Patents Examined by Ryan J Walters
  • Patent number: 11897065
    Abstract: A rotor for a turbomachine and a method of manufacturing the same. The method includes providing a lug with a lug body and an interface material disposed on the lug body. The method also includes friction welding the lug to a hub member via the interface material to define a projected structure for an outer radial area of a disc assembly of the rotor. The projected structure is configured to support a first side of a rotor blade of the rotor in cooperation with a second projected structure of the disc assembly supporting a second side of the rotor blade. The lug body and the hub member are made from different materials.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2024
    Inventors: Mark Morris, Paul Kurlak, Stuart Harman, Daira Legzdina, Jason Smoke
  • Patent number: 11891988
    Abstract: A fluid end assembly of a hydraulic fluid pump includes a housing having a first housing bore and a second housing bore offset axially from the first housing bore. A plate is fastened to the housing. The plate has a first plate bore axially aligned with the first housing bore and a second plate bore axially aligned with the second housing bore. A first removable valve cover closes the first housing bore and a second removable valve cover closes the second housing bore. A first retainer engages the first plate bore and abuts the first removable valve cover and a second retainer engages the second plate bore and abuts the second removable valve cover.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2021
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2024
    Inventors: Chance Ray Mullins, Konner Casey Kay
  • Patent number: 11878378
    Abstract: A process for processing a rotary tillage blade for a dry farmland based a wasted steel rail is provided. The process specifically includes the following steps: selecting a waste annotated steel rail U71Mn or U75V; breaking the steel rail into a rail head, a rail web and a rail bottom in a cutting area by means of a flame cutting device and then cutting the steel rail; and applying a hydrostatic pressure to the steel rail by using a hydraulic machine to separate the rail head, the rail web and the rail bottom. The wasted steel rail can be processed into the rotary tillage blade for the dry farmland by means of methods such as segmenting, rolling, blanking, punching, electric furnace heating, bending, hot forging and thermal treatment. The surface hardness and a wear resistance value thereof are superior to those of an existing rotary tillage blade.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2023
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2024
    Assignee: China Railway General Resources Technology Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Xu Hao, Jun Shen, Mazhong Ya, Yongkang Ji, Bin Wu, Biao Li, Kun Pan, Shibiao Zhu
  • Patent number: 11858019
    Abstract: A slab manufacturing method in which casting drum housing screw-down system deformation characteristics which have been acquired prior to the start of slab casting and which indicate deformation characteristics of a housing configured to support a casting drum and deformation characteristics of a screw-down system configured to screw down the casting drum is used to calculate an estimated plate thickness at both end portions of a slab in a width direction thereof from Expression 1 ((estimated plate thickness on entry side of rolling mill)=(screw-down position of casting cylinder)+(elastic deformation of casting drum)+(casting drum housing screw-down system deformation)+(drum profile of casting drum)?(elastic deformation of casting drum at time of screw-down position zero-point adjustment)), an entry-side wedge ratio and an exit-side wedge ratio are calculated on the basis of the estimated plate thickness calculated from Expression 1.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2024
    Inventors: Daisuke Nikkuni, Toshiyuki Shiraishi, Yutaka Sadano, Masafumi Miyazaki
  • Patent number: 11850654
    Abstract: A self-piercing riveting (SPR) system includes a top sheet and a bottom sheet. The top sheet is layered above the bottom sheet and are disposed between a die and a blank holder. The SPR system further includes a barrier disposed between the bottom sheet and the die, wherein the barrier is configured to reduce stress concentrations during formation of a joint between the top sheet and the bottom sheet. The barrier may has a thickness between 0.8 mm and 1.0 mm and is made from a cold formed or a dual phase steel alloy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2022
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2023
    Inventors: Yuchao Liu, Jonathan Patrick Weiler, Gerry Wang
  • Patent number: 11845151
    Abstract: Plating systems and related methods are disclosed for prepping of structural members, such as splicing and/or pre-plating structural members. A plating system can include a splicing system and a pre-plating system. A splicing system include an infeed system, an outfeed system, and a press to affix or otherwise secure a plate to opposing surfaces of structural members to splice the structural members together. Guides are automatically positioned to guide short members through the splicing system. A pre-plating system includes a press, an infeed system configured to deliver a structural member to the press, and an outfeed system configured to remove the structural member from the press. The press is configured to secure a plate to the structural member on a surface other than the opposing surfaces used to splice the structural members together. A plate picking robot is configured to pick a plate from a plate container and position the plate on a press surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2022
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2023
    Assignee: House of Design LLC
    Inventors: Cole Jay Logemann, Shane Christopher Dittrich, Kristopher Ryan Okelberry
  • Patent number: 11839958
    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 24, 2022
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2023
    Assignee: National Nail Corp.
    Inventor: Roger A. Vandenberg
  • Patent number: 11835128
    Abstract: In a process for the adjustment of backlash between a pinon (20) and a rack (10) in a rack-pinion drive, a motor-gearbox assembly (30) including a motor and a gearbox is supported on a carrier (40) via a positioning mechanism (42) for precisely positioning the assembly (30) in a radial position relative to the rack (10). In the process, the assembly (30) is positioned in a first radial distance relative to the rack (10), using the positioning mechanism (42) and a first circumferential backlash between the pinon (20) and the rack (10) is determined at a first position of the pinion (20) along the rack (10), based on measurements taken on an input side of the gearbox.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2023
    Assignee: Güdel AG
    Inventors: Walter Zulauf, Stefan Baumann, Christof Ackermann
  • Patent number: 11833627
    Abstract: A projection-welding spinning tensioner includes a first spoke and a second spoke. The first spoke includes a first rim end, a first plate end and a first center plate end. The second spoke includes a second rim end, a second plate end and a second center plate end. The first and second spokes have a same structure and are arranged in a mirror-symmetrical manner. Several projection-welding points are disposed on opposing surfaces of the first plate end and/or the second plate end, the projection-welding points are annularly arranged at an interval, the projection-welding points are arranged in a form of a concentric circle to form a least two annular arrangements, welded fixation of the first plate end and the second plate end is completed through the projection-welding points. A cavity groove for holding a bearing is formed inside after the first and second center plate ends are docked.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2021
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2023
    Assignee: Zhejiang Dongxing Auto Parts CO., LTD
    Inventor: Zhaoxing Pan
  • Patent number: 11828190
    Abstract: An airfoil component for attaching to a cropped airfoil is provided. The cropped airfoil comprises a cropped airfoil attachment section and a cropped first side opposite a cropped second side, which each extend axially between a cropped first edge and a cropped second edge to define a cropped chord length. The airfoil component comprises a body having a component first side opposite a component second side. The body defines an attachment section for attaching the airfoil component to the cropped airfoil at the cropped airfoil attachment section. The attachment section extends axially between a component first edge and a component second edge to define a component chord length, and the attachment section is oversized with respect to the cropped airfoil attachment section such that the component chord length is longer than the cropped chord length. Systems and methods also are provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2021
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2023
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Suhas Prabhakar Vaze, Timothy Trapp, Scott Sager Campbell, Gregory Christopher Firestone, Jonathan David Mast, Timothy Vernon Stotler
  • Patent number: 11826830
    Abstract: At least one turbine component for a gas turbine includes a base component formed by casting and an article. The base component includes a platform. The article on the upper surface of the platform is formed by additive manufacturing. The article has a proximal face sized and shaped to cover at least a portion of the upper surface of the platform of the turbine component and a contoured distal face opposite the proximal face. The contoured distal face has a contour surface serving as at least a portion of a hot gas path surface of the turbine component. The contour surface is arranged and disposed to provide a controlled flow pattern of a working fluid across the contour surface based on a clock mounting location of the turbine component in a turbine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2023
    Inventors: Sandip Dutta, Zachary Snider, Srikanth Chandrudu Kottilingam, Stephen Wassynger, Joseph Moroso
  • Patent number: 11813706
    Abstract: A manufacturing method is provided during which a preform component for a turbine engine is provided. The preform component includes a substrate. An outer coating is applied over the substrate. A characteristic of the outer coating is determined. Instructions for forming a cooling aperture are revised based on the characteristic of the outer coating to provide revised instructions. The cooling aperture is formed in the outer coating and the substrate based on the revised instructions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2021
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2023
    Inventors: Brian Craig, James M. Koonankeil, Brian T. Hazel, Paul E. Denney, Dominic J. Mongillo
  • Patent number: 11813658
    Abstract: A method for producing a valve body of a hollow valve includes providing a workpiece blank or semi-finished product, spin extruding the workpiece to produce a preform having a cup with a hollow shape formed by the cup wall. A hollow valve produced by this method is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2023
    Assignee: Federal-Mogul Valvetrain GmbH
    Inventors: Thorsten Matthias, Antonius Wolking, Johannes Knust
  • Patent number: 11794379
    Abstract: A turning system for turning wind turbine blade shell part carriers between an open position and a closed position about a turning axis, comprising: a lower blade shell part carrier having a support surface for receiving and supporting a lower wind turbine blade part; an upper blade shell part carrier and having a support surface for receiving and supporting an upper wind turbine blade part; and at least one turning device each including: a lower hinge element, such as a beam, arranged under the support surface of the lower blade shell part carrier; and a turning hinge having a lower hinge part attached to the respective lower hinge element, an upper hinge part attached to the upper blade shell part carrier, and an actuator configured for turning the lower and upper hinge parts relative to each other about the turning axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2021
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2023
    Assignee: LM WIND POWER A/S
    Inventors: Maria De L. M. Arias, Rune Brøgger Hahn, Ivan Kaab Mosegaard
  • Patent number: 11786996
    Abstract: The screwdriving system for connection of components that require high contact pressures for their screw connection, having a screwdriving unit which is connected to an articulated robot, wherein the screwdriving unit contains a motor for the rotary drive, an actuator for the linear drive, a gear mechanism, a torque shaft, a tool holder for a screwdriving tool and a feed head which is supplied with screws, which are held in the feed head during the screwing-in operation, the tool holder, the screwdriving tool and the feed head being arranged on a common screw axis, includes an articulated bearing arrangement, the pivoting of which is able to compensate for a deflection of a robot axis of the articulated robot caused by contact pressures and for a tilted position of the screwdriving unit resulting therefrom.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2022
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2023
    Inventors: Artur Kornelsen, Lorenz Stöger
  • Patent number: 11767496
    Abstract: The disclosure provides a method of producing a finished, aged distilled spirit, and a method of producing bottles of a distilled spirit that employ in-bottle finishing. In one embodiment, the method of producing a finished, aged distilled spirit includes: (1) placing an aged distilled spirit in a bottle, (2) placing a wood piece in the bottle, wherein the wood piece is used for in-bottle finishing of the aged distilled spirit and is rested in a non-alcoholic liquid before the placing of the wood piece, and (3) sealing the bottle, having located within the bottle both the aged distilled spirit and the wood piece.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 26, 2023
    Assignee: James Joseph Sanctified Spirits, LLC
    Inventor: Joseph Giildenzopf
  • Patent number: 11766676
    Abstract: An emulsion system is provided. The system includes a shaft that supports a plurality of cutting assemblies and screens in alternating order, wherein the cutting assembly rotates with respect to an in close proximity to the screen. The cutting assemblies include a plurality of cutting elements that extend radially outward from a hub and are positioned at consistent radial spacing along the perimeter of the hub. Each cutting element includes front and back edges that cut food particles in conjunction with holes within the screen, wherein the front and back edges are substantially perpendicular.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2022
    Date of Patent: September 26, 2023
    Assignee: COZZINI LLC
    Inventors: Edwin Earl King, Michael E. Burns
  • Patent number: 11767721
    Abstract: Present embodiments relate to a riser bolt torque device that is configured to couple a first riser joint to a second riser joint to form a riser of a subsea drilling system. The riser bolt torque device includes a first arm and a second arm, multiple torque tools supported on the first arm and the second arm, and one or more actuators configured to drive the first arm and the second arm to pivot relative to one another from an open configuration to a closed configuration to enable alignment between the multiple torque tools and a flange of the first riser joint.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2021
    Date of Patent: September 26, 2023
    Inventors: Harold Tenorio, John Zahl, Jon Tyler
  • Patent number: 11759894
    Abstract: Provided is a method for producing a wind turbine blade having a blade body including a body part and a tip part, the blade being produced by using a mold, wherein a prefabricated tip part having a first connection interface is arranged adjacent to the mold for producing the body part, whereby building elements for building the body part are arranged in the mold providing a second connection interface which corresponds to and connects to the first connection interface, whereafter both connection interfaces are fixed by applying a fixing agent and curing it.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2021
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2023
    Inventors: Soeren Randrup Daugaard Henrichsen, Mogens Nielsen
  • Patent number: 11759895
    Abstract: The present invention concerns a metal reinforcement for a turbomachine blade comprising an aerodynamic surface which extends between a leading edge and a trailing edge, the reinforcement comprising a base (21) forming its leading edge (20) and being extended by two lateral fins (22, 23) so as to define an inner surface capable of receiving the leading edge of the blade, the method comprising the following steps: (a) obtaining at least two parts each forming at least one of the fins of the reinforcement, each part being integral and finished, at least one of the parts being produced by machining a metallic blank; (b) assembling the parts, previously positioned on a tool (8), by a technique of fusion welding or friction stir welding in order to obtain the reinforcement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2023
    Assignee: Mecachrome France
    Inventor: Antoine Bosselut