Workpieces Parallel To Each Other (e.g., Box-shook Clamp) Patents (Class 269/43)
  • Patent number: 9687941
    Abstract: An alignment tool for positioning and aligning the adjacent ends of pipes in optimum desired relation for joining the tubular sections by welding. The alignment tool comprises a first and second annularly shaped clamping rings and a plurality of swivel assemblies connecting and circumferentially spaced about the first and second clamping rings, wherein the swivel assemblies adjust the distance between the first and second clamping rings and adjust the first and second clamping rings transversely and axially with respect to each other. Each swivel assembly comprises a first swivel portion connected to the first clamping ring, a second swivel portion connected to the second clamping ring, and a threaded bolt extending through the first swivel portion and the second swivel portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2017
    Assignee: WALHONDE TOOLS, INC.
    Inventor: Matthew McClure
  • Patent number: 9610710
    Abstract: An arrangement for receiving a multi-part casting mold, in particular an at least two-part blow mold. A drive unit for displacing locking elements has a main cylinder with a main piston and a travel cylinder with a travel piston, wherein the travel cylinder is connected with the main piston of the main cylinder and is movable therewith. The travel piston has a piston rod, which is connected with the locking element and is mounted concentrically displaceably in the main piston. In the operating condition of the molding process, the travel piston abuts on the main piston, wherein the main cylinder provides the locking force to keep the mold closed during the molding process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2017
    Assignee: BODO RICHTER
    Inventor: Günter Richter
  • Patent number: 9573255
    Abstract: The present application is directed towards bit holders. The bit holders include a main shaft, a sleeve, a collet and a spring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Inventor: Timothy Pamatmat
  • Patent number: 9347250
    Abstract: A universal hinge alignment fixture for mounting different types of hinges to a cabinet have a cabinet box opening is disclosed comprising a fixture plate and a grip for holding the fixture plate during use. A detachable hinge plate mount is carried by the fixture plate for affixing different types of hinge plates to the fixture plate to operate with different types of hinges. A face plate is carried by the fixture plate for engaging a face of the cabinet surrounding the cabinet box opening and spacing the door and cabinet for alignment and attachment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2016
    Inventor: Leslie A. Metcalf
  • Patent number: 9222272
    Abstract: The invention is primarily directed to a system and method of selectively repairing asphalt-based shingles having embedded granular material. The system and method of the invention also comprises the use of devices specifically designed and used to template repaired shingles and protect surrounding shingles from adhesives and a shingle frame device to aid in applying, leveling and compressing granules onto the damaged shingle. The system and method of the claimed invention comprises the steps of removal of debris from the damaged area, application of a base coat adhesive to the damaged area, embedding color-matched granules in the base coat and application of a top coat sealant that permanently bonds the repaired layers to the original roofing material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2015
    Inventors: Shawn Brooks, Paul DeLand
  • Patent number: 9114547
    Abstract: A planer clamp assembly includes a pair of side rails, a pair of clamps having at least one hole, at least one leveler, the leveler including a screw and a cam, the cam including a lobe and the cam being configured to raise and lower the screw in a generally perpendicular direction with respect to the clamps when the cam is rotated about a generally parallel axis with respect to the clamps and at least one bar. The bar is configured to be secured between the pair of side rails. Each of the holes included in the pair of clamps are configured to slidably accept the bar thereby allowing the pair of clamps to slide freely about the bar between the pair of side rails.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2015
    Inventor: Michael J. Kinsler
  • Patent number: 9103682
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is an apparatus for applying multi-axial inertial force, the apparatus including: a lower support plate; two first support members fixed to stand up from the lower support plate; a second support member positioned to be orthogonal to inner sides of the two first support member in a stand-up direction thereof and rotatably coupled to the first support member; and a third support member stacked on the second support member and coupled to the second support member so as to be rotatable based on a rotational axis corresponding to a stacked direction. Therefore, it is possible to obtain an apparatus for applying multi-axial inertial force in which vibration excitation and rotation may be performed in multiple-axes directions using a uni-axial inertial force generator that may be vibration-excited and rotated only in a single direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2015
    Assignee: Samsung Electro-Mechanics Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Jun Lim
  • Patent number: 9022376
    Abstract: A reconfigurable clamping system is disclosed. An example clamping system for securing a workpiece comprises a retention assembly and an inflatable bladder. The retention assembly comprises a plurality of links, each pair of adjacent links having a pivotal connection to enable the retention assembly to be configured to the general shape of a workpiece, and each pair of adjacent links having a locking mechanism to selectively lock an angular relationship between the pair. The inflatable bladder is coupled between the retention assembly and the workpiece and is to apply a clamping force to the workpiece.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2015
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Mike P. Matlack, Kurt A. Burton, John A. Baumann
  • Publication number: 20150113791
    Abstract: The present application is directed toward a spacing means for aiding spacing of a plurality of elongated slats or fence palings in a planar manner to a supporting structure, wherein the spacing means comprises an elongated spine and a plurality of wedges as described herein.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 29, 2014
    Publication date: April 30, 2015
    Inventor: Brett CLARK
  • Patent number: 9018560
    Abstract: A turbine component repair apparatus includes: a first die having male and female halves for clamping a first section of a turbine blade with a platform and a root portion of an airfoil, the first die having a recess shaped to receive the root portion and retain a faying surface thereof in predetermined alignment; and a second die having male and female halves for clamping a repair section which defines a tip portion of the airfoil, the second die having a second recess shaped to receive the tip portion and retain a faying surface of the tip portion in predetermined alignment. The first and second dies have mating front faces configured to align their bottom surfaces in a common plane. A alignment device is removably attached to the second die to temporarily align the repair section in the absence of the male half of the second die.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2015
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Michael Gary Krizansky, Gary R. Peters, Hai Sam
  • Patent number: 9010742
    Abstract: A part fixturing system for securing a workpiece includes an expanding clamping device and a work holding device. The expanding clamping device includes a clamp base portion, first and second traversing wedge blocks, an actuation screw, and a clamp plate portion. The clamp base portion comprises a longitudinal recess, and the traversing wedge blocks are located inside the longitudinal recess, each block including an inclined contact surface and a threaded aperture. The actuation screw passes through the longitudinal recess of the clamp base portion and the threaded apertures of the traversing wedge blocks. The clamp plate portion comprises first and second declined contact surfaces. The work holding device comprises first and second support columns that define a longitudinal loading envelope. The expanding clamping device is positioned inside the longitudinal loading envelope of the work holding device and couples the workpiece to the first and second support columns.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Inventor: Richard Koczera
  • Patent number: 9004475
    Abstract: A clamping mechanism includes a positioning member, a support plate, a frame, a fastening assembly, and an operating assembly. The support plate defines a through hole. The fastening assembly is fixed to the frame. The fastening assembly includes a fastening member and an elastic member. The positioning member extends through the through hole of the support plate, and is fastened by the fastening member under an elastic force of the elastic member. The operating assembly resists the fastening member, thereby driving the fastening member away from the positioning member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignees: Fu Tai Hua Industry (Shenzhen) Co., Ltd., Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Xiao-Bing Xu, Shan-Yan Xia, Zhi-Wen Wang, Qing-Song Wen
  • Patent number: 9004472
    Abstract: A five axis vise includes two separated vise body portions that are supported on a machine tool table or other support that fixes the vise body portions in position. The vise body portions have jaws spaced up from the machine tool table sufficiently to permit machining five surfaces of a work piece held in the jaws. A vise screw is rotatably mounted in one of the vise body portions, and extends to the other vise body portion to actuate a movable jaw on the other vise body portion. The vise screw is threaded into a jaw nut that has a drive surface that engages and drives a driven surface on the movable jaw, with the drive and driven surfaces being inclined relative to the axis of force application to provide a downward force component on the movable jaw as it is tightened. The vise screw is an assembly of a threaded shank or shaft and a hub that is rotatably mounted in one of the body portions, with the threaded shank or shaft being locked in position in the hub.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignee: Kurt Manufacturing Company, Inc.
    Inventor: David L. Schmidt
  • Patent number: 9004476
    Abstract: A work orienting plate or angled vise parallel for use with a machine vise and which angled plate has first, second and third reference edges with the second and third reference edges being spaced apart side edges that are perpendicular to the first edge. Angled work piece support edges join the second and third reference edges, respectively. The angled work piece support edges are at different angles from one another so that a work piece can be supported on any one of the edges relative to a reference surface of a vise on which the work orienting plate is mounted to position the work piece at selected angles for machining angled surfaces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignee: Kurt Manufacturing Company, Inc.
    Inventor: David L. Schmidt
  • Patent number: 8991802
    Abstract: An apparatus for aligning barrier wall modules atop a retaining wall includes a flat base transversely disposed relative to a longitudinal axis of the retaining wall. The flat base is positioned between adjacent barrier wall modules disposed in end-to-end relation to one another atop the retaining wall. The flat base includes a central part, first and second flat arms and first and second elongate bolts secured to and extending from respective free ends of the first and second flat arms in opposite directions. First and second nuts screw-threadedly engage the first and second bolts. First and second housings slidingly ensleeve the first and second arms and the first and second bolts respectively. The first and second housings abut first and second sides of adjacent barrier modules when the first and second nuts are advanced and control positioning of the barrier modules atop the retaining wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Inventor: George L. Southworth
  • Patent number: 8979083
    Abstract: A welding unit for welding two rails of a track is equipped with clamping jaws intended for lying against a rail web. The clamping jaws each have a sliding surface, which is at a distance from a contact surface in the transverse direction of the rail and is arcuately curved with respect to a cross section extending such that it is normal to a neutral axis of the rails. The jaw mount, intended for fixing the clamping jaw, has a sliding surface, which is curved in a way corresponding to the sliding surface of the clamping jaw, and so the clamping jaw is movable along the sliding surfaces in relation to the jaw mount.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Assignee: Franz Plasser Bahnbaumaschinen-Industriegesellschaft mbH
    Inventors: Josef Theurer, Bernhard Lichtberger, Heinz Mühlleitner
  • Patent number: 8967566
    Abstract: A clamping apparatus removably attachable to an elongate support such as a tray table latch on a seatback with a stowable tray table includes a pair of opposing hand grips slidably coupled to a clamp frame. Each hand grip includes a clamp jaw protruding from a back side of the clamp frame. A spring urges the hand grips apart and the clamp jaws toward one another. A flexible band attached to both hand grips is provided for suspending the clamp frame. When a person releases the opposing hand grips, the flexible band partially retracts into the clamp frame, drawing the frame against the latch, and the two clamp jaws grip opposite sides of the latch. Compressing the hand grips laterally toward one another extends the flexible band out of the clamp frame and displaces the two clamp jaws away from one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 2, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Inventors: Bryan Ulrich McClain, Demetrius Madrigal, Anthony Printis
  • Publication number: 20150042026
    Abstract: A clamper includes: a first clamping member having a first base portion and a first contact portion that is to be in contact with one surface of the workpiece; a second clamping member having a second contact portion that is to be in contact with the other surface of the workpiece; and a clamping member biasing member configured to bias at least one of the first clamping member and the second clamping member in a direction of bringing the first contact portion and the second contact portion closer to each other. The first contact portion has a plurality of plate spring portions extending from the first base portion, the plurality of plate spring portions configured to elastically deform independently from each other to come into contact with the workpiece.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 7, 2014
    Publication date: February 12, 2015
    Applicant: C. UYEMURA & CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Tetsuro UEMURA, Kouhei KOHAMA, Kazuya MIYOSHI, Kahyeong TEOH
  • Patent number: 8950648
    Abstract: Apparatus for assisting in weld assembling a box column from a tack-welded pre-assembly of planar plate components. The apparatus features (1) an elongate frame defining a rotational-assembly axis, and (2) plural pre-assembly-receiving, rotational support structures mounted at spaced locations on the frame—each support structure including (a) an openable/closable yoke possessing a collar-reception zone, (b) an openable/closable collar rotatably receivable within this reception zone, and possessing a central throughpassage having a cross-sectional configuration which is larger than that of a box-column which is to be assembled, and (c) a pair of removably-collar-attachable, throughpassage clamping shoes for forming cooperatively, within the collar throughpassage, a window for complementarily, receiving extension therethrough of a box-column pre-assembly's cross section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2015
    Assignee: ConXtech, Inc.
    Inventor: Robert J. Simmons
  • Patent number: 8943867
    Abstract: A transportable straightening beam which makes it possible to straighten deformed potshell sidewalls of different deformation resistance independently of one another is disclosed for use both with potshell carrying structure and potshell sheeting. The beam can extend between two potshell walls lying opposite one another. Each of its two end regions has a straightening jaw with a downwardly open U-profile-shaped orifice through which the straightening beam can be positioned onto the top side of the potshell sidewalls. Each straightening jaws being arranged with at least one hydraulic straightening ram parallel to the potshell bottom, and the straightening rams lying along a line of action, and such that one straightening jaw lies opposite the other straightening jaw which is carrying out the straightening work on a deformed potshell wall while being firmly braced with the top side of the potshell sidewall and serving as a captively fixed counterbearing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2015
    Assignee: Outotec Oyj
    Inventor: Hardy Nagel
  • Patent number: 8939702
    Abstract: Apparatus and method for handling a fluid-tight flange coupling between a first and a second conduit component while maintaining the fluid integrity of the coupling. The apparatus includes a gripping mechanism configured to straddle the flange coupling and grip both of the first and second conduit components. The gripping mechanism is mounted on a lifting frame able to bear the loadings upon the gripped components during a moving operation. The apparatus includes a base frame with a gripping mechanism to receive the flange coupling. The coupled components are gripped on each side of the flange coupling to maintain the fluid integrity of the flange coupling.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2015
    Assignee: Subsea 7 Limited
    Inventors: Andrew Buchan, Murray Jamieson McIntosh
  • Publication number: 20150020461
    Abstract: A door support assembly that raises and lowers a door in a series of measurable, successive steps through a ratcheting mechanism. The door assembly also includes additional lateral ratchets and straps that help secure the door against a vertical support structure for enhanced stability. The door support assembly is utilized for the installation and removal of a door from a door frame, and transport of the door.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 18, 2013
    Publication date: January 22, 2015
    Inventor: VICTOR MANUEL GALVEZ
  • Patent number: 8931770
    Abstract: An electronic device holder includes a base with at least three adjustable-position retaining posts extending upwardly from the base to permit an electronic device to be secured at a position above the base by the retaining posts. A test lead restraint assembly may be used to capture and thereby stabilize a test lead extending from the electronic device during testing of the electronic device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2015
    Assignee: Spirent Communications, Inc.
    Inventor: Brian J. Kaminski
  • Patent number: 8910927
    Abstract: An archery bow holding device that is preferably mounted to a ball joint assembly for attachment to a table top, bench or like surface, and provides a movable mount for the archery bow holding device that holds an archery bow for performing work thereon. The preferred ball joint assembly includes a cylindrical housing that is slotted on opposite sides thereof from a center opening in the housing top and contains a ball that mounts a stem that the archery bow holding device is secured to, with the stem fitted through a slot through the housing top, to tilt between the slots and pivot when the ball in unlocked and, with the ball locked, provides a rigid mount to the archery bow holding device that includes a main beam that is bent to provide a rest for an archery bow limb positioned and clamped there against for an operator to work on.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2014
    Assignee: Berry's Manufacturing, Inc.
    Inventors: Kevin J. Lee, Tony James Berry
  • Patent number: 8905392
    Abstract: A device for holding a workpiece, the device comprising, in one form, a base and a jaw member, wherein the jaw member includes a detachable jaw plate. The jaw member can further include a lock assembly which can attach or affix the jaw plate to the jaw member. In at least one embodiment, the lock assembly can include a cam, or lock, configured to pull the jaw plate toward the jaw member and/or secure the jaw plate against the jaw member. In certain embodiments, the lock assembly can include a slide which can be moved by an actuator such that the slide can engage the jaw plate and move the jaw plate into position. In at least one such embodiment, the slide can pull the jaw plate against the jaw member and, in addition, pull the jaw plate downwardly against a workpiece support surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2014
    Assignee: Chick Workholding Solutions, Inc.
    Inventor: Jeffrey M. Warth
  • Patent number: 8893591
    Abstract: A system for engaging fasteners includes a socket assembly and a fastener jig. The socket assembly having a socket body and a spring blade assembly, which includes a blade retaining ring and a plurality of resiliently deformable retaining blades that are movable with respect to a blade guide, between releasing and securing positions that selectively enclose and expose the socket body opening. The fastener jig includes a jig frame and at least one pair of opposing fastener jaws, which are movable between a releasing position and a securing position. The fastener jig may include a pair of opposing mounting jaws movable between a releasing position and a securing position. The socket assembly and fastener jig are configured to be operated at the distal ends of elongated tool arms, such as lineman hot-sticks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2014
    Inventor: Bill R. DePue
  • Patent number: 8876097
    Abstract: A shingle holder and alignment tool including a telescopic bar keeper, a telescopic rod guide and adjustable catches, the telescopic rod guide extendable along a horizontal axis to conform to a desired length of a row of shingles, the adjustable catches raising or lowering the rod guide relative a preceding row of shingles by way of a pair of slide guards, such that the shingle holder and alignment tool is operable by a single individual, configurable to shingles of various sizes and accurately aligns a new row of shingles to be installed upon a preceding row.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2014
    Inventor: Jeffrey S. Rego
  • Patent number: 8850679
    Abstract: A pipe alignment tool for aligning abutted ends of first and second pipe sections to be joined includes a clamp member adapted to be clamped circumferentially about the first pipe section and one or more pipe engaging members mounted on the clamp member adapted to extend across a seam between the abutted ends of the first and second pipe sections to overlap the second pipe section. A bearing member is rotatably supported on each pipe engaging member for rolling contact with the second pipe section to assist in positioning the second pipe section relative to the first pipe section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2014
    Inventor: Quinn Bender
  • Patent number: 8833747
    Abstract: A tool for spacing and holding a first framing member relative to a second framing member has a first bar and a second bar that are slidably interconnected. A first stop and a second stop are connected to the first bar and a first and second counter-stop are connected to the second bar. The first stop and first counter-stop form a first jaw and the second stop and the second counter-stop form a second jaw. A mechanism is provided for moving the second bar relative to the first bar. Movement of the handle from an open position to a closed position moves the first and second jaws from the open position to the closed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2014
    Assignee: Truss Setter, LLC
    Inventor: Procopio Cusumano
  • Patent number: 8820725
    Abstract: An assembly device includes a bottom base, two baffles, two screws, and two magnetic members. The bottom base includes a receiving portion configured to receive a camera module. The receiving portion includes two adjacent fixed members and two adjacent moveable members. The baffle is secured to a sidewall of the bottom base. The screw passes through one baffle and can push one moveable member. The magnetic member is arranged on one moveable member. When the screw is rotated toward a first direction, the one screw pushes the corresponding moveable member to move toward the opposite fixed member, when the one screw is rotated toward a second direction, the attraction between the one screw and the first magnetic member draws the corresponding moveable member away from the opposite fixed member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2014
    Assignee: Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Chang-Wei Kuo
  • Patent number: 8819938
    Abstract: A panel positioning apparatus is provided with an outer panel supporting device 20 adapted to support the outer panel 11 from a lower side of the outer panel 11 and an inner panel supporting device 30 adapted to support the inner panel 12 from an upper side of the inner panel 12. The outer panel supporting device 20 has a lower-surface contact section 23 adapted to abut against a lower surface of the outer panel 11. The inner panel supporting device 30 has an upper-surface contact section 344 adapted to expose below the inner panel 12 and to abut against an upper surface of a part of the outer panel 12 against which the lower-surface contact section 23 abuts. The outer panel 11 and the inner panel 12 are overlaid with each other, and a bending part 112A of the outer panel 11 is bent by pinching the outer panel 11 by the lower-surface contact section 23 and the upper-surface contact section 334.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2014
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Eisaku Hasegawa, Nobuhiro Kozasa, Shunsuke Ishii, Hitoshi Yoshimichi, Koki Sanada
  • Patent number: 8806729
    Abstract: A visualization, alignment and support tool permitting one person fence rail installation, and greatly speeding the installation when more than two persons are employed. Specifically, the tool affixes temporarily to a fence pipe and offers support for a length of fence rail; especially the ends of adjacent fence rails, so that the rails are supported and level relative to a fence pipe bracket which is affixed to the fence pipe. The rail ends can then be fastened with screws or other fasteners to the fence pipe bracket when desired without further adjustment required.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2014
    Inventors: Kenneth Joe Roddy, Jeffrey Roddy
  • Patent number: 8783079
    Abstract: A portable handheld device for introducing an external profile into a longitudinal workpiece by noncutting shaping includes a locking element and a profiling tool having a pitchless profile disposed opposite the locking element and disposable at an adjustable angle as a function of a desired lead angle of the external profile within a force transmission plane, wherein the workpiece is disposable and removable between the profiling tool and the locking element, and wherein the profile tool and the locking element are configured to execute a feed movement relative to one another and to be adjustable to a neutral position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2014
    Assignee: Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Universitaet Hannover
    Inventors: Bernd-Arno Behrens, Hagen Schmidt, Philipp Silberkuhl, Dietmar Schnier
  • Patent number: 8782863
    Abstract: A press tool, such as a press sling for pressing in particular tubular workpieces, comprises a plurality of articulated press elements connected to one another in the form of a chain. The press tool is open between two end press elements for forming a closing site between two end press elements. In order to unlatch the press tool from a closed position in which the closing site is substantially closed, a handling element is provided according to the disclosure. Said tool alternatively also serves for releasing a press jaw mounted on a press jaw carrier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2014
    Assignee: Novopress GmbH Pressen Und Presswerkzeuge & Co. KG
    Inventor: Heinrich Pfeiffer
  • Patent number: 8770564
    Abstract: A key clamping device includes a first key clamp, a second key clamp and a rotational device connected to the first and second key clamps. The rotational device may facilitate rotation of the first and second key clamps.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2014
    Assignee: HY-KO Products Company
    Inventors: Michael A. Bass, Richard W. Ryai, Sr.
  • Patent number: 8757604
    Abstract: A support device (2) is provided for supporting one or more items (4) in use. The support device includes at least first and second clamping members (6, 8). The clamping members move relative to each other to allow the members to be moved between clamped and unclamped positions. Each clamping member has at least one clamping surface (26, 24) defined thereon, The at least first and second clamping members are arranged with a space (30) defined between the clamping surfaces to allow the one or more items (4) to be located in said space in use and to be clamped therebetween in said clamped position. The support device further includes adjustment means for allowing the space between the clamping surfaces to be adjusted in use. The adjustment means includes user actuation means (231, 233) and actuation of said actuation means causes at least one of said at least first and second clamping members to move relative to the other of said at least first and second clamping members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2014
    Inventor: David Crampton
  • Patent number: 8746665
    Abstract: The invention relates to a drive apparatus (10) for the linear movement of a processing tool with respect to a workpiece, having a tool holder (18) which is fixed on a carriage (16) and is intended for the fastening of the processing tool, having a stationary guide device (12) in which the carriage (16) is guided such that it can be displaced in a vertically linear manner, and having a drive device (42) with a first force transmission means (46) which, in an engaged position, engages with a second force transmission means (40) connected to the carriage (16) in order to move the carriage (16). According to the invention, it is provided that the drive device (42) is mounted in the guide device (12) such that it can be moved between a release position, in which the force transmission means (40, 46) do not engage with one another, and the engaged position in such a way that the gravitational force of the drive device (42) causes a movement from the release position into the engaged position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2014
    Assignee: IHT Automation GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventor: Kurt Nachbargauer
  • Patent number: 8740206
    Abstract: The present invention generally relates to a ring assembly that may be used in an etching or other plasma processing chamber. The ring assembly generally includes an inner ring and an outer ring disposed radially outward of the inner ring. The inner ring will correspond to the location where the majority of erosion occurs during use. This inner ring can be flipped and reused until both sides have eroded beyond their service life. Collectively, the two rings generally have the shape of a single piece ring, but the service life of the ring assembly is longer than a conventional single piece ring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2014
    Assignee: Applied Materials, Inc.
    Inventors: Sandhya Arun, Prashanth Kodigepalli, Padma Gopalakrishnan, Ashish Bhatnagar, Dan Martin, Christopher Heath John Hossack
  • Patent number: 8733750
    Abstract: A mounting device for attaching a vise to a work surface so that the vise can be held in a position perpendicular to the work surface. The mounting device has a base having a surface for receiving the vise and an upright section that is perpendicular to the base. The mounting device further has a plurality of bolts or clamps that are used to removably secure the vise to the mounting device and also to secure the mounting device to the work surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2014
    Assignee: Urban Manufacturing, Inc.
    Inventor: Randall J. Bernhardt
  • Patent number: 8713800
    Abstract: An assembly jig for a radial roller bearing comprises a retaining structure having a plurality of axially-projecting projections configured to retain a plurality of roller bodies disposed in a ring-shape during a bearing assembly process. The roller bodies are supportable in a first radial direction on a first component and each roller body contacts two adjacent projections in a second radial direction, which is opposite of the first radial direction. The projections are configured to press the roller bodies against the first component and such that a portion of the roller bodies projects past the projections in the second radial direction. The assembly jig is removable from the roller bearing in the axial direction after final assembly of the roller bearing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2014
    Assignee: Aktiebolaget SKF
    Inventor: Wolfgang Friedl
  • Patent number: 8695312
    Abstract: An apparatus for clamping packaging material may include a packaging material holder. The packaging material holder may include a first jaw, a second jaw, opposing the first jaw, and a jaw opening between the first and second jaws. The jaw opening may be configured to receive a portion of packaging material. The packaging material holder may include an inflatable structure configured to fill at least a portion of the opening. The apparatus also may include a packaging material insertion tool configured to insert the portion of packaging material into the jaw opening for clamping.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 15, 2014
    Assignee: Lantech.com, LLC
    Inventors: Richard L. Johnson, David E. Eldridge, Jeremy McCray
  • Patent number: 8678363
    Abstract: A multiple vise system comprising at least two vise heads, each vise head comprising two jaws and a tightening screw and also comprising a supporting structure. The supporting structure is configured to support each vise head and allows the position of the vise heads to be adjusted according to at least two degrees of freedom with respect to each other. Position adjustment is achieved by means of track and slots mechanisms, swivels and telescoping poles. A number of secondary clamps are included to hold specially shaped objects such as printed circuit boards and to hold objects too large to be held by a vise head.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 25, 2014
    Inventor: Christopher E. Baker
  • Patent number: 8657272
    Abstract: A case clamp is used to properly align two or more cabinet sides and/or gable ends, such as those of European-style cabinet units. The clamp comprises a frame with an upper jaw, a lower jaw, and an alignment wall connected to the upper and lower jaws. The clamp further includes an upper engagement member associated with the upper jaw for movement in a first direction and a side engagement member associated with the lower jaw for movement in a second direction generally perpendicular to the first direction. Corners of the workpieces are placed adjacent to each other and the clamp is applied to the corners. The engagement members are advanced to press the corners into alignment with each other. A surface of the clamp frame also provides an alignment function, resulting in three-dimensional alignment of the workpieces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2014
    Assignee: Adjustable Clamp Company
    Inventor: James J. Gurule
  • Patent number: 8651470
    Abstract: A clamp mechanism for a workpiece having an oblique surface is provided. The clamp mechanism includes a base, a fixing member, and a locking assembly. The base includes a main body, a pivot shaft, and two holding portions on the main body which are away from the pivot shaft, and each holding portion defines a curved sliding slit extending around the pivot shaft. The locking assembly includes a locking member and an engaging member engaging with the locking member. The locking member passes through and slides along the sliding slits of the holding portions of the base. One end of the fixing member is rotatably connected to the base, and the locking member passes through the other end of the fixing member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2014
    Assignees: Hong Fu Jin Precision Industry (ShenZhen) Co., LTD, Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., LTD
    Inventor: Dong-Wei Gao
  • Patent number: 8646765
    Abstract: A clamping mechanism is described which includes an end clamp which may include a face plate, a pair of opposing first jaws operably attached to the face plate selectively positionable toward and away from one another, each of the pair of first jaws having a first jaw inner clamp member and a first jaw outer clamp member forming a nest there between, and a pair of opposing second jaws operably attached to the face plate selectively positionable toward and away from one another, each of the pair of second jaws having a second jaw inner clamp member and a second jaw outer clamp member forming a nest there between.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2014
    Assignee: Lincoln Global, Inc.
    Inventor: Andrew C. Caldarone
  • Patent number: 8641026
    Abstract: A tool for servicing a fuel dispensing nozzle, said tool comprising a substantially semicircular base plate with two uprights protruding from the top to receive a fuel pump nozzle therein; said base plate being formed to fit on the mouth of a bucket and substantially cover the mouth of said bucket, while leaving open a portion of the bucket; said base plate having on its bottom surface protruding guides to ensure a snug fit on the mouth of said bucket; so that a fuel dispensing nozzle may be easily secured for separation from a hose and residual fuel may be easily drained from said nozzle and said hose.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2014
    Assignee: Husky Corporation
    Inventor: John Sever
  • Patent number: 8628070
    Abstract: A device for the temporary fixing or manipulation of objects including a first head with a front active face and a rear active face and a second head with a front active face and a rear active face. The front and rear active faces of the first head are movable relative to one another and the front and rear active faces of the second head are movable relative to one another. The rear active face of the first head is immovably connected to the front active face of the second head. The device also includes a force mechanism for introducing an active force to the first and second heads.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2014
    Inventor: Hannes Neubauer
  • Patent number: 8613432
    Abstract: A fixture includes a holding apparatus, a receiving block, and an attachment rod. The holding apparatus defines a through hole. The receiving block is mounted on the holding apparatus. A receiving opening is defined in the receiving block. The receiving opening is aligned with the through hole. An attachment rod includes a body which includes ferromagnetic materials. The body is configured to be received in the through hole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 24, 2013
    Assignee: Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yi-Lung Chou, Hung-Chieh Chang, Chi-Chung Huang, Li-Ping Chen
  • Patent number: 8590872
    Abstract: An apparatus for holding a measurement object, particularly a formed sheet metal component of a vehicle body, in a reference position, comprises at least one carrier which holds the measurement object and has a carrier head that can be placed against the measurement object. The carrier comprises a plurality of carrier heads which can optionally be moved, relative to the rest of the carrier, into contact positions and the carrier heads can be pivoted about an axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2013
    Assignee: Junker & Partner GmbH
    Inventors: Alfred Huber, Franz-Rudolf Junker
  • Patent number: 8578578
    Abstract: A pipe adjustment tool for use in aligning the confronting ends of a pair of pipe sections having a joint therebetween provides a frame having a seating surface for acting against an exterior surface of a pipe section. The seating surface being disposed at a 45-degree angle relative to a threaded bore of the frame. A flexible clamping member is attached to the frame at one end and is a of length to substantially encircle the pipe section. The opposite end of the clamping member is received and secured by a retainer. The retainer and the frame are connected together by an articulated joint formed by a ball-shaped end of a threaded bolt extending through frame and a ball-shaped socket in the retainer. The retainer and frame are movably relative to each other by operating the threaded bolt to provide tension in the clamping member about the pipe section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2013
    Inventor: Jerry Melanson