Patents Examined by Edward Tolan
  • Patent number: 10252308
    Abstract: A paintless dent removal tool having a handle with a side and two opposing ends. The tool having a substantially rigid stem with a proximal segment and a distal segment opposite the proximal segment, and configured with the proximal segment extending from the side of the handle between the two opposing ends. The stem comprises an elongated curve between the proximal segment and the distal segment of the stem, and a substantially rigid tip extends in an angular fashion from the distal segment of the stem.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Inventor: Richard Hummert
  • Patent number: 10252319
    Abstract: A laminated steel sheet for a two-piece can body with a high strain level satisfying the following formulae, the polyester resin layer composing the laminated steel sheet having a center line surface roughness (Ra) of 0.2 ?m to 1.8 ?m: r1?r,0.1?r1/R?0.25, and 1.5?h/(R?r)?4 wherein h is the height of the two-piece can body, r is the maximum radius, r1 is the minimum radius, and R is the radius of the circular laminated steel sheet before forming having the same weight as the can body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: JFE STEEL CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yasuhide Oshima, Junichi Kitagawa, Hiroki Iwasa, Katsumi Kojima, Hiroshi Kubo
  • Patent number: 10240819
    Abstract: A method for producing a node for solar mirror frame having the steps of placing an aluminum billet having a diameter of less than 13 inches into a die. There is the step of extruding the billet through the die so an extrusion is formed having an elongate portion to which a structural element is attached, and a fin extending radially outward from the elongate portion where at least 5% of the volume of the fin is replaced by at least a single void extending essentially in parallel with the elongate portion, the elongate portion and the fin having a circle diameter of less than 12 inches; and cutting the extrusion to form the node.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: Werner Extrusion Solutions LLC
    Inventors: Craig Roy Werner, John Funai, Nicholas Palladino
  • Patent number: 10232422
    Abstract: A composite tube manufacturing method includes the following steps: providing a billet, wherein the billet includes an inner material and an outer material, and the inner material is enveloped in the outer material; heating the billet; pushing the billet to a to-be-extruded position; and performing an extrusion process, and extruding the billet to a composite tube, wherein the inner material and the outer material of the billet are respectively extruded to an inner tube and an outer tube of the composite tube, and the outer tube is bonded to the inner tube through the extrusion process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: METAL INDUSTRIES RESEARCH & DEVELOPMENT CENTRE
    Inventor: Shun-Yu Shao
  • Patent number: 10226804
    Abstract: A cassette intended to be provided on a rolling mill, the cassette (1) forming a self-supporting unit including: a roller intended to constitute one of the two intermediate rollers of the rolling mill; two chocks (3) whereon are mounted the ends of the roller (2); at least one support arm (4) of the at least one side bearing member the support arm extending between the two chocks and being mounted pivotingly in relation thereto. The cassette includes at least one pair of support elements (5) receiving the ends of a rotating shaft (6) of the at least one support arm and the two support elements being detachably fastened, respectively, on the two chocks so as to allow the disassembly of the at least one support arm of the chocks and/or the assembly of the at least one support arm on the chocks independently of the disassembly/assembly of the roller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: FIVES DMS
    Inventor: Conrad Ernst de la Graete
  • Patent number: 10226809
    Abstract: A method for producing a shaped sheet metal component having wall thicknesses differing from each other is disclosed including providing a sheet metal material having a constant wall thickness, pre-shaping the sheet metal material into a preform by means of a hold-down press, producing at least one bulge in an inner region such that the material is stretched and has a reduced wall thickness, flattening and/or extending the produced preform, cutting the sheet metal material in order to form a blank before, during, or after the pre-shaping, and shaping the blank into the shaped sheet metal component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: BENTELER AUTOMOBILTECHNIK GMBH
    Inventors: Thomas Henksmeier, Erik Hochapfel, Dieter Friesen
  • Patent number: 10226802
    Abstract: A cold pilger rolling mill for forming a tube shell to a tube includes a feed clamping carriage for receiving the tube shell and with a drive that is arranged to move the feed clamping carriage such that during the operation of the cold pilger rolling mill the tube shell moves step-by-step in the direction of the tool. A control and a sensor detect a measure of a force exerted during the operation of the cold pilger rolling mill by the tool onto the tube shell, and wherein the control is connected to the drive and the sensor. The control is arranged to regulate, during the operation of the cold pilger rolling mill, the step length per advance step with which the drive moves the feed clamping carriage to the tool as a function of the measure for the force, which measure is detected by the sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: Sandvik Materials Technology Deutschland GmbH
    Inventor: Thomas Frobose
  • Patent number: 10220429
    Abstract: An actuator assembly for a redraw sleeve that operates independently of the ram drive mechanism is provided. The actuator assembly utilizes an eccentric journal coupled to a drive shaft of a servomotor. The servomotor is structured to provide its output shaft with a variable rotation speed so as to accommodate the need for the redraw sleeve to be in selected locations at specific times. Further, the redraw sleeve includes a collapsing redraw cylinder to allow the redraw sleeve to dwell in a forward position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: Stolle Machinery Company, LLC
    Inventor: Donald Ray Haulsee
  • Patent number: 10220427
    Abstract: [Object] To provide a press-molding apparatus capable of appropriately thickening a vertical wall portion while preventing the occurrence of buckling. [Solution] Provided is a press-molding apparatus configured to mold a press-molded product by performing press working on a work, the press-molding apparatus including: a support member that supports the work with a first thickness having a hat-shaped cross-section or a U-shaped cross-section; a punch member that moves relative to the support member to execute press working so as to reduce a height of a vertical wall portion of the work and thicken the vertical wall portion to a second thickness; and a pad member that faces the support member with the vertical wall portion to be thickened placed therebetween, the pad member being biased by a biasing member and having its distance to the support member kept equal to or smaller than the second thickness during the press working.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: NIPPON STEEL & SUMITOMO METAL CORPORATION
    Inventors: Nobuo Yoshikawa, Hiroshi Yoshida, Jun Nitta, Tohru Yoshida
  • Patent number: 10207303
    Abstract: A cold rolling apparatus includes: a heating device configured to heat a sequentially transferred steel sheet; a cold rolling mill configured to sequentially cold-roll the steel sheet after being heated; a meandering-movement correction device arranged on an upstream side of the heating device in a transfer direction of the steel sheet, and configured to correct a meandering movement of the steel sheet transferred toward the heating device; and a meandering-movement suppression device arranged between the heating device and the cold rolling mill, and configured to suppress a meandering movement of the steel sheet attributed to the cold rolling of the steel sheet by using the cold rolling mill.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: JFE Steel Corporation
    Inventors: Masayasu Ueno, Yoshimitsu Harada, Hidemasa Kodama, Tatsuhito Fukushima
  • Patent number: 10207307
    Abstract: A device for a press for shaping a sheet metal part with a section which can be shaped out separately as an undercut in the device. The device includes a press-side ram, a swage and a die which can be driven separately, serves to shape out the undercut, and interacts with an undercut contour which is arranged substantially in a filler slide which is mounted such that it can be moved rotationally in the swage. The filler slide can be transferred from a shaping-out position into a position which exposes the undercut in the sheet metal part, and vice versa. At least one temperature-control device is provided in the filler slide, by way of which temperature-control device the filler slide can be temperature-controlled at least in sections.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: Bayerische Motoren Werke Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventor: Juergen Becker
  • Patent number: 10195656
    Abstract: In hot press forming a thin steel sheet K, when cooling the thin steel sheet K by supplying a refrigerant to an ejection hole (27) communicated from a supply path (28) inside a lower mold (12), precooling in which an ejection amount per unit time period of the refrigerant from the ejection hole (27) is suppressed is carried out, and thereafter, main cooling is carried out by increasing the ejection amount per unit time period.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: NIPPON STEEL & SUMITOMO METAL CORPORATION
    Inventors: Hiroshi Fukuchi, Naruhiko Nomura, Atsushi Seto
  • Patent number: 10195657
    Abstract: A seamer assembly includes a frame, a first servo assembly, a second servo assembly, a first support element, a second support element, a first die, and a second die. The first servo assembly is coupled to the frame. The first servo assembly includes a chuck that is configured to be rotated by the first servo assembly. The second servo assembly is coupled to the frame. The first support element is configured to support a can subassembly that includes a can body and a lid relative to the frame where at least one of the first support element, the first servo assembly and second servo assembly move relative to the other of the first support element, the first servo assembly and second servo assembly. The second support element is coupled to the second servo assembly. The first die is coupled to the second support element. The second die is coupled to the second support element. The first support element is configured to support a can subassembly such that the chuck is received in a first chuck position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: Norland International, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Head, Allan Provorse, Tyler Spellman
  • Patent number: 10197082
    Abstract: A method for making a plated spline nail includes plating an elongated wire with a corrosion resistant material, passing the wire through a forming machine having rollers configured with protrusions formed thereon and extending outwardly therefrom to form grooves in the wire. cutting the wire to a desired length and forming a head, and a point on the wire to form the nail. The nail may have ring shanks formed therein after the head and point are formed. A lubricant may be applied to the nail and/or the forming machine prior to forming the ring shanks and/or prior to passing the wire through the forming machine to form the grooves in the wire. A nail formed by pre-plating the wire, and a nail formed by the method are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: Illinois Tool Works Inc.
    Inventors: William L. Gabriel, Kenn C. Prinds, Donald E. Bergstrom, Guenther R. Kram
  • Patent number: 10179356
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for controlling a hem profile in roll-forming processes are described. An example roll-forming apparatus includes a first plurality of work rolls to form a first hem on a material and a second plurality of work rolls. One of the second plurality of work rolls is adjustable relative to an opposing work roll and to the first plurality of work rolls to adjustably control a profile of the first hem.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2019
    Assignee: The Bradbury Company, Inc.
    Inventors: Verne D. Voth, Gregory S. Smtih
  • Patent number: 10179360
    Abstract: A curved part 10 having a hat-shaped cross section is produced by press-forming without causing cracks and wrinkles. When producing a curved part 10, which is made up of a top plate 11, vertical walls 12a and 12b extended in parallel with each other along ridgelines 14a and 14b of the top plate, and outwardly directed flanges 13a and 13b which connect to leading edges of the vertical walls, and has a generally hat-shaped cross section, by press forming, the metal material sheet 601 is interposed and constrained by the die 502 and the blank holder 505 and is press-formed while the metal material sheet 601 being interposed and constrained by the pad 503 and the punch 504.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2019
    Assignee: NIPPON STEEL & SUMITOMO METAL CORPORATION
    Inventors: Toshimitsu Aso, Yasuharu Tanaka, Takashi Miyagi, Misao Ogawa, Kazuyuki Kawano
  • Patent number: 10173252
    Abstract: Rolling mill (1) includes: side bearing rollers (5), able to laterally support the working rollers (2) of the rolling mill, with each side bearing roller being carried by a support arm (6), mounted pivoting on an axis (7), load distribution beams (8) extending between the corresponding posts of each pair, and elements (9) for applying a preload force on each support arm (6), intended to engage with one of the support arms on a bearing surface (10), and including at least one preload cylinder (11) integral with one of the load distribution beams (8), one or several spraying nozzles for a lubricant/cooling fluid, at least one of the nozzles (12, 12?), is embedded on one of the support arms (6) and the fluid supply circuit of the at least one nozzle (12, 12?) includes a connection/disconnection device (13) with the support arm (6).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: FIVES DMS
    Inventors: Conrad Ernst De La Graete, Bernard Roggo
  • Patent number: 10173257
    Abstract: A method of machining a screw is provided that is capable of preventing formation of a protruding section at a thread tip section. A thread is formed by cutting on a cylindrical body, and a surface of the thread is plastically deformed by rolling. Because of the cutting, a width between-side surfaces of a thread tip section is in a narrowed state as compared to a normal width. This width is narrowed toward a tip of the thread while a thread body section has a width expanded as compared to a normal width. Consequently, the side surfaces are formed to bulge by an excess thickness portion as compared to normal side surfaces. The rolling plastically deforms both side surfaces to cause the excess thickness portion to plastically flow toward the side surfaces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: NITTAN VALVE CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Michihiro Kameda, Masaaki Inoue
  • Patent number: 10166595
    Abstract: A rolling tool for the roller finishing of bearing surfaces of a crankshaft is pivotable around a crankshaft axis, with a finishing roller head and with a support roller head. In order to prevent damage to the guide mechanisms, the roller finishing roller is guided on all sides in a roller cage and the finishing roller head has a frame wherein it is mounted pivotably around a first pivot axis which is perpendicular to the crankshaft axis and parallel to a tangent on a working side of the roller finishing roller. Additionally or alternatively, the support roller head comprises a support roller frame in which the support roller housing is mounted pivotably around a second pivot axis perpendicular to the crankshaft axis and parallel to the first pivot axis, and around a third pivot axis perpendicular to the crankshaft axis and perpendicular to the first pivot axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: HEGENSCHEIDT-MFD GmbH & CO. KG
    Inventors: Alfred Heimann, Jandrey Maldaner
  • Patent number: 10160025
    Abstract: A deep drawing die is provided having a top die with a hold-down clamp, a bottom die with a die plate, and at least one device arranged in a flange region, by which the distance between the hold-down clamp and the die plate can be modified in portions or partially. A method for deep drawing a workpiece with a deep drawing die includes inserting a workpiece between top and bottom dies, deep drawing by closing the dies, and controlling at least one actuator to generate a holding force during deep drawing. By selectively increasing forces in the flange feed at selected locations between hold-down clamp and die plate, it is possible to control the flow of material into the die plate and relieve load on regions having high deforming work, so that tears or cracks at these points in the finished component can be prevented.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: Audi AG
    Inventors: Hans-J├╝rgen Roscher, Klaus Wolf, Patrick Mainda, Matthias Kerschner