Patents Examined by Teresa M Ekiert
  • Patent number: 10099270
    Abstract: A two-piece guide pin for metal forming dies includes a guide pin body formed from a cut length of an elongate, solid bar of stock having a cylindrical shape and a hard and smooth finished exterior surface with an outside diameter selected for close reception and reciprocal motion in an associated die bore. An alignment member is formed on a first end of the guide pin body. A guide pin head is formed from a cut length of an elongate, solid bar of stock having an outside diameter that is substantially greater than that of the guide pin body, and is rigidly connected with the second end of the guide pin body in a generally concentric relationship to define an enlarged head that positively limits travel between an associated die shoe and die pad.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: STANDARD LIFTERS, INC.
    Inventors: Joel T. Pyper, Scott M. Breen
  • Patent number: 10092943
    Abstract: A system for flaring an end of a fluid line includes a first and second adapter mountable on a first and second jaw of the gripping tool, respectively, and an arbor. Once mounted, the first and second adapters each have a working surface facing toward each other defining a channel half-profile. In a closed position, the working surfaces together form a channel from the half-profiles having a flare shape portion and a linear portion for receiving a fluid line in a non-slip fit. The working surface of one adapter has a U-shaped profile, and the other adapter is configured to be received therein. Each sidewall of the U-shaped profile defines a port opening into the channel. The arbor includes a die head that forms a flared end on a fluid line received in the channel as the arbor is inserted therein via the port.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Assignees: Bosch Automotive Service Solutions Inc., Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Robert J. Kochie, Robert A. Jensen
  • Patent number: 10092936
    Abstract: The active vibration damping system of a rolling mill comprises a rolling stand and an adjustment system for the bending of the rolling rolls (1, 1?) having hydraulic actuators (2\2?, 2??, 2iv) acting on the chock (20) of the rolling rolls (1, 1?) and hydraulic feeding circuits (7, 9, 11, 12) and injectors (8?, 8?, 8??, 8iv), preferably piezoelectric injectors, directly inserted into the chambers (6\6?, 6??, 6iv) of the hydraulic actuators (2?, 2?, 2??, 2iv) with the advantage of exploiting the dampening effect resulting from the high- pressure oil injection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Assignee: Danieli & C. Officine Meccaniche S.P.A.
    Inventors: Stefano Del Tedesco, Andrea De Luca
  • Patent number: 10086421
    Abstract: A tool for machining a workpiece may comprise multiple parts that have different temperatures when the tool is being operated. To reduce or, in some cases, eliminate thermal radiation between the multiple parts, the tool may incorporate one or more devices that manipulate the thermal radiation. Such devices may be disposed along one or more of the multiple parts and, in some examples, between two or more parts of the tool. These devices may also help reduce and, at times, eliminate thermal radiation between the tool parts and the surrounding environment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignees: THYSSENKRUPP STEEL EUROPE AG, THYSSENKRUPP AG
    Inventor: Stéphane Graff
  • Patent number: 10076376
    Abstract: Devices and methods for bending or cutting implants are disclosed herein. In some embodiments, an instrument can include a rotatable drive shaft that urges first and second portions of a modular bending or cutting template toward one another to bend or cut an implant disposed between the template portions. A linkage assembly can be included to provide a mechanical advantage in urging the template portions toward one another. In some embodiments, an instrument can include a rotatable drive shaft that, depending on direction of rotation, pushes or pulls a first modular template portion with respect to a second modular template portion to bend an implant disposed between the template portions in one direction or another direction. In some embodiments, an instrument can include a worm drive that rotates a cutting wheel with respect to a cutting plate to cut an implant inserted through openings formed in the cutting wheel and the cutting plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2018
    Assignee: Medos International Sàrl
    Inventors: Zoher Bootwala, Michael O'Neil, Renaud Rouge, Henri Defossez, Thibault Chandanson, Joseph Caulfield, Daniel Lyness
  • Patent number: 10070909
    Abstract: Devices and methods for bending or cutting implants are disclosed herein. In some embodiments, an instrument can include a rotatable drive shaft that urges first and second portions of a modular bending or cutting template toward one another to bend or cut an implant disposed between the template portions. A linkage assembly can be included to provide a mechanical advantage in urging the template portions toward one another. In some embodiments, an instrument can include a rotatable drive shaft that, depending on direction of rotation, pushes or pulls a first modular template portion with respect to a second modular template portion to bend an implant disposed between the template portions in one direction or another direction. In some embodiments, an instrument can include a worm drive that rotates a cutting wheel with respect to a cutting plate to cut an implant inserted through openings formed in the cutting wheel and the cutting plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2018
    Assignee: Medos International Sàrl
    Inventors: Renaud Rouge, Henri Defossez, Thibault Chandanson, Joseph Caulfield, Daniel Lyness
  • Patent number: 10071409
    Abstract: Disclosed is a tool set for use in forming the components of a decorating nozzle from sheet metal. A tool-mounting plate mountable on the headstock of a metalworking lathe is configured with concentric grooves into which circular ribs on the tools can locate. Transverse formations prevent relative rotation between the tool and the tool-mounting plate. A method of forming nozzles comprises rolling a metal blank onto the surface of a forming tool as the tool is rotated in the lathe. Successive tools are used to achieve the desired shape.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2018
    Inventor: Terence Keith Deans
  • Patent number: 10065228
    Abstract: An exemplary die assembly includes a die member, a blankholder, and a collapsible spacer moveable back-and-forth between an extended position and a collapsed position. The collapsible spacer establishing a first gap between the die member and the blankholder in the extended position. The collapsible spacer establishing a second, smaller gap between the die member and blankholder in the collapsed position. An exemplary forming method includes maintaining a distance between a die member and a blankholder with a collapsible spacer when forming a workpiece into a desired shape, and collapsing the collapsible spacer to permit the die member and the blankholder to move closer together.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: Ford Motor Company
    Inventors: Liang Huang, Evangelos Liasi
  • Patent number: 10065234
    Abstract: A forming machine, particularly a ring-rolling machine, which includes a light section sensor, which is directed at a workpiece disposed in a work region of the forming machine, can work precisely while having a simple mechanical-engineering structure. The light section sensor may be directed at a forming region in which the working tool acts in forming manner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: SMS group GmbH
    Inventor: Ralf Bolik
  • Patent number: 10058908
    Abstract: A processing device is provided which feeds a long plate body from an upstream side to a downstream side and sequentially carries out a press work including a blanking work to the long plate body. The processing device includes a plurality of stages provided along a feed direction of the long plate body, which has a die that applies the press work to the long plate body and a plurality of lifters provided along the feed direction of the long plate body which have lift-up parts that lift up the long plate body from the die. In the plurality of lifters, clearances by the lift-up parts of the lifters arranged in the downstream side are set to be larger than the clearances by the lift-up parts of the lifters arranged in the upstream side.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Assignee: MITSUI HIGH-TEC, INC.
    Inventors: Masahiko Furuta, Kazufumi Yonemura
  • Patent number: 10052673
    Abstract: An exemplary die assembly includes, among other things, a first die having a male bead, a second die having a female bead configured to receive the male bead to hold a workpiece between the first die and the second die, and a step in the male bead, the female bead, or both. An exemplary forming method includes, among other things, holding a workpiece between a male bead of a first die and a female bead of a second die, wherein the male bead, the female bead, or both have at least one step.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2018
    Assignee: Ford Motor Company
    Inventors: Liang Huang, Evangelos Liasi
  • Patent number: 10056744
    Abstract: An apparatus (10) for selectively opening up a portion of a cable (12) is provided. The apparatus (10) includes a first guide (14) arranged to receive a core (16) of the cable (12). A second guide (18, 20) is spaced laterally apart from the first guide (14) and is arranged to receive one or more outer wires (22, 24) of the cable (12). The second guide (18, 20) is also arranged to draw a portion of the one or more outer wires (22, 24) of the cable (12) away from the core (16) of the cable (12) as the cable (12) is passed through the apparatus (10) when in use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2018
    Assignee: Sword Oilfield Services Pte. Ltd.
    Inventor: Rafik Boshra Hanna
  • Patent number: 10052676
    Abstract: A twist application device, including a feeder (1) for feeding conductor ends (2a . . . 2c) of at least two conductors (3a . . . 3c), and a rotatably mounted twist application head (4) for twisting the conductors (3a . . . 3c). The twist application device also includes a controller (7), connected with a drive (8) for first clamping jaws (5a . . . 5f) of the feeder (1), and is equipped for control of the latter. The distance (a) between clamped conductor ends (2a . . . 2c) is set at an adjustable value before the transfer of the conductor ends (2a . . . 2c) from the feed device (1) into the twist application head (4). A method of twisting at least two conductors (3a . . . 3c), in which the referred-to distance (a) is set at an adjustable value before clamping of the conductor ends (2a . . . 2c) in the second jaws (6a, 6b) of the twist application head (4).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2018
    Assignee: Schleuniger Holding AG
    Inventors: Uwe Keil, Roland Kampmann
  • Patent number: 10046380
    Abstract: A twist application device, including a feeder (1) for feeding conductor ends (2a . . . 2c) of at least two conductors (3a . . . 3c), and a rotatably mounted twist application head (4) for twisting the said conductors (3a . . . 3c). The twist application device also includes a controller (7), connected with a drive (8) for first clamping jaws (5a . . . 5f) of the feeder (1), and is equipped for control of the latter. The distance (a) between clamped conductor ends (2a . . . 2c) is set at an adjustable value before the transfer of the conductor ends (2a . . . 2c) from the feed device (1) into the twist application head (4). A method of twisting at least two conductors (3a . . . 3c), in which the referred-to distance (a) is set at an adjustable value before clamping of the conductor ends (2a . . . 2c) in the second jaws (6a, 6b) of the twist application head (4). In alternative aspect, a feed device (1) for feeding conductor ends (2a . . . 2c) of conductors (3a . . . 3c) into a further processing device (4).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Assignee: Schleuniger Holding AG
    Inventors: Uwe Keil, Roland Kampmann
  • Patent number: 10040593
    Abstract: The present invention relates generally to a container that may be sealed and reclosed with a threaded closure. More specifically, the present invention relates to methods of manufacturing a metallic container having an opening with inwardly facing threads that are formed after a threaded closure is inserted at least partially into the opening. The container opening may be selectively sealed and reclosed with the threaded closure which releasably engages the container threads.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2018
    Assignee: BALL CORPORATION
    Inventors: John R. Ross, Anthony J. Scott, Howard C. Chasteen, Linda A. Hines
  • Patent number: 10038358
    Abstract: A wire forming apparatus comprises a first rack moveable relative to a second rack in a first direction. Multiple forming structures are provided on the first rack and the second rack. The plurality of forming structures include a first plurality of forming structures configured to move relative to the first rack in a second direction, and a second plurality of forming structures configured to move relative to the second rack in the second direction. A plurality of are actuators are configured to move the first rack relative to the second rack, move the first plurality of forming structures relative to first rack, and move the second plurality of forming structures relative to the second rack.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2018
    Assignee: BorgWarner Inc.
    Inventors: James Paul Murphy, Kirk Neet
  • Patent number: 10029296
    Abstract: A forming die includes: a lower forming die having a bottom part and a side wall part; an upper forming die that is movable toward the bottom part of the lower forming die along an axis parallel to the side wall part of the lower forming die; and a push-in die that is movable toward the bottom part of the lower forming die along the axis between the side wall part of the lower forming die and the upper forming die.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2018
    Assignee: NIPPON STEEL & SUMITOMO METAL CORPORATION
    Inventors: Mitsuharu Yamagata, Shuji Yamamoto, Takeshi Kawachi
  • Patent number: 10022778
    Abstract: A method for forming a wire into a coil spring includes winding the wire around a coiling mandrel to form the wire into a cylindrical coil shape, clamping one end of the wire formed into the cylindrical coil shape, clamping an intermediate portion of the wire spaced from the clamped one end of the wire; and moving the clamped one end of the wire relative to the clamped intermediate position at least in an axis direction of the cylindrical coil shape, whereby a pigtail having a desired shape is formed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: CHUO HATSUJO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Takashi Goto, Shinsuke Okura, Takashi Yamashita
  • Patent number: 10022775
    Abstract: A device and a method for forming hollow cylindrical bodies. The device has a plurality of stations. A tool is allocated to each station. The tools are arranged on a common carrier. The tool can be moved between two reversing positions via a main drive. This reciprocating movement is executed intermittently. One of the two reversing positions forms a rest position in which the tool carrier stops in a rest phase. While the tool carrier stops in a rest position in the rest phase, a transport device transports the bodies from one station to the respective next station.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: SCHULER PRESSEN GMBH
    Inventors: Carsten Brechling, Wilfried Abt, Thomas Rehm
  • Patent number: 10016797
    Abstract: Rolling unit including at least two adjacent rolling stands, each having a pair of rolling rolls mounted on respective motorized shafts. The rolls of one rolling stand are disposed orthogonal and close to those of the adjacent rolling stand. The shafts are eccentrically supported in respective support elements, which are selectively rotatable around their axis and are each provided with rotation means to cooperate mechanically with an adjustment member suitable to make the support elements selectively rotate to determine an adjustment of the gap between the rolls. The rotation means of one pair of the support elements are directly connected kinematically to each other. The adjustment member is disposed, with respect to the rolling stands, so that the center of its gear lies very close to the line joining the centers of the support elements, so that a substantial part is contained in the bulk defined by the rolling stand.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2018
    Assignee: DANIELI & C. OFFICINE MECCANICHE SPA
    Inventors: Massimo Vasi, Fabrizio Mulinaris