With Means To Relatively Array Or Arrange Holders Patents (Class 269/45)
  • Patent number: 11874108
    Abstract: An alignment apparatus suited for aligning structural members, such as, but not limited to pipes, structural beams, lumber, or any other suitable member. The alignment apparatus comprises a mounting base, an alignment receiver, and a fastening element. The mounting base comprises a first mounting body, a mounting cavity, and a second mounting body. The alignment receiver comprises a first receiver panel, an alignment cavity, a fastening aperture, and a second receiver panel. The mounting base is perpendicularly connected adjacent to the alignment receiver. The first receiver panel and the second receiver panel are vertically connected adjacent to the mounting base. The alignment cavity is positioned between the first receiver panel and the second receiver panel. The fastening aperture traverses through the first receiver panel. The fastening element is selectively connected along the fastening aperture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2022
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2024
    Inventor: Robert Shaw
  • Patent number: 11806794
    Abstract: A processing device includes: a first processing position (A1) and a second processing position (A2) at which rough processing is performed on a workpiece (W); a third processing position (B1) at which final finishing processing is performed on the workpiece (W) that was processed at the second processing position (A2); flexible vises (7) provided to the first processing position (A1) and the second processing position (A2), the flexible vises (7) securing the workpiece (W) by clamping the same; and a quick clamping device (20) provided to the third processing position (B1), the quick clamping device (20) securing the workpiece (W) by means of a pin. The processing device also includes a control unit that controls a rough processing tool for performing rough processing and a final finishing processing tool for performing final finishing processing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2023
    Assignee: MITSUBISHI HEAVY INDUSTRIES, LTD.
    Inventors: Jun Eto, Hirokazu Unno, Shinichi Takeuchi
  • Patent number: 11766764
    Abstract: A retrievable shaft locking mechanism for axial and rotational locking on smooth round shafts with a lever providing tensioning of the clamping ring and vectorially supporting a clamping action through a horizontal dowel pin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2021
    Date of Patent: September 26, 2023
    Assignee: Reel Power Licensing Corp.
    Inventors: Joseph Henry, David Lasswell
  • Patent number: 11753183
    Abstract: A representative system includes an alignment tool for aligning attachment interfaces of horizontally-oriented launch vehicle portions. The tool can include a receiver assembly for connecting to a first launch vehicle portion and an actuation assembly for connecting to a second launch vehicle portion. When a first connecting element of the receiver assembly is engaged with a second connecting element of the actuation assembly, the second connecting element can apply force to the receiver assembly, and the actuator assembly applies an opposite force to the second launch vehicle portion, to align fastening features in the launch vehicle portions and/or to reshape the launch vehicle portions. A representative method includes connecting the alignment tool to the launch vehicle portions and operating the tool to apply oppositely-directed forces to align the launch vehicle portions for installing fasteners to connect the launch vehicle portions. One or more bracing beams can connect two tools together.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2021
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2023
    Assignee: Blue Origin, LLC
    Inventor: Derek Johnson
  • Patent number: 11703311
    Abstract: A system for assembling a fixture to hold a workpiece for measurement by a CMM includes a plurality of fixture components. The fixture components are used to assemble the fixture. The system also includes a fixture plate having a plurality of fixture component securing portions that are configured to couple with the fixture components to define the fixture. The fixture is configured to couple with the workpiece to hold the workpiece in a predefined orientation. A fixture identifier is configured to identify the fixture components, and a securing portion identifier is configured to identify the securing portions that couple with the fixture components. A visual emphasizing unit is configured to visually emphasize one or more of the fixture components and/or one or more of the securing portions to provide an indication of a fixture component that is to be coupled with a corresponding securing portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2022
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2023
    Assignee: Hexagon Metrology, Inc.
    Inventor: Milan Kocic
  • Patent number: 11644296
    Abstract: A 3D measuring equipment and a 3D measuring method are provided. The 3D measuring equipment includes a base, a fixture, a measuring device, and a controller. The fixture is disposed on the base for an object to be measured to be disposed thereon. The fixture has a plurality of rods. The heights of the rods are adjustable. The measuring device is installed on the base and is movable relative to the fixture. The controller is connected to the measuring device and the fixture and configured to perform the following. The heights of the rods are adjusted according to 3D model data of the object to be measured to support the object to be measured. The measuring device is driven to move relative to the fixture to measure the object to be measured.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2022
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2023
    Assignee: Industrial Technology Research Institute
    Inventors: Chin-Chia Chang, Chia-Ching Lin, Yi-Tong Liu, Chia-Ming Tsai
  • Patent number: 11612969
    Abstract: A pipe welding stabilizer comprising a vise grip assembly, an adjustment assembly, and a pipe assembly. The vise grip assembly includes two vise grips mounted to either side of an adjustment assembly. The two vise grips include jaws with ridges that can be attached to a pipe surface. The vise grips help hold the pipe in place while it is being soldered to ensure it does not slip or fall before it is welded. The adjustment assembly includes pins that can be pushed in to adjust the width and reach of the grip of the two vise grips.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2021
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2023
    Inventors: John Arsenault, Jr., Kenneth Locke
  • Patent number: 11566429
    Abstract: A fascia board installation accessory includes a plurality of planar segments configured to form a substantially U-shaped configuration and is suitably sized and shaped to fit about a bottom edge of the existing fascia board, and an anchor segment extending outwardly away from the U-shaped configuration and directly abutted against one of an existing roof rafter and an existing roof lookout. The anchor segment is statically and integrally connected to the U-shaped configuration. The U-shaped configuration has a first centrally registered longitudinal axis. The anchor segment has a second centrally registered longitudinal axis oriented non-parallel to the first centrally registered longitudinal axis. The anchor segment has a plurality of apertures juxtaposed side-by-side and centrally aligned along the second centrally registered longitudinal axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 1, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2023
    Inventor: Miguel Rosas
  • Patent number: 11518004
    Abstract: A bumper apparatus for securing a vehicle bumper during painting and repair is described herein. The apparatus includes a base support structure, a frame coupled to the base support structure, at least one rear coupler arm movably coupled to the frame, at least one front coupler arm movably coupled to the frame via a front coupler attachment, and a front coupler. The front coupler attachment includes a frame portion movably coupled to the frame, a ball portion fixedly coupled to the frame portion, a socket portion configured to receive the ball portion, and an arm portion movably coupled to the at least one front coupler arm. The front coupler is movably coupled to the at least one front coupler arm and is configured to be releasably coupled to the vehicle bumper.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2022
    Assignee: Innovative Tools & Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Bryan T. Johnson
  • Patent number: 11486805
    Abstract: An impact test fixture capable of applying preload on a composite laminate, which is composed of a base, a clamping mechanism and a loading mechanism, where the clamping mechanism is positioned on an upper surface of the base and fixedly connected to the base through a bolt, and the loading mechanism is installed at an end of the base. A composite laminate is placed in a rectangular groove of the base. A first wedge block and a second wedge block are positioned in a base sliding groove between a pressing block and a baffle plate, and inclined planes of the two wedge blocks are oppositely installed; the baffle plate is matched with the base through a first fixing bolt and a second fixing bolt, a loading bolt passes through a screw hole at a side end of the base and is matched with the first wedge block.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2022
    Assignee: NORTHWESTERN POLYTECHNICAL UNIVERSITY
    Inventors: Yuan Hu, Yaoyao Shi, Dongsheng Liu, Zhongxi Zhang
  • Patent number: 11383355
    Abstract: A vise system is provided to retain a workpiece. In an embodiment, the vise system comprises one or more center vise and one or more end vises. The center vises and end vises are clamped to a table or workbench. The center vise is provided with a front jaw and a rear jaw to retain the center of the work. The end vises are provided with workpiece clamps to retain the ends of the workpiece.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2022
    Inventors: Romeo Graham, Joseph Luc Boucher, Robert David Watters, Michael Georges Sirois
  • Patent number: 11058531
    Abstract: A whip stitched graft construct and method of formation. The whip stitched graft construct includes a plurality of tendon strand regions or soft tissue grafts placed together so that at least a portion of the plurality of the tendon strand regions are stitched together by employing multiple suture passes placed according to a whip stitching technique. Preferably, the multiple suture passes start at about the mid length of the plurality of tendon strand regions and are advanced toward one of the free ends of the tendon strands. The whip stitched graft construct is provided with at least two regions, one region formed of at least a plurality of tendon strand regions tied and whip stitched together, and the other region formed of untied segments of the plurality of tendon strands.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 13, 2021
    Assignee: ARTHREX, INC.
    Inventor: Mark A. Cassani
  • Patent number: 10806499
    Abstract: A bone clamping device includes a pair of clamps mounted on a clamp connector. Each clamp has a variable size opening that varies in size transverse to the clamp connector. At least one clamp is longitudinally and angularly displaceable relative to the other along the clamp connector. The clamps are preferably made from a plastic and the clamp connector is preferably made from metal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Inventors: Javier E. Castaneda, Roberto Augusto Miki, Ernesto Hernandez, John William Box, Scott M. Whitten
  • Patent number: 10774979
    Abstract: A multi-clamp stand apparatus for handsfree assistance includes a base having front side, a back side, a top side, and a bottom side. A support pole has a bottom end and a top end. The bottom end is coupled to the top side of the base. A clamp collar is coupled to the support pole and is slidably engageable on the support pole from the bottom end to the end. An adjustment mechanism is coupled to the clamp collar and is in operational communication with the support pole to fix and alternatively release the clamp collar and the support pole. An at least one clamp is coupled to the clamp collar.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Inventor: Joseph Lombardi
  • Patent number: 10710748
    Abstract: A method of producing part of an aircraft comprising: providing a frame having a first surface, a second surface, and one or more side edges between the first and second surfaces; mounting the frame to a first tool, the first tool comprising a support surface that contacts the second surface of the frame to opposing movement of the frame; while the frame is mounted to the first tool, machining the first surface to form attachment features; mounting the machined frame to a second tool which contacts with the frame at only the one or more side edges; and, while the frame is mounted to the second tool, attaching, using the attachment features, to the first and second surfaces, aircraft panels to form an outer skin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: BAE Systems plc
    Inventors: Andrew John Kirkham, David Mark Bradbury
  • Patent number: 10610990
    Abstract: A control system of a machine tool includes a hydraulic pressure adjuster. The hydraulic pressure adjuster includes a sequence program controller that includes components for adding a function of adjusting a hydrostatic pressure of a static pressure oil supplied to a hydrostatic pressure guide mechanism, which are a pressure setting unit, a constant acceleration motion controller, a workpiece-weight calculator and a supply state adjuster.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignee: Toshiba Kikai Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Atsushi Tada, Takuma Miyamoto
  • Patent number: 10598359
    Abstract: A mechanism for lowering a pole, such as a light pole, is disclosed. The mechanism includes a base arranged to rotate about a vertical axis of a pole portion, and an engaging portion arranged to rotate about an operating axis. The operating axis is in the order of 115° relative to the vertical axis. A pole member is fixed to an arm of the engaging portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Assignee: Swivelpole Patent Pty Ltd
    Inventors: Robert John Pannekoek, Peter Pannekoek
  • Patent number: 10500699
    Abstract: A hands-free dual clamp device includes two clamping units, each having an upper clamping body, a lower clamping body, a mating portion, and a shaft module. The shaft module is spirally inserted through the upper and lower clamping bodies and is rotatable, so as to enable the upper and lower clamping bodies to be adjustable at angles with respect to each other and cooperatively form a clamping space for clamping an external object. A connecting module includes at least a connecting unit having two opposite end portions, which are respectively provided with a first connecting element and a second connecting element. The first connecting element connected to the mating portion of one of the clamping units, and the second connecting element connected to the mating portions of the other of the clamping units, so that the two clamping units are linked together with the connecting module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2019
    Inventor: Michael Chau-Lun Chang
  • Patent number: 10378690
    Abstract: A mount for receiving a cylindrical element includes a retention assembly that retains the cylindrical element between the retention assembly and a base. The retention assembly includes arm segments extending from the base and retaining members disposed along at least one of the arm segments. The retaining members are separated from each other by a gap through which the cylindrical element is insertable. At least one of the arm segments or retaining members is resilient so that the gap is widened when that cylindrical element is pushed through the gap. The retaining members retain the cylindrical element between the retaining members and the base until force is applied to pull the cylindrical element back through the gap. A biasing member extends from, and is moveable relative to, the base to bias the cylindrical element against the retaining members while lacking sufficient force to push the cylindrical element through the gap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: NATIONAL PRODUCTS, INC.
    Inventor: Jeffrey D. Carnevali
  • Patent number: 10363681
    Abstract: An alignment tool for connection to a work component and for use in aligning the work component with a work piece, wherein the work component has at least a first reference surface that extends in a first direction. The alignment tool includes a body having at least a first reference surface that extends in the first direction and having at least one work piece guide surface that extends in a second direction that is perpendicular to the at least first reference surface, and a clamp assembly connected to the body and extending in the second direction past the at least first reference surface of the body, wherein when the alignment tool is to be connected to the work component, the clamp assembly is movable to engage the work component and to draw together and hold in abutting engagement the respective first reference surfaces of the alignment tool and work component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Assignee: TSO PRODUCTS, LLC
    Inventor: Adolf Hans Friedebach
  • Patent number: 10348068
    Abstract: An installation guard tool is disclosed that is installed on the end of a cross-arm of a utility pole. The guard tool has an adjustable height to extend above the insulators to keep the new, grounded conductor being installed from touching the existing, energized conductors below. The tool is semi-permanent and removable and can be installed at the beginning of an installation job and remain in place until the installation job is complete.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: JLA Capital LLC
    Inventors: Mark Jamal Nureddine, Jason Daniel Ogg
  • Patent number: 10017277
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for supporting a structure. The apparatus may comprise a support, a load-balancing structure associated with the support, and a set of connection devices associated with the load-balancing structure. The set of connection devices may be configured to connect to the structure to form a set of control points. Each of the set of connection devices may be configured to independently control a location of a corresponding control point in the set of control points.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2018
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Matthew Ray DesJardien, Eric M. Reid, Steven A. Best, Jaeeun Shin
  • 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