Plural Jaw Pairs Patents (Class 269/152)
  • Patent number: 9682788
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for processing fuselage sections. A first fuselage section is held in a cradle system. A current shape of the first fuselage section in the cradle system is measured. Forces to change the current shape of the first fuselage section to a desired shape for connecting the first fuselage section to a second fuselage section are identified. The forces identified are applied using a system to change the current shape of the first fuselage section towards the desired shape.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2017
    Assignee: THE BOEING COMPANY
    Inventors: Jeffrey H. Hunt, Naveed Moayyed Hussain
  • Patent number: 9663257
    Abstract: A method for installing packing in a remote manufacturing yard is provided. The method can include the steps of manufacturing structured packing in a facility away from the remote manufacturing yard; splitting a level of the structured packing into a plurality of sections and then placing each section into a separate box for transport, wherein each box can include an inner profile configured to match its section of packing so as to reduce damage to the packing during transport; transporting the boxes to the remote manufacturing yard; and installing the packing into a column section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2017
    Assignee: L'Air Liquide Société Anonyme Pour L'Étude Et L'Exploitation Des Procedes Georges Claude
    Inventor: Claude Granger
  • Patent number: 9556983
    Abstract: An alignment device is configured to receive, in a generally aligned configuration, workpieces which are to be joined together. In addition, the device is further configured such that, in use of the device, a joining line between the two workpieces is visible for checking alignment, and such that, in use of the device, each workpiece can be marked at a predetermined distance from the joining line. The device and a method of alignment using the device are particularly suited to the joining of pipes in the construction of marine vessels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2017
    Assignee: BAE SYSTEMS plc
    Inventor: Kenneth Percival
  • Patent number: 9505089
    Abstract: A clamping device utilizing the principle of leverage comprises a body, a L-shape front clamping leg, a pair of L-shape rear clamping legs, a spring clip, and a braided ground wire. Both the front and the rear clamping legs are slidable on the body and fixed by wing screws so that the position of the body relative to the front and rear clamping legs is adjustable and hence the clamping size and clamping force are also adjustable. Copper tips are added to the legs to eliminate sparkling while welding. A braided wire can be connected to the body for grounding purpose.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2016
    Inventors: Harry Wong, Daqing Zhu
  • Patent number: 9481061
    Abstract: Apparatus for clamping a piece, includes a frame portion adapted to be fastened to a base, a fastening clamp fitted to foe frame portion having first and second jaw components on the opposite sides and a wedge member fitted therebetween, fixing stopper. The piece is adapted to be clamped between the first jaw component of the fastening damp and the fixing stopper. An arrangement is disposed between the second jaw component of foe fastening clamp and the fixing stopper, functionally connecting these to each other, for moving the fixing stopper by way of the fastening clamp. In addition, the apparatus is related to a fastening device, a method and a system for clamping a piece as well as a fastening clamp for a fastening device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2016
    Assignee: OK-VISE OY
    Inventor: Olavi Merilainen
  • Patent number: 9441493
    Abstract: A fixture having a foot clamp for clamping a foot of an aerofoil and a tip clamp for clamping a tip of the aerofoil is provided with an array of supports between the foot clamp and the tip clamp. Each support within the array is independently addressable to one of the aerofoil flanks when the aerofoil is secured to the fixture. The support is driven by pneumatics till it contacts the aerofoil when it is locked by an alternative mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2016
    Assignee: ROLLS-ROYCE plc
    Inventors: Christopher Alan Simmons, Mark David Hancock, Andrew Mantle
  • Patent number: 9018560
    Abstract: A turbine component repair apparatus includes: a first die having male and female halves for clamping a first section of a turbine blade with a platform and a root portion of an airfoil, the first die having a recess shaped to receive the root portion and retain a faying surface thereof in predetermined alignment; and a second die having male and female halves for clamping a repair section which defines a tip portion of the airfoil, the second die having a second recess shaped to receive the tip portion and retain a faying surface of the tip portion in predetermined alignment. The first and second dies have mating front faces configured to align their bottom surfaces in a common plane. A alignment device is removably attached to the second die to temporarily align the repair section in the absence of the male half of the second die.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2015
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Michael Gary Krizansky, Gary R. Peters, Hai Sam
  • Publication number: 20150082612
    Abstract: In an improved sawhorse or clamp horse, a telescoping beam is pierced by a plaurlity of apertures at an insertion angle other than orthogonal to the surface, and a plualrity of push clamps, each bent at the insertion angle, is provided. By inserting a push clamp into the telescoping beam at an insertion angle, a work piece may be held securely in temporary positions during toolwork. The clamp horse's legs terminate in T-shaped feet to provide the option of permanent installation on the floor of the workspace.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 22, 2014
    Publication date: March 26, 2015
    Inventor: William Wilson
  • Publication number: 20150075587
    Abstract: A device (1) for attaching a framed or unframed photovoltaic panel (P), includes holding members (2) capable of holding a photovoltaic panel by engaging with two parallel edges of the photovoltaic panel or indeed two parallel wings of the frame of the photovoltaic panel. The device includes the holding members including elements (3-6) engaging with the two parallel edges of the photovoltaic panel, or indeed with the two parallel wings of the frame of the photovoltaic panel, each element having a slot (7) intended to receive a wing of the frame of a framed photovoltaic panel, or indeed to receive the edge of an unframed photovoltaic panel, in such a way as to ensure the photovoltaic panel is blocked at least in the direction perpendicular to the photovoltaic panel and in a direction parallel to the plane of the photovoltaic panel and perpendicular to the axis of the slots.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 10, 2013
    Publication date: March 19, 2015
    Applicant: CIEL ET TERRE INTERNATIONAL
    Inventors: Manuel Veloso, Alexis Gaveau
  • Patent number: 8732928
    Abstract: A system and method for supporting and rotating an axle of an overhead rolling door assembly while replacing a counterbalance spring. A support stand is provided. The support stand is positioned under the overhead door assembly. The overhead door assembly is disassembled enough to expose its main axle. The support stand is adjusted in height to engage the main axle so that the support stand holds the main axle at an elevated position. The broken counterbalance spring is replaced. The main axle is the reinstalled into the overhead door assembly. A pulley wheel is then attached to the main axle. The pulley wheel is turned by winding a cable around the pulley wheel and then unwinding the cable with a winch. This rotates the main axle with the torque needed to properly pre-tension the replacement spring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2014
    Inventor: Francis J. Hinger, Jr.
  • Patent number: 8708019
    Abstract: A device for welding plastic tubes includes a pair of tube holders each of which has a tube clamp which includes an upper jaw and a lower jaw. The jaws in both of the tube clamps of both tube holders have smooth tube contacting walls to permit the tubing to slip through either side when the tube holders and tubes are being moved from a loading station to a stripping station to increase the length of fluid free area in the clamped tubes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2014
    Assignee: Genesis BPS, LLC
    Inventors: Ivars V. Ivansons, Dudley W. C. Spencer
  • Patent number: 8662486
    Abstract: An apparatus to assist with door installation, transport, and removal comprising a telescoping frame, padded guides extending outwardly from the frame and defining a gap of the width of a door, friction-reducing members, a step plate, and brakes. In a vertical orientation, a door may be slid into the apparatus. The guides can incorporate a clamp and a strap used to secure the door to the frame and permit selective pivoting between the vertical orientation to a horizontal orientation. The horizontal orientation facilitates ergonomic sawing when hinges are being applied to a held door; afterwards, the apparatus can be moved to a door jamb and changed to vertical orientation for positioning so the unattached sides of the hinges abut the jamb. A method of using the apparatus is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 4, 2014
    Assignee: Door Helper, LLC
    Inventor: William J. Holder
  • Publication number: 20130249158
    Abstract: A tool for machining a curved profile along an axis of rotation X, said curved profile comprising at least one first section along a plane perpendicular to the axis of rotation X and at least one second section parallel to the axis of rotation X. The tool includes blocks, each having a clamping surface against which the profile can take support. The blocks include positioning elements against which the first section and the second section of the profile can take support, and an apparatus arranged to immobilize the profile which is adapted to occupy a first activated state, wherein it immobilizes the profile, and a second deactivated state, wherein it does not immobilize the profile. The tool includes manual presses for maintaining the profile flattened against the positioning elements until the profile immobilizing apparatus is in the activated state.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 18, 2013
    Publication date: September 26, 2013
    Applicant: AIRBUS OPERATIONS SAS
    Inventor: Denis De Mattia
  • Publication number: 20130161890
    Abstract: A positioning fixture includes a support base and two clamping assemblies. The support base includes a support surface defining a positioning hole and two sliding slots. The two clamping assemblies are mounted in the two sliding slots respectively, and partly protruding out from the support surface. Each of the clamping assemblies includes a pair of clamping blocks and a pair of elastic members. The pair of clamping blocks is slidably engaged in the corresponding sliding slot. The pair of elastic members is mounted in two ends of the corresponding sliding slot to resist one of the pair of the clamping blocks against the other one of the pair of the clamping blocks, respectively, such that the pair of the clamping blocks is capable of abutting and resisting each other.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 23, 2012
    Publication date: June 27, 2013
    Inventor: MIN-TSANG TSENG
  • Publication number: 20130134643
    Abstract: The utility model provides a combined positioning device for a side beam of a stainless steel car roof, comprising an inner cavity positioning block (2), an external support body (3), an external positioning block (4), a push rod (5), and clamps (6), a top side of the inner cavity positioning block (2) fits in with a top inner portion of the side beam (7) of the car roof, the external support body (3) is adjustably connected to a surface of the inner cavity positioning block (2), the external positioning block (4) is adjustably connected to a surface of the external support body (3), an elongated nut of the push rod (5) is integrated with the inner cavity positioning block (2), and the clamps (6) are used to clamp two edges of the side beam (7) of the car roof.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 12, 2011
    Publication date: May 30, 2013
    Applicant: CHANGCHUN RAILWAY VEHICLES CO. LTD
    Inventor: Xiaoyang Xu
  • Patent number: 8430388
    Abstract: A work station for securely and temporarily holding a model airplane for the purpose of making adjustments, repairs or performing other maintenance on the plane. The work station is on wheels, contains a tool box with tools and a clamp and cradle to securely hold the airplane or only the fuselage, if desired. The work station can be disassembled and stored away in the back of a small vehicle. The clamp and cradle may be mounted on the tool box, which may be easily removed from the work station. In this way, the tool box acts as smaller portable work station, as well.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2013
    Inventor: Jack A. Masters
  • Patent number: 8408528
    Abstract: A clamping device has several clamping element receptacles each with a clamping element held by the clamping element receptacle. The clamping element receptacles have an inclination running obliquely to a clamping direction of the clamping device and by means of which the clamping element is guided. The clamping element has a clamping jaw support and the clamping jaw is connectable to the clamping jaw support. The clamping jaw engages in an undercut provided on the clamping jaw support and is additionally fixed by means of a positive fixing means to the clamping jaw support when it is connected to the clamping jaw support.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2013
    Assignee: Hainbuch GmbH Spannende Technik
    Inventors: Hans-Michael Weller, Attilio Mandarello
  • Patent number: 8371565
    Abstract: A clamping device for clamping a substrate with a first surface and a second surface includes a supporting plate and a number of clamping units. The supporting plate includes a base portion and an engaging portion. The base portion includes a base surface. The engaging portion protrudes from the base surface of the base portion and includes an engaging surface facing away from the base surface. The supporting plate defines a through hole in the engaging surface. The supporting plate is configured for supporting the substrate on the engaging surface of the engaging portion. The clamping units are configured for clamping the substrate on the supporting plate such that the engaging surface of the engaging portion engaging surface is substantially coplanar with the first surface of the substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2013
    Assignee: Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Tai-Sheng Tsai
  • Publication number: 20120112421
    Abstract: [Object] To provide a squeeze packing having a cut surface that describes a three-dimensional curved surface shape, in which the cut surface can be temporarily held with ease and intimately attached in an accurate manner without use of an adhesive during fitting onto a device. [Solution to Problem] A squeeze packing is characterized in having, on at least one arbitrary portion of an endless ring finished to predetermined dimensions, a cut surface describing a three-dimensional curved surface shape extending diagonally so as to form a predetermined angle ? with respect to a radial direction of the ring, having a substantially S-shaped profile in side view, and curving in a width direction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 5, 2010
    Publication date: May 10, 2012
    Inventor: Tetsuya Sato
  • Patent number: 8096539
    Abstract: An o-ring free cooling pallet for holding a carrier is disclosed. The pallet comprises a first clamp fixed to a planar surface of the pallet for coupling with a first edge of the carrier. The pallet also comprises a second clamp removably coupled to the planar surface of the pallet for coupling with a second edge of the carrier, wherein the second clamp comprises a spring mechanism for applying a force to the second edge of the carrier that is substantially parallel to the planar surface, the force for coupling the carrier to the pallet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2012
    Assignee: Hitachi Global Storage Technologies, Netherlands, B.V.
    Inventors: Jorge A. Goitia, Cherngye Hwang
  • Patent number: 8066269
    Abstract: A device for welding plastic tubes includes a laterally movable tube holder having tube holding areas and a laterally fixed tube holder having tube holding areas. Each tube holder includes clamping structure for clamping each tube placed in the respective tube holder areas and for creating a fluid free area. A spring mechanism urges the laterally movable tube holder toward the laterally fixed tube holder to maintain the clamp faces flush against each other. A clamp locking mechanism is provided to supplement the action of the spring mechanism by maintaining the clamp faces flush against each other during the loading of the tubes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2011
    Assignee: Genesis BPS, LLC
    Inventors: Ivars V. Ivansons, Dudley W. C. Spencer
  • Publication number: 20110248437
    Abstract: A clamping device for clamping a substrate with a first surface and a second surface includes a supporting plate and a number of clamping units. The supporting plate includes a base portion and an engaging portion. The base portion includes a base surface. The engaging portion protrudes from the base surface of the base portion and includes an engaging surface facing away from the base surface. The supporting plate defines a through hole in the engaging surface. The supporting plate is configured for supporting the substrate on the engaging surface of the engaging portion. The clamping units are configured for clamping the substrate on the supporting plate such that the engaging surface of the engaging portion engaging surface is substantially coplanar with the first surface of the substrate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 19, 2010
    Publication date: October 13, 2011
    Applicant: HON HAI PRECISION INDUSTRY CO., LTD.
    Inventor: TAI-SHENG TSAI
  • Publication number: 20110214274
    Abstract: An apparatus to assist with door installation, transport, and removal comprising a telescoping frame, padded guides extending outwardly from the frame and defining a gap of the width of a door, friction-reducing members, a step plate, and brakes. In a vertical orientation, a door may be slid into the apparatus. The guides can incorporate a clamp and a strap used to secure the door to the frame and permit selective pivoting between the vertical orientation to a horizontal orientation. The horizontal orientation facilitates ergonomic sawing when hinges are being applied to a held door; afterwards, the apparatus can be moved to a door jamb and changed to vertical orientation for positioning so the unattached sides of the hinges abut the jamb. A method of using the apparatus is also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 10, 2011
    Publication date: September 8, 2011
    Applicant: DOOR HELPER, LLC
    Inventor: William J. Holder
  • Patent number: 8003914
    Abstract: A butt welding system and a butt welding method of steel plate by which the quality of a product can be ensured. Butting portions of blank members (1,2) to be joined together are butted and a predetermined butting load is applied to the butting portion, wherein the blank members (1,2) are moved relatively in the direction of the welding line thus matching the butting portions. Protrusions and recesses formed on each butting portion of each blank member (1,2) are flattened, whereby linear precision at each butting portion of each blank member (1,2) is enhanced as compared with a case where the butting portions are not matched. Since the gap is reduced extremely at the butting portion, welding is facilitated at the butting portion. Good welding beads are thereby obtained at the butting portion and the quality of a product is ensured.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2011
    Assignee: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Masahiro Nishio, Masaki Tanzawa, Masako Hida, Takayuki Shimizu, Keiichi Kashiwabara, Shuuji Sakemi
  • Patent number: 7950877
    Abstract: A clamp assembly for securing a vibratory device to a pile comprising a frame, first and second clamp members, and an actuator. The frame is adapted to be secured to the vibratory device. The first clamp member is supported by the frame and comprises a first engaging surface defining peaks and valleys and comprising a first surface layer formed on the peaks and valleys defined by the first engaging surface. The second clamp member is supported by the frame and comprises a second engaging surface defining peaks and valleys and comprising a second surface layer formed on the peaks and valleys defined by the second engaging surface. The actuator member is arranged to displace at least one of the first and second clamp members such that first and second engaging surfaces engage the pile such that the pile is gripped by between first and second clamp members. At least one of the first and second surface layers defines a thickness dimension of at least approximately 0.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2011
    Assignee: American Piledriving Equipment, Inc.
    Inventor: Kingsley S. Evarts
  • Patent number: 7940023
    Abstract: A geometric end effector system for use on a robot. The system includes a platform and a frame secured to the platform. At least one base is arranged at a predetermined position on the frame. The system also has an anchor mount secured to the base and a component connected to an end of the anchor mount by a collar assembly. A key is arranged between the component and the anchor mount.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2011
    Assignee: Delaware Capital Formation, Inc.
    Inventors: Jason M. Kniss, Michael J. Goff, Jerry Berendt, Ron Micallef
  • Publication number: 20110072852
    Abstract: The invention relates to a known method for the production of a cylinder from quartz glass, comprising a step, wherein an SiO2 body which comprises a porous SiO2 soot layer and has a lower end, an upper end, and an outer casing, is sintered to form said quartz glass cylinder in a vitrification furnace, and is being held in a vertical orientation by means of a retaining device, which comprises an upper retaining element connected at the upper end of the SiO2 body, and a lower retaining element disposed on the lower end. In order to provide a method based thereon, by means of which even heavy bodies made of porous SiO2 can be safely retained during vitrification, the invention provides that the retaining device has a dimensionally stable connecting part, which extends inside the vitrification furnace along the outer casing of the SiO2 body and which connects the upper and the lower retaining elements to each other.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 14, 2009
    Publication date: March 31, 2011
    Applicant: Heraeus Quarzglas GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Thomas Krause, Udo Peper, Steffen Zwarg, René Sowa
  • Patent number: 7900898
    Abstract: A fixturing apparatus for locating and supporting a panel, such as an automotive body panel is provided. The fixturing apparatus includes a support structure having at least three generally spherically shaped contactors. The panel includes at least three extending channels sufficiently configured to receive a respective one of the at least three generally spherically shaped contactors to locate and support the panel. At least one clamping arm is operable to selectively retain one of the at least three extending channels with respect to the respective one of the at least three generally spherically shaped contactors. A method of fixturing a panel employing the above described fixturing apparatus is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2011
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventor: Charles W. Wampler, II
  • Patent number: 7857295
    Abstract: A clamping mechanism includes a fixing table forming a bracket, a first clamping apparatus, and a second clamping apparatus. The first clamping apparatus includes a sliding member slidably installed on an upper portion of the bracket, and a movable member coupled to the sliding member. The sliding member forms a protrusion, and a first clamping device is installed on the movable member for cooperating with the protrusion of the sliding member to sandwich an upper portion of a workpiece therebetween. The second clamping apparatus includes a sliding block slidably installed on a lower portion of the bracket, and a positioning post slidably installed on the fixing table. The sliding block forms a protrusion, and a second clamping device is installed on the positioning post for cooperating with the protrusion of the sliding block to sandwich a lower portion of the workpiece therebetween.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 28, 2010
    Assignees: Hong Fu Jin Precision Industry (ShenZhen) Co., Ltd., Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Bing-Jun Zhang, Lian-Zhong Gong
  • Publication number: 20100320669
    Abstract: A device for welding plastic tubes includes a laterally movable tube holder having tube holding areas and a laterally fixed tube holder having tube holding areas. Each tube holder includes clamping structure for clamping each tube placed in the respective tube holder areas and for creating a fluid free area. A spring mechanism urges the laterally movable tube holder toward the laterally fixed tube holder to maintain the clamp faces flush against each other. A clamp locking mechanism is provided to supplement the action of the spring mechanism by maintaining the clamp faces flush against each other during the loading of the tubes.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 22, 2009
    Publication date: December 23, 2010
    Inventor: Ivars V. Ivansons
  • Patent number: 7775755
    Abstract: A limit stop support device for fitting variable-width plasterboards upon appliances for lifting and handling such boards comprises a one-piece receiving support which fulfils various adjustable-position sliding functions along a holder arm of the board holder or panel holder. The support receives a board or panel limit stop which is retractable in opposition to elastic return element(s) located on the receiving support, and a unit which fulfills a dual function of locking the receiving support in position on the arm and limiting the travel of the limit stop in opposition to the elastic return element(s) in an operating phase in order to place boards and panels on a ceiling and/or wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 17, 2010
    Assignee: Roger Mondelin SAS
    Inventors: Jean-Marc Bailly, Denis Narelli, Christophe Valette
  • Publication number: 20100189912
    Abstract: A substrate holder for supporting an insulating substrate includes a conductive substrate holder main body having an opening, a first support member formed to protrude inside the opening from the inner periphery of the opening, and including a clamping member which supports one end portion of the insulating substrate, and a second support member including a clamping member which supports the other end portion of the insulating substrate, and is movable so as to protrude inside the opening or retract from inside the opening.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 5, 2010
    Publication date: July 29, 2010
    Applicant: CANON ANELVA CORPORATION
    Inventors: Shinya Houman, Hiroshi Torii
  • Patent number: 7753351
    Abstract: The disclosed clamp device for clamping blank pieces may comprise a mounting table, first and second clamping units, positioning units, and lock units. The mounting table is for placing thereon first and second blank pieces. The first and second clamping units have respective clamp plates that are able to be put on the first and second blank pieces while permitting a guided movement of the first and second blank pieces on the mounting table. The positioning units move the first and second blank pieces to establish a positioning of the first and second blank pieces on the mounting table. The lock units apply a given force to the first and second clamp plates to lock the first and second blank pieces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 13, 2010
    Assignee: Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Masatoshi Yajima, Shouhei Imai, Norio Kawano, Masamichi Miwa
  • Publication number: 20100126968
    Abstract: There is disclosed a welding frame for welding a first pipe having a first free end to a second pipe having a second free end; the frame comprising a first clamp for reconforming the first pipe adjacent its first free end and a second clamp for reconforming the second pipe adjacent its second free end; and a mounting frame mounting the first and second clamps in substantially coaxial relation. The first clamp and second clamp are actuable to hold the first free end of the first pipe in close coaxial opposition with the second free end of the second pipe for welding. There are also disclosed clamps for a frame for welding pipes, dies for use with the clamps, and methods for welding pipes.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 16, 2009
    Publication date: May 27, 2010
    Inventor: Justin Vaughn Page
  • Patent number: 7708499
    Abstract: A clamp assembly for securing a vibratory device to a pile comprising a frame, first and second clamp members, and an actuator. The frame is adapted to be secured to the vibratory device. The first clamp member is supported by the frame and comprises a first engaging surface defined by a first surface layer formed of carbide alloy material. The second clamp member is also supported by the frame and comprises a second engaging surface defined by a second surface layer formed of carbide alloy material. The actuator is arranged to displace at least one of the first and second clamp members such that first and second engaging surfaces engage the pile such that the pile is gripped by between first and second clamp members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2005
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2010
    Assignee: American Piledriving Equipment, Inc.
    Inventors: Kingsley S. Evarts, John L. White
  • Publication number: 20090289403
    Abstract: A rigging table and methods and systems for assembling trusses using a rigging table. An embodiment of a rigging table includes a base having a generally longitudinal axis and a generally lateral extent, and at least two bunk assemblies movable along the base in at least the generally longitudinal axis such that each bunk assembly is capable of being positioned on the base relative to another bunk assembly. Each bunk assembly may include a frame extending along the lateral extent of the base, a pair of guides slideably positioned on the frame to move generally transverse to the longitudinal axis of the base toward and away from each other and able to be fastened in position on the frame, and a pair of automated clamp members each positioned relative to and movable with one of the guides on the frame, to accommodate assembly of different sized trusses.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 23, 2008
    Publication date: November 26, 2009
    Applicant: NUCOR CORPORATION
    Inventor: Jerry MUNCIE
  • Publication number: 20080157453
    Abstract: The invention relates to a clamping device (11) comprising clamping jaws (13) in which a plurality of clamping rods (16) are disposed. The clamping rods (16) are enabled to move by means of an interlinked system of rod chambers (22) and channels (24, 28) in which a magnetorheological fluid (26) is contained. If a magnetic field is applied by means of a magnet (30), the fluid solidifies, the liquid-carrying connection between the rod chambers (22) is interrupted and the rods (16) are fixed in a defined position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 19, 2006
    Publication date: July 3, 2008
    Applicant: Hainbuch GmbH Spannende Technik
    Inventor: Hans-Michael Weller
  • Patent number: 7377503
    Abstract: The disclosed clamp device for clamping blank pieces may comprise a mounting table, first and second clamping units, positioning units, and lock units. The mounting table is for placing thereon first and second blank pieces. The first and second clamping units have respective clamp plates that are able to be put on the first and second blank pieces while permitting a guided movement of the first and second blank pieces on the mounting table. The positioning units move the first and second blank pieces to establish a positioning of the first and second blank pieces on the mounting table. The lock units apply a given force to the first and second clamp plates to lock the first and second blank pieces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2005
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2008
    Assignee: Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Masatoshi Yajima, Shouhei Imai, Norio Kawano, Masamichi Miwa
  • Publication number: 20080106017
    Abstract: Part holding device for holding a part (1) while it is being machined, having: a resting surface (2), one or several mobile flanges (5) for pinning said part against the resting surface when the flanges rest against the upper side of said part, the flanges being capable of being raised when the part (1) is inserted and extracted, one or several mobile jaws (3, 30) in a plane (X-Y) parallel to said resting surface in order to hold at least one portion (11) of said part by its lateral sides (16).
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 2, 2007
    Publication date: May 8, 2008
    Inventor: Michel Yerly
  • Patent number: 7255336
    Abstract: A workpiece clamp device comprising a workpiece cradle for placing a workpiece, and endless belts for holding the workpiece down on the workpiece cradle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2007
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Masahito Terabe, Daiji Sukawa
  • Patent number: 7188833
    Abstract: A multilevel clamp device for allowing multiple items to be clamped at the same time. The multilevel clamp device includes a plurality of clamps being for clamping the frames. Each of the clamps comprises a pair of end walls. The end walls of one of the clamps selectively engages the end walls of another one of the clamps to inhibit inadvertent movement of one of the clamps with respect to the other one of the clamps when one of the clamps is stacked onto another one of the clamps. Each of the clamps comprises a clamping assembly coupled between the end walls of the associated one of the clamps. The clamping assembly of each of the clamps is designed for engaging one of the frames and clamping an associated one of the frames between the clamping assembly and one of the end walls of the associated one of the clamps.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2004
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2007
    Inventor: Richard D. Glaser
  • Patent number: 7055787
    Abstract: A sheet material clamp having a rigid clamp base of a pre-selected length. The rigid clamp base has a clamping surface and at least two clamping apparatus attached to the clamping base for applying clamping pressure through a pressure foot toward the clamping surface. The apparatus for applying clamping pressure are spaced along the length of the clamp base so that clamping pressure can be applied evenly along the edge of the sheet material being clamped.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2004
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2006
    Inventor: Christopher Todd Cross
  • Patent number: 7036808
    Abstract: A clamp device including a support frame member, a lower clamp unit and an upper clamp unit supported by the support frame member. The lower clamp unit has a pair of lower jaws and a first actuator for actuating at least one of the lower jaws between clamped and unclamped positions. The upper clamp unit has a first upper jaw and a second upper jaw, and a second actuator for actuating at least one of the upper jaws between clamped and unclamped positions, the first upper jaw being fixed for movement with one of the lower jaws.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2004
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2006
    Assignee: Honda Canada Inc.
    Inventor: Singee Cheah
  • Patent number: 7029534
    Abstract: An apparatus for spreading liquid liner in the interior of a rocket motor tube, the rocket motor tube having masks attached at both ends of the rocket motor tube, the apparatus including a generally vertical support plate with an opening there through; a flange with a center opening attached to the support plate; a support tube inserted into the center opening of the flange; a stop disposed in the support tube, the stop abutting the support plate and engaging a mask on one end of the rocket motor tube; a retaining funnel that engages a mask on the other end of the rocket motor tube; a retaining ring that threadingly engages the retaining funnel; and at least two clamps attached to the support tube and engaging the retaining ring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2004
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2006
    Assignee: The United States of America as represented by the Secretary of the Navy
    Inventor: Harry L. Archer, Jr.
  • Patent number: 7017897
    Abstract: A clamp device including a support frame member, a lower clamp unit and an upper clamp unit supported by the support frame member. The lower clamp unit has a pair of lower jaws and a first actuator for actuating at least one of the lower jaws between clamped and unclamped positions. The upper clamp unit has a first upper jaw and a second upper jaw, and a second actuator for actuating one or more of the upper jaws between clamped and unclamped positions, the first upper jaw being fixed for movement with one of the lower jaws.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2003
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2006
    Assignee: Honda Canada Inc.
    Inventor: Singee Cheah
  • Patent number: 7014159
    Abstract: An x-ray cassette holder and clips capable of holding various types of x-ray cassettes including aluminum cassettes and tunnel cassettes. The clips when used with the tunnel cassettes allow for the changing of the vinyl cassette without releasing the cassette holder. The shaft or upright structure is calibrated to allow for easy positioning of the height of the cassette.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2002
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2006
    Inventors: Wade Spradley, Paul Spradley
  • Patent number: 7000519
    Abstract: A clamp to make a straight edge on a working board has a base with a lower surface to slide on a table saw and a main wall that extends upward from the base. A lower support extends outwardly from the main wall in opposite directions, and two upper supports extend outwardly from the main wall in opposite directions to define channels, wherein a reference board is placed in one channel and the working board in the other channel. A shim arm is pivotally mounted to and extends along the base. A shim support pad is mounted at the free end of the arm and its upper surface is in the same plane as the upper surface of the base. The shim arm swings out from the base so that the pad forms a support on which the working board rests to effectively increase the width of the base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2004
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2006
    Assignee: Simp'l Products, INC
    Inventors: Burton Weinstein, Richard H. Deaton
  • Patent number: 6918986
    Abstract: Method and apparatus for trimming plastic frames. Frames are joined to bring heated, soften ends into engagement, causing some softened material to be forced out from between the engaged portions, forming a flashing. This flashing is trimmed by a pair of trimming blades moved along associated guide members. The trimming assembly is mounted directly upon clamps holding the frame members, enabling performance of the trimming operation and eliminating the need for moving to a separate trimming/finishing station remote from the joining equipment. Excellent cutting action is assured by locking the guide blocks preparatory to a trimming operation. Various combinations and sequences of repetitive trimming operations may be selected whereby the cooperating blades are moved in selective cooperating directions to provide a trimming operation which avoids the need for further finishing. Trimming may also be performed simultaneously on multiple stacks of members being joined using the above technique.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2002
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2005
    Inventor: John P. Cupp
  • Patent number: 6820868
    Abstract: An apparatus for temporarily suspending or supporting a fascia board during the installation thereof, along the eaves or the end of a rafter tail of a frame of a roof structure is described, wherein the device includes a U-shaped bucket (16) for supporting or suspending the fascia board. The U-shaped bucket is engaged in cooperating with a swivel bracket (10) and a rafter tail clamp saddle (4) for attachment to the end of the rafter tail, respectively, to the frame of the roof structure. The apparatus provides an improved method of installing a fascia board, wherein, one person can install the fascia board for the completion of the roof structure thereof. The apparatus can be easily removed and applied to another section of the roof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2002
    Date of Patent: November 23, 2004
    Inventor: Reginald W. Reymus
  • Patent number: 6802499
    Abstract: Described herein is equipment which can be used by an industrial robot for gripping workpieces or assemblies being processed or assembled and has a separable modular structure, with a definite and easily repeatable geometry.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2003
    Date of Patent: October 12, 2004
    Assignee: Comau S.p.A.
    Inventor: Clemente Grosso