Patents by Inventor Rudolf Schneider

Rudolf Schneider 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: 4759245
    Abstract: The invention refers to a tool assembly for cuttingly machining of an at least partially closed inner surface of a workpiece, e.g. a bore. It comprises an essentially rod-shaped tool support having a machining tool mounted on its end and which is adapted to be inserted into the cavity to be machined. The tool support comprises a rod member with a continuous opening extending in axial direction and with parallel supporting surfaces arranged in the region of the both ends and extending with an angle to the longitudinal axis of the rod member. A machining tool supporting member having a machining tool mounted at one end is slidably mounted at one end of the rod member and rests against the first supporting surfaces of the rod member. A control member is slidably mounted at the other end of the rod member perpendicularly to the axis of the tool support and resting on the second supporting surface, serving for the pushing-out and retiring of the tool supporting member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 1985
    Date of Patent: July 26, 1988
    Assignee: Erowa AG
    Inventor: Rudolf Schneider
  • Patent number: 4686768
    Abstract: The measuring calliper provides for the determination of two perpendicular linear dimensions of a workpiece by means of the same measuring apparatus. It comprises a calliper body consisting of two portions which are displaceable with reference to each other. A calliper head, which is engageable with the workpiece to be measured and is operatively coupled to the measuring apparatus, is mounted on a first portion. The second portion is connected to the first portion by means of elastically resilient connection members which extend at an angle of 45.degree. with reference to the measuring directions. Preferably, the calliper body is a one-piece construction and is subdivided into said first and second portions by means of slots provided in the calliper body and extending at an angle of 45.degree..
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 1986
    Date of Patent: August 18, 1987
    Assignee: Erowa AG
    Inventor: Rudolf Schneider
  • Patent number: 4652716
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for threading the electrode wire of a travelling wire EDM apparatus through an aperture in a workpiece. Prior to automatically threading the wire through the aperture in the workpiece, the wire is continuously straightened by pulling longitudinally on the wire, and the wire is passed through a guide tube and through a nozzle to which fluid under pressure is supplied for forming a jet stream at the outlet of the nozzle. Prior to a threading or rethreading operation the wire is cut off proximate to the outlet of the nozzle. The nozzle outlet is brought in close proximity to the aperture in the workpiece and the jet stream is aimed at the aperture in the workpiece for guiding the wire through the aperture, while being maintained coaxially by the jet stream.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 1985
    Date of Patent: March 24, 1987
    Assignee: Charmilles Technologies, S.A.
    Inventors: Rudolf Schneider, Joseph Josserand
  • Patent number: 4621821
    Abstract: The invention provides a clamping apparatus, particularly for receiving and clampingly retaining electrode body blanks having prismatic or circular cross section for erosive machining devices. A clamping block has at one of its surfaces an essentially centrally arranged clamping chamber to receive the electrode. Two adjacent walls of the clamping chamber are provided with clamping screws protruding into the clamping chamber. An approximately central position of the workpiece in the clamping chamber is achieved by the provision of distance plates with preselectable thickness, which are inserted into the clamping chamber between two walls thereof and the surface of the workpiece, before the workpiece is clamped by tightening the clamping screws. This clamping apparatus is inexpensive and rugged, so that the electrode, once machined and used, respectively, may always remain clamped and therefore may be used again with a very high precision as far as its position is concerned.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 1984
    Date of Patent: November 11, 1986
    Assignee: Erowa AG
    Inventor: Rudolf Schneider
  • Patent number: 4621800
    Abstract: A suction device is movable between a receiving position in which it removes a sheet of film from a magazine and a delivery position in which it transfers the sheet to a conveyor. The effective width of the suction device approximates or equals the width of the smallest sheet of film to be transferred. Sheets having a width greater than the smallest width are gripped in the region of one end thereof leaving the remainder of such a sheet free to deflect. In order to permit proper transfer of all sheets into the conveyor, the latter is provided with grooved rollers which lift the deflected portions of larger sheets into the conveyor. In the delivery position, the suction device is located opposite one portion of the conveyor. The conveying force exerted by this portion of the conveyor is smaller than the gripping force which the suction device exerts on a sheet but larger than the conveying force exerted by a laterally adjacent portion of the conveyor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 1983
    Date of Patent: November 11, 1986
    Assignee: Agfa-Gevaert Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Walter Bauer, Heinrich Farber, Rudolf Schneider
  • Patent number: 4615688
    Abstract: The invention provides a coupling device with a first, driven member and a second member to be driven by the first member to a rotational movement. A driving plate is arranged between the two members and fixedly connected to the second member. In order to provide an angularly and centrically well defined position of the two members relative to each other, said first driven member is equipped with a centrically as well as an eccentrically arranged driving pin, the outer surfaces thereof having at least partially a conical shape. The conical parts of the surfaces engage with openings correspondingly arranged in the driving plate, which is elastically deformed upon connection of the second member to the first member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 1983
    Date of Patent: October 7, 1986
    Assignee: Erowa AG
    Inventor: Rudolf Schneider
  • Patent number: 4567679
    Abstract: An electrically heated steam iron operable by a drip system includes a drip valve arranged to have a variable rate of flow of water therethrough, and a water tank the interior of which is vertically divided into two chambers and by a partition wall, the two chambers being in flow communication with each other via an opening. A vaporizing chamber is disposed below the drip valve. A vertically adjustable slide member is arranged to slide relative to the partition wall while being sealingly engaged therewith, and adjustment means comprising a valve rod is connected to the slide member. The valve rod passes through a top surface of the tank, wherein vertical adjustment of said slide member by means of the valve rod is effective to vary the height of the column of water above the drip valve, thereby adjusting the rate of flow of water.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 1985
    Date of Patent: February 4, 1986
    Assignee: Rowenta-Werke, GmbH
    Inventors: Adolf Kraft, Rudolf Schneider
  • Patent number: 4553653
    Abstract: A rapid-torque clutch/brake assembly has a hub secured to the driven shaft and connected to an axially displaceable ring by a pair of spring rings which flank interdigitating arms of the axially displaceable ring and the hub. An electromagnetic coil can be energized to selectively shift the axially displaceable ring into engagement with a clutch ring coupling the shaft to a driving element such as a pulley, or into engagement with a brake ring connected to a housing for braking rotation of the shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 1982
    Date of Patent: November 19, 1985
    Assignee: Zahnradfabrik Friedrichshafen Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventor: Rudolf Schneider
  • Patent number: 4550514
    Abstract: A steam iron has a water tank divided into first and second chambers and a vaporizing chamber formed in an electrically heated sole-plate of the iron. A drip valve is arranged to supply water from said first chamber to the vaporizing chamber, said first chamber being connected to atmosphere and the first and second chambers being in flow communication via at least one opening formed in a lower region of the tank. A tube connecting said vaporizing chamber to said second chamber is arranged such that its mouth opens into the second chamber above the filling level of water therein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 1984
    Date of Patent: November 5, 1985
    Inventors: Gerald Reiss, Rudolf Schneider
  • Patent number: 4547647
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for threading the electrode wire of a travelling wire EDM apparatus through an aperture in a workpiece. Prior to threading the wire through the aperture in the workpiece, the wire is continuously annealed and straightened and is passed through a nozzle to which fluid under pressure is supplied for forming a jet stream at the outlet of the nozzle. Prior to a threading or rethreading operation the wire, which is continuously fed by pulling by a wire conveyor mechanism, is cut off proximate to the outlet of the nozzle. The jet stream is aimed at the aperture in the workpiece and the end of the wire is fed through the aperture, while being maintained coaxially by the jet stream.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 24, 1984
    Date of Patent: October 15, 1985
    Assignee: Ateliers des Charmilles, S.A.
    Inventor: Rudolf Schneider
  • Patent number: 4488029
    Abstract: In electro-erosive machining apparatuses with multidimensional relative motion between a tool-electrode and a workpiece electrode, a simple and adaptable control is provided for these relative operating movements, with a superimposed shaping-limiting control and subordinated cyclic repetitive oblique erosion. In this connection, the tool-feed is limited, within individual oblique-erosion cycles, by achieving a predetermined shaping envelope-surface. The apparatus comprises two separate coordinating-function-transmitters by means of which two operating movements, at an angle to each other, are each determinable according to a resultant relative operating movement between the tool and the workpiece, one being used for shaping-limiting control and the other for oblique erosion. Initiation of the consecutive oblique-erosion cycles is effected by means of a repetition-circuit as a function of a rated-value/actual-value approximation of the shaping-limiting control.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 1981
    Date of Patent: December 11, 1984
    Assignee: Erowa AG
    Inventors: Niklaus Liechti, Rudolf Schneider
  • Patent number: 4485288
    Abstract: In swinging wire guides for generally conical finishing surfaces, the problem exists of a reliable automatic coaxial setting of the guide axes according to the particular angular position of the wire electrode in the workpiece finishing zone.As a solution, the wire guides (DF1, DF2) supported swinging on the support elements (TO1, TO2) are joined together by a coupling device, which has a guide member (FG) joined correspondingly with the support elements. The latter is set by the relative movement of the wire guides (DF1, DF2) to the desired angular position of the wire guides according to the ideal wire guide axis (D--D). Through swinging coupling gears (SK1, SK2) the angle position of the guide member (FG) is transmitted to the wire guides (DF1, DF2).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 1982
    Date of Patent: November 27, 1984
    Assignee: Erowa AG
    Inventor: Rudolf Schneider
  • Patent number: 4482233
    Abstract: An arrangement for introduction of a film magazine into a film-processing device has a housing which defines an inlet slot through which the film magazine is inserted. The film magazine has a film stack carrier provided with at least one opening for removal of the film and a casing member which is movable with respect to the film stack carrier. In order to guarantee the light-tight shielding during the introduction of the film magazine, a shutter is provided along the inlet slot which is parallel movable within the interior of the housing and serves as support for the film stack carrier. The shutter has a circumferential edge which cooperates with a respective circumferential edge of the housing for providing a first light-tight shielding and a second light-tight shielding is provided through cooperation of the circumferential edge with a respective groove provided in the casing member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 1983
    Date of Patent: November 13, 1984
    Assignee: Agfa-Gevaert Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Walter Bauer, Heinrich Farber, Rudolf Schneider
  • Patent number: 4418520
    Abstract: A thrust swivel ring for resiliently supporting a mowing knife in a swing arm of a mower cutting system includes internal and external metal bushings and an annular rubber portion disposed between the two bushings. The external bushing is non-rotatably connected to the swing arm and the internal bushing is non-rotatably connected to the mowing knife. One of these connections can be quickly disconnected in axial direction of the bushings. The bearing is resistant to wear, requires little maintenance and ensures a quiet operation of the mower cutting system. Further, the bearing facilitates a quick replacement of the mower knife.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 1980
    Date of Patent: December 6, 1983
    Assignee: Busatis-Werke GmbH u.Co K.G. Boge GmbH
    Inventors: Rudolf Schneider, Bruno Husch
  • Patent number: 4387794
    Abstract: An electromagnetic single-surface clutch/brake combination, especially for textile machinery, in which a rotor assembly is locked to the shaft end encloses the magnetic body carrying the coils so that the latter can be secured to the housing flange when the unit, as delivered, is mounted on the shaft. The rotor assembly and the magnetic body are bridged by a bearing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 1980
    Date of Patent: June 14, 1983
    Assignee: Zahnradfabrik Friedrichshafen Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Rudolf Schneider, Siegfried Winkelmann
  • Patent number: 4347422
    Abstract: The speed at which the electrode on a spark erosion machine approaches the workpiece is controlled in accordance with the continuously measured force on the electrode due to the pressure of the dielectric. This force may be measured by a pre-stressed spring in the traction rod of the electrode carrier or by extension strain measuring strips on said traction rod. Apparatus to which the process is particularly suitable is described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 1979
    Date of Patent: August 31, 1982
    Assignee: Erowa AG
    Inventor: Rudolf Schneider
  • Patent number: 4267689
    Abstract: A cutting mechanism for a maize cutter having several divider plates and at least one outside deflector for directing cornstalks into the maize cutter; the maize cutter also having entry chains or entry bands disposed between the divider plates and also between the divider plates and the outside deflector for holding the cornstalks fast and feeding the cornstalks to the cutting mechanism. The cutting mechanism is a double cutter including upper sets of cutter blades and co-acting associated lower sets of cutter blades, with each of the upper and associated lower cutter blades being arranged in a column. The upper and associated lower sets of cutter blades are laterally spaced from each other to define bladeless sections therebetween. The sets of cutter blades are disposed between the divider plates and also between the divider plates and the outside deflector, respectively, with the bladeless sections being disposed under the divider plates.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 1979
    Date of Patent: May 19, 1981
    Assignee: Busatis-Werke KG
    Inventors: Rudolf Schneider, Wilhelm Schefers
  • Patent number: 4203018
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for eroding inner and outer walls of work pieces, such as cylinders and cones, by electrical discharge between the work piece and an electrode are described wherein an electrode-holder is mounted for variable orbital movement on a hollow support fixed on a cylinder axially movable by fluid pressure with respect to a piston therein, along an axis perpendicular to the plane of the orbital movement. A normally fixed piston rod carries the piston, and a shaft extends through the piston rod from the interior of the support to means, providing for coarse and fine adjustment, fixing the shaft to the rod. A rotor in the support is rotatable on the shaft and has an inclined track with which an inclined track on a cam unit is in sliding engagement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 1977
    Date of Patent: May 13, 1980
    Assignee: Erowa AG
    Inventor: Rudolf Schneider
  • Patent number: 4135070
    Abstract: The present invention is an EDM (Electrical discharge machining) process and apparatus for machining an electrode workpiece by means of an electrode tool wherein the electrodes are displaced relative to each other along a principal feed axis while, simultaneously, the electrodes are displaced relative to each other along an orbital path in a plane perpendicular to the principal feed axis, such as to produce between the electrodes a three-dimensional translation motion, and for providing between the electrodes an average machining gap wider than the gap width sustaining electrical discharges. The invention provides a control of the amplitude of the relative translation motion of the electrodes while displacing the direction of said motion as soon as a predetermined orbiting path limit is reached such as to allow a rapid increase of the gap between the electrodes when the electrode tool is retracted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 1977
    Date of Patent: January 16, 1979
    Assignee: Ateliers des Charmilles, S.A.
    Inventors: Jean Pfau, Alain Wavre, Rudolf Schneider
  • Patent number: 4067179
    Abstract: A pair of cooperating elongated cutting members is mounted on the frame of a harvester for reciprocation along a common plane located intermediate the cutting members by means of arms pivotally connected to the frame and to the cutting members. A lever is pivoted to each of the cutting members and to the frame and has the same effective length as the associated arm, the pivot points of the associated arm and lever being located in the corners of an imaginary parallelogram. A crank drive moves a pair of connecting rods which are articulated to the respective levers intermediate the pivot points thereof. The cutting members have a plurality of recesses which are laterally bounded by cutting edges extending transversely of the elongation of the respective cutting members so that the objects which enter into the recesses are cut by the cutting edges in the common plane. The axis of rotation of the crank may be vertical, while the levers and arms may reciprocate in parallel horizontal planes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 1976
    Date of Patent: January 10, 1978
    Assignee: Busatis-Werke KG
    Inventor: Rudolf Schneider