With Ground Traversing Means Patents (Class 269/17)
  • Patent number: 9694482
    Abstract: Tooling for partial disassembly of a bypass turbofan engine wherein the longitudinal axis of the bypass turbofan engine remains generally horizontal during disassembly. The low pressure turbine module is removed with a low pressure turbine module horizontal removal tool. An extended bearing nut tool may be supported by a stabilization member and may remove a bearing nut. An extended high pressure turbine shaft stretching tool may stretch a high pressure turbine shaft to release a high pressure turbine shaft nut. An extended bearing pulling tool may be used to pull a bearing while the low pressure turbine shaft remains in place. A modified measurement bridge may be used to measure the position of certain components while the low pressure turbine shaft remains in place. A nozzle jig may be used to assemble nozzles and feather seals to create a nozzle module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2017
    Assignee: TURBINE TOOLING SOLUTIONS LLC
    Inventor: Erik C. Thomas
  • Patent number: 9669520
    Abstract: Apparatus and methods for positioning one or more components relative to a work surface are provided. The apparatus can include a frame having a first support member extending therefrom. At least one extendable member can be disposed on the first support member. The extendable member can be adapted to move in a linear direction. At least one magnet can be disposed on the frame. The magnet can include at least one contact side that can be switchable between a magnetized state and a non-magnetized state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2017
    Inventors: Will Harris, Gerald L. Dasbach
  • Patent number: 9644786
    Abstract: A pet feeder has a pneumatic lifting system with a rotatably mounted feeding tray. A support structure has an end connected to a surface of a feeding tray located opposite another end connected to a retaining structure. A capturing structure is connected to a cylinder. The capturing structure has an upper capturing portion having a primary opening located opposite a lower capturing portion having a secondary opening. The upper capturing portion has a primary retaining lip and the lower capturing portion has a secondary retaining lip forming a track. The retaining structure is retained within the capturing structure. The retaining structure is configured to travel along the track of the capturing structure and to rotate the tray around the perimeter of the cylinder. The pet feeder can have audio capabilities, a programmable timer, a feeding alert system, and a removable tray.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2017
    Inventor: Christine E. Steiner
  • Patent number: 9560795
    Abstract: A bottom reception pin module 22 which is allowed to stand upright on a bottom reception base part 21 having a magnetic member 21a provided on an upper surface to support the substrate includes a base part 23 having a magnet member 26 built therein so as to be freely lifted and lowered and fixed to the bottom reception base part 21 by a magnetization force under a state that the magnet member 26 is lowered and a hollow shaft member 24 extended upward from the base part 23 and having an upper end of a top member 25 abutting on the lower surface of the substrate to support the substrate. By a vacuum suction from a suction hole 25c, the magnet member 26 is lowered and lifted to fix and unfix the base part 23 relative to the bottom reception base part 21.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2017
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Shirou Yamashita, Tadashi Endo, Koji Kishita
  • Patent number: 9530825
    Abstract: A display panel which can avoid RC delay is provided. The display panel comprises photosensitive transistors, data lines electrically connected with source electrodes of the photosensitive transistors, first electrodes electrically connected with drain electrodes of the photosensitive transistors, and light emitting diodes, wherein the photosensitive transistors are arranged in rows the direction of which is perpendicular to the extension direction of the data lines, and the light emitting diodes are arranged in rows, each row of light emitting diodes are arranged along the direction perpendicular to the extension direction of the data lines, and are used for simultaneously turning on all of the photosensitive transistors in a corresponding row.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2016
    Assignees: BEIJING BOE DISPLAY TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD., BOE TECHNOLOGY GROUP CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Chunbing Zhang, Liyan Xu
  • Patent number: 9433818
    Abstract: A bench press system 100 may include an adjustable arm pad support system 300 which may include right and left arm pads, right and left lever arms, right and left radial adjustment brackets and other components. The arm pads may be lowered to accommodate injuries or safety concerns of the user. The radial adjustment brackets may define adjustment voids that will accept a catch pin or link pin of a lever arm. The disclosed configurations allow for one handed adjustment of arm pad positions. The padded arms allow for a tactile warning of arm pad position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2016
    Inventor: Patrick E Kalleen
  • Patent number: 9394147
    Abstract: An improved vehicle lift system is provided for lifting and supporting a vehicle. The vehicle lift system includes a portable front lift for lifting and supporting a front end of the vehicle, a portable rear lift for lifting and supporting a rear end of the vehicle, and a portable control station for remotely controlling the front lift and the rear lift from a safe and convenient location. The vehicle lift system may include hydraulics, pneumatics, electronics, and/or mechanical linkages for distributing and providing lifting power to the front lift and the rear lift.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2016
    Assignee: Gray Manufacturing Company, Inc.
    Inventor: Matthew W. Holtman
  • Patent number: 9358564
    Abstract: A painting stand for supporting vehicle body panels during the painting operation includes a base moveable upon a plurality of rolling casters and having a vertically extending upright member which in turn supports a generally T-shaped member. The T-shaped member is pivotally joined to the upper end of the vertical upright member and includes a plurality of horizontally disposed telescoping sliders and attachment arms. The upwardly extending portion of the T-shaped member includes a moveable sleeve supporting a further attachment arm. The attachment arms engage the vehicle body panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2016
    Inventor: Donald T. Deshler
  • Patent number: 9222614
    Abstract: A tilt roll table for use with uranium hexafluoride cylindrical containers securely holds the container, supported from its domed ends by spindles mounted to brackets as the container is tilted and rolled. The spindles have greater surface area over which to distribute the weight and are shaped to complement the domed container ends. The brackets supporting the spindles, stiffened by vertical and horizontal braces, can be adjusted vertically and moved axially toward and away from the domed ends of the containers by a gear drive to accommodate different sizes of cylindrical containers. In addition, bands encircle the containers to hold them onto the frame during tilting and rolling.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2015
    Assignee: Transport Logistics International, Inc.
    Inventors: Ronald O. Noe, Andrew K. Langston
  • Patent number: 9221483
    Abstract: A transport dolly is configured to move cargo. The transport dolly includes a first L-shaped support and a second L-shaped support attached to a hinge. A first wheel assembly is attached to the first L-shaped support. A second wheel assembly is attached to the second L-shaped support. In a first mode of operation the hinge is collapsed such that a first upper surface on the first L-shaped support is immediately adjacent to a second first L-shaped support. In a second mode of operation, the hinge is opened such that the first upper surface is distant from the second upper surface. In a third mode of operation, the cargo is placed on first L-shaped support and the second L-shaped support such that the first L-shaped support and the second L-shaped support contact three sides of the cargo.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2015
    Inventor: Kevin Lee Bruch
  • Patent number: 9180957
    Abstract: A method and an apparatus for carrying out the method for installing an especially dome-shaped pressure bulkhead on a one-piece, substantially conical rear section for an aircraft, wherein said rear section includes a connection area and an end area. The method involves the steps of horizontally accommodating a prefabricated rear section in a horizontal support; inserting the rear section into a pivoting frame; pivoting the rear section into a vertical position using the pivoting frame, wherein the connection area of the rear section points upward; horizontally placing and centering the pressure bulkhead on the connection area, and joining the pressure bulkhead with the rear section in the area of the connection area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2015
    Assignee: Airbus Operations GmbH
    Inventors: Frank Weber, Olaf Schoenfeldt
  • Patent number: 9150085
    Abstract: A sliding door assist device includes a guided cart attachment structure, a retracting structure and a door support structure. The retracting structure is pivotally coupled to the guided cart attachment structure to move between an extended position and a stowed position with respect to the guided cart attachment structure. The door support structure is coupled to the retracting structure such that the door support structure moves with the retracting structure with respect to the guided cart attachment structure between the extended position and the stowed position. The door support structure is configured to support a sliding door in a prescribed open position with the retracting structure in the extended position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2015
    Assignee: Nissan North America, Inc.
    Inventor: Timothy W. Dial
  • Publication number: 20150137439
    Abstract: The present invention is panel carrier for transporting and supporting a panel. The panel carrier includes a frame and a support leg pivotally mounted to the frame. The leg is pivotal between a transport position and a working position. A support surface is provided and is pivotally mounted to the frame. The support surface is pivotal between a transport position and a working position. A panel can be positioned upon the support surface when the support surface and the support leg are in the transport position and thereafter, the support surface and the support leg can be pivoted to the working position to support the panel generally perpendicular to the frame.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 14, 2014
    Publication date: May 21, 2015
    Inventor: Russell Bransford
  • Patent number: 9004471
    Abstract: A workpiece elevating support device which can be utilized by being installed in a carriage-type conveying apparatus for conveying an automobile body while changing the height thereof in each section in an automobile assembly line. The workpiece elevating support device includes at least two center-folding double link mechanisms arranged in parallel on a base, each of which is composed of a lower parallel link, an intermediate link member, an upper parallel link, and an upper link member. The upper link member is consecutively provided with a workpiece support. There is juxtaposed a lock to hold the center-folding double link mechanisms in an expanding-rising posture, which is taken when the upper link members are vertically raised to a predetermined height.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignee: Daifuku Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Masahiro Ooe
  • Publication number: 20150097324
    Abstract: A circular saw conversion table device supports a circular saw in position for use as a table saw. The device includes a panel having a top surface, a bottom surface, and a perimeter edge extending around and between the top surface and the bottom surface. A slot extends through the panel. A track is coupled to the bottom surface of the panel. The track extends around the slot. The track defines a lip configured for receiving and supporting a deck of a circular saw such that the a blade of the circular saw extends through the slot and projects from the top surface of the panel. A stand is coupled to the panel and configured for supporting the panel on a surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 8, 2013
    Publication date: April 9, 2015
    Inventors: John Struss, Adam Struss
  • Publication number: 20150084254
    Abstract: An aligning fixture for box welding that is used to internally support a work-piece has a mounting plate and a plurality of supporting legs. Each of the plurality of supporting legs is removably attached to the mounting plate by a plate connector in order to provide adjustability for welding work-pieces of various sizes. A support structure, being a first leg and a second leg, is pivotally connected to the plate connector and a hinge. The hinge supports a roller mount, a roller, and a pad assembly. The roller mount is vertically positioned, wherein the roller is connected to the roller mount opposite the hinge. The roller allows the supporting leg to slide across the bottom surface within the work-piece. The pad assembly is pivotally attached to the hinge and rests flush against the inner wall of the work-piece when the aligning fixture is deployed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 23, 2014
    Publication date: March 26, 2015
    Applicant: NU-WAY INDUSTRIES, INC.
    Inventor: Steven Arthur Southwell
  • Publication number: 20150048563
    Abstract: A portable work bench may include a body, legs connected to the body for supporting the body, the legs being movable between an open position and a closed position, at least one wheel connected to the body, and a handle connected to the body. A surface of the handle and a surface of the wheel define a plane. The workbench does not have any portions that extend below the plane when the legs are in the closed position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 30, 2014
    Publication date: February 19, 2015
    Inventors: Ross A. Billings, Warren A. Ceroll, Peter Chaikowsky, Floyd E. Moreland, Christian V. Elder
  • Patent number: 8950760
    Abstract: A mobile and adjustable dolly having an adjustable “V” shaped dolly frame. The dolly frame comprises first and second pivotal frame members rotationally coupled to a central support frame member forming a “V” shape. The central support frame member comprises a series of angle maintaining features for securing each frame member at any of a plurality of angled configurations. A distal caster, having a wheel rotation disposed therewith, is assembled to a distal end of each frame member and a central caster is assembled to a pivotal region of the dolly frame. A vehicle support subassembly is disposed upon and extends upward from the each respective frame member. An elongated handle assembly extends from the central caster. The elongated handle assembly further comprises a wheel chock, which removably engages with the central wheel when subjected to the weight of the elongated handle assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2015
    Inventor: Steven S. Davis
  • Publication number: 20150026959
    Abstract: A construction retention device comprising: a first member, a second member and an inner member; wherein the first member comprises a base and an upright; wherein the upright of the first member has at least a single holder; wherein the second member comprises a base and an upright; wherein the upright of the second member has at least a single holder; wherein the first member and the second member are connected to the inner member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 23, 2013
    Publication date: January 29, 2015
    Inventors: Terin Dumas, Michael Joseph Chudilowsky
  • Publication number: 20150001775
    Abstract: The present invention relates to methods for conducting maintenance on chromatography columns used in industrial-scale chromatography. In particular, the invention is concerned with safer methods for performing maintenance on such columns, such as cleaning and replacing bed supports, distributors, nozzles, O-rings and other column components, by the use of a handling device to support, lift, carry and manipulate such column components.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 18, 2014
    Publication date: January 1, 2015
    Applicant: GE HEALTHCARE BIO-SCIENCES AB
    Inventors: JOHN DAVIS, STEFAN KJELL ERIKSSON
  • Patent number: 8770561
    Abstract: A method, process and apparatus for repairing and repainting vehicles and vehicle components, specifically auto body repair and vehicle body components. The method and process reduce vehicle painting preparation time and eliminate material and waste material in the repair and repainting process. The apparatus is directed a vehicle component support stand which simulates the mounting of the body components on a vehicle to reduce time and expenses in the component repair and replacement process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2014
    Inventor: Morris Gagnon, Jr.
  • Patent number: 8739378
    Abstract: Apparatus and methods for positioning one or more components relative to a work surface are provided. The apparatus can include a frame having a first support member extending therefrom. At least one extendable member can be disposed on the first support member. The extendable member can be adapted to move in a linear direction. At least one magnet can be disposed on the frame. The magnet can include at least one contact side that can be switchable between a magnetized state and a non-magnetized state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2014
    Inventors: Will Harris, Gerald L. Dasbach
  • Patent number: 8740207
    Abstract: A portable workbench includes a pair of first support structures, a pair of second support structures, a first top member coupled to the first support structures, a second top member and a clamping mechanism. Each second support structure is pivotally coupled to an associated one of the first support structures. The clamping mechanism is coupled to the second support structures and is configured to selectively translate the second top member relative to the second support structures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2014
    Assignee: Black & Decker Inc.
    Inventors: Mark Lawrence, Michael G. Sirois, Robert D. Watters, Jason F. Busschaert, Tong Yanbin, Han Tao, Mark E. Robson
  • Patent number: 8733748
    Abstract: A cart includes a frame body, a tray, a driving mechanism, and a transmission mechanism. The frame body includes a top portion, a bottom portion including a number of castors, and a number of connecting bars between the top portion and the bottom portion, which cooperatively defines a receiving space. The tray is configured to support a workpiece and to be slidably received in the receiving space. The transmission mechanism is connected between the tray and the driving mechanism to transmit the power of the driving mechanism to the tray to drive the tray to move in the receiving space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2014
    Assignees: Fu Tai Hua Industry (Shenzhen) Co., Ltd., Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Chi-An Yu, Yan-Hao Li, Ri-Qing Chen, Xing Xia
  • 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: 8690134
    Abstract: An equipment support rack assembly for holding equipment during the maintenance thereof includes a base with a top wall, a bottom wall and a perimeter wall. The perimeter has an aperture to access an interior of the base. A rod is attached to the base and receives a spool of cutting line. A plurality of legs each has a top end and a bottom end. Each of the legs extends upwardly from the upper surface. A platform has a top side and a bottom side. The bottom side is attached to the top ends of each of the legs. The top side has an opening extending through the top and bottom sides. The opening is configured to receive a weed trimmer or to allow access to a bottom side of a lawn mower positioned on the top side.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 8, 2014
    Inventor: Ben J. Saam
  • Patent number: 8672729
    Abstract: A device for polishing wheels of truck or cars without removing the valve or the tire of the wheel. The device comprises three parts: a rotative assembly fixed to a stand subject to an angular movement and housed upon a pendulum in extension. The rotative assembly includes a motor connected to a primary speed reducer 10:1 linked to a second speed reducer 60:1 fixed to a jaw turning at an average speed of 3 rpm, on which a wheel is positioned. The device is auto lubricating when a relative orientation of one reducer with respect to the other at 15° allows to maintain oil level in a critical reducer to prevent friction of mobile part inside the critical reducer. The pendulum possesses a pair of wheels to permit the displacement of the assembly on the ground while an actuator located on the pendulum causes the angular movement of the stand.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 18, 2014
    Inventor: Stephane Boisjoli
  • Patent number: 8656568
    Abstract: A fixture for final finishing flange faces of a hub of a knuckle assembly includes a mounting surface, a drive arrangement and a clamping arrangement. The drive arrangement is operative for engaging and rotating the hub of the knuckle assembly relative to the remainder of the knuckle assembly. The drive arrangement includes a drive member extending along a drive axis. The drive member is rotatable about the drive axis. The clamping arrangement is carried by the mounting surface. The clamping arrangement radially surrounds the drive arrangement and is operative for clamping the fixture relative to the mounting surface. The clamping arrangement includes a housing, a piston assembly radially positioned between the housing and the drive member, and a clamping sleeve radially disposed between the piston assembly and the clamping sleeve. The piston is movable in a first direction generally parallel to the drive axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2014
    Assignee: SMW Automotive Corporation
    Inventors: Jerry Nix, Douglas J. Smith, Serge Dupin
  • Patent number: 8651501
    Abstract: A mobile and adjustable dolly having an adjustable “V” shaped dolly frame. The dolly frame comprises first and second pivotal frame members rotationally coupled to a central support frame member forming a “V” shape. The central support frame member comprises a series of angle maintaining features for securing each frame member at any of a plurality of angled configurations. A distal caster, having a wheel rotation disposed therewith, is assembled to a distal end of each frame member and a central caster is assembled to a pivotal region of the dolly frame. A vehicle support subassembly is disposed upon and extends upward from the each respective frame member. An elongated handle assembly extends from the central caster. The elongated handle assembly further comprises a wheel chock, which removably engages with the central wheel when subjected to the weight of the elongated handle assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2014
    Inventor: Steven Davis
  • Publication number: 20130341846
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides an assembly fixture for an oversize liquid crystal display (LCD). The assembly fixture for an oversize LCD includes a base, a fixing bracket which is connected to the base by hinges, and support rods used for keeping the fixing bracket in a fixed angle. A fixing position of the oversize LCD will not be too high by adjusting the angle of the fixing bracket. Therefore, the oversize LCD is easily installed in a high position, and the oversize LCD is installed without the cooperation of many persons and other auxiliary tools. Thus, the oversize LCD has the advantages of more convenient assembly and higher efficiency. In addition, because the fixing bracket is connected with the base by hinges, the oversize LCD is easily turned, few persons are needed, and the assembling efficiency is increased. Because the fixing bracket is smoothly turned, the fragile components of the oversize LCD fixed on the fixing bracket, the LCD panel, etc.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 3, 2012
    Publication date: December 26, 2013
    Inventor: Guofu Tang
  • Patent number: 8596627
    Abstract: An automobile rotisserie may include a pair of support columns, a neck clamp clamped to each support column, a rotation assembly attached to each neck clamp, a swing arm clamp attached to each rotation assembly, a swing arm received in and clamped by each swing arm clamp, a balancing assembly effective for controlling the movement and positioning of the swing arm within the swing arm clamp, and a mounting arm extending from each swing arm. Each neck clamp and/or swing arm clamp may include an L-shaped outer clamp plate and a W-shaped inner clamp plate. Each rotation assembly may include an outer sleeve attached to a neck clamp, an inner insert sleeve attached to a swing arm clamp, a plurality of ball bearings between the outer sleeve and the inner sleeve to facilitate rotational movement of the inner sleeve within the outer sleeve, and a retainer bearing to retain the inner sleeve within the outer sleeve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2013
    Assignee: Wurk Metal Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Donald Scott Lands, Samuel O. Dean
  • Publication number: 20130285302
    Abstract: A modular workbench device is provided having an elongated work surface comprising a first and second side surface situated on either side of a central surface, the surfaces being supported in an elevated position by a workbench frame. The central surface includes an upper and lower side and a hingeable connection to the workbench frame, wherein the surface can be rotated upwards to reveal its lower side. The upper side of the central surface provides a clean work area for a user to engage work pieces thereupon. The lower side of the central work surface provides a power tool mounting frame that allows for connection to a power router tool or power circular saw tool for work piece cutting. The working end of the power tool extends through the central surface, while the mounting plate secures the base or shoe of the tool in a stable configuration during use.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 30, 2013
    Publication date: October 31, 2013
    Inventor: Donald Helm
  • Patent number: 8534650
    Abstract: A holder system for fastening an aircraft interior component to a transporting apparatus and to an aircraft structure includes an interior component holder configured to be connected to the interior component and which has a fastening device for fastening the interior component holder to the transporting apparatus. A structure holder is configured to be connected to the aircraft structure. A connecting element is fastened to the interior component holder and is configured to be connected to the structure holder in order to fasten the interior component to the aircraft structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2013
    Assignee: Airbus Deutschland GmbH
    Inventors: Dirk Humfeldt, Thomas Basler, Sebastian Umlauft, Niklas Halfmann, Dieter Krause
  • Patent number: 8517067
    Abstract: A portable quick-erecting chain saw workbench has a foldable, wheeled carriage that releasably receives a controller upon which a chain saw is secured. The carriage comprises a plurality of panels that are folded between an operational configuration and a stowage orientation. A controller tube adjustably mated to the carriage has pedestal that secures the saw. A spring suspension controls the saw during cutting. A vertical carriage fence with a central blade clearance slot supports a pair of spacers mounting a pair of foldable legs. Cooperating stabilizers permanently hinged to the fence can be folded and pinned to the legs for bracing. Spaced-apart hinge leaf halves at the stabilizer bottoms mate with similar hinge leaf halves for pinning the stabilizers when the carriage is deployed. A foldable work table pivoted to a leg is braced by a strut extending from the table underside to a pinning point.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2013
    Inventor: Arie Barnhill
  • Patent number: 8505137
    Abstract: An equine CT table for positioning a horse during a CT (“computed tomography”) scan. The table is positioned above the patient couch and communicates with the conventional CT system for examination of a horse without requiring mechanical or electrical attachments between the CT system and table. The table includes a frame carrying a tracking system, a linear movement system and a carousel upon which the horse is positioned. Prior to examination, positioning of the horse on the table may be manually adjusted linearly and/or radially in any direction to properly align the horse. Infinitely positionable cantilever members are provided to support horse's appendages. The tracking system identifies movement of the CT couch and mimics the movement with the linear movement system to enter and retract the horse from the gantry at predetermined positioning.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2013
    Assignee: Artec Imaging, LLC
    Inventor: Arthur J. Gaines, Jr.
  • Patent number: 8490955
    Abstract: An apparatus may comprise a permanent magnet unit, an end effector, and an electromagnetic clamping device. The end effector may be capable of performing workpiece operations. The electromagnetic clamping device may have an activated state and a deactivated state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2013
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Branko Sarh, Harry Asada, Manas Chandran Menon
  • Patent number: 8474793
    Abstract: The invention provides a lifting system that decreases the amount of energy used while lifting luggage from the ground in a variety of locations. According to the invention, a lifting system operates on a regenerative braking mechanism that provides for recharging the battery of the lifting system using energy created from rotational force generated by the lowering of an arm of the lifting system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2013
    Assignee: Automotive Resource, Inc.
    Inventor: Robert Penenburgh
  • Patent number: 8444125
    Abstract: An attaching apparatus for attaching a load port apparatus to an attaching face of a semiconductor manufacturing apparatus includes a bogie truck body to be attached to a lower end portion of the load port apparatus. A pair of downwardly projecting positioning protrusions having a circular transverse sectional shape are also attached to the lower end portion of the load port apparatus. A support plate is secured to a lower end portion of the attaching face in such a manner as to project toward the load port apparatus. A pair of positioning recesses are formed on an upper face of the support plate and each has a circular hollow shape, in a plan view, such that said plurality of positioning protrusions may be individually fitted therein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2013
    Assignee: Sinfonia Technology Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Mitsuo Natsume
  • Patent number: 8439337
    Abstract: A positioning system is provided for mounting a wing of an aircraft to a fuselage of the aircraft. The positioning system includes, but is not limited to a programmable mounting unit that can perform a final adjustment and alignment of the wing with respect to the fuselage without user interaction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2013
    Assignee: Airbus Operations GmbH
    Inventor: Horst Kott
  • Patent number: 8434737
    Abstract: A crane with a freely positionable oil pump handle: the present invention relates to an easily operated crane with a freely positionable oil pump handle which significantly enlarges the working area of the operators and considerably broadens the application area of the crane, thereby widening the market prospects.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2013
    Inventor: Haoliang Zhou
  • Patent number: 8424858
    Abstract: A flexible fixture system for a CNC machine is coupled to a base fixture. The flexible fixture includes quick connects that connect with the base fixture in order to allow hydraulic fluid, air, and water to be communicated from the base fixture to the flexible fixture system. The flexible fixture system includes features operable to hold a workpiece within the CNC machine. The flexible fixture system is modular and may be swapped out for a different flexible fixture in order to allow other operations to be performed on the workpiece.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2013
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Kharati Pawa, Brian Holmes
  • Patent number: 8413958
    Abstract: A lifter with linkage mechanism includes a frame being movably on floor, a lifting mechanism disposed on the upper portion of said frame and a loading plate jointed with the lifting mechanism. The lifting mechanism includes a lifting arm with a lifting driving box. Two four-bar linkage mechanisms are jointed with a first end of the lifting arm, while a second end of the lifting arm is rotatablely jointed with the frame. The frame includes a horizontal base seat and two columns with vertical guiding groove respectively symmetrically disposed on left side and right side of the horizontal base seat. A crossbeam is coupled between two columns. The four-bar linkage mechanism is disposed between two columns, and the four-bar linkage mechanism is respectively jointed with the loading plate and the lifting arm. In the present invention, the loading plate will be well guided and move freely. The structure of the cantalever style loading plate is simple; it is suitably applied in the double-deck parking garage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2013
    Inventor: Jianhua Zhu
  • Patent number: 8403310
    Abstract: An apparatus is disclosed for holding a flat object. The apparatus includes a post, a supporting mechanism movably connected to the post, a clamping mechanism pivotally connected to the post, and a linking element for linking the supporting mechanism and the clamping mechanism together. Thus, the flat object is clamped by the clamping mechanism clamps when the flat object is supported on the supporting mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2013
    Assignee: King Shen Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kun-Jie Wang, Rong-Jin Liang, David Tsai
  • Publication number: 20130062823
    Abstract: The workbench includes one or more trestle units (102) having pairs of legs (104) joined to each end of a cross-piece (106) by a hinge unit (108) which allows the legs to fold flat against each other and against the cross-piece of the trestle for storage. The hinge has a stop which allows the legs to be positioned away from each other and away from the crosspiece of the trestle to form a stable trestle unit. The workbench further includes a plurality of beams (500), wherein said beams are adapted to be connected to at least one trestle so as to form a supporting framework for a work piece. A folding brace (110) between pairs of legs further stabilises the trestle. The beams and trestles have holes (126) in their ends, and the beams and the trestles have regularly spaced holes (128) in them. Pegs can be inserted into and through the holes, and they have locking parts on them, allowing them to lock onto the trestle or beam. Pegs can have two latches for attachment to different beams or trestles.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 3, 2011
    Publication date: March 14, 2013
    Inventor: Mark Lockyer Boyd
  • Patent number: 8393603
    Abstract: The present invention generally relates to fixtures and methods for assembling automotive instrument panels. Some embodiments include a means for locating an instrument panel in a lateral direction and in a selected rotational direction. Some embodiments also include a means for locking the panel in specific desired rotational position. Furthermore, some embodiments may accommodate a wide variety of panel designs having variable lengths.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2013
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Shalette Farmer
  • Patent number: 8382082
    Abstract: A method for horizontal assembly of a high-voltage feed-through bushing includes vertically-assembling a field shaper assembly of a high-voltage feed-through bushing on a field shaper fixture. The field shaper assembly is then rotated within the field shaper fixture such that the field shaper assembly is oriented on a horizontal axis. Next, an insulator tube fixture supporting an insulator tube assembly is positioned adjacent to the field shaper fixture. The insulator tube assembly, being oriented on the same horizontal axis as the field shaper assembly, is then affixed to field shaper assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2013
    Assignee: The United States of America as represented by Secretary of the Navy
    Inventors: Daniel Gath Meeks, Wendy Marie Massey, William George Cheyne
  • Patent number: 8366084
    Abstract: A table which supports work pieces includes a base with a first part and a second part hinged together so that the second part may be swung up and away from the standing surface for storage and be swung down to engage the standing surface. A support column is secured to the base and coupled to a brace member which is foldable between a first state when the second part is in contact with the standing surface and a second state when the second part is not in contact with the standing surface. The table includes a work platform that is coupled to the central support column and rotatable between a horizontal orientation parallel to the standing surface and a non-horizontal orientation. The work platform is configured to have work stations which receive and mount work pieces so that the work pieces are secured to the work platform in both the horizontal and non-horizontal orientations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2013
    Inventor: Robert B. Halladay
  • Patent number: 8348238
    Abstract: A support unit for moving an object may include an elongated member, at least one suction device coupled to the elongated member for attaching to an object, a lifting mechanism for raising and lowering the elongated member and an attached object, and a rotating member for moving the support unit and the attached object from a departure location to a destination location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Gary W. Anderson, Kevin L. Salt
  • Patent number: 8342491
    Abstract: A transport system for transporting at least one blade or spar for a wind turbine. The blade or spar has a root end and a tip end. The transport system comprises a root frame structure for holding the root end and a fixation device adapted to fixate and support the blade or spar between the root end and tip end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Assignee: Vestas Wind Systems A/S
    Inventors: Henning Jørgensen, Jens Jessen Hansen
  • Patent number: 8328173
    Abstract: A support stand system for supporting parts of automobiles for repair work or painting purposes featuring a main base and one or more additional components including a fender stand for supporting fenders, a bumper stand for supporting bumpers, a paint tray, a door stand for supporting doors and hoods, and a sawhorse. The components are interchangeable. Securing devices such as clamp brackets can be used with any of the components.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2012
    Inventors: Steven L. DesForge, Linda DesForge