Miscellaneous Patents (Class 269/329)
  • Patent number: 8765227
    Abstract: An improved mounting device for mounting a bodyshell sliding door to a body-in-white of a motor vehicle during a painting operation comprises a body connection which can be mounted to the body-in-white and a door connection which can be mounted to the bodyshell sliding door. The body connection and the door connection are connected with each other by a multiple joint.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 1, 2014
    Assignee: Dura Automotive Body & Glass Systems GmbH
    Inventors: Gerhard Heuel, Michael Krehmke, Ralf Rottmann
  • Patent number: 8707535
    Abstract: A built-in device, in particular a kitchen device, is provided and includes a front side and a unit wall comprising a unit front surface. Said method consists of the following steps: at least one adjusting device is secured to the built-in device in such a manner that an adjusting edge of the adjusting device protrudes over the front side of the device, the built-in device is inserted into the furniture niche until the adjusting edge is aligned with the front surface of the unit, the built-in device is secured to the unit niche. The invention also relates to an adjusting tool which is adapted, particularly, for carrying out said inventive method.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2014
    Assignee: BSH Bosch und Siemens Hausgeraete GmbH
    Inventors: Karl-Friedrich Laible, Helmut Steichele
  • Patent number: 8702082
    Abstract: A method for producing a multiple glazing unit (100). According to the invention, a fixing element (21) can be positioned in a groove (N), between two planar elements (101, 102), forming the multiple glazing unit (100), in a simple manner and provisionally fixed during the production of the multiple glazing unit (100) without loss of the required positional accuracy of the fixing element (21) in the groove (N), wherein during the production of the multiple glazing unit (100), a profile rail (1) with at least one first leg section (10), a second leg section (20) and a bridge section (30) connecting the first and second leg sections (10, 20) is used.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2014
    Assignee: Alcoa Aluminium Deutschland, Inc.
    Inventors: Bernard Amouroux, Eric Marsaglia
  • Publication number: 20130241129
    Abstract: The invention concerns a safety clamping system for the fastening of workpieces on machine tools, wherein, in addition to one clamping mechanism known from the state of the art, at least one positioning mechanism is also provided, which can pre-position the workpiece roughly before the affixing and move it into the final affixing position and, at the same time, can facilitate the monitoring for an undesired detachment of the workpiece.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 15, 2011
    Publication date: September 19, 2013
    Inventor: Klaus Hofmann
  • Publication number: 20130228961
    Abstract: A block piece for holding an optical lens to be machined, with a coupling part for being held in a workpiece chuck and with a holding part for fastening the lens. The holding part has a convex or concave holding surface corresponding to a first side of the lens. The holding surface is, according to the shape of the lens to be held, provided in the form of a negative free-forming surface, and the block piece is made from a plastic that can be machined.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 20, 2013
    Publication date: September 5, 2013
    Applicant: SCHNEIDER GMBH & CO. KG
    Inventors: Gunter SCHNEIDER, Helwig BUCHENAUER, Ulf BOERNER, Klaus KRAEMER
  • 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
  • Publication number: 20130097850
    Abstract: According to one aspect of the invention, an apparatus for servicing a turbine component is provided where the apparatus includes a bench member configured to receive the turbine component and at least one clamping device extending from the bench member to secure the turbine component. The apparatus further includes a bracket coupled to the bench member, wherein the bracket is configured to be coupled to a stand and to support the bench member and turbine component.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 28, 2012
    Publication date: April 25, 2013
    Inventor: Sergin Yolsal
  • Patent number: 8413972
    Abstract: An embodiment of a multiple axis positioner comprises a main headstock that has a main hollow bore. A main indexing table is attached to the main headstock. The main indexing table has a through-hole near the its center. The through-hole aligns or is substantially coaxial with the main hollow bore of the main headstock. The embodiment of the multiple axis positioner further includes at least three minor headstocks mounted to the main indexing table. The at least three minor headstocks have minor hollow bores.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2013
    Assignee: Lincoln Global, Inc.
    Inventors: David Osicki, Erin Spier, Mike Brant
  • Patent number: 8353503
    Abstract: An edge alignment control apparatus for correcting vertical alignment of sheet members is disclosed to include two base units each having multiple first power drives controllable to reciprocate a respective horizontal reciprocating member, and adjustment units arranged between the base units, each adjustment unit having two holder blocks connected to the horizontal reciprocating members of the base units at one same elevation and movable by the respective horizontal reciprocating members horizontally, sheet-transfer rollers pivotally connected between the holder blocks, a bearing board connected between the holder blocks for receiving a sheet member from the sheet-transfer rollers and a suction hood suspending above the bearing board and defining with the bearing board a passage for the passing of a sheet member and controllable to suck up a sheet member from the bearing board for allowing adjustment of the position of the sheet member horizontally subject to the operation of the first power drive.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2013
    Inventor: Tzu-Che Lin
  • Patent number: 8215600
    Abstract: A connection structure between a lifting device and a lifted body is provided wherein lifted body side portions are connected to a pair of lifting bodies moving up and down on the lifted body outer sides. Gripping means provided in each side of a lifted body grip a lifting arm of each lifting body and include a first gripping piece swingably connected to a base rack and a second gripping piece swingably connected to the first gripping piece. When the lifting arm is separated from the lifted body, the first gripping piece is located outwardly of the lifting arm and a gripper is located within a vertical projective space of the lifting arm, and the first gripping piece is lifted via the second gripping piece, by which a gripper abuts against the lifting arm from below.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2012
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Yasuhiro Yamazaki
  • Publication number: 20120169001
    Abstract: A work table having removably attachable support members extending between opposing frame members and a tool guide retention member extending along at least a portion of the frame. The work table may be collapsible. The tool guide retention member may be defined by a channel extending along at least a portion of the frame member. In turn, tool guides may be attached to the frame using the tool guide retention member. As such, various guides for various operations to be performed on a work piece may be provided. The work piece may be indexed using indexing members or may be clamplingly engaged to the work table.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 5, 2011
    Publication date: July 5, 2012
    Inventor: Premysl Ducek
  • Publication number: 20120141304
    Abstract: A pump housing for a hydraulic unit in a motor vehicle, includes a body that is provided with openings for accommodating components of an associated pump. One of the external surfaces of the body is designed such that a motor can be mounted thereon. A cutting process is not used to machine the external surface for mounting the motor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 23, 2010
    Publication date: June 7, 2012
    Inventors: Matthias Mayr, Marc Micke, Reiner Fellmeth, Alexander Bareiss, Andreas Weh
  • Publication number: 20120119427
    Abstract: A clamp system having a clamp adapted to be removably fastened to a wide variety of stationary support forming a base on which additional clamps or rods may be mounted for the purpose of holding a workpiece, the clamp including a tensioning device allowing a piece of cord to be looped over a part of the workpiece and pulled taut to bind the workpiece to the clamp. The cord is quickly and easily attachable to the clamp, fixed in place under tension, and quickly and easily released. The clamp comprises: a frame, clamping screw subassembly, at least one jamming cleat formed as part of the frame, and adjustable connector feature formed as part of the frame for connecting two or more frames together. A length of cord may be tensioned and secured within the jamming cleat of the frame and means is provided for anchoring the cord within the clamping plate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 24, 2012
    Publication date: May 17, 2012
    Inventor: Richard Weissenborn
  • Patent number: 8176610
    Abstract: Disclosed is an apparatus, system, and method for precisely placing holes or attaching sub-components to vertical mullions or other workpieces of various shapes and material compositions. The apparatus, in its basic mode of operation, can accurately locate the positions of holes or groupings of holes to be drilled in the workpiece by means of the calibrated positioning, along the workpiece, of a plurality of fixtures affixed to specially-designed drill guide plates. When used in its advanced mode of operation, the fixtures of the apparatus are re-configured and loaded with a plurality of shear blocks or other connectors, and thereupon an operator, by calibrated placement of the fixtures, may simultaneously pinpoint the required fastening location of the shear blocks and sequentially attach specified fasteners through each shear block, directly onto the workpiece.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2012
    Inventors: Donald L. Arrington, Fred D. Harris
  • Patent number: 8151458
    Abstract: An assembly includes a fixture including an opening shaped to receive a portion of a turbine engine component. A non-metallic cover is placed over at least a portion of the fixture. The cover facilitates reducing metal to metal contact of the fixture and the turbine engine component when the turbine engine component is installed in the fixture, and facilitates reducing scratching of the turbine engine component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2012
    Assignee: United Technologies Corporation
    Inventors: Kirk D. Hlavaty, Stephen V. Glynn, Gordon Miller Reed
  • Publication number: 20120041585
    Abstract: An adjustable locator includes a locator element for contact with a workpiece supported on a fixture. The locator comprises a support element in which a ramp element is slidable. The ramp element has a ramp surface which is contacted by a plunger which carries the locator element. Displacement of the ramp element causes displacement of the plunger to adjust the position of the locator element with respect to the support element. A ratchet mechanism permits displacement of the ramp element in one direction, but prevents such movement in the opposite direction. The adjustable locator can be used in a workpiece fixture to achieve an optimum orientation of a workpiece prior to machining.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 8, 2011
    Publication date: February 16, 2012
    Applicant: ROLLS-ROYCE PLC
    Inventor: Andrew V. MATHER
  • Patent number: 8087652
    Abstract: A substrate supporting apparatus includes first and second shafts spaced by a distance that corresponds to or exceeds a width of a substrate, and at least one wire to support the substrate. The wire has ends coupled to respective ones of the first and second shafts. The wire is raised and lowered to place a substrate onto a lower electrode in a substrate processing chamber and to remove the substrate when processing is completed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2012
    Assignee: Advanced Display Process Engineering Co., Ltd
    Inventor: Suk Min Son
  • Patent number: 8078315
    Abstract: A control system for a load-handling clamp includes first and second load-engaging surfaces for selectively gripping and releasing a load disposed between said surfaces. At least one of said surfaces is selectively movable toward the other by a hydraulic actuator. At least one fluid valve assembly variably regulates a maximum hydraulic clamping pressure capable of causing the actuator to move one of the surfaces toward the other in a load clamping movement. Preferably, a load geometry sensor produces an electrical effect that varies as a function of the geometric profile of the load. A data receiver preferably also obtains load identification information related to at least one characteristic of the load, other than the load's geometry. A controller, in response to the data receiver and load geometry sensor, operates to control the valve assembly's regulation of the maximum hydraulic clamping pressure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2011
    Assignee: Cascade Corporation
    Inventors: Pat S. McKernan, Greg A. Nagle
  • Publication number: 20110291680
    Abstract: A chuck for supporting and retaining a test substrate includes a device for supporting and retaining a calibration substrate. The chuck comprises a first support surface for supporting a test substrate and a second support surface, which is laterally offset to the first support surface, for supporting a calibration substrate. The calibration substrate has planar calibration standards for calibration of a measuring unit of a prober, and dielectric material or air situated below the calibration substrate at least in the area of the calibration standard. In order to be able to take the actual thermal conditions on the test substrate and in particular also on known and unknown calibration standards and thus the thermal influence on the electrical behavior of the calibration standard used into consideration, the second support surface is equipped for temperature control of the calibration substrate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 12, 2011
    Publication date: December 1, 2011
    Applicant: Cascade Microtech, Inc.
    Inventors: Andrej Rumiantsev, Stojan Kanev, Steffen Schott, Karsten Stoll
  • Publication number: 20110175271
    Abstract: A vacuum hold-down system for use with workpieces of various shapes and/or sizes is disclosed. The system comprising a vacuum hold-down table defining a mask support plane and an apertured vacuum table mask which is selectably positionable on said mask support plane, wherein said vacuum hold-down table and said vacuum table mask is configured to define a plurality of selectable different contiguous arrays of vacuum apertures, by suitable relative positioning of said vacuum table mask and said vacuum hold-down table in said mask support plane.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 14, 2011
    Publication date: July 21, 2011
    Applicant: ORBOTECH Ltd.
    Inventor: Asher KATZ
  • Patent number: 7963512
    Abstract: A vision measuring machine includes a workbench, a support mounted to the workbench, a moving member movably mounted to the support, two fixing portions and a lens respectively fixed to the moving member, a group of pulleys fixed to the support, two mounting members each including at least one pulley fixed to the workbench, a rail fixed between the fixing members, a sliding member for fixing a backlight module, and a cord for driving the sliding member. One end of the cord is fixed to one of the fixing portions. The opposite end of the cord rounds all of the corresponding pulleys, the rail, and the sliding member, and last is fixed to the other fixing portion. When the moving member with the lens is driven, the backlight module is driven together with the lens by the cord.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2011
    Assignees: Hong Fu Jin Precision Industry (ShenZhen) Co., Ltd., Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Chih-Kuang Chang, Sen Zhang
  • Patent number: 7882798
    Abstract: A spray painting tool for painting key caps is disclosed, which comprises: a platform, having a plurality of columns formed on a top surface of the same; a panel, having a plurality of holes formed thereon at positions corresponding to the plural columns for allowing the plural columns to pass through the panel therefrom; a diaphragm, disposed on the panel while aligning a plurality of holes formed thereon with the plural columns for allowing the plural columns to pass through the diaphragm therefrom; and at least a holding unit, each being arranged on the panel at a position corresponding to one of the plural column for fixedly securing a key cap. As the diaphragm can be easily replaced, the spray painting tool can be used repetitively without worrying the stacking of residue paint on its panel. Moreover, as the spray painting tool is simple in structure and ease to use, painting key caps can be achieved with lower cost and less time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 8, 2011
    Assignee: Darfon Electronics Corp.
    Inventors: Chin-Hung Lin, Chao-Lung Chang, Yung-Nien Chai
  • Publication number: 20100320348
    Abstract: An opener and a buffer table for a test handler are disclosed. The opener includes an opening plate, a plurality of pin blocks forming pairs, and at least one or more interval retaining apparatus for retaining an interval between the pin blocks forming a pair. Each of the pin blocks is movably coupled to the opening plate, and includes opening pins for releasing a holding state of a holding apparatus that holds semiconductor devices in a carrier board. Although semiconductor devices to be tested are altered in size and a carrier board loading with the semiconductor devices is thus replaced, the opener does not need to be replaced, thereby reducing the replacement cost and the waste of resources.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 2, 2008
    Publication date: December 23, 2010
    Applicant: TECHWING., CO. LTD
    Inventors: Yun-Sung Na, In-Gu Jeon, Seung-Chul Ahn, Dong-Han Kim, Jae-Hyun Son
  • Publication number: 20100244351
    Abstract: An apparatus, system, and method are disclosed for retaining a ski in a position to maintain the ski. The apparatus includes a first support positioned between the front portion of the ski and a support structure to support a front portion of the ski. A second support is positioned between the rear portion of the ski and the support structure to support a rear portion of the ski. A binder engagement including a rigid engagement element engages only one of a binder toe piece and a binder heal piece of a binder. A coupling member couples the binder engagement to the support structure and prevents movement of the ski relative to the support structure in a forward and rearward direction. The supports and the binder engagement apply forces in an opposite direction to secure the ski to the apparatus.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 29, 2010
    Publication date: September 30, 2010
    Inventor: Peter Totman
  • Publication number: 20100230880
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for holding a plurality of arrow shafts in alignment for applying a heat-shrinkable sleeve thereto. The apparatus includes a support and an arrow holding assembly for holding more than one arrow shaft relative to the support. An adjuster ring is moveable along the support to hold the sleeves in the desired positions on the shafts. The apparatus and method of this invention allows for consistent positioning of shrinkable sleeves around multiple arrow shafts and simultaneous shrinking of sleeves onto the multiple arrow shafts.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 12, 2009
    Publication date: September 16, 2010
    Inventors: Christopher A. Kozlik, Karl Muntanion
  • Publication number: 20100230884
    Abstract: An exemplary embodiment providing one or more improvements includes removable faces for jaws in machine vise which are able to grip a work-piece with great stability, accuracy, and reproducibility. Embodiments include multiple gripping features so the gripping surface easily can be renewed by demounting and reversing a worn face to a new face. Embodiments include the ability to of the claw jaws to be mounted on any fixed or movable vise station to use the entire clamping range of the machine vise. Embodiments are disclosed which are used with round or curved as well as flat work-pieces. Embodiments also include flat surfaced claw jaws which may be used to grip a work-piece for secondary machining to remove indentations from the work-piece.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 11, 2009
    Publication date: September 16, 2010
    Inventor: Kevin Dale Nelson
  • Publication number: 20100194009
    Abstract: A panel platen for holding substrates such as PCBs has an automatic shimming mechanism to provide shims for panels of varying sizes and/or thicknesses. A platen includes a top surface, and a plurality of adjustable shims located below the top surface and around an edge of the platen, wherein the adjustable shims can be raised and lowered to a desired height to compensate for different sizes or thicknesses of substrates. A platen may include a top surface, a plurality of adjustable height pads located around an edge of the top surface, and a motorized control mechanism located below the top surface and configured to raise and lower the plurality of adjustable height pads. A method of automatically shimming different sized substrates on a platen includes providing a plurality of motorized shims under a top surface of the platen, and raising and lowering the motorized shims based on a size or thickness of a substrate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 3, 2009
    Publication date: August 5, 2010
    Inventors: Lionel Fullwood, Greg Baxter, John H. Hart, Raja D. Singh
  • Publication number: 20100187737
    Abstract: A support assembly and a method for holding an elongated workpiece are provided. First and second tensioning assemblies are spaced apart from each other along a longitudinal axis. Each tensioning assembly has a fixture element adapted to hold a portion of the workpiece and a tension actuator operably coupled to the fixture element to move the fixture element. First and second clamp devices are disposed along the longitudinal axis where the first clamp device is disposed on a first side of the longitudinal axis and the second lateral clamp device is disposed on a second side of the longitudinal axis. Each lateral clamp device has an end portion configured to hold a portion of the workpiece and restrain the workpiece for twisting and/or lateral movement of the workpiece orthogonal to the longitudinal axis and a clamp actuator operably coupled to the end portion to move the end portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 29, 2010
    Publication date: July 29, 2010
    Applicant: PaR Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas E. Marrinan, Wesley J. Rieckenberg, James R. Cunov
  • Publication number: 20100117283
    Abstract: A two jaw vise having a base extending in a longitudinal direction between two ends, a central fixed block and opposing jaws on either side of the central block. The opposing jaws being movable longitudinally and joined to the base for controlled movement longitudinally. The base including a base block extending longitudinally between the first and second ends and including first and second longitudinally extending rails. The first and second rails extending parallel to the base block and being spaced from the base block. The first and second rails at least partially forming the controlled movement of the jaws. The base further including first and second pluralities of vertically extending columns extending between the base block and the first and second rails, respectively. The base including at least one gap between adjacent columns.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 10, 2009
    Publication date: May 13, 2010
    Inventors: James C. Klingenberg, Harry P. Fuller
  • Publication number: 20100062284
    Abstract: Provided is a method of manufacturing a glass substrate efficiently via prevention of foreign matter adhesion to a glass substrate as to chemical strengthening. Disclosed is a method of manufacturing a glass substrate for a recording medium possessing the step of conducting a chemical strengthening process by which a glass substrate held by a holding jig and the holding jig are immersed in a chemical strengthening solution, and 1st alkali metal ion on a surface of the glass substrate is substituted by 2nd alkali metal ion having a larger ion diameter than that of 1st alkali metal ion contained in the chemical strengthening solution, wherein the holding jig possesses a member of material made of a metal comprising an alkali metal element, or a metal film comprising an alkali metal element to cover a surface of the holding jig from the very beginning of the chemical strengthening process.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 8, 2007
    Publication date: March 11, 2010
    Inventors: Toru Watanabe, Kenichi Sasaki
  • Publication number: 20100013134
    Abstract: A magnetic clamp assembly includes a magnetic clamp housing. The housing has a front face and a pair of opposes sides. A restraining arrangement comprises a restraining formation projecting outwardly from each side of the housing parallel to the front face. An adapter is mountable to the housing to bear against the front face. The adapter includes an engaging arrangement which engages the restraining arrangement when the adapter is mounted to the housing to restrain pivoting movement of the adapter relative to the housing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 4, 2007
    Publication date: January 21, 2010
    Inventor: Robert Sladojevic
  • 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
    Inventor: Jerry MUNCIE
  • Publication number: 20090283948
    Abstract: A clamp device including a detection mechanism provided to detect whether the clamp device is in a clamped state or an unclamped state. The detection mechanism includes a tilt plate tiltably placed inside a switch holder installed on a body and a sliding rod displaced together with a piston rod and displaced in the direction normal to the tilt plate. When the sliding rod presses and tilts the tilt plate while a piston is displaced, a second detection switch detects that the clamp device is in the unclamped state.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 25, 2007
    Publication date: November 19, 2009
    Applicant: SMC Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Chiaki Fukui, Kazuyoshi Takahashi, Atsushi Tamai
  • Publication number: 20090273130
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention are directed to a fixture assembly that is capable of holding work pieces such tiles of various sizes in various positions in a manner which enables freehand cutting. Various embodiments include a main fixture having a working top surface area that includes strategically placed cylindrical openings that are configured to receive easily manipulated tile holding clamps, various dogs that can be removably secured to the fixture in order to place tiles in a desirable position to be held during a cutting operations. The fixture is light weight and is easily transportable to a jobsite and has the capability of storing the clamps, dogs, marking instruments and the like.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 30, 2009
    Publication date: November 5, 2009
    Inventors: Sam Armstrong, Peter Denley, Timothy Baker, Jie Liu, Loren Doppelt, Dale S. DiIulio, Scott Micoley, Ronald Bradbery
  • JIG
    Publication number: 20090267279
    Abstract: A jig for fixing a subject body, is provided with a support block configured to support the subject body, which includes a support face, a coating discharge-deposited to coat the support face, which includes a ceramic, and a fixation member configured to fix the subject body in cooperation with the support block.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 8, 2006
    Publication date: October 29, 2009
    Applicant: IHI Corporation
    Inventors: Hiroyuki Ochiai, Mitsutoshi Watanabe, Takashi Furukawa
  • Publication number: 20090211091
    Abstract: An assembly includes a fixture including an opening shaped to receive a portion of a turbine engine component. A non-metallic cover is placed over at least a portion of the fixture. The cover facilitates reducing metal to metal contact of the fixture and the turbine engine component when the turbine engine component is installed in the fixture, and facilitates reducing scratching of the turbine engine component.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 21, 2008
    Publication date: August 27, 2009
    Inventors: Kirk D. Hlavaty, Stephen V. Glynn, Gordon Miller Reed
  • Publication number: 20090194924
    Abstract: A clamp (1) including at least one clamping element (18) (e.g., clamping jaw, clamping strap, etc.) and a hand-operated actuator operative to move the clamping element (18) in a clamping direction, and a clamping force sensor (26) in operative connection with the clamping element (18). The clamping force sensor (26) may be in operative connection with a clamping force indicator (32), which may be mounted on the clamp (1) or in remote communication with the clamp force sensor (26).
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 30, 2005
    Publication date: August 6, 2009
    Applicant: TEFENTOOLS LTD.
    Inventor: Zion Ben-Gigi
  • Publication number: 20090127761
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a device for temporarily spacing an opening element with respect to a fixed element of a motor vehicle body, comprising, on the one hand, a fastening plate and, on the other hand, a stop element adapted to serve as a bearing support for the opening element, where the fastening plate is designed so as to engage with a wall of the fixed element, thereby blocking the spacing device in at least one direction, and in that said device has at least a second fastening point situated at a distance from the fastening plate and designed so as also to engage with a wall of the fixed element, thereby providing retention at least in the additional direction or directions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 2, 2006
    Publication date: May 21, 2009
    Applicant: EXSTO
    Inventor: Stephane Perche
  • Patent number: 7510176
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a submount on which at least one optical component is mounted. The submount has a mounted portion that is mounted onto a substrate or base, and a protruding portion that protrudes out from the substrate or the base when the mounted portion is mounted to the substrate or base. The gripped portion is formed to enable gripping thereof. Wiring, to enable active alignment, is provided to the gripped portion, and active alignment can be carried out by powering up the optical component mounted on the submount.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2009
    Assignee: FUJIKURA Ltd.
    Inventors: Kenji Oda, Masato Takigahira, Kenichiro Asano
  • Patent number: 7480594
    Abstract: To provide an effective calculation method and an apparatus therefor for obtaining an outside diameter of a wire packing by bundling and packing a plurality of wires into the smallest possible circular shape. The outside diameter of a wire harness surrounding a plurality of wires is efficiently obtained by repeatedly calculating an operation in which the layout of the plurality of wires making up the wire harness is changed such that, by using a computer, the wires are moved as distantly as possible from the wire protruding from an including circle, and the protruding wire is inserted in a space thus created. In particular, by adopting the concept of a circular Voronoi diagram, it becomes possible to obtain the outside diameter of the wire harness extremely simply and in a short time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2003
    Date of Patent: January 20, 2009
    Assignee: Yazaki Corporation
    Inventors: Kokichi Sugihara, Masayoshi Sawai
  • Publication number: 20080236010
    Abstract: A deflectable sign spring base includes a bracket. A torsion spring between walls of the bracket walls includes first and second spring posts. The first spring post contacts a first bracket edge and the second spring post contacts an opposed second bracket edge. Spacing between the first and second edges is greater than the spring post spacing for a non-loaded spring. Spring post engagement with the edges separates the spring posts and induces a torsion spring preload force. A mast engaging member is rotatably connected to the bracket and in continuous contact with both spring posts. The member and mast are continuously urged to a vertical orientation by the torsion spring preload force until acted on by a second force overcoming the preload force, the preload force thereafter returning the member and mast to the vertical orientation after the second force is removed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 2, 2007
    Publication date: October 2, 2008
    Inventor: Eugene Levin
  • Publication number: 20080176415
    Abstract: A wafer support pin has a front end contacted with a wafer such that the front end is flat or rounded. Thus, gravitational stress is minimized during annealing the wafer, thereby minimizing slip dislocation. This wafer support pin is suitably used for annealing of a wafer, particularly high temperature rapid thermal annealing of a large-diameter wafer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 26, 2007
    Publication date: July 24, 2008
    Applicant: Siltron Inc.
    Inventors: Kun Kim, Jin-Kyun Hong, Woo-Hyun Seo, Kyoung-Hwan Song
  • Publication number: 20070182081
    Abstract: A wafer spinner apparatus includes a main body, and a plurality of spin units disposed in the main body to open and close in a rack configuration, each spin unit including a stepping motor disposed in the main body to move a spin unit in a horizontal direction, a base plate coupled to the stepping motor, a reference sensor disposed in the main body to determine a position deviation of the spin unit, and a spin chuck disposed on the base plate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 14, 2006
    Publication date: August 9, 2007
    Inventor: Seok-gi Si
  • Publication number: 20070176343
    Abstract: An exemplary rotary bracket system includes at least one rotary bracket (10) and at least one anti-vibration system (20). The rotary bracket has a rotary shaft (12). The anti-vibration system includes at least one fixture member (21) and at least one shock-absorber assembly (23) connected to the at least one fixture member. The at least one fixture member fits around the rotary shaft of the at least one rotary bracket such that the rotary shaft is rotatable in the at least one fixture member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 2, 2006
    Publication date: August 2, 2007
  • Patent number: 7244385
    Abstract: The present invention provides a practically effective three-dimensional photonic crystal, and a process for the production thereof as well as a probe used therefor wherein a three-dimensional photonic crystal comprises a plurality of two-dimensional photonic crystal plates each provided with through holes and different types of two-dimensional photonic crystals; a plurality of positioning members to be located in the above-described through holes in the plurality of the two-dimensional photonic crystal plates; and the above-described positioning members being located in the through holes in the two-dimensional photonic crystal plates adjacent to each other among the pluralities of two-dimensional photonic crystal plates to be laminated in such that the pluralities of the two-dimensional photonic crystal plates obtain a periodic structure in response to wavelengths of light.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2005
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2007
    Assignees: Riken, National Institute for Materials Science
    Inventors: Kanna Aoki, Hideki Hirayama, Yoshinobu Aoyagi, Hideki Miyazaki
  • Patent number: 7172676
    Abstract: A system and a method by which workpieces are bonded to and debond from a manufacturing fixture using a radiation responsive adhesive as a bonding agent. The system includes curing the adhesive agent during loading within seconds, and structurally weakens the adhesive bond during unloading within seconds. During the workpiece loading cycle, an adhesive dispenser deposits radiation responsive adhesive on to a load bearing, light transmittive surface, known as gripper pins. The workpiece is subsequently pushed against the locators, and towards the gripper pins causing the adhesive to interpose between workpiece and gripper pins, curing radiant energy is transmitted through the gripper pins and on to the adhesive to cure adhesive and bond the workpiece to the fixture. Therefore, the bond is structurally weakened or debonded in order to remove the workpiece from the fixture after manufacturing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2003
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2007
    Assignee: The Penn State Research Corporation
    Inventor: Edward C. DeMeter
  • Patent number: 7108462
    Abstract: A workpiece engraving machine provides for a way to clamp, align and identify a workpiece for engraving. An engravable band with a permanently embedded flexible engravable tag and a method of engraving the tag in the engraving machine. In a first aspect, a workpiece clamping table comprising a support surface, a clamp, one or more workpiece alignment devices, a positional sensor and a processor. The processor determines the workpiece type, keeps the automatic inventory and may indicate when workpieces need to be ordered. In a second aspect, a workpiece engraving machine may also have workpiece inventory doors which comprise containers with workpiece holders. The containers are attached to the engraving machine by rotators.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2005
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2006
    Inventor: Greg Newman
  • Patent number: 7048268
    Abstract: In order to detect accurately a seating of clamped body and a clamping force at a seating, the workpiece supporting device has plural seating mechanisms 40. Each of the seating mechanisms 40 includes a load sensing element 45 receiving a clamping force or a fixing force. The load sensing element 45 consists of a material having a characteristic that said load sensing element is not substantially deformed by an applied load, especially it consists of a composite material dispersing a material having a pressure resistance effect or a magnetic resistance effect in a matrix of an electric insulation ceramics material. An abnormal clamping or fixing of the clamped body and an abnormal overload are detected by detecting an output from plural load sensing elements 45 supporting the clamped body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2003
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2006
    Assignee: Toyoda Koki Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Yoshihiro Arai, Mitsuyoshi Taniguchi, Yasuo Niino, Kiyotaka Kinoshita, Kunimichi Nakashima
  • Patent number: 7007361
    Abstract: A mold fixture 20 for safe and efficient extraction, insertion and storage of mold inserts 26, 28 is provided. The mold fixture 20 includes a lower receiving area 24 for fixedly receiving a lower mold insert 28, an upper receiving area 22 for fixedly receiving an upper mold insert 26. The mold fixture 20 facilitates insertion or extraction of the upper and lower mold inserts 26, 28 into/from a molding machine 1 in a safe and secure manner. Furthermore, the upper and lower mold inserts 26, 28 can be securely stored within the mold fixture 20 at a storage location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2003
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2006
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventors: Mark L. La Forest, Christopher S. Wahlers, Roger L. Klinedinst
  • Patent number: 6976814
    Abstract: A workpiece engraving machine provides for a way to clamp, align and identify a workpiece for engraving. An engravable band with a permanently embedded flexible engravable tag and a method of engraving the tag in the engraving machine. In a first aspect, a workpiece clamping table comprising a support surface, a clamp, one or more workpiece alignment devices, a positional sensor and a processor. The processor determines the workpiece type, keeps the automatic inventory and may indicate when workpieces need to be ordered. In a second aspect, a workpiece engraving machine may also have workpiece inventory doors which comprise containers with workpiece holders. The containers are attached to the engraving machine by rotators.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2004
    Date of Patent: December 20, 2005
    Inventor: Greg Newman