Patents Assigned to Pascal Engineering Corporation
  • Patent number: 9033323
    Abstract: A clamp device includes a clamp main body, an engagement assembly, a clamp rod, a drive mechanism, and a support mechanism. The engagement assembly can be changed over between a diameter-expanded state in which it engages with an inner circumferential surface of an aperture in a workpiece, and a diameter-reduced state in which it does not so engage. The clamp rod is engaged with an interior of the engagement assembly. The drive mechanism drives the clamp rod to and from the clamp main body. The support mechanism supports the engagement assembly with a pneumatic force of pressurized air. At least a part of the pneumatic force is released after the engagement assembly has been expanded in diameter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2015
    Assignee: Pascal Engineering Corporation
    Inventor: Takayuki Kawakami
  • Publication number: 20150108311
    Abstract: In an object positioning and fixing device that positions and fixes a work pallet on a base member: a reference seating surface is formed on the base member; a contacting surface is formed on the work pallet; fitting cylindrical portions of a plurality of reference members are fixed in a plurality of fitting holes in the base member; a plurality of annular engagement members are installed in the work pallet; each of the reference members has an engagement projection; a base end contacting surface of the base end of the engagement projection is brought into contact with the reference seating surface so as to set the height position of the engagement projection; and the annular engagement member engaged over the outside of the engagement projection is elastically deformed in the radially outward direction so that it tightly contacts against the tapered engagement surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 13, 2013
    Publication date: April 23, 2015
    Applicant: Pascal Engineering Corporation
    Inventor: Hiroaki Takai
  • Patent number: 8800982
    Abstract: A clamping device increases the diameter of a gripping assembly that is inserted into a hole in a workpiece and thus grips the inner circumferential surface of the hole, and particularly relates to such a clamping device that is adapted so that, in the vicinity of a scraper, no clearance occurs between the gripping assembly and a clamp rod, and the scraper. The clamping device is capable of enhancing the durability of a scraper, reducing the amount of pressurized air consumed by blowing, and ensuring the strength of a clamp rod against pulling and so on.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2014
    Assignee: Pascal Engineering Corporation
    Inventor: Takayuki Kawakami
  • Publication number: 20140138890
    Abstract: A fluid pressure cylinder and a clamp device that, when an output member arrives at a prescribed position such as, in particular, an advance limit position or a retraction limit position, are capable of detecting the position of the output member on the basis of change of air pressure as, due to an opening/closing valve mechanism, the communication state of an air passage within the clamp main body is changed over together with the operation of the output member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 2, 2012
    Publication date: May 22, 2014
    Applicant: PASCAL ENGINEERING CORPORATION
    Inventor: Takayuki Kawakami
  • Patent number: 8613434
    Abstract: A positioning and fixing device positions a work pallet in the vertical and horizontal directions relative to a base member via a ring member, and also restricts its rotation around the vertical axis. The base member has Z reference surfaces that can stop a lower end reference surface of the ring member and position it in the vertical direction, and a tapered male engagement portion whose horizontal cross section is formed as a regular polygon having a plurality of outwardly convex circular arcuate vertex portions and a plurality of side portions, and that reduces in diameter upwards. The ring member has a tapered female engagement portion that can engage with the tapered male engagement portion so that its lower end reference surface is in contact against the Z reference surfaces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 24, 2013
    Assignee: Pascal Engineering Corporation
    Inventors: Ichiro Kitaura, Takayuki Munechika
  • Patent number: 8585027
    Abstract: A clamp device has a grip member for gripping the inner peripheral surface of a hole in a workpiece, a clamp rod having a tapered shaft portion that is fitted into and engaged with the grip member, a hydraulic cylinder for driving the grip member and the clamp rod forwards and backwards in the axial direction, and a main body member to which the above elements are mounted. A tubular cylindrical main body portion projecting upwards is provided at the center portion of an upper half portion of the main body member. The outer diameter of this tubular main body portion is set less than or equal to three times the outer diameter of the grip member in the unclamped state, and, in the unclamped state, the upper half portions of the grip member and the tapered shaft portion are made to project outward from the upper end of the tubular main body portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2013
    Assignee: Pascal Engineering Corporation
    Inventor: Takayuki Kawakami
  • Patent number: 8523155
    Abstract: A fluid passage connection device includes a positioning mechanism that incorporates a male coupler attached to a stationary base member and a female coupler attached to a movable member, and that positions the movable member with respect to the base member so that it becomes possible to connect the male and female couplers, and a clamping mechanism that drives the movable member in order to clamp and fix the movable member with respect to the base member by the elastic force of a spring, and that also releases this clamping with the hydraulic pressure of a hydraulic cylinder; and the male coupler has a connection sleeve that is driven to retract by hydraulic pressure and is driven to advance by a spring, with a hydraulic passage being provided that interconnects a hydraulic pressure operation chamber of the connection sleeve and an unclamping hydraulic chamber of the hydraulic cylinder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2013
    Assignee: Pascal Engineering Corporation
    Inventor: Takayuki Kuroda
  • Patent number: 8517360
    Abstract: A clamp device includes a support mechanism that supports a grip member when expanding the diameter thereof, a clamping hydraulic cylinder that can drive the grip member and a clamp rod axially forwards and backwards (up and down), and a main body member to which the grip member, the clamp rod, the support mechanism, and the clamping hydraulic cylinder are mounted, with the grip member, the clamp rod, and the support mechanism being positioned at one end portion of the body member, and with the common axis of the grip member and the clamp rod being offset from the axis of the clamping hydraulic cylinder in a direction orthogonal to the clamp rod.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2013
    Assignee: Pascal Engineering Corporation
    Inventor: Takayuki Kawakami
  • Patent number: 8505896
    Abstract: An object positioning/fixing device is capable of generating a clamping force by clamp bolts capable of being fastened manually and realizes high operability of the clamp bolts. A simple clamp mechanism comprises the clamp bolts as major components. The object positioning/fixing device has a cooperative assembly of the positioning mechanism and the clamp bolts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2013
    Assignee: Pascal Engineering Corporation
    Inventors: Ichiro Kitaura, Takayuki Munechika
  • Patent number: 8475094
    Abstract: A fixing structure of a spindle balancer for a machine tool is described as having a flange member having a supported surface and provided fixedly to a cylinder body of a gas spring, a supporting member having a flange receiving surface and a fixing hole, and secured to the spindle head of a machine tool, and a plurality of fastening members for fastening the flange member to the supporting member so as to allow the supported surface of the flange member to abut against the flange receiving surface of the support member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2006
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2013
    Assignee: Pascal Engineering Corporation
    Inventor: Ichiro Kitaura
  • Patent number: 8448931
    Abstract: In a work pallet positioning and fixing device that positions a work pallet over a base member in the horizontal direction and in the vertical direction and fixes it thereto by pressing forces of clamp bolts, the base member is provided with first and second reference members for positioning, and a reference seating surface and, by making bolt head accommodation holes of bolt holes for four fitting bolts fitting flange portions of the reference members partially overlap with protruding engagement portions as seen in plan view, a plurality of tapered engagement surfaces on the external peripheries of the protruding engagement portions being segmented into four sections.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2013
    Assignee: Pascal Engineering Corporation
    Inventors: Ichiro Kitaura, Takayuki Munechika
  • Patent number: 8443837
    Abstract: A coupling device which contributes to a further reduction in the space required to transport a die etc., in which first and second joints are simplified in structure and downsized, and that is advantageous when multiple sets of such first and second joints are installed. The coupling device comprises a female joint and a male joint. The female joint is fitted on a mold and comprises a first valve casing, a first valve body, and a first open/close valve having a first valve seat and a first valve portion. The male joint is fitted on a clamping plate of an injection molding machine and comprises a second valve casing, a second valve body, and a second open/close valve having a second valve seat and a second valve portion. The coupling device further comprises a valve body drive unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2013
    Assignee: Pascal Engineering Corporation
    Inventor: Seiji Kimura
  • Publication number: 20130113146
    Abstract: A grip member is inserted into an insertion hole of a cylindrical clamp body and is capable of extending outwards to grip the inner circumferential surface of an aperture of an article. A clamp rod is engaged with the grip member; a driving mechanism capable of driving the clamp rod forwards and backwards; a seating surface formed at the top end of the cylindrical clamp body; a case member supporting the cylindrical clamp body movably forwards and backwards; a driving mechanism capable of raising an lowering the cylindrical clamp body; and a lock mechanism having a cylindrical member into which the cylindrical clamp body is inserted so as to slide freely and capable of locking the outer circumferential surface of the cylindrical clamp body by elastically deforming the cylindrical member so as to reduce its diameter.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 10, 2011
    Publication date: May 9, 2013
    Applicant: Pascal Engineering Corporation
    Inventor: Takayuki Kawakami
  • Patent number: 8419325
    Abstract: A tool unclamping device is a device capable of unclamping a tool clamped to a spindle of a machine tool, and comprises a casing, an output shaft set on this casing and capable of outputting power necessary for unclamping the tool, a motor serving as a power source capable of supplying power for driving the output shaft, a power transmission mechanism transmitting the power from the motor to the output shaft and a gas cylinder serving as an auxiliary power source capable of supplying auxiliary power to this power transmission mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2013
    Assignee: Pascal Engineering Corporation
    Inventors: Ichiro Kitaura, Yoshihiro Machida
  • Patent number: 8393884
    Abstract: The ejector device of a molding machine includes: an ejector plate; an ejector drive means for driving the ejector plate in directions to approach towards and to withdraw from a platen; a plurality of rod insertion holes formed so as to pierce through the platen; and a plurality of ejector rods or a plurality of base rods which are base end portions of ejector rods that are inserted into the plurality of rod insertion holes so as to slide freely therein; and a plurality of magnetic rod fixing mechanisms capable of removably fixing the plurality of ejector rods to the ejector plate, or of removably fixing the plurality of detachable rods to the tip end portions of the base rods which are fixed to the ejector plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2013
    Assignee: Pascal Engineering Corporation
    Inventor: Seiji Kimura
  • Publication number: 20120321410
    Abstract: In a work pallet positioning and fixing device that positions a work pallet over a base member in the horizontal direction and in the vertical direction and fixes it thereto by pressing forces of clamp bolts, the base member is provided with first and second reference members for positioning, and a reference seating surface and, by making bolt head accommodation holes of bolt holes for four fitting bolts fitting flange portions of the reference members partially overlap with protruding engagement portions as seen in plan view, a plurality of tapered engagement surfaces on the external peripheries of the protruding engagement portions being segmented into four sections.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 8, 2011
    Publication date: December 20, 2012
    Applicant: Pascal Engineering Corporation
    Inventors: Ichiro Kitaura, Takayuki Munechika
  • Patent number: 8272629
    Abstract: A swing clamp apparatus is provided in which the clamp arm is positioned and attached to a clamp rod at a desired position in a simple and reliable manner and the clamp arm replacement workload is certainly reduced. The swing clamp apparatus comprises an attachment block fixed to the leading end of a clamp rod and to which a clamp arm is detachably attached and a pair of clamping force transmission pins inserted in the attachment block and clamp arm in the direction parallel to the orthogonal direction to the axis for coupling the positioned clamp arm to the attachment block in an integrated manner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2012
    Assignee: Pascal Engineering Corporation
    Inventor: Takayuki Kuroda
  • Patent number: 8246029
    Abstract: A clamp device includes an annular grip member capable of being inserted into an hole in a workpiece and of gripping the inner circumferential surface of the hole, a clamp rod having a tapered shaft portion fitted inside the grip member and engaged therewith, a hydraulic cylinder capable of axially advancing and retracting the grip member and the clamp rod, and a clamp main body member. The clamp device is provided with seating surfaces formed upon the clamp main body member, on which the workpiece is seated, and a poor clamping detection mechanism that detects poor clamping, in the state in which the grip member is driven in its clamping direction by the hydraulic cylinder via the clamp rod, and the workpiece is in its state of being seated upon the seating surfaces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2012
    Assignee: Pascal Engineering Corporation
    Inventor: Takayuki Kawakami
  • Patent number: 8235370
    Abstract: A clamp device includes a grip member, a clamp rod, and a hydraulic cylinder, and, by the grip member being inserted into an hole in a workpiece, it can grip the inner circumferential surface of the hole. The clamp device is provided with: a main body member; seating surfaces formed upon the main body member, upon which the workpiece is seated; a seating sensor that includes a pressurized air ejection hole opening to the seating surfaces; and a workpiece mounting surface that can receive and stop a workpiece at a position that is more advanced than the seating surfaces when the grip member is at an advanced position (its unclamped state), and that shifts together with the grip member during clamp operation when the grip member and the clamp rod shift towards retraction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2012
    Assignee: Pascal Engineering Corporation
    Inventor: Takayuki Kawakami
  • Patent number: 8177210
    Abstract: A method for positioning a work, which is adapted for a knock hole of a small diameter and which can absorb a pitch error between a main positioning hole and an auxiliary positioning hole of the work is disclosed. An insert shaft of a main positioning device is inserted into the main positioning hole. An auxiliary positioning device includes a base lower block having a parallel slide holding surface, a sliding flange having a sliding surface, and an insert shaft disposed above the sliding flange. The sliding flange of the auxiliary positioning device is guided and moved by the slide holding surface, and is inserted, while absorbing the pitch error, into the auxiliary positioning hole, thereby to position the work.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2012
    Assignees: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha, Pascal Engineering Corporation
    Inventors: Takahiro Kitamura, Koichi Sugiura, Takayuki Kawakami, Takayuki Kuroda