Methods Patents (Class 100/35)
  • Patent number: 11428247
    Abstract: The subject matter of this specification can be embodied in, among other things, a controller apparatus that includes a digital controller configured to provide a digital position signal based on a setpoint and a differential analog feedback signal, and a converter circuit configured to provide a differential analog electrohydraulic servo valve position control signal based on the digital position signal, and provide the differential analog feedback signal based on the differential analog electrohydraulic servo valve position control signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2022
    Assignee: Woodward, Inc.
    Inventors: Bryan R. Haack, Sharwari Kulkarni
  • Patent number: 11312026
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for vacuum handling of composite parts. One embodiment is a method for picking up, placing, and compacting an object. The method includes covering a part of an object with an impermeable membrane, applying a negative pressure via an end effector that is sufficient to offset any air leaks between a first portion of the impermeable membrane and the object, thereby forming a suction hold that secures the object to the impermeable membrane, and transporting the object to a rigid tool while the suction hold is retained. The method further comprises applying a negative pressure via the end effector that offsets air leaks between a second portion of the impermeable membrane and the rigid tool, thereby forming a suction hold that compacts the object to the rigid tool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2022
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Luis Felipe Velasquez, Allen James Halbritter, Daniel Johnson
  • Patent number: 11281175
    Abstract: A wireless control module includes: a main control module, a live wire connection/disconnection detection module, a wireless communication module and a control switch. The live wire connection/disconnection detection module is configured to detect a connection/disconnection state of a live wire coupled to a flash switch in series, and the flash switch is in a switch-off state when being pressed by external force and in a switch-on state when not being pressed by the external force. The wireless communication module is configured to receive a wireless control message and upload a current state of a powered device, and the wireless control message is configured to control an on/off state of the powered device. The main control module is configured to generate a control instruction for changing the current state of the powered device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2022
    Assignee: Beijing Xiaomi Mobile Software Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Huijun Wang
  • Patent number: 11280186
    Abstract: Methods for determining the hardness and/or ductility of a material by compression of the material are provided as a first aspect of the invention. Typically, compression is performed on multiple sides of a geologic material sample in a contemporaneous manner. Devices and systems for performing such methods also are provided. These methods, devices, and systems can be combined with additional methods, devices, and systems of the invention that provide for the analysis of compounds contained in such samples, which can indicate the presence of valuable materials, such as petroleum-associated hydrocarbons. Alternatively, these additional methods, devices, and systems can also stand independently of the methods, devices, and systems for analyzing ductility and/or hardness of materials.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2022
    Inventor: Michael Smith
  • Patent number: 11020926
    Abstract: A voltage signal adaptor includes a housing, a die cable extending outward from the housing and terminating at a die cable end engageable with a manufacturing die comprising one or more die sensors, and a cable receptacle communicatively coupled to the die cable. The cable receptacle is engageable with a bolster cable of a machine press communicatively coupled to a press line programmable logic controller. The voltage signal adaptor further includes a step down power supply positioned between and communicatively coupled to the cable receptacle and the die cable and one or more signal conversion switches positioned between and communicatively coupled to the cable receptacle and the die cable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2021
    Assignee: Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc.
    Inventors: Dale A. Lewis, Edward F. Flaga, Ralph H. Gibbs
  • Patent number: 10961049
    Abstract: A trolley system for collecting and compacting rubbish in a vehicle has a trolley housing with two chambers formed therein with respective housing openings and a rubbish compacting device. The first and second chambers, and the first and second housing openings are arranged concentrically along a main direction of extent of the housing upper side or of the housing base. The openings are arranged above the second chamber. A sliding surface is arranged below the first opening and extends from an edge of the first opening, which edge is directed towards the second opening, to an edge of the first chamber, which edge is directed towards the second chamber. The compacting device arranged above the first chamber is designed to move a pressing plate between a starting position close to the housing upper side to a position lowered in the direction of the housing base to compact rubbish within the first chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2021
    Inventors: Marc Spille, Matthias Reiss, Norbert Kaufeld, Heinrich Hölscher
  • Patent number: 10922647
    Abstract: At the time of manufacture of medical items that are to be consumed during patient care, a unique identification number is assigned to each item and the number is encoded in an RFID tag attached to the item. The manufacturer registers the unique identification number for each individual medical item in a Unique Device Identification (UDI) Serialized Tracking Database. The UDI Serialized Tracking Database maps each unique identification number to each item's UDI number that has been assigned by the Food and Drug Administration. As each item is consumed during medical treatment and its cost is billed to payers, the unique identification number of the item is reported and verified. This provides for detection of certain types of fraud in the dispensing of medical items by validating that necessary supplies were actually used during patient care.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2021
    Assignee: DeRoyal Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Brian C. DeBusk, Joe L. Smith, Mary E. Kaylor, Michael R. McBee
  • Patent number: 10870171
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a method for defining a sequence of relative positionings of a laser head 1 in relation to a part for the machining of a texture etched on the two-dimensional or three-dimensional surface 7 of the part modelled by a 3D meshing, comprising: a step 100 of definition of N machining layers intended to be performed in succession, a step 200 of definition, for each machining layer, of patches intended to be each machined from a single position of the laser head 1, comprising closed patches 15, the boundary of which is not affected by the laser ray 2, a step 300 of validation of the closed patches 15, successively from the machining layer 1 to the machining layer N. Open patches whose boundary is affected by the laser ray 2 being defined for any areas which could not be machined from validated closed patches 15. Optionally, the method also comprises a step 400 of merging of the validated closed patches 15 into groups 50 of patches.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 22, 2020
    Inventors: David Conseil, Charles Eric Laporte
  • Patent number: 10785919
    Abstract: A system and method are provided for controlling the orientation of a bale discharged from an agricultural round baler according to the position of the discharge gate. When the bale reaches the desired orientation inside the bale forming chamber, such as when a segment or the cut end of the bale wrap is within a desired angular position, an electro-hydraulic control valve is activated, manually or automatically, to actuate the gate cylinders to open the gate, thereby stopping bale rotation and discharging the bale in the desired orientation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2020
    Assignee: Deere & Company
    Inventor: Timothy J. Kraus
  • Patent number: 10687473
    Abstract: A grass management system includes a prohibition determination circuit and a baler. The prohibition determination circuit is configured to determine a prohibition position. The baler is configured to acquire the prohibition position from the prohibition determination circuit, and eject a bale of grass at a position except for the prohibition position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: KUBOTA CORPORATION
    Inventors: Ryo Kurata, Susumu Umemoto, Yoshitomo Fujimoto, Shinnosuke Ishikawa
  • Patent number: 10675805
    Abstract: Electrically powered crimp tools are described. Also described are methods of operating the tools and methods of crimping. The tools include a housing, an electric motor, a roller screw assembly, and a jaw assembly. In particular versions of the tools the jaw assembly includes a cam linkage member that is manually displaced by a user to more easily open the jaws after performing a crimp.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: RIDGE TOOL COMPANY
    Inventors: Marc Lütolf, Sean Alan Davis, Richard M. Kundracik
  • Patent number: 10449646
    Abstract: A pressing device for a machine tool for processing or machining workpieces made of wood or plastics is provided with at least one support with a counter wedge surface. At least one pressing element is fastened to the at least one support. At least one wedge clamping device is provided that has at least one wedge pressure member with a first wedge surface that is resting on the counter wedge surface of the at least one support. The at least one wedge clamping device also has at least one adjusting element acting on the at least one wedge pressure member. The at least one wedge clamping device clamps the at least one pressing element on the at least one support. A machine tool with such a pressing device is provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2019
    Assignee: Michael Weinig AG
    Inventors: Rainer Gramlich, Walter Rapp, Ralf Wagner
  • Patent number: 10213820
    Abstract: A press molding method of this disclosure includes: disposing a plurality of inner peripheral molding dies inside an outer shape cutting molding die having an annular cross section, the outer shape cutting molding die being configured to press-mold an identical outer shape member from a base material formed of a metal plate, the identical outer shape member having an outer shape identical to a final-shaped member, the inner peripheral molding dies being configured to press-mold all through-holes and all unevenness disposed on the final-shaped member to the base material or the identical outer shape member; and shifting all timings of press moldings to the base material and the identical outer shape member with the outer shape cutting molding die and the plurality of inner peripheral molding dies to one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: SHIROKI CORPORATION
    Inventor: Junichi Higashi
  • Patent number: 10081151
    Abstract: Highly accurate press working is performed while responding to mechanical alteration due to thermal expansion. Prior to a series of processing to a workpiece, a servomotor control unit moves a slide to a stop position, and a sensing value detecting unit detects a sensing value of a sensing element at the stop position of the slide, and stores the detected sensing value. Then, in the series of processing, the sensing value detecting unit detects a sensing value of the sensing element at the stop position of the slide, and stores the detected sensing value in the processing sensing value storing unit. A correction value calculating unit calculates a correction value based on the two store values, and a servomotor control unit controls the servomotor based on the detected slide position, the slide position that has been set, and the correction value calculated by the correction value calculating unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2018
    Assignee: Janome Sewing Machine Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Shinji Suzuki
  • Patent number: 10038179
    Abstract: According to one embodiment, a method for producing an electrode, includes applying tensile force. The electrode includes a strip current collector, a current collector exposed portion, and an active material-containing layer. In the applying tensile force, arranging a strip electrode plate on a roller including a step portion and a recessed portion such that the current collector exposed portion is positioned on the step portion and the active material-containing layer is positioned on the recessed portion, and then applying tensile force to the strip electrode plate in a longitudinal direction of the strip electrode plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2018
    Assignee: KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOSHIBA
    Inventors: Takashi Kobayashi, Hideaki Morishima, Masaomi Nakahata, Kazuhiko Mori, Ikuo Uematsu
  • Patent number: 9977408
    Abstract: To provide a control device and control method capable of preventing overheating of both a master shaft and slave shaft. A control device for machine tools includes a master-shaft motor drive part, a slave-shaft motor drive part and a numerical control part that sends a master-shaft operation command to the master-shaft motor drive part, in which the master-shaft motor drive part drives the master-shaft motor based on the master-shaft operation command received from the numerical control part, the slave-shaft motor drive part drives the slave-shaft motor so as to synchronize with the master-shaft motor based on position feedback information received from the master-shaft motor, and the numerical control part creates the master-shaft operation command to change operation so as to restrict output of the master-shaft motor, upon the temperature of the master-shaft motor exceeding a first predetermined value, or the temperature of the slave-shaft motor exceeding a second predetermined value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: FANUC CORPORATION
    Inventor: Yuuki Morita
  • Patent number: 9809143
    Abstract: Cargo of rectangular bales 22 of switchgrass or miscanthus unchopped stalks having a cargo payload density of between 14.6 and 20.5 lb/ft3, loaded on a semitrailer truck 16, and preferably having an energy value of at least 240 million Btu.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2017
    Assignee: Forest Concepts, LLC
    Inventors: Christopher J. Lanning, James H. Dooley, David N. Lanning, James L. Fridley
  • Patent number: 9756789
    Abstract: A baling device to form bales of crop material, including a frame, an intake device, a bale forming device for forming a bale of the crop material, the bale forming device including at least one endless belt to delimit a baling chamber, and a number of guiding elements to guide the endless belt, the outlet of the intake device is located at a fixed position with respect to the frame, and at least three guiding elements are movably mounted with respect to the outlet of the intake device to position for subsequent bales different pairs of two guiding elements of the at least three movable guiding elements at the opposite sides of the outlet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2017
    Assignee: LELY PATENT N.V.
    Inventor: Willem Jacobus Reijersen van Buuren
  • Patent number: 9283636
    Abstract: There is described a joining device (1) comprising a stamp which can be moved up and down between a lower working position and an upper loading position. For example a hot embossing film (14) and a substrate (13) arranged under the hot embossing film (14) can be arranged between the stamp and the support table (12). The support table (12) is mounted pivotably about two pivot axes which are perpendicular to each other and which are perpendicular to the axis of movement of the stamp (11) and is pivotable by means of adjusting devices (18) about the two pivot axes, wherein the stamp (11) forms a rigid support in the working position. Alternatively the stamp (11) is mounted pivotably about two pivot axes which are perpendicular to each other and which are perpendicular to the axis of movement of the stamp (11) and is pivotable by means of adjusting devices (18) about the two pivot axes, wherein the support table (12) forms a rigid support in the working position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2016
    Assignee: LEONHARD KURZ STIFTUNG & CO. KG
    Inventor: Reinhard Bieber
  • Patent number: 9021946
    Abstract: Provided is a press machine for driving a slide by a motor, including a control device for controlling driving of the motor, in which the press machine has a press capacity which can be variably controlled by using field control for the motor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2015
    Assignee: Aida Engineering, Ltd.
    Inventors: Hiroshi Nagase, Yasuhiko Tanaka, Kenji Suzuki, Hiroaki Yoshida
  • Publication number: 20150114240
    Abstract: A sod harvester comprising a sod roll accumulator squeeze device configured to compact a sod roll while it is on a horizontal conveyor before it is picked up and moved by a sod carrier from a first location on the horizontal conveyor to a second location. The sod roll accumulator squeeze device is pivotally attached to a frame and controlled by a hydraulic cylinder that moves the accumulator squeeze device between an up position and a down position. The present invention is also a method of compacting a sod roll while it is at a first location on a horizontal conveyor of a sod harvester before it is moved by a sod carrier to a second location, the method comprising providing an accumulator squeeze device that is pivotally attached to a frame and configured to compact the sod roll from the rear end of the sod harvester.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 26, 2013
    Publication date: April 30, 2015
    Applicant: Trebro Holding, Inc.
    Inventor: Daniel Sammut
  • Patent number: 9010240
    Abstract: A square baler includes a control system having a closed loop mode of operation in which at least one of the volume of the feeder duct and the threshold pressure of the pressure sensor is varied automatically to maintain the capacity parameter within one of a plurality of desired capacity ranges. The desired capacity range is selected by the control system in such a manner as to maintain the width of each slice in the finished bale within predetermined limits.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: CNH Industrial America LLC
    Inventors: Bart M. A. Missotten, Niklaas G. C. Monteyne, Didier Verhaeghe
  • Patent number: 9003965
    Abstract: Method of baling switchgrass whole stalks into square bales at bulk densities between 12.5 and 20.5 lbs/ft3, optimized for highway transport after dry down to maximize semi-trailer truck payloads.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignee: Forest Concepts, LLC
    Inventors: David N. Lanning, James H. Dooley, Christopher J. Lanning, James L. Fridley
  • Patent number: 9003964
    Abstract: An apparatus for forming bundles of printed products includes a lift element that moves vertically inside a holding area. The printed products are deposited on the lift element when the lift element is in an upper position. The lift moves the deposited printed products downward into the holding area so that the printed products are in position to subsequently be compressed into a bundle by pressing the printed products with an upward movement against a pressing element. The lift transports the compressed bundle to a lower position in the holding area where the lift element moves out of the holding area to a position in which the bundle is released to drop onto a support element. The lift element thereafter is moveable from the lower position to the upper position for the depositing of additional printed products. An ejection element conveys the compressed bundle out of the holding area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignee: Mueller Martini Holdings AG
    Inventors: André Roth, Roman Wyss
  • Publication number: 20150096449
    Abstract: A hay press configured to generally (i) receive hay bales; (ii) cut the twine holding the hay bales together; (iii) move, by weight, a pre-established amount of hay into a compression chamber; (iv) compress the pre-established amount of hay into a package of pre-established size; and (v) eject and wrap the compressed package of hay for shipping. The hay press includes a (i) loading table and destacker; (ii) twine slicer; (iii) loading compartment; (iv) loading hydraulic press and platen; (v) infeed forks; (vi) compression chamber; (vii) scale; (viii) compression chamber door; (ix) hydraulic compression ram and platen; (x) hydraulic ejection press and platen; and (xi) ejection chute. An optional conveyor system may operate in conjunction with the hay press to transport loose hay having fallen during operation of the hay press to a loose hay loading chamber.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 21, 2014
    Publication date: April 9, 2015
    Inventor: Harker Joseph
  • Patent number: 8997642
    Abstract: A device for compacting a contoured elongate composite layup includes flexible first and second fiber reinforced resin flexible sections flexible along their lengths. The first section is flexible within a first plane and the second section is flexible within the first plane as well as within a second plane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Samuel Ray Stewart, Paul James Ballow
  • Publication number: 20150090132
    Abstract: A hydraulic extrusion press includes at least one ram, the ram being driven by hydraulic oil from a main line and a hydraulic control pressure being used to control the extrusion press. To minimize non-productive periods, the control pressure is also supplied to the main line. The main line and the pressure control system are connected with one another on the pressure side.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 10, 2013
    Publication date: April 2, 2015
    Applicant: SMS Meer GmbH
    Inventor: Klaus Poggenpohl
  • Publication number: 20150093488
    Abstract: A device for forming portions of food is proposed, comprising a hydraulic press. rne press has at least one hydraulic pressure generator and at least two actuators, wherein each of the actuators comprises a working cylinder and the working cylinders are hydraulically connected. It is preferably provided that a die has at least two separate receptacles for receiving portions of food. The receptacles interact with respective pressing tools, and the pressing tools can in each case be moved by means of an actuator, in particular by means of a pressing ram.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 12, 2012
    Publication date: April 2, 2015
    Applicant: NIENSTEDT GMBH
    Inventors: Michael Gutmann, Petra Groneberg-Nienstedt
  • Publication number: 20150083002
    Abstract: A hydraulic press and a method for operating the press in cycles. The aim is to lower energy consumption in a hydraulic press for shaping workpieces and a method thereof. Each cycle has at least one phase in which the storage pressure pS in the accumulator presses hydraulic fluid into a chamber of a hydraulic cylinder in order to move a ram relative to the cylinder, the ram being coupled to the cylinder. In at least one portion of each cycle, a hydraulic pump driven by a motor delivers hydraulic fluid to the accumulator at a charging volume flow rate. The storage pressure pS is adjusted to a reference value PSOLL by setting the speed of the motor to a nominal motor speed nN and to at least one intermediate value nZ, where 0<nZ<nN.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 7, 2013
    Publication date: March 26, 2015
    Applicant: Dieffenbacher GmbH Maschinen- und Anlagenbau
    Inventors: Matthias Graf, Bernd Bodenstein, Manfred Maier
  • Publication number: 20150068414
    Abstract: A detection unit for detecting a data row of a press position and a load at the press position; an input/storage unit for storing at least a load value serving as references for determining stop or judge; a calculation unit of the value of the slope of the load for calculating the value of the slope of the load based on the press position and the load at the press position detected; a calculation unit of the value of the slope of the slope of the load for calculating the value of the slope of the slope of the load based on the calculated value of the slope of the load; and a determination unit for comparing the calculated value of the slope of the slope of the load with the values serving as the references to determine stop or judge are provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 29, 2014
    Publication date: March 12, 2015
    Inventors: Masahiko Nakano, Kenichiro Hiruma
  • Publication number: 20150068413
    Abstract: A detection unit for detecting a data row of a press position and a load at the press position; an input/storage unit for inputting and storing a value serving as a reference for determining a bend point in a relation between the press position and the load at the press position; a data-row calculation unit for calculating a data row of a press position and a load at a constant distance interval based on the data row of the press position and the load detected; a slope calculation unit for calculating a slope of the load based on the press position and the load at the press position detected; and a bend-point determination unit for determining a point, at which the calculated slope of the load exceeds the value serving as the reference for determining the bend point, as the bend point are provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 29, 2014
    Publication date: March 12, 2015
    Inventors: Shingo Takada, Kenichiro Hiruma
  • Publication number: 20150068412
    Abstract: A detection unit for detecting a press position and a load at the press position; an input/storage unit for inputting and storing a value serving as a reference for determining a bend point in a relation between the press position and the load at the press position; a slope calculation unit for calculating a slope of the load based on the press position and the load at the press position, which have been detected; and a bend-point determination unit for determining a point, at which the calculated slope of the load exceeds the value serving as the reference for determining the bend point, as the bend point are provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 29, 2014
    Publication date: March 12, 2015
    Applicant: JANOME SEWING MACHINE CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yumi Yanagi, Kenichiro Hiruma
  • Patent number: 8967040
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for compacting trash are disclosed. A disclosed example trash compacting system includes a trash receptacle, a collection bin, a compaction bin proximal to the collection bin, having a receiving opening to receive trash via the trash receptacle, and having an ejection opening through which compacted trash is ejected into the collection bin, and a compactor mechanism operatively coupled with the compaction bin to compact the trash within the compaction bin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Assignee: B/E Aerospace, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert J. Fritz, Michael T. Zimmerman, Jr., William Godecker
  • Publication number: 20150047517
    Abstract: A method of using data on the force flow in a press for the operation of a plunger, wherein the loads of the parts involved in the force flow can differ as a result of eccentrically operating forces, in such a way that the data about the respectively acting forces that, in accordance with Hooke's law, cause an extension or compression of a movement of the parts involved in the force flow, is measured and evaluated in relation to a drive device and a position of the plunger, whereupon a skewed position of the plunger is permitted or a skewed position of the plunger is counteracted or a skewed position of the plunger is set during operation of the press.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 15, 2013
    Publication date: February 19, 2015
    Applicant: Schuler Pressen GMBH
    Inventor: Thomas Spiesshofer
  • Publication number: 20150047516
    Abstract: A method and system for compacting waste materials in a collection container. The container can be a freestanding waste container, a self-container compaction container, or a container on a waste collection vehicle. A hydraulically operated compactor blade is positioned in the raised upper portion of the container with its bottom edge a distance above the floor. A platform with a hinged portion can be included to divide the container volume into two separate compartments in order to collect different types of waste materials.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 16, 2013
    Publication date: February 19, 2015
    Inventor: Richard T. Williams
  • Patent number: 8955430
    Abstract: An apparatus for compacting a divided material is disclosed. The apparatus comprises a chamber. The chamber includes an opening at one end. A valve is positioned proximate the opening. The apparatus further includes a container capable of dispensing a divided material into the chamber. A plunger is configured to compact the material into the chamber when the valve is closed. The plunger is also capable of pushing the compacted material through the opening and out of the chamber when the valve is open. A process and system for metering a material are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2015
    Assignee: Baker Hughes Incorporated
    Inventors: Aladain Joseph LeBlanc, Donald Ray Wade
  • Publication number: 20150040943
    Abstract: A one time use cleansing device for inhibiting catheter associated urinary tract infections. An absorbent body includes a plurality of fingerlings extending outwardly from a front side of the absorbent body. First and second wings extend from a back side of the absorbent body. One or more liquid containing frangible vials are disposed between the first and second wings such that squeezing the wings together causes the vials to rupture, thereby releasing the contents of the vials into the absorbent body. The absorbent body and/or the one or more vials contain a cleansing agent of castile soap and tea tree oil designed to aid in the inhibition and/or prevention of catheter associated urinary tract infections (CAUTIs).
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 6, 2014
    Publication date: February 12, 2015
    Inventor: Susan V. DUNN
  • Publication number: 20150033960
    Abstract: A compacting apparatus (1) for compacting receptacles has at least one advancing device (2) for conveying a receptacle (G) in a conveying direction (E) to an exit opening (6) of the compacting apparatus (1). The at least one advancing device (2) is configured to act on the receptacle (G) for compacting during conveying. A flap device (5) has an adjustable retaining flap (50) that closes the exit opening (6) in a closed position so that a receptacle (G) conveyed against the retaining flap (50) by the at least one advancing device (2) is retained on the retaining flap (50). The retaining flap (50) is adjustable out of the closed position to release the exit opening (6).
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 30, 2014
    Publication date: February 5, 2015
    Inventors: Axel Fischer, Matthias Neuland, Patrick Rhein, Stephan Springsguth
  • Publication number: 20150027325
    Abstract: System and method of determining the load on an element of the drive system of a plunger of an agricultural baler, and to use thereof for controlling such balers. A value representative of an estimate of the load on an element of the drive system of the plunger is determined, based on combining an obtained value representative of the load on the plunger with obtained position information of the drive element relative to the plunger.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Publication date: January 29, 2015
    Inventors: Xavier G.J.M. Bonte, Frederik Tallir
  • Publication number: 20150013554
    Abstract: Devices and methods for storing and dispensing herbs can incorporate a container, a cap and an insert. The container has an opening extending from a proximal to an opposing distal end. An interior wall of the container is threaded at least a portion of its longitudinal length. The cap is releasably coupleable with the distal end. The insert, which is engaged with the proximal end, has a handle at one end and a head at an opposing end. The head of the insert is threadedly coupled to the interior wall of the container such that rotation of the handle results in movement longitudinally along the container. As a result, rotation of the handle when the head and the cap are coupled to the container results in compression of herbs or the like; and further rotation of the handle when the cap is removed results in the herb being forced out of the container.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 3, 2014
    Publication date: January 15, 2015
    Inventors: David A. Holcomb, Matthew Krus
  • Publication number: 20150007735
    Abstract: The present invention provides a means for compressing paper stack height and method for controlling paper stack height, the means mainly comprising at least one pressurizer and at least one elevator, the elevator being allowed for adjusting up/down position of the pressurizer on the basis of paper stack height of paper product, correspondingly, the pressurizer in the adjusted position being allowed for pressurizing each paper product, in turn, by means of a pressure plate, in such a way that paper stack height of each paper product may be compressed into a predetermined height. Then, the paper stack height of each manufactured paper product may be controlled to be uniform, so as to stabilize production condition of paper products. Thus, not only manufacturing quality of paper product may be enhanced, but also probability of failure in the production equipment may be reduced.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 15, 2013
    Publication date: January 8, 2015
    Applicant: CHAN LI MACHINERY CO., LTD.
    Inventor: CHI PIN HSU
  • Publication number: 20150007736
    Abstract: An aircraft collapsing device that collapses an aircraft fuselage inward includes: a gate-shaped shell which covers a circumference of both sides and an upper portion of a fuselage of an aircraft body from which horizontal wings and a vertical wing have been decoupled, a wedge-shaped pressing member that is mounted to an upper portion of the shell to press at least one portion of a circumference of at least one of annular frames juxtaposed in a longitudinal direction of the fuselage toward a center of the fuselage, a pair of sidewall pressing members that is mounted to both sides of the shell to press the fuselage simultaneously from two directions crossing a pressing direction of the wedge-shaped pressing member at the center of the fuselage after pressing by the wedge-shaped pressing member, and a moving unit that moves the fuselage of the aircraft and the shell relative to one another.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 3, 2013
    Publication date: January 8, 2015
    Applicant: KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOWANI
    Inventor: Yoshiaki Takakura
  • Publication number: 20150000540
    Abstract: A compacting apparatus including: a compression plate, a piston having a surface facing the compression plate, and a drive mechanism configured to alternately move the piston towards and away from the compression plate such that an object may be compacted between the compression plate and said surface of the piston, wherein the drive mechanism can be positioned inside or partly outside the piston. Also, a reverse vending machine comprising such a compacting apparatus, use of such a compacting apparatus, and a method of compacting objects.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 7, 2013
    Publication date: January 1, 2015
    Inventors: Terje Dehli, Lars Alfred Bech, Thomas Östby
  • Patent number: 8904926
    Abstract: A hay press configured to generally (i) receive hay bales; (ii) cut the twine holding the hay bales together; (iii) move, by weight, a pre-established amount of hay into a compression chamber; (iv) compress the pre-established amount of hay into a package of pre-established size; and (v) eject and wrap the compressed package of hay for shipping. The hay press includes a (i) loading table and destacker; (ii) twine slicer; (iii) loading compartment; (iv) loading hydraulic press and platen; (v) infeed forks; (vi) compression chamber; (vii) scale; (viii) compression chamber door; (ix) hydraulic compression ram and platen; (x) hydraulic ejection press and platen; and (xi) ejection chute. An optional conveyor system may operate in conjunction with the hay press to transport loose hay having fallen during operation of the hay press to a loose hay loading chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2014
    Inventor: Joseph Harker
  • Publication number: 20140345481
    Abstract: A sensor detects a characteristic of accumulated crop material and a controller manipulates the speed of a baling chamber in response thereto. The speed of a baling chamber of a variable speed baler is manipulated in response to a characteristic of an accumulated crop material. For example, the height of accumulated crop material in an accumulation area may be detected and the speed of the baling chamber manipulated in response thereto. The rate of growth of the bale may also be determined and used in manipulating the speed of the baling chamber.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 24, 2012
    Publication date: November 27, 2014
    Applicant: AGCO Corporation
    Inventors: Brian Olander, Maynard Herron
  • Patent number: 8881647
    Abstract: A method of reducing the volume of a non-returnable blow-molded brewery-specific beer keg and other non-returnable containers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2014
    Assignee: KHS GmbH
    Inventors: Alois Monzel, Thomas Stienen
  • Publication number: 20140318390
    Abstract: A press for pressing workpieces can have a) at least two pressing tools and at least one slide that performs working movements with an associated working stroke, b) at least one hydraulic slide drive unit for the slide, which separates a first sub-chamber and a second sub-chamber of a working chamber, and c) at least one slide position measurement device. Additionally, the press can include d) at least one medium reservoir, e) at least one first hydraulic delivery device connected to the first sub-chamber and to the medium reservoir, and f) at least one second hydraulic delivery device. The press can further include g) at least one controllable hydraulic valve, and h) a control device that checks the volumetric flows, pressures, and flow direction of hydraulic medium as a function of the measured slide position and stored or desired movement profiles of the slide and/or of input information from users.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 2, 2012
    Publication date: October 30, 2014
    Inventors: Lothar Bauersachs, Herbert Ruger
  • Publication number: 20140318391
    Abstract: A baler having an adjusting mechanism, for setting the upper end of the upper wall in a predetermined position, and the lower end of the upper wall is designed to pivot around an axis near the entry point of the feeder into the lower end of the upper wall, such that the cross section of the feeder duct is variable.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 16, 2012
    Publication date: October 30, 2014
    Inventors: Didier O.M. Verhaeghe, Jonas Van Den Broucke, Jolan Heyns
  • Patent number: 8869689
    Abstract: A production system has at least one mechanical press driven at least in part by a flywheel powered by a first motor. The system further includes a second motor which is a servo motor. The power of the first motor powering the flywheel is arranged controlled by a control unit dependent on a function of the power of at least one second motor, the servo motor. In this way, the peak power of at least the first and the second motor may be limited. A method for operating the system and a computer program are also contemplated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2014
    Assignee: ABB Research Ltd.
    Inventor: Sjoerd Bosga
  • Publication number: 20140311364
    Abstract: A method of determining the rotative position of an industrial roll includes: (a) providing a rotating industrial roll having a longitudinal axis, the industrial roll having mounted on one end thereof an accelerometer, the industrial roll further including a plurality of sensors; (b) determining a pre-trigger angular position of the roll based on a first gravity vector provided by the accelerometer; then (c) determining a trigger angular position of the roll based on a second gravity vector provided by the accelerometer, the magnitude of the second gravity vector differing from the magnitude of the first gravity vector by more than the magnitude of a typical noise signal; and (d) gathering data from the sensors after the roll has passed the trigger angular position; and (e) matching the data gathered in step (d) with a respective sensor of the plurality of sensors based on the determination of the trigger angular position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 17, 2014
    Publication date: October 23, 2014
    Applicant: Stowe Woodward Licensco, LLC
    Inventor: Clifford Bruce Cantrell