Holder Mounted For Movement Patents (Class 269/50)
  • Patent number: 8899565
    Abstract: A sputtering device includes a chamber; and a substrate transferring unit for loading a substrate into, or unloading the substrate from the chamber, the substrate transferring unit including a gas injection assembly forming a gas cushion between the substrate and an upper surface of the substrate transferring unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2014
    Assignee: LG Display Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Sung Eun Kim
  • 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
  • Patent number: 8789823
    Abstract: An apparatus for fixing an optical fiber hole insert in coordinate measurement, is provided. The apparatus includes a main body and a cover plate. The main body includes a front side surface, a back side surface and a support surface, a plurality of first grooves formed in the support surface and exposed at the front side surface, a plurality of second grooves formed in the support surface and exposed at the back side surface, and a through hole defined in the support surface. The first grooves is aligned with the respective second grooves, the first and second grooves communicate with the through hole and are configured for cooperatively receiving the optical fiber hole insert. The cover plate is configured for covering the support surface and coming into contact with the optical fiber hole insert. A method for measuring the optical fiber hole insert using the apparatus is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 29, 2014
    Assignee: Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: I-Thun Lin
  • Patent number: 8784939
    Abstract: A shoe platen to securely hold a shoe so that graphics, including custom graphics, can be printed on the shoe automatically. The platen comprises a shoe plate 102 configured to receive shoes such as high-top shoes or low top shoes. Adjusters 104, 106 can also be used to accommodate shoes of various styles and sizes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2014
    Assignee: Pics on Kicks, LLC
    Inventors: Nick Romero, Fernando Padilla
  • Patent number: 8590874
    Abstract: A fixing structure (10) of a distribution member has a plurality of pins provided on one of an annular distribution member and a stator in a predetermined arrangement relation in the circumferential direction, and a plurality of holes provided in the other one of the annular distribution member and the stator so that the plurality of pins are fitted thereinto, respectively. In the fixing structure, each pin and a corresponding hole form one fitting set and the tightening margin of each fitting set has a different value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2013
    Assignee: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Kei Sasaki
  • Patent number: 8537559
    Abstract: A compliant insert is provided to support electronic assemblies to mitigate the effects of external loading. The insert comprises a polymer material having a durometer of between 10 and 90 on the Shore A scale and a 3-D negative relief on the surface of the polymer material. The 3-D negative relief is the negative of the 3-D positive relief of a specified geometric design of an electronics assembly. The compliant insert is mated with an instance of the electronics assembly such that the 3-D negative relief of the polymer material engages the 3-D positive relief of the assembly's PCB and electronic components. The polymer material is compliant enough to absorb the vertical and lateral spacing tolerances of the electronic components and stiff enough to mitigate deflections under loading.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2013
    Assignee: Raytheon Company
    Inventor: Nate B. Herse
  • Publication number: 20130199018
    Abstract: A fixture for positioning a component in a desired location in a first plane for assembly, machining, or other processing related to manufacturing. The fixture includes a holder establishing a reference position within a second plane parallel with the first plane, and a pin retained by the holder for movement relative thereto in the second plane within a range of coarse alignment about the reference position. The pin and holder are movable together normal to the second plane to engage the pin with the locating feature. A fixing element is movable, when the pin is engaged with the feature, to urge the pin to the reference position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 1, 2013
    Publication date: August 8, 2013
    Applicant: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventor: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
  • Patent number: 8459527
    Abstract: A welding jig for ensuring concentricity of an interior surface of a pipe with a circular outer periphery of a bolting flange thereon, comprising (i) a frame member; (ii) two spaced-apart rollers positioned at one end of said frame member, each adapted to remain in contacting engagement during welding with said circular outer periphery of said bolting flange; and (iii) a chill block, having a convexly-curved outer surface of a curvature corresponding to a desired inner diameter of said pipe, adapted to be positioned proximate said interior surface of said pipe. The rollers permit translational movement of the chill block about a center point of said pipe flange when the welding jig is placed on the pipe flange, to permit uniform diametrical deposition of weld material on said inner diameter of said pipe flange. A method of making a pipe is further disclosed and claimed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2013
    Assignee: Indutech Canada LP
    Inventor: Derek J. Wolstenholme
  • 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: 8328076
    Abstract: A welding jig for ensuring concentricity of an interior surface of a pipe with a circular outer periphery of a bolting flange thereon, comprising (i) a frame member; (ii) two spaced-apart rollers positioned at one end of said frame member, each adapted to remain in contacting engagement during welding with said circular outer periphery of said bolting flange; and (iii) a chill block, having a convexly-curved outer surface of a curvature corresponding to a desired inner diameter of said pipe, adapted to be positioned proximate said interior surface of said pipe. The rollers permit translational movement of the chill block about a center point of said pipe flange when the welding jig is placed on the pipe flange, to permit uniform diametrical deposition of weld material on said inner diameter of said pipe flange. A method of making a pipe is further disclosed and claimed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2012
    Assignee: Indutech Canada Ltd.
    Inventor: Derek J. Wolstenholme
  • Patent number: 8303784
    Abstract: A bandoleer of article carriers includes a carrier band, and a plurality of carrier racks connected with a bottom edge of the carrier band each by means of a connecting plate and arranged at regular intervals. Each carrier rack shows a substantially inverted-V shape and has a pair of elastic arms extending downward from two ends of a bottom edge of the connecting plate and gradually inclined away from each other. Two distal ends of the elastic arms protrude oppositely to each other to form a pair of hook portions. Upper portions of two opposite side edges of the connecting plate oppositely protrude sideward to form two blocking portions. Lower portions of the two opposite side edges of the connecting plate oppositely protrude sideward and then are bent towards two opposite directions perpendicular to the plane of the connecting plate to form two lying-L shaped resisting portions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2012
    Assignee: Cheng Uei Precision Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Chih-Lin Yang
  • Publication number: 20120161377
    Abstract: An apparatus comprises a plurality of bushings arranged and held together in an array; and a plurality of pins residing in the plurality of bushings, wherein the plurality of pins are for transferring samples. Manufacturing tolerances for inside diameters of the bushings and outside diameters of the pins substantially match to allowing the pins to slide freely within the bushings. The plurality of bushings can reside in one or more plates, each of which having plurality of holes, with the plurality of bushings being held together in the array.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 1, 2012
    Publication date: June 28, 2012
    Inventors: Sasan RAGHIBIZADEH, Charles Boone
  • Patent number: 8011085
    Abstract: A method of fabricating a clamping device for a flexible substrate is provided. A carrier board is provided. A plurality of holes is formed in the carrier board. A fixed positioning assembly and a movable positioning assembly are respectively embedded in the plurality of holes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2011
    Assignee: Industrial Technology Research Institute
    Inventors: Chin-Jyi Wu, Chen-Der Tsai, Yun-Chuan Tu, Te-Chi Wong
  • Patent number: 7926170
    Abstract: A method of fabricating a clamping device for a flexible substrate is provided. A carrier board having a first positing holes and a plurality of second position holes is provided, wherein the first and the second position holes correspond in position to a plurality of through holes on the flexible substrate. A portion of the carrier board material close to the second position holes is removed to form a hole body and a plurality of curved extending arms connected to the hole body and the carrier board. A first dowel pin and a plurality of second dowel pins are provided for inserting into the first positioning hole and the second positioning holes, respectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2011
    Assignee: Industrial Technology Research Institute
    Inventors: Chin-Jyi Wu, Chen-Der Tsai, Yun-Chuan Tu, Te-Chi Wong
  • Patent number: 7896324
    Abstract: The transfer car 1 includes: a pair of guide posts 3, 4 erected on diagonal corner portions of a base 2 formed nearly in a rectangular shape when viewed in a plan; a pair of lifting and lowering support bodies 5, 6 supported by these guide posts 3, 4 and lifted and lowered; a lateral bridging member 7 laterally bridging the pair of lifting and lowering support bodies 5, 6; a turn table 8 mounted on a lower side in a center in a longitudinal direction of the lateral bridging member 7 and having a turning part 8B turned around a vertical axis 8C with respect to a fixed portion 8A; and a hanger 9 having a top end portion coupled to the turning part 8B of the turn table 8 and hanging a vehicle body A placed on receiving parts 9B, 9B mounted on a bottom end portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2011
    Assignee: Nakanishi Metal Works Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Yoshihiro Okazaki
  • Patent number: 7798479
    Abstract: A method for horizontal assembly of a high-voltage feed-through bushing includes vertically-assembling a field shaper assembly of a high-voltage feed-through bushing on a field shaper fixture. The field shaper assembly is then rotated within the field shaper fixture such that the field shaper assembly is oriented on a horizontal axis. Next, an insulator tube fixture supporting an insulator tube assembly is positioned adjacent to the field shaper fixture. The insulator tube assembly, being oriented on the same horizontal axis as the field shaper assembly, is then affixed to field shaper assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2005
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2010
    Assignee: The United States of America as represented by the Secretary of the Navy
    Inventors: Daniel Gath Meeks, Wendy Marie Massey, William George Cheyne
  • Patent number: 7793481
    Abstract: The present application is directed to systems for controlling the direction of thermal expansion of a composite part during thermal processing. The systems may comprise at least one guiding mechanism capable of being attached to a surface of a tool for fabricating composites and at least one moveable composite insert capable of being attached to a composite part. The moveable composite insert has an opening for receiving the at least one guiding mechanism. The opening is capable of controlling movement of the at least one moveable composite insert in a desired direction during thermal expansion of the composite part, when the guiding mechanism is received by the opening. Methods for controlling the direction of thermal expansion of a composite part during thermal processing are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2010
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventor: Jeffrey E. Polus
  • Patent number: 7784776
    Abstract: The invention concerns a transport support for transport of at least one object along the transport path through at least one processing station, and can include transport of at least one printable object along the transport path for printing of a printable object, in which the transport support includes a device by means of which the object can be aligned in the desired position relative to the transport support. The invention also concerns a method for alignment, including centering, of at least one object of a transport support, by means of which at least one object is transported along a transport path to/through at least one processing station, in which the object can be aligned by a device provided in the transport support into a desired position relative to transport support.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2010
    Assignee: KBA-Metronic AG
    Inventors: Klaus Pechtl, Rainer Endres
  • Patent number: 7758028
    Abstract: An improved vacuum box assembly for use in printed circuit board manufacturing where the printed circuit board is supported during manufacturing operations on the second side of the board. The vacuum box uses a unique and improved side plate that securely retains commercially available substrate support devices within the vacuum box. The side plate has a retention cavity configured to receive one or more substrate support devices therein. The side plate retains the substrate support device in a desired position. Open or unoccupied regions of the retention cavity may be sealed by use of specifically configured vacuum blocking plates.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2010
    Inventors: Douglas T. Farlow, Thomas Alan Gordon
  • Patent number: 7699298
    Abstract: A jig for holding a core which comprises a movable platform, a base positioned on the movable platform which has a receiving hole, and an inserter positioned inside the receiving hole of the base, shaped corresponding to the shape of the receiving hole, to fasten the core to the inserter. The inserter comprises a core receiving hole, a plurality of positioning recesses disposed symmetrically in the periphery of the core receiving hole, a plurality of positioning blocks received in the positioning recesses, and a plurality of resilient elements received in a space between the positioning recesses and the positioning blocks to hold the core firmly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2010
    Assignee: Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hung-Tsan Shen, Bi-Hui Hu
  • Patent number: 7699299
    Abstract: A gripping jig for assembling applies a force to a molded body in a direction perpendicular to an assembling direction. When an assembling load is applied to the molded body, the force is adjustable with an adjustment screw such that the molded body is guided to move in the assembling direction. Since the force is applied from a direction different from the assembling direction, the molded body can move in the assembling direction, and as the force is adjustable, application of the assembling load to the molded body and movement of the molded body can be adjusted. Since a plurality of molded bodies are fixed and assembled respectively, when there are variations in size of the molded bodies, if an excessive assembling load is applied, each molded body is guided to move, so that more uniform assembling load is applied to the plurality of molded bodies.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2010
    Assignee: NGK Insulators, Ltd.
    Inventors: Kunihiko Yoshioka, Kazuhi Matsumoto, Koji Kimura, Shinya Yoshida, Takashi Ota
  • Publication number: 20090295053
    Abstract: A system and method for manufacturing that provides for adjustable support of work pieces such as printed circuit boards includes an edge rail system having first and second edge rails, with at least one of the edge rails being adjustable, allowing the width of the system to be adjusted to accommodate various widths of work pieces. It also includes a set of support strips for supporting a lower side of the work pieces and a means for dynamically adjusting spacing of support strips to adjust to the width of the edge rail system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 28, 2009
    Publication date: December 3, 2009
    Applicant: PRODUCTION SOLUTIONS, INC.
    Inventors: Douglas T. Farlow, Thomas A. Gordon
  • Patent number: 7596843
    Abstract: A rotating internal support for a large hollow structure can include a rigid central truss and two or more annular disks coupled to the truss by support arms. The annular disks can be axially spaced along the longitudinal centerline of the truss, and can be coupled to the support arms by guide rollers that allow the annular disks to rotate about a central axis. The internal support can also include support rods with contact pads that extend axially around the annular disks to contact and support the inner surface of the large hollow structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2005
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2009
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Noel A. Spishak, Paul E. Nelson, Thomas J. Hagman, Jeffrey D. Schwindt, Matthew J. Masters, Michael G. Sanders, Alan R. Merkley, Eric M. Reid, James C. Murphy
  • Patent number: 7591066
    Abstract: A clamping device for a flexible substrate is provided. The clamping device includes a carrier board. The carrier board has a fixed positioning assembly and a plurality of movable positioning assemblies. The fixed positioning assembly and the movable positioning assemblies are disposed in locations that almost correspond to a plurality of through holes on the flexible substrate. The fixed positioning assembly includes a hole body with a positioning hole and a dowel pin. Each movable positioning assembly includes a hole body with a positioning hole, a plurality of curved extending arms and a dowel pin. Each curved extending arm is connected to the hole body and the carrier board and the dowel pin is inserted into the positioning hole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2009
    Assignee: Industrial Technology Research Institute
    Inventors: Chin-Jyi Wu, Chen-Der Tsai, Yun-Chuan Tu, Te-Chi Wong
  • Publication number: 20090209112
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for thermally processing a substrate is provided. A substrate is disposed within a processing chamber configured for thermal processing by directing electromagnetic energy toward a surface of the substrate. An energy blocker is provided to block at least a portion of the energy directed toward the substrate. The blocker prevents damage to the substrate from thermal stresses as the incident energy approaches an edge of the substrate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 15, 2008
    Publication date: August 20, 2009
    Inventors: Blake Koelmel, Robert C. McIntosh, David DL Larmagnac, Alexander N. Lerner, Abhilash J. Mayur, Joseph Yudovsky
  • Publication number: 20090189325
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus are provided for making a rotor blade spar from composite material wherein a multi-component mandrel is used to form the composite spar. The mandrel is made using a number of components that are assembled and held in place using a roller assembly. The roller assembly is removed after pre-cure lay up and compaction of the composite material. Once the roller assembly is removed, the remaining mandrel components can be separated from each other and easily removed from the spar. The mandrel components, including the roller assembly, can then be re-assembled and re-used to form additional composite spars.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 25, 2008
    Publication date: July 30, 2009
    Applicant: Hexcel Corporation
    Inventors: Richard A. Callis, Wayne Johnston, Nate Gray, David P. Bailey
  • Publication number: 20090166941
    Abstract: An exemplary clamp includes a holder, a moving unit, a fixing arm, and a driving unit. The moving unit includes a push block, a connecting member, and a guiding member. The guiding member is fixed on the holder. The connecting member connects the push block and the guiding member. The push block includes a slanted side surface. The push block is guided to move by the guiding member. The slanted side surface of the push block interacts with the connecting member. The fixing arm is fixed to the connecting member. The driving unit is connected to the push block. The driving unit is capable of moving the push block of the moving unit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 21, 2008
    Publication date: July 2, 2009
    Applicants: HONG FU JIN PRECISION INDUSTRY (ShenZhen) CO., LTD., HON HAI PRECISION INDUSTRY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: HUA LI, XI-SONG SHUAI, ZHEN-CHANG TIAN, ZHUANG XIONG, DONG LI
  • Publication number: 20090008848
    Abstract: A fixing device for fixing a workpiece defining a hole, includes a fixing shaft, a sliding bar, and a sliding block. The fixing shaft is configured to be inserted in the hole of the workpiece and defines a groove therein along an axial direction thereof. The sliding bar is mounted to the fixing shaft and movable in the groove along the axial direction. The sliding block is mounted to the fixing shaft and movable in the groove along a radial direction of the fixing shaft. When the sliding bar moves forward along the axial direction, the sliding block is moved toward the sliding bar along the radial direction. When the sliding bar moves backward along the axial direction, the sliding block is driven to move away from the sliding bar along the axial direction to urge against a wall bounding the hole of the workpiece to fix the workpiece.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 29, 2007
    Publication date: January 8, 2009
    Applicants: HONG FU JIN PRECISION INDUSTRY (ShenZhen) Co., LTD., HON HAI PRECISION INDUSTRY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: BING-JUN ZHANG, LIAN-ZHONG GONG
  • Publication number: 20080122153
    Abstract: A gripping jig for assembling applies a force to a molded body in a direction perpendicular to an assembling direction. When an assembling load is applied to the molded body, the force is adjustable with an adjustment screw such that the molded body is guided to move in the assembling direction. Since the force is applied from a direction different from the assembling direction, the molded body can move in the assembling direction, and as the force is adjustable, application of the assembling load to the molded body and movement of the molded body can be adjusted. Since a plurality of molded bodies are fixed and assembled respectively, when there are variations in size of the molded bodies, if an excessive assembling load is applied, each molded body is guided to move, so that more uniform assembling load is applied to the plurality of molded bodies.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 4, 2007
    Publication date: May 29, 2008
    Applicant: NGK Insulators, Ltd.
    Inventors: Kunihiko Yoshioka, Kazuhi Matsumoto, Koji Kimura, Shinya Yoshida, Takashi Ota
  • Patent number: 7175170
    Abstract: An engine mounting stand for small engines, and particularly adapted for motorcycle engines. The engine mounting stand includes an upright and a journal bearing, the upright is attached to a base, a rotating bracket assembly is attached to the journal bearing of the upright, the bracket assembly designed to attach to the engine mount holes of the engine, and is operative for rotatably positioning the engine so that the mechanic can access all areas of the engine. The engine mounting stand can further include an outrigger support attached to the rotating bracket assembly, and an outrigger secured to the outrigger support. The outrigger attaches to the engine and outrigger end aperture can provide further attachment support to the bracket assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2005
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2007
    Inventor: Michael C. Kincaid
  • Patent number: 7047706
    Abstract: This patent relates to a machine that automatically assembles, inspects, and packages disposable prophylaxis angles. The machine includes a movable table including a plurality of fixtures on which angle components are assembled and the assembled angles are inspected. The movable table is surrounded by a number of stations, each of which performs a different operation of the assembly and inspection procedure. Feeders automatically supply the angle components to their respective stations for assembly. Angles that are incorrectly assembled are automatically rejected. Properly assembled angles are automatically sealed in individual bags. Individually bagged angles are counted into batches by the machine and automatically sealed into cartons.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2003
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2006
    Inventor: David G. Kraenzle
  • Patent number: 6880817
    Abstract: A support apparatus adapted to support a snowboard having a threaded insert during a tuning operation is provided. The support apparatus includes a support member and a board rest supported on the support member. An attachment member extends from the board rest and is adapted to engage the threaded insert of the snowboard. A method of supporting a snowboard is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2004
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2005
    Inventor: Robert C. Clarke
  • Patent number: 6859989
    Abstract: An improved fixture and method for assembling a structure, wherein the improved fixture comprises a frame and a pair of position compliance devices. The compliance devices are attached to a selected one of the ends of the fixture frame for engagement with the arms of a selected one of a headstock and a tailstock used to rotate the fixture and structure to be assembled. The compliance devices each comprise a slidable block having a locating pin rotatably mounted therein, which enables the fixture to be accurately and removably positioned between a headstock and a tailstock, serving to reduce unwanted stress on the fixture and the structure to be assembled during rotation. Removability of the fixture and structure to be assembled facilitates convenient loading/unloading of the structure and 360 degree access to the structure and fixture by an operator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2003
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2005
    Assignee: The Boler Company
    Inventors: Eric Talbott Bauer, Paul Edward Miller, Jeffrey R. Wittlinger, Gary E. Gerstenslager
  • Publication number: 20040183244
    Abstract: A support apparatus adapted to support a snowboard having a threaded insert during a tuning operation is provided. The support apparatus includes a support member and a board rest supported on the support member. An attachment member extends from the board rest and is adapted to engage the threaded insert of the snowboard. A method of supporting a snowboard is also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 17, 2004
    Publication date: September 23, 2004
    Inventor: Robert C. Clarke
  • Patent number: 6742777
    Abstract: A one way clamp mechanism C is composed of a clamping section 7 provided with a clamp pawl 10 and a locking section 8 in which an outer guide 22 of the clamping section 7 is slidably provided on a smaller diameter section 31 of the locking section 8. The one way clamp mechanism C is also composed of an inclined plane 28 provided on the outer guide 22, a lock ball 33 housed in a long opening 32 of a small diameter section 31, and a first spring 34. The lock ball 33 is biased to move in a locking direction (shown by the arrow A) by the first spring 34 and the clamping section 7 is biased to move in a locking direction by a second spring 37.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2002
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2004
    Assignee: Honda Giken Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Jirou Sakurai
  • Patent number: 6643905
    Abstract: In order to fit side doors precisely on a motor vehicle, this is performed mechanically by aligning an assembly frame on the side frame of the vehicle. This assembly frame has points for receiving supports in which the doors are held. These receiving points are configured such that they permit the alignment of the doors in directions X, Y and Z.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2001
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2003
    Assignee: Bayerische Motoren Werke AG
    Inventors: Scott Rhoads, Martin Schmitt, Olaf Höglinger
  • Patent number: 6625870
    Abstract: A method for aligning head suspension structures minimize to misalignments between a flexure and a load beam of the head suspension. The load beam and the flexure of the head suspension include a first aperture formed near a load point dimple of the head suspension to provide a reference datum. An elongated alignment aperture is formed in the rigid region of the load beam, and a proximal alignment aperture and a distal alignment aperture are formed in the flexure. The elongated the aperture overlaps at least a portion of the proximal and distal alignment apertures in such a manner that the proximal perimeter edge of the elongated aperture encroaches on the proximal alignment aperture and the proximal perimeter edge of the distal alignment aperture encroaches upon the elongated alignment aperture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2000
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2003
    Assignee: Hutchinson Technology Incorporated
    Inventors: Thomas F. Heeren, Kirk J. Van Dreel, Raymond R. Wolter
  • Patent number: 6619640
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a vehicle component support carriage for maneuvering heavy engines, transmissions, or vehicle rear end differentials while those components are being serviced. The apparatus includes a wheeled carriage that supports an enclosed drive apparatus used to incrementally rotate the heavy component for servicing, replacing parts or cleaning the component. The apparatus support apparatus is arranged so that a removable portion of it is aligned and secured to the first engagement member before the heavy component is assembled to the wheeled carriage on a journaled shaft that is operatively connected to the drive apparatus. The removable portion of the support apparatus is pre-disposed with a pattern of mounted apertures or hardware that will present a balanced assembly when loaded on the carriage support apparatus. A second variation enables servicing of two engines at once, both engines being balanced and supported similarly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2001
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2003
    Inventor: Gregory Ploski
  • Patent number: 6539606
    Abstract: A metal ring having a greatest circumferential length is held in the shape of a substantially true circle, and other metal rings are arrayed in the order of increasing circumferential length toward the metal ring of the greatest circumferential length. At least three holder rods are lowered into the metal rings to hold the metal rings in substantially coaxial alignment with each other. Presser rods are pressed from outside of the metal rings toward the center of the metal rings, thereby deforming the metal rings into a shape including curved portions projecting radially and having a reduced diameter. The deformed metal rings are delivered successively in the array from terminal ends of the presser rods into the metal ring of the greatest circumferential length. The deformed metal rings that are released off the presser rods restore their original shape within the metal ring of the greatest circumferential length, and are laminated to the metal ring of the greatest circumferential length.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2001
    Date of Patent: April 1, 2003
    Assignee: Honda Giken Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Kazutoshi Takada
  • Patent number: 6528124
    Abstract: A first disk carrier constructed in accordance with the invention is substantially circular, and has a size and shape such that it can be placed in an opening in a second, larger disk carrier. In one embodiment, the second, large disk carrier is a conventional disk carrier, e.g. used to hold a substrate during a magnetic disk manufacturing process. The first disk carrier is circular, and has a diameter equal (or substantially equal) to common substrates currently being manufactured. Therefore, the first disk carrier fits in and can be held by the second disk carrier. The first disk carrier has one or more openings for holding one or more substrates that have a diameter substantially less than the diameter of the opening of the second disk carrier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2001
    Date of Patent: March 4, 2003
    Assignee: Komag, Inc.
    Inventor: Tin Nguyen
  • Patent number: 6342138
    Abstract: An electroplating rack includes a cathode flight bar from which depends an insulated rack bar over an acid bath. A clamp is fixed to the rack bar, and has a bridge electrically connected to the flight bar through a conducting core inside the insulated rack bar. The clamp has a main body made of plastic, which includes a slot in which protrudes the bridge. An electrically conducting spring clip is installed in the slot, and is formed of two arms continuously biased into a spreaded, opened condition in the slot. A screw carried by the main body, when rotated in a first direction, can force the spring clip into a closed condition, in which it can hold an article to be electroplated between its two arms, and in which one of the spring clip arms is forced against the bridge member. Thus, electrical current can pass through the rack flight bar and conducting core, then through the bridge member, the spring clip and finally into the article to be electroplated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2000
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2002
    Assignee: M & B Plating Racks Inc.
    Inventor: Howard Brown
  • Patent number: 6283464
    Abstract: An adjustable tooling pin for a bed-of-nails test fixture used for testing circuit boards (cards) is provided which allows the tooling pin, and thus the card, to be precisely realigned while the card is still mounted in the test fixture. The adjustable tooling pin mechanism comprises a pivot bushing having a channel running from end-to-end into which a slide bar fits. The tooling pin projects from the end of the sliding bar in the z-direction such that a card may be located over the tooling pin. A locking screw fits through an aperture in the sliding bar and the pivot bushing and is threadably engaged into a threaded insert in the test fixture top plate. Hence, the tooling pin, and thus the card, are radially adjustable in the x-y plane by turning the pivot bushing and by sliding the sliding bar along the pivot bushing channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2000
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2001
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventor: Rodger A. Byers
  • Patent number: 6269529
    Abstract: A hose preparation apparatus and method therefor including a supporting device for supporting at least one hose. A printing device is positioned adjacent to the supporting device for printing a symbol on a hose supported by the supporting device. A trimming device is positioned adjacent to the supporting device for trimming a hose supported by the supporting device. The apparatus and method can also include a clipping apparatus, a capping apparatus and an inspecting apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 1999
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2001
    Inventor: Thomas R. Clark
  • Patent number: 6262582
    Abstract: A fixture to hold an electronic substrate having probe areas on a top surface. The top surface of the electronic substrate is left open to provide a maximum area to couple interconnect wires for a device under test. In addition, a bottom surface of the substrate is left open to provide a maximum area to couple with a probe card in one embodiment, or a test head in another embodiment. This open bottom and open top minimize the mechanical interference with electrical connections. The substrate is planarized to a frame by one or more clamps that are attached to the frame. The clamps provide adjustment of the pressure down on the substrate in a Z-axis direction which is normal to the top surface of the substrate for providing a good connection with a planar card. In addition, the clamps provide adjustment in the an X-Y plane parallel to the frame and rotational correction about the Z-axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 1999
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2001
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Dennis R. Barringer, Mark R. LaForce, Mark A. Marnell, Donald W. Porter, Roger R. Schmidt, Wade H. White
  • Patent number: 6134770
    Abstract: A method for aligning head suspension structures minimize to misalignments between a flexure and a load beam of the head suspension. The load beam and the flexure of the head suspension include a first aperture formed near a load point dimple of the head suspension to provide a reference datum. An elongated alignment aperture is formed in the rigid region of the load beam, and a proximal alignment aperture and a distal alignment aperture are formed in the flexure. The elongated the aperture overlaps at least a portion of the proximal and distal alignment apertures in such a manner that the proximal perimeter edge of the elongated aperture encroaches on the proximal alignment aperture and the proximal perimeter edge of the distal alignment aperture encroaches upon the elongated alignment aperture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 1999
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2000
    Assignee: Hutchinson Technology Incorporated
    Inventors: Thomas F. Heeren, Kirk J. Van Dreel, Raymond R. Wolter
  • Patent number: 6131273
    Abstract: An alignment tool for analyzing head suspension structures to minimize misalignments between a flexure and a load beam of the head suspension. The tool includes a pain of pins that are inserted in apertures of the head suspension structures. That is, alignment tool engages a proximal perimeter edge of a distal alignment aperture on one of the load beam and the flexure and a proximal perimeter edge of a elongated alignment aperture or the other of the load beam and the flexure to provide longitudinal tension between the structures during the attachment of the structures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 1999
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2000
    Assignee: Hutchinson, Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas F. Heeren, Kirk J. Van Dreel, Raymond R. Wolter
  • Patent number: 5952014
    Abstract: An apparatus for forming a textured zone in a predetermined surface area on a magnetic data recording disc, which is capable of precisely controlling the position and range of the texturing zone. Bumps 4 are formed on a CSS zone on the inner peripheral side of a magnetic recording disc 1 by the use of a spindle means 6 and a laser beam bombarding means 7. The spindle means 6 is provided with a chuck mechanism 13 with opposingly confronting tapered surfaces 18a and 21a to hold a disc 1 in a centered position in alignment with the rotational axis of a spindle shaft 10. On the other hand, the laser beam bombarding means 7 has part of component parts of its optical system, from a laser energy source 34 up to an electromagnetic shutter 39, mounted on its main casing 7a, and has a reflector mirror 40 and an objective lens 41 accommodated in a movable housing 31 which is movable in the direction of its optical axis to displace a laser spot position on the surface of the disc 1 in a radial direction thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 1997
    Date of Patent: September 14, 1999
    Assignee: Hitachi Electronics Engineering Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kenya Wada, Hisayoshi Ichikawa, Takahisa Ishida
  • Patent number: 5897108
    Abstract: An apparatus for supporting a substrate such as a printed circuit board (PCB) having various electronic components installed on one side with that side down so that other components can be installed on the opposite side. An assembly of three perforated plates has deformable, typically rubber-like, pins projecting through the perforations. Springs below the assembly bias the pins to a position extending above the plate. When a PCB is laid on the pins with mounted electronic components downward, the components with pres the pins down distances corresponding to component thickness. The pins provide uniform support while working on the opposite side. The center perforated plate of the three is moved to the side, clamping the pins in position, so that the PCB can be removed and replaced with another identical PCB. Different devices for causing the plate clamping action and devices for indexing PCB position and for maintaining the PCB flat and level are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 1998
    Date of Patent: April 27, 1999
    Inventors: Thomas A. Gordon, Douglas Farlow, Kathleen Farlow
  • Patent number: 5868187
    Abstract: Method and apparatus for retaining a tapered flitch having a veneer-producing zone on a flitch table for rotating or translational movement past a veneer-slicing knife comprises stationary dog means coupled to a flitch-carrying body for engaging the flitch and means for engaging the flitch with the stationary dog means to hold the flitch on the flitch-carrying body. The flitch-carrying body may be part of a modular flitch table assembly. In the invention, the flitch is held on the flitch table with the veneer-producing zone in a parallel relation with the veneer-slicing knife so as to minimize the amount of waste veneer taken from the veneer-producing zone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 1996
    Date of Patent: February 9, 1999
    Assignee: Capital Machine Company, Inc.
    Inventor: Robert D. Brand
  • Patent number: 5865232
    Abstract: A novel method and apparatus for cutting veneer sheets from a tapered flitch (one-half of a veneer log which has been sawn in half longitudinally) that places the veneer producing face of a tapered flitch in a stable, parallel relationship with the veneer slicing knife, thereby allowing full utilization of the natural taper of a veneer log.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 1997
    Date of Patent: February 2, 1999
    Assignee: Miller Veeners, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas A. Miller, Darrel C. Pinkston