Presses Or Press Platen Structures, Per Se Patents (Class 156/580)
  • Patent number: 10703049
    Abstract: A system and method for welding thermoplastic components by positioning and moving a heated plate between the components to melt their respective faying surfaces, and as the plate moves, pressing the components together so that the melted faying surfaces bond together as they cool and re-solidify, thereby creating a composite structure. The plate has a heated portion which is positioned between and heated to melt a portion of the first and second faying surfaces. A manipulator mechanism moves the plate along an interface from between the portion to between a series of subsequent portions of the first and second faying surfaces, thereby welding the thermoplastic components along the entire interface to create the composite structure. The heated portion may contact the faying surfaces and melt them through conduction, or may be suspended between them and melt them through radiation and convection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: Spirit AeroSystems, Inc.
    Inventor: Mark Anthony Wadsworth
  • Patent number: 10682836
    Abstract: A machine for transferring a preformed functional film onto a curved face of an ophthalmic substrate, including: a first device for receiving and holding the substrate; a second device for receiving the film, the first device and/or second device configured to hold the film by applying a pressure force to the periphery thereof; a first mechanism for moving the devices, configured to place the curved face such that it faces the film, a second mechanism for moving the devices, configured to bring into contact the center of the film with the center of the curved face and to apply the film with the substrate to radially spread, from the center of the film up to the periphery thereof, a conformal contact between the film and the curved face; and a control and command unit configured to control at least the second mechanism when the film and the substrate are in contact.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2020
    Assignee: Essilor International
    Inventors: Michel Matz, Herve Gentils, Jean-Marc Tridon
  • Patent number: 10618225
    Abstract: A stitchless highly oriented polypropylene fabric bulk bag of the type that can hold 500 to 5000 pounds (226.7 to 2268 kilograms) of bulk material includes a highly oriented polypropylene fabric top, body and bottom, with a heat fused joint providing an air tight connection between the top and body, and another air tight heat fused joint connecting the body and bottom. A fill spout and discharge tube may also be provided with an air tight heat fused joint connecting the fill spout to the top and another air tight heat fused joint connecting the discharge spout to the bottom. Heat sealing machinery include heat seal bar assemblies that can self-align during heat-sealing to apply even pressure to all areas being heat sealed. A heating element is of single piece construction and can include end coupler portions as part of the single piece construction. Carrier plates used in a heat-sealing assembly line guide parts placement, provide quality checks for parts placement, and tooling set-up for machinery.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Assignee: AMERIGLOBE, LLC
    Inventor: Clifford Dunlap
  • Patent number: 10610958
    Abstract: Aspects relate to systems, methods, and apparatus for a manufacturing tool. The manufacturing tool is comprised of a vacuum tool and an ultrasonic welder as a unified manufacturing tool. The manufacturing tool may be used to pick and position a manufacturing part that is then welded with the associated ultrasonic welder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignee: NIKE, INC.
    Inventors: Patrick Conall Regan, Chih-Chi Chang, Kuo-Hung Lee, Ming-Feng Jean
  • Patent number: 10456985
    Abstract: A method for manufacturing components includes joining a first edge of a thermoplastic-containing first component part and a second edge of a thermoplastic-containing second component part to one another without any overlap. The first and the second edge are interconnected by friction stir welding. Friction stir welding involves rubbing a rotating friction stir welding pin against at least one metal object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Assignee: Airbus Defence and Space GmbH
    Inventors: Juergen Silvanus, Heiko Fietzek
  • Patent number: 10384305
    Abstract: A dissimilar metal joining method includes moving a tool on a first metal along a first track on an overlapped part where the first metal is overlapped on a second metal while the tool is rotated around an axis of the tool and is pressed along the axis against the first metal such that the tool penetrates the first metal and is inserted into the second metal by a first insertion depth. The tool is moved from the first track to a second track which is on the overlapped part and which is substantially parallel to the first track after the tool has moved along an entirety of the first track. The tool is moved on the first metal along the second track on the overlapped part while the tool is rotated around the axis and is pressed against the first metal along the axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yosuke Tokoro, Mitsuru Sayama
  • Patent number: 10343346
    Abstract: A multipurpose spatula which has a separable pressing member on the outer surface of a body thereof. The pressing member is rotatable as required to allow a side surface thereof to be located on the end of one side pressing piece. This minimizes the occurrence of scratches on sheets attached to advertising signs and tables, etc. and also promotes user conveniences.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Inventor: Soungjo Kang
  • Patent number: 10319615
    Abstract: A semiconductor structure bonding apparatus is disclosed. The apparatus may include a leveling adjustment system configured to provide leveling adjustment of upper and lower block assemblies of the apparatus. In some cases, the leveling adjustment system may include a plurality of threaded posts, differentially threaded adjustment collars, and leveling sleeves. In some instances, the leveling adjustment system further may include a plurality of preload springs configured to provide a given preload capacity and range of adjustment. In some instances, the leveling adjustment system further may include a load cell through which one of the threaded posts may be inserted. In some embodiments, the upper block assembly further may include a reaction plate configured to reduce deformation of the upper block assembly. In some embodiments, the upper block assembly further may include a thermal isolation plate configured to provide compliance deflection and being of monolithic or polylithic construction, as desired.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: SUSS MICROTEC LITHOGRAPHY GMBH
    Inventors: Gregory George, Hale Johnson
  • Patent number: 10293460
    Abstract: A method of producing a polishing head including: a backing pad, for holding a workpiece back surface, stuck on a lower portion of a rigid body; and a ring template, for holding a workpiece edge, disposed on a lower surface of the backing pad. This polishing head brings a front surface of the workpiece into sliding contact with a polishing pad attached on a turn table while holding the workpiece back surface on the lower surface of the backing pad. The method includes sticking the backing pad on the lower portion of the rigid body with a double-sided tape under a reduced pressure without heating; and sticking the template on the backing pad with a double-sided tape or a liquid or paste reaction curable adhesive containing no solvent under a reduced pressure without heating. This method can polish the workpiece into a very flat workpiece.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignees: SHIN-ETSU HANDOTAI CO., LTD., SHIN-ETSU ENGINEERING CO., LTD
    Inventors: Hiromasa Hashimoto, Yasuharu Ariga, Masanao Sasaki, Takahiro Matsuda
  • Patent number: 10293431
    Abstract: A friction stir spot welding apparatus includes a pin member, a shoulder member, a rotation driver, a forward/backward movement driver, and a controller. The controller controls the forward/backward movement driver, such that the pin member and/or the shoulder member press workpieces before a clamp member presses the workpieces, and then controls the rotation driver and the forward/backward movement driver, such that the pin member and the shoulder member stir the workpieces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: KAWASAKI JUKOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Hideki Okada, Junichi Tamura, Kenichi Kamimuki
  • Patent number: 10260605
    Abstract: With the traction mechanism tensioner, a traction mechanism having at least two ends is tensionable. The traction mechanism tensioner comprises a first fastener, a second fastener and a coupler. The first fastener has a first fastening portion at which the first end of the traction mechanism as fastenable. The second fastener has a second fastening portion at which the second end of the traction mechanism is fastenable. The coupling means couples the first and the second fasteners to each other so that the first and the second fasteners are movable with respect to each other and their movability is at least restricted on one side. Further, the first and the second fasteners are pre-tensionable with respect to each other via at least one spring element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: BRANSON ULTRASCHALL Niederlassung der Emerson Technologies GmbH & Co. OHG
    Inventor: Zbynèk Lukes
  • Patent number: 10252472
    Abstract: A method is provided for joining a fiber-reinforced joining element, formed from a plastic material, to the joining surfaces thereof by way of an ultrasonic welding method. A concentrator and/or at least one insertion element is arranged in the region of the joining surfaces prior to fusing between the joining surfaces, and the concentrator and/or the insertion element are fused together with the joining surfaces in order to form a positive fit joint therewith after hardening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: Bayerische Motoren Werke Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Clemens Stefanziosa, Oguzhan Eroglu
  • Patent number: 10245676
    Abstract: In the present disclosure, friction stir welding tools having probes and stationary shoulders are disposed at corners between a first workpiece and a second workpiece. A welding device main body includes axially perpendicular movement units for moving spindle units, which hold the respective friction stir welding tools on a frame, in directions perpendicular to rotary shafts of probes, and axial movement units for moving the spindle units in directions parallel to the rotary shafts of the probes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: IHI CORPORATION
    Inventors: Hiroshi Saito, Kunitaka Masaki, Koji Nezaki, Tadafumi Kanayama, Satoshi Yamanaka, Yasushi Tabei
  • Patent number: 10207483
    Abstract: A lamination device according to embodiments of the present disclosure includes a support table, a first plate coupled to the support table, a second plate coupled to the first plate and configured to be attachable to and detachable from the first plate, a jig spaced from the second plate and configured to hold a window, the jig including a flat surface portion, and side surface portions extending from opposite sides of the flat surface portion, and a pad on the second plate and configured to pressurize an electric panel on the window.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: Samsung Display Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yanghan Son, Byungik Kong, Sehun Park, Gwang-jea Seo, Youngkuil Joo
  • Patent number: 10166574
    Abstract: A method is disclosed that includes fabricating a screen panel support frame having a curved non-planar shape, wherein the curved non-planar shape has a first amount of post-fabrication curvature. The method further includes performing a screen panel unitization process to unitize the screen panel support frame having the first post-fabrication amount of curvature with at least a plurality of layers of screening material, the screen panel unitization process reducing the curvature of the screen panel support frame from the first post-fabrication amount of curvature to a second post-unitization amount of curvature that is less than the first post-fabrication amount.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: National Oilwell Varco, L.P.
    Inventors: Monty Dean Mitchell, Marek Kozikowski
  • Patent number: 10016840
    Abstract: A method of fabricating a metal pipeline by friction stir welding (FSW) along a circumferential interface includes spinning first and second FSW tools about respective axes of rotation in contact with a pipe wall to heat, plasticize, and stir respective zones of plasticized metal at the interface. The zone of plasticized metal produced by the second FSW tool extends deeper into the pipe wall than the zone of plasticized metal produced by the first FSW tool. Relative circumferential movement of the FSW tools along the interface is controlled such that the second FSW tool following the first FSW tool enters the zone of plasticized metal produced by the first FSW tool while the metal in that zone remains plastic.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2018
    Assignee: Acergy France SAS
    Inventors: Cesar Atin, Jacques Lacome, Gregory Alexandre Toguyeni
  • Patent number: 10011072
    Abstract: A plastic welding device for the automatic welding of at least three components comprises at least one first tool, at least one second tool and at least one transfer device. A first component is positionable on the first tool. The first and the second tool are movable relative to each other in order to weld the first component with a second component. The transfer device is movable relative to at least one of the tools and with it at least one third component is automatically feedable to one of the tools. In this manner, the at least one third component is weldable with the compound made up of the first and second components via the first and the second tool or via the first or the second tool in combination with the third tool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Assignee: BRANSON ULTRASCHALL Niederlassung der Emerson Technologies GmbH & Co. OHG
    Inventors: Franz Wacker, Silvio Fuchs
  • Patent number: 10010969
    Abstract: A method for friction welding, the method comprising: locating a first workpiece in a recess or aperture of a first tool; bringing a weld face of the first and a weld face of a second workpiece into frictional engagement; and moving the first tool and the second workpiece relative to one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Assignee: Kuka Systems UK Limited
    Inventors: Stephen Reed, Frederick John Harris, John Searle
  • Patent number: 9976988
    Abstract: Disclosed is an apparatus, method and system for inspecting structures, and more particularly for evaluating the condition of a structure. The disclosed nondestructive inspection testing method and apparatus enables an operator to assess the condition of a structure, such as a composite laminate part and determining the location and depth of anomalies. The method includes generating a subsurface longitudinal ultrasonic wave signal at a high incidence angle into a structure being evaluated and collecting at least one of any front, back or side reflected wave data. The method may include processing the reflected wave data to determine the condition of the structure, including any anomalies that may have been detected and their location, size and shape.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Jeffrey R. Kollgaard, William J. Tapia
  • Patent number: 9937644
    Abstract: An upper shell panel may be placed between first and second sections of a mold. The first section may include one or more expansion cavities and the second section may include one or more pour cavities. A foam-producing chemical mixture may be delivered into the one or more pour cavities and the mold may be closed. The delivered foam-producing chemical mixture may be allowed to expand within the closed mold and to force regions of the upper shell panel into the one or more expansion cavities. The upper shell panel may then be removed from the mold subsequent to the expansion of the delivered mixture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Hochdoerffer, Christopher J. Lyke, Atikom Tappatarnpornsuk
  • Patent number: 9937586
    Abstract: The invention relates to a device and a method for friction stir welding materials of different thicknesses and that have fillet welds, comprising the following features: a) a receiver panel (1) that has a drive head (2) and a welding shoe (4) that has a pin bearing, said welding shoe (4) being selected and inserted according to whether it is being used with materials of different thicknesses or with materials that have fillet welds, b) the longitudinal axis of the spindle bearing being at an incline of an angle between 0 and 5 degrees relative to the vertical line; the transverse incline being 0 degrees for the fillet weld shoe (4), and c) when the welding pin (6) is exchanged, the length of the welding pin (6) being adjusted using an adjustment element (12) and the position of the counter-bearing of the welding pin (6) being adjusted using an adjustable pin stop (19) and, in the case of the pin stop (19), additionally secured by an adjustment screw (20).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Assignee: GRENZEBACH MASCHINENBAU GMBH
    Inventors: Markus Weigl, Alexander Feineis, Sascha Christoph, Matthias Kunz
  • Patent number: 9899148
    Abstract: A device for manufacturing a field pole magnet body includes a reference jig having reference surfaces in a lengthwise direction, a width direction, and a thickness direction for positioning the plurality of cleaved and divided magnet fragments; a lengthwise direction pressing means that presses the magnet fragments from the lengthwise direction to the lengthwise direction reference surface; a width direction pressing means that presses them from the width direction to the width direction reference surface; and a thickness pressing means that presses them from the thickness direction to the thickness direction reference surface. The lengthwise direction pressing means is operated to press the magnet fragments in a state in which a pressing force of at least one of the width direction pressing means and the thickness direction pressing means is suppressed to be weaker than a pressing force generated by the lengthwise direction pressing means or is released.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2018
    Assignee: NISSAN MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yasushi Matsushita, Hideki Watanabe, Takashi Sekikawa, Kimio Nishimura, Kazuhiro Takaichi, Akihisa Hori, Takumi Ohshima, Michito Kishi, Kunitomo Ishiguro
  • Patent number: 9835234
    Abstract: With the traction means tensioner, a traction means having at least two ends is tensionable. The traction means tensioner comprises a first fastening means, a second fastening means and a coupling means. The first fastening means has a first fastening portion at which the first end of the traction means as fastenable. The second fastening means has a second fastening portion at which the second end of the traction means is fastenable. The coupling means couples the first and the second fastening means to each other so that the first and the second fastening means are movable with respect to each other and their movability is at least restricted on one side. Further, the first and the second fastening means are pre-tensionable with respect to each other via at least one spring element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2017
    Assignee: BRANSON ULTRASCHALL Niederlassung der Emerson Technologies GmbH & Co. OHG
    Inventor: Zbynèk Lukes
  • Patent number: 9821419
    Abstract: The method for manufacturing a heat exchanger plate includes a lid groove closing process to insert a lid plate into a lid groove formed at a periphery of a concave groove opening to a surface of a base member; and a primary joining process to perform friction stirring while relatively moving a primary joining rotary tool equipped with a stirring pin along a butting portion of a side wall of the lid groove and a side surface of the lid plate, and in the primary joining process, the rotating stirring pin is inserted into the butting portion, and the friction stirring is performed in a state of only the stirring pin being in contact with the base member and the lid plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Assignee: NIPPON LIGHT METAL COMPANY, LTD.
    Inventors: Hisashi Hori, Nobushiro Seo
  • Patent number: 9796169
    Abstract: A display panel manufacturing apparatus includes a first jig having a portion that is bent and a lower surface to which a window member is coupleable, a second jig having one surface that is coupleable to the lower surface of the first jig, the second jig being spaced apart from the first jig and having an upper surface on which a sheet member is attachable, a grip unit that is spaced apart from the second jig, the grip unit including a seating groove in which an end portion of the sheet member is seatable, and a movement limiting member moveably mounted on a top of the grip unit and configured to support the end portion of the sheet member in a state that the sheet member is separated from the grip unit, such that a movement of the sheet member is limited for a preset time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2017
    Assignee: Samsung Display Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Hyun Chuel Kim
  • Patent number: 9764518
    Abstract: A method of manufacturing a panel, the panel comprising a composite skin and at least one composite stiffener, the method comprising: positioning first and second mandrels on opposite sides of the stiffener; positioning first and second compaction tools on opposite sides of the skin; and compacting the skin between the first and second compaction tools by moving one or both of the compaction tools, wherein the movement of the compaction tool(s) causes the first and second mandrels to move towards the stiffener along inclined paths so as to compact the stiffener between the mandrels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: Airbus Operations Limited
    Inventor: Risto Kallinen
  • Patent number: 9751477
    Abstract: A vibration welding device 40 includes: a vibration welding mold that is configured including an upper mold and a lower mold divided in an up-down direction, that is fitted with a first component and a second component forming an elongated shape having a bent portion, and that is disposed with length directions of the first component and the second component along a left-right direction; plural first mold divisions that configure one of the upper mold or the lower mold, and that are divided in the left-right direction; a pressing device that is coupled to each of the plural first mold divisions, and that applies pressure to the first mold divisions; and a vibration device that is coupled to each of the plural first mold divisions, and that vibrates the first mold divisions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2017
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Yoshihiro Iwano
  • Patent number: 9754719
    Abstract: A cutting method and a cutting device of cutting a magnet body including a coating film feed, in a state where the magnet body in which cutout grooves serving as brittle sections are provided on a lower surface along cutting planned positions is supported by dies serving as two support points from the lower side, the magnet body to a position where the brittle section is arranged between both the support points, and press the magnet body from the upper side of a position offset rearward in the feeding direction from the brittle section between both the support points, so as to cut the magnet body into a cut magnet body and a magnet piece smaller than the cut magnet body while cutting the coating film.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2017
    Assignee: Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Takumi Ohshima, Kiyoshi Hasegawa, Kimio Nishimura, Takashi Sekikawa, Yasushi Matsushita, Akihisa Hori, Michito Kishi
  • Patent number: 9745855
    Abstract: The apparatus and method allows multiple components to be simultaneously bonded to a central shaft or tube using linear friction welding in a single welding process. The method involves simultaneously pressing the work pieces radially against the central shaft or tube at the desired locations while the shaft is vibrated axially. The weld is facilitated by the use of a linear friction welding machine, which includes a number of fixtures and press assemblies to hold and press the various work pieces against the central shaft or tube and a vibrating assembly for vibrating the central shaft or tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2017
    Assignee: APCI, LLC
    Inventor: Stephen A. Johnson
  • Patent number: 9700958
    Abstract: An apparatus for friction stir welding with a drive shaft, a probe, which has a first friction surface, and a shoulder element having a second friction surface. An annular cavity is formed between an inner surface of the shoulder element and the drive shaft and/or the probe. The shoulder element includes first and second through holes that are spaced apart in the longitudinal direction. An annular ring element is rotatable with respect to the shoulder element and is rotatably supported on the shoulder element by first and second support members between which an annular channel is formed. The annular channel is arranged such that the first through hole connects the annular channel with the annular cavity. The annular ring element radially outwardly delimits the annular channel and includes a through bore which extends to the annular channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2017
    Assignee: Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht Zentrum fuer Material—und Kuestenforschung GmbH
    Inventors: Luciano Bergmann, Jorge Fernandez Dos Santos
  • Patent number: 9687934
    Abstract: The invention relates to a friction application device having an application element which is movable by means of a moving device on a surface of a workpiece and in a relative movement with respect to the surface of the workpiece, wherein at least one supporting tool which is in contact with the application element and prevents bead formation on the application element is arranged in the contact region between the application element and the surface of the workpiece.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2017
    Assignee: Hochschule für angewandte Wissenschaften—Fachhochschule Kempten
    Inventor: Paul Schindele
  • Patent number: 9647343
    Abstract: Systems and methods for assembling different multi-element items with different specifications using a reconfigurable apparatus are provided. One embodiment includes a base plate, a back plate coupled to the base plate in a predetermined angle relationship. The exemplary back plate comprises a plurality of alignment pins adapted to engage with alignment locations of multiple element assembly items. The exemplary base plate and alignment mounting structures couple to end cap parts disposed on opposing ends of the multiple element assembly items holding the items together. A clamping mechanism maintains/releases pressure on the multiple element assembly items against the back plate. The back plate holds alignment pins in a first back plate location in a first orientation for one type of multiple element assembly items and hold the alignment pins in a second location when the back plate is in a second orientation for a different type of multiple element assembly items.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2017
    Assignee: The United States of America as represented by the Secretary of the Navy
    Inventor: Jeffrey M. Waters
  • Patent number: 9595763
    Abstract: Systems and methods for assembling different multi-element items with different specifications using a reconfigurable apparatus are provided. One embodiment includes a base plate, a back plate coupled to the base plate in a predetermined angle relationship. The exemplary back plate comprises a plurality of alignment pins adapted to engage with alignment locations of multiple element assembly items. The exemplary base plate and alignment mounting structures couple to end cap parts disposed on opposing ends of the multiple element assembly items holding the items together. A clamping mechanism maintains/releases pressure on the multiple element assembly items against the back plate. The back plate holds alignment pins in a first back plate location in a first orientation for one type of multiple element assembly items and hold the alignment pins in a second location when the back plate is in a second orientation for a different type of multiple element assembly items.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 14, 2017
    Assignee: The United States of America as represented by the Secretary of the Navy
    Inventor: Jeffrey M. Waters
  • Patent number: 9511461
    Abstract: A manufacturing apparatus is presented. The manufacturing apparatus comprises a tool support movable along multiple axes; a tool mounted on the tool support for performing a manufacturing operation on a workpiece; and an ancillary device releasably mounted on the tool support and used in conjunction with the tool, the ancillary device moveable along at least a first axis independent of the movement of the tool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2016
    Assignee: THE BOEING COMPANY
    Inventors: John A. Baumann, Herb Bommer, Kurt A. Burton, Mike P. Matlack
  • Patent number: 9498940
    Abstract: Provided are a cover window and an apparatus and method for manufacturing the cover window. The cover window includes a film layer having at least one bent portion, a resin layer having at least one bent portion, and an adhesive layer disposed between the film layer and the resin layer and adhering the film layer and the resin layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2016
    Assignee: Samsung Display Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Jee-Seok Oh, Jeong-Ho Hwang, Sang-Gu Kim, Joo-Il Kim
  • Patent number: 9475148
    Abstract: A friction stir processing tool having a shoulder, which is implemented on a body, and which has a friction surface for pressing against at least one workpiece at least partially provided with a surface coating, and a friction reducing unit for reducing the friction resistance between the surface coating and the friction surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2016
    Assignee: EADS Deutschland GmbH
    Inventors: Juegren Silvanus, Tommy Brunzel
  • Patent number: 9364917
    Abstract: A friction stir processing tool having a shoulder, which is implemented on a body, and which has a friction surface for pressing against at least one workpiece at least partially provided with a surface coating, and a friction reducing unit for reducing the friction resistance between the surface coating and the friction surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2016
    Assignee: EADS Deutschland GmbH
    Inventors: Juegren Silvanus, Tommy Brunzel
  • Patent number: 9339892
    Abstract: The present invention refers to a method for joining at least two workpieces, the method comprising the following method steps: providing and positioning the workpieces to be joined; providing at least one joining element; heating the joining element to a temperature substantially equal to its plasticizing temperature with at least one heat source; heating the workpieces at least in the region of a joint to a predetermined reaction temperature; and applying material of the joining element to the region of the joint with a relative movement taking place between the joining element and the region of the joint.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2016
    Assignee: Hochschule fuer angewandte Wissenschaften—Fachhochschule Kempten
    Inventor: Paul Schindele
  • Patent number: 9325073
    Abstract: Systems and methods for assembling different multi-element items with different specifications using a reconfigurable apparatus are provided. One embodiment includes a base plate, a back plate coupled to the base plate in a predetermined angle relationship. The exemplary back plate comprises a plurality of alignment pins adapted to engage with alignment locations of multiple element assembly items. The exemplary base plate and alignment mounting structures couple to end cap parts disposed on opposing ends of the multiple element assembly items holding the items together. A clamping mechanism maintains/releases pressure on the multiple element assembly items against the back plate. The back plate holds alignment pins in a first back plate location in a first orientation for one type of multiple element assembly items and hold the alignment pins in a second location when the back plate is in a second orientation for a different type of multiple element assembly items.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2016
    Assignee: The United States of America as represented by the Secretary of the Navy
    Inventor: Jeffrey M. Waters
  • Patent number: 9314870
    Abstract: A tool driving section of a friction stir spot welding device is configured to advance and retract each of a pin member and a shoulder member. A tool driving control section is configured to control the tool driving section such that an absolute value of a tool average position Tx is small, wherein Tx is defined by a following equation: Ap·Pp+As·Ps=Tx, where Ap is a cross-section area of a front end surface of the pin member, As is a cross-section area of a front end surface of the shoulder member, Pp is a press-fit depth of the pin member press-fitted from a front surface of an object to be welded, and Ps is a press-fit depth of the shoulder member press-fitted from the front surface of the object to be welded. Thus, especially in a double-acting friction stir spot welding, excellent welding quality can be accurately achieved according to welding conditions, and an internal cavity defect can be prevented or suppressed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2016
    Assignee: KAWASAKI JUKOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Hideki Okada, Hajime Kashiki, Kazumi Fukuhara, Mitsuo Fujimoto
  • Patent number: 9168690
    Abstract: Composite polymeric articles significantly larger than the size of a compression molding press are produced by providing a plurality of expandable pillows interposed between an upper plate and the upper exterior surface of an outside the press upper mold. The upper plate has a plurality of downwardly extending paired vertical arms attached to opposite sides of the upper plate. Each vertical arm has a lower portion having a eyelet (or aperture), and each pair of vertical arms together forms an aligned pair of eyelets. When the upper and lower mold portions are pressed together, the eyelets reside below the exterior lower surface of the outside the press lower mold portion. Each eyelet is dimensioned to reversibly receive a horizontal or lateral arm that is deployed below the exterior lower surface of the outside the press lower mold portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2015
    Assignee: LRM Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: Dale E. Polk
  • Patent number: 9038689
    Abstract: A system for fluid partitioning for chemical amplification or other chemical processing or separations of a sample, comprising a first dispenser of a first polymeric sheet, wherein the first polymeric sheet contains chambers; a second dispenser of a second polymeric sheet wherein the first dispenser and the second dispenser are positioned so that the first polymeric sheet and the second polymeric sheet become parallel; a dispenser of the fluid positioned to dispense the fluid between the first polymeric sheet and the second polymeric sheet; and a seal unit that seals the first polymeric sheet and the second polymeric sheet together thereby sealing the sample between the first polymeric sheet and the second polymeric sheet and partitioning the fluid for chemical amplification or other chemical processing or separations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2015
    Assignee: Lawrence Livermore National Security, LLC
    Inventor: Brian L. Anderson
  • Patent number: 9016342
    Abstract: The bonding apparatus is capable of effectively increasing temperature of a substrate and reducing occurrence of position gaps and poor connection in a process of flip-chip-bonding semiconductor devices to the substrate. The bonding apparatus comprises: a supporting unit for supporting the substrate, on which the semiconductor devices have been adhered by a non-conductive; and a heating/pressing unit for heating and pressing the substrate, the heating/pressing unit having a built-in heat source and a clamping face, onto which the substrate supported by the supporting unit is pressed. The substrate supported by the supporting unit is moved toward the clamping face of the heating/pressing unit so as to preheat the substrate and the semiconductor devices by radiation heat. Then, the semiconductor devices are pressed onto the clamping face of the heating/pressing unit so as to cure the non-conductive adhesive and bond bumps of the semiconductor devices to terminal sections of the substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2015
    Assignee: Apic Yamada Corporation
    Inventor: Kazuhiko Kobayashi
  • Patent number: 9016345
    Abstract: A rotary lamination apparatus has a die assembly rotatable about an axis and a mounting table received in an axial hole extending through the die assembly. Through rotation of the die assembly, punched core pieces are mounted on the mounting table while being rotatively offset. A drive mechanism is employed to rotate the mounting table integrally with the die assembly about the axis of the die assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2015
    Assignee: Toyota Boshoku Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Kazuyuki Hirata, Shirou Fujimura, Hajime Banno
  • Publication number: 20150096679
    Abstract: An apparatus is provided for applying a covering film to a book. The apparatus has a gate mechanism having open and closed states, which in the closed state presents a front surface against which a covering film may be overlaid. The spine of a book is pressed onto the covering film overlaying the front surface. The gate is then opened to admit the book to a space rearward of the gate beyond the front surface, such that the book draws the covering film into that space. A laminating mechanism is positioned rearwardly of the gate top receive the book and laminate the film against the front and rear covers to cover the book with the film.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 6, 2014
    Publication date: April 9, 2015
    Inventors: Alan RYAN, Gerald RYAN
  • Publication number: 20150090396
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a set of tools for producing a composite part with a circumference higher than 180° having at least one convex surface which cannot be stripped. The set of tools includes at least one core and a plurality of keys. One of the keys includes supporting and holding walls, and a lateral wall. The supporting wall has a shape substantially similar to the shape of a working wall of the core, and the holding wall supports at least in part a first skin of the composite part to be produced. Furthermore, the lateral wall includes a holder to maintain together at least two adjacent keys, and the holder allows a circumferential clearance between adjacent lateral walls of the two adjacent keys.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 11, 2014
    Publication date: April 2, 2015
    Inventors: Guy Bernard VAUCHEL, Eric PILLON, Denis GRENET, Maxime COIN
  • Patent number: 8967216
    Abstract: A linear friction welding system includes a power shaft defining a power shaft axis and including a first eccentric portion and a first power transfer portion, a power transfer rod engaged with the first power transfer portion, an actuator assembly operably coupled with the power transfer rod and configured to move the power transfer rod axially along the power shaft axis, a crank including a second eccentric portion operably coupled with the first eccentric portion, and a second power transfer portion engaged with the power transfer rod, the linear friction welding system configured such that axial movement of the power transfer rod causes rotational movement of the crank with respect to the power shaft about the power shaft axis, a cam follower operably connected to an outer surface of the second eccentric portion, and a ram operably connected to the cam follower and configured to vibrate along a welding axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Assignee: APCI, LLC
    Inventor: Stephen A. Johnson
  • Publication number: 20150047783
    Abstract: A pressure transfer plate for transferring a bonding pressure, especially in thermocompression bonding, from a pressurization apparatus to a wafer, comprising a first pressure side for making contact with a pressurization apparatus, a second pressure side facing away from the first pressure side having an effective contact area for making contact with the wafer and pressurizing it, at least the effective contact area having a low adhesiveness relative to the wafer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 19, 2012
    Publication date: February 19, 2015
    Applicant: EV GROUP E. THALLNER GMBH
    Inventors: Jurgen Burggraf, Peter-Oliver Hangweier, Christian Perau
  • Publication number: 20150049412
    Abstract: There is provided a multilayer ceramic capacitor, including: a ceramic body including a plurality of dielectric layers stacked therein; first and second internal electrodes alternately exposed to both end surfaces of the ceramic body, having each of the dielectric layers disposed therebetween; and first and second external electrodes formed on the end surfaces of the ceramic body and electrically connected to the first and second internal electrodes, respectively, wherein a difference in rigidity between upper and lower portions of the ceramic body is 4% or less.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 19, 2013
    Publication date: February 19, 2015
    Applicant: SAMSUNG ELECTRO-MECHANICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Tae Hyeok KIM, Byoung Hwa LEE, Jin Man JUNG
  • Publication number: 20150041070
    Abstract: A multi-height energy-directing device, for facilitating staged welding together of workpieces. The device includes multiple elements extending from a body, wherein the elements do not all have a same height. Each element of a first group of the elements has a first height while each element of a second group of the elements has a second height differing from the first height. The elements are configured to channel welding energy through the device in a pre-determined manner. The predetermine manner includes channeling the energy through taller, primary, elements, of said elements, in an initial stage of the welding process, while passing none through shorter, secondary, elements, of said elements, in the initial stage.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 7, 2014
    Publication date: February 12, 2015
    Inventor: PEI-CHUNG WANG