Patents Examined by Ryan J Walters
  • Patent number: 10415499
    Abstract: A method for producing a piston for an internal combustion engine may include the steps of: producing a first blank corresponding to a piston main body via a deformation process; producing a second blank corresponding to a piston ring part via at least one of a deformation process and a casting process; pre-machining the first blank and the second blank, and finishing a welding surface of the first blank and a welding surface of the second blank via machining; connecting the first blank and the second blank via welding the welding surface of the first blank to the welding surface of the second blank to form a piston body; and performing at least one of a secondary machining process and a finish machining process on the piston body to produce the piston.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: Mahle International GmbH
    Inventors: Gerhard Berr, Sascha-Oliver Boczek, Reiner Mueller, Rainer Scharp
  • Patent number: 10415580
    Abstract: An impeller for a torque converter is provided. The impeller includes an impeller shell including an inner circumference, an outer circumference and a radial extension extending radially outward from the inner circumference. The radial extension includes an axially extending groove formed therein. The impeller also includes an impeller hub welded to the impeller shell by a weld. The weld is radially inside of the axially extending groove. A method of forming an impeller for a torque converter is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: Schaeffler Technologies AG & Co. KG
    Inventors: Michael Resh, David Burky, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10414030
    Abstract: An installation tool and related methods are provided. The tool can pull a strip of collated fasteners along a collated fastener path to a guide, where individual fasteners are sequentially separated from the strip and advanced into a workpiece. The tool can include a tension feeder located downstream of the guide. The tension feeder is configured to apply tension to the strip between the guide and a leading end of the strip. The tool can include a driveshaft configured to attach to a conventional drive tool chuck or a drive tool having hexagonal type drive components. The guide can be one piece and replaceable, with a guide body and a guide head. A strip slot can be defined in the same to align a fastener head with a backstop and facilitate entry of a fastener shank in a feed slot. Related methods of use are provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: National Nail Corp.
    Inventor: Roger A. Vandenberg
  • Patent number: 10409020
    Abstract: A universal mounting mechanism for mounting a telecommunications chassis to a telecommunications fixture includes a mounting bracket defining a rear portion for mounting to the fixture and a front portion for slidably receiving the chassis, the front portion including a latch opening. A locking spring is configured for mounting to the chassis, the spring configured to flex laterally to snap in to the latch opening. A release handle is configured to be slidably mounted to the chassis, the release handle defining a deflection tab for moving the locking spring out of the latch opening when the handle is slid rearward to forward. A cover is configured to be mounted to the chassis, the cover defining a deflection ramp for interacting with the deflection tab of the handle to move the deflection tab laterally to contact the spring when the release handle is slid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignee: CommScope Connectivity Belgium BVBA
    Inventors: Johan Geens, Pieter Vermeulen, Eric Keustermans
  • Patent number: 10408506
    Abstract: Disclosed are a heat exchanger and a method of manufacturing a heat exchanger. The heat exchanger may include a plurality of three-step tubes, each having a three-layered section and each having a liquid passage at a middle portion and module insertion spaces at opposite sides of the liquid passage, a plurality of thermoelectric modules inserted into the module insertion spaces, a plurality of cooling fins coupled to an outer surface of each of the three-step tubes, and an upper tank and a lower tank coupled to an upper side and a lower side of the three-step tubes to be fluidically communicated with the liquid passages of the three-step tubes. The three-step tubes and the cooling fins may be stacked laterally with respect to each other. The three-step tubes, the cooling fins, the upper tank, and the lower tank may be brazed by a same filler material comprising a metal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors Corporation, Hanon Systems
    Inventors: Man Ju Oh, Jae Woo Park, June Kyu Park, Jae Woong Kim, Eun Young Seo, Yong Nam Ahn
  • Patent number: 10408270
    Abstract: A device for introducing at least one roller bearing without any outer race into a gearwheel. The device has a supporting element, a member that is fixed on the supporting element for attaching the supporting element to a crane, at least two fixing elements which are fixed onto the supporting element and can be moved together and apart radially relative to a reference axis. The fixing elements can be moved toward one another and introduced into an inner race of the roller bearing. The fixing elements are designed to fix at least the inner race of the roller bearing when, after being introduced into the inner race, they are moved apart. A base element can be placed onto the gearwheel. The supporting element is attached on the base element in such a manner that the support element can move axially relative to the reference axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Inventor: Danny Looijmans
  • Patent number: 10399212
    Abstract: A fixture assembly, for use in maintaining a piece of heavy equipment. The fixture assembly includes a first connecting component configured to be connected releasably to a first part of the heavy equipment, and a second connecting component configured to be connected releasably to a second part of the heavy equipment connected to the first part when the heavy equipment is assembled. The fixture assembly also includes a hinge arrangement connecting the first connecting component to the second connecting component. The technology further includes methods for maintaining the heavy equipment using the fixture assembly, such as by separating heavy equipment parts in order to replace a gearbox of the equipment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Gerritt Arie Gouw, James G. Hillaker
  • Patent number: 10399193
    Abstract: Example methods and apparatus to align threaded fasteners are disclosed herein. An example apparatus includes a socket to hold a fastener and a sensor disposed adjacent the socket. The sensor is to measure acoustic waves near the socket while the socket rotates the threaded fastener in a reverse-thread direction against an end of a threaded pin. The example apparatus also includes an electronic control unit to determine whether the fastener and the threaded pin are aligned based on the acoustic waves measured by the sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventor: Everette Desmond Gray
  • Patent number: 10399187
    Abstract: A method to repair an opening in a metallic device including: mount the device on a positioner; while the device is mounted on the positioner, sense and record positions of a surface of an opening in the device using a probe operated by a manipulator; based on the recorded positions determine a centerline and diameter of the opening; orient a digital model of the opening with respect to the opening of the device based on the centerline and diameter of the opening, and apply an weld or cladding to the opening by a welding torch maneuvered automatically by the manipulator while the device is mounted to the positioner and based on the oriented digital model of the opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Mustafa Yuvalaklioglu, Lawrence James Whims, Daniel James Dorriety, Steven Charles Woods, Mark Carmine Bellino, James Carroll Baummer, Brian Leslie Henderson, Efe Bulut, Paul A. Cook
  • Patent number: 10399215
    Abstract: A fastener installation tool is provided for installing threaded fasteners through a washer plate having a center hole used in connection with roofing membrane installation. The installation tool is configured to receive different types of washer plates, and is easily dis-assembleable in the field without the need for tools in order to easily and simply clear jams.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: SFS intec Holding AG
    Inventors: Terry DeFoe, Bronson Hiatt, S. Riaz Hasan, David Brown, Larry Hilovsky, Daniel Scheerer, Jarrod Woodland
  • Patent number: 10391594
    Abstract: A nozzle station installation device capable of installing multiple nozzle stations, which hold multiple suction nozzles that are used in an electronic component mounting machine, in a nozzle cleaning device or the like, is provided. The nozzle station installation device is provided with multiple reference bases, and intermediate bases that are provided to be attachable and detachable on each of the multiple reference bases and on which multiple nozzle stations are capable of being placed, positioning sections which position intermediate bases are provided at a common position on the multiple reference bases, a positioning and fixing device that positions and fixes each of the multiple nozzle stations to be attachable and detachable is provided on each of the multiple intermediate bases, and 2D codes are disposed in a fixed positional relationship with the positioning sections in each of the multiple nozzle stations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: FUJI CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kazumi Hoshikawa, Kenji Shimosaka
  • Patent number: 10385803
    Abstract: A shaft assembly may include two or more Poka-Yoke bearing caps, each Poka-Yoke bearing cap having a pair of reference bores offset from a central axis of the bearing cap by differing offset distances, and each bearing cap defining a semi-circular recess that is positioned so as to align in use a central axis of the semi-cylindrical recess in the bearing cap with an axis of rotation of a shaft rotatably supported by the bearing cap. The differing offsets of the reference bores prevent the bearing cap from being assembled in a reversed orientation. To ensure that each bearing cap can only be fitted in one position, a center spacing between the first and second reference bores of each bearing cap is different to the center spacing used for other bearing caps used to support a single shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Xavier Demeulenaere, Mark Michel
  • Patent number: 10386112
    Abstract: A method for assembling a sliding door fitting used for coupling an appliance door to a furniture door, which is coupled to a furniture body. The appliance is installed into the furniture body and an assembly aid tool is fixed to the device door. The appliance and furniture doors are closed so that markings are introduced onto an inner surface of the furniture door by pins of the assembly aid tool. The furniture door is opened and the assembly aid tool is released and removed. A base housing of the sliding door fitting is positioned using the markings. The base housing is secured to the furniture door and a slider of the sliding door fitting is fixed to the device door. The assembly aid tool has an angular shape with a first limb and a second limb. The first limb has at least one pin for introducing at least one marking onto the furniture door, and the second limb has a securing opening for fixing the assembly aid tool onto an end face of the device door.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: HETTICH-ONI GMBH & CO. KG
    Inventor: Martin Nordieker
  • Patent number: 10378612
    Abstract: A bevel gear set and a method of manufacturing the same are provided. The bevel gear set may include a first bevel gear and a second bevel gear. The first and second bevel gears may be spiral bevel gears or hypoid spiral bevel gears. The first and second bevel gears may each have a gear tooth surface having a plurality of teeth formed thereon, such that the teeth of the first bevel gear and the teeth of the second bevel gear are configured to engage in a meshing engagement. The teeth are machined onto the respective gear tooth surface via a face milling process. Each tooth includes a tooth top, a plurality of meshing surfaces, and at least one chamfer. The chamfer may be formed at an abutment edge disposed between the tooth top and a respective meshing surface via a brushing process directly following the machining of the teeth.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Shaun X. Zhao, Bhapinder Puri
  • Patent number: 10371451
    Abstract: The present disclosure is directed to a method of making a heat exchanger tube, such as multichannel tubes. The heat exchanger tube may include a plurality of generally parallel flow paths extending between opposite ends. The method may include removing a section of an outer wall along the length of the tube to expose at least some of the plurality of generally parallel flow paths.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: Johnson Control Technology Company
    Inventors: Jerome Anthony Matter, III, Jeffrey Lee Tucker
  • Patent number: 10363599
    Abstract: A piston, particularly a piston for use in a diesel engine, particularly a heavy duty diesel engine, is formed from a billet of metal, such that the finished piston has a mass that is at least 50%, and, more preferably, up to about 62%, of the mass of the billet. Other than finishing steps, the piston is formed with a closed gallery, without loss of mass through machining processes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Assignee: Ohio State Innovation Foundation
    Inventor: Rajiv Shivpuri
  • Patent number: 10357860
    Abstract: The invention relates to a twin clamp, comprising two receptacles (61, 62), each of which has two movable clamping jaws (611, 612, 621, 622) and by means of each of which an elongate profile segment (71, 72) having a circular cross-section can be clamped in the contact section, each elongate profile segment having a center axis (D71, D72) and an outside diameter, wherein two clamping jaws (611, 612, 621, 622) of different receptacles (61, 62) are coupled to one another via a respective differential gearing (41, 42) and two clamping jaws (611, 612, 621, 622) of the same receptacle (61, 62) are coupled to one another via a synchronous gearing (51, 52) and the position of the center axes (D71, D72) of the clamped elongate profile segments (71, 72) is independent of the size of the outside diameters of the elongate profile segments (71, 72).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Assignee: Rattunde AG
    Inventor: Ulrich Rattunde
  • Patent number: 10352026
    Abstract: An undermount support for an appliance, and a method for using the support, the support including a frame that is: (a) assembled around the exterior periphery of the appliance; (b) located in supporting contact below the underside of a rim flange of the appliance; and (c) attached to cabinetry supporting a countertop or cooktop. The frame thereby enables the cabinetry to support the appliance by the rim flange.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Inventor: Peter Lloyd
  • Patent number: 10352323
    Abstract: A method for forming drilled cast which includes drilling with a drill so as to provide communication with a cast hole includes a casting step and a drilling step. The casting step is to cast a cast having a cast hole which includes a flat inner wall surface in which width of a position to be drilled with the drill is obtained by adding first length H1 serving as a manufacturing error range of the cast to a diameter D of the drill, which is a second length H2. The drilling step is to form a through hole providing communication between an interior of the cast hole and an exterior of the cast through the flat inner wall surface with the drill.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: Kobe Steel, Ltd.
    Inventors: Toshiyuki Miyatake, Tomoya Yonetsu
  • Patent number: 10349558
    Abstract: A method of manufacturing a heat dissipating device includes steps of providing a heat dissipating fin and a heat pipe. The heat dissipating fin includes a fin body, a through hole and a collar portion, with the through hole formed on the fin body, with the collar portion extending from a periphery of the through hole and having a first U-shaped protruding ear, with the first U-shaped protruding ear having a first opening, with the heat pipe having a heat dissipating end and a heat absorbing end, and with the heat dissipating end opposite to the heat absorbing end; inserting the heat dissipating end into the through hole and the collar portion; and punching the collar portion to shrink the first opening of the first U-shaped protruding ear, such that the collar portion fixes the heat dissipating end in a tight-fitting manner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: Cooler Master (Hui Zhou) Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Chia-Yu Lin, Qingsong Zhang, Tao Song