Patents Examined by Teresa M Ekiert
  • Patent number: 11117176
    Abstract: A one-piece stud and clip is provided by a process working sheet material into a monolithic stud and U-clip fastener. The process includes forming an elongated stud from the sheet material, and bending the sheet material to form the clip. The stud can be a rolled cylinder of the sheet material, or an uninterrupted stud drawn from the sheet material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2021
    Assignee: Illinois Tool Works Inc.
    Inventors: Todd Gerlach, Nicholas Capito, Jr., Hector A. Molina
  • Patent number: 11117338
    Abstract: A waste material compaction device includes an auger cone having a base skirt; a hopper for containing said auger cone; a support located inside the auger cone and fitted to the hopper; an auger flight arranged on an outer surface of the auger cone; a first bearing located adjacent the base skirt of the auger cone; a second bearing positioned inside the auger cone at a distance from the first bearing; and an electric motor and a gearbox for driving the auger cone and the auger flight such that waste material placed in the hopper is compacted in a predetermined direction; the first and second bearings bearing a working load of the waste material compaction device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2021
    Inventor: Gregory Robert Beer
  • Patent number: 11103912
    Abstract: A punching apparatus includes a beating element that is arranged for interacting with at least one punching tool and is movable inside a container along and around a work axis, a first rotating actuator coupled to the beating element to move it linearly along the work axis between internal and external operating positions and drive the punching tool, and a second rotating actuator connected to the beating element and arranged for rotating it around the work axis, in particular for angularly orienting the punching tool. The second rotating actuator comprises a second electric motor having a stator fixed to the container and a rotor that is internal to the stator and connected to the beating element to rotate it. The rotor extends along the work axis to face, and be engaged with, the stator between the operating positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2021
    Assignee: SALVAGNINI ITALIA S.P.A.
    Inventor: Nicola Meneghetti
  • Patent number: 11108205
    Abstract: A crimping tool with a housing, a motor, a switch connected to the motor for activating the motor, a pump driven by the motor, a piston driven by the pump, an indenter operably connected to the piston, and a tool head connected to the housing, wherein a workpiece can be disposed between the tool head and the indenter. A current sensor is connected to the motor for sensing current flowing through the motor. A processor receives current data from the current sensor, the processor analyzing the current data to determine completion of a crimping operation and/or an error condition. A display connected to the processor can indicate completion of a crimping operation and/or an error condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2021
    Assignee: AIRLANE TECHNOLOGIES—SARL
    Inventor: Wael Chahrour
  • Patent number: 11103916
    Abstract: A swaging device includes a top die and a bottom die that can move in a vertical direction between an open position and a closed position. Each die includes an inclined surface, and the device further includes swaging elements each having a complementary inclined surface that is in contact with the inclined surface of each die, both in the open position and in the closed position. The swaging elements are arranged opposite one another such that in at least any position other than the open position, they are in contact by certain non-inclined surfaces opposite the complementary inclined surfaces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2021
    Assignee: CIE Automotive, S.A.
    Inventors: Francisco Larrucea De La Rica, Virginia Manso RodrĂ­guez
  • Patent number: 11097334
    Abstract: The basic invention relates, in particular, to a forging hammer, comprising an electric linear drive, having a linear rotor and a ram that is coupled to the latter for the purpose of executing forging motions, wherein the linear rotor and the ram are connected to each other through an interposed flexurally elastic decoupling structure that acts between the linear rotor and the ram, and the decoupling structure is realized and arranged to decouple the linear rotor, at least partly, from relative motions of the ram relative to the linear rotor that occur during a forging motion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 24, 2021
    Assignee: LANGENSTEIN & SCHEMANN GMBH
    Inventor: Markus Otto
  • Patent number: 11090705
    Abstract: A lower die has a first lower-die edge extending along the outline shape of a sheet material, and a plurality of second lower-die edges disposed vertically below the first lower-die edge and each extending in a direction traversing an offcut of a sheet base material that is left behind after the sheet material is punched out. An upper die has a first upper-die edge which extends along the first lower-die edge and between which and the first lower-die edge the sheet base material is shorn to punch out the sheet material, and a plurality of second upper-die edges which is provided so as to be protrusible to vertically below the second lower-die edges and between which and the second lower-die edges the offcut is shorn and divided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 17, 2021
    Assignee: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Yoshihiro Hori, Yasuyuki Ueyama
  • Patent number: 11090706
    Abstract: A method of incrementally forming workpiece is provided by the present disclosure. In one form, the method includes securing a sacrificial material layer to at least one surface of the workpiece, imparting a force directly to the sacrificial material layer with at least one forming tool, and incrementally forming the workpiece to a desired geometry based on a tool path of the forming tool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 17, 2021
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Andrey Ilinich, S. George Luckey, Jr., Alan John Gillard, Vijitha Kiridena
  • Patent number: 11090096
    Abstract: An instrument for bending a surgical rod includes first and second arm assemblies. The first arm assembly includes first and second arms having respective first and second receiving portions configured to receive the surgical rod therein. The second arm assembly includes third and fourth arms having respective third and fourth receiving portions configured to receive the surgical rod therein. The instrument is reconfigurable from an initial configuration in which the first and third receiving portions of the respective first and third arms engage the surgical rod such that transitioning the first and third arms towards each other bends the surgical rod in a first orientation and transitioning the first and third arms away from each other bends the surgical rod in a second orientation opposite to the first orientation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 17, 2021
    Assignee: K2M, Inc.
    Inventors: Frank Schwab, Theo Choi, Timmon Ark
  • Patent number: 11090704
    Abstract: A dent puller tool comprises a base for supporting the tool on a working surface, the base having a first bore defined therein. A grip body is provided in cooperative associating with the base and defining a gripping surface and a second bore extending therethrough. A puller shaft is disposed in the first and second bores and substantially parallel to the gripping surface. A lever is cooperatively associated with the puller shaft and pivotably mounted relative to the grip body such that the gripping surface and the lever extend along opposite sides of the puller shaft. Configured in this manner, the disclosed tool helps avoid undesirable bending of the user's wrist when in use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 17, 2021
    Inventor: Rey Sapnu
  • Patent number: 11084081
    Abstract: A punching mold device capable of rotating a workpiece includes an upper mold base, a lower mold base opposite to the lower mold base, an indexing rotation plate, a servo motor and a position-fixing element. The lower mold base includes a clamping portion for fixedly clamping a workpiece. The indexing rotation plate is formed with holes which collectively form a circular contour. The servo motor is connected to the indexing rotation plate and the workpiece, and synchronously rotates the indexing rotation plate and the workpiece. The position-fixing element includes a positioning pin which aims towards and is pluggably connected to one of the holes for stopping the rotation of the indexing rotation plate and the workpiece. The upper mold base includes a punching head module aligned with the clamping portion for punching the workpiece.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2021
    Assignee: Quanta Computer Inc.
    Inventor: Shu-Chen Lin
  • Patent number: 11077635
    Abstract: A low speed seed oil expeller press with the capability of extracting oil through a new seed compression design that eliminates the need for filtration, and maintains the captured seed oil at a temperature below 130 degrees F. It has a seed preheating capability and controls the pressure and extraction oil temperature by adjustments of the expeller speed, the head volume and the size of the pressed seed exit orifice in the thorn. The seed oil expeller press eliminates seed rotation within the head volume so as to eliminate crushing, grinding or tearing of the seed by a symmetrical knived press head. The seed oil expeller press regulates seed temperature, seed feed rate, seed pressure, seed rotation and extracted seed oil temperature so as to compensate for the seed size, seed hardness and seed oil content.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 3, 2021
    Inventor: Andreas Wecker
  • Patent number: 11072018
    Abstract: A flaring tool for flaring an end of a tube includes a locking mechanism having a collar and a collet with two or more collet pieces. As the collet is moved relative to the collar from a non-locking position toward a locking position, the collar engages outer surfaces of the collet pieces and causes the collet pieces to move from a non-clamping position toward a clamping position. As the collet pieces are urged radially inward, they each pivot about a respective pivot axis. As the collet moves further toward the locking position and the collet pieces move further toward the clamping position, the pivot axis of each of the collet pieces radially moves relative to the collet body and the collar. A flaring mechanism moves a flaring mandrel towards the end of the tube when the collet is clamped, whereby the mandrel engages and flares the end of the tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 27, 2021
    Assignee: AGS COMPANY AUTOMOTIVE SOLUTIONS LLC
    Inventors: Mark J. Hasenberg, Logan D. Pitts
  • Patent number: 11072085
    Abstract: The present invention provides a jig for fabricating a concave-convex structure. The jig for fabricating a concave-convex structure is coupled to a multipurpose woodworking device including a woodworking work table for performing a plurality of operations for forming a concave-convex structure and a router mounted on the woodworking work table to perform the operations for forming a concave-convex structure, using a plurality of end mills. Furthermore, the jig for fabricating a concave-convex structure includes at least one of a wood piece support jig supporting or fixing a wood piece to be fabricated, a shaping guide jig allowing for forming shapes corresponding to the operations for forming a concave-convex structure, and a stopper jig maintaining X-axial movement of the router by intervals corresponding to the operations for forming a concave-convex structure. Accordingly, it is possible to easily fabricate circular, round, rectangular, dovetailed, and gallery-shaped grooves and joints.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 27, 2021
    Inventor: Hyun-Jin Lee
  • Patent number: 11072016
    Abstract: A method for manufacturing a metal element includes performing press processing and punching processing on a band plate-shaped metal element material having a constant cross section by a mold with a main punch in contact with a rear surface of the metal element and a counter punch in contact with the front surface thereof. The main punch or the counter punch has protrusion portions which are in contact with at least a part of the ear portion or the body portion to form a recessed portion, and a bulging portion bulging in the longitudinal direction from the radial direction inner edge of ear portions of the metal element or the radial direction outer edge of a body portion thereof, which is formed by the material extruded from the recessed portion by the protrusion portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 27, 2021
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Toru Yagasaki
  • Patent number: 11065662
    Abstract: Provided is a press forming method for a composite material, which prevents a longitudinal section of the composite material from being exposed to outside. To this end, the method includes: cutting edges of the upper metal layer and the resin layer using a cutter such that the resin layer is cut relatively more than the upper metal layer; bending the upper metal layer toward the lower metal layer; and folding the lower metal layer by an angle of 180 degrees using a hemming die such that side surfaces of the upper metal layer and the resin layer are prevented from being exposed to outside.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2021
    Assignee: OHSUNG DISPLAY CO, LTD.
    Inventor: Hae Chan Park
  • Patent number: 11045854
    Abstract: An automated method and machine for fabricating metal fence pickets in a single operation includes forming material, typically metal strip into multiple pickets with various shapes. The machine includes automated programmable machine for inserting raw material to form the metal fence pickets, automated programmable machine for embossing the metal fence pickets, automated programmable conveyor machine for conveying the raw material, automated programmable machine for cutting, punching holes, and folding the raw material to form the metal fence pickets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 29, 2021
    Inventor: Harry Rosario
  • Patent number: 11034116
    Abstract: A servo press machine includes an eccentric shaft, a connecting rod, a slide, an eccentric shaft-side sliding surface, a connecting rod-side sliding surface, an oil supply port, and a supply mechanism. The oil supply port opens on the eccentric shaft-side sliding surface or the connecting rod-side sliding surface, and supplies a lubricant between the eccentric shaft-side sliding surface and the connecting rod-side sliding surface. The supply mechanism supplies the lubricant to the oil supply port. The eccentric shaft-side sliding surface is formed on the eccentric shaft that is rotationally driven by a servomotor. The oil supply port is formed on the connecting rod-side sliding surface of the connecting rod that moves upward and downward due to the rotational driving of the eccentric shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 15, 2021
    Assignee: AIDA ENGINEERING, LTD.
    Inventor: Takashi Koshimizu
  • Patent number: 11027863
    Abstract: The present invention discloses a method and system for controlling axial length of an ellipsoidal shell based on liquid volume loading. The method includes: determining the volume calculation models of an unformed prefabricated shell and a formed ellipsoidal shell; determining a calculation model of a volume difference between the unformed prefabricated shell and the formed ellipsoidal shell; determining a structure size of the unformed prefabricated shell according to a target axial length of the formed ellipsoidal shell; obtaining the volume difference between the formed ellipsoidal shell and the unformed prefabricated shell, and recording the volume difference as a target volume; injecting liquid into the unformed prefabricated shell with target volume to obtain the formed ellipsoidal shell. The forming process in the present invention is simple and easy to implement without considering differences in materials and wall thicknesses and can control and adjust the axial length dimension accuracy of a shell.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2021
    Assignee: Harbin Institute of Technology
    Inventors: Shijian Yuan, Xiaolei Cui
  • Patent number: 11027325
    Abstract: A hot-formed metal sheet has a tensile strength Rm>1300 megapascal (MPa) and includes an opening which is produced by high-speed punching at a speed of a punch of more than 6 m/s in the absence of a counter holder of a contour matching a contour of the punch, with a smooth cut proportion of the cutting surface of the opening amounting to more than 50%.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2021
    Assignee: Benteler Automobiltechnik GmbH
    Inventors: Markus Kettler, Georg Frost, Frank Rabe, Karsten Bake