Patents Examined by Mohammad I Yusuf
  • Patent number: 9566638
    Abstract: A device and methods are provided for deep rolling. In one embodiment, a deep rolling tool for applying compressive stress with rolling elements includes a flexible fork having a base section and a plurality of fork arms and a plurality of rolling elements, wherein each rolling element is mounted to a fork arm with eccentric roller bushings, wherein each rolling element is mounted at the distal end of a fork arm, and wherein the rolling elements are configured to apply a compressive stress to articles received by the deep rolling tool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2017
    Assignee: UNITED TECHNOLOGIES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Justin R. Hawkes, Eric D. Gray, Tahany I. El-Wardany, Daniel V. Viens
  • Patent number: 9457921
    Abstract: A receptacle for a consumable material, such as a wire spool (2), to be loaded into a machine, such as a wire tying machine (18), comprises first and second indicating means (6, 12) for identifying the receptacle, wherein one of the indicating means (6) is separable from the receptacle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2016
    Assignee: CONSTRUCTION TOOLS PC AB
    Inventors: Graham Frank Barnes, Ian David Coles
  • Patent number: 9452468
    Abstract: A device and methods are provided for deep rolling. In one embodiment, a deep rolling tool for applying compressive stress with rolling elements includes a flexible fork having a base section and a plurality of fork arms and a plurality of rolling elements, wherein each rolling element is mounted to a fork arm with eccentric roller bushings, wherein each rolling element is mounted at the distal end of a fork arm, and wherein the rolling elements are configured to apply a compressive stress to articles received by the deep rolling tool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2016
    Assignee: UNITED TECHNOLOGIES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Justin R. Hawkes, Eric D. Gray, Tahany I. El-Wardany, Daniel V. Viens
  • Patent number: 9415434
    Abstract: The invention concerns an arrangement (20) and a method for the manufacture of can bodies from pot-shaped blanks (37). To this end, the blank (37) is inserted into a bottom tool part (45). The blank (37) is clamped between a downholder (23) and a counter support surface (47) of the lower tool part (45). For controlling a position value ? determining the position and/or position change of the downholder (23), a drive arrangement (22) is provided. The drive arrangement controls the position value in accordance with a predetermined course, so as to move the downholder (23) into the clamping position or out of the clamping position EP. As soon as the downholder (23) reaches its clamping position EP, the drive unit (22) controls a force value in accordance with a predetermined course which determines the clamping force F(t) which is applied by the downholder (23) to the blank (37). This occurs preferably by an adjustment of the motor current I to a predetermined course of the desired value IE(t).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2016
    Assignee: SCHULER PRESSEN GMBH & CO. KG
    Inventors: Klaus Blei, Martin Gaebges, Gerhard Pick, Roland Schmid
  • Patent number: 9404275
    Abstract: A binding wire twisting apparatus for tying reinforcing bars. A motor rotates a shaft upon which a member reciprocates from a rearward to a forward position. The apparatus includes opposed fingers with opposed channels for fed binding wire. When in the rearward position, the member drives a wire feeding unit that feeds binding wire though the fingers and around the reinforcing bars. When the leading end of the fed wire impacts an actuator of a four-way valve, a pneumatic cylinder reciprocates the member from the first to the second position, and a cutter cuts the wire. Once in the second position, gripping surfaces entrap and hold the ends of the wire, and the rotating member, while holding the ends of the wire between first and second grip pieces, twists and ties the wire around the reinforcing bars, and a torque-release clutch decouples the motor from the shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2016
    Assignee: PneuTools, Incorporated
    Inventor: Frederick W. Lamb
  • Patent number: 9393650
    Abstract: A method is provided for producing a support structure, preferably a support structure for a vehicle seat having at least one seat shell for the seat part and/or the backrest of the vehicle seat, having the following method steps of producing a metal semi-finished product and reshaping it into an essentially flat plate, detaching a plate part from the plate, and deforming the plate part, the production of the metal semi-finished product being performed by extrusion. The semi-finished product may be already formed into a flat plate by the extrusion or the extrusion is performed with production of a curved plate, which is subsequently reshaped into a flat plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2016
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Jürgen Maier, Andreas Cott
  • Patent number: 9393610
    Abstract: A conversion press wherein a crankshaft drives the motion of the tooling assemblies within a number of lanes is provided. The crankshaft is structured to move the tooling assemblies associated with less than the total number of lanes. That is, for example, a four lane conversion press could include two crankshafts each actuating the tooling assemblies of two lanes. In an exemplary embodiment, each lane has a single associated crankshaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2016
    Assignee: Stolle Machinery Company, LLC
    Inventors: Gregory H. Butcher, Aaron E. Carstens, Patrick K. McCarty, Jason A. Davidson, Neil A. Zumberger, Kenneth E. Carper, Russell Bauer
  • Patent number: 9381562
    Abstract: The present invention provides a tube expansion device which can prevent decreases in productivity by causing only side regulating bodies to be moved easily and surely, even if the left and right ends of a heat exchanger increases or decreases, or the thickness of a heat exchanger is increased because an insertion tube becomes multiple columns from single column; and, in the case of tube expansion for a heat exchanger in long total length, and even if an expanding and a contracting rod of a cylinder which are reciprocating movement means of a reference platform or a rod-shaped male screw momentarily receives the weight of a stripper plate itself through said reference platform, can prevent deflection and breakage of said expanding and contracting rod and said rod-shaped male screw and breakage of cylinder's seal portion or breakage, etc. of a screw thread by supporting a reference platform at multiple points.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2016
    Assignee: KYOSHIN KOGYO CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Kenji Tokura
  • Patent number: 9375773
    Abstract: A conduit bender having a unitary frame is mounted to a wheeled base which provides for transportation of the bender. A braking assembly provides for simplified locking of the wheels to secure the bender in a location. The bender is mounted to the base through a pivoting assembly which allows for bending of conduit in either a horizontal or vertical plane. A circuit is provided for controlling the bending operation. An auto-sensing portion of the circuit receives information regarding the characteristics of the conduit to be bent upon placement of the conduit in the bender. A feed back portion of the circuit is used to provide a precise bending operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2016
    Assignee: TEXTRON INNOVATIONS INC.
    Inventors: Jeffrey J. Plummer, Sean A. Daugherty
  • Patent number: 9364882
    Abstract: A roller hemming device includes a large diameter roller having a large tapered surface and a small diameter roller having a small cylindrical surface. The small diameter roller is coaxially disposed with the large diameter roller. The small diameter roller and the large diameter roller enable to relatively move in an axial direction. The outer diameter of the small cylindrical surface is smaller than the minimum outer diameter of the large tapered surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2016
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Hitoshi Yoshimichi, Hiroshi Miwa, Kazuya Hirose
  • Patent number: 9352381
    Abstract: A lead pin rectifying apparatus is provided, including a first member which includes a tapered upper face and a cylindrically-shaped side face; a cylindrically-shaped second member which has an inner diameter corresponding to an outer diameter of the first member, wherein the second member covers over the first member therewith while an electronic component having the lead pin is housed inside the second member; and a pressing member which presses the electronic component to the first member from the top side of the second member while housing the electronic component having the lead pin inside the second member to abut the lead pin against an upper face of the first member, wherein the second member is pressed to the first member after pressing the electronic component to the first member with the pressing member to rectify the shape of the lead pin of the electronic component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2016
    Assignee: RICOH COMPANY, LTD.
    Inventor: Fumikata Andoh
  • Patent number: 9352373
    Abstract: An assembly for press forming a deformable material including: a first die array including a plurality of dies, the first die array defining a first die profile; a second die array that is complementary with the first die array and including a plurality of dies, the second die array defining a second die profile that is complementary with the first die profile; and a drive for driving at least one of the first die array and the second die array; wherein in use the plurality of dies of the first die array and the plurality of dies of the second die array sequentially engage the deformable material along a processing length to deform the deformable material to a predetermined profile.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2016
    Assignee: THE UNIVERSITY OF QUEENSLAND
    Inventors: Paul Anthony Meehan, William J. T. Daniel, Shichan Ding
  • Patent number: 9352376
    Abstract: A hemming head device and method for hem forming one or more edges of deformable material. The hemming head device includes dual biasing spring members which provide a resistive force whether the hemming wheel is in a push hemming operation on an exterior joint edge or in a pull hemming operation on an interior joint edge. The device further includes a quick connect device for selectively connecting hemming wheels and other forming devices to the head and a gauge to measure the relative position or resistive force applied on the forming member by the biasing members. A method for hem forming a workpiece using dual biasing spring members is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2016
    Assignee: Comau S.p.A.
    Inventors: Joseph P. Cyrek, William T. Maybee, Robert F. Chapman, Kenneth D. St. Denis
  • Patent number: 9334589
    Abstract: This invention in one embodiment comprises a cylindrical rod with a rotating, removable loop head inserted into the center of the top end of the rod. The loop head is inserted into a vertical hole drilled into the top end of the rod, wherein the loop head is able to rotate in the hole. The loop head has a plurality of outwardly radially extending circumferential loops that receive wire for bending and weaving into the Viking Knit. Preferably, the rod also has an anchor hole, drilled diagonally through the rod near its top end, for receiving and securing a wire. Preferably, the rod also has a conical wire wrap attachment at the bottom of the rod for making wired end caps to cover or enclose the finished Viking Knit Weave. In another embodiment, this invention comprises a hollow cone with a rotating, removable loop head inserted in either or both ends of the cone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2016
    Inventor: Stephanie J. Eddy
  • Patent number: 9333549
    Abstract: A prediction equation “R0/t?(2R/t+(2R/t+1)?f)/2(1?(1+2R/t)?f)” is derived which predicts that bendability-dominated fracture will not occur when the critical surface strain ?critical is not exceeded by a strain on the metal sheet surface causing the occurrence of ductility-dominated fracture that is obtained from the minimum curvature radius R0 of a press-forming mold and the critical strain ?f in a plane strain region in a forming limit diagram. The minimum curvature radius R0 of a mold required to prevent the occurrence of bendability-dominated fracture is estimated, and the mold is designed with a curvature radius that is not less than the curvature radius R0.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2016
    Assignee: JFE STEEL CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yusuke Fujii, Toyohisa Shinmiya, Yuji Yamasaki, Kazuhiko Higai
  • Patent number: 9327328
    Abstract: An apparatus used to repair damage from metal body panels of a transportation container. The apparatus includes a platform having wheels that can optionally be locked. The apparatus further includes a pivoting arm that can be selectively raised, lowered, extended or retracted to repair virtually any area of a transportation container. At the end of the pivoting arm is a cross-arm member comprised of a piston repair arm that can be fitted with a plurality of attachments depending on the contours of the surface being repaired. The area to be repaired can include perimeter walls, ceilings, doorframes, and/or corner posts. The pivoting arm and piston repair arm are driven using a pneumo-hydraulic system that is lighter than any other system currently used on transportation repair devices. The substantial reduction in weight allows the apparatus to readily enter transportation containers and be easily handled by a single operator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2016
    Inventor: Orlando Ceballos, Sr.
  • Patent number: 9331447
    Abstract: A crimping apparatus includes a ram having crimp tooling for crimping a terminal to a wire during a crimp stroke and a force sensor detecting a crimp force during the crimp stroke. The crimping apparatus also includes a controller that monitors the crimp quality of a crimp based on a frequency profile of the crimp. Optionally, the controller may create the frequency profile based on a force profile using a frequency transform algorithm. The frequency transform algorithm may be a Fast Fourier Transform algorithm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2016
    Assignee: TYCO ELECTRONICS CORPORATION
    Inventors: John D. Charlton, Keith L. Nicholas, Robert A. Dubler
  • Patent number: 9321090
    Abstract: A manufacturing method forms components having a desired shape. A contoured surface is defined for a forming tool for forming a metal blank into the desired shape, wherein respective portions of the metal blank flow over the contoured surface during forming. An intrinsic material flow pattern resulting from the contoured surface is compared to a desired flow in order to identify regions of the contoured surface having an insufficient flow that creates areas in the formed metal blank receiving less than a desired amount of metal. A surface microtexture is applied onto the contoured surface in a pattern selected to increase metal flow along the identified regions by providing a friction in the identified regions that is reduced relative to adjacent regions of the contoured surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2016
    Assignees: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC, THE BOEING COMPANY, NORTHWESTERN UNIVERSITY
    Inventors: Zhiyong Cedric Xia, Jian Cao, Qian Wang, Rajesh Talwar, Donald J. Grzina, Tiffany Davis Ling, Pinzhi Liu
  • Patent number: 9308575
    Abstract: A method of manufacturing a power transmission chain pin, which connects links arranged in a chain width direction of a power transmission chain, includes a rough sectional shape formation step of drawing a wire rod so that a section thereof is formed in a substantially oval shape and a rough end portion shape formation step of cutting a continuous bar-like member which has been subjected to the drawing work into a predetermined length so that an end surface thereof has a predetermined angle with respect to an axial direction. A final sectional shape and a final end portion shape of the power transmission chain pin are formed by a cold forging work to the bar-like member cut into the predetermined length, which is a final shape formation step.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2016
    Assignee: JTEKT CORPORATION
    Inventor: Yoshihisa Miura
  • Patent number: 9302313
    Abstract: The structure of a tube expander has a ring and a bearing in the body thereof. An axle goes through the body. A driving head is connected to the axle on the body. The bottom of the axle has a guiding pin and a tapered head. The driving head has an external thread so that it can be rotated into the internal thread of the ring or rotated in the opposite direction out of the internal thread. A compressible elastic element is disposed inside the body and mounted on the axle. The top end of the compressible elastic element urges against the bottom of the ring. The bottom of the compressible elastic element pushes the guiding pin downward so that the external thread becomes idle after being completely rotated out of the internal thread.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2016
    Inventor: Chen-Tzu Lin