Patents by Inventor Thierry Andre Marchione

Thierry Andre Marchione 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: 10760455
    Abstract: A poppet valve has an elongated stem that is configured to extend along a longitudinal axis. The poppet valve further includes a valve body that is disposed laterally with respect to the longitudinal axis and located in a spaced apart relation with an end of the elongated stem. The valve body has a pair of opposing faces disposed co-axial with the longitudinal axis of the elongated stem. The poppet valve also includes at least two arcuately shaped appendages depending downwardly from the end of the elongated stem and extending away from the longitudinal axis of the elongated stem. An end of each appendage is disposed in abutment with an annular region defined on one of the opposing faces of the valve body, a perimeter of the annular region being larger than a perimeter of the elongated stem measured about the longitudinal axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2020
    Assignee: Caterpillar Inc.
    Inventors: Mark D. Veliz, Rong Qu, Arun Lal Gain, Walter Sherman Isenberg, Rui Yuan, Thierry Andre Marchione
  • Patent number: 10603717
    Abstract: A system for manufacturing a Three Dimensional (3D) printed component is provided. The system includes a substrate adapted for at least partially 3D printing the component thereon. The substrate includes a first geometrical feature. The system also includes a plurality of processing stations interconnected to one another. Each of the plurality of processing stations is adapted to receive the substrate. Each of the plurality of processing stations includes a second geometrical feature adapted to interlock with the first geometrical feature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Assignee: Caterpillar Inc.
    Inventors: Marion B. Grant, Nathan John Parsons, Thierry Andre Marchione, Huijun Wang
  • Patent number: 10166634
    Abstract: A method of hardfacing a component includes generating a laser beam and directing the laser beam to an area of a wear surface of the component. The method includes feeding a flexible cord of a cladding material into the laser beam to melt the flexible cord and produce a bead of the cladding material on the wear surface. The flexible cord includes an inner metal wire surrounded by an agglomerate of abrasion and wear-resistant material that contains diamond particles. The method further includes moving the laser beam and the flexible cord along the wear surface to produce a cladding layer over the wear surface of the component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: Caterpillar Inc.
    Inventor: Thierry Andre Marchione
  • Patent number: 10040495
    Abstract: A method of manufacturing an undercarriage track joint assembly includes forming at least a first portion of a seal assembly by laser brazing an annular, metal sealing washer to a first track link of the undercarriage track joint assembly. The method may also include performing the laser brazing to form at least one of an annular fillet of braze material between the first track link and at least a portion of an inner diameter surface of the washer and an annular fillet of braze material between the first track link and at least a portion of an outer diameter surface of the washer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2018
    Assignee: Caterpillar Inc.
    Inventors: Thierry Andre Marchione, Brent David Widder, Timothy Arthur Thorson, Gregory Jerome Kaufmann
  • Publication number: 20180171837
    Abstract: A poppet valve has an elongated stem that is configured to extend along a longitudinal axis. The poppet valve further includes a valve body that is disposed laterally with respect to the longitudinal axis and located in a spaced apart relation with an end of the elongated stem. The valve body has a pair of opposing faces disposed co-axial with the longitudinal axis of the elongated stem. The poppet valve also includes at least two arcuately shaped appendages depending downwardly from the end of the elongated stem and extending away from the longitudinal axis of the elongated stem. An end of each appendage is disposed in abutment with an annular region defined on one of the opposing faces of the valve body, a perimeter of the annular region being larger than a perimeter of the elongated stem measured about the longitudinal axis.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 20, 2016
    Publication date: June 21, 2018
    Applicant: Caterpillar Inc.
    Inventors: Mark D. Veliz, Rong Qu, Arun Lai Gain, Walter Sherman Isenberg, Rui YUan, Thierry Andre Marchione
  • Publication number: 20180161933
    Abstract: A method of hardfacing a component includes generating a laser beam and directing the laser beam to an area of a wear surface of the component. The method includes feeding a flexible cord of a cladding material into the laser beam to melt the flexible cord and produce a bead of the cladding material on the wear surface. The flexible cord includes an inner metal wire surrounded by an agglomerate of abrasion and wear-resistant material that contains diamond particles. The method further includes moving the laser beam and the flexible cord along the wear surface to produce a cladding layer over the wear surface of the component.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 9, 2016
    Publication date: June 14, 2018
    Applicant: Caterpillar Inc.
    Inventor: Thierry Andre MARCHIONE
  • Patent number: 9951872
    Abstract: A mechanical face seal includes a seal ring, the seal ring including an inner circumferential surface, an outer circumferential surface, and a generally annular body extending between the inner and outer circumferential surfaces. An annular flange projects radially from the annular body to an outer perimeter of the flange and a sealing band is on the annular flange. A slot may extend radially into the seal ring from the inner circumferential surface of the seal ring. A cooling channel may be in and extend generally circumferentially through at least one of the annular body and annular flange.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Assignee: Caterpillar Inc.
    Inventors: Timothy Arthur Thorson, Dennis Michael Turczyn, Thierry Andre Marchione
  • Publication number: 20180056389
    Abstract: A system for manufacturing a Three Dimensional (3D) printed component is provided. The system includes a substrate adapted for at least partially 3D printing the component thereon. The substrate includes a first geometrical feature. The system also includes a plurality of processing stations interconnected to one another. Each of the plurality of processing stations is adapted to receive the substrate. Each of the plurality of processing stations includes a second geometrical feature adapted to interlock with the first geometrical feature.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 23, 2016
    Publication date: March 1, 2018
    Applicant: Caterpillar Inc.
    Inventors: Marion B. Grant, Nathan John Parsons, Thierry Andre Marchione, Huijun Wang
  • Patent number: 9682441
    Abstract: A laser polishing method for a metal face seal is provided. The method includes determining, using a processor, a first smoothness level of a seal face surface of the metal face seal. The method includes applying, using the processor, a laser beam at a first angle to at least one peak on the seal face surface of the metal face seal, the first angle measured relative to a normal to the seal face surface. The method includes determining, using the processor, a second smoothness level of the seal face surface. The method includes controlling, using the processor, the laser beam until the second smoothness level is equal to a threshold smoothness level. The method includes turning off the laser beam, using the processor, when the second smoothness level is equal to the threshold smoothness level isotropically over the seal face surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2017
    Assignee: Caterpillar Inc.
    Inventors: Timothy Thorson, Thierry Andre Marchione, Daniel P. Vertenten, Dennis Turczyn
  • Publication number: 20170158269
    Abstract: A method of manufacturing an undercarriage track joint assembly includes forming at least a first portion of a seal assembly by laser brazing an annular, metal sealing washer to a first track link of the undercarriage track joint assembly. The method may also include performing the laser brazing to form at least one of an annular fillet of braze material between the first track link and at least a portion of an inner diameter surface of the washer and an annular fillet of braze material between the first track link and at least a portion of an outer diameter surface of the washer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 8, 2015
    Publication date: June 8, 2017
    Applicant: Caterpillar Inc.
    Inventors: Thierry Andre MARCHIONE, Brent David WIDDER, Timothy Arthur THORSON, Gregory Jerome KAUFMANN
  • Publication number: 20160369896
    Abstract: A mechanical face seal includes a seal ring, the seal ring including an inner circumferential surface, an outer circumferential surface, and a generally annular body extending between the inner and outer circumferential surfaces. An annular flange projects radially from the annular body to an outer perimeter of the flange and a sealing band is on the annular flange. A slot may extend radially into the seal ring from the inner circumferential surface of the seal ring. A cooling channel may be in and extend generally circumferentially through at least one of the annular body and annular flange.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 19, 2015
    Publication date: December 22, 2016
    Applicant: Caterpillar Inc.
    Inventors: Timothy Arthur Thorson, Dennis Michael Turczyn, Thierry Andre Marchione
  • Publication number: 20160346871
    Abstract: A laser polishing method for a metal face seal is provided. The method includes determining, using a processor, a first smoothness level of a seal face surface of the metal face seal. The method includes applying, using the processor, a laser beam at a first angle to at least one peak on the seal face surface of the metal face seal, the first angle measured relative to a normal to the seal face surface. The method includes determining, using the processor, a second smoothness level of the seal face surface. The method includes controlling, using the processor, the laser beam until the second smoothness level is equal to a threshold smoothness level. The method includes turning off the laser beam, using the processor, when the second smoothness level is equal to the threshold smoothness level isotropically over the seal face surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 1, 2015
    Publication date: December 1, 2016
    Applicant: CATERPILLAR INC.
    Inventors: TIMOTHY THORSON, THIERRY ANDRE MARCHIONE, DANIEL P. VERTENTEN, DENNIS TURCZYN
  • Patent number: 9476304
    Abstract: A method for repairing a rotor wheel including an airfoil using a blade repair assembly is disclosed. The blade repair assembly includes a first block and a second block, each including a contact surface with a shape of at least a portion of the airfoil and a cavity surface adjacent the contact surface. The method includes pre-machining an airfoil edge to a uniform height. The method also includes clamping the first block and the second block to the airfoil forming a cavity with the cavity surfaces and the airfoil edge. The method also includes filling the cavity with a metal including metallurgically bonding the metal to the airfoil.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2016
    Assignee: Caterpillar Inc.
    Inventor: Thierry Andre Marchione
  • Patent number: 9381594
    Abstract: A method for laser cladding a material onto a surface of a machine component using a laser scanning head with laser scanning optics is disclosed. The method includes forming a molten bead of cladding material by directing a beam with the laser scanning optics over a bead scan on the machine component. The method also includes directing the beam with the laser scanning optics over a secondary scan on the machine component, the secondary scan being offset from the bead scan at a predetermined distance on the machine component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2016
    Assignee: Caterpillar Inc.
    Inventors: Kegan Luick, Thierry Andre Marchione, Justin Curtis Embrey, Daniel Cavanaugh, Waylon Scott Walker
  • Publication number: 20160179062
    Abstract: A data management system for a machine is disclosed. The data management system may include a removable control device connectable to the machine and configured to generate control signals for the machine based on operator movement of the removable control device. The removable control device may have a memory module. The data management system may further include an onboard controller in communication with the memory module of the removable control device when the removable control device is connected to the machine. The controller may be configured to communicate data with the memory module.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 17, 2014
    Publication date: June 23, 2016
    Applicant: Caterpillar Inc.
    Inventor: THIERRY ANDRE MARCHIONE
  • Publication number: 20150122783
    Abstract: A method for laser cladding a material onto a surface of a machine component using a laser scanning head with laser scanning optics is disclosed. The method includes forming a molten bead of cladding material by directing a beam with the laser scanning optics over a bead scan on the machine component. The method also includes directing the beam with the laser scanning optics over a secondary scan on the machine component, the secondary scan being offset from the bead scan at a predetermined distance on the machine component.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 4, 2013
    Publication date: May 7, 2015
    Applicant: CATERPILLAR INC.
    Inventors: Kegan Luick, Thierry Andre Marchione, Justin Curtis Embrey, Daniel Cavanaugh, Waylon Scott Walker
  • Publication number: 20140334936
    Abstract: A method for repairing a rotor wheel including an airfoil using a blade repair assembly is disclosed. The blade repair assembly includes a first block and a second block, each including a contact surface with a shape of at least a portion of the airfoil and a cavity surface adjacent the contact surface. The method includes pre-machining an airfoil edge to a uniform height. The method also includes clamping the first block and the second block to the airfoil forming a cavity with the cavity surfaces and the airfoil edge. The method also includes filling the cavity with a metal including metallurgically bonding the metal to the airfoil.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 10, 2013
    Publication date: November 13, 2014
    Applicant: CATERPILLAR INC.
    Inventor: Thierry Andre Marchione