Plural Holders To Hold Workpieces Relative To Each Other Patents (Class 269/37)
  • Patent number: 9567863
    Abstract: A fixture for assembling a stator vane assembly for a gas turbine engine includes, an outer locating ring including a plurality of outer locating pins defining a position for each of a plurality of vanes relative to an outer fairing. An inner locating ring includes a plurality of inner locating rings defining a position of each of the plurality of vanes relative to an inner fairing. A clamp section includes a clamp portion and a clamp pin defining an angular orientation of each of the plurality of vanes relative to each of the inner and outer fairings. An inner locating section supports a plurality of radial locating pins defining a radial position of each of the plurality of vanes relative to the inner and outer fairings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2017
    Assignee: United Technologies Corporation
    Inventors: Michael E. McMahon, Steven J. Feigleson, Dennis R. Tremblay
  • Patent number: 9457855
    Abstract: A panel hanger apparatus for roller hemming is disclosed. The panel hanger apparatus clamps parts and loads the parts onto a hemming die, and comprises a hanger frame, a plurality of vacuum cups mounted to the hanger frame and adapted to hold the outer panel of the parts by using vacuum pressure, and a plurality of locators mounted to an edge of the hanger frame for clamping the inner panel of the parts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2016
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors Corporation
    Inventors: Ki Soon Kim, Yun Heui Lee
  • Patent number: 9434031
    Abstract: An example method of assembling a turbomachine airfoil array includes, among other things, securing a partial airfoil array within a fixture, the partial airfoil array having at least one existing airfoil extending radially between an inner and an outer fairing and an open area where at least one existing airfoil has been removed. The method includes mounting a positioning saddle relative to a base of the fixture, the positioning saddle aligned with the open area, holding a replacement airfoil using the positioning saddle, applying a curable material at an interface between the replacement airfoil and the inner and outer fairing, and curing the curable material while maintaining a relative position between the replacement airfoil and the inner and outer fairing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2016
    Assignee: United Technologies Corporation
    Inventors: Steven J. Feigleson, Dennis R. Tremblay, Michael E. McMahon, Nathan Johnson
  • Patent number: 9149991
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides an apparatus and method for forming a composite structure. The apparatus comprises a bond assembly jig having a support plate, an anchor member attached to the support plate, and a block member connected to the anchor member such that the block member is permitted to move in a vertical direction. The bond assembly jig can be arranged within an autoclave and may further comprise a shroud that is arranged to shield the anchor member and the block member from the pressures exerted within the autoclave. The method is accomplished by assembling the anchor member and block member on the support plate, arranging the composite materials, placing a caul component over the composite materials and a shroud over the anchor member and block member, and applying heat and pressure to the bond assembly jig to cure the composite materials.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2015
    Assignee: THE BOEING COMPANY
    Inventors: John C. Lockleer, Doan D. Pham
  • Patent number: 9022370
    Abstract: A workpiece support, including: first and second arms pivotably connected to first and second support members respectively, the first and second support members being spaced apart, each arm including first and second receiving members for receiving the workpiece, the first and second receiving members being provided at first and second ends of each arm respectively, wherein each arm is pivotably connected to the respective first and second support members at a point between the first and second ends of each arm, such that a workpiece may be supported by the first and second receiving members of the first arm and the first and second receiving members of the second arm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2015
    Assignee: Rolls-Royce PLC
    Inventors: Daniel J. A. Swan, Paul I. Rayment, Robin C. Kennea
  • Publication number: 20150069690
    Abstract: At least one adjusting element aligns a first surface of a test body, comprising a dentine and/or enamel surface, plane-parallel with respect to a contact surface and/or to at least one second surface, which is optionally coated with an adhesive dental material. The at least one adjusting element in a device is usable to produce an adhesive bond at the contact surface between the first surface and the at least one second surface. A method determines necessary force to be applied to separate or break the adhesive bond at the force surface and/or contact surface between the first and the at least one second surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 5, 2014
    Publication date: March 12, 2015
    Inventors: Astrit KASTRATI, Marcus HOFFMANN, Waltraut MUELLER
  • Patent number: 8966755
    Abstract: A disclosed fixture for assembling a stator vane assembly for a gas turbine engine includes an outer locating ring including a plurality of outer locating pins defining a position for each of a plurality of vanes relative to an outer fairing and an inner locating ring including a plurality of inner locating rings defining a position of each of the plurality of vanes relative to an inner fairing. A clamp section includes a clamp portion and a clamp pin that define an angular orientation of each of the plurality of vanes relative to each of the inner and outer fairings, and an inner locating section supporting a plurality of radial locating pins defining a radial position of each of the plurality of vanes relative to the inner and outer fairings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Assignee: United Technologies Corporation
    Inventors: Michael E. McMahon, Steven J. Feigleson, Dennis R. Tremblay
  • Patent number: 8915175
    Abstract: A pneumatic cylinder includes a cylinder block, two piston rods, and two pairs of pistons. The cylinder block defines two receiving portions parallel to each other. Each receiving portion defines a first air chamber and a second air chamber; the second air chamber is in series with the first air chamber Each piston rod is partially received in one receiving portion. Each pair of pistons is sleeved on one piston rod, with two pistons received in the first air chamber and the second air chamber, respectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 23, 2014
    Assignees: Hong Fu Jin Precision Industry (ShenZhen) Co., Ltd., Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Xiao-Bing Xu
  • Publication number: 20140345798
    Abstract: Manufacturing techniques are provided herein. In one embodiment, a reusable insert is used within a pocket disposed within a thin walled enclosure to prevent deformation of the thin walled enclosure during a machining operation. The insert includes a body including a transparent material and having a size and shape in accordance with the pocket disposed within the thin walled enclosure, and at least one channel having a first opening at a first surface of the body and a second opening at a second surface of the body. Related apparatuses and methods are also provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 17, 2014
    Publication date: November 27, 2014
    Inventors: Charles H. WERNER, JR., Derrick T. JUE, Hilbert T. KWAN
  • Patent number: 8889289
    Abstract: A fixture is configured for holding terminals of a battery in alignment. The fixture includes a first and a second side member. The first and second side members each include a plurality of first and second teeth, respectively. The second side member is movable relative to the first side member between an open position and a closed position. The second side member opposes the first side member such that a number of the first teeth oppose a corresponding number of the second teeth and a slit is defined between each of the adjacent teeth when the fixture is in the open position. Likewise, the second side member opposes the first side member such that the number of the first teeth are staggered from the corresponding number of the second teeth to reduce the slit in size when the fixture is in the closed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2014
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Patrick J. Meehan, Stuart D. Barter, Robert J. Scheuerman, Rick F. Rourke
  • Patent number: 8860940
    Abstract: A method and system of aligning color filter array are disclosed. Other embodiments are disclosed herein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2014
    Assignee: Arizona Board of Regents, a body corporate of the State of Arizona, Acting for and on behalf of Arizona State University
    Inventors: Cynthia Bell, John Stowell, Donald E. Adams
  • Patent number: 8844915
    Abstract: A welding fixture for use during welding of a web member to a flange member to produce a sill, includes an elongate bed having a pair of opposed longitudinal edge rails, and a plurality of clamp assemblies mounted at spaced intervals along each of the longitudinal edge rails. Each clamp assembly is selectively movable between an open configuration in which a welding head can move past the clamp assembly while welding the web member to the flange member, and a closed configuration in which the clamp assembly is operative to hold the web member and the flange member in a predetermined orientation relative to each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 29, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2014
    Assignee: Superior Industrial Services
    Inventor: Antonio Porco
  • Patent number: 8807548
    Abstract: A automatic truss jig setting system is disclosed that includes a table including a plurality of segments with a side edge of adjacent segments defining a slot. At least one pin assembly, and optionally a pair of pin assemblies, is movable independently of each other along the slot. Movement apparatus is provided for independently moving the pin assemblies along the slot. Each of the side edges of the segments associated with the slot defines a substantially vertical plane with a zone being defined between the substantially vertical planes of the side edges, and the movement apparatus is located substantially outside of the zone of the slot. The invention may optionally include a system for handling the obstruction of pin assembly movement, and a system for keeping track of the position of the pin assembly when the pin assembly has encountered an obstruction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2014
    Assignee: Columbia Insurance Company
    Inventors: Clyde Fredrickson, Mark Wismer
  • Publication number: 20140225321
    Abstract: A substrate transfer apparatus includes a substrate carrier including a plurality of grooves configured to receive substrates, a frame on the substrate carrier and including a plurality of open areas respectively corresponding to the grooves, a plurality of mask holders each at a corresponding one of the open areas and configured to cover a corresponding one of the substrates, and a plurality of fixing members configured to couple the mask holders and the frame, wherein each of the mask holders is configured to be coupled to the frame by a corresponding number of the fixing members, and wherein at least a portion of the fixing members is formed of an austenitic stainless steel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 21, 2013
    Publication date: August 14, 2014
    Applicant: Samsung Display Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Jin Ok Roh
  • Patent number: 8789821
    Abstract: Present invention provides a handy tool that can be used to facilitate welding job, where (second) work objects can be held on by the holding surfaces of the first positioning frame of the welding bracket; the first positioning frame is used to hold on to another (first) work piece between the generally v-shaped swinging foot pieces on the v-frame; the two swinging foot pieces can pivot on respective axle, allowing for adjustment to different size/diameter of first work piece, and the bolt and butterfly nut structure allows adjustment to be made between first positioning piece and the v-frame, for purpose of adapting to welding object of different thickness held on by the holding surfaces on the positioning frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 29, 2014
    Assignee: Valtra, Inc.
    Inventor: Harry Wong
  • Patent number: 8789822
    Abstract: This mechanism offers a simple solution wherein an axial movement of a grooved piece (6) brings about a radial movement of rigid balls (5) that grip and deform a pipe (1) that is initially in a plastic state. Depending on the geometry of the channels (7) of the grooved piece (6), a variable grip is achieved. This gripping operation is simply released as the grooved piece (6) returns to its initial position, the pipe (1) itself now being in a solid state, so that the balls (5) are returned to their initial position. The correct position for gripping the plastic pipe can be detected by a detector (11). The pressurization of the plastic pipe can be achieved thanks to an elastic joint (10) on the piece that surrounds the pipe (1).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 29, 2014
    Assignee: Molecor Technologia, S.L.
    Inventor: Ignacio Muñoz De Juan
  • Patent number: 8777201
    Abstract: Clamp for mechanical parts such as tubes or pipes, comprising a flange (5) with parts (13A, 13B, 13C) connected to one another so as to be pivotable as far as a closed position in which they are continuous. A locking device may be actuated when the flange is closed. The clamp further comprises supports (55; 57) by which rails (49) are connected to the parts with limited freedom of relative movement. The adjacent end faces of the rails have mating surfaces forming a connection by positive locking, which is active in the vicinity of the closed position. Each connection guides the end faces relative to one another into a working position in which the rails (49) form a guide path for tools, and helps to maintain this position when the clamping device is actuated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2014
    Assignee: Serimax
    Inventor: Jean-François Dagenais
  • Publication number: 20140191457
    Abstract: A wire holder for managing and aligning wires to corresponding traces in a PCB. The wire holder assists in the manufacturing process of cables and connectors, and especially during the welding process by minimizing the amount of time spent by users manually adjusting the wire positions. The wire holder includes a shaft having a plurality of teeth and claws forming a plurality of comb openings that may either be open so wires can be inserted sideways or closed so wires must be inserted into the comb openings. The plurality of wires are collected into the wire holder and the wire holder is subsequently aligned with the corresponding traces on the PCB prior to the welding of the wires. The wire holder may align wires for double sided PCBs.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 21, 2014
    Publication date: July 10, 2014
    Inventors: Atul Sharma, Jonathan Lawrence, David Zhang, Xinfeng Wu
  • Patent number: 8770418
    Abstract: A twist lock socket clip employs a cam over member for engagement and locking of a socket for storage or transport. A post of the clip receives the socket bore thereover and upon twisting of the socket, a cam over member depresses from engagement with the walls of the socket bore, and upon continued twisting, the cam over member relaxes and secures the socket by interaction of the socket bore detent and corresponding members on cam over arms.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2014
    Assignee: Ernst Manufacturing, Inc.
    Inventor: Dylan G Ernst
  • 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: 8727329
    Abstract: A mounting and alignment system for selectively securing and accurately aligning a first plate relative to a second plate, the mounting system including a shank and a receiver arrangement with an annular locking ring and an annular receiver bushing. The bushing having an inner passage and an oppositely facing outer bushing surface. The outer bushing surface having at least one receiver bearing surface shaped to engage a bearing surface of an associated mounting opening in one of the plates to align the receiver bushing laterally within the opening. The inner passage of the bushing being shaped to receive and align with a shaft portion of the shank. The locking ring configured to secure the bushing axially within the mounting opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2014
    Assignee: Jergens, Inc.
    Inventors: Jack Schron, Sr., Terry Schron, Harry P. Fuller
  • Patent number: 8713790
    Abstract: The system for installing shower walls includes a pressure transfer member for urging a shower wall against a back up support during bonding of the shower wall to the support. An adjustable force development device engages the pressure transfer member to force the pressure transfer member against the shower wall. A support member engages the pressure transfer member when the force development device exerts a predetermined force against the shower wall. A fixation device holds the support member to maintain the pressure transfer position of the pressure transfer member. The fixation device includes a cam that moves a shower wall into a tight corner fit with an adjacent shower wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2014
    Assignee: Vertex Stone and Chinaware Ltd.
    Inventors: Brian John Watson, Philip Mark Hall, Anthony Arthur Wills, Steve George
  • Publication number: 20140109371
    Abstract: A repair arrangement (10) comprises an insertion portion (12) and a securing portion (14). The insertion portion is configured for insertion into the ground adjacent an article (100) to be repaired. The securing portion has securing formations (28, 29) to allow the repair arrangement to be secured to the article to be repaired.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 14, 2012
    Publication date: April 24, 2014
    Inventor: Wayne Charles Phelan
  • Patent number: 8690137
    Abstract: A fixture for selectably supporting a number of dissimilar workpieces. The fixture includes a frame with one or more rotatable workpiece tooling assemblies. Each workpiece tooling assembly has multiple faces to which is mounted workpiece support tooling. The workpiece support tooling may be designed to support dissimilar workpieces, such that a single fixture may support any of a given number of workpieces by simply rotating the workpiece tooling assembly or assemblies until the corresponding support tooling is properly positioned. A locking assembly may be provided to releasably secure each workpiece tooling assembly in the various support orientations that coincide with each of its faces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 8, 2014
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: James Cahill, William Peck, Matthew Spiewacki
  • Publication number: 20140091509
    Abstract: A method includes dispensing an underfill between a first package component and a second package component, wherein the first package component is placed on a lower jig, and the second package component is over and bonded to the first package component. A through-opening is in the lower jig and under the first package component. The underfill is cured, wherein during the step of curing the underfill, a force is applied to flatten the first package component. The force is applied by performing an action selected from the group consisting of vacuuming and air blowing through the through-opening.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 4, 2013
    Publication date: April 3, 2014
    Applicant: TAIWAN SEMICONDUCTOR MANUFACTURING COMPANY, LTD.
    Inventors: Meng-Tse Chen, Chun-Cheng Lin, Kuei-Wei Huang, Yu-Peng Tsai, Wei-Hung Lin, Ming-Da Cheng, Chung-Shi Liu
  • Patent number: 8668191
    Abstract: Because an electromagnetic chuck supplies current to a specific microcoil among a plurality of microcoils and makes an object exert an electromagnetic force working together with a magnet of the object, the object can be held in a state where the object is set at a desired position (a position that corresponds to the microcoil to which current has been supplied) on a base surface. Further, by gas that blows out from a gas supply passage, a levitation force is given to the object, which can reduce effects of a friction force that acts between the object and an upper surface of the electromagnetic chuck when the position of the object is set.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 11, 2014
    Assignee: Nikon Corporation
    Inventor: Yuichi Shibazaki
  • Publication number: 20140061989
    Abstract: The embodiments of the present invention disclose a module assembling device, comprising: a carrying platform for bearing a backlight module; a picking unit for picking and releasing a liquid crystal module; and either one or two selected from the group comprising a carrying platform movement mechanism for moving the carrying platform and a picking unit movement mechanism for moving the picking unit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 7, 2013
    Publication date: March 6, 2014
    Applicants: Beijing BOE Display Technology Co., Ltd., BOE Technology Group Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Wei Zhang, Xiaoliang Chu
  • Patent number: 8628068
    Abstract: A device for holding a bottom portion of a container in a container-processor installation, the device comprising a support core provided with a stationary abutment for a lateral surface of the bottom portion of a container, and with a shoe mounted to pivot about a substantially horizontal axis between a holding position in which the shoe extends in the vicinity of the abutment to co-operate with the bottom portion of the container, and a disengaged position in which the shoe is retracted to allow the bottom portion of a container to be inserted in the device and to be extracted from the device along a direction that is substantially coplanar with a direction in which the bottom portion of the container bears against the abutment. An installation including such a device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2014
    Assignee: SERAC Group
    Inventor: André Jean-Jacques Graffin
  • Publication number: 20130341848
    Abstract: An assembly fixture having a base with an upper surface. A plurality of blocks, each having a quick release clamp detachably secured to it, are positioned on the base so that the clamps engage the workpiece components when in their clamped position. The blocks are then fixedly secured to the base but the clamps may be easily removed and reattached when desired.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 17, 2013
    Publication date: December 26, 2013
    Inventor: Raymond Woods
  • Patent number: 8601651
    Abstract: In one exemplary embodiment, a low-profile clamping system generally includes first and second elongate supports engageable with an edge portion of a sheet material for supporting at least part of the sheet material against bending. A fastener can releasably couple the first and second elongate supports to the edge portion of the sheet material. The first and second elongate supports define a channel for receiving the edge portion of the sheet material into the channel when supporting the sheet material. In another exemplary embodiment, an apparatus for transporting a sheet material generally includes a frame, at least one wheel coupled to the frame for allowing rolling movement of the frame, and an adjustable vice coupled to the frame for securing a sheet material in the vice on the frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2013
    Assignee: Hallmark Stone Company
    Inventor: Frederick Joseph Christen
  • Patent number: 8579271
    Abstract: A machine tool with a workpiece mounting block is provided that permit a plurality of workpieces to be mounted and machined without giving rise to interference between the workpiece or a table and a main spindle. Work mounting section (27) in a shape of square pyramid with four sides serving as workpiece mounting surfaces is fixed to table (17). Main spindle (19) with tool (23) mounted thereon can be moved relative to table (17) in three mutually orthogonal X, Y, and Z-directions, and table (17) can be moved in rotation feed in A and C-directions. Positions of rotation angle of A-axis and C-axis when the workpiece mounting surface is perpendicular to the axis of main spindle (19) are stored in advance in storage mechanisms. When workpieces (33) mounted on the workpiece mounting surfaces are to be machined, a workpiece coordinate system is set based on the stored positions of the rotation angle and NC machining is carried out.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2013
    Assignee: Makino Milling Machine Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Kazutoshi Yabe
  • Patent number: 8573574
    Abstract: A automatic truss jig setting system is disclosed that includes a table including a plurality of segments with a side edge of adjacent segments defining a slot. At least one pin assembly, and optionally a pair of pin assemblies, is movable independently of each other along the slot. Movement apparatus is provided for independently moving the pin assemblies along the slot. Each of the side edges of the segments associated with the slot defines a substantially vertical plane with a zone being defined between the substantially vertical planes of the side edges, and the movement apparatus is located substantially outside of the zone of the slot. The invention may optionally include a system for handling the obstruction of pin assembly movement, and a system for keeping track of the position of the pin assembly when the pin assembly has encountered an obstruction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2013
    Assignee: Truss Industry Production Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Clyde R. Fredrickson, Mark Wismer
  • Patent number: 8562302
    Abstract: A wind turbine blade includes a leading edge, a trailing edge, a suction side, and a pressure side. At least one integrated attachment bore is configured in each of the suction side and pressure side between the leading edge and trailing edge. The attachment bores are structurally configured for receipt of a handling mechanism therein for supporting the blade during a transportation, installation, or maintenance procedure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2013
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Jan Willem Bakhuis, Markus Peter Griesel
  • Patent number: 8549816
    Abstract: A panel installation support apparatus versatile and convenient for temporary attachment of the panel to a frame member includes an adjustable support surface for accommodating various panel thicknesses, a sloped surface to support the leading edge of the panel when positioning in place, and an alignment support shelf to properly align an edge of the panel with the joist or stud while supporting the edge of the panel. An accessory block may be used when standing a panel against a wall or when hanging drywall on sloped ceilings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2013
    Inventor: James F. Roberts
  • Patent number: 8540204
    Abstract: A holding structure associated with a lifting device for supporting a removed turbine engine cover plate assembly. The holding structure includes an upper support member and a lower support member. The upper support member is formed with a plurality of service areas, where each service area is configured for servicing a cover plate assembly. Each service area includes a plurality of slots extending inwardly from a peripheral edge of the upper support member to receive and support components of the cover plate assembly during a disassembly and service operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2013
    Assignee: Siemens Energy, Inc.
    Inventor: Alberto M. Alvarez Hernandez
  • Patent number: 8534658
    Abstract: A mounting system with a receiver arrangement having a double sided configuration, the bushing having an inner passage and an oppositely facing outer surface, the outer bushing surface having at least one receiver bearing surface shaped to engage a bearing surface of the mounting opening to align the receiver laterally within the opening, the bushing being locked or lockable within a mounting opening and further including two locking arrangements for allowing the selectively locking of a shank from either end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2013
    Assignee: Jergens, Inc.
    Inventors: Terry Schron, Harry P. Fuller, Esther Schron
  • 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: 8523156
    Abstract: The present invention provides a positioning and pressing device, a pressing device and a tool for auxiliary machining of motor train underframe, the positioning and pressing device comprises a crossbeam, two supporting frames, two rotary vertical pressing structures, a lateral positioning structure, a lateral holding structure and two adjustable intermediate supporting structures; the two supporting frames are mounted in sliding manner on two sides of the upper surface of the crossbeam; the two rotary vertical pressing structures are respectively mounted on the tops of the two supporting frames; the lateral positioning structure is mounted on the side of one of the two supporting frames; the lateral holding structure is mounted on the side of the other one of the two supporting frames; and the two adjustable intermediate supporting structures are mounted on the upper surface of the crossbeam and between the two supporting frames.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2013
    Assignee: Tangshan Railway Vehicle Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Zhigang Hou, Jun Liu
  • Publication number: 20130221591
    Abstract: A welding fixture for use during welding of a web member to a flange member to produce a sill, includes an elongate bed having a pair of opposed longitudinal edge rails, and a plurality of clamp assemblies mounted at spaced intervals along each of the longitudinal edge rails. Each clamp assembly is selectively movable between an open configuration in which a welding head can move past the clamp assembly while welding the web member to the flange member, and a closed configuration in which the clamp assembly is operative to hold the web member and the flange member in a predetermined orientation relative to each other.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 29, 2012
    Publication date: August 29, 2013
    Applicant: SUPERIOR INDUSTRIAL SERVICES
    Inventor: Antonio PORCO
  • Patent number: 8517361
    Abstract: A drawer front jig with a base plate, a drawer front stop bar, a drawer box positioning bracket assembly, a rail and a first and second drawer box stop bar assembly. The drawer box stop bars each include an adjustment slot. The rail is attached to the top of the base plate. The drawer box stop bars are is held at right angles to the rail. The rail has longitudinal T shaped slots along its top and side surfaces. The bar and bracket assemblies are held onto the rail by lock lever mechanisms. The drawer front stop bar is held in place to the inner facing wall of the rail. When a person places a drawer front against the rail and places the drawer box on the drawer front, the jig helps the drawer front and drawer box to be accurately positioned so that they can be joined together in a standard way.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2013
    Inventors: Eric Pello, Linda Sambuceto
  • 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: 8484821
    Abstract: A seat assembly machine includes a plurality of grippers useful for securing a piece of trim to a seat cushion. In a disclosed example, each gripper includes a plurality of prongs that are moved between neutral, closed and released positions that each facilitate a different portion of the assembly process. In one example, each gripper includes a sleeve within which the prongs are moveable so that the prongs are manipulated between the neutral, closed and released positions. A disclosed example sleeve includes an interior channel having a contour that manipulates the prongs between the different positions based on the location of the prongs within the sleeve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2013
    Assignee: Automated Solutions
    Inventors: Raymond Ormachea, Robert Bailey
  • Patent number: 8478436
    Abstract: A truss assembly station may include a truss assembler. The truss assembler may be configured to enable assembly of a truss from truss members by providing an automatic sequential placement of the truss members based at least in part upon a planned location of pre-plated truss members within an assembled truss. The pre-plated truss members may be truss members including at least one connector plate installed thereon prior to placement at the truss assembly station.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2013
    Assignee: Illinois Tool Works Inc.
    Inventors: David L. McAdoo, Timothy K. McAdoo
  • Patent number: 8469343
    Abstract: An assembly comprises a platform including a first clamping surface, a track proximate to an edge of the first clamping surface, and a clamp mechanism including a second clamping surface. The clamp mechanism is configured to clamp a workpiece between the first clamping surface and the second clamping surface. The clamp mechanism is mounted to the track. The clamp mechanism is positionable at different locations along the track. The assembly may further comprise one or more adjustable spacer blocks mountable to the track to facilitate precisely positioning a workpiece proximate to the track at least two different spacings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2013
    Assignee: Allen IP, Incorporated
    Inventor: Scott L. Clark
  • Publication number: 20130152364
    Abstract: A work holder 25 has a cylindrical main body 27 and an adhesive 49 arranged at an opening of the main body 27 to hold a work even in a vacuum atmosphere.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 27, 2012
    Publication date: June 20, 2013
    Applicant: TOSHIBA KIKAI KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Toshiba Kikai Kabushiki Kaisha
  • Patent number: 8415583
    Abstract: The invention relates to a clamping device for clamping at least two components (6, 7) in a radiation-protected machine tool, particularly in a laser welding device (1), comprising—a receptacle (18) for supporting the first component (6), —a clamping head (16) for applying a force to the second component (7) in order to generate clamping pressure at the joint surface (8, 9) between the two components (6, 7), —an inner clamping jaw (11) located within the peripheral beam path (10) of the machine tool, the jaw having a clamping surface (12) for internally clamping the components (6, 7), and—narrow connecting struts (15) for connecting the inner clamping jaw (11) to the external clamping head (16), said connecting struts (15) bridging the passage gap (7) in the clamping head (16) allowing access for the beam path (10) of the machine tool to the components (6, 7).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2013
    Assignee: LPKF Laser & Electronics AG
    Inventors: Frank Brunnecker, Holger Aldebert, Andreas Kraus
  • Publication number: 20130078587
    Abstract: The present disclosure describes, among other things, a method. The method may include determining, by a processor of a controller, a setting on a control, the setting corresponding to a type of connector. The method may include retrieving, by the processor, an algorithm for curing epoxy disposed within the type of connector. The method may include generating, by the processor, at least one control signal based at least in part on the algorithm. The method may include sending, by the controller, the at least one control signal to a heating dock.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 22, 2012
    Publication date: March 28, 2013
    Applicant: kSARIA Corporation
    Inventors: Anthony J. Christopher, George Ciolfi
  • Patent number: 8403194
    Abstract: A system and method for positioning a tool. The system includes a base member configured to contact a first decking member and a second decking member; at least one base guide including a first end and an opposing second end, the first end coupled to the base member, the at least one base guide configured to position the base member relative to the first decking member and the second decking member; and an adjustable section coupled to the base member, the adjustable section configured to allow adjustment of at least one of a position and an angle of the tool relative to the base member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2013
    Inventor: Glenn J. Tebo
  • Patent number: 8397975
    Abstract: A removable two-ring clamp has a first segmented ring assembly and a second segmented ring assembly that pivot relative to one another and can be individually loosened and tightened. The first ring assembly is received on and secured around an end portion of a first tubular section and the second ring assembly is received on and secured around an end portion of a second tubular section. The ring assemblies, when loosened, allow relative pivotal movement therebetween and allow the tubular sections to be rotated about their axes relative to one another to accommodate positioning the axes of the sections in any combination of planes, and when tightened, firmly hold the two tubular sections concentrically end-to-end in the proper position while a small tack weld or bonding agent is placed at their joined ends.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2013
    Inventor: Victor M. Franco
  • Publication number: 20130043631
    Abstract: A automatic truss jig setting system is disclosed that includes a table including a plurality of segments with a side edge of adjacent segments defining a slot. At least one pin assembly, and optionally a pair of pin assemblies, is movable independently of each other along the slot. Movement apparatus is provided for independently moving the pin assemblies along the slot. Each of the side edges of the segments associated with the slot defines a substantially vertical plane with a zone being defined between the substantially vertical planes of the side edges, and the movement apparatus is located substantially outside of the zone of the slot. The invention may optionally include a system for handling the obstruction of pin assembly movement, and a system for keeping track of the position of the pin assembly when the pin assembly has encountered an obstruction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 22, 2012
    Publication date: February 21, 2013
    Inventors: CLYDE FREDRICKSON, MARK WISMER