Suspended Holder Patents (Class 269/46)
  • Publication number: 20140306390
    Abstract: A tire rotation device includes a mounting member having at least one aperture configured to receive at least one lifting member. The tire rotation device further includes a rotating member configured to receive a tire.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 12, 2013
    Publication date: October 16, 2014
    Applicant: Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations, LLC
    Inventors: Anthony Bruce Duncan, Timothy John Heppe
  • Publication number: 20140265095
    Abstract: An apparatus that supports and positions multiple build up ceiling and crown moldings during installation. The base of the apparatus is temporarily retained on the wall surface at its top through a centered 45 degree slot and a partially driven nail located approximately ? inch down the wall surface vertically from the ceiling. The base has a centered dovetail track to accommodate a vertically moving member that slides up and down and can be locked at a desired position with a thumb screw that engages the dovetail track. The top of this vertically moving member has a flat pivoting support that adjusts to any angled crown mold profile and locked into position with tightening round knobs until molding is secured to ceiling and wall. The base's bottom has a sliding adjustment rod with boot to adjust parallel from the wall surface to accommodate multiple buildups of ceiling and wall crown moldings and a thumb screw to lock adjustment rod and boot in the proper position from the wall.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 12, 2013
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Inventor: Gino A. Gaeta
  • Patent number: 8783672
    Abstract: A rack apparatus used for retaining a workpiece having at least one threaded hole, includes a hanging frame, and at least one clamping assembly fixed on the hanging frame. Each clamping assembly includes a plurality of latching members and a plurality of connecting members detachably assembled on the latching members. Each connecting member includes a screw portion. At least one screw portion is engaged in a corresponding threaded hole of the workpiece.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2014
    Assignee: Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Bing Guo, Mao-Lin Li, Xi-Hua Xu
  • Patent number: 8770565
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a jig for surface treatment, which is used for fixing a metal plate having a bearing for surface treatment. The jig for surface treatment according to the present disclosure passes a hanging rod through the metal plate. Thereby, the jig for surface treatment will not contact with a processed surface of the metal plate and hence making no apparent flaws on the processed surface and maintaining completeness processed surface. In addition, the jig for surface treatment can load a plurality of metal plates at a time, performing surface treatment on the plurality of metal plates simultaneously, and thus improving productivity and practicability.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2014
    Assignee: Wistron Corporation
    Inventors: Huai-Gang Liu, Chih-Peng Chen
  • Publication number: 20140169902
    Abstract: A spindle jig and a machining center having the same are disclosed. The machining center includes a spindle jig installed to be movable, a guide rail mounted to guide and move the spindle jig, a spindle that is fitted and supported on the spindle jig, and is equipped with a processing tool and rotates the processing tool, a column on which the spindle jig is mounted, an auto pallet changer equipped with materials, and transferring the materials to a processing area or a non-processing area, a splash guard rotated integrally with the auto pallet exchanger, mounted to be tiltable at a predetermined angle and separating the processing area from the non-processing area, and an upper cover installed to be rotatable on the movement path of the spindle jig along the guide rail. Accordingly, the replacement of the spindle can be quick and easy.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 5, 2013
    Publication date: June 19, 2014
    Applicant: Hyundai Motor Company
    Inventors: Nam-Doo LEE, Joo-Ok PARK, Heedong SON
  • Publication number: 20140138891
    Abstract: A Fence Rail Combination Tool having an elongated main body 10 a tip 12 and a head 14 to retain at least one strap 18 upon the main body said strap used to suspend a fence rail from the main body which is releasable secured to a fence post. The tool may incorporate any or all of the following: different heads, holes, slots, hooks, eyes, lips, channels, recesses, bends, swivels, fins, lugs, prongs and flanges to be used with a range of different straps and strap attachments which are a means to retain the tool and/or extract it from the fence post said tool and parts may be interchangeable and/or be made of several pieces to increase the versatility and range of uses of the tool in construction applications.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 28, 2013
    Publication date: May 22, 2014
    Inventor: RICHARD PERRY
  • Publication number: 20140124996
    Abstract: A hanging module includes a fixing rod, a support arm, a plurality of fasteners, and a hanging assembly positioned on the support arm by the plurality of fasteners. The support arm is fixed to the fixing rod. The support arm defines a groove. The hanging assembly includes a locking member and a hanging member fixed to the locking member. The hanging member is received in the groove, and fixed to the locking member by the plurality of fasteners.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 30, 2013
    Publication date: May 8, 2014
    Applicants: HON HAI PRECISION INDUSTRY CO., LTD., FU DING ELECTRONICAL TECHNOLOGY (JIASHAN) CO.,LTD.
    Inventor: FA-RONG JIANG
  • Publication number: 20140097567
    Abstract: Provided is a glass base material hanging mechanism that, when hanging a starting member or a glass base material, can tightly (solidly) connect the hanging shaft tube and the hanging component and can vertically align the hanging component and the center of the glass base material.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 1, 2013
    Publication date: April 10, 2014
    Applicant: Shin-Etsu Chemical Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Tetsuya OTOSAKA
  • Patent number: 8505892
    Abstract: The present invention relates to bar clamp assemblies and workpiece support members configured for use with bar clamp assemblies. In one aspect, the present invention provides a workpiece support member for a bar clamp assembly. The workpiece support member include a base including an engagement feature configured for engagement with a guide rail of the bar clamp assembly. The workpiece support member also includes a first finger extending from the base and a second finger extending from the base. The first and second fingers are disposed apart with respect to one another to form a slot having a substantially continuous width. The first, second or both fingers form an abutment surface and a support surface, the abutment surface and the support surface are generally perpendicular with respect to one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2013
    Inventor: Charles Seidel
  • Publication number: 20130130193
    Abstract: A handle for removably attaching to a moldable orthosis positions the orthosis in boiling water. The handle includes an arm with an oral orthosis engaging member at one end. The engaging member includes one of a tab or slot which removably engages the oral orthosis. In a preferred embodiment, the arm further includes a hook-like member for supporting the oral orthosis on the rim of a container of boiling water during the molding process. In one embodiment, the handle forms the cover of a storage case for the orthosis.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 22, 2011
    Publication date: May 23, 2013
    Applicant: Ranir, LLC
    Inventors: Jeffrey Joe Fisher, Scott Salmon, Josh Hartl
  • Patent number: 8342492
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a novel suspension device used in producing a composition, such as, but not limited to, a polyimide composition. The suspension device in its most general form comprises a support element and an attachment element. The attachment element is in communication at one of its ends with the support element and at the other with a workpiece, such as a poly(amic acid) or polyimide workpiece. The suspension device may further comprise additional elements. The suspension device maintains the workpiece in a suspended state during processing so as to reduce or eliminate processing-related defects.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Assignee: Nexolve Corporation
    Inventors: Garrett D. Poe, Brian G. Patrick
  • Publication number: 20120299231
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a jig for surface treatment, which is used for fixing a metal plate having a bearing for surface treatment. The jig for surface treatment according to the present disclosure passes a hanging rod through the metal plate. Thereby, the jig for surface treatment will not contact with a processed surface of the metal plate and hence making no apparent flaws on the processed surface and maintaining completeness processed surface. In addition, the jig for surface treatment can load a plurality of metal plates at a time, performing surface treatment on the plurality of metal plates simultaneously, and thus improving productivity and practicability.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 16, 2012
    Publication date: November 29, 2012
    Inventors: Huai-Gang LIU, Chih-Peng Chen
  • Patent number: 8225737
    Abstract: A coating apparatus includes a driving unit configured to rotate a substrate holding member about a vertical axis to spread a coating liquid supplied on a front side central portion of a substrate toward a front side peripheral portion of the substrate by a centrifugal force. The apparatus is provided with a wobble damping mechanism including a gas delivery port and a suction port both disposed to face a back side of the substrate and configured to damp a wobble of the substrate being rotated by delivering a gas from the delivery port and sucking the gas into the suction port.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2012
    Assignee: Tokyo Electron Limited
    Inventors: Takahiro Kitano, Koichi Obata, Hiroichi Inada, Nobuhiro Ogata
  • Publication number: 20120168998
    Abstract: A rack apparatus used for retaining a workpiece having at least one threaded hole, includes a hanging frame, and at least one clamping assembly fixed on the hanging frame. Each clamping assembly includes a plurality of latching members and a plurality of connecting members detachably assembled on the latching members. Each connecting member includes a screw portion. At least one screw portion is engaged in a corresponding threaded hole of the workpiece.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 15, 2011
    Publication date: July 5, 2012
    Applicant: HON HAI PRECISION INDUSTRY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: BING GUO, MAO-LIN LI, XI-HUA XU
  • Patent number: 8118290
    Abstract: The invention relates to a device having a first holding instrument (1) for a first wafer (5) and having a second holding instrument (7) for a second wafer (9) arrangeable parallel to the first wafer (5), the two holding instruments (1, 7) being fixable relative to one another. According to the invention, at least one of the holding instruments (1, 7), preferably both holding instruments (1, 7) respectively, comprises at least one gel film (2, 8) for holding the associated wafer (5, 9). The invention furthermore relates to the use of a gel film for holding integral wafers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2012
    Inventor: Erich Thallner
  • Publication number: 20110204553
    Abstract: A part hanger is provided that engages a part being treated in a manner that orients the part so that treatment liquid tends to drain from the part. To this end, a part hanger is provided that is configured to suspend a part for treatment with a liquid. The part hanger includes one or more elongate members formed into a substantially U-shape having first and second side legs connected by a bottom leg. The first leg is configured to support a portion of the part from below at a first leg distal end. A hanger extension is connected at one end to a second leg distal end. The hanger extension is disposed substantially parallel to the bottom leg and terminates at a hanger extension distal end in a mounting feature. The hanger extension terminates prior to contacting the first leg distal end such that the first leg distal end and the mounting feature define a part clearance gap through which at least a portion of the part may extend into the U-shape.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 25, 2010
    Publication date: August 25, 2011
    Applicant: EATON CORPORATION
    Inventors: Darryn Scott JARRETT, Roger Wayne LANTER, Max Gerard FLECK, Brad Scott GILMORE
  • Patent number: 7963514
    Abstract: A rotating machine includes a receiving member having a base wall. A first cylinder module disposed above the receiving member includes a first cylinder body. Grappling hooks fixedly connecting with the first cylinder module are disposed below the first cylinder body. A second cylinder module mounted on a top surface of the base wall includes a second cylinder body. A rotating module includes a rotatable shaft rotationally settled in the base wall. A top end of the rotatable shaft engages with a salver below the grappling hooks. A gear wheel is located around the rotatable shaft and below the salver. A rack meshing with the gear wheel connects with the second cylinder body, and controlling switches are used for starting the first cylinder module and the second cylinder module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2011
    Assignee: Cheng Uei Precision Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Xue-jin Li, Wei Wang, Ai-jun Yan
  • Publication number: 20110089621
    Abstract: The present invention relates to bar clamp assemblies and workpiece support members configured for use with bar clamp assemblies. In one aspect, the present invention provides a workpiece support member for a bar clamp assembly. The workpiece support member include a base including an engagement feature configured for engagement with a guide rail of the bar clamp assembly. The workpiece support member also includes a first finger extending from the base and a second finger extending from the base. The first and second fingers are disposed apart with respect to one another to form a slot having a substantially continuous width. The first, second or both fingers form an abutment surface and a support surface, the abutment surface and the support surface are generally perpendicular with respect to one another.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 19, 2010
    Publication date: April 21, 2011
    Inventor: Charles Seidel
  • Patent number: 7891626
    Abstract: A support method and system includes a main tubular member and, alternatively, an auxiliary tubular member positioned on and in substantially transverse relation to the main tubular member. A plurality of moveable base support members are located along one or more of the main tubular member and the auxiliary tubular member to selectively position the base support members on one or more of the main tubular member or the auxiliary tubular member to support the support system on a structure. A plurality of hook support members are located on and are selectively moveable along one or more of the main tubular member or the auxiliary tubular members to selectively position the hook support members on one or more of the main tubular member or the auxiliary tubular member to communicatively engage with a load associated with the structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 22, 2011
    Assignee: SPX Corporation
    Inventors: John Nicholas Lindberg, Timothy M. Firzlaff, Scott Peder Opsahl, Eric Donald Adamson
  • Patent number: 7667157
    Abstract: A laser forming system includes a motion system. A mounting fixture is affixed to the motion system for supporting a workpiece. A plenum is affixed to the fixture for surrounding the workpiece. A gas supply is joined in flow communication with the plenum for channeling thereto an inert gas under pressure to fill the plenum. A laser is aligned with the plenum for projecting a laser beam at the workpiece for laser forming thereof inside the plenum.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2005
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2010
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Wenwu Zhang, Marshall Gordon Jones, Brian Harlow Farrell
  • Patent number: 6932334
    Abstract: A device is attached to a building structural element adjacent to a position where ductwork will be installed and is used to support that ductwork during installation. One worker can thus install long sections of ductwork without requiring assistance of other workers to support the ductwork. The device is collapsible and is adjustable and includes at least one clamp element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2003
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2005
    Inventor: Garroll C. Gregory
  • Patent number: 6913822
    Abstract: The present invention concerns a cable erection technique using a plastically deformable coil comprising a metal wire formed in a spiral shape and synthetic resin coated on a surface of the metal wire, wherein said coil is inserted outside around a tensile line drawn between utility poles, the coil is elongated until its plastic deformation for forming a series of cable arrangement spaces inside the spiral, and a cable is extended, added or extracted through the cable arrangement space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2002
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2005
    Assignees: Daimei Telecom Engineering Corp., Daimei Telecom Ltd., Misaku Densetsu Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Takayuki Nimiya, Zenichi Komine, Akira Kuno, Norio Takemura, Katsunori Misaku, Kazue Misaku, Kaoru Takagi, Makiko Barker
  • Patent number: 6684601
    Abstract: The jig loading system comprises an assembly of straps 10 for attachment to a support member 14 so as to hang downwardly in spaced apart positions. Each strap 10 has a releasable holder 16 thereon for supporting aircraft stringers 18 at spaced apart positions to enable the stringers to be positioned at the jig 24 for loading thereon. The holders 16 are loop-like and are openable and closeable by means of releasable spring clips 28.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 1999
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2004
    Assignee: Airbus UK Limited
    Inventor: Alan J. Minshull
  • Patent number: 6666442
    Abstract: A support frame assembly for supporting an engine in a vehicle engine compartment including a telescoping support beam supported by foot members which are adjustable to accommodate the configuration of the fender lips of the engine compartment. Adjustment of the support foot members relative to the horizontal cross beam may be effected in two degrees of motion by virtue of the connection mechanism of the foot member to the support beam.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2003
    Date of Patent: December 23, 2003
    Assignee: Lisle Corporation
    Inventors: Randall J. Ploeger, Marvin C. Negley
  • Patent number: 6651968
    Abstract: A portable, collapsible engine support apparatus. The device is attachable to the fender or firewall of the vehicle and is mountable either transversely or longitudinally above the engine compartment. A pair of primary load bearing metal angles are secured on opposite sides of the open engine compartment on either the fender or firewall. A pair of upstanding posts approximately centrally positioned on the upward facing surface of the angle, each of the upstanding posts including connection means adapted to lockingly receive horizontal support bars. A central connector allows for adjustment of the spacing between the metal angles. A flexible, adjustable attachment means depends from the central connector, the attachment means adaptable for engagement with the main engine hold. Adjustment of the attachment means to a desired tension ensures a high degree of positional stability of the engine when performing major repairs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2001
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2003
    Inventor: Alfred D. Reyes
  • Publication number: 20030183998
    Abstract: A machining apparatus in which vibration-isolating effect for devices therein is exhibited and which is made compact as a whole by effectively using space in the machining apparatus.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 27, 2003
    Publication date: October 2, 2003
    Inventor: Masashi Osanai
  • Patent number: 6619642
    Abstract: A clamp for clamping a workpiece such as a forging of an aerofoil component comprises a support body 24 to which a clamping member 26 is hinged. The clamping member 26 has a workpiece clamping element 54 having pads 58 for engagement with the workpiece. The workpiece clamping element 54 is pivotable relatively to the clamping member 26 by means of a ball and socket connection including a ball element 40. This enables the workpiece clamping element 54 to self-align with the profile of the workpiece, for example with a surface of the blade 6 of the aerofoil component. In an alterative embodiment, the workpiece clamping element 54 is formed integrally with the clamping member 26, but is connected thereto by a necked region of the clamping member 26 which permits flexure of the workpiece clamping element 54 relatively to the clamping member 26.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2001
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2003
    Assignee: Rolls-Royce PLC
    Inventors: Alan J. Cannon, Christopher P. R. Hill
  • Publication number: 20030071403
    Abstract: A portable, collapsible engine support apparatus. The device is attachable to the fender or firewall of the vehicle and is mountable either transversely or longitudinally above the engine compartment. A pair of primary load bearing metal angles are secured on opposite sides of the open engine compartment on either the fender or firewall. A pair of upstanding posts approximately centrally positioned on the upward facing surface of the angle, each of the upstanding posts including connection means adapted to lockingly receive horizontal support bars. A central connector allows for adjustment of the spacing between the metal angles. A flexible, adjustable attachment means depends from the central connector, the attachment means adaptable for engagement with the main engine hold. Adjustment of the attachment means to a desired tension ensures a high degree of positional stability of the engine when performing major repairs.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 11, 2001
    Publication date: April 17, 2003
    Inventor: Alfred D. Reyes
  • Patent number: 6434813
    Abstract: A roof curb installation tool has a pair of sliding hinged hooks for lifting the edge of a metal roof panel, and a pair of clamping tangs which can be secured to a vertical roof seam while a curb is being installed at a hole in the roof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2001
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2002
    Assignee: Butler Manufacturing Company
    Inventor: Richard James Grabmeier
  • Patent number: 6418696
    Abstract: Architectural units having radiused wall corners are constructed with solid surfacing material (SSM) such as Corian. Cove moldings are formed from SSM sheet strips comprising an elongated cove form flanked by elongated rabbet channels. In a table jig, an SSM wall sheet edge is adhesively secured into one of the cove molding rabbet channels. The cove mold and wall sheet unit is secured to the desired architectural wall with the other cove molding rabbet channel mated to an SSM wall sheet edge respective to an adjacent architectural wall. Clamping blocks secured to respective wall sheet and cove mold surfaces by hot melt adhesive are drawn together along the correct vector to adhesively bond each wall sheet edge into a respective rabbet channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2000
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2002
    Inventor: Marvin Leroy Swingle
  • Patent number: 6170733
    Abstract: A mounting device for use with a printed circuit board solder machine having a pair of conveyors, where the printed circuit board is disposed between the conveyors for transport through the solder machine includes a body having a top and bottom portion. The top portion of the body includes structure for connecting the body to one of the pair of conveyors. The body is breakable when a predetermined pressure is exerted on the body to prevent damaged devices from interfering with the operation of the solder machine. Structure is further provided on the body for grasping a printed circuit board.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 1999
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2001
    Assignee: Fritz & Hill Corporation
    Inventor: James Arthur Fritz, Sr.
  • Patent number: 6073671
    Abstract: A wallpaper border installation aid is provided including a housing with a vertical slot formed therein. The housing is releasably mounted to a recipient surface, namely a wall. The slot is adapted to slidably receive a wallpaper border and maintain the same a predetermined distance from a ceiling during installation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 1998
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2000
    Inventor: Loretta R. Chapman
  • Patent number: 6038886
    Abstract: A mold support frame assembly including a pair of mold support frames between which a connector extends and cooperates with to provide a thermally stable center. Each mold support frame includes a linkage extending between a pair of spaced legs and having a connection to a mold positioning member adjacent a centering location thereof so that thermal expansion and contraction takes place about the centering location. The connector includes a second mold positioning member that extends between the pair of mold support frames and has a second mold centering location. A second linkage extends between the pair of mold support frames and has a connection to the second mold positioning member adjacent its second mold centering location to provide thermal expansion and contraction of the second mold positioning member about its second mold centering location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 1998
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2000
    Assignee: Glasstech, Inc.
    Inventor: Paul D. Ducat
  • Patent number: 5967398
    Abstract: A mounting device for use with a printed circuit board solder machine having a pair of conveyors, where the printed circuit board is disposed between the conveyors for transport through the solder machine includes a body having a top and bottom portion. The top portion of the body includes structure for connecting the body to one of the pair of conveyors. A pair of spaced apart fingers extend between the top portion and the bottom portion of the body. The fingers are breakable when a predetermined pressure is exerted on the body to prevent damaged fingers from interfering with the operation of the solder machine. Structure is further provided on the fingers for grasping a printed circuit board.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 1998
    Date of Patent: October 19, 1999
    Assignee: Fritz & Hill Corporation
    Inventor: James Arthur Fritz, Sr.
  • Patent number: 5785306
    Abstract: An apparatus for use in installing the framework for supporting a suspended ceiling having a pair of parallel legs for supporting a section of gridwork and a clamp for attaching the apparatus to a ceiling joist. The apparatus includes a plurality of grid supporting positions as well as level indicating means to accurately position the suspended ceiling supports.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 1996
    Date of Patent: July 28, 1998
    Inventors: Earnest L. Wilson, Robert A. Bailey
  • Patent number: 5727777
    Abstract: In a method of hanging a cable by using spiral hangers on a messenger wire installed between a pair of electric utility poles, one end of a spiral hanger and a leading end of a pull rope are connected to a leading pulley in the vicinity of one of the electric utility poles. A spiral hanger having an inner diameter greater than the sum of the outer diameter of the messenger wire and the outer diameter of the cable is transported toward the other of the electric utility poles while surrounding the messenger wire and the pull rope. The other end of the spiral hanger is connected to one end of a succeeding spiral hanger by using a joint sleeve, and this operation is repeated. When the leading pulley arrives at the other of the electric utility poles, the spiral hangers are fixed to the messenger wire using fixing devices. After that, the pull rope is pulled so as to pull the cable connected to the tail end of the pull rope through the spiral hangers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 1996
    Date of Patent: March 17, 1998
    Assignee: Hien Electric Industries, Ltd.
    Inventors: Kazuyoshi Chikiri, Yukihiro Higashi
  • Patent number: 5396791
    Abstract: A flexible adaptor mounts an aircraft gas turbine engine to a test stand. The adaptor includes an upper frame configured for mounting on the test stand, and a lower frame spaced from the upper frame and configured for supporting the engine. A spring flexibly joins the lower frame to the upper frame to simulate the flexibility of an aircraft wing which supports the engine during operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 1993
    Date of Patent: March 14, 1995
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Daniel E. Mollmann, Pamela M. Boehm, Eugene F. Gaffney, Michael P. Swift, Mark E. Stegemiller, Kenneth O. Johnson, Stephen L. Carmichael
  • Patent number: 5379519
    Abstract: A method for attachment to an overhead crane for removing the bearing assembly from a vertical centrifugal pump system without removing the motor. The apparatus includes a rigid C-shaped frame which is attached by a pulley to an overhead crane and also includes a pivotal attachment on the opposite end of the frame which is removably connected to the bearing assembly. Intermediate and vertically aligned with the ends of the frame is a horizontal displacement control member which is removably connected to the bearing assembly at a point vertically above the pivotal attachment. Horizontal displacement of the horizontal displacement control member will cause a rotating of the bearing assembly about the pivotal attachment allowing clearance and lateral removal of the bearing assembly from the vertical pump system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 1994
    Date of Patent: January 10, 1995
    Assignee: Goulds Pumps, Incorporated
    Inventors: Douglas Paddock, Peter J. Ruzicka, George Wilson
  • Patent number: 5312095
    Abstract: A tool for the carpenter or welder in the building industry. The tool quickly and accurately places joist hangars, which are used to fasten and support joists. The tool frees the users hands while holding the hangar in its proper position. Gravity holds the tool and joist hangar combination plumb. The flanges (4) on the tool body (1) engage the flanges on the hangar in proper configuration. The tool has a centered, adjustable sliding support hook which is bent to hook over the top of the beam and slide vertically through the body. The adjustable sliding support hook(2) is secured by a hand operated set screw(3), which is threaded into the body(1). The joist hangar slides into the tool easily. When the joist hangar is nailed or welded, the tool slides off of the installed joist hangar just as easily. The tool can be made in appropriate sizes for different joist hangars. This tool can be fabricated, cast, or injection molded from either metal or plastic.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 1993
    Date of Patent: May 17, 1994
    Inventor: Robert J. Rennie
  • Patent number: 5290019
    Abstract: A siding installation hanger has a elastic cord storing mid-section from which opposite extending legs having backturned end portions extend. The backturned end portions have gripping edges which in response to tension in the elastic cord, easily and removably grip the protruding longitudinal lip on siding strips which interlock. The upper end section of the hanger strap releasably retains the rope and may include hook-like slotted portions for that purpose. The hanger strap is retained in a upright vertical position in support of horizontal siding strips. Loose wraps are wound around the elastic cord storage section of the hanger member to ensure that the elastic cord is always the proper length to tensively hold successive siding strips at any vertical location along the wall surface to be sided. The device is quickly and easily adjusted and quickly and easily removed. A method employing the device for installing siding is included.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 1992
    Date of Patent: March 1, 1994
    Inventor: Gerald W. Beyers
  • Patent number: 5287612
    Abstract: An apparatus for attachment to an overhead crane for removing the bearing assembly from a vertical centrifugal pump system without removing the motor. The apparatus includes a rigid C-shaped frame which is attached by a pulley to an overhead crane and also includes a pivotal attachment on the opposite end of the frame which is removably connected to the bearing assembly. Intermediate and vertically aligned with the ends of the frame is a horizontal displacement control member which is removably connected to the bearing assembly at a point vertically above the pivotal attachment. Horizontal displacement of the horizontal displacement control member will cause a rotating of the bearing assembly about the pivotal attachment allowing clearance and lateral removal of the bearing assembly from the vertical pump system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 1992
    Date of Patent: February 22, 1994
    Assignee: Goulds Pumps, Incorporated
    Inventors: Douglas Paddock, Peter J. Ruzicka, George Wilson
  • Patent number: 5175920
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for transferring the weight of a cutting edge blade to the top of a moldboard for alignment of the cutting edge blade to the moldboard is disclosed. The apparatus includes a roller member with a plurality of rotatably mounted guide rollers, a rigid arm with a hook for engaging the cutting edge blade, and a means of adjusting the roller member on the rigid arm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 1991
    Date of Patent: January 5, 1993
    Inventor: Eugene Iversen
  • Patent number: 5156381
    Abstract: A reference plane moving device comprises an attachment section which is movable along a given reference plane, and a balancer which can operate in correspondence with this attachment section, the attachment section including an air intake hole section capable of creating a vacuum condition between the attachment section and the reference plane by sucking air, and compressed air ejecting hole sections capable of creating a high pressure condition between the attachment section and the reference plane by blowing compressed air against the reference plane. By virtue of a combined action of the vacuum and the high pressure conditions thus created, the attachment section can be kept away from the reference plane by a fixed distance while being attracted thereto. The attachment section with an appropriate attachment can be readily moved on the reference plane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 1991
    Date of Patent: October 20, 1992
    Assignee: Myotoku Ltd.
    Inventor: Yoji Ise
  • Patent number: 5121907
    Abstract: A reconfiguration table, for holding and supporting a contoured workpiece while work is performed thereon comprising a frame defining a perimeter and a plane; a plurality of support elements disposed in spaced array within the frame perimeter, each element having an end and being independently translatable in a direction substantially perpendicular to the plane, the ends of the elements cooperating to define a support surface for the workpiece; clamp members, supported by the frame, for selectively locking the elements in position to define the support surface; attaching members, supported by the frame independently of the support elements, for holding the workpiece on the support surface; and a gear reducer and motor for rotating the frame with the workpiece supported thereon about an axis parallel to the plane of the frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 1991
    Date of Patent: June 16, 1992
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventor: Dwight L. Engwall
  • Patent number: 5116181
    Abstract: A susceptor carrying semiconductor wafers for processing is suspended from a compliant attachment at its upper end and is lowered into a reaction chamber for processing. At the completion of processing, the susceptor is withdrawn vertically to permit a robot to unload the processed wafers and load unprocessed wafers. In order to fix the position of the susceptor during the loading operations, a support carriage is moved into position to engage the lower end of the susceptor. Noxious and corrosive chloride vapors are simultaneously withdrawn from the reaction chamber by a vacuum line attached to the support carriage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 1989
    Date of Patent: May 26, 1992
    Assignee: Applied Materials, Inc.
    Inventors: David W. Severns, Brian Tompson, Paul R. Lindstrom, David K. Carlson
  • Patent number: 5020714
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for applying variable pressure to selected areas of a bonding assembly jig to shape a face plate to conform to the contours of contoured heads and hold the face plate in place for welding comprises two inverted U-shaped support frames including two spaced apart elongated vertical support members each having a bottom end and a top end, an elongated horizontal top beam extending between and connecting the top ends of the vertical support members, a track extending between and adjustably fastened to the horizontal top beam, and at least one hydraulic press slidably suspended from the track and adapted to apply pressure to a bonding assembly jig. The support frames are provided with wheels and one of the support frames has vertical support members spaced at a distance less that of the other support frame. This arrangement allows the tracks of each frame to be positioned proximate to each other above a bonding assembly jig.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 1989
    Date of Patent: June 4, 1991
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Larry N. Miles, Cecil A. Drinnen, David W. Hackler, Tom L. Bogart, Arnold D. Macklin, Ben E. Sharpsteen, Truett M. Hyles, Herschel M. Stephens
  • Patent number: 4932641
    Abstract: A variable force exerting clamp assembly having a variable clamping area. A stretchable strap which deforms or "thins" to a smaller width in response to stretching is provided with a first work-engaging clamp secured to one end thereof and a second movable clamp which is slidable between the ends of the strap. The clamps are disposed for engaging a workpiece or workpieces between each other or for securing a pair of members together, and tension is applied until the strap is stretched to exert the desired force on the members, whereby, upon release of the tensional force, the strap tends to assume its original configuration, and the second clamp exerts a clamping force on the strap responsive to the strap expanding to its original width.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 1989
    Date of Patent: June 12, 1990
    Inventors: Michael D. Thomas, deceased, by Ellen M. Thomas, administratrix
  • Patent number: 4856767
    Abstract: A radiator lifting and holding apparatus includes an upright support stand, a radiator clamping mechanism, a stop mechanism, and a radiator winch-type lifting mechanism. The clamping mechanism includes a pair of clamping members coupled to respective upright post members of an upright structure of the support stand for adjustable movement toward and away from one another for clamping a radiator therebetween at a desired elevation above the ground while at the same time allowing rotation of the radiator to a desired angular position. The stop mechanism is mounted on one upright post member of the support stand and is cooperable with one of the clamping members to lock the radiator against further rotation and thus maintain it stationary at the desired angular position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 1988
    Date of Patent: August 15, 1989
    Assignee: John M. Wood
    Inventor: Kenneth R. Wood
  • Patent number: 4834440
    Abstract: A industrial robot head device for conveying a workpiece to a working apparatus and performing a working operation on the workpiece by the working apparatus is disclosed in which a grasping device provided with claws for grasping the workpiece is pivotally supported on a frame by a parallel linkage and urged by a spring system in the direction of displacement of the grasping device. The attitude of the workpiece in thereby accurately maintained at all times, even when the workpiece is being urged against a work head, for instance, a welding head gun of a spot welding machine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 1987
    Date of Patent: May 30, 1989
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Denki Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Hisao Kato
  • Patent number: 4807794
    Abstract: To match the soldering of an assembled printed-circuit board (13) to its assembly configuration, the circuit board (13) is brought in contact with a soldering wave (21) for a first time along a predetermined path (57, 58), and thereupon the circuit board is rotated about a vertical axis and is brought into contact, preferably with the same soldering save (21), a second time, along predetermined paths from the same direction during its motion along the paths (57, 58). The printed circuit board (13) may be rotated by an angle (.alpha.) depending on the assembly configuration relative to the direction of flow (56) of the soldering wave (21).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 1988
    Date of Patent: February 28, 1989
    Assignee: EPM AG
    Inventor: Fritz Hess