fiber to the tool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Assignee: Fives Machining Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Randall A. Kappesser, Michael A. Noel, Richard A. Curless, Daniel D. Janka
  • Patent number: 8758538
    Abstract: A system for applying composite fiber to a lay-up tool has a fixed creel for supplying fiber to the fiber placement dispensing head and a fixed arm having a first end attached to the creel and having a second end attached to the dispensing head. The dispensing head is fixed on the end of the arm. A robot having a first and second pivot axis and at least a first wrist supports the lay-up tool. The robot manipulates the tool for application of fiber from the head to the tool. Manipulating the tool instead of the dispensing head allows the path length for the fiber between the creel and head to be fixed in length and orientation during application of fiber to the tool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2014
    Assignee: Fives Machining Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert E. Borgmann, Stephen J. Albers, R. William Kneifel, II
  • Patent number: 8752811
    Abstract: A tuned mass damper is designed for a machine tool head that moves in the X, Y, and Z directions and rotates around a C-axis that is coincident with the axis of an arm that supports the head. The damper comprises a pair of damper masses symmetrically arranged around the head. Each damper mass has a center of gravity which is approximately in the geometric center of the mass. A resilient mounting is provided for each of the damper masses allowing the damper masses to damp out vibration in the X and Y directions regardless of the orientation of the head.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 11, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 17, 2014
    Assignee: Fives Machining Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: Peter L. Mischler
  • Patent number: 8684720
    Abstract: A gantry mounted fiber placement machine has a creel and a head with a compaction roller for applying fiber to a mold or tool. The fiber placement machine has 6 axes of motion. The machine has a gantry that moves in the X-axis, a horizontal gantry beam that is parallel to the Y-axis, and a creel that moves with the gantry in the X-axis. The machine has a head that moves in the Y-axis parallel to the floor and across the gantry beam, and in the Z-axis perpendicular to the X and Y-axes. The head swivels in the I-axis as it rotates about the X-axis, in the J-axis as it rotates about the Y-axis, and in the K-axis as it rotates about the Z-axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 1, 2014
    Assignee: Fives Machining Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: Milo M. Vaniglia
  • Patent number: 8662802
    Abstract: A rigid design for a machine tool having perpendicular X, Y, and Z axes includes fixed X-axis frame members at the back of the machine, fixed Z-axis vertical frame members at the front of the machine, and fixed upper and lower Z-axis frame members rigidly attached to the fixed X-axis frame members and the fixed Z-axis vertical frame members. The frame members form a fixed, rigid, closed force loop design. A movable Y-axis column is bifurcated and a headstock is mounted in the center opening of the column. The headstock is advanced and retracted relative to the workpiece by moving the Y-axis column and the headstock relative to the workpiece. Because the headstock is fixed relative to the Y-axis column, the unsupported portion of the headstock relative to the Y-axis column does not change as the Z-axis position of the headstock changes relative to the workpiece.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 4, 2014
    Assignee: Fives Machining Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: Peter L. Mischler
  • Publication number: 20140054885
    Abstract: A rotary joint for a fluid is in the form of a hollow ring having an upper half and a lower half that are rotatable relative to one another in an X-Y plane around a C-axis. An inlet tube admits fluid to the ring and an outlet tube exhausts fluid from the ring. Both the inlet tube and the outlet tube are displaced from the C-axis. An inlet elbow is positioned in the hollow ring and has a rounded bend in the interior of the ring that directs fluid around the circumference of the ring. An outlet manifold that is tangential to the outer surface of the ring is coupled to the outlet tube.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 17, 2012
    Publication date: February 27, 2014
    Applicant: FIVES MACHINING SYSTEMS, INC.
    Inventors: Peter L. Mischler, Robert G. Mansfield
  • Patent number: 8656807
    Abstract: A tuned damper for the input shaft on a rotary encoder includes a mounting plate and a mass plate having a plurality of mounting flanges each having mounting apertures. Fastening elements couple the mass plate to the mounting plate, and resilient elements or donuts each having a central aperture are positioned on either side of each mounting flange. The diameter of the fastening elements is smaller than the diameter of the mounting apertures and the holes in the resilient donuts so that the fastening elements do not touch the body of either the resilient elements or the mounting flange and the mass plate does not directly contact the mounting plate in order to isolate the mass plate from the mounting plate. The mass plate dampens torsional vibration which may exist in the input shaft of the encoder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2014
    Assignee: Fives Machining Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: Paul Ernest McCalmont
  • Patent number: 8613302
    Abstract: A reversing fiber placement head that is capable of bidirectional fiber placement on an application surface includes a feed mechanism for delivering fiber along two feed paths that are in a V-shaped orientation relative to one another. A pressure tip assembly including a compaction roller receives fiber from the two feed paths and applies the fiber to an application surface. A shifting mechanism shifts the pressure tip assembly from a first position on the fiber placement head to a second position on the fiber placement head to move the compaction roller along a linear path relative to the fiber placement head, allowing the compaction roller to change its direction of rotation in order to apply fiber to the application surface in opposite directions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 24, 2013
    Assignee: Fives Machining Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: Milo M. Vaniglia