Gear Means Patents (Class 269/61)
  • Patent number: 10583569
    Abstract: An articulated device for robotic systems includes three rigid bodies. The first rigid body is configured to rotate about a first rotation axis with respect to a rigid base body. The second rigid body is configured to rotate about a second rotation axis with respect to the first rigid body. The third rigid body is configured to rotate about a third rotation axis with respect to the second rigid body. The first, second, and third rotation axes coincide in at least one point which defines the center of rotation of the articulated device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2020
    Assignee: VALUEBIOTECH S.R.L.
    Inventors: Nicolò Donella, Alberto Giovanni Pansini, Federica Iovine, Louis Judah Jauvtis, Renzo Zaltieri, Antonello Forgione, Filippo Righetto
  • Patent number: 10500658
    Abstract: The present invention is provided with: gear chamfering tools that perform cutting for chamfering a tooth profile ridge section of a gear to be cut; tool holding parts for holding the gear chamfering tools at one end portion thereof; substantially linear movement means which cause substantially linear movement of the other end portion opposed to the one end portion for holding the gear chamfering tools in the tool holding parts; and circular movement means for causing circular movement of an intermediate portion between the one end portion for holding the gear chamfering tools and the other end portion subjected to the substantially linear movement by the substantially linear movement means in the tool holding parts. By combining the substantially linear movement means and the circular movement means, substantially elliptical movement of tip end parts of the gear chamfering tools is achieved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2019
    Assignee: MITSUBISHI HEAVY INDUSTRIES MACHINE TOOL CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Koichi Masuo
  • Patent number: 10487975
    Abstract: A rotational coupling device may include a housing which may be coupled to a stationary coupler. The stationary coupler may be used to engage or couple the device to a machinery stand. A motivator shaft may be positioned on one side of the housing and a rotational drive shaft may be positioned on the other side of the housing. The motivator shaft and the rotational drive shaft may be operably connected together with a gear arrangement with rotation of the motivator shaft resulting in rotation of the rotational drive shaft that is of a reduced rate compared to the motivator shaft. The rotational drive shaft may be coupled or connected to the rotational assembly via a rotational coupler thereby allowing rotational motion provided by the motivator shaft to be transferred through the rotational drive shaft to the rotational assembly of the machinery stand to which the device is engaged.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Inventor: Bradley Ray Smith
  • Patent number: 10166075
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a minimally invasive surgical instrument implementing a motor. According to one embodiment of the present invention, a minimally invasive surgical instrument comprises a shaft, an end effector connected to one end of the shaft, and a handle unit connected to the other end of the shaft. The handle unit includes a pair of linearly moving members, at least one rotating member for moving the pair of linear moving members away from each other in opposite directions, and a driving element for driving said at least one rotating member. The pair of linearly moving members operates the end effector in the pitch direction or in the yaw direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: MOVASU, INC.
    Inventors: Chang Wook Jeong, Chun Chol Sin, Sung Ryul Kim, Hyung Tae Kim
  • Patent number: 9879567
    Abstract: A securing device for securing a rotor of a turbomachine against tilting is provided, the rotor being arranged perpendicular in relation to a horizontal plane. The securing device includes a support surface enabling the rotor to be laterally supported in relation to the securing device. The rotor or the tie rod, arranged in an essentially vertical manner, are oriented vertically such that during an alignment, the support surface on which the rotor or the tie rod support, are displaced such that rotor is perpendicular in relation to the horizontal plane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2018
    Assignee: SIEMENS AKTIENGESELLSCHAFT
    Inventors: Johann Floter, Armin Hülfenhaus, Claus Vögelin
  • Patent number: 9751149
    Abstract: A welding system includes a motion tracking system comprising a camera having a lens. The welding system also includes a cover disposed over the lens of the camera. The cover is configured to enable infrared light to pass therethrough and to block environmental elements from contacting the lens of the camera. The cover is disposed over the lens of the camera at an angle relative to a face of the camera, and the angle is between approximately 10 and 60 degrees.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2017
    Assignee: ILLINOIS TOOL WORKS INC.
    Inventors: William J. Becker, David P. Marcusen, Nicholas Jon Peterson, Mark S. Payne
  • Patent number: 9440362
    Abstract: A robotic arm includes first and second bent links and a tool link pivotally connected in order, first to third wheels, and first to fourth imaginary axes intersecting at a center of spherical rotation. The first bent link and wheel are driven to rotate about the first and third imaginary axes respectively. A first flexible rope is wound around the first and second wheels and fixed to the second bent link for driving the second wheel and bent link to rotate about the second imaginary axis when the first wheel rotates. A second flexible rope is wound around the second and third wheels and fixed to the first bent link for driving the third wheel and the tool link to rotate about the fourth imaginary axis when the second wheel rotates. The robotic arm is relatively smaller, obstructs the operator less and produces a wider sphere of action.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2016
    Assignee: HIWIN TECHNOLOGIES CORP.
    Inventor: Ren-Jeng Wang
  • Patent number: 9309008
    Abstract: An aircraft engine module handling assembly including a carriage, a pivoting portion at a top of the carriage, a module support tooling, and an additional mechanism for assembly of the tooling on the pivoting portion, such that the module can be rotated from an original vertical position, observed when it reaches an assembly shop in a crate, to a horizontal position suitable for its assembly with another module of an engine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2016
    Assignee: SNECMA
    Inventors: Pascal Boulanger, Daniel David, Thomas Julien Roland Earith, Jacques Marchand
  • Patent number: 9267966
    Abstract: A test platform includes a base, a supporting member rotatably supported on the base, a laser emitter mounted on the base, and a laser receiver mounted to the supporting member and aligning with the laser emitter. The supporting member includes a network socket electrically connected to the laser receiver. The laser emitter is electrically connected to a network communication device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2016
    Assignees: HONG FU JIN PRECISION INDUSTRY (ShenZhen) CO., LTD., HON HAI PRECISION INDUSTRY CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Yong-Sheng Yang
  • Patent number: 9004475
    Abstract: A clamping mechanism includes a positioning member, a support plate, a frame, a fastening assembly, and an operating assembly. The support plate defines a through hole. The fastening assembly is fixed to the frame. The fastening assembly includes a fastening member and an elastic member. The positioning member extends through the through hole of the support plate, and is fastened by the fastening member under an elastic force of the elastic member. The operating assembly resists the fastening member, thereby driving the fastening member away from the positioning member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignees: Fu Tai Hua Industry (Shenzhen) Co., Ltd., Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Xiao-Bing Xu, Shan-Yan Xia, Zhi-Wen Wang, Qing-Song Wen
  • Patent number: 8939441
    Abstract: An apparatus for charging and discharging includes a support portion, first and second racks, first and second vertical partition walls and a pinion. The support portion supports a secondary battery. The first and second racks are moved in a horizontal direction. The plurality of first vertical partition walls are fixed to the first rack at a constant interval. The plurality of second vertical partition walls are provided between the respective first vertical partition walls and fixed to the second rack at a constant interval. The pinion moves the first and second racks in the opposite directions. Accordingly, a charging and discharging operation, a high-temperature aging operation, and the like are performed in a formation process while limiting the expansion of a battery can through a simple operation regardless of differences for each manufacturer and for each model, thereby saving time and, cost.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2015
    Assignee: Samsung SDI Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Min-Hyung Kim, Sang-Young Jin, Hee-Youl Yoon
  • 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: 8899889
    Abstract: A table unit for a machine tool includes a tilting table provided on a base and configured to be swingably indexable around a horizontal axis, a rotary table provided on the tilting table and configured to be rotatably indexable around a vertical axis orthogonal to the horizontal axis, and at least one motor disposed in the tilting table and configured to be driven to rotate the rotary table. An axis of a motor shaft of the motor is arranged in a plane formed by the horizontal axis and the vertical axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2014
    Assignee: Okuma Corporation
    Inventor: Makoto Yoshida
  • Patent number: 8882094
    Abstract: A vehicle body moving cart is provided which includes a base frame and first moving units that are installed at the front, rear and center of the base frame, respectively. The first moving units are configured to reciprocate first sliding plates forward and rearward on the base frame, respectively. In addition to the first moving units, second moving units are disposed perpendicular to the first moving units installed at the front and rear of the base frame, respectively, and installed on the first sliding plates to move the second sliding plates leftward and rightward on the base frame, respectively. Installed on the second sliding plates and the first sliding plate of first unit installed at the center of the base frame, are ascending and descending units. These ascending and descending units are configured to be reciprocally movable upward and downward on the base frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2014
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors Corporation
    Inventor: Dong Myong Kim
  • 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.
  • Patent number: 8733750
    Abstract: A mounting device for attaching a vise to a work surface so that the vise can be held in a position perpendicular to the work surface. The mounting device has a base having a surface for receiving the vise and an upright section that is perpendicular to the base. The mounting device further has a plurality of bolts or clamps that are used to removably secure the vise to the mounting device and also to secure the mounting device to the work surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2014
    Assignee: Urban Manufacturing, Inc.
    Inventor: Randall J. Bernhardt
  • Patent number: 8714536
    Abstract: A cradle device for large pinion gears or blanks wherein a pinion may be supported and rotated for machining. The cradle device comprises one or more adjustable prismatic units each including a plurality of angular plates that are movable toward and/or away from one another along the width of the cradle device in order to raise and lower, and/or laterally shift, a pinion placed thereon so as to position the pinion for machining.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2014
    Assignee: The Gleason Works
    Inventor: Hermann J. Stadtfeld
  • Patent number: 8524054
    Abstract: A sputtering device includes a main body and a loading device received in the main body. The main body includes a top portion, a bottom portion, and a sidewall connected between the top portion and the bottom portion, an upper bearing mounted on the top portion, and a lower bearing mounted on the bottom portion. The loading device includes an outer frame, an inner frame received in the outer frame, and a gear device arranged between the outer frame and the in inner frame. The outer frame is rotatably connected to the upper bearing and includes a plurality of first rods arranged in a first circle. The inner frame is rotatably connected to the lower bearing and includes a plurality of second rods arranged in a second circle. The gear device is configured for bringing the outer frame and the inner frame to rotate in opposite directions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2013
    Assignee: Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Chung-Pei Wang
  • Patent number: 8523162
    Abstract: A toggle type with one axial positioning machine can increase positioning precision and decrease the impact from external impact by using the three-links design.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2013
    Assignee: Chung Yuan Christian University
    Inventors: Kuo-Ming Sun, Zheng-Wei Mai, Nai-Ming Chen, Shih-Ming Wang
  • Patent number: 8388297
    Abstract: An apparatus is disclosed for downending a vertically disposed cylindrical coil supported on an underlying pallet, with a stem projecting from the pallet through the coil. The apparatus comprises a cradle rotatable about a horizontal axis. A table on the cradle is configured and arranged to receive and retain the pallet with the coil in a vertical first position at which the coil extends across the horizontal axis. An electrically powered drive serves to rotate the cradle about the horizontal axis to translate the coil from its vertical first position to a horizontal second position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2013
    Assignee: Siemens Industry, Inc.
    Inventor: Ward M. Holloway
  • Patent number: 8376339
    Abstract: A positioner includes a housing, a table, a drive portion, a cylinder, a first winder, and a first cord. The cylinder includes a first opening at the rotation center of the table, and a second opening opposite and connected to the first opening. The first winder is disposed outside the second opening of the cylinder. The first cord includes a first lead-out portion and a first wound portion. The first lead-out portion enters the second opening, passes through the cylinder, and is led out from the table. The first wound portion is wound around the first winder according to the rotation of the table. Thus, the positioner can increase the number of air tubes or wires led out onto the table without increasing its size.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2013
    Assignee: Panasonic Corporation
    Inventors: Takashi Nagai, Wataru Takahashi, Takayasu Ohara, Seiji Iwai
  • Patent number: 8371903
    Abstract: Disclosed is a portable demilitarization apparatus and system for segmenting an ordnance and is comprised of a fixed housing having a gantry/robotic positioning system, a high pressure water jet cutting head, and a rotational drive subassembly and a slideable main assembly comprised of a cradle subassembly, a centering ring subassembly, a collection subassembly and a rotational drive mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2013
    Assignee: G.D.O. Inc.
    Inventors: Duane A. Goetsch, Josh E. Eigh, Nathan R. Perklna, Steven J. Schmit, Ryan M. Smith, George J. Young
  • Patent number: 8256231
    Abstract: A cryostat includes a rotatable mounting arranged to rotate about a first rotational axis, the mounting extending substantially in a first plane, a sample plate arranged in use to support a sample, located on the rotatable mounting, and a heat sink located adjacent the side of the mounting distant from the sample plate. A thermal conductor extends between the sample plate and the heat sink. The conductor extends through an aperture in the rotatable mounting. A rotatable sample holder for a cryostat includes a sample plate having a first side arranged in use to support a sample, a drive gear arranged to rotate about a first rotational axis, and a driven gear arranged to rotate about a second rotational axis, engaged with the drive gear and coupled to the sample plate such that rotation of the drive gear causes the driven gear and sample holder to rotate. The first rotational axis does not intersect the second rotational axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2005
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2012
    Assignee: Council for the Central Laboratory of the Research Councils
    Inventor: David Teehan
  • Patent number: 8246027
    Abstract: A clamping apparatus includes a motor, a first cone gear secured to a shaft of the motor, and two clamping bodies attached to opposite sides of the motor. Each of the clamping bodies includes a second cone gear meshing with the first, a threaded post fixed to the second cone gear, a carriage threadedly connected with the threaded post, and a clamp arm fixed to the carriage. The motor rotates the first cone gear, and in turn the second cone gears and the corresponding threaded posts. With the rotation of the threaded posts, the carriages move towards or away from each other, whereby the clamp arms cooperatively acquire an object between the clamp arms, or release the object therefrom.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2012
    Assignee: Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Shen-Chun Li, Shou-Kuo Hsu
  • Patent number: 8235367
    Abstract: An apparatus and associated method are provided for positioning a workpiece. A workpiece positioner has a fixed base, and a support member is connected to the base by a joint that permits selectively articulating the support member with respect to the base. A plate defines a feature sized for operably supporting the workpiece. A connector is used to connect the plate to the support member. The connector fixes the plate in articulation with the support member so that a selected articulation of the support member with respect to the base defines a corresponding plane in which the plate is disposed. The connector also permits sliding movement of the plate in any direction within the corresponding plane to orient the workpiece in a desired position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2012
    Assignee: Seagate Technology LLC
    Inventors: Valerie Sue Markuson, Kevin Lambert Mayer
  • Publication number: 20120146274
    Abstract: A vehicle body moving cart is provided which includes a base frame and first moving units that are installed at the front, rear and center of the base frame, respectively. The first moving units are configured to reciprocate first sliding plates forward and rearward on the base frame, respectively. In addition to the first moving units, second moving units are disposed perpendicular to the first moving units installed at the front and rear of the base frame, respectively, and installed on the first sliding plates to move the second sliding plates leftward and rightward on the base frame, respectively. Installed on the second sliding plates and the first sliding plate of first unit installed at the center of the base frame, are ascending and descending units. These ascending and descending units are configured to be reciprocally movable upward and downward on the base frame.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 29, 2011
    Publication date: June 14, 2012
    Applicants: KIA MOTORS CORPORATION, HYUNDAI MOTOR COMPANY
    Inventor: Dong Myong Kim
  • Publication number: 20120090541
    Abstract: A workpiece carrier includes a first carrier and a second carrier. The first carrier includes a plurality of first posts substantially parallel to each other. Each of the first posts is rotatable about a central axis thereof. The second carrier includes a plurality of second posts substantially parallel to each other. Each of the second posts is rotatable about a central axis thereof. The first carrier surrounds the second carrier therein. The workpiece carrier further includes at least one connecting arm interconnected between the first carrier and the second carrier, such that the first carrier and the second carrier are jointly rotatable about a rotation axis.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 28, 2011
    Publication date: April 19, 2012
    Applicant: HON HAI PRECISION INDUSTRY CO., LTD.
    Inventor: CHUNG-PEI WANG
  • Patent number: 8099184
    Abstract: Disclosed is a method and system for compensating for the load a part places on a part positioner system that positions the part for work operations by a robot. The part positioner system rotates a part holding assembly about the axis of rotation of a shoulder drive. The part holding assembly may have a column that extends perpendicular to the shoulder center line. A counter weight system is incorporated into the column that includes a counter weight pack that is moved along the length of the column. The shoulder drive drives the part and part holding assembly load in order to measure a torque applied to the shoulder drive. A load offset may be calculated based on the applied torque. The counter weight pack may then be moved to a position on the column calculated to balance the load of the part and part holding assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2012
    Assignee: Rimrock Automation, Inc.
    Inventors: John Schoening, Lance F. Guymon
  • Publication number: 20120007298
    Abstract: An adjustable bicycle workstand is disclosed. The bicycle workstand may include a height adjustable post having at least a first and second tubular member in telescopic arrangement. The second tubular member may be insertable into the first tubular member. The first tubular member may have a ground engaging portion or support base. The workstand may include an internal mechanism for gradual extension and retraction of the second tubular member from the first tubular member. The workstand may include an attachment means for mounting a bicycle associated with the second tubular member. The workstand may be configured for safely raising and lowering a bicycle attached to the stand. Thus, the bicycle workstand may safely and securely support a bicycle for assembly, maintenance and/or repair purposes.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 7, 2011
    Publication date: January 12, 2012
    Inventor: Adrian Daniel PROIETTI
  • Publication number: 20110272872
    Abstract: A cradle device for large pinion gears or blanks wherein a pinion may be supported and rotated for machining. The cradle device comprises one or more adjustable prismatic units each including a plurality of angular plates that are movable toward and/or away from one another along the width of the cradle device in order to raise and lower, and/or laterally shift, a pinion placed thereon so as to position the pinion for machining.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 2, 2011
    Publication date: November 10, 2011
    Applicant: THE GLEASON WORKS
    Inventor: Hermann J. Stadtfeld
  • Publication number: 20110193280
    Abstract: A workbench includes a support base, a rotation disk rotatably mounted on the support base, a rotation seat mounted on the support base and rotated by the rotation disk, and a working table swivelably mounted on the rotation seat. The working table has two opposite working zones each having a recessed and tapered profile. Thus, the working table on the rotation seat has two working zones so that when the workpiece is positioned, the working tool can be used to directly work the two opposite faces of the workpiece by rotation of the rotation seat and the working table without having to turn and reposition the workpiece, thereby saving the working time, decreasing the cost of fabrication and enhancing the working efficiency.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 18, 2010
    Publication date: August 11, 2011
    Inventor: Chin-Kun Yu
  • 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
  • Patent number: 7959141
    Abstract: The present invention reduces the footprint of a stage apparatus to achieve a more compact apparatus. Using a Y-axis shaft having a magnet on the inside and a Y-axis mover constituted by a coil that surrounds the Y-axis shaft as a Y-axis drive part for moving a Y-axis movable body makes the drive part smaller than a linear motor. Consequently, a lateral part that faces a side gliding surface is arranged downwardly of the one Y-axis mover, to thereby eliminate the footprint occupied by the lateral part when lined up side-by-side with the Y-axis drive part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2011
    Assignee: Sumitomo Heavy Industries, Ltd.
    Inventor: Fuminori Makino
  • Patent number: 7905472
    Abstract: In a positioner according to the present invention, the rotating table and a hollow shaft is rotated by a motor via a speed reduction gear. In such a configuration, an air tube and a cable which supplies the air or electric power used to operate a jib on the rotating table are provided via the rotary joint arranged at one end of the shaft. A communication device may be provided on the rotating table by detaching the rotary joint and arranging a composite curl cord. The communication device may be provided by the rotary joint and a wireless communication device without using the composite curl cord.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2005
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2011
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Yaskawa Denki
    Inventors: Mitsuyoshi Nakano, Masaaki Hara, Takayuki Imanaka
  • Patent number: 7876230
    Abstract: A system for detecting and suppressing a fire condition in a storage unit may include a transmitter associated with the storage unit and configured to transmit a first signal upon detection of the fire condition, at least one receiver configured to detect the first signal and configured to provide a second signal indicating detection of the fire condition, and a fire suppression device configured to discharge a fire suppressant material into the storage unit upon detection of the fire condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 25, 2011
    Assignee: Federal Express Corporation
    Inventors: James B. Popp, Arthur J. Benjamin
  • Patent number: 7780851
    Abstract: A lightweight portable motorized oil filter inspection device comprising a housing, a drive plate having a plurality of gear teeth, an oil filter size adapter mounting adaptable to receive at least one of a plurality of interchangeable oil filter size adapters, at least one drive pin assembly mounting for accepting at least one adjustable drive pin assembly having a plurality of detents, a cutting blade assembly and a means to rotate the drive plate. The drive pin assembly having a plurality of detents enables precise alignment of at least one drive pin with at least one of the oil flow apertures of an oil filter canister. The drive plate is directly driven by a motor drive gear having a plurality of compatible gear drive teeth, mounted on an electric motor shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 24, 2010
    Inventor: Antonio Suarez
  • Publication number: 20100078865
    Abstract: The present invention discloses a sheet clamping apparatus for a reticle, a wafer, a glass substrate, a LCD panel et al. The apparatus comprises a pair of brackets, each bracket having at least one cam groove thereon for defining a movement route by two opposing sides of the cam groove, and one end of each bracket being joined with a connecting frame. One end of a clamping arm is joined with each cam groove, and the other end of the clamping arm is clamping the sheet (ex: a reticle, a wafer, a glass substrate, a LCD panel et al.). The characteristic of the sheet clamping apparatus is that: on the other end of each clamping arm is formed with a clamping head with recess, and at least a pair of rollers are disposed on the recess of clamping head for stably clamping the reticle or a semiconductor component stored in the pod.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 26, 2008
    Publication date: April 1, 2010
    Inventors: Yung Shuen PAN, Chia-Hao YANG
  • Publication number: 20090283950
    Abstract: A machining center that includes a swivel bridge supported by a bearing wall and pivotable about a horizontal axis, at least one drive sprocket attached to a disc-type connector of the swivel bridge, and at least one drive system attached adjacent the bearing wall and operatively connected to the drive sprocket of the swivel bridge. The machining center is characterized by clamping of the swivel bridge being performed by a friction-locked clamping system which is arranged rotationally fixed about a bearing pin of the swivel bridge in a circular ring shape and which is operatively connected to the disc-type connector. A clamping force of the friction-locked clamping system is generated by an energy storage.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 29, 2009
    Publication date: November 19, 2009
    Applicant: MASCHINENFABRIK BERTHOLD HERMLE AG
    Inventors: Franz-Xaver BERNHARD, Tobias SCHWORER
  • Patent number: 7603930
    Abstract: A small-sized, lightweight rotary table apparatus is provided. The rotary table apparatus has: a support rest for rotatably supporting a rotary table; and a base for turnably supporting, in a cantilever fashion, the support rest by a shaft element, which is protrudingly formed on the support rest, being inserted into a hole provided in the base. The shaft element has formed therein a hollow section for accommodating at least a portion of a drive mechanism for rotating the rotary table.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2005
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2009
    Assignee: Sankyo Seisakusho Co.
    Inventors: Heizaburo Kato, Masaaki Hori, Katsuyuki Iida
  • Publication number: 20090256298
    Abstract: A turntable includes a driving source, a workpiece holder holding a workpiece to be processed by a tool, a motive power transmission mechanism that can transmit the motive power from said driving source to said workpiece holder, and a load mechanism that can activate said motive power transmission mechanism under a load-applied state, and applying a predetermined load to said motive power transmission mechanism during processing of said workpiece.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 7, 2007
    Publication date: October 15, 2009
    Inventors: Ichiro Kitaura, Hiroyuki Yotsubayashi, Takashi Ninomiya
  • Publication number: 20090200722
    Abstract: In a positioner according to the present invention, the rotating table and a hollow shaft is rotated by a motor via a speed reduction gear. In such a configuration, an air tube and a cable which supplies the air or electric power used to operate a jib on the rotating table are provided via the rotary joint arranged at one end of the shaft. A communication device may be provided on the rotating table by detaching the rotary joint and arranging a composite curl cord. The communication device may be provided by the rotary joint and a wireless communication device without using the composite curl cord.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 23, 2005
    Publication date: August 13, 2009
    Applicant: KABUSHIKI KAISHA YASHAWA DENKI
    Inventors: Mitsuyoshi Nakano, Masaaki Hara, Takayuki Imanaka
  • Publication number: 20090056630
    Abstract: A workpiece support system for a vacuum coating machine includes a base table having a rotating spindle rod that extends in a vertical direction away from the base table and is capable of powered rotation. A stop post is connected to the table and extends in a vertical direction at a distance from the spindle rod. A workpiece support module is connected to the spindle rod and the stop post, and includes a rotating table with peripheral openings arranged symmetrically around its periphery, a plurality of cogs positioned in the openings, a stationary table connected to the stop post and axially supporting the rotating table, and a driver finger connected to the stationary table. At least one bearing is located around the spindle rod and rotatably isolates the rotating table from the stationary table.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 27, 2007
    Publication date: March 5, 2009
    Applicant: CATERPILLAR INC.
    Inventors: Virgil R. Hester, Jeffrey P. Werner
  • Patent number: 7456750
    Abstract: A system for detecting and suppressing a fire condition in a storage unit. The system comprises a transmitter associated with the storage unit and configured to transmit a first signal upon detection of the fire condition, at least one receiver configured to detect the first signal and configured to provide a second signal indicating detection of the fire condition, and a fire suppression device configured to discharge a fire suppressant material into the storage unit upon detection of the fire condition. There may also be a plurality of storage units, a plurality of transmitters, and a plurality of receivers. An individual transmitter and an individual receiver may be associated with each of the plurality of storage units. Each of the storage units may be located at a predetermined position relative to the individual receiver associated with the storage unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2001
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2008
    Assignee: Federal Express Corporation
    Inventors: James B. Popp, Arthur J. Benjamin
  • Publication number: 20080246204
    Abstract: Disclosed is a multi-axis workpiece manipulator or positioning device (10) having movement along two rectilinear axes (L1 and L2), two pivotable or tilt axes (T1 and T2) and two rotational axes (R1 and R2). The positioning device (10) includes a support base (12), a first member (18) attached to the support base (12) extending axially therefrom and a carriage (24) adjustably connected to the first member (18). The support base (12) is movable in a longitudinal path along a first rectilinear axis (L1) and the carriage is movable along the first member (18) in a vertical path along a second rectilinear axis (L2). A second member (30) is pivotably and rotatably attached to the carriage (24) and extends axially away from the carriage (24). The second member (30) can pivotably move along a first tilt axis (T1) with respect to the carriage (24) and can rotate in a circular path along a first rotational axis (R1).
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 27, 2005
    Publication date: October 9, 2008
    Applicant: ELLIOTT COMPANY
    Inventors: Timothy J. Wilkinson, Kent W. Beedon
  • Patent number: 7284738
    Abstract: An adjustable lumber stand system may include a pair of adjustable leg assemblies. Each leg assembly may comprise a first external tubular section into which a second internal section may longitudinally slidably adjust. A pair of base anchors configured to anchor the pair of adjustable leg assemblies may be coupled to lower ends of the first external tubular sections. A pair of adjustable support bracket assemblies may comprise a brace and a support arm configured to support lumber. The first end portions of the support arms and the braces may be coupled to one another and second end portions of the support arms and the braces may be coupled to different locations on the first external tubular sections. A pair of top anchors configured to anchor the pair of adjustable leg assemblies to a structure may be coupled to upper ends of the second internal section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2005
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2007
    Inventor: Richard E. Staneart
  • Patent number: 6988719
    Abstract: A stand for movably supporting a workpiece is disclosed. The stand includes a base, a support and a plurality of roller assemblies. The support is releasably connected to the base for permitting the height of the stand to be altered. The roller assemblies are mounted on diverging surfaces which are in turn mounted at oblique angles relative to the support for permitting non-interfering movement of the workpiece relative thereto. Each roller assembly includes a sphere captured within a collar mounted on a selected one of the diverging surfaces for permitting free-rolling movement of the sphere relative to the collar and the workpiece.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2003
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2006
    Assignee: HTC Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Ursell, Timothy Hewitt
  • Patent number: 6955345
    Abstract: An inclining and rotating table apparatus comprises a rotating table device having a rotating table, and a support base for rotatably supporting the rotating table having a shaft body provided perpendicular to a rotation axis of the rotating table, and a base for rotatably supporting the rotating table device using the shaft body. A table surface of the rotating table is inclined by making the rotating table device rotate. A first V-shaped groove is directly formed in the shaft body along its rotating direction. The base has a second V-shaped groove opposing the first V-shaped groove. A cross roller bearing is structured by providing rolling bodies, which are placed in contact with the first and second V-shaped grooves and are capable of rolling therebetween, between the shaft body and the base, and arranging a rolling axis of a rolling body perpendicular to that of an adjacent rolling body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2003
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2005
    Assignee: Sankyo Seisakusho Co.
    Inventor: Heizaburo Kato
  • Patent number: 6733217
    Abstract: A workpiece holding means for machine tools and more particularly for milling and/or drilling machines, comprising a pivoting bridge supported between two bearing walls. The bearing walls respectively laterally delimit a working area. At least one drive motor serves for pivoting the pivoting bridge, such motor being arranged outside the working area on at least one outer side of the bearing walls. The pivoting bridge is provided with a gear ring adjacent to one or both of the inner sides of the bearing walls, such gear ring being drivingly connected with the drive gear wheel driven by at least one drive motor. The bearing points or bearing pins of the pivoting bridge accordingly do not have to transmit any drive torque and are not subjected to any torque load so that more precise running and more precise positioning is possible.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2002
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2004
    Assignee: Maschinenfabrik Berthold Hermle AG
    Inventors: Tobias Schwörer, Franz-Xaver Bernhard
  • Patent number: 6682061
    Abstract: An actuator system is disclosed for positioning a component interface relative to a work surface, including a first shaft coupled to the worksurface and a counterweight coupled to the first shaft, a second shaft coupled to the worksurface and the component interface coupled to the second shaft, a coupler communicating with the first shaft and the second shaft, a clutch mechanism in operable engagement with the second shaft; and a power source coupled to the second shaft for selectively applying a force to the second shaft when the clutch mechanism is engaged.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2002
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2004
    Assignee: Johnson Controls Technology Company
    Inventors: Eric Steenwyk, Brian L. Brinks, Paul Brinks
  • 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