Plural Selectively Used Holders Patents (Class 269/9)
  • Patent number: 9435155
    Abstract: The present invention pertains to a stepladder. The stepladder includes a ladder top having a plane having a front side and a rear side and a left side and a right side and a front side flange and a rear side flange and a left side flange and a right side flange. The stepladder includes a conduit holder slot for holding tubing, pipe and conduit. The conduit holder slot extends along the entire length of the top and in the right side and the left side. The conduit holder slot has a cross-section in the ladder top which is non-symmetrical. The stepladder includes a front section. The stepladder includes a rear section. A method for cutting a tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2016
    Assignee: Werner Co.
    Inventors: Robert C. Tiber, Joseph C. Dangrow, Tracee A. Leonardson
  • Patent number: 9102023
    Abstract: A device for holding parts while coating a portion of the part includes a holder tool having a plurality of holes for receiving a part and a part holding mask size to mask a portion of a part and having an extension sized to fit in one of the plurality of holes for receiving a part. The part holding mask has a pair of masking halves sized to hold the portion of the part exposing the portion of the part to be coated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2015
    Assignee: United Technologies Corporation
    Inventors: Ronald R. Soucy, Dean Sirois, Prentice M. Sinesi
  • Publication number: 20150123331
    Abstract: An efficient and economical cutting board used for chopping foods that puts multiple cutting boards at your fingertips, is easily stored, and helps prevent cross contamination of food is very useful in the kitchen. A versatile cutting board that has multiple cutting boards nested together, takes up no more space than the largest cutting board and when placed on the countertop the other cutting boards are hidden and not visible.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 6, 2013
    Publication date: May 7, 2015
    Inventor: Agostino Difante
  • Publication number: 20150060240
    Abstract: A clamping unit for containers at container treatment machines where, apart from a vertically movable lifting arm with a centering support for clamping a container from above, a motor for driving the lifting arm and a pneumatic spring against the resistance of which the centering support is mounted at the lifting arm so as to be movable to the top are provided. The lifting arms may be set to a desired vertical position independently of the movement or the rotational position of an associated rotary machine, and a clamping force of the centering supports may be easily and flexibly adjusted by applying a suited pressure to the pneumatic spring.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 21, 2014
    Publication date: March 5, 2015
    Inventors: August Peutl, Andreas Kraus
  • Publication number: 20150053056
    Abstract: A cutting board includes a cutting portion for cutting material thereon. The cutting board also includes one or more extensions extending from the cutting portion. At least one of the one or more extensions is operable to identify a type of food to be used with the cutting board. Systems and methods are also provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 6, 2014
    Publication date: February 26, 2015
    Inventor: Ligia Nagy Ramos
  • 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: 20140339750
    Abstract: The present invention is an improved cutting board device. The device allows a user to prepare food on one side of the cutting board while the other is being cleaned. The device provides a user a quick and easy transition to a new, clean, cutting board work surface without the need to carry waste to a disposal bin, without having to stop to wash and dry the soiled surface of the cutting board.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 30, 2014
    Publication date: November 20, 2014
    Inventors: John Constantino, JR., John Constantino, SR.
  • Publication number: 20140304962
    Abstract: A method, process and apparatus for repairing and repainting vehicles and vehicle components, specifically auto body repair and vehicle body components. The method and process reduce vehicle painting preparation time and eliminate material and waste material in the repair and repainting process. The apparatus is directed a vehicle component support stand which simulates the mounting of the body components on a vehicle to reduce time and expenses in the component repair and replacement process.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 7, 2014
    Publication date: October 16, 2014
    Inventor: MORRIS GAGNON
  • Patent number: 8857802
    Abstract: A generally square base serving tray is subdivided generally diagonally into three sections by partial-height walls and having partial-height support pads at opposite ends of the diagonal perpendicular to the sections, and an irregular oval or boat-shaped cutting and serving tray configured to nestle to the bottom of and within a center diagonal section of the base serving tray or alternatively rest elevated above the partial-height walls between a pair of partial-height support pads. The base serving tray and the nestled cutting tray each have lids permitting food to be stored therein. The nestled cutting tray lid is further designed to serve as an alternative flat cutting board with a juice groove defined by the lid closure lip. The unique geometry of the upper rim of the cutting tray, illustrated in an alternative four-member construction, accommodates melons of various sizes, and secures them against sliding or rolling during cutting.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2014
    Inventor: Gary J. Geier
  • Publication number: 20140265087
    Abstract: A clamping device for use with a golf club head. The clamping device may include a base and a holding device which is rotatably coupled to the base. The holding device may include at least first and second engagement portions. Each engagement portion is configured to at least partially accommodate an iron or wedge type golf club head, and prevent such club head from moving along a plane which is defined by the holding device. The clamping device may also include first and second clamp members which are each coupled to the base so as to be alignable with and operative to firmly seat corresponding golf club head within respective ones of the first and second engagement portions of the holding device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: Dunlop Sports Company, LTD.
    Inventors: Roberto Aguayo, Carl J. Crotteau, Simon A. Ecob, Lawrence Melendez
  • Publication number: 20140210149
    Abstract: A fixture for selectably supporting a number of dissimilar workpieces. The fixture includes a frame with one or more rotatable workpiece tooling assemblies. Each workpiece tooling assembly has multiple faces to which is mounted workpiece support tooling. The workpiece support tooling may be designed to support dissimilar workpieces, such that a single fixture may support any of a given number of workpieces by simply rotating the workpiece tooling assembly or assemblies until the corresponding support tooling is properly positioned. A locking assembly may be provided to releasably secure each workpiece tooling assembly in the various support orientations that coincide with each of its faces.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 28, 2014
    Publication date: July 31, 2014
    Inventors: James Patrick Cahill, William Peck, Matthew T. Spiewacki
  • Patent number: 8783672
    Abstract: A rack apparatus used for retaining a workpiece having at least one threaded hole, includes a hanging frame, and at least one clamping assembly fixed on the hanging frame. Each clamping assembly includes a plurality of latching members and a plurality of connecting members detachably assembled on the latching members. Each connecting member includes a screw portion. At least one screw portion is engaged in a corresponding threaded hole of the workpiece.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2014
    Assignee: Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Bing Guo, Mao-Lin Li, Xi-Hua Xu
  • Publication number: 20140191455
    Abstract: A device for holding a turbine engine blade for purposes of machining, the device including a support including at least one housing in which at least one block is removably mounted, the block including two jaws presenting an opening for mounting an airfoil of a blade. The block further includes six presser points for pressing against the airfoil, and a movable presser finger for pressing against a pressure side surface or a suction side surface of the blade, the finger being moved by an actuation mechanism such that in a blade clamping position, the presser finger presses the blade against the presser points of the block, which itself is pressed against the support.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 7, 2012
    Publication date: July 10, 2014
    Applicant: SNECMA
    Inventors: Thomas Marquoin, Olivier Dupouy
  • Patent number: 8770561
    Abstract: A method, process and apparatus for repairing and repainting vehicles and vehicle components, specifically auto body repair and vehicle body components. The method and process reduce vehicle painting preparation time and eliminate material and waste material in the repair and repainting process. The apparatus is directed a vehicle component support stand which simulates the mounting of the body components on a vehicle to reduce time and expenses in the component repair and replacement process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2014
    Inventor: Morris Gagnon, Jr.
  • Publication number: 20140165376
    Abstract: A device for holding parts while coating a portion of the part includes a holder tool having a plurality of holes for receiving a part and a part holding mask size to mask a portion of a part and having an extension sized to fit in one of the plurality of holes for receiving a part. The part holding mask has a pair of masking halves sized to hold the portion of the part exposing the portion of the part to be coated.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 14, 2012
    Publication date: June 19, 2014
    Applicant: UNITED TECHNOLOGIES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Ronald R. Soucy, Dean Sirois, Prentice M. Sinesi
  • Publication number: 20140015181
    Abstract: Disclosed is a two station positioner for positioning work pieces for mounting and working at the same time. A first arm positioner can be located in a mounting position for mounting a work piece on the first arm positioner, while the other arm positioner is located in a working position, where another work piece can be welded or machined. The first positioning arm, in the mounting position, is sufficiently low to allow workers to mount the work piece without the use of elevated platforms. A pedestal exchange platform can then be indexed to place the first positioning arm with the mounted piece in the working position and the other positioning arm in the mounting position. In this manner, workers can mount work pieces while other work pieces are being worked. In the working position, the positioning arm is rotated on a horizontal axis, which reduces programming complexity for robotic welders or machines.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 26, 2013
    Publication date: January 16, 2014
    Inventors: Kevin Murphy, Joshua R. Neville, John Schoening
  • Patent number: 8590872
    Abstract: An apparatus for holding a measurement object, particularly a formed sheet metal component of a vehicle body, in a reference position, comprises at least one carrier which holds the measurement object and has a carrier head that can be placed against the measurement object. The carrier comprises a plurality of carrier heads which can optionally be moved, relative to the rest of the carrier, into contact positions and the carrier heads can be pivoted about an axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2013
    Assignee: Junker & Partner GmbH
    Inventors: Alfred Huber, Franz-Rudolf Junker
  • Publication number: 20130252191
    Abstract: A support tooling for supporting at least one metal part that is to be subjected to heat treatment or shaped while hot, the tooling including: a stationary support structure presenting a determined shape that corresponds to the general shape of each metal part that is to be supported; first holder elements arranged on one side of each part; second holder elements arranged on the other side of each part; and at least one spring type resilient element placed between the support structure and each first or second holder element so as to hold the part throughout the duration of heat treatment. The support structure, the first and second holder elements and the resilient element(s) are made of thermostructural composite material.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 22, 2013
    Publication date: September 26, 2013
    Applicant: HERAKLES
    Inventors: Frédéric GUICHARD, Jean-Pierre MAUMUS
  • Patent number: 8459625
    Abstract: A vehicle body clamping device including a clamping linkage unit adapted for mounting to a conveyor carrier at a location beneath a vehicle body while said vehicle body is carried on a conveyor carrier. A clamping actuation assembly is located below the conveyor carriers and along their path of travel, and includes a pair of actuator units for operating the clamping linkage. Activation of a first actuator unit cause the clamping linkage to place a clamping bar thereof in an unclamped position, such that a vehicle body can be loaded to or removed from the conveyor carrier. Activation of the second actuator unit cause the clamping linkage to place the clamping bar in a clamped position, such that a vehicle body is securely clamped to the conveyor carrier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2013
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Chris Hall
  • Patent number: 8453311
    Abstract: A method of forming a batch of uniformly shaped glass sheet objects is disclosed. A stack of glass sheets is placed in a frame and submerged in a coolant. A hole is drilled through the stack. The cores of the hole and any debris from the drilling process are swept away in the coolant and pumped through a filter. A pin is inserted into the hole and attached to the base. A head on the pin, or a washer, fixes the stack of glass to the base at the hole. An outer profile is then cut in the glass stack around the hole while the formed objects are held to a base of the frame by the pin. Again, any debris is swept away in the coolant. The uniformly shaped objects are removed from the frame and separated. The glass sheet objects are preferably usable as a substrate for a magnetic or magneto-optical (MO) data/information storage retrieval medium.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2013
    Assignee: Seagate Technology LLC
    Inventors: Robert Lloyd Babcock, Koji Shima
  • Patent number: 8382081
    Abstract: For machining a workpiece the workpiece is fixed in a first gripping device of a machining device in order to make at least one element. Next the workpiece is transferred to the second gripping device of the machining device, where the workpiece is fixed by means of the element in the second gripping device of the machining device, while the first gripping device remains connected to the machining device. The element comprises a dovetail-shaped mounting element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2013
    Assignee: Auto-Cell B.V.
    Inventors: Gerhardus Van de Vosse, Willem Frederik Gerrit Jan Lenselink
  • Patent number: 8360406
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a securing device for plate-like work pieces, comprising a body member and an anchor member, the body member having a first end and a second end, the first end having an engagement portion, a biasing member to basis the body member laterally within a plurality of aligned openings in said work pieces and biasing the engagement portion past the openings, the engagement portion having an operative surface to engage an outer surface on a first outer work piece, the body member including a threadable portion, the anchor member being operable to engage an outer surface on a second outer work piece, the anchor member including a threaded member to engage the threadable portion, the threaded member be rotationally operational to draw the body member toward the anchor member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2013
    Assignee: Quickmill, Inc.
    Inventor: David C. Piggott
  • Patent number: 8333369
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for holding a plurality of arrow shafts in alignment for applying a heat-shrinkable sleeve thereto. The apparatus includes a support and an arrow holding assembly for holding more than one arrow shaft relative to the support. An adjuster ring is moveable along the support to hold the sleeves in the desired positions on the shafts. The apparatus and method of this invention allows for consistent positioning of shrinkable sleeves around multiple arrow shafts and simultaneous shrinking of sleeves onto the multiple arrow shafts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2012
    Assignee: New Archery Products Corp.
    Inventors: Christopher A. Kozlik, Karl Muntanion
  • Patent number: 8313093
    Abstract: A portable vise, particularly for use in supporting elongated member, provides a convenient design for safely cutting, drilling, welding, and painting. An elongated member is inserted through an aperture of a vise body. The vise rests upon the ground or other work surface such that one end of the elongated member is supported over the work surface while the other end of the elongated member rests upon the work surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2012
    Assignee: Tri-Vise, LLC
    Inventors: Raymond H. Losi, Jr., David W. McManama
  • Publication number: 20120242022
    Abstract: A method, process and apparatus for repairing and repainting vehicles and vehicle components, specifically auto body repair and vehicle body components. The method and process reduce vehicle painting preparation time and eliminate material and waste material in the repair and repainting process. The apparatus is directed a vehicle component support stand which simulates the mounting of the body components on a vehicle to reduce time and expenses in the component repair and replacement process.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 21, 2012
    Publication date: September 27, 2012
    Applicant: GGI, Inc.
    Inventor: Morris Gagnon, JR.
  • Patent number: 8256751
    Abstract: An exemplary manipulator includes a main body, a plurality of holding devices, and a supporting arm. The main body includes four connecting surfaces. The holding devices are connected to the connecting surfaces of the main body. The holding devices are configured to seize and release grasping members. Each of the grasping members defines four latching holes. The holding devices are capable of abutting inner surfaces of the latching holes. The supporting arm is fixed to the main body, and configured to rotate with the main body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2012
    Assignee: Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Chi-Hsien Yeh
  • Publication number: 20120213603
    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: January 30, 2012
    Publication date: August 23, 2012
    Inventors: Michael A. Bass, Richard W. Ryai, SR.
  • Patent number: 8177186
    Abstract: A holding structure associated with a lifting device for supporting a removed turbine engine cover plate assembly. The holding structure includes an upper support member and a lower support member. The upper support member is formed with a plurality of service areas, where each service area is configured for servicing a cover plate assembly. Each service area includes a plurality of slots extending inwardly from a peripheral edge of the upper support member to receive and support components of the cover plate assembly during a disassembly and service operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2012
    Assignee: Siemens Energy, Inc.
    Inventor: Alberto Mario Alvarez Hernandez
  • Patent number: 8177204
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a securing device for plate-like work pieces, comprising a body member and an anchor member, the body member having a first end and a second end, the first end having an engagement portion, a biasing member to basis the body member laterally within a plurality of aligned openings in said work pieces and biasing the engagement portion past the openings, the engagement portion having an operative surface to engage an outer surface on a first outer work piece, the body member including a threadable portion, the anchor member being operable to engage an outer surface on a second outer work piece, the anchor member including a threaded member to engage the threadable portion, the threaded member be rotationally operational to draw the body member toward the anchor member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2012
    Assignee: Quickmill, Inc.
    Inventor: David C. Piggott
  • Publication number: 20120068393
    Abstract: For machining a workpiece the workpiece is fixed in a first gripping device of a machining device in order to make at least one element. Next the workpiece is transferred to the second gripping device of the machining device, where the workpiece is fixed by means of the element in the second gripping device of the machining device, while the first gripping device remains connected to the machining device. The element comprises a dovetail-shaped mounting element.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 21, 2010
    Publication date: March 22, 2012
    Applicant: AUTO-CELL B.V.
    Inventors: Gerhardus Van de Vosse, Willem Frederik Gerrit Jan Lenselink
  • Publication number: 20120060354
    Abstract: A work holding device that secures a workpiece includes a first support column, a second support column, and a plurality of part fixturing anchors. The first support column and the second support column are coupled to one another forming a longitudinal loading envelope having a width-wise dimension, a height-wise dimension, and a length-wise dimension. At least one of the support columns includes a plurality of part fixturing recesses passing through the support column in the width-wise dimension and arranged within the height-wise dimension and the length-wise dimension of the longitudinal loading envelope. The part fixturing anchors extend through the support column at the part fixturing recesses into the longitudinal loading envelope and couple the workpiece to the first and second support columns.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 2, 2011
    Publication date: March 15, 2012
    Inventor: Richard Koczera
  • Patent number: 8122803
    Abstract: In a bench circular sawing machine as one example of a cutting machine, a vise assembly to be mounted to a guide fence includes a pressing part (e.g., an arm and a feed screw) configured to be capable of moving upward and downward and fixed at a desired height, in a position protrusively frontward of the guide fence, and a second pressing part (e.g., stopper plate) configured to be capable of moving along the guide surface upward and downward and fixed at a desired height. One of the pressing part and the second pressing part is selected for use in holding a workpiece down from above.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2012
    Assignee: Makita Corporation
    Inventor: Kenji Abe
  • Patent number: 8118291
    Abstract: The invention relates to a workpiece positioning device (1) comprising at least one positioning axis (35, 39) and a modular machine frame (3) on which at least one workpiece receiving element (8, 9) is arranged. At least one frame part (4, 5, 6, 7) comprises at least one frame module (15) provided, in turn, with a long carrier element (16) and at least one connection element (17, 18, 18?).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2005
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2012
    Assignee: KUKA Roboter GmbH
    Inventors: Elmar Nuchter, Erich Wiessensz, Jurgen Krass
  • Patent number: 8061699
    Abstract: A clamping system for clamping aerofoils. The clamping system has pivotally mounted engagement members that engage the aerofoil mounted on a pivotally mounted arm either side of the pivotal mounting. The arm can pivot as required relative to the item, to accommodate differences in shape in the item, while providing a substantially equal clamping force by both engagement members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2011
    Assignee: Rolls-Royce PLC
    Inventors: Yan Wang, Nabil Gindy, Kevin Walker, Jamie Charles McGourlay, Michael James Berry
  • Publication number: 20110253734
    Abstract: A device for handling workpieces. The device has a magazine (12) for holding at least one workpiece, and a delivery location (10). The device is retainable in the magazine by a retainer (s) (43) in the delivery location and displaceable to a position in which the workpiece because of its shape releases the retainer (s) so that the workpiece is free for being removed from the magazine. The device may provide for easy handling of workpieces and may be manufactured cost effectively.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 25, 2008
    Publication date: October 20, 2011
    Inventors: Sebastian Guggenmos, Michael Knee
  • Publication number: 20110221111
    Abstract: A cutting board assembly including a primary cutting board and a secondary cutting board. The secondary cutting board is housed within a void space of the primary cutting board, providing the ability to use multiple cutting surfaces within one conveniently arranged cutting board.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 11, 2010
    Publication date: September 15, 2011
    Inventor: R. Todd Stigall
  • Publication number: 20100276856
    Abstract: An apparatus for holding a measurement object, particularly a formed sheet metal component of a vehicle body, in a reference position, comprises at least one carrier which holds the measurement object and has a carrier head that can be placed against the measurement object. The carrier comprises a plurality of carrier heads which can optionally be moved, relative to the rest of the carrier, into contact positions and the carrier heads can be pivoted about an axis.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 27, 2010
    Publication date: November 4, 2010
    Applicant: Junker & Partner GmbH
    Inventors: Alfred Huber, Franz-Rudolf Junker
  • Patent number: 7810251
    Abstract: A motorized leveling stage capable of adjusting the angular position of a work piece relative to a reference plane includes an upper stage, a lower stage, and a hinge coupling corresponding edges of the two stages together for relative pivotal movement of the stages. A first spring pivotally biases the upper and lower stages toward each other about the axis of the hinge. A slide is disposed for sliding movement on an upper surface of the lower stage in a direction generally perpendicular to the hinge axis. The slide includes an upper surface defining an inclined plane disposed in sliding abutment with a lower surface of the upper stage such that movement of the slide toward and away from the hinge respectively raises and lowers the upper stage relative to the lower stage. A motorized drive assembly is operable to control movement of the slide relative to the hinge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 12, 2010
    Assignee: FLIR Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Richard M. Goeden, Robert W. Dennis, Ronald W. Berry
  • Publication number: 20100230880
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for holding a plurality of arrow shafts in alignment for applying a heat-shrinkable sleeve thereto. The apparatus includes a support and an arrow holding assembly for holding more than one arrow shaft relative to the support. An adjuster ring is moveable along the support to hold the sleeves in the desired positions on the shafts. The apparatus and method of this invention allows for consistent positioning of shrinkable sleeves around multiple arrow shafts and simultaneous shrinking of sleeves onto the multiple arrow shafts.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 12, 2009
    Publication date: September 16, 2010
    Inventors: Christopher A. Kozlik, Karl Muntanion
  • Publication number: 20100194009
    Abstract: A panel platen for holding substrates such as PCBs has an automatic shimming mechanism to provide shims for panels of varying sizes and/or thicknesses. A platen includes a top surface, and a plurality of adjustable shims located below the top surface and around an edge of the platen, wherein the adjustable shims can be raised and lowered to a desired height to compensate for different sizes or thicknesses of substrates. A platen may include a top surface, a plurality of adjustable height pads located around an edge of the top surface, and a motorized control mechanism located below the top surface and configured to raise and lower the plurality of adjustable height pads. A method of automatically shimming different sized substrates on a platen includes providing a plurality of motorized shims under a top surface of the platen, and raising and lowering the motorized shims based on a size or thickness of a substrate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 3, 2009
    Publication date: August 5, 2010
    Inventors: Lionel Fullwood, Greg Baxter, John H. Hart, Raja D. Singh
  • Patent number: 7722019
    Abstract: A portable vise, particularly for use in supporting elongated member, provides a convenient design for safely cutting, drilling, welding, and painting. An elongated member is inserted through an aperture of a vise body. The vise rests upon the ground or other work surface such that one end of the elongated member is supported over the work surface while the other end of the elongated member rests upon the work surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2010
    Assignee: Tri-Vise, LLC
    Inventors: Raymond H. Losi, Jr., David W. McManama
  • Publication number: 20100044941
    Abstract: A fixed carrier for machine tool parts includes a table frame and a table having a first face That can hold a first part to be machined, the first face being fixed above a machining device and the first part being stationary during the machining process. The table also has a second face for holding steady a second part to be machined.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 21, 2007
    Publication date: February 25, 2010
    Applicant: AIRBUS FRANCE
    Inventors: Andre Greffioz, Michel Vives
  • Publication number: 20090278294
    Abstract: A clamping system for clamping aerofoils. The clamping system has pivotally mounted engagement members that engage the aerofoil mounted on a pivotally mounted arm either side of the pivotal mounting. The arm can pivot as required relative to the item, to accommodate differences in shape in the item, whilst providing a substantially equal clamping force by both engagement members.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 14, 2009
    Publication date: November 12, 2009
    Applicant: ROLLS-ROYCE PLC
    Inventors: Yan Wang, Nabil Gindy, Kevin Walker, Jamie Charles McGourlay, Michael James Berry
  • Publication number: 20090261519
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a securing device for plate-like work pieces, comprising a body member and an anchor member, the body member having a first end and a second end, the first end having an engagement portion, a biasing member to basis the body member laterally within a plurality of aligned openings in said work pieces and biasing the engagement portion past the openings, the engagement portion having an operative surface to engage an outer surface on a first outer work piece, the body member including a threadable portion, the anchor member being operable to engage an outer surface on a second outer work piece, the anchor member including a threaded member to engage the threadable portion, the threaded member be rotationally operational to draw the body member toward the anchor member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 18, 2009
    Publication date: October 22, 2009
    Inventor: David C. Piggott
  • Patent number: 7603793
    Abstract: An end-face heating apparatus of the present invention comprises: a heating tool that is placed almost in parallel with an end face of a honeycomb aggregated body in which a plurality of pillar-shaped honeycomb fired bodies are integrated with one another by interposing a sealing material paste layer formed on the side face of the honeycomb fired body; a heating tool translation device for translating said heating tool toward said honeycomb aggregated body; and a holding jig that holds said honeycomb aggregated body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2006
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2009
    Assignee: Ibeden Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Takafumi Hoshino, Koji Takahashi, Tomonori Ban
  • Publication number: 20090236784
    Abstract: A portable vise, particularly for use in supporting elongated member, provides a convenient design for safely cutting, drilling, welding, and painting. An elongated member is inserted through an aperture of a vise body. The vise rests upon the ground or other work surface such that one end of the elongated member is supported over the work surface while the other end of the elongated member rests upon the work surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 9, 2009
    Publication date: September 24, 2009
    Inventors: Raymond H. Losi, JR., David W. McManama
  • Publication number: 20090230603
    Abstract: The invention relates to a holding device (1), especially for fixing a glass substrate during a cutting process. Said holding device comprises a housing (2) and a plunger (3) which can be axially displaced in relation to the housing (2). The plunger has a first and a second end section (4, 5), the first end section (4) projecting from the housing (2) and having a suction element (6). The aim of the invention is inter alia to improve a known holding device in such a manner that the substrate can be approached and fixed almost without the application of force. The holding device (1) according to the invention is characterized in that the plunger (3) is received in the housing (2) by a pneumatic spring. A holding system (20) comprising a plurality of holding devices (1) is protected in a support plate (24), said support plate (24) having a vacuum channel collector (21) which is connected to vacuum channels (13) and which is connected to a common vacuum pump (14).
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 5, 2007
    Publication date: September 17, 2009
    Inventors: Martin Kurz, Thorsten Grahl, Martin Angermann, Brian MacKintosh
  • Publication number: 20090179364
    Abstract: A wire clamp holder includes a magnetized central post or support body mount having left hand and right hand clamp arms or clip holders magnetically attached thereto and rotatable with respect thereto to permit maximum adjustability for positioning of lead wires held by wire clamping jaws associated with the clamp arms.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 10, 2008
    Publication date: July 16, 2009
    Applicant: Lisle Corporation
    Inventor: Ronald Joseph Haley
  • Publication number: 20090100674
    Abstract: A device used to secure a section of cable while one or more fiber is broken out from the cable. The device includes spaced apart clamp assemblies that hold a cable during the splicing process to protect the fairly delicate fibers within the sheathing. The disclosure also relates to a method of splicing using a clamp assembly.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 17, 2007
    Publication date: April 23, 2009
    Applicant: ADC Tecommunications, Inc.
    Inventors: Larry Sorenson, Scott Carlson
  • Publication number: 20090102109
    Abstract: The invention relates to a workpiece positioning device (1) comprising at least one positioning axis (35, 39) and a modular machine frame (3) on which at least one workpiece receiving element (8, 9) is arranged. At least one frame part (4, 5, 6, 7) comprises at least one frame module (15) provided, in turn, with a long carrier element (16) and at least one connection element (17, 18, 18?).
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 25, 2005
    Publication date: April 23, 2009
    Applicant: KUKA ROBOTER GMBH
    Inventors: Elmar Nuchter, Erich Wiessensz, Jurgen Krass