Patents Examined by Teresa M Ekiert
  • Patent number: 10665390
    Abstract: A bending device for a wire includes a holder including a stepped part, the stepped part includes a side-surface corner and a flat surface, and the side-surface corner includes a curved surface. The bending device includes a guide member configured to push the wire against and along the curved surface, and the guide member revolves around a rotational axis of the guide member. The rotational axis of the guide member is disposed on a same axis as a center of the circle defining the curved surface of the holder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Daiki Yamaguchi, Tsuyoshi Matsuo
  • Patent number: 10661520
    Abstract: A pressing assembly includes a button, a first connection portion, a receiving portion, a first elastic element, a pressing rod, and a pressing portion. The first connection portion includes a first end movably connected to the button and a second end connected to the receiving portion. The receiving portion defines a receiving space. A part of the pressing rod is movably received in the receiving space. The first elastic element is received in the receiving space. One end of the first elastic element is fixed, another end of the first elastic element resists the pressing rod. The pressing portion is connected to the pressing rod.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignees: Fu Tai Hua Industry (Shenzhen) Co., Ltd., HON HAI PRECISION INDUSTRY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Jian Cui, Long-Fong Chen
  • Patent number: 10661280
    Abstract: An overall apparatus including a known manually operated rock crusher which includes at least one bar; wherein an end of the at least one bar is moved manually, and then downwards to cause the crushing of rocks; and further including an assistance device configured to be attached to the at least one bar; and a switch activated by an activation device; wherein in response to activation of the switch by the activation device, the assistance device applies a force to the at least one bar and then the switch is deactivated to move back to an original position and orientation, to thereby crush rocks. The assistance device may further include an air compressor; a piston assembly having a piston rod and a piston housing; wherein the piston rod moves outward from the piston housing to apply force to the at least one bar and then back inward during a downstroke.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Inventors: Tracy Diana Williams, Janusz Robert Trojanowski
  • Patent number: 10658807
    Abstract: A terminal bending tool comprises a plate, a plurality of receiving grooves, and a plurality of rollers. The plate extends in a first horizontal direction. The receiving grooves are disposed in the plate in a row along the first horizontal direction. The rollers are pivotally mounted in the receiving grooves. A terminal is received and positioned in a first receiving groove and is in contact with an outer circumferential surface of a first roller. When the terminal bending tool is moved in a vertical direction perpendicular to the first horizontal direction, the first roller rotates and moves along a surface of the terminal while pressing and bending the terminal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignees: Tyco Electronics (Shanghai) Co. Ltd., Shenzhen AMI Technology Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Zhiyong Dai, Lvhai Hu, Yingcong Deng, Lei Zhou, Yun Liu, Qinglong Zeng, Wei Kang
  • Patent number: 10639691
    Abstract: The present invention describes a chemically-assisted machining process that converts conventional lubricant chemistries to produce reactive oxygenated species that accelerate the formation of friction-reducing boundary layer lubrication during cutting operations—termed “Ozonolytic Machining”. The new type of cooling-lubricant chemistry is based on chemical reactions between unsaturated bio-based oils and alcohols, and other types of machining lubricants, containing carbon-carbon double or triple bonds, with ozone gas to form variously reacted or polymerized ozonides—termed “super-oxygenated fluids, oils or alcohols, aldehydes or ketones,” “sulfurized ozonides” and “super-oxygenated gels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Inventor: David P. Jackson
  • Patent number: 10639693
    Abstract: A bending device according to one aspect of the present invention includes a track device which linearly extends in a predetermined direction, first and second bases placed on the track device and movable on the track device, a first robot mounted on the first base, a second robot mounted on the second base, and a bending mechanism which is disposed at each end of the first and second robots and grips and bends the workpiece. The first robot is a multi-articulated robot including a joint rotatable around an axis vertical to the first base and a joint rotatable around an axis parallel to the axial direction of the workpiece. The second robot is a multi-articulated robot including a joint rotatable around an axis vertical to the second base and a joint rotatable around an axis parallel to the axial direction of the workpiece.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Assignee: OPTON CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Teruaki Yogo, Hiroyuki Oya
  • Patent number: 10634184
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a method for producing a profiled hollow shaft for a telescopic steering shaft of a motor vehicle. A hollow shaft to be machined and a roller forming head having at least one roller are provided. A groove is produced in the hollow shaft by moving the hollow shaft relative to the roller forming head. In order to provide an improved and less expensive method for producing a profiled hollow shaft for a telescopic steering shaft of a motor vehicle, the hollow shaft is moved relative to the roller forming head exclusively in the direction of the longitudinal axis of the hollow shaft. The disclosure also relates to a steering shaft having rolling body raceways.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Assignee: thyssenkrupp AG
    Inventors: Herbert Müntener, Werner Gstach
  • Patent number: 10625322
    Abstract: An apparatus for improving the quality of tube bending; adapted to be used in bending machines and comprises a substantially longitudinally extended mandrel, adapted to be inserted into a tube to be bent and having a rigid portion and a flexible portion arranged in series, the latter comprising a series of mandrel segments connected by articulated joints; the apparatus also comprises at least one motion-sensitive sensor, which is integral with at least one of the mandrel segments, and elements for processing the motion information acquired by the sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Assignee: BLM S.P.A.
    Inventor: Andrea Ghiotti
  • Patent number: 10625318
    Abstract: The inventions relates to a straightening apparatus for straightening body panels of a vehicle, which straightening apparatus includes a support beam, a straightening fastener fastened to the support beam which fastener is fastenable to the body panels of the vehicle, a transfer device for moving the straightening fastener in relation to the vehicle to straighten body panels, and at least two support elements for supporting the support beam during straightening work. In the straightening apparatus according to the invention, the support beam includes a vertical beam and an extension beam movably fastened to it, and the first support element is movably fastened to the vertical beam and the second support element is fastened to the extension beam.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Inventor: Olavi Venalainen
  • Patent number: 10625330
    Abstract: The invention relates to machine tools and methods for processing plate-like workpieces. The machine tool comprises a first movement device for the movement of the workpiece in a first direction, two workpiece supporting surfaces spaced apart by a gap extending in a second direction and configured for supporting the workpiece, and a second movement device for the movement of a pressing tool in the second direction. The pressing tool comprises two tool components that are configured to move in a stroke direction relative to one another in order to process the workpiece in the gap by at least one of stamping and shaping. The machine tool also comprises at least one receiving device configured to move in the second direction one or more of in and along the gap for depositing at least one workpiece part formed when processing the workpiece by at least one of stamping and shaping.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Assignee: TRUMPF Werkzeugmaschinen GmbH + Co. KG
    Inventors: Dennis Traenklein, Frank Schmauder
  • Patent number: 10618099
    Abstract: In a die for compressing and sizing a sintered body at straight portions, upper taper portions are provided on a die upper portion and a core rod upper portion, and the straight portions are provided at a die lower portion and a core rod lower portion. The die upper portion and the core rod upper portion have Young's moduli higher than the die lower portion and the core rod lower portion. The die upper portion and the core rod upper portion are made of materials having Young's moduli that are at least 50 GPa higher than that of the sintered body. The sintered body can be densified with a smaller ironing margin. Since the sintered body is ironed without being compressed, by the upper taper portions and the core rod upper portion having high Young's moduli, the die is prevented from breaking and being abraded due to ironing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Assignee: Diamet Corporation
    Inventors: Takashi Nakai, Kinya Kawase
  • Patent number: 10610870
    Abstract: Methods for manufacturing improved free-swinging hammermill hammer configurations are disclosed and described and include steps commonly associated with one or more processes selected from the group of hot working, cold working, and MIG welding. The free-swinging hammermill hammer configurations are for comminution of materials such as grain and refuse. The hammer configurations of the present disclosure are adaptable to most hammer mill or grinders having free-swinging systems. The improved configurations improve installing, removing, and cleaning hammer components within the hammermill. Additionally, the hammer configurations of the present disclosure improve the overall efficiency of the hammermill during operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignee: Bliss Industries, LLC
    Inventor: Roger Young
  • Patent number: 10610920
    Abstract: A multi-station, reciprocating die pattern forming machine (500), including a pair of parallel reciprocal slide members (502, 503) with spaced pairs of pattern forming dies (504) thereon reciprocal between an insert position and an eject position. Drive mechanism (505, 506, 510) reciprocates the die pairs alternately between the insert position and eject position. Mechanism delivers and positions a pattern receiving blank (600) to a pair of dies when in the insert position. Axial translation of the dies causes the dies to rotate the blank at a center of process and impart a pattern upon the blank. Servo-motors on blank positioning mechanism provide feedback recognition of the position of the blanks during processing. The invention also relates to a method of patterning blanks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignee: Illinois Tool Works Inc.
    Inventors: Kenneth R. Levey, Thomas S. King, Michael J. Marchese, III, Daniel A. Dechant
  • Patent number: 10603710
    Abstract: A reconfigurable stretch forming apparatus includes an array of pins adapted to be individually adjustable in height to define a reconfigurable forming surface, a pair of counter-rotating workpiece gripping devices being provided on opposite sides of the array of pins, each gripping device having an arcuate support surface for supporting a workpiece and a clamp member for clamping a work piece against the arcuate support surface, a driver being provided for rotating the counter-rotating gripping devices in opposing directions to stretch the work piece over the forming surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Assignee: University of Ulster
    Inventor: Alan Leacock
  • Patent number: 10603705
    Abstract: A method for roll-forming disk carriers or the like, which are designed as a pot-shaped sheet metal part having inner and outer teeth, wherein a multitude of cassettes is equidistantly arranged on the circumference of a roll-forming tool, said cassettes having profile rollers arranged in their interior, which roll out the disk carrier to be formed with their outer circumference and thus impart toothing on the disk carrier to be formed, wherein the forming depth of the profile rollers at the disk carrier to be formed is designed in such a way that a narrow, peripheral, self-contained, unformed bridge remains between the inner diameter and the outer diameter of the toothing, wherein the bridge increases the engine-speed strength of the disk carrier as a hoop band cylinder that is integrated into the toothing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Assignees: TRANSFORM AUTOMOTIVE LLC, WEBO WERKZEUGBAU OBERSCHWABEN GMBH
    Inventors: Norbert Ziesel, Thomas Meier
  • Patent number: 10595667
    Abstract: The invention relates to a coffee tamper. More specifically, the invention relates to a device for tamping coffee grounds in a basket or portafilter of an espresso machine, by which device a reproducible pressure is applied to the coffee grounds and which is designed to reduce occupational-related diseases among professional users, like e.g. baristas.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Assignee: CLOCKWORK ESPRESSO LTD.
    Inventor: Peter Southern
  • Patent number: 10596576
    Abstract: An apron assembly comprising an apron mounted to the crusher and adapted to be moved between an operating position and an open position, a tension rod operatively attached to and disposed between the shock absorber mount and the apron, a spring seat mounted to the crusher and adapted to be moved between a raised position and a lowered position, a spring operatively disposed between the tension rod base and the spring seat, an actuator mounted to the crusher and the spring seat and adapted to be moved between a retracted position and an extended position, a shock absorber operatively attached to and disposed between the spring seat and a shock absorber mount. The shock absorber reduces the pressure applied to the actuator. A method for controlling the opening in a crusher comprising providing an apron assembly and moving the shock absorber between a retracted position and an extended position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Assignee: Kolberg-Pioneer, Inc.
    Inventors: Joe Rust, Joseph Hammond, Jeff Schnabel
  • Patent number: 10596611
    Abstract: A production method includes a placement step, a first pressing step, and a second pressing step. In the placement step, a blank plate is placed in press tooling. In the first pressing step, the blank plate is caused to undergo bend forming in such a way that concave ridges, a concave area, and areas of concave-correspondence vertical wall areas that are areas adjacent to the concave ridges are formed in the blank plate. In the second pressing step, the resultant plate is caused to undergo draw forming in such a way that convex ridges, a convex area, areas of convex-correspondence vertical wall areas that are areas adjacent to the convex ridges are formed in the resultant plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Assignee: NIPPON STEEL CORPORATION
    Inventors: Ryuichi Nishimura, Yoshiaki Nakazawa
  • Patent number: 10596610
    Abstract: A straddle-type steel section processing device of multiple saddles is disclosed, which comprises: a machine unit, a holding unit, a Z-axis direction processing unit, a pair of Y-axis direction processing units, a Y-axis direction guiderail unit and a Y-axis direction driving unit. In an embodiment, the Y-axis direction processing units are arranged respectively at the two sides of the Z-axis direction processing unit while allowing each to slide in a Y-axis direction as each Y-axis direction processing unit is further being mounted on a crossbeam of a base fitted on the machine unit. By sildably mounting the side saddles of the Y-axis direction processing unit on an end surface of the crossbeam, not only a desire condition of stable positioning can be achieved, but also the processing accuracy is enhanced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Assignee: COSEN MECHATRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Ting-Fang Liu, Mu-Shui Huang, Chung-Te Tang, Chin-Piao Lin
  • Patent number: 10596616
    Abstract: A folding tool (2) and a method for bend folding a workpiece (5) in multiple steps. The folding tool (2) includes three or more driven folding elements (13, 17, 21) which are positioned above one another and are fed to a common folding point, at least one folding element (17, 21) performing a swiveling movement. The folding tool (2) is used for successively creating folds with fold angles of about 160° or more in a plurality of folding steps.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Assignee: KUKA SYSTEMS GMBH
    Inventor: Toni Sonntag