Including Means To Shift Holder Position Patents (Class 269/58)
  • Patent number: 9610635
    Abstract: A manufacturing system is provided. The manufacturing system may include a manufacturing apparatus and a dispensing apparatus. The dispensing apparatus may be configured to dispense a support material to act as a temporary fixture to support a component during manufacturing operations conducted thereon. The dispensing apparatus may dispense the support material in a liquid phase, and the support material may thereafter transition to a solid phase to support the component. After completion of the manufacturing operations, the component may be returned to the dispensing apparatus, wherein the component may be dipped in a heat transfer fluid that may cause the support material to transition back to the liquid phase for reuse. Related apparatuses and methods are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2017
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Peter R. Muller, Michael T. Brickner
  • Patent number: 9534890
    Abstract: A measuring machine comprising at least one member mobile along an axis, a motor, a transmission system driven by the motor for displacing the mobile member along the axis, and a control system for controlling the motor, wherein a flexible coupling is set between said transmission system, and the mobile member is configured so as to filter the vibrations transmitted by the transmission system to the mobile member in the direction of the axis and to decouple the mobile member from the transmission system in a direction transverse to the axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2017
    Assignee: HEXAGON METROLOGY S.P.A.
    Inventor: Andrea Raiteri
  • Patent number: 9507276
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a positioning device, e.g. for use as a wafer stage, having a very stable temperature, a very low power consumption and a uniform temperature distribution. A long stroke stage (20) and a short stroke stage (50) are stacked upon each other. To initiate a movement of the long stroke stage (20) and the short stroke stage (50) in a desired movement direction (M1) the long stroke stage (20) is first moved in an opposite direction (M2) that is opposite to the desired movement direction (M1) and/or the short stroke stage (50) is first moved in the desired movement direction (M1) for a predetermined time interval and for a distance smaller than the distance (d) between a ferromagnetic center stroke element (52) and the closest one of two actuators (30, 40) in a stationary state of the long stroke stage (20). Subsequently, the long stroke stage (20) is moved in the desired movement direction (M1).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2016
    Assignee: KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS N.V.
    Inventors: Anne Johannes Wilhelmus Van Lievenoogen, Frank Bernhard Sperling
  • Patent number: 9496187
    Abstract: A multiple-sample-holder polishing setup for cross-section sample preparation and a method of making a device using the same are presented. The multiple-sample-holder polishing setup includes a frame. The frame has a hollow center, one or more long and short rods and a recess for accommodating a polishing head. The setup includes one or more sample holders. The sample holder is to be attached to the one or more long and short rods of the frame. A paddle is affixed to each sample holder. A sample is attached to the paddle. The sample is coated with a thin epoxy layer prior to polishing thereby allowing for easy inspection for site of interests as well as quick material removal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2016
    Assignee: GLOBALFOUNDRIES Singapore Pte. Ltd.
    Inventors: Tsu Hau Ng, Zhihong Mai, Mohammed Khalid Bin Dawood, Pik Kee Tan, Yamin Huang, Jeffrey Chor-Keung Lam
  • Patent number: 9475129
    Abstract: A jig device holding a work piece is used with a milling machine that cuts from the work piece a prosthesis having a surface essentially free of defects. The jig device is inserted repeatedly into the machine in the same predetermined location, even upon inverting the jig device. This maintains the spatial relationship between the jig device and milling so, at start up, they are always in the same exact spatial relationship. The milling machine partially cuts through a first side of the work piece to form in the work piece a cavity having a surface part corresponding to at least a portion of the prosthesis being made. The jig device is then removed from the machine, inverted and reinserted into the machine at the same predetermined location. A support material is placed in the cavity prior to reinserting the jig device. Upon reinserting the jig device, the machine precisely cuts through an opposed side of the work piece to form within the work piece a prosthesis having a surface essentially free of defects.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2016
    Assignee: O'BRIEN DENTAL LAB, INC.
    Inventors: Derrick Luksch, Christophorus Luksch
  • Patent number: 9448168
    Abstract: A beam detector including a light source, a receiver, and a target, acting in cooperation to detect particles in a monitored area. The target reflects incident light, resulting in reflected light being returned to receiver. The receiver is capable of recording and reporting light intensity at a plurality of points across its field of view. In the preferred form the detector emits a first light beam in a first wavelength band; a second light beam in a second wavelength band; and a third light beam in a third wavelength band, wherein the first and second wavelengths bands are substantially equal and are different to the third wavelength band.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2016
    Assignee: Xtralis Technologies Ltd
    Inventors: Ronald Knox, Kate Cooper, Kemal Ajay
  • Patent number: 9102017
    Abstract: A modular assembly table for supporting industrial fixtures and tooling for manufacturing and assembling various workpieces. The modular assembly table may provide a support structure having a base and an upright framing structure connected to the base. At least one guide rod is connected to and supported by the support structure. A fixture plate and an extension plate may be slidably connected to the at least one guide rod. A rigid connector is attached to the fixture plate and the extension plate for maintaining a predetermined distance between the fixture plate and the extension plate. At least one linear actuator may be connected to the support structure and the fixture plate for linearly adjusting the position of the fixture plate on the at least one guide rod.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2015
    Assignee: LABOR AIDING SYSTEMS, INC.
    Inventor: Stephen E. Bentschneider
  • Patent number: 9090200
    Abstract: Disclosed is a tailgate, especially for a vehicle, comprising a platform (1) which is joined to a lifting/lowering mechanism (11) via at least one arm (2.1, 2.2). The platform (1) forms a rotary shaft (A) along with the support arm (2.1, 2.2) while the support arm (2.1, 2.2) forms a swiveling shaft (S) along with the lifting/lowering mechanism (11). A motor (3, 13) is to be allocated to the rotary shaft (A) and/or the swiveling shaft (S).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2006
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2015
    Assignee: Peter Maier Leichtbau GmbH
    Inventors: Peter Maier, Jurgen Seussler
  • Publication number: 20150136597
    Abstract: A system for coating a glass board is disclosed. The coating system includes a coating chamber, a conveying unit and a support module. The conveying unit is located at a lower portion of the coating chamber and has two rollers for conveying a sheet of glass to be coated. The support module is located between the rollers and has a seat and an elevator connected to the seat. A distance between the seat and the glass can be adjusted by the elevator.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 22, 2014
    Publication date: May 21, 2015
    Applicant: CSG HOLDING CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Haifeng Chen, Zhenzhong Bai
  • Patent number: 9022372
    Abstract: A panel jig apparatus is provided which has first moving units that are respectively installed at the left and right sides of a base frame, and selectively reciprocate a first sliding plate provided on top of the base frame leftward and rightward on the base frame. Likewise, the second moving units are respectively installed at the front and rear sides of the base frame, and selectively reciprocate a second sliding plate provided on top of the base frame forward and rearward on the base frame. The first support units are movable leftward and rightward on the base frame by the respective first sliding plates, and movable upward and downward by an ascending and descending means so as to support a panel. The second support units are movable forward and rearward on the base frame by the second sliding plates, and provided to support the panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2015
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors Corporation
    Inventor: Jung Whan Yeum
  • Patent number: 9005791
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a rotary jig for battery cells to successively manufacture battery cells having different sizes including a main body configured to have a hexahedral structure having a rotary rod mounted at a lower end thereof, the main body being provided at sides thereof with mounting frames having sizes corresponding to sizes of battery cells so that the battery cells can be uprightly mounted in the mounting frames in a state in which electrode terminals of the battery cells are exposed upward, a die disposed at a lower end of the main body, the die connected to the rotary rod so that the die can be rotated manually or by a rotary motor, and support members formed at the die to support the mounting frames of the main body and the battery cells mounted in the mounting frames, wherein the rotary rod is rotated so that resistance welding is performed with respect to a portion of one of battery cells to be welded using a welding rod located above the battery cell in a state in which the battery cells are m
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignee: LG Chem, Ltd.
    Inventors: Jeong-Pyo Kong, Chunyeon Kim, Tae-Wook Kim
  • Publication number: 20150082613
    Abstract: [Problem] An object of the present invention is to facilitate height level adjustment of a substrate processing apparatus regardless of size thereof. [Means for Solving] A lifting device 630b includes: a lifting mechanism 640 that is provided between at least one of a plurality of units of a substrate processing apparatus and an installation surface of the unit, and that adjusts height of the at least one unit with respect to the installation surface; and an adjustment member 660 that is provided with an extended section 664 extended from the lifting mechanism 640, and that is capable of operating the lifting mechanism 640 through the extended section 664.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 23, 2014
    Publication date: March 26, 2015
    Inventors: Hiroyuki SHINOZAKI, Kenji SHINKAI, Tadakazu SONE, Hideo AIZAWA, Hiroshi AONO, Toshio YOKOYAMA
  • Publication number: 20150084255
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a fastening tool for dynamically fastening parts for machining, said tool being formed by an annular frame (1) which is fastened to a rotary supporting means (2) arranged around the location of the machining tool (4) on a tool-holder head (3). The annular frame (1) incorporates a tamper formed by a rotating ball (5) and, in a diametrically opposite position, a tilting clamp (6) which incorporates a counter-tamper formed by another rotating ball (8). According to the invention, a cantilevered portion (9.1) of a part can be seized between the balls (5) and (8) of the tamper and counter-tamper in order to prevent bending and vibrations in relation to same during machining.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Publication date: March 26, 2015
    Inventor: Manuel TORRES MARTINEZ
  • Patent number: 8960656
    Abstract: The device is used to retain workpieces, has a tong-like design, and is provided with two tong arms. The tong arms are retained by a tong base and can be arranged at least in an open position and in a closed position. The tong base is retained by a main element. When a specified actuating force is applied, the tong base is released and can be pivoted relative to the main element within a certain range. Respectively one movable counter-element is arranged adjacent to two lateral surfaces of the tong base. The counter-elements are retained in a starting position by means of at least one spring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: KHS Corpoplast GmbH
    Inventors: Rolf Baumgarte, Frank Lewin, Michael Litzenberg, Michael Linke
  • Publication number: 20150048564
    Abstract: A device (1) for turning over, in particular, a part (100), includes two towers (3) opposite one another, each tower including: a stationary portion (4) and a portion (5) that is vertically movable relative to the stationary portion; an actuator element (16) for moving the movable portion relative to the stationary portion; a beam (6) movable about a stationary axis (X6) relative to the movable portion, the beam including at least one arm; and a ball (8) for retaining the arm at the stationary portion, wherein the part (100) is attached to the beams (6).
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 5, 2013
    Publication date: February 19, 2015
    Applicant: SOCIETE D'APPLICATIONS ELECTRIQUES ET MECANIQUES - SAPEM
    Inventors: Joel Archer, Olivier Sevrin
  • Publication number: 20150026960
    Abstract: An interlocking assembly includes a frame, a first arm coupled to the frame, and a second arm coupled to the frame. The first arm and/or the second arm is moveable between an open position and a closed position, such that the first and second arms overlap to define a first area when the first and second arms are in the closed position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 24, 2013
    Publication date: January 29, 2015
    Applicant: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: David T. Jones
  • Publication number: 20150014909
    Abstract: Embodiments of the invention are directed to a portable machining apparatus comprising: a frame, a rotary table operatively coupled to the frame; a cross slide operatively coupled to the frame; and wherein the cross slide is configured for operative coupling to live tooling, wherein the live tooling may be adjustable in one or more axes by adjusting the frame or the cross slide for machining a component secured to the rotary table.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 11, 2014
    Publication date: January 15, 2015
    Inventors: John VanNess Andrews, JR., Robert C. Grice, Earl Harry Cooper, David Rycyk
  • Publication number: 20140373353
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an installation tool for assembling a main rotor shaft unit and an assembly method thereof. The installation tool comprises a first element for supporting the generator end of the rotor shaft and a rotatable support plate is coupled to a second element of the installation tool via engaging coupling elements. The rotor shaft is rotated by a single crane unit via lifting elements mounted to the generator end, and then lifted out of the installation tool and placed on a floor. The bearing units are then mounted to the outer surface of the rotor shaft. The rotor shaft is afterwards lifted onto the installation tool so that the coupling element is brought into engagement and the rotor shaft is rotated on to the first element. This provides an installation tool that eliminates the need for two crane units to rotate the rotor shaft and reduces the amount of man-hours needed to assemble the rotor shaft unit by up to six hours.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 16, 2014
    Publication date: December 25, 2014
    Inventor: Jan WESTERGAARD
  • Publication number: 20140373289
    Abstract: A substrate holding apparatus capable of reducing an amount of deflection of a substrate, such as a wafer, is disclosed. The substrate holding apparatus includes: a plurality of chucks configured to hold a peripheral edge of a substrate; at least one support member disposed below the substrate; and an actuating device configured to bring the chucks into contact with the peripheral edge of the substrate while elevating the support member to bring the support member into contact with a lower surface of the substrate, and configured to move the chucks in a direction away from the peripheral edge of the substrate while lowering the support member to separate the support member away from the lower surface of the substrate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 19, 2014
    Publication date: December 25, 2014
    Inventors: Mitsuru Miyazaki, Takuya Inoue
  • Patent number: 8905390
    Abstract: Disclosed is an apparatus for clamping a panel comprising: a base frame; first movable units mounted on left and right portions of the base frame and adapted to reciprocate first sliding plates between the left and right; second movable units mounted on front and rear portions of the base frame between the first movable units and adapted to reciprocate second sliding plates between the front and rear; first clamping units movable between the left and right through the first sliding plates, and movable upward and downward through first vertically-movable means; a second clamping unit movable between the front and rear through the second sliding plate and movable upward and downward through second vertically-movable means; and a third clamping unit movable between the front and rear through the second sliding plate and movable upward and downward through third vertically-movable means.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2014
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors Corporation
    Inventor: Jung Whan Yeum
  • Patent number: 8905387
    Abstract: A magnetic worktable includes a worktable body and a plurality of magnetic devices disposed at a worktable body. Positions of the magnetic devices at the worktable body are variable. The magnetic devices are electrically connected to each other via a circuit, such that the magnetic devices can generate a magnetic attraction force when magnetized. The total area of the magnetic devices accounts for a small portion of the worktable body area, allowing a user to change the arrangement and quantity of the magnetic devices by modularization and according to the shape and processing method of a workpiece. Therefore, any workpieces can be fixed to the magnetic devices by magnetic attraction. Accordingly, the magnetic worktable incurs a low manufacturing cost and advantageously features high practicability.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2014
    Assignee: Earth-Chain Enterprise Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Richard Wang
  • Publication number: 20140353894
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for supporting an object. In one illustrative embodiment, an apparatus may comprise a support structure, a positioning system, and a retention system. The positioning system may be associated with the support structure and configured to position the support structure with respect to a number of linear axes. The retention system may be associated with the support structure. The retention system may be configured to retain a portion of an object and move the portion of the object towards a platform such that the portion of the object substantially conforms to a shape of the platform.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 29, 2013
    Publication date: December 4, 2014
    Applicant: THE BOEING COMPANY
    Inventors: Matthew R. DesJardien, Eric M. Reid, James N. Buttrick, Darrell Darwin Jones, Dan Dresskell Day, Paul Reed Stone
  • Publication number: 20140353896
    Abstract: A pallet wrapping platform comprises a lower frame, a pallet supporting table, constraining means interposed between the frame and the table, being designed to allow the frame and table to move by rotating relative to one another, a driving unit and transmission means for transmitting the motion from the driving unit to the table. The table comprises an upper flat disk and at least one lower ring gear, fixed to the disk and designed to interact with the motion transmission means, in such a way that the total thickness of the platform is less than at least 24 millimeters.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 28, 2014
    Publication date: December 4, 2014
    Applicant: C&C GROUP S.r.l.
    Inventor: Claudio CASADEI
  • 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: 20140333019
    Abstract: A panel jig device for a vehicle may include: a base bracket disposed on a jig base; a motor assembly mounted on the base bracket and including a rotary shaft; a locator having a locator end supporting a holding portion of a panel, connected to the rotary shaft of the motor assembly, and rotating about the rotary shaft with rotation of the rotary shaft; a clamping cylinder including an operating rod selectively operating forward/backward, and hinged to the locator; and a damper having one end hinged to the operating rod, a center portion hinged to the locator, and the other end with a clamping end supporting the holding portion of the panel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 2, 2013
    Publication date: November 13, 2014
    Applicant: Hyundai Motor Company
    Inventor: Yoon JANG
  • Publication number: 20140322655
    Abstract: A stage apparatus includes first, second, third, and fourth stages arranged along a plane defined by first and second axes orthogonal to each other, each of the first to fourth stages holding an article and being subjected to scanning along the plane, and a controller configured to control the scanning of the first to fourth stages in synchronization such that a pair of the first and second stages and a pair of the third and fourth stages are respectively positioned symmetrically to each other with respect to the first axis and a pair of the first and third stages and a pair of the second and fourth stages are respectively positioned symmetrically to each other with respect to the second axis.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 28, 2014
    Publication date: October 30, 2014
    Applicant: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Toshihiko Nishida, Hideki Ina, Wataru Yamaguchi
  • Publication number: 20140312549
    Abstract: An assembly which provides a rotating work surface extension. The assembly may be attached or fixed to an existing work space platform. An assembly comprising interchangeable rotating work surface extensions is disclosed, along with a system comprising such an assembly and a method of positioning a workpiece utilizing such an assembly.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 18, 2014
    Publication date: October 23, 2014
    Inventor: Jonyt Meyer
  • Publication number: 20140312548
    Abstract: A machine tool includes a slide table supported by an upper portion of a main body of the machine tool so as to be horizontally slidable, a rotary table provided on the slide table so as to be rotationally indexable about a vertical axis extending in the direction that is orthogonal to the direction of horizontal slide movement of the slide table, and a motor provided in the slide table to rotate the rotary table. A housing space is formed in the main body to house a lower portion of the slide table. At least a part of the motor provided in the slide table is placed in the housing space.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 11, 2014
    Publication date: October 23, 2014
    Applicant: Okuma Corporation
    Inventor: Makoto YOSHIDA
  • Patent number: 8863480
    Abstract: A device for dispensing pills includes a set of pill canisters and a control for releasing a desired quantity of pills from a selected pill canister at a target location. Several platens are provided; each of the platens has a platen identifier. A frame is situated beneath the target location. The frame is controlled to move in both an X axis and/or a Y axis and the frame holds a selected platen of a set of platens. The selected platen holds and supports a target container into which the desired quantity of pills is deposited. The platen identifier is read by the device for dispensing pills to determine which of the plurality of platens is in the frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2014
    Assignee: QEM, Inc.
    Inventor: Norman D. Knoth
  • Publication number: 20140299166
    Abstract: A rotary table; a drive motor M configured to rotate the rotary table; a pin base supported by the rotary table; a pin fixing member configured to move closer to or away from C1 upon the pin base revolving; first chuck pins and second chuck pins provided on the pin fixing member and configured to be into contact with an outer edge of the substrate W; a substrate gripping force generation mechanism including a spring member; a chuck pin switching mechanism including an inertia member configured to be rotated coaxially with the rotary table and a protruded member provided on an outer peripheral part of the inertia member; and a cum member provided on the pin fixing member and configured to engage with protruded member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 8, 2014
    Publication date: October 9, 2014
    Applicant: SHIBAURA MECHATRONICS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Masaaki FURUYA, Koichi HIGUCHI
  • Publication number: 20140300041
    Abstract: A key clamping device includes a first key clamp, a second key clamp and a rotational device connected to the first and second key clamps. The rotational device may facilitate rotation of the first and second key clamps.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 23, 2014
    Publication date: October 9, 2014
    Inventors: Michael A. Bass, Richard W. Ryai, SR.
  • Publication number: 20140238959
    Abstract: A processing system includes a rotary stage, at least one shaft, a rotation driver, a plurality of loading platforms, and a plurality of processing devices. The rotary stage includes two opposite end surfaces and a plurality of loading surfaces between the end surfaces. The shaft connects the end surfaces of the rotary stage. The rotation driver connects the shaft. The loading platforms are respectively disposed on the loading surfaces of the rotary stage. The processing devices are respectively disposed corresponding to the loading platforms.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 13, 2013
    Publication date: August 28, 2014
    Applicant: AU Optronics Corporation
    Inventors: Yu-Hung TAI, Meng-Chuan WEN, Yi-Jung CHIU, Chung-Wei LEE, Shan-Lung CHU
  • Patent number: 8807550
    Abstract: A method for combinatorially processing a substrate is provided. The method includes providing a substrate disposed on a substrate support. The substrate and the substrate support are raised against a plurality of sealing surfaces of corresponding sleeves of a plurality of flow cells of a combinatorial processing chamber. The combinatorial processing chamber is operable to concurrently process different regions of the substrate differently. A sealing pressure between the sealing surface of the sleeves and a surface of the substrate is monitored and the raising is terminated when a desired pressure is obtained. The different regions of the substrate are then processed differently.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2014
    Assignee: Intermolecular, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeffrey Chih-Hou Lowe, Sandeep Mariserla, Robert Sculac
  • Patent number: 8783674
    Abstract: Provided is a substrate stage which can transfer a substrate at a high speed. In the substrate stage of the present invention, auxiliary mounting tables are attached to a main mounting table, and lower rails are arranged over on the main mounting table and above the auxiliary mounting tables. When both ends of the lower rails are bent upwardly by a vertically adjusting unit in order to prevent the both ends of the lower rails to be bent downwardly, the lower rails are made straight. Since the lower rail is not divided, the linearity is ensured and the moving plate does not stutter so that transfer of the substrate at high speed can be performed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2014
    Assignee: Ulvac, Inc.
    Inventors: Yuya Inoue, Tamotsu Tanifuji, Hisato Tanaka, Makoto Takahashi, Kuniyoshi Sekine
  • Patent number: 8757920
    Abstract: A positioning apparatus for positioning an object in respective axis directions of an X-axis, a Y-axis perpendicular to the X-axis, and a Z-axis orthogonal to the X-axis and the Y-axis and positioning the object around the Z-axis within a plane parallel to the X-axis and the Y-axis is provided. A fastener detachably fastens the retainer. A gap is formed between a first reference surface of the retainer and the second reference surface of the fastener when a fixing shaft of the retainer is inserted into a fixing hole of the fastener, an outer surface of a pyramid part of the fixing shaft fits to an inner surface of the fixing hole and the object is positioned in the X-axis direction and the Y-axis direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2014
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Honma Seisakusho
    Inventor: Kazuo Honma
  • Publication number: 20140167343
    Abstract: A positioning system for positioning a workpiece in a desired position is provided. The system includes a first driving device and a second driving device. The first driving device and the second driving device are used to drive the workpiece to move. The system further includes a third driving device and a fourth driving device for driving a first block and a second block to move. The moving direction and moving distance of the workpiece is determined according to a difference between a standard value and a distance that the first block and the second block have travelled.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 10, 2013
    Publication date: June 19, 2014
    Applicant: HON HAI PRECISION INDUSTRY CO., LTD.
    Inventor: LI-CHIN LU
  • Patent number: 8746667
    Abstract: A machine tool having a machine frame and a workpiece table. It is provided that the workpiece table (5), on one of its sides (14), is held on the machine frame (2) by a holding device (4), the holding device (4) having at least two holding elements (6, 7), which are spaced apart from one another on the said side (14) of the workpiece table (5) and which are disposed at differing height positions (9, 10), such that an upper and a lower holding element (6, 7) is realized, and at least one of the holding elements (6, 7) being equipped with at least one piezo actuator (24) for altering its length and, associated therewith, influencing the position of the workpiece table.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2014
    Assignee: Mikron Agie Charmilles AG
    Inventors: Frank Bratschi, Jan Konvicka, Markus Kindler
  • Publication number: 20140151948
    Abstract: A vertically-adjustable work station is described. The work station includes a housing, a vertically-adjustable column, a work surface attached to the top of the column, and a motor to move the column vertically. In one embodiment, the work station is completely supported by a wall. In another embodiment, the work station is free from floor support.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 5, 2013
    Publication date: June 5, 2014
    Applicant: MKIND, Inc.
    Inventor: Michael Kind
  • Publication number: 20140151947
    Abstract: A precision tripod motion system is provided. The tripod motion system in one example includes a bottom plate including three spaced-apart bottom single-degree-of-freedom (SDOF) hinge portions, a top plate including three spaced-apart top three-degrees-of-freedom (TDOF) joint portions, with the top plate configured to receive a workpiece, three linear actuators pivotally coupled to the three bottom SDOF hinge portions of the bottom plate and coupled to the three top TDOF joint portions of the top plate, with each linear actuator of the three linear actuators configured to change length over a linear actuation span, and a rotator component and/or a positioning table affixed to the top plate and the bottom plate. The tripod motion system is additionally coupled to a rotator component and a positioning table to provide six degrees of freedom of motion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 4, 2013
    Publication date: June 5, 2014
    Applicant: ALIO Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Nathan Lyons Brown, Clement William Hennessey, Daniel Fording Crews
  • Patent number: 8720877
    Abstract: In oscillating an oscillating body, a control unit obtains a load torque due to the gravity acting on a drive motor at least at one angular position defined about an axis of rotation. The control unit calculates a specified maximum acceleration depending upon if the load torque Q is acting in a direction in which it hinders the acceleration or deceleration of the drive motor 15 or is acting in a direction in which it assists the acceleration or deceleration. An acceleration for the oscillating body is set so as not to be greater than the calculated specified maximum acceleration. The control unit adjusts the acceleration of the oscillating body depending upon the load torque of when the oscillating body 13 is accelerating or decelerating.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2014
    Assignee: FANUC Corporation
    Inventors: Hiroyuki Kawamura, Satoshi Ikai
  • Patent number: 8714534
    Abstract: A support assembly for servicing a stator frame of a power generator includes a plurality of rails and a trolley. The rails are supported on frame rings of a main housing of the stator frame. The rails have upper surfaces that provide temporary support for lower support surfaces of second laminations of a second stator core once the second laminations are inserted into desired axial positions within the main housing. The trolley is provided for axial movement on the upper surfaces of the rails for inserting the second laminations into the main housing. The trolley includes a lamination-engaging portion including a lamination support surface for supporting upper support surfaces of the second laminations and a plurality of rail wheels provided for axial movement of the trolley within the main housing on the upper surfaces of the rails.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2014
    Assignee: Siemens Energy, Inc.
    Inventors: Travis J. Vitello, David T. Allen
  • Publication number: 20140097568
    Abstract: This invention provides a lifting apparatus which holds a work by clamping the work vertically, and lifts the work. The lifting apparatus includes upper and lower clamping units, a guide mechanism which guides lifting movements of the upper and lower clamping units, a driving mechanism which drives the lower clamping unit to lift along the guide mechanism, and a stopper which is set so that the upper clamping unit is stopped before the lower clamping unit reaches a downward movement lower limit during the downward movement of the units, and which defines a downward movement lower limit of the upper clamping unit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 12, 2013
    Publication date: April 10, 2014
    Applicant: HIRATA CORPORATION
    Inventor: Bungo MATSUMOTO
  • Publication number: 20140027967
    Abstract: An XY translation stage includes a primary drive mechanism and a stage drive assembly. The primary drive mechanism rotates the stage drive assembly about an axis of rotation. The XY translation stage also includes an object stage that orbits freely in a defined plane without rotation of the object stage out of that defined plane. A stage pin associates the stage drive assembly with the object stage such that rotational movement of the stage drive assembly yields orbital movement of the object stage within the defined plane. The positioning of the stage pin relative to the axis of rotation is adjustable such that the diameter of the orbital movement of the object stage is adjustable.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 15, 2011
    Publication date: January 30, 2014
    Applicant: NANOTRONICS IMAGING, LLC
    Inventors: Matthew C Putman, John B. Putman
  • Publication number: 20140015185
    Abstract: To provide work processing apparatus capable of positioning and stably supporting various types of works of different shapes and capable of performing processing effectively by supporting a work in an arbitrary posture. A work processing apparatus positions a reference support member to a center portion of a work, moves support members in directions in which they approach and separate from each other and an up-down direction in accordance with supporting portions of the work, and performs required processing by controlling movement of a work processing section in a state where the work is supported in a given posture by the reference support member and two support members.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 1, 2013
    Publication date: January 16, 2014
    Inventor: Tatsumi HISHIKAWA
  • Publication number: 20130334753
    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: Application
    Filed: June 15, 2012
    Publication date: December 19, 2013
    Applicant: FORD MOTOR COMPANY
    Inventors: Richard S. Stanifer, Michael Joseph Habel
  • Publication number: 20130320605
    Abstract: The present invention provides a device for manufacturing alignment film, which includes: a heat-dissipating board, a coated substrate and a support rack, the coated substrate being disposed above the heat-dissipating board, the support rack being movable, further comprising supporting part and drive unit, the supporting part supporting the coated substrate and drive unit driving supporting part to default positions. The device for manufacturing alignment film of the present invention has the advantage of adaptability to various alignment film manufacturing processes, and manufactured alignment film has no defects of halo area and mura.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 12, 2012
    Publication date: December 5, 2013
    Applicant: SHENZHEN CHINA STAR OPTOELECTRONICS TECHNOLOGY CO, LTD.
    Inventor: Shaoxin Yu
  • Patent number: 8556246
    Abstract: An X-Y table includes a platform and a frame which has an X and Y-truck trough. An X-plane truck is slideably held in the X-truck trough. A Y-plane truck is slideably held in the Y-truck trough. As the motor/actuator with drive mechanisms moves the frame in an X-direction the Y-truck moves through the Y-trough and as the motor/actuator with drive mechanisms moves the frame in a Y-direction the X-truck moves through the X-trough, thereby moving the frame in both the X-direction and the Y-direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2013
    Assignee: QEM, Inc.
    Inventor: Norman D. Knoth
  • Publication number: 20130259592
    Abstract: A workpiece holding fixture for receiving a workpiece and for use in a device for the machining of a workpiece with: a tool holding fixture for receiving the tool, a workpiece holding fixture for receiving the workpiece, characterised in that, during the machining, at least one first oscillation component in a Z-direction and a second, in particular simultaneous, oscillation component in the X- and/or Y-direction can be introduced by means of oscillation components.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 19, 2011
    Publication date: October 3, 2013
    Applicant: EV Group GMBH
    Inventor: Herbert Tiefenböck
  • Patent number: 8544312
    Abstract: A press molding die structure having a paired press lower die and press upper die that are relatively movable to each other in which a work transferred into a portion between the press lower die and the press upper die is press-molded thereby to form a molded work. A concave portion is formed to a molding surface of the press lower die, and a suction cup of a vacuum stabilizer is provided to the concave portion formed to the molding surface of the press lower die, wherein the suction cup elastically sucks and retains the work at least at a time when the press molding dies are opened, thereby stabilizing a posture of the work.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2013
    Assignee: Suzuki Motor Corporation
    Inventors: Kengo Imai, Hidemi Suzuki
  • Publication number: 20130239639
    Abstract: A positioning apparatus and a working system which can position a workpiece with better accuracy at a lower cost and in a reduced space even when the workpiece is heavy are provided. The positioning apparatus has 3 robot arms (1)-(3) each having an arm and an actuator which drives the arm, a mounting platform (5) which is supported by the ends of the three robot arms (1)-(3), a securing jig (6) which secures a workpiece W which is mounted on the mounting platform (5) to the mounting platform (5), and a controller (9) which controls the operation of each of the actuators.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 7, 2012
    Publication date: September 19, 2013
    Applicants: KABUSHIKI KAISHA YASKAWA DENKI, SUMITOMO PIPE & TUBE CO., LTD., SUMITOMO METAL INDUSTRIES, LTD.
    Inventors: Manabu OKAHISA, Yusuke Kinoshita, Takashi Suyama, Atsushi Tomizawa, Shinjiro Kuwayama, Mitsusato Hara