Patents Examined by David B. Jones
  • Patent number: 10710146
    Abstract: A fastening system includes a fastener having a bolt with a pull portion having at least one pull groove, and an outer sleeve having a head with an inner face, the bolt being inserted within the sleeve. The fastening system includes a fastener installation tool having a puller with at least one tooth and a front face. The inner face of the head of the sleeve is angled at an included angle measured transverse to a longitudinal axis of the fastener, while the front face of the puller of the fastener installation tool is angled at an included angle measured transverse to a longitudinal axis of the puller. The included angles are chosen to match or be substantially the same.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: Arconic Inc.
    Inventors: Robert J. Corbett, Joseph Z. Leavelle
  • Patent number: 10695823
    Abstract: A drive unit is configured for a stamping rivet setting device and has an electric direct drive which contains motor components that concentrically surround a control element which can be linearly moved in the axial direction. In order to absorb the required torques while allowing a compact construction of the device, in particular in relation to a component side, a drive housing has an asymmetrical configuration in a connecting region between a main part and a guide part in which the control element is guided, for the purpose of asymmetrical torque transmission. In addition or alternatively thereto, the highly compact construction achieves an efficient cooling by an inner cooling unit, in particular air flowing through a free inner space in which the motor components are arranged.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: RIBE Anlagentechnik GmbH
    Inventor: Andreas Skolaude
  • Patent number: 10648758
    Abstract: A tool for use in flaring a handgun magazine well includes a housing and an insert. The housing defines at least one contoured peripheral surface. The insert is engaged with the housing and defines at least one magazine release notch. The contoured peripheral surface is configured to shape a corresponding inner surface of the magazine well. The magazine release notch is configured to engage a magazine release mechanism within the magazine well.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: GR IX Solutions LLC
    Inventors: Paul Grix, Heidi Grix, Claudia Rast
  • Patent number: 10631907
    Abstract: A system for rod bending for use in robotic spinal surgery, enabling the correct bending of a fusion rod to match the shape required to accurately pass through the heads of the pedicle screws. The system uses data generated by information provided to the robot by the surgeon's preoperative plan, optionally augmented by feedback from the robot control system of deviations encountered intraoperatively. Such deviations could occur, for example, when the surgeon decides intraoperatively on a different trajectory or even to skip screws on one vertebra, in which case, the robot will be commanded to perform the alternative procedure, with commensurate instructions relayed to the control system of the rod-bending machine. The system is also able to thin down the rod at predetermined locations along its length, adapted to be at selected intervertebral locations, for maintaining limited flexibility between vertebrae, instead of fixating them.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Assignee: MAZOR ROBOTICS LTD.
    Inventors: Edo Zucker, Moshe Shoham
  • Patent number: 10625327
    Abstract: A tool for manufacturing hot formed structural components having locally different microstructures and mechanical properties, the tool comprising upper and lower mating dies, each die being formed by two or more die blocks (10) comprising one or more working surfaces (34) that in use face the structural component to be formed and one or more supporting blocks, the upper and lower dies comprising die blocks are adapted to operate at different temperatures corresponding to zones of the structural component to be formed having locally different microstructures and mechanical properties, the die blocks including one or more warm die blocks adapted to operate at a higher temperature, and one or more cold die blocks adapted to operate at a lower temperature, and wherein at least one of the warm die blocks is an electrically conductive die block which is electrically connected to a current source configured to provide a DC current through the die block to control the temperature of the die block.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Assignee: Autotech Engineering A.I.E.
    Inventor: Manuel López Lage
  • Patent number: 10625320
    Abstract: An apparatus is provided for bending a pipe and checking a bent shape of the pipe. The apparatus includes a bender for forming a bend in the pipe and at least two cameras for determining an alignment of the pipe in proximity to the free end of the pipe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Assignee: Usui Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Vishal Shah, Masakazu Koike
  • Patent number: 10622793
    Abstract: An energy chain for cables, which chain comprises chain links, of which at least a section of said chain links has side plates that are parallel to one another and has transverse connecting pieces that connect the side plates, wherein the majority of the guided cables run inside the chain links in a longitudinal direction, while at least one further cable is arranged outside the chain links and is supported by holding elements provided on the energy chain. Receptacles are attached on one side of the energy chain on the outer surfaces of at least some of the side plates in the region between each pair of pivot axes, in which receptacles the holding elements for the at least one further cable can be inserted along a plane that runs parallel to the side plates.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Assignee: IGUS GMBH
    Inventor: Stefan Strack
  • Patent number: 10603704
    Abstract: The invention relates to a straightening machine (1) for straightening an elongated semifinished product with straightening roller elements (6), with a roller table line (3) designed as a conveying section (4), with a stand device (7), which holds the straightening roller elements (6) with respect to the conveying section (4) and comprises a drive-side stand half (17) and an operator-side stand half (18), which is displaceable with respect to the drive-side stand half (17), with a changing device (25) for changing the straightening roller elements (6) and with a changing path (35), along which the straightening roller elements (6) can be moved for changing, in which machine the straightening roller elements (6) are movable on the one hand by means of the operator-side stand half (18) along a first segment (36) of the changing path (35), which extends in a horizontal displacement plane (20), and on the other hand by means of the changing device (25) along a further segment (37) of the changing path (35), which
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Assignee: SMS GROUP GMBH
    Inventors: Markus Willems, Sebastian Hausmann
  • Patent number: 10589334
    Abstract: A can bodymaker includes a housing assembly, a drive mechanism, a ram assembly, a domer assembly, and a ram body dampening assembly. The ram assembly includes an elongated ram body. The drive mechanism is operatively coupled to the ram assembly so that the drive mechanism imparts a reciprocating motion to the ram body. The ram body dampening assembly is disposed adjacent the ram body path of travel. The ram body dampening assembly includes a housing and a dampening member. The dampening member is disposed immediately adjacent the ram body path of travel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2020
    Assignee: Stolle Machinery Company, LLC
    Inventors: Gregory H. Butcher, Aaron E. Carstens, Ian Kenneth Scholey, Daniel A. Jansen
  • Patent number: 10589336
    Abstract: A device for configuring foil for use in cooking food comprising a base portion comprising first and second portions, a first plurality of elements operatively associated with the first portion; and a second plurality of elements operatively associated with the second portion; at least one of the first or second plurality of elements operating to move for entry of foil therebetween; the first and second plurality of elements operating to configure foil as the foil passes between the first and second plurality of elements. A method of cooking using configured foil.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2020
    Inventor: Lawrence E. Anderson
  • Patent number: 10583474
    Abstract: A machine (1) for working a ribbon-shaped element (T1, T2?, T2?) is described, comprising at least one cutting station (2) crossed by the ribbon-shaped element (T1, T2?, T2?), guiding means (3, 4) adapted to position and drag the ribbon-shaped element (T1, T2?, T2?) onto at least one fixed plane (PI) of the cutting station (2) keeping an edge of the ribbon-shaped element (T1, T2?, T2?) tangent to a fixed point (A1) of the fixed plane (Pi); at least one of the guiding means (3, 4) rests onto an arm (31) free of rotating with respect to a fixed axis (33); the fixed axis (33) is at the same distance with respect to the cutting station (2) and the at least one of the guiding means (3, 4).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2020
    Assignee: Byte Line Di Pelissero Alessandro
    Inventor: Alessandro Pelissero
  • Patent number: 10576523
    Abstract: A driven member of a metal peening machine is disclosed. The metal peening machine is configured to drive the driven member into contact with a work surface of a metal workpiece to deform the metal workpiece. The driven member includes a shaft with an impact end. At least one of a plurality of impact features, an impact feature with a non-flat impact surface, a non-round impact feature, and an asymmetrical impact feature is coupled to and protrudes from the impact end of the shaft. The at least one of the plurality of impact features, the impact feature with a non-flat impact surface, the non-round impact feature, and the asymmetrical impact feature defining at least one impact surface to be driven into contact with the work surface of the metal workpiece.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2020
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Lauren K. Lundquist, David G. Jensen, McKay A. Kunz, Gregory L. Ramsey, Michael Delos McGraw, James E. Pillers, Nate Speer
  • Patent number: 10569321
    Abstract: A device for flow-forming workpieces having a rotatable first, outer forming tool for acting upon an outer contour of a first workpiece in the form of a hollow body. The device also has a first, inner forming tool for acting upon an inner contour of the workpiece. The first workpiece can be set in rotation about a first workpiece axis and can be plastically deformed by a pressure applied by the first, inner forming tool and the first, outer forming tool in a forming zone formed between the first forming tools by the material being made to flow between the first forming tools. The device has a drive for driving the first, outer forming tool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2020
    Assignee: Repkon Machine and Tool Industry and Trade Inc.
    Inventor: Karl-Heinz Köstermeier
  • Patent number: 10566756
    Abstract: A crimping tool exchange device for exchanging crimping tools in a process position in a cable crimp contact crimping press has at least two exchange spots that each retain a crimping tool. When the exchange spots are in a first exchange position, a first tool is displaced from the process position to a first exchange spot along a first direction of movement, the exchange spots are linearly moved from the first exchange position into a second exchange position wherein the first tool and a second tool located on a second exchange spot move in a second direction of movement that differs from the first direction of movement, and in the second exchange position the second tool is displaced from the second exchange spot into the process position in a third direction of movement that is opposite to the first direction of movement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Assignee: KOMAX HOLDING AG
    Inventors: Peter Imgrüt, Beat Wicki
  • Patent number: 10563769
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for manufacturing a brush seal with inclined bristles. In order to be able to manufacture these brush seals in an especially cost-effective manner, at least the following steps are provided: provision of a brush blank with at least one metal thread or wire packing fastened at or in at least one wire core; local, at least partial heating of at least the wire core and/or a subregion of the thread or wire packing adjacent to the wire core, by a current flow through the wire core; bending of the thread or wire packing relative to the wire core for producing of the inclined position of the bristles of the brush seal. The invention further relates to an apparatus for manufacturing brush seals and a brush seal for a turbomachine, in particular for an aircraft engine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Assignee: MTU Aero Engines AG
    Inventors: Alexander Gindorf, Joachim Bamberg, Guenter Zenzinger
  • Patent number: 10556263
    Abstract: In a forming process with a press having in a frame a ram closing through the force of a cylinder with a moveable piston against a press table in a straight-line movement, the piston initially acts upon at least one knuckle joint system during the closing of the press, and a hydraulic cushion of the ram concludes the closing process with extension of the knuckle joint system in movement direction of the piston and straight-line support thereof against the frame. In a press having in a frame a ram closing through the force of a cylinder with a moveable piston against a press table in a straight-line movement, the ram is connected so as to be fixed with respect to the frame via at least two identically constructed knuckle joint systems, and the ram has a hydraulic cushion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2020
    Inventor: Hilmar Hubbes
  • Patent number: 10549328
    Abstract: A dummy block for a metal extrusion press comprises: a generally cylindrical base having a forward surface and an outwardly extending circumferential flange; an expandable collar coupled to the base, the collar having an inwardly extending circumferential rib abutting the circumferential flange; a collar support coupled to the base and abutting the collar; and a moveable plunger coupled to the base and accommodated by the collar. The plunger has a rear surface configured to abut the forward surface of the base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2020
    Assignee: Exco Technologies Limited
    Inventor: Paul Henry Robbins
  • Patent number: 10549332
    Abstract: A production process for stamped parts carried out from bales of sheets (1), a first moving robot (2), a heating device (3) with a liquid cooling unit (4), a second moving robot (4), a hydraulic press (5) with a specific molding tool, a third moving robot (6), and a conveyor belt (8), controlled by an electronic control unit. Said specific molding tool is provided with channels for cooling done through heat exchange, via water circulation, where the cooling rate is controlled by means of the liquid's flow and temperature control.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2020
    Assignee: AETHRA SISTEMAS AUTOMOTIVOS S/A
    Inventor: Pietro Sportelli
  • Patent number: 10537925
    Abstract: A sheet metal bending machine comprises main bending tool assembly (2; 6) that extends along a longitudinal direction (A) and is movable so as to bend a workpiece (50), a guide (3) associated and parallel to the main bending tool assembly (2; 6), extending through a working zone (W) of the bending machine (1) and sideways protruding from the latter at least with a first end portion (4), and shuttles (21, 22, 23) slidably mounted on said guide (3) and supporting at least one auxiliary tool (41, 42) to be associated with the main bending tool assembly (2; 6) in order to execute partial bends on the workpiece (50); the shuttles (21, 22, 23) are movable along the longitudinal direction (A) between a first active position (P1), in which the shuttle (21, 22, 23) are inside the working zone (W) and the auxiliary tool (41, 42) is mounted on the main bending tool assembly (2; 6), and a first inactive position (R1), in which the shuttle (21, 22, 23) are outside the working zone (W) and positioned at the first end porti
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2020
    Assignee: SALVAGNINI ITALIA S.P.A.
    Inventors: Johann Klingesberger, Wolfgang Kunze, Reinhard Hochwallner
  • Patent number: 10537931
    Abstract: A heating method, a heating apparatus, and a method for manufacturing a press-molded article using the heating method are provided. Electrodes are placed on a workplace to extend across a heating target region in a first direction. At least one of the electrodes is moved in a second direction perpendicular to the first direction over the heating target region while applying electric current to the electrodes. A distribution of contact pressure between at least one of the electrodes and the workpiece along the first direction is adjusted, with a plurality of segment regions being defined by dividing the heating target region such that the segment regions are arranged side by side in the first direction, and in accordance with a length of each of the segment regions between the electrodes, to adjust a healing temperature of each of the segment regions of the heating target region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2020
    Assignee: NETUREN CO., LTD
    Inventors: Hironori Ooyama, Fumiaki Ikuta