Patents by Inventor Branko Sarh

Branko Sarh has filed for patents to protect the following inventions. This listing includes patent applications that are pending as well as patents that have already been granted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

  • Patent number: 10974311
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for positioning an end effector relative to a fuselage assembly. The end effector is positioned relative to an expected reference location for a reference point on the fuselage assembly using data from a first metrology system. After positioning the end effector relative to the expected reference location, an actual reference location for the reference point on the fuselage assembly is identified using data from a second metrology system. The end effector is positioned at an operation location based on the actual reference location identified.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2021
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Harinder S. Oberoi, John Willard Dorsey-Palmateer, Yuanxin Charles Hu, Branko Sarh, Kevin Marion Barrick, Melissa Ann Findlay, Jorge Alberto Arriaga, Gregory Gudzinski, Jeffrey Lawrence Miller
  • Patent number: 10967396
    Abstract: A system for dispensing a substance in a form of a bead on a surface in a progression direction includes a dispenser having: a leading edge, a contact portion comprising two contact points with the surface, and a trailing edge that extends between the two contact points and terminates therein. The system is configured to move the dispenser along a virtual travel plane, which is parallel to the path and passes through the two contact points, while maintaining the contact portion in communication with the surface as the substance is being dispensed. The system is also configured to monitor a leading portion of the bead and to generate a signal responsive to at least one characteristic of the leading portion, wherein the leading portion is located ahead of a portion of the leading edge in the progression direction along the path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2021
    Assignee: THE BOEING COMPANY
    Inventors: Angelica Davancens, Branko Sarh, Don D. Trend
  • Patent number: 10953481
    Abstract: A combination cutting and burnishing orbital drilling tool may include an elongate tool body including a cutting end and extending along a longitudinal axis. The tool body may include a burnishing portion spaced from the cutting end and configured to induce residual stress in a side wall of a hole without removing material. The tool body may further include a cutting portion interposed between the cutting end and the burnishing portion. The cutting portion may be configured to remove material from a workpiece, thereby creating the hole, during an orbital drilling process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2021
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Nicholas Ryan Farrell, Branko Sarh, Michael L. Caldarera, Gary Lipczynski, Wesley Edward Holleman, James Darryl Gamboa
  • Patent number: 10835947
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for building an assembly fixture for holding a fuselage assembly. A number of cradle fixtures may be driven across a floor to an assembly area. The number of cradle fixtures may be configured to form the assembly fixture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2020
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Harinder S. Oberoi, Richard Griffith Reese, IV, Kevin Marion Barrick, Quang T. Do, Alan S. Draper, Alfredo Jose Gerosa, Branko Sarh, Gregory Gudzinski, Jeffrey Lawrence Miller
  • Patent number: 10835948
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for adjusting an adjustable retaining structure. The adjustable retaining structure may be rotated, passively, about a spherical interface as a panel applies a load to the adjustable retaining structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2020
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Harinder S. Oberoi, Alfredo Jose Gerosa, Kevin Marion Barrick, Quang T. Do, Yuanxin Charles Hu, Branko Sarh, Richard Griffith Reese, IV, Gregory Gudzinski, Jeffrey Lawrence Miller
  • Patent number: 10792728
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for installing a fastener. A reactive structural force is generated in a first direction during installation of the fastener. A new reactive structural force is generated in a second direction opposite to the first direction during the installation of the fastener.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Harinder S. Oberoi, Melissa Ann Findlay, Branko Sarh, Alan S. Draper, Jorge Alberto Arriago, Jeffrey Lawrence Miller
  • Patent number: 10744554
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for distributing a number of utilities. The number of utilities may be coupled between a number of utility sources and a utility fixture. The number of utilities may be coupled between the utility fixture and a mobile system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Harinder S. Oberoi, Alfredo Jose Gerosa, Kevin Marion Barrick, Quang T. Do, Yuanxin Charles Hu, Branko Sarh, Scott Allen Mackay, Jeffrey Lawrence Miller
  • Publication number: 20200215564
    Abstract: An apparatus for dispensing a flowable material is disclosed. The apparatus comprises a rotary actuator, a reservoir, containing a hydraulic fluid, a piston, movable inside the reservoir, a linear actuator, coupled to the piston, a gear train, coupling the rotary actuator with the linear actuator, and a flowable-material dispenser, hydraulically coupled with the reservoir.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 23, 2020
    Publication date: July 9, 2020
    Applicant: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: John W. Pringle, IV, Angelica Davancens, Branko Sarh
  • Patent number: 10682663
    Abstract: A method for dispensing a flowable material is disclosed. The method comprises holding a hydraulic fluid in a reservoir at a negative pressure, inserting a cartridge tube, having an interior, into a cartridge housing, locking an over-center mechanism relative to the cartridge housing so that a hermetic seal is created between a plunger and an interior of the cartridge tube and between an end-cap and the interior of the cartridge tube, and turning a rotary actuator in a rotational direction so that a linear actuator advances a piston within the reservoir to transfer at least a portion of the hydraulic fluid from the reservoir to a flowable-material dispenser through the end-cap and into the interior of the cartridge tube, causing the plunger to advance within the cartridge tube in a forward plunger direction, away from the end-cap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2020
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: John W. Pringle, IV, Angelica Davancens, Branko Sarh
  • Patent number: 10668616
    Abstract: A robot includes an actuator assembly, first and second parallel telescoping lead screw assemblies cantilevered from the actuator assembly, and an end effector supported by ends of the lead screw assemblies. The actuator assembly causes each lead screw assembly to independently deploy and retract.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Branko Sarh, Angelica Davancens
  • Patent number: 10663276
    Abstract: Provided are self-retractable centering assemblies and methods of using these assemblies for alignment of parts having determinant assembly alignment holes. An assembly includes a center pin having a threaded portion threadably engaging a drive component. The assembly also includes a puller bushing rotatably coupled to the drive component. The center pin protrudes through the puller bushing and can slide with respect to the puller bushing when the drive component is rotated relative to the center pin. The sliding distance is controlled by a limiter disposed within the cavity of the puller bushing. During operation, a portion of the center pin extends from the puller bushing and is inserted into alignment holes of parts being aligned. The drive component is rotated relative to the center pin resulting in the center pin being pulled out of the alignment holes while the puller bushing is being pressed against the parts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Jason L. Hicks, Kevin M. Barrick, Branko Sarh, Harinder S. Oberoi
  • Publication number: 20200130008
    Abstract: An apparatus (100) for dispensing a flowable material (308) is disclosed. The apparatus (100) comprises a rotary actuator (120), a reservoir (140), containing a hydraulic fluid (155), a piston (145), movable inside the reservoir (140), a linear actuator (130), coupled to the piston (145), a gear train (125), coupling the rotary actuator (120) with the linear actuator (130), and a flowable-material dispenser (160), hydraulically coupled with the reservoir (140).
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 31, 2018
    Publication date: April 30, 2020
    Applicant: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: John W. Pringle, IV, Angelica Davancens, Branko Sarh
  • Patent number: 10549336
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for installing a fastener is provided. The apparatus comprises a plate system and an air system that is connected to the plate system. The plate system has a plurality of air passages and at least one opening. The air system directs air through the plurality of air passages, out of the opening, and in a selected direction substantially parallel to a surface of a structure into which a fastener is to be installed such that the air impinges on an exposed portion of a shaft of the fastener.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2020
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Harinder S. Oberoi, Kevin M. Barrick, Branko Sarh, Alfredo Gerosa, Melissa Ann Findlay
  • Publication number: 20190256226
    Abstract: An aircraft inspection system is configured to inspect one or more components of an aircraft before a flight. The aircraft inspection system includes an inspection robot that is configured to inspect the component(s) of the aircraft. The inspection robot includes a conveying sub-system that is configured to efficiently move the inspection robot to different locations, and a sensing sub-system including one or more sensors that are configured to sense one or more characteristics of the component(s) during an inspection. The sensing sub-system is configured to record the characteristic(s) as inspection data.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 19, 2018
    Publication date: August 22, 2019
    Applicant: THE BOEING COMPANY
    Inventors: Alireza Shapoury, James J. Troy, Gary Georgeson, Branko Sarh
  • Publication number: 20190184447
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for building a fuselage assembly for an aircraft. A number of fixtures may be drive across a floor to an assembly area to form an assembly fixture. The fuselage assembly may be built on the assembly fixture.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 25, 2019
    Publication date: June 20, 2019
    Inventors: Harinder S. Oberoi, Branko Sarh, Melissa Ann Findlay, Alan S. Draper, Jorge Alberto Arriaga, Richard Griffith Reese, IV, Alfredo Jose Gerosa, Kevin Marion Barrick, Michael J. Kozak, Quang T. Do, Jeffrey Lawrence Miller, Yuanxin Charles Hu
  • Publication number: 20190176213
    Abstract: An attachment for an end effector. The attachment may include a clamp and a foot adhesively bonded to an edge of the clamp and having a set of interlocking features that form a mechanical interlock with the clamp.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 11, 2019
    Publication date: June 13, 2019
    Inventors: Harinder S. Oberoi, Melissa Ann Findlay, Jorge Alberto Arriaga, Branko Sarh, Alan S. Draper
  • Publication number: 20190176187
    Abstract: One example of the present disclosure relates to a system for dispensing a substance in a form of a bead on a surface in a progression direction along a path. The system includes a dispenser having: a leading edge, a contact portion comprising two contact points with the surface, and a trailing edge that extends between the two contact points and terminates therein. The system also includes first means for moving the dispenser along a virtual travel plane, which is parallel to the path and passes through the two contact points, while maintaining the contact portion in communication with the surface as the substance is being dispensed. The system also includes second means for monitoring a leading portion of the bead and for generating a signal responsive to at least one characteristic of the leading portion, wherein the leading portion is located ahead of a portion of the leading edge in the progression direction along the path.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 11, 2019
    Publication date: June 13, 2019
    Applicant: THE BOEING COMPANY
    Inventors: Angelica Davancens, Branko Sarh, Don D. Trend
  • Patent number: 10213823
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for building a fuselage assembly for an aircraft. A number of fixtures may be drive across a floor to an assembly area to form an assembly fixture. The fuselage assembly may be built on the assembly fixture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Harinder S. Oberoi, Branko Sarh, Melissa Ann Findlay, Alan S. Draper, Jorge Alberto Arriaga, Richard Griffith Reese, IV, Alfredo Jose Gerosa, Kevin Marion Barrick, Michael J. Kozak, Quang T. Do, Jeffrey Lawrence Miller, Yuanxin Charles Hu
  • Patent number: 10201847
    Abstract: An attachment for an end effector. The attachment may include a clamp and a foot adhesively bonded to an edge of the clamp and having a set of interlocking features that form a mechanical interlock with the clamp.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Harinder S. Oberoi, Melissa Ann Findlay, Jorge Alberto Arriaga, Branko Sarh, Alan S. Draper
  • Patent number: 10201832
    Abstract: A method of dispensing a substance along a path is provided. The method includes supplying the substance to a dispenser. The method also includes moving the dispenser along a virtual travel plane parallel to the path and passing through two contact points of the dispenser, while maintaining a contact portion of the dispenser in communication with a surface. The method also includes monitoring a leading portion of the bead and generating a signal responsive to at least one characteristic of the leading portion. The method further includes controlling at least one of the speed of the dispenser along the path or the flow rate of the substance to the dispenser to provide a substantially uniform cross-sectional shape of the bead along the path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Angelica Davancens, Branko Sarh, Don D. Trend