Patents Examined by Lauren Beronja
  • Patent number: 10449649
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a retainer ring structure for a CMP apparatus and a method for manufacturing the same. The retainer ring structure may include screws for fixing the retainer ring structure mounted on a polishing head during a CMP process, the screw being made of a high-strength metallic material, and the method for manufacturing the retainer ring structure may be simplified. Thus, a coupling force with the polishing head may be increased to reduce a defect rate, and the process may be simplified to reduce an operation time and a manufacturing cost, thereby increasing merchantability.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2019
    Assignee: CNUS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Bu Soon Kim, Heung Sun Choi
  • Patent number: 10421171
    Abstract: Apparatus for sharpening a cutting tool. In some embodiments, a tool sharpener includes an abrasive medium having an abrasive surface. A stationary tool support guide provides a guide surface that supports a side of the tool during presentation of a cutting edge of the tool against the abrasive surface. A rotatable edge guide has a roller member with a curvilinearly extending outer surface. The roller member is rotatable about an edge guide roller axis to engage, via rolling contact, the cutting edge during the presentation of the cutting edge against the abrasive surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2019
    Assignee: Darex, LLC
    Inventor: Daniel T. Dovel
  • Patent number: 10272538
    Abstract: An abrasive product with a concave-convex structure includes laminated three planar layers and an abrasive layer with a concave-convex structures located on an upper surface of the three planar layers. The abrasive layer with a concave-convex structure is an array of abrasive blocks, and a groove serving as chips discharging groove is formed between each two adjacent abrasive blocks. The abrasive block includes a binder and abrasive grains distributed in the binder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: Beijing Grish Hitech Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Bingli Guo, Feifei Sheng
  • Patent number: 10233668
    Abstract: A wrench apparatus is provided for applying torsion to a T-shape cross-section fence post. A wrench head has a lateral opening so that the wrench head can be placed laterally about the T-shape cross-section post. The wrench head includes first, second and third engagement surfaces arranged to simultaneously engage the three flanges of the fence post so that a torsional load can be simultaneously applied to all three flanges of the fence post.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: Tractor Supply Company
    Inventors: Brian Kennemer, Ty Rager
  • Patent number: 10195715
    Abstract: A chemical mechanical polishing machine includes a polishing head assembly including a polishing head body and a membrane disposed at a bottom of the polishing head body. The bottom surface of the membrane includes a hydrophobic area and a hydrophilic area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Inventors: In-Kwon Kim, Kyung-Hyun Kim, Ki-Jong Park, Ki-Ho Bae, Jong-Heun Lim
  • Patent number: 10173278
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a method for the manufacture of a workpiece having a corrected gear geometry and/or a modified surface structure, in particular by a hard finishing process, in particular generation grinding or honing. Provision is made in this respect that it is achieved by a direct generation of a wobble movement and/or of an eccentricity of the tool that a modification, in particular a profile modification or profile waviness, and/or a defined periodic flank waviness is generated on the active surface of the workpiece machined therewith.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: Liebherr-Verzahntechnik GmbH
    Inventors: Hansjoerg Geiser, Robert Wuerfel
  • Patent number: 10144108
    Abstract: An automated polishing system includes a workbench, a transport unit and a polishing unit, wherein the transport unit is provided with a transport surface and a transport drive configured to drive the transport surface to move horizontally, and the polishing unit includes a supporting portion, a holding arm rotatably connected to the supporting portion, a holder connected to the holding arm, a horizontal drive configured to drive the supporting portion to move horizontally, a vertical drive configured to drive the supporting portion to move vertically, a horizontally rotating drive configured to drive the holding arm to rotate in a horizontal direction, a vertically rotating drive configured to drive the holder to rotate in a vertical direction, a polishing shaft, a polishing rotating device configured to drive the polishing shaft, and a polishing drive configured to drive the polishing shaft to move towards the holder for reciprocating motion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: Guangdong Institute of Intelligent Manufacturing
    Inventors: Xuefeng Zhou, Dan Huang, Xiaoming Jiang, Kaige Li, Xiaoguang Liu, Taobo Cheng
  • Patent number: 10137554
    Abstract: A hand-held belt sander includes a head, an arm, a retaining unit, and a positioning unit. The head includes a mounting seat surrounding an axis. The arm has a sleeve segment mounted to the mounting seat. The retaining unit has an annular groove formed in the mounting seat, and multiple protrusions disposed on the sleeve segment and engaging the annular groove. The positioning unit includes multiple engaging grooves formed in the mounting seat, and an engaging member disposed on the sleeve segment. When the engaging member engages one of the engaging grooves, the arm is positioned relative to the head at an operating position. When the engaging member is disengaged from the one of the engaging grooves, the arm is rotatable about the axis relative to the head.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: Techway Industrial Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Chih-Hua Hsu, Shao-Lung Chiu, Cheng-Yuan Lin
  • Patent number: 10131033
    Abstract: A method and an apparatus for smart automation of robotic surface finishing of a three-dimensional surface of a work piece is described. A three-dimensional motion path is created along the surface of the work piece. A variable contact force profile is specified along the three-dimensional motion path. The three-dimensional motion path is modified based on the specified variable contact force profile. The surface of the work piece is finished using one or more surface finishing tools along the modified three-dimensional motion path. The surface of the work piece includes at least a flat region and a curved region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Max A. Maloney, Howard E. Bujtor, Brian K. Miehm
  • Patent number: 10106662
    Abstract: The porous polyurethane polishing pad includes a porous matrix having large pores that extend upward from a base surface and open to an upper surface. The large pores are interconnected with small pores. The porous matrix is a blend of two thermoplastic polymers. The first thermoplastic polyurethane has by molecular percent, 45 to 60 adipic acid, 10 to 30 MDI-ethylene glycol and 15 to 35 MDI and an Mn of 40,000 to 60,000 and a Mw of 125,000 to 175,000 and an Mw to Mn ratio of 2.5 to 4 The second thermoplastic polyurethane has by molecular percent, 40 to 50 adipic acid, 20 to 40 adipic acid butane diol, 5 to 20 MDI-ethylene glycol and 5 to 25 MDI and an Mn of 60,000 to 80,000 and a Mw of 125,000 to 175,000 and an Mw to Mn ratio of 1.5 to 3.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: Rohm and Haas Electronic Materials CMP Holdings, Inc.
    Inventors: Shuiyuan Luo, George C. Jacob, Henry Sanford-Crane, Koichi Yoshida, Katsumasa Kawabata, Shusuke Kitawaki, Shogo Takahashi, Yosuke Takei
  • Patent number: 10099337
    Abstract: A lens processing system used for removing a lens blank (98, 110) from an edging block (40). The system includes an elongated collet (22) that engages the mating edging block (40). The block (40) includes an enlarged groove (41) that receives a pair of blades (65, 66) extended upwardly from the floor (75) of the collet (22). Each lens blank (98,110) is formed to include a series of surface markings (191,192) to verify proper functioning of the edging machine that forms a finished lens. Each lens blank also includes a series of circular markings (117,133) arranged in diagonal rows to verify the accurate drilling of bores with the lens blank (98,110).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Inventor: James Gregory Goerges
  • Patent number: 10092994
    Abstract: The housing of a grinding spindle unit is pivotably mounted by way of a pivot axle on the receiving part of a grinding machine, e.g., on a grinding headstock. The grinding spindle unit bears a grinding wheel which is driven in rotation. The actuation of an adjusting unit extends a pressure pin, which pivots the housing of the grinding spindle unit about the pivot axle and thus slants the grinding wheel. The pivot axle is in this case formed as a film hinge through a zone of targeted elastic material deformation. A tensile spring device brings about constant contact between the pressure pin and the receiving part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Assignee: Erwin Junker Maschinenfabrik GmbH
    Inventor: Erwin Junker
  • Patent number: 10081116
    Abstract: A saw has a system for sensing the torque on a cutting blade to signal when the blade begins to cut material. The saw has a drive belt extending between a driven wheel and a drive wheel and a belt tensioner that engages a side of the belt and maintains tension in the belt. The belt tensioner is movable to maintain the tension in the belt. A control system calculates the movement of the belt tensioner. The saw has a system for determining the size of the sacrificial blade. A through beam photoelectric emitter and receiver pair are positioned on opposite sides of the blade such that a largest cutting blade is moved above the beam regardless of a horizontal position of the cutting blade and sensor senses a vertical position of the axis of the blade. The sensor senses the vertical position of the blade axis when the blade is moved above the beam.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2018
    Inventors: Kurt G. Adair, Douglas A. Ceckowski, Michael F. Hart
  • Patent number: 10071465
    Abstract: A grindstone tool is provided with a shaft part which has a tubular shape having a connection hole therein, a head part which has a cylindrical shape coaxially and integrally connected to the leading end of the shaft part and having a hollow section therein, and abrasive grains which adhere to the entire outer peripheral surface of the head part via a bonding material. A grinding fluid is supplied to the hollow section of the head part from one end side of the head part, the other end side of the head part is blocked by a lid member, and in the head part, a plurality of communication holes through which the hollow section and the outer peripheral surface communicate with each other, and which each have a taper shape with a diameter size on the outer peripheral surface side larger than a diameter size of the shaft center side are formed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2018
    Inventors: Hideaki Arisawa, Haruhiko Niitani
  • Patent number: 10058971
    Abstract: A device for finishing a workpiece includes two pressing elements and a holding apparatus for holding the pressing elements. A finishing band is pressable against a workpiece surface to be finished. A flexurally resilient intermediate element is disposed so as to transmit a pressing force to the finishing band by means of a force-receiving surface and by means of a force-transmitting surface. The intermediate element or a plurality of them is configured to transmit pressing forces, which are offset relative to one another in a circumferential direction of the workpiece surface, to the finishing band. The force-transmitting surfaces of the intermediate element or the plurality of them are oriented in a substantially V-shaped manner relative to one another, and are substantially planar in an undeformed initial state and have a curvature in a same direction as the workpiece surface when there is a pressing force.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Inventors: Oliver Hildebrandt, Simon Wolber
  • Patent number: 10052736
    Abstract: A method for processing an edge of a tube using an abrading apparatus is disclosed. The abrading apparatus includes a rotational symmetry axis and a chassis comprising an input side, an output side opposite the input side, and an input coupler on the input side of the chassis. The input coupler is coaxial with the rotational symmetry axis. The abrading apparatus also includes a centering member, coupled to the output side of the chassis and coaxial with the rotational symmetry axis, and abrasive members, coupled to the output side of the chassis. The abrasive members define an abrasive face radially spaced outwardly from and generally symmetric about the rotational symmetry axis and facing in a direction generally parallel to the rotational symmetry axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2018
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventor: Mark E. McGeary
  • Patent number: 10052740
    Abstract: Provided is a balancing device for a rotating body defining an axis of rotation, including a plurality of balancing heads aligned along the axis of rotation, each balancing head including: balancing masses configured to be moved at least along a circumference of movement so as to cancel the unbalance of the rotating body; at least one motor configured to move the balancing masses independently, the balancing masses part of different balancing heads being mutually spaced along the axis of rotation; unbalance detecting means including a plurality of vibration detectors configured to measure the vibrations caused by the unbalance of the rotating body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2018
    Assignee: BALANCE SYSTEMS S.R.L.
    Inventor: Gianni Trionfetti
  • Patent number: 10040159
    Abstract: Equipment for grinding external rings of roller bearings includes a supporting pin of a bearing to be ground, a stop extending outwardly from the supporting pin for axial positioning of a side of the bearing, a sliding flange on the pin which can be positioned to rest on the other side of the bearing, a clamping nut which can be firmly positioned on a complementary portion of the pin, skids preloaded by springs situated on opposite sides of the bearing, and a guiding element on the opposite side of the stop, which receives a structure carrying a pair of contrast rolls movable to be engaged with the external ring of the bearing creating a radial force thereon, which can be predetermined and regulated by a maneuvering element to eliminate the clearance of the bearing in the radial direction. A machine for housing equipment of the above specified type.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2018
    Inventors: Giovanni Boselli, Massimo Perassolo, Thomas Andresson
  • Patent number: 10043719
    Abstract: A semiconductor-wafer evaluation method includes: before the mirror-polishing step, measuring warp data of displacement of the surface of the semiconductor wafer with a capacitive shape measurement device; setting a prescribed width of an outer circumferential portion of the semiconductor wafer as a sampling range; performing fitting of the warp data within the sampling range with a fitting function in a predetermined fitting range; calculating a difference (Range) between a maximum and a minimum of the warp data after the fitting within the sampling range; and, after the mirror-polishing step, evaluating the nanotopography of the surface of the semiconductor wafer on the basis of the calculated difference (Range).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2018
    Inventor: Yuichi Shimizu
  • Patent number: 10035243
    Abstract: A handheld, portable knife sharpening device is provided. The knife sharpening device includes a body that accommodates at least one knife sharpening member. The body is interconnected to a rotatable leg that is used to selectively alter the lateral footprint of the device to make knife sharpening safer and more effective.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2018
    Assignee: Outdoor Edge Cutlery Corporation
    Inventor: David R. Bloch