Patents Examined by Gregory M. Vidovich
  • Patent number: 6705013
    Abstract: A method for setting one or more hydrodynamic bearing gaps in a disc drive spindle motor is provided. In one embodiment, a method setting one or more hydrodynamic bearing gaps in a disc drive spindle motor includes disposing a rotary member against one or more working surfaces such that substantially no gap exists therebetween and inducing creep between the rotary member and the working surfaces. The creep creates a bearing gap therebetween the rotary member and at least one of the working surfaces. The creep may be induced by thermally cycling the motor components or applying a force to a tool coupled to a member having at least one of the working surfaces disposed thereon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2001
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2004
    Assignee: Seagate Technology LLC
    Inventors: Troy M. Herndon, Klaus D. Kloeppel
  • Patent number: 6665926
    Abstract: A method for making a valve assembly is disclosed. The method includes providing a first work piece having a longitudinal axis and a first end and providing a second work piece having a surface. The method also includes disposing the first work piece and the second work piece axially between a pair of aligned elements that are relatively movable toward and away from each other along the longitudinal axis of the first work piece. Additionally, the method includes relatively moving the pair of aligned elements toward each other to axially clamp the first work piece and the second work piece and actuating the pair of aligned elements and delivering to the first work piece and the second work piece a controlled clamping force that acts to coin a zone of surface contact between the first end and the surface. Further, the method includes repeating the actuating of the pair of elements a plurality of times. An apparatus used to perform the method is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2002
    Date of Patent: December 23, 2003
    Assignee: Siemens Automotive Corporation
    Inventor: James Robert Parish
  • Patent number: 6634530
    Abstract: The present invention for a mounted gun case, for an ATV and the like, comprises a protective gun housing with an opening on the top through which a gun may pass. The protective gun housing is connected to a mounting assembly designed to attach to handle bars.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 1998
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2003
    Inventor: J. Michael Black
  • Patent number: 6626340
    Abstract: A load carrier for a bicycle including a load carrier frame adapted to be mounted to a transport vehicle. A bicycle support is carried upon the load carrier frame and is configured for engaging a bicycle at a position proximate a rotatable connection of a bicycle pedal crank assembly to a frame of the bicycle. A securement mechanism is coupled to the load carrier frame and adapted for releasably-engaging the bicycle pedal crank assembly of the bicycle for securing the bicycle upon the load carrier frame. In one version of the load carrier, the securement mechanism is a substantially J-shaped hook securable about the bicycle pedal crank assembly. The J-shaped hook being of conventional design, it includes a hooked end portion and a straight end portion. A biasing member may be optionally associated with the J-shaped hook for urging the hooked end portion toward the load carrier when a bicycle is being transported upon the load carrier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 1998
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2003
    Inventor: Ronald J. Burgess
  • Patent number: 6622367
    Abstract: An intravascular device and method of constructing an intravascular device. The device has a proximal portion which is stiffer than a distal portion. The device of the present invention may also be advanced through small vessels without the aid of a guidewire although a guidewire may be used when necessary. The device may be manufactured in a number of different ways and a preferred method is to use an expanded PTFE liner at the distal portion and an etched PTFE liner along the proximal portion. The device also has a number of different jacket sections, preferably at least four, with increasing durometer towards the proximal end and a braided section with varying pic along the length.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 1999
    Date of Patent: September 23, 2003
    Assignee: Salient Interventional Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Lee R. Bolduc, Gilbert S. Laroya, B. Douglas Lewis
  • Patent number: 6619519
    Abstract: The present invention comprises a backpack having a plurality of compartments and modes. Each compartment has a plurality of pockets. The pockets are designed to hold tools or other items in an individual manner. The invention also comprises a waist belt having two quick release clips or buckles to be removable along with its belly pack. The buckles also allow a user to open the waistband and then to turn the pack around the user's body so the back can be accessed by the user without the need to remove the pack from the user's body. The invention also comprises a water source in the pack. A dedicated compartment allows a user to place a water container in the pack for transport and storage of water. This also allows a user ready access the water while engaged in an activity. A bicyclist can carry the rear bag on his back in a first mode. He can disconnect one buckle to rotate the rear back to his belly for a second mode. He can disconnect the waist band and belly pack for a third mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 1999
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2003
    Inventors: Ronald Scott Nix, Cynthia Nelson
  • Patent number: 6598286
    Abstract: An arrangement for locking a metal tube to a hose fitting in which the end of the metal tube is flared to form a generally conical tube end, and the conical tube end is inserted into a fitting to seat against an opposing conical shoulder. The portion of the fitting surrounding the tube is then plastically deformed around the tube firmly and sealingly to grasp the tube, but without scarring a corrosion resistant coating on the tube. A plurality of barbs preferably are formed on the radially outer surface of the flared end of the tube for engaging the fitting when the fitting is crimped over the flared end of the tube and thereby preventing rotation of the tube with respect to the body of the fitting. The other end of the fitting may be crimped or otherwise secured to a constituent part such as a fluid hose.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2002
    Date of Patent: July 29, 2003
    Inventor: Donald Howard Brugmann, Jr.
  • Patent number: 6574865
    Abstract: A wheel bearing assembly for supporting a wheel is provided. The assembly includes a spindle defining a rotational axis and a support member for supporting the spindle. A wheel hub has a flange for securing the wheel thereto. The wheel hub is supported on the spindle and is rotatable about the rotational axis. A bearing assembly has first and second bearing members in spaced relationship from one another with a plurality of bearings interposed between the bearing members to permit relative rotation between the bearing members about the rotational axis. The first bearing member is arranged adjacent to the spindle and the second bearing member is arranged adjacent to either the wheel hub or the support member. An inner surface of the first bearing member has an annular counterbore. The spindle is deformed into the counterbore to axially secure the first bearing member to the spindle and prevent relative rotation between the spindle and the first bearing member about the rotational axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2002
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2003
    Assignee: Delphi Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Steven Eugene Meeker, Richard Allen Scheufler, Jr., George Leonard Hurrell, II, Scott A. Maddox, Christopher J. Zuck
  • Patent number: 6571449
    Abstract: A friction liner, for a dry friction device such as a clutch friction wheel, or a disk brake for a motor vehicle gearbox, is of flat, annular general form. It comprises a flat annular body of friction material having a cylindrical inner surface and a cylindrical outer surface. At least one annular reinforcing zone is incorporated in the body of the liner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 1999
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2003
    Assignee: Valfo
    Inventors: Loïc Adamczak, David Kierbel, Claude Legrand, Richard Guerin
  • Patent number: 6568065
    Abstract: An inductive coil for an electromotive device includes a pair on concentric conductive sheet metal winding portions each comprising a plurality of axially extending conductive bands each being separated from an adjacent conductive band by a space, each of the conductive bands of the winding portions being coupled to one of the conductive bands of the other winding portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2001
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2003
    Assignee: G & G Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Gregory Graham, Gerald W. Yankie
  • Patent number: 6568060
    Abstract: A method and fixture for filled billet packing wherein an entire pack is built up in a single step. Substantially even lateral forces are applied to wires and other elongated members within the billet by inserting filler rods at one or more places along the periphery of the pack.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2000
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2003
    Assignee: Polymet Corporation
    Inventors: Robert Daniel Lawrence, Dewayne Renaldo Davis, Edward Harvey Goldman, Steven Randolph Norris, William Charles Mosier
  • Patent number: 6560872
    Abstract: A method for manufacturing a cross car beam assembly for use with a vehicle includes joining first and second support brackets to opposite ends of a cross car beam using an adhesive, such that the adhesive is a primary attachment means for joining the support brackets to the cross car beam. Furthermore, the support brackets are attachable to the vehicle so as to support the cross car beam in the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2001
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2003
    Assignee: Lear Corporation
    Inventors: Gerald O. Morrison, Mark A. Folkert, Jack S. Palazzolo, Ian D. Haynes
  • Patent number: 6560834
    Abstract: A device forms metallic cages for structures made of reinforced concrete, the metallic cages providing longitudinal rods associated with transverse stirrups, the transverse stirrups having an at least partly closed shape and being distanced lengthwise. The device includes a supporting frame, and a plurality of housing seatings arranged in a longitudinal line on the supporting frame at least according to a desired interaxis (“i”) or a multiple of the interaxis (“i”), each of the housing seatings cooperating with a relative means to position and retain the stirrups defining their erect position on a substantially vertical plane. A plurality of transverse arms to support the longitudinal rods lie separated from each other on a horizontal plane, the transverse arms being interposed between the housing seatings. Means are provided for relative displacement in height between the transverse arms and the means to position and retain the stirrups.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2000
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2003
    Assignee: BCD Marcel Wirth - Bending and Cutting Devices
    Inventor: Marcel Wirth
  • Patent number: 6557238
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus are presented that improve the efficiency of stator production by connecting stator coil leads to final attachment devices before the coils are inserted into a stator core. After coil insertion, the final attachment devices are merely mounted to the stator receiving the stator core, eliminating most if not all post-coil-insertion lead identification and manipulation processes. The final attachment devices can be terminal receivers that include a plurality of is wire sockets for receiving a plurality of coil leads. Coil leads are connected to final attachment devices during the coil winding stage. Such connections add little or no additional time to the winding stage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2000
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2003
    Assignee: Axis USA, Inc.
    Inventors: Raffaele Becherucci, Gianfranco Stratico
  • Patent number: 6557256
    Abstract: A building panel constructed of a gypsum-cement-catalyst formulation molded in layers and including a rigid stud framework. The layers include surface layers, a fire resistant layer and an insulating layer, as well as reinforcement and building paper. A modified panel is molded in layers with structural strength provided by a grid providing spaced apart wire panels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2000
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2003
    Assignee: Earth Products Limited
    Inventors: Patricia Billings, Susan Michalski
  • Patent number: 6557245
    Abstract: An apparatus for mounting a bearing onto a shaft is disclosed. The apparatus includes a base plate and a support mounted to and extending upward from the base plate. The support is capable of supporting a shaft. The shaft has a shoulder, a tapered surface adjacent to the shoulder and a threaded portion adjacent to the tapered surface. A shim is positioned on the shaft adjacent to the shoulder and a bearing is positioned adjacent to the shim. The bearing has an inner race, an outer race and a plurality of roller elements positioned there between. The bearing is mounted onto the shaft by a lock nut which is secured to the threaded portion of the shaft and which contacts the inner race of the bearing. The apparatus further includes a motor mounted to the base plate. The motor has an output shaft which is axially aligned with and connectable to the outer race of the bearing. The motor is capable of rotating the outer race of the bearing at a predetermined speed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2001
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2003
    Assignee: Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark William Beduhn, Jimmy Harrell Howard, Jr.
  • Patent number: 6557254
    Abstract: Metallic track members having locking slots designed for receiving and retaining metallic stud members that contain construction aids enable the assembly of metallic frames used in the construction of buildings. A flat metallic strip is converted to a W-shaped metallic track member by a series of stamping, bending and severing steps. U-shaped stud members, manufactured in a similar manner are inserted into the track members and held relatively stable by upper and lower track members. An upper track member can be the same shaped design as the lower member or can be U-shaped with stud retaining means into which the stud members can slip-fit. The process for manufacturing is adaptable for computer aided manufacturing using data from the computer aid design of the building. Manufacturing equipment for the manufacture of the construction members is relatively light-weight and can be transported to the job site.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 1998
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2003
    Inventor: David L. Johnson
  • Patent number: 6557251
    Abstract: A semiautomatic method for digital feature separation uses a trained sample selected by an operator using a software “eye dropper” tool or a similar region-of-interest tool to sample features of interest on a stored digital image of, for example, an electronic component such as pads, bumps or leads of the component. Pixels from the sampled features are analyzed and plotted based on their color hue and saturation values or gray scale intensity values. The range of such values is chosen by a user. A second digital image is then compared to the sampled feature data gathered by the “eye dropper” tool. If the color and intensity values of the pixels from the second digital image fall within a user defined acceptable absolute value range, then the locations and values of those pixels in the image are saved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2001
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2003
    Assignee: Infotech, A.G.
    Inventor: Edison T. Hudson
  • Patent number: 6553644
    Abstract: A device for processing workpieces utilizes a frame and a fixture. The frame has a perimeter with an opening, and inner and outer side walls. A pair of shelves are located in the opening for supporting a workpiece and a spring retains the workpiece on the frame. The fixture has work locations with elevators that are moved by an elevator handle. The fixture also has an engagement handle for actuating the springs. The workpieces may be simultaneously mounted to or removed from the frames with the fixture. The frames are loaded into the locations and both handles are rotated to raise the elevators and bend the springs. The workpieces are then placed on top of the elevators, and the elevator handle is rotated to lower the workpieces. Next, the engagement handle is rotated to release the springs to form assemblies that can be removed from the fixture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2001
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2003
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Nick Karmaniolas, Wesley Hiroshi Tao, Li Zheng
  • Patent number: 6553643
    Abstract: A method of loading a clutch pack into a clutch drum. The clutch pack includes a plurality of friction plates between a plurality of reaction plates. Each reaction plate has a plurality of outside spline teeth slidably received in a corresponding plurality of straight spline grooves in a cylindrical wall of the drum. The method of loading the clutch pack into the drum includes the steps of forming annular seat on an outboard end of the cylindrical wall of the drum interrupted by a plurality of notches where the spline grooves intersect the annular seat, supporting the drum on a platform with the outboard end of the drum opening upward, supporting the clutch pack in a sleeve above the annular seat, releasing the clutch pack for vertical descent toward the sleeve until the outside spline teeth on the bottom one of the reaction plates engage the annular seat, and vibrating the drum at high frequency and low amplitude to induce rotation of the clutch pack within the sleeve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2001
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2003
    Assignee: General Motors Corporation
    Inventors: Krishna K. Relan, Sungchin Hong