Longitudinally Seamed Patents (Class 138/156)
  • Patent number: 10790650
    Abstract: A conduit routing system for easily and efficiently routing, concealing, and securing conduits along a structure. The conduit routing system generally includes a channel member adapted to be secured against a structure such as a wall. The channel member may include a channel in which conduits may be secured and routed. The channel member may include a pair of connectors; each including an inner receiver slot and an outer receiver slot. A cover may be secured to the channel member by engaging with the outer receiver slots. A securing member for retaining the conduits within the channel member may be secured to the channel member by engaging with the inner receiver slots. Connector strips such as double-sided tape may additionally secure the cover to the channel member. A number of different couplers may be utilized which are secured over the channel member and the cover.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2020
    Assignee: Icenine Industries, LLC
    Inventor: Dean M. Faith
  • Patent number: 10711763
    Abstract: A wind-turbine rotor blade having a rotor blade portion which comprises an inner rotor blade portion with a first end having a plurality of fastening units for fastening to a hub of a wind turbine and a second end having a flange for fastening further portions of the wind-turbine rotor blade, wherein the inner rotor blade portion is produced from polymer concrete, wherein the rotor blade portion has a plurality of resin-impregnated fiber-composite laid scrims or rovings which are wound around the inner rotor blade portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: Wobben Properties GmbH
    Inventor: Alexander Hoffmann
  • Patent number: 10486212
    Abstract: Spiral forming devices, systems, and methods can be used to join edges of a of a stock material, in a curved configuration, along one or more joints to form tubular structures, such as conical and/or cylindrical structures (e.g., frusto-conical structures). A planar form of the stock material can be formed from a plurality planar sheets coupled to one another in an abutting relationship. By controlling relative orientation and shapes of the plurality of planar sheets forming the stock material and/or by controlling a position of a roll bender used to curve the planar form of the stock material into the curved configuration, the curved configuration of the stock material can be controlled through transitions between sheets to facilitate rolling the sheets to a desired diameter with a reduced likelihood of dimples or other errors and to facilitate fit up between adjacent sheets in the curved configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Assignee: Keystone Tower Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Rosalind K. Takata, Loren Daniel Bridgers, Eric D. Smith
  • Patent number: 10403249
    Abstract: An interchangeable drum slip that may be quickly installed to change the appearance of a drum and to provide protection to the drum shell. The drum slip is a rectangular piece of material that is pre-cut to precisely fit specific models of drums. Openings are cut into the material that correspond with hardware that is attached to the drum shell. A user installs the drum slip by placing the drum slip around the drum shell and securing the ends of the drum slip together. The openings in the drum slip fit over and around any hardware that is attached to the drum shell and any apertures formed in the drum shell. The ends of the drum slip are pulled together and secured with an adhesive. For some drums, the drum slip may be installed without disassembling any parts of the drum. For other drums, one or more drum heads and retaining hoops must be removed to install the drum slip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Inventor: Cassidy Howell Byars
  • Patent number: 10269471
    Abstract: A method and to an apparatus for producing a submarine cable containing a number of conductors, in particular energy conductors and/or data conductors, that are accommodated inside a cable-protecting pipe, is provided. The following method steps being carried out: a) providing the conductors and the cable-protecting sheath and conveying the same into a common assembly region; b) bringing the conductors and the cable-protecting pipe together; c) opening the separating slit in the cable-protecting pipe such that an insertion opening of the open separating slit is formed; e) holding the open separating slit open; f) inserting the conductors into the cable-protecting pipe through the insertion opening in the open separating slit; and g) releasing the open separating slit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: SIEMENS GAMESA RENEWABLE ENERGY A/S
    Inventor: Johnny Soerensen
  • Patent number: 10201841
    Abstract: Spiral forming devices, systems, and methods can be used to join edges of a of a stock material, in a curved configuration, along one or more joints to form tubular structures, such as conical and/or cylindrical structures (e.g., frusto-conical structures). A planar form of the stock material can be formed from a plurality planar sheets coupled to one another in an abutting relationship. By controlling relative orientation and shapes of the plurality of planar sheets forming the stock material and/or by controlling a position of a roll bender used to curve the planar form of the stock material into the curved configuration, the curved configuration of the stock material can be controlled through transitions between sheets to facilitate rolling the sheets to a desired diameter with a reduced likelihood of dimples or other errors and to facilitate fit up between adjacent sheets in the curved configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Assignee: Keystone Tower Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Rosalind K. Takata, Loren Daniel Bridgers, Eric D. Smith
  • Patent number: 10204714
    Abstract: A sheathing for an elongated product, including an electrical cable set, having a foldable, wrappable, arching or bendable carrier having a middle region provided for lying against the elongated product and is delimited on both sides by an edge region. In order to ensure an attachment, which can be carried out with reduced effort during the mounting of the sheathed product, at least one hole is located in each edge region, wherein a hole in the one edge region is associated with a hole in the other edge region, such that the holes coincide by a folding of the carrier along or parallel to a main axis (X-X) that extends through the middle region of the carrier, or by an arching or bending of the carrier about an axis (Y-Y) parallel to the main axis (X-X).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Assignee: Coroplast Fritz Müller GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Marcus Söhngen, Christoph Frigge, Anastasios Sarakasidis
  • Patent number: 10183629
    Abstract: Embodiments are directed to a cable harness. The cable harness may include a female connector, a male connector, main wires, and branch wires. The female connector and the male connector may each comply with a Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) J1962 standard and may each have a plurality of pins. Each of the main wires may electrically couple a respective one of the pins of the male connector to a corresponding respective one of the pins of the female connector. Each of the branch wires may electrically couple to a respective one of the main wires via a respective T-splice. A first pair of the branch wires may provide a branch connection to a first Controller Area Network (CAN) bus wire combination. A second pair of the branch wires may provide a branch connection to a second CAN bus wire combination.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Assignee: Paul Stotts
    Inventor: Paul Stotts
  • Patent number: 10128643
    Abstract: A flexible, electrically insulating insert fits in a slit of a split loom tube to substantially increase the electrical path length between cables contained within the split loom tubing and the outside environment to provide improved electrical resistance therebetween.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: Illinois Tool Works Inc.
    Inventor: Randy McDonald
  • Patent number: 10053886
    Abstract: A connection assembly for a tower of a wind turbine is provided. The connection assembly includes a first tower section segment having an inner surface spaced apart from an outer surface. A second tower section segment is positioned adjacent to the first tower section segment and includes an inner surface spaced apart from an outer surface. The first tower section segment and the second tower section segment define a vertically extending gap therebetween. A connector plate includes a first connector plate portion, a second connector plate portion spaced apart from the first connector plate portion, and a third connector plate portion positioned between the first connector plate portion and the second connector plate portion. The first connector plate portion couples to the first tower section segment. The second connector plate portion couples to the second tower section segment. The third connector plate portion extends through the vertically extending gap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2018
    Assignee: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
    Inventors: Sujan Kumar Pal, Biju Nanukuttan, Pranesh Attikodige Chandrashekhara
  • Patent number: 9997277
    Abstract: An indefectible cable comprises a cable jacket with cable cores arranged in an inner cavity thereof and a metal ring sleeved on an outer wall thereof. Both ends of the cable jacket are fixedly connected with an anti-extrusion device respectively, through which the cable cores are led out from through-holes. The anti-extrusion device has a metal housing with plastic lining. With the arrangement of a buffer device, the externally applied pressure on the cable is relieved to reduce the damage thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Assignee: CHONGQING YUFENG XINXIN WIRE & CABLE TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Lingguo Zeng, Zhijun Li
  • Patent number: 9949879
    Abstract: A method of forming a web includes directing a first discrete segment at a first speed to a first pick-up location. The first discrete segment is transferred from the first pick-up location to an application location using a first segment transfer device. A second discrete segment is directed to at a second speed to a second pick-up location. The second discrete segment is transferred from the second pick-up location to the application location using a second segment transfer device. The first and second discrete segments are attached to each other at the application location to form a web.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Assignee: KIMBERLY-CLARK WORLDWIDE, INC.
    Inventors: Adam Schoultz, Brian Rhodes
  • Patent number: 9869349
    Abstract: A plain bearing bushing is formed from a material strip, wherein a first joining end of the material strip has a projection and a second joining end has a recess interacting with the projection, a base side of the projection being oriented towards the first joining end. A bushing is to be provided that is designed to be more advantageous with respect to the production method, in particular during the forming process, and with respect to dimensional tolerance and long-term stability. This is achieved by a bushing with clamping elements in which the joining ends of the material strip are fixed both in axial direction and in circumferential direction of the bushing in a frictionally engaged and/or formfitting manner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Assignee: Federal-Mogul Wiesbaden GmbH
    Inventors: Stefan Rittmann, Klaus Kirchhof, Mateusz Michalski
  • Patent number: 9861212
    Abstract: An ice merchandiser includes a cabinet assembly including a base panel, a front panel, a rear panel, a right side panel, a left side panel, and a top panel. A first joint type is used to couple the rear panel to the base panel, the base panel to each of the right and left side panels, and the rear panel to each of the right and left side panels. A second joint type is used to couple the top panel to the right side panel, wherein the second joint type includes a slide channel structured to receive a flange of the right side panel and a flange of the top panel to couple the top panel to the right side panel. The first joint type differs from the second joint type, yet neither joint type utilizes a fastener or an adhesive.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2018
    Assignee: Leer, Inc.
    Inventors: Daniel J. Muth, Patrik Gorun
  • Patent number: 9631452
    Abstract: A mandrel for downhole isolation tools includes multiple composite pieces assembled about a common longitudinal axis at one or more common joint surfaces to form said mandrel, wherein each of said composite pieces is configured having a cross-sectional area less than the cross-sectional area of said mandrel, and an attachment mechanism configured to secure together said common joint surfaces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2017
    Assignee: QUANTUM COMPOSITES, INC.
    Inventors: Michael Dale Kiesel, Matthew Louis Kaczmarczyk, Roy B. Bendickson, Justin John McClure
  • Patent number: 9623474
    Abstract: A rolling-element bearing cage includes two axially spaced-apart side rings extending in a circumferential direction. Each side ring is split in the circumferential direction along at least one cutting line, thereby defining bordering surfaces on first and second bearing cage sections. A plurality of connecting bridges connects the side rings in an axial direction. First and second pairs of mutually-opposing first projections and corresponding first openings are disposed on the side rings along the bordering surfaces of the first and second bearing cage sections and fix the bordering surfaces to each other in at least first and second directions that are perpendicular to each other. A pair of a second projection and a corresponding second opening is disposed axially between the first and second pairs of first projections and first openings and fixes the bordering surfaces to each other in a third direction perpendicular to the first and second directions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2017
    Assignee: AKTIEBOLAGET SKF
    Inventor: Dieter Steblau
  • Patent number: 9411120
    Abstract: A multi-cable breakout assembly includes: a plurality of cables arranged in a rectangular array of M rows×N columns, wherein M and N are positive whole numbers greater than one; a first sleeve that encircles the plurality of cables; first and second ribbon members, the first ribbon member being threaded through the plurality of cables to separate the cables into M rows; and the second ribbon member being threaded through the plurality of cables to separate the cables into N columns; and a second sleeve that overlies an end of the first sleeve and the first and second ribbon members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2016
    Assignee: CommScope, Inc. of North Carolina
    Inventor: Charles T. Crain, Jr.
  • Patent number: 9212845
    Abstract: A casing of an outdoor unit includes support pillars, each of the support pillars having standing wall portions arranged along the up and down direction, and a top plate mounted on upper ends of the support pillars. Substantially horizontal abutment portions extending upward from at least a part of the standing wall portions and being brought into surface contact with a lower surface of the top plate in a state where the top plate is floated up from upper ends of the standing wall portions are provided in the upper end of each of the support pillars.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2015
    Assignee: DAIKIN INDUSTRIES, LTD.
    Inventors: Yuusuke Nakagawa, Mikio Kagawa, Shigeki Kamitani
  • Patent number: 9180702
    Abstract: A cylindrical shaft which is formed in a cylindrical shape by pressing process in a state in which a pair of ends are opposite to each other is disclosed. A joint is formed between the pair of ends, and includes a plurality of intersection portions extending in a direction intersecting with an axial direction of the cylindrical shaft, a first straight portion connecting the ends of one side each of the pair of adjacent intersection portions, and a second straight portion connecting the ends of the other sides of the pair of adjacent intersection portions and being shorter than the first straight portion. A distance between the pair of ends at the first straight portion is shorter than a distance between the pair of ends at the second straight portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2015
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Koichi Saito, Katsunori Ono, Kenji Ozawa
  • Patent number: 9040134
    Abstract: A process of producing profiles whose cross-section is variable in the longitudinal direction, characterized by the process stages of cutting a blank 31 with a substantially constant width along a longitudinal direction, deforming the blank 31 by deep-drawing to form an open profile whose cross-section is variable along the longitudinal direction, and cutting the flanges projecting from the open profile.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2015
    Assignee: Muhr und Bender KG
    Inventors: Andreas Hauger, Reiner Kopp, Christoph Wiedner
  • Patent number: 8993884
    Abstract: A wire theft deterrent system includes a first U-shaped portion and a second U-shaped portion for encapsulating wire in a riser that is associated with a telephone pole. The first and second U-shaped portions are both made of stainless steel, so as to be substantially resistant to saw blades and hammers. The first U-shaped portion and the second U-shaped portion are connected to one another by high-security fasteners, each of which passes through an aperture in a flange of the first U-shaped portion and a corresponding aperture in a flange of the second U-shaped portion. The high-security fasteners restrict access to the encapsulated wires, so as to deter wire theft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Assignee: Mt. Baker Cable, LLC
    Inventor: Dan R. Adams
  • Patent number: 8973619
    Abstract: A climate tube, in particular for aircraft, includes an inner layer and an outer layer of fiber composite plastic material. To achieve a high stiffness combined with a low weight and to achieve good thermal insulation properties, disposed between the inner layer and the outer layer is an at least almost completely circumferential honeycomb core, which is firmly connected to the inner layer the outer layer. The radial extent of the honeycomb core is large compared to the radial extent of the inner layer and the outer layer, and the mutually opposed longitudinal ends of the honeycomb core abut one another and are surrounded by a ply of fiber composite plastic material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2015
    Assignee: Airbus Operations GmbH
    Inventors: Roland Hoefle, Markus Roy, Hubert Stuetzle, Michael Straubing
  • Publication number: 20150027582
    Abstract: A profile is produced from a bent metal sheet surrounding an interior space by at least 360°, the longitudinal edges of said metal sheet being connected to respectively adjacent wall sections of the metal sheet. The longitudinal edges are separated from the respectively adjacent wall sections or longitudinal edges by spacers and are connected thereto in a form-fitting manner by fasteners such as screws, rivets, or the like.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 23, 2012
    Publication date: January 29, 2015
    Inventors: Alfred Seyr, Christian Hauser
  • Patent number: 8756953
    Abstract: The device according to the invention for the cooling of articles, comprising at least one channel which can be connected to a first coolant source such that a first stream of a first coolant can flow through the channel, the articles to be cooled being introducible into the stream, is distinguished in that at least one cross-sectional stabilizer for stabilizing the cross section of the at least one channel is formed. The device according to the invention advantageously allows the defined cooling of articles, in particular the freezing of drops of a liquid or pasty material, in particular of liquid or pasty foods. In particular, a deformation, such as warping, of the channels on account of pronounced temperature gradients and/or temperature transients is effectively reduced. Thus, even after cooling-down operations, uniform cooling conditions can be ensured.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2014
    Assignee: L'Air Liquide, Societe Anonyme pour l'Etude et l'Exploitation des Procedes Georges Claude
    Inventor: Robert Taylor
  • Patent number: 8720491
    Abstract: A tube liner for repairing a damaged or worn out auger tube or pneumatic conveyor tube. The tube liner includes an elongated liner body with a longitudinally extending gap and expandable seam assembly positioned in the gap. Once the liner is inserted into the auger tube or pneumatic conveyor tube, the expandable seam forces the liner against the inside wall of the auger tube or pneumatic conveyor tube to provide a tight seal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2014
    Assignee: Poly Tech Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Pat Reinhart, Richard Mix, Rick Pupkiewcz, Jimmy Rabitsch
  • Publication number: 20130312866
    Abstract: A flanged duct blank has a male part defined by lead notches formed at each side of a leading end and has a female part defined by trail notches formed at each side of a trailing end. The male part includes a lock tab. The female part includes a leg part and a Z-bend. The Z-bend includes a leg part and a gap. The duct blank is repeatedly clamped and bent by a pivoting wiper to form a duct portion. The pivoting wiper includes a clench tool that has a retractable rib and a retractable roller. With the lock tab inserted into the Z-bend and the retractable rib engaged with the Z-bend, the retractable roller clenches the leg part over the lock tab to lock the male and female parts together in a duct seam.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 6, 2013
    Publication date: November 28, 2013
    Inventor: Michael C. Borwig
  • Publication number: 20130248044
    Abstract: A vent duct having an inner fluid flow passage includes a bent portion formed to a duct body portion at which the fluid flow passage is bent, and a protruded portion formed on a downstream side of the bent portion so as to protrude from an inner peripheral surface portion toward an axial center of the fluid flow passage, wherein the protruded portion includes an upstream side end portion formed to be gently continuous to the inner peripheral surface portion of a downstream side portion of the bent portion, a body portion extending from the upstream side end portion toward the downstream side portion along the fluid flow passage, and a downstream side end portion along the fluid flow passage to be continuous to the body, the downstream side end portion of the protruded portion being formed to be perpendicular to the inner peripheral surface portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 21, 2013
    Publication date: September 26, 2013
    Applicant: ROKI CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Takeki SHIGA, Takahiro AMANO, Masaharu HIRAI
  • Patent number: 8286666
    Abstract: A mixing pipe for a gas heater includes an intake port through which gas and air are flowed in; a discharge port through which the gas and the air flowed in through the intake port are mixed and discharged; and an acceleration part disposed between the intake port and the discharge port and having a diameter smaller than the a diameter of the intake port, wherein a distance between the intake port and the acceleration part is greater than 0.5 times of the diameter of the acceleration part and smaller than 1.5 times of the diameter of the acceleration part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2012
    Assignee: Daewoo Electronics Corporation
    Inventor: Chang Hoo Kim
  • Patent number: 8141594
    Abstract: A pipe insulation product including a core of insulating material and a roughly rectangular laminate. The core may include an outer surface; an inner surface; and a wall extending between the outer and inner surfaces. The laminate may include a foil or metallized polymeric film sheet, a scrim, a paper media sheet, and a polymeric film sheet bonded together via an adhesive. The laminate may include a closure flap that adhesively seals opposite ends of the laminate together to form a cylindrical tube with the core enclosed therein. The paper media sheet may be between the range of 20 and 40 pounds per 3000 square feet to provide greater closure flap seal integrity without significantly reducing one or more beneficial properties of the laminate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2012
    Assignee: Johns Manville
    Inventors: Monroe William Shumate, Derek Cooper Bristol
  • Patent number: 8104519
    Abstract: A pipe insulation product including a core of insulating material and a roughly rectangular laminate. The core may include an outer surface; an inner surface; and a wall extending between the outer and inner surfaces. The laminate may include a foil or metallized polymeric film sheet layer, a scrim, a porous media sheet layer, and a polymeric film sheet layer bonded together via an adhesive. The polymeric film sheet layer may also include a closure flap that adhesively couples opposite ends of the laminate together to form a cylindrical tube with the core enclosed therein. A charge dissipator may be applied to the polymeric film sheet layer in an amount sufficient to reduce generation of a static charge on the laminate's exterior surface without affecting the closure flap's ability to adhesively couple the opposite ends of the laminate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2012
    Assignee: Johns Manville
    Inventors: Monroe William Shumate, Derek Cooper Bristol
  • Patent number: 8101120
    Abstract: A method and device for the heat treatment of a profile, in particular an extruded profile for aircraft. The profile may be formed by one or more different, in particular curable, aluminium alloys. The method provides that at least two regions of a profile are subjected to a different heat treatment. The device includes a first chamber that encloses a first region of a profile and a second chamber that encloses a second region of the profile, wherein different temperatures can be set in the first and second chambers. The profile has at least two regions that each have different material properties and are formed by differential heat treatment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2006
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2012
    Assignee: Airbus Deutschland GmbH
    Inventor: Knut Juhl
  • Patent number: 8094853
    Abstract: A speaker system includes a cabinet, a front baffle, a speaker unit, a rear baffle, and a fitting member fitted in the rear baffle. The front baffle includes a front duct segment extending backward from the rear thereof. The rear baffle includes an opening portion, a duct connecting portion, and a receiving portion having a semicircular cross section. The receiving portion extends from the opening portion to the duct connecting portion while protruding backward. The opening portion, the receiving portion, and the duct connecting portion have a groove. The receiving portion has an engagement hole. The fitting member having a semicircular cross section is formed by double molding. The frame of the member is made of relatively rigid resin and the rim thereof is made of relatively flexible resin. The frame has an engagement projection. The receiving portion and the fitting member constitute a sealed rear duct segment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2012
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventor: Hideki Seki
  • Publication number: 20120000565
    Abstract: A process of making an adjustable diameter barrel form includes the steps of providing a sheet formed of metal and folding the sheet along a widthwise bend. Pressure is applied to the sheet along the bend within a rolling device. The sheet is rolled within the rolling device over its length gradually moving the bend from one lengthwise end to the other lengthwise end while applying the pressure. The pressure is removed to release the sheet so that the sheet can roll up in a lengthwise direction into a coil. The rolling device can include a pair of rollers, an arbor, and a mandrel on the arbor. The rolling device can include a base plate, a press plate, and a mandrel between the plates.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 5, 2011
    Publication date: January 5, 2012
    Applicant: Goody Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Ken Bolam, Bryan Scheuhing, M. Shane Price
  • Publication number: 20110232800
    Abstract: An external weld bead is removed and processed from a welded pipe traveling in a downstream direction. The weld bead is separated from the pipe, allowed to flow in a downstream direction, and is guided downstream and cut into chips at a location downstream of where the weld bead is separated from the pipe. Also disclosed is weld bead cutting tool including a cutting edge at an upstream end of the tool, a guide feature disposed downstream of the cutting edge and extending toward a downstream end of the tool, wherein the guide feature widens from the upstream end toward the downstream end.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 9, 2011
    Publication date: September 29, 2011
    Applicant: LUMCO MANUFACTURING COMPANY
    Inventor: Patrick J. Gleason
  • Patent number: 7891383
    Abstract: Ringed tubular sheath comprising two open shells (33, 37), termed the outer (33) and inner (37) shells, both of the same diameter (D), one of which, the outer shell (33), has an opening (E1) smaller than the diameter (D) so as to engage by elastic deformation over the inner shell (37) in a closed position. In the course of this engagement, the opening (E1) of the outer shell (33) becomes stretched until it passes a point corresponding to the diameter (D) of the inner shell (37) and, beyond this point, returns to the unstretched position. In the invention, the two shells (33, 37) are connected to a hinge (17) so as to engage by pivoting about the hinge (17), the opening (E1) of the outer shell (33), which is smaller than the diameter (D), extending from the hinge (17) to an opposite edge (34) of the shell.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 2, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 22, 2011
    Assignee: Delfingen FR-Anteuil S.A.
    Inventors: Christophe Baverel, Benoit Remy
  • Publication number: 20110023990
    Abstract: A steel strip is formed into a cylinder so that opposite ends of the steel strip face each other, while continuously conveying the steel strip. The opposite ends are melted across the entire thickness by irradiating the opposite ends with a high-energy-density beam while applying a pressure with squeeze rolls. A seam is formed by joining the opposite ends, and excess weld metal of the seam on the outer and inner sides of the obtained welded steel pipe is removed by cutting. A repaired seam is then formed by remelting and solidifying a region on the inner side of the welded steel pipe, the region having a depth of 0.5 mm or more from the surface and a width of double or more the width of the seam, and in addition, the center line of the seam is made to coincide with the center line of the repaired seam.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 30, 2009
    Publication date: February 3, 2011
    Applicant: JFE STEEL CORPORATION
    Inventors: Koji Yano, Kenji Oi
  • Patent number: 7819222
    Abstract: A device for attenuating energy along a conduit, comprising a first member having an essentially semi-cylindrical outer surface and a first cavity extending substantially longitudinally from end to end. A second member having an essentially semi-cylindrical outer surface is provided, with the outer radii of the first and second members being the same. The second member also has a longitudinally extending cavity. When the two members are secured to one another to form the device, the two cavities face one another to form a bore that extends from end to end and has respective opposed tapered portions having a circular cross-sectional configuration that decreases in diameter inwardly. The bore also has a central, cylindrical portion disposed between the tapered portions and having an axial length that is no greater than one third of the overall axial length of the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 26, 2010
    Assignee: YH America, Inc.
    Inventors: Todd Alan Baum, Ken Ming Leong, Yungrwei Chen, Robert James Messina
  • Patent number: 7798176
    Abstract: An insulating panel for a conditioned-air distribution duct, a distribution duct including at least one insulating panel, a method for manufacturing a distribution duct using at least one insulating panel, and to an instrument for cutting the panel. The insulating panel includes at least one insulating core based on mineral wool, preferably on rock wool, and possibly including an exterior layer, for example based on a thin skin of aluminum. On one exterior face a plurality of marks are provided that are straight and oblique with respect to a longitudinal direction of the panel, the marks forming two sets of opposing inclinations oriented at an angle with respect to the longitudinal direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2003
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2010
    Assignee: Saint-Gobain Isover
    Inventor: Gabriel Navarro Niedercorn
  • Publication number: 20100193064
    Abstract: A square pipe manufacturing method includes: a first processing step of forming a first intermediate formed product 13 by bending both widthwise end portions of a rectangular metal plate 1; a second processing step of forming a second intermediate formed product 21 by bending both widthwise sides of a bottom surface 11 of the first intermediate formed product 13; a third processing step of obtaining a third intermediate formed product 23 by curving the side wall surfaces 17 to be convex outward in the width direction by pressing the flange parts 7, 7 toward the bottom wall surface 19 and then pressing the curved side wall surfaces 17 inward in the width direction; and a fourth processing step of crush-deforming corners 31, 31, 33, 33 of the third intermediate formed product 23.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 28, 2009
    Publication date: August 5, 2010
    Applicant: TOPRE CORPORATION
    Inventor: Mikio TAKADA
  • Patent number: 7757722
    Abstract: An insulated pipe concealer is provided comprising an elongated plastic pipe sleeve with a left side and right side pivotally connected to each other and adapted to close. An elongated insulation element is found inside the pipe sleeve with a channel adapted to receive a pipe. Latches for fastening the two sides of the pipe sleeve together; and hinged flaps adapted for attachment to a wall are attached to the exterior of the pipe sleeve. This pipe concealer is particularly useful in covering refrigeration pipes found on building exteriors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2003
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2010
    Inventors: James A. Lesch, Jr., Glen P. Metzler
  • Patent number: 7708034
    Abstract: A circular sheet metal duct having a sealant applied across the longitudinal seam. The sealant will improve the efficiency and will reduce or eliminate air leakage from the longitudinal seam. The sealant is applied during the manufacturing processes so that an installer does not have to seal the duct work. The method of manufacturing the sealant is provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 29, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2010
    Assignee: Ductmate Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Douglas G. Gudenburr, Vincent L. Bloom
  • Publication number: 20100037971
    Abstract: Improved conduit covers and methods of making and using same enable the conduits to be located easily and their contents to be readily identified. The covers have a simple construction which allows for inexpensive manufacture and simple and rapid installation over conduits having a wide range of diameters.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 13, 2009
    Publication date: February 18, 2010
    Inventors: Glenn J. Scherer, Chad C. Schwartz
  • Patent number: 7622683
    Abstract: Marine apparatus formed of equipment and at least one insulation assembly assembled therearound, the at least one insulation assembly circumferentially surrounding the equipment and including at least one shroud providing an impermeable enclosure filled with thermal insulation, the thermal insulation being totally enclosed by the shroud, the at least one insulation assembly being a discrete length. Multiple insulation assemblies can be adjoined end to end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2004
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2009
    Inventor: Terry Jeffrey Corbishley
  • Patent number: 7614427
    Abstract: A flexible conduit for routing cable between a source and destination is provided herein. The flexible conduit may have a corrugated cover portion and a generally flat attachment portion for attaching the flexible conduit to an attachment surface or nearby structure. It is contemplated that the flexible conduit may flex in the lateral and/or vertical direction such that the flexible conduit may be intricately routed between the source and destination. It is also contemplated that the attachment portion may be directly attached (e.g., pressure sensitive adhesive, hooks and loops, etc.) to the attachment surface to allow ease of installation without the use of tools. It is also contemplated that the elongate hollow body of the conduit may exhibit a slit opening opposite the attachment portion of the conduit to facilitate non-destructive installation and removal of the cables. It is also contemplated that the attachment portion may be attached to the attachment surface with screws.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2009
    Inventor: James H. McKane
  • Publication number: 20090242066
    Abstract: A flexible conduit for routing cable between a source and destination is provided herein. The flexible conduit may have a corrugated cover portion and a generally flat attachment portion for attaching the flexible conduit to an attachment surface or nearby structure. It is contemplated that the flexible conduit may flex in the lateral and/or vertical direction such that the flexible conduit may be intricately routed between the source and destination. It is also contemplated that the attachment portion may be directly attached (e.g., pressure sensitive adhesive, hooks and loops, etc.) to the attachment surface to allow ease of installation without the use of tools. It is also contemplated that the elongate hollow body of the conduit may exhibit a slit opening opposite the attachment portion of the conduit to facilitate non-destructive installation and removal of the cables. It is also contemplated that the attachment portion may be attached to the attachment surface with screws.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 28, 2008
    Publication date: October 1, 2009
    Inventor: James H. McKane
  • Patent number: 7581564
    Abstract: A protector (10) has two half members (20, 40) forming a tubular shape upon being assembled. One half member (20) includes a pair of temporary fixing ribs (26A, 26B) projecting more than a contact edge (23) with the other half member (40) and standing up at the opposite sides of each of corrugated tubes (80A, 80B), each pair of temporary fixing ribs (26A, 26B) are shaped to be insertable into grooves (81A, 81B) of the corresponding corrugated tube (80A, 80B), and stand-up ends (27A, 27B) of the pair of temporary fixing ribs (26A, 26B) are bent to approach each other along the groove (81A, 81B) of the corrugated tube (80A, 80B).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2009
    Assignee: Sumitomo Wiring Systems, Ltd.
    Inventors: Nobuyoshi Tanaka, Masato Ibaraki, Tsutomu Sakata, Toshitsugu Morii
  • Patent number: 7465905
    Abstract: A method and a device for connecting objects by means of a connecting element which can be plasticised by heat, on which connecting element a rivet head is formed by means of a heatable cap having a small-volume configuration. The cap is heated by a heating element which is moveable together with it in the direction of the connecting element and is configured as a large-volume heat store. The heating element is separated from the cap after forming the rivet head but before withdrawal of the cap from the rivet head, in order to enable rapid cooling of the rivet head.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2005
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2008
    Assignee: Maschinenfabrik Spaichingen GmbH
    Inventor: Hans-Dieter Braun
  • Patent number: 7448414
    Abstract: A rigid pipe (1) is achieved according to the invention in that half-cylinder shaped elements (2) are joined/hinged (3) to each other and where to a such chains are connected together with their concave sides in a zipper-like motion. The two half-cylindrical chains are spooled (13) up individually on each side of a housing (12). This result in a particularly rigid pipe of varying length with a wide area of use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2004
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2008
    Inventor: Bjarte Langeland
  • Patent number: 7441565
    Abstract: A low cost and mass-producible fire protection zone penetrating member is provided which can be set on piping or the like with a one-touch operation as well as a method of injection-molding the fire protection zone penetrating member. One expanding slot is provided on a cylindrical body made from thermally expanding graphite, thermally expanding rubber, or thermally expanding resin as a main ingredient thereof. The slot extends in a longitudinal direction. A piping inlet section is formed at an entrance of the expanding slot so that piping can be set in or taken out from inside the member by means of a one-touch operation. The fire protection zone penetrating member has the configuration as described above and is manufactured with an injection molding machine. The cylindrical body as a main body of the fire protection zone penetrating member may have an oval cross section, so that the fire protection zone penetrating member can be applied to piping having a diameter in a wide range.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2003
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2008
    Assignee: Tosetz Co., Ltd
    Inventors: Minoru Imamura, Nobuki Yagishita
  • Patent number: 7422036
    Abstract: A tubular manifold device for a dishwasher and associated method are provided. The manifold device defines a contiguous interior channel between opposed inlet and outlet ends. The manifold device has an inner surface defining the interior channel and an opposing outer surface, and comprises at least two discretely-formed manifold portions, each extending between and at least bisecting the opposed inlet and outlet ends of the interior channel. The at least two manifold portions are capable of cooperating via respective engagable longitudinal edges so as to form at least two joints therebetween. At least one overmold member is configured to sealingly engage the at least two manifold portions, across each of the at least two joints, such that the interior channel is fluid-tight between the inlet and outlet ends.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2008
    Assignee: Electrolux Home Products, Inc.
    Inventors: James Burrows, Doug Nagel, John Bragg