Patents Examined by Joseph M. Gorski
  • Patent number: 6183179
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a process for riveting materials by means of a blind rivet and corresponding blind rivets. The process of the invention in particular carries out the step of stretching the body of the sleeve (31) before blocking it from one part to another of an assemblage (13, 14) between an abutment head (50) and a blocking head (51). The extending of the body of the sleeve is especially permitted by the cooperation of a stop means (44) with a shoulder (36a) of the shank of the mandrel (32), and by the pulling exerted on the mandrel. The present invention also relates to blind rivets adapted to be set by the process of the invention.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 1996
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2001
    Assignee: Ste. Ateliers de la Haute-Garonne-ets Auriol et Cie
    Inventor: Jean-Pierre Gaquere
  • Patent number: 6145180
    Abstract: A vehicle assembly line has a first line for a first mobile conveyor and a second line for a second mobile conveyor and the first line is connected to the second line with two hanger conveyor lines. Two working robots are disposed to the first mobile conveyor, one being positioned within a cabin of an upper body section and the other being positioned in front of the upper body section. The second mobile conveyor has a mechanism for altering a posture of the upper body section and a height position thereof. To the upper body section are mounted various small parts such as grommets with the first working robot during the course of running the first mobile conveyor in the first line. The second line has plural stations for mounting larger parts such as bumpers to the upper body section which is loaded on the second mobile conveyor and whose posture and position are aligned with the working robots disposed in the plural stations before entering the stations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 1994
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2000
    Assignee: Mazda Motor Corporation
    Inventors: Masamiti Kogai, Nobuo Kihara, Masahiro Osumi, Masakatsu Ohsugi, Yoshikazu Fujioka, Seikichi Yamamoto, Naoyuki Ikemizu
  • Patent number: 6136756
    Abstract: The high temperature superconducting material is made from a base material having two opposing surfaces and including a high purity yttrium barium copper oxide compound having a YBa.sub.2 Cu.sub.3 O.sub.7-x (123) composition with silver oxide. The method of making the superconducting material includes controlling a temperature of each opposing surface of the base material to form a time-dependent spatial temperature gradient across the base material; measuring the time-dependent spatial temperature gradient, determining whether it is within a desired range and controlling it so that the time-dependent spatial temperature gradient remains within the desired range, thereby melt-texturing the base material while decomposing the silver oxide into silver and transforming the base material into quasi-crystalline superconducting regions having YBa.sub.2 Cu.sub.3 O.sub.7-x (123) composition, intrinsically non-superconducting material zones consisting of coherent yttrium-rich material having a Y.sub.2 BaCuO.sub.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 1995
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2000
    Assignee: Adelwitz Technologiezentrum GmbH
    Inventors: Gerhard Langbein, Frank Werfel
  • Patent number: 6129326
    Abstract: Bolted mounting assemblies for use between two mounted components wherein one of the components experiences vibration typically use rubber shock absorbers to dampen the vibration transfer between the components. The rubber shock absorbers are expensive and complicated to manufacture and are limited in flexibility control. The present invention overcomes this and other problems by providing an adhesive with damping capabilities between washers in a bolt assembly. The bolt assembly is used to mount first and second components with the washers therebetween. The adhesive is spaced a predetermined distance from a longitudinal axis of a bolt and has a non-uniform thickness which increases as the distance from the longitudinal axis increases to provide protection from bending loads about the axis. The washers with adhesive form a washer assembly with damping and flexibility characteristics controlled through variations in the design.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 1997
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2000
    Assignee: Caterpillar Inc.
    Inventor: Stephane L. Mandon
  • Patent number: 6119329
    Abstract: A non-rotating and axially secured connection between an inner joint part of a constant velocity joint and a driveshaft has an inner joint part at its outer circumference with tracks for receiving torque-transmitting balls or tripod arms for sliding on rollers, as well as-a central bore with inner teeth. The driveshaft is inserted into the bore and is provided with corresponding outer teeth. At the end of the inner joint part facing the shaft end, the bore, with its inner teeth, changes into a through-hole with a smaller diameter. At the end of the driveshaft in front of the outer teeth, a cylindrical portion is provided carrying an axial securing mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 1995
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2000
    Assignees: GKN Automotive AG, Lohr & Bromkamp GmbH
    Inventors: Eugen Stall, Dieter Sattler
  • Patent number: 6115894
    Abstract: The present invention relates generally to small arms bullets and relates in particular to frangible bullets and ordinance which fragments following penetration of a variety of obstacles prior to encountering the intended target zone. The disclosure relates specifically to small arms bullets which have a high likelihood of fragmentation after target zone penetration causing a significant crush cavity following passage through obstacles including clothing, glass, building materials and other structures. The disclosed bullet design is produced in a simple and inexpensive process, provides high accuracy and fragmentation and penetration in a 5 to 15 inch target zone, at either sonic or subsonic velocities, following penetration of shielding obstacles. The bullet disclosed is of a weight and design which will permit operation at sonic or subsonic velocities, without jamming, in civilian and military small arms including automatic weapons.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 1997
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2000
    Inventor: James W. Huffman
  • Patent number: 6101698
    Abstract: This invention relates to an arrangement for sealing a closed chamber in which equipment is to be replaced and especially to a chamber in which equipment is to be replaced while the chamber is to be maintained closed. The arrangement includes a channel filled with a fluid, such as water, and a skirt arranged to extend into the fluid to form the seal. As the skirt extends down into the liquid, a portal space is formed at the opening in the chamber and the opening preferably includes a gate for closing the chamber from the portal space and the outside.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 1997
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2000
    Assignee: E. I. du Pont de Nemours and Company
    Inventors: Tom Edward Estep, Ronald P. Hoffman, James R. Hunter, Jean Joseph Muller, Germain Schilz, Carl E. Vorhees, James M. Wiggins, Jean Francois Woll
  • Patent number: 6103669
    Abstract: This invention provides an oxide-type superconducting flat wire having a critical current density of at least 1,000 A/cm.sup.2, which comprises a Y--Ba--Cu oxide layer having a superconducting property and a silver layer surrounding the oxide layer and has so flat a cross section vertical to the longitudinal direction of the wire that the upper and lower lines between the oxide layer and the silver layers appearing on the cross section having a zone over they are parallel to each other, the thickness of the oxide layer being cold rolled in the range of 0.35 to 0.75 based on the whole thickness of the wire, the whole thickness being 0.2 mm or less, and the metal layer being deformable to follow the shrink deformation of the oxide layer when heat treated to be sintered, but rigid when used.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 1995
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2000
    Assignee: Hitachi, Ltd.
    Inventors: Akira Okayama, Michiya Okada, Tadaoki Morimoto, Toshimi Matsumoto, Yoshimi Yanai, Hiroshi Satoh, Toshiya Doi, Kazuhide Tanaka, Takahiko Kato
  • Patent number: 6101713
    Abstract: A method of calibrating a component having first and second opposite large surfaces and a peripheral surface which interconnects the large surfaces and which is provided with a recess, includes the steps of placing the component in a calibrating die, thereafter introducing a calibrating slide into the recess, contacting the first large surface by a first die punch and contacting the second large surface by a second die punch for positively positioning the component in the calibrating die by the calibrating slide and the first and second die punches, and then applying a calibrating pressure to the opposite large surfaces of the component by the die punches for deforming the component to effect calibration of the recess to desired dimensions as determined by a thickness of the calibrating slide situated in the recess.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 1997
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2000
    Assignee: Krebsoge Sinterholding GmbH
    Inventors: Ewald May, Antonio Casellas
  • Patent number: 6101697
    Abstract: The apparatus takes coil springs and sequentially forms fabric pockets around the coil springs to form a string of pocket coil springs. It includes a system for forming a length of folded fabric for movement on a frame, a split cylinder which moves to an inclined position to receive a coil spring and then to a generally vertical position to locate the coil spring on a support member and to allow a compressing member to extend through the gap of the split cylinder to compress the coil spring. An inserting device is employed to insert the compressed coil spring between the folded layers of the length of folded fabric which then is moved on the frame to bonding units to allow an edge bond and transverse bonds to be made to form a pocket around each coil spring. The bonding units includes of two stationary ultrasonic bonding devices fixedly located below the length of folded fabric with movable anvils located above the length of folded fabric which are employed for carrying out the bonding operations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 1997
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2000
    Assignee: International Bedding Corporation, Inc.
    Inventors: Walter Stumpf, W. Kenneth McLaren
  • Patent number: 6094797
    Abstract: Apparatus for installing a starter-generator on an aircraft engine includes a key device for coupling the starter-generator to the engine in coaxial relation and uncoupling the starter-generator from the engine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 1993
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2000
    Assignee: Aircraft Parts Corporation
    Inventor: Seymour Sherman
  • Patent number: 6092271
    Abstract: A tool for aligning a striker with a latch for a door on a motor vehicle includes a base member and a tool locating member positioned perpendicular to an end of the base member. The tool also includes a tool holding mechanism positioned on a front face of the tool locating member for holding the alignment tool onto the vehicle, and a striker locating arm extending outwardly from another end of the base member. The alignment tool further includes a striker lead-in at one end of the striker locating arm for positioning the striker relative to the latch, and a cross member extending between another end of the striker locating arm and the base member for receiving the latch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 1997
    Date of Patent: July 25, 2000
    Assignee: Chrysler Corporation
    Inventors: Zlatko B. Stojkovic, Thomas Weber, Don Johnson, John D. Dredge, Larry M. Storinsky, Jim Neubacher, Scott Featherston, Brad DiTomaso
  • Patent number: 6088910
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for preloading roller bearings which rotatably support a pinion shaft in a differential gear assembly includes a drive mechanism which selectively engages and rotatably drives the yoke of the differential gear assembly in a counterclockwise direction as viewed from the pinion shaft threaded end. A dead shaft engages the pinion shaft nut and rotates therewith. A brake is coupled to and selectively restrains or allows the dead shaft to rotate with the nut. Preventing the dead shaft and nut from rotating causes the nut to be threadingly received onto the pinion shaft and load the bearings. Disengaging the brake and allowing free rotation of the dead shaft and nut allows sensing of the bearing preload condition within the differential gear assembly housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 1999
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2000
    Inventor: Jack V. Jerraid
  • Patent number: 6086293
    Abstract: The cutting tool for machining valve seats comprises a driving system, a machining head, a pilot, a depth gauge, and a system controller. The driving system provides rotational movement and vertical movement for the machining head which is controlled by the system controller. The machining head further comprises a pinion feed driving assembly and a universal cutting blade. The pinion feed driving assembly causes the cutting radius of the cutting tool to decrease as the machining head rotates. The pilot is attached to the bottom of the machining head to provide a means for centering the cutting tool. The depth gauge is disposed on the driving system and is electrically connected to the system controller. The depth gauge measures the distance between a valve seat and the cutting blade. The system controller includes memory and programming for controlling the operation of the cutting tool. An operator can input the parameters that define the geometry of the valve seat profile.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 1998
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2000
    Assignee: Harmand Family Limited Partnership
    Inventors: Brice Harmand, Pierre Harmand
  • Patent number: 6085402
    Abstract: A method of removal and insertion of a bearing insert from a skate wheel is performed utilizing a bearing insert tool. The bearing insert has a central axial bore corresponding to the diameter of a central axial bore of a spacing element. An annular groove is formed on an inner circumference of the spacing element. The bearing insert tool has a shaft containing spring activated nipples on a distal end from a head portion. A button on the tool operates the spring. To remove a bearing insert the button is depressed retracting the nipples. The shaft is then inserted within the central axial bore of the bearing insert and spacing element. The nipples are released and allowed to engage the annular groove. Force is exerted in an axial direction away from the skate wheel causing the bearing insert and spacing element to be removed from the hub of the skate wheel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 1997
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2000
    Inventor: William C. Hill, Jr.
  • Patent number: 6082240
    Abstract: The invention provides clamps for providing a compliant mounting surface which protects the edges of brittle materials, which can be constituent components in armor panels. Thus the invention prevents concentrated loads around the armor. The invention is modular and allows for modular placement of a plurality of spaced apart armor panel layers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 1997
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2000
    Assignee: United Defense, L.P.
    Inventors: Mark Albert Middione, Ron Eugene Musante, James Robert Turner
  • Patent number: 6081982
    Abstract: A process for superplastically forming a tube of superplastic material to make a part includes sealing both ends of the tube with end caps to provide a sealed enclosed volume within the tube. At least one of the end caps has a connection that communicates between the enclosed volume and a gas line for connection to a gas management system for controlling forming gas pressure inside the enclosed space. The tube is inserting in a die and the connection is coupled to a gas supply line from said gas management system for supplying forming gas under pressure to said enclosed volume. The die and the tube are heated to the superplastic forming temperature for said material, and gas is introduced from the gas management system for pressurizing the enclosed volume with pressurized forming gas and for expanding the tube against the internal surfaces of the die.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 1996
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2000
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventor: David W. Schulz
  • Patent number: 6081984
    Abstract: Members of an assembly, a first of which has an aperture and a second of which is of deformable sheet-like material, are fastened together by piercing and deforming the second member using a punch and die to provide a pierced aperture having a peripheral wall of helical form analogous to a screw-thread, assembling the members together with the apertures aligned, inserting a tubular fastener having a head and a shank into the apertures so that the head abuts a face of the first member and the shank extends through the second member, and then expanding at least part of the shank within the pierced aperture of the second member and thereby causing the peripheral wall of the pierced aperture to impress a helical peripheral groove into the external surface of the shank of the fastener. The shank can be expanded by pulling a tapering mandrel head into or through it.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 1996
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2000
    Assignee: Avdel Textron Limited
    Inventor: Neil J Sherry
  • Patent number: 6083089
    Abstract: A novel method and apparatus for uniformly polishing thin films formed on a semiconductor substrate. A substrate is placed face down on a moving polishing pad so that the thin film to be polished is placed in direct contact with the moving polishing pad. The substrate is forcibly pressed against the polishing pad with pneumatic or hydraulic pressure applied to the backside of the substrate during polishing. Additionally, a wear ring is placed on the polishing pad around and adjacent to the substrate and forcibly pressed onto the polishing pad with a downward pressure from a second source so that the wear ring is coplanar with the substrate in order to eliminate edge rounding effects.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 1997
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2000
    Assignee: Intel Corporation
    Inventors: Joseph R. Breivogel, Matthew J. Prince, Christopher E. Barns
  • Patent number: 6079703
    Abstract: This is a system/method of clamping or securing or connecting one or more objects together in a wide variety of ways with the main means being a specifically designed bar and mated slot combination. While the main embodiment is the "Handy Table" project, there are many other ramifications of this invention. The bar and slot design can be altered to perform many other tasks where some way of attaching one or more objects to another need be accomplished. The main embodiment is, in my estimation, the most advanced type of work or project surface. The combination of a tri-sectional work surface, adjustable in a variety of ways, in size, in tilting, in multi-angle clamping capability, in precision height adjustment, and in the ability to transport the object being worked on easily, plus the addition of accessaries that enhance the overall capabilities of the "Handy Table", make it useable by many different professions and by the average project worker, be it man or woman, young or old.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 1997
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2000
    Inventor: Alex Benjamin Chavez, Jr.