Patents Examined by Derris Banks
  • Patent number: 8413327
    Abstract: A checker array print head is able to output an image with possible white or black stripes made unnoticeable even when the conveyance direction of a print medium with respect to the ink jet print head is skewed. A first chip located on an upstream side in a conveyance direction (X direction) and a second chip located on a downstream side in the conveyance direction are arranged such that a dot printed via the first chip and a dot printed via the second chip are printed at intervals shorter than a print resolution in an ejection port arrangement direction (Y direction). Thus, even if the conveyance direction of the print medium is skewed by meandering thereof or the like, possible white stripes, which are particularly noticeable, can be inhibited.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2013
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Tadashi Matsumoto, Hitoshi Tsuboi
  • Patent number: 8402632
    Abstract: A method for crimping an insert to be clinched in a support by means of a placing apparatus having an anvil, in an area where the support comprises superposed first and second panels at a distance from one another, wherein the shank is inserted axially in the support and the anvil is brought up against the distal end of the shank, and the second section is then axially compressed against the anvil to create a securing edge, axial compression of the second section then being continued to create a crimping rim delineating an anchoring groove, in combination with the securing edge, surrounding the second panel, axial compression of the second section then being continued to bring about clamping of the support between the securing head and the securing edge in conjunction with clamping of the second panel between the securing edge and the crimping rim.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2013
    Assignee: Bollhoff Otalu S.A.
    Inventor: Philippe Gory
  • Patent number: 8402627
    Abstract: A puller tool and method for pulling a component from another component are provided. The puller tool can include a cross bar, a pair of puller legs that are movable along the length of the cross bar and a forcing screw. The puller legs can be quickly positioned anywhere along the length of the cross bar through a quick release mechanism. The cross bar can include notches on its outer surface to ensure that the puller legs are equidistant from each other during use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2013
    Assignee: Service Solutions U.S. LLC
    Inventors: Larry Betcher, Jacob Hanson, Jose Barrios, Robert Jensen
  • Patent number: 8402642
    Abstract: In a pocket coil spring structure assembling apparatus, a row-of-pocket-coil-springs auxiliary feed stock mechanism and a row-of-pocket-coil-springs delivery mechanism are connected together in series so as to form a row-of-pocket-coil-springs supply unit, a plurality of row-of-pocket-coil-springs supply units are disposed on an upstream side with respect to a sealing/cutting mechanism, a control apparatus is allowed to alternatively select a row-of-pocket-coil-springs supply unit to face the sealing/cutting mechanism from the plurality of row-of-pocket-coil-springs supply units, and a row-of-pocket-coil-springs supply unit alternatively selected is moved to face the sealing/cutting mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2013
    Assignee: Matsushita Industrial Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Toshinori Kujuro, Hiroyuki Etoh
  • Patent number: 8402633
    Abstract: A method is disclosed for repairing a workpiece having two metal components riveted together. The workpiece has a discrepant joint caused by an improperly-installed-self-piercing rivet. The method includes, but is not limited to providing a repair rivet, positioning the repair rivet proximate the discrepant joint such that the repair rivet is substantially aligned with the improperly-installed-self-piercing rivet, and installing the repair rivet at substantially a same location on the workpiece as the improperly-installed-self-piercing rivet without removing the improperly-installed-self-piercing rivet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2013
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventor: Pei-Chung Wang
  • Patent number: 8397381
    Abstract: A method for manufacturing a light set with surface mounted light emitting components is disclosed. A rod having a predetermined length and a winding control architecture with corresponding driving spindles are prepared first. The rod is driven to rotate by a winding machine via driving spindles to wind conducting wires. The insulating layer of each conducting wire is then ground along an axial direction of the rod to expose the conductor of each conducting wire to form contact-pad area. A conductive paste is applied to each contact-pad area, and the surface mounted light emitting components are straddled thereon. Each lead of the surface mounted light emitting components is respectively positioned corresponding to the contact-pad areas, and is electrically connected to the conductors by the conductive paste. The contact-pad areas and the surface mounted light emitting component are then covered with a package.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2013
    Assignee: Allied Bright Technology Limited
    Inventor: Kenneth Tsai
  • Patent number: 8397365
    Abstract: A rack disassembly tool includes a substantially planar U-shaped collar having a pair of legs extending from a base. A pair of hook members depend downwardly from the distal ends of the pair of legs. A pair of resilient bumpers, or other resilient pads, are mounted in a corresponding pair of elbows formed at junctions between the pair of legs and the pair of hook members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2013
    Assignee: Rackmate Industries Inc.
    Inventor: Colin Montgomery
  • Patent number: 8393076
    Abstract: A component is electrically connected to an electrical circuit by a method that comprises forming an intermediate product in which the component (3) is disposed on one side of an electrically conducting sheet (1) so that at least one pair of contacts (4) of the component are electrically connected by the sheet and in which a patterned etch resist layer (2) is disposed on the other side of the sheet in registration with the component on said one side of the sheet, and then exposing the other side of the sheet to an etching agent and thereby removing areas of the sheet to leave the electrical circuit and also to remove the electrical interconnection between the contacts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2013
    Assignee: Conductive Inkjet Technology Limited
    Inventor: Philip Gareth Bentley
  • Patent number: 8387243
    Abstract: A method of manufacturing a multistage exhaust turbocharger having a high-pressure stage turbocharger and a low-pressure stage turbocharger includes providing a high-pressure turbine housing of the high-pressure stage turbocharger, the high-pressure turbine housing being integrally formed with the exhaust manifold by casting or welding, assembling constituent parts of the high-pressure stage turbocharger using the high-pressure turbine housing as a reference, after the assembling constituent parts of the high-pressure stage turbocharger, attaching the low-pressure stage turbocharger to the high-pressure stage turbocharger by attaching a low-pressure turbine housing to a low-pressure turbine connection flange, and after the attaching the low-pressure stage turbocharger, attaching an air supply channel to connect between a supply air outlet of the low-pressure stage turbocharger and a supply air inlet of the high-pressure stage turbocharger, wherein the low-pressure turbocharger is disposed below the high-press
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2013
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd.
    Inventors: Byeongil An, Takashi Shiraishi, Toru Kikuchi, Mamoru Wakita
  • Patent number: 8387226
    Abstract: A method and apparatus are present for removing a blind fastener from a structure. A first hole is drilled in a guide located around a center of a head of a core bolt in a body of the blind fastener to form a pilot hole. A second hole is drilled in the pilot hole in the head of the core bolt. The head of the core bolt is separated from the shaft of the core bolt. The core bolt is separated from the body. The core bolt is moved out of the body after the core bolt has been separated from the body. A head of the body is separated from a shaft of the body. The shaft of the body is moved out of the structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2013
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Matthew J. Weigel, Jr., Sujith N. Mally
  • Patent number: 8375552
    Abstract: A method of crimping a load-bearing member and an end fitting together such that the load-bearing member lies displaced from a center of a cross-section of the end fitting. The method includes the steps of inserting the load-bearing member into an aperture in the end fitting and advancing at least one deformation tool relative to the end fitting to deform the wall of the aperture into gripping engagement with the load-bearing member. The extent of the resulting deformation of the wall over a predetermined length thereof varies in dependence on a distance along the length from the load-bearing member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2005
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2013
    Assignee: Tyco Electronics Raychem Ireland
    Inventors: Brendan Normoyle, Padraic Curran
  • Patent number: 8375576
    Abstract: A method for manufacturing a wafer scale heat slug system includes: dicing an integrated circuit from a semiconductor wafer; forming a heat slug blank equivalent in size to the semiconductor wafer; dicing the heat slug blank to produce a heat slug equivalent in size to the integrated circuit; attaching the integrated circuit to a substrate; attaching the heat slug to the integrated circuit; and encapsulating the integrated circuit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2013
    Assignee: STATS Chippac Ltd.
    Inventor: Hyeog Chan Kwon
  • Patent number: 8371011
    Abstract: An automated system for disassembling a roller rail assembly includes an actuation device configured to move the roller rail assembly in a disassembling direction. A guide bracket is arranged and configured to receive the roller rail assembly as the roller rail assembly is moved in the disassembling direction. The guide bracket allows movement of the roller rail assembly in the disassembling direction. A separator member is located downstream of the actuation device. The separator member being received by a housing member of the roller rail assembly and having a wide region that separates sidewalls of the housing member and releases roller wheels of the roller rail assembly as the roller rail assembly is moved past the separator member by the actuation device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2013
    Assignee: Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc.
    Inventors: Todd N. Eggleston, Brandon Scott Thompson, Lonnie G. Craig, Raymond Mead
  • Patent number: 8371022
    Abstract: A method (100) for assembling a portable device configured with an energy storage device, is disclosed. The method (100) can include: providing (105) a portable device with a controller configured to control the operations of the portable device; configuring (110) the portable device with a multi-mode switch including a temporary active mode configured for simplified testing, a temporarily inactive mode configured for minimizing power drain, and a permanent active mode for normal user operation; and controlling (115) the multi-mode switch from outside the portable device. The method (100) can help to prolong the useful shelf life of the device and can help to simplify testing and calibrating before shipping.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2013
    Assignee: Motorola Mobility LLC
    Inventors: Ryan P Rye, William S Doolan
  • Patent number: 8371015
    Abstract: A method for straightening, constraining, cutting and terminating a multi-stranded, non-parallel cable. The cable filaments are aligned. A binder is then applied to the cable to maintain the alignment. The cable is then cut to a desired length. Each strand or group of strands is then placed in an individual termination. Each individual termination is then attached—either directly or through intermediate devices—to a collector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2013
    Assignee: Bright Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Richard V. Campbell, David E. Sediles, David W. Hilbig, Kristopher L. Wortham
  • Patent number: 8365413
    Abstract: In an apparatus for manufacturing a fluid dynamic bearing, a housing portion defines a first work area. A vacuum pump discharges air in the first work area. A lubricant discharge device is arranged in the first work area, and discharges a lubricant into an inlet of a reservoir for storing the lubricant of the fluid dynamic bearing. At least one aperture is provided in the housing portion. A first door closes the aperture and a second door closes the aperture. Between the first door and the second door, when both have closed the aperture, a second work area is formed where the fluid dynamic bearing is placed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2013
    Assignee: Alphana Technology Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Hiroki Yamazaki
  • Patent number: 8359724
    Abstract: A method includes a) providing a detachable seal retainer including: a housing for a seal member; an attachment face having a plurality of attachment members; an outer face opposite the attachment face; a handle including a free end and a hinged end opposite the free end; and a hinge member disposed between the housing and the hinged end of the handle; b) providing a seal member within the housing; c) providing an ink tank including an outlet face having a corresponding plurality of attachment features proximate the at least one outlet port; d) aligning the seal retainer to the ink tank such that the alignment members of the seal retainer are aligned with the corresponding plurality of attachment features of the ink tank; e) pressing the seal retainer against the ink tank such that the seal member is contact with the at least one outlet port.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2013
    Assignee: Eastman Kodak Company
    Inventor: Kevin J. O'Leary
  • Patent number: 8356407
    Abstract: Films and electronic devices can be released from metallic substrates by: (i) applying a coating of a polysilsesquioxane resin to a metallic substrate, (ii) heating the coated metallic substrate to a temperature sufficient to cure the polysilsesquioxane resin, (iii) applying a polymeric film to the cured coating on the metallic substrate, (iv) further heating the coated metallic substrate to a temperature sufficient to cure the polymeric film, (v) optionally fabricating electronic devices on the polymeric film, and (vi) releasing the polymeric film from the metallic substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2006
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2013
    Assignee: Dow Corning Corporation
    Inventors: Nicole Anderson, Dimitris Elias Katsoulis, Bizhong Zhu
  • Patent number: 8353093
    Abstract: For turbo-diesel application trucks, it is desirable to enable the quickest exit of the exhaust from the engine because, in most cases, the exhaust gas temperatures of these engines are very high. Thus, a hole is formed in the hood of the trucks and the exhaust stack is slid through the hole to permit the quickest exit of the exhaust into the atmosphere. However although the hood may be non-horizontally oriented, the stack should be kept in a vertical position. Thus, a stack mounting basket is positioned beneath the hole having three widely separated outwardly extending threaded bolt extensions that are positioned within three slotted downwardly extending elongated members affixed to the hood. The relative positions of the elongated members with respect to the threaded bolt extensions are adjusted, and nuts are tightened over the elongated members to permit the stack to maintain a vertical orientation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2013
    Inventors: Joshua Lee Stewart, Jeffrey A. Jasik
  • Patent number: 8347496
    Abstract: Methods are provided for automatically crimping terminals or connectors to wires wherein the terminals or connectors are provided in strip form and may be of varying sizes, shapes, and pitches. A method according to the present invention includes providing a plurality of terminal connectors, the connectors being secured to a terminal strip in side-by-side relationship with their axes extending laterally from the strip; moving a crimping die on a ram through a working stroke towards, and a return stroke away from, a crimping anvil to crimp an individual terminal connector located therebetween onto a wire during each working stroke of the ram; and indexing the strip between successive crimping operations thereby to locate a next leading connector on the strip between the die and anvil, wherein the strip is indexed by a drive mechanism contacting the strip through pressure-engagement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: SureTech Assembly, Inc.
    Inventor: Wesley Thomas Garner, Jr.