Patents Examined by David B. Jones
  • Patent number: 10479040
    Abstract: In an apparatus and a method for controlling the primary drive of a hydraulically driven fine blanking press, the hydraulic circuit is simplified due to the elimination of hydraulic tubes, and the amount of hydraulic fluid is reduced, while increasing the number of strokes and achieving a simple design for the press.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignee: Feintool International Holding AG
    Inventors: Hans-Ruedi Honegger, Andreas Walther, Alex Wehrli
  • Patent number: 10471493
    Abstract: Disclosed is a method to manufacture a pressed component from an intermediate stock, which includes two bent portions with a spacing thereof narrower than a width of a top plate of the pressed component, by employing a press including a die having a die pad and a punch having an inner pad, the method including: gripping a portion between the bent portions with the inner pad and the die pad in a state in which the inner pad projects from the punch and the die pad projects from the die; moving the die toward the punch side to form vertical walls of the pressed component with the die and the punch; and integrating the die and the die pad and then moving the die, the die pad and the inner pad toward the punch side to form the top plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Assignee: NIPPON STEEL CORPORATION
    Inventors: Toshiya Suzuki, Yoshiaki Nakazawa, Masahiro Nakata
  • Patent number: 10471492
    Abstract: A die-pressing die used for die-pressing a workpiece includes a die body on whose upper face a die hole is formed and on whose bottom face a discharge hole for discharging dusts of the workpiece is formed, and a roller unit disposed within the die hole and having a roller protruding upward from the upper face of the die body. A collection passage for collecting the dusts is formed at a peripheral edge portion of the die hole. One end of the collection passage is opened at the upper face of the die body, and another end thereof is opened to the discharge hole. The collection passage is configured to suction air due to a negative pressure state in the discharge hole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Assignee: AMADA HOLDINGS CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Yasuyuki Otsuka
  • Patent number: 10471488
    Abstract: A machine for bending sheet metal provides at least one sheet metal resting tool, at least one sheet metal pressing tool, and at least one sheet metal bending tool, parallel to one another; for moving the tools along a first and a second axis perpendicular to one another at least two electric motors are provided for moving the sheet metal pressing tool along the second axis, at least two electric motors for moving the sheet metal bending tool along the first axis and at least two electric motors for moving the sheet metal bending tool along the second axis; a command and control unit connected to the electric motors commands and controls the driving of the electric motors to maintain the parallelism between the tools in the operating step. In this manner, using hydraulic drives is avoided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Assignee: COSMA S.R.L.
    Inventors: Bruno Moretti, Fabrizio Beretta
  • Patent number: 10464114
    Abstract: The invention relates to a lower tool (1) having a longitudinal-offset measuring device (2), which lower tool (1) is part of a bending tool arrangement for use in a bending press. The lower tool (1) has a tool body (3) having a longitudinal extension (4), in which longitudinal extension (4) a bending recess (5) is provided. The bending recess (5) extends from an upper flat side (6) of the tool body (3) into the latter and is formed at least by two contact surfaces (7). The transition from the upper flat side (6) into the bending recess (5) forms a contact edge (8), which contact edge (8) forms a contact line (9) in the longitudinal extension (4). A sensor (10) for determining a longitudinal offset (18) is arranged in the region of the contact line (9), wherein a sensing portion (11) of the sensor (10) is oriented in the direction of a metal sheet (16) to be bent.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Assignee: TRUMPF Maschinen Austria GmbH & Co. KG.
    Inventors: Gerhard Angerer, Klemens Freudenthaler, Josef Gaggl, Florian Hausmann, Matthias Hoerl, Nenad Kovjenic, Helmut Theis, Manfred Waldherr
  • Patent number: 10456818
    Abstract: A plurality of flat metal items to be rolled (3) are fed to a plurality of rolling stands (1, 2) of a rolling installation, one after the other over a feed path (4). The items (3) are rolled by the rolling stands (1, 2) past which they are fed. In the rolling stands (1, 2), the flat item to be rolled (3) is first rough-rolled in at least one roughing pass with a wedge-type roll gap adjustment (ds) and then finish-rolled in finishing passes. After the finish-rolling of the flat item, a thickness taper (dd) that is present in the respective finish-rolled flat item is recorded by measuring instruments. The thickness taper (dd) is compared with a target taper (dZ). On the basis of a deviation of the thickness taper (dd) from the target taper (dZ) and the wedge-type roll gap adjustment (ds), a new wedge-type roll gap adjustment (ds) is determined for the at least one roughing pass.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Assignee: PRIMETALS TECHNOLOGIES GERMANY GMBH
    Inventors: Matthias Kurz, Uwe Rietbrock
  • Patent number: 10449596
    Abstract: Provided is a forging method capable of preventing a vibration state from being disturbed during forming. The present invention relates to a forging method in which, when a forging material W1 in a forming hole 12 of a die body 11 is plastically worked by driving a punch 2 into a forming hole 12 of the die body, ultrasonic vibrations are applied to the die body 11. The contact state of the forging material W1 with respect to a forming hole inner peripheral surface during the plastic working of the forging material W1 is classified into an insufficient contact state, a sufficient contact state, and a full contact state in order from the forming start time. An application of ultrasonic vibrations is started after shifting from the insufficient contact state to the sufficient contact state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2019
    Assignee: SHOWA DENKO K.K.
    Inventor: Ichitami Miyashita
  • Patent number: 10441989
    Abstract: According to the manufacturing method of the invention the line component, in particular an additively fabricated line component, comprises a line element for conducting a fluid from a first opening to a second opening, and a line branching connected with the line element for conducting the fluid to a third opening, wherein an outer region of the line component is designed load-compliant by means of a numerical optimization program and thereby includes a multitude of irregular topological structures in its outer region. In the manufacturing method of the line component a notch is incorporated on the inside of the line element, which serves to relieve a tension in a highly loaded state of the line component or the line element, a particle-filled gas stream is guided through the interior of the line component, in order to smooth the inside of the line component and/or the line component is subjected to a pressurization, in order to produce a plastic deformation on an inner surface of the line component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignee: Liebherr-Aerospace Lindenberg GmbH
    Inventors: Lothar Kroll, Frank Schubert, Stefan Demmig, Sebastian Blümer, Alexander Altmann, Camille Kunzi, David Hölzler, Gerhard Hummel
  • Patent number: 10442064
    Abstract: A pressing tool for producing a non-detachable pipe connection, including holding means for holding the periphery of at least one first tubular or sleeve-shaped connection element and including sliding means for peripherally holding and axially displacing at least one second tubular or sleeve-shaped connection element. The sliding means is movable along a first axial operating direction towards the holding means to press two interengaging tubular or sleeve-shaped connection elements. The pressing tool easily allows pipe connections to be produced in a more flexible and efficient way in that the sliding means are movable towards the holding means along a second axial operating direction opposite the first axial operating direction to press two interengaging tubular or sleeve-shaped connection elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignee: Viega Technology GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventor: Frank Hofmann
  • Patent number: 10441985
    Abstract: A bending head for an automatic bending machine includes a frame. A first rotationally driven bending roll is arranged in the frame. A bending arm is transversely arranged below the first bending roll and is coupled to a bi-directional drive, with an end of the bending arm rotatable about the longitudinal axis of the first bending roll. A rotatable second bending roll is mounted to an opposite end of the bending. A bending support is configured with the first and second bending rolls. The second bending roll is rotationally coupled to the first bending roll in a forced torque transmission manner for mutual counter-direction rotation of the first and second bending rolls. The bending rolls have axially symmetric reduced lateral circumferential sections. The bending roll controls an angle of mutual rotation of both of the first and second bending rolls.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignee: MSV Systems CZ s.r.o.
    Inventor: Karel Vondracek
  • Patent number: 10439351
    Abstract: The disclosure relates to crimping pliers configured to crimp cable lugs onto electrical conductors. The crimping pliers includes two crimping jaws which can be swiveled towards one another. In each crimping jaw, a crimping matrix configured with a plurality of different crimping dies over a circumference is rotatably mounted with respect to an axis of rotation. The crimping matrices are permanently coupled to each other via the gearing independently of a swivel position of the crimping jaws.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Assignee: GUSTAV KLAUKE GMBH
    Inventor: Egbert Frenken
  • Patent number: 10434565
    Abstract: A swaging tool for fastening a pair of plate members sewages a collar fitted to a pintail side of a fastening pin, where a pinhead of the fastening pin is positioned on one of the plate members and the pintail of the fastening pin is positioned on the other plate member, to the fastening pin with the collar being in contact with the other plate member and to apply a tensile load to the pintail to break off and remove the pintail. The swaging tool includes a holding member that holds the pintail of the fastening pin, a swaging member having a swaging die that comes into contact with and sewages the collar, and a stroke mechanism configured to expand and contract a space between the swaging member and the holding member. The stroke mechanism includes a rotatable rotary member that converts a rotation of the rotary member to the expansion and contraction of the space between the holding member and the swaging member and restricts a rotation of the swaging member and a rotation of the holding member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Assignee: MITSUBISHI HEAVY INDUSTRIES, LTD.
    Inventors: Akira Ikada, Taro Takeuchi, Yuki Utsumi, Iori Kishimoto
  • Patent number: 10427203
    Abstract: A split idle station assembly, a transfer press assembly including a split idle station assembly and a method of operating an idle station for a transfer press assembly. The split idle station includes numerous workpiece mounting brackets that are insertable into corresponding parts of a multi-component movable base assembly such that upon moving from a split configuration into a support configuration, a locking mechanism cooperates with base assembly parts and mounting brackets to form a locking interference fit or engagement for each mounting bracket in order to securely support a workpiece on the brackets. Likewise, the cooperative movement of the first and second base assembly sections away from one another causes a release the interference fit from the notch to effect disengagement of the locking mechanism. The construction of the locking mechanism is such that both the engagement and disengagement may be performed as part of a one-handed operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc.
    Inventor: Thoney R. Charles
  • Patent number: 10427202
    Abstract: The invention relates to a coupling system, in particular for mechanically coupling a positioning mechanism to a gripper rail, comprising a coupling device (1), in particular on a positioning mechanism, a counter coupling device (2), in particular on a gripper rail, wherein the coupling device (1) and the counter coupling device (2) can be selectively coupled together or uncoupled, and a locking device (8-33), which locks the coupling device (1) to the counter coupling device (2) in a locking state and unlocks the coupling device (1) and the counter coupling device (2) in an unlocking state. According to the invention, the locking device (8-33) unlocks and locks solely on the basis of the motion of the coupling device (1) and of the counter coupling device (2) without an external drive.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: LUDWIG ERNHARDT GMBH
    Inventor: Frank Grosche
  • Patent number: 10421112
    Abstract: A mold for hot stamping is disclosed. The mold may include: a base plate configured to receive and exhaust coolant, at least one lower mold and at least one upper mold. The at least one lower mold may be mounted at a surface of the base plate, and configured to receive the coolant from the base plate. The lower mold may also have the same shape as a lower shape of a product so as to form the lower shape of the product during hot stamping. The upper mold is made of material different from that of the lower mold, coupled to an upper portion of the lower mold, has the same shape as an upper shape of the product so as to form the upper shape of the product, and is configured to receive the coolant from the lower mold such that the coolant flows in the upper mold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2019
    Assignee: Hyundai Motor Company
    Inventor: Seung Sang Lee
  • Patent number: 10413955
    Abstract: A tool may be used to shape and/or partially press harden a workpiece. In some examples, the tool may comprise a main body having a surface, as well as a heat conducting system containing a thermal medium. The heat conducting system is integrated in the tool in such a way that, for the heating of the surface, a heat radiating from a heat source is conducted by means of the heat conducting system to the surface of the main body. Further, the heat conducting system may comprise a thermal oil or a melt as the thermal medium. The surface of the main body may be configured to face the workpiece during the shaping or partial press hardening of the workpiece.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignees: ThyssenKrupp Steel Europe AG, thyssenkrupp AG
    Inventors: Sascha Sikora, Stéphane Graff, Janko Banik
  • Patent number: 10415607
    Abstract: The invention relates to a mobile hydraulic tool with a drive piston hydraulically adjustable between a start position and an end position, a hydraulic tool housing having a cylindrical section guiding the drive piston, and a tractive tool unit or pressing tool unit releasably connectable to the drive piston and the hydraulic tool housing. In order to provide a mobile hydraulic tool in which the movement provided by the drive piston can be used to optionally drive a tractive tool unit and a pressing tool unit, the hydraulic tool housing is designed on one side for arranging the tractive tool unit connectable to the drive piston, and on the other side for arranging the pressing tool unit connectable to the drive piston.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: TKR Spezialwerkzeuge GmbH
    Inventor: Thorsten Weyland
  • Patent number: 10413957
    Abstract: An electro-hydraulic forming machine (1) for the plastic deformation of a projectile part (P13) of the wall (P1) of a workpiece (P) to be formed, preferably a cylindrical tubular workpiece, via a forming fluid (F), includes a tool (4) for applying the forming fluid on the inner face (P11) of the projectile part (P13), the application tool (4) including:—a chamber (44) intended to contain the forming fluid (F), cooperating with elements (3) for generating a shock wave in the forming fluid (F) intended to be contained in the chamber (44), and—at least one downstream port (42), intended to open opposite the projectile part (P13) of the wall (P1) to be deformed and in fluid communication with the chamber (44), in order to allow the passage of the forming fluid and for propagating the generated shock wave towards the footprint (22) of a target support (2).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: ECOLE CENTRALE DE NANTES
    Inventors: Didier Priem, Guillaume Racineux, Prabu Manoharan
  • Patent number: 10413959
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for crimping coupling rings are provided. The apparatus generally has a lower clamp head and an upper clamp head that may be drawn together by a fastener. The lower and upper clamp heads are designed to receive a first portion and a second portion of a coupling ring, respectively. A first and second post holds the clamp heads adjacent to each other. The upper clamp head is secured to the first post such that the upper clamp head may rotate in a generally circular motion to switch the apparatus from a closed to an open configuration, or vice versa. When the apparatus is placed in a closed configuration, the fastener may be engaged to draw the clamp heads together to increase the compressive force imposed on a coupling ring until the coupling ring becomes crimped.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Inventor: Vincent Brown
  • Patent number: 10413951
    Abstract: A system and method for producing a seamless pipe from a hollow billet with a smaller diameter than the seamless pipe, uses a pressure container configured to house the hollow billet. The hollow billet is surrounded by a fluid. A movable punch arranged to fit inside the hollow billet, wherein a hydraulic pressure is transferred from the fluid to the movable punch and to the hollow billet simultaneously, along at least a partial length of the hollow billet. A die opening is arranged serial to the pressure container, wherein the die opening is configured to house a fixed mandrel, the fixed mandrel having a diameter larger than an inner diameter of the hollow billet, so that a gap is formed between the die opening and the fixed mandrel, and the hydraulic pressure of the fluid is generated by an input force from an input punch to move the hollow billet towards the die opening and force the hollow billet material into the gap between the die opening and the fixed mandrel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Inventors: Seyed Sajjad Jamali, Karen Abrinia, Ghader Faraji