With Means To Relatively Array Or Arrange Holders Patents (Class 269/45)
  • Patent number: 9757843
    Abstract: This disclosure generally pertains to various accessories for use with bar clamps to enhance the capabilities and functionality of the bar clamps. The accessories described in detail herein include removable and replaceable bar clamp attachments, bar extenders, and stability stands for use with a bar clamp.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2017
    Inventor: William Henry Edge
  • Patent number: 9737064
    Abstract: A fly fishing vice is provided. A fly vice for creating custom flies includes a cylindrical member that attaches to a vertical member, and the vertical member attaches to a base member. The members can be disassembled for transport. The cylindrical member includes integrated jaw members for holding flies. Moreover, the cylindrical member can be custom adjusted to a desired point in three-dimensional space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2017
    Inventor: David P. Durrant
  • Patent number: 9603614
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an endoscope cap with a holding and withdrawal device for a tissue clip (4) that can be placed onto a spreading sleeve (3) of the endoscope cap (1). The endoscope cap comprises an end groove (7) that opens at the front edge of the spreading sleeve (3) and that slits open the cap wall on both sides, and a withdrawal thread or web (11) that radially traverses the end groove (7) in a forward axial cap section and that is introduced or can be introduced slideably into an endoscope channel for actuation thereof at a radial inside of the endoscope cap (1).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2017
    Assignee: OVESCO ENDOSCOPY AG
    Inventors: Marc O. Schurr, Chi-Nghia Ho, Andreas Kirschniak, Gunnar Anhoeck
  • Patent number: 9435979
    Abstract: A universal adjustable lens adapter and rig system for smartphones, or similar electronic devices, that is modular in nature. The universal adjustable lens adapter includes a clamp mount assembly, a lens mount assembly, and a handle assembly. The clamp mount assembly is adapted to secure a smartphone, while the lens mount assembly is adapted to secure a camera lens. The clamp mount assembly includes a spring loaded first clamp and a fixed second clamp mounted to a clamp base and between which the smartphone is secured. Both the clamp mount assembly and the lens mount assembly are slidably connected to the handle assembly, such that the camera lens of any smartphone can be properly aligned with the camera lens attached to the lens mount assembly. Additionally, the handle assembly is adapted to manipulate and stabilize the smartphone while taking pictures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2016
    Inventor: Vadym Chalenko
  • Patent number: 9308954
    Abstract: An alignment tool for use with a vehicle having a door moveably secured to a door frame and a door latch assembly defined on the door includes a body having a front surface and a rear surface and a through-hole extending through the body that is sized and configured to receive a striker pin of a vehicle. A first end surface defined on the body is configured to engage the door frame to set a cross-car position of the striker pin. A latch-engaging assembly is engageable with a portion of the door latch assembly to set a vertical position of the striker pin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2016
    Assignee: PACCAR Inc
    Inventors: Jonathan F. Wilkens, Mathew J. Freiheit
  • Patent number: 9273525
    Abstract: A stop collar is assembled using a method including the steps of receiving a bore of a base having a set of fingers extending along an exterior of a tubular, receiving a bore of a sleeve onto the tubular adjacent the set of fingers, and receiving the sleeve onto the set of fingers in an interference-fit. In alternate embodiments, the base comprises a plurality of angularly distributed fingers and/or the base comprises a gap to permit conformance of the base to the tubular. A fingerless base may cooperate with one or more separate fingers to form a base. In an embodiment of the method, the sleeve may be thermally expanded prior to the step of receiving the sleeve onto the set of fingers. The sleeve may be heated to expand the bore prior to being received onto the set of fingers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2016
    Assignee: ANTELOPE OIL TOOL & MFG. CO.
    Inventors: Ira Eugene Hining, Jean Buytaert, Eugene Edward Miller
  • Patent number: 9199306
    Abstract: A support head capable of supporting a ladle shroud for casting liquid metal comprises a canal along which the metal can pass, extending essentially along an axis, the support head being designed for a tube handling device. Such a head comprises control means for controlling the angular orientation of the shroud with respect to the head, about an axis corresponding to the axis of the canal. A ladle shroud having defined control means is capable of collaborating with the support head.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2015
    Assignee: Vesuvius Crucible Company
    Inventor: Damien Delsine
  • 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
  • Patent number: 9016676
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an adjusting device of wafer machine, which includes a rotary adjustment assembly that is rotatable to cause the rotation of a rod so as to displace a support block thereby elevating or lowering a support post. A balance board is thus caused to move a wafer substrate so as to realize balancing of wafer through the support post, whereby efficient adjustment of the wafer machine to a balanced position can be achieved without extra expense of time in adjustment operation and thus accelerating the time of manufacturing process and providing extremely high precision and further effectively reducing the potential risk of damage caused by over-adjustment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2015
    Inventor: Yung-Chiu Huang
  • 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: 8985564
    Abstract: A workpiece holding fixture including a base plate having an engagement surface including a travel slot. A first static riser includes a position control member configured to removably couple a workpiece to the first static riser. A second static riser includes a rotation control member and is configured to removably couple the workpiece to the second static riser. A dynamic riser is configured to abut the workpiece by automatic, semi-automatic, or manual movement into secure engagement with the workpiece. The dynamic riser is slidably coupled with the travel slot and is operable between a plurality of positions associated with workpiece variants having different locating features and geometries.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Assignee: Ford Motor Company
    Inventors: Richard S. Stanifer, Michael Joseph Habel
  • Publication number: 20140367904
    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: November 1, 2013
    Publication date: December 18, 2014
    Applicant: MITEK USA, INC.
    Inventors: CLYDE R. FREDRICKSON, MARK WISMER
  • Publication number: 20140339752
    Abstract: A tubing assembly system including a first platform and a second platform of different heights. The first and second platforms are configured to attach to a tube securement device for maintaining centerline alignment between tubular members of different sizes. The system may also include a work surface having multiple holes for securing the platforms.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 19, 2014
    Publication date: November 20, 2014
    Inventors: Raymond A. Lanne, Richard A. Lanne
  • 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: 8783671
    Abstract: A clamp includes a first jaw, a second jaw, a first connection, a second connection, and an actuator. The first jaw and the second jaw include a first clamp surface and a second clamp surface, respectively. The first connection operatively connects the first jaw to the second jaw in a manner that permits relative movement between the first jaw and the second jaw. The second connection is operatively connected between the first jaw and the second jaw. The actuator is configured to shorten a length of the second connection to thereby reduce a relative distance between the first clamp surface and the second clamp surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2014
    Assignee: Stanley Black & Decker, Inc.
    Inventors: Eric Ranieri, Stephen Rowlay, Robert Christie, Stephen Skeels
  • Patent number: 8714537
    Abstract: A clamp device (30) includes a plurality of arms (32, 34). One of the arms supports a securing member (36). The other arm includes a curvilinear surface (40) that directly engages a curved wall of an article at a location in line with a centerline of the securing member. The curvilinear surface (40) allows for the clamp device to reliably engage an article having a curved wall for a lifting operation. One example use of a disclosed example device is for lifting tubes associated with a hydraulic elevator system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2014
    Assignee: Otis Elevator Company
    Inventors: Jeffrey A. Smith, William J. Derwin, Jeffrey M. Dickinson, John E. Cegelka, Craig A. Buckley
  • 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
  • Publication number: 20140001691
    Abstract: The present invention allows multiple bar or c-clamps to be connected by one or more bars, the bars passing through the head and/or feet of the clamps, with provisions for locking the angles of the clamps about the bars joining them. This allows temporary jigs to be quickly assembled, with the angles of the workpieces held by the clamps to be fixed relative to one another at specified angles. In addition, parallelism of clamps holding a single workpiece may be maintained through the use of two or more connecting bars.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 26, 2011
    Publication date: January 2, 2014
    Inventor: Jeremy Patrick Royal
  • Patent number: 8601670
    Abstract: A device used to secure a section of cable while one or more fiber is broken out from the cable. The device includes spaced apart clamp assemblies that hold a cable during the splicing process to protect the fairly delicate fibers within the sheathing. The disclosure also relates to a method of splicing using a clamp assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2013
    Assignee: ADC Telecommunications, Inc.
    Inventors: Larry Sorenson, Scott Carlson
  • Publication number: 20130321017
    Abstract: A sensor detects a workpiece ready for transportation by means of an outwardly hanging contact arm which, when the workpiece is dropped or placed on a carrying frame, is pushed back into a groove in the body of the sensor and in that location gives a contact signal to start the transport, avoiding damage to the hanging arm or to its mechanism otherwise caused by the continuing weight or impact of the dropped or placed workpiece.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 28, 2013
    Publication date: December 5, 2013
    Inventor: Chao SHEN
  • Patent number: 8573577
    Abstract: A point-welding clamp structure for side by side tightly clamping and locating different plate-shaped metal pieces in their true relative positions so as to facilitate the point-welding operation. The point-welding clamp structure includes a body section and a base section for clamping the different metal pieces. A second adjustment section is disposed on the body section and a third adjustment section is disposed on the base section. By means of operating the second and third adjustment sections, the metal pieces with different thickness can be securely clamped and located by the point-welding clamp structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2013
    Inventor: Jen Yung Yang
  • Publication number: 20130270758
    Abstract: A wire holding device configured to hold two wires together to establishing a connection. The connection may be made through soldering the two wires together. The wire holding device is also configured to be adjustable so that the wires can be held at different angles. The wire holding device can also be used to isolate a wire from a wire loom.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 12, 2012
    Publication date: October 17, 2013
    Applicant: Service Solutions U.S. LLC
    Inventors: William W. Wittliff, III, Larry Betcher, Robert Kochie
  • Patent number: 8550442
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a workpiece holding device (101, 201) comprising a substantially spherical ball (107, 207) with means for releasably retaining a workpiece (901), a socket (102, 202) with a first ball-receiving surface (105, 205) and means for mounting said socket (102, 202) on a worktable (905), and means for releasably clamping said ball (107, 207) against said first ball-receiving surface (105, 205). The first ball-receiving surface (105, 205) is shaped on a ball-receiving element (104, 204) mounted moveable, within said socket (102, 202), along at least one axis in a plane substantially perpendicular to its clamping force. The invention also relates to a workpiece holding system comprising three workpiece holding devices (101, 201, 301), as well as to a method for using this workpiece holding system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2013
    Assignee: Asco Industries
    Inventor: Gilles Philippe
  • Publication number: 20130241130
    Abstract: An assembly jig includes an upper jig frame that is provided above a longitudinal outer edge of a large structure, a lower jig frame that is provided below a longitudinal outer edge of the large structure, a connecting jig frame that connects the upper jig frame and the lower jig frame to each other, three supporting parts for supporting the lower jig frame from below, and a jig leg portion that is provided perpendicular to the direction in which the lower jig frame extends and parallel to a ground surface. The supporting parts are provided at three portions that are respectively located under two end portions of the jig leg portion and under the lower jig frame, and arrangement positions of the supporting parts provided at the three portions form a substantially triangular shape when seen from above.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 13, 2012
    Publication date: September 19, 2013
    Inventors: Ichiro Ozu, Kentaro Irie, Kazunori Kamiya, Daisuke Kinugasa, Junji Nagata, Sachio Takeyama
  • Patent number: 8511659
    Abstract: A holding jig including, a tilt angle with respect to a plane of a holding surface of a holding target defined as a holding tilt angle: a first holding portion having a holding tilt face with the holding tilt angle; a second holding portion connected to the first holding portion so as to slide toward the holding tilt face along a plane substantially parallel to the holding surface; and an elastic holding portion provided at a position of the second holding portion facing the holding tilt face that is elastically deformed towards the holding surface by the holding tilt face while being abutted to the holding tilt face, when the second holding portion slides toward the holding tilt face, to press and hold the holding target.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2013
    Assignee: NGK Insulators, Ltd.
    Inventors: Toshihiro Hirakawa, Satoshi Sakashita, Shinji Ishida, Hiroyuki Nagaoka
  • Patent number: 8496236
    Abstract: A clamp for linking a mounting rail to a flange of a beam is disclosed. The clamp includes a lower base, an upper base, a connecting web, and a T-shaped back-gripping element, which is disposed at the lower base for gripping a rail opening of the mounting rail from behind. In the upper base, a threaded hole, which corresponds to the lower T-shaped back-gripping element, is provided for a clamping screw, with which the flange and the mounting rail can be pressed against one another when the lower T-shaped element grips a rail opening of the mounting rail from behind. In the lower base, a threaded hole, which corresponds to an upper T-shaped back-gripping element, is provided for a clamping screw, with which the flange and the mounting rail can be pressed against one another when the upper T-shaped element grips a rail opening of the mounting rail from behind.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2013
    Assignee: Hilti Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Thomas Merhar, Ralph Lippuner
  • Patent number: 8496238
    Abstract: A tubular gripping apparatus has a jaw assembly that has a tubular-contacting surface at an end thereof, a drive yoke that has a tubular-contacting surface at an end thereof, an actuator connected to the drive yoke, and a locking mechanism interconnected to the drive yoke. The drive yoke is connected to the jaw assembly. The actuator moves the jaw assembly and the drive yoke such that the tubular-contacting surfaces thereof move radially inwardly for a substantially identical distance. The locking mechanism directs a load away from the actuator while the jaw assembly and the drive yoke grip the tubular. The locking mechanism has a cylinder yoke positioned around the piston-and-cylinder assembly, and a wedge assembly positioned adjacent the bearing bar and the cylinder yoke. The wedge assembly is suitable for contacting the cylinder yoke so as to prevent a movement of the cylinder yoke.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2013
    Assignee: T&T Engineering Services, Inc.
    Inventor: Keith J. Orgeron
  • Patent number: 8490956
    Abstract: A fixture assembly for retaining a workpiece during a coining process includes a mounting block. The workpiece includes an airfoil portion, a platform, and feet extending from the platform opposite the airfoil portion configured to engage a retention slot in a gas turbine engine, each foot defining a substantially arcuate engagement surface. The mounting block includes a first portion having a slot defined therein between opposite first and second lateral edges and having an exposed front face, first and second retaining structures positioned adjacent to the first and second lateral edges, respectively. Each of the first and second retaining structures overhangs the slot and defines an engagement surface facing the slot, such that during engagement of the workpiece the substantially arcuate engagement surfaces of the feet contact the engagement surfaces of the first and second retaining structures to provide a pivotable engagement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2013
    Assignee: Pratt & Whitney Services PTE Ltd.
    Inventors: Nathan D. Korn, Mohamed Salleh Najib
  • Patent number: 8474806
    Abstract: A pipe gripping apparatus has a first jaw with a pipe-contacting surface at one end thereof, a second jaw having a pipe-contacting surface at one end thereof, a tongue having a pipe-contacting surface at one end thereof, and an actuator connected to the first and second jaws and to the tongue. The actuator serves to move the first and second jaws and the tongue such that the pipe-contacting surfaces thereof move radially inwardly simultaneously for a substantially identical distance. A first link pivotally connects the tongue with the first jaw. A second link pivotally connects the tongue with the second jaw. The first and second links extend angularly outwardly from the tongue. The first and second pivot points of each jaw have a distance unequal to a distance between the first pivot point and pipe-contacting surface of each jaw. The pipe-contacting surfaces can be elastomeric pads, toothed dies, or rollers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2013
    Assignee: T&T Engineering Services, Inc.
    Inventor: Keith J. Orgeron
  • Patent number: 8430385
    Abstract: In a wedge drive comprising a slider element receiving component, a movable slider element and a driver element, wherein sliding surfaces are provided between the slider element and the driver element, a dovetail-like or prism guide is provided between the slider element and the slider element receiving component. The slider element has a portion having a dovetail-like configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2013
    Inventor: Harald Weigelt
  • Patent number: 8430386
    Abstract: In a wave linear motion mechanism (4) of a holding mechanism (1), those portions of a flexible screw (14) where first and second male screws (32, 33) are formed are elliptically deformed by first and second wave generators (12, 13) installed on an input shaft (11), and the first and second male screws (32, 33) are respectively partially engaged with first and second female screws (42, 44) of first and second circular nuts (15, 16). First and second holding members (5, 6) are mounted on the first and second circular nuts (15, 16), respectively. When the input shaft (11) is rotated by a motor (3), the first and second holding members (5, 6) are opened or closed depending on the rotation direction to release or hold an object (W).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2013
    Assignee: Harmonic Drive Systems Inc.
    Inventor: Keiji Ueura
  • Publication number: 20130087961
    Abstract: A portable holder for supporting a firearm during cleaning, maintenance, adjustment, sighting and repair operations at a work station, the holder being adapted to support a portion of the firearm, the portable holder comprising: a base section adapted to be fixed to the work station in a substantially upright position; a threaded rod mounted to the base section in a substantially vertical orientation; and, one of a support head and a vise assembly affixed to the upper portion of the threaded rod; wherein the base section contains a substantially vertically orientated threaded aperture allowing the threaded rod to be rotated about its longitudinal axis into the threaded aperture of the base section to permit both mounting of the threaded rod to the base section and height adjustment of the threaded rod relative to the base section; the support head having a base and at least one flange extending upwardly from the base to receive a support tongue of a gun barrel cradle and means for pivotally connecting and loc
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 30, 2012
    Publication date: April 11, 2013
    Inventor: Richard Weissenborn
  • Patent number: 8408527
    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: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2013
    Assignee: Jergens, Inc.
    Inventors: James C. Klingenberg, Harry P. Fuller
  • Patent number: 8408528
    Abstract: A clamping device has several clamping element receptacles each with a clamping element held by the clamping element receptacle. The clamping element receptacles have an inclination running obliquely to a clamping direction of the clamping device and by means of which the clamping element is guided. The clamping element has a clamping jaw support and the clamping jaw is connectable to the clamping jaw support. The clamping jaw engages in an undercut provided on the clamping jaw support and is additionally fixed by means of a positive fixing means to the clamping jaw support when it is connected to the clamping jaw support.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2013
    Assignee: Hainbuch GmbH Spannende Technik
    Inventors: Hans-Michael Weller, Attilio Mandarello
  • 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
  • Patent number: 8376341
    Abstract: A support device for use with at least one of a stepladder, an extension ladder, and scaffolding, includes a base member manufactured from a first predetermined material and having a first predetermined shape and a first predetermined size. A height adjustable rod member is operably connected at a first end thereof to such base member. A brace member has a first end and a second end, such first end of such brace member being perpendicularly engaged with such elongated rod member. A securing mechanism is operably disposed on such second end of such brace member for securing such brace member to such at least one of such stepladder, such extension ladder, and such scaffolding,. At least one support member is releasably engageable with such second end of such rod member for supporting a predetermined object thereon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2013
    Inventor: Wendell E. Kocher
  • Patent number: 8376340
    Abstract: The clamping fixture (1) consists of a workpiece pallet (2) and an actuator (27). The workpiece pallet (2) comprises at least two clamping jaws (4,5) for clamping in place a workpiece, while the actuator (27) is provided for opening and closing the clamping jaws (4,5). By means of the actuator (27) the clamping jaws (4,5) are material-elastically excursionable to the extent that a workpiece, after release of the actuator (27), can be locked in place by the material-elastic restoring force of the clamping jaws (4,5). Preferably the workpiece pallet (2) comprises a main body (3) provided with a slot (6) defined on both sides by the clamping jaws (4,5). The clamping jaws (4,5) are material-elastic excursionable by means of the actuator (27) transversely to the slot (6). The clamping jaws (4,5) are provided with fitted jaws (13, 14) which in relation to each clamping jaw (4,5) can be shifted transversely to the slot (6).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2013
    Assignee: Erowa AG
    Inventor: Bruno Sandmeier
  • Patent number: 8342495
    Abstract: A portable holder for supporting a ski, snowboard, bicycle and firearm during cleaning, maintenance, adjustment, sighting and repair operations at a work station, the holder being adapted to support a portion of the ski, snowboard, bicycle and firearm, the portable holder comprising: a base section adapted to be fixed to the work station in a substantially upright position; a threaded rod mounted to the base section in a substantially vertical orientation; and, one of a support bead and a vise assembly affixed to the upper portion of the threaded rod; wherein the base section contains a substantially vertically orientated threaded aperture allowing the threaded rod to be rotated about its longitudinal axis into the threaded aperture of the base section to permit both mounting of the threaded rod to the base section and height adjustment of the threaded rod relative to the base section; the support head having a base and at least one flange extending upwardly from the base to receive a support tongue of one of
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Inventor: Richard Weissenborn
  • Patent number: 8276895
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a clamping device comprising an elongate support structure carrying a fixed jaw and a movable jaw and an advancing clamping mechanism mounted on the support structure for advancing the movable jaw toward the fixed jaw in a longitudinal direction. The clamping device further comprises a transportation mechanism for convenient transportation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2012
    Assignee: Positec Power Tools (Suzhou) Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Warren Brown, Graham Gerhardt, Harry Szommer, Guojun Chen, Quangang Liu
  • Patent number: 8272612
    Abstract: A clip for holding an object on a supporting member comprises a holding clamp and an attaching clamp. The holding clamp has a pair of clamping members with oppositely bowed gripping portions and inwardly arched handles. The oppositely bowed gripping portions form together, when engaged, jaws for holding an object such as a cigar. The jaws are connected together for pivotal movement to cooperate with each other for clamping action upon actuation of their handles. At the juncture point of the jaws with the handles, the clamping members are provided with aligned, apertured supports for receipt of an axial binding post or rivet that extends through the apertures and for holding the clamping members together and in axial alignment. A spring, normally biasing the clamping members towards a closed position is looped around the post with its ends locked against the handles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2012
    Inventor: Edward Brian Thorpe
  • Publication number: 20120216406
    Abstract: The disclosure generally relates to a locating assembly as a component of a locating table segment for positioning truss segments in a truss assembly system. The system generally includes a plurality of table segments aligned in parallel and adapted to position a series of locating blocks on a top surface of the system/table, where each block is a component of one of a plurality of locating assemblies in the system. The block positions collectively define an outer boundary of a support truss (e.g., as a roofing truss). Once the blocks are moved to their desired position, appropriately sized truss segments are placed within the block-defined boundary and fastened together.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 23, 2012
    Publication date: August 30, 2012
    Inventor: Edward G. Joseph
  • Patent number: 8251330
    Abstract: The present teachings relate to a device configured to secure an instrument and to be removably mounted to a platform. The device can comprise a mounting base platform, a guide rod plate, and a securing means. The guide rod plate can be slidably secured to the mounting base platform, and the securing means can be configured to slidably move the guide rod plate with respect to the mounting base platform. The device can secure an instrument within, for example a firearm or a scope. The device can be mounted to a platform, for example, a camera tripod.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2012
    Inventor: Joshua Edward Stabler
  • Patent number: 8246025
    Abstract: A vise assembly includes a support rod standing on a base of a bench circular sawing machine, a first arm connected to the support rod and projecting frontward, a second arm of which a rear end portion is connected to a front end portion of the first arm in such a manner that the second arm is horizontally swingable and capable of being retained at any angular position, and a clamping rod disposed at a front end portion of the second arm, configured to be movable upward and downward, and capable of holding a workpiece placed in a cutting region. Optionally, the rear end portion of the second arm is movable upward and downward and capable of being retained at any vertical position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2012
    Assignee: Makita Corporation
    Inventors: Goh Yamamura, Toshiyuki Kani
  • Patent number: 8245375
    Abstract: A method for repairing a rotor of a turbine includes providing a rotor having a groove portion defined by a circumferential portion of the rotor. The circumferential portion of the rotor is removed to create an opening to provide access to the groove such that the opening, immediately adjacent the groove, is narrower than the groove. A guide block may be extended into a receiving slot separating a first protruding surface from a second protruding surface of the rotor such that a weld area slot of the guide block extends over at least a portion of the opening. The opening may be welded adjacent the guide block to close at least a portion of the opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2012
    Assignee: Mechanical Dynamics & Analysis, Ltd.
    Inventors: James Harvey Coffey, Andrew Otto Ruehs
  • Patent number: 8246026
    Abstract: Disclosed are a tool indexer assembly, a computer numerically controlled machine that includes such tool indexer assembly, and associated methods. The assembly in one embodiment includes a turret and an indexer, the indexer including a portion that is movable with respect to the turret and that includes plural tool station configured to receive plural tool structures. The tool indexer is disposed on a facet of the turret, and, in some embodiments includes a table that is rotatable about an axis that is generally orthogonal to the axis of rotation of the turret. In another embodiment, a tool indexer includes a clamping mechanism having a source of pressurized fluid and a piston that is hydraulically actuated by the pressurized fluid and movable to a clamping position. The assembly further includes a conduit for delivery of the pressurized fluid proximal the tool structure as coolant fluid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2012
    Assignee: Mori Seiki USA, Inc.
    Inventors: Gregory Hyatt, Abhijit Sahasrabudhe
  • Patent number: 8191879
    Abstract: The present disclosure general relates to vise pads which provide accurate alignment of work pieces in a vise. The movement of internal members of these pads eliminates the need for manual adjustment such as with the use of a hammer to ensure alignment. The vise pads include wedge bars in combination with connectors which reduce friction and thus provide for longer life and efficient operation. In another embodiment, the vise pads include elastomeric bars which act as sealant to reduce entry of dust resulting from machining of a work piece.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2012
    Inventor: Man Sung Jang
  • Patent number: 8181949
    Abstract: A micro-adjustable parallel bench vise includes a slide holder having a top dovetail rail, a vise body having a bottom dovetail groove coupled to the dovetail rail of the slide holder and holding a fixed jaw member, a screw holder slidably mounted in the top side of the vise body, a screw rod threaded into the screw holder and rotatable to move the screw holder relative to the vise body. When multiple vise bodies are mounted on the slide holder in parallel, they are micro-adjustable to hold a workpiece or multiple workpieces precisely in position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2012
    Inventor: Yi-Po Hung
  • Patent number: 8162301
    Abstract: A construction kit for a manipulating system, includes at least one first and one second element that are located parallel or at an angle to one another and are connectable to one another, at least one centering element that is located between the first and second elements, and at least one securing element for connecting the first element to the second element. The construction kit has a centering element, which has an outer circumferential surface that is provided with at least one form-locking means.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2012
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventor: Josef Dirschbacher
  • Publication number: 20120068394
    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: Application
    Filed: September 13, 2011
    Publication date: March 22, 2012
    Inventor: Christopher E. Baker
  • Patent number: 8122803
    Abstract: In a bench circular sawing machine as one example of a cutting machine, a vise assembly to be mounted to a guide fence includes a pressing part (e.g., an arm and a feed screw) configured to be capable of moving upward and downward and fixed at a desired height, in a position protrusively frontward of the guide fence, and a second pressing part (e.g., stopper plate) configured to be capable of moving along the guide surface upward and downward and fixed at a desired height. One of the pressing part and the second pressing part is selected for use in holding a workpiece down from above.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2012
    Assignee: Makita Corporation
    Inventor: Kenji Abe