Patents Examined by David P. Bryant
  • Patent number: 10682741
    Abstract: A device for clamping a workpiece on tool includes a ram and a clamp, the ram being selectively actuated by a pressurized fluid. The ram includes a body which, when in use, is secured to the tool and a slide mounted such that it can slide with respect to the body. The clamp is hinged with the slide about a pivot axis. The body includes a front face beyond which the clamp projects when it is in a clamping position in order to clamp the workpiece. In addition, the clamp has a release position which it reaches at least partially by pivoting about the pivot axis. The slide includes a piston and a rod that are assembled to one another. The pivot axis is offset by a predetermined distance with respect to the axis of the rod in the direction of the front face.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2020
    Inventor: Christophe Boiteux
  • Patent number: 10682015
    Abstract: An improved taco shell mold apparatus includes at least two portions or assemblies that may be selectively moved between an open configuration and a closed configuration. The two portions or assemblies include rigid surfaces that, when in the closed configuration, are spaced apart by a gap of predefined dimensions defining the boundaries of a cavity that contains and confines the tortilla during frying. This internal cavity between the two portions or assemblies of the taco mold apparatus has a predetermined width.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2020
    Inventor: John Stickle
  • Patent number: 10675769
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for supplying cables to robots at non-static locations. A base platform is provided, and a work platform is positioned above the base platform for supporting one or more humans. One or more are robots supported on the base platform independently of the work platform. A cable carrier system is positioned above the base platform and underneath the work platform for providing cables to the robots.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: John Eric Miller, Dennis R. Mathis
  • Patent number: 10675927
    Abstract: A system is disclosed. The system includes a processing station for processing at least one of a tire and a wheel prior to joining the tire and the wheel for forming a tire-wheel assembly. The processing station includes one of a tire lubricating sub-station and a wheel lubricating sub-station. A lubrication conditioning system is fluidly-coupled to the processing station. The lubrication conditioning system includes: a lubricant reservoir, a lubricant temperature modifier arranged at least proximate to the lubricant reservoir, a lubricant temperature sensor arranged within a cavity formed by the lubricant reservoir and a controller communicatively-coupled to both of the lubricant temperature modifier and the lubricant temperature sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: Android Industries LLC
    Inventors: Donald Graham Straitiff, Barry Allan Clark, Lawrence J. Lawson, Joshua James Hicks, Robert Reece, David Henry Larson
  • Patent number: 10675673
    Abstract: A method of manufacturing a mechanical part of the present invention includes a first process of forming, by performing a folding processing to an end portion of the material, a portion to be processed having a structure, in which a plurality of layers respectively having a thickness corresponding to a plate thickness of a material overlap each other, in the material such that a plate thickness direction of the layer is orthogonal to a plate thickness direction of the material; and a second process of changing, by performing a forging processing to the portion to be processed, a shape of the portion to be processed to a target shape while press-welding the layers of the portion to be processed to each other by plastic deformation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Inventors: Mitsuharu Yamagata, Shuji Yamamoto, Yasuhiro Wada
  • Patent number: 10668580
    Abstract: A cell for mounting components in a workpiece includes a pressing device for inserting at least two different components into a workpiece using pressure. The device includes: a press, a plurality of pushers and a striking plate. The pushers are situated vertically and configured to receive the force exerted by the press. One end of each pusher is configured to receive a component to be inserted in the workpiece. The striking plate is configured to bear the insertion stresses exerted by the press and includes a plurality of support points that may be moved until they are alternatively positioned in an aligned way with a pusher arranged coaxially to the press. The cell includes a robot provided with a claw, the robot being configured to hold the workpiece and position it in the pressing device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: GAINDU, S.L.
    Inventors: Julen Ansola Irureta, Javier Peña Arruti, Julián Orte Sebastián
  • Patent number: 10646992
    Abstract: A system and method for placing an object, which is to be processed on a production apparatus in a precise position, is provided. The system includes at least one location-determining system for determining a relative location of an object in relation to a production apparatus and a positioning apparatus for positioning the object on the production apparatus. The positioning apparatus has a receiving apparatus for receiving and discharging the object, and a movable arm for moving the object from one location to another. The location-determining system has at least one location-detecting device to detect a relative location of the receiving apparatus in relation to the location-detecting device. The location-detecting device is configured to detect a relative location of the object in relation to the location-detecting device and also a relative location of the production apparatus in relation to the location-detecting device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: Bayerische Motoren Werke Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Remco Zwinderman, Jan Hodde, Stefan Josef Stanglmaier
  • Patent number: 10632697
    Abstract: A tire support device includes: a first rim support portion; a second rim support portion which is provided so as to oppose the first rim support portion; a frame which includes a guide which movably guides the second rim support portion in a direction approaching or separating from the first rim support portion; a transport portion which is movably attached along the guide; a drive portion which moves the transport portion along the guide; an engagement mechanism which can engage with the frame at a retreat position at which the second rim support portion is separated from the first rim support portion; and a supported portion which integrally supports the second rim support portion and the transport portion in a movable manner along the guide in a state where engagement with the engagement mechanism is released.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Inventors: Keiichi Tomoto, Mitsuru Morita, Yoshikatsu Hineno
  • Patent number: 10618579
    Abstract: An automated motorized device may be configured to move on a structure for use in assembling of the structure. The automated motorized device may comprise an end effector configured to perform a plurality of assembling related functions; a first movement assembly, comprising a first plurality of dual function movement components; a second movement assembly, comprising a second plurality of dual function movement components; and a pivoting component connected concentrically to the end effector, and to at least one of the first movement assembly and the second movement assembly. Functions of each dual function movement component may comprise adhering and gliding; and during movement of the automated motorized device, one of the first movement assembly and the second movement assembly is secured to the structure while the other one of the first movement assembly and the second movement assembly moves over the structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventor: James Darryl Gamboa
  • Patent number: 10612580
    Abstract: A fastener assembly includes a bolt having a shaft and a head. The shaft has proximal and distal shaft ends and a shaft body, with the head at the proximal shaft end. At least a bondable portion of the shaft body is at least partially made of a bondable material. At least one collar has proximal and distal collar ends longitudinally separated by a collar body which includes a longitudinally oriented collar aperture extending through a thickness thereof between proximal and distal collar surfaces. The collar aperture defines an inner collar wall having a bondable portion which is at least partially made of a bondable material. At least the bondable portion of the shaft body is located inside the collar aperture. The bondable material of both of the inner collar wall and the shaft body is activated to bond the shaft and the collar into an integral fastener assembly structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Inventors: Matthew A. Neal, Charles R. Smith
  • Patent number: 10612862
    Abstract: Disclosed is a method of forming a combined vapor chamber and heat pipe assembly. A top plate of a vapor chamber may have one or more apertures, through which specially-shaped connectors can be inserted. Each connector may have a collar and flange, with the collar configured to be inserted into an aperture in the top plate. Once inserted, an open end of a heat pipe can be aligned and connected with the protruding portion of the collar. The connector joins the open end of the heat pipe with the top plate, and the heat pipe, connector, and top plate can be joined together to form a single unit. Afterwards, the top plate can be joined with the bottom plate in order to form the characteristic enclosure of a vapor chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignee:, Inc.
    Inventors: Ali Mira, Yashar Mira, Michael Mira
  • Patent number: 10612861
    Abstract: A thermosiphon system includes a condenser, an evaporator, and a condensate line fluidically coupling the condenser to the evaporator. The condensate line can be a tube with parallel passages can be used to carry the liquid condensate from the condenser to the evaporator and to carry the vapor from the evaporator to the condenser. The evaporator can be integrated into the tube. The condenser can be constructed with an angled core. The entire assembly can be constructed using a single material, e.g., aluminum, and can be brazed together in a single brazing operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignee: Google LLC
    Inventors: Jeremy Rice, Jeffrey S. Spaulding, Huan D. Nguyen
  • Patent number: 10605537
    Abstract: A solid working medium filling device for heat pipe with double process ports includes a working medium tank, an upper cover, an inert gas source and a vacuum molecular pump set. The upper cover is arranged on an upper side of the working medium tank, a process port in the upper cover is in communication with the inert gas source and the vacuum molecular pump set respectively. A heat pipe to be filled includes two process ports, in which a main process port is a vacuumizing port and an inert gas passage port as well as a working medium filling port; and an auxiliary process port is a vacuumizing port as well as a port for inert gas passage. Size of an exhaust passage of the heat pipe and the process tank is doubled, exhausting and vacuumizing are smooth and the filling range can be enlarged as required.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Assignee: China Academy Of Aerospace Aerodynamics
    Inventors: Wei Qu, Bangcheng Al, Jijun Yu, Zhihu Xue
  • Patent number: 10597828
    Abstract: A portable railroad spike remover comprises an extractor that is shaped to engage and secure a railroad spike previously installed into a rail tie. A drive shaft is connected to the extractor such that as the drive shaft is rotated, the extractor is vertically raised and lowered within a main column. The extractor may have an opening extending through at least one side to engage the railroad spike.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Assignee: Focused Technology Solutions, Inc.
    Inventors: Timothy J. Benjamin, Kristopher Andre Alonzo, Trevor Lee-Michael Barnby, Samuel Horace Gantt, Jonathan Hawkins, Alexander Hood, Daniel Richard Scott, Zachary Tonsmeire, Kyle D. Wise, Mir Mohamed Atiqullah, Laura Ann Ruhala, Timothy K. Lawler
  • Patent number: 10589343
    Abstract: A tool assembly for forming a workpiece with an outer surface into a housing with a non-round design outer profile. The tool assembly includes a number of jaw segments, each jaw segment having an internal surface for engaging the outer surface. The jaw segments are movable between a first condition and a second condition, in which the internal surfaces of the jaw segments substantially define the design outer profile of the housing. Each internal surface has a preselected end point associated therewith defined by a radius centered on the preselected end point that is substantially coincident with the portion of the design outer profile defined by the internal surface. Each jaw segment is movable toward the preselected end point therefor when moved from the first condition to the second condition, and away from the preselected end point therefor when moved from the second condition to the first condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2020
    Assignee: GWS Tube Forming Solutions Inc.
    Inventors: Richard Sojak, James E. Kys
  • Patent number: 10584752
    Abstract: A plurality of balls inserted in the gap space between an outer ring raceway surface and an inner ring raceway surface are arranged at equally spaced intervals in a circumferential direction. The procedure of this ball arranging method for a ball bearing includes a ball holding step of holding any ball in the gap space by a ball holding mechanism provided at a tip of a robot arm and a ball moving step of moving the ball held by the ball holding mechanism along a pitch circle, and these steps are repeatedly performed for the plurality of balls based on a control program. Accordingly, the plurality of balls are arranged at equally spaced intervals on the pitch circle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2020
    Assignee: NSK LTD.
    Inventors: Norihito Akanuma, Hiroshi Araki
  • Patent number: 10569391
    Abstract: A driver tool for insertion and removal of a first part configured for threaded engagement in a corresponding threaded bore in a second part has a driving end portion of polygonal shape with multiple flats configured for engagement in a recess in the first part having a corresponding polygonal shape. Some or all of the flats have a respective grabbing feature or edge designed to grab or grip into the opposing surface of the recess to allow a greater amount of torque to be applied to the first part when the tool is rotated in the unthreading direction than when it is rotated in the opposite threading or insertion direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2020
    Assignee: ZEST IP HOLDINGS, LLC.
    Inventors: James I. Johnson, Evan A. Cook
  • Patent number: 10570937
    Abstract: A clamp assembly comprises a base housing, an anchor member, at least one bracing member, an engaging member, and a clamp bolt. The anchor member supports the at least one brace member. The clamp bolt engages a threaded bore in the anchor member. When the at least one brace member is in an extended position, at least one set of brace teeth engages at least one set of base teeth to brace the at least one brace member against the base housing. When the at least one brace member is braced against the base housing, axial rotation of the clamp bolt applies a clamp force on the engaging member to clamp the cable between the engaging member and the base housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2020
    Inventors: Kelly R. Hefelfinger, Robert Pendergrass, Nathanial Roth
  • Patent number: 10556310
    Abstract: A method for cutting machining of turbine blades (1) on a multi-axis machine tool, the turbine blade (1) is held by a rotatable blade-root clamping device and a rotatable blade-tip clamping device (2) and is machined by means of a tool which is chucked in a tool spindle. A first profile section (4) which is adjacent to the blade tip is first of all machined by the tool and the tool is then removed. The tool spindle then grabs an already horizontal additional clamping device (5) which has clamping jaws (6.1, 6.2) adapted to the first profile section (4). The additional clamping device (5) is positioned on the blade-tip clamping device (2) in such a way that the clamping jaws (6.1, 6.2) rest in the first profile section (4). The tool spindle then grabs a tool and machines the remaining profile section with it.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2020
    Assignee: GF Machining Solutions AG
    Inventor: Martin Starek
  • Patent number: 10556374
    Abstract: Disclosed herein, amongst other things, is a method for converting a design of an original preform that is blow moldable to form a container into a converted preform having less molding material that is blow moldable to form the same container. The method includes retaining a neck finish and body of the original preform on the converted preform. The method further includes replacing the original base of the original preform with a converted base having an outer base surface that joins with an outer body surface of the body at an base split-line of the original base and that fits offset within an outer body surface of the original base, whereby the converted preform has a reduced total length, disregarding any gate vestige that may be formed thereon, relative to a total length of the original preform.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2020
    Assignee: Husky Injection Molding Systems Ltd.
    Inventor: Christophe Simon Pierre Beck