Pressure Forming Patents (Class 164/113)
  • Patent number: 11685975
    Abstract: A magnesium alloy containing, in % by mass, 0.95 to 2.00% of Zn, 0.05% or more and less than 0.30% of Zr, 0.05 to 0.20% of Mn, and the balance consisting of Mg and unavoidable impurities, wherein the magnesium alloy has a particle size distribution with an average crystal particle size from 1.0 to 3.0 ?m and a standard deviation of 0.7 or smaller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2023
    Assignee: Japan Medical Device Technology Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hironori Ueda, Masashi Inoue, Makoto Sasaki
  • Patent number: 11648609
    Abstract: Disclosed are a die-casting die, a die-casting device and an ultra-high speed die-casting method. The die-casting die comprises a die body, the die body is arranged with a feed port, a pouring potion and a cavity portion, the pouring potion is arranged with a pouring runner communicating to the feed port, and the cavity portion is arranged with a molding cavity; the die body is arranged with a gate portion between the cavity portion and the pouring potion, the gate portion is arranged with an ingate runner communicating the molding cavity and the pouring runner, the ingate runner is a plurality of ingate runners, and each ingate runner is arranged in sequence in the width direction of a side of the gate portion facing the molding cavity; a communicating position between the ingate runner and the molding cavity is an ingate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2022
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2023
    Inventor: Shenghua Wang
  • Patent number: 11649836
    Abstract: A pressure intensifier device increases pressure in a pressurized fluid chamber of a piston/cylinder unit. The pressure intensifier device has a pressure intensifier cylinder and a pressure intensifier piston, which is guided in an axially movable manner in the cylinder, wherein the pressure intensifier cylinder has an outlet region, an inlet region upstream of the outlet region and a piston guiding chamber, and the pressure intensifier piston has a piston part, which is guided in the piston guiding chamber, and a piston rod, which extends from the piston part to the inlet region, in a maximally retracted release position releases a fluid connection between the inlet region and the outlet region and, in a maximally advanced blocking position, blocks this connection with a free end portion, with which it extends into the outlet region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2023
    Assignee: Oskar Frech GmbH + Co. KG
    Inventors: Norbert Erhard, Peter Maurer
  • Patent number: 11638951
    Abstract: A casting mold is provided with a cavity portion and an overflow portion, and the overflow portion is connected to a gas flow path (suction path). A valve (an on-off valve, a shut-off valve) is provided between the gas flow path and the overflow portion. A heating method for a casting mold includes a step of setting the pressure in the cavity portion to a second pressure by sucking gas in the overflow portion and in the cavity portion while the valve is kept open for a second time period shorter than a first time period during casting. The heating method further includes a step of heating the casting mold by supplying molten metal into the cavity portion set at the second pressure, and solidifying the molten metal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2022
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2023
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Kenji Yuki, Ryo Onishi, Satoru Kimura
  • Patent number: 11584212
    Abstract: A battery pack includes a first battery module, a first battery case accommodating the first battery module, a second battery module, and a second battery case placed on an upper side of the first battery case so as to overlap each other and accommodating the second battery module. The second battery module is fixed to a fastening portion formed on a bottom surface of the second battery case and bulging downward. A hole portion for accommodating the fastening portion is provided on an upper surface of the first battery case at a position overlapping the fastening portion when viewed from above.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2021
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2023
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Tomoyuki Okada, Yoshiro Ichikawa, Tomofumi Yasuda
  • Patent number: 11511335
    Abstract: A gas suction device of a casting mold includes an overflow portion, a suction path, and a shut-off valve. The shut-off valve includes a housing section for housing a valve element. An upstream-side housing portion of the housing section has an arc-shaped outer peripheral edge. The overflow portion includes an introduction path which is continuous with the upstream-side housing portion and guides gas to the upstream-side housing portion. At a predetermined location on the outer peripheral edge, the introduction path is connected to the upstream-side housing portion along the tangential direction of the outer peripheral edge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2022
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2022
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yuki Ariyama, Masahiro Yamada, Satoru Kimura, Kenji Yuki
  • Patent number: 11493314
    Abstract: Disclosed is a cartridge case for various caliber ammunition that consists essentially of a powdered metal and/or powdered metal alloy that is formed into the cartridge case through an injection mold processing. Also disclosed is a method for forming a cartridge case, which may include use of Metal Injection Molding (“MIM”) processes to produce the cartridge case which retains a primer, propellant, and/or a bullet. The method can include metal injection molding an initial part, and also at least one of tapering and trimming the initial part to form the finished cartridge case. Further embodiments can include the use of Finite Element Method (FEM) analysis to develop an optimized MIM design.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2022
    Assignee: Concurrent Technologies Corporation
    Inventors: Todd Skowron, Juan Valencia, Shawn Rhodes, William Brueggen
  • Patent number: 11420387
    Abstract: This disclosure generally relates to methods and apparatus for 3D printing of highly viscous materials, especially to high amplitude ultrasonic vibration facilitated lower temperature 3D printing of highly viscous materials with a viscosity of at least 1000 Pa·s.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2022
    Assignee: Purdue Research Foundation
    Inventors: Jeffrey Frederick Rhoads, Ibrahim Emre Gunduz, Steven Forrest Son, George Tsu-Chih Chiu
  • Patent number: 11359264
    Abstract: A method for casting an aluminum alloy includes: pouring molten metal of an aluminum alloy comprising 6.0 to 9.0 mass % of Si, 0.4 to 0.8 mass % of Mg, 0.25 to 1.0 mass % of Cu, 0.08 to 0.25 mass % of Fe, 0.6 mass % or less of Mn, 0.2 mass % or less of Ti, and 0.01 mass % or less of Sr, with the balance being Al and unavoidable impurities into a shot sleeve of a die casting machine; filling a mold cavity of a center-gate die with the molten metal at a gate speed of 1 msec or less so as to produce a laminar flow, and subjecting T5 heat treatment so as to obtain the aluminum alloy having a tensile strength of 240 MPa or more.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2022
    Inventors: Tomoo Yoshida, Shinichi Asai
  • Patent number: 11344947
    Abstract: A method for forming a battery bracket by semi-solid die casting, where the battery bracket is prepared by semi-solid die casting. The method includes: preparing an aluminum alloy raw material into liquid aluminum alloy, and incubating the liquid aluminum alloy at a first preset temperature; delivering the liquid aluminum alloy to a slurry machine for stirring to obtain a semi-solid slurry; pouring the semi-solid slurry into a die-casting machine for die-casting forming to obtain a prototype of the battery bracket; and subjecting the formed prototype of the battery bracket to solution treatment at a second preset temperature and then to aging treatment at a third preset temperature to obtain the battery bracket; where, the battery bracket mold structurally matches the battery bracket, and gates are disposed at positions in the battery bracket mold corresponding to threaded connections of a first boss and a second boss of the battery bracket, respectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2022
    Assignee: Qingdao Yuyuan New Material Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Xuelei Song
  • Patent number: 11292178
    Abstract: An injection molding apparatus and method of fabricating a molded part are provided. The apparatus may include a barrel, a nozzle enclosing an end of the barrel and defining an opening in fluid communication with an inside of the barrel, and an extrusion screw positioned at least partially inside the barrel and rotatable relative to the barrel. The extrusion screw may include a screw tip. Relative axial movement between the barrel and the extrusion screw may open or close the opening of the nozzle to permit or prevent, respectively, material flow through the opening of the nozzle. The method may include clamping a mold, opening a nozzle, rotating the extrusion screw to pump a molten material into the mold until the mold is filled, closing the nozzle, and unclamping the mold to release a molded part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2022
    Assignee: Extrude to Fill, Inc.
    Inventor: Richard Ernest Fitzpatrick
  • Patent number: 11248279
    Abstract: An aluminum-based composite material includes an aluminum parent phase, and stick-shaped or needle-shaped dispersive matter of aluminum carbide dispersed in the aluminum parent phase. A method of manufacturing the aluminum-based composite material includes a step of mixing aluminum powder having a purity of 99% by mass or higher with a stick-shaped or needle-shaped carbon material, and pressing and molding a resulting mixture, so as to prepare a compacted powder body. The manufacturing method further includes a step of heating the compacted powder body at 600C to 660C to react the carbon material with aluminum in the aluminum powder, so as to disperse the stick-shaped or needle-shaped dispersive matter of aluminum carbide in the aluminum parent phase.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 15, 2022
    Inventors: Yasufumi Otsuka, Satoru Yoshinaga
  • Patent number: 11154927
    Abstract: A composite casting system for manufacturing a heterogeneous material casting product may include a fixed mold; a movable mold for opening or closing one side of the fixed mold; a slide core pin provided inside the fixed mold or the movable mold, and capable of being protruded to a cavity side, which is formed by a combination of the fixed mold and the movable mold, from the inside of the fixed mold or the movable mold; a high-pressure casting device for injecting high-pressure casting molten metal into the cavity; and a gravity casting device for injecting gravity casting molten metal through a gravity casting hole formed on the fixed mold or the movable mold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 26, 2021
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors Corporation
    Inventors: Hyo-Moon Joo, Ji-Yong Lee, Cheol-Ung Lee, Mun-Gu Kang, Min-Soo Kim, Yoon-Ki Lee
  • Patent number: 11134618
    Abstract: There are provided luminaire assemblies and methods of assemblies thereof. For example, there is provided a luminaire assembly including a hollow core and an overmolded thermal dissipation structure molded over the hollow core.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 5, 2021
    Inventors: Eden Dubuc, Robert David Spívock
  • Patent number: 11040394
    Abstract: A method for casting metals under pressure by a cold-chamber method includes placing a bolt of the metal to be cast in one of at least two casting chambers and selecting a casting chamber from the at least two casting chambers and feeding and introducing the selected casting chamber into a diecasting machine, the selected casting chamber having one outlet opening. The selecting and feeding of the casting chambers is carried out alternately from the at least two casting chambers. The method further includes heating the bolt by means of induction. Melting of the bolt in the selected casting chamber is carried out after the feeding and introducing of the selected casting chamber into the diecasting machine but before an opening of the outlet opening of the selected casting chamber in order to fill the cavities is completed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 22, 2021
    Inventors: Michael Just, Holger Rammensee
  • Patent number: 10933465
    Abstract: A foundry casting system and process employs an inert gas delivery and recovery system for casting parts which results in cast parts having improved metalurgical characteristics. The system may be employed in sand, die casting, semi-permanent and permanent casting environments. Pressurized inert gas may be diffused into the mold before, during and after the metal pouring step. The resulting casting is free from oxides and dissolved hydrogen gas as they are removed from the mold cavity. This results in higher quality castings as well as increased production output due to faster cooling cycles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2021
    Inventor: Adolf Hetke
  • Patent number: 10894287
    Abstract: An injection assembly for a die-casting machine includes an injection piston for which a desired speed (Vset) is defined during a metal injection step. The piston is moved by an injection delivery valve and an injection drain valve, controlled in opening according to a tuning speed (Vreg). A system of auto-tuning of the opening of the valves is provided. The tuning speed (Vreg) is determined according to the difference between the desired speed (Vset) for the piston and an effective speed (Veff) of the piston, detected for the previous die-casting cycle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 19, 2021
    Inventor: Andrea Pezzoli
  • Patent number: 10840202
    Abstract: A method of forming solder bumps includes preparing a substrate having a surface on which a plurality of electrode pads are formed, forming a resist layer on the substrate, the resist layer having a plurality of openings, each of the openings being aligned with a corresponding electrode pad of the plurality of electrode pads, forming a conductive pillar in each of the openings of the resist layer, forming conductive layers to cover at least side walls of the resist layer in the openings to block gas emanating from the resist layer, filling molten solder in each of the openings in which the conductive layers has been formed and removing the resist layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2020
    Inventors: Toyohiro Aoki, Takashi Hisada, Hiroyuki Mori, Eiji Nakamura, Yasumitsu Orii
  • Patent number: 10835953
    Abstract: A molten metal feed pipe for feeding a molten metal of an nonferrous alloy includes an outer tube made of a ferrous material, an inner tube made of a molten metal resistant material, and an intermediate member made of a compact of a fibrous non-organic material, which is disposed between the outer tube and the inner tube. The intermediate member, positioned in the central region of the molten metal feed pipe with respect to the longitudinal axial direction of the molten metal feed pipe, is disposed between the outer tube and the inner tube with the intermediate member being compressed in a radial direction of the molten metal feed pipe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2020
    Assignee: Toshiba Kikai Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Hisanori Fuwa, Shuhei Honma, Hiroki Amezawa
  • Patent number: 10821504
    Abstract: A piston head for a die-casting machine, in particular a cold chamber type, comprises a front surface for pushing the molten metal and a side wall extending around a head axis, wherein at least one ring seat is provided in said side wall suitable to receive a sealing ring. The bottom of the ring seat is connected to the front surface through holes or connection channels for a metal flow under the sealing ring. The holes or connection channels lead into an annular peripheral portion of said front surface, said annular peripheral portion being inclined with respect to a front plane orthogonal to said head axis so as to be turned towards said head axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2020
    Assignee: CPR SUISSE S.A.
    Inventor: Chiara Schivalocchi
  • Patent number: 10808301
    Abstract: A magnesium alloy is provided which does not contain a rare earth and which achieves, in a high-temperature region of about 200° C., both satisfactory mechanical properties and thermal conductivity. A magnesium alloy including Mg, Ca, Al and Si, where a content of Ca is less than 9.0 mass %, a content of Al is equal to or more than 0.5 mass % but less than 5.7 mass %, a content of Si is equal to or less than 1.3 mass % and Al+8Ca?20.5%.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yuichi Ienaga, Masao Ishida
  • Patent number: 10807286
    Abstract: A liquid injection molding apparatus is provided. The liquid injection molding apparatus comprises a mold assembly; a clamping unit; an injector including a barrel; a feed screw concentrically located in the barrel; and a motor having a drive shaft removably coupled to the feed screw via a bayonet connector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Assignee: MOLD-MASTERS (2007) LIMITED
    Inventors: Alexander Berlin, Martin Kestle
  • Patent number: 10767550
    Abstract: Herein described is a two-stroke internal combustion engine (100), comprising: a cylinder (135) having a pre-set central axis (B); a piston (145) slidably coupled to the cylinder (135) and suitable to divide the interior volume thereof into two distinct chambers, including a combustion chamber (150) and a pumping chamber (155); an intake duct (160) communicating with the pumping chamber (155); an exhaust duct (170) communicating with the combustion chamber (150); and at least one scavenging duct (180) suitable to place the pumping chamber (155) in communication with the combustion chamber (150); wherein said scavenging duct (180) comprises a terminal portion (190) leading to the combustion chamber (150) which extends with configuration diverging from an inlet section (200) up to an outlet section (205) obtained on a lateral surface of the cylinder (135).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Assignee: EMAK S.P.A.
    Inventors: Marco Ferrari, Vincenzo Gagliardi
  • Patent number: 10702914
    Abstract: A light metal injection molding machine includes an injection cylinder, a seal cylinder, a plunger, and a seal mechanism having a first annular body, a second annular body and a third annular body. The first annular body is arranged in an opening of the seal cylinder, and maintains a semisolid state of a molding material in a first gap between its inner periphery surface and the plunger. The second annular body is arranged in the opening between the injection cylinder and the first annular body, and includes an anterior internal groove formed over its whole inner periphery surface and a plurality of anterior transverse holes passing through the inner periphery surface. The third annular body is accommodated into the anterior internal groove transformably in a radial direction of the plunger, and tighten the plunger by pressurization from molding material flowing into the anterior transverse holes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: SODICK CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Misao Fujikawa
  • Patent number: 10695828
    Abstract: Disclosed is a continuous casting and continuous forging forming process for an aluminum wheel. The process combines the advantage of low-pressure filling stability of molten aluminum alloy, and utilizes the strengthening effect of extrusion deformation forging of a side mold locking ring and a pressure module to improve the mechanical properties of an aluminum wheel material to close to the forging level. A mold cavity is sealed by means of the side mold locking ring and a center mold locking taper, and the extrusion forging pressure acts on the surface of the aluminum alloy in the closed mold cavity, so that the requirement of equipment for mold closing tonnage is lowered, and the cost of the equipment is far lower than that of forging equipment and equivalent to that of casting equipment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Inventors: Dexi Du, Zhihua Zhu
  • Patent number: 10677110
    Abstract: An umbrella part metallic sodium insertion device for inserting rod-shaped metallic sodium into a hollow part of a hollow valve; a melting device for melting the metallic sodium in the hollow part by inserting a push rod from an opening into the hollow part of the hollow valve, in which the metallic sodium has been inserted by the device, and, while pushing the rod-shaped metallic sodium in the hollow part, heating the umbrella part to a temperature at which the metallic sodium is melted; a stem part cooling device for cooling a stem part of the hollow valve, in which the metallic sodium has been melted by the melting device, to a temperature lower than the temperature at which the metallic sodium is melted; and a stem part metallic sodium insertion device for inserting rod-shaped metallic sodium into the hollow part which has been cooled by the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Inventors: Takahiro Karita, Yasushi Maeda
  • Patent number: 10675676
    Abstract: A process for preparing molten metals for casting at a low to zero superheat temperature involves the steps of placing a heat extracting probe into the melt and at the same time vigorous convection is applied to assure nearly uniform cooling of the melt. Then, the heat extraction probe is rapidly removed when a low or zero superheat temperature is reached. Finally, the rapidly cooled melt is quickly transferred to a mold for casting into parts or a shot sleeve for injection into a die cavity. The process may be carried out so as that small amounts of solid form in part of the melt. In this case, a key aspect of the invention is to carry out the process rapidly in order to maintain the particles in a fine, dispersed state that will not impede flow and will improve the quality of the metal parts produced. Cost of the metal parts produced is lowered due to longer die life and shorter cycle time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Inventors: Jessada Wannasin, C. Merton Flemings
  • Patent number: 10619231
    Abstract: An aluminum alloy has high thermal conductivity without requiring an addition of metal elements such as iron and a method for producing the aluminum alloy. The aluminum alloy is obtained from a semi-solid material with a chemical composition containing 2 to 6 wt % of silicon (Si) and 0.7 wt % or less of magnesium (Mg), with the balance being aluminum (Al) and unavoidable impurities. It has a granular crystalline structure. The aluminum alloy is produced by a heating step of semi-solid material. A forming step is performed with semi-solid material obtained in the heating step S1. After the forming step, a heat treatment step is performed at 190° C. to 290° C. for 1 to 5 hours.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Assignee: Asanuma Giken Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yasuo Sugiura, Yoshinori Kamikubo, Masashi Takahashi, Kensuke Yamamoto
  • Patent number: 10618105
    Abstract: A casting device and casting method are provided for producing components, in particular cylinder heads. The device includes a reusable steel upper core, which can be lifted off from the component to be produced and which has a movable displacing element. The displacement element can be pressed into the component to be produced for dense feeding. In a method for producing a cylinder head by casting, wherein the steel upper core is used as a substitution for a sand cover core, for dense feeding the displacing element is pressed into the melt that forms the cylinder head in the solidified state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Assignee: Bayerische Motoren Werke Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Andreas Fent, Richard Schaechtl, Hubert Lang, Marcus Stier, Thomas Summer
  • Patent number: 10569327
    Abstract: A die casting system includes a die including at least one die component that defines a die cavity, a spar received within a portion of said die cavity, a shot tube in fluid communication with the die cavity, and a shot tube plunger moveable within the shot tube to communicate a molten metal into the die cavity to cast a hybrid component. The spar establishes an internal structure of the hybrid component, and one of the internal structures and an outer structure of said hybrid component is an equiaxed structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2020
    Assignee: United Technologies Corporation
    Inventors: Steven J. Bullied, John Joseph Marcin, Carl R. Verner
  • Patent number: 10556268
    Abstract: An apparatus for manufacturing items of light alloy or similar comprises a mould (10) that includes two half-moulds (12, 14), lower and upper, able to be coupled together. The lower half-mould (12) defines a moulding cavity (20) adjacent to a supply duct (16) of liquid metal that passes through it up to an introduction passage (18) of the liquid metal in the moulding cavity (20). The upper half-mould (14) is associated with at least one moveable punch (24) provided with a moulding surface (21) that defines the shape of an item to be moulded together with the moulding cavity (20). Each punch (24) performs the function of a shutter to stop the flow of liquid metal towards the moulding cavity (20). The apparatus includes temperature control means and temperature sensors connected with a control unit (32) that prevents the movement of the moveable punches (24) if the temperature of both half-moulds (12, 14) is not comprised within a predetermined range of values.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2020
    Assignee: Alustrategy S.R.L.
    Inventor: Marco Soliani
  • Patent number: 10493521
    Abstract: A die casting machine includes a clamping device which opens and closes and clamps a pair of die halves, an injection apparatus which performs injection to the pair of die halves by making a plunger move forward in a sleeve communicated with a space between the pair of die halves, and a control device which controls the clamping device and injection apparatus. The control device includes an injection control part and press-use clamping control part. The injection control part controls the injection apparatus so as to start the injection in a state where the pair of die halves face each other through a gap. The press-use clamping control part controls the clamping device so that the die contact and clamping are carried out after the start of injection. Further, the injection control part performs control for decelerating the plunger before the plunger stops.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2019
    Assignee: Toshiba Kikai Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Kouei Nakata, Satoru Aida, Toshiaki Toyoshima
  • Patent number: 10428627
    Abstract: A closed loop pneumatic pumping system is provided. The system uses a gas compressor and a high pressure gas tank to exert pneumatic pressure against a reciprocating piston over a wellbore. The piston is connected to a rod string and downhole pump for pumping formation fluids from a wellbore. The system includes an electronic controller that controls movement, including pump speed of the piston as it cycles between upstrokes and downstrokes within a cylinder over the wellbore. In one aspect, speed is controlled by adjusting a speed of the compressor. In another aspect, speed is controlled by adjusting the position of an upstroke control valve and a downstroke control valve. In one aspect, the pump stroke controller is configured to adjust a speed of the upstroke and a speed of the downstroke in response to signals indicative of pump fillage. A method for optimizing pneumatic pumping speed at a wellbore is also provided herein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: Encline Artificial Lift Technologies LLC
    Inventor: William G. Elmer
  • Patent number: 10384262
    Abstract: A die casting method and apparatus are provided, thereby making it possible to produce a thin diecast product that has hitherto been considered impossible to realize, and a diecast product is also provided. A semi-solidified metallic material is formed having particles in solid phase of a particle size less than 30 ?m, and is thereupon injected into a die. A die casting machine has a sleeve into which a melt of metallic material is poured, and the semi-solidifying material there when it has a certain proportion of solid phase reached is injected into the die with a plunger to which pressure is applied. The melt of metallic material is poured into the sleeve so that the material occupies inside the sleeve at a proportion in vertical cross-sectional area of 30% or less. The particle size in this semi-solid material is held unvaried in a product as diecast.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Inventors: Masayuki Itamura, Kouichi Anzai
  • Patent number: 10364486
    Abstract: A nanocomposite comprising metal and carbon-based nanotube (CNT), wherein the carbon-based nanotube comprises a doping element selected from the group consisting of boron (B), iron (Fe), zinc (Zn), nickel (Ni), cadmium (Cd), tin (Sn), antimony (Sb), Nitrogen (N) and the combination thereof, and methods of making the nanocomposite.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Assignee: The Penn State Research Foundation
    Inventor: Kofi W. Adu
  • Patent number: 10357822
    Abstract: A titanium alloy that includes about 5 to about 33 percent by weight copper, about 1 to about 8 percent by weight iron, and titanium.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Assignees: The Boeing Company, Universidade Estadual De Campinas
    Inventors: Catherine J. Parrish, Rubens Caram, Kaio Niitsu Campo, Caio Chausse de Freitas
  • Patent number: 10300528
    Abstract: Disclosed is an apparatus for loading one or more alloy ingots into a molding machine. The apparatus includes a holder configured to hold a plurality of the alloy ingots and dispense one or more of the alloy ingots into a melt zone of the molding machine through an opening in a mold of the machine. The holder is moved in a perpendicular direction with respect to an axis along a center of the opening in the mold between a first position in line with the opening in the mold to dispense one or more of the alloy ingots and a second position away from the opening in the mold. The apparatus can carry ingots of amorphous alloy material so that when the machine melts and molds the material, it forms a bulk amorphous alloy containing part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Inventor: Joseph W. Stevick
  • Patent number: 10286449
    Abstract: A casting device includes: a split mold for forming a cavity, including a lower mold, a middle mold that slides in a horizontal direction on the lower mold and an upper mold; a split case for forming a chamber, including a lower case to which the lower mold is attached and an upper case to which the upper mold is attached; a chamber suction device that reduces a pressure at least in the chamber through a chamber pipe that is connected to the chamber and extends to an outside of the chamber; and a cavity suction device that reduces a pressure in the cavity through a cavity pipe that is connected to the cavity and extends to the outside of the chamber. The cavity and the chamber are formed when the middle mold is closed on the lower mold and the split case is closed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Satoshi Minamiguchi, Giichirou Okamura, Shinichi Tsuchiya, Hiroyuki Sekiguchi, Yuuta Sugiyama, Carl Schubeler
  • Patent number: 10245637
    Abstract: Shot sleeves for high temperature die casting include a nickel-based alloy having a low modulus single crystal with axi-symmetric orientation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Inventors: John Joseph Marcin, Dilip M. Shah, Carl R. Verner, Albert Rabinovich, Weiduo Yu, Thomas N. Slavens
  • Patent number: 10207319
    Abstract: An insert part for a cast piston of an internal combustion engine may include a powder, such as a sintered powder material, containing at least iron or alloys thereof, and having a capacity for being infiltrated. The powder may contain particles having different grain sizes, and up to 4% by volume of the powder may include particles having a diameter smaller than 75 ?m.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: Mahle International GmbH
    Inventors: Udo Rotmann, Roland Ruch, Patrick Sutter, Frank Winger
  • Patent number: 10197054
    Abstract: A self-cleaning transfer gear pump for transferring molten metal includes the following features: a transfer conduit extends upward from an outlet of a base, two rotatable gears are formed of refractory material and disposed in the gear chamber and engage each other during rotation. A boss functioning as a bearing extends from the drive gear and is adapted to be received in an opening in the base. A shaft is fastened at a lower end to the drive gear. A filter is fastened to the base so as to cover the inlet and prevents particles and objects in the molten metal from entering the gear chamber. In operational mode, a motor rotates the shaft and the drive gear whereby the drive gear and the second gear engage each other while being rotated so as to positively displace molten metal from the inlet to the outlet and along the transfer conduit to the remote location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Inventor: Bruno H. Thut
  • Patent number: 10166601
    Abstract: A die casting plunger tip assembly includes a first portion having a closed end defining an outer face and a tip cover disposed on the outer face of the closed end. The tip cover includes a support structure extending from an inner surface of the tip cover toward the closed end. The support structure is positioned in contact with the outer face of the closed end and a cavity is formed between the outer face of the closed end and the tip cover.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: United Technologies Corporation
    Inventors: Thomas N. Slavens, Nicholas M LoRicco
  • Patent number: 10137498
    Abstract: A high-pressure die casting apparatus including a shot sleeve extending through a first die half to a molding surface, and a plunger received in the shot sleeve is provided. The shot sleeve includes a side wall presenting a fluid passageway and a partial end wall disposed in a fixed position relative to the side wall. The partial end wall defines a wall opening adjacent the molding surface. Fluid is poured into the shot sleeve while the die apparatus is open, and the partial end wall prevents the fluid from flowing out of the shot sleeve. The plunger then presses the material into the mold cavity until only a portion of the material remains in the shot sleeve and blocks the wall opening. After the solidified material is ejected from the apparatus, the portion of material blocking the wall opening prevents lubricant from entering the shot sleeve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: Magna International Inc.
    Inventors: Richard John Wilkes, Owen Michael Zelina, Xiaoping Niu
  • Patent number: 10124405
    Abstract: A manufacturing method for a metallic housing of an electronic device is provided. The method includes providing a die-casting mold including a male die and a female die; positioning an outer frame in a cavity of the female die, the outer frame including a plurality of latching portions protruding from an inner surface inwardly and a plurality of latching grooves, each latching portion including at least one receiving groove; assembling the male die to the female die; casting pressured molten metal-alloy into the cavity to form an inner structural member embedded in the outer frame, the inner structural member including a plurality of engaging portions respectively embedded in the plurality of receiving grooves, and a plurality of matching portions respectively embedded in the plurality of latching grooves; dissembling the male die from the female die; and removing the outer frame and the inner structural member from the female die.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignees: Fu Zhun Precision Industry (Shen Zhen) Co., Ltd., Foxconn Technology Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Cai-Hua Wang, Yue-Jian Li, Chen-Shen Lin, Wen-Hsiung Chang, Chun-Jung Chang
  • Patent number: 10118219
    Abstract: An excellent cast and forged product that is superior in mechanical properties and has a microstructure and which may not only be a thin but also be a thick product can be made without using complicated process steps or equipment. A semisolid casting and forging method is provided in which a metal melt is teemed so that it is supercooled into a lower die in a press so controlled that the metal melt has a rate of solidification as desired, thereby preparing a semisolid slurry; an upper die is brought into contact with the semisolid slurry; and thereafter at least one of the upper and lower dies is moved relatively towards the other at a rate of movement between 0.1 and 1.5 m/sec, thereby compressing the semisolid slurry to mold it into a product. The semisolid slurry preferably has crystal grains of a grain size of 50 ?m or less.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Inventors: Masayuki Itamura, Kouichi Anzai
  • Patent number: 10099278
    Abstract: A mold-making device may include a stirring device including a stirring tank and at least one stirring blade. The stirring device may further include a packing port that is configured to open and close on a bottom of the stirring tank. The stirring device may stir a particulate aggregate and at least one additive by rotating the at least one stirring blade within the stirring tank to yield an admixture. A forming mold may communicate with the packing port and mold the admixture into a predetermined shape. A packing device may compress a surface of the admixture within the stirring tank and pack the admixture into the forming mold via the packing port.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: Sintokogio, Ltd.
    Inventors: Kazumasa Uchida, Masaomi Mitsutake, Hirotsune Watanabe, Takumi Maegawa, Masashi Morikawa, So Nakayama, Tomokazu Suda, Toshihiko Zenpo
  • Patent number: 10086543
    Abstract: The present invention provides an apparatus for use in mixing and dispensing a curable fluid stream (stream) into an open mold to fill the mold to make polishing pads for chemical mechanical planarization of substrates. The apparatus comprises an actuator frame on which is mounted (i) a set of two plates releasably attached to the actuator frame and adapted to cut the stream when the mold is full and to release from the actuator frame after cutting the stream, and (ii) a dispenser unit for continuous pouring of the stream into an open mold, the apparatus adapted to enable removal of the released plates from the actuator during the continuous pouring after the mold is full, e.g. by raising the actuator frame and the (ii) dispenser unit, whereby one can place a container above the mold to catch the plates.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: Rohm and Haas Electronic Materials CMP Holdings, Inc.
    Inventor: Brian T. Cantrell
  • Patent number: 10071418
    Abstract: The damage to devices are avoided, by performing operation control of a hydraulic operating means and an electric servomotor, that are adapted as drive sources in an injection step, separately and not performing coordinate control. A die casting machine 1 includes a tubular injection sleeve 12, an injection plunger 13, an electric servomotor 17 and a hydraulic operating means 21 which are used as a drive source of an injection step, and a control means 30 which controls the electric servomotor 17 and the hydraulic operating means separately, when injecting and filling the cavity of the mold, which has been closed, with the molten metal by the advancing of the injection plunger 13, during a low-speed injection step and a high-speed injection step which is performed at a higher speed than the low-speed injection step, in the injection step.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2018
    Inventors: Shingo Ikeda, Akihiro Yamanaka, Yuji Harada
  • Patent number: 10065239
    Abstract: A casting mold (260) comprises a shell (262) extending from a lower end (264) to an upper end (266) and having: an interior space (280) for casting metal; and an opening (268) for receiving metal to be cast. A plurality of thermocouples (900) are vertically-spaced from each other on the shell.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: United Technologies Corporation
    Inventors: John J. Marcin, Jr., Steven J. Bullied, Dilip M. Shah, Alan D. Cetel, Emily K. Kreek
  • Patent number: 10040120
    Abstract: A manufacturing method for a metallic housing of an electronic device is provided. The method includes providing a die-casting mold, including a male die and a female die engaging with the male die, the male die defining a pouring gate therein, and the female die defining a cavity therein corresponding to the pouring gate; positioning a metallic outer case in the cavity of the female die as an insert; assembling the male die to the female die to cover the cavity, thereby communicating the pouring gate with the cavity; casting pressured molten metal-alloy into the cavity via the pouring gate to form an inner structural member embedded in an inner side of the outer case; dissembling the male die from the female die to expose the cavity, and removing the outer case and the inner structural member from the female die.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2018
    Assignees: Fu Zhun Precision Industry (Shen Zhen) Co., Ltd., Foxconn Technology Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Cai-Hua Wang, Yue-Jian Li, Chen-Shen Lin, Wen-Hsiung Chang, Chun-Jung Chang