Patents by Inventor Milo M. Vaniglia

Milo M. Vaniglia 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: 9315007
    Abstract: A composites lamination system uses a six-axis positioner and multiple removable heads for applying composite material to a tool. The six-axis positioner has a gantry and a wrist. The gantry has two spaced uprights that support a crossbeam that is movable in the X-axis. A workzone containing a tool is positioned between the two spaced uprights. A movable column is supported on the crossbeam, and is movable relative to the crossbeam in the Y-axis and the Z-axis. A wrist mounted on the column rotates around an I-axis parallel to the X-axis, around a J-axis parallel to the Y-axis, and around a K-axis parallel to the Z-axis. A replaceable head is mounted on the wrist so that the gantry and the wrist provide six axis of motion for the replaceable head, and removal of the head from the wrist allows the six axis of motion to remain with the positioner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2016
    Assignee: Fives Machining Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: Milo M. Vaniglia
  • Patent number: 8997818
    Abstract: A device for fabricating a composite structure comprises a multi-axis positioner and an attached end effector comprising an integrated head and creel. The head has a clamp, cut and restart mechanism and a compaction roller with a rotary axis. The creel has a prismatic shape with a coupling device on the top of the creel for attachment to the multi axis positioner and a centerline which passes through the center of the creel and intersects the axis of rotation of the compaction roller. A composite placement head is attached to the bottom of the creel. A plurality of composite material supply spools are mounted on the sides of the creel and face outward from the creel. A plurality of rollers are mounted on the outside surface of the creel for directing the composite material from the supply spools to the fiber placement head.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Inventors: Milo M. Vaniglia, James S. Ritchie, Sr.
  • Patent number: 8931725
    Abstract: An apparatus for loading spools into a creel of a fiber placement machine that is used to charge a mold includes a creel loader and a spool magazine carried by the creel loader. At least one loader mandrel in the spool magazine receives full spools and transfers the full spools to the creel of the fiber placement machine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2015
    Assignee: Fives Machining Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael N. Grimshaw, Randall A. Kappesser, Milo M. Vaniglia, Debra Carol Dettman
  • Publication number: 20140238612
    Abstract: A device for fabricating a composite structure comprises a multi-axis positioner and an attached end effector comprising an integrated head and creel. The head has a clamp, cut and restart mechanism and a compaction roller with a rotary axis. The creel has a prismatic shape with a coupling device on the top of the creel for attachment to the multi axis positioner and a centerline which passes through the center of the creel and intersects the axis of rotation of the compaction roller. A composite placement head is attached to the bottom of the creel. A plurality of composite material supply spools are mounted on the sides of the creel and face outward from the creel. A plurality of rollers are mounted on the outside surface of the creel for directing the composite material from the supply spools to the fiber placement head.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 27, 2013
    Publication date: August 28, 2014
    Inventors: Milo M. Vaniglia, James S. Ritchie, SR.
  • Publication number: 20140202640
    Abstract: A composites lamination system uses a six-axis positioner and multiple removable heads for applying composite material to a tool. The six-axis positioner has a gantry and a wrist. The gantry has two spaced uprights that support a crossbeam that is movable in the X-axis. A workzone containing a tool is positioned between the two spaced uprights. A movable column is supported on the crossbeam, and is movable relative to the crossbeam in the Y-axis and the Z-axis. A wrist mounted on the column rotates around an I-axis parallel to the X-axis, around a J-axis parallel to the Y-axis, and around a K-axis parallel to the Z-axis. A replaceable head is mounted on the wrist so that the gantry and the wrist provide six axis of motion for the replaceable head, and removal of the head from the wrist allows the six axis of motion to remain with the positioner.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 23, 2013
    Publication date: July 24, 2014
    Applicant: MAG IAS, LLC
    Inventor: Milo M. Vaniglia
  • Patent number: 8684720
    Abstract: A gantry mounted fiber placement machine has a creel and a head with a compaction roller for applying fiber to a mold or tool. The fiber placement machine has 6 axes of motion. The machine has a gantry that moves in the X-axis, a horizontal gantry beam that is parallel to the Y-axis, and a creel that moves with the gantry in the X-axis. The machine has a head that moves in the Y-axis parallel to the floor and across the gantry beam, and in the Z-axis perpendicular to the X and Y-axes. The head swivels in the I-axis as it rotates about the X-axis, in the J-axis as it rotates about the Y-axis, and in the K-axis as it rotates about the Z-axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 1, 2014
    Assignee: Fives Machining Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: Milo M. Vaniglia
  • Patent number: 8613302
    Abstract: A reversing fiber placement head that is capable of bidirectional fiber placement on an application surface includes a feed mechanism for delivering fiber along two feed paths that are in a V-shaped orientation relative to one another. A pressure tip assembly including a compaction roller receives fiber from the two feed paths and applies the fiber to an application surface. A shifting mechanism shifts the pressure tip assembly from a first position on the fiber placement head to a second position on the fiber placement head to move the compaction roller along a linear path relative to the fiber placement head, allowing the compaction roller to change its direction of rotation in order to apply fiber to the application surface in opposite directions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 24, 2013
    Assignee: Fives Machining Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: Milo M. Vaniglia
  • Publication number: 20130142898
    Abstract: A gantry mounted fiber placement machine has a creel and a head with a compaction roller for applying fiber to a mold or tool. The fiber placement machine has 6 axes of motion and 5 axes of motion between the creel and the head. The machine has a gantry that moves in the X-axis, a horizontal gantry beam that is parallel to the Y-axis, and a creel that moves with the gantry in the X-axis. The machine has a head that moves in the Y-axis parallel to the floor and across the gantry beam, and in the Z-axis perpendicular to the X and Y-axes. The head swivels in the I-axis as it rotates about the X-axis, in the J-axis as it rotates about the Y-axis, and in the K-axis as it rotates about the Z-axis.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 5, 2011
    Publication date: June 6, 2013
    Applicant: MAG IAS, LLC
    Inventor: Milo M. Vaniglia
  • Publication number: 20130056575
    Abstract: An apparatus for loading spools into a creel of a fiber placement machine that is used to charge a mold includes a creel loader and a spool magazine carried by the creel loader. At least one loader mandrel in the spool magazine receives full spools and transfers the full spools to the creel of the fiber placement machine.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 22, 2012
    Publication date: March 7, 2013
    Applicant: MAG IAS, LLC
    Inventors: Michael N. Grimshaw, Randall A. Kappesser, Milo M. Vaniglia, Debra Carol Dettman
  • Patent number: 8360126
    Abstract: A motorized head for applying fiber composite material to an application surface includes a drive roll assembly for applying fiber composite material to an application surface. The drive roll assembly includes a drive roll and a backup roll and a drive roll nip formed between the drive roll and the backup roll. At least one cutter is mounted on the drive roll for cutting fiber composite material, and an ejector mechanism is mounted on the drive roll behind the cutter mechanism. The ejector mechanism positively displaces the leading end of the cut tow material away from the surface of the drive roll to ensure that the cut tow material does not misfeed as it approaches the fiber path chute downstream from the cutter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2013
    Assignee: MAG IAS, LLC
    Inventor: Milo M. Vaniglia
  • Publication number: 20120222810
    Abstract: A reversing fiber placement head that is capable of bidirectional fiber placement on an application surface includes a feed mechanism for delivering fiber along two feed paths that are in a V-shaped orientation relative to one another. A pressure tip assembly including a compaction roller receives fiber from the two feed paths and applies the fiber to an application surface. A shifting mechanism shifts the pressure tip assembly from a first position on the fiber placement head to a second position on the fiber placement head to move the compaction roller along a linear path relative to the fiber placement head, allowing the compaction roller to change its direction of rotation in order to apply fiber to the application surface in opposite directions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 2, 2011
    Publication date: September 6, 2012
    Inventor: Milo M. Vaniglia
  • Publication number: 20120036977
    Abstract: A motorized head for applying fiber composite material to an application surface includes a drive roll assembly for applying fiber composite material to an application surface. The drive roll assembly includes a drive roll and a backup roll and a drive roll nip formed between the drive roll and the backup roll. At least one cutter is mounted on the drive roll for cutting fiber composite material, and an anvil is mounted on the backup roll to provide a shear surface for the cutter blade.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 13, 2010
    Publication date: February 16, 2012
    Applicant: CINCINNATI MACHINE, LLC
    Inventor: Milo M. Vaniglia
  • Publication number: 20110315324
    Abstract: A motorized head for applying fiber composite material to an application surface includes a drive roll assembly for applying fiber composite material to an application surface. The drive roll assembly includes a drive roll and a backup roll and a drive roll nip formed between the drive roll and the backup roll. At least one cutter is mounted on the drive roll for cutting fiber composite material, and an ejector mechanism is mounted on the drive roll behind the cutter mechanism. The ejector mechanism positively displaces the leading end of the cut tow material away from the surface of the drive roll to ensure that the cut tow material does not misfeed as it approaches the fiber path chute downstream from the cutter.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 29, 2010
    Publication date: December 29, 2011
    Applicant: CINCINNATI MACHINE, LLC
    Inventor: Milo M. Vaniglia
  • Patent number: 7849903
    Abstract: A motorized head for applying fiber composite material to an application surface includes a drive roll and a backup roll for feeding fiber composite material toward the application surface, a compaction roll for pressing fiber composite material onto the application surface, and a restart pinch roll assembly located between the drive roll and the compaction roll for driving fiber composite material received from the drive roll to the compaction roll. The drive roll nip between the drive roll and the backup roll forms a drive zone that grips and drives the composite material, a clamp zone that prevents movement of the composite material after it has been cut, and a free zone that allows composite material to be freely pulled through the head. Two cutters mounted on the drive roll mesh with a single anvil on the backup roll to cut the composite material to the desired length.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 14, 2010
    Assignee: Cincinnati Machine, LLC
    Inventor: Milo M. Vaniglia
  • Publication number: 20080302483
    Abstract: A motorized head for applying fiber composite material to an application surface includes a drive roll and a backup roll for feeding fiber composite material toward the application surface, a compaction roll for pressing fiber composite material onto the application surface, and a restart pinch roll assembly located between the drive roll and the compaction roll for driving fiber composite material received from the drive roll to the compaction roll. The drive roll nip between the drive roll and the backup roll forms a drive zone that grips and drives the composite material, a clamp zone that prevents movement of the composite material after it has been cut, and a free zone that allows composite material to be freely pulled through the head. Two cutters mounted on the drive roll mesh with a single anvil on the backup roll to cut the composite material to the desired length.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 6, 2007
    Publication date: December 11, 2008
    Inventor: Milo M. Vaniglia
  • Patent number: 5454897
    Abstract: A segmented presser member for laying fiber tows and producing composite plastic articles has a plurality of presser element disks. The disks, stacked side-by-side, are independently movable and biased against a work surface such as a mandrel or mold. An elastic band is provided on the rotary outer periphery of each disk. Each band is unconnected to elastic bands on adjacent disks. The disks and their respective bands are radially movable during the laydown and compaction of the fiber tows over the changing contour of the workpiece surface. The elastic band has a low friction face, such as, for example, a (TEFLON) film, for engaging the fiber tows.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 1994
    Date of Patent: October 3, 1995
    Assignee: Cincinnati Milacron Inc.
    Inventor: Milo M. Vaniglia
  • Patent number: 5273614
    Abstract: Redirect rollers are fitted with non-rotating upstanding fins to provide enhanced guidance for spaced tows which wrap the rollers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 1991
    Date of Patent: December 28, 1993
    Assignee: Cincinnati Milacron Inc.
    Inventors: Michael N. Grimshaw, Milo M. Vaniglia
  • Patent number: 5110395
    Abstract: A fiber placement head for a fiber placement machine of the type in which a number of individual resin-impregnated fiber tows or "towpregs" are fed at independent rates from a creel assembly for application as a fiber band onto the surface of a mandrel includes cooling chutes for each fiber tow which reduces their temperature to reduce the tack of the tows. A cut, clamp and restart mechanism is provided wherein the cutting and clamping operations are performed by a unitary knife blade and clamping block, and the restart or rethreading of cut tows is obtained by the engagement of a pinch roller with a continuously rotating rethread shaft which are operative independently of the movement of the fiber placement head relative to the mandrel. The tows are pressed or compacted onto the mandrel by a compaction shoe, and feed and rewind rollers are provided to interpose a protective film between the compaction shoe and fiber band to avoid damage to the tows.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 1989
    Date of Patent: May 5, 1992
    Assignee: Cincinnati Milacron Inc.
    Inventor: Milo M. Vaniglia
  • Patent number: 5022952
    Abstract: A fiber placement machine includes a carriage assembly movable in an X direction along a base support adapted to rest on the floor, a cross slide pivotally mounted on the carriage having a multi-axis manipulator device at one end carrying a fiber placement head and a creel assembly mounted at the other end which supplies a number of individual fiber tows to the fiber placement head. Mechanisms associated with the carriage and cross slide, in addition to the multi-axis manipulator, are effective to move the fiber placement head along a number of axes with respect to the surface of a mandrel such that the individual fiber tows are pressed onto the mandrel by a compaction roller or shoe mounted to the fiber placement head which is maintained substantially perpendicular to the surface of the mandrel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 1989
    Date of Patent: June 11, 1991
    Assignee: Cincinnati Milacron Inc.
    Inventor: Milo M. Vaniglia
  • Patent number: 4907754
    Abstract: A base supports a workpiece form-holding means in either a stationary or rotatable manner. A cross-slide and corresponding fiber creel assembly which is affixed to, and depends from, the cross-slide assembly is carried with respect to the workpiece form-holding means by a hanging carriage carried on an overhead support beam. A fiber payout eye is carried on the cross-slide assembly for guiding fiber from the fiber creel assembly to the workpiece form as the carriage and cross-slide are moving.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 1985
    Date of Patent: March 13, 1990
    Assignee: Cincinnati Milacron Inc.
    Inventor: Milo M. Vaniglia