Loop Forming Patents (Class 140/102)
  • Patent number: 9979143
    Abstract: An equipping arrangement for equipping a plug housing with fitted-out cable ends of cables with an equipping unit, by which the cable ends are introduced into cells of the plug housing, includes a housing receiving device for temporary reception of the plug housings for the equipping. A cable store holding several of the cables together is temporarily received by the housing receiving device together with the temporary reception of the plug housing in the housing receiving device. A holding arm, on which the cable store is arranged, is connected at right angles with the housing receiving device. A plug-in opening into which a foot section of the cable store can be plugged is provided in the holding arm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: KOMAX HOLDING AG
    Inventors: Urs Renggli, Beat Estermann, Roland Liem
  • Patent number: 9801364
    Abstract: The knot-tying tool is a device that is used to assist in tying knots. The knot-tying tool is adapted for use with monofilament line. The knot-tying tool is further adapted for use with fishing hooks. The knot-tying tool includes a hook holder and a knotting post. The hook holder holds a fishing hook or a swivel such that a fishing line can be threaded through the fishing hook or swivel. The knotting post is a shaft around which the fishing line can be looped so as to assist in tying the knot attaching the fishing line to the fishing hook or swivel. The knot-tying tool includes a handle, a hook holder, a sleeve, and a knotting post.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2017
    Inventors: Herman Miller, Sandra Miller
  • Patent number: 9573258
    Abstract: A pulling head work station for attaching the lugs of pulling heads to cables, so that the cables may be pulled simultaneously through a conduit. The pulling head work station includes staggered cable receiving jigs, each jig having two clamps to hold a corresponding cable in place during attachment of a pulling lug. A chop saw to cut the cables and a crimper to secure a pulling lug to each stripped end portion of a cable may be slidably mounted to a work surface of the work station. A wire stripper may be removably attached to the work station.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: CERRO WIRE LLC
    Inventors: Douglas P. Henderson, Joshua K. Young, Jeffery D. Kennedy
  • Patent number: 9287042
    Abstract: A winding device includes a bending mechanism for bending a rectangular wire, a feed mechanism for feeding the rectangular wire, a coil guide for supporting an edgewise coil formed by alternately repeating the feeding of the rectangular wire by the feed mechanism and the bending of the rectangular wire by the bending mechanism, and a coil-guide moving mechanism for moving the coil guide while rotating the coil guide. The coil guide includes a guide column to be brought into engagement with an inner circumference of a first coil portion having a cylindrical shape, and a guide base on which a second coil portion is to be placed, the second coil portion having a cylindrical shape connected to the first coil portion through a connecting wire and having a center axis that is shifted in position from a center axis of the first coil portion to form a stepwise shape.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2016
    Assignee: NITTOKU ENGINEERING CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Hidemitsu Honda
  • Patent number: 8893751
    Abstract: A device for producing a loop at the end of a coil spring has a gripping unit with gripper jaws for retaining the spring in a processing position. The gripping unit is movable to and from the processing position and at least one section of an end turn of the spring protrudes over the gripper jaws. A first slewing gear unit has an output shaft and a coupling section for detachable coupling of a tool for the forming of a loop on the spring through upward bending of the end turn section protruding over the gripper jaws. A counter block attached laterally to the travel direction of the gripping unit is movable over the section of the end turn of the spring protruding over the gripper jaws and has a bending edge as a bending form for producing a loop with the tool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2014
    Assignee: Wafios Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Oliver Kuhnert, Andreas Schur
  • Publication number: 20140251492
    Abstract: The present invention is a method and apparatus for forming wire loops using wire looping pliers. In one embodiment of the invention, the pair of wire pliers having a cylindrical jaw and a recessed jaw for accepting the cylindrical jaw allows the user of the tool to make symmetrical wire loops on a consistent basis. Additionally, the width of the recessed jaw can be set such that the user can use the recessed jaw to measure the distance from a particular point where the neck of the wire loop should be broken. The recessed surface of the recessed jaw and the cylindrical jaw mate together in such a manner as to provide uniform pressure around a significant portion of the loop so as to prevent marring of the surface of the wire.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 19, 2014
    Publication date: September 11, 2014
    Applicant: Wubbers, LLC
    Inventor: Patricia Bullard
  • Patent number: 8803382
    Abstract: A highly reliable rectifying device of a vehicle alternator capable of improving the vibration resistance of a diode. A connection lead 33d of a diode 33 included in a rectifying device includes a linear part 33f extended in parallel from a metallic base 33b, and a bent part 33g bent 90° or more substantially like an arc from the linear part 33f. The bending radius R of the bent part 33g is set to a value larger than a separation distance w in a horizontal direction between the terminal of the linear part 33f and the distal part of the connection lead 33d.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2014
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Electric Corporation
    Inventors: Hiroya Ikuta, Hirotaka Kimata, Kazunori Tanaka, Kenji Nakao
  • Patent number: 8726943
    Abstract: The present invention is a method and apparatus for forming wire loops using wire looping pliers. In one embodiment of the invention, the pair of wire pliers having a cylindrical jaw and a recessed jaw for accepting the cylindrical jaw allows the user of the tool to make symmetrical wire loops on a consistent basis. Additionally, the width of the recessed jaw can be set such that the user can use the recessed jaw to measure the distance from a particular point where the neck of the wire loop should be broken. The recessed surface of the recessed jaw and the cylindrical jaw mate together in such a manner as to provide uniform pressure around a significant portion of the loop so as to prevent marring of the surface of the wire.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2014
    Assignee: Wubbers, LLC
    Inventor: Patricia Bullard
  • Publication number: 20130255823
    Abstract: An apparatus is provided which makes a border wire having a rectangular cross-section. The apparatus is adapted to receive a roll of wire having a circular cross-section, straighten the wire and change the cross-section of the wire to rectangular. The reconfigured wire is then accumulated, passed through another straightener, cut to size and then bent into a rectangular configuration. Opposed ends of the piece of wire having a rectangular cross-section are welded together to complete the border wire. The apparatus has an ejector which removes the completed border wire from the apparatus.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 27, 2013
    Publication date: October 3, 2013
    Applicant: L&P Property Management Company
    Inventors: Von W. Brottlund, Travis L. Brummett, Kelly M. Knewtson, Thomas J. Mitchell
  • Publication number: 20130251461
    Abstract: A method for producing a safety net, to a safety net, and to the use of such a safety net for protection from avalanches, falling rock or timber, mudslides, earth flows, or for slope protection. In the inventive method, firstly at least a first net element and at least a second net element are individually produced, self-contained, from respectively at least one rope, and are arranged parallel to each other and at a distance apart in a longitudinal direction of the safety net to be formed. Then the two net elements are connected to each other with the aid of at least one connecting rope, wherein the connecting rope is guided between the first and the second net element such that a self-contained connecting net element is obtained.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 4, 2013
    Publication date: September 26, 2013
    Applicant: ISOFER AG
    Inventor: Marcel FULDE
  • Publication number: 20130048141
    Abstract: In a processing device the wire-ends are fed circularly to the peripherally arranged processing units. A loop-layer grasps a leading wire-end and lays it in a wire-loop. The wire is then advanced by a belt apparatus, and a loop-guide picks up a loop-end and moves upward until the wire-loop has attained the desired dimension and transfers the loop-end of the wire-loop to a holding element of a rotary star, which, by means of the loop-guide, is displaceable along a linear axle, depending on the length of the wire-loop.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 28, 2012
    Publication date: February 28, 2013
    Inventors: Alois Conte, Stefan Viviroli
  • Patent number: 8371340
    Abstract: An edgewise winding method for forming an edgewise winding having a non-circular outer shape including a bent portion, a short side portion, and a long side portion is achieved by feeding a wire by a length corresponding to the short side portion or the long side portion and edgewise bending the wire by a bending jig while rotating an entire winding to form the bent portion. A side surface of the long side portion of the winding is supported by a first support block, a second support block, a first stopper block, a second stopper block, and others.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2013
    Assignee: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Shingo Fubuki, Kenji Harada
  • Publication number: 20120312413
    Abstract: The present invention provides a mandrel tool and method for more efficiently and consistently forming various shapes of material. In one embodiment of the invention, a pair of pliers having mandrel jaws that are shaped with a uniform cross sectional area throughout a length of the mandrel jaw is used to replace the traditional tapered mandrel. Because the mandrel jaws have a uniform cross sectional area, the wire, for example, can be wrapped multiple times around the mandrel jaw when it is desired to produce multiples of the same shape. For added versatility, the pliers can have opposing mandrel jaws with different size cross sectional area.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 8, 2012
    Publication date: December 13, 2012
    Inventor: Patricia Bullard
  • Patent number: 8307858
    Abstract: A method of making a floral halo 14 comprising the steps of forming a central support 5 by bending a wire 7 around a plurality of pin groups 3 positioned upon a special jig 1 thereby creating a central support 5 having a plurality of butterfly loops 4 for fastening flower bundles 13 thereto in such a manner that each successive flower bundle 13 covers the bent butterfly loop 4 of each preceding flower bundle 13.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2012
    Inventor: Eleanor M. Donahoe
  • Publication number: 20120042985
    Abstract: An apparatus for the formation of a wire loop comprises a wire drive for advancing a wire and a loop layer to grip a first end of the wire and to lay a wire loop. When the wire is advanced, the wire loop is formed into a selected size. The apparatus can also comprise a pull-out gripper and a sensor device, the pull-out gripper being configured to grasp the wire of the wire loop and, after grasping the wire of the wire loop, move relative to the loop layer, thereby tensioning the wire loop in a longitudinal direction. The sensor device can detect a twist in the wire loop.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 19, 2011
    Publication date: February 23, 2012
    Inventors: Reto Eggimann, Alfred Braun
  • Publication number: 20120041464
    Abstract: A complex coil and a fixture for forming same configured such that loops are formed having various configurations relative to each other. The configurations provide improved thrombus formation and reduced rotation or tumbling once implanted. The complex coil is formed of a material that may deformed for purposes of placing the complex coil into a catheter and returns to a complex shape that includes said loops once deployed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 20, 2011
    Publication date: February 16, 2012
    Inventors: Richard Monetti, George Martinez, Matthew Fitz, Damian Jonathan Perez
  • Publication number: 20110303319
    Abstract: The present invention is a method and apparatus for forming wire loops using wire looping pliers. In one embodiment of the invention, the pair of wire pliers having a cylindrical jaw and a recessed jaw for accepting the cylindrical jaw allows the user of the tool to make symmetrical wire loops on a consistent basis. Additionally, the width of the recessed jaw can be set such that the user can use the recessed jaw to measure the distance from a particular point where the neck of the wire loop should be broken. The recessed surface of the recessed jaw and the cylindrical jaw mate together in such a manner as to provide uniform pressure around a significant portion of the loop so as to prevent marring of the surface of the wire.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 9, 2010
    Publication date: December 15, 2011
    Inventor: Patricia Bullard
  • Patent number: 7971462
    Abstract: A system and method for producing a cable hanger formed by alternately and continuously forming the Z-winding spiral and the S-winding spiral using the hanger wire. The system and method involve the use of at least five spiral forming dice accommodated in a cylindrical space of the housing such that the spiral forming dice are adjacent to each other and can rotate independently from one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2011
    Assignee: Kyoei High Opt Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Minoru Nakamura, Hiroshi Iwase
  • Publication number: 20110005633
    Abstract: A wire forming apparatus which feeds out a wire (W) from a distal end portion of a write guide (402), forcibly bends, curves, or winds the wire by using a forming tool (T1-T5) and forms the wire into a part with a desired shape by using a cutting tool (T0), wherein the forming tool includes a coiling tool of which a coiling spindle rotates about its central axis, a coiling tool unit (T1, T2) which rotatably supports the coiling tool and a cutting tool unit (T0) which supports a cutting blade (506) and a receiving portion (507) constituting the cutting tool so as to allow the cutting blade and the receiving portion to relatively reciprocate are attached to the tool selection table (210), and a common driving source is provided to apply driving force to the coiling tool unit and the cutting tool unit attached on the tool selection table.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 15, 2010
    Publication date: January 13, 2011
    Applicant: Kabushiki Kaisha Itaya Seisaku Sho
    Inventor: Ichiro Itaya
  • Patent number: 7832250
    Abstract: A method and apparatus is disclosed for manufacturing sinuous springs wherein each spring comprises a discrete length of sinuous spring wire having parallel straight bar segments interconnected at their opposite ends by oppositely directed curved connecting segments. This apparatus is operable to adjust the length of the sinuous spring wires exiting the machine without turning off or stopping the machine. An operator need only rotate a handle outside a housing of the machine to increase or decrease the length of the sinuous spring wires exiting the machine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 16, 2010
    Assignee: L&P Property Management Company
    Inventor: Kelly M. Knewtson
  • Publication number: 20100212771
    Abstract: An edgewise winding method for forming an edgewise winding having a non-circular outer shape including a bent portion, a short side portion, and a long side portion is achieved by feeding a wire by a length corresponding to the short side portion or the long side portion, and edgewise bending the wire by a bending jig while rotating an entire winding to form the bent portion. A side surface of the long side portion of the winding is supported by a first support block, a second support block, a first stopper block, a second stopper block, and others.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 10, 2008
    Publication date: August 26, 2010
    Applicant: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Shingo Fubuki, Kenji Harada
  • Patent number: 7703482
    Abstract: A labial bow bending device for use in quickly and accurately forming a Hawley retainer or other removable orthodontic appliance. The bending device includes a turret with pins on opposite ends for forming a pair of standardized pre-measured vertical loops in an orthodontic wire for use in a maxillary or mandibular labial bow. A measuring scale is provided on the turret for establishing the distance between the vertical loops during formation of the labial bow such that the distal legs of the vertical loops pass between the canines and first bicuspids of a plaster model of a patient's teeth. The turret also includes a plurality of circular grooves of different diameters for use in forming an incisor section of the labial bow between the vertical loops into a smooth arc that conforms to the curve of the labial surfaces of the incisors on the plaster model.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2010
    Inventor: Leigh A. Tiebout
  • Patent number: 7448417
    Abstract: A wire feed amount detection mechanism is configured by magnets mounted at an outer peripheral surface of a V-grooved drive gear of a wire feed mechanism and a magnetic sensor mounted on a body. A reinforcing bar winding turn number-setting switch is provided on the body. A control portion controls a wire feed amount of a wire feed mechanism based on a set value of the reinforcing bar winding turn number-setting switch. The number of turns of the wire around reinforcing bars can be arbitrarily set, for example, to any one of 1 to 4, and the binding can be effected with a binding force corresponding to a strength required by binding portions. As a result, with respect to those binding portions requiring a low binding force, the binding is effected with a smaller turn number, so that the amount of consumption of the wire can be saved, and besides those pipes (such as electric wiring pipes and hot water pipes) which are lower in strength than the reinforcing bars can also be bound together.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2005
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2008
    Assignee: Max Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Osamu Itagaki
  • Patent number: 7377029
    Abstract: A wire winding device for electrical components has a transmission member, a wire feeding member, a wire winding member, a spool feeding member, and a driving member. Spools are respectively inserted into the wire winding member via the spool feeding member and rotated by the driving member. Wires are moved into the wire winding member via the wire feeding member and inserted into the spool. Hence, the wire can be encircled the spool automatically.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2008
    Assignee: Lankom Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Lu-Ta Liu
  • Publication number: 20080051721
    Abstract: An elongate medical device configured for navigation through a lumen is provided. The device includes an elongate shaft having a proximal portion and a distal portion. The distal portion includes a first interlocking connector. The device further includes a loop portion operably connected to the distal portion. The loop portion includes a second interlocking connector configured for connecting to the first interlocking connector. A medical system is also provided including a catheter and a wire guide. A method of making a wire guide is provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 20, 2007
    Publication date: February 28, 2008
    Applicants: Wilson-Cook Medical Inc., Cook Incorporated
    Inventors: Matthew P. Carter, David M. Hardin, Jeffry S. Melsheimer, Vihar C. Surti
  • Publication number: 20080028537
    Abstract: A multi-purpose tool comprising a handle, and a safety tube having a connecting end coupled to the handle and a working end that receives a spring element. Wall edges at the working end define an outer rim. The safety tube has a bit assembly housing at the working end that secures a bit assembly within the safety tube. The tool further comprises a wire rotation means for rotating a wire clockwise and counterclockwise around a fastener shank. The working end of the safety tube surrounds a fastener head thus providing additional rotational support. The present tool is able to tighten and loosen a fastener such as a screw, and optionally and simultaneously hook and unhook the wire around the fastener shank. The tool may also be used for tightening and loosening the fastener without engaging the wire rotation means.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 2, 2007
    Publication date: February 7, 2008
    Inventor: Victor Miles Tripp
  • Patent number: 7316247
    Abstract: A digital voice and/or data communication cable hanger provides a saddle support on a shaft fastened to a ceiling or beams or side wall by an integral fastening loop at one end. The other end of the hanger is shaped into a support loop for the cable. A saddle having the support shaft running through it closes the support loop to prevent cable from slipping out. The cable hanger is made by a tool using a rotating spool designed to shape the rigid shaft into a fastening loop at one end and a support loop at the other end. A second support loop can be selectively attached to the shaft between its ends.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2005
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2008
    Assignee: Tomarco Contractor Specialties, Inc.
    Inventor: William J. Thompson
  • Patent number: 7275567
    Abstract: A front end of a loop of a wire fed out to a nose (6) by a binding wire feeding mechanism (1) is pinched by a clamp plate (28) of a binding wire clamping apparatus (25) and the wire is pulled back by driving to rotate reversely a feeding motor (13) of the binding wire feeding mechanism (1). When the wire is brought into close contact with a reinforcing bar (S) and a load of the feeding motor is increased to thereby increase a drive current by a constant amount, a control apparatus stops the feeding motor. Thereafter, the binding wire clamping apparatus (25) is rotated to twist the binding wire to bind the reinforcing bar. Since the wire is pulled back and a length of the wire is automatically adjusted in accordance with a diameter of the reinforcing bar, a state of finishing to bind the reinforcing bar is made to be uniform and also an amount of consuming the wire is reduced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2003
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2007
    Assignee: Max Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Syuichi Ishii, Shinichi Ohkubo, Osamu Itagaki
  • Patent number: 7152634
    Abstract: Method and device for removing wires or tapes from pressed bales of raw material, in which the wires or tapes are arranged to form at least one point of intersection on at least two opposite bale sides. The method includes bringing the bales into an unwiring position, automatically determining a position of the at least one point of intersection, positioning a coiling device over the at least one point of intersection, severing the wires or tapes, and removing the wires or tapes from the bale by coiling the wire or tapes. The instant abstract is neither intended to define the invention disclosed in this specification nor intended to limit the scope of the invention in any way.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2005
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2006
    Assignee: Voith Paper Patent GmbH
    Inventors: Erich Peters, Eduard Gabanski, Alfred Pickel
  • Patent number: 7080450
    Abstract: A machine for terminating wire assemblies comprising: a means for holding a wire assembly; a linear movement means for moving said means for holding between a first area and a second area; an insertion head; and, a means for dislodging; wherein, after a wire assembly is loaded into the means for holding a wire assembly, the means for holding a wire assembly is moved by the linear moving means from the first area to the second area for assembly termination by the insertion head; and, following termination, the assembly is at least partially unseated from the means for holding a wire assembly by the means for dislodging.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2003
    Date of Patent: July 25, 2006
    Assignee: Tyco Electronics Corporation
    Inventors: Neil Edward Deming, Larry Eugene Cox, Jr.
  • Patent number: 6735995
    Abstract: A shaping device for producing a U-shaped conductor includes a holding portion, a feeding portion, a core metal portion and a shaping portion. The core metal portion includes a core metal and an upper guide portion. The core metal forms a die. The upper guide portion restrains upward movement of the conductor material during the shaping operation. The shaping portion includes a shaping element and a lower guide. The shaping element shapes the conductor material into the U-shape by urging the conductor material along the core metal. The lower guide restrains downward movement of the conductor material during the shaping operation. It is possible to move the shaping element downwardly after the conductor material is shaped into the U-shape. The conductor material can be fed forward without returning the shaping element to its initial position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2001
    Date of Patent: May 18, 2004
    Assignee: Denso Corporation
    Inventor: Katsumi Shizu
  • Patent number: 6604554
    Abstract: The device for the formation of skeined sections on thin metallic wires is of the type in which the wire to be skeined extends from an inlet point (9) to an anchor point (15) and is placed under traction by a wire-tightening device (2). A branch of said wire emerging from said anchor point is sent to a wire-tightening device (8) controlled by an electronic control system which controls the skeining operation. The wire-tightener being present the following parts: a pulley (28) connected to an electromagnetic brake (29) with electromagnetic hysteresis; a second pulley (27) located above the first pulley (28) sensitive to the load bearing and sending a signal signifying the load to the control system which regulates the braking action of the brake.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2001
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2003
    Inventor: Botton Giulio
  • Publication number: 20020157724
    Abstract: The device for the formation of skeined sections on thin metallic wires is of the type in which the wire to be skeined extends from an inlet point (9) to an anchor point (15) and is placed under traction by a wire-tightening device (2). A branch of said wire emerging from said anchor point is sent to a wire-tightening device (8) controlled by an electronic control system which controls the skeining operation. The wire-tightener being present the following parts: a pulley (28) connected to an electromagnetic brake (29) with electromagnetic hysteresis; a second pulley (27) located above the first pulley (28) sensitive to the load bearing and sending a signal signifying the load to the control system which regulates the braking action of the brake.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 21, 2001
    Publication date: October 31, 2002
    Inventor: Giulio Botton
  • Patent number: 6135164
    Abstract: An apparatus for preparing and positioning U-shaped loops of wires on a conveyor of a harness making machine comprises transfer grippers moveable in a vertical direction V. The transfer grippers are for transferring the wire loops from the selector and cutting station into the jaws of conveyor grippers. Provision of the transfer grippers enables initial feeding and cutting of the wire loops during movement of the conveyor grippers thereby decreasing cycle time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 1998
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2000
    Assignee: Komax Holding AG
    Inventors: Jean-Paul Celoudoux, Bruno Daugy
  • Patent number: 6024316
    Abstract: A method and a plant for transferring a wire coil from a coil forming chamber of a coil forming station of a cooling conveyor onto a C-shaped hook of a hook-type conveyor equipped with travel rails, wherein the wire coils are transferred directly onto the vertically swung hooks. The hook-type conveyor includes device for opening and closing a travel rail area and a cooperating gripping device with a frame receiving the gripping device, and with a drive for swinging the hook from a horizontal position into a vertical position and vice versa, and a drive for raising and lowering a hook, and finally a drive for longitudinally moving a hook.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 1998
    Date of Patent: February 15, 2000
    Assignee: SMS Schloemann-Siemag Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventor: Dieter Klein
  • Patent number: 5857499
    Abstract: A device (10) for manipulating a wound coil (18) includes a mechanism for grabbing a wound coil (18), a first pair of opposed fingers (12), and a second pair of opposed fingers (14). The first pair of opposed fingers (12) oppositely engage a start lead (20) of the wound coil (18) and move along an arc from a first position where the start lead (20) is tangential to the inner circumference of the wound coil (18) to a second position where the start lead (20) is chordal to the inner circumference of the wound coil (18). The second pair of opposed fingers (14) oppositely engage a finish lead (22) of the wound coil (18) and move along an arc from a first position where the finish lead (22) is tangential to the outer circumference of the wound coil (18) to a second position where the finish lead (22) is chordal to the outer circumference of the wound coil (18).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 1995
    Date of Patent: January 12, 1999
    Assignee: Motorola, Inc.
    Inventors: Terry L. Rohde, Robert Misley, Noel Eberhardt, Edward Myszka
  • Patent number: 5819621
    Abstract: An electric cable guiding device includes a fixed guide block and a movable guide block. A projected round surface is formed in the fixed guide block, and an indented round surface is formed in the movable guide block. In addition, a groove is formed in the indented round surface. At the time of guiding an electric cable, the movable guide block is fitted in the fixed guide block. In this state, the indented round surface and the groove constitute an electric cable guide path. The electric cable is fed into the electric cable guide path by rollers. Consequently, the electric cable is guided in a U shape along the electric cable guide path. The front end of the electric cable drawn out of the electric cable guide path is clamped. Thereafter, the movable guide block is moved to an electric cable measuring position that is spaced apart from the fixed guide block by a predetermined distance. In this state, the electric cable is fed by a required length.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 1997
    Date of Patent: October 13, 1998
    Assignee: Sumitomo Wiring Systems, Ltd.
    Inventors: Yoshinobu Ohta, Nobuyuki Itaya
  • Patent number: 5727602
    Abstract: A wire guiding device 20 can be used in a machine for measuring and cutting a wire, and is adapted to curve the wire being fed substantially in U-shape during the measurement of the wire. The wire guiding device 20 includes a fixed guide block 21 and a movable guide block 22 rotatable with respect to the fixed guide block 21. The movable guide block 22 is rotated by a cylinder 51 so as to be displaceable between an engaging position where it is engaged with the fixed guide block 21 and a retracted position which is reached by its upward rotation from the engaging position. Since the movable guide block 22 is rotatable upward, i.e. in a direction under an angle, in particular normal to a feed direction of the wire, the wire can be fed at a high speed, realizing a faster measuring operation. This results in the rationalization of the manufacturing of wiring harnesses.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 1996
    Date of Patent: March 17, 1998
    Assignee: Sumitomo Wiring Systems, Ltd.
    Inventor: Hideyuki Ema
  • Patent number: 5634385
    Abstract: An electric cable guiding device includes a fixed guide block and a movable guide block. A projected round surface is formed in the fixed guide block, and an indented round surface is formed in the movable guide block. In addition, a groove is formed in the indented round surface. At the time of guiding an electric cable, the movable guide block is fitted in the fixed guide block. In this state, the indented round surface and the groove constitute an electric cable guide path. The electric cable is fed into the electric cable guide path by rollers. Consequently, the electric cable is guided in a U shape along the electric cable guide path. The front end of the electric cable drawn out of the electric cable guide path is clamped. Thereafter, the movable guide block is moved to an electric cable measuring position that is spaced apart from the fixed guide block by a predetermined distance. In this state, the electric cable is fed by a required length.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 1994
    Date of Patent: June 3, 1997
    Assignee: Sumitomo Wiring Systems, Ltd.
    Inventors: Yoshinobu Ohta, Nobuyuki Itaya
  • Patent number: 5562515
    Abstract: A lamp base locking clip comprises a first end having a given thickness; an intermediate portion having a thickness at least approximately 3 times said given thickness and a second end having said given thickness. The intermediate portion is defined by opposed, space apart, first and second surfaces, said first end being contiguous with said first surface and said second end being contiguous with said second surface. In a preferred embodiment the clip is formed from a single piece of ribbon material and said intermediate portion is formed by folding said ribbon to have two reentrant portions. The preferred embodiment is especially suited for automation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 1995
    Date of Patent: October 8, 1996
    Assignee: Osram Sylvania Inc.
    Inventor: Huiling Zhu
  • Patent number: 5444903
    Abstract: A method of making a jewelry loop for displaying charms and similar hanging jewelry such that each loop of the hanger has at least a single charm. Each loop of the hanger is provided with a spring-like quality causing the ends of the loop to spring back together upon deflection and urge against each other to close the loop and prevent the escape of the charms from the loop. The jewelry loop hanger is attachable to jewelry accessories such as necklaces, bracelets, earrings and pins.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 1994
    Date of Patent: August 29, 1995
    Inventor: Ronald T. Wachler
  • Patent number: 5406692
    Abstract: This invention concerns an improvement in the wire reversing apparatus in the wire terminating equipment that fabricates terminal-attached wires of wiring harness. The turntable, which forms the wire into a loop by reversing one end of the wire fed out from the wire supply device, is provided at the underside with a gear secured to the rotating center thereof. A drive gear shaft that meshes with the gear of the turntable is shifted toward the wire feeding side so that the wire ends will not strike against the drive gear shaft to be bent when the wire is carried by a carrier chain in a direction perpendicular to the wire feeding direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 1993
    Date of Patent: April 18, 1995
    Assignee: Yazaki Corporation
    Inventor: Masahiro Oishi
  • Patent number: 5327628
    Abstract: A wire guide member is formed with a U-shaped curved guide surface along which a recessed wire guide groove is formed. A wire supplying device is disposed an appropriate distance away from one end of the wire guide groove, and a wire end stopper is disposed another appropriate distance away from the other end of the wire guide groove, respectively. Two wire push-in plates are interposed between the wire guide member and the wire supplying device and between the wire guide member and the wire end stopper, respectively so as to be movable up and down. Further, a wire holding member for clipping the bent wire is arranged at a position lower than the wire travel line determined by the wire supplying device and the wire guide groove, so as to be movable in a direction perpendicular to the wire feed direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 1993
    Date of Patent: July 12, 1994
    Assignee: Yazaki Corporation
    Inventors: Teruyuki Gouda, Toshihiro Inoue
  • Patent number: 5287721
    Abstract: Apparatus for forming curved needles from needle blanks of differing sizes and material characteristics having a guide die, driven by a linear actuator, for biasing the needle blank against a forming surface. Bending dies also driven by linear actuators are provided for bending the ends of the needle blank around the top of the forming surface. Adjusting micrometers are provided to adjust the contact point at which the bending dies contact the needle blank. The apparatus can therefore be readily adapted for differing needle stocks. The entire bending process is automated so that uniform needles may be rapidly produced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 1992
    Date of Patent: February 22, 1994
    Assignee: United States Surgical Corporation
    Inventor: W. Scott Samsel
  • Patent number: 5105641
    Abstract: This invention relates to an apparatus for the forming of wire, namely a leg or spiral spring winding and bending machine.It is an object of the present invention to reduce the expenditure for the production of the apparatus and to universalize the forming operations which can be carried out with each tool.The apparatus including a plurality of tools (86, 88, 90, 92 or 142; 162, 190, 192) on a tool holder (74; 160) which is fixed at the free end of a longitudinally displaceable shaft (12) resembling the known winding spindle and is replaceable. Every existing tool can be brought into the pathway of the wire and hence into operation by positioning the shaft by rotation and longitudinal displacement by means of a drive which is known from the conventional winding spindle but differently controlled.The advantage of this apparatus is that it is of simplified construction and enables the same tools to be used for producing different forms of springs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 1990
    Date of Patent: April 21, 1992
    Assignee: WAFIOS Maschinenfabrik GmbH & Co. Kommanditgesellschaft
    Inventor: Gustav Veit
  • Patent number: 4976294
    Abstract: A method of making specified-length wires for wire harness from continuous wires consists of the steps of: fixing a front end of the U-bent continuous wire and pulling the U-bent wire to pay out a predetermined amount thereof; and cutting the U-bent, pulled wire at a portion almost opposite to the fixed front end. An apparatus for putting the above method into practice comprises: a rotatable wire bending head for holding the front end of a continuous wire by wire clamp plates and bending the wire in a U-shape; a wire pulling head for engaging or holding the U-shaped portion and pulling it in the axial direction of the wire to pay out a predetermined amount thereof; and a cutting blade for cutting the U-bent, pulled wire at a position almost opposite to the front end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 1989
    Date of Patent: December 11, 1990
    Assignee: Yazaki Corporation
    Inventors: Shigeji Kudo, Suzuki Sanae, Hideaki Morita, Hiroo Suzuki
  • Patent number: 4924918
    Abstract: A machine and method for manufacturing "fuzz button" type button connectors. The machine has a mechanism for supplying wire and a mechanism for knurling the same wire. The machine also includes a mechanism for wrapping the wire around two temporarily fixed points and a mechanism for spinning one of the two fixed points. After wrapping and spinning, the wire is cut at both end portions and ejected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 1989
    Date of Patent: May 15, 1990
    Inventors: Ming-fang Lin, C. H. Cheng
  • Patent number: 4881577
    Abstract: A two-wire structure for use in suspending plastic bags on a rack is formed by inwardly bending each of the end portions of a single straight length of wire such that each lies against the middle portion thereof with their terminal ends butt welded together and with an upwardly directed looped protuberance formed on each end of the two-wire structure. Each end portion of the two-wire structure so formed is then bent to provide cantilevered support arms extending at right angles from each end of the middle portion thereof which forms the back of the two-wire structure by which the cantilevered support arms are attached to a rack. Such a construction provides the upwardly directed looped protuberances for use as safety precautions on the ends of the cantilevered support arms and further assures that each of the cantilevered support arms is provided with a continuous surface throughout its length.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 1989
    Date of Patent: November 21, 1989
    Assignees: McMillin Wire & Plating, Inc., Challenge Bag California, Inc.
    Inventors: Alvin L. Stroh, Terry C. Pilon
  • Patent number: 4852249
    Abstract: A process and device for the length trimming of cables from a cable supply for the processing of cable ends. The cable front end is inserted by a cable feed (20, 22) in a guide channel whose rear section is located in a swivel part (28). As the cable front end impinges on a stop (102) on the swivel part (28), said swivel part swings beyond a dead center which is defined by a spring (40) which is attached eccentrically, whereafter the swivel part (8) is swung around by the spring (40) essentially 180.degree. so that the cable front end bearing on the stop (102) points opposite to the feed direction. The cable loop formed is then enlarged to the desired length by continued cable feeding, whereafter the cable rear end is severed by a knife (82). By lowering the cable, the cable ends are transferred, accurately positioned, to holders (56) by means of which they can be transported to the processing stations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 1987
    Date of Patent: August 1, 1989
    Assignee: Statomat-Globe Maschinenfabrik GmbH
    Inventors: Willi Muskulus, Helmut Kolodziej, Helmut Nitsch
  • Patent number: 4674545
    Abstract: An apparatus for forming a continuous length of flexible retaining splints including a plurality of body sections interconnected by eyelet sections. Each body section includes a number of core wires which are wire wrapped by a wrap wire. The eyelet sections include loops formed by at least one of the core wires. The apparatus includes a production zone into which the core wires are extended. Downstream of the production zone, at least one of the core wires is formed into a loop about a pin. The wrap wire is then wire wrapped about the extended core wires in the production zone. After completion of the wire wrapping, the loop is transferred from the downstream location to an upstream location where the loop is retained in place by another pin. This transfer also extends another portion of the core wires into the production zone to be wire wrapped. The process is repeated many times so that the continuous length of flexible retaining splints is formed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 1986
    Date of Patent: June 23, 1987
    Assignee: IPCO Corporation
    Inventors: Bernard Weissman, Edmund Laviano