Patents Examined by Sarang Afzali
  • Patent number: 11415178
    Abstract: A method for assembling a tapered roller bearing includes providing a first rolled-on surface element having a raceway and an axial end surface and mounting a plurality of tapered rollers separated by a plurality of bearing cage segments or by a plurality of roller spacers on the raceway, where each of the plurality of tapered rollers has a frustoconical rolling surface and a circular end surface meeting at a junction. Also placing at least one assembly ring around the plurality of tapered rollers to hold the plurality of tapered rollers against the first rolled-on surface element, and moving a second rolled-on surface element coaxially toward the first rolled-on surface element such that a portion of the second rolled-on surface element contacts the at least one assembly ring and pushes the at least one assembly ring axially off the plurality of tapered rollers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2021
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2022
    Assignee: AKTIEBOLAGET SKF
    Inventors: Dominik Fritz, Denny Fritze, Michael Reugels
  • Patent number: 11417563
    Abstract: The invention is directed to an alignment assembly for changing the relative position of a plate of a pedestal assembly with respect to a processing chamber of a reactor. The alignment assembly is connected at a first end to a riser shaft of the heating assembly and at a second end to a drive shaft. One or more portions of the alignment assembly may be selectively axially rotated or laterally moved change the relative position of the plate with respect to the processing chamber as desired.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2021
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2022
    Assignee: ASM America, Inc.
    Inventor: Michael Haplin
  • Patent number: 11415105
    Abstract: A method of forming a wind turbine blade is provided which includes upper and lower blade mold halves, and a shear web having at least one aperture formed therein. A plurality of bulkheads are attached to the shear web and the shear web can be lifted and rotated, without need for a complex gantry/galactica apparatus, to be placed inside the lower blade mold. The upper mold half can then be closed with the shear web and bulkhead(s) disposed within the blade interior. A heating fluid can be pumped into the interior to pass through the bulkheads, circulating around the shear web and exiting the blade root with the assistance of a sump to pull the cold air outside the blade.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2022
    Assignee: TPI Composites, Inc.
    Inventors: Karsten Schibsbye, Amir Salimi
  • Patent number: 11407048
    Abstract: A method for producing a workpiece having a toothing or profiling, including the steps: a) soft machining the workpiece to produce the toothing or profiling; b) hardening the toothing or profiling; c) hard fine machining the toothing or profiling with a first tool that is a grinding worm, a grinding wheel or a honing wheel, wherein the first tool has a base body with a first elastic modulus; d) reinforcement of at least a section of the workpiece by shot blasting; and, following step d), e) repeated hard fine machining of the toothing or profiling with a second tool that is a grinding worm, a grinding wheel, a set of grinding wheels or a honing wheel. The second tool has a plastic or rubber base body with a second elastic modulus which is at most 33% of the first elastic modulus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2022
    Assignee: KAPP NILES GMBH & CO. KG
    Inventor: Sergiy Grinko
  • Patent number: 11407085
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a method for manufacturing a gear capable of processing a projection formed on a tooth tip by shot peening while reducing time for manufacturing the gear. A method for manufacturing a gear includes: a process of hardening, by performing shot peening in which shot particles are jetted onto a tooth surface 1a of a gear base material, the tooth surface while applying residual stress to the tooth surface; a process of softening, by at least heating a tooth tip of the gear base material having the hardened tooth surface, the tooth tip; and a process of rotationally driving the gear base material having the softened tooth tip by engaging it with another gear.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2022
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Hiroyoshi Tawa
  • Patent number: 11401930
    Abstract: A method of manufacturing a fluid end block for a high pressure reciprocating pump, including forming, from a single-piece forging of a steel alloy, a main body having an outwardly facing body forward face, an outwardly facing body rear face opposite the body forward face, and opposing side surfaces connecting the forward face and the rear face, and a plurality of chambers; forming a web portion protruding outwardly from the outwardly facing body forward face, the web portion having an outwardly facing web forward face and a curvilinear side surface; forming a plurality of bosses protruding from the web forward face and having a forward facing end; and forming a plunger bore extending through each of the plurality of bosses from the forward facing end of the respective boss to one of the plurality of chambers in the main body portion, each plunger bore configured to receive a reciprocating plunger.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2022
    Assignee: SPM Oil & Gas Inc.
    Inventors: Scott Skurdalsvold, Jacob A. Bayyouk, Johnny E. DeLeon
  • Patent number: 11389855
    Abstract: The end portion of a first member includes a plate part and a groove. The end portion of a second member includes an edge and two side surfaces. The groove extends around the edge of the second member and the two side surfaces. The groove includes a side surface including an engaging portion. One of the side surfaces of the end portion of the second member includes an engaged portion. A method for manufacturing a swaged structure includes preparing the first member including the plate part and the groove having a wide opening. The method further includes inserting the end portion of the second member into the groove after preparing the first member. The method further includes pressing the plate part in a direction narrowing the opening of the groove to bring the engaging portion into contact with the engaged portion after inserting the second member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2022
    Assignees: AISIN CORPORATION, HISADA CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Koji Yamamoto, Yohei Amemiya, Takashi Harada, Masashi Saeki, Masahiro Hashiguchi, Yasuchika Sasaki
  • Patent number: 11383335
    Abstract: An apparatus for securing an insert in a hole, the insert having an axis, a section comprising a thread disposed around the axis and a section comprising a plurality of splines, and the hole having a section comprising a corresponding thread and a section comprising a plurality of grooves corresponding to said splines, the apparatus comprising a driver arranged to rotate the insert, a torque measurement device arranged to measure the driving torque applied by the driver, and a controller arranged to cause the driver to drive the insert into the hole until the splines are level in the axial direction with the grooves by rotating the insert in a first direction, and align the splines with the grooves by causing the driver to further rotate the threaded insert whilst measuring the driving torque using the torque measuring device, and stopping the further rotation based on the measured driving torque.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2022
    Assignee: ROLLS-ROYCE PLC
    Inventors: Martin C Bullock, George S Walsh, Martin W Denmark, Dejan Basu
  • Patent number: 11364961
    Abstract: A method of installing a seat belt buckle that includes inserting the seat belt buckle into a rear end of a seat belt opening, such that an engagement slot of the seat belt buckle faces a front end of the seat belt opening. The method further includes engaging the engagement slot of the seat belt buckle with a seat belt tongue of a seat belt buckle installation jig and translating the seat belt buckle from an embedded position within the seat belt opening to an extended position with the seat belt buckle installation jig, wherein the seat belt buckle is nearer to the rear end of the seat belt opening in the embedded position than in the extended position. The seat belt buckle installation jig comprises a body comprising a first distal end and a second distal end, and the seat belt tongue is coupled to the first distal end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2022
    Assignee: Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc.
    Inventors: David A. Britton, Joanna G. Palmerton, John Laden
  • Patent number: 11364532
    Abstract: A crimping tool is provided. The crimping tool includes a stationary jaw and a movable jaw. The movable jaw is arranged adjacent the stationary jaw, the movable jaw being movable from an open position to a closed position. A linkage is operably coupled to the movable jaw on one end, the linkage rotatable about an axle. A first input member is operably coupled to the linkage to rotate the linkage about the axle, the first input member rotating about a first axis. A second input member is operably coupled to the linkage to rotate the linkage about the axle, the second input member rotating about a second axis, the second axis being substantially perpendicular to the first axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2022
    Assignee: OETIKER TOOL CORPORATION
    Inventor: Joshua Schafer
  • Patent number: 11358243
    Abstract: A hub joint assembly for frictionally connecting a shaft to a connector is provided. The hub joint assembly includes a coupling hub including a collar portion and a flange portion. The collar portion includes a bore having an inner surface that is configured to be positioned adjacent to the outer surface of the shaft. The collar portion further includes an outer surface that may be conical. The flange portion extends from the collar portion and is configured to be coupled with the connector. The hub joint assembly further includes a clamp ring including a bore having an inner surface. The inner surface may be conical and configured to mate with the outer surface of the coupling hub. A passage is defined in the clamp ring and extends from an outer surface of the clamp ring to the inner surface of the clamp ring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2022
    Assignee: Riverhawk Company
    Inventors: Robert M. Whitney, Daniel M. Lauzon
  • Patent number: 11359870
    Abstract: A method includes providing a first metal sheet and a second metal sheet, printing patterns of a plurality of obstructers, a plurality of channels, an evaporator channel, a condenser channel, and a connecting channel on the first metal sheet, bonding the first metal sheet and the second metal sheet to each other, separating the first metal sheet and the second metal sheet from each other to form the plurality of channels, the evaporator channel, the condenser channel, and the connecting channel by introducing a fluid between the first metal sheet and the second metal sheet, introducing working fluid in the plurality of channels, and sealing the first metal sheet and the second metal sheet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2021
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2022
    Assignee: COOLER MASTER CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Chia Yu Lin, Shan-Yin Cheng
  • Patent number: 11358205
    Abstract: The disclosure relates to a method for producing a overlapping connection, in which at least two overlapping components are connected to one another via a folded flange, with a first edge of a first component being folded over a second edge of a second component to form the folded flange, along with a body component that includes such an overlapping connection for a vehicle and a stamping tool for such a body component. According to the disclosure at least one connection region is formed on the folded flange, in which the stamping tool stamps the first component through the second component at least one stamping point, with displaced material of the first component passing into the second component and producing a positive connection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2022
    Assignee: AUDI AG
    Inventors: Thomas Guldi, Timo Englert
  • Patent number: 11358211
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for fastening via a swage tool. One embodiment is a method for fastening via a swage tool. The method includes steps of selecting a hole located at a part, aligning an axis of a lockbolt collar with a center of the hole, placing the lockbolt collar flush against the part at a first end of the hole, and swaging the lockbolt collar onto a lockbolt that has been driven through the hole. This securely fastens the lockbolt collar to the lockbolt.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2021
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2022
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Kwok Tung Chan, Tanni Sisco, Jeff Devlin, Brendan Elmore
  • Patent number: 11352098
    Abstract: A method of assembling a floating wind turbine platform includes forming a base assembly of the floating wind turbine platform in either a cofferdam or a graving dock built in water having a first depth. The base assembly includes a keystone and a plurality of buoyant bottom beams extending radially outward of the keystone, wherein longitudinal axes of each of the plurality of bottom beams are coplanar. The cofferdam or the graving dock is flooded and the assembled base assembly is floated to an assembly area in water having a second depth. A center column and a plurality of outer columns are assembled or formed on the base assembly, a tower is assembled or formed on the center column, and a wind turbine is assembled on the tower, thereby defining the floating wind turbine platform.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2022
    Assignee: University of Maine System Board of Trustees
    Inventors: Habib J. Dagher, Anthony M. Viselli
  • Patent number: 11344982
    Abstract: A screw fastening apparatus for fastening a screw member having a bearing surface with respect to a member to be fastened by rotating the screw member from a theoretical seating point to a target rotational angle, including a rotational angle sensor which senses rotational angle values of the screw member for fastening the screw member, a torque detector which detects torque values for fastening the screw member, a torque value difference detector which detects a plurality of torque value differences, each of the torque value differences is a difference of the torque values detected at intervals of a constant rotational angle, a slip detector which detects a slip of the screw member with respect to the member to be fastened, from an average of the torque value differences, and a screw fastening discontinuing unit which instructs to discontinue the screw fastening when the slip is detected by the slip detector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2022
    Assignees: SUBARU CORPORATION, SANYO MACHINE WORKS, LTD.
    Inventors: Masazumi Miyago, Hisashi Ryota, Kohtaro Urata
  • Patent number: 11344944
    Abstract: A method of imprinting a belt sheave without removal of an associated belt includes placing a knurling wheel of a tool against a circumferentially extending section of a sheave not in contact with the belt. The sheave is then rotated to induce rotation of the knurling wheel. A jack screw of the tool is actuated to bias the knurling wheel against the sheave for production of imprints upon the sheave.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2022
    Assignee: OTIS ELEVATOR COMPANY
    Inventors: Kyle B. Martin, David J. Lanesey
  • Patent number: 11338399
    Abstract: A method that includes heating a bar having an outer diameter and a length to a first temperature for a first time; extruding the heated bar to form a hollow blank having a wall thickness; forming a semi-finished blank by closing one end; bending the semi-finished blank to have an angle between first and second parts of the semi-finished blank; placing the bent semi-finished blank in a die, which is heated to a second temperature; forming a shell by injecting a gas onto or into the bent semi-finished blank after closing the die through a gas inlet in the die at a pressure for a second time, which causes the bent semi-finished blank to fit a cavity of the bathroom hardware shell shaping die; removing the shell from the die and forming a water faucet hole therein; and plating an outer surface of the shell with a coating.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2022
    Assignee: BEIJING KOHLER LTD.
    Inventors: Xiaojun Wang, Zhaoyang Cheng, Junhui Zhang
  • Patent number: 11333273
    Abstract: A hybrid fluid-flow assembly having a base fitting that has been formed by axial load bulge forming from a sheet of metal, and a custom fitting that has been machined from a shaped-memory alloy. At least one connection port of the custom fitting is connected to at least one connection port of the base fitting by an interference fit. The interference fit is formed by cooling the custom fitting to a temperature below its transition temperature, deforming the custom fitting so that the diameter of its connection port is slightly larger than the connection port on the base fitting, installing the connection port of the custom fitting on the connection port of the base fitting, and allowing the custom fitting to warm to room temperature. The shaped-memory alloy swages and coins the outer surface of the base fitting at the interface of the ports, thereby forming a compressive, interference fit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2022
    Inventors: John F. Fritskey, May Danhash, Dale Gordon, David Beddome
  • Patent number: 11335623
    Abstract: [Purpose] To provide is a method capable of producing a heat-dissipating unit easily and at low cost. [Solution] The method of producing a heat-dissipating unit 12 includes: inserting pins 17 punched out of a second plate member 22 for pins into a plurality of through-holes 16 formed in a first plate member 20 for a substrate. In the first plate member 20, a plurality of substrate forming portions 25 is provided side by side in the longitudinal direction of the first plate member 20. In the second plate member 22, a plurality of pin punch-out portions 26 is provided side by side in the longitudinal direction of the second plate member 22.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2022
    Assignee: SHOWA DENKO K.K.
    Inventors: Shinobu Tamura, Takayuki Matsuzawa