Patents Examined by Ruth G Hidalgo-Hernande
  • Patent number: 10220492
    Abstract: A tool for installing a locking collar on a bearing using an air hammer is provided. The tool includes a first portion having an air hammer coupling portion configured to couple to the air hammer. A torque arm is coupled to the first portion. A collar-engaging portion is coupled to the torque arm and is configured to couple to a locking collar to impart rotational impacts to the locking collar when the air hammer is actuated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: Deere & Company
    Inventors: Andrew R. Borders, Amy B. Doroff
  • Patent number: 10073000
    Abstract: In a rim replacing method for a tire testing machine of the present invention, one pair of the rims satisfying predetermined conditions relative to a test tire are selected, from among a pair of rims attached to the upper and lower spindles and plural pairs of rims loaded in a rim replacing device, as object rims, and rim replacement is performed if the rims loaded in the rim replacing device are selected as the object rims, so that the nonuniformity of rim can be suitably measured. The predetermined conditions include a condition in which a diameter of bead portions of the tire conveyed into the tire testing machine corresponds to a diameter of the object rims, and a condition in which a width of the bead portions of the tire conveyed into the tire testing machine falls within a range in which a space between the object rims is adjustable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2018
    Assignee: Kobe Steel, Ltd.
    Inventors: Maiko Mori, Yoshiaki Matsubara
  • Patent number: 10054094
    Abstract: Nozzle and a method of making the same are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2018
    Assignee: 3M INNOVATIVE PROPERTIES COMPANY
    Inventors: Barry S. Carpenter, Ryan C. Shirk, Robert J. DeVoe, James C. Novack
  • Patent number: 10054573
    Abstract: A method for fitting a protection tube to a gas sensor includes: a step for engaging tube-end opening jigs which have been inserted into the inside of a protection tube through its one end portion, with this end portion, for maintaining this end portion at an opened state, a step for bringing tube-end holding jigs into contact with this engagement portion from outside for holding the tube through pinching between these jigs, and a step for inserting the sensor into the inside of the tube being held through pinching, wherein the insertion of the sensor into the inside of the tube is continued even after an end portion of the sensor comes into contact with the inner surface of the tube, while the engagement of the tube with the tube-end opening jigs is gradually released, thereby fitting the tube to the sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2018
    Assignee: NGK INSULATORS, LTD.
    Inventors: Kenji Isaka, Nobukazu Ikoma, Yutaka Nakane
  • Patent number: 10046846
    Abstract: A method of manufacturing a shell component for an aircraft or spacecraft includes positioning a skin panel, which includes a skin of the aircraft or spacecraft and first and second stringers stiffening the skin, opposite a frame having first and second mouseholes for receiving the first and second stringers, elastically bending the skin panel, inserting the first stringer into the first mousehole, and releasing the elastic bend to insert the second stringer into the second mousehole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Assignee: Airbus Operations GmbH
    Inventors: Stefan Brunner, Wolfgang Schulze, Memis Tiryaki, Wolfgang Eilken
  • Patent number: 10004579
    Abstract: A dental superstructure, and a manufacturing method thereof, comprising a screw-channel (1), through which screw-channel a screw member is to be inserted, and a screw member seat (3), for providing support to the head of said screw member during fixation of said dental superstructure to a spacer element or an implant (5), are provided. Said dental superstructure is provided with a central axis of said screw-channel (1) and a central axis of said second mouth (4) that at least partly do not coincide. A manufacturing method thereof, a screw-member, and a screwdriver are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2018
    Assignee: Kulzer GmbH
    Inventors: Sture Benzon, Per Olof Leike
  • Patent number: 10005508
    Abstract: A headliner assembly apparatus includes an input delivery device attempting to deliver an input related to a predetermined headliner to a controller that is in communication with the input delivery device. An indexing assembly is in communication with the controller, wherein the indexing assembly positions at least one headliner detail in an installation position in response to the input related to the predetermined headliner. A headliner support is adapted to position the predetermined headliner, wherein the predetermined headliner is placed on the indexing assembly, and wherein the headliner is placed to engage the at least one headliner detail in the installation position. A detail installing assembly couples the at least one headliner detail in the installation position to the predetermined headliner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2018
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: David Huelke
  • Patent number: 9668866
    Abstract: Methods and devices are disclosed for the optimization of shoulder arthroplasty component design through the use of computed tomography scan data from arthritic shoulders.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2017
    Assignee: MAYO Foundation For Medical Education and Research
    Inventor: John W. Sperling
  • Patent number: 9615902
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a method and device for producing a dental component. The method includes: a) providing a piece of material attached to or held by a first holder; b) shaping the piece of material to form the dental component and at least one support pin maintaining the dental component attached to the first holder or the initial piece of material; c) engaging a second holder to the dental component while the dental component still is attached to the first holder or the initial piece of material via the at least one support pin; and d) removing the at least one support pin from the dental component while the dental component is engaged by the second holder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2017
    Assignee: BIOCAD MEDICAL INC.
    Inventors: Florent Miguel, Gilles Arnaud
  • Patent number: 9597755
    Abstract: A method for connecting components includes the acts of providing a first component, fixing the first component in a space, where the exact position of the first component in a space does not have to be known or is unknown, determining the exact position of the first component in a space by a position recognition device, which generates the position data that correspond to the position of the first component, attaching or producing at least one first fixing element on the first component by an electronically controlled device, which attaches or produces the at least one first fixing element in a specified position relative to the first component using the determined position data, and fixing a second component on the first component, where a second fixing element, which is provided on the second component, forms a detachable connection with the first fixing element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: Bayerische Motoren Werke Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Thomas Herzinger, Johann Van Niekerk
  • Patent number: 9586248
    Abstract: The system for forming a T-shaped tubular fitting is configured for forming a T-shaped tubular part from an unbranched tubular part. The system includes an upper portion and a lower portion below the upper portion. A pushing block is disposed above the upper portion of the system. Compressible first and second side punches, respectively, extend from opposing sides of the upper portion. The upper portion includes a flat plate with a horizontal channel extending therethrough. The lower portion includes a housing with a vertical channel extending therethrough. The vertical channel extends normal to the horizontal channel. An insert can be disposed in the tubular part in alignment with the vertical channel. The horizontal channel and the vertical channel together define a T-shaped cavity. The T-shaped tubular fitting can be formed upon application of pressure to the pushing block.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2017
    Assignee: KING SAUD UNIVERSITY
    Inventors: Atef Mohammed Abdo Ghaleb, Mohamed Ali Eissa Saleh, Adham Mohamed Azzat Ragab
  • Patent number: 9566049
    Abstract: A tool for deploying an anchor sleeve onto an implantable device includes handle and base members, which may be fitted together by an operator. The operator may select the handle member from a plurality thereof included in a kit; and the base member, also included in the kit, includes a rail segment with which a gripping portion of the selected handle member may be engaged, for example, via guidance from a marked portion of the base member. Once engaged, a deployment tip of the base member is located to move a mounted anchor sleeve from a tubular member of the handle member and onto a body of the device. The tubular member of some tools has a laterally offset distal end portion, on which the corresponding anchor sleeve is mounted; thus, kits including this type of handle member, may include a converter for the base member to facilitate engagement therewith.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2017
    Assignee: Medtronic, Inc.
    Inventors: Bruce A. Behymer, Michael J. Kern, William V. Ferris, Jr., Thomas C. Bischoff
  • Patent number: 9549489
    Abstract: A method for forming a system. Rack containers include rack units stacked in a first direction. Each rack unit has wheels and includes at least one heat generating device configured to generate heat while in operation. The wheels are positioned on a supporting structure on the floor which enables adjacent rack containers to move closer to or further from each other. A cooling conduit is secured on a top surface of each rack container to allow a cooling fluid to flow through a flexible tube into each rack container via the cooling conduit that encapsulates the flexible tube. The cooling fluid is configured to be heated by absorbing heat from the at least one heat generating device. The exhaust conduit is secured on the top surface of each rack container to allow the heated cooling fluid to be exhausted from each rack container via the exhaust conduit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2017
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Sebastien Bousseton, Arnaud Lund
  • Patent number: 9546758
    Abstract: A blanket installation method includes: a transporting step of transporting a blanket unit (1), in which a blanket (2) and a transport jig (3) are integrally coupled, between an inner tank (60) and an outer tank (50) of a double shell structure tank in a suspended condition; and a mounting step of mounting the blanket unit (1) on a shell plate of the inner tank (60). The transport jig (3) is formed by attaching a blanket fixing pin (34) to a jig main body (3A) through pin coupling. The blanket (2) is held at the blanket fixing pin (34).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2017
    Assignee: IHI CORPORATION
    Inventors: Hiroshi Shiomi, Masaki Takahashi, Hidenori Suzuki, Satoru Nagumo, Akira Iwano
  • Patent number: 9463533
    Abstract: A method of salvaging a used, damaged turbocharger compressor housing involving the steps of machining the damaged interior surface of the housing, grit blasting the machined surface, building up the machined surface with coating material, and final machining the interior surface to its original specifications. The method includes holding the compressor housing by key datums during the machining steps.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2016
    Assignee: Caterpillar Inc.
    Inventors: Gregory S. Cornelius, Gerald T. Otten, Jr., Mark D. Veliz, Karen Renee Raab, David Alejandro Chairez Briones, Luis Alonso Lugo Aviles, Rathnam Venkatesh Basam
  • Patent number: 9460950
    Abstract: Embodiments described herein relate to an apparatus and method for securing and transferring substrates. A substrate carrier, having one or more electrostatic chucking electrodes disposed therein, electrostatically couples a substrate to the carrier such. Optionally, a mask may also be electrostatically coupled to the carrier and may be disposed over a region of the carrier not occupied by the substrate. In one embodiment, multiple electrode assemblies are provided such that a first electrode assembly chucks the substrate to the carrier and a second electrode assembly chucks the mask to the carrier. In another embodiment, a pocket is formed in the carrier and an electrode assembly provides chucking capability within the pocket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2016
    Assignee: APPLIED MATERIALS, INC.
    Inventors: Michael S. Cox, Cheryl A. Knepfler
  • Patent number: 9446446
    Abstract: A method and system is provided for assembling or disassembling a blade of a wind turbine. The wind turbine includes a tower resting on a base, a rotor including at least one rotor blade having a blade connection flange and a nacelle mounted atop the tower, a hub rotatably connected to the nacelle and including a hub connection flange adapted to be detachably connected to a blade connection flange of a rotor blade. Thy wind turbine further includes a first positioning element adapted to be attached to the nacelle or to the tower in a top area and a second positioning element adapted to be joined to the blade in a root blade area, where the first and second positioning elements are configured to cooperate to provide an accurate position of the blade connection flange prior to connection to the hub connection flange.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2016
    Assignee: Acciona Windpower, S.A.
    Inventors: Teresa Arlaban Gabeiras, José Miguel Garcia Sayés, Ander Gastón Lujambio, Miguel Núñez Polo, Alvaro Gorostidi Martinez de Lecea
  • Patent number: 9427795
    Abstract: The present invention provides a method for producing a hollow engine valve, with which the production process can be simplified and the processing precision can be improved. To this end, the present invention provides a method for producing a hollow engine valve (1) which is provided with a valve main body (10) in which a hollow hole (10c) is formed along a valve umbrella part (10a) and a hollow shaft part (10b), wherein a solid round bar (11) forming the material of the valve main body (10) is molded to a semi-finished article (12) by means of a single hot-forging process, the semi-finished article (12) is subjected to rotary swaging whereby the semi-finished article (12) is molded into a semi-finished article (13), the semi-finished article (13) is subjected to necking whereby the semi-finished article (13) is molded into the valve main body (10), and a shaft end sealing member (20) is joined to the end part of the hollow shaft part (10b) of the valve main body (10).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2016
    Assignee: Fuji Hollow Valve Inc.
    Inventors: Hirokazu Morii, Kenichiro Hirao, Katsumi Nakamura, Hyoji Yoshimura
  • Patent number: 9422710
    Abstract: A drain assembly includes a receptacle body with a first end and a second end defining a cavity therebetween, an adjustable collar, and a grate. The first end of the receptacle body forms an opening into the cavity and comprises a peripheral step with a connection flange extending substantially perpendicularly therefrom, and a peripheral flange with a substantially horizontal support portion extending away from the connection flange. The connection flange includes a series of vertical slots for accommodating horizontally-oriented fastening members, and the connection flange and the peripheral flange define a channel therebetween. The adjustable collar comprises a first flange positioned adjacent to the connection flange of the peripheral step, and a second flange extending substantially perpendicular from the first flange. The first flange includes a series of holes which align with the series of vertical slots in the connection flange.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2016
    Assignee: Zurn Industries, LLC
    Inventors: Joseph Tripodi, Douglas R. Wroblewski, James T. Kloecker
  • Patent number: 9421635
    Abstract: A process of forming an air cooled turbine airfoil using a metal additive process, where the airfoil is formed by first producing a ceramic core having an internal cooling circuit shape, and then building up the airfoil over the ceramic core. The ceramic core is then leached away, and the outer surface of the airfoil is machined to remove rough surfaces formed by the metal additive process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2016
    Assignee: S&J DESIGN LLC
    Inventor: Adam R Dowd